Blog Tour: The Sound of Suffering

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**Though The Sound of Suffering is a sequel, it can be read as a standalone as the first chapter summarizes book one.**

 

SOS high res cover jpg.jpgThe Sound of Suffering (The Master of Perceptions #2)
By Darin C. Brown

Genre/Keywords: Young Adult Loners and Outcasts, Superheroes, genetic engineering, auras, autism spectrum disorders, bullying, healing energy

Release Date: February 21st 2019

 

Summary:

Hunter Miller has a secret.

He can read and manipulate the auras that surround everyone.

Having used his talent to dethrone the reigning school bully, thirteen-year old Hunter finds himself thrust into a new quest after hearing screams in the aura of a teacher.  Unable to resist this powerful siren song, he investigates—despite warnings from his family and friends. It nearly costs him everything.

Upon discovering the truth, Hunter seeks assistance in his mission to defeat his formidable adversary. As the situation escalates, the adolescent hero ultimately realizes that despite the risks, he must fight this battle alone.

In this second installment of The Master of Perceptions series, can Hunter use his extraordinary powers to rescue an innocent woman without losing himself in the process?

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Autism and bullying.

There are two reasons harassers attack autistic individuals. First, they are perceived as weaker, and therefore an easier target. Second, it only takes a minimal amount of excess stimulation, maybe even something as simple as a single malevolent word or a touch, to achieve catastrophic results.

Instead of taking all the time to beat up a neurotypical, why not simply call an autistic person “weird” and make them cry? 

Since bullying is mostly about power (like other forms of abuse), the less powerful a victim feels, the more satisfying it is for an aggressor. 

Fortunately, there is a sea change in the culture, thanks in part to many organizations and support groups, such that these frequent behaviors are now recognized as harmful. 

One of the main reasons I included so much information on these topics in my books is that the exposure helps promote awareness, which reduces immoral behavior. Knowledge is power, and I hope to expand the horizons of my readers in many ways, this being one of them.

The-Sight-of-Demons-Cover-683x1024.pngBook One:

The Sight of Demons (The Master of Perception #1)
Release Date: October 16th 2017
Summary:

Hunter Miller sees demons. The terrifying shadows engulf him and everyone he knows—yet nobody else notices their presence.

Hunter can’t escape them, so he sets out to understand them. Why do they follow him? What are they trying to tell him?

In this first installment of the Master of Perceptions series, pre-teen Hunter discovers that every sensation the demons produce—whether it be sight, sound, texture, flavor, or smell—has a different meaning. And that by breaking this code, he just might be able to harness their power.

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 darin.jpgAbout the Author

DARIN C. BROWN spent the last twenty years saving lives as an emergency medicine physician in New Hampshire and Maine. His master’s degree in biomedical engineering and PhD in biophysics helped him conceptualize Hunter’s astounding capabilities. When he’s not writing, he directs Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, including the biannual shows on the Conway Scenic Railroad. In addition to his varied academic interests, he competes at the national level in master’s track. He currently resides in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his wife, Dr. Sandra Brown, and their many pets.

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Blog Tour: Big City Villain

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Winner - 350 pages.pngBig City Villain
by Penelope Ray
Genre: YA Superheroes
Release Date: September 28th 2018

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Coal Black takes being the bad boy to a whole new level. A super level. Known as the city’s terrifying super villain, Headphones, Coal works hard to keep his bad reputation intact despite being banned from using his powers. But things soon take a drastic turn when a deadly vigilante promises to destroy his whole world and his brother.

When his secrets are threatened, how far will Coal go to keep everything from unraveling? And with betrayal around every corner, he just might not make it out alive.

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Superhero vs. Supervillain

 

Superheroes versus super villains are as similar as night and day, with things getting blurry near dawn and dusk. They’re similar in that they both typically have a defining moment in their lives, a fork in the road where their whole life can change drastically. Whether it’s the death of someone they love, gaining superpowers, or some injustice done to them. The difference begins when they decide what to do about it.

