The One Apart
by Justine Avery
Today Justine Avery is visiting, what an exciting day! Have you heard of her book The One Apart? In case you haven’t I have an excerpt and the blurb for you. But that’s not everything there is, Avery has a giveaway fro everyone who scrolls all the way down, and even better, she shared with us her Ten Recommended Fiction Books. Don’t miss then out!
Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he’s lived before.
Tres is about to be born… with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.
He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he’s too afraid to ask: why am I?
In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.
Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.
Tres felt his body abruptly drop around him with overbearing weight, encapsulating him once again.
The mental images, the overpowering memories, finally faded. Only an ominous stillness remained.
Every cell within him began to twitch, infusing with energy—even as he felt immobile. Every joint, tendon, and bone ached under the pressure of being alive.
A deep sadness engulfed him. He pondered possible rea
sons. And, just as quickly, he was distracted by the presence of his own simple thoughts.
Thoughts. He realized his own thinking.
This mind—certain of its own newness—desired to explore, feel, do, be. Tres opened his eyes—tried to open his eyes. He found his eyelids fused shut.
He opened his mouth. Thick, warm syrup seeped inside his swallow. Intense fear washed over him, even as he knew exactly where—and how—he was.
Tres was aware, more aware than any had ever been. In this moment, he knew everything—and yet, nothing.
He was beginning again.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.
Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.
Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.
Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.
Justine Avery will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Ten Recommended Fiction Books
by Justine Avery
These are highly recommended, from my own recent fiction reads!
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman: great, to-the-point writing style, very inventive technology and future concepts, and a sneaky romantic sub-plot that made me cry at the story’s end! (military/social sci-fi)
The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich: intriguing characters, mysterious plot, and an eerie tone throughout (suspense, magical realism)
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante: easy writing style, a surprisingly captivating trip into and out of the mind of a woman with dementia and a family mystery (mystery/crime/suspense)
Magician (first in the Riftwar Saga Trilogy) by Raymond E. Feist: a story that expands as you read, encompassing more worlds than one, characters you’ll never want to leave (epic fantasy, swords & sorcery)
Spring Snow (first in The Sea of Fertility series) by Yukio Mishima: fluid, poetic reading taking you through a bygone era of chivalry and samurai in Japan (romance saga)
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman: myth and magic combine in a tale with clever twists (fantasy)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: a twisty tale of magical realism, reminding us all of the magic of childhood itself (fantasy/horror)