I was watching the Investigation ID channel late one night, as usual, and I feel asleep while watching. I had a terrible nightmare about a young man. He terrified me because his face was innocent but his thoughts were not. That was the first nightmare. I woke up breathing heavily and thanking my stars that this boy wasn’t real. The following night, he came back. Sad and pleading. It was almost as if he was trying to explain himself in the next dream. He was just so angry. So frustrated. But the point was that he wouldn’t let go. When I woke up, all I knew was that his name was Adam and I wanted him out of my dreams, onto paper.

I flipped open my laptop and started what I thought would be a journal entry. But I was writing his thoughts. Once I realized that, I knew what was happening. I titled my project “Darkness in Light”. The first thing I ever wrote was: “No one even notices my contempt. They’re so fucking stupid. Blind is more like it. I could sprout horns right now and they’d still be in denial about who and what I truly am, so I blend. I could literally kill every living creature and feel the same nothing I already feel.”

I completed half of the first chapter within minutes and then paused. He was scaring me. Even through paper. But I decided that he deserved to exist and have his say as much as anyone else. So, I reached out to a man that I had the utmost respect for, and asked him if he would read what I had written. I decided that if he (who was not easily intimidated) was frightened, then I would let Adam remain in a diary somewhere.

My friend (the wonderful Edward Jordan III) responded positively and unafraid. That was a greenlight for me. I ultimately completed Opaque in 3 weeks but there was no ending in sight. Meaning, I had gone over 100k words and had to force myself to stop. Adam and Carly didn’t want their story to end. Jo and Dauma had unfinished business. So my spillage turned into second and third sequels. That, in short, is how the Scion Saga Series was born.

 

About Opaque

Opaque
by Calix Leigh-Reign
Publisher
: Nnylluc Book Group LLC
Publication Date: October 22nd 2016
Genre: YA Scifi/Fantasy

Synopsis

Highly controversial debut novel by Cālix Leigh-Reign is taking the nation by storm! For those who’ve been craving an untapped damsel-in-distress-less Sci-Fi niche – Opaque delivers in this gripping page-turner involving mutated Limbal rings, biokenretic anomalies, mental dysfunction, perplexing Russian ancestry & romance. Cālix takes us on an adventure that begins when 16 year old misanthropic Adam Caspian unknowingly reaches biokenretic puberty, and his supernatural abilities awaken to save him from his murderous intentions. His every thought revolves around the extinction of the human race until mysterious Afro-Russian Carly Wit stumbles into his English class one morning. Adam notices something otherworldly about her immediately but denies the bio-synch taking place inside of him. As he resists their blossoming love, he battles with unnatural thoughts of his mother. Discovering his origin isn’t what he’d thought, he becomes determined to peel back the layers of his lineage and unmasks a multitude of mind-bending secrets along the way.

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About the Author

Cālix is the published author of the Russian-mutant, psychological Sci-Fi fantasy novel, Opaque. She’s a certified paralegal and has studied creative writing under English teacher, script writer and published author Larry Strauss. Her earliest literary inspirations include Alice Walker, Larry Strauss, VC Andrews and Stephen King. She spent a majority of her childhood in libraries and developed an intense relationship with words. She’s a member of YARWA and RWA and is currently serving as a judge for YARWA’s 2016 Rosemary Contest. She enjoys prayer, discovering the minds of those who rebel against social programming, listening to music, a great cup of coffee, exquisite ethnic cuisine, spending time with family & friends, attending movie premieres, traveling and the arts. She spends her free time in the gym, fantasizing about story plots and different ways of changing the world.

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