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Excerpt: ‘Blightcross’ by C.A. Lang

Take a moment and enjoy this brief excerpt from Chapter 1 of Blightcross, a brand new fantasy / steampunk novel. If it catches your interest be sure to stop and enter the giveaway for a copy of this book!

Chapter One

By now, the bumps, dips, and nauseating drops should have become commonplace. At least, that’s what Capra had assumed. Four days aboard a flying boat ought to be more than enough time to grow accustomed to the strange sensations.

She had assumed wrong.

The green tint of the face frowning in the mirror told her so, if her roiling stomach wasn’t enough. But a lady ought to keep herself composed, especially when she was pretending to be one. She plunged her hands into her purse, sifted through small tools and knives and other unladylike things, only to confirm her initial fear—she had forgotten makeup, and would have to settle with this unstylish shade of green. Yes, to any other woman, an arsenal of cosmetics would be second only to their wedding dress on such an occasion. But Capra had deeper concerns.

The bathroom mirror, all gilt and modern leaf designs, rattled against the wall. She steadied herself on the edge of the counter and swallowed hard. Wasn’t there a pressure point in the wrists that could rid a person of seasickness? If, that is, being sick in the air was the same as being sick at sea.

A voice, deadened by the bathroom door, addressed her. “Darling, is everything all right?”

She bit her tongue and imagined herself standing on the dusty plains back home. Firmly planted. Firmly planted and not bobbing up and down and swaying and rolling…

“Everything’s just fine, dear. I’ll be right out.” She turned around and craned to catch the back of her neck in the mirror, just to be sure that her collar still covered her tattoo. An army brand was the last thing she wanted to explain to the Baron.

She wrenched open the tap and plunged her hands into the trickle, splashed her face.
Baron Parnas, the old bastard. He just had to make it difficult. Why couldn’t it have been a younger, more attractive man who had what she wanted?

No point in whining. It would be over soon enough. Just hold on long enough to do it all calmly and avoid being sloppy, and it would all fall into place. She straightened her back, adjusted the bejewelled clothes that Parnas had given to her. They were shapeless and boring, but apparently that was the style among these people.

Once she joined the Baron in their cabin, he frowned and said, “You’re still looking a bit ill, Capra.”
She made a vague gesture and began to pace. “Maybe we weren’t meant to fly.” All around her was the sound of creaking wood and a constant rush of the wind.

“Or maybe it’s just that you Valoii have some catching up to do with the rest of us.” He said this with a strange grin, and Capra wondered if revealing her nationality had been a mistake. “Unless your famed sheep herds have grown wings.” He chuckled, but Capra couldn’t see the humour in it. Some people evidently still thought it was acceptable to poke fun at a Valoii. But Parnas was old, and men of his generation might never pull abreast of the social progress that had burst like a fountainhead after the war. The Valoii were still backward in his mind, despite his romantic interest in Capra. That interest, she had figured out, was probably for the sake of novelty.

It wasn’t all bad. She just found it hard to enjoy the intricate floral rugs, the stunning arrangements of diamonds and triangles in the wall parquetry, and the modern furniture under the circumstances. The peacock feather motifs and feminine figures reminded her of the sophisticated land she had just left, for which she already longed.

Parnas suggested they take a walk around the deck ringing the sides of the flying boat, and it was the best idea she’d heard from the Baron since she’d sent him that initial love letter. Fresh air—that’s what she needed.

On through the corridors. Red carpet pillowed their feet like thick moss. Numerous times they met with the ship’s servants, done up in their grey waistcoats and yellow sashes, and Capra flattened against the wall to let them through. She caught up with the Baron, who simply barrelled past oncoming traffic, outside.

Her balance took leave again, and the Baron caught her. She gave him a coy smirk and gripped the railing. Overhead, the flying boat’s wings hung and flexed, and she caught a whiff of sulphur from the machine’s many engines. “It’s so different here. I didn’t think Naartland was this barren.”

“Much of it isn’t, my lady. This is just the Blightcross Administrative District. The province to the north has fjords and rainforests, everything I told you about in our correspondence. You’ll see once we get there.”

The sky around the ship was a field of blazing orange, and the ground was more of the same. Sand, dunes, and a vein of dark water cutting into the heart of Blightcross proper. There hung a haze about the entire city, just enough to smooth over most of its details. She saw the basic outline—swaths of tall buildings, and at the far end, near the river, a monstrosity of what she guessed were pipes and conduits. At the centre of this stood the tallest structure in the city, and its immense height was about all she could glean from the smudged view.

