I am so excited to offer you an exclusive excerpt of Nirvana. Scroll down to read it and enter to win a paperback copy of Nirvana by J.R. Stewart and a poster of the gorgeous cover!
Series: Nirvana Series #1
Published by Blue Moon Publishers on November 10th 2015
Pages: 186 pages
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
eARC provided by Blue Moon Publishers, Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?
Animal activist and punk rock star Larissa Kenders lives in a dystopian world where the real and the virtual intermingle. After the disappearance of her soulmate, Andrew, Kenders finds solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world controlled by Hexagon.
In Nirvana, anyone’s deepest desires may be realized – even visits with Andrew.
Although Kenders knows that this version of Andrew is virtual, when he asks for her assistance revealing Hexagon’s dark secret, she cannot help but comply. Soon after, Kenders and her closest allies find themselves in a battle with Hexagon, the very institution they have been taught to trust. After uncovering much more than she expected, Kenders’ biggest challenge is determining what is real – and what is virtual.
Nirvana is a fast-paced, page-turning young adult novel combining elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance. Part of a trilogy, this book introduces readers to a young woman who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so.
Check out my review for Nirvana and enjoy this excerpt…
Paloma enters the room and circles the table. Once she’s done stalking, she pulls a padded chair from underneath the white table so slowly that it echoes among the concrete walls. She leans on the back of the chair, tapping her red fingernails slowly, like a death march. I count the number of taps, think of a tune in my head; anything to keep me calm.
After seventy taps, she sits down, remains motionless, and stares at me. Our eyes lock, and I count the seconds. In the periphery, people walk past the door, stop and stare in, then move on. I don’t shift my focus from her, and keep my body still in the seat. Although I know it won’t happen, I keep hoping the third person will appear.
I look at her cold, beady eyes, her blanched face, and form a picture in my mind: she’s a hoarder, lives with her mother, is afraid of rats. The image makes me smile inside and helps to alleviate the tension. I still don’t know how security in the new Hexagon works. Is there even any justice? It is only corporate rule now, so that interrogation is a moot point. Still, I see it in her eyes: the joy of questioning, the power she feels. She was probably a beat cop in her time.
Paloma takes a drink of water, licks her lips with a look of satisfaction, and sets the glass back on the table. Inside, I’m shaking, but I fix my gaze on her and don’t even drop my eyes to the water glass. My face is stealth.
Suddenly, she breaks the silence. “I feel like I’m back in high school detention,” she says in a light voice. “Remember those days? I found them such a waste of time. Boring.”
I’m used to these tactics: create a non-threatening atmosphere with casual conversation, claim to share beliefs, get your suspect to like you, to trust you because you’re like them.
“I remember what my math teacher used to say.” I continue to look straight at her the entire time I’m talking. I won’t play her game. “An intelligent mind is never bored.” She wants my eyes to move to the right, so she can determine how my brain activates memory. Then she will ask a basic question about Andrew’s files to determine my deception.
One step ahead of you, bitch.
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