Monday, September 30, 2013

The Samantha Project Trilogy Book Tour and Giveaway





Title- The Samantha Project
Series- The Samantha Project Book #1
By-Stephanie Karpinske
Genre- YA Sci Fi




Seventeen-year-old Samantha has a seemingly perfect life; great parents, early admission to Stanford, and a boyfriend who happens to be the hottest guy in school. But Sam's life takes a dark turn when she starts developing powers brought on by her unknown involvement in a global corporation's genetic enhancement project. Now the corporation decides it's time to take Sam back and turn on the genetic switch that will unleash all the powers of her enhanced genes.

During a heart-pounding race to flee from the people who created her, Sam encounters another person who was part of the experimental project. He's been living in hiding for years and now that Sam's found him, she's put both their lives in danger. But they can't run for long. A technological safeguard embedded in their cells ensures that if the corporation can't have them, nobody will.



“What is this? Why am I here?” I asked, still feeling like I was half asleep.
More footsteps entered the room. “I think she’s slept most of it off,” I heard Erik say to whoever walked in.
I felt Erik’s other hand on my arm and then felt a prick from a needle. Soon I could feel the grogginess go away and the strength in my muscles return. I opened my eyes and could see normally.
Erik was sitting at my side, still holding my hand. “Ready to get up now?” His smile was so warm and kind that the anger I had prepared to unleash on him was quickly disarmed.
Jack stood behind him, arms crossed, studying my every move.
“Amazing,” he said. “But I can’t quite understand it.”
Erik shot him a glance of annoyance.
“Um, yes. Well, let’s get started then, shall we?” Jack said, sitting on a chair at the end of my bed.
Erik sighed, disappointed in how the old man was handling things. He turned back to me. “I know it may not seem like it, but we’re actually trying to help you.”
I gave him the look that I had heard that line before.
“Sure. You don’t believe me,” he continued. “I wouldn’t believe me either. Someone drugs me and I wake up in some strange place, I’d be pretty pissed.” He flashed a slight smile. “But here’s the deal. We have a lot of stuff to tell you and we’d like you to tell us some stuff, too.” He paused, sensing my hesitation. “If, and only if, you want to. Okay?” He waited for me to shake my head yes.
“I’ll start with the basics.” Erik let go of my hand and sat in the chair next to my bed. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little like you.” I glanced over at him, unsure of what he was trying to tell me. “You see what I mean? Not everyone can do this.”
I looked at him confused. Not do what? I thought. This guy is cute but not at all good at explaining things in clear and simple terms.
“So you think I’m cute, huh?” I looked up to see him smiling. “And by the way, I think my explanation is very clear. You just need to pay attention.”
“I AM paying attention!” I said loudly. And then it hit me. My voice had filled what had been a silent room. Nobody had spoken for at least a minute. Erik hadn’t said anything. And yet we were having a conversation. A two-way conversation—without spoken words. He could read thoughts! That’s why he said we were alike.




 








Title-The Golden Couple
Series-The Samantha Project Book #2
By- Samantha Karpinske



In this action-packed second installment of The Samantha Project series, Samantha and Erik go on a search to find a way to save themselves from the genetic time bomb ticking away in their cells. Along the way, they discover a shocking secret that changes everything.

Although Samantha's boyfriend, Colin, is back now, she can't deny her feelings for Erik. It isn't long before she learns the real reason why she can't resist Erik. But only after she's gone too far with him. So far that Colin may never forgive her.

GlobalLife Genetics continues to pursue Samantha and they'll stop at nothing to get her. Sam still doesn't understand GlobalLife's plan for her but she knows it's something big. And she knows it isn't good.




