Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Impact Winter by S.M. Freedman


Writing: A Marriage of Head-Monsters

Twenty-five years ago, Bruce and Crystal Dunahee brought their four-year-old son Michael to watch a flag football practice on the field adjoining the Blanchard Elementary School in the idyllic town of Victoria, B.C. Next to the field was a playground, and Michael asked if he could go play. It was a windy March day, and the sweet tang of new spring growth was in the air. While tightening the straps of his hooded blue jacket, Crystal reminded him to stay within sight. Then—for less than a minute—she turned her back. When she looked again, the playground was empty. Michael was gone.

I was a teenager when he disappeared, old enough to feel the community’s despair as hours became days and days months—but too young to feel that bone-deep empathy of parents superimposing their own child’s image over that blond, blue-eyed, forever-lost little boy. Nevertheless, the mystery of his disappearance haunted the future mother in me, laying its own perfect ribbon of asphalt on the freeway between my adrenal glands and my heart—where it waited, black and unused, for the birth of my first child.

Fear is a powerful equalizer. It doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, or social status. It’s also a time machine, reducing our intellect to that of our ancestors, when top priority was getting away from that mountain lion trying to have our guts for dinner. We become primordial creatures: heart thundering, scalp prickling, skin slicked with sweat, and tongue desert-dry. In childhood, fear is pure, simple, and easily tapped: a clown with dripping red face paint, a bathroom mirror in the dark, that scratching noise at the window. As we grow, our fears become more complex, though no less potent: a cancer diagnosis, a terrorist attack, a beloved child lost in the abyss. These are the thoughts that haunt me at three in the morning, when nothing stirs but the monsters in my head.

In February 2013, a meteorite exploded over Russia and unleashed a whole new fear-monster. But it also gave birth to Ryanne: a smartass, junk food eating, meteorite hunter haunted by a past she can’t remember and programmed to destroy humanity. This unlocked a story that, with time, gallons of tears, and exactly one bazillion re-writes, became my debut novel, The Faithful.

I escaped from my crash course in writing bruised, stunned, somehow miraculously still alive—and with one golden nugget of truth: The advice I’d been given about writing what I know? Well, it was complete and utter hogwash. I didn’t know a bloody thing about meteorite hunting, FBI agents, or cults—but I wrote about them anyway. It’s called research and, as a bonus, it expands your gray matter. I decided I would no longer allow my own ignorance to clog up my writing. Instead, I played matchmaker with my head-monsters and forced a couple of those lucky fiends to tie the knot. And then I wrote about them.

post-divider rightimpactSeries: The Faithful, Book 2
Publisher: Soaring Raven Press; 1 edition (June 29, 2016)
Genre: Apocalyptic Paranormal Fiction
ISBN-10: 0997542705
ISBN-13: 978-0997542707
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


The Explosive Sequel to the International Bestseller, THE FAITHFUL. For decades, I Fidele’s soulless leaders kidnapped psychic children and sharpened their gifts into weapons used to reshape humanity. Ryanne Jervis was one such child, but she learned the truth too late to stop I Fidele from implementing the first part of their plan: global destruction and the incineration of millions of innocent lives. Now the impact winter has come, cloaking the earth in smoke, cold—and silence. Isolated on a compound in the mountains of Colorado, Ryanne is haunted by visions of the second phase of I Fidele’s new world order: the round-up and brutal internment of all survivors. Seeking absolution for their part in the fall of humanity, and determined to save those who remain, Ryanne’s small group of Blasphemare must turn I Fidele’s most prized weapon—their own children—against them.

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Impact Winter to give away.

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Giveaway ends on September 9th

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post-divider rightsmS.M. Freedman is a top-ranked Amazon author in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense categories, and a member of the WorldWiseWriters group. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, two children and a giant orange cat.

She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and spent years as a private investigator and business owner.

Inspired by authors of many different genres (favorites include Sue Grafton, Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Suzanne Collins and Lawrence Hill, to name a few) she eventually turned back to her first love: writing.

The Faithful, a paperback and kindle Amazon Bestseller in both the US and the UK, and a Quarter Finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, is her debut novel. 

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  1. So very true and well written. Fears don't truly go away but they can be reshaped into manageable monsters. Thanks for the share!

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