Sunday, March 29, 2015

Link by D.A. Karr Spotlight and Excerpt



LINK, by D.A. Karr, is a sci-fi mystery thriller. It is set in the year 2800, in a future apocalyptic world where time jumping becomes a means to control the human race.

LINK is suspenseful, intriguing, and action filled,” says D. A. Karr. “Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler fans will enjoy reading this book.”

Synopsis:

Space Time, 2800, Earth

As the Earth shifts on its axis, mankind is caught in a war of survival and time. Imprisoned in this time war, Captain John Garrick and the N.S.T.E.A. Phoenix become a pawn between technology, humans, and what's left of civilization. 

No amount of careful planning can prepare the time jumpers for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move.

As the N.S.T.E.A seals a deal to deliver time technology to the notorious outlaw, Menser, Garrick plots to undermine the N.S.T.E.A.

Garrick doesn't live by the rules, and he knows one thing is for sure: kill or be killed.

Technology becomes the enemy and time an illusion as Phoenix's crew prepares for the inevitable - a fight to the finish.




About the Author:

D.A. Karr has been writing books and screenplays for the last ten years. Her experience and employment includes firefighting in the U.S. Forest Service, law enforcement, IT engineering, and several years with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego (SSC San Diego). She has a Master’s in software engineering.

D.A. Karr enjoys writing in a variety of genres including sci-fi, thriller-mystery, historical fiction, and screenplays.  She is the author of several books including LINK, The Legend of Pendyne, and The Racehorse with Magic Shoes.


Connect with D.A. Karr on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DAKarrRHWMS

EXCERPT
Garrick barked to Becker, “We need more altitude to jump!”
Becker shouted over the rumbling, “Not an option in this dust storm.”
Gillie, Wexler, Farber, and the crew watched the viewers above their heads, searching for the ships behind them.
There's nothing. They see nothing. The dust is thick and red. Still the whining sound resonates closer and closer.
A.L.I.S. repeated her question, “What are the coordinates?”
Garrick ordered her, “Release A.L.I.S. Attention!”
A.L.I.S. stood behind Garrick, waiting. However, this time, unknowing to him, she was watching as her sensors shifted back and forth, sending out silent signals to Phoenix.
Becker shouted orders to Lieutenant Chiang, “Weapons online Lieutenant! All hands battle stations!”
Suddenly, from below the edge of the hillside, an almost invisible Dragar gunship raised up right in front of them. Hanging in the air, the Dragar ship turned to face them head on. Two Dragar pilots were in the seats, bringing the gunship about and rotating their gun mounts.
Phoenix responded as it looped over and behind the Dragar ship.
Wexler broke in, “We’re behind, sir!”
Garrick yelled, “Fire torpedoes!”
Gillie, Wexler, and Farber flicked the switches simultaneously as Phoenix lurched backwards. Three RZaR torpedoes hit the Dragar gunship front on, instantly incinerating it in a fireball.
Becker and Garrick raised their fists in victory, “It’s down,” just as Phoenix dropped its speed and leveled off.
Becker spun in his seat, “Where’s the other ships, Lieutenant?”
Lieutenant Chiang reported, “Looks like their gone, sir. Off the scans.”
Garrick interrupted, “Keep watching. They’re here somewhere. We’re going to have to maneuver. Phoenix isn’t built for dogfights.”
Becker began evasive action as he ordered, “Lieutenant! Pull the nose up and get above this dust!”
“Aye sir,” barked the Lieutenant.
Phoenix started climbing as the thrusters roared. Farber, Wexler, and Gillie maintained their watch on the scanners.
Then suddenly, three more Dragar cruisers appear from nowhere and locked onto Phoenix. They dropped down into a triangle pattern, starting their attack.
Lieutenant Chiang shouted in a high pitched voice, “Captain! Three Dragar cruisers off the starboard, 30 degrees!” Wexler, Farber, Gillie, and the crew manned the weapon systems as they searched for the cruisers.
Becker ordered, “Shields on! We’re in for a fight!”
Just then, one Dragar cruiser broke off and flew under Phoenix. Gillie yelled, “Dragar coming in under us, sir!”
Becker commanded, “Roll to the port! Come about Mr. Dessa!”
The Phoenix responded rolling off, exposing the cruiser. Suddenly, tracer fire shot past the starboard side.  Pinging could be heard as it bounced off the shielding.
Becker, yelling over the roaring, “Garrick! Take over! Captain to bridge! Evasive action!”
The bridge scrambled. Garrick grabbed the helm from Mr. Dessa. Thrusting the helm controls on full forward, he drove Phoenix straight toward the ground. Nearing maximum dive velocity, Garrick pulled Phoenix’s nose straight up as she curved skyward. The crew was driven in their seats as the force pinned them down. Two Dragar cruisers broke off, diving at Phoenix, making their attack from the rear.
Farber grasped what Garrick was planning. It was going to be close. Becker ordered the crew, “Hold on to something. It’s going to be a rough ride!”
The Dragar cruiser came at Phoenix full speed firing all guns, pelting Phoenix’s shields, then bouncing off.
As Farber and Garrick flicked the switches, Garrick grasped the guidance stick with both hands, gritting his teeth. He counted out loud echoing through the whine as Phoenix closed on the cruiser, “One, Two, Three! Now!” The Phoenix did a hard turn to the left shooting forward at full speed. The Dragar cruiser tried to avoid the collision as it rammed itself into the rock cliffs.
Garrick yelled at Wexler and Gillie, “Afterburners full on!”
Wexler and Gillie flipped the switches for the afterburner turbojets, spraying the Dragar ship with fire. Bursting into a fireball, it cartwheeled in flames.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

