Character Quest: Day 6!



Welcome to day #6 of the Resistance Character Quest. We hope you are all finding our bios and questions interesting and enlightening. Today we are privileged to welcome Sonya to the blog.




Sonya’s Bio: Vanquisher for Herrald’s clan. There is no one who will tell you like it is the way Sonya will—whether you like it or not. She’s strong-willed almost to a fault. Jeremy’s nickname for her is “she-cat.” And she totally deserves it.









It’s so great to have you with us here today, Sonya! We’re glad you stopped by to QUELL our inquisitive minds! On with our interview…

 What is your favorite movie?
Kill Bill by Quentin Tarantino. Uma Thurman kicks
ass in that movie. So cool.
What is a special childhood memory?
Well,
I certainly don’t divulge this kind of information often, but I’ll be honest
with you. My favorite childhood memory was Christmas when I was 9 years old. My
dad was on tour in Afghanistan, and I knew he wouldn’t be home in time. Still,
I also knew that he would send me something special. That morning, it was just
Mom, Grandpaw and me. I kept opening presents, every time hoping it was the
special one from Dad. After opening everything under the tree, Mom finally gave
me a small, red-wrapped package the size of a jewelry box.
The
way my mom smiled with tears in her eyes, I knew this was the one. But what
could it be? The box was so light. My dad knew I didn’t care for jewelry, not
really. I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy. Very excited, I unwrapped it and
opened the box gently. Inside, there was a small, square sheet of paper. In my
dad’s handwriting, it said, “I love you, Buttercup.  Look outside.”
I
ran to the window and pushed opened the curtains. There in the middle of the
front yard was my dad, beaming from ear to ear with a giant red ribbon wrapped
around him. Needless to say, it was a happy reunion—the best Christmas ever.
(If
you tell any of the others my nickname was ‘Buttercup,’ I might have to kill
you.)
 In your clan, who is the easiest to get
along with?
That’s
easy. Hannah. Sometimes I think she should’ve been a Healer. She’s got that
serene, giving spirit, like an angel or something. Sooooooo not like me. Nice
to have her around though.
Do you like to sing and
dance?
Sing? Uh, no. Never. But I like to dance, or at least I used to.
My best friend Jenny and I used to hang out at the top of the bleachers with
the band during football games and dance right alongside them. That was so much
fun. Wow. I haven’t thought about that in a long time. Feels like years ago,
not months.
 What’s a quote that would represent your
philosophy on life?
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind
don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” By Dr. Seuss.
I’ve
always been one to do and say what I mean and what I feel. Sometimes, I piss
people off, but whatever. Like the quote says, those people don’t matter. I am
who I am. No apologies.

 
Thanks so much for stopping by and letting us into your world a bit, Sonya, it was great having you here!
 
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Tomorrow we are excited to welcome Gabe to the blog. So come back and join us for our final day of Character Quest with these wonderful characters from Resistance.

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7.      Soma/ Insomnia of Books  Blog: http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

 

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Character Quest: Day 5



Today we’re moving on the day #5 of the Resistance Character Quest. We’re gonna be having a little chat with Michael today!





Michael’s Bio:  Guardian for Herrald’s clan, there is one word that describes Michael—confident. Some might say he’s cocky, but he doesn’t think so. A motto he lives by? “Know what you want in life then go for it.”











It’s so great to have you stop by here today, Michael. We want to welcome you and hope you can break the BUBBLE of curiosity we hold about you! On with our questions!

What’s your favorite book?


Well, I’m not a big reader, but our English teacher once made us read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. That story has always stuck with me. Jean Valjean was a good guy, but was corrupted by a cruel world, becoming sort of heartless after a 19-year stint in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. When he finally leaves prison, one man teaches him that anyone can change from bad to good, from darkness to light. Valjean ends up doing just that. I love this kind of story. I have to believe that there is redemption for anyone, no matter what dark path they are on.

What do you miss most about high school?


I miss football the most—the guys, my coaches, my best friend, Daniel. There was something about being on that field with my offensive line, calling out plays in the huddle, hearing the crowds in the stands and the coaches calling from the sidelines that made sense to me. Everything was simpler, easier to figure out. Now, the world’s upside-down and we don’t know what’ll happen from one day to the next.

What’s a quote that would represent your life right now?


