Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard Guest post, Review & Giveaway


About Sarah Beard


Sarah Beard is the author of YA novels PORCELAIN KEYS and BEYOND THE RISING TIDE. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing from VCFA. When she's not writing, she referees wrestling matches between her three boys and listens to audiobooks while folding self-replicating piles of laundry. She is a breast cancer survivor, a baker of sweets, a seeker of good love stories, a composer of melancholy music, and a traveler who wishes her travel budget was much bigger. She lives with her husband and children in the shadow of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains.

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Guest post

Why are the barriers between life and death so interesting?
By Sarah Beard

People have always been fascinated with the barrier between life and death, because it’s one we’ll all have to cross at some point. As Benjamin Franklin said, the only certain things in life are death and taxes. I think it’s a barrier people find so interesting because the vast majority of the time, once we cross it, we never return. Save for those who’ve had near death experiences, none of us really know what to expect when we die.
 
We can speculate based on our beliefs or on the accounts of those who claim to have visited the afterlife, but until we actually face it ourselves, we really don’t know what it will be like. How it will feel, what all our senses will experience, and who we’ll meet on the other side. I spent a lot of time thinking about these things a few years ago while I was going through cancer treatment, because when my doctor first gave me my prognosis, it wasn’t encouraging. Never before had my mortality felt so fragile and temporary, and it forced me to evaluate my own beliefs about the afterlife.
 
I found a great book that’s full of different accounts of life after death experiences (Life Everlasting by Duane S. Crowther) which I found both fascinating and comforting. Years later, however, when I began writing Beyond the Rising Tide, I really struggled at first with how I should portray the afterlife. I didn’t want it to come off as presumptive or preachy, so in the end I constructed something from my own imagination that was different from anything I’d read. And I’m so happy with the way it turned out, because although the world I created is entirely fictional, it still reflects one important thing I believe. And that is our freedom to choose between happiness and misery in both this life and the next.

Book review

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Review by Anniek
 
Avery has been struggling after she nearly drowned in the ocean. She lived and the boy who saved her life had to give up his own. Avery can't remember his face and his body has never been found. She is consumed with guilt because of his family, who have no idea what happened to him. Avery's going through all online databases looking for boys who have been reported missing and maybe just maybe she will find him there.
 
Avery has always been a carefree, thrill-seeking girl. She is good at so many sportive things like rock climbing, jumping of cliffs and surfing. There is no place where she feels more at peace than in or near the ocean. Ever since the accident she hasn't been able to go into the water, she's barely been able to make it onto the beach. Her boyfriend broke up with her because he finds it too much of a burden to deal with her sadness. Her best friend keeps trying to get her out of the house, because she wants Avery to feel alive again.
 
Kai gave his life to save Avery's and he would do it again in a heartbeat. Since his death he is a ghost with a special job. He can heal the mortally injured, so they can live, but only the ones he is assigned to save. He has been with Avery for months now. Even though Avery can't see him he can't stay away from her. It pains him to watch her struggle and to witness her guilt. When an opportunity presents itself to, just for a little while, walk the land of the living again he can't resist. Kai needs to make sure that Avery knows that it is all right to start living again.
 
Avery is such a sweetheart. She helps her mom who is mentally unstable and she also works many hours in her father's chocolate shop. Avery is loyal and loving towards her family and I really liked that about her. I felt so sorry for her because of the guilt she feels and the difficulties she has to get past what happened to her.
 
Kai hasn't had an easy childhood. When his mother died and his father went to prison his two younger sisters were taken in by his aunt and uncle. They didn't take him in, so he went into foster care instead. Kai is a responsible young teenager with a beautiful voice and a real talent for music. He touched my heart with the help he's giving to his family and Avery.
 
After reading the first few lines of Beyond the Rising Tide I was hooked:

 'I don't know how it's decided, who lives and who dies. Why some are granted more time among the living, and others are snatched away into the land of the dead. All I know is that tonight, a decision has been made. And of the two critically injured people sprawled on the highway, I've been assigned to save only one.'
 
The second page had me in tears and I was captivated by every single line of this beautiful heart wrenching story. Sarah Beard has told her story in a truthful and accurate way. Her writing is so vivid that I felt like I was sitting on the beach and I could almost smell the salty air of the ocean. The characters all get the attention they need for the reader to connect to them and I could easily understand where they were coming from. Beyond the Rising Tide moved me from the beginning. It's a story that touched my heart and will stay with me for a very long time.


Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
 

34 comments:

  1. The book sounds so intense and emotional with all of the issues the main character has to work out. Thanks for sharing this, and for the giveaway opportunity.

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  2. I'd like to read this book because I've had people in my life that have been in accidents, and died. I think I could relate to at least one of the main characters :)

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  3. This sounds like an interesting read . Thank you for the chance .

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  4. It sounds like a very emotional read.

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  5. Sounds like quite a journey. I really like the title. It's intriguing and inspiring.

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  6. It's a pretty cover. Looks wistful.

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  7. your review is quite eloquent on why to read this. thanks for sharing.

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  8. What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

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  9. Wow I really like the sound of this. I enjoy books like this. Thanks for a great review.

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  10. What an interesting book! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  11. Oh this book sounds so good and heart wrenching! I cannot wait to read and find out if she is able to heal.

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  12. Hi!! Thank You for this opportunity :):)

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  13. Oh my, this teaser! I love it. I've read all about the book on Goodreads and would LOVE to read it. I'm glad this was posted :)

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  14. I have read fantastic reviews about this book thank you for the chance x

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  15. I'd like to read Sarah's views on the afterlife.

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  16. I would love to read this just to get another take on life and death xx

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  17. I would love to read this novel

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  18. Near Death Experiences have always fascinated me. Some scientists suggest that seeing 'heaven' or 'loved ones' is just a consequence of the brain releasing chemicals when it knows the body is near the end...but none of those clever people have the answer to why they think the body would find it so necessary to have to comfort us...if that's all there is to it?

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  19. Judging the book merely by its cover I thought it was something like Blake Lively's new movie "THE SHALLOWS", instead it's more like "Ghost"...I really like the plot, I never read a novel with such a spiritual theme like this one!

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  20. Sounds like a good book - going on holiday soon so this would be in my suitcase!

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  21. I enjoyed the book review. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover and guest post too.

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  22. It sounds a very emotional book.

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  23. i really want to read it!

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  24. I am looking forward to reading this super book.

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  25. Sounds like a very emotional journey. Exciting read.

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  26. Sounds like such a gripping read. Very emotional. I'd love to read it.

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  27. This sounds exactly like the sort of book I like - thank you.

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  28. What an interesting sounding book, I'd love to read it.

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  29. I cannot wait to read Beyond the Rising Tide. Thank you for all of your great writings. Keep up the good work in the future.

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  30. This has been on my TBR for a while. I really need to read it soon.

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