March 10, 2014

The Arrival (The Eslite Chronicles #1) by C.M. Doporto ~ Excerpt & Giveaway Plus My Review of the Prequel!

Release Date: 11/15/13
Cover Artist: Cora Graphics

Summary from Goodreads:
Can Miranda save the human race?

An elegant, sophisticated alien species on the verge of extinction has invaded Earth and confined an entire generation of young women, after negotiating a treaty with the world’s governments. Eager to help the aliens reproduce, but frightened by her imprisonment at Nidus, the Eslite medical compound, sixteen-year-old Miranda Mays endures callous scientific experiments in the Eslite’s quest for survival.

When Miranda discovers the ultimate consequences of her egg donations, she organizes a rebellion, enlisting fellow donors in her cause. But soon she realizes the mysterious headmaster, Dimas, knows of her plot. And there’s something about him that bothers Miranda, though she can’t describe it. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance, so she can’t back down. But will Dimas expose her defiance?

Teen Sci-Fi/Dystopian ages 12 and up.

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~ Excerpt ~ 

"Then allow me to do the honors," Dimas said, easing my backpack from my grip. 

What? Was he going to search me? My pulse quickened, and I managed to speak regardless of the tightness in my throat. "Sure." I closed my mouth after I realized that I had just agreed to allow him to touch me. What the hell was wrong with me? He'd find the tracker. There was no way I could hide it. 

"Yes, sir." Karpos said, returning to the command station.

My legs tensed as I extended my arms, assuming the search position. 

"Relax," Dimas spoke softly into my ear. "I am not going to hurt you." 

Every muscle weakened, turning me into bowl of Jell-O. It would take all of my inner strength to keep me upright for his interrogation. "You promise?"

He didn't speak but chuckled deep in his throat. His laughter made me cringe, but it was his touch that had me flinching when he rested his palms on my back. In a slow, gentle movement, he glided his hands along my curves, kneading my muscles with a surprisingly tender touch. I hated that it felt so good, because I wasn't supposed to enjoy it. 

He moved his hands in front of me, drawing me closer to his body. For a moment, I wanted to flee, but something kept me frozen in place. In a fast movement, he swept his fingers above my breasts, over my shoulders, and then down my arms. He rested his palms on my stomach, and the sheer warmth of his skin seeped through my thin scrubs, searing my frigid flesh to a sizzling one hundred and ten degrees. 

His fingers spread across my abdomen and along my sides, stopping at my waist. My heart beat wildly, and I had trouble determining if it was from the fear of being caught with the tracker or from the body search. He lingered inches from my pocket, where I secretly hid the device. 

"Turn around," he ordered, as he pivoted my body between his stout arms. 

"Yes, sir." I rotated like a ballerina in a jewelry box, twirling at her master's command. Our eyes met once again, igniting a spark that I knew spelled trouble. Anticipation mixed with fear, reducing my mind to a poisonous cocktail. And then I recognized it. That same mind-numbing sensation I experienced when I visited in his quarters. I wanted to stop it, but it was too late. I had already tasted our strange but exciting connection, and now I wanted more. 

Because he made me feel alive. 

The proximity of his body to mine was overwhelming, and my heart raced as I longed for him to finish. With his gaze fixed on mine, his hands glided over my scrubs, tracing the outline of my curves. I nearly collapsed when his fingers worked their way up my inner calves to my thighs, and I recoiled when he paused briefly on the tracker in my pocket. I braced myself, preparing for the worst, but relaxed when a smile played at the edge of his lips. Instead of demanding that I remove the device, he simply did nothing. 

"You can lower your arms," Dimas said, handing me my backpack. 

"Oh, okay." I stammered, still shocked that he ignored the tracker. He had me totally confused. Did he want me to have it? Maybe he didn't feel it. No, he did. I know he did. Or did he want me out of there so bad that he was willing to overlook what I had taken? Thoughts ran rampant, making me a hot mess, once again.

The Eslites
Prequel/Short Story

Can Miranda save the Eslites? 

When an advanced alien species invades Earth, it negotiates an agreement with the world's leaders to provide cures for various human diseases in exchange for a generation of young women. Detained in an otherworldly facility named Nidus, sixteen-year-old Miranda Mays is designated a superior donor and must submit to risky egg extractions, which the Eslites fertilize in a last-ditch, desperate attempt to reproduce. While Miranda is more than willing to help the aliens survive, she soon wonders if there is more to their story. 

Age: 12 and up

~ My Thoughts ~  
(Originally read & reviewed March 26th 2013)

I read this along with my Goodreads group, David Estes Fans & YA Book Lovers Unite, downloading my own copy which is offered for free on Amazon and Smashwords.

Please don't tell me there isn't more! I was pulled in right away and loved it. I have a strong feeling there will be more coming soon; this story is that good. I can easily see this becoming a series or trilogy. This has to be only the beginning of meeting Miranda, and I want to find out more about this world the author has created. 

A few months were skipped over in the middle of the story, which is the only reason I rated this four stars instead of five; however, this is a short story - not a novella nor a novel - and maybe those months weren't that essential to the overall story. I still would love to know what happened during that time, and I am definitely looking forward to more from this author! 

~ My Rating ~  


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About the Author
CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot, and several fish.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Arlington. She briefly worked in the area of Public Relations and Advertising and then pursued a career in the field of Human Resources. CM considers herself a life-long learner and returned to school and earned her Master of Art’s Degree in Organizational Development from Dallas Baptist University.

She writes Young Adult and New Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.

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  1. Awesome mini review, I grabbed the freebie and entered the giveaway :) The series sounds awesome and I love your rating pic btw! I love the covers in this series :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    1. Thank you! The short story had me wanting more, so I'm excited there's a series. When I read it last year, I didn't know if there would be one or not. I have a copy of the first book to read and review, so I'm looking forward to it!

      Thank you - I love my rating pic too, lol. :D

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  3. Oh, sorry about that- did that by mistake!

    Anyway, thanks for introducing us to this series. I just downloaded The Eslites from B&N and can't wait to read it! It sounds like a really good book.
    ; )

    1. That's okay! :) I'm glad to hear it and hope you love it! :D

  4. Thank you everyone and I hope you enjoy the short story/prequel and the follow up story. I'm working on the next book in the series :)

    1. I loved this book! When's book 2 coming out? I read book 1 seven times!!! Lmao I know not cool right, but I can't help it! Jennifer great blog! I'll have to follow u! I've got much book chat to indulge you in heeheehee


    2. If you love it so much you've read it seven times, I think that's a huge compliment to the author. Nothing to be ashamed of! Thanks for following - I'll follow back. :)

  5. Great review! Sounds like a fun read! I love the excerpt.... that's a sizzling search!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. Thank you, Naomi! I love how you said, "That's a sizzling search!!" LOL I love it! :D

  6. I was just talking about a possible case of aliens taking over a town with an abnormal number of identical twins. I'm so in the mood for a sci-fi read! The excerpt is kind of crazy, definitely leaving me with questions! Great review, Jennifer!

    1. Who were you talking about that with? LOL! I hope you get to read it soon and love it, too! Thank you, Robyn! :D


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