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Monday, October 7, 2019

Know You By Heart by Laurie Winter

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Know You by Heart by Laurie Winter. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 7 till 13 October. See the tour schedule here.



Know You By HeartKnow You by Heart (Warrior of the Heart #5)

By Laurie Winter

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 7 October, 2019



Blurb:

After a bomb blast ended her career with the military, Alice Liddell arrives at a veterans' retreat in hopes of healing. The last person she expects to stumble upon is pro-football quarterback Micah Palmer. Even more surprising, she forms a friendship with this fellow lost soul.



Since his injury a year ago, Micah Palmer has struggled with addiction and recovery. He agrees to volunteer at the veterans' retreat for good PR but after meeting Alice, his attention shifts from his own needs to helping her. When he begins training with Alice for the approaching football season, he discovers the challenge benefits them both.



While Micah works to break down her defenses, Alice is determined never to lose her heart. But the charming football star might be the one man strong enough to ensure she no longer has to take on life alone.




You can find Know You by Heart on Goodreads



You can buy Know You by Heart here:

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Other books in the series:

Home FieldTrue HorizonAfter AllWinner Takes All




Laurie WinterAbout the Author:

Laurie Winter’s head has always been full of stories. Then a dream gave her the inspiration to put her thoughts into written words, sharing a part of her heart and soul. Now, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with regular running. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she's likely fueling up on wine and cheese curds.



Follow Laurie as she lives out her dreams at lauriewinter.com.



You can find and contact Laurie here:

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- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Amazon

- Instagram



Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Know You by Heart. One lucky winner will win a prize pack including:

A $25 Visa gift card

A Cup of Sunshine mug

4 Berres Brothers flavored coffee packets

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Kingdom: Tiber City Blues by Anderson O'Donnell

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Kingdom: Tiber City Blues by Anderson O'Donnell. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 16 September till 6 October. See the tour schedule here.



Kingdom Tiber City BluesKingdom: Tiber City Blues

By Anderson O'Donnell

Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi

Age category: Adult

Release Date: February 2019



Blurb:

In a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, a covert bioengineering project—codename "Exodus"—has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul.



Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation's collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries.



In a glittering tower high above the urban decay, an ascendant U.S. Senator is found dead--an apparent, yet inexplicable, suicide.



And in the streets below, a young couple races through an ultra-modern metropolis on the verge of a violent revolution....closing in on the terrible truth behind Exodus--and one man's dark vision for the future of mankind.




You can find Kingdom: Tiber City Blues on Goodreads



You can buy Kingdom: Tiber City Blues here on Amazon



What reviewers are saying:

"A taut, brilliantly conceived thriller with impeccable pacing bursting with ideas...For fans of noir-laden science fiction in the vein of Philip K. Dick that is in equal measures suspenseful, gripping, darkly funny and philosophically challenging." (starred review and named a Top Indie Book of the Year) - Kirkus Reviews



"There simply aren't enough stars to communicate the impressiveness of O'Donnell's work here. He has taken religion, science, politics, theory and philosophy and blended them all together to create what is easily one of the most important books to come out this year." - Pavarti K. Tyler, Fighting Monkey Press



Kingdom is a thrill-a-minute, bio-punk myth that manages to wrestle with the most pressing issues of the new millennium. O'Donnell has crafted a kickass novel of tomorrow night, when the big party gets raided by the monsters we've been building for the last half-century. Hip and hellish, wild and weird, Tiber City is the dystopian megalopolis into which we will all soon move--whether we know it or not. - Jack O’Connell, Author of Word Made Flesh and Box Nine

