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Author Spotlight: Lovelock Ones: Native One by Tricia Copeland

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Tricia Copeland with her YA novella, Lovelock Ones: Native One. This novella is part of The Butterfly Box anthology benefiting Doctors Without Borders.

trishpicTricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family. Her books include the new adult Being Me series, Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, Thinking You Know Me, and the final installment, Being Me, as well as a YA paranormal novella, Drops of Sunshine. If she’s not on a trail, you can find Tricia at www.triciacopeland.com or on your favorite social media.

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The Butterfly Box LOVELOCK ONES: Native One– a Lovelock series novella

Despite unparalleled global warming and mandatory genetic typing, Jema and Troy’s high school experience in Port Orford, Oregon seems decent enough. But as a second worldwide flu epidemic threatens, their parents send them to a remote Nevada community. At Lovelock, an ancient cave transformed into a base camp, they realize Jema’s sister has contracted the virus. Jema and Troy must decide whether to risk exposing the group to save Nave. Will they jeopardize many for one?

 

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Troy doesn’t especially care for Commander Butler or Lovelock but being assigned to the supply team with Jema made it tolerable. When Jema is kidnapped during a routine pick up, she learns just how high the stakes are for Troy and herself. An elaborate plan for disseminating a cure for the deadly AALC puts them in harm’s way again. Allegiances aren’t what they appear and Jema and Troy must choose who to trust.

Keep reading for an interview with Jema from Lovelock Ones: Native One:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I was born in Port Orford, Oregon in the year 2060. My family and I have lived in Port Orford all my live. We live on a Naval Base because my dad is a lieutenant on a cruiser. Even with the world’s population decimated by an AAL virus, we face worldwide food scarcity due to global warming. Our family is fortunate to be supported by the military.

Do you have a close relationship with your family?

Our house is quite small with only two bedrooms so my sister, Nave, and I share a room. She can be annoying sometimes and teases me about wearing makeup. I’m nearly sixteen and she’s seven. We share a bed too so it’s hard to get much privacy. We are close with our mother because Dad has to be gone for long periods of time.

the-butterfly-boxnative-oneWhat is the happiest memory from your childhood?

My favorite vacation was when we rented a beach house with my Uncle Owen for a week. We fished and found starfish in the tidal pools. It was amazing!

Who was your best friend growing up?

My best friend growing up was Ava. We’d known each other since grade school. She’s a cheerleader and really social unlike me. I prefer to keep a low profile.

Who do you become closest with in the story?

Even though we seem like complete opposites, Troy and I develop an interesting relationship.

Who do you most admire in your world? Why?

I admire my dad. He risked everything to make sure his family was safe.

Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?

It is 2076 and I am nearly sixteen. Two weeks before my sophomore year of high school me, my sister, and mom, have to leave our home to go to secluded camp in Nevada to try and escape a flu outbreak. My dad was supposed to drive us to the camp but had to cover our tracks and return back to base. Troy, a guy from my high school, and I must drive the group of twenty three women and children from California to Nevada.

What is your greatest fear? How will you overcome it?

My greatest fear is losing my family and ending up alone. Since my dad trained me to survive in harsh conditions, I will use all my resources to keep myself, sister, and mom safe.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? Why?

My dad and Uncle Owen have had the greatest influence on me. They trained me to be self sufficient and I am grateful for that.

Do you have any hobbies? What are they?

I am a dancer and practice ballet for six to eight hours a day over summer break. I love being on stage dancing. Even though you are in front of a huge audience the lights and music make you feel like you’re in a different world with the other dancers.

Have you ever been in love?

Most of the boys at my school act really stupid. The military guys are so into being in shape and all muscled up and showing off for girls. The townies, or kids from town, get all these weird alterations. I don’t get them either. I think maybe I’m an old person stuck in a young person’s body, like an old soul maybe. So no, I’ve never been in love.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is my mom’s homemade noodles. She makes them in an Asian flavored chicken broth with greens like spinach. It is wonderful on a rainy day.

What do you own that was hardest to part with?

I didn’t even have time to think about what I left behind at home when we fled. Probably a picture of my family at the beach house.

What was the most exciting adventure you’ve ever been on?

