Deadly Destinations: C.J. Omololu & win TRANSCENDENCE

August 29, 2012 Deadly Destinations 47

Today’s Deadly Destination  is from C.J. Omololu‘s Cole Ryan on San Francisco from TRANSCENDENCE (published on June 5th 2012 by Walker Childrens). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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C.J. Omololu’s Cole Ryan on San Francisco from TRANSCENDENCE

San Francisco – Then and Now by Cole Ryan

I’m Cole – short for Nicole, but nobody calls me that – and I live in San Francisco. It’s a pretty cool place I guess, lots of people seem to like it despite all of the guys who ‘spare change’ you all over the city  Tourists come by the thousands every year and do all of the usual things like walk on the Golden Gate Bridge (that place scares me half to death – I hate heights), visit Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 (if you ask me, the sea lion stink isn’t worth it) and take the ferry out to Alcatraz (I’ve lived here all of my life and never been there).  I live in a San Francisco that most tourists never see – bonfires on Ocean Beach on a Saturday night, peanut butter curry ice cream in the Sunset, and giant burritos at the car wash taqueria on Army Street (which is exactly what it sounds like – a taqueria in a car wash).  For most of my seventeen years, it was a pretty regular existence here in the city;  I took the bus to school, spent hours at cello lessons and fought with my older sister Kat. And then we went on vacation to the Tower of London and everything changed.

I’ve always gotten a lot of déjà vu – you know, those feelings like you’re doing something that you’ve done in the past or like something brand new is familiar in a weird way.  Lots of times I’d be on the bus to school and we’d pass a house or a building that would give me an uneasy feeling inside that I couldn’t explain. All of that got ten times worse the minute we landed in London. I’d never been there before, but suddenly I felt like I knew what was around every corner, felt at home in a way I’d never felt anywhere before. I’d started getting lost in daydreams, seeing visions of things in history that I couldn’t possibly have known about –honestly,  I thought I was losing my mind. I was visiting the Tower of London with my sister when it all got much, much worse. Right there on the green in front of the White Tower I totally fainted, pulled into a vision of a beheading that was so real I woke up in a total panic. And then he was there. Griffon. I thought it was just a random meeting of a cute guy, but it turned out to be so much more.

It took me a long time to accept that I was becoming Akhet and that these visions weren’t vision at all, but memories of past lives and that someday, I’d remember all of the lives I’ve ever lived. It seems that everyone has lived over and over again, but only some of us remember. Navigating my hometown became a whole new experience. Now that I was remembering more and more, I knew why the imposing brick building of the Pacific Coast Club caused a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach and why I was always drawn to the Ferry Building. Many of the places that I knew when I visited San Francisco as a young cellist in the late 1800s had been destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire, but enough of them remained to cause a jolt of memory whenever I passed them.  It explained how I knew that once there were horses in the dining room of the Palace Hotel and how I could play cello effortlessly, like it had always been a part of me. It also explained why I’m so afraid of heights.

You should definitely come to San Francisco if you get the chance – but stay away from the sea lions and check out a certain car wash burrito.  And if you pass an old Victorian that gives you a weird sense of déjà vu…don’t ignore it.


Giveaway provided by C.J. Omololu
One signed copy of TRANSCENDENCE by C.J. Omololu


Published on June 5th 2012 by Walker Childrens


History is no match for destiny. . .

I smell the smoke from the fires and hear the pleas to God from the condemned, the metallic tang of blood infusing the very air around us. My eyes dart back and forth, trying desperately to find Connor in the crowd of prisoners, but I am being dragged toward the water, away from the hill where I’d seen him last…

When Cole Ryan visits the Tower of London, panic starts to rise as she realizes the visions are getting worse. Everywhere she goes, everything she touches, seems to trigger vivid scenes of a time she doesn’t know, in a place she’s never lived. The only rational explanation is that she’s losing her mind. Or is it?

The moment Griffon Hall sees Cole in London that day, he knows immediately that she’s special, like him—that these aren’t visions, but glimpses into their own past lives. And he knows for certain their paths were meant to cross in this life…

With Griffon’s help, Cole realizes her status as Akhet, people who must take the wisdom they’ve gathered over centuries of past lives and use it for good. But not all Akhet are honorable, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge a shared past that she barely remembers.  Piecing together clues from many lifetimes, Cole discovers a secret that could ruin her only chance at a future with Griffon—a future they are destined to share—and risking his love could be the only way to save them both.

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47 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: C.J. Omololu & win TRANSCENDENCE”

  1. Carla C.

    Hi CJ!
    You must be ver happy with this cover, right? I love it, those two look so good together, I really have to meet them. 😀
    Do you get the déjà vu feeling very often? I do sometimes, it creeps me out.

