Friday, September 17, 2021

VBT and Giveaway: If the Light Escapes by Brenda Marie Smith

 If The Light Escapes

by Brenda Marie Smith 


GENRE: Sci-fi (post-apocalyptic)



A standalone sequel to IF DARKNESS TAKES US

A solar electromagnetic pulse fried the U.S. grid fourteen months ago. Everything’s gone: power, cars, running water, communications, all governing control and help—gone. Now northern lights have started in Texas—3,000 miles farther south than where they belong. The universe won’t stop screwing with eighteen-year-old Keno Simms.

All that’s left for Keno, his family and neighbors is farming their Austin subdivision, trying to eke out a living on poor soil in the scorching heat. Keno’s still reeling from the the death of his pregnant sister. His beloved Nana is ill, Grandpa’s always brandishing weapons, and water is far too scarce. Desperate thieves are hemming them in, yet he can’t convince his uncle and other adults to take action against the threat.

Keno’s one solace is his love for Alma, who has her own secret sorrows. When he gets her pregnant, he vows to keep her alive no matter what. Yet armed marauders and nature itself collude against him at every turn, forcing him to make choices that rip at his conscience. If he can’t protect Alma and their unborn child, it will be the end of Keno’s world.

IF THE LIGHT ESCAPES is post-apocalyptic science fiction set in a near-future reality, a coming-of-age story told in the voice of a heroic teen who’s forced into manhood too soon.




“These northern lights bug the crap out of me,” I tell Alma. “What are they doing here? They’re supposed to be tied to magnetic poles. I saw this show a couple years ago that said the north pole was drifting north, not south. So how did they end up here? The poles can’t drift around randomly. That’s impossible.”

“I don’t know, baby. They worry me, too, but we need to be quiet.”

“They make me feel like something bad is gonna happen. What do you call that? Fore-something.”


“That’s it. I’ll be quiet, now, and just stew in my foreboding.”

“Silly.” Alma reaches up and ruffles my hair.

When we patrol and we can’t cuddle on account of guns, Alma and I could talk all night. It’s not a good idea for us to talk much when we’re patrolling, though. We get all involved and forget to listen for anyone who might be sneaking around, hunting for food or water, or worse: getting ready to kill us for it.

We walk along with our rifles in the night. It’s cool out here, but not cold…

Alma stops and raises her gun.

“Hear that?” she whispers.

“No, what?” I’ve got my gun up, too, and I’m pivoting around, searching. I want to hide Alma, but she would never let me. 

“Over there.” She points at the corner by the park. And I hear a jangly noise, like car keys. No one drives cars now, though…


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Brenda Marie Smith lived off the grid for many years in a farming collective where her sons were delivered by midwives. She’s been a community activist, managed student housing co-ops, produced concerts to raise money for causes, done massive quantities of bookkeeping, and raised a small herd of teenage boys.

Brenda is attracted to stories where everyday characters transcend their own limitations to find their inner heroism. She and her husband reside in a grid-connected, solar-powered home in South Austin, Texas. They have more grown kids and grandkids than they can count.

Her first novel, Something Radiates, is a paranormal romantic thriller; If Darkness Takes Us and its sequel, If the Light Escapes, are post-apocalyptic science fiction.

Social Media:


Twitter: @bsmithnovelist





Buy links:


Barnes & Noble:

BookPeople Austin:



One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


August 23: Author C.A.Milson

August 23: Author Deborah A. Bailey Blog

August 24: Christine Young

August 25: Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters

August 25: Don't Judge, Read

August 26: Literary Gold

August 27: Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

August 27: Novels Alive

August 30: It's Raining Books

August 31: Fabulous and Brunette

August 31: Viviana MacKade

September 1: Sybrina's Book Blog

September 2: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love

September 2: Becoming Extraordinary

September 3: Jazzy Book Reviews

September 6: Lamon Reviews

September 6: Let me tell you a story

September 7: All the Ups and Downs

September 8: The Obsessed Reader

September 8: The Salty Nomad

September 9: Westveil Publishing

September 10: The Avid Reader

September 10: Girl with Pen

September 13: Joanne Guidoccio

September 14: Welcome to My World of Dreams

September 14: Sandra's Book Club

September 15: Novels Alive - review

September 16: Kit 'N Kabookle

September 16: Travel the Ages - review

September 17: Locks, Hooks and Books

Follow me on BloglovinFacebookPinterestTwitter, GFC or Email