Cover Reveal – RISING FLAMES (Surviving Ashes) by Kennedy Layne

USA Today bestselling author, Kennedy Layne, is unveiling the cover to RISING FLAMES, the fifth book in her adult dystopian scifi series, Surviving Ashesreleasing March 21, 2017. See below for the cover, information on the book, and pre-order links.

RISING FLAMES (Surviving Ashes #5) by Kennedy Layne

RISING FLAMES (Surviving Ashes #5) by Kennedy Layne

About the Book
Title: RISING FLAMES
Series: Surviving Ashes #5
Author: Kennedy Layne
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Genre:
Adult Dystopian Science Fiction/Military Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
USA Today bestselling author Kennedy Layne concludes the Surviving Ashes series with an explosive story where the strength of love rises against the loss of humanity…

Van Overton had given years of service to his country.  He’d paid his dues and he no longer needed to put his life on the line.  He could live out the rest of his days doing what he did best—making money from inside the heart of the world’s fastest paced financial system.  

Allie James had wished time and again for something—anything—to happen just so she didn’t have to open another eviction notice.  She adored the hustle and bustle of the city, her cozy apartment in a good neighborhood, and the rugged looking man across the hall wasn’t half bad to look at either. Regrettably, she’d been thinking more along the lines of winning the lottery than an approaching apocalypse.  

Van should have known his luck wouldn’t hold out, but a supervolcano eruption?  It was a good thing his time in the military had taught him to be ready for just about anything.  Unfortunately, his next-door neighbor didn’t fit into anyone’s idea of a survival plan.  Allie was everything he tried to avoid in a woman, but she was definitely the one who had the ability to steal his heart.

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Author Kennedy Layne

Author Kennedy Layne

About the Author
Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers–find out how to connect with her at www.kennedylayne.com.

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Where to find Kennedy Layne
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Instagram
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – The Dome (Sulan) by Camille Picott

The Dome Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for The Dome, the third episode in the young adult dystopian cyberpunk series, Sulan, by Camille Picott. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the first episode, The League, for free on Smashwords. See below for details.

The Dome (Sulan Episode 3) by Camille Picott

The Dome (Sulan Episode 3) by Camille Picott

About the Book
Title:
 The Dome
Series: Sulan, Episode 3
Author: Camille Picott
Publisher: Pixiu Press
Release Date: January 15, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Cyberpunk
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Smashwords

Synopsis
After escaping the League, Sulan and her friends are granted entrance into the Dome, a utopian biodome in the wilderness of Alaska. Sulan soon finds herself a pawn in Global Arms’s political maneuvers to secure the national mercenary contract. Forced to put on a public persona that makes her skin crawl, she must charm Vex media moguls to further the cause of Global. Should she fail to embrace her new role as company spokesperson, the consequences will be deadly to everyone she loves.

Meanwhile, the League unleashes a new deadly threat on the United States. When Sulan and her friends stumble on the trail of a League mole within the Dome, they set out to track him down. Will they be safe in their new home, or will they find themselves trapped among enemies?

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Excerpt #3
I stare as we draw abreast of the buffet. Never in my life have I seen so much food in one place. Most of it is stuff I’ve only seen in old movies, or food I’ve only had on a few special occasions in my life.

There are platters of fruit, toast, pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage … so much food I barely know where to start when Timmy shoves a plate into my hands.

“That’s bacon,” Taro says, nudging me. He points to a platter piled high with stiff, reddish-brown meat. A woman in a green polo stands beside it, doling out one slice per person.

“Have you had real bacon before?” Billy asks Taro. “Is it good?”

“Never tried it,” Taro replies. “My dad says it’s the best food on Earth. Says it’s one of the things he misses most from pre-’Fault days.”

“If Black Ice likes bacon, I’m definitely trying it.” Billy holds up a plate to receive his allotted piece. He pops it into his mouth and chews. “Oh yeah,” he says around a mouthful. “This is good stuff.”

“You all have got to try it,” Timmy says. “It is, like, the most amazing stuff ever. It’s only the second time we’ve gotten bacon. It’s only for special occasions.”

“What was the last occasion?” Hank asks.

“Our first day in the Dome. We got bacon and cake that day.”

“What’s today’s occasion?” I hold up my plate to receive my piece.

“You guys,” Timmy says. “See?” He points to a large screen I hadn’t noticed before.

On the screen are scenes from last night’s press conference. It’s too loud to hear anything, but large subtitles roll along the bottom. Now that I’m looking, I see screens all over the room. And I see people whispering and pointing at us.

The unwanted attention makes sweat prickle along my spine. Billy and Taro seem to share my discomfort, both of them casting their eyes downward, but Hank smiles at the pointing fingers and curious eyes.

I turn back toward the buffet tables; much easier to look at food and pretend everyone in the room isn’t staring at me and my friends. Easier to pretend everyone in this place isn’t seeing me in that horrible stripper outfit.

“All the food comes from the Dome,” Timmy says. “We grow and raise everything we eat and drink. Most of our protein comes from rabbits, though there are goats and pigeons, too. And chickens. And pigs. I’ve heard a guinea pig breeding program is also underway. Protein is highly rationed for everyone.”

“Meat protein, you mean,” Taro says. “There are lots of ways to get protein that don’t involve eating dead animals.”

“Ignore the vegetarian in our midst,” Hank says, smiling at a group of Normie kids ogling at us.

Timmy gives Taro a curious look, then says, “Can I have your bacon ration?”

Taro shrugs. “Be my guest.”

I stuff the bacon into my mouth and hold out my plate for fruit. I freeze as flavor explodes on my tongue. The meat is a bit crunchy on the outside, but soft and juicy on the inside. For a moment, I forget all about Mr. Winn, the Dome, and our suffocating lives here. I can’t focus on anything beyond salty, smoky bacon flavor in my mouth.

“Oh my God,” I say, turning to Taro. “I know you’re a vegetarian, but if you’re ever going to eat meat, I swear this is the stuff you want.”

Taro’s eyes widen, then he chuckles. “That’s what my dad says.” He ignores the bacon and holds his plate out for toast.

“Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll start raising more pigs,” Timmy says. “Like, a lot more.”

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The League (Sulan Episode 1) by Camille Picott

The League (Sulan Episode 1) by Camille Picott

About Book 1 – NOW FREE ON SMASHWORDS
Title:
 The League
Series: Sulan, Episode 1
Author: Camille Picott
Publisher: Pixiu Press
Release Date: June 4, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Cyberpunk
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Smashwords

Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.

Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics.

Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight.

When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?

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Risk Alleviator (Sulan Episode 2) by Camille Picott

Risk Alleviator (Sulan Episode 2) by Camille Picott

About Book 2
Title:
 Risk Alleviator
Series: Sulan, Episode 2
Author: Camille Picott
Publisher: Pixiu Press
Release Date: August 14, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Cyberpunk
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Smashwords

Synopsis
Riska, a miniature winged tiger, is the first Risk Alleviator prototype. A purposeful collision of biology and weaponry, he is product of the Global Arms research facility. He was crafted to be a bodyguard for the wealthy and privileged. Before his kind can be mass produced and released to the market, an extensive testing and training phase is required. When a training session goes horribly wrong, Riska is slated for destruction.

Dr. Hom intercedes to save Riska’s life, presenting a new proposal to Global Arms. Riska is released into his care. The eccentric doctor is the first human to show him kindness, and a bond is quickly forged between the two. But even as Dr. Hom alters Riska in the desired direction of Global Arms, it becomes clear he has his own agenda.

First and foremost among those is to create a personal bodyguard for his daughter, Sulan. In this next installment of the Sulan series, discover Riska’s origin and join his quest to find Sulan when she is taken by League soldiers.”

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Author Camille Picott

Author Camille Picott

About the Author
Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings..

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Where to Find Camille Picott
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Trailer Reveal + Giveaway – Age of Order by Julian North

Age of Order Trailer Reveal

Author Julian North is revealing the trailer to Age of Order, a young adult dystopian novel, releasing in February, 2017. See below for information on the book, the exclusive trailer, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

Age of Order by Julian North

Age of Order by Julian North

About the Book
Title:
 Age of Order
Author: Julian North
Release Date: February, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
What if the people who thought they were better than you… really were?

In this world, inequality is a science. Giant machines maintain order. And all people are not created equal.

Daniela Machado is offered a chance to escape the deprivation of Bronx City through a coveted slot at the elite Tuck School. There, among the highborn of Manhattan, she discovers an unimaginable world of splendor and greed. But her opportunity is part of a darker plan, and Daniela soon learns that those at society’s apex will stop at nothing to keep power for themselves. She may have a chance to change the world, if it doesn’t change her first.

Age of Order is a novel that explores the meaning of merit and inequality. Fans of the Red Queen, Divergent and Red Rising will enjoy this world of secrets and deadly intrigue, where the downtrodden must fight for a better future.

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Book Blitz – Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall Book Blast

Welcome to the book blast for Shadow Fall, the first book in the young adult fantasy romance series,  Shadow Fall, by Audrey Grey. See below for information on the book and buy links.

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey

About the Book
Title:
 Shadow Fall
Series: Shadow Fall #1
Author: Audrey Grey
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Request a Review Copy

Synopsis
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive. The question is who?

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Author Audrey Grey

Author Audrey Grey

About the Author
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.
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Where to Find Audrey Grey
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

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Asleep by Krystal Wade

Asleep by Krystal Wade

About the Book
Title
: Asleep
Author: Krystal Wade
Publisher:  Blaze Publishing, LLC
Category: Young Adult Psychological Thriller/Horror
Release Date: February 16, 2016
LinksGoodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | Book Depository!ndigoSigned Copy

Synopsis
“To cure fear, you must use fear.”

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor.

He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications.

Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they’ll never make it out of the facility alive.

Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.

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Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Title: Because I Love You
Author: Tori Rigby
Publisher:  Blaze Publishing, LLC
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 17, 2016
LinksGoodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!Book Depository | IndieBound!ndigo 

Synopsis
Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.

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The Carver by Jacob Devlin

The Carver by Jacob Devlin

About the Book
Title:
 The Carver
Author: Jacob Devlin
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

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The Surrendered by Case Maynard

The Surrendered by Case Maynard

About the Book
Title:
 The Surrendered
Author: Case Maynard
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Synopsis
After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind..

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Under Ground by Alice Rachel

Under Ground Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Under Ground, the first book in the young adult dystopian romance series, Under Ground, by Alice Rachel. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the ebook for free!

Under Ground (Under Ground #1) by Alice Rachel

Under Ground (Under Ground #1) by Alice Rachel

About the Book – NOW FREE!
Title: Under Ground
Series: Under Ground #1
Author: Alice Rachel
Release Date: October 30, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Love is a taboo, a mere fantasy— foreign, unreachable, and dangerous.

Raised in a society where women have no rights, seventeen-year-old Thia Clay holds little hope for a bright future. When her parents sell her into marriage to elite member William Fox, Thia slowly gives in to despair. William is nothing but a cruel, selfish young man with no other interest than to serve his own.

Born illegally and forced to hide from the authorities his entire life, nineteen-year-old Chi Richards is an active member of the Underground—a rebellious group seeking to overthrow the government.

Chi only has one goal—to rescue his parents from the work camp they were forced into.

Meeting Thia was never part of the plan, and neither was falling in love with her.

If caught in their forbidden relationship, Thia and Chi could face a death sentence, and when devastating secrets surface from Chi’s past, Thia has to rely on her instincts to make a choice that could save her or destroy her forever..

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Excerpt #5
“I wish we could meet somewhere else, somewhere normal, without hiding,” I say.

“Yeah, me too. I wonder what it’d be like to just hang out with you casually. But I try not to think about things I can’t have. Well…that was until I saw you. Then I couldn’t stop thinking about you. I knew I couldn’t have you, and it was driving me crazy.” He breathes deeply and looks straight at me. “It’s still driving me crazy.”

I swallow hard. This is the first time that Chi truly acknowledges that he might have feelings for me. At least, that’s what I believe he’s saying. It makes me want to fly right down into the valley and scream for joy.

“Thia…” The look in his eyes intensifies. “This means that I like you—a lot.”

He studies my reaction, and I simply smile, though my entire being has caught on fire. He leans toward me slowly, as if he were expecting me to push him back. When his lips touch mine, they are so soft that it could just be air between us. His hand slides toward the nape of my neck, and Chi pulls me closer to him as he kisses me more deeply. His mouth tastes like spearmint. My heart thunders inside my chest like a storm while his touch electrifies my nerves back to life. When he pulls away, my head feels dizzy with sensations. Chi pushes his forehead to mine and his mouth spreads into a playful grin.

