Excerpt Tour ~ Onwaachige the Dreamer by Jay Jordan Hawke ~ (Excerpt + Giveaway)
Author Name: Jay Jordan Hawke
Book Name: Onwaachige the Dreamer
Series: The Two-spirit Chronicles
Series is best read in order.
Release Date: December 17, 2015
What would you do for the boy you loved? What if to save him you had to abandon him forever?
Fourteen-year-old Joshua Ishkoday faces an impossible decision as a terrifying dream sets him upon a thrilling and treacherous journey of self-exploration through the dangerous vastness of the Wisconsin northwoods. There, along with his best friends, Mokwa and Little Deer, Joshua summons the power to confront his greatest fears. To do so, all he has to do is trust in his dreams. Unfortunately, Joshua discovers that his dreams have been deceiving him thanks to the intrusion of strange creatures. For out in the middle of the forest dwell the enigmatic Memegwesi, bizarre manitous who have a special plan for Joshua. Joshua soon realizes that he has three monsters to battle: the extraordinary creatures haunting his dreams, the dangerous torrential storm brewing in the northwoods, and finally, the greatest demon of all—his homophobic mother.
Pages or Words: 200 pages/57,547 words
Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
A Scout is Brave
Joshua raced down the Tommy Drapos Trail, desperately trying not to slip. The trail had become a waterslide, as it often did during a severe storm. Joshua’s mind had been so intent on laying Tommy to rest that he failed to notice how severe the weather had become. Now he could not help but notice. Even at this distance from camp, Joshua could hear the emergency siren sounding in the background.
The trail was winding and exceptionally slippery from the mud formed since the downpour. Joshua gave full attention to navigating the twists and turns of the slippery trail at the maximum safe speed possible. He failed to notice the dark silhouettes on the trail up ahead that were approaching him fast, and then it was too late. Joshua stopped just before colliding with the darkness. Only then did a brilliant flash of lightning reveal the identities of his visitors.
“Where are you going, faggot?” Levi asked, standing before Joshua, only inches away. Levi’s gang stood silently behind him.
“Let me through!” Joshua threatened, holding his ground.
Two of the gang members positioned themselves behind Joshua. They grabbed his arms from behind and held him tight. Even so, they had trouble keeping him still as Joshua struggled to break free.
Levi removed his own shirt, revealing a black handle stuck in his pants. He clenched it tightly and pulled out the long, sharp knife. Pocketknives were quite common at camp. Hunting knives, however, were strictly forbidden. Even Levi’s gang seemed caught off guard by this maneuver.
“Jesus Christ, Levi! Are you crazy?” Ken Fenton asked as he stood behind Levi, astonished. Levi didn’t answer. He just gazed furiously into Joshua’s eyes. His expression revealed a concentrated abhorrence and disgust.
Pukawiss the Outcast
“Everything?” Gentle Eagle asked skeptically.
“Well, yeah. I mean, it’s given us technology and the cures for diseases and everything. You know?” Joshua looked to his grandfather, expecting him to agree.
“I think science has given people much power,” Gentle Eagle said. “But it has not made people happier. That is what I think, Joshua.”
“Well, some of it has made us happier,” Joshua said.
“Can you name just one thing technology has done to make us happier?” Gentle Eagle immediately added a qualification. “And be sure it is something that has not also made things worse.”
“Electric guitars?” Joshua said, not entirely confident of his answer.
“Hmmmm, I think you got me on that one,” Gentle Eagle replied, sounding stumped. “So in your search, Joshua, make sure you leave some room both for manitous and electric guitars. I don’t think the manitous will mind. They like music.”
Onwaachige the Dreamer
“It doesn’t work like that,” Joshua said apologetically. “I can’t just turn them on and off.”
“Lame,” Mokwa said automatically.
“The manitous work in mysterious ways,” Little Deer added.
“When I was at camp, my dreams were so vivid,” Joshua reflected, suddenly feeling like opening up.
“What exactly did you dream about at camp?” Mokwa asked. He started to drift off as he asked it.
“I dreamt about some kid who had been murdered by some bullies many decades ago.” Joshua himself was drifting off as he said it. Unguarded, he realized he had come across as rather gruesome. But it didn’t matter now. He wanted Mokwa and Little Deer to know all of the horrific details of that terrible week. He had been keeping some of it inside, desperately trying to bury it. But he needed to get it out. And who better to talk to than his most trusted friends, his brothers?
“Damn, Pukawiss, that’s pretty intense,” Mokwa replied, struggling to focus. “How do you know it really happened, though? I mean, how can you tell when it’s just a dream?”
“I saw the murdered boy’s face in a picture from the same time period. It was just as I had dreamt it. Exactly.”
“Well, Pukawiss, that’s good enough for me. You got some mad dream power. I’d follow you anywhere.” Mokwa’s voice trailed off a bit, exhaustion overcoming him while he enjoyed the inviting warmth of the sun.
“Me too,” Little Deer said as he continued to gaze into the river.
“Well, not like off a cliff or anything,” Mokwa muttered.
“Me too,” Little Deer agreed.
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Jay Jordan Hawke holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in history, as well as a second master’s in Outdoor Education. He loves everything sci-fi, especially Star Trek! He teaches high school history and anxiously awaits the day when he can write full time. His hobbies include camping, movies, reading, running, and writing. His first book, Pukawiss the Outcast, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Young Adult Gay Fiction. He resides in one of the Great Lakes states.
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Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
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