Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AWAKENING 3: RBTL Tour Day 3 & Lilly Frank Character Bio

Read Between the Lines Tour Stop 3
Today's tour stop includes an excerpt and another chance to enter the giveaway over at Author Ellie Potts. And if your tastes run to contemporary romance, you might want to check out Potts's new book, just released on Monday, Seeing Stars.

Today's exclusive content on this blog comes in the form of a brief biography of Lilly Frank, the heroine of Awakening 3. Read on to learn about Lilly's life up to the start of the first book in the Lilly Frank trilogy.

Lilly Frank Character Bio
Lilly was born on October 13, 1977 in New York City to Hugh and Charlotte Frank, a Texan businessman and a New York socialite. Although Lilly grew up wealthy and never wanted for anything material, she had a lonely childhood. She found more real warmth and authenticity in her parents' housekeeper and gardeners than in her peers, and so she spent more time with her parents' employees growing up. This resulted in Lilly's acute awareness of the unfairness of socio-economic disparity and in her eventual passion for and commitment to issues of social and economic justice.

After earning her B.A. in History from Columbia University in 1999, Lilly, at her mother's urging, traveled abroad for a year in Europe and Asia before starting law school at Harvard in 2000. Lilly's intention was to specialize in human rights law, but those dreams came to an end with Charlotte's murder in September 2001, just days after the 9/11 attacks.

Despite the cultural gap between herself and her mother, Lilly felt close to Charlotte, and she loved her and felt loved by her in return. Charlotte's murder therefore, was a crucial moment in Lilly's history. She now perceived that the world was dangerous beyond imagining, and when James Derrick, her mother's murderer, was allowed to plea bargain his way into the witness protection program, Lilly became convinced that there was no justice, either. Her sole focus became physical and emotional self-protection: boxing, martial arts, and creating a stable and safe life for herself outside of the social sphere into which she was born.

But on the anniversary of her mother's death in 2002, Lilly met Torren Frisk, and her life was upended once again. This is the story told in Awakening, the first book in the Lilly Frank trilogy.

Other important dates:
2003 - Lilly became a vampire (Awakening 2)
2052 - Lilly and Torren reunited (Awakening 3)

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