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Now Available, Harmony Run Series, Book Three, CHATOYANT

Now Available: CHATOYANT, Harmony Run Series, Book 3

Purchase at Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Chatoyant

 

Catch up with the first two books in the Harmony Run Series:

PRISMATIC, Book 1

OPALESCENT, Book 2

About CHATOYANT:

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.

Published by Winter Goose Publishing

Enter for a chance to WIN a SIGNED copy of CHATOYANT by Sarah Elle Emm on Goodreads!

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Upcoming Book Release: CHATOYANT

Take a look at the cover for CHATOYANT, Harmony Run Series, Book Three, coming soon from Winter Goose Publishing:

Chatoyant

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.

Read more about CHATOYANT at Winter Goose Publishing.

Blog Tour for PRISMATIC, Harmony Run Series, Book One

PRISMATIC, (Harmony Run Series, Book One), begins a new blog tour today with Tour de Blogg.  In honor of the tour, Winter Goose Publishing has reduced the Kindle and NOOK price of PRISMATIC to only $0.99.  Readers can enter the giveaway to win prizes, including Amazon gift cards, free books, and signed bookmarks during the tour.

Grab a $0.99 copy on Kindle here: PRISMATIC on Kindle
 
Grab a $0.99 copy on NOOK here:  PRISMATIC on NOOK

Keep up with the tour stops and enter the giveaway to win a prize pack here: BLOG TOUR PAGE & GIVEAWAY

 

PRISMATIC

Fans of YA Dystopian & Fantasy…

Young Adult Dystopian Fans, check out this deal…

PRISMATIC and OPALESCENT, books one and two from the HARMONY RUN SERIES by Sarah Elle Emm, are temporarily reduced to only $2.99 in ebooks, Kindle, and NOOK, compliments of Winter Goose Publishing.

What YA Fans are saying about the HARMONY RUN SERIES:

“A brilliantly uplifting book about the strength of human spirit and love over the worst of human nature and hatred, yet written in style which will appeal to, and with content which is suitable for, both young adults and adults alike. I recommend this book whole-heartedly for those parents who are looking for a book which can explain to their young adults what happens if you forget to learn from history and why if a community finds it easier to be silent and accept the decisions of politicians rather than stand up and fight for what is right extremists can come to power and exert their “manifesto”. My only regret (and it is a small one) is that the book ended with too many questions outstanding, but I shall just have to have patience and wait until 2013 for the sequel. In the meantime I hope my 12 year old son enjoys it as much as I have and perhaps it will help him with his History syllabus?” ~Claire, Goodreads reviewer

“Prismatic means brightly colored; iridescent, and this story shines. The characters come to life in full color and the emotional ups and down of being a teenager at a time of chaos and confusion glimmers to the surface.” ~Braxton Cosby, Author of The School of Ministry: The Windgate

“This book is AMAZING! Well at least I thought it was. Especially reading it as a multi “racial” person, it really struck a chord with me. It was a great look at a somewhat plausible dystopian future here in the US, (or should I say UTZA.) The characters were extremely well written and believable. True this series is young adult, but I would recommend these books to ANY fans of science fiction. As soon as I finished this book, I picked up the second one!” ~Mercy, Nerdvana Webcast Reviews

“While this particular novel takes place in a fictional 2050…author Sarah Elle Emm has presented us, in her character Rain, a worthy heroine. I was immediately embraced by this rough and tumble new world, found an immediate and fiery distaste for dictator Elizabeth Nicks, and was impressed not only in the world created by the author, but in her handling of some very mature topics that the story’s conflict is shaped around. The story-line is bold, the characters colorful, the dialogue easy. In its presentation, it is a pleasure to read with a stunning and effective cover. Ms. Emm takes into account her young adult audience, but by no means does she handle them with kid gloves. There is no condescending tone, no speaking down. The work is presented in a voice that will appeal to any age-bracket. (I had to fight my 12 year old daughter…go figure!) Prismatic, was an absolute joy to read that came to it’s conclusion much too soon. This is one reader who can’t wait for 2013 when the second novel will be released.” ~Poet, Natasha Head

“Loved it! Can’t believe I have to wait until Feb. 2014 for Book 3 – I’ll probably have to read the first two over again while I wait because they were intense and eye-opening, even though set in the future – but, I’m afraid I could see this happening – sadly, it’s the world we live in. Hitler tried & failed but who’s to say it won’t be tried again!!!” ~Donna, Goodreads Reviewer