I remember this guy reciting a monologue from Henry V on Speech Night the very week before the Reapers came. His words are constantly in my head. Well, I guess they’re actually Shakespeare’s words. He said, “From this day to the ending of the world, we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.”

Yeah, that’s how I feel these days, but it goes for the girls, too. I feel tied to the Setti. We’re in this together till the end.


What is a special childhood memory?


Daniel has been my best friend since 1st grade. Even then he was a big kid. He’s always been the big kid. He’s also always been the nice guy. Well, Daniel and I lived about a block apart. When we were in 5th grade, I remember there was this middle-school bully that lived in a house between ours. What was his name, Gary or Jerry, something like that.

One day, I was waiting for Daniel to meet me at my house, and he was taking forever. So I got on my bike and rode after him. Halfway there, I see Gary what’s-his-face with two other scrawny kids surrounding Daniel, throwing globs of dirt at him. Daniel’s just standing there, taking it, even though he was bigger than all of them.

So I rush into the circle, pushing one of the kids to the ground and asked Daniel what was going on. He sort of whispered that his mom told him it was bad to fight. I told him there was always a time to fight and this was that time. It was like a light went off. Daniel pushed skinny kid #2 to the ground then punched Gary right in the nose. Gary squealed like a girl and ran off.

That might seem odd to define a “special childhood memory,” but I’m fond of it, because it was the day Daniel stood up for himself and never looked back. Yes, he was still the nice guy, but no one tried to pick on the “big guy” after that.

What draws you to Clara? Do you think she feels the same?


What’s not to draw me? Number one, there’s undeniable chemistry between us. She’s hot, and well, she seems to like what she sees in me. It’s kind of obvious the way she looks at me all the time. Number two, we’re both Guardians. We just fit in every way.

And yes, she definitely feels the same way. No doubt.

Michael your answers to these questions were certainly enlightening! Thanks so much for stopping by and spending time with us!

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Stop by tomorrow to meet and hear all about Sonya!
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LAUNCH PARTY!

Resistance (Saga of the Setti, #2) by Stephanie Judice



I’m very excited to be participating in the release blast of my friend  and author Stephanie Judice’s latest book Resistance: Saga of the Setti Book 2. If you haven’t read the first book in this series, Rising: Saga of the Setti Book 1, run, do not walk, and get yourself a copy!


Title: Resistance (Saga of the Setti Book Two)
Publication Date: October 15, 2012
Publisher: StudioKae Publishers
Buying links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble



The world is covered in darkness. A constant gray pall reminds the Setti that reapers are still here—watching, waiting, hunting. Gabe, Clara, and their clan must leave the relative safety of Beau Chêne, Louisiana, in order to train with others gathering in the north. No one knows what lurks when night falls. Yet, Gabe and Clara both know that they must chance the danger in order to fulfill a dark destiny.
While Gabe grows in confidence, Clara begins to doubt everything, including her feelings for Gabe. Looming between them is a growing chasm. Clara’s constant defiance against Gabe begins to sever the bond between them. New clansman and fellow Guardian, Michael, steps in all too willingly to take Gabe’s place as her confidant and more. Good-looking and self-assured, Clara finds his charms difficult to resist. She wonders why she should resist at all.
Jessie, now a shadow scout, defies the reapers’ malevolent power. She reaches out to Clara, yearning for the impossible—to be free of the reapers’ enslavement.
Beyond Clara’s battle to save a lost loved one and to keep Gabe close to her heart, another threat stirs, whispering to Clara in the dark. Something evil hunts her. Will she listen to the one who calls to her in nightmares and eventually finds her in the flesh? Will she succumb to his will or will she cling to her human soul and her human heart?


Every day this week, you will be introduced to one of the wonderful characters from this series via a bio and then a short interview! So make sure you come back every day to learn more and more about these awesome characters.

Today, we are lucky enough to have Melanie with us!






Mel’s Bio: HEALER for Homer’s clan.  Mel is kind-hearted, patient, and wise. Her feathers are rarely ruffled, except when the boys behave too much like “boys.” She is the glue of her Setti clan.

Now that you know just a bit about Mel, let’s see what she has to say in answer to a few questions!

Melanie, thanks so much for being with us today. We are excited to have you here to answer a few of our most pressing questions! We hope you can CURE our curiosity.




