Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Waldorf Press
Date of Publication: March 15, 2014
Number of pages: 332
Word Count: 66,420
Cover Artist: Karen Davis and Terri Cooper
Seven Seeds of Summer follows the story of Summer, a college art student who has grown up in a house full of Greek mythology and legends. Summer grew up with a love for the darkest of all Gods: Hades, which caused tension between her and her mother. Summer comes home to Point Judith, Rhode Island, to find a mysterious figure on their family beach. The figure comes to her with questions about a familiar myth of her childhood: of Persephone and Hades. He proceeds to tell her of a new version of the story with a different ending that Summer never knew; an ending that includes herself.
A trip to Greece leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of the strange figure whom she had met before. He takes her on a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, to the lowest point of Greece where his lair awaits: The Underworld. Determined to find out the secret of herself and her piece in the story, Summer goes with him, and tries to make herself at home in his world.
Summer has to decide to follow her heart or follow the same footsteps of the mysterious woman in her past life.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/klFPgDuwwSY
Chapter Eleven: Seven Seeds of Summer
“Summer, this is only the beginning. The journey with me is far from over,” he said. I could hear the promise in his voice. I knew there was more. I knew that there was something more for me; I just didn’t understand it yet. I knew that there was still the journey of the underworld waiting for me— the gods and the souls. The stories that I thought were all just pretend.
“When are you going to take me down to your world? You took me. You have me. What are you waiting for?”
“I was waiting for you to recover,” he whispered. I heard him shift again in the chair and this time, I felt his hand on my wrist. His thumb was making light circles over my veins.
“You’re almost healed completely, and that’s good. If I had taken you down there the way you were, you wouldn’t have stood the chance of survival. Where I live, death dominates. You would have died.”
“And you wouldn’t have been able to do anything?”
“I’m only the ruler. I’m to protect the dead, not determine who lives or dies. The Fates decide that.”
“Why do you scare me?” I whispered after a long moment of silence. In his eyes I saw the truth, and saw the journey that he spoke of. There was much to be afraid of. I hadn’t meant to say it aloud, but it came out all the same. I saw his face more clearly, then. It was much closer than before. “I’m so scared, that I’m so drawn to you. I can’t help but want to be around you.”
“Yes…” he whispered. I felt his hands pull on both of my arms, lowering me to my knees. I was tucked in between his strong legs. He was warm, and much more than just a dark shadow. He was a dark Prince.
“Why have you done this to me?” I heard my voice shake, and tears started to fall down my cheeks.
“You haven’t guessed already?” he asked with concern. I felt his hands on my face and his breath was on my lips. His fingers were cool and rough, yet soft and warm, gentle and familiar. I wanted him to never stop touching me, and the thought scared me. I had no control over my thoughts, or my body. I felt my hands creep up onto his shoulders; my fingers twisted themselves into his long, black hair.
“Just tell me. Please tell me,” I begged. I needed to hear it. I needed to be sure that I wasn’t dreaming. He wasn’t a dream, and this wasn’t just a dream world that I was living in.
“Summer, the pomegranates? The paintings you drew of me? You’re drawn to me; I mean, look around you! You’re in Greece! You’re in the very setting of your own Greek story!”
“I know, I know!” Tears began to pour onto his fingers, and I tried to wipe them away. As I did, I felt him tip my chin up toward his face. I wanted this. I wanted this so badly. I wanted his lips on mine. I had dreamt about it, even before he had been real in front of me. My breath was asking to be kissed, and a moment later his lips crushed against mine. It was real. His hands were in my hair, and mine were tousled in his. He smelled like the beach, my beach, and it brought more tears to my eyes. He was my beach, my home, and my life. He was breathing air into me, giving me the will to do the unthinkable with him— to go beyond my human world, and enter his immortal one. He smelled like the waves, and the earth. A mixture of everything. I wanted to be consumed by him, live underneath his soft skin and exist through the crust of my old paints. He gently pushed me back, watching me as I struggled to keep my eyes open.
