Book Tour and Guest Post by Justin Joschko for Yellow Locust

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Yellow Locust by Justin Joschko

Release Date: May 8, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books
Selena Flood is a fighter of preternatural talent. But not even her quick fists and nimble feet could save her parents from the forces of New Canaan, the most ruthless and powerful of the despotic kingdoms populating America-that-was.

Forced to flee the tyrannical state with her younger brother Simon in tow, Selena is now the last chance for peace in a continent on the verge of complete destruction.

In her pocket is a data stick, the contents of which cost her parents their lives. Selena must now ensure it reaches the Republic of California—a lone beacon of liberty shining across a vast and barren wasteland—before it’s too late.

Between New Canaan and California stretch the Middle Wastes: thousands of desolate miles home to murderers, thieves, and a virulent strain of grass called yellow locust that has made growing food all but impossible. So when Selena and Simon stagger into Fallowfield, an oasis of prosperity amidst the poisoned plains, everything seems too good to be true—including the warm welcome they receive from the town’s leader, a peculiar man known only as The Mayor.

As Selena delves deeper into the sinister secrets of this seemingly harmless refuge, she soon learns there is a much darker side to Fallowfield and the man who runs it. Before long, she must call upon the skills she honed in the fighting pits of New Canaan to ensure not only her own survival, but that of her brother, in whom the Mayor has taken far too keen an interest.

And she’d better act fast, for an all-out war inches ever closer, and New Canaan is never as far away as it seems.

Guest Post

Why You’ll Love this book

I’m gonna be honest here: I really don’t know if you’ll love this book or not. It seems presumptuous to assume you will—there are plenty of books heralded as great or essential that I didn’t care for, so why should Yellow Locust be sacrosanct?

So instead, I thought I’d tell you why I love this book. Feel free to agree or disagree with any of them.

1) It has a kick-ass protagonist. Selena Flood knows how to bust heads. A seventeen-year-old street brawler, Selena is a pampered member of New Canaan’s elite Seraphim who scorned the posh gyms and gentlemen’s leagues of her native class in order to hone her skills in the roughest fighting pits of New Canaan’s slums. When her parents are executed for treason, Selena flees her homeland but takes her fighting skills with her, along with a data stick containing highly sensitive intel and enough anger to fuel a thousand brawls. It doesn’t take her long to find a way to put her talents to use on the road, for America-that-was is a dangerous place, and the most savage parts of it are those that pretend to be civilized. Which leads me to…

2) It has a great villain. Though driven by the threat of New Canaan’s impending war, most of Yellow Locust is set a thousand miles from the empire’s border, in a bucolic farming community called Fallowfield. With lush crops and well-fed citizens, Fallowfield stands in stark contrast to the lands around it, which unfurl with mile after mile of a blighted, poison plant called yellow locust. Running the show in Fallowfield is a man known only as The Mayor, a foppish figure with a charming smile beneath a pair of reflective sunglasses. He greets Selena and Simon warmly, offers them every kindness, but behind his mirrored lenses lurk unknown intentions. Erudite, devious, and ruthlessly intelligent, The Mayor is my favorite type of villain—the kind who’d sink a knife in your back if necessary, but would rather trick your friend into doing the deed instead, the better to keep from getting his hands dirty.

3) It has a lot of action. Street brawls, knife fights, ambushes, insurgencies—the world of Yellow Locust is a violent place. Not a great place to live, but a lot of fun to write about (and hopefully to read about, too!)

4) It took me a long time to write. Yellow Locust is a book ten years in the making, a cask-aged brew given ample time to mellow. The manuscript swelled to 150,000 words and whittled down to 90,000, shed plots and characters, survived a crucible of edits to emerge sleek and sharp and hard as steel. None of this might mean much to the reader, but after all that work, how could I not love the thing?

Anyhow, those are my reasons. I hope you agree, but even more so, I hope you pick it up and give it a chance.

About the Author

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Justin Joschko is an author from Niagara Falls, Ontario. His writing has appeared in newspapers and literary journals across Canada. Yellow Locust is his first novel. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.

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Release of Love & Decay Season 3 Episode 3 by Rachel Higginson

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.
Reagan and her friends escaped Diego and his terrifying plans for them. But maybe that wasn’t the best decision after all.
Without weapons, food or water, survival has become more than bleak. The Mexican wilderness offers little resources to their desperate circumstances and when Feeders find them, there is no hope of salvation.
Until they stumble into a mine and find a miracle waiting for them. But a miracle in the Zombie Apocalypse is a double-edged sword; one they might soon wish had never found them.
Love and Decay, Episode Three is the third episode in Season Three of a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.
This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.

