The Spark by Angela Brown – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Angela will be awarding a $75 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Spark

Thanks so much for having me here today.

Every novel, short story or poem begins with a question or an idea. I like to call it the spark.

Beacon began as an idea for my NaNoWriMo project for 2012. I was still riding the adrenaline high from a previous release and my mind was pondering a few questions after reading The Hunger Games: What if the things that went on had a different spin? What if being chosen to go to the capital wasn’t seen as a scary thing or a death sentence? What if everyone living outside of the capital wanted to be chosen?

Then, I had that additional spark to add some conflict. What if, in a world where everyone wanted to be chosen, there was one oddball that didn’t? That person became Macie Breen, a seventeen-year-old who grew up parentless for half of her life in one of the outlying townships of The Colony. She battled with fitting the expectations of being the perfect registered citizen (failing miserably most times), and had a chip on her shoulder because she always seemed the odd-girl-out. Macie wanted nothing more than to revoke her registered status but do so on her own terms. All in all, she was a regular high school girl… or so she thought.

Then she was chosen as an Attendee for the year’s Jubilee celebration, and all her hopes slipped to hell in a gasoline lined hand basket.

Because I adore paranormal and urban fantasy, I couldn’t keep those elements from weaving their way into the story. Creatures abound, including vampires – or as they prefer to be called from their renaming campaign, vampeer. And there’s Macie in the thick of it all coming face to face with truths unraveling everything she thought she knew, and making her world far more complicated than anything she could ever imagine.

The spark is amazing. It opened my mind to the story Macie Breen wanted to tell. Beacon is the first book in the trilogy of what she’s shared so far. The second book is in the works. I hope you’ll take a chance on a dreamer (a voice to characters) and check out Beacon to enjoy the results of my spark.

2_3 Cover_BeaconTsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony, where registered citizens do as they’re told.

They donate blood quarterly and dream of being chosen as Attendees for the Jubilee celebrations, that is, everyone except Macie Breen. With high school graduation near, she’s anxious to ditch the rules in hopes of starting a new life with Thane, an unregistered and also her best friend.

Her hopes fizzle when Macie is selected as an Attendee, forever registered. Any future with Thane…impossible. Being chosen comes with another unexpected price.

Truths about The Colony blaze into ashes and lies when she discovers the vampires haven’t kept their part of the bargain. Worst still, Macie’s life unravels as her stint in the city of Bliss forces her to face daunting truths about who, and what, she really is.

Enjoy an excerpt:

The corner of Thane’s lips curved in his infamous smirk. “I’m here to protect you from you, silly.”

The elevator dinged our arrival to our floor. Thankfully, floors for the Attendees were guarded by other Surreption agents, to prevent citizens from accessing them by surprise––and to keep out the expected rebel against Bliss.

I fell silent, thinking about Thane’s answer. Any other day, it would have been a joke. We’d ha, ha, ha, laugh it off as Thane being the smartass he was. I’d punch him in the shoulder. He’d feign pain and we’d move on. But now, what if he was right? Not just keeping me from taking my anger out on some pink-haired guy making fun of me. But from whomever—or whatever—I really am. What if it was the world that needed protection from me?

About the Author: 2_3 AuthorPhoto_BeaconBorn and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She’s a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary – mostly young adult – fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thank you for letting me drop by and share a few thoughts!

  3. Twisting an established idea and plot – well done, Angela. Bet you came up with a story even better than The Hunger Games.

  4. Fantastic post, Angela! A lot of my stories begin with what if questions too. Have fun with the tour! 🙂

  5. Judy Schechter says:

    I enjoyed learning about the “spark” and reading the excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Very informative interview!

  7. I think so many of us “oddballs” can identify with Macie. Loved the book, Angela and am looking forward to the sequel!

  8. Patrick Siu says:

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Re: What if it was the world that needed protection from me?

    I LOVE this line. It jumps starts so many things at once. Well done, Angela!

  10. I like the cover and excerpt; thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  11. Angela Brown says:

    Thanks everyone. Being a bit of an odd girl out myself gave me something to work with lol!

  12. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt.

  13. This sounds good. And I like the spark idea. Fanning the spark that turns into the fire that is the story. Neat analogy.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  14. You guys rock and I hope everyone made sure to enter the giveaway.

  15. Gabrielle Compolongo says:

    I love the cover and the excerpt!

  16. interesting premise

  17. That Thane is quite the character, I would’t mind shaking him up a little! 🙂

  18. Enjoyed the excerpt and the author guest post.

  19. Mary Preston says:

    I enjoyed reading about what sparked your story.

  20. Nice excerpt

  21. I enjoyed the excerpt.

  22. Thank you for the wonderful post! I enjoyed the excerpt, interview and the synopsis of the book!

  23. Nikolina says:

    My favorite part of the post is “The Spark” part, thank you!

  24. Thomas Murphy says:

    I liked the excerpt!


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