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A Smugglerific Cover: Space Hostages by Sophia McDougall (& Giveaway)

In which we unveil the cover for the second book in Sophia McDougall’s most excellent middle grade science fiction series.

Today we are delighted to present you with the cover and synopsis of Sophia McDougall’s newest novel and second book in her Mars Evacuees series: Space Hostages! We loved the first book in the series and are huge fans of Sophia McDougall – naturally, we were very excited when Sophia asked us to host the reveal.

Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover!

Space Hostages

Space Hostages (full cover)

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About the Book:

You can’t cry in space, but I was giving it a good go.

After all, I’d just been THROWN OUT OF AN AIRLOCK by a horde of ALIENS and had about three minutes left to live.

So you can’t blame me for trying.

But as it turned out, that was just the start of my adventures.

Because very soon it became clear that if I was ever going to get back home, not only would I have to NOT DIE, but me, my friends and our floating robot goldfish would have to SAVE THE WORLD. No, scrap that. THREE WORLDS. All at the same time.

Easy, right?

From The Author:

At the beginning of Space Hostages, Alice is restless. Once, when she was being chased by space locusts across Mars and crashing spaceships in the Labyrinth of Night all she really wanted was a home and her family back together. But now she’s been back on the ground for most of a year, she’s longing for space and adventure. So when Thsaaa offers all the children the chance to visit the Morrors’ new icy planet in the Alpha Centauri, she can’t wait. This time she’ll be travelling far beyond Mars in a beautiful, luxurious living ship called the Helen of Troy. And it’s not a voyage of necessity, it’s a holiday! The children aren’t evacuees, they’re honoured guests. What can go wrong?

…you can probably guess: everything.

Alice, Carl, Noel and Josephine, along with the robot Goldfish and the alien teenager Thsaaa find themselves whisked across the galaxy by extremely angry, heavily armed lobster people with a penchant for sparkly things and throwing people out of airlocks.


About the Author:

Sophia McDougall

Sophia McDougall (born 1979) is a British novelist, playwright, and poet, who studied at Oxford University in England. She is best known as the author of the series of books: Romanitas in which she creates an alternative history, one where the Roman Empire still exists in contemporary times.

For more about Sophia, make sure to check out her website, and follow her on twitter (@mcdougallsophia) and on facebook.


Giveaway Details:

We have 3 copies of SPACE HOSTAGES up for grabs! The giveaway is open to all and will run until Sunday June 7 at 12:01am EST. To enter, use the form below. Good luck!

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  • Dolorosa
    June 1, 2015 at 7:51 am

    This looks excellent!

  • Aliette de Bodard
    June 1, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Oooh this looks lovely. (and love love the “penchant for sparkly things and throwing people out of airlocks” 😀 :D)

  • Jedd
    June 1, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This looks like a lot of fun! Love the cover. 😀 Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  • Anonymous
    June 1, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Can’t wait to read and review this book!

  • Laura Hartman
    June 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

    LOL I am not Anonymous, but my computer thinks so. I am the one that can’t wait to read and review your book!!!

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  • jennie
    June 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

    My library finally got Mars Evacuees, so I haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to get to it and the sequel as well.

  • Anita Yancey
    June 1, 2015 at 10:56 am

    It sounds like a super cool book. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  • Zen
    June 1, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I love the cover almost as much as I loved the first book!

  • Stephanie Burgis
    June 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Ooh, Book 1 was so much fun – I can’t wait to read this one!

  • Brittany
    June 1, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Loved the first one, so I’m super-excited to find out there’s a sequel!

  • Mary Preston
    June 2, 2015 at 1:19 am

    I think my daughter will enjoy this too.

  • Liat
    June 2, 2015 at 4:22 am

    I didn’t read Mars Evacuees yet, but it’s on my TBR list ever since I read the great reviews, so I’m pretty excited for this book too. And also, the cover is awesome 🙂

  • Anonymous
    June 2, 2015 at 5:48 am

    I read “Mars Evacuees” because of this blog and loved it! I have been nagging all my friends to read it too. I can’t wait for the sequel!

  • Ellen Kuehnle
    June 2, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I was sold with the phrase “robot goldfish”!

  • Hebe
    June 2, 2015 at 10:02 am

    That cover is fantastic!

  • Lal
    June 3, 2015 at 7:29 am

    That is a great cover and I look forward to reading the book. Even if I’m lucky enough to win a copy, I’ll probably buy another copy to donate to someone. 🙂

  • Mieneke van der Salm
    June 3, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I so can’t wait for this one. I loved the Mars Evacuees cover and this is just as fabulous!

  • Jennifer
    June 4, 2015 at 5:59 am

    I haven’t heard of the first book so I will check it.

  • Joel
    June 5, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Nice cover, and looks like a great followup adventure!

  • Nikki
    June 6, 2015 at 11:18 am

    So. Much. Fun. Thank you for the giveaway! I’m crossing my fingers and toes. 🙂

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