Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Impressions and Meandering Thoughts of Not Much Importance

A writer sees things differently. 

I read on the train going to and from work. I notice normal things... like my book, who brought food into the small space, how likely I am to get a seat. Sometimes my book is so gripping I forget where I am a moment. Crossing the river one morning I wondered why it had taken so long to reach the river and what sort of day I'd had? I thought I was on my way home rather than on my way to work. The feel of realizing where I was and the day stretching before me was magnificent. I treasured each moment, like watching myself in slow replay. That type of revelation-moment is perfect for a story and I didn't want to forget any of it. I would write about someone who woke up from a dream - from a story within a story - and found themselves in the middle of a normal day doing normal things. What a shock. What resignation. What secret joy to have something no one else had... to see all those people who were just on the train while I had been a million miles away for just a moment,,, or a lifetime.  I wonder if CS Lewis had an experience like that on a train platform one day? Is that how the idea was born to slip into Narnia and back again while "normal" sat around waiting? Maybe.

Some moments come alive in all their mundane glory. I don't just smell and see and feel... my senses come alive and I feel like a... super-me. I see the varied shades of grey covering the sky, the number of swaying silhouettes between me and the sky that means I can't stare out the window without making someone uncomfortable. Lol. The guy sitting next to me who can't hold still. When he startles awake, I realize he can't hold still even in his sleep. His restlessness irritates me because he is resisting the holding pattern. A train is just a transport, a transition, a bubble of waiting... and some people do not wait well. Lol. I would move if another seat opened up, but none do and I get used to the pattern of his restlessness. He keeps me out of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, but Maggie's words are well chosen and the story has a soothing cadence.

I don't mind being damp from the rain although I am hyper aware of who receives the raindrops I shake off my umbrella. I find a way to tuck it under a seat sticking up out of my bag at an angle so my notebook isn't drenched, either. Some passengers carry a lot of stuff and don't notice who they run into... don't notice or don't care. Every car contains a young business man who tries to catch women's eyes... like a self-made stallion gathering his harem. Sometimes his conquests are more entertaining than the book I'm reading, but thankfully not on this trip.

I notice how wary the business crowd is of the floor and seat, as if it is beyond their dignity to touch either of them. They only do out of necessity. They add to the smudges along the windows when they fall asleep same as any passenger. The riders who catch a free ride, hoping no officer will ask to see their non-existent ticket, try to meet everyone's gaze, challenging, mocking, trying to gather attention. I was counseled to not make eye contact, to wear headphones and keep the music turned up. It's the acceptable way to ignore this blatant invasion of privacy. Sometimes I'm so good at it I only see a fleeting glance of something I wanted to notice.

There's a few commuters who ride the train from the end of the line, where I get on, all the way to downtown, where I get off. There is a moment of recognition, familiarity, real camaraderie. I don't know this person's name, but I know where he likes to sit and how he takes a different route when he exits. Maybe he likes to break up the monotony of following the same pattern every day. He walks right past my door some days so he might notice where I work, but I don't know where he works. We walk at the same pace. Like finding a semi you can ghost behind on a road trip. I like the way he wears his hat pulled low and walks like he doesn't care about anyone. I think, "Me, too."

My impression of myself changes daily, so I never know if I look as aloof and confident as I want to appear. Some days I might be the mouse I envision myself and I wonder if I'm awkward and clueless both. I wouldn't mind being awkward if I was clueless. The combination is romantic. I hate obsessing over my boots... whether they will be interpreted as "cool" or are obviously a few years old. I hate wondering who would notice the scuffs on them until I remember that I'd scuff new boots before I left the store. Because walking into objects is not high on my priority list to avoid. Maybe. Or I'm so distracted with all the personalities and scenery that I miss knee high obstacles. Or occasionally walls. Poles. Doorways. Pretty much anything inanimate.

Yesterday I earned a few appreciative glances and a greeting. It was unusual and made me a little wary and curious. I think I figured out why, though, when I put on my "coat" poncho thingame. The huge buttons on my sweater showed through the thin coat right over my left, uh... well. I think I appeared more, um, welcome of attention than usual. *ahem*  Not exactly the awesome look I was hoping to replicate daily. *snort*

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was Serendipitous by Alexis Moutinho #Reviewers #NewRelease

Reviewers wanted!

