Tuesday 7 January 2014

Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic Blog Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway!

Title : Damselfly (Damselfly #1)
Release Date : 11/11/13

Summary from Goodreads:

In 2065, the Lilliput Project created Lina - the first six-inch-tall winged girl - as the solution to a worldwide energy and food crisis. Isolated in a compound amidst the forests of Denmark, Lina has grown up aware of only one purpose: learn how to survive in a world filled with hawks, bumblebees, and loneliness. However, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she’s not the only teenager her size. Six 'Toms' were created shortly after Lina, and now her creators need to prove to the world that tiny people are the next logical step in human evolution. In other words, they need to prove that reproduction is possible.

Um. No thanks. Lina's already fallen in love with a boy she met online named Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his heart.

When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?

Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for her that she never thought possible.

She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.

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Jennie Bates Bozic

About the Author

I'm a visual effects artist for film and television by day, and at night I don my author cape and pen stories for the YA crowd. I love a good fairy tale, especially if there's a creepy twist, so that's what I write.

I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat hair, and cursing the terrible traffic.

I have a bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College, and some of my past jobs have included: swimming lessons teacher, lifeguard, furniture salesperson, barista, and loan officer. I was especially terrible at the loan officer bit and that's what prompted me to make a major change and go off to Canada to get a diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. After that, I moved to Los Angeles by myself and roomed with two crazy sisters I found on Craigslist. But that's another tale. 

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Guest Post

An Interview with Dr. Julia Christiansen

I managed to snag a few moments of Dr. C’s time before the reality show began filming! I hope you enjoy the opportunity to listen in on our conversation.

Me: Hi, Dr. Christiansen. Thank you so much for joining us today and telling us a bit more about your work.
Dr. C: You are welcome.

Me: Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Dr. C: Yes. I’m a biologist, specifically a geneticist. I’m originally from New York, but I set up the Lilliput Project in Denmark because I could not find any support for my thesis in North America.

Me: Who are your supporters?
Dr. C: I received grants from the European Union’s Department of Defense and several private contractors. Right now, the Project is self-sustaining while I search for new sources of funding.

Me: There are a lot of people who don’t think that creating tiny people is a good solution to the hunger and energy crisis. Would you like to address that criticism?
Dr. C: It is not a viable solution at the moment, but that’s why our research is so important. The global hunger and energy issues are not going to go away. It takes a long time for an idea to take root and we have a lot of work ahead of us to perfect our methods.

Me: I hear your current research subject has asthma.
Dr. C: As I said, we have a lot of work ahead of us.

Me: Are there any other applications for your research in case the idea of tiny people doesn’t really take off?
Dr. C: No. Absolutely not.

Me: Well, there are a few ideas floating around-
Dr. C: No.

Me: I’m curious why the Department of Defense funded your research. Are there any military benefits to be gained from what you’re doing at Lilliput?
Dr. C: No.

Me: Given that your genetically engineered girl was born with a life-threatening illness, do you think it’s possible that the planning phase for Lilliput should have been a bit longer before you moved on to human testing?
Dr. C: We have not moved on to “human testing”. Our subject is not technically human.

Me: Wow. I’m stunned that you can say that so calmly.
Dr. C: Well, she isn’t. Not from a biologist’s perspective.

Me: All right. I guess we’ll move on. Um, a lot of people view science as cold and unfeeling even though it’s responsible for modern medicine and technology. What would you say to combat that perception?
Dr. C: I don’t… I don’t understand the question.

Me: Thank you so much. I think we’re done here.


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