Blog

Book Features, Giveaways

Sneak Peek of Utopia Falls by Kody Boye

It soon becomes apparent that they are, in fact, the only other two present to take part in the Connection. One is a young man—who, with dark skin and short hair, looks on at the crowd with nearly-black eyes. The other youth is a young woman, possibly only a little older than me, with a shock of red hair that tangles over her pale, freckled skin. She considers me only for a moment before nodding and turning her attention to the crowd bordering the edges of the Ascended Circle.

Curito steps out from the shadowy depths of the Illuminarium’s entryway.

The three of us bow our heads in acknowledgement.

“Good morning,” he says.

“Good morning,” the three of us reply.

“I assume you all are ready to bear witness and attempt a Connection?”

The three of us nod in response.

“Good,” Curito replies, and presses a hand to first the pale girl’s shoulder, then the young man’s. When his hand falls upon mine, his fingers tighten around my upper arm, and he says, “May She find you worthy.”

May She find us worthy,” we repeat.

The man nods one last time before saying, “They’re about to begin.”

The media—who have arrived with cameramen and drones and reporters—draw close to fix their broadcasting equipment upon us.

Hello, and welcome to the annual Connection,” the newscaster named Ramona Wild says.

The crowd cheers.

The wind responds in kind.

It is our greatest honor to have with us today the three students whose hard work, dedication, and belief in our society has marked them as exemplary.

Several people cheer. Some nod. A few others bow their heads and begin to pray.

The dark-haired woman turns her head and points toward us.

A floating drone—whose flight is aided by two rapidly spinning gears—draws forward to take in our appearances.

The pale girl smiles.

The dark boy nods.

And I—I merely look on, as the Nexus that is at our God’s center begins to pulse with light.

As has occurred throughout our past,” Ramona Wild begins,“and will continue to occur in our present and our future, we will now allow our God the chance to Connect with the three young people before you.

“Kimberly Addams,” a tall man from the Extant Facilities says. “Will you please step forward.”

The pale girl’s smile is gone. In its place is something akin to determination. This guides her forward on careful feet, on unsure limbs, and in silent trepidation.

As she comes to stand in the center of the Ascended Circle—where, it could be said, that all men’s dreams come to thrive or die—the God’s tendrils extend to the far reaches of the city and blanket the sky above us in a miasma of pale blue light. The girl’s eyes are wide as saucers, but it isn’t this that draws my attention.

No.

It’s the single tendril that appears from the God’s usually dark Nexus that captures my gaze.

Golden in color, and bright as any fire, it slowly extends on the pale wind emanating from the God’s Nexus, and comes to hover directly above the girl.

She tilts her head back. Closes her eyes. Waits.

Then, the God touches her, and attempts the Connection.

For several long moments we wait.

My heart pounds. My breath runs ragged.

Within moments, Kimberly Addams collapses.

What has just begun has now ended.

The crowd gasps.

Two members of the Extant Facilities draw forward to collect the redhead from the Ascended Circle.

“Jonah Armstrong,” the man who ushered Kimberly Addams forward says. “Please step into the Ascended Circle.”

The young man swallows, and nervously glances at me before taking several steps forward. He comes to a halt at the edge of the circle, then closes his eyes.

At first, I’m unsure why he’s stopped.

Then I realize why.

He’s trembling—literally vibrating with fear.

“Jonah,” Curito says, taking a step forward. “What is wrong? Why aren’t you going?”

“I’m scared,” Jonah replies. “Huh-Holy Conduit Curito, I’m… I’m scared.”

“There is nothing to fear, my son. She will merely graze your conscience to determine if you are Her Conduit.”

Jonah looks past our Holy Conduit to gaze at me—and though I want to offer something, anything, to help him, I can do little more than nod.

With a sigh, the young man turns and steps into the circle.

The single tendril—which has remained in place following Kimberly Addams’ departure—extends itself toward Jonah Armstrong.

The God attempts Her connection once more.

This time, however, Jonah screams.

I grimace.

He trembles.

He stumbles back, then trips on one of the steps.

His head connects with the hard stone, and blood seeps from a gash on his temple.