“I don’t know how to make it any clearer to you.” His eyes were wide and serious, and I knew all the answers were in the kiss. I knew what he was trying to say. I knew what I needed to know. I just didn’t want to accept it. How could this be happening to me? Me, of all the people in the world, of all the girls who existed, he picked me. My lips felt empty and cold without his there. Now that I had a taste of him, I wanted more. I wanted to grab his shoulders and press his lips against mine again, and take the heat and the life he offered.
“Do you need to sit on the bed?”
“Yes,” I murmured quickly, pushing his chest away, trying to regain my mind, my balance, and my pulse as I sat on the coverlet. I felt the kiss flow through my body, sending shivers down my spine. The kiss has shaken me; caused me to feel as if I were falling into tiny pieces that would fit so perfectly in his hand. Did he know he was my first kiss? I felt his hand grab my wrist and he gently pushed me down onto the bed. I didn’t know what to say, and I waited for him to speak, but he reflected the same silence.
“Why did you do that?” I whispered shakily, touching my lips with my finger tips and glanced at him. He stood silently in front of me. I could feel his dark gaze burning into my skin. I knew that whatever answer he was going to give me wouldn’t be the truth, or the answer that I wanted to hear.
“I think you should go to bed now, Summer,” he whispered softly.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?:
By Second Grade, I knew I wanted to do something with writing. That year in my Educational Career, we all had to write a story, and it could be about anything we wanted. I wrote a little story called, “A Trip to New Jersey,” and it was about my family traveling to New Jersey to visit family. At the time, it was my “masterpiece.” In my little “About the Author” section, I wrote about how I wanted to be an Author. Of course, my dreams had branched out in many different directions since that age. I went through wanting to be a singer/Broadway singer. A tornado chaser. A Weather Woman. An English Teacher. A Lawyer, a Nurse.. But it seems that writing has always been my passion, and will most likely stay that way for the rest of my life.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”? :
Since I was a teenager. The Summer that I was fourteen, I wrote three good-sized “stories,” that I worked on every night and every day. I think that was the time that I really felt like I was a real writer. I began little writing projects with my high school friends, where we’d take journals and write “letters” to each other as different characters, where scenes and events took place. I’ve been fully emerged in writing ever since that time.
How long did it take to get your first book published?:
Honestly, it took me four years just to get “Seven Seeds of Summer” where it is. I sat on the novel for quite a large amount of that time. I finished it in January 2014, and had it accepted at Waldorf Press by March 2014. So the actual publishing part was very quick, but writing the story was a completely different story.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?:
Seven Seeds of Summer is my first and so far, only novel. If I had to summarize it in twenty words or less, I’d have to say, “SSOS is a story of a timeless romance that once was lost and was rediscovered.” Catchy, right?
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?:
My publisher is actually a small, and very new company called “Waldorf Press.” They’re actually marketing one of their new books about James Brown (the famous singer.)
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?:
Being that this is my very first time writing a book, I can only say that it took me four years, and lots of sleepless nights trying to write and finish this novel. I had so much help in the process though, so I know without them, it would have taken me much longer. I started writing the book in the late winter, early spring of 2010. And finished it only recently in January 2014. It was one of those books that I often left unattended for months on end. I might edit or re-write for a little while and then somehow, decided it was enough for the time being. I had a friend helping me constantly throughout the whole process, and towards the end, an author-friend of mine who also read the book and helped me through a process of edits.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?:
I’ve actually started a new novel, based on the fairy tale, “Allerleriuah,” which is a very old Grimm Brother’s story. I’ve been fascinated by this story for years, and being at an age now where I might be able to dive into it, and even bring comfort to teenagers who face hard-to-deal with family issues, I’d love to bring the story to life. I’ve also been tossing around the idea of writing a more modern, love story - based on some recent events in my life, in hopes that this also might help people feel a little less alone when it comes to some really complicated relationships.
