marți, 2 septembrie 2014

Excerpt, Giveaway & Guest Post "Twinfinity: Nethermore" by Chris Podhola

Hey there stunning ones! Today I am honored to host author Chris Podhola and his first book of the Twinfinity series. The description, trailer and excerpt make me believe this is a really promising book, and I am super glad to be able to share them. Also, there is a really inspiring guest post and an international giveaway I'm sure you'll absolutely love. Good luck and happy reading everyone!

Twinfinity: Nethermore
Volume 1
Chris Podhola

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy 
Date of Publication: May 26, 2014
Number of pages: 411
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Virtual book tour organized by: Bewitching Book Tours

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Book Description:

Whitney Leighton has a secret. She is both blind and deaf but that’s not what she’s trying to keep hidden. Her secret is that she can both see and hear through her twin brother Tommy. They call it piggybacking because she can shift her consciousness into her brother’s mind. 

Whitney’s not the only one with a secret; Tommy has one too and it’s Whitney that he’s keeping it from. His secret is that Whitney isn’t who she’s supposed to be. He has dreams of her, but in his dreams she has tattoos, battle-scars on her face, and a formidable look of determination. If Tommy’s dreams come true then Whitney is in serious trouble and so is everyone else. The simple Whitney that is, doesn’t stand a chance against the evil that exists in his sleep, and the world will be thrust into chaos.

The teen twins end up at Camp Tumbling Waters and Lake Amicolola where something is waiting for them.  Something as dark as Whitney’s vision and as insane as Tommy’s dreams and IT needs Whitney to escape the prison that IT calls... Nethermore.

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~ Excerpt ~

This excerpt is from Chapter 10 of Twinfinity: Nethermore.  In it the main character, the blind and deaf Whitney Leighton, is preparing to make a physical statement to her summer camp peers. They are all gathered at the obstacle course located in Camp Tumbling Waters and the group is divided. Half of the campers blame her for the recent troubles in the camp, and the other half believe that she is the solution to those problems. Whitney knows that she needs to prove a point to all of them in order to unite them.

Whitney had been a little surprised by how clearly her course could be directed through her imagination and memory.  Every step, and every move had been based on what she remembered from when she was piggy-backed with Kat, but she had been able to lay everything out in her mind with near perfect clarity.
She had been sitting on the bench brooding over her conversation with Kat.  She was mad all right, but little Mike had changed her mood.  She couldn’t see the fear in his face, and she couldn’t hear if he had said anything, but she had seen his shadow approach the wall and she had waited with anticipation for his shadow to ascend into the air.  She might not be able to see it with her eyes, but she would have still felt pride for him as he succeeded.  She could see that climbing it was important to him, and Kat had insinuated that it was so important that he had spent a year trying to get himself ready for it.  His body appeared to be weak and frail and Whitney had searched Kat’s mind for an explanation for that.
He had an accident when he was younger--a tragic accident that had broken many bones and left him in a wheel chair for years.  He was just getting to the point that he could walk again.  And, according to Kat’s memories on the subject, climbing that wall was his motivation—his driving force.  It was the thing that he talked about last year that inspired him to work so hard in his recovery.  He wanted to do it, but he was afraid.
Like she was afraid.
He backed off and someone else was approaching the wall in his place.  She didn’t want to sense someone else climbing the wall.  She wanted to sense him doing it, and she didn’t think it was right for everyone else to just shrug it off.
When she first got up from the bench and started walking toward the group her intention was to find a way to convince Mike to make his climb.  She was only vaguely aware of the clarity with which she could visualize her course.  She could see every clump of dirt, every stone that could make her stumble, and she could even remember seeing a Twix candy bar wrapper as she walked by it.
Her mind was more focused on how to convince Mike to make his climb.  By the time she got there she had figured it out.  She would lead by example.
It was after Kam had put the safety harness onto her and attached the safety line onto the clip on the back when she knew she had to take it off.  It was doing its job.  It was making her feel safe.  There was no danger.  The spotters were trained to make sure that she wouldn’t be injured if she slipped.  It was crazy, but she didn’t want to feel safe.  She wanted every handhold and every foothold to be risky and she wanted to feel the danger of it. 
Most of all she wanted to rely on others to catch her if she did fall.
She had been playing it safe all of her life and for once she wanted to leave safety behind her.  She had never let herself rely on anyone but Tommy—who she depended on vigorously for help in almost everything and she was done with that too.
She had chosen the members of her net the way she did because she wanted to show everyone that she trusted them even if they didn’t really trust her.  She didn’t just want to convince Mike to make the climb.  She also wanted to find a way to bring the group back together again.  She had divided everyone, and so she’d have to be the one to link them back together again.
She was a couple of levels off of the ground when the idea of the teambuilding element began to form in her mind.  The concept was simple enough.  You had to trust in the members of the team to catch you if you fell backward into them.  That teambuilding element was about a three foot drop into the arms of your team.  What if someone did it from the top of the climbing wall?  It was a scary idea, but if that didn’t make an impact on the crowd than nothing would.
Whitney ascended the wall.  Despite her nearly perfect memory of every hand and foothold her fear was a very tangible and real thing.  Slipping off and falling was still extremely dangerous even with the group below her because she might not be able to control how she landed and a broken leg or arm or even both was a probability.
She reached up and grabbed the next handhold, brought her leg up, and hauled herself up another level.  She had made it halfway up and she could feel her nervousness increase with her height.  She was about fifteen feet off of the ground, and her limbs began to betray her.  She was getting tired and her muscles were beginning to tremble despite her desire to remain steady and calm.  She was no athlete and it was beginning to show.
This was stupid she thought to herself.
If she fell from that distance and they didn’t catch her she may or may not break a limb.
Just do it now her mind begged.
And she knew she could.  She could steady herself, lean back, and fall into the arms of her safety net.  She could do that safely and no harm would come to her.  Her point would even be made pretty clearly.
But wasn’t Erik’s speech, as corny and predictable as it was, about just that?  Wasn’t it about pushing past your fears even though they sometimes seemed like an impenetrable wall?
She could make her leap from that point but if she did wasn’t she still relatively safe?  If so then was she really making her point?  Wasn’t her point to go beyond safety and to leap when the outcome wasn’t predictable?
She reached up for the next grip-hold and brought herself up to it.  Her nerves began to betray her even more.  She had never been this tired before in her life.  She had already exerted herself beyond exhaustion and she knew, from that very moment, that she needed to start training her body for more endurance.  She was never again going to let herself tire out this easily.  So much for being lazy, because she knew that those days had to be over.
She was three quarters of the way up but her muscles were aching and she was losing her breath.  On top of that she wasn’t sure if making it to the top was even going to be possible.  No matter how bad she wanted to get there.
She sucked in a deep breath, gathered her determination, and made two more handholds in quick succession.  Her fingers began to throb and go numb.  Her leg muscles were screaming at her to stop and her arms felt like rubber bands stretched out to their maximum.
The only good thing was that she only had three levels to go.