“I love how smart Sarah Elle Emm’s writing is, she manages to write believable teens complete with feelings of new love and gut wrenching angst without it overpowering their smarts and personality. Not only does she so well, she does it while placing them in the midst of a dystopian future akin to WWII, only in many ways more extreme…” ~Nerdvana Reviews

“Sarah Elle Emm has done a remarkable job of bringing to life a very intriguing story. The writing is superb and I enjoyed getting lost in this tale. It is a bit scary to think that something like this could actually occur. That we could live in a world of severe segregation in a country ruled by some rich, racist jerk. Makes you wonder how much of real life influenced the tale. I look forward to seeing how things play out in Opalescent.” ~Amazon Reviewer

“I purchased this book from the author at a writer’s festival yesterday and I am glad that I did. Prismatic is one dystopian novel that I could not put down! The book is very well written and I look forward to reading more from Sarah Elle Emm. Fans of Divergent will love this book.” ~Amazon Reviewer

“…I really liked this book. I was amazed by the courage and strength that Rain had. I can not wait to read the next one…” ~Amazon Reviewer

“Really liked this book. It had many things in it that make you think what if. I also am a fan of paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, etc. so that was a plus. I also love romance and this book had that. Teenage love is so cute with the blushing and awkwardness. Very good read.” ~Amazon Reviewer

“…So we get to meet Rain, Daktari and Zi, all mixed teens who were taken from their homes and thrown in to the Indy Mixed Zone. I like all of them, I liked Rains spirit and strength, Zi was feisty and never gave up and Daktari was sweet and had such a caring nature. They all complemented each other. It was great watching them make it through everyday life in the hell they were thrown into just for being born. They were so strong and tried to not let it bring them down. A little bit into the story we get to meet sweet and swoony Jabari, Cole and Marcello. Jabari plays an important part in Rain’s life. It was like these two were destined to meet and make everything right. I mean, I really did like all the characters. Rain and Jabari were so good together, I don’t think the author could of made a better couple for this book…” ~Amazon Reviewer

Grab a SALE copy of PRISMATIC and OPALESCENT before January 1st, here: Amazon & Barnes and Noble

 

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Kindle book deal $0.99 for MARRYING MISSY

MARRYING MISSY is on Sale in Kindle books for only $0.99!  (Kindle apps available for I-pads, I-phones, PCs, etc.)

Praise for MARRYING MISSY…

“A cute romantic novel–a quick read. A delightful way to spend an afternoon if you just want to be entertained.” ~ Amazon custom

A Story That Captures the Essence of True Friendships…Sarah Elle Emm’s debut novel, “Marrying Missy” is a tribute to long-lasting friendships, especially those that have undergone numerous trials and yet remain steadfast. Her book reinforces the fact that those who find such relationships during their lifetime are quite fortunate, as shown in this wonderful story of main characters, Missy and Tate.  From the opening paragraphs, Ms. Emm skillfully drew a picture of a catty and self-centered bride-to-be, and a patient and caring matron-of-honor that I was left wondering how the two could be such close friends. My heart repeatedly went out to Tate who seemed to be the only one contributing anything positive to the relationship. Yet, in the end, Ms. Emm shows the very nature of friendships…when those involved truly care, sacrifices will be readily made for the other, even while one is undergoing troublesome moments in ones personal life.” ~Amazon customer

“While at first I couldn’t explain how Tate could possibly be friends with someone as vapid and narcissistic as Missy, the author makes a point over the course of the book that true friendship, however mismatched, isn’t explicable.  It’s a chick power story that will keep you hooked…” ~Kelly I. Hitchcock, Author of The Redheaded Stepchild

“I couldn’t put this book down. Miss Emm builds the characters in such a way, you find yourself turning the pages because you want to see what happens. The wit behind the characters personality has you constantly asking yourself why the characters remain friends. The book has the right balance of humor and real-life feel. Having lived in Atlanta for a long time, she captured the scene spot on. Can’t wait to read another book. Recommend this for anyone who is in need of a good book.” ~Amazon customer

 “I very much enjoyed this book. Miss Emm has full character development and tackles relevant social issues gracefully. I would highly recommend this book for group discussion at your next book club. I would liken the book to a cross between two of my other favorites, Sophia Kinsella and Jennifer Weiner. Tate and Missy come to life and draw you in. I look forward to Miss Emm’s next book.” ~Amazon customer

