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Monday, April 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas (w/bonus Ten Books Nicole thinks should be movies!)

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Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas

Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.

If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.

Ten Books That Should be Made into Movies, or
"Dear Hollywood, Let Me Help You Out"

I like to write YA books, but I read a lot of other books as well. Many of the great new YA books are already being made into movies or have been done as movies. So my list is made up of books that have been passed up by Hollywood. Some are old and some are more recent. But trust me, these books would be great on film. 

1. Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner. Probably the best story about friendship in the entire universe. I read this novel regularly and I die every time. The prose is lyrical but not stifling, the story moves at a decent pace, and you never feel bored. At least I don't. But you do love Charity, Sid, Larry, and Sally.

2. Eye of the World, Robert Jordan. Well, really, Game of Thrones is nothing compared to this. I say that having never read Game of Thrones, so maybe that calls my judgment into question, but Jordan's work is a masterpiece and hey, it's finished now! Yes, it took Brandon Sanderson to wrap it up, but nevertheless, such a great series with a fine beginning.

3. We, Eugene Zamiatin. The best dystopia ever and done by the grandfather of the genre. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love D-503. Yes, I'm in love with a number!

4. Elantris, Brandon Sanderson. This is a different kind of fantasy with a good pace and plenty of intrigue, mystery, and several cinematic moments. The ending is amazing.

5. Blue Hearts of Mars, Nicole Grotepas (heh). My book. Well, why not? It would be GREAT as a movie.

6. Twenties Girl, Sophie Kinsella. Her books are usually fun, quick, and hilarious with a good love story too. I'd love to see this one as a movie and it would work really well.

7. The Crocodile on the Sandbank, Elizabeth Peters. This is the start of the Amelia Peabody series. I'm quite surprised they haven't been made into movies yet. They're hilarious and fun with a great mystery to move them along. I really see the guy who plays Niles in Fraser as Walter, Emerson's brother. If they stick to that, they'll be perfect!

8. Sister of My Heart, Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni. I loved this book. It's so colorful and mythical and it made me want to go to India so bad! I still do. I can see this story as a film and it would be dang beautiful. Please do it. Someone. Please.

9. Dragonflight, Ann McCaffrey. This really should be a movie. It's a great story with a female protagonist who overcomes her culture to become the most powerful woman. With CGI the way it is today, the dragons would be incredibly awesome indeed.

10. The Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson. This series has another female protoganist whose growth and development spans three books, with the absolute most amazing and epic ending of any series. I mean, I was stunned. And blown away. And just...mind-blown. Wait, did I already say that? I did. That's how mind-crippling it is. In a good way. All three books are phenomenal and should be films. 


"Nothing like I've read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!" ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)

"I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn't understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn't put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!" ~TNielsen (Amazon)

"The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!" ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)

"I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause." ~Megan (Amazon)

"I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I'd give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta's bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I'd definitely hang out with those two." ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)

Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!

Or purchase the full version of the book here: Amazon

Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

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Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash (Internationally)

Signed Copy of Cinder & Blue Hearts of Mars (US only)

Ends 4/19/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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