Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publisher: Sweetwater Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort
Publication date: June 14, 2016
Number of pages: 229
Kai met Avery only once--in the moment he died saving her life. Now when he's not using his new healing powers to help people, he watches helplessly as Avery's life is unraveled by his death. To help her, he risks everything by breaking the rules, dangerously blurring the barriers between life and death.
2. The town where the story is set (Avila Beach) is a real place where my family has vacationed every December for the past few years. There’s a family in Avila Beach that we house swap with, so while we’re playing at the beach they come to Utah and ski.
3. I’ve written music on my guitar to go with all of Kai’s lyrics in the book. And no one will ever hear it but me. J
4. Almost every time I worked on chapter 27, I was brought to tears.
5. More than once, I almost scrapped this story. In earlier drafts, there were so many plot holes that I thought there was no way I could make the story work. But something inside told me to press forward, that it was a story worth finishing. I’m so glad I did, because everything worked out and it turned out to be a beautiful story.
6. In one draft there was a menacing character from the Briar who would show up every now and then and try to steal the ring from Kai. I originally wrote him in to add tension, but I ended up taking him out because he changed the tone of the book into something I didn’t want.
7. I wrote three alternate endings because I wanted to explore different possibilities. But I ended up choosing the ending I felt the characters had earned.
8. The working title was “Borrowed Heaven,” but I thought it sounded too cheesy so my husband and I brainstormed until we came up with Beyond the Rising Tide.
9. The setting of the afterlife was inspired by Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. I had a vague idea of how I wanted the afterlife to be set up, but was having a hard time with the details. So I drove out there one day in the middle of winter (there’s a road that goes out to the island). I was the only one out there, and as I walked along the barren shores, all the details came to me. It was a magical day.
10. The name “Kai” is short for Zackai, which is Hebrew for “Pure.” I chose this name in the brainstorming phase when I imagined Kai as a perfect angel-type character. But as I got further into the story and his character developed more, his flaws and idiosyncrasies and demons surfaced and he became a more real and imperfect person. But I still loved the name, so it stuck.
Favorite soda: Cream Soda
Favorite dessert: Brownies topped with mint chocolate chip ice cream
Favorite flower: Spring blossoms of any sort because they represent hope
Favorite season: Summer, because I hate being cold
Favorite movie: It changes. But right now it’s What If with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. The dialogue in this movie is simply spectacular.
Favorite country you want to visit: I’d love to visit Iceland, especially after seeing The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Favorite comic book character: Jean Grey
Favorite place to visit: Avila Beach
Favorite holiday: Christmas because of what it represents, and I love to watch my kids open presents.
10 Interesting Facts About Chocolate
- Most people know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but too much can also be fatal to humans. Chocolate contains high levels of theobromine, which is a powerful stimulant in high enough doses can cause heart failure, kidney damage, and seizures. But don’t worry. You’d need to eat over 20 pounds of chocolate for it to be fatal.
- Chocolate was once used as currency. In Mayan times, the cocoa bean was worth more than gold dust, and people would exchange cocoa beans for goods and services.
- Wonder why chocolate tastes so good? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it has over 600 flavor compounds.
- Just the smell of chocolate triggers relaxation, as it increases theta brain waves.
- Cocoa butter is one of the most stable and highly concentrated natural fats and is absorbed easily into the skin, which makes it ideal for use in skin products such as massage oils, cosmetics, and lotions.
- Ever wonder why chocolate melts so easily on your tongue? It’s because chocolate is the only food substance to melt just below human body temperature. Mix in a little coconut oil, and it melts even quicker.
- Consuming chocolate makes people feel so good because it contains the chemical phenylethylamine, which increases serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain—similar to how people feel when they’re in love.
- Cocoa beans grow in pods on Theobroma cacao trees. These trees only grow within 20 degrees of latitude north and south of the equator (a narrow band called the Cocoa Belt). Some of the highest cocoa bean producing countries include Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Indonesia.
- Americans consume 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate each year, but that’s still much less per person than what Europeans consume!
- When you consider that it takes almost a year for a cocoa tree to produce enough pods to make 10 Hershey bars, it’s a wonder chocolate isn’t even more pricey!
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
Publication date: June 14, 2016
Number of pages: 304
Category: Junior High+
Content Rating: PG, brief violence
Book Rating: 5 stars
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