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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Cup of...


Sunday Cup of... is a mash up of 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
Mailbox Monday Located at Mailbox Monday
Basically it's a weekly post where I talk about books, bloggy things, and possibly not so bloggy things. It'll be a weekly wrap up / news bulletin type deal. Sound good? If you want to link to your own week feel free to post in the comments.


So right now I'm playing the wait and see game at work. Things are kind of in an uproar over some stuff that's going on... it goes back to that stuff I don't want to hash out on here. When I know things for certain I'll probably vent, but for now I'll leave you with the happy news that any day now I will be the proud aunt of another little boy. This makes nephew number 4. 


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

{Book Review} A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye Mystery #14) by Victoria Laurie

A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye Mystery #14)
by Victoria Laurie
Publisher: NAL
Release: July 26th 2016
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Paranormal, mystery
How I got it: Received a copy via NetGalley

In Victoria Laurie’s new Psychic Eye mystery, Abby Cooper learns that following the money often leads to murder . . .

Professional psychics learn to deal with skeptics, but Abby has to prepare herself for one steep uphill battle when she’s sent to San Diego to help train FBI officers to use their intuition. Her first challenge: a series of bank robberies in which the thieves made off with loads of cash but left no clues.

Abby’s sixth sense leads her team to a tract of land recently cleared for development. But instead of finding clues to the cash, Abby gets a vision of four buried bodies. A site search turns up some bones and pottery from an American Indian tribe, but that’s still enough to delay construction for years.

With a furious developer and dubious FBI agents on her back, Abby is losing credibility fast. But unlike the best laid plans, Abby’s talent rarely leads her astray. And if the bodies aren’t there yet, that means that four deaths can still be stopped. She’ll just have to dig a little deeper . . .


Review: While this is the 14th book in this series, it's the first one I've read. Even without reading the other books, I had no problem following what was going on as the book can be read as a stand-alone. I liked Abby's go get 'em attitude, but wished she'd whined less.
The plot was good, I found it refreshing and different. It kept me entertained and guessing who the bad guys were. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the twist and turns things took. The ending being a nice surprise. Overall a quick, entertaining read.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

{Spotlight} Her Legacy by Teresa Crumpton






Most people inherit money; Alexis inherited Hell…


Her Legacy by Teresa Crumpton
Series: Foster House Legacy #1
Genre: Suspense
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Length: 99k words
Format: Digital
Digital ISBN: 978-0-692-74841-1
Cover Artist: Danielle Barclay of Barclay Creative

The Foster House
The house is important, and so are you, hexe. The ancient ones foretold this. Yet, we’re still not sure. But we won’t kill you. We have killed before, those that didn’t have the blood. Your ancestors want to protect you; they need to. Blood is the key. He wants your blood.
Peace and harmony must be restored.
A house’s thirst for blood and a family secret are revealed when Alexis, a young empathetic law student, inherits her family’s long forgotten estate, The Foster House.
An empathetic law student is the key.
When Alexis moves in to The Foster House, she is surrounded by ghosts and a mysterious history. A history that is her legacy. But it’s not just the house she needs to worry about. An evil entity has enlisted the help of an ex-special ops Captain, Brenton Young, to manipulate Alexis’s life for his own dark purposes.
A family legacy will be revealed.
As the FBI, NSA, and local police close in on Brenton Young, Alexis enlists the help of her boss and secret crush, District Attorney, Josh Hampton. Together, can they solve the mysteries of the house and discover what her true legacy really is or will the answers they find lead to more questions & mysteries?

Available from: Amazon


About Teresa Crumpton:
Teresa Crumpton writes dark supernatural thrillers along with poetry, non-fiction and short stories. She started writing when she was young, never thinking one day she'd turn her passion into a career. She started writing her novel in eight-grade, though it's changed over the years. Teresa’s first novel, Her Legacy, is a haunting ghost story with a little rumored family history within the pages.
Teresa obtained two degrees, Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies, and English Lit, hoping to get into law school. In 2004 she married the man of her dreams. As they moved around the country her dreams changed. She once again went back to school, this time obtaining a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and her writing became not only her passion, but also the fulfilment of a promise to her father before he passed.
Teresa Crumpton grew up in Cincinnati and Dallas/Ft. Worth, making her a hybrid midwest and southern girl. She has five siblings (all half or step), which always made for a boisterous Christmas while traveling.