 

Superheroes don’t let the wrong destroy them. They rise up and decide to turn their misfortune into something good. To quote a superhero, “They never run from danger.” And if they do, they get back up and try again. In my opinion, violence should always be the last resort for superheroes.

 

Super villains are either lovable or hated. It all hinges on their backstory and the level of their sarcasm. In either case, super villains are the complete opposite of heroes. Their soft spots are more guarded but more vulnerable. They’re much like a coconut. A hard surface on the outside, but somewhat soft and mushy on the inside.

 

 

PENELOPE RAYAbout the Author

In her natural habitat, Penelope Ray can be found with headphones on and furiously typing away on her laptop, completely oblivious to what’s going on around her except for her attention-demanding cats. Though writing about superheroes and their crazy adventures is her current obsession, she started off as a quiet romance author, but a year ago she found Wattpad and let her imagination run wild. It hasn’t come back yet. And that’s when she discovered me, Coal Black. Her hero, her dashing prince charming, the wind in her sails, and her motivation to keep writing. Happiest in the rain and snow surrounded by cats, Penelope writes her next book while trying not to overthink her author bio or how she’s going to write the ending to the story.

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The Sight of Demons

by Darin C. Brown

Genre/Keywords: Young Adult Loners and Outcasts,
Superheroes, genetic engineering, auras, autism spectrum disorders, bullying,
healing energy

Release Date: October 16th 2017

Beaver’s Pond Press



Summary:

Hunter Miller sees demons. The terrifying shadows engulf him and everyone he knows—yet nobody else notices their presence.
Hunter can’t escape them, so he sets out to understand them. Why do they follow him? What are they trying to tell him?
In this first installment of the Master of Perceptions series, pre-teen Hunter discovers that every sensation the demons produce—whether it be sight, sound, texture, flavor, or smell—has a different meaning. And that by breaking this code, he just might be able to harness their power.
 
