Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop in the TABULA RASA byBlog Tour hosted by Egmont USA. Today on my stop we have a Guest Post + an awesome Giveaway! 

Tabula Rasa 

Tabula Rasa
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller 
Published: September 23rd, 2014

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.

But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end.

Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.

A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.

Character Profile: 
It’s a strange and challenging thing to write a story about a person who doesn’t know who she is.

As Tabula Rasa opens, my main character, Sarah, knows next to nothing about herself. Not her last name, not her age, not even what she looks like because there are no mirrors in the hospital where she’s being treated. The patients only have limited, supervised contact and are strictly forbidden to ask each other questions about their appearance.

When I was trying to imagine what it would be like for someone in that situation, I started by quite literally put myself in Sarah’s position. I stood in front of my desk and looked down at myself. I may or may not have contorted my body into assorted weird positions, trying to look at the backs of my knees and tips of my elbows. Basically I wanted to figure out what I could see if I could only use my own eyes and nothing more.

Now, maybe it’s just that I’m not that flexible or perhaps I was worried about causing myself some injury that I’d then have to explain to giggling family members who wanted to know, “But how did you end up in this position in the first place?” but the point is, there’s not that much to see.

You wouldn’t know what your hair looked like—assuming you had hair. Sarah and the other patients in the hospital do not have hair. She’s undergoing a series of brain surgeries after all, and hair would just get in the way.

You also wouldn’t know what your eye color was. Obviously you can’t see your own eyes. Or your own face. So you can’t get any cultural clues from those things.

The one thing you would know, however, is the color of your skin. Sarah looks at herself and realizes something pretty obvious—she’s not a white girl. Based on that fact, she makes some guesses about her appearance but her skin color is the only thing she can know with certainty. (In my mind, I pictured a younger version of Zoe Saldana when I was picturing Sarah, although obviously Sarah didn’t know that’s how I imagined her.)

But even though Sarah can’t see herself, she can’t help wondering who she is and what she looks like and since the doctors and other staff members at the hospital discourage such contemplation, she’s left trying to fill in the blanks. And she does. She attempts to build some sense of herself based on people’s reactions to her. I think this is a pretty common thing that we all do, especially as teens. We build an image of who we are, based on the messages that are bombarding us all the time and a lot of those signals are confusing.

In Sarah’s case, she senses that the staff members in the hospital are wary of her and from this she concludes certain things about why she’s there. What she decides is that she must be a bad person to have landed where she is.

When she finally does get the opportunity to see her reflection, she avoids it. She’s afraid to know what she looks like, just as she’s afraid to find out what information is in her patient file. She’s in a very fragile mental state, trying to survive, just starting to rebuild a sense of who she is. She struggles with the question at the heart of the story, about identity and finding a way to balance the mistakes of the past and the hope for the future in a way that encourages growth instead of derailing it.

Of course the one thing that really defines her turns out to be her actions and while that’s true for all of us—actions speak louder than words and all that—it was a really interesting experience to strip a character down and make that ALL that defines her for the first third of the book. Readers have to make up their mind about her using the same limited information she has about herself.

So what did I say in the beginning? That writing a character like this was strange and challenging? Yes, but in the best possible way. I think it’ll probably change the way I write from now on. It’s a great exercise in putting yourself into your character’s shoes—or rather, slipper socks and hospital gown.

And for the record, I CAN see the tips of my elbows, but I’m not going to elaborate on anything else I might have seen. I encourage you to try it for yourself, and if I may make a suggestion, try to look at your own lips. That’s a fun one.

