Monday, December 1, 2014

Beacon by Angela Brown

My Untethered Realms buddy Angela Brown has an exciting new release with Evernight Teen called Beacon and I'm happy to host her today as she kicks off her blog tour. Please join me in saying congratulations and best wishes to Angela! Now I'm turning things over to her for an intriguing (and creepy!) look at Beacon. 

You are Colony Material

You should be glad you wake up to a world where murders, burglaries and sexual assaults are a thing of the past, only items you read about in your most recent digital historical texts, vagrancies of The Fold and the failed America of before. There are no physical books to weigh you down, no book bindings to stretch on your fourth read through of your favorite Colony-approved novel, no new book smell to bother your senses. All your basic needs and some of your wants are taken care of, all for one small price: a fresh bag of your blood, once every quarter, for the rest of your life. The rules in The Colony may seem a bit much, but they’re for your own good.

C: Execute command: Cancel Communication

Hi! You don’t know me, and as long as I do my job right, you never will. I’m just a Net pirate hacking The Colony’s comms server. They send little broadcasts like that crap above on the regular to the registered citizens. I can’t help wondering how many of the poor schmucks know they’re being brainwashed…or if any of them know, do they even care? I try to NOT let questions like that bring me down. I know some out there realize all this “Colony perfect” is too good to be true. Just as everything walking on two feet ain’t human or vampire (Frag calling them “vampeer”. I never liked their re-imaging campaign.)

There’s more you can learn about The Colony in this book, Beacon. It’s got one thing going for it from the jump: It’s NOT Colony-approved, so you know it’s good.

You can find out more about Beacon below. I better get back to deleting a few more of these brainwashing gimmicks from the communications queue before The Colony realizes I’m here.
Your friendly Net pirate.

Beacon - For seventeen-year-old Macie Breen, life in The Colony is a daily norm of being the odd girl out, that is, until everyday predictable slams to a screeching halt. Forced to the capital city of Bliss, Macie's life becomes a horrific unraveling as she confronts daunting truths about The Colony as well as who, or what, she really is.

Buy links: Evernight | Amazon


            The corner of Thane’s lips curved in his infamous smirk. “I’m here to protect you from you, silly.” The elevator dinged our arrival to our floor. Thankfully, floors for the Attendees were guarded by other Surreption agents, to prevent citizens from accessing them by surprise––and to keep out the expected rebel against Bliss.
            I fell silent, thinking about Thane’s answer. Any other day, it would have been a joke. We’d ha, ha, ha, laugh it off as Thane being the smartass he was. I’d punch him in the shoulder. He’d feign pain and we’d move on. But now, what if he was right? Not just keeping me from taking my anger out on some pink-haired guy making fun of me. But from whomever—or whatever—I really am. What if it was the world that needed protection from me?

Author bio:

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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  1. Congrats to Angela! Beacon sounds like it'll be intense...

  2. Thanks for hosting Angela today !!!

  3. Hey Julie! How's it going my Untethered Realms peep?

    Thank you so much for letting me stop by and share about Beacon and the world it takes place in. And yes, it is a little creepy.

  4. A little creepy, perhaps. Still, it's nice to meet you, Angela. Congratulations.

    Have a nice holiday season, Julie.

  5. That description makes me want to read it again, lol. Congrats, Angela!

    Hi Julie! *waves*

  6. Angela's burning up the blogosphere! Congrats again.

  7. Congratulations Angela! This book sounds like a creepy combo of 1984 and Vampires. This speaks of people's fears of being controlled and yet liking it. Very nice to recognized here to:)

  8. This sounds wonderful! It's such an exciting and creepy premise. I love the hacker's voice. Congrats to Angela!

  9. Beacon sounds exciting. Congratulations, Angela!

    Julie, I wanted to let you know that I tagged you in the 777 challenge, if you haven't done it yet. It's completely voluntary and you can do it whenever. :)

  10. Congrats to Angela! The excerpt is awesome!

    Great to be back, Julie. Really missed you guys!

  11. I love the sound of this book. Woah! Adding to my TBR for sure.

    Congratulations Angela!!

  12. Congrats Angela! Sounds yummy. :) X

  13. Congratulations, Angela, and best of luck on the new release.

  14. Congratulations, Angela.
    Hi, Julie. :)

  15. Angela is so gifted! Can't wait to read this.

  16. Congrats to Angela!
    The story sounds fab!

  17. Best wishes, Angela, and much success!

  18. Congrats to Angela! Great excerpt!

    Hope you're having a fabulous birthday weekend, Julie!


  19. Do you prefer Coca-Cola or Pepsi?
    ANSWER THE POLL and you could receive a prepaid VISA gift card!


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