Thursday, 3 May 2012

A Guest Post by Elise Stephens + eBook Giveaway

Moonlight and OrangesMoonlight and Oranges
by Elise Stephens 
Release Date: April 5th, 2012 
A timeless tale of young romance. Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin's long, tarnished history of relationships. 
When Lorona's curiosity leads her to Kestrin's journal, doubt plagues them both with insecurities and threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their whirlwind romance just a frivolous crush? Author Elise Stephens shares a journey of young love, fate, and wounded trust in the story of Lorona and Kestrin, a couple who must learn to overcome their fears to share a life together.

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Burning and Rebuilding Bridges

Something that’s always been pivotal for me in relationships, friendships, any kind of human connection, is making things right after things turn sour.  The temptation to let everything go up in flames after a bad fight and just walk away is huge for many people, but I have yearning that pulls me in the opposite direction—I walk right into those flames.

Rebuilding a bridge hurts and it’s harder than walking away, but I’ve spent much of my life doing just this.  Maybe it’s because of who I am – my mother always called me a peacemaker.

I remember when I was in college I told a friend that it didn’t matter how much recognition and awards I got (I was a smarty pants in school), if things weren’t “right” with my friends, nothing else mattered. 

I can sense tension in a relationship a mile away, even if that particular friend or significant other refuses to talk to me about it.  I have trouble sleeping, thinking clearly, and doing my job, etc, until I have found or made peace with that glitch in the relationship. 

This part of me factored hugely into my writing of Moonlight and Oranges.  Lorona’s fierce determination to see things through is what makes her such a different and challenging woman for Kestrin.  She’s seen the horror of a bridge burned and left smoldering in her own parents’ divorce and she’s not interested in creating another devastation of her own.

Kestrin, on the other hand, has left such a long line of burned bridges and failed relationships behind him, it’s hard to see Lorona through the smoke, but he tries very hard to clear the air.

I’m not so naïve as to think that every relationship is salvageable.  I’ve had a friendship go dead for years before anything began to slightly warm again.  And even now it’s only lukewarm, but hope is alive again. 

Friendships that have fallen out can revive, but both parties have to be willing.  Love affairs that have broken off can return to understanding friendships.  I’m on good terms with every man I’ve dated and I’ve never had a vicious breakup.  I’m not saying that was all my doing, but that’s my story.

I cried for each of my break-ups, but deeper than getting even or wishing he would jump off a cliff for making the worst decision of his life (choosing not to be with me), I always felt a burning desire to go further and make things right between us.  Often that meant apologizing.

With my ex boyfriends, I was very interested in still being friends.  With my family, I can’t live with the idea of being so angry that I never talk to them again.  It’s just not an option for me.  And with my husband, I try to never go to bed angry at him.  It’s too awful to be so far away from the person sharing my bed.

There are also definitely those relationships that are so toxic, we’d be fools if we didn’t run away.  But I want to challenge us to look at what terms of peace might look like and see if it’s just our stubborn pride and anger stopping us from making that peace happen. 

Bridges should be rebuilt far more than left in the ashes.                                                        

About the Author
Elise Stephens received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction from the University of Washington in 2007, where she also received her degree in Creative Writing. Moonlight and Oranges is her first novel and was a quarter-finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband where they both enjoy swing dancing, eating tiramisu, and savoring the flavor of local live theater.  Visit her at www.elisestephens.com.
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Wandah said...

Brilliant giveaway.  Thank you!

Erin-Amy Taylor said...

hmm special ability...flying! Because it's not really a dangerous ability that when out of control would harm someone and it would be pretty awesome, fly anyone without needing to pay for flights!! Holidays all round!!

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

It's beautiful!  Love her gown! 

Rhonda laney said...

Where are the other oranges? I only saw 1.  her whitne shoulders draw your attention

Elise Stephens said...

@ Rhonda@Rhonda laney there are lots of oranges laced within the pages of that story. :)
@Maria pronounced Mariah , thank you! I love the dress, too!

Kenia said...

Wow, gorgeous cover! I love it! Thanks for the giveaway! :) 

Giselleco said...

Great post it's interesting to see people takes on relationships. It's hard to learn to mend bridges and sometimes it may never be the same no matter what. I love the saying that trust is like a piece of paper, once it's crumpled, you can flatten it, but it won't ever be unwrinkled. Something like that lol. 

Elodie RASO said...

OMG this cover looks stunning and the bok sounds amazing :) !! Thanks for bringing this to my attention girls :) !! I can't read e-books  so I look forward to pick up a print copy =) !!

Sara said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
I really like the cover, especially the girl's dress. The contrast between the red dress and the black background is fantastic! (:
x

Rie Conley said...

Gorgeous! I just hope it has something to do with the contents!

Gabby @ What's Beyond Forks? said...

The cover is beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway! :o)

Bex said...

I really like the wistfulness of the cover. It makes me wonder what she's thinking whilst looking out at the full moon and the bright city lights across the horizon. Gorgeous dress too! :-)

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