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https://mail.verizon.com/webmail/driver?nimlet=download&fid=Tours%20Materials&mid=345&disp=inline&partIndex=2I’m a mom of four, a practicing geek, a holder of many opinions (which I’m more than happy to share with you—really, just ask). I earned my MFA from Columbia University. My debut YA thriller, Tabula Rasa (EgmontUSA), Fall 2014, is about a girl whose memory is forcibly stripped from her and so naturally she must kick everyone’s butt in retaliation. I live with my husband and merry band of misfits in Arlington, VA.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Sunday, September 21, 2014


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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Friday, September 26, 2014

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

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Monday, September 29, 2014

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

****  Addicted Readers ****
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Captive by Sarah Fine Review


Captive: A Guard's Tale from Malachi's Perspective (Guards of the Shadowlands #1.1)
Sarah Fine
(Guards of the Shadowlands #1.1)
April 15th, 2013
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

In this thrilling short story set in the world of Sarah Fine’s novel Sanctum, Malachi rescues a mysterious girl from one of his own Guards, who’s convinced she’s a Mazikin. Malachi can tell she isn’t, but she’s not an ordinary citizen of the dark city, either. He only knows one thing for sure—she’s dangerous, and to more than just his mission. The captive’s fate is in his hands—will he end her afterlife or save her?

Check out the complete series

Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1) Captive: A Guard's Tale from Malachi's Perspective (Guards of the Shadowlands #1.1) Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2)
Vigilante: A Guard's Tale from Ana's Perspective Chaos (Guards of the Shadowlands #3)  Stories from the Shadowlands (Guards of the Shadowlands, #3.1)

Click HERE to read my review of book #1, SANCTUM!

Ooh, CAPTIVE, how you made me love Malachi so, soooo, much more!! You brought out all the amazing characterize traits and all his alluring sex appeal, and made me fall so much more in love with him! Real or not, Malachi's my dream guy!!!

In CAPTIVE, we get Malachi's POV from a few chapters in SANCTUM. It's only about 23 pages, but was still more then enough to have me loving Malachi so much more! He's strong and tough when needed. He's a protector and leader to his guards. He's feared and hunted by the Mazikin. He's liked and respected by the ones that know him best. And he's loyal and deadly when the time comes. To say Malachi is the perfect male love interest, well that would be an understatement!


Malachi's dealing with the highly increased number of the evil Mazikin stealing and claiming the bodies of the souls in his city. As captain of the guard, it is his duty above all else to ensure that the wandering souls are protected from the Mazikin's evil clutches. But with the increase in murders, and the Mazikin becoming more bold and cunning, he is feeling more pressured then ever to learn the Mazikin's plans and find their secret nest hiding within the dark Suicide City. Then, he finally gets a break when one of his fellow guards catches a girl acting strange within the city. Or so he thought, something is different about this girl. She doesn't have the Mazikin's scent, but she's not like the other wandering souls either. She's different then anything he's ever come across in his years in the City. But it could very well be one of the Mazikin's tricks to get his guard down and gain his trust. And now Malachi is unsure of who or what she is, and what he should do with her.

I'm so much more excited after reading CAPTIVE to jump back into this series and continue this epic journey through hell and back (Literally), and experience the same wonderful feelings from book one, but this time through a new journey with the same characters I've come to love!!

Overall, if you've read the first book SANCTUM, then you definitely need to read this short story in Malachi's POV. It will not disappoint and only have you craving book two even more!!
4 Bone Hearts 


Sarah FineI’m the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust (coming in August 2015), and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s Publishing). I’m also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers published by Putnam/ Penguin: Scan and its sequel Burn (which will be published in 2015). My first adult urban fantasy romance novel, Marked, will be published in January 2015 by 47North/Amazon Publishing, with the sequel, Claimed, coming in March 2015. When I’m not writing, I’m psychologizing. Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.

Teaser Tuesday #70: Defy by Sara B. Larson



Defy (Defy, #1)
Published: January 7th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?


Sara B. LarsonSara's debut YA fantasy novel, DEFY, released in January of 2014 from Scholastic. The sequel will come out in early 2015--stay tuned for announcements about the title, cover, and synopsis! Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three young children. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in "the art of multitasking." On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish or some mint chocolate truffles. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.



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