Virginia author, Ann Snizek, is about to release the first novel of her new series: To Eris - Human (Payton Chronicles Book 1) in both eBook and print through
Snow Flower Publishing.
To Eris - Human (Payton Chronicles Book 1)
available March 15, 2013
Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Recommended Age Group
12 years and above
Eris Payton believes she's going insane when she meets Nelson -- a lucent -- a being that has always been invisible and silent to humans -- until Eris. When his brother falls ill, Nelson brings Eris news of her estranged dad, the acclaimed geneticist Dr. Payton. Nelson not only introduces Eris to a world she didn’t know existed by taking her to Downside, but to people who accept her for who she is. It isn't as easy as that though.
Lucents have innate abilities to manipulate living energy. Another ability, although difficult, dangerous, and rarely preformed, is to merge their DNA with a human to save that person's life. The two literally become one, known as a hybrid. Nelson became a hybrid only a few months ago and still has his own demons to fight. Dr. Payton also became a hybrid -- years ago when he mysteriously disappeared -- and has disappeared again after he established a quarantine. But what does this have to do with Eris?
The lucents' unique DNA leaves them vulnerable to viruses that humans don't even know about, and it is one such virus that has spread through the lucent communities. However, according to detailed notes left behind by Dr. Payton, the specially engineered DNA that makes Eris able to see and hear the lucents while remaining human also holds the key to curing the epidemic that has devastated the lucent population. Will she be able to cope with the largest upheaval her life has ever seen?
Soundtrack: All My Life by Foo Fighters
"Different isn't a bad thing, Eris," Nelson said. "Just think about all those people out there that claim they are one of a kind, their own person. You really are."
"But I don't want to be different. I don't want to be a freak. I want to fit in," I blurted out. Immediately I covered my mouth. I hadn't intended on saying that, and it mortified me that I had said it to him.
"You can fit in," he told me. "The real question is who do you want to fit in with? Different isn't a death sentence. Perhaps you need to fit in with yourself first." He opened his mouth to say something else, but snapped it shut before any noise came out. He did it again before he actually said anything. "I can't believe I said that. God, I sound like my dad."
"Which one?" I asked with my face scrunched up. The absurdity of the whole situation struck me.
His expression softened and he chuckled. "Mr. Dunlavy," Nelson said. "He always says things like that. Ashley's dad, Mr. Berman, is more about appearances and conformity. I think he's almost glad that I'm gone. He gets to be lumped in with another statistic with sympathy and attention… another parent with a missing child. It didn't surprise me when he had every TV station around out here to cover it. I know that sounds awful, and I guess he loves me in his way, but -- " Nelson's blue-green eyes darkened as he spoke, and he let his thought go unfinished.
He didn't have to explain any farther. I understood completely. I felt the same way about my mom. Standing, he shook the gloom off and walked over to my stereo. Lifting his finger, the station changed and ran through static and bits of other stations until he found what he wanted. When he stopped, the Foo Fighters came on with All My Life. He stood there, staring out the window at his old apartment and listened to the song. I couldn't think of anything to say, so I didn't.
When it finished, he turned back to me and forced a smile and said, "I think I've given you enough to think about for now. I hope that it will be enough to convince you. If you decide you want to help me and my people, use this palm-light." He pulled a laser-type light, the size of my pinky, from his pocket and handed it to me. "Shine it into the trees a bit. I'll stay around till dusk tonight and will keep an eye out for it. I need to get out of here though. Do I need to drop out the window, or…?"
I placed the light in my pocket, walked out to the kitchen, and grabbed the trash bag. As soon as I opened the door wide, Nelson took off. I took my time with the trash. Steve and his friends were playing ball again. My pulse sped up some, but not as much as it use to.
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Ann Snizek, author
I grew up in Vermont mostly and now live in Virginia with my family (those still at home). My husband and I have a blended family of seven kids. My childhood was spent moving around a lot. (non-military) About five years ago, we started home-schooling our youngest children. Now there are only two remaining in home-school. I have tried to nurture the love of books in our children and now our grandchildren -- always nurturing their imaginations. Recently, I have become active in our community with literacy, starting a local (and online) creative writing club and volunteer tutoring at the Adult Learning Center.
I struggle with disabilities. So, have to be careful not to overdo things... I don't always listen to my own advice. I have a dry, sarcastic and corny sense of humor and always try to look at things optimistically. (again not always successful) However, I feel that if I don't give up -- for long -- then things will work out for the best eventually.
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