June 13, 2017

Organic by Jadah McCoy New Release


Jadah McCoy’s ORGANIC, pitched as Bladerunner meets Pitch Black, in which 18-year-old Syl has barely survived the genetic splicing that plagued her human body. After discovering the androids’ plot to wipe out human and Cull alike, Syl must return to Elite to warn the other survivors. However, with the realization that her group of survivors isn’t the only one, also comes the realization that some humans are just as bad as androids. Bastion and Syl grow closer, however, their relationship suffers under the weight of her past ghosts and a growing threat that endangers human and android alike. 


Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE
Syl
Breathing is a habit. The oxygen filters into my system, fizzles through my circuits then dissipates to nothingness. This new body is alien; it feels like my own, but I know it’s not. My eyes fall on the hole in front of me―the giant chunk of concrete ripped from the ground where the entrance to the Sanctuary used to be.
The music in my ear stutters to a stop, and the gun in my hand hangs limp.
We’re too late.
Bastion kneels beside me, leaning against his weapon as he studies the torn roots and claw marks that score the earth. His coattails catch in the dry dirt beneath him. He looks up, blue eyes lit with mechanical brightness. “I take it this isn’t the work of the Cull you’re used to?”
I step closer, peering into the hole. It’s probably fifteen feet in diameter. Gashes scar the walls all the way down until the tunnel opens up at the sewers. No sound comes from within―no sign that anyone inside might still be alive.
A frown pulls my lips down. “No.”
“Syl.” Bastion stands, prepared to stop me.
Ignoring him, I step off the uneven ledge. My body falls through the air, landing with a small splash in the sewers below. A fall at that height would have broken my human body’s legs, but the metal frame absorbs the impact and then some. I take off, running full speed in the direction of the Sanctuary. These muscles, they never grow weak, or tired, or burn with exhaustion. Bastion catches up quickly, his footsteps shadowing mine. Darkness isn’t an obstacle for us; we can see through it as if it were daylight.
The metal bars, the same ones I slipped through so long ago to escape this place, are bent open. I step over one that now lies placidly in the mildewed water. The others look like an old man’s teeth―jagged, uneven, broken.
But beyond the destroyed entrance…
I freeze, my body refusing to move any farther. Chicken feathers litter the area, dingy and bloodstained. Beneath them lie the bodies of people I grew up with. People I know. People I care about. Static fills my ears like a thick layer of cotton.
Symbols hover over a corpse, simulated by my brain―cortex―whatever it is. They shimmer and flicker before translating into letters: deceased. The word populates again and again, a dozen times, once for each body, and I choke.


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About Jadah McCoy

Jadah McCoy currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she works as a paralegal. In her spare time she can be found traveling the world, reading, or (surprise, surprise) writing. 

The last book in the Kepler Chronicles trilogy is due for publication in 2018.

Author links: Facebook, Twitter


May 15, 2017

Ghost Code by Sarah Negovetich New Release


The wait is over! From the bestselling author of the Acceptance series, comes an all new YA-standalone that's sure to be the first summer smash-hit! Sarah Negovetich delivers and you won't want to miss out. Grab your copy today!

Title: Ghost Code
Author: Sarah Negovetich
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 15, 2017

"Ghost Code is a fast paced thrill ride that will take you to the very edge--of life and of love--and leave you begging for just one more page." 

-Bestselling Author Sherry D. Ficklin (The Hacker Series)





"Without dreams, what's the point of being awake?"

After a lifetime of fighting cancer, eighteen-year-old Viv Quiroga is dying. But she’s determined to go out on her own terms. Instead of wasting away in a hospital watching her mom worry over their mounting debt, she volunteers for a private research program.

For thirty days she’ll live in a coma as a human lab rat. When her time is up, they turn off the machines and pay off all her medical bills.

It’s supposed to be a one way trip.

Until Viv wakes up and learns what it really means to live.

     


Sarah Negovetich

Sarah Negovetich knows you don't know how to pronounce her name and she's okay with that.

Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it's accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.

Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and performing on stage at BE Theatre. Her goal in life is to never grow up.


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April 30, 2017

Z = Zazu #AtoZChallenge

April 30. Sunday. The last day in April and the last day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I had such fun with it this year, and I hope you all have enjoyed reading the posts.

Today, I am wrapping up my exploration into what fairy tale characters can teach us today with...

Z = Zazu

I adore The Lion King. I've seen it on Broadway, at Disney World's Wild Animal Park (several times), and a smaller production in San Jose, California, and of course I've watched the movie a gazillion times. My oldest daughter loved it so much that she wore out the VHS tape. Yep, VHS tape. She is 16, almost 17, after all.

