Monday, December 9, 2013

Blog Tour: The Field by Tracy Richardson

Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as two new titles from Luminis Books--we're calling them the Luminis Dyad--tour the blogosphere in a way that just can't be ignored. And, hey, we've got prizes! Check it out down below!

The Field by Tracy Richardson
The Field
Release Date: October 1st 2013
Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc.
Format: Paperback
: 234
Genre: Young Adult – Sci-fi
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Eric Horton has been having disturbing nightmares of explosions and fire and someone screaming. The dreams keep him up at night, but during the day, as a goalkeeper on his high school’s varsity soccer team, he has been unbeatable, saving shot after shot with what feels like a supernatural awareness of where the ball is headed. He also shares an uncommonly strong connection with Renee, the attractive new French exchange student. The wild visions and synchronicities pale in comparison to the strange experiments Renee’s father is carrying out in the physics lab at the university, however. He has asked Eric to take part in the tests, which makes Eric question whether what he is seeing and hearing is reality or something far beyond it. When his friend Will develops a drinking problem and Renee starts flirting with other guys, Eric loses his confidence on the soccer field and in himself. If he is going to pull it all together, he will have to tap into a part of himself that he never knew existed.


This book follows around Eric Horton. He is a junior in high school and has made the varsity soccer team, as one of two goalies. Eric seems to be a pretty average student, though he does take a couple AP classes, one being AP Environmental Science. His friends Will and Cole are also in this class. This class is also where he meets Renee, a new student that has come to America with her scientist father. This girl becomes Eric’s love interest throughout the book.

Renee’s father is a famous scientist who has come to America to do some research. He is offering an internship with for one student in the class. He is also looking for some participants for some research he is doing. Will, Cole, and eventually Renee all are included in this research. Eric learns some fantastic things about himself.

All while this is going on, we have Eric’s soccer games. He has been having weird nightmares and has started to sense things during his games. Such as where the ball is going to be hit and when he should jump to block it. He thinks this is all his focusing that he has been practicing but he starts to question it. As the research continues, his abilities are getting stronger. He also starts having problems with his friend, and fellow soccer teammate, Will, and Renee.

Now I have to admit that I was a tad bored throughout the first half of the book. There were some exciting parts, such as his soccer games, and few heated scenes with his friends but other than that there is a lot of science talk and nothing really exciting happens. I am not that big on science, or soccer really, but I pushed through it. I am glad I did because the ending was really exciting. (No spoilers of course). This is where his dreams and all the research he has been included in really come into play. The ending was what bumped it up a star rating.

I had no problems with the writing style of the book. However, it sort of seemed like the author tried a little too hard on trying to sound like high school kids. There were some phrases and texts that didn’t really sound like anything a high school kid would actually say. Also, Eric did seem to be a little full of himself when it came to his soccer games but what high school athlete isn’t.

If you enjoy science and soccer then you will enjoy this book.


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*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

{About the prizes}
Who doesn't love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of The Field by Tracy Richardson, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup. Here's what you need to do...
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2. Leave a comment on my blog

That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Duo tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
{About the author}
Tracy Richardson wasn’t always a writer, but she was always a reader. Her favorite book growing up was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. In a weird way that book even shaped her life through odd synchronicities. She has a degree in Biology like Mrs. Murry and without realizing it she named her children Alex and Katie after Meg’s parents! Tracy uses her science background in her writing through her emphasis on environment issues and metaphysics. When she’s not writing you’ll find her doing any number of creative activities – painting furniture, knitting sweaters or cooking up something in the kitchen for her vegetarian, carnivore and no-carb family.  She lives outside of Indianapolis with her husband and two children and their Jack Russell terrier, Ernie.


{About the publisher}

Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN. Learn more at

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review, Laura, and I'm so glad you (mostly) enjoyed THE FIELD! Thank you for joining us on this tour and for taking a moment to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads. Oh, and don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter and random commenter contests for yourself.

    Em :-)


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