Sunday, 19 August 2012

Blog Tour + Excerpt: Earth Girl By Janet Edwards

I was so excited to be asked to take part in the blog tour for the brilliant debut novel, Earth Girl By Janet Edwards. If you haven't already, check out my review here. This book is a MUST read. It is fantastic! If I haven't persuaded you already check out the excerpt below and then decide!

First here's more about the book:

Earth Girl
Release Date:
16th August 2012
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 358 (In the review copy)

Synopsis: 2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Now onto the Excerpt:

‘This is the good bit,’ said Fian, leaning forward and watching eagerly. ‘It happens just about every episode.’
Stalea appeared to lose patience totally, grabbed her lover, threw him across the jungle clearing and pinned him to the ground.
I blinked and realized something. ‘I remind you of her because of the throwing him around!’
Fian nodded.
‘I don’t do it very often,’ I defended myself.
‘Stalea does,’ said Fian, ‘and I’m a nice contract boy from Delta who gets a bit powered at the thought of a beautiful girl throwing him across the room, pinning him down and . . .’
I watched Stalea and her lover demonstrating the unfinished ‘and’ part of the sentence. The credits rolled and the vid ended just as things were getting really interesting.
I looked at Fian, and burst out laughing. ‘Throwing men across the room . . .’
He grinned back at me. ‘Aliens ripping off the hero’s clothes . . .’
‘True.’ I stood up and collected my pillow. ‘I’d better say good night. We’ll be working the site again tomorrow.’
‘Yes, you may have more lives to save so you’d better get your sleep.’ Fian opened the door. ‘I enjoyed Defenders, so thank you.’
Stalea wasn’t that bad either, so thank you too.’
As I went out, I could see Fian was watching for me to pause and give him the opening for a kiss, or maybe he was hoping I’d throw him across the room and leap on him. Either way, he was out of luck. I walked down the corridor to my own room and I didn’t look back.
Fian was great. He loved history. He could laugh at himself instead of sulk the way Cathan had always done. He even looked a bit like Arrack San Domex. Fian was the man of my dreams, but he was a norm and I was only an ape. He liked JMK, not me, and JMK didn’t even exist. When he found out the truth, he was going to hate me.

Doesn't it sound great! I loved this part of the book! Now do you see why you need to read this book! If you only read one book this year, choose Earth Girl!

About the Author:

Janet Edwards grew up in prosaic England, but also shared the lives of amazing people in fantastic worlds. She explored the past, the future, the paranormal, the alternate Earths, and the worlds beyond the fields we know or hidden in the shadows of our own reality. Her guides were books written by authors, some still famous and some already forgotten. Those authors have hundreds of individual names, but they have one title in common. They were all Expert Dreamers.

After growing bored with work involving tedious technical facts, Janet made a break for freedom through a magical wardrobe and is now training as an Apprentice Dreamer. She has a husband, a son, a lot of books, and an aversion to housework.

Chat to Janet Edwards on Twitter. She is also on Facebook.

Huge thanks to both Janet Edwards and Harper Voyager for letting me take part in the tour!

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