Author Chat with Melissa Hurst (The Edge Of Forever), Plus Giveaway!

TheEdgeOfForever

Today we're excited to chat with Melissa Hurst, author of The Edge Of Forever. 

Read on for more about Melissa, her book, and a giveaway!

 

 

 

 

Meet Melissa Hurst!

Melissa E. Hurst is a YA science fiction and fantasy writer, which means she considers watching Star Trek and Firefly as research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate. Melissa lives in the southern United States with her husband and three kids.

 

 

Website * Twitter * Instagram

 

 

 

Meet The Edge Of Forever!

In 2013, sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146, seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

 

 

Amazon * B & N Indiebound

 

 

 

 Meet On Through The Never!

In 2013, Bridger and Alora found a way to prevent Alora’s murder and return her to the century she was born in, preserving the timeline and preventing a possibly disastrous future. 

Back in the year 2147, Bridger is following in his father’s footsteps by wrapping up his military training at The Academy for Time Travel and Research. Alora is adjusting to life in the twenty-second century, and learning to master her powers; as a Dual Talent, she has the rare―and secret―ability to bend both space and time. 

But unrest is growing in the North American Federation. As the government moves to limit the rights of Purists, people who refuse genetic modifications, violent protests break out. At the same time, paranoia and anger about the existence of Dual Talents seems to be growing―both among Purists and within the government itself. 

Then a masked Time Bender arrives from the future. He insists that war is coming, and only Bridger and Alora can stop it. 

There’s just one problem: they have no memory of each other.

 

 

Amazon * B & N Indiebound

 

 

 

 

~ Interview ~

 

 

YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

Definitely Alora, who is one of the main characters. It was such a joy watching her grow as a character and develop her Talents. She started out in THE EDGE OF FOREVER as someone who was unsure of herself and tried to please others. By the end of ON THROUGH THE NEVER, she’s not afraid to go after what she wants and to do what she knows is right.

 

 

YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

The idea for the novel came first. I knew how I wanted the series to end while writing THE EDGE OF FOREVER, and I knew a lot of the details I wanted to include. When I was brainstorming the rest of the story, I also tried to think of a title that would complement the first book in the series. While googling the title of the first book for inspiration, I found a song by Metallica that included the phrase “on through the never” and thought it was perfect.

 

 

YABC:   What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

The climax because it was terrible in the first draft. I was trying to meet my deadline, so it was way too short and I didn’t really like how it unfolded. With the guidance and encouragement of my fantastic editor (Hi, Rachel!), I rewrote it almost entirely, and I’m so much happier with it now. It has a lot of action and a lot of drama, two things I love in my stories!

 

 

YABC:   Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

I’ve learned that first drafts will be terrible, no matter what. When I first started writing, I wanted to edit as I was drafting because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. It took over a year to finish that first draft, and when I started the second draft I kept tinkering with the first few chapters instead of moving on. With my second book, I tried a different approach—to get the words down and worry about editing later. It made a huge difference with my writing.

 

 

YABC:   What do you like most about the cover of the book?

Can I say everything? I love the image of the futuristic city next to a city in ruins. And I love the purple. I suggested that because purple is Alora’s favorite color.

 

 

YABC:   What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?

Oh, wow, there are so many new releases I can’t wait to read this year! But one that I’m really looking forward to reading is FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie Dao. Not only does the book sound amazing, I’m excited to read Julie’s book because she’s one of the first writers I met online way back when I first started writing. She’s such a friendly person, and I’m thrilled for her success!

 

 

YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

I can’t say too much without revealing spoilers, but a scene between Alora and somebody she was saying goodbye to made me almost cry. Okay, I may have cried a little.

 

 

YABC:   Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

I love revising, which amuses me because when I first started writing I preferred drafting. When I’m drafting now, all I can think about is how much work needs to be done to finish. When I’m revising, I’m excited because I know I’m making the story better, and I can see the progress. That part makes me happy and keeps me motivated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Edge Of Forever

By: Melissa Hurst

Publishing Date: June 2nd, 2015 

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

 One winner will receive a copy of The Edge Of Forever & On Through The Night (Melissa Hurst) ~ US & Canada Only

 
 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Featured Review: Changes In Latitudes (Jen Malone)
Spotlight on The Inevitable Collision Of Birdie & ...

Related Posts

 

Comments 13

Already Registered? Login Here
John on Monday, 24 July 2017 21:04

The cover looks so thriller-esque, and what about that North American Federation?!

0
The cover looks so thriller-esque, and what about that North American Federation?!
Dianna G. on Monday, 24 July 2017 22:27

I love the cool symmetry of the cover.
The summary is interesting. I haven't read many time travel stories.

0
I love the cool symmetry of the cover. The summary is interesting. I haven't read many time travel stories.
Aireanna Lesch on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:14

Cool cover! This sounds like a great book series! Looking forward to adding it to my TBR

0
Cool cover! This sounds like a great book series! Looking forward to adding it to my TBR
Julie on Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:03

The cover is just okay for me, but the story sounds interesting. I love time travel in stories!

0
The cover is just okay for me, but the story sounds interesting. I love time travel in stories!
Lily M. on Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:30

I think the cover looks cool, I like the two faces

0
I think the cover looks cool, I like the two faces :)
Esperanza Gailliard on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 23:49

The blackouts would drive me crazy. The cover is really cool. Can't wait to read this one.

