Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Alliance by Aubrie Dionne

Alliance (Book #3)
by Aubrie Dionne
Young Adult

“Saving him meant saving her colony…”

Lyra Bryan has been saving people her whole life from a chick in the ventilation pipes to her mentally ill brother when his mind drifts back to Old Earth. She meets her match when she finds a gorgeous alien man aboard the arachnid ship. Captured after a failed attempt to save his people, his spirit is broken, craving only vengeance. To save her colony, Lyra must save his body and soul.

Lyra’s lifemate, Tauren, is jealous of her obsession with the alien man and will do anything in his power to break them apart. While they travel to the arachnid’s home world to defeat the mother brain once and for all, they must set aside their differences and work as a team. But, can Tauren be trusted?


Check out the first two books in the series…





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Cover Reveal: Blood Crown by Ali Cross

Meet Ali Cross!  I have a cover reveal for her upcoming release, Blood Crown.  If you are a sci-fi fan, you will want to add this to your TBR pile!

 

 

About Ali Cross:

Ali Cross is the sensei of Novel Ninjutsu where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin’ husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, one sumo dog and four zen turtles.

Ali is the award-winning author of young and new adult fiction and moonlights as Alex Cross when she can write wild middle grade adventures set in the faraway places of her imagination.

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Interview with Brenda Cooper, Author of The Diamond Deep and Giveaway!

Please give a big welcome to Brenda Cooper! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about her Ruby’s Song series, and she brought along a copy of The Diamond Deep for one of you to win!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Brenda Cooper] Curiosity, passion, and fear drives me to write and talk about the future a lot.  Techno-geek revolutionary bike rider. Loves dogs.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Diamond Deep?

[Brenda Cooper] Imagine coming from a farm in the hinterlands somewhere that hasn’t been covered by the Internet yet into the middle of New York City.  Only in this case, you’re coming from a starship to the home that you left generations ago.  You’ve struggled to even maintain your level of technology, and without the ship’s systems, you’d be almost feudal.  But when you get home, time and the network effect have turned it into something you barely recognize. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Brenda Cooper] I’ve always been fascinated with the Eva Peron story.  I love the musical and the glittery legend parts of the story, but more importantly, I’m curious about how a girl from essentially nowhere can end up with such influence that she changes the heart of a country.  I wanted to tell that story in my own way.  Ruby is not Eva, and she lives in a very different place.  So I got to play with some of my favorite techno-social ideas and worries while writing about a dynamic woman who uses a combination of grit, courage, sexuality, and performance art to change a society.

Ruby Martin is the primary in the story, modeled a bit on Evita including some of the good and some of the bad bits.  She’s not a kick-ass feminist with three black belts who almost never makes a mistake.  I wanted to write a more complex character than that.  In The Diamond Deep, Ruby is paired with Joel North, the driven leader of his society.

I worked in beats that echo the musical and other research I did on the real Eva Peron as well, but the story is also very different.  It has very classic SF tropes and images, from robotic pirates to genemod humans.  Readers don’t need to know or care about the historical story, and anyone wanting an exact re-telling will walk away confounded.  So Ruby’s story is original, even though it has old roots.  But I think the best stories ever have old roots that run deep into us.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Ruby?

[Brenda Cooper] Determined, Innocent, Passionate

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Joel is never without.

[Brenda Cooper] Worry.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Ruby’s pocket?

[Brenda Cooper] A comb, money, keys.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What has been the most challenging part of writing this series?

[Brenda Cooper] It’s a big story – and I had to fit the big story into two books.  That meant I had to choose really carefully what to leave in and what to leave out.  I think these are faster-paced than my other books because of it, so I think it was good.  But being coherent with so few words to play with was a challenge.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Brenda Cooper] Wow.  I’m going to go with genres here instead of individual people.  I love hard science fiction because it gives me creative ways to read about the future and nice glittery ideas.  I love folk music, especially the kind of rabble rousing slightly rocky music that came out of women’s music movement, like Holly Near and the Indigo Girls.  I also like musicals – we have season tickets to musical theater here and what I love about good musicals is that they compress story down the fine emotional bits.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Brenda Cooper] Time, sleep, and a warm dog at my feet.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Brenda Cooper] Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” – the audio version where he reads it.  Listening to Neil read his own work is a bit like a good cuddle next to a roaring fire.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Brenda Cooper] I love long bicycle rides (really long – like 100 miles at a time), walking the dog, travel, time with family.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

My website is at www.brenda-cooper.com. I can be followed on Twitter @brendacooper and I’m on FaceBook.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

What if a woman as strong and as complex as Eva Perón began her life as a robot repair assistant threatened by a powerful peacekeeping force that wants to take all she has from her?

The discovery ship, Creative Fire, is on its way home from a multi-generational journey. But home is nothing like the crew expected. They have been gone for generations, and the system they return to is home to technologies and riches beyond their wildest dreams. But they are immediately oppressed and relegated to the lowest status imaginable, barely able to interact with the technologies and people of the star station where they dock, the Diamond Deep.

