Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Blog Tour: Yesterday's Daughter by Sallie Lundy-Frommer


Today, I want to welcome Sallie Lundy-Frommer, author of Yesterday's Daughter, and thanks her and Tribute Books for asking me to be apart of this mini blog tour. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Yesterday's Daughter
Author: Sallie Lundy-Frommer
Paperback: 250 pages
Publication Date: January 24th, 2011

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An emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss.
Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden.
She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 



I can’t remember a time when vampires have gotten more attention. With shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Being Human and popular books like the Twilight and Dark Series, it’s seems like they’re everywhere. Vampires have always been my favorite supernatural characters. But why? Why am I fascinated with these fantasy beings? Why are you? My interest drove me to write a book, Yesterday’s Daughter. But I could have written about anything, werewolves, cat people or some other paranormal beings, but I chose vampires. Why, I wrote about vampires? I’m not sure I can fully explain why. Maybe I chose vampires because they exude prowess and majesty. But, that would be an all too simple answer. And when I think about it, I know it’s not a complete answer. But it’s a start. What do you think? Why are so many people so interested in these mythical creatures.
As for me, I was born on a farm in the rural South to a family of migrant farm workers. At an early age,my family moved to the urban North-East. Now I live in the suburban North-East with my husband and a large assortment of plants. I hold bachelors and masters degrees in Human Resource Management and currently work in the health care industry. 


GUEST POST

 Character Persepective
by Sallie Lundy-Frommer

We’re all a product of so many influences that form our perspectives; family, friends, failures, accomplishments, co-workers, television, books, radio and the list could go on and on.  The idea of perspectives and how they are formed made me take a step back and think about Sapphira’s perspective and why I sculpted it the way I did.   

You have to understand, I’m not an author who can say that writing was a calling for me, that I studied writing in college or any of the things that some authors can make claim to.  So, I didn’t consciously use any writing techniques to develop Sapphira character perspective.  Perhaps, I shouldn’t admit this, but it is the truth.  I just wrote and wrote.  Where Sapphira led, I followed.  I suppose some might say, I’m now doing what I should have done in the beginning.  Maybe, but I’d rather view the glass as half-full.

So, now I’m analyzing Sapphira’s perspective.  She is a product of her environment, as we all are.  But she’s a woman with many questions, and nowhere to go for answers.  Found as a young child wandering the streets with no memory, Sapphira ends up in the foster care system, enduring abuses.  Coupled with the struggle to survive the system, she eventually has the added burden of knowing something is different about her.  She has no one to turn to with her concerns, for fear of being diagnosed as crazy by medical professionals or actually being insane.  

Sapphira’s perspective is honed in the tumultuous sandbox that she grew up in, the foster care system.  Even after she escapes the system and creates a life for herself; the choices she makes are from the perspective of a fugitive, watchful, solitary, and secretive.  Like a downed pilot, she’s in survival mode until Malachi comes into her life. As she discovers more about herself, the lens though which she’s been viewing her life and possibilities widen.  

Revelations lead Sapphira into dangers she never conceived and joys believed to beyond her reach.  She evolves, as does her perspective.  She’s not the same person at the end of the book that readers meet in the beginning.  Sapphira's “perspective glasses” are changed; she has a new prescription.  


Thank you so much for allowing me to be a host on this blog tour, and thanks to everyone who stops by! There are more Tour Dates listed below, be sure to check them all out!!



Yesterday's Daughter Tour
January 4- BookChowDown
January 5- The Ink Puddle
January 7- The Writer's Voice
January 11- The Plot Thickens
January 12- Books-n-Kisses
January 13- Reader Girls
January 17- Xpresso Reads
January 17- The Wormhole
January 24- wb32 reads
January 30- From the TBR Pile

11 comments:

Tribute Books said...

Chandra - thanks again for hosting Sallie today at the Unabridged Bookshelf. I really like the look and color scheme of your blog - well done! :)

Sallie - I like how you said that Sapphira led you where you needed to go in terms of writing her as a character. Love that!

Pyxi Rose said...

I'm with you on this, Sallie. If you let your characters grow and talk to you, they will take you where you need to be. When I write, it more like emptying my head before I lose it. *smile* If I don't my characters have their say, they wouldn't let me forget it. :) And for the record, Sallie, technique or no, your style of writing is captivating, raw and honest. Don't change and hurry up with that sequel!

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

Good Morning Nicole,

I appreciate your liking what I said about writing what Sapphira led me to write. As a new author, I’m finding my way...my voice...my process of creating. I didn’t know a writer was in me. I just had dreams and heard conversations between characters for a long time. Some years ago, I thought the dreams might be a storyline for a book; but I was just too chicken to attempt writing it. Life kept me busy, but then some things changed. With more time available, I began writing and Sapphira was there, as if she was waiting for me to start. I trusted Sapphira and Malachi to led me and they did. They took me on an adventure called Yesterday’s Daughter....:-)

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

Hello Pyxi Rose,
I’m smiling as I read your comment. Emptying out your head (*big grin*)...I know the feeling well. And I’ve learned to let the characters lead me. While writing my first draft of Yesterday’s Daughter, more than once I veered off on my own, not writing what the characters told me and it didn’t work....So, I don’t do that anymore.
Pyxi Rose thanks for saying you like my writing style....Thanks so much!!!! I just try to honestly tell the story. I don’t want to fail the characters or the fans.....and I am working on the sequel.....Malachi and Sapphira-----Their story has only just begun.

Shelley Munro said...

You're obviously not a plotter :)
Like you I allow my characters to wander at will, and I discover amazing things in the process. A new prescription - I like it!

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

Hi Shelly Munro,

Nope, I’m not a plotter....:-{}...I love letting the characters wander, as you put it. I watch Sapphira and Malachi as if I’m watching a movie. Half the time I don’t know where they’re leading me, but I doggedly follow them now.

Going off on my own just gets me lost. Malachi and Sapphira know the way....I’ve learned to trust them and enjoy the process....:-)

Thanks for stopping by Shelley.

GMC said...

Hi, Sallie, I really enjoyed reading your post. I immediately thought of how many of us at one point see ourselves and the world through our own "rose colored" glasses.

GMC said...

Hi, Sallie,

I agree with Pyxi Rose, keep your style of writing just as it is!

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

Hi GMC,

Thanks for your words of encouragement with regard to my style of writing. For me the writing process really is akin to being a reporter. I watch the characters and report the events...:-) The hard part is sharing the story as it is shown to me.
I have a great responsibility to the Sapphira and Malachi to get it right. They have trusted me to tell their story so I have made every effort to be as authentic as possible, to write from their perspective, not my own.

Thanks for stopping by....twice...:-)

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

Chandra,

This blog is wonderful. Thanks for having me and making me feel so welcome. I’m having a blast.

Unabridged Bookshelf said...

Sallie:
Thank you! I am so glad to be chosen as one of the hosts! I am glad your having fun, and I am glad you like the blog. It has been very fun to read all the comments!

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