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Cover reveal – Death Before Daylight by Shannon A Thompson

DBDcover I am once again honoured to take part in the cover reveal for Shannon and her awesome Timely Death Trilogy. I could talk the hind legs off a donkey about how highly I rate Shannon as an author, but I’ll let her do the talking as she does it so much more eloquently than I, click here if you’d like to read my review of the book.

Letter from author, Shannon A. Thompson

It’s here! It’s here! The final cover of The Timely Death Trilogy has finally been released. A special thank you goes out to Clean Teen Publishing and this lovely Member of the Dark who is helping share this message today. Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy, re-releases on July 28 – with an all new interior and exterior – and both are beautiful. Seconds Before Sunrise follows on August 25, and Death Before Daylight (the only novel of the trilogy to never see the shelves before) is finally getting it’s day . . . hehehe . . . Well, it’s releasing September 15. Even more exciting? You can win prizes throughout all of these events and more by becoming a Member of the Dark . . . or a Member of the Light. Check out the details below! I look forward to speaking with you!

Shannon A. Thompson (a.k.a. SAT)

http://shannonathompson.com

Synopsis:

Two eternities. One ending.

“Harmony would only come with destruction.”

The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.

While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.

In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.

Dark Activities:

Become a Member of the Dark (or Light) by emailing ShannonAThompson@aol.com. Your email will never be given out, and you are not required to do anything, but you will win more prizes the more you participate.

 Win a paperback of Minutes Before Sunset via Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/131705-minutes-before-sunset

Pre-order Minutes Before Sunset: http://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Before-Sunset-Timely-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00WTRV9FC/ref=reader_auth_dp

 Stay Updated via The Timely Death Trilogy FB page:

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Visit the Extras Page:

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Pin your favorite photos from The Timely Death Trilogy Pinterest board:

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But most of all . . .

Stay Dark,

~SAT

http://shannonathompson.com

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Cover reveal – Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A Thompson

SBScoverI am delighted to be able to reveal the next cover in The Timely Death Trilogy: Seconds Before Sunrise!

Regular readers of my blog will know what a huge fan of Shannon I am and so I shall let her do the talking (my original review of the book can be found here):

Shannon A Thompson:

The Timely Death Trilogy began as one teenager’s nightmare and morphed into a real-life dream of authorship. The entire trilogy re-releases with new covers and new interiors this summer and fall by Clean Teen Publishing. I hope you’ll check out this dark vs. light trilogy (mainly because the “dark” side is the good side…maybe), and I especially hope you’ll consider becoming a Member of the Dark! Each time there is a special event, you can participate and win prizes—like spotlights on my website, books, and more. Simply email me at shannonathompson@aol.com, and I’ll send a badge over to you. We might even have coffee together.

Thank you for reading about this dark journey,

Synopsis of Seconds Before Sunrise:

Seconds Before Sunrise (book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy)

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Timely-Death-Trilogy/227663240691565

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18805475-seconds-before-sunrise

CURRENT GIVEAWAY: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/131705-minutes-before-sunset

YouTube Video Reveal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe9Yzw_jzHM

pic1About the author:

Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

 

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Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Minutes Before Sunset

by Shannon A. Thompson

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Minutes Before Sunset Cover Reveal – Shannon A Thompson

Cover Regular readers of my blog will be aware that Shannon A Thompson (a young author who I am a huge fan of) recently suffered the devastation of her publisher closing down, leaving her without representation.

While many folks may have given up there and then, Shannon continued on (with the support of her ever-growing fan base of readers) and has signed up with a new publisher: Clean Teen Publishing who will be re-releasing the first installment of the Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset on July 28th 2015.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Shannon and her work, let me say this: this young lady is a hugely talented author with a big future ahead of her. Still so young, she has achieved so much, which is even more incredible given the blows that life has dealt her along the way.

Shannon isn’t just an author, she’s a blogger who puts her heart and soul into sharing the ups and downs of being a writer and also life in general. Shannon is a warm and giving young woman who always makes the time to reach out and make contact with new bloggers and readers. Take it from this blogger, she reached out to me when I was a novice blogger and introduced me to the wonderful community of fellow writers and readers on WordPress.

I could probably wax lyrical about Shannon for hours, but I shall let her bio do the talking (it’s much more eloquent than I could ever be):

pic1Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015.

 

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

And if you don’t believe what I have to say about the wonderful Miss Thompson’s writing, check out the synopsis and reviews Minutes Before Sunset has already garnered on its first release:

Two destines. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Awarded Goodreads’ Book of the Month in July 2012

Releases July 28, 2015 – Second edition by Clean Teen Publishing, new cover and new interior!

