Thursday, May 15, 2014

Uprising


Title- Uprising
Series- The Dolan Prophecies Series Book #1
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Publication Date- April 18th, 2014
Genre- New Adult Dystopian


The year 2102--the world as it was no longer exists. Ravaged by nuclear war and polluted almost to the point of no return, Earth was dying. When the faeries came and brought their healing magic, humanity was grateful at first. Centuries of damage repaired in just five years, and during the course of that rehabilitation, they invaded. Quietly overthrown, the human race is now enslaved. The majority doesn’t even realize they have no free will. Branded, herded and kept only to further the agendas of the Fae Courts, humanity could be facing extinction.

But a resistance is coming…

Fianna Dolan has spent her entire young life preparing herself for an uprising against the Fae. One scorching summer night Fi's parents leave and never return. Thrust into a position of power she never expected, Fi struggles with her new position and the responsibility it entails. When a secretive fae man known only as Flint breaches the city’s defenses claiming he can help, Fi begins to doubt everything she's ever considered truth. As betrayals and deception come to light, will Fi want the answers she’s been seeking, or will trusting Flint lead to her destruction?
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      It’s a cloudless spring day and I hear the birds chirping while a slight, sweet smelling breeze rustles through the trees. I see a cream colored house so huge it has to be considered a mansion, with trees and gardens all around. The estate is huge and well cared for by workers I’ve yet to see out and about.  I’ve had this dream before and I feel excitement gather in my stomach at the knowledge of what comes next. I hear raised voices from inside the house and then a door slams and she’s running; long, white-blonde hair flying behind her like a flag waving in the breeze. There is an old book clutched in her hand as she seeks solace amongst a grouping of artistically placed shrubs a slight distance away from the house. Her bare feet make no sound as they pound against the ground, and I’m struck by the picture she presents.

      She is slight in stature, shorter even than Fi is, but she dominates the scene whenever I dream of her. Her blue dress is simple and falls to just above her knees, not overly girlish in its slight frilliness. Her features are fine and almost doll-like in their perfection, her skin an alabaster backdrop to the midnight blue pools of her eyes. Beautiful isn’t a strong enough word to describe her, in my opinion. Even when she’s sitting as she is now, in the dirt with her knees drawn to her chest, she is breathtaking to me. Her head rests on her knees as tears slide down her face, and her pain lances through me. These dreams jumble my emotions in such a huge way. I hate seeing her sadness, but can get drunk from just looking at her face.  

      This little slip of a girl has me completely captivated and I don’t even know her name.
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Short history/bio of each of the main characters -

Fianna Aoife Dolan-
Nickname(s)- Fi
Age- 19
Height- 5’2”
Weight-113 lbs (not that it’s any of your business, geesh)
Personality- It really depends on who you ask, honestly...
Affinity- None
Abilities- Can you be more specific? I’m a perfectly capable human being, I have many abilities. I especially enjoy my ability to make coffee--was that what you had in mind??
Last Book You Read- ‘Love is a Mixed Tape’ by Rob Sheffield
Favorite Quote- “It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Biggest Fear- failing
Last Song You Listened To- ‘Between Two Lungs’ by Florence + The Machine
Favorite Food- my Aunt Ruth’s shepherd’s pie (her coffee cake is a very close second..)

Eirnin Kearney Dolan-
Nickname(s)- Eir
Age- 16
Height- 6’7”
Weight- 225
Personality- I’m pretty easygoing, funny, a likeable guy by most accounts.
Affinity- None!
Abilities- Seer / Empath Extraordinaire
Last Book You Read- ‘Dark Justice’ by Jack Higgins
Favorite Quote- “The best way out is through.” ~Robert Frost
Biggest Fear- being unable to help the people I love
Last Song You Listened To- ‘Let Me Kiss You’ by Morrissey
Favorite Food- I’m a teenage boy, anything edible is my favorite food… ;)

Flint-
Nickname(s)- Hellboy, Hellion, Ass… None that would be considered “nice”.
Age- 278 years, but physically I look like I’m in my early twenties--lucky me.
Height- 5’8”
Weight- 162
Personality- I am a raging pain in the neck and I am very proud of it. ;)
Affinity- Fire
Abilities- I have the ability to talk and piss you off at the same time. Does that count? And I can run very fast as for ‘physical’ abilities.
Last Book You Read- “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It was my baby sister’s favorite book of all time.
Favorite Quote- “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ~Mark Twain
Biggest Fear- You could not pay me to answer this question.
Last Song You Listened To- “Shaking” by Sugarcult *smirks*
Favorite Food- … *chuckles* Okay, I am going to presume you are hoping for a G-rated answer so I am really not sure what to say here. As of right now Fi’s aunt, Ruth, makes very good blueberry muffins.

Lumi-
Nickname(s)- Lulu, Princess
Age- 546 (and yes, I do mean years)
Height- 5’1”
Weight- 50,000 grams, about 110 pounds
Personality- Well, I’ve heard I’m an angel and I’ve heard I’m a prude, so I guess it depends on who you ask.
Affinity- Air
Abilities- I am an awesome ninja spy, if I do say so myself.
Last Book You Read- “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, per the Dolans’ suggestion.
Favorite Quote- “Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you’ll be criticized anyway.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Biggest Fear- That’s a hard one… The thought of the people I care about getting hurt keeps me up at night sometimes.
Last Song You Listened To- “Brick by Boring Brick” by Paramore
Favorite Food- Ice cream! *coughs* Um. Yeah, I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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Here are just a few of the songs that inspired Eir’s voice as we wrote ‘Uprising’

Breaking Benjamin-

fun.-

Imagine Dragons-

The White Stripes-

Shinedown-


Here are just a few of the songs that inspired Fi’s voice as we wrote ‘Uprising’

Florence + the Machine-

Tori Amos-

Pink-

The Civil Wars-

Counting Crows-

Sara Bareilles-

Fall Out Boy-

Panic! At the Disco-

Flint was the pickiest character when it came to music. So I’m not sure I can say these songs “inspired” his voice, or that he “enjoys” them… These are mostly the songs he wouldn’t run away screaming about if I put them on while working with him.