HER SISTER'S SHOES by Ashley Farley Cover Reveal and Giveaway



ABOUT THE BOOK:
HER SISTER’S SHOES
Author: Ashley Farley
Release Date: June 24th, 2015


SYNOPSIS:

Her Sister’s Shoes is a contemporary women’s novel that proves the healing power of family. Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry and packed with Southern charm and memorable characters, Her Sister’s Shoes is the story of three sisters—Samantha, Jackie, and Faith—who struggle to balance the demands of career and family while remaining true to themselves.

In the midst of their individual challenges, the Sweeney sisters must cope with their mother’s mental decline. Is Lovie in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, or is her odd behavior normal for a woman her age? No one, including Lovie, understands her obsession with a rusty key she wears around her neck.

BOOK LINKS
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24919359-her-sister-s-shoes?from_search=true

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ashley Farley is a wife and mother of two college-aged children. She grew up in the salty marshes of South Carolina, but now lives in Richmond, Virginia, a city she loves for its history and traditions.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshipped, the man she could not save. SAVING BEN is not a memoir, but a story about the special bond between siblings.

Look for HER SISTER'S SHOES, a women's novel that proves the healing power of family, scheduled for release on June 24, 2015. 

Sign-up for Ashley's 
Monthly Newsletters for new release information, giveaways, exclusive sneak-peeks and more. 

When she's not working on her next novel, Ashley can be found blogging at Chronicles . . . An Avid Reader and Indie Author


GIVEAWAY

1 Winner will get a copy of HER SISTER’S SHOES

Must be 13 + To Enter. Open to US only. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, March 23, 2015

KATE TRIUMPH by Shari Arnold Blog Tour and Giveaway

KATE TRIUMPH by Shari Arnold
Blog Tour Hosted by MMSAI Tours
March 16-20 & 23-27


To check out more Tour stops, Go HERE.



ABOUT THE BOOK:
KATE TRIUMPH
Author: Shari Arnold
Release Date: October 16th, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

Normal is so overrated. At least that's what seventeen-year-old Kate Triumph tells herself everyday. But the truth is she lives in constant fear that someone will discover how not normal she really is. With her startling speed and her unusual ability to heal, Kate believes she's something of a freak. 

Then Andrew Shore arrives. 

