Of Delicate Pieces
(Of Breakable Things)
By A. Lynden Rolland
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Settling into her second year of death, Alex is ready to explore her limitless mind in an afterworld that changes each day, but she still isn’t resting in peace.
The ‘gifted’ are humans who see spirits and have the same extraordinary mental powers, though they aren’t considered equals. Centuries ago, Alex’s family led the movement to keep the living and dead separated, but the gifted believe Alex is a reincarnation of their slain civil leader. When they begin to break down the barriers that protect the city, the afterworld becomes dangerous and vulnerable to exposure. The living and dead both want to use Alex for their own gain, but what they don’t realize is that neither side will want her when they find out who she really is.
In the afterworld, nothing stays buried for long.
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OF DELICATE PIECES is the follow-up to A. Lynden Rolland's OF BREAKABLE THINGS.
A captivating debut about the fragility of life, love, and perspective.
When Chase dies tragically, Alex embraces her own mortality. What she didn’t expect was that she’d have to make a choice: forget the years of pain and suffering once and for all, or linger as a spirit and get another chance at life and love.
Alex doesn’t hesitate to choose; she’d follow Chase anywhere. But the spirit world is nothing like she expected, and Alex finds she's forced to fight for her life once more. For even in a world where secrets are buried much deeper than six feet under, a legacy can continue to haunt you—and in a place this dangerous, no one is resting in peace.
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Guest Post – Character Spotlight: ALEX
Thank you so much for having me! Alex Ash is the main character in the Of Breakable Things series. In Of Delicate Pieces she continues to come into her own. The longer she is dead, the more alive she becomes, realizing more and more who she is and who she wants to be (or doesn’t want to be.)
Who was Alex Ash when she was alive?
Alex was the broken girl. She inherited Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome from her mother. EDS is a tissue disorder, and although some types are mild (stretchy skin, bruising, double-jointedness) Alex has vascular EDS, which can be deadly because of rupturing organs. This is what happened to Alex’s mother during childbirth, so her father wants nothing to do with her. Alex is forced to grow up next door with the Lasalle brothers.
Any attention she had during life—aside from being the sick girl—was derived from being the Lasalles’ sidekick.
Who is Alex Ash now?
In Of Delicate Pieces, Alex finally feels the warmth of her own spotlight. Kind of. Part of the spotlight belonged to Sephi Anovark, the afterworld’s celebrity and prophet. Sephi predicted her own return, and Alex is her spitting image. Sephi frightened spirits… if she predicted a crime involving them, they would be convicted. The American government used her for their own gain when she was living, as the spirited government used her in death.
Sight like hers was dangerous, and in Of Delicate Pieces this leaves the spirit world torn: half of them are in awe of Alex because they have retrieved a celebrity, while the other half believes the afterworld is better off without her. Alex finds herself signing autographs one day and running from angry mobs the next.
How do I picture her?
A young Twiggy. Her expressions and her large, downturned eyes are so fitting, although Alex is shorter, and her hair is a bit darker and wilder.
What is she hiding from the masses?
1. She certainly isn’t a prophet. She has never predicted something before it happened.
2. The mental connection she shares with Chase. If she tries, she can hear his thoughts, and she can see what he’s seeing.
3. When she discovers her family ties in Of Delicate Pieces, she will be hiding pieces of that, as well.
Alex isn’t perfect. She can be very naïve. She was sheltered during life by Chase and his family, so she sees the world through rose colored lenses. It becomes useful to her to escape into Chase’s mind to see the truth in people. I think readers feel for Alex because she represents the broken pieces in those of us who have had to put ourselves back together.
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and thunderstorms. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She resides in Maryland with her husband and young sons.
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