Beacon by Angela Brown


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  BLURB: Tsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony, where registered citizens do as they’re told. They donate blood quarterly and dream of being chosen as Attendees for the Jubilee celebrations, that is, everyone except Macie Breen. With high school graduation near, she’s anxious to ditch the rules in hopes of starting a new life with Thane, an unregistered and also her best friend. Her hopes fizzle when Macie is selected as an Attendee, forever registered. Any future with Thane…impossible. Being chosen comes with another unexpected price. Truths about The Colony blaze into ashes and lies when she discovers the vampires haven’t kept their part of the bargain. Worst still, Macie’s life unravels as her stint in the city of Bliss forces her to face daunting truths about who, and what, she really is.


An Interview with the Author:

1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been debating the answer to this question, mainly with friends and family that have been with me through this journey. I could say I’ve been writing for over twelve years. But there was that long stint away from writing after the first manuscript I wrote – totally believing it was awesome – got ripped to teeny, tiny critique pieces in a contest. So I’ll scratch that time and go with, “I’ve been writing for about a decade.”

2. How long have you been a published author?
No debating here. I’ve been a published author since that slightly blind foray into self-publishing back in 2007, so about seven and a half years.

3. What titles do you have available?
I actually publish under two names. Under my Angela Brown name, I self-published Neverlove and They All Fall Down of the Shadow Jumpers series, and Frailties of the Bond and Atone of the NEO Chronicles. Evernight Teen published Beacon, which is my YA urban fantasy dystopian.
Under my Rayven Godchild name, I published Secret Lilies and the Confessions of a Sex Fiend series. My Rayven work is for mature audiences only 

4. What made you choose the subject of this book?
For Beacon, I wanted to do a dystopian but Suzanne Collins had done contemporary just fine with The Hunger Games. Plus I love paranormal and urban fantasy in my stories so it was perfect mashing the genres up and developing Macie’s – my main character’s – story with the dystopian foundation but an otherworldly direction.

5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
No new titles yet. I have several works-in-progress brewing, including the follow up to Beacon, tentatively titled BEYOND.

6. What is your favourite genre and why?
Fantasy is wonderful. I’ve adored stories like C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe since I was in kindergarten. But give me a paranormal mystery like Gwen Gardner’s Indigo Eady mysteries, or a steampunk sci-fi like M Pax’s The Rifters or even a paranormal erotic romance like Kym Grosso’s Immortals of New Orleans. Mashed, smashed and crashed together, there’s just so much to enjoy.

7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
The most exciting part for me is that shiny new idea. Sometimes it floats in like a feather, light, fluffy and cool. Other times you gasp in the shower because while you’re cleaning away the day’s dirt and grime, your brain blind-sides you with this awesome thing it had been too busy earlier in the day to show you.

8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
I would have to choose between Holly Roberts – because she’s just so cool, Elana Johnson – because she seems to be open to trying new things and keeps an open mind, or Laini Taylor – she’d do lots to help me upping my story-in-verse game.

9. Where can readers find you on the web?
They can find me at Facebook, Twitter, my blog (In Pursuit of Publishness) or can check out my Amazon author page.



“We’re not kids anymore, Macie. You’ve learned what little The Colony had to say about the vampeer, wights and devil spawn. There’s something else they’ve hidden from you. From all registered citizens. I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time why we met. Just how special you really are. But you won’t want to be my friend anymore once you know the truth. Losing you would be…” Words trickled from my mouth unfiltered. “I, what do you mean I wouldn’t…” He turned to me, chewing his bottom lip. The last time he did that was the day I broke first blood. We were playing at knight warriors, a favorite of ours since we were kids. I thrust my wooden sword forward. It clattered to the ground as I doubled over from a sharp spasm in my stomach. I tried to shoo Thane away, deal with the pain on my own. But, noticing the grimace on my face – I really tried hard to be quiet, but I cried out anyway – he wouldn’t have it. When he glanced at my yellow cargo pants, he chewed his bottom lip, eyes wide. My gaze trailed down to the bloody mess I’d become. My face couldn’t have flashed hotter if I set it on fire. Now he was doing it again, chewing his bottom lip. What could he possibly have to say? He opened his mouth to speak when the tent flap ripped away. We jerked our heads around to face a tall being covered in shaggy, brown fur from scalp to hoof. A shadowy glow encircled it like a dirty aura. Two arms protruded from both sides. Jagged teeth crowded its mouth. Drool leaked down its chin. Reptilian eyes shone bright white with a red slit down the middle. One set of eyelids blinked side to side as the second set followed up and down. It snarled, spat and drooled some more. My bladder felt one moment away from losing it. “Frag me,” I whispered as my world collapsed into a nightmare.


AUTHOR Bio and Links: AuthorPhoto_Beacon Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She’s a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary – mostly young adult – fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Goodreads author page: Angela Brown in the Pursuit of Publishness blog: Amazon author page: Facebook author page: Twitter: Buy Links: Evernight: Amazon:

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