Ruby Martin and her partner, Joel North, must find a way to learn what they need to know and to become more than they have ever been if they are to find a way to save their people.

About the author:

Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories.  Her most recent novel is THE DIAMOND DEEP, out in October 2013 from Pyr.  It’s book two of a two-book series that started with THE CREATIVE FIRE.  She has seven novels out and numerous short stories.  Brenda is also a technology professional and a futurist, and publishes non-fiction on the environment and the future from time to time.

See her website at www.brenda-cooper.com

Brenda lives in the Pacific Northwest in a household with three people, three dogs, more than three computers, and only one TV in it. 

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Interview with Ingrid Jonach, Author of When the World Was Flat and Giveaway!

 

 

Please welcome Ingrid Jonach to the virtual offices this morning. Ingrid is here to discuss her Strange Chemistry release When the World was Flat (and we were in love), and she has giveaway for you to enter after!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Ingrid Jonach] Eek. This one is really HARD! Here I go: A positive, yet pragmatic, person who has a lot of drive and determination, but tends to be easily distracted by daydreams.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about When the World was Flat?

[Ingrid Jonach] With pleasure! When the World was Flat (and we were in love) is my debut young adult novel, which is very exciting (for me, at least!). It is also my first foray into both romance and science fiction. It is being published by the good folks at Strange Chemistry, who are based in the United Kingdom.

The story is told from the perspective of sixteen year old Lillie Hart, who is completely confused by her feelings towards the new arrival in her small town – Tom Windsor-Smith. As she starts to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at last learns the truth about their connection, she discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Ingrid Jonach] I was actually inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The first draft was supposed to be a modern adaption, so the genre was contemporary romance with no science fiction elements at all. In that sense, Tom was very much Mr. Darcy and Lillie was Elizabeth Bennet (although a lot less confident!).

I actually came up with her friends (Josephine Green and Sylvia Dartmouth) after I watched the first Sex and the City movie and was inspired by the camaraderie and competition between close female friends (there actually used to be a fourth member of the group, who was removed during revisions. She was the naysayer of the group, which is a role that ended up being taken on by Jo). I am not sure how I came up with Deb (who is one of my favorite characters). My mother is an artist, but is not flakey like Deb!

The science fiction elements were woven through during the second draft (and then developed in further revisions). These elements are long held theories of mine (without giving too much away), which seemed to work well with the storyline. As I researched the science behind the theories (particularly the work and life of Albert Einstein), I became more convinced that these theories not only belonged in the story, but took it to a whole other level.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Lillie?

[Ingrid Jonach] Loyal.

Creative.

Insecure.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Tom had a theme song, what would it be?

[Ingrid Jonach] The Scientist by Coldplay. I think it totally sums up his feelings towards Lillie.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Lillie is never without.

[Ingrid Jonach] Her camera. She is an avid photographer. And I am talking about old-fashioned darkroom photography, not Instagram!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Tom’s pocket?

[Ingrid Jonach] A cell phone. He likes to stay off the grid.

Credit cards. They leave a trail. He is more of a wads-of-cash kind of guy.

Lint. His clothes are always brand new. He hardly ever sticks around long enough to wear his whole wardrobe.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Ingrid Jonach] I grew up in a creative household. My mother and step-father were both visual artists, which meant I spent a lot of time at art exhibitions and in art galleries, as well as mixing with visual artists, musicians, actors and poets. I definitely think this cultivated my creativity. Also, my cousin is bestselling romance novelist Di Morrissey, who has been so supportive of me and my writing career.

There is a quote in the film Quills from the Abbe du Coulmier  that I adore: The writer who produces more than he reads? The sure mark of an amateur. I read voraciously, as most writers do, with my greatest influences being Jane Austen, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, John Marsden, Victor Kelleher, and more recently Lauren Child, Sonya Hartnett, Sarah Dessen and Suzanne Collins.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Ingrid Jonach] My laptop. I am no good at writing longhand anymore.

The internet. I often have about twenty tabs up while I am writing on random topics I have been researching.

Snacks. This avoids any procrastination in the form of wandering to the pantry or fridge!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on When the World was Flat?

[Ingrid Jonach] Work. I actually ended up quitting my job in order to finish the manuscript, which was probably the smartest (and most difficult) decision I have ever made in my life! I really like my day job though, so I am trying to have my cake and eat it too at the moment.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Ingrid Jonach] I would have to say The Hunger Games (Book 1). It was a few years ago now, but I remember the sheer adrenalin and utter astonishment as I read. Plus, the multitude of tears at the end of Chapter One. As soon as I had finished reading, I ran down to the bookstore to pick up the second book. I think I finished that in one sitting too!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Ingrid Jonach] Brother Knight by Victor Kelleher, which is about two brothers who journey to the twin cities to find the Sun Lord and the Night Lord. I read this in Year Six, when (I admit) I was already a reader. It really took my reading to another level though. It was my first introduction to the fantasy genre and led me to read his other books, which exposed me to even more genres, including crime, horror and science fiction.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Ingrid Jonach] Aside from reading? At the risk of sounding like a homebody (which I totally am), I am really into a number of TV series at the moment, particularly The Walking Dead and Supernatural. I am starting to get into Game of Thrones and I am making my husband watch the complete series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which is a rewatch for me)!