Excerpt:
Tiber City
Now
The rain started an hour or so after the sun sank below the horizon. It continued for most of the night, pelting the city with a warm, gritty rain that smelled like hot dogs and medicine. A few of the billboards flashed warnings, and several of the community action drones bleated pre-recorded pollution alerts as they circled the city. It was the same message over and over, advising that atmospheric alterations may be—may be—responsible for elevated levels of toxicity and that citizens may want to seek shelter. 
Meghan had been back in the city less than a week and she was already sick of the endless warnings, public service announcements, and targeted advertising pulsing from the thousands of video screens that tattooed all the empty space in the city. Buildings, cars, statutes, benches, the sandwich boards of doom prophets—everything was fair game, including the fucking sky, which came with really low cost-per-square-inch projections, and outstanding consumer visibility. Meghan hated it all. She had developed a particular loathing for the community action drones, which, she knew, were capable of alternating any number of differently phrased warnings but instead the AI chose to repeat the same few sentences over and over as they looped around the city until the announcements blurred into a singular noise bent on hammering the city into submission. Tiber wasn’t just loud—it was so oppressive that outside thought or private external communication was almost impossible.
That night, the rain cast the entire city into slow motion; the streets a sea of brake lights and flashing police sirens. There was spillover from the subway; service had been disrupted after a young woman had blown her brains out all over one of the shiny new D-line trains, the sirens from the response teams howling in concert—city police, fire, ambulance, hazmat, terrorism, transit police, and for some reason, various representatives of Tiber’s private security forces. Closed Circuit television footage of the suicide was being broadcast on the city’s massive digitalized billboards reserved for the ‘news,’ presented in ultra-high definition by the Shinto-Blackpool corporation, details of the incident streaming across the bottom of the screen. A police spokeswoman would address the media shortly. 
Pressing her way forward through the chaos, Meghan jumped from taxi to taxi, switching cars whenever the traffic in her lane froze, moving from car to car, a few blocks at a time. Each time she slid into a new taxi, the drivers just stared at her through their rearview mirror—it was better to have a rider than none, even if only for a few blocks. She would light a cigarette and stare right back. All around her, the city was brake lights and flickering advertisements. It was on nights like these that Meghan hated Tiber and its endless blocks of skyscrapers and nightclubs and lifestyle centers. Don’t like your current life? Just swipe your card and sign here, and here, and here—that was the promise offered by the multitude of screens looming on either side of the avenue. No returns though, thought Meghan, as her taxi drifted past yet another massive glass-front gym packed with grim-faced, solitary thirty-somethings. A decent looking guy on one of the elliptical machines noticed her through the windows and offered what Meghan assumed was his best sexy smile, his back snapping straight, his stride suddenly more confident. Smiling back, Meghan raised a middle finger in his general direction. 
Figuring out where Dylan had been was the easy part; finding people was one of Finn’s specialties. Getting to him before someone else did—that was going to be the trick. Finn warned her to stay away; told her Dylan was in bad shape, and getting worse. But she needed to know what he knew—what the information she stole from her father meant, and how it related to what she saw in the desert. And, there was something else—a deeper motivation she wasn’t willing to accept or admit but it was there, driving her into the Tiber City night.
By the time she reached the End of the World party, the celebration was in its death throes—revelers scattering in ones and twos, languid beats slouching through open doors and into the rain-soaked alleyways, slow but relentless. Meghan slipped through the half-shadows and flicking neon toward the warehouse where she could see the bullet-proof glass on the 24-hour opioid dispensaries vibrating from the bass. This reminded her: Junkie business in the Jungle district is bad news all around
When Meghan found Dylan—exactly where Finn had told her he would be—he was face down in a back alley behind a warehouse, the outline of his body visible in the glow thrown off by a digitalized advertisement—Jack Heffernan, Progress Party candidate for President—stretched across the face of a skyscraper, blanketing this and the adjacent dozen or so blocks in a cold artificial light. There were razor-sharp gashes cleaved into the city’s surface and as she picked up her pace toward the body, Meghan imagined the earth’s crust recoiling from the steel, light, and noise, retreating back toward the darkness at its core. The Heffernan ad flashed the nation’s flag for several seconds, bathing the alley in a pale red hue. A drone was hovering a few feet above Dylan’s crumbled form. 






Anderson O'DonnellAbout the Author:

Obsessed with dystopian fiction and the Clash, Anderson resides with his wife and three children in Collinsville, CT.



You can find and contact Anderson O'Donnell here:

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- Amazon



Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Kingdom: Tiber City Blues. One winner will win a prize pack (open international) containing the following items: a signed copy of Kingdom Tiber City Blues, a poster of the cover Kingdom Tiber City Blues, a bottle of whiskey and a copy of The Clash’s “London Calling”.



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Monday, September 9, 2019

Merlin’s Shakespeare series by Carol Anne Douglas

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This is my stop during the blog tour for the Merlin’s Shakespeare series by Carol Anne Douglas. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 3 till 16 September. See the tour schedule here.



Merlin’s ShakespeareMerlin’s Shakespeare (Merlin’s Shakespeare #1)

By Carol Anne Douglas

Genre: Fantasy/ Time Travel

Age category: Young Adult



Blurb:

Beth loves Shakespeare's plays, but does she want risk her life for them?