AVAILABLE for Kindle, temporarily reduced to $0.99:  MARRYING MISSY at Amazon

A Sarah Elle Emm Novel

A Sarah Elle Emm Novel

Book signing at Barnes and Noble Ft. Myers

Meet some of Southwest Florida’s local authors at Barnes and Noble Ft. Myers, Florida! (Including me!) 😉 

When: Saturday, October 12, 2013

Time: 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Where: Barnes and Noble, 13751 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33912 

Stop in to chat about books and meet a variety of authors.  I will be signing copies of my women’s fiction, MARRYING MISSY.  Hope to see you there!  ~Sarah

https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/901217-barnes-noble-local-author-event-fort-myers

Tate Sullivan is in a fix: her best friend, Missy Martin, is getting married.
 With constant criticism from Missy Martin, Buckhead heiress and bride-to-be; stress from her intense nursing job; and a short-temper on the rise from her high powered, attorney husband, Georgia-native, Tate Sullivan is engaged in the ultimate balancing act.

Tate has to cope with sleep-deprived night shifts, her closet nicotine habit, her husband’s apparent workaholism, her mother’s meddlesome behavior, and her ongoing attempt to educate Missy about not making borderline racist remarks about everyone who doesn’t have money or look like her.

When a collision with a runaway Golden Retriever lands Tate in the arms of the newcomer to Atlanta, Dr. Jackson Greenfield, Tate begins to think her mother has concocted the ultimate scheme. Wedding planning has never been so nerve-racking…or dangerous.

Marrying Missy reveals the complexity of those who are merely planning a wedding, preparing for a marriage, and those who aren’t sure what their marriage is—or has become.

Sarah Elle Emm captures the world of wedding planning for a particular Georgia princess, but sublimely reveals all that is so often forgotten in that process–love and marriage. – The Publisher

A Sarah Elle Emm Novel

A Sarah Elle Emm Novel

Indianapolis signing for MARRYING MISSY

Indianapolis signing for MARRYING MISSY

YA Fantasy Giveaway

 Still enslaved in a mixed-race zone within the United Zones of the Authority, Rain Hawkins is part of a secret resistance preparing to take on the tyrannical President Nicks before plans to kill the mixed zones across UZTA are executed. When unsettling dreams and a mysterious voice begin to haunt the dark nights, Rain fears someone more powerful than she has discovered the resistance and their secret abilities. With a known Authority spy on her heels, and her boyfriend, Jabari, suddenly acting strange, Rain doesn’t know who to trust and if the voices calling to her are friend or foe. As conditions across all of the zones get worse and the stakes rise, Rain embarks on a quest for answers that will put the people she cares about most in more danger or take them one step closer to the truth and their eventual freedom.

There are just a few days left to WIN a signed copy of OPALESCENT, book two in the HARMONY RUN SERIES.

#Young-adult Fiction #Fantasy #Teen Romance #Adventure Series

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Opalescent by Sarah Elle Emm

Opalescent

by Sarah Elle Emm

Giveaway ends August 17, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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My long-lost evil twin…

Bald EagleI’m not much of a rule breaker. I had an evil twin in my youth who skipped school from time to time, may have broken curfew on occasion, and who might have mastered the art of forging her parents’ signatures, but that twin is long gone. These days, thank goodness, I only have the one personality to deal with, and this Sarah is such a well-behaved, conformed member of society.

(Excuse me while I pause to take this phone call from my mother.)

Anyhow, as a rule abider, I try never to cross lines, go over the speed limit, or park illegally. Mom and Dad are so proud. Of course, I am human, and some days are more difficult than others…

For example, when I saw this eagle the other day, I spent four minutes trying to find a parking spot but couldn’t find even one. The only chance of parking would be by either parking illegally on the side of the road or by parking in the private lot of a hotel. As I drove up and down the road, I sighed in frustration. Why couldn’t I have been on my bike today? Why is there never any place to park on this island? Why do the police here seem to focus on traffic violations and not the bikers who cross the road wherever they like?

Just as my shoulders slumped in defeat and I accepted that I would not be getting a photo of the bald eagle, that evil twin mysteriously resurfaced and whispered in my ear…

“Park illegally, Sarah. It’s a Bald Eagle.”