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Excerpt:
Prologue
The gigantic blue demon swims around me, engulfing
my entire body with its long tentacles.
Other demons of varying colors sparkle beyond, but
the horrifying blue apparition occupies all
my attention. I open my eyes, hoping the sights of
the everyday world will make it go away, but it
still slithers around me, unwilling to loosen its
grip. In a panic, I jump back into the nothingness,
certain I’m fortunate to escape with my life.
* * * * *
The world of the demons appears, and again I find
myself in the clutches of the blue monster.
The pungent smell makes me gag, and I am assaulted
with harsh tones that amplify my fear. My
own body parts are useless against these threats;
the more I kick and scream, the more the
crackling sounds and oppressive odors increase.
Beyond, I feel more demons, grating against my
skin and calling me with eerie voices. Words, with
meanings I don’t understand, sound foreign
above the din of the demons. I seek the place of
nothingness, and with profound effort, I plummet
into it.
* * * * *
Icy cold strikes my face—the world of the demons
knows no mercy. Overhead, a warm yellow
outlined in a gigantic mass of blue shimmers in the
distance. More demons, surely, but they’re
too far away to trap me. My feet move under my body,
seemingly of their own volition. The blue
demon encircles me, but for some reason, it lets me
run. It’s toying with me. Or is this my chance
for escape? I take conscious control of my own legs,
and run as fast as I can, hoping to get away
from the demon’s clutches. No matter how fast I go,
the blue shadow glides easily, never once
breaking contact. I head off onto uneven ground,
feeling the other specters chasing behind,
coming for me, trying to catch me. My anklebone
snaps as I lose my balance and trip over
something, and my face smashes into the rocky
terrain. Blood-red demons erupt from the
ground, grasping my leg and my face, producing an
avalanche of stale odors, raucous noises,
and pinprick sensations. Without control of my legs,
I take the only pathway available; I fall
back into the emptiness.
* * * * *
I awake to find the blue demon throttling me with
its mere presence. While sitting at a table, I
spot an object whose sharpened end catches my eye. A
weapon. It lies just within reach,
unguarded by demons. Although my ever-present
companion bathes my arms and hands in its
blueness, it doesn’t stop me from slowly moving my
hands toward the item on the table. I can’t
outrun the beast, but maybe I can kill it. The demon
always seems to know what I’m thinking, so
I’ll have to be very fast. With blinding speed I
steal the pointed object off the table and thrust the
tapered end through the demon’s tentacle, puncturing
my own hand in the process. The demon
shrieks, losing the blue color at the point of
impact, but another, angrier, red-hot demon fills in
the space, adding a painful peppery taste to the
sensory assault. A purple demon engulfs me,
calling out words laced with thrumming pulsations
and a dank odor. Unable to withstand the
three demons at once, I cascade into the oblivion
beyond this world.
* * * * *
During every waking moment, I feel the blue demon. I
can’t escape it. The purple one visits often
too, but never alone. Another presence, not a demon,
appears trapped by the purple hue, much
as I am by the blue. The entity shrouded in purple
brings warmth and calming sensations, and
makes me wonder if the demons aren’t all out to harm
me. Although I rarely stay in this world
long enough to give them a chance, I know that with
one brief constricting motion, they could. It
is better to escape to emptiness than die of
suffocation. Still, they haven’t managed to kill me so
far, and I am getting bigger. Perhaps it’s time to
find a way to defeat the demons.
I tried to eliminate the blue one by stabbing it,
but that didn’t work. Instead of dying, it
morphed into a more dangerous and frightening
menace. What if cutting off its air supply would
destroy it? It might be vulnerable through the air I
breathe. If I could block off my nose and keep
my mouth closed, it might die. Then I might be able
to stay present in this world, rather than
being continually forced to retreat into the
nothingness. I need to be in control. If this doesn’t
work, I don’t know what else to do. Today is the
day.
Before the purple demon can react, I grab two small
spherical objects and shove one up
each of my nostrils. I clamp my mouth shut, making
sure no air can get through.
“Hunter, NO!” yells the individual with the purple
demon, and they both rush to protect
the blue demon. They carry me, thrashing wildly, to
the place where I always go after trying to
destroy the demons. I lost again. The emptiness
takes me without remorse.
 
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Hunter
I keep my eyes closed, but it doesn’t help. They’re
here. I still see the sparkling colors. My empty
hands feel textures. I smell odors and taste flavors
even though my mouth is empty. I can’t stop
any of it. If I open my eyes, the sensations
superimpose themselves on the sights all around me.
The demons. They’re out to get me. But I never let
them; as soon as they get close enough, I
retreat inside myself, where they can’t follow.
Safety awaits me in the emptiness, and I go there
whenever the fear grips me. I visit this world—the
one outside myself—infrequently, because the
demons are always there, ready to pounce. They
bombard me with their myriad of unwanted
sensations. Falling off into my own private universe
happens automatically.
* * * * *
Today I stayed in the world of the demons.
“Are you his mother?” asked the voice with the
orange radiance seated behind the
protective window.
“Yes,” the one with purple answered.
“Fill out these forms and wait over there.”
“Yes, certainly. Thank you.”
My mother emitted a harsh sound that made my skin
tingle, spoiling the warm purple
glow. The demon around me, mostly its normal cool
blue, contained an additional spicy, blurry
red splotch near my wrist, which hung at a strange
angle in relationship to the arm above it. I
knew something was wrong, but I didn’t remember what
happened or why it looked like that
now. Thoughts of any kind barely registered amid the
uproar of activity that attacked my senses.
The pandemonium only worsened when a woman dressed
in loose-fitting pajamas approached.
She brought warm demons of white and orange. When
she called, “Hunter Miller,” my mother
responded with a wave.
We walked away from the dozen or so demon-infested
people to another room, which
made it slightly easier to think. The shock of
surviving in this chaotic world so long rattled
through me just like the demons themselves. I rarely
lasted more than a few moments in this
terrifying universe, and it felt like hours already.
The woman looked at me. “Hi, Hunter. How old are
you?”
I didn’t look at her. I didn’t answer. I couldn’t
speak.
“He’s nine,” my mother said.
“What brings you into the Emergency Department?” the
woman asked as she turned
toward my mother.
“Hunter is a special-needs child, and he fell off
the bed, landing on his hand. Like this,”
my mother said, as she held her arm out in front of
her, miming a fall onto her outstretched hand.
 
