Happy Friday, dear readers!
I have a special guest on my blog today. Braxton Cosby is making a return to my site and sharing all about his new release The Sect.
Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, which is a multimedia company. I work for the Print Division as the Chief Editor, so I’ve gotten to work with Braxton in many capacities, including being his editor for the upcoming Protostar and Supernova YA/SciFi/Romance novels from his Star-Crossed Saga Series. (Which will totally blow your socks off, by the way.)
About Braxton: Braxton A. Cosby loves to share stories of hope, inspiration, and love that exemplify the joys and trials of life’s journeys. He is a multi-award-winning author who delves in a little bit of every genre from young adult fiction, health and non-fiction, to autobiographies.
For a full bio, click HERE to visit his about page on his website.
Q & A Time
Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I have a love for creation. I appreciate those who have creative minds and love to take their thoughts and ideas to the next level. We have all been given gifts and talents in some form, and writing has really become an avenue of expression for me through the characters and stories I tell. Writing Young Adult and New Adult genres gives me the liberty of being as free as I can with my imagination because most readers who like these kinds of books have an easier time traveling with me (the writer) as I world build.
How has being a publisher changed your life?
I’m very busy now. I always find myself either fleshing out a new book idea (personally or with another writer), or doing interviews, or just reading a new book. Reading is much more fulfilling to me now because it gets my creative brain going and I am able to pour much more into my works because of it.
What are you reading right now?
I finished two very successful Young Adult franchise novel series: Divergent by Veronica Roth and Legend by Marie Lu, and am currently loving every minute of CF Waller’s Free Dive. If you haven’t read it, please grab a copy on ebook, audiobook, or paperback. You will not be disappointed.
What is your current work-in-progress?
I am currently working on the last book of The Star-Crossed Saga’s (Sci-fi Romance) franchise. Protostar (Book 1) will be re-released (Deluxe Edition) under a joint venture between Tate Publishing LLC and Cosby Media Productions in mid-April, and Supernova (Book 2) will be out in May (both initially on eBook). June will release both on paperback and the audiobooks should be available by then as well. The novella Broken Prince, which chronicles William’s first mission and leads us up to Protostar will be available early April, right before the release of Protostar.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
My settings have a tendency to jump around because I like to keep the readers involved. Protostar is a space epic, which settles on planet Earth in Tennessee, while The Windgate (Book 1 of The School of Ministry) is right here in Atlanta. None of the characters in each story stay in one place though. I like to think of the main cities as origin points just so people understand the characters better.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I like to spend time with my girls (3 daughters) and take them to the movies, eat frozen yogurt, or read at the book store. I’m also a gamer, and I enjoy playing games with my friends online.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Getting my outline started. I have to have structure with my writing, which gives me direction. Once I get it nailed down, it’s so easy to start flowing.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Find a vision, write it down (make it real), and love it. It is yours, so you need to perfect it. Make the book you write the book you love first. Then, others will follow.
Tell us about the featured book.
The Sect: The Windgate, tells the story about a young man named Ziv, who is orphaned at the age of six and struggles to find his identity. He learns that he has to power to see things through dreams and by just closing his eyes. He can see creatures from the other side. When he turns eighteen, he is re-united with his long secret love named Stephanie, and he decides that he will finally tell her how he feels. On the day that he goes to see her, she is kidnapped and he is recruited by a secret society called The Sect and they want to hone his gifts as a “Conduit” (stop time and see demons) to fight evil. He agrees to join them if they will help him find his friend, and along the way, he is teamed up with two other young men. They must all work together to stop Akabod – the spiritual prodigal son of The School of Ministry — before he can destroy the Windgate. It’s an epic tale that is just the first book in a planned trilogy. The Sect: The Windgate is actually a re-imagined version of the award-wining The School of Ministry: The Windgate (this title represents the series), with more streamlined storytelling elements. I whittled it down a bit to make it flow much faster in preparation for the sequel. The eBook will be out on March 10th, and the audiobook is finished and will be available by April, when the paperback drops.
Also, readers can pick up a copy of the novella Evan’s Heart this weekend for only $0.99. It gives you the perspective of Evan during a very pivotal scene in the book. You don’t want to miss this quick read that will prepare you for The Sect: The Windgate.
PROLOGUE OF THE SECT
Five years ago, one night changed everything. I was out horse playing with a bunch of friends, in the streets, acting crazy. We came to an old abandoned building and decided to play a game of hide and seek. But I played hide and seek a little too well, easily ducking away from the others, making my way to the lower levels undetected. As they scouted around looking for me, I lost myself, trapped in a maze of empty rooms. Trying to find my way back, I came across another group of other teens, making such a ruckus that I couldn’t help but spy on them from a distance. But their horse playing was nothing like what we were doing. Boys. A pack of them and a lone girl, engaged in disturbing behavior.
The boys were harassing her, hands everywhere. She cried out in screams that rattled my eardrums. My hands found their way over my ears, trying their best to block out the screeches. The more hands she batted away, twice as many appeared. They pressed in, grasping and groping. One of the boys pressed harder, adding slaps and kicks, until finally ripping a few layers of clothing from her body.
That’s when the others joined in. Her screams echoed through the rooms, breaking through my hands, making it hard for me to look away. I hid in the shadows, too afraid to help, too scared to make them stop. She tried to fight back, but there were too many.
Finally, I emerged from the darkness and bucked up the nerve to yell out, “Stop!” But they ignored me. Eventually, things got really heated, the girl screaming at the top of her lungs, and the boys pushing her down. That’s when something broke free inside me. It started with a quiver, then a strong tremble, until my legs shook so hard I fell backward. My head slammed the floor. I winced and closed my eyes. What I saw terrified me. It was dark but I could see everything clearly. Horrible images shrouded me in a sheath of fear. Circling each one of the boys were hideous, great and fearful beasts. They had eyes that burned like embers, claws the length of fingers, and skin like that of dragons with patches of blazing red hair all over that seemed to stand on end. Grey smoke puffed from their mouths as they spoke. Some whispered obscenities, while others screamed deplorable things, encouraging the boys to continue. I opened my eyes and gasped. My heart fluttered and I looked around the room. The beasts were gone. Only the boys and the girl remained. Taking a deep breath, I shuddered at the thought of closing them again, but I had to.
I had to know the truth.
I did. It was true. I closed my eyes again and there they were. Within the dark recesses of my eyelids, I was able to see creatures from the other side. But what were they? Ghosts?
I mustered the strength to run out of the building, screaming for help. People stared at me like I was crazy. Finally, an adult took my accusations seriously and the police arrived, but it was too late. The damage was done. The girl’s family tried to press charges, but she was high on drugs and was not able to identify the suspects. I lacked the heart to come forward and testify against them, left town for good. From then on, I knew I was different. I had a path. But how it would all play out one day was beyond me.
Social Media Links
Book site: www.theschoolofministry.com
Blog site: www.braxtoncosby.com/cosbyscorner
The Sect: The Windgate – http://goo.gl/0oAaJR
Evan’s Heart – http://goo.gl/LHJdPi