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Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Finding Sage by @loganrjudy


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Title: Finding Sage
Series: The Rogue
Book # or Vol #: 1
Author: Logan Judy
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia, Paranormal
Formats: E-book and paperback
Publisher: Logan Judy
Pages: 358 pages
ISBN: 9781497543232
Date Published: March 30, 2014
In the future, some people known as rogues exhibit supernatural abilities.  That’s not a good thing, however, because the global government hunts them down and executes them, imprisons them, or forces them to become assassins.  Silas is such a rogue.  He lives day by day constantly paranoid about his chances of survival.   So when a wide-eyed hobo offers him a solution to his problems, a mysterious man who the U.N. seems desperate to find, he follows, not having the slightest clue what he’s just stepped into.
Alice hides a dark secret. Many rogues have come and gone in past years, but if people only knew how dark her so-called gift was, they would reject her. Attack her. Kill her. Where can she turn?
Sage is the one that connects them. The one that offers hope to them both. Little is known about him and precious few have seen him. So why is he the only one that the U.N. is afraid of?
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Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.
                Carter cringed with every step as he heard the metallic clashing of the chains that bound his wrists and ankles.  United Nations soldiers surrounded him: one at each side, two behind, and two in front.  They walked with their firearms close to their chests, ready for action at any moment.  He scanned his surroundings, looking for an exit: blank white walls, glass security panels, and grey tile ceiling.  Blue uniformed soldiers guarded every door, and he saw the door to his doom approaching.  He could see no windows looking into the room, only a solid white wall and the grey door, guarded by two soldiers.
                Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.
                The soldiers stopped at the door.  They exchanged a few words, told the guards of the door why they were there, showed their I.D.s, then entered the room.  It was far less menacing inside than Carter had imagined.  There were none of the flickering bare light bulbs, blood stains, or pungent aromas of decaying bodies that he had conjured in his mind’s eye.  The room, like everything he had ever seen in this building, was remarkably and shockingly bare.  So bare, in fact, that it was creepy.  Was this routine for them?  Was it normal?  Was there nothing extraordinary, nothing even immoral about what they were going to do? 
                They walked him to the wall on his left, and a touchscreen panel popped up.  One of the soldiers pressed a few buttons and he felt his wrists and legs pin against the wall. 
                “Sure is a sticky situation, eh?” remarked one of the soldiers to his buddies.  Soldiers often made comments like this, but always to their friends.  Common soldiers were forbidden from talking to prisoners, especially rogues.
                Ten gunmen filed in from a door on the opposite wall and lined up with their guns pointed upwards.  Behind them approached an agent, instantly recognizable with his black and blue suit.  He held his military stance with his hands behind his back and recited the appropriate words.
                “William Carter Jackson.  You have been found in violation of Sovereign Order 21, which dictates that no biologically outstanding person, defined as those exhibiting phenomena deemed supernatural or otherwise extraordinary, shall be allowed to live, under the equal opportunity statutes of the first United Nations Sovereign Order.  Your crime has been deemed punishable by death, and will therefore be carried out in a swift and humane manner, by firing squad, authorized by this Agent Sebastian Jefferson.  Do you have any last words?”
                Carter lifted his head and established eye contact with the agent.
                “Yeah, I do.”
                He waited for the soldiers to shift, to listen to what last words he had.  None of them budged, but that didn’t change what he had to say.
                “What’s so wrong with having good hearing?”
                “Ready arms,” said the agent. 
                The boy refused to break eye contact.  He looked the agent in the eye, determined in a last act of ideological rebellion that they would not ignore him.
                All ten rifles fired at once.  Blood spattered the wall behind the boy and spread into pools on the ground.  The force broke the wall’s magnetism, leaving the boy lying upon the ground.
                One of the soldiers who had escorted the boy knelt down and took a look at him.           
“Affirmative,” he said.  “We’re clear for the clean-up crew.”
I’ve found that a lot of mainstream music (music with words) distracts me. So instead I listen to soundtrack music. I actually made this playlist on Spotify, so you can probably look it up. I named it “Soundtrack Awesomeness.”
 Author Interview

Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

                I can only ever remember wanting to be a writer. I started writing my first story at about age 8; I started writing my first novel at age 12.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

                Probably the first time I completed a first draft.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

                Editing and shaping up included, probably about four months or so.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

                I’m still in school at the moment.  I’m attending Purdue University, majoring in Public Relations.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

                My latest book is Finding Sage, and to summarize it I’d say: People with superpowers are hunted in a dystopian future by a Fascist world government.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

                I’m self-published and proud of it.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

                It’s previously taken me about 2 years, but the Finding Sage sequel, if all goes according to plan, will have been in less than 6 months.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

                I plan on having four books in the series started with Finding Sage, but I also would like to write a space opera story and some urban fantasy and paranormal stories.

