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Dominion by Lissa Bryan – Blog Tour


Release Date: December 3rd 2016

Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop

Genre: Fiction, Dystopian

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~~What is the significance of the Tortoise GO in the novel Dominion? What dimension does he add to the Taylors Character?~~

goIn Dominion, my heroine, Taylor, has a pet box tortoise named Go. I’ve been asked if there was any special significance to this choice.

By the time we meet Taylor, she’s an adult and has no memory of how she acquired Go. She only knows that she’s had him “years and years.”  She remembers her mother doubting she could keep him alive, but that’s all.

Authors often have a lot of backstory about their character that never makes it into the manuscript and Go’s story is one of them. As a very young child, Taylor found the tortoise one afternoon while out with her mother and was enchanted by the way he ducked his head inside his shell and peeked out at her.

She begged her mother to be allowed to keep him, and her mother allowed it because her daughter had so few things in life to bring her joy.  I imagined how Taylor’s giggles must have made her smile, but made her heart ache, too, because she heard that sound so infrequently.

Taylor named him “Go” because that’s what she used to say to him when she tried to coax him to come out of his shell to eat the bugs she’d caught for him.

Because of Taylor’s circumstances, a box tortoise is just about the only pet she’d be able to keep, because she could feed him insects and vegetation that wouldn’t deplete her own food resources.

There wasn’t an intentional symbolism, but I suppose Taylor is a bit like a tortoise herself, with a hard “shell” that Dylan struggles to find a way through. She closes herself off from the rest of the world to protect her vulnerable heart.


A generation has passed since the pandemic known only as the Infection ended the world as we know it. In a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, Taylor has known only a harsh and brutal struggle for survival in a land littered with the rusted-out remnants of a lost world. By day, she labors in a coal mine. In the evenings, she tends a secret collection of beehives, and uses the honey to pay for lessons in survival skills, such as hunting, fishing and collecting herbs. Her home is a single room in a crumbling old motel, and her only companion is a pet box tortoise named Go she’s had since she was a child.

When her town is destroyed by a vicious gang of raiders known as the Nine, Taylor escapes with Dylan, the son of the mayor. Their only plan is to head south and escape the Nine’s vast territory, avoiding areas contaminated by meltdowns and industrial pollution where mysterious illnesses plague the residents.

Dylan has never known hunger or hardship and struggles to learn survival skills. He’s never known a woman like Taylor either. He tries to pay her back by teaching her to read and telling her the stories passed down from the world of Before.

They certainly didn’t plan on falling in love. Taylor fights it every step of the way, because in her world, any emotional attachment is dangerous. She’s been taught since childhood that love slows you down, makes you weak. But the feelings growing between them cannot be denied.

Taylor finds herself slowly breaking every one of her hard-learned rules of survival. She discovers that perhaps some of those things she’s always fought to avoid are the very things that make life worth living.

. . . And death shall have no dominion . . .”

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Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of five other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequels, The Land of the Shadows and Shadows Have Gone, and Under These Restless Skies.


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Praise for 

The End of All Things Series

Hope, love, and the strength of the human spirit are the backbone of this surprisingly uplifting offering from Lissa Bryan. ~ CBL Book Reviews

The End of All Things is more about hope and second chances, and I very much enjoyed the tale …. highly recommended for all fans of apocalyptic fiction. It’s a well-written book with excellent pace, plot, and best, it has real soul. ~ Jade Kerrion, Goodreads

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The Marshall Plan by Olivia Folmar Ard

The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan (Bennett Book #2)

Publication Date: October 31, 2015

ISBN: 150589445X

ISBN-13: 978-1505894455

Available From: Amazon


The Marshall Plan (Bennett Book #2)

Molly Marshall is fresh out of graduate school, armed with a shiny new degree in journalism and ready to take over the world. There’s just one little problem: no one seems to care. Six months have passed since graduation and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t find a paying job in the field she’s spent years preparing to dominate. Stuck in a menial job she hates, plagued with memories of an abusive childhood, and engaged to a man she may no longer love, she’s running out of options and fast. When she stumbles across a long-kept secret, though, everything changes and she’s forced to make a choice. What will it be, her ambition or her heart? This standalone sequel to The Partition of Africa invites you to examine your thoughts on family, desire, and the nature of love itself.



