Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Blog Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Viral Nation (Shaunta Grimes)

Paperback: 320 pages 
Publisher: Berkley Trade 
Release Date: July 2, 2013

After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.
Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.
When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.

Shaunta Grimes has worked as a substitute teacher, a newspaper reporter, a drug court counselor, and a vintage clothing seller. No matter which direction she strays, however, she always comes back to storytelling. She lives in Reno with her family, where she writes, teaches, and perpetually studies at the University of Nevada. Viral Nation is her debut traditionally-published novel.

How to Connect with Shaunta:

Email: shauntagrimes@gmail.com

Twitter: @shauntagrimes

If you could Time Travel where would you go and why?

If I could time travel, I'd go forward into the future. My mother died when she was young—only 48—and when I was exactly half her age. I've always had this kind of morbid fear that I'll never get old. What freaks me out the most when I let myself go down this particular rabbit hole is the idea of how much my mother missed. I'd love to have a time machine that would let me see what I'll miss when I'm gone. 

One of my favorite books is Octavia Butler's Kindred. Her character, Dana, is a modern black woman who is sucked back through time to the antebellum south. I'm afraid that's what time travel would be like. You might think you'd like to visit Tara, but in reality there was brutality happening everywhere. We only think about the good things a lot of the time. The pretty things like hoop skirts and beautiful white houses. I'll get my history from books. I want to experience the future. 

Tour Schedule:

6/15/2013            All Things Urban Fantasy- Guest Post
6/16/2013            Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance- Guest Post 
6/17/2013            Moosubi Reviews!- Guest Post
6/18/2013            Mom With A Kindle- Interview
6/19/2013            Books, Bones & Buffy- Interview
6/20/2013            The Demon Librarian- Guest Post
6/21/2013            YaReads- Interview
6/22/2013            Fantasy Book Addict- Interview
6/23/2013            The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia- Guest Post
6/24/2013            The Reading Diaries- Guest Post
6/25/2013            Curling Up With A Good Book- Guest Post
6/26/2013            Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf- Guest Post
6/27/2013            Jessabella Reads- Guest Post
6/28/2013            Chocolate Coated Reviews- Guest Post
6/29/2013            Reading with ABC- Interview
6/30/2013            BookHounds YA- Interview 

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  1. Viral Nation sounds like a very good book. I love reading books of this genre. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I have been trying to win this book on Goodreads for a while. Never do. Let's try ONE MORE GIVEAWAY before I explode in my desperation to own this book lol. Thank you for the giveaway! This book looks absolutely amazing!

  3. Thank you ,Shaunta for this amazing book.Sounda amazing and cant wait to read it!