Wednesday, June 11, 2014

State Of Pursuit by Summer Lane

21843647Genre: Post-apocalyptic 
Paperback: ?
Published: June 6, 2014
Series: Collapse Series
      1. State of Emergency
      2. State of Chaos 
      3. State of Rebellion
      4. State of Pursuit 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Cassidy Hart is alone. 
Her Commander and the love of her life, Chris Young, has gone missing in action. A horrific battle with Omega has left too many good men and women dead, and Cassidy must bear the burden of leadership in the militia on her own. 
But she's not about to give up. 
With the help of her faithful friends - and former enemies - she will stop at nothing to rescue Chris and ensure victory for the militias in their fight against the all-powerful Omega forces. 
The game has shifted. This time, Cassidy is one step ahead of the enemy. 
This time, Cassidy is in charge.

Collapse Series #4 - YA/NA Romantic Adventure - National Bestselling Series

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About the author:

Summer Lane is the author of the national bestselling Collapse Series, which currently includes State of Emergency, State of Chaos, State of Rebellion and State of Pursuit. She owns WB Publishing, Writing Belle, and is the founder of The Art of Storytelling, a creative writing curriculum program for children. She is also a creative writing teacher and journalist.

Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her time writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, watching movies, reading, and visiting the beach. 

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Guest Post:
Taking Control

One of the coolest things about State of Pursuit is that Cassidy must be totally and completely independent. She’s gone from being a naïve teenager to a kick-butt sniper in the National Guard, and this is the first time she answers to no one but herself. She is in control, and that premise was exciting for me as a writer.

Cassidy’s character growth has been a real journey for me – very real. She has grown as the series has grown, and to finally see her step up and take charge has been the critical moment in this story that I’ve been waiting for. For the first time, she is in charge. She’s a reluctant leader – forced into it because Chris has been taken captive by the enemy, Omega. Getting into Cassidy’s head for this transformation was an intense experience. Suddenly, Cassidy has experienced loss on a level that she has never experienced before. She is sad, she is angry, and she is determined. Her sarcastic nature is still intact, but it is overpowered by her will. The battlefield experience and hard times that she has been through has given her a hardened edge and a new perspective on the world. She knows what needs to be done, and she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty in the process.

I have had the character of Cassidy Hart in my pocket since I was about fourteen, but she never got a chance to shine until I wrote The Collapse Series. I can hardly believe that I’m on my fourth book. I can’t wait to get started on the fifth! 

Los Angeles

In book four, Cassidy travels back into the heart of Los Angeles – the place where she grew up – to attempt to rescue Chris Young, the love of her life. Writing about Los Angeles as a post-apocalyptic graveyard was really fun, although to the outsider it might seem depressing.

I visited Los Angeles many times in high school with my family, and I was always fascinated with the city, particularly Hollywood and Beverly Hills. This book allowed me to use my firsthand knowledge and familiarity with the city to create a different story setting for Cassidy to visit. Until this point, her story has unfolded in the mountains and the central valley. Now she gets to go into the city – the heart of Omega’s operations. It’s a little bit spooky, and perhaps the most dangerous thing she’s done so far in this story.

Because I’m familiar with a lot of the well-known locations in Southern California, I was able to integrate them into the plot. Places like Wilshire Boulevard, the Sunset Strip and even Millions of Milkshakes. Most people would love to visit Hollywood, and it was fun taking readers to that place – even if it is a post-apocalyptic setting! 


Here’s the thing that nobody tells you about being in love: 
It’s hard.
Anything good in life takes work, and lately, a lot of blood, sweat and tears. My relationship with Chris Young has always been defined not just by mutual attraction, but by the fact that we were brought together in the middle of a post-apocalyptic warzone.
Flowers and dinner dates? Never had those.
Firefights and battle fatigue? That’s more like it.
Wartime hardship has always been the dominating factor in our romance. It’s what brought us together, it’s what’s kept us together, and now…it’s what has torn us apart. Being separated from Chris is more difficult for me than being separated from my father. Because through everything, Chris has been the one that has kept my feet on the ground. He’s been the one to protect me, train me, and teach me how to survive. The fact that I’m still alive is a testament to his skillset, not mine.
And not knowing if he’s alive or dead is killing me.
Copyright 2014

Excerpt 2:  

In my heart, I know that if we fail, there won’t be another way. Omega will expect a second rescue attempt, and they will be waiting for us to try something. Harry Lydell would kill Chris. It would mean game over.
This is something that everyone knows, but nobody wants to say it.
There’s no reason to.
“We’ll wait until it gets dark,” I continue. “Remember, in and out. Make it quick. Improvise, adapt and overcome. I don’t want any friendly casualties. Understood?”
“Understood,” Uriah echoes.
I look around at the many faces watching me. All of them, good men and women – even the ones I don’t necessarily get along with on a personal level. They’re risking their lives for Chris – and for our cause.
“Vera,” I say. “I want you with me.”
She doesn’t reply. She simply nods, her expression a perfect poker face.
Life is short. It’s even shorter when you’re a soldier. Do the right thing, because tomorrow, you might not get the chance.
Copyright 2014


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