Blog Tour – Alienation

Karen Jo

Welcome to the Alienation BLOG HOP TOUR. 

Please take your seat and strap yourself in, as we take you on an intergalactic tour. You will be amazed, entertained, and educated. Manoeuvre through the cosmos and be astounded at all you see. Hunt down the hidden words that will get you to your final destination where a one-of- a -kind award awaits one lucky traveller.

You are here to celebrate the release of Alienation, book two of the humorous Sci-Fi series, Starstruck.

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Sally Webber’s dream is coming true: Zander is back and taking her out for a night on the town–on a planet hundreds of light years away from Earth. 

But when an accident separates her from her alien tour guide, she’s thrown into the seedy underbelly of an insane city where nothing is as it seems. Suddenly lost and desperate to get back home, Sally is willing to do anything to get out, even if it means accepting spontaneous marriage proposals, crashing some fancy parties, or joining what appears to be the space mob. 

All she wanted was some decent interstellar pizza, but now it might be the end of the world as evil nanobots and an out of control AI try to take the universe by force, and the only one who can stop them is missing in action. Sally has no choice but to try to stop them herself–if she can stay alive that long.

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Alienation is the fantastic sequel to the hit sci-fi comedy, Starstruck by S.E.Anderson.  

Interview with S.E. Anderson

Many thanks to S.E. Anderson for taking the time to do this interview. I absolutely LOVE the Starstruck series and I’m so incredibly excited for Alienation to be released.

S.E. Anderson can’t ever tell you where she’s from. Not because she doesn’t want to, but because it inevitably leads to a confusing conversation where she goes over where she was born (England) where she grew up (France) and where her family is from (USA) and it tends to make things very complicated.
She’s lived pretty much her entire life in the South of France, except for a brief stint where she moved to Washington DC, or the eighty years she spent as a queen of Narnia before coming back home five minutes after she had left. Currently, she goes to university in Marseille, where she’s starting her masters of Astrophysics.
When she’s not writing, or trying to science, she’s either reading, designing, crafting, or attempting to speak with various woodland creatures in an attempt to get them to do household chores for her.  She could also be gaming, or pretending she’s not watching anything on Netflix.
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What inspired you to write the Starstruck series?

My best friend and writing buddy, Joanna, combined with a need for more awesome women in sci-fi! The two of us wanted to write fun, short stories, that explored the universe.

I know this may be difficult to answer, but who is your favorite character in the Starstruck series?

It would have to be Blayde: she’s my favorite to write, but also the hardest. Unlike Zander, the eternal optimist, her long life of immortality has shaped her personality in more complex ways. She might claim one thing while doing the complete opposite. Her relationship with Zander is complicated, and trying to connect with Sally – if she even wants to connect – is even harder. That, and I love how fierce she is.

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that aliens exist. Do you believe in aliens at all?

I’d like to. We live in an infinite universe, it would be terrifying to be the only planet with life. I’m certain there’s something out there: at least bacteria! If we could meet intelligent life in my lifetime, it would be incredible.

Do you have any strange writing habits?

I like drinking a lot of coffee before I get down to it, and listen to the weirdest music I can. I want my brain to be unsettled when I write! To force it to think completely out of the realm of sense. When I write, I can go for hours if no one pokes me and pulls me out of the zone. I have frequently fallen asleep at the keyboard, which is fun because then I don’t remember what I wrote the night before!

Do you have a favorite place to write?

In my favorite armchair, wrapped in a fluffy blanket. I love the creature comforts.

What’s your favorite snack while writing?

I like making myself a creamy Nutella dip and eating it with apple slices. Delicious and moderately good for me!

Speaking of writing, what’s your favorite type of scene to write?

Witty, fast paced, action packed dialogue. The kind when two characters (or more) get into a jam and angrily yell at each other while running from danger. It’s so much fun!

Have you always loved writing?

Since before I could even hold a pen! I would tell stories to my family and bed them to write them down. They were not all that good, but I didn’t care. I’ve always been a storyteller, and always wanted to write books.

Which authors have inspired you to write?

Douglas Adams has to be first and foremost. His Hitchhiker’s Guide series was (and still is) mind blowing to me, and shaped my perception of the universe. But the books I devoured in middle school were perhaps what pushed me to write: the Series of Unfortunate Events, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, I was obsessed, how could I not write? These days Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab are the authors I look up to most.

If you’re not writing books, what would you be doing for a living?

