Showing posts with label futuristic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label futuristic. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

"Freaking Fast" by David Pereda

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Freaking Fast
by David Pereda

Freaking Fast by David Pereda

Freaking Fast by David Pereda is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


You can also follow the review tour from 19 July to 9 August.


Description
The city is Asheville, North Carolina, and the year is 2066. As renowned mathematician Alexandra Martin travels in her self-driving car to assassinate the love of her life, she reminisces about how they met and fell in love fifty years earlier in middle school when she was a thirteen year old poor math whiz and he a wealthy teenager. Alex recounts her struggles to be admitted to the best private school in the county, her happy teenage years running track, and her close relationship with three handsome and charming boys: Xavier, the intellectual; Andrew, the golden boy; and Vitali, the suave foreigner. One by one, she visits the three boys of her youth, now successful professionals in their sixties, one of whom is her intended victim.


Excerpt
The road curves away but Andrew keeps the car on a straight line, riding on the well-manicured lawn, heading at dizzying speed toward the trees. I glance at the speedometer. We are going at 135 miles an hour already and gaining speed. We’re going to crash. My heart is beating so fast I think it’s going to break through my ribcage.
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, I’m thinking. I’m never going to carry out my plan. In a few more seconds I’m going to be dead, together with Andrew.
Fifty meters from the trees, Andrew pulls on the stick shift and, suddenly, we are flying. What? Wings have sprouted from the door panels and a tail has emerged from the rear. Andrew pulls hard on the stick, so we can clear the trees. I quickly calculate the angle of ascension as my head flattens against the back of the seat. Estimating the distance to the tree line and the height of the trees, I use the Pythagorean Theorem to gauge the hypotenuse: the angle of ascension is forty-five degrees, maybe even a tad more. That’s steep.
Are we going to make it?
We do, barely, but we do.
‘Yeah!’ Andrew yells with excitement as he steadies Kitty. ‘Was that a rush, or what?’ He glances at me and starts laughing. ‘You look pale, Alex.’
I don’t remember Andrew being this crazy. He was always a little bit on the wild side, but this is not a little; this is a lot. I gasp for air and try to recover my composure. I can’t talk just yet. We are flying at about 500 feet above the ground. The lake looks beautiful below us. I check the speed – 220 miles an hour. Kitty is slicing through the air with hardly a sound, like a gust of wind.
‘This baby has a cruising speed of 300 miles an hour,’ Andrew says, as if reading my mind. ‘And a top speed of 400. This is the latest prototype.’
My heartbeat has slowed down enough for me to speak.
‘Impressive.’
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“I found the story compelling and especially enjoyed the deep and meaningful analysis of how Alex dealt with both success and failure… the little asides relating to current events of today are both relevant and clever on the author’s part. This was an extremely easy book to read and I can definitely recommend it for not just young adults, but for all those young at heart and especially anyone who tried to follow their dreams. Freaking Fast is an excellent read.” ~ Grant Leishman for Readers Favorite
“A Creative and Intelligent Read … truly one of a kind, rich in detail. Several characters add an element of mystery and adventure. The final chapters are full of surprising twists and turns.” ~ Deborah Lloyd
Freaking Fast is a fantastic must read! The story begins in 2066 and it is no secret that Alexandra is going to kill the love of her life. The how, where and when are only revealed at the end and are mind boggling. The creative imagination is phenomenal.” ~ Myken A. Brady
“Wow ... talk about a book that can blow your mind. David Pereda meet Jules Verne meet Pythagoras meet Alfred Hitchcock! This book kept my interest from page 1 to the end. It is amazing in many ways: intelligent, imaginative and entertaining. Magnificent read and unputdownable plot... Highly recommend.” ~ Amazon Reviewer

About the Author
David Pereda is the award-winning author of nine novels, including Havana Blues and However Long the Night, as well as the Havana Series of thrillers featuring the dashing Doctor Raymond Peters and the beautiful but deadly Cuban assassin Marcela. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and speaks four languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, David had a successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, and Qatar, among others.
A member of MENSA, David earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He earned bachelor degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
He lives in artistic Asheville, North Carolina, with his youngest daughter Sophia, where he teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College. He loves sports and is an accomplished competitor in track and show-jumping equestrian events.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or B&N gift card.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

"Impervious" by Heather Letto

INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Impervious
(The Ascension Series Book 1)
by Heather Letto


Impervious is the first book in The Ascension Series by Heather Letto. It will be FREE on one surprise day during the tour (between 16 and 20 March) so be sure to check back every day! This book blitz and giveaway is brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.