The immortal wizard Merlin transports high school actor Beth Owens to Shakespeare's London and the worlds of Shakespeare's characters in search of a missing play about King Arthur. Mercutio guides her and flirts with her, but Richard III threatens her sanity, her friends' lives, and the integrity of Shakespeare's plays.




You can find Merlin’s Shakespeare on Goodreads



You can buy Merlin’s Shakespeare here:

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Excerpt:
Beth regretted that Adam had a girlfriend, even though she knew that at fifteen she was too young for him.
Ms. Capulet stood in the middle of the fi eld and called out, “Dream time!” She sounded just as excited as Beth felt.
“It’s time to start our first read-through of the play,” said the drama teacher. With long gray hair and a tie-dye shirt, she looked like an old hippie. “You’ve all taken my classes before, so I’m not going to give an introductory talk about acting in Shakespearean plays. You can sit on the ground when you aren’t in a scene, but I’d like you to stand when you are.”
Beth trembled with excitement as the first read-through began. Even though she had played Puck in grade school and middle school, playing the part again gave her goosebumps. It didn’t matter that this stage was a glorified lawn.
The time came for Bottom to lose his donkey’s ears. Beth said the words, but the donkey’s ears remained.
“Take off the donkey’s ears, Adam,” Beth whispered.
“I can’t!” he cried out so loudly that the whole cast heard him.
“They won’t come off! They really are donkey’s ears! Oh, no!” He shook his head as if he could shake off the ears.
Some of the other actors laughed and applauded him.
Tiffany grabbed the ears and tried to pull them off . “This is a rotten joke,” she complained.
“Ouch!” Adam exclaimed, pushing her hand away. “The darned things are real.” His voice sounded like he was almost in tears. “What’s happening to me?”
“It’s not a joke!” Tiffany gasped. “They won’t come off ! They’re real ears! I see wax in them!”
The girls playing Moth and Mustardseed screamed.
“Tiff any’s not that good at acting. It has to be true,” the actor who played Oberon said. “What’s going on here?”
Beth could smell that some animal was present. It must be a donkey, or part of one.
Most of the cast members backed away from Adam.
Beth fought back tears. Had she harmed this nice guy?
“Be calm,” Ms. Capulet ordered. “Everyone be calm.”
“Somebody help me,” Adam pleaded, rubbing his ears as if he could change them. “Please help me.” His voice shook. “This is too crazy.”
Tiff any pointed at Beth. “It’s your fault. You changed his ears. You’re a witch, not an actor.”
“Um, not as far as I know.” Beth trembled. She wanted to run away and hide. “Ears, be healed. Return to normal,” she commanded, just in case she did have magical powers, because she hadn’t intended to give Adam donkey’s ears. She liked him—which was more than she could say for Tiffany. Beth rubbed his ears in case that would help. They felt furry, and they didn’t change.
Adam groaned. “I’m supposed to play Romeo next month. How can I play Romeo with donkey’s ears! Hee haw. Oh no, I didn’t mean to say that! Hee haw! Help!” His voice broke.
Adam’s braying was so loud that it hurt Beth’s ears. She wanted to back off, but that seemed mean.
“You’ll have to play Bottom for the rest of your life,” Tiffany said, looking at him as if he smelled like a donkey’s turds. “And Beth will always have to play Puck—but only with you, because no one else will want to act with her.”
“You should have donkey’s ears, too!” Beth exclaimed, and Tiffany’s head sprouted donkey’s ears.
Tiffany shrieked. “You monster! Give me back my normal ears this minute, or I’ll sue you. Hee haw. I hate you.”
Beth couldn’t help laughing. She felt sorry for Adam, but not for Tiffany. Then she choked on her laughter. What had she done? How did she do that?
Everyone stared at Beth.
“You deliberately did that to Tiffany!” The girl who played Moth pointed at Beth. “Tiffany was right. You are a wicked witch.”









The Mercutio ProblemThe Mercutio Problem (Merlin’s Shakespeare #2)

By Carol Anne Douglas

Genre: Fantasy/ Time Travel

Age category: Young Adult



Blurb:

High school actor Beth Owens faces a new challenge: She needs to bring a Shakespearean character she loves back from the dead. But she has to become a man and risk her life to do it. Richard III still menaces her.




