By Ruth Silver
Expected Publication Date: April 17, 2013
Cover Designed by Lazy Day Publishing
In the future dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.
With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.
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Excerpt # 1
I sighed softly and did something I'd only read about in forbidden novels. I leant in, brushing my lips against his. The kiss was soft and chaste. It lasted no more than a mere second before I pulled back.
"What was that, Olive?" He gave me a horrified look and all I could feel was my stomach somersault. I knew romance and love weren't ever spoken of in Genesis. There was no need when the government knew who was perfect for one another, and children were won by lottery and conceived in a lab. Intimate acts were considered unnecessary.
"I read about it in a book," I whispered, afraid I'd done it all wrong. "It was a kiss," I breathed, chewing on my bottom lip nervously. I’d never kissed anyone before and worried he thought it was terrible. I’d never seen two people share a kiss, I didn’t quite know what it was supposed to look like, but I thought I’d done it right after reading about it. My hand reached out, grabbing his arm. "Please don't be mad at me." I breathed. "You have to swear you won't tell anyone!" Joshua hesitated for only an instant before he leaned in, taking another taste from my lips trying again. The second kiss was softer and satisfied both of our curiosities. My heart raced and my skin warmed to his touch. "I thought today was going to turn out so much worse," I confessed.
Joshua laughed as he pulled back slightly, staring at me. His eyes had darkened a deeper richer shade of blue. I'd never seen his eyes change colors before. His fingers moved to tickle my stomach with a grin. "Worse? Really? You're not happy you married me? You're just relieved it wasn't someone worse?"
"No!" I shrieked, "That's not what I meant!" I tried to catch my breath, but he hardly gave me a second more than necessary. I pulled from his ticklish grasp, jumped from the couch and ran
across the room in a fit of laughter. He quickly followed, jumping over the sofa as he was just inches from me. He was close now, smiling and trailing behind me as I ran toward the bedroom. It was probably the worst place I could go, trapped between Joshua and a mattress. I felt him tackle me down onto the plush bed, his hands skimmed my stomach but he was no longer tickling me. The laughter still hadn't subsided.
"Breathe," Joshua said, staring intently at me.
"Trying," I gasped between fits of laughter. Lying down helped settle the feeling of my
racing heart, and after a moment I shifted along the mattress, reaching out to him. "I want to tell
you a story," I insisted as my fingers found his cheek. "One I read in a book." I wanted him to learn the things I had about love and romance. I couldn't help but feel my body stir with a strange fire and warmth as he loomed just above me. Staring up at him I froze on the mattress hearing the latch click on the front door. I knew it had been locked.
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Our Author Interview
What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?
That’s a tough one, because I have the ability to control what my characters do - I make them do what I want them to. At the same time, I think the main character is stronger than I am, willing to run away and leave her mother behind because she knows it’s the only way to survive. I wouldn't have done that and because of it - I'd probably have been killed off by the third or fourth chapter!
What was your inspiration behind this book?
Oh a lot of things. For starters, the economic system and the way our current society is - there’s lots of homelessness, job loss, people barely getting by and I thought ‘what if these things didn't exist’. I also know that no perfect society can ever truly be perfect. We might strive to achieve that but something always stands in the way. Which, is why I liked the idea of a world that was truly infertile (without the help of scientists intervening).
Why did you become a writer ?
I love to write. I've been writing since I was about fifteen and most of the time, the stories I would share over the internet or tuck away on a file somewhere on the computer. I finally wanted to share my writing with the world.
As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in there continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that ?
Definitely! I interact all the time with readers and fans of the story. I answer emails, chat on twitter & tumblr with fans and am so pleased that Aberrant has gotten the positive response that it has! I also have sent out some autographed bookmarks to fans, across the world.
Do you have a favorite author or authors?
I love John Green’s writing. It just about always makes me cry. My favorite book by him is The Fault in Our Stars. You can’t read that book and not feel something.
Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?
I do because I personally feel like you become more attached to the characters and you can explore a lot more over three (or five) books than you can over one. I've also been told in writing young adult books, there’s a certain word count you have to adhere to, especially as a new author. The only way to get around this and tell the story you want to, is by making your novel into a series.
If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?
Oh gosh, well it'd probably be Jace from The Mortal Instruments but he’d have to be a few years older. Of course, if I was dating him, I’d probably feel a little bad for Clary. Oh well!
What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?
I absolutely love Young Adult novels. Lately, I've been sticking with the Dystopian genre but there’s a few paranormal fantasy books that have really gotten to me (Die for Me by Amy Plum).
Do you cry when writing sad scenes?
Yes! Especially when you kill off characters you love. It’s horrible to read and just as hard to write.
Did you have a Cover Designer ?
For the paperback, I designed the cover using stock images. The publisher, LazyDay Publishing designed the eBook cover.
Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush ?
Katniss Everdeen is pretty awesome.
If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be ?
Veronica Roth and I'd hope she’d give spoilers for the next book in her series, Allegiant.
Do just reread your favorite books ?
Not very often. There are so many new books I want to read and barely have time for, it’s rare that I reread a book.
Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do ?
Sure, it happens more so when I'm reading a book that’s way too slow and bogged down with detail. Then, when I finally finish it, I'm not sure what I want to read because I don't want it to be anything like the last novel. So, I usually ask for a recommendation from someone that knows what I like and can give me an honest opinion on what to read. More often than not, that fixes the trick!
What is the funniest book you ever read ?
Funniest book? I read an english to aussie translation guide before I went to visit Australia. Yes, I know down under they speak English but I thought it’d be fun to learn some of their lingo. Turns out most of the lingo in the book, no one in their right mind would say!
Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing, ABERRANT is scheduled for release April 2013. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
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