July 2nd, 2010

The Hunted of 2060 by Ami Blackwelder and Book Giveaway

Today please give a warm welcome to my guest Ami Blackwelder.  She writes paranormal and historical romance and is kind enough to offer one free copy to one of you lucky readers today of her Limited Edition of The Hunted of 2060.  Welcome Ami and thank you for stopping in.

The Giveaway:

One Lucky winner will win a Limited Edition copy of the novel above (only 20 have been printed), numbered and signed! Leave your comments at Live Journal to enter and join my blog http://amiblackwelder.com
The standard copy cover is a wolf-girl and the limited edition cover is a bleeding eye.
The Hunted of 2060 was inspired by the idea of metamorphosis, prejudice and wildlife conservation. I had one of the best times as a writer, writing the character of April. Though she is different from humans on many levels, she is completely relatable emotionally and accessible.
The feedback from readers has been incredible. Most everyone loves the novel. Though females rend to enjoy the story more than males I noticed. Because the story is about a young women in college and the first third of the novel is about who she is and her relationships, females dive straight into the story without looking back. The feedback from the male perspective has been different. While the first third is well written, they don't get into the story until the Rogue Militia show up and become a more central part to the story.
Maybe the old adage is true. Women are relationship based and men are action based. In any event, male or female, I have been told this novel is well constructed and intriguing with original concepts. A quick, easy, and fun read. The summary is below and I have added an excerpt and so I hope you enjoy this sneak peak!
The novel will be sent to directors shortly in hopes of the novel hitting the big screen. Wish me luck and enjoy your reading!


America 2060.
Three Lovers. Two Species. One Way to Survive.
Summary: Set in Alaska in 2060, when April enters her sophomore year at University, she thought Robert might be the love of her life, but as she discovers, she is hiding something inside her, something the rest of the world believes to have died out. She struggles with who she was and who she is becoming as she learns of a family she never knew existed and of enemies she will have to outrun, outfight or outwit to survive. As April embraces her new identity, will she have to leave the life she loves behind?
With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages of April’s story.
Appendages 1-8 are character pages.


I smelled a poignant odor, a mix of sweat and perfume, and heard the soft padding of footsteps approaching. I glanced up and noticed someone in the distance speeding across the grass and heading towards me. The tall figure, about my height, with an athletic build, wore a gray jacket, its hood covering the face. It was the only figure here in the late morning behind the building. Most students either stayed in their dorms or classes. The figure brushed past me, and in one flick, an invasive arm twisted around my neck from behind. I kicked. The air became hard to breathe. I tried to scream. Blackness.
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I awoke in the middle of a forest. Alone. Waking up after falling unconscious was nothing new during the past six months, but never by someone else’s hand. My senses heightened. I heard everything, the crunching leaves trampled by bugs, the flitting of a bird’s wing. I smelled too much, a strange odor behind the trees, a fawn in the distance. Danger. Fear. Blood pulsated through my veins. I felt it swarm in me. My nails grew long and my hands began to ache. Hair pushed out of the pores on my hands and became silver gray fur. I fell to the soil beneath me and cradled my hands, clasping them with each other. The pain is worse. My lips tightened. My teeth ground. I screamed in agony. The odor from behind the trees moved forward. I smelled it shifting.

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Thank you for stopping in and chatting Ami.  It has been a pleasure learning about your book.  Please be sure to leave a comment for Ami for your chance to win :).  Don't forget to follow her along her virtual book tour for other chances to win great prizes too.