Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Last Stored by: Sonia Poynter Spotlight with Interview & a US giveaway!

The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter

Surge Anaiah Press

After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.

Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.

The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.

Release Date:
January 6, 2015

Book Links:
Anaiah Press: www.anaiahpress.com

Cree climbs onto the railing and extends his hand to me. “Your choice, Amber, you can come or you can stay!” he yells over the roar of the water.
“This is nuts. You expect me to jump?”
“Nuts? No, merely the door.” He beams with anticipation. He seems fine. In fact, his eyes sparkle with the moon’s glow.
My heart skips. My choice. I had another choice. I grasp his hand and crawl onto the railing. My feet slip, and I waver. Cree steadies me with his hand. The water falls in torrents in front of me. Am I really about to do this?
“You can’t go back once you enter. Are you ready? You can do this.”
He looks into the raging waters, then back at me. His cloak swirls around him like Superman’s cape.
“Yes, I can do this!” My heartbeat bangs in my throat. I’m about to jump off of Lovers Leap with a boy I don’t know, along with two little old men who have vanished below my feet. This is crazy, but I’m supposed to do it. Part of me knew it every time my mother and father looked over this very railing. I’m at the door.
Cree squeezes my hand, nods, and we jump. He howls. The feeling of dropping over a roller coaster comes on fast. The water rushes by, cold and wet. I fall.
My chest tightens like I’ve had the wind knocked out of me. I choke and cough, spitting out water. I see darkness, and I feel Cree’s hand holding mine.
Then, a bright light shimmers and glows at my feet, reflecting upward. The sound of the water fades. My lungs fill with sweet air. The light expands, covering me. Wind swirls and holds me up. I no longer fall, but glide upward. A light from above warms my face, and the aroma of fragrant honey hangs on the air. We twist and turn, Cree’s cloak coils around him, my own clothing flapping in the wind.
I giggle loudly and squeal like a child.
Cree crinkles his face and laughs along. The wind continues pushing us through a tunnel. I lift my free hand and try to feel the mist forming around us; it scatters with my touch, only to form again when I retreat. We have increased our speed. Far above me, Dartlin and Fink’s feet come into focus, and they’re whooping with joy.
Then we stop.
We stand in a brick wading pool a few inches deep. Stone replaces the air, which moments before surrounded me. I take in a deep, fragrant breath.
Cree continues to hold my hand. He looks at our fingers still entwined and laughs. “You can let go.”

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Author Bio:

Sonia Poynter grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky. The magic of the forest made her want to write. Currently, she lives in the sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God has blessed them both with three amazing kids.

~My Interview~

Thank you so much for taking time to answer my questions!!
1.) So can you tell us how you came up with the idea for this book? The Title? The idea for THE LAST STORED came from a bunch of what ifs.  What if another world apart from our own existed? What if we forgot that world? What if the people of that world stored something here, a girl? I also wanted to deal with grief. Amber, has to deal with the loss of her own parents. She has to go on alone, but she is stuck in her routine and grief. After the death of my own father, I wanted to share the pain of losing a loved one, and how life goes on.
2.) Who is your favorite character in this book and why? My two main characters Amber and Cree are of course my favorite, but I do have a special fondness for Chaney, a Marj.  He isn’t introduced until the middle of the novel. It felt like Chaney created himself. Before I knew what was happening, he was on the page. Why do I like Chaney?  Almost immediately I liked him. Think if you had a soft-spoken Viking for a big brother, and that would be Chaney.  He and Lin act as a comic relief with the swirl of emotion which always surrounds Amber and Cree. I even thought about writing a prequel with his point of view exclusively. I still might do it!
3.) Is this book different from the others you have written in the past? If so how? The Last Stored is my first published work, so how awesome is that!  I have written a few short stories and a children’s book, all of them involve a certain amount of wonder.  I think life itself is magical we just have to look for it.
4.) What is your favorite genre to write and why?  My favorite genre to write in is young adult. It holds the promise of life.  Everything is possible at that age, or at least we think it is. Death seems so far away; we often take risks that we would never do when age and wisdom sets in.  Plus, my brain still feels like it’s in high school.
5.) Does your family and friends read your book?  A big fat YES.  At first I hid my writing like a fragile doll that might break if you touched it, but what’s the fun in that. Tentatively, I allowed my husband and oldest daughter to read my work. Then I got brave and passed it to a dear friend.  I still remember the first night I gave it to her.  I lay in bed chatting with my husband, fretting about it.  I just knew she would tell me it was rank. She didn’t, and her encouragement gave me the strength I needed. Now, I no longer get AS anxious.
6.) What are you currently working on? Title? Currently I’m working on a speculative fiction novel, called A LITTLE MURMMUR OF NOTHING. It takes place in a dying town called WandaThe only thing this town is known for is a hanging tree. Abbot Haggard wants to put Wanda on the map and he plans to hold a celebration for the Tree, after all people do love the macabre.  It follows several characters, little Oswald Crofter – orphaned because of the Tree, Heavy Hannah – She received her name because of the way she did business not because she is at all heavy, Tammy Tuttle – Abbot’s secretary, and of course Abbot Haggard.  Do you have a release date yet? No, not yet. But I hope to have it ready to go by early 2015.
7.) What inspired you to become an author? I think my dad inspired me to write.  He was such a voracious reader. We had a room in our Kentucky home that was supposed to be used for our toys, but instead it housed my father’s extensive collection of sci-fi books. That, and I also never stopped pretending.  Stories always seem to rattle around in my head, lots of what if this happened.
8.) Tell us a little about yourself.  My parents allowed me to wander throughout the deep forests of Kentucky. What a gift I was given. There I lost myself in my imagination often pretending I was a hobbit. Don’t laugh, but I even made a hobbit cape. Now I live in Indiana with my husband of 26 years and we have three awesome kids.  God has given me a pretty amazing life!  He has blessed me immensely. But I still wish I had my hobbit cape on occasion.

This or That: (Just for Fun)
1.) Erotic Novels or New Adult? New Adult
2.) Paranormal or Sci-fi? Sci-fi
3.) Cat or Dog? How can one choose? Cats ignore you, and I like that because I sometimes want to be left alone, while dogs on the other hand, need to be with you 24/7.  I get that too. 
4.) Night or Day? Day
5.) Winter or Summer? Winter!  I feel strongly about this one.
6.) Vampires or Werewolf? Depends on the vampire. I was a big fan of The Lost Boys so I’ll say Vampire!

1 comment:

  1. I had so much fun. Thanks for allowing me to stop by!