Alienation BLOG HOP TOUR #scifi #blogtour

Mackenzie Flohr

Welcome to the Alienation BLOG HOP TOUR.

Please take your seat and strap yourself in, as we take you on an intergalactic tour. You will be amazed, entertained, and educated. Manoeuvre through the cosmos and be astounded at all you see. Hunt down the hidden words that will get you to your final destination where a one-of- a -kind award awaits one lucky traveller.

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You are here to celebrate the release of Alienation, book two of the humorous Sci-Fi series, Starstruck.

Sally Webber’s dream is coming true: Zander is back and taking her out for a night on the town–on a planet hundreds of light years away from Earth.

But when an accident separates her from her alien tour guide, she’s thrown into the seedy underbelly of an insane city where nothing is as it seems. Suddenly lost and desperate to get back home, Sally is willing to do anything to get out, even if it means accepting spontaneous marriage proposals, crashing some fancy parties, or joining what appears to be the space mob.

All she wanted was some decent interstellar pizza, but now it might be the end of the world as evil nanobots and an out of control AI try to take the universe by force, and the only one who can stop them is missing in action. Sally has no choice but to try to stop them herself–if she can stay alive that long.

Pre-order your copy now!

Alienation is the fantastic sequel to the hit sci-fi comedy, Starstruck by S.E. Anderson.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH SALLY WEBBER

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The woman before you shuffles uncomfortably in her chair. She’s pulled her light brown hair up into a ponytail, a way to tame her twitchy fingers. It’s only after she’s stopped and put her hands back on her lap, resting them gently on her worn jeans, that they interviewer begins.

Mackenzie: There’s no need to be nervous, Sally. It’s just a fun interview!

Sally: Sorry. It’s just that I have a bit of an anxiety disorder. Even small things, like calling people on the phone, my brain blows completely out of proportion. I know there’s nothing to worry about, but this is an interview, and I’ve never really been interviewed before.

Mackenzie: Maybe you could start by telling us a little bit about yourself? To break the ice?

Sally: Ok, let’s do this. I’m Sally – Sally Webber – and a human. I’m from earth.  I have to start the interview this way, since a lot of my friends aren’t…

Mackenzie: Aren’t what?

Sally: Aren’t from earth. Or, entirely human. I’m not quite sure what they are. They sure look human, but they can do things no other human being can do. Like teleport instantly from one side of the universe to the other.

Mackenzie: And how did you meet these friends of yours?

Sally: Zander I met when I ran him over with my car. He’s fine, really, and no hurt feelings. He was my roommate for a while, after that. Blayde’s his sister. She was separated from him when the car thing happened, but managed to find him.

Mackenzie: And this new novel, Alienation. It tells your story…

Sally: After the incident at GrishamCorp, Zander promised he’d take me to see something off Earth. A bit of a thank you – and a good bye present, I guess? I had to wait two years for him to come pick me up, but he took me to Da-Duhui, an amazing city planet at the heart of the Alliance.

Mackenzie: The Alliance? Who or what is that?

Sally: They’re the closest alien union to Earth. Hundreds of planets tied together by accords. They actually know about earth, but it’s a weird tourist destination, from what I can tell. Wow, look at me, talking about all this like I actually know what’s going on!

Mackenzie: You don’t?

Sally: Heck no. I have no idea! A few hours after we get to Da-Duhui, Zander and I get separated. The pizza betrays me, we get in a bit of a hovercar accident – I’d call that karma – and I get stuck in the Undercity of the planet with no way to reach him.

Mackenzie: Oh my gosh, that’s terrible! How did you escape?

Sally: Now you’re going to have to read the book for that!

Mackenzie: One last question, then. You said it took Zander two years to come back to get you. And then, he loses you in an alien city. Do you resent him for that?

Sally: I’m done answering these questions. I mean, come on, who asks that? He’s my friend! And he… No. We’re through here.

Gala

 

Follow this exciting blog tour starting at your first stop UrbanHype101 and if you get lost in cyber space, come back to UrbanHype101 for the tour map. There’s something new to read see or hear on each of these stops.

Don’t forget to hunt for that special word and if you find ALL of them, send them to scavengerhunt@bolidepublishing.com and you could win a signed copy of Alienation and a gift pack of unique swag. This contest is open internationally.