He claims he's her father, sticks around for a few days and leaves her a plane ticket. “Come to Mercer Island,” he says. “Give me a chance to get to know you.” Soon Kate is floundering in a world of new: new address, new car, new high school and, of course, new father. Not to mention Zack, her intriguing new neighbor, who makes her want to abandon her steadfast rule of never allowing anyone to get too close. But when she discovers someone is trying to kill her, life for Kate gets a bit more complicated. And a lot less normal
.

BOOK LINKS




PRAISE FOR KATE TRIUMPH

This book had me rapt from page one and I, quite literally, did not put it down for four straight hours until I was finished reading it. - Emily Liebert, 5 Star Review

This. Book. Was. Awesome. Writing this review, reliving the book, makes me want to go back and read it again, like right now. - Grace, 5 Star Review

Suspense, action, superhero powers, romance, great family dynamics and fabulous, quote-worthy lines make this a surprising and thoroughly entertaining read. - Madison, 4 Star Review


My Review

Kate's life is all but normal. Always being moved around, she was never able to make friends. You see, Kate has a secret, and because of that secret, there are times that they have to move quickly.

Kate is fast, and the star of the track team...Beating records even though she has to restrain from her full potential.  She has the respect of many, however there are others that are envious of her athletic ability. Kate takes the bullying in stride.  When something horrific happens, Kate's life is changed, she learns more about her past, and the action really begins.

I. Loved. This. Book

Once I started, I couldn't put it down.  It is one of those stories that you crave to learn more about the characters, love their personalities, and REALLY want the ending to go as you wish.  It has tons of action, complete surprises, romance...it has it all for a great read.  I loved that Kate was a strong character and didn't seemed fazed by what was thrown at her.  She went through a lot, however she ended up with a strong support system that she never knew existed.

This story really stayed with me after I finished.  Little things around me reminded me of it and you know, to me that makes for a great read....when it sticks with out long after it's over.  Sometimes I get sad when this kind of book ends!

The ending, WOW...completely unexpected.  I was thrilled how it ended.  I was wondering how the "second" story was going to weave its way through.  Intrigued?  You should be...this book is amazing !





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it's her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.

GIVEAWAY

1 Winner will get a $20.00 Amazon Gift CVard + A Signed Paperback of Kate Triumph!
Must be 13 + To Enter. Open to US only.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Cleaning Blog HOP


Thanks again to I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Bookhounds for putting on this hop!

It is TIME for the Spring Cleaning Blog Hop!!

What FUN!

I will have a box of books to giveaway....right off my shelf, or in other words, right out of the many boxes that I have stuffed in all corners of my den because I don't have enough book shelves!  Hopefully, that will change this summer.

My Giveaway will be a mystery box of books, some finished copies, and some Arcs.  I just went to ALA Midwinter Chicago, so I have a ton of books.  Too many that I will be able to read.  This giveaway is US only.  Sorry to my international peeps, it is just way to expensive to send across the pond.


So please enter below, and then continue to hop to more giveaways!  I know I will!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, March 19, 2015

H.A.L.F. THE DEEP BENEATH by Natalie Wright Official Blog Tour: Guest Post, Review and Giveaway


Please Visit Jean Book Nerd for a complete Schedule!!





Synopsis 

H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers and has lived a sedated life hidden from humans. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.

Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement meets shore. She bides her time until graduation when she’ll say adios to the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her “don’t get involved” rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill?

The two may need to forget their rules and training and if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.


Guest Post

A Day in the Life of Writing a Novel

Stage 1: To all outward appearances, I am wasting time and avoiding the blank page.


Author Playing Her Favorite RPG Game, “Dragon Age”

I call this as my “research” phase.

Gaming is fun and a great way to procrastinate, but I also find creative inspiration while playing RPG video games. I spend time pretending to be someone else in a world that doesn’t exist.

Hmm, sounds a lot like writing a novel.

As much fun as Stage 1 is, I’m eventually tired of playing in a world someone else created and I’m ready to play in a world of my own creation.

Stage 2: Some people (i.e. my husband) think that Pinterest is another technique I employ to avoid facing the blank page.



Author’s Pinterest Page

But this is research. I look for visual inspiration for characters, their “costumes”, places that may be settings, and even weapons or technologies that may appear in the story. Most of what I pin I’ll never look at again, but some pins I refer to throughout the writing process when I need visual inspiration for a description or scene.

