Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Nighthawks by Jeremy Flagg @writeremyflagg @GoddessFish

by Jeremy Flagg
GENRE: Sci-Fi (Dystopian)


Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier…

His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus—an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan’s exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

A government psychic may be dead, but that doesn’t stop her from manipulating the future…

The deceased White House aide is only remembered for her failed assassination attempt on the president decades before Conthan was born. Foreseeing her own death, she scribed letters to bring together specific Children of Nostradamus on a mission that will change the world.

On the night of the gallery exhibition, Conthan receives one of those letters…

Whispers from the past direct him to visit Sarah, the subject of his paintings, who like many Children of Nostradamus, is being detained in a government research facility. It’s there he finds himself aligned with a rogue group of Children on a mission to prevent a dark future.

As a dark future unfolds, there's only one hope to stop the destruction of the world...

The Children of Nostradamus.


“Class I identified,” said the Corps soldier. “Immediate termination.”

Conthan looked up, confused, and realized that the gun was pointing directly at his face. He watched as the soldier pulled the trigger and the pain surged through his brain.

“Not today.” It was his voice, but he wasn’t speaking.

He realized he wasn’t in control of his actions as he held up his hand and pushed the pain through his body to his palms. The black spot returned and he watched as the laser emerged from the gun and vanished into another dark hole. He could see a similar spot appear just to the side of the soldier. The laser projected outward from the darkness, searing through the soldier’s head.

Conthan felt the pain release his body. He fell to the ground. He lay next to a gasping Jed Zappens. Conthan turned his head to see the man. “I’m sorry,” he muttered.

Jed sucked in a ragged breath and blinked several times, tears beginning to stream down his face. He reached into his breast pocket and dragged out an old folded envelope. “For you,” he said through clenched teeth.

Conthan voice had left him. He wanted to scream for a medic but he couldn’t find air enough to fill his lungs. He started to reach for the envelope but hesitated before snatching it from the dead man’s hands. He crushed it in his grasp as he watched the light vanish from the artist’s eyes.

“Run,” said a voice.

Conthan rolled his head to see that there was nobody left standing in the alley. He sucked in air and tried to sit upright. “Hello?”


What are four things you can’t live without?
  1. My laptop – This thing is where my ideas are stored. I’d like to say it’s just a machine, but we have a weird relationship. It knows all my browsing history secrets and listens to me when I want to talk and be alone. It’s probably unhealthy, but I’ll be buried with this computer.
  2. My cell phone – I work with high school students, and their bad habits frequently rub off on me. I can text at speeds that are bordering on superhuman. A wealth of information is stored on there. It’s my lifeline to the outside world. I also would be pissed if I lost my Clash of Clans game!
  3. My sketchbook – I keep a small moleskin notebook in my backpack. There are times when I’m working that I just feel too connected to the outside world. That’s when I shut my computer and begin to draw by hand or write down ideas. It allows me to settle comfortably in my own head and push out ideas. It’s a great mental retreat for me.
  4. My car – I grew up a nomad. My father was military and we rarely stayed in one place very long. I still suffer from wanderlust and find it difficult to stay somewhere long before I start to feel trapped. Last time this happened I got in my car and draw from Maine to Vegas. 11 days of driving and I felt at peace as I soaked in the experiences. Sometimes I need locational therapy.
If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
Can I choose my own? I know this will sound egotistical or bizarre, but I would be Conthan from Children of Nostradamus. He’s my main protagonist, has a background in art, is doing his first gallery show, and then his life explodes and the adventure begins. He’s the best of my personality and this weird idealized image I have of myself. He can also perform superhuman acts, so that helps. There are times when my life just seems boring and I’d love to have this push for adventure. If I had to choose another character, it’d be Bram Stoker’s Dracula, because let’s admit it, he’s a suave badass.
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
Children of Nostradamus is going to be the focus of my writing life for a while. I’m hoping to have the second book out pretty fast for the fans. My self-published series Suburban Zombie High is wrapping up and the last book should be out at any time on Amazon along with the box set. I think most of my writing side projects are going to focus on short stories to explore another series I’ve been dwelling on. We won’t see that for a while since the Children of Nostradamus has a sequel and prequel slated for release soon.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
My background is in art and art history, so when Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code came out, I had to read it. While I scoffed at some of the illogical leaps in the history of the book, I was captivated. He took a seemingly boring character, applied some outside stimuli and we watched this character flourish. I was also fascinated that unlike my epic fantasy novels, his story took place in a couple of days. This discovery is seen in almost all my books now. All three novels in the Suburban Zombie High series take place in three days and even Children of Nostradamus the timeline is very condensed. I find this allows the pressure to be turned up and we don’t have to have an uncanny amount of downtime. It also allows seeing people at their best/worst as they suffer from the pressure in a small period of time.


I’m high school graphic design and marketing teacher, at a large suburban high school in Massachusetts. Working as a high school educator and observing the outlandish world of adolescence was the inspiration for my first young adult novel, “Suburban Zombie High.”

My inspiration for writing stems from being a youth who struggled with reading in school. While I found school assigned novels incredibly difficult to digest, I devoured comics and later fantasy novels. Their influences can be seen in the tall tales I spin.

I took the long route to becoming a writer. For a brief time, I majored in Creative Writing but exchanged one passion for another as I switched to  Art and Design. My passion for reading about superheroes, fantastical worlds, and panic-stricken situations would become the foundation of my writing career.

I participated in my first NaNoWriMo in 2006 and continue to write an entire novel every November. Now I am the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison to the Massachusetts Metrowest Region. I also belong the New England Horror Writer’s Association and to a weekly writing group, the Metrowest Writers.



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Victoria Alexander said...

Really great post - I enjoyed reading it :). Thanks for sharing!

Mary Preston said...

A great excerpt.

Nikolina said...

I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!