Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Year, New Books Day 11 (Part 2): Kate Ormand + Dark Days

Welcome to Day 11 of New Year, New Books! Today I'm featuring a super cool 2014 debut author, Kate Ormand!

2) Kate Ormand
-author of Dark Days (June 3rd, 2014)

Kate's book sounds AMAZING, and you could win a pre-order of it! Before you check out her guest post, take a lot at DARK DAYS!

Title: Dark Days
Author: Kate Ormand
Shelves: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Sky Pony Press


Summary from Goodreads: The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors' thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what's coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future. 

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she'll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

A Peek Inside Kate Ormand's Desk

Today as part of the New Year, New Books feature, I’m sharing a look inside my desk. DARK DAYS, my YA dystopian debut, will be released on June 3, 2014 (World English) with Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press. I’m super excited for so many 2014 releases and love the idea of this feature to help discover new titles and new authors. Okay, so here’s a look around my workspace:

My desk is quite small, squeezed into the corner of my bedroom. It’s lovely, but I do dream of the days I’ll have my own office! This works well for now, though. On my chair I have a nice throw and a bulldog cushion. On the desk I have the Mac, mouse and keyboard, then lots of other bits like a pen pot, robot USB, lego figures, an essential stack of post-it notes and a wind-up Chewbacca toy. There’s a drinks coaster under one of the post-it notes (for cups of tea!).

I’m usually super neat and organised, so I almost don’t want to show you the inside of the desk drawer! But here goes:
There are a couple notebooks, a ‘stuff’ tin with sharpies and USBs and other bits that don’t go anywhere else, blue tack, batteries, sticky tape, scissors, felt tip pens, a Star Wars USB, stickers, DARK DAYS postcards, Snowman stamps . . . basically everything that doesn’t have a home gets stuffed in this drawer. 

That’s all for a look around my desk, and many thanks to Jayne for hosting me for New Year, New Books. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the giveaway!

 One person will win a pre-order of DARK DAYS by Kate Ormand, coming June 3, 2014. Open internationally, as long as Amazon or The Book Depository deliver to your country. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below.

Rules of Entry:
2) Don't cheat with your entries, I always check.
3) The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, otherwise, I will be forced to pick a new winner.
4) The prize will be sent out at the author's discretion.
5) Take the time to read this post with Kate. Authors are crazy busy and deserve as much love as you can give them.

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***Grand Prize Giveaway***
2 Surprise 2014 ARCs + swag
Yep, these will be from my own shelf. Yep, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Yep, it is a surprise and I am not telling you what the ARCs will be but here's an idea of what MIGHT be in it:

Any of these books are fair game! But in the end, the winner will only get 2. And I promise that the surprise ARCs will be good:)

Here are the rules of entry:
2) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. If not, I will have to pick a new winner. 
3) The prize will be sent out at my discretion, so I might take me a little longer than a week to get it to you.
4) In order to earn the maximum amount of entries, you can comment on EVERY SINGLE DAY of New Year, New Books!
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  1. Wow this book sounds so interesting and dark! I want it right now! *grabby hands* So glad you featured Kate so I could find out about this awesome book :)

  2. Ahhh, Dark Days sounds like a interesting read. I'm curious how it'll go... weh, I want to read it! D: ALSO! Is- is that cat stickers I see in her drawer???? CATS!! Cats. ;v;

  3. DARK DAYS has an air of Divergent and Under the never Sky but the plot takes it into another level. Maybe the fact that the heroine waits for her death changes the plot and makes the characters stronger. Nice post!

  4. Dark Days sounds very interesting!! I like the added darkness! Enjoyed the peek at your desk. The Robot USB is super cute.

  5. Ooo, this sounds like a really interesting book!

    Also, I love the tin in Kate's desk, and of course, I'm in love with the Storm Trooper USB ;)

  6. Immediately added this to my tbr list! It sounds fantastic :D

  7. The inside of Kate's desk drawer reminds me of mine! I have a bunch of random stuff in it as well, including batteries . . . Great post! Dark Days is officially on my to-read list now. :)

  8. This book sounds really interesting! I love how the cover has pink on it! It's an interesting juxtaposition between the title and cover image and the pink lettering!

  9. Kate would develop nervous tics if she saw my desk. It's the opposite of super neat and organized.

  10. My hubby would have me overflowing out of that desk in no time. This book sounds absolutely fabulous and I can't wait for the chance to read it!