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Excerpt:
Tucker placed his open hand on Alexis’s. His contact blocked out all emotions in the room but his, and his were a jumbled mess she didn’t want to deal with.
“I saw in the paper that Woody passed. I’m sorry, love. Is there anything you need? I don’t have any tests for a few weeks so I’m here if you need me.” He squeezed her hand.
He wiggled his brow. Alexis tapped a finger against her mug.
“Tucker, what are you playing at?” Zak, obviously tired of the game, bristled, and his eyebrows knitted together.
Tucker’s increased tenderness, while flattering, didn’t negate the broken heart he’d given her years ago. No way am I falling for that boyish charm, catcher’s ass, or soft, full lips again. I might be crazy at times, might flirt with my boss, but I’m not stupid. That smart, rich boy is still dangerous, and no way would Tucker stay faithful while attending medical school, even if it is Harvard.
With wide eyes and furrowed brows he stared at Zak, whose face had flushed. “Not playing, Zak.” Tucker’s hand disentangled from hers and cupped her check.
His caress forced Alexis to make eye contact. Thank God he could buffer emotions, or she’d be on the floor.
“Anything you need, love.”
His expression said it all. She believed his sincerity as he pushed aside his arrogance. He had been her first love, as she had been his. For some strange reason, it bonded them in a way that kept them close.
Flipping scary is what it is.
“Thanks, Tuck. I’ll let you know.” She took his hand from her face, squeezed it, and let go. “So trolling my side of town last night?” Alexis asked straight faced.
Coffee spewed across the table. Zak wiped his mouth while apologizing. Alexis laughed and immediately wished she hadn’t as laughter morphed into hyperventilation. Before she knew what happened, she was on the floor trying to suck in air.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

{Book Review} Body of the Crime: A Chip Palmer Forensic Mystery by Jennifer Chase

Body of the Crime: A Chip Palmer Forensic Mystery
by Jennifer Chase
Publisher: JEC Press
Release:May 20th 2016
Genre:Fiction- Adult: Crime, Thriller
How I got it: Received a copy from the author via Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours

From the award-winning author of the Emily Stone Series, comes a new kind of forensic hero:

Three grisly murders linked to five old cold cases, dubbed the Flower Girl Murders, pushes detectives to their limit to find a clever and extremely brutal serial killer, leaving a California town demanding justice. The District Attorney’s Serial Special Task Force retains the help of the reclusive Dr. Chip Palmer, a forensic expert and criminal profiler, to steer them in the right direction. Palmer is known for his astute academic interpretations of serial and predatory crimes, along with his unconventional tactics that goes against general police procedures. He is partnered with the tough and beautiful D.A. Inspector Kate Rawlins, a homicide detective transplanted from Phoenix, and the chemistry ignites between the team—both good and deadly.

The Flower Girl Murders leaves three homicides, five cold cases, two seasoned detectives, three suspects, and one serial killer calling all the shots. The investigation must rely on one eccentric forensic scientist to unravel the clues to solve the case. But at what cost?

Review: This was an interesting read.
There were a couple POVs going on in this book. First we have Dr. Alexander "Chip" Plamer an eccentric forensic expert and criminal profiler. Next there is Inspector Kate Rawlins a beautiful homicide detective with an abusive ex. You also have the killer's POV and that of a assassin called The Piper who is after Chip.
The plot is two fold one the main plot is the Flower Girl Murders, Kate and Chips investigation. The second a subplot is The Piper chasing down Chip. They go alongside each other, but are easy to keep separate while weaving together and keeping you reading. The plots are engaging and interesting, the evidence keeps you guessing. The twists and turns of the story also keep your attention.
Ms Chase is a wonderful writer, that incorporates her knowledge and fiction to create a great story.



 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Cup of...


Sunday Cup of... is a mash up of 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
Mailbox Monday Located at Mailbox Monday
Basically it's a weekly post where I talk about books, bloggy things, and possibly not so bloggy things. It'll be a weekly wrap up / news bulletin type deal. Sound good? If you want to link to your own week feel free to post in the comments.


So there's a lot of stuff is going on around here, but I really don't feel like hashing it out on here. I'm just going to stay positive and keep on keepin' on. 



