Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Welcome Sallie Lundy-Frommer, Author of Yesterday's Daughter


I'm honored to be hosting a guest post by Sallie Lundy-Frommer, the author of Yesterday's Daughter. I appreciate her stopping by during her January blog tour.

If you think you aren't a fan of the paranormal genre, take a moment to reconsider. A successful story is all about the characters. Keep reading to find out more...

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Embracing Characters and Story
by Sallie Lundy-Frommer

I know people who just aren’t into paranormal novels. Werewolves, vampires, fairies, demons, whatever the mythical creature, they’re not interested. When asked why they don’t care for paranormal romance novels, sometimes I get the response, “I’m just not.” or something close to it.  I don’t debate their choices. Different strokes for different folks as the old adage goes. What I find interesting is for those who care to explain their reasons for not liking this genre, often their dislike is based on preconceived notions of what does or doesn’t happen in these types of books. 

Stories with vampires and other mythical creatures can appeal to and capture the devotion of readers across genres because they have elements that are fundamentally relatable regardless of the setting.  What makes a story relatable is the characters. Physically, they may have different forms, but emotionally they remind us of the good and bad in ourselves.  hen a character, such as Sapphira in Yesterday’s Daughter, is searching for her actual and emotional identity, that’s a situation that any reader can sympathize with. It doesn’t matter that she is a vampire. 

And, the pain and pressures Malachi deals with to conform and assent to what is accepted by others, that’s not a situation singular to a vampire story. We’ve all experienced peer pressure at one time or another. Whether on the playground, in the office, on a church pew or in our homes, we all know what it’s like to be pressured. Again, the situations and feelings are familiar to us even if the beings experiencing them aren’t human. The attraction to books revolving around vampires and other mythical creatures is the same as what brings readers to other genres. Stories with characters experiencing love, loss, action, betrayal and suspense. 

A book may have characters that bite or that shape shift or some other paranormal power, but what keeps readers turning pages is relating to and understanding the characters, their emotions, and struggles. For example, if you’ve read the Sookie Stackhouse stories, why is Sookie so relatable to the reader? Because she’s just trying to get by, love her brother and grandma, find ways to pay bills, find happiness, live her life as best as she can with the hand that’s been dealt. We can all relate to that regardless of the mythical creatures in the stories!   

So, when folks start rattling off reasons why they haven’t read or don’t like books of this type, I ask them what kind of characters and storylines do they like. Often I get responses with many of the character attributes and plots styles found in paranormal books. I suggest we have more common ground than not. Regardless of the mythical creatures used to tell a story or the settings in which the action may take place, when the emotional content galvanizes the reader along with action and adventure, it’s relatable to just about anyone.

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What do you look for in a favorite character?

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Without further ado, more information about the book and the author. Plus, take a moment to enjoy the book trailer...

Yesterday's Daughter:
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 Sallie Lundy-Frommer:

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.

The book trailer:


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Yesterday's Daughter is available on Amazon, Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.

You can find out more information about the author and the book on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, and the novel's Facebook page.

12 comments:

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

Tia,

Thanks so much for allowing me to guest post today. I appreciate your efforts.

Again, many thanks.

Tribute Books said...

Tia, thanks a million for hosting Sallie today. We appreciate your support of her book.

Sallie, I agree - a lot of people write paranormal romance off without giving it a chance. It is a genre that is rich and complex, and I appreciated your post in its defense.

Tia Bach said...

Sallie, Thanks so much for visiting. I loved your guest post and the book sounds amazing!

Tia Bach said...

And thanks to Tribute Books!

Dana & Keith Newbrough said...

I will definitely be downloading this on my kindle - sounds great! I agree about the stigma on these paranormal books. When I mention books in this genre people either act like I am a freak or uneducated--which are both far from true (because "all the great books are classics."). But, I love these books because I usually love the characters, the intrigue, the fast-pace and let's be honest - they do not bore me to tears like some of the classics. ;)

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

Dana & Keith,
I hope you enjoy Yesterday’s Daughter. Be sure to let me know what you think. I love getting feedback.

And thanks for your words of support; we paranormal lovers have to stick together...:-). It’s unfortunate that some people look down on this genre, after all, as you indicated there are some incredible books and series...the Sookie Stackhouse stories, J. R. Ward’s books, Christine Feehan’s dark series and so on.

I cannot speak for anyone else, but I don’t want to sit around reading Jane Eyre or Sense and Sensibility type books all the time...Sometimes you want something with a bite....:-).

Tia Bach said...

That's why I love reading all genres. Mix it up. Sometimes I'm in the mood for the classics and sometimes I want to be swept away.

And, Sallie, I laughed with the "bite" comment. So true!

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

Tia,

I mix it up too. I love Jean M. Auel’s Earth's Children books, some of LaVyrle Spencer’s books – Family Blessings is one of my favorites, almost anything by Stephen King and Harry Potter. I could go on and on...:-)

Like you, sometimes I want to swept away, taken away and blown away. I want to read an adventure that takes me to fantastic places where I can meet abstruse villains, angelic protagonists and everything in between.

Sometimes the only thing that will satisfy my appetite is paranormal characters........Demons, Werewolves, Vampires, Fairies, Angels, Sorceresses,

Warlocks......bring’em on.

Tia Bach said...

Sallie, I wish you much success, and I look forward to reading Yesterday's Daughter.

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

Thanks Tia,

All the best to you!!!

GMC said...

I absolutely loved Yesterday's Daughter. The evolution of the relationship between Malachi and Sapphira is breathtaking!

Tia Bach said...

Thanks for sharing, GMC. It only adds to my desire to read it soon!