The Apocalypse Gene Blog Tour and Giveaway

Monday, October 24, 2011

About the Book

The Apocalypse Gene The Apocalypse Gene

With Pandemic ravaging the globe, Olivya's psychic Sight compels her to see auras riddled with the colors of despair, and now her mother is infected.
Olivya’s only hope is the mysterious Mikah, a powerful Empath who claims the Pandemic is linked to his clan, the Kindred, and their brooding, monstrous, Immortal Lord. But can she trust this boy who can manipulate her very emotions?
With Mikah's aid, Olivya races to unearth Kindred secrets, desperate to find a cure, only to discover the Pandemic is far, far more than a mere disease . .

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* Guest Post *

Your browser may not support display of this image. A boy and girl dig each other and start a relationship – the oldest story ever. A trend in YA novels is to complicate things with a triangle ala Edward-Bela-Jacob, or Gale-Katniss-Peeta. The Apocalypse Gene also features a paranormal romance, but with a twist . . . what would happen between a boy and girl if lying was impossible?
Everyone tells lies ranging from small and well-meaning (your best friend shows up in a new pair of jeans that add ten pounds to her hips and thighs, and you say “you look amazing”) to serious (a bloody knife in your hand, a corpse on the floor - “It wasn’t me!”). 
New relationships can be weird enough, but what if you had the paranormal ability to ALWAYS KNOW when someone was lying? Even more complicated, what if the person you liked had a similar ability? Deceit would be possible. Something like that happens in The Apocalypse Gene.
It’s a time of global pandemic. Olivya Wright-Ono, a girl with aura-sight, sees emotions as colors and interprets their meaning with deep, unfailing intuition. For her, it’s not a gift. She spends a lot of energy trying not to See. Things are depressing enough with ordinary senses. As Olivya puts it, she “doesn’t need the psychic jazz to jack her up even more.”

Because of her ability, Olivya has always been lonely. Most kids hide their true feelings until they trust someone, but Olivya always knows exactly how someone feels, and when they lie, she calls them on it. She has zero tolerance for bull. As a result, she’s been isolated and alone because of her so-called gift.

Mikah is an elite Empath in a clan of demon hybrids called The Kindred. He can feel the emotions of others. His talent allows him to mold those emotions, even manufacture new ones. He is a master manipulator, and his subjects are always unaware – that is, until he meets Olivya. He can’t pull off that Empath stuff with her. She sees the colors of deception as soon as they rise in his aura. If Mikah lies, there it is - a sharp lime green, the color of deceit, as clear as his beautiful violet eyes.
They’re attracted to each other and those feelings, immediate and pure, are clear to each of them. Olivya sees that Mikah likes her, that he’s fascinated by her and excited. Mikah feels Olivya’s nervousness, interest, and instant affection.

The usual games just won’t work. You know the ones I’m talking about, the little things you do to avoid risking embarrassment or rejection. Olivya can’t pretend to be aloof and uninterested in order to encourage Mikah to try harder. Mikah can’t put on a show of false confidence to impress Olivya with his awesome coolness. No deception, however well intentioned, is possible. That makes for a quick and honest bond between them. (Of course, there’s a complication with that -something odd about Mikah’s aura - but anything more specific would be a spoiler.)

At one point, Olivya says something (can’t say what – again spoiler) that Mikah finds annoying. He shows his irritation, Olivya feels like an ass. Mikah tries to back-pedal to make her feel better.  Here’s the excerpt.

  “I didn't mean to upset you. I'm sorry,” Mikah said.
  “I'm not upset. Not at all. It's just that, I don't know, you're so weird. This was a mistake. It's all too freaked out. I'm not sure I can take this on - take you on.”
  “Your words say one thing, Olivya, but your emotions read as something quite different.” Mikah tapped his chest. “Empath. Remember?”
  At first, she bristled at his smug comment. Then she realized something. Kids always resented her because they couldn't hide a lie from her, or pretend in her presence. That made them feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, exactly as Mikah had just made her feel. She’d always blamed her loneliness on others. Now she understood. All along, she’d been lonely by her own doing. When she pointed out their bullshit and cover-ups, they ran from her. “Yeah.” she said. “I totally get it.”
  “Because,” Mikah said, “I, umm, I think you're, oh never mind. It's not important.”
  “Don't bother with the never mind, and it is important.” Olivya tapped her forehead. “Sighted. Remember?”
  Mikah offered a sheepish grin. “Yeah. I get it.”
  “Looks like the usual boy-girl games ain't gonna cut it, huh?” she said.

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  • 1 Paperback Copy of  The Apocalypse Gene
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  • Open International
  • Ends November 1st


  1. What an awesome cover. Thanks for the change to win it.


  2. Good luck, Valerie up there! Thanks to AwesomeSauce for allowing us to share our guest post.

    We hope your fans and followers will find out more about The Apocalypse Gene and why it's getting such fantastic reviews. We couldn't be happier.

    Peace and love to all!

    Suki and Carlyle

  3. I would love to read it :)
    Thank you so much for the chance to win♥

  4. In the usual, Paranormal YA relationships, what I really hate the most would be the love triangles. I simply dont see the point of it. >.< I was so glad when The Apocalypse Gene didn't have one! Phew. Great post everyone! <3

  5. A new writing pair to me but I would like to try their book as it sounds like an interesting read,

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to International entries.


    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  6. I'm not normally a fan of End-of-the-world type stories but this one sounds not bad. No need to enter me in the giveaway but thanks for the chance!

  7. i love the cover... the veins look really cool!


  8. Interesting set of powers.
    The power of empathy is so double edged, I've always thought that it would be a tremendous asset if one were a healer - i think that premise has been used in a few fantasy bks i read. Sure would be nice if it came with an on/off switch.

  9. Hey, thanks for the giveaway! The synopsis sounds great!


  10. Love the cover! Sounds like a great read!
    melissaseclecticbookshelf at gmail dot com

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  11. This book sounds so good. I love books with pandemics in them.

  12. I like the storyline and it's a bit different from the books I usually read.


  13. Sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  14. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. thank you for the contest

  16. awesome post.. i like th cover

  17. AWESOME!! Love finding new books to read!!

    GFC Michele Luker

    jmluker at winco dot net

  18. i would love to read this. thanks for the chance to win the book.

    witchvela at web dot de

  19. magnificent! thank you so much for sharing ^_^


  20. Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway!


  21. This sounds like a great read. I love the psychic apocalypse mix and would love to read The Apocalypse Gene. Thank you for sharing about this book and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  22. Thanks for the giveaway



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