Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Tragic Age Blog Tour Excerpt

Hi everyone!  Today I'm happy to be participating in the blog tour excerpt reveal for
 The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe!
 What it's about:
This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work— not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college.
Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. 

With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities.Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It's the age he's at.  The tragic age. 

Stephen Metcalfe's brilliant, debut coming-of-age novel, The Tragic Age, will teach you to learn to love, trust and truly be alive in an absurd world.

All of us tour participants are giving readers a fun sneek peek into
The Tragic Age!
By following these links, you can happily read your way through the first 50 pages of the book!  Check it out:
Excerpt 1: Tuesday, February 3rd: KellyVision

Excerpt 2: Saturday, February 7th: Amaterasu Reads

Excerpt 3: Tuesday, February 10th: The Young Folks

Excerpt 4: Friday, February 13th: Unbound Books

Excerpt 5: Sunday, February 15th: Books and Whimsy

Excerpt 6: Thursday, February 19th: Stories & Sweeties

Excerpt 7: Monday, February 23rd: As I Turn the Pages

Excerpt 8: Saturday, February 28th: Novel Novice

And now, for the excerpt! :D 

 At the end of every day in front of good olHigh School High, theres always a line of vehicles clogging the street, waiting to pick up the younger kids who dont have rides or are too lazy to walk. Most of these vehicles are pricey SUVs, and behind the wheel of each of them theres usu- ally a distracted, impatient soccer mom while in the backseat are crying babies, barking dogs, pissed-off tod- dlers, and sullen middle schoolers.
There are over fifty thousand automobile fatalities in the United States every year.
Two hundred thousand died at Hiroshima. Conclusion.
A frazzled soccer mom in a five-thousand-pound sport utility vehicle is more dangerous than an atomic bomb. Really, they can get you anywhere, even in front of your own house. They can even be those who are closest to you.
Im on my skateboard, at the end of the driveway, just coming home from school, when Mom almost takes me out with the Range Rover. The window is half open and shes on her cell phone, fumbling with her Bluetooth. Hold on, Jane. No, nothings wrong, I almost killed Billy.
She rolls the window down all the way.
Billy, the Taylors are out of town. Would you get their newspaper and mail and put it in the house?
If theyre gone, why are they getting a newspaper?Because they dont want burglars to know that no-
bodys home.
The paper was delivered this morning. Its been sitting there all day. Wont that tell burglars nobodys home?
Sweetie, Im late for my Pilates, will you just do it?Mom holds out house keys and I take them. Waitheres the security code.
She hands me a slip of paper. Thanks, hon. Oh, and feed the dog!
And then shes off, driving away like a maniac, on the phone again. Mom I would not want to play chicken with.
The Taylors live up and across from us. Their home is a series of one- and two-story bunkers that look like an architect came in and said, Why dont we build a house that will take up the entire lot and have nothing in com- mon with anything else on the street.
The Taylorsmail consists of a gas and electric bill, a couple of glossy catalogues, Fortune magazine, and some third-class trash. Their paper is the L.A. Times, which, like most newspapers, will soon be out of business.
The Taylors security code is 7606 whichthe height of brillianceis their address on the street. When I punch in the code a metallic voice pipes up.
Security on.
The Taylors have gone off and left their miniature
Getty Museum open to the public.
I punch in the code again to turn off the alarm. I put the mail and paper down on the foyer table with the other mail and papers. Its quiet. All you can hear is the barest whisper of the central air-conditioning. I look around. The Taylorshouse is all corners and hard surfaces and weird furniture and its about as hospitable as an airplane hangar. Just by looking at it you can tell everything cost a mint.
Something goes yarp and I jump. Its the Taylors dog,
Id forgotten about it. Its a dachshund.
Point of reference.
Dachshunds were originally trained to hunt and kill badgers, which means that once upon a time they were ferocious little bastards.
This one is so happy to have a visitor, it flops over on its back and, tail wagging furiously, urinates on itself. Its people whove done this to him. People do stuff like this to everything.
After  I  feed  the  Taylors  dog  some  canned  goop from a cupboard in the kitchen, I decide to do a little more exploring. On the freestanding, granite-topped ped- estal desk in the downstairs office I discover an unpaid American Express bill and an open box of Depends shields that offer to guard my manhood with man-style protec- tion. Mr. Taylor is not only in credit card debt up to his eyeballs, he wears male diapers.
Who knew?
In the downstairs bathroom I check out the medicine cabinet. Mrs. Taylor takes antidepressants.
Who doesnt?
In the hallway theres a framed photo on the wall of Mr. Taylor holding a large, dead fish and another of Mrs. Taylor in a skimpy bikini. Both the fish and Mrs. Tay- lors breasts look fake.
Whose arent?
And then in the master bedroom I open the top drawer of a bureau and I find a diary. Its Mrs. Taylors diary and I sit down and I begin to read.
Mrs. Taylor is having an affair. Shes keeping the di- ary hoping Mr. Taylor will find it and ask about it. Only Mr. Taylor never asks about anything. Mrs. Taylor prays to God for help.
Good luck.
I close the diary, get up and go to the bureau to put it back. I have it exactly where it was in the drawer when my hand nudges something. I push aside the underwear thats covering it. I look at it. I take it very carefully in my hand and I lift it out. Its heavier and clumsier than I expect.
 The etched letters on one side tell you its a Glock .357 automatic. The letters on the other side tell you it gives you “the confidence to live your life.
Its the most beautiful thing in the house.

