Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MEGA INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY Featuring the Transcender Trilogy by Vicky Savage and Jaden, Princess of Domerica

Welcome back, everyone! I am so thrilled to once again promote one of my all time favorite Indie authors, Vicky Savage. She's been on this wild ride with me from the beginning, as her first book, Transcender: First Timer, was one of the first (and best) books I ever reviewed. She's back and even better with the second installment (which I liked even more than the first book), Streaming Stars, which continues our journey with Jaden, our fiesty female protagonist from the first book in the adventure filled land of Domerica. Plus, we get to see more Transcender coolness!

I'm triple thrilled because this is the BIGGEST giveaway I have EVER put together. Check out these terrific prizes donated by the lovely Ms. Savage!!!

Amazon Gift card $50 
Amazon Gift card $10
2 Amazon Gift card $5
2 signed book packs of Transcender/Streaming stars
5 e-copies of Transcender AND Streaming stars

Regardless if you win or not, you should read these books, they are terrific.


Transcender: First-Timer


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 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Amazon Review:  Transcender: First Timer

Streaming Stars (Transcender Trilogy Book 2Goodreads Book Description: Eighteen-year-old Jaden Beckett has thirty days to make the ultimate decision about her destiny. Which path will she choose? Her current life with her loving family in Connecticut? An alternate life in an intriguing parallel world with the man she loves? Or the astonishing life of a multi-universe Transcender?

In Streaming Stars, Book 2 of the Transcender Trilogy, Jaden and her mentor, Agent Ralston, return to Domerica, where she reunites with her  mother and her fiancé, Ryder Blackthorn, embarks upon fantastic Transcender adventures in exotic parallel worlds, and narrowly escapes a hit squad of Black Knights.

In the end, Jaden’s decision is anything but simple.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review: Streaming Stars Review

About Vicky:
Vicky Savage practiced law for a number of years before taking time off to raise her two children and begin her writing career. She lives on the water on the west coast of Florida with her husband, son, and two dogs. Her daughter attends graduate school in Washington, D.C.

Interview with Jaden, Transcender and Princess of Domerica

Jaden, thanks so much for joining us at Ensconced in YA! It's not often we get a Transcender here
Can you tell us a little bit about Transcenders?
Thanks for having me. This is my first interview, so I hope I don’t suck at it. I’ll tell you what I can about the Transcenders, but I’m sort of in the learning phase myself. Apparently there’s something in Transcenders’ DNA, a defect maybe, I don’t know, but it makes us able to release the electromagnetic fields holding our atoms together. It’s like we just lose our mass and transform into a kind of wave. It allows us to travel faster than light speed through walls and also through dimensions to parallel worlds. It’s really astounding. I’ve been to a few amazing places recently—some on purpose and some accidentally. I’m still getting the hang of it. Anyway, the whole thing is kind of scary awesome, if you know what I mean.

Wow, that's so cool. I wish I were a Transcender. Back to Earth, for a little bit. Tell us about where you grew up in Connecticut and your family.
Oh well that’s easy enough. The town I grew up in, Madison, is exactly what you think of when someone says New England. Quaint, charming, tons of trees. We have a busy little town square, and lots of pretty and close-knit neighborhoods. My dad’s a senior cardiac nurse at St. Ignatius Hospital, and my big bro is studying pre-law at Duke University. My mom was a Superior Court judge, but she died in a car wreck a few years back. I had kind of an idyllic childhood up to that point. Since then … things have been like a roller coaster ride.

What are the best and worst parts of Connecticut? Of Domerica?
The best part of Connecticut is that my friends are there and I’ll always think of it as home. The worst part is that it can be a bit provincial. Translation: boring. The best parts of Domerica, for me at least, are all the fantastic perks of being part of the royal family—great clothes, great food, being sort of pampered. Also, the countryside is storybook gorgeous and the weather always perfect. The worst parts: no iPhone, no music, no TV, no internet. Oh, and it seems like somebody’s always trying to kill me. That can be annoying.

What was your favorite dress in Domerica and why?
Well, I kind of have a weakness for pretty clothes, and I got to wear some killer outfits when I was in Domerica, but I’d have to say my favorite was this white gown, covered with crystals. I wore it to a feast in Unicoi. It was awesome. The crystals cascaded in diagonals all the way down the skirt, and it had a little train in the back. But it was pretty tight—one of those dresses you have to wear sans panties, so it wasn’t the most comfortable thing to sit in. In fact, by the end of the night, the crystals had made little indentations on my butt. Oops, is that TMI for an interview? Anyway, I still loved it.

