Monday, July 21, 2014

The Superpowers of ILLUSIVE: A Guest Post by Emily Lloyd-Jones + Giveaway!

For this week's July Debut feature, we're excited to welcome Emily Lloyd-Jones whose debut novel, Illusive, releases on July 15th! Illusive is a Sci-Fi adventure story about people who developed "adverse effects" or superpowers upon taking vaccines to stop a widespread epidemic. I thought it would be fun and interesting to know more about these powers so I'm thrilled when Emily Lloyd-Jones provided us with this cool guest post. Learn more about Emily Lloyd-Jones and the superpowers featured in Illusive, and enter for a SIGNED Hardcover copy of her debut below!

I have a confession: I'm addicted to world-building. 

To write a novel, I have a compulsive need to know everything about it. For everything I write, there's about 10,000 words of essays, character backgrounds, and timelines that never make it into the actual text. Even in the world of Illusive, which strongly resembles our current society, I spent weeks going over everything from technological advances to character aliases. 

One of the aspects of the world I spent the most time on were the superpowers. Or "adverse effects", as everyone in-world refers to them. Because these powers are side effects of a vaccine gone wrong, they're viewed as physical glitches instead of real powers. 

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My aim in writing Illusive was to create a realistic superhero story. To ground the powers in reality, I didn't want anything too out there--no laser vision or straight-up flight for my characters. 

Then it occurred to me: what if the powers weren't new or exciting? What if they were things people could see today… in a Vegas show, perhaps? 

Which is how all of the powers ended up being loosely based in stage magic. They are as follows: 

Eludere - increased intuition

Eidos - perfect recall 

Levitas - levitation 

Dauthus - body manipulation 

Mentalist - telepathy 

Illusionist - projecting life-like illusions 

Dominus - hypnotism 

Every power has limits - for example, illusions cannot work on technological devices and mentalism is limited to skin-to-skin contact. As I created those limits, they began to inform the plot. For example, what if my main character was faced with security cameras? How would a mentalist dig into the mind of someone he has no real reason to touch? 

These questions fed back into the plot of the novel, informing the conflicts that my characters had to face. And that, I think, is the fun of world-building.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 15th 2014
The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief.

After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't?

The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.

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About the Author 
Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College just outside of Philadelphia. She currently resides in Northern California, working in a bookstore by day and writing by night. Illusive is her debut novel.

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A SIGNED hardcover copy of Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
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  1. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    Mentalist because I want to know what others are thinking :)

    Thank you :)

  2. I really liked the guest post, I love an author that is good at world building and spends time on it without the story being too detailed at the same time. I am looking forward to seeing how she handles that in this one.

    Lets see, if I had a super power I would love to be invisible. Sounds weird but think of all the stuff you could do and see and hear! Or maybe just fly. I would say a ton of time in traffic if I could use the sky instead of the roads. ;)

  3. Astral projection, I think it would come in handy.

  4. I would want to be a shape shifter, that would be ideal. You could literally be anything.

  5. Thanks for sharing the guest post - I would have never guessed so much planning was being put behind building a fictional world.

  6. I think I would choose something like invisibility - its good for getting away and also you can drop in and listen to conversations without others knowing.

  7. (This is Darith L.)

    The power to teleport or telekinesis!

  8. If I have any superpower, I'll love to read people's minds!

  9. I would love to be able to read minds. Or maybe make money, can that be a superpower? That'd be great.

  10. I would love telepathy. This book just sounds really engaging, hope I win!

  11. I'd want to be able to teleport. I hate driving and there's so many places I want to go, so teleportation would be so awesome. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  12. I'd want teleportation. It's cheaper than driving everywhere. But for an unusual power, I'd want to be able to memorize anything I wanted, especially books.

  13. Either teleportation or the ability or talk to animals. Or both. :)

  14. I would want to be a Mentalist because I am not the most socially aware person, so this would really help me be less socially awkward :)


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