by Brenda Marie Smith

GENRE:  Post-apocalyptic thriller

Two years ago, a solar pulse destroyed modern life. Bea Crenshaw organized her starving, suburban neighbors into a farming community. But now Bea’s gone, and her grandchildren must carry her legacy forward.

In the post-apocalyptic pressure cooker of Austin, Texas, 19-year-old Keno and his younger cousins struggle to ensure their community’s survival even as they’re forced to relocate to safer grounds. Northern Lights that don’t belong this far south grow increasingly intense, making Keno fear what harm the sun will cause next.

Even worse, a marauding militia called the Raiders is closing in, led by a deranged woman who preys on teenage boys. Despite Keno’s debilitating flashbacks from a firefight, he and his wife have a new baby to protect. Though Bea is dead, her spirit desperately searches for ways to shield her grandkids. When Raiders target two neighborhood members, the only hope lies in the community’s strength, Keno’s ingenuity, and the family’s fierce love for one another.

Read an Excerpt:

I am only the essence of my former self. A disembodied mind floating free in the ether, perhaps with my soul attached—if such a thing exists outside my mind. I’d heard for years that our minds are made up of electrical impulses that extend beyond our physical bodies. Now … my mind is still alive even though my body is dead and gone.

I hover near my living loved ones, but they aren’t aware that I’m here. From this perspective, I watched my grandchildren suffer … and … I couldn’t help them…

Most of the time, they bat me away in their sleep as though I were a fly. But sometimes, I feel them unconsciously relax … getting a short rest from the traumatizing world they’ve been living in … since the solar pulse took down civilization.

I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here, but I have a strong intuition that it won’t be for long.

Yet I have unfinished business. I can’t leave my family in this condition… not now when they aren’t safe…

My name was Bea Crenshaw. I suppose it still is. Some might call me a ghost, but I prefer to think of myself as a floating, conscious collection of energy. I can’t be seen or heard by living humans, but I still have love to give…

“Nana?” A small voice snaps me out of my reverie. It’s my granddaughter, Mazie.

“Nana, I know you’re here.”

About the Author:

BRENDA MARIE SMITH is attracted to stories where everyday characters transcend their limitations to find their inner heroism. She lived off the grid for years in a farming collective where her sons were delivered by midwives. A lifelong community activist, Brenda has managed student co-op housing, produced concerts, and raised a small herd of boys. She and her husband live in Kyle, Texas. They have more grown kids and grandkids than they can count. 


Website: https://brendamariesmith.com

Blog: https://brendamariesmith.tumblr.com 

Twitter: @bsmithnovelist

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJlLSnORIyoaygvZ1j49ZKw 

Buy Links for the Braving the Light Series:

IF DARKNESS TAKES US (Book One): https://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Takes-Brenda-Marie-Smith-ebook/dp/B07WK9BQHN?ref_=ast_author_mpb

For IF THE LIGHT ESCAPES (Book Two): https://www.amazon.com/If-Light-Escapes-Braving-Novel-ebook/dp/B09CMZZRKZ?ref_=ast_author_dp 

IF THE SUN SPARES US (Book Three): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CGTHY55H/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=


The author will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. 

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring this book.

  2. Hi. it's me, Brenda Marie Smith, stopping by to thank you for hosting my book today. I will be out until early afternoon, but I'll be back and will check in regularly if anyone wants to chat. Thanks again!

  3. This sounds great and I love the cover!

    1. I'm glad you like the cover, Sherry. The cover artist is Olivia Hammerman. On top of her talent, she is a genuinely kind person.

  4. It's been a pleasure visiting your blog today. Thank you so much for hosting me. Wishing you all the best!

  5. Like the setting of the book! Very neat.

    1. Thanks, Calvin. I hope you get a chance to read the book.

  6. The book sounds very intriguing. Love the cover.

  7. This sound slike a really good book.


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