1. What was your favorite subject in high school?

I liked Math the most, because I like it when problems have a definite solution. On the other hand, I also love English because stories and literature can teach us so much about life.
2. Who inspires you the most and why?

Helen Keller is truly one of my heroes. How someone can be born without sound or sight and still find a way not simply to communicate, but to teach the world such lovely, wise things is amazing to me. She once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” And this is so true, isn’t it?
Another thing that keeps coming to mind lately, since our world has changed into this bleak and sometimes lonely place, are these words of Helen Keller’s: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” No matter what is in store for us in the future, no matter how desolate and dark things become, we must remember
the wisdom of this woman who lived her whole life in the dark.
3. In your Setti clan, who is the most difficult to live with and why?

I would have to say it is a tie between Jeremy and Ben. For some reason, those two love to push each other’s buttons, and sometimes it is so tiresome to listen to their tedious arguments back and forth. However, for the most part, it is not difficult living with my friends at all. I treasure each one of them for their special gifts and for their devoted friendship. They are a family to me.
4. What’s a quote that would represent your philosophy on life?

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” –Mark Twain
5. If you could have a theme song, what would it be?

Interesting, because Jeremy has asked me the same question so many times, and I refuse to give him an answer. But I will tell you.
My Gram used to play these old records when I was little. Yes, actual records on a record-player if you know what those are. And I think one song has seeped into my subconscious. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong really reflects how I see the world. I wish everyone did, even now, with our future so precarious. It still is a wonderful world.

Mel, thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. It was a lot of fun having you here!


Stop by again tomorrow as we welcome Ben to the blog to let us in on some of his most intimate secrets!

The Lodestone Trilogy by Mark Whiteway

Genre: Sci- Fi

Published: December 20th 2011 by Mark Whiteway

Rating: 4 STARS!

On a distant planet ruled by a brutal tyrant, an alien girl comes to the aid of a stranger and is plunged into the midst of a titanic struggle that will decide the fate of her world.

For the first time in a single volume, this limited edition version includes all three books of the first Lodestone story arc, including a revised and updated version of Book One, a unique cover featuring a scene from the second book, and a special chapter navigation system. The combined 360,000 word epic is available for a limited period only.

Lose yourself in the astounding world of Kelanni!

MY REVIEW:

At the beginning, I wasn’t sure about my choice, mainly because it was a trilogy and it was long. Sometimes I like to take a brief moment between one book and the other so I thought it was going to be boring but it wasn’t whatsoever!

The first 2 chapters were hard to read, I admit it, there were so many new names and artifacts that several times I had to ask , ‘what did this mean?’ and found myself going back to the previous pages often, but after that little inconvenient, I found it fascinating.

The world Mark Whiteway created is unique and mesmerizing. The books have tons of action, no time to get bored. It’s a fast paced story but not for lack of details, on the contrary, everything is perfectly explained. The plot is rich and the characters are fantastically developed.

“The key to defeating a tyrant -any tyrant- is to understand the source of their power. Once you do that, you can manipulate it; even use their own power against them”

All the story goes around schemes and lies comitted and said at the behest of the Unan- Chinneroth, or simply “The Prophet”, which slaves people called “tributes” to keep the Lodestone supply.

What is lodestone? A desired material with many impressive properties.
Why do “The prophet” needs it? Read the books and find out! lol

The trilogy is totally based on physical principles but certainly it requieres imagination. And it’s great to see the use of physics as a door to a magical world. (believe me, I hate physics, but reading this made it sound appealing)

As Nathaniel Hawthorne said: “Easy reading is damn hard writing” .

BOOK 1

Spins around five main characters: Lyall, Shann, Alondo, Keris and Boxx. All of them with opposite and varied personalities and different background.

Shann is a determined and brave girl whose parents were taken as tributes and desperately wants to see them again.(no spoiler here, that information is released early in the book)

Lyall is also brave and the leader of the group but he is always haunted by his past.

Alondo is at the same time, the heart and the brain of the group. Extremely clever and so caring and carefree.

Keris is a smart and sharp woman whose beliefs were totally changed after some specific event I can’t reveal without writing a spoiler so…

Boxx is a Chandara. It’s both cute and wise and the bonding between it and Keris is amazing.