“Now, we truly are in trouble,” he says, and his smile widens, reaching his eyes.

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About the Author
Alice Rachel is the author of the YA Forbidden Romance/ Dystopian Romance Series “Under Ground.” Her time is divided between teaching French, writing, reading, drawing, and spending time with her hubby and guinea pigs. Alice loves talking to readers, so send her a message…

Where to Find Alice Rachel
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#1LineWed – Sweet

1LineWed

Today’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Sweet. Here’s a line from Chapter 8 of The Invasion, book 4 in The Union Series, from Cyrus’s POV.

“You’re sweet and brave and a lot of other things I admire in girls, but…I’m not…over…someone else.”

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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Cover Reveal – Black Hole Infection (The Hopeless World) by Nazarea Andrews

Black Hole Infection Cover Reveal

Author Nazarea Andrews is unveiling the cover to Black Hole Infection, the second book in the new adult dystopian zombie series, The Hopeless World, releasing May, 2017. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

Black Hole Infection (The Hopeless World #2) by Nazarea Andrews

Black Hole Infection (The Hopeless World #2) by Nazarea Andrews

About the Book
Title: Black Hole Infection
Series: The Hopeless world #2
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: May, 2017
Genre: New Adult Dystopian/Zombies
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
They thought they knew how the world ends…

Parker has always been other, an outsider in the Last Holdout, a strange almost feral creature that trusted Josiah. Josiah always accepted his strangeness as a strength.

Africa changed everything.

Parker is different here. Dangerous and powerful in a way neither knew he could be. It’s terrifying.

But if they are going to survive the continent, they’ll need to trust each other–and their reluctant allies–in ways they never have before.

All of Africa is watching them as they change the balance of power.

And the zombies aren’t the only things trying to kill them.
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Personal Apocalypse (The World Without End) by Nazarea Andrews

Personal Apocalypse (The World Without End) by Nazarea Andrews

About the Book
Title: Personal Apocalypse
Series: The Hopeless World #1
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Genre: New Adult Dystopian/Zombies
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Personal Apocalypse: A World Without End novel

Josiah grew up in a dying world. The Holdout survived, but when you are the son of Sylvia Cragen, you give up delusions early. He knew that they would die bloody–it wasn’t a matter of if. Only when.

Parker shouldn’t be alive. He should have died long before scouts from the Last Holdout rescued him. And he knows better than to believe that sailing away from the safety of the Holdout is a good idea.

Now, without the Holdout to protect them, all of his nightmares are coming true. Josiah is just crazy enough to believe that a fresh start is a good thing. But Parker has lived as prey, hunted by zombies and survivors before–and he knows that no one really survives.

In the wild, zombie claimed world outside the walls of safety, there is only the dead walking.

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Author Nazarea Andrews

Author Nazarea Andrews

About the Author
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Where to Find Nazarea Andrews
Goodreads Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Street Team | Newsletter | Pinterest
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Young Adult Book Review – Liberation (Moonchild) by Kate L. Mary

Liberation (Moonchild #2) by Kate L. Mary

Liberation (Moonchild #2) by Kate L. Mary

5 Stars

Synopsis
From two-time award-winning author, Kate L. Mary, comes the sequel to MOONCHILD, “a much needed breath of fresh air in the world of YA fantasy.” After surviving the auction and a near death experience at the hands of Asher’s father, Scarlett Moon is more than ready for life to settle down, and with each passing day she starts to feel more at home in Columbus. Even with Asher ready for more than Scarlett can give, she manages to fall into a routine that almost feels like a normal life.

But one distress call is all it takes to destroy the serenity the group has managed to build.

As far as anyone knew, Paget had moved on with her life after storming out months ago, but the fear in her voice when she calls the warehouse tells a different story. Even though Scarlett never liked Asher’s ex to begin with, she can’t help feeling a little bit responsible for Paget’s situation.

Searching in the seediest part of the city, the group picks up clues as they try to piece together what might have happened. The more Scarlett learns about what the other woman has been through over the last few months, the more concerned she becomes. Even worse: there’s no sign of Paget anywhere in Columbus.

With all the clues pointing in one direction, the group leaves the city and heads for Hocking Hills. Only it seems the danger may have followed them, leaving nothing but death and destruction in its wake and putting Paget in more danger than ever before. As Scarlett learns more about the woman who used to hold Asher’s heart, she suddenly finds herself unable to deny how she really feels about him. Only, with Paget in trouble, Scarlett can’t help wondering if Asher might still have feelings for his ex.

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My Review
I freaking love this series! I was delighted to find out that Moonchild was the first book in the series and bought the sequel the day it came out. Book 2 picks up a few months after the end of Moonchild. Scarlett is still convinced she’s bad for Asher and Asher is still convinced she’s wrong. Things have settled into a new normal until Asher’s ex, Paget, sends a distress call. With no idea where she is or where the call came from, the pirates set out to find her and bring her home. While there is no love-loss between Scarlett and Paget, Scarlett knows she must be part of the rescue effort. These are the moments I absolutely adore her. Her sense of duty and right and wrong is so much a part of who she is.

Plot
The plot centers around the search and rescue of Paget, but the romance is still a very strong subplot and incredibly well done! I love the angst and drama surrounding Scarlett and Asher’s relationship. There is so much action in the plot, the story moves at a clipped pace, only pausing long enough to allow us to catch our breath. Once again the story is well-plotted and expertly executed.

Characters
All the characters I fell in love with in the first book are back and a few new ones are added. Scarlett and Asher both undergo a decent amount of development, more so than before. The good news is, there’s still plenty of room for growth, so hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of these two. The author creates so much depth in her characters that there are still many unexplored depths to discover in this installment. We not only learn more about Scarlett and Asher, but Paget really comes into her own.

World Building
The world building continues to be one of the most impressive I’ve read in the past few years. Kate L. Mary’s attention to detail makes her settings come alive in very vibrant and realistic fashion.

What Didn’t Work for Me
1. The editing.
 Once again, both the content and copy editing disappointed me, pulling me out of the story more than a few times.

2. The cover. The cover still doesn’t grab my attention, but I’m so invested in the series now, it could be a plain brown wrapper and I’d still pick up the next book.

What I Loved About Liberation
1. The setting.
 Again the world the author has created just shines. I love everything from the settings to the costumes to the technology.

