Blog Tours

Yes, it’s a blog tour! I’m happy to host a mini interview with Matthew S Cox, author of new sci-fi Out of Sight, which is available now. There’s also a giveaway which you can enter at the bottom of this post!

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The premise sounds like it could easily fit into the sci-fi rush of today, with the popularity of Altered Carbon and a renewed love of Star Wars – what was the main inspiration for the novel and its setting?

I initially conceived this idea a few years back in response to a call for short stories from a publisher I worked with. As I so often do, I let my mind roam in search of potential story ideas. The first thought I had was a young woman stranded alone on an alien planet, and maybe running into some signs of non-human civilization. From there, I kept thinking on potential things she might run across in said situation. Of course, the whole time I was trying to cram it into a short story, I realized I had too much in my head to squeeze into that format. So, I fleshed out the “before the alien planet” parts, deepening the backstory of what Earth is like in this world and fully developing the character on her transition from the person she is at the start to who she evolves into by the end.

How do you think you’d fare in the setting of Out of Sight?

Which setting, the Earth part or the Mirage part? : ) I’d probably manage, but doubtfully as well as Sima does.

What was the first book you ever wrote?

This could be answered in different ways. Are you talking about novels or books in general? The first thing I ever wrote would likely be a roleplaying game manual. After that, a software user manual for a place I formerly worked at. The first fiction novel I wrote (as so often happens with writers) is an enormous monstrosity that I basically wrote and put away in a box somewhere never to see the light of day again. It’s massive, something like 400k words. I haven’t laid eyes on it in more than ten years and I’m honestly afraid to.

The first novel I wrote that anyone saw is Virtual Immortality. However, the first book to be published is Division Zero #1. VI came out a little later.

You’re stranded on a spaceship – what 3 novels would you want with you?

Lord of the Rings, Neuromancer, and The Martian.

— for more information about Matthew and Out of Sight, scroll below!

 

Out of Sight
Matthew S. Cox
Publication date: August 13th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Most Citizens hold Outcasts in dim regard, but Sima never expected they’d throw her off the planet.

In 2411, overpopulation has spread a plaque of filthy, congested city to the corners of the Earth. Government has raised corruption to an art form, and no one hears the cries of those left to die in the dark passageways of civilization. Following the End of Nations, people cling to the only division left: social status.

Since running away from home four years ago, she’s managed to stay a step ahead of death―or worse. At sixteen, she’s getting too old to survive from begging, despite her best effort to pretend she’s younger. Worse, the sidewalks teem with little kids edging in on her turf, monopolizing Citizens’ charity with their wide, pleading eyes and genuine innocence.

A chance meeting with suspiciously nice cops leaves her more confused than ever. Between deadly gangs, unforgiving security forces, and a terrifying madam eager to exploit a girl her age, merely getting older is the biggest threat to her life. With no good choice to make, she risks the least of three evils.

Sima thought her life on Earth had been dangerous…

She hasn’t seen anything yet.

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Author Bio:

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it. He is also fond of cats. Awards: Prophet of the Badlands (excerpt) – Honorable Mention – Writers of the Future

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Robin Hood’s Dawn – Author Q&A and GIVEAWAY!

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I’m incredibly excited and honoured to host an Author Q&A along with a brilliant giveaway for ROBIN HOOD’S DAWN by Olivia Longueville and J.C Plummer!

ROBIN HOOD’S DAWN is the first book in a trilogy, and centers on the English legend’s origins. An Earl forced into exile, Robin Hood gathers a band of men against the injustices of the Sheriff, and unravels a deep web of treachery and double-crossing threatening the nation. Set in ancient woodland, lavish royal courts and exotic shores of the Holy Land, this is a sight between good and evil, justice and tyranny, love and hate.

I have ONE COPY to give away! Thanks to the team at Smith Publicity one of you lucky guys could be in with a chance of winning it. I didn’t manage to read the whole thing as it came reeeally close to this giveaway going up but the first few pages, man… intrigue abound for a legend/historical fiction lover.

