Book Blitz & Excerpt: Designed + Giveaway

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by Amy Patrick
(Designed, #1)
Publication date: October 17th 2022
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Mireya is the youngest person on Earth in 2055. Well, one of them. She and her classmates on the military base where she lives are survivors of Zika-Two, a mosquito-borne virus that took out the very youngest and oldest of the world’s population fifteen years earlier and rendered the remaining humans infertile.

Formerly banned research into cloning, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence is green-lighted by a government desperate to prevent looming human extinction. In fact, it was experimental nanotechnology that saved the lives of Mireya and her friends.

She’s always been told this makes her special. She certainly doesn’t feel special. As hard as she tries, she can never seem to please her indifferent parents, and her periodic memory lapses threaten to sink her already-shameful class rank to dead last. She just wants to be like everyone else, to be normal.

Mireya’s never left the base, never wanted to, and never questioned why she’s been content to stay there her whole life—until she runs into Heath. Actually, he bumped into her with his Gideon Corp delivery van. She’s not hurt, but she is baffled.

Why did the alluring young guy look at her like he knows her? And why did he seem shocked at her very average eye color?

When one-by-one her friends visit the physician and come back acting like strangers, Mireya decides to venture beyond the gates of the base to the nearby city of Atlanta to search for answers. And for Heath.

What she’ll find is the imposing walls surrounding Gideon Corp, the world’s largest corporation, hide many secrets about the cataclysmic global event and perhaps even Mireya herself.

DESIGNED is perfect for readers who loved Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium, The Wrath & the Dawn, and the Selection.

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“Warning. Collision alert. Warning.”

The loud electronic voice reached me a second too late. I’d already stepped off the curb into the street and directly into the path of a delivery van.

A flash of white and chrome filled my peripheral vision as the bumper made contact with my left hip, sending me to the pavement with a wince and a yelp.

The good news was I wasn’t flattened by the thing. The nearly silent electric vehicles were programmed with collision avoidance tech that slowed them automatically in case of a sudden obstacle, which meant it hit me hard enough to knock me over but not hard enough to crush bones.

The bad news was I could already hear the shouting of the obviously perturbed operator through the van’s closed windows. No doubt the accident had surprised him as much as it had me.

He’d probably been relaxing in the back of the self-driving vehicle watching vids or reading when he’d felt the jolt and sudden stop. Now he was storming around to the front of it, spewing a stream of profanities.

“What the hell are you doing?” the van operator demanded. “Didn’t you see me coming?”

Before I could respond or get up on my own, a pair of strong hands slid beneath my arms. He picked me up off the ground and set me upright. I would have protested the invasion of my personal space, but it all happened too fast.

Brushing off the seat of my uniform, I tested my footing, lifting and wiggling one foot then the other.

The ache in my tailbone told me I would be sporting some very colorful bruises tomorrow, and my butt couldn’t have been any wetter if I’d cannonballed into a swimming pool. Lovely.

“So are you okay? Say something.”

Anger still emanated off the guy in waves, but his deep voice now held a note of concern. What could I say? I felt like an idiot.

“Of course I saw you. I just thought getting run down would be a good way to score some tech augmentation in my lower limbs.”

I finally glanced up at the man– who hadn’t responded and was not laughing at my joke.

My hair was in my eyes, disheveled from my fall. I pushed it from my face, and the sight in front of me nearly knocked me backward again.

Technically, I supposed he was a man, but he was younger than I’d expected, close to my age.

He was big. And angry. His dark brows were drawn together tightly. It wasn’t the forbidding expression that stunned me. It was his eyes.

Their color was like nothing I’d ever seen before– a spellbinding combination of blue and green so beautiful, so piercing, it almost defied reality.

I was so mesmerized it took me a second to realize he was staring at me, too. He’d been in the middle of a question.

“So then you’re not hur–” but he’d broken off mid-word.

After a long pause during which he continued to stare at me like he’d never seen a girl before, he spoke again. “Your eyes. They’re brown.”

“Yeah…” I dragged the word out into a question. “… last time I checked.”

