Monday, October 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post + Review + Giveaway- Colony East by Scott Cramer

Hello, everyone! I am excited to be part of the Colony East Blog Tour hosted by Candace @ Candace's Book Blog and CBB Book PromotionsThe Toucan Trilogy is a different and thrilling dystopian and we've already had the author Scott Cramer stop by our blog once for an interesting Author Interview. You can check out more info about the tour right here Just look below for everything! 

AGE: 12+


Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that deadly bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. The lightning-fast epidemic sweeps across the planet when the germs attack the hormones produced during puberty.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her -- adolescence.
Night of the Purple Moon is FREE on Amazon & for Nook.  


In a terrifying world where an epidemic has killed off most of the world's adults, fifteen-year-old Abby struggles to keep her brother and sister safe.

When a new, deadly disease spreads among the survivors, Abby must make the dangerous journey to Colony East, an enclave of hidden scientists caring for a small group of children for reasons unknown.

Abby fears that time is running short for the victims, but she's soon to learn that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.


When the bacteria that killed most of world's adults undergo a deadly mutation, 15-year old Abby must make the journey to Colony East, an enclave of scientists caring for a small group of children for reasons unknown. She fears that time is running short for the victims, but she's soon to learn that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.


 Scott Cramer has written feature articles for national magazines, covered school committee meetings for a local newspaper, published haiku and poetry, optioned a screenplay, and produced customer reference accounts for a big computer company. His pursuit of a good story has put him behind the stick of an F-18, flying a Navy Blue Angels’ fighter jet, and he has trekked through the Peruvian mountains in search of an ancient Quechua festival featuring a condor. He is the author of Night of the Purple Moon and Colony East. Scott and his wife have two daughters and reside outside Lowell, Massachusetts (birthplace of Jack Kerouac) in an empty nest/zoo/suburban farm/art studio with too many surfboards in the garage.



This time, as part of the tour,  Scott has written an absolutely sweet Guest Post for us about his interactions with people from all over the world and I really hope he comes here to India once so we can have some yummy masala chai.

This is probably the sweetest Guest Post ever and I'd like to thank Scott for writing it for us! 

When I published my first novel, Night of the Purple Moon, about a year and a half ago, I could have never imagined how the number and scope of interactions in my life would change. 

I live on the east coast of the United States, outside the city of Boston. I frequent a Kindle Boards forum called Writer’s Café. It’s mostly indie authors sharing information. I remember getting a personal message from an author in New Zealand who said how much he liked the novel. We have become good online buddies. 

My cover designer, Sil Yordanova, is from Bulgaria. Jason, who does the mobi, epub, and paperback formatting, lives in Australia. I met Doctor Roland Stroud through a screenwriter’s forum. He is a doctor by day and editor by night. He lives in the state of Tennessee. Another editor, Laura, lives in Ohio. Nanci, my proof reader, lives in Georgia. 

Karol, one of my beta readers, lives in Portugal. She was a former literature professor and is an avid sailor. Emma, another beta reader, is from Sweden. Jim, the first official blogger to review Night of the Purple Moon, is from the UK. 

 Candace, who organized my blog tour, lives three thousand miles away in the state of Washington. I have great facebook friends who blog and live in Canada. Elle Casey, an author of increasing fame who I met on the Kindle Boards, lives in France. 

Sarika, of course, lives in India. If I am not mistaken, I am one of her first authors to be interviewed and/or do a giveaway. And this I can say for sure: She has the one and only blog in India where I have appeared. 

I know I am forgetting to mention people who live all over the planet who I communicate with monthly, if not weekly or daily. It is one of the greatest, unexpected thrills of being a writer. 

This is the craziest thing of all… to me at least… I have never actually met or spoken to any of these folks. If I ever make it India, though, which is very high on the list of places I would love to travel, I hope I can have tea with Sarika.


*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Colony East (The Toucan Trilogy #2) by Scott Cramer from Candace @ Candace's Book Blog in exchange for an honest review. We thank Candace and Scott for the book! 