Tell us a little about your gorgeous horse.
Oh man, I used to be afraid of horses because they’re just so big. But in Domerica, horseback is the major mode of transportation, and the princess, my mirror in that world, was supposed to be this accomplished horsewoman, so I had to get up close and personal with them whether I wanted to or not. The first time I saw my horse, Gabriel, there was this kind of a soul connection between us. And then when I took him for a test ride, I knew I had to make him mine. It was such an adrenaline rush. His coat is glossy and jet black, his mane long and silky, and he’s fast as lightning. I have to admit, I’m kind of partial to tall, dark, and handsome.

We think that Ryder is totally hot. Can you tell us a little about the first time you met him?
The first time I laid eyes on him, I thought he had to be an angel or something, because no normal guy really looks like that—flawless golden skin, gleaming raven hair, and bottomless blue eyes. He stole my breath away. Once I realized he was in the process of kidnapping me, though, his six-foot-five frame, black armor, and wicked long sword, made my heart race faster for a different reason—stone cold fear. Weird as it sounds, even though he was holding me against my will, his kindness and decency shone through, and I couldn’t hate him. In fact, I was kind of crushing on him that first day, and I worried it might be some bizarre Stockholm Syndrome thing. But it turns out he really is a great guy.

Have you ever played a joke on Ralston? If so, tell us about it!
Seriously? I’m always playing jokes on Ralston. He’s not what you’d call gullible, but he’s a little stuffy, so I can’t resist ruffling his up-tight British feathers from time to time. Once I “borrowed” his glasses without asking. They don’t have corrective lenses, but they do have some very interesting capabilities that I was hoping to try out. He was furious! I won’t be doing that again.

We LOVE your Skorplings. Will you tell our readers a little more about them?
Fred and Ethel are amazing. A Skorpling looks like a cross between a koala bear and a monkey, furry, gray, and cuddly. Plus they can actually speak. Their vocabulary is limited and they can’t pronounce certain letters, but they’re adorable, and different as night and day. Ethel is a sweetheart, always smiling and kissing me. Fred is a total prankster, always getting into some kind of mischief. But I love them both so much. I highly recommend them as pets if they ever make their way over into this dimension.

Since you can Transcend anywhere, what's on your to see list and why?
There are rumors circulating in the Transcender community about a parallel world where people actually have wings and can fly. I don’t know if it’s true, but that’s something I’d really like to see. Also, I want to visit Venice, Italy. During carnival time. I can't imagine anything more romantic and exhilarating than losing myself in a sea of beautifully masked faces and dancing my way along the Grand Canal at midnight.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope we'll see you again soon!
Thanks for inviting me. It was fun!

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85 comments:

  1. A new book, with an interesting premise... Sounds cool. Thanks for introducing this book. ^_^

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  2. Cool interview! Makes me want to interview her XD

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  3. Hello, thanks for the giveaway. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  4. Thanks for the awesome interview and giveeaway

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  5. The interview is so entertaining. Made me want to read the books more :D

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  6. LOVED both books...as in, couldn't put down and can't wait for the next one!

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  7. The universe Domerica sounds interesting. I would like to explore it more. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. Thank you for such a great interview and a wonderful giveaway! I love the sound of both of these books and so they are definately on my TBR list.

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  9. Yay, Christina! So glad to be a part. Love your blog!

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  10. I haven't read these yet, but I would love to! Thanks for offering this.

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  11. Tracender looks like a great book. While I do have an e-reader my husband hogs it all the time. The kids hog the ipad. Guess I have to get something for myself.

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  12. I haven't heard of this series before and I wonder why! Sounds really good!!

    Thanks for hosting her!

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  13. It's outside my usual genres, but sounds very intriguing!

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  14. This is fantastic!! Great interview! The books sound so interesting, I can't wait to read them! =)

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  15. These books look so good! I'm just getting into the YA books, but I totally see their appeal!

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  16. does your experience in law ever come through in your books or for ideas?

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    1. Hi bashashhazbaz - Yes! my legal experience comes through sometimes. In fact there's a courtroom scene coming up in Book 3. I really drew on my trial experience for that scene!

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  17. I love you and this site! :) Thanks so much for sharing awesome books with us!

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  18. This sounds fantastic!! Great interview =)

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  19. The dress is what did it for in the interview. I absolutely must read this book just to hear about the clothes and the horse.

    I ride so I like when the connection get described.

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    1. Hey Ashley - I loved that dress too! Okay, I have to admit I sort of stole the idea from a Giorgio Armani dress that Anne Hathway wore in 1999 (check out In Style). Too beautiful! About the horses, I grew up with them in my backyard in Utah! My dad also had llamas at one time. Love animals of all sorts. Especially Skorplings!

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  20. This book sounds great! I love learning about all these new books on your blog!

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  21. Hi Everyone - Wow, great comments! I had lots of fun doing this interview of Jaden. Thanks to all who have read and enjoyed my books. It's all about the readers, right! Special thanks to Christina for hosting me on her excellent blog. I never buy a book without reading her review first! I agree Alana, Love this site!

