99c Promo—Rebel & Regina Shen series

Due to my absence much of this year on account of my brother having a stroke and needing my help, I’ve put together a year-end promotion on the first books of both the Rebel and Regina Shen series.

The Rebel Within (first book in Rebel series) is on sale for only 99 cents through December 18 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple Itunes.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C0WEZ48

Also, if you use Bookbub.com, The Rebel Within will be a Featured Deal on December 6.

We also plan for Regina Shen: Resilience (first book in Regina Shen series) to be on sale for only 99 cents December 13-18 on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VDIZ72O

Check out the other books in the series and short stories on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA

Happy holidays,

Lance

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Celebrating New Release with Promotional Pricing

To celebrate today’s release of The Rebel Trap, and to encourage reviews, we are offering to give away 2 signed copies of The Rebel Trap through Goodreads. This giveaway ends October 5th.

In addition, we are offering promotional ebook prices from October 6-17, 2014 for the entire Rebel series on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA.

Kirkus Reviews called The Rebel Trap “inventive dystopian sci-fi drama” and a “well-thought-out science fiction world” Voices in sixteen-year-old Annabelle Scott’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet. Despite being a military recruit, she rebels against her female-dominated régime by not only refusing to kill Morgan, a handsome boy she’s attracted to, but also helping him escape. Auditory implants and contact cameras allow her commander to watch her 24-7. Morgan hacks the implants to ask for help. Annabelle wants to help him yet needs to find the link between an attempted assassination of her adoptive mom, a corrupt police captain, and the geek institute that holds Morgan’s brother without destroying her family or getting killed.

Until October 5, 2014, enter the book giveaway for The Rebel Trap on Goodreads at

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/108485-the-rebel-trap, and then add to your shelves at

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22873354-the-rebel-trap

October 6-17, go to Amazon for promotional ebook pricing at

http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA

Thanks and hope you enjoy,

Lance Erlick

Rebels Divided—Great Review

“This is not a novel to be missed!” “shows the strength and willpower of young individuals, which is something I find quite lacking in today’s time.” “I loved Geo’s character; he has a heart to match Annabelle” “I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a third book!” 

These are excerpts from a great review posted on Girl of 1000 Wonders. Check it out.

The Teen Rebel

(by Lance Erlick)

History is full of youthful rebels who took up causes when faced with uncertain futures in the world they were about to enter.

In 1832, after the death of a popular leader, Parisian students rebelled against what they saw as repressive conditions in France and the establishment of the monarchy of Louis-Philippe. In the 1960s American students rebelled in reaction to racial practices and the Vietnam War. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 altered government policy with regards to race, but society in general was slow to change, giving hope to some and uncertainty to others. In the case of Vietnam, as the war dragged on, it became increasingly unpopular because the government couldn’t justify the cost in American lives.

Teen rebellion is often a reaction to uncertainty about their futures. In the case of the 1832 Paris revolt, it came from the loss of a popular leader and anxiety over what they could expect from the new monarchist government. In the case of the 1960s, there was radical change coming in racial policies as a result of the Civil Rights act, the riots of the 1960s, and an opening up of interracial communication as a result of the number of African-Americans who served in Vietnam.

On top of this was the gray cloud of the military draft. A young man could be drafted at any time with limited notice, making it difficult to plan his life. There were student deferments, but that only delayed the draft until the young man gradated and wanted to start a job. Then he had the prospect of military service in an unpopular war.
President Nixon quieted much of the dissent against the war when he changed the draft to be predictable with his annual draft lottery. After each lottery, most young men were confident they would not be drafted while others knew for sure they would be. This removed the doubt as to their future and many young men who were relieved of the draft moved on with their lives.

It is interesting to note that during the longest wars in U.S. history (Afghanistan/Iraq) there was none of the protests from the 1960s. This is likely due to the all-volunteer military in which those who chose not to serve didn’t have to. There was none of the uncertainty from the 1960s since they were not personally affected.

Teen rebellion has also been a reaction against the traditions and practices of a previous generation that for the young have outlived whatever purpose may have been intended. Thus, today we wrestle with issues of gender and sexual orientation that young people are more accepting of than their predecessors. Tradition has held that polygamy and homosexuality are wrong because they threaten family values and yet both existed for thousands of years during which families thrived.

What is interesting is that while we have always had the rebel as a thorn in the side of our traditions, the majority of people throughout history just wanted to be left alone. It was so during the French Revolution despite the terrible conditions under King Louis XVI and during the American Revolution. We tend to forget that the Second Continental Congress in 1775-76 was convened to address grievances with England and in the process they declared American independence. The Constitutional Convention was convened in 1787 to modify the decentralized Articles of Confederation and instead developed a new federal Constitution.

For my novel The Rebel Within, Annabelle’s rebelliousness is in reaction to losing her parents to a government crackdown, and against her government’s policy of oppressing males. Her society challenges the traditional male-dominated world around us. I intended this reversal to let people experience things from a slightly different perspective and I believe I’ve done this without being heavy-handed about it.
The world Annabelle lives in has become a strict, conformist one in order to enforce an injustice—the expulsion and abuse of boys. In order to maintain the New Harmony, the government and social structure demonizes males and forces young girls into military service, much like the American draft in the 1960s.

