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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blog Tour- Surrender by Elana Johnson and a Giveaway

Hey y’all today is my stop on the Surrender Blog Tour hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews! Elana has stopped by with an excerpt from Surrender so if you haven’t read Possession you probably don’t want to read it but scroll down to the bottom to enter the giveaway that way you can if you win!

Don’t know Elana’s books? Check em’ out!

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque....

 Now on to the SURRENDER Excerpt!!!

This scene is one of the first instances where Gunner is out doing Resistance-type things. He and Zenn have darkened their faces and stepped onto their hoverboards. Their destination? Rise One—Thane Myers’ office.

        Instead of landing and entering Rise One through the unsittable foyer, Zenn zipped up to the roof. I touched down silently beside him; we stowed our boards in a tech generator closet.
        I paused with my hand on the latch, remembering the line in my father’s letter which read, “shut down tech generators—123—Harvest”.
        I catalogued the location of this generator, hoping it would help me find the one in the city of Harvest—wherever that was. Suddenly, the task of finding the journal seemed insurmountable. The list of cities in the letter went on and on. The journal could be in any of them. Even if I managed to get my hands on the journal, to carry out every line of instruction in the letter would take me months.
        You’re not alone, Zenn chatted over the cache.
        I jerked my head up. Had he heard my thoughts? Had he seen the letter? I flexed my fists, unsure if I could trust this guy I’d only known for four days.
        He shook his head in a We’ll talk later gesture and strode to the edge of the roof. He launched himself face-first into the air.
        I followed him. He hovered a few feet below the lip of the roof, his hand extended to me. Throwing all caution to the wind—literally—I took Zenn’s helping hand and stepped onto the cushion of invisible air under his control. This shady “plan” had formed during seven second conversations at breakfast and then dinner as we’d ordered toast and more toast. He’d told me he could control the wind. “Speak to it,” I think were his exact words. “Trust me. It won’t be a problem,” he’d said.
        But it was. Holy hell, it was. Because flying with a very solid hoverboard under me is exhilarating. But flying with nothing under me? Terrifying.
        Zenn held his arms straight out to the sides of his body, and we slowly descended until we reached Thane’s ruined window.
        I pushed aside the useless tech filaments and leapt from Zenn’s air cloud into Thane’s office. The solid silver floor was the most comforting thing in the world. Zenn whispered something that sound strangely like, “Thank you. Wait here,” and joined me at the cabinet.
        The locked cabinet.
        He glanced at me, and I got to work. Three minutes, and one major tech buzz headache, later, and the cabinet swung open. Zenn handed me the first e-board.
        I held my hand over the top of the e-board, closed my eyes. My fingers vibrated. The tech surrounding me grew into a living, breathable thing. I felt it enter my bloodstream, smelled the ashy-ness of it.
        A moment later, the number-letter combination of the passcode flowed to my cache. I entered it into the first e-board and handed it back to Zenn. He nodded toward the cabinet, where three more boards waited. I had them all up and operating in five minutes.
        Okay, so my genetic ability to control tech was as freaky as Zenn talking to thin air. Whatever.
        We pored over the boards for a few minutes. I didn’t see anything worth mentioning. Daily task lists, supply forms, dozens of reports. None of them had a name I recognized.
        Zenn waved his hand, and I joined him at his board, where he had the docs up on the screen. He’d hit the jackpot: A file full of reports with two names we both knew well—Raine Hightower and Violet Schoenfeld.
        He forwarded them all to his cache, grinning. I returned to my board, discarding it a minute later. The second board brought up some files that looked promising. At least they all had Vi’s name on them.
        And another name I didn’t recognize—Jag Barque. I raised my hand to motion Zenn over when the alarm sounded.
        “Get it all,” Zenn said out loud, which rocketed my rising panic into full-fledged are-you-kidding-me? mode.
        I inhaled and held my breath as I sent myself every file on the e-board. I shut it down and chucked it back into the cabinet with the others as shrill sirens joined the chorus of wails.
        Zenn seemed to be faster than me at everything. He already stood on the pillow of air, gesturing wildly for me to join him.
        I ran, jumped, caught his hand. He was already moving up before I could release the stale breath from my lungs.

About Elana:
Elana is the author of the Possession series, which includes full-length novels POSSESSION and SURRENDER, and short stories REGRET (ebook only) and INSIDER INFORMATION (free here!). Learn how to spell and say her name.

Elana wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

Using her boring human powers, she graduated from Southern Utah University with Summa Cum Laude honors in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics. She started her teaching career as an upper grade music and art specialist. After a four-year stint in 3rd grade, she is currently the technology specialist.

In her world, Oreos and bacon would be the only food groups. Everyone would drive 10 over the speed limit. Winter would be eliminated as a season, and Jeff Probst would be President. As it is, she lives with her husband and two kids in central Utah, gets cited when she drives too fast and eats Oreos only on special occasions.

She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query.

She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog, a regular contributor to The League of Extraordinary Writers, and a co-organizer of WriteOnCon. She is a member of SCBWI, ANWA, and LDStorymakers.

Where you can find her:

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Giveaway: Elana is giving away (1) print copy of POSSESSION, SURRENDER, and an eBook copy of REGRET (a related short story). US/Canada only sorry. So fill out the Rafflecopter form and good luck!

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  1. I really want to read this series. I feel so behind. Great post.

  2. I loved Possession and Surrender. I can't wait for the last book!! Great excerpt!

  3. These sound so good. Your covers are really pretty too.

  4. I can't believe I haven't gotten around to reading Possession yet. Too many books!


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