Being an awesome astrophysicist! I’m actually working on my Masters of Space sciences. I don’t know if I have the aptitude to be a researcher, but I love discovering and exploring this universe.

Is there any other projects you’re working on right now that you could talk about?

I have a few that I’m free to disclose… other than the third Starstruck book (Traveler! Out spring 2018!) I’m working on three main projects. There’s a reverse X-Files type mystery novel; a YA scifi in the same vein as Starstruck, but basically Wizard of Oz IN SPACE; and finally a YA contemporary about teenagers with unfortunate superpowers. This November I’ll be working on a super secret project for Nanowrimo!

If you could cast your characters in a movie or T.V. show adaptation of your book, who would you pick and why?

I love this question. So, for Sally, it would have to be Britt Robertson: when I saw her in Tomorrowland, I immediately thought of Sally. For Zander, Rohit Khandelwal: for years, I couldn’t find another human being that looked like this character of mine, until one day I saw this Indian model’s photo and my jaw actually dropped. That’s our Zander! And for Blayde – Hannah John-Kamen. I love her in Killjoys, and she’d be perfect to capture Blayde’s personality!

If you could be a superhero what kind of power would you have and what would your name be?

Oooh I love this question! I definitely would love telekinesis, but for a superhero name? I love Spectra, even though it would have nothing to do with my power!

What’s on your TBR right now? Just name a few.

Massive list! The Girl in the Tower (Katherine Arden), Akata Witch (Nnedi Okorafor), Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari), A Dangerous Game (Madeline Dyer), Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman), Reality is Not What it Seems (Carlo Rovelli), Room (Emma Donoghue). For now?

Favorite books while growing up?

So, so many! As mentioned above, I loved (still do) Harry Potter, the Series of Unfortunate Evens, Artemis Fowl, Uglies, the Gone Series, Percy Jackson, The Key to Chintak…

Do you have any secret talents?

I can sing the elements song! Haha.

What shows are you currently watching/binging?

Just binged “The Good Place” and now I don’t know what to watch! Any suggestions?
As for non binging shows, I’ve started the new Star Trek, and the Orville. So much fun! And I’ve become obsessed with Killjoys.

Favorite movie ever?

I think I’m going to say the Martian, cause both the book and the movie were brilliant.

If you could travel anywhere you want, where would you go?

Can I go to space in this scenario? If so, I’m so going there! If not? I want to road trip around Australia!

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Read more books, and write every day. If you want to write, just write! You have to commit and put in time every day. I know you’re going to hear this everywhere, but that’s because it’s true, and it’s the tried and trusted method of becoming an author.

Hope you enjoyed reading this fun interview! Don’t forget to add this amazing series to your TBR. You can check out my review for Startstruck HERE. I’ll also be doing a review for Alienation after the release, so be sure to come back and check it out.

JACKET

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There’s something new to read see or hear on each of these stops.

Don’t forget to hunt for that special word and if you find ALL of them, send them to scavengerhunt@bolidepublishing.com and you could win a signed copy of Alienation and a gift pack of unique swag. This contest is open internationally.

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Book Blitz – Canary Club

The Canary Club
Sherry D. Ficklin
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: October 16th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult

“Bad Luck” Benny is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.

Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.

Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York.

Perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams’ A CERTAIN AGE or Libba Bray’s THE DIVINERS, THE CANARY CLUB by Sherry D. Ficklin will entice Historical Romance fans of all ages. This Gatsby-era tale filled with dazzling speakeasies, vicious shoot-outs, gritty gangsters, and iridescent ingenues has also been compared to the television series Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.

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EXCERPT:

Lepke.

I roll the name around in my head like a curse.

Glancing back over my shoulder toward my room, toward June, I know what I have to do.

For the most part, it suits me just fine to let people think I’m just some silly girl, some empty-headed dame. Because what it means is that they never see me coming, never suspect me of being capable of doing terrible things.

But I am my father’s daughter.

I was born to violence like a fish is born to water. It’s part of me, part of who I am. All my life I’ve watched the people around me suffer—the women most of all. It’s a fact of this life that more often than not, shots are fired, grievances aired, and warnings sent through the women around the powerful men. They are soft targets. Disposable, but cared for enough to make a point.

In this business, women are nothing more than weaknesses to be guarded and fodder to be thrown when needed. Pawns in a game we aren’t even allowed to play. It’s one of the reasons I was so glad when Mother had sent me off to private school upstate. For a few months, I’d felt normal. Safe.

