Saturday, March 23, 2019

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Crossline by Russ Colchamiro

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Crossline by Russ Colchamiro. This blog tour was organized by Lola's Blog Tours. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a guest post for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour here for more guest posts, interviews, excerpts, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
CrosslineTitle: Crossline
Author: Russ Colchamiro
Genre: Science Fiction/ Space Opera
Publication Date: March 1st 2013
Perfect for fans of Firefly, Flash Gordon, Stargate, and Escape from New York...

Hotdog pilot Marcus Powell has been selected to test Taurus Enterprises' Crossline prototype craft and its newly developed warp thrusters, which, if successful, will revolutionize space travel as we know it.

But during his jaunt across the stars, Powell is forced into a parallel universe -- including a parallel Earth -- where he finds himself at the center of an epic battle he may have been destined for all along.

Meanwhile, back home, reclusive oil tycoon and Taurus CEO Buddy Rheams Jr. -- who sent Powell on that very mission -- has a mysterious past and a secret agenda, one that could prevent Powell from ever making it back to his wife and little girl.

From author Russ Colchamiro, Crossline is a psychedelic, action-packed romp across time, space, and dimension that asks the question: once you cross the line, can you ever really go back?

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An open-air man, Powell had been to cities. To Houston, and Denver, and San Francisco that one time for his cousin’s bachelor party. But there was something about the city ahead that made him shudder. It reminded him of his few trips to New York, that city that never sleeps. If you could make it there, the saying went, you could make it anywhere, and maybe even if that was true, Powell never understood why anyone would want to make it there, even if they could.

Powell had that rush he would get on the road to the launch pad. The pre-flight butterflies that caused his chest to tighten, his face to go flush, and the taste of adrenaline to coat his mouth, down to his teeth and gums. The difference between now and then was just so very small, but even if for just a few seconds, that intense queasiness would make him question in a shameful, shaky handed way if he knew what the hell he was doing, and consider that maybe he’d be better off hauling ass in the opposite direction and skipping out on the whole damn thing.

But then the intensity of the panic subsided—the urgency of the present snapping him back from his fears of a worst pos- sible future, one that would require him to confront the demon at the gates. He steadied himself, because like his father told him: Nerves only mean you ain’t completely stupid. Get over it, boy. There’s work to be done. The clarity and confidence of his father’s voice resonated more than ever.
Russ ColchamiroABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the new SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two ninjas, and crazy dog Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, Camelot 13, and Brave New Girls.

He is now working on the first novel in a new series featuring his hardboiled private eye Angela Hardwicke, and the first of three collaborative novella projects.

Russ is repped by The Zack Compnay.

Why the Russverse Just Might be the Ultimate Universe—Or Not
by Russ Colchamiro

Okay. So you want to know if I believe in parallel universes or alternate dimensions.

Are you asking me ... or my doppelganger on an alternate Earth? Just kidding!

For perspective, I have 8-year-old twins. A boy and girl. My ninjas. Since they've been say, four, the idea of alternate dimensions and parallel universes has been a regular topic of conversation in our house, thanks in large part to the animated- and live-action shows and movies they watch, in particular, The Flash. It's our favorite. That Scarlett Speedster is always in trouble. Barry Allen. What are we ever going to do with you?

Now, I want to believe that my mind is at least slightly more advanced than my ninjas’, but based on how they think about things... maybe not! LOL

But, yes. I'm a believer.

The notion that the plane of Existence that you and I are experiencing is the Universe or the only Universe strikes me as being somewhat myopic.

Let's say, for example, that our Universe is the core Universe. For the purposes of this entry, we'll call this reality the Russverse (hey, it's my guest blog!).

I see no reason why there couldn't be an infinite number of Universes — the multiverse — that resemble the Russverse in some way. If that's true, we would consider those non-core Russverses as, well, the other Universes.

But why is the Russverse, our Universe, the Universe? How do we know that there isn't some writer in a vaguely similar Universe writing a blog post about how that Universe is the Universe — the core Universe — while all other Universes (including the Russverse) are, well, the other Universes?

Simple, right?

In space opera, Crossline, my space opera, I posit that protagonist Marcus Powell is a hotshot pilot testing the new warp thrusters in space, which, if successful, will revolutionize space travel as we know it.

But along the way — and for spoiler-free reasons — he is forced through a wormhole and onto a parallel Earth. Once there, he gets wrapped up in a civil war of sorts, discovering that he may have been destined to be there all along. All while trying to get back to his wife and daughter back on his Earth.

I'm not going to tell you what happens (you'll have to read to find out!), but just because Marcus Powell started this journey on our Earth, doesn't mean unto itself that's where he belonged. I'm not saying it doesn't.

But the question unto itself challenges me to wonder, is the fabric of the Russverse really that complex? Are we really just one possible version of reality among an infinite number of versions? Do these multiple versions all exist simultaneously? Does one know the others exist?

Who knows?

But if you ask me if I think it's possible then, yeah. I think it's possible.

After all, who says this reality, the Russverse, is even real at all?
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Crossline. These are the prizes you can win:
- one physical copy of Crossline by Russ Colchamiro (US Only)
- three e-copies of Crossline by Russ Colchamiro (INT)

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