Description
The residents of Impervious are the remnant, the survivors of the war of Annihilation. And though the city is chockfull of pleasures to tantalize and entertain, a beast lurks in the corners, haunting the residents with its presence. The Beast, a mysterious and terminal illness killed off most of Generations One, Two, and Three. And as Gen-Four prepares to take the stage, a provocative, yet questionable, new method to avoid an untimely death incites a cultural rage. But Fran lives counter-culture, off the grid in true rebel fashion. With a life far from opulent, she scurries through dark tunnels, searching for hot meals with Pete while ditching the holographic security team. To her, it's a healthy trade-off. Unaccountability means The Council can't steal her sliver of hope, a belief that she'll see The Epoch arrive before The Beast can pull her into its Fetid embrace.

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Excerpt
Fran spied Gillius, third in line, in front of a girl with a sleek chestnut mane. Like the others, Gillius’ left fist rested on his chest, pinky pointed upward as he gave honor to the great city of Impervious. His glassy stare screamed of the venom already snaking through his veins, soon to bring an end to his life.
A shudder shook Fran as she wondered about corporeal termination. Rumors spoke of an excruciating end where the forfeitures dropped into agonizing spasms of death during the final pageant. Fran shivered again and reminded herself that sensationalism stemmed from useless gossip which, in turn, always led to melodrama. Then again, the entire event was absurd, so why not?
She questioned whether she and Pete should even be there, gawking like a typical resident as the parade worked their way down the stairs from center stage to the outside rim of the circle. They began an official promenade moving as one unit, soundlessly, like a snake slithers through tall grasses. Right behind Gillius, the girl—what’s her name?—moved with the grace of a dancer, while glowing hair cascaded about her shoulders like the velvety train of her robe.
Chestnut Peak―that was it.
As the procession moved closer, Fran could make out their facial features with better clarity. Chestnut’s obvious youth surprised her. As far as she knew, no one under twenty-five had ever forfeited, yet this girl still had the look of a mid-lifer, like Fran.
The line swayed with rhythmic motion, and soon snaked only fifteen feet or so away from the venting where Fran and Pete hid. The eerie silence which enshrouding the promenade morphed into the sound of rushing air. A dozen pairs of slippers moved in a whisper just a few inches from Fran’s eyes. When the fourth set of feet swished into her line of vision, Fran noticed a hesitation.
“Ladies and gentlemen, would you please bow your heads as Sasha Lee Dees surrenders, and we give honor to her name.”
Sasha? Fran sucked in her breath.
The entire march halted. A deafening silence reverberated through the courts followed by horrific gurgling sounds. Then, Sasha dropped to the floor. Not more than a few feet from where Fran sat tucked into the venting, her chestnut head rolled from side to side and her eyes shone like polished black orbs.
Back when Fran still lived in the Old East Wing, Sasha had visited their pod once or twice to work with Ted on his macros. Fran remembered spying on them from her doorway, hoping to catch her brother making a move or something. She could almost hear Sasha’s easy laughter and witty remarks.
Now, however, her eyes locked onto Fran’s as if screaming for help. Her face contorted, and her body trembled. Fran felt a vibration move through her own body as her nerves quivered in sympathetic pain. Sasha’s arms and legs splayed and spasmed as her back arched and head thrashed about. A sickening, acrid odor, like a mix of poison and death, wafted from the velvety robe, and bile rose in Fran’s throat. Finally, Sasha’s eyes rolled back into her head, and her movement terminated.
A cheer erupted from the crowd who loitered on overhead balconies and platforms, and Fran clasped her hands over her mouth stifle the scream that roared through her body. All Accountable residents of legal viewing age watched the event. It was a big deal. Although some probably scrutinized from a small screen in the comfort of their living pods, too many just couldn’t resist the sick urge to watch it live.
The cheers finally died down, and when reverence returned, the swishing slippers resumed. The seven forfeitures in line behind Sasha tiptoed over the fallen body and continued the march, leaving Sasha where she dropped.

