Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall Blog Tour @SunbornRising @Aaron_Safronoff @iReadBookTours

Sunborn Rising:

Beneath the Fall

by Aaron Safronoff

 

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Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is the best vivid fantasy YA book of the year.”Entrada Publishing

 

Sunborn Rising Winning Art Work

On a distant world of forests floating on an ocean around a star,

a blight threatens to plunge all life into darkness.

But three friends seek the light.

Together, they will Fall and be lost.

And at the very Root of darkness, they will find themselves.

But will it be enough to help them find their way home?

Characters of Sunborn Rising

 

The world of Cerulean

Light and water flow from the ocean into the roots of the Great Trees, up through the boughs, and out over the lush canopy. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.

Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father’s hidden journal, and reads about the old world and the mysterious plague her father believed destroyed it. He wrote that he warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.

Together with her two best friends, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father’s story, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.

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Guest Post

Congratulations, Patricia, on the changes coming to your Room with Books website! I sincerely appreciate your invitation to guest post before you transition to more reviews than tours. Good luck! Okay, let’s get started.

Inspiration is an odd concept. I never seek it out. I don’t know what it would look like if I ever found it. And no one thing has ever been entirely responsible for anything I’ve created. Inspiration is less about “that thing” that inspires, and more about your receptivity to being inspired. While it’s true that an inciting event or sight might affect you tremendously, your insides have to be unlocked and unguarded to experience it. People frequently ask me about my inspirations, and I do my best to answer in a straightforward manner, but having this guest post opportunity, I thought it’d be fun to give a more complete, albeit less straightforward answer: Everything and nothing. From a dust mote hanging just so in a ray of light to firemen rushing headlong into a burning building, on a given day, either could make me weepy — though I’ll never admit to it: *sniff* “Allergies.” On another day, with a syringe full of liquefied emotion plunged straight into my heart, the most effusive response leaving my lips might be, “Ouch.” Hyperbolic maybe, but I think the point is clear. Inspiration depends on me.

External factors definitely matter too, but as collections of moments strung together over time instead of a single instantiating event. Space exploration, rather than walking on the moon. Travelling, instead of that one trip to Germany. So, while stories almost always occur to me as flashes of inspiration, the experiences responsible are varied and numerous, and in that precious flash, they’ve come together in a new way, that I was lucky enough to observe. After all this time of writing, I can unreservedly say that music and stand-up comedy are always close to my heart, and that I’m more open to those forms than any others. I’m listening to Hum, The Very Old Man, right now, and I’m absolutely positive that demarks the end of this post.

Thank you so much for reading, and for indulging in this roundabout explanation. I guess I was inspired. Did anyone see what did it? 😛

 

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Meet the Author

Aaron Safronoff 2Aaron Safronoff is author of the Discovery Award winning science fiction novel, Spire. Since his debut, he’s published a sequel, Fallen Spire, and a novella of literary fiction, Evening Breezes.

Safronoff’s diverse background includes the formal study of computer science, bio-chemistry, and culinary arts. However, most of his career has been in the videogame industry in quality, production, and design.

Today, Safronoff is the co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment, and is busy writing his fifth novel, the second installment of the Sunborn Rising series.

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Giveaway

Prizes:

  1. Five winners will each receive a signed hardback copy of Sunborn Rising AND a free signed CD of the original musical soundtrack (open to USA only)
  2. One winner will also win a 16’ x 20’ high quality (giclée) printed piece of the original art on canvas, signed by author Aaron Safronoff as well as Christopher Chamberlain the Art Director (valued at $100) – open to USA only
  3. Ten winners will each get a gifted Kindle copy of Sunborn Rising with a $10 Amazon gift card AND a free digital download of the original musical soundtrack (open international)

Giveaway ends Aug 6, 2016.

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At The Sharp End of Lightning Book Tour @NRBatesAuthor @iReadBookTours

At the Sharp End of Lightning

by N.R. Bates

 

At the Sharp End of Lightening

About the Book

AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING. The interwoven fantastical tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. In Oceanlight, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her lover over immense seas only to find catastrophe and realization that her world is in turmoil.

Meanwhile in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth afflicted by a disease of the blood, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit. Yalara and Einion must discover the causes of their near-deaths and their as yet unrevealed connections as they both face upheaval to their lives and their worlds.