It Was Serendipitous
Serendipitious (adjective) occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way
by Alexis Moutinho


Published October 1, 2014

When Melissa Jones discovers that her perfect boyfriend is not so perfect, she is tempted to spend more time with the new boy in town, but she resists the temptation for as long as she can. Melissa has been with her charming boyfriend, Thomas, for two years. To seventeen year old Melissa, her boyfriend is perfect. However, so is her little brother’s new babysitter. Melissa’s loyalty is tested as the babysitter tries to charm her. At the same time, Thomas’s trust in her is tested when he becomes jealous of the new boy. Things start to become complicated when Thomas meets the new boy’s sister and even more complicated when Melissa’s mom falls for the new boy’s father. Melissa learns a lot about herself throughout the book as she tries to take control of her chaotic life.


Excerpt:

Melissa whipped around and found herself staring into two green eyes. Alex’s tan glowed, even in the dim light. He stared into Melissa’s eyes before giving her a half smile.
“Come sit with me,” he said.
Melissa’s heart throbbed, “I have a…”
“Boyfriend. I know. I won’t try anything.”

Alexis Moutinho
I am seventeen years old and this is my first book. Yes, that is me on the cover. I felt that every person, girl, boy, teen, adult, or whoever goes through times that seem impossible. “It was Serendipitous” was written to show these struggles and show that these hardships must end and that there is good in every situation. But this is getting too deep. The book is written to make the reader feel the emotions with the character, it’s a very fun book. It shows the fun side of summer as a teen while your only cares are your tan and your boyfriend. Each character has a different personality that will make the reader love or hate them.

Contact Alexis to review:  alexismoutinho(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My 5.5 Star Review of The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer (The Falconer, #1)
The Falconer
by Elizabeth May
Hardcover, US, 378 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Chronicle Books


Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?


My Review:

I seriously LOVED this book. I LOVE IT. Love. Love it.

Aileana, "Kam", is pretty awesome. For kick-butt girls, her falconer heritage and abilities are totally great and she's all kinds of messed-up, multi-layered great. I really like all her faults, the worst of which feels catastrophic. She wants revenge and enjoys the hunt TOO much. It doesn't bite her in this story, but I'm totally freaked out thinking that it has to eventually.

The reason I love, LOVE this book, though?

Kiaran. "MacKay". Wow. He's soooo inhuman, what a powerful faery should be. He makes all those other faeries in books look like mild reflections of the real thing. Like tales of his kind watered down to be more palatable to humans. He's untrustworthy, deceptive, old-old-old and loaded with history that he won't share.

Gavin is a great side character showing the depth of who Kam is or was before and has now become. He might've been perfect except he so isn't.

Derrick wins the "best character in the book" award by far. He's hilarious and provides a bridge of connection between the startling world with fae and the "real" world where no one can see them. The tension grows so tightly strung and Derrick steps in for much-needed relief, snort-out-loud relief. PHEW. He's... like Tinkerbell. Lol. Only (awesomely) different.

I enjoyed Scotland and the way faeries are more like zombies and monsters than "fairies". I loved all the rain and spoken slang. There's so much FUN crammed into one book. I just picked up speed and couldn't slow down... until WHAM! Over the edge at the end, clinging with fingernails that just lost grip.

Don't trust the fae. Just don't. I already knew that, but I want to so badly!! Wow I love MacKay!

5 Stars. Maybe 5.5 Stars because I can't believe I finished the book and I might have a problem with that which can be fixed by rereading it right now. I might be able to wait until the next volume comes out. And I'll DEFINITELY want this book in my collection. Yay for libraries who keep such awesome books handy for hard-working readers like me who link to hang out in libraries!


Elizabeth May was born in California, where she lived during her formative years before moving to Scotland. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of St Andrews. When she isn’t writing or doing academics, she can be found with a camera in hand; her photography has been published on an array of book covers and in magazines.

She currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband. THE FALCONER is her d├ębut novel. For more information, follow her on Twitter @_ElizabethMay or visit her website www.elizabethmaywrites.com


5 Things about Elizabeth May:

1. She penned 9 unpublished manuscripts before finally writing THE FALCONER.

2. Incidentally, she wrote THE FALCONER 3 times to get it right before trying to get it published.

3. Her degrees are in anthropology, and her speciality is folklore. Which comes in handy when writing about Scottish faeries.

4. Sometimes, her face ends up on book covers. This helps her pay university tuition.

5. She wrote her first book at the age of 12, about a half-vampire with amnesia. She hasn’t been able to stop writing novels since.




Monday, October 13, 2014

Oregon + Fall = Rain (Woohoo!)

This happens every year...

Portland, OR 7-Day Forecast
kptv.com
Every year there is a moment where Oregonians living in the green fertile land of promise peer into the future and see never-ending rain. It always feels a bit momentous to me. Like "Goodbye, Sun, I'll see you next July!"  I appreciate how our local news attempts to break it into heavy-lookin' drops vs. passing-thru showers vs. thunderstorm potential and stuff like that.  It's thoughtful of 'em, I think. More positive than simply "Get yer coats out, the warm weather has officially left."

We've had the most beautiful fall EVER so far. All these football games without sideways-blowing rain. (Yeah, they do show sideways-blowing rain on the forecast on occasion. Looks awesome. Feels best when watching from a window.) I can't help loving sunshine... anything rare is sweet, yeah?

I also like how they try to indicate that the sun still exists even if we won't see it for the heavy cloud cover. Lol.

If it stays in the low 70's or high 60's today I won't break out the umbrella 'til tomorrow morning when I shall make utmost effort to maintain decent hair all the way from home to work. Sooooo unlikely with that size of raindrop, but I'm game to attempt it. It's either that or wear a bandana to work, which would be really weird.

I have been reading books as fast as I can get my hands on 'em... much, much faster than I can review them. The Falconer  totally rocked, even that startling ending. Now THAT faery was a faery, so inhuman, he is totally AWESOME.

Well... fiddlesticks. I had to write a review.  *snort*  I can't think about a book and not talk about it, sheesh!

I'll post it tomorrow. Or you can catch it on Goodreads already.

Hilarious.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Grand Finale of the tour for Dragon Rising by Rachel E Fisher #TourAtAGlance #PrismBookTours

A Themed Tour through Prism Book Tours.

We're blitzing the GRAND FINALE for
Dragon Rising by Rachel E. Fisher

Dragon Rising is Asher's story and takes place during the first third of Eden's Root, which is the first book in the Eden's Root Trilogy. If you missed any of the tour, go back and check out the reviews and excerpts!


Kelly P's Blog - Excerpt
There was a creak and Asher straightened, clicking off the keychain, the sickly blue LED glow vanishing. He waited in the darkness, his back pressed to the wall of the supply closet. His free hand tightened around the hilt of his sword.

Since everyone fled fearing nukes, the City was largely abandoned, the towers and subways now skeletons and blood vessels in a dead body, a corpse left to rot in the summer sun. At times he imagined walking out to the center of one of the Avenues and standing there alone, certain that he was the last man on Earth.

The abandoned state of New York City) deepened the ache for his parents. What if he was one of the last men of Earth? Not “were,” not the subjunctive…the subjective. What if he WAS one of the last men on Earth? The thought rattled around his brain like a psychotic marble.

"This is a novella that gives us the backstory of one character and it would be easy to mistake it as a prequel even though it’s labeled as #4; it is not a prequel in the usual sense and should be read after the first three books or, at the least, after Eden’s Root. Then you’ll just be adding to the pleasure you’ve already gotten"

Hope to Read - Excerpt
When I first moved here last fall I never admitted that I was nervous. It’s not like I’d ever really left Chicago. But that first night, when sirens floated up from the streets I slept with a smile on my face. It felt like home.

Now it’s a silent, sticky wasteland.

Fundinmental & sherryfundin - Review
"This is a horror story that has no supernatural monsters, just the humankind.
I am blown away by this series and find it hard to put into words how frightening it is....
Rachel’s writing gave me a first hand experience into what could be our future.
The Eden’s Root Trilogy has stuck with me long after I finished reading."

