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Beloved Enemy joined Starquest and Children of the Mist to continue the Destiny Trilogy and I'm thrilled to announce was shortlisted for the R.N.A. RoNA Awards 2017 and nominated for the RONE Award 2017

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Halloween Earrings Giveaway - free entry contest

My friend Echo is running a fantastic contest to win a pair of earrings (as shown with her able assisant, Bob) just in time for the Halloween festivities.  To enter, all you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below:


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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Sonar Series - Excerpts and a Review of Sonar Crashing

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Sonar series by B Truly, The Sonar series contains two books so far: Sonar the Crashing (The Sonar series #1) and Melanie’s Evanescent Journey (The Sonar series #1.5) by B Truly. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 6 till 24 October and you can view the complete tour schedule here.

sonar the crashing coverSonar the Crashing (The Sonar series #1)
by B Truly

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Sci-Fi/ Thriller
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: April 08, 2014

Blurb:
Is it more than déjà vu? With the Romeland family it may be destined to be true.

Life on Earth is not the only place where devastation occurs and hard choices must be made. The Royal 4 of Kadan live in the Sonar galaxy three million light years from Earth. They travel to Earth to obtain the resources they need to give their world a fighting chance.
Their mission is compromised and they’re faced with life changing events. They have amnesia and no memory of their past. Strange dreams start to occur. They wonder if it’s more than a dream, or is it déjà vu?
The mind is a complex mystery. Amnesia is a secret unknown. The role it manifests in these characters’ lives is a catastrophic cyclone.
Shiray is frantic when she is the first to find out about their true destiny and that the love of her life no longer remembers who she is. She must find a way to restore her family before all is lost. They must prevail because the fate of their planet lies in their hand.

What would you do if you had amnesia and fell in love, only to learn upon regaining your memory, that you are already married?

Find out in this New Adult, Sci-Fi/Romance thriller!
You can find Sonar the Crashing on Goodreads.

You can buy Sonar the Crashing here:
- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo
- Smashwords

You can watch the trailer for Sonar the Crashing here:


MY REVIEW

There were elements in this SF young adult story that reminded me of 'Roswell High', and that's not a criticism, I loved that series. There's a lot to like about 'Sonar crashing.' The characters are easy to relate to and although for me it was a slow start, once the story gets going it is an interesting and engaging read.

I found the switch between the viewpoints of the two female lead characters a bit confusing, especially as the two characters' names are so similar (Shiray and Syira. The author does indicate the switch with a  row of asterisks, but perhaps I'm a bit slow on the uptake, because it took me a while to realise it wasn't the same person narrating the story when the switch first happened. It's written in the first person, and I happen to love first person narrative, but switching characters like this did tend to throw me out of the story for a while.  I felt it would have helped if the name of the current viewpoint had been at the top of the particular chapter or scene as was the only male viewpoint, in the epilogue. Also, the book would have benrfitted from some serious editing and polishing. There is a lot of repetition and several typographical and punctuation errors including the odd 'greengrocer's apostrophe'. :)

Having said that, I think this story would have quite a wide appeal  and possibly not just to fans of the science fiction genre, since a lot of the book takes place on Earth and concentrates on the amnesia of the characters and their feelings and emotions when they eventually get their memories back. This is the first book in a trilogy. More details are on the author's Website

 
Excerpt from SONAR CRASHING

That night I had the scariest dream of them all. I opened my eyes, and I was in a spacecraft going through the atmosphere of a dark planet. I walked into the cock pit and there was my guy. I could feel my cheeks flush. There were also four other women and six other men, all around my age. My guy smiled at me.

     “Are you ready? We have to hurry. A storm is on the way,” he said. The huge door to the ship opened. It looked like the opening to the back of a cargo ship. I gasped in disbelief. The sky outside the ship was black, and all we could see was water. The men shined the light in the water and threw down a net.

     “Don’t be scared, Sweetheart,” my guy said. “We’re very low on food, and there is no telling how long this storm will last.” I smiled at him. Suddenly the wind started howling, like a wind I had never heard before. It sounded like a freight train. The water started forming huge waves and the ship started rocking.

     “We have to hurry! The storm is coming in fast, and it will take us down if we don’t get out of here!” one of the men yelled. A huge wave rose up and washed over the ship. “Everyone grab a hold whole of something!” somebody screamed. “I’m taking off!”

     Then another huge wave washed over the ship. I tried to grab a hold of something, but the pressure was too strong. I was too close to the door, and fell out. We were high up, and it took me a while before I hit the water. I went deep under. The water was so cold; it felt like knives were stabbing me all over my body. I tried to swim to the surface, remembering I knew how, but it was like the pressure was keeping me down. I had never felt so scared before. Then I saw him and he grabbed me. He had a rope around his waist. He tugged on it, and it started pulling us up. Before we reached the surface I could no longer hold my breath. Water came gushing into my mouth, and I couldn’t breathe. Oh my God, I can’t breathe! My mind screamed. My body started jerking. I was frantic, and we still had not reached the surface. The next thing I saw was darkness.

     I heard voices. “She’s coming to! She’s coming to!” I opened my eyes slowly. I felt pressure on my chest; I turned quickly on my side and started coughing up water and gasping for air. Everyone started laughing and sighing in relief. I looked up, and my guy was leaning over me. He must have revived me. He was crying and laughing. He grabbed me into his arms. “You scared me. I thought I’d lost you,” he said.

     “Thank you,” I said, hugging him. I felt relieved to be in his arms.

     “We’ve made it out of Hydrocesis atmosphere safely. Let’s head home.” I heard a man say.

     Then I jolted awake, and quickly sat up in my bed. I was sweating profusely. This was no regular dream; this was a waking dream. I could still feel the pressure in my lungs and the taste of salt water in my mouth. My skin felt wet, and I was cold. I started sobbing. Who was I? Where did I come from? I needed answers and stayed awake for the rest of the night, my mind astir. Everything was a blur.


Melanie Evanescent Journey coverMelanie's Evanescent Journey (The Sonar series # 1.5)
by B Truly

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: May 31, 2014

Blurb:
True Love may cost a price, if the greater good preordains that you are the sacrifice.

There are always two sides to a story. Melanie Wilhelm's begins after she moves from Australia and starts her senior year at Cashmere High. On her first day, she bumps into a mysterious guy, and they form an instant connection. They become friends and he shares his deepest secret with her. As they grow closer, their relationship amplifies and becomes binding. Strange things occur, but instead of worrying, Melanie's feelings intensify.
The excitement of New Year's Eve approaches, and so does Jason's most devastating revelation of all. She learns his ultimate truth and is now spun into his chaotic web. The danger rises and hard choices must be made. By being with Jason, Melanie may have to sacrifice more than her heart. It may cost her life.

Melanie's Evanescent Journey ties into books one and two of The Sonar Trilogy. From spiraling twists to devastating plots, her journey will make you question fate and true love.
Is fate something you can control? Some believe it's in the hands of what you behold.
You can find Melanie’s Evanescent Journey on Goodreads.

You can buy Melanie’s Evanescent Journey here:
- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo
- Smashwords


B Truly author pictureAbout the Author:
I have wanted to be an author since I was fifteen years old and I'm grateful to have accomplished this dream. I have three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person I am today. I work full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.
I have very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. I like to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. I’m addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. I write New Adult Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance. In the Sonar series it was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.

You can find and contact B Truly here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Sonar series. These are the prizes you can win:

- 5 e-copies of Sonar the Crashing
- 5 e-copies of Melanie’s Evanescent Journey

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