Spotlight on Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh, Plus Giveaway!

Spotlight on Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh, Plus Giveaway!

 

Today, we're spotlighting Burning Midnight! This new book is a contemporary thriller sure to keep you hooked all the way through. Read on for a guest post by Will McIntosh himself, and a chance to enter the giveaway! 

 

But first, meet Will McIntosh! 

WILL McINTOSH is the author of several adult speculative fiction novels, and a frequent short-story writer. He has received such accolades as a Hugo Award for Best Short Story and a Locus Award for his first novel, Soft Apocalypse and his work has been included on the ALA RUSA Reading List Selection for science fiction. His newest novel for adults, Defenders, has been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Burning Midnight is his first novel for young adults. Will lives with his wife and twin children in Williamsburg, Virginia. Visit him online at willmcintosh.net or on twitter at @WillMcIntoshSF.

 

 

Now meet his new book, Burning Midnight!

A harrowing standalone speculative YA thriller on par with the best of Michael Crichton.

     Sully lives in Yonkers and sells collectible spheres at a flea market. Like gemstones, though they occur all over Earth, they're hard to find, and can be quite valuable depending on the rarity of the color. Money's been tight since retail sphere dealers like Alex Holliday's have opened up all over.     Until he meets Hunter-- and together, they find the rarest sphere of all, a Gold. But Alex Holliday will stop at nothing to take it from them. Worse, none of them know it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden sphere.

 

 

Sounds great, right?! With introductions in order, it's time for Will's guest post about building the world of his new book!

 

 

 

Building the World of Burning Midnight

 

 

In Burning Midnight, mysterious colored spheres have materialized in hiding places all over the world. If you find two of the same color, you can “burn” them by pressing them to your temples, and gain something. Some spheres give you small things‐‐Army Green spheres, for example, give you immunity from the common cold. Other, rarer spheres give you wonderful things, like great physical strength or high intelligence. The story is about two poor teens who find an incredibly rare sphere in New York City. They can sell it for millions‐‐if billionaire dealer Alex Holliday doesn’t take it from them first‐‐or they can try to locate its match and find out what they give you, because no one knows.

 

 

Burning Midnight actually began as a short story, “Midnight Blue”, which was published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine eight years ago. I kept coming back to that story, thinking about it, until I finally realized it was on my mind because I wasn’t finished with it. So I decided to turn it into a novel.

 

You can get away with providing very few details in a short story, but for a novel I needed to provide a lot more detail about the spheres, like where they came from, how many there were, what benefits they provided to people who “burned” them, and how much they were worth.

 

I ended up coming up with forty‐something sphere colors. One of the rules I set from the start was that the “powers” the spheres provided had to be possible. So none of the spheres allow people to fly, or morph into cats. I didn’t want to cross the line into fantasy. Coming up with powers turned out to be harder than I thought. Once I got past the obvious ones: strength, intelligence, enhanced eyesight/hearing/smell, speed, quick healing...I hit a wall, and had to get creative. There had to be a lot of sphere colors, or the book wouldn’t be much fun. So I dug deeper and came up with some quirkier things:

 

Rose: Ability to hold your breath a long time. Hot Pink: Ability to call up a rush of adrenaline. Olive: Pain control.
Ruby Red: White, even teeth
Mint: More outgoing

 

You get the idea. I created a spreadsheet of the various spheres’ values, with the spheres that provide really desirable things (Mustard ‐‐ intelligence) worth millions, and more run‐of‐the‐mill spheres (Lemon Yellow – grow an inch or two) worth a few hundred dollars. I gave each sphere a handy scarcity rating ranging from 1 (common) to 10 (only two exist), which led me to imagine a ten story pyramid‐shaped sphere store in midtown Manhattan, where the common spheres are for sale at ground level and the higher up you go, the rarer the spheres.

 

One of the themes of Burning Midnight is that we’re drawn toward things that are scarce. Whether it’s a painting by Picasso, a Gucci purse, or Yu‐Gi‐Oh trading cards, we have a gut emotional reaction to crave things that not many people have. So these mysterious spheres become commodities that are bought and sold (and stolen...), with a stock market ticker updating prices by the minute. They can lead people to be blinded by greed and desire, and I don’t want to spoil the ending, but sometimes they can seem too good to be true, or come with a hidden cost. 

 

 

 

Burning Midnight

By: Will McIntosh

Release Date: February 2, 2016 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

Two winners will receive one copy of Burning Midnight, US only. Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. 

 

 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

Multicultural Children's Book Day--Featured Book R...
What's New in YA--February 9, 2016
 

Comments 8

Already Registered? Login Here
Kara S on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 20:49

I have been following this book and author from blog to blog because I am really enthused about reading this one! The storyline is exactly my taste; although, I never would have guessed it from the ambiguous but aesthetically pleasing cover... Many thanks and cheers, Kara S

0
I have been following this book and author from blog to blog because I am really enthused about reading this one! The storyline is exactly my taste; although, I never would have guessed it from the ambiguous but aesthetically pleasing cover...;) Many thanks and cheers, Kara S
Linda Romer on Saturday, 27 February 2016 14:44

Burning Midnight sounds awesome ♡ Love the cover! Thank you

0
Burning Midnight sounds awesome ♡ Love the cover! Thank you
Vanessa Gayle on Monday, 29 February 2016 23:15

This book sounds awesome! And the cover looks so neat! I love the teal.