2. Scarlett. While I was slow to warm to her in the first book, I had no such issues this time around. I was already a big fan. It was great to see some true growth in her. While she’s still a teen and has plenty of angst, she’s starting to mature.

3. The plot. Another perfectly plotted and executed story!

4. Asher. If possible, I love him even more now. We get to see a new side to him, a softer, more vulnerable side and it made him more human.

5. Paget. She’s still the same romantic foil and no fan of Scarlett’s, but she has her own growth in this installment and seeing more of her, hearing more of her story, endeared her to me in a way she hadn’t before.

Bottom Line
Liberation is my favorite book of 2016 and with tighter editing, it would have been damn near perfect!

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About the Book
Title: Liberation
Series: Moonchild #2
Author: Kate L. Mary
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Pages: 280
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/SciFi/Steampunk Romance
Rating:
 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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Author Kate L. Mary

Author Kate L. Mary

About the Author
Award-winning author of WHEN WE WERE HUMAN and the Amazon best-selling BROKEN WORLD series, Kate L. Mary writes everything from post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to new adult contemporary romance. A mother of four and an Air Force wife, her days are divided between keeping her household in order and creating new worlds for readers to get lost in.

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Where to find Kate L. Mary
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Cover Reveal – Obsidian Sky (Dark Sky) by Amy Braun

Obsidian Sky Cover Reveal

Author Amy Braun is unveiling the cover to Obsidian Sky, the third book in the young adult dystopian romance series, Dark Sky, releasing February 7, 2017. See below for information on the book and series, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

Obsidian Sky (Dark Sky #3) by Amy Braun

Obsidian Sky (Dark Sky #3) by Amy Braun

About the Book
Title: Obsidian Sky
Series: Dark Sky #3
Author: Amy Braun
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
The final struggle against the Hellions has arrived. A trapped engineer and a desperate marauder scramble to fight an enemy with unspeakable power on its side. Time is running out, and one world will be destroyed…

After sacrificing herself to save the lives of her friends and family, Claire Abernathy struggles to outwit her Hellion captors. They torment and terrify her into working on a weapon with the sole purpose of obliterating the world, friends, and love she has struggled to save. If Claire has any chance of saving those she loves, she must delve deeper into the Hellion world, and witness nightmares she could never imagine.

In Westraven, Sawyer Kendric is desperate to find the woman he loves. To do so, he must finally embrace his family’s atrocious past and heal the wounds it has caused. He will be forced to make new allies, uncover secrets that change all he knows, and find the courage to lead a ragtag crew into the darkest, deadliest battle of their lives.

Claire and Sawyer fight to save their broken world in the final installment of the epic DARK SKY trilogy..

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Crimson Sky (Dark Sky #1) by Amy Braun

Crimson Sky (Dark Sky #1) by Amy Braun

About Book 1
Title: Crimson Sky
Series: Dark Sky #1
Author: Amy Braun
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
They’re always watching. They’re always waiting. They’re always starving…

Ten years ago, the sky shattered and the Hellions emerged. No one was able to keep them from destroying the city of Westraven. Now that the bloodthirsty monsters rule the skies and have forced the few remaining humans underground, Claire Abernathy lives in a nightmare. She survives by using her skills as an engineer for a ruthless tyrant connected to her mother and father’s past failure.

Then Claire’s world is torn apart when her sister Abby is kidnapped by the Hellions, and Claire herself is taken by dangerous sky pirates known as marauders. But Claire will not be intimidated by them while her sister’s life hangs by a thread, and so she strikes a deal with them: If they help rescue Abby, she will fix their ship and give them the chance to take the revenge they desperately seek.

As Claire fights for her sister’s life, she begins to realize that the Hellions are not the only dangers she’ll face. Burdensome secrets and devastating betrayals threaten her at every turn, and if she loses herself to them, it won’t just be her life that is destroyed…..

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Midnight Sky (Dark Sky #2) by Amy Braun

Midnight Sky (Dark Sky #2) by Amy Braun

About Book 2
Title: Midnight Sky
Series: Dark Sky #2
Author: Amy Braun
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices…

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…..

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Author Amy Braun

Author Amy Braun

About the Author
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for “author voice, world-building and general bad-assery,” and the One Book Two Standout Award in 2015 for her Cursed trilogy. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, and is an active member of the Writing GIAM and Weekend Writing Warrior communities. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction.

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Where to Find Amy Braun
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Book Blitz – Teaser + Giveaway and Sale – Discord (Echoes of Earth) by Katy Haye

Discord Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Discord, the first book in the young adult dystopian science fiction series, Echoes of Earth, by Katy Haye. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99.

Discord (Echoes of Earth #1) by Katy Haye

Discord (Echoes of Earth #1) by Katy Haye

About the Book – On Sale for just $0.99!
Title: Discord
Series: Echoes of Earth #1
Author: Katy Haye
Publisher: Plumshine Books
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Beth forgot her past. What if there’s nothing to remember?

Seventeen-year-old Beth has brain damage. That’s why she lives in a hospital in the middle of the English countryside filled with therapeutic music and medical tests. Some days she feels well enough to go home, but other days – the days filled with shadows and ghosts, and a strong sense of déjà vu – she fears she’ll never get better.

Toby’s arrival signals a turning point. Beth faces her fears instead of hiding from them. But even with Toby’s help, is she strong enough to face a truth that is stranger than anything Beth could imagine?

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Author Katy Haye

Author Katy Haye

About the Author
Katy Haye spends as much time as possible in either her own or someone else’s imaginary worlds. She has a fearsome green tea habit, a partiality for dark chocolate brazils and a fascination with the science of storytelling.

When not lost in a good book, Katy may be found on her allotment growing veg and keeping hens in order to maximise her chances of survival in the event of a zombie apocalypse or similar catastrophe (admittedly, this would not help if the entire country flooded…).

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Where to Find Katy Haye
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#1LineWed – Door

1LineWed

Today’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Door. Here’s a line from Chapter 6 of The Invasion, book 4 in The Union Series, from Evan’s POV.

Halfway down, he halts in front of a windowless door and pulls it open, shoving me inside.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Shadow Fall, the first book in the young adult fantasy romance series,  Shadow Fall, by Audrey Grey. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey

About the Book
Title:
 Shadow Fall
Series: Shadow Fall #1
Author: Audrey Grey
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Request a Review Copy

Synopsis
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive. The question is who?

