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Cover Reveal: Chasing Eveline

 

Chasing Eveline
by Leslie Hauser
Published by: Pen Name Publishing
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins is the only student at Carmel Heights High School who listens to cassettes. And her binder is the only one decorated with album artwork by 80s band Chasing Eveline. Despite being broken-up since 1989, this rock band out of Ireland means everything to Ivy. They’re a reminder of her mom, who abandoned Ivy and her dad two years ago. Now the music of her mom’s favorite band is the only connection she has left.

Even though Ivy wavers between anger and a yearning to reconnect, she’s one-hundred percent certain she’s not ready to lose her mom forever. But the only surefire way to locate her would be at a Chasing Eveline concert. So with help from her lone friend Matt—an equally abandoned soul and indie music enthusiast—Ivy hatches a plan to reunite the band.

The road to Ireland won’t be easy, though. And not just because there is no road. Along the way they’ll have to win over their Lady Gaga-loving peers, tangle with some frisky meerkats, and oh yeah, somehow find and persuade the four members to play a reunion gig. It’s a near-impossible task, but Ivy has to try. If she can’t let go of the past, she’ll never be able to find joy in the present.

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Author Bio:

Leslie Hauser is a YA writer and middle school teacher. She has a B.A. in English from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. She was born in

Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her dog Mr. Darcy.

When Leslie is not living in fictional worlds inside her head, she runs all sorts of distances, tortures her body at CrossFit, and DVRs entirely too many television shows. She dreams of one day returning to the Midwest to live on a farm. Or perhaps owning a cookie delivery service.

Her debut novel Chasing Eveline releases 2017 from Pen Name Publishing

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Book Blitz, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Daybreak

 

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(Girl from the Stars #1)

by Cheree Alsop
Publication date: October 7th 2015
Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Liora Day, half-human, half messwith-her-and-you’ll-die Damaclan, had been thrown onto a rough path at a very early age. But when she is broken out of a cage by Devren, the young captain of the SS Kratos, she is shown that perhaps humanity does have a heart. The Kratos is set on a mission to rescue fallen surveyors from the Revolutionaries, and Liora is given the
choice to follow her Damaclan instincts, or trust Devren’s dark eyes and captivating smile that promise an adventure unlike any she has ever experienced.

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EXCERPT:

Liora twisted the bent end inward until she felt the teeth slide free. She slipped the
bar from the handcuff and let it fall off her wrist. In two more seconds, the other cuff was on the floor.

The lock of her cage proved to be more difficult. Luckily, Liora had the two pieces of
the tweezers to work with. She bent the second one to match the angle of the first.
Following the same steps the apprentice had done so many times, Liora pushed the
bent end of the first piece into the lock opposite the pins. She turned it slowly upward
until it was in tension.

Inserting the second piece, Liora raked it slowly along the pins. The small metal on
metal sound set Liora’s nerves on end. If Malivian found out what she was doing, she
would be tortured again. The voice in the back of her mind whispered that perhaps she wouldn’t survive a second round.

A subtle, metallic click sounded. Liora’s heart jumped. She pushed at the bars. Her
breath caught in her throat when the door swung outward. Liora stepped onto the cold
floor and stumbled lightheadedly. She caught herself on the next cage, pushed upright, and ran down the hall.

The alarm sounded when she hit the button for the hatch to open. As soon as the
gap was wide enough, Liora jumped out. Her feet, then her knees, hit the deck of
Gaulded Zero Twenty-One. She shoved up to her feet once more and ran past the other starships.

Even at the late hour, the Gaulded’s landing deck was filled with activity. It appeared
the Kratos and Kirkos weren’t the only ships who had been attacked. Blow torches,
plasma cutters, and blazers filled the contained air inside the Gaulded’s hold with the
acrid scent of metal. The sound of mallets and hand saws sounded from every corner.

Crew members of the ships Liora passed turned to watch her go. She felt conspicuous and alone as she darted between space crafts and around repair gear. A giant pallet of artillery swung over her head. Liora ducked and made her way along the stripped hull of a Copper Crow painted to look like an iridescent fish. The name Space Poseidon glowed near the hatch.

Liora ran around the corner and slammed into Devren.

“I was about to come looking for you—” he began.

Tariq cut him off. “Dev, her face.”

Devren gently pushed her back so he could see her better. Liora dropped her gaze at his gentle probing.

“Malivian did this to you?” he asked.

The anger in his voice made Liora look up. Devren appeared ready to kill someone.

“Calm down,” Tariq told him. “Let’s get her to the ship. It’s the only place we’ll have
leverage.”

Devren put a protective arm around Liora. Tariq walked behind them like a bodyguard. Liora felt as though she had entered some different reality. Somehow, even with the thought of Malivian coming after her, she felt safe between the two humans who had entered her life by accident.

