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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ashes Promo & Dream Cast Guest Post

Genre: Young Adult (Fantasy/Paranormal Romance with a touch of Horror)
Date Published: 2011
Publisher: StoneGate Ink

The Blurb:

ARSON is the first book in a Young Adult Paranormal series. Book two, ASHES, is also available now.


Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

Genre: Young Adult Young Adult (Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Psychological Thriller with a touch of Horror)
Date Published: September 11, 2011
Publisher: StoneGate Ink

The Blurb:

ASHES is a YA paranormal thrill-ride. Book 2 in the gripping Arson trilogy.


The minds running Salvation Asylum have abducted them for a dark purpose. A campaign has been set in motion to genetically alter mankind. Unknowingly, Arson has become the most vital instrument in this global scheme, initiated by a select group of brilliant scientists and cunning world leaders. Confused, trapped, and unable to fully manifest his abilities, Arson faces a new existence crawling with questions. Will he ever see Emery again? Is Grandma still alive? Can the fate of the human race really hang in the balance of one choice?

Nightmare and reality collide in Ashes, book two in the gripping ARSON trilogy. Love will be tested. Powers will shift. And the past will invade the here and now as Arson discovers a part of himself he has never before known and fights against his own shocking origins. Will this boy who once tempted fire be able to take on a fearful future? When the struggle intensifies and secrets come to light, will Arson be ready to accept the haunting revelation that there may be others out there, others like him?

Guest Post by Estevan Vega: Dream Cast
Dream cast? Dream cast, you say? I love movies, so naturally, I have had my dream cast for the Arson series chaotically tucked away in the back of my mind (I am a writer, am I not?) for quite some time. Of course, my cast gets modified every now and then. So here’s the cast…for now. Take notes, Hollywood.

Arson Gable, the mild-tempered, misfit firestarter from East Hampton, CT will be played by Anton Yelchin. This cast choice has not changed ever since I got the idea for Arson. I just love the way this actor translates emotions and moods and have you seen him in Like Crazy and Hearts in Atlantis? He’s just awesome and I think he’d be great for our main protag.

Emery Phoenix shall be fearlessly played my strongest inclination would be Chloe extremely talented girl from Kick Ass and Let Carrie remake? She’s definitely the kind of emotional complexities of a scarred, masked battling a dysfunctional family, image crisis, rockin out converse sneaks. by…hmmm, I think for now Moretz. You know, that Me In and the upcoming actress who can handle the teenager full of angst and crushing on rock music, and Mark Ruffalo would totally rock the alcoholic minister with a spiritual deficit. He has a presence and subtle demeanor that exudes naturally, and he brings a sort of quiet to characters that is just so fitting and ironically appropriate for this role. I love it. He was great in Blindness and if he has time in between playing the Hulk, he should audition. Hit me up, Mark.

Aimee Phoenix, the nurse/mother/wife flirting with infidelity…I’d pick Jennifer Connelly. I think I had a crush on her about ten years ago. And you know what’s changed in ten years? Nothing.
Yeah, she’s still got that girl next door cuteness, and I love how so much of her acting is done with her eyes, with a stillness in her face that just seems to say so much. And I know she could adequately play this conflicted role!

I would love Adam to be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. If you’ve seen Looper, Inception, 500 Days of Summer, or The Lookout then you know full well that this dude can act. Forget that he was ever in G.I. Joe, because that was a mistake that we will forgive him for. He was
born to play the role of Adam; I’m convinced. Now all he’s got to do is shave his head.

Redd needs, absolutely needs to be played by Jessica Chastain. She’s proven time and again that she can handle advance roles, that she’s not content in the typical, cookie-cutter performances, and that’s why I think she could totally pull off the private investigator Joel hires to help him find Emery. That eerie subtly she brings would just so rock.

Kyro, the smart-mouth street hustler with a heart of gold, was actually written with a specific actor in mind. When I began writing his character, I had Will Smith’s son, Jaden in my head the whole time. Seriously, when this series hits the big screen, he’s playing

Agent Jeb Lamont aka the tobacco-dipping douche master with the disposable teeth. Jeffrey Wright. A lot of people aren’t familiar with this actor, and it’s really a shame, because homeboy’s got some skillz, and I kinda like the fact that he’s not a big name. Plus, bonus is I don’t think he’s ever played a role like this, so that works!!!

