Saturday, 7 June 2014

Heart Song by Desiree Williams Blog Tour and Giveaway!



Title : Heart Song
Author : Desiree Williams


In Aldonnia, the evil of Varkadon overflows its borders. War ravages the lands…
For as long as eighteen year-old Alanna can remember she’s lived in hiding, sealed off from the outside world. Despite a future built around a steadfast rule of seclusion, Alanna dreams of the impossible. Of a life outside of her parents’ cabin. A life with more for company than just birds and woodland creatures. A life she knows deep down is impossible for someone with gifts like hers.
That all changes the day Alanna finds a man floating face down in a stream. Despite her parents’ warnings, Alanna pulls the injured man out of the water and heals him with her elemental talents. Just another good deed. Until the man wakes and Alanna realizes so much more has happened than simply a life saved. The healing she performed on the stranger bound her soul to Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia.
Alanna’s heart wants to keep the prince, but duty and destiny intervene. Alanna’s world is rocked as her parents are lost. Left in the care of family she didn’t know, Alanna learns more than she wanted to about the evil threatening the lands. There is much more behind her parents’ drive to protect. Alanna learns her gifts were bestowed in order to fulfill a greater purpose. A greater calling. One her enemies seek to destroy at all cost.
Alanna’s choice is clear. To either ignore her destiny and remain hidden, or boldly fight to keep what sings to her heart.


Guest Post : 

Before we start going into the meanings behind the story, I want to say THANK YOU! Being able to guest post on your blog is truly an honor. =) Not to mention, I get to talk all about my characters. Great, right?!

When I set out to create Heart Song, I wanted to deliver a story that had meaning behind it. A story where the reader would not only feel the love, but the hope and encouragement behind the words. A tale where pure, genuine, heart-felt love conquers all. A love that ignites the kind of hope that overcomes the evil pounding at the door. Having that in mind I chose names for the main characters based on the type of feel I wanted them to portray in the story. Granted, not all character names were so well thought-out, but the main players were indeed.

Let’s start with Alanna. Her name means ‘beautiful; peaceful’. Not only is Alanna beautiful on the outside, but, more importantly, she is beautiful on the inside. As she journeys through the path of self-discovery, Alanna brings with her a sense of peace to the people. She learns more about her purpose and her calling, and with that she brings a light and hope to a war ravaged land.  

Next up is Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia. Jerric means ‘strong; gifted ruler’. This definition matches Jerric’s gifts/ talents, but also his character. He’s a strong, noble, honorable prince who is gifted to protect his heart song and his people. I can’t tell you how Jerric’s gifts change throughout the story, you’ll have to read and see. =)

Then comes the lovely Laelynn, Jerric’s sister. Her name means ‘flower of hope’. We will see more of Laelynn in book two of the Heart Song Trilogy, but she is destined to bring hope to a divided nation. Her gifts and talents are over nature – plants and animals – and her talents bloom and blossom as she opens her heart to love.

Last, but certainly not least, is Dustan, Alanna’s cousin. Even though Dustan is a fun-loving prankster, he is a fighter, as his name implies. He fights for righteousness, he fights to protect his clan, and he will fight to protect the woman who’s claimed his heart.

There are more dynamic characters that will partake in the Heart Song Trilogy, but these are the four you’ll want to keep your eye on.

Many of us, as we trudge through the day to day activities, need little reminders that we can achieve the impossible, and I hope that these characters can do that. Readers dive into books for an array of reasons, but one I see stand out the most is to escape. I tend to do that myself. When I’m stress and about to wig-out, I grab a book.

Each of us have a purpose. We each are strong, gifted, beautiful individuals who bring hope with us as we climb the mountain to achieve our dreams. There might be some challenges and battles along the way, but anything worthwhile is worth fighting for.

Thanks again for having me! I loved being able to give everyone a sneak peek behind the meaning of the book and characters.  **Thanks for taking the time to do a Guest Post for us. I loved getting to know your characters a bit :) 


About the Author

Desiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.
You can find out more about Desiree and her books at www.desireewilliamsbooks.blogspot.com

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Giveaway : 
An origami owl necklace representing the main character, Alanna, a $10 Amazon gift card, and a $10 iTunes gift card. 

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* The winner of the giveaway will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter and announced on Desirees blog site and Facebook account the morning of Jun 13th. 

10 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great read - I really enjoy elemental magic reads!

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    1. I love the sound of this myself! It sounds so good.

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  2. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway, and btw I totally love your blog! :)

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  3. This pendant is just amazing! And the book sounds just like my cup of tea (I know it's an idiom, nut I really love tea heheh)

    Ana Death Duarte

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    1. Isnt it!! It looks awesome and I agree about the book.

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  4. Thank you for featuring this book! It looks like a strong read!

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    1. You are welcome! I love the sound of it myself!

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