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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM J.C. ROCHFORD

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REVIEWS

“Hits the ground running with this debut! The story was captivating and had me on my toes, wracking my brain on what would happen next.”

“Everything fell into place perfectly, done in a way that kept the suspense…”

“The suspense and detailed fluidity of the this book was just amazing!”

“It is heart wrenching the loss the family suffers and horrifying the things Lily goes through. But the ending brings it all together.”

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SYNOPSIS

Lily-May, wife of Detective Murray and mother to beautiful Callie, tragically goes missing, with her daughter witnessing the ordeal, but unable to save her mother from the captor’s grip. Will Callie be able to live with herself?

A mystery as to where she is or how she got there and to stay alive, Lily begins a new life pretending to be someone else. Will she ever be found, or will her captor carry out the unthinkable when he learns her true identity?

Back home, Lily’s husband and daughter have been left to pick up the pieces. While both suffer immeasurable pain and emptiness, Callie believes she has seen her mother on a number of occasions but has been too scared to tell her dad who, unbeknownst to her, has witnessed his own sightings of this same woman.

Has Lily returned, or is it her ghost back to haunt her daughter and husband?

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~* COVER REVEAL: Orphan Flowers by J.C. Rochford

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TITLE: Orphan Flowers

SERIES: Conquering Series, Book 1

AUTHOR: J.C. Rochford

RELEASES: July 23, 2016

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synopsis

Lily-May, wife of Detective Murray and mother to beautiful Callie, tragically goes missing, with her daughter witnessing the ordeal, but unable to save her mother from the captor’s grip. Will Callie be able to live with herself?

A mystery as to where she is or how she got there and to stay alive, Lily begins a new life pretending to be someone else. Will she ever be found, or will her captor carry out the unthinkable when he learns her true identity?

Back home, Lily’s husband and daughter have been left to pick up the pieces. While both suffer immeasurable pain and emptiness, Callie believes she has seen her mother on a number of occasions but has been too scared to tell her dad who, unbeknownst to her, has witnessed his own sightings of this same woman.

Has Lily returned, or is it her ghost back to haunt her daughter and husband?

about the author

Chelsea_AuthorJ.C. Rochford was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Besides being half Canadian, she is also half British with many family members still residing in England. J.C. began her writing journey in her early teens writing poetry and song lyrics. Currently, you may find J.C. Rochford titles under the young adult and contemporary fiction genres.

‘Orphan Flowers’ is J.C. Rochford’s debut novel, and was written over the course of two years before setting it to release to the world on July 23, 2016.

J.C. Rochford holds additional interests in photography, graphic design, and jewellery design. She also enjoys the outdoors and visiting rural Ontario with her family during the summer.

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Writing Advice from NYT Bestselling Author Colleen Hoover

On March 3rd, 2016 the lovely Colleen Hoover broadcasted live on Facebook. Hundreds of readers—including myself—jumped on to tune in.

What I find encouraging about Colleen Hoover is that she is down to earth and enjoys interacting with her readers. During her live broadcast, she turned to the viewers to ask if they had any questions. You can imagine the hundreds of viewers typing in their questions—I was one of those people—realizing it was a million in one chance my question would be picked to be read and answered. To my surprise, my question was chosen! Of course, my heart stopped and I may have squealed, but then I focused on what Colleen had to say.

The question I asked, “What advice do you have for an aspiring author?” elicited the following response from Colleen:

“I think that it is really hard to try and write, and write what’s popular—a lot of people focus on that when they are writing a book. They do a lot of research to see what will sell, and I think that it is really important that you write from your heart, write what’s speaking to you, and ignore everything.”

“When I wrote Slammed, I didn’t know what I was doing—I researched it and read that you shouldn’t write books with poetry, you shouldn’t write books with college-aged characters. This was right after I finished writing it. ‘Oh great nobody will read the book.’ If I had read that before I wrote that book, I wouldn’t have written the book, because I would have listened to what I read. So luckily, I just wrote it—wrote it for fun. [I] didn’t really care about the outside world and what was selling, and it worked out. I think that as long as you write something that you’re proud of, then you won’t care if it sells or not. Of course, every writer wants to make money, but that shouldn’t be your main focus. I feel like readers can tell the difference between the writers who write for the love of writing, and for the love of money.”