FitReader now has it's own post on Fridays...I think I'm going to keep posting the fitreader update in a separate post, in the long run it will be less work and the bookish people who don't care won't have to read it. Vica versa my fitness folks won't have to slog through the book stuff.

All links go to Goodreads pages


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 (Note: these are from the last two weeks as I missed last sunday)
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

{Interview} Hair Power by Piers Anthony

I'm proud to present one of my favorite authors... having him interviewed on my blog is an honor and a privilege, Mr Piers Anthony.

Tell us about your latest book.
Hair Power is a novella about a girl with terminal brain cancer who helps an alien hairball, who rewards her with hair that not only replaces her own lost hair, but cures her cancer and makes her something of a super woman. In time that hair is six feet long and she wears it like a cloak. That’s only the beginning.

Tell us a little about some of the others who contributed to your book, such as cover designer or editor.
I have to default on that, as I don’t know them.

Who are your favorite authors?
If I lost my memory and had my choice of reading matter, I hope my favorite would be Piers Anthony. I try to write what I would like to read. As for other authors, I have admired many in the Science Fiction and Fantasy fields, from Robert A Heinlein on down. I am also an admirer of the plays of George Bernard Shaw, and not just because he was a vegetarian.

What advice do you have for other writers?
Publishing is changing so much now that much of what I might say would become dated about ten minutes after I wrote it. So I’ll just say read and study the genre you are in, keep writing and improving, and may the world go well with thee.

What's the best thing about being a writer?
For me the best thing is getting to exercise my imagination and being independent. I can’t be fired for someone else’s mistakes.

What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
It used to be dealing with publishers, who were like insensitive robots interested only in money, regardless what they claimed. But the old order is passing and the new publishers I am dealing with are generally more compatible. Some of them even like good fiction. So now the hardest thing is facing the prospect of my declining ability with advancing age. I’m not capable of simply letting it go and retiring. So when I no longer write well, I hope I am the first, not the last to know it.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
My web site is www.hipiers.com where I have a monthly column, commenting on whatever is on my mind, and background information on my titles. I have also written two autobiographical books: Bio of an Ogre and How Precious Was That While.

How long did it take you to write your book?
     Three Weeks for this 35,000 word novella. It moved well, and I am an efficient writer.

Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected?
      I don’t think so. I had worked it out pretty well before I started writing. I’ve always loved long hair on a woman, so this was easy imagination.

Where can a reader purchase your book?
        From wherever the publisher puts it.

What are you doing to market the book?
        Precious little. I’m a writer, not a marketer.

Who inspires you?
       The world inspires me.

How do you research your books?
     There wasn’t any real research for Hair Power. I generally try to stay within the boundaries of what I know. When I do need to research, I buy books on the subject.


Do you have another work in progress? Tell us about it.
        I am working on the sequel, Hair Suite, wherein there is competition with Cyborg aliens in very attractive human form. Until the two cultures have to unite against a third.

Have you written other books? Where can readers purchase them?
          I have written about 175 other books. Readers can find many of them listed on Amazon. Many readers like my Xanth fantasy series, which now number 42 novels, not all in print yet.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?
I approve of self publishing. In the old days only about one aspiring writer in a hundred could ever get anything published. That led to bigger sales for the one percent, and tough luck for the 99%. I prefer that every writer have a chance. That’s why I have worked to make self publishing possible for anyone, notably by my early investment in Xlibris – I am no longer connected – and my ongoing survey of electronic publishers. The playing field will probably never be level, but it’s better than it was. Traditional publishers had dictatorial power for over a century. Now it’s the writers’ turn.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I needed to decide on my college major. I pondered a day and a night, and it came to me: I wanted to be a writer. It was like a light turning on and it has guided me ever since.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
My wife supported me. She went to work so I could stay home and try to be a writer. That was when I broke through with my first story sale – for $20.00. But it led to greater things, in time.

What are you currently reading?
I am usually reading something, often a novel for review or blurbing. At the moment I’m between books.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing is my passion and my life. All else feels like dross. But I do make the meals and wash the dishes, as my wife is infirm. I also like to play cards on the computer, mainly Free Cell, which I believe is the best card game ever.

