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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: CentreStage with Jennifer M. Eaton

Welcome to CentreStage!

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Today it’s my great pleasure to welcome the one and only Jennifer M. Eaten as she celebrates the release of her latest masterpiece, The First Day of  the New Tomorrow. Take it away, Jen!

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With Great Power….

“With great power comes great responsibility.”**  It’s one of the most famous movie quotes of all time.  Thanks Uncle Ben!  Great words of wisdom. (From the first “Spiderman” movie, 2002)

Did you now that Stan Lee, the creator of Spiderman never actually wrote that?  Well, he did, and he didn’t.  The original comic actually read: “With great power must also come great responsibility”.**

Did you know though, that this phrase was common far before Stan Lee? (I’ll give Stan credit for making it famous, though.  Kudos!)

You can trace this back to Voltaire.  Yep, that far back.  In 1817, a member of UK parliament actually said that the phrase had become cliché.

Cliché?  Maybe that’s because it can be applied to so many things, and it’s great advice, isn’t it?

So good, in fact, that you can trace the quote all the way back to the bible, so Voltaire wasn’t all that original either:

“From the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (NIV**)

In my story The First Day of the New Tomorrow teenage Maya is forced to meet this statement head on. Let’s watch as a teenager faces her destiny…

Excerpt from “The First Day of the New Tomorrow”

“I have a bad feeling you don’t want to talk about college.”

A smile touched his lips. “No. I’ve never even been to college myself.”

Maya’s unease became a bat and struck her into panic mode. She jumped up from the chair, her heart racing. “Who are you? What do you want?”

Edgar folded his hands and leaned on them. “I’m your guide, Maya. Your mentor, so to speak.”

“Mentor for what?”

“We have a lot to talk about. Would you please sit?”

She backed up until she reached the door. Without turning, she fumbled for the handle, and a rush of hot air hit her as she pulled it open. Maya raised her hands as the sting of hundreds of tiny pebbles thrashed her face. She peered through her fingertips and squinted into the blinding rays of a low-hanging sun. The cascading sunbeams warmed her cheeks and illuminated the outline of a figure that looked a lot like the Sphinx in Egypt. She gasped and choked on air riddled with blowing sand.

Edgar laughed behind her. “Let me guess. You were thinking that you’d rather be anywhere but here, and somewhere deep in the back of your mind, you always wanted to see the Great Pyramids.”

He appeared beside her, and she allowed him to close the door. Sweat poured from Maya’s brow as the room instantly cooled.

“Do you want to be back at school?”

She nodded, terror constricting her from any other movement.

Edgar turned the handle and pushed. The secretary looked up from her computer, her eyes narrowed. He smiled, waved, and closed the door again.

Numbness crept from Maya’s toes and up her legs. She stumbled as he led her back to the chair.

Edgar eased her down. “Are you ready to talk to me now?”

She shook away her fright. “How’d you do that?”

“I didn’t do anything. You did.”

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Wow, is she in for a wild ride or what? Can you imagine?  Anything she wishes for can happen.  But let’s remember what Stan Lee advises… There’s always a catch.

What about you? Have you ever faced a responsibility you weren’t sure you were ready for?

**Facts and quotes researched and quoted from http://en.wikiquote.org/

About Jennifer M. Eaton

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Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance.  Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.

While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist… what more can you ask for?  Writing help did you say?  Well, sure!  Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans! http://www.jennifermeaton.com/

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Her contemporary sweet romance, Paper Wishes is currently available in ebook format.  The Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology.   Each title is available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com and Smashwords.

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Paper Wishes:  Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

Last Winter Red:  In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world.  What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in. Available as part of the Make Believe anthology.

The First Day of the New Tomorrow: Maya dreams of having everything she wants, but when she gets it, she can’t give it back fast enough. (Coming in September, 2013 from Muse It Up)

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Wow, thanks, Jennifer, for a fabulous post. Over to you! Have you ever faced a position of tremendous responsibility that, perhaps, was a tad overwhelming?

I’ll take the lead and tell you mine. Which was: taking my first child home for the first time, me and my husband on our own. Complete newbies to the parenting thing. Completely clueless. Terrified. Overwhelmed. It was an awesome moment, and one I’ll never quite forget. A tiny life, depending on me. I’m not sure there’s ever going to be a greater responsibility, LOL!

Hall of Fame Party: Anna Silver launches OTHERBORN

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Today, the amazing Anna Silver celebrates her first book birthday with the release of OTHERBORN by Sapphire Star Publishing. HUGE congrats to Anna, I’m really excited for you!

