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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blog Tour | Book Spotlight: Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell + Music Playlist + Giveaway!

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Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell OFFICIAL BLOG TOUR


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Title: Expiration Day
Author: William Campbell Powell
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Tor Teen
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopia
Reading Level: Young Adult


What happens when you turn eighteen and there are no more tomorrows?It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real?

Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted—never to be heard from again.
    



Music Playlist
These are the songs that Tania’s band covers -

Blondie Hanging on the Telephone
The Police Message in a Bottle
Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart
The Who Can’t Explain
Eric Clapton After Midnight
The Rolling Stones Satisfaction
These are the other songs referenced in the book
Kid Thomas Wail, Baby, Wail
The Who My Generation
Slade Gudbye t’ Jane, etc…
Tor books has put together a playlist on Spotify with these tracks – check out http://expirationdaybook.com and look under Tania’s blog.


About The Author: William Campbell Powell

Find William @

William Campbell Powell was born in 1958 in Sheffield, but grew up in and around Birmingham. He was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, and gained a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. Leaving Clare College in 1980 with a BA in Computer Science, he entered the computer industry, which is where he has been ever since.



William has been writing since 2002, experimenting with various genres, but he is most at home with Science Fiction, Historical Fiction and fiction for Young Adults. 




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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Spotlight: Magic Within by Sara Fitzgerald | Excerpt + Book Trailer + Giveaway!

Hey gang! 

Today I'm helping author Sara Fitzgerald promote her new YA novel, Magic Within. The book is packed full of paranormal awesomeness - witches, werewolves, magic and romance! I will be sharing with you all about the book including a except, book trailer, and a giveaway to win a copy of the book (and a Amazon/B&N GC). Enjoy!



Magic Within by Sara Fitzgerald
Published February 1, 2014 by Champagne Books
Pages 132 - Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-1-77155-071-0

Nancy, a purple-haired witch, has never fit in with the kids in town. She has always felt something was deeply wrong with her. When Josh, her best friend, is attacked by a werewolf, Nancy seeks a potion to save him from the werewolf curse within him. But Josh’s fate--werewolf or human--is his to decide, when the potion is injected during his transition at the full of the moon.

Nancy, too, must make a choice. Her mother, her best friend, and a steadfast young man all see the magic within her. Can she finally accept who she is and give love a chance?
Purchase @ Amazon | Smashwords | B&N | Champagne Books




- Excerpt for Josh - 

In the blackness of the night, Josh growled from deep inside his body. The pain was intense. More than anything he’d experienced. He gasped and stared at the alluring full moon. His body violently twisted.
He looked at his contorted hands; claws were forming. He was changing into a werewolf. This couldn’t be possible. He never even tasted human flesh and yet he’d always envied the power and freedom of Eric. To have no restraints. Nothing to constrain his behavior. Pure freedom.
“No!” he screamed into the night. Not him. Yet the stupid darkness had always appealed to him. He had even wanted to be a bloodsucker. Did evil lurk within his soul? Was this his fate? To be changed into a monster?
He frantically looked for Nancy, Nick and his sister. They were floating barely above him on the broomsticks. Horror flooded their faces, and tears filled his sister’s eyes.
Samantha dipped her broom lower. “No, Josh, please don’t do this.”
Nick raised his gun. Nancy quickly pushed it down.
Josh’s body quivered. “Kill me.”



About The Author: Sara Fitzgerald

Find Sara @

Sara lives with her husband and seven-year-old daughter in Salt Lake City. She loves romance, intrigue, writing and exploring the city with her family. Her two favorite parts of the day are reading bedtime stories with her daughter and hanging out with her husband.


The Deets:

To enter please use the rafflecopter from below. 
Open INTL (as long as you can receive online Amazon/B&N Giftcards)
1 winner will receive an ebook copy of the book & $10 GC.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Q&A + Giveaway: Burn Out by Kristi Helvig | Win a SIGNED copy of BURN OUT!

Hello everyone! 
Today I have the pleasure of having new debut author Kristi Helvig on the blog promoting her NEW book, BURN OUT. I've done an author interview with Kristi I hope you all will enjoy. Also Egmont USA (and Kristi) are giving me a SIGNED hardcopy of BURN OUT  to giveaway on my blog. To enter use the form below on this post. Enjoy!




Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
Hardcover (ebook) - 272 Pages
Published April 8th 2014 by EgmontUSA
Genre: YA - Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic

"A scorching series opener not to be missed." - Kirkus 

A futuristic blend of Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans's Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure. 

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.




Hi Beckie—thanks so much for having me on the blog today!


Me: Where did the idea for your new book, BURN OUT come from?

Kristi: To make a long story short, I had a vivid dream after watching a science documentary about what will happen when our sun burns out. That dream became the basis for BURN OUT.


Me: How long did it take your to write it?

Kristi: Only six weeks for the first draft, but it took a lot longer than that to revise! I’d say I worked on revisions for about a year with my beta readers before I sent it out to agents.


Me: Do you have a favorite character you loved writing about most or one that you found it difficult to write about? Is yes, who and why?

Kristi: I loved writing both Tora and Markus because they were so much fun. Tora is a sarcastic bad-ass and Markus is a slimy opportunist—their conversations were a blast to write. I’ll also say that I just turned in the sequel and Markus was hands down my fave character to write in that one.


Me: Did you need to do any type of research in your writing? If so, what for?

Kristi: Oh my heck, yes. My Ph.D. is in psychology, not astrophysics, so I contacted a major astrophysics department at a large university and they were awesome. They helped a ton with the science in the book, because I needed information on various things such as “what’s a plausible way that the sun could burn out early?” The research at the beginning took a lot of work but I’m a nerd so research is fun for me. :)


Me: What genre's of books to you most enjoy reading? Are they any you would never read?

Kristi: Well, I obviously love me some sci-fi, and I also really like paranormal and fantasy. I read a lot of literary fiction in my book club and a lot of non-fiction as well (I read a lot of quantum physics research because it fascinates me). The only things I’m really not into are westerns and straight romance novels.


Author The Author: Kristi Helvig

Find Kristi @

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. She muses about Star Trek, space monkeys, and other assorted topics on her blog. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, two kiddos, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.



To be entered to win a SIGNED hardcopy of BURN OUT use the rafflecopter form below. 

Open to US & Canada.
Giveaway ends: May 11th
For Bittersweet Enchantment readers only. :)



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