What is your favorite line from a movie?
Great lines in movies are myriad, but it’s the quiet personal ones that get to me the most that others may not even notice. There was one whose title I don’t remember, where a man, a widower, got a girlfriend he was considering marrying. His early teen daughter lived with him. When the woman made them a meal, the man told the teen to do the dishes. The girlfriend intervened. “No, she doesn’t have to do that. I’ll do it.” Why?  “She’s your daughter and I want her to like me.” That disarming candor surely ensured that the girl would like the woman.

What do you like to snack on while you write?
I maintain my college weight, and I exercise seriously. I don’t eat between meals. I’m pretty fit for my age, pushing 82, and mean to stay that way.

When you walk into a book store, where is the first place you go?
The last local book store closed down.


What is the funniest thing that you’ve been asked during an interview?
At the moment I’m not thinking of anything funny in an interview. But I was amused by a sentence in my fan mail: “Ha! Caught you reading fan mail!”
Sometimes I do learn things from my fan mail .
I had a suicidally depressive girl in one of my novels (Virtual Mode, if you must know) who regularly cut her wrists so that they bled. So she wore red bands on her wrists to conceal the blood. A reader wrote that I had it wrong: blood dries black, so she needed black wristlets. I suspect she spoke from experience.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest peeve is critics who come across like the Republicans with respect to President Obama: Anything he does is wrong. It seems similar for critics with me. I have a mock review of a trilogy such a critic would do with me. The first novel is inferior. The second novel is not up to the standard of the first. And readers of the first two novels will be sadly disappointed by the third.


Hair Power
by Piers Anthony 
Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications 
Released: July 5th 2016

Terminal cancer patient, Quiti, walks into an abandoned building planning on taking her life. 

Instead, she encounters a telepathic ball of hair that insists it is an alien seeking to facilitate diplomatic communication on Earth. 

Quiti assumes it is all a hallucination conjured up by her brain tumor. 

Because of this assumption, when she saves the alien’s life and it insists on doing Quiti a favor in return, she only asks for her hair back. She soon discovers, however, that the creature’s gift extends much further than her new locks that can change color with a thought. As her powers grow and her deadly illness goes into remission, Quiti quickly realizes that there are those that would want to use her for her abilities and is forced to leave behind everything that she knew. 

Will this blessing curse her to a life on the run, or does the mysterious hairball have more in store for her? 

Piers Anthony, critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling Xanth series, brings together humor and adventure in this original story of loyalty, friendship, extraordinary powers, and hair. 

Buy on Amazon


Thursday, July 14, 2016

{Book Review} Colony of the Lost by Derik Cavignano

Colony of the Lost
by Derik Cavignano
Publisher: Self
Release: January 24th 2015
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Horror
How I got it: Received a copy from NetGalley

A DEMON'S REVENGE ... AN ADDICT'S STRUGGLE ... THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF A TOWN
Nestled in the heart of the Berkshires lies Glenwood, Massachusetts--the perfect picture of suburbia. But when the children of this affluent town begin vanishing one by one, baffling local and federal authorities alike, Glenwood becomes anything but a utopia.
Built upon the ruins of a lost colony, Glenwood is home to a long-forgotten secret, and when three strangers are lured into the midnight woods by the phantom of a Puritan boy, they discover the truth of the town's dark past and must face a vision of its bloody future.
Together, this unlikely trio--Jay, an alcoholic school teacher, Tim, a wise-cracking new kid in town, and Sarah, a nine-year-old with a host of imaginary friends--must somehow find a way to rescue the town from an ancient demon and its legion of human slaves. But in order for them to succeed, Jay must first conquer his own inner demons.

Review: This book is not for the faint of heart. It is gory, and at times gruesome.
Our three main characters are lured into the woods by the ghost of a Puritan boy who lived in the colony long before it was the current town of Glenwood. Let's start with Jay, an alcoholic school teacher, I was irritated and sort of impressed by Jay. Irritated because he had a bit of a poor me complex, yet impressed by the way he fought his own demons to help the town. Next there is Tim, a smart ass teen who's new to town, I liked Tim. He was a smartass but brave and willing to help even though he hadn't really had all that great a reception from his new town. Finally we have Sarah, a nine year old little girl, honestly I found this character unnecessary. Over all she didn't do all that much. I liked these characters and they were easy to sympathise with.
The plot while engaging was unsettling at times and gory. Due to the gore, the fact that this was very descriptive and well done in the writing department could be taken either way depending on how you like your horror. I feel Mr Cavignano did a good job on this book, but I don't think it's for everyone. If your a horror fan with a strong stomach then give it a go.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Teaser Tuesday


I haven't done one of these posts in a while so I thought it'd be fun. 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"Sophrea stood perfectly still, listening. It faded away as she concentrated, the sound of a woman sobbing, a very young woman sobbing as if her heart was broken, "lost...lost...lost."

