This is my stop during the blog tour for Synchrony (Destiny #2) by Cindy Ray Hale. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours . The blog tour runs from May 5 till May 25, you can view the complete tour schedule here.
When her parents discover she?s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson, the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it?s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered.
The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac’s bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn’t long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny’s best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need.
Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she?d hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchrony they so desperately need, or will she find a way to forgive Isaac and return to his outstretched arms?
You can find Synchrony on Goodreads.
Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster’s son at her Baptist high school. When they’re cast together in the school’s production of Les Mis?rables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.
As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.
But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?
Weaving around Destiny and Isaac’s alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Mis?rables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.
You can find Destiny on Goodreads
You can watch the book trailer here:
What inspired you to write your first book?
My sister and my husband bugged me to write. I was inspired by events from my own life and I twisted them to make them more interesting.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When facing a trial, losing yourself in the service of others will put your own problems into perspective. Also, forgive others, find yourself, don’t judge others based on their beliefs.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Pride and Prejudice, The Bible, The Book of Mormon
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye.
Do you enjoy writing girl characters or boy characters the most?
Usually, I’d say girl characters, but if I’m in a certain mood I like writing guy characters as well.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not super new ones, but relatively new. Rachel Harris, Karen Rock, Kasie West.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My writing partner Destiny Shackleford.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really. I’ve always loved books. I used to write little stories when I was in elementary school. I even have a journal entry from when I was 13, saying that I wanted to be an author when I grew up.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writer’s block is the WORST!
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love the timelessness of Jane Austen’s work. She wrote her books so long ago, but every time I read one of her books or watch a movie based off her work I still identify with what her characters are going through.
Where would you like to travel someday to do a book signing?
New York City or London would be AMAZING!
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
This is a tough question. Probably writing the pain that the characters go through.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Focus on serving others when life gets rough. Your own problems won’t seem so bad anymore.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Stick with it. If you’re facing writer’s block, find a writing partner, set aside an hour for writing, and see who can write the most words in that hour.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for your support! Every tweet, Facebook post, and especially review has helped me more than you can know.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Jane Austen, Stephanie Meyer, Cynthina Hand, Rachel Harris, Joanne and Karen Rock.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes. I have it really bad right now actually.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Destiny. Just kidding. There were parts of my life that made their way into the book and its set in a fictionalized version of my hometown, but Destiny has plenty of parts that don’t resemble my life at all. But if it were my life it would probably be something like, The Hectic Life of a Mother who Writes.
About the Author:
Cindy Ray Hale lives in a little slice of wooded heaven near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and children. She spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and dreams of joining their ranks one day. She?s a bit of a health food nut and can?t live without her daily green smoothies. She tries to stay sane as she juggles writing with four kids, staying active on social media, and keeping up her book blog at http://cinnamoncindy.blogspot.com/. In addition to writing and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written articles for “New Era” magazine and The American Preppers Network.
For more information on The Destiny Trilogy and Cindy?s upcoming books visit http://destinybycindyhale.blogspot.com/ or follow @CindyRayHale on Twitter.
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Synchrony. These are the prizes you can win:
– A $25 Amazon Gift Card (INTL), and a Destiny Swag Pack which includes: a signed copy of Destiny, a signed copy of Synchrony, a Destiny bookmark, a Destiny magnet, a Destiny keychain, and a Synchrony keychain.
– An ecopy of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris and a swag pack
– A Camp Boyfriend swag pack by JK Rock
– An ecopy of Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London.
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