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Morinville author brings back The Protectors

Rebecca Bourque hopes to continue her momentum with second book in planned teen/tween trilogy

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013 06:00 am

TWO DOWN – Morinville author Rebecca Bourque is excited to have published her second novel Life on Karma's Blacklist. She's planning to release a third novel, to complete her trilogy, next year.
TWO DOWN – Morinville author Rebecca Bourque is excited to have published her second novel Life on Karma's Blacklist. She's planning to release a third novel, to complete her trilogy, next year.
CHRIS COLBOURNE/St. Albert Gazette

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Young author Rebecca Bourque promised a trilogy when she first released The Protectors: Once Upon a Catastrophe in the fall of 2012. That promise is closer to realization now that a sequel – Life on Karma’s Blacklist – hit the bookshelves at the end of November.

Bourque, 19, admits that she is a slave to her craft.

“I have a really overactive imagination!” she laughed. “I really love writing these kinds of stories. This story, in particular, I felt like I can’t not tell it. It sort of feels like it is somebody else’s story and I just have to tell it because no one else will. I really loved doing it.”

Bitten by the writing bug several years ago, the Morinville teen is thrilled to offer her fans the continuation of the saga.

The Protectors is set in a post-apocalyptic world where some young people have some extraordinary powers like mind control and supernatural sight through someone else’s eyes. Once these people display their talents, authorities take them away from their families and force them to protect members of the royal family, as the kingdom is under siege.

“I didn’t think that it would be as big of a deal as it was. I’m hoping for the same sort of reception for the second one. That would be really good. Fingers crossed. So far the feedback that I’ve heard is awesome,” she said.

Life on Karma’s Blacklist picks up with the Protectors having escaped the castle after nearly being lured into a trap by the queen’s brother. They split up in an attempt to keep the royal family out of trouble, and set about to gather allies to rally to their cause.

She said that it contains the same kind of compelling plot that hooked some people into feasting on the first book. Bourque recounted how one person bought both books at the same time, despite not being typically bookish.

“She came up to me in church, grabbed me and said, ‘Remember I told you that I wasn’t a reader? I started your first book just to see what it was going to be about and I didn’t put it down until I finished it that day.’ That’s so cool!”

That person later added that she was going to try to save the second book for a vacation read, but picked it up just to skim over the first few chapters. The same thing happened.

“She ended up finishing both books in three days. It’s pretty encouraging. I’m really, really happy. I hope everybody likes the second one because I’m excited for people to read it.”

Bourque and The Protectors already have a solid tween and teen fan base. She sold 400 copies of the first instalment, and the employees at Chapters in St. Albert told her that Once Upon a Catastrophe was among the bestselling books that they had on consignment this last year.

For now, the second in the series is available at both Higher Grounds and This and That in Morinville. She hopes to make another arrangement for Chapters sometime soon. She plans to have some kind of author event there as well as at the Morinville Public Library sometime after Christmas.

Bourque just finished up her semester of post-secondary education in design studies at MacEwan University. She hopes to further a career in illustration and animation, so it’s possible that one day that she’ll publish another fantasy novel as both author and illustrator.

The third instalment in the series will arrive sometime in 2014.


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