Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blog Tour: The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani with Giveaway

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman


by Brady Stefani


Genre: YA Psychological Thriller/Scifi


Release Date: June 7th 2016


SparkPress


Summary from Goodreads:


Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She's being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they're starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her.

The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo? And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did,
or is she actually a "chosen one" with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it's too late for everyone.



The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman was featured in Redbook Mag! Check it out HERE!



Advance Praise:
A must read sci-fi book.”
- Hypable, Hypable.com fandom reviews


“A wild ride through portals to other worlds… This debut novel fuses a serious issue—the stigma of mental illness—with sci-fi to chronicle a girl’s unusual coming of age.”
- Kirkus Review


“This novel has a breakneck pace and Stefani’s writing is fluid and perfectly suited to this most extraordinary tale that blends coming of age, adventure, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic genres— and it all works beautifully.”
- Readers' Favorite, Five Stars


“As the father of two teenage girls, I can tell you that Brady Stefani must have some sort of supernatural helmet that helps him think and write in their language. But The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is much more than a novel for teens. This fast-paced adventure kept my attention, blazing back-and-forth from reality to an alter-world so close by that it’s creepy. Here’s a page-turner that captures a lot about childhood struggles through an imaginative story filled with surprises.”
-Jim Schaefer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer for the Detroit Free Press


“Stefani’s The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is a thought-provoking and emotional journey through a young girl’s mind as she struggles to understand who she is, where she came from, and who she is supposed to be—all while deciphering between reality and the tricks our minds can sometimes play on us. Stefani beautifully demonstrates how difficult life can be for anyone who thinks or acts a little differently, and reminds us that, more often than not, the things that terrify us the most are the things trying to save us.”
-Jessica Stevens, author of Within Reach



EXCERPT


“Come over here and look out the window with me,” Dr. Delmar said.

Shit. I stood up and walked over next to him. There was no plate of glass, or even a screen, in the window. Just old metal bars across an opening to the outside.

            He gazed up at the sky. “It’s astonishing, isn’t it?” I felt his hand on the back of my neck. “Two universes right outside our window: ours and the aliens’. Two worlds conjoined in time and space, yet each completely undetectable by the other. It’s mind-boggling to think about, isn’t it?”

“More like creepy.” I glanced down at the floor. “To me, anyway.”

His breathing got heavier, and I could smell stale coffee on his breath.

“You’re a bloodliner, Courtney. I’m just a humble servant of science. Tell me, how is it that for thousands of years the bloodliners have allowed their alien brethren full access to our universe, yet the human race still knows nothing of their world?” The veins were protruding from his forehead now.

I shrugged, and I felt the weight of his hand encircling my neck. “I just found out aliens were real the other day, from you, I swear.” It was hard to think with his thumb resting against my throat.

“I’ll tell you why we know nothing of the aliens’ universe, or their species, or their philosophies, or their biological makeup, or their technology or plans.” He pulled me by the neck, forcing me to shuffle my feet over so we were standing shoulder to shoulder. His thumb tightened against my throat as he spoke. “It’s because the Magi stand around with their hands in their holy pockets and let the aliens travel freely between the two universes, and yet they ask for nothing from them in return!”

“You’re hurting me, Dr. Delmar.”

He let go of my neck and pushed his glasses back on, then wiped his hands on his sweater, over and over, like he was embarrassed. “You still don’t get it. No one does.” He pulled off his glasses again, tried to clean them on his scratchy sweater. “There’s an entire alien universe out there, filled with incredible species and unimaginable civilizations. Yet the Magi treat it like some sacred mystery instead of the invaluable source of scientific knowledge and technological advances that it is!” “I get your frustration. I do,” I said.

“Do you?” Dr. Delmar banged a fist against the window bars, and I flinched. Little pieces of cement fell from around the window to the floor.

“Do you hear me out there?” he yelled through the metal bars, his voice going up in pitch. “We’re coming for you!”

Oh man! He’s officially crazy! I slid along the wall away from the window.

Catching sight of my movement, Dr. Delmar pivoted toward me, his eyes flashing wildly. “You’re trying to escape?”


The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman Playlist

I don’t have an elaborate set list, but I do have three albums that I depended on greatly to set the tone form my while I was writing certain types of scenes.
For the frightening scenes, which there are many I listened to Burzum’s first self-titled album (Norwegian black metal) especially the song “Feeble Screams from a Forest Unknown”
To lighten things up, for the less frightening scenes, I listened to Head on The Door by the Cure, and OK Computer by Radiohead

About the Author


Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor's degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient, the human mind can be.
In an effort to provide awareness of mental suffering, and spread hope to all those touched by it, Stefani is focused on writing YA novels that explore the experience of being different and the other-worldly places our boundary-less imaginations can take us. Alienation is his first novel. But with two works currently in progress, the journey has just begun. 