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Cup of... #26



Sunday Cup of... is a mash up of 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
Mailbox Monday Located at Mailbox Monday
Weekly Workout Recap Hosted by Run Megan Run
And Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
Basically it's a weekly post where I talk about books, weekly workouts, bloggy things, and possibly not so bloggy things. It'll be a weekly wrap up / news bulletin type deal. Sound good? If you want to link to your own week feel free to post in the comments.


Another pretty boring week. Nothing to report. 



The Fit Reader section is going to combine my weekly exercise workout and the Fit Reader post.
I was super excited to get my Cowabunga medal Saturday.

7/3/16: yoga for 42m:31s
7/4/16: 1.53 mi on a treadmill in 21m:36s
 yoga for 17m:11s
7/5/16: Rest
7/6/16: Slacked
7/7/16: ran 2.18 mi on a treadmill in 25m:32s
7/8/16: ran 2.25 mi on a treadmill in 25m:32s
yoga for 12m:50s
7/9/16: ran 1.68 mi in 20m:03s hill repeats

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So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. If you like this idea, go ahead and make your own Sunday Cup of... post, no link back needed. I know some folks commented on the button, you're welcome to use it if you want. Have a great week!


Friday, July 8, 2016

{Review} TRESemmé Beauty-FULL Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and Shampoo


Disclaimer:  I received a free set of shampoo and conditioner via Influenster.  As always, all opinions are my own.




I've never been big on fancy shampoo and conditioner, as long as it gets my hair clean then it's good enough. So when I got this, I was like cool free stuff. I was slightly skeptical about the whole Reverse process. I've always shampooed, and then conditioned my hair, but I figured I give it a shot.
So I decided to really test it out... I ran a couple miles, then did a butt and thigh workout plus a yoga arm/ core workout and cool down. I also hadn't washed my hair in a day or so (no, I don't wash my hair everyday). I got in the shower, used the pre-wash conditioner thinking this is going to be useless as I'm just going to wash it out. Waited the minute or two rinsed, then used the shampoo. 
Both the conditioner and shampoo had a nice creamy texture, and the shampoo lathered really well. I wasn't crazy about the conditioner smell, it smelled like a salon, a bit chemically. I did like the slightly floral scent of the shampoo. I have to admit despite my reservations, the combo of these two left my hair feeling clean, light and silky. I have seriously curly hair, and I loved that for once they weren't weighed down. 



{Book Review} Harley Quinn Vol. 4: A Call to Arms (Harley Quinn II #4) by Amanda Conner

Harley Quinn Vol. 4: A Call to Arms (Harley Quinn II #4)
by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin (Illustrator)
Publisher: DC Comics
Released: June 28th 2016
Genre: Fiction- Graphic Novel
How I got it: Received a copy from NetGalley

Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys are hitting the road! As if Hollywood wasn't weird enough already, now Harley's made her way to Tinseltown and she's about to have the most destructive fifteen minutes of fame ever. Will the industry survive Harley's Hollywood hijix, or will the City of Angels fall from grace? And will Coney Island be able to contain Harley's newfound celebrity status?

Review:  I didn't like this volume as much as I have the previous volumes. It really felt like they were trying to hard. No matter how hard they push Harley is never going to be a superhero, at best she will be a vigilante. Personally I don't want to see Harley as a superhero. While I like that she has a soft spot for certain people and animals, I feel the writers are truing to pigeonhole her into something she's not.
I wasn't crazy about the Popeye reject in the one story line, and lets just say there is a thing as to many Harleys. But I did like the LA story line, I felt it was the best letting Harley be herself. The artwork in this series is good, but the writing needs some work.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

{Book Review} Something Wicked: A Ghost Hunter Explores Negative Spirits by Debi Chestnut

Something Wicked: A Ghost Hunter Explores Negative Spirits
by Debi Chestnut
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Released: July 8th 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction- Paranormal
How I got: NetGalley

Forget what you know or think you know about negative entities. Unless you are one of the few who have encountered a demon, it's almost impossible to grasp the depth and scope of such pure evil and how these creatures can enter someone's life and completely turn it upside down. Something Wicked explores the topic of negative energies, dark forces, and exorcisms with fresh eyes so that you may come to your own conclusions.

