Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fluency - Blog Tour

Fluency

Publisher: Blue Bedlam Science Fiction (June 18, 2014) 
ISBN: 978-0990479826 
Category:  Science Fiction: Space Opera, First Contact, Action-Adventure, Alien, Romance 
Tour Date: March 2-April 30, 2015 
Available in: Print & ebook, 373 Pages 


Synopsis

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960s. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. The ship itself remained silent, drifting. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it’s an adventure she can’t refuse. The ship isn’t vacant, as they presumed. A disembodied voice rumbles inside Jane’s head, "You are home." Jane fights the growing doubts of her colleagues as she attempts to decipher what the alien wants from her. As the derelict ship devolves into chaos and the crew gets cut off from their escape route, Jane must decide if she can trust the alien’s help to survive.


Praise for 'Fluency':

"Author Jennifer Wells' writing genius comes from her vast knowledge of the highly technical subject matter and her ability to put the reader in the middle of it without losing him/her in technical jargon while creating characters that seem completely natural and believable."- Jean Fisher for Independent Publisher News 

"With her first novel, Jennifer Wells adds a fresh voice to the sci-fi genre and distinguishes herself as an author to watch." -Theresa Kay, author of Broken Skies 

"One of the runaway sci-fi hits on Amazon this year has been Jennifer Foehner Wells’ space thriller Fluency and quite frankly it’s a welcome addition to the genre. Fluency moves at a breakneck pace in a very cinematic fashion,  the narrative mostly linear with some minor flashbacks to fill in gaps in the back story. Wells does a fine job of dealing with the technical side of proceedings without resorting to complicated jargon (I know I know, some geeks love the jargon but not this one!) The human technology is believable and the alien technology while advanced, is also impressively practical. While the strong female character has become a bit of a cliché in sci-fi over the past few years, it’s worth noting that many of these female characters have been written by men. What makes Fluency so refreshing is that Holloway’s character develops in a much more believable fashion given her circumstances. Sure she has to eventually toughen up and fight, but she’s much more than that. She’s a brilliant mind faced with a life-changing event and not just her life but the entire planet’s and her decisions will have monumental consequences. Her ability to focus is paramount and though it may seem she is being manipulated at times, she quickly takes control of her relationship with Ei’Brai. As the story reaches its gripping conclusion it also lays the groundwork for an exciting continuation of this rapidly unfolding saga. Littered with plenty of nods and winks to classic sci-fi and some clever pop culture references, Fluency is a thrilling, bumpy ride that rarely falters and firmly cements Jennifer Foehner Wells’ standing in the indie scene as an innovative and refreshing new voice in modern sci-fi."- Eamon Ambrose, Eamo The Geek 

"A book that is just as appealing to women as it is to men. I’ll admit, I saw the beautiful cover and thought it was going to be old-school, hardcore sci-fi with lots of technobabble and women in service roles rather than command ones. By the time we got into space I was hooked, and only got more engrossed the further I went. There’s no flab in this book. It starts out strongly and each scene is carefully considered in how it develops the characters and advances the plot. The pitch rises gradually until leveling off at the end, just as it should. The prose is straightforward and lets the reading just flow. Dialogue made sense and there weren’t too many narrative sequences. Again, Jennifer Foehner Wells has taken care in crafting a balance of elements. This is a pretty special book. It’s a modern take on sci-fi, and has a lot to offer. There’s a light romantic subplot, a first-contact scenario, and a high-stakes situation that seems unclear, then clear, then unclear again. This story isn’t predictable and it doesn’t rely on any timeworn tropes. Fluency is something new in fiction, and that always excites the hell out of me."-Zen, Women of Badassery 


  About Jennifer Foehner Wells:



Jennifer Foehner Wells 

Jennifer Foehner Wells lives an alternately chaotic and fairly bucolic existence in Indiana with two boisterous little boys, a supportive husband, a mildly unhinged Labrador retriever, and three adorable pet rats as housemates. Having studied biology, Jen's possessed with a keen interest in science and technology. 

She's 100% geek and proud of it. FLUENCY was Jen’s debut. It spent weeks in the Kindle Top 100, going as high as number 4. It remains prominent in several Science Fiction categories. It has garnered 848 five star reviews, to date.



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Meet The Author

Where are you from originally?
I grew up in a farming community in rural Illinois.

