Exordia!

Sacrifices must be made.

On a desert planet, all citizens must cooperate to survive. The scientific organization, Pallagen, protects the colony city of Exordia–whether they want it or not.

Rebels must be broken.

Ex-Pallagen researcher Lena Ward isn’t going down without a fight. Her team of Exordia rejects is ready to pierce Pallagen’s benevolent exterior and expose the truth of their horrible agenda.

Loyalty must be programmed.

Amnesiac Alex Kleric is reclaiming her life as an Enforcer dedicated to Exordia and Pallagen. But the records aren’t jogging her memories. Something is wrong–and all questions point to Lena Ward and her underground rebellion.

Progress must continue.

To save Exordia. At any cost.

 

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Excerpt

The glass-fronted entrance had a row of automatic doors. They didn’t open when Lena and Brant approached as they would have during business hours, but Lena pulled the handle of one and it swung open easily.

She paused, door held open. There were answers inside this lab, but also risk. She didn’t know what Pallagen was hiding or what she would do when she found out, but once she walked through this door, she couldn’t walk away. Pallagen would see her intrusion as a declaration of war, and she would have no choice but to fight them or die trying.

She looked up at the building, twilight glinting off the glass, to where Dani—wounded, angry—was perched. She glanced at Brant, who’d had a girlfriend before Pallagen stole that from him. She wasn’t just facing down Pallagen because of what they’d done with her research. This was about what they’d taken from the people around her. Some of her nerves faded. She licked her lips and turned to Brant.

“Are you ready?”

Brant unzipped his jacket, revealing the armored vest he was wearing beneath it. He pulled a dark scarf over the lower half of his face and nodded. Lena pulled the door open wider and walked through the entrance.

There were three guards wearing Pallagen gray in the reception area: one behind the desk monitoring cameras, and two lounging on comfortable-looking chairs, facing away from the windows. They snapped to attention at Lena’s entrance, completely surprised at their approach, thanks to Dani’s control of the cameras.

“Good evening, gentlemen,” Lena said, smiling, hands in the pockets of her overdramatic coat. Brant stood behind her, slightly to her right. He had his blaster out, both hands wrapped around the grip and aimed at the guards. Set to stun, Lena hoped. They were only here for information.

Before the guards had time to draw their weapons, Brant stunned the two by the chairs, the blue light of the stunner bright in the dim office. He was quick and accurate. Lena nodded in approval.

Behind the desk, the third guard, young and wide-eyed, raised his hands. “Revelator! Who are you?”

“Should we tell him?” Brant’s voice was muffled by the scarf. “Or should we take the wise path of criminals everywhere and remain anonymous?”

Lena resisted the urge to roll her eyes. “Stun him. We have a job to do.”

The guard’s face twisted in panic before Brant stunned him. Blue light washed over him, and his eyes rolled back into his head as he slumped in his chair.

Brant pulled the scarf down and smiled. “See? This isn’t so hard.”

Lena huffed. “Don’t get too cocky. This is the reception area. There will be other guards back in the labs.” Still, she felt some of the tension across her shoulders release at their successful entry. “Besides, we had the element of surprise on our side. Pallagen wasn’t expecting us. They’ll be ready next time.”

Author BioAuthor Sarah Ott Photo

(Isn’t she cute? 🙂 )

Sarah E. Ott lives and breathes stories that involve high stakes and character-driven plots. When she’s not chasing plot bunnies or emoting over good literature, she can be found doing one of the following things: a) working as a kids ministry office administrator, b) driving her Prius to Dunkin’ Donuts, or c) curled up on a couch with a book and covered in live cats.

Social media links:

Website: http://www.saraheott.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ott2Write

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahlizzieo/

Feel free to join the Facebook party and get to know the author, Sarah E. Ott, and these other guest stars!

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A Sobering Look at Sex Trafficking

I got to speak on Lydia Thomas’ blog about the new heart the Lord gave me to stop sex trafficking and how it relates to The 12th Girl in Heaven!

An excerpt here:

  One street over from us, a drug bust that involved prostitution and a former Seattle Sonics player happened just months after we moved in.  The beautiful little state park outside of our home is supposedly riddled with used needles, and we were warned… [Read more]

Winner!