Advance Praise for The Marshall Plan:

“Molly Marshall. . .is probably the most relatable character I have ever come across. For anyone who has ever doubted themselves [or] found themselves unsatisfied with the life they’re living. . .I think you’ll love Molly, too. This book is almost as good as a therapy session, without the awkward, ‘So, how does that make you feel?’ question. It’s a contemporary tale that speaks to any age or stage of life.


“The writing style is easy to digest, leaving the reader free to enjoy the story that unfolds. I have long admired the author for her presence in the writing community, and reading her work has only served to deepen that admiration. Though not my usual read, I can wholeheartedly give this the 5 stars it deserves.” –Angel Leya, Goodreads Reviewer


Author Bio:

Olivia Folmar ArdOlivia began writing creatively at eight years old. During middle and high school, she attended several writing conferences and submitted poems and short stories to various writing contests. She finished her first long work of fiction, a novella entitled Heaven’s Song, in the tenth grade. Her short story “By Its Cover” placed first in its division in the 2008 District III Alabama Penman Creative Writing Contest. She took a reprieve from writing during her years at the University of Montevallo, where she earned a degree in history in 2012. She finished and published her first novel, The Partition of Africa, in 2014.

Olivia currently lives in central Alabama with her husband, to whom she’s been wed since the age of twenty-two, and their cat, Buddy. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching quality television—The Office (US), Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, and Friends are her favorites—and cooking without recipes. Along with working full-time at her alma mater and studying English at the graduate level, she is busy working on her next literary adventure.


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Previous Books

The Partition of Africa (Bennett Book #1)

Publication Date: December 26, 2014


ISBN: 1500867470

ISBN-13: 978-1500867478


The Partition of Africa (Bennett Book #1)

The Partition of Africa tells the story of Hattie Greene, a serious-minded sophomore who always follows the rules. She earned her place at the prestigious Howard Knox College & University, and she intends to keep it. Much to the chagrin of her socialite roommate Claire, Hattie ignores the usual college activities in favor of focusing on her academic career.

Hattie’s status as a perpetual good girl comes into question when Samson Campbell, a married professor with rugged good looks, enters the picture. He’s wrong for her on every level, but she can’t stay away. They enter an affair that threatens everything Hattie holds dear, causing her to question her very identity. All actions have consequences, and this is no exception. The heart wants what it wants. . .but what if the heart is wrong?

Praise for The Partition of Africa:

“In the sea of rush-to-publish books out there, Ard appears to be a true professional and dedicated to her craft.” –Stephanie, Goodreads Reviewer

“If you are looking for a clean read that will hold your attention, look no further!” –Leah, Amazon Reviewer

“[Romance] is not my usual choice. . .I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story is good and the story-telling is even better.” –Judy Felding, Amazon Reviewer

“This author is one to watch.” –Kirsty Turner, Goodreads Reviewer

“This debut novel is well-written and relevant. I don’t read a lot of romance, and I’m usually leery of first-time novel attempts, but I was pleasantly surprised by not only the depth of the message in this story, but also the deftness with which Ms. Ard writes. It’s clear she is a natural writer with a great eye for style, and her story goes deeper than the average romantic tale.” –Alabama Reader, Amazon Reviewer

“Consequences have a way of bringing out the best and worst in people around [Hattie] and it’s fascinating to see how Ard uses this to help us examine themes of redemption and forgiveness.” –Becca, Goodreads Reviewer

“I can count on one hand the number of romance novels that I have read. . .What a pleasant surprise! This book was captivating, immediately piquing my interest. Ms. Ard has a talent for painting a vivid picture without being trite.” –Karen McMillan, Amazon Reviewer

“This book was a pleasure. . .A wonderful read that I absolutely recommend.” –S. Bullock, Amazon Reviewer

“I am not much of a reader, but when I started this book I could not put it down. It was well-written and held my attention. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!” –Amanda, Amazon Reviewer

“I hate romance novels, but I gave this a try anyway. It was a great coming of age tale. There were not any of the ‘steamy’. . . scenes used in the telling [of the story]. There was a point a few chapters in where I almost put the book down. . .I’m glad I didn’t. It is really a good story and I would recommend it to anyone. . .” –Katherine, Amazon Reviewer

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