Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas: Character Interview and Review


Nicole Grotepas, Blue Hearts of Mars Blog Tour, Character Interview


Hemingway Koskinen – A “Blue Heart” in Blue Hearts of Mars


Where do you dream of traveling to and why? I'd really like to visit Earth, specifically London, Rome, and Egypt. I love history, so I'd like to see some of those really old cities and monuments that date back thousands of years.


Who is your favorite author? I like to read the philosophical discourses of Socrates and Plato, but I also enjoy light reading by some of the classical authors like Earnest Hemingway (for example) and Steinbeck.


What do you think makes a good story? Conflict and resolution. Forbidden love is a really compelling concept, and it's interesting to read about, like in Romeo and Juliet, but it's harder to live through.


Tell us about your family. I have a mother who used to work as a synthetic life engineer for Synlife. Now she does consulting work and guest lectures at the university in New Helsinki.


What was the scariest moment of your life? I don't like to dwell on things from my past, or talk about them too much, but there have been moments when I thought for sure I was going to die. I'm strong, stronger than humans, but not stronger than ten guys at once.


What books have most influenced your life? I've read a lot of the classic sci-fi stuff by authors like Isaac Asmiov and his contemporaries. Their ideas about androids and robots are interesting to me. I appreciate what they were getting at, though some of their notions are now dated and proven wrong.


What songs are most played on your Ipod? It's a tie between songs that make me think about Retta and songs that help me feel strong. I like bands that are derivative of Rage Against the Machine--machine being culture and government, not androids.


Who should play you in a film? I'm not super full of myself (though Retta thinks I'm good-looking!) but that guy from Supernatural, Jensen Ackles, well, I hear we share a similar look.


Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas

Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.

If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.


"Nothing like I've read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!" ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)

"I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn't understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn't put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!" ~TNielsen (Amazon)

"The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!" ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)

"I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause." ~Megan (Amazon)

"I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I'd give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta's bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I'd definitely hang out with those two." ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)

Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!

Or purchase the full version of the book here: Amazon

4 Stars

This was a captivating read with a youthful voice and tempo.  The chemistry between Retta and Hemingway hums unerringly throughout the pages.  Both are likeable, and even though they have vastly different upbringings, both are honorable and especially broadminded.  The chasm between the “machines” and humans is broad and deep.  This future culture makes sense.  It is unthinkable that a human would fall in love with an android; and yet Retta falls in love with Hemingway.  As Retta searches for answers she uncovers secrets and a plot with wide-spread ramifications; Its implications devastating to her personally but also to an entire endangered hidden species.

This is a well-told story that takes a fantastical concept and logically develops it so that the reader falls under its spell.  I particularly liked the way in which it examines, under the guise of science fiction, how cultural beliefs and attitudes can seem so right but might actually be based on faulty premises and outright clever lies.   It reads quickly and easily; I was rapidly drawn into Retta’s adventures.  I loved the description of Mars and its various domed cities connected by high-speed trains running through a network of tunnels.  This is a mesmerizing story from an author whose imagination seems limitless.  I am looking forward to more adventures and finding out what sort of backlash Retta and Hemingway must endure next in their quest to reveal the truth.

This book was given to me by the author in return for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.


Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway
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Signed Copy of Cinder and Blue Hearts of Mars (US only)
Ends 4/19/13

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