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Justine Avery's fantasy supernatural thriller, ONE APART, is on virtual tour and stops here today with a mini interview. Enjoy!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).


Tell us a little bit about the characters in The One Apart.


The story centers around Tres, who realizes, within the first few scenes, that he’s inside the womb, about to be born—and not for the first time.  His birth, childhood, and life are all focused on figuring out just who he is, why he was born remembering all his past lives (when no one else is), and what, if anything, it all means.  He feels completely out of place, afraid, and struggles with wanting to share with the world and his family who he really is, what he’s really aware of, but he doesn’t want to frighten them or even lose their trust and love for him. He’s welcomed into the world by his teenage mother, Sancha, and grandmother, Maria, both strong female characters with their own fears and struggles who are able to detect Tres’s uniqueness but deal with it very differently.  Maria is the matriarch of the family, holding them together through all the challenges and discoveries, while Sancha is childlike herself, all naivety and innocence and youthful bravery.  And Tres learns as much from the two of them as his own existence teaches them.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?


The One Apart had many different titles before finding the one it was meant to have.  When it was just a tiny idea, just a concept, and I had no idea what the full story was as I began writing it, I labeled it “Impossible Memories” just to give the Word file a name.  As the story evolved, so did the title… to “Anomaly” and then “Remember Me,” both of which are all too commonly used as book titles already.  Finally, it became The One Apart… because the main character, Tres, is very much “the one apart” from all others existing around him.  But the title has a double meaning, as all my stories tend to.  And that is for you to discover when you read the novel!

The One Apart
by Justine Avery
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural Thriller


Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he's lived before.

Tres is about to be born... with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.

He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he's too afraid to ask: why am I?

In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.

Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.





Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

 Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.



Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!






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