Tour Stop + Guest post: Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea

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Welcome to my tour stop of Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea. And boy do I have a treat for you today. The author has graciously given us a pretty rad guest post.

James Dean – A worthy hero in anyone’s mind.

by Young Adult Author Denise Alicea

 
James Dean is a cultural icon. He moves me, and inspired my YA novel, Consoling Angel. I thought about what I would feel if I met him a long time ago and ran with the story. Modern girl meets 50’s bad boy?
 
Putting myself in the main character’s shoes I did my research and journeyed from present day New York City to the New York City of the 1950s. Watching all the movies and reading all the books on Dean helped. Although my character’s journey is fictional, I wanted it to be memorable. I wanted to have the reader meet the James Dean we have watched and read about.
 
He was an actor that is mostly known for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark, loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955), and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant (1956). Reading a lot about James Dean, you learn that he wasn’t afraid to tackle many things in his life. He was a great athlete and was a natural born performer. Anywhere you look you can find Dean memorabilia. He’s still popular 58 years after his death. Several movies have been made about his life. The last one I believe was made with James Franco as Dean himself. The way Franco fit Dean was very uncanny yet brilliant. I felt like we got a close handle on who he was and what made him the way he was.
 
When given the chance to write about something for a creative writing class while studying for a Bachelor’s degree, I decided to write about Dean. I just didn’t know where to start. So I didn’t expect too much from it because we had a limit to write.
Reading about him you get the sense that he was a driven person and he always sought to make himself better. He had good friends surrounding him and if it weren’t for his death, he would be as big as any A lister celebrity today.
It never surprises me at how much people today still relate to him and mention him. Some people have even said, “You weren’t even born during that time.” Well yes, I wasn’t, but I still admire movies of other time periods and actors of that time. When certain people die like Dean did, we can only get a glimpse of what they were like by what is left. Most of the time there are many books, some good and some bad.
So I’ll let you be the judge of those things out there. I waded through them and it helped with my research. One thing the books did portray was Dean’s tenacity and love of life. He did anything possible to get his dream. In the end, he’s reached and has been remembered more than most celebrities. His life and actions inspire me to follow my dreams.
 
Videos to Check Out
 
William Bast speaking about Dean’s fanclub – http://youtu.be/BdcnMX9HDoo
 
Dizzy Sheridan, (once girlfriend of Dean) talking and singing about a song they both 
 
 
Dizzy and Jimmy, a love story by Dizzy Sheridan
 
Surviving James Dean by William Bast
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Synopsis:
Mira did not know what she had in store the day she fell asleep while wanting to escape her current situation. Overcoming a death from someone so close and burying herself in school and an internship has kept her somewhat awake and alive. An admiration for the actor, James Dean was all that kept the memory of her father alive. If she couldn’t be with her father, she could at least remember what they shared an admiration for together. She always wanted to meet James Dean… she didn’t know it would come true. Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true.
Excerpt

My life couldn’t be more complete. As we reached the apartments, I slowly got off the bike, surprised at myself that I had done this. Ordinarily, I’d never get on a motorcycle. James leaned over and caressed my cheek. Before I could open my mouth to tell him what was to happen to him, he gave me a quick peck on the lips. I couldn’t let James walk away, not now.

Something in me grasped his wrist; my breath caught in my throat. I no longer cared about the rain. I must have looked like a drowned rat to him. “I have to tell you something,” I blurted as I waited for his reaction.

James smiled, then chuckled as he caressed my face.  The rain was preventing me from seeing clearly. “Sweetheart, it’s raining and you’re soaked. I hope this is important.”  Pulling him toward me, I faced him. I could change history. I could have him live out his life as he was meant to. If I couldn’t save my father, I could save him.

“In the future, when you become famous, please be careful. Remember this: there will be a day that you are off to a race. You will not see a car until it’s too late. James, please promise me. It could mean your life.” I must have sounded like a complete and total idiot to him. Geez! I think I watched Back To The Future too many times. I sounded like Marty talking to the professor about his impending death.

Chuckling, he shook his head, expelling the rain off his head and onto me. Laughter erupted between us as I covered my face. He then cupped my face, kissed my forehead. “Are you sure you’re not an angel? I cannot promise anything, but baby, I can promise I’ll see you tomorrow. I’ll pick you up here and you can ditch your responsibilities. Ride with me.”

Sighing, now I knew how all those girls felt when they looked at him. What an offer that would be. Ditch school to ride with the man who was loved by so many. I was determined he’d listen to me.  Gripping his hands from my face, I gazed into his eyes. “I’m serious!”

Before I could utter another word, his lips descended on mine. My body went toward him and melted. I couldn’t help but respond as I brought him closer.  I was lost in his warm lips as they caressed mine. Lingering near my lips, he breathed, “I know you are.” Then, winking as he kissed me again, smiling that beautiful smile of his, “How else can my angel guard me if she isn’t with me?”

Works In Progress

The Lucky Valentine

On an internship in London, England Ana finds herself in a tiny bookshop where she finds an old valentine stuck into a book she starts to read. Before she knows it she finds herself in England, but during the Blitz (World War II). There she meets the handsome Sgt. Marcus Hunter. Will Ana be able to go back home ?

Bio:

author image 01Born to the great  lively city of Manhattan, NY, and raised in quiet Connecticut. Denise started writing  when drawing and painting were not enough. Deciding to try a new type of medium, she thought to start with poetry. After her first success and first reading at the age of fifteen. Her writing began to take on new life with her own worlds of fantasy, time travel, action, adventure and of course romance.  She draws inspiration from her favorite childhood cartoons and experiences to her current day ones.

When not writing, Denise loves technology, reading (romance, YA, anime, nonfiction, fiction) , blogging,  watching movies and TV shows and of course volunteering for many RWA chapters. She also enjoys  blogging at her personal blog (http://denisealicea.org/blog) and  book review blog at The Pen & Muse (http://thepenmuse.com/).

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And last – but most certainly not least… The giveaway!

On offer for giveaway two copies of Consoling Angel in the winner’s choice of epub, pdf, or mobi.

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