Thursday, October 3, 2013

#Giveaway ~ Book Tour Reconnaissance (Paradise Reclaimed #2) by Aubrie Dionne ~ Read Excerpts

Reconnaissance  (Paradise Reclaimed #2)
By Aubrie Dionne
Young Adult Sci-Fi/Dystopian 
Date Published: 4/29/2013

Nova Williams has lost her one shot at Lieutenant hood and at love. Lieutenant Crophaven has promoted her rival, Andromeda, all because her lifemate, Sirius, sacrificed their mission to win back Andromeda’s love. 

While sneaking out to prove Andromeda is a fake, Nova finds an alien ship hovering over their colony. Lieutenant Crophaven assigns her to a reconnaissance mission, giving her a second chance to redeem herself. Sirius must fly her and a research team to the vessel to decide if they are a threat. Thrown together with the lifemate that betrayed her, she battles with her own jealousy while her team battles for their lives. 

Can she forgive Sirius in order to save her team and warn her colony?

Aubrie Dionne

Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could reenact every scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek The Next Generation-favorite character is Data-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all-time favorite movie is The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A Concert Flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now. 
Now for the professional bio:
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

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I really  love Aubrie’s writing and the sci-fi books that she has written. I have read her New Dawn series, which actually ties into this one, now its not necessary to read all of them to read this series, but it does help on the history, but like I said, you do not have to.

I do recommend you reading the first book in this series however, as this 2nd book starts off right where the first stopped. Unlike many of the other books in the previous series, which all were their own story within the same world, usually generations later for the characters.

I do not want to spoil anything so will be careful on that.

The first book was from Andromeda’s point of view, and I liked her a lot. She has a rival named Nova, who was paired with Sirius who is Andromeda’s best friend and who she has feelings for. In this book, it’s all told from Nova’s point of view, which at first had me like “what?” but it works, you get to learn a lot about Nova, and when you do, you will feel that connection with her. I didn’t like her in the first book at all, so was surprised I warmed up to her.

As usual the writing is top notch, and I highly recommend any books by Aubrie, but really did enjoy this series for sure.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it.

I was provided a copy of this from the author, for my honest review.

This review is also posted at Goodreads , here, and Amazon, here.

Chapter One (part of chapter one)
If You Mean It
Bile rose in my throat as Lieutenant Crophaven pinned the platinum medal on my arch-nemesis, Andromeda Barliss. We stood in front of the congregation, like puppets, on the ceremonial viewing deck of the recently retired New Dawn. Behind us, the lush tangle of Paradise 21 clogged the main sight panel.
How did I let this primitive planet defeat me?
The violet sun illuminated Andromeda and the lieutenant as if the world had chosen its conquerors. Fate claimed me its victim.
The lieutenant whispered into Andromeda’s ear and she smiled like he’d given her some tantalizing secret I could only guess at. They turned to face the congregation, and applause roared around me, mocking all the years I’d busted my butt to score high on the tests, to get him to notice me.
I glanced over at Sirius, my lifemate. This whole ridiculous charade was his fault. He’d deviated from our scouting mission, putting us all in danger to follow Andromeda’s orders.
Because he loved her.
Even now, as Andromeda stood hand in hand with Corvus, her lifemate, Sirius gawked like a sad, sick puppy. He stared at her with such longing. I died a little inside.
This was what my life had become: reduced to a bronzemedal runner-up, standing in the shadow of the girl who’d slacked off her whole life, with a lifemate who loved the person I hated most in the world.
Next came a slew of long, agonizing speeches about how Andromeda had saved the colony, how Andromeda had what it took to be a leader, how Andromeda was promoted to the lieutenant training program. At one point, I had been the rising star, but life was a fickle beast, and if you weren’t careful, the universe could swallow you whole.
I threaded my fingers together and squeezed until parts of my skin turned bone white and other parts blood red. If Andromeda completed the program, only one lieutenant position was left in my generation, and I had to have it.

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Reconnaissance Excerpt:

Pushing the doubt aside, I watched the ground recede, and the jungle rushed around us. We grazed the tops of the trees and the alien ship came into view like a giant, evil eye staring us down. Under the glass sight panel I squirmed as if I were naked and exposed.

I tightened my grip on my armrests. “If the laser beams turns on us…”

“I’ve got it. Evasive maneuvers.” Sirius grinned like he was playing a video game, but this was all too real. He hadn’t seen what the laser beam had done to the jungle.

As we approached the alien ship, the hull stretched beyond the frame of the entire sight panel, so we could only see parts of it at a time. The sheer size overwhelmed me, making our scout ship seem like a fly.