Stage 2 may also include reading books written by others, going to movies, reading non-fiction books and articles about all kinds of things like gene splicing, cloning, high-tech weapons, and theoretical propulsion systems for space travel. I also create a playlist that becomes the “soundtrack” for my story. It’s not only fun to find songs that match the mood of my characters or a scene, but it also helps get me in the writing zone.

During Stage 2, I take lots of notes in my Moleskine notebooks as I craft my characters. I deal with their motivations and what needs to happen for each main character before the story ends. I also spend time writing out backstory for characters and exploring what the relationships between the characters were before the story begins. I typically fill a couple of notebooks with scribbles, drawings, maps, genealogy charts, notes, and even short story vignettes before I begin the actual writing of the story.

I love my job. J

Stage 3: This is the absolute worst part of writing. It’s terrible. I hate it.




Every story begins with a blank page. It is white. The cursor blinks, a virtual chant (in a nasty little sing-song voice) “You can’t do this, you can’t do this.”

The sad truth is that Stage 3 may last for a few days.

Okay, the whole truth is that Stage 3 will last until I find a way to banish the fear demons and summon that kick-ass Viking warrior chick that resides somewhere deep inside me. She dons her armor, pulls out her broadsword and cries out “For Narnia” (or something similar), and forces my fingers to pound away on the keyboard. If it wasn’t for that badass Viking chick, I may never write a word.

Stage 4: Obeying my inner warrior, I’ve gotten to work and written thousands upon thousands of words. And I’m all like –





Image courtesy of Tumblr, gifs for the masses

The story flows and the characters become real to me. They nudge me to take a turn here, create a twist there, as they reveal their story to me. It’s fun. It’s thrilling. I’m in the process of pure creation. I’m stringing words together in a way that has never happened before in all of creation.

I am a writing god!

Stage 5: The manuscript has been sent off to the content editor. I’m in love with the story I just created, so I know that the editor will be as thrilled as I am. I wait to hear the good news.

Six weeks later, I get the email I’ve been waiting for. The marked up manuscript and editorial letter is back!

I open the document and I see red “ink”. Lots of it. The margins are filled notes and comments. Lots of them. Why, there is hardly a line that doesn’t have a comment attached to it in the margins.

My dancing, celebrating muse has given way to this:




There is another stage that involves large amounts of wadded up tissues and perhaps a glass or two of wine with a friend (or an entire pint of ice cream eaten out of the container with a spoon – repeat as needed). But I’ll leave that stage out as it’s best not to dwell on such nasty, undignified business.





  
Image courtesy of Tumblr, gifs-for-the-masses

What now?


Repeat Stages 1 through 5 until I no longer grab ice cream when the editorial comments come back. ;-)


Thank you so much for sharing your day with us Natalie!!  I am sure at times it can be frustrating, but the end result is brilliant and I am sure satisfying!!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Natalie is the author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. She lives in the high desert of Tucson, Arizona with her husband, tween daughter, and two young cats.

Natalie spends her time writing, reading, gaming, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, hanging out on social media, and meeting readers and fans at festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. She likes to walk in the desert, snorkel in warm waters, travel, and share excellent food and conversation with awesome people. Natalie supports the rights of both humans and non-humans to live a life free of suffering caused by people. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a big city high rise.







My Review

H.A.L.F.  ....Half Alien Life Form....Pretty much all I need to know to get pretty excited about this story!  The Truth is out There...yes, X-file Fan and total sci-fi geek here.  Oh how it has been a while since I have read a sci-fi book with aliens...squeeee!!  This is one to grab for sure!!

When Erika, Ian and Jack decided to skip a high school party to go out to the desert to star gaze and hang out, they never dreamed what they would come up against.  While they were fighting for their lives with a couple of goons, H.A.L.F 9 was fighting for his by trying to escape the prison that had held him for his entire life.

When the three groups meet in the desert, the real adventure begins.