“But I can’t park illegally. I am conformed!” I reminded her.

“But how many times have you seen a Bald Eagle up close?” she countered.

I thought about it. Maybe, she’s right. How rare of an opportunity is this?

“You’re wasting time, Sarah. The eagle could fly away at any second,” she coaxed.

Man, for someone who has kept quiet for so long, she sure is convincing…

“It’s not as if your mom and dad are going to ground you…You’re already thirty-”

“Okay, zip it, sister! I know how old I am! I give!”

I couldn’t take it any longer. I turned the car around and searched for the perfect illegal parking spot. Conformed rule breaker aside, I needed that eagle photo! My evil twin cheered me on, “That’s the spirit!” Thirty seconds later, I found the one…

My car successfully parked in an empty condo parking space, I told myself I was just borrowing the spot and made a mad dash for that tree with the eagle. It’s not the best photo in the world, but I sure won’t forget taking it any time soon.

If any of the rule checker uppers are paying attention, I would like to point out that I took that photo and was back in my car and on the road within three minutes…

Okay, maybe it was five. 😉

While it was kind of fun to see my long-lost evil twin again, if only for a moment, I sure hope she goes back to her dormant state. After all, I have to be a good example for my children now and who knows what kind of road to destruction I could be on, borrowing parking spots and all…Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’m not much of a rule breaker. Well, not much anyway. 😉

Win a signed copy of OPALESCENT!

Enter to WIN one of two signed copies of OPALESCENT, Book Two from the HARMONY RUN SERIES by Sarah Elle Emm.  Giveaway ends April 25, 2013!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Opalescent by Sarah Elle Emm

Opalescent

by Sarah Elle Emm

Giveaway ends April 25, 2013.

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at Goodreads.

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Holy Sugar! Where is my Bra?!?

American Bald Eagle

I don’t know what it is about eagles, but whenever I see an American Bald Eagle, I lose the tiny fraction of sanity I am barely clinging to and act like a complete and total idiot. That ruse of cool, collectiveness I attempt so much to maintain washes off of me faster than you can say Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, and I scream at the top of my lungs, “It’s a Bald Eagle!” Sometimes, it doesn’t come off quite so poetically, as in the case I’d love to tell you about. Now this happened over two months ago, but I remember it clearly. Allow me to set the scene…

It’s a Sunday afternoon. My husband and our pirate children are hanging out in the living room while I attend to my chores. More specifically, I am folding laundry upstairs. No, I don’t get paid for this service, despite my attempts, which explains why I am putting fifty percent of my efforts into folding the laundry neatly, (fine, kind of neatly,) and the other fifty percent of my energy into animal watching out of my bedroom window. Animal watching is an activity? Well, in Southwest Florida it is…We live on alligator lagoon, so let me assure you the likelihood of spotting something that this native Hoosier would consider animal-like or wild is pretty good. So, I am sort of tackling one of my household duties, as my eyes periodically roam to the window.

Suddenly, I look up and out of the window again. As my eyes land on the bank across gator lagoon, my breath sucks in sharply. The shirt I am folding slips from my fingers, and I belt out my very natural and perfectly acceptable Midwesterner-transported-to-Southwest-Florida-response, “HOLY SHHHHH*******T!”

That little pest of an angel, who attempts to perch on my shoulder from time to time, whispers is my ear, “Sarah, the little pirates definitely heard that…” Of course, she is correct, but I don’t have time for lectures. I’m already in my pajamas. (Sure, it’s only three p.m., but this is customary in case you haven’t heard.) I flick the angel off of my shoulder and take off running. Being in pajamas means I need to find my shoes, my bra, my camera…my bra!!!

Where is my bra?

I think of what my sister would say…

You don’t even need a bra, Sarah!

She’s right! Forget the bra. Grab zip up hoodie! I push my arms through the sleeves and take off for the steps.

I run, slide, half fall down the staircase and slam into my husband as I stumble off of the bottom step. He looks horrified, worry covering his face. “What’s wrong?” he blurts.

Wrong? He thinks something is wrong? The man doesn’t know me at all. If there is danger, I scream danger. The two times there was a snake inside of our house, (yes, I said two,) I clearly yelled the word SNAKE at the top of my lungs. I dash past him and run for my office. I must find my camera. I hear him calling after me. I yell over my shoulder, “There are THREE Bald Eagles outside right now! I’ve got to find my camera!”

