Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gratitude Giveaway--Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne Blog Tour Review/Giveaway (Ends 11/27) WW (and $10!) (closed)

Today I am doing participating in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and co-hosted by All-Consuming Books. This hop runs until November 27th which will give you plenty of time to enter all the giveaways.  There are over 300 blogs participating, so you have a fantastic chance of winning.  Best of wishes, and don't forget to hop on to the next blog after you enter my international giveaway!

A New Dawn Book One by Aubrie Dionne

Title: Paradise 21
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: August 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-02-2
Mobi ISBN: Coming soon!
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-03-9

Book Blurb:

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.

But Aries has other plans.

When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.

The life of the man she loves.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I will say up front that I am not usually a science fiction enthusiast.  I enjoy classic science fiction like War of the Worlds or The Time Machine. I chose to review this book because it was a romance, and it was something a little different.

I went into this reading with an open mind.  And I really found the writing style interesting, and I was intrigued by the story line.  The love story fascinated me, and the science fiction elements were not too "out there."

About halfway through the book, I found myself losing interest.  But what kept me going was the love story.  I just had to know what happened.  And I was not disappointed.

What did disappoint me was the the last 10 or so pages left many unanswered questions (maybe setting up for a sequel??) and tied up loose ends way too fast.  I felt like the author threw the ending together and tried to hurry too quickly.  Just my opinion.

For true science fiction enthusiasts and those who love a good romance, this story would be a nice, light read.  Be warned that there are some adult words (i.e. profanity), but they are not too prevalent.  I did feel that they were usually unnecessary.  There were thankfully no sex scenes--I always appreciate that!

I was given a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are 100 percent mine.

About the Author:
Aubrie is an author and flutist in New England. Her stories have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, A Fly in Amber, and several print anthologies including Skulls and Crossbones by Minddancer Press, Rise of the Necromancers, by Pill Hill Press, Nightbird Singing in the Dead of Night by Nightbird Publishing, Dragontales and Mertales by Wyvern Publications, A Yuletide Wish by Nightwolf Publications, and Aurora Rising by Aurora Wolf Publications.  Her epic fantasy is published with Wyvern Publications, and several of her ebooks are published with Lyrical Press and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, she plays in orchestras and teaches flute at Plymouth State University and a community music school.

Oct 24: Harlie's Books (Excerpt/Interview)
Oct 25: Sarah Ballance (Excerpt/Interview)
Oct 27: Sara Trimble (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Oct 28: She Who Blogs Behind the Rows (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Oct 29: Close Encounters with the Night (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Oct 30: E Kelly (Review/Excerpt)
Oct 31: Fantasy Unbound (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Nov 1: Lindsay's Scribblings (Excerpt/Interview)
Nov 2: I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Nov 3: Sapphyria's Book Reviews (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Nov 4: The Magic Attic (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Nov 5: theJeepDiva  (Review/Giveaway)
Nov 6: Harlie's Books (Excerpt/Interview)
Nov 7: Escape by Fiction (Review/Giveaway)
Nov 8: Deep In The Heart Romance (GiveawayInterview)
Nov 9: I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! (Excerpt/Interview)
Nov 10: A Page In The Life (Excerpt/Interview)
Nov 11: Ramblings From This Chick (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Nov 12: Pimpin' Reads (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Nov 13: She Who Blogs Behind the Rows (GiveawayInterview)
Nov 14: Close Encounters with the Night (Excerpt/Interview)
Nov 15: Coffee Beans & Love Scenes (Giveaway/Interview)
Nov 16: Reviews By Molly (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Nov 17My Devotional Thoughts (Review/Giveaway)
Nov 18The Magic Attic (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Nov 19Coffee Beans & Love Scenes (Giveaway/Excerpt)
Nov 20Sara Trimble (Interview/Review)

Now for what you have been waiting--giveaway time!  Our wonderful author has agreed to give away an e-book of her wonderful book Paradise 21 to one of my readers.  Since it is an e-book, the giveaway is open worldwide.  And to sweeten the pot just a little bit, I will be adding in a $10 amazon gift certificate or $10 to book depository.  (If you prefer another bookstore, we can discuss that as well..)

