Monday, July 18, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Alien Plague by Chris Koehler

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Alien Plague by Chris Koehler. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the author's top 5 sci-fi books. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Alien Plague
Author: Chris Koehler
Publication Date: March 26th 2022
Print Length: 200 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
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Dr Avery Hutton lives in good times. All of humanity now lives under the Global republic, a democratic government that works hard to protect the rights of their citizens, expand orbital infrastructure and explore space. The last of which is helped by the relatively new Warp Drive, allowing probes to travel to and from the nearest stars over the course of a few years.

This is part of Avery’s job, helping organize the missions form the ground, his specialty being the analysis of microorganism form other star systems. But this most recent mission will change everything. For while every return mission previously had gone well, and few issues were observed, this time one of the returning samples is a bit… nastier than any previous sample. This time something has returned that could wipe out all life on Earth.

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EXCERPT:
“It can’t be that dangerous,” said Anna. “Diseases were something that killed our ancestors, not something we deal with today.”

Dr. Foster sighed, “If we could fight it, we could have saved Nicole. Don’t you think we would have done that if we could?”

“Are you saying you’re incompetent?”

“No, I‘m saying that these pathogens can’t be dealt with by modern medicine, and we have no more ways of stopping a Beta Strain infection today, than we did when Nicole got infected.”

But I felt like a dead man in here, like this was my tomb, where I had been taken to die. That if I did not escape, I would die. I knew that was not true, that if I escaped I would either die or live with my location not mattering at all… How did Elia, the man who died on me, and so many of the others keep so calm? How did they face death so well? I wish I could be half as calm as they were… I think I understood the people who rioted… #$%$ this sucks.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am a new author and this is my first book. I started working on this story around 2016 and have been refining it ever since.

I first got interested in writing years ago, I took part in a junior writing fare, and wrote as a volunteer from a teenage perspective at a local newspaper. My parents loved Science Fiction and Fantasy and passed on that love to me.

While this is my first book, I hope it’s not my last, I hope you enjoy it!

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GUEST POST:
Top 5 Sci-Fi Books
by Chris Koehler


* Incidentally if the book is part of a series, I recommend the series as well.

5. To start I think I will go with We are Legion, We are Bob mostly because it has a funny name. It is the start of a three-book series that while serious at times, felt very natural and told many, many stories at once. Various villains were being foiled over here, while a bigger bad was being faced down over there, while a tragedy is occurring here. It was a very fun read and while it can be hard to keep track of where the story is going, it was still compelling.

4. Revelation Space, it’s a hard sci-fi look at an interstellar conflict. While at times I felt that the story was a bit contrived, it still told a compelling narrative. The books in this series tend to have a very strong climax, with massive battles, tense chases, or both at the same time. Wrapped with an absolutely terrifying enemy that the protagonist can’t fight, and for the most part, is only able to run away from.

3. Now on to The Forever War. I feel it deserves a spot both for the limitations on FTL travel, and also the commentary on war. You will only get to know why near the end of the story but it certainly did not feel like a glorification of the military in any way. Our main character is thrust into a war he wants no part in, which makes life worse for everyone. All while using equipment that is established to be dangerous to the user early on, for commanders who do not care about their charges.

2. Getting into more recent works The Martian, a nice compelling story about a man, trapped on Mars, and the enormous effort taken to rescue him. If you feel that modern sci-fi is too dark for you, The Martian gives you a story of survival, wits, and people from all walks of life doing the right thing for the right reasons. The only conflicts between characters are arguments about how to best do the right thing, but even in the end, the right thing is done, for the right reasons. It is uplifting, funny, not too serious, and even mildly educational. That’s right, you might accidentally learn something.

1. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I mean is there any competition? Everything is humorous, and out there. How can we understand the aliens? Well just put this fish in your ear and you’ll be alright. Want to go out to eat, oh just a bit of time travel will do. It is fun, only slightly serious, and generally a fun romp from start to finish. Even the exposition is funny, and not a single word was wasted in the entire series.
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GIVEAWAY:
Chris Koehler will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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98 comments:

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

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  2. Looks like a very interesting book.

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  3. Really like the premise. Intrigued about what alien bacteria or virus is in question

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  4. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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  5. Absolutely Fabulous, loved it

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  6. The cover art is perfect for the book title.

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  7. Congratulations on your release of Alien Plague, Chris, I enjoyed the guest post, the excerpt and your book sounds like a thrilling and fascinating read! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous week!

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  8. Sounds very interesting. I always enjoy a good apocalyptic story. This one sounds particularly unique.

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  9. The author is having some trouble commenting, so asked that we post this:

    "Thanks to my host today. And I am glad that so many people are excited, thank you."

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  10. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  11. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I am a huge sci-fi fan and Alien Plague sounds like an awesome read

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  12. Congrats to you and great success

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  13. I like the artwork on the cover.

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  14. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your book

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  15. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  16. The book sounds interesting.

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  17. What time did you get up this morning?

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  18. What has been your proudest moment as an author so far?

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  19. this sounds like an interesting read

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  20. Congratulations on the publication of your first book Alien Plague! May there be many more books written by Chris Koehler.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  21. Great excerpt and giveaway. :)

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  22. Congratulations on publishing your first book, it sounds very interesting

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  23. Do you write more or read more?

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  24. What book are you currently reading?

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  25. how many books have you written

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  26. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  27. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. I enjoy a good science story!
    Love the cover.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  29. What books do you recommend starting out with for your backlist?

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  30. hope you are enjoying the summer

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  31. What author do you most admire?

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  32. Which of your characters do you relate to the most and why?

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  33. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

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  34. was it hard to design the cover

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  35. How do you decide on a title?

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  36. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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  37. thanks this sounds like a very interesting book

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  38. I hope you have a great night!

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  39. Interesting book. What was your inspiration in writing it?

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  40. Have you read Err by Stephen King?

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  41. How do you select the names of your characters?

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  42. I think I would have a hard time putting this book down after starting to read it.

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  43. Alien Plague by author Chris Koehler sounds like a book that you couldn't stop reading.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  44. What is your favorite type of candy?

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  45. This book sounds intriguing. Great cover!

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  46. Are you working on another book?

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  47. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

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  48. What caused you to start writing?

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  49. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

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  50. Happy to find a new to me author, I need more summer reads.

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  51. do you have any other books started?

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  52. Alien Plague by Chris Koehler has a very unusual front cover - perfect for a book about alien plague!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  53. What is your favourite breakfast treat?

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  54. Do you make writing notes on your phone when you're out and about?

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  55. Do you make writing notes on your phone when you're out and about?

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  56. If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

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  57. thanks this sounds like an interesting read

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  58. looks like a fun one

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  59. In your book the new Warp Drive sounds like an interesting activity.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  60. Are you glad or sad when a book is finished?

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  61. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

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  62. thanks this giveaway has been fun

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  63. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

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  64. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  65. Do you consider your writing time as "me" time, or more like a job?

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