Monday, May 27, 2019

Book Blast and Giveaway: Astraeus by Haley Cavanagh

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Astraeus by Haley Cavanagh. This blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as an audiobook sample. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast tour for more excerpts and audiobook samples. Enjoy!
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Title: Astraeus
Author: Haley Cavanagh
Publisher: Covey Publishing
Publication Date: October 12th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
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One pre-apocalyptic Earth. One desperate space mission to find a solution. One unexpected alien.

When Dr. Sakota Thorell signed onto the mission to scout out a new, habitable planet, she knew discovering extraterrestrial life was always a possibility. But she never expected to find an alien adrift in space, nor for that alien to be so intriguing. Sakota feels an instant and undeniable attraction to Astraeus, but he represents a million possibilities, and just as many threats.

There are others hunting Astraeus, and his rescue may cost Earth its last hope.

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EXCERPT:
She moved to pull away, but the man’s fingers closed over her wrist.

“Let me go.” She jerked her arm, but he wouldn’t release his grip. She gave him a cautionary look, and he loosened his fingers, though he still held her. Warning bells went off. What if he’s not here in peace? But his eyes sparkled impishly. He seemed to enjoy her skin pressed against his. Maybe he hadn’t been touched in a while. Or maybe he had a crush. Who knew.

Before she could extricate herself, the intercom chimed. “Sakota, are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine. He’s just being friendly—”

The man’s forefinger trailed along her arm again. She sucked in a breath and shut her eyes as a series of images flashed through her mind. A high wall made of stacked stones. A hand spread out to touch the tips of tall, golden wheat of a field. Multihued buildings in the distance under a purple sky. Children’s laughter and then screams. She jerked when the images changed. Strange rain, like metal. Black ships attacking from the sky, horrible screams which rent the air, death. A gentle brush against her hand again. She inhaled and opened her eyes. The man searched her, calm and patient. She struggled to see straight, but her mind spun.

“W-was that your—”

The isolation walls shot up. Rutledge burst into the room and advanced like an angry bear, brutish, immaculate, and combat ready in his black Oceanstone fatigues. “Let her go,” he snarled.

Rutledge yanked the man’s hand off her and pushed her aside. She fell to the floor on her back in a dizzy haze, reeling from the vision. She turned her head. The man bellowed and tore loose from his restraints. His and Rutledge’s images faded into one as they collided and fought. Rutledge’s weapon whirred as he strained to activate it. The rifle propelled over her head and hit the wall.

“Stop.” Her pleas fell on deaf ears. She closed her eyes.

The men barged into the room with heavy footfalls and angry shouts. She opened her eyes, but her vision swirled. The blurred image of the alien lifted Rutledge’s lieutenant like a kitchen chair and catapulted him in the same direction as the weapon. “Stop,” she hollered to the men. “Don’t shoot him. He wasn’t attacking me.”

Another soldier fell to the floor with a sick thud, holding his stomach. “Yeah? Well, he’s attacking me.”

The alien pounced over her, crouching low. He caged her with his body and made a guttural rumble in his throat, a warning to the men. She turned her head to the marines, who zeroed their weapons in on them.
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AUDIOBOOK EXCERPT:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Haley Cavanagh is a military veteran, wife, and mother. She is an alumna of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book that crosses her path. Haley resides with her family in the United States and enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. She loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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GIVEAWAY:
Haley Cavanagh will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

36 comments:

  1. Thank you for offering this the book sounds good

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  2. Hi Allana, thank you for having Astraeus on the blog today! Happy Memorial Day to everyone! I am available today to answer any questions for readers. I'll check back this afternoon. I hope you all enjoy Astraeus. All the best,
    Haley C.

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  3. Thank you, guys! The cover was designed by my publisher, Covey Publishing. I really love it too, they nailed the look of Astraeus and the feel of the book. I hope you'll check it out!

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  4. Michelle CatalloMay 27, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Totally enjoy this genre and excerpt!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I hope you enjoy the novel. The audio book is very exciting, go check it out! :)

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  5. Ah, pre-apocalyptic Earth. How I miss it.

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  6. My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

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  7. This book sounds like a fantastic read.

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    1. Only one way to find out! ;) Thanks for commenting, Wendy!

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  9. Did you have any alternative titles for the book?

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    1. Hi Bernie, normally, yes. With Astraeus, no. I knew I wanted it to be called Astraeus, and I never wrestled with the title as I have with previous books. Good question!

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  10. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thank you, Deb! I hope you'll check it out. I'm hard at work on the sequel right now and hope to be done with it by July. Be sure to watch the Official Book trailer for Astraeus on YouTube! :) Cheers, Haley

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    1. Thank you, Gwendolyn! I like it too. I think Covey Publishing nailed it. I was very happy with it, and I can't wait to see what they do with book 2! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  12. Do you have any plans for your next book?

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  13. That is some man on the cover there.abrennan09@hotmail.com

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  14. Hi Bernie,
    Yes, I'm writing the sequel right now, actually! The Astraeus books will be a trilogy, and I hope to be done with the 2nd novel by July. I do go to FanX (Utah Comic Con), so hopefully around September I'll have a release date in sight with my publisher.

    Ha ha, Andie, right? Interesting story about that. My publisher asked nearer the time who I envisioned for the part. I said Jason Momoa, and they gave me that cover. I think they nailed it as much as they could. :) Thanks for your comment!

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  15. I really like the cover and thank you for offering this contest

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    1. Thank you, Carla! I love the cover too. :) I can't wait to see what the cover for the second book will look like. Better hurry up and finish it, right? Thanks for your comment.

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  16. Loved the excerpt--what inspired you to write this book?

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    1. Hi Sandra,
      Great question! I actually have written seven romance novels as Roxanne D. Howard, so venturing into PG-13 sci-fi was new. But I'm a complete sci-fi nerd, and I wanted to have a book I'd feel comfortable letting my teenage daughters read in a few years, but also something action-packed and edgy. I am obsessed with the cosmos, and I find the concept of exoplanets fascinating. This book was both a challenge and a joy to write. :) Thanks for your comment.
      Best,
      Haley

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  17. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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    1. Hi Slehan,
      You're more than welcome! I hope you enjoy the book.

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing your book!

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  19. This sounds like a good plot.

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