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30 April 2012

Finding My Faith - Book tour and Giveaway



Finding My Faith
by Carly Fall

I'm delighted to have Carly Fall visit again to tell us more about her book.  I asked her what was the inspiration for this story, and if there is  any underlying message or meaning.  Over to you, Carly:
First, thank you for having me, Lyn.

The story of Finding My Faith centers on the Warrior Rayner.  On his planet, he is a Forest Dweller, one that lives off the land as the Native Americans used to.  At home, he enjoyed the freedom of the forest, and loved the idea of exploring and trying everything new to him.

When working on the character of Faith, I knew that I wanted her to be similar to Rayner in background and personality, like two pieces of a puzzle coming together.  So, I made her a Native American, a girl of twenty-five who gives her parents a lot of grief and is in the big city living the life of a young woman who loves to try new things.  She doesn't know it, but she also plays a huge part in a Native American Legend.

So the inspiration was definitely the rich Native American culture.  I did many hours of research trying to find a legend that fit within my story, but didn't find one.  I had to make up my own. :)

There isn't an underlying message.  The book is about Rayner finding Faith (the woman), both literally and figuratively.  The books in this series do seem to have an underlying theme—the difference between living and existing.  Living is getting out and doing things you enjoy, spending time with people you love.  Existing is getting bogged down in the everyday stuff that we feel we need to get done.  It is shocking how easy it is to get caught up in all the "existing," and forget to do any "living."

When Rayner and Faith's worlds collide, Rayner is busy with existing, while Faith is living out loud.  And he realizes when he finds her, that its time for him to start doing some living as well.


BLURB:

Growing up in a small Northern Arizona town, Faith Cloudfoot’s life was spent playing in the forests surrounding her house under the protective eyes of her father, and learning about the legends of her Native American heritage. Yearning for more out of her life, she moves to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of twenty-three where she is kidnapped and almost killed.

Rayner has a special ability, one that weighs on him like a curse. He can see spirits trapped in between life and their final resting place. Because he can’t do much to help them, he studiously ignores them. He concentrates, instead, on working with his fellow warriors to right the wrongs caused by the evil criminals from his home planet.

When Rayner sees Faith in her spirit form while investigating a lead in Phoenix, his attraction to her is immediate, yet he follows his own personal code and ignores her cry for attention. When he realizes that she may be a stepping stone to getting him home to his own universe, he engages Faith and begins to use her as a means to an end: going home.

As the attraction grows stronger, Rayner finds himself breaking all sorts of self-set rules, as well as the code of ethics set by him and his fellow warriors. When Faith nears death, Rayner realizes that he must do everything in his power to save her, because if he doesn’t, he may just lose himself.

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Excerpt

“You're real.”

It was barely a whisper, but Rayner heard it.  His heart beat even faster, and he slowly opened his eyes.  Faith was looking at him.

“Yes,” he whispered back.

“Your eyes...” her voice drifted off, and she closed her eyes for a moment as if she were recalling something, then opened them again.

She smiled slightly and reached for his hand.  “My wise warrior saved me.”

He took it and held the delicate bones in his big paw.  Energy ripped through him as their palms touched. After the initial jolt, he felt a peace overcome every fiber of his being.  It slowed his heart and loosened his muscles.  The peace that flowed through him was an energy all onto itself.

They stared at each other for a moment, then Faith shut her eyes.  Rayner studied her face.  In a nutshell, she took his breath away.  She was prettier in the flesh than she had been as a ghost.  He watched her chest rise and fall with each breath.

“We have to get out of here, Rayner,” Hudson said in a low voice.

Rayner nodded, let go of Faith's hand and began to stand up.

Faith's eyes flew open and she tried to sit up, panic raced across her face.  “No!” she said, “please don't leave me!”

Rayner took her hand again and got back down on his knees.  “Faith, relax.  I'm not going anywhere without you.  You're safe now.”

He met her eyes, and for a long moment he knew she was deciding whether he could be trusted.  He gave her hand a gentle squeeze and said, “I promise.”



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I live in Arizona with my incredibly supportive husband, our son and our dog.

I love my family, hiking, writing, our pool, and wine, and depending on the day, not necessarily in that order.

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C O N T E S T 
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Carly will be giving away two eBook copies of The Light Within Me (the first book of this series) at each tour stop; a $15 All Romance eBooks GC for one randomly drawn commenter and $10 Amazon GC for blog host with the most comments