This response confirmed what I have believed throughout my own writing journey. It was refreshing to hear these words echoed from a fellow author. We should write because we want to write, and write what we want to write. We can’t afford to get caught up in the themes, genres, or topics that are popular—why would we want to feed into the already saturated world of stagnant, stale ‘norm’?

“Why should we follow the crowd, when we can change the course of the world?”

— #wordsofsoulcraving

What is popular right now may not be popular when you finish writing and release. For example, Orphan Flowers has been in the writing stage for the past two years. The literary world has changed drastically within these two years. If I had chosen to write about a current hot topic, when I released two-three years later, it would have been obsolete.

A story fell upon me, I began to write it. I didn’t know where I was headed at first, or even how the book would end. All I knew was that a story was being born right in front of me, and someday that novel would grace this world, in whatever genre it fell into post-writing. I’m not worried about what is trending right now, because writing is more than just a writing hot trends; it’s a whole other world of its own that we can’t allow to stand still.

For anyone reading this blog post who is thinking about writing, or maybe you are in the middle of writing that debut novel, here is some advice.

“Write because you want to write, and write the story that inspires your soul.”

— #wordsofsoulcraving

Thank you Colleen, for offering me a reminder of why I choose to write, and echoing what I believe. Let us continue our writing journey, and create stories the world can devour.

 

Book Genre Stigma 

When it comes to where we should place our novels among the vast amounts of genres, we suddenly come to a standstill. The pressure to fit our prized possessions neatly inside the genre boxes can cause such a stir within an author. For an author to categorize and break down where their novel would fit best, is like telling them you have to write a particular structured way. If you stray from the norm, your novel loses momentum due to its multi-genre effect. Genres have been structured so particular, that even if you believe it should be placed in a specific genre, society tells you otherwise. Why have the genre categories not grown with the demand? Why are we still under such regimentally structured rules?
Out of all the genres, romance has the most controversy of whether or not to claim a book as romance. Though you have to realize, we live in the year 2016 where life and love has completely changed. One of the biggest structuring rules is if your novel does not end with an HEA it cannot be classified as a romance. Love is complicated, simple as that. Where do we place our romance novels that don’t end in HEA but have every other aspect of ‘romance?’
Novel writing has developed into writing from the heart, which means anything could happen in that story. These days, it’s the norm to have a multi-genre novel, but society has not changed its rules to support the demand. It is not right to tell an author their book does not fit into a genre just because it doesn’t add up to X-Y-Z. Every reader and authors vision of a book genre differs. We all see these genres in a different light, just as we see every story in a different light.

 

Writing from a Realistic Perspective

Some may say I am not your typical fictional author, some may even say the writing isn’t even fictional. Though the stories that ignite inside me need to be told, even if they are not the typical or normal fictional novels you would expect. Not saying that all the novels planned to be written or that are currently being written will fall under the un-normal category. Maybe this is a warning, but do authors really need to warn the public about their writing style? Can an author be just an author, without being labeled, or put into a perfect little box of genres?

The branding I have created is simple “Colliding Reality with Fiction”. It speaks to what the stories have to say or the stories in which will be created. You can say that I am taking the real world and manipulating it into a fictional story. The objective is to reach out to those suffering in a non-abrasive way, in a way they can relate. Feel as though they are being understood, provide hope and comfort within the pages.

The world is an ugly world—filled with hate, bullies, and unrealistic expectations. Everywhere you turn there is another label being plastered on someone or something, even the press creating false articles about individuals to gain popularity. Society has created an unrealistic world, a world that no person can actually say “I belong in the world in which society has defined as the real world.” None of us actually fit inside the box that has been created, and labeled “life”.

Sadly, this is what our world has become. It’s become a world in which thrives on the weak, valuable and wealthy. Have we all forgotten that every single one of us, regardless of where we come from, what we do for a living or even who we associate with, that we are all human beings. Human beings who have feelings, and emotions.

The stories that wrap around me, that shake me, are stories in which will speak through societies labels and negativity. The characters will break through the stigmas and labels, causing the stories to become the reality we desperately need. The stories will shed light on difficult topics that get swept under the rug, and get left behind.

We talk about novels having “HEA”, “Cliffhangers” but what about SD (self-discovery) ending? Let the characters be their own hero’s, let them defeat the odds, and help change society for the better.