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Saturday 13 April 2013

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas {Excerpt & Giveaway}

Blue Hearts of Mars

by Nicole Grotepas

Published - February 23, 2013
Publisher - Createspace
Genre - YA Sci-Fi/Romance


Seventeen-year-old Retta Heikkinen is in love with a boy--a thoroughly gorgeous, captivating, and mysterious boy known as Hemingway. The situation is rather ideal: he likes her, she likes him. There's just one little problem. 

He's a blue heart, an android. 

Being in a relationship is its own complicated mess, but how long can a forbidden love last? Soon Retta discovers a secret that could destroy the uneasy truce between the blue hearts and humans, which makes life under the domes on Mars possible. Would exposing what she knows make things better or worse? And how can she know for certain without exposing the secret?


The next chamber was a visual history of robotics. I choked and looked around, wondering if there was a way to escape the room before things got too uncomfortable. “Hey,” I said, trying to get Hemingway to stop and turn around. “Let’s try the history of media. There are really old record players in there. Records! Do we even know what those are?” But Hemingway kept going. 

It wasn’t like this stuff was new to him, was it? I mean, his mind came from the encyclopedia of all history. He knew everything. And evidently had perfect recall, judging from how he was constantly bringing up random facts like that one about Genghis Kahn. I went to his side where he stood in front of a display about transistors. I was really rusty on this stuff, and honestly, before I met Hemingway, I didn’t care about it. The display would have been laughable to me. 

He moved slowly, staring intently at each object and the electronic placards next to them—small Gates with scrolling type. There were displays about air muscles, muscle wires, and electroactive polymers, going up to the big advancements starting with the first types of robots until the exhibit came to the extremely real, biological robotic engineering. 

Hemingway was silent and withdrawn. Anxiety started to churn my stomach. Was he going to freak out? I took a deep breath and went to his side, took his hand, and gave it a squeeze. “You alright?” I asked. It was very grown up and mature of me, I felt. And I was secretly proud of myself. 

He nodded. “Just, seeing the history of my people, displayed like this, as though, well, you know. As though all that we are is a bunch of parts. It’s weird. Kind of hurts.” 

He turned and stared down at me. His eyes were on fire. It looked like there were tears welling up in them. “It’s incredibly insensitive of them,” I said. And I meant it. Why was there an exhibit about androids as though they weren’t alive and living as a segment of our society? I fumed inwardly. 

“We’re more than that, you know?” He studied my face. “You do know, don’t you?”


"Nothing like I've read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!" ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)

"I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn't understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn't put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!" ~TNielsen (Amazon)

"The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!" ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)

"I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause." ~Megan (Amazon)

"I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I'd give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta's bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I'd definitely hang out with those two." ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)

Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!

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About The Author

Nicole Grotepas

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Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother’s old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she’s forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan–the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.
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