Something about his troubled expression struck a cord of recognition. I glanced from his incredible eyes to the shock of dark hair above them and down to the breadth of his shoulders then the rest of his tall, big boned frame and then at the name badge on the front left pocket of his company uniform.


“Have we met before?”

The guy blinked rapidly and back-stepped toward the delivery van, his head moving in a tight, rapid shake.

“No, I don’t think so. You’re okay? You’re not hurt?”

He paused for my answer, but his back and shoulders were plastered against the front of the van like I was dipped in flu virus and he hadn’t had a vaccination in years.

The instant I said, “I’m fine,” the guy turned and climbed into the van. Within seconds it was whispering away down the road, the unmistakable Gideon Corp logo on its back doors shrinking then disappearing as the vehicle rounded the corner.

Oookay. It was obvious why he was a delivery man for the world’s largest biotech company and not employed in some capacity where he might have been required to interact with actual humans on a regular basis.

Totally awkward.

But cute.


Author Bio:

Amy Patrick is the award-winning author of the popular Hidden Saga, Crimson Accord series, and Designed, a new YA dystopian romance. She lives in Rhode Island, where she enjoys writing in her car at the beach year-round and dreaming up captivating new science fiction and fantasy worlds for her readers to devour.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Court of Snakes, by Tycho Dwelis

Join us for this tour from August 8 to August 26, 2022!



​Book TitleCourt of Snakes: This Desert Cage

by Tycho Dwelis
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  317 pages
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Publisher:  Precursor Publishing
Release date:  July 2, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M: Some allusion to domestic abuse, fantasy violence, adults drinking alcohol

Book Description:

In the city of Segeno, it’s eat or be eaten. Someone has to rule the masses. A boy has lost his birthright. His parents killed. Dead and gone. A girl has lost her father. She means nothing to him now.

The city of Segeno stands tall after a great war, the only city left of its kind. Terran has lost both of his parents and is now on the run from a tyrant eager to kill him and cut off the royal bloodline. Parisa struggles with her own identity as even her father rejects her for the color of her skin as he claws for the throne. Along their journeys, they meet unexpected allies and encounter unprecedented magick, but, most importantly, they learn what it is to stand up for themselves and take back their city from corruption.

The Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage is the first of a two book series intended for ages 13 – 18. If you like the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Inkheart, you’ll love these books.

This series talks about systemic oppression, racism, oligarchy, and, of course, magick.

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Meet the Author:

I’m Tycho (I also use the pen name Cassidy), and I love storytelling! I’m incredibly passionate about writing, art, and anything that allows me to create my own worlds. My goal is to write dreamy fiction for all ages that is unique, inspiring, and imaginative. I like to write about themes that include coming of age, magic realism, identity, relationships, and bullying. My books are intended for readers ages eight to twenty-five, and are meant to connect the world of the fantastical to everyday life.

I currently live in Colorado and have an MA in Publishing.

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Tour Schedule:

Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Splashes of Joy  – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 12 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 15 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – The Page Ladies – book review
Aug 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Kam’s Place – book review
Aug 24 – Bookworm for Kids – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – Books and Zebras – book review
Aug 26 – Books for Books – book review

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Spotlight & Author Interview: Child of Etherclaw + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from August 2 to August 22, 2022!


​Book Title: CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13-18+),  348 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher:  Twilight Fox LLC
Release date:  August 2, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print (softback) (USA and Canada) and ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: August 2 to August 22, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 PG-13 for some profanity and mild violence.

Book Description:The bonds of family go well beyond blood.

But can those bonds hold when the blood itself carries a devastating secret?

Fenlee’s opal necklace had always radiated a certain warmth since her mother’s death. But now, at sixteen, her world begins to unravel as the stone sparks to life, revealing itself to be an otherworldly artifact of untold power.

Between her mechatronics studies at the academy and scavenging expeditions beneath the sprawling city of New Cascadia, Fenlee and her
adopted brother, Elliot, try to decipher the mysteries of her necklace and its link to events in Fenlee’s past.

But they’re not alone in their search.