So how do you enter?  Please leave a comment about this book--what you might like about it, why you want to read it, or anything else concerning the book or author.  I am not looking for the "Thanks for the giveaway" entry.  Only one comment per person.  This giveaway will end November 27 at 9 P.M.  And don't forget to hop on to the next blog(s) after entering this giveaway!  


  1. I would like to win this book for my best friend. She enjoys romance literature for the love story, not graphic sex.
    ceis8009 at yahoo dot com

  2. I enjoy reading a good romance, and it is always an added bonus if it is written by a new to me author. Please count me in kittycrochettwo at msn dot com.

  3. I really love like the idea of genetic matches, and how this book plays with that whole science vs. love idea intrigues me. It makes me wonder, will that be us one day?

  4. The plot of this book intrigues me so I want to read it.
    email: cruz042 at

  5. Thank you, this book looks awesome. She looks kick butt on the cover.

    Thanks for the giveaway

    Im a GFC follower- Michelle Adams

    chelle2006 @

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! the cover looks amazing and the story sounds great!..
    GFC: blackwolf

  7. i love science-fiction and this story has a great premise ^^ i would love to read it.
    thanks for the giveaway.

    gfc: yto

    witchvela at web dot de

  8. I have the book and am currently reading it. If anyone is interest in my opinion, get this book. I am enjoying the heck out of it. the story is not your average Sci Fi romance. It has some twists you won't be looking for. That's all I'm going to say about it. Thanks for the giveaway. don't enter me. Just wanted people to know what a good book this is and I'm not finished yet. ^_^

  9. GFC jennifer

    I am not a huge science fiction fan. But just read Glow, which was also set on a spaceship. I didn't think i would love the spaceship idea. But it was pretty cool. This book sounds interesting. Thanks.

    jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

  10. Fantastic cover Id love to read this the blurb was awesome

    gfc follower
    wanda f

  11. I have only started reading some sci-fi this year but I have found that I like some of it a great deal. Thank you for the giveaway and have a great Thanksgiving.
    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  12. It's time for me to read something different and this looks just nice :)

    GFC (Dayen Leah)
    dayenleah (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. I am a big sci-fi reader and I'm starting to read a lot of romances lately, so I think this books sounds like it could be up my alley!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  14. I have been reading a lot of paranormal romance lately and this sounds like something I would pick up.

  15. I've been reading sci-fi in these last months so I'd like to read something new!

    GFC reading mind

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  16. Not only does the plot sound fantastic I LOVE the cover! I would love to read it. Thanks!

  17. That's an interesting concept to know that you are bound for another planet, but won't get there in your life time and that you have an arranged relationship. Definitely intriguing.

    Thanks for the giveaway
    GFC: Sophia Rose

  18. Aries sounds like a little bit of a rebel, so that's why I would be interested in reading the book!

    Thanks for the international giveaway!

    GFC Darlene
    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  19. I've atually been looking for some sci fi romance. I love sci fi, and romance, and so I think there has to be a decent mix of the two.

  20. I do like a story with a good romance and, though I don't read much sci fi, I do enjoy it if it is not beyond my imagination.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  21. I'm a sci-fi fan,so I'd love to read this book, and profanity doesn't bother me:) Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. I am not entering. As you know I did read the book. I liked it. I myself didn't feel it was thrown together. But this is my first Sci-fi book that I have ever read so I don't have much to go on. I did like that it was a fast read. I didn't feel at all like it slowed down. And I did also appreciate that there was no sex scenes in it. Thanks for your comment on my review!


  23. I love a good science fiction book which is not so overly realistic that it's cheesy..also science fiction and romance are a great mix, so I would love to give it a read!

