Book Title: A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett
Category: YA Fiction, 232 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Release date: Jan 13, 2018
Tour dates: April 23 to May 4, 2018
Content Rating: PG (There’s a kiss and some mild violence)
Penelope Grace, usually forgotten under the shadow of her twin sister’s perfection, tries her hardest to hide her freakish ability to see into anyone’s soul.
Until she senses an unusual energy like a human-shaped void in the universe. When Penny investigates the source, she gets tossed through a crack in time along with the cute boy next door. The Void follows them through history, increasing the dangers as if testing Penny. But what is it testing for? And why does it claim to know her better than even she knows herself? Even as Penny searches for answers, she must fight to survive the tragedies of both the past and future in order to get back home.
Review: What a fun read! I loved Penny and Stranger, and even enjoyed the other characters in this story! The pacing was good, and the plot interesting enough to keep me entertained throughout. While this one didn’t really have that ‘wow!’ moment, it did have some interesting twists, and the story is an interesting read, one that I finished it in just a couple of days.
The Adventure of Ideas
I try to be normal. Scratch that. I tried to be normal, to fit in with the crowd, and be the type of person who makes logical sense. But I kept getting these ideas. Strange scenes playing out in my head. Characters I didn’t know screaming promises I couldn’t understand but I knew they couldn’t keep.
If I ignored them, the moments would keep replaying in my head, as if the scene itself begged to be written down and, once I obliged, my mind would finally quiet. Until the next idea popped up anyway. Sometimes it had to do with the previous idea, like Legos stacking on top of each other or parts of a DNA code coming together to build a unique living story. Other times it had nothing to do with anything I knew and would, therefore, need investigation from square one.
Ideas are like priceless delicacies available only for a limited time. They’re offerings, blessings, opportunities, and impossible weights. Ideas are always ready to take over my thoughts if the external world becomes too boring to hold my attention. Everyone gets ideas. The historical Greats are the ones who explore those ideas, who chase them. J.K. Rowling started with nothing but an image of a little boy with a scar in her mind. Zuckerberg just wanted a way for college students to communicate better.
There’s no predicting what an idea will become. It’s like mental darwinism. You can start with an overwhelming dinosaur and somehow end up with a chicken. I started with the idea of a girl stepping through a door in Cheyenne WY and unto a sinking ship. I ended up with A Penny Lost, a girl lost through time, desperate to get back home. What idea rattles around in the back of your mind right now? If you chase it, what might it become? That, to me, is the biggest adventure life can offer.
Aspen Bassett works at a library, telling stories and suggesting books. When she’s not working, she’s usually sipping hot cocoa and wondering what would happen if she had superpowers. She’s been published in multiple anthologies including Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way and Inaccurate Realities.
Aspen grew up learning about chakras and auras and the true power of imagination which slips into her writing whether she intends it to or not. In college, when she wasn’t busy working on her degree in Creative Writing, Aspen also got her certificate in Women’s Meditation (basically general energy work). Now, she’s working toward a diploma in Integrated Healing Arts with a certificate in Hypnotherapy.