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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sky Raiders by Michelle Diener - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Michelle Diener and her new book, “Sky Raiders”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Michelle and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Sky Raiders
by Michelle Diener


GENRE: Science Fiction Romance



When the people of Barit first saw the silver glint of sky craft, they felt awe. Then awe turned to fear. And they found a name for the mysterious newcomers. Sky raiders.

Garek's one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.

Taya can't bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she's lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he'll look, but he'll never find her.

She and the other captives have to find a way to escape. Without the food and clothes the sky raiders bring them from their raids on Barit, they'll starve on the almost barren wastes of Shadow. And when they've given the sky raiders enough of what they want, that's exactly what the sky raiders will leave them to do.

What Taya doesn't realize is she'll have some help with her plan. Because Garek isn't giving up on finding her. And he's even more resourceful than she could ever have imagined.

Nothing is going to keep him from Taya. Not even space itself.



He'd asked her to wait for him, and then he'd disappeared for two years.

As he reached the top of the pass and started down the steep path to the valley below, Garek wondered just how angry Taya would be.

That she would be angry enough to have taken someone else sat like week-old loaf in his stomach, heavy and sickening.

He'd had no choice, had come as soon as he could . . . he tried to shake off the chill that touched him, despite the bright day. He'd take her anger, her fury--he'd take it all if it meant he didn't find her with someone else.

He forced himself to pay attention as the path became steeper still, and frowned at how badly maintained the way had become, as if no one had repaired the damage a winter in the mountains could do to a narrow track. The spring thaw had come and gone, replaced by a golden summer, and the snow had retreated to the tops of the mountains.

Kas should have done something about the erosion by now, even though this path was a shortcut few besides the villagers knew of, cutting across the Crag and shaving hours off the journey through the foothills.

The familiar landscape tugged at something inside him. He hadn't thought himself sentimental, and though he'd missed Taya with an ache that hurt worse than a knife to flesh, he hadn't thought the sight of the rolling hills and high peaks would affect him. The crowds and enclosing stone walls of Garamundo had been something to bear stoically, but he was surprised how easy it was to breathe here, and it wasn't just because the air was sweet with the scent of summer grass.

When he'd left two years ago, the only thing he'd regretted was leaving Taya behind him, and he'd come back only to fetch her.

Fetch her and run, as fast as possible.



When a simple living planet with minimal technologies, Barit, is invaded by evil aliens known as Sky Raiders, Taya’s world is not only turned upside down – it’s completely taken away from her.  The Sky Raiders abduct the people of Barit – including Taya, and force them into slavery and manual labor work on their planet Shadow.  Taya’s lover, Garek, happened to be away at the time as he was on duty working as a guard protecting Garamundo.  He had no idea that Taya and the townspeople were taken until he finally returns home.  Garek sets out to find Taya and the people of Barit.  However, they are beginning to get restless and start constructing a plan of escape.  Taya knows Garek is out there looking for her, but she’s sure he won’t be able to find her.  Time is running out and food is running low – with the captives setting their plans in motion will Garek find Taya in time or will the people of Barit take on the Sky Raiders themselves?

I really liked the main characters – Garek and Taya.  They were enjoyable and genuine.  Garek is a strong, protective, resourceful, and determined soldier who won’t let anything compromise his success of finding Taya.  Taya is sweet, smart, brave, and compassionate.  She recently discovers a special talent she possesses and is starting to stand up for herself and fight back against the Sky Raiders.

I found this book to be mostly moderately paced, with just a few slower scenes thrown in throughout.  The writing flowed and was easy to follow and understand.  Michelle did a great job with the worldbuilding and really provided so much detail in her writing that it was easy to picture.

I really liked the storyline – especially the romantic lovestory component.  It’s amazing what kind of bravery and courage people can possess when they’re fighting for someone they truly love.  It was very romantic to see to what lengths Garek would go to find Taya.  Also, the level of hope and faith that Garek and Taya had for each other and their belief of being reunited.

I think this book has a lot to offer readers.  There’s a bit of something for everyone.  This book is about love, romance, hope, faith, courage, bravery, determination, compassion, strength, slavery, science fiction, aliens, space, mystery, suspense – and so much more!

I would definitely recommend this book to readers – especially those that enjoy science fiction and space opera books.  Although, I think even romance readers would also enjoy this book!

This book is book one in a three-book trilogy.  So add this book to your TBR List so you’ll be ready when book two is released!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Michelle Diener is the author of the bestselling, award-winning Class 5 series. She writes historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy and loves creating new worlds for her and her readers to escape to. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children.







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  1. Michelle ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

    1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Ally, and I'm so glad you enjoyed Sky Raiders!

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    1. Good morning James! No, we are in storm season right now - almost even turned the heater on yesterday LOL! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway :) - And stay cool out there! :)

  3. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

  4. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  5. I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds great.

  6. What is the most overrated book that you have ever read? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com