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4 Dec

The Origins of the Nine - A "Dominion" Guest Post by Lissa Bryan

 
 
Release Date: December 3rd 2016
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian
 
 
 
 
~~GIVEAWAY~~
 
 

~~THE ORIGINS OF THE NINE~~
 
As I was thinking about the world Taylor inhabits, I had to also think about how the criminal element would evolve.
In DOMINION, thirty years have passed since the Infection ended the world as we know it. The survivors have banded together into small towns scattered around the Wasteland. For the most part, they’ve barricaded themselves behind walls or other natural fortifications for protection against raiders.
The raiders, too, would have to evolve in order to be strong enough to break through these defenses. The old saying is that there’s honor amongst thieves, but there also has to be order. Human beings crave order and structure. You can see that in modern criminal gangs — it’s not anarchy within the group. They have a clearly defined rank structure and rules for membership. 
The Nine have taken over Taylor’s area. They prey upon the towns, demanding tribute and destroying the ones which refuse to cooperate. 
Their hierarchy is simple. Taylor explains it in one of the scenes:
“No one ever told me much about the Nine,” Dylan admitted. “I heard snippets of conversation, but they’d always stop when I came into the room. Who are these people?”
“Demons,” Taylor said, sitting down beside him. “They’re the closest thing to hell on earth we have. They’re the strongest, toughest, and meanest. And that’s why they always win.” Taylor inhaled again and blew smoke toward the bright stars.
“When they take over a town, all the people they decide to keep are Zeroes. Slaves. If you’re a part of the Nine, you can do whatever you want to people who are lower in rank. Sixes can do whatever they want to Sevens, and Eights, and Nines, but the Sixes get kicked around themselves by the Fives. And no one even cares if the Zeroes die, because there’s always another to replace them.”
Dylan’s gorge rose, thinking of his mother and sister being treated like that. He had to take several deep breaths to fight it back. He rubbed his eyes for a moment and wished he were religious so he could say this was God’s will or that the Lord would take care of them, but he didn’t believe that.
[…]
“Can they get out? Is there any way to be free?”
 “If one of the Zeroes is strong and mean enough, they can challenge a Nine for status and join them if they win.”
“But that’s not really freedom. Their only choice is to be a slave or be one of the Nine.”
“I’d imagine most people think anything is better than being a Zero.”
“So if they do join the Nine, then what?”
Taylor exhaled a stream of smoke she’d been holding in before she answered. She didn’t look at him, but kept her gaze on the burning joint pinched between her fingers. “I don’t really know, except that the Nines have to obey everyone with a higher rank, so the lowest rank gets the shit jobs.”
“And I guess they can always go higher.”
“They can only challenge one rank up at a time, so a Zero challenges a Nine, or a Nine can challenge an Eight, and so on. They have a place called the Pits for fights. I’ve heard they use old high school football fields. During their Gatherings, the rest of the Nine watch the challenges. Everyone is always fighting for higher rank to protect them from the higher-ups.”
“And the guy you killed was an Eight, so he managed to win at least two challenges for that rank. First, to get out of being a Zero, and then he also killed an Eight.”
“Yeah.”
“Does that mean you have rank?”
“No, because it wasn’t done in the Pits. I was never a Zero, so I didn’t even have the right to challenge. I killed one of their own, so now I’m a prime target. There’s a bounty on me, and it will only get bigger the longer it takes for them to catch me.”
“You make it sound like an inevitability that they will catch you.”
“The probability is high,” she said, mocking his inflection, attempting to make light of a horrible reality. Dylan didn’t even smile in response. It was too ugly.
 
 
In creating the Gatherings, I was also thinking of the panem et circenses philosophy of Juvenal. The lower ranks have to have entertainment, and more importantly, hope that they can climb the ladder themselves. 
 
 
 
~~SUMMARY~~
 
A generation has passed since the pandemic known only as the Infection ended the world as we know it. In a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, Taylor has known only a harsh and brutal struggle for survival in a land littered with the rusted-out remnants of a lost world. By day, she labors in a coal mine. In the evenings, she tends a secret collection of beehives, and uses the honey to pay for lessons in survival skills, such as hunting, fishing and collecting herbs. Her home is a single room in a crumbling old motel, and her only companion is a pet box tortoise named Go she’s had since she was a child.
 
When her town is destroyed by a vicious gang of raiders known as the Nine, Taylor escapes with Dylan, the son of the mayor. Their only plan is to head south and escape the Nine’s vast territory, avoiding areas contaminated by meltdowns and industrial pollution where mysterious illnesses plague the residents.
 
Dylan has never known hunger or hardship and struggles to learn survival skills. He’s never known a woman like Taylor either. He tries to pay her back by teaching her to read and telling her the stories passed down from the world of Before.
 
They certainly didn’t plan on falling in love. Taylor fights it every step of the way, because in her world, any emotional attachment is dangerous. She’s been taught since childhood that love slows you down, makes you weak. But the feelings growing between them cannot be denied.
 
Taylor finds herself slowly breaking every one of her hard-learned rules of survival. She discovers that perhaps some of those things she’s always fought to avoid are the very things that make life worth living.
 
. . . And death shall have no dominion . . .”
 
 
 
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
 
Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.
 
She is the author of five other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequels, The Land of the Shadows and Shadows Have Gone, and Under These Restless Skies.
 
 
 ~~CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR~~
 
 
 
Praise for 
The End of All Things Series
 
Hope, love, and the strength of the human spirit are the backbone of this surprisingly uplifting offering from Lissa Bryan. ~ CBL Book Reviews
 
The End of All Things is more about hope and second chances, and I very much enjoyed the tale .... highly recommended for all fans of apocalyptic fiction. It's a well-written book with excellent pace, plot, and best, it has real soul.~ Jade Kerrion, Goodreads
 
 
 
 

28 Nov

Dominion by Lissa Bryan - Blog Tour

 
Release Date: December 3rd 2016
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian
 
 
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble,
 
 
~~GIVEAWAY~~
 
 
 

~~BLOG TOUR DATES~~
 
November 26
Promotional Blast
 
Review
 
 
November 27
Review
 
Promotional Blast
 
 
November 28
Review
 
 
November 29
Excerpt
 
 
November 30
Review, Promotional Blast
 
 
December 1
Review, Author Interview
 
 
December 2
Guest Post
 
 
December 3
Promotional Blast
 
 
December 4
Guest Post
 
 
December 5
Guest Post
 
 
December 6
Excerpt / Review
 
 
December 7
Review
 
 
December 8
Guest Post
 
 
December 10
Review, Promotional Blast
 
~~SUMMARY~~
 
A generation has passed since the pandemic known only as the Infection ended the world as we know it. In a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, Taylor has known only a harsh and brutal struggle for survival in a land littered with the rusted-out remnants of a lost world. By day, she labors in a coal mine. In the evenings, she tends a secret collection of beehives, and uses the honey to pay for lessons in survival skills, such as hunting, fishing and collecting herbs. Her home is a single room in a crumbling old motel, and her only companion is a pet box tortoise named Go she’s had since she was a child.
 
When her town is destroyed by a vicious gang of raiders known as the Nine, Taylor escapes with Dylan, the son of the mayor. Their only plan is to head south and escape the Nine’s vast territory, avoiding areas contaminated by meltdowns and industrial pollution where mysterious illnesses plague the residents.
 
Dylan has never known hunger or hardship and struggles to learn survival skills. He’s never known a woman like Taylor either. He tries to pay her back by teaching her to read and telling her the stories passed down from the world of Before.
 
They certainly didn’t plan on falling in love. Taylor fights it every step of the way, because in her world, any emotional attachment is dangerous. She’s been taught since childhood that love slows you down, makes you weak. But the feelings growing between them cannot be denied.
 
Taylor finds herself slowly breaking every one of her hard-learned rules of survival. She discovers that perhaps some of those things she’s always fought to avoid are the very things that make life worth living.
 
. . . And death shall have no dominion . . .”
 
 
 
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
 
Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.
 
She is the author of five other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequels, The Land of the Shadows and Shadows Have Gone, and Under These Restless Skies.
 
 
 ~~CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR~~
 
 
 
Praise for 
The End of All Things Series
 
Hope, love, and the strength of the human spirit are the backbone of this surprisingly uplifting offering from Lissa Bryan. ~ CBL Book Reviews
 
The End of All Things is more about hope and second chances, and I very much enjoyed the tale .... highly recommended for all fans of apocalyptic fiction. It's a well-written book with excellent pace, plot, and best, it has real soul.~ Jade Kerrion, Goodreads
 
 
 

19 Aug

CRIMINAl Blog Tour Schedule

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Release Date: August 25th , 2016

Published by The Writers Coffee Shop

Genre: Fiction: Dystopian

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


August 18

www.officiallyangie.com Review, Promotional Blast, Author Interview

http://www.shelflifeblogblog.wordpress.com Review

readinggivesmelife.com Review

August 19

http://www.teainthetreetops.com Review, Guest Post

August 20

http://mnonmklreviews.blogspot.com - Review, Guest Post

http://readyourselftosleep.wordpress.com/ - Review

August 21

http://www.adventureswithwords.wordpress.com - Review

August 22

www.girl-who-reads.com - Review

goodbadandunread.com Review

August 23

https://adventuresinbooklandblog.wordpress.com Promo / Review

August 24

https://www.amazon.co.uk Promo / Review

August 25

http://www.abshepherd.net Guest Post

https://wordpress.com/stats/insights/cafeartspace.wordpress.com - Promo

http://cafeartspace.blogspot.com/2016/08/criminal-by-kbhoyle.html - Promo

August 26

https://pratr.wordpress.com/ Promo / Review

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1709035992?book_show_action=false Review

August 27

http://likeiamfeasting.blogspot.com.au - Promo / Review

August 28

www.readinggivesmelife.com Review

August 29

http://likeiamfeasting.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/breeder-kb-hoyle.html?utm_source=bp_recent&utm-medium=gadget&utm_campaign=bp_recent Review of Breeder

August 30

gimmethatbook.com - Guest Post / Interview

September 1

http://ilayreading.com Review

https://amandamartinezbeck.com - Review, Author Interview

http://jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.co.uk/ - Review, Promotional Blast

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Click on the link below to enter the giveaway for your chance to win K.B.Hoyle's The Breeder Cycle Series.

K.B. Hoyle Giveaway - Click Here

 ~~SUMMARY~~

Following the horrors she discovered in the basement of Sanctuary at the end of Breeder, there is no longer any doubt in Pria’s mind that the Unified World Order is wicked. But convincing the rest of the world will be another story. When it’s revealed the files she’d stolen from Sanctuary are worthless, Pria and the other Free Patriots must scramble to come up with another way to convince everyone to rise up in open revolution before the UWO’s monsters destroy them all. But Pria’s tenuous grasp of human nature complicates her role in the rebellion as she finds herself torn between Pax, her ever-present protector, and Henri, her good-natured friend.

A new scheme to infiltrate the seemingly impregnable UWO machine places Pria once again at the centre of the plan. This time, though, she must be willing to erase her identity, It’s a sacrifice she thinks she’s ready to make, but she has no idea just how difficult it will be.

GoodreadsAdd to Want To Read List 

~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

K. B. Hoyle is an author, public speaker, creative writing instructor, and classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen speculative fiction for readers of all ages. She and her husband stay busy at their Alabama home with their four young sons.

She is a Readers' Favorite 5-Star reviewed author, a multiple recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, the winner of the Gold Book Award for YA Series (2016) for The Gateway Chronicles, her best-selling six-book Fantasy series, and the Silver Book Award winner for YA Science Fiction (2015) for BREEDER, the first book in her Dystopian Trilogy, The Breeder Cycle. She was a featured panel speaker at the 2013 Sydney Writer's Festival in Sydney, Australia, and her books receive high acclaim from readers and reviewers worldwide. Visit her website at kbhoyle.com 

 ~~CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR~~

Facebook * Website * Newsletter * Twitter

Praise for Breeder

Book 1 in The Breeder Cycle Series

"Breeder was anything but a let down. The characters were extremely well written, making me able to empathize with Pria and Pax and the situation they find themselves in. I kept turning the pages because I just had to find out what happened to these people and, to my shock, finished the book in a day! "  - Angela  Goodreads Review

 

16 Oct

TWCS congratulates Alabama author K.B. Hoyle on her Literary Classics Silver Award success today

 
Release Date: December 11 , 2014
Genre: Fiction: Dystopian
ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-292-1
 
Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
 
 
Congratulations!
 
Breeder by K.B. Hoyle has been selected as a SILVER AWARD WINNER
 
in the 2015 Literary Classics Book Awards.
 
 
TWCS Press Release
 
TWCS congratulates Alabama author K.B. Hoyle on her Silver Award success today when Literary Classics announced their Youth Media Top Book Award Recipients for 2015. 
 
YOUNG ADULT
Science Fiction Young Adult - Silver, Breeder, by K.B. Hoyle - The Writer’s Coffee Shop
 
The Literary Classics Award aims to “honor excellence in children's and young adult literature, thereby encouraging a passion for reading while promoting education, imagination and character in young readers.”  
 
Earlier this month, K.B. Hoyle was first awarded the Literary Classics Seal of Approval with an accompanying review that stated; “Author K.B. Hoyle's Breeder is a dystopian treasure.  With characters that are genuine and quite tangible, the story nearly leaps off the pages of this book which expertly holds the reader's attention from the first page to the last.  This book will appeal to a broad audience and is highly recommended.”  
 
This years award recipients were selected from entries received from around the globe.  They will be recognized during an awards presentation to be held on April 2, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  A complete list, including links to Literary Classics' reviews of all award winning books, may be found at clcawards.org.
 
 
About the Author
K. B. Hoyle has been a classical educator for several years. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to three wonderful little boys. At a young age, she knew she wanted to write stories that would inspire people. Her favorite genre had always been Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. K. B. wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be great practice for the novels she would publish as an adult. 
 
K. B. is currently writing the Young Adult Fantasy series The Gateway Chronicles, but she never stops brainstorming all the stories she plans to write in the future.
 
About the CLC
Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.  Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.
 
The Literary Classics judging committee is comprised of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at www.literaryclassicsawards.com. 
 
About the Publisher
The Writer’s Coffee Shop (TWCS) Publishing House is an independent publisher based in New South Wales, Australia. They gained a great deal of attention with Fifty Shades of Grey, the international literary sensation released in June 2011, now represented by Random House.
 
Launched in October 2010 with the vision of working alongside talented authors while providing quality e-books to the growing marketplace, TWCS has published a wide rage of fictional titles and is sure to have something for any appetite.
 
 

6 Oct

Breeder by K.B. Hoyle Receives CLC Seal of Approval - AND NOW A FINALIST IN LITERARY CLASSICS AWARD

 
Release Date: December 11 , 2014
Genre: Fiction: Dystopian
ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-292-1
 
Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

Congratulations!

Breeder by K.B. Hoyle has been selected as a FINALIST in the 2015 
Literary Classics Book Awards.
Final awards and levels will be announced on October 15.

CLC Press Release and Review

Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, Breeder by Alabama author K.B. Hoyle, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.
 
Number 17 (named Pria by her childhood friends) has been experiencing vague, dreamlike visions, coupled with mild depression.  She knows she's not supposed to ask questions, but she just can't help herself.  Did she really see a man in the breeding compound?  Surely it must have been a dream, since men are not aloud anywhere near the women selected for their traits of genetic perfection to repopulate Gaia Earth.  As she seeks to find answers without appearing to be too inquisitive, she begins to question the validity of the Unified World Order's take on the value of humanity.  Yet, her entire life she's been trained to believe that, through the controlled population program, the UWO has created a world devoid of imperfection.  Her role in making this happen is paramount and it is an honor and a privilege to carry out this task.
 
Author K.B. Hoyle's Breeder is a dystopian treasure.  With characters that are genuine and quite tangible, the story nearly leaps off the pages of this book which expertly holds the reader's attention from the first page to the last.  This book will appeal to a broad audience and is highly recommended.  
 
Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while encouraging positive values in the impressionable minds of future generations.   To learn more about Literary Classics, you may visit their website at www.clcawards.org or www.childrensliteraryclassics.com
 
 
 
 Summary
Everything about Seventeen’s life is perfect, from her genetics, to her home in Sanctuary, to her status as a Breeder in the Unified World Order. But all that changes when she meets a rogue Enforcer named Pax, who infiltrates Sanctuary and targets her for extraction from the Controlled Repopulation Program. Pax seems to know a little too much about her, and he plants dangerous doubts in her mind that accuse Sanctuary of hiding a dark secret, and that cause Seventeen to question everything she’s ever known.
 
When Seventeen’s life is threatened, she has little choice but to run away from Sanctuary with Pax. But for Breeders, contact with men is forbidden by law, and even the simple act of taking Pax’s hand is treason.
 
Mired in confusion, Seventeen travels with Pax to the outside world and takes the name Pria, the identity of her childhood. But she is far from certain she’s made the right decision when they discover an entire community of people who should no longer exist.
Seventeen, now Pria, is thrust into a position as a key player in a dangerous bid to bring down the Unified World Order. Meanwhile, Pax’s attachment to her and her growing attraction to him contribute to the ever-growing mysteries in her life.
 
Pria’s journey from a sheltered, naïve Breeder to a rebel agent requires not only external transformation but self-discovery. As her world crumbles, Pria must decide who she is and what she really believes.
 
But the truth comes at a cost, and uncovering it will require a greater treason than she could ever have imagined.

Praise for Breeder

"Breeder was anything but a let down. The characters were extremely well written, making me able to empathize with Pria and Pax and the situation they find themselves in. I kept turning the pages because I just had to find out what happened to these people and, to my shock, finished the book in a day! "  - Angela  Goodreads Review

Author Bio

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K.B. Hoyle is a bestselling author, a public speaker, a creative writing instructor, and a classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen speculative and fantasy tales for people of all ages. She has been married since the age of twenty to the love of her life, with whom she has four wonderful children. Find out more about her at www.kbhoyle.com.
 
 

1 Oct

Announcing "The End Of All Things Series" by Lissa Bryan - Blog Tour Schedule

 
The End of All Things Series by Lissa Bryan
 

Blog Tour Schedule The tour schedule can also be found here after Oct 4
 
 
 
October 4 
 
 
First Page to the Last 
 
Book Enticer 
 
Nerd Girl Official 
 
Coffee Books & Art 
 
Lindsey Gray ~ Author and Reviewer 
 
Mallory Heart Reviews 
 
 
October 5 
 
Bibliojunkies 
 
Elizabeth Lawrence, Author & Professional Oddity 
 
Memories in a Box 
 
 
October 6 
 
On Writing and Riding 
 
Fantasy World 
 
Author Migraine Central 
 
 
October 7 
 
Girl Who Reads 
 
From the Desk of ... R.E. Hargrave 
 
The Hoarding Readers Corner 
 
 
October 8 
 
StoreyBook Reviews 
 
Lisa Bilbrey 
 
Jess Molly Brown, Author 
 
 
October 9 
 
Shelf Life 
 
My Reading Lounge 
 
 
October 10 
 
Valley Girl Gone Country 
 
Sandi Layne 
 
October 11 
 
Cynthia Bloggs 
 
Shine Like Stars 
 
 
October 13 
Vagabondareads
 
 
October 15
 
Cafe Art Space 
 
Memories IN A Box 
 
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers 
 
 
October 16 
 
Book About 
 
 
October 17 
 
Sydney Logan 
 
 
October 18 
 
Smada's Book Smack 
 
Babu's Bookshelf 
 
Books and Fandom 
 
Read Yourself to Sleep 
 
The BookWhisperer 
 
One Book Shy of a Full Shelf 
 
Qunicy Library 
 
The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan
(Book 1)
Category: Dystopian
Publication Date: January 24, 2013
Available From: TWCS * B&N * iTunes * Amazon * Kobo
 
 
Summary
 
After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.
 
She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance  against the extremes of Mother Nature.
 
Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.
 
But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.
 
This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.
 
 
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Tales from the End by Lissa Bryan
(4 Short Stories / Companion Pieces)
Category: Dystopian
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Available From: TWCS * B&N * iTunes * Amazon * Kobo
 
 
Summary
 
From the author of The End of All Things comes a collection of short stories about the Infection that swept around the globe, decimating the population, and leaving behind a small number of survivors, unprepared to deal with the brutal new world which had replaced the one they'd known.
 
The Horsemen
L.A.'s mayor has declared quarantine to try to halt the spread of the Infection. Pearl sets off across the city to buy supplies, but already the world is changing. Something strange is in the air. The Horsemen are coming ...
 
Veronica
When Veronica's mother doesn't come home from work and no one answers the phone when she calls for help, a nine-year-old girl is thrown into the chaos of a world coming to an end. Veronica decides it's up to her to find her family. "Veronica" is the story of a little girl's courage in the face of the end of all things.
 
"I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud"
They called her Shadowfax-- the mare Carly and Justin found on their travels. But before she was found by Carly, the retired dressage horse was known as Cloud. An unusual tale of the end, told through the eyes of a confused and lonely horse, left in her pasture.
 
Birthday
A previously-published bonus story. Carly knows Justin has never celebrated his birthday, and after society crumbled, no one knows what date it is, anyway. But she wants to do something special for him. Celebrating the little things helps them keep hope alive, and as a blizzard rages outside, a small gesture of love warms their home.
 
 
 
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The Land of the Shadow by Lissa Bryan
(Book 2)
Category: Dystopian
Publication Date: August 21, 2014
Available From: TWCS * B&N * iTunes * Amazon * Kobo
 
 
Summary
 
After surviving the Infection and a perilous journey through the wasteland that was once the United States, Carly and Justin have found a safe home in the isolated town of Colby.
 
Even so, balancing the duties of survival and a growing family isn’t easy. As they emerge as leaders, they face difficult questions about justice in a lawless land, basic human rights, and freedom in a world where strength defines worth. More than ever, they have to rely on one another for strength and support during the darkest of times.
 
The Crisis is far from over. Their fences won’t keep the world out forever, and a new threat is emerging—a gang of predators who see the town as easy pickings. When danger looms over Colby, Carly must decide how far she’ll go to protect those she loves.
 
It’s a journey down the long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.
 
 
 
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Shadows Have Gone by Lissa Bryan
(Book 3)
Category: Dystopian
Publication Date: March 26, 2015
Available From: TWCS * B&N * iTunes * Amazon * Kobo
 
 
Summary
 
Carly Daniels knows what it is to suffer loss. She knows what it is to sacrifice. In the two years since a pandemic virus—known only as the Infection—decimated humanity, she’s made choices she never could have imagined. She’s condoned violence in the name of peace and done the unthinkable in the name of mercy. But with Justin at her side, she’s also learned there’s nothing she can’t face and nothing she wouldn’t do to protect those she loves.
 
But now another threat has arrived in the form of a uniformed man driving an army truck, claiming to represent the remnant of the United States military. Someone has set their sights on their community . . . and on Justin. The struggle to defend their little homeland is far from over, and the visitors may have brought more danger with them than just their weapons.
 
The shadows are closing in. Carly has to find out whether she has the strength to stand on her own when all of her support has fallen away. What remains when the shadows have gone?
 
 
 
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Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan
Category: Supernatural
Publication Date: October 11, 2012
Available From: TWCS * B&N * iTunes * Amazon * Kobo
 
 
Summary
 
Unemployed, with her savings dwindling, Sara Howell thinks things are looking up when she lands a ghostwriting job and rents the affordable island home of her favorite author, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously disappeared in 1925.
 
Strange things happen, making Sara wonder if Seth ever left. When she finds an old trunk of Seth’s letters, she delves into a world she never imagined, filled with love and a family curse it seems only she can break.
 
 
 
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Author Bio
 
Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot.... though only in her head.
 
Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4 Aug

The MORE Trilogy #OutInOne and On Sale NOW***

Release Blitz

For the first time, T.M. Franklin's action-packed MORE Trilogy is available as ONE combined volume. And for a limited time, you can grab ALL THREE books for only $.99!
 

MORE Trilogy Sale

Summary

Ava Michaels used to think she was special.
 
As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.
 
Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who's supposed to help her pass physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.
 
Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.
 
Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets--secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.
 
 
She's a little bit more.

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T.M. Franklin
T.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader's Choice Awards. She's since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories...and there's always more on the way.

 
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