  2. Pat

    To the author- I love this co er!i really hope I like your book as much as your cover! It’s different and a new individual.

  3. erinf1

    thanks for a great post and congrats on the new release! I’ve been wanting to read this series forever 🙂

  4. Marie-Claude

    The premise make me curious so I’m definitely checking it out!!!

  5. Kristia

    Thank you for the international giveaway! heard many great things about it and the story sounds interesting.

  6. Victoria Zumbrum

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to read this book.

  7. Imel Cullen

    thats book sounds interesting, want to read that 🙂
    thanks for giveaway^^

  8. S.A.

    This story intrigues me like no other! I’ve experienced bouts of déjà my entire life and believed they were caused by a past life experience. I know I sound kooky, but it’s true. I really want to read this book!

    Comments for Cynthia: I went to your website and blog before I asked a question. I wanted to know if you live in the SF area, and I saw that you do. Like you, I’m not a native to this area, but I make the Bay Area my home.

    I’ve started following you via Twitter, Facebook, GFC and Goodreads. Your books are definitely on my TBR list!

    Thanks for the giveaway…I hope I’m the winner. 🙂

  9. Erika

    This looks great! I am intrigued by the past lives concept. thanks!

  10. Sariah

    New to me author. The book sounds interesting. I like the cover. Thanks for the chance.

  11. cj omololu

    Hi Guys! Thanks for all of the enthusiasm and I hope every one of you wins 😉 To answer a few of the questions – I LOVE the cover. When I wrote the book, I didn’t write it as an interracial romance per se, but my publisher decided to put Griffon on the cover and I think it looks great. I wrote a piece about the cover over at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog Cynsations a few months back if you want to check that out. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I did live in the Haight and in the Mission for about 10 years right after college. It’s easier for me to set stories in places that I’ve spent a lot of time in, and lucky for me, one of those places is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, IMHO. So far, all of my stories have been from a female POV, but I’ve done some unpublished work with a male POV which I really, really liked doing. Unfortunately, male POV is a hard sell in YA but I’d love for an upcoming book to be from a boy’s perspective. There is a free ebook on Amazon and Barnes and Noble called DARK PLACES that my publisher put out that has the first chapter of TRANSCENDENCE and also an alternate first chapter told from Griffon’s POV that was really fun to write. Keep the questions coming!

  12. Christiane C.

    I love the cover. Can’t wait to read this novel. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Carl

    Hi C.J., I haven’t seen a lot of coverage of Transcendence in the last few weeks. Nice to see it again, looks like the book has been doing well sales-wise. Hope you and your family have had a great Summer. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Natasha

    Thanks for the giveaway! I can’t wait to read Transcendence!!!

  15. aatweens

    Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for the giveaway and I can’t wait to read Transcendence!

  16. Kai W.

    The Tower of London has always intrigue me since I have never visit London. Hopefully someday, I get a chance to do so.

  17. Vanessa

    Hi CJ. This looks pretty interesting and I am glad that I discovered you today! Thanks for the tour and giveaway!

  18. Tamlyn

    Heard good things about this book. Hope I get a chance to read it 🙂

    • cj omololu

      Hmmm. That’s an excellent question. Mine aren’t muses as much as nags I think. When I get the germ of an idea, it sits for several months until characters form in my head. When they start talking loudly and demand to be heard, that’s when I start writing.

  19. DeeDee Griffin

    I’v3e had my eye on this book for a while. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  20. Lili

    This cover is awesome! I hope you’re happy with it. Can’t wait to check this out! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  21. Jolene A

    This book sounds amazing and I’m so in love with this cover! Thanks for the chance to win

  22. Natasha Areena

    Great story of deja vu,, I had this feeling many times when I’m in school.

  23. Ileana A.

    I’m really curious about this oneeee!
    The cover art is really beautiful! Really looking forward to read it!
    I feel that way about deja vu’ too! :S

  24. Samantha

    I love the cover for this book! I think that it sounds like a really great read and I”m looking forward to picking it up soon!

  25. HollyB

    I’ve been hearing about this book for a while and wanting to read it, but this is the first time I’m seeing the cover image. Can I just tell you how THRILLED I am to see a person of color on that cover?!?! Just for that alone, it wins as one of my fave covers all year! (plus I honestly like it otherwise :)) I wish more books could use some, shall we say, more DIVERSE models on their covers, especially YA books, folks! I love it, and can’t wait to read it 🙂 THANKS!

  26. cj omololu

    A big thanks to everyone who entered and left comments and to All Things UF for having us here! Good luck in the giveaway and I hope you enjoy the book.