Colorimetry - Review & Excerpt
"I love this novella. !! It's dark and harsh and gritty... and I felt Asher's hunger and what he was willing to do to find food, making this dystopian reality so real, it hurts."

I’ve decided to stop keeping a body count after today. All 11 additions are from one site, a grocery store on 93rd. Someone trapped the family inside - easy enough with steel plates over the doors.

SBM Book Obsession - Spotlight

"I thought this story was good. I was a little confused since I hadn't read anything else but loved what I read. The story is written well and keeps you intrigued."

Pieces of Whimsy - Excerpt
I’m doing better at getting sleep now, whether that’s from exhaustion or adaptation, I don’t know. Either way, I’ve managed to avoid the gangs so far. I’m alive and that’s all that matters. If I can keep it together…if I can survive this first wave of death, someone will get things back up and running, right? There’ll be radio or an Army convoy, or something. There has to be.

Anyway. I was robbed last night while I slept. I guess I should be grateful that I’m still alive. (And I’m not being tortured. Bonus.) And I’m grateful that they didn’t see my sword and take it.

Brooke Blogs - Excerpt
The wheeze of his breath rang in his ears, but he tilted his head, listening for his followers. Rivulets of rain splattered through the shattered windows, last vestiges of the thunderstorm that had ravaged the City. But nothing else…

Asher awoke to a scream and sat straight up, nearly braining himself on the pipes above. Ducking just in time, he swiveled, seeking the source of the sound.

“No, please! You can have me, just let Cassie go!”

Dragon Rising
by Rachel E. Fisher
(Eden's Root Trilogy #1.5)
YA Dystopian

In his freshman year at Columbia University, future journalist Asher Grey is forced to face his darkest demons when the world falls to pieces. A champion Tai Chi swordsman, he will be tested to his limits just to survive. With a heavy heart and swift hand, he must reach deep inside himself to discover what it means to be a Dragon.

The Eden's Root Trilogy

"Fisher doesn’t hold back. She never has. That’s what makes the ‘Eden’s Root’ series great." - Blakely from Indiscriminate Writes

"This dystopian novel drew me in from the start with it’s believable story of how a world changed by just having a few changes done to food we grow." - Sarah from Howling Books and Design

"No one is safe in this book. Everyone suffers something, and since I love these characters as my own friends, it's hard." - Rebecca from tHe crooKed WorD

"This story is just so intense, it drags the emotion from you whether you like it or not!" - from MySeryniti

Eden's Root
(Eden's Root Trilogy #1)


It is 2033, and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her toughness to its absolute limits. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional.


Seeds of War
(Eden's Root Trilogy #2)


The mission of Eden must be fulfilled and Eden’s best Seekers are needed. Forming a new group they dub the Seeders, Fi, Asher, and Sean are joined by a new addition as they set out to bring hope and support to the Topsiders in the form of radios and heirloom seeds. Their experiences Topside prepare them for the threat from marauding gangs they call Lobos, but it is a different, less obvious sort of threat that takes them by surprise. As radio broadcasts begin to reconnect Eden and the Topsiders, the Seeders stumble upon mysterious broadcasts from unknown stations. When two of their own new radio stations go silent within days of each other, Fi and her companions realize that something is terribly wrong. Eden finds itself pitted against a growing and unknown force as their very mission lights the flames of war.


Emergence (Eden's Root Trilogy #3)Emergence
(Eden's Root Trilogy #3)


"I promise you, Sean. We're going to stop them."

The pieces on the board are in motion and with both sides gathering strength, each move will be critical. When the Truthers make a play for checkmate, the Seeders are forced to respond. Fi and her companions will face greater challenges and higher stakes than ever before, because this time if they fail, it's for keeps.



About Rachel Fisher

I am a wife and entrepreneur living and working in Florida. I am also a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where I majored in Biology. It was always my assumption that I would end up making research my life. Though it did not work out that way in the end, my passion for Biology remains intact.

