Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Otherborn by Anna Silver {Guest Post+Giveaway}

Otherborn (Otherborn, #1)by Anna Silver
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Format: Paperback, ebook
Level: YA

Genres: dystopian, science fiction

In a reprocessed world, London and her friends must dream their way to a New hope.

London and her teenage friends live in a reprocessed world.
Confined within Capital City’s concrete walls, London has done the impossible and the illegal. She’s created something New- a song. But her mentor, club owner Pauly, is not impressed. Since the historic Energy Crisis forced everyone behind walls generations ago, the Tycoons have ensured there is truly nothing new allowed under the sun. Pauly warns London to keep her song to herself, if she knows what’s good for her.

What he doesn’t know is that London is keeping an even bigger secret: she dreams. And she’s not alone. London’s band-mates and friends have begun dreaming as well, seeing themselves in “night pictures” as beings from another world. As Otherborn, they must piece together the story of their astral avatars, the Others, in order to save their world from a dreamless, hopeless future.

When Pauly is murdered and an Otherborn goes missing, London realizes someone is hunting them down. Escaping along the Outroads, they brave the deserted Houselands with only their dreams to guide them. Can they find their friend before the assassin finds them? Will being Otherborn save their lives, or destroy them?

"Anna Silver weaves a dark new world full of taut suspense and characters that leap off the page." –Sophie Jordan, NYT bestselling author of the Firelight trilogy

"Travel to a world where dreaming is a radical act that can save the world… Anna Silver’s post-apocalyptic vision is rich with imagery and metaphysical ideas, grounded by vivid, three-dimensional characters. A truly fresh take on dystopian." –Nina Berry, author of the OTHERKIN series

“Silver built the right amount of conflict and tension to draw readers into her dystopian world, and created characters who are leery, yet determined to embrace New.” –Natasha Hanova, author of Edge of Truth

Guest Post:

Life after OTHERBORN

I’ve wanted to be an author for almost as long as I can remember. In second grade I fell in love with a book called Howliday Inn, and I pretty much decided then that I wanted to write books too. After that, any time someone asked me what I was going to be when I grew up, I would calmly reply, “I’m going to be an author.” And so I am…28 years later.

For me, getting published was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and, as far as I was concerned, a date with destiny. But I had put so much time and energy into the front end of that equation, learning how to become an author, that I was completely unprepared for the rest, how to be an author. That has been a whole new leg of my journey full of unexpected potholes and a few serendipitous turns. In fact, I’m still learning. 

Writing OTHERBORN was a joy. Getting it published was a job. And selling it, well, that has been and remains a daily challenge. It’s not enough anymore to be a good writer. Being an author is a whirlwind of roles that requires multi-tasking super powers. Sometimes I wish I could go back to college and take a few business and marketing classes in addition to all my English ones. Not that they would help me now since the market is fluctuating so rapidly, which adds to both the thrill and the difficulty. Knowing the secret to selling a good book is just as valuable as knowing the secret to writing a good book. Writers today have more choices than ever before in how to get their work into print, but with that comes more responsibility. If you self-publish, micro-publish, or just mid-list it for a small press or Big Six publisher, you will be in the same boat after release day, treading the Amazon ranking waters without a paddle. Getting your book seen and read is a whole new game where the rules have yet to be defined and the score is always in flux. 

       Life before OTHERBORN was a routine of new chapters, and query letters, and excel spreadsheets to track who I submitted what to. Life after OTHERBORN is full of new chapters, and agent emails, and excel spreadsheets to track which blogs I’ve booked for which tour. Neither are very glamorous. But I love what I do. I love books and I love writing them and my characters are some of the most important people in my life. I’m proud of my work and I’m still excited to share it with readers. And so I suppose my office is that paddle-less boat bobbing up and down on the swells of each day’s Amazon ranking, and my uniform is a Mr. Roper bathrobe and a mug of lukewarm coffee. Life after OTHERBORN still looks a lot like life before, but even wit all the uncertainty, the one thing I am certain of, and have been since the second grade, is that this is the only life for me.
                                                                                                                                     AUTHOR BIO:
Anna Silver is an author and artist living in the greater Houston area with her family, pets, and overactive imagination. Her art has been featured in the Houston gallery Las Manos Magicas. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. She's freelanced for private clients and small publications like the Hill Country Current. OTHERBORN, her first published novel, has been featured on 2 of Amazon's "Bestsellers" lists. She is represented by Rebecca Podos and Nicole LaBombard of Rees Literary Agency.

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