Polaris by Beth Bowland
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever.
Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.”
Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.
What was your train of thought when settling on the name for Polaris?
When I first saw the opening scene in my mind. It was a dark, crisp, snowy night and the sky was full of stars. The brightest being the North Star. We know it’s not the “brightest” star in the sky. I have to say that because someone will say, “Technically it isn’t the brightest” LOL However, in my story we will say it is and most people are not as familiar with the other stars. I knew the central focus of the story would be centered around the possibility of life on other planets and stars and why not start with the most popular one, Polaris, the North Star. I mentioned several stars in the story. I hope it piques the interest of children to research and try to find them in the sky.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 2, 2016
- One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
- Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Polaris by Beth Bowland (INT)
Beth Bowland, a native Ohioan, has always enjoyed reading and creating stories of her own. As a child she devoured every book she could get her hands on and spent numerous hours at the library each week. She loves writing stories for tweens and young teens and her characters are often described as quirky and fun, but always relatable. When she’s not writing, she loves watching HGTV. She has one daughter and resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Phillip.
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