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Thursday, October 4, 2012
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more. Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle).

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In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will
betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Melissa lives in a tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L'Engle.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

GRAVITY is her first book.

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  1. I think the trailers look great. Book trailers, in my opinion, do a good job of giving you a quick preview of what you will be reading. I've long said that books should have trailers-that's how we get people to come to movies, why not do it to get them to read books?

    Really excited for Gravity especially.

  2. I've never liked book trailers very much, and these were no exception. However, I'm still REALLY excited to read Gravity, and I think I might give Luminosity a go as well.

  3. I'm not a big fan of book trailers. They seem to almost always have a bunch of cliched images in slideshow form (such as the first one) or a bunch of motion that doesn't really add anything to what the book is about (such as the second). However, I was already planning on reading both of these books anyway, so it didn't change my mind in that regard. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  4. I dont tend to watch a lot of book trailers but I enjoyed those too. I already wanted to read both books and I have to say the trailers made me excited for these.

  5. I thought that these trailers made a great point and I would love to read the books!

  6. There is a tendemcy to make book trailers and although at the beginning I wasn't so sure about them I've come to enjoy them and sometimes like this ones, they intrigue you enough to want to read the books.

  7. I don't really watch trailers. I found that most of them creeps me out even id they're not trying to be scary. I am not an easy to scare person and that was really weird...LOL These trailers are great, but they still creep me out like the other ones, well, what matters is that the books are now on my TBR list and I think The Raven Chronicles sounds like a promising series! ;)

  8. Well done trailers always get me excited to read a book, and these two trailers are definitely well done! I didn't really have a feeling either way about these books before I saw the trailers, but they are now on my TBR list, so I would say they totally did their job!

  9. I'm really excited to read them both! They sounds fantastic!

  10. I already have both books on my to-read list and I can't wait to get the chance to read them. I was pretty excited about them without having seen the trailers but now I want them a lot more! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  11. I love the sound of both books! I liked the trailers but the covers and blurbs convinced me to buy the books without the trailer. These look so good though! Super excited!

  12. I'm more than happy to find this web site. I wanted to thank you for ones time just for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every part of it and i also have you bookmarked to see new stuff in your site.
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