Press release: a dystopian paranormal apocalypse series for young mature adults, Doubt, Among Us Trilogy

WireService.ca Press Release - 09/10/2013 - Vancouver, BC

AR Publishing Inc. has announced the publication of Anne-Rae Vasquez's latest novel Doubt, the first installment of the Among Us Trilogy series, a dystopian, paranormal urban fantasy, sci/fi, new adult fiction thriller set to be released in paperback and ebook formats on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other publishing platforms by November 13, 2013.

The author uses her film making, social marketing and writing skills and love for using transmedia to help attract readers who love fringe science, gaming, paranormal, time travel and all things geeky.

This novel contains a mixture of interesting genres, including fantasy, thriller, adventure, mystery and even romance. The letter in the beginning written to "truth seekers" was a nice touch; a good way to foreshadow what is about to happen. As a big fan of the show Fringe, this book appealed to me tremendously. The writing was well done, and the way the "supernatural" forces were introduced was great. The characters, primarily Harry and Cristal, were developed and built up very well, and had enough detail about their lives for us readers to understand them as people, not just characters. Genuinely looking forward to read the rest of the series when it comes out!" - Melissa Greenberg, Inkspand

 

“Doubt is book 1 of an intriguing and exciting trilogy by Anne-Rae Vasquez.  With enjoyable, vibrant young characters fighting a frightening unknown entity in a world that is about to self-destruct, Doubt will definitely appeal to readers of all ages who love sci-fi supernatural thrillers.”- Owen Choi, author of Amazon Best Seller, Tendrils of Life

“Captivating, thrilling and compelling. The story is original and fresh–a definite ‘have to read’ for new adult urban fantasy fiction readers.”- Libby Howell, book reviewer “A dystopian adventure, edgy and thought-provoking which raises questions about what we’re doing to our society and planet.
This gritty narrative which is fast paced and full of twists and turns is hard to put down till the end.” - Cid Andrenelli, author of The Burqa Master

“International intrigue, encryptions, and clandestine arrangements tumble together in this action-packed plot as young internet gamers use their skills to investigate who, or what, is behind the catastrophic events happening around the globe, led by this season’s newest, and most brilliant, master-mind – Harry Doubt!”- Emily Hill, author of The Ghost Chaser’s Daughter and the Ghost Stories series.

“Doubt is a must-read novel that has depth and substance mashed up with fringe science. If you read no other book this year, this is the one to read!”W. B. Miller, author of Kyrathaba Rising

At 21 years old, Harry and Cristal are fresh out of university with their PhD’s.  Labeled all their lives as being ‘weird’ and ‘geeky’, they find true friendships with other outcasts by playing online virtual reality games.  Now they face the challenges of learning how to be comfortable with their new ‘adult’ identities.  Harry Doubt, a genius programmer and creator of the popular online game ‘Truth Seekers’,  has a personal mission of his own; to find his mother who went mysteriously missing while volunteering on a peacekeeping mission in Palestine. His gaming friends and followers inadvertently join in helping him find her; believing that they are on missions to find out what has happened to their own missing loved ones.  During Harry’s missions, Cristal and the team of ‘Truth Seekers’ stumble upon things that make them doubt the reality of their own lives.  As they get closer to the truth, they realize that there are spiritual forces among them both good and evil, but in learning this, they activate a chain of events that start the beginning of the ‘end of the world’ as they know it.

The official book trailer is eye catching and produced in HD movie trailer style.

"Sinister, thought provoking, and intriguing"-- J. Khalil, Sababa Emporium Film Productions "D*MN that trailer is freaking Awesome.  OMG, it is amazing.   I love it."- Kathleen McMahon, author of upcoming paranormal novel Descent

Among Us is a book series which delves into the world of the supernatural and how it intersects with the everyday lives of seemingly ordinary young people as catastrophic events on earth lead to the end of times.  Among Us weaves the theme of a young man and woman, Harry and Cristal, who while not fully understanding their ‘abilities’, are drawn together in their desire to find out the truth about the world they live in which is similar to themes used in J.J. Abrams’ TV shows Fringe and Lost. Film rights have been acquired by Sababa Emporium Film Productions and the movie is due to be released in 2015.  Doubt, the film will be produced by Joseph Khalil.

The official website AmongUs.ca interacts with visitors allowing them to participate as Truth Seekers following the theme of the story. The author comments on how she made her website interactive with her readers.

"I wanted to give readers another way to connect with my story.  Entertainment does not need to be contained in one medium. I believe in telling your story in many mediums. How do we do this?  One way was to entice readers  to participate in the experience of the story as it is being written. Putting Theory to the Test Here was the plan I used for fan recruiting  for my new novel Doubt, Book 1 of the Among Us Trilogy:

  • Design website for the book series using the theme of the story
    (Theme: Truth seekers who are online gamers use the internet to communicate with each other and also hack into global networks to save the world from catastrophic events caused by an unknown entity.)
  • Entice beta readers to read drafts of the chapters as I write them but only awarding the first 10 who register
  • Assign characters from the novel to each beta reader.
  • Provide the beta reader with their assigned character’s strengths, weaknesses, personality traits and physical characteristics.
  • As more chapters in the book are written, the ten beta readers will be asked to provide input with the incentive that what they write may be included in the next chapter. They will not know until the next chapter is released.
  • Release each new chapter to the first ten fans as an award for having joined early.
  • As more beta readers register to the site, ask them to create their own character and post the character’s 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses and 3 physical characteristics on the website.
  • Entice additional beta readers to complete simple mission assignments related to the story with the incentive that their character may be chosen to be written into the Book 2 and Book 3 of the series.
  • Give beta readers a Thank you credit on a Thank You page on the site and also on the credit page when the book is published.
  • When the beta readers pass a mission assignment, a chapter will be released to them.

Your turn

Now it’s time for you to check out this experiment in real-time. Click here to get started."  -- Anne-Rae Vasquez, author of Doubt, Among Us Trilogy 1

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About Anne-Rae Vasquez

Anne-Rae Vasquez is a freelance journalist for Digital Journal.com, author, filmmaker and web design programmer.  Her latest novel, Doubt, is the the first book in the Among Us Trilogy series.  Her other works include: the novel and screenplay for the award winning feature film and web series Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, Salha’s Secrets to Middle Eastern Cooking Cookbook Volume 1, Gathering Dust – a collection of poems, and Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week, published by Sams.net (a division of Macmillan Publishing). Almost a Turkish Soap Opera was her feature screenplay and film directorial debut. Anne-Rae Vasquez is available for interview.

PR Contact Details

J. Suarez c/o AR Publishing 7360 137 Street #517 Surrey, BC Canada  V3W 1A3 +16046085747 ###  

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