Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Delta Project: Hide by Jessica L. Jaster

Welcome to my stop on the Delta Project: Hide Tour.  I am so excited to be apart of this tour!!!.  Mty stop includes an author interview along with my review.

Delta Project: Hide
Title: Delta Project: Hide
Author: Jessica L. Jaster
Published: November 15th, 2012
Format: ebook
Pages: 182
Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

D005 has been a part of a secret government program known as the Delta Project her entire life. She has been genetically modified to be stronger, faster, smarter and to heal faster. Trained in hand-to-hand combat, weaponry and battle tactics, she has been worked to physical and mental exhaustion every day of her life. Raised without love or care of any kind, she has no idea what it means to be happy – to be free. And now she has run away. But then she wakes up on the rocky shore of the Missouri River with no memory of how she got there, or why there are bullet wounds, scratches and bruises riddling her body. Her entire past has become a blank sheet except for a recurring nightmare of her running through the woods with dogs chasing her and voices shouting at her that she can never hide. As she struggles to understand the kind of life she has never had, emotions she has never felt before, and the mystery of her past, she is helped by Brianna Hartman and Reid Phelps – the two teenagers who discover her. When she goes to live with Brianna at the Hartman Ranch, she must also learn to deal with Bri’s brother, the gruff Cormac Hartman, who is running from his own past. He seems to hate her from the word go, but when she discovers his crude attitude is just his way of dealing with the hurt he is feeling, she decides to make it her mission to draw him back into life. Then a mysterious stranger comes to the ranch and her new world comes crashing down around her as her past comes back to haunt her.

My Review

 I can use one word to describe this book. EPIC!!!!!  This book was FAN-FLIPPING-TASTIC!!!!  Words can't describe how much I loved this book.  I loved everything about this book.  I stayed up until five in the morning to finish this book.  Once I started it, I HAD to finish it,  I already want to go back and reread the story again.  That right there says a lot.  What I loved about this story was its originality and uniqueness.  I haven't read another book like it.  Jessica did a wonderful job with crafting a story unlike others.  It was beautifully written and left me wanting more.  Delta Project: Hide was UNFORGETTABLE.

D005 has been apart of the Delta Project for her entire life.  She has been genetically modified to be faster, smarter, stronger, and to heal so much faster than others.  Aside from that, she was taught how to fight and use weapons.  D005 became a weapon.  Following orders from the Commander was what she was suppose to do.  She excelled at that, because disappearing like the others was not an option for her.  All of that changed in an instance.  The Commander brought her in a room and asked her to kill a guy tied to a chair.  She was about to do it, until she looked in his eyes.  A feeling went through her that she never experienced before so she couldn't kill the guy.  Being destroyed wasn't an option either so she escaped.  The only thing is that when she awoke, she was badly beaten, bruised and shot several times.  D005 awoke with no recollection of anything that had happened or who she was. She was found by two people, Bri and Reid.  They were so afraid of hurting that they called, Bri's brother, Cormac, to help.  After going to the hospital, Dr. Harvey couldn't believe how she was still alive and healing at a fast rate.  With no memory of who she is, D005 goes to live with Bri and Cormac at the Hartman Ranch.  D005 takes a new name, Weston.  She starts to truly love where her life is at the moment, that she questions whether or not she wants to remember. 

I loved all the characters in this book!!!  I was able to relate to each and everyone one. The character development in this story was well thought out and beautifully written.  I loved being able to watch Cormac and Weston grow together.  I am a romance junkie so that was a huge plus.  I adored their relationship.

D005, known as Weston, was a loveable character.  She was strong, loyal, and very trustworthy.  With no recollection of her past, she starts over.  She learns and experiences things she has never experienced before.  I was right there laughing right along with Cormac at some of the stuff she would say.  It just made Weston so loveable.  Everything seemed to amaze her, because she has never experienced anything before.  She was never let outside of Delta Hide.  Living with Cormac was a challenge though.  He was so mean to her.  When she realized that he was the way he was, because he was running from his past, she slowly started to get though to him.  She wanted to help him live again as well.  I also adored her relationship with Toby.  It was so sweet how close they got.

With Cormac's past, he would not get close to anyone.  He didn't want to feel that hurt again.  He didn't even laugh until she showed up.  When Weston came to live with him, everything changed.  He slowly started to care for her, but of course he fought against it.  He treated her so sweetly when they were by themselves, but as soon as someone showed up, he blew her off.  But he was always there, watching over her.  Weston became a part of the Hartman family.  Weston even constantly told her that was home.  He wanted her there as well.  When the mystery guy from her past shows up, he did everything he could to keep her there.  

This book was simply AMAZING!!!  It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  It is one of my top favorite reads.  UGH!!!!  That is the word I am going to use to describe the ending.  It left off with a huge, huge cliffhanger.  I kept trying to get more pages to show up, but that didn't happen.  I need the sequel NOW!!!!  That cliffhanger definitely left me eagerly awaiting for the next book.

