Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson NBtM

Hidden inside the most unlikely person can be the most extraordinary hero…

Jeremy Sunson is surrounded by crazy. Mrs. Abercrombie, upstairs, is widowed because her husband glued feathers to his arms, jumped off the building and tried to fly. His neighbour, Stuart, has gone mad since his wife died in a freak car accident— his only thread to reality the doomsday machine he’s building and his daughter… and, of course, there’s spacemen in Jeremy’s living room.

Every night, in glorious Technicolor, there’s a battle royal between two high tech assassins who continually blast Jeremy’s apartment to shreds. Each man has one mission: Red wants to kill Jeremy, Blue wants to save him!

Though his therapist insists he’s just having bad dreams—Jeremy knows better. It’s time to fight. He’s sick and tired of being sick, scared and tired! Armed with rare confidence and a baseball bat, this night, Jeremy fights like the crazy man he isn’t!

But how can he ever imagine when he’s won the battle, the war is only just beginning… over and over and over again?

The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson – ride a wave of laughter, fun and sci-fi fantasy all the way to Armageddon!

Battle? Jeremy ambled home from Dr Smith, the word strange in his mouth. He'd never fought for anything before, let alone himself. Was that why he always felt a failure? Why he'd taken stress leave?

Battle. As he repeated the syllables in his head, he became more accustomed to them, more familiar with the concept.

Battle? Well, why not? He considered his life so far not at all successful. On any measure he merely existed. Like now: the train he boarded he treated as an inconvenience, not an adventure. A plodder, his third grade teacher labelled him, and he'd never broken out of that mould. Why not start now?

Battle. Yes—he would battle! And what better place to practice than in his dreams?

"Battle," he said with a whisper. The old man next to him on the train glanced at him askance.

"Battle," he said. The man moved to another seat.

The train slowed for his stop. Time for action. "Battle!" he said. "I'm going to kill you, Red!"

Women pulled their children out of his way. But Jeremy didn't care. He strode towards battle!

Jeremy didn't know how one went about preparing for battle in one's dreams. He decided that physical preparation—combat training—might put him in the right frame of mind. Combat equipment not forming a traditional part of the tax return process, Jeremy didn't have any, but he remembered adverts about Dancercise or Kickercise. And if they could do it...

Hidden inside the most unlikely person can be the most extraordinary hero …

I'll let you in on a secret. Heroes are everywhere. In fact, you could be one of them.

Have you ever wondered what makes a person heroic? The movies would have us believe that overwhelming odds, and the actions a person takes—with guns or fists—define the hero.

Jeremy, in The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson, an accountant on stress leave who's never been good at anything, has a secret. He can't fight with fists or guns; even if he had any (guns that is, he does have fists), he wouldn't know how to use them. And yet he has to stand against many opponents: his therapist, assassins, even the end of the world. Standing against obstacles is heroic, but specific obstacles do not a hero make.

Jeremy chooses to fight, before he's forced to. For me, Jeremy is heroic because he takes a stand. The clothes truly do not make the man.

Harm, the warrior legend from In Harm's Way, has a secret. He might be huge, but he's about as coordinated as ... well, let's just say his toes often stop his gigantic shield smashing into the ground. Unintentionally.

And yet, everyone regales him with his heroic and miraculous deeds, which just happen to occur when he's blind drunk. With no memory of his feats, night after night, Harm submits once more to the ceremony his magician friend Montague created—never sure whether he'll wake up—to save villagers he's never met from an attacking army. He does all this to stand against oppression.

Everyone can be a hero. Even you. At any time.

Have you ever helped a loved one through tough times? You have?

Congratulations! You've succeeded at one of the most difficult tasks imaginable, a constant strain and effort that puts every action star to shame. Yet few of us are portrayed as the heroes we really are—the papers are full of those who aren't heroic, who take their pain out on others. Like Jeremy's mad-scientist friend Stuart who suffers a tragic loss and ... but I can't spoil that for you.

All of us deal with loss, and yet the way we cope can be heroic: we can hide away from the world, or take a stand.

Heroes don't require assassins or Armageddon or a village in need—every time you take a stand, rather than the easy way out, you are heroic. And you join the band of unsung and unknown heroes. Jeremy is an unlikely hero. He reminds me that we can all be heroic, by standing up for what's right.

So join Jeremy on the road less travelled. Hope to see you there one day.

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Author Bio and Links:
Melindra Hattfield Snowy, a part-time writer and full-time dreamer, who of course prefers to be known as MH. She is the author of In Harm's Way, the first novella in Harm's story published by Pygaso Productions, described as epic fantasy meets The Truman Show.

MH has also penned several short stories including We Three Laws of Robotics Are and The Secret Invasion of George Kranskii which explains how road rage is the result of an alien invasion.

You can find MH at her website, on Goodreads, and you can follow on Twitter.

When not writing or occupied with her dual-identity, MH walks through the mountains with her partner or tries to unravel the secrets of her great-grandmother, an adventuress who disembarked from the French steamer Laos in 1931 seeking to uncover rumours of Mayan temples deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle, and disappeared, never to be heard of again.


  1. Hi, thanks for hosting Jeremy's story. I'm happy to answer any questions, though I'm afraid my time zone is quite out of sync. I'm just about to cook dinner. So please bear with me until I can check back in the morning (twelve hours from now). Thanks everyone!

  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Great post, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Hi Victoria, glad you liked the post. I put in a lot of effort and feedback is always welcome.