Thursday, December 5, 2013

Day Five: BURN OUT + Giveaway!

Book Profile

Name - Burn Out (Goodreads)
Author - Kristi Helvig
Genre - Science Fiction
Release Date - April 8th 2014

A futuristic blend of Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans's Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

Available - The Book Depository | Fishpond | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

The Insider's Scoop

I thought it would be fun to share a few inside scoops about BURN OUT.

1) BURN OUT came about after watching several science documentaries, and then hearing a cool song on Pandora that led to an intense dream about the sun burning out early.

2) I woke from the dream with the entire story of my MC, Tora, in my head. She wouldn’t leave me alone until I started writing.

3) I wrote the first draft in 6 weeks. 

4) However, it took me another year after that to revise it to the point where I felt comfortable sending it out to agents.

5) My editor let me write the tagline that appears on the cover. 

Read early reviews of BURN OUT here:


Kristi is giving away a SIGNED ARC of BURN OUT + Swag!

Rule of Entry -

- Ends 5th of January
- Must be 13 or older
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  1. I love the tagline on the cover, fun to see that the author is the one that came up with instead of the publishing team. Thanks for the giveaway & making it open internationally!

  2. This sounds awesome!!! Congrats to Kristi on the new release! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I've been waiting a long time to read this one!

  4. Eeee! This book was on my TTT for this week! ( )

    I think it sounds absolutely FAB.

  5. Looks like a winner for all YA science fiction lovers out there. Wishing you the best success with this one.

  6. So glad your editor didn't make you change the tagline. It's great!

  7. Thank you SO much for the awesome giveaway! I can't wait to read this book!

  8. thanks for chance to win :D


  9. It sounds great, thank you for the international giveaway! :)

  10. Great giveaway! Can't wait for BURNOUT!

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!! The cover is very interesting.

  12. This one definitely sounds thrilling! Nothing like a good "escape from Earth" plot.

  13. This book sounds awesome and the cover is just perfect, can't wait to get my hands on it! Congrats to Kristi on her debut novel and thanks for a giveaway! :)

  14. This book sounds awesome! And yeah for bio-engineered guns! :D

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