Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - Resist by Tracey Martin


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Resist by Tracey Martin
(Redzone #2)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: November 17th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller

Synopsis:

Truth is a powerful weapon…but explosives never hurt.

Sophia can run but she can’t hide. RedZone is on her tail and those of the six tech-augmented soldiers who escaped its clutches with her. If she could only focus on fighting her way to safety, she might live long enough to disappear. But it’s not just her own backside she needs to watch out for.

At her side is her boyfriend, Kyle. He’s the reason she found the courage to escape, and she’ll do anything to keep him and his secrets out of RedZone’s hands. Only problem is, since she was once sent to capture him, he has good reason not to trust her.

In fact, there’s not much trust to go around. RedZone keeps finding them, suggesting someone is a traitor. And if that’s not enough to recapture the group, the organization has a backup plan. One that will force Sophia and Kyle to choose between safety and risking everything one more time.

Warning: Contains killer robots, mutant college students, and dangerous super soldiers. And those are the good guys. It’s enough to make a rogue assassin wish she were taking her philosophy final instead.





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Finding Inspiration in A Bad Movie


Possibly one of the most frustrating things about training your brain to write is that it’s very hard to shut off your inner editor. Very hard to simply enjoy a story—be it a book, a movie, or a TV show—without noticing its flaws. It doesn’t mean you can’t, and admittedly, I’ve enjoyed many of all the above that I know were horribly flawed. But I still noticed. The RedZone duology, Revive and Resist, was my answer to one of them.

My husband and I had rented a movie whose name shall not be mentioned that just couldn’t hold my attention. The premise was exciting, but the execution left a lot to be desired. Plus, the twist at the end was telegraphed from miles away. I couldn’t help but think that some Hollywood writing team had squandered the opportunity to tell a really interesting story. My brain itched with the urge to fix it for them.

I tried to push these thoughts aside because I didn’t write science fiction. It was far too outside my comfort zone, but the itch wouldn’t go away. It didn’t even take days but hours before my brain was filling in the details. I had characters, a conspiracy, and all sorts of ideas about the science involved. “Look at me!” my brain screamed. “We can even put those psychology degrees you’ve been wasting to use!” Oh, how that was tempting.

In the end, obviously, I broke down and gave in, and more than that—I decided to raid my favorite science fiction films in homage. For example, Kyle and his mother Sarah got their names from my love for the Terminator franchise. If I was going to be inspired by science fiction films, after all, I figured I might as well revel in what I loved as well as in the idea I wanted to try to do better. 

Did I succeed in telling a more compelling story than that movie did? Ultimately, that’s not for me to say. The story I ended up writing is nothing like the movie we watched. And I suppose that’s the upside to training your brain to write. Once you take it upon yourself to tell a story, you don’t have to be let down by someone else’s tale. You can take an idea, an action, even a phrase, and make it all your own.





AUTHOR BIO

Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.

She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets. You can find her online at tracey-martin.com.


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