Thursday, December 12, 2013

Guest Post: A Heart That Breaks the Soil Blog Tour

**This post contains strong subject matter. Please be advised. The author is discussing her book which is about rape/abuse.**
Juniper Grove Book Solutions

Title: A Heart That Breaks the Soil
Author: Monica Lee
Published:  September 2013
Word Count:  95,000
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Mandy held on to hope that her husband and her situation would change as she tried to honour her commitment despite all signs pointing to this being an unworkable marriage.  A Heart That Breaks the Soil takes you across the vast expanses of Africa and into the insecure realm of the human psyche.

This is the story of how one woman struggled to find her way in the search for that one coveted destination: a happy life.  It is Mandy’s story but it will become yours as well as you enter her world of trials and deep sadness, mixed in with humour, friendship and love.
Mandy could hear Winston in the background saying good- bye to his relatives. He then turned to Mandy. “Are you coming or would you like to stay behind?” he asked in a very pleasant voice. The relatives around him burst into laughter at hearing him joke so lightly. Mandy hastily fell into step and together they walked back to the car, and she was the only one who knew he wasn’t joking.

Mandy’s sisters said she looked stunning that afternoon at the registration office. She wore a lilac skirt with a well-fitting silk band, which enhanced her slender waist; the skirt fell elegantly to the floor. A snow-white bodice to accent the lilac skirt showed off her full bust. Her hat was a deeper purple with white and lilac ribbons that gave her an enchanting look.

Driving back in silence after tying the knot was something you don’t see in movies because movies are a fairy tale fantasy; this was real. Mandy could tell by his breathing that he was still very tense. When they got home, he jumped out of the car before it ground to a halt and rushed into the house. Just as he was throw- ing the wedding ring into the kitchen bin, Mandy walked in.

Was that where their symbol of marriage would lie? Looking at the ring lying on top of the rubbish, 

she reached to pick it up but a second thought overrode her instinct to retrieve it.

About the Author:
The author was born in Zambia. She spent years in England and Sweden as a young woman. For the last 20 year she has taught in an international school in Africa. Monica enjoys writing, cooking and reading. A Heart That Breaks the Soil - is her first contemporary fiction novel. She now lives and works in Asia with her husband and children. Monica is now writing her second book.

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4 Kindle ebooks of A Heart That Breaks the Soil
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What are the elements necessary to make a strong protagonist? (Stories welcome!)
To create a strong protagonist you’ve got to get the readers to understand what’s going on inside a character and how the character will achieve their goal. If you have the courage to live life that is true to yourself and not the life other expect of you, you have create a strong character. Get the reader to walk in that characters shoes, to find out what stands in this characters way, so that when the story unfolds the reader can identify or at least understand and enjoy the story.
I think in the past I lived a life that others expected me to lead and I did not have the courage to live otherwise because I was not true to myself. When I started to write I was able to create a character in those line. My character did not have a goal in life but eventually found one.
In the book three women are having a conversation on how they are trying to save money for their children: quote
“My earnings go into the children’s trust fund.” Rachel smiled. She then went on to narrate how after one of these trips to the bank Rachel returned to the strong room to find an unauthorised employee in the back room. She was a trusted saleslady who had worked for them for a number of years and was now lying on the table whilst Rachel’s husband had his trousers round his ankles. The saleslady tried to get up as Rachel walked in on them but was roughly pushed back down on the table. Her husband of twelve years, with whom she had had three children, simply turned and said, “Get out and close the door.” There was no way he was going to stop until he was done. Rachel could not however leave the small room: she just slowly backed into a corner and felt compelled to observe the scene unfolding in front of her even though it filled her with horror and disgust. Her legs simply did not have the strength to take her out of thatwindowless room.
Rachel paused for a moment and there was a moment of silence from the others. She then looked at them all in turn and asked the question.
“Do you know what it is like to be raped every other night, knowing there is nothing you can do about it?”

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