Review:
This was nor what I expected, I found it to be more of a text book for paranormal investigators to deal with demonic entities. While it will appeal to folks interested in the paranormal, I feel it's geared more toward investigators than the general public.
I liked that Ms. Chestnut explained how not all negative entities are demons. She also explains the difference between the entities, each having it's own section. I found it refreshing that the author gives warning and offers protection in the book along with all the others information. Also that Ms. Chestnut suggest professionals help before seeking religious intervention. The fact that many symptoms of demonic possession and oppression are the same as many psychological issues gave me pause. I found the section on possession syndrome especially interesting. I also thought the case studies of exorcisms gone wrong was fascinating.
If your looking for straight up ghost stories then look else where, but if your interested in a well rounded book on negative entities then this is your book. If your looking for straight up ghost stories then look else where, but if your interested in a well rounded book on negative entities then this is your book. If your looking for straight up ghost stories then look else where, but if your interested in a well rounded book on negative entities then this is your book.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

{Book Excerpt} Sunborn Rising: Beneath The Fall (Sunborn Rising #1) by Aaron Safronoff

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Sunborn Rising: Beneath The Fall by Aaron Safronoff. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 27 June till 10 July, you can view the tour schedule here.



Sunborn Rising Beneaht the FallSunborn Rising: Beneath The Fall (Sunborn Rising #1)
by Aaron Safronoff
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: all-ages, Middle Grade and up
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Neoglyphic Entertainment

Blurb:
Cerulean.

A distant world of Great Trees floating on an ocean surrounding a star.

The flotilla forests cycle light and water through their boughs into their lush canopies. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dark, slowly, subtly over many generations. The civilization of creatures living among the boughs believe the darkness is normal. That is, until one willful young girl named Barra discovers the hidden journal of her late father.

Pouring over her father’s writing, Barra learns of a mysterious plague, a creeping vine choking the flow of light and water into the canopy. Her father warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.

Together with her two best friends, a Rugosic named Tory and a Kolalabat named Plicks, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father’s story, even if it leads her beneath the Fall.