Announcing: the winner of the blog tour giveaway!

Everyone who subscribed to all five blogs on the blog tour (click for more info), was entered into a giveaway to win a free copy of The Hotline Girl!

The winner is Beth Steury, from over at Waiting Matters!

Congratulations, Beth!  Please email me at dashwoodavenue@gmail.com to send me your address!

Feel disappointed you didn’t win?  There will be many more prizes at the Facebook party on THIS SATURDAY! (2 PM central time)

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Interview at The Simmering Mind!

Last Blog Tour Stop at

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Bethany A. Jennings, at The Simmering Mind, is one of my very best friends.  We’ve known each other for 6 1/2 years, and have been super close for most of those, but are finally getting the chance to meet in person.  My toddlers and I flew out to spend a week with her toddlers, her husband, and her.  She has spoiled us with delicious food, great conversation, and fun friends for my girls.  We are so thankful to be able to be here!

She asked for my thoughts on romance tropes in fiction, and how to fix what’s broken.  It was a fun write-up!  Remember, subscribe to The Simmering Mind, and let me know you did, in order to be entered into the drawing for a free paperback copy of The Hotline Girl.

Also, ONE WEEK LEFT until The Hotline Girl is released!  Come to my party on Saturday, May 2nd, to celebrate it with me and earn prizes!

To see an excerpt:

1.  Men are not women.

This might be the biggest “Duh!” moment in this entire post, but, as much as we might laugh, in modern fiction, men are portrayed as women with muscles. They emote, they share, they shop, they cuddle, they adore, and they abstain.

Now, I’m not saying that a good, godly husband won’t do all of these things every so often. But – let’s face it – these monster-type, beefy, serial killer men… [Read more here]

Arabella Rose’s Suicide Hotline Interview!

Interview at Tethered Together!

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This was a fascinating interview on my blog tour!  Arabella Rose, the main character of The Hotline Girl, is interviewed this a777ffb878e00caafe35f730cac53f0etime.  She talks suicide hotline work, and what to do if you know someone who is suicidal.  Check it out!

And feel free to join the Facebook party.  🙂

To read an excerpt:

Do you ever become emotionally involved with the people you are helping? And do you ever get frustrated with a caller because they won’t listen to the help you are trying to give them?

In the beginning, I was more emotional.  I still cry some times, but I’ve learned to never let it show in my voice.  I’ve definitely had my fair share of nightmares when [Read more here]

16Sundays Interview!

Next up on my blog tour: Interview with 16Sundays!

This interview is all about my Myers-Briggs personality type, and the types of my main characters, Toby and Arabella Rose!  Not only does Monica, over at 16Sundays, blog about the Myers-Briggs personality types, but she designs shirts for each type!  I love the ESFJ one.  🙂  Check it out by clicking the picture above!

Remember, subscribe to all five blogs on the blog tour, and let me know about it, and you’ll be entered to win a free paperback copy of The Hotline Girl.  Right now we’ve only had five people take me up on this offer, so your odds of winning are pretty good!

Also, please come to the Facebook release party!  Info here.

An excerpt of the interview:

a.     What is a common personality trait of your ‘type’ that is true about you?

I am an ESFJ. This type is known as the epitome of the “mother bear.” I guess I definitely fit that, as I’ve been called a mother by even my very best friends, who are my peers. 😉 I also have an absolute loathing of [Read more here]

Lantern Leaf Press Interview!

Due to the Internet being cranky, the interview with 16 Sundays, that was scheduled for last Tuesday, will instead be bumped to next Tuesday, April 21st.  Stay tuned for that!

Second Interview with Lantern Leaf Press!

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FOLLOW THE BLOG TOUR!  There will be five blogs that I am featured on this month.  Subscribe to each blog, and post here when you do.  At the end, those who have subscribed to every blog will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of The Hotline Girl!  So subscribe to these amazing writers!

For an excerpt of the interview:

Hello everyone. Today I get the pleasure of introducing a friend of mine to you, and her latest book release The Hotline Girl.

