Fervent Exposure – Things to Come

April 30, 2011 at 2:53 am (Elevation, Fervor, Links, writing)

The tale of Sam and his house-family does not end with Fervor. Thanks to my ever faithful, living, breathing, scissor-bearing muse, Barb, who started asking for a sequel as soon as she finished reading it (which got me thinking) and an eager publisher who also poked and prodded for something to follow Fervor (which provided me with incentive), the ideas behind Elevation were born. Coming up with a title for the second book proved challenging, and I didn’t stick with the first one to come to mind. Another challenge was the format. For reasons that become clear if you read Fervor to its conclusion, straight directed POV, third person narrative, with Sam at the helm, just wasn’t going to cut it. I had to use a few tricks that surprised and at times frustrated me, in order to make Elevation work, but I think I’m happy with the results, and I hope my readers will be too.

So now, as promised last week, here’s an excerpt from Elevation. There are items that could be considered spoilers for Fervor throughout Elevation, and in this excerpt as well – consider this a warning:

“Land! I see land!”

The exclamation had come from Fiona. Normally, it was difficult to interrupt others in the connection, but Sam and Sarah had been communicating in seclusion and Fiona, who was normally very reserved within the connection, lacked control when she became over-excited. Her shared thoughts on those occasions were jarring and atypically forceful. That was how they had stumbled upon a persistently searching Elliot when they had found him, the latent picking up on one of her panicky outbursts all the way from the coast of the mainland.

Sam glanced up towards the front of the hover. The young woman had leapt to her feet briefly, gaping at the sight of the coastline approaching them, in absolute amazement. Sam and Sarah had never been on the mainland, born, or rather, created, and raised on Fervor. But The Bigs had originally come from there, when they were mere toddlers, and only Fiona had any memories of that time, out of all of the people that Sam knew. Fiona stood there, trembling with excitement until Nathan insisted that she return to her seat. The trip until now had been a simple one, but guiding the hover to the exact coordinates that Elliot had given them would be a challenge, and would require a much higher level of concentration on the driver’s part. Sam was thankful that Nathan had been willing to assume that role, and that that burden had not fallen on his shoulders. Unlike Sam, Nathan had had a natural inclination towards the hovers, even before things had started changing on Fervor.

Fiona did return to her seat as he had asked, but that did not eliminate her completely as a distraction. She could not help but share her excitement, grasping Nathan’s hand tightly and leaning towards his seat to press herself up against him. Sam suspected that were he in Nathan’s shoes, he would find that very distracting. He was starting to understand what he and Francis had found so appealing in their Keeper, now that he was no longer trapped in the body of an eight-year-old.

With a November 2011 release date, Elevation will not be the last book in their tale either. A third book, Transcendence, is already in the planning stages, its outline complete. I’m hoping to have the first draft finished by the end of September – sooner if I cave to the threat of sharp scissors.

In the meantime, if you want an inexpensive but reportedly moving read, why not check out my award winning offering from Trestle Press, my digital short story, “The Ghost in the Mirror”. If you have a Kindle (or are willing to download the free Kindle for PC application), you can find it at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Mirror-ebook/dp/B004W82QNK – or if you are looking for other digital formats, find it at Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/54209 . This is my first publication with Trestle Press, but there will be more to come and I’ll be posting all my new stories from both May December Publications and Trestle Press as they become available.

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