Thursday, January 17, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway! - Obscura Burning, by Suzanne Van Rooven

Hey everyone! We have an awesome soundtrack post for you today, courtesy of  Xpresso Book Tours and 'Obscura Burning' Author Suzanne van Rooyen. We even have a music video chosen by Suzanne to enhance the experience, so definitely check it out. And don't miss the amazing giveaway at the end of this post! You don't want to miss it!!

Title: Obscura Burning
Author: Suzanne van Rooyen
Publisher: Etopia Press
Release Date: December 7, 2012
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The world's going to end in fire…and it's all Kyle's fault.

Kyle Wolfe's world is about to crash and burn. Just weeks away from graduation, a fire kills Kyle's two best friends and leaves him permanently scarred. A fire that Kyle accidentally set the night he cheated on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend, Shira. That same day, a strange new planet, Obscura, appears in the sky. And suddenly Kyle's friends aren't all that dead anymore.

Each time Kyle goes to sleep, he awakens to two different realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is still alive, but Shira is dead. In the other, it's Shira who's alive...and now they're friends with benefits. Shifting between realities is slowly killing him, and he's not the only one dying. The world is dying with him. He's pretty sure Obscura has something to do with it, but with his parents' marriage imploding and realities shifting each time he closes his eyes, Kyle has problems enough without being the one in charge of saving the world...

Guest Post:
Soundtrack to the End of the World
Obscura Burning germinated from a singular image of a boy walking through an arid landscape - a landscape conjured by the ethereal strains of music unique to Explosions in the Sky. I first heard this band while watching the brilliant TV show Friday Night Lights. Explosions in the Sky (even as their suggests) provides the perfect soundtrack to the inexorable degradation of Kyle’s psyche and consequently his world.

You can tell by the track names that this band is a little different from the norm. I cannot get enough of them. There’s a sly reference to them in the novel itself when Mya makes Kyle listen to shoe-gazing music - yes, shoe-gazing is the official name of the genre.

Here’s a music video by Explosions in the Sky - I hope you enjoy their music as much as I do. And if you’re thinking of reading Obscura Burning and want to enhance the experience, then put on some Explosions in the Sky while reading.

Giveaway Time!
AUTHOR BIO: Suzanne is a freelance writer and author from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Suzanne is the author of the cyberpunk novel Dragon’s Teeth (Divertir), the YA science fiction novel Obscura Burning (Etopia) and has had several short stories published by Golden Visions Magazine, Space and Time and Niteblade. Niteblade nominated her short story Where dreams are grown for the Pushcart Prize. Her non-fiction articles on travel, music and other topics can be found scattered throughout the Internet. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing you can find her teaching dance to ninth graders or playing in the snow with her shiba inu. Suzanne is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency. Author Links: Website: Goodreads:                                                                                Facebook: Twitter:

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