Starseed Blog Tour Excerpt and Giveaway

Hi, fellow readers, Sher here with an excerpt from Starseed by Liz Gruder in conjunction with the Blog Tour hosted by Book Blasts and Blog Tours. Yes, I’m still doing my income taxes. You have no idea how much I’d rather be reading this book right now than IRS guidelines. Sigh. But at least I got to read the excerpt. Enjoy!

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Author: Liz Gruder

ISBN: 978-1937178291

Publisher: WiDo Publishing

Published: February 2013



Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth and her star family.


Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.

Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana’s Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn’t count on meeting someone like Kaila.

When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.

As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.

Okay, that’s the set up. I asked for an excerpt in which sparks fly. So please read on:

Kaila Guidry is half extraterrestrial, but doesn’t know it because she was born and raised on Earth. When she meets Jordyn Stryker, sparks fly, for he is half ET, not born on Earth and knows it. Jordyn and the other ET students invading the high school are telepathic and non-emotional. Emotions are looked upon as primitive. When he and his fellow ETs discover Kaila is a starseed, wicked teacher Mrs. Bourg councils: “To be human is to feel emotion. And to feel emotion is to create war and die. If you get too close to these humans, they will infect you. You will suffer their emotions.”
Mrs. Bourg instructs Jordyn to begin Kaila’s awakenings. She wants Kaila to join them and turn away from Earthlings. Mrs. Bourg asks Jordyn to visit Kaila in the dream state . . . .
Excerpt from Starseed:
Kaila faced Jordyn, whose eyes again looked like an intelligent owl’s with immense black pupils. His eyes devoured her every nuance. She felt inexplicably drawn toward this boy-man, wise beyond his years. She wanted to dive deeper into those unfathomable eyes. She sensed if she dropped into those eyes she’d travel through a portal into the beyond, some place like she hovered in now. She would face herself, through him, realizing union and home.
“We are not all human,” Jordyn spoke to Kaila’s mind. “We are a blend of human and what you call alien—beings from another place in the universe. This is what makes us special. And what makes us different. You are like us, Kaila. This is why we felt connected from the moment we met. You’ve always felt different—and lonely—we know. We understand.”
They floated in space, between Venus and the sun. Kaila’s heart glowed, warm as that sun. He knew her; he understood her. She projected gratitude out from her mind and heart. Here, now, she knew the heart and the mind projecting out to its intended source formed a triangle. “A triangle is powerful,” Jordyn said. “If you combine the energy of your heart with the energy of your mind and project intention out, you have magic that no other creatures in the universe can emulate.”
She felt dazzling energy emanating from the middle of his chest and from the space between his eyes. Then, she felt her own heart and mind forces tunneling out to Jordyn. As their energies touched, they ignited blissful sparks. Their bodies vibrated and shimmered. They were enveloped in a golden field that merged to one synchronized vibration.
“This is incredible,” Jordyn murmured. “I never felt this before.” They held hands, basking in the warmth of their combined energy, radiant with golden light while floating peacefully in space like a supernova just prior to its luminous explosion. She averted her gaze to the dormant volcanoes jutting from Venus’s rugged surface.
“We are going to tell you some things,” Jordyn said. “You will not remember them all, but you will soon. Do you trust us?”
Kaila nodded. Inside, fireworks of bliss erupted, more joyous than anything she’d experienced in her entire life. “I’ve flown in my dreams before,” Kaila said. “Now I fly with you. This has to be a dream.” She rested her head on his shoulder, compelled toward him, as a moth flies toward the light. “A beautiful dream.”
As Jordyn held her, they merged to one blissful energy field. No words existed to describe this incredible joy. Kaila realized then that her heart had opened. In this break in time and space, without judgment or constriction, she loved with every beat of her radiating heart. Simultaneously, she felt a blacking out and everything receding. The edges of Jordyn’s spiky hair softened, the outlines of his shoulders and thighs blurred. He was evaporating to nothing.
“Wait!” she called. “Don’t leave.”
“Less emotion,” Jordyn counseled. “Emotions confuse and make you less powerful. We have to maintain control.” He closed his eyes as if trying to suppress something foreign and alien rising within himself. 

What do you think? Did sparks fly?


“After reading Starseed, my faith in YA sci-fi has been restored! … I didn’t want to put it down … it had enough mystery and suspense to keep me going, page after page. Superb job 4.5 out of 5!”

— The Forbidden Library Book Reviews

“I would recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren’t into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I’ve read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way.”

–Starlight Book Reviews

“Interesting read. A lot like Roswell, but different. Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth.”

–Charity Bradford, sci-fi author, “The Magic Wakes”

“The story caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. The main conflict is a personal one for Kalia. Will she embrace her alien side or continue life as a human?”

–Pixie Dust Book Reviews

Starseed is a fun sci-fi read with romance. It brings light to the cliques of high school, and challenges the main character, Kaila, to be herself, instead of how others expect her to be.

–Kerri Cuevas, YA Author “Deadly Kisses”

“Liz Gruder’s characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader’s encouragement from the first page. Fans of P.C. Cast will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder’s exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school.”

— Jadie Jones, YA author “Moonlit”


Author Liz Gruder

As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.

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Before you go, please look for other open giveaways in the Ixeos Blog Tour post. A couple are for Kindle Fires! Don’t forget to comment, and see you soon. Well, metaphorically speaking. In the meantime, read and write on!

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  1. Too bad about the taxes. I miss my CP!

    The book sounds interesting, although I suspect there’d be too much romance for me.

  2. Hey, Ken, I miss being able to critique your book too. But if you send before Sunday I should be able to read it on the way home from Seattle. And the misery of taxes will be over in a few more weeks!

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