Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Dystopian Novel Has Been Remade By Remake, An Immersive and Emotional Ride From Start To Finish!

Before we plow into this post, the winner for a copy of Stray goes to ... Sheena-kay Graham! Congrats! Contact me to claim your copy!

Now to the main event. I'm thrilled to present Remake by Ilima Todd! This is her debut novel, and a fabulous one. Here's what it's about: is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

But Nine isn't like every other batcher. She harbors indecision and worries about her upcoming Remake Day -- her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they'll be. When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be? 
(From Goodreads)

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A case can be made here that the dystopian novel has been "remade" by Remake. Todd has created a chilling post-apocalyptic world where humans are ruled by a false sense of freedom, running parallel to a hidden world where the everyday aspects of society are rediscovered through a convincingly fresh perspective. An engaging and thought-provoking read. I really look forward to the next installment.

Knowing how book 2 is going to start is killing me (I'm not telling). Care to give this a read? Find it now wherever books are sold!

Amazon     Barnes&Noble     IndieBound     BAM!

What kind of world would we have if we could choose our own gender? Would you do it? Who's in the mood to visit Hawaii? 

I'm David, and don't shoot me ... I'm with the Rise!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Looking For An Awesome Spin On The Fairytale Novel? Then Elissa Sussman's "Stray" Debut May Be For You!

Some of you might remember the cover reveal I did for this book a while back. Now the time has come for my friend Elissa Sussman's debut release, Stray! Here's a little more about it, and a trailer!
“I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.”

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

(From Goodreads)
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I consider myself lucky to have read this story before it was cool. It's that awesome! Now I just have to wait for my hardback to arrive. All the elements that I love about fairytales has been made fresh again. So fairytale fans rejoice - you won't want to miss out on this one! 

Amazon        Barnes&Noble         IndieBound

And if you want a chance to win a copy, drop me a comment below. I'll do a random raffle and announce the winner next week.

Congratulations, Elissa! This is the first of many more to come. 

I'm David, and "don't Stray from the path ..."

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

IWSG: Crossing The Finish Line: What It Means To Be A Writer After Signing My First Publishing Deal

Need A Little Support?Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer's Support Group gives bloggers a monthly chance to express their concerns, worries, and insecurities without fear of reprisal. It's a seriously big group now, and with well over 300 participants, it shows no signs of slowing down! I'd like to thank Alex for keeping this group going for so long, as it has proved wonderful in the supporting of fellow authors and the revealing of needed and sound advice.

And for its first year, the IWSG website is collecting today's posts for an anthology to help writers on their journey with instructions and tips on writing, publishing, and marketing. And this is my entry:

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I once had an idea that wouldn’t leave me alone. So I wrote a book about it. I haven’t stopped writing since. That was seventeen years ago. And while others have waited longer (and others much shorter), I will soon know what it’s like to be a traditionally published author.

There’s much to be excited about, a lot to be grateful for. You would think accomplishing what I set out to do after all these years I’d be dancing the celebratory jig for the rest of my life. But the truth is, I’ve never felt more exhausted. I assume this feeling isn’t new for anyone’s writing journey. Yes, I crossed the finish line. Countless rejections and trips along the way has left me staggering to catch my breath, wondering if I can keep running ... or maintain this pace.

In my pursuit of getting published, I’d forgotten something that was once clear: I’m a writer. It’s what I wanted to be since high school. It’s what landed me A’s in English classes. I have a greater sense of who I am because it forced me to reach into the cavern of my soul.

But it took an advanced copy of my first book, in the hands of my oldest son, for me to realize what I’m really doing this for.

This art, this business, isn’t about me. For me, this isn't about fame. For me, this isn't about money. We're conduits. We receive messages and jot them down for others to read. Learn. Be enlightened. Tuning ourselves to the right frequency is the tricky part ... No guarantees without constant adjustment. The finish line is a breather before the next run. Crossing that line doesn't mean I'm finished. The marathon is over, yes, but now comes the sprint. And I plan to keep going. Because someone out there is waiting for what I have to say.

And you as well.

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This is going to be a great month, I think. I have a lot to catch up on, more words to tackle, and lot's of exciting sci fi/fantasy awesomeness to bring up. Hopefully I have some cool news, too. Stay tuned.

Where are you on your writing journey? If you've signed a publishing deal, how has life treated you afterward? What is writing for you?

I'm David, and we're the conduits for a story that's yet to be told.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Flash Reviews: Scan, Knights of Sidonia, Guardians of the Galaxy, Rule of Thoughts, and The Maze Runner!

I'm way behind on reviewing stuff, so hold on to your helmets. We're doing these fast! Set all review thrusters to full. Let's do this thing!

 Scan by Walter Jury and Sarah Fine

I was lucky to win an advanced copy of this YA sci-fi thriller. I say lucky because it was an excellent read. Loads of science and dealing with secret technology in a world were most humans are actually aliens. And the scary thing is many of these "humans" don't know that they're aliens. What an unsettling thought! This held me hostage from page one. I recommend it.

You can find Scan here!

Knights of Sidonia

Netflix has a long list of new shows lately, even sponsoring new shows as Netflix Originals. This CGI anime series about the last humans traveling through their alien-destroyed galaxy took me by surprise! Save for one man, everyone is genetically altered to photosynthesize, saving food while fighting an alien race. The animation takes some getting used to, but the story, Attack on Titan meets Battlestar Galactica, is killer.

Guardians of the Galaxy

You guys have likely heard (mostly seen) this movie already. I assume this since it's the #1 box office movie of the year. I was expecting a colorful action flick, something along the lines of Hellboy. Talk about blown expectations!  I freak'en loved this movie! And something tells me the space opera is going to experience a revival because of it. I'm buying the Blu Ray for this one.

Watch baby Groot dance here!

The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

It's no secret that I'm a Dashner fan, and this followup to The Eye of Minds only solidifies my love for his books. The sequel follows Michael through the virtual world of VirtNet as he discovers that computer generated beings are scheming a plan to invade and replace the intelligence of human beings. It's a truly sick premise that made me rethink how safe the future of gaming will be. Find it here!

The Maze Runner

While we're on the subject of Dashner stuff, I had the amazing opportunity to see a screening of his book-to-movie The Maze Runner in the same screening as Dashner himself. And the movie was excellent, an improvement on the novel is some ways. It has doubled its budget and the sequel will release next year. This is a thrilling sci-fi adventure that forces you to think and never lets up. Bring on The Scorch Trials!

Return thrusters to cruising speed. This review session is over. Be sure to click back next week for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post where I'm going to get a little personal, for a good cause.

Did any of the titles catch your attention? Who's survived the maze? The Galaxy? Any sci-fi and /fantasy stuff I missed this summer?

I'm David, and it's time to find out what we're up against!