#BlogTour #GuestPost The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester

 

 

The Funeral Flower
by Michelle Jester
Genre: NA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: June 20th 2017

 

 

Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James... and he won’t let her.

Even though tragedy always follows love.

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Due to critical subject matter recommended for Ages 17+

 

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Concept for this story/Inspiration

 

I wrote The Funeral Flower for myself. While fictional, like most of my writing it is loosely based on some of my own experiences. All characters are all influenced by real people in my life; some reflect two or more people. One of the most important characters though is the sister, Audrey. She is a mirror of my own sister and best friend. While the circumstances are fiction, she is exactly the rock to me that Audrey is to Kelly. Also, the sweet backyard neighbor lady, the mother, father, and grandfather, the boy between the fence, the bullies, and yes, the friendships and love are all heavily influence by real people and inspired each character. Also, many of the poems I included in the book were written when I was a child, teenager and young adult.

The Funeral Flower is about growing through the good and bad into the person you are meant to be. It’s about understanding loss and the way you deal with loss and how other people around you deal with it as well. I’ve had several reviewers make the comment that it is preachy and I get that, even expected it, but keep in mind, I wrote The Funeral Flower just for myself, never intending to ever publish it and I certainly wasn’t preaching to myself. So, when you read…read it through Kelly’s eyes.

 

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About the Author

I am a hopeless romantic (I think this is the most important thing to know about me). In addition, I live in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with my husband and high school sweetheart. Together we have a son and daughter. Throughout my life writing and photography have been my main creative outlets.

 

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