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Synopis

“In a world rebuilding after global mechanized war, chaos and ethnic tensions rule.

City-states like Blightcross prosper under dictatorships built upon oil production. Refugees flock to the city-state to find work in the massive oil refineries. The black blood of Blightcross is replacing vihs-draaf, the magic of the Ehzeri people, but magic hasn’t entirely disappeared…yet.

For fugitive soldier and thief Capra Jorassian, Blightcross is an opportunity to earn enough money for her freedom. Stealing an enchanted painting from the dictator’s collection is nothing new. But the simple heist gets complicated quickly when Capra’s childhood friend shows up, bent on bringing her back for court martial. Then her eccentric employer, the creator of the painting, is kidnapped, throwing Capra into a struggle for the survival of Blightcross, with only her enemies as allies.

Till Sevari, the mad dictator of Blightcross, wants the secrets of the painting, and he’ll do anything to get them. But when the deadly forces within the painting spiral out of his control, Capra is the only one who can defeat them – by finding a power just as deadly, hidden beneath the lies of her own culture…

Blightcross breaks the boundaries of steampunk, using fantasy to explore the world of post-colonialism and the greed of oil dependent cultures.”

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Book Review: ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

Yes, yes. I know, I’m way behind. First A Game of Thrones and now The Hunger Games – both books are ones I obviously should have read ages ago and yet somehow I’m only just getting to them… it’s not my fault I swear! I am slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve had this series sitting on my shelf for months now and it took the combination of briefly misplacing my Kindle and a friend of mine reading them to finally spur me into action.

I must say, that I very much missed holding a real, paper book in my hands. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I was reading a hardcover book or because the story was just so tantalizing but it seemed to fly by much faster than usual.

But I’m getting ahead of myself!

I first must mention the fact that I don’t actually care for the style that the book was written in. As I have mentioned every single time I read a book written in first person point of view… it’s not my favourite. I’m always a little disappointed when I flip a book open (I can actually say that this time, hehe), and I discover that sad fact. The first couple of paragraphs were hard to get into… and then suddenly the book was over. Obviously my dislike of the POV didn’t hamper me all that much in this particular case. :P

Sadly I had seen the movie, so there wasn’t all that much in the way of surprises for me. Remind me never to do that again. I don’t mind watching the movie after the book, because it’s just a movie — but reading the book second just makes me think about how much better the book would have been if it had been first!

Sorry, getting distracted again. Back to the review!

The storyline was more basic than I was expecting; for some reason I thought there would be more depth and history in regards to the society and government. Perhaps this is something that will be brought more closely to the surface in the sequels. I hope so because as much as I enjoyed the book I felt that I was missing out on a lot of information.

It wasn’t nearly as gory or disturbing as I was expecting, which gives it a bump up in my books. I hate to see books marketed as young adult when really they’re too packed full of violent details.

That’s not to say that it is all fun and games; obviously the very premise behind the book is disturbing on several different levels. But the author didn’t take it too far as many writers in today’s day and age are likely to do. The descriptions that could curdle your stomach are instead often just enough to explain the circumstances; what you really create from them is entirely up to your own mind. Though in my opinion it is more suitable for older teens as there is still (as you may have guessed) a fair amount of violence.

It was an easy read, fast paced and entertaining from the very beginning. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to someone who is a light reader or is new to the reading world.

As for the sequels, do you really have to ask me if I’m going to read them? Obviously my answer is yes.

May the odds be ever in your favour… 

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The Hunger Games
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Book Giveaway and Review: ‘The Warlock’ Waterspell Book 1 by Deborah J. Lightfoot

Today’s post is something of a triple-decker; we have a book review, an excerpt and a giveaway all heaped together! Be sure to check out the whole thing if you want to get your hands on a copy of this fantasy novel!

“Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, Carin glimpses the place she once called home. It lies upon a shore that seems unreachable. To learn where she belongs and how to get there, the teenage traveler must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic — and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can’t seem to decide whether to love her or kill her.”

Before we get into anything else I think I’d like to share my opinion of this novel!

For starters I have to point out that the book description (above) doesn’t do it justice. When I first read it I wasn’t certain I wanted to review this book, it didn’t have the right tone for me… thankfully I chose to read a sample and was thus convinced to give it a try.