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Excerpt
My legs wobble as I step into the now lukewarm water. I sink to the bottom. Tiny bubbles escape my nose as I watch all the ugly remnants from the last seven years leave my body.

Lungs burning, I rise and come face-to-face with Pit Boy.

I glare at him. “You really have to work on the knocking thing.”

Despite the fact that I’m indecent, his attention never falls from my face. I almost wish it would, just to give me a break from the intensity of his focus.

“I only get a few more hours to be the ‘one-eyed freak’ from the pit. Might as well take advantage.” He doesn’t dare crack a smile, so it’s hard to tell if he’s joking or serious.

“Don’t worry. In my heart, that’s exactly who you’ll always be.”

His words remind me that soon we’ll be reconstructed using forbidden nanotech. But it won’t just be our flesh they’ll reengineer. It will be our brains, too.

I don’t foresee my rewiring being too complicated, but Riser needs to upload almost twenty years of false memories. That will be tricky and time-consuming.

And time is the one thing we don’t have.

Riser flicks his gaze to the mirror. He lifts a hand, touches the patch of mottled flesh where his eye should be.

“How did it happen?” I ask.

“Careful, my lady.” His gaze settles on my face. “You’re beginning to sound like you care.”

I roll my eyes. “And I thought was lacking in conversational skills.”

He focuses his attention on the graffiti sprayed across the mirror.

“It’s written language,” I blurt, even though all I want to do is end the conversation so Pit Boy can leave. His presence unnerves me more than the other Pit Leeches ever could. “It’s how we communicate.”

“I know what it is.” He examines his jagged thumbnail. “I just . . . can’t read it.”

“It’s just stuff about the Chosen. You know, insults.” The populace is finicky. As much as they love watching the Chosen with their petty intrigues and court life, they would be just as happy to see their heads on a pike.

“Chosen?”

Time to explain what you are, Everly, Nicolai’s voice grates inside my head. Riser’s eyes flutter just enough that I know he’s heard Nicolai’s voice too.

You do it, I think, watching Riser’s reaction. But his face remains emotionless; either he’s a good actor or only Nicolai can hear my response.

“The Royalist astronomers discovered the asteroid twenty-one years ago,” I begin. “It’s actually a slow moving planet called an earth-crosser, meaning its orbit and ours intersect every twenty-thousand years. Usually it’s too far away to affect us, but this time it will pass close enough to wreak havoc and make the earth uninhabitable for years.” I stir the water with my big toe. “Before I was born, the Emperor decided that creating a population of genetically superior humans would be a great idea, you know, just in case the Caskets don’t work or the asteroid does more damage than predicted.”

Riser’s hyper-focused gaze bores through me. “You’re one of them?”

“Yes.” I run my hand through the filthy water. “But my father’s a Bronze, so even though my mother comes from a Gold House, the Emperor only allowed them one Chosen instead of the customary twins. So it’s just me . . . not Max.”

“What makes being Chosen so special?”

“I don’t know . . .” I bite my lip, trying to remember everything my parents told me. “My genes are perfect, I guess.”

For some reason, talking about my body makes me remember that I am naked in a room with a boy. As if reading my mind, Riser slowly lets his gaze fall, his expression both curious and unapologetic as he takes me all in, his thoughts cryptic.

“What are you staring at?” I blurt, smashing my breasts beneath my hands. Not like there’s much there to cover. “Haven’t you seen a naked girl before?”

A smile twitches his lips. “Not one that’s genetically flawless.”

“It doesn’t work that way! You can’t just look at us and tell. We look like everyone else—”

“No.” Riser shakes his head, a dark swath of hair covering his damaged eye. “You don’t. Whatever you are.”

“You must be happy . . . about our reconstruction, I mean,” I mumble, trying desperately to change the subject. “They’ll fix your eye . . . and . . . and all those horrible scars.”

I freeze as he slides off the counter, unable to look away as he hooks one finger beneath his shirt and lifts.

Scars ravage his anemic body in varying shades of red and silver and white. Some deep and pitted like the craters of a far-away planet, others smooth and neat. One particular nasty scar carves down his shoulder, tunneling across his chest and stomach. A fresh red wound nestles just below his throat.

He carefully touches the long ugly one. “I’m not ashamed for surviving.”

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Author Audrey Grey

Author Audrey Grey

About the Author
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.
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Where to Find Audrey Grey
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Blog Tour – Destiny (The Geneva Project) by Christina Benjamin

Welcome to the blog tour for Destiny, the fourth book in the young adult dystopian fantasy series, The Geneva Project, by Christina Benjamin. See below for information on the book, buy links, and a couple of exclusive teasers.

Destiny (The Geneva Project #4) by Christina Benjamin

Destiny (The Geneva Project #4) by Christina Benjamin

About the Book
Title: Destiny
Series: The Geneva Project #4
Author: Christine Benjamin
Publisher: Crown Atlantic Publishing
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Can you survive your destiny?

Alone and imprisoned by the Ravinori, Geneva’s legendary power is tested as Malakai’s quest for supremacy threatens the people she loves. It’s do or die as she faces her overwhelming destiny head on. Despite the cost, Geneva will give everything she has to fulfill her mythical prophecy. She’s forged the strength and courage to face her fate, but can Geneva’s light surpass the darkness?.

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Author Christina Benjamin

Author Christina Benjamin

About the Author
Christina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the bestselling Young Adult fantasy series The Geneva Project.

Benjamin’s writing hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, offering a new series to obsess over.  She paints a vivid world where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage and friendship.

Benjamin resides in Florida. She’s a proud book nerd, 100% Gryffindor, has entirely too many book boyfriends and loves coffee and tacos!.
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Where to Find Christina Benjamin
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#1LineWed – Sit, Sat, or Seat

1LineWed

Today’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Sit, Sat or Seat. Here’s a line from Chapter 10 of The Invasion, book 4 in The Union Series, from Evan’s POV.

A soldier approaches, carrying a thick metal rod. A small white scar cuts across his square jaw that sits below thin, pursed lips.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Home by Eleni McKnight

Home Cover Reveal

WorldCrafts Press and author, Eleni McKnight, are unveiling the cover to Home, a young adult dystopian romance, releasing November 22, 2016. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

Home by Eleni McKnight

Home by Eleni McKnight

About the Book
Title: Home
Author: Eleni McKnight
Publisher: WorldCrafts Press
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Knowledge is a dangerous commodity in the Home commune, the last beacon of civilization against the fallen outside world. As Suzannah Commons begins to secretly read forbidden books, she jeopardizes her future for the forbidden love of the boy who supplies her new, dangerous habit, Silas Maars, and his family. Will her new-found knowledge be her destruction?

