Monday, April 3, 2017

Standing Ground by Alice Rachel

Standing Ground
Alice Rachel
(Under Ground, #2)
Publication date: October 27th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
When the authorities strike to regain control over the riots in Eboracum City and use drastic measures as retaliation against the civilians, the citizens are forced to fight back to survive. A virus has spread through the Underground, taking down the refugees one by one, soon contaminating the rebels. If Thia wants to save the ones she loves, she will have to retrieve the cure, quickly. But certain decisions are costly, and not all actions are free of consequences.

Author Bio:
Alice Rachel is the author of the YA Forbidden Romance/ Dystopian Romance Series "Under Ground."
Her time is divided between teaching French, writing, reading, drawing, and spending time with her hubby and guinea pigs.
Alice loves talking to readers, so send her a message...

Guest Post by Author Alice Rachel 

I'm going to talk about certain topics in my series, why they matter to me, and how you, as a reader, can help!

1 - Depression:

Depression is one of the main subjects of the series as a whole. 

Many of my characters suffer from it, especially my main character, Thia. 

I chose to write her that way because I can't imagine that she would be happy to be in the situation she's in. 
Also, it was important to me personally to show that a person suffering from depression isn't weak. 
Some people sometimes mistake the condition for weakness. And sadness is often perceived as depression, but there is a huge difference between the two. Depression is painful, and it can last for a long time. 
It is not a weakness at all. 
People who suffer from depression have to fight hard every day. It's difficult to perceive how strong they actually are, but it is a sickness that requires incredible strength—both mental and physical.

Nothing makes me happier than when my readers feel the pain from Thia's depression and empathize with her through the series. 

2 - Abuse:

Abuse is another important theme in the series. Emotional abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, and sexual abuse are all represented in one way or another. 

Too often, we tend to blame the survivors while looking for excuses for the perpetrators. It is an insidious tendency that needs to stop. Nothing can or should ever excuse abuse of any kind.

The proceeds from two of my novellas are actually going to an anti-sexual violence association. Please, look into it and help me donate. It would mean the world to me. 

3 - Intolerance of any kind:

Prejudice is present throughout the series as well—especially misogyny and homophobia.

Even though things are changing, we are not there yet, and change needs to happen faster. With our young people still thrown out of their homes for being gay and women still undergoing daily harassment, it's impossible to remain silent. 

I know many people believe authors should write and shut up. That artists should entertain and that's it. I believe otherwise. 

Emile Zola and Victor Hugo, for example, were wonderful writers, and they were even more so because they spoke up against all the injustices they saw in France every day under the reign of Napoleon III. 

If authors and artists don't raise their voices to help others, then, who will? 

Not that my voice means a lot. I'm not nearly famous enough for that. But if my series can help just one person or change the life of just one individual, my job will be complete. 

You, as a reader, can help too, by protecting those who are bullied and harassed each day. We can all choose to remain silent and be part of the problem, or we can rise and help others by standing together. 

Thank you so much for letting me write this post. :-)


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