From the Desk of Adventure Romance Novelist AR DeClerck:
Hello again! I am so excited to be writing to you today about my most recent novel, REDSHIFT. There’s just something special about this book, and several readers have asked me why I wrote this story. I’d love to answer that for you now.
In case you’re unfamiliar with REDSHIFT, let me tell you a little about the novel.
A mysterious wormhole appears in the Nevada desert in 2018, and physicist Rand Hazen and his team are the first on site to study it. Rand is sure that he can finally prove that time travel is possible. When the wormhole becomes unstable and goes into flux, it sucks the town of Verity Pines and Rand’s lover through a portal in space and time.
Desperate to find her, Rand knows that he needs to follow her through the wormhole, but he isn’t even sure what lies on the other side. He makes a vow that he won’t say her name again until he finds her, and then he makes the journey even Alice would have run from.
Through a shining silver city and across a vast empty desert, Rand searches the strange world on the other side of the wormhole, hoping to find her. This world is about to end, but the only thing that Rand cares about is bringing her home. Without her, the world is a dead place already.
So, the question is, why did I write this novel? Truthfully, dearest readers, I wrote REDSHIFT because I wanted to know that I could. This is both technically and emotionally the most complex story I’ve ever attempted. I chose to blend hard science, time travel, devastating loss, and redemption into one story while also shifting character point-of-view AND utilizing flashbacks to tell readers the story of Rand and his lover.
Why don’t I tell you her name? Because RAND never says her name. This is an important aspect of the story and it isn’t until later in the book that the reader becomes acquainted with my main female character. Rand finds it too painful to say her name, and it packs a powerful punch when we finally learn it.
Readers may hate me for saying this, but REDSHIFT was a book I planned for ugly crying. I wanted to know if I could write a story that drew readers in, made them care about characters and a world, and then I wanted to tear it all down for the biggest emotional impact I could get. There is pain and heartache for Rand, but this is also a story of redemption and the kinds of monumental change that love can accomplish.
Could I take a man with a narcissistic and rather narrow view of the world and force him to care about its fate? Could I create in him a catalyst for change that could alter the future of humanity, or be its doom?
So, readers, now you know my dirty little secret. I wrote REDSHIFT to mess with you. I wrote it to break you down and then build you back up and through that journey change the way you view the world and the future. So tell me:
DID I SUCCEED?
You can buy REDSHIFT here.
AR DECLERCK: wife, mother, writer, food assassin, book ninja, all-around goofball and proud nerd. AR grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and she now lives along the mighty Mississippi with her husband, children, dogs and a wily cat. AR writes adventure romance, and she believes that LOVE is the greatest adventure of all.
I’d like to thank AR for stopping by to share her story! Lovely cover and the story sounds amazing.
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