Suzannah is in training with the rest of the unmarried teenage girls in the Handmaiden House and Home’s laundry to become a bride when she accidentally comes upon a naked boy in one of the family quarters, Silas Maars. To see a naked man before marriage is an unforgivable sin in Home and a challenge to her precious status as a virgin, her only aspect of worth. This compromise to her purity would earn her an automatic exile in the Hard Labor Camp, a death sentence until the commune leader, Parson, sentences her to the punishment of serving Silas and his unusual family as a housekeeper. As she works for the Maars family and is isolated from the rest of the commune’s population, she discovers the frightening, threatening outside world is not as dangerous as she has been led to believe. The Maars family reveals to her that Deacon controls the population of Home by keeping them all ignorant, denying them education and books so he can teach his own twisted, corrupt, self-serving version of religion from the pulpit. As she learns the truth and begins to fall into a star-crossed love with Silas, her fate as a childbride to one of the lecherous Elders or a worker in the hard labor camp is drawing nigh.

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Author Eleni McKnight

Author Eleni McKnight

About the Author
Eleni McKnight is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Literature. This left her with a wild passion for creating costumes and doing make-up in her freetime, along with her intense passion for reading from her childhood. She started writing at age eight when she had read all the Baby-Sitter’s Club books she had brought along for a road trip at age nine, and wanted something new to read. It’s never quite left her over the years.

These days, you can usually find her working backstage or costuming in local community theatres, reading a book, walking/exercising, at a concert, drinking a craft beer with friends, knitting, embroidering, or taking a dance class.

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Where to Find Eleni McKnight
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Before Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow) by Pintip Dunn

Before Tomorrow Book Blitz

Welcome to the blog tour for Before Tomorrow, a novella in the young adult science fiction romance series, Forget Tomorrow, by Pintip Dunn. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. And for a limited time, you can pick it up for FREE!

Before Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow #1.5) by Pintip Dunn

Before Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow #1.5) by Pintip Dunn

About the Book – Currently FREE!
Title: Before Tomorrow
Series: Forget Tomorrow #1.5
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 31, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Prequel to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning novel, FORGET TOMORROW!

In a world where all seventeen-year-olds receive a memory from their future selves, Logan Russell’s vision is exactly as he expects — and exactly not. He sees himself achieving his greatest wish of becoming a gold-star swimmer, but strangely enough, the vision also shows him locking eyes with a girl from his past, Callie Stone, and experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and belonging.

Logan’s not sure what the memory means, but soon enough, he learns that his old friend Callie is in trouble. She’s received an atypical memory, one where she commits a crime in the future. According to the law, she must be imprisoned, even though she’s done nothing wrong. Now, Logan must decide if he’ll give up his future as a gold-star swimmer and rescue the literal girl of his dreams. All he’ll have to do is defy Fate.

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He could see her now, and it made him want to fall to his knees and beg for forgiveness. If he had known, he never would’ve let her come.

Her face was pale, so pale, and her eyes stood out like stars in the black sky. But they weren’t lustrous stars full of verve and sparkle; no, her stars were the ones at the end of their lives, the ones in danger of blinking out. Her bones looked fragile, her skin was as thin as parchment paper. Bruises decorated her arm like the latest fashion trends. In a mere week, she looked like this. In a week, she had transformed from a girl to an apparition.

His heart shook, and shame flooded him. I’m sorry, Callie. So sorry. I didn’t know. I thought this was what you wanted. I thought I was doing the right thing.

He hadn’t known—but he should’ve. He was the one with the connection to the Underground. The one with access to information other people didn’t have. He should’ve known, and he should’ve stopped her.

But then, so quickly he barely registered it, she crossed the floor and laid her hand on his chest. He blinked—and then blinked again. What was she doing? They had to get out of here.

“You feel amazing,” she said, oblivious to the urgency. She didn’t sound like herself, either. What was going on? And then she shuffled forward until their shoes were touching. He inhaled sharply and forgot everything else. The touch was nothing. He knew that. Synthetic rubber against synthetic rubber. But now they were connected in two spots. Everything inside him sizzled and popped. If she touched him anywhere else, he might explode.

She seemed determined to try. She trailed her hand across his chest, over his shoulders, up, up, up to his face. And then, she rubbed her fingers back and forth, and the breath shot out of him. He’d never felt anything so sweet, so exquisite. It felt so good it almost hurt. No, it did hurt, but if this were pain, he’d go to Limbo for an eternity.

Her fingers skipped to his lips—and he couldn’t take it anymore. His body broke free from the force that was paralyzing him. He could either grab her and kiss her senseless—or he could put a stop to this and get on with the mission.

He struggled. Oh, how he struggled and damned Fate to the moon and back. Every fiber in his body screamed, Do it! Kiss her now! And if they were anywhere else, if it were any other time, he would’ve.

But he couldn’t forget the bruises on her body. If he didn’t break her out now, he’d never be able to live with himself.

He reached up and covered her hand with his trembling fingers. Fate help him, if he was going to end this moment, he wanted at least one touch of his hand against hers. Something for him to remember during his sleepless nights.

He moved her hand from his lips, and it felt like he was dragging it through wet concrete. “I can’t believe I’m saying this,” he said hoarsely, “but we don’t have much time.”

Her eyes snapped into focus, and everything about her features sharpened. “You’re real?”

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Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow #1) by Pintip Dunn

Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow #1) by Pintip Dunn

About Book 1
Title: Forget Tomorrow
Series: Forget Tomorrow #1
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboBook Depository

Synopsis
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.

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Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow #2) by Pintip Dunn

Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow #2) by Pintip Dunn

About Book 2
Title: Remember Yesterday
Series: Forget Tomorrow #2
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboBook Depository

Synopsis
The sequel to the sci-fi hit Forget Tomorrow is a twisting, turning roller-coaster ride—the perfect sci-fi futuristic read.

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries — if only she’d let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do.

But when she discovers the past isn’t what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She’ll do anything to change her past — even if it means aligning herself with the enemy she swore to defeat..

