Hi Patricia! Thanks for hosting me today. I'd like to share an excerpt in which something goes wrong for our hero Welles. One of the improvements enjoyed by the citizens of Harmonia is that the citizens can't feel pain. So the following comes as something of a shock to him...
Welles's heart sank to somewhere below his knees. He pulled Ez in closer to his side, and Mal and the other two Fusterburians crowded around them in protection. Approaching them down the road were Hedgeson and his crew -- Welles's one-time friends. Hedgeson's sneer was so big it looked like someone was pulling at the side of his face.
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: YA dystopian Series: Black & White Series #: 2 of 3
Release date: 11th February 2019
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing
Wellesbury Noon and Ezmerelda Dontible have found themselves in a position where they can make their native land somewhere that lives up to its name: Harmonia. However, theyâre setting their sights further afield for their number one task: eradicating the disease that has plagued the neighbouring country of Loretania for generations and allowed the privileged Harmonians to live in a sterile environment.
After dispatching a team of scientists to Loretania, armed with cratefuls of an antidote and vaccine and headed up by their friend, Dr George Tindleson, Welles, Ez, and Wellesâs brother Mal â who grew up in that benighted nation â start to worry when they hear nothing back, despite what they had agreed. Commandeering a fishing boat to follow the science team over the sea, they soon find that, while the disease may be on the way out, a new kind of infection has set in â the corruption they thought they had stamped out in Harmonia.
Can they get to the root of the problem and eliminate it before even more damage is done to an innocent people?
*** Warning â this book contains themes that some sensitive readers may find upsetting. ***
Meet the author:
Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those early morning times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writerâs Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon.
My drafts folder is empty, and I needed a post for today. I decided to dig into one of my published books and share a teaser from it.
Father Albert was reclined in his chair. Soft snores whispered through his lips. Luc tiptoed through the living room to the kitchen. He froze when Father Albert snorted, but the old man stayed asleep. Luc made himself a sandwich then snuck back to his room. He settled on his bed and resumed reading.
A passage in the Bible had him back up. He stormed to the living room and shook Father Albert awake.
Father Albert blinked and looked around confused. “What time is it?”
“A little before eight.” Luc thrust the book at him. “Read this.” He tapped his foot as he waited. When Father Albert glanced uncertainly at him. Luc threw his hands up. “I did not… This part is wrong. How can the Devil tempt Jesus in the desert when he’s imprisoned in Hell? You can’t waltz in and out. It doesn’t work like that. There are things that will keep you there. Creatures in the dark. They can’t be seen, but they grab and hold at the slightest movement. It’s a prison, not a resort.”
Father Albert put the book aside. “What’s bothering you, my boy? You’ve been a bit off since the rummage sale.”
Luc ground his teeth. Didn’t he just say?
But that wasn’t the truth. Acid was eating his gut. He wanted to talk about what––who––was consuming his thoughts. He shook his head and muttered, “Never mind.” He trudged back to his room, feeling Father Albert’s gaze drilling into his back. He sprawled on his bed and stared at the ceiling.
It had been four weeks since he last saw Rose. She was gone, back in the city. He told himself to let her go and forget her. But she remained planted in his mind, despite his efforts to evict her.
Eventually, he drifted to sleep. His dreams were filled with fire and heat. Dark claws dragged him into shadows, and his throat ached from screaming. Sweat soaked him when he jerked awake. The clock said it was three in the morning.
Luc threw his blankets off and stood. Cold made his teeth chatter, but for once, he endured it. It meant he was still there.
Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.
Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.
But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?
Last year, I made a Bookbub profile finally. Then promptly forgot about. Someone would mention it and I'd say, "Oh yeah, that's a thing." Only to forget about it again.
2019, I've resolved to change that. The bookmark has been moved to my toolbar so I see Bookbub whenever I open Chrome. I'm not 100% sure what I can do with it, but I can learn.
So, my next question is who has a Bookbub account? Let's be friends there. You can find me under Patricia Lynne. For my Patricia Josephine books I'll have to make a second profile, but for now, I'm sticking with one until I see how it goes.
Do you use Bookbub? Has it helped your books and finding readers? Got any tricks to share?
I'm giving my blog to my fellow IWSGer, PJ Colando for her new release, The Winner's Circle.
FAITH… FAMILY… FRENZY!
When Bonnie wins the Boffo Lotto, her circle of friends urge her to lawyer up, invest, and sequester herself.
But secrets are inconceivable in small towns, so Bonnie invites her close friends to witness her Vegas wedding and honeymoon in Hawaii with endless vagabond beyond. The sky’s the limit!
The allure of travel is fun for a while—hilarious, in fact. But when the husbands are jailed on the group’s first day in Sydney, Australia, wanderlust is no longer a romp, and things get complicated when you’re halfway round the world, untethered from all you know and love.
Life has its consequences… and there’s no place like home.
With your circle of friends.
PJ Colando was born and raised in the Midwest, yet unabashedly aspired for adventure elsewhere, following her parents’ model. She lives in southern California with her family, hobbies, and pets.
PJ writes comedy and satire with a literary bent. She is the author of three previous novels, with short stories, personal essays, and articles published in journals, magazines, and anthologies.
Follow her boomer humor blog on pjcolando.com.
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