by Sharolyn G. Brown
GENRE: Science Fiction
Roxal has spent her life using her Dream Traveler ability in service to Trebor’s gods, The Keepers. Even after she learns they aren’t all powerful like she was taught, she dutifully continues to manipulate an Earth woman named Lauren to do their bidding. Roxal’s content pretending to be a loyal follower, until her mate’s activities with a rebel faction put both of their lives in jeopardy.
Meanwhile on Earth, Lauren is struggling to find balance at work and at home. To make matters worse, she develops an acute case of insomnia which disrupts her life. While trying to cure her condition, Lauren discovers that not only do aliens exist, but that she’s been in contact with one for most of her life. And that’s just for starters.
Now Lauren’s world is turned upside down. And Roxal has to figure out if she can harness the survival instincts which before told her to hide and use it to now fight for her survival.
In the dark, with their sleeping unit’s covering pulled up to their necks, Roxal placed her hands against Edo’s naked stomach and used them to communicate.
What has happened? Roxal asked in the hand signal language Edo had taught her. Why are the Reps looking for traitors now?
I am not sure, exactly. I thought it too dangerous to meet with my Resistor contacts after the assembly. But... he paused during his response.
But what? she prodded.
Roxal, you have always asked that I not give you details because you did not want to get involved. The questions you are asking will get you involved.
This time Roxal paused before answering Edo because he was right. Even after her moment of defiance and after learning their gods were fake, and that her mission with Lauren was a lie, and that she was actually a slave, Roxal had asked him to not give her any details on the activities of the Resistors. She had thought that by not knowing any of the details about the Resistors, she could keep herself safe by denying membership. However, today had shown her otherwise. The sight of the Helper pleading for her life while declaring her innocence had shown Roxal that there was no such thing as being safe.
She finally admitted to herself, that as a slave to The Keepers and the Reps, her life was forfeit from the moment she was created. Appeasing her gods and the Reps could keep her alive. But if they ever decided that she should die, she now knew there was nothing she could say or do to stop it.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sharolyn G. Brown is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan who decided the best way to deal with all of the characters in her head was to give them stories and put them in a book. She lives with her husband in Houston, Texas where she divides her time between working, writing, and spending time with him.
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Where are you from?
Originally I’m from a small town, named Fayette, in Mississippi. However, after graduating from Mississippi State University, I moved to Houston, Texas, and have lived there for thirteen of the last sixteen years. The three years that I was not living in Texas, I was living in North Dakota.
Tell us your latest news?
The latest news is that the ebook format of my first novel, The Heaviness of Knowing, is on sale on Amazon from 9/22 – 9/28. In addition to the sale, I’m putting the finishing touches on a novella about Roxal’s, my main alien character’s, mate Edo. This novella will be given away to my newsletter members in October.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing about ten years ago after reading novels by Octavia Butler. In her Lilith’s Brood three-novel omnibus, there was a dedication before the second novel that said, “To Lynn – write.” My nickname is Lynn. When I read her dedication, it was like a lightning bolt moment for me. In that moment, I realized that I wanted to be a writer. So, I found a writer’s group to help me learn, and I’ve been writing ever since.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I didn’t consider myself a writer until someone in my writer’s group told me I was one. No joke. I knew I wanted to write a novel, so I had joined the writer’s group to learn how to get started. After writing and sharing a few short stories I told the members that one day I hoped to be a writer. One of the members then questioned whether I had written the pieces I’d shared with the group. When I answered yes, her reply was, “Well that means you’re already a writer.” From that point on I made sure never to make that mistake again.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The inspiration for The Heaviness of Knowing was a conversation with a friend who told me she never dreams. It made me wonder why some people remember their dreams, and others don’t. My imagination took over and came up with an idea involving aliens who were using our dreams to invade the Earth.
What would you like my readers to know?
I just want your readers to know that I thank them for checking out my interview and excerpt, and I hope they’ve enjoyed reading them. Also, I’d love if they would subscribe to my newsletter, or connect with me on Facebook, Goodreads, or Twitter.
Sharolyn G. Brown will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.