Today, I’m privileged to be a part of Sydney Logan’s Blog Tour for her new book Mountain Charm.
Why don’t we see what Sydney had to say about her writing of emotional scenes.
When you are getting into a scene, do you laugh and cry with your characters? Was there a scene in the book that you remember making you emotional either happy or sad?
I do laugh and cry with my characters. For me, it’s impossible not to. I get so wrapped up in the moment, whether it’s a funny scene or if it’s one that really breaks my heart.
There are two scenes that really made me emotional in Mountain Charm. It was just a small mention, but when Dylan held Angelina’s mom’s hair when she was sick after receiving chemo really broke my heart. And, of course, when they gathered in the doctor’s office to hear Celia’s diagnosis. Those two scenes really made me reach for the Kleenex.
I don’t write a lot of comedy (not sure why), but one of my favorite scenes in the book is when Angelina shows Dylan a certain family heirloom and chases him off her porch. Even my husband laughed out loud! Those Appalachian magic wands are serious business.
Thanks for having me on your blog.
Curious about her new book?
Check out the synopsis and my review of the book below.
“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”
At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.
That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.
Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.
Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.
Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.
The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?
A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thanks to The Writers Coffee Shop for giving me an ARC of this book for an honest review.
Sydney Logan delivers another sweet and romantic tale set in the Smokey Mountains.
The story begins as we meet Angelina on the night of her thirteenth birthday, sitting before a candle and whispering an age old spell to meet her soul mate on her 21st birthday. This tradition is one that has been passed down for generations.
We next meet up with Angelina in the present day, on her twenty-first birthday. Instead of the hopeful and optimistic teen, we see Angelina as the grown woman who’s been hurt by love before. She’s also angry with the world for her father’s untimely demise along with her mother’s cancer diagnosis. She’s jaded, disheartened and the last thing she thinks she needs is for the silly love spell she cast years before to come true. She’s frustrated, thinking if magic couldn’t save her father or keep her mother healthy, what was its use?
While working in her music shop, a tall dark and handsome stranger walks in. Her friend Maddie has always envied Angelina and her family’s magical backgrounds, so when Angelina takes no interest in Dylan Thomas, she can’t understand why on her birthday she wouldn’t want to see the spell work.
Dylan, the swoony stranger has been sent to Maple Ridge on assignment to write an article about the mythical magic and witches that have been whispered about for years. He immediately takes an interest in Angelina and feels drawn to her inexplicably.
The book goes back and forth through Angelina’s belief that Dylan’s feelings can’t be real but rather a conjuring of the spell ‘making him’ fall for her. The story is sweetly spun and I really enjoyed the premise and well written prose. My only real negative comment about the story is that Dylan, similar to her hero in Lessons Learned, feel a bit too perfect. Granted Dylan does have a bit of a temper, but aside from that, he was so supportive and loving, even during times when Angelina might not have deserved it. I guess while I appreciate how complex Angelina was and the growth of her character through the story, I would have liked Dylan to have a bit more range as well.
All in all, a satisfying read that was engaging and difficult to put down. Well done.
About the Author
Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
Visit Sydney’s website at www.sydneylogan.com.
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