Sunday, July 8, 2012


(I hope I'm not the only one who promptly hears, "It's adventure time! Come, grab your friends. We'll go to very... distant lands! Jake the dog and Finn the huuuuman, the fun will never end, it's Adventure Time!")

This is my favorite part: I get to offer a free book!

I love giveaways. I also love stories. In fact, I have a book to give away BECAUSE I love stories.

Your job, gentle reader, is to respond to this post with something to do with stories. It can be a comment on a dream you had or a book you read. Thoughts on a really cool movie, or even imagery inspired by a song.

Let's dialogue. Once we're done, I'll pick my favorite conversation, and send whoever did that a new story to read, free of charge.

We're all about the Story here.

THE SUNDERED – now available from Amazon: 

The world I know is flooded.

The water's black. You don't go in the water. You don't touch it. If you do, it will get you, drag you down, and you're gone.

I believe the world wasn't always that way – that once there was land that stretched forever, that there was no danger from the water – but that doesn't set me apart. What sets me apart, makes me different, is I believe it can go back to that. 

Without the Sundered, we die. 

Harry Iskinder knows the rules. Don't touch the water, or it will pull you under. Conserve food, because there's no arable land. Use Sundered slaves gently, or they die too quickly to be worthwhile.

With extinction on the horizon and a world lost to deadly flood, Harry searches for a cure: the Hope of Humanity, the mysterious artifact that gave humans control over the Sundered centuries ago. According to legend, the Hope can fix the planet.

But the Hope holds more secrets than Harry knows. Powerful Sundered Ones willingly bow to him just to get near it. Ambitious enemies pursue him, sure that the Hope is a weapon. Friends turn their backs, afraid Harry will choose wrong.

And Harry has a choice to make. The time for sharing the Earth is done. Either the Sundered survive and humanity ends, or humanity lives for a while, but the Sundered are wiped out.

He never wanted this choice. He still has to make it. In his broken, flooded world, Hope comes with a price.

THE SUNDERED – now available from Amazon:

A young man must decide who survives –
humanity, or the humanity's broken slaves.

Trade Paperback || Kindle || Read chapter one here!


Catherine Lee said...

A comment about stories? I'm currently watching a movie with a very intriguing story. It's an Alfred Hitchcock movie that I've never seen--Under Capricorn. It's quite a compelling story...and I love a good story.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Ruthanne Reid said...

Ooh, I haven't even heard of that one! What's the main thrust? Is it horror? Mystery?

Jo Ann Hakola said...

I just read Sundered and am doing a review on it tomorrow. I loved it and would really enjoy reading another story by you!

Shewanda Pugh said...

I am a Hitchcock junkie. I truly believe that Psycho was the best movie ever made. I mean think about it. By the end, you're rooting for Norman Bates. Who's the psycho now? Muah to Hitchcock!

Also, I wanted to say that this book sounds pretty cool. I've been getting into the hopeless dystopia thing following The Hunger Games phenomenon and I love the choices you've given your hero.

Ruthanne Reid said...

Catherine Lee: I'm still curious about that movie. :)

Jo Ann: YAY!! You just made me dance. Seriously, you can ask my husband. I danced!

Shewanda: Thanks a ton! It was kind of a risky position to put Harry in, but I really think it paid off. Poor guy. We do torture the characters we love. :D

Ruthanne Reid said...

And the winner of this giveaway is... *clicks*

Shewanda! Send me an email (, and I'll get a book sent out to you. :)

Catherine Lee said...

Ruthanne...It's Hitchcock's only historical, costume drama. It's set in Sydney, Australia in the 1830s. Prisoners were sent to Australia to do the work. We meet the new Governor's 2nd cousin, from England, who meets a wealthy landowner (originally from Ireland) and his alcoholic wife--Isabella Rosalleni--who had been friends with the sister of the Governor's cousin. SO, it's not a suspense and it didn't do well at the box office because it wasn't what anyone expected, but I really enjoyed it!