Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Contrition by Lee Strauss Excerpt & Giveaway!

I have an excerpt and giveaway for the release day book blitz of Contrition by Lee Strauss. I loved the first two books and I am currently reading this last book. I'll post my review soon. The first book is currently free so be sure to grab it!


“What was Tucson, like?” I asked. It was code for were there pictures of my face?
Noah stared at the ground. “It was busy, just like any other city. Lots of people. Traffic. Noise.”
His eyes caught mine. “And lots of billboards. They’re still after us, Zoe. The reward for your return has been upped to two million.”
My heart whooshed. “And you?”
“The same. But the president doesn’t care if I’m brought in alive.”
Fear gripped my throat. “You can’t go into Tucson, anymore, Noah.”
He brushed it off. “Ah, the picture of me makes me look like I’m a twelve year-old boy. I didn’t get a second glance.”
“It’s true,” Taylor said. “Your photos look hot, but his, meh.”
I laughed at Taylor, and he grinned back at me before disappearing into the tech cave. I watched Noah as he unloaded the last of the items from the buggy. He caught me staring, and I glanced away. My shoes were suddenly very interesting. I dug at the sand with my toe. I casually looked up again from under my lashes. Noah’s eyes were on me now. I stayed locked on his gaze. What is he thinking? Did he feel the pull of attraction I felt? Did the longing for something more make his soul ache like mine did?
And if so, would he ever give into it again?
Sweat dripped between my breasts and down my spine. I felt dizzy and slid to the ground with a thump. Thankfully, the others were all busy focused on other things and didn’t notice. I held my chest, willing my heart to slow.
Something was wrong with me.
I didn’t know what, but I should be stronger. I should actually be the healthiest. Well, along with Taylor, though technically I’d been a GAP for longer.
When my heart calmed, I reached into my bag for a “clean” shirt and mentioned to Hannah that I was going to the stream to freshen up. The sun was low on the horizon, and I wanted to make it back before it got dark.
I’d collected the soap and shampoo on my way out of the cave looking forward to the shock of cold water. My hair hung in greasy strands, long enough now to tie back at least. I removed the tie, along with my clothes, and slipped in.
The water was strangely warm. Something was weird, but I wasn’t going to complain just yet. I’d tell Taylor when I got back. I made good use of the soap and was about to reach for the shampoo when I heard movement.
“Knock, knock.”
I startled at the voice. “Noah?”
“Sorry, I didn’t know you were here.”
So, now you do. Why are you just standing there, staring? I was fully aware that, though submerged, I was naked. Noah’s eyes zeroed on mine, and I could sense the debate going on in his head. He wanted to stay.
Suddenly, all the oxygen felt like it was sucked out of the cave.
I took a chance. “Would you… like to join me?”
“Yes,” he said, “against my better judgment.”
“If it helps, I want you to.”
“It helps.”

Eternal Life is To Die For. Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along-side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans. Her brother Liam is missing. Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically. Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

What doesn't kill you... Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody. They're in love. Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake. Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them. And their fight for survival has only begun

Zoe, Noah and the other plane crash survivors are stranded in the Arizona desert. They all have secrets, and reasons to hide. But they’re not alone. Cyborg soldiers. War. Humans and humanoids. Who can be trusted? Zoe’s life is in danger. Noah must make an impossible choice. Will their love survive their brokenness? Will the world as they know it end before they can find out?

Lee Strauss writes historical and science fiction/romance for upper YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss. To find out more about Lee and her books check out her facebook page. 

Ambition is a FREE prequel novella
Perception is currently FREE
And Volition is on sale for $0.99
Contrition now available for $2.99


plus an audio copy of PERCEPTION,

plus a cool eternity bracelet from Etsy!

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In case you haven't read book 1 or 2 of the trilogy yet,  PERCEPTION is free and VOLITION is .99 until the launch.

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  1. I've been liking dystopian a lot more lately, and the series sounds really exciting. Haven't read them yet, but I'd love to! :)

  2. I haven't read the first book but I do own it.
    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  3. sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I haven't read them yet but I did move it up in my TBR. They sounds great, I just keep getting side-tracked.

  5. Ooh interesting excerpt. I wonder what happens next. ;) Thanks for sharing!

  6. I haven't read Perception or Volition. I am headed to Amazon to pick them.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! Fingers crossed to win.

  7. I haven't read them yet, but will soon thank you.

  8. I have not read them yet but I am going to pick up Perception right now!

  9. I haven't read them yet but they look awesome.

  10. Thanks for the great giveaway and blog tour! I downloaded a copy of Perception.

  11. Looking forward to reading this!!

  12. I haven't read them yet, but they sound good! I am definiity intrigued by a G>A.P


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