Monday, June 24, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Tour - Guest Post

The Forgotten Ones
(The Danaan Trilogy #1)

Laura Howard
Release Date:
May 15, 2013
  Paranormal, New Adult
Series: The Danaan Trilogy #1

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

Author's Favorite Quotes in The Forgotten Ones
Part One
By Laura Howard

At that moment, it wasn’t hard to believe that my mother was the happy, carefree girl everyone claimed she was before I was born.

- Allison feels a tremendous amount of guilt for being the cause of her mother’s schizophrenia. It’s always at the front of her thoughts.

“Mom,” I whispered, but she didn’t move. “Mom, please look at me,” I tried again, sitting down on the seat beside her. She turned to face me then. Tears lined her cheeks like silver rivers down her moonlit face.

- During the editing phase of this book, I really wanted to learn how to use imagery successfully. My editor was amazing at asking me questions so that I could put together my own similes and metaphors.

“Oh, I think I understand perfectly. You knocked my mother up and sent her back to the US, and now…what? You’re in the neighborhood so you thought you’d drop by to say hello?”

-Allison’s character is very dry. Some people don’t connect with her because of that, but I found that when she was angry her personality really shone through.

Things like schizophrenic mothers, reappearing fathers, and boys with dimples didn’t exist when I ran. All I felt was the wind and my heartbeat, my feet carrying me along. And the less I felt right then, the better.

-I liked her running scenes because even though she used them as an escape from reality,   she was able to clear her mind.

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her  obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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