August 1, 2013

Simple Truths -- Celebrating Canary by Rachele Alpine

My friend and fellow writer, Rachele Alpine is celebrating her book, Canary, and it’s release by blogging as her main character in real-time at You can read more about Rachele here and about Canary here.
Rachele also put out the call for other friends/authors/bloggers to join her in blogging about their truths. So today I share with you my truths.

I am a Writer
First, it feels amazing to say that. I write therefore I am, if you will. I've been told it's simply a hobby, but it's so much more than that. It's a business, yes, but it's also part of what makes me who I am. Even if I never find myself on a New York Times bestseller list or my bank account never sees Stephen King-like royalties.

Kindness Trumps Selfishness In the End
This is where my "truth" may be different from others, but I truly believe this statement. In the end, selfishness and nastiness may get some people what they want. But the price can be steep. I want to leave this world and have people say I was kind and generous.

Life is Short
It's a sad truth, but a truth nonetheless. Once you embrace it, and we all have trouble with this at times, you can live each day to its fullest. I strive to do that.

Love Conquers
It may not conquer all, but it conquers many things. Love is hard work, another sad truth--it's not a constant fairy tale, but it's what makes the world go round. If we would all just love, simply appreciate what's good about others, this world would be a better place. And I'll take love (and kindness, see above) over judgment and loneliness any day. 

Humor is a Salve
This year has been insane for me and my family. When we were at our most stressed, we'd find something to laugh about. Laughter is medicine. It's not always easy to find the humor in everyday life, but it's imperative.

"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them." Galileo Galilei

Congratulations to Rachele on the release of Canary.

What is one of your truths?

Some information...

Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.

Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.

But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.

"A searing and tender portrait of the complexities of high school friendships, dating and privilege. CANARY is a testament to the power of hard-won truths."
~Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and WHEN YOU WERE HERE

"The subtle way Rachele Alpine addresses love, loss, popularity, and friendship makes this book a realistic and arresting read. For anyone who ever struggled with frenemies and fitting in, CANARY is an important addition to contemporary YA discussions."
~Jennifer Brown, author of THE HATE LIST


Rachele Alpine said...

This is great! Thanks so much for sharing! I love how your Truths are almost like life lessons!

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Rachele. Wishing you all the best!

Jo Michaels said...

My truth: Friends, true friends, are forever. :) WRITE ON!

krystal jane said...

I love your truths. I can especially relate to the 1st and 5th ones. ^_^

Canary sounds powerful. I've already downloaded it to my Kindle app. Lol!