Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Illumination Query by Sarah Baethge + Giveaway

The Illumination Query by Sarah Baethge
Self published in America yesterday, the 1st June 2018.

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository : from £4.75 (PB)
Wordery : from £5.83 (PB)
Smashwords : from $2.50 (ebook)
Amazon : from $7.75 / £4.75 (PB)
Prices and availability may have changed since this post was written

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Ronald Carpenter (the narrator) is a zookeeper that gets help from a company called The Eclipse when he needs to recapture some escaped animals. The company takes a shine to him and lures him into working for them. They are keeping a zoo of animals that they use for medical testing and are happy to have his expertise in accommodating them. To prove his loyalty they have him come along to take the scientist Nigel hunter captive.

Ronald and Nigel come to find out that the creatures kept by The Eclipse are supernatural animals that the average person would not consider real. The Eclipse is keeping ‘fantasy’ creatures for testing because they have no legal protections and many of them, like werewolves, are nearly human.

The second part of the story is from Nigel’s point of view and the time is set back to a little before he was taken captive. Nigel Hunter was working for a lab owned by The Eclipse, but his test animals were rats and he is unaware of the supernatural testing. After an accident, he decides to test a procedure that allows great speed on himself. The rats with the increased speed begin to die off. The Eclipse higher ups decide that Nigel is as good as a test animal and get Ronald to take him captive.

Being held with the test creatures, Nigel becomes friends with the beings he is kept among as he is basically tortured by Eclipse folk who want to see the impossible speed. He and friend creatures decide that he is fast enough to possibly escape and get help to stand against The Eclipse. After a tense encounter with Ronald and the death of one of his new companions, Nigel has to use whatever he can to get away.

Meet The Author
I am Sarah Baethge. I was born in Houston in 1982, and grew up in Texas and Louisiana. I was an intern for Lockheed-Martin fresh out of high school. I graduated with a national merit scholarship in 2000. I got to work on the software of computers at NASA in Houston in the summer before I headed to college in Dallas.

In November of 2000 when I was driving to school, I was in a car wreck that left me in a coma for 6 months. After waking, I began writing and self-publishing short fantasy and science-fiction stories, starting with the original The Speed of Darkness book. Soon after I had it out I greatly expanded the story in my notes. I took the book down from Amazon and Smashwords because it begins a bit abruptly, and I thought I could improve it with a prequel or two. I do have two paperbacks on Amazon along with a short piece of my Speed of Darkness series as an ebook. As I have spent more time on writing my own worlds than acting as a bookseller, and they have never gained much notice. I did get a vampire poem I wrote called ‘And I Was Hungry’ published in an online magazine called What the Dickens in March of 2014.

Author links:
LinkedIn ~ Google+ ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

And now for the Giveaway!

Sarah has kindly offered an ebook copy (pdf or mobi) of The Speed Of Darkness, a story set in the same world and which follows on from The Illumination Query. This giveaway is open internationally until the 16th June.

Sarah Baethge Speed Of Darkness ebook

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  1. It's quite an interesting idea for a book. I like hearing about something different.