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Running Out Of Space by S. J. Higbee Blog Tour and Special Feature!

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Running Out of Space by S.J. Higbee. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 11 till 31 October. You can check see the tour schedule here.

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By S.J. Higbee
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: New adult
Release Date: 11 October, 2017

Blurb:
Elizabeth Wright has yearned to serve on the space merchant ship Shooting Star for as long as she can remember – until one rash act changes everything…

I can’t recall whose idea it was. Just that me and my shipmates were sick of wading through yet another unjust punishment detail. So we decide to take ourselves off on a short jaunt to the lower reaches of Space Station Hawking to prove that fertile English girls can also deal with danger.

The consequences of that single expedition change the lives of all four of us, as well as that of the stranger who steps in to save us down in lawless Basement Level. Now I have more excitement and danger than I can handle, while confronting lethal shipboard politics, kidnapping, betrayal. And murder.

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SJ HigbeeAbout the Author:
Born the same year as the Russians launched Sputnik, I confidently expected that by the time I reached adulthood, the human race would have a pioneer colony on the Moon and be heading off towards Mars. So I was at a loss to know what to do once I realised the Final Frontier wasn’t an option and rather lost my head – I tried a lot of jobs I didn’t like and married a totally unsuitable man.

Now I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’ll never leave Earth, I have a lovely time writing science fiction and fantasy novels while teaching Creative Writing at Northbrook College in Worthing. I’ve had a number of short stories, articles and poems published – the most recent being my story ‘Miranda’s Tempest’ which appeared last year in Fox Spirit’s anthology Eve of War. I recently signed a publishing contract with Grimbold Publishing for my science fiction novel Netted, which is due to be released in 2019.

I live in Littlehampton on the English south coast with a wonderful husband and a ridiculous number of books. I can be found online chatting about books at my book review blog https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/ and you’re very welcome to pop onto my website www.sjhigbee.com and my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sjhigbeeauthor/.

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TOP TEN CHARACTER NAMES

Names are important in any novel, but I happen to think that in a science fiction book they are crucial as they are part of the worldbuilding so I give a lot of thought and some research into the names I give my characters. Here are ten of the names that occur in my book and the reasoning behind them.

Elizabeth Sarah Jane Violet Wright – Elizabeth/Liz/Lizzy is the narrator and main protagonist of this story so it is vital to get her name nailed. She is part of an English space merchanting family, whose ancestors left Earth after being made homeless when a swathe of southern Britain was flooded. Like many displaced people, the English Deep-space community cling to a cultural identity they feel defines them from others around them. So Elizabeth’s names are all very traditional. The fact she has four forenames shows her parents are pretentious about their social standing – and that final forename plays a crucial role in one of the decisions Elizabeth makes during the story.

Captain John David Wright – Elizabeth’s father is captain of Shooting Star, their merchanting ship that provides regular shipments of weapons and supplies
to the Peace and Prosperity Corps, a mercenary band. He is also part of the English community, an ex-mercenary who is ultra-traditional in his thinking about the role of women. His name is so English, there is a possibility that he has reinvented himself at some stage, complete with a very suitable name.

General William Norman – This is not his original name. General Norman runs the Peace and Prosperity Corp which is the largest and best equipped mercenary outfit in Sector Two. They have strong ties to the English community, as many of their recruits come from Englandia. However they’ll take anyone who shows an aptitude for violence. Norman is modelling himself on William the Conqueror in his choice of name.


Alisha Patel – Alisha is one of Elizabeth’s friends on board Shooting Star, who accompanies her on the disastrous expedition to Basement Level on Space Station Hawking. Alisha’s name and heritage reflects the wide diversity of people and culture who were living in London before it drowned and her grandmother Nanny Patel is the most powerful woman on Shooting Star and someone who Elizabeth very much admires.

Garion Wynn – He is the man who rescues the girls from Basement Level and gets them back to the ship. A refugee caught up in the hurried evacuations across a swathe of Sector Two after the aliens insisted that all humans leave, he has lost pretty much everything other than his sculpting tools. His surname is apparently English, though Garion is more a more common name among the space workers – not that Wynn knows as he was raised in an orphanage.

Lnard Farview – This is the Procurement Officer on board Shooting Star and Elizabeth’s superior officer. He is very much an outsider – something apparent from his name. Lnard is a blended name, which is typically popular with spacer families who live and work on ships, space stations or mining outposts. Most of these families have surnames reflecting their origins as construction workers on the numerous outposts and stations in the big push off Earth, with names such as Moon, Sunseeker and Starbloom.

Gregor Campbell – This is Captain Wright’s second in command on Shooting Star. He dislikes Elizabeth, seeing her as a bad influence on his daughter Sonja, who is another of the girls who accompanied Elizabeth to Basement Level. The excursion changes her life as she finds her vocation after experiencing the abject poverty in the lower reaches of Hawking. The names reflect their ethnic origins before they found themselves in southern England, though this time that is celebrated in their forenames, rather than their surnames. Elizabeth also knows Sonja’s aunt, who comes in from time to time to help her mother look after the family. Aunty Oksana is someone that Elizabeth comes to trust and rely on, though she isn’t a blood relative and in the end, that matters.

I have really enjoyed writing this article and many thanks to Donna for raising such an interesting topic – character names are always a topic that occupies authors. If anyone has any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below and I’d be happy to answer them.


