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!

Purchase Link

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

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15767908-when-the-world-was-flat

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.

Watch the Book Trailer!

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

ON SALE NOW!

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/

Waiting of Wednesday–Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen is finally available in digital, and it’s available now.  It has been out of print forever, and it’s  one of the best sci-fi novels I have ever read.  If you enjoy Sheri S Tepper or Octavia Butler, I think you would enjoy Cards of Grief, too.  I read this many, many years ago and I kept a copy of it, but I’m glad I can grab a digital copy now.  It’s just a lot easier for me to read eBooks than print books now, and I enjoy the reading experience better (which I never thought I would).

Original 1984 Cover:

 

Open Road Media Cover:

 

Jane Yolen’s award-winning story about an alien civilization forever changed by the incursion of human social scientists and a mysterious ancient prophecy

The year is 2132 when members of the Anthropologist’s Guild set down on the planet Henderson’s IV, or L’Lal’lor as it is known to the native population. Charged with the nonintrusive study of alien cultures, the crew discovers a society containing no love or laughter. It is, instead, centered around death—a world of aristocratic and common folk in which grieving is an art and the cornerstone of life. But the alien civilization stands on the brink of astonishing change, heralded by the discovery of Linni, the Gray Wanderer, a young woman from the countryside whose arrival has been foretold for centuries. And for Anthropologist First Class Aaron Spenser, L’Lal’lor is a place of destructive temptations, seducing him with its mysterious, sad beauty, and leading him into an unthinkable criminal act.

Told from the shifting viewpoints of characters both alien and human, and through records of local lore and transcripts of court martial proceedings, Cards of Grief is a thoughtful, lyrical, and spellbinding tale of first contact. It is a true masterwork of world building from Jane Yolen, a premier crafter of speculative fiction and fantasy.

 

Purchase Link:

What are you waiting on?

Cover Shot! Pawn by Aimee Carter

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

I think the cover for Pawn by Aimee Carter is visually interesting, and I like the grays and the blue.  What I really like, however, is how complicated and suspenseful the plot sounds.  Wonder if it will live up to my expectations?

In stores November 2013

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

Previously titled Masked.

Interview with Shaunta Grimes, Author of Viral Nation

Please welcome our special guest Shaunta Grimes!  Shaunta is the author of Viral Nation, a book that I am dying to read because protagonist Clover is autistic and because that super awesome dog on the cover.  Please check out what Shaunta has to say about her new book.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] Shaunta Grimes has done a lot of things and been a lot of places, but she always comes back to storytelling.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Viral Nation?

[Shaunta Grimes] Viral Nation is a YA science fiction story about a group of kids who accidentally start a second American Revolution. It has a time-traveling submarine, the Ponderosa Ranch, Lake Tahoe, and a casino called The Dinosaur.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] When I started writing Viral Nation, the US economy was at its worst point of the current recession, gas prices were soaring over $4 a gallon for the first time, people were losing their houses all over the place. The US was involved in two wars, people were scared about the possibility of the bird flu becoming a serious problem, the weather was doing weird things. I wanted to write a story about a collapsed society from the point of view of the young people who inherit it.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to write about a really interesting character who happened to have autism, and that I wanted to explore the experience of being the sibling of a person who has autism. I was inspired by the relationship between my two oldest kids when I was writing Clover and West.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] brilliant, awkward, freak

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

[Shaunta Grimes] The one song that I listened to over and over again while I was writing Clover’s story was “Raise Your Glass” by Pink. I love how it celebrates being different. But, I think that if Clover had a theme song all her own, it would be “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keyes.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] I had a hard time choosing between her dog, Mango, and her mother’s old red Chucks. In the end, it’s Mango. He’s an extension of her.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] Anything slimy, lipstick, a cell phone.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] Amazing stories. I read a lot. My favorite authors are Octavia Butler, Neil Gaiman, Nancy Farmer, Paolo Bacigalupi . . . I could go on and on. I also go to a lot of movies and I watch television to feed my addiction to stories. I try to read, watch movies, and even watch TV like a writer. I look for what’s working in a show, for instance, that keeps me coming back week after week. If a movie keeps me watching without even noticing that time is passing, I try to figure out what made it special.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] A notebook, a good pen, and a computer. I never revise while I’m writing a first draft, but I keep a notebook of notes for later editing.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Wreckers. What an amazing story.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] When I was in the sixth grade, I took the city bus a few blocks to my local library and checked out Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. The librarian made me prove I could read it before she let me take it home. It was my first real trip out of the children’s library. I still remember the excitement I felt when I read it. I have always been a reader, so I didn’t really need to be turned on to it. There was something special about Scarlet O’Hara, though.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] I love thrift shopping. I’m slightly addicted to finding vintage stuff.

