By Kelly Bridgewater
About the Book
Book: Secrets in the Mist
Author: Morgan L. Busse
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release date: August 10, 2021
lurking in the Mist is the least of their worries…
In a world where humanity lives in the sky to escape a deadly mist below, Cass’s only goal is survival. That is, until she finds a job on the airship Daedalus as a diver. Now she explores ruined cities, looking for treasure and people’s lost heirlooms until a young man hires her to find the impossible: a way to eradicate the Mist.
Theodore Winchester is a member of one of the Five Families that rule the skies. Following in his father’s footsteps, he searches for the source of the Mist and hopes to stop the purges used to control overpopulation. But what he finds are horrifying secrets and lethal ambition. If he continues his quest, it could mean his own death.
The Mist is rising and soon the world will be enveloped in its deadly embrace, turning what's left of humanity into the undead.
Secrets in the Mist by Morgan Busse is a captivating, original story with the heart of trying to find home. The characters of Cass and Theo have a difficult journey to overcome from where the readers meet them in the beginning of the story to where the cliff hanger leaves them stranded at the end of the first book. I flew through the pages of this novel. The story was so well-told that I was captivated by the description and the action that I had a hard time putting it down to do things like feed my family or go to work. I really wanted to keep up with Cass and Theo and discover what they were hunting for. I wanted to know more about the Mist. How was it created? Describe more of the Plague Wars. I wanted more backstory, but the inklings that Busse dangled in front of readers kept me flipping the pages. Sure, she'll tell us soon, but she kept dropping those clues to tempt me. No romance. Lots of movement and action. Definetly a well-written original story built on pure imagination, but something that I could see happening. At least, maybe not in the same fashion, but something similar. I really can't wait for book two. I NEED the second or third, please be a third, novel.
I received a complimentary copy of Secrets in the Mist by Morgan Busse published by Enclave Publishing through the Celebrate Lit. Tours, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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About the Author
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.
More from Morgan
I’m afraid to fly. At first, I tried to ignore it. Then the panic attacks came. And the one time I accidentally grabbed my neighbor’s arm during turbulence, which was really embarrassing. But it was when I was waiting for my flight at the airport and felt like I was going to burst into tears right there at the gate that I knew I needed help.
I didn’t want to stop flying. I love traveling! But the fear of plummeting to the ground scared me, so I talked to my doctor and was given medicine to help me calm down. The problem is it made me really groggy. But hey, at least I could fly again.
Then I started writing Secrets in the Mist. Half of this book is about flying and one third is hang gliding. You know, flying with just a kite on your back. To write realistically about hang gliding, I started studying the sport. I read all the articles I could find, watched a lot of YouTube videos, and in the end spent over 10 hours immersing myself in the sky.
As I first imagined, then wrote each scene in Secrets in the Mist, something started to happen. I started to lose my fear of flying. It wasn’t the first time I tried to read the science behind flight to help me lose my fear of flying, but this time, I was doing it in my head. I was feeling the air and wind, tilting my glider, catching the air drafts, and not just understanding how to fly in my mind, but also with my heart.
I realized a plane couldn’t fall out of the sky just like my character couldn’t fall out of the sky. That an experienced flyer understood what to do in storms and sudden gusts of wind. And should the plane actually lose its engines, the pilot would help it glide to the ground the same way my gliders eased their way to a landing.
Not only that, by creating the exhilarating feelings my character felt when she was gliding began to seep into my psyche. I felt her joy and freedom, her lack of fear, and even more, how she felt more connected to God when it was just her, the wind, and the sky. I saw the beauty of flying through my character’s eyes.
I can fly now. Without medication. I actually enjoy the takeoffs and the feeling of the plane gliding through the air. Will I try hang gliding someday? Probably not, I still hate heights. But I never dreamed that writing about flying would help me overcome my fear of it. This is the power of imagination, and the power of story.
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To celebrate her tour, Morgan is giving away the grand prize package of Steampunk themed basket that includes a signed book, coffee by barnies, a soy candle (so it should be safe for everyone), and a $20 B&N gift card!!
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