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Book Blitz: Skye by Kimberly Loth with Giveaway


Skye



Kimberly Loth


(The Dragon Kings, #4)


Publication date: October 19th 2016


Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult


Rowan Winters is completely in love. With a shifter dragon.
But the drop-dead gorgeous Skye only thinks of Rowan as her best friend. But when she turns up in his room in the middle of the night in tears, he yearns to do whatever he can to help her. Even if that means running away and letting his family think he’s dead.
Skye’s entire world turns upside down the day her scales turns black. She knows she’ll have to flee to find answers. But she wasn’t planning on Rowan coming too. She just wanted to say goodbye. He is so eager to help that she can’t leave him behind even though she knows she’ll never be able to love him in return.
Together, they fight off murderous dragons and uncover sinister plans. But can they find the answers Skye so desperately seeks? And can Rowan sacrifice everything he knows to win her heart?

EXCERPT:

Skye was a coward. She knew that, but she couldn’t bring herself to stay and watch Sid and Aspen commit suicide. There was no way the council would allow Aspen to become queen.
Not to mention that then Skye would have to know the exact moment when she died, because anyone who pledged loyalty to Sid would die the second he did. No, running away was better. She should have enough time to get to her parents before death came. She’d able to say goodbye.
This was her fault. Pearl had told her to keep Aspen safe. Instead she’d gone and made everything worse. Maybe if she’d kept Aspen at home, Sid would’ve been fine.
If she’d never given Sid that damn loyalty seal, she wouldn’t be this close to death. She wasn’t sure what she was thinking at that time. Part of her thought he’d make it. Another part didn’t care whether she lived or died. It wasn’t like she’d have much of a life anymore.
When Sid became King she found Everett and begged him to remove the seal that marked how much she loved him. He did and now she longer had a swirl of gold on her ankle. But Everett warned her there would be a price to pay. She gladly paid it at the time, but but she hadn’t expected to feel so empty.
For a half second she thought about heading to Everett’s instead of her parents. Maybe he could remove the loyalty seal before she died. She shook her head. How cowardly of her. The price would not be worth it. That was for sure.
She was only fooling herself though. She would make the same decision if given the choice. Aspen was the only way they could possibly survive. When Skye dropped Aspen off , there were three possible outcomes. One, she and Sid would die and all those with loyalty seals would as well. Two, Helios, the final dragon that Sid needed to secure all the loyalty seals got to him before the council had a chance to killed him. Or three. Aspen could be become queen. She’d have to convince the council that she should be queen and pass the queen’s tests She hoped Aspen could do it.
She felt her wings tiring. This could be the beginning of her death. She hadn’t known anyone who had died because of the loyalty seal and didn’t know how it worked. She spotted a lake below her and decided to stop and get a drink. She had to make it home.
Skye landed a little rougher than normal. This had to be the end. She staggered over to the water and took a deep drink. The water sparkled under the full moon. Skye stretched her wings out and swiveled her neck around to scratch her nose. She froze. Her wing was no longer silver.
This must be part of her death. Or at least that was what she tried to convince herself of. Adrenaline coursed through her veins and she no longer felt tired. Dragons didn’t change color before they died. In fact dragons never changed color. Except when they became king. Then they turned black.
Skye spun neck around the other direction. It was more than her wings that had changed. Her whole body was now a deep coal black.
This was impossible. There was no way she could become king. Sid was king. Unless he died. Then someone else would take his place, but that someone had to be a full royal dragon and male. Of which she was neither. There had to be some huge mistake. This had to be a dream. She stuck her head in the cold water and came out again. Still black. This wasn’t possible.
Unless.
That stupid prophecy.
The one that said three kings would rise. The one that said they could come from other races. But she was still female. Something was definitely wrong. She was also still very much alive. She couldn’t go see her parents now, not like this. No, she had to go see the one dragon who could explain how this happened.
She wracked her brain trying to think of everything she’d learned about the prophecy. She loved history and so she studied a lot, but this baffled her. Nothing in the prophecy said anything about a girl. She’d spent hours listening to Everett’s boring details about the prophecy, yet he hadn’t mentioned that females could become kings. He was so in for it.

Author Bio:

Kimberly Loth can’t decide where she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Oregon, and South Carolina.
She finally decided to make the leap and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. After living in Cairo, Egypt for 2 years, she's decided to go to the Far East and currently calls Shenzhen, China home. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy adventures.


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