Tide Ever Rising by Mandi Tucker Slack – Guest Post & Giveaway

Welcome back to Author Mandi Tucker Slack

Mandi Tucker Slack grew up in Orangeville, UT, where her father worked as a coal miner for eighteen years. In 1987 the coal mines shut down for a time and her father joined the U.S. Army. They were stationed in Hanau, Germany, and she had the opportunity to explore Europe. Mandi’s family returned to Utah in 1992, and they settled in Orangeville once again, where she attended and completed High School. She then attended the College of Eastern Utah, where she studied Geology. Eventually Mandi changed her major and moved on to Utah State University while she completed a degree in Special Education. She then married her best friend, Charles Slack. They have three children, with one on the way, 6 chickens, and a lizard (sometimes several lizards).Their family loves to spend time together. They enjoy 4-wheeling, camping, and especially rock hounding. Her house is littered with rocks and fossils. As a child Mandi spent many weekends with her parents and sister exploring abandoned mining towns and searching for relics among the brick ruins. Her adventures with her family are often the inspiration for her stories.

Guest Post
Finding Inspiration through Life
It all started when I was a child. For as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from ADHD. This wasn’t an easy thing to live with. I was often in trouble, and I spent most of my school days in remedial classes. I daydreamed all the time. When I was child, I’d often imagine that I was a hero on an amazing adventure or I’d imagine I was a great explorer. I craved adventure and more often-than-not, my teacher or parents could find me hiding in a corner talking to myself, because I even had imaginary friends. My mind was constantly racing . . . popping up with new ideas and thoughts all the time. I never thought that one day my ADHD would actually work to my advantage. But to this day, my imagination and ability to day dream has become one of my greatest strengths. My day dreams are what have carried me through life . . . even though at times . . . it’s been a source of grief. But what I’d like to talk to you about is this . . . Every day dream starts with a tiny spark . . . there’s always something that is the catalyst to a new idea or dream.  I’d like to highlight a few of those things that you can design a story around . . . these are often the catalysts for my ideas . . . my sparks!
Music:

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”
-Jules Combarieu ( a writer) Once Said: “Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”

 Music is amazing! It has the power to create a tide of thoughts and emotions . . . sadness, anger, joy. It’s funny how a song can spark memories that have been buried . . . hidden inside our minds for years. The words to songs often create unique stories and can open a flood gate to a whole new world that only you can create. There are times when I hit a real creative slump. If I get stuck, I only have to surf the radio or scan my ipod to find a song or music score that matches the mood or ambience of a particular scene that I want to create in one of my books.
                Each book, each story has a particular mood . . . and it’s amazing how music has the power to enhance your words and bring life to a story. My readers can’t hear that music . . . obviously . . . but they can, I hope, feel the disposition of my characters and the atmosphere of the story. More often than not, that feeling was created through music.
Destination and Setting:

Have you ever passed a field of wild flowers or taken a walk through the forest just after it’s rained. Or have you ever just viewed an area that simply leaves you breathless, and you just want to grasp that place and hang onto it forever? It’s those moments when a photo simply isn’t enough. I love nature, and whenever  I come across a town, a field, a mountain, or even places in the city that touch me, I just want to hang onto it. I can do this in my books. I can live in that area while I create my story. Most of my novels take place in areas that I love, areas that have left a lasting impression on me.
People:

Everyone is unique. Each person has something amazing to offer the world. No one person is the same. I love to watch people. I stare . . . a lot. I think I scare people, but I stare because I’m so amazed by the different personalities that make up society. I love watching how other mothers interact with their children, how couples interrelate, and how we as strangers affect each other’s lives. I love to combine different characteristics to develop my characters, because just as we are all uniquely different, so too are the characters in books. My characters are a mix of everything that I love and hate . . . everything that I want to be, and everything that I hope I never am. We each have our own thoughts and feelings, and we view and handle what life throws us in our own way.
 Finding the inspiration in life is the joy of writing for me, because I can express my feeling through words, just as an artist or musician can express their feelings through paintings or songs. We all have something to offer. If we take our experiences, our memories, our dreams . . . whether fantasy or real . . .  we can create anything. My stories will always carry a little bit of who I am within their pages, and the best advice I can give is to let life inspire you, no matter what your passion is . . . writing, music, dance, art, photography.
Anais Nin once said, “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing, but in the midst of living.” Take the good and even the bad and immerse yourself in life. Let it inspire within you the need to create and inspire others.

Tide Ever Rising

Kadence Reynold’s favorite pastime is exploring old ghost towns, but when she and her sister, Maysha, stumble across an old journal and cheap pendant hidden in the depths of a crumbling foundation near Eureka, Utah, their world is suddenly turned upside down. Immediately, strange dreams and premonitions begin to haunt “Kadie” as she learns more about the author of the journal, Charlotte Clark. Kadie sets out on a journey to learn more about Charlotte and her family, and she and Maysha travel to Bremerton, Washington, where they discover Charlotte’s still living twin sister, Adelaide and her family.

Kadie and Maysha, upon arriving in Washington, are immediately immersed in Adelaide and Charlotte’s story. Kadie soon learns that Charlotte disappeared the night of a tragic fire that took the lives of Adelaide’s entire family. With the help of Logan Mathews, Adelaide’s handsome grandson, and Charlotte’s ever disconcerting presence, Kadie delves into the past. Hoping to solve the mystery of Charlotte’s disappearance, Kadie immediately discovers the secrets contained in the journal will toss her and Adelaide’s family into a world filled with mystery, past regrets, and dark unknowns.

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1 copy of Tide Ever Rising
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Ends 3/1/13

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