Sunday, 25 June 2017

Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway from Stewart Ross, Author of The Salvation Project

Another fabulous blog tour coming your way today. I have an insightful guest post from the author or The Salvation Project Stewart Ross for you today, as well as a giveaway!

Here's what the book is all about:

Humanity’s hope of salvation lies within a single laptop…

A mutation in human DNA means no one lives beyond nineteen. Scientists working to reverse this pandemic died before their Salvation Project was complete, leaving behind the results of their research in a sealed vault – the Soterion.

122 years have passed. The civilisation of the ‘Long Dead’ is almost forgotten, the Soterion has been burned to ashes, and communities of Constants are tormented by brutal tribes of Zeds. Cyrus, Miouda and Sammy flee their burning city with a laptop rescued from the inferno. They believe it contains the key to the Salvation Project. But its batteries are dead, there is no electricity to power it, and murderous Zeds will stop at nothing to get it back…

Information about the Book

Title: The Salvation Project (The Soterion Mission #3)
Author: Stewart Ross
Release Date: 20th June 2017
Genre: Dystopian YA
Publisher: Blean Books
Format: Paperback
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Top Five Things about Giv

Warning! This piece contains plot spoilers.

1. I loved creating Giv. He started out as a simple boy, full of hero-worship and desperately
eager to please. Partly through fear and partly through admiration, his Malik, Timur the
Terrible, was everything to him. Then, in Revenge of the Zeds, to my surprise I found another
side to him emerging. He moves from the edge of the trilogy to its centre; in fact, the entire
plot depends upon his collection of the Head and subsequent capture of Xsani.

2. I am often asked how carefully I plan my books. Someone once likened the writing process
to being swept along by a river flowing to the sea down a broad valley: we know about the
sea, but have little control over the twists and turns it takes before it gets there. I know
where and how a story will end (the sea) – that’s what gives it a satisfactory shape – but I
don’t know how it will reach that point.

The reason for this uncertainty is that we can’t be sure how people will react to what’s going
on around them: once a character is created, he or she takes on a life of their own. This is
precisely what happened with Giv.

In The Soterion Mission, Timur is the only Zed with any brain, wit or imagination. But I found
the succession of dim-witted Zeds, men like Jamshid and Sheza, lacked variety. There was a
limit to laughing at their stupidity and being horrified by their cruelty. I also wanted to
explore the idea that people from similar backgrounds develop differently.

While in Revenge of the Zeds Jumshid remains 100% Zed-like until his grizzly end, Giv comes
alive. His nature triumphs over his nurture. He develops from a caricature into a character, a
young man with a desperate need to love and be loved.

3. Therein lies poor Giv’s ruin. He loves the Head (I don’t want to give away too much plot in
case you haven’t read the books yet) and at the same time he loves Malika Xsani. When the
two are in harmony, he can manage. But when they drift apart, he is torn in half and goes

That’s the tragedy of Giv, what makes him more than a common Zed, and what makes him


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          by Stewart Ross      

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Author Information

Stewart was born in Buckinghamshire and educated in Oxford, Berkhamsted, Exeter, Bristol, and Orlando, Florida. He taught at a variety of institutions in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, the USA, and Britain before becoming a full-time writer in 1989.

With over 300 published titles to his credit, he is now one of Britain’s most popular and versatile authors. His output includes prize-winning books for younger readers, novels, plays, three librettos, a musical, and many widely acclaimed works on history and sport. Several of his books are illustrated with his own photographs.

Stewart also lectures in France and the UK, gives talks, runs workshops, and visits schools. He is an occasional journalist and broadcaster. His brother, Charlie Ross, is the celebrated auctioneer.

In his spare time Stewart enjoys travel, restaurants, sport, theatre, photography, art and music. He lives near Canterbury with his wife Lucy, and - occasionally - his four children and two grandchildren. Each morning he commutes 10 metres to work in a large hut in the garden.


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