Friday, April 15, 2016

Special excerpt for dystopian sci-fi novel Nighthawks by Jeremy Flagg

I’m featuring a special excerpt from Nighthawks today. This is a dystopian sci-fi novel from Jeremy Flagg.

During his virtual book tour, Jeremy will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit his other tour stops and enter there, too!

Jeremy shares a bit about himself:
I’m high school graphic design and marketing teacher, at a large suburban high school in Massachusetts. Working as a high school educator and observing the outlandish world of adolescence was the inspiration for my first young adult novel, “Suburban Zombie High.”

My inspiration for writing stems from being a youth who struggled with reading in school. While I found school assigned novels incredibly difficult to digest, I devoured comics and later fantasy novels. Their influences can be seen in the tall tales I spin.

I took the long route to becoming a writer. For a brief time, I majored in Creative Writing but exchanged one passion for another as I switched to Art and Design. My passion for reading about superheroes, fantastical worlds, and panic-stricken situations would become the foundation of my writing career.

I participated in my first NaNoWriMo in 2006 and continue to write an entire novel every November. Now I am the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison to the Massachusetts Metrowest Region. I also belong the New England Horror Writer’s Association and to a weekly writing group, the Metrowest Writers.

A little bit about Nighthawks:
Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier…

His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus—an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan’s exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

A government psychic may be dead, but that doesn’t stop her from manipulating the future…

The deceased White House aide is only remembered for her failed assassination attempt on the president decades before Conthan was born. Foreseeing her own death, she scribed letters to bring together specific Children of Nostradamus on a mission that will change the world.

On the night of the gallery exhibition, Conthan receives one of those letters…

whispers from the past direct him to visit Sarah, the subject of his paintings, who like many Children of Nostradamus, is being detained in a government research facility. It’s there he finds himself aligned with a rogue group of Children on a mission to prevent a dark future.

As a dark future unfolds, there's only one hope to stop the destruction of the world...

The Children of Nostradamus.

Excerpt from Nighthawks:
“…Seabrook, New Hampshire is gone. If you’re just tuning in, the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant has just exploded. We have no word yet on what caused the explosion, but we do know there was a catastrophe resulting in failure of the systems at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant.”

“God help them,” said the woman at the news desk.

He could hear Elizabeth gasp at the announcement. His mind was moving a million miles an hour. His wife, still covered in sweat and grime from giving birth, his newborn son, his office calling him to alert him to the news, all of it caused his head to swim. He was unsure of what his next move would be.

The television flickered and turned to static. Mark reached up and smacked the side of the box. The static began to take the shape of a person. He stepped back to see the solid outline of a man on the TV.

“United States of America,” said a voice through the static, “land of the free and home of the brave. We are calling out your discreet operations. We know all about The Culling. Individuals who for years have been in your employ, using their more-than-human abilities to further your goals, will not die in vain. Killing empaths, slaughtering clairvoyants, and the genocide of telepaths will be responded to in kind.”

“Eleanor,” he said in a hushed voice as he realized what they were talking about.

“The United States has declared war on the wrong people. We can see you coming. We can hear your plans. We will not be eliminated. You’ve seen our reach.”



jflagg said...

Thanks for hosting! If anybody has any questions let me know, I'll be checking back throughout the day!

Mai T. said...

How hard is it to establish and maintain a career in fiction writing?

Tara W said...

I loooove your cover! This sounds fascinating. I just got a copy and can't wait to read it. Thanks for the post.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post - thanks for sharing :)

MomJane said...

I love, love the sound of this story. I loved the excerpt.

jflagg said...

Mai T.

It most certainly is! I wish I could say all you have to do is write a book and you'll be set for life, but one book (unless you're SUPER lucky) will never pay your rent. Unfortunately my day job teaching is a blessing and a curse. It makes the big bucks, but at the same time, it cuts into my writing. I'm hoping eventually I'll be able to spend more time writing come this summer. I'd like to finish several books in a couple of months. I think with enough dedication I can do it.


James Robert said...

Happy Friday! Thank you for the chance to win and all the work you put into these great giveaways

LauraJJ said...

Oh I can tell this would be one of those books that I could not put down! Sounds like it has so many twists and turns! Love the cover and cannot wait to read!

James Robert said...

Good Morning and wishing you a wonderful Sunday. Thank you for this giveaway as well

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great read, thank you for sharing!

James Robert said...

Thanks for both the excerpt and giveaway

Ally Swanson said...

I really enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an exciting, interesting, and intriguing read! Totally can't wait to read this book!