Release Date: June 2015.
Publisher: REUTS Publications.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About Deceptive Cadence:
Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .
Until she doesn’t. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake’s wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn’t need to give it a second thought. She accepts.
Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she’s armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determination to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She’s focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.
But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he’s very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.
Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?
Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Katie about her new book, Deceptive Cadence. Welcome to the blog Katie!
How did you come up with the idea for Deceptive Cadence?
The story pulled together through a series of what-if’s in my life, ad what would I do if I could change them. I think everyone has that one boy/girl, and that one friend etc. that they wonder what would happen if things had turned out differently. The rest pulled itself together as the characters took life.
Is there a character you would consider most like you?
Cadence is very similar to me. In high school, I was really into sports, and kind of on the rough side, like Cadence. Although, she has a meaner competitive streak than I do.
If you had the chance, would you go back and redo your teen years?
Probably. But the older I get, the more I’m at peace with all that happened to me, and can see how it has shaped my life. I think I would still change a few things, but not relive that time.
Is there anything in your past that you wished you could go back and change?
Some things, like loss of friendships because of misunderstandings etc. But I think more than anything, I’d love to relive good times.
Is there anything you can tell us about book 2?
Austin steps into the picture. The problem is, Cadence still loves James.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
There are so many good authors out there, it’s hard to say! I’m definitely a C.S. Lewis fan if that says anything.
If you could write anywhere, where would you write?
In a beach cabin at the edge of the bush somewhere in Australia.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Work hard, refine your skills, and be open to constructive criticism. No one is perfect, and no story can’t be polished. The writers who make it are the ones who work hard and don’t give up.
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dogs.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.
And now for my review:
3.5 stars – really liked it.
Deceptive Cadence is a heart warming story about a girl who gets a second chance at life. At the start of the novel, Cadence wakes up in hospital to find out the most horrible news a wife and mother can hear: that her husband and young daughter have died. As you can imagine, Cadence is distraught. But then the incredible happens: an angel offers her the chance to relive her teen life so she can change what happens to her family and save them.
Of course she jumps at the chance.
Cadence finds herself 14 again, and is determined to make sure she does everything right this time. But making different choices comes with a whole new set of consequences that Cadence doesn’t see coming. Mainly a boy named James.
James falls in love with Cadence and will do everything in his power to be with her. Cadence doesn’t want to fall in love with anybody, wanting to wait it out until she meets her husband for the first time again. But James is charming and Cadence finds her resolve weakening.
Deceptive Cadence was both sweet and heartbreaking. The older Cadence got, and the deeper she fell in love with James, the more captivated I became. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what she was going to do, who she was going to choose. I found myself falling for her and James. Katie Hamstead has torn my heart in two. My head is wanting Cadence to choose her husband, how could she not? But my heart wants her to choose James. But who knows how I’ll feel when we finally get to meet her husband in book 2? I need to get my hands on it ASAP, but it’s not released yet so I guess I’ll just have to wait.
Deceptive Cadence was a romantic and magical tale. It feels YA at the same time that it doesn’t, and I think adults may even have a better appreciation of it, especially if they are married themselves. It was full of exciting twists and had a killer cliff hanger ending that will leave you needing more.