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Great news! The Brothers, Breeders Book 4 will release Thursday, August 6th! Below is a sample to grab your interest.
Seventeen years ago
The stirrups beneath my heels are cold. I focus on the metal and not on the man’s hand moving beneath my gown. All part of the process, the nannies would say. The doctors don’t like touching you there, but it’s a necessity. Grin and bear it.
There’s pressure and a pinch in my privates, but I don’t gasp. I bite my lip and clench the rough white paper at my sides.
The cold, metal device slides out, and I breathe deep. It means he’s done. It’s over. Until next month.
“I just don’t know, Jan,” Dr. Houghtson says. It’s his worried voice. I’ve heard it a lot lately. It sends my bare skin into gooseflesh.
“What is it?” I say, pushing up on my elbows to peer over the tent my knees make of my examination gown. “Did you…see something?”
He shakes his head. Not answering me, he walks over to the small industrial sink in the corner of the exam room and begins scrubbing his hands. The unanswered question hangs like a storm cloud between us.
He doesn’t tell me I can take my heels out of the stirrups. Doesn’t pat my shoulder and tell me the exam is over. Instead, I lie there, my exposed lower half on display like an exhibit. I squirm on the exam table, something that would make the nannies frown. The doctors want well-behaved girls. Don’t ask too many questions. Don’t do anything until you are told. They know what to do. But the nervous sweat that began as I walked to this appointment keeps building. It slides between my breasts, darkening the pink exam gown to a deep maroon at the center of my chest. The breast exam—I had one last month—is even more awkward because I’m so close to his face, I can see the hairs twitch inside his nose as he palms the soft tissue on my chest.
The rush of water at the sink continues. Dr. Houghtson scrubs and scrubs. He always washes his hands like this after he touches me. I wonder if he’s so tidy with all his patients or just me. If I’m the dirty one.
I swallow hard and look at the poster on the wall across from me. “See something? Say something,” it says in bold letters. A girl with a knowing look stares at me from the poster. Below it, in font too small for me to read, the commandment continues. I don’t need to read it to know what it says. “Rat on your fellow hall mates and earn rewards.” Well, it’s nobler sounding than that, but that’s the underlying message. Spy on each other. Keep each other in line.
It’s another way they control us. Nanny Bell told me.
The water shuts off and Dr. Houghtson turns around, wiping his hands on a towel. My heart pounds again. Is the exam not over? He’s still frowning and staring off into space. Finally, he remembers me.
“You can sit up. I’m finished.” He gives an absentminded smile, one that does nothing to settle my snapping nerves.
I lower my legs and sit up on the exam table. Rivers of sweat run down my chest, pits, and back. Hopefully, there’ll be hot water for a shower when I get back.
“Can I get dressed?” my voice peeps out. Maybe my submissiveness will shake him out of his daze. Maybe he’ll tell me what’s wrong with me.
Dr. Houghtson looks up at my face and then away, like whatever he has to tell me is too painful. I form sign language letters with my fingers into my lap. Help me, I sign. Over and over. My fingers tremble on the E, but thankfully, Dr. Houghtson doesn’t notice what I’m doing. He’s too busy staring out the tiny window with a blank look on his face. I keep signing into my lap. H-E-L--
“I believe you have endometriosis,” Dr. Houghtson blurts.
I blink at him. “What?”
He drops his eyes to the cracked stool seat in the center of the room. The yellow foam stuffing is beginning to peek out of the red leather cover.
“It means the tissue that’s supposed to stay on the inside of your uterus may be growing outside your uterus.” When he sees the confusion on my face, he tries again. “It means you probably can’t get pregnant.”
His words feel like a nail through my heart. The sharp, piercing pain slices through my breastbone and into the soft matter. My hands slap over my chest as I gasp.
He puts a hand on my shoulder. His dark brown eyes are soft, and he opens and closes his thin lips several times before speaking. I stare like an idiot, waiting. Maybe he didn’t mean what he said.