The beginning wasn’t my favorite, it seemed a little awkward and it took me probably a chapter before I started warming up to the story. By that point I’d gotten used to the author’s style of writing and before I knew it the book was finished and I was left wanting more.

It’s a fun read and reminded me slightly of Beauty and the Beast, (which happens to be one of my favorite Disney Fairy Tales…). Deborah obviously did her research and put a lot of time and effort into the book. Her love of literature is plainly evident and she weaves a tale that comes from the mind of an avid reader.

It’s a great medieval tale, and would be equally as interesting for men as women. (It’s no wispy piece of fluff fiction!) The complexity isn’t too high; minimal amount of characters but there is certainly plenty of mystery and twists and turns.

Though there is some violence and a few gruesome scenes I would say it would be suitable for most older teens.

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Lewis Carrol’s novels or is simply looking for a fun read.

Warning: This book ends on a CLIFFHANGER, so be prepared to want to read more! If I had the second novel I would have started it the instant ‘The Warlock’ ended.

Luckily both the second and third books are already available so you don’t need to worry about feeling unsatisfied!

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Excerpt from
WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock
by Deborah J. Lightfoot
From
Chapter 9. The Note
The figure in the doorway seemed half trapped by the darkness of the corridor behind it, its features sunken, hollow, as indistinct as if charcoaled with heavy, slashing strokes. The eyes were lost in pits of deepest black, but still Carin felt the force of the gaze. It drove her back against the window. It made her draw in her breath: one short, quick gasp followed by another so sharp that her throat constricted. And then it gripped her so tightly that she could not breathe again—
—Not until the figure broke its stillness. Stiffly, it leaned to place a lamp upon the table by the door. And as the light fell upon it from this new angle, the face emerged from the gloom to become recognizably Verek’s.
Shadows! Carin told herself fiercely, gulping for her next lungful of air as if the warlock’s movements had triggered a reflex. You’re jumping at shadows.The lamp Verek had held had illuminated his face from directly under his chin, rendering his features grotesque. It was a trick of the light such as children played on Mydrismas Eve to frighten each other with spooky faces.
Carin leaned against the window and kept quiet. With her breath still convulsing her throat, she couldn’t trust herself to speak without a quaver—and any tremble in her voice would betray a fear she didn’t want him to see.
Verek addressed her in cool, clipped tones. “Be easy. I have not devised new torments for you. I know you loathe the sight of me, so I shall keep this visit short.”
He laid a thick volume down, next to the lamp. “This is a book of woods’ lore.” He rested his finger on it. “I charge you to study it well, for your life may depend on a mastery of its contents … You will study the book until you know it better than you know your own mind.
“When spring comes, I will question you to discover the depth and breadth of your knowledge. If I am satisfied that you’ve mastered every particular of each page, I will allow you to continue your journey northward—if that remains your wish. I think it likely, however, that when you have acquired a true understanding of the rigors of that place, you will see that you have come as far north as you can. Venture beyond my borders, and you will not survive.”
Verek paused.
Wordlessly then, he picked up the lamp and strode to face her at the window.
Carin recoiled from him, feeling the glass at her back like a sheet of ice against her shirt. The cold crawled up her spine. Her huge supper of half an hour ago lay in her stomach like a lumpfish swallowed whole. To avoid the warlock’s eyes, Carin focused her gaze over his left shoulder. As she stared into the comforting glow of the open bathing-room door, she thought only of holding down her dinner.
Verek shifted the lamp from his right hand to his left and raised the light to Carin’s face. Blinded, she could see nothing of his next movements, and started violently when his fingers touched her chin.
“Turn the bruise to the light,” he ordered, pressing against her jaw.
Carin squeezed her eyes shut and submitted to his examination, though her every fiber screamed a protest. When his fingers moved from her chin to touch her hair and lift it aside, she couldn’t help flinching away from him, her breath a piercing whistle through clenched teeth.
“The bruise remains tender, so it would seem,” Verek muttered, evidently misreading her horror of him for physical pain. “There’s some purpling yet, and slight swelling.” He stepped back a pace and lowered the lamp. “This would now be healed, had the poultice been left in place as I ordered. Who removed the dressing? Myra? Or yourself?”
“I did,” Carin whispered, her head still twisted away from him, her eyes closed. “I wanted to wash the stain off my face.”
“Hmm. If you had permitted the ocher to mar your beauty for a few hours longer, the bruise would now be gone, and the lump with it.
“No matter.” Verek turned on his heel and walked to the door, to replace the lamp on the table. Not looking back, he spoke over his shoulder. “A day’s time will remove the last traces of your injury. Therefore, you may spend tomorrow in bed, or with your books, or as you please. But at first light the morning after, be at your task in the library—or answer to me.”
Then he was gone, the bedroom door closing solidly behind him.
Carin unlocked her knees. She slumped to the floor, where she had no company for a time except the hammering of her heart and the rush of short, quick breaths …
Copyright © 2011–2012 by Deborah J. Lightfoot. All Rights Reserved.
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Castles in the cornfield provided the setting for Deborah J. Lightfoot’s earliest flights of fancy. On her father’s farm in West Texas, she grew up reading extraordinary tales of adventure and reenacting them behind tall ramparts of sun-drenched corn. She left the farm to earn a bachelor of science degree in journalism and write award-winning books of history and biography, including The LH7 Ranch (University of North Texas Press) and Trail Fever (William Morrow, New York). High on her Bucket List was the desire to try her hand at the genre she most admired. The result is WATERSPELL, a complex, intricately detailed fantasy that begins with Book 1: The Warlock and Book 2: The Wysard, and concludes (for the present) with Book 3: The Wisewoman. But a legal pad filled with notes and tucked away in a desk drawer suggests a possible Book 4 before the saga may fairly be said to be finished.

