Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Dreams That Won't Let Go Blog Tour
Stacy Hawkins Adams is a nationally-published, award-winning author and speaker. Her contemporary women’s fiction novels are filled with social themes and spiritual quests that take readers on journeys into their own souls.
She holds a degree in journalism and served as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade before turning her full attention to penning books, speaking professionally and writing freelance articles.
Stacy lives in a suburb of Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young children. Visit Stacy online at stacyhawkinsadams.com.
Tell us about Dreams That Won’t Let Go.
This novel is the third book in my Jubilant Soul series, but it’s also written as a stand-alone title, so readers who begin here won’t be lost. Dreams That Won’t Let Go in many senses in a modern day version of the Prodigal Son story – a long-lost sibling returns and the one who has been there all along is resentful.
But this story is really about so much more. It’s about the hopes and dreams that tug at each characters heart, as well as the fears and pain that haunt them. Until everyone in this family acknowledges mistakes they’ve made in the past, and secrets that they’ve wrongly kept, no one in the family will heal.
We get to see whether Indigo, her brother Reuben, her sister Yasmin and other family members are up to the challenge.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I wanted to write a novel about a close-knit southern family who on the surface, was picture perfect and deeply religious; but in reality, struggled to unconditionally love and support each other like many other families. I wanted to focus on characters who were faithful yet vulnerable, and willing to grow into stronger people.
Who are your main character(s)?
My main characters in this novel are Indigo Burns and her brother, Reuben Burns. Indigo is preparing to marry the man of her dreams and start an exciting life, but her joy is hampered because she’s going it alone. The support she had hoped to receive from her parents seems to have shifted to the brother who left ten years earlier and now has returned to a hero’s welcome. But Reuben is fighting demons, and until he acknowledges them, his return home won’t be a truly happy one.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
My favorite character in Dreams That Won’t Let Go, and in the entire series is Aunt Melba. She’s no-nonsense yet loving, and everyone in the family (and in the community) seeks out her wisdom and support when they’re dealing with big issues.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?
Yes. I actually research careers, professions and anything else that shapes who the characters are and where they live. For example, although Jubilant is a fictional Texas town, Reuben moves there from Seattle; so I thoroughly researched what his life was like before making the transition.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Dreams That Won’t Let Go?
I hope readers will understand the value of being “real” – being authentic – with themselves and others, and also the importance of loving others enough to let them choose their own paths. I also want readers to know that sometimes we do have to let go of our dreams and hand them over to God, but in doing so, we can trust that they won’t die.
Thanks so much for hosting me today, LaShaunda!
About the Book
Indigo Burns is excited. Her wedding preparations to the man of her dreams are underway, her photography career is a success, and her family seems to be doing better than ever—all except her brother Reuben, who nobody has seen in years. But that’s about to change.
When Reuben decides to move back home to Jubilant, Texas, he hopes to find healing with his sisters. But Indigo isn’t so sure their relationship can be mended. And when younger sister Yasmin makes a life-altering choice, it seems like only a miracle can put the Burns family back together.
Will these siblings – and the rest of their family - ever be able to love unconditionally and release each other to live their dreams?
Dreams That Won’t Let Go GIVEAWAY!
WIN a set of signed books from the Jubilant Soul Series AND a free one-hour session with Helena Nyman, an executive coach.
Answer the following question in the comment section to be eligible for the giveaway.
What dreams are simmering in your heart and waiting to be birthed?
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