Praise for the Book
"Impervious is a unique story with a twist of dystopia and a breath of fresh air." ~ C. Collier, The Cheesey Chicken
"Heather Letto is a flawless writer, and I'm so happy to have read this. Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will simply adore Impervious. It's a gritty dystopian with a heroine that you can't help but cheer for." ~ Kristin, Pretty Little Pages
"This is my first dystopian read outside of The Hunger Games. I think this one is WAY better!." ~ April Adams, author of Shattered


Interview With the Author
Welcome, Heather Letto, author of Impervious.
Hey there! Thank you, so much, for including me on your blog today and getting the word out about the re-release of Impervious (Book 1 of The Ascension Series).
You said re-release? Tell us about the Impervious journey.
Impervious first launched last year (almost to the day … wow!), by Bookfish Books. *Waving to friends at Bookfish!* They were a great team, and I’m so grateful for the springboard they lent me last year. However, we did part company in the fall of 2014 when we realized we were heading in different directions with The Ascension Series. So, after kicking around the idea for a bit, I decided ... "What the heck ... let’s go indie!"
Indie, huh? What do you think of independent publishing?
Although indie publishing wasn’t originally on my bucket list, I can now say I’m happy to have gone down this path. The experience wasn’t as technically challenging as I feared it might be, and to be honest, learning to manage the "guts" of the biz has given me extra nugget of satisfaction in my book. 
One thing, I must admit, however ... sailing the immense Literature Ocean in a tiny self-made boat is a bit daunting (and lonely?). Therefore my advice to anyone seeking this path would be surround yourself with professionals and pick their brains ... a lot!
Be honest … is there any Heather Letto in your main character?
Sighhhhh. Yes. Fran is snark. And being that I’m all grown up, I probably should have surpassed this particular quirk. However, I must admit, snarkdom is in my bones. I want to be nice, really I do ...
But in all seriousness, Fran’s journey of discovery from Impervious to the Open Air was very similar to my own Christian journey. Whether you call Impervious an allegory (like Narnia) or perhaps my testimony, both Fran and I have walked (or crawled?) a similar path.
What’s next?
Well, God-willing, the sequel to Impervious (Implanted - Book 2 in The Ascension Series) will be on the shelves 1 June (just in time for that poolside read). I’m hoping to have the final book in the series available for a spring 2016 release.
Last but not least, we need some dirt on you … Give us something weird!
Okay, weird or not, I’ll let you decide, but here’s a secret: my husband and I have run away from home! Seriously. Last year, we packed up our house (well, more like gave away half our belongings and stored the other half), and became full time RV’ers! Therefore, we live in a constant state of flux (and we love it!!). We call ourselves Gypsy Nerds (he programs software, I write books ... total nerds!). (If you care to follow along in our travels, feel free at www.lettotravels.wordpress.com.)
So there you have it! Thanks for stopping by today, Heather. Good luck in your travels.

From the Author
I’m a book-writing, selfie-taking, latte-drinking, social media gal. I’m living a good life on the road as a full-fledged Bedouin (well, except, my tent is actually a fully-equipped RV). Me and my partner-in-crime (Benj) tend to hunker down wherever the skies are clear and the temps stay in the 70’s. We call ourselves Gypsy Nerds because we aimlessly wander the US with glasses perched upon our noses and faces jammed into computer screens (for the first half the day ... the second half of the day is typically devoted to playing because we’re also somewhat immature).
Like most authors, the characters I create are my extended family. And like most readers, when the story ends, I get a little sad. In real life, I have two handsome, hardworking, grown-up boys who know how to make their Mama proud! *Waves to Joey and Mike!*
The Ascension Series is my debut into the world of YA fiction.
I’m living what I love and loving what I live!