It is my great pleasure to take part in Anna’s blogtour and she has been grilling her protagonist’s best friend and secret crush with questions about life and love. Let’s give Rye a warm welcome as we turn over the floor to the OTHERBORN charater interview. Take it away, Anna and Rye!

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In OTHERBORN, Rye is the protagonist London’s longtime best friend and secret crush. They live in the same building, go to the same school, and play in the same band. In fact, after London began dreaming, Rye was the first to experience “night pictures” as well. Bound by more than one lifetime, there’s very little that London and Rye don’t share. In this interview, we’ll attempt to get to know London’s love interest a little better.

Rye, define New.

Well, if I were speaking strictly as a Waller, New is not to be trusted. First, it’s impossible. Second, it’s tainted. It means the same thing as waste, as danger. If something is New, it’s not reprocessed or even scrapped. It’s born. From some unknowable, untrustworthy place. New is never a good thing.

But if I were speaking as myself, not as I was taught, but as the boy who sat by London’s side all those afternoons writing that song, giving rise to every chord like it was something precious, then I would say that New is wondrous. It’s incredible. It’s living. New is what we were born to do, it’s who we were born to be. Otherwise, we’re just empty shells.

What do you find beautiful, Rye?

Strength. I think survivors are beautiful. Like myself, like London, like Tora. By city standards, Avery would probably be considered the most beautiful one in our little group, but not to me. She hasn’t had to really reach for anything in this life. Everything has been handed to her. I think beauty is made, not born.

How do you feel about living in Capital City?

The city can be a tough place. Life behind the walls isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, most of us get the basics handed to us via rations, but there is still plenty of suffering here. There are homeless people inside the walls. There are gangs. There’s this sense of order on the surface, but underneath the city is brimming with lawlessness. And there’s a lot that’s missing from this life. Justice. Liberty. Choice. Things you don’t always realize you’re doing without until you really need them. You can survive here, but you’ll never thrive.

Rye, if you could have any assignment, what would it be?

I’d love to drive a reprocessing route like my dad. I’ve been in his truck before and I love the massiveness of it, like an expansion of my own body. I feel untouchable in there. There’s a certain power to being able to operate something like that, especially when so few can. It pays okay, nothing too exciting, but you’ll never starve. And there is a status to being a driver these days, like you’re special, you did something to deserve that respect.

What’s your happiest memory?

The first time I heard London sing. I remember her sitting on the floor of my room while I turned on a disc Pauly had let her borrow. Her eyes were closed and she was barefoot, and she was rocking ever so slightly to the music. And then this soft sound began to move through her, a whisper that grew and grew. Her voice was tremulous and gravelly but powerful. I was hooked.

What’s your worst memory?

The day I was told my mother died. I don’t like to talk about it really. Suffice to say, my dad broke the news. We were wrecked for weeks after. I don’t think I could have gotten through that time without London.

Rye… I have to ask this. Have you ever been in love?

The question should be, have I ever not been in love? I think I’ve been in love with London since we met as kids. Maybe before. It’s like the day I saw her, the world became complete for me. I didn’t realize it though, for a long time. Or I denied it, take your pick. I was scared. What if your world rejects you? What then? So, it’s kinda been this secret of mine since birth.

If you could have anything pre-Crisis with you behind the walls, what would it be?

That’s tough. There’s so much I’ve heard about, seen. Some of it might just be rumor, you know? Who can say? I guess, if I had to pick one thing, it would be books. More books. A library full. But then, that’s not really just one thing, is it?

Thanks so much, Rye,  for your candid answers. You’ve given me goosebumps, you really have. It was fabulous meeting you here today, thanks for stopping by. Now let’s introduce Anna’s book in more detail.

Otherborn

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London and her teenage friends live in a reprocessed world.

Confined within CapitalCity’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?

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What the readers say about OTHERBORN

“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

About Anna Silver

anna picAnna Silver grew up with a passion for words, books, and storytelling. She began writing as a child and eventually landed at St. Edward’s University in Austin where she studied English Writing & Rhetoric. She has always nurtured a vivid imagination and a love for art, expression, and fantasy. Currently she resides in the greater Houston area with her family and pets where she continues to read, write, and dream. Otherborn is her first published novel.

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Happy Book Birthday, Anna, and thanks for visiting today with Rye! Wishing you a ROCKING day and come back soon…