Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway ~ Circle in the Sand ~ Lia Fairchild

Title: Circle in the Sand

Author: Lia Fairchild
Release Date:  January 7, 2014 
Four life-long friends bound by two decades of laughter, love, promises, and secrets. Once inseparable, the four grow into independent adults pursuing very different paths.

Sage, raised by career-driven parents, follows a carefully laid out future of success that leaves her wondering what she’s missed out on.

Emily, the college drop-out, now has three children that have become her whole life. She's slowly lost herself, subconsciously seeking dangerous ways to cope. Can she find herself in time?

Jax always lived on the edge, skating through life with no apparent ambition, yet remained the energy and emotional cement of the group. She longs for her friends to accept her without trying to fix her.

Ned, Emily’s twin brother, yearns to stand up and be counted. But his old loyalties and new feelings for one of the girls has him pulled in different directions.

Will the ties that held them together as kids be strong enough for them as adults? These four friends will discover the true meaning of friendship and unveil truths about themselves they never knew existed.

I would like to start by saying that I feel privileged to have gotten the opportunity to read this book. It's rare that a book perfectly encapsulates a life, much less five of them, and it's a precious, beautiful experience to feel as if one has taken a journey with both the author of a work as well as with their characters. 

Circle in the Sand was very much a journey for me.

I entered into reading this book with no set expectations, only knowing the barest bit of the premise, and intending to leave an unbiased review based on that.

I have left this book feeling as if I have come to know every character involved in it as if they were my own friends, my own family, or a part of my own life.

This is the story of three women who shared a childhood friendship that has evolved into a lifelong love for one another. I got to see Jax -named for Jacqueline Onassis- be a wild, free spirit with boundless love for others find a way to fully love herself. I got to witness Sage -the "pretty" one who takes life too seriously- come to learn what it is that truly matters in life. I saw Emily -the devoted mother- come to grips with the fact that there is nothing wrong with asking for help and I saw her twin brother Ned realize that he's more than the tag-along to their little circle of women. 

And Rose.

I got to see Rose -the woman who has reached the end of her life, Sage's grandmother, and someone who is intimately familiar with what it is to grow old- pass on the most important lessons she managed to learn in all her years to those that she loved. Rose, of all of them, touched me because I saw a lot of my grandmother, a lot of other grandmothers, in her. I come from the South where we value our elders for their stories, their wisdom, their humor, and even their most cantankerous behaviors because these people are our heritage as much as we are their legacy.

Sage, Jax, Emily, and even Ned and Travis (who breaks my heart as much as he is a heartthrob!) are all a part of Rose's legacy; I feel it would be remiss not to pay homage to the fact that she was what ultimately brought them all together again to celebrate childhood's lasting friendships. The memories recounted in this book are ones I could easily empathize with while all the characters were fully realized, perfectly imperfect people whose lives all mattered because of the ways they touched each other. 

This was a book about friendship as much as it was about love and it was as much about life as it was about anything else. 

I'm more than glad to give this book five stars all the way around for the lyrical writing, the beautiful characters, and all the joy that came from simply living alongside these people for a time. I could taste the salt on my lips from the beach of their youth. I could feel the pain of their losses and the joy of their gains. Every moment was another gift in this gem of a novel. 

Thank you for your fine literary contribution, Lia Fairchild. The world is a better place because this book exists in it.  

I’ve been creating stories my whole life, but only for me, in my own head. Then one day I sat down and started to write a book. I completed my first novel, In Search of Lucy, in February of 2011. Seven months later, AmazonEncore contacted me about representing my book. It’s currently in the top 10 for Kindle Drama.

My second full-length novel, Vigil Annie, was released on Amazon in December of 2012! One reviewer called this thriller “suspenseful, well-crafted, and fast paced.”

I recently completed my first romantic comedy, The Tech Guy, now available on Amazon.

My other works include a mystery series (A Hint of Murder) and a short, sweet romance (Special Delivery).

I was born and raised in Southern California and hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a multiple subject teaching credential. I’m a wife and mother of two teenagers.

Look for updates on me and my books at the links below.

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