Monday, March 2, 2015

The Lightbound Saga by S.G. Basu:Tens List with Excerpt

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What are 10 items on your bucket list?

My life is a celebration of lists. No better tool to keep you organized than them, right? I keep daily lists, lists for the month also. I make lists on my notebook, my phone, my table, my laptop. I scrub through them each night and tally them to gauge my daily progress. OCD, much? Yes, obviously. Anyway, I was thrilled to make yet another list.

Why the “bucket list?” Because it’s something I haven’t done before. It is a step towards an organized and clear priorities in life and to put together a list of things I want to do before I kick that proverbial “bucket” is just, fun. I have always known of things I wanted to get done in life, but I just hadn’t written them down yet. This seemed like an opportunity . . . so couldn’t pass it.

Since I love to travel, my b-list is heavily stacked with travel destinations. And a few other things as well. Without further ado, here goes.

    •    Visit Galapagos Island
Marine iguanas, seals, giant tortoises, penguins–all on a tiny speck of an island, what’s not to love? It’s a naturalist’s heaven. Visiting the islands has been on my “list” ever since I first read about the place in grade school and it made it to the top here.

    •    Go to a Summer Olympic games
To realize the grandeur of a Summer Olympics, let’s start with some numbers. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, 100,700 athletes from 205 nations participated in 302 events for 26 sports over 15 days. I know, that was a lots of numbers and quite overwhelming yet . . . exciting, right? Now imagine being right in the middle of it–a true world fair.
    •    Visit the great wall of China
I would love to visit that never-ending wall in China that had held off invading armies for centuries. Honestly, I would like to visit almost all of the seven wonders of the medieval world, and this is one of the top ones. Let’s talk about a “great wall of China” myth–did you know that the wall of china is the only man made construction that is visible from the moon? True? Well, it is not true, but only a myth. The wall is only visible from low earth orbits and that also in very clear conditions.

    •    Look up at the ceiling of Sistine Chapel
Why? Because Michelangelo intrigues me.
While painting ceiling of the chapel he wrote this -
“My painting is dead.
Defend it for me, Giovanni, protect my honor.
I am not in the right place—I am not a painter.”
For a man who said he was not a painter, he surely did something wondrous.

    •    Learn to fly an airplane
Remember the time you drove a car for the first time? Remember how you suddenly felt your car as an extension of yourself, the rumble of those wheels making you feel all powerful? Now think about zipping through the sky, gliding through the clouds, soaring like an eagle. My life wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t try to experience that freedom.

    •    Go scuba diving
The seas and oceans–so close to us, yet we know less about our oceans than we know about deep space. Underwater is one of the most magical places here on our blue planet. Also, the sheer amount of life under our waters is unimaginable. Not just life, but the oceans also hold so many wonders–coral reefs, caves, forests–that we can never see until be become a part of the blue. So, scuba diving is a must. Only if I could conquer my fear of deep, dark water.

    •    Live in a country I’ve never lived before
I was younger once. That young and more adventurous me lived in a few countries before settling down in the United States. I loved living in new places back then. But suddenly, I fell in love with California at first sight, it felt like the home I had always wished for. Now though, decades after landing in San Fran, my heart yearns for the thrill of living in a new country one more time. Not stay there forever, but just long enough to get past the “tourist” and into the “resident” state. Before calling it quits on life I want to sense that unrooted feeling again.

    •    Learn ballroom dancing
That’s the romantic in me out in the open. Oh, the drama and the intrigues, the outfits, the music, the rhythm–how can anyone in the business of writing fiction and living in worlds of their imagining not want to learn ballroom dancing? 

    •    Learn ice skating with my daughter
The beauty and grace of ice skaters always enthralled me. Living in a tropical country while growing up, I never got a chance at learning it. Now that my daughter is also captivated by the sport, it is something that I want to learn together. I dread the injuries though, since spring chicken days are long gone, and healing is not magical anymore. But I’m sure, twisted ankles and all, it will be an experience to remember.

