Ten things you should know about THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT by Melanie Schulz

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Ten Things You Should Know About
by Melanie Schulz

When I began researching for THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT, I knew I wanted it as true to life as possible.  I don’t have it in me to write what I don’t believe is real, so after extensive research on the rise of the Third Reich, I traveled to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. I spent a day looking at pictures of people and pictures of monsters, and faces and shoes. By the time I left there, I was ready. I could write about a school created to transform its students into a “superior race” that would be more than happy to exterminate a few million people as long as it pleased the higher-ups. I was ready, because it was real. I hope that comes through in the writing.
Newstead is not a stand-alone novel. It is a trilogy. When I started writing it, I had no idea it was going in that direction, it just grew and grew. And when I finished the trilogy, I had no idea there was going to be a five book spin-off, but when the time came, I knew there needed to be. Not that the story wasn’t complete in itself, there were just other characters that had stories of their own. 

Ten things you should know about THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT:

1.    Not all tall people are giants
2.    Weston, Vermont is an actual place; I’ve been there.
3.    There are no extra words in this book. If it’s there, there’s a reason. Look for it.
4.    This novel does have some romance in it, but it is not a romance novel.
5.    At least one person dies in each of the trilogy books.
6.    This novel alternates between two points of view; Joel’s and Rachel’s. This helps the reader have a complete picture of what's happening.
7.    THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT has taken two years to write and has had extensive revisions.
8.    Everything in this book could happen.
9.    I’ve developed a tactical game based on this book, where my readers will get to experience what Joel did during FTX.
10. This novel is as real as you and me and those faces in those pictures that dared to stand up to the dictators that wished to exterminate them.

The Newstead Project

the giant.
Joel Cranston shouldn’t exist. He just doesn’t know that yet. He’s lived a pretty normal life for the last sixteen years. If you consider being almost seven feet tall and good at about every sport you’ve ever played normal. Normal ends the day Newstead shows up with an invitation to come to their school.
the school.
Newstead is a private high school in Central Vermont by the Green Mountains. It’s a great place to hide a few hundred people who shouldn’t exist while you train them to become tomorrow’s rulers, tomorrow’s dictators, tomorrow’s gods.
the unexpected.
Rachel Newell thinks she’s just passing through. She never stays any place more than four months and with Newstead so close to Weston, she has even more reason to make this her shortest stop ever. The last thing she expects is to have a reason to stay.
Together Rachel and Joel uncover the truth behind what is
the newstead project.

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Author Melanie Schulz

I live in Upstate New York with my husband and three children, where I’ve pretty much been planted my entire life. Which is fine, because it’s beautiful here. My only complaint is that most people assume that New York means NYC, which it doesn’t. There. I’ve done my part in exposing the truth. Truth. The truth is I’m not a writer; storyteller maybe, but not a writer. It wasn’t something I spent years dreaming of, or even what I went to school for. I’m a nurse. I love being a nurse. So why write? I don’t know. I do know when it started, though. September 3, 2010. I know this because I nature journal, and on that day Joel made it into my notes. I guess that’s fitting. Someone like him needed to be birthed out in the woods. If you were to meet me, and I hope someday you do, you would not connect me with this story. I’m a wife, a mother, a nurse. The person who wrote this should’ve been a guy, first off, secondly he should be some militaristic strategist; that’s who you’d expect to see if you were to come to a book signing, not me. But I’m there, in every line. So if I don’t have the good fortune to meet you in person, I hope to see you in THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT.

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