~ Guest post - The Writing Process ~

For me, the writing process is like finding a lost key to an old door to an old house you’ve been living in for years.  (That key is usually just a single idea, an image of a character, or of a place I’ve never seen before.  It’s up to me to brave the unknown and to go to that unexplored place).  When I first find this key, I’m not even sure whether or not it will still work in the lock.  It’s old, it’s rusty, and the teeth of the key look worn and tattered to me.  I slide it into the lock and hope, beyond all hope, that there is something behind the door, beyond the barrier that I’ve never yet crossed, that I will find interesting, or useful.  I always open these doors with calm hopes, but with a beating heart, my mind wondering whether or not there are treasures within the room.
Once I’m in the room I begin to pick up pieces of dusty old remnants, things that have been lying around for ages, collecting dust for longer than I care to think about, lying there waiting to be found by someone who might just give a damn, and I try to.  I blow off the dust, clean the dull metal just to see if it shines, to see if there is value there.  If there is I put it on my mantel for all to see, if there is not, I toss it aside and look for another piece.
When I’ve gone through the entire room, picking through every nook and cranny, I take inventory of everything that I’ve found, checking to make sure that I’ve arranged all of the items for the most pleasant view, I get opinions on those recovered gems, watching the reactions as people look them over, and hoping that they see the same value that I do.  Sometimes those first initial views are accompanied by criticisms but I don’t mind that, because if I’ve missed buffing out a scratch or two, it is better to know before the real appraisal, rather than after. 
When it’s all said and done I take the items to auction and hope for a bidding war, for that’s the real test.  No matter how wonderful I believe the gems are, it’s the buyers at the auction who decide whether or not the things I’ve found are worth a single penny.
This is how I view my writing process.  It really is like finding forgotten treasures, dusting them off, shining them up, showing them to your friends and then trying to sell them at an auction.  It is very similar to that.
If you are interested to know realistic details, they are much more boring.  I spend hours, tucked behind a computer screen, or hovering above a pad of paper.  (Yes I am one of those writers who still writes freehand).  I usually write two to three times as much as ever makes it into print, hacking away huge chunks during the edit phase.
And I usually don’t write the antagonist scenes until just before the final draft.  During the rough draft I am usually so fascinated by the protagonist that I become completely engrossed in what they are doing, and lose track of the opposition.  I still have the antagonist in mind, knowing what they want to do, navigating the protagonist around the obstacles that they provide, but I wait to write the antagonist scenes, and delve into fleshing those characters out, after the rest of the novel is complete.
Once all of the writing is done, and I’ve hacked out all of the pieces that I don’t think ‘make the cut’ I go back through it again, reading, highlighting, and noting any additional thoughts that come along.  I do one final rewriting of things that need it, and then start proofreading.  I proofread three or four times, send it to my editor, make whatever changes he suggests and then I start going for reactions from people I know.
Those reactions usually prompt a few more changes (hopefully not major ones) and then it’s off to the races.

~ About the Author ~

The author is a 43 year-old United States Air Force veteran of the first Iraq War. This is his debut novel in the Twinfinity urban fantasy series.  He was born and raised in south-eastern Michigan and served his country in California, Germany, and Turkey.  

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