You can find The Mercutio Problem on Goodreads



You can buy The Mercutio Problem here:

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Carol Anne DouglasAbout the Author:

Carol Anne Douglas has loved Shakespeare since she watched A Midsummer Night's Dream when she was a child. She identifies with the character Nick Bottom because she wants to play every part, which only a writer can do. She is an avid reader of Arthurian and Shakespearean literature. Her previous fantasy novels, Lancelot: Her Story and Lancelot and Guinevere, feature Lancelot as a woman in disguise. When Douglas isn't reading or writing, she spends as much time as she can in the national parks, hiking and watching wildlife. She lives in Washington, D.C.



You can find and contact Carol Anne Douglas here:

- Website

- Goodreads

- Amazon

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Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Merlin’s Shakespeare. These are the prizes you can win:

- One set of paperback copies of both Merlin’s Shakespeare and The Mercutio Problem (US Only)

- Two winners will each win a set of e-copies of both Merlin’s Shakespeare and The Mercutio Problem (International)



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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Total Blueprint for World Domination by Jolene Stockman

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Total Blueprint for World Domination by Jolene Stockman. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14 August. See the tour schedule here.



Total Blueprint for World DominationTotal Blueprint for World Domination – Illustrated

By Jolene Stockman

Genre: Non-fiction/ Motivational/ Illustrated

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: 1 August 2019



Blurb:

Total Blueprint for World Domination is a motivational non-fiction book for young adults. Design your dream world and make it happen! Bursting with full-color superheroes, boosted with online learning, the new edition of Total Blueprint for World Domination - illustrated takes you from this very second to your greatest dreams. So, are you ready?




You can find Total Blueprint for World Domination on Goodreads



You can buy Total Blueprint for World Domination here on Amazon



Sign-up for a free course by Jolene Stcokman here.

Excerpt:









Illustrations

Total Blueprint for World Domination contains illustrations, check out one of the illustrations here:

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Jolene StockmanAbout the Author:

Jolene Stockman is a multi-award winning author, speaker, and business owner. She is also tangata whaitakiwātanga; an autistic person. Since her adult diagnosis, she has gone public with her experience - its challenges and superpowers as a TEDx Talk. Her books let you uncover your superpowers to design (and dominate!) your dream world.



You can find and contact Jolene here:

- Website

- Blog

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- Twitter

- Instagram

- LinkedIn

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- Amazon



Thursday, June 27, 2019

Einstein's Compass by Grace Allison Blair

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Einstein's Compass by Grace Blair. Read on for more information about the book and a giveaway with 13 prizes! This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 24 till 30 June. See the tour schedule here.



Einstein's Compass coverEinstein's Compass

By Grace Blair

Genre: Time Travel Adventure/ Historical Fiction/ Science Fiction

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: January 1, 2019



Blurb:

What if young Albert Einstein had a magical compass that inspired his theories of relativity?



In Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure, a young Albert is given a supernatural compass that allows him to travel through time and space, and find wisdom in other dimensions, including the lost city of Atlantis. But evil forces seek the power of the compass, including a monstrous, shape-shifting dragon from a different age. Can the compass protect Albert from such villainy?