Giveaway
Enter the blitz-wide giveaway for a chance to win some great prizes (open internationally).

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"Blood Kiss (The Nephilim Warrior Series)" by K. A. Young

WARNING: This book is suitable for adults only.

INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY
NEW RELEASE
Blood Kiss
(The Nephilim Warrior Series)
by K. A. Young


K. A. Young has just released Blood Kiss, the third installment in the Nephilim Warrior Series. You can join in the fun at the official Facebook event. Be sure to download the first book in the series, Prophecy of the Female Warrior, which is currently FREE. You can read more about the first book in my previous blog post.
Kate joins me today for an interview. She has also kindly donated some fantastic prizes for our giveaway, so make sure you show her your appreciation by entering below.

Description
Julie manages her life the best way she knows how, by waking up every day and putting one foot in front of the other, along with a little help from modern medicine. Most days she holds things together pretty well; as the mother of twin toddlers and a wife to a husband she can barely stand she still manages to keep up appearances and paste a smile onto her face. Until dreams of a sexy vampire plague her nights leaving her panting when she wakes.
Julie begins to struggle with her own urges though she dare not admit aloud that she now has a taste for blood. She longs to indulge her desire by taking the vein of the vampire that makes her quake with need. How much longer can she keep the creature inside of her at bay? Only time will tell if Julie is strong enough to resist her darkest desire or if she even wants to try

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Excerpt
“I’m dreaming again, aren’t I? This isn’t real. You aren’t real, I made you up.” I began backing my way through the parking lot, glancing back to find my car. He kept coming toward me, slowly, as not to frighten me further. I stopped when my back hit against a car and I turned to insure that it was indeed my car, relieved to find that it was. When I looked back, he was inches from me.
“You are not dreaming, Julie, and I am real. You know who I am; focus on my eyes and remember.” He caressed my cheek with one finger and I shivered as all my senses came alive. His scent surrounded me as glimpses of the past filled his eyes.
We were smiling, happily walking hand in hand through a field at night. The scene changed and we were in his bed, I could feel the satin sheets against my bare skin as I rolled on top of him, mounting him, digging my nails into his chest, his head falling back, lips parting in ecstasy. His arm snaked up around my neck, pulling me down to him, taking my mouth in a passionate kiss. Our tongues intertwining wildly as I licked his left fang, then his right, filling his mouth with my blood. A blood kiss always drove him insane with lust. He flipped me over and thrust into me in an animalistic way. I was just as wild as he was. I barely recognized myself. The scene changed, I was sitting in a recliner and he was kneeling at my feet, kissing the swell of my pregnant belly.
Upon that final memory, I fainted.

Review
I was pleasantly surprised. Sometimes when book series continue on past the second book they get kind of predictable or they try to keep it interesting by adding too much craziness. That is not the case with the Nephilim Warrior series. There were some twists and turns that I was not expecting so it kept the story fresh and new while expanding on the previous characters. And can I just say - Holy cliffhanger Batman! I can't wait for the next book!!!

Interview With the Author
Hi Kate, thanks for joining me today to discuss your new book Blood Kiss.

Which writers have influenced you the most? I would say, Karen Marie Moning, Kresley Cole, and Darynda Jones.

What age group do you recommend your book for? The entire series in written for adults only, lots of steamy stuff in these books.

What sparked the idea for this book? The character Julie, I couldn’t leave her behind not knowing what was going on in the world she lives in. Her character is so beautiful and complex that her story needed to be told.

Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel? The character's story came first in this series and the case is the same for this installment.  With one of my current WIP the idea comes first and I'm eager to introduce them to you and look forward to doing so later this year.

What was the hardest part to write in this book? I suppose it was describing Julie's pain and struggles without weakening her character. There is a fine line there.