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DARIN C. BROWN spent the last twenty years saving lives as an emergency medicine physician in New Hampshire and Maine. His master’s degree in biomedical engineering and PhD in biophysics helped him conceptualize Hunter’s astounding capabilities. When he’s not writing, he directs Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, including the biannual shows on the Conway Scenic Railroad. In addition to his varied academic interests, he competes at the national level in master’s track. He currently resides in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his wife, Dr. Sandra Brown, and their many pets.
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Hero High.jpgHero High: Figure in the Flames
by Mina Chara
Genre: YA Mystery Romance/Superheroes
Release Date: October 1st 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Reality TV meets Superhero High School in this intriguing story about friendship, fame, and what it means to be a hero.

In Icon City superheroes save the day every day on the quarter hour. Led by Captain Fantastic, scores of superhero celebrities do their best to train the next generation. Seventeen year old Friday Fitzsimmons and Jake her childhood friend are their latest starstruck recruits. When Doctor Dangerous returns from the dead and the Figure in Flames decimates the city, Captain Fantastic is betrayed by one of his own.

Torn between Jake, Ashley and her feelings for Doctor Dangerous, Friday must decide if her childhood friend is worth fighting for, and if the worlds most famous super-villain is worth saving, all while learning how to be a hero.

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Advance Praise:
– I think this book will appeal greatly to fans of the Selection. – the dressmaker D’fwan reminded me of America’s maids … The whole TV reality show aspect also reminded me of Hunger Game as well as The Selection.

– I Really Loved The Book
I am so looking forward to book two. I love the world you’ve created and I want to explore it more. I thoroughly enjoyed Friday and her story.

– I Really, Really Enjoyed This Book!
The way that Ashley and Friday’s relationship progressed was amazing. Too often, in books the two main love interests relationships progress way too quickly and it was refreshing to see Ashley and Friday’s relationship develop gradually instead of it being super rushed.

– I Would Give This Book a Full 5/5 Stars!
Like there was just so much to this book and none of the characters are like what you originally predicted. Every chapter keeps adding to the story and making it more and more complex, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat in suspense.

About the Author
Hi! I’m Mina Chara, I’m a student, an artist, a daughter, sister and companion to my two furry friends, Gimli and Gwynne. This blog is here because I’ve just written a book called Hero High: Figure In The Flames.
This is My Story:
Being dyslexic isn’t so much of a problem, the hard part is not letting it dictate what I like, and what I can do. For years I was scared of reading, but then I discovered YA fiction, real books with main characters I could relate to because most of them were girls.
When someone criticizes my writing, I feel like crying, because I feel like that I’m back in English class getting yelled at again, just wanting to go home, but I’m not a kid anymore, I’m an adult, and as an adult, I wrote a book, and you can too.
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Guest post: My Top Ten Heroines

Layla Williams

From the Disney Chanel Original movie Sky High, a movie that still remains on my watchlist for when I get the monthly blues. I love that movie so very much, I kid you not, I could write an essay on the thing and who knows? Maybe I will…

Captain Janeway from Star Trek Voyager

Captain Janeway never seems to be a contender for best Star Trek Captain, but she is one tough lady and I love her for it. Even when it seems that every member of her crew is working against her she manages to keep them together and get them home. She is sorely under appreciated as a captain and I get pretty upset when I hear people insulting her.

