The Fear of God by B.A. Chepaitis

Join B.A. Chepaitis, author of the sci-fi mystery with romantic elements The Fear of God as she virtually tours the blogosphere in July 2011 on her second tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About B.A. Chepaitis

barbaraBARBARA CHEPAITIS is author of 7 published novels, including the critically acclaimed Feeding Christine and These Dreams, as well as the sci-fi series featuring Jaguar Addams. The fourth novel in that series, A Lunatic Fear was a finalist for a Romantic Times Bookclub award. Her first nonfiction book, Feathers of Hope, came out through SUNY Press in July.

She has optioned two scripts, and has recently been awarded a seed grant to develop a documentary titled Making Peace.

She is founder and director of the storytelling trio The Snickering Witches, and faculty with Western College of Colorado’s MFA program in creative writing.

You can visit B.A. Chepatis’ Facebook page and the Facebook page for Jaguar Addams and the Fear Series.

About The Fear of God

The Fear of GodOn Prison Planetoid Three, Jaguar Addams enters the minds of criminals, chasing the shadow of their fears into the light. Her current case is Cult Leader Sardis Malocco, who used the children of her sect as living bombs. The testers say her fear is God, and she must face it in a Virtual Reality Heaven.

Alex assigns Jaguar to the case because he suspects that Sardis has real plans to bring on the Apocalypse, and only Jaguar can stop her. But Jaguar is enraged when Sardis critically wounds her best friend Rachel, and the interference of a holodemon on the VR site make the job almost impossible.

As the clock ticks toward the End of Days, Jaguar must utilize a Death Walk – one of the most dangerous empathic tricks in the book – to reveal the truth in this place of illusions.

Read an Excerpt

He grabbed her arm roughly and shook it. “Jaguar, what’re you doing?” he asked.“Sardis—she’s gone over the edge. I have to bring her back. Show her something real. I have to bring her in to Rachel.”

“What? Empathic contact between Rachel and Sardis? But in Rachel’s condition, it’ll kill her.”

“Don’t tell me what I already know.” She jerked her arm away from his hold. “I need help. You said you did this before, right? Death Walk?”

She couldn’t mean it. A Death Walk? With Rachel?” He couldn’t comprehend it. “Jaguar,” he said, dropping three words like stones into her belly, “she’s your friend.”

“You think I’ve forgotten that?” she said with ice in her voice. She turned feral eyes to him and let him look. “What you see here, that’s the kind of woman I am. If you’ve been nurturing fantasies to the con¬trary, you’d better dispel them. Now.”

Accept it. That’s who she was. That’s why he gave her this assignment in the first place. She’d stop Sardis or die trying. But Death Walk was dangerous, and they had no margin for error here. Jaguar had to learn quickly and well. He put his hands on her face and called her wild eyes to his. Saw her shudder with relief at his touch. It would go faster this way.

Hush. Listen. This is how it’s done. Down into the darkness, naked. No protection. Entirely open. The motion is a wave. It’ll feel like falling a long way. Don’t try to stop the fall. Trust me without reservation. I’ll know when to call you back. And don’t hold on to Rachel. Do not attempt to bring her back.

He showed her the feeling of pull, when to let go. The texture of the space she’d be walking in. He put her hand on his chest so she could feel the beating of his heart.

Follow this, Jaguar. I’ll lead you back.

Then he looked at her hard. She was al¬ready exhausted, and the Death Walk took so much. There must be something else he could do. He touched her face, her lips, warm and alive.

Kiss of Life. As an antidote to death, there was only this. An exchange of passion. The transfer of his energy to her, life flowing from his body, his spirit, to hers. Would she misunderstand the gesture? Or was there any-thing to misunderstand? No. Nothing. It would be clear to both of them. It would have to be.

He put his hand on her face and pulled her close. Then he pressed his lips against hers, kissing her with more thoroughness than he had ever kissed a woman in his life.

Disturb me, Jaguar. Anytime. Under any circumstances.

