ELUSION Blog Tour: ‘The Pros and Cons of Escaping into a Virtual World’ Guest Post + Giveaway


I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam. I am also super excited that ELUSION is releasing next week and everyone who hasn’t already read it will get the chance to read it, to learn more about Elusion® technology and to meet Regan.

I am in love with the world the authors created and fascinated by the technology. So I am totally stoked that I get the chance to share a guest post in which the authors discuss the pros and cons of escaping into a virtual world.

As someone who spent way too much time taking public transportation I have to say that I agree with the authors about Elusion being a major pro. And as someone who spends a lot of time getting lost in the worlds I find in the books I read, I also totally understand how Elusion’s virtual realities can be cons. After reading an amazing book such as ELUSION, returning to reality can be a serious bummer.

While the guest post is my favorite part of this post, I thought I’d include the book’s description first for those who haven’t yet been introduced. Plus, the cover is so seriously ahhh-mazing I couldn’t bury it further down in the post.

There is a pretty fab trailer for the book, which I’ve also included as part of this post. And if you’d like to know more about both authors, and find out where they hang out online, their details follow the trailer.

And… if you’d like the chance to win some awesome ELUSION prizes, all of which include a copy of the book, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

The ELUSION Blog Tour continues through March 21st with a few guest posts, interviews and reviews. So be sure to follow along to check them out. The schedule is at the bottom of this post.

But today is all about pros and cons. So now, without any further ado, I’d love you to meet ELUSION.


About Elusion

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Authors: Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Release date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous—Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.



The Guest Post

The Pros and Cons of Escaping into a Virtual World

ELUSION is a novel set in the near future where a new device called ELUSION has just been released. By simply downloading an app and slipping on the visor, wristband and earbuds, people can select from a list of “escapes” and transport themselves into a perfect virtual reality.

So, what are the pros and cons of escaping into a virtual world?

An obvious pro would be that instead of spending the past few months sitting by our portable heaters and bundled up in an old Snuggie, we would’ve been sporting a bikini and soaking up the rays from a blazing purple sun on an exotic, tropical beach. That’s the great thing about a virtual world: you can go places and experience things the real world just can’t provide. And of course, Elusion (the device), not only gives people an opportunity to escape, it also increases endorphins so you actually feel better. Which would be amazing, wouldn’t it? Just imagine: You’re packed on a crowded bus with people who’re hacking up a lung and haven’t bathed since 1999. No problem! All you have to do is start an app, slip on a visor, earbuds and wristband, and presto, your senses come alive in the beautiful destination of your choice.

The downside of a virtual world is the same as for anything that makes you feel better for a short time: you eventually come home. And when you do, the same problems you had before are still there. Only now that you’ve experienced this wonderful high, everyday life may pale in comparison. It may even seem worse. And so you return again and again, spending more and more time in this virtual world. Summer turns to winter and winter turns to summer and you’re still on the same couch, dreaming about life instead of actually living it. That’s when a wonderful, beautiful world begins to be not so wonderful. So beware of virtual realities, folks. And if you need any more lectures, you can find us in the Thai Beach escape. 😉

For a peek into the world of Elusion, please check out our BOOK TRAILER.



About the Authors

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About Claudia Gabel

Claudia Gabel was born in Roanoke, VA, raised in Binghamton, NY, and moved to Manhattan after studying abroad in London during her senior year in college. She received her Masters of Arts degree in English and American Literature from Hofstra University, and planned to pursue her doctorate, until a side-job as an editorial assistant at a large book publisher permanently redirected her career course. Claudia worked as an editor in the adult divisions of several major publishing houses, then made the move to children’s books, where she hoped to inspire, educate, and entertain young readers. Along the way, she began writing novels of her own. Her first series, IN OR OUT, was based on her experiences as a freshman in high school. She wrote her mash-up novel, ROMEO & JULIET & VAMPIRES, for readers who were looking to indulge in a fun twist on William Shakespeare. And her latest novel, ELUSION, co-written with fellow author Cheryl Klam, is a glimpse into the near-future, where a girl discovers that a popular alternate reality app is not exactly what it seems. Claudia lives in New York City with her husband Ben.


About Cheryl Klam

Cheryl Klam is the author (along with Claudia Gabel) of the young adult futuristic thriller, ELUSION. She is also the bestselling author of several other novels for adults and teens, including THE PRETTY ONE, which was nominated for an Isinglass Teen Read Award. Her work has been published in more than a dozen different languages. She grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan. When she was a teenager she starred in Sam Raimi’s first short horror movie, later appearing as a “fake shemp” in Raimi’s cult classic: THE EVIL DEAD.



The Giveaway

The tour includes a seriously awesome giveaway for…

5 Prize Packs of a hardcover copy of ELUSION along with an “Equip” (wristband, earbuds and visor/sunglasses) – US ONLY

1 finished copy of ELUSION – US ONLY

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The Tour Schedule

Week One

Mar. 1oth – The Irish Banana Review – Review

Mar. 11th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

Mar. 12th – Jenna Does Books – Review

Mar. 13th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

Mar. 14th – Fire and Ice – Review

Week Two

Mar. 17th – Supernatural Snark – Review

Mar. 18th – Bookish – Spotlight

Mar. 19th – The Book Cellar – Guest Post

Mar. 20th – Parajunkee’s View – Interview

Mar. 21st – Fangirlish – Interview


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