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

[Shaunta Grimes] They can reach me at shauntagrimes@gmail.com. They can also find me at www.shauntagrimes.wordpress.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can order Viral Nation from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below

 

About the book:

After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.

Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.

When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined… and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever

Review: Paradox by A J Paquette

 

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

  Fans of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series will love this postapocalyptic adventure about a girl who must survive an alien planet in order to save the Earth.

   Ana only knows her name because of the tag she finds pinned to her jumpsuit. Waking in the featureless compartment of a rocket ship, she opens the hatch to discover that she has landed on a barren alien world. Instructions in her pocket tell her to observe and to survive, no doubt with help from the wicked-looking knives she carries on her belt. But to what purpose?

   Meeting up with three other teens–one boy seems strangely familiar–Ana treks across the inhospitable landscape, occasionally encountering odd twists of light that carry glimpses of people back on Earth.   They’re working on some sort of problem, and the situation is critical. What is the connection between Ana’s mission on this planet and the crisis back on Earth, and how is she supposed to figure out the answer when she can’t remember anything?


Review:

I was excited to dive into Paradox by AJ Paquette for a number of reasons.  First, Paquette wrote one of my favorite reads from last year, the moving Nowhere Girl.  Second, it’s a science fiction novel, and there just aren’t enough of those to go around.  And third, the premise sounded fascinating.  Was it?  Yes and no.

Ana wakes up strapped to a chair in a rocket ship.  She has no memories or recollection of her past.  She doesn’t even know what she looks like.  She only knows her name because she has a name tag pinned to her jumpsuit.  She finds a note instructing her to Experience.  Discover. Survive.  Talk about a bare-bones mission statement!  At least she’s well supplied, with a massive backpack that seems to contain her every need.  Whoever packed it must have been a boy scout.

In rapid succession, she is attacked by a monstrous, dagger-toothed worm, discovers that she wasn’t the only one on the rocket, and learns she has a limited amount of time to accomplish her goal, whatever that is.  Ana’s lack of memories and knowledge of her past made for a tense, gripping read.  It also led to a great deal of frustration on my part when it’s revealed that her companions have retained all of their memories, and that they know exactly what’s going on.  While that was crucial for her mission parameters, it’s one of my least favorite tropes in YA fiction.  It’s almost as though the other characters think the protagonist is too stupid to be trusted with the knowledge needed to know what’s going on.  Instead, our intrepid little heroine stays alive through a mixture of luck and  sheer determination, marching towards the end of the book.  I felt the same way here, and maybe it’s because the other characters make no secret that they know what’s going on, and keep insisting that they’ll fess up the details at the end of their journey.  Should they ever arrive at that destination.

Along the way, they are attacked repeatedly by that scary worm thing.  It was stalking them.  I was hoping for a guest appearance by Tremors’ star, Kevin Bacon, which would have proven beyond a doubt that all steps truly do lead to Kevin.  Ana and company are also in a race against time.  Ana awakens wearing a timer that is counting down the hours until the end of their mission.  What happens when the timer reaches 00?  Nope, we don’t know that, either, but it must be pretty awful.

I found Paradox hard to put down.  It is a runaway freight train of adventure.  Danger! Danger! Will Robinson! It’s everywhere!  The writing is tense and in the moment.  At first the third person present tense narrative turned me off, but I quickly grew accustomed to it.  It kept me engaged in the story, running frantically with Ana and Todd as they navigated the strange, deadly world they found themselves on.  I wanted to know what the heck was going on, and how Ana was going to survive, given her massive deficiencies.  And the counter was always there, steadily ticking toward…what? Doom?  Rescue?  Dinner??

There is one caution I will give, and that is that Paradox reads more like a middle grade novel than YA.  Since I enjoy reading both, I wasn’t put off by the fact that I thought this book skewed to younger readers than I had expected.

