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Thanks for stopping by Readeropolis. Today's feature is the H.A.L.F. Series by Natalie Wright, a young adult, sci-fi fantasy.

Be sure to check out the guest post from the author: A Dinner Party with H.A.L.F.

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).





A Dinner Party with H.A.L.F.




I’m throwing a party to celebrate the birthday of H.A.L.F.: ORIGINS, the third and final book in the H.A.L.F. series. And you’re invited!



Every birthday party must have cake, of course. *licks icing from lips*


The books inspire the menu. Erika, the main character, is a vegetarian (though not vegan), so we’re sticking to a mainly meatless menu.

We’ll start with something that seemed like a veritable feast to Erika in book two (The Makers). When you’re so hungry you’ve nearly forgotten what real food tastes like, a jar of peanut butter is like caviar! Please enjoy mini PB&J sandwiches as an appetizer. Extra peanut butter. And extra jelly.

Tex spent seventeen years as a lab rat in a secret, underground facility. When he met Erika, Jack, and Ian, he had lived on dry nutrition bars formulated to meet his unique requirements. He had one fruit daily and a viscous liquid of vitamins and amino acids. He had never eaten meat or sugar.

His first experience with human food was a hot dog Jack let him try. The thing had been purchased at a convenience mart in the middle of the night and had been rolling on the heat rollers for who knows how long! After one bite, Tex pronounced that he did not like eating “dog.” But some people do enjoy a tasty dog (hot dog that is) so we’re serving that up as a main, fresh from the grill, no gas station heat rollers.

If you were stuck in a prison cell, do you think you'd spend time thinking about home, family, and food? Erika did. She nearly salivated while thinking about her mom’s cooking. In honor of the Martinez side of Erika’s family, we’re serving bean and rice burritos smothered in her mom’s green chile sauce.

Erika’s mom isn’t the only family member in her life that knows what comfort foods she craves. In ORIGINS, Erika butts heads with her Aunt Dana. But there’s a moment in the book when Aunt Dana comes through for her at the right time by serving her the perfectly made grilled cheese. Bread golden brown and buttery, drippping with cheese. Erika likes hers with a side of mustard for dipping. We’re serving a heaping plate of cheesy, gooey goodness. Condiments of your choice on the side.

What would a party be without dessert? We’re serving Tex’s favorite treat. He first had it in book one (The Deep Beneath) when Ian handed him a long, red rope candy. The chewy candy turned into sugary goo in his mouth that he said was a bit like chewing plastic but he liked it anyway. Tex gets another bite of his favorite treat in ORIGINS. Look, after all I put the poor guy through, the least I could do is allow him another serving of his favorite sugary goodness. We finish the meal with Twizzlers for everybody!



Origins
H.A.L.F. Series Book 3
by Natalie Wright
Genre: YA SciFi Fantasy

Alien predators attack Europe. A deadly virus spawns an epidemic. And a clandestine organization conspires to profit from chaos and forge a New World Order.



In this heart-pounding finale of the award-winning H.A.L.F. series, Tex, Erika and the rest are in a race against time. For months they‘ve fought for their lives. Now they battle to save us all.



Tex and Erika are fugitives again, running for their lives. But when Tex falls gravely ill, a Navajo healer is his only hope for survival. Tex emerges from the ordeal changed in body and mind but with vital information: how to stop the predatory M’Uktah from destroying those he has come to love.



Erika Holt seeks a respite from the constant threats to her life but she’s not about to give up. As she and Tex launch a mission to shut down the galactic highway used by the predatory M'Uktah, she grows closer to her troubled half-human companion. But what about her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Jack?



Jack Wilson, with his new friend Anna Sturgis, is determined to put an end to the Makers’ schemes for world domination. Complicating matters, an anti-viral that could save millions from an alien virus has been stolen.

As both alien and human forces line up against them, the destiny of all mankind is hand the hands of these young warriors. And time is running out.

What Others are Saying about H.A.L.F.: ORIGINS:

The latest satisfying addition to the H.A.L.F. series has something for everyone: exciting action scenes; great, complex love stories; fascinating new aliens; and relatable teen characters fighting to save the world and find their places in it.” ~Alyssa H., Content Editor, Red Adept Editing






The Makers
H.A.L.F. Series Book 2

"Conflicts with alien races are given enormous depth in this engrossingly written science fiction novel." ~Forewords Clarion Reviews



Roswell. Area 51. The X-Files.



You've seen the aliens known as "the Greys" in movies and on T.V. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong?



And what if the Greys are only the beginning?



On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M'Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined.

And hungry...

