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Desperate people take matters into their own hands

Friday, December 1st, 2017
Fall
of the Cities: Planting the Orchard
by
Vance Huxley
Genre:
YA Fantasy, Apocalyptic
 
The
world is falling apart. Terrorists spark a worldwide oil and gas
crisis while imports grind to a halt. Europe and Britain are erupting
into chaos as food runs out and desperate people take matters into
their own hands. 

 

 


As
the government begins to seal off rioting parts of the city, Corporal
Harry Miller takes an offered discharge to get his sister and her
kids to safety. But he’s not fast enough. Trapped in the city with
a rag-tag collection of ordinary citizens, Harry struggles to create
a small pocket of stability – a place to ride out the coming
confrontation between rioters and the Army, and save themselves from
complete annihilation.

 

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Vance
Huxley lives out in the countryside in Lincolnshire, England. He has
spent a busy life
working
in many different fields – including the building and rail
industries, as a workshop
manager,
trouble‐shooter for an engineering firm, accountancy, cafe
proprietor, and graphic
artist.
He also spent time in other jobs, and is proud of never being
dismissed, and only
once
made redundant.
Eventually
he found his Noeline, but unfortunately she died much too young. To
help with the
aftermath,
Vance tried writing though without any real structure. As an editor
and beta readers
explained
the difference between words and books, he tried again.
Now
he tries to type as often as possible in spite of the assistance of
his cats, since his legs no
longer
work well enough to allow anything more strenuous. An avid reader of
sci‐fi, fantasy and
adventure
novels, his writing tends towards those genres.
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Does survival even matter when you’re already broken beyond repair?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

 

My love of storytelling traces
back to my step-mother, who spun wonderful fantasy stories when I was child. I
finished my first novel at sixteen. That first attempt was terrible, but taught
me quite a bit about story construction. Though I would start numerous other
projects in the following years, I wouldn’t actually complete another book for
another 21 years. 

I wasn’t idle in that time, though. I earned a degree in engineering, married the love of my life, worked as a semi- truck driver crisscrossing the country, moved from Texas to North Dakota and then came back home. 
It’s been a fun and interesting journey. I really enjoy engineering, but writing was my first passion, and I’m excited to share it with you.
I currently live in West Texas with my wife and our two adorable (but weird) cats.
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“No one knows how human genetics evolved to create Mirrors. No one knows how the evidence of a criminal’s last horrendous act can be confirmed in a single gaze of a child’s silvered eyes. But just because science can’t explain something doesn’t mean it
can’t be used, and this gift is simply too valuable to ignore.
Twins Thomas and Ashley Ross have grown up knowing they would
be used as Mirrors for the “good” of humanity. When their powers mature at age
twelve, they are taken weekly to fulfill their role. By reliving the most heinous crimes from a perpetrators’ perspective, they alone can assure that no innocent people will be executed, and that the worst offenders are not set free due to lack of
evidence.
Justice is not without cost, however. Taking on the memories of others is a destructive process, one that quickly consumes the children involved until most take their own lives. As despair threatens to drown Thomas and Ashley, a distant hope keeps them from succumbing: If they can make it to their eighteenth birthday, their contract with the government will be fulfilled. Changing views on the morality of their role threatens to tear them apart, but the twins struggle to cling to each other and try to construct a fragile life above the weekly flood of horrors. 

As their work takes it toll, however, a new question emerges: does survival even matter when you’re already broken beyond repair?”

 
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