“There still might be a chance.” His hand strokes my shoulder and onto my back like a nanny might do to soothe a fussy babe. All my shocked brain can think is, I hope he doesn’t feel the sweat puddles there.
“A chance?” I repeat.
He nods, still stroking. Running his fingers through the hair that brushes my shoulders, he says, “Maybe we can try direct implantation. It’s risky and expensive, but the guys in the lab owe me a favor.”
I nod, not really understanding. My brain is flooded with the implications of what he’s saying. If I can’t get pregnant, I’ll be put out. The sweat begins again.
He locks eyes with me. “But we’re running out of time. When is your seventeenth birthday?”
At first, I can’t think. Then, “May eighteenth.”
“Two months? Jesus!” he says. Then he stops himself and mutters an apology prayer. Once again, his fingers begin tracing through my hair as he mumbles the words to his god, his fingers tugging on strands like Nanny Jo tugs on old rosary beads.
My arms begin to shake. I know the nannies would frown upon it, but I can’t help the tremble in my hands. I’m so cold. When I lift my gaze to Dr. Houghtson, I feel tears in my eyes. “Can you…fix me?” My fingers try to form the letters M-E in my lap, but my hands shake too much.
His face softens. Both hands clutch my shoulders, and he holds me so close I can smell the flowery soaps he uses before and after touching me. Black stubble has sprouted on his cheeks and chin since he shaved this morning. His beard, like his hair, would be full and thick if he let it grow.
“Jan,” he says, locking me with a look. “I will do everything in my power to fix you.” He grips my shoulders tighter. “Do you believe me?”
He’s so serious, staring into my eyes with his big, brown ones. Puppy-dog eyes, Nanny Doris would have said. But he’s a doctor and I’m just a Breeder girl. Why should he care? When I don’t answer, he asks again. “Do you believe me?”
I nod, a tear slipping down my nose. But the fear has embedded in my heart and sprouted roots. Two months and then my life is over.
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I'm proud to announce that Breeders 4 will be coming at the end of July! That means one month, people! Here is the cover and the blurb to whet your appetite.
“They tell me it’s for the good of humanity. That I’m saving our way of life with my body. They lie.”
Book Four in the award-winning, best-selling Breeders series.
Riley has survived madmen, deranged doctors, and false prophets. Her next task is uniting her family, which has been ripped apart by Nessa Vandewater, the Breeders’ enforcer. Her boyfriend Clay and brother Ethan are still missing. Only she can find them.
But on her way, Riley is stung by a scorpion. To ease her suffering, Auntie Bell shares the story of Riley’s mother, Janine, and how she escaped the Breeders.
Nearly twenty years in the past, Janine, an obedient Breeders girl, is nearing her seventeenth birthday, and the clock is ticking. She has two months to become pregnant, or she’ll be put out, sold into slavery . . . or worse. When her doctor informs her she’s infertile, she’s devastated. But some doctors lie, and one in particular seems to want Janine for his own . . .
Coming the end of July...
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A while back, I had the crazy idea to write a book my kids could read. They are eight and five and are not yet ready to read young adult dystopian. So, I set out to make a book just for them. In that process, I drafted the funnest and funniest book I've ever written. And I fell in love with Portia Parrott.
Moving is the pits. Moving without your dad is even worse. When seven-year-old Portia Parrott is sent to live with her mom, she worries the only thing she’ll like about Florida is the alligators. It isn’t fair. Dad gets to film a TV show in Australia, and she gets sticky air and Mom’s drooly rat-dog, Barf. Being back with her mom is nice, but her new classmates think she’s crazy! No one cares how many snakes she can name. Worse, they want her to do homework! But when she rescues a strange kitten and sneaks it into school, the adventure really begins.
Funny and silly, with lots of excitement and a little heart, Portia Parrott will appeal to readers of Junie B. Jones, Clementine, and other fun chapter books. Appropriate for ages five through nine and entertaining for parents, too.