Before going to the camp in Nevada it was camping for a week in Montana with my dad and uncle. We took horses and lived off the land. I was twelve and thought it was the best trip ever.

If you had one day left to live, what would you do with your last day?

I would make a big dinner with my family and all my friends and sit and watch the sun and talk with them till the sun set.

Author Spotlight: Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole

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Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Lincoln Cole returning with the first book in his World on Fire series, Raven’s Peak. I did a spotlight recently for the release of the second book in the series, Raven’s Fall, so check that out as well.

main-author-photoLincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

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ravens-peak-kindle-cover-copy-2A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive. Abigail rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she’s forced to protect him, which is easy, but also to trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak. Trust, however, is something hard to have for someone who grew up living on the knife’s edge of danger. Can they discover the cause of the town’s insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

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Keep reading for an interview with Abigail Dressler from Raven’s Peak:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I don’t remember where I was born. I don’t remember anything before I was kidnapped, and I consider my childhood to have started when Arthur rescued me. He saved me and raised me as his own child, which meant we were constantly moving and spent time in just about every different part of the world.

Do you have a close relationship with your family?

Arthur is my family, even though he wasn’t my real father. I consider myself close to him, but I never knew anyone from my biological family.

What is the happiest memory from your childhood?

Riding a train across country with Arthur is probably one of my fondest memories. We managed to go clear from the East Coast to the West using trains the entire way and I loved every minute of it.

Who was your best friend growing up?

I didn’t really have a lot of friends. We never settled down in one place long enough. I did meet a few kids at school who were nice, but none of them really sticks out as a best friend.

Who is your enemy? What makes you enemies?

The Ninth Circle. They did horrible things to me when I was a child, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever fully recover from it. Arthur has always told me I need to forgive them and move on, but how can I?

Who do you most admire in your world? Why?

Arthur. He’s always been selfless and a protector, taking care of everyone no matter what.

What are your goals? What would you like to achieve?

I want to repay Arthur for his kindness in raising me and taking care of me. I never really understood just how much he did when he didn’t have to, and I would like to find some way to repay him for that.

What is your greatest fear?

I’m afraid of letting people get close, because eventually they all leave or die. It’s nothing personal, just a fact of life.

Have you ever been in love? 

Nope. Don’t have time. That isn’t to say I’m celibate, just not interested in anything longer than a couple of nights.

What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?

Something easy to move around in. You never know when you’re going to end up in a fight.

Author Spotlight: Into the Shadow Wood by Allison D. Reid

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Allison D. Reid returning with her new novella, Into the Shadow Wood. I was lucky enough to be able to read an early copy and it’s an amazing story. It had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it down!

Allison RekerAllison D. Reid was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her love for medieval fantasy was sparked by the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, which fed both her imagination and her spiritual development. When at the age of thirteen her family moved to Germany, her passion for medieval history and legend only increased, and she found herself captivated by the ancient towns and castles of Europe. Allison returned to the United States to study art and writing at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She earned her B.A. under the tutelage of the well-renowned and prolific writer Andrew Salkey, a student of her other great inspiration, and the father of fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien. After graduating from Hampshire College, Allison moved to Connecticut. There she got the opportunity to attend seminary and further explore her faith before returning to her home state of Ohio. Allison now lives in the Miami Valley area with her husband and children. She continues to work on her first published series while taking care of her family, editing for other independent writers, and managing a home business.

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Into the Shadow WoodOnce a proud member of the Sovereign’s prestigious personal guard, Einar has lost everything: his home, his Sovereign, and his purpose. Most of his closest friends have either been killed in battle or executed. His friend Nevon died trying to fulfill a dangerous oath…one that Einar disagreed with, but now feels honor-bound to take up in his stead. The quest plunges Einar into the depths of the dark and twisted Shadow Wood, testing the limits of his strength, his beliefs, and his sanity. What he finds in the Wood is far more ominous than anything he’d expected. If he’s not careful, Nevon’s fate might end up being his own.

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Keep reading for an interview with Alaric from Into the Shadow Wood:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I was born in Tyroc Castle. Though I was not the son of the Sovereign, or even one of his lords, I was born into a nobility of sorts. I am the seventh generation of my family to serve as one of the Sovereign’s elite personal guard, called the Circle. I am also the last generation to bear that honor.

