I am so excited! Today is my day to participate in the Transcend Blog Tour! Have you read this totally spectacular book by the AMAZING Christine Fonseca? No, you say? Well, keep reading, you may just get your chance.
All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart. Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity. Set amidst the landscape of New York's Gilded Age, and inspired by Phantom of the Opera, TRANSCEND exposes the fine line between love and madness.
Praise for Transcend:
“So powerful, so deep, and dark. It took me on an amazing journey into places most people fear to go...leaving me breathless.”
~Heather McCorkle, Author of To Ride A Puca
“…hauntingly dark and achingly beautiful. A story of love, loss and obsession set against the decadent backdrop of historic New York that sucked me in and wouldn't let go, from the first page until long after I'd finished.”
~ Michelle McLean, Author of Treasured Lies (Entangled, 2012)
“ The story is disturbing and intense and utterly unique…”
~ Ali Cross, Author of Become
“…thought-provoking and emotionally heart wrenching. I haven’t felt this way after reading in quite a while!” ~ Jen from Geekygamergal's Musings
“It is such a powerful and deep story; it will leave you completely breathless.” ~ Brooke from The Cover Contessa
In honor of Trancend's release, one of Christine's characters from the book has graciously stopped by to answer a few questions for me. Would you like to meet her? Her name is Jenna and she's gonna tell you a little about herself and her life.
Hey Jenna, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today to celebrate the release of Christine's book, Transcend. I am sure you are very familiar with this story. I'm so glad you could take the time to chat with me and my followers today!
The Cover Contessa: Where were you born and raised?
Jenna: I was born in London and we made the passage to NY when I was an infant. The trip was long and I was too young to remember anything about it. I just remember being in NYC and practically starving. My mum knew of the Montgomery household and appealed to Mrs. Montgomery for assistance. She graciously took us in when I was 6. I have lived on the estate ever since.
The Cover Contessa: How did you come to know Ien?
Jenna: I met Ien my very first day at the estate. He was reading a book. I was fascinated. I had never seen a book, never met anyone who could read. He taught me to read and write over the next few years. We spent all of our time together exploring the grounds, practicing my reading and writing. He even played his music for me. It was magical. He tried to teach me to play, but it was hopeless. I have absolutely no musical talent!
The Cover Contessa: What is your fondest memory of childhood?
Jenna: Most of my childhood was fond. But I remember one specific time above all others. Ien and I were in the barn when a storm started. The lightning scared me. The thunder made the barn shake. He and I huddled together in the loft, waiting for the storm to pass. We shared our first kiss during that storm. It’s a memory I will never forget.
The Cover Contessa: Did you go to school? If so, did you enjoy it?
Jenna: There was no formal schooling for the girls like me—members of the household staff. The only “book” learning I had came from Ien. But I learned other things, like how to polish a mahogany floor, and how keep the silver from tarnishing. Most importantly, I learned how to keep secrets—many many secrets.
The Cover Contessa: What is your greatest fear?
Jenna: I think my greatest fear is dying alone. I know it seems a bit morose for a girl my age, but it’s the only thing that truly scares me.
The Cover Contessa: Do you have a favorite book?
Jenna: I loved the stories in Children’s and Household Tales by the Grimm brothers. Ien and I used to read them a lot. They are the only book I remember reading from.
The Cover Contessa: How about a favorite song?
Jenna: I loved anything and everything Ien played for me. He composed things all of the time as a child, making up songs that would go with the tales we were reading. I can still hear some of those songs in my head whenever I see the book or read the stories.
The Cover Contessa: After Ien's accident, you were really the only person who did not find him disgusting in any way, why is that?
Jenna: He was still Ien. Sure, his face was disturbing, but it was only skin. I know his heart – and a fire couldn’t take that away, could rob him of his soul.
The Cover Contessa: Does Ien scare you?
Jenna: He didn’t. Not until…I can’t talk about it. I know Ien is a good man. That hasn’t changed. He has just had to endure more than anyone should ever endure.
The Cover Contessa: Finally, if you had one wish that you knew would come true, what would it be?
Jenna: I think you know my one wish. But for those who have not yet read the book, I will say this – my wish is that the world can remember Ien for the music he creates, the beauty, and not the horrors of his face.
I want to thank Jenna for stopping by and answering my questions! It was so great to have her here!
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