How to you hope this book affects its readers? I hope it provides a short-term escape from reality. Reading is an adventure within itself and that is what I strive to give my readers, an adventure they can't find any other place except between the pages of a book.

What a wonderful way of putting it, Kate! How long did it take you to write this book? The book took a total of eight months between rewriting and the editing phase.

What is your writing routine? My routine changes depending on inspiration and my mood. Sometimes I begin early in the morning watching the sunrise as I type. Then other times if it's a beautiful night, I write out on my solarium feeling the cool breeze and enjoying the solitude of the dark night. The only thing that never changes is there is always music playing in the background.

That sounds amazing. How did you get your book published?  Like many Indie Authors, through trial and error... I started out exclusively publishing through Amazon's KDP (a big mistake), then expanded to Smashwords who handle distributing to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Sony, and others.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer? Find a good editor before publishing. The number one mistake I made when first publishing was attempting to edit my own work. Once you've found an editor, then go for it and enjoy the ride!

What do you like to do when you're not writing? Reading, of course. And my family is a family of beach lover's, so I adore spending time with my hubby and kiddos doing what we all love, being in the water and reading on a beach. I also like to cook and bake. Creating new dishes in the kitchen is a stress reliever for me.

What does your family think of your writing? My family is a bunch of characters; my grandfather was Latin, Puerto Rican to be precise, and my grandmother is a combination of Scottish/Irish descent, both proud and headstrong heritages that created a brood of combustible and spicy personalities. I could fill encyclopedia-thick books with material from them. Actually, one of my favorite characters in this book is the Aliene character, who is the namesake of my grandmother. There's a mental picture for you. LOL. Like the character, she is a fiery red head who doesn't take sh-- (well, you know) from anyone. She would love to see the book turn into a movie so she could see who would play "her" on-screen. LOL. In all seriousness, they are incredible supportive family and I'm blessed to have them.

That's great! Did you enjoy school? I did enjoy school. I went to a private academy with a close-knit group and I still communicate with many of them to this day.

Did you like reading when you were a child? I adored reading; I read everything I could get my hands on.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I can't remember a time when I wanted to do much of anything else.

Did your childhood experiences influence your writing? Not with my current projects.

What was your favorite book as a child? The first book I remember loving was Morris Goes To School by B. Wiseman. I would check it out frequently from the school library. I recall racing ahead of the other kindergarteners to get to the book before anyone else got to it. A copy of the book is part of my children's home library today.

Who were your favorite authors as a child? Some of my favorite childhood authors were Beverly Cleary, Lucy Maud Montgomery, C. S. Lewis, and like all other girls I went through a Harlequin romance phase as a teenager.

Yes, I was one of those girls. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I do receive occasional emails and form comments from readers. The one I most recently received that thrilled me was, "It's great when a story can rage you out of your own head for a while. Your books do that for people. Thank you." Her comments made my day.

That's fantastic! What can we look forward to from you in the future? I'm working on a spin off series from the Nephilim Warrior Series based on the sorceress Elise; it should be out before October. Another WIP is a Valkyrie Series that I'm having a ball with and of course I'll be continuing the Nephilim Warrior Series.

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me today. Thanks also for the wonderful prizes you've donated for our giveaway. I wish you every success in your future endeavors.

About the Author
K. A. Young is a freelance writer and paranormal romance ebook author, who lives with her family in Southern United States. She began writing because her mind was swimming with incredible stories that were begging to be told. Her love for reading began as a small child when she realized that a good book was an instant escape to a mystical land that could be reached anytime and from anyplace.
Kate is author of the Nephilim Warrior Series, comprised of Prophecy of the Female Warrior, Destiny of the Female Warrior, and the newly-released Blood Kiss.

Giveaway
Kate has generously donated one $25 Amazon gift card and two $5 Amazon gift cards for our giveaway. Each winner will also receive a Blood Kiss bookmark. The giveaway is open internationally. Be sure to enter and show Kate your gratitude for this wonderful opportunity!
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