Thursday 20 February 2014

Excerpt: Spartanica by Powers Molinar


Good morning, lovelies! It's finally getting warm(ish) in my part of the globe and melting the two feet of snow we've been wading through. I couldn't be happier. It has been a harsh winter and the promise of spring couldn't be more sweet. After this year, I've decided I need to either suck it up and buy a snow blower, or move south.

Never mind my dream of kicking it on the beach come next January (It will never happen, folks. Snow blower, here I come.). Today we  have an excerpt of MG fantasy/adventure novel SPARTANICA by Powers Molinar to take our minds off the waning winter.

Ty and Marcus Mitchell are average middle school brothers growing up north of Chicago until one night when they’re hurtled through an inter-dimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planet-wide apocalypse. As they struggle to figure out where they are and how to get home, the boys encounter refugees of “the last day” from the distant city of Atlantis and a mysterious girl called Bellana, the sole survivor and resident of the devastated city of Spartanica. Ty and Marcus soon learn they only have seven days to get home. But before they can leave, they must battle through long-extinct predators, track down the elusive Professor Otherblood, and rescue a new friend from certain death. Is all of this insanity just Ty’s overactive imagination or are the brothers truly on the brink of being stranded on the brutal wasteland known as Spartanica?


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 I was at the end of the line. Literally.

Once Crivera’s soldier had been gone for a while, I felt around in the darkness and found the visor he so cleverly hid for me. I held it up to my eyes and couldn’t see anything through it until I poked my head into the gloom. Everything was still totally black except for a thin, barely noticeable orange line on the floor. I started following it when a scary thought hit me. What if this was a test? Crivera talked about trusting me more once I understood and supported the dream. For all I knew, this faint breadcrumb trail just led in circles or into the waiting arms of a dozen Desrata battlers.

But if this did turn out to be Crivera’s loyalty test, I was going to fail. Desrata battlers or not, I’d been following the orange line for the past thirty protokas right up to where it just stopped. I felt along a wall in front of me, hoping beyond hope that it was actually a door. Looking through the visor, I put my hand over a small, barely visible orange rectangle about waist high. It felt like a hand pull! I tried to move it, and it slid a little to the left. It was a door! I slid it open a little more but still couldn’t see anything, even through the visor.

Author Bio:

Powers Molinar grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and earned engineering and business degrees at the University of Iowa. While he works as a process engineer and project manager during the day, his passion is writing science fiction. His first novel, Spartanica, is the culmination of several year's of part-time effort mostly late at night and on weekends when he wasn't enjoying time with his wife and kids, all of whom were big helpers getting Spartanica written. Powers believes every kid has the potential to become exceptional. In addition to being a blast to read, he truly hopes his books spark kids' imaginations and inspire them to read more and maybe even become writers. Being a solid reader is a foundational piece of leading an exceptional life. Powers hopes his books can be part of that foundation for as many kids as possible.

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