Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Socialpunk Excerpt + Giveaway

Please welcome today's guest author Monica Leonelle.  Monica is the author of Silver Smoke, Tin Soldier, and Socialpunk.

Keep reading for a chance to win a new iPad 3 (or Apple or Amazon gift card worth $500), new Kindle Fire (or Amazon gift card worth $200), autographed hardcovers of Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle, and more.

As part of her Socialpunk Tour, Monica has provided From the Shadows readers with an excerpt from her new release.  Enjoy!

A small, blinking red light from just inside his eyelid reminded him of the news they sent him earlier that morning. The company had cancelled his funding and would shut down his project within three months. According to them, the project cost too much and took up too much space, and the inconclusive results couldn’t be published reputably, now or in the future.

Six years of his work, tens of thousands of lives at stake—and he could do nothing to save any of it. He bowed his head, letting his chin rest on the rim of his breakfast smoothie. The smoothie reeked of powder—crushed pills—but he supposed he had better get used to it. He wouldn’t be able to afford the luxury of real food after they canned him.

He closed his eyes and called up the camera view of one of his favorites, number 3281. She fascinated him; he couldn’t deny it. When he had designed her, her pre-teen rebelliousness lit fire in her eyes. A survivor, he’d thought. He’d meant for her to have it all—to grow up, to get married to the love of her life, and to have a beautiful family of her own someday.

But he had only given her sadness so far. Instead of creating a strict father, he had given her an abusive one. Instead of creating a loving boyfriend, he had given her a friend who could never love her. And instead of creating a strong, proud mother, he had given her a meek one, who watched the whole thing unfold and did nothing about it.

He looked at his last and final creation sitting in the chair across from him—his own son, not awakened yet. The law forbade him to have any children of his own, so this boy would substitute.

But he had done the unthinkable with this creation—he had bestowed on it his own thoughts, emotions, and decision-making processes. He’d given the boy his own mind, his own physical characteristics, his own wants and desires.

Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle

Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.

Thank you Monica for joining us here today at From the Shadows.

To learn more about Monica and her books, please visit her website.

**Socialpunk Tour Giveaway**

As part of her Socialpunk Tour, the author is giving away a new iPad 3 (or Apple or Amazon gift card worth $500), new Kindle Fire (or Amazon gift card worth $200), 25 autographed hardcovers of Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle, and more!

To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.   Please note that this is a book tour giveaway.  Winners will be selected May 1st, by the author (not From the Shadows), from participating blogs.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends April 30th.

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  1. I put "Socialpunk" on my wishlist on Goodreads, which is a shelf called "buy-me" It sounds awesome - thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Monica -
    Thanks for the book excerpt along with the contest/ giveaway!

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

  3. Thanks for the opportunity to enter, I'm just not a fan of rafflecopter. stormvikki

    1. I'm not either, which is why I only include the form for tour giveaways that provide no other entry option. But don't worry, From the Shadows has loads of comment-to-enter book giveaways. :)