Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blog Tour [Interview + Giveaway!!] Colony East (Toucan Trilogy #2) by Scott Cramer

Colony East (Toucan Trilogy #2)
by Scott Cramer
Genre:Young Adult Science Fiction/ Dystopian
Age: 12 +
Published: Oct. 2013

In a terrifying world where an epidemic has killed off most of the world's adults, fifteen-year-old Abby struggles to keep her brother and sister safe.

When a new, deadly disease spreads among the survivors, Abby must make the dangerous journey to Colony East, an enclave of hidden scientists caring for a small group of children for reasons unknown.

Abby fears that time is running short for the victims, but she's soon to learn that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.

Night of the Purple Moon (Toucan Trilogy #1)
Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that deadly bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. The lightning-fast epidemic sweeps across the planet when the germs attack the hormones produced during puberty.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her -- adolescence.
Night of the Purple Moon is  FREE on Amazon & for Nook.

About the author:

Scott Cramer has written feature articles for national magazines, covered school committee meetings for a local newspaper, published haiku and poetry, optioned a screenplay, and produced customer reference accounts for a big computer company. His pursuit of a good story has put him behind the stick of an F-18, flying a Navy Blue Angels’ fighter jet, and he has trekked through the Peruvian mountains in search of an ancient Quechua festival featuring a condor. He is the author of Night of the Purple Moon and Colony East. Scott and his wife have two daughters and reside outside Lowell, Massachusetts (birthplace of Jack Kerouac) in an empty nest/zoo/suburban farm/art studio with too many surfboards in the garage.


Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
I am an observer. If I am at a party, I tend to stay on the sidelines, observing and listening. We picked up our daughter at the airport the other day. Airports are great for people watching. Coffee shops are a close second. I do like to meet and talk with people, but in small groups or one on one.

How many books are in your TRB pile?
I’m a slow writer and probably even a slower reader. I recently got a Kindle Fire, and I am having a lot of fun investigating different books. A few days ago I downloaded Journey to the End of Night by Celine. I jump around and read different sections. As a writer, I think I study sentences and paragraphs of other writers more so than getting lost in a book.

What one item would you eat for the rest of your life?
I’m a great customer of Teddy Peanut Butter. Every time at the supermarket I get a new jar of super crunch, no salt.  There is no competition in my family for peanutbutter. It’s all mine.

What is the last thing you bought?
I bought online advertising for Colony East. I want to tell as many readers as I can about this exciting novel.

Pet Peeves?
Robo calls. We get about five a day. I go through periods when I am incredibly polite to the person calling, because they are human and they do not make up the rules of who they call. Other times I hang up quickly, thinking I am saving them time, so they can call someone else.

Pizza or Pasta?
Thin crust Pizza from Brooklyn, NY.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
We started keeping bees about four years ago. It was my wife’s idea. I am very helpful and supportive, but from a great distance. This year our bee hives swarmed five times. It means you walk outside and hear very loud buzzing. Then, if you are lucky, you see a giant clump of bees hanging from a low branch of a nearby tree. Lucky in the sense that those bees are your bees and they are looking for a new home. The trick is to “catch the swarm” and put them in a new hive. That is a double bonus. You have just added a new hive for free.  My wife has caught four or five swarms. It is an adrenaline inducing moment. You stick your face close to the ball of bees and then sweep them into a bucket. They go crazy. Well, I happened to walk outside and there was a swam. I put on two bee suits and climbed a ladder and swept them into a bucket. I got my “bee cred” that day.

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
I would go to Cape Cod (in Massachusetts) and ride my bike along a path on the National Seashore. Then I would stay overnight at a hostel in Truro/Wellfleet. Then at dawn go surfing. After that I would walk the beach and try my luck at fishing.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Mr. Rogers

Can you share a little about the current title you are working on?
It’s called Generation M. It is book 3 in the Toucan Trilogy. I am very excited about it. The characters are all facing a lot of challenges.

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Candace said...

Oh I would be too chicken to keep bees, but I think it's great that you do (or your wife does)!
I'm an observer as well. I like to talk with others, but I'm also more of a small group kind of person.

Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop today!

Mimi Smith said...

Robo calls! Man, they never stop. I've always wondered whether they ever actually sell something...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Catherine Lee said...

Mr. Rogers? How sweet. I met Mr. Rogers and he did really come across as very nice.

Anonymous said...

Love the interview questions! Thanks for the great giveaway!