I love Portia because she's herself and no one else. She doesn't conform to what people think a little girl should be. She likes lizards and snakes as well as fluffy kittens. She's kind and tenderhearted, but she isn't afraid to do what's right. It's a book I would've liked when I was in second grade. It's a book my kids seem to like, too. And it's fun to read out loud. Even better.
If you know of a little someone who might like Portia Parrott, You can buy it here. The paperback is $5.99 and the ebook is $2.99. And, head on over to PortiaParrott.com for free coloring pages, word searches, and more.
I'm so happy to announce the re-release of Eyes Ever to the Sky, my paranormal romance. It's tighter, cleaner, and more exciting. If you haven't read it,pick it up here.
To celebrate, I'm giving away a signed copy of the first edition (hopefully it will be worth something someday) and a $25 Amazon gift card. Enter below. Happy Reading!
Love. Super powers.
A man-eating monster.
When Hugh wakes up in a smoldering crater–no memory, no clothes–a single thought echoes in his head…trust no one. Frightened and alone, he stumbles upon a grisly murder and is shot by police. He wakes to find he can heal himself. He has superpowers and he’s going to need them.
Desperate and bleeding, Hugh meets fifteen-year-old Cece, a sexy, down-on-her-luck girl with kind eyes. Hugh and Cece find themselves falling for each other. But when the real killer–a man-eating beast–begins terrorizing town, Hugh and Cece realize they must unlock the clues to their past if they have any chance at a future.
Eyes Ever to the Sky, my YA paranormal romance, is getting a face lift. Isn't the new cover pretty? The book is getting reedited and revamped for a new release. If you already read the book, no worries. The plot won't really change that much and you should get the new version uploaded to your kindle. If you haven't read it, the new version is your chance. I'll be announcing that release date soon. Stay tuned.
The Breeders Book 4 (tentatively titled The Brothers) is scheduled for release this summer.
I know, I know. I'm just as excited as you are!
Since a big part of the book centers on a flashback to Riley's mother's time at the breeders hospital and how she escaped, I thought I'd take a minute and tell you some little known facts about Janine.
1. Her maiden name is Janine D Hall since the breeders don't give girls last names. D Hall is where she lived.
2. She was born in the breeders hospital in Albuquerque. She had never been outside until she was seventeen years old.
3. Auntie Bell is not related by blood to Janine or Riley. She was a nanny at the hospital while Janine was growing up and Bell took Janine under her wing.
4. Janine's best friend at the hospital was named Sabrina. She never saw her after she left the hospital. It's one of the things she regrets.
5. She's great with puzzles and very clever.
6. Even though she was a breeder's producer, she never had a breeder's baby. Both Riley and Ethan are organic.
7. Arn is not the only man she's ever loved.
Want more? Stay tuned and make sure you are signed up for the mailing list to be the first to know its official release date.
First of all, I'm happy to announce that the YA Spring Fling is here! The giveaway is open now, so go to this link first and win loads of free stuff. There's over 100 ebooks, paperbacks, audio books and swag. Did you go? No, really go. We'll wait.
With that out of the way, I wanted to take a moment to interview a classy lady and fellow Spring Fling author, Jamie Campbell. A self-confessed television addict, dog lover, Taylor Swift fan, and ghost hunter, Jamie loves nothing more than the thrill of sharing her stories. Please welcome Jamie!
What’s your favorite thing about spring?
The weather is getting warmer which means summer is on its way. I love that all the flowers come out in bloom and the atmosphere switches into being fresher, a new beginning for the new season.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Getting to wear my pajamas whenever I want to, being able to have my dog as my office assistant, and allowing my imagination to get as crazy as it wants to. Apart from that, the best thing is coming up with characters that readers can connect with and let them escape into a fantasy world for a few hours.
Tell us more about your books.
