#BookTour and #Giveaway: The Dolan Prophecies Series, by Allana Kephart and Melissa Simmons @ MelandLanaWrite

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

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?

Please tell us about yourself using 3 verbs, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction

Allana- loving on my dogs, plotting fictitious murders, writing. I pretend I’m talking to a live audience when I cook, and as for a cult addiction… That would be a tie between Hannibal and The Walking Dead… I spend most of my time reading/watching/etc. in those fandoms.

Melissa- reading, writing/plotting, baking I watch my favorite movies over and over until I can recite them in full.. and I’m hopelessly addicted to Arrow and I really don’t see how it’s a bad thing.

Top 3 Pet Peeves

Allana- Rude/disrespectful people…when things are not in alphabetical/numeric/color-coded/etc. order….narrow minded peasants…

Melissa- liars/users/cheaters, people who interrupt you endlessly when you’re talking and people who never look up from their cell phones

What are your thoughts on book covers- in your opinion do they make or break a book?

Allana- Cover “beauty” is a matter of opinion–what I like might not be something you do, and vice versa. A story and its author makes or breaks a book. I don’t care how pretty the cover is, if the story is lacking or the author is nasty, they’re not going to go very far…

Melissa- Hmm..I’m sick of looking at naked people…not what you were looking for? Ok, then. Well, I do think that unfortunately far too many people buy based completely on the cover and don’t bother even reading the blurb. So yes, in some cases the cover does make or break a book. I, however, buy based completely on the blurb. I don’t care about the cover.

How do you come up with character names?  How do you come up with novel titles?

Allana- *points down* What the smart one said.

Melissa- The characters eventually spill the beans about who they are, as for titles normally Lana and I brainstorm and research together until something clicks into place.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Allana- Make friends in the community–honest ones, who can help you learn and grow and won’t do you wrong. Don’t let anyone tell you no, that you can’t–they’re full of crap. Believe in yourself and your writing–and if that’s too hard, fake it until you truly do. And most importantly…stop putting it off. Plant your butt down and write.

Melissa- Keep on reading. Believe in yourself. Learn how to function without sleep. Find a happy place where you can write uninterrupted and hide it from the world. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t succeed.

The Dolan Prophecies Series #1.5 (Novella)
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Publication Date- August 22nd, 2014
Genre- New Adult Dystopian/ Dark Faery Tales
Patrick and Maeve Dolan left the safety of their New York human settlement on a sultry summer night and never returned. Ambushed by the Winter Court guards during their search for information on how to free humanity from faery rule, they are now ensnared in the Winter King Landric’s web, and he has some questions of his own.
The Winter King is curious about the way the Dolans run their city. In a surprising turn of events, he’s determined to learn all about their 16-year-old son, Eirnin. Landric separates the couple, threatens and tortures to the best of his ability, but the Dolans won’t give up the information he’s after.
Murphy, one of King Landric’s guards has been a ward of the Winter Court for as long as he can remember. Trained from childhood to be as quiet and obedient as possible, he’s always been the perfect servant. At least, until Princess Lumi strolled into his life and made him question everything he believes in.
When the princess vanishes without a trace in the middle of the night, Landric is determined Patrick’s people had something to do with it. Without the only connection to kindness and humanity they had, Murphy and Patrick both find themselves falling into very different kinds of insanity.
Will Murphy follow his heart just this once, choose his own side and find Lumi? Will Patrick’s hope dwindle before he can escape and save his family? Or will their unyielding resistance be the death of them all?
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.
The Dolan Prophecies Series Blog- http://dolanpropheciesseries.blogspot.com/

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