Friday, July 25, 2014

Blog tour: Harp's Voice + guest post & giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome to our tour stop for Harp's Voice. We have a guest post and there's a tourwide giveaway everyone can enter. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

HARP’S VOICE (Harp’s Song #2) by Cassie Shine | Release Date: June 24, 2014

Single-minded to the point of near seclusion, Harp Evans’ only goal was to move away from her abusive mother, and start a new life at college. Now a freshman at a prestigious university, Harp continues to struggle letting people in, including her ex-boyfriend—Connor Williams—who has always stood by her, especially after her mother exposed a devastating secret about Harp’s origin.

While Harp figures out how to navigate her relationships, especially with her mom, Anne, she will have to exorcize her own demons and face challenges with uncompromising courage, including reuniting her broken family—the family that was shattered by the acts of one man.

After almost twenty years, is it possible for people to change their minds and open their hearts? More importantly, is Harp strong enough to pull them all back together?

BUY Harp's Voice (Harp's Song #2): Goodreads | Amazon

Harp's Song (Harp's Song #1) by Cassie Shine
YA contemporary
Paperback/ebook, 302 pages
Published 2014 by Cassie Shine (first published November 4th 2013)

In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self.

A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend.
As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of, for as long as she can remember?

Harp's Song: Goodreads | Amazon

The importance of having the main character (especially a female) become her own hero

Harp is a loose interpretation of me-plain and simple answer, right? Not really. She’s also inspired by other women who I have had the pleasure of knowing and who graciously shared their stories with me.

There are girls (and boys) dealing with the ugly face of abuse on a daily basis. It was important for me to write a character that didn’t let the abuse and hatred in her life pull her down. In Harp’s Song, Harp does eventually stray from her strength-doubting herself at every turn. I’ve had a few readers tell me they don’t like that she became weak, but I know what it’s like to constantly fight the negativity-to give yourself daily pep talks-and sometimes, it just becomes too much. Your will isn’t strong enough to keep fighting the fight so you look for companionship in all the wrong places because it’s easy. And, while those people don’t really care about you, their expectations are low and that’s all you need at that point in time. I think young girls tend to do this too much and I wanted to show that it’s not the only option; that you can chose YOU-you don’t need others to validate you!

It’s hard to do, trust me-but eventually you have to find that will again. Harp does find hers thanks to her love of music and the people in her life who love her and are devoted to seeing her succeed. But ultimately she does it because she wants to live a better life. I could have easily ended Harp’s story after Harp’s Song, but I knew her journey wasn’t over. I wanted to show her weakness and her strength, her self-doubt and her confidence-the juxtaposition of these character traits that make us human.

There’s a scene in Harp’s Voice where she and Connor are in the car on the way to Chicago and a Sara Evans song “A Little Bit Stronger” is playing on the radio and the lyric is: “Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger”.

I love this line. If I were ever to get a tattoo this is what it would say. I have always been inspired by characters and people-in a book and in real life-who have had an antagonist in their life, but who have persevered even if they lost their faith for a little bit. It takes real courage and strength to pull yourself up from the lowest of the lows and say, “I’m going to make something of myself. I’m going to be happy and I’m going to live my life for me!”    

I hope that’s what people take away from Harp and her story. 

About Cassie Shine
Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp's Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teenybopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything. 

After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly. 

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | Goodreads

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copy of HARP’S VOICE (US only)Three winners will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon or Book Depository (international). ***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***
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  1. I love the covers of these books and can't wait to read them!

  2. It sounds like I need to read the first book & catch up. Fantastic!!

  3. I never get tired of these coming of age stories! They really show how human human's are. :)
    Mary G Loki

  4. I really love how you explained what you wanted readers to understand from Harper-and learn from her. It's an uplifting message to teenagers :)
    I'll definitely be checking this out!!

  5. This sounds like a great book, such a happy read, I love almost all music too, so it sounds great. I loved your interview I am very much like that too. the excerpt is great too. thank you for the giveaway

  6. Covers look real cool will have to go check them out.

  7. We thank everyone for stopping by and supporting this tour!