Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mind Over Mind Blog Tour


Mind Over Mind  
Author:  Karina Fabian

Publisher: Dragon Moon Press
Published: July 2011
ISBN:  978-1897942369

Back Cover Blurb/Summary: 
Deryl Stephen’s uncontrollable telepathic abilities have landed him in a mental health institution, where no one believes in his powers.

But when Joshua Lawson, a student of neuro linguistic programming, takes part in a summer internship, he takes the unique step of accepting Deryl’s reality and teaches him to work with it. As Deryl learns control, he finds his next challenge is to face the aliens who have been contacting him psychically for years—aliens who would use him to further their cause in an interplanetary war.

Excerpt:
Ydrel threw himself into wakefulness with such force that he sat up in bed. Still, the nightmare images clung to his mind: the beat of a hundred hearts, the smell of sweat and fear. He clutched his stomach and fought the urge to scream.

A hundred bodies crowded around him, crushing him against the splintered wood of the boxcar.

No, this isn’t real!

No room to move. No air to breathe. Suffocating. Drowning.

No, this isn’t me!

Confusion and fear. Fear the trip would never end. Terror of what waited at its completion.

NO! These aren’t MY memories!!

*
Ydrel threw up shaky mental barriers. The visions faded, just slightly. He forced his eyes open, drinking in reassurance from familiar objects.

He sat in bed, an oversized twin, backed up against pillows rather than splintered wood. Pre-dawn light shone softly through the blinds. On the nightstand, Descartes regarded him with one button eye. The only thing left from before his mother died, he’d slept with that bear until an orderly commented on his “abnormal attachment.” Since then it had stood watch over him instead, braced against the lamp. Even now, without any orderlies around, Ydrel resisted the urge to clutch it close to his chest, but he reached out to touch one tattered foot.

On the shelf beside the window sat a portable boom box, a gift from his first birthday here—his thirteenth. Five years ago, today. The maintenance man had disabled the volume control after Ydrel played it too loudly. Thereafter, he’d found other ways to block out the moans and occasional screams that penetrated the closed door. Happy birthday.

The stereo held up several books. He was studying them in case it called. He both dreaded and longed for the calls. Each episode only gave them more reason to keep him here, yet there was something as familiar and comforting about it as his old bear.

He turned his gaze to the far wall and the framed pictures of a nebula and the solar system by his half-empty closet. On his sixteenth birthday, he’d been allowed to decorate his room and he’d chosen those posters and a mild blue paint to replace the still–lifes and the institutional burgundy-and-pink color scheme. While it had been a relief to his eyes, it was also a constant reminder that they never intended for him to leave.

This is my room, he thought. In the asylum. Even after five years, he’d never call it home. He’d never give Malachai the satisfaction.

*
Calmer now, his mental barriers in place, Ydrel allowed himself to examine the vision that awakened him. Hundreds of bodies packed into a train car not suited for twenty. Most had traveling clothes, but had shed them against the heat. No room to move. The air was stifling and stale. No one knew where they were going. Some suspected, but said nothing. The destination was worse than the trip.

Ydrel sighed. Isaac was on the train to Dachau again.

Ydrel threw off the covers and dressed quickly in a blue t-shirt and jeans, socks and generic sneakers. Already Isaac’s projected fear was breaking down his mental defenses; Ydrel’s fingers trembled as he fumbled with the laces.

Once out in the corridor, he hastened to the old man’s room, forcing himself to keep his pace smooth, his face composed. Someone would stop him if he hurried or looked distressed, and any delay would be unbearable. As he walked he got into character. His stride lengthened; his face hardened. He held his hands relaxed but ready by his hips. When he got to Isaac’s door, he cast a wary look down the hall, then slipped in.

The old man lay on a standard hospital bed, his wide, wild eyes staring at the ceiling but focused on his inner horrors. His hands fluttered helplessly on the thin coverlet. He labored for each ragged breath.

Ydrel sat beside him and composed his own vision.

