Thursday, August 2, 2012

Subversive Book Tour: guest post, review, giveaway

We are thrilled to be welcoming back author Rebecca Royce to our blog today. She has penned one of our favorite YA series, The Warrior, of which we review books two, Driven, and three, Subversive. The author is also having a giveaway--details are below. We welcome Rebecca Royce.

by Rebecca Royce
Series: The Warrior, Book Three
Genre: YA dystopian
Format: ebook, 151 pages
Publisher: Decadent Publishing (July 20, 2012)

Blurb: Rachel Clancy has been through a lot. She’s been sent to fight vampires, lost two boyfriends—one to a vampire and one because of his daddy issues—and now she is trying to lead a secret revolution that could change Genesis, her home, forever. Her confidence is shot, her hands are shaking, and she hasn’t felt a real emotion, except for anger, in a long time.

But Rachel should never be counted out. She sees things others can’t, even if her ideas are considered downright traitorous. There is an important life for Rachel to lead in the world, even if its filed with vampires and werewolves instead of romance and flowers. Rachel has always had to fight, she’s good at it, and the evil that has stalked her hasn’t forgotten her name. 

Guest post topic: Hi Rebecca! You have written so many adult books and one YA series. What is your secret? What is a typical day for you and do you plan on writing any more YA and why/not? Thank you. 

What is my secret? Wow, I wish I had one. A typical day goes like this: I get up, get dressed, get the kids dressed and out the door for school. They’re not yet in the same school because the little one still goes to nursery school. I drop them off and come back home.

With whatever time I have left, whether that be just a few hours because my two year old doesn’t stay full day every day or the rest of the afternoon until school lets out at 3, I run errands. A few days a week I have to temper this with errands but mostly I just write.

The trick here is to make writing the priority. If I want it to be my job, I treat it as such and writing can’t be something I do just because I have long length of time to do it. If I have an hour, I write for an hour.

Yes, I plan to write more YA. Two more in this series and then another one I have stewing in the back of my mind.

Thanks so much for having me! 

About the author: As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it. 

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months. 

She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books. 

In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.  

Review: As I stated in my review of the first book of The Warrior series, Initiation, I really enjoyed the story (my review). Rachel's story continues in book two, Driven. When the book opens, it's six months after the events of the first book. Rachel is nursing a broken heart but has decided to move on, with her best friend Tia's brother, Chad. He provides the safety she so yearns for but since this is a Rebecca Royce novel, happy moments are fleeting in this gritty, futuristic world. Physically and mentally scarred from her vampire attack, Rachel is surprised any guy would be interested in her and they are. Chad and Deacon are complete opposites and both care for her. As her talent for feeling vampires alerts her to danger, she tells the heads of the Genesis above ground tent complex something is coming. Assigned to travel by SUV to Liberty with Chad, our heroine is resigned to bring back help for the impending fight. But along the way, those nasty creatures and some new ones, interfere, dragging Rachel into another set of problems and encounters with horrific vampires and werewolves.

It's great to see strong female leads in YA. Like Katniss, Rachel is tough, quick thinking and dedicated to her cause. At sixteen she has already experienced heart break and wants to give up on happy endings until Chad makes a certain declaration of affection to her. As she drops her guard, again, fate has other plans for her. Plans which lead Rachel to fight for her life once again.

paced, tense, and featuring vile vampires and a tough new world,  Driven shows us a young girl in flux. Broken down, attacked, and caged, Rachel still has a fierce determination to destroy the creatures that have ruined the world for humans. Stepping up into an important role, we watch a young girl become a woman of integrity and strong character. This same character is evident in Subversive, with some much added anger. Rachel has endured so much during her travels as a level one warrior, both with her job and in love, she now harbors an incredible amount of anger. After losing one love, she watches the other love leave to deal with his family problems, while the demands of saving her race drive her into a new position of leadership. Surprise twists and turns keep the eyes of reader riveted to each page in this engrossing dystopian race of survival. Highly recommended.

Giveaway: Rebecca will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tourand a digital copy of Initiation: The Warrior Book 1 to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. One randomly drawn host will win a $50 Amazon GC.

Follow the tour and comment to better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here.


  1. Rebecca sounds like such a strong character but also a likable one, who has issues and quirks. The plot sounds great!

    Love learning more about authors:)

    Thanks so much:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  2. What a great sounding heroine. What a wonderful book especially for a YA girl.

  3. OK, I need to not post late night reviews and not make mistakes with the main character's name:) My typos were fixed (lol). Rachel is an incredible character. Thanks everyone!

  4. Even though this is a YA series, it sounds like one that I would enjoy. Thank you for a great review.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  5. Great interview,I enjoyed it.

  6. I love a good book about vampires.

  7. This book sounds great - gotta love a strong heroine and a book with vampires!


  8. From your original question on Melissa Keir's blog of Sexy Between the Covers about "What was your favorite or least favorite memory of high school?"

    That was a long time ago. I recall liking Home Ec, and not liking PE, but liking the fact that during my senior year, I got to go to HS for half the day and go to a job for the other half (since I had enough credits to pass & was approved to do so).

    Thanks for the contest/giveaway.

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

  9. Nice review and post.


  10. Sounds really your approach to YA different than your approach to adult books?


  11. The more I hear about this book, the more I want it. :)