Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Samsara Chronicles Book #2: Nadir Book Tour: excerpt, review and Kindle Fire giveaway

Join Gabriella Bradley and Diana Kemp as they tour the blogosphere June 1 – August 31, 2012 with their The Samsara Chronicles series! Diana and Gabriella have agreed to give away not only a Kindle Fire but also a $50 Gift Certificate (payable by Paypal) to the person who comments the most on their 3 month blog tour. If there is a tie, the winner will be chosen through Random.org. Also, the blog hosts can win money, too! The blogger who receives the most amount of comments (not counting their own or ours) will also win a $50 Gift Certificate (payable from Paypal). If you don’t have a Paypal account and would like to receive your gift certificate from Amazon, that can be arranged, too.

Title: Nadir
 The Samsara Chronicles Book 2
Author: Diana Kemp and Gabriella BradleyGenre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Futuristic, Romance 
ISBN: 978-1-77111-142-3
Format: ebook (70 pages)

Summary: The fate of a besieged Earth rests on Aislinn and her soul mate, Dylan, to battle the alien Eletarii bent on conquering humanity.

Aislinn, directed by circumstance to meet her past and future soul mate, Dylan Young, begins to understand the daunting task awaiting her. In order to save Earth, she and Dylan must open the portal, the celestial gateway that will allow salvation of Earth's chosen. Facing opposition at every step from a world plunged into chaos, they have until midnight, December 31st, to reach their destination.

Book Excerpt:
A harsh green shaft suddenly burst from the ceiling and aggressively chased the spheres into the corners of the room. They lurked silently in the shadows as if fearful of the hostile presence. It emitted a series of staccato clicking noises and a high-pitched whine that forced her to cover her ears. Before she could move away, the green shaft engulfed her with a bone chilling cold. Her teeth chattered from the contact, her skin pimpling with gooseflesh. Suddenly, a resonant humming pierced the silence. It rose from the dancing spheres that merged into one and formed a sinuous glowing orb. Pulsing like a spectral heartbeat, it hurdled toward her and surrounded her with a halo of pure, benevolent light.

Feeling safe once more, she removed her hands from her ears. The green beam reared abruptly and emitted a guttural hiss. Slowly it retreated as the orb forced it from the room. The dancing spheres converged joyfully on her. They whirled around her, touched her arms, face and legs, and then gradually reformed into the orb. It writhed sinuously as it transformed into a vaguely human shape.

She watched in awe. Never before had anything like this happened whenever the spheres appeared. Now that she thought about it, the spheres had always been there whenever she was upset or in distress. Their dancing antics and soothing serenade was all she ever experienced. They never appeared when she was calm and everything was fine. Now that she was in distress, it seemed as though her ordeal had disturbed her trusted companions as well.

The form materialized into a human silhouette. She watched transfixed and peered at the luminous shape. They must be angels, she thought. All this time I’ve been surrounded by heavenly bodies and never realized to what extent they influenced my life.

“Who are you?” she whispered.

A voice filled the room. Deep and vibrant, its warmth enveloped her and filled her with loving trust.

Aislinn—bearer of the light…

“I don’t understand. Who are you? Are you angels?”

If humanity could see us, they might conceive us as such. We are the Antiquitas, the ancient keepers of knowledge. Angels inhabit the realm beyond the living. We are not from there but from a place well known to you.

She reached to touch the apparition and grasped nothing but shifting air. A soft tingling sensation crept up her arm. It enveloped her hand and traveled through her body like a series of electrical impulses. “Why haven’t you shown yourself before?”

It was not necessary and we did not want to frighten you. Now, the time has come when we must appear and prepare you for the task ahead.

“Prepare me for what task?”

Aislinn, you must leave this place. It is unsafe. The elementals that would stop the fulfillment of your task will do anything to obtain that which you carry.