Muse-

Shinedown-

The Script-

Secondhand Serenade-

Sugarcult-

Panic! at the Disco-

Random playlist of songs Lumi likes to listen to when writing with her

Lana Del Rey-

P!nk-

Christina Perri-

Paramore-

Demi Lovato-

Taylor Swift-

The Band Perry-

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Our idea of the perfect soundtrack to ‘Uprising’

Prologue-- “Blinding” by Florence + the Machine -- “No more dreaming like a girl so in love with the wrong world”
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Chapter 1-- “Call It What You Want” by Foster the People-- “Well I'm just gonna do here what I gotta do here 'Cause I gotta keep myself free”
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Chapter 2--  “Breaking Inside” by Shinedown-- “I don't want to live To waste another day
Underneath the shadow of mistakes I made Cause I feel like I'm breaking inside”
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Chapter 3-- “The Golden Age” by Beck-- “These days I barely get by, I don’t even try”
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Chapter 4-- “Basketcase” by Green Day-- “I am one of the melodramatic fools Neurotic to the bone no doubt about it”
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Chapter 5-- “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit-- “And if my day keeps going this way I might just break somethin’ tonight”
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Chapter 6-- “Breath” by Breaking Benjamin-- “I see nothing in your eyes, and the more I see the less I like. Is it over yet, in my head? I know nothing of your kind, and I won’t revel in your evil mind. Is it over yet? I can’t win.”
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Chapter 7-- “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash-- “If I go there will be trouble, if I stay it will be double”
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Chapter 8-- “One Step Closer” by Linkin’ Park-- “Everything you say to me Takes me one step closer to the edge And I’m about to break”

Chapter 9-- “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree-- “You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser. You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger. You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together.”

Chapter 10-- “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson-- “You didn’t think that I’d come back, I’d come back swingin’, you tried to break me but you see what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”

Chapter 11-- “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine--  “And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind, I can never leave the past behind, I can see no way, I can see no way, I’m always dragging that horse around”

Chapter 12-- “The Bitch Song” by Bowling for Soup-- “Is there anything that I can do? Anything to show you you’re a bitch, but I love you anyway”

Chapter 13-- “I Caught Myself” by Paramore-- “You got it, you got it, some kind of magic Hypnotic, hypnotic, you're leaving me breathless I hate this, I hate this, you're not the one I believe in”

Chapter 14-- “This is Gospel” by Panic! At The Disco-- “Don’t try to sleep through the end of the world Bury me alive ‘Cause I won’t give up without a fight”

Chapter 15-- “Blue Skies” by Blue October-- “It’s time to wake up, time to make up Time to shake these memories It’s time to leave the past in the past”

Chapter 16-- “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush-- “Don’t give up, ‘cause you have friends Don’t give up, you’re not beaten yet Don’t give up, I know you can make it good”

Chapter 17-- “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars-- “You can count on me Like one, two, three and I’ll be there And I know when I need it I can count on you Like four, three, two and you’ll be there ‘Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do Oh yeah”

Chapter 18-- “If You Only Knew” by Shinedown-- “If you only knew, I’d sacrifice my beating heart before I lose you”

Chapter 19-- “Thunder” by Boys Like Girls-- “I tried to read between the lines, I tried to look into your eyes, I want a simple explanation For what I’m feeling inside, I gotta find a way out Maybe there’s a way out”

Chapter 20-- “Untouchable” by Taylor Swift-- “Untouchable, burning brighter than the sun, and when you’re close I feel like comin’ undone”

Chapter 21-- “Heels Over Head” by Boys Like Girls-- “You mean everything to me, But I’m the first to fall and last to know Where’d you go?”

Chapter 22-- “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family-- “This morning, I woke up with this feeling I didn't know how to deal with and so I just decided to myself I'd hide it to myself and never talk about it And didn't I go and shout it when you walked into my room I think I love you”

Chapter 23-- “Just For” by Nickelback-- “And I want to rip his hands off just for touching you Yes I do”

Chapter 24-- “All Your Life” by The Band Perry-- “Lately I’ve been writing desperate love songs Mostly I sing them to the walls You could be the centerpiece of my obsession If you would notice me at all”


Chapter 26-- “Fly From The Inside” by Shinedown-- “I can’t control the pain I can’t control the rage Sometimes I think I’m going insane”

Chapter 27-- “Somebody’s Heartbreak” by Hunter Hayes-- “You leave me here wonderin’ if I’ll ever know How much you care, or how much you don’t”

Chapter 28-- “About A Girl” by The Academy Is…-- “Last night, I knew what to say But you weren’t there to hear it”

Chapter 29-- “Pretty Girl” by Sugarcult-- “She’s beautiful, as usual, with bruises on her ego and Her killer instinct tells her to Be aware of evil men”

Chapter 30-- “What The Water Gave Me” by Florence + The Machine-- “Lay me down Let the only sound Be the overflow”
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About the Authors-




Allana Kephart has been making things up and bending people to her will from a very young age.  She loves animals and reading and spends a large amount of time thinking up ways to torment her characters. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Melissa Simmons.







Melissa Simmons is an avid reader who married her soul mate and is the proud mother of a spoiled cat.  She spends her days helping promote independent authors and doing what the voices in her head tell her to. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Allana Kephart.








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