What genre would you place your books into?:
Young Adult, Paranormal Romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?:
I had been tossing around the idea of re-telling a story that I had loved as a child/teenager. I knew I wanted to write something for Young Adults, because that’s my choice of genre for books I enjoy to read. So, one night, I started to look over “Beauty” by Robin McKinley and “East” by Edith Pattou, and remembered a story that my 7th Grade English class read together – the story of Persephone and Hades. I began to Youtube and Google this story, and decided that this was exactly what I wanted to do.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?:
My favorite character would have to be Hades. As much as I enjoy Summer – because Summer is really parts of myself – Hades is a really complex, endearing character. I really didn’t want him to be seen as a possible villain in the story, while trying to create a love story between him and Summer. I assumed that most people would approach him as a dark character; someone to be feared, just because of how we know him in society and in the Greek Culture. I wanted to bring out the more “human” side to Hades. While he lived in the Underworld, it didn’t make him an Evil God. His relationship with his brothers was also something complex, though, only touched on briefly. I also wanted to bring to life a soft, romantic side to him; something that Hades perhaps only had been able to explore with Persephone – and had forgotten in the years that she was missing. I hope everyone enjoys him the way that I do.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?:
I’ve been writing since Elementary School – starting with homework projects, while in turn inspired me to try to write my own things. The inspiration in my life were a lot of things, ranging from movies like, “The Princess Bride,” Robin McKinley’s novels, Beautiful Pennsylvania Scenery.. I spent one summer when I was working at a Summer Camp completely in front of the beautiful pond they had, and just wrote until the sun went down. Music heavily inspired and influenced the novel for me as well – (And I’ll be sure to share my playlists during my book tour with fellow readers!) When I first started to write, it was Stephanie Meyer’s “first person” point of view style of writing that really triggered my writing; it was an open door of how I could write, and share more of myself than I could in third person.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?:
When I write, I listen to a certain selection of music. Normally, it has to be some sort of classical, or “soundtrack score” music. I really love lighting some candles and turning on the computer and sitting by myself to write – but I really have no “set in stone” routine when it comes to writing. I can write while I’m at work, I can write paragraphs in the shower (in my mind and try very hard to remember all of what I’ve written). I can write notebooks upon notebooks of stories, dialogue, characters – words.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?:
I do. I read all the reviews left for my book. I think constructive criticism is a very important part of being a writer. Nothing is ever truly perfect, and if you can learn how to make something better, or how it could have been written better. I think reviews are really important in pulling in readers too – if one person who enjoys the same books as another does, more than likely, that person will also read the book.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?:
With Seven Seeds of Summer, I began actually writing the book first, and then the title came shortly after. I’ve realized that I like having a title when I’m working on a project; it at least pulls things together to make it feel like a unit project. So it’s more of a half-way, write the book, then choose the title kind of thing.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?:
I wish I could remember how I settled on Summer. I knew that she needed to have a name that represented a Season – because of the meaning behind the story of Persephone and Hades. Summer would be a name her mother would love – it was her season that Persephone could be with her. Hades, on the other hand, went through a few names in the beginning – I wanted to give him a real name, but it just never seemed to fit. In my mind, Hades just wouldn’t settle for a name. So Hades, remained Hades. Demeter was easier to hide behind “Mother” or “Mom,” because that’s how Summer knew her. Just as mother.
I also began to research for a place that was small, unknown and quaint. When I settled on Rhode Island, I found a few pictures of light houses that were in a small town called “Point Judith.” I knew then, at least, I had found the residing home for Summer and her family. Greece was just a given for the Myth aspect of the story. I spent countless hours on Google Maps, looking and following roads, researching hotels, locations, and even remaining Temples and structures for that time. I had a lot of fun planning a “Hades-Summer” trip to Greece.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?:
This was more of a hand-in-hand situation. While I knew that Hades would be Hades, I also knew that I couldn’t really start writing the story until I had Summer’s name picked out. After that, I just let the story fill the page on it’s own. When I needed a setting or something a little more solid, I developed it. So yes, at first I had at least Summer and Hades picked out- but everything else just sort of fell into place.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?:
I can’t help but remember “Never Been Kissed” Josie Geller saying “Write what you know.” So when it came to Summer – I knew that I wanted to write about someone I knew. Summer actually started out as many characters that I’ve read over the years, until she slowly became me – a part of me that I haven’t really ever been able to let out into the world. She loves to paint, as I do. She’s been in love with a “fictional character” just as most girls do at some point in their lives. She has brown hair like me, brown eyes, bites her lip, is stubborn and determined. And she loves. She’s much like me in that sense – our ideals of love is very similar. While, I didn’t understand why she endured some of the things that Hades put her through, looking at my life now, I too, look back on certain things and wonder the same – Love does funny things to people.
