A brief note from me at the end, but today I’m letting Jeffrey Beesler take over my blog…
Thanks for hosting me today, Mary! I’m really excited to be here, especially considering that this is my third book that I’ve released since February 2012.
Optical Osmosis is a cautionary tale of what could happen when a series of missteps occur with an eye injury. Being that this is dark sci-fi, the events that happen to my main character, Greg Gnops, aren’t all that likely to happen to your average person. Greg, however, is far from average, which is why I chose him to be my protagonist in the story. The thing of it with him is that he doesn’t know just how special he is, and only one person in Optical ever figures out why he develops a strange power when no one else before him ever has.
Even so, if you should ever find yourself in a situation where you could be as special as Greg, I’ve taken the liberty of jotting down a few safety notes for your benefit.
Telescopes are not toys. In Optical Osmosis, Greg demonstrates his first serious misstep when he messes around with his buddy’s telescope. He’s there to hang out with Thomas Lavey, a rather bookish guy who’s passionate about stargazing. But while setting up for the coming evening, Greg doesn’t pay attention to Thomas’s warning about not looking at the sun through the telescope. Naturally, this sets in motion the chain of events in which Greg’s vision becomes altered.
Regard no injury lightly. Immediately after Greg’s injury with his eyes occurs, he finds himself in a situation where he can’t look anyone in the eye without draining their soul. This leads him to not seek help for his new condition as he fears for other people’s safety. Anyone else might make the same mistake he does, but getting himself to the eye doctor right away might have spared him some unnecessary pain. Then again, he is that rare person who develops such a bizarre power. It’s possible that no optometrist could ever help him out.
Keep your emotions in check. I know this is a hard one, but part of Greg’s problem in the story, aside from his vision, is that he lets his emotions run wild. His common sense immediately grows compromised, especially when it comes to dealing with his hedonist sister, Ashley, and her less than personable boyfriend, Flint. Greg either panics or forgets critical details which leads him right into one sticky, and sometimes lethal, situation after another.
I do hope these tips help you out considerably, especially if you’re as special as Greg. Do be sure to leave a comment for me as I’m holding a contest where the winner, chosen by way of the blog tour comments, will win a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Also, be sure to check out Optical Osmosis today!
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Bio: Born in May of 1978, Jeff Beesler has been writing since the 7th grade, although he likes to point out that his elementary teachers in 2nd to 6th grades kept sending him to Young Author’s Conferences throughout his school district. When not writing, he can be found chatting it up on social media, reading books, or playing computer games.
Celebrate the Small Things
Every Friday, Vicklit of Scribblings of an Aspiring Author hosts the celebrate the small things blog hop.
Life took a plot twist this week, so I’m not quite in the mood to be grateful . Everyone is alive and well, so that’s a plus. There’s still a roof over our heads, another plus.
More than ever, I’m grateful to BookBub for the free ad a few weeks ago. My sales remain higher and my writing now supports itself.
I contracted with my editor this week for Beyond the Edge, Backworlds Book 4. The deadline is September 5th. Backworlds fans can expect a release sometime in October.
Onward and onward. Never give up, never surrender.
I will be extra cautious with my astronomy toys tonight due to Jeffrey’s warnings. It’s true that telescopes can be dangerous. If you aim the sun at a tree through a big enough mirror, it can cause a tree to explode and catch fire.
You know you have to read Optical Osmosis now.