Excerpt: Alone in the Dark

The room seemed alive, but it wasn’t. There was something else in the room with her.
Along the far wall, a sheet of black undulated like a doorweave waving in a breeze. The sheet grew wider as it moved, spreading outward from the center. It rippled and slid, covering up the wall and continuing up the ceiling, working its way around the room toward Barra.
The low light turned the sheet into a canvas where Barra’s imagination painted nightmares. As the sheet grew closer, details resolved out of the darkness; it was a multitude of tiny creatures moving in unison. Barra caught glimpses of legs and antennae as the creatures flowed together and expanded along the wall. It didn’t take long for them to cover every surface of the kitchen. She had no idea where they were coming from, or how many there were.
They were almost at her feet.
She stood, and the creatures stopped sharply.
The warped kitchen was trapped in stillness. Barra’s heart was drumming the urge to run into her chest. She stole a quick glance over her shoulder to locate the way out, and when she looked back, the tapestry of creatures had closed the distance to her.
Eyes burning because she was afraid to blink, Barra backed up slowly.
The bugs moved. They matched her progress toward the doorway. She took another step backward. They narrowed the gap.
Barra felt her pulse in the quick of her claws. Adolescent claws her mother was always reminding her; fragile. Easily broken, easily repaired, Barra had argued. Suddenly, she wished she’d listened to her mother, and just tried to avoid danger. If she made it home, she would hug and kiss her mom, tell her how right she was, and promise to listen better. She had to make it home.
She felt the closeness of the insects, and the closeness of her escape.
She picked her moment. They picked the same.
Hundreds of pinprick lights turned on as the tiny creatures’ eyes flashed open. Wings fluttered and clacked ominously. In unison, the insects faced Barra and swarmed like tendrils of smoke reaching for her. They billowed around Barra, a terrifying, rattling cloud. Barra coiled, and then in one swift motion, burst through the cloud and out the doorway. She flew into the open boughs of the Middens with the insects trailing after her.
Barra fled through the woods. The oily collection of insects accelerated. They flew together as one large predator. Barra cut through a thicket of brambles, but the insects were unfettered, flowing like liquid over the sharp thorns. The chase sent Barra winding around branches, through dense nettles, and over great gaps in the boughs, but she couldn’t lose them.
Trying a new tactic, she jumped and spun herself around. She whipped out her tail, lassoed a branch, and pulled. Changing direction mid-flight, she headed up toward the Loft. But the insects were too fast. They swarmed and cut off her ascent.
Her pursuers flowed in and out of each other, eyes appearing and disappearing in a frightening miasma. Barra saw their eyes and felt chills—no warmth in those tiny lights, only predatory instinct. They were focused. They allowed her to turn any way but up, relentlessly driving her toward the Fall.
Barra dashed into a den. She bolted through distorted rooms and passages, found a
window, and leapt back out. Her eyes were focused, seeing only the path ahead. She ran, but not at full speed. The shadows and boughs were dangerously interchangeable in the dark. Barra hesitated at turns and stumbled after jumps, all the while colliding with leaves and ferns she couldn’t see.
A large clearing in the branches yawned open ahead of her. She couldn’t mark the distance across, but all the way to the edge was clear. She went for it, increasing her speed to make the leap of her life… then realization skewered her like a broken branch through her chest. Her blood drained. Her lungs collapsed.
It was too far.
Digging in with all her strength, she tried desperately to stop. Her claws broke and cracked from the stress, but fear kept her fingers braced through the pain. Searching for a hold, her tail thrashed like an angry snake behind her.
Barra stopped. A whisker’s breadth from the edge, shaking, she inhaled. She didn’t finish her breath before the mass of insects hit her like a tidal wave. They engulfed her and carried her over the edge.
As she struggled viciously against them, Barra realized that she wasn’t falling, at least, not falling fast. The cloud of tiny beasts was metamorphosing, becoming thick. Each insect clutched at the next, holding fast with their claws and jaws. Working together, they became a stretchy, writhing net.
Arms and legs frantic, Barra fought through the ever-thickening mesh like she was swimming upstream through sap. Finally, she splashed through the amalgam and burst out. The bough from which she’d just fallen was close. She reached for it. Pain shot through the tips of her shattered claws as she shredded bark before managing a grip.
Barra hauled herself back up onto the bough and was running again before she was even conscious of it. She glanced over her shoulder and saw the disentangling mesh of insects was slow to follow, unable to detach from one another quickly.
Barra went vertical, heading for the Loft while she had the chance. Hot blood in her veins, she ran and climbed like never before. She didn’t look back again until she crossed into the Loft. Looking down through the dense branches, she was positive she spied the insects hiding in the shadows. But they didn’t follow her. Cautiously, she waited. She stealthed, camouflaging herself with her specialized fur.
“Why’d they stop?” she thought as she paced, ready to run, but curious.
Snap!
It wasn’t unusual for branches in the Loft to settle, creak, and crack, and sometimes for no obvious reason they snapped. That’s probably all it was, that sound, but Barra was away in a flash.
Halfway home, Barra thought, “At least I have a good excuse for being late.”

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Aaron SafronoffAbout the Author:

Aaron Safronoff was born and raised in Michigan where he wrote his first novella, Evening Breezes. In his early twenties, he moved to California to attend culinary school. He fell in love with the Bay Area and has never considered leaving, although he did eventually leave the school.

During his ten years in the games industry, he worked at various levels and for several disciplines including quality assurance, production, and design. All the while he was writing a novel, short stories, plays, and poetry. His career in design introduced him to amazingly intelligent, fun, and creative people, many of whom he considers family today.

Safronoff self-published, Spire, in 2011, and won the Science Fiction Discovery Award for the same in the summer of 2012. By the end of that year he decided to drop everything and free fall into fiction. In the following three months he completed work on the sequel to Spire, Fallen Spire, edited Evening Breezes, and published both.

Today, Safronoff is co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment and working on his fifth novel, the second book of the Sunborn Rising series. In his spare time, Safronoff enjoys reading a variety of authors, Philip K. Dick, Cormac McCarthy, and Joe Abercrombie among them. He enjoys living near the ocean, playing and watching hockey, and video games. He has a deep love of music and comedy.

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