Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Fountain of the Earth by H.L Le Roy

Title: The Fountain of the Earth
Author: H. L. LeRoy
Format: Trade paper, E-book
Trade paper page count: 272
Publish Date: November 22, 2013
Series: The Fountain of the Earth
Series Number: 1
Publisher: Tranquille Press
ISBN 978-0615710082
Genre: Young Adult - Dystopian 

Book Description:

The first in a planned series, The Fountain of the Earth is set on the West Coast following a catastrophic solar flare that has destroyed civilization, leaving only a few people struggling to survive. After witnessing the vicious murder of her mother, Terra Vonn (15) has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plans, savagery intervenes and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the men south through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics, the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she is neither as tough nor as brave as she thinks she is. Worse, she may be the only one who stands between what little remains of civilization and destruction.

Terra Vonn is fighting to survive in a destroyed world,
surrounded by unspeakable horror . . .
and things are about to get much worse.

H. L. (Holly) LeRoy is an American short story writer and novelist, author of the award winning Street Crimes anthology and the novel The Fountain of the Earth (Nov. 22, 2013), first in a series of young adult adventures. Born in San Jose, California, LeRoy currently resides in Pioneer, California with his family.

Author Links:
Twitter: @hlleroy

Other works:

Street Crimes (2012) - A bestselling mystery anthology featuring the first appearance of Jillian Varela, a tough, no nonsense female private investigator. Bronze medal winner, Global E-book Awards

Praise for Street Crimes

“...hilarious ... gritty ...for those of us who love mysteries.”
“Fast paced and entertaining!”

“A great read...hit it out of the park!”

“Great Collection of Great Stories...plenty of intrigue and action”

“5 star! Is LeRoy the next Mickey Spillane?”

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Say When by Tara West

Say When by Tara West
(Something More #1)
Publication date: July 19th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance

He told me to say when, but I can’t. Not with Andrés. It’s so hard to say anything when he’s trailing feather soft kisses down my neck, or when his touch sends hot currents of lust rippling across my skin.

Then there’s the way he smiles and offers soft words of encouragement when I’m creating art, almost like he believes I have talent.

He’s not like any guy I’ve ever met. Not like my ex-fiancée. Not like my father. He’s got me thinking that maybe we can have something more. More than just lust, degradation, and abuse.

And now I’m scared, because that means I’ll have to trust him with more than just my body, but with my heart, too.
My Thoughts  
Say When was a very quick read.  It follows Christina who is struggling with her own personal demons as she tries to go through some changes.  She’s trying to become a stronger person, a person who does not take orders from other people and is trying to take charge of her own life.

Christina was a character that I wanted to sympathize with and someone that I wanted to like and I did at some points but most of the time she came across as very whiny and childish.  I mean at one point she was throwing food at her at fiancé in a restaurant.  You just don’t do that no matter how much of a douche he is.

She flops back and forth between the girl she used to be and the girl she wants to be and I understand how hard that must be but sometimes I just wanted to grab her and smack some sense into her.

I really wish we could have gotten to know more of Andres.  It seems like he could be a very complex character with a lot of layers but just once we were starting to get to the good stuff, the story ended.  I know that there is a sequel and that we will see more of these characters but I just feel like their story cut off at a strange point for this book.

As for the concept, it was a predictable contemporary NA romance.   I felt like I knew what was going to happen before it happened with a few exceptions towards the end.  Even though it was still predictable, I did enjoy it.  I just love fluffy romances and always get caught up in it.   Say When did not disappoint.

3 out of 5 hearts

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A former Texas high school teacher, I enjoyed coaching the writing team and even the hectic deadlines that came with running the school publications. After taking a break to raise my baby girl, I now work from home as a cover artist.
In my spare time, I loves to read, exercise and spend time with family and friends. I contribute the cover art for my Whispers Series and have designed covers for over 500 other books.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Waterproof by Amber Garr

Dying of thirst is the new reality.

Five years after the last drop of clean water disappeared, global societies collapsed and nuclear war shattered all hope of recovery. In a place now only a skeleton of its former self, survivors fight to avoid capture by the government. Forced to work in factories that produce the only drinking water available, those who go in, never come out.