Excerpt:
Excerpt #1 Treasure Hunt:
Johann perked up.  “Hey, did you bring your compass?”
Albert brightened at the question. “Of course, I have my compass. Why?”
“The monks at the brewery have their annual treasure hunt tomorrow. Guys, our age will be competing, and I signed us up. There’ll be a lunch buffet afterward, too,” he added, never one to pass up a good meal. “I bet your compass will give us an edge!”
“Could be,” Albert said thoughtfully. “A treasure hunt, eh? Interesting.”
* * *
A crowd gathered on the east side of the Ammer Lake Holy Mountain. The early morning sun broke over the summit. Five Benedictine Monks passed out papers with instructions to the hunters. The scavenger hunt would begin at nine a.m.
The dark-haired, blue-eyed, thirtyish monk, Dr. Peter Collins, stood on a step stool in his brown monk’s habit. Looking out over the crowd, he cleared his throat, and in a loud, enthusiastic voice shouted, “Good morning everyone! Welcome to our annual scavenger hunt commemorating the feast day of Mary Magdalene. Today you will be seeking replicas of ancient relics in our Monastery, one of which is that of the venerable saint herself.”
Johann surveyed the crowd from the middle of the pack and guessed there were about thirty or so; 15 teams of two boys each, like him and Albert. Albert held the piece of paper they’d been given when they registered.
Johann noticed that the bully, Werner von Wiesel, was at the center of a group of his toadies—boys who sucked up to him because his father, a retired Prussian Army colonel, was considered an “important citizen” of Munich. From Johann’s perspective, Werner was just a spoiled rich kid. But for some reason, he seemed to have it in for Albert. He rarely passed up an opportunity to give Albert a hard time.
As Johann reflected on Werner, the brother continued. “Each team has an instruction sheet with a map of the area. At the bottom of the map, you will see that there is a list of map coordinates and clues that relate to some of the monastery’s the relics.” Then he looked up with a mischievous smirk. “However, to make things interesting, not all coordinates or clues apply to the relics we have placed out for this hunt.”
“How many relics are there, Brother Peter?” Werner wanted to know.
“The monk’s smirk broadened into a grin. “Well, if we told you that, Werner, it would take away some of the fun.” The boys groaned.
“When you find a relic, we want you to write what that relic is next to the clue that hints at it. Do not touch or remove what you find. We want everyone to have a chance to complete the hunt.”
The monk looked down and consulted his notes, then continued his spiel. “When you have located all the relics you can find and noted their locations on your map, bring your entry form to the dining hall. One of our brothers will take it and record the time.”
The abbot  looking very serious said, “Since I’m sure you will have built up quite an appetite on your quest, your team will then proceed to the dining room for a hearty lunch.” He smiled and nodded, allowing the resulting cheer to dissipate.
“The winner will be based on the number of relics you find, the accuracy of your notes on the relics you have identified, and the speed with which you found them.”
“What will I be winning this year, Brother Peter?” Werner haughtily called out.
The monk waited for the catcalls and jeering to stop, then said, “We’re not revealing the prize in advance, Werner, so you’ll just have to wait to find out.”
After the predictable grumbling, the monk asked, “Okay, any questions?”
“Enough talking! Let’s get started!” Werner hollered impatiently. The monk held up his hands and frowned at Werner. “Hold your horses, Werner. We want to make sure everyone knows what they need to know.
Werner scowled and glared, looking threateningly around the room. Many of the boys cringed at Werner’s anger, and no one dared ask a question.
The monk waited, then, hearing no questions, nodded, “Okay then. Gentlemen, you may begin!”
Most of the boys rushed off on the hunt. Werner managed to bump into Albert as he rushed by, nearly knocking him over. “Oops, sorry Einstein,” he sneered insincerely as Albert regained his balance.
Though they were as eager as the rest of the boys to start their search, instead of rushing off aimlessly, Albert and Johann trotted over to the green lawn next to the Monastery’s central walkway and sat down. Albert wanted to approach the hunt rationally. He laid the map on the grass and took out his precious compass.
“What are you going to do with the compass, Albert?” Johann wanted to know.
“I’m not sure, but I felt like it might help us focus on the clues and where we want to go,” he replied as Johann settled himself next to him, watching with interest.  
Albert opened the top of the gem-encrusted compass and set it on the map as he considered the layout. The morning rays were reflecting on the device’s face. Looking at the map and then the topography of the surroundings, Albert tried to determine where they needed to go. He pointed to the map and said, “The first set of coordinates is 47.58 North 11.118 East, but it’s not clear exactly where that is.”
As Albert spoke the coordinates, a beam of violet light suddenly shot out of the compass extending to a point on the map. Both boys gasped in shock. They could not believe what they saw.
Johann gulped and whispered, “What was that?!”
Albert could only stare as the light disappeared. Then he closed his eyes and rubbed his temples as if he was trying to ease an ache. “I have no idea. It’s scientifically not possible.”








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You can watch the book trailer for Einstein’s Compass on Youtube







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Einstein’s Compass was a finalist for the 13th annual NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS. See all the finalists here.



Einstein’s Compass is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Young Adult category of the 2019 International Book Awards. See all finalists.



What reviewers have to say about Einstein’s Compass:

"Under Grace Blair and Laren Bright's hands, Einstein's Compass is more than just another time travel story, but one of soul searching, enlightenment, and classic struggles between good and evil. During this journey, young Albert embraces the threat of death and world-changing perspectives. Indeed, Albert will change the world, one day. But the roots of his knowledge and endeavors take a different turn in a riveting fantasy about soul-searching and growth which will keep young adult readers engrossed to the end." ~Midwest Book Reviews Diane Donovan, Senior Editor



"I was impressed with how the authors managed to incorporate the known information on the lost continent of Atlantis, Light Workers, souls, reincarnation, time travel and the early years of Albert Einstein before he became famous, into a mesmerizing work of fiction readers will have difficulty putting down." Doug Simpson, Author of "We Lived In Atlantis"



