B Truly - Melanie's Evanescent Journey - Virtual Book Tour
Journey (The Sonar Series #1.5)
by B. Truly
New Adult Paranormal Romance
Date Published: April 25, 2014
True Love may cost a price, if the greater good preordains that you are the sacrifice.
There are always two sides to a story. Melanie Wilhelm's begins after she moves from Australia and starts her senior year at Cashmere High. On her first day, she bumps into a mysterious guy, and they form an instant connection. They become friends and he shares his deepest secret with her. As they grow closer, their relationship amplifies and becomes binding. Strange things occur, but instead of worrying, Melanie's feelings intensify.
The excitement of New Year's Eve approaches, and so does Jason's most devastating revelation of all. She learns his ultimate truth and is now spun into his chaotic web. The danger rises and hard choices must be made. By being with Jason, Melanie may have to sacrifice more than her heart. It may cost her life.
Melanie's Evanescent Journey ties into books one and two of The Sonar Trilogy. From spiraling twists to devastating plots, her journey will make you question fate and true love.
Is fate something you can control? Some believe it's in the hands of what you behold.
I have wanted to be an author since I was fifteen years old and grateful to have accomplished this dream. I have three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person I am today. I work full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.
I have very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. I like to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. I’m addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. I write New Adult Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance.
In the Sonar series it was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.
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Brandy Truly was kind enough to answer a few little questions:
In your own words, please describe your book.
Melanie's Evanescent Journey is a story about love and if fate decides your destiny. There's always two sides to a story and this one is told from Melanie's. She bumps into a mysterious guy. The grow closer and their relationship becomes binding.
Melanie soon learns Jason's ultimate truth and is spun into his chaotic web. The danger rises and hard choices must be made. By being with Jason, Melanie may have to sacrifice more than her heart. It may cost her life.
What genre/genres does your book fall under?
Sci-fi/Paranormal-romance/ New Adult or 16 and up
Is this book part of a series?
Book #1.5 of the series
What led you into writing? Was it a lifelong ambition, or the result of some type of turning point in your life?
I have always been into writing. I wanted to be a author sine I was 15 years old, and wrote my first unpublished book. Writing was something that I was always good at in school. I could always maybe up a story.
So far, what has been the greatest moment in your writing career?
My greatest moment as an author has been the positive feedback that I have received.
Are you self-published or published through a small-press? Can you tell our readers what led up to that and your publishing experience?
I am self-published. The process had been fairy easy going through Createspace by Amazon. I went through this experience when I found out one of my coworkers who I’d known for years was also writing. It was crazy because in the 8 years I’d known her, neither one of us ever discussed we were writing books. I brought it up in Jan. 2013 and I was shocked to find out she was a writer too. And that we were writing the same genre. They were similar stories about beings from another planet which revolved around romance and destiny. It was kind of freaky, but in a good way. We always say that God brought us together to help each other.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on Sonar The Cyclone, book # 2 of the Sonar Series. Also Book #3 in The Sonar Series.
In your own words, please tell us about yourself.
I have wanted to be an author since I was fifteen years old and I’m grateful to have accomplished this dream. I have three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person I am today. I work as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas and enjoy this field. I have very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. I like to read and watch tons of TV shows and movies. I’m addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. I write New Adult, YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance.
What are some of your likes and dislikes?
I like romance, action, drama, and suspense in any book, movie, or TV show. My favorite romances are Twilight, 50 shades, and Beautiful Disaster, and the Lux series. I don’t like bad traffic. I get road rage. I hate long lines, although I did make it at the San Diego Comic con 2012. The lines were worth it in that one case. I hate waiting for a great book that will soon be a movie. It drives me crazy. And I normally have dreams about that book being turned into a movie up until the time it comes out. In my dreams I am always pissed because something crazy is happening and it’s nothing like what’s in the book.
How can readers connect with you?
I normally connect with readers by discussing different books. Also TV shows and movies that are from books. It has been a great way to get to know people by talking about what we like an dislike in different works.
Tell us one thing about yourself that we wouldn’t know?
I work as an Ultrasound Tech full-time.
If there was one thing you could tell your readers, what would it be?
If you are interested in writing then please write. It’s a gift that has been given to you. Stories take time, and when the story is ready, it will start to tell you bits and pieces at a time. Just be ready to jot the ideas down. We are in a day and age that you can easily present your work. And it’s a great feeling to accomplish writing a novel or work. Don’t get discouraged it took me over four years to write my first published novel. If it is something you really want to do then put your mind to it and you can do it. Don’t pressure yourself with time limits and expectations; just write. I have helped people who were interested in becoming authors with advice and also gave my thoughts to some things they have wrote.
And if that isn't enough, check out a sample of Book 1 in the series:
Book Excerpt # 1
Title: Sacrifice (Chapter 1)
Work was busy this evening and it was a welcome distraction. I worked as a waitress with Ebony at the Burger Grill. It was a small, family-owned diner. It had been around for over forty years. Ebony had gotten me on a few weeks ago.