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Author Pintip Dunn

Author Pintip Dunn

About the Author
When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, “An author.” Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

Pintip graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.
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Where to Find Pintip Dunn
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#1LineWed – Under

1LineWed

I haven’t participated in #1LineWed in quite a while, but I’m back to editing, The Invasion, my current WIP and ready to play again! Today’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Under. Here’s a line from Chapter 1 of The Invasion, book 4 in The Union Series, from Cyrus’s POV.

Blondie gasps as the full extent of my injuries becomes visible and takes a step back, as if I’m contagious. “Holy hell,” she says under her breath.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Liberation (Moonchild) by Kate L. Mary

Liberation Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Liberation, the second book in the young adult post-apocalyptic steampunk romance series, Moonchild, by Kate L. Mary. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. You can read my review of book 1, Moonchild, here.

Liberation (Moonchild #2) by Kate L. Mary

Liberation (Moonchild #2) by Kate L. Mary

About the Book
Title:
 Liberation
Series: Moonchild #2
Author: Kate L. Mary
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre:  Young Adult Dystopian/SciFi/Steampunk Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
From two-time award-winning author, Kate L. Mary, comes the sequel to MOONCHILD, “a much needed breath of fresh air in the world of YA fantasy.” After surviving the auction and a near death experience at the hands of Asher’s father, Scarlett Moon is more than ready for life to settle down, and with each passing day she starts to feel more at home in Columbus. Even with Asher ready for more than Scarlett can give, she manages to fall into a routine that almost feels like a normal life.

But one distress call is all it takes to destroy the serenity the group has managed to build.

As far as anyone knew, Paget had moved on with her life after storming out months ago, but the fear in her voice when she calls the warehouse tells a different story. Even though Scarlett never liked Asher’s ex to begin with, she can’t help feeling a little bit responsible for Paget’s situation.

Searching in the seediest part of the city, the group picks up clues as they try to piece together what might have happened. The more Scarlett learns about what the other woman has been through over the last few months, the more concerned she becomes. Even worse: there’s no sign of Paget anywhere in Columbus.

With all the clues pointing in one direction, the group leaves the city and heads for Hocking Hills. Only it seems the danger may have followed them, leaving nothing but death and destruction in its wake and putting Paget in more danger than ever before. As Scarlett learns more about the woman who used to hold Asher’s heart, she suddenly finds herself unable to deny how she really feels about him. Only, with Paget in trouble, Scarlett can’t help wondering if Asher might still have feelings for his ex.

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Excerpt #2
“Does that make you jealous?” Asher’s voice comes out husky, and there isn’t an ounce of teasing in it. He steps closer to me, and the heat radiating off his body warms the small space. The desire I’ve been trying to hold off builds inside me, making my pulse quicken. I hate that he makes me feel this way, but I love it too.

“No,” I say, but the word is weak and shaky, and it wouldn’t fool the most gullible person in the world.

Asher’s smile disappears, and I try to tell myself to stick to my guns. That it doesn’t matter how much I want Asher right now, I can’t give him what he wants. I’d just hurt him.

“Scarlett, why do you do this to me? You tell me no and you push me away, but I can see it in your eyes every time you look at me. How am I supposed to take those looks? How am I supposed to ignore your jealousy?” His words come out sounding painful.

Then he steps even closer, putting his hand on my shoulder and slowly running it down my arm. Leaving a trail of goose bumps behind. Only this time, they aren’t from the cold.

“I’m doing this to protect you,” I whisper. “I’m no good for you.”

“Why don’t you let me be the judge of that?” he says, smiling.

I should stop him. I know it. But suddenly, I don’t want to. All these months of fighting my feelings, ignoring how he ignites my body with the smallest look. How the desire builds inside me every day, getting more and more intense. It all seems stupid. Asher is so persistent, and my attraction isn’t going away. Maybe he’s right. Maybe we are right for each other.

Once again, he seems to know what I’m thinking, because a look of triumph flashes in his eyes as he takes that last little step toward me. He reaches up to tuck my hair behind my ear, and instead of dropping his hand he runs his thumb across my cheek and over to my lips. My insides nearly burst into flames from the contact. The light from the lamp flickers, causing little shadows to dance across his face. It makes him look sexier than he ever has before. Right here in this dirty cabin in the middle of nowhere with the wind howling outside. It’s too much to resist, especially after all this time building inside me.

This is it. The moment when I decide our future.

I have no idea what I’m going to do.

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Liberation Teaser 1

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Moonchild by Kate L. Mary

Moonchild by Kate L. Mary

About Book 1
Title:
 Moonchild
Series: Moonchild #1
Author: Kate L. Mary
Release Date: June 21. 2016
Genre:  Young Adult Dystopian/SciFi/Steampunk Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Review

Synopsis
In a world fueled by greed and corruption, where airships rule the skies and coal mines have been turned into prisons, Scarlett Moon has one goal: Survive. Being tough and looking out for herself is the only way to stay alive, but when her best friend, Rory, is arrested and returned to the mines, all of Scarlett’s carefully built walls threaten to crumble.

After being rescued by an airship full of pirates, led by the sexy and irresistible Asher Kimura, Scarlett finds herself surrounded by cons and fugitives, and thrust into the middle of a coal-smuggling business. When they take her to Columbus, the one place she never wanted to set foot in again, she wants nothing more than to get away. And her discomfort only grows as she becomes increasingly drawn to Asher.

But everything changes when she discovers there may be a way to rescue Rory. Enlisting the pirates’ help, Scarlett sets out on a mission to save her friend, praying that her overwhelming attraction to Asher doesn’t mean the end to her freedom—in more ways than one..

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Author Kate L. Mary

Author Kate L. Mary

About the Author
Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Fans of The Walking Dead won’t want to miss out on her Amazon Bestselling Broken World series, and the soon to come Twisted follow-up series.
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Where to find Kate L. Mary
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Book Blitz – Distant Horizon by Stephanie and Isaac Flint

Distant Horizon Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Distant Horizon, a young adult dystopian/superhero, by Stephanie and Isaac Flint. See below for information on the book, buy links, a couple of exclusive teasers, and the book’s trailer.

Distant Horizon by Stephanie and Isaac Flint

Distant Horizon by Stephanie and Isaac Flint

About the Book
Title: Distant Horizon
Author: Stephanie & Isaac Flint
Publisher: Infinitas Publishing
Release Date: October 27, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Superhero
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
The Community is safe. Unless you have superpowers.