The train stops so suddenly that people would have been thrown down if they hadn’t been so tightly packed in. The sound of gunfire and shouts in German. The boxcar door opens with a rusty screech. Someone yells in Yiddish, then German: “Out! Now! Quickly, to the woods—to the south!” Relief from the press of bodies, then a new pressure as the flow of people pushes him through the door. Someone grabs his arm —

Ydrel grabbed Isaac by the arm as he pushed the new vision into the old man’s mind.

Isaac blinked, twisted toward Ydrel, then smiled, his eyes bright with tears. “Gideon! Old friend. Thank God!”


Tour Schedule:
1-Sep
info
1-Sep
info
2-Sep
Why I Don't Want Telepathic Powers
2-Sep
Inspiration Behind Mind Over Mind
3-Sep
review
5-Sep
Deryl's Letter
5-Sep
On Uncontrolled Telepathy
5-Sep
character sketch-Joshua
6-Sep
interview
7-Sep
First Rule of Telepathy
7-Sep
interview
8-Sep
The Making of Mind Over Mind
9-Sep
review
9-Sep
interview
10-Sep
Small Steps to Big Goals
10-Sep
interview
11-Sep
Excerpt:  Joshua and his parents
12-Sep
Joshua's e-mail
12-Sep
review
12-Sep
interview
12-Sep
info
13-Sep
10 reasons to read/write sff
13-Sep
Joshua & Sachiko
14-Sep
review
14-Sep
interview
14-Sep
Prioritizing Tips
15-Sep
The  Miscria
16-Sep
One Sentence a Day
16-Sep
I Like Ideas!
16-Sep
character interview
17-Sep
Marketing and the Multi-Genre Writer
17-Sep
What Can't Your Character Do?
18-Sep
interview
19-Sep
Malachai's Message
19-Sep
Alien cultures
20-Sep
interview
21-Sep
review
26-Sep
reviews
4-Oct
Top Ten Reasons I Write
10-Oct
Telepathy or Insanity?
14-Oct
advice to teen writers


 

Unlike her characters, Karina Fabian lives a comfortably ordinary life.  Wife to Air Force Colonel Robert Fabian and mother of four, her adventures usually involve packing and moving, attending conventions, or giving writing and marketing advice in one of her many workshops.  She's always had an overactive imagination, however, and started writing in order to quell the voices in her head--characters who insisted on living lives in her mind and telling her their stories.  Winner of the 2010 INDIE award, winner and finalist for the EPPIE and finalist for the Global e-book awards, she's glad people enjoy reading the tales her characters tell.


Website: http://fabianspace.com

16 comments:

Marlena Cassidy said...

I love the writing and Ydrel's voice. Everything's so wonderfully detailed and compact at the same time.

Joylene said...

The excerpt was intriguing. Best of luck with your tour.

Karen Cioffi said...

Great excerpt. I love the cover!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Marlena, Joylene and Karen! Thanks for stopping by to check out Karina's newest book. I hope you get a chance to stop by some of the stops on her book tour.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

It sounds like an interesting read. :)

Cher Green said...

Very intriguing excerpt! Well written. Good luck with the blog tour Karina. Look forward to seeing at my blog.

Cher

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oooh, cool blurb. And I loved the excerpt!! Congrats to Karina!

Margo Berendsen said...

Oh, I need someone like this to "push" my bad dreams away! What a great scene... depressing yet hopeful at the same time.

Karina Fabian said...

Wow! Thanks, everyone! So glad you enjoyed the excerpt. There are several more blogs on the tour where I am writing from the characters's POV. I hope you'll check them out.

Susan, thanks for hosting me on your blog for the tour. I really appreciate it!

Blessings,
Karina

alexia said...

Very cool premise! Good luck on your tour!

Stephen Tremp said...

Its great to meet you Karina. That's one heckuva schedule you have. Best wishes to you and your success with Mind Over Mind!

Miranda Hardy said...

Congrats Karina! Good luck with the tour. I enjoyed the except.

Jemi Fraser said...

Very cool cover - thanks for the tip, sounds like a fun read!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Nice excerpt. Congratulations on the book, Karina. Enjoy your tour.

Karina Fabian said...

Thanks everyone, for stopping by, reading about Mind Over Mind and taking the time to comment. It's great to see Susanne has so many loyal readers!

Blessings,
Karina

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm not a big SF fan, but the premise behind this is cool.

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