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Fate of the Stars Blog Tour

Fate of the Stars
Arwen Paris
Publication date: September 1st 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

When the fate of the world rests upon you…

Allison Delaney wants to spend her senior year healing from the loss of her father, to leave the shadows of his death and her junior year break-down behind. A Labor Day beach party seems like a good place to start…but there’s more danger lurking than anyone could imagine. Death is coming to Earth if the pods of infectious creatures aren’t stopped. But only one human can help…

To live or die is no longer a choice.

Eenoki is a protector of life but must have a sentient host to fight the invasion. A teenage girl would not be the best choice, but out of desperation Eenoki invades Allison’s mind and body, granting her unnatural abilities and strengths – and helping her escape certain death when the first wave of pods land.

As destruction rains down on Earth’s population, Allison realizes to save everyone, she must make the ultimate choice: Reject her human side and bond with Eenoki to become the Earth’s Priestess – or be killed along with the rest of humanity.

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Author Bio:

Arwen Paris is the author of young adult fiction. Her debut YA Sci-fi Urban Fantasy novel FATE OF THE STARS releases September 1, 2017. The actions packed pages of her novels are filled with characters that are forced to face fears they never expected. When she’s not writing, you can see posts of her (too many) vacations that keep her sane. Arwen lives in Washington, has a big crazy family & after the day job, she writes Fiction For the Fearless – #F3Fanatic

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SPOTLIGHT on THE CASTAWAYS by Jessika Fleck

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THE CASTAWAYS is released TODAY! And I’m lucky enough to be part of the Blog Tour, with a special spotlight post and giveaway where you can win some cool swag (or an Amazon gift card, if you’re international ie: not the US of A)

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home. But victory may require more betrayal, sacrifice, and heartbreak than she’s ready for.

I already received an e-ARC of this via NetGalley, which I’m super stoked to read. The review will be up very shortly.

In the mean time, we have an excerpt of the book to whet your appetite!

But everything’s clear. I do know where to go. “I’m going to find that boulder—” I suck in shallow breath. “The…hhh…maze.”
“It’s no use. We’ve tried everything. It doesn’t work! Wait!”
But I’m not listening because it has to work. It’s the only way. If it got me in, it’ll get me back out.
I run until my body, my mind, and, mostly, my lungs give up. Because, problem is, Will’s right. I don’t know how to find it.
I stop.
Will stops.
Bent at the waist, hands on my knees, I cough and spew, trying to catch my breath. The hyperventilation has passed, but my insistence on sprinting like I’m a track star when my lungs and legs have no business running, has taken its toll.
I look up.
Will isn’t fazed. At some point he took off his shirt and now stands with his hands on his hips, chest rising and falling, barely winded. His abs flex with each effortless breath. “Get it out of your system?”
It’s when my stomach springs that I realize I’m staring at his body. I quickly glance away and completely ignore his question. “Take me there.”
“I told you. It’s no use.”
“Please,” I whimper. Tears race down my face.
Tucking his T-shirt into the back of his pants, Will walks in another direction.
“Where are you going?”
“I’m taking you. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
With Will now leading the way, I watch his suntanned back, the sweat beading at his shoulders and slowly, one by one, how the beads roll down the center crease. I’m in a daze or a haze or a trance because all I see is his back, his muscles contracting and tightening with each step, and, like magic, we’re there.
The mossy boulder stands before us and, I swear, it mocks me in all its ordinary, commonplace glory.

….so I may already have a thing for Will, FYI.

To partake in the giveaway (I love the word partake, makes me feel authentically Austen) click on this link HERE – because WordPress doesn’t like hosting Rafflecopters, so I need to link externally for those.

All the links you need to find out more and buy THE CASTWAYS is right here:

Goodreads Book Link: http://bit.ly/2mq9DXV

Amazon Buy Link:  http://amzn.to/2nCN0QW

Barnes & Noble Buy Link:  http://bit.ly/2nlhFXc

iBooks Buy Link: http://apple.co/2mpZR9j

Kobo Buy Link: http://bit.ly/2mH9xNu

Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/2nCCedv

Amazon.ca: http://amzn.to/2lYhctP

About the Author:
JessicaJessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, Kidliterati, and is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

You can catch up with Jessika on her Website or her Twitter (click to open new tab)

Follow the rest of the tour here!: http://blogtours.yareads.com/2017/03/17/blog-tour-sign-ups-castaways-jessika-fleck/