Lois Lane

I don’t think I’ve ever liked a version of Lois Lane outside of Lois and Clarke. In that show she was kind of mean and pushy, after all she’s a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, she has got to be a bit pushy! I love this depiction of Lois Lane so much, I get genuinely upset when she’s boring, or sugary sweet and kind. No, Lois Lane is a psycho; she’s out for the truth.

PowerPuff Girls

Classic, tiny, terrifying, no fingered superheroes. I love them, and their strange comedic timing from the original series. They were a special kind of hero, and if you’ve never seen powerpuff girls, you should.

Rey

From the new Star Wars trilogy. I expected Rey to be a side character and was pleasantly surprised when I found out she was the hero, and even got to pick up a lightsaber! Rey has introduced me to the world of Star Wars, and I’m forever thankful.

Supergirl

I never paid much attention to Supergirl until the CW TV series, which went out of it’s way to reappropriate typically ridiculed feminine memes utilizing love triangles, bright colors, and a bubbly protagonist. Supergirl sums up its moral argument for the entire show in one line, “if you perceive “Supergirl” as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem you?” Supergirl has always been about pointing out it’s not a bad thing to be called a girl. And I will always love it for that.

X-23

I have a lot to say about X-23, or Laura Kinney. She was first invented for the TV show X-Men Evolution, where she stomped around with huge leather boots and an oversized leather jacket growling at people and wrecking things up. To child me she was a bit of role model, I just loved how angry she was. Then the comic books picked her up and ruined her as a character, and made it weird. Don’t ask, I will rant about it for hours.

Lara Croft.

My family used to play Tomb Raider games every Christmas, and when I was a kid I really adored her. I still do, though I don’t have much fondness for the reboot of the series, it came off as too serious, and frankly boring. Tomb Raider was special to me because it was always a little ridiculous. And no, her name is not Laura, it’s Lara. She’s English.

Amu Hinamori

Amu Hinamori is a girl from a manga I read when I was about twelve. It had a huge impact on me as person. The manga was called Shugo Chara, and the main character was someone I really related too, which had never happened to me before. Most people are scared of Amu, they think she’s a bit of a thug, but she has a love of really girly things, and gets into confrontations because she’s trying to help in the only way she knows how, so Amu will forever be with me.

Agatha Of The Woods Beyond

This character comes straight from The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, someone I may have tweeted about once or twice. (Don’t look it up, it’s fine.) I wish I’d found his books and Agatha at a younger age, because something tells me they would have had the same impact that Shugo Chara, and Amu Hinamori did.

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The Outlaw B - Ebook.jpgThe Outlaw: Origins
By 
Alan Janney

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Superheroes
Release Date: February 26th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

A masked vigilante stalks the streets of downtown Los Angeles, disrupting crime and rescuing movie starlets. After being spotted on security cameras and thrust into the national spotlight, he is pursued by both the media and powerful new enemies. Little does the world know the Outlaw is just High School junior Chase Jackson wearing a mask and wondering why his body is suddenly…extraordinary. 

The story continues in Book Two of the Outlaw Series. ‘Infected’.

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Prologue of Outlaw, Book One

Los Angeles Times. March 1st. 2018.

My Night with the Outlaw.” By Teresa Triplett.

The man in the mask is late.

And then he is here without warning and, despite myself, I gasp. I am forbidden to

disclose the location of our rendezvous, but it is dark, it is the middle of the night, and I’m

terrified.

 

Superheroes are, of course, fake. They do not exist in our reality outside of a movie

screen. I am skeptical and even offended by the growing legend surrounding the Outlaw.

It’s ludicrous. However, even if he is a fraud, it’s still the story of the year, maybe even of

the decade. Although that doesn’t explain why I’m so scared I can barely breathe.

