Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Excerpt and Giveaway: The Holder's Dominion by Genese Davis

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The Holder's Dominion
Genese Davis

After her father’s death on a mountain rescue mission, Kaylie Ames watched her family shatter. So when Kaylie fled Tacoma for college in faraway Austin, she figured that even the worst campus drama would be a relief. But when her old friend Elliott turns up on his knees in the grocery store aisle, raving about something called a morphis, Kaylie feels compelled to enter Elliott’s unfamiliar world. 

Guided by Elliott and his friends, Kaylie signs on to the massively popular online game Edannair. There she discovers a world of beautiful vistas and magical creatures, where people from all over the globe step into the roles of warriors on fantastical quests. But a real-world evil threatens the players: the mysterious Holder, leader of the elite team known as Sarkmarr, is coercing his followers into traumatic offline dares known as “morphis assignments.” To save her friends, Kaylie must infiltrate Sarkmarr and survive the Holder’s tests. Will she find the courage there to keep her own family from falling apart?

After nights with the gang, I couldn’t keep Edannair from my mind. I lay awake in my dark bedroom watching afterimages of golden banners fluttering from watchtowers and marble city gates touching the skies. Ylora felt alive. It was so real that I—well, my alias—could skip down cobblestone paths twisting and rippling through kingdoms and fly astride dragon turtles and pegasi patrolling blush skies. And most importantly, it offered protection from the real world somehow, as if something as fantastic as live gargoyles roosting on parapets could save me from wakefulness. Instead of obsessing over the spectres of my family, I could revel in this new world... and, hopefully, follow it into dreams.

It would be easy to lose myself in the game elements alone. But I wanted to know something. Who is the Holder? What does he want from Elliott? When I spotted Elliott on the floor in that grocery store, overpowered with anxiety, protectiveness had ignited in me, even if Elliott would still only say it had to do with his morphis assignment.

About the Author

Genese Davis is an American author and video game promoter. Her novel, The Holder’s Dominion, is her debut.

Genese Davis grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At age twelve she got her first job at a dressage equestrian center, where she cleaned stalls and water tanks and exercised clients’ horses. She soon fell in love with the art of dressage and show jumping. Davis saved up five hundred dollars and purchased a rambunctious Norwegian Fjord that no one dared ride but her. After months of training she began competing throughout the state and, against all odds, the pair won many first-place ribbons and trophies in the horse trials competition called Eventing. Davis used her knowledge and experience to teach others and became a riding instructor at seventeen.

In addition to horses, piloting aircraft became another of her early passions. Davis says that flying is in her blood (her father and grandfather flew aircraft), and she studied voraciously at a summer aircraft program, learning aeronautics at a rapid rate. She won the highest honor attainable in the program by being the first to solo and obtained her student pilot’s license at fourteen.

Davis has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, with minors in theatre and Spanish. Her favorite college highlights include studying abroad in Costa Rica for university business credit, performing in plays, and studying playwriting. After graduating, Davis worked as a financial institution manager before becoming an author and video game promoter. She never expected to become an avid video game enthusiast. She ventured into the world of MMO gaming as an adult and discovered a passion for in-game community, especially in raiding teams. Working with industry professionals, she gained a deep understanding of video games and their artists, lore, culture, and development. She experienced more serious gaming while playing with competitive guilds in Final Fantasy XI and World of Warcraft and cracked the top 100 in the world for her class in the latter. Davis received the Server-first Legendary Achievement in September 2011—an extremely prestigious gaming award. She has experience co-founding new raids, leading raids as an officer who organized and developed strategies for fights, and working as a liaison between new players and raid leaders. This experience naturally led her to create the Dark Iron Raiding Alumni, a group that gives players from all over the world an exciting way to stay connected whether they are past, present, or future gamers. That gaming experience laid the foundation for her first novel, The Holder's Dominion, which hits shelves in Spring 2013.

Davis is also the owner of The Gamer in You, an online movement offering new meaning to the word ‘gamer.’ As an avid supporter of artists and their craft, Davis has a keen affection for all types of artistry, especially theatre, filmmaking, music, photography, and art-gallery openings. She lives in Irvine, California, where she advocates for her other passion, animal rescue, and writes for independent film. Her motto is Lark your life!


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