Friday, February 23, 2018

Blogtour: Outcasts of the Worlds (Guest Post & Review)

of the Worlds
of the Worlds Book 1
Lucas Paynter
Cosmic Fantasy


confidence man. A liar. A monster. Flynn has seen himself for what he
really is and has resolved to pay for everything. Even if it means
spending the rest of his days locked in Civilis, a tower prison for
society's unwanted - "half-humans" gifted by the fallout of
nuclear holocaust centuries past.

a prisoner in the neighboring cell, has different ideas and despite
himself, Flynn finds himself joining her daring escape. After
rescuing her friend Mack, the three flee Civilis as Flynn pieces
together the hours before his capture and finds himself drawn to an
abandoned facility where a rift to another world opens at his

they will venture farther beyond the stars than humanity ever
imagined, find others like them that will never belong, and tangle
with forces both ancient and immortal. They stand alone, hated and
scorned - and the last hope of making things right in a cosmos gone
terribly wrong.

Traitors & Runaways
of the Worlds Book 2

reality nears its final days, worlds fall to ruin. A benevolent god
is shackled, and when freed, will create a new one ... allowing only
the pure of heart. A company of seven have united on a bloody quest
to stop him, but have little hope of emerging victorious.

outcasts are adrift--they have a mission but no means to fulfill it.
Airia Rousow, the fallen goddess who set them on their path, is gone.
Guardian Poe, her intended successor, believes deification will
absolve him of his sins and his remorse alike. And Zella Renivar,
daughter of the Living God, is still hunted by her father's agents,
drawing danger on them all.

in this storm, Flynn is able to find and open the ways between
worlds, but cannot discern which path is the right one. Since losing
the trust of his closest friend, the temptation to fall back on his
former, deceitful ways with grows with every crisis he faces.

Review: With various characters, and many worlds, this book could have been a train-wreck, but somehow

Guest Post: 

There is nothing I distrust more than a clean-cut situation. This might seem a dour point to start on, but when writing my novels—Outcasts of the Worlds and its follow-up, Killers, Traitors, & Runaways, it’s been my chiefest guiding stars.

I’m a big fan of moral ambiguity and the many forms it takes. What interests me as a writer is not merely what another person does, but why they’ll do it, and doubly so when it comes to something they know to be wrong or socially unpopular.

It’s easy to vilify someone you disagree with, but often times you can gather a hundred different people and get a hundred different answers, and they’re seldom so clean-cut as we want them to be. Motive can come from places of hurt or anger or fear—emotions that might be selfish, yes, but also primal and real, and the sort that will ultimately drive a worthwhile story!

The question I often ask myself when I create a conflict is “who benefits?”, and that’s usually easy enough to track. But the tricky part, and the thing I rely on, is how does Flynn, the protagonist of my books, benefit?

Flynn, to explain, has a history of duplicity and manipulation, and in the course of his journey through the worlds, wants to be a better man and leave the person he was behind. Yet there is temptation and often times need to employ the gifts he has when handling other people, and the risk that he might fail and fall.

The rule I try to lean on with Flynn is that he always stands to gain from whatever decision he makes, so that nothing he does is ever 100% selfless. It may be that he is incapable of being truly heroic, not because he is selfish but because he will always think selfishly in spite of himself.

This is the gray are I lean into, the abandonment of the pretense of genuine good in that it may be impossible to achieve without truly harming one’s self or allowing others to come to harm, thus circling back to the question of whether or not it’s something that can be realized. If one stands to gain by a good deed, even if it’s just the feeling of being noble, then certainly the deed is still just, but can the person committing it make the same claim of being just themselves?

Aubrey Paynter hails from the mythical land of Burbank, California,
where there are most likely no other writers at all.
in 2014, he published
of the Worlds
and he’s now releasing its follow-up,
Traitors, & Runaways

fan of gray-area storytelling and often a devil’s advocate, Lucas
enjoys consuming stories from a variety of mediums, believing there’s
no limit to what form a good narrative can take.

the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

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