Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NBtM: The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson by MH Snowy


The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson
by MH Snowy


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GENRE:  Science fiction


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BLURB:


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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Excerpt Three:


Jeremy practiced for the rest of the day. He swung the baseball bat with vigour, ducked out of the way and weaved behind the furniture. Even pulled out an unused pair of sneakers after he stubbed his toe on the couch and hopped around howling in pain. Jeremy discovered that kicks were much more effective using the heel instead of the toe, and especially so when you didn't wear slippers. He certainly taught that couch a lesson!


After his foot became stuck in the couch with a well-placed heel strike, he decided he needed something a little less expensive and more durable to use as an enemy. Jeremy propped a mattress against the wall and used it for target practice with the bat, only missing once or twice. After several hours non-stop practice when he'd swung, kicked, rolled and shouted like never before, Mrs Abercrombie knocked on the door and asked if everything was all right.


"Fine, thank you, Mrs Abercrombie." Jeremy wiped his cheeks, certain the unaccustomed moisture more than just tears, though his shin still ached from where the mattress repulsed a furious attack from the bat a moment ago. "I'm just trying to prepare. You know, get in shape."


Mrs Abercrombie didn't seem to know, but she nodded with that patient gleam in her eye when she talked of her late husband—who woke that last day after eighty-two years deciding he could fly. Jeremy didn't know why she gave him that look now: he had no intention of gluing feathers to his arms and finding, after he jumped off a six storey building, that he could not in fact fly. But Mrs Abercrombie nodded with a sad smile once more, asked him to keep the shouting to a minimum, and let him know she would be upstairs if he needed anyone to talk to.
   


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


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.


Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/12-Nights-Jeremy-Sunson-ebook/dp/B01IZ9RMVC/

Interview with MH Snowy

As a kid did you write or make up stories?
I never created stories as a kid. I spent the majority of time struggling to understand other people. Years later, I remain confused, but I have many more explanations for other people's behaviour. As an example, my first short story, The Secret Invasion of George Kranskii, explains how road-rage is actually caused by an alien invasion. I made this startling conclusion after musing why a person would attempt to demolish the self-serve check-out at the local supermarket while I stifled snorts packing my shopping. He, who shall not be named, suffered from a distinct lack of patience.
Where does most of your Character inspiration come from? Do some qualities of your characters come from real people?
Oops. I've just let that slip. I draw inspiration from the wackier side of life.
In Harms Way
Jeremy's story began life from momentary lapses in memory—as in 'did I really do that?' In Jeremy's specific case, his confusion when futuristic assassins blow up his apartment—and the evidence disappears the next day. The result ... well, the excerpts will give you an idea.
Montague the sarcastic magician-trickster searching for the truth that is In Harm's Way, emerged from a momentary thought-bubble about a huge legend who suffered from memory-loss.
Poor Jeremy Harm can't quite believe the stories of his exploits due to an extreme lack of coordination.
Ultimately, all characters are based on something. But not necessarily someone. I see in Jeremy a mixture of my partner and myself. And, though they are chalk and cheese, the same in Montague and Harm.
What is your favorite spot to write?
I would love to write in the shade of an enormous tree, the vista of a snow-capped mountain behind my notebook. And one day I will. But for now the reality is that I only have time to write while I commute to my secret-identity, or in front of my computer on weekends.
What advice would you give budding writers?
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I'm not sure I can provide worthy advice. 
However I can relate my strategy: Read. Seek advice. Write. Polish. Try many strategies. Return to start.
In addition, I'm focusing on shorter stories that I can release every few months. The sequel to Jeremy's struggles is on its way. As are more adventures of the investigator in We Three Laws of Robotics Are, and the continuing story of In Harm's Way.
What was the inspiration for your book?
The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson is about unlikely heroes. Every day heroes. And how those muscle-bound buffoons we are shown are ... not. Jeremy is an accountant on stress-leave thrust into a nightmare of Armageddon and assassination. But he takes a stand, even though he has no idea who he is, no fighting skills, nor any clue as to what he should do.
We all deal with challenges. For me, Jeremy's story shows that if he can be a hero, we all can.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

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

21 comments:

  1. 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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  2. Enjoyed the excerpt and interview. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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      Hi Marcy, thanks for letting me know. I put a lot of effort into it, and it's great to hear the effort is worthwhile!

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    1. Rita, there's lots more where that came from!

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  4. I love a good sci-fi book and can't wait to check this one out! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Victoria, hope you like Jeremy's story.

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  5. I love a good science fiction book, that has a great story line, as this one does.

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    1. Hi Debra, so glad you like the story line. I think you might enjoy many of my stories (more coming soon). Hope you enjoy Jeremy's story!

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    1. Hi Kate, having fun is one of the major reasons I write. The first reader of my stories is always me, so the story must best a fun ride that makes me laugh. Hope you enjoy it!

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    2. Ha! What a lovely positive attitude to have!

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  7. How did you come up with the name for the book?

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    1. Hi Teresa, the title kind of picked itself: Jeremy must face 12 nights of Armageddon.

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  8. Best of luck to you and your book!!

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  9. How did you come up with the name for the book?

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  10. All the very best wishes MH whizzing to you all the way from Ireland!

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  11. Best of luck to you and your book!!

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  12. It's almost the weekend when I can start catching up on my reading, yay!

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