The camera isn’t in my office. Maybe, it is in the dining room. As I whiz past my husband again, I catch the expression on his face, which indicates he does not find the situation sufficient reason to scream an obscenity at the top of my lungs. I don’t have time to chat about my inappropriate language. The man can take a number and get in line with that pesky angel! There are three Bald Eagles behind the house!

No sign of the camera in the dining room. I race to my office again, locate my trusty Adidas flip flops, but there is still no camera. I put the shoes on as I yell, “WHERE IS MY CAMERA?” As I race through the house again, I can hear Charles talking to me. “I think we need to have a conversation about when, exactly, you screaming something like that at the top of your lungs is appropriate.”

I ignore him and continue in circles, my eyes scanning the interior of our home. He continues as I dash past him and something in his voice changes, “Ummm, Sarah, not to alarm you further, but there are actually four Bald Eagles out there right now.”

Four Bald Eagles?!? My heart races to unchartered territory. Suddenly, it hits me. “MY CAMERA IS IN THE CAR!” I yell louder than necessary.

I dart past my pirate children, who I hear giggling in the excitement of their lunatic mother dashing through the house, into the garage and grab that camera. When I return from the garage, I run past my family and towards the patio door, going over my checklist…Camera, check. Shoes, check, (well, flip flops.) Bra, negative. But I have gone out into the wild wearing only a bath towel before, so this is substantially better. Once past the door, I am vaguely aware of the farewells coming from the little pirates, “Be careful, Mommy!”

As I trek through the overgrown foliage beside gator lagoon, I notice voices around me. Loud ones. Not the mental ones or imaginary characters who keep me company and inspire my fiction novels. Real, actual human voices. How rare. I never hear people out here…I can hear them talking about the eagles. They are making entirely too much noise as far as I am concerned, but there is no time to investigate the human intruders. I must get a photo of the eagles.

I barely make it in time. I step through a sticker bush on the way to the water’s edge and see four Bald Eagles as I lift my camera. One flies away before I can get the photo. I silently curse out the people making all of the noise. (Silently, People, sue me.) But there are still three eagles on the bank. On the edge of gator lagoon, I snap as many photos as I can. I get a few shots, and then the Bald Eagles take off, one by one, returning to the sky.

Alone on the bank, I take a moment to smile victoriously. My foot is slightly irritated from the collection of burs I picked up on my adventure, I am wearing my pajamas, no bra, and my mysterious neighbors, who I have never even seen before, are suddenly outside. I figure today isn’t the day we should meet and head back inside.

As soon as I open the door, Charles has that look on his face…You know the one. I figure it is time to own up to the error of my ways and apologize for my sailor mouth, but I’ll feign ignorance for the moment. “What is it?” I politely ask.

“As soon as the door closed behind you, Audrey yelled, “Holy Sh*t, there are four Bald Eagles behind the house, Daddy!”

I bite my lip as I gage his level of irritation. I realize this is the part where I am supposed to feel terrible about the potty mouth my six-year-old has suddenly developed because of me, so I try my best to hide my smile. (No, I don’t think it’s okay, but I’m still riding high from my Bald Eagle experience. This was my first time to see more than two at once!)
“I’m really sorry,” I offer as I sit down and begin pulling stickers out of my ankles and socks. Audrey looks at me, and I try to look apologetic. “Mommy shouldn’t have said that word. It’s a bad word, okay?”

Charles takes over and gently explains to the pirates about not repeating the S-word again. I hear the lecture but it’s more of a muted sound, playing in the background. I’m in a happy place. Charles looks back at me, and I happily proclaim, “There were just four Bald Eagles out there!” Giving up on his reform-the-mother-of-his-children-lecture, he goes back to the computer, and the pirates go back to their quest to commandeer a ship in choppy seas.

Alone, staring out the window, I can’t stop smiling.

I may not be the recipient of a parenting award any time soon. I might not win that award ever. So at the risk of irritating my mother, that pesky angel, and the father of my children once again, I must tell you…

I got a photo of three American Bald Eagles…right behind my house…and HOLY SUGAR it was cool!

You didn’t really think I was going to curse again, did you? 🙂

Three Bald Eagles

One of the Bald Eagles taking off

One of the Bald Eagles flying away

Attack of the burs

Attack of the burs