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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