Friday, June 13, 2014

Guest Blog & Giveaway: The Traveler by Melissa Delport

The Traveler
The Traveler Series
Book 1
Melissa Delport

Genre: Sci-fi romance/action
Number of pages: approx 253

Book Description:
Seven years ago, Rachel gave her heart to a dark, intense stranger, who left her broken and alone.
Every day since then Rachel has thought about Dex, her memories refusing to be silenced.
Now, Dex is back, but this time he is not alone. He has brought a formidable army – their sole purpose to conquer. Fate will bring Rachel and Dex back together, but on opposing sides of a war that threatens to obliterate her world.
Pitted against the power of the elements, Rachel and her friends must survive tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes and fire, all the while being hunted by a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to pillage her planet.
Fleeing for her life amidst the chaos of a raging, burning city, Rachel realizes man’s only chance of survival lies in the hands of the very person who betrayed her all those years ago.
Earth is destined to fall, but Rachel is determined to save mankind, no matter the sacrifice.


PRFL is thrilled to have Melissa Delport, author of The Traveler, share a guest post with us today! Enjoy~

So, I wrote a book about an alien...
The good news: My latest book, The Traveler, is out!
The bad news: It’s about an alien.
Yes, I said alien.
Now, I know exactly what you all are thinking because even as I say it, I raise my own eyebrow. Did I just say alien. Really? Really!? But to be fair, let’s not forget that Stephenie Meyer wrote a book about a VAMPIRE. I can only imagine how people responded to that. And yet, Ms Meyer is laughing all the way to the bank. Now of course Twilight is about a vampire, she wasn’t fibbing, but it is so far removed from what you would expect a “vampire” book to be. So don’t judge my alien just yet
I am not a genre-specific author. I do not write stories all in the same vein. I write what I want, what appeals to me at that time, be it romance, thriller, sci-fi, or yes, even a book about an alien.
You will be pleased to know, however, that my extra-terrestrial is far more this:

Than this:

You see what I did there? (I bet all the ladies are getting it now!) There are vampires, and then there are VAMPIRES. There are aliens, and then there are ALIENS. If you get my drift?
I absolutely loved writing this story. It crept into my consciousness and would not be silenced – the character of Dex is also one of my favorite male characters to date.
The Traveler follows the story of Rachel and Dex, who fell in love seven years ago. When Dex disappeared, Rachel was left broken and hollow. Now, Dex is back, but he is not alone. He has brought with him a formidable army – their sole purpose, to conquer Earth and destroy mankind. Will Rachel be able to get through to him before it is too late, or will his father’s will keep him from remembering what they shared?
Book 1 of The Traveler series, available now.

 :-) Thank you, Melissa! 

Excerpt: Prologue

He was the most beautiful boy I had ever seen. Although 'boy' was not really the right word - he was slightly too old to be called a boy, but he was still beautiful. I remember that above all else, although what followed should have erased that thought from my consciousness. His hair was black - jet black - and he was tall; well over six feet. I was laughing with Kimberley when I first saw him, lounging against a lamp-post, as though he was waiting for someone. I suppose in hindsight he was. In the instant that our eyes met and that secret smile crossed his face, I could almost imagine that it was me, that I was the one he was waiting for. Of course that was not the case. I know that now. 
I had to cross the street close by where he stood, watching me intently, and as I passed I couldn’t help but glance over at him again. His eyes stopped me, literally, in my tracks. They were green; the most startling green eyes I had ever seen, but there was something different about them. It happened so quickly I thought I was imagining it, but, for just a moment, those eyes seemed to glow, an iridescent, brilliant emerald that left me speechless and standing in the middle of the street staring open-mouthed at a beautiful stranger.
“Can I help you?” The deep, rich baritone of his voice was hypnotic and I couldn’t reply – I simply stood there, unable to tear my gaze away. I would have placed him at around twenty-five years old, far older than any of the boys I usually hung around with; far too old for me. At seventeen, in my senior year at High School, what little I knew about boys I had learned from popular culture not real life. He was dressed in black – all in black - and as I stared a sly grin crossed his face.
“I said; can I help you?” he repeated, sounding somewhere between amused and annoyed and my cheeks flushed with mortification.
“No!” I managed eventually, the word ringing out across the empty street.  I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, willing myself not to act like a fool. “No, thank you. I’m fine.”
He nodded at me, his eyes thoughtful and I remember wondering why he didn’t look away. My parents always said that it’s impolite to stare but that is exactly what he did. He seemed to look right through me with absolutely no embarrassment, and I fought the urge to look away. 
“What is your name?” he asked, although it didn’t sound like a question. It sounded like an order, like he demanded to know. I had been taught never to give my name out to strangers but I found myself answering anyway, as though I had no control over my own responses.
“Rachel.” It was barely more than a whisper but I knew that he could hear me. Even from there. Even from thirty feet away. I shouldn’t have been talking to him at all, particularly with the feelings I was having; he was far too old for it to be appropriate. Still, I couldn’t seem to tear myself away. 
He was the most beautiful boy I had ever seen. How could I have known the monster that lurked beneath?

About the Author:

Wife, mother of 3, businesswoman by day and author by night, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Series and Rainfall. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelors Degree in English in 2000. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, South Africa.
Her first novel, The Legacy, published in 2013, is the first in The Legacy Series trilogy, and is followed by the sequel The Legion. The final book, The Legend is due out in 2014. She has also written an independent novel entitled Rainfall, a psychological romance, and a science-fiction, action-adventure called The Traveler.
An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop “watching from the sidelines” and to do what is her passion.
“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days, it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”

Author Links:
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