Wright's epic and much anticipated follow up to her multiple award-winning debut Sci Fi novel H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath:

The Deep Beneath, Runner Up in the Beach Book Festival
Finalist, Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Semi-Finalist, Kindle Review Book Awards
and Library Journal pick for curated Shelf-e library collection







The Deep Beneath
H.A.L.F. Series Book 1

Can a Human-Alien Hybrid, Created to be a Weapon, Save us from a Secret War we Don't Know is Coming?

Library Journal eBook Selection

H.A.L.F. (Human Alien Life Form) #9 is the product of genetic engineering, the union of human and alien DNA. Created to be a weapon in a secret war we don't know is coming, he proved too powerful to control. He has lived for seventeen years in an underground lab, sedated and trained to be a cold-blooded killing machine.
But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the lab and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.
While H.A.L.F. 9 revels in his newfound freedom, Erika Holt relaxes in the desert with friends. But a typical Saturday night soon erupts into chaos when fate brings her together with H.A.L.F. 9. Erika is forced to make a choice that will irretrievably change her life. If she chooses to help H.A.L.F. 9 escape, her fate will become intertwined with his in what will become an intergalactic adventure. Little do any of them know that their actions trigger a vast New World Order conspiracy which began after the UFO crash in Roswell in 1947. Will H.A.L.F. 9 be reeled back in, once again forced to do the bidding of the Makers? And will any of them survive the dangers of The Deep Beneath them?

Award-Winning Sci Fi Appropriate for the Entire Family

  • Silver     Medalist, Wishing Shelf Book Awards
  • Semi-Finalist,     Kindle Review Book Awards
  • Runner-Up,     Beach Book Festival Awards
  • Library     Journal choice for the curated Self-E Library Collection

˃˃˃ What Readers Say About The Deep Beneath:

"The action is great, and the scene with the alien spaceship was crazy good. I found the ending to be quite surprising. It definitely made me want to read the next one to see what happens both above ground and below. I recommend this to all fans of sci-fi adventures." ~C.J. Anaya, Best Selling Author of The Healer Series
"Once I began, I couldn't put it down. It's well-written, fast-paced, and the characters are believable. I highly recommend this book and anxiously await book 2!" ~M. Williams
"Extremely exciting and fast-paced story that sucked me in its sci-fi vortex and wouldn't let me go. H. A. L. F. 9 is probably my favorite alien hybrid of all time. Can't wait for the next book!" ~Ms. I Read to Escape





Natalie is the author of the award-winning science fiction series H.A.L.F., and The Akasha Chronicles, a popular young adult fantasy trilogy with over 2 Million reads on Wattpad. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, teen daughter, and two cat overlords.

Natalie spends her time writing, reading, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, and meeting readers and fans at book festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. Natalie appears frequently on radio, podcasts and vlogs such as The Speculative Fiction Cantina, Front Row Geeks and iHeart Radio.



Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!


In celebration of the release of ORIGINS, the third and final book in the H.A.L.F. series, all pre-order customers have the opportunity to receive the following exclusive goodies:

  • A     full-color, digital book extra, Lost Chapter and Cut Scenes.     This book contains the author’s commentary on cut scenes as well     as photos illustrations. This book is only available to pre-order     customers.
  • A     video retrospective of the H.A.L.F. series, complete with     “soundtrack” for the series, an author interview, and tons of     photos and illustrations documenting the series.

INSTRUCTIONS:

It’s simple to obtain the goods. All a customer has to do is:

  1. Buy     the book in any format. Digital, paperback, hardcover, or audiobook,     and at any retailer.
  1. Email     a copy of the receipt (again, in any format—photo, screenshot,     email receipt, etc.). Email the receipt to:     half.origins.book@gmail.com

That’s it. The author or her representative will follow-up and send the customer the awesome goodness of free gifts!

Additionally, every pre-order customer that avails themselves of the pre-order giveaway will automatically be entered into the ORIGINS Launch Mega Giveaway and have the chance to win the following:

  • GRAND     PRIZE: 1 Winner will receive the following: $100     Amazon Giftcard + Signed, Hardcover copies of the entire 3-book     H.A.L.F. series + branded book swag, including metal bookmarks,     complete set of H.A.L.F. Character Trading Cards®, keychain, and     buttons + non-branded, retail swag themed to the book. Retail value     of this prize is $240+

  • FIRST     PRIZE: 1 Winner will receive: $25 Amazon Giftcard +     Signed, Paperback copies of the entire 3-book H.A.L.F. series +     branded swag (as listed above) + non-branded swag. Retail value of     this prize is $75+

  • 10     Runner-Up Prizes: 10 Winners will receive: A gifted     copy of Amazon Kindle version of an eBook of the reader’s choice     from among Natalie Wright’s published, single-book works (Emily’s     House, Emily’s Trial, Emily’s Heart, The Deep Beneath, The     Makers, or ORIGINS). Retail value of this prize if between 99¢ to     $3.99 (depending on book chosen and price at the time gifted).    





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