Thursday, August 27, 2015

Machines of the Little People by Tegon Maus (VBB, excerpt and GIVEAWAY) GFT

Machines of the Little People
by Tegon Maus



When Ben Harris' sister passes away, her husband, Roger Keswick, is mysteriously absent from her funeral. It's not until 6 months later that Ben is pulled back in to Roger's life, only to find that he's moved on. His new wife may be called Jessica, but she's the spitting image of Ben's sister. Things escalate when Roger claims there's a factory under his house run by little people called the Katoy.



He had run to the end of the house with the garage.  There, in that corner of the building, was a small offset in the design that held six or seven medium sized bushes.  In the side wall of that corner, the opposing inspection vent.  The soil was damp here as well.

"Stand right here," Roger said, bouncing in place on the balls of his feet.

I stood were he asked.

"Feel it?" he asked expectantly.

"Feel what, Roger?"

"The machines."

My mind raced to find the right response.

"Their machines.  Feel it?  The hydraulic vibration?  They're running full bore," he said with admiration.

"I don't feel it," I answered but I wanted to.  I wanted to feel it for Roger's sake.  I wanted this to be more than just in his head.

Dressed in his business suit, he removed his jacket, throwing it to the ground.  He sprawled out, pressing his ear to the dirt.

"Listen to them.  Listen to the power.  My God, it’s exhilarating," he yelled as if speaking over the drone of some powerful, massive machine.  "Come on, Ben.  It's only dirt."

I moved to lay next to Roger, pressing my ear to the soil.

At first, all I heard was the rhythm of my breathing and that of Roger.  I held my breath breaking the pattern.  Faintly, barely audible came a steady even pulse.  I pressed my ear harder to the ground, trying to sort out what I heard.  It did have a faint, repetitive, mechanical sound.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else... devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn't friendly, I just wasn't "people orientated". Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.

The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can't remember what it was about... something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.

It wasn't a deliberate conscious thought it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. "Be as detailed as you can," we were told.

I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it's making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn't be sure if it were true or not.  When I write, I always write with the effort of "it could happen" very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

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  1. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

    1. Hi, Mai. I am happy that the author got a chance to answer you. I am not a big fan of covers, I occasionally notice them, but I am more focused on the blurb and excerpt! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. I do ! I think it's like eating... if the plate looks good you'll give it a try even if you've never seen it before in your life

  3. Don't Judge a book by it's cover is a platitude... everyone does it ! It's part of our survival mode. Everyone knows that life is too short to read bad books or see bad movies... it's why we have reviews !!

    1. Very true! (My apologies for taking so long to respond to you, I have have very limited internet access recently, but I wish you good luck on the tour!)

  4. I don't think I've read a story line about machines used in this way. I find this fascinating and am looking forward to reading more about them.

    1. Glad you were intrigued, Mary. Thanks for taking the time to visit!

  5. Great post! Thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

    1. Always happy to share, Victoria, great to see you!

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    1. Great to hear, Mary, thanks for visiting!

  7. I really enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you for the post and contest!

    1. Happy you enjoyed it, Betty, and you are quite welcome for the excerpt. Good luck in the contest!

  8. I loved the excerpt. I would love to read more.