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Blog Tour Stop ~ Book Review – When the World Ends by J.J. Marshall

27 Oct

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Publication Date: July 26, 2013

“We’re here as a terrorist cell looking to bring down the Board of Officials that essentially controls the entire Human Race. Those on Earth may have their own figures of authority in the Spheres but whether they ultimately live or die depends on decisions that the Board make. If we take them down then Humanity after they’re gone can only be better” At the dawn of the 22nd Century, the Earth is dead. A lethal alien organism has rendered the planet uninhabitable and a small fraction of humanity has retreated to Space and the Moon. Those that remain on Earth are trapped in huge Spheres that encompass entire cities, tinted to defend against the deadly UV radiation that the atmosphere no longer protects Humanity from. 17-year-old Alec Corbett lives aboard the adapted International Space Station. One ordinary day in his mundane life he transforms his potential when he discovers information that could expose the corruption of the Board of Officials that now controls humanity. Armed with nothing but knowledge and his friend Jonah Jones by his side, Alec’s righteous judgement leads them on a merciless and unforgiving path. For there is one key problem – the information comes from his father Landon Corbett; a member of the Board. Pitted against his own flesh and blood, Alec finds himself in a unique position to end the Board of Officials’ dictatorship over Humanity. However, all is not as it seems and as the stakes grow increasingly higher, Humanity reaches the brink of all-out-war. Only Alec and his group of friends can peacefully negate the situation, but it all depends on whether or not anyone will listen to a 17-year-old boy.

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Let me start off with WOW, When the World Ends was exceptionally written. There was so much action going on and the way Marshall wrote the details was awesome. While reading this book I thought of every space movie I’ve ever seen (Sphere and Alien come to mind right now) and also of The Dwellers Saga by David Estes since When the World Ends falls into the futuristic dystopian genre, which by the way I absolutely loved.

This book is based in the future where Earth is dying from an alien organism that is eating away at its ozone layer. Humans are routed to the Moon on a facility called the International Space Station (ISS) in hopes to escape the horrid effects the organism has caused. But not everyone fits, there is limited space and many people are left behind.

The ISS is divided into levels, the higher your level the wealthier you are. 17-year old Alec lives a dull, boring life on level 3. His father Landon is on the Board of Officials. Alec likes to wander around Level 1. He meets and befriends a boy close in age named Jonah. Alec happens to come upon some disgraceful information that could be responsible for the deaths of two thousand people. Alec doesn’t agree with what his father does and he decides to form a group to help the less fortunate against the President and the Board members. Then shit gets real…

I was captivated by the background stories of the characters. Where they came from, what/who the left behind and how they ended up where they are now. Everything they went through I felt, happiness, sadness, grief and love, which I think is very important when reading a book. I felt sad for both Alec and Jonah; though they are from “different worlds” they are still the same.

Amazing job for a debut novel, I expect we will be seeing great things from Marshall in the future.

 

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“I am currently studying a B.Sc. Physical Geography Degree at the University of Reading in Berkshire, England, with the intention of pursuing a career in teaching secondary school pupils. I was born and raised in England and am presently twenty years old. “When the World Ends. . .” is my first publication and I’m incredibly excited to be working with the people at AuthorHouse in bringing my story to real, tangible pages! Writing has always been a hobby and a passion of mine from a very young age; I can recall writing a novel on my first family computer which was inspired (as well as a being blatant rip-off!) of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. It was really this book; the first full novel I had ever read by myself, that inspired me to write for myself and to create worlds beyond our own and fictions that can redefine the past or give suppositions about the future. I would list J.K. Rowling as one of my top inspirations, as well as the likes of Anthony Horowitz, Ian Banks, Charlaine Harris and Suzanne Collins. I also draw inspiration from T.V. shows and scriptwriters, such as Joss Whedon, J.J. Abram, Maurissa Tancheroen, Steven Moffat and Jane Espenson. Their work and the way that they construct characters and stories spur and challenge me to create my own little realities. So welcome to one of my little realities! I hope you enjoy it.

