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The Resistance Series by Tracy Lawson Book Tour and Giveaway :)
Series Book 1
YA Dystopian Adventure
do you trust when your world unravels and everything you believed is
the past fifteen years, The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has
guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism. Teenagers
Tommy and Careen have never known life without Civilian Restrictions.
For them, there's no social media. No one is allowed to gather in
public places or attend concerts or sporting events. Only a small,
select group of adults have driving privileges, but it's a small
price to pay for safety.
a new, more deadly, terrorist threat looms: airborne chemical weapons
that can be activated without warning. The OCSD is ready with an
antidote to counteract the effects of the toxins. Three drops a day
is all it takes. It's a small price to pay for health.
day the disaster sirens signal the dreaded attack, Tommy shares his
last dose with Careen, even though doing so might hasten his death.
It's a small price to pay for a friend.Follow Tommy and Careen as
they uncover a web of lies and deceit reaching to the highest levels
of the United States government and join an underground resistance
group that's determined to expose the truth.
is a novel for our times, but with a decidedly different plot twist.
Most dystopian thrillers focus on the devastating consequences of the
unleashed virus or poison on society, community, and the individual.
They become character studies of the protagonists and
Lawson's novel asks an even more disturbing question--what if the
real culprit was someone or something we trusted? I thought The
Hunger Games might be the Millennial generation's version of George
Orwell's 1984. Now, I think Counteract and the Resistance Series are
more primed to take that spot."--SR Staley, author of St. Nic,
Inc., and the Tortuga Bay series.
loved the first book in this series so much that I jumped right into
the second one to continue the adventure. The Resistance Series is
another great YA dystopian adventure that combines elements of
thriller, romance, dystopian, and much more to create a well-rounded
story that is sure to appeal to many readers - it definitely has my
attention."--TFL Reader, top 500 Amazon Reviewer
comes with a price.
and Careen no longer believe the Office of Civilian Safety and
Defense's miracle antidote can protect them from a terrorist's
chemical weapons. After accidentally discovering the antidote's real
purpose,they've join the fight to undermine the OCSD's bid for total
control of the population.
part of the Resistance brings with it a whole new set of challenges.
Not everyone working for change proves trustworthy, and plans to
spark a revolution go awry with consequences far beyond anything they
and Careen's differing viewpoints threaten to drive a wedge between
them, and their budding relationship is tested as their destinies
move toward an inevitable confrontation with the forces that
terrorize the nation.
does love fit in when you're trying to start a
YA literature needs more writers like Tracy Lawson! Lawson's lean
writing style and idea-driven dialogue reminded me of the novels of
Ayn Rand, particularly Anthem, but Resist is much faster paced and
holds your attention from the beginning.
picks up right where the first book, Counteract, leaves off, and
readers are thrown immediately into the action. I also loved the way
Lawson doesn't give her characters the easy way out--they are forced
to make decisions and suffer the consequences. These are real people
that anchor the story, even if the setting is not." --SR Staley,
author of St. Nic, Inc. and the Tortuga Bay series
food shortages have sparked civil unrest, and the Office of Civilian
Safety and Defense’s hold on the people is slipping. The
Resistance’s efforts to hasten the OCSD’s demise have resulted in
disaster, with Tommy Bailey and Careen Catecher taking the blame for
the ill-fated mission in OP-439.
teens struggle to survive the circumstances that force them into the
national spotlight—and this time, they’re on opposite sides. On
the run and exiled from the Resistance members in BG-098, Tommy makes
his way to a Resistance safe house in the capital.
OCSD is preparing to monitor all under-eighteens with the Cerberean
Link, a device that protects them against hunger and sickness and can
even locate them if they’re lost. Tommy’s now living in close
quarters with Atari, an operative who has been assigned to sabotage
the Link. But does Atari plan to use it for his own
it all, Tommy refuses to believe Careen’s loyalties have shifted
away from the Resistance, and he’s willing to assume any risk to
reconnect with her. Will they be able to trust each other when it
Explosive Conclusion to the Award-Winning Resistance Series
Deny Freedom is to Deny the Human Spirit.
Resistance fighter Tommy Bailey has come out of hiding to help rescue
Careen Catecher from the clutches of the Office of Civilian Safety
and Defense, where she’s been held and interrogated for information
about the rebel group. The OCSD is poised to launch the Cerberean
Link, a security device that will put all minors under constant
surveillance under the guise of protecting them.
that OCSD director Madalyn Davies’s bid for control won’t stop
there, the Resistance puts its own plan in motion to sabotage the
Link and oust Madalyn from the directorship. Just when everything
seems leveraged in the Resistance’s favor, treachery, lies, and
long-held secrets threaten to derail it all.
even a life together on the run be impossible for Tommy and Careen?
Or will the Resistance’s efforts convince the public to put their
fears aside and demand freedom?
was our heroine Careen Catecher like BEFORE she became a firebrand
for the Resistance? Well, she was just a normal teenage girl trying
to survive college in the totalitarian state of Tracy Lawson's
creation." --review by Patrick Hodges
is a believable, strong female protagonist who, having survived a
harrowing terrorist attack, is now trying to survive [college] in a
new 'Quadrant' where she can't seem to fit in." --review by
strong heroine is made, not born.
