Hey Readers, Ethan here with another great blog tour stop for you. Today I'm hosting a guest post and a giveaway from another one of the authors from Clean Teen Publishing. Today we're blasting Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon Thompson! Here's a bit about the novel, the author, an awesome guest post, and a giveaway:
Series: The Timely Death Trilogy #1
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Published: July 28th, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Violence, Adult Language
Recommended Age: 13+
Synopsis: Two destinies. One death.
“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”
Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.
Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.
About the Author:
Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.
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How To Make Your Paranormal Novel Stand Out
First and foremost, I strive to create my own creatures. I’ve written an in-depth post about this called Writing Tips: Creating the Paranormal, but I’ll try to sum up some of the points here. In The Timely Death Trilogy, I created shades and lights, both of which have their own dynamics, some similar and some very different. For instance, lights can shift from their human form at any time, while shades have to wait until the sun sets. Lights have the power of illusion, while shades can turn into the darkness. Lights also live in their own dimension, but shades are stuck in our known world. (All of which is explained why in the last book, Death Before Daylight.) I based a lot of the lights off of the Black-Eyed Children, which is one of my favorite legends. It also started in Missouri, and The Timely Death Trilogy takes place in Kansas. With thousands of myths and legends out there, I wish we saw more of them used in paranormal stories, not to mention in fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian literature. (Not that I have anything against vampires and werewolves, but I LOVE how many legends we do have and am equally saddened that we don’t see more them used). As a reader myself, I rejoiced at my recent read, Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. She used a real legend that very much affects are culture today, but it was a legend most have never heard of before, and that was great!
With creating new creatures comes another task: Creating your world and culture. (And in The Timely Death Trilogy’s case, I had to find a way to not only create a new world, but also blend it in with our current one.) I wrote a blog post about this on my website called—The Timely Death Trilogy Explained: World-Building and More—but I can try to summarize some of the details. A major theme in The Timely Death Trilogy is identity. Why? Well, the lights and the shades—despite having magical powers and bodies—are regular humans when they shift out…and since their faces change (and so do their names), no one knows who anyone is in their other lives. Your best friend could be in the Light, while you could be in the Dark, and you wouldn’t know. That’s where rules come into play. Talking about who you are is strictly forbidden. Genetics, therefore, become a big deal, because there are half-breeds, and humans with shade/light parents, and full breeds. Beyond that, there’s also an entire culture that comes along with the creatures. One we see almost immediately is the Naming—where thirteen-year-old shades receive their Dark name. This is how Eric, the protagonist, is known as both Eric Welborn and Shoman.
I could go on and on about creating unique creatures and worlds and cultures, but I find it’s a journey every writer has to take on their own—mainly because it’s different for everyone, but also because it’s more delightful when there are surprises to meet you along the way.
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There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
- A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.
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Huge shout out to the author and the team at Juniper Grove Book Solutions for allowing me to participate. Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Reading!