Monday, 28 April 2014

Interview + Giveaway: Protostar by Braxton A. Cosby


Protostar (The Star-Crossed Saga #1)
by Braxton A. Cosby

Genre: Young Adult/Sci-fi Romance
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Date of Publication: April 16th, 2014
Number of pages:346
Cover Artist: Winter Goose Publishing

On the brink of civil war, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his council, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son William on a mission to restore honor to his family name.

William seeks to complete his assignment, the elimination of a Star-child named Sydney on planet Earth, but when the assassination is delayed he begins to realize an emotional connection with his target.

With conspiracy threatening his home planet, and a hidden menace on Earth seeking to secure a vested interest, William finds himself torn between irrevocable duty and sacrificing everything he stands for to defend Sydney.

As William and Sydney struggle to overcome their impossible circumstances, they start to wonder if the connection of two Star-Crossed lovers will be enough to save them from certain doom.

Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a passion for inspiring others to love, in spite of circumstance and convenience.

His calling to pen a young-adult series that is smart, witty, and thought provoking, has challenged readers to answer the question: What would you choose, love or irrevocable duty?

Braxton lives in Atlanta, GA, where he co-hosts a local radio show on WAOK which is a mash-up of current events and health and wellness. He also has a blog where he discusses everything from health and entertainment to spirituality and relationships.


Shut up & Read would like to welcome Braxton A. Cosby today! 
Thanks for joining us!

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
William – One of the main protagonists. He is a Prince on his planet and a bounty hunter from another galaxy on a mission to assassinate a Star-Child, a young girl named Sydney on Earth. This is his rite of passage and will fulfill an age old ritual. He is very task driven, arrogant, bratty and confident. All of that will be tested in trying to accomplish his mission.

Sydney- The other main protagonist. A typical 17 year country girl in Tennessee. She is the Star-Child, and she does not know it. She will inherit the power of the Sun when she turns 17. She has no idea who William is when he arrives and she also develops feelings for him as they spend time with one another. She is sweet, strong, and athletic and cares for her grandmother Sarah more than anything else.

Zelwyn- The evil bounty hunter from William’s planet, sent to Earth a year before him. He must wait to see if William fails in killing Sydney. If he does, he must go through with orders to carry it out himself. He is dark, mystery, somewhat sexy, but innately evil. His dedication to the mission ad seeking fame on his planet drives him to success.

Noella- Good friend of Sydney. Noella is her confidant and shares her dreams of adventure and falling in love. She too must also make a very important decision at the end of the book that can cost both her and Sydney their lives.

Henry- Godfather of Sydney and friend of Sarah. Henry is the Sheriff of Madisonburg, TN. He watches over Sydney and suspects William is dangerous but, cannot try to push Sydney away, knowing it will drive her to him. Henry is kind, assertive and heroic, still living out his last days as a Madisonburg football legend through his local duties.

Sarah- Grandmother of Sydney. She watches over her. She actually found her as a baby when she crashes on Earth. Only she knows the truth behind Sydney’s arrival.

Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
The scene where William has to finally make the decision to go through with the assassination or not. Up to this point he has gone through much mental tribulation because he is beginning to falling in love with Sydney and it is creating an internal, moral conflict that is killing him. He is struggling with the decision and I wanted to make sure it was conveyed to the reader. It is the most powerful scene in the book.

Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
It’s a bit crazy because being a CEO of a production company takes a lot of my time. So I usually have time to write late at night, from 10-1am. Sometimes I get pockets of free time and squeeze in a little bit of writing there. But I love what I do so my characters keep me driven.

Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I’ve seen quite of bit of change in the moral compass of people. I love the tolerance that society is beginning to have with people due to their differences. I’m happy that young people, for the most part, are much more accepting than their elders. Once we learn to understand people’s choices, not why they made the choices, we are able to come side by side with them. That creates a climate of unity and love.

Q:  If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
I love William. He is such a pivotal character because he starts off very purpose driven. He has this mission he must accomplish and is determined to go through with it. He has never had to deal with the emotion of love, nor does he recognize it. But when he starts to feel it, internally he is torn apart. He must learn how to hide his feelings for Sydney so that he can kill her. But during his time of being around her, he is enamored by her. Everything about her is intoxicating. His transition was the biggest part of the book and is now the focus of the Screenplay for the movie.

Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
I read and watch movies. Doesn’t get any better than that. 

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I love the orient, but there is nothing more relaxing to me than sitting on the beach and reading. So I’d have to say chilling out in the Caribbean on an island.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
The Maze Runner and Mockingjay.

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