Title: Keeping the Tarnished
Release date: November 3rd
Author: Bradon Nave
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Johnny Tregalis leaves home the minute he turns eighteen, but he’s the only one who knows why…
Arriving in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Johnny has nothing—not even a plan. Local veterinarian Jackson Everett notices the boy, who reminds him of his own teenage son, and offers him a bed for the night.
Meeting Jackson’s wife Graye, his son Jared, and four-year-old daughter Bryce, Johnny sees a family he could never imagine. He’d been raised by his abusive father after his mother disappeared with his younger brother, and he’s sure he’ll be packed off to a shelter in the morning. He can’t believe it when he’s invited to stay indefinitely.
Johnny refuses to discuss his traumatic past as he attempts to fit in…
The Everetts try to help the profoundly troubled teen, but he seems to be at the mercy of his own mind. He’s held captive by flashbacks, excruciating night terrors, and a mounting inability to distinguish delusion from reality. How can he possibly recover, go to school, have friends…have a life?
Physical scars only hint at deeper psychological devastation…
As the shocking truth comes to light, Johnny struggles to overcome years of abuse, poverty, and despicable horrors to become part of a real family, but is he strong enough to defeat his demons? The Everetts realize Johnny’s journey is now their own, but they face a daunting task.
How much sacrifice is too much when all you can hope for is keeping the tarnished?
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1. How long have you been an author?
I’ve always dabbled…I self-published in 2013, but I wasn’t signed to Limitless until 2015.
2. What is your favourite genre?
This is a generic answer, but it changes. I love dark, gritty storylines—but after I was published I found myself reading outside my comfort zone in an effort to support my new friends. Turns out I’m a fan of a good, clean comedy—who knew? But…just keeping it real, when I’m in B&N or Hastings I’m in the Thriller Mystery and Suspense and sometimes Horror section.
3. If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
Please, start with Keeping the Tarnished. I like to think of this as my clean slate ;) I have two other books with a smaller publisher. I like the storylines of both books; however, it wasn’t until I started working with a reputable publisher that I realized what I was lacking.
4. What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
When I sat down to write my first book three years ago I was honestly under the impression that writing the book was the difficult piece. I was so wrong. I had no idea of how the market worked and how rapidly it was changing. It was a humbling process to say the least. The short answer—I was surprised by how difficult it was to catch the attention of an agent or publisher.
5. Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
I can. I recently submitted a manuscript, Copper Lilies, and was offered a contract for the project by my publisher.
The book is about 23 year old, Nora—a new nurse from southeast Oklahoma in 1986. She leaves her roots for San Francisco to offer assistance where she can during the height of the AIDS epidemic.
After securing employment as a bedside nurse, Nora begins volunteering at a buddy system—a group of tightknit friends that provide in-home assistance to people afflicted by the horrible illness.
As Nora’s psychology struggles to digest the turmoil she’s plunged herself into, she finds comfort in the support of her new friends.
Gradually, this “warzone” completely rearranges Nora’s way of thinking. She finds herself heartbroken time and time again. She’s one of a select few that are holding dying hands and drying tears…how can she possibly walk away?
She gives her all in an attempt to rebuild her emotional strength, but will she be able to regain clarity, secure normalcy and even find love in the midst of a situation much worse than anything she’d ever imagined?
6. Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I graduated from a rural Oklahoma school with three people in my senior classJ
7. Name your top three writing goals?
· I want to reach the readers—I feel I owe that to my characters. If those efforts put me on a bestselling list someday, then that’s just icing on the cake.
· Like all authors I know—I would like to eventually write for a living, but that doesn’t mean I have to be filthy rich…I just want to do what I love every single day.
· More than anything I would love to be approached by a complete stranger and be referred to as “My favorite author.”
Fun Questions -
1. If you had a warning label, what would it say?
I do actually. Everyone at work knows that speaking to me prior to nine in the morning may result in death.
2. If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
Johnny Tregalis—I would let him know that he’s got a bright future and life ahead of him. If he questioned that I would sit and write a sequel.
3. What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
I went to literally the tiniest school on the planet…we had to be creative to stay entertained. I happen to be friends with the majority of my high school teachers and I love my former high school principal so I’m going to have to think past that—I don’t want to open old wounds ;)
While in college, I dressed like a homeless crackhead and went to Penn and Memorial in Oklahoma City at four in the afternoon and busted a move while my roommate recorded it. I had a wig, fake grease stains and I topped it off camo shorts and net pantyhose.
4. Finally, can you give us your contact links?