Friday, 17 April 2015

BOOK BLITZ - True Calling by Siobhan Davis **GIVEAWAY**


Welcome to the Book Blitz for True Calling by Siobhan Davis, read more below including an exclusive extract of the story!




True Calling (True Calling #1)

By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction/Romance
Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: August 1, 2014

Blurb:
Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana's plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, The Calling, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
EXCERPT

Stepping onboard as soon as the doors glide open, we find two adjoining seats on our left. The instant we sit down, the electronic harness deploys and fastens over my shoulders, across my chest, and locks on both sides of my waist. This activity always serves to remind me of the countless rollercoaster rides I’ve been on. Happy memories of vacations in Orlando flicker through my mind, and I suddenly feel unbearably bereft. Lily clasps my hand and stares at me, her brow creased in concern. 
“I’m fine.” 
“More bad dreams?” she asks, tilting her head to the side.
“No, and I wouldn’t call the dreams bad dreams as such, more confusing than anything else. Anyway, let’s not discuss this here,” I say, pinning her with a serious look.
As the doors shut, an electronic voice announces, “Acceleration in ten seconds.” Taking a deep breath in readiness, we dart forward like a bullet in a gun, whizzing rapidly through the tunnels until we come to a swift but smooth stop. We’ve arrived in Region 3, or Prism, as it’s generally referred to. This is Lily’s stop. Releasing her harness, she rises gracefully. “Love you, big sis, have a great day.” 
Immediately, I sense someone sitting down beside me. Without pausing for thought, I look to my left into the brightest, most intense blue eyes, staring straight into mine. I know the owner. Of course, it’s him. Nervous butterflies flutter in my chest.
Cal Remus is the best Cadet in our year, a natural athlete, destined for greatness in NSAF. He also thinks he’s God’s gift to women, and the way in which my female classmates fall at his feet makes me sick. He’s unnaturally, other-worldly beautiful. Totally, freaking hot. Unable to stop staring at him, I take it all in: golden blond hair swept back off his forehead, deep-set, sparkling blue eyes, sculpted jawline, and full expressive lips. Tall with broad shoulders, and what looks like a well-defined chest, he has a natural prowess and passion for all kinds of sports. Loving the sound of his own voice, he can usually be relied upon to make some kind of contentious or witty remark during class. I know he pushes some of our Instructors to the breaking point at times. Sometimes, I see him at the running track, but I always go out of my way to take the opposite course to him. He has this uncanny ability to completely unnerve me, just as he’s doing at this moment. 
“Good morning, Ariana,” he says, pronouncing my name slowly and distinctly, his lips curved at the corners. 
“Good morning, Cal.” 
“You look gorgeous today,” he says, grinning widely. 
I’ve been told I’m pretty, but I definitely wouldn’t label myself as gorgeous. Everyone says my eyes are my best feature: big, bright blue, with a wide fringe of long lashes. They complement my long, dark brown hair, pale skin, and heart-shaped face. I glance down self-consciously; I’m curvy, but thin and toned, thanks to my natural athleticism and passion for jogging. 
Snapped out of my trance-like state, I scowl at him. He’s constantly teasing me like this, and I really don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it. I avoid him like the plague and I’m never part of the group of girls who hang off his every word, following him around campus like lovesick puppies. Though we seem to bump into each other a lot, abnormally so. “Are you going to be difficult? Because I’m not in the mood for your crap today. Go tease one of your adoring fans instead.” 
“It’s much more fun sitting here, torturing you,” he admits, a mischevious glint in his eye. 
He’s so smug; I cannot stand him. I’m grateful when the announcer communicates our imminent departure. In mere seconds, we’re on our way, and the silence is golden. We quickly stop at Regions 4, 5, 6, and 7 to allow more passengers to alight and exit. Because Regions 8 through 14 are still under construction, the Velo travels without further stops, all the way to Militia.
All of Novo’s armed forces infrastructure are housed in Region 15, Militia, including the Training Academy. Militia is a miniature replica of the Grand Canyon. It’s rugged, dusty terrain combines with steep inclines and voluminous, colorful rock formations. NSAF occupies a prime position at the forefront of the Region. It’s a huge facility spanning fifty thousand acres in size, and it totally dominates the landscape. Several separate units are dotted around the ground, including a massive warehouse, which is the main stealth-craft hangar. Military barracks are located to the western front. 
The new penitentiary is nearing completion. It’s been built into the rock-face, directly underneath the NSAF building. My dad says it’s been deliberately constructed to the highest security specification; however, I struggle to understand the necessity for a prison of this magnitude. 
The Training Academy, my home away from home, is to the far east of the Region, on a huge plot which has enabled the authorities to build a state of the art campus. We want for nothing there.
Retracting my harness, I rise swiftly but stagger to my left unsteadily. Cal places his arm across my back and pulls me in close to his chest. I jerk at the sudden contact. “My very presence makes you weak at the knees.” Releasing me once he sees that I can stand without falling over, he strides out the door, smirking to himself. 
Shaking my head, I bite down on my lower lip. “Aaaggghh,” I shriek, before I can stop myself. 
“Fun ride?” asks Eve, coming up alongside me. Looping her arm amicably through mine, she peers up at me through inquisitive eyes.


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Here’s what reviewers had to say about True Calling:

"In a word, WOW!! Talk about a fascinating and magnetic tale!" Dianne Bylo. Tome Tender. 

"True Calling is a dystopian-sci-fi-romance that is FABULOUS! Siobhan did not fail to impress me with this debut novel." Ashley Colby. The Caffeinated Booknerd  
"True Calling is an excellent read from YA to adult. The entirety of the story is addicting."  Bri Wignall: Natural Bri-Pursuits of Life  
"Story driven with a nice cast of characters. I was pleasantly surprised at the paranormal twists and I found it an original addition." Lola's Reviews
"It is a true page turner. I read this book in 2 days and I can't wait for the sequel." Etnik. Geeky Bookie  
"I really loved this book! I liked the characters, the writing, the plot, the world-building....all of it."  Lillian. Mom With A Reading Problem
"The story line was awesome, it kept me into it, and was hard to put down." Kim Gailey. Superbookgirl13  
"Now my problem is: I WANT THE NEXT BOOK!" Amber Hodges. Paradise of Pages
5 Star accolades from Readers Favorite:
"A perfect blend of reality-TV-show, super high-tech sci-fi and teenage drama meets government conspiracies." Faridah Nassozi 

"This is the type of book you'll recommend to everyone you know and one you'll read again." Samantha Rivera 

"True Calling takes you on a stimulating journey, then screeches to an abrupt halt, leaving you screaming for more." Cheryl E. Rodriguez 

"... A world with a government that's not unfamiliar in YA fiction these days, but a fresh and interesting take on it." Kathryn Bennett 

"... caught my eye immediately and held my attention until the very end." Trisha Dawn 


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Siobhan

About the Author:
Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction romance series True Calling.
A self-diagnosed teenager forever at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).
Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years.
A member of the IWI writers group, Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

Contact Siobhan at: www.siobhandavis.com

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