“Don’t get too close. We don’t want them to think we’re attacking.”

Sirius slowed, and the corsair hovered twenty meters from the hull. “Keeping my distance.”

The impenetrable shield of metal stared back at us, giving nothing away. A queasy feeling sickened my stomach, and I forced it down. “Let’s get Gavin in here.”

Sirius clicked on the intercom. “We’re in hovering mode. You can take off those pesky seatbelts. Gavin, your expertise is needed in the cockpit.”

I squinted, trying to decipher their satellite receptors. Nothing about the alien ship made sense. “Can you focus the telescope on the spires at the bottom?”

Sirius pressed the panel, and a screen came up, showing a lower viewpoint from the bottom of our ship. “Sure thing.”

He focused on the closest spire. “Whoa! Look at that. The metal is seamless.” Sirius pointed to the blinking red light at the tip. “It looks like the light sprouted organically from the spire.”

My stomach twisted in a knot. “Get closer. See if you can find any sight panels or any clues as to what those spires do besides the laser beam.”

“I’ll try.”

The doors parted behind us with a swoosh of air, and Gavin came in, eagerness in his eyes. “Reporting.”

“Good.” I gestured for him to join us at the helm. “Look for markings of any kind.” I glanced back to Sirius. “Broadcast the prerecorded message.”

“Will do.” He pressed a button, and I heard the peaceful greeting the commander had composed in all of the languages of the known world. The words lilted in French, spun in Spanish, and cut jagged chunks in German. I leaned over to Gavin, “What’s it saying?”

He shrugged. “We come in peace?”

My eyes bulged. “You’re not sure?”

He crossed his arms. “I know enough. It’s not like I’ve spoken these dead languages to anyone. How am I supposed to know for certain I got the pronunciation right?”

“It’s good enough.” Sirius patted Gavin’s arm. “Sounds very peaceful to me.”

I shook my head and sighed. Muscles bunching under his uniform, Gavin seemed like he used the workout deck more than Old Earth’s archives. These were the best people Andromeda could come up with? I stifled my growing frustration. This is what happened when you let a species integration assistant make important decisions.

Although she did choose me.

Another giant chunk of crystal floated up into the belly of the ship. That could have enhanced our soil for the next six months. It was painful to sit and watch our resources being stripped away after we’d traveled for generations and sacrificed so many freedoms to find this planet.
Like the freedom to choose your job, your spouse.

Would I have chosen Sirius? Glancing over at the perfect ridge of his nose, and the way his arms and chest curved underneath his uniform, I almost thought I would have, but I’d rather have no one than someone who didn’t love me back. So no, I wouldn’t have chosen him. Never in a million years would I pick Gavin with his arrogant cockiness, or Alcor with his gangly nervousness, either. I wouldn’t have chosen anyone.

“Wait.” Gavin moved forward. “Something’s moving.”

My gaze glued to the sight panel as the metal hull parted before us, revealing the dark interior of a gigantic loading bay with strange stalactites. They hung from the ceiling like sharp teeth.

Sirius leaned forward. “Is this an invitation?”

“I hope so.” Gavin stepped forward. “I want to see what they look like.”

“Hold your place.” I straightened, trying to not let fear strangle me. “Keep broadcasting the message of peace.”

Sirius’ hand tensed on the controls. “Yes, ma’am.”

Bright light shot from the hole in the ship, and I cried out, raising my arm to shield my face, despite my aviator glasses.

Laser beam. “Move the ship! Get out of here!”

“I can’t.” Sirius’s face turned red, his jaw tightening, as he pulled on the controls. “It won’t budge.”

Gavin braced himself against the dashboard.

Alcor screamed from the back of the ship. “We’re all gonna die!”

“We’re not going to die!” I shouted and put my hands over Sirius’, helping him pull. “We’ve got to get out of the beam.”

“It’s impossible. It’s locked down the ship.”

This isn’t happening. It can’t be. It was too much like my dream. Maybe if I hit my head, I’d wake up. “We’d better do something, or we’ll have a very bad case of sunburn.”

Sirius spoke through gritted teeth. “I’m trying.”

My hands grew sweaty over his, but I held on, my heartbeat pulsing in every vein.

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Be Sure to check out book one

Colonization (Paradise Reclaimed #1)

by Aubrie Dionne 

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous. Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, ?the oaf?. But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus. Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus. Can she save the colony and discover her true love?

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  1. Thank you so much for this lovely review! I wanted the reader to be taken off guard when they realized it was Nova's POV, so I'm glad you were surprised and then warmed up to her! Just what I wanted! Thank you!