    •    Look into the mouth of a volcano
Even as I’m writing this, I can’t stop that shiver rush up my spine. I am terrified of the idea, yet it’s so fascinating that I can’t stop wanting to do it. Maybe the biggest reason for having this on my list at all is to conquer my phobia of volcanoes, created thanks to my reading “The last days of Pompeii.”

There it is, my “bucket list.” I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together–it was an exercise in soul-searching and just the act of putting these things in a list made me feel like I’m already one step closer to attaining them.


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Title:  Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy
Series:  The Lightbound Saga #1
Author:   S.G. Basu
Published:  January 18th, 2014
Genre:  YA Sci-Fi Fantasy

Synopsis:  The chance of living the life of a regular thirteen year old was never hers, Maia knows that much. Her dead mother is an alleged turncoat; her people are practically slaves to the Xifarians-a race of ruthless, space travelers; her planet is near extinction. Maia keeps hoping, however. Of evading the Xifarians and of someday atoning for the sins of her mother. Maia has learnt to be careful, she is cautious. Until the day she gives in to the charms of a gypsy boy and the allure of flying his glider. And then, all Maia’s plans fall apart.

Spotted by Xifarian scouts, Maia is recruited into a dubious peace initiative. She had never considered visiting the galaxy roving planet-spaceship of Xif; she had never imagined meeting or befriending a Jjord – the reclusive people from the under-ocean colonies. But all that is about to happen, and Maia’s life is about to change forever . . .

Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy is a daring space adventure and a coming-of-age story. It is a riveting tale in which the young hero’s journey of self-discovery parallels the timeless search for friendship, knowledge, and truth.

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Title:  Maia and the Secrets of Zagran
Series:  The Lightbound Saga #2
Author:   S.G. Basu
Published:  December 15th, 2014
Genre:  YA Sci-Fi Fantasy

Synopsis:  Thirteen-year-old Maia thinks she has seen it all.
She has survived an assassination attempt, she has been threatened by a chancellor, and she has faced off with saboteurs trying to bring down a nation. She lets nothing get to her anymore-not the ominous nightmares she has been having lately, not the fear of being targeted for another soul extraction, not even the memories of her dead mother’s terrifying communique.

More than ever, Maia wants the Initiative to resume. She longs to visit Zagran-the undersea capital of the Jjord. She wants to ride the underwater transport lines, learn about the Jjordic energy farms and most of all-she wants to goof off with her friends. But, around the charming city of Zagran, evil is gathering. Maia and her friends do not know it yet, this is just the beginning of a terrifying end.

Excerpt from The Lightbound Saga by S.G. Basu:

Carefully, she opened the small lid, slipped her hand cautiously inside, and reached for the crystal. A flash of light followed by a searing pain that shot through her arm stunned Maia for a moment. Blinking rapidly, she focused her eyes and screamed. The L’miere crystal had vanished. A thin wisp of smoke rose from the moss where the crystal had lain just moments ago. Maia pulled out her hand and shook the pod, hoping that she had maybe . . . somehow . . . just maybe . . . pushed it into a crevice or something. But the pod remained empty; only the lava rock sat on its mossy bed, in blissful ignorance.

Ren would know.

She ran out of the room, up the staircase toward the Snoso, and smack dab into the middle of a portly frame. Maia would have gone flying and crashed into the wall had it not been for the hands that gripped her firmly by the shoulders.

“Well, well, well. If it isn’t my old friend Maia,” the voice of Principal Pomewege bellowed. “And what is the rush, child?”

Maia started to murmur an apology. She must have not made much sense, because the principal interrupted her midway.

“Is something wrong?” His eyes shone with concern.

Everything is wrong.

“Nothing, sir,” she lied.

“Well, you seem to be in a hurry, so I won’t keep you.” Pomewege smiled. “But if there is anything I can help you with, just let me know.”

He turned away, and Maia took a few steps before she rushed back toward the principal. “Principal Pomewege, I think . . . I . . . I destroyed something,” she stammered.

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About the Author:
S. G. Basu is a telecommunications engineer by profession, but she likes to call herself a dreamer. Imagination, fueled by a voracious appetite for books, has been her steady friend since childhood. She discovered her passion for writing quite by chance and there has been no stopping her since then.

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