August 19, 2016
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Polaris by Beth Bowland
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Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.
Polaris by Beth Bowland
Release Date: August 16, 2016
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Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
13yo Aaron’s life is changed forever once he invites a stranger into his house and unwittingly initiates a game of aliens versus humans.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
A few years ago, while flipping through a Christmas card catalog. I came across a photo of an old country farmhouse with a snowy background. On the card there were kids playing outside and a horse and carriage in the background, all decorated for Christmas. I didn’t give it much thought at first and continued flipping through the catalog, but something made me flip back and look at it again. This time, in my mind, I saw the same farm house, but the kids, horse, and carriage were gone as were the Christmas decorations. In its place was crisp black sky, with the ground heavily covered in snow, and one young teen boy walking toward this house in the snow, as a meteor streaked through the sky. I stared at that one picture for the longest time and knew it was the opening for Polaris. This, along with my love for conspiracy theories and planets gave me the inspiration to write the story.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Aaron is a smart 13 year old and a fan of all things of the galaxy and NASA. Nakal is an alien, from the planet Venus, with a troubled past.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
Aaron stood in space, a place where time was and is at the same time. A place where darkness met light, the end and beginning joined hands in the middle of creation.
It was an eerie place, but beautiful at the same time. A peaceful and still place, where life was created and death crept by.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
The muddled middle! I knew exactly how it the story was going to begin and how it would end. The problem was connecting the two. I decided to take the readers on a wild adventurous ride and loved I end product.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’m currently working on another light sci-fi adventure novel. I can’t wait for readers to meet these characters. They’re funny, fresh, and in big trouble.
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I had a great time! Thanks for hosting!
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