Friday, October 30, 2015

Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne Excerpt, Giveaway & Interview

Dead of Night
The Aftershock Series
Book One
Carlyle Labuschagne

Genre: YA Dystopian

Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

Date of Publication: September 21, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9946536-9-7

Number of pages: 236
Word Count: 72 000

Cover Artist: Sandra Valente

Book Description:

In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about – to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.

But to love is the greatest betrayal of all man kind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take – because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?


HIS VOICE ECHOES THROUGHOUT THE VAST room. It’s a voice I feel I could know, one that is as familiar to me as his handsome face. When he moves, the bunk’s springs squeak like a little rodent that is desperate to scurry away. I don’t mean to stare—but those soft gorgeous lips and strong jaw, the warm smile that brings sparkle to his honey-colored eyes, carries forth a loud voice in my head, telling me this boy can be trusted.
Lingering beneath his gentle stare I can see something else, the embers of concern. They drown out the spark in his stare as he waits for my answer.
Why would he show me this consideration? I don’t know who this beautiful stranger is.
 I look around, realizing that I don’t even know who I am. Or, if the blue cotton uniform I am wearing is even mine. I glance back down at the green tin cup I hold in my hands, and the sweet and salty aroma of corn soup fills my nostrils.
“Are you sure you’re okay?” His voice is calm, but the quickening thump of his pulse and the tight set in his jaw relays something else entirely.
He inches closer, beads of sweat darkening his dusty blond hair, giving away the secret he is trying so hard to hide. He is upset. Nervous. Maybe both.
Is he withholding something?

About the Author:

Calyle is an South African award wining author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.

Her goal as an author is to touch people's lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.

"I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, its in the dark times that the light comes to life."

Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event - SAIR bookfestival.

 "To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists – it’s a crazy world out there you dont have to go it alone!"

Where are you from?
Hi There.
Thank you for having me. I am from Johannesburg in South Africa.
Tell us your latest news?
I have just completed my latest novel. Infallible is an entire new adventure for me. I’ve challenged myself out of my genre and taken on 3rd person – and yes it nearly killed me! But I am excited to see how this will be received in the early months of 2016.
For the big news I will be signing books in Paris come 2016!!! It still feels unreal to me but come 2016 September I will be an author in Paris…. #epic and #blessed
Keep an eye out on my twitter and Instagram for updates on this wonderful adventure.
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as young as 12 years of age… as to why. Well on a usual safari holiday with my family we sat peacefully taking in the timeless sunset over Africa when I felt compelled to share what I experienced and so began my writing adventures.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Although I have written for most of my life, I finally felt like a professional writer when my first book was published The Broken Destiny in the late months of 2012. But looking back I guess I have always been a writer and each piece and view have prepared me for what is still to become.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Well like many Young Adult writers I have the Twilight books to thank for that. Once the series was read by me, I felt so much inspiration that I knew I too can do it. IVe always been a lover of stories and wanted to touch people’s lives, I guess it finally felt possible after Stephanie Myers had broken the YA market wide open.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I do like to play around with words, to make some of it more poetic and tie in chapter headings with the chapter itself. Taking the title of the book and writing it in somewhere in my novel. Other than that I write where my heart takes me.  
How did you come up with the title?
For Dead of Night it was totally inspired by a song. IN that chorus I saw a moment where two forbidden lovers where totally an utterly free of their bounds in the dead of night.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Through it all, heart and love will transcend all time and space.
How much of the book is realistic?
It’s speculative fiction, so I guess all if it could be very possible in the near future.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My writing usually come from all I have taken in over the years. So I guess in many ways you could say I have been there in some time and in some place I have felt or experienced in some way what the characters go through or feel – I just tend to dramatize it – a lot!
What books have most influenced your life most?
I have to say Twilight was a huge game changer from reader to writer for me, and after that Cristin Cashore’s fantasy books, Cassandra Clare – these two authors just have a brilliant way with the written word and inspired and changed my way in using my description’s. After that all books I immerse myself in influence my writing. It helps me to improve my POV, open my eyes and try harder.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Oh gosh no, that is such an unfair question. As English is not my first language every author I read I use as my mentor. Those I have been lucky enough to meet have inps9ired me to push mush harder, have shown me what is possible.
What book are you reading now?
I am reading Chelsea Fine’s Avow, and Heather Hildenbrand’s Dirty Blood. Love these books!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I am so behind on my reading list so I am still very focused on catching up with that list… not enough time – too many books!!!
What are your current projects?
Infallible is my adult crime romance that goes into revisions soon.
I am writing a new fantasy novel hopefully will be out in February 2016.
And have started writing on the second book in the aftershock novels – to follow up Dead of night will be Edge of night.
Then Dark Horse is almost done in it’s writing phase – this follows the Broken Diaries spin off ebook series
Then Ignite is the big novel – the conclusion to my debut series The Broken Novels.
For now that’s where I am with my writing. :D

What would you like my readers to know?

That I am truly blessed to have them all consider me. My journey without readers would be meaningless and empty. Thank you for having me over. 

Tour giveaway

5 Digital copies Dead of Night

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