Now hop onto your spacecraft and visit the next blog.

10th October –  Paisley Piranha

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YA Scavenger Hunt

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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!
This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes!
At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!
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Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

 

 

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, October 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT POST
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Today, I am hosting Julia Day on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Julia Day lives in North Carolina USA, midway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two twenty-something daughters, one old husband, and too many computers to count. When she’s not writing stories or software, she’s traveling to distant places or watching dance reality shows on TV. Julia’s next YA contemporary, FADE TO US, releases in Feb 2018.
 

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s books here!

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
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Eden’s had a long academic rivalry with Ash Gupta, a guy who seems to have everything going exactly as he wants. He’s admired by their classmates and making the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. Eden knows that Ash only sees she is an obstacle– the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who stands in his path to being valedictorian.

Eden’s perfect GPA should be enough to get her a free ride to college — and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is another argument with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . .

When they end up working together on a class project, Eden discovers that they have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream — but what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

Here are the main cast members from The Possibility of Somewhere—and why I chose their names.

Ash – In high school, my daughter attended a magnet school, and one of her best friends was Indian-American. So I asked them to pick the perfect name for a gorgeous Indian-American guy, and they chose Ash.

Eden – Eden is the name of a small town in a beautiful part of North Carolina.  I somehow knew that the heroine’s bio mom would want to name her children after places—so the heroine became Eden, and her brother is Boone (a college town in the NC mountains.)

Mundy – Eden’s best friend is Mundy, which is short for Rosamund. Mundy’s mother picked the name from the heroine of The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini. I’ve never read the book, so I have no idea how I came up with that.

Marnie – One of my favorite fictional mothers is Marmee from Little Women. I changed the name a little, and Eden’s amazing stepmother became Marnie.  Eden tells Mundy that the name “Marnie” is a cross between “Mommy” and “Marlene.” That was a surprise to me!

Kurt and Marta – I was half-watching The Sound of Music when I started writing the two kids that Eden babysits. So, they’re named after the movie’s Von Trapp children.

Raj – I have a day job as a software engineer, and my first developer/mentor was Raj. He invited me to his wedding celebration, and I invited him to mine. He’s just a great man, so I wanted to honor him in this small way.

Peyton – Eden and Ash compete for the same college scholarship, The Peyton. I named the scholarship after Peyton Manning.

Norah and Charlie – For any book or series that I write, there will always be two characters with the names Norah and Charlie. The reason is bittersweet. It’s a memorial to two adorable children that we lost too soon. Charlie was my nephew, who died when he was 4. Norah was a dear friend’s daughter. She passed away at age 6.  We have not forgotten.

To learn more, check out Julia’s February release, Fade To Us. Or visit her website for an excerpt and a bonus scene (from Ash’s POV) for The Possibility of Somewhere.


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Julia, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 11. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, J. C. Welker! Click here to continue the journey!

Also, PS: I’ll be releasing an anthology later this month and a special hardcover edition of the YA Fantasy, The Rite of Wands, with bonus content, in November–so be sure to check back here for more info on that.

 
 
 

Announcing Fall 2017 YASH Teams!

For all of you who love finding new reads, I have just the thing for you. The YA Scavenger Hunt is coming. If you’ve never heard of it, the hunt runs twice a year in the spring and in the fall. During the hunt we showcase new and upcoming YA releases, give out tons of prizes, and release special bonus material. Sound interesting?

This spring we will have one hundred forty authors split into seven teams of twenty. Each team is assigned a color. The blog hop begins Oct 3rd and runs through Sunday, Oct 8th. It’s easy to play. All you have to do is either start on my blog or head directly over to the YASH website. There you’ll find a list of all the authors participating as well as an answer sheet you can print off to gather the info you’re hunting for and to keep track of any bonus contests you may have entered.

Are you ready to see all the books featured this season? Here they are!

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Which books look the most interesting to you?

This was originally posted on the YASH website.

The YA Summer Scavenger Hunt (free books and giveaways!)

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes! In addition to the $500 grand prize, each of the authors will be offering free books and other prizes.

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RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend here:

>>Enter Secret Legend to Win the Grand Prize<<

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

OPEN JUNE 1ST ~ JUNE 7TH

Just go through the “treasure map” above to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you’ve got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well.