BOOK TOUR GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: The Sundered by Ruthanne Reid
Welcome to my stop on the book tour for The Sundered. I’m featuring a guest post by the author, Ruthanne Reid!
Harry Iskinder knows the rules. Don’t touch the water, or it will pull you under. Conserve food, because there’s no arable land. Use Sundered slaves gently, or they die too quickly to be worthwhile.
With extinction on the horizon and a world lost to deadly flood, Harry searches for a cure: the Hope of Humanity, the mysterious artifact that gave humans control over the Sundered centuries ago. According to legend, the Hope can fix the planet.
But the Hope holds more secrets than Harry knows. Powerful Sundered Ones willingly bow to him just to get near it. Ambitious enemies pursue him, sure that the Hope is a weapon. Friends turn their backs, afraid Harry will choose wrong.
And Harry has a choice to make. The time for sharing the Earth is done. Either the Sundered survive and humanity ends, or humanity lives for a while, but the Sundered are wiped out.
He never wanted this choice. He still has to make it. In his broken, flooded world, Hope comes with a price.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot
Of course, there are exceptions to that. If you just started ballet at 78 years of age, you’re not going to win the Prix Benois de la Danse. You may sing beautifully, but at 58, you’re too old for American Idol.
You’re not too old to dance.
You’re not too old to sing.
You’re not too old to experience the incredible pleasure of bringing joy to others, not just yourself.
Hope is a big, red button to me. One of my dearest friends recently called me “aggressively encouraging,” and I have to agree. I am aggressive about it, for good reason. Life can be hard. We lose things, people, time, even dreams (if we give up on them, that is – more on that in a minute. That losing-dreams thing is important).
“I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.”
– Thomas Edison
How many small children have you known to have no hope? There’s a reason for this: we aren’t born thinking we’ll die. We don’t go through the first amazing, metamorphosing years of our lives thinking about failures, about past shames, about futures that will never pan out.
Instead, when we trip and fall down, we get up and keep learning how to run until we can.
I know life has pain. Life will give you scars. You will lose people you love, lose things you worked hard for, and even lose chances to do the things you desperately wanted to do.
Here’s the thing: as long as you didn’t lose your life, it isn’t over, and you haven’t failed.
I know about losing things, dreams, and people. I lost my house to foreclosure. My grandmother and mother died within a year of each other – the latter only a month ago. I never managed to get a literary agent to bite my hook – but I still have hope. In fact, I feel better, more hopeful, than I ever did.
Yes, I’ll admit some of this perspective is because I’m a Christian, and I actually believe nothing happens by accident. The other component is that I will not, absolutely will not, give up. I have found consistently that when you DO NOT GIVE UP, another way will open.
“Success does not always come to those who deserve it, but it almost never comes to those who give up.” – Brian Rathbone
Part of this depends on you choosing smart goals. Let’s look at the beginning of this article again. Let’s say you always wanted to be a ballerina, and you put it off. Nothing is stopping you from starting dance lessons at 78. Will you win the Prix Benois de la Danse? No. Will you enjoy yourself, probably lengthen your life, feel incredibly accomplished, bring joy to those around you, have something you can be really proud of, and grow seriously, genuinely happier?
Yes. You will.
If my goal setting out was to Win All The Awards, to gain a readership bigger than Stephenie Meyer’s, or to somehow change literary history so my name is in textbooks, chances are I’d die a fairly unhappy person.
If my goal is to write something really excellent, crafted well and honed sharply, something people will read and enjoy and remember… then I have a damn good chance at succeeding.
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
– Dale Carnegie
Good writing takes practice and effort. We all know that. Even a mediocre writer can become a solidly good one. With a goal like that (a meaningful one that actually touches people outside myself), I can succeed. It’s something to aim for that I can reach.
But only if I do not give up.
How do you have hope when all hope seems lost? Keep going. Keep trying. Take alternate paths if you find them. Do not quit.
“When you are going through hell, keep on going.”
– Winston Churchill
It’s worth it to slog through to the other side.
About the Author
Ruthanne Reid was raised in the woods, but fortunately, her isolation was offset by regular visits to New York City. She pursued music for years before realizing she wanted to tell stories rather than sing them.
Ruthanne writes in and around Seattle, owns dust-covered degrees in music and religion, and is generally considered dangerous around household electronics. Her favorite authors tend to be dramatic (J. R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss), but she doesn’t see this as a bad thing. She belongs to a husband, a housemate, and a cat, respectively.
The Sundered is her first novel.
Ruthanne will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to one random commenter at every stop and a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour.
The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! The tour dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/05/virtual-book-tour-sundered-by-ruthanne.html
Posted on July 9, 2012, in book tour, books, free, Giveaway, guest post, reading. Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.
Thank you for hosting Ruthanne today.
What a wonderfully inspiring post to start my day and week. Thanks for sharing here today, Ruthanne.
Your story about a 78 year old dancer reminds me of a girl in my HS class. She loved to dance. She lived to dance. She did not have a dancer’s body. She was tall, but big and heavy-boned. But she didn’t give up. Every. single. day after school she would get on the LIRR and take the train into Manhattan (at least an hour and a half trip) and study ballet with some NYC dance troupe. Nothing and no one was going to stop her dream of being a dancer.
I’m sorry for your losses this past year. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.
Your book sounds fascinating. I’ll definitely check it out.
I’m so glad it touched you! That girl sounds like a really fantastic person. I’m glad you got to know her.
Your prayers are deeply appreciated!
Congratulations on the release of your first book. I enjoyed meeting you through your inspiring post today. Definitely words to live by and remember.
Question for you: Does the writer pick the genre or does the genre pick the writer? What do you think?
Thanks for your congratulations! I’m so glad you found the post inspiring.
As for your question: in my case, the genre picked me. 🙂 I wanted to write fantasy (still do!), but this story grabbed my brain with both claws and wouldn’t let go.
And it had aliens in it. I never thought I’d be writing about those!
I loved reading all your comments. I needed to read them today. Loved the excerpt from your book.
I’m glad the timing was what you needed! Thanks for reading the excerpt. 🙂
Very inspiring post. Congratulations and good luck with the release–you deserve it!
Thanks a ton! I’m really glad you found it inspiring. It just blew me away that the topic I was asked to blog on was one already so strongly on my heart.
Congrats on your book!
Thank you! I appreciate it. Aww, your little icon is sad!
This was such a great post! Very inspirational and I love all of the quotes! The book sounds like something I would love, too!
Thanks a ton! I actually had trouble deciding which quotes to use – there are a lot of them. 🙂 Thanks, too, for your comments on the book!
Ruthanne…Hope is an amazing, powerful thing.
I enjoyed reading your excerpts during the Goddess Fish Party Pavillion Release Party this past weekend. It’s such a great way to meet new (and new-to-me) authors.
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It was a real pleasure to meet you, Catherine! I really hope you enjoy the book. 🙂
Such a wonderfully positive attitude. We can have dreams that stretch us, that are achievable. It’s a can do world.
Thank you, Mary! It is, even though it takes work to “do.” It’s worth it.
This is such an inspirational post! 🙂
Also, I love quotes and I love the ones you included into the post!
Thanks so much, Maria! Those quotes made my day when I found them. 🙂
I want to win. I’m about halfway through the book. I want to find a book group to suggest it to. 🙂
Woohoo! Thanks for entering!
The winners have been posted, fyi! Go here to see the results:
(MomJane, you won the five-dollar gift card! I need you to contact me! http://ruthannereid.com/contact/)
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