Monday, August 6, 2012

International Giveaway of signed copies of Transcender by Vicky Savage and a Hard back box Trilogy set of Hunger Games!

I am so incredibly excited to host this next author interview and giveaway. Vicky Savage was the first author I had contact with after starting my reviewing career. I had stumbled on her novel, Transcender: First Timer in December 2011, when she was hosting a giveaway for it. I fell in love with the world, the characters, and her writing style. She sent me a very gracious email thanking me for the review. Since then, we've kept in touch. I am so glad that finally I can help her spread the word for this terrific book.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Book Description: Ripped away from her quiet Connecticut life with the force of a lightning bolt and glitched into a weird alternate universe, Jaden Beckett lands smack in the middle of a kidnapping--her own!

The powerful Inter-Universal Guidance Agency (IUGA) engineers her escape and is working overtime to return her home.But now Jaden's not sure where she belongs. In this world, she has her mother back (a miracle she never imagined). She's known as Princess Jaden, a member of the royal family of one of the three surviving nations,and against her better judgment, she's fallen insanely in love with Ryder Blackthorn, the most wanted outlaw in the land.

Can the IUGA force her to go? Or is Jaden what others in the land beleive she is--a Transcender with the ability to travel among alternate worlds at will?

She's not sure what to believe or who she can trust--except herself.

My Amazon Review:  Transcender: First Timer

Author Blurb:  Life has been interesting so far for Vicky Savage. She has resided in seven different states and London, England. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law.  She’s been employed in a number of enjoyable occupations including flag-girl on a construction crew, research assistant to a world famous scientist, trial lawyer, health-care company executive, and most recently author and publisher of young adult fiction. She has a charmingly boyish husband, two bright and amusing children, and two effervescent dogs. In addition to her family, she loves the ocean, new adventures, Italy, passionate kisses, and room service, in that order. She lives on the water in Florida.

Author Interview Part I.

When did you first start writing?
I dabbled in writing for years before actually completing a book. Initially I thought I’d write a legal thriller in the vein of John Grisham or Michael Connelly, but I always lost interest in the story fairly quickly. I became serious about writing around four years ago when my son was in middle school. I hosted a series of book clubs and assisted with the school’s wonderful visiting author program. As a result, I fell hopelessly in love with young adult literature. It was more fun, creative, and emotionally compelling than most of the adult novels I’d been reading. The real clincher for me was when I organized a Twilight book club for the students and their moms. The moms were as enthralled with the books as the kids were, and I realized I wasn’t the only grown-up unabashedly hooked on the genre. That’s when I began writing what eventually turned into Transcender.

How did you come up with the idea behind Transcender?
I’ve always loved romantic adventure stories set in medieval times, with brave warriors, graceful horses, swordfights, and princesses. The problem was I’m not a fan of “damsel in distress” tales. I wanted my heroine to be a thoroughly modern girl, smart, capable, courageous, and athletic. So I needed to figure out how to get my modern girl into a setting that had all the fun of medieval times, but with great clothes and indoor plumbing. The time-travel concept didn’t really work by itself. But I’ve always been fascinated with the notion of parallel lives. That’s how I came up with the idea of a Transcender—someone with the ability to travel among alternate universes. That concept allowed me to pick and choose which elements I wanted in my story. Plus, it’s turned out to be a rather timely topic since the discovery of the Higgs boson (the “God Particle”). Scientists are now engaging in serious discussions about the possibility of parallel worlds and different dimensions.

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  1. Thanks so much for this review. Wow a 5 star rating. Must be a great read. I have to add this to my tbr list.

  2. Thanks for the great giveaway and review.