Current Rating on Goodreads: 146 ratings, 4.3 stars

Reviews:

  • “A magical, if slightly dark, tale.” – The Reader’s Review
  • “Wonderfully unnerving.” – Coffee Shop Reader
  • “This is a story of forbidden love, hidden love, and a war of love.” – Endless Reading
  • “This book was brilliant, original and romantic. This is a timeless love story with incredible character growth, action and twists of fate.” – Note to Selph Book Reviews
  • “Miss. Thompson twisted the concept of Light and Dark, reversing the well-known roles, changing the time-old dance and making it her own. Brilliant and true, “Minutes Before Sunset” is thought-provoking, bringing real-life lessons and morals from a world of the supernatural.” – Live. Laugh. Read

I hope I have whet your appetite enough for you to check out the following links to access more information on Shannon and her books:

Goodreads

Facebook

Pinterest

Extras

Amazon


A link to my original review of Minutes Before Sunset can be found here

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Book Review – Death Before Daylight by Shannon A Thompson

Seconds Before SunriseAs a fan of Shannon’s ‘Timely Death’ trilogy, I was delighted when the author emailed me with an ARC of her new book ‘Death Before Daylight’.

Those of you who read my blog with any regularity will know that I have already read and reviewed the two previous titles in the series and loved them both. Shannon A Thompson is a talented writer with a big future, mark my words.

Death Before Daylight picks up at the aftermath of the showdown between the Light and the Dark. It had been prophesized that the battle between Shoman and Darthon would bring about the end of the war between the two fighting factions. It would be a battle that only one could survive.

Until Jessica came along.

Without giving too much away for those of you who haven’t read the first two books in the series, Jessica’s arrival in the small town of Hayworth has a devastating effect on the battle between the warring sects and a prophecy that has been set in stone for years.

Since the battle, everything has been turned on its head, leaving Jess and Eric confused and mistrustful of those closest to them. Members of both sides find their powers weakening, except for Shoman, Darthon and Jess. Since discovering that Jess holds the key to Darthon’s success or demise, the Dark have been on full alert as to the possibility of another attempt on Shoman and Jessica’s lives.

It’s not long until Darthon makes the first move, and with devastating consequences. Both Shoman and Jessica are forced to confront a reality which they would rather didn’t exist. Both discover that there is no being ‘normal’ when living life as a Shade. Life not only for Eric and Jess, but everyone in the town of Hayworth (humans included) becomes increasingly complicated and confusing.

With Eric acting erratically and Jess revealing a devastating truth, the lines between fact and fiction, truth and lie start to become blurred. Long-buried secrets as well as hidden identities are revealed as Death Before Daylight brings the Timely Death trilogy to a thrilling climax.

With Darthon confident of his position in his continuing confrontation with Shoman, the Dark seem to be a disadvantage, one which could see the Lights finally become victorious in the age old battle between the sects. Yet again, it is Jessica who holds the key as to which side will end up victorious.

Jessica finds her faith and trust tested repeatedly, leaving her confused as to which side she is truly on. With Shoman and Darthon each attempting to convince her to ally with their side, could their persistence in fact cause her to do the opposite of what they intended?

Jessica seems faced with an impossible choice – no matter which side she chooses, people will die.

From start to finish, The Timely Death trilogy has been a thrilling roller-coaster ride full of romance, suspense, mystery, intrigue and a healthy dose of teenage angst. Shannon deftly carries the story between two of the trilogy’s main characters (Eric and Jessica) and this dual point of view makes the unfolding story all the more intriguing. There’s something quite fun about having a greater knowledge of what is really happening than some of the trilogy’s characters do.

Even with the dual storytelling, Shannon manages to weave in a number of twists and turns that leave the reader guessing, right until the very end. Though the trilogy is classed as ‘Young Adult’, I would recommend this series of books to anyone who enjoys a tale woven with romance, angst and the supernatural.

Unfortunately, Shannon received some devastating news last year when her publisher went out of business. Thankfully, Shannon has now signed with a new publisher! This is fantastic news for fans of her work, Shannon’s books will be re-released by her new publisher later this year and you will be able to get your hands on the work of this up and coming writer!

Please visit Shannon’s site by clicking on the link. Shannon is offering a number of services to fellow writers and if her writing is anything to go buy, those who employ her services are likely to great value for their money. Even if you are not in need of writer services, please check out Shannon’s site and show your support for a talented young author.

