Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Spotlight on Genes by Mary Ting + #Giveaway

Mary Ting
(ISAN, #3)
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: June 30th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Allegiances will be tested.
Identities will be revealed.
No one is safe.
While searching for the HelixB88 anti-serum on the black market, Ava uncovers valuable intel that may help the rebels in their fight to bring down ISAN—the location of a hidden facility. But first, the insurgents must find the female citizens unexpectedly displaying powers without use of the Helix serum before ISAN captures them.
As the rebels join forces with other sectors, ISAN plans their destruction by using someone they don’t suspect at the rebel home base. A traitor within.
Now, Ava must make a dangerous decision, one that could risk their capture—or worse.

I sprinted to Zen’s office at the rebel base, my pulse thumping along with my footsteps. When I’d learned I had a twin from my father’s journal, I was possessed by the need to find her. 
I had not found her through my own efforts but by fate. Well, by Zen’s blood test.
Zen didn’t say a word when I entered, but his wary eyes followed my every anxious step. 
His old, rickety desk was empty. No TAB. No monitor. Just a scratched-up metal surface that had seen better days.
Chairs were lined to the side. The dilapidated wall of plaster and metal beams were to my left—destruction long ago untouched, unrenovated. So not his office then, but a place for a debriefing?
I gave Zen a tightlipped smile as I slid into my seat. Do I speak first?
The news Zen held would be life changing for me. No longer alone. I had a twin. A sister I could confide in, trust, with whom I could share the loss of our mother. The thought set my heart dancing.
Let’s get on with it.
I inhaled a deep breath and tucked my hands under my legs to keep them steady. 
“Zen.” I gave him a curt nod. 
I have information about your twin. I believe this is a topic I should share with you first. That was what he’d said to me when he’d ended the debriefing fifteen minutes earlier.
“Ava.” Zen raked his hair back, his brown eyes gleaming darker. 
He seemed to have aged ten years. 
Zen placed his hands on the table and then set them back in his lap, parting his lips to say something, but didn’t. He did that several times as if unable to make up his mind.
I would be nervous, too, if I were the messenger for something like this. He wasn’t talking to me about the weather. 
“You’ve given us a lot of information to process, but I’m ready to find out who my twin is,” I said, still processing the torrent of mind-blowing news he’d thrown at us at the meeting. “I still can’t believe all the girls in ISAN have special natural abilities—they don’t need HelixB77 serum.”
“It was the reason why the protein drink was created. The drink not only suppressed their gifts, but it was a form of birth control as well.”
“I don’t know which is worse. On top of the unfathomable list of crimes, ISAN had taken their memories and given them a new narrative, one that would ensure they stayed obsequious.”
Zen rolled his shoulders and stretched his neck to the side to ease his tension. “Yes, that’s why I left. Anyway, let’s talk about the reason why I asked you to meet me. Rhett told me you read your father’s journal. And I did, too. So, I know what you know. But your twin has no idea about you. In fact—”
“I know she doesn’t. She couldn’t unless she was told about me here, or if she read the journal.” The metal chair legs scratched the floor as I scooted closer and crossed my arms on his desk.
“You keep saying she. Is there a reason why?” He unbuttoned the top button of his long-sleeved shirt. 
I cracked my knuckles and flexed my fingers. “You took samples of our blood, and then you said you found my twin. So it must be Brooke or Tamara. Don’t keep me waiting, Zen. Who is it? I’ll be fine with either one. I just need to know.”
I shoved away the thought of Brooke, who hung onto life by a thread. I could only deal with one thing at a time. Right now I needed to know who my twin was.
Brooke or Tamara. 
His throat bobbed. “I’m afraid it’s neither.

Author Bio:
International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres: science fiction, fantasy, and swoon worthy stories. Her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.
Mary was born in Seoul Korea and resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two dogs—Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Becoming an author was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, she retired from teaching after twenty years.

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  1. The premise behind this series sounds so good! I'll have to check out book one and two as well!

  2. Thanks for telling me about this book

  3. Looks good - count me in please. Good luck everyone!

  4. Count me in please. Thanks for running all these competitions.

  5. Looks like a fab book have entered thankyou