Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Prodigal and Riven by Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin Blog Tour (Guest Post + Giveaway)

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Hey everyone! I've got an awesome post for you guys! Another blog tour that's sure to have you running to add this one to your TBR! Today's post will include a guest post and a giveaway! Before we get to the fun, let's learn a bit about the novels and our authors! 

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Title:  Prodigal and Riven
Series:  The Lost Imperials Series, books 2 and 3
Author:  Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin
Published:  May 5th, 2015  
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Steampunk, Time Travel
Content Warning:  Violence, adult language, and mild romance
Synopsis:

Welcome to the TIME WAR
STEIN has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.
ETHAN is left with a serious problem after what should have been a routine mission. He’s fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.

Guest Post by Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin:

On the topic of 'Steampunk':

Steampunk, at its core, is science fiction. It’s a re-imagining of a historical period that causes a very different world than the one we live in today. I think the biggest draw, at least for us as authors, was having the flexibility of using the aesthetic of steampunk without being tied down into one time period. It didn’t have to be Victorian to have Victorian components, and vice versa with more modern things like cars or skateboards. 

Having these two factions of time travelers, we really wanted to give them very distinct habitats. For the Tesla Institute, we went with more of a modern futuristic science fiction feel. Clean lines and sleek tech. It made sense because, in our minds, they would want only the best, the most advanced. But then the Hollows are more rogue. Everything they have is stolen, cobbled together from bits of this and that wherever they could scrape something together. It’s a much darker, grittier world for them, so the steampunk aesthetic worked well for us. It’s very much a situation where they all began in turn of the century New York, but the science they used evolved in two different ways, a blending of traditional sci-fi and steampunk inside the same narrative. That was what we wanted to do. As time travelers, we couldn’t rely on just one time for them to exist in. They move through time so much, we knew we needed to give their home bases, as it were, very definitive, yet unique properties. 

Early on we began traveling to various steampunk conventions. The fandom is absolute amazing. So many people, this entire subculture, which welcomes everyone from the curious novice to the master tinkerer. They really welcomed us with open arms and helped us understand and apply the things we saw around us. Suddenly, everything was a toy. Everything had a possible purpose. Light bulbs became killer robot bugs and paper shredders became tattoo machines. It was like seeing the world in a whole new way. That’s what we poured into the books. 

We hope we did it justice.



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About the Authors:
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs. She is the author of several YA novels ranging from contemporary romance to science fiction. In her spare time she co-hosts the Pop Lit Divas radio show and is constantly trying to take over the world.
Tyler Jolley was born in the era of the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones sagas. He has been enamored with science fiction and adventure stories ever since. In order to support his hobby of writing he decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year orthodontic and periodontic residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened a private practice, Jolley Smiles, in Grand Junction, Colorado.Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. He also enjoys lecturing internationally on temporary orthodontic implants. Some of his journal articles have also been published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. However, his true passion has always been fiction writing.When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds to find relaxation. His career has been the vehicle to let him write without worry. He finds inspiration from most of his adolescent patients. He continues to dream up fun and thrilling books to this day.

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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.
Giveaway is International.

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Well readers, that's all I have for you on the topics of Prodigal and Riven by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler H. Jolley! It's such an honor to host them here today! Huge shout out to the authors for their guest post as well as to the amazing team at Juniper Grove Book Solutions for allowing me to participate! Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time, Happy Reading!

-Ethan

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