Sunday, August 27, 2017

Gestern Blog Tour–Excerpt + Giveaway!

I feel so bad. I was supposed to share this post yesterday, but the last week has been so crazy I completely spaced it. Anyway, even though I’m late, I’m happy to be sharing about the release of J. Grace Pennington’s newest book, Gestern. (Grace was my narrator for the Resistance audiobook, by the way.)

About the Book

You never escape your past
Andi Lloyd is more comfortable than most with interstellar travel, but she's not prepared for the perils and peculiarities of a world she has all but forgotten—the planet Earth. As the Surveyor undergoes repairs, her brother August receives a message with news that will send both of them across the world to a place he never wanted to visit again.

Neither of them are prepared to be thrust into a world of political intrigue amid the tangled forests and crumbling ruins of Austria. They aren't prepared to encounter wild animals and endure cross-country hikes. And they definitely aren't prepared to face it all alone.

But despite the dangers they must press on into the unknown to find a way to save Andi's life, to decide the fate of Earth itself—and to rescue a lonely girl who just happens to be their little sister.

About the Author

J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she's not writing she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.


After awhile I found myself too tired to converse and I retreated to one side of the room a little ways apart from the group. I leaned against the wall and watched each person—Olive hanging on McMillan's arm and laughing her beautiful laugh, the Captain exerting his charisma in his effortless way with each crewman present, August embroiled in discussion with Whales which left him mostly listening to the science officer's expertise, the Doctor trying too hold relaxed conversations even though I knew that his mind was still on his research.

I was so lost in my own observations that I didn't really notice when Guilders approached and leaned against the wall beside me until he said, “How are you feeling?”

I turned and smiled ruefully. “Et tu, Guilders?”

His eyes smiled, even though the rest of his face remained unmoved.

I looked back towards the group and shrugged. Unlike everyone else, that seemed to be enough for him and he stood beside me without prying further.

“How are you?” I countered after a few moments of companionable silence.

He furrowed his bushy white eyebrows, and I wished I hadn't asked.

He couldn't be anything but embarrassed by his behavior during the reversal zone debacle. “I am grateful that I was able to contain myself sufficiently to perform my duty.”

I tried to hide my smile. It was a very Guilders answer.

The next question was probably only due to my tiredness, feelings of nostalgic fondness, and the funny way my nose still felt. “Do you ever pray, Mr. Guilders?”

He studied my face for a moment, and I couldn't read his eyes. “No.”

That was all, and I didn't feel on sufficiently close footing with him to question further. Even if the bubbly, queasy feeling had propelled me on, I wouldn't have been able to prod him anymore because the Doctor and August approached.

“We need to get some rest, Andi,” the Doctor said, reddened eyes looking even more tired than I felt.

I nodded and turned to wrap my arms around Guilders. As always the affection seemed to surprise him but he returned the hug briefly, his arms stiffly pulling me close before letting go. Then with a last glance at everyone in the room, I followed my father and brother out of the conference room.

If I could have foreseen the events of the next few months, I would have stayed in that room until the sun came up—no matter how tired I was.


J. Grace Pennington is offering three great giveaways! One is the CD she listened to while she wrote Gestern. The other two are a signed paperback of the winner’s choice. You can enter here:

Tour Schedule

August 25
Frances Hoelsma – Excerpt
shout outs – Book Spotlight
Laurel's Leaves – Guest Post
The Destiny of One – Review

August 26
Jaye L. Knight– Excerpt

August 27
Kelsey's Notebook – Book Spotlight
Claire Banschbach– Excerpt

August 28
Rachel Rossano's Words – Guest Post
Rebekah Lyn Books – Character Interview

August 29
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner


  1. Well, this looks very cool! I don't have a favorite version of the Star Trek show, but I love science fiction!!

  2. Does the newest Star Trek movie count? Number 3? I liked that one! Especially the girl with the white and black face!

  3. The best Star Trek is the original TV series, naturally.