Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Blog Tour: Arson - Estevan Vega & a Contest

Hello all, welcome to the next blog tour stop for Estevan Vega's Arson.
We just heard about his Wedding at Wal-Mart. If you are just dropping in, you can find out what exactly happened at Wal-Mart over HERE. It was definitely an eagle's eye view into the muse and music of Estevan Vega.
Next up, you will find his tour stopping over at Cafe of Dreams on Friday, April 9th.
For now, you will find yourself immersed in the words, the pure talent that is being showcased today; the talent that is all Estevan Vega. Join us as we take a look into the past, at a short that Estevan wrote while in high school honing his craft. It is breath-taking in its quality, and it is just a teaser of what is yet to comethe pure brilliance that is Arson.
For more information about Arson's release date and the contest, please refer to the bottom of this post.

Forget me not

By: Estevan Vega

The day had turned cold. Soon, dusk slipped in.

Soren searched the recesses of his fragile mind for a reason. A reason to stay, to live out as the actor of failed endeavors. In the past, it was easy. In the past, he'd simply wish these dark emotions away. It'll get better, he always told himself. But better never came. Was life nothing more than an attempt to live out what someone else wanted?

"I love you, really I do," began the letter. The ink bled on the the loose white page. His hand shook. Hot tears mixed with the blue dye that seemed to knit neatly each frail word. "I missed you forever, but you never came back. I'm sorry for what I did." Had it been his fault? Was he the reason his father left six years ago? Maybe he didn't respect him enough. Maybe his grades were too low. Maybe he screwed everything up. His mind was a clouded mess. Soren wondered with every apt pen stroke what the point was. The minutes turned to seconds, which turned to milliseconds until time completely stopped.

It waited for him.

Mourning came. But never the dawn.

The world seemed frozen, like he was now. Everyone was just blind to the truth, that's what it was. The cold truth that bled through the lies of his face. Soon the blue ink appeared red. The stillness would bring the world back to the way it was supposed to be.

"I wish it weren't this way," Soren wrote, tears now in his eyes. "I wish you hadn't forgotten me."

A dim light hid in the corner.

"Coward," Soren seethed. Back to the page he returned, back to the memories. Back to a hopeless cold. "Forget me not," he wrote.

If he had a soul, he couldn't feel it. And if he still had a heart, he couldn't hear its beat. The pen neared the end of the page. The anger and resentment of his emotions soon turned to numbness. "Daddy, why did you go? Daddy, come back." Now, the words seemed frail, like his own being, tossed around like some reluctant fish caught by a vicious hook. How completely out of control he was.

But one thing remained that he could control. It has to be this way, he convinced himself. It's the only way. It'd break his mother's heart, sure, but maybe his father would come back. Maybe if he had a reason to come back, he would.

As he licked the envelope and sealed it, he listened for his mother downstairs. She was baking. The smell of the fresh cookies carried peace into his bedroom, if only for a short while. A weak smile found his face. He picked up the pen again and wrote: Dad, forget me not. And then slowly, as already stuck in the grip of eternity, Soren walked to his closet, where a thin thread hung from the bar where his suit jacketscovered in dustlived. After all, life was a circle, a thin one. He stepped up to the chair he'd already placed below it and gently wrapped the white ring around his throat. It felt tight. It felt like something wanted him. This closet, this thread. It felt good to be wanted, to be needed. He tightened it and dried his tears. "Forget me not," Soren gasped, before kicking the chair out.

Tonight, the world stopped spinning. But tomorrow the world would spin again, it would come alive and Dad would come back....

What a descriptive and evocative piece, don't you think? Very expressive, especially in a few short paragraphs. Just imagine the tension, the feeling that resonates in those few lines, and imagine them counter-fold in the newest work soon to be released, Arson.

Arson IS available through Tate Publishing at the present time. You can order it HERE. It will be released May 4th and will be available to purchase at that time through Barnes & Noble and Borders.

As for the contest, it will run until May 4th. It is open to the US and CANADA only. (Sorry to those who are international.) Just comment on this post, and feel free to leave your email address so I can contact the winner. Contest has ENDED. Thank you to those who participated!


Jessica B said...

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Anonymous said...

Very interesting read. I've heard a lot of things about Arson and I'm looking forward to reading it!


Kelsey said...

Please enter me and thank you so much for the contest!


Jessy said...

That was really good. I've read really good reviews for Arson and would love a chance at winning a copy.

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KMichelleC87 said...

Please enter me in this contest. I would love a chance to win this one.


Thank you!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Just a note to let you know. Yellow text does not read well at all on the Google Reader. Don't enter me as I have a copy of Arson already.

Corrine said...

I apologize Lisa if the yellow faded into the background on the reader. I tend to use the darker colours but for this post found it quite apropos to use the yellow on my dark background. ;)

Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews said...

Oh my gosh! I want, no, I NEED this book!


tetewa said...

I've been hearing alot about this one, sounds good!

donnas said...

Been hearing good things about this one. Thanks for the chance.

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Martha Lawson said...

Please enter me for this one. Looks good.

I follow

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Unknown said...

I am looking forward to reading this :)

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April said...

Another great post! This is such a fun and awesome tour! No need to enter me, as I have my own copy, but wanted to pop in, say hi and congratulate Estevan on another wonderful piece!

Anonymous said...

i'm interested...

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Kelly said...

I would love to win this!
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Lindsay Frost said...

I would LOVE to win this!
Thanks! :D:D:D


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Ooh, great read!! I'd love to read Arson, thanks for the contest!! I need to go read about the wedding at walmart!

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Melissa said...

Hi Corrine - thanks for letting me know about this contest. I'd love to win! I'll add a short post about your contest to my blog!

Can you message me on twitter if I win instead? @YABookShelf

Shooting Stars Mag said...

this sounds like a really good book.


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Brittany said...

I've heard so many good things about this book. I'm really looking forward to reading it! Enter me please :)


Justine said...

Oh man, I've waited for this! It was one of my WoWs only last month. Ah! I must read it. Count me in, please! :)


pointy star said...

This sounds like my kind of book! :D

The Library Lurker said...

I've heard so many awesome things about this book! Please enter me!

Bookie said...

Sounds great! I've heard good things about the books. Count me in please.

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Unknown said...

I would love to enter!

angie said...

I have heard great things about this book and am looking forward to reading it!
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Christa said...

Um... wow!?! : D

Please enter me.
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Aik said...

I'd love to enter! Thanks!

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Emmagan said...

Enter me please!

Anonymous said...

I've heard so many things about this book! I really want to read it!


Unknown said...

Please enter me.

Rae Reads said...

Please enter me!!

MannaB said...

This book sounds great! Thanks Estevan for the cool short story!

GBU Book Reviews said...

This book looks amazing! Please enter me

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making this available!

Sage Ravenwood said...

I've been intrigued by this book, reading all the reviews. Please include me in this drawing. Thanks! Indigo

doreen lamoureux said...

This sounds so good. I follow...dor

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wish I could subscribe by email.

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Joni S. said...

Definitely sounds like it'll be an interesting read

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~The Book Pixie said...

I've heard terrific things about this book. I had been offered the chance to review it a while back but my review pile was too high and I sadly wasn't excepting requests at the time. Sure hope I win.


The Lovely Reader said...

I want to read this book so BAD! This is the second contest for it I've entered, fingers crossed this will be the one :)

Thanks for the contest!
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L said...

I really want to read Arson!


Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Please count me in.

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Unknown said...

Arson seems like a great book, I've heard abot it all over. Please enter me, Thanks

Anonymous said...

Please enter me.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to be entered for my grand daughter. Thank you