Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Mojave Green Blog Tour: Guest Interview and Giveaway

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

It's been a while since I participated in any blog tour so today is very special. I now have on the blog the authors of the Dimensions of Death series which I'm a huge fan of. So without further ado, I introduce you to Berk and Andy, The Brothers Washburn.

Andy and Berk:
Pitch Green and Mojave Green are the first two books in The Dimensions in Death young adult horror series. Based on a scary story we used to tell as kids to our siblings and friends, these books combine horror, suspense and mystery, moving at a breathtaking pace as our protagonists fight for their lives while they battle a monstrous evil presence hiding in and around an old, deserted mansion in a small mining town, located near Death Valley in a desolate part of the Mojave Desert.

The mansion was built almost a hundred years ago by an eccentric genius, who got funding and structural specifications from a clandestine source of ancient knowledge and wealth. One night the genius was mysteriously slaughtered, and ever since, children and other defenseless animals in the Trona area have been disappearing without a trace on a regular basis. In the first book, we meet two teenagers, Camm and Cal, who are destined by wit, pluck and luck (not always good) to become the balancing force against the unearthly predator, who came to call the mansion home. Our heroes are hurled from one scene of horror to the next. Though their intentions are good, they don’t understand what they are facing, and by the end of the first book, a door has been left open to predations on an even grander scale.

In the second book, a call from her best friend, Cal, brings news Camm had hoped never to hear. Children are again disappearing from Trona. Has the unnatural creature they killed last year returned to life or has the ancient Searles Mansion spawned a new menace? Ignoring dire warnings from federal agents, the pair take a road trip home with unsuspecting school friends in tow and discover the situation has gotten worse. With monstrous predators seemingly coming out of nowhere, enigmatic forces tear the friends apart, pulling Cal into another world, where his chances of survival are slim. Finally coming to terms with her feelings for Cal, Camm desperately seeks help where she can, even from the dead, but can a rogue agent and other wary misfits help her uncover the long-lost secrets that she needs to rescue Cal and stop the inter-dimensional attacks? The destiny of her own world may lie in Camm’s young hands.

How different is it writing your sophomore novel, Mojave Green, to your first novel, Pitch Green? Is there a lot of pressure to make this better than your first book?

Writing the second book was a completely different experience for us as co-authors than was the first book. The first book was based on a childhood story that we had been telling for years, and the basic plot elements already existed. The second book is a brand new story that has never existed before. It was created from scratch in the last couple years. As co-authors we had to agree on a whole new plot and work out the kinks in a whole new story.

In both cases, we were under pressure to make the story as good as possible. We didn’t think in terms of one story being better than the other, but we are definitely excited with the Mojave Green story. 

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing this book to life? 

In addition to a careful research of applicable geography, we had to do an in-depth research of basic principles of astro-physics since Mojave Green answers many of the questions raised in the first book. But remember, this is not science fiction. This is horror based on pseudo-science rather than mysticism.

What was your favorite scene/s in Mojave Green? Can you tell us without giving a spoiler?

Some of our favorite scenes in book two take place as Camm and Cal confront the new predators spawned by the collapse of the guardian systems that were originally built into the mansion.

What was your most favorite moment/s in this whole experience of writing and promoting your book?

Some of our favorite moments in this whole book-selling process come as we are able to interact with a few of our fans at book signings and other author events. We’re getting excited now for book three, which we anticipate will up the ante over what was presented in the first two books, but first we’re interested in hearing what you think of Mojave Green.

What should your fans(including myself) expect in Mojave Green?

Our fans can expect a faster moving, broader ranging story in the second book, which introduces new characters and covers more territory, both in terms of geography as well as emotions.

About the Authors:
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A. L. Washburn and B. W. Washburn are brothers, licensed lawyers and full time writers, residing in Colorado and southern Utah. Growing up in a large family in Trona, California, a small mining community not far from Death Valley, they spent many happy days in their youth roaming the wastelands of the Mojave Desert. After living in South America at different times, each came back to finish graduate school and start separate careers. Living thousands of miles apart, they worked in different areas of the law, while raising their own large families.

Each has authored legal materials and professional articles, but after years of wandering in the wastelands of the law, their lifelong love of fiction, especially fantasy, science fiction and horror, brought them back together to write a new young adult horror series, beginning with Pitch Green and later Mojave Green. They have found there yet remain many untold wonders to be discovered in the unbounded realms of the imagination, especially as those realms unfold in the perilous wastelands of the Dimensions in Death.

Title: Mojave Green (Dimensions of Death #2)
Genre/s: YA Paranormal Horror
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
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In Trona, California, an isolated mining town deep in the Mojave Desert, an unearthly creature preyed upon the town’s folk for decades. Armed with secrets from a peculiar puzzle box, only Camm and Cal stood against the creature. Finally safe and far from the horror, the teenagers believe they have destroyed the monster—until they hear news that Trona’s children are still disappearing. Caught in the nightmare since her childhood, Camm feels personally responsible for the town’s children. As her life-long best friend, Cal feels responsible for Camm. With unsuspecting friends in tow, they return to warn the innocent people of Trona of the true nature of the creature.

But things have changed.

Death comes in a new form. The balance between dimensions is altered. Crossovers multiply. Trona is evacuated. Cal is pulled into another dimension. The situation spirals out of control.

Only Camm and a few misfits can stop the coming desolation—but it may already be too late.

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