0
The blackouts would drive me crazy. The cover is really cool. Can't wait to read this one.
Jackeline Gonzalez on Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:57

I love the cover and the synopsis. I will most definitely read this book.

0
I love the cover and the synopsis. I will most definitely read this book.
Maya Le-Pedroza on Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:37

I like the cover, and the story sounds intriguing

0
I like the cover, and the story sounds intriguing :D
Nancy Hernandez on Friday, 18 August 2017 22:18

Time travel sounds fun and the cover is decent.

0
:D Time travel sounds fun and the cover is decent.
Emily on Sunday, 20 August 2017 21:14

This series sounds so cool! I love time traveling books

0
This series sounds so cool! I love time traveling books

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Professor Renoir’s Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights
By her fourteenth birthday, Babe Killingsworth measures 6ʹ9ʺ and weighs...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
#Murderfunding (#MurderTrending, #2)
WELCOME TO WHO WANTS TO BE A PAINIAC?, the latest...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Truman
After his best friend Sarah leaves for her first day...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You into Space and Back Again
Hang on tight for a raucous bounce through the solar...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Fallen Empires (Cleopatra in Space #5)
Cleo goes into hiding after a mysterious death at Yasiro...
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
The Season
Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued; in...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
The Exact Opposite of Okay
Eighteen-year-old Izzy O’Neill knows exactly who she is—a loyal friend,...
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
Girl Gone Viral
For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire...
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
Patron Saints of Nothing
A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
This Time Will Be Different
For fans of Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, and Sandhya Menon,...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant
This honest, laugh-out-loud novel brimming with body positivity, bite-sized nuggets...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Carnival Catastrophe (The Problim Children, #2)
All siblings are capable of magic if they stick together....
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
As Far as the Stars
Christopher is the sort of guy that no one...
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
The Virtue of Sin
Miriam lives in New Jerusalem, a haven in the...
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
OverRun (The OverRuled Series, book 2)
TWO LIVES BOUND BY ONE LIE. Magic has consequences—...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1)
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret--she's a gumiho, a...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Professor Renoir’s Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights
 
4.0
"PROFESSOR RENOIR'S COLLECTION OF ODDITIES, CURIOSITIES, AND DELIGHTS primarily follows Babe, a fourteen-year-old girl who has gigantism. She already stands..."
#Murderfunding (#MurderTrending, #2)
 
4.3
"#Murderfunding is an engaging and fast-paced sequel to #murdertrending. Alcatraz 2.0 has been shut down and #CinderellaSurvivor (Dee) and her..."
Truman
 
5.0
"TRUMAN is an unbelievably sweet story about a tortoise. Truman the tortoise lives with his best friend and owner Sarah,..."
The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You into Space and Back Again
 
4.0
"THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD features cartoony planets and drawings along with poems on each page. Topical, clever,..."
#Murdertrending
 
4.7
"In the near future, a reality TV star has become president and signed off on Alcatraz 2.0, a new prison..."
Fallen Empires (Cleopatra in Space #5)
 
3.5
"I'm a huge fan of graphic novels and this series is one that is sure to appeal to those who..."
The Season
 
4.3
"THE SEASON by Sarah MacLean is a YA historical fiction novel that centers around seventeen-year-old Alex, who is coming of..."
My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant
 
4.3
"Sixteen-year-old Bluebelle, or BB/Big Bones, loves herself. Forget that others say she's fat. After a recent asthma attack, she has..."
The Exact Opposite of Okay
 
3.3
"THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY is a book that tackles sexism and slut-shaming. Written as a series of journal entries,..."
Super Humans
 
4.3
"The story: Best friends Chloe and Miranda, eager to start their college careers, move into an old, off-campus Victorian..."
Girl Gone Viral
 
3.3
"Girl Gone Viral was pitched for Warcross and Black Mirror fans. Now I haven’t read Warcross yet, but I’ve seen..."
Patron Saints of Nothing
 
4.7
"Reading Patron Saints of Nothing invokes a lot of emotions, especially for someone who’s socially aware of the current political..."
This Time Will Be Different
 
5.0
"THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT is an engaging YA contemporary with strong underlying messages about racism and social activism. With..."
North To Nara (Crimson Sash, Book 1)
 
5.0
"I’ve always been a sucker for dystopian. This is not a secret. The obsession with The Hunger Games is still..."
Carnival Catastrophe (The Problim Children, #2)
 
4.0
"CARNIVAL CATASTROPHE follows the seven Problim children as they continue their search for their mother. The seven siblings must work..."
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean
 
5.0
"THE ASTRONAUT WHO PAINTED THE MOON is the true story of Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the..."
As Far as the Stars
 
3.3
"AS FAR AS THE STARS is a slow-burning book about overwhelming grief. Air (Ariadne) is a high schooler with heaps..."
This Cruel Design
 
5.0
"Feedback This book…. What do I have to say about this book…. I have such a love/hate relationship with it...."
Big Red School (Clifford)
 
5.0
"CLIFFORD: BIG RED SCHOOL follows Emily Elizabeth and Clifford as they create a special school just for Clifford. Clifford loves..."
Goddess Ascending
 
4.3
"Elidi is a Goddess, or she will be when she ascends but to do that she must survive an attack..."