Thursday, March 7, 2013

Perception by Lee Strauss Blog Tour {Excerpt & Giveaway}

Welcome to the Perception  blog tour, hosted by AToMR Tours.
We've got an excerpt of Volition, book two of the Perception Trilogy, for you today! There's also a tour-wide giveaway
for a $200 gift card and an eBook copy of Perception, book one of the series.

Lee Strauss
Book #1 of Perception Trilogy
Publication: September 12th 2012 by ESB Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi Dystopia Romance

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Eternal life is to die.

For seventeen-year-old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property alongside other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.

Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.

Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

Perception is a YA Sci-Fi/Mystery/Romance novel that takes place in the not-too-distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love.

Want to read Perception? It's FREE on Kobo, iTunes, B & N, Smashwords, and Amazon!
Ambition, a short story prequel to Perception capturing the beginning of Noah and Zoe’s story from Noah’s POV, is also FREE on Kobo, iTunes, B & N, Smashwords, and Amazon.
You can check out our review of Perception  here.

Now here's more about Volition,
the exciting continuation of Noah and Zoe's story from Perception,
expected to release April 16th!

Lee Strauss
Book #2 of the Perception Trilogy
Publication: April 16th 2013 by ESB Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi Dystopia Romance

What doesn't kill you...

Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody.

They're in love.

Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake.

Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them.

And their fight for survival has only begun.

From Volition

“TV on,” I said, then chastised myself. Of course it hadn’t been programmed to recognize my voice. I went to it, scanning the surface of the screen. The voice programming feature wasn’t obvious. This model was so old, it probably didn’t have that. I searched for a way to turn it on, finding a hand held remote in one of the drawers. I clicked it and turned it up, barely loud enough to hear. I didn’t want to watch anything; I just didn’t want to feel alone.
Noah reappeared. His hair was glossy and damp, dripping onto a wrinkled shirt. “Your turn.”
I nodded and shuffled to the bathroom and began peeling off the layers. I could smell myself. Yuk. I needed a shower desperately.
I turned on the hot water and stripped down as fast as I could. Noah had left his soap and shampoo for me to use. I sniffed the lid. It smelled like him.
I scrubbed down as fast as I could, finishing just as the hot water depleted. I jumped at a tapping on the door.
“Zoe?” Noah’s voice reached me and I shut off the water.
“I’m going out for a bit. I won’t be long. Wait for me, ‘k?”
I wrapped a towel around myself, water pooling on the floor, but when I reached the door to ask Noah what he was going to do, he was already gone.

Read more excerpts by visiting Perception/Volition Tour Schedule and stopping by the participating blogs.

Lee Strauss

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Lee Strauss writes historical and science fiction/romance for upper YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss. To find out more about Lee and her books check out her Facebook page. Follow her on Twitter to find out about new releases sign up for her newsletter at

To celebrate Volition's upcoming release, Lee Strauss is giving away a $200.00 Amazon, Nook, or iTunes gift card.

Tour giveaway
You can also enter to win an eBook copy of Perception!

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  1. I haven't read Perception but it's on my list to purchase to read. I have believed that genetically altered persons are to be trusted since I was sixteen and read Heinlein's "Friday".

  2. I certainly would love to win a copy of this book. THank you for the opportunity to enter your draw.

  3. I just downloaded Perception to my Kindle an Have a few days to finish the book I just started yesterday. You would think that genetically altered persons are not that different as we are in that way. It will be interesting to find out if trusting them is an issue or not. Thank You fot the chance to win and help support my Book reading habit.

    Judy Peterson

    1. I read this post, All but the info on the second book. I want to read the first one first. I will read the 1st book and the short story and come back in a few days. I love the way this post was set up and displayed.

      Judy Peterson

  4. Thanks so much for featuring my books!

  5. Hello!

    Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! It is so generous of you to put an Amazon Gift Card up for grabs, and my fingers and toes and everything else that's crossable are crossed in hopes that I may win... :-)

    To answer your question for the Blog Post Comment entry, no, I have not read Perception, but I am very excited to! I have just purchased a copy of that and Ambition so that I will be ready to read Ambition when it is released on April 16th. I can't wait to read and find out if Genetically Altered Persons can, in fact, be trusted.

    Thank you once again, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day.

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.