Tell us your latest news?
I recently released a novelette called The Grove. It was originally published in an awesome anthology called The Alien Chronicles. The Grove is a prequel to another book I’m writing called Druid (hopefully that will be out in early 2016). I also was recently asked to write the foreword for an anthology of some up and coming scifi authors called No Way Home. That was pretty exciting to be asked to do such a thing. I never ever dreamed I’d be asked to write a foreword!

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
My dream literary dinner party would include:
Ray Bradbury because he was one of the first SF writers I read as a kid.
Michael Crichton for pretty much the same reasons, he was a huge influence on me.
Diana Gabaldon because she wasn’t afraid to write what she wanted and broke the traditional genre model.
Ann Aguirre for writing some awesome space romps with female protagonists.
And to round it all out, Hugh Howey, because I love his writing and I’ve already had dinner with him. He’s a super-nice guy and fun to hang out with!

What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Fluency. The second book in the Confluence Trilogy: Remanence

What books or authors have influenced your writing?
Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Diana Gabaldon, 

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Tons!.

Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. In fourth grade I was lucky enough to go to a young author’s conference with tons of other kids my age. In high school I used the babysitting money I earned to buy my first electric typewriter to write on. Prior to that, I’d been writing/typing on an old manual with a very faded ribbon. Over the years I’ve written a lot of poetry, terrible short stories and started a lot of novels, most of which were left unfinished.

Where do you get your ideas?
I get them everywhere. Creativity is really the ability to combine two or more unrelated ideas into something new.  

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
I plead the fifth. ;D

Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
That’s what writer’s do. None of the characters I write are me, per se, but I am in their genes. They have quirks or traits that are part of my DNA, only exaggerated or distorted somehow. Empathy is the best tool in a writer’s toolbox. Being able to imagine how a character thinks in any given situation is how we make them authentic and feel real to the reader. That ability to put yourself in their shoes makes them a part of you.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? If so, where did you get the inspiration for it?
I was surfing the web, reading science-related stories as I often do (for fun—yes, I’m that person) when I ended up on the National Geographic website. There was a gorgeous nebulae picture with planets and a spaceship. I went gaga over it. I tracked down the artist online and saw that he did cover art. I had only written about 40-50% of the Fluency story at that time—and I was a stay at home mother who hadn’t brought home an income for over a decade. I sent him a message and he quoted a price that I couldn’t afford, so I replied that I would have to wait until I was famous and dream about covers by him until then.

He brought down the price a bit and we came to an agreement. LATER I found out he is a famous artist who has done covers for all the scifi greats. He actually did concept art for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie—you know those yellow shuttles in the Knowhere scene? He designed those. So, that was the artwork.

Martiniere doesn’t handle the typography part. So I studied typography and tried different things until I came up with the cover you see today. I had the back cover of the paperback redesigned by a professional graphic artist and I think the whole package is just as attractive as a traditionally printed paperback book.

Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea? COFFEE!!!!!!!!

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? Dark Chocolate (I’m allergic to milk, so it’s my only option.)

What is your favourite colour? Purple ;D

Winter or Summer? Winter

If you could have one superpower what would it be? Teleportation over long distances. (I hate driving and traveling in general.)

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why? Nah. I’m happy being myself.

What are three things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)? My laptop, lip gloss, and a snack to prevent myself from getting hangry

Are you a technology buff (i.e have every electronic gadget known to man)? Yes. It’s embarrassing. I got the very first iPad when it was released (and have since had two more). We ordered the new 6+ iPhones in the middle of the night, on the night Apple started taking orders. My son likes to build things with raspberry pi’s. I think I passed on the gene to him. It’s a sickness.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and enjoyed? I really enjoyed Jupiter Ascending. I know, I know, the critics hated it and it didn’t do well at the box office, but it is a visually beautiful movie. It is full of gorgeously designed space ships, space battles, intriguing aliens, a female protagonist—everything that I love! Yes there were a few elements that let me down, but overall I felt it was a really fun romp! I enjoyed it in the cinema and I will buy the blu ray when it comes out—I’m hoping for an extended director’s cut with tons of extras so I can see EVEN MOAR neato stuff.


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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour and hosting Jennifer!

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  2. Thank you, Sharon! This looks beautiful! I appreciate the opportunity to reach some new readers through your blog!

    Jennifer Foehner Wells

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