I have always loved biology-based science-fiction and the young adult genre. It is in this vein that I offer my work.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

$20 Amazon Gift Card and an ebook of Dragon Rising
19 ebooks of Dragon Rising
Ends October 12th

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Have you seen the cover for Rebellion by JA Souders?! #CoverReveal #RockStarTours

 J.A. Souders and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for REBELLION, book 3 in the Elysium Chronicles releasing in June 9, 2015! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win the books!





Title: REBELLION
Author: J.A. Souders
Publisher: TOR Teen
Pub. Date: June 9, 2015




About J.A. Souders 

J.A. SOUDERS is the author of the Elysium Chronicles and lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing about the monsters under the bed, day dreaming about living in an underwater colony, and failing miserably at playing video games.


Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive ELYSIUM and book REVELATIONS plus the eNovellas.  Ands ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas.. If you have J.A.s books already, she will do an amazon or book depository gift card of the same value. International


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dragon Rising by Rachel E Fisher #OnTour #Excerpt 4.5 #Review

A Themed Tour through Prism Book Tours.

Dragon Rising
by Rachel E. Fisher
YA Dystopian

In his freshman year at Columbia University, future journalist Asher Grey is forced to face his darkest demons when the world falls to pieces. A champion Tai Chi swordsman, he will be tested to his limits just to survive. With a heavy heart and swift hand, he must reach deep inside himself to discover what it means to be a Dragon.



My Review:

I love this novella.  !!  It's dark and harsh and gritty... and I felt Asher's hunger and what he was willing to do to find food, making this dystopian reality so real, it hurts.

4.5 Stars - Great writing, fast action, gut-wrenchingly real. A tad... gross.

I've enjoyed emailing back and forth with Rachel since I first read Eden's Root. There's a level of freaky-reality to a world where food becomes poison, having been "fixed" too much. Rachel, herself, blogs (when she can) with recipes battling her own war with pre-made easy foods that aren't healthy. http://rachelefisher.com/blog/

As for Dragon Rising... Asher's story needed to be told. When Fi happens upon him, there's so much that happens in that one scene and Asher makes choices so quickly, he has so much character. Maybe I like him best, actually. Lol. This novella goes back to his beginning, how he came to be the master of one of the New York gangs, how he made the best choice out of icky options and somehow didn't lose his soul. How he stayed alive.

As the story unfolded, I found myself tense and excited for him to meet Fi. I suppose it's not entirely necessary, but I wanted to see her one more time through Asher's eyes. Tell me if you like the last scene 'cause I sure do.  :-D

Of course... then you'll have to read Eden's Root, if you haven't yet.

Did I mention I really love these journal entries?  No?  I do. Before the action gets going, Asher has to survive and we speed through the torture of those first weeks of foodmageddon with stark journal entries. Here's my excerpt for this (totally awesome) tour.


Excerpt #5 on the tour... from Asher's journal:

June 7, 2033

Body count – 48: 21 men, 22 women, 5 children.
Days without food – 0. Found a stash of nuts and mints in a desk in the writing labs, TG. The nuts are giving my stomach fits, but hey, at least mint helps, right?
Days without sleep - 6
Temperature – Surface of the Sun and Rising


Too damned tired to think. All this hiding by day and scrabbling by night is making me feel like Gollum. Not that it helps the way a stupid mint brings tears to my eyes. Food’s become the goddamned Precious.

I’ve decided to stop keeping a body count after today. All 11 additions are from one site, a grocery store on 93rd. Someone trapped the family inside - easy enough with steel plates over the doors. Do you think when the soldiers barred those doors that they imagined what would happen if some sickos trapped people inside and lit a match? The ones that tried to run had been gunned down but most were still inside, pressed against the bars.

Human kindling…

Why am I still writing the date? Scratch that. Day 9 in HELL.



The Eden's Root Trilogy

                  Emergence (Eden's Root Trilogy #3)
(Eden's Root Trilogy #1)      (Eden's Root Trilogy #2)      (Eden's Root Trilogy #3)
                    


About Rachel Fisher

I am a wife and entrepreneur living and working in Florida. I am also a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where I majored in Biology. It was always my assumption that I would end up making research my life. Though it did not work out that way in the end, my passion for Biology remains intact.

