Blog Tour for Remote by Lisa Acerbo and my thoughts on her futuristic dystopia

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by Lisa Acerbo (Goodreads Author)

When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare.Below the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks her life fighting New State’s deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.

Yara is good at her job and committed to her raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And it’s punishable by law.

As she and Joshua grow closer, she convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever…

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Here’s what I liked about the book:
Yara , the main character, is spirited and motivated. She trains to be a Raider (despite not having the body type or grace needed). She refuses to give in (drained from battle wounds she summons strength to continue to fight). And when it comes down to it, she’s a typical teen (She wants her parent’s approval, omits parts of the truth that will get her in trouble, and isn’t quite sure about her feelings for Joshua).
The setting was wonderful, both the underground and the New State territory were richly built, giving both a realistic vibe. I easily envisioned the movement through both areas. And the creations that exist in New State were creative and eerie. Excellent development.
Remote, takes place in a future dystopia where lines that separate healthy computer interactions with actual dependence blur. Having two teenagers in my house, the continual reliance on wireless devices is not just reality, but life. This story does a fabulous job of taking the “need to be plugged in” to the next level. After reading this book, I brought up the topic and we discussed the story line at the dinner table. Very cool.
Profilephoto-2AUTHOR BIO:
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.
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Ready to see the cover for Rebecca Rode’s Numbers Game? Stop by!

NumbersGameNumbers Game by Rebecca Rode 
Publication date: March 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Treena can’t wait for Rating Day. Her high score will mean a life of luxury, showing the world that she’s a valuable member of society, not a pathetic waste of space. It won’t hurt her chances with her top-Rated boyfriend, either. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

To get her life—and boyfriend—back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone seems to want her dead. And then there’s the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. They must band together if they are to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within Treena’s heart.

RebeccaAUTHOR BIO:
By day, I’m a busy mom of four who struggles with housecleaning and cooking. By night…well, I’m still a busy mom of four. But scattered into those rare quiet moments is my life’s passion–writing. My first book, HOW TO HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU’RE FALLING TO PIECES, was released in March 2013. It’s a nonfiction quick-fix book for moms whose lives feel as crazy and out of control as mine does–and from what readers are saying, it’s fun and entertaining to read. I also write for Deseret News and KSL.com on occasion, and some of my articles have also appeared in Schooled Magazine. For a sneak peek at the first two chapters of my book, HOW TO HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU’RE FALLING TO PIECES, check it out on Amazon.com. Bye now!
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Book Blitz for Dust by Sarah Daltry

DustBlitzBanner1Dust by Sarah Daltry
Publication date: November 7th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Who makes YOUR choices?

“I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw – parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.”

In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people.

When the princess, Alondra, falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty.

But her parents have other plans; they have a kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed?

As lies, illusions, and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but also everything she has known and loved.

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Interview with Sarah

What is the most important thing you have learned since becoming an author?

You need to write for yourself. It’s hard for me, because I love books and I love to read anything, so I guess I naively used to believe everyone was like that. It took me a while to put it all together and figure out what was most important to me and what that meant for me as an author.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I can’t redeem characters who abuse other people or animals. A character who sexually assaults someone or bullies them or beats them will never deserve redemption in my eyes. There’s a line and I am a fan of complicated characters, but once you abuse another person for your own benefit, you don’t earn the right to be redeemed. And I absolutely will never make that abuser a love interest.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

My Gamerscore? 😀

You write across many genres, from fantasy, to comedy, is there a genre you prefer not to write in?

Not really. I used to write romance, but when I think of romance I like, I think of books like those by Simone Elkeles or Jenny Han or even Danielle Steel (at least when I used to read her books 20 years ago). However, I’ve never enjoyed the “Fabio romances,” and when I wrote romance, I wanted to write love stories about real people. I don’t think the escapism that people prefer in romance and my style of writing mesh well, so generally, I think romance is something I’m going to put aside.

Do you remember the very first book you read on your own? What was it?

I don’t really, because I remember reading before anything else. I don’t have a lot of memories of my childhood and I loved The Velveteen Rabbit and the Little House series, but I don’t remember what I read first on my own.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Trusting yourself. It’s incredibly difficult for me to have faith in my work, because I don’t have a lot of faith in myself as a person. I tend to hate everything I write and I have very loud inner critical voices that never go away.

What is your favorite quote?

“Everyone who isn’t us is an enemy.” – Cersei from Game of Thrones for two reasons: 1. I think she’s awesome and 2. it says a lot about how empathy really works in the world. Eventually, if it comes down to ourselves or anyone else, most people choose themselves.

What advice would you give the younger you?

None of it matters, so do what you want to do. You can’t please anyone, not really, and it’s the only life you have. I spent a lot of my life trying to make everybody else happy, but in the end, it wasn’t enough and no one really was.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

I like the escape into another person’s life and to be able to put into words the ways of the world.

As the author of YA novels with strong female protagonists is there anything you would like to say young girls who would be reading your novels?

To quote Cersei again, “Everywhere in the world, they hurt little girls.” Let’s make a world where they don’t.

Growing up who were your role models?

My grandfather, my high school English teacher, Holden Caulfield, Jane Eyre, Eponine in Les Miserables

SarahAuthorPhotoAUTHOR BIO:
Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the contemporary New Adult series, ‘Flowering’, a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us. Although the books are no longer in print, they are being rewritten and redeveloped for future publication. Please visit Sarah’s website for more details.

As a former English teacher and YA library coordinator, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and ‘Dust’, an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, ‘Backward Compatible’. Most of Sarah’s work is about teens and college students, as it’s what she knows well.

Sarah’s passion in life is writing – weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips to, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hello anywhere Sarah is online! You can find these places at http://sarahdaltry.com

Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, ‘Bitter Fruits’, is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.

Sarah has also written ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,’ a reimagining of one of her favorite poems in a contemporary setting.

She is an obsessive Anglophile who spends more time watching BBC TV than any human being should, as well as a hardcore gamer and sarcastic nerd.

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