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Guest Post

Thin Places

by N.R. Bates

My novel “At the Sharp End of Lightning” is the first of a book series that explores the issue of real climate and environmental change affecting the planet we live upon using the approach of fantasy writing and parallel/multiverse worlds. Woven into the book series are fantastical elements, how characters deal with disability and ability, and elements of Celtic history and mythology. In the book, several characters find they are able to pass between worlds through a thinness that separates worlds—a well-used literary device in fiction. The history of fantastical literature is littered with portals and gateways between worlds and times—from Alice transported through the looking glass (Lewis Carroll), to the childrens’ discovery of Narnia at the back of the clothes filled wardrobe (CS Lewis) to Lyra Belaqua’s explorations in His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. This oft-used approach allows the writer to transport their characters into a different time or place and explore their response to such happenings. In my own book, the chance for characters to discover and explore different worlds—passing through thinness between worlds—allowed me to use this approach as a context to explore different future climate change scenarios.

My use of the term “thinness” in the book does also partly relate to the Celtic traditions associated with finding of a “Thin Place” in the landscape. Nowadays, the term “Thin Place” has a multitude of meanings—with arguments for a pagan, or pre-Celtic or Celtic Christian or biblical sense to a “Thin Place”. All of these meanings ultimately refer to a special place where the veil or barriers between this actual world and a spiritual world—to the Celtic Otherworld or with a more theological connotation—is lessened. My own view of a “Thin Place” is that its’ a special place where one can meditate—it has an otherworldliness to its nature or something out of the ordinary. Often these places occur in the wild, or at the periphery of human habitation—on an island, a hill, a cave, or somewhere off the beaten track.

My first experience of a “Thin Place” was upon Bryn Euryn—near Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales—a woodland and grass covered hill, with the ruins of the 14th century Llys Euryn or “Palace of Euryn” next to the house I grew up in. The hill features in my novel as the playground of one of my characters, Einion Morgan Alban. The actual hill, Bryn Euryn, is now a park, but was a place of wonder for me as a child, where, once tired of playing or making dens, I could contemplate the world of the Irish Sea, fields and town that surrounded the hill. It was and still is a special place for me. My wife Margaret and I recently visited Bryn Euryn a few months ago, and its otherworldliness still touched us. On the path to the ruins of Llys Euryn, we encountered a trail of discarded feathers—almost equal in number to our footsteps—of many different birds. We could hardly believe it, but the feathers seemed to lead us to the ruins! It doesn’t really matter if Bryn Euryn is a special place or simply an ordinary place of trees, shrubs and grasses. In my mind, it is a “Thin Place” where I can connect to something—memories of childhood or whatever it is—outside of myself.


About the Author
PictureNR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife and his house with seven cats, one dog and the subtropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors.He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and thirty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK.​His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences. He has also recently published a small book of short-stories set in Paris, entitled “The Fall of Icarus (The Elevator, The Fall of Icarus, and The Girl)”.
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Sprayberry, K.C.: Canoples Investigations vs. Spacers Rule

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Blurb:

imageBD Bradford and Canoples Investigations are new assistants to Chief Pelham. A dangerous group of thugs called Spacers Rule has invaded Canoples Station by bringing in corrupted codos and re-kats. Can Canoples Investigations stop Spacers Rule before people get hurt?

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Excerpt:

image“Give me a break! Everyone on here can’t be late for work. What is this? Priority override abuse?”

The first clue that I said those words out loud – the dumbstruck expressions on everyone’s faces. Oops! Oh well, who cares? They shouldn’t push that button unless it’s a real priority.

One older guy points a finger at me. His lips move in what has to be a rant, but I can’t hear a word.

Did I go deaf?

Then I realize my earbuds, and the loud music, have blocked whatever he’s saying. I pop one out. “– don’t have the right.

Just because you have that –” He sneers at my jumpsuit. “–beginners security uniform on, you don’t have the right to talk to us like that!”

I stuff the earbud back in and stare at the ceiling. That doesn’t help the sensation of very angry stares piercing my body.

Sure wish I hadn’t promised to follow all those stupid rules without exception. I could get away from these people.

Stuck until they all get off, I get into the music. Jenna Rock … well, her music rocks. There’s no other description. No one else does space grunge/rap like she does, and her voice is so sweet.

Great beat. Fab voice. She’s not bad to look either.

The last statement I’ll never say out loud. My older bro, Wade, would probably twist my body into shapes it was never meant to be. Can I help it if his girl looks so hot? An image of Cassie brings a shudder. Of course, Jenna is nowhere as hot as Cassie.

I really, really hope Cassie never figures out hot I think Jenna Rock is. That will cause major pain to my body, and I’ll be back to where I was a while back, with my girl hating me.

My fave music link gives a way to a series of beeps.

Links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/KC-Sprayberry/331150236901202
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Blog: http://outofcontrolcharacters.blogspot.com/
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Bio:

imageKC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.

Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond.

More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. Her other books are: The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Take Chances, and Amazon Best Sellers, Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates, Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama’s Advice.