Monday, September 28, 2015

Blog Tour - Guest Post and Giveaway: City of Roses by Donovan Pruitt

Book and Author Details:
City of Roses by Donovan Pruitt
Publication date: May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

A young man ventures to his lost love’s childhood home in the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine. When a sudden accident puts him off-course, he awakes to discover a lively and vibrant culture living in a nearby village and a woman who reignites his heart. But something sinister lurks in the shadows, and he must face the terror and help defend the village from evil before it is lost forever. Go beyond the tragedy of Chernobyl and discover the magic in the City of Roses.



Donovan Pruitt has a passion for science fiction and fantasy, especially those titles that trend toward young and new adult storytelling. City of Roses was his first standalone book as an indie author, though he has also written for video games and was previously published as a co-author in the fantasy genre. You can visit him online at or join the discussion on Twitter @KalaEmpire.

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Guest Post:
How important do you think it is to have some reality and accurateness in the actual science in science fiction stories? 

How could we have science fiction without the science? I often wonder that as I’m ignoring real science completely. Make no mistake, I think it can be very important to be scientifically accurate and realistic; however, I think it’s more important to be relatable and interesting as a storyteller. I am a fan of science. One of my best friends holds a PhD in astrophysics, and he has instructed me to tell everyone that science is awesome. As soon as he looks away, though, we’re going to cheat and do whatever we want.

For me, real science is a guideline. Science fiction is often based on the possibility that we could achieve these interesting technological marvels and visit these strange, wonderful places, near and far. In my latest book, City of Roses, real science might even explain how my main character, Alex, ends up in this whimsical fantasy world that seems to exist right alongside our reality in Pripyat, Ukraine. Maybe it’s a pocket reality? Maybe some kind of fissure in space/time allowed access to a parallel universe? Maybe, but I honestly have no idea because it wasn’t important for my story as to how Alex arrived in that place. It was more important to work through the mystery of where he was, not how he got there, and what he would do with his new life in this new place.

At the end of the day, I would rather read and write enjoyable stories that open up my imagination to the possibilities of futuristic science fiction, magical fantasy worlds, and alternate histories on our own planet. Real science helps me open the door to the idea of space travel, but when I write a science fiction novel I want my ships to go faster than light and tunnel through artificial wormholes. I want to rewrite history so that alchemy is a magical process of awesome power, where people don’t use wands—they use pocket watches. Oh, and airships. They’ll float with a magic crystal, because science. As long as it’s a fun, enjoyable story that doesn’t break science too badly (like dividing by zero), I think we can all walk away happy.

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  1. Very interesting story line. Thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. Sounds really interesting! I'd love to read this!

  3. I like the ferris wheel in the background.

  4. Thanks for hosting today, Lisa! :)

  5. I love science and like when it's woven into the story. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

  6. This sounds quite different and very interesting. :)
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  7. cannot wait to pick this up and read it- congrats on the release!

  8. I think it is pretty important for there to be a certain amount of realism to sci fi novels. If I feel like the ideas are too far out and wouldn't really be able to happen it does put me off.

    1. I'm the same way! If something totally goes against basic scientific facts, I can't read it, or as a movie, watch it.

  9. This book sounds amazing! I love the fact that this book is more realistic than fictional :)

  10. A book about Chernobyl? I'm in!! :D

  11. I am so excited for this book. I can't wait to read it.

  12. I just love the story line and would love to read this ty.

  13. Oh it looks so good! Love the cover! I cannot wait to read and find out what is lurking...and if he can save the village!

  14. thanks for the chance! this looks like a great read!

  15. I like the cover and the synopsis. This sounds like a good story.

  16. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.



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