I know a post on Monday is unusual for me. But in this case it makes sense to post this information today or never.
In the evening of 5th of January 2014 I received following information from author Sabine Atkins:
I would like to let you know that my latest book THE HURT CIRCUIT is participating in Cover Wars and a Scavenger Hunt over at the Masquerade Crew website.
If you like, please ask your readers to vote for THE HURT CIRCUIT cover (created by Ida Jansson) here:
There is no registration required, and people can vote daily. They can vote for their two favorite covers.
Anyone who participates in the Scavenger Hunt has the chance to win an Amazon Gift Certificate!
Here's THE LINK
As everyone knows good books raise the expectation for the next book, especially when it will be the final book in a series. Sabine Atkins decided to take a break from the Varangian Trilogy and to focus on two other projects: to raise a dog and to write a dystopian science fiction novel because of an intoxicating inspiration.
Have a look at the result of the latter project.
Sabine Atkins invited interested readers to read the prologue and the first chapter of THE HURT CURCUIT for free! Just click on the following link
I read the excerpt and I like the setting and the character of Calen.
And this is the cover in question plus the blurb
The Hurt Circuit (October 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1494713911; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00GA0R4WG] by Sabine Atkins.
"Sometimes you need to lose everything to reach for your dreams. There's just one thing on the mind of Calen Firth-Shelby, the nineteen-year-old former snowboarding hot shot, girls magnet and political prodigy, who came in last place on the Hurt Circuit four years ago: surviving long enough on the Baffin-Chain (a man-made prison island which is infested by cannibals) to prevent his teenage siblings, twins Stella and Paul, from suffering the same fate. In the not-so-far future, the mega-rich live in constant fear: the "Suburban Tribes" that emerged from years of extremely violent global riots are more or less successfully kept out of the major cities and the state-of-the-art mountain enclaves of the most influential billionaire families. But the greatest threat comes from within. First it came in the form of the catastrophic "Billionaire-Wars," now it disguises itself as ubiquitous, highly intrusive surveillance technologies, as complex corporate lawsuits/espionage - and as the Hurt Circuit. While the super-billionaires are racing each other to expand their conglomerates beyond Earth, their teenage children are transported to middle schools situated in enemy territories, to stay there for one year as hostages. There, on the Hurt Circuit, the teenagers have to complete dangerous assignments which often result in gruesome injuries and casualties. They are also exposed to a great deal of bullying from their peers: embarrassing secrets are gleefully dissected by obscure HC councils, and the inevitable suicides are covered up as unfortunate mishaps. The winners and their families are rewarded with even more money and a worldwide celebrity-status, while the losers are quickly hidden away by their disappointed families. If they are lucky. Calen isn't even that lucky. Tethering between life and death and unaware that he's still on the Hurt Circuit, albeit on a secret level, he breaks out of prison. However, his reappearance in high society not only triggers assassins to come after him, but also opens old wounds in family members and childhood friends. To make matters even worse, world-famous pop star Mallory (a capricious diva) and beautiful athlete Jazmin (who struggles with her identity) both fall in love with him. Calen finds himself again in front of the ever-present cameras of the surveillance agencies and entertainment broadcasters, exposing his body and mind to all kinds of intrusive technologies while concealing his efforts of protecting his siblings and to defeat the Hurt Circuit." [Source]
Now it is up to you to decide whether to vote or not.
Thank you for taking time to read this post.