Monday, July 16, 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - About The Charge




My debut novel THE CHARGE will be published by Curiosity Quills Press this year! It a New Adult science fiction adventure set on an alternate timeline where a dictator took over the Republic of Texas in 1836 and built his own empire in the West.  

Eighteen-year-old Warren King has been protecting his brother, Isaac, from bullies ever since Isaac decided to wear a top hat to the third grade.  So when Isaac is kidnapped, Warren heads out to bust some faces.  But Warren didn’t expect the bully to be the King of the Texas Empire.  Warren’s mother confesses that Warren and his brother are some of the last members of the Texas royal family.  The new King is hunting down his relatives before the true heir decides to say, “Hey man, you’re in my seat.”

Warren must save his brother and avoid capture himself armed with nothing more than a fifteen year old Camry and MapQuest directions to Texas.  He gets help from a spirited Texan named Lena who is first girl that ever made him want to do things like iron creases in his pants.  She’s ready to help him take on the King, but since she’s an anti-monarchy activist dating the son of the President of the United States, he’s not sure if she’s going to kiss him or shoot him.  Gone are the days when choosing a major was a big deal.  Now he must embark into a West that stayed wild and choose to be King, follow a King, or die before he can retire his fake ID.

First Paragraph

            Warren’s mother had taped his old Star Wars comforter over the patio door of their apartment.  He didn’t pause too long to wonder why.  His mother suffered from what his brother called, “severe eccentricity,” and blacking out the windows with old sheets for no obvious reason wasn’t out of character.  All in all, she had done better than he had expected in her first year with both of her sons out of the house.  Just in case that didn’t last, Warren always came back home when she asked him too.  But if she had called him because she had forgotten how to use the dishwasher again, he was heading right back to campus to enjoy the day after finals the way it was intended to be enjoyed - drunk and poolside.

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16 comments:

  1. Wait, wait... it's about an alternate timeline where a dictator took over the Republic of Texas in 1836 and built his own empire in the West? I don't even have to read the first paragraph to be hooked... but I did anyway and it's a great opening that has drawn me in more. Of course I want to know how a guy who's biggest desire at the moment is to be drunk by the pool ends up navigating through what's sure to be a fantastic journey in a dangerous world. I just moved to Texas and I found out in person last week just how big the tarantulas are! Consider yourself having gained another enthusiastic follower :-)

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  2. I LOVE your premise and first paragraph Sharon! I look forward to picking this up off the shelf later this year!!

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  3. Sharon, what a great voice! Love the POV. :)

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  4. it is cool to see him care so much for his mother, it makes me wonder how crazy she is. and of course it is good to know that under all that care he is still a college boy.

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  5. I know I've read this a few times in various contests online and the Star Wars comforter always really hits me as a cool reference. I just knew you would succeed with this story and am SO glad you found a publisher. Your write-up/blurb at the beginning of this post is really good, too. I love the alternative history and just the whole premise, really!

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  6. HA! I used to have neighbors who were always putting old bedsheets on their windows . . . which led me to decide that when you're picking a house, look at the neighbors more closely. You can always fix up your house, but not your neighbors house;-) Can't wait to read this!!

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  7. Great first paragraph, Sharon! I love the setting- the really wild West!

    Good luck with your book!

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  8. I LOVE the premise!!! I already have so many questions which would make me read on. Yay!

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  9. Stopping by from the buccaneer blogfest! I enjoyed your first paragraph!! :)

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  10. Hi Sharon! You already know how much I love your book and I have loved learning the "behind-the-scenes" secrets! Great way t write a novel and pull your readers right into the book:)

    Will the linky tool be renewed? Without the list, I don't have all the blogs marked. My beloved MacBook is in the shop, so all my bookmarks are gone, too:(

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  11. Hello all, thank you for your kind words! Talynn, I'm not sure what you mean about the linky being renewed. With the same original code, the updated linky will always appear including any new participants. Is that what you mean?

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  12. Where the list of names for everyone who signed up should appear it says "Linky Tools subscription expired. List not available."

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    1. Oh, I see now. Thanks for letting me know. Darn it!

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  13. Yep, how can that not hook you in immediately?! Can't wait to read it:)

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  14. Sharon, I have loved this premise ever since I first read about it! I can't wait to read the actual book one day soon :)

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