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All Hallows Eve Indies Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway – Joe by H.D. Gordon

20 Oct

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When I signed up for this blog tour we were asked if we had a preference on which author to work with. I instantly picked H.D. Gordon as I have read and loved her Alexa Mongomery SagaIt has been an honor being able to connect with HD. Gordon. So before we get started I wanted to send her a very BIG Thank You! 🙂
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I love this time of year. The weather gets cooler, the days grayer and the spirits are shifted. Leaves turn bright red. Thick fog rolls in over areas surrounded by water. The days die more quickly, the world darker for longer periods. It is during this time that we grab masks and paints and costumes, turning ourselves either into the things we wish to be, or the things we fear the most. Children take to the streets to break the cardinal rule of childhood: taking candy from strangers. Ordinary yards are spotted with foam tombstones, triangular eyes and gaping mouths stare out from the faces of what used to be ordinary pumpkins, standing sentries on the doorsteps of our homes. It is during this time when the world shifts just slightly off its axis, and the taboos of our culture are dressed up in custom and paraded about in shameless exhibition.

We get to wear boots again, and wrap ourselves in warm blankets as we sip cider and watch old movies that gave us our first true taste of terror as children, the ones we laid in our beds at night replaying while being careful to keep our ankles from hanging out over the edge—should something be waiting just under our soft mattress to drag us to the place we once knew existed; the place where the boogie man made soup from the body parts of lost children. The place where our mothers would not hear our screams.

If you think about it, this time of year allows us to embrace our biggest fears without having to hide our horror. We turn our truest terror into a commercial event, knowing that one day a tombstone similar to the foam decorative ones we pick up at Target and place on our lawns will one day rest over our own heads. Only, the one that marks our resting place will not be made of foam, but rather a sturdy, cold stone. It is our way of acknowledging the thing wrapped in the white sheet, of admitting that a white sheet waits for every one of us in the not too distant future.

White Sheets is the name of the next book I will be self-publishing, and if you know anything about me, you know this book is a sequel to my paranormal thriller, Joe. If you’re looking for a good dose of real-world terror and heroism, or just an absorbing read in general, the kind that will make your pumpkin spice coffee go cold in your hand as you sit reading it under those warm blankets on your couch, then Joe is what you’re looking for.

It is a story that takes you into the mind of a genuine psychopath planning a massacre, a stuttering young girl with visions of the future, and six ordinary people who will all be in the line of fire come the time of the shooting. It opens with the psychopath, a young man who calls himself The Decider, as he is riding down the Highway toward his college campus with a semi-automatic pistol on his lap and an AK-47 in the black backpack on the seat beside him. Then we go back to when Joe, our wonderfully different heroine, sees what The Decider is planning. We watch as Joe, along with six other attendees of the college, all race toward the fateful Monday, when the man with the guns plans to make his move. It is a story about love and loss and sacrifice. It is terrifying and uplifting. It has that delicious paranormal flavor I know you love so well with real-world relevancy that will leave you breathless. It’ll go down well with that pumpkin spice coffee and the cold nights that wait ahead. You’ve got my word on it.

Also, Joe 2: White Sheets, is coming soon, and I know after reading Joe you’ll be dying to take a peek under those snow-colored covers. Just dangle your foot out over the edge here, my darlings. I swear it’s perfectly safe. J

Happy Halloween, everyone! And thank you so much for reading!

H. D. Gordon

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Publication Date: June 29, 2012

From the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga comes a story that will take you into the mind of a genuine psychopath, the lives of six ordinary people, and the world of a very special girl named Joe. Joe is seemingly an ordinary college student. She works, studies and reads. But in between these activities, Joe has a gift that promises to add a dose of color to her life at any given moment. Joe sees things before they happen. Bad things, and the worst thing she has ever faced is just around the corner. Someone is planning a massacre at the college university Joe attends, and the only person with a hope of stopping the psychopath is her. Oh, the beauty of foresight. More like a curse. Joe has four days to figure out the mystery, make plans to take down the psycho, and save the lives of people. People like you and me. Ordinary people.

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H. D. Gordon is the bestselling author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held spots in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for the past year. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series, The Rise was the third installment and H. D. is completing Alexa’s tales in December of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a thrilling fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty three years old and lives in the northeastern United States.
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