                                                            About the Author 

Jessica Jaster lives in Iowa with her husband and her (currently) one year old and two year old. She has always had an over-active imagination and has been making stories up in her head for herself for as long as she can remember and finally decided to start writing them down (when she is not busy chasing the two little ones around anyway) and sharing them with anyone interested. Most ideas she has so far for her novels are for young adults, some fantasy, some science fiction and some normal contemporary story-lines.

Interview with Jessica Jaster

  1. Can you give us a little insight into your process?  And how you
    came up with the story as a whole?  How much research went into it and
    so on.
Well, I came up with the idea for Delta Project from watching the TV shows Dark Angel, Firefly and the Pretender partially, but also because of my big belief in individual freedom.  So in my head, I had this teenage super-soldier in training (D005/Weston) that was super strong and smart like Max in Dark Angel, River in Firefly and Jared in Pretender who wants her freedom.  And then I had to come up with how in the world she could possibly get that.  I just kind of fell (haha) into the idea of her getting loose and falling off a cliff.  The fall of the cliff, of course, brought in a whole new aspect to the storyline because now D005/Weston has no clue who she is.  There was quite a bit of research that I had to do for this book and the series as a whole.  For one, D005/Weston is supposed to be super smart and in the book tends to have outbursts where she rambles off random factoids, so I needed to research stuff for that.  Also, I have had to research genetic modification, since that is how D005/Weston got to be so strong and smart. (Although, Book 1 does not really go into any detail on that subject, it will be a part of later books.)

2.  What was your favorite aspect on writing this book?
I think my favorite part of writing Delta Project: Hide was making everything seem brand new and amazing to D005/Weston.  First of all, because she lost her memory.  And secondly, because although no one knows it, a lot of things she is being exposed to actually are brand new to her.

3.  If you could trade places with one character form your book who
would it be and why?  If you could trade places with another character
from any book, who would it be and why?
While I love D005/Weston, I would not actually want to be her – not with everything she has to go through anyway.  I guess I would probably pick Brianna Hartman because she is super sweet, has an amazing friend in D005/Weston, has an awesome home and an even more awesome brother in Cormac who will do anything for his sister.  If I could trade places with another character from any book, it would be Jen from the Grey Wolves series by Quinn Loftis.  Hello!  Can we say married to DECEBEL!  Hehe.  Seriously though, Jen is an amazing character, but what I like most about Jen is how open she is and how she just says whatever is on her mind.  I kinda wish I could be like her.  Now, some of you might be shaking your heads at (a figurative) me right now, thinking that I am pretty darn open as it is.  And you are right – I am, in my writing.  But, face to face, I’m actually pretty shy until I REALLY get to know someone.  Although, once I do get to know someone, WATCH OUT because you might not be able to get me to shut up!

4.  Is this a standalone or a series?  If it is a series, how many
books will there be?
Delta Project will be a series.  So far I have four books planned and as far as I know, that won’t change.

5.  What was your favorite scene to write in this book?
Hm. All of them!  Haha, just kidding.  Well, I did love writing all of them, but my favorite would have to be the party Cormac and Bri hold for the surrounding area.  More specifically, the part where Cormac and D005/Weston are dancing.

6.  What are you currently working on and what do you have planned for
the future?
I am currently working on Book 2 of Delta Project and I actually have A LOT that I plan on writing in the future, but for right now I am working on Book 2 and 3 other novels.  One untitled, one titled Just A Girl and one Murder At Thirteen.  All of those are young adult titles.  The one that is untitled might slip more into the new adult genre however.

