Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tour: Guest Post by Aurora Lightbourne, Author of Brasshearts

Welcome to the 6th tour stop of the Brass Hearts tour! Aurora Lightbourne, author of the Brass Hearts will be doing a guest post today! She will discuss the pretty opinionated topic of Love Triangles in books! Now to hand this post over to Aurora! Thanks for doing this guest post! Come back on Saturday for an awesome review of Brass Hearts!

To Love Triangle, or not to Love Triangle? That is the question.In my writing I tend to always put in at least a love triangle, if not an octagon, because isn't that the way it usually works in real life? You like someone but they either don't notice you at all or are already interested in someone else?
When an Author includes that sort of everyday occurrence in the lives of their characters the readers tend to relate more to the players, either as the lover or lovee, thus emotionally involving them in the story. If someone feels they have a stake in the lives of your characters they are more likely to finish, and enjoy, the book you have created.
As a writer I feel the triangles and unrequited love can add to the depth on the storyline. They can allow you to show more feelings in your characters as well as showcase their good qualities, or lack thereof. After all, the one longing from a distance can remain loyal and hopeful, or decide 'this is going nowhere' and move on. They can wait patiently and remain a background support character for their love, go on a jealous rampage, or start flirting with everyone they see and rub it in. It all depends on the character and his/her personality and depth of devotion.
Putting in a triangle also provides an obstacle to overcome/contend with during the story line. Another layer to weave through the main plot. How does it affect their judgment? Actions? Emotional stability?
Will it be a distraction? A motivating force for good? Prove to be their undoing?
There are so many variables to work with when you add in another player or two that it can make an otherwise bland storyline really pop.
Care must be taken however, as the opposite can also be true, if all your character does is mope after someone and focus on nothing else, they can become 2Dimensional, lack luster and not only add nothing to the story but possibly even cause the reader to skip over anywhere that character appears, even if it is a main character! The story can even drag and stagnate to the point that the reader will give up altogether and not finish the book.
However, if you are careful to ensure that the plot device is a catalyst for forward movement with the storyline, and it gives your characters an interesting dimension to their personalities and emotions, then adding in a little love dilemma can be a beneficial and even necessary device.
In my book, Brass Hearts, there is a little bit of a love triangle. It is not a major, story driving one, but an underlying one where the players are not even wholly aware of the situation until close to the end. In this case the third party was necessary for several reasons; to keep the MC distracted, to give the MC a 'hopeful prospect', to add to the MC's accumulating misery. In this case, if it wasn't for the underlying triangle, the storyline would have been bland and lack-luster, too cut-and-dry.
So, to Love Triangle or not to Love Triangle? The answer depends on you, will it add to the depth of the story and prove helpful in moving the story forward, or will it bog it down and be a frustration to the reader? Only you can decide.

About Brass Hearts:
 A classic Romantic tale, set in a picturesque steampunk world.
All Dulcy Spry wants in life is to inherit her father's small, family business, and help run it while she waits. But after a fateful encounter with the snobbish Mr Pridget on the roadside Dulcy's best friend, Alise, and younger sister, Rosa, drag the reluctant Miss Spry into high society, where lies, manipulations and family secrets threaten to ruin her peaceful life and cast her into the dismal prison of an unwanted marriage.
Brass Hearts is a Cinderella-esque type story. It is a sweet, old fashioned romance, complete with bad impressions, lies, misunderstandings and social divide.

I would call this a light steampunk, it does not focus on tech and gadgetry or air pirates and there are no weapons ever fired in the book. The characters live in a steam powered world that is a mix of Victorian, Early 1900's, Modern day and futuristic.


About Aurora:
I began writing stories almost as soon as I learned to write. From my 1st grade 'journal' full of tales of rabbit adventures to my first full length book at 14.  I have always had a love for writing stories.
Besides words I also have a love for tech. From an early age I built 'bread boards', soldering diodes and components to create such things as a light detecting alarm clock and other such ...useless things.  I moved on to building my first DOS PC at 15. I also graduated School at 15. Later on I became a certified PC tech. 
I am happily married with lots of furry little 'children'.  Most of which I raised by hand when a local rescue group or friends brought me orphaned babies to bottle feed. 
Most of my writing is SciFi/Fantasy based, and almost all of it contains humor. I like short, fun, humorous stories.
My favorite authors are Jane Austen and Douglas Adams.
I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it.

Aurora's Website:

Brass Hearts Tour Schedule!

September 27 - Guest Blogging at 
September 29 - Author Interviewed at
October 1 - Guest Blogging at
October 3 - Guest Blogging at
October 5 - Author Interviewed at
October 7 - Guest Blogging at
October 11 - Author Interviewed at
October 13 - Guest Blogging at
October 17 - Author Interviewed at
October 20 - Brass Hearts Review & Giveaway at 

Aurora will be having 2 prize drawings from the people who comment during her tour for a Brass Hearts themed Austrian Crystal necklace or hand beaded bookmark!

Thanks for reading this post!

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