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The Gemini Connection by Teri Polen @TPolen6 @shananannigans81 #GuestPost

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The Gemini Connection 2D Cover.jpgThe Gemini Connection by Teri Polen

Publication Date: June 7, 2018

Genre: YA Dystopian

Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.

On their dying planet of Tage, scientists work tirelessly on its survival. Like the twins’ parents, Simon is a science prodigy, recruited at a young age to work with the brilliant creator of Scientific Innovations. To the bitter disappointment of their parents, Evan shows no aptitude or interest in science. As a Mindbender, he travels into the minds of scientists to locate buried memories, connect ideas and concepts, and battle recurring nightmares.

When Simon mysteriously disappears, Evan is plunged into a world of loss and unbearable guilt. For the first time, he can’t ‘feel’ Simon—it’s like he no longer exists. Evan blames himself. No one knows that he ignored his brother’s pleas for help on the night he went missing.

A year later, Simon is still gone. Evan lost his twin, but Tage might have lost its last hope of survival when it’s discovered that Simon’s unfinished project could be its salvation. Evan is determined to find him—somewhere—and bring Simon home. Their unusual connection might be more extraordinary than they know, and the key to locating Simon.

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Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.  The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium.  She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.  Her first novel, Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, was a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  Visit her online at http://www.teripolen.com

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Identical twin brother main characters, Evan and Simon, in my new YA sci-fi/thriller, The Gemini Connection, may look alike and share an extraordinary bond, but that’s where their similarities end. While writing, I generally prefer to listen to music, as I did while drafting this book–but quickly learned each twin demanded their own playlist. And they were vastly different.

Simon is a science prodigy, and everything in his world is precise, meticulous, and fact-based. He sees things in black and white, rarely venturing into gray areas. That being said, Simon’s met someone who’s causing him to be uncharacteristically distracted and unfocused–he can’t get this guy out of his mind. While writing Simon’s character, he liked classical music in the background–especially cello music. I’m not really a classical music fan, but I can appreciate it. Once Simon’s relationship began with his new love interest, two songs jumped to the forefront: Sunshower by Chris Cornell, as played by Vitamin String Quartet, and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Variation 18–you may know it as the theme from the movie Somewhere In Time. Simon may be highly logical in his head, but he’s a bit of a romantic in his soul.

Evan is a different story entirely. His mind is full of stormy emotions–doubt, anger, guilt, grief, determination, fear–he’s dealing with some pretty heavy issues. Between searching for Simon and feeling responsible for his disappearance, trying to prove himself to his parents, and sorting his feelings for someone very close to him, Evan’s a vessel of constantly churning emotions, and his choices in songs reflect that. He and I share much similar tastes in alt/rock music.

Bring Me to Life – Evanescence

Falling Apart – Papa Roach

Love Falls – Hellyeah

Hurricane – Thrice

Stand By Me – Ki Theory

Way Down We Go – Kaleo

I’d Rather See Your Star Explode – Slaves

Make This Go On Forever – Snow Patrol

Bother – Stone Sour

In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Angels Fall – Breaking Benjamin

Vengeance – Zack Hemsey

Their tastes may be polar opposites, but the music made it pretty to get into their heads, and I could see things playing out as I wrote. I’ve started drafting another book now, but I still miss my twins. Maybe a sequel one day?

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The Third Rule by Andrew Barrett @AndrewBarrettUK @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Happy Hump Day!
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this dark crime thriller with a dystopian flare…
Many thanks to Sarah for the invitation and to Andrew Barrett for this intriguing book!🖤
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The Third Rule blurb
Propelled by a wave of atrocities, the government introduces a severe code of capital punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied.
Christian Ledger, an innocent man and a talented artist is charged with a fatal stabbing. Christian is heading for the ͚slaughterhouse͛ because no one will listen to his pleas. Is the secret he carries enough to save his life?
CSI Eddie Collins, a reluctant hero with one failed suicide attempt behind him, suddenly wants to live when the police hunt him down for shooting a colleague. And now he͛s on the government͛s list too, and he͛s running. But they͛’re getting closer by the minute…

My Thoughts

4 CSI Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟This book was a crime thriller with a dystopian twist… now as an American I had to actually google a few things because I have no idea if the death penalty is legal or not in England… I am also not very knowledgeable as to the EU and what leaving it entailed… so I am assuming there were a lot of political undercurrents throughout this book that I probably did not catch… but something I thought was interesting is here in the state of California we have a three strikes law… after your third felony conviction you are sentenced to life in prison… so not death, but you Will never get out… controversial and political as much of this book was….Admittedly it took me a while to get into this book and the length was daunting… The beginning of this book was a bit all over the place…. there are a lot of characters an a lot of things going on… Eddie Collins himself wasn’t the most likable of characters… he has a serious drinking problem and for very personal reasons I have no sympathy or patients for that….Please don’t get me wrong I enjoyed this book it was just dark and complex… my favorite parts involve the crime scene investigations they seemed so real and raw and not like those seen on TV… The author his background is in crime scene investigation and that really came through in this book, definitely the strength of the story! Also thought it was a bonus that Eddie Collins the main character was a crime scene investigator…. even though this book was nothing like I thought it was going to be when I picked it up it ended up being quite a compelling read… and I’m glad I didn’t know there was a dystopian element and that it was so political, so please don’t let that deter you because this is worth your time!Recommend to fans of the crime thriller with a bit of a different twist… dad! This one’s for you🙂*** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***

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Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

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Flashback Friday Featuring ~ Starters by Lissa Price

Happy Friday peeps!

My #FlashbackFriday read was a complete accident, i needed a book that was set in LA for a reading challenge, and i stumbled across this little beauty.

I went in completely blind thinking i was going to hate it, and ended up loving it!

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Starters by Lissa Price

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Dystopian Stars

Synopsis

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

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Sleep on a floor in a derelict house?

Struggle to feed yourself every day?

Are you underweight due to the lack of food you are eating?

Do you hate being unclean and smelly?

Do you want to be beautiful?

Then all YOU need to do is pop down to PRIME DESTINATIONS and we can solve all of your problems.

Small print …….
Prime Destinations will insert a microchip into your brain and hook you up to another person so they can be you, the other person is an “Ender” (an old rich person who age is on average 100 yrs old). Here the Ender will leave their body wired up and enter your body, becoming you for a week/month/year……however long you signed up to rent your body out for. You will of course be paid well for this “donating” and we will also make you beautiful again. Your new body user will sign a contract to make sure that they use your body in the best possible way without damaging it at all

Come on down to PRIME DESTINATIONS to make your dreams of being rich a reality.

Callie is aware of Prime Destinations (the body bank for short!) Her and her brother Tyler are starving, and he is really ill, she finds that she has no choice but to donate her body for a time to get money to pay for her little brothers treatment, and to get enough money for them to maybe buy a home for them both… This was a bad mistake, she knew it as soon as she leaves Prime Destinations, she knows it as soon as she starts to black out, she definitely knows it when she wakes up with a gun in her hand!

Good book with a story that kept me engaged all the way through, a couple of good twists too that I didn’t see coming, I will definitely look out for the 2nd book in the series to find out what happens.

🎧🎧Great narration by Rebecca Lowman, a new-to-me narrator, she did a great job🎧🎧

Choose Wisely,

Vicci