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Hello everyone! I have a new book for you to see and it’s starting a very interesting new series! Lemme show you! 

Finding Sage (The Rogue, #1)

Finding Sage

The Rogue

Book 1

Logan Judy

Genre: Dystopia, Paranormal

Date of Publication: 3/30/2014

ISBN: 1497543231 13

ISBN:  978-1497543232

ASIN: B00JDSJXZ8

Number of pages: 358

Word Count 79,517

Cover Artist: Cheryl Sosebee

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Book Description:

In the future, some people, known as rogues, exhibit supernatural abilities.  That’s not a good thing, however, because the global government hunts them down and executes them, imprisons them, or forces them to become assassins.  Silas is such a rogue.  He lives day by day constantly paranoid about his chances of survival.   So when a wide-eyed hobo offers him a solution to his problems, a mysterious man who the U.N. seems desperate to find, he follows, not having the slightest clue what he’s just stepped into.

Alice hides a dark secret. Many rogues have come and gone in past years, but if people only knew how dark her so-called gift was, they would reject her. Attack her. Kill her. Where can she turn?

Sage is the one that connects them. The one that offers hope to them both. Little is known about him and precious few have seen him. So why is he the only one that the U.N. is afraid of?

Excerpt

Silas’ senses were still fuzzy.  His vision was a blur, his sense of direction practically nonexistent.  He blundered through the park, disoriented and confused.  He soon lost control of his abilities.  Flashes of thoughts and memories ran through his mind faster than he could process them: everything from a child on a swing to a man struggling with a gambling addiction to a man’s wife leaving him flooded through his mind.  It soon became too much for him to handle.  Continuing to run, not being able to see where he was running, he soon ran into a solid object and collapsed on the ground. 

“Yo, come on bro, wake up!”                                                 

Silas slowly opened his eyes. 

“Where am I?”

“In an alley, man.  You went like boom and then like whoa! And then you collapsed like gum under muh shoe, man.”

Silas looked up.  This guy was definitely a stoner.  His red wool stocking cap and hot pink t-shirt made him noticeable.  These details, and the man’s scruffy brown beard, as well as the biggest pair of green eyes that Silas had ever seen in his life combined to create one of the most unique human entities ever seen.

          Silas’ fascination with the crazed hippie was interrupted when Silas’ thoughts returned to him.

          “How long ago did this happen?”

          “Just a couple, seconds ago, bro.”

          Silas took off before the stoner could say another word.  The soldiers were still on his trail.  He bolted out of the alley, running with all of the strength that his muscles could provide.  He soon ceased to feel his legs, but continued to will them to move.  The street he turned on was wide open: easy for them to run him down.  He needed to get somewhere that was harder to get to, but he had no time to do so.

          The U.N. cruiser drifted around the corner and sped in his direction.  Silas started to panic.  He had powers to be sure, but powers of the mind; powers that he didn’t know how to use.  If he tried accessing the mind of the driver, he could end up passing out again, making him dead meat for sure considering he was in the middle of the street.  The car was getting closer and he took a quick turn down an unknown street.  He soon found himself in the midst of a market, swimming through the crowd.  The car behind him screeched to a halt and the soldiers got out, running through the sea of people, yelling and pointing.  Silas heard them fire several rounds into the air, which cleared out the crowd within a few seconds.

          Silas ducked in among the hundreds of people that were still scattering, snagged a fur cap from an unsuspecting man’s coat pocket, and quickly put it on, hoping it would help him blend in.  He tried to calm his heart, taking slow breaths and trying his best to look like a local.  He was so focused on being calm, in fact, that he did not immediately respond to the second round of shots into the air.  He was the only one that didn’t scream, duck, or run wild, which was a dead give-away. 

          “HEY!”

          Oh boy. 

          Without looking back, he jetted once again.  The hat flew off his head and he took cover from the gunshots behind one of the unoccupied shop stands.  Or at least, he thought it was unoccupied.

          “Tight corner, ain’t it bro?”

          Sitting beside him was the hippie who had found him in the alley.

          “What are you doing here?!”

          “I was gonna ask you that.  As for me, I come here for a daily dose of adrenaline.  Life just gets too boring you know?”

          “What?!”

          “Didn’t anyone ever tell you what sarcasm is, ya dunce?”

          Silas stared at him.  He had no idea who this guy was or why of all places he was right here right now.  It was quite inconvenient timing on his part.

          “I’m here to help you, and unless you want to be a federal lab rat, I suggest you come with me.”

          “As if I’m going to trust you.”

          “Would you rather have the soldiers?  AKs don’t sit well with flesh and blood, you know that right?”

          Silas didn’t answer, but he didn’t move either.  He concentrated.  All he could pick up was telepathic static.  He couldn’t access anything.  Then he could feel something coming.  It was blurry, but still existent.  He was almost there, if he could only access it . . .

