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Friday, May 13, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway: Augusta Blythe (Author of Winterborne)

Please welcome Augusta today as she shares with readers her favorite scenes to write and a juicy snippet from her current novel Winterborne.

Augusta Blythe is the author of Winterborne, the first book in the Universe Unbound series.  She is also a lawyer on two continents and currently lives in England with her husband, two children, a fish, a shrimp and a mine urchin.  To learn a whole lot about nothing in particular, visit her blog at

A big thanks to Tina for letting a debut author loose on her blog today – I really appreciate the opportunity. 

Tina suggested that I discuss my favorite type of scenes to write.  It’s a tough choice because they’re all good fun, even the ones that involve death-by-leprechaun or breaking someone’s heart (masochist that I am).  In this story, though, I particularly enjoyed capturing Loie’s reactions to the strange events happening around her. 

Loie is a typical teen in a small town whose best friend is, according to family legend, on the verge of developing supernatural powers.  Loie has always been content to let Mia be the shining star.  She’s the vanilla scoop to Mia’s Blizzard with supernatural sprinkles.  (As a South Jersey native I know I’m supposed to say jimmies, but alliteration trumps colloquialism.)  As Mia’s birthday draws nearer and the weirdness dial gets turned up, Loie is reluctantly sucked straight into the action.  While Loie is smart and reasonable, she isn’t naturally brave or heroic.  She has to dig deep for that.  She’s primarily driven by fear and wanting to help her best friend (and these two motives are bound to conflict).  I think that makes her a more relatable character than someone who inexplicably runs headlong into danger or seems to be born sword in hand.  Over the course of the story, we watch her gain confidence and perspective with each unbelievable encounter.

In the following snippet, it’s a dark and stormy night (naturally), Mia’s mom is away, and the power has gone out so the girls decide to go to bed.  Big mistake.  Huge. 

I snake my way along the hallway and into my bedroom.  I wish I could set up my iPod and play soothing tunes.  I don’t have many soothing tunes, though.  Mostly dance music or something to sing along to when no one is listening.  Classical is my go-to miserable mood music.  I hide my head under the covers and work on my relaxation breaths.  I picture heroic Aragorn astride his horse and try to incorporate Viggo Mortensen into my dream.  He would be a big improvement over boiling babies.  A tree branch taps against the glass of the window.  Crap, that’s both creepy and annoying.  Darkness surrounds me except for the occasional flash of lightning.  The thunder and lightning grow more frequent as the storm approaches.  I roll over to the other side of the bed.  Another flash of light from the window illuminates the hallway and I swear I see a tiny figure run past the doorway.  I sit up in a panic.  I could tell myself it was Calico, but I know better.  A mouse?  Oh God, I hate mice.  I hear Mia’s shrill scream and, in that horrifying moment, realize that the tiny figure was no mouse, either.     
There’s no time to be afraid.  I rush into her room and can discern only shadows.  Multiple ones.  They are small and agile.  Lightning flashes again, the power kicks back on, and now the indecipherable shadows are jaw-droppingly clear.  Half a dozen small figures clamber over her bed, dragging a length of thread-like rope.  Garden gnomes come to life.  They wear brown pointy hats and most of them sport pointy white beards.  A few of them wear boots and the others are barefoot.  Their feet are narrow and covered in tufts of white hair.  They drip with rain.
One looks at me and bares tiny, sharp teeth.  His pallid, wrinkled face is ugly and incredibly frightening.  I notice others drawing tiny daggers from their sleeves.  Daggers don’t need to be big to inflict pain.  They go about their business in silence, ignoring my presence.  Mia squirms and flails as they pull their thin rope around her.  She manages to kick one of them clear across the room and he lands beside me with a dainty thud.  I am too stunned to move.  He glares at me from under his sallow brow before rejoining his friends.  Mia was wrong to rely on me; I am not handy in a crisis.  The only thing I can think to do is copy her.  I open my mouth to scream.

Winterborne is currently available as an ebook for $2.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBookstore.       

WINTERBORNE (Universe Unbound, #1) by Augusta Blythe
Pub. Date: April 2011
Publisher: Augusta Blythe; 1 edition
Format: Kindle Edition , 442 KB
Age Range: Young Adult
Sixteen-year old Mia Winterborne is destined to be special. Details are sketchy, though, as her dad disappeared with all the answers when she was five. Mia only knows that she’ll inherit her kickass superpowers on her seventeenth birthday. Helping Mia prepare for her anticipated ascendancy is Loie Bryce, her best friend and eternal sidekick extraordinaire. The girls’ intense friendship has never wavered until now, when Andreas arrives in Salcey Ridge. They both fall hard for the British hottie, who quickly becomes a fixture in their lives. When they discover that Andreas is not who he appears to be, the frightening reality of Mia’s powers finally hits home. The nearer Mia’s birthday draws, the more the danger escalates and long-buried lies are exposed, putting the girls on a path that they never expected.

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  1. Thanks for the lovely insight on this novel!

  2. I am really loving the supernatural books that have come out. I will be sure to add this to my wishlist.

  3. book sounds great. I bet my son would like it too.

  4. Loved the snippet, can't wait to read the whole story.


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