Thursday, March 19, 2015

Adverse Effects - Saving Caeorleia Book Two by Alicia Nordwell and a Giveaway!

First, a big thanks to my host, M.A. Church, for offering space on her blog so I can talk about my upcoming release. She’s a writer, and reader, after my own heart!

(and I'm a fan of Cia's ~Michelle) 

Sci-fi or… Not?

I’ve been asked if my Saving Caeorleia series should really be considered sci-fi. Well, it depends on the reader perspective, I think. I do have elements of space travel, and aliens, and some medical technology in my story. I also have alien worlds, physical and “spiritual” bonding (like marriage). Oh, and my aliens are super pale with blue blood, blue markings, claws AND fangs. And they like to take a few sips from their respective partners every so often during sex to reinforce their bonding.

So, yeah, it depends on your point of view. I play fast and loose with some of the technology because I can, and other parts of it I do a lot of research on. Hybridization, medical procedures, human anatomy, alien anatomy and speech, nano technology etc… all get tossed in with fruit that has fizzy seeds, weaponized laser pistols, and polygamous brown and green critters that roll about the tree tops. 

In this sequel to The Experiment, we get to see more of both Caeorleia and a whole NEW planet!
And that’s what makes it fun to write for me. I love coming up with twisted plot, scene, or character elements to write for my eBooks, no matter what genre you consider their origin. Often, that means my characters are going to go on quite the journey.

In Adverse Effects, I’ve included some medical technology that’s definitely out there by harnessing special abilities. Dade, one of my main characters, has been through a lot in the last five years. Unfortunately, as a soldier, he’d been through even worse things, and now he’s scarred on the inside.

Sometimes, what we can’t see can hurt far worse than what we can. That’s definitely why my other main character’s mission in life is to care for others well-being. I don’t want to give away who it is, if you haven’t read the story quite yet, but I hope you’ll enjoy it! 

Adverse Effects 
Saving Caeorleia Book Two

Published by Dreamspinner Press 

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“You can’t eat these, though they smell good. The bright color is an indicator that things are not quite what they appear on Caeorleia. Always use caution when plants you see have a brilliant color.”

I wondered if he included himself in that category, with his eyes like precious stones polished to a rich luster. I pushed those thoughts away with a scowl. Maybe his warning held merit. “What are those?” I pointed up toward the sky.

High up in the trees were these small animals that seemed to sway from branch to branch. Some looked brown, but others had green skin. They were so small it was hard to tell their actual shape. Several seemed clumped together into little balls that were constantly shifting and rolling along the branches.

“Ahh, those are screniups. Their blood is like ours, colder than yours. They cannot regulate their temperature easily with their thin skin, but they also burn in the sun easily. They group into a mate unit, several mates to each breeder, and take turns being in the light while they roll along the trees high in the canopy. They share the warmth, all pressed together like that.”

Author Bio:
Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find an interesting story one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started... Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.

Fortunately, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published. When she’s not on the computer typing away, she's a wife and a mom of two in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!

She can also be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on under her online nickname, Cia.

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  1. Love Cia's books. Would love a chance for the Are GC. Thank you for the chance.

  2. Friends-to-lovers works for me, especially when they're roommates, teammates, or bandmates!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

    1. Hi Trix! Ooh, bandmates! When done right, I loooove band-fic. Yum!!

  3. I've already ordered it, so please don't enter me. Congratulations on the upcoming release, Alicia!! I loved The Experiment and know I'll enjoy this book, too :D

    1. Awww, thanks Bailey!! You can still be entered in the audio book or print book, if you want, plus the gift cards. That way you can buy more books, right?! I tried to vary all the prizes so I could make sure readers get a chance for all sorts of things.

    2. This is true, and it is a fantastic giveaway :D Thank you!

  4. Enemies to lovers! Or Friends to lovers in their mid 30's!


    1. See, I'm strange. I've never been able to see a romantically--I'd be the epitome of friend zone--but sometimes I really like the trope, too, anyway. :)

  5. I love Sci Fi books and this one sounds really different and I'm adding it to my wish list.

  6. Have the first one, The Experiment, and I can't get enough reading that! Now with the cliffhangers and suspense building on Wed Briefs! Sheesh I love it all. Can't wait to add to my collection!

  7. I like so many tropes: friends to lover, enemies to lover, second chance at love, big with small, equals etc. Hard for me to say a favorite. I don't FB or tweet so won't be able to join you for those parties, but I know everyone will have fun!

  8. I have so many. I love friends to lovers, shifters (mates), age gap, second chance love, really anything as long as it is written well is great. ;)

  9. I think my favorite is geek and jock. I also enjoy friend to lovers but pretty much everything.