3 S.R. Johannes: Bookanistas: Christins Fonseca (Lacrimosa)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bookanistas: Christins Fonseca (Lacrimosa)

Congrads to Christine for her debut Young Adult Lacrimosa. (doesn't it sound like a nice cool drink!)

Today, I'm hosting a stop on her blog tour to celebrate Lacrimosa.

Before we hear some scoop from Christine, here is the 411 on her book.

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the warrior angels called Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.  

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate.  But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.
Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself.  

“LACRIMOSA reaches out, grabs readers by the heart, and takes them on an emotional journey from the first page to the last. The last novel you’ll need to read to understand true sacrifice.”
~Elana Johnson, Author of POSSESSION


Thanks Shelli for hosting a stop on the blog tour celebrating the release of LACRIMOSA. Since this week is "Getting to Know Aydan" week, I thought I'd share a little bit about him and, more importantly, how I "found" him.

LACRIMOSA was first conceptualized during Nanowrimo 2008, while I was working on another project. It wasn't drafted, however, until much later - August 2009 to be exact. Although I drafted it relatively quickly, it took much longer for me to edit it and get it ready for the world. Even after I thought it was ready, I revised significantly throughout the querying and acquisition process. And again once it was sold.

But let me back up and focus on one particular aspect of the story - Aydan. I had a "sense" of Aydan from the very beginning; knew that he was a tortured soul in love. Knew that it was that love that would both redeem and kill him.

I had a sense of his looks and demeanor. But that was it.

Over the course of 5 substantial rewrites I found his voice. Literally. See, the book started off in third person, told from Nesy's POV. Rewrite #1 added a POV - Aydan's. Rewrite #2 added another POV. Rewrites #3 and 4 changed it yet again, moving from third into first, and past tense into present. With each rewrite I got to know Aydan a little more, got a chance to peek into his heart and mind and see all the layers of him. By the time I finished with rewrite #5, I knew Aydan. Profoundly. Had I not been willing to go back to the beginning, start over and experiment with different things in order to get the story where it needed to be...

Had I not been tenacious and resolute in my wish to craft the authentic story that existed deep within my heart...

Had I not bravely gone where Aydan wanted me to go, I never would have found him; never would have be able to craft his voice. Hopefully the connection I found will be one you will find when reading LACRIMOSA.


Now, don't forget to enter the contest for fabulous AYDAN inspired books and swag. Just complete the form.

You can enter up to twice daily (through the tour and my blog).

And there's more - continue to collect the daily clues to enter the EPIC grand prize giveaway that includes books, swag and a special surprise.

Today's clue - LORI.

Missed out on any of the tour? Click over to the schedule to make sure you've hit all the stops, seen or read the posts, entered the giveaways, and collected the clues. More great things are coming next week as well. EEP!!!

More Book Information

  • Publisher: COMPASS PRESS
  • ISBN: 0984786368 (ISBN 13: 9780984786367)
  • Hardback and Digital formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and fine retailers.
  • Kindle ebook
  • Nook buy link -  
  • Book trailer can be seen by linking to YouTube - 

Additional Titles in the series include DIES IRAE (a Requiem Novella), LIBERA ME (Oct 2012) and REQUIEM (March 2013).


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Jemi Fraser said...

Can't wait to read this one! The more I read, the more I want it!! :)

Good luck to my US buddies :)

Heather said...

Hooray for bravely going where Aydan wanted you to go. That is the key to a truly special book, which Lacrimosa definitely is!

Anonymous said...

I love blog tours like this with grand prizes (although once I had won one and never received the prize, it was pretty sad..)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome how many times you were willing to revise this. Congrats on your debut!

Christine Fonseca said...

Thanks everyone, it has certainly been a process!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Woot!! Love the cover, love the book, love Christine!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Aydan!!!!!

Doodle said...

I already love Aydan. Can't wait to read!

Christine Fonseca said...

oh yes, I have quite a character crush on Aydan too!

Nata Cynthia Artistadonna said...

The world could use an Aydan or two !