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  22. Exciting! Thanks for the chance to read your books!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! Hope you love reading the books as much as I enjoyed writing them!

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  23. Can't wait to see who wins! Great interview AND review.

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  24. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win

    Jolene A

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  25. Sounds like a great read! Thank you for the chance to win this :) I cant wait !!

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  26. Your first interview went great! Congratulations :) Enjoyed it, and love hearing from authors! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks "let it be" and everyone else for the wonderful comments! Always great to hear from readers. And big thanks to Christina for so generously promoting my books and coming up with a great interview for Jaden! Lots of fun!

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  27. So excited for this giveaway! Good luck everyone!

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  28. So excited about this giveaway. Good luck everyone!

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  29. Vicky,
    My husband finished "Streaming Stars" and said it was very well-written. (Of course, I agreed with him!)

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    1. Thanks Lorna! Of course I couldn't have done it without your invaluable editing! Working away on Book 3. We'll be in touch!

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  30. Vicky,
    My husband read "Streaming Stars" and said it was very well-written. (Of course, I agreed with him!) All the best.

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    1. He obviously has great taste in books as well as wives!

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  31. Such intriguing story, can't wait to read the book. I'm really excited about this book. :)

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  32. omg so exciting! these books look awesome

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  33. Wow...its really nice (and big)giveaway !
    Im looking forward to read them. And the interview, thats awesome :)

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  34. Thanks guys for all the great comments! I hope you will read the books, but most of all I hope you will enjoy them! That's what it's all about!

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  35. The horse sounds lovely.

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    1. Thanks bn100. Hope you'll take a look at the books!

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  36. Thank you for the chance!

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  37. thank you for the chance to win :)

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  38. thank you for the chance to win :)

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  39. thank you :)

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  40. I haven't read the books, but I really want to do so now, I need to since my curiosity has been spiked. I'd love to write reviews for them on my blog, both Amazon sites and Goodreads!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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  41. Hi Susan - I do hope you read the books and I eagerly anticipate reading your reviews! Thanks!

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  42. The book seems great, cool giveaway! :D

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  43. I love the covers. That alone would make me want to pick up the books. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    1. Thanks Sherry! The covers were designed by my good friend, actor, writer, producer, Carrie Drazek. She agreed to lend her talents to cover design, and I agree, she did a great job!

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  44. thank you for introducing me to a new for me author. i'm intrigued :)

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  45. Thanks for the cool giveaway. The cover is perfectly awesome!

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  46. Awesome Interview And Book I Really Cant Wait To Read It.

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  47. I thought it was creative how you interviewed the charachter and not the author. Sounds like a great trilogy!

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  48. Great interview! I am really excited to read this book. I have it on my TBR list. I would really love to ask her what was her motivation throughout writing the book?

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    1. Hey Ashley – That’s really a great question, thanks! To try to put it succinctly, I wanted to capture the fun and adventure of travelling to a parallel universe and mix-it up with a star-crossed lover story. Most of all, I wanted to challenge Jaden at every turn and see how she would rise to the occasion. She surprised me at times!

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  49. Nice interview & cool giveaway! :)

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  50. I love it when the characters talk in the interview - you learn a little more about them. I have the first in an ebook and will definitely get the second. I love time travel! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Bonnie Hilligoss/bonhill@speakeasy.net

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  51. Nice interview. Looking forward to read that trilogy.

    thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. Thanks for the giveaway, love reading interviews with authors :)

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  53. Awesome interview and giveaway. The series looks interesting!

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  54. This sounds really awesome and I look forward to reading it :)

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  55. New series for me but it sounds really interesting. I will definitely have to check them out! Thanks for sharing!
    -Amber

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  56. I'm super excited to discover Vicky's books. Definitely adding to my tbr list! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  57. Thanks for this opportunity and I'm super excited about this series. Can't wait to start it.

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  58. thanks for the giveaway! really looking forward to reading the series

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  59. Thank you so much for the giveaway. Looking forward to read these books! :)

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  60. Thanks so much for sharing with us this interview and giveaway! Looking forward to read these books! :)

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  61. This is a great interview, and this sounds really nice.

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  62. WOW that is some opening to First-Timer! And with the alternate universe and being a royal? I want to read this!

    Thanks for the chance

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  63. I do not own an e-reader. I have access to a family members whom I live with though.
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  64. This sounds like a great book. The theme is a little different than other futuristic/fantasy type book.
    Enjoyed the interview.
    This is a suspense type book I and my family would enjoy.

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  65. Ditto to H.D. Worley above! It really does sound like it's going to be an interesting, awesome, utterly unputadownable book. I've got my fingers and toes crossed! (:

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  66. I really like your honest reviews. Nice blog. Books sound really interesting, thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. I really enjoy reading your honest reviews. Really nice clean blog :) The books sound really interesting, thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. These books seem interesting!:)
    Thank you for the giveaway

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