Release Day Blitz: When Planets Fall by Abby J. Reed

Hi guys! I am so excited that WHEN PLANETS FALL by Abby J. Reed is available now and that I get to share the news! I am actually in the middle of writing my review for Abby’s book, so be on the lookout for that!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Abby J. Reed, be sure to check out all the details below. This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of the book and swag, US Only, courtesy of Abby and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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About the Book:30801623

Title: WHEN PLANETS FALL (Stars Fall Circle #1)
Author: Abby J. Reed
Pub. Date: May 10, 2017
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Pages: 420
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TBD, Goodreads

On a planet where the only difference between three tribes is their blood color, war is on the horizon. Breaker, an amputee, wants peace for his family and home. Malani, a kidnapped POW, wants to return home. Luka wants justice for his home. All three teens come together when Breaker is given seven days to fix a wrecked enemy starship or their home, and peace, is forfeit..

“In this richly imagined start to a new sci-fi series, Reed brings optimism to the goal of solving entrenched violence in a galaxy far, far away . . . A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war.” -Kirkus Reviews

Excerpt:

I cupped my hands around my mouth. “Brody! Brody!”

Nobody was allowed to break boundary unless you were on hunting rounds and wanted a shot at the deercorns—three-horns, good meat—or on boundary duty. The land between here and the Heron Mountains in the west was technically neutral territory and belonged to no one. Too many good game trails passed through and everyone needed good protein. You’d think this meant a peace card for any who marched through the area. Then a handful of cycles back, attacks started becoming more frequent. Now, neutral territory meant open hunting season on everyone.

And if you were in trouble . . . the compound wouldn’t help.

I couldn’t leave him out there. I had to go over the fence. Beyond the compound’s boundary.

I was going to murder that kid.

The tree branches on the opposite side created a tunnel. Ravines on either side had been dug deep for a grave ditch in case of a future blood bath. Water filled them now. No need to waste time or tears while shoveling, just dump the bodies in the pre-dug ditch. Time and pain in the past saved time and pain in the future.

I set my foot on the lowest rail. The wood jiggled. Bangit. I couldn’t climb over the stupid thing. I pocketed the pick, got back on my bike, reversed, and aimed it at the fence. Even though the bike ran on solatech energy, the magnetic polarity of mineral deposits in the ground kept it afloat. In theory, the bike should pass right over the fence, since the fence wasn’t quite solid, so the bike would never lose complete contact with the ground.

I revved the bike. A surge of solaenergy sent me flying toward the fence. I shoved on the handles right before I hit the broken rail, bouncing and soaring right over the fence. The bike didn’t even bounce on the ground on the other side.

My chest tightened a notch.

I just broke boundary.

I hadn’t broke boundary in eight cycles.

I swear there was still a faint smell of cinnamon, though the gun smoke couldn’t have hung in the air this long. Lining the ravine were the twelve gravecrosses. Rainwater ran like thinned-out blood off the names carved into the bars. The letters were slowly being erased by weather and time, as though the people were being slowly erased from our memory until they never existed.


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Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS FALL, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.

Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of WHEN PLANETS FALL & Swag, US Only.

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Don’t forget we still have a giveaway for Kym Brunner’s Flip the Bird which you can enter here!

Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

 

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The Dwelling of Ekhidna Release Day Celebration: Guest Post with Lauren Jankowski

Hi guys! As a Snowy Wings Publishing Snow Angel, I am happy to celebrate with you the release of Lauren Jankowski’s The Dwelling of Ekhidna! To celebrate it, I am happy to host Lauren here on how she built the Meadows, the Home of the Guardians! Enjoy!

 

The Dwelling of Ekhidna (Book Five of The Shape Shifter Chronicles) by Lauren Jankowski

thedwellingofekhidna-ebook_-683x1024The home of the guardians, the Meadows, has always been a place of peace and safety, untouched by the ongoing war against the Grenich Corporation. But that could only last so long.

During the guardians’ autumn celebration, a bomb goes off, shattering the Meadows tranquility. In the aftermath of a tragedy, a deadly virus is released that afflicts only healers. The only cure to the virus is hidden in the Seelie Court, in a location that only one knows: Eris, a legendary trickster, locked away in the dungeons of the Pearl Castle for her crimes against the peoples of Earth. When the Four are forced into a temporary alliance with the unpredictable Eris, their journey becomes more perilous than anyone expected.

