Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Today I'm welcoming Elana Johnson (author of POSSESSION) to the blog as the next stop of her Never Surrender Blog Tour for the sequel, SURRENDER which released on June 5th, with a guest post from Jag Barque about how he'll never surrender... 
About POSSESSION: Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.
About SURRENDER: Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.
All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.
Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque…. 
Jag Barque Will Never Surrender!
A guest post by Elana Johnson

Okay, so Jag Barque here. I’m the leader of the Resistance in Elana Johnson’s POSSESSION and the newly released SURRENDER. There have been so many times in my life where I wanted to quit. I mean, you don’t take on the entire government without a few setbacks, you know?

Mostly I’ve lived my life in black and white. There’s right, and there’s wrong. There’s good, and there’s bad. There’s keep going, or give up. And usually, giving up means you’re not breathing anymore.

Sometimes never surrendering is the simple refusal to roll over and die. It’s lasting through one more day, one more trial, one more night in jail. I’ve done all of those, but the experience I want to talk about today happened in the desert.

And most of us know it’s hot in the desert. Really hot. It takes me about nine hours to cross the desert from the Badlands to the Goodgrounds, and once I left without any provisions. I had just sort of had a fight with my brother, and well, sometimes I’m not thinking all that rationally. And I was young, and hotheaded, and some people say I’m always freaking out and flying off.

This time, I guess they were right, except I left my hoverboard at home. After the first hour, I wanted to go home, but I knew the situation there would be just as toxic as the desert sand and wind and heat. If I made it to the Goodgrounds, I’d have water, and shelter, and I’d hidden some food in one of their abandoned houses.

If I made it.

Every step was agony, and every minute I kept going was a minute where I could evaluate what it is I wanted. What it was that made me so angry about what my brother had said. What it was that drove me to fight this underground war against a government that seems unbeatable.

And I learned a lot about myself on that march across the sand. I could’ve given up. Let the elements take me. Submitted my soul to the sun.

But I didn’t. I didn’t surrender, and the sight of all that water in the Goodgrounds had never looked sweeter. It’s an experience I reflect on when I feel like my enemies are crowding at every side. When there doesn’t seem to be an escape.

I remember that day of walking across the desert, and I remind myself that because I did that, I can survive whatever task lays before me now.

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Meet Elana Johnson: Elana's work including POSSESSION, REGRET, and SURRENDER is available from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold. She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query, which can be downloaded for free on her website. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog. She blogs regularly at The League of Extraordinary Writers, co-organizes WriteOnCon, and is a member of SCBWI, ANWA and LDStorymakers.

She wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

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