Being called back to the life after losing her was like suddenly having an axe hanging over my head again. For one dark, dark moment I’d considered running away—and I might have too. But soon enough I realized that this is where I belong, even if I might wish otherwise. I have to do what I can to protect my family, what family I have left. I know my part and I can play it as well as any Hollywood starlet. I know I should be appalled, bereaved that things like this come so easily to me now. But I let that grief, and the dreams of being anything other than what I am, go a long time ago. And so I stay. Cursed to walk the fine line between hero and villain, between vengeance and redemption.

But Lepke isn’t going to get away with this. Not this time.

I drag my hand through the water, mixing in the salts, cementing my plan in my head.

As soon as I deposit June in the tub I steal away to the den to make a call.

“Hello?” Vincent Coll’s groggy answer reverberates through the receiver.

My heart stutters at the sound of his voice. “It’s Masie. I need a favor.”

“What’s up, doll?”

I hesitate, biting my bottom lip. It’s then that I notice the smear of blood on my dress.

“I have blood on me, Vinny,” I say, more to myself than him, but his tone heightens.

“Are you alright?” He’s awake now, alert and sharp.

“It’s not my blood,” I clarify. “It’s the blood of someone I care about, though.”

He calms again, “What do you need?”

“Lepke Brewer,” I spit the name, unable to quite put into words how I want him to suffer. How much I want him to hurt.

On the other end of the line there’s a deep sigh, followed by the sound of a lighter flicking and Vinny taking a long drag. Despite being someone I once cared about greatly, Vinny is a dangerously unstable man on a good day. I know he’ll do what I’m about to ask without breathing a word of it to anyone—not out of loyalty to me or sympathy for June and what had happened to her, but for the sheer opportunity to level some brutality on a rival. Most people call him Mad Dog, thanks to his reputation for being about as well tempered as a rabid animal. But to me, he’s just Vinny, the young boy who’d come to stay with us after being expelled from the Catholic Reform School his mother had abandoned him to. We’d spent our formative years together, thick as thieves and practically family, until he took up the roll as Daddy’s enforcer and hit man. He’d changed after that.

Hell, we’d both changed. And neither of us for the better.

I roll the memory of him around in my head, biting the inside of my cheek as I decide what to say next. We haven’t been close in a very long time, and that’s the way it has to be. It might have been something more once, or maybe I just wanted there to be something there that never was. He’d kissed me exactly once, and it had been enough to sear itself into my memory, only to be buried beneath piles of disappointment and choices neither of us can take back. He has to be hard to do what he does, with no weaknesses for our enemies to exploit. And if I’m being honest, it’s the darkness in him that terrifies me. Not because I don’t understand it, but because I do. I know exactly how easy it would be to allow myself to be consumed by the violence of this life—and how good I would be at it.

But that’s not the person I want to be.

Even so, here I am, about to ask him to do the dirty work for me, just so I can keep my hands just a little bit clean.

“You want him taken care of?” he asks finally.

I suck in a breath before answering. Yes, I want him dead. I want him wiped from the face of the earth so he can’t ever hurt anyone ever again. I imagine myself saying yes. I imagine myself throwing a fistful of dirt onto Lepke’s coffin as it’s lowered into the ground. And then I imagine trying to look myself in the mirror every day after that.

“I want him to hurt,” I say after a moment. “I want him to be broken to the core of him. But leave him breathing.”

Leave it to Vinny to echo my own fears back to me. “You sure about this, Mas?” he asks, taking another drag and exhaling it slowly. “It’s not going to keep you up at night?”

It’s a barb from an accusation I’d leveled at him the last time we spoke, when I’d asked how he slept at night, after all he’d done. His answer had been crude and aimed to hurt me. Mine would be much kinder.

“I suppose I will have to find a way to live with myself,” I answer, keeping my tone indifferent.

He hangs up without even saying goodbye.

I hold the receiver in my hand for a few heartbeats before returning it to its cradle. JD is being groomed to take over the family business and –despite daddy’s constant berating that he’s too soft-hearted or slow-witted or whatever insult he feels like hurling in the moment for the job—I’ve never stepped in and asked for a place in the business. I’m just the girl, after all, to be coddled and protected and mollified. I’d been surprised that he let me worm my way into the club as it’s headline singer rather than being shipped off to wherever. Now, I can’t help but wonder, if Daddy had seen me tonight, if he might rethink the line of ascension.

And I can’t help but wonder what life would be like for me if he did.

