Thursday, August 27, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Descendant (Batin Trilogy #1) by Melissa Riddell

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Descendant by Melissa Riddell. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card or one of the books in the Baltin Trilogy. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Descendant
Series: Baltin Trilogy #1
Author: Melissa Riddell
Publisher: DLG Publishing Partners
Publication Date: November 27th 2019
Print Length: 401 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
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She wants her world back; he wants her heart.

Tilly Morgan and her four-legged companion, Kodiak, are just trying to survive the alien arrival. Two years ago, the visitors unleashed devastation—a world-wide EMP followed by a deadly virus that wiped out more than half of humanity.

Traversing the lonely landscape, she runs into an alien on patrol with one order: eradicate all human life. A mysterious, dark-haired stranger named Jareth comes to her aid, and she reluctantly allows him to join her quest to find her sister. He even persuades her to let the damaged alien tag along against her better judgment.

As her group travels the desolate world and inches closer to her goal, she’s forced to examine her unwanted feelings for Jareth and come to terms with her heart, even if the truth threatens to destroy her and everything she’s come to believe.

**The eBook is only $0.99 during the tour!**

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EXCERPT:
His eyes crinkle. “Hmm.” He lets go of my shoulders and continues cleaning the cut, then blows on it to speed up the drying process.

The way his lips open and the feel of warm air—his exhalation—on my skin causes me to clamp my teeth together. His breath smells like cinnamon, and that full bottom lip looks way too enticing.

I hide a shiver. “Would you stop that?”

“Stop what?”

Unable to bring myself to say blowing on me, I flap a hand near his mouth. “That.”

He frowns for a moment, then tips his head back. “Oh, you mean this?” He leans forward, keeping his eyes locked to mine, and pushes air through his lips, as if daring me to say something.

“Yeah. That.” My voice sounds uneven.

His words are pure silk. “Why? Does it turn you on?”

“What?” I push at his chest, but he’s about as movable as Mount Rushmore. “God, no. Your breath smells like you’ve been eating dog food, and it makes me want to hurl.”

Dropping his hands, he pulls back with a frown, and looks like he wants to exhale into a palm and sniff.

I stifle a giggle. Yeah, I’m a butt, but the comment knocks him off his sexy game and gives me a chance to collect my wits.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melissa Riddell is from a small, West Texas town in which she still lives with her husband. Her writing career started as a hobby when she was a teenager, writing poems and short stories. Eventually, she branched out and began constructing novels. When not contemplating new story ideas, she can be found traipsing around Texas State Parks, herding her cats, or reading a book.

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GUEST POST:
- Do you believe in aliens? Why or why not?

This was one of the first questions a member of an audience asked me after a live read from The Descendant. It’s one of those questions that draws a line with some people. As a child, I was raised with a strict, Christian upbringing that forbade me to question or even think about imagining any other life besides humans. I respected that belief, yet as I grew up, I realized it was not my belief.

Yes, I believe there’s life out there, well beyond our solar system. Why, you may ask? I believe this for a couple of reasons. With such a large universe, why would there not be? As humans with an extremely limited perspective on space and time, our knowledge of the universe and reality is equivalent to a grain of sand in the Saharan Desert. What we do know is that the universe is enormous and full of unexplainable concepts and things. Why would we be so arrogant as to think we’re the only life in such a vast sea of life-giving matter?

Now, this does not mean all life—intelligent or not—exists at the same time. The universe is fourteen billion years old. If we judge most life forms developing at roughly the same rate, like humans evolving from homo erectus to homo sapien in a million years (I’m pulling this from memory and a previous anthropology class, so I could be off a bit), then even if we base life formation on what we know, it still puts a lot of years between development and cycles. Some lifeforms could’ve already lived and died, some could only now be creeping out of their primordial ooze, and some could be so advanced that if they were to fly by Earth, they’d take one look at us, lock their doors, and step on the gas. My point is there’s just too much potential in space for there to not be life.

Now, as to the second reason I believe there’s other life beyond our part of space: Occam’s razor. In a nutshell, this rule boils down to whatever is the simplest explanation is usually correct. What makes more sense—that out of two-hundred billion galaxies, our tiny little planet is the only ball of iron capable of sustaining life? Now that sounds like fiction, and what a total waste of space!

No, in simple terms, I think there’s probably plenty of life out there, but we’re limited with our current state of evolution and can’t see past the noses on our faces when it comes to the overwhelming scientific discoveries waiting to be found and our limited advances thus far.

Now, I would like to add that if an alien species ever does introduce themselves—we should be afraid. Very afraid. Look at what we’ve done to our own planet and cultures. In the past, humans have assimilated, enslaved, and warred for land, power, and wealth. I fear if another life form arrived, they wouldn’t come visit out of benevolence, but for some other ulterior motive—and we’d be at their mercy. As Stephen Hawking said, “…they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria.” So, on that note, let’s have fun writing about them but refrain from inviting them to our backyard barbecues.
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GIVEAWAY:
Melissa Riddell will giveaway to randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card, a signed copy of The Descendant (book 1), or an ARC of the The Betrayer, the second book in the Batlin Trilogy. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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57 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me! I really enjoyed writing the guest blog.

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  2. This looks really good! Thank you

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  3. The book looks amazing, Thanks for your great generosity.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! And you’re welcome. Good luck in the giveaway. 🙂

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  4. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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    1. Thank you! The cover artist, Wren Taylor Cover Designs, did a phenomenal job designing it.

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  5. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  6. Thank you for sharing! It looks so good!

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    1. Thank you, Victoria! It has a special place in my heart. I love Tilly and Jareth.

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  7. This sounds like a very good book.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sherry. It’s received great reviews, so that makes me happy. 🙂

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  8. Thanks for chance. This sounds a book I’m going to enjoy reading.

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  9. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  10. I always enjoy reading the "about the author" section of these book posts!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to check it out. 🙂

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  11. thanks this sounds like a great book

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  12. Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Always fun reading about another book to enjoy.

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  13. Sounds interesting! Great cover too! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Caryl and thanks for he question.

      Hmmm, I’ve always loved sci-fi and romance, and I feel there aren’t enough stories out there with these two elements. So, I decided to help widen the field in the sci-fi romance genre. 🙂

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  15. How long was the writing process?

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    1. Hi Deborah. Thanks for the question!

      From start to finish, it took me about six weeks to write the story, but after my editor got ahold of it, I spent another 2-3 months revising the entire manuscript. It was one of the most grueling yet rewarding experiences of my life.

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    1. Thank you! All the credit goes to the artist, Wren Taylor. 😊

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  17. Nice cover. I liked the blurb and excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Such a pretty cover to a wonderful book here.
    @tisonlyme143

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  19. Thanks for sharing your work with us, looking forward to reading your books.
    @tisonlyme143

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    1. You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy my stories. :)

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  20. I love the book cover and the story sounds so good!

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    1. Thank you! I hope everyone enjoys the story as much as I did while writing it.

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