Blog Tour Stop: The Embodied Trilogy by J.B. Dutton - Excerpt - Giveaway - Promo

The Embodied Trilogy
by J.B. Dutton
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/sci-fi
Page count: Approx. 560 pages
Release date: July 11th 2016
Special Tour Price $7.99 Amazon


The Embodied trilogy is an unusual web of adventure, romance, fantasy, and science fiction.

Book one, Silent Symmetry, introduces smart, plucky Manhattan prep school student Kari Marriner, who becomes aware that mysterious aliens called the Embodied and their pseudo-religion, the Temple of Truth, have been influencing her family’s life for decades. As she falls for Cruz, a boy at school, and meets warring Embodied siblings Noon and Aranara, Kari starts to question her emotions and finds herself ensnared in a mystery that reaches further than she could possibly have imagined.

In book two, Starley’s Rust, a charismatic young English artist named Starley, who is plagued by race memories of the Embodied, convinces Kari that he can find her missing mother if she flies to Paris with him to draw out her kidnappers. But the Embodied seemed to have vanished, and now there’s a new, more terrifying visitor from the Dark Universe – a Thoth high priest in the form of a dragon. Kari soon discovers the mind-blowing extent of the Embodied beings’ involvement in human history

In the trilogy’s thrilling conclusion, Diamond Splinters, Kari has a heart-wrenching choice to make: rescue her mother or save the Earth. And her only hope to figure out a solution is to team up with the one person she can never trust. When a submarine trip to the bottom of the Hudson River ends in death and disaster, Kari is scarred, both emotionally and physically. She wants to run and hide, but digs deep to find new sources of inner strength. As the storm of the century hits New York, a child’s life hangs in the balance and Kari gambles everything in a final confrontation with the genocidal Thoth.

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Excerpt 1
The first sensation was my stomach lurching and spinning. Then I seemed to be plunging dizzily while simultaneously zooming higher on some kind of impossible rollercoaster ride. And suddenly I felt nothing. Absolutely nothing. I was separated from any kind of physical reality, like – oh… oh wow – like I was totally disembodied. I could sense things but not see them with my eyes. I had…a sort of mathematical awareness, as though I was plugged directly into the mainframe of a supercomputer the size of the universe, my mind swimming in pure information. Geometric shapes twinkled in and out of existence. Lines and points moved around in constant motion. It felt like a dream made of numbers…patterns and data combining and separating. Spirals within spirals and symmetries within symmetries.
Excerpt 2
When I got in, the apartment was empty. I dumped my stuff and had a shower. I only realized as I was drying my hair that the apartment was really empty. Flash wasn’t there. The hairdryer was his nemesis, and the feud had being going on since he was traumatized by it as a kitten. But he couldn’t resist confronting it. Whenever I blow-dried my hair he would freak, hissing and arching his back, fur standing on end. But not this time.
Hello my name is Emily and I run Don’t Judge, Read. Thank you for letting me interview you today.
How are you, how has your summer been going?
I’m great! Summer has been busy with friends, family, trips, work and promoting the Embodied trilogy!
I understand you’re from London, what was it like moving to Canada?
I’m actually from near Liverpool in northern England, but my parents relocated to the south-west when I was one year old. I moved to London to do my degree in Film and Television when I was 18 and then to Montreal when I graduated around the time I turned 21. So… back to the real question – moving to Canada wasn’t easy for a number of reasons. A few months after immigrating I separated from the girl I’d moved with, leaving me with almost no contacts, rent to pay and no job in a city where I needed to speak French to find work! So the freezing winter was the good part!!! But to skip to the happy ending, I’ve lived here ever since, so obviously the short answer is: it was the best thing I ever did!
Montréal is a great city, I’ve ventured there a few times myself (mostly for hockey :p) Have you been to any other cities in Canada?
Thanks – yes it is! I’ve actually been to all of Canada’s major cities, but to my shame I haven’t yet ventured to the Northwest Territories or Nunavut. I’ve been in love with Montreal for 30 years, and I feel like the rest of Canada is like my true love’s super interesting extended family.
Was writing your first love?
Oh, suddenly this interview is all about love! I’d have to honestly say that my first love was soccer, and more specifically Liverpool FC.
Do you only write or do you have another full time profession? 
I’m a freelance marketing copywriter, so I do write all the time, but I’m trying to rejig my professional communications work so that I can spend more time on fiction.
Where do you like to write?
It depends what I’m writing. If I need to be focused and free from distractions, then my home office is perfect. But for creative writing, there’s definitely something about being in a café. As long as nearby conversations or the background music aren’t too loud or annoying, the combined buzzes of chatter and caffeine somehow trigger my imagination.
Is writing everything you though it would be?
It’s actually more. I still get a huge kick out of being able to write for a living every day and have my words impact the lives of complete strangers all over the world.
Who is/was your favourite character to write about?
That’s a bit like asking me to choose a favourite child! But I did especially enjoy writing Starley, the title character of book 2 in the Embodied trilogy, Starley’s Rust. Maybe because he’s British, maybe because he has a pretty quirky sense of humor.
Who was your last book boyfriend / girlfriend?
I don’t know what that question means! Should I? Did I miss the memo or the meme?
Do you like warm or cold days?
Cold. Canada. Say no more.
Tea, coffee, or rum?
Coffee. Rum on vacation!
 Do you like scary movies / stories?
Yes, but they hardly ever scare me. J
 Do you write in one sitting or in bursts? 
If I answer, “One-sitting bursts,” is that really annoying? I tend to set myself a weekly word count to allow myself the flexibility of dealing with professional clients, so the sittings and bursts can vary in length.
 Thank you again and good luck in your future writing endeavours. 
Thanks for having me and best of luck with the blog!
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About the Author

After graduating from film school in London, England, JB Dutton emigrated to Montreal in 1987, where he still lives with his two young children and their even younger goldfish. He spent over a decade as a music TV director before moving into the advertising industry as an award-winning copywriter for clients such as Cirque du Soleil. JB Dutton has written novels, short stories, blogs, screenplays and a stage play. He also writes adult fiction under the name John B. Dutton.

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