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Spotlight: Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen (YA / LGBT)

Hey everyone, I’m back with another Spotlight post, this time focusing on a title from a South African author, Suzanne van Rooyen. 🙂

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The Author

Suzanne is a tattooed story-teller and peanut-butter addict from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing you can find her teaching dance and music to middle-schoolers or playing in the snow with her shiba inu.

Suzanne is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.
Suzanne is also Publicity Manager for Entranced Publishing.

Here’s the blurb:

Kyle Wolfe’s world is about to crash and burn. Just weeks away from graduation, a fire kills Kyle’s two best friends and leaves him permanently scarred. A fire that Kyle accidentally set the night he cheated on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend, Shira. That same day, a strange new planet, Obscura, appears in the sky. And suddenly Kyle’s friends aren’t all that dead anymore. Each time Kyle goes to sleep, he awakens to two different realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is still alive, but Shira is dead. In the other, it’s Shira who’s alive…and now they’re friends with benefits.

Shifting between realities is slowly killing him, and he’s not the only one dying. The world is dying with him. He’s pretty sure Obscura has something to do with it, but with his parents’ marriage imploding and realities shifting each time he closes his eyes, Kyle has problems enough without being the one in charge of saving the world…

And here’s the Book Trailer:

And for your reading pleasure, an excerpt from the novel. 🙂

Enjoy!

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1.

Cornflakes; scraps of yellow cardboard polluting perfectly good milk. I wash them down with orange juice, dribbling a little from the corner of my mouth where my lips no longer form a smooth crease. From his cross fixed to the kitchen wall, an emaciated Jesus glares at me, making the cardboard cereal even more difficult to swallow.

I drag the paper over and skim the headlines: Obscura panic despite government reassurances that the world probably won’t end. Department stores got ransacked in Albuquerque amid fears of price gouging. People are really starting to freak out. There’s a snippet on page two about the situation in Iraq, how a bunch of American soldiers are demanding flights home to see family before Armageddon. A picture of the Eiffel Tower lit up with candles and strewn with flowers; a phallic offering to whichever god tossed Obscura into the sky. There’s a whole segment on what Obscura might be doing to the weather. Meteorologists predict the worst hurricane season in centuries, increased seismic activity resulting in more tsunamis and volcanoes. The world might not end, but that doesn’t mean humans won’t get wiped out anyway.

“What are you doing today, son?” Dad asks around the edges of the sports section. He should be scouring the classifieds for a job, not that there’d be much point if the world ends.

“The usual.” There isn’t a hell of a lot to do in Coyote’s Luck. Last couple of summers, Danny and I passed the days out by the dam near the reservation with Shira, or worked odd jobs around town, sometimes even helping out at the ranches farther away. This year we’d both been set for working at Black Paw, an eatery sporting kitsch Indian decor and a Mexican menu. Then the fire happened.

“Didn’t you have a job lined up?” Dad folds the paper and looks at me. His gaze doesn’t linger too long on my face before he’s studying his checkered napkin. Mom usually mediates conversations like this one, but she worked the night shift and is still passed out upstairs.

“You really think they’re going to want me serving kids their tortillas?”

“Why not?” Dad still doesn’t look up.

“You can’t even look at me, Dad. How the hell do you think some kids are going to order food and not end up puking on the table when they see my face?” I smash my bowl in the sink and stomp out of the kitchen, slamming the screen door behind me. Dad calls after me, but I ignore him. Nothing he can say will change my scars.

2.

Scrabbling under my bed, I retrieve an A3 drawing book and bag of colored pens. The first few pages are half-finished comics, a story yet unfinished waiting for my imagination. Then there’s a multicolored map scrawled across several pages, denoting my life: pages filled with boxes, each dated and timed, connected by lines as I try to make sense of what’s happening to me.

With a ruler and green pen, I draw a new box, jotting down the details since waking up at Shira’s.

I glance at my watch just to be sure. Tuesday, 21:47, June 26.

The map is a spaghetti mess of interweaving lines and text boxes. I’m not sure when my life got so complicated. Maybe when I was bandaged in the hospital, delirious in an opiate-induced haze, or maybe in those first few days after Danny’s spinal fusion, days I spent pacing the halls waiting to find out if he’d ever walk again.

My starting point is marked in red. April 6. The night of the fire.

I stash the book under my bed and strip naked. The stink of sex clings to my skin. Girls smell different, ripe and cloying. It’s a smell that gets everywhere. Even my hair reeks of girl-musk.

The tiles are cool against my back as I stand beneath a jet of cold water. Although my burns have healed, the scars are still sensitive. If the water is warmer than tepid it feels like I’m on fire all over again.

Running a hand over my mangled flesh, it’s as if I’m feeling the strange surface of some weird planet. Caressing Obscura perhaps. Her cratered and shale-smeared crust probably looks a lot like my skin. At first it was terrifying, the bubbles and swaths of too smooth flesh, the pink knots and swollen ridges slithering down my belly. Now it’s fascinating, all the warped shapes and odd textures. Surreal really, like it’s not my body that got deep-fried.

Not sure what the big deal is about me not being able to have kids. My left ball only looks a little more wrinkled than before, less hairy and more like a prune. The plumbing works just fine. Sex doesn’t feel the same, but then with a girl, how could it?

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To order copies of Obscura Burning, check out the following links: Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, OmniLit, The Book Depository. If you’re a member of Goodreads, make sure to add the title at this link.

