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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - Fibers (Infiltration Trilogy, #1) by Jennifer-Crystal Johnson


GENRE

Science Fiction

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Anna Reynolds is caught up in the middle of a secret interdimensional government agreement... and she doesn't even know it.

There's a medical anomaly loosely dubbed Morgellons disease afflicting a number of people. Symptoms include open sores that produce colorful string-like fibers, fatigue, and nightmarish visions of shadowy figures. No one knows where it came from. No one knows what causes it. There is no cure.

When Anna begins having nightmares and waking hallucinations of the shadow people, her uneasiness about her condition grows. Enlisting the help of her doctor and some friends, Anna is determined to find out what's really going on and why Morgellons is such a mystery.

With her health declining and doubts about whom she can trust, is Anna doomed to become a slave to her condition? Or will she and her unlikely group of would-be heroes come through, saving her... and, ultimately, the world?

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The twinkling sound of the wind chimes gave an eerie undertone to the night, the wind blowing through the trees and the darkness seeming more intense than usual. Anna wrapped her coat tightly around herself, walking briskly back toward home. She usually didn’t walk anywhere, especially at night, but she’d decided to get some fresh air and needed time to think. Walking was always good for that, even if it was a little cold and getting dark so much earlier.

Reaching into her pocket for her keys, she approached the front door. The porch light was out – she must’ve forgotten to turn it on before she left. Trying to work through feeling alone and fending off paranoia, she rummaged in her purse for her keys and retrieved them just as her foot hit something on her front porch. Of course she couldn’t see, but it sounded and felt like a box of some kind.

She pulled her cell phone out of her purse and turned on the flashlight app to see what was happening. Shining the light on her porch, she saw that it was, indeed, a box. A mystery box, she thought. As if my life couldn’t get any stranger.

She unlocked the front door and flipped the light switch, but nothing happened. Trying to juggle her phone and the box at the same time, she walked into the house, set the box down, and went into the living room to try the light there. Also nothing. Shaking her head and doing her best to quiet her thoughts, she made her way into the garage with her phone and found the breaker box. She flipped the switch and the lights came on without a problem.

Things are getting entirely too weird around here, she thought, cautiously making her way back upstairs to her entry where the box sat. She switched off her flashlight app and stood still for a few moments, listening to see if she could hear anything to indicate that someone was in the house. She didn’t think so because her door had been locked, but she was so scared she could hear her heartbeat pounding in her ears. Everything else was silent.

Satisfied that no one was in her house, she picked up the box and took it into her kitchen. She set it on the counter and inspected it. There was a note taped to the top of it. She unfolded it and read aloud, “Trust no one.”

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 If you could be any age again for a week, which would you choose?

I’d like to begin by saying thank you for hosting my guest post on your blog! I appreciate the opportunity and certainly hope that I can provide value as well as entertainment for you and your readers =).

To answer this question, I seriously had to go back in time in my head and remember when I had the best times ever in my life. Oddly enough, though, there have been so many different ages I’ve enjoyed so far that I can’t choose just one! This would require some serious thought.

Childhood
My childhood was awesome. I really miss it, especially the three years we spent living in Colorado. That was where I learned how to play the keyboard/piano, met my best friend ever, and got reacquainted with US culture after having gotten comfortable in Germany. I had a lot of fun there!

17
Being 17 was seriously awesome, although I did make some crazy and – in some opinions – bad decisions. I had my own car, paid for my own insurance, had a job, and was homeschooled, so I would knock out all my school work for a week or two and then I got to chill at Denny’s all night and write poetry, hang out with the regular coffee campers, and meet new people. I had a lot of awesome friends, thrived on creativity, and got to focus on my two favorite things: music and writing.

Tuesdays were open mic nights in Tacoma, so I would drive out there every week to play the piano and sing, and the whole night was aired on the local college radio station each week. At that time, I had a group of about 5-8 people who would either come with me or meet me there to cheer me on, which made me extremely happy and grateful for my friends. My whole life was still ahead of me and everything was good =).

Then I got pregnant & married.

20
This age was bittersweet for me because I’d been traumatized by my ex-husband because he ended up being abusive, which I did not see coming. I already had two daughters and was afraid that if I allowed them to grow up in such an angry and frightening environment they would have a lot of issues later, not to mention being on edge constantly for fear that something terrible would happen. That was how I felt on a daily basis; my “home” was a war zone.

So I packed my girls into the car (they were five months and two and a half years old) after having pretended that everything was fine all day. He was in the Army and had CQ (24-hour duty) that night, so we went and spent time with him, brought him dinner, and didn’t say goodbye because he would not have let us go. I’d already brought up marriage counseling and divorce, and he was bound and determined to keep my babies away from me if it came to that even though he caused PTSD in me as well as my oldest daughter. We still deal with issues every once in a while even now, over a decade later.

The reason I’d like to relive leaving is twofold. First, I’d like to NOT forget the labels for all of my keyboard trophies that I’d won for playing music. I had planned to have them mounted on a plaque so they would be easier to display.

Secondly... that was a point in my life when I truly had to reach within myself and be courageous despite my fear. Of course there’s always struggle, but during that drive halfway across the country, I had time to think and analyze everything that had happened and accept it for what it was... without making excuses for his horrible behavior toward the people he supposedly loved.

Now
As much fun as going back would be, I have to say that moving forward and watching life unfold is even better. There’s no telling where I’ll end up going or what I’ll end up doing, and knowing me, it’s everything that I dream of because I’m determined ;). Following my dreams is a lifelong road, and I’m not about to live in a rerun... I’d rather keep moving forward and take things as they come.

Thank you again for having me! I hope you check out the new novel, Fibers, and thoroughly enjoy a unique sci-fi story in this first book of the Infiltration Trilogy. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Jennifer-Crystal Johnson is originally from Germany, but was raised an Army brat. She has published one novella under her former last name, The Outside Girl: Perception is Reality (Publish America, 2005 - out of print as of 2013), a poetry book, Napkin Poetry (Broken Publications, 2010), and a collection of poetry, art, and prose called Strangers with Familiar Faces (Broken Publications, 2011). She's also published a collection of short creature horror stories called If You're Human Don't Open the Door (Broken Publications, 2012), a personal development book called The Ten Pillars of a Happy Relationship (Broken Publications, 2014), and a collection of more horror stories (no creatures this time, just people) called Our Capacity for Evil (Broken Publications, 2015). She has several poems and short stories published on Every Writer's Resource and has recently published a science fiction novel called Fibers, the first book in the Infiltration Trilogy. Jen owns and operates Broken Publications (www.BrokenPublications.com) and publishes an annual anthology to raise awareness about domestic violence called Soul Vomit (www.SoulVomit.com). When she isn't writing or editing, she enjoys playing games with her three kids, watching crime shows on Netflix, or reading. She lives in WA State with her three children, three cats, and a crazy puppy named Thor. You can connect with her at http://www.JenniferCrystalJohnson.com, http://www.twitter.com/brokenpoet, or www.Facebook.com/JenniferCrystalJohnson.


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15 comments:

  1. If you had a book club, what would it be reading — and why?

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  2. thank you for the chance to win :)

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  3. Happy Hump Day and I appreciate the opportunity to win, thanks

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  4. Great excerpt, thank you.

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  5. I enjoyed reading the post, thanks for sharing!

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  6. I look forward to reading your book.

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  7. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

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  8. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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