"I recommend Einstein's Compass as historical fan-fiction, the magic, and fantasy built on top of the factual world of Albert Einstein. Although it is intended for a Young Adult audience, it is well suited to adults who enjoy fictionalized history with a wide-ranging epic theme and a Harry Potter-esque plot. Jacqui Murray, Author of Ask a Tech Teacher



"The extended combination of history and magic was an unexpected mix, which pulled me in from the beginning, captivating me all the way to the surprising ending. This novel takes you from the early childhood of Einstein, which includes an illness that may have contributed to his perspective on the world around him as he grew older. It is refreshing to find a combination of history, religion, and folklore told in such a compelling manner with just the right amounts of magic and suspense. Rox Burkey, Author of The Enigma Series



Albert Einstein was fascinated with time and space from an early age, but what inspired him? Receiving a magical compass from his father, Albert sets off on a journey to learn more than math and science offered to understand even time and space. Unfortunately, an ancient evil from the days of Atlantis also seeks his compass and will stop at nothing to have it. Can the Agents of Light protect Albert from the shape-shifting dragon and help him achieve his destiny, or will he fall prey to the dangers of his day and lose the powerful device before he completes his mission? The combination of science with the supernatural is a winner, and the good vs. evil fight is interesting, making this a good book for YA readers. InD'Tale Magazine, Sarah E Bradley



Einstein's Compass exhibits a solid writing style and dutifully hits Einstein's developmental and educational milestones while weaving in an imaginative backstory and unique antagonists' perspectives. The what if of Albert Einstein developing his landmark scientific theories through the aid of spiritualism and time travel, all the while battling an immortal dragon-person from Atlantis, is certainly a unique concept. Booklife Magazine a division of Publisher's Weekly



Grace BlairAbout the Author:

Grace Allison Blair is an award-winning self-help and motivational author, and podcast host, who has assisted thousands to find their spiritual wisdom to solve everyday challenges.



Throughout her adult life, Grace became a serious student of the spiritual. She found that, often, psychological principles and practices were incomplete, but could be filled out by adding the missing spiritual component. Her approach was always to see practical applications for what she uncovered in the mystical. It was through immersing herself in this field of study and experience that she came up with her idea for her book, Einstein’s Compass.



Grace is a successful award-winning author, modern mystic, wellness consultant, business development advisor, marketing coach, and workshop facilitator. She has faced many life challenges, including a life-threatening disease, and used what she encountered as a stimulus to gain greater happiness and fulfillment.



You can find and contact Grace Blair here:

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Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Einstein’s Compass. These are the prizes you can win:

- 1 signed Einstein’s Compass hat (US Only)

- 1 compass (US Only)

- 5 e-copies of Einstein’s Compass (International)

- 5 audiobook copies of Einstein’s Compass (International)

- 1 Amazon gift card $10 (International)



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Monday, June 3, 2019

My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest

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This is my stop during the blog tour for My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 3 till 16 June. See the tour schedule here.



My Best Friend Runs VenusMy Best Friend Runs Venus

By Katrina S. Forest

Genre: Science Fiction

Age category: Middle Grade

Release Date: June 1, 2019



Blurb:

At 12.9 years old, number-obsessed Kade Walker has never heard of death. Literally. But neither has anyone else he knows. Kade is one of hundreds of kids "living" across the solar system through robotic avatars while their real bodies sleep in pods on Earth. Unfortunately, robot bodies can be hacked.



One day during an (innocent!) experiment, Kade unwittingly breaks a major security wall and releases an infamous hacker. The madwoman targets all the royal avatars, including Kade’s best friend, Princess Tamika of Venus.



If Kade and Tamika don’t want to become the hacker’s puppets, they’ve got to stop her fast--even if it means waking up on Earth to fight with bodies they never realized could be hurt.




You can find My Best Friend Runs Venus on Goodreads



You can buy My Best Friend Runs Venus here

Excerpt 1:
It wasn't the first time Kade had hacked the Venusian maintenance system, but it was one of the best. If he had to put a number on it--and there was very little he didn't put a number on--he'd give it a 9.7. He checked the cable leading from his tablet to the blocky computer box embedded in the burnt orange mountainside. Connection: serviceable.

Tamika leaned over to inspect his work. "Hey," she said. "What do you think our real bodies are like?"

Kade tightened his grip on the cable, causing a nearby rock to flicker. The dust around it swirled to match. "I... imagine you look the same, and I look like a person instead of a gargoyle," he said. "But, hey, no complaints. I hear Mercury's princess designed her social companion to be a purple unicorn."

