Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Tour & Tens List: Wildflowers (Schledia Benefield)

Have you ever feared what may be hiding deep within you? Darkness often skulks in the blood of unsuspecting victims, but Aster McGrath is acutely aware of the violence coursing through his veins. After all, he is the son of a murderer, and everyone in the town of Bayville, Mississippi says he will end up just like his father. When Susan Blackman moves into town, Aster has already embraced his brutal nature, but her gentle spirit draws him in and slowly melts the icy exterior of his heart. Taming his savagery, she professes her love, but will the good within him be able to overcome the evil lurking deep inside? Or will the fiend break free of its fetters and seek blood?

Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 8th 2013 by Three Keys Publishing

Schledia Benefield is the author of Plain Jane, Pretty Boy, and her soon to be released novel, Wildflowers. She attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College but chose to be a stay-at-home mom for many years. She devoted eight years of her life to working with youth as a youth minister and has been invited to speak in a rehab to hurting and wounded women, giving them hope for a better future. She was the Keynote Speaker for Division 14 of the Key Club International’s divisional rally. Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Schledia holds a sense of pride in her southern heritage. She presently lives in Big Point, Mississippi with her husband and four of her five children. On top of writing novels, she writes youth and children’s church curriculum, and she works as a substitute teacher at East Central Middle School. In her spare time, she reads, sews, and spends time with her family.

Buy Link: Amazon (ebook & paperback) ebook 99 cents March 25 - 31 *regularly $4.99

Schledia’s Top Ten 

(Books and Movies)

Thank you, Beth, for inviting me to share my top ten. I thought I would share the books and movies that fall into that category for me. I LOVE seeing books come to life in a movie, but I still crave reading the books even more than seeing another person’s interpretation of the characters and scenery. Books allow for your own imagination to soar, so in my opinion they are always better.

Wildflowers by yours truly. Okay, so I know that many people would say, “Of course, your own work is your favorite; it’s yours!” But honestly, I fell completely in love with the characters and their story as it trickled from my mind and flowed through my fingertips onto my keyboard. Tragic love stories are my all-time favorite, and Wildflowers embodies everything I love about books in that genre. If you happen to enjoy beautiful love stories that aren’t always peachy, then you should check it out, and this week from March 25-29, the kindle version of Wildflowers is on sale for 99 cents on amazon!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I was completely drawn in by Heathcliff. I love his dark nature. I love how (despite the darkness in him) he loves Cathy so much that he is haunted by her even after her death. 

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Okay, so technically it’s not a book, but the tragedy in their passion for one another rips my heart out and draws so many emotions to the surface. It’s simply beautiful to me.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I adore Mr. Darcy. I want to live in that time frame with him, but until someone invents a time machine to take me back, I have to settle for finding my own time portal through the pages of her book.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Another beautiful love story with its own tragic events. Nicholas Sparks is great at writing love stories that make your heart melt. I cried so many times I lost count!

If Only. If you haven’t watched this movie with Jennifer Love Hewitt, you’ve got to watch it! It is such a wonderful, tragic story that really goes deep in your heart and makes you realize how important it is to truly LOVE those in your life.

Bella. I loved this movie so much that I bought it for a friend. It’s not a love story, yet it is. It depicts a different kind of love outside of romantic love. 

17 Again. Yes, yes, I know that this movie is a comedy, but whenever I need a good laugh, this is one of the ones I go for. I can slip it in my DVD player and expect some of those deep laughs that hurt so much you cry!

Becoming Jane. Another movie that I loved so much that I bought it as a gift for my editor. She loves the classics, and Jane Austen is one of her favorites. This is a very real, beautiful, and tragic love story. 

The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream. I admit it; I’m a fan of ice dancers. I think what they are able to do is beautiful. When you combine my love of watching individuals and couples glide across the ice and my weakness for love stories into a great movie, you’ve got me hooked!

Tour Schedule

March 25
[YA] Between the Lines Author Guest Post
Ohana Day Academy Review
The avid Reader Book Promo
Brooke Blogs Character Guest Post

March 26
Rayborn Rambles Review & Book Promo

March 27
Now is Gone Author Guest Post
Lubs Book Chatter Author Guest Post

March 28
Library Girl Reads & Reviews
Sab The Book Eater Top Ten Favorite Books EVER

March 29
Pieces of Whimsy Author Interviw
Curling Up With A Good Book Top Ten list
Alli's World Character Guest Post

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