“The Latest Book in my Young-adult Dystopian Series”
Thanks to Debdatta for sharing her site with me today! I’d love to tell you about my newest book, CHATOYANT, Harmony Run Series, Book Three, published by Winter Goose Publishing. The Harmony Run Series is a young-adult dystopian series that follows Rain and her heroic friends as they take a stand against the UZTA’s dictator. The first two books in the series are PRISMATIC and OPALESCENT, both of which are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. CHATOYANT picks up where book two left off, with Rain and her friends facing new challenges.
The book blurb:
In the wake of an interrogation led by the UZTA's dictator, President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends must deal with the consequences of their defiance as the countdown continues towards the execution of the mixed-zone citizens across the United Zones of The Authority. The Freedom Front faces new challenges as Rain's cousin, Calista, prepares for her impending relocation to the pure zone, and Rain sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her mother's torment while being followed by an officer of the Elizabeth Guard. As she uses her abilities to dodge The Authority and follows the strange clues from her dreams, Rain is determined to persevere, to secure the future she and Jabari have been fighting for, and to earn The Freedom Front's ultimate goal of liberation.
Excerpt from CHATOYANT:
A strong hand clutched mine, yanking me into the maze of people. My feet followed in autopilot, but my mind raced on.
Jabari’s voice sounded irritated, lugging me from my worries. “What were you thinking? I can’t believe you ran to the fountain, Rain. She could have killed you.”
As he guided me through the crowd, I realized for the first time how terrified he must have been when I took off to help Takara. Sadness lingered in his brown eyes. We had been talking about our future plans together when I had taken off, leaving him in the dust. Some soulmate I was turning out to be. I had chosen to help Takara over playing it safe. Basically, I had chosen to help her and by doing so, had chosen her over Jabari, Daktari, and my family for that matter. What would they all be going through right now if I hadn’t made it out alive? “I’m sorry. I freaked out.”
“How am I supposed to keep you safe? Why do you have to be the hero all the time? You can’t save everyone, Rain.”
Irritation rushed through me at his last statement. Wasn’t that the point? To try to save everyone? Especially the people who couldn’t stand up for themselves? “It was Takara. I’m sorry if you don’t understand, Jabari. And I know it was rash, but we’ve got bigger problems. Nata controlled me and Takara. She’s powerful. How are we supposed to beat her? And then there’s her,” I finished, gesturing across the street.
Jabari’s gaze settled on Aleela, the spy. She wasn’t much taller than Zi, scrawny like the rest of us, and her wavy black hair fell to her shoulders. Her eyes were huge, filled with horror, as she hurried past us in the opposite direction. Jabari said she had changed, but she had just told Nata that Takara was the one who probably freed her prisoner.
Jabari halted mid-stride, grabbing my shoulder so I would face him. His expression softened. “I promise, she won’t be a problem for us anymore. She caved under Nata’s power and gave Takara’s name up, but she’s on our side now, Rain. I’m sure of it. And I’m sorry if I sound upset.” His eyes clouded with emotions. “I was scared. I am scared. I can’t lose you.” He brushed a lock of my curls from my face and rested his hand on my neck. My pulse sped up in its usual manner from his touch. “I know I can’t control you, but please, be more careful, will you?”
Emotions rolled through me as he gazed into my eyes. Forgiving Jabari for the weeks of agony he put me through while I thought he was falling for Aleela hadn’t been easy, but I’d done it. But the idea of trusting Aleela after her role in Takara’s interrogation made my stomach burn. I had just seen Nata in action, so I knew he was right about Aleela not having a choice. But still. Was I the only one who was angry with her? And he was asking me to trust her? To just let it go?
*Excerpt courtesy of Winter Goose Publishing*
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About Sarah Elle Emm:
A native of Evansville, Indiana, and graduate of The University of Evansville, Sarah Elle Emm has traveled extensively, including living in Germany, England, Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her love for travel and experiencing different cultures has shaped her writing, and helped develop the Harmony Run Series with intricate levels of humanity and emotional connection. Sarah currently resides in Naples, Florida with her chef husband and their two daughters.
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