Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Broken City Series by D.D Chant- Reviews and Interview with GIVEAWAY!!

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TITLE – Broken City  

SERIES – Broken City  

AUTHOR – D.D. Chant  

GENRE – Post Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Romance  

PUBLICATION DATE – 2011  

LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 97,187  

PUBLISHER – Self Published  

COVER ARTIST – Laura Tunstall

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Deeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to, but Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in.

Tom is in the guard, this group are the only people that the tribal elders allow to leave the compound and Tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her Sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems.....

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TITLE – Broken Truce 

SERIES – Broken City  

AUTHOR – D.D. Chant  

GENRE – Post Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Romance 

PUBLICATION DATE – 2014  

LENGTH (Pages/#Words) – 94,403  

PUBLISHER – Self Published 

COVER ARTIST – Kate Lacey

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Life isn’t turning out the way Deeta thought it would. With the Lewises defeated and peace between the tribes, she’d believed that the dark times were in the past.

However, troubles between the tribe continue and the Andak council has selected Tom as ambassador and chief spokesmen to the other tribes.

Deeta knows that there is still much resentment against the Andak, that Tom is in danger every time he leaves the safety of Andak city.

Struggling with her own her own complicated feelings against the tribe that she is now a part of, Deeta tries to ignore the changing attitudes growing within her.

Then Tom is betrayed and with the whole City thrown in to great danger, Deeta finds that reality can’t be ignored forever…

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Hi everyone! My name is Dee Dee, I’m twenty six and I live in a beautiful part of Devon, England with my family. I have a younger sister, Amy who is a brilliant guitar player, some chickens, duck, geese, pheasants, a cat (that adopted us when we moved in!!!) and some Koi.

Broken City is actually my second novel. My first, as my Aunt so delicately put it, was crazy. In my defense I was only sixteen when I wrote it. On the plus side I learnt a lot (or so I hope) and two years later ‘Broken City’ was finished. Due to the support I have received from readers I have just finished the next book in the Broken City series, Broken Truce!

I have another book, ‘The Promise’, which is set in Saxon England is the beginning of a series. I’ve just begun to edit the next book and I’m really looking forward to releasing it. My third series is called The Chronicles of Discord. The first book, 'Fracture', is set in the distant future and tells the story of Astra, a young woman with a very big secret.

I have just finished the second book in the series and it’s currently awaiting editing. I really hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.

I love reading and have a kindle: I read almost anything with adventure and romance in it! I also like to cook and wear impractical high heels!!! And as you might have noticed I have a horrible addiction to exclamation marks!!!

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name’s DeeDee and I live in Devon with my family. As well as writing I’m one half of a band called Gentian with my baby sister, Jingle. My sister is the driving force behind our music, due to her hard work we’ve been played on radio stations all over the U.K.!

What do you do when you are not writing?
I love reading and when I’m not writing I’m glued to my kindle. I don’t really have a favourite genre; I like anything with romance, adventure and a little bit of mystery. 

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book!
I’ve always scribbled, but I was 14 when I attempted my first full length novel. I’d love to be able to tell you that it was awesome, but I’m afraid it was pretty bad! I like to think it taught me a lot and failure didn’t stop me writing. I started my second attempt, Broken City, at 18.

Do you ever experience writer's block?
I do, thankfully it’s never lasted very long, a week at most. Normally if I relax and don’t rush it, the ideas come scuttling out of the corners of my brain where they’ve all gone to hide!!!

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In Broken City I think I would have to choose the part where Tom is shot and Deeta finally realizes how he feels for her. Up until that point she has only really seen him as a friend, or worse; as a big brother figure. She’s been so close to him for so long that she’s never seen how important he is to her. I like it because they both realize that the truth is out, but awkwardly try to ignore it because it’s not the right time. Deeta doesn’t know what to do with the knowledge that Tom loves her and Tom doesn’t want to destroy everything by pushing her to love him back in a romantic way.

In Broken Truce I have to choose the scene where Deeta and Jan climb the rope ladder to the tree house. It comes after a few very traumatic scenes where I put everyone through some pretty horrid situations. It was nice to write something lighter and give Deeta and Jan a bit of a rest from all the heartache. I also like it because it shows how strong the girls are: they’ve been put in a terrible situation, having to rely solely on each other in an environment that neither had experienced before, but they’re holding it together. Deeta and Jan’s relationship is very strong and at times it’s the only thing keeping them going: there’s something very beautiful about the relationship between siblings and Deeta and Jan really show that in this book.

How did you come up with the title?
It was on a short list with two others:
‘The Other Brother’ and ‘The Lost Boy’. Broken City just seemed to encapsulate the whole story and (at the time, it was before the film) it was unique and mysterious.

 What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I’ve been very fortunate; people have been very nice about my books. At first I had a lot of comments to the effect that my manuscript needed a good proofread, which I found particularly upsetting because I had Broken City professionally proofread before publishing and it cost me a LOT of money. I found out afterward that they had not done a very good job. Since then I’ve had to have it done again, I want to present the best copy I can to my readers.

The biggest compliment I’ve ever been paid is that my books should be assigned reading in schools!!!

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you so much for taking a chance on an indie and for reading my books!!! Without you, I wouldn’t be here and having so much fun!

Chocolate or Vanilla? 
Chocolate!

Day or Night?
Day

Rain or Snow?
Snow

Mac or PC?
PC

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee!

Dogs or Cats?
Dogs

Morning Person or Night Owl?
Night Owl

*I was given this ebook for free for an honest review

I absolutely LOVED this book!
Book 2 picks up with Deeta and Tom being married now and they leave the tribe falsely believing that they are safe.  Deeta soon learns that she is really in danger, and is looking at things she was never exposed to before.
Broken Truce moves mostly at a fast pace and I found myself not able to really put it down.  There were a couple of places that were a little more laid back but this did NOT last long!
Without giving too much away, I will say there just simply HAS to be a book 3 as we are left with a serious cliffhanger!
Due to some violent scenes I suggest this book for an older more mature audience.
D.D. Chant has given us another fantastic read and I highly recommend it as your next read!!!
Dowie



2 comments:

My Familys Heart Book Reviews said...

Thank you very much for an amazing review, the fun interview and this or that (I love those) thanks for being part of the tour - Tonya

D.D. Chant said...

Thank you so much for your lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the books, I really appreciate you taking part in the tour and having me on your blog.

D.D. Chant. :-D

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