Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Solstice Blog Tour

Currently living in Cincinnati, OH with his wife and daughter, Bryan W. Dull goes leaps and bounds to get away from the norm and be his own person; with himself and his writing. Since middle school he has always known what he was good at; entertaining and telling stories. He has been consistently writing and coming up with plots for the last twenty years, but just recently decided to share one with the world. His first novel, “Solstice” is a vampire book inspired by his daughter and noir literature. Born in Anderson, IN, Bryan has also lived in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina (where “Solstice” is based).

Being a lover of all things art and pop culture “nerdism”; his interests lie in film, television, comics, games, anime, and books. For a short while, Bryan dabbled in voice acting work only to shift his focus to his family and writing. His favorite authors include; Chuck Palahniuk, Robert Kirkman, Clive Barker, Ernest Cline, and Neil Gaiman.

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In Gavin Moxley's world, there is no thin line between right and wrong. In a personal crusade to help sever a line of disease carried by a clan of vampires; Gavin has no choice to be ruthless. The Vampires are purposely infecting the human population…waiting for humans to actively pass it on to each other. Gavin takes no chances and executes them one by one. Not strong or powerful, finding humans before they turn into full vampires is ideal and Gavin’s best bet.

Yes, this is Gavin’s life…

…And nothing ever changes it until a young half breed vampire with special abilities, Solstice, attaches and makes herself a fixture in his life when she asks for his help and protection and when a reluctant Gavin agrees he joins a dangerous game of cat and mouse. There is no safe place and the pair are constantly watching their backs. Torn between his hate and his love for Solstice Gavin is thrown into a moral dilemma that only he can figure out but two things are clear…

His faith and Humanity are being tested and the past is not always forgotten.

“You are going to be part of a very special science project,” he hissed. The woman continued to fondle for her little bat. “I don’t want you to think it was anything personal, but I need your child,” he continued. She quietly yelped at the thought of what this monster wanted with an unborn child. She wanted to say something. She wanted to plead with him and ask him to leave her alone, but she couldn’t…his teeth were already in her neck. She felt the quick but seductive bite but still managed to pull out her bat and with all of her might she struck the bat upon his head and broke it in half. This got his attention, enough to get him away from her neck.

She knew what kind a creature this man was. After all the stories and all the tainted beliefs, she finally realized that her parents were wrong and there was such a thing as monsters. All of the monsters she thought that were under her bed and hiding in her closet when she was younger was just a dream in comparison to what she is witnessing now. However, she couldn’t think about that, she had seen enough movies and read enough books to know what this mysterious, sickly man in black was…A vampire.

She turned around in her seat with blood trickling down her body and started to stab the monster in the chest with the broken bat. Trying to reach any heart she could find in the evil being. He was laughing at her, telling her that it tickled and how she was wasting her time. He was pushing her harder, and when she couldn’t stab harder she grabbed her side in pain. The vampire in black composed himself and asked, “When exactly did I lose your trust?” He was mocking her and laughing at his own wit. She writhed in pain. He opened the car door on the other side of her and floated slowly out of it. She reached for him, hoping that there was a glimmer of good in him and that he would help her. His eyes turned kind for a minute.

“I am sorry,” he said to her, “I can’t help you now.” Then in a comedic gesture he continued, “But I can help you help yourself!” He reached into her bag, grabbed her cell phone, and placed it inside her hand. “He guided her pointer finger to the “9” on her phone and then to the “1” and pressed it twice. His cold finger was over hers like a person would help a blind person. “There,” he exclaimed,” you should get some help soon, but it may take a while for them to find you.” Our lady in distress thought to herself, “Why?” The creature in black looked down his long nose at her and said, “That’s easy, you can’t talk to tell them where you are.” He was right; the punctures in her neck were so bad that she could not form any words.

“Relax,” he continued, “you’ll survive this.” He was right, in a way. 

My Review:
This is a lot different then most of the vampire books I have read and loved in the past. With that said I did enjoy the darker side of the vampires in this book.

Gavin is set on taking out every vampire in the world since they are purposely infecting the humans. But everything changes for Gavin when he meets Solstice. Solstice is a vampire with special abilities and those abilities make her hunted by other vampires.

This book started off a little slow for me but when it picked up I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the plot its different then most of the vampire books out there that revolve around the romance. With Solstice the author brings us back to the vampires that we use to love to hate who thrived on being evil and enjoy the thrill of the hunt. 4/5 Bloody Fangs
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Guest Post:
Write a guest post in the form of a letter from one of the characters in your book

I am not sure how to go about this since this is my first real letter. I have no one to write it to; I just thought I might want to try writing. I am, well, technically younger than I look. When people look at me, they assume I am about eight years old, but I was born yesterday. Not like the ‘I wasn’t born yesterday’ expression that I heard, but for real…I was born yesterday. I don’t who or what I am but I am starting to get an idea.  You see, I just know things. It’s not that I am super smart but I just have this thing where I can read other people and tell you things about them that they normally wouldn’t say.
The ladies I live with are nice and help me, but I think they were told to by someone. Normal people don’t do things like this. I know. I wish I had my mommy. She died.
It’s kind of weird. The ladies here are nice enough to me, but they do things I don’t understand for money with other boys and I am not sure I understand. I am staying in a house but the house is not very clean and smells a lot of the time.  I watched the television and see these shows where people live in nice houses.  I want a nice house like that one day. The people on the television don’t seem to work.  I saw people getting in their cars today to go to jobs and think that the stuff on the television is one big lie sometimes. People are not generally that happy of goofy. I think it’s a croc the more I think about it. Yet, the people I see strive for it on a daily basis even though it may never be like television.  I kind of like that.
I think I am going to sneak away from this place; it doesn’t feel right to me. I think there is something being planned and it scares me. I need to find someone to help me but I don’t know many people. I hope I can write again, it is very calming.

(I don’t really have an official name, I just like this because when I stepped out for the first time it was daylight and I saw on the TV that “Solstice” has to do with that, I think)

Thank you to Bryan for letting me review your book and Thank you to Jaidis for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway.

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