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New Hope City Paperback Winners!

11 Mar

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The winners of the “New Hope City” paperback version have been chosen! Congrats to Holly and Lindsay! Your autographed copies will be mailed this week. For those people who did not win a paperback copy, I am giving away FREE ebook copies to the next 25 11 people who signup for my mailing list. Please signup here to receive a freebie coupon.

ETA: March 13, 2013 THANK YOU to everyone who signed up! I hope you enjoy the novel. If you would like to hear about other giveaway opportunities please feel free to join the mailing list here.  And to those people who won the paperback (you too Jed) I mailed your package yesterday. You should receive it within 3 – 4 days.  BTW, I’m doing another giveaway on LibraryThing for the first episode of “After The Darkness” signup today to get your complimentary copy and don’t forget to leave a review.

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Paperback Available: New Hope City

6 Feb

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The paperback edition of New Hope City is now available. You can purchase it from Amazon.

DarknessEp4FinalI’ve just finished writing the fourth episode of “After The Darkness.” It’s being edited at this point but will be available by the end of the month. I apologize for the delay!

LibraryThing Giveaway – New Hope City

26 Jan

For a limited time I’m doing a LibraryThing Giveaway of New Hope City. Please request a copy here: http://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list (Library thing does not allow me to directly link to my book, so please scroll down or search for “New Hope City”)

If you receive (or have already received) a free copy, please leave an review on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Goodreads, LibraryThing or Smashwords. A review doesn’t need to be long. It can be just a few sentences and it’s greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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What Post-Apocalyptic Societies Really Look Like

8 Jan

When we think of post-apocalyptic worlds many of us envision alien invasions, zombie infections and bloodthirsty vampires. But post-apocalyptic doesn’t have to come in the form of the fantastical and other- worldly, it can be much more insidious.  When we look around the world we see many post-apocalyptic societies. Societies at war, suffering from lack, famine and oppression. And even within the borders of the United States, it can seem that a dystopian like state is upon us. Bankrupt cities and homes with no running water or electricity are more common than many Americans imagine.  The collapse of the real estate industry left many American towns littered with abandoned homes, filled with the newly homeless and freshly minted poor. We got a taste of what it feels like when a system collapses. But what happens when one too many systems collapse? What happens when systemic collapse reaches a tipping point? When I wrote New Hope City, I wanted explore a society where nothing quite works the way it’s supposed to, a society where collapse occurs in a creeping fashion, one small failure at a time.  In New Hope City, things seem normal enough, but once you scratch beneath the surface, that’s not quite the case. A story told through the eyes of 14-year-old Sunni Brown, we get a first-hand account of what happens to a human being forced to live in a collapsing society. Let’s take a look several core failures that exist in post-apocalyptic New Hope City:

Culture of Corruption

Like most dystopian societies, in New Hope City corruption is endemic. But it’s not just the police, city officials and the villains that are corrupt. Corruption infects everyone, even those who try to do good. Corruption is like a fast spreading cancer that will completely consume its host if not stopped. In this type of a society a do-gooder might help the poor but only after they fatten their own wallet and belly. In this type of society a parent will exploit their own child. In this type of society, gangsters own the politicians. And it is corruption that ultimately destroys the society.

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Lack of Vision

Societies experiencing a creeping collapse are filled with people who have no vision for the future. They are incapable of preparing for the future because they don’t really believe there is a future for which to prepare.  Every action is about immediate satisfaction. In these types of societies the education of youth is abandoned, infrastructure is never developed and there is no preparation for future generations. In New Hope City many residents give lip service to the future but few truly make an effort to build towards it. Cynicism is a city motto.

Isolationism

Real life post-apocalyptic societies often isolate themselves from the outside world.  Even if they don’t physically erect walls, they may ignore the world around them. They become insular, only concerning themselves with what’s happening within their city, neighborhood or family. In societies in the later stages of collapse, they may even ignore what’s happening right outside their door, instead choosing to focus on themselves and their immediate family.  In New Hope City crime is out of control because no one wants to get involved. No one considers victims of crime their problem. And in some cases they blame crime victims for their own suffering.

DIY Justice

DYI justice, more commonly known as vigilantism, eventually supersedes official law enforcement channels in a collapsed society. The people not completely consumed by corruption may choose vigilantism to get the justice they want but can’t find through normal channels. In New Hope City there is no justice through the police department or the court system.  While the police and court system exist, they don’t function properly. And it’s with this system’s collapse that Sunni Brown’s story begins.

In New Hope City I tell the story of a teenage girl living in a collapsed society and I explore how this post-apocalyptic world impacts her interactions with others and the choices she makes.  New Hope City is a full-length novel written for adults (not YA fiction). While I think the novel is appropriate for mature teens 16 years and older, parental guidance is advised. Available on Kindle, Nook and Kobo. Other formats coming soon.

SunHi Mistwalker writes fiction set in dystopian and post-apocalyptic worlds. Her new novel New Hope City, a dark coming-of-age story set in a post-apocalyptic America, follows the life of Sunni Brown, a teenage girl exploited by sex traffickers who tries to get a fresh start when she meets a disillusioned cop. She is also the author of the science fiction series After The Darkness. Please sign up for the mailing list for receive updates, freebies and special discounts. You can also follow SunHi on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy Holidays! Book Updates

20 Dec

New Hope City is now available on Nook. Other formats are coming soon, including a paperback. Episode 4 of the Science Fiction series is moving along slowly but surely. I’ve been quite exhausted lately so I’ve limited my online time and focused on recuperating and writing. I hope that all of you are enjoying this Holiday season. I look forward to publishing even more books in 2013.

 

“New Hope City” Is Now Published

29 Nov

I’m excited to let everyone know that the novel “New Hope City” is now published.  “New Hope City” is a full-length novel that’s approximately 230 pages.  It’s a follow-up to the short-story “The Shelter.”

Story Description:

After four years of hellish cruelty in a sex trafficking gang, 14 year old Sunni Brown moves to a southern city mired in poverty and despair. She walks with her head bowed and her shoulders slumped like the world is weighing her down – a real victim of the system as they say. However, something inside her is brewing; she slowly grows angrier and hardened. But when she crosses paths with a disillusioned cop, will her growing hatred, rage and the burning desire for revenge change her from helpless victim to raging vigilante?

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Publication Update: Novel Complete

11 Nov

I know I’ve been really quiet lately, but that’s only because I’ve been very busy. The good  news is that I’ve completed the final edits on the novel “New Hope City.”  And once my proofreader completes her read through I will publish the book. We’re looking at publishing the novel this month.  I will be giving out a limited number of ARCS (Advanced Reader Copies) once proofreading is complete. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact me.

In other news, the next “After The Darkness” episode is delayed because of my work on the novel.  It doesn’t look like publication of Episode 4 will happen this month because I don’t have enough time to complete it. So, we’re looking at a December publication date for Episode 4 and then we will return to our normal schedule. I apologize for the delay.