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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson by MH Snowy

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Science fiction

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Hidden inside the most unlikely person can be the most extraordinary hero…

Jeremy Sunson is surrounded by crazy. Mrs. Abercrombie, upstairs, is widowed because her husband glued feathers to his arms, jumped off the building and tried to fly. His neighbour, Stuart, has gone mad since his wife died in a freak car accident— his only thread to reality the doomsday machine he’s building and his daughter… and, of course, there’s spacemen in Jeremy’s living room.

Every night, in glorious Technicolor, there’s a battle royal between two high tech assassins who continually blast Jeremy’s apartment to shreds. Each man has one mission: Red wants to kill Jeremy, Blue wants to save him!

Though his therapist insists he’s just having bad dreams—Jeremy knows better. It’s time to fight. He’s sick and tired of being sick, scared and tired! Armed with rare confidence and a baseball bat, this night, Jeremy fights like the crazy man he isn’t!

But how can he ever imagine when he’s won the battle, the war is only just beginning… over and over and over again?

The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson – ride a wave of laughter, fun and sci-fi fantasy all the way to Armageddon!

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Battle? Jeremy ambled home from Dr Smith, the word strange in his mouth. He'd never fought for anything before, let alone himself. Was that why he always felt a failure? Why he'd taken stress leave?


Battle. As he repeated the syllables in his head, he became more accustomed to them, more familiar with the concept.


Battle? Well, why not? He considered his life so far not at all successful. On any measure he merely existed. Like now: the train he boarded he treated as an inconvenience, not an adventure. A plodder, his third grade teacher labelled him, and he'd never broken out of that mould. Why not start now?


Battle. Yes—he would battle! And what better place to practice than in his dreams?


"Battle," he said with a whisper. The old man next to him on the train glanced at him askance.


"Battle," he said. The man moved to another seat.


The train slowed for his stop. Time for action. "Battle!" he said. "I'm going to kill you, Red!"


Women pulled their children out of his way. But Jeremy didn't care. He strode towards battle!

Jeremy didn't know how one went about preparing for battle in one's dreams. He decided that physical preparation—combat training—might put him in the right frame of mind. Combat equipment not forming a traditional part of the tax return process, Jeremy didn't have any, but he remembered adverts about Dancercise or Kickercise. And if they could do it...

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Inspiration: from whence came thee?


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I first toyed with writing at school. I enjoyed science fiction and fantasy, but became bored with the stories I could find—at that time the internet did not really exist (gosh yes, I'm that old), 'limited' is the kindest expression I can use for the range in the local library (does anyone actually visit a brick and mortar public library these days?), and the paltry amount I had to actually purchase books or magazines made the whole process even more difficult.

So I decided to have a go myself: an action-hero in a fantasy universe. Result: total failure; didn't know what I was doing and threw the whole thing in the bin.

Fast forward many years later (decades anyone?), and I still have challenges finding stories I like. Yes, I have favourites which I re-read all the time, but new stories? Even with the vast selection available on the internet, and funds now not-so-meagre, I have trouble. I'm picky. I don't like the grittiness of reality, and otherwise fun stories often contain less-than-wholesome allusions. The problem is I encounter these things only after reading a story most of the way through; which leaves a yucky aftertaste.

Am I giving you an insight to my inspiration? No? I draw inspiration from the wackier side of life. From majestic snow-covered mountains, free of degradation. From exciting possibilities we could reach if only we ...

For example, Jeremy's story began life as a fight scene where futuristic assassins blew up Jeremy's apartment—and Jeremy's confusion when the evidence disappeared the next day. The result ... well, the excerpts will give you an idea. My first short story, The Secret Invasion of George Kranskii, which explains how road-rage is actually caused by an alien invasion, started from musing why a person would attempt to demolish the self-serve check-out while I stifled snorts packing my shopping. He, who shall not be named, definitely had anger-management issues.

In Harms Way
Montague the magician-trickster who might be a tad sarcastic, but can't help having fun in his search for the truth that is In Harm's Way, emerged from a momentary thought-bubble about a huge legend who not only could never remember his feats, but had trouble believing the stories of his exploits due to an extreme lack of coordination.

The upshot, I always have fun drawing anecdotes from the more hilarious events I see.

And try not to lose your temper at the self-service checkout: your exploits may end up documented in a less-than-flattering historical recollection.

Follow the tour and comment; the more they comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be found HERE


MH Snowy will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Melindra Hattfield Snowy, a part-time writer and full-time dreamer, who of course prefers to be known as MH. She is the author of In Harm's Way, the first novella in Harm's story published by Pygaso Productions, described as epic fantasy meets The Truman Show.
MH has also penned several short stories including We Three Laws of Robotics Are and The Secret Invasion of George Kranskii which explains how road rage is result the result of an alien invasion.
You can find MH at www.MHSnowy.com, on Goodreads, and you can follow @MHSnowy_Dreamer on Twitter.
When not writing or occupied with her dual-identity, MH walks through the mountains with her partner or tries to unravel the secrets of her great-grandmother, an adventuress who disembarked from the French steamer Laos in 1931 seeking to uncover rumours of Mayan temples deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle, and disappeared, never to be heard of again.


Tour Organised by: 

Goddess Fish Promotions

12 comments:

  1. congrats on the book tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks for letting me know. My first tour and its still going great.

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  2. Do you have a specific writing style?

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    1. Hi Mai, it's hard to define specific, though I'd like to say my style is my own. While I've used first and third point of view, all my stories combine genres and must have humour. Check out the preview of In Harm's Way and let me know what you think!

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  3. Hi, thanks for hosting Jeremy's story. I'm happy to answer any questions, though I'm afraid my time zone is quite out of sync. I'm just about to cook dinner. So please bear with me until I can check back in the morning (twelve hours from now). Thanks everyone!

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    1. Hi Rita, glad to hear it. There's a lot more where that came from.

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  5. Great post, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Victoria. I put a lot of effort into the writing, and hearing feedback is great!

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  6. What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

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    1. Hi Peggy, excellent questions! My challenge is finding enough time to write, due to my secret-identity. Which makes finally finishing a story after months of hard persistent work my greatest reward. Of course, hearing that my story is funny, or exciting, or just plain good, never hurts either:)

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