Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Seventh Hour by Tracey Ward - Book Blitz + Giveaway

The Seventh Hour
Tracey Ward
Publication date: January 6th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
When the Earth’s rotation slowed to a crawl mankind was plunged into a harsh world of burning hot days and endless, arctic nights. Some fled to the mountains for shelter. Others took to the seas, sailing forever in the perfect gold between the night and the day; a place known as the Seventh Hour.
Liv was raised aboard a ship chasing the Seventh. She’s never seen the night, never known true cold, and when a storm destroys her home she’s on land for the first time in her life. She’s alone, surrounded by strangers and perils she couldn’t have imagined in her worst nightmares. Her only chance at survival is Grayson.
He saved her. He’ll protect her. He hates her.
Old grudges run deeper than the sea, and Liv and Gray will have to overcome them together to make it to morning.
To survive the longest night.








EXCERPT:
Change doesn’t happen overnight.
That’s what they used to say. I bet it used to be true.
Now it’s an idiom, a phrase we use out of six hundred year old habit that has no literal meaning anymore. Not since the world changed and everything was forced to change with it. The people, the animals. The weather and the landscape. The very nature of the Earth shifted, taking all of us with it.
And no, it didn’t happen overnight.
We adapted or we died, and if there was one good thing about the slowing of the Earth it was that it gave us time. Time to learn, time to prep, time to adjust. Time to save what technology we needed to survive and cast the rest aside. To build cities to withstand the bitter cold and the blistering heat.
Some burrowed into the mountains, building their homes and cities under the ground. They hid from the elements and they waited out the summers. The winters. The hours.
Others refused to hide. As the oceans pooled to the north and south, burying the old world and raising a new supercontinent that circled the Earth like a ring, they took to the sea. They built boats, set sail, and left the frigid night and burning day behind. They stay in the hours in between, in the half-light. That perfect hour. The golden hour.
The Seventh hour.


Guest Post
Author is the Loneliest Number
Why Writing Sucks at Being Awesome
by Tracey Ward


I’ll start this by saying I love my job. SO much. Even on the bad days.
I’ve worked in insurance, at a jewelry store, a video store before they went extinct. Target. The best thing I can say about those jobs is that I got paid. They covered my bills and put gas in my car. But until I started writing I didn’t know what it was to love a job. Like really love it with my whole heart.
I also didn’t know what it could feel like to really hate it either. Not even on Black Friday at 4 a.m. in Target red surrounded by discount waffle makers did I know true hate.
Now I do.
Being an author sucks because it’s lonely. I make my own covers, I write the stories alone, I market everything myself. If it bombs, it’s on me. Only me. That’s when I hate it. That’s when I feel like I failed my fans, and I cannot stand that feeling. On the flip side, if it succeeds that’s my success. Mine all mine. But no one can appreciate it like I can. No one went through the process with me. No one sweated the book like I did, no one else poured their soul into it, and in the end I’m still alone.
So what’s the sunny side of being an author? There has to be one, right? Otherwise this post accomplishes nothing but bringing everybody down and making us all want waffles.
Good news! There is a sunny side; you. Readers. You guys make it worth it. You guys make the loneliness fade away when you love a character I’ve created or simply spent a few hours wandering the world I’ve built. Whether you enjoy the story or not, you visit it. You breathe life into it by turning the pages, reading the words.
You make it worth writing; love, hate, loneliness and all.



Author Bio:
"I don't write romances, I write relationships. One is pretty and perfect and all consuming. The other is real."
I was born in Eugene, Oregon and studied English Literature at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) I love writing all kinds of genres from YA Dystopian to New Adult Romance, the common themes between them all being strong character development and a good dose of humor.
My husband, son, and snuggly pitbull are my world.











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