BOOK TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Prescient, from Derek Murphy!

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Hi, there! Welcome to a very special book tour, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. It’s with the deepest pleasure that I present you Derek Murphy’s new book: Prescient!

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Prescient

by Derek Murphy

Genre: Time Travel/Dystopia

Release Date: April 1st 2016

Summary

The first time I saw the future I lost hope.

It wasn’t just that the future sucked; that civilization had gone and ruined itself; that we’d altered our own DNA and devolved into predatory monsters that fed on the few remaining survivors. That was all awful enough, but it was more than that. I remember being young and thinking, when I grow up, I’ll have a nice big house. I’ll get an exciting, interesting job. I’ll meet the man of my dreams and we’ll fall in love and stay together forever.

But that all disappeared the first time I tripped 20 years into the future and found the houses burned, the handsome boys dead, and the only jobs were the ones young girls gave hairy old survivors in tents in exchange for a little food and water. Nobody asked little girls what they wanted to be when they grew up anymore. Nobody wanted to draw attention to the fact that most of them wouldn’t live that long.

There was no hope, no peace for anyone. At least I had it better than they did. When my trip was over, I would get to go back. Back to the normalcy of 2015. Back to iPhones and Twitter and buying so much food it went bad before you could eat it. Back to laughing over foamy cappuccinos and iced lattes at the mall, window shopping and flirting with hot guys (not that I ever did that, mind you – but I always wanted to). And I still could. That was the point. Unlike everybody else, for whom 2015 was 20 years ago – long before humanity was destroyed – it was my reality. At least, it was some of the time.

But after seeing the future; after struggling to make it to the end of the day; after my first kill – none of those other things were the least bit enjoyable. All I could think when I got back to the real world, is how can I stop what’s coming?

Prescient is a young adult time-travel dystopia, this is Part One of the first book in the series.

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I’m beyond excited to read this book because I love Murphy’s writing. I’ve read and reviewed another book of his earlier this year, Shearwater [review here] and I’m sold. I’ve already got his other two new novels, Orpheum and The Scarlet Thread, so it was only natural for me to want to shout to the world about this new release ❤ You can find Prescient in both ebook and paperback formats here:

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Bellow, you can know a little more about this awesome guy that is Derek ❤

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I wrote my MA thesis on Harry Potter and am working on my PhD in literature, while secretly writing YA fantasy novels and designing book covers. I blog about self-publishing, book design and book marketing, and am renting a castle for Nanowrimo 2016. I hope you like my writing!

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And, if you already know Derek like I do, you may also know that he is famous for his awesome giveaways ❤ Like it went with Shearwater, Orpheum and The Scarlet Thread, Derek is hosting a HUGE giveaway for Prescient’s release!

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Here’s what Derek has to say about the giveaway:

BEST SCIFI TIME TRAVEL BOOKS FOR TEENS 2016

Here are some great young adult time travel books. If you think writing is hard, try writing time travel fiction – it’s so much more challenging! To honor these authors, and to launch the book I’m working on (Prescient), I’m giving away a package of time travel books, and a Harry Potter time turner. It’s the coolest time-travel related object I could find.

I’ll choose 3 winners and give each winner ebook copies of each book, plus a time turner. Everybody who signs up to my list will get my book (Prescient) for free.

To enter, just click here: GIVEAWAY!

That’s it, thank you so much for reading! And a special thanks to YA Bound Book Tours team for including me on this tour, it was a pleasure spotlighting such a beloved new author!

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NEW BOOKS ALERT + GIVEAWAY: two more novels from Derek Murphy are finding their way out of the oven!

Hello, good morning! Nice Friday to you o/ (Okay, that was kind of silly. Friday is naturally a nice day just because it is Friday. Ugh).

Point is, do you remember how deeply in love I fell for Shearwater? (No? Then click on the link and read my review ;D ) Well, Derek Murphy is now releasing two other books on March 1st, in the same way that it went with Shearwater. AND I CAN’T WAIT!

