First by Chanda Stafford
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Release Date: May 13, 2013
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Mira works on a farm in the ruins of Texas, along with all of the other descendants of the defeated rebels. Though she’s given her heart to Tanner, their lives are not their own.
When Socrates, a powerful First, chooses Mira as his Second, she is thrust into the bewildering world of the rich and influential. Will, a servant assigned to assist her, whispers of rebellion, love, and of a darker fate than she’s ever imagined.
With time running out, Mira must decide whether to run to the boy she left behind, the boy who wants her to live, or the man who wants her dead.
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It Takes Three to Tango
by Chandra Stafford
Everyone knows the plot of the classic love story: Boy meets girl, they fall in love, then something happens and they break up. After great strife and hardship, the boy and the girl find each other once again, get back together, and live happily ever after.
Nowadays, its girl meets boy, falls instantly in love. Something happens, they break up, and girl meets boy’s arch-nemesis/older brother/identical twin/goat herding cousin. Of course, they fall in love too, only the girl doesn’t know the two boys are connected. Much havoc (and occasional hilarity) ensues when some calamity throws all three of them together and she’s forced to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of each guy against the other. Boy, wouldn’t it be nice if real life were like that? Two equally handsome, strong, talented young men fighting over you at the same time? It’d be many a girl’s dream.
By the end of the book (or series), the girl has to choose between the two young men. It’s often a heart- wrenching decision that leaves both the girl, and one of the young men, heartbroken and disillusioned with the world, but I have a solution for that dilemma. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if the author were to just kill one of the love interests off? He or she can make it tragic, if necessary, or quick, as in hit by a bus while crossing the street to the 7-Eleven on a balmy summer night. I’m sure the female main character would mourn the one who passed away, but think about it: If one of the love interests died, the girl would pick the one who lives because seriously, who wouldn’t pick theone with the pulse? It would certainly have made for a much shorter Twilight series. Besides, I liked Jacob better, anyway.
My book, First, follows this pattern. The main character, Mira, is faced with two young men who care deeply about her. Tanner is the boy next door. She grew up with him, knows him, and was even supposed to marry him. Will is the more mysterious of the two. He knows things she doesn’t, keeps secrets from her, and is connected to the outside world in ways she can’t imagine.Through her experiences, she comes to learn about herself based on her interactions with the people in her society, including her love interests. Both young men symbolize very different things to Mira. Tanner represents the world she leaves behind, her home and her family, while Will embodies a new, exciting, dangerous future.
Like all love triangle stories, Mira has to make a decision in the end between the two young men, although there are other factors that weigh heavily on her. It’s not all about the love, though that plays a big part. I’m not going to tell you who or what, she chooses. You’ll have to read the book, but I will tell you this:Mira doesn’t fall in love with anyone lacking a pulse.
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