WINTER by Keven Newsome ~ Gothic, If Not A Gothic Tale Exactly

As we approach All Hallows Eve, now called Halloween, I’d like to turn to Christian fiction that takes a bit of a darker approach. 

Winter Maessen didn’t ask for the gift of prophecy. She’s happy being a freak — but now everyone thinks she’s crazy. Or evil. Goths aren’t all the same, you know. Some are Christians — Christians to whom God sends visions. Students at her university are being attacked, and Winter knows there’s more than flesh and blood at work. Her gift means she’s the only one who can stop it – but at what price?
Excerpt:
Winter heard footsteps. She looked to either side expecting someone else to come walking around the Ancient. But no one came and the footsteps continued. Cold chills came over her and she sat up straight. She had been here before…déjà vu. These footsteps meant something. This time Winter knew the danger was real.

Her time had come. All her premonitions and dreams of the past week had been leading to this moment. Now that it was happening, she had no doubt God had orchestrated everything. If only she could understand before it was too late. She stood. Adrenaline rushed through her body.

“What’s wrong…” she whispered to herself…Davis was about to say that.

“What’s wrong?” Davis asked as soon as the very same words had escaped Winter’s lips.

“Someone’s coming, I hear footsteps.” That’s what she was supposed to reply.

“I don’t hear anything,” he said, his voice betraying his confusion. He stood and watched her.

Winter looked toward the history building, where the footsteps seemed to come from. But she saw no one walking to the Ancient. She moved and searched all around the tree, but no one came from any direction. Yet she could still hear the footsteps.

“You’re freaking me…” she whispered.

“You’re freaking me out,” Davis said from right behind.

Reviews:
“Few things are as thrilling as finding a new writer whose talent for storytelling is obvious from page one. Well, meet Keven Newsome and prepare to be thrilled. If his chilling debut novel, WINTERdoesn’t leave you breathless and wanting more, you better make sure you have a pulse. Well developed characters, an intriguing, fast-paced plot, top-notch craftsmanship – WINTER (and Keven Newsome) delivers in spades.” Robert Liparulo, author of COMES A HORSEMAN, GERM, the DREAMHOUSE KINGS series 
“Newsome has delivered a taut thriller with a supernatural edge in WINTER. It starts as a slow burn and builds to a gripping climax and the last scene will leave you ready for more. The character of Winter is complex, compelling, and sympathetic and the dual storylines work to great dramatic effect. Well done.” Greg Mitchell, author of THE STRANGE MAN 
“In your hands you hold a treasure, superbly crafted and spirit driven. Keven Newsome has written a story that delivers on every level and is so powerful you’ll want to read it more than once. Hollywood needs this manuscript. Winter is that good.” Matt Koceich, author of THE SENDING

How Keven came up with the idea for this story.


WINTER developed as the emerging of several different story ideas.  I knew I wanted to write a story that told the fall and redemption of a character through two different time lines. I also knew I wanted to write a story with a lead character having the gift of prophecy. A third idea, writing a college story with a girl lead, led to the development of both the characters Winter and Summer. But it wasn’t until all three of these began to merge that WINTER was actually born.
Looking back, it’s easy to see how the three ideas were always meant to be one. But I can’t really pinpoint where those three ideas came from. It’s cliché to say that God gave me the story, but in essence it seems like that exactly what happened. On my own, I wouldn’t have had those three ideas. And on my own, I would have never thought to combine them as they were.
But even though God may have revealed the story to me, let me be clear that it took years of hard work and dedication to hone my craft and learn enough about writing in order to bring that story to life in a way that would make God proud. God instructs us to “study to show thyself approved.” Inspiration may be His, but He doesn’t call lazy people who expect him to do the work for them. If God’s given you a story to write — awesome. Now work your tail off so that you don’t embarrass Him.
What Keven hopes readers will get from the story:
WINTER tells the story of a life, broken and destroyed through the cruelty of this world. It’s the story of a person who is the most unlovable and unusable in the world, being taken and transformed into something extraordinary by God. The story is told in two timelines. In the secondary story, we follow Winter’s first year of high school. She has to deal with the slow death of her mother and learn to live with her estranged father. Through these circumstances, she slowly declines into the Goth subculture and experiments with witchcraft. But in the primary story, we follow her first year of college. Here we see that she has been changed by God. And though she’s been shaped by the tragedies of her past, God still loves her and still wants to use her.
And it’s exactly this past that makes her uniquely qualified to take on a Satanic priest.
I want everyone who reads this to be encouraged that no life is too broken to be used by God, and that God will continue to pursue you even in the lowest depths of your life. The reader should be inspired to not dwell on past mistakes or hurts, but to look forward to what God can do in spite of it all.
Author Bio:
Keven Newsome is a graduate student at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology specializing in Supernatural Theology. He writes stories that portray the supernatural and paranormal with a Biblical perspective. Winter is his first book. He currently lives in New Orleans, LA with his wife and their two children. 

Keven is also the founder and administrator of The New Authors’ Fellowship and produces music and video through Newsome Creative.

Readers can reach Keven at:

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About NikeChillemi

Nike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She writes literature that reads like pulp fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad, and her good guys smarter and better. She is the founder and chair of the Grace Awards, a member of ACFW. She has judged numerous literary awards including the Grace Awards, Carol Awards, Inspy Awards, and the Eric Hoffer Awards. View all posts by NikeChillemi

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