I have always loved biology-based science-fiction and the young adult genre. It is in this vein that I offer my work.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

$20 Amazon Gift Card and an ebook of Dragon Rising
19 ebooks of Dragon Rising
Ends October 12th
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blitz! The Last Seer by Cerece Murphy #LastintheSeries #NewRelease

To post this Blitz and add your Twitter or Facebook to the Rafflecopter giveaway, 
email us at PrismBookTours(at)gmail.com with "The Last Seers" in the subject line.

We're celebrating the RELEASE for
The Last Seer by Cerece Rennie Murphy!

Would you want to hold the future of the world in your hands? 
Read more about the Order of the Seers Trilogy below and enter the fabulous giveaway!

The Order of the Seers Trilogy & Review Opportunity

In Order of the Seers (Book I), the Trilogy begins with a family tragedy that sends a brother and sister on a perilous journey to escape an organization that will stop at nothing to destroy all that is left of their family. From there, the story quickly expands into a global conspiracy that extends from the suburbs of Oregon to the plains of rural Tanzania. Order of the Seers: The Red Order (Book II), continues the story of the Seers as their freedom reveals a deeper meaning and purpose for their power that could alter the course of human evolution. The epic conclusion of the Trilogy, Order of the Seers: The Last Seer was released today, September 30, 2014.

Would you like to review the series? Find out more by clicking on the image below:
Request to review the third Order of Seers book, The Last Seer!

The Last Seer (Order of the Seers, #3)The Last Seer
(Order of the Seers #3)
by Cerece Rennie Murphy
Adult/NA SciFi
September 30th 2014

The Seers face their greatest challenge in the final chapter of the Order of the Seers trilogy…

When the fall of one nemesis unleashes an even greater danger into the world, Lilli, Joel and the Lost Seers must stand against a new enemy with the means and the will to destroy all of mankind, starting with those they hold most dear.

As the Seers mobilize to confront this new evil, the Guild tries desperately to uphold the crumbling world order on which it depends. When their attempts to manage the crisis fail, the members of the Guild are forced to place themselves at the mercy of an unlikely ally.

But the Guild isn’t the only one interested in maintaining control.

An agreement made in secret threatens to destroy any hope of a peaceful alliance before it can be made and as the betrayals unfold, no one is safe against a power that will stop at nothing to get what it wants. To defeat this threat and ensure the survival of the human race, the Seers must push the boundaries of their abilities beyond any limits they have known and risk crossing the line between life and death.

How far would you go to protect what matters most?

Order of the Seers (Order of the Seers, #1)  The Red Order (Order of the Seers, #2)

Order of the Seers 

...begins with the journey of Liam and Lilith Knight, a brother and sister who are hunted by The Guild, a ruthless world organization that seeks to capture and exploit Lilith s unique ability as a Seer to envision the future. Soon after they are forced to leave their home, Lilith and Liam discover that she is not alone. Other Seers like Lilith are routinely kidnapped and enslaved by the Guild for the purpose of consolidating wealth and power around the world... see more on Goodreads

Praise for Order of the Seers

“Ms. Murphy's novel is an excellent example of why I love, not only indie authors, but debut authors so much. This book was fresh, hoppin' and a fun, yet engrossing read.” A Book and a Review, blog

"This story combines family, friendship, love, danger, discovery and loss all into one; and does it magnificently...As I was reading this, I felt immersed into Liam and Lilli's world and found myself rooting for them and their fight against the Guild."Luxury Reading, blog

Read Chapter 1 of Order of the Seers HERE.

The Red Order -

The Lost Seers embark upon a world-wide mission to save their kind from the tyranny of the Guild and unveil their greatest weapon - Developed in secret, The Restoration Project has the potential to awaken the supernatural ability within every man, woman, and child on earth and bring down the very foundation of the Guild’s power and authority.

But the Guild has other plans. Driven by the necessity for control, Crane Le Dieu creates The Red Order... see more on Goodreads.

