Author Top 5 with Julia Durango
Today we welcome Julia Durango to YABC! Julia's new book, The Leveller, is a fast-paced story that launches readers and characters into a vitural-reality gaming world! We can't wait to read it! But until then, Julia is sharing a little bit about her, the book, and the top five reasons why she loves video games.
When Julia Durango is not daydreaming or thinking up new stories, she’s probably eating french fries and dancing like no one’s watching (and really hoping no one is).
Now meet Julia's book, The Leveller.
Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, a virtual-reality gaming world, thanks to Julia Durango's cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance, constant twists, and a vivid, multidimensional journey through a tricked-out virtual city will keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.
Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she's a bounty hunter in a virtual-reality gaming world—and she's frequently hired by irritated parents to pull kids out of the mazelike MEEP universe.
But when the game's billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn't some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he's left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn's not hiding—he's being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?
Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they've encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?
Knowing all of that, it's clear that Julia loves video games. So here are her top five reasons as to why she loves them so much!
1.) Interactive storytelling
Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books? Maybe not, but they were the bomb back when I was a young reader. I loved being able to participate in a story and actually determine the outcome by my choices…I loved being aplayer. Video games are visual versions of those books, only (dare I say it?) so much COOLER.
Yeah, I said it.
2.) Escape from reality
Real world got you down? Need to work off a little steam? Do your horrid aunt and uncle keep you locked up and lonely? Fire up a video game, find your happy place, and forget your worries for a while.
3.) Mad skills
Current research suggests that playing video games can increase cognitive functions like spatial navigation, memory, reasoning, and problem-solving skills among others. All that while you’re having fun? Um, more please.
4.) Virtual reality, people!
It’s coming, and faster than you might think. While the interface isn’t quite as sleek as Nixy’s titanium ear stud/transmission device in The Leveller, this Oculus Rift headset looks like a good time and then some. Sign me up.
5.) Fun with friends
Who says video games are anti-social? These days you can trade laser blasts and barbed quips with friends across the galaxy! Nothing says love like having your BFF’s back when battling baddies. (Just ask Nixy.)
We'd like to thank Julia for showing us her love for video games! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of The Leveller!
by: Julia Durango
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Three winners will receive a copy of The Leveller! US addresses only.
Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Julia has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: If you could live inside any video game, which one would it be?
*Click the Rafflecopter link to enter the giveaway*
The Legend of Dragoon, I was obsessed with it in high school. Many an hour spent cursing at the screen and battling to win.
Since it was from my childhood, I would choose the Sim City games that I used to play on the Gameboy. My favorite was "Bustin' Out" if I remember correctly, with the mechanical robot chicken that would sometimes randomly appear and attack you--sending you to the hospital. That chicken was so annoying!! Yeah. hahah xD
I used to played a Narnia game on my Nintendo when I was younger and I loved that game! I would love to live in that video game!