About Rachel Higginson 

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

WWW Wednesday 30 Jul 2014 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – I started reading this way back in my high school days, but now I’m actually getting into it.

What did you recently finish reading?

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest – I picked this up via the $.99 sale on Kindle. Really pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Maze Runner by James Dashner – I still have to get back to this one after reading the first two chapters a while ago. Now that I’ve seen the trailer for the movie, I am ready to read the book.

 

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday 2 Jul 2014 (Find out what I am reading this week)

 

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

What did you recently finish reading?

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

What do you think you’ll read next?

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday 18 Jun 2014 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

What did you recently finish reading?

Crane by Stacey Rourke

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

Friday Reads for 28 Mar 2014

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

  

Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Sia by Josh Grayson

Bad Girls Don’t Die (Bad Girls Don’t Die #1) by Katie Alender

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!

WWW Wednesday 18 Dec 2013 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I’m really liking this and am already 13% into the book. I got it from the library via Kindle after reading the sample Amazon offers. There is a new trend in dystopian, Earth invasion books, and I’m on board. The next book close to this one seems to be Angelfall and In the After.

What did you recently finish reading?

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Some people don’t like Daisy’s voice as she tells this story. I wanted to stop reading, but I each day I looked forward to reading more. I wanted to know what was going to happen to her and her cousins. It’s a different book that the cookie-cutter action stories that YA Lit has become. (Each one seems to start the same anymore, ya know?) I gave this a five star rating because it kept me interested and was just the right length for the sorted love story.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I have technically been reading this for months now, but I just cannot make myself get through it. I don’t know why either because Lauren Oliver has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I’m interested in the story and I want to read the whole trilogy (hint, hint, Santa) but I keep finding other books that catch my attention. I need to finish this and move on to the next books.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I also expect Santa to leave the last two books in the Divergent trilogy. I wasn’t that jazzed about Tris as a character in the first one (I know, I know) but by the end I was more interested in the whole story.

I know it’s been since October since I wrote one of these posts, so I hope to keep up now that I’m back on a good role with my book choices. This time next week will be Christmas Day so I wish you all a very happy holiday. May you find many books under the tree, and even more books on sale on Boxing Day.

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

 

WWW Wednesday 7 Aug 2013 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins.

I started reading this now that the second movie is coming out. I bought the set before I moved here in 2011, and after all the reviews of how it’s not as great as the other two, I put it aside. I still like Collins’s voice in the story. Aside from the whole bunch of characters that I have a hard time keeping up with, Katniss is a good, strong female. It’s not that I can really relate to her, it’s just written so I can feel as if I’m part of the story. That’s the kind of writing I think we all strive to create.

Also, I love how my phone wants to add “Collins” after I type out my name.

What did you recently finish reading?

Carrie by Stephen King

I still have to write my review for that, but heck, I still didn’t write my review for Divergent that I finished months ago.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I honestly have no idea what I’ll read next. I just pick up the ton of books I have and find one that catches my attention. I can say I’m going to read any number of books, but it will more than likely end up being something completely different.

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

 

Monday Mashups for 13 May 2013

 

Monday Mashups are a collection of interesting book-related items that I’ve found recently.

The Allegiant cover is HERE!

Michigan has decided to continue reading Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl—The Definitive Edition on the 7th grade curriculum.

Reading Rainbow has tips for family reading in lieu of Family Reading Week.

See how a book is made when proofing a story.

The cover release for Once We Were is out.

There are a ton of links about The Great Gatsby not being that great of a film. I don’t care. It comes out on the May 17th here and after listening to some of the soundtrack, I’m all for it.

And finally, if you’ve not seen it, here is the trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:

Happy Reading and Happy Monday!

WWW Wednesday 08 May 2013 (Find out what I’m reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

I listened to The Princess Diaries on the Kindle during our holiday to Liverpool this weekend. I’m almost finished with it. Such a cute book.

What did you recently finish reading?

Divergent was the last book I finished before the holiday. I still have to post a review for it on here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I just got Along for the Ride online from the library for my Kindle this morning. I want to keep up with the non-fantasy, contemporary YA for a bit. I’ve had two Dessen books in the past that I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t finish. (Is it perfectly normal to be impressed with someone’s online presence as much as I am with Dessen’s?)

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!