Blog Tour and Giveaway: Finding Sage by Logan Judy

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Title: Finding Sage
Series: The Rogue
Book # or Vol #: 1
Author: Logan Judy
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia, Paranormal
Formats: E-book and paperback
Publisher: Logan Judy
Pages: 358 pages
ISBN: 9781497543232
ASIN: B00JDSJXZ8
Date Published: March 30, 2014
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In the future, some people known as rogues exhibit supernatural abilities.  That’s not a good thing, however, because the global government hunts them down and executes them, imprisons them, or forces them to become assassins.  Silas is such a rogue.  He lives day by day constantly paranoid about his chances of survival.   So when a wide-eyed hobo offers him a solution to his problems, a mysterious man who the U.N. seems desperate to find, he follows, not having the slightest clue what he’s just stepped into.
Alice hides a dark secret. Many rogues have come and gone in past years, but if people only knew how dark her so-called gift was, they would reject her. Attack her. Kill her. Where can she turn?
Sage is the one that connects them. The one that offers hope to them both. Little is known about him and precious few have seen him. So why is he the only one that the U.N. is afraid of?
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Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.
                Carter cringed with every step as he heard the metallic clashing of the chains that bound his wrists and ankles.  United Nations soldiers surrounded him: one at each side, two behind, and two in front.  They walked with their firearms close to their chests, ready for action at any moment.  He scanned his surroundings, looking for an exit: blank white walls, glass security panels, and grey tile ceiling.  Blue uniformed soldiers guarded every door, and he saw the door to his doom approaching.  He could see no windows looking into the room, only a solid white wall and the grey door, guarded by two soldiers.
                Click.  Clack.  Click.  Clack.
                The soldiers stopped at the door.  They exchanged a few words, told the guards of the door why they were there, showed their I.D.s, then entered the room.  It was far less menacing inside than Carter had imagined.  There were none of the flickering bare light bulbs, blood stains, or pungent aromas of decaying bodies that he had conjured in his mind’s eye.  The room, like everything he had ever seen in this building, was remarkably and shockingly bare.  So bare, in fact, that it was creepy.  Was this routine for them?  Was it normal?  Was there nothing extraordinary, nothing even immoral about what they were going to do? 
                They walked him to the wall on his left, and a touchscreen panel popped up.  One of the soldiers pressed a few buttons and he felt his wrists and legs pin against the wall. 
                “Sure is a sticky situation, eh?” remarked one of the soldiers to his buddies.  Soldiers often made comments like this, but always to their friends.  Common soldiers were forbidden from talking to prisoners, especially rogues.
                Ten gunmen filed in from a door on the opposite wall and lined up with their guns pointed upwards.  Behind them approached an agent, instantly recognizable with his black and blue suit.  He held his military stance with his hands behind his back and recited the appropriate words.
                “William Carter Jackson.  You have been found in violation of Sovereign Order 21, which dictates that no biologically outstanding person, defined as those exhibiting phenomena deemed supernatural or otherwise extraordinary, shall be allowed to live, under the equal opportunity statutes of the first United Nations Sovereign Order.  Your crime has been deemed punishable by death, and will therefore be carried out in a swift and humane manner, by firing squad, authorized by this Agent Sebastian Jefferson.  Do you have any last words?”
                Carter lifted his head and established eye contact with the agent.
                “Yeah, I do.”
                He waited for the soldiers to shift, to listen to what last words he had.  None of them budged, but that didn’t change what he had to say.
                “What’s so wrong with having good hearing?”
                “Ready arms,” said the agent. 
                The boy refused to break eye contact.  He looked the agent in the eye, determined in a last act of ideological rebellion that they would not ignore him.
                “Fire.”
                All ten rifles fired at once.  Blood spattered the wall behind the boy and spread into pools on the ground.  The force broke the wall’s magnetism, leaving the boy lying upon the ground.
                One of the soldiers who had escorted the boy knelt down and took a look at him.           
“Affirmative,” he said.  “We’re clear for the clean-up crew.”
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I’ve found that a lot of mainstream music (music with words) distracts me. So instead I listen to soundtrack music. I actually made this playlist on Spotify, so you can probably look it up. I named it “Soundtrack Awesomeness.”
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1 x E-Book Copy of Finding Sage
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clip_image006Logan Judy is a dystopia, science fiction, and fantasy author who published his first book, Finding Sage, in 2014.  He spends his days dreaming up new worlds and new stories, as well as wishing for a Serenity sequel.  He currently lives in Indiana with his wife and their Don Quixote-like guard dog.
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Tour Schedule – One Week Blog tour for Finding Sage by Logan Judy from May 26 to June 1, 2014.
May 26
The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl – Spotlight with Excerpt
The Idle Musings of a Writer’s Mind – Spotlight with Excerpt & Top Ten
Karen Swart – Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Dream Cast & Playlist
Eclipse Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast & Playlist
May 27
Deal Sharing Aunt – Spotlight with Excerpt & Author Interview
Our New Generation for Reading – Spotlight with Excerpt
Becca Anne’s Book Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt & Dream Cast
Night Owl Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast, Top Ten & Playlist
May 28
Cofffee Books & Art – Spotlight with Excerpt, Guest Post, Top Ten & Playlist
MI Bookshelf – Spotlight with Excerpt
Bookworm for Kids – Spotlight with Excerpt
MHZ Book Reviews and Giveaways – Spotlight with Excerpt
May 29
Bajgajka Loves Books And Giveaways – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast & Playlist
The Avid Reader – Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Dream Cast, & Playlist
Raven Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt & Top Ten
May 30
Breny’s Book Obsession – Spotlight with Excerpt
Book Hostage – Spotlight with Excerpt & Author Interview
Indy Book Fairy – Spotlight with Excerpt
A Cauldron of Books – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dream Cast, Top Ten & Playlist
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom – Spotlight with Excerpt
May 31
2 Girls & A Book – Spotlight with Excerpt
Bound 2 Escape – Spotlight with Excerpt
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Author Interview, Guest Post & Playlist
Bookraptured – Spotlight with Excerpt & Playlist
June 1
Sweet Treat Reading Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt
Step Into Fiction – Review
Author Christy Sloat – Spotlight with Excerpt & Guest Post
Fiction DReams – Spotlight with Excerpt

