Thursday, January 2, 2020

Book Blast and Giveaway: Retaliation (The Oceanstone Initiative #2) by Haley Cavanagh

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Retaliation by Haley Cavanagh. This blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have info on the book, an excerpt for you, and the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the book blast for more excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: Retaliation
Series: The Oceanstone Initiative #2
Author: Haley Cavanagh
Publisher: Covey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: December 27th 2019
Print Length: 270 pages
Genres: Space Opera, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
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Sakota saved Astraeus and her friends from certain death, but in doing so, she gained the attention of the Oreck, who will stop at nothing to destroy everything in their path. With their ship severely damaged, Sakota and her crew land on a nearby planet and seek sanctuary while they make repairs to return home. But nothing on this perfect planet is as it appears, and Sakota soon learns they've traded one danger for another. Hunted and targeted, will Sakota be able to carry out her mission, or will everyone she cares about be destroyed?

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EXCERPT:
“No.”

Sakota bolted up in bed in the middle of the night.

Her dreams of blood and fear were monopolized with pointed teeth, cartilaginous faces, long, double-jointed arms and legs, and cruel, black alien eyes. The Oreck. They haunted her, perpetual alien God-ghosts with their eerie, electromagnetic glow beneath papery, gray skin.

Beside her, Astraeus slept, his arm flopped over the groove in the bed where she’d lain as he held her. He stirred, frowning. Was he having a nightmare too? She reached her hand out and searched with her emotions, as she’d learned to do.

He tossed, fitful, in the clutches of a nightmare to do with Upsilon’s destruction. She couldn’t remember what her nightmare had been about, but it had ended violently. Peace, she sent silently. Tranquility . Calm . Rest .

Astraeus sighed in his sleep, relaxed, and rolled over. She feathered hair out of his face. His existence had blown her away, and it still did. Astraeus’s genetic code far outstripped her own. He had defense mechanisms in place to protect him from climate extremities that she could never even dream of having. But more so, for the first time in her life, she’d fallen in love. It went against her pragmatic nature, but his comforting presence anchored her amid the wreckage.

She scrubbed her face with her hand in the darkness and swung her legs over the side of the levitating bed, careful of the bed’s height when she stood.

Humans were either a lot shorter than most of the visiting interplanetary delegates, or for some strange reason, they liked their beds high.

Her limbs ached, fatigue from the action of the last several days. She suspected healing from microgravity had something to do with it too, but she’d been through the wringer. The way she walked, the weight of her lips when she spoke, her arm and leg muscles seemed heavier and more visceral, like someone had injected them with a heavy drug. Ridiculous, of course. She was in the best shape of her life.

In the center of the room, she stretched and did some yoga until the tightness lessened. She rotated her neck. In a day or two, the slight dizziness and disoriented inertia would subside. As a physician, she knew the symptoms. She’d be fine. But telling a patient about them versus experiencing them were two different things.

She padded barefoot out onto the balcony, drew a silver cup from the shelves, and dipped it into the fountain. Distant light illuminated the Chuleron buildings along the skyline in the distance. She brought the brim of the cup to her lips and drank. Cool and refreshing, much cleaner than the sterilized water she’d had back on Earth. Tastier too. Earth water had to be purified at least five times before it could be considered healthy enough for consumption. Bacterial pathogens ran rampant in food and the polluted streams and springs back home, so sterilizing was essential. The delightful coolness soothed her throat.

She twisted her hair and pulled it over her right shoulder, taking in the strange, tantalizing city. Did her suspicions about this place come from her subconscious, because of the death and violence she’d experienced? Or was Hisoka right and something seemed off?
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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:
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31 comments:

  1. This sounds like a real suspenceful pager turner. Added to my tbr list. The cover is very eye catching.

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  2. Thank you, Bernice. I hope you enjoy it. Be sure to also read Astraeus,book one in the series. The audio book for Retaliation will be out in February. Happy Reading!
    Fondly,
    Haley

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  3. The cover along with the blurb makes her seem like a badass so I hope she gets out alive.

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    1. Only one way to find out, Mary. 😉 Enjoy the book!

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  4. Thank you for having me on the blog today. I'm available all day to answer any questions for readers. I hope you all enjoy Retaliation. Happy New Year!
    All the best,
    Haley C.

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  5. This sounds like a great read.

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  6. A question for the author: What authors and book series did you read as a child and youth?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      As a child, I was into the classics. I liked Roald Dahl, the Indian in the Cupboard series, the Anne of Green Gables series, and Little Women, in particular, was my favorite book. I can't speak highly enough of how wonderful the new movie was. Just brilliant. :) Thank you for your question!
      Cheers,
      Haley

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    1. Thanks, Dale! Check it out, and be sure to check out Astraeus, the first book in the series. It's available on audio book as well. Thanks for your comment!

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  8. What do you most enjoy about writing?

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful read...thanks for the chance...and your book. Looking forward to reading.

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  10. Hi Caryl. That is a great question. :) My favorite part about writing is the magic that happens when a book finally becomes a book, near the end of creating the manuscript. I think Stephen King was the one who said books are a uniquely portable magic, and he was right. There's something very interesting that happens when you use the creative side of your brain and follow through, and you see that result manifest in paper with characters who seem very real and are precious to you. I'm very thankful to be a writer. Words are powerful things, and I love the idea of transposing thoughts into concrete stories and books. It's a neat experience.

    Thank you for your question!

    All the best,

    Haley

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    1. Hi Deb, I'm sorry Pinterest is giving you problems. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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    2. Hi Deb, unfortunately, I am not in charge of the giveaway. That is down to Goddess Fish Promotions since it's a tour wide giveaway. Sorry =(

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    3. Oh Deb, I've found a workaround, if you click the little "P" icon under the Rafflecopter, it should work on Pinterest. =)

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing a book description and giveaway also. Sounds great!

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  13. This cover is very eye catching.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. :) I think Covey Publishing did an amazing job at catching the vibe of the series and also Sakota, the main heroine. I love it too!

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  14. Interesting cover, thanks for the chance.

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