Monday, June 4, 2012

Spectral Blog Tour: Guest Post by Shannon Duffy

(Click the image to go to its Goodreads page)
  Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.

As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.
Sounds great, right? And the author, Shannon Duffy, has written a special post today, all about...

The love triangle in Spectral
I do think writing a love triangle can be tricky because I never wanted anyone to think that Jewel is fickle or whatever. But, in reality, love triangles happen—emotions get mixed up, hearts are unsure, and different circumstances come into play that can make you second guess everything. Add to that, being a teenager and it can be even harder. I remember my teen years very well, and well, romance can be so all consuming and emotional. 

It was important for me to make it so that Jewel had a reason to doubt one of the guy’s true intentions, and therefore, second guess her heart and her ability to make the right choice. As a reader, we are in her head, so therefore we’re supposed to doubt one of the guys too. So, I’m hoping that people can relate to her decisions and confusion. But, it’s not long before Jewel realizes where her heart truly belongs, and in the end, she figures things out.
Thanks for inviting me to your blog today.
This does help you understand the nature of love triangles better, right? I know I do kinda hate the sometimes, but now I know why. Thank you so much Shannon, for sharing this with us!

Jen @ Midnight Book Thief


  1. Jen, thanks for hosting Shannon today!

  2. I enjoyed this book. Great guest post!

    ~Shane @Itching for books
    new follower


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