Strange undercity dwellers offer cryptic warnings, drones track their movements, and deadly corporate agents lurk in the shadows. When tragedy rips Fenlee’s family apart, she must learn to use the artifact’s power to save those who are deeply precious to her. But nothing can prepare her for the dark truths that she will uncover on that journey…

“Lee,” Elliot mumbled. “I’m not who you think I am.” 

Is Child of Etherclaw your first novel? What else have you written?

Yep! It’s my very first novel. Well, it’s the first novel I’ve had enough confidence to release, at least. There are a handful of novels that I’ve scrapped and short stories that won’t see the light of day. I’ve also done a lot of other writing over the years, but most of it is either a bunch of cringe-fest fanfic, or is best left buried in the shadows where we shall not speak of it. It took me quite a bit of writing to get to a point that I felt I’d produced something I wanted others to read. Even still, it’s incredibly nerve-wracking putting it out in the world for real.

Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?

I’d have to say that Nico was probably the hardest character to write. He is a boy of very few words, and the reader doesn’t get benefit of understanding his thoughts from his POV, so I had to figure out ways to convey meaning and personality with very little. Nico grew up without parents or any true caretakers, but is far from emotionally stunted—he probably displays the most empathy of any of the characters. At the same time, he’s not very well socialized. Balancing that combination on the page was tricky, but fun, and I’m happy with how he turned out. Nico is one of my favorites.

Fenlee Harper was probably the easiest for me. She is the lead character and I felt I could identify with almost all of her feelings and actions. Her dialog was often too much though, and I did need to trim it in quite a few places. Once she gets going, Fenlee does love to talk. She’s also the character that had been lurking in my brain the longest prior to writing Child of Etherclaw, so I already knew her fairly well.

Child of Etherclaw is set in the Pacific Northwest. What made you decide on this setting?

I was trying to determine what areas of Earth would likely be places where humanity would consolidate in a post-climate change world. There is no telling how all of this would shape up in reality, but it seems that the Pacific Northwest region of the United States would be a likely candidate, given its current climate and many of the climate change forecast models.

New Cascadia is a city-state spanning what is currently northern Oregon and most of western Washington state. This seemed a fitting region for the development of a sprawling megacity up and down the coast that would begin to grow vertically as more climate refugees found their way there, and as the sea level would rise.

I had also hoped to be able to describe New Cascadia in such a way that the megacity became something of a character itself.

What do you hope readers take away from Child of Etherclaw?

Child of Etherclaw has been described by several reviewers as a cyberpunk dystopian thriller. I think that’s a totally appropriate description, but it initially surprised me. While writing, I had set out to create a story of found family, emotional character growth, and hope against all odds…that just happens to be against the backdrop of a cyberpunk dystopia. And, yes, as the story gets going, it does take on a thriller quality. Totally fair description.

But what I really want readers to find in Child of Etherclaw is at least one character that they can identify and empathize with. At least one character that they think and wonder about between reading sessions. I hope readers can see the love and friendship through all the grit, and how that makes the biggest difference in the end.

Child of Etherclaw is the first in a new series. How is the next book coming, and when can we expect it?

Book 2 is coming along very well. While Child of Etherclaw doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, there are a number of smaller loose threads that I will be tying up in the second book and additional mysteries and open questions that will be answered. The story also gets moving right from the beginning. As of now, I’m anticipating a late 2023 release.



Meet the Author:Matty Roberts began their career in journalism where they earned an Emmy and had the privilege of working on several other award-winning projects. They hold an MS from Johns Hopkins University and are now an engineer in renewable energy in Denver, Colorado where they live with their wonderful partner, two extraordinary kids, and the best doggie ever. In addition to writing, engineering, and parenting, Matty is a vegan enby nerd who is in love with this world and will forever be doing all they can to make it a better place. And they may be known to occasionally play in a punk band here or there.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Aug 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Aug 3 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 3 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 4 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight /guest post / giveaway
Aug 5 – 
Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 9 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – See Sadie Read – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Aug 11 –  Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 12 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 15 – HirlGrend, a Vegan Book Blog – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – The Page Ladies – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Stephanie Jane – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – 
411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway


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