May 17, 2012

Blog Tour: Allie Jean - Legacy of a Dreamer

Welcome to my stop on Allie Jean's Legacy of a Dreamer tour! Please check out the awesome guest post by the author, and then take a look into the book when you're done! Enjoy!

Allie Jean - Legacy of a Dreamer

• Pub Date: May 3, 2012
• Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
• Format: Paperback/ebook
• Age Range: Young Adult

Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.

Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her.

On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn’t begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. In this environment, she faces a whole new set of challenges.

One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare. Her dreams are clues to her future, and her life becomes twisted and dangerous when she learns that things that go bump in the night are not just in fairy tales and childhood stories.

by Allie Jean

I'd have to say that my favorite character to write is Mathias. He evolves so much in the book, literally. Even when he is nothing more than a shadow named "Nick', he held so much mystery and enchantment. And the history behind him and his kind is so intricate and extensive, I loved being able to play with his story and making it into something truly unique.

As far as his personality, Chantal likes to mess with his militarialistic (is that a word?), strict, and rigid exterior and finding the soft hearted warrior inside. He's always been her protector, watching her from a world away, yet he hasn't allowed himself to look at Chantal closely, noticing the woman she'd become. Now, with her life in danger and her past revealed in front of them both, he's able to see her differently, and in turn, redefine who he is to her. I really liked developing him into the character he later comes to be. And the romance between him and Chantal, well, there is more to come of that in the second book.

In contrast, my least favorite character to write is Damon. He is so dark and disturbed, battling so many things in his own head that it was hard for me to delve inside his mind. Although the audience doesn't understand his motives for the things he did in the past, I do. And it is a very hard secret for me to keep, knowing how involved it is in why his character is so messed up and the moving plot of the story.
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Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. At a very early age, her days were spent inventing stories, directing her sisters in made-up plays or telling elaborate ghost stories. Her mind never took breaks, or shutdown, even when she slept. When her eyes shut at night, she would have vivid dreams complete with extensive, elaborate plot lines, and good overcoming evil villains.

She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat secret hobby. It became a means to escape from the drama of real life into one of the many worlds she created.

Now, living in California with her husband of ten years, her love of storytelling had taken a back seat with the arrival of their four children. Though, she always found time to write down her thoughts on whatever was handy, including a stray diaper or two while rocking a sleeping child in the middle of the night when her character's begged for attention as well.

As a busy wife, mother and working full-time outside the home, somehow she has been able to write down her relentless character's story. Her once secret hobby and private world, is now released, for others to enjoy. Nothing would make Allie happier that to continue writing and spend more time at home with her family on a more full-time basis.

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