Careen Catecher survived a terrorist attack when she was nine, her
childhood ended on that awful day. Now, nine years later, she’s
ready for her life to truly begin.
full scholarship to a prestigious university far from her beleaguered
home quadrant seems like a dream come true, but when she arrives on
campus, she’s perceived as a charity case, despite grades and test
scores that prove she’s the academic equal of the best students
knows she’s tough enough to survive just about anything, but
fitting in with her acquisitive peers—at least on the surface—is
necessary if she’s going to leave the past behind and claim the
stable future she craves.
her past won’t stay buried. She’s only been at school for a few
weeks when a cryptic message from an unlikely friend raises questions
that may put her in danger all over again.
out this novella-length prequel to the award-winning Resistance
Series, “a promising new YA series about a totalitarian America.”
Lawson knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read.
In the first grade, she authored sixty-seven contact-paper bound
books through her school's Young Authors program. Though that pace
proved impossible to maintain, she always intended to be a real
author one day.
working toward her Bachelor's degree in Communication at Ohio
University, she studied creative writing with the late Daniel Keyes,
author of Flowers for Algernon. After short stints as a media buyer
and an investigative analyst, she settled into a 20-year career in
the performing arts, teaching tap dancing in Columbus, Ohio, and
choreographing musicals. Though her creative energies were focused on
dance, she never lost her desire to write, and has a non-fiction book
to her credit: Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, (McDonald &
love for writing Young Adult fiction is sparked by all the wonderful
teens in her life, including her daughter Keri, a college student.
Counteract is Tracy's first novel.
did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it
about being a writer that you love the most?
wanted to be a writer as long as I could read. Now that I’ve
published several books, I like that it’s a means to reach out to
others, to entertain and inform them.
you tell us a little about your books and where our readers can find
out more about them and you?What projects are you currently working
written the YA dystopian Resistance Series, and two nonfiction
history books. My current project is historical fiction, and that,
for me, is the best of both worlds. I based the story for Answering
Liberty’s Call on
events in the lives of my 6x great grandparents. According to family
lore, he was a soldier during the American Revolution and she became
a courier/spy for General Washington while traveling to bring
supplies to Valley Forge. I did extensive research into the period so
I my story would be authentic and free from anachronisms, and I
learned as much as I could about my family so I could incorporate
plenty of real details about their lives into the story. I loved
everything about this book, and can’t wait for it to find a home. I
just created a Facebook page for the new book, and I hope your
readers will come like and follow:
has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? How
have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?
of my books have won state-level awards, and it’s a great feeling
to know you’ve done a quality job. Eighty agents and publishers
rejected my first novel before I found an interested publisher. I was
so happy at first, but the situation turned out to be a bad fit.
After a series of unfortunate events, I got the rights back to my
books and now I self-publish my fiction. I’m much more in control
of my situation.
you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels?
How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?
not as disciplined about having a schedule as I’d like to be. I
also work as a freelance choreographer, doing musicals for middle and
high schools, so when a show is in production, I don’t really have
the time or the energy to write. I like to write in the middle of the
night when nothing else is going on. I outline my novels, but my
characters often divert and force me to follow! It usually takes me
about a year and a half of writing and revision on a novel, but the
ideas ruminate before I begin to write.
do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
currently developing the Resistance Series books into a television
pilot. It’s a huge undertaking and I’m learning as I go—but in
five years, I’d love to have a show on the air. And a couple more
books on the shelf. Aim high, right?
you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late
for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you
feel a late start would hinder their chances?
published my first book at age 46, and I guess it depends on what you
mean by successful. I hope to earn more money from my books as time
goes on. Some people might think not hitting the #1 bestseller rank
with a novel is failure. But living with regret, rather than trying,
is true failure. Don’t be afraid to try.
the first book you ever read that really touched you emotionally and
moved you? What’s the first book you read that made you know that
you could do this for a career?What book are you currently reading?
Velveteen Rabbit affected
me profoundly as a child. Years later when I read it aloud to my
little girl, I broke down sobbing during the part where the stuffed
rabbit becomes real and had to stop. I think I scared her! I still
can’t read it without crying. About 20 years ago, I read an
unpublished draft of Pioneer
Ingalls Wilder’s first attempt at fiction. It later evolved into
the Little House books, which are still some of my favorites. I
realized that if she could start off like that and achieve what she
did, there was certainly hope for me.
many writers say that they hate reading their own work? Do you ever
just sit down and curl up with your own book?
have a love/hate relationship—mostly because I want to keep
revising. I always think my work could be better. But I have
experienced falling in love with my books after they’re published.
One evening my husband came home from work and said, “Hey, wanna go
out for dinner?” I responded, “Sure—but hang on—I’m right
in the middle of this really good book.” It was one of mine.
are your thoughts about how the publishing industry is drastically
changing? Are you more of an e-book person or a traditional book
a hybrid author (meaning I self-publish my fiction and have a
traditional publisher for my nonfiction) I’m glad the doors are
open wider than ever before. I do believe indie authors need to hold
themselves to a high standard, and that means hiring editors, getting
professional cover design, etc. to make sure their books’ quality
rivals those from traditional publishers. I love the feel of a book
in my hand. I definitely prefer books, but I love taking several
books with me on my Kindle when I travel.
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