I have three books in the Spring Fling – Unite which is about an alien than falls in love with a human, Love Songs is about a shy teenager who puts all her secrets into the songs she writes, and Fashion Fraud which centers on Truly Winx, the greatest fashion designer wannabe that ever lived.
Tell us something interesting about your main character.
Amery Jones from Unite is an alien, but she has been living on Earth her entire life. Her job is to blend in with the humans, make them all like her so they will accept the rest of her people when they arrive from the planet Trucon. She also has a major love/hate relationship with Lochie Mercury, the thorn in her side.
Plotter or Pantser?
The rest of my entire life is very organised, my plots are not. I am a complete pantser. I have a general outline of the novel but everything between beginning and end is made up as I go along. More often than not the characters do something that even I didn’t see coming and then I have to make it work with the rest of the story.
What was the last YA book you read?
I read Trust me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer. I could not put it down, absolutely enthralled and just, you know, cool. Loved the characters.
Why do you write YA?
Why not write YA? Being a teenager is hard, being a teenager in a book is even harder. I love that time of life when there are so many possibilities and every decision can take the person down a completely different path. You just never know what could happen.
What are your top tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse?
True story: I have a vast collection of soap and cleaning products that I intend to trade for food during a zombie apocalypse. Everyone else will have weapons, I will have soap.
Besides having something to trade for other products, my top tip is to not die.
Where can readers find your books?
Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. The best place to start looking is through my website at http://www.jamiecampbell.com.au
Thanks, Jamie. Make sure to check out her books and sign up for the Spring Fling giveaway!
Guys, this is super exciting. The Breeders is a part of one of the largest YA book giveaways this spring. With over 70 authors, 100 books, signed copies, audiobooks and swag, you have to jump in on this. The fling runs from March 20th - April 3rd, but if you sign up for the mailing list you are guaranteed a free ebook of your choice.
More to come, so stay tuned.
Everyone loves Presidents Day. And to Celebrate, myself and my writing friend, Zoe Cannon, are putting our books on sale. Most of my fans have read The Breeders, but if you liked that book, you'll like these two. Check them out. They're on sale for the next two days for 60% off. That's better than Kohls!
The Torturer’s Daughter Available at: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon UK
When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca Dalcourt assumes it’s the usual drama. Wrong. Heather’s parents have been arrested as dissidents – and Becca’s mother, the dystopian regime’s most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state.
To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents’ innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn’t expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents… and about her mother.
When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn’t the only one with secrets – and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it’s no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime’s crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice.
It’s easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? An Amazon.com dystopian bestseller, The Torturer’s Daughter is a story about ordinary life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime… and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what’s right in a world gone wrong.
Necessary Sacrifices Available at: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon UK
A year and a half ago, Becca Dalcourt joined the resistance. Three months ago, she started working undercover inside Internal Defense. A year from now, she’ll probably be dead. She knows the odds. She’s seen how the life of a double agent ends.
All she wants is a chance to do something with what little time she has left. Something big. Something meaningful. But the resistance doesn’t trust her, and her job transcribing torture sessions hasn’t given her anything but the names of dissidents whose lives, according to her resistance contact, aren’t worth saving.
So when she discovers a secret government program designed to brainwash dissidents into loyal citizens, she resolves to shut it down, no matter the cost. Even if her plan puts everyone she loves in danger. Even if the most experienced resistance fighters say it can’t be done. Even if it means betraying the only person who sees past the mask she wears every day.
Even if she has to do it alone.
The sequel to The Torturer’s Daughter, which has been praised for its dark realism, Necessary Sacrifices asks how you fight an enemy that can’t be defeated… and what sacrifices are worth making along the way.
And of course, The Breeders is on sale today and tomorrow for 0.99 cents here. Tell your friends.
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Katie French is the author of The Breeders, a Young Adult dystopian adventure and Eyes Ever to the Sky, a sci fi romance. Nessa: A Breeders Story, a prequel novelette is available on Amazon for FREE. Sign up for notifications, or like her on Facebook.