Dec 15, 2015

She is a pawn in a political plot that sparks a rebellion. SUNSET RISING TRILOGY by @smmceachern

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Special edition of the ebook set of the Sunset Rising Trilogy, which includes: Sunset Rising, Worlds Collide, New World Order, and—available in ebook format for the first time—all seven satellite stories!

Sunset Rising: Born a slave inside a government biodome, seventeen-year-old Sunny O’Donnell becomes a pawn in a political plot that sparks a rebellion. Accused of treason and facing execution, she escapes with a man she considers an enemy and discovers she not only has to work with him to survive, but also lead the revolution.

A Readers Favorite 2015 Book Award Gold Medal winner!

Worlds Collide: Sunny and Jack must continue a life of subterfuge in order to stay alive and find a way to free the Pit. But in their attempt to save the urchins, they uncover the horrifying truth about President Holt and the evil he could unleash on the world.

New World Order: While Sunny and Jack struggle to find each other in the lawless post-apocalyptic world, tensions between the Pit and the Dome escalate. In the action-packed conclusion of the Sunset Rising Trilogy, friends will become enemies and enemies will become friends on a journey that will lead to a new world order.

Satellite Stories: For the first time in ebook format, the seven satellite stories are included with the trilogy. Find out what’s happening in the Pit between books one and two, and get a closer look at some of the other people in Sunny’s life.

Sunset Rising Trilogy
Publication Date: December 25, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopia

EXCERPT–from Worlds Collide

Bile rose in my throat. An image of my people—my mother—being herded into a garbage chute that doubled as a gas chamber played out like a horror movie in my head.

“Sunny?” Dena said.

I hadn’t realized that I was actually gagging. Choking back the bile, I faked a cough to conceal my nausea. Jack’s hand sought mine under the table and I reached for him, finding strength in the contact.

I’m not sure why I felt a twinge of shame. It’s not as if the Cull was my fault. My people were the victims of an unjust treaty. But still, I didn’t know how to explain that to Dena. I didn’t know how to tell her that we were consenting participants.

Jack gave my hand a gentle squeeze. “I can see how a pile of bones gives credibility to the legend of Yugo, the giant cannibal.”

“Only now we know it’s not a giant cannibal from the scorched lands living in the mountain.”

“No, it isn’t.” The corners of Jack’s mouth turned down for an instant. “The real monster living inside that mountain is a whole lot scarier.”

“How scary?”

Jack looked down at our clasped hands and bit his lower lip. “Nuclear-weapons kind of scary.”

Dena blew out a long breath, as if she had been holding it.

“They would never use the warheads as a first line of defense,” Jack said quickly. “Their first strike will be with conventional weapons.”

“Conventional weapons?”

“Guns, maybe grenades…a drone.”

“What’s a drone?”

“A remotely operated aircraft equipped with surveillance and weapons.”

Dena let out a short, sarcastic laugh. “Lucky for us they won’t be using the nuclear weapons.” She sobered. “We’ve had some clashes with recruiters and a few run-ins with hunters, but never an enemy this strong.”

“Recruiters?” asked Jack. I remembered Jin mentioning recruiters and hunters.

“Ryder’s men,” she said. She stared back at our blank expressions. “Forgive me. I forget that even though you’re from around here, you’re not from around here. Thomas Ryder is the self-proclaimed leader of the biggest settlement in the south. He’s power hungry and wants to control the territory. He demands rent payments from anyone setting up a home or a farm on what he’s declared to be his lands. Payment must be made in the form of food, fuel, pieces of technology, or whatever they happen to have—although most have nothing. Our nation has grown a lot in the past few years because of him.”

“Why does he need recruits?” Jack asked.

“About fifteen years ago, northerners came south during the winter months in search of food. Some of the farmers that pay Ryder rent complained, so Ryder sent his men to chase them back north. It caused bad blood and they’ve been fighting ever since.”

“Let me guess,” Jack said. “He’s not exactly asking people to join his army.”

“No. He recruits by force,” Dena said.

“What about the north? Do they recruit too?” I asked.

“Daemon leads the north and from what we hear, he’s worse than Ryder. It’s rumored he sends children into battle—that he hides behind them.”

Every word she spoke was like a boulder being dropped on to my childhood fantasies, smashing them to little bits. Summer and I had always imagined that once we were released from the bonds of the treaty, we would live a peaceful, free life on a sun-drenched Earth. The world Dena was describing was anything but peaceful. It was more like the war was still being fought.

“Three hundred years later, and we’re still fighting,” I said.

“We were always taught that, with the exception of us, humanity had been wiped from the planet,” Jack said. “It’s hard for me to comprehend that the population is already large enough to be fighting over territory.”

“It’s not about territory,” Dena said. “Thousands of kilometers of uninhabited land separate the south from the north. Their fight is over dominance and it’s fuelled by hatred.”

S.M. McEachern (also known as Susan) comes from the rocky shores of Canada’s East Coast. As a resident of Halifax during her early adult years, she attended Dalhousie University and earned an Honors Degree in International Development Studies with a focus on ocean development. Throughout her academic studies and early career, Susan had the privilege to study and work with Elizabeth Mann Borgese (daughter of nobel prize winner, Thomas Mann). An author in her own right and a political activist for world peace, Mrs. Mann Borgese played a significant influence on Susan’s view of the political world stage.

Sunset Rising is Susan's debut novel, which was published in November 2012. The second novel of the series, Worlds Collide was released in March 2014 and she is currently working on the third book of the series titled, New World Order, due to be released January 2015. For writing inspiration, Susan likes to go on long walks with her iPod (Keane and Moby are among her favorites). A few fun facts about Susan: she loves lattes, red wine, snorkelling, hiking and talking about herself in the third person.

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