 

I don’t know why he agreed to meet me, this man the entire world wants to

interview. In fact, I never even asked him and perhaps that is why I was chosen, when ranks

of more celebrated and prestigious reporters have already been rebuffed. The Editor-inChief

of the Times is holding the front page, waiting on this story you’re reading, even

though I’m not a writer for the paper; I am a television reporter, but the Outlaw wanted the

story out immediately. I’m trembling now as we regard each other in silence. I’ve already

decided that I won’t ask him, ‘Why me?’

 

I can feel him more than I can see him. Witnesses claim he is a big man, and that

doesn’t do him justice. He takes up the whole sky. CNN aired an Outlaw special and their

experts were able to measure him using various photographs, so I know he’s not as immense

as the naked-eye perceives.

 

Hello,” I say, timidly, pathetically. He nods in reply, and it is at this moment I

realize how woefully unprepared I am. In my defense, the Outlaw only gave me an hour’s

notice but I cannot think of a single thing to say. As the silence between us lengthens and

the conversational burden on me increases, I relent and betray myself. “So why me?”

He shrugs and he says, “I don’t know that many reporters.”

 

He knows me? We’ll be pouring over that tidbit for weeks because his identity is

still a mystery. But you know this, and if you’re like the rest of us then you don’t even have

an educated guess.

 

His voice is deep. Darth Vadar deep, although I can tell he’s masking his voice

somehow. His words are slow and the vowels are elongated, and the mask falsifies it even

further. Oh yes. He’s wearing the infamous mask that covers his mouth and holds his hair

back from his furious eyes. Like every other eye-witness, I’m struck by the eyes. His gaze

is hard to return and I find myself fidgeting.

 

I make a few more feeble attempts at small talk, trying to gauge his reactions (of

which there are none), and then I wonder how Natalie North has maintained a relationship

with this stoic dark mystery man. Not only has she withstood his unnerving stare and

imposing presence but according to the stories she has fallen for him and vise-versa, making

them the most unlikely couple and hottest gossip column topic…ever. Beauty and the beast.

Of course it could be a publicity stunt, and rumors persist that there’s another girl in his life.

A real girl, and a real relationship beyond the mask. I imagine that topic’s off-limits tonight.

 

I have to ask a question which will sound absurd even to my ears. Are you able to

do things physically that I can’t? That no one else can?”

 

He doesn’t answer, but I can tell he’s turning the question over in his mind.

Like a super hero?” I press further.

No,” he scoffs. “There’s no such thing. In fact, I’m sick.”

You’re sick?”

Very. Possibly fatal.”

Fatal?” I repeat stupidly, incredulously. “How…from what?”

 

That’s not why I’m here,” he says. He growls his words and he waves my question

away with his hand.

 

Then why?” I ask.

I need you to pass along a message. To everyone.”

What message?”

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Outlaw Music

By: Alan Janney

“I don’t write without headphones clamped firmly on my skull. Music affects me more than most, I think. It unlocks emotions and energy which is otherwise harder to tap into.”

A link to the Spotify Outlaw playlist

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“Below I’ve assembled my most-played songs/artists during the previous twenty-four months as the Outlaw series was written.”

  1. Angels & Airwaves

  2. Blink 182

  3. Parade of Lights

  4. Ecstasy

  5. Bleachers (so good)

  6. Taylor Swift (shut up. she’s great)

    1. Wish You Would

    2. New Romantics

    3. Wonderland

    4. Her other upbeat stuff

  7. Fall Out Boy

    1. American Beauty/Psycho

    2. Save Rock and Roll

8) Thirty Seconds to Mars

9) The Killers

10) Cold Play

       – New album is awesome

11) Toby Mac

12) Caedmons Call

13) Newsboys

        – Except the recent stuff

14) Halo Soundtrack

15) Gladiator Soundtrack

16) How to Train Your Dragon soundtracks (shut up again. great movies)

17) Various soundtracks (Pirates, John Williams, Batman, Backdraft, etc)

18) Star Wars soundtrack

19) Linkin Park

20) Vitamin String Quartet

 

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