Echoes in the Glass
by Cheri Lasota
Release date: December 2013
Publisher: Ever-Sea Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Finnian bears the scar of an unspeakable crime. Tiria hides the pain of a terrible betrayal. When all their secrets are laid bare, will the truth rip them apart or forever silence the echoes of the past?
Seventeen-year-old Finnian Bell has been on the run for years, but he finally has a chance to rebuild his life while restoring an abandoned lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. Tiria Lucas, the lightkeeper's daughter, is still reeling from the pain of an event that has shattered her innocence. Fear and bitterness have turned her heart from Finnian, but he is determined not to let her go.
The lighthouse harbors dark secrets of its own... When Finnian and Tiria uncover the story of two teens hidden in the tower back in 1935, they discover a shocking connection that bridges time and death.
Crossing genres into worlds you've never seen... Echoes in the Glass is half-contemporary, half-historical with enough mystery, romance and lighthouse lore to ignite your imagination.
Author’s take on Carina Jane:
Is she based on anyone you know?
I had a blast dreaming up the personality of my 1934 character Carina Jane. I based her on my vague memories of the character Idgie Threadgoode from the film Fried Green Tomatoes, which I had seen some 15 years before. I loved Carina’s voice in this story. I found her spitfire attitude and Amazonian desire to care for her little sister and her leading man, Morgan Graves, refreshing. She breathed life into this novel. I didn’t have to think when I wrote her. She came out fully formed, and boy, did she have a LOT to say!
What are her vices?
Carina’s got a snarky attitude and it often gets her into trouble. It also saves her butt from time to time, so it’s a trade off. Carina will plow down anyone who stands in the way of what she wants. And she’s very opinionated about what’s needed, that’s for sure.
What are her virtues?
Carina Jane has a powerful need to protect her loved ones. She’s hardworking, loyal to a fault, and strives for more than what she’s been dealt. She wants to make something of herself, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Is there anything about her you know that the readers don’t and may find interesting?
I based Carina Jane partially on a couple of archetypes: Isis (Female Messiah) and Amazon Woman. I can see these attributes coming out in her when she’s pushed into difficult or uncomfortable circumstances. That said, she’s also got two crutches: claustrophobia and a debilitating fear of ghosts.
How is she described in the book (physical and/or personality)
I originally based her looks off Actress Emma Watson, but when I saw the model that Photographer Krista Weisz had picked for the cover of Echoes in the Glass, I said, “That’s her!” In the promotional pictures of her, I can really see it. She’s got the spray of freckles across her nose and that faraway look in her eyes. Perfect!
Cheri Lasota has written poetry and fiction for sixteen years, edited fiction for nine years and recently jumped headlong into design work for enhanced e-books. She has a great love for all things techy, so she finds herself pushing the boundaries of e-book marketing and design at every turn. Her passion for fiction and helping other novelists achieve their goals is without limits.
Her bestselling debut novel, ARTEMIS RISING, is a 2013 Cygnus Awards First Place Winner and a 2012 finalist in the Next Generation Indie Books Awards. Cheri just released her how-to e-book DESIGN AND UPLOAD YOUR EPUB and is currently finishing up her second YA novel, ECHOES IN THE GLASS, set on the Oregon Coast.
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