Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Resilience + Giveaway

Regina Shen is an outcast forced to fend for herself in a world that bans books and artifacts from before the Great Collapse. An approaching storm could be the least of her problems. The World Federation condemns Regina and her family to live on the seaward side of barrier walls. Those walls were built to hold back rising seas caused by abrupt climate change and as a place to dump outcasts.
A hurricane threatens to destroy Regina’s world, tearing her from sister, mom, and home. Now Federation agents claim she has unique DNA that could prevent human extinction. It's too bad she doesn't trust them enough to barter fairly, let alone with her life. Three-hundred-plus-year-old Grand Old Dames rule the all-female Federation using a rigid caste system. Their notorious Department of Antiquities, under the command of Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco, polices barrier walls, destroys knowledge from the past to suppress dissent, and pursues Regina for her genome.

Regina survives by her wits on swampy islands and thrives on salvage from sunken cities, including illegal print books from before the Federation. With her photographic (eidetic) memory, she defies Antiquities by consuming salvaged books not available in the Federation, which makes her an outcast even among her exiled peers. With Antiquities in pursuit, Regina fights to stay alive and avoid capture while hunting for her family. Does she have the resilience to survive both the storm and Antiquities?

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My Review

I received the opportunity to review this book and the other three books in this series as part of a blog tour. I am glad I did otherwise I would still be unfamiliar with this author and this series. Although, I must admit that the front and back covers were not very appealing to me and in fact had me a little worried about the standards for this book. After reading this book it just goes to show that you can't judge a book by its front or back covers.

I like the world that the author has built. Regina is a strong female heroine. She kept getting stronger and stronger as the story went on. Therefore, I can't wait to read the second book. Readers who like to read post apocalyptic books will enjoy this one. Although I must admit that it did take me a little while to warm up to the characters but again it was the world that did it for me in the beginning. The ending left me the reader looking forward to reading the second book.

Author's Bio:

He was raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. He took to stories as his anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, and has been writing since age eleven.

Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.

In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.

Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.

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Writers seem to follow one of two approaches to storytelling. Some do extensive outlining to the point they know exactly what will happen and when before they begin to write. Others have a sense of where the story begins and ends and explore the story as they write. Both approaches work, depending on an author’s style and the story’s needs.
I’ve used both. The first published novel that I wrote was Rebels Divided, now the 3rd book in the series. For it, I did heavy brainstorming and outlining since the story involves the merging of two storylines. Outlining allowed me to make sure they’d mesh before I began writing. After Rebels Divided, Annabelle Scott, one of the protagonists, inspired me to write her story: The Rebel Within. Because I’d gotten to know her so well, Annabelle’s story wrote itself, as if she were narrating the story to me. I knew where the story began, how it would end, and the major hurdles along the way, but I did minimal outlining and followed her lead.
For the Regina Shen series, I did substantial brainstorming and research into abrupt climate change and into what this future world might have evolved into. Because of that and the storyline, I did more extensive outlining than for The Rebel Within.
I try to write every day in the morning, which I find as my most creative time. I get very possessive about my mornings for this reason and feel let down if I get distracted and can’t at least write something. Often I wake in the middle of the night with scenes or solutions to story problems and then have to make notes in the dark. When I’m ready, I focus on a first draft to get the story out and breathe life into it. I liken this to putting modeling clay on the wheel. Then I edit and mold the story until I’m happy with how it feels and how the story works.
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traveler said...

Thanks for this intriguing feature and giveaway. This novel sounds unique and unforgettable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Lance Erlick said...

Thanks for joining the tour, the post, and the review.