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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blog Tour- TIN STAR by Cecil Cataslleucci and a Giveaway!

I am so excited to have Cecil Cataslleucci here shes got a kick ass playlist for us today! I'll of course be posting YouTube clips of my favorites :D

 Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a copy of the book!

Haven't heard of TIN STAR? Check it out!

Author: Cecil Cataslleucci 
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Pages: 240
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan)
On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.

Now on to the  post!

I chose a song for each of the characters that would be their sort of anthem.  A song they could sing to sum up who they really are and how they move through the galaxy.  You'll see that while the songs go together, interacting like the characters do, it's an eclectic mix. Some might even be a little disconnecting,  and that's a good thing, because most of these characters are aliens. .


Tula Bane - Tula Bane is the star of my novel!  She's a human colonist from Earth who was abandoned on the Yertina Feray.  She is resourceful, smart and savvy.  She's had to work hard to survive as the only human living on the space station.  She holds a big grudge against Brother Blue, the cult leader who left her there.

Tournour is an alien called Loor.  The Loor are long limbed with antenna on their head.  They have no eyebrows and a triangular colored patch between their eyes before their hairline starts.  He is the assistant constable on the Yertina Feray.  He is aloof and quiet and a tough nut but there are cracks in his armor and on occasion he is capable of showing quiet acts of kindness.  He has a strong moral code that he lives by.  He always errs on the side of justice. 

Alingual by Karate

Heckleck is Hort.  The Hort are a insect like species.  They have a hard exo-skeleton.  A barbed tongue which can be poisonous to some species.  Heckleck is cunning and manipulative.  He looks out for number one.  He is a master barterer and he deals in favors. He is the alien to go to if you have anything you need that is unsavory, dark or to trade.  He is the mentor of Tula Bane and he lives in the underguts. 

Almost Always is Nearly Enough by Tortoise

Els is a human girl that arrives on the space station.  I won't say much about her or the other humans to not spoil how they fit in to the galactic politics.  But let's just say that Els is not afraid to do what ever it takes to get what she wants.  She is extremely charming. 

Bad Reputation by Joan Jett

Reza is also a human who arrives on the Yertina Feray.  He's got an easy laugh, a good spirit and really cares about Earth.  He looks like he could win any fight.

Caleb is the third human who arrives on the Yertina Feray.  Everything about him is soft. 

The Sky is in Love by Dallas Don

Brother Blue is the leader of the Children of Earth, a group that seeks to expand the human presence in the galaxy thought colonization.  He is extremely charasmatic and like all cult leaders, will do anything to fulfill his vision.

Anarchy in the UK by The Sex Pistols

Thado -  is a Dolmav, a species who look as though they belong underwater.  He has some tentacles and also a blowhole.   But with the nanites and on their own planet, they are perfectly capable of living above or under water.   He is in charge of the arboretum.  He is calm and slow and has a deep voice.

All is Calm by the Rachel's

Thanks Cecil! That was awesome! Love the Sex Pistols!!!

About Cecil:
Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, The Year of the Beasts and Odd Duck. Her picture book, Grandma’s Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, YARN, Tor.com, and various anthologies including, Teeth, After and Interfictions 2. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and a two time Macdowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of TIN STAR US/Canada Only

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Tin Star Blog Tour Schedule

Monday February 17

Tuesday February 18

Wednesday February 19

Thursday February 20

Friday February 21

Monday February 24

Tuesday February 25

Wednesday February 26

Thursday February 27

Friday February 28


  1. this looks and sounds awesome :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I hope to read your book, its sounds amazing!!!

  3. I have had this on my to read list for awhile and really want this book!!! Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway, fingers crossed!!!

  4. I've been dying to read this one!! Thank goodness for another YA Scif Fi book!! Sounds amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  5. It's so funny, from the short description of Heckleck he sounds despicable, and I guess a certain part of him is to a certain degree, but he was one of my favorite characters! I loved him and Tournour and the way she characterized them. Tin Star was amazing and I can't wait for book 2!! I hope it's okay that I entered the giveaway even though I did read the book - but I read it on Kindle from Netgalley and would LOVE to have a hardcover copy to reread and share!

  6. Anyone with Joan Jett on their playlist is alright with me. I love that gal like I love rock an roll!

  7. Sounds intriguing. Definitely checking this one out.

  8. (This is Darith L)

    I just love my sci-fi reads! CAn't wait for this book!

  9. I've been following the tour and this definitely looks like something I would love! Thanks for sharing! :D

  10. I can't believe I haven't heard of it before, it looks amazing!

  11. I just saw this one a couple of weeks back and am starting to think I may love sci-fi (Blood Crown by Ali Cross tipped the scale) and the synopsis of this one sealed the deal!! I am going to be checking out the rest of this tour <3 If it's as interesting as your post I'm sure it will be amazing!!

  12. I can't wait to read this! (1110cg)

  13. Tin Star sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. I hadn't seen this book around much and I don't know why. It's sounds great and like something I would totally read. Thank you for the post and giveaway :)

  15. When I was little my mother told me about shooting stars. She said they would just shoot across the sky and some even fall. Me being little thought that I could catch a falling star when it fell. Imagine my surprise when my mom broke the news to me that they burn up before they hit the ground.

  16. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win!

  17. Love the idea of theme songs, I'd love to listen to the songs as I meet each character. Thanks for the giveaway


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