The first book in author Scott Cramer'The Toucan TrilogyNight of the Purple Moon (NoPM- my review) was a brilliant read. Having read quite a few dystopians, I thought that this one wouldn't be any different but I was proved wrong. In this series, a purple comet has killed the entire population above the puberty age and the only survivors are kids and scientists living in quarantine. I've hardly read any books with preteens as the protagonist so this was something very different and thrilling. 
We had the first ever Author Interview and giveaway on our blog for copies of Scott's book and I was honoured when he contacted me to proof read the second book, Colony East. I didn't think I would be able to do it but I was glad to know there'd be a blog tour and I was even gladder to be part of it and to get the opportunity to read book #2. Colony East took off right from where NoPM ended and it was just as exciting and thrilling as its prequel, and it was also a notch higher than it. 
While I found it really hard to believe everything the kids were going through in both the books, I had a more stronger emotional connect to them in the second book. They are a bunch of absolutely brave, courageous and smart people. I cannot even imagine what I'd do in such a situation. I admired their perseverance and will to make it through. They fought and they fought hard by not giving up and looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. They are sad, depressed, hungry and lost. But they still manage to keep going, stay strong and never give up. 
Author Scott Cramer's writing is really good and it makes Colony East an easy and exciting read. I am finding it really hard to summarise the story because there was a lot happening and most of it could probably be counted as spoilers. All I can say is that the storyline is gripping and it ended on a cliffhanger that has me wanting for more. I can't wait to see how things wrap up in the last book. I sincerely hope all the kids have natural and genuine smiles on their faces by the end of it. This is an absolutely different, exciting and thrilling series that has you at the edge of your seat throughout the journey. 



Scott has generously offered to give away a $35 Amazon Gift card and 10, yes TEN, ecopies of Night of the Purple Moon and Colony East. Enter below! And good luck!

Once again, it was an absolute pleasure to have Scott stop by our blog. I'd like to thank him and Candace for this awesome tour and thank you, readers, for stopping by! 


  1. I purchased the first book in this series but haven't started it yet. It would be great to win the second book so I could read both back to back.

    1. Yes, that'll be good since both books end on a cliffhanger, Kristin.

  2. That is one of my favorite things too! I love meeting people from all over the world from blogging and my business. It is amazing! I really love this guest post and the review is wonderful as well. Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

    1. I love it as well, Candace. Thank you so much for stopping by and letting us be part of the tour.

  3. I'm not sure I was following you yet around the time you posted your review for the first book? Because I don't recall hearing about it. But now that I have, I love the premise of this series! Added bonus is everything else it's got going for it, including the characters and writing. Thanks for enlightening me to this one, Sarika! Really great review.

    1. Haha, you weren't, but I'm glad you stumbled upon this one, Aylee. Thank you!

  4. Excellent Review Sarika! I think it's awesome that you got to be involved in the editing process of the book :) I love when the author can take an idea that's been done a lot (like Dystopians) and make it unique. This looks like a really good series, and perfect for Halloween time! Thanks for sharing friend!!! Miss talking to you and Janhvi :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. Yes, this is pretty unique and good. Thank you, Lindy!

  5. You might like this, Aman. Yes, he really is, thank you!

  6. I totally agree with the author here. Once you start connecting with this world you see how little the world actually is. I know that a lot of people are surprised when I tell them I'm from Bosnia, I mean for most it's just a little country in Europe (and it is just that).
    I haven't heard of this series but it sounds really good. I like dystopian stories and this one sounds really interesting. Great review dude ;)

    1. You are absolutely right, Tanja. I think you'll like this series. Thank you!

  7. can't get enough of dystopian novels and I would love to win books 1 and 2 of this series. :)

  8. Normally I wouldn't really pay much attention to book like this but you've got me curious lol. Great review! :)

    1. I hope you can read it soon, Anna. Thank you!


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