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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

An action packed, science-fiction novel - Hydro (Aurelia Series, #1) by A.C. Waltower

I love YA! I like the innocence of the characters and the crazy and unexpected twists and turns in the plots and storylines. 
Hydro is an action packed, science-fiction novel. It will appeal to readers who like fast paced young adult novels.- Author


Published: December 2014

The year is 2091. 75 years ago, a nuclear war desolated Earth. The top 2% of the world fled to Hydro, a compound on the Moon. The rest of the population were left trying to survive on a barren Earth.

Seventeen-year-old Blake lives on Earth with his dad and little brother. When Blake’s father is given the grave sentence of terminal cancer, Blake decides to save his dad by sneaking onto Hydro and making a deal with Hydro’s council. In exchange for them saving his dad, he will give them the answer to everyone’s problem; the location of a new habitable planet.

The unexpected and unannounced arrival of Blake leaves many citizens with mixed feelings, none more confusing than those of sixteen-year-old Ziva. The more she learns about Blake and where he comes from, the more she learns that not everything she is being told about the situation on Earth in true, including those told by her beloved grandfather. Why has he been lying to her? And more importantly what is he hiding from her?

EXCERPT and Characters Profile

Name: Ziva Turner
Age: 16 years old
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Hydro Compound
Parents: Robert & Samantha “Sam” Turner
Grandparent: Isom Turner
Siblings: None
Occupation: Student
Hobbies: Spending time studying, listening to her grandfather recount story about Earth, and hanging with her best friend, Martin.

Name: Blake Holland
Age: 17 years old
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Unknown
Parents: Asriel & Aurelia Holland
Siblings: Ronny Turner
Occupation: Survivor
Hobbies: Taking care of his dad and little brother, hunting, and causing mischief.

Name: Martin Cooper
Age: 15 years old
Gender: Third Gender
Birthplace: Hydro Compound
Parents: Henry & Stacy Cooper
Siblings: None
Occupation: Student
Hobbies: Going to the Sky Zone, playing video games, meeting new friends, and hanging with his best friend, Ziva.

Name: Greta
Age: 23 years old
Gender: Transgendered female
Birthplace: Hydro Compound
Parents: Lewis & Terry Miller
Siblings: None
Occupations: receptionists
Hobbies: Shopping, IMing her friend, Eddie, and hanging with her best friend, Salleha.

Name: Isom Turner
Age: 100 years old
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM
Parents: Daniel & Kelly Turner
Spouse: Mary Turner (deceased)
Occupations: Semi-retired Commander of Earth
Hobbies: Unknown


I know what I have to do.

I leave a note on my bed for Jabori, telling him to continue looking for Ronny tomorrow morning.

My dad is slumped over, sleeping at his desk. I kiss his forehead and then grab the gun my dad has hidden in his desk drawer. I pack some clothes and then sneak out through the crack in the latrine.

In a hurry, I walk to the cliff. I am careful not to fall on the slippery rocks.

I glance down, baffled at how high the drop down the cliff is.

“Okay, okay,” I say, as I try lamely to psych myself up for the jump.

I turn to look back. No one is chasing me, but I feel my heart racing.

I take a deep, purposeful breath and turn back to look down at the drop again, half hoping that my eyes are playing a trick on me and that maybe the drop is a mere two feet.

Nope, they are not.

Jumping in this water is a crazy idea, but it is what I have to do. It’s this or a two-day hike down the mountain. It really doesn’t matter because both ways could kill me.

I survey the lake. The top layer of water is iced over from the freezing temperatures. To make matters worse, there are jagged rocks flanking the river. Like Darius said, I have to get a running start so I don’t hit the rocks or snags on my way down.

I push my fears aside and grab the gun from my back. I shoot into the water to break up the ice.

I walk back from the cliff. I take a couple of purposeful breaths and then run full speed toward the edge. Once near the edge, I leap high in the air and begin my quest to get to the moon to save my dad.

And if I die, so be it.

About the author:

My name is AC and I am an aspiring writer.

I've always had a passion for writing, but find it difficult to write while juggling long hours at my day job. I, also, had to get the courage to publish my work, but this has always been a dream of mine.


johnthuku0 said...

Very interesting excerpt. Would love to read the whole novel. Thank you for hosting.

Unknown said...

Sounds great and I love the cover, the story kinda reminds me of the tv show The 100 and I love that show, I never read the book but the show is great, and this looks great. I look forward to getting it. thanks for the giveaway

Unknown said...

Great cover and except!

wendy Hutton said...

sounds like a great read, thanks

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I haven't read a story where people live on a compound on the moon, though I have read alternate planet stories. I'm interested to see where you take this.

Anonymous said...

Great for you finding the courage to publish your work. I am so glad you did. This book sounds excellent and I would love to read it.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed reading the excerpt

Betul E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway

Fayth97 said...

Hi AC!! I'm really happy to have found your books. I'm excited to get started reading them. I would like to know when you think the first book in the Tsela Series "Awakened" will be released.... It sounds really good.....as does Hydro. Thanks for sharing your gift w/words with us. Have an AWESOME day/evening, & HAPPY reading/writing/blogging!!