Saturday, January 12, 2013

Orangeberry Big Bang Limerick Challenge

Orangeberry is a Book Tour company that is currently doing a book promotion called, "Orangeberry Big Bang." It is promotion of 32 wonderful books, to include my book, Sierra.

One of my fellow authors, Kimberly Dalferes, author of "I Was in Love With A Short Man Once," hosted a challenge. She asked all of the participating authors on the Orangeberry Big Bang to write a Limerick about their book. She posted the limericks on her blog. To read all of the limericks, go to her blog: Kim Dalferes Blog.

Thanks, Kim! What a fun idea!

So, what's a limerick? A limerick is a funny little poem containing five lines. The last words of the first, second, and fifth lines all rhyme with each other.

At first I was a little leery about writing a limerick about Sierra. Limericks are usually light and funny. Sierra deals with a serious subject. While it is a happily-ever-after romance, it's not a light and funny read. But then, I thought, what the heck? Why not participate? It's not a lighthearted limerick, but here it is:

Alyssa found herself feeling all was lost.

Stumbling through the Sierra's determined to survive at any cost.

A cabin she found,

A second chance at life came round.

Will her new love become star-crossed?

That's it. Not funny! But, it does depict the story pretty well.

My thoughts on Sierra: 

I've said this before and I'll say it again: Sierra is my personal favorite of my books. So far, I Have People has the highest ratings on Goodreads, which surprised me. I guess you never know which one of your books is going to be the most liked by readers! Of course, I LOVE all of my books. I wouldn't have written them if I didn't. But, Sierra was my first book--it was the first time I poured my heart and soul into a novel. I love the emotion, I love the angst. I love the message that you can find happiness after facing great tragedy in your life. I have found that readers either love or hate this book. They don't really hate the book, I think, perhaps, they just can't handle the subject matter, which is rather intense--and it's not an easy read in parts. (but I can't really speak for them!) There are those that felt I didn't spend enough time on Alyssa's loss. While writing it, I felt that I spent too much time on her loss and I didn't want to weary the reader. I felt it was necessary though. I didn't want to gloss over her loss either. Not an easy subject to address. Some readers can't get over the fact that she does move on. But that was the whole point of the book--the ability to move on and find love again. But, I do understand the concern. Definitely a delicate subject.

As for me, I love a book that brings out my emotions and makes me cry, that really makes me think about life and what's really important. My daughters and I will watch a touching movie and bawl like babies. When it's over we will declare what a good movie it was while the men in our lives roll their eyes and announce that they are now depressed!

Ah, the difference between men and women.

Do you have a favorite book that made you cry, but you LOVED it? Tell me about it!

BTW, to vote for Sierra on the Orangeberry Big Bang Goodreads Listopia vote, click here! Thanks!


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