Welcome back to the blog. Today I’m hosting Brooke Riley ( I know, I know. You all want to get back to Smallest Moments . . . I promise, that’s going to continue. lol 😉 ). If you would, pop over there and check her out (she’s super cool and has the most aesthetic boards/pictures ever).
Brooke just released her debut novel How We Rise and she would sure appreciate it (so would I… #wesupportindieauthors) if you checked it out.
When the truth gets you killed… will you still Rise?
Raegan MacArthur is content with her simple life. But lately, her life hasn’t been all that simple. She can’t drown out the screams in the night coming from the military base up the road. And she can’t ignore the truth behind them.
Peter Daniels thought moving back to Texas with his mom for senior year was a good thing. A chance to reconnect with old friends and finally feel at home again. But his life now can never be the same as it was six years ago.
Signs of government overreach are everywhere, and an unknown- yet familiar- enemy lurks in the shadows, watching their every move. The government is clamping down tighter and tighter on anyone who resists their ways. Raegan and Peter have to make the hardest decision they’ve ever faced: will they go quietly to save their lives… or will they rise?
Brooke Riley has been seriously writing novels since she was fifteen, the thrill of creating new worlds and broken humans with a greater purpose is something that inspired her to begin writing in the first place. Before then, she hated writing but loved books and literature. She’s always been drawn to new worlds and fascinating books. Not limiting herself to one genre, you will find she writes in dystopian one day, contemporary another day, and even historical the day after that.
When she’s not writing, Brooke is probably thinking of some random idea for a new novel that’s come to her in the most inconvenient of times, and how soon she can make a Pinterest board and Spotify playlist for it.
A Word From Brooke:
Hello, dear souls! This is Brooke, guest posting on Elizabeth’s blog. Can I just say I’m super excited to be here!
In case you’re wondering what’s going on, Elizabeth has invited me over to talk about my debut novel, How We Rise.
How We Rise is a dystopian novel, but not like any you’ve seen before. (Bet you’ve heard that before. It’s okay, I never believe it when people say that, either.)
The thing that makes my book different from other dystopian novels is the fact it’s set in the near future, rather than a distant future that’s hard to grasp or relate to. The world-building isn’t so complex that it takes the fun out of the science-fiction aspect, and there are contemporary vibes. I am known to not only write in every genre but to mash up all the genres, too!
Most important to me is creating raw and real characters that you can relate to. Characters that feel human, that aren’t perfect in any way, and that stumble through life as we do. I wanted to have ship worthy ships to either sail or sink, (haha, I am evil after all 😈😂) and even villains that you love to hate.
Originally, my book was supposed to not be out until July 15th. However, I made a technical error, which resulted in copies being delivered sooner. After some thought, it was decided that releasing my book sooner would be the best thing. I’ve learned so much in this process, and one thing that sticks out is sometimes plans have to change.
Besides that, with everyone at home still, I know it may be fun to pick up a book. I know I’ve been tempted to buy books at random.
This novel has been a long time coming, and I’m so excited for everyone to have a chance to read it.
Thank you, Elizabeth, for having me on your blog today!
And to all of Elizabeth’s readers,
No problem, Brooke. 🙂 Thanks for joining us! I hope your book touches hundreds of lives.
Until Next Week Fabulous Adventurers,