Solstice - New World by John J. Blenkush is a Stress Busting Festival pick #magicalrealism #giveaway


Author: John J Blenkush

Genre: Fantasy/Magical Realism/Romance

Book Blurb:

After emerging from her pod, Julissa is thrust into a dystopian world where she struggles to fulfill the Foretold.


Edeaoin goes first, taking care to brush aside the fronds, broadleaves, and vines overhanging the trail. We edge in, deeper and deeper. My confidence grows. My fear subsides. I relax. Even whistle under my breath, as though I’m just out for a Sunday walk. And then I see a vine rear up, flick out its tongue, and stare, with its beady eyes, into mine.

My screaming sets off the howling of monkeys, who are tracking us overhead in the canopy. Edeaoin is at my side within seconds. He reaches out and shoes the green snake away.

“You okay?” Edeaoin asks.

I shake my head. “No. What good’s it going to do for me to lay down in here if I can’t achieve singlemindedness.”

“Told you. I’ll protect you.”

I tap my skull. “You can’t protect me from the demons in here.”

“You mentioned a bathtub of water. I know where there’s a pool of fresh water. You think you could recharge there?”

“Not to the extent I need to. Plants give off a lot of energy because they’re constantly growing. And dying. Water in a pond not so much.”

“Unless it’s moving.”

“I know where you’re going with this. But I’d have to stand under a waterfall for a very long time, while maintaining singlemindedness. I don’t think I could do it.”

“But you could, if you were lying down.”

“Under a waterfall? Getting pounded. I don’t think so.”