Check out Suzanne’s website here, and you can also connect with her on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook

There we go – another interesting title to add to your shelf! 🙂 And thanks to Suzanne for offering the excerpt of her novel. 🙂

Until Friday,

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Excerpt, Spotlight

 

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**INCREDIBLE** Book Trailer – Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

Got this from the awesome folks over at Angry Robot Books – the book was an awesome read (reviewed here), and this book trailer is a thing of beauty!

<a href="http://vimeo.com/63401644">BLACK FEATHERS MASTER NEW H264</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/horrodandharris">HORROD AND HARRIS</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>

To order your copies, click here for Amazon US, here for Amazon UK, and here if you’re in South Africa. 🙂 Check out Joseph’s site here!

Until Friday, when I’ll be posting my review of Lauren Beukes’ ‘The Shining Girls’,

Be EPIC!

(sorry about the code-stuff at the bottom of the vid – no idea how to remove it!)

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in Angry Robot, Book Trailer

 

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Star Wars The Old Republic: Deceived (Book Trailer)

There’s an awesome book trailer for Paul Kemp’s Old Republic novel available, and although I can’t embed it for you I can give you this link to check it out. 🙂

Looks awesome! Darth Malgus is an absolutely badass-looking Sith Lord, and I’m really looking forward to reading this! 🙂 Not the least because Paul writes awesome Star Wars. 😉 If you want a taste of the book, read Chapter One here, Chapter Two here and Chapter Three here.

Pre-Order your copies here from Amazon US and here from Amazon UK, and don’t forget to check out this entry on Paul’s blog for a chance to win the audiobook of Deceived. 🙂

Be EPIC!

P.S. My review of The Demi-Monde: Winter will be posted here on Monday. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Announcements

 

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Book Trailer: The Mall by S. L. Grey

Just saw this on Twitter and it’s pretty damned awesome and creepy as hell!

Guess what I’m reading on the plane tonight? Guess who’s gonna freak the hell out over the Indian Ocean? 😉

Pre-Order your copies here (hardcover) and here (Kindle Edition, which is already available). The hardcover will be available in June. 🙂

Be EPIC!

P.S. The trailer was done by this man – awesome work!

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2011 in Book Trailer

 

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Book Trailer: House of Night – Awakened + Contests!

Just received some great news from Tara at Zeitghost Media. 🙂 First up, let’s get to the book trailer – that’s why you’re here, right? 😉

The novel is on sale as you read this, so head over to Amazon to order your copy or the abridged audiobook, and click here to order your copies from Amazon UK; fans of the series in South Africa can order their copies here and here (for the audiobook) from Kalahari.net. 🙂


Now we come to the contests, and they are pretty cool! 🙂

The first and biggest contest? A fan and their guest has the chance to win a trip to Tulsa to explore the sites from the novels, as well as having lunch with the authors. 🙂 Awesome prize, huh?

“The lucky winner will receive a 3-day, 2-night trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma for two people which includes airfare, hotel accommodations, a tour of Tulsa and lunch on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at the Chalkboard Restaurant with the authors. In order to enter the promo, they must answer three questions about the series.”

Follow this link to enter the contest. 🙂

The second contest will give you a chance to win “1 of 30 complete sets of House of Night books.” You’ve probably got them all anyway, but there’s nothing like a brand new set of books to gaze at, is there? Head over to St Martin’s Facebook Page to enter the contest. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the book trailer!

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Announcements, Book Trailer

 

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Stephen Zimmer’s Dream of Legends – Book Trailer and Pre-Order Info

Some great info from Stephen Zimmer! 🙂 The second novel in his Fires of Eden series in on the way, and I’ve got some awesome material for you; but first, here’s the book trailer for Dream of Legends:

And here’s the awesome cover (artwork by Matthew Perry):

I’ve also got some artwork for you from the novel, also done by the incredible Matthew Perry:

Awesome suff! Dream of Legends is available for pre-order, and there are Limited Edition hardcover copies available for collectors as well as trade paperback editions; check out all the info you need at this link. 🙂

For those who would like to catch up on Stephen’s work on their eReaders, here’s the link you need. 🙂

Stephen will be sending me a copy of Dream of Legends and I’ll be reading and reviewing it as soon as I’ve finished Crown of Vengeance. If you’d like to check out my review of Stephen’s first novel, The Exodus Gate, follow this link; I highly recommend Stephen’s work, that’s for sure. 🙂 And for more info about Stephen and his work (he’s a film-maker, too), check out his website.

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Announcements, Book Trailer

 

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Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King – Book Trailer

For those who don’t know it, the King has got a new novella collection out, titled Full Dark, No Stars. 🙂

I should be getting my copy within the next couple of weeks, and as soon as I do I’ll get stuck in. I absolutely loved Under The Dome and even though I’m really looking forward to Stephen’s bigger upcoming projects (a sequel to his absolutely terrifying The Shining and another Dark Tower book), I’m gonna dive into Full Dark, No Stars ASAP. 🙂

Here’s the book trailer for you:

And if you’d like to get a taste of what you can expect from the book, check out the following excerpts:

(Just click on the story-names; you’ll be taken through to the excerpt-page on the website)

1922; Big Driver; Fair Extension; A Good Marriage.

The book is on shelves across the world (including South Africa), right now, so use the following links to order your copies: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Exclusive Books.

Until tomorrow,

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2010 in Book Trailer

 

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