Friday, April 25, 2014

Guest Blog/Character Interview & Giveaway: Protostar by Braxton A.Cosby

The Star-Crossed Saga
Book 1
Braxton A. Cosby

Genre: Young Adult/Sci-fi Romance
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Number of pages:346
Word Count: 99k
Cover Artist: Winter Goose Publishing

Book Description:
On the brink of civil war, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his council, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son William on a mission to restore honor to his family name.
William seeks to complete his assignment, the elimination of a Star-child named Sydney on planet Earth, but when the assassination is delayed he begins to realize an emotional connection with his target.
With conspiracy threatening his home planet, and a hidden menace on Earth seeking to secure a vested interest, William finds himself torn between irrevocable duty and sacrificing everything he stands for to defend Sydney.
As William and Sydney struggle to overcome their impossible circumstances, they start to wonder if the connection of two Star-Crossed lovers will be enough to save them from certain doom.



Me: So, tell everyone your name.
Sydney: My name is Sydney Gresham.

Me: Thank you for participating in this interview. Can you please tell the readers a little something about yourself?
Sydney: I’m a simple country girl of the small town of Madisonburg. Nothing ever happens in this town and I am sure that even on the eve of my seventeenth birthday, nothing is going to change. That is, until the visitor shows up.

Me: Tell me a little bit more about that experience?
Sydney: It started with this crazy dream I had one night. I remember being whisked away in the arms of a shadowy figure and he took me across stars and planets. When we returned to Earth, I tried to touch him and he disappeared. I woke up and could not shake the feeling that I would ether see him again or that I had met him before. The next day, this boy named William showed up at my grandmother’s door asking for help to get back home. Now, it’s getting a little weird because I have that same feeling like I did when I awakened from the dream. It’s like I’ve known him from some other life. We are definitely growing close the longer he stays here. I only hope that we can become something more before he returns home.  

Me: Interesting. What do you love most about your character?
Sydney: I’m a love of the experience of being alive. It’s so boring here in Madisonburg. I’ve dreamed of a time when things would shake up a bit around here and since the ‘quake, they certainly have. I love hanging with my girls and sharing moments with Sarah on the couch, recollecting the times when my parents were alive.

Me: And what do you hate most?
Sydney: I can be a bit careless. My care free personality could be the end of me; at least that’s what Henry stresses. I’m probably a too trusting for my own good. But I just believe that you have to live for the here and now. I don’t want to waste time wondering what I could have done. I’d rather get it done today, take risks and live without regrets. 

Me: What do you like most about the story in Protostar?
Sydney: There is so much focus on the interaction of the characters. Sure, there is plenty of action and plot twists, along with a fair share of world building, but the natural flow of conversation and dialogue between the characters makes for a seamless and interesting read. The story is so unique and fresh. The author promised to deliver a new spin on an old tale of ‘star-crossed lovers’ and I feel he did an amazing job of it. I can’t wait for readers to see how the story evolves.

Me: This story is to be told over three expansive novels, all told from the deep third person perspective. The author tried to capture a lot of detail and switches back and forth between characters to capture the ‘big picture’ of what is going on in The Star-Crossed Universe. With that being said, the scope of the project is very big. Do you ever feel lost?
Sydney: Yes. It’s a good thing though. I love how the story flows from Earth and back to William’s home-world. The readers are going to love the detailed world-building because they will be able to taste, hear, and feel the environments and locales. Everyone needs to step away from reality from time to time and the world of The Star-Crossed Saga is a great place to start. Everyone is really in for a treat. 

Me: What is the one thing you would change about your character’s story if you could change anything at all?
Sydney: I wouldn’t change a single thing. I want to love, fall in love and be loved more than anything else in the entire world. Hopefully, this story will have the happy ending I’m dreaming for. With two other books on the horizon, I’m sure it will.

Me: That’s it for now. And thank you again for stopping by. 

About the Author:

Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a passion for inspiring others to love, in spite of circumstance and convenience. His calling to pen a young-adult series that is smart, witty, and thought provoking, has challenged readers to answer the question: What would you choose, love or irrevocable duty?
Braxton lives in Atlanta, GA, where he co-hosts a local radio show on WAOK which is a mash-up of current events and health and wellness. He also has a blog where he discusses everything from health and entertainment to spirituality and relationships.

Author Contacts:
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Tour giveaway details: 
One signed copy of PROTOSTAR (open to US Shipping)