Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Man in the Box Blog Tour: Exhausted by Robbie Lake

Today I have a great guest post from author Andrew Toy.  Below you will find the post and all the book information.  Thanks, I hope you enjoy!!! Also I want to thank Andrew Toy for stopping by.  

Exhausted by Robbie Lake

I’m tired. What else is there to say? My bones hurt, my muscles are sore, all from things I can’t possibly explain.

Logic would hold that I shouldn’t feel this way. Not from waking up from a dream-induced sleep.

Of course, logically speaking, my dreams wouldn’t be this vivid.

But I’m really starting to doubt that these are even dreams to begin with. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t ever found that box. But when I’m not in it, or when Taylor starts acting up or Rosalynn gets on my case about something, then I really crave it. Like food.

I’m shaking my head now, because I just realized I haven’t eaten all day, and I don’t care. I still would rather get in the box.

I love it there. In fact, I might even be falling for Sarcadui. She’s… I don’t know, everything I’ve ever wanted in a girl. She’s everything Rosalynn used to be to me. And Hale, what a little punk. But she’s just like Taylor was when she was little. And Rhoe has a lot of Jeremy in him, except Rhoe actually talks to me. It’s nice.

But you know what’s really scaring me? Ever since I escaped those giant centipedes in the box, I’ve been finding little centipedes all over the house. And Rosalynn and the kids have even been complaining about finding some. I just can’t help but wonder…

What else can come through the box?

Dinosaurs? Ghosts? Panthers? Snakes?

I just hope my family’s not in any danger. I don’t know what I’d do if any of them got hurt because of my little box-secret.

But sometimes, I feel like I’m just too tired to care. And not just physically tired, but tired of keeping it a secret, from hiding my scars and cuts and bruises from Rosalynn.

I just can’t figure out how it all works. I get in the box, close my eyes, and suddenly I’m in Reveloin, the very place I swear I made up in my head as a child. I hang out with Sarcadui and Rhoe, and if we’re lucky, we don’t encounter anything life-threatening. But if we do, I get jostled and beat up in some way, and when I wake up from the box, I’m cut and scraped in all the places I got hurt in the box.

But my clothes are in tact, I don’t smell like B.O. It’s just my body that’s affected. And I don’t know how much longer I can keep this hidden from Rosalynn. I mean, eventually she’s going to ask me why I’m wearing sweats to bed in the middle of summer.

That’s probably another reason I’m so tired. I can’t sleep in this stupid heat.

Oh, well. I guess we’ll see how long I can keep this up for. I’m sure I’ll get caught eventually, but for the time being, I might as well keep indulging.

There’s just one thing, though. If my body gets physically injured while I’m in this dream world, what happens if I actually die there?

Would I ever wake up here?

On top of everything else, that’s just one more thing that keeps me awake at night.

I hate this box. But man, do I love it. 

Andrew Toy lives with his wife and dachshunds in Louisville, KY. He is currently editing books of nearly every genre and is a writing coach for aspiring authors. He and his wife are trying to adopt their first child, and he is using the means of writing and editing to accomplish the goal of enlarging his family. Check out some more of his writing and upcoming books on his popular blog:

Work provided Robbie Lake the perfect escape from his family. But his life is turned upside down when he is unexpectedly fired. When he finds a new way of escape through a cardboard box, everything changes. The imaginary world of his childhood has evolved in his absence and is now more savage and hostile than even he could have dreamed. Robbie is drawn in by the excitement of his secret world, but will the cost of abandoning his family prove too high?

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