Happy release day J.M. Sullivan! To celebrate the release of Second Star, a Peter Pan retelling, I have a lovely guest post from the author about some hidden surprises in the book.
Wendy Darling worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero. She races to the planet known only as Neverland; her mission to find the long-lost crew and bring them home.
But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…
Before the darkness consumes them all.
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Easter Eggs. And no, I’m not talking about the brightly colored ones that are scattered discreetly among bushes and small lawn ornaments (Although I do quite enjoy those, as well).
I’m talking about the Easter Eggs that are hidden inside movies and tv shows. The ones that nod to other works and characters that we know and love. There’s nothing quite like the moment of excitement you get when you uncover a buried Easter Egg. It’s like a small moment between you and the creators where you’re like, ‘Yeah, I see what you did there. I’m here for it.’ It’s like a silent understanding between you and every other person that found and appreciated the hidden gem that you all can enjoy together and yet completely separate.
It’s just a really cool feeling.
That’s part of the reason that I hide Easter Eggs in my books. In every novel that I write, you can find at least one hidden reference to another book, movie, or SOMETHING that I love. Sometimes, the references are prominent in popular culture. Other times, they might be more obscure. But either way, they are always there.
Second Star is no different. There are a handful of Easter Eggs hidden within the pages of Neverland’s story. And I don’t want to spoil the fun by giving you all of the answers here, but I will give you a nudge in the right direction.
Hidden in the pages of Second Star, I can guarantee that you will find hidden references to:
– one of my favorite book series
– one of my favorite tv series
– one of my previous works
– one of my future works
– a popular ‘space’ tv show
and MAYBEEEE even more.
So there you have it! Second Star comes out on Tuesday March 5 — will you be the one who finds my hidden Easter Eggs first?
Happy -hunting- er, I mean, reading!
Teacher by day, award-winning author by night, J.M. Sullivan is a fairy tale fanatic who loves taking classic stories and turning them on their head. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect you can find her on social media at @jmsullivanbooks – she’d love to hear from you.
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