Thursday, November 8, 2012

Clutch Blog Tour: guest post

Clutch (I Am Just Junco #1) by J.A. Huss
Paperback, 1st Edition, 320 pages*Published October 1st 2012 by Science Future Press (first published September 16th 2012)
Purchase: Amazon

In 2152 the avian race is on Earth looking for something stolen from them decades ago – their genetics. At the center of the search lies the Rural Republic; a small backwards farming country with high hopes of military domination and a penchant for illegal bioengineering.

19 year old Junco Coot is the daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. She’s the most foul-mouthed, wildly unpredictable and ruthless sniper the Rural Republic has ever trained. But when her father’s death sparks a trip into forbidden places, she triggers events that will change everything she knows to be true.

As an elite avian military officer, Tier’s mission is to destroy the bioengineering projects, kill Commander Coot’s daughter, and return home immediately. There’s just one problem. Junco isn’t who she claims to be.

With no one to trust, not even herself, Junco must confront the secrets of her past and accept her place in the future, or risk losing herself completely. 

Guest post
Why Every Junco Needs a Selia Character post by Junco

I admit, I haven’t had a lot of experience in the female BFF department. I mean, I had a pretty sheltered life in the Rural Republic – what with all my special training and my summer camp trips. Don’t get me wrong, I had a male BFF – he’s been my everything in a lot of ways. But it’s just not the same as a girlfriend, am I right?

I mean, a guy simply won’t do if you’re looking for some female honesty. Take me and Selia for instance. When we first meet Selia in Clutch, she’s a reporter. I barely know her but I’m standing in front of a bunch of people trying to explain why I’ve been missing for a week when I freeze up. Selia knew I needed a little prodding and helped me out in a stressful moment. That’s what girlfriends do.

And later, I asked her to do me a pretty far-out favor and she agreed. Of course, I did have to bribe her properly with cash and there was that moment when I had that gun to her head, but still. She did exactly what I asked her, even better, she went above and beyond what I asked her to do. Girlfriends are reliable in a way that guy-friends just aren’t in most cases.

Let’s take Isten for a moment. Isten shows up in my life when I’m battling my way through Fledge. He’s not very helpful at first, he’s got his reasons I suppose, but this is typical for guys. They have their reasons. Selia just blurts it all out. She says stuff that no one in their right mind would say to me. Like, “Hey, Junco? You been putting on the pounds lately?” Or, “Crap, your mother is a total, bee-otch! I can see where you get it from.”

Now, if Isten said that to me, he’d have a bloody nose. But Selia, she’s just being honest in a way that only a BFF can be.

And When Ashur tells me I’m wandering into psycho territory, I rebel and prove him right. That’s just what you do when guys mention you might have PMS or something.

But Selia? She already knows I’m insane, so why sidestep the issue. She just pulls a snap-out-of-it and smacks me across the face. And of course, I do. When your BFF slaps ya upside the head, ya typically pause to think about your actions and reevaluate your next step.

I need the guys to have my back in battle, yeah. That’s true. But I need Selia, my BFF, to have my back in life. She’s the one who’ll stick it out with me and eat a tub of ice cream as I cry over my latest boy. She’ll fling me back to reality with a few choice words that would get Ashur or Tier a smackdown pronto. And she’ll let me makes mistakes and then say, “I told you so, you dumb sh*t!”

I like that about Selia. No, actually, I love that about Selia. Everyone needs a Selia, am I right? Cheers to Selias everywhere! Leave a comment and tell me why your BFF is so special…

Junco (Selia’s Psycho Sidekick)

About the author: 
J. A. Huss
YouTube Trailer - CLUTCH

J. A. Huss never took a creative writing class in her life. Some would say it shows. Others might cut her some slack. She did however, get educated and graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Equine Science. She had grand dreams of getting a Ph.D. but while she loves science, she hated academia and settled for a M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida. 

She’s always packing heat and she is owned by two donkeys, five dogs, more chickens and ducks than she can count, and of course, the real filthy animals, her kids. The I Am Just Junco series was born after falling in love with the ugliest part of Colorado and the Rural Republic is based on the area of the state she currently resides in, minus the mutants, of course.