Thursday, December 26, 2013

SP Library: Adorned by Georgeann Swiger + Symbolism In Writing

Hey y'all! Hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season. What gifts does SP library bring you today?

One gorgeous cover
Two angel soldiers
Threeeeeeeeeeee symbols in writing

Okay, ignore my bad singing, and enjoy the look into ADORNED + 

Adorned by Georgeann Swiger

When seventeen-year-old Anya finds out she’s an angel being trained to protect humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with wings and haloes. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her death.
Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light.
With her secret out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya. Even more troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.

Symbolism in Writing by Georgeann Swiger

I’m the type of person who’s always looking for a sign or a good omen to tell me things are going to go my way. I guess you can say I like symbols. When I wrote Adorned, it wasn’t until I was half way through the book, I realized I had subconsciously spread a lot of symbols throughout the story. The most glaring example is the bright golden forsythia that blooms near the lake.  It’s such an important symbol that the petals are featured on the cover of the book. What does this hearty vine that blooms in the spring signify? Readers will definitely know by the end of the book, if they don’t figure it out sooner. 

Another example of symbolism that crept into the story is the pearls that Aunt Celeste wears and the pearl ring she gives to Anya. The pearl necklace has deep meaning to Celeste, it signifies an ocean of things, including growth, change, and hidden beauty. I wonder what else readers see in the pearls. 
By the time I finished writing the book, I realized the color red is splattered through the book from the first page clear to the end. It’s even the primary color on the cover. So what does red mean? It’s certainly a passionate color that’s associated with love. How many examples of red can you find? What does that color stand for?

If you happen to read Adorned, I’d be curious as to what symbols you find and what they signify to you. Just some food for thought, if you’re up to the challenge. Happy reading!

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About The Author: Georgeann Swiger

Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV.  After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom.  During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy.  Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion.  When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher.  She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.

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Thanks for swinging by today, Georgeann! I loved the insight into the symbolism behind ADORNED!


  1. Georgeann,
    ADORNED sounds fabulous! I'm adding it to my YA Goodreads TBR. Love everything angel & Nephilim, guess that's why I write them too. Best of luck to you! LG

  2. Thanks LG. I appreciate your support and I hope you enjoy the story.