Deborah is a professional member of The Authors Guild. She and her husband live in the country south of Fort Worth, Texas. Find her online at www.waterspell.net.

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising*

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Book Review: ‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R.R. Martin

“Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.”

I‘m sure you already know about this novel, it was huge even BEFORE it was made into a tv series – what’s more likely to surprise you is the fact that it has taken me this long to read it. Normally length wouldn’t deter me, but I knew that while I was reading A Game of Thrones it would mean neglecting the other million books I’ve promised to read.

First of all I should say that I have watched the first season (which corresponds with this book) so the plot wasn’t wholly new to me. I was surprised to find that they actually kept the TV series relatively close to the plot in this novel. The book has somewhat less ‘adult’ content than the TV series and I found it slightly less creepy, though it is still 100% an adult book and leans toward the darker side of fantasy. It is truly ‘medieval’ in every sense of the word – the society featured in this book doesn’t have the morals that we pride ourselves on today. Consider yourself aptly warned.

There are a lot of characters in this book; it’s not until the end that you can claim to know any of them. It’s a tale woven from stories that take place in nearly as many different locations as there are characters and yet intertwined into one complete story.

I enjoyed the writing and the depth of the tale. This isn’t a surface story where everything is floating right in front of you. Bits of it will bob to the surface before sinking out of sight again, only to be replaced by a new choice tidbit. You have to pay attention or you won’t catch sight of it before it’s gone again.

If you’re looking for an easy read; this series isn’t going to be it. If you’re looking for a series that will suck you into another world and get you lost amid tales of heroes, treachery, unknown foes, retribution and forbidden love — then you’re probably looking in the right direction.

Winter is coming…

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My New Kindle Cover! (by Tuff-Luv)

By new I actually mean “I got this cover for my kindle several month ago but never got around to taking the pictures until today”.

The good news is that it still looks absolutely fabulous despite the extreme amount of use it has gotten.

It’s one of the ‘Eco-nique’ Hemp cases by Tuff-Luv. This one of course is for the Kindle Keyboard but they have a selection of gorgeous cases for all the kindles as well as for tablets, phones, passports and more.

Their selection of lovely products can be found on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com.

The hemp material is lovely to hold, you don’t have to worry about fingerprints or sweaty palms from leather. It’s eco-friendly (always a plus in my books) and also happens to be vegan and cruelty-free so there was no harm done in the making of this cover.  

It has a spot to hold a pen, small notebook or papers and cards. It snaps closed nice and easy and it was the simplest thing in the world to get going.

At the top of the kindle you’ll see a small Velcro tab; all I needed to do was open that tab and slide my kindle in from the top. With the tab back in place this ereader is snug as a bug in a rug. It doesn’t shift at all, all the buttons are easy to use still and you can charge it without ever having to take it out of the case. In fact, since I got this cover, I’ve never removed it.

