Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Freedom Road Blog Tour {Character Guest Post & Giveaway}

Freedom Road
**FINALIST, USA Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction, 2012**
**FINALIST, Next Generation Indie Awards, Young Adult Fiction, 2013**
**Second Place/Quarter-Finalist in the YA category of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards**

Since the tender age of eight, music served as Samantha Becker’s source of solace against her father’s tyranny and her mother’s alcoholism. Now at eighteen, her only dream is to study classical guitar at Juilliard. But when her father’s careless actions lead to an “accident,” which threatens her ability to play the guitar, Sam becomes despondent. Losing all confidence in her future, Sam hides behind the emotional barriers that have protected her for years.

Just when Sam has given up, two unexpected people enter her life, giving her the confidence she needs, and forcing her to evaluate all she’s ever known. Battling her father’s plans for her future, band mates using her for personal gain, and a permanent injury, the odds are stacked against her. With auditions approaching and time running out, Sam must relearn to play the guitar, or be destined to give up her dreams forever.
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Sam’s Solace, The Guitar
                My mother’s been blitzed out on one kind of alcohol or another for the past ten years. My father? He’s just a control freak. He thinks I should take over his business and says my music is a waste of time. He doesn’t get it. He never has.

                Shortly after my mother’s accident—the one that turned my family upside down—I received my first guitar. It only took seconds before I fell in love, and though I couldn’t play yet, just the sounds my fingers elicited over the strings soothed my soul. You see, music is the one thing that saved me. It was my only solace over eight years of my family’s dysfunction. I live and breathe the guitar. When I play, all my anxieties melt away. I no longer hear the thumping of my mother rooting through the cupboards, getting yet another drink. It makes my father’s blame over the years, for that long ago accident, just a little more bearable, and his selfish demands, just a little easier to swallow.

Take away my guitar, and you take away my soul. It’s that simple.

My friends? They only care about the band and that I make them look good. They plan on going off to New York after graduation, but I’m hiding a secret. One that perches itself among the branches of my dreams, one that’s as important to me as life itself—Juilliard.

Want to see how things pan out? I won’t sugar coat it. Things get pretty rocky. But to find out, I guess you’ll just have to read about my journey, a little thing called Freedom Road.

And because author T.M. Souders is so awesome she is offering Prelude the eShort prequel to Freedom Road free! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and leave your email address and T.M. Souders will email you a free copy!! Awesome right?!

Author Bio

T.M. Souders was born in Johnstown, PA and grew up in the suburbs outside of Pittsburgh.  She graduated in 2004, from Youngstown State University, with a degree in Psychology and minor in Women’s Studies.  She is the author of bestselling women’s fiction novel, Waiting on Hope, as well as the novelette Dashing Through The Snow, and the three-time, award-winning YA novel, Freedom Road. She is the founder of The Serious Reader, a site dedicated to connecting with readers one book at a time. She currently lives in rural Ohio with her husband and children.

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GIVEAWAY – Win a Freedom Road Prize Pack!

·         One 15oz. "I Love Freedom Road" Fan Mug
·         A pair of purple teardrop earrings
·         A CD of Samantha Becker's (the main character's) favorite Indie Music
·         Sam's favorite YA book, "Revolution" in hardback by Jennifer Donnelly
·         Earbuds
·         A red, reusable cold drink tumbler with straw
·         3 pack of mini notebooks with pen
·         4 pack of mini candles
·         3 pack of flip flop car air fresheners
·         Candy: Mike 'n Ikes, Peanut M&M's, SweetTarts
TM Souders bookmark & a personalized note from the author to YOU!

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