Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Maria Hammarblad

Excerpt and Interview from Maria Hammarblad 

We are honored to have Maria Hammarblad author of Brand New World to stop by to share an excerpt from her novella. Be sure to visit the other blogs listed at the end of this post because we have interviews, guest posts, and giveaways all day today. This is a one day blitz - join the party!

I was a real asset in a stressful situation: I slept through the computer coming back online. I woke from Adam stroking my hair and saying my name. It felt good. “Mmm, hi.”

“It’s a shame to wake you, but we need to go.”

“This is a very comfortable floor. You go save the day, and come back to get me when you’re done.” 

He laughed softly. “I’ll find you a chair on the bridge that’s even more comfortable.”
“You’re not getting me coffee?”

“I wish I could. Here, put this on.” 

He held out a peculiar visor to me. It resembled some futuristic scuba gear. “What? We’re going swimming?”

The man was the epitome of patience. When I didn’t take the visor, he put it on me.“We need to go to the bridge now, and you will need air on the way there.”

Wearing the breathing device was awkward, and the air had a peculiar taste. I could breathe though, so I didn’t complain.

He paused just inside the door to the corridor. “Stay right behind me, just in case. Are you ready?”

As ready as I’d ever be. 

I squeezed my eyes shut when he opened the door to the corridor. No harm in delaying whatever horrors might await for a second or two, right? When I opened them again, Adam crouched next to three motionless bodies. “Are they… Are they dead?” 

“They’ll be fine, but they’ll have wonderful headaches when they wake up. Come on.” 

My plan didn’t seem all that great anymore. What about people who might be sick, or pregnant, or something. Would they die?

“Alex, I pumped in a mix of sevoflurane and nitrous oxide. They’ll be out for a while, but they’ll be fine.” His words woke me from my paralysis.

Strewn with bodies, the beautiful corridors turned into a nightmare. I kept trying to peek over my shoulder to see if a monster might be sneaking up on us, but the visor wouldn’t turn that far. 

There was an unconscious Logg in the lift. I shifted my weight from foot to foot, unwilling to go in, and Adam pulled the furry body out. 

“Do you think the others made it to the bridge before…?” My mental image of everyone falling to their deaths, put to sleep during the long climb was too horrendous. 

He took my hand and led me into the elevator. “I think they picked up masks just like yours, and I think they’re waiting for us.”

Waiting? How could they be? We only had to climb eight floors, and they needed to go thirty-three. Oh no… “You didn’t let me sleep, did you?” 

“Just for a little while.” 

Great. The entire rescue operation stalled because I needed a nap. 

Adam squeezed my fingers. “No matter what happens, it’ll be a long day.”

The top floor was almost empty. It would make sense to empty the ship from there down, and only a few stocky, furry bodies hindered our way. I stepped over one, hoping it wouldn’t wake up to grab my ankles.

Brand New World
Embarkment 2577, novella 1

Maria Hammarblad

Genre: Scifi Romance

ISBN: 1456338366
ISBN-13: 978-1456338367
ASIN: B004HO630G

Number of pages: 128

Book Description:

When Alexandra wakes up in an unknown environment, populated by a cat-like woman with a tail and a hologram of a rockstar, she knows she has to be hallucinating. Maybe she hit her head, or finally suffered that nervous breakdown. It doesn't get any better from finding out she died and was taken into the future by the elusive Adam, whom she can't remember, or from people telling her she's on a spaceship.

The last year or so is gone from her memory, and she has no choice but to try to adapt. As days go by, her new environment becomes more and more unnerving. She finds herself helpless, and completely dependent on a man who isn't even human.

"Brand New World" is the first novella in the "Embarkment 2577" series. 

Author Bio:
Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her. 

As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs. 

Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri. 

Upcoming releases 

Flashback, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing June 2013 
Operation Earth, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing August 2013 
Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013 

Fun Facts

Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: Chicken with cashew nuts 
Doesn't eat: Mammals 
Favorite TV Show: Star Trek TNG and Leverage 
Favorite animal: Border Collie 
Quotes: "Full Speed Ahead" and "Caffeine is good for you" 

Find Maria on the web




Twitter: @mariahammarblad


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Here is what Ms. Hammarblad has to say about writing Brand New World...

Join me in thanking Ms. Hammarblad for taking time out of her busy schedule to discuss Brand New World with us today...

Cloey: When did you become interested in writing?

Maria: Thank you for letting me come over to your blog! I've always been fascinated with books and wanted to write. My mom had a lot of books, and I was fascinated with the spines - they were so colourful and pretty. It's always been a part of my life.

Cloey: What inspired you to write Brand New World?

Maria: The idea came into my head many years ago. I lived on the Swedish west coast for a brief period of time, and liked to walk by the sea. My imagination is restless, and I wondered what it would be like if a plane would crash. That grew into, "No, it would be much more interesting if an alien space ship crashed." That little seed grew in my mind for a long time. What would the heroine do? Flee, or come to the rescue? In the first draft of Brand New World the story really started on a beach. I wasn't happy with it, so I decided to start at a later point in time. Now I've been toying with the idea of writing a prequel that gives all the back story of how the hero and heroine met and all their adventures on present time Earth before she ends up in the future...

Cloey: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Maria: Love conquers all. Any obstacle keeping people apart can seem impossible to overcome, but if people care enough about each other, it can still work out. :-)

Cloey: Who was your favorite character and who was your least favorite character to develop and why?

Maria: I love Adam - the hero. He's a quirky sweetheart fun to write. My least favourite... I don't know, I like all of them in this book. Brand New World is the first novella in a series of three, and the sequel High Gravity has a few people I struggled with. In this one they all fell into place without too much effort.

Cloey: What did you enjoy most about writing Brand New World?

Maria: This is the first book I've written where I allowed myself to be really goofy. Parts of it are silly on the verge of being a sci fi spoof. I hope readers will take it the right way and get a chuckle, but if they think I'm an idiot that's okay too, hahaha!

Cloey: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing the story to life?

Maria: Time is always a challenge for me. Besides writing, I have a family, a daytime job and go to school full time for a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. Thankfully, I only have a couple of classes left now. I'm also bad at saying no to people when they ask me to do something, and 2012 has been really tough. It's a cultural thing, I think. Swedish people in general don't like conflict and we don't like to disappoint anyone, so we don't like to say no. We don't like it to the extent where we've invented a special word that sounds like Yes, but everyone knows it means No... That doesn't work in the US, of course, so I'm learning to say no. LOL.

Cloey: What are you working on now?

Maria: I'm almost done with the re-write of the last novella following Brand New World. It's called Adam and Eve, and it really puts my poor heroine to the test. I'm also working on my first 2013 release. It's called Flashback and will be available in June. It's about a war veteran who was a prisoner in a Taliban camp. Poor guy suffers all sorts of problems and almost shoots himself to make the memories go away. There is a beautiful girl, of course, and eventually he'll have to face his deepest fears to rescue her from mortal danger.

Cloey: What do you like to read in your free time?

Mara: I love to read science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers. Romance if it isn't too mushy gooey, LOL.

Cloey: Share with us something about yourself that we wouldn't see in your bio or on any other blogs (this can be anything from the type of music you like, your favorite color, or even your favorite meal - share whatever you want your fans to know about you)

Maria: Difficult question... Oh, I have a good one. I'm a little obsessed with gargoyles. I have a shelf filled with gargoyle statues. They're just... so cool! =D

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