Monday 14 March 2016

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Enaya: Solace of Time by Justin C. Trout

Enaya: Solace of Time
Author: Justin C. Trout
Publication date: December 14th, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult

Book Description:
Nile Whitman thought he had withstood the test of Time, but when he discovers an ancient artifact known as Enaya, his life will change forever.

Enaya, a powerful and magical stone, alters time by bringing a futuristic city into Nile’s time period. The leader of this city, Norcross Kenneth, falls in love with Nile’s world and the magic within it, and he will stop at nothing until both their worlds are united. After Nile’s kingdom is destroyed by this new unknown force, he sets out on an adventure to send the future back into their dimension.

It’s not just this new threat that opposes Nile; the Lucian Empire has risen, and the Snake Queen wants Nile all to herself. When Nile forms a resistance with an unlikely band of heroes, he is forced to come to terms with his past and with the decisions that will affect his future.

Nile will have to embrace who he is if he is going to protect the people he loves, and in doing so, he will have to depend on Enaya, the element of time.

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Nile had a sense of floating. He looked to his side and saw Leo’s feet. He realized then that Leo was upside down, hanging in the blue haze that surrounded them. Woodlands had disappeared, and Nile suspected it was somewhere far below them, hidden beyond the blue mist and, somehow, they were flying high in the sky. He expected a sense of fear, but instead was amazed at the calm that overwhelmed him. He felt a tug on his ankle and looked down at Leo, who was moving his mouth but making no sound. Above him, a pinhole size of yellow grew swiftly in the distance. A sudden gust of air took his breath away, and he felt for a moment that he had been punched in the gut. The yellow spread out in all directions, swallowing the pleasant blue haze and, quicker than the blue flash that had ignited the voyage, their trip came to an abrupt halt as the bubble they were in seemed to spit them to the ground. The hard surface met them with a violent impact. Nile tried in vain to stop his uncontrolled roll. They came to rest together.

“I said to turn me back on my feet!” Leo said, rubbing the back of his head.


“When I was tuggin’ on your ankle and you were lookin’ over at me, I said to turn me back on my feet.”

Nile’s eyes widened as he looked past Leo, climbing to his feet.

“You have got to stop ignorin’ me," Leo said as he stood. “Did you hear me, Nile?”

Nile remained silent, gazing past Leo into the sky. “What kingdom is this?” Nile asked. His voice cracked with fear.

Leo spun around. He joined Nile’s awe at the sight before them.

Towers stretched into the clouds. Signs displayed over the streets read what each shop harbored, and the sight of moving humanoids became clear. Loud metallic noises roared through the kingdom, and a contraption above them quickly slithered toward them on a sort of track. Smoke rose from several of the towers.

“So many castles and so very high,” Nile said.

“It . . . it’s a kingdom of giants,” Leo spat out.

Out in the distance, from the towering architectures, a giant bird came into view. It was shiny, with blue waves imprinted on the black metal. Nile gulped nervously and grabbed Leo’s arm.

“Dragons” he muttered.

The dragon turned toward them, slowly hovering their way. Nile’s heart raced faster as the fear became hard to control. His knees buckled and he cowered behind Leo.

The dragon didn’t move as quickly as Nile had heard, but a dragon was a dragon, and whether it was slow or fast, he didn’t want to find out. It landed near a building and the side of it opened. People began to scurry out of it.

“What?” Nile asked, stepping closer to it, confused as to what it actually was.

“Do you think it will kill us?” Leo asked.

“No, look!” Nile said, pointing.

From in-between two buildings, Nile could see figures passing by on the street.

“What a relief, we’re the same size,” Leo said, and started toward them.

Nile grabbed Leo’s arm. “Wait! The same size doesn’t mean they are the same, Leo. We have to be careful. This isn’t Woodlands.”

“But we have to be near it. We were only—”

“I don’t think we are anywhere near Woodlands,” Nile responded. “Follow me. And please keep quiet.”

They passed under a sign that read “Della’s Bakery.” Nile looked through the window to see joyous consumers sampling baked bread. Nile was reminded of the baked goods in Woodlands. Leo bumped into him and licked his lips, hungry for the different loaves of bread that were displayed beyond the glass.

Nile turned around and noticed that people were crowding over them. Several of them were laughing and applauding. Nile was bewildered, and he discreetly reached for Leo’s arm to get his attention. Leo slowly turned around and together they gazed into the crowd of villagers in this strange, newworld.

“They’re dressed odd,” Leo whispered to Nile.

Nile noticed that they wore tighter clothes and held small devices in their hands. Some of them seemed to be talking through the square object. Most of the shirts had wild designs or several buttons vertically in the center. Some of them wore long coats, short coats, and others had shirts without sleeves.

About the Author
Justin C. Trout was born in Richlands, V.A. Justin spent a majority of his childhood writing stories.

When he was in kindergarten, he shared his first “dinosaur” story with his classmates. With a passion to draw and share his stories, Justin began writing novels when he was only 12 years old. It was at this age that the Enaya series was born. He wrote a majority of the first drafts while he attended Lebanon High School. As he got older, Justin worked several odd jobs such as fast food, cashier, work study and retail. Justin decided to go back to college to obtain his degree where he could work in the mental health profession. It was in college when he decided to pursue publishing. Obtaining a master’s in education with specialization in counseling from Lindsey Wilson College, Justin is a children’s therapeutic day treatment counselor and an avid writer. He has also appeared in a number of short films and recently wrote and directed his first indie film, Fade Out. Enaya: Solace of Time is book 1 in an 8 part series.

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway the cover looks very nice

  2. Enaya solace of time sounds great ♡ I would love to read this book. Thank you

  3. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway

  4. This sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Question to the author: How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?

    1. That's a great question. This book really connects to the morality of all situations. The worry, anxiety, etc. that comes with making bad choices. You see this in Nile Whitman, the main character. It's a good vs. evil complex, and evil is so empowered that it's hard to overcome. I wanted it to reflect in a fantasy sense of the struggles we go through today. As far as life path, it's a great book that shows pain, love, heartache, etc. There is one scene where Nile sees his mother and it's a bit of a tear jerker, I wrote this as somebody who witnessed divorce. Again, it's a fantasy novel but it has real emotions that connects with what we go through. I hope that answered your question.

  6. Thank you for the excerpt. This sounds very interesting! I'd like to read it.


  7. Sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  8. What a fascinating book! Great excerpt. I'd love to read more. Thanks for the giveaway.