A few minutes later, a black limo pulled up. “A limo!” Brittany yelled. “Oh my God! I’ve never been in a limo! I’ve gotta see this!” She ran outside and into the limo.
“Brittany! Wait!” I ran after her, followed by Erik. We poked our heads into the limo and found her already seated at the far end. Erik and I stepped in to grab her. “Brittany, get out,” I yelled at her. “You don’t even know—”
The door slammed shut behind us. “Erik, open the door,” I said, pulling on Brittany. “The wind must’ve slammed it shut.”
Erik went to open the door but it was locked. He pressed the unlock button but it didn’t work. I tried the door closest to me. It was locked, too. We both tried the remaining doors. All locked. Then just outside the limo we saw a man in a dark coat and hat who appeared to be the driver.
I banged on the side window to get his attention. “Hey, we need to get out! There’s two other people back there!” I pointed to the airport building.
The driver saw us but didn’t react. We watched as he walked to the front of the limo and got inside. Erik pounded on the piece of dark glass that divided us from the driver. “Wait! We need to wait for two more people!”
The driver ignored him and started driving away from the airport with the three of us trapped in the back.
“Erik, make him stop!” I screamed. “This is the wrong car! They didn’t even ask for the code word.”
Erik banged even harder against the glass divider. “Hey! Stop! Let us out!”
Brittany and I kept trying to open the doors and windows but they were all locked. We heard a loud bang and looked back to see a bright, fiery light in the dark night sky. It was coming from the airport building. Part of the building had exploded, leaving fire and plumes of smoke in the air.
I moved closer to the back window. “Oh my God! Erik, look!”
“What the hell? This can’t be happening!” Erik beat on the glass again, trying to get the driver’s attention. “Who are you? Let us out! I swear I’ll break this thing!” But the glass wouldn’t break. It didn’t even crack. If we still had our abilities, Erik would have broken the glass without a problem. But now both he and I had normal strength, which wasn’t enough to help us.
“They’re in that building!” I screamed. “Colin and Jack are in there! We have to go back!” Brittany and I pounded on the back and side windows.
Erik sat back. “You can’t break it, Sam. It’s reinforced glass.”
I stopped, frozen in disbelief as I watched the airport get farther and farther away. “It was a set up. The whole thing was a trap.”



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Title- A Chosen Destiny
Series- The Samantha Project Book # 3
By- Samantha Karpinske


Samantha's destiny was chosen long ago. At least that's what she's told by the people who created her. Her enhanced genes and genetic software were meant to do everything from mold her personality to pick who she falls in love with.
But can destiny be changed? Ever since Samantha learned the truth about herself, she's struggled to figure out who's really in charge of her life. Can she make her own choices? Or is her future determined by her genes?

Old enemies reappear and new ones emerge as Samantha and Erik use their powers to fight the people who are after them. But it's getting harder to figure out who's good and who's evil. The enemy they've been fighting may not be the one who's truly after them.




“No! Please! Not now!” I said aloud to myself. I’d never been stopped for speeding before. And I couldn’t be stopped now. GlobalLife had connections with the police. The cop would look me up in his database and I’d be back in GlobalLife’s custody within the hour.
“Calm down.” I continued to talk to myself. “Maybe he’ll just give me a ticket and leave.”
I slowed the car and pulled over. My hands were shaking as I waited for the officer. Escape scenarios began playing in my head in response to the stress hormones being released in my blood. It was one of my abilities, but it wasn’t always that helpful. The scenes showed me different roads to take in an attempt to get away. But the last thing I needed was a police chase.
I took a deep breath to calm myself. It didn’t work. As the officer approached the car, I heard his thoughts.
“Stupid teenage drivers. She looks to be around 16. Probably just got her license. Bet she’s one of those rich kids from The Academy. Taking Daddy’s fancy car for a spin.” 
“You were going 81 in a 55, young lady,” the officer said as I rolled down my window. “License and registration.”
I kept my head down. “I have to get it in the glove compartment. Is that okay?”
“Go ahead.” The officer let out a long sigh as he crossed his arms and stared down at me. “So do you go to The Academy?”
“Um, no. I don’t know what that is.” I reached over and opened the glove compartment. It was filled with papers. I started searching for the registration.
“It’s that private school. Just up a few exits from here.” The officer leaned down and poked his head through the window. “Nice car you got. Is your daddy one of the execs at that research place?”
“I don’t know what place you’re talking about.” I found the registration and handed it to him. It had Owens’ name on it. Once the officer saw Owens’ name, I knew he’d be suspicious. Some teenage girl driving a well-known billionaire’s car?
The officer didn’t look at the registration. Instead he kept talking to me. “You know, that research place that does something with genes? It’s a big corporation. GlobalLife something.”
I tried to act normal. “Um, no. I’ve never heard of that place. Is it around here?”
“It’s down in White Plains. But a lot of the bigwigs who work there like to live out here in the country and send their kids to The Academy.” He paused. “License, please.”
I froze. I didn’t have a license! It was sitting in my bedroom back in Minnesota. My mind began racing so fast that I developed a massive headache. How could I be so stupid speeding like that?  
“License, please.” The officer repeated the request as he leaned down closer to me. “What’s the problem? You don’t have one? You’re driving without a license?”
I said nothing and stared straight ahead.
He sighed again. “Okay, then. You’ll need to come with me. Your folks will have to come get you at the station. Gather your things. I’ll be right back.”
The officer returned to his squad car. My headache intensified as my mind tried to hear what he was thinking. But I heard nothing as he walked away.
“Please, please just let me go,” I whispered to myself as if doing so would somehow help. “I’m begging you. Let me go. Just forget this ever happened and go away.”
My head now felt like it was splitting into pieces. I closed my eyes and tried harder to hear the officer’s thoughts. I still couldn’t hear anything.
I opened my eyes again. The bright sun made the pain in my head even worse. I checked my mirror to see if the officer was still in his car. But the police car was no longer behind me. I looked out the front window and noticed an expensive black car with dark tinted windows. Had another car been pulled over? Or did the car belong to someone from GlobalLife?
I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I knew this wasn’t going to end well. I decided I had to at least try to escape. I reached down to turn the keys in the ignition, but something didn’t look right. Then I noticed the dashboard was different. It had all kinds of equipment attached to it. I quickly realized that I was sitting in the front seat of the police car. The black car in front of me was the one I’d been driving. How did I get in the police car? I looked to my left and caught a glimpse of myself in the side mirror. But it wasn’t me! It was the officer!





