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Blog Tour: Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot - Guest Post + Excerpt

Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

It has been thousands of years since the fall of the great nations and the tribes that remain in the ashes of the fallen must fight to survive in the shadows. In this desperate landscape, Ailive has spent her entire life fighting for the honor of her tribe and she has grown weary of war. When Ailive sees a chance to escape her fate, she flees into a chaotic landscape where death and darkness lurk behind every friendly face until she finds refuge in the peaceful city at the center of her world. In this city, Ailive finds everything she’s ever dreamt of, but news of a strange prophet from the South brings whispers of war to Ailive’s peaceful home. Now Ailive alone can stop the genocide of an entire tribe of people. Ailive alone holds the key to bringing peace to the world and destroying the monstrous man whom she once loved, if she can only gain the courage to pick up her sword again and make herself fulfill the destiny she’s fought her entire life.

Jessica Penot

I am a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama with my three corgis, children, husband, and other strange creatures. My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including CSM, Summer Gothic, Bound By Blood, and Outer Darkness. I have ghost story columns in the Valley Planet and White Cat Magazine where I share my love for ghost stories that send shivers down your spine and keep you up at night. I also share my passion for all things ghostly and haunted at my blog, ghost stories and haunted places.

I am currently working on my next Haunted America Book for History Press,Haunted South Alabama. Follow me at my blog to learn about the ghost stories I am chasing and collecting for this fascinating addition to Haunted America. I'm also workng on the next book in my Circe series. The demon is awake and waiting for my new heroine in the swamps of Southern Alabama. Click Here to Follow My Blog!

Time for a short excerpt!

I walk the way of the storm. It is all I have ever known. In the haze of early childhood memories, there exists brief moments before the storm, but now it has consumed everything. Every piece of me has been lost and all I can remember is fire and smoke and the remains of old dreams singed by death. Even as I sat high above the city, looking down on the magnificent beauty of my tribe, the smell of death lingered. Our tribe’s city was alive, vibrant, and prosperous, but to me it was nothing.

I sat perched on top of the highest tower of the karash, looking down on what most people in our tribe would call the real world. I was a Xenderian. I was part of the most powerful tribe of its time. I was more than part of it; I was the sword that cut the path to its glory. I was a karake. I was born to fight for the glory of my people, but as I looked through the icy air, I felt dead inside. My scars were long and my nightmares haunted my every moment.

And now, let's welcome Jessica to the blog!

Post-Apocalyptic Visions

 The Twilight Saint is a vision of a world thousands of years after the apocalypse.  The world is still fragmented and divided and no one remembers what the world was like before the apocalypse.   The Twilight Saint isn’t the first work of fiction to imagine such a landscape.  Many other television shows, movies, and books have painted a picture of a world long after the fall.   What makes each of these visions wonderful is their utter uniqueness.  I am a junky for post-apocalyptic worlds in all their forms.  Some are silly and others are tragic and others are utterly beautiful in their horror.  Here are a few of my favorite post-apocalyptic visions.

    1.    Adventure Time…..  Adventure Time is a children’s show that is silly and utterly unique.  It is about a little boy having adventures in a world populated by candy people, vampires, twisted dogs, bizarre unicorns, monsters, and all manner of other weird creatures that tease the imagination.   What most don’t know is that this show is set thousands of years after the apocalypse.  Mankind has mutated and change and life on earth is no longer recognizable.  The hero is the last human on earth.  I love this silly vision of the post-apocalyptic world.  It is fun for children of all ages, including myself.

2.        Mad Max……….  Long before everyone knew Mel Gibson was completely insane, he played an almost insane man wandering a post-apocalyptic landscape.  He fights all types of crazy haired folks in strange vehicles in order to protect the crumbling world from the tyranny of evil men.  This is just good fun and I watch Mad Max Beyond Thunder dome every time it comes on.

3.       The Road….. Cormac McCarthy’s vision of a lone man wandering a devastated landscape with his son is one of the most tragic apocalyptic visions ever put on paper.   It is so beautiful, it is almost literature.  It isn’t fun, but it is worth reading because it is beautiful in its horror.

4.       The Hunger Games…. Everyone knows this trilogy.   I can’t help but mention this book and the movie because they have breathed new life into apocalyptic visions.  I love Katniss and her battle to survive and protect those she loves.

5.        Delicatessen…… This French film is both funny and disturbing.  It is the story of a clown who moves into a building occupied by a butcher who kills people for food and sells their meat to a starving, desperate post-apocalyptic population.  The clown brings levity to a dark story and the movie is brilliant.

6.       Dawn of the Dead… I love zombie movies and no list of post-apocalyptic gems would be complete without this masterpiece of zombie films.  

7.       The Birthmarked Trilogy..  These books chronicle the adventures of a young midwife as she struggles to fight the tyranny of her government and find freedom for the mothers in a desperately dark apocalyptic world.

8.       Planet of the Apes….  No list of apocalyptic visions would be complete without the image of the statue of liberty buried in sand at the end of Planet of the Apes.

This list could go on and on.  There are so many wonderful apocalyptic books, movies, and television shows.   Twilight Saint is one of many, but like all these apocalyptic vision, it offers a new view of the world after the demise of the world as we know it.  I hope it adds to the beauty and horror of the world of post-apocalyptic visions.

So yep, that's about it for today! I will be reviewing the book by a week's time so do watch out for it!


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