Thursday, September 5, 2013

ARC Giveaway and Author Guest Post! When Stars Die by Amber Forbes

I would like to welcome Amber Forbes, author of a fabulous new YA Paranormal Romance to be released in October by AEC Stellar Publishing! Amber has been nice enough to offer three lucky Shadow Kisses readers Advanced Readers Copies of her new book in eBook format. Keep reading after her guest post to find out more about her book and how to get our hands on a free ARC!

Guest Post

When Stars Die and the Motif of Stars

"Yet, even when stars die, they leave a lasting impact through their light, their diamond brilliance as they scatter their material to form new stars." -When Stars Die

Hello, everyone. This is Amber Forbes, author of the upcoming YA paranormal romance, When Stars Die, being released by AEC Stellar Publishing in October. I want to thank Cassie Deaton for hosting this post on her blog. I appreciate it very much.

In any case, I want to write about the motif of stars that is found throughout When Stars Die (and will be found in “The Stars Trilogy” in general). I have an endless fascination with stars because they are the reason we exist, the reason why life flourishes as it does. They are these bright, tiny dots in the sky that are millions to billions of miles away, and what we are simply seeing is the light from the stars that may have changed dramatically in the years they have existed. In fact, the stars may not even look how we perceive them. All stars are spherical, yes, but they can change color and size as they become older; however, their light takes so long to reach us that we can’t yet see this.

Throughout the book stars are a prevailing motif because the main character, Amelia Gareth, is searching for a purpose in life, searching for something beyond herself. The stars represent this because, as astronomy tells us—and I am not an astronomer--we are all made of star stuff. We exude light that we cannot see, but that light is still there, and that is an incredibly beautiful thought. Therefore, we can all see ourselves as stars, though figuratively because there is a set scientific criteria for what makes a star.

When stars die, they leave an impact. Perhaps they supernova, or perhaps the star stuff just quietly scatters, but their material is used to form new stars, and that is what Amelia ultimately wants. She wants to leave an impact on the world, to search for a greater meaning, something she feels she is unable to have because she is a witch, and witches are hated in her world. But she still strives for it and takes comfort in the stars above her.
Stars will be a prevailing motif in the entire trilogy because the main characters in each book will look to the stars for meaning and purpose. They hope that, like the stars, they will not simply die and that is it. They hope to leave something brilliant behind, and, if possible, be re-born as something even more brilliant so they can do more than what they were able to do in their previous lives. But the star motif also runs deeper than being connected to the characters. All living things are connected on a fundamental level, and all living things are ultimately connected to the Sun, which is our star. Thus, the protagonists that will appear in each book are all connected on a very crucial level. While Amelia is not the protagonist of the next book, her story will lead into the story of the next protagonist, and thus this protagonist’s story will lead into the next, and they all connect. Each protagonist’s story isn’t merely a brand new story, but a continuation of the previous story.

So in order to keep up with this motif, I will use a lot of star imagery. And I hope that you as the readers will catch the stars motif throughout my debut book. Of course, I am so fascinated with stars that this imagery tends to leak over into other works of mine, but I’m working on trying to keep my star pontification to a minimum.

I will leave you with the last few lines of When Stars Die: “Those stars have born witness to the thousands of years of human tragedy and suffering. When all is said and done, we will die into dust that the stars will take back into themselves. Or we will die to be used once again by Deus. 
 “However we die…I will make certain we all die free.”

About the Book
Amelia Gareth's brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face. Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They're searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch's signature. The shadows are after witches. Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?

About the Author

 Amber is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn't like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward...again. But she doesn't care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.

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1 comment:

Sharon ObsessionwithBooks said...

I haven't heard of this book before now but it sounds wonderful! the premise seems really unique.

A fabulous guest post, thank-you for sharing!