 

Author Bio:

Sherry is the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

Sherry also writes contemporary romance under the pen name SJ Noble. You can find her at her official website, http://www.sherryficklin.com, or stalk her on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/sherry.ficklin.

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Mystery Blogger Award 2

Happy Friday Lovelies! So happy it’s the weekend. This week has been long and blah at work for me. Do you have any fun plans this weekend? I actually don’t know if I’m doing anything fun — there’s cleaning and doing laundry, running errands, and oh yeah packing for my trip/vacation to NEW YORK!!! I’ll be going with my boyfriend, my brother and his girlfriend so it’s like a double date vacation. We’ve already purchased our tickets to see Wicked and visit Lady Liberty. We haven’t completely planned the rest, but I’m soooo excited!!

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This is my second nomination for this award, so I would like to say thank you so much to Marty @thecursedbooks! I’m so grateful for every nomination I receive and you are all  absolutely wonderful. That’s why there may be some repeats for the same awards.

The rules…

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Let’s start with the facts :

1. I LOVE Supernatural. I’ve watched the entire series at least 5 times.

2. I LOVE Mediterranean food. (Well, I just love food in general haha)

3. I LOVE coffee, not for the caffeine (it never works on me and I can sleep minutes after drinking it), but for the taste.


Marty’s Questions 

1. What are some of your most favourite movies? Hocus Pocus, The Notebook, LOTR, Harry Potter, Marvel/superhero movies, and Star Wars movies.

2. If you could live in a bookish universe, which one would it be? No fair! I want to live in a lot…but if I could pick one, it’s mostly likely going to be Hogwarts in Harry Potter.

3. Do you have any diverse book recommendations? The Lunar Chronicles, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series, and When Dimple Met Rishi are some of my faves.

4. If you could only read one genre in your entire life, what genre would that be? Romance… I’m a romance addict at heart!

5. Dogs or cats? Again…not fair! They’re honestly both so cute and adorable. I’ll have to go with dogs just because I’ve always had dogs and I love being able to take walks or go jogging/running with my dog. (but cats are cool too!)


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My Nominations

I’m only nominating 5 in this post because I was nominated for a 3rd time so I’ll have another set of 5 lovely bloggers in that post sometime in the next week or so.

  1. Macy from @cantstopwontstopbooks
  2. Trisha @bookandmorebd
  3. Jenn @boundtowriting
  4. Cassie @rantsandravesofabibliophile
  5. Hanna @hannabananareads

My Questions

  1. If there was a Zombie Apocalypse and you can only take three books with you, which ones would you pick?
  2. If you can time travel, where would you go?
  3. Favorite snack while reading.
  4. If you can have a date with one of your favorite characters, who would you pick and why?
  5. What are some of your favorite T.V. shows?

Thanks again Marty! You’re questions were so fun to answer.

Hope you all enjoyed reading this post.

Let me know in the comments which 3 books you’ll take with you if there was a Zombie Apocalypse. Mines would probably be Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (for when I need a good cry… it’s also a romance and Dean is one of my favorite book boyfriends), Forever Doon by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp (for when I need some fun), and Winter from the Lunar Chronicles (because it’s one of my favorite series). I’m hoping there’s still internet for a while so that I can download all the books I can fit in my iphone/ipad haha.

Have a great weekend!!

Sincerely Karen Jo

Cover Reveal – Right Gift Wrong Day

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Right Gift. Wrong Day
Natalie Decker
(Offsides, #1.5)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Tyler Richardson is freaking out! Not only did he invite his new girlfriend to meet his entire family, this is also the day they will exchange gifts. But what do you get a girl after dating for only two weeks? Should he listen to his friends and just give her a card, or should he ask for a second opinion?

Layla can’t believe she agreed to have dinner with Tyler and his family. What if they don’t like her? To make matter’s worse, they agreed to exchange Christmas gifts. The boy already has everything. And what if she gets him something that’s nicer than what he gets her? That would be really awkward. Asking him what he would like is completely out of the question. Maybe she should ask his friends for help.

After a rocky start, Tyler and Layla’s relationship is everybody’s relationship goals. But can Tyler and Layla survive the holidays without losing their cool?

RIGHT GIFT WRONG DAY is a hilarious companion novella to RIGHT TEXT WRONG NUMBER from Natalie Decker.

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Author Bio:

Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

Find out more visit: http://www.authornataliedecker.com

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This book sounds so fun! Definitely adding it on my TBR! What do you think? Leave your comments down below.

Sincerely Karen Jo