The Accalia Series, #1
by H.L. Girton
Date of Publication: August 14th 2017
Cover Artist: SK Designs
Genre: YA Paranormal
Tagline: The truth hurts more than secrets and lies
After traveling the country with her aunt, Genesis Berkley finally feels like she is home. Settling in Tillamook, Oregon, she begins a new life and everything seems to be going smoothly. That is, until she runs into a mysterious young man.
The feelings that he awakens are unsettling, and soon, her simple, peaceful world shatters. Lies and secrets are revealed, and danger lurks in every corner.
Now, Genesis must discover if she is strong enough to fulfill her destiny. Will she learn to accept the truth before it is too late.
“Genesis, are you sure you accept this punishment in place of Liam?” Jerimiah asked as steadily as he could before his voice broke off.
“I accept it,” I said coolly, keeping my eyes on Liam. “I love you,” I whispered to Liam as the whip cracked down across my back.
Tears spilled out of my eyes and across my cheek as the pain from the whip seared through my body. The nerves burned where the warm blood leaked out across my back. My knees buckled beneath me as I tried to remain strong. I would not appear weak in front of these people. They would not break me or change me.
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Guest Blog from Author H.L. Girton
What makes truth and lies work so well in a YA PNR?
Hello! I am author H.L. Girton. I am guest blogging today and sharing the news about my debut novel and brand new release of The Accalia. I would like to discuss a topic in relation to my novel revolving around the importance of truth and lies being present within a young adult paranormal romance fiction and how it works so well with it.
When writing The Accalia I had to think about this topic a lot. Living in everyday life, everyone is faced with the question is that the truth or is it a lie? We, as humans, have to constantly be watching and answering that question everywhere we go and through every milestone and event in our lives. For The Accalia, I had to take into account that the main character, Genesis, would be dealing this this conflict on a whole different level. Teens and young adults face reality and the truth in such a way that becomes very dramatic and intense. When confronted with the possibility of loved ones lying or that they are being withheld from things that are important, it can become quite emotional. So I had to take the struggles that one would deal with when what they thought was the truth for their whole life and found out it was a complete fabricated lie and incorporate that into my novel.
As an author, it was important for me to have this struggle in my novel. This is something that many teens and young adults are faced with often. The ability to connect to such a conflict and relate to the character and her emotions really draws the reader in. With a young adult paranormal romance, it works well with it just for that reason. The age group is still a group, in my opinion, that is sorting out conflicts and emotions on the same level that is experienced by the character. Having that connection to the characters intensifies the story to relate on a more personal level. It makes you feel as if you are really there and sharing that same feeling with the character. With paranormal, it is an imaginative world that takes the idea of life and brings in what we can only imagine to be real. So having that struggle in determining if life was really what they thought it was and accepting the truth for what it really is and understanding what they thought was true was really all lies. It’s one of the hardest pills to swallow.
Still being a somewhat younger adult (I refuse to believe I am nearing thirty) I have had to face similar struggles in my life to accepting reality for what it really was when the lies were so much easier to accept and remain in denial. Have you had a similar experience or found yourself in a scenario where you were faced with confronting lies or accepting a truth you weren’t ready for?
Heather Girton has been a creative writer since her childhood, writing creative stories and poems for the love of imagination and literacy. It started out as an outlet for personal struggles and a way to cope with them through fictional fantasy and turned into a passion and need to share her aspirations with the world. It wasn’t until 2013 that she decided to share her talent through fictional novels due to the encouragement from her family and friends.
Since graduating high school in 2006, Heather has spent the last eleven years being a dedicated mother and military spouse. In that time she nurtured a family of four children all while traveling the country following her husband’s career. She spent the last five years working towards her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. She has done volunteer work with grief support organizations gaining experience with her field of study.
Currently Heather lives in Texas with her husband, children, support dog, and lazy cat. She is an avid reader and loves it as much as she adores writing. She spends her free time sharing her devotion for it with her children. When she isn’t reading, writing or focusing on her family, Heather has a personal admiration for photography.