Hades was a completely different story. When I think about Hades, he’s a mixture of Heathcliff, Mr. Rochester, Beast (from Beauty and the Beast), and even maybe a little of Edward Cullen. He’s a mixture of people that I’ve known in my life, actors, characters – and of course, his own-self. The self that I heard or felt in my head and heart when I wrote him.
I did decide some of these things at first, but a lot of their character traits just slipped in as they developed and interacted.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is.."):
I think the Moral of Seven Seeds of Summer is.. Love can endure a lot of things. Time, space, distance… I’m not even sure if that’s really a moral; I think it’s more of sharing my opinion with the world. What I think love is – what it can be: Love is capable of lots of things.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?:
I LOVE hardback and paperback. I love having a physical book in my hand. While eBook is becoming a daily norm, and is very convenient for on-the-go readers, I prefer having something in my hands that I can hold and smell. (Yes, I’m a smeller of books. My friend Milo will tell you, the books that have a good smell, are always the best.)
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?:
I have too many books that I love to call just one my favorite. I love fairy tales. I love re-tellings. “East” by Edith Pattou “Beauty” “The Blue Sword” and “Rose Daughter” by Robin McKinley. “Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux. “Phantom” by Susan Kay. I love YA Novels like “Shiver Series” by Maggie Stiefvater, and Sarah Dessen books. If it sounds interesting, and it has a romantic twist to it – I’ll read it. And I’ll read it more than once. (You should see how terribly worn my Phantom of the Opera book is.)
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?:
I think it’s a hit or miss when it comes to books transferring to a movie. Sometimes the director or writer completely misses the soul of a book. “The Hunger Games” is a great example of how a book can successfully transition from pages to film (at least in my opinion.) When I saw the movie, I felt like I was reading the book. In the most recent “Jane Eyre” film that came out, I completely loved how the story was captured and brought to life in the dark setting that the book seemed to always dawn. An example of the worst book to movie transfer would have to be “Ella Enchanted.” I was actually just talking about this with my best friend the other day, on how this movie completely missed the point of the book. There was a magical quality to the story, which was completely lost in the movie. Another one that I completely disliked was “Blood and Chocolate.” I read the book and loved it, but when I saw the movie, I absolutely hated the film.
Your favorite food is?:
Chinese food. Hands down. I love food in general, and there’s a lot of great things my mother makes that I would even say is my favorite, but I never turn down a meal of General Tso’s Chicken and an Eggroll.
Your favorite singer/group is?:
Again, I have a love for music that expands over having favorites. Coldplay, Muse, Kodaline, Katy Perry, The Cab, Tom Odell, Sia, Sam Tsui, Roberto Caccipaglia, One Republic, Neon Trees, Nathaniel Hoho, Mumford and Sons, Maroon 5, Ludovico Einaudi, Louis Armstrong (La Vie En Rose), Lana Del Rey, Josh Groban, The Killers, Jason Mraz, James Blunt, Imogen Heap, The Goo Goo Dolls, Florence + The Machines, The Fray, Elvis, Eisley, Cat Stevens, Cameron Mitchell, Bruno Mars, Birdy, Billy Joel. . those are just to name a few.
Your favorite color is?:
Your favorite Author is? -
I really don’t have a favorite author. Just like I don’t have a favorite book. I’m inspired by the authors that touch my life, and in that, join my list of authors that I appreciate and have shaped me as a writer.
Chantal Gadoury is young author who currently lives in a small town in Delaware with her two cats, Theo and Harper and her boyfriend, Robert. Chantal likes anything Disney, plays a mean game of Disney trivia, enjoys painting, and has a interest in British History. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues that love of writing today. As a recent college graduate from Susquehanna University, with a degree in Creative Writing, this is her first book.
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