Seven thousand meters below the ocean’s surface, the crew of the BathyTech 3 mineral mining facility has found something remarkable: a rock-like sphere of unknown material and origin.
For Mo Rees, the discovery calls to his inner explorer and adds color to his dull miner’s life. Even better than the promise of new knowledge is the unexpected connection he forges with Dr. Armin Savage-Hall, leader of the team brought down to study the thing.
For Armin, the object is the find of a lifetime. It could prove his controversial theories and secure his scientific reputation. And Mo is a fascinating bonus.
Then crew members start behaving strangely. Worse, they start to change: their eyes glow purple, their teeth sharpen. Then the violence begins, the brutal deaths. As BathyTech descends deeper into chaos, the surviving crew works desperately to find the cause of the horrors around them. What they uncover could annihilate the human race. And they can’t stop it.
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Guest post with Author Ally Blue...
Hi everyone, I’m Ally Blue and I’m here to talk about my latest novel, Down. Thanks so much to TTC Books and More for having me here today!
If y’all have been following my blog tour thus far, you’ll already know that unlike my previous books, Down isn’t a romance but a horror novel. Which is cool for me, since I’m a lifelong fan of horror. It was a different experience, for sure. Writing horror is not at all the same as writing romance. One thing that was the same, though, was the overall process. You’ve heard of plotters versus pantsters, right? Planning out the book versus just starting to type and seeing where you end up? I’ve always been mostly a plotter. I start out with a high-view outline to give me a path to follow, so I don’t end up writing myself into a corner. Then I use that outline as a framework to construct a fleshed-out story. That goes for horror as much as romance. And within that framework is where my inner pantster stretches her legs and starts throwing surprises at me.
Just like with every other book I’ve ever written, Down ended up veering off the path I’d planned for it. In fact, I think it probably went off-road more than my romance books ever did. For example: my original thought was to have the Big Bad be “mind weeds” that basically took over a person by replacing them—not their physical bodies, but their personality, even their thoughts—with its own. It was a pretty odd concept, really, and in the end it was too hard to get across in a way that I thought would resonate with readers and be truly scary. So the Big Bad became something more physical. Well. Kind of. You’ll have to read it to find out!
Even though I always go off track in all my books to varying degrees, there’s always some central idea, or theme, or something that remains the same throughout, from the initial idea-spark through the final published book. For Down, it was having the story take place at the bottom of the ocean, in the depths of a trench. The Peru-Chile Trench, in this case. The deep sea has always fascinated me, and setting my first horror novel at the bottom of a trench, cut off from sunlight and the world above, was what I wanted from the very beginning. The cold, the dark, and the isolation were perfect for the kind of story I wanted to tell.
This book was probably the hardest experience of my life as an author. But it was also one of the most rewarding, because I absolutely love the end result. I think Down is one of the best things I’ve ever written. I’m super proud of it. I hope everyone who reads it loves it like I do!
Thanks for hanging with me, everybody. Happy reading!
And thank you Ally for stopping by and sharing your new release with us today.
Excerpt from Down...
Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst.
She has a great big suggestively-shaped hat and rides in a bullet-proof Plexiglas bubble in Christmas parades. Her harem of manwhores does double duty as bodyguards and inspirational entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green and her favorite way to waste a perfectly good Saturday is to watch all three extended version LOTR movies in a row.
Her ultimate dream is to one day ditch the evil day job and support the family on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids’ friends say.
Connect with Ally:
·Facebook fan page: facebook.com/pages/Ally-Blue/98548113963
·Facebook profile page: facebook.com/AllyBlue.author
·Group blog: fictionwithfriction.com
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