Annabelle rebels because she feels out of step with her society. She has a gut level remembrance of being torn from her birth mother by government forces. Overcompensating, her adoptive mom, whom she loves, confides too much about her son, Geo, who had to flee to the Outland with his dad. That creates a hunger in Annabelle to meet this boy and boys in general, and to experience something different than her society allows.

For my novel Rebels Divided, Annabelle’s rebelliousness continues with the added pressure of an unacceptable forced marriage. This novel introduces Geo, who rebels against a different society as a neighbor to Annabelle’s. Geo lives in a world that promotes rugged individualism and yet his entire society is controlled by a powerful and ruthless thane. His pa strives to keep Geo out of the thane’s Rangers. Geo rebels against his pa in order to become a man, and then against the Thane for attacking his family.

Review Loves The Rebel Within

(by Amanda from TheEclecticBookworm)
I truly loved the main character. She is strong, intelligent. She has a heart. She knows that her society isn’t the utopia it is portrayed to be. She has an unquenched thirst for justice and determination to match.
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FREE ebook June 19-20 (2013) The Rebel Within

Just a reminder that I’ll be offering The Rebel Within as a free Kindle ebook on June 19-20 (2013) at Amazon, so download and enjoy. Pass this along to your friends in case they are interested.

Kirkus Reviews referred to The Rebel Within as “A stimulating, worthwhile story of a dystopian future.” They went on to say, “The novel has plenty of action and suspense, made all the more thrilling due to the investment readers have in the characters.” and, “Annabelle is believably stubborn, yet also vulnerable and likable.”

After the Second American Civil War, the Federal Union pursues a world without men by rounding up the remaining males.

Annabelle is a tomboy who lost her parents at age three. Despite her rebellious acts against a conformist society, the state pushes her to become a cop intern at age 16 to catch escaped boys. Then she’s forced to choose between joining the elite military unit that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom. Meanwhile, she meets a handsome boy who escaped prison, and helps him get away.

While facing a cop intern boss who hates her, a military commander who demands too much, and an amazon bully who won’t leave her alone, Annabelle struggles with conscience. Will she risk everything by hunting for her imprisoned birth mother and helping escaped boys avoid the federal roundup? Can she stand up to the amazon? Will she survive the rigorous military qualifying program so she won’t be sent away, while remaining true to herself and protecting her family?

Will she cross paths with that handsome boy again?

Go to Amazon to get your download.

FREE ebook June 16, 19 & 20 (2013) The Rebel Within

I will be offering The Rebel Within as a free Kindle ebook on June 16, 19 and 20 (2013) at Amazon, so download and enjoy. Pass this along to your friends in case they are interested.

Kirkus Reviews referred to The Rebel Within as “A stimulating, worthwhile story of a dystopian future.” They went on to say, “The novel has plenty of action and suspense, made all the more thrilling due to the investment readers have in the characters.” and, “Annabelle is believably stubborn, yet also vulnerable and likable.”

After the Second American Civil War, the Federal Union pursues a world without men by rounding up the remaining males.

Annabelle is a tomboy who lost her parents at age three. Despite her rebellious acts against a conformist society, the state pushes her to become a cop intern at age 16 to catch escaped boys. Then she’s forced to choose between joining the elite military unit that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom. Meanwhile, she meets a handsome boy who escaped prison, and helps him get away.

While facing a cop intern boss who hates her, a military commander who demands too much, and an amazon bully who won’t leave her alone, Annabelle struggles with conscience. Will she risk everything by hunting for her imprisoned birth mother and helping escaped boys avoid the federal roundup? Can she stand up to the amazon? Will she survive the rigorous military qualifying program so she won’t be sent away, while remaining true to herself and protecting her family?
Will she cross paths with that handsome boy again?

Go to http://amzn.to/162EvjG to get your download.

Just Released Rebels Divided

Rebels Divided has just been released on Kindle. It follows three years after The Rebel Within.

After Second American Civil War, a nation divided. A young man and woman from enemy camps must come together to rescue her sister and gain justice for his pa’s murder. Complicating this, the Federal governor and Outland warlord conclude a secret deal, pledging her in marriage to the warlord. At the same time, can the pair trust growing feelings for each other despite being sworn enemies?

Kirkus Reviews The Rebel Within

A stimulating, worthwhile story of a dystopian future.

Readers will easily engage with this well-written tale. Annabelle is believably stubborn, yet also vulnerable and likable. Erlick also paints other characters vividly; for example, Dara, a mech and Annabelle’s nemesis, is so nasty that readers may find their skin crawling whenever she enters a scene. The novel has plenty of action and suspense, made all the more thrilling due to the investment readers have in the characters. The novel’s psychological elements keep things interesting, as well; the fact that Annabelle must join the force that killed her father, and try to remain an individual in a society that praises sameness, certainly has an effect on her. Readers will likely think about this society long after finishing the book.