Sunday 16 June 2013


Why I Write The Type Of Genre I Do
Jack Blaine

"I write books set in awful futures. As my bio says, I like to put good people in horrible situations, just to watch what happens. Why? Because that's where the big questions are, where we find out what really matters. That's where we can see how people act in the face or danger, how we might act in the same situation. I love to explore those sorts of worlds to see how far off course humanity might be capable of going, and also how strong and good people can be, if given the chance."

Jack writes Helper12 and also has a new book coming out in late June called Twitch. 

BLURB from Goodreads
Helper12 works as a Baby Helper in Pre Ward, the place where babies spend their first six months of life before they’re tracked for vocations and sent to training. She does her job well, and she stays out of trouble. But one day, the Sloanes, Society members who enjoy all the privileges of their station—family unit clearance, a private dwelling, access to good food and good schools—come to “adopt” one of the Pre Ward babies. The Director makes a deal and the Sloanes walk out with a brand new child. 

They also walk out owning Helper12—the Director sells her to them, and there’s nothing she can do but go. At the Sloanes, Helper12 enters a world where people should be able to enjoy life—with high position and riches come the opportunity for individual freedom, even the chance to love—but that’s not what she finds. The Sloanes are keeping secrets. So is their biological son, Thomas.

Helper12 has some secrets of her own; she’s drawing, which is a violation, since Baby Helpers aren’t tracked for Art. And she’s growing to love the child she was bought to care for—at the same time that Ms. Sloane is becoming disenchanted with her impulse baby buy. 

When all your choices are made for you, how do you make some for yourself? Helper12 is about to find out.


BLURB supplied by Jack Blaine
Twitch is trapped in a world where, unless you’re lucky enough to be a Society Member, your whole life is decided for you. Lower designates like her are expected to do what they’re told, when they’re told, from birth on.

But when her only real friend mysteriously disappears, Twitch asks one too many questions and gets caught in a dangerous game.

Twitch tells the story of a character from Jack Blaine’s novel, Helper12.

Available in paperback, Kindle, Nook and on iTunes, July 1, 2013.

I read and loved Helper12 so am seriously looking forward to reading Twitch and learning more about her, and the world that Jack Blaine has created.

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