 

chereeAuthor Bio:

Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 30 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated
critiques. Cheree is a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, spending time with her children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book. Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming. You can find Cheree’s other books at http://www.chereealsop.com

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Young Adult books come in all shapes and sizes. Some star werewolves or
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know. There is family. Friendship shows up in spades. Most of the time, you can be sure you’ll fall in
love. 
 
It’s a world of literature that so many miss out on because they think the
name describes the reader’s age. In reality, YA books are for those who appreciate the wonders of
youth. They strive for the optimism and the courage in the face of danger. Yes, teens read these stories
in droves, but they aren’t the only ones who can learn from the perpetual hope these characters see. To
see the world through the eyes of someone who wants to make it better is an astounding
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Nineteen young adult authors have banded together to show their little
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who are ever changing. They love with the same fierceness that they hate and forgive easily. They
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Michelle Lynn
– Dystopian
Rebecca
Jaycox
– Fantasy
Michelle
Bryan
– Dystopian
Gina
Azzi
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Melissa
Craven
– Paranormal
Kelly St. Clare
Fantasy
Susan
Faw
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G.K. DeRosa
Paranormal
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Dystopian
Patrick Hodges
Contemporary
Amalie Jahn
Science Fiction
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Luana
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K.J.
McPike
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Bailey
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Culican
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Eldering
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Goldner
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A Review of Chained (Cage of Lies #1), by Susanne Valenti

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Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight.

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Rating: 3/5 Stars
Quick Reasons: interesting ideas and complex, wide-arcing plot points; realistic dialogue, relate-able characters, heart-turning action; sort of awkward POV shifts in random places; a sense of “flatness” to the writing overall

I received a copy of this book from the author for review! Many thanks to Susanne Valenti for this opportunity. (This in no way changed how I read or reviewed this novel.)

This is the first book in a new dystopian series. Due to this, there ARE parallels and similarities to other big-name reads such as Divergent, by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. However, these parallels are very minute, and aren’t easily noticed unless you’re actively seeking them out. Of course, all dystopians, as a formulaic genre, will share similar ideas and plot points, so this wasn’t a big deal for me.

The characters are interesting and unique, with their own backstories and tie-ins to the world Susanne Valenti starts this novel off with: a walled-in city. When the opportunity arises for environmentalists/researchers to go outside the wall and collect earth samples, our main character and her best friend jump on the chance. But outside the wall, the world’s not quite what it would seem…and with one small decision, things go very wrong. When they’re banished from the city to a Subwar battlefield as criminals, expected to serve out their time relaying messages back and forth across the dangerous zone, they learn that maybe the city’s been wrong this whole time.

I really enjoyed the interactions at the beginning between Maya and Taylor. They’ve got that “best friends since childhood” relationship on lock, and the dialogue between them is both realistic and entirely too entertaining. I found myself giggling as snark and insults crept back and forth across the pages. They sort of… “complete” each other in the special way that the best of friends do, and I had a ton of fun reading about it. The other characters that are introduced along the way bring their own emotions and personalities to the forefront, and mesh pretty well all-together. Some of these interactions are NOT so believable; I found it hard to believe that so many different people from two entirely separate walks of life would get along so easily, so quickly. There were moments I expected shouting matches, slurs, and even perhaps physical violence…which somehow all ended in laughter and “respect” instead? I don’t know. I don’t think there was enough dramatic tension to make this entirely realistic.

There were also some problems with world-building overall. Certain plot points were pretty predictable and easy to see coming, and I was confused about a lot of the “city” moments. For instance, I spent a great deal of the beginning half thinking the city was really just one huge underground settlement….when really there’s much more to it, and it’s not underground at all. I felt certain important facts or details the reader needed at the beginning of this venture were left out entirely or thrown in much, much later (like, after I’d already formed a picture of the scene in my head and been running with it for 50+ pages).

The writing is good—not poetic or lyrical, but also easy to read and to derive mental pictures from. While formulaic, the plot kept moving at a decent clip and while I was disappointed in Taylor’s “coma” state for the second half (I feel he might have brought the dramatic tension I was seeking so desperately, especially given the blossoming relationship between Maya and Coal) I wasn’t too disappointed in the story itself. It does sort of fall a bit flat overall, though. I didn’t really feel that sense of “need to know” or “rushing headlong into chaos” that I love getting from books; I was invested, but not invested enough to actively seek out reading any spare second I could.

Overall, this was a great first book. I’ll probably be seeking out the second once it’s been published, as I wasn’t entirely without hope for these characters. I’d recommend for lovers of dystopian worlds, action-packed fight scenes, and characters who find their way despite dark circumstances. My hat’s off to Susanne Valenti for an entertaining read!