The Blue Effect
by Rose Shababy
Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.
When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.
Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.
Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?
He held out his free hand and I reached for it without thinking. Taking the hand of this stranger seemed like the most natural thing in the world.
Our fingers touched and my skin came alive. I felt a surge of electricity as some sort of energy shot from his hand into mine, running through my whole body and back to his like an endless circuit. I couldn’t stifle the gasp that broke through my lips. I stared at him, my vision narrowing until his face and eyes and smile were the only things I could see.
The energy between us exploded outward like a wave into the crowd, through the people and everything around me stopped. The music ended like a switch had been flipped, the people froze mid-step and even the air around me seemed to stop moving.
Let's learn a little about Rose Shababy:
What is your writing environment?
It took some time and a kid growing up and moving out, but I have my own office at home. Plenty of desk space, plenty of wall space to pin up photos and character bios, etc.
It’s completely my space, it’s in the basement so it’s cool and quiet and I can work with no distractions. Except for when I make the mistake of getting on the internet.
What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
I’m not normally a YA reader, but I stumbled across a series called In Your Dreams by Amy Martin. I’m on the 3rd book so I don’t know how it ends yet, but it’s very sweet and the kids feel genuine to me. I hope I love the ending! I also read a series recently that really blew me away called The Station Series by Trish Marie Dawson. I don’t usually cry when I read books, but the first one brought tears to my eyes and I was hooked. The main character is so sad and flawed in the beginning and the plot is so unique. It was a wonderful read.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I’ve always wanted to write a book that really touches people when they read it. I want to know that I made you feel something… Unless its disgust or disappointment because you thought my book sucked. I don’t want to hear that. But I would love to hear that I made you laugh out loud or that I made you cry. I can’t think of anything better as a writer. I’ll continue to strive toward those goals and hopefully each book I write will be better than the last one.
Top 3 things on your bucket list?
Travel, travel, travel… too many places to list but I want to see the world and have new experiences. Oh, and working the Comicon circuit as a sci-fi/fantasy writer. That would be wicked cool.
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
It came to me in a dream! OK, so that’s a little bit true, but not the whole story. I did have a dream, which got me thinking about a book I read as a teenager called Harry and Hortense at Hormone High by Paul Zindel about a boy who believes he’s Icarus, which got me to wondering what if there was a boy who believed he was a superhero and no one else believed it? And what if it turned out that he really did have powers? Of course, The Blue Effect is nothing like that original idea, but that was the genesis of it.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
I don’t know if I’m objective enough to pick a favorite scene. My main character, Blue, is so near and dear to me that I love every scene she’s in. Which is pretty much all of them. I will say that I love the dynamic between her and Kasey. When I first started writing this book, she was supposed to be with a different character but as it developed, the relationship between her and Kasey changed. She loves him and he loves her and it was so obvious.
What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
I have several projects in the works but the main one is book two in the Renegade Heroes series. I mentioned Kasey in the last question, well, book two is his story. I don’t have a release date in mind at this time, although hopefully it will be out in the first part of 2015. I also have another book called Shadows of Night that I’ve been thinking about releasing soon. We’ll see! You know how writers are… we’re our own worse critics.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Read. Movies. I love campy sci-fi. I can’t wait for Sharknado 2. Comedies too. I love to laugh and both genres elicit the same effect. My children are grown for the most part now, my youngest just graduated high school this last spring, so I’m just now embarking on a new chapter of my life. No more parent groups, no more concerts, no more fundraisers. I’m still finding ways to fill my spare time. I work full time, write whenever I have a chance, so I’m still not sure if I really have spare time that needs filling!
What would you consider a perfect date?
Good food, good laughs, new experiences.
What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I’m super OCD and all this social media stuff kicks it into overdrive. Trying to get involved with people I don’t know, networking, talking to folks I don’t know in “real life,” it all scares the sh** out of me. I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m always afraid I’ll say the wrong thing, I’m afraid people won’t like me or my perspective. Or they won’t want to read anything I write. I mean, why would they? Who am I? Why should they care about anything I have to say? I’m just a girl with a dream. That said, I’m too OCD to give up on that dream, so I’ll just keep plugging away despite all the scary social media outlets and interviews and new people. I don’t really have a choice since I’m pretty sure this is what I was born to do.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.
Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.
Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.
If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.
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