Friday, June 6, 2014

State of Pursuit by Summer Lane Release Day Book Blitz + Giveaway



 State of Pursuit

State of Pursuit (Collapse Series #4)
State of Pursuit

Published: June 6th, 2014
 Genres: YA, Dystopian, Sci-f
Cassidy Hart is alone.

Her Commander and the love of her life, Chris Young, has gone missing in action. A horrific battle with Omega has left too many good men and women dead, and Cassidy must bear the burden of leadership in the militia on her own.

But she's not about to give up.

With the help of her faithful friends - and former enemies - she will stop at nothing to rescue Chris and ensure victory for the militias in their fight against the all-powerful Omega forces.

The game has shifted.

This time, Cassidy is one step ahead of the enemy.

This time, Cassidy is in charge.

Supporting Characters

When I wrote State of Emergency, there were just five supporting characters surrounding Cassidy and Chris. In State of Pursuit, there are seventeen. This is the fourth installment in The Collapse Series, and I have to say: balancing a cast of characters this big – and this diverse – has been an interesting and fulfilling experience.

In book three, I got to introduce a few new characters to the cast, and I was beyond excited to be able to develop them in the fourth installment. One of those characters is Uriah True, a Lieutenant in the militia. He has a bit part in State of Rebellion, but he is quite prominent in book four. Because Chris Young has been taken captive by Omega in this installment, I could explore the development of some of the other male characters – like Uriah – with a different perspective.

Uriah True is a much darker character than Chris, and not as wise. I was also able to add some new characters to the mix, like Arlene and Robert Lockwood. Developing supporting players can be tricky when you’re writing from a first person point of view. You are, in essence, showing character growth through the eyes of the protagonist rather than telling about it from an all-knowing perspective. It can be a challenge, but as a writer, it’s the type of challenge that I really enjoy.

People ask me who my favorite character is (besides Cassidy), and I find it a little bit hard to choose just one. To be perfectly honest, I love all of the characters – even the villainous ones. But I have a soft spot for Manny, the eccentric, mysterious and loyal pilot who befriends Cassidy.


SERIES  State of Pursuit (Collapse Series #4)

In my heart, I know that if we fail, there won’t be another way. Omega will expect a second rescue attempt, and they will be waiting for us to try something. Harry Lydell would kill Chris. It would mean game over.

This is something that everyone knows, but nobody wants to say it.

There’s no reason to.

“We’ll wait until it gets dark,” I continue. “Remember, in and out. Make it quick. Improvise, adapt and overcome. I don’t want any friendly casualties. Understood?”

“Understood,” Uriah echoes.


I look around at the many faces watching me. All of them, good men and women – even the ones I don’t necessarily get along with on a personal level. They’re risking their lives for Chris – and for our cause.

“Vera,” I say. “I want you with me.”

She doesn’t reply. She simply nods, her expression a perfect poker face.

Life is short. It’s even shorter when you’re a soldier. Do the right thing, because tomorrow, you might not get the chance.

Copyright 2014

Summer Lane is the author of the national bestselling Collapse Series, which currently includes State of Emergency, State of Chaos, State of Rebellion and State of Pursuit. She owns WB Publishing, Writing Belle, and is the founder of The Art of Storytelling, a creative writing curriculum program for children. She is also a creative writing teacher and journalist.

Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her time writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, watching movies, reading, and visiting the beach.


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  1. Thank you SO much for posting today, Alicia!! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! :)

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  2. I would take my husband(he's an ex-ARMY ranger) and my dog.


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