Medibots—which resemble four-legged crabs and are armed with a multitude of medical technology—dart forward on swift wings to examine and tend to his injuries. Then two men carrying a stretcher rush forward to take him away.

“Ember Hillen,” the Extant Facilities member announces. “You are the last to participate in the Connection.”

I swallow the lump that has risen in my throat and attempt to wash my fear down with it, but find that it does little more than cause me further anxiety.

You can’t wait, I think. Now’s your time.

“My time,” I whisper, in a voice so low I feel only I can hear it.

With that in mind, I step forward.

The tendril—which has graced two and felled both simply by touching them—extends toward me.

I tilt my head back, blink, then narrow my eyes as the blinding golden light enters my retinas.

A moment later, the tendril makes contact.

I blink. Breathe. Inhale, exhale. A presence washes over me like soft waters in a bathtub, and through its person I hear a voice.

Ember, the voice says. Ember.

Elation washes over me. All fear dissipates. A calm envelops my body.

In a moment, there is darkness.

Then, shortly thereafter: light.

I do not know what I see. So beyond me is the cataclysmic eruption of light and color that at first I can do little more than watch. My chest vibrates with unsung energy, and my breathing becomes erratic and harsh, like a hammer desperately pounding an unruly nail. There are reds and yellows and blues and golds and pinks and purples and greens galore. They spark once, twice, a third time, a fourth. They dance across my vision, and create a symphony of color and sound within my mind.

I feel, for a moment, that it is God attempting to speak with me through the art of synesthesia—the act of one sensation being substituted for another.

But what is this? I think. Is this a lesson? A schematic? Life?

The colors vibrate into focus a short moment later.

I tilt my head down, and stare.

Shallow waters lie beneath my feet. Ripples echo out from my bare toes. Inertia beckons me forward, and within moments, I am literally walking over water—toward a light that exists at the far edge of what appears to be a tunnel.

What is— I start to think.

The colors begin to blur a moment later.

My head swims.

My vision goes out of focus.

I feel bile rising in my throat.

I stumble back—

Feel the tendril slip from my forehead—

Then experience a rush of adrenaline as I impact with the Utopian ground beneath my feet.

The last thing I hear, before I lose consciousness, is our Holy Conduit saying, “Welcome, Holy Conduit Hillen.

Utopia Falls

by Kody Boye

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Society has reached its peak within the walled city of Utopia. While the outside world lies in inhospitable ruins, the city within brims with technological marvels—all thanks to a benevolent god that appeared during humanity’s darkest hour. But with the city on the verge of overpopulation, and the world outside not promised to be safe, time is running out for the Utopian people, and it’ll take one brave young woman to change the course of history.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Hillen has lived in the shadow of the god her entire life. With a promising future in medicine, she believes that her future is set in stone. What she doesn’t expect is for her Aptitude Test scores to come back with exemplary remarks—or to be chosen as her city’s next Holy Conduit.

As the Holy Conduit, Ember can connect with, and receive visions of, her god’s desires for the Utopian city. The only problem? Her god is implying that her people must somehow journey beyond their isolated city to build a new world in the wasteland. But with the mad leader of the premier engineering facility within Utopia attempting to sway Ember through whatever means possible, Ember must make a choice that will change a life forever. The only question is: can she withstand the storm that will follow?

Buy Links

Add to Goodreads

Amazon * Apple * B&N * Google * Kobo * Smashwords

Though Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, he moved south at the age of eighteen and has resided in various parts of Texas since 2010, living first in Austin, then in Fort Worth before finally landing in the Rio Grande Valley. His first story, [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge, was published in the Yellow Mama Webzine at the age of fourteen. His debut novel, Sunrise, followed at age eighteen.

Since then, he has written several novels across multiple speculative fiction genres. His most recent works include When They Came, The Beautiful Ones, Kingsman Online, and The Red Wolf Saga.

​Kody is currently enrolled in an online university and pursuing an undergraduate degree in creative writing and English, with plans to further his education with an MFA, which will allow him to teach.

​When not writing, Kody enjoys reading young-adult novels, playing video games such as World of Warcraft and Guild Wars, and browsing social media endlessly. 

