Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BLOG TOUR [Guest Post + Giveaway] Cheating Time by T.R. Graves

Cheating Time
by T.R. Graves
Series: Longevity #1
Release date: December 1st 2014

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Carles "Carlie" Enoche's world is one that can barely be imagined. In it, babies have micropharmeceutical devices inserted in their hearts within hours of birth. The MicroPharm implant holds code that secretly counts down until the date of that baby's death (as determined by its genetic analysis) and contains drugs that are released in such a way that chemicals and hormones are in perfect balance at all times, making illness almost unheard of.

Theoretically, the known but unexposed date of the babies' deaths and the maintenance drugs geared toward giving the baby a long life have benign consequences. It is the unknown and unbelievable and unexpected way President John Barone gathers data about every child and the way he releases contraceptives from the device in order to control the population and terminate pregnancies when embryos are identified as weak or mutated that makes the device and its technology as dangerous as any malignancy.

For President Barone, seventeen-year-old Carlie isn’t just a MicroPharm first generation; she is the great-granddaughter of the man who discovered the ability to determine life expectancy down to the day and the daughter of the woman who invented the MicroPharm chip. Carlie and her family are important to President Barone's political career and the plans he has of creating a nation of strong, healthy, and superior people, who give more to their country than they take.

Jayden St. Romaine, one of the Facet's most loyal Surrogate Soldiers, is ordered by President Barone himself to find the Enoche family and kidnap Carlie. Through blackmail, he plans to leverage control over the Enoche's scientific research and the ability to develop even more tools that can be used to genetically engineer a superior race. 

When President Barone sends Jayden on his mission, he never expected his perfect soldier to develop a conscience… betray his trust… fall in love with Carlie, but he's dispatched a backup Surrogate Soldier just in case. With the ticking of the clock and the second Surrogate chasing them, Jayden's chances at redemption and Carlie's chances of living a life where she is free to make choices about her life and her body are in jeopardy.

How I Chose My Current Book Cover 

Choosing book art for a new cover is one of my favorite parts of writing. In fact, my husband claims that I only write so that I can collaborate with creative design artists. Because Claudia McKinney and Catriona Crehan (Claudia's daughter) are my cover artists and I love working with him, I suppose he's right.

This month, I'm releasing Cheating Time (Longevity, #1) and Since Inception (Vanishing, #1). Catriona and Claudia had a hand in one or both of them. Given the number of covers that we've done together, it goes without saying that I think they are amazing, and I appreciate their work tremendously. Because it's been awhile since we created the rest of my covers, I thought I'd write about the one Catriona and I just finished. It's for the book I'm writing for NaNoWriMo 2014, Chasing the Dragon (Lost Innocence, #1), a story meant to modernize The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

After I'd envisioned the updated story and plotted out a rough draft, I began mentally creating the cover. I searched dozens of sites and sifted through thousands of pictures before I found one that accurately represented my version of a contemporary Holden Caulfield (a girl rather than a boy).

With the picture in hand, I contacted Catriona and explained what I wanted. She took the image and began shaping the smoke screen. While she did that, I went to work searching for a dragon drawing that could be used to represent Holden's demons. The instant I laid eyes on the one ultimately chosen, I knew it was perfect and sent it to Catriona. I asked that she incorporate the dragon into the book's name if at all possible. When I got the completed cover art back, she'd done just that, and I loved it.

In my humble opinion, she did a great job of listening to what I wanted and designing the final book cover. In the end, I have an original cover that stands out in a crowd with Chasing the Dragon (Lost Innocence, #1)Keep an eye out for the first book in the series. It should be release early summer 2015.

T. R. Graves is the author of several new adult series. She lives in Texas with her husband and two children. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, T.R. counts her career as an administrator and registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals among her most fulfilling accomplishments.


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Angela said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Shane @ItchingforBooks said...

Thanks for participating! Nice guest post :)

KMichelleC87 said...

thank you for the awesome giveaway!!


Theresa said...

Sounds like a very interesting book!

Alisha S. said...

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Sounds like an interesting read! :) Thanks for the great giveaway!