I used to have a lot of hobbies, but cannot list one at the moment! My time is mostly taken up by either work or writing. As a result, I have a half-knitted blanket I gave up on three years ago, a pair of tap shoes I only used for about three months, a saxophone that has not been played for at least five years and I still REALLY want to learn how to make macaroons.

Wow. I just realized who was the inspiration for Deb in When the World was Flat (and we were in love) – me!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Ingrid Jonach] I LOVE to hear from readers (particularly if they like my books, but even if not!). They can get in touch via:

Twitter: @IngridJonach

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ingridjonachauthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ingridjonach/

Website: www.ingridjonach.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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When the World was Flat (and we were in love)

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About the book:

Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.

But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.

About the author:

Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry.

Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government.

Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.

Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction.

Find out more at www.ingridjonach.com

Giveaway

Enter below for your chance to win one of two awesome prize packages as part of the Around the World in 80 Days Blog Tour for When the World was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach.

There will be two winners worldwide. Each prize package includes:

a signed copy of When the World was Flat (and we were in love)

a pair of silver plated key-shaped earrings in a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) gift box

a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) bookmark.

The competition will run until 21 October 2013 and the winners will be announced on this page and via www.ingridjonach.com

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Interview with Kimberly P. Chase, Author of The Apollo Academy

Please give special guest Kimberly P Chase a warm welcome this morning.  She’s here to chat about her new release The Apollo Academy.

[Magna Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Kimberly P. Chase] Shy. Cookie Monster. Pilot. Mother. Writer. Reader. Shoeaholic.

[Magna Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Apollo Academy?

[Kimberly P. Chase] Sure! The Apollo Academy is the first of a four book new adult science fiction series. It’s an action packed story of love, discovery, and survival. I’ve had people say it’s Top Gun meets Gattaca meets New Adult. You can watch the book trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ECvGBdJBAsg

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Kimberly P. Chase] I feel like I’ve been collecting pieces of The Apollo Academy my entire life. From nights spent looking through a telescope, Space Camp, flying lessons, to reading science fiction books. Little pieces of this story were collecting in my mind until one day I finally decided it was time to write it all down. It wasn’t until I finished writing TAA that I realized this was the book I’d been wanting to find in my own reading pile. A book about a young woman who loved to fly. One that wasn’t historical. One that was fun and sexy….The Apollo Academy stemmed from this idea. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about astronaut training that’s been done in a fun, young way.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Aurora?

[Kimberly P. Chase] Determined. Petite. Pilot.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Aurora is never without.

[Kimberly P. Chase] The airplane necklace her father gave her the day she was accepted into The Apollo Academy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things would you find in Aurora’s bedroom?

[Kimberly P. Chase] Lots of shoes! Old books. Flight gear.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Kimberly P. Chase] I find inspiration everywhere! Magazines, documentaries, music, books, art, people, movies etc.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Kimberly P. Chase] My computer, pretzel M&M’s (if I have them), and a red bull.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on The Apollo Academy?

[Kimberly P. Chase] The internet! It’s evil, I say! Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, DeviantArt, Blogs, and the list goes on. So many things to distract you!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Kimberly P. Chase] Throne of Glass by S.J. Mass. It’s a YA Fantasy that I just can’t stop thinking about!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Kimberly P. Chase] Oh, that’s a tough one. But if I had to choose, I’d go with Mars by Ben Bova. It’s the first book that really got me into science fiction.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Kimberly P. Chase] Hanging out with my family, reading, eating, flying, and watching movies.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Kimberly P. Chase] You can find me here:

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Blog

GoodReads

Thank you so much for having me!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

 

THE APOLLO ACADEMY:

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren’t for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The first in a four book new adult science fiction series, The Apollo Academy, is an action packed story of love, discovery, and survival.

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Early Praise:

"I am obsessed with this book! Suspenseful, sexy, and just a great read!" – Cora Carmack, New York Times Bestselling author of LOSING IT.
“Exquisite worldbuilding, thrilling suspense, and a sexy flight instructor! Chase’s exciting debut novel is one you don’t want to miss.” – K.A.Tucker, Author of Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie

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Available at Amazon  and Barnes & Noble

About the author:

Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she’s kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let’s not forget—kissing! When Kimberly’s not writing or reading, she’s hanging out with her husband, four-year-old son, and two dogs.

Find Kimberly here:

http://www.facebook.com/KimberlyPChase
http://kimberlypchase.blogspot.com/