Stephanie is a freelance health writer by day and novel writer by night. She's been dreaming up stories for as long as she can remember but finally put a few down on paper (or ebook) with her YA trilogy, The Samantha Project. She's currently working on a new adult romance series that’s coming out soon! When she’s not writing, she’s reading (usually YA/NA romance or a mystery thriller), cooking something really good, or running (to burn off the calories of whatever she cooked that was really good).

           



What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

If I was Samantha, I would’ve told someone about the strange dreams I was having. I’d probably tell Colin (Sam’s boyfriend) and maybe Uncle Dave, too. But I’m someone who likes to tell people about my weird dreams.


What was your inspiration behind this book?

About 5 years ago, I had a dream about a girl who was part of an experiment and being held against her will in an all white room. (That’s now a scene in book one.) When I woke up I knew that something had been done to her DNA. For some reason, that dream stuck with me and I kept thinking about how she got there, who was doing this to her and why, and eventually I turned all those ideas into a book. I’ve always loved sci-fi and I got interested in genetics when I took biochemistry in college so it was a fun series to write.


Why did you become a writer ?

I love to tell stories and make characters come alive on the page. I also love reading other people’s books and getting so immersed in a story that you can’t put it down. My day job is writing nonfiction health stories for magazines and developing recipes for cookbooks but whenever I’m not doing that, I write fiction.

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that ?

Absolutely. I read all the comments about my books--both good and bad. For book 1, The Samantha Project, I had several comments about the first half being a little slow so I re-edited the entire first half and uploaded a new file of the book last June (six months after it came out). With book 3, A Chosen Destiny, I’ve learned that readers really take sides in a love triangle and get mad when the girl ends up with the guy they didn’t like. And the reviews and ratings reflect that. So I’m not sure if I’d do a love triangle in future books.


Do you have a favorite author or authors?

JK Rowling
Colleen Hoover


Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?

I do, but I never start out with the idea of doing a series. I always start out thinking they’ll be standalones and then the story takes off and I end up doing a series. Samantha was only supposed to be one book but I don’t write from an outline, so as I was writing I kept coming up with more and more twists and turns and it ended up being a 3-book series. And I could definitely write more books in this series if there was enough reader interest. Currently I’m working on a New Adult romance series that I thought would be one or maybe two books and it ended up being four.



If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

Cam from Wait for You (by J. Lynn) - He seemed like a really nice guy who was also super hot and could bake.


What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?

Young Adult (romance, paranormal romance, science fiction)
New Adult contemporary romance


Do you cry  when writing sad scenes?

Not a full blown cry but I sometimes get teary-eyed. Writing about the tragedy Samantha has to deal with early in book 1 was very sad.


Did you have a Cover Designer ?

Yes. I’ve worked with several different designers but for The Samantha Project series I used some designers from Author’s Red Room. And I’m doing a redesign of all three covers later this fall.


Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush ?
It changes depending on what book I’m reading but for now, I’m sticking with Cam in Wait for You.


If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be ?

J.K. Rowling. I’d love to hear about her writing process, specifically for the Harry Potter series.

Do just re-read your favorite books ?

I re-read books all the time. Sometimes I’ll skip ahead to my favorite scenes and just re-read those sections. That’s why I like having an e-reader. I have all my favorite books handy when I’m traveling and can re-read scenes or chapters.


Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do ?

Not really. I love to read and am open to lots of different genres.


What is the funniest book you ever read ?


I just read one that I got for free on Amazon and it was hilarious. It’s a romantic mystery called “It’s Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body.” It had funny dating scenes and crazy characters. I was laughing out loud as I read it. My husband looked at me like I was nuts.





     



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