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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: TS901 by Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawker

Title: TS901: Anomaly Rise of the Rebels
Series: The TS901 Chronicles
Author: Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawer
Genre: NA Fantasy Dystopian 
Release Date: August 1, 2017
On Sale for 99 Pennies 

Tainted water for the good of the people. Fluoride and vitamins to sustain the health of the human race. Added ingredients to extend and elevate the quality of life. All good things, right?


Thia Kelly has been changed by the TS901 chemical in the world’s water supply. Now, forced into hiding with the other inflicted outcasts, she struggles to survive as her powers emerge.

Evan Daniels hunted for others like himself, and finding Thia suddenly brought meaning back into his life. Love blossomed between the strange couple while they searched for a way to reverse the effects. Unfortunately, the Government had something else in mind. 

Super-soldier creation on a mass scale was their end goal, and thanks to an unfortunate family tie, Evan became Patient #1.

Good-guy? Bad-guy? The world isn’t sure, but Thia is left with only one choice––save the ass of the world’s first Anomaly who just happens to be her boyfriend.

Thia is part of an unfortunate group of people infected by the water distributed TS901.  The concoction, which was intended to help, hurt many people, turning them into anomalies (Malys), who are at odds with the "normal" people, the Narys.  The abnormalities suffered range from physical deformities to "powers" like mind control, sonic voice, and rapid healing.  Because of their differences, the Malyies are segregated into a dilapidated old subway station, always one misstep away from being labeled a dangerous presence and harmed.

Thia is careful to hide her abnormality.  She passes for normal so much that she acts as a liaison between the Malie and Nary worlds.  But when she learns her boyfriend Evan, whose father is a powerful man using his son to push forth an agenda that Evan hopes will bridge the divide between the two opposing sides, Thia springs into action.  She employs the help of a haphazard group.  There is Eugene, who spends too much time drunk but really just misses his family.  Eugene has a sonic boom voice.  Then there is Gigi, a beautiful scientist with evolving powers.  These powers let her control minds and create illusions.  These do provide very useful modes of trickery when the group infiltrated the "Hill," a secure base, to rescue Evan.  The group is accompanied, though not on purpose, by a Nary named Lance.  Initially, he is part of the border guard that keeps the peace between the Malies and the Narys, but he betrays his station when he goes rogue to rescue his mother from the military men at the Hill.  But it turns into more than a rescue mission, but rather a race to avoid war between the Malies and the Narys.

I loved the pace of TS901.  There is a ton of action-- you run the story through your mind like a movie as it plays out because that is exactly how the story reads. I also thought that the concept was very unique.  The basic plot of mutation and genetic segregation has been done a lot, but TS901 is refreshing and new because the world in which our characters are placed is unique and well thought out.  It bears mentioning that every character is fleshed out and fully developed-- they seem realistic and therefore believable.  The suffering of the characters is almost palpable, and you root for each and every one to have a happy ending.  I think this novel fits nicely within the dystopia genre.  Long live the revolution.  

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She currently hard at work on the Unfortunate Soul Chronicles, and additional literary projects. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.

Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and the mother of three wonderful children.

She's been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life.


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