Pretty great, right?? I love the distinct writing style! Now don't forget to click over to the next link tomorrow to read more! 


  1. Yay :D I am so so so happy that you loved this one Becky. <3 Gorgeous review. Sigh. I want this book so badly. I have heard so many people love it :D And oh, it sounds so exciting! And the cover is gorgeous. And ack. I waaants it, lol :) Thank you for the giveaway too sweetie. <3 Crossing my fingers :) I hope the wait for book two will go fast; and that you will love it. <3

  2. Looks like an interesting book :D Thank you for sharing about this book Becky. <3 Great excerpt :)

  3. THAT LAST PAGE. I think I might've fallen off my chair when I read it. I mean? And now we wait.

    I'm so excited you loved this, Becky!! I was kind of afraid for you to read it because I so wanted you to love it, and I would've been really sad had you not--but now I'm just happy! You can wait (not very) patiently with me now!

  4. Oh man I have had my eye on this one for quite some time now! Great review btw. Everything about this book makes me want to read it...the cover, the blurb, and your review!

  5. Wow. I had seen this book around the blogosphere (dat cover tho!!! *o*) but I didn't know what it was about until now. It sounds amazing and something I would totally enjoy! Plus it may be the one to bring me back to my supernatural/fantasy kick after reading contemporary for so long, hehe. Great review and thank you for the giveaway!!

  6. I've definitely seen some love for this book! Thanks for stopping by, Alexandra!

  7. Isn't it?? Have you seen the second cover? It's even more amazing O_O

  8. It is awesome, it is! :D Thanks, Erin!

  9. It's pretty crazy ending, but it's a good one!! You don't want to miss out on such a great book! I hope you brave it soon. :)

  10. Good luck, Valentina! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Powers are always fun, especially when the author really gets creative with them. This is definitely one of those!

  12. I hope you love it, Carina! It's definitely not short on excitement! Good luck, sweetie!

  13. Have no fear! LOL I loved this one so much. You're review is what convinced me that I had to get to this one ASAP!!
    Haha, when I closed this one, I think i sat in silent shock, hand over mouth, for about 5 minutes. I hope we both get arcs of this one because June is just TOO FAR. :D

  14. It's tempting in so many ways, and I'm glad my review helped, too! :D Thanks, Kaitlyn!

  15. This would be a perfect start back into fantasy!! It's all about powers and politics and war and remorse aaaand romance....aaaah, so much great stuff going on it this book. I hope you love it if you read it!

  16. Love the story and the world of this book seems very very interesting.
    Thank you for the chance!!!!

    Artemis Giote

  17. I bought this on my Kindle so I'm not entering to win but it's the cover that grabbed me first and then the great reviews second. Just saw the cover for the next book in this series and it's just as stunning.

  18. I want to read this because you are praising it a lot and the three most important things that I see in a book apart from the plot are awesome if I go by your review. Those three things are Author's flow of writing, the entirely new and interesting world and last that it's gonna be a "roller Coaster" ride :)

  19. The world building sounds awesome, and I'm looking forward to learning more about Nym and her journey.