It’s time to leave Earth and cross over to the other side… it’s not as far away as you think!!
The idea for Thera came to me as I was hiking the canyons of San Diego on a particularly hot day. I ruminated about what it would be like to live in a place so hot that days and nights had to be switched. From there, I thought, what if everything was switched? Thera quickly became the inverse of Earth and the SCI became the apropos “ruler of the night.”
When creating a new world there are so many things that have to be thought through: name, citizens, geography, climate, history, technology, culture, social structure, government, politics, commerce, flora/fauna, and transportation to name a few.
Every decision has an impact. For instance, by changing days and nights I realized that Earthly vernacular didn’t apply. Why would they say Monday when the focus isn’t on days? I had to adapt all the lingo to be Monnight, Tuesnight, etc.; daygowns instead of nightgowns; daymares instead of nightmares. It’s these kinds of details that help readers buy into the world and feel like they’re there right alongside the characters.
Research is a critical component of world-building. To make things realistic, an author needs to know what they’re talking about. If I make Thera the inverse of Earth there will be a whole lot less water on Thera. This will greatly impact the climate, weather, flora/fauna, and what kind of technology they need to survive (water collection; desalination plants, etc.). Even if these kinds of things aren’t elaborately discussed in the book, the author needs to understand how it all works so that the details mentioned seem authentic and believable.
Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan’s first published novel, but fourth written one.
by Megan Thomason
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Creatspace
Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.
Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.
Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.
Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.
Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Worldwide non-profit and do-gooder organization. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: hidden behind every kind act is a dark agenda designed to gain control and force societal and moral extremes. Currently, the SCI’s pushing Project Liberate, a program to woo the poor and downtrodden into their Clean Slate Complexes—where “everything is provided” from jobs to food, shelter, clothing, and education. Unfortunately, as with all things that sound too good to be true, there’s a catch…
Meet Alexa Knight. Feisty, tough and currently homeless in Los Angeles, Alexa agrees to help the SCI in return for medical care for her sick mother. When she starts to suspect there’s more to the SCI than meets the eye will she believe Adam—the boy who saved her life and the SCI’s biggest champion, or Joshua—the attractive enigma who sings about conspiracy theories and pretends to be someone he’s not?
Full of action, humor, romance, twists and turns, clean slate complex is a companion story to the highly-praised dystopian novel, daynight. It can be enjoyed before or after readingdaynight.
Highlighting a different giveaway every daynight of the Tour… International Winners will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and US Winners may choose $25 GC in lieu of Prize Package.
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The Second Chance Institute (daynight’s Dystopia)
April 22 – Launch!
– My Seryniti – Review
– Buckeye Girl Reads – Teaser
– Marked by Books – Review
24 – Coffee Books and Me
Snuggling on the Sofa – Review
25 – Christy’s Cozy Corner – Teaser
– All Fantasy Words – Review
Character Backgrounds & Posters
– My Passion for Books – Review; Ethan
– Paranormal opinion – Blake
– The Cozy Reading Corner – Kira
– Book, Books, the Magical Fruit – Teaser
– Bookaroo-Ju – Teaser
27 – Bookworm Lisa – The Characters
– Getting Your Read On – Review
daynight’s Controversy of “Cleaving”
28 – Fantastical World of Wonders – Review
29 – I Am a Reader, Not a Writer – Teaser
– Books Mystify – Review
– Mel’s Shelves – Review
Dystopian Survival 101
2 – A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner – Review
– Lovin’ Los Libros – Review
3 – Backing Books – Teaser
– Book Snob – Review
– Living a Goddess Life – Review; Recipe