Haven 6 by Aubrie Dionne Blog Tour and Giveaway

It has been awhile since Novel Reaction has had an author visit so it is with great excitement we welcome Aubrie Dionne as part of the blog tour for her new release Haven 6. Haven 6 is the third book in the sci-fi A New Dawn series, which should be read:

A New Dawn Reading Order:

A Hero Rising (prequel)

Paradise 21(read my review here)

Tundra 37 (read my review here)

Haven 6 (read my review here)

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. 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 Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in November 2012. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She’s a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.

Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was 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.

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Eri, star of Haven 6 today. Eri, thank you for joining me!

Thank you for having me. I’ve had so much happen in the last few months, it will be good to talk about it. Our colony has had so much change, and a lot of it is because of me.

Let’s start with the beginning of your tale.  Describe a day in your life on the Heritage.

I worked in the most boring job ever on the Heritage, my colony ship.  I was a linguist, so I studied all of Old Earth’s dead languages. Why the commander had me do this? I have no clue. Maybe just to keep me busy, because they didn’t know what else to do with a product of an illegal pairing. Anyway, I’m over it. My linguist skills actually came in handy on Haven 6, because I was able to decipher the meaning behind the mysterious golden liquid that people have been disappearing into ever since the space pirates landed on the planet.

Why was it so important for you to report back to the commander?

When she assigned me to the exploratory team, I finally felt like I could prove to her I was worth something, even if I was illegally conceived. I wanted to make my family proud and do my job. Little did I know my mission would get in the way of the one person I’d come to love.

What were your initial thought/fears when you landed on Haven 6?

The “aliens” scared me the most. Who were they? Were they peaceful? Could I really use my skills to talk with them? As you read in Haven 6, the exploratory mission did not go as planned. I’m lucky to still be alive.

In one sentence, what were your first impressions of Striver?

Athletic, gorgeous, and determined. I can still picture him running to save my team. *sigh*

If you could exact your revenge on Weaver for what he did to you, what would it be?

Because of the way things went down, I have no ill will towards Weaver. He showed me his true self at the very end. I hope, wherever he is, that he finally finds happiness.

Thanks again for joining me, Eri!  This has been a real treat!

Thank you for having me. Make sure you always have the courage to follow your dreams, however ridiculous they may seem and be true to yourself. 

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Eri thanks for stopping by and answering a few questions about what you went through on Haven 6. As part of the tour I am excited to announce that you can enter to win this beautiful necklace, you can enter the contest at a Rafflecopter giveaway. Check out Novel Reaction’s review of Haven 6 here.


Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch Review

Alexander Napoleon Outland, known as Nap to his friend, is captain of the space ship 69 and has a crew of misfit individuals he is responsible for. Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch, Nap is just trying to keep his ship running and his crew fed, he doesn’t look too closely to see if a job is strictly legal and he has no problems doing a little smuggling on the side but when things go wrong on a legitimate job, Nap finds himself in a tough spot. Caught between two different warring factions on a planet with his ship grounded, Nap has to figure out who to trust, who to avoid and how they heck is going to get the smell of poo off his shoes.

Alexander Outland reminded me in some ways of the television series Firefly only with more humor involved (I am a huge Firefly fan so this was a total win in my book). Nap is a smuggler/space pirate, always skirting the edges of the law, as if that wasn’t difficult enough, Nap has to deal with all the women he has loved and left making things more difficult. Written in first person, we get an entertaining insight into Nap’s mind and how his humor works but are forced to figure out what is going on at the same time Nap it trying to work through it. With an entertaining mix of clever dialogue and potty humor, that had me actually giggling out loud, Alexander Outland is an entertaining read from the beginning. The only thing keeping this from a 5 star review is that some of the jumps in logic that Nap made were a bit too convenient, the connection of seemingly random events or information into one big connected conspiracy was a bit too much even for me but that aside, I really enjoyed this book and will be rereading it in the future.

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Title: Alexander Outland: Space Pirate

Author: G.J. Koch

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 300

AISN: B0085MNN72

Publisher: Night Shade 

Release Date: June 5, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I purchased a copy of this book but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

The Host by Stephanie Meyers Trailer

While I am not a Twilight fan, I am a huge fan of The Host (I felt like Stephanie Meyers showed she could actually write in it) and the first teaser trailer has been released. Novel Reaction will be doing a Books-to-Movie Challenge on this film when it is finally released in 2013, until then enjoy this teaser of what is to come.