Saturday, February 8, 2020

Book Tour and Giveaway: Deleted by Ruth Mitchell

Title: Deleted
Author: Ruth Mitchell
Publisher: Immortal Works
Publication Date: January 7th 2020
Print Length: 286 pages
Genres: Speculative, Technothriller, Science Fiction, Young Adult 
Lucy Campbell is the last person you'd expect to hack minds. The college freshman prefers vintage technology, old books and retro fashion. But when she makes a fool of herself in front of her crush, Marco Han, she wishes she could erase the whole episode from his brilliant mind. She's shocked to learn that her older sister, Mollie, can do just that.

Mollie tells Lucy she's found a way to delete people's memories via Spex, the thought-activated successor to smart phones and Google Glass. Yet, when Mollie breaks into Marco's mind, she decides not to erase any embarrassing moments because he already has a crush on Lucy. Encouraged by her sister's discovery, Lucy stops avoiding Marco. Soon, the two are dating, and Marco, a tech guru in his own right, elevates Mollie's mind hacking from a guilty pleasure to an efficient crime-solving tool.

As the three infiltrate more minds, they realize they're not the only ones who can steal memories. Marco suddenly forgets Lucy; and Mollie forgets that she could ever mind hack. Lucy's mind should be safe because she doesn't wear Spex. But then the mysterious hacker, Nick Lethe, comes after her in person.

Lucy flees to the woods, the only place safe from the surveillance of the ubiquitous Spex. If Nick finds her, he'll erase her memories or worse. If she doesn't find him --and stop him -- no one will know that minds can be hacked and lives rewritten.

RUTH MITCHELL lives in San Diego with her husband and four marvelous children. Whether she’s writing science fiction, contemporary Rom Com or a women’s fiction ghost story, she strives to create clean, smart books with lots of heart.

Currently her only published book is DELETED.

Diversity in Science Fiction
by Ruth Mitchell

When you write a novel set in the near future in Southern California your cast must be diverse. Anything else, would be unrealistic.

But what to do when you are a white writer who recognize the importance of Own Voice writers. I belong to a minority religion and I understand the frustration of watching your group stereotyped in fiction.

My solution, I wrote a semi-diverse cast. In DELETED the main love interest, Marco,is Mexican-Korean. His grandma who helps him track down the mysterious hacker is Mexican. And of course, his father and grandparents are from Korea. There’s another important character from the Caribbean. Still, there are way too many white characters. If the book were to truly reflect San Diego of the future, it should be more diverse. But as a white writer I struggled to feel confident about writing characters with backgrounds different from mine.

Fortunately, I had some help. A Mexican friend read the manuscript and gave me some suggestions to make Marco’s family more authentic and told me certain Spanish phrases she thought his grandma would use. Likewise, a member of my writing group shared with me her experiences of being the child of Korean immigrants. She out right balked at a couple scenes and told me I needed to rewrite them. I am so grateful she spoke out. I truly appreciated the help.

I wrote a book with a diverse cast because I strongly believe good writing is truth. And having an all-white cast is a sort of falsehood. That’s not the world we live in. And that’s is definitely not the future.
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  1. I like the simplicity of the cover. Congrats on the release.

  2. The cover makes a bold statement.

  3. I had to take a few takes on the cover. Thank you

  4. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  5. How do you find time to write with four children?!?

  6. I liked both the book description, and the book cover.

  7. I love the cover. It is amazing.

  8. My 8th grade students are going to enjoy reading this book. The cover is attracting with the two male figures and the female inbetween.. that will definitely hook my students into the book.

  9. I think the cover is interesting. The color scheme and the silhouettes of the heads on the cover grab your interest. Hacking is a timely topic for a book.

  10. Great cover & it sounds like a good book - thanks for sharing!

  11. This is an interesting premise and sounds like it would make a great book.
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  12. I love the cover! It’s very eye catching. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. The cover definitely got my attention with the contrasting colors. This book sounds really good.

  15. Love the design on the cover and the colors you used too.

  16. i like the cover. i would like to read this.

  17. This sounds good thanks for sharing!

  18. I love the graphics of the cover, the colours are bold and really grab the buyers attention.

  19. I like the book cover as it is very interesting.