Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Tour: Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis (Excerpt + Guest Post + Review + Giveaway)


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This is my stop during the blog tour for Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 21 May, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

So far this series contains 2 books: True Calling (True Calling #1) and Beyond Reach (True Calling #2).

Beyond ReachTitle: Beyond Reach (True Calling #2)
Author: Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: April 30, 2015
Blurb: Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.
Presented with evidence of her fiancĂ© Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.
 When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.
Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.

But some things just can’t be undone.

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Beyond Reach is the gripping second novel in the True Calling trilogy, continuing the story of Ariana Skyee in the weeks after she arrives back on Earth.
You can find Beyond Reach on Goodreads

You can buy Beyond Reach here:
Amazon|Amazon UK|Amazon Canada|Amazon Australia|Amazon India|Barnes & Noble|Kobo|iBooks

ARC Review:

~Thanks to the author for providing an advance review copy (ARC) in exchange for an honest review~

OMG. What a book. That ending though... Mindblowing. I can't stress how much I love this series. I know lots of readers wouldn't read True Calling because it's Indie, but it's a great book, and it's certainly worth reading. No hesitation is needed. Siobhan Davis really develops the characters from True Calling in Beyond Reach. Every piece of Beyond Reach has something special to it. When I first looked at the length of Beyond Reach, I thought it would drag, and I'd end up not liking it. In the end, I realised that I was right to put my faith into True Calling. Beyond Reach was truly amazing! What do I say? Go and read it now!!!

Rating: 5+ Stars

Excerpt: The author is doing something cool this time around with the excerpt from Beyond Reach. Every blogger who has signed on for an excerpt stop will showcase a part of the story when it’s their turn. If you haven’t read the first part yet, head over to http://www.naturalbri-pursuitsoflife.blogspot.co.uk to start the story and then re-join my blog to continue the story.

Excerpt:

After a couple of hours, my feet feel heavy underneath me and my skin feels itchy where my boot chafes against my leg. The landscape hasn’t changed an iota, and it’s like I’m walking on the never-ending highway to hell. Tiredness seeps into my bones, and I long to curl up and go asleep. As the skyline shifts, brightening right in front of me, a low rumbling sound behind me sends my heart rate into orbit. My breathing stalls as I slowly turn around. A battered old truck hurdles toward me. It’s far too late to hide, so I move over to the side of the pavement and continue walking forward, hoping it will ignore me. No such luck. The truck slows down as it appears alongside me. “Can we give you a lift, Miss?” Squinting in the dim light, I review the old man warily. His tan, weather-beaten face may have seen better days, but his features are soft, his expression concerned. “This is no place for a girl on her own.” I move cautiously over to the window and peer in past him. The woman seated beside him has a shocking mass of unruly grey hair that flows down the entire length of her back. But her eyes are kind and wise as she smiles at me. “We won’t bite, girly, take the weight off your feet.” Sensing no malice, I walk around the front of the truck and open the passenger door. The old woman slides into the middle, and I haul myself up beside her. The truck smells of a combination of smoke and peppermint, but it’s not unpleasant. Placing my backpack on my lap, I clutch it protectively to my chest. “Where you heading?” the man asks. Damn good question. “I’m looking for the nearest Ranger checkpoint.” Quickly glancing sideways, he stares at me strangely, a frown furrowing his brow. The truck swerves dangerously and my heart plummets. “This isn’t the right path child,” the woman says in a low voice. So low that I’m not even sure if I heard her correctly.

BEYOND REACH EXCERPT READING SCHEDULE

May 1 |Paranormal Books|May 3|May 4|May 5|May 6|May 7|May 8|May 12|May 13|May 15|May 16|May 18|May 20|May 21

The excerpt story starts on May 1st and culminates on May 21st. Make sure to follow each blog to continue the story.

Guest Post: My writing process

When it comes to my writing process, I’m quite structured, as I am in a lot of aspects of my life. I like to be organized! Firstly, I have to ensure that I have the right environment. I usually write from my home office, which was supposed to be our fourth bedroom, but I claimed it as my own little sanctuary as soon as we moved in. I like to keep my desk neat and uncluttered and that aids the writing process. Tidy desk, tidy mind. I am surrounded by shelves of books which help immerse me in the creative zone. It’s also handy to have other books close-by for reference points. I keep photos of my characters pinned to the side of my desk (actors I believe are the physical manifestation of my imaginary characters) and images from the world (futuristic photos and woodland images for the True Calling series.) This is of huge benefit when I get stuck in parts. Being able to visualize the characters helps me feel more connected to them and it’s easier to determine how they would react in certain situations. I have to have complete peace and quiet while I write so there are no distractions to pull me out of my imaginary world. I shut off my mobile and desktop phones and close down all my social media accounts. I always try to write as much as I can while my children are in school and my husband is either at work or in bed (he does shift work and often works at night). I’m not one of those writers who can write with music or TV playing. While I do find songs and films very inspirational, I can’t focus on my writing if there is any type of distraction in the room. I only tend to get up to go to the bathroom, or to grab a cup of tea, or renew my glass of water. If I’m writing for a long stretch, I ensure I take adequate breaks as I think it helps the writing flow much smoother if I’m not stuck at a desk for four or five hours straight. Though, if I’m on a roll and the words are hopping off the page I tend to stick with it. When I first started writing, I had to fit it in around my job and in between ferrying my sons to various football matches, cleaning, shopping etc. That was extremely challenging! Now that I’ve made the decision to take a year out from my corporate career, I have more time to write which is fantastic. In terms of how I actually approach each writing project, I naturally adopt a hybrid writing structure – part-plotter/part-pantser. I always plot out each book, chapter by chapter and prepare updated character bio’s, updated world descriptions and carry out necessary research before I begin writing the story. However, I also rely on the fact that the story evolves as I write and takes me off on different tangents that I could never have predicted. I follow this path, let the story flow and see where it takes me. This type of structure has served me well and it’s how I approach all my books now. Now that I am writing full-time, ideas for stories are flooding my mind repeatedly! I keep a notepad in my bag at all times so I can jot down ideas as they occur to me, often this can happen quite randomly – while I am in the supermarket queue, waiting at the doctors, standing freezing at the side of the football field and most frequently in the middle of the night when I’m asleep and have a light-bulb moment! For me, being a writer is a process that is continuous, and goes far beyond the period of time I spend sitting at my desk tapping words on a keyboard. Words always surround me; a conversation with a friend, watching a movie or a TV show, lyrics that jump out of the radio at me, discussing and debating books with my husband. All of this serves to keep the creative juices flowing and ultimately supports my writing process. Each writer’s process is individual to them, much like an author’s writing style. My way of writing may strike a chord with some and appear alien to others but it works for me.


First book in this series:

True CallingTitle: True Calling (True Calling #1)
Author:Siobhan Davis
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction/Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Blurb: Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

You can find True Calling on Goodreads

You can buy True Calling here: Amazon|Amazon UK|Amazon Canada|Amazon Australia|Amazon India

SiobhanAbout the Author:

Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction romance series True Calling.

A self-diagnosed ‘teenager forever’—at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years.

A member of the IWI writers group, Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

Contact Siobhan here.

You can find and contact Siobhan here: Website|Author blog|Book website|Facebook|Twitter|Google +|Goodreads

Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from her website.

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Beyond Reach. These are the prizes you can win:

- 2 e-copies of Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis

- 2 10$ amazon gift cards

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