What genre would you place your books into?

                Dystopian. Other stories that I’m working on would be science fiction and fantasy.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

                Fascination with 1984, and the realization that other things could be combined with it.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

                That’s easily Eli. He’s very eccentric, being basically a spacy, airheaded hippie. As you can imagine, that’s a lot of fun to write.

How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?

                I’ve always been inspired to write, just as an extension of loving to read.  I’ve been writing since I was 12 and more seriously since about 17 or so.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

                I usually listen to soundtrack music while I write.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?


Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

                The title always comes after, and it usually changes two or three times after that.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

                For character names I frequent baby name websites. For places, I usually just throw together random syllables until something clicks.

Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?

                Names always come after creation.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

                Usually before writing a book, although I sometimes create new characters in the middle of writing, in which case their traits are obviously done as I go along.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")

                Yes.  But I like the readers to discern that for themselves.  I will say that Finding Sage was originally supposed to be about political persecution, but I think it ended up being about something else that I think is actually cooler.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

                Generally hardback, but eBooks are cool because they’re inexpensive.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

                Unwind by Neal Shusterman, because it’s the only book to keep me up until 2 a.m. I haven’t read it more than once, mostly because the series isn’t done yet.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

Typically they don’t, although there are exceptions. I do like Return of the King. The worst would definitely be Eragon.

Your favorite food is?

Mexican food, or anything with cheese.  Or cheese by itself.

Your favorite singer/group is?

Hands Like Houses

Your favorite color is?

Green and blue. I like them both.

Your favorite Author is?

Neal Shusterman is my favorite living author. My favorite non-living author is C.S. Lewis.

1 x E-Book Copy of Finding Sage
about the author
clip_image006Logan Judy is a dystopia, science fiction, and fantasy author who published his first book, Finding Sage, in 2014.  He spends his days dreaming up new worlds and new stories, as well as wishing for a Serenity sequel.  He currently lives in Indiana with his wife and their Don Quixote-like guard dog.
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follow the tour
Tour Schedule - One Week Blog tour for Finding Sage by Logan Judy from May 26 to June 1, 2014.
May 26
The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl - Spotlight with Excerpt
The Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind - Spotlight with Excerpt & Top Ten
Karen Swart - Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Dream Cast & Playlist
Eclipse Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast & Playlist
May 27
Deal Sharing Aunt - Spotlight with Excerpt & Author Interview
Our New Generation for Reading - Spotlight with Excerpt
Becca Anne's Book Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt & Dream Cast
Night Owl Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast, Top Ten & Playlist
May 28
Cofffee Books & Art - Spotlight with Excerpt, Guest Post, Top Ten & Playlist
MI Bookshelf - Spotlight with Excerpt
Bookworm for Kids - Spotlight with Excerpt
MHZ Book Reviews and Giveaways - Spotlight with Excerpt
May 29
Book Hostage - Spotlight with Excerpt & Author Interview 
Bajgajka Loves Books And Giveaways - Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast & Playlist
The Avid Reader - Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Dream Cast, & Playlist
Raven Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt & Top Ten
May 30
Breny's Book Obsession - Spotlight with Excerpt
Indy Book Fairy - Spotlight with Excerpt
A Cauldron of Books - Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast, Top Ten & Playlist
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Spotlight with Excerpt
May 31
2 Girls & A Book - Spotlight with Excerpt
Bound 2 Escape - Spotlight with Excerpt
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Guest Post & Playlist
Bookraptured - Spotlight with Excerpt & Playlist
June 1
Sweet Treat Reading Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt
Step Into Fiction - Review
Author Christy Sloat - Spotlight with Excerpt & Guest Post
Fiction DReams - Spotlight with Excerpt

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the feature! I really enjoyed doing the interview.