Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Visitor – Character Merge, featuring S.J. Aisling’s Nissa and Brian McBride’s characters. CONTEST ENTRY

I am participating in a contest over at S.J. Aisling's Blog to win a free commission. The artist's work is incredible and I am really hoping to win! :D This is my submission, a scene between one of S.J.'s characters (Nissa) and my own characters. Enjoy!

The Visitor – Character Merge, featuring S.J. Aisling’s Nissa and Brian McBride’s characters.

    David walked in and sat down on the chair. He wasn’t thrilled about being forced into this luncheon with the new visitor from Earth. He did not want to be reminded of his past… Yet, Alicia, Jake, and Hannah, had all voted that they would meet this mysterious stranger.
    The door opened with a creak and in walked his three co-rulers; Jake, Hannah, and Alicia.
    “I really wish that we didn’t have to do this…” David said with a scowl.
    Alicia rolled her eyes. “Come on, Davi. This is someone from Earth. She could know things about our parents. Don’t tell me you don’t care about our past.” Alicia stared at David as she sat done, waited for an answer.
    “It is not that I don’t care… It’s just… I don’t want to get my hopes up, only to have them shattered. It isn’t fair to me, and it isn’t fair to you. We need to move on.”
    No one spoke for a second that seemed to span minutes.
    “I know… but… I can’t…” Alicia furrowed her eyebrows. “Let’s just, talk to this strange woman and find out what we can.”
    David sighed, defeated. The door opened and a strange woman, her fiery red hair flowing in curls down her shoulders, stepped inside the room. She wore strange clothing that reminded him of the garments that the Marvel comic book characters wore. Who was this woman?
    “Hello, I’m Nissa, now tell me… how did I get here?” The strangely dressed woman attempted to hide the fear lacing her words. She held a white piece of clothing in her hand. For a moment, David thought that it might have been a mask, but he shrugged and left it alone.
    “Hello, Nissa, I am Alicia, queen of Talora, capital of Aellya, of the planet Paragon–”
    “Please,” Nissa held up a hand, “enough of the formalities. Just answer my questions.”
    The four rulers exchanged glances, Alicia momentarily stunned by Nissa’s interruption.
    “We were… hoping you could tell us. We don’t know why you’re here,” Jake said, resting an arm on the table.
    “Please, have a seat.” Hannah gestured to the last remaining chair that was set up around the conference table.
    “Where am I?” Nissa asked.
    “You are in the city of Talora, on the planet Paragon.”
    “Look, Nissa,” David said, leaning forward. “We know what you’re going through, and we believe we can help. We have been in the same situation as you… in the past.” David winced slightly, but recovered quickly.
    “You were in the middle of some important business when you were suddenly yanked from your world through cascading darkness, where you then woke up in a strange forest, and were then promptly surrounded by barbaric Neanderthals who tried to turn you into a steak?” Nissa’s words came out in rapid succession.
    None spoke for a moment. “Yes,” Jake finally said, breaking the silence, and turning Nissa’s burning glare toward him.
    She cocked an eyebrow at him. “Look, I just want to get home. Will you help me?”
    “There is something that we could do, but it requires intense heat.”
    “Well,” Nissa said, her lips pursed, “it’s a good thing I’m Conductive.”