Looking for a frenzied summer read?  Paradox flies along like a summer action flick, offering tons of adventure and excitement.  There’s running!  There’s mountain climbing!  There’s a scary jaunt through a dead forest!  And did I mention – killer worms?  Yeah, it’s got those, too.  So, my verdict for Paradox by AJ Paquette is just one word – FUN.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by Rockstar Blog Tours

Spotlight and Giveaway: Paradox by A.J. Paquette

Today I’m delighted to be working with Rockstar Book Tours to bring you a giveaway and a review of Paradox by AJ Paquette.  We’ll get the party started with a giveaway – just fill out the widget to be entered!  Check back later for my review of Paradox!

 

About the Book

Ana only knows her name because of the tag she finds pinned to her jumpsuit. Waking in the featureless compartment of a rocket ship, she opens the hatch to discover that she has landed on a barren alien world. Instructions in her pocket tell her to observe and to survive, no doubt with help from the wicked-looking knives she carries on her belt. But to what purpose?

Meeting up with three other teens–one boy seems strangely familiar–Ana treks across the inhospitable landscape, occasionally encountering odd twists of light that carry glimpses of people back on Earth. They’re working on some sort of problem, and the situation is critical. What is the connection between Ana’s mission on this planet and the crisis back on Earth, and how is she supposed to figure out the answer when she can’t remember anything?

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15927558-paradox

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Paradox-A-J-Paquette/dp/037586962X/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paradox-ammi-joan-paquette/1110207688?ean=9780375869624

About the Author

A.J. Paquette has been writing stories since early childhood. She and her sister would spend hours creating masterpieces of stapled paper and handwritten words, complete with pen-and-ink covers and boxed illustrations.

The road to publication was long and winding, peppered with many small successes including: a variety of national magazine publications, being a 2005 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award honoree, and receiving the 2008 SCBWI’s Susan Landers Glass Scholarship Award, for the book that would later become Nowhere Girl. Her first picture book, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, was published in 2009.

She now lives with her husband and two daughters in the Boston area, where she continues to write books for children and young adults. She is also an agent with the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

WEBSITE | TWITTER

Website: http://www.ajpaquette.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanpaq

Giveaway details:

An ARC of PARADOX to THREE winners. (US/Canada).

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Giveaway is US/Canada.

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Please be sure to check out the other stops on the Paradox blog tour!

http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/2013/05/tour-schedule-paradox-by-aj-paquette.html

Week One

June 17th – Parajunkee – Guest Post

June 18th – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Interview

June 18th – In Bed With Books – Review

June 19th – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post

June 20th – A Dream Within A Dream – Review

June 20th – Escaping… One Book at a Time – Guest Post

June 21st – Coffee, Books and Me – Interview

Week Two

June 24th – Word Spelunking – Review

June 25th – Emilie’s Book World – Guest Post

June 25th – Confessions of a Readaholic – Review

June 26th – Nick’s Book Blog – Interview

June 26th – Magna Maniac Cafe – Review

June 27th – A Book and a Latte – Guest Post

June 28th – I Am A Reader Not A Writer – Guest Post

Win Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 Edited by Catherine Asaro!

Thanks to the super awesome peeps at Prometheus Books, I have a copy of Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 to give to one of you!  Here’s more info about the book:

Nebula Awards Showcase 2013

Edited by Catherine Asaro

The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories in the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of
America®. The editor selected by SFWAs anthology committee (chaired by Mike Resnick) is two-time Nebula winner, Catherine Asaro.

This years volume includes stories and excerpts by Connie Willis, Jo Walton, Kij Johnson, Geoff Ryman, John Clute, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Ferrett Steinmetz, Ken Liu, Nancy Fulda, Delia Sherman, Amal El-Mohtar, C. S. E. Cooney, David Goldman, Katherine Sparrow, E. Lily Yu, and Brad R. Torgersen.

Editor Catherine Asaro is a two-time Nebula Award winner and bestselling novelist of more than twenty-five books, as well as a dancer, teacher, and musician. She is a multiple winner of the Readers Choice Award from Analog magazine and a three-time recipient of the RT BOOKClub Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Her soundtrack Diamond Star, for her novel of the same name, is performed with the rock band Point Valid. She is a theoretical physicist with a PhD from Harvard and teaches part-time at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Visit her at www.facebook.com/Catherine.Asaro.

390 pages • ISBN 978-1-61614-783-9 • Paperback: US $18.00 / $19.00 Canada • May 14, 2013

Ebook ISBN 978-1-61614-784-6

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