She accepted it, straining her mouth to his, drinking him, tangling her hands in his hair, her body pressed hungrily against his like seeds deep in the earth, their bright leaves reaching up toward sun while their roots crawled deeper and deeper down toward the always burning center. They swam together, down and down, and he held her as if they would never touch again. They spiraled through waters that grew increasingly thick, increasingly se¬cret and dim.

Then he let her go, moving up and away toward light, while she remained deep, under the dark dome of what it meant to attempt a Death Walk.

What Reviewers Are Saying

Good news! Jaguar Addams — teacher, empath, and loose cannon — is back. Okay, that’s good news for readers and extremely bad news for criminals. But the heroine of B.A. Chepaitis’ sizzling debut novel, The Fear Principle, isn’t the kind of person to remain silent for long; we all knew a return engagement had to be on the way. Luckily for you and me, it’s here at last.

Planetoid Three isn’t much of a vacation spot, in fact, it’s a prison. Not a prison like you’ve seen in movies (or, just possibly, spent an involuntary, extended stay in), but the prison of the future, where Teachers like Jaguar force criminals to face their deepest fears. If everything goes well, the prisoner is rehabilitated, able to return to society. If things don’t work out as planned, the prisoner is locked away or terminated. Either way: no recidivism.

Works for me.

Jaguar is the best Teacher in the system, even if she is constantly ruffling feathers. Only her track record and the support of Alex Dzarny, her supervisor and strongest proponent, have kept her from ejection on numerous occasions. Maybe it’s her strong psi capabilities, her fierce loyalty, or her practice of not bucking the system, really, but failing to even acknowledge its existent. She is a renegade more dangerous than her namesakes.

She’ll need every bit of that explosive potential to survive her latest case. The danger in The Fear of God is a painfully familiar one: the lethal madness of a religious cult. The Revelation Sect have organized to help the world on to apocalypse. You know, just to give us a hand. That would be very considerate if Earth had not already been exposed to a bloody example of the cult’s idea of positive action. No one believes the worst has happened yet; it is up to Jaguar to discover the truth about Revelation’s plan.

Sardis Malocco is the only hope to head off the tragedy, but getting the facts from her maybe beyond even Jaguar’s talents. Sardis, Mother of the cult, is living in a fantasy world of biblical proportions. There may not be enough sanity left in her twisted mind to extract the details. And time is running out for everyone.

Chepaitis builds on an already extraordinary creation to create another enthralling adventure in the legend that is Jaguar. No heroine on the scene today approaches the complexity of this enigmatic, feral woman. She astounds, offends, and defies classification. Jaguar inspires the saviour in friends and readers, even as she forces the outside world as far away as possible without slowing down to survey her adversaries.

How do you top an opening act like The Fear Principle? Grab an even tighter hold on the audience with a thriller like The Fear Of God. Chepaitis’ writing is just too strong a weapon for us mere mortals. It would take a force as strong as Jaguar to break the spell Chepaitis weaves.

I, for one, am no match for her power. And have no desire to struggle. Just assure me a steady supply of that magic.

-THE FEAR OF GOD – Lisa DuMond


The Fear of God Tour Schedule


Tuesday, July 5th
Guest Post at Coffee and a Keyboard

Wednesday, July 6th
Review at Coffee and a Keyboard

Friday, July 8th
Review at Minding Spot

Monday, July 11th
Review at Minding Spot

Tuesday, July 12th
Interview at BlogCritics

Wednesday, July 13th
Review at Community Bookstop

Thursday, July 14th
Review at Community Bookstop

Friday, July 15th
Guest Post at Community Bookstop
Book Panel at Literarily Speaking

Monday, July 18th
Interview at Beyond the Books
Spotlight at The Plot

Tuesday, July 19th
Character Interview at at The Plot

Wednesday, July 20th
Review at Life In Review

Friday, July 22nd
Spotlight at Blurbs N’ Bytes

Monday, July 25th
Guest Post at Books, Products and More

Tuesday, July 26th
Excerpt at Between the Covers

Thursday, July 28th
Review at Martha’s Bookshelf

Friday, July 29th
Review at Martha’s Bookshelf


B.A. Chepaitis’s THE FEAR OF GOD ONLINE BOOK TOUR will officially begin on July 5th 2011 and end on July 29th.


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