“How was your day?” Ebony asked as we were putting our aprons on.
“I’m getting used to the flow of school. How was yours?”
“It will be better once this shift is over. I’m bloated and cramping today.”
“Did you take some medicine?”
“Yes, but it hasn’t kicked in yet. Any luck with J?”
“Not sure. We talked some.”
“At least he is talking with you. It’s a good sign.”
“I hope so.”
“People are getting seated in our sections. We’d better get to our tables,” she said.
We tended to our tables, and around an hour later, Ebony tapped me on my shoulder.
“Look what the cat dragged in. I sat him in your section,” she said and giggled. I saw Jason across the room, sitting with his brother and sister.
“Thanks a lot,” I said, sarcastically. Now I would have to face him again.
“You’re welcome,” she replied still laughing and walked off.
I took in a deep breath and went to their table.
“Hi guys, I’m Melanie. What can I get for you this evening?”
Jason looked up in surprise and blushed slightly, making my stomach do a somersault. Their sister said, “Hi Melanie. We get to formally meet now, I’m Harmony. And I will have a Coke.”
She and her brother did look exactly alike. “Are you guys twins?” I blurted out.
“Yes,” her brother replied. “Nice to meet you, Melanie. I’m Jaden. How do you like Cashmere so far?”
“It’s okay, but slightly different from school in Australia.”
“I love your accent,” Jaden said.
“Thanks.” Jaden was handsome, but his brother was gorgeous.
“Melanie, how long have you been working here? My siblings and I come here often,” Jason interrupted and appeared to give his brother an evil glare.
“For just a few weeks.”
He looked like wanted to ask something else but didn’t.
“What can I get you guys to drink?” I didn’t want to stand there making goo-goo eyes at him.
“I will have a Coke,” Jaden said.
“And I will have a Sprite,” Jason replied.
“Coming right up.”
I brought them back their drinks, took their food order, and took care of my other tables. A little while later Ebony stood next to me, waiting on her order.
“I’ve noticed he keeps staring at you.”
“You know who. Jason.”
“Don’t you have tables to tend to?” I replied playfully.
“I just thought you should know.”
She winked at me and took her food order. He was eating a French fry. Gosh, he even looked sexy doing that. He caught my eye and signaled for me to come over.
“We’d like the check, please,” Harmony said.
“Sure,” I answered, pulling out the bill and placing it on the table.
“So Melanie, are you seeing anyone?” Jaden asked.
Excuse me! He was very direct. I had just met him. Harmony giggled, and Jason turned red. I cleared my throat. “No, not at the moment. Why?”
“Maybe we can hang out sometimes,” he replied with a smile. He leaned back and folded his arms behind his head, waiting for an answer. Harmony was amused, and Jason looked aggravated.
“Um no. Absolutely not.”
“Geez, well why not?”
“Because Ebony’s my friend first off, and second, I have my eye on someone else.”
“Oh, sorry. I didn’t know you guys were friends,” he replied, looking remorseful.
“Yeah, we are good friends,” I said, walking off.
I went to the kitchen and glanced back at their table. Harmony and Jason were laughing. Jaden appeared annoyed. Served him right. It was obvious he thought he was Mr. Casanova.
“What was Jaden talking to you about?” Ebony asked.
“Nothing much, the usual. He noticed my accent and wondered where I was from,” I lied. I wasn’t about to tell her he was flirting. He did apologize when he realized we were friends though, so maybe he wasn’t a total douche. I glanced back over to my section, but they were gone.
* * *
After my shift I stopped at the corner store. There were only a few cars in the parking lot, and no one in sight. I headed to my car, and hit the alarm. Before I could get the door open someone grabbed me from behind. I struggled against them, and fought with all my might, but he dragged me into the side alley. Another person charged from the side, and then something hit me in the head. I fell to the ground, and touched my throbbing wound. It was dark with only the side light from the building, so I couldn’t see the blood clearly. But I could feel the liquid stickiness on my fingers. I squinted in the dim light, straining to see my attackers, but I couldn’t see any facial features. They were blurry. They appeared to be males with short hair, and their broad body frame.
“Leave me alone!”
One man’s response was a kick to my stomach. I gasped and cringed in pain. Why was this happening to me? I had been told that burglaries and assault hardly ever happened on this side of town. Me and my rotten luck were going to make the crime rate sky rocket. Taking a deep breath, I gathered my courage, and tried to get up. One of the men pushed me back down. I saw an object in his hand, the silver color bounced off of the light. It was a knife. I had to find a way out of this. Heat pulsed through my body as I glared into his eyes. And fear consumed me with the black depths of them, dark as midnight. The other man held me down, and I fought to get out of his grasp. The one with the blade leaned closer to me. He didn’t have on a mask, but I still couldn’t make out his features. He was faceless. He thrust the blade against my neck. The pain was sharp, and tears sprang into my eyes.
“Please stop! Why are you doing this?”
He snorted. “Because the greater good has preordained it.”
Before I could contemplate his strange explanation he slit the knife against my throat.