Saturday, March 9, 2013

Blog Tour (Excerpt + Giveaway): Perception by Lee Strauss

Welcome to my stop of Perception tour! Read more about the YA dystopian series written by Lee Strauss, read an except of the book two, Volition, and enter to win an ecopy of Perception!

(Perception #1)
by Lee Strauss

Published September 12th 2012 by ESB Publishing

Blurb (Goodreads):
Eternal Life is To Die For.

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along-side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.

Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.

Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

PERCEPTION is a (SF/mystery/romance) Young Adult novel that takes place in the not-too-distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love.

This is the first book in a series.

Buy Perception now!

(Perception #2)
by Lee Strauss

Expected publication: April 16th 2013 by ESB Publishing

Blurb (Goodreads):
What doesn't kill you...

Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody. 

They're in love.

Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake.

Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them.

And their fight for survival has only begun.

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Excerpt #8

My mind felt like lead and my body a bag of sand. I crawled into the bed, my body responding to lying vertical for the first time in days. I dozed off. I’m in a cramped confined space. My breaths, short and sharp, boom in my ears. I force my eyes open, but I can’t see. Blind darkness. Noises on the other side of the door. Who’s out there? Am I hiding? Sounds of shuffling grow closer. Drawers opening, cupboard doors crashing. My heart beats widely. He will find me. If he opens one more door.... Strong arms wrap around from behind. I gasp, struggle, but a voice whispers, “Shh, it’s okay. I’ll protect you.” I smell him, soapy, woodsy. The warmth of his skin comforts me. I fall limp. A gun blasts. The door swings open. I scream. I shot upright. “Noah!” My heart thuds, frantic. I gripped the gun under my pillow. I heard something and I aimed it toward the noise. Then I slumped. It was just the TV. I gasped as I stared at Grandpa V’s smug and self-important face looking back at me. A political campaign ad. …I understand loss and suffering…my grandchildren are gone, but I work for all the children of America…we are on the crux of national economic crises…there is hope… I took a fake shot at his head then lowered my trembling arm. I fell back onto the bed and broke out in manic laughter. My crazy, evil grandfather was running for office. He could be the next president of the second most powerful country in the world. Hilarious! The sound of my voice pinged off the walls. Someone banged on the other side and I jumped. A muffled “Shut up!” reached my ears. My neighbors didn’t get my sense of humor. The door handle wiggled and I snatched the gun again. Noah stopped short when he spotted it pointed at his chest. His eyes widened with alarm. “Zoe, it’s me.” I burst into tears. I was turning into a mental case. I grabbed the sheet to wipe my nose and a long sob escaped my lips.

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About the Author:
Lee Strauss writes historical and science fiction/romance for upper YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss. To find out more about Lee and her books check out her facebook page. Follow her on Twitter at To find out about new releases sign up for her newsletter at

10 lucky international winners will get an ecopy of Perception!

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