My childhood was spent preparing me for my entrance into the Circle, even when I wasn’t aware of it. Every activity was meant to build up my strength, endurance, skills, or character. All of my needs and desires were taken care of; I never went hungry, lacked clothing, or endured the labors of the field. I received a better education than most of the boys in Tyroc, too. But my purpose was also made very clear. My life belonged to the Sovereign, and my first duty was to defend him and his family. Their lives were valued above mine, and if necessary, I was to die protecting them. This was not a sacrifice, but an honor passed down from my father to me.

Did you have a close relationship with your family?

They have both passed on now, but I was close to my parents, and spent some time with my mother’s relatives in Deep Lake. My father was always quick to laugh, and my mother was kind and quiet. Since I was an only child, the children of the Circle were my brothers—my family. We grew up together, with a common purpose and single destiny…or so we always thought. We had no idea how different our lives would turn out to be.

Who is your enemy? What makes you enemies?

I think I speak for the entire Circle when I say Braeden is our greatest enemy. Our duty was to protect the Sovereign and his family. While we successfully shielded them from external dangers, Braeden succeeded where others have failed, by gaining the Sovereign’s trust and destroying him, his sons, and Tyroc from the inside. We had no way to stop it, and in the end our lives were destroyed as well. Braeden’s offense against the Sovereign, and us, can never be forgiven, or forgotten, and we will go on fighting him. We will defeat him if it takes another seven generations of our blood to do so.

What is your greatest fear? How did you overcome it?

Despite the strictness of our upbringing, we were still boys, full of energy and mischief. We sometimes played tricks on each other, often in good fun, but at other times out of cruelty. An older boy once thought it would be amusing to lock me into a large trunk and leave me there, screaming out to an empty room as he ran off, quite pleased with his prank. Had he thrown in a spider or two for good measure, that just might have been the end of me.

The worst of it was that he got called to training and forgot to let me out. I was trapped for hours before one of the castle servants found me. Small, dark spaces haunted my nightmares for a long time after. The fear from that memory has stayed with me all my life; the stale air, growing warm from my body and breath, the blindness, the pain shooting through my hands and arms as I continually beat on the lid in my panic. My palms were bleeding and bruised by the time I was rescued.

I thought that time had helped me overcome my fear. The nightmares had stopped, at any rate. And then I entered the Shadow Wood, where the darkness overwhelmed my mind. I felt like I was trapped in that chest all over again, and being buried alive with no way out. Having lived through such an experience, I am fairly certain now that I will never get over my fear. At best, I have learned that I can suffer through it and still manage to find myself again when the nightmare has ended.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned about life?

That life is far too fleeting, and death will seek you out long before you’re ready to meet it. But there are principles, and people, worth dying for. Choose from among them and make every moment of your life, and your death, worthy of greatness.

What is your favorite food? If it’s an usual one, could you describe it for us?

Such a cruel question for one who has been surviving on foraged foods and dried, salted meat for far too long! When I still lived at the castle, my favorite meal was a venison pie the cook there used to make, served with new peas and apple muse. Dessert would be bryndons—small cakes with a sauce made with wine, nuts, and fruit. I suppose I will never have meals like that again, but I shall remember them with mouth-watering fondness.

What do you own that would be hardest to part with? Why?

I have already been forced to part with everything of value I once owned in this world. And I’ve learned that I can live without it. The only things I really need are my brethren, and a sword. They remind me of who I am, and keep me connected to a proud heritage that can never truly be taken away.

What was your greatest achievement?

Until recently, I would have said the day I was admitted to the Circle. Now I would say that emerging from the Shadow Wood alive and sane has been my greatest achievement.

Name some of your bad habits.

My sense of humor doesn’t always have the best timing, and I have been known to make flippant remarks even when the situation around me is dire. I suppose that is just my way of dealing with things, and my friends are accustomed to it. But others don’t always appreciate this habit as one of my charms.

What do you regret most in your life? Why?

I must admit, that I am not entirely proud of some of the things I did and said to Einar in the Shadow Wood. If only I could take them back, I would gladly do so. The Shadow whispered such dark, poisonous things to my soul for so long, I ceased to be my right self.

To be fair though, some of the things I thought to do and say, but didn’t, were far worse! That must count for something, right?

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