Tamika blushed, and Kade's gaze dropped to his tablet. He knew his human body didn't look anything like his current one--no stony skin, no clawed hands. But he'd been controlling this robotic body all day every day since he was five. Telling him he had a flesh-and-blood body on Earth was like telling him he had a distant cousin on Pluto. A fun but ultimately useless fact.

He flicked his right wing, bringing an overlay of glowing text into view. Ninety-eight more seconds for the code to run. Current time: 17:03:34. He'd checked the time twenty-three seconds ago, but whenever he wasn't reading data, he felt lost. The overseeing adults called it unhealthy. Healthy people could watch a sunset without calculating its luminosity every thirty seconds.

Healthy people sounded boring.

"Kade," Tamika whispered. "Something's coming."

Kade froze and scanned the area. His sensors detected a deep clunk-clunk echoing across Venus's stone-hard surface. Low volume, maybe twenty to thirty decibels. He hoped it was only a patrol robot, but it was coming too quickly, its steps too out of sync for an AI-controlled machine.

Kade rushed through the last of his commands, and a thick metal door appeared in the center of mountainside. They had to do this fast.

Tamika examined the rocky pillars around them while Kade disconnected his tablet and gathered up his gear. The computerized robots would merely escort them home. The adults would question why they were hiding in the middle of nowhere. If he couldn't think of a good excuse--

"It can't be an adult," he muttered. "It can't be. They're already off Venus for the night."

Tamika glanced nervously over her shoulder. "Technically, I think Mr. Johnson had his curfew extended by an hour."

"Seriously?" Kade asked, almost spilling the tablet and cables. "Why didn't you bring this up earlier?"

"You just said to come meet you here! I didn't know you were plotting something!"

"I'm always plotting something!"

Tamika groaned, grabbed him by the arm, and bolted for the mountainside door. With a grunt, she yanked it open, dragging him inside with her. "Close it!" she ordered.

Kade nodded. Now that his program was healthily installed in the local hardware, getting it to do what he wanted was easy. With a few pre-programmed hand gestures, the augmented reality (or AR) he'd worked his butt off to disable came back into place. The door's color changed, looking more and more like the orange rock around it until it blended in completely. The illusion was so perfect, in fact, that even when he stroked it, he couldn't feel the door's edge. Tamika stepped up and ran her brown human-looking hand alongside his clawed gray one. The room's dim lights behind them made long, vague shadows of their arms along the wall.

Beyond the door, the footsteps picked up speed and decibel level until they came to a stop right outside Kade and Tamika's hiding place. They shuffled around a bit, no doubt in complete confusion. Then a man's voice gave a loud huff. There was a thud and a pattering of tiny pebbles against the now-invisible door before the footsteps stomped away again.

Oh, right. Kick the dirt. That's the mature thing to do. Kade threw his hands over his mouth to hold in his laughter. Like any adult could outsmart him. He'd lived his whole life through his bot. Controlling its robotic limbs, even from his sleeping body on Earth, came naturally. Reading its code was like reading a picture book.

To adults, the avatar-bots would never be their "real" bodies. Plugging in to control them would always feel foreign. They'd gotten too used to Earth life.

In other words, they were invaders in Kade's territory. And no matter how much they tried to keep him and Tamika in line, they were always going to lose.







Artwork

This book includes some artwork, check out a few of the illustrations that are included in the book below:



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About the Author:

Katrina S. Forest is a teacher by day, author by any-other-time-she-can-get. Her work has sold to a variety of magazines, ranging from Flash Fiction Online to Highlights to Children. She loves nerdy conventions and believes video games can be a force of creative good instead of evil.



You can find and contact Katrina S. Forest here:

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- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Amazon



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Thursday, April 11, 2019

My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest

Today is the cover reveal for My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.



My Best Friend Runs VenusMy Best Friend Runs Venus

By Katrina S. Forest

Genre: Science Fiction

Age category: Middle Grade

Release Date: June 1, 2019



Blurb:

At 12.9 years old, number-obsessed Kade Walker has never heard of death. Literally. But neither has anyone else he knows. Kade is one of hundreds of kids "living" across the solar system through robotic avatars while their real bodies sleep in pods on Earth. Unfortunately, robot bodies can be hacked.



One day during an (innocent!) experiment, Kade unwittingly breaks a major security wall and releases an infamous hacker. The madwoman targets all the royal avatars, including Kade’s best friend, Princess Tamika of Venus.



