Saturday, July 19, 2014

Giveaway & Guest Post Evolution Sage by S.A. Huchton

Title: Evolution: Sage
Author: S.A. Huchton
Series: The Evolution Series (#2)
Genre: Adult Superhero Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 6 2014
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
"Devastated by her choices, Candace Bristol is on the brink of losing it all: her mind, her hope, everything she thought she was.

But from the ruins rises new purpose. An enemy has emerged and it will take everything to combat this new threat. Broken as she is, picking up the pieces and carrying on might be the hardest battle to win, but it's either fight, or lose what little she has left.

Amongst the wreckage, hope still burns. The flicker of a flame kindles something within her she thought was dead.

Love can break you.

So, too, can it bring you back to life."
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Guest Post
All Superheroes Have Villains. Most Villains Have Specific Reasons For Being Who and What They Are.
What is Your Villain’s Back Story?

So, here’s the thing about “typical” book and movie villains. Usually, they’re pretty cut and dried as far as the bad factor goes. They’re just evil. Born evil. Dark hearts. No souls. They’re out for vengeance. Or they just want power.
But we all know that real life isn’t that simple. My “villains” aren’t your typical villains.
In Evolution: SAGE, I finally introduce what appears, on the surface, as the “bad guys.” The superheroes of the ANGEL Project are called out on missions to take out genetically modified humans that aren’t stable (usually meaning the actual tissue of their body is unstable and, well, that gets… messy). However, there’s another meaning to “unstable” in terms of these books, and you see it at the end of Evolution: ANGEL for the first time, then again when a new class of “bad guys” shows up in Evolution: SAGE. This time, “unstable” refers to a psychological instability. Basically, these people just can’t handle their power, and who they were before the alteration is obliterated, leaving a reckless, dangerous monster in their place.
Seems pretty straightforward, huh? Clearly, these monsters are the bad guys.
But are they? After all, they have to come from somewhere. Someone made them who they are and then unleashed them on the general population. Someone did that to them.
Still, there are two sides to every story.
In Evolution: SAGE, you learn one side of it. The scientific head of the ANGEL Project explains the origins of this new threat, and the implications of what this new enemy could mean result in a new round of treatments to supercharge some of the existing superheroes. There’s already a risk of instability with the first round of treatments, and those risks are exponentially higher when you double-down in a game of genetic Russian Roulette. The people in charge have deemed it an acceptable risk… but, really, they aren’t the ones with their lives on the line.
Book 2 in the Evolution series starts to hint at questions Candace hasn’t stopped to ask herself yet. Like any good soldier, she follows the orders she’s given (sort of) and holds herself to the highest of standards. She fights the bad guys. She doesn’t always get a clean win. And when it comes to HEX (Human Evolution Experiment) members, she’s sworn to take them out no matter what the cost.
She’s told the villain’s motivation is vengeance. She’s told these are bad people with worse intentions.
But should you always believe everything you’re told?

A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance Endure series in 2013. All three books of the Evolution series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, Master of Myth (the Antigone’s Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers’ contest, The Sandy, in 2012.
When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at Designed by Starla.

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