The Hotline Girl is about a young lady who works in a suicide hotline center for very personal reasons. One day she answers the phone and discovers [Read more here]

Blog Tour!

Reminder of the schedule for April’s The Hotline Girl blog tour

If you subscribe to all five blogs, and comment that you did so on this post (or the previous blog tour post), you are entered to win a free paperback copy of The Hotline Girl!

 

Wednesday, April 9th  – http://homemademythology.com/ (Interview)

Tuesday, April 14th – https://16sundays.wordpress.com/ (Interview with relation to Myers-Briggs and being an ESFJ)

Thursday, April 16th – http://lanternleafpress.com/ (Interview)

Tuesday, April 21st – http://heatherfitzgerald.net/ (Interview, of one of The Hotline Girl’s main characters: Arabella Rose)

Wednesday, April 22nd(?  Stay tuned for any changes) – http://simmeringmind.com/ (Article on romance in young adult fiction)

Homemade Mythology Interview!

Welcome to my first interview on my blog tour!

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FOLLOW THE BLOG TOUR!  There will be five blogs that I am featured on this month.  Subscribe to each blog, and post here when you do.  At the end, those who have subscribed to every blog will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of The Hotline Girl!  So subscribe to these amazing writers!

For an excerpt of the interview:

Before I get to the interview, you are officially invited to the Facebook party for the book release.  Click here.

1) When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

Honestly, the first profession I really wanted to be was an actress.  I think, inherently, that I am ill-equipped to be a writer in my natural personality.  I’m very extroverted, outgoing, and hate to be cooped up in a house all day.  But I never…[read more here]

 

Bye, Bye Cinderella, Hello Anime, and a Blog Tour!

Just got back from SAKURA CON!!! 

Anime convention in Seattle, WA.  I got to use the Mami musket I blogged about.  I plan on posting pictures of my cosplay, as well as my favorite other cosplays I saw during the 3-day weekend.  The convention was a blast!

I’ll get the disappointing stuff out of the way next:

The last novella, in the list of three novellas I had planned on putting out this year, is going to be postponed for now.  I bit off more than I could chew.  😦  With lots of travel coming up, three weeks where I was without my laptop due to needing repair, being a full-time mom of two toddlers (one of which told me, with tears in her eyes, that I was too busy 😦 ), and a Bible study leader – among other things – I just can’t get it done.  Going to need to take a break after The Hotline Girl and The 12th Girl in Heaven’s release parties.  I’m hoping that no one is greatly disappointed in me, as I feel like bowing low sorrowfully to all of you.  I really liked my Cinderella twist, so I hope to write it some day, but, as for now, I’m just going to focus on The Hotline Girl and The 12th Girl in Heaven (the latter, of which, is almost done!)

Please come to my Facebook party to win prizes and celebrate The Hotline Girl’s release to the public on May 2nd!!!

Link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/554267938010284/557374554366289/

As for the good news!

I’m going on a blog tour! 

These wonderful people have agreed to host interviews of me (or my character Arabella Rose!) during the month of April.  So I will be writing on their blogs instead of my own, hoping to catch some of their regular readers’ attention, as well as send all of you to new blogs that will hopefully interest you!

Please check out these fantastic blogs.  Every single one of them is interesting, and it’s nothing short of an honor to get hosted on them.

The schedule, for the blog tour, is as follows (but I will still post on this blog on these dates to give you an excerpt and remind you where to go to read the whole interview):

Wednesday, April 9th (In two days!) – http://homemademythology.com/ (Interview)
Tuesday, April 14thhttps://16sundays.wordpress.com/ (Interview with relation to Myers-Briggs and being an ESFJ)
Thursday, April 16th http://lanternleafpress.com/ (Interview)
Tuesday, April 21st – http://heatherfitzgerald.net/ (Interview, of one of The Hotline Girl’s main characters: Arabella Rose)

Wednesday, April 22nd(?  Stay tuned for any changes) – http://simmeringmind.com/ (Article on romance in young adult fiction)

Stay tuned for pictures of cosplay, on this blog, in between these interviews!  😀