Now this is a fun day. I’m excited to be part of the EXTRACTED Blog Tour and introduce two authors you’re gonna love. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of their smart steampunk tale and thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Tesla Institute. Without further ado – I give you…
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full-time writer and internet radio show host with more mouth then good sense. She has a serious book addiction, but continually refuses treatment, much to her husband’s chagrin.
Tyler and Sherry met one fateful day and bonded over their love for books, science fiction, and donuts. Their first co-written novel came shortly after. Now, they still do all those other things, but also go to various steampunk conventions and events under the guise of ‘research’. They can often be found lurking on the Lost Imperials Facebook page or over on the official website, www.thelostimperials.com.
Welcome to the war.
The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it. The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream. Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.
When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both again.
GUEST POST from Tyler and Sherry:
Being an author, there is a certain level of expectation from the people we meet. As soon as they find out what we do they assume we are rich and famous, or at least rich. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Early on in most people’s careers they have these preconceived notions about the life of a writer. (Read: Fame and glory) but the truth is a little slower coming. Writing isn’t easy. Fun, yes, but it still very much work, very much a job.
Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but the sad truth is we still have to clean our own houses (well, Sherry does. Tyler’s wife usually gets stuck with that particular task), pick up the doggie poo in our yards, and drive ourselves to book signings (though we are still lobbying for a tour bus). The life of a writer isn’t a glamorous one. Actually, it’s exhausting. But we do it because we love it. Which is lucky since the odds of becoming a best-seller are, statistically, the same as being struck by lightning.
Not to be dissuaded by reality, we are working hard to make that dream a reality.
And with that in mind we’ve compiled a list of the stuff we are gonna do if ever we become HUGE WOLRD FAMOUS AUTHORS.
10. Cry on Oprah. A LOT. We’re talking ugly tears. Tyler does this anytime the Notebook is on TV, but Sherry only cries during PBS.
9. Refer to ourselves in the third person. (Though it looks like some of us already do…) AND use WE as in the royal We. Example: We really need to stop and get sandwiches. Translation: Mary really needs to stop and get us sandwiches.
7. Buy a tiny dog and carry him around like a purse. (Or better yet, buy a LARGE dog and carry him around like a purse.)
6. Use our names to get better tables in restaurants. (A thirty minute wait? Don’t you know WHO WE ARE?)
5. Throw a diva tantrum about the actors playing us in the lifetime bio-pic. (Starring K-Stew and Jason Lee? Can’t we at least get someone who’s won an Oscar??)
4. Hire someone to throw confetti whenever we walk into a room. (We will pay extra for making trumpet sounds with your mouths)
3. Have haircuts named after us. (Preferably ones that drop out of fashion in like five days, but everyone is stuck with them for another three months)
2. Walk into McDonalds and demand two Whoppers with cheese.
1. Sneak into random bookstores and sign copies of our own books. (Oh, wait we already DO that!)
Thanks so much to Judith for having us today and to all of you for coming out! We can’t to hear what you guys think of EXTRACTED! Was a pleasure to have you both and I wish you many, many keen readers.