It definitely gets a recommendation from me!

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Once again all the Tuff-Luv cases can be found on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com (colors and styles all vary quite a bit). Mine came from Amazon.ca.

See you soon!

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Book Review: "A Chance for Charity" by S.L. Baum

“If you live LONG enough… love (and danger) will find you.

A new family has just arrived in the isolated mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Welcome the Johnstons – Jason (a doctor), Rachel (a designer), and their niece Emily (a current High School Senior).

Emily has lived the life of a quiet loner in the past, trying to go unnoticed. But with Telluride being such a small and welcoming town, she finds a group of friends at school almost immediately. When Emily meets Link (another new transplant in town) her world turns upside down. She doesn’t understand why she feels a magnetic pull toward him, or why she unknowingly lets her guard down around him. Link is just as confused by his own need to be with her.

Emily knows she is playing with fire. She should be doing whatever she can to keep herself isolated, to keep Link from getting too close. Danger has a way of finding Emily’s family – that is what keeps them on the move. They arrive in a new town every few years – it is safer that way.

Because… Emily isn’t really Emily… her real name is Charity – and Charity has an even bigger secret. Charity and her family are not like other people, they have “skills” that mere mortals cannot begin to comprehend.

Before long, Charity is struggling with the reality that her two lives are coming closer to each other with each passing day. Soon Link will find himself wrapped in a supernatural world that he never knew existed – and discover that mortals are not the only beings that walk this earth.”

When it comes to YA Urban Fantasy/Romance novels, I’m a pretty picky person. The market is flooded with this genre and as a result I’m a little more harsh in my judgment. Just letting you know!

A Chance for Charity is written in first person POV, which as a definite mark in its favour, I didn’t mind all that much. As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of first person, and if the writing isn’t up to par, I won’t continue reading it.

The book starts out at a nice speedy clip, and I must admit that I much preferred the beginning while you were still waiting for all those secrets to be revealed; the mystery makes it more ‘spellbinding’. Once you knew all the hidden details the book slowed down to a quick crawl and pretty much stayed at that pace until the end. It wasn’t ‘too’ slow, but it wasn’t as interest-catching as I enjoy.

Another point in its favor, to balance out my complaining, is the fact that it isn’t too soppy. For some reason YA tends to take the fluff a bit overboard; and it ends up taking away from the story because it’s just too ridiculous. A Chance for Charity was much more toned down in that regard.

Unfortunately I found it a little too ‘unbelievable’ for my tastes; certain character reactions weren’t real enough — especially when a certain minor character loses someone. They should have been upset, very upset… and suspicious of everyone involved. Not simply sad and willing to fall immediately in love with the first individual of the opposite sex they see after it happens. (I tried to keep that as spoiler-free as possible. :P )

So to wrap it up; the story wasn’t particularly elaborate, but it was always intriguing enough to keep me reading. It’s an easy read with no strong hanky-panky — I’d say it would be just fine for older teens. There are some typos but they aren’t endless and though it definitely has its flaws I enjoyed it and found a small smile snuck out when I reached the end. 

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Author Interview with Veronica Scott – "Wreck of the Nebula Dream"

Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library full of books as its heart, and when she ran out of things to read, she started writing her own stories. Married young to her high school sweetheart then widowed, Veronica has two grown daughters, one young grandson and cats.

Veronica’s life has taken many twists and turns, but she always makes time to keep reading and writing. Everything is good source material for the next novel or the one after that anyway, right? She’s been through earthquakes, tornadoes and near death experiences, although nothing is as stressful as meeting a book deadline. Always more stories to tell, new adventures to experience—Veronica’s personal motto is, “Never boring.”

I’m delighted to have Veronica Scott with us today. From our conversations over the last few weeks I have come to realize that she is a fabulous woman and it’s my honor to have the chance to promote both her and her novel, “Wreck of the Nebula Dream”.

