Monday, December 9, 2013

{Book Spotlight} Echoes from the Lost Ones by Nicola J. McDonagh


The Book

Echoes from the Lost Ones
by Nicola J. McDonagh

Series: Song of Forgetfullnes, Book 1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: July 2nd 2013
Publisher: Fable Press


Book Description

I’m not like the other girlygigs in Cityplace; I’m a bringer. I can sing to the only animals left in NotsoGreatBritAlbion and make them land. Adara, catcher of birds -that’s what they call me and that’s what I can do.

Now that the Agros have cut supplies and folk are near starved, I’d best keep shutums about my name though, or everyone will want a piece of me. I’d best creep and peep all stealthy-like to track down my bro-bro, snatched by Agro scum for who knows what.

Good job I’m trained in  S.A.N.T. ways too, for I’ll need all my roughhouse skills to keep the Agro spies, Nearly’s and wolfies at bay until I find and bring home my bro and all the other missing Meeks.

I just wish I knew who or what is following my every move.

In this unsettling and mysterious vision of the future, animals are almost extinct and humans are subjugated by the sinister and secretive Agros; nothing is as it seems. And 17-year-old Adara must use all her courage and power battling against evil forces to save herself and those she loves.

This is a coming of age tale with a difference. The inventive slang-derived language creates a fresh and dynamic style to create a truly compelling world inhabited by characters such as Clonies, Nearlymen, and S.A.N.T.S.

Excerpt

He leant out and I heard a high-pitched shrill sound. “Eagle, I think and quite near. Come, try it. Call to this creature.”

I stood and went to the window. Brother Jude stepped aside and I put my head out. I saw snow-capped tips of mountains in the distance. Clouds swirled around them like ghosties at play and I felt a shiver pass through my innards. The air was cold and clean and I closed my eyes and filled my lungs with its purity.

“Sing, Adara. Call its name, its true name, and it will come.”

“What? I don’t know what birds call themselves.”

“Then listen and it will tell you.”

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About the Author
Nicola J. McDonagh


Armed with an Hons. Degree in drama & English literature and a creative writing diploma, Nicola J. McDonagh came to writing prose via playwriting. She chose novels as her most recent creative medium because they allow her the freedom to develop character, story, subject matter and interesting use of language.

“For me a good story has to be character driven.” Nicola reveals action and plot through how her characters react to situations, and not the other way around. Her writing routine involves sitting down in her comfy, well-loved armchair and completing at least one chapter every afternoon.

Born in Liverpool, Nicola currently resides in a 17th century cottage in mid Suffolk, UK, with her husband and rescue/feral cats. Currently, she’s penning the third novel in her Song of Forgetfulness series.

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