Sharp pain in the back of his head.

My Review

This is a dystopian type book where the government is literally killing off everyone with any kind of special ability. Like say someone who has really good hearing, and it’s terrifying the way they do it as well. And those with these abilities just want to be left alone in hiding, or for a few, they want to fight back to get their rights. They are still people. These are the Rogues, and if caught, their death is bad. And several of these rogues have different journeys all to find Sage, which is a pen name for someone who writes in black market newspaper articles about equality for everyone! There are several main points of view. This was both the best part and the worst part of the book. LOL Let me explain that. I LOVED that I got to see all these different characters go about and see what they see and feel what they feel. They all have a different story or reason or past. It made the story so much more interesting. It was a little rough though because sometimes you didn’t know which POV you were reading about until several chapters into changing and it made it a little confusing, but not that bad, I guess I kind of like the obvious stated. 

There’s a lot going on, and you get to see, when someone gets killed by the soldiers, or the way the soldiers treat them. It’s a little terrifying. And then you see others, like Silas, who has a gift and uses it, but he’s so paranoid, and always on the run, and for someone so young it’s aged him tremendously. And Alice, who wants to fight for her equality, because she shouldn’t be a fugitive. And let me just warn you that not everybody you meet lives, actually a lot of them don’t live. This is the scary part, because it makes it seem more real and emotional. 

The world building is actually well done. It’s in different places and scenes and I enjoyed that. And the way the government took over, and the lies told, the things going on, it’s emotional.  I would like to see a little more added to the back story of the characters though and maybe a little more into why everything happened that way. Otherwise it’s a great concept and a very good storyline. I look forward to the next in the series! 4 ROGUE PAWS! 

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Author Interview

WELCOME!! First, tell me a little about your book :)….

Finding Sage takes places in a future where there is a world government that hunts people known as rogues who have supernatural abilities.  The book follows some rogues and their struggle to stay alive in this society, as well as their search for a powerful liberator known as Sage.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

I’ve always loved reading.  I think my interest in writing first started when I read Eragon by Christopher Paolini.  That’s not my favorite book, but I did like it, and he was a teenager when he wrote it, which inspired me to start writing right then.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?

I was inspired to write my first book by stories of teenage writers, so I just decided to write a fantasy novel.  It was called Zerum’s Legacy, a medieval fantasy story about a boy who watches his father’s murder, then finds out he has the ability to do magic, and tries to hunt down his father’s killer, a one-eyed intelligent beast named Shadow.  I never published it, but it was cool to finish a book. 

How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?

I generally say that some fairly important character has to die in the story, or else it just becomes boring and predictable.  I usually look at which characters are most valuable for the story I have planned out, and if any of the characters don’t have a real strong purpose, then those are the most likely to go.

Who do you look up to as a writer?

I admire Neal Shusterman for how original he can make his sci-fi stories, and I look up to C.S. Lewis for the way he can move seamlessly from different kinds of writing and different genres.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

I definitely wouldn’t change anything about the story.  I really like the way that turned out.  I might have spent more time looking at things through Lilly’s eyes.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I find it difficult to slow down for character development purposes.  That remains my greatest struggle.  I want to progress the story when sometimes it’s better to stop and look at what the characters are going through.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

I’m reading Doctor Who and The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock.  The next book in my list is Fahrenheit 451.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

Cheryl Sosebee designed my cover.  The first one I just bought from her pre-made book cover store, ccrbookcoverdesign.com.  For the second cover, I told her a little bit about what I was looking for, but I’m not very visual when it comes to stuff like that, so I mostly just trusted her.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?

Writers are terrible self-perfectionists, so my writing isn’t as terrible as I’m often convinced it is.

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?

Definitely Eli.  He’s got some skeletons in his closet, but he’s also a blast and extremely brave.

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?

The Skinjacker trilogy by Neal Shusterman, for sure.  The first book in the series is called Everlost.  I also recommend 1984 and anything by C.S. Lewis.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thanks for being one!  It sounds cliché, but every time someone buys or even reads my book, I get the feeling that all of the late nights were more than worth it all over again.

Thank you for hanging out with us and sharing with us! I look forward to doing it again for book two! 😉

About the Author:

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Logan Judy is a fantasy, science fiction, and dystopia author who began writing his first book, a medieval fantasy novel, when he was 12 years old.  While he never published that work, it was instrumental in jump-starting his writing career, as he branched out into other stories and worlds, including space opera and dystopia.  His first published work, Finding Sage, was completed and released in 2014. Currently living in Indiana with his wife and Don Quixote-esque guard dog, Logan Judy is hard at work completing the tale that Finding Sage began.

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Ok guys I hope you ckeck this one out! Happy reading and later gators! 

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