About the authors: Toronto native Diana Kemp is a multiple award-winning screenwriter and author with one hundred and thirty film festivals and screenwriting competition awards/placings to her credit. She is the co-writer of an NRL (Naval Research Lab) documentary (http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/videos/nrl-extended-video) produced by David Bellino of Second Wind Films.

Graduating with honors from Cal State Long Beach, she began a writing career at the age of seven that culminated in a diversely prolific collection of science fiction, horror and fantasy short stories, numerous short and feature screenplays and three science fiction novels, two of which include The Samsara Chronicles co authored with Gabriella Bradley.

In addition to serving as Executive Producer and Producer on a variety of projects with Michael Gianfriddo, her credits include Blink Black Ops (http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt2083939/) and her 3-D science fiction show, Trapezoid, (http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt2160425/), which is in pre-production. .

Diana founded Shadowland Productions and Edge Media with producing partner Michael Gianfriddo and holds positions as CEO and Chairman in addition to serving as an executive for Dominant Entertainment. She oversees all development, production and management for each company.

She is represented by industry veteran Sherry Robb of the Robb Entertainment Group.

About Gabriella Bradley: Gabriella Bradley lives amidst rugged mountains. She more than often has a grizzly in her backyard searching for food. Other critters that visit on a regular basis are cougars, coyotes, squirrels, raccoons.

She has been a writer all of her life, though only ventured into erotic works in 2003. The Samsara Chronicles was born through psychic channeling. Many of the scenes in these books were inspired by David—possibly a writer during his life, a guide from beyond that visited Gabby. During the course of his visits, he told her to involve Diana.

Gabby’s hobbies include hiking, gardening, swimming, sewing, embroidery. Favorite movies are old timers like Gone with the Wind, Spartacus etc. Favorite music is Abba. Besides all that, she owns and directs a busy company and its staff.

Gabriella's links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Review: I must compliment Martine Jardin's artwork for the Samsara Chronicles covers. Each cover is vibrant and gorgeous, like the cover for the second book, Nadir. The greenish color is symbolic of the auras Aislinn sees on the evil people and the eye is mysterious peering out at the reader. As for the story, this installment takes place 26 years later after the ending of Eos. I didn't feel the level of disconnect I felt with the last section of Eos but the two main characters in this segment, Aislinn and Dylan, are still distant but I believe things may begin to heat up for these two by book three. Perhaps part of my lack of connecting to the story is the splitting up of the books into novella sized parts. I can't get comfortable with a story if it stops suddenly only to be picked up--and might jump ahead of time--in the next segment. I prefer to read longer pieces. 

Nadir seemed slow paced to me and there are some instances of vibrant imagery. The world Aislinn lives in is cold and destitute. She is lucky to have a home and job when so many homeless roam the streets while others suffer openly with the scourge. When her apartment is ransacked, she runs down to her building's manager, Mr. Simmons, and he calls the police. Dylan and his partner answer the call. When he enters her home, Aislinn feels an instant attraction and connection to him which, by the end of his visit, is reciprocated. When he invites her to stay at his home, she accepts, feeling safer around him than she has in a long time. She is visited by the alien Eletarii who warn her of the approaching evil and they tell Aislinn she is one of them, as is Dylan. Unsure whether or not to believe these voices, Aislinn has no choice not to when she sees auras and picks up a sense of the kind of people surrounding her.

As Aislinn and Dylan begin their friendship, danger also begins interfering and I can only assume by the cliffhanger ending that there are others interested in finding Aislinn for whatever they think she may possess that they need. With a slower pace, the foundation for future trouble for Aislinn and Dylan is set up and I wonder what will happen to them next. Samasara Chronicles: Nadir has moments of interest, an intriguing storyline, and vivid descriptions. 

Rating: 3

Cover comment: I like all of the covers in this series.

Book source: I received a promotional ebook copy of this novel for my honest review during a blog tour.

Giveaway: To enter the giveaway for a 
Kindle Fire and also a $50 Gift Certificate (payable by Paypal) to the person who comments the most on their 3 month blog tour, go here.

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