If Kade and Tamika don’t want to become the hacker’s puppets, they’ve got to stop her fast--even if it means waking up on Earth to fight with bodies they never realized could be hurt.




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Excerpt:

It wasn't the first time Kade had hacked the Venusian maintenance system, but it was one of the best. If he had to put a number on it--and there was very little he didn't put a number on--he'd give it a 9.7. He checked the cable leading from his tablet to the blocky computer box embedded in the burnt orange mountainside. Connection: serviceable.

Tamika leaned over to inspect his work. "Hey," she said. "What do you think our real bodies are like?"

Kade tightened his grip on the cable, causing a nearby rock to flicker. The dust around it swirled to match. "I... imagine you look the same, and I look like a person instead of a gargoyle," he said. "But, hey, no complaints. I hear Mercury's princess designed her social companion to be a purple unicorn."

Tamika blushed, and Kade's gaze dropped to his tablet. He knew his human body didn't look anything like his current one--no stony skin, no clawed hands. But he'd been controlling this robotic body all day every day since he was five. Telling him he had a flesh-and-blood body on Earth was like telling him he had a distant cousin on Pluto. A fun but ultimately useless fact.

He flicked his right wing, bringing an overlay of glowing text into view. Ninety-eight more seconds for the code to run. Current time: 17:03:34. He'd checked the time twenty-three seconds ago, but whenever he wasn't reading data, he felt lost. The overseeing adults called it unhealthy. Healthy people could watch a sunset without calculating its luminosity every thirty seconds.

Healthy people sounded boring.

"Kade," Tamika whispered. "Something's coming."

Kade froze and scanned the area. His sensors detected a deep clunk-clunk echoing across Venus's stone-hard surface. Low volume, maybe twenty to thirty decibels. He hoped it was only a patrol robot, but it was coming too quickly, its steps too out of sync for an AI-controlled machine.

Kade rushed through the last of his commands, and a thick metal door appeared in the center of mountainside. They had to do this fast.

Tamika examined the rocky pillars around them while Kade disconnected his tablet and gathered up his gear. The computerized robots would merely escort them home. The adults would question why they were hiding in the middle of nowhere. If he couldn't think of a good excuse--

"It can't be an adult," he muttered. "It can't be. They're already off Venus for the night."

Tamika glanced nervously over her shoulder. "Technically, I think Mr. Johnson had his curfew extended by an hour."

"Seriously?" Kade asked, almost spilling the tablet and cables. "Why didn't you bring this up earlier?"

"You just said to come meet you here! I didn't know you were plotting something!"

"I'm always plotting something!"

Tamika groaned, grabbed him by the arm, and bolted for the mountainside door. With a grunt, she yanked it open, dragging him inside with her. "Close it!" she ordered.

Kade nodded. Now that his program was healthily installed in the local hardware, getting it to do what he wanted was easy. With a few pre-programmed hand gestures, the augmented reality (or AR) he'd worked his butt off to disable came back into place. The door's color changed, looking more and more like the orange rock around it until it blended in completely. The illusion was so perfect, in fact, that even when he stroked it, he couldn't feel the door's edge. Tamika stepped up and ran her brown human-looking hand alongside his clawed gray one. The room's dim lights behind them made long, vague shadows of their arms along the wall.

Beyond the door, the footsteps picked up speed and decibel level until they came to a stop right outside Kade and Tamika's hiding place. They shuffled around a bit, no doubt in complete confusion. Then a man's voice gave a loud huff. There was a thud and a pattering of tiny pebbles against the now-invisible door before the footsteps stomped away again.

Oh, right. Kick the dirt. That's the mature thing to do. Kade threw his hands over his mouth to hold in his laughter. Like any adult could outsmart him. He'd lived his whole life through his bot. Controlling its robotic limbs, even from his sleeping body on Earth, came naturally. Reading its code was like reading a picture book.

To adults, the avatar-bots would never be their "real" bodies. Plugging in to control them would always feel foreign. They'd gotten too used to Earth life.

In other words, they were invaders in Kade's territory. And no matter how much they tried to keep him and Tamika in line, they were always going to lose.




About the Author:

Katrina S. Forest is a teacher by day, author by any-other-time-she-can-get. Her work has sold to a variety of magazines, ranging from Flash Fiction Online to Highlights to Children. She loves nerdy conventions and believes video games can be a force of creative good instead of evil.



You can find and contact Katrina S. Forest here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Amazon