Author Links

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

$10 Amazon

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

Giveaways, Guest Posts

Guest Post: Discussing Dandelion Dreams by Penny Harmon

I just want to say thank you for having me to discuss my new release Dandelion Dreams. 

My new release is all about Maddie.  Madelyn Presley Jones is a typical city girl but she does have a past with the country.  When Maddie receives a call, it changes the course of her life.  Maddie has to decide whether her future is in the city or taking care of Kyle, her aunt’s adopted son with special needs.  It’s the most important decision she will ever make and Lincoln Davies, Kyle’s social worker, sets out to help.

I actually started this book four years ago and got sidetracked when we went through foster care and the adoption of our youngest granddaughter. It was a long and emotional process, and the middle of it all, we bought and moved into a bigger house.  Crazy, huh?  So, now that we are all settled, I am back to writing and realized just how much I missed it.

How I Became An Author

This is a great question.  I have been writing for as long as can remember.  Even when I was a child, I always had a notebook and I would write poems and short stories.  In my twenties, I started sending things out to a publisher, but stopped when I got divorced and was raising my two children.  It wasn’t until 2005, when I was writing web copy, that I started to research publishing again.  I chose to be self-published, as I like to be in control of everything.  With traditional publishing, very few authors have any control over their own work.

Which Of Your Novels Should Be Made Into A Movie?

My novel Dragonfly Wishes would be perfect.  In fact, I have submitted it to TaleFlick, a library of curated material where producers can find great books for their next movies. Dragonfly Wishes is the story of a woman who lost everything, her husband and child, and now has to learn how to live again.  TaleFlick named it as a Top Pick and states “Dragonly Wishes has a strong and devastating premise, which draws the reader in immediately. Following Callie’s journey is hard but satisfying, and the life lesson she leaves us with makes the story completely worth our time. Although it is about the profoundly deep emotional journey, the external plot is filled with entertaining beats keeping it interesting and satisfying. I am really looking forward to what this could mean for this novel! But I can honestly say that I think Dandelion Dreams would make a great movie, too!

WHAT’S NEXT?

I am currently working on another series set in Maine. The Moose Valley series setting is Northern Maine where the moose are big, and the community is tight-knit. This series is a little different for me, as it involves more than a love story.  The first murder in Moose Valley takes place in the first book of the series.  While I do not have a title yet, I am hoping for a July release. 

The second book in the Cove’s Port Series, Daisies and Sunshine, should be released in August.

To stay updated on upcoming releases and sales, please follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pennyharmonauthor

Dandelion Dreams

Cove’s Port Series Book 1

by Penny Harmon

Genre: Women’s Fiction

A dream can change more than once in a lifetime!

Madelyn “Maddie” Jones loves Jimmy Choos, fancy restaurants, and the city life she worked so hard to create. With a promotion on the line, she can’t let anything get in her way. Not staying out late. Not partying. Not friends. And definitely not love!

But when a phone call sends her life spinning out of control, she has no choice to put everything on hold and move to Maine.

Dandelion Farm isn’t what she expected. With five dogs, a slew of farm animals, and Kyle, her aunt’s adopted son with special needs, Maddie has her work cut out for her.

Will Lincoln Davies, Kyle’s social worker, drive Maddie away? Or worse-convince her to stay?

Goodreads * Amazon

Penny Harmon began writing at an early age and developed a great love of words over the years. After her children were grown, she took her writing more seriously and has published in both newspapers and magazines. In January of 2016, her first novella, Complicated Inheritance, was published and in March of 2016, the first book, I Saw Him First, of the Rocky Isle Romance series was published. Five more books in the Rocky Isle Romance series have since been published.

 In 2017, Penny branched out with her first women’s fiction novel, Dragonfly Wishes and, soon after, published Love’s Song with Sweet Promise Press. Love’s Song is not available at the moment, but will be re-released with a new title.

Her book Dandelion Dreams just released on June 3, 2021.

Penny lives in Maine with her long-time partner, Dan, three grandchildren, three cats, and one dog. She enjoys spending time with all nine of her grandchildren and enjoys working on DIY projects, especially those of repurposing.

