ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE


Tomorrow, people. TOMORROW.

The ultra-amazing YA SciFi ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE by the ever beautiful Jamie Grey comes out TOMORROW.

I cannot tell you how excited I am for this. *happy flailing*

In celebration of such an incredible story being unleashed upon the world, I have some AWESOME for you including an excerpt and a GIVEAWAY! But first, book blurb:

Quantum Electrodynamics. String Theory. Schrödinger's cat. For sixteen-year-old Lexie Kepler, they’re just confusing terms in her science textbooks, until she finds out that her parents have been drugging her to suppress her outrageous IQ. Now Branston Academy, a school run by the world’s most powerful scientists, has tracked her down and is dying for her to attend - as a research subject.

She takes refuge at Quantum Technologies, a secret scientific community where her father works as a top-notch scientist, and begins her new life as “girl genius” at Quantum High. But the assignments at her new school make the Manhattan Project look like preschool - and Lexie barely survived freshman algebra.

Her first big assignment – creating an Einstein-Rosen bridge – is also her first chance to prove she can hold her own with the rest of QT's prodigies. But while working with the infuriatingly hot Asher Rosen, QT’s teen wonder, Lexie uncovers a mistake in their master equation. Instead of a wormhole, the machine they’re building would produce deadly ultraviolet rays that could destroy the world.

When the lead scientist on their project turns up as a popsicle in the cryo chamber, Lexie learns that the “mistake” in the equation is actually a carefully crafted plan to sabotage Quantum Technologies. And all signs point to Branston Academy being the culprit. Now Lexie and Asher have to use their combined brainpower to stop Branston from stealing the plans and selling the doomsday device to the highest bidder, before everyone at QT is caught in the ultraviolet catastrophe.

I'll try to give you a review without any SPOILERS...

UVC is a roller coaster ride of teen drama, science-geekery, and family trust issues. And I loved every second of it. Lexie is such a complex character. Seeing the world through her eyes was frustrating at times, because she's had a rough life. But that's all the better because she sees things in a way that no one else can.

Lexie's "love interest," Asher Rosen, is a smart-aleck-genius who's too darn hot for his own good.

Lexie's dad, Doctor Kepler, is also hot. I picture a filled-out and scruffy version of David Tennant in a lab coat... yeah.

The story itself is completely awesome. We have a young, impressionable girl who thought she had life figured out. She comes to realize that nothing was as it seemed. And not only that, but the things that everyone around her thought were true, were also lies. Luckily, she's pretty dang smart, and has some brilliant friends to boot. Let's hope they figure things out before it's too late. *wink wink*

NOW. Jamie has been extremely kind and has agreed to let me share one of my favorite scenes. I can't give you any lead in, because : : SPOILERS : : but I think it stands on its own pretty well. Enjoy...

“Did you hear that?”

My ears strained, but I was more conscious of Asher’s closeness, of the feel of his body beside mine in the dark. A thousand tendrils of heat stretched between us, connecting us. “I didn’t…”

“Shh…” He put a finger against my lips. I froze as his skin touched mine, and a shiver of pleasure snaked through me. I wished I could see his face. I was glad he couldn’t see mine.

And then I heard it too. Voices.

My phone vibrated in my purse, and I pulled it out. The text was from Zella.

Danvers and Kepler on the way.

I grimaced. So much for an early warning system. Thank god Asher had heard them. I leaned closer to him to whisper, “Danvers and my dad. We need to hide.”

We both realized it at the same moment. There was no place to hide. Avery’s desk was glass, modern and sleek. There were no closets, no huge chairs to hide behind. We were trapped.

Outside the door, the voices grew louder. Dad had that overly reasonable tone he always got when he was trying to make a point.

“You know I can’t continue on this project using Avery’s plan, Carla. That’s not how I work. I need time to reevaluate the approach.”

“We don’t have time, William. QT can’t afford any mistakes right now. We’re under investigation from the government, and Branston is breathing down our necks. If this doesn’t go well, they’ll take us over for sure. And then none of us will be safe.”

Asher tensed beside me, and I wanted to touch him, to reassure him it would be okay and my dad would make this right, but I held back, waiting for Dad’s answer.

“I understand, but we can’t take chances with this. One wrong step and it won’t just be our jobs at stake — it’ll be our lives.” He let out a deep sigh. “I need his files, Carla.”

There was a long pause, but finally, she said, “Fine.” The keypad beeped as she entered a password.

Asher slid a hand around my waist and yanked me to him, his other hand tangling in the hair at the back of my neck.

And then he kissed me.

I sank into him, my body fitting against his chest like a puzzle piece. My arms snaked up to his shoulders, brushing through the soft hair at the back of his neck. His lips crushed mine as his hands splayed across my back, pulling me even closer. The smooth fabric of his tux wrinkled beneath my grasping fingers.

The heat of him, the taste of him overwhelmed me, and the kiss deepened until the whole room was spinning. I forgot where we were, what we were doing. All that mattered was the chemistry between us, the way my hips pressed to his, the feel of his arms around me.

Asher’s fingers feathered against my jaw, each touch searing and gentle at the same time. His other hand traced the contour of my waist, curled around me, pulling me closer until our heartbeats mirrored each other. He tasted exactly like I’d expected — like Asher. And I wanted more.

There was a shocked gasp, and then my dad’s murderous voice. “Alexa Kepler, what the hell are you doing in here?”

HAHAHA! *evil laughter*

What happens next??? You'll have to get the book to find out!!! MUAHAHAHA

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About JAMIE:

Jamie Grey spent most of her childhood writing stories about princesses who saved the day and pretending to be a daring explorer. It wasn’t until much later that she realized she should combine the two. Now, as a tech-obsessed gamer geek, her novels mix amazing scientific developments, future worlds, and the remarkable characters that live in them.

Jamie lives in Michigan with her significant other and their pets, who luckily tolerate her overspending on tea, books, and video games. You can learn more about her at Jamie Grey Books, or follow her on GoodreadsTwitter, or Facebook.

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I can't WAIT for you guys to read this! To win a copy of ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE, leave a comment with the following info:

1. YOUR NAME
2. Your favorite element of the periodic table and WHY.
3. Whether you want Paper or Ebook. (I'll give one of each, plus maybe some swag!)
(Ebook is open to international entrants too!)
4. EXTRA ENTRIES for sharing this post on Twitter/Facebook/Blog and whatever other social media avenue you want. Just make sure to TELL ME in the comments!

THERE YOU GO.

Enter now, and I'll choose a winner tomorrow! Contest closes at midnight tonight, so HURRY! 

-DC

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