0
This book sounds awesome! And the cover looks so neat! I love the teal.
Kimberly on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 13:03

I really like the cover and I love the synopsis. They both really make me want to read it.

0
I really like the cover and I love the synopsis. They both really make me want to read it.
Michelle Willms on Friday, 04 March 2016 18:32

I like both the cover and the synopsis. I've been interested in this book for quite some time and am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

0
I like both the cover and the synopsis. I've been interested in this book for quite some time and am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 06 March 2016 19:54

Love the cover--it matches well with the synopsis with the gold sphere. I also see snake-like strands that are produced when certain chemicals are set on fire. Awesome to witness! The synopsis makes me want to read this book, so it's on mark for me.

0
Love the cover--it matches well with the synopsis with the gold sphere. I also see snake-like strands that are produced when certain chemicals are set on fire. Awesome to witness! The synopsis makes me want to read this book, so it's on mark for me.
Nissa on Sunday, 06 March 2016 23:18

I would love to win a copy of this book.

0
I would love to win a copy of this book.
Nicole Wetherington on Monday, 07 March 2016 23:04

Love it

0
Love it

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place, #2)
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
City of Spells, the follow-up to Alexandra Christo's gritty YA...
Christmas Parade
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
A delightful Christmas board book filled with hilarious characters and...
Best Friend in the Whole World
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Roland lives a quiet life filled with books, music, and...
Bird Show
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Award-winning author-illustrator Susan Stockdale welcomes you to the Bird Show,...
Down Comes the Night
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw...
My Book of Feelings (My World)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Inspired by the Montessori method of education this unique board...
Sweet & Bitter Magic
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery...
My High School Rebel Boyfriend
 
3.8 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
He’s a rebel with a cause… to make my...
The Castle School (for Troubled Girls)
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
From New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel comes...
Dark Stars
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Dorothy finds herself completely alone. Roman is dead. The...
Follow Your Arrow
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
For fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, this...
Daughter of Darkness
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
She is destined to kill a demon. He is...
The Smile Shop
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Critically-acclaimed author-illustrator Satoshi Kitamura (Hat Tricks) celebrates the value of...
Stanley's Lunch Box
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Everyone’s favorite hard-working hamster Stanley introduces young readers to a...
What Are Unicorns Made Of?
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Have you ever wondered what unicorns are made of? Are...
Grandfather Bowhead, Tell Me a Story
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Richly illustrated and lovingly told, this book is a warm...

Latest Member Reviews

City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place, #2)
 
4.7
"CITY OF SPELLS is a stunning conclusion to an enthralling YA fantasy duology. The book plunges us into the story..."
Christmas Parade
 
4.5
"CHRISTMAS PARADE is another cute and brightly colored board book from Boynton. In this book, children see a Christmas parade,..."
Best Friend in the Whole World
 
5.0
"BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD is a sweet picture book about friends and doing the right thing. Roland lives..."
The Project
 
4.7
"What worked: This is one intense psychological tale of a girl trying to reconnect with her sister after she joins..."
The Threads of Magic
 
3.0
"Pip picks pockets to get food for himself and his sister, El. When he picks something unexpected, a mysterious box..."
Bird Show
 
4.3
"If birds had a fashion show, they would show off their unique plumage! BIRD SHOW is a brightly colored book..."
My Book of Feelings (My World)
 
5.0
"MY BOOK OF FEELINGS is a great conversation starter for emotions with toddlers. The book features spinning emoji faces of..."
Sweet & Bitter Magic
 
4.7
"SWEET & BITTER MAGIC is a lush and enthralling YA fantasy filled with magic, pain, and love. In this world,..."
The Smile Shop
 
3.5
"THE SMILE SHOP is a cute story about a young boy who is shopping for something special. He has a..."
Stanley's Lunch Box
 
4.0
"STANLEY'S LUNCH BOX is a cute board book that combines a favorite character with a shopping trip to the market...."
What Are Unicorns Made Of?
 
3.5
"WHAT ARE UNICORNS MADE OF? is a brightly colored board book that questions what makes a unicorn. The rhyming text..."
Grandfather Bowhead, Tell Me a Story
 
4.5
"GRANDFATHER BOWHEAD, TELL ME A STORY features a grandfather and grandson whale who are sharing stories. The grandchild asks for..."
Stanley's Toy Box
 
4.0
"Stanley heads to the park with Little Woo and Betty in this cute board book. STANLEY'S TOY BOX depicts a..."
Sing Me Forgotten
 
5.0
"SING ME FORGOTTEN is an enchanting, compelling, and unexpected YA fantasy retelling of Phantom of the Opera. In this world,..."
The Valley and the Flood
 
4.3
"Rose Colter is adrift. She can't be where she was staying for the holidays but she can't go home yet..."
Peek-a-Boo Little Reindeer
 
4.0
"PEEK-A-BOO LITTLE REINDEER is a simple and cute board book with felt flaps to lift on each page. Little Reindeer..."
Perfect on Paper
 
5.0
"PERFECT ON PAPER is a delightful YA romantic comedy. Darcy has been operating Locker 89 at her school for years...."
11 Paper Hearts
 
4.3
"Reviewed for YA Books Central A super cute and sweet story. The story: A year ago, a..."
The Last Fallen Star
 
5.0
"Riley Oh is thrilled for her sister, Hattie, to finally be formally initiated into the Gom clan on her 13th..."
shine your icy crown
 
3.3
"shine your icy crown by amanda lovelace is a 129-page collection of contemporary poems. It’s the second book in the..."