Good news, everybody!
I am very, very pleased to announce the release of the book Rising, Book 1: Resistance by Laura Josephsen. Laura is a fantastic author I first connected with on Twitter (yay Twitter!), and I’ve been privileged to read some of her work prior to publication. When I first read Rising, Book 1: Resistance, my immediate reaction was “Ohmygosh ohmygosh PLEASE publish this book so I can make everyone I know read it!” Needless to say, I am thrilled to be able to finally do just that.
If you want it in a nutshell, here is the book’s blurb:
All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead stranger on his doorstep and the task of delivering a package to the leader of his home country.
Not long after he boards a train toward the capital, he’s attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king. Alphonse is temporarily rescued by Mairwyn, a mechanic with a haunted past and a deep hatred of knights. Together, they attempt to carry out Alphonse’s urgent errand, only to learn that if they fail, countless people will die.
And even if they succeed, they may not be able to prevent the war that lurks on the horizon.
I already knew going into this book that I love Laura’s writing, but I wasn’t prepared for how completely gripping I would find the story. The book has elements of fantasy (it doesn’t take place in our world, but instead is a somewhat altered version of ours), which is partially what makes me love it so much (you know I’m a sucker for fantasy stories). But what is remarkable about it is that none of the fantasy elements seem forced or incredible. In fact, I found myself immediately accepting the integrity of the world and being drawn into the larger plot, which I think will appeal to anyone who reads it. The book has all the necessary components of an enduring story - danger, mystery, conspiracy, friendship, romance, political intrigue, looming war, underground resistance…you get the idea.
Laura does a brilliant job of perfectly balancing gravity and levity when telling the story, and I found myself chuckling at one moment and then gripping my chair the next. I never once felt like it was too dark or oppressive, but I also never forgot the gravity of what was at stake, for the hero/heroine and the world itself. Once I got a glimpse of where the story was going, I honestly found it hard to tear myself away from reading, even for a moment. If I had to compare it to something, I would say Rising is every bit as gripping as The Hunger Games, but, in my opinion, it’s better than The Hunger Games because it never loses its undercurrent of hope, even when the situation is dire and seemingly insurmountable.
Stop listening to me prattle on, though. Just go read it! It’s available in both e-book and paperback formats - here are the details:
You can also read the first few chapters here.
And now, the best part!
I love this book so much, I decided to buy a copy to give away to one of you. And because Laura (the author, not me referring to myself in third person) is so wonderful, she has graciously offered to write a personalized inscription in the book before it’s sent to the winner!
All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is spread the word on the interwebs about the book’s release. Here are the ways you can participate:
- Tweet about the book’s release (and link to this post). Leave a comment on this post telling me you’ve done so.
- Share about the book via this post on Facebook. Leave a comment on this post telling me you’ve done so.
- Write about this book and the giveaway on your blog, and then leave me a comment telling me you’ve done so. This will earn you two entries to compensate for the extra effort.
- Pin this book on Pinterest (here’s my pin if you want to repin), and leave me a comment here telling me you’ve done so.
You may do as many of these as you want, and I encourage you to! Just be sure to leave a separate comment for each method that you used (bloggers, leave two separate comments for a blog post so you’ll get two entries). The giveaway will end Sunday, February 26, at 11:59 pm. The winner will be randomly selected and announced/contacted Monday, February 27.
*Disclaimer: I really loved reading this book. The author has not compensated me in any way for this review or giveaway, and my opinions are - quite obviously- my own. She will be signing and shipping the book to the giveaway winner, but I am reimbursing her for the cost of the book and shipping. I just really think the book is worth sharing, and that’s why I’m doing this!*