Thursday, August 1, 2019

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: One of Two (46. Ascending Book 6) by S. R. Cronin

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for One of Two by S.R. Cronin. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt for you as well as a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: One of Two
Series: 46. Ascending Book 6
Author: S. R. Cronin
Publisher: Cinnabar Press
Publication Date: December 15th 2017
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
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Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as everyone in the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a totally different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.

Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person she is close to has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to stop these others from tearing apart x0.

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EXCERPT:
As soon as Ariel heard her mother’s voice, she knew it was a bad time for a phone call.

“Honey, I’m in the cell lot at the airport, waiting to pick up Zane. Is everything okay?”

“It’s fine mom.”

“Good. It’s chaos here at the airport. Talk later?”

“This is quick. I’m bringing two people with me to Houston for Christmas.”

“You’re what??” Then, with less irritation. “Wait, is one of them this young man?”

“I wish. These are friends of mine from Ireland, and it’s kind of a long story.”

Lola took a breath and reached out to her daughter. She got that Ariel wasn’t happy about this and felt bad about springing it on her parents. She got that these two wouldn’t be dissuaded from coming. They, too, had abilities that could be useful in the days ahead.

“Right.”

“Did you just read my mind, mom?”

“An emergency decision, dear. This is not good timing for guests, but we’ll make the best of the situation. When do you get here?”

“Friday.”

“You know Teddie has people coming too, right? c3 people. They get here Tuesday.”

“It’s all going to be okay. mom.”

“Are you telling me that as a psychic, or as my daughter?”

Lola heard Ariel laugh.

“As your daughter. Our futures over the next few months couldn’t be more confusing. I hope there will be more clarity once I get there.”

The phone bleeped with a text message. Lola said goodbye as she made her way into the mass of cars picking up holiday travelers. She avoided those pulling out of parking and the others grabbing overstuffed luggage out of their car trunks, then sucked in her breath and hit her brakes as a small child darted out in front of her.

A traffic cop whistled and motioned at her to keep moving. Where the hell was Zane? He’d texted her, but now he was nowhere to be seen.

“Do you see Zane?”

“No,” Teddie said. “But I see Xuha.”

“That’s not helpful. Look outside the car, please.”

“I am, mom. I see Xuha standing over there on the curb.”

Lola squinted where Teddie was pointing. A young man wearing Zane’s jacket but looking remarkably like a taller Xuha was waving at them with a pleased grin.

“Oh for God's sake. This is no time for comedy.”

Xuha stared at his double for a second, a strange look on his face. Then he broke into a laugh as he jumped out of the car to help Zane with his bag. The two of them climbed into the back seat still laughing as Zane’s features dissolved into his own.

“Thought I’d start my visit off with some of that absolute honesty you’ve been insisting on, mom,” he said.

“Can you do me?” Teddie asked.

“Of course, but it’d be better with a wig. You’d be surprised how much difference hair makes.”

Lola glanced in the rear view mirror as Zane began to resemble Teddie.

“Would you like to be bright pink?”

“Oh please! No wait, lime green.”

“Sorry, I can’t do colors I don’t have pigments for. You’ll like the pink, trust me.”

Lola heard Teddie squeal with delight. She shook her head as she merged onto the highway that led home.

This could be the longest holiday ever.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.

She published her first science fiction short story and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next tale. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.

The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down. He explained that, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was she found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.

Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.

Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was the book informed her it had grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

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GIVEAWAY:
S.R. Cronin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card and a kindle copy of another book from the 46. Ascending collection (winner’s choice) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, be sure to visit the other stops on the tour and leave a comment on a different one each day. Good luck!
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56 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your book with us. I think we all enjoy hearing about new books we previously didn't know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway

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  2. Sounds like an amazing series and love the cover of this book.

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  3. Thanks so much Sandra and James. And thanks to "All the Ups and Downs" for hosting me!

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

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  5. I like the title. It's very unique. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks. I have another book called "One of One" so it sort of fit. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. Being a telepath would be weird and I can see how it would bring about some crazy problems.

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    1. It's hard to write about, that's for sure. There will be no telepaths in my books point forward :)

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  7. Oh my goodness.. I can't wait to read this!!

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    1. So glad you like the idea and really do hope you enjoy it!

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  8. The excerpt has caught my attention. O am interested in telepathy. Thanks for the chance!

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  9. Lovely, so many characters in this one. Cool excerpt

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  10. for the author, where do you get your ideas for your stories.

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  11. This sounds really good, nice cover

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  12. thanks and good luck with the book tour

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  13. The book sounds like a great read.

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  14. This sounds like a great read and the cover is awesome.

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  15. This sounds like an action-packed story.

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  16. Sharing this with my oldest granddaughter.. know she will love it.. Best of luck and thank you......

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  17. Your book sounds interesting. I hope that it is a success.

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  18. I have a friend that will love this!!

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  19. It's a nice cover. I like that the company's name is a sideways "XO" face. hahahaha

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  20. I like the sassy tall girl on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. Did you come up with the title of the book before or after you started writing it?

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  22. which of your books do you wish was a move or tv series and why ?

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  23. I'll have to check out the first book in the series.

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  24. I love the color of the redheaded girl's hair on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. I like the cute guy on the left on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Cool cover! Thanks for the chance!

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  27. This sounds like a must-read and the cover is awesome.

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  28. This book sounds like an awesome read. Very cool cover!

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  29. The cover is fantastic! Very eye-catching.

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  30. Telepathy is that when you think you can hear other people's thoughts? That sounds really interesting though.

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  31. I like the handsome guy to the right on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. I like the girl with the black on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. I like the premise of this book as well as its cover. I also enjoyed reading your biographical blurb. Thank you for the giveaway. Best wishes on your novel.

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  34. I like the purple color theme on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. One of Two is a very interesting title. It makes me wonder what the book is about. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. sounds like a fun one

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  37. "Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves..." It sure does! LOL. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. This S.R. Cronin book looks so good! I am looking forward to reading this.

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