My guest today is Raphyel Montez Jordan, artist and author of PROSSIA. Follow ALL the stops on his blog book tour!
His bio states:
Raphyel Montez Jordan grew up in a household sensitive to the creative arts. As a child, his hobbies were drawing favorite cartoon and video game characters while making illustrated stories. This passion for art never left and followed him all the way up to his high school and college years.
It wasn’t until college when he underwent a personal renaissance of sorts that Jordan took his interest in writing to another level. When he was 19, he started writing a novel for fun, taking inspiration from the constant exposure of different ideas and cultures that college showed him while staying true to the values he grew up to embrace. However, when the signs of the times influenced the story and the characters to spawn into universes of their own, he figured he might possibly be on to something.
Even though his novel is not necessarily a religious book, Jordan utilizes his Christian faith by urging people to encourage, not condemn, in his story. Best known for ending his PSFC newsletters with Unity Within Diversity, he hopes Prossia’s success will inspire people to consider and support the positive outlook in the difference human kind can share, whether it be race, religion, or any other cultural difference.
See why I’m intrigued? Not to mention he’s
gorgeous obviously intelligent.
Now for an excerpt:
“Where are you going, Aly?” Gruago asked as he watched the Goolian walk away.
“Either my pappai, Lord Juazi or Gurthyrus are going to come over here with the intent of rolling heads off some shoulders,” she answered. “I’d rather not be in the company when it happens, thanks.”
Gruago shrugged and gave his attention back to Cy and Catty.
Aly headed off ahead so she could catch up with the elders since they wouldn’t be too far away. The grass was getting up to her waist the more she pushed on, and the sound of music behind her grew fainter. The more Aly walked, the less confident she got in heading back towards the elders since she didn’t see any sign of them yet. She stopped and made sure she was still heading in the right direction by checking the fungi growing on a nearby tree.
Catty’s ears suddenly twitched, and she moved her hips away from Cy. She and the two masters saw Juazi sprinting as fast as she could towards them seconds later. The Argutain skid a little as she shouted, “Music Off!”
The speakers stopped playing, shrunk, and flew back into one of Gruago’s pockets.
“Are you lot out of your mind?!” Juazi hissed.
No one besides Cy had enough courage to speak up to the elder.
“No need for worries, ma’am,” Cy insisted. “We were just having a lil fun, is all.”
“Dammit Cyleroa! You above all else should know better!” Juazi said between her teeth. “Every time you make a sound, you’re giving off our position! Now enough toying around and get your asses back with the rest of the squad double. . .where’s Alytchai?”
A sound to Aly’s right made her ear twitch and she had her rifle in her hand before her mind even knew she had grabbed it. She saw some grass rustling in an opening where the sunlight was able to beam down through the trees. There were intense red flowers growing right in the sun’s rays, and a tiny reptile scattered away when it noticed someone was looking at it. Aly sighed and laughed at herself before she headed over to the opening so she could get a closer look at the flowers. She took one step out into the opening, and another creature did the same from the other side.
Aly gasped, the Cyogen that was drawn by the music and flowers gasped, and neither budged a muscle. Aly still had her weapon in hand, and the Cyogen only had to raise his gauntlet and fire. The Goolian tried to hide her fear, but to her surprise, the Cyogen looked even more terrified.
Waiting, waiting. What were they supposed to do? Aly felt a stream of sweat run down the side of her head. The Cyogen felt his hands shaking. Waiting, still waiting. Both were trapped and looking at death.
A flock of birds broke the silence, and Aly’s instincts took over.
“Wait!” she heard the Cyogen yelp.
Too late. One single shot in the nose, and the Cyogen’s face pulled away into molten flesh before he dropped to the ground. Aly staggered back into a tree and covered her mouth. She wiped the sweat from her head and switched the blaster into pistol mode and waited.
~ * ~
Not just an alien-setting shoot-em-up, is it?
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/prossia-raphyel-m-jordan/1100385862?ean=9781453508688
Author website: http://www.raphyelmjordan.com/
Novel Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prossial-Novel-Page/130106780371024?fref=ts
for books, $25 Amazon gift certificate, Prossia swag!
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is faced with Aly’s dilemma.
STephen TrempFebruary 11, 2013 at 9:03am
Its great to meet Raphyel and best wishes to him and Prossia!
Marian AllenFebruary 11, 2013 at 9:43pm
Thanks for stopping by, Stephen!
Diantha JonesFebruary 11, 2013 at 4:06pm
Thanks again for joining the tour, Marian! Very cool writing prompt 🙂
Marian AllenFebruary 11, 2013 at 9:44pm
Thanks, Diantha! And thanks for including me on the tour. 🙂
Raphyel M. JordanFebruary 12, 2013 at 12:07am
What a way to start a blog tour! Thank you so much for wanting o take part in it, Maria. The remaining days have a great head start, and you’re a big reason why. ^_^
Marian AllenFebruary 12, 2013 at 9:00am
Very kind of you to say so! 🙂 Best of luck with the tour and the title. You’re wildly talented!
Marnie ByodFebruary 12, 2013 at 2:07am
Good to know the short introduction about Raphyel Montez life and the things he does. I think he’s a great man.
Marian AllenFebruary 12, 2013 at 9:01am
Art AND writing? He’s quite the talent!
Raphyel M. JordanFebruary 18, 2013 at 11:32am
Thank you both SO much for the warm compliments! I’m not THAT great, really. I’m just have a really strong passion on subjects, so anybody can be “great” if they’re passionate enough. 😉
And I’ve been drawing ever since I was 3, if not earlier, so I love being able to my first childhood passion into the mix of my storytelling. ^_^
H.L. PauffFebruary 12, 2013 at 8:00pm
Very cool excerpt. I’ll have to add that book to my list
Raphyel M. JordanFebruary 18, 2013 at 11:54am
Please do! I hope you enjoy it!