Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Guest Post: Andrea Heltsey

Check out my new book Dissolve by Andrea Heltsley For those of you who don’t know, I have just recently published my YA paranormal romance book: Dissolve.

Here are some things I want to share about the book.

Description: Everything seemed to be going right for Cora.  She had a wonderful fiance, a great best friend and a fulfilling life.  One day, a tragic event causes that life to crumble around her.  She turns to her best friend in her time of need.  They embark on a search for answers, delving deeper into a web of magic and destruction.  The closer they get to the truth, the more questions they have.  To Cora, magic was the stuff of fairy tales.  Immersed into a very different kind of world, the real storm was just beginning to take hold. “It felt like I was nowhere yet everywhere all at once.  I was invisible and completely panicked.  The millions of pieces I had dissolved to drift on the breeze and away from my nightmares.  It was kind of like floating weightless in a pool, perfectly relaxing.  The warm breeze from the window embraced and soothed me.  I let the air current carry me as far as it could through the summer city.” “Defeated, I closed my eyes and took a few calming breaths trying to relax myself.  I pictured the dandelion in the park today and took a deep breath as to blow the fluffy seeds in all directions.  I pretended I was light and fluffy and started to feel a tingling in my body.  I began to feel as light as the dandelion seeds and soon I felt like mist floating.  This time, I tried to keep myself in the room, swirling in a humid block.” Word count 81,521

Road Trip Playlist for Dissolve
Codes and Keys- Death Cab for Cutie
Dark Blue- Jack’s Mannequin
The Creationist- Kerli
Secrets - One Republic
Just Tonight- The Pretty Wreckless
Drown- Carolina Liar
AM/FM Sound- Matt & Kim
Fixed at Zero- Versa Emerge
This is For Real- Motion City Soundtrack
Done- Charlotte Sometimes
What You Want- Evanescence
Saying Sorry- Hawthorne Heights
Northern Downpour- Panic! At The Disco
Firefight- Jimmy Eat World
Make a Run for It- Hit the Lights
This is War- Thirty Seconds to Mars

An excerpt from Dissolve

Through all the mess, I managed to actually have a peaceful dream.  I dreamt I was an incandescent purple butterfly floating lightly through the summer air.  I reveled in the warm night and the soft breeze I was encompassed in.  Looking up, I revealed a gibbon’s moon waning in the inky night amongst the twinkling stars. Gentle as the breeze itself, I landed on a blade of grass.  I was surrounded by an entire field of swaying grass and I sank down to the soft earth.  Time seemed to stand still as I took in the warm peaceful night. That was when I woke up, and I meant that I really woke up.  I was lying in a meadow, the cool earth beneath me.  My blue eyes snapped open in panic.  I soon realized that the moon, the breeze and the grass were no figment of my imagination.Naked and panicked, my mind began racing as all the thoughts course through it at once.  Where was I?  How was I going to get back to the motel?  Naked and exposed, I tried to steady my breathing for fear of the panic.  I stood up, looking around under the cover of darkness.  My heart raced and then skipped a beat as I saw the motel just off to the left of my field of vision.  Knowing that I couldn’t walk back there naked, I chose the option to dissolve.  I was shaking and it was hard to gain my bearings.  Sinking down to the ground, I remembered the trick Nessa taught me.  After a few tries, I managed to succeed.  I was a dandelion and my particles were molecules floating carelessly on the wind like fluffy bits of seeds. Once again, the feeling of the soft breeze surrounded me.  I swirled with the flow of the air towards the motel and soon I was seeping into the corners of the mildew laden door.  Wasting no time, I reformed on the other side and quietly slid on my clothes.  Too freaked to process any of this, I climbed back into bed and slowed my breathing to a steady rhythm.

There will be a sequel: Detour in early 2013
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Andrea Heltsey's Bio: I am a biology nerd who loves reading just about anything paranormal and some chick lit. I enjoy sunshine and my two Italian greyhounds with my husband. I always write to music, it helps the creative process. Dissolve is my first novel. I have been writing ever since I was in grade school and have finally decided to make a career out of it. More books to come summer 2012 and 2013.


Drea Shane said...

Thanks for hosting my book!!!

Unknown said...

Nice guest post Andrea! I like the road trip play list :)

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