Novelist Dares Readers to Jump Off A Cliff

“Beyond the Precipice” by Eva Blaskovic portrays the resilience of today's youth with the courage to pursue their dreams.
EDMONTON, Alberta - April 30, 2013 - PRLog -- April 30, 2013 – “Beyond the Precipice” (ISBN 0988163812) by Eva Blaskovic shares the story of Bret Killeen, a young man filled with regret and yearning for a new life. Haunted by guilt and driven by an intrinsic sense of duty, Bret is his own worst enemy in the struggle to reach manhood on his own terms.  

At the pivotal age of 18, Bret takes mournful stock of his life: still obedient to his dead father’s wishes that he give up music for more lucrative pursuits, blackmailed by his brother Drake for the role Bret played in their father's death, and rejected by his malicious and spiteful uncle Galan. Worse yet, he has watched his mother, Kyra, ensnared by poverty. Racked with sorrow, Bret understands he must confront his past if he ever hopes to seize his future. As he struggles to come to terms with the death he may have caused and realizes how the loss has touched everyone's life, he is aided by Nicole, a young cello player who aspires to play for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

The title is a subtle play on the manner in which Bret's father dies, falling from a mountainside, and the risk and terror of making unpopular decisions and being true to oneself. “The book is about an 18-year-old young man with a gift for music who is told his entire life he must choose another path,” says Blaskovic. “Every horror he experiences seems to confirm this. But he leads an empty existence until he takes the reins of his decisions and chooses for himself.”

A heartfelt and moving debut novel, “Beyond the Precipice” offers a poignant and sometimes humorous look at the transformative journey of today's young adult, and the unprecedented challenges they must consider when making long-term choices. "The same rules just don't apply anymore," Blaskovic explains. "Technology is rapidly advancing, opportunities are in flux, and poverty and single-parenthood is epidemic. We must teach our kids resilience rather than direct their path." Employing engaging characters, sparkling dialogue and an emotionally compelling plot, this story resonates with audiences of all ages who understand the labors of following one’s dreams.

“Beyond the Precipice” is available at and other channels. “Beyond the Precipice” is available at Audrey's Books at 10702 Jasper Ave. NW,  Edmonton. The author will be available for signing on May 11, 2013 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m..

View the Video Trailer for Beyond The Precipice on YouTube

About the Author:

Eva Blaskovic is a writer, editor and educator. A native of the Czech Republic, she grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where she raised four children. Blaskovic has worked in science labs and has taught literacy, writing, math and science. She is both an accomplished writer and editor of non-fiction articles on business, education, how-to, parenting and travel, as well as an author of short fiction. When she hasn’t buried herself in writing or editing, Blaskovic may be found taking her teenagers to Taekwondo, exploring the farmers’ market, listening to Celtic music or sipping a latte.
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