Monday, August 15, 2011

Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne Review, Interview & Giveaway: Enchanted Tour Stop

Hello Everyone! It's my distinct pleasure to host Aubrie Dionne today. Aubrie is currently touring her new book Paradise 21.  I read the book last week and absolutely loved it.  Today I have an Interview with the Author that I think you will enjoy, my review and a giveaway offer for your choice of one of Aubrie's backlist.  So scroll on down and have some fun!

Title: Paradise 21
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: August 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-02-2
Mobi ISBN: Coming soon!
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-03-9

Book Blurb

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.

But Aries has other plans.

When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.

The life of the man she loves.


“Might as well stay here and make camp for the night.”

His casual tone stung her composure. How could he talk of such mundane things when they’d almost been captured, when she’d touched him so tenderly?

“We’ll let them get farther away,” Striker explained, reasonable as always. “We’re going in their direction tomorrow.”

The sting of rejection grew, burning a hole in her heart. “Why?”

“Why what?”

Her lips trembled. “Why not kiss me like you did before?”

“I can’t.” He shook his head, and the air cooled between them; so much so, Aries wondered if the desert had turned into deep space.

He’d teased her with such affection before, it was cruel to take it away. “I don’t understand,” she said, wishing she didn’t care, wishing she could stop all the emotions he’d started in her heart.

Aries caught a glimpse of pain etched in the wrinkles around his eyes. Striker turned away and started pulling supplies out of his backpack. “I can’t do this.”

“Do what?”

Striker shook his head and Aries prompted, “Can’t kiss me, can’t trust me? What?”

“I can’t allow myself to get tangled up with someone. Not again.”

The thoughts of Striker with another woman confused her. On the New Dawn, everyone had one lifemate and that was it. “You mean you loved someone before?”

Striker’s hand tightened on the backpack. “I trusted someone a long time ago, allowed myself to love, if you will. She hurt me so much I lost my entire life and ended up here. I can’t experience that kind of pain again.”

Aries clasped her hand over her heart. “I’m so sorry.”

He waved her apology off as if it meant nothing. “It’s a tough world, Aries. And it’s dangerous to love. If I were you, I’d keep my heart well-guarded, because you never know when it will affect your decisions, when it will make you weak.”

Aries couldn’t take his advice. Watching him talk about his past made her realize she’d already given up her heart.

He had it.

My 5 Star Review
This book is unquestionably, without a doubt, my favorite Science Fiction book this year.  It began well, and by the end, I was just totally blown away.  The characters captured my imagination and tugged my heartstrings.  Each of them is distinctive and fully-fleshed, with believable history and motivations.

Aries is a beautiful woman who dares to flaunt the rules and restrictions imposed upon all the pioneers aboard the colony ship.  Regardless of consequences, she is determined to escape the confines of the huge vessel.  She has no desire to be mated to the man that was computer selected for her, nor does she want a lifetime of a computer-assigned career in a field that holds no interest. 

It was easy for me to relate to Aries.  It was easy to feel compassion for her predicament.  At the same time, though, I could understand the necessity for her to fall in line, indeed, truly, the possible survival of everyone aboard the colony ship could be in jeopardy if the group were to lose her unique and carefully selected DNA.

Aries is an intelligent, strong woman, and a fierce, cunning fighter.  She meets creatures that are unusual and exceedingly dangerous; against all odds she perseveres.  Then she encounters another human on the blistering desert planet.  Striker is a space pirate who has been marooned for five years – tricked by the woman he had loved and trusted. 

Striker and Aries share a dogged determination to survive even with the odds stacked severely against them.  I thrilled to share vicariously their many adventures.  They encountered and overcame adversity; determined to follow their own paths and, in the process, give the desperate, wretched, orphaned survivors of a barely functional space station new hope;  a chance for a future ripe with possibility.  It is almost unheard of for me to re-read a book, but honestly, with this one I may have to make a rare exception.

Reviewed by Laurie-J 


About the Author

Aubrie is an author and flutist in New England. Her stories have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, A Fly in Amber, and several print anthologies including Skulls and Crossbones by Minddancer Press, Rise of the Necromancers, by Pill Hill Press, Nightbird Singing in the Dead of Night by Nightbird Publishing, Dragontales and Mertales by Wyvern Publications, A Yuletide Wish by Nightwolf Publications, and Aurora Rising by Aurora Wolf Publications.  Her epic fantasy is published with Wyvern Publications, and several of her ebooks are published with Lyrical Press and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, she plays in orchestras and teaches flute at Plymouth State University and a community music school.

Important Links:
Aubrie’s Books on Amazon  |  Aubrie’s Books on B&N  |  Twitter: @authoraubrie
Aubrie’s Books from Gypsy Shadow Publishing  |  Aubrie’s Books from SynergEBook

Aubrie’s Books from LyricalPress  |  Aubrie’s Books from Entangled Publishing

Giveaway Information   
Comment for a chance to win an ebook of your choice from Aubrie’s backlist.  There will be one winner at every tour stop so follow along the tour for multiple chances to win.  The winner may choose any one of Aubrie’s ebooks that are featured HERE To enter, complete the short entry form and leave a comment. Ends Aug 31st 11:59 PM CST.


Next Tour Stops
August 15th – Review and Author Interview
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews  
August 16th – Guest Blog
Livin’ Life Through Books
August 18th – Review
Shirley’s Surely Reviewing

                     View the Full Schedule

Remember: At each stop there will be an additonal opportunity to win a Prize from Aubrie's backlist.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in return for a review. I have not received any monetary compensation in return for my honest review, whether positive or negative. Promotional banners and information was provided through Enchanted Book Tours. I am an authorized Tour Host.



aobibliophile™ said...

hi Laurie! great review and interview! i agree with you. Aubrie sure has a sense of humor. loved her response to your question about sports! thanks for hosting the giveaway. i'll be doing a review as well on the 28th! c",)

Aubrie said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog and writing such a wonderful review! :)

Diana said...

Great interview! Book sounds very interesting.
Thank you for the giveaway.

Cherie Reich said...

Great interview and review! And, yes, Aubrie, I would consider ballet a sport...or maybe I've been watching too my SYTYCD. Thank you for mentioning my book. Aubrie's one of my best CPs! I'm so proud of her and Paradise 21 is awesome!

mbreakfield said...

Great interview and the book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

Krystal said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! The book looks great :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

Julie said...

What an amazing review, Laurie! How could I not want to read it after that glowing review? I really, really want to read it now! Thanks for the awesome review and the terrific giveaway:) If I had to pick out only one of Aubrie's books to read, it would have to be Malicifer!
jwitt33 at live dot com

Jessica said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I cannot wait to read Paradise 21.

jbronderblogs at aol dot com

desitheblonde said...

you are a very gifted person and your will do good with the book sound great and then the cover is know out wow i buy it just walking and looking at it

winnie said...

This sounds like a great read and I enjoyed the excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway!