Book Excerpt from Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

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I’m sharing an excerpt today from a YA horror/dystopian book about zombies. Yep, you read that right – zombies! And just in time for Halloween. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

There was a brief silence before Katlego finally spoke.

‘Okay, everyone ready?’

We had our weapons drawn. Rik and I had our spears and Pa was gripping his crowbar. Dirk had pulled out his massive hunting knife.

‘On the count of three, we step into the alley. Spread out evenly to draw them apart. Take out the brain and put them down… fast. ‘

We nodded and, on three, we fanned out into the alley. They knew we were there immediately and suddenly their docile shuffling turned into a determined walk towards us. Ironically, one of the lady zombies headed straight for me. She was dressed in a dark blue uniform and I soon realised she must have been a nurse.

The blue pants were now ripped and stained, and her eyes were a dark red, with dry blood caked around the sockets. My heart started racing again. I kept repeating don’t be scared, don’t be scared in my head, and tried to remember Pa’s words about using fear to survive. Taking a deep breath, I charged at Nurse Zombie with my spear, aiming for below the chin. I came in a little too fast and got the angle wrong. The spear pierced under her chin, but came out by her ear, totally missing the brain.

The spear was lodged and it was like I had a zombie on a lead. She tried to move in every direction, but I fought her, pushing and pulling. What now?

I decided I needed to get the spear loose, so using all my strength, I pushed, channelling all the power in my legs like a rugby player in a scrum. I started to jog, forcing her to reel backwards. Then I suddenly stopped. Nurse Zombie toppled backwards and her weight let me pull the spear loose. As she landed on her back I jumped forward, plunging the spear through her left eye. Lucky shot, but it worked. I spun around, hoping Pa had seen my handiwork, but it looked like everyone had been concentrating on their own kill. Pa’s eyes met mine.

‘You win?’

I nodded and smiled.

About The Book

Book CoverTitle: Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

Author: Lee Herrmann

Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian

Pages: 180 pages

Publication Date: August 2014

ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1

South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.

After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.

Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.

About the Author

Lee-AuthorLee Herrmann was born and raised in South

Africa. He has always had a fascination with zombies and has numerous contingency plans for the eventual apocalypse. Therefore, while he waited, it made sense to write a book about zombies in South Africa.

He has a great love of by comic books, movies, television and popular culture, and cites his zombie favourites as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead.

He currently works in a near-zombie environment as a Content Manager for a big corporate firm in Johannesburg and has had a varied writing background including copywriting, writing for web, radio and magazines. He is also the author of the mystery title, The Manservant Mysteries ( www.TheManservantMysteries.com).

Lee lives in Pretoria with his wife Dina, and two sons, Max and Nik. Every Saturday night he can be found going to the movies with his best friend Steve-Dave.

 

Links

www.saza.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/JournalOfASouthAfricanZombieApocalypse

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Author Interview Book Tour Deviation

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Christine Manzari, the author of “Deviation”, a young adult dystopian novel, was kind enough to respond to my interview questions. My questions are bolded, Christine’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

For me, the hardest part of being an author is promoting myself. I love writing, but I hate marketing. It’s time consuming to reach out to bloggers and to research ways to get my book noticed. Like a lot of writers, I’m an extreme introvert and would prefer to just write all day long.

Can you give us a short synopsis of Deviation?

Deviation takes place a little over 30 years in the future after the worst terrorist attack in United States history. It was called Wormwood. From the rubble and desolation of 29 million American deaths, the Program was born. Genetically altered Sophisticates were designed to be smarter, faster, and stronger—and as orphans raised by the Program to fight the War on Terror, they answer only to the Program itself.

Cleo is a Sophisticate. Like all Sophisticates, she doesn’t know who her parents are. She is a Vanguard Sophisticate who has a knack for languages and is an expert at hacking computers. But Cleo has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Fiery things. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When she accidentally causes her room to explode in a fit of anger, her secret is discovered and she’s sent to St. Ignatius to train as a Mandate and become a human weapon for the Program. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her. She’s part of a group called the Deviant Dozen and she’s not the only Sophisticate with a deadly skill. Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust.

Ozzy, the golden boy of the Program who has perfect aim is determined to win Cleo’s loyalty and attention. Although there is an undeniable attraction between them, Cleo isn’t sure if she can believe in him, or if she will find herself a target caught in his crosshairs.

All Cleo knows for certain is that she wants her freedom.

What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always loved super heroes and characters with unusual powers, but I didn’t want to do the same powers for my characters that had been done in movies and comic books. I did some research on animals with unique defense mechanisms and skills. Once I discovered some of the amazing things that some animals could do, the Deviant Dozen were born. All of the code names and powers of my characters are based on real creatures and the incredible things they can do. My favorite creature that one of my characters is based on is the Indonesian Mimic Octopus. It is seriously cool.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I usually write between 9 pm and 2 am, although some of that time is spent researching or marketing. On average, I’d say it’s closer to three hours a day that I actually have an opportunity to write.

Name your top five favorite books.

This is really hard since I read obsessively and love a lot of books. I’m going to cheat a bit on this list.

1. The entire Harry Potter series

2. Anything by Colleen Hoover, but specifically Slammed.

3. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

4. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

5. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

What are you working on now?

I’m working on several projects now, but I’m really excited about the new adult book I’m writing that takes place in Venice Beach. The title of the book is Hooked and it’s about a snarky, adrenaline junkie, skater girl named Cat who is obsessed with 80s movies and graffiti. Love isn’t really Cat’s thing and she doesn’t trust easily, so when she meets Huck, a confident and rich pretty boy who is her complete opposite, she thinks that a one night stand with him could be fun, but harmless. However, when all of the secrets they didn’t share are revealed, Cat and Huck discover how easily a one night stand could ruin everything. The problem is, they’re hooked on one another.

About Deviation

deviation_cover_ebookTitle: Deviation

Author: Christine Manzari

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

Author Bio

tineredThe first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

Links

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Wattpad

Deviation on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deviation-Sophisticates-Book-Christine-Manzari-ebook/dp/B00EFZAUYM

Deviation on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deviation-christine-manzari/1116503777

Author Interview To The Stars Tour

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I’m interviewing Tiaan Lubbe today, author of YA/NA dystopian/science-fiction “To The Stars”. My questions are bolded, the author’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

What’s not hard about being an author? I think we love it so much because we hate it so much. The ultimate love-hate relationship. However, what I think the hardest part of being an author is, is that little voice that’s ever-present and always telling you that what you are writing sucks! Though without that voice, we wouldn’t be able to produce any good writing.

Can you give us a short synopsis of To The Stars?

That’s a dangerous and hard thing to ask an author, but it here goes-

To the Stars in one sentence can be described as a story about the end of the world, forbidden love and deadly secrets.

It’s about the world finding out that it will end in sixty years. Some lose the will to live and others take the chance to create chaos in a world already doomed. Then a scientist with the research and technology to save a percentage of the population of Earth through building Ark Ships step forward and offers salvation. Though, he does not give it for free but demands that he become sole leader of Earth so as to, in his mind, make certain that chaos does not trample their chances. The world votes and accepts, though they had little choice.

Sixty year later, just before the Ark Ships take off into the stars is where our story plays out. Noah is the grandson of the original scientist and his father is now leader, having inherited the role from his father. However, he does not want to be. His mind is on one thing – Zara. Zara is a thick-skinned engineer on one of the Ark ships, her father a former general, accused of being in alliance with the rebels. He disappeared when she was young without any explanation or warning.

When an explosion on the Ark ship they work on goes off, they are thrown together into a journey of no return where they will find out things they didn’t want to and be forced to make decisions they shouldn’t have to.

I don’t want to give away too much…so I think that should be enough.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was watching a documentary about possible ways the world could end and ways in which we could go about to save ourselves when the idea for this book struck me. It’s always in the unexpected places.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I try to be disciplined and force myself to write at least for 2 hours a day. If I didn’t study and work full-time that would be a lot more. I believe that in tackling a huge project like a book, a writer should set a goal for himself/herself every day. Slow and steady wins the race. Writing every day to keep us fit in our craft is also essential.

Name your top five favorite books.

I’m a series kind of reader, so I’ll include series/cycles/trilogies in this list…

  1. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Poalini (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance)
  2. Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore (I am number four and the rest)
  3. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (Of course!)
  4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  5. Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

What are you working on now?

At the moment I’m working on trying to get my sanity back after this crazy year. I’ve also planned out and scribbled some notes and things for my next novel. I’ll start writing full time on that soon. It’s title so far is, Somnambulist and it will incorporate some Greek myth with a modern day adventure through underground government organisations with a cracking villain.

About To The Stars

 ToTheStars_Cover_EbookTitle: To The Stars

Author: Tiaan Lubbe

Genre: Dystopian / YA / NA / scifi

One boy. One girl. One world about to end.

When the world finds out its inevitable end will come in sixty years, it seems like all hope is lost. Until a man steps from the darkness. He offers salvation, but demands total control. The world accepts.

Sixty years later, the old saviour’s son is leader and watches over the last proceedings of his father’s plans – Seven Ark ships called the Astrum Portas.

Noah is the next leader. He doesn’t want to be.

Zara is the girl he’s in love with. She doesn’t know it.

Three lives become complicatedly intertwined when a bomb on the Astrum Porta unexpectedly throws them into a whirlwind of secrets, forbidden love and violent clashes all while the looming apocalypse approaches rapidly.

The final adventure awaits…

Author Bio

DSC_0452Tiaan Lubbe lives in Pretoria, South Africa where he spends his time teaching little monsters, directing  plays, doing what he calls writing and dreaming up the future. Mostly all at once.

 

Links

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@Tiaan_Lubbe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tiaanlubbeauthor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tiaan_lubbe

Website: www.tiaanlubbe.com

Author Interview The Camellia Resistance

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I’m hosting an interview for dystopian novel “The Camellia Resistance”. Enjoy the interview! My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font.

 1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Writing is like trying to construct a fully functional life-sized castle out of matchsticks. There is no one to tell you how to solve the inevitable problems, no one to keep you on task. You are entirely in charge, entirely responsible. Of course this is also the best part about writing. You get to build a life-sized castle word by word. What could be more fun?

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of The Camellia Resistance?

It is 2044 and Willow Carlyle is the youngest cultural epidemiology research director in the history of the Ministry of Health. She is on the fast-track for further promotion until a night of passion shatters her carefully constructed life.

Marked and unemployed, Willow stumbles into the shadows of the Republic where an underground resistance thrives. She is surrounded by people who oppose the Ministry and everything she used to believe in. In the process of discerning friend from foe, Willow begins to unravel secrets that will shake the New Republic of America to its foundation.

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

The Camellia Resistance is the first in a trilogy… One down, two mostly written, and three to go.

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I’m an irregular writer – some days I spend all day, other days, no time at all. I wish I had more of a schedule, but that’s never really worked for me.

5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

I’m such a fan of the fantasy genre as a whole, but Peter S. Beagle always tops my list. I’ve been re-reading The Line Between, one of his short story collections.

 6) What are you working on now?

The second book in the Camellia trilogy is front and center right now.

The Camellia Resistance

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Author: A.R. Williams

Genre: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy

The Camellias is a trilogy set in the New Republic of America. It all starts with Willow Carlyle, a committed employee of the Ministry of Health.When she gives into temptation in the fall of 2044, she is completely unprepared for the consequences. Unemployed and isolated, Willow struggles to make sense of her sudden downfall. An encounter with a member of the Camellias, a resistance group living outside the bounds of Ministry-approved regulation, immerses her in a world she didn’t know existed.As Willow learns more about her personal history, she uncovers a secret that rocks the Ministry of Health to its core.

Author Bio

ALR20121121_036bA.R. Williams is obsessed with language and myth, not just playing with words and making up stories, but with the real-world impact that the words we use have on the way we live our lives.  Words are the only things that never get boring, an endless puzzle with no right answer, and an infinite variety of ways to get wrong.  Writing is the only thing she has wanted to do consistently: other hobbies, such as sewing and photography, become alternate means to feed the writing habit. Ms. Williams feeds her obsession with curiosity: people, philosophy, technology, psychology, and culture.  Living in Washington D.C. is a good source of inspiration.  From the sublime heights of arts and achievement available for free at the Smithsonian to the bureaucratic banality of Beltway politics and scandals, it is a great city for fantasy, possibility, power, and consequence—ideal fodder for the fictional life.
As a teenager, Ms. Williams drove her parents crazy with her taste for adventure.  Her father questioned her taste in crushes once and she told him “don’t worry, it will just give me something to write about later.”  That approach eventually led to a cross-cultural marriage that failed spectacularly – not on the promise of love but on the reality of trying to negotiate contradictory assumptions about everything.  The subsequent divorce, combined with her emergence from a conservative Christian subculture, eventually evolved into the first book in the Camellia Trilogy. Ms. Williams lives in-between an ordinary external life filled with time cards, meetings, and deadlines; and an extraordinary imaginary world where anything is possible, and everything is fueled by music.  Language is our only means to bridge the distance between ourselves and others.  Imagination, the co-creation that happens between a writer and reader, is alchemy.  It is an aspiration that never gets old.
From an eclectic mix of upbringing, genetics, experience, and the best possible luck in friends and family, Ms. Williams writes with the hope of doing for others what her favorite authors did for her: provide company through difficult days and create a sense of wonder and possibility when everything seems limited by circumstances.

Links

Author Links -Website-  http://entropy.wordpress.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Camellia-Trilogy/276922695801249

Twitter – @entrope

Buy Links – http://www.amazon.com/The-Camellia-Resistance-Camellias-ebook/dp/B00AXMRPL2/

Release Day Liberty’s Torch

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We’re thrilled to celebrate the release day of young adult dystopian novel, “Liberty’s Torch” today. You can get your copy of the novel from Amazon today!

You can also buy your copy on B&N or from Smashwords

About Liberty’s Torch

front coverTitle: Liberty’s Torch

Author: Janet McNulty

Genre: YA Dystopian

All it takes is one spark to ignite the flame of liberty.

Six months have passed since Dana and Kenny parted.  Forced to live as a wanderer, Dana discovers a crashed drone and learns of the chaos within Dystopia and what President Klens has planned for the resistance. Realizing that she must go back, Dana acquires the help of a seventy-year-old man and an old friend.  Upon her return, she finds that rebellion is in the air as the government continues to eliminate dissenters.

Forced to disguise herself, Dana searches for the resistance to tell them of President Klens’ plans.  After a few run-ins with the officers and narrow escapes from Colonel Fernau—his obsession with her growing each day—she learns that the people of Dystopia yearn to be free from their oppression.  What they need is a leader.  Knowing that everyone she cares for will never be safe so long as the government reigns supreme, Dana must decide how far she is willing to go achieve freedom.

Author Bio

Ms. McNulty began writing short stories at an early age. That passion continued through college until she published her first book: Legends Lost: Amborese under the pen name of Nova Rose. Since then she has gone on to publish a mystery series, children’s books, and even a dystopian series.

Recently, her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s causing her to visit her grandparent’s and record her grandfather’s memoirs before they become lost. The final result is Grandpa’s Stories: The 20th Century as My Grandfather Lived It. She did this to preserve her family history before it becomes lost.

Ms. McNulty currently lives in West Virginia where she enjoys hiking, being outside, crocheting, or simply sitting around and doing nothing. She continues writing. She is finishing up her dystopian series (the second book, Tempered Steel, is to be published in August 2013 and the final one, Liberty’s Torch, in November 2013).

Books include:

Legends Lost Series: (Published under Nova Rose)

Tesnayr
Amborese
Galdin

The Mellow Summers Series:

Sugar And Spice And Not So Nice
Frogs, Snails, And A Lot Of Wails
An Apple A Day Keeps Murder Away
Three Little Ghosts
Oh Holy Ghost
Where Trouble Roams
Two Ghosts Haunt A Grove
Trick Or Treat…Or Murder

Children’s Books:

Mr. Chili’s Chili
Mr. Chili Goes To School
Mr. Chili’s Halloween
Mr. Chili’s Christmas
The Hungry Washing Machine
Mrs. Duck And The Dragon
Rhymes-a-lot
How Do You Catch An Alien
Are You The Monster Under The Bed?

You can learn more about her and her writing at http://www.legendslosttrilogy.com
Follow her blog: http://booksandlegends.blogspot.com/

Links

https://twitter.com/JMRUL
http://www.amazon.com/Janet-McNulty/e/B006SMJXFW
https://www.facebook.com/janetmcnultyauthor
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5199153.Janet_McNulty
http://janetmcnulty84.wix.com/authorprofile

Buy your copy

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/libertys-torch-janet-mcnulty/1116875209?ean=2940045253628

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/355885

Book Excerpt from Belligerent

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I’m hosting an excerpt from YA Dystopian novel “Belligerent” today. This book sounds like a great read! Hope you enjoy the excerpt.

Book Excerpt

Ryan stopped in one last car park. He headed to the top level and was shocked at what he found.

“Who would be dumb enough to park a Zeus in a Darton car park?” he muttered to himself while stepping closer to the beautiful machine. Deciding not to waste time debating the matter, he quickly set about disabling the car’s alarms using equipment he had bought with his last big paycheck. After finishing with the panel and underlying electronics, he and was about to climb into the driver’s seat when a firm hand landed on his shoulder.

“That’s quite enough, kid.”

Ryan spun around and swung a right hook at the stranger’s face managing to startle the man enough that he lost his grip. Dodging around him, Ryan took off only to be grabbed by another man.

“Not so fast.”

The first man stepped up and took hold of Ryan’s other arm.

Ryan had never been caught before, but he had heard stories from the others who had. His stomach sank as he realized what might happen to him, and he thrashed to free himself of the men’s hold.

“Stop struggling, kid.”

“What’s going on here?” a third man asked as he approached them.

Ryan recognized him as the Owner from the day before. He was dressed in a suit as the other two were, but there was a huge difference between the tailored, sleek, grey suit the man was wearing and the generic, matching suits that the other two had thrown on.

“We caught him trying to steal your car.”

The Owner stepped forward and looked over the Zeus then down at the equipment that Ryan had dropped in the struggle.

He let out a loud guffaw, “So my plan succeeded. Some things are so predictable. How’s his work?”

“Neat. There’s not even a smudge. He would have succeeded if we hadn’t shown up.”

“Does he have a pass?”

Passes kept people from being taken as Belligerents. It was the only thing that kept them safe. A pass was freedom. The men looked at thief, but he kept his gaze on the Owner. Of course, Ryan didn’t have a pass. A minor, five year pass cost five hundred thousand credits, and that was more than the average person made in ten years.

The Owner’s face lit up in delight when Ryan didn’t produce any proof of freedom. “What’s your name, kid? Eva wouldn’t tell me.”

“It’s Ryan,” he muttered.

“No last name?”

Ryan shook his head. “Not one that matters.”

“Good. That’s what I like to hear. Well, Ryan, people call me Shifter.”

Ryan thought the name suited him. The man did look shifty, especially with his cold, grey eyes and his unnaturally silver hair.

“It would appear that you’re just the person I need at the moment,” Shifter said. “I saw your work yesterday, and I’ve had some people tracking you today. I’m impressed with what I’ve seen and I think you’ll be a great addition.”

“Addition to what?

“My team.” Shifter gave a grin that made him shudder. “I happen to have a spot open, and I would love for you to fill it.”

“Not a chance,” Ryan said through gritted teeth. One of his worst fears was playing out and his body felt as if it was rejecting every moment.

“Not your choice,” Shifter replied lightly.

Belligerent

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Author: B.N. Mauldin

Genre: YA Dystopian

In a dystopian future the populace is segregated into castes. Belligerents, the lowest of status, are comprised of criminals and outcasts. Content as a faceless Commoner, Ryan has made a life for himself on the streets as a car thief. While the work isn’t the most noble, he’s known as one of the best despite his young age.

Ryan’s skills catch the eye of a flagrant Owner, bent on winning the virtual competition: Vicara. Newly branded as a Belligerent, Ryan struggles for freedom and acceptance at an academy specialized in training teams for Vicara. Ryan’s place on the team is shaky as he learns the truth and tragedy behind the person he replaces.

Join the Belligerents as we get our first look into the world of Vicara!

Author Bio

FP Pic - BN MauldinWriting since she was “old enough to hold a crayon”, B.N. Mauldin resides in Lexington, North Carolina with her two cats. Her parents, Bill, Bobby, Shirley, and Mary have always been great sources of encouragement, as well as her two younger brothers, Matthew and Donovan, whose imaginations inspire her writing.  A vital element of Mauldin’s mentality involves looking at something ordinary while contemplating what else it could be.

A tea addict and “Slytherin” at heart Mauldin also gets a spark of creativity through considerable reading of “some of the greatest works ever written.”

To read more about B.N., follow her blog: http://ofinksandteas.tumblr.com/

Mauldin’s first novel, Belligerent, is now available for pleasurable reading through Fable Press: www.fablepress.com.

Links

Belligerent is available now through Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions and wherever books are sold.

Amazon.com (US): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CNSY6B6

Amazon.co.uk (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belligerent-Vicara-ebook/dp/B00CNSY6B6

Amazon.ca (Canada): http://www.amazon.ca/Belligerent-Vicara-ebook/dp/B00CNSY6B6

Book Review: The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

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Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: 5 stars

Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, fate has given her another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she’s been dead for 13 years.

The first thing I look at when reading a book is the book cover. I don’t want to be so superficial, but I can’t help it. I see the book cover and if it’s unprofessional, boring or bland, I probably won’t buy the book. Now, The Exemeus is neither of the above. The cover is absolutely stunning. The cover artist did a tremendous job.

Second step is reading the blurb. As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to read it. A heroine who’s been dead for thirteen years? A teenage boy who has powers that scare the government? Set in the future? Supernatural powers? I’m in.

The book starts off right in the middle of the action. Dephon comes home from school, like on any other normal day, except his Dad and a woman he doesn’t know argue in his kitchen about whether they should tell him something or not. Dephon has no idea what’s going on, but in a matter of days his entire life is turned upside down. He possesses legendary powers capable of overthrowing the government, who of course wants nothing more than to eliminate him. If Dephon wants to survive this threat, he’ll need the help of the equally-legendary Hyalee, the greatest warrior Trepton has ever known. Hyalee however has been dead for thirteen years.

As you can see from the description, this book is an intriguing mix of fantasy, science-fiction, dystopian and adventure. I loved the characters. Dephon was a nice protagonist, not too arrogant as some teenage boys are, and struggling with self-confidence and his place in the world. Hyalee was interesting as well, although her fate made her more of a tragic hero.

I loved reading this book, and I would love to read more books by this author duo.