Praise for The Red Order

With page-turning suspense, secrets revealed and noteworthy characters, Order of the Seers [The Red Order] is a must read for any supernatural fantasy fan. Tense, keen and gripping, Order of the Seers: the Red Order is highly recommended! – Minding Spot

I have to start out by saying if you haven't read Order of the Seers you have no idea what you're missing. The author has an uncanny knack for making the reader feel every bit a part of the story and feeling the characters' emotions….Order of the Seers is shaping up to be a fantastic series already and I highly recommend it. – A Thousand Lives Book Blog

Buy: Direct from Author * Amazon Barnes & Noble


Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with science fiction at the age of seven, watching “Empire Strikes Back” at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C., with her sister and mom. It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. As an ardent fan of John Donne, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut and Alexander Pope from an early age, Cerece began exploring her own creative writing through poetry. She earned her master’s degrees in social work and international relations at Boston College and Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies, respectively, and built a rewarding 15-year career in program development, management and fundraising in the community and international development arenas – all while appreciating the stories of human connection told in science fiction through works like Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed,” Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and “The X-Files.” In 2011, Cerece experienced her own supernatural event - a vision of her first science fiction story. Shortly after, she began developing and writing what would become the “Order of the Seers” trilogy.

Cerece lives just outside of her hometown of Washington, D.C., with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Launching Rachel Fisher's Tour for Dragon Rising! #ExcerptTour #TotallyAwesome

A Themed Tour through Prism Book Tours.

We're launching the BOOK TOUR for
Dragon Rising by Rachel E. Fisher

Dragon Rising is Asher's story and takes place during the first third of Eden's Root, which is the first book in the Eden's Root Trilogy. We hope you enjoy the tour!



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Dragon Rising
by Rachel E. Fisher
(Eden's Root Trilogy #1.5)
YA Dystopian

In his freshman year at Columbia University, future journalist Asher Grey is forced to face his darkest demons when the world falls to pieces. A champion Tai Chi swordsman, he will be tested to his limits just to survive. With a heavy heart and swift hand, he must reach deep inside himself to discover what it means to be a Dragon.

The Eden's Root Trilogy

"Fisher doesn’t hold back. She never has. That’s what makes the ‘Eden’s Root’ series great." - Blakely from Indiscriminate Writes

"This dystopian novel drew me in from the start with it’s believable story of how a world changed by just having a few changes done to food we grow." - Sarah from Howling Books and Design

"No one is safe in this book. Everyone suffers something, and since I love these characters as my own friends, it's hard." - Rebecca from tHe crooKed WorD

"This story is just so intense, it drags the emotion from you whether you like it or not!" - from MySeryniti

Eden's Root
(Eden's Root Trilogy #1)


It is 2033, and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her toughness to its absolute limits. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional.


Seeds of War
(Eden's Root Trilogy #2)


The mission of Eden must be fulfilled and Eden’s best Seekers are needed. Forming a new group they dub the Seeders, Fi, Asher, and Sean are joined by a new addition as they set out to bring hope and support to the Topsiders in the form of radios and heirloom seeds. Their experiences Topside prepare them for the threat from marauding gangs they call Lobos, but it is a different, less obvious sort of threat that takes them by surprise. As radio broadcasts begin to reconnect Eden and the Topsiders, the Seeders stumble upon mysterious broadcasts from unknown stations. When two of their own new radio stations go silent within days of each other, Fi and her companions realize that something is terribly wrong. Eden finds itself pitted against a growing and unknown force as their very mission lights the flames of war.


Emergence (Eden's Root Trilogy #3)Emergence
(Eden's Root Trilogy #3)


"I promise you, Sean. We're going to stop them."

The pieces on the board are in motion and with both sides gathering strength, each move will be critical. When the Truthers make a play for checkmate, the Seeders are forced to respond. Fi and her companions will face greater challenges and higher stakes than ever before, because this time if they fail, it's for keeps.



About Rachel Fisher

I am a wife and entrepreneur living and working in Florida. I am also a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where I majored in Biology. It was always my assumption that I would end up making research my life. Though it did not work out that way in the end, my passion for Biology remains intact.

I have always loved biology-based science-fiction and the young adult genre. It is in this vein that I offer my work.


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$20 Amazon Gift Card and an ebook of Dragon Rising
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Ends October 12th

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