Monday, 22 June 2020

Book Tour: Ruins of Sapphire Vol. 1, YA Science Fiction Trilogy Crimson Winter by Justine Alley Dowsett...

About the Book:

When Japanese high school student Yukari Namikoya finds herself suddenly and inexplicably on another planet, she must quickly come to terms with the fact that she may never see Tokyo again. With a sun that never sets, the desert world of Crimson Winter is on the brink of extinction and day-to-day survival can be difficult; especially for someone used to the modern-day conveniences of Earth.

Following the only clue she has to a way home – a cryptic message from a woman long dead – Yukari heads into the desert searching for the Temple of Sapphire. There, she finds the temple in ruins, but what waits there for her is her destiny as a Chosen of the gem god Sapphiros.

Stranded on this new world and hunted by the Vile Emperor and his vast forces simply for being what she is, Yukari has no choice but to learn how to fulfill the role she’s been cast into and become the long-awaited saviour of a dangerous planet she doesn’t yet understand.

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Book Details:

Publisher: Mirror World Publishing
Publication Date: June 17, 2020

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A clawed metal foot stepped out from the pillar of light and I stood riveted by this strange new horror, unable to react as more of the creature revealed itself. Shaped vaguely like a man, it was covered in armour so deeply purple it might have appeared black except for the otherworldly red light bathing everything in the park. The armour was pointed, with spikes on the arms, knees, and shoulders. The helmet was the most grotesque and frightening of all, with great curving metal tusks and an alien cast to what features there were. Not an inch of what might lie beneath the armour showed, not even in the eyes, which glowed a sinister red, exactly like the crimson rubies used by its followers to trap us here. 
“This is impossible…” I breathed. “Impossible…”
The police sirens snapped me back to reality as nothing else could have. The police were here! They would see this, and we would be believed and saved – possibly. I had hope the police could drive off at least the four that surrounded us – if not the armoured monstrosity – so we could run and maybe break free of this horror. 
I turned to let Yue know the police were coming – I hadn’t yet told her about the call I had made – but I hadn’t counted on her temper. She was already riled up from being unable to lay a finger on the blonde guy behind us, and now something was in the ring with us – so to speak – so she was gearing herself up to face it head on. 
“Yue, no!” I screamed as I watched my friend charge the armoured menace. 
It watched her approach impassively and I wondered if it truly saw her. Yue leapt full force at the last moment, and tried to grab hold of the armoured suit, not nearly careful enough to avoid the spikes. It was as if she didn’t care if she got hurt; she only wanted to stand in the creature’s way so it would fight her and leave the rest of us alone. 
My heart went out to her for her bravery, even though her actions were foolish and dangerous. Yue managed to wrap herself around one of its armoured arms with only a minimal amount of scratches and bruises, and she was screaming at the thing to get its attention. 
Suddenly the arm of the suit of armour lifted; Yue had not been expecting this, so her hold slipped. She scrabbled for purchase, but that smooth metal must have been fairly slick. Her leg flailed, catching on a knee spike, and she screamed, but miraculously she managed to hold on for whatever good it would do her. 
I couldn’t watch Yue throw her life away. I knew this thing, whatever it was, wasn’t yet trying to hurt or kill her. It was doing her body damage just by being what it was and if it decided to get serious, I knew that Yue – and possibly the rest of us – wouldn’t stand a chance. 
I turned away and was almost surprised to see that the police had indeed arrived. To my dismay, however, the police were not paying any attention to us or the metal monster in the playground; they were talking – seemingly calmly – to the blonde teenager. 
They were asking him questions and he was answering them in a very open and non-threatening way. Could they not see us here? I realized then I couldn’t hear them. The invisible barrier…I remembered Yue throwing herself against it. It must have been concealing us, somehow.
My theory made about as much sense as any of this did. I tried yelling, to no avail. I thought about trying to get through to the woman on the phone, but I had to admit I had known I hadn’t actually been speaking to anyone in a while – perhaps even since the barrier had been erected. 
We were well and truly trapped.

Meet the Author:

Justine Alley Dowsett is the author of nine novels and counting, and one of the founders of Mirror World Publishing. Her books, which she often co-writes with her sister, Murandy Damodred, range from young adult science fiction to dark fantasy/romance. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Windsor, honed her skills as an entrepreneur by tackling video game production, and now she dedicates her time to writing, publishing, and occasionally role-playing.
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  1. Congrats and best wishes on the re-release of Ruins of Sapphire, Justine! Cheers!

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    1. My pleasure, Amber and Justine! Best wishes for a bestseller! Woohoo!