Monday, October 24, 2016

The Stuff of Stars Review Tour

Book 2 of The Seekers series continues the story started in the critically-acclaimed, multiple award-winning The Children of Darkness.

Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.

Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.

The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.

A flutter unsettled my stomach, different from hunger. What if these aren’t the visionaries we’d come all this way to find?

Perhaps merely my exhaustion at the end of a long day, overshadowed by the gloom of impending night.

A rush of feathers churned the air as a flock of blackbirds startled and took flight, a foreboding cloud darkening the already dim sky. They squawked and swirled and flew off toward the distant cliffs, as if the fortress that loomed higher up was their resting place. In an instant the sky had cleared and all was silent again.

With the birds announcing our approach, the dwellings came alive.

More people poured out to greet us, dozens of them. Mostly children, they swarmed, a few reaching out to touch our clothing, and others waving their black boxes at us. I heard the familiar questions from the younger ones. “Who are these strangers? Where are they from?” And the same phrase repeated—the dreamers.

In this way, they swept Nathaniel and I along, until suddenly all conversation stopped. We’d reached the archway, the entrance to the city.

Kara stepped in front and held up a hand.

“Wait here.” She gestured to the stone statues with the glowing eyes. “The guards won’t let you through. Not yet. I’ll ask the mentor to grant you access.”

She ran through the archway, dodged among the hovels, and vanished into the dome.

We waited before the silent crowd, shuffling our tired feet and eyeing the guards. Moments later, Kara reemerged, smiling and relieved. She turned sideways and waved us through.

I grasped Nathaniel’s hand, and together we stepped into this new world.

Then, as we strolled through the gate of the city, basking in the glow, the wall of light surrounding it shimmered one last time, rippled and winked out as if it had never existed.

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Author Bio and Links:
The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

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  1. I enjoyed following the tour and learning about The Stuff of Stars, sounds like a great book!

  2. Great excerpt! Thanks for a great blog tour :)