Friday, February 08, 2013

Guest Post: Amber Garr- Furthermore

(An Anthology)
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By Rebekah Campbell, David Estes, Amber Garr, Karen Amanda Hooper, Stephanie Judice, Leigh Michael


The Blurb

A first date, a lottery, treachery and deceit. Sometimes fate has other plans. Sometimes there’s more to tell.

In Furthermore: An Anthology, eighteen original stories take you on a journey through worlds here and beyond. From the depths of the earth to the embrace of the sea, your favorite series continue. Prequels, alternative views, and new scenes give readers a chance to experience more than originally told.

Including stories from Rebekah Campbell, Amber Garr, David Estes, Leigh Michael, Karen Amanda Hooper, Stephanie Judice, and Mayandree Michael. And most importantly, in honor of those who lost the battle and those who continue to fight, all proceeds from this anthology will be donated to cancer research and support.

SURPRISE VISITOR -Emily has never been a fan of surprises but Eric has something up his sleeve to change her mind. (The Darkness Through The Light Series)

GETTING TO KNOW THE HEAVIES - The two Sullivan bodyguards are still human beings underneath it all. And everyone has a weakness. (The Darkness Through The Light Series)

PEOPLE CHANGE - When Eric asks his dad a question about his mother, it’s time to go back to where it all began and then went so badly wrong. (The Darkness Through The Light Series)

COLD FEET - Kain witnesses Eviana’s deceit on their wedding day and is forced to deal with the consequences of her behavior. (The Syrenka Series)

RIFT - Daniel encourages the group to make a detour to the Grand Canyon, as the distance between the friends begins to rival the great ravine. (The Syrenka Series)

DISCOVERY - Leila’s first encounter with her psychic mentor is nothing short of memorable. (The Leila Marx Novels)

HUMAN RESOURCES – Blake finds a new job while Mac finds a friend who reminds him of home. (The Leila Marx Novels)

THE RUNAWAY- TAWNI’S STORY - After learning of her parents’ treachery, Tawni leaves home seeking to make amends for their transgressions. (The Dwellers Saga)

THE LIFE LOTTERY- A STORY FROM YEAR ZERO - With the survival of the human race on the brink, there’s only one way to decide who will be saved in the underground caves: The Lottery. (The Dwellers Saga)

FATE: Experience Annabelle’s struggle to fulfill the ABA Prophecy in a new light through the parting words of Adrian, Aurelia, Blake, and Lady Katherine. (Annabelle’s Story)

THE SOUND OF LOVE - Glimpse into one of Nathaniel’s previous lives and see how his soul mate reacts when tragedy strikes. (The Kindrily Series)

MUIRNE’S MELODY--To escape her master’s vile desires, Muirne flees into the snow-swept night, finding a green-eyed stranger and a mystical destiny. (Saga of the Setti Series)

JEREMY’S HEART: Calm, cool, and complete scoundrel, Jeremy realizes the loss he’s suffered means nothing compared to true love. (Saga of the Setti Series)

FALL FROM GRACE: Warped by centuries of darkness, the creature Sveigja plots to capture Clara as his queen. (Saga of the Setti Series)

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Review: Doomed

Title: Doomed
Author: Tracy Deebs
Published: Jan 8, 2013
Source: NetGalley

Beat the game. Save the world.
Pandora’s just your average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, surfing Facebook and e-mailing with her friends, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring twelve photos of her as a child. Unable to contain her curiosity, Pandora enters the site, where she is prompted to play her favorite virtual-reality game, Zero Day. This unleashes a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there is no Internet. No cell phones. No utilities, traffic lights, hospitals, law enforcement. Pandora teams up with handsome stepbrothers Eli and Theo to enter the virtual world of Zero Day. Simultaneously, she continues to follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father, her one key to saving the world as we know it. Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike.
What can I say about Doomed? Oh yeah, that it was freaking amazing! The world that Tracy Deebs has thrown us into is a new and exciting one. One where it is half a video game and half a real life story, but it is sometimes hard to tell the difference. I really loved what Tracy put these characters through and all the twist and turns of the story!

So, I had the cover where it was actual people on it, and I really loved that one! It captured the story and showed the technological aspect of it too. The new cover, which I have no idea which one they will end up using, is a power button with the shadow of a finger, and that one kind of creeps me out in some unknown way.

Plot/ Writing:
The writing was amazing, as always. She put us through so many twists and turns, almost seamlessly and you never stopped guessing. She really integrated the story of Pandora’s Box really well and the use of what every kid has now, some type or form of technology and what would happen if it suddenly died out. That was a concept that was foreign to me, and now with Doomed and the TV show Revolution, it has been explored in different ways, and both ways are very interesting to read and watch.

Pandora was a very interesting character to say the least. She was very driven and well due to her namesake, curious. She went on this adventure without knowing what the outcome would be and well, it was interesting to see where it took her. Pandora was one of those girls that you either loved or hated because of her personality, and I loved her. She risked her life for this, and she was brave. Really, really brave.

Where did these boys come from? Theo and Eli = amazing. That is all I can say about them. For a while, I thought they were some kind of god because it was a story about Pandora’s Box and I wanted them to be gods, but sadly they weren’t. They were just normal teenage boys, with a really good sense of survival. I had no idea how they managed all the things they pulled off in the book, but the somehow did and well, it was amazing. I have no idea where they got these talents and they made them perfect. Oh and Team Theo all the way!

All in All:
I love Tracy Deebs writing and stories, and Doomed was no exception to the amazingness that is her story telling. Doomed is reality meets cyber space, and everything in between. Pick up Doomed and you will not be sorry!

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