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Bookstagram Blitz: Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis

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This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis. This bookstagram blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. This bookstagram blitz runs from 26 September till 2 October. See the tour schedule here.

The Saven box set including all 5 books in this series will be discounted for a limited time to only $0.99! That’s only $0.99 for 1,300 pages of heart-stopping adventure, intriguing mystery, and swoony romance. You can buy your copy on Amazon.

Saven Series Box SetSaven Series Box Set (Saven #1-5)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 26 September, 2017

Blurb:
A girl with a hidden past. An alien prince. Their unlikely attraction could save two worlds… or doom them all…

Sadie Owens desperately needed a do-over. When she’s chosen for a six-month residency in a government-run undersea city, she willingly drops everything to participate. After all, the experiment could be a huge step forward for her overcrowded planet and her life. She also doesn’t mind living next door to a hot alien with ocean-blue eyes…

Logan Chandler has kept a lot of secrets for his species. If humans knew the real reason the Saven were on Earth, then their coexistence would be anything but peaceful. But he can’t help falling for the different and beautiful Sadie. Unfortunately, protecting the girl of his destiny could destroy his own kind…

As Logan gives Sadie mixed signals, the mystery of the Saven starts to unravel.

When she finally understands what’s at stake, is it too late for Sadie to save her heart and the human race?

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My Review

I love this series, it is my favorite!
It starts out a little bit dystopian, but is really a lot of sci-fi (but not too heavy on the science), with aliens and romance, oh yeah! and also it’s Young Adult. The writing is fantastic, in my opinion! Wonderful world development (there are many worlds to explore too!), in-depth character development and everything just flowed in a way that I had trouble putting it down!! The characters were really great…some were a little mysterious at first, some were a little hard to like at first, but as all is revealed and as the characters grew you really became invested. I loved Sadie, she was an amazing girl. She didn’t think she was at the beginning of the series, but she grows and she meets Logan who shows her a side of herself she did not know. Logan makes her feel really special.

I love all of the characters in this series so much, but especially Sadie and Logan.❤️

The action in this series was very intense and had you not wanting to put down the book. That’s the beauty of this set, you don’t have to wait for the next book to come out, or go and purchase it! Because when these books end, you will NEED the next book ASAP!!!!

Siobhan Davis writes a wonderful series where you visit different worlds, explore different technologies and meet new alien species and witness a romance like no other. This is a series that you won’t want to miss!

 

SiobhanAbout the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:
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Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the bookstagram blitz for the Saven Series Box Set. There will be two winners. One winner will win a signed copy of Saven Deception and one winner will win a $10 Amazon gift card. Open international.

To enter this giveaway you need to make a picture of the book Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis and post it on social media with the hashtag #SavenSeriesGiveaway.


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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Book Summary:

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

My Review:

Nyxia was a really unique book. When I started reading it, I thought a little of hunger games with all the competition. But I soon realized this was its own story and a pretty intense one at times too. Emmett is the main character, and I grew to really like him. He is such a good kid. He came from a good family, and has good values. It is this that makes him outstanding amongst the other kids.

You see Emmett, like the others, was recruited by the Babel Corporation to enter the spaceship going to Eden. Once on the ship they were to compete. There were 10 of them, but only 8 would go to Eden. The competition was designed to prepare them for what they would, or could, go through on Eden. They had technology never seen before to learn to use. The competition got pretty intense. But the rewards of going to Eden meant everything to these kids!!

Some of the kids were ruthless. Some were skilled. Some were plain desperate. And some became like family to each other.

I LOVED reading this book!! It left on a cliffhanger, so I’m hoping it won’t be too long before the next book comes out!!

But, I really do recommend this!! If you like science fiction, with some action/adventure, a bit of a thriller….you’ll LOVE Nyxia!!!!

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~I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Children’s for a copy of this book. My views are my own honest opinion.

 

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Review for Deadman’s Tome Final Contact!

IMG_0975.jpgDeadman’s Tome Final Contact by Eric S Brown, James Grim Desborough, David M Hoenig, Brian Melechy Quinn, Candace Robinson , Nadeleine Swann, Dj Tyrer, Kristofer Velasquez

Goodreads description: Deadman’s Tome presents First Contact. This volume of galactic terror features stories that warn of the consequences of bold space exploration, exploitative mining, venturing too far, and contact with foreign entities. You see, dear reader, we are not alone, and our first contact might just be our last!

So this is an anthology of short Sci-Fi stories that are pretty dang creepy. As the book summary says the stories warn of the consequences of bold exploration, exploitative mining, venturing too far, and contact with foreign entities. And first contact is NOTHING like E.T. in these stories. I really had fun reading them, of course some I enjoyed more than others, but overall this book was a lot of creepy, sci-fi fun!

I’ll mention a few of my favorites, I guess. Here’s my very favorites:

~A Slow Death by James ‘Grim’ Desborough

~Dancers in the Darkness by Eric S Brown

~A Layer Hidden by Candace Robinson – This one is my very, very favorite!!!

~The Octopus In The Corner of the Room by Madeleine Swann

These are my very favorites, but I enjoyed reading them all. They were some freaky fun!!!

Add it to your to-read list here — Goodreads

Buy a copy here — Amazon