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Monday, October 7, 2013

Blog Tour - "The Bionics Series (Books 1, 2 and 3)" by Alicia Michaels





Title:  The Bionics
Series:  The Bionics Series, Book 1
Author:  Alicia Michaels
Published:  September 13th, 2013 by Crimson Tree Publishing
Word Count:  21,000
Genre:  YA Mature Dystopian Romance
Content Warning:  Coarse language and mild sexual innuendo
Recommended Age:  16+


Synopsis: All I ever wanted was to be a normal girl. I had dreams of joining the ranks of the Military Police and making my family proud. But the nuclear war that laid waste to our country destroyed any hope I had of being normal ever again. They took everything away from me, including my humanity. I am now half-human, half-machine, part of the never-ending freak show that is the Restoration Project.

They hate what they created and they fear us for being powerful.

And so they hunt us, destroying our lives so that they can bury what they built. What they don’t know is this: there is a Resistance out there and The Bionics aren’t going down without a fight.



Title:  Titanium
Series:  The Bionics Series, Book 2
Author:  Alicia Michaels
Published:  September 13th, 2013 by Crimson Tree Publishing
Word Count:  30,000
Genre:  YA Mature Dystopian Romance
Content Warning:  Coarse language and mild sexual innuendo
Recommended Age:  16+

Synopsis: We stand on the brink of a double rescue mission, a plan so foolhardy that even our bravest men are quaking inside with fear. Storm the capitol, free the prisoners, don’t get killed. It seems like a suicide mission, but not a single one of us has anything to lose.
In my past life, I was a scoundrel; a drug peddling street thug who cared nothing for anyone because I had no one to care for me. The nuclear blasts of 4006 reminded me of the value of life, and a girl with the saddest eyes I’ve ever gazed into gave me someone to care for. Now, as we embark on our most dangerous enterprise, I can only hope that we make it out alive and that those we have lost can be recovered.
Foolishness … fear … hope … These are the elements that threw our revolution into motion. As the momentum of the Resistance continues to build, we can only pray that hope continues grow larger than our fear.




About the Author:
Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. The mother of two and wife to an Army sergeant loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.



Crimson Tree Publishing
(An adult division of Clean Teen Publishing)


Giveaway Details:
There is an international tour wide giveaway.
GRAND PRIZE: A digital copy of The Bionics (Book One) and Titanium (Book Two), a Bionics bookmark, Readers choice of any other Clean Teen Publishing eBook and a $15 Amazon gift card (INT)
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before you get to my reviews of the two books, here is a little one on one with Alicia:


  1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else? 
I tried my hand at a few different majors in college, but I always knew that I was a writer. I’ve been writing most of my life and never stopped even while pursuing other career options.

2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
That depends on the length of the book. For these, since they are short novellas, a few months or less. A novel takes me at least 4-6.

3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
It usually begins with a small idea or character. In the case of the Bionics series, I knew I wanted to write something set in a dystopian future. Then I got an image of this girl with robotic enhancements and it just took off from there.

4. Do you have a schedule of when you write? 
I wish I could be on a schedule!  My family of 5 hardly leaves me time to schedule anything! I am a busy stay at home mom, which means I have to stay flexible and do things when I can.

5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
I’ll admit it’s hard at times. Especially times like now, after the birth of my youngest son. Newborn babies always throw a household into chaos, and in this case that includes the balance of home life and work. But I love what I do (both being a mom and writing), so I do what I can to keep things as balanced as possible.

6. What elements do you think make a great story line? 
It’s all about the characters. At the end of the day, I don’t care what the story is about if I don’t like the characters. Good writing is a must, but characters that I can root for and relate to are essential.

7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
The hardest part isn’t writing the book per se. It’s editing. Especially when you work with an editor that isn’t afraid to point out the flaws in your work. Writing is a very personal process and each work is special to you. It’s hard to have someone criticize something you put so much into. But if you can get over yourself and see it objectively, you might learn a thing or two about yourself and your writing. I’ve grown so much because of editors.

8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? 
As of now, I have 6 books, 3 in each of my series. I don’t have a favorite because each book is special to me for a different reason.

9. Do you have a favorite character?
All of my main characters have a trait of mine. I do that on purpose because I want to be able to identify with them. So I really can’t choose just one as my favorite.

10. Where do you write?
I write wherever I can find the space and peace and quiet.

11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took? 
When publishing my books, I choose the route that I think will be best for the books. I want publishers that are excited about the stories and believe in them like I do. That’s why I was happy to find Clean Teen Publishing as a home for the Bionics series. The ladies there got so excited over the story, I knew they would work hard with me to make it a success.

12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
My family is extremely important. Many of them read my books and love to tell people about the author in the family.

13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I love music and singing as well as cooking and baking. I also recently took up sewing, which is so much fun!

14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? 
Never stop writing and never give up on your dreams. I worked for years to see mine become a reality and I can tell you that it takes a good story, determination, patience and an open mind.

16. What is your favorite book? Favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write? 
My favorite book of all time is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Whenever I want to write in a certain genre, I like to read a book within that genre to get the juices flowing. I have my favorites in each genre, not really a single one.

17. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such? 
I have two critique partners who are also authors. I call them my ‘writer besties’. They don’t hold back when I need an opinion!

18. Are you working on anything now?
I am always working on something. Right now I am working on book 4 of The Bionics as well as the 4th book in my Fantasy series, The Lost Kingdom of Fallada.


My reviews:

The Bionic 

All I ever wanted was to be a normal girl. I had dreams of joining the ranks of the Military Police and making my family proud. But the nuclear war that laid waste to our country destroyed any hope I had of being normal ever again. They took everything away from me, including my humanity. I am now half-human, half-machine, part of the never-ending freak show that is the Restoration Project.

They hate what they created and they fear us for being powerful.

And so they hunt us, destroying our lives so that they can bury what they built. What they don’t know is this: there is a Resistance out there and The Bionics aren’t going down without a fight.
 

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Blythe is bionic, she has an arm that is made out of machinery because she lost it during the nuclear war.  Now feared by all, Blythe is one of many bionics who take part in the Resistance, rescuing those who were “restored” by the government but now is hunted by all. Dax is Blythe’s friend, the only person whom she lets gets close enough to her and who really knows who she is.  Together they make an amazing team, rescuing other people who hide from the government. 

I have only read one other book where there was a cyborg type of storyline.  This one however was different that one…I was hooked right from the beginning!  Bionics was written from Blythe’s point of view and how she saw how things were going.  The story moved along a great pace, with characters joining in and bringing a little spin to the tale.  I truly enjoyed the characters and the personality that they each had; they all have been through a lot and have something to add.  Throughout the story, I couldn’t put the book down….I wanted to know Blythe’s story.  I wanted to know more about Blythe & Dax…was there more to them than just friends?  I wanted to know more about the resistance and whether or not they can dismantle the Restoration Project.   


Titanium 

We stand on the brink of a double rescue mission, a plan so foolhardy that even our bravest men are quaking inside with fear. Storm the capitol, free the prisoners, don’t get killed. It seems like a suicide mission, but not a single one of us has anything to lose.

In my past life, I was a scoundrel; a drug peddling street thug who cared nothing for anyone because I had no one to care for me. The nuclear blasts of 4006 reminded me of the value of life, and a girl with the saddest eyes I’ve ever gazed into gave me someone to care for. Now, as we embark on our most dangerous enterprise, I can only hope that we make it out alive and that those we have lost can be recovered.

Foolishness … fear … hope … These are the elements that threw our revolution into motion. As the momentum of the Resistance continues to build, we can only pray that hope continues grow larger than our fear.
 

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Dax is bionic, he lost both of his legs during the nuclear war and was “restored” with titanium legs.  He had grown up struggling…selling drugs and doing whatever he could to get back.  That all changed the day he met Blythe.  Blythe made him realize that there is more to him and life than the one he has been living.  From that day on Dax is a changed man, taking care of Blythe after rescuing her from getting captured by the Miliary police. 

Dax is a strong man, both physical and emotionally.  He takes care of those whom he loves and still is able to go out daily to help rescue others like him….people who are bionic and are running/hiding for their lives.  In Titanium, you are now reading this from Dax’s point of view.  In this story, you learn more about him, his feelings toward Blythe and his struggles with trying to keep those a secret from her.  Definitely a great continuation of the first book and I can’t wait for the third one to learn more about Gage.

and I also have a review for the newly released SECRETS!



Secrets

Before The Resistance, my life was one of privilege and comfort. Before The Resistance, mine was a mindset of naiveté and blind trust in a broken and corrupt government. Before The Resistance, I’d never stood up or fought for anything in my life.

Now, there is everything to fight for and everything to lose. All for a glimmer of hope in our future. It may seem a small thing but with the smallest bit of hope, men have risen against their oppressors with fists raised, even when they knew they stared into the face of death.

Now that I have found something to fight for, I can only hope that my past will not become a roadblock to my future and that the secrets I’ve kept from those whose trust I’ve gained will not come back to ruin the new life I’ve made. If they do, I fear that I will not only lose my place as part of the Resistance, but the heart of the girl I am slowly coming to love.
 

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Gage came into the Resistance when his niece and himself were picked up by them and brought to their headquarters for safety.  Gage isn’t like the others, he is human and because of this he doesn’t fit in so like a typical male he needs to prove himself 

The first time Gage spots Blythe he feels something for her, something he has felt in a long time but can he tell her his secret or will he be able to keep it from her?  What would happen to them if she founds out about him? 

This is the third book in the series but told from Gage’s point of view.  You find out more about Gage’s past, why he’s on the run with his niece and his opinions on what the government is doing to the individual with bionic parts. 

I definitely had an OMG moment in this book when you learn what Gage is hiding from everyone however leading up to that he shows his support for the Resistance and will do anything to help them out to save others.  This is a great third book to the series and feel you learn more and more about everyone as well as what has happened the more you read.     

Definitely add this one to your collection and if you haven’t done so already go grab the first two, you will not be disappointed!!! 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today and for your wonderful reviews! Hugs and love,
    Alicia

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