H.A.L.F 9 has never been out in the human world.  However, when his and Erika's lives meet, there becomes a bond.  They both have a desire to protect each other.

So yeah, that's about all I am going to say ...  no spoilers here.  You just have to read this story to find out all the true goodness within.  This story has adventure and excitement galore.  There is a true demented character that you will love to hate.  I found it fascinating how H.A.L.F 9's powers started to emerge, and how he adjusted and learned from them.  As the story progresses, it just keeps getting better, with a twist thrown in here and there, and one heck of a cliff hanger at the end.  It is a fun read, and I am sure that all Sci-fi lovers will love this one.  This story is a fast and easy read, and the words just flowed for me.  My heart truly ached for the loneliness that just pores from H.A.L.F. 9.  Even though Erika, Ian and Jack have differences in opinion, they still stick together til the very end.  Get this book and dive right on in to take a ride that is just out of this world!









--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

1 Winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

1 Winner will receive the H.A.L.F. full Swag (Compass, Necklace, Mouse Pad, Magnets and Book Cards). Signed copy of one of the books from Natalia's First Series (Emily’s Trial Book 2).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Under the Painted Sky Blog Tour


We are todays stop on the Under A Painted Sky Blog Tour hosted by Pageturnersblog!

At this stop of the tour, we will be interviewing Stacey Lee!


Interview 1

1. Three things we should know about you.

One, I wear a lot of purple.  It’s a family thing.  My two sisters, my mom and my dad ALL WEAR PURPLE.  Two, I’m an insomniac. Three, I got a black eye last year attempting to surf.

2. Favorite line of the book.

“Dear God, my tree is on fire.”

3. What are some things you learned while researching but couldn’t fit into the book?

I love this question, as there were a lot of scenes I had to cut because they didn’t move the story forward.  Like, I learned that the pioneers would sometimes leave notes staked to the dirt for the next travelers to find.  It’s like they wanted a way to connect with their fellow human beings.  Also, at Independence Rock about halfway down the trail, travelers would carve their names into the granite, or paint them on with wagon grease.  You can still see the inscriptions today.


Independence Rock, by William Henry Jackson.


Inscriptions on Independence Rock.

One of the more sinister things I learned was that sometimes people were so eager to be on their way, they left their dead behind before they were even dead, and even dug graves for them to fall into when the time came. 

4. The cover is a beautiful sunset and then what looks to be 2 snakes, 2 rabbits and 2 Chinese dragons, is this symbolism that comes from the book?

Yes, and thank you for noticing that.  Sammy sees people through the lens of the Chinese zodiac.  She was born in the year of the snake, which she believes makes her unlucky.  Andy was born in the year of the dragon, to which Sammy attributes Andy’s intelligence and confidence.  Sammy’s love interest, West, was born in the year of the rabbit, and so he is sensitive and compassionate under all his cowboy bravado.

5. If people want to learn more about the history included in your book, what resources do you suggest?

First, visit the Trail!  Designated as one of our country’s National Trails, the Oregon Trail is under the protection of the National Park Service.  Parts of the trail are immensely hikeable and scenic.  One of the places I visited was Carson Pass, an important landmark on the California Trail in the Sierra Nevada.  The rangers there are experts on the western expansion, and love sharing their knowledge with others. 
I would also suggest reading pioneers diaries.  Many pioneers kept diaries, as what else was there to do? 
Last, if you find yourself in New York and want to learn more about the Chinese in the United States, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is a great place to spend an afternoon, with fascinating displays of Chinese history in the U.S. 
Here is a picture I took at MOCA of Chinese medicines.



I visited a stagecoach and covered wagon maker in Fiddletown, CA.


I also dined with old timers at a cowboy cookout!


Hiking Carson’s Trail, which “Argonauts,” or gold rushers, used to get to California.

About the book:

A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship. 
Out March 17th 2015
Under A Painted Sky Goodreads/Amazon/B&N


About the Author:


Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction.
For more information - staceyhlee.com

Page Turners Blog is hosting an Under the Painted Sky giveaway. Each stop will have a tour word that will give you an extra entry to win the grand prize. Our tour stop word is


Friendship