Sixty years ago, a hallucinogenic plague annihilated half the world’s population, leading to the formation of the Community—an international government that promises its citizens safety, security, and efficiency. Every day, Community citizens swallow a mandatory pill to ensure their immunity to the plague. A year after graduating high school, they take the Health Scan.

Most pass, and continue with their lives. Others disappear.

Eighteen-year-old Jenna Nickleson hasn’t taken the pill since her senior year in high school. She feels more alive without it, and she hasn’t shown any signs of infection—at least, not until two days after a surprise Health Scan is announced and Special Forces arrive at her university campus.

Spurred by the recent string of hallucinations, Jenna searches for any inkling of what happens to those who fail the scan. Rumor has it that they’re sent away for treatment and, once cured, receive a menial job. But when she uncovers the cruel truth behind the plague, her ideal world is shattered.

Underneath the illusion of safety, Special Forces agents harbor a dark secret.

The plague is a lie.

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Authors Stephanie & Isaac Flint

Authors Stephanie & Isaac Flint

About The Author
Stephanie and Isaac Flint met at the University of Central Missouri, where they soon discovered a common interest in world-building and tabletop role-play games. Distant Horizon is their first joint world, the result of a role-play game Isaac ran in the summer of 2010. After graduating with Bachelors of Science (Photography for Stephanie, Psychology for Isaac), Stephanie and Isaac married in 2012. Together, they plot stories, torment each other’s characters, and enjoy the occasional cosplay. Infinitas Publishing Website: infinitaspublishing.com

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Where to Find Stephanie & Isaac Flint
Stephanie Goodreads | Isaac GoodreadsWebsite | FacebookTwitter
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Autonomy by Jude Houghton

Autonomy Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Autonomy, a new adult dystopian science fiction adventure, by Jude Houghton. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

Autonomy by Jude Houghton

Autonomy by Jude Houghton

About the Book
Title:
 Autonomy
Author: Jude Houghton
Publisher: Grimbold Books
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Genre: New Adult Dystopian/Science Fiction
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for starvation pay. Pasco Eborgersen is the pampered son of an Elite, trying to navigate the temptations of the Pleasure Houses, the self-sacrifice of the Faith, and the high-octane excitement of Steel Ball. They are two strangers, who never should have met, and now they will rip apart the world.

What happens when ninety percent of the world lives on skaatch – a jellyfish and insect composite?

What happens when mankind spends more time in alternative life sims instead of in the “real” world?

What happens when economic interest is the sole determinant of global decision making?

What happens when a single secret is discovered that calls into question everything we have ever believed?

Welcome to the Autonomy. Welcome to your future.

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Excerpt #3
“And now, with just twelve seconds to go the Dogs are done. It’s just a question of whether they can keep it to 1-0, or whether the Razorbacks will score again.”

“To lose one maul is unfortunate, but to lose two looks like carelessness . . .” Cyndi’s leotard was so tight it looked as though her breasts would pop out at any moment. They had once, in front of a crowd of billions. A costume malfunction that might be repeated if ever the ratings dropped.

The display cut to a simulated three-dimensional image of the Razorbacks captain, deRacine, stamping on the Strontia Dogs, then taking them up in his mouth like a dog, shaking them left and right, before hurling them at the screen, making Pasco flinch. This was supposed to be funny somehow.

“Come on, come on,” Pasco said under his breath. “Get on with it.”

It had been a gut wrenching hour, but it was almost over and he was going to win. Everything he could beg, borrow and steal was on the Razorbacks. Jay Blood, a colleague in his fantasy league, had given him the tip. Working in Media, he saw that Reggie Rose had crashed his manually driven, hugely expensive, vintage Maserati on the way to the match. Uni Su, his replacement, had only ever played in the minors. Pasco placed the bet a few seconds before the news broke on iNet and changed all the odds.

Pasco enjoyed a curious relationship with the sport. He hated the worst excesses of the violence but loved the ball play and the sheer athleticism of the players. There was something incorruptible about it, something fundamentally real about the conflict, about the struggle. As a child, it was one of the few things his father, brother and he did together. As an adult, it reminded him of happier times.

But not today. Not with so much money riding on the game. Even now, when it was effectively over, he could hardly stand it. The sweat dripped down Pasco’s face and he prayed. He wasn’t sure he believed in the Faith, but he wasn’t taking any chances.

Finally the time out was over.

“And so the teams line up. The Strontia Dogs are hopelessly out of position. Look at the space on the outside, they are in shambles.”

“Well there is no orthodox formation to defend a four on two,” Cyndi muttered.

For a brief moment, stillness settled over the exhausted athletes, then the buzzer sounded and the Razorbacks rushed forward. The crowd roared so loudly, Pasco had to adjust his implant.

Twelve seconds.

“Here we go,” Larry said.

The two Razorback mauls circled and then charged at the Dogs’ limping interceptor, sandwiching him in a bone crunching tackle.

“And he’s down!” Larry cried.

The Dog struggled to get up, but the maul was too quick, slamming an iron plated knee into his back. A sickening crack reverberated in Pasco’s ear. A real time battle suit scan showed the back was broken, a career ending injury.

Ten seconds.

“The Razors have only the rookie Uni Su to beat. He steps away from the goal line to meet them!”

The mauls knocked Uni Su off his feet in a vicious tackle, slamming him back towards the goal. The battle suit instantly predicted concussion. deRacine grinned at the cameras, pulled back his arm and showboated a slow motion throw.

“Carry it in, you idiot!” Pasco yelled. Eight seconds.

deRacine pitched the ball at the goal, but at the same instant, Uni Su made an impossible lunge upwards, stopping the ball just before it crossed the line. Then, flipping to his feet, he side-stepped one onrushing maul and delivered a crushing roundhouse to the other. It happened so fast, the commentators took a moment to catch up.

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Author Jude Houghton

Author Jude Houghton

About the Author
Jude developed a love of fantasy from a relatively early age after realising an innate talent for making stuff up could result in something other than detention. Working across the globe in fields as diverse as journalism, data entry, sales, management consultancy and babysitting, Jude has partially succeeded in putting an English and History degree from Oxford University to good use. A somnambulist, insomniac, lover of letters, Jude writes late into the night, most nights, tumbling down the rabbit hole to dream of other lives. Jude currently lives in Pennsylvania with an over-enthusiastic family and absurdly entitled dog.

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Where to Find Jude Houghton
Goodreads | Amazon

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