7.  If there is a sequel, can you give us a title and a little sneak
peak?  And maybe sneaks peaks of the other upcoming books?
Certainly!  Delta Project Book 2 is tentatively titled Rescue.  And here is a little sneak peak for you!
Weston watched her target through narrowed eyes as she leaned back against the tree, pretending to be sketching in the notebook propped against her bent knees. He had been sitting on the concrete bench in front of the school for over an hour now and she was not sure how much longer she could sit there without looking overly suspicious. She shifted uncomfortably. Not to mention her poor bottom was starting to go numb.
He looked the same. But then again, it had only been a few months. He was tall – probably about as tall as Cormac, but he was built a lot bigger than Mac, who was more on the lean side. His chestnut brown hair was a bit shaggier than it had been. He needed a hair cut. And Weston was sure he had the same hazel eyes. He had no reason or need to change his eye color. Unlike some people.
Glancing at her watch, Weston saw that it was 3:11. Hm, maybe he had kids. School would be out soon, he could be waiting for them. It was weird to think of Halloway – or any of the other guards for that matter – as having a real life outside of the Delta Project. It was even weirder to think of them having kids – especially with the way they treated her and the other Deltas. How could they act that way with them and then go home to their own kids? But anything was possible she supposed. At least, out of all of them, Halloway she could most see as being a father. He had always been nicer to them than the
other guards. Which, of course, was why she was here, tracking him down instead of one of the others.
From the still untitled novel!
Someone groaned. The sound barely reached through the fog weighing her down as Fox struggled into a state of consciousness. God her head was throbbing. A groan reached her again and this time she realized that the sound had passed through her own lips.
The bastard must have hit her harder than she had been expecting. Fox moved her hand to explore the damage that had been done to her skull; only to find herself unable to move it up more than an inch. Damn. Tugging on her other hand, she encountered the same problem. This time the groan she let out was one of frustration. Fox cracked open her burning, pale, jade-green eyes finally and glared down at the metal bracelets adorning her wrists and ffectively holding her to the chair she was sitting in and restricting her movements.
As she became more aware, Fox shifted her numb legs in an attempt to get the blood pumping through them again and found herself unable to move those either. Sure enough, leaning over the arm of the chair and looking down, Fox discovered her ankles securely chained to the chair legs. Sitting back in the chair she let out a frustrated sigh and shook her head to get the strands of her straight jet black hair that had flopped into her line of vision out of the way. Before she started cursing out loud she closed her eyes and took a deep breath, then another and another. She couldn’t let her discomfort and
frustration show too much. That would not do any good.
Pushing aside the throbbing pain in her head, the burning dryness of her eyes, the metal biting into her wrists and ankles, and the numbness of her legs; Fox let out another breath and opened her eyes again to survey the room she was in. Her chair, the only
piece of furniture - the only anything really - sat in
the middle of the room, which couldn’t be any bigger than twelve feet by twelve feet. The walls, floor and door were all white but were pretty dingy looking. There were no windows and only the one door. A single light bulb dangled from the ceiling above her, the light filtering out of it not really doing much to brighten the room. Fox knew that the
smallness of the room combined with the empty feeling from the lack of furniture, the dirtiness of the walls, the discomfort of the hand and ankle cuffs, as well as the pounding in her head were all meant to make her as uncomfortable as possible in hopes that
she would spill details once they started questioning her.
A sneak peak at Murder At Thirteen!
The gavel thunked against the table, the sound echoing around the small juvie meeting room.  Kaitlin blinked slowly.  Once, twice.  She couldn’t believe it.  She was free.  She swallowed thickly against the lump in her throat.  After three years.  Finally. 
She glanced over her shoulder, the chains at her wrists clinking against the table top as she did.  The detective gave her a thumbs up and a friendly smile.  She twisted quickly back around, staring at her hands lying flat on the table.  At the silver cuffs covering her wrists.  Okay, so maybe she would not be completely free, but at least she would be out of this place, right?  All thanks to the detective.
She remembered him.  Detective Hawkins.  Three years ago he had just bee Officer Hawkins.  Way to go old man.  Not that he was all that old.  He had been the one to find her there that night.  Crouched in the alleyway.  Her heart pounding so hard she could feel it in her ears.  She had been staring at her hands then too.  Staring in horror at her hands covered in – No. Not now.  She shook her head slightly, as if that would clear the images away.  Like an etch-a-sketch.
And FINALLY a sneak peak of Just A Girl!
You probably know who I am.  You just don’t realize it.  You even see me every day.  Yet you don’t know me.  How could you?  You’re not really looking are you?  Maybe you should.  If you took a closer look, you would know.  You would see.  But then again, maybe you are too scared to take a closer look.  Too afraid of what you might see.  Too afraid of the truth.  Maybe I should help you get over that fear.  Maybe I should show you the truth.  Let you see.  This is just me.
(That’s all for Just A Girl, not too far into that one yet, so I won’t reveal too much! J)

8.  What is your favorite book of all time?
This question is pretty much impossible to answer haha.  Right this second though, I would have to say it is a three-way tie between Anthem by Ayn Rand, the Vampire Academy (series) by Richelle Mead and the Grey Wolves (series) by Quinn Loftis.

9.  What got you started writing?  Did you always love writing?  
Yes, I have always loved writing.  I think I got started writing just because I have always had this pretty much constant loop (not even kidding here) of stories that I tell myself/make up and I just kind of started writing them down to get them out of my head.  However, Delta Project is the first one I have written down to completion.  But it will not be the last!!

10.  Can you give us a little more insight into the Delta Project and
what it was all about?
The Delta Project is a secret government program run by people who have been researching/experimenting with genetic modification for years and years. (Like the Nazis and people like that.)  They are trying to genetically engineer the perfect soldier/assassin who is stronger, faster, heals better, can go with less sleep and food and is smarter.  The thing is that they wanted these soldiers/assassins to obey their orders without question, so they decided to start off with them from birth  with their training and keeping their environment as emotionless and sterile as possible.  Those Deltas who fail or do not do as well as it is thought they can are severely punished.  Sometimes even killed (Or “put down” as D005/Weston describes it.). 


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