Today’s a special day for a buddy of mine, Emlyn Chand. She’s the founder of Novel Publicity and today is the release date for her book, Open Heart. It’s the second in her Farsighted series and I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it today along with some info. Here is what I had to say about Book #1. Be sure to scroll down to see blurbs, buy links, an Open Heart excerpt and where you can find Emlyn Chand.
The book picks up around the beginning of a new school year following the trip to New York. The story is told by Simmi this time, who has been dating Alex ever since and is struggling with self hate. It doesn’t help that she’s got a new mean-girl classmate following the town’s big population surge. Ronnie Franklin gets off on the wrong foot with Simmi before the school year even starts and ends up becoming Simmi’s main rival for a coveted role in the school’s production of West Side Story. The book is brutally honest look into the mind of a young girl who is convinced she’s not good enough. I love how part of that insecurity seems to stem from the fact her boyfriend is blind, as she mentions more than once he probably wouldn’t have picked her over the more exotic Shapri had he been able to see them both.
Besides hating her looks, she also struggles with guilt over feeling she stole Alex from Shapri and can’t say those three little words, no matter how many times Alex does. She goes so far as to use her native language to trick him into thinking she says it back.
While the original book in this series used Runes at the beginning of each chapter, Chand borrows from Simmi’s culture, using Chakras to seperate sections of the book. She also includes quotes that relate to what is going to happen in that section. I love how she weaves Simmi’s rich culture into the story with descriptions of food that make me want to run for the fridge as well as clothing and Bollywood. Each character is real and inspires a strong feeling in me, whether it be hating them or feeling for them. I’ll be posting other thoughts on my facbook page to avoid being too spoilery here. Overall, an engaging read that makes you anxious to see where the story is going.
Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.
Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.
Open Heart Blurb
Simmi Shergill’s life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township’s sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be working as a diet plan. Well, at least her boyfriend, Alex, loves her so much he’d do anything for her. Last summer he even risked his life to protect her from the mysterious boy everyone was convinced wanted to kill her.
The problem is, she’s not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? And why can’t she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Whenever he’s around, part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter who she’d hurt or what she’d risk.
Simmi’s loyalty is on the line. Who will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with “bad idea” written all over him? Emotions run high as the tension mounts in book two of the Farsighted series. Book Excerpt.
About the Author
Bio and Contact Links – Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). Since then, she has always loved to hear and tell stories. When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Learn more about Emlyn at http://www.emlynchand.com or by connecting with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or GoodReads. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!