 

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Lauren Jankowski has been an avid reader for most of her life. She holds a B.A. in Women and Genders Studies from Beloit College. She has been writing fiction since high school, when she noticed a lack of strong women in the popular genre books. Also known for her activism for asexual visibility, she has taught a course on writing asexual characters for the “Writing the Others” series. She founded Asexual Artists, is a member of Pack of Aces, and is an outspoken feminist. When she’s not writing or researching, she enjoys reading (particularly anything relating to ancient myths) or playing with her pets.

Through Snowy Wings Publishing, Lauren is the author of The Shape Shifter Chronicles (The Dwelling of Ekhidna, 2017; and to be re-released through SWP in 2017, Sere From the Green, Through Storm and Night, From the Ashes and Haunted by the Keres), a NA urban fantasy series drawing from ancient mythology.

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Building the Meadows, the Home of the Guardians

A major part of fantasy is creating new and fascinating worlds for readers to explore and lose themselves in. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of speculative fiction, but it can also be maddening. This was something I learned early on when I first started writing my series, The Shape Shifter Chronicles.

In the series, there’s a race of beings called the Guardians. Me, being the massive myth nerd I am, I knew I wanted to draw from various mythologies to create the Guardians, who are very similar to deities you come across in different myths. They’re not quite as vengeful and much, much more hands off than the gods we all know and love. However, I knew they needed to be in their own world. They simply wouldn’t go walking about Earth: they love and protect the Earth, but it isn’t their home.

The Meadows proved to be one of the most difficult settings to write. Located in its own sort of dimension, the Meadows can only be reached by Appearing (a skill possessed by all guardians and a few protector families). That took care of the whole, “Why don’t the villains just attack the guardians” quandary I ran into at first.

The guardians exist to make sure everything on Earth runs smoothly (including emotions: there are emotion guardians to make sure no emotion gets completely out of control), so the two places are closely linked. Knowing this, I made Earth kind of a baseline for things like physics in the Meadows. The environments are quite similar, though there’s no pollution in the Meadows because they don’t use a lot of the technology that Earth requires.

When I first started writing about the Meadows, I had a rough idea of what their world looked like (and that was how I came up with the name) and then I started thinking about the various lands there needed to be: the Royals (land of the head guardians, but also the healers, the librarians, and the emotion guardians), Water (all bodies of water), Nature (nature and the weather. The gem guardians caves would be there and the guardian smiths), Day, Night, and Fire. Then I started thinking about how guardians would communicate with each other (through messengers, who delivered handwritten notes because they took a vow of silence). But how would a fire guardian visit a water guardian? The first guardians made a trail that winds throughout all the lands, the Argentine Path, which guardians can safely travel on and avoid contact with elements they prefer not to physically touch (what a guardian watches over is part of their identity, so fire guardians tend to be uneasy near water). I would basically come up with a question and then figure out an answer to it, but not always an obvious one. When figuring out solutions, I had to think like a guardian.

What gave me the most trouble, and continues to give me a lot of trouble, is the issue of time. Because the Meadows is slightly older than the Earth, but there was a cataclysmic event in their history that makes their generations slightly off. When I’m not writing my series, I’m often working on a massive project that I have been working on for as long as I’ve been writing novels: a complete history of the Meadows, both told from the shape shifters point of view and the guardians. If I ever wind up publishing it, it will likely be split because, like all cultures, the story differs depending on who tells it.

This history project is what actually helps keep me on track and helps me build the world that is the Meadows (as well as the other worlds that are revealed in book four). Storytelling is important to cultures: how did we come into being? Why are we here? Even beings as powerful as the guardians ask these questions. And I think that’s what fascinates me about them: they’re immortal, possess great power, and yet they still cherish stories. Even the mythical beings have myths and stories.

The Meadows is a land of nature and one of stories. The guardians live in a peaceful world, though they do still have personal squabbles and tiffs. The one thing they all have in common is they recognize the power of stories. Their culture is one built on stories passed down from generation to generation.

There’s a lot of advice about world building out there, much of it worth a read. My best advice is look at the stories your characters tell. Why do they tell those stories? How do they tell those stories? What do those stories say about your characters and cultures they are part of? Look up old fairytales and myths, study them, figure out what they’re actually saying about the world. Then try creating a mythos for the characters you’re writing. You’d be very surprised just how much insight you get about your characters and the world they inhabit.

 

Thank you for guest posting for us, Lauren! And congrats on your newest book! Go order Lauren’s newest book, The Dwelling of Ekhidna, here on Smashwords!