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Book Review – Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A Thompson

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Shannon kindly sent me a copy of her new book Take Me Tomorrow to read and review. As many of my regular readers know, I am a huge fan of Shannon’s work and I believe that she has an immense talent – I would definitely tip her to become publishing’s ‘next big thing.’

I read a lot and I’d like to think that I know a good book when I see one, Take Me Tomorrow certainly lives up to the expectations that I had for Shannon’s latest release. A complete departure from her Timely Death trilogy, Take Me Tomorrow is the story of Sophia Gray and how her world is turned upside down by the appearance of a dishevelled young man called Noah in the back woods of her property – it seems that everyone knows who he is except her.

Noah brings trouble to what Sophia always thought of as a quiet little town. No sooner has he arrived on the scene than one of her closest friends ends up in hospital with the banned drug ‘Tomo’ in his system.

The society in which Sophia and her friends have been brought up in does not allow its people to question those who govern and rule the ‘States’, yet Sophia isn’t the kind of girl who will blindly follow the rules. It is Sophia’s thirst for a truth that the government would rather stay hidden that sets in motion a series of events that could change everything she and her friends had ever thought to be real.

While Take Me Tomorrow is a YA title, it should be noted that this book deals with themes that will not only resonate with younger readers but also gives food for thought on topics such as propaganda, immigration and drugs – all topics that are front and centre in today’s society.

The drug ‘Tomo’ plays a huge role in this book and is central to driving the story forwards while also raising moral and legal questions in regard to the creation, distribution, selling and using of drugs for practical, physical, and emotional reasons.

Take Me Tomorrow also raises the issue of drug addiction and how damaging such conditions can be not only the user, but those around them who love and care for them. While ‘Tomo’ undoubtedly has some benefits for those who use it, the drug is also capable of creating havoc and destruction with its use indirectly lead to thousands of people losing their lives.

Forced to work against a government that will do anything to wipe out ‘Tomo’ once and for all, Sophia, Noah, their friends and family find themselves fighting a battle that they seem destined to lose. Outnumbered and outgunned, it seems as if the small group stand little or no chance of beating a system that will go to any lengths to leave its people disoriented, compliant and without hope.

That’s really what it comes down to at the end of the day; it is not the drug itself that is important but what it represents: hope. In order to keep its people compliant, the government has taken away their right to move freely from state to state, attempting through threats of recrimination to control the masses and take away their free will.

Take Me Tomorrow asks a lot of questions around thorny issues in today’s society without becoming preachy in its message. While we all have our own opinions on such topics, this book does not try to influence the reader into making anything other than their own considered judgements.

As I have come to expect from Shannon, this book is well-crafted, engaging and very well-written (pretty much a given for this author). While the genre may be classed as ‘Young Adult’, don’t let that fool you; Take Me Tomorrow is an intelligent and thought-provoking piece of writing and one I highly recommend you check out.

Click on the following links to purchase Take Me Tomorrow:

Amazon

Smashwords

Goodreads

And you should also check out Shannon’s fabulous blog: ShannonAThompson.com

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Book review: Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A Thompson

Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A Thompson

Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A Thompson

Firstly, I would like to thank Shannon for sending me a review copy of her second novel, ‘Seconds Before Sunrise’ to read and review before its publication date in March. I whizzed through this book much like I did its predecessor and found it very hard to put down, so gripped with the story was I.

Shannon’s second novel picks up a few months after the firstends and we once again find the story being told from the perspectives of the two main characters: Eric and Jessica. The two of them made a monumental decision in the finale of ‘Minutes Before Sunset’ and this drives the narrative of the second book in the series as the consequences of their actions begin to unfold.

At first it seems as if Jessica has gotten the better end of the deal as she finds herself unable to remember key moments of her recent past, while Eric is forced to confront the fact that he remembers everything – including the intense connection he has to Jessica. The decision they made in the previous story had been designed to protect the girl Eric loves but may end up having catastrophic consequences for both of them.

As the story progresses it becomes clear that fate will always find a way to circumvent even the most fool-proof of plans that Eric (in his Shade identity of Shoman) and his people concoct to ensure that they walk away victorious in their fated battle with Darthon.

Things begin to unravel quickly as both Eric and Jessica learn that perhaps everything is not quite as it seems. People that at first seem trustworthy suddenly begin acting strangely, while those that appeared to be against them may not all have their ultimate destruction at heart. Past, present, and future begin to collide at a frightening pace, destiny appears to be a freight train that neither of them have the ability to control.

Who can they trust; who is friend and who is foe?

