Book Review & Giveaway: The Connection: Two Worlds. One Connection. by Dana Claire

The Connection: Two Worlds. One Connection. by Dana Claire

Publisher:  Chamberlain Publishing House (December 11, 2020)
Category: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Aliens, Romance

Available in Print and ebook,  280 pages

Beatrice Walker thought she lived in a normal world—that is until she learned she’s a living hostel for an alien energy source, and apparently the answer to preventing extinction.

Bea has no memory of her last moments with her mother. The week they’d gone missing is a complete mystery. Suddenly moved back to her hometown with her father, Bea has rekindled her friendship with her two best friends—and seems to have caught the attention of an arrogant, yet gorgeous boy named Cash Kingston. But there’s more to Cash than his annoying attitude and good looks. Cash isn’t human, and he’s now in charge of protecting Bea from those who know what she keeps safe inside her: the energy source that once belonged to his murdered girlfriend.

Tensions mount as Bea learns her energy source must be paired with the one Cash holds to protect both their planets from an imminent threat. But what Bea doesn’t realize is there’s more to her than being human a host, that her feelings for Cash are not just a prophetic plan that will save their planets, and that the fate of everything lies in her choices.

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Guest Review by Sal

Thrilling Young Adult romance with a science fiction twist! Beatrice Walker is a normal high school girl, living in a normal town with her normal father. The only thing abnormal about her is that she suffers from traumatic amnesia surrounding a camping trip where her mother unfortunately died. At least, she thinks that that’s the only abnormal thing about her, until Cash Kingston moves back to town.

Cash is the hottest, most unapproachable guy in school; that is, until he approaches Beatrice out of nowhere. A strange spark flares to life between the two, and Beatrice soon learns that Cash is not who—or even what—he seems to be and that the two are connected in an unexpected and otherworldly way.

Beatrice and Cash have a relationship that starts out as very adversarial but watching the two of them grow to care about and trust each other is one of the high points of this novel. I love a good love/hate relationship and they have that in spades!

The action scenes were tense and well written and the dialogue was witty in a way that was realistic for teenagers. Dana Claire’s characterization was on point and her atmosphere was pitch perfect. I loved the sci-fi elements that were brought into play. She really made the universe seem even larger than we assume it is!

I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed reading this book but I think you should take my advice and go read it for yourself. It was a quick read that I couldn’t put down once I started and I feel like that will be true for many readers. I’m so excited to see that there are more books coming for this series! I can’t wait to see where it ends up going next!

Praise for Connection by Dana Claire

“To begin with The Connection is an interesting book to wrap your head around, the opening chapter leaves patches and mystery which I find a good thing, it dragged me in and made me want to figure out why this dystopian time was like what it was.
The main characters name is Beatrice Walker and the story, though not followed from her perspective, is based all around her. After the next couple of chapters, you get the concept of the whole new world and its so bitter sweet and beautifully unusual that you just want to discover more and more about this story.
The made-up memories that are written have so much meaning and you get to experience these moments all over again. Then ending is so amazing, Dana Claire really knows how to leave a reader wanting more.”-John Kerry, Let’s Talk Knowledge

“After the first chapter, I could tell that this book was going to resemble The Lux Series. The lux series is one of my all-time favorites, so I was genuinely interested in seeing where the author takes this story. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. I honestly couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
One thing I was not anticipating was the never-ending action. I loved how there was never a dull moment, as our main characters seemed to never catch a break.  Dana Claire has a way of getting under your skin because Beatrice and Cash have made it to my favourite characters list. I can’t wait to see what the author does next! I really hope it’s the sequel to this novel. That cliff-hanger at the end makes me want to read book two as soon as possible.”- Jessica Marie, The Mermaid Reader

“Enthralling and well- crafted story. The author’s descriptions are so vivid you feel as though you are in the book. The plot of the story is suspenseful and hard to predict the next move because right when you think you know what is going to happen the story goes into a different direction. Dana Claire took me on a roller coaster of emotions all the way from the first page. I found myself not being able to stop until I completed the book. The Connection is indeed an outstanding and ingenious read. I eagerly look forward to reading more of her books.”- Chinnie N., Amazon

“Sci-fi fantasy can be challenging, but Author Dana Claire did a fabulous job with this novel. The characters are great. They develop throughout the book in such a powerful way. I love Bea, AND I love her with Cash. The Connection is a book I could not wait to read every day. I loved falling into this story because I thought about the plot even when I wasn’t reading it. A telling sign it’s a great novel!”-Hey It’s Carly Rae

About the Author

Author, Dana Claire, believes that a good story is made through strong character development. When readers become attached to the characters’ emotional state and are invested in their objectives, the readers are there for the long haul backing the characters and their emotions. How cool is it to read a book and think about the characters long after you’ve read the last page? She believes that the beauty of reading is that one can live a hundred lives within the stories of books.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a vampire, slay a dragon, or use a time machine, there’s a book for that.

Website: https://danaclairebooks.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danaclaire143
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Book Review: Red Dot by Eugene Linn

27464567Title: Red Dot

Author: Eugene Linn

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: October 29, 2015

Summary

(from Goodreads)

An extraterrestrial craft will enter Earth’s orbit on October 16, 2022—forty-four days from now. The question is: will there be any humans left when the aliens arrive?

NASA scientist Claire Montague is a single mother in her thirties who’s leading a special team near Washington, DC, assigned to handle the approaching spaceship and report their findings to President Al Douthart.

News of the impending ET encounter spreads after a tumultuous National Security Council meeting, causing social, economic, and political upheaval around the world. Just as governments are beginning to calm the chaos of their countries, thousands of unexplained red dots appear on the ground all over the globe.

As the countdown continues, Claire and her colleagues struggle to make sense of the mysterious dots and determine what the extraterrestrials’ plan is once they arrive on Earth. But as the questions go unanswered and global tensions erupt into violence, President Douthart wonders who will be more harmful in the end—humans or aliens?

Red Dot is a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller complete with a remarkable cast of characters and an intriguing portrayal of alien life. Expect the unexpected and you’ll still be surprised.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Red Dot is not only good science fiction, but it really makes you think. What if we knew that an alien ship was headed for Earth? How would everyone around the world react? Unfortunately, Eugene Linn is probably spot on. Of course, there would be reactions from one extreme to the other, as he portrays in this story. There is no way that anyone knows whether the aliens are on a peaceful mission or intend us harm. It doesn’t matter that they say they mean us no harm.

There were a lot of characters in this book and, although they weren’t as developed as they could have been, I got a good sense of the varying reactions that would occur to the knowledge of aliens on their way. 

I really liked the reason for the red dots as well as the ending. I won’t say any more than that because I don’t want to give anything away. I definitely recommend Red Dot and I hope to see more from this author.

Available on Amazon.

 

About the Author

14602260Eugene Linn graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, before he joined the US Army. 

After studying Chinese Mandarin at the Defense Language Institute, Linn went on to serve as a Chinese language voice intercept operator. Upon leaving the armed forces, he attended the University of Kansas, where he earned a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in East Asian studies, with a focus on Chinese language and politics. 

Linn went on to become a freelance reporter, working out of Hong Kong for UPI, Business China, Asian Business, and numerous others. Some of his specific writing assignments have included an annual report on China’s government social insurance system for Watson Wyatt Worldwide consulting and special contributor articles on China stocks for equities.com. 

Linn now lives with his wife in the Philippines, writing novels and editing academic papers.