Wednesday, January 26, 2022

NBTM Virtual Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: The Defender by Larissa Soehn @GoddessFish

The Defender

by Larissa Soehn

GENRE: Sci-Fi/Fantasy


A woman battling depression and anxiety finds herself trapped in her own life, but when an alien device rips her away from Earth, she is forced to fulfill an impossible role and save the galaxies from destruction.

On Earth, Alexia Harmon is a mother and wife, but in a foreign galaxy, she is so much more. Torn away from her family, Alex is in an epic battle to escape from Gatlin and return to Earth. But little does Alex know, Gatlin is on the verge of destruction. The galaxy faces annihilation; a prophetic doom that was set in motion thousands of years ago.

Alex struggles to stay alive as she fights against an alien government that is trying to kill her, a species of genetically engineered creatures that are hell bent on her destruction, and the demons of her own mind that threaten to overthrow her. Join Alexia Harmon as she works to fulfill her role as THE DEFENDER.




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His hands drip with thick green blood. His fingers slide around inside the creature’s body, pulling, pushing, prodding. Finally, he finds what he is looking for, and with a sharp pull, he takes out the small object. He stares down at the tiny orb and marvels at it.

This will be the thing that ends them, rendering them powerless. The thought is vicious, but he has no time for kindness. Not now.

Quickly he turns and gently places the soft ball under a microscope. Staring into the lens, and using advanced medical tools, he prods at the centre of the ball, peeling away the outer shell. Inside is a thick, hard stone-like substance. Carefully he pulls it out. Cold radiates from it as if it could snatch all of the heat out of the room.

Careful to not drop or touch the substance, he swivels around and walks past the dead creature while moving to the second table.

Strapped here is a creature of nightmares. A long, lean body that will tower over all that it meets. Pincers adorn each appendage that will cut through anything it desires, and a face to leave the beings of the societies wetting themselves in fear.

He laughs lightly, looking over his creation with manic fondness. Carefully, he inserts the rocky substance into the cavity that has been carved open to receive the powerful object. The creature’s chest rises and falls lightly, supported by the machines that whir next to the table.

Stitching up the creature, he flicks a switch that pumps adrenalin into its massive system. It takes a few seconds, but the creature’s eyes fly open and look around aggressively.

The eyes looking back are human, but everything else is alien. The strongest parts of many species, all stitched together into one beautiful destroyer.

With one wild whoop, the creature activates its newest power, sucking all the heat from the room. The creator shivers and lunges for the control button. As the room starts to frost over and the air freezes, he presses the button, his fingers creaking as they bend against the cold that suddenly engulfs him.

With a violent spasm, the creature jerks madly on the table and is rendered temporarily useless. He smiles grimly. This is it; this will kill them all.

My Review:

Alexia Harmon is a human, wife, and mother. Alexia is having a hard time dealing with life at the moment. One night she hears a noise outside she goes out to investigate and the next thing she knows she is no longer on Earth.

She has been transported to another planet. How she has no idea. When she awakes she is surrounded by aliens. What do the aliens want with Alexia? What are they doing to her? They keep knocking her out with this substance in a tube. Alexia thinks they are going to help her but the next thing she knows she is waking up once again.

In The Defender, the aliens have Alexia facing one trial after another so they can assess her strengths. Alexia must battle alien creatures during the trials the aliens put her through. The Defender reminded me of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner.

The Defender has been one of the most imaginative stories I think I have ever read. The plot/story is brilliantly written and so out of this world amazing. The Defender is so engrossing and attaches itself to you right from the first page. There is action and suspense on almost every page.

The Defender is filled with twist after twist that will hold your interest long after you have read the last page. It will leave you wanting more of this world and in my opinion that is what makes a book great.

I would recommend The Defender to anyone who likes reading space stories, aliens, and visiting other planets. One-click your copy of The Defender today and step into a new world of aliens!  

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Larissa Soehn is a budding new author from the cozy city of Red Deer, Alberta, where she lives with her husband, daughter, two cats and a dog. She started this journey as a recovery method for severe depression. She found that creative writing helped her process her emotions and work through the struggles of depression. As a child, Larissa enjoyed writing and telling stories, a passion that has recently reignited inside of her. Currently she is working to finalize the Gatlin Series, as well as publish a series of children's books to help families discuss the importance of mental health, amongst other social issues facing children today. Larissa is an advocate for mental health and uses her personal experiences to help others work through their struggles. She uses social media platforms to help spread her message and give people permission to speak up and speak out.


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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Rita Wray said...

Great excerpt.

pippirose said...

The book sounds intriguing. Love the cover!

Sherry said...

Sounds like a good book.

traciem72 said...

What is your favorite place to do your writing?