Interview with an Author: 

Hi Veronica, Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few of my questions!
After finishing your novel, I couldn’t help but wonder; are you planning on writing any more books in the same universe as “Wreck of the Nebula Dream”? There are a few characters I would love to know more about!
“I have been mulling over a sequel for the D’nvannae Brother Khevan and the “Socialite” Twilka – readers have been asking me what would happen next for the two of them (which is always wildly pleasing for a writer! LOL!). When I wrote WRECK I had the glimmering of a sequel plot regarding their future and last weekend I woke up with the fullblown story in my head. So I’d say that’s a definite yes! Going to be some challenges there, for both of them.
I could see writing a sequel about Paolo, maybe as a young man…don’t have a plot for Gianna yet but never say never!
And Rafferty & Casey have a few adventures I could write about….”
What is next in the writing world? Do you have another book already in the works?
“I have another science fiction romance currently out on submission, set in the same Sectors universe, but not involving the characters from WRECK. This new story takes place entirely on a planet and involves a Special Forces captain and his team trying to rescue one very stubborn lady who isn’t sure she wants to be rescued.
 
I write paranormal romances as well, set in Ancient Egypt (my PRIESTESS OF THE NILE was published by Carina in January this year) and have two more Tales of the Nile stories almost ready to start the submission process.
 
And of course I always have more plot ideas queuing up in my head, clamoring to be written! But having a day job and a long commute cut into my writing time.”
The faces in the engines; can you tell us more about them?
“Actually, I recently published the deleted Prolog to WRECK on my web page at http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/was-the-nebula-dream-jinxed-deleted-scene/, which explains who the face is. I was working from similar incidents that were rumored to have happened during the construction of Titanic, since my novel is a loose re-imagining of the famous maritime disaster.”
Did you write “Wreck of the Nebula Dream”as a science fiction with a dash of romance or romance that happens to be science fiction?
“I guess to me WRECK is a science fiction adventure and going all the way back to Flash Gordon, if you’re going to have SF adventure, there MUST be romance! Flash had Dale Arden; Kyle Reese had Sarah Connor; Aragorn had Arwen…..I really enjoy a strong hero and heroine in the middle of exciting times who also fall in love.”
Was there one book or author that ensnared you and ensured your devotion to the written word?
“Actually, as far as science fiction, what motivated me to be a writer was movies. When I was growing up, our local TV channel ran a LOT of old movies, like the Flash Gordon serials and “Forbidden Planet”. I wanted MORE, but the only way I could have more stories of the kind I loved was to write my own. I still have my first, illustrated novel about the Queen of the Sun, her sisters, their winged horses (in that famous writer’s-box-under-the-bed) that I wrote at age 7….but I did read voraciously, including everything by Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey.”
If you could have one author read your work; who would you choose?
“If we’re not limiting this to authors who are still with us: Anne McCaffrey. If we’re talking about current authors, I’d be amazed and honored to have Nalini Singh read one of my books someday. I’d be holding my breath the whole time, hoping she liked it!”
And my final question for you today;
If there was a recipe for “Wreck of the Nebula Dream” what ingredients and instructions would it contain?
“Ok, I’m totally not a chef! I can make a mean batch of pumpkin pies from scratch and that’s about IT. But here goes:
 
“Veronica Scott’s Cure for a Boring Afternoon”
Take one strong willed businesswoman….intrigue her with a highly capable Special Forces officer who’s coming off a bad mission…mix in a mysterious assassin/bodyguard and an “Is she for real Socialite?”, plus a pair of cute children….toss them all into a space going luxury liner, add a heaping cup of disaster…and STAND BACK!”
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Love it! A million thanks to Veronica for taking the time to do this interview with me!
If you want to know more about her and her novels you can visit her blog here, or follow her on twitter here.
Before you go, be sure to stop by the giveaway Veronica and I have put together for you! You can win a copy of her sci-fi novel or a $10 Amazon Gift Card. There are 6 prizes in total and the contest is open internationally.  
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“A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars…

Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?”

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Book Review: "Wreck of the Nebula Dream" by Veronica Scott

“A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars…

Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?”

I know the official view is that this novel is a re-imagining of the Titanic disaster – but set in space; however I feel that I need to clarify things just a little. The very, very basic premise is the same. There is a ship on its maiden voyage that definitely doesn’t reach its destination due to an unforeseen accident, this is very true. However there isn’t much more that is the same. It isn’t like the movie and it certainly doesn’t involve a man dying so that his lover can have the last escape pod (in which they obviously both would have fit).

Before I began reading this book I was under the impression that it was a straight-up romance. Maybe because I saw the man and woman on the cover and jumped to the conclusion that lots of clothes would be coming off. Either way, I was wrong. The novel might have romance in it, but it is much more than the sexually driven sci-fi romances that you typically see. This novel is for science fiction fans first and romance lovers second!

