Thursday, April 4, 2013

Guest Post: Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.
If only it were as simple as being in love.
Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.
Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole Grotepas graduated from Utah State University with degrees in English and folklore. She wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

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Book praise:

"I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause." Amazon reviewer

"The main character, Retta, has a wry, funny sense of humor and is very entertaining. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed the images that the descriptions of the cities, the landscapes, moons, trains and other vehicles brought to life for me, they seemed so real to me that I could really visualize them. The book was hard for me to put down so much of the time, and I was sad when I knew it was ending." Goodreads Reviewer

Songs that Feed the Muse, Blue Heart of Mars Blog Tour, Nicole Grotepas

Great to be here! And thank you for allowing me to take over your blog for a day! I thought it would be fun to share some of the cool music that I listened to while writing Blue Hearts of Mars. I provided links to Youtube videos if anyone is interested in hearing the actual songs. Most of them are fairly popular and that's obviously because, just like me, everyone is out there writing books while listening to these epic masterpieces. And what does every writer need? Yep. Epic music.

So, without further ado, here is the list:

Strange Attractor, Animal Kingdom
Cutty Love, Milo Greene
Joga, Bjork
Inch of Dust, Future Islands
Madness, Muse
Synthetica, Metric
Never Let Me Go, Florence and the Machine

Shared Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash (Internationally)
Signed Copy of Cinder & Blue Hearts of Mars (US only)
Ends 4/19/13

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  1. This looks really good! I'm liking sci-fi at the moment :)

  2. I don't know how they write with music, I'd start typing the lyrics lol. I get distracted very easily.


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