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All about Parkour (featured in LUCID)

Here’s the next guest post I did for the BKoD blog tour. This one features parkour!


LucidIn the second book in my BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series, LUCID, the main character, Nara, meets a guy named Drystan and soon discovers among other things that he has a unique talent. He’s really good at parkour.  What is parkour?

Here’s how Drystan explains it to Nara…

“Parkour is perceived as constant movement using natural motion. The technique is very physical, but it’s a way of evaluating and perceiving your environment around you in a strategic way, where you don’t let your mind or physical barriers stop you.  ~ Drystan in LUCID

When Nara asks Drystan why he wants to teach her parkour, he says that it’s all part of him helping her learn self-defense.

…Defensively, if you can think at least two steps ahead of your pursuer, then your chances of getting away are much greater.” ~ Drystan in LUCID

And just like Drystan tells Nara that showing her parkour would be far easier than explaining it, I thought I’d share some visual examples with you.


You know that opening chase scene in the 2006 remake of Casino Royale (with Daniel Craig)? See here: (it starts at 5.02  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJubOZLpp4A . That’s parkour being used in the movies.

Here’s a very well known traceur (the term for a parkour practitioner) in action, Damien Walters, doing all his great moves. Check them out and be entertained with his amazing flexibility!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMsdCsNz7L4


In LUCID, Drystan takes Nara up on the slackline to teach her to learn to control her balance, since learning parkour starts with controlling one’s balance.  Do you remember the guy in the white toga/dress doing crazy bounces on a thin piece of line on stage during Madonna’s Super Bowl performance this past year? That was Andy Lewis on a slackline. He’s the world champion in his unusual sport.  Here are a couple examples of tricklining (tricks/flips) done on a slackline.

Mike Payton on the slackline: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ycT_RBZ0tg&feature=player_embedded

Andy Lewis, Mike Payton and others on the Conan show doing the slackline:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hxC_T9UnmA


If you’re curious about the history of parkour (where it came from and how it has evolved over time), here are a couple of links with all the deets! http://www.parkourgenerations.com/article/parkour-history and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour

I hope you found learning a bit more about parkour and slacklining interesting and that it has made you curious about LUCID! 🙂

Ten Little Known Facts about BKoD and LUCID!

For those who didn’t get a chance to see the guest posts I did for the BKoD blog tour, I’ll be posting them here and on my FB page. I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about the BKoD world! 🙂

1) LUCID – 95% of LUCID was written in a B&N cafe.

2) LUCID – Ravens really do hold funerals for their dead.

3) LUCID – When I first began brainstorming LUCID’s storyline, I thought it would be a novella. Haha, it turned into a 100K (328 page) novel! Needless to say I added a LOT more depth to the story. 🙂

4) LUCID – Freddie/Erik and Cordelia are family names.
5) BKoD – My best friend pierced my ears the same way Lainey pierced Nara’s.
6) BKoD – Farmville REALLY is a town in Virginia. So is Barboursville.
7) BKoD – Nara and Ethan’s hometown is modeled after Charlottesville, Virginia.

8) BKoD/LUCID – Nara’s name is pronounced Nara (like car), and yes, her name came from the character Inara from Joss Whedon’s awesome show Firefly.

9) BKoD – The original working title of BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS was FATE, which I decided to change to a title that had many layers of meaning related to the story.
10) BKoD – I was told that I should shelve BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS and write another book. I’m so glad I trusted my gut and didn’t give up on publishing it!

Brightest Kind of Darkness Blog Tour Winners!

And here are the winners of the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS blog tour! Congratulations!! I’ve already emailed most of you. Just need a couple more to respond to claim your prizes, so check the list below and get in contact with Dani. Thank you all for participating in the tour. I hope you enjoyed the guest posts, where you learned a lot more about Ethan, Nara and the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS world, and where we also revealed the BKoD book trailer!

If you didn’t win, BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS is currently $0.99 (down from $2.99) and LUCID is  $3.99 (down from $4.99), so grab these two full-length novels for less than $5 while they’re on sale! 🙂



DeeDee G.  – Grand Prize Winner

Lauren M. – signed copy of BKoD

Crystal C. – signed copy of Lucid

Mamabunny – signed copy of BKoD


Deanna B. –  ebook
Rhonda L. –  ebook
Rachel Danae –  ebook
Allison P. –  ebook
Mona C. –  ebook
Lindy Teresa –  ebook
Kimberly S. –  ebook
Simina –  ebook
Kelly M.  –  ebook
Sara Viti –  ebook

And a huge thank you to Dani at RLR for hosting the blog tour and some of the prizes as well!