The light romance is very clean; don’t worry boys, you won’t have to sit through any painful sex scenes or endure any combination of the words ‘throbbing’ and ‘member’. Just lots of action and fun twists and turns!

I think what will draw people to this book is that even though it is sci-fi, it is the easily digestible variety. There isn’t 13 chapters of technical information that you need to get through to fully understand the technology and society. The science aspect is kept basic and the details of the technology aren’t a focus. Rather than making the story less believable it makes it quite easy to get lost within the story; the technical jargon isn’t constantly jarring you out of it.

The characters were fun; ladies will love the fact that the heroine is the competent and capable variety – she’s no helpless maiden relying on her looks to get the job done. In fact, all four of the main characters are each unique in their own way. The military man, the high-class socialite, the warrior and the business woman.

While the story ends cleanly, I found myself wanting to know more about Khevan and his mysterious brotherhood – it seems that there is another story there just waiting to be told. (And I would definitely read it!) Victoria builds an interesting universe; I could see many more stories taking place there.

There is some violence and graphic imagery but it isn’t over the top; though it’s definitely an adult novel. 

I would love to see a few people pick up this book on Smashwords and leave a review; it is newly published there and could definitely use the boost!

You can currently enter to WIN THIS BOOK and 3 $10 Amazon Gift Certificates. All you need to do is go to my giveaway and enter! The contest is open internationally – should you decide to pick up and review this book you will get extra points in the giveaway so be sure to come back. (You can also enter a variety of other ways, so don’t miss out!) 

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Sci-fi Ebook and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Veronica Scott; author of “Wreck of the Nebula Dream” has offered up aaaaall kinds of goodies to share with my fabulous readers. Not only is she giving away three electronic copies of her book but also three $10 Amazon Gift Cards which you can use to buy whichever books your heart desires. (Or anything else for that matter!)

You have ten different ways to enter the giveaway; you’re welcome to stick to one or go for all ten!

Title: Wreck of the Nebula Dream
Author: Veronica Scott
Genre: Science Fiction

“A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars…

Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?”

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HAPPY STAR WARS DAY!!!

You can tell I’m excited by the fact that I used caps in my title. :P SEE!! ^

So… It’s Star Wars Day – if you didn’t know this already I’m a little bit disappointed but also a little happy that I got to be the one to share it with you! (This is also the reason half your feed on whatever social media platform you prefer has been filled with the cryptic message “May the 4th be with you!”)


You may not know this about me, but yours truly is an avid Star Wars fan. I vividly remember the first time I ever watched “A New Hope”. It was at my sisters house and the incident with the tauntaun was pretty horrific for my young brain. But I survived and subsequently became addicted. That movie was the reason I fell in love with all things extra terrestrial… and Harrison Ford. It was a slippery slope from there; I devoured the next two movies and as many books on the topic that I could possibly get my hands on. Star Wars novels remain to this day some of my favorite works of science fiction. There are a few series that I have read…. many… many times.

I’m not sure why I never reviewed most of them; perhaps I just assumed that they were so good that everyone must know about them already. I’ll have to rectify that rather terrible oversight in the not too distant future.

So yes… this is a little off topic for me – I usually only post books and keep the personal to a minimum. But IT’S STAR WARS DAY, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

I was sincerely hoping that the major ebook retailers would get on the boat and have a sale or two on Star Wars ebooks I could share; but they all missed out on this one. Even the Kindle Daily Deal is sadly lacking any Star Wars reference. (Their only nod to the day is the Complete Saga for Blu-ray on sale… not even the Trilogy, you have to get the whole darn thing. -sniff-)

I’ll exit even further from my usual topics and we’ll talk about paper books and memorabilia instead.

Barnes & Noble is having a Star Wars Day Sale – it features all kinds of books (paper), Star Wars Gifts, Comics; all on super sale. TODAY ONLY.

I know… I know… It’s beautiful.

Indigo Books and Music is also featuring a Star Wars themed event; with some Star Wars products on sale.

And that seems to be it for the book-ish websites… if I’ve missed something good (especially in regards to Star Wars ebooks), feel free to yell at me in the comments. I’ll happily print a retraction if you find something good!

Here’s to a fabulous Star Wars day… and of course… May the Fourth be with you!

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