Book Promotion: The Children Who Time Lost by Marvin Amazon

Today’s book promotion comes from Marvin Amazon and his book called The Children Who Time Lost. If you like dystopian novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

Children That Time Lost GoodReads

Book: The Children Who Time Lost
Author: Marvin Amazon
Genre:
Dystopian/Science Fiction/Thriller

Publisher: Corinthian Publishing
Format: Hardback, Paperback, Ebook
Released: October 28, 2013

Summary:
What happened to the children?

The year is 2043, and humans have been mysteriously unable to reproduce for almost thirty years. To prevent panic and keep the population from dwindling to nothing, global authorities offer a Lotto, where a few winners each  week can enter a time portal and bring back adopted children from the future. They’re never allowed to talk about  what they saw.

The exception to this system is Los Angeles resident and reluctant celebrity Rachel Harris, the only woman of her  generation to naturally give birth. Years of medical tests and treatments have been unable to explain or replicate  her pregnancy, and the whole world grieved when Rachel’s daughter died in a tragic accident.

When Rachel wins the Lotto, she’s shocked, and then elated. She can be a mother again. But the baby she meets in 2108 carries a secret that will shatter Rachel’s reality and endanger everyone close to her. Now Rachel must race across time to save her life and her child, even as she discovers that nothing—and no one—are what they seem.

The Author:

Marvin Amazon’s Website : Here
Marvin Amazon’s Twitter: Here
Marvin Amazon’s Facebook: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
I enjoyed writing the entire book from a woman’s POV. It was very interesting and challenging, but great fun.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
The story was sparked by a conversation I had with his brother about happiness. He asked me whether I’d rather have a child or all the money in the world, but I could only choose one. I said I’d have a child without hesitation, but then paused to consider it. My final answer was still a child, but my mind went into overdrive for the rest of the night. By the morning, a fragment of a story came to me, and it grew to be The Children Who Time Lost.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Stay true to your vision and never compromise your ideas for what you think others might want to read.

What is your favorite book?
Dune

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate

I want to thank Marvin Amazon for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Children That Time Lost!

Cover Reveal: Isaura (Aberrant #3) by Ruth Silver

Title: Isaura

Author: Ruth Silver

Publisher: LazyDay Publishing (ebook)

Patchwork Press (print)

Expected Release: December 2013

Book Summary:

SECRETS WILL BE REVEALED.

 

Olivia has little choice but to head into the dangerous Gravelands, as the new government wrestles with fixing the damage to society. If traveling through outlaw territory isn’t frightening enough, Olivia learns she has exposed her secret and is hunted by those she trusted. With a race against time, her life and those she loves are in jeopardy.

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Books 1 & 2 in this series:

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About the Author

Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.


She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, “Deuces are Wild”, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.


Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.


Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian & Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.

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Review for 25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius

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My Rating: 4/5

Author: Mark Tullius
Title: 25 Perfect Days

Genre: Dystopian

Background:

Amazon Description:
A totalitarian state doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a slow, dangerous slide. 25 Perfect Days chronicles the path into a hellish future of food shortages, contaminated water, sweeping incarceration, an ultra-radical religion, and the extreme measures taken to reduce the population. Through twenty-five interlinked stories, each written from a different character’s point of view, 25 Perfect Days captures the sacrifice, courage, and love needed to survive and eventually overcome this dystopian nightmare.

Opinions:
25 Perfect Days is dystopian novel that connects short stories of the characters throughout the book. The stories begin on August 19, 2036 and ends December 25, 2076. Each chapter is a different perspective of a character – although some characters are related – in third person. For example, there is about 3 generations that are followed in this book. They even span a few generations. With so many perspectives, it can be confusing at times to read. There is a list of characters in the back, but you have to watch for spoilers. The novel follows these characters on the changes to the United States and “The Way” – a religious organization that slowly becomes more powerful. The government slowly changes things such as driver licenses, birth regulations, death sentences, etc. Not only are there political changes, but environmental changes cause extreme heat, pollution, and food/water contamination. As the novel continues, there are rebels out to stop the Controllers and The Way. The plot moves along well. The stories make it easy to stop if you have to, but at times it can be hard to keep everyone in line. The story takes on a different twist for a dystopian novel.