    The five surrounded the object, mounted on a pedestal. The stone’s smooth surface shimmered and glowed. The pedestal was set up in front of an archway, baroque figures adorning its bronze surface.
    “Tell us,” David turned to face Nissa, skepticism clear on his face. “What is a Conductive?”
    “Every person is a conductor of static electricity. Have you ever slid your feet across a carpet, only to shock yourself on the doorknob? Well, it’s like that, only… enhanced.” She chose her words carefully.
    “Ah,” Jake said. “Well, I can’t really produce heat, so I’ll have to sit this one out. Can you, Nissa?” Jake asked.
    The foreign girl nodded, her hair bouncing, a strand falling front of her face. She blew it away. With a snap of her fingers, her hand sparked orange-blue flame. She smiled at them.
    “Okay,” Hannah and David said in unison. They glanced at each other, then Hannah continued, “Let’s give it a go. She lifted her hands and faced her palms toward the smooth, white, brilliant stone. She closed her eyes, her hands began to glow whitefire. The same radiant white light spilled from under her eyelids, like tears formed from energy. Her entire body began to glow brilliantly with the whitefire.
    David closed his eyes, his hands burst to flame.
    When they were all glowing brilliantly, emanating their own individual flame, the stone began to glow brighter and brighter.
    Finally, with a pop, a beam of light burst from the stone and shot toward the archway. The beam hit the face carved at the top of the archway. The small, bronze face’s eyes began to glow with the light. Like blood flowing through veins, the light began to trace the indents of the archway.
    Soon, a shimmering pool formed in the center of the archway. The three’s light faded and they turned to face the portal.
    “Well, I guess this is it,” Nissa said with a satisfied sigh.
    David nodded and Alicia stepped in front of Nissa just as she began to make her way toward the portal. “Please, could you… could you do me a favor?”
    David groaned. “Alicia, please… don’t.”
    Alicia ignored him.
    “Why don’t you come back with me?” Nissa asked, ready to get back to her own world.
    The girl shook her head. “I cannot. It takes three to power the portal, and only one person may go through at any given time. Besides, this is my home now.”
    Nissa frowned. “Very well. What is it you need me to do?”
    “Could you get a message to my parents? Just… just tell them that we’re okay, that we’re happy.”
    “I will, don’t worry.”
    Alicia told Nissa her parents’ last known address.
    Nissa nodded and turned to the portal. With a wave, she stepped through. The portal crackled and faded.
    Alicia sighed, turned to David.
    David nodded. “Home,” he said.

    With a smile, she returned, “Home.”

Friday, July 5, 2013

"Monster" by Mirriam Neal - A Book Review

The year is 2053, and the world is recovering from Morbus, a plague that swept across the globe, destroying millions of lives. Eva Stewart is a promising young WorldCure scientist assigned to a facility in Alaska where she is made a Handler and given her own Subject for research and experimentation. What she believes to be a step up in her career becomes a nightmare when she discovers writing on her Subject's cell wall: I STILL HAVE A SOUL.
    Soon, Eva is drawn into a horrific plot kept quiet by WorldCure and as everything she knew collapses around her, she must discover the truth behind her Subject, her beliefs, and herself.

Wow. Just... wow! I cannot remember the last time a book was so good that it shattered me emotionally. I am not even exaggerating. This book brought every emotion you could possibly think of; love, sadness, anguish, hatred, rage, sorrow, joy, fear, and still more!
    I don't know how I can even write an actual review when this book is so far beyond words! Miss Neal did an INCREDIBLE job capturing the reader. She brought me in from the beginning and immediately cause me to sympathize with Mir's horrible anguish from the very beginning. Never have a hated a villain so much! I am still in awe of Miss Neal's incredible ability to weave everything together. This book is a dystopian thriller with romance, action, intrigue, danger, and faith. She wove the message of humanity in so well, all while keeping with the thrilling theme of what makes one human.
    This book confronts issues of humanity. It forces the reader to ask themselves what qualifies a person as being human. It confronts issues of abortion, prejudice, discrimination, and experimentation on live subjects perfectly!
    Well, now that I'm done (I think) raving about Monster, I guess I'll delve more into the broader aspects. *sigh*

    Sexual Content - it is discussed about breeding between Subjects; affairs are mentioned, two people kiss which brings the question of physical/emotional boundaries. All in all, there is little to no sexual content.
    Language - None.
    Violence - Mild; A subject has lapses of violence, sometimes discussed in detail.
    Scary Images - This book can be quite intense at times... and I love it!

Now that the review part is over, I just want to say one more thing before I reveal the official rating of this book (even though it is deserving of so much more): THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! BUY IT!!!!!! READ IT!!!!!!!! *composes himself* Okay, I'm done.

5 of 5 stars!!!!!! (Really, though it's 100/5!)

Monday, July 1, 2013

MY BOOK HAS ARRIVED! #reasonstosmile

It's a weird thing, holding your own hot-off-the-presses, published novel in your hands, staring at its cover with a huge grin, skimming the pages, all while whispering hoarsely... "Myyyy precioussss..."
    Yes, Smeagol likes...
    And, yes, I have pictures! Of the receipt and packaging too! ;) Sorry about the bad resolution...

Isn't it beautiful??? Well? Isn't it?!

"Today is an historic day..." and I can't stop smiling!