Interview and Giveaway with Debut Author Rachel McClellan ( Win a signed copy of Fractured Light plus necklace)

I would like to welcome debut author Rachel McClellan to Book Flame. She is joining us today to talk about her novel Fractured Light.

1. What inspired you to write Fractured Light?
The idea came to me when I was doing a writing exercise with a friend out of a book we'd both purchased (yeah, I'm nerdy like that.). I wrote of a girl at her father's funeral. She had such blond, almost white, hair that she looked like a ghost in the cemetery, but as I wrote about her, I felt her strength and I just knew I had to keep telling her story. There was so much she wanted to tell the world. 

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Honestly, I just want to give readers the chance to escape into another world for a few hours of their life. But if while in this world, they discover a message, I hope it's "use your own brain to determine what you believe and fight for it."

3. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I see bits and pieces of me in them all. I like to think I'm a fighter, like Llona, and, like Christian, I respect and honor my beliefs. As for May, I try to be as accepting and understanding to everyone I meet. And Matt for his love of literature.

4. What character intrigued you the most as the author? And why?
It was Llona. She really was a mystery to me, and of all the characters, she spoke to me the most. She wanted so hard to be the strong person she felt she was inside, but her past and certain stigma's held her back. 

5. Do you have any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
The sequel to Fractured Light will be out in a year, and the third and final book to the series, shortly after that. I also have a humurous parenting memoire that will be out Mother's Day of 2013. In addition, I'm just finishing up another book that's sort of a YA Jekyl and Hyde. I'm looking forward to this one. My future is full of writing, but, like every mother in the world, I need more time.

6. If you could co-author a book with any author who would it be?
Alden Bell or James Dashner. Both know how to write well and pace a story.

7. If you could live in any book which one would it be?
I would love, love, love to live in Harry Potter and I would best friends with them all.

8. If you could travel back in time and meet yourself as a 10 year old what advice would you give her?  
I'd tell her one thing: Do not let insecurities that someone else caused control her. Be the hero not the victim. It took me awhile to learn this. 

9. What is the one quote that inspires you above all others?
There are so many, but the one I really love is: If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. 
C. S. Lewis 
To learn more about Rachel McClellan Visit her website:

About Fractured Light 

  • ISBN-13: 9781599559421
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/8/2012
  • Pages: 312

Blurb: I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice. 

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake. 

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger. 

In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.


Rachel is generously giving away 

A Signed copy of her debut novel Fractured Light


A necklace that was given to Llona in the book.

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  1. That was an interesting blurb. Very unique, I haven't read anything like it :D Thanks for the giveaway

  2. nice =) thanks for this giveaway

  3. Great interview and I too love Alden Bell.

  4. My fav books are fantasy romance or historical romance & I get teased by some of my friends about how improbable the books are but that's exactly why I like these genres. It's the escapism aspect.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  6. Thanks for this giveaway! This book looks so interesting! I like supporting debut authors and am fascinated with the main character's ability to manipulate light!
    - rafflecopter name is Suz Reads

  7. Thank you for the invite!

    Kitty Bullard


  8. I've haven't read anything like this book before. It's sounds intriguing and peaked my interest. Thank you for this giveaway!
    DeAnna Schultz

  9. This book sounds like one that I won't be able to put down! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  10. I love what you said about escaping into a book! As a mother of four wonderful but tiring children, reading books that allow me to escape a few hours a day are my favorite books, fantasy! I have seen a few of my Goodreads friends reading this book! It looks amazing about a young girl with a big battle ahead of her. She has amazing abilities to heal others, and everyone said that once they started it they could not put it down! I would love to get to read this and a signed copy from the author would be so cool! Not to mention having the necklace that she was given! Wow! I would love love love to win this giveaway! Thank you for the chance!

  11. This book sounds amazing! I am starting to see it everywhere, YAY!! Congrats!! Thanks for the chance.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm very interested in reading this book.

  13. I would love to live in a Harry Potter book! I really enjoyed the blurb, this looks like a great read.

  14. The premise sounds very intriguing! Congrats on the release. Thanks for the great giveaway. Harry Potter world here we come!

  15. i usally here about book all the time but i neve seen or read this one and wouldlov eto read and log on it

  16. Congrats on the book. This looks so good. Thanks foe the giveaway.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  17. I would also love to live in the Harry Potter world! Who wouldn't?! I love to just escape into the world of a book. Great advice to give yourself. I know I wish I could have told myself the same thing 10 years ago. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! Can't wait to read it!

  18. I would love to read this book.It would be so cool to be able to control light. I can't wait to see if she avenges her parents' deaths and falls in love.

  19. This book sounds intriguing and good interview. The cover is AWESOME fingers crossed thx for the awesome giveaway.

  20. Great interview and the blurb sounded really intriguing! Definitely adding Fractured Light to my TBB list!

    elizabrth @ bookattict . com

  21. This is a book on my to-read list. I have been fascinated since the first time I saw the cover.


  22. This really looks like a very good book to read along with a necklace-too good!!!


  23. Crap! Here's one of my tweets:

  24. Im looking forward to this giveaway:) I wonder how this book would be like too so that's why I want to win this:) and the necklace is a nice bonus:D Hope i wiin:>

  25. Thanks so much for the giveaway! These books look very interesting. I LOVE books, and necklaces!!

    Kayla Graham
    kayla.s.graham at gmail dot com

  26. Looking forward to reading the book

  27. Would love to read this one!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. This book sounds like my kind of book. I love fantasy books because when I read I put myself in there world. I want a place I can escape from reality once in awhile. It sounds really interesting and is going on my to read list. I love the cover too. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  29. Who doesn't love a good mysterious stranger?

  30. Thank you for taking the time to share with us this interview today. Fractured Light sounds new and different and I am looking forward to reading it. I love that you have a sequel coming, as my favorite reads do not end at book one :)

  31. "Be the hero not the victim"

    I love that! I wish more people thought like that. It's great advice!

  32. Love the interview, and I agree that living at Hogwarts would be terrific! I, too, see a bit of myself in every character I write. I think that most authors do. Thanks again :)

  33. I'd love to win this book, but the fact that it is autographed is amazing! I actually realized when I entered this that I do not have one single autographed book! This would be my first! Thank you for the chance to win it! =)


    Thanks! =)

  34. I love that it's autographed! It's my favorite way to get a book. I think this book sounds amazing! I love imagining I am the main character in a book. If an author can't make me feel that usually the book isn't good to me.

    Thanks for the chance!
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

  35. Rachel is a fantastic author. I read this book prior to publication. It's a great adventure!

  36. It's autographed!!! :D It would be awesome showing it to my fellow book friends :D
    Email: puieread@yahoo.com

  37. I loved this book!!!! I can not wait to see it in a printed format:)

  38. I would love to win this book. It sounds like the type I really enjoy reading.

  39. Congrats on your debut. I'm adding this to my TBR list.


  40. Oh no, I hit enter before I got my Name typed in! Dern tiny keyboard.
    Thanks for hosting this event.


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