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I am so happy to welcome Limitless Publishing author Renee N. Meland today. She is here to share her Science-Fiction (sci-fi) dystopian series, The Extraction List.

If you’re a fan of Unwind by Neal Shusterman, you will enjoy Renee N. Meland’s page-turning tale of survival in a world where obeying the law is no longer an option.

The Extraction List, Book 1 (In development for film by 5×5 Media!)

An unforgettable, fast-paced science fiction adventure where a mother and daughter must rely on a gifted killer for survival…

In an America where parenting is regulated by the federal government, fifteen-year-old Riley Crane assumed she would never be taken from her home, and with good reason: her mother Claire had designed the criteria that parents must live by in order to keep their children.

But a simple knock at the door one evening proves her wrong.

Now on the run, Riley and Claire must rely on Cain Foley, a gifted killer who is as handsome as he is dangerous, to get them out of America alive. But when they discover what’s really happening beneath the government’s surface, they realize that escaping the country is only part of their problem. Together, they figure out that a killer can save a life, and a mother can damn a nation. 

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Burning Doors, Book 2

The suspenseful science fiction adventure continues as we now follow Cain Foley back to the beginning, where the extraction list started…

Fifteen-year-old Cain Foley just faced a fatal choice…

Fight back against his abusive father, or die on the basement floor.

He chose life. 

Now a fugitive in an America that is stricken with poverty and violence, he finds himself being hunted by a police officer with his own special brand of torture. Before he can save even a handful of the children who have been swept up in the gang life, he must first cover up not one, but two murders. His father’s and one committed by a teenage madam who is either the love of his life or his final undoing. 

As he feels himself being pushed closer and closer to the edge, Cain realizes surviving his father was just the beginning.


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Leave Me Lost, Book 3 

Riley thought she could live a normal life after The Extraction List, but now in this third book in the fast-paced sci-fi adventure series, she must reconnect with Burning Doors’ hero, Cain, to save the people they love most from certain destruction.

Four years after escaping America, Riley Crane discovers the compound she calls home is facing a looming danger, and she’s in desperate need of a solution. The last person she expects to have the answer is the guy who has been the one piece missing from her life—Cain Foley.

With a broken heart and a switchblade knife, Riley follows Cain to Italy in order to rescue a missing child. If they find him, the child’s parents will give them enough cash to move everyone they love to a safe location where they can build a new life for the second time. But with their goal almost in sight, they discover their mission wasn’t what they thought, and much more than they expected hangs in the balance.

The question they must ask has no simple answer.

They want to save the people they love…

But are they willing to sell their souls to do it?


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About Renee:

Renee N. Meland is an avid writer and reader of speculative fiction. She and her husband reside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When she is not writing or being a devoted doggy-mom, she is gardening or learning a new recipe.

She is currently working on the rest of the books in The Extraction List Series. Other upcoming projects involve reincarnation, and a house filled with people who all have something to hide.

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Website: https://www.reneenmeland.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Reneenmeland

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The Extraction List Series by Renee N. Meland is proudly published by Limitless Publishing, LLC. http://www.limitlesspublishing.com/




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Today fantasy author Zen Di Petro is visiting, and talking about her new book, “Seeking Sorrow: Guardians of Terath, Book I “.  Zen, welcome.



Hello. I am glad to be here. I’d love to share the premise behind my book:

A logical ninja-like judge called a justice and a mercurial wizard-like guy who uses a natural resource called mana. An empathic psychologist called a reader and a painfully polite young hired blade. Add in a master archer with a quirky sense of humor. These five people are thrown together to quietly get to the bottom of a mysterious mana event that must stay quiet. If the population of Terath becomes aware of the truth, it will spark a civil war. That war would pit the majority of the population against the powerful minority with the ability to harness and manipulate mana. The resulting cataclysm would decimate the population and tear apart the foundation of society.
The five people chosen for this must reconsider everything they thought they knew about mana, even as they learn to trust one another’s abilities. They must embrace everything they never wanted to prevent the devastation of their world. One of them will be forever changed.
Even success comes at a price.
Wow, that is some incredible storytelling. Now, let’s get to know one of the five main characters a little better. Can you pick one and tell us about her– or him?
Her name’s Izzy Gin. She’s a reader, which is a profession that involves psychology, sociology, and criminology. She’s highly educated and very sought after as a counselor, profiler, and a working associate who pairs with a justice to adjudicate legal matters. She’s particularly skilled because she has the rare ability to sense emotions in others. She’s irreverent, smart, and likes to rile people up. She’s also wise, loyal, and nurturing. She particularly enjoys needling the young blade, who falls prey to her humor on a regular basis. She sees into people, and it gives her a knowledge of people and events that others don’t have, and sometimes wouldn’t want to have.

She’s attractive but not beautiful. Her mouth is too wide and she wears her hair in a chin-length bob of light blue hair. She’s very secure in herself, which makes her very confident, and people gravitate to her because of that. She’s one of those people that becomes more attractive than her looks once you know her.

She sounds pretty incredible. Can you share more about her or the other people chosen for this task?

Actually, I interviewed Izzy Gin a short while ago. I have that interview with me today. Would you like me share it?

“Yes, absolutely, Zen, if you would. Take it away…

Today we’re interviewing Izzy Gin, who currently appears in the upcoming release Guardians of Terath: Seeking Sorrow (Book 1). As an empathic reader, she has a unique insight into her colleagues. Let’s see if we can pick her brain and bit and get some behind-the-scenes dirt.

