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Monday, June 4, 2012

GUEST BLOG and Giveaway: Patricia Yager Delagrange


This post is part of a Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during her tour. Click on the tour banner to see the rest of her stops and go comment...remember, the more you comment, the better your chances!

Five Things My Heroine Taught Me
Patricia Yager Delagrange

In my book, Moon Over Alcatraz, the main character is Brandy. She loses her baby at birth and falls into a deep depression. Five things I’ve learned from her are:

1. When you’re feeling so low that you cannot imagine things changing or ever getting better, believe in yourself. Know that you’re strong enough to get through anything. It’s all in your attitude.

2. Don’t blame yourself for things that happen that are out of your control. We cannot always explain why something terrible happens to us, like losing your baby. But, as you can see in the movie Forrest Gump when Jenny’s left him and Forrest is so in love with her and wants to marry her, he literally runs across the U.S. and back. During his journey he discovers that “**it happens”. There’s nothing we can do but keep going forward.

3. If someone lets you down (and in Brandy’s case, it’s her husband Weston), know there are others out there who will help you through tough times. Brandy had her closest friend and next-door neighbor, Cecilia, who always gave her good advice and had her back through the thick of it.

4. Stick to your beliefs. They will keep you on track through the worst times of your life. Brandy believes in “kharma” -- what goes around, comes around. She always tried to be the best person she could be, and when she messed up, she tried to get back on track and be a better person, learning from her mistakes.

5. First, trust in yourself, then you’ll have the strength to trust in others. Brandy had to find her inner strength in order to extricate herself from a bad marriage. Her high school friend, Edward, helped her see that she could trust him, but that only happened after she started trusting herself.

About the Author:
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I attended St. Mary’s College, studied my junior year at the University of Madrid, received my B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara then went on to get my Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University. I live with my husband and two teenage children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with our two very large chocolate labs, Annabella and her son Jack.

My horse lives in the Oakland hills in a stall with a million dollar view.

Find the author online:!/PattiYager

Following the death of their baby during a difficult birth, Brandy and Weston Chambers are grief-stricken and withdraw from each other, both seeking solace outside of their marriage; however, they vow to work through their painful disloyalty. But when the man Brandy slept with moves back to their hometown, three lives are forever changed by his return..


marybelle said...

Thank you for the 5 things you learned. I found it very interesting. I know I am going to enjoy this tour for MOON OVER ALCATRAZ.

I want to move in with your horse.


Debby said...

I enjoyed those 5 things. There are a few things I can use.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Patricia today

Patricia said...

Thank you, Marybelle and Debby, for stopping by and commenting on my blog tour. I'd never been asked this question before today and it really made me think about the "why" of my writing.

Patricia said...

I want to start off the day by thanking Long and Short Reviews for hosting me on their site today. This is fun!

Patricia Yager Delagrange


Patti, what a wonderful blog! You've written a deeply moving story and the lessons the heroine learns can be learned by all of us. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Good to see a Bay Area author and story! Sounds intriguing...


Cheryl Rhodes said...

Those are 5 good things for everyone to learn! Thanks for sharing!

Karen H in NC said...

Hi Patricia,

You are a new-to-me author so following you around on your book tour will be a fun way to get to know you and your work.

How did you come up with the title for this book? I've heard it said so many times that the first line of a book must grab the reader's attention in order for the reader to continue. Is that all important first line actually the first line you write? Or do you get your story started and go back later to discover what will be the perfect first line?

Patricia said...

Hi Karen! The title as well as the entire book is revised and revised over and over again after I write it. I got the title from one of the scenes early on in the novel where Brandy and Weston are in their old home in San Francisco and they look out the window at the moon which is hanging like a medallion over the island of Alcatraz. Essentially, it represents a much happier time for them, right before they lose their baby. Also, the first line of my book was NOT the first line for many months. But I wanted to "hook" the reader and that's what I came up with - to plunge the reader into the story from the get-go.
Thank you for asking.

Samantha said...

Hey Patricia,

Fellow Musan here. I love your blog post and I'll be following it for one see how this guest-blog thing is done when its done right! Enjoyed learning a bit about you and looking forward to quite a bit more! Best of luck
Samantha Combs

Carol Marvell said...

Hi Patti,
Everything you mentioned is so true, and it's nice to be reminded of these important things. Good luck with your book and your blog tour.
Carol Marvell

Carol Marvell said...

Hi Patti,
Everything you mentioned is so true and it's nice to be reminded of these important things. Good luck with your book and your blog tour. Carol Marvell

Patricia said...

Hey Samantha! Thank you for being here and leaving a comment. This is my first blog of a virtual blog tour that will last the entire month of June. It should be interesting and fun.

Patricia said...

Hi Carol! Thank you reading and commenting. It was a great question to be asked. It forced me to think of what ideas I'm manifesting in my book. It's not like I started with the idea that I wanted to promote. It's just the way the characters developed.