Sunday, July 7, 2013

Release Week Review - Heartkeeper by B.T. Lyons

Book One in the Heartkeeper Saga
(Middle Grade- YA everyone) 

Release Date: July 6, 2013

Book two: Heartbound will release on July 12, 2013

Download now from Smashwords!!!

Blurb:  “People of the Field, of the Cave, of the Forest, and of the Mountain, and all the places and habitats in between, our race is able to gather here tonight because in time past we found that we were not the warden of the Earth, but the Earth was our warden, our sustainer, our parent...”

Mankind has survived the near-collapse of life as they knew it, now living in harmony with the world around them.  Adain, a young Tenderfoot of this Future Earth, is about to take part in his Heart Chase – the search for a companion animal spirit that will act as his companion and conscience for the rest of his life.  Success in the Heart Chase and surviving the subsequent Trials over the year ensures his place amongst the People as an adult, but failure means his certain death...
...and his whole future lies on the Heart of a mouse.

Heartkeeper is the first book in the “Heartkeeper Saga”, an epic adventure of friendship, challenges, and danger as humans struggle to regain their foothold in a new world that is no longer theirs to control.  Can they survive in balance with the Earth, or will the Earth decide they no longer belong?

About the Author:

B.T. Lyons was born in 1973, growing up in Boylston, Massachusetts, and lived her early life working on the family goat farm and learning wilderness survival skills in the surrounding woodlands.  She is a jack-of-all-trades, having worked as everything from a zookeeper to bookstore manager, to a horror theme park actress, to a radio personality, to a builder of utility trucks. In a current fit of happy mid-life crisis, she is a history major at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.

She shares her home with her husband and her thirteen-year-old daughter, as well as a rat terrier, a Pomeranian, a ball python, and a rotating guest list of foster animals from the local humane society. B.T. is a rabid video game addict, and also enjoys drawing and creating various Neolithic-style handcrafts as her other hobbies. Her role models include Jim Henson, Jackie Chan, Hiyao Miyazaki, and Bill Cosby, and she is inspired by authors such as Richard Adams, Tad Williams, and Ray Bradbury.

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My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
This book is available for free download from Smashwords, and I highly recommend everyone download it and read it. 

First, the cover is stunning and was designed by the author herself.  Everything, I have seen her do is very creative, and she is an awesome person.  I love authors who like to interact with their readers.

Did you know this story originally was born from a picture?  The story it inspired was part of Wonderstruck, and then it was expanded to become book 1 in the Heartkeeper series.

I love this story because it is inspiring and has many important lessons built into the story.  I’d love to be able to get enough copies for the bookclub my high school has, but I’ll wish on that later.  This magically world she creates is wonderful, and I was sucked right into the story.  I love Adain & Fenjine and their friends.  This story is about surviving the Trials to adulthood.  There is mystery, treachery, budding friendships being forged, talents being discovered, and so much more built into this story. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone from middle school on up, and even though this is my 2nd time reading it, I will read it again a 3rd time with my son because I believe it has value to reinforce things I’m always trying to stress to him about honesty and integrity.  Get the book, and read it with middle school students you love or go borrow someone’s who could use some positive influences and attention!!

I absolutely can't wait to read Heartbound which is due out next week, so be looking for that review soon :)

Again, this book is available for free download from Smashwords

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