Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blog Tour: The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane with Guest Post & Giveaway

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We always love it when Amy Lane pops in for a visit, and today she’s here on The Deep of the Sound Blog Tour to give us a little bit of insight into Keir, one of the characters in The Deep of the Sound, I’m certainly looking forward to meeting. As always with Amy, it’s a beautiful post… so don’t miss it.

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Amy’s Adventures in the Pacific Northwest—Part 7

 

Keir

Amy Lane

My oldest son wasn’t breathing when he was born. I mean, they got him to start after about two minutes, but the fact was, the overworked staff at the hospital blew me off for hours because my water didn’t break, and we were the ones who noticed his heartbeat was going down with every contraction.

I pushed him out in three contractions—one of which I had to hold because I was in transit.

They told us, “Well, there shouldn’t be any long term damage…” And throughout years of testing, which revealed pretty much nothing but that he had low body tone and neurological disruption, they stuck to the party line, “We’re not really sure how it happened…”

But we knew. And we stopped caring. What mattered was that he wasn’t talking at five, and his body tone was low, and he needed to work really hard to keep up with his little sister’s reasoning. What mattered was getting him educational intervention because there was no magic pill, no operation, no magic diagnosis that was going to change the little boy we loved very much. So we figured our job as parents was to help that little boy grow up into the best adult he could.

And he’s done wonderfully—he’s in college, is holding down a job, is involved with social causesbut his peers were not always so lucky.

A communication handicap of any kind puts up a barrier between a child and the world. And many of the children in his school didn’t just have one diagnosis, they had many. The goal of schooling wasn’t to get them to read well enough to go to college—it was to get them to function well enough to hold down a job and deal with social security and live on their own.

It wasn’t always successful.

Not every kid had the same resources our son had—and many of them had disabilities that were fare more extensive. There was no safety net for these kids. The graduated from high school, and if they weren’t disabled enough for further care, they were cut loose. They could go to Junior College (when they barely made it through high school) and continue in the system or they could try to get jobs and apartments when they barely made it through high school. Mental health care is expensive and time consuming—and not every parent has time to take their child to the doctor’s on a continuing basis, not when they’re trying to make a living and keep a roof over their heads. Watching my son’s graduating class of fellow Communicatively Handicapped students disintegrate into the four winds—teen pregnancies, runaways, drug abuse, jail time—has been painful.

I saw those kids as children. You have such hope for children.

So when I wrote Keir, Cal’s fractious, troubled brother, I was thinking of my son’s friends. He misses them. Very often those kids were bussed from school to school together so they could attend the same program. He’s known many of them since Kindergarten. And explaining why these kids were having such a hard time—to my communicatively handicapped son!—has been a revelation to him.

He is lucky. He has his original set of parents, and he knows that through necessity, that doesn’t always happen. Through luck mostly, we make a livable wage. He has luxuries, and he had an awesome childhood, and thirty minutes a day, he has the undivided attention of an adult (me!) who can help him negotiate the social pitfalls of adulthood. Believe me, he needs every second. And he has a brain that lets him process things, even if it’s not as fast as the kids who weren’t in special ed, and the older he gets, the more he realizes that this was a gift and not a gimme. Not every kid had his benefits. Not every kid is going to have his success.

Keir is an amalgam of the kids I watched my son grow up with. Some of them had so many diagnoses it was hard to tell what agitated them and what soothed them. Some of them were simply bored—their parents were working so hard to support them, there was no time for the activities that would have helped them not to obsess over the things in their lives that hurt them. Some of them had deep-seated problems that I know I wasn’t qualified to deal with—but the mental health care system wasn’t doing such a bang-up job either. Like the kids in my son’s lower grade classes, Keir had so much potential. Like the kids my son has watched self-destruct over the last four years, Keir has so much potential to go wrong.

So I hope I did this character justice. He is not all bad. He is definitely not all good. But Cal loves his little brother and wants the best for him. Through no fault of his own, Cal just isn’t able to provide the best, and that, perhaps, is what hurts most of all. I want people to see that Keir deserves the best—all children and young adults like him deserve the best.

And we need to do better.

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The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane

TheDeepOfTheSound_500x750Publisher  ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 15th June

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Cal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great-uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.

Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.

Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it.

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Meet Amy Lane

Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.

She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.

She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.

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Giveaway

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for an eBook package of all of Amy Lane's backlist titles with Riptide! (Excludes The Deep of the Sound and anthologies.) Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 20, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to add your email so we can contact you if you win!