Zach and Vivienne have lived as deserters since they were teenagers. Fighting amongst their own and scrounging for the necessities of life, they’ve learned to rely on each other in every way. Yet when tragedy strikes and the true objectives of the government facility are revealed, their world is ripped apart. A fate once thought to hold their demise may be the sole answer to their survival. Who can they trust? Who can they believe?

In this life, it pays to be waterproof.

Disclaimer: Waterproof is a new adult dystopian with sex, violence, and language that may not be suitable for a younger audience.

 Description taken from Goodreads

The Story Behind Waterproof

As you probably already know, I work as a scientist in my other life. Over the years, my research has often focused on the conservation and restoration of aquatic species. And a lot of that time, their issues have stemmed from contaminated water or excess pollution in the environment.

For several years, I’ve wanted to write a book about what would happen to the world when humans began fighting over drinking water. And I say began, but really, it has already begun. Do you know you have to purchase water rights in some states out west when you buy property?

Have you ever experienced water restrictions in your neighborhood? Or did you know that several countries are already considered water-stressed? It’s happening, and just to show you how scary it is, here are some facts to consider:

1)      1 billion people currently don’t have access to clean drinking water.
2)      3.4 million people die from water related diseases each year.
3)      By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in a water-stressed county.
4)      An American taking a 5 minute shower uses more water than the average person living in a developing country uses in an entire day.
5)      Over 260 river basins are shared by two or more countries without adequate legal or institutional arrangements regarding water utilization.
6)      By 2020, California will face a water shortage as great as the amount they consume today.

Worried yet? I know I am. So anyway…back to Waterproof.  What will happen when the water disappears? How will society react? What unique science may evolve out of this type of tragedy? All questions I’ve asked myself for years and then had a chance to answer (or hint at) in this book.

I also wanted to highlight the idea of friendship and romance rising up out of the chaos. At a time when the survivors have to fight for every second of their life, I thought it would be nice for them to find some type of comfort in their closest friends. No time for love triangles or petty games when you’re being hunted!

So as you read this book and start thinking more about the water shortages (as I did!), check out these sites to see what little things you can do so that some day we aren’t deserters running for our lives!

My Review

The world that Amber Garr created is definitely one that I would not want to live in.  And I would probably die within the first year.  Totally serious. 

It’s been five years since humans have been scrounging to find just a drop of water.  They have been forced to learn how to survive on their own.

Waterproof follows a very tight knit “family” as they struggle to make due with what they have.  It is told from two POVs, Vivienne and Zach who have been best friends since middle school.

These two characters were great.  Vee was so freaking kick ass.  Her most prized possession is her sword.  Yes, that’s right.  I said sword.  She can pretty easily decapitate someone if need be.  She’s strong and doesn’t take crap from anybody.  She is definitely someone I would want to have my back if the world suddenly went to shit. 

And then there is Zach.  What’s not to like?  He’s loyal, optimistic, caring.  But he’s also impulsive and that sometimes gets him into trouble.  Okay, a lot of trouble.  But I mean he thought he was doing the right thing.  The one thing I really loved about Zach is how he treated Vee.  He just let her take charge and do her thing without complaining.  His loyalty to her is just so admirable.

While I did like these characters, I just did not like them together.  I loved their friendship and how they met when they were in middle school and became best friends but the romance and chemistry just seemed like it was thrown in my face as a reader.  It was way too fast, I didn’t see any kind of connection beyond true friendship.  It just seemed really forced. 

The side characters were absolutely fantastic.  I would love to know more about them and how they came into this group. 

Last but not least, the story itself.  It was so original and well thought out but I feel as though Garr just threw us into the world without any real back story.  Sure, we get some snippets, but I wanted to know everything.  I wanted to know how Vee and Zach reacted when everything first started happening.  I wanted to know what happened to the government.  When did The Factory come in to play?  What happened to their parents?  How did they find this group?  What was the first sign of the water shortage?  There were some definite holes that needed to be filled but the story was just so fast paced that it definitely made up for some of the things that I was questioning.  And it just really makes you think too.  Could this be our future?  Chills.  Serious chills.

While there were some things that didn’t sit right with me, like the iffy romance and the lack of world building, it was still a great dystopian read.  If you enjoyed Breathe by Sarah Crossan then you will definitely get sucked into Waterproof.

Also, Miss Garr, that cliffhanger was not very nice.  Not nice at all.

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 3.5/5 hearts

I received this ebook for the tour in exchange for an honest review.


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