So, my dears, I am taking part in a unique event today: the Egmont Last List Blog Hop, hosted by Cuddlebuggery! It is bittersweet for many of the authors, as their lovely books are being released at the same time their publisher is closing its doors. This blog hop is all about celebrating them and their fabulous upcoming books, and I am so excited to be featuring a guest post from author Kristi Helvig! Kristi is the author of Burn Out (available now!) and Strange Skies, the sequel which will be released on April 28 as part of Egmont’s Last List. I’ll give you all that fun information after Kristi’s lovely post about trying to maintain sanity while writing a sequel!
About the Books
Action, adventure, and romance are heating up in this sequel to the futuristic science fiction thriller Burn Out. Perfect for fans of Across the Universe and The Memory of After.
Caelia is the new Earth. That's what the Consulate told everyone and, against all odds, Tora finally has made it there. She can't see the ocean from her cell in the Consulate's containment center, and she doesn't know what happened to the weapons her father died for and she's risked her life to save.
But as she plans her escape, she runs into the last person she ever expected to see-her dad. The Consulate has kept held him prisoner in a complicated plot designed to lure Tora out of hiding. Now Tora has a new purpose: break free, get the guns, and save her father.
But first she'll have to navigate a strange new planet, track down James (whose loyalties still remain questionable), and find Kale…before he finds her first.
Published April 8th 2014 by EgmontUSA
A futuristic blend of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans’s Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.
Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even more deadly than the hostile environment.
Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone–her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun–one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.
When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora’s fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James.
She is shocked when James accidentally fires one of her father’s bio-weapons–weapons designed to work only for her. She’d felt a strange pull to James from the start, but the odds of someone sharing her energy vibration are statistically miniscule. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father’s request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.
Thanks so much to Kristi for stopping by and sharing such a fun post! I have Burn Out on my shelf right now, and am really excited to read it, and I’ll be looking forward to Strange Skies as well!
In celebration of her book’s release, I figured it’d be nice to give one of you guys the chance to read it! Since it is a series, and you may not have the first book yet, I am going to give away your choice of either Burn Out OR Strange Skies. This is international, so go forth and enter!