May 6, 2013

Project Five Fifteen Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

First Light (Project Five Fifteen #1)
Author: Samantha Summers
Genre: YA Romantic Thriller
Release Date: May 28, 2012

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A government experiment. Sixteen teenage boys on the run. An innocent young girl caught in the middle. When Ronnie Rose meets the handsome and alluring Kalen Smith, she can tell there's something he's hiding - something dangerous. But in trying to uncover his secret, Ronnie is plunged into a terrifying world she isn't prepared for... and the consequences could be deadly. Can we choose who we fall in love with?

As You Were (Project Five Fifteen #2)
Author: Samantha  Summers
Genre: YA Romantic Thriller
Release Date: December 14, 2012

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For every choice, there is a consequence.

Ronnie and Kalen are finally together, living their life in secret under the radar of the people who want Kalen dead. But when a visit from an old friend sends Kalen away on a rescue mission, Ronnie finds herself plunged back into the world of Project Five Fifteen quicker than she ever thought possible.

It’s fast becoming clear The Agency will never give up their hunt for the boys, and a betrayal closer to home starts a chain reaction that will change everything. Now, caught in a deadly web of lies and deceit, Ronnie is forced to question who she can trust; even the person she once trusted most.

As enemies close in, Kalen’s past threatens to destroy the happiness they sacrificed so much for, and it’s only a matter of time before the ultimate choice must be made…

"Top 10 Favorite/Most Influential Books"

This is a tough choice. When I first fell in love with reading, it was all about Saddle Club books… until I discovered Point Horrors! Growing up my taste has changed (thankfully), but it’s so hard to choose my favourites. I definitely think they all influenced me one way or another. Here’s a shot at some of the books that have stood out the most for me over the years… 

Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen: This book captured my heart from the first time I read it and I think I’ve read it about ten times since! I’m sure it needs no explanation.

The Beach - Alex Garland: Another book I’ve read again and again. I first read it when I was traveling in my early twenties, so maybe I’m a little biased, but I think it’s wonderfully written and the characters very relatable.

River God – Wilbur Smith: So much detail. He combines fact with fiction incredibly. I loved this book and it prompted my traveling stint in Egypt too!

LOTR – J.R.R Tolkien: I’m not sure what needs to be said about Lord of the Rings. It was an epic journey. This was one book I remember never wanting to put down and I don’t think I slept for much of the week it took me to read it. I cried when I finished – I didn’t know what to do with myself!

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho: I really enjoy his books; they are always very moving and thought provoking.

The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons: One of the best sagas I’ve ever read. Loved the characters, loved the combination of fact and fiction and adored the way the story unfolded over so many years. It’s just beautiful. Alexander is the ultimate hero.

Fire Starter – Stephen King: Like so many other people, I love Stephen King books. I was a massive horror fan in my teens. This one keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.

The Lifeguard – Richie Tankersley Cusick: Yes, this was something I read when I was about ten-years-old, but I absolutely loved it. All her books are fantastic; she has an incredible way of writing suspense and romance for young teens. Looking back I think this book was one that helped cement my love of reading.

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas: Obviously a classic for a reason, it’s an amazing novel. I can’t put my finger on any one thing I loved most, but it swept me up in the action, adventure and romance of it all. It’s been books like this that have influenced my love for story telling.

Harry Potter - JK Rowling: An obvious one, but I can’t deny how much I loved these books. Rowling gave us a wonderful alternate reality to get lost in, which is ultimately why I love to read and write. I have a great respect for the world she created. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and sharing your top books with us Samantha!

Born in London, an only child with an overactive imagination, Sam spent much of her childhood telling ghost stories to her younger cousins and dreaming about far away places. She graduated university with a BA in marketing, but it wasn't long before her passion for storytelling and travel got the better of her. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where you'll probably find her hidden away in the corner of a park somewhere - writing, reading, dreaming or watching movies on her iPad. She loves everything spy and assassin and has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, mainly Darth Vader.

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  1. Never heard of this series before... but this is why I follow you :) Sounds crazy with 16 guys, but it sounds like a really good read!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  2. This s sounds great for my teen!


  3. Look forward to reading this book. Thank you for the giveaway.