Christian Fiction

WARPED REMAINS. SPOTLIGHT.

Book Title: Warped RemainsGenre: Young Adult Christian thriller
Content Warnings: Mild violence
Word / Page Count: 63,000 / 135 pages
Author(s): David Jemal & Kara Leigh Miller
Publisher: Anaiah Press, LLC (www.anaiahpress.com
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Buy Links: 
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081C67K45/
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Anaiah Press (Print Version): https://www.anaiahpress.com/product/warped-remains/ 

BOOK BLURB

Emily Sheffield’s parents are the worst. Okay, maybe Emily has been erratic and her behavior a little reckless lately, but shipping her off to live with her grandparents in Alaska is so much worse than she deserves. At least she gets to spend her layover with the cute boy on the same flight. If she has to leave everything and everyone she knows, she might as well make some new–and cute–friends, right?

For Aiden Cohen, life in Alaska is perfect—good grades, great friends, an awesome church, and work he loves. There’s just one thing missing: his mom. Desperate to know her, Aiden sets out to find the woman who abandoned him at birth. But a disastrous first meeting with his birth mom, leaves Aiden stunned and ready to go back to his ordinary life in Alaska. And with fate finding Aiden and Emily on the same flight, he couldn’t be happier. If only he can convince her that God is real, everything would be perfect.

Everything seems to be going well—until a confusion on the runaway prevents the plane from landing. Circling the runway should have been simple, but when the plane hits a bad patch of turbulence, throwing it off-course, the pilots lose control.  The plane crashes, leaving Emily, Aiden, and two dozen other passengers stranded on a creepy island. Surviving and hoping for rescue are their primary goals, but the least of their troubles. They aren’t the only ones on the island, and it’s now a race against time for someone to find them before the island’s inhabitants do. But there are people willing to do anything to keep the island’s true purpose a secret—even if it means sacrificing the lives of the survivors.

EXCERPT

Emily Sheffield…

“Attention, folks.” The pilot’s voice fills the cabin. “There’s some congestion on the runway, so we’re going to circle around a few times to allow ground crews to get things cleared up. Please be patient, and we’ll land as soon as possible.”

Whoa. I really slept the entire flight? That never happens. I stretch my arms over my head and arch my back, trying to work out the kinks. I yawn again. “Are we in Anchorage already?” I ask the elderly man seated beside me.

He nods. “There’s a herd of moose on the runway.”

“Seriously?” I laugh. Only in Alaska. I settle back in my seat, hoping it won’t take too long to land. I need to get on solid land again, and a small thrill of excitement shoots up my spine at the thought of seeing grandma and grandpa. Without Erik around, I’ll be the one they spoil. Not to mention, I really want to talk to Aiden again.

Thirty minutes pass, and then an hour, and we’re still circling the airport. My stomach rumbles, and I swallow hard. My throat is dry and scratchy, and my temples throb with an impending headache. I really need to get oft this stupid plane. I take a drink and the warm liquid turns my stomach.

What I really want to do is go back to sleep, but that’s not going to happen, so I turn on the small television and flip through the channels. I settle on a bad 80s high school drama. The acting is horrible, and the special effects are even worse. I settle into my seat, the ache in my head getting worse.

The plane shakes, and the captain’s voice comes over the intercom again. “We’ve run into a bit of turbulence, folks. Nothing to worry about. We’re going to make a larger loop back around and hopefully we’ll have clearance to land by then. Thanks for your patience and for flying with SunDun Airlines.”

I groan inwardly. We’re never going to get off this plane at this rate. I close my eyes for only a second, and then the small TV screen goes totally black. What’s going on? I look over the seats in front of me and see their screens are blank, too.

A tall man with black hair, wearing a suit, rushes up the aisle, and from the corner of my eye, I see a flash of silver. A badge. The air marshall? He disappears into the cock pit. What on earth is going on?

A second later, the flight attendant’s calm voice surrounds me. “It appears as though the pocket of turbulence we’re experiencing is larger than we originally anticipated. The fasten seat belts sign is back on, and we ask that everyone remain seated with the seats upright and the trays closed. Please stay calm, and we’ll be out of this in no time.”

No sooner does she quit talking than the plane dips sharply, rises, and then shakes violently.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW.

What do you hope your readers get from your book?

DAVID: Life is tough. Sometimes, beyond your control, things happen, and you wish they didn’t. Other times, you question: why me and why now? I hope that readers will take this message away after reading Warped Remains: by understanding that everything is under the direction of God, and that He is controlling your every step of the way, one can finally begin to feel their mission in life—and it will always be what’s the best for you.

