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Blog Tour: Book Giveaway: THIS GULF OF TIME AND STARS and GATES TO FUTURES PAST

Courtesy of DAW, I have a copy of This Gulf of Time and Stars and The Gate To Futures Past by Julie E. Czerneda for two (2) lucky winners!

Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends September 16. I’ll draw names on September 17, and notify winner via email.

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Author Interview: Barry Lyga / The Secret Sea

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Author Barry Lyga joins SciFiChick.com today to talk about his latest release: The Secret Sea!

1. Can you tell us a bit about The Secret Sea in your own words?

The Secret Sea is the kind of book I imagined myself writing when I was a kid: crazy science, super-powers, alternate universes, a real mash-up of genres, but with a core of strong characters at its heart. It’s about family and friendship and what survives death and how far you’d be willing to go to save someone you love…and what could make you not save them.

2. Who is Zach Killian?

Zak is the book’s main characters, a 12-year-old New Yorker with a heart condition and a voice he hears that sometimes warns him of danger. He totally trusts it…which may or may not be a good idea!

3. Is your alternate reality universe more science fiction-based or fantasy?

It’s definitely science fiction, but so advanced that it seems like magic. The kinds of things we think of as supernatural in our world — voodoo, ghosts, etc. — are just highly evolved sciences over there.

4. What are some books/authors you enjoy?

Oh, so many! In comics, there’s Alan Moore and Paul Levitz. In classic literature, there’s John Milton and Edgar Allan Poe. More recently, there’s Libba Bray, Paul Griffin, and Emma Donaghoe.

5. What inspires you?

So much! I always say that inspiration is like carrying around a magic blender into which falls all sorts of random things: snippets of overheard conversations, the sound of a bird, a mural on a wall, a thought, a notion. And then the blender goes off and what comes out is a story, whether you’re ready for it or not!

6. What has your publishing journey been like?

As with so much of life, it’s been a bizarre and unpredictable series of ups and downs. I’ve been fortunate enough to publish for a full decade now, with something like 16 books out there in the world. Some of them were longshots, but someone believed in them (and in me!) and they got to find their audience. Some took off; some didn’t. And in both cases, I have no idea why! I’ve given up trying to figure out how this business or this journey works — I’m just holding onto the roller coaster for dear life!


Synopsis:
Twelve-year-old Zak Killian is hearing a voice. Could it be a guardian angel? A ghost? No, that’s crazy. But sometimes the voice is so real. . . . It warns him of danger.

One day Zak is standing on the subway platform when the tunnel starts to fill with water. He sees it before anyone else. The voice warns him to run. His friends Moira and Khalid believe this is more than a premonition, and soon all three find themselves in an alternate universe that is both familiar and seriously strange. As Zak unravels the mystery behind the voice, he faces decisions that may mean the end of their world at home―if they can even get home!

In his most propulsive and heartfelt book yet, acclaimed author Barry Lyga explores the depths of friendship, the bonds of family, and the nature of the universe itself.

Book Giveaway: Gods of Nabban

Courtesy of Pyr, I have a copy of Gods of Nabban by K. V. Johansen for one (1) lucky winner!

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Coloring Book Giveaway: Zombies!: A Creepy Coloring Book for the Coming Global Apocalypse

Courtesy of Gallery Books, I have a copy of Zombies!: A Creepy Coloring Book for the Coming Global Apocalypse by Juscelino Neco for one (1) lucky winner!

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Received in July

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in July for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray/DVD:
The Bronze DVD

Mystery Box:
The Bam Box
TeeBlox

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig

Disney Hyperion:
Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume I: The Fearsome Foursome by Amicus Arcane
Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion: Purchase Includes a CD with Song! by Disney Book Group
Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
Threads by Ami Polonsky
Disney Descendants: School of Secrets CJ’s Treasure Chase by Jessica Brody
Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds by Rick Riordan

Harper Collins / Ecco:
Night of the Animals by Bill Broun

Harper Teen / Greenwillow:
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas
Five Elements: The Emerald Tablet by Dan Jolley
The Dark Army by Joseph Delaney

Hex Publishers:
Cyber World edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola

Little, Brown:
Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Penguin Young Readers / Viking:
Max and Ruby’s Preschool Pranks by Rosemary Wells

Phoenix Pick:
Humanity 2.0 edited by Alex Shvartsman

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Original Series: Legacies #2: Best Defense by David Mack

Pyr:
Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis
The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett

Random House Young Readers / Delacorte:
Recreated by Colleen Houck

Scholastic:
Frost by M. P. Kozlowsky
Backstories: Supergirl: Daughter of Krypton by Daniel Wallace
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: The Burning Tide by Jonathan Auxier
The Bronze Key by Holly Black
The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Simon and Schuster / Saga Press:
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez

Simon and Schuster Children’s / Atheneum Books for Young Readers:
This Is Not a Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans
The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

Titan Books:
Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

Tor / Forge:
Necessity by Jo Walton
Illicit by Cathy Clamp
Night Talk by George Noory
The Sword of Midras by Tracy Hickman
Eterna and Omega by Leanna Renee Hieber

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians: The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson

Book Giveaway: My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord

Getting back from vacation, means that I don’t have time to gather a unique post or review anything – so a week of giveaways it is!

Courtesy of Viking, I have a copy of My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons for one (1) lucky winner!

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Book Giveaway: Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia

Getting back from vacation, means that I don’t have time to gather a unique post or review anything – so a week of giveaways it is!

Courtesy of The Library of America, I have a copy of Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia by Ursula K. Le Guin for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 19. I’ll draw a name on August 20, and notify winner via email.

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Book Giveaway: The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

Getting back from vacation, means that I don’t have time to gather a unique post or review anything – so a week of giveaways it is!

Courtesy of BBC Books, I have a copy of The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who by Simon Guerrier for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 19. I’ll draw a name on August 20, and notify winner via email.

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