As the Lights make an unexpected declaration, will Jessica and Eric be able to finally control their fate and beat destiny at its own game?

Much like the first book, I very much enjoyed the thrill ride of ‘Seconds Before Sunrise’. Having read the previous installment in the series I felt comfortable with the characters that populate this particular story universe and this allows the reader to dive straight into the action and enjoy the journey as it unfolds. More of the story is told from Jessica’s perspective this time, this works well as the focus is primarily on  her in this book (even though she may not realize it).

The action does not let up for a second, especially in the second half of the book and I like the almost frenetic way that things seem to hurtle towards the book’s conclusion. As a reader you get the feeling that things are quickly spiraling out of control and that our two main characters are fated to never outrun their destiny – whatever that may be.

The author manages to convey Jessica’s confusion and subsequent anger terrifically and does a masterful job with handling Eric’s tormented suffering of having the girl he loves so close yet so far away from him. He knows the sacrifice that Jessica made (even if she doesn’t) and struggles to be the one left to face the consequences of that choice.

The cataclysmic battle between the Shades and the Lights has unexpected consequences and is a showdown in which not everyone will survive. Who lives and who dies, and who is able to make the ultimate sacrifice for the cause they believe in?

This is a book full of teenage angst, romance, and supernatural flair all rolled into one. I liked this book very much and it shows in how quickly I devoured it. This is a book for fans of young-adult fiction who like their novels mixed with a healthy dose of the paranormal. If those factors tick your boxes then I highly recommend that you get your hands on this book.

My review of Minutes Before Sunset:

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Book review: Minutes Before Sunset – Shannon A Thompson

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I would like to kindly thank Shannon A Thompson for sending me a copy of her novel, Minutes Before Sunset, to read via Smashwords.

Being quite the fan of young adult (YA) fiction and supernatural stories, I found myself delighted that Shannon’s book covered both of these. Minutes Before Sunset is the first in a trilogy of books that concentrate on a protagonist by the name of Eric Welborn and his ‘Shade’ alter-ego, Shoman, as he battles against the prophecy that looks certain to rule his life.

Eric finds himself the reluctant saviour of his people, the Shades, in their battle against their arch-enemy, the ‘Lights’. As Shoman, the Shade, Eric is hailed as the first descendant and is destined to do battle with his Light counterpart, Darthon. It will be a battle to the death in which only one of them can survive. The pressure is on Eric to be prepared for the battle and come out victorious, yet the thought of having to kill another person (supernatural or not) does not sit well with him.

The book starts off at a quick pace and keeps it up until the end. It is not easy to create a complete supernatural world to readers without finding the story dragged back by back story and exposition, yet Shannon has been able to describe an unknown world of humans with supernatural alter-egos while not letting the pacing of the story suffer for it.

I found myself quickly immersed in the world of both Eric and his Shade identity as Shoman, although there are a wealth of characters to get to know, I never once felt confused or overwhelmed by descriptive dialogue about them. Shannon has deftly mixed back story with present-day action and has allowed both to unfold at a pace that allows the reader to really enjoy both sides of the story.

Even better is the fact that the story is being told from not one perspective, but two. Not only do we see the story unfold from Eric’s point of view, we also see some of the same scenes through the eyes of the book’s second protagonist, Jessica Taylor, a girl who finds herself new to the town of Hayworth and with a secret of her own.

Although Jess makes two friends in the shape of Robb and Crystal, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious Eric Welborn – even if the rest of the school thinks he should be kept at arm’s length. Robb and Crystal try to warn Jess about Eric, knowing his tragic past has caused him to all but isolate himself from the people around him in the ‘human’ world. Yet Jessica finds herself enamoured with Eric and he too finds himself taken aback by how easy he finds it to open up to her.

Both Eric and Jessica have secrets that they are trying desperately to keep from the world, yet their destinies and journeys are more closely linked than either of them could ever have imagined. When human and supernatural worlds collide, what will happen to the two young heroes when they find themselves helpless against their growing need for one another?

Can either of them really outrun their fate?

Will an age-old prophecy dictate what happens to them?

Can they change what already seems to be set in stone?

Minutes Before Sunset is a fun and well-paced read, full of witty dialogue and thrilling action that keeps you entertained the whole way through, especially the final twist which took this reader by surprise. The characters and their situations are believable and gripping and I found myself working my way through this book quickly and enjoying every turn of the page as I did so.

 I would recommend that you check this book out if you have not already done so, links to Shannon’s website and her books can be found here:

Shannon’s blog

Minutes Before Sunset

Seconds Before Sunrise

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