KARA: Mostly, a thrilling but fun read that will help them escape reality for a few hours / days. On a deeper level, I hope readers will see that even when things are really bad, there’s always a silver lining, that God is always with us no matter what. 


Inspiration for writing the book?

DAVID: In the end of the day, every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our in our lives is the only—and perfect—preparation for the future that only He can see. My inspiration for writing this book is recognizing God is always there for us in every place, person, and thing. When life gets hard, it is always good to remember there is a larger picture being painted. In terms of inspiration for my books, I find it by reading other books, watch shows, listening to music on walks or the train, or just daydreaming myself on an adventure!

KARA: I’ve always wanted to write a thriller, and I’ve had a lot of ideas for various ones, but none of them ever really stuck—until David came to me with this idea. He’s the mastermind behind this one. LOL. The more he talked about it, the more excited I became, and so, I guess my inspiration for this specific book was David and his enthusiasm for the idea.  

Favourite scene from the book?

DAVID: Hands down, my favorite scene was the plane crashing—the emotions from characters, the interactions, and, as a bonus, it shifts the book to the next phase…!

KARA: Even though it was difficult to write, I also really love the plane crash scene. There’s so much going on—so many emotions and sensory details that brings the scene to life.  

Why we should love and read the novella?
DAVID: It’s Lost meets And Then There Were None sprinkled with a touch of lessons for the soul! For the in-depth answer, you’ll just have to read Warped Remains! 

KARA: You should read it because it’s awesome! Haha. Seriously, though, this book is fun and a little scary while also being a tad humorous. And, of course, we can’t forget the romance that happens. With this book, we slam our foot down on the gas and don’t let up until the very end.  

Do you have an excerpt you want to share?

Absolutely! This is from Chapter 3: 

Emily Sheffield…

“Attention, folks.” The pilot’s voice fills the cabin. “There’s some congestion on the runway, so we’re going to circle around a few times to allow ground crews to get things cleared up. Please be patient, and we’ll land as soon as possible.”

Whoa. I really slept the entire flight? That never happens. I stretch my arms over my head and arch my back, trying to work out the kinks. I yawn again. “Are we in Anchorage already?” I ask the elderly man seated beside me.

He nods. “There’s a herd of moose on the runway.”

“Seriously?” I laugh. Only in Alaska. I settle back in my seat, hoping it won’t take too long to land. I need to get on solid land again, and a small thrill of excitement shoots up my spine at the thought of seeing grandma and grandpa. Without Erik around, I’ll be the one they spoil. Not to mention, I really want to talk to Aiden again.

Thirty minutes pass, and then an hour, and we’re still circling the airport. My stomach rumbles, and I swallow hard. My throat is dry and scratchy, and my temples throb with an impending headache. I really need to get oft this stupid plane. I take a drink and the warm liquid turns my stomach.

What I really want to do is go back to sleep, but that’s not going to happen, so I turn on the small television and flip through the channels. I settle on a bad 80s high school drama. The acting is horrible, and the special effects are even worse. I settle into my seat, the ache in my head getting worse.

The plane shakes, and the captain’s voice comes over the intercom again. “We’ve run into a bit of turbulence, folks. Nothing to worry about. We’re going to make a larger loop back around and hopefully we’ll have clearance to land by then. Thanks for your patience and for flying with SunDun Airlines.”

I groan inwardly. We’re never going to get off this plane at this rate. I close my eyes for only a second, and then the small TV screen goes totally black. What’s going on? I look over the seats in front of me and see their screens are blank, too.

A tall man with black hair, wearing a suit, rushes up the aisle, and from the corner of my eye, I see a flash of silver. A badge. The air marshall? He disappears into the cock pit. What on earth is going on?

A second later, the flight attendant’s calm voice surrounds me. “It appears as though the pocket of turbulence we’re experiencing is larger than we originally anticipated. The fasten seat belts sign is back on, and we ask that everyone remain seated with the seats upright and the trays closed. Please stay calm, and we’ll be out of this in no time.”

No sooner does she quit talking than the plane dips sharply, rises, and then shakes violently.

Read Chapter One Here: https://www.karaleighmillerauthor.com/chapter-one-warped-remains.html

ABOUT THE AUTHORS.

David Jemal: After graduating college with a major he created in finance and culture, he jumped into the world of sales and thus began crisscrossing North America. When he’s not selling people stuff, he’s busy writing new stories.
Kara Leigh Miller: Kara is a full-time wife; stay-at-home mom to 5 kids, 4 pit bulls, and 6 cats; writer, and the Editorial Director at Anaiah Press. She’s previously published two adult Christian romantic suspense books. Warped Remains is her first young adult book, but it won’t be her last.
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