Author Links

Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

$25 Amazon

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

Book Features, Giveaways

Sneak Peek of The Somewhere I See You Again by Nancy Thorne

The low tone of Arlo’s voice seeps through my skin and arouses something deep inside me. I hang on his words. Then, except for a heavy sigh, Arlo is the silent one, his thoughts miles away, probably in West Virginia.

“I know a lot about trees,” I say.

He returns. “Oh yeah?”

“A-huh. My dad taught me.”

Arlo looks confused. “I thought you were a city girl.”

“Oh, well, yeah. I don’t live around mountains or rivers. I mean, there’s trees in a park near my house, and a creek with tadpoles−“

Arlo laughs. “As I sad. City girl.”

The wrong side of the tracks would be more like it but that’d make you laugh even more.

“So, your father knows a lot about trees even though you don’t live in the country?”

“It’s his … hobby.” I have to catch my breath. We’re close to talking about my home. About Sloan Hill.

“And your mom? Does she have a hobby?”

My heart is aching. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m acting stupid on front of Arlo or because my mother is at the forefront of my brain, her body weak and half its normal size.”

Breathe, Hannah. “She used to sew.”

“Used to?”

“Yeah. She’s−“ I bite my lower lip. A single tear escapes. This is not time to ruin one of the happiest moments of my life. Luke ruined enough of it already.

The Somewhere I See You Again

by Nancy Thorne

Genre: YA Historical Romance

Hannah will resort to anything to save her mother’s life. Including blackmail. Even if the target is the former boyfriend of her goody-goody best friend, Stacy.

Except, he just moved to the West Coast, and now it’s up to Hannah to convince Stacy to hitchhike with her cross-country to confront him.

It’s 1971. Change is happening. And Hannah’s understanding of the world is about to be tested by those she encounters along the way, including a gorgeous draft dodger.

Someone is about to face a deathly experience. But it’s not Hannah’s mother.

The Somewhere I See You Again is an extraordinary story about the life-changing power of love and friendship against insurmountable odds.

Goodreads * Amazon

Nancy Thorne is an award-winning author inspired by the romance and courage of youth. Her debut novel VICTORIAN TOWN won First Place for the 2019 Dante Rossetti Award.

Nancy’s short stories have recently appeared in literary journals and magazines, including The First Line Literary Journal, The Blake-Jones Review, Edify Fiction, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Born and raised in Toronto, Nancy fostered a passion for creating stories in grade school but hid it much too well. Eight years ago she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of telling them.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Toronto Romance Writers. She lives with her family just outside of Toronto along with an energetic labrador and entertaining corgi.

Author Links

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

$10 Amazon giftcard – 3 winners! ,

ebook of The Somewhere I See You Again – 5 winners!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

Book Features, Giveaways

Book Spotlight: Blind Date by Raquel Anne

Blind Date

Perfectly Stated Series

by Raquel Anne

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Life for Rory Pehrson had taken many unexpected turns, but never in a million years could she have predicted that she’d be raising her sister’s baby at the age of thirty. To top it off she had to live with the man she held most responsible for every bad turn in her life that had happened in the last six months.

When Rory’s boss-slash-bestie decides to voluntell her that she’ll be joining a dating site with her, Rory concedes only out of pure exhaustion. What she doesn’t know is that this single act will take her on one more major life roller-coaster.

In the end, Rory must make an ultimate decision that could finally break her and leave the remnants of her spirit in tatters…or mend her, heart and soul.

**Only .99 cents!!**

Goodreads * Amazon

Introducing Raquel Anne, the romantic side of author Rachel A Olson.

Rachel A Olson resides in rural Northwestern Nebraska, along with her husband, three children, two cats, and a yellow lab. She is a bit of a workaholic with a full-time day job, working as a freelance graphic designer and formatter in her spare time, as well as squeezing in her writing. Rachel is also passionate about her faith and stays involved in her church as much as she can. She enjoys the quiet outdoors, loves to travel, and often craves spicy foods. She considers herself to be a helper by nature and wants nothing more than to see other artists succeed in the areas they are most passionate about.

Author Links

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

$10 Amazon

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!