Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Concealed in the Shadows: "The Fear of Sharing Writing" (Author Guest Post) and a Giveaway!

Concealed in the Shadows
by Gabrielle Arrowsmith
(YA Dystopian)
Published by Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: May 17, 2013

Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033 -- her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.

Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.

What Sydney doesn’t know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her -- can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love? When her sister’s life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known. The cost could be deadly…

How will she choose?

GABRIELLE ARROWSMITH enjoyed writing her debut novel, Concealed in the Shadows, during a lovely Minnesota summer that she had off from her primary profession, teaching. Acting, playing and coaching soccer, reading, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends are among her other interests.

The Fear of Sharing Writing
By Gabrielle Arrowsmith

Writing is precise and creative, two pathways ever at odds, perpetually fighting for the last word. When and how one defeats the other is what we call an author’s voice.

The product of a process so intimate and deliberate is bound to be personal. That, coupled with the prevalence of the fears of failure and rejection, has misled one too many talented storytellers to hide away their unique creations.

My fears of failure and rejection have overwhelmed me many times in my life, so much so that I’ve withheld my best or given up so as to protect my handiwork from judgment.

Recently, I realized it is a far greater transgression to allow my character to be judged and deemed weak and afraid. So I lifted my chin and continued to write.

My computer housed my growing story during the days and throughout many nights. My memory fought to store the idea overload until my fingers were rested enough to interlace them into the plot.

Finally, the end was in sight. A smile erupted from within me, but before it could rise to live on my lips, it was smothered by qualms that overtook my stomach. I had written a magnificent story, one that deserved to be shared.

Ironically, it was the perseverance of one of my own characters that inspired me to face my fears. After all she had been through, I simply couldn’t tuck her away in a file to die.

There are things in this world worthy of my fear; sharing my writing is no longer on the list.

Where to find Gabrielle:
Website: http://www.gabriellearrowsmith.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ConcealedInTheShadows
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6880655.Gabrielle_Arrowsmith
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/garrowsmith13
CTP Website: http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com/gabrielle-arrowsmith.html

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of Concealed in the Shadows and a bookmark!


One lucky winner will receive a copy of Concealed in the Shadows, by Gabrielle Arrowsmith (eBook) and a bookmark! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much, Susan, for spotlighting "Concealed in the Shadows" and for hosting the giveaway. I appreciate your support and the support of your followers!


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