What can we learn from Zazu today?

Love your job. If you have a job, find a way to enjoy it. Or, get a new one. Zazu certainly faced challenges with watching out for a willful, young Simba. But Zazu wanted to do his best for the future king. 

A sense of humor can get you through a lot. I truly believe laughter can be the best medicine. Zazu taught us this several times, but my favorite is the scene with Scar when Zazu is singing  It's A Small World.

Thanks for spending the month of April with me. I hope you'll take a look back at posts you have missed. 

April 29, 2017

Y = Yzma #AtoZChallenge

It's the weekend. I hope you have some awesome stuff planned. Believe it or not, we got a dump of snow last night here in Colorado. Good thing it's supposed to be in the 70s by early in the week.

Only two days left in April... time to wrap up the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. And I'm left with Y and Z. As you can guess, not the easiest letters. 

So, I'm pretty happy that I found...

Y = Yzma

Yes, the evil lady from The Emporer's New Groove. I'm sure you are wondering how I'll tie Yzma into my theme of what we can learn from fairy tale characters today.

Ah, but I can. In all honesty, we can learn something from anyone, no matter how evil they might be.

If you want something, go for it. Don't let others dissuade you if you truly believe in a goal. Yzma didn't. And let's be fair, initially Kuzco was a real jerk, so maybe he should have been replaced. Just saying.

Oh, and don't be a selfish villain in your own tale. They rarely get the prize.

How'd I do?

April 28, 2017

X = X Marks the Spot #AtoZChallenge

TGIF!

Wow. It's already the last Friday in April. I'm not quite sure where this month has gone. And that means the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is almost over.

And of course these last few letters are quite challenging.

After multiple internet searches for a fairy tale character whose name began with X, I decided to think outside the box.

So...

X = X marks the spot

How many fairy tales have a treasure map? And what indicates the ultimate goal on the treasure map? An X.

What can "X marks the spot" teach us today?

If presented with an amazing opportunity (we'll call this a treasure map for today's purposes), figure out your ultimate goal (the X) and go for it. Follow the journey until you get the prize.

But also enjoy and appreciate the journey. Don't just rush to the X and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Not only does the journey teach us, it helps us to further appreciate what we earn at the end.

If you had a treasure map, what would your X be right now? 

For me, it'd be hitting the New York Times bestseller list. Just saying. 

April 27, 2017

W = Wendy #AtoZChallenge

Happy Thursday!

Welcome to another day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, where my theme is: what can fairy tale characters teach us today.

And we're almost through the alphabet, landing on W today.

W = Wendy

I love Peter Pan as witnessed by my previous posts: P = Peter Pan and T = Tiger Lily. Check them out if you haven't already. There's so much we can learn from characters who are in the prime of youth and considering whether they want to grow up. Ever.

What can we learn from Wendy today?

Lift as You Climb. I'm stealing this saying from hearing it for years at Utopia Con. As opportunities come your way, share information and experiences with others who have similar interests. Nobody wants to be on top of the mountain all alone. Wendy could have gone alone to Neverland with Peter Pan, but she shared the adventure with her brothers.

Young people can be leaders. Don't be content to just follow. Lead when you can, especially if you have experience. Wendy had to learn to grow up and lead, and she didn't shy away from it just because she was young.

Don't be afraid to try new things. Life is about growing and experiencing. Don't let fear be your guide. 

What did you learn from any of the characters in Peter Pan?

April 26, 2017

V = Vanessa #AtoZChallenge

I hope everyone is going well halfway through this lovely week, the last week of April and of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

As we get into these later letters, the challenge becomes, well, more challenging. So I cheated a bit today, but only a bit.

Yesterday, I featured Ursula as part of my theme of what fairy tale characters can teach us today.

So, I thought I'd cover Ursula's alter ego...

V = Vanessa

Remember when Ursula knew she was losing and turned herself into a human to fight for Eric and make sure she kept Ariel's voice?

That woman was named Vanessa.


What can we learn from Vanessa today?

Don't let appearances fool you. Vanessa still had the black heart of Ursula even though she became a gorgeous woman with a beautiful voice. Ariel ultimately figured it out thanks to her friends. But just because something comes in a beautiful package doesn't make it a thing of beauty.

Don't rush into marriage. Take your time to make sure it's right. Or, in Eric's case, that you aren't under some evil spell and overlooking the actual love of your life. 

Okay, it's V, I'm trying. LOL

Can you think of a better V character?