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Title: SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain)
Series: The SILVER Series #1
Author: Keira Michelle Telford
Genre: Dystopian SF
Publisher: Venatic Press (author’s imprint)
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Length: 40,000 words
Purchase: Amazon |
BOOK ONE in THE SILVER SERIES.
Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.
Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division’s invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate–death.
Unfortunately, Silver doesn’t realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests–they need someone to pull the trigger. They need an executioner.
SILVER: Acheron is the first book (a 40,000 word novella) in a 10-book series featuring the character of Ella ‘Silver’ Cross. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the Silver Series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera–genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.
***Content advisory: Contains graphic language and violence.***
All of the things Silver can taste in her mouth as she regains consciousness, handcuffed to a chair on the rooftop of an old Fringe District clock tower.
In front of her, her assailant—the man who shot her in the back with a tranquilizer dart.
Agent Sterling Carter.
Silver doesn’t know him, but she hates him already.
Her eyes adjusting to the daylight, she realizes they’re not alone. On the edge of the roof, Maydevine is silhouetted against the sun’s glare, speaking in hushed tones to another figure whose identity is obscured by Maydevine’s wide shoulders and looming stature.
“You could’ve just said ‘please’,” Silver rasps, drawing Maydevine’s attention.
Her throat is dry and she spits dust, her face aching from the fall she took against the concrete floor when Carter shot her down.
Maydevine snatches up a chair from his end of the roof and drags it over to her, setting it down in front of her. “Would you have listened?”
Silver doesn’t answer that, far more concerned with identifying the third figure still hovering in the background.
Her chest tightens and she senses conspiracy. “How did you find me?”
“The more important question is: why do you insist on avoiding me?”
Truthfully, she’s ashamed.
She’s a lot of things.
“If you don’t mind, I’m not really in the mood to make small talk and pretend that everything’s okay. Call me in about thirty years and I’ll pencil you in for lunch.” She looks past Maydevine and yells at Luka. “Hey, jackass. Better start flexing that wrist, ‘cause mine are handcuffed, thanks to you.”
Luka steps up, now deeply conflicted. He’d picked Silver’s limp body up from the floor after Carter shot her. He’d carried her to the car and laid her body down across the backseat, cradling her head in his lap for the short drive to Maydevine.
Everything had seemed okay until then. Suddenly, he felt like a traitor, breaking their bond of trust.
* I actually have this book so I plan to read and review it soon :)*
WELCOME!! First, tell me a little about your book and why you wanted to write this particular story….
SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain) is the first book in the Silver Series. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera – genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.
Silver is a Hunter – and she’s the best in the city. She’ll risk her life in the pursuit of a human resurgence on Earth… but there’s a problem. When we meet her in Acheron, she’s been dishonorably charged from the Hunter Division, and banished for crimes she didn’t commit. And so the adventure begins…
The idea for the Silver Series had been circulating in my head for over a decade. The Lost & Damned was actually written first, as a script, and the series expanded from there. Acheron was conceived because Ella Cross’ banishment is an incredibly significant event in her life, and it seemed like the perfect place to introduce readers to her character.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
It was either write, and release all the crazy thoughts inside my head, or start taking medication for the mild schizophrenia I’m pretty sure I have.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
The first book I ever wrote (unpublished) didn’t even have a title. I was about fourteen years old, and the whole book was basically just an excuse for me to write about a really sexy teacher who had awesome breasts and always wore short skirts and high heels. She was gorgeous. She was the only redeeming feature of the book (which still exists somewhere in one of my old file archives).
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well, I’ve never been convicted of treason and banished from my home! Nor do I kill monsters for a living, so I’d say that aspects of the characters’ personalities are drawn more from my life than the plot elements are. Silver gets her bisexuality and her sharp tongue from me, definitely, and I’m probably to blame for many of her vices as well.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
I don’t. It just sort of happens. I don’t really feel as though I have any control over it, I just let the plots evolve naturally and I do what feels right in the moment.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
How new is new? I’m interested in Pavarti K. Tyler (Two Moons of Sera; Shadow on the Wall) in lots of different ways, but technically, I’m newer around here than she is. She’s still fairly new to me, though, so I guess that counts?
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I have to say no. The plot developed fluidly, and I wouldn’t change anything because that would have repercussions all the way down the line in the rest of the series! It would be like setting off an enormous (and probably catastrophic) chain of dominoes.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I have a hard time knowing when something’s finished. I keep wanting to touch it and refine it and meddle with it. Like DaVinci said: Art is never finished, only abandoned.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre? My followers love author’s opinions!
I’m in between books at the moment, since I’m working on a new book of my own right now and I don’t tend to read much while I’m writing. I’d really like to read more steampunk, though, so maybe that’ll be the next genre I slip into.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
I did the cover for Acheron myself, but in general, my covers are a combination of my graphics (and/or stock images) and artwork done by Kitt Lapeña (who also does all of my character artwork).
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I learn new things every day, and I love it. Last year, I learnt how to make C-4 explosives. Recently, I learnt all about geothermal energy and flash steam power stations. Doing world-building research is all about learning: you have to be thorough and you have to be precise. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t write about it!
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
Technically, I think I’m ALL of my characters already! Little bits of me are in most of my main characters, but I guess, if I had to pick one, I’d be Silver. Even though that’d mean compromising the health of my liver.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
I like a lot of older books: Crime & Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky); anything by Oscar Wilde, but particularly The Happy Prince, which I read as a kid and cried about for weeks; the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe; Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett). The list could go on!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
SILVER: Invidia (the seventh book in the SILVER Series, and the final installment of the Amaranthe Chronicles) is due out on March 15th. After that, I will be releasing the first book in a brand new trilogy: The Prisonworld Trilogy. The first book in this trilogy is called The Magistrate, and it should be released in May. It’s a dystopian story set in a neo-Victorian future version of London, England. To find out more about this trilogy as new details are released, visit the website: http://www.carmenwild.com
About the Author:
Keira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the UK. She spent the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to Wales where she lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Canada. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and 9 guinea pigs.
We’ve got two different giveaways going on today. First is the tour wide giveaway, which is 2 print copies, and the rafflecopter is HERE AND I’m also offering an ebook copy here as well. So pretty please leave me a comment and I will pick a winner!! 🙂 Good luck-for both!
Happy reading everyone and Later gators! 😉