32 comments:

  1. My best friend's older son has a disability, but he's always have affection and care. I've been witness of his growing into an amazing, most special young adult. Different to any other person I met, which makes him unique.
    Thank you for your great post.
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. My Nephew was diagnosed several mental illness's we have always had all of things going on. It is hard because he is grown man (38) with the brain of a 13 yr old child. They system say's that since he is an adult that can take of himself (SSI) when things go wrong we can't do nothing. He is now in prison for 15 to 20. He drinks and does a lot of drugs. They call it self medicating!!. On an happy note I want to read this book so bad. Thanks for writing it.

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  3. Opps I forgot to leave my email felicia sidoma left message on 6/18/15 at 09:16.
    falice.sidoma@yahoo.com

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  4. Touching! Thanks for the giveaway! elsikoho at yahoo dot com

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  5. Can't wait to read this! Sabrinad1977 @ comcast. net

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  6. I told my support group recently that I wish child mental health care when I was growing up had been what it is now. Maybe I would have had a better life growing up and a different life now. At least I now have the correct diagnoses. I look forward to reading this book.

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  7. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. j DOT stonewright AT gmail DOT com

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  8. sounds like a great story
    jmarinich33@aol.com

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  9. I know someone with fragileX syndrome. He unfortunately has missed out on many diagnostic interventions that could have enriched his life. He will never have a job or be independent. I look forward to reading this book.
    younela48@yahoo.co.uk

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  10. Can't wait to read this book. You indeed have a very special family and your never ending love for them shines through.

    Our oldest had Epilepsy when she was younger. Combine that with a Learning Disability and she really faltered in the elementary grades. We had to fight tooth & nail for 5 long years for specialized help for her in school. She was bad, but "not bad enough" according to them. It wasn't until the end of 5th grade when they finally admitted that she needed more help than they had been giving her in normal classes. 6th grade found her in a LD specialized classroom and she EXCELLED. Now, we see the struggles she is just beginning, as she is trying to find help for her son (who was born 8 weeks premature).

    Kris
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  11. Can't wait to read this!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  12. Thank you for sharing your and your son's story. I found it moving.

    My son was born prematurely and spent some time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). It was terrifying having him whisked away right after delivery and visiting him in NICU. He was not terribly premature and had very few issues compared to some of the babies we saw. I was quite thankful.

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

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  13. Very thought-provoking!

    vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

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  14. sounds great! please count me in

    leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. Thanks for sharing your son's story.

    nisee1966@gmaill.com

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  16. Even in this brief glimpse of your life you take my heart & hand it back to me, Amy Lane. This is why you've become one of my favorite authors. Thank you so much for everything you do to make someone's day a little brighter. legacylandlisa@gmail.com

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  17. I finished Deep of the Sound two days ago. It makes me realize how very lucky our family is to not have the issues that Cal had to deal with!

    lori.macnabb@yahoo.ca

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  18. my brother was diagnosed with a mental illness's it is very hard on his children,,,my brother does not know his own children but they understand why, with his meds he is doing better...ty for your story

    jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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  19. What a post, now I need to read the book and watch Cal's journey.

    goaliemom004(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I've worked on the sidelines of mental health care in recent years, and it is so hard to watch children not get the best care that they could, simply because it's not available, not affordable, or people don't give enough of a damn.

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  21. Sounds like another amazing book from Amy Lane! Thank you for sharing your story, and for the chance to win!

    AlexaLandWrites at gmail dot com

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  22. I'm ready for another Bluewater Bay book. Sounds great. :-)

    aelnova@aol.com

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  23. Can't wait to read this!
    smithtasmith@aol.com

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  24. Thank you all so much for commenting-- I'm glad that a character like Keir--and like Cal who tries so hard to help him-- touches so many people. This community is known for their warm hearts and generosity-- your replies certainly proved that and more.

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  25. Thank you wow sounds fantastic
    Oorjanie at yahoo dot com

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  26. Thank you for sharing your son and your story with us. One of my sisters was a special ed's kid. I worry for her constantly since there are things she's not very good (like handling money, reading ,etc) and other things. Socially she is fine...maybe a little too trusting (maybe I'm being paranoid I don't know) but she's happy and she has the support of friends and family.

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing your son's story. I know exactly how you felt always being told there's nothing wrong, that your just an inexperienced first time parent, etc., etc., etc. My situation was not as serious but after calling many times and being told that spit up was normal and he was just getting too much air, trying to explain that I was burping him every minute but it made no difference, I was extremely frustrated. (All that from the nurse practitioner) Finally, our pediatrician offered to change his diaper during a visit and she said 'Oh, it looks like he's allergic to mother's milk.' After that she apologised and told me that she would make time to address my concerns. (She was a first year doctor and my son was one of her first patients.)

    Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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  28. Thank you for sharing this story! amaquilante(at)gmail( dot)com

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  30. Loved every Amy Lane book thus far! Looking forward to this next read!

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  31. This sounds like a wonderful book.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  32. I'm ready to read! I love Amy's books and I know this one will not disappoint.
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