This peculiar group begin a journey to achieve the Kellani’s well being. The first book consists in their adventures to cross the Barrier of Storms in the Aronak Sea.
BOOK 2:

When I thought the story couldn’t get better, I started the second book and I was immediately hooked. Again marvelled by an advanced and wonderful world the author created.
New adventures awaiting. The second book is about what lays beyond the barrier.
I don’t know how to review this without giving away much of the first book but…
Here appear other important characters such as Rael and McCann. We learn a lot of the Chandara’s history. It’s a quest to find the four components that Annata told them, to build a device that will destroy The Prophet’s weapon. Personally that was my favourite part of the books and didn’t wanna drop it.
The end of book two… what a cliffhanger! No way to stop the reading at this point.

BOOK 3:

It begins a little slow for my taste. After an impressive final for book 2, I was expecting more. But then it gets truly better.
Likewise there are new alliances made and some broken, we discover long expected truths, about who The Prophet is, what are his motives and also about the “mysterious” destruction of the Chandara Forest.
We get to know McCann from a different perspective. And find out that not everything is black and white as it was pictured in the previous books. There is a huge turn of events, there is a lot of betrayal and at some point you really wonder where the characters loyalty lays. A lot of suspense!

To sum up: many details and a clever plot combined with excellent writing skills. The end is up to a very good trilogy. Though I heard there is a fourth book coming up! Looking forward to reading it!
I would totally recommend this books!

Whisper Walker (Whisper Walker Series #1)

by London Cole

Genre: Dystopian Paranormal

Published: April 7th 2012 by LC Books

Rating: 4 STARS!

Seventeen year-old Acquisitions Specialist Drake Adair is legendary at his job: he can obtain anything from anyone and from anywhere, without getting caught. At least, he’s never been caught before.

This time things go differently. He ends up on the run from the enemy Guild and takes refuge in a cave, only to get stuck in a pit in the back of the cave. He might be the only living human in there, but he’s not alone.

Kelsie, Drake’s roommate and closest friend since she fled her filicidal father, has secrets. Secrets she keeps even from Drake. Sneaking outside the Gates into the wild, she risks everything for a little excitement. Her lies now threaten everything she cares about most in her life.

Drake unearths a plot by an enemy Guild to tear apart life as he knows it. The very people closest to him may be pawns in the grisly scheme, leaving Kelsie and Drake with no one to turn to as they struggle to find answers before it’s too late.

Set eighty years after World War III, Kelsie and Drake pair up to protect the only life they know in a harsh and unforgiving world. They must each come to grips with his abilities, her secrets, and their mixed feelings for each other. Will they make it? Or will the very foundations of their lives be ripped from beneath them.

MY REVIEW:

— I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. —

At first I didn’t know what to expect of “Whisper Walker”. The cover didn’t say much and I just jumped blind into it.

And now, after reading it, I still find it difficult to tag it in a specific category or genre. It has mystery and dystopian elements but also paranormal components and a little bit of romance. Therefore it is a perfect combo for me XD

I have to acknowledge mr. Cole’s ability to make them fit perfectly. He did a terrific job.

At the beginning I found the approach similar to “Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi, not the technological stuff (which is absent here) but the idea of civilized people living inside a fence and the “mutants” living outside, making it dangerous to cross the barrier and go to the woods. But then it was developed in such an original way that I forgot about my previous thoughts.

Regarding the characters, the main two are so STRONG and defined teenagers that you can’t get enough of them. Kelsie is such a bad-ass and Drake is tough and sweet at the same time. Although the real role that Kelsie plays it’s explained further in the story, you just love her from the start! (at least I did)

However, there were things that prevented me to give this book a 5 stars rating and those were for example the main characters sleeping together and showering together. Not that I’m a prude or anything (XD) but seriously? Saving water and time… that’s like the oldest trick in the world! lol.
On the other hand, those parts were perfectly executed and weren’t offensive or scandalous in the slightest. Personally I believe they added interest to their relationship but I’d recommend you to be careful with the kids though!

Likewise, I’d loved to read more about why the mutants were mutants (we only have a tiny reference) and also about the Guild, and the way the live.

Anyhow, the book is totally worthy! And the end is just fabulous! Besides, it’s only the start of a series and it’s so promising!
I totally recommend this!