  24. I love the cover of the book and from the cover I would think that there would be some sex scene's in it. I find myself interested in books that leaves you with thinking of a possible 2nd book. I would like to read this because it has me thinking, what's going to happen? She wouldn't take her freedom in exchange for the life of her love would she?
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  25. The cover looks great plus I love the premise of the voyage taking a century. And the love story sounds good too!

    Poisnivyred AT

  26. I am a big fan of scifi/fantasy so this romance story really intrigues me
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  27. If it's got romance, you can count me in. I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but I definitely like certain ones. I'll read almost anything with romance in it. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  28. Thanks for hosting
    I follow you through GFC (melatc)
    melatc at gmail dot com

  29. Thanks for the giveaway. I run a YA program connecting the Highschool with books. It would be nice to read an adult book.
    I am a GFC follower-Lora1967

  30. This sounds very similar to a story I have read before. I enjoyed that story, maybe I will like this one too :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  31. This sounds like a great book I would love to read it! Thank you for taking part in this great blog hop alot of fun! Great giveaway thank you! GFC follower-latishajean

  32. I have not heard of PARADISE 21 before. I'd be very interested to follow the tour & learn more about it.


    GFC: Mary Preston


  33. tyf or teh chance first off secondly thibook has a cool premise but i have to say i love the cover the most never hear dof teh author before now either so thats an added bonus


  34. Sounds like an interesting read. Ive only really read one book with a similar futuristic/stuck on a ship theme and I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. Looking forward to trying this one too.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  35. I have not heard about Paradise 21 before but it looks like it would make a great read. I am a big fan of PNR&Scifi and always on the look for new authors to read.

  36. Thanks for participating!

    GFC Anne38

  37. Thank you for the awesome chance to win! GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  38. I think I would like the pirates thing, even set in the future, and the fact that earth was gone. Probably we destroyed it, but I'm wondering, how? :)

  39. Hi.The story sounds great.So,count me in!!Thanks for the giveaway :)

    GFC name - sweety


  40. I'd like to read this book to improve my English.

    gfc betsabè

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

  41. Well I simply just enjoy science fiction romance so the book sounds pretty darn interesting to me! :)

    GFC: Anita Morgan

  42. This book sounds interesting. The last month or so I've been looking for new Sci Fi books to read and this one seems to fit the bill.

    GFC: Spav


  43. Thanks for the great giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! I usually read historical or paranormal romance and I like science fiction but I don't think I've ever read a sci-fi romance! Count me in though! I already follow via GFC (Bornajhawk).


  44. Thank you for participating in this Thanksgiving fun:) I have Paradise 21 in my TBR. I think it sounds like an exciting read and hope to get to it soon and look forward to what to me sounds like quite an adventure.

  45. Paradise 21 sounds inetersting, but i dont think its for my age. Im more looking forward to getting the 10$ and giving Paradise 21 to my older friend as a gift! Thanks alot!

    GFC: Farah Majdoub

  46. I have read Paradise 21 and loved it! Thank you for the giveaway!

    GFC-Mary @SweepingMe

    mary_reiss @

  47. I've seen review of this book floating around the blogosphere but never had the time to actually read them. I'm grateful for your honesst review. The premise intrigues me and I'd be happy to give this novel a read- especially since it has a love story:)

    Thanks for the giveaway:)

    GFC follower: IdentitySeeker

  48. I like sci-fi romance stories and this one sounds very interesting,I would like to read it!

  49. (I forgot to put) I'm a GFC follower cheryllynne cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  50. Interesting idea. The New Dawn part reminds me of Twilight though. I am not very familiar with sci-fi books but the love story bit does sound interesting!

    GFc as Abby!


    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  51. I love sci-fi stories and this one sounds lik one I would enjoy! Thanks so much for the opportunity!
    GFC: Kara DiDomizio

  52. I would love to read this book, because I love science fiction romance and the hero sounds yummy. Thanks for the giveaway
    GFC Marlene Breakfield

  53. would love to win this for my sis-she reads romance novels all the time-she loves them

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