Today I have author Jolyn Palliata here talking about her book Amber Eyes. Amber Eyes is the first book in the Entwined Souls Trilogy. Let me tell you, once you read this one you’ll be glad it’s a trilogy and sad there’s not more than three books. Here’s the blurb and cover to help you understand Jolyn’s post better.
~*~*~*~*~ The Blurb ~*~*~*~
After an accident, one she shouldn’t have walked away from, Lexi’s life finally begins. She meets Dez, a new student with the most beautiful eyes she’s ever seen. And since gazing into them, Lexi has had vivid waking dreams that pull her back through time, and into the warm embrace of a mysterious stranger—a stranger who becomes all too familiar. When offering an explanation for her detailed visions, Dez changes her world forever with two simple words: Soul mates. For the first time in her life, Lexi feels safe and complete. But lingering in the shadows is the embodiment of evil, coveting the light within her. He’s a threat to Lexi’s very existence, and to a love that has transcended time.
~*~*~*~ From Jolyn ~*~*~*~
As you know from the book description, Amber Eyes (Entwined Souls Trilogy – Book One), centers around the concept of soul mates and past lives. I honestly haven’t made a “real life” determination as to what I believe regarding reincarnation, so everything I wrote about in the book was strictly for entertainment/storyline purposes. But believe me, it was fun exploring the various religious beliefs out there (and “what if’s”) that were built into the book. A total blast!
One tiny aspect the book lightly explores how our past lives imprinted on our souls to affect who we are in this one. Meaning, all our past experiences carry forward into our next life as passions and fears. Maybe this is why some of us have a deep-seeded need to write, or to sing, or anything else you may be passionate about in life. On the other side of the coin, that may be why some of us have unnatural fears and phobias of various types.
Let’s think about this…
I have a passion for writing. Does that mean I was an author in a previous life? Or maybe I was an avid reader who aspired to write? I also love rock music—I thrive on it!—but I don’t have a musical bone in my body. So what could that mean? What affected me so profoundly in my past life that draws me to it, but not be a part of it?
Though I want to shy away from it, let’s look at fears. I’m ashamed to admit that even at 37-years-old, a part of me is still afraid of the dark. Why? A number of things could have happened in relation to the dark, so who knows. But another thing I don’t like is anything around my neck—a wrapped scarf, a tight collar, a turtle-neck. That paints a more specific scenario, doesn’t it? (I shudder to think!!)
What about personality? I’m a strange combination of an introvert and extrovert, depending upon the situation. I’m both self-conscious and confident in the world. And outgoing and shy when meeting new people. I love joking around, but have a deep-thinking side at the same time. What caused all these contradictions in me?
It’s kind of crazy to think about—to just let your mind go and ponder all the possibilities. ;)
How about you? What passions and fears to you have? And assuming my imaginary world is real, what could have created them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for stopping by to chat. And thank you, Amie, for having me!
Thanks for sharing Jolyn! And everyone else, don’t forget to come by tomorrow when I’ll have a review for you on Jolyn’s first book in the Entwined Souls Trilogy, Amber Eyes. Here’s a hint to hold you over…it’s FABULOUS! But that’s all you’re getting outta me today! Until then, may you have lots of <3–Amie
~*~*~*~ Author Bio ~*~*~*~
Jolyn’s writing career began in 2009 when she looked across the sea of cubicles at work, and thought, “I was meant for something more than this.” That thought was immediately followed by, “I wonder if I can write a novel.” Four novels and one novella later, that question has been answered. She started with Amber Eyes (Entwined Souls Trilogy – Book One), a young adult paranormal romance. They always say, with the first book, you write about what you know. And she certainly did! Drawing off her teenage years in Oshkosh, WI, Jolyn incorporated her high school and favorite haunts. She even pulled out her favorite music from back then to help recapture the teenager within.
Jolyn has absolutely no qualifications whatsoever to be a writer, other than a knack and a passion. The knack she worked hard for through betas, critique partners, writer sites, editors, etc, but the passion she’s had since she was in middle school.
Being married, and mother to one very precocious six-year-old, doesn’t leave her with a whole heckofalot of time to write – not to mention working full-time – but that is where lack of sleep comes in very handy. Jolyn has a gift of functioning on minimal sleep when totally absorbed by a writing project…although she crashes like dead weight when it’s fully completed/edited (usually 2-3 months later).
Her current listing of published books includes:
· Amber Eyes (Entwined Souls Trilogy – Book One) – young adult paranormal romance
· Connected (Twists of Fate #1) – paranormal romance
· A Modern Love Story – contemporary / romantic suspense
Random information and quirks about Jolyn (because everyone has them):
· She likes to listen to loud music. Period. But especially when she has a headache (helps to drown it out).
· When she’s overtired, she gets slaphappy. (Heaven help those around her.)
· She titles a book before she writes it, because she’s anal enough to where that would bother her.
· She can’t walk into a Barnes and Noble without buying a book. Even if she has a pile of unread books at home (which she does), it just doesn’t feel right to leave empty-handed.
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A side note–If you make a comment on this post, you’ll be entered to win a copy of Amber Eyes. Oh, and make sure I have your email addy. And believe me, you want this book. So one lucky winner will walk away happy today. But don’t despair if you don’t win. I’ll be giving away a copy of Amber Eyes myself tomorrow when I post my review. How cool! Two chances to win. So don’t forget to leave a comment today. And don’t forget to come back tomorrow! <3 ya! Ames