Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Shadow Girl (Blog Tour and Giveaway)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Violin Music in The Shadow Girl
Jennifer Archer 

In The Shadow Girl, violin music plays a major role in the development of Lily’s character, as well as in solving the mystery surrounding the “shadow girl,” Iris, and the way in which the two girls are connected. I don’t want to say too much and ruin the mystery if you haven’t read the book, so here’s just a small excerpt of a scene involving Lily, Iris, and violin music. The scene is told from Lily’s point of view:

The way Ty is watching me, like he’s sort of impressed but also a little freaked out, makes me feel self-conscious. Exposed.
                I cross my arms. “Why are you looking at me like that?”
                “I’m trying to understand how you can have such an amazing ability and not even know it.” He holds the violin out to me. “Once more, okay? Pay attention this time.”
                My first instinct is to refuse. But then Iris’s heat permeates my skin and her breath tickles my eardrum as she whispers, “Please try. I need to feel the music again.”
                I look down at the violin, and I understand her request. I need to feel the music flow through me, too.
                This time, I don’t drift away on the notes that bleed from my fingers, I weep along with them. Without even trying I’m playing the music box song, the lullaby that Iris hummed on nights during my childhood when I couldn’t sleep.
                As the last note drifts into silence, Iris breathes, “I remembered something. Help me . . . what did they do?”
                Panic as cold as windblown snow flutters through me. I open my eyes. Who is Iris talking about? What does she mean? She can’t have memories separate from mine.

I discovered some wonderful violinists while writing The Shadow Girl. Listening to their amazing music helped me lose myself in the story while I worked. I was especially inspired by the music of Lindsey Stirling. Here she is playing “River Flows In You,” the same song I imagined Lily playing in the scene above, and the same song that plays on the music box she finds hidden in her father’s workshop and that Iris always hums. (Be patient through the VERY short advertisement. You will LOVE this awesome music video!)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrF814OnFQ4
Leila Josefowicz is another phenomenal violinist I discovered while searching for music to add to the personal soundtrack that I listened to while writing the book. Ms. Josefowicz is now a grown woman but was once considered to be a child prodigy violinist. Search for her early performances on YouTube and you’ll be amazed at the talent she possessed at a very young age. Here she is more recently playing an excerpt from Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Lachen Verlernt" at a cafĂ© concert. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s4K_nVhYYk

At the age of ten, Jennifer Archer made up her mind to become a writer. Then she grew up, became “sensible,” and earned a business degree with a minor in accounting instead. After years of trying to find her way through a confusing maze of debits and credits she realized that, for her, accounting was no more sensible than becoming a World Federation wrestler. So in 1993, she enrolled in a creative writing class, and five years later, sold her first novel. The mother of two grown sons, Jennifer lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, Marge and Harry.

*********Giveaway*********
 The prize pack includes:
1.) Kindle Paperwhite with cover
2.) Silver violin/heart pendant w/silver necklace chain and round case
3.) Autographed copy of The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer
4.) Autographed copy of Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer
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See the previous tour stop: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Thank you to Gabrielle from Mod Podge Blog Tours (#ModPodgeBlogTours) for letting me be apart of this tour! I hope you're all as excited or Shadow Girl as I am! :) 

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