Help Me Read Lumen
My friend Joseph Eastwood has been promising to let me read his soon to be published book Lumen for a while. Its on my Goodreads “to be read” list even. Recently he has announced that he will release it as soon as his Facebook fan page Joseph’s Writing has 2,000 likes. His needs less than 100 likes. I asked if I could do a spotlight on him to help him get those likes so I can get my hands on his book. Below is more information about Joseph and his book.
Lumen is the first book that I will self-publish, the first in a series of four books, and they follow the story of Daniel Satoria. Daniel is not like every other kid that goes to Croft’s Academy, first off, he’s being pushed to go there by his mother, and then secondly, he doesn’t come from money, so he doesn’t have the latest fashions, or technologies. Daniel is a second class citizen to the students there, but the head teacher takes a shine to him, he knows something, he senses it, the untapped power lying dormant inside Daniel.
I kind of hate mentioning that he goes to a school because there are so many stories out there in the YA market about these “magic schools” etc. and it’s also a little bit of false advertising, as the book is not about this wonderful school full of magic and mystery, and the school is the setting for the first book alone, so don’t get too attached by the Greek inspired pillars set outside the academy doors, and how appealing it all might all seem at first… because this isn’t a life you’d want to lead… just one you want to observe from a far.
The story is full of drama, and written in third person so that I can show the other characters off as well… some very exciting and very powerful character, might I just add. I don’t really want to give too much away about Lumen, but I’m just so excited to share stuff.
It’s all set on an island, Templar Island, and it’s cloaked, so that nobody can go to the island, and nobody from the island can go off it, that’s how they contain the island’s energy sources, and by energy I mean, the magical kind that they keep from the rest of the world! *evil glare* how could they keep all of that good stuff from us? It’s not fair.
Who knows, there could be an island, and we’re just unaware of it… just like we’re unaware of Templar Island. Hmm. I promise that I’m not going crazy. Or maybe I’m just psychic and telling Daniel’s story as it unfolds in real time… if so, watch out, because there’s a war coming, a war much bigger than what Templar Island can hold.
Daniel brushed her hand away from his chest. He unzipped his jacket and threw it to the ground, and then took his t-shirt off. As he turned to face Mia, she could see his skin glowing white, and as she pressed her hand up against his chest again, she felt the goose pimples bubbled over his skin. He shivered and rolled his shoulder blades, he rolled them again, and out popped two fully formed wings. The feathers were darker in colour; it had been a while since he’d projected that much energy out of his body.
Mia closed her mouth and gulped. “You’re an angel,” she said. “Am I dead? Are you taking me to heaven? Did I jump?”
“No, what are you talking about,” he laughed, “I’m not an angel, or from heaven, but I said I could do special stuff, stuff like this.”
“Oh, I—I—I knew that, yeah, you are pretty special.”
“The first time we met you were ready to jump. Would you have gone through with it?” Daniel asked.
Mia’s smile faded and she looked away, anywhere but into his eyes. “I don’t know.”
“We can do it now, we can fall.”
She shook her head. “But I’m—No—I’m scared of heights.”
“Then it’s lucky for you that I can use these,” he said, opening his wings to their full span, they were almost twice the size of his height.
Mia took a deep breath. “Will they carry us both?” she asked, biting the inside of her lip.
Daniel grinned, and took her hand, pulling her onto the ledge and into his chest. “Let’s find out.”
Joseph Eastwood is the eldest of five siblings, and he lives and grew up in Lancaster, England.
He has always had a giant creative connection in his life, from drawing and writing to having an eclectic taste in music and reading a wide range of books, which he hopes reflects in his own writing. He also loves watching sci-fi, supernatural and fantasy based TV shows and films. Among some of his favourites are Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood. As well as those he loves dramas, like The Good Wife and Desperate Housewives.
Joseph is either busy doing edits and writing, or he’s on his Facebook page being a professional procrastinator. He lives for creativity, striving to be different and thinking up new hoops for his characters to jump through.