Question: What’s it like to be empthatic?

Izzy Gin: That’s hard for me to answer, since I’ve always been. What’s it like not to be empathic? (Laugh) Really, it’s just a part of being me. I’ll admit that it can be overwhelming at times, just like any of our senses can be overwhelming. Large groups of people can be hard for me because there are so many colliding feelings coming at me. On the other hand, it can be fun because I have a sense of things that no one else does. Most importantly, my empathy allows me to help other people. I have advanced degrees in sociology, psychology, and criminology. That means I’m able to counsel people in crisis and also help law enforcement to ensure truth and fairness.

Question: Speaking of that, what’s it like to work with a justice?

Izzy Gin: I always feel good about helping a justice determine the truth of a matter. Justices sacrifice a great deal so that they can keep Terath peaceful and just. Being a part of that is always satisfying, even when it means being privy to details I’d rather not know.

Question: In Seeking Sorrow, one of your colleagues is a justice. What can you tell us about him?

Izzy Gin: Well, I can tell you that there’s no shiv more dedicated, logical, or deadly. I can also tell you he’s very private, which is why he opts for the full shoka version of the shiv uniform. You know, hood and gloves, with only the eyes showing. The rest of our group doesn’t even find out his name until…oh. Well, you almost got me there. (Laugh) I’d better not give anything away.

Question: Tell us about Arc, then. He seems like an open book.

Izzy Gin: Oh, he is. Easygoing, compassionate, completely social. Arc is everyone’s best friend. Though he does have an odd habit of making up goofy jokes.

Question: Bad jokes?

Izzy Gin: Not necessarily. Not always good ones, though. And sometimes, poorly timed enough to get him into some trouble. (Laugh)

Question: How about Will? Seems like there’s some chemistry between you and him.

Izzy Gin: Will’s a lot of fun. He’s too serious for someone so young. It makes it easy to tease him. And very rewarding to do so. Maybe I shouldn’t tease him so much, but it’s just too fun to resist.

Question: So you’re saying you’re not . . . interested in him?

Izzy Gin: I’m interested in all my friends. And Will is a very strong, honest, and brave guy.

Question: Aha. So you’re not going to tell us if—

Izzy Gin: Of course not.

Question: Okay, then how about Luc? He’s a very quixotic fellow. Take this section, for example:

“How is it you know my aunt, Luc?” Arc asked. “I’ve been wondering about it since the day we met.”

The manahi pursed his lips thoughtfully. “For any specifics, you’ll have to ask her. Ina and I go way back, and that’s all I’m going to say. Though I believe we’ll be going way forward, too.” He tapped the rim of his cup before taking a sip. “And possibly sideways.”


Izzy Gin: That was a great moment! I love it when Luc decides to be funny. Too often he’s uptight and brooding. When he lets loose a bit, he’s terribly charming.

Question: Do you think his mercurial behavior is due to his being a manahi? Surely having an ability that would look like magic to anyone who isn’t from Terath must be a life-altering thing.

Izzy Gin: That’s a great point, actually. I have found that manahi do tend to be multi-faceted people. Part of it is probably that they are such a minority. Then there’s the fact that our planet’s entire makeup is structured around the mana that only they can harness or manipulate. That certainly does things to a person’s head.

Question: Psychologically, or do you think mana use actually affects a person’s brain?

Izzy Gin: Definitely first. Very possibly the second, as well.

Question: It looks like we’re about out of time. I don’t suppose you could give us a hint about how the book ends?

Izzy Gin: Hm. The thing about hints is that they can mislead far more than they can inform. So I’ll tell you this: Nothing is what you think it is.

Question: But if you’re trying to mislead me, wouldn’t that mean it’s exactly what I think it is?

Izzy Gin: It would, but nothing’s ever exactly what we think it is, is it?

Question: I’m getting confused.

Izzy Gin: (Laughs) Perfect. That’s exactly the right place to start. When the answers come, they’ll be all the more satisfying.

Question: I guess you’re right. Well, Izzy Gin, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today.

Izzy Gin: Thank you. I’m sure we’ll be talking again soon. Book Two in the Guardians of Terath Series, named Facing Fortune, is already in post-production.


Izzy Gin sounds like a gal you don’t mess with. The type you want as a friend. Now, since you have inticed us with your book, what can you share about yourself?

 I am a lifelong bookworm, a fantasy/sci-fi writer, a dancer, and a mom of two. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. Particular loves include badass heroines, British accents, baba ganoush, and the smell of Band-Aids.

I write reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at http://www.womenofbadassery.com/ and I am very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Well, I am not red haired, but I do lean toward the left handed side myself. Zen, I am glad you stopped in today to share ‘Seeking Sorrow’. Do you have social media links to add before you go?

I absolutely love to hear from readers! I can easily, and frequently, found at:

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZenDiPietroauthor

Follow me on Twitter: @ZenDiPietro
My website Women of Badassery is at http://www.womenofbadassery.com/
I’d like to add “Seeking Sorrow” is available for Pre-order starting March 14th, and releasing with Soul Mate Publishing on March 25th. Below is the buy link–
Zen, I am glad you stopped in. Thank you for sharing your story with us and I wish you great sales.





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