This is a complicated one, and it makes it all the more interesting.
Perfect Pitch (Chameleon Effect Book 2) by Alex Hayes releases today in the New Adult, Paranormal, Romance,Young Adult genre.
All Dean wants is to escape… But he can’t leave his younger brother, Ty, in the care of their alcoholic mother. And when their abusive father shows up, Dean has to get Ty out. Which means joining Shri — his best and only friend — in taking a job out of state and breaking the law by stealing his brother away.
Cadi’s life is almost back together after Dean blew it into a million pieces. She’s come to terms with her life as a shape-shifter — well, almost. She’s still trying to wrap her head around the fact that a vicious enemy is out to destroy the remnants of her people.
As if Cadi doesn’t have enough to deal with, Dean’s about to land on her front doorstep, forcing her to decide whether to let him into her secret world or slam the door in his face.
The Chameleon Effect series, starring shape-shifter teens with extraordinary superpowers, is sure to appeal to Young Adult and New Adult readers who enjoy romance with a paranormal twist.
This post is part of a Tour, you can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2019/05/21/tour-sign-up-perfect-pitch-by-alex-hayes/)
AUTHOR BIO:Alex Hayes wrote her first fiction story when she was twelve. Inspired by her mother’s storytelling, she began work on her first novel, Ice Cracks, at eighteen.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her twenties, she moved from Marin County, California to Boston, Massachusetts, where she built a career as an IT professional in database engineering. In 2004, she self-published Ice Cracks, which became a semi-finalist in the 2005 IPPY Awards.
Alex splits her time between Grand Junction, Colorado and Guanajuato, Mexico. When she isn’t writing, she’s helping her partner, Lee, renovate a 450 year old hacienda. She is mother to one beautiful daughter and many wonderful cats.
I asked Alex: there are a lot of issues going on in this story, how could she keep the emotional track on them all?
The short answer to this question is through plot and character arc development and an outline.
The main characters, Cadi and Dean, both have specific character arcs. Cadi’s arc is about trust and learning the difference between friendship and love; Dean’s arc focuses on learning what defines family and that you cannot change other people.
Interweaving these character arcs with the main plot and tying them all back to the principle theme of defining family and friends took time and thought, but there’s a lot of satisfaction in creating a well-layered and complex tapestry in any story.
An example of this appears in the book’s title, Perfect Pitch. Perfect pitch is one of Idris’s musical strengths, for which Dean dubs him “Mr. Perfect Pitch,” but Dean has a perfect pitch of his own. He throws an amazing fastball with incredible accuracy.
These types of parallels allow us to see both the differences and similarities in characters, particularly between rivals, like Idris and Dean.
The villain of a story, thematically, should be the opposite of the hero. Although the boys are both heroes, to each other, they are adversaries, so this sort of echoing/opposite attribute creates a great link between the two. They are more similar to each other than they realize.
Another example is the involvement of Idris’s dad, Brandon Williams, which creates a link between Idris and Dean before the boys even meet. While still in Vermont, Dean discovers a self-help book called Toxic Relationships, written by Idris’s dad. Dean later decides to buy the book after arriving in the Adirondacks, where Cadi now lives.
There’s a scene were Cadi, who works at the local bookstore (of course), rings up Brandon’s book for Dean and stares at the tome in shock. She’s been trying to hide Idris’s very existence from Dean and recognizes this potentially dangerous and very undesirable connection immediately. Meanwhile, Dean notices Cadi staring and thinks she must have figured he needed a book about toxic relationship to help him deal with her.
Developing these complexities is one of the joys of writing. A good story should be a cohesive web of interconnecting actions and drama linked by elements of the theme.
Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- $25 Amazon gift card + ebook copies of both Silken Scales and Perfect Pitch – books 1 and 2 in Alex’s Chameleon Effect series
- 5x ebook copies of Perfect Pitch
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