Emanuel Krane, the brilliant mad scientist from Salvation with a stuttering habit. Edward Norton. He’s one of my favorite actors, and he’s pretty much dropped off a lot of people’s radar since his epic rise in Fight Club. But he’s such a talented actor, and one of his best acting performances, in my opinion, is in The Score. He plays a con-artist/thief, and that’s the role that sticks out. I’d love to see Eddy boy take on the role of this corrupted scientist.

I’d like to see the role of Saul Hoven played by Gary Oldman. His role as Commissioner Gordon is blah for me. He is the ultimate bad guy. Some actors are just better in certain roles. For him, it’s as a villain. Why not put him in charge of a bunch of messed up
people looking to modify the human race and abduct and experiment on teenagers?

So what do YOU think, America? If you’ve read my series thus far…did I choose well? Sound off below, por favor.

About the Author:
I’m a writer. Well, technically an author, because they say that you magically become an author (i.e. true creative) if you’ve published something, and you’re a writer if you haven’t (you know those closet aspiring geniuses who just scribble stuff into notebooks and hide it from the world?). But I still call myself a writer. I’m one of 4 brothers. The middle son. I guess that’s supposed to make me uber weird and dysfunctional, but the jury’s still out on that one. I love mint chocolate chip ice cream. Like, really love it. Watching movies and going to rock shows are 2 of my favorite pastimes, and I am addicted to telling stories.

It all started because a 5th grade teacher decided to become a meddler in my life. That’s right, one of my least favorite authority figures at the time assigned us to write these 1 page short stories for class. We had the freedom to create whatever we wanted (within reason), but the assignments were do every day, and upon completing the school year, the plan was that we’d all bind them to compile a book. Well, at the time I hating reading, hated writing, and wanted to be a comic book artist. I figured I’d one day work for Marvel or Disney or something. And I was pretty good at sketching too. But I always found it hard to create my own characters, and I often just settled for copying somebody else’s masterpiece.

Something was missing.

Well, then a 2nd meddler enters the picture. My pops. He starts helping me with the stories. And by helping me, I really just mean I was there more as a consultant and a constant nuisance, ensuring proper grammar was employed. He was the real writer, in my mind. I just wished I could be him. My teacher started grading the stories, and I was floored to see A+ after A+. And she liked my stories enough…ahem, our stories enough, to read them in front of the class. The response was terrific. My classmates actually gave a crap. They wanted to know what happened next. So I turned 1 story into about 12 or so, and made a little book out of it. Looking back, it’s probably terrible. But the point is…I was hooked on the game.

My father and I began discussing book concepts until finally, in 6th grade, I set out to write a “real” book, all by myself. 3 years later, Servant of the Realm was born. It was so under the radar it wasn’t even funny, but I was just stoked to have my book searchable on the internet. It’s a pretty cool feeling when you’re 15. 3 years later, I released The Sacred Sin, a much darker story about a detective on the hunt for a serial killer who can steal souls. (THE FORSAKEN is the revamped version. I literally rewrote every page, and added about 100 more pages to the story. So if you haven’t picked that baby up, you might wanna.) 3 years after that–I know, 3 is the magical number, it seems–ARSON was unleashed. This story is closest to my heart because it came from a very unique place and time in my life. It’s like I grew up while writing it.

Well, sorta…

Flash forward to now. I’ve got 5 novels and several short stories out. I’ve been interviewed on TV, radio, and the internet. I’ve done several blog tours, have my own Youtube channel, twitter page, FB page, so quite frankly, there’s really no reason for you not to stalk me. I’m still that sort of college kid looking for his path while already on a path. I love to write. I love to ask the big questions, to create raw, flawed characters who do incredible things. And I’m reminded every day why I do what I do, why I write, why I tell stories…because of you. Because of something greater than myself. Because if I didn’t, I’d probably go insane.

Welcome to my dysfunctional world.

Spread the fire!

To learn more about this book and the author, visit the Estevan Vega's website. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Read my review on Arson, Book 1 in the Arson Series.
Read my review on Ashes, Book 2 in the Arson Series.

Grand Prize Includes:
Signed copy of Arson Signed copy of Ashes Custom
Arson T-Shirt
E-books of Arson and Ashes (Nook or Kindle)
Custom Personalized letter from Estevan Vega telling you how classy you are ;)
$25 Amazon Gift Card
(US Only)
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