Overall, I enjoyed the book.  If you like dystopian novels set in the near future, you might want to try this book.

 

Review for Brightside by Mark Tullius

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My Rating: 4/5

Author:  Mark Tullius
Title:  Brightside

Genre:  Dystopian

Background:

Amazon Description:  

“Across the nation, telepaths are rounded up and sent to the beautiful mountain town of Brightside. They’re told it’s just like everywhere else, probably even nicer. As long as they follow the rules and don’t ever think about leaving. Joe Nolan is one of the accused, a man who spent his life hearing things people left unsaid. And now he’s paying for it on his hundredth day in Brightside, fighting to keep hold of his secret in a town where no thought is safe.”

Opinions:

Brightside is a story about how a telepath, Joe, comes to Brightside—a special town built on a mountain that contains all known telepaths in America.  He spends 100 days in this town trying to cope with having no secrets and wanting to leave. The story starts on day 100 and flashbacks to his earlier days at Brightside (with a few flashbacks to his childhood.) It is a different twist to dystopian books.

Characters:
Brightside is written in first person following Joe, a telepath. Joe has had a troubled past starting all the way back to his childhood (age five). He struggled through life as a telepath, unable to let others know about his ability. Eventually, the world found out that telepaths exists, and the government decided these people were a threat—an exposure to everyone else’s thoughts. Therefore, Brightside was created to mimic the rest of society. The telepaths were given a place to live and a job to earn their way. However, one wrong move and the Boots would come and send you to the cabin where you would become sedated to remain unthreatening. Joe is a complex character that is trying to cope with being turned in as a telepath. He wants to do the right thing, but everything he tries (past and present) seems to go wrong. The other characters in the book are also multi-dimensional, which makes the characters alive and realistic to the reader.

Plot:
The plot takes the reader on a journey from  a glimpse into day 100 at Brightside to his first impressions and days there. It also flashes back to his childhood from his first exposure to a group as a child going to the day where he was turned in as a telepath. Although there are flashbacks throughout the first part of the book, I followed along well enough that I knew where I was—and what point I was reading about in Joe’s life. The plot takes some twist and turns and eventually leads to an exciting ending. I think the book could have done with an epilogue at the end, especially to let the reader know what happened to some of the other less important characters that are left out at the end and how things followed through with the main characters’ relationships and future.

The Bottom Line:
Overall I enjoyed this book. I was a little busy when reading it so I didn’t finish it as soon as I normally would have – about two days. If you like dystopian stories with a twist, then you might want to try this book.


Review for Tethered Twins by Mike Essex

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My Rating: 4/5

Author:  Mikes Essex
Title: Tethered Twins

Genre:  Dystopia

Background: “A gripping dystopian adventure set in an alternate future where every baby is born with a twin, sharing a psychic link from birth. The only catch; if your twin dies you die too.
When Emmie Keyes lives through every agonising moment of her brother’s death she knows with certainty that her life is over. Despite the inevitability of imminent death she unexplainably cheats fate and survives.
Devastated by the loss of her brother and unsure why she was spared, Emmie sets out to discover the truth. She enlists the help of her best friend to help her track down the most powerful man in the world with one goal in mind; finding the truth.
In the first part of this destiny changing trilogy, Emmie finds herself questioning every loyalty she has ever known including the trust of her friends and those she loves. She challenges the very fundamentals of her broken society in her quest to find out why she survived.
In this action packed debut novel that is adrenaline soaked from the very first page you will uncover the truth behind the Tethers that bind Emmie’s world with shocking revelations and mind bending twists along the way.”

Opinions:

Tethered Twins was an action-packed, dystopian society book—first book of a trilogy. The beginning of the book started off intense with the murder of Emmie’s brother and continued to take twists and turns throughout the novel. The reader must try to figure out what exactly is going on and who are really the good guys that Emmie should trust. [I’ll try to keep this all spoiler-free]

Characters:
The book used first and third person. Emmie was the main character (written as first person) in the book. She lived a hard life especially after she survived when her brother died, denoting something special about her. Banding together with support of her childhood friends, Emmie went on an adventure to discover why her brother was killed and what made her so special that she didn’t die when he did. Secrets were afoot even with her best friend, Grace. Control and power were a focal point for a lot of the characters.

Plot:
This was a fast-paced novel taken place in the near future England. The world was completely changed after the 21 day siege, and this left implications for the characters in Tethered Twins. The plot provided an intriguing storyline that kept me interested throughout the book. I finished it with two days. The story will leave the reader wanting to know what will happen, especially with the twists at the end.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would like to read what happens in the upcoming trilogy. There were some questions left unanswered/new questions formed by the end of the book. If you like action dystopian books, you should like this one.