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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Shomi; 1ST edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505527243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505527240
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,022,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. If Maverick's fast-paced, genre-bounding novel is any indication, Dorchester's new imprint, Shomi—which aims to hook a younger generation of readers—should catch an audience quickly. Maverick grabs readers from page one, throwing together romance, science fiction and cyberpunk—a mash-up hinted at in the anime-style packaging— to tell the story of L. Roxanne Zaborovsky, a high-strung freelance computer programmer whose reclusive life gets tossed on its head when two men show up looking for her. Appearing mysteriously one night, the pair immediately set to fighting over Roxanne; before long, she realizes one is an old college acquaintance, Mason Merrick. Taking off with Mason, Roxanne learns that the men are each after a valuable bit of her work—a piece of code she hasn't even written yet. When even stranger things follow—like close friends showing up with entirely different lives—Roxanne discovers that her pursuers are playing with the threads of reality, trying to gain advantage over the other. Maverick's roller-coaster ride doesn't always stay grounded, but it's easy to get drawn into her world of twisting realities and shifting identities, especially with superb heroine Roxanne handling narration. This excellent piece of genre fiction shows much promise for both Maverick and the imprint she spearheads. (July)
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“Maverick grabs from page one, throwing together romance, science fiction and cyberpunk…It’s easy to get drawn into her world of twisting realities and shifting identities.”  —Publishers Weekly (starredreview)

“This book kept me so captivated…Ms. Maverick’s imagination is superb.”—USA Today

“An edgy, high-octane plot with anime-inspired characters and circumstances, check out Wired if you’re looking for something a little unconventional.”—Romance Reviews Today

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More About the Author

Bestselling, award-winning author Liz Maverick is a novelist and adventurer whose contract assignments have taken her from driving trucks in Antarctica to working behind the scenes on reality TV shows in Hollywood. Her thirteen paranormal romance, young adult and women's fiction novels include Publishers Weekly Top Book of the Year Wired, the bestselling Crimson City series, Cosmopolitan Magazine Book Club Pick What a Girl Wants, and the young adult interactive ebook series, Arcania.

Liz is a California native with a BS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA, but she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she can look across the water at the Manhattan skyline and dream up new stories.

She'd love to connect with you and hear your thoughts about the books, so stop by and give her a shout:

http://www.LizMaverick.com
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Customer Reviews

_____This is an amazing science fiction novel.
Elliot Bowers
Aside from being jarred out of the moment by unbelievable actions/thoughts of the characters, there is the occasional misused profanity.
John Keitz
Her confusion and epiphanies will become one's own.
Leslie Tramposch

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Keitz VINE VOICE on August 16, 2007
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My Wife received a bag full of samples at a recent romance writer's conference. In it, there was a book called "Shomi." Having no idea what that was, and trying to help my Wife, I thought I'd try it and fill her in. It was supposed to be the "next big thing." So I began reading Wired. When I reached around page 30, the sample ended. I never read samples. They are a cheap marketing ploy. In this case, however, since I didn't know I was reading a sample until it cut off, I fell victim to the ploy. Yep, that's right, after a hearty "What the hell..." I ran to my computer, found the book on Amazon, and ordered with expedited delivery. I was totally hooked.

Wired is a Cyberpunk re-telling of "The End of Eternity" by Asimov. Liz Maverick does a good job with the cyberpunk genre, and the story is quite compelling, but there is a major flaw. The characters, particularly when interacting with each other, act in an almost completely unbelievable fashion. Normally, as one who does not like character driven stories, this would not be such an issue. In Wired, however, the story is clicking along, I find myself being drawn into the universe, and then the character does something completely unbelievable. For example, early in the book, after two strange guys who clearly pose a danger to her (or at least one of them does), each of these men do something such as blow on her ear or such, and she swoons with the attraction to the guy she thinks is out to kill her. Come on! A burgular breaks into your house and whispers into your ear; you (a) get hot with the prospect of sex, or (b) reach for your Glock? If you answered (b), you will not like the heroine of this book. If you answered (a), seek help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Tramposch on September 19, 2007
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Every person's life impacts numerous others in countless ways. Change a single action or circumstance and the ripples change reality as we know it. This is what's known as a parallel universe. Now imagine you are the focus of that change. Two men are manipulating you like a pawn on a chess board, changing your experiences to achieve their own outcome. Reality shifts and as you desperately try to cling to your sanity. Who can you trust, except yourself?

L. Roxanne Zaborovsky, a reclusive freelance computer programmer, alienated from her family, her closest friend having moved on without her, finds herself unaccountably compelled to visit the local 7-Eleven in the middle of the night. Her anxiety builds with each step, and just as she is debating returning home, she finds herself sandwiched between two ominous men each claiming her for himself.

They are Wire Crossers, people who manipulate reality to alter fate each with their own desired outcome. Both are after a code Roxy has yet to write and their goals are diametrically opposed. Roxy is the Major, the key player in the game. Those whose lives she impacts are Peripherals.

One of the men is already known to her. He is Mason Merrick, the ex-boyfriend of a former roommate, who Roxy once had a crush on. The other is Leonardo Kaysar who will stop at absolutely nothing to foil his adversary. Though she is attracted to both men in different ways, neither can be trusted, for with each Splice of wire, each shift in reality, she is becoming painfully aware that she is completely expendable.

When predestiny goes out the window, free will is the only option. Can agoraphobic Roxy muster the courage to take control of her fate and become the woman she'd always wanted to be?
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Dane on July 11, 2007
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I'm a huge fan of cyberpunk and Wired does the job not just ably but most fabulously!

Roxanne finds herself walking to the convenience store in the middle of the night, not quite knowing why when her life is suddenly turned completely upside down. Repeatedly.

Wired keeps the reader guessing just as much as Rox is guessing. The first person POV lends an intimate air to the story, keeping you in Rox's head as she's trying very hard to figure out just what is going on and who to trust.

Maverick is clever and witty and her dialog and storytelling are even better than the very high bar she's set for herself in the past.

Shomi is off to a great start with Wired and I can only hope for more of this sort of breathless new world of novels when Marianne Mancusi's Moongazer comes out next month
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Hartsell VINE VOICE on September 22, 2007
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What if life were made up of an infinite number of interconnected strings that with the slightest knot or twist can change everything as we know it? In Wired, computer programmer L Roxanne "Roxy" Zaborovsky's life is about to be turned upside down and inside out as a result of those strings.

While making a late night venture to the local convenience store, two men suddenly appear out of nowhere, fighting over Roxy! Now she is about to find out nothing in her life is what she thought it was and it's about to change even more. Who can she trust? Rough and rugged Mason Merrick, a man from her past she has strong attachments to, or debonair Leonardo Kaysar who always knows exactly what she wants to hear?

With all this jumping through time, Roxy is not sure where she is or even who she is anymore. All she knows is that both of these men are after the same thing, a piece of computer code she hasn't even written yet. But with things about to come down to the wire, she'll learn just what she's really made of.

Can we really change who we are and who we once were? Do the most inconsequential of details really make a difference in the long run? And what is everything we thought we knew was wrong? Wired is all about possibilities and this is a huge part of what makes the story so incredibly fascinating. Who hasn't wondered at some time in their life if they could change everything around them and make a brand new life?

Wired is confusing initially, as we try to figure out what exactly is happening, alongside of Roxy. However, as soon as the circumstances are explained to her, we too in turn come to understand how things work in the world Liz Maverick has created.
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