Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Starseed Blog Tour - Guest Post by the author Liz Gruder and Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday!

Tour Schedule
Welcome to Starseed Blog Tour! This tour is organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

My stop includes a guest post from the author of Starseed, Liz Gruder, some information about the book, about the author and last, but not least, a giveaway!

I was supposed to post few days ago, but was delayed. So with apologies from my side, please give a warm welcome to the author of Starseed, Liz Gruder!


Writing YA Science Fiction

While researching Starseed, a story about a sixteen-year-old girl who is half-human and half-extraterrestrial, I read everything I could about ETs. I didn’t want to make up alien scenarios. If I’d done that, Starseed would fall solidly in the realm of fantasy.

True YA science fiction is doing a lot of research. How an author uses that research in their story is what causes definitions of science fiction to grow fuzzy. Is it science fiction or fantasy?

For example, in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, a story about a cyborg Cinderella, Cinder is part human and part machine. Harvard researchers have actually created cyborg tissue: neurons, heart cells, muscle, and blood vessels that are interwoven by nanowires and transistors. (see link:


So Cinder starts with scientific research. Meyer blends Cinder with a living, breathing cyborg with the fairytale Cinderella. I think to have accessible YA sci-fi, it’s important to keep the research in the background. The research makes the story plausible, but it’s characters and story that create a good read.

In Starseed, if I’d simply talked about how when Kaila meets real ETs in school and they show her how they can travel through dimensions, are telepathic, can manipulate time and space, the reader might grow weary. But when you weave that fringe science with an emotional and romantic plotline, then you create something readers can relate to, for readers care about characters first. This is why many YA sci-fi stories feature a strong romance element.

What a choice if you discovered you were half ET, then fell in love with an ET at school, and were forced to choose between Earth and your star family. One reason for steering toward aligning with the ETs is after Kaila witnesses the terrible bullying and cruelty among the human students.

Are humans good or evil? Well, both. Likewise, Starseed shows the universe filled with controlling, manipulative ETs and benevolent ETs rooting for your spiritual advancement. Good and evil are critical to good storytelling. If there’s no conflict—everyone is happy and comfy—that’s boring.  So, in creating Starseed, I wanted a mix of both good and bad students in the high school and good and bad aliens on Earth. As above, so below.

If we are honest with ourselves, most of us are a blend of good and evil. We hang our heads at angry words spoken to a friend or family member, but are proud when we help someone in a time of need. In Starseed, I wanted Kaila to grow, not only in coming to know who she really is, but to make hard choices. Despite all the technology in the world, which is the root of science fiction, the human element of knowing who we are, why we are here, and making choices is what good fiction—and life—are really about.

 
--Liz Gruder

 

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Thank you, Liz, for writing a guest post for Me and Reading!


Starseed
Author: Liz Gruder
ISBN: 978-1937178291
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Published: February 2013

SUMMARY


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Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth and her star family.
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Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.

Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana's Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn't count on meeting someone like Kaila.

When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.

As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.


Praise


"After reading Starseed, my faith in YA sci-fi has been restored! ... I didn't want to put it down ... it had enough mystery and suspense to keep me going, page after page. Superb job 4.5 out of 5!"
-- The Forbidden Library Book Reviews

"I would recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren't into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I've read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way."
--Starlight Book Reviews

"Interesting read. A lot like Roswell, but different. Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth."
--Charity Bradford, sci-fi author, "The Magic Wakes"

“The story caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. The main conflict is a personal one for Kalia. Will she embrace her alien side or continue life as a human?”
--Pixie Dust Book Reviews

Starseed is a fun sci-fi read with romance. It brings light to the cliques of high school, and challenges the main character, Kaila, to be herself, instead of how others expect her to be.
--Kerri Cuevas, YA Author "Deadly Kisses"

"Liz Gruder's characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader's encouragement from the first page. Fans of P.C. Cast will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder's exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school."
-- Jadie Jones, YA author "Moonlit"



Purchase



Author Liz Gruder

As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.









Blog Tour Giveaway
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Ends 4/10/13

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