Remeon's Destiny by J.W. Garrett Blog Tour and Giveaway :)
Realms of Chaos Book 1
by J.W. Garrett
Genre: YA SciFi Fantasy
A boy seeking adventure… A world that's dying… A war that may have no winners…
Thomas longs to escape the drudgery of farm life, dreaming of adventure and running away from his demanding parents.
Planet Remeon is on the brink of destruction, fighting a crippling disease that threatens to wipe out their civilization.
Thrust into their world, Thomas is caught in the middle of telepathic mind games between the Day Watchers and the Night Dwellers.
Alliances will be broken. Thoughts will be controlled. Will anyone survive?
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THOMAS AWOKE WITH a jolt as the stench of urine and animal remains brought him to the present. He sat up, disoriented and nauseous, and looked around anxiously to gain his bearings. “Belle! Belle, answer me.” Nothing. No answer or even the faintest noise responded to his pleas. Darkness enveloped him like a thick, suffocating blanket; breathing was difficult as he gasped for air among the sick smells assaulting his senses. The now all-too-familiar feeling of panic rose in him once again as his thoughts returned to his little sister and the strange ships in the sky, haunting him. Feelings of fear and panic alternated within him, like being hot and cold when he had a fever. His eyes adjusted somewhat to the darkness, and he made out small details around him. Using his hands, he combed the walls for clues or any useful information.
His first instincts brought to mind visions of cold, clammy, dark caves. The walls were wet and uneven, and appeared to be made of rock. He plodded his way around the perimeter, taking small steps, looking for signs of an opening or exit. He marked his starting point by placing a foot-long rock on the ground, close to the wall, so he would run into it and know when he had made it all the way around. When he encountered the rock again, the only additional information he had gained was that the structure was somewhat oval in shape and made of some type of rock, as he had envisioned earlier.
After two more times around the space, he thought he felt cracks along the wall that could possibly be where the door was located. He placed two more rocks at that juncture, identifying that space as well. A chill came over him from the cool dampness of his surroundings, and he thrust his hands in his pockets to stay warm. He found his pocketknife, flint and compass there, and he felt comforted but knew these wouldn’t help him just now but later…maybe later. With every slight movement, his braces clanked noisily, reminding him of their presence. That in conjunction with the fact that he could not connect with Arista or Whisterly, made him question if he were actually on Remeon. All he could do was remain where he was and hope he didn’t starve while he waited for his captors to make themselves known.
Time passed slowly as he thought back on all that had happened in just a few short months. Reflections from his stream of consciousness flowed unabated. Utmost in his mind were the precariousness of his current situation and wondering where Belle was. But also everything else that had happened to him recently which played a part in landing him right here. He had wished for this, all of this. He had wanted adventure; he had wanted distance from his family— mainly his pa. He had wanted to grow up on his own terms and had plans to make that happen.
Next, thinking back on his unexpected illness and the toll on his family, Thomas clearly saw in his parents’ eyes, when he woke in the hospital, how much they loved and cared for him. But amid the adventure and danger found on Remeon, he had felt needed in ways he had never experienced on the farm. Could he really save another race? And would he sacrifice himself to do so?
I've been writing in one form or another since I was a teenager. My love of the Fantasy genre goes all the way back to elementary school when I read The Hobbit for the first time - I've been hooked ever since. I currently live in Florida with my family, but love the state of Virginia where I was born. My works include poetry, short stories, and book two in my YA Fantasy series, Realms of Chaos, is now in process.
You can visit my website at www.jwgarrett.com to subscribe to my newsletter and find out the latest updates regarding new releases and works in progress.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently rereading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, No Spare Time by Ursula K. LeGuin and Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I recently finished Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and loved it!
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I believe there are certain times we are just not receptive to writing, so it may seem difficult to find the next step in your story. At those times stop and try to work through the issue. Sometimes you might just need some time away. Take a walk, run, sleep if you need it. If it’s a specific scene you’re having difficulty with, skip ahead to a scene you’re excited about writing and come back later to the difficult spot. There are those days where things just don’t seem to come together. We all have times like that. Try researching, outlining, character sketches, writing sprints or some other writing related activities.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Everything on your journey matters. You are a culmination of all your experiences that landed you right here. Trust in your individual path and stay the course.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
There are more opportunities than ever before out there, but also it’s very competitive. Determine what works for your individual scenario and then pursue it with a passion, starting with researching the basic models: self-publishing, traditional and hybrid.
If you desire control over the whole process and don’t mind digging in, self-publishing may be for you. You can get started immediately, but it’s difficult to be a full time jack of all trades. And if you choose this option you’ll not only be writing but finding and evaluating cover artists, editors, formatters, beta readers, advertising your books, and publicizing. The rewards can be great if you’re willing to put in the time.
With the traditional model it will take much longer for your manuscript to be published, often 18 months to 2 years even. However (depending on your contract) the actual work of publishing and a majority of the marketing is done by the publisher. There is often a long query and acceptance process as well. If you choose this route be sure to research agents and publishers in depth before sending your queries to give your manuscript a fighting chance, and then follow submission requirements to the letter.
The hybrid model in some ways combines the best of both worlds. Usually you’ll see some cost sharing between author and publisher, and thus sharing of the risk of publishing as well. On the upside royalty percentages are usually much higher than those for traditionally published authors.
With changes in the publishing landscape happening so fast writers must continually re-evaluate and adapt to make sure they are still on target with their own personal goals. More and more I think we’ll see the lines blur between self-published authors, traditional and hybrid. All are fighting to keep market share as this business continues to shift and evolve to meet today’s market needs for the reader.
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