The books are called The Scarlet Thread and Orpheum 😀

The Scarlet Thread

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Summary

My name Kaidance Monroe, and sometimes when I touch people, I see how they die. After I saw my little brother’s death but failed to stop it, my parents abandoned me to a juvenile detention facility. I don’t let people touch me anymore. Not my fingertips, not my skin, not my heart. I make my own clothes by stitching together the donations we get; usually a bunch of crap that fits like a parachute. My sweater is a patchwork of different shades of inky, dark squares. I make plain gray skirts that hang to my knees, with cute or funny T-shirts sewed in. They clash ironically with my unsmiling face. My Allstar high-tops are black and frayed, like my soul.

I also wear a chunk of brightly colored legos around my neck. My little brother was working on it the day he died. The day I failed to save him. It’s unfinished, so I’ll never know what it was meant to be. Most days, I just try to get by. But then I got a visit from a cute guy, who tricked me into giving up my secrets. He said I was special. That he needed me. For a while, I believed him. But once I found out what I could really do, I learned everybody wanted the power I possessed. The power to destroy deities. To kill gods. To end the world… or to save it. My heart is torn, and those I loved most betrayed me. I’m trying so hard to do what’s right, but nobody can tell me what that is anymore, and the moral boundaries I’d always let define my life have been shattered. Whose rules should I obey now? Or do I have to make my own?

The Scarlet Thread is a dark fantasy for fans of Greek mythology and Gothic romance. Fans of Fallen and Percy Jackson will be captivated by this mashup of fallen angels and forgotten gods.

To feel the aura of the story, you can read Derek’s first version on Wattpad, here. You can also pre-order it on Amazon and add it to Goodreads 😀

Orpheum

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Summary

I always knew music was powerful. Even though I rebelled against the marathon forced practice sessions that turned my adolescence into a prison camp, there were moments—even in the mechanical repetition of practice—where I stopped being a robot and felt a kind of transcendence, a connection to something deeper.

I wasn’t raised to be religious, but in those fleeting spaces, often between beats in the tempo, my body seemed to go on playing by itself, while my awareness shifted to something greater. Almost like I was outside my body, sitting in the audience, feeling the music wash over me like a pounding surf, telling me to relax.
To let go. To give in.

But that was before I learned what music really was, and that it was capable of more than just pretty feelings and a mystical connection to a transcendental Other. That it was a weapon, which could cause great pain and destruction; that it was deeper and older than humanity; and that there were forces in the world that wanted to reclaim it for themselves.

Orpheum is a young adult dark fantasy romance based on Eastern European history, the myths and literature of Orpheus and Pythagoras’ theory of Musica Universalis, or the music of the spheres.

To feel the aura of the story, you can read Derek’s first version on Wattpad, here. You can pre-order Orpheum at Amazon and add it to Goodreads as well 😀

And now the final blow: Derek also has a huge giveaway to support his lauches!

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In Derek’s own words:

Valentine’s Day! If that’s not the perfect excuse for a Paranormal Romance giveaway, I don’t know what is. I thought I’d do something kind of fun and crazy, so I’m giving away a hand-made, fully custom corset (up to $400) from Versatile Corsets (an amazing, Portland Oregon business). My friend Janet is a “corset connoisseur” – she’ll help you shop. Winners will also get a big package of dark fantasy paranormal romance books I like. I chose them by their covers, rather than theme, but they’re all excellent reads.

There are lots of ways to earn entries, so do as many as you want to – also don’t forget to grab your special link in the “Share this Contest” field. You can share that on social media, with the images down below – you earn more entries every time someone signs up.

Wonderful, righ?! To enter the giveaway, just click here 😀

Seriously, this guy just rocks hard. I can’t wait to read more of his works!

Thanks for reading and I hope you are as excited as I am now!!

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