Unforgettable Release - early reviews!

 

Unforgettable Release!

Unforgettable, the next installment in the Talented Saga, is now available! 

 

When Talia and Erik leave Washington after UNITED's attack on TOXIC, they have no idea that the war has just begun.  The Talented are about to lose their citizenry, their status, their entire lives.

With the Creation drug wreaking havoc on Erik, the couple relocates to Eden - an island community of Talented refugees from around the globe. Though it's supposed to be paradise for the residents, where they can live without fear or containment, Eden turns out to be anything but.

Before the duo strikes out to save their brethren, they must first help an old ally who's proven to be an enemy in the past. But what consequences will they face for doing so? And what will happen when a ghost materializes with an ulterior agenda?

New alliances will form. Truths will be revealed. And the lives of all of the Talented will be forever changed.

It's go time.  

*Unforgettable is a novel between novels- the time between Created and Inescapable from the voice that you know and love: Talia's* 

See what early reviews are saying:

"... an action packed story that will rock your senses, this book definitely lives up to it's name, Unforgettable!"     - Rachael

"This book didn't disappoint either. It is full of suspense and leaves you on the edge of your seat until the end... I'm sure my jaw is still hanging wide open with disbelief!!     - Cello Mom

"Enemies become tolerable and people appear that shouldn't. If you think trust is coming to easy, it probably is and shouldn't be trusted. This book has many spins too it and a whole ton of developments. Sometimes pushing too far is just that, too far. Other times it seems like a setup."    
- Random Musesomy


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Unforgettable Release and Giveaway!

 

 

The newest book in Sophie Davis's Bestselling Talented Saga is now available! Unforgettable (Talented Saga #4.5) Details on the #UnforgettableGiveaway, with over $1200 worth of prizes (including the tickets to BEA & BookCon) are beneath the book info.

If you haven't checked out the Talented Saga yet, you can download the first book for FREE for the limited time! (click here for store links, or click here to see the series on Goodreads- 5,290 ratings, 4.2* average). 

Title: Unforgettable (Talented Saga #4.5)

Author:  Sophie Davis

Release date:  March 3rd, 2015

Number of Pages: 340

Genre:  Young Adult Dystopian / Paranormal Romance

Formats:  eBook (for all ereaders) & Paperback

Price: $2.99 (this is a special price for the release, and will increase on 3/16/2015)

 

Blurb:

When Talia and Erik leave Washington after UNITED's attack on TOXIC, they have no idea that the war has just begun.  The Talented are going to lose their citizenry, their status, their entire lives.

With the Creation drug wreaking havoc on Erik, the couple relocates to Eden - an island community of Talented refugees from around the globe. Though it's supposed to be paradise for the residents, where they can live without fear or containment, Eden turns out to be anything but.

Before the duo strikes out to save their brethren, they must first help an old ally who's proven to be an enemy in the past. But what consequences will they face for doing so? And what will happen when a ghost from their past materializes with an ulterior agenda?

New alliances will form. Truths will be revealed. And the lives of all of the Talented will be forever changed.

It's go time.

 

*Unforgettable is a novel between novels- the time between Created and Inescapable from the voice that you know and love: Talia's*

About the Author:

"Sophie Davis" is the pseudonym for two best friends, roommates, and now writing partners. The pair met at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law in 2005 and instantly bonded over their love of great books and bad horror movies. After they graduated, when one longed for the ability to read minds so she wouldn't have to study for the bar exam, a Saga was born. When the Talented Saga went on to be an internationally bestselling series, the girls decided to throw caution to the wind and follow their shared life-long dream of being writers.

The duo currently lives in Washington, D.C. with a poodle and a rescued mutt. The pups are their faithful companions—with frequent social media appearances—as the girls navigate the world of Indie Publishing.  Unforgettable is their ninth novel.

For more information, visit www.SophieDavisBooks.com

#UnforgettableGiveaway:

To celebrate the book release, Sophie Davis is giving away a truly Unforgettable prize: Two VIP passes to join Sophie at BEA 2015 AND BookCon 2015. For those who can't make this event (May 27-31st in NYC), Sophie is also offering $100 in Amazon giftcards and signed paperbacks as prizes. (If you're not familiar with the events, there's a run down beneath the Rafflecopter.)

Entry starts with purchasing Unforgettable for the special release price of only $2.99, and then there are a myriad of other options, from tweeting about the giveaway to adding Sophie on social media. You can also visit www.SophieDavisBooks.com to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

BEA is *the* premiere event for the book industry, with all of the publishers there with their authors, where they give away free copies (and the authors appear to sign them) of books that have not yet come out with. BEA is not open to the general public or readers, as it is an industry professional event, so the winner will be coming as a guest of Sophie. For those who *can* purchase tickets, the cost is almost $1,000 for BEA alone. For more info go to: www.BookExpoAmerica.com

BookCon is a new event that was held for the first time last year, as a way for readers to get a taste of the BEA experience. Not all of the same exhibitors and publishers participate in this part of it, but the big houses *will* be there (and Sophie, of course!) handing out some of their upcoming releases with a smaller group of authors making appearances and signing books. These passes are worth over $200. For more information: www.TheBookCon.com

 

Now you can follow us on Blog Lovin!

 

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

If you're like me and perpetually forget to check out the blogs you love on the individual websites (let's be honest, I forget to post, too!), you might be using the BlogLovin app to follow them.  And now you can follow our blog on there, too!

 

Since I'm new to this whole blog thing still (what's an RSS feed??), definitely let me know in the comments if there's another blog network/app that I should join and add our posts to. Anything we can do to facilitate getting our news and info to you guys, we're on board with.

 

Oh what a difference nine weeks makes...

 

Wow, 2015 has already been so crazy, and so much has changed in our plans for the books, that I wanted to update everyone!

 

So we started off the year with releasing Platinum Prey.  With a formatting issue that wasn't immediately resolved because we were visiting my family for the holidays, Platinum Prey didn't come out until Jan. 1, five days late.  The upswing of this?  We get to count it as a 2015 release!

 

As soon as we got back from our holiday, it was full steam ahead on Inescapable!  Because I know for a fact that not all readers picked up Exiled, because it wasn't from Talia's POV, when I started writing Inescapable, I felt like I needed to recap what happened. For those who did read it, everything was completely different on Talia's end of things, and the struggles that both Erik and Penny are going through because of the Created drug needed to be discussed, since they do play a pivotal part in what is to come.  Of course, I ended up writing about 40,000 words (almost 200 pages!) to cover everything as succinctly as possible before I could even get in to the meat of Inescapable's story. 

 

And then I freaked out a little. I mean, that was half the book, almost. If I continued on with everything that I have planned for Inescapable, it would be a 600 page book, minimum. And what if people who read Exiled hated this, because they already know what happens, and don't really care to get Talia and Erik's POV on it all? What if everyone just wanted us to jump in to the action?  On the other hand, what if I scrapped it, and then lots of people were confused, because they didn't understand what had been happening from Talia's POV, and what was going on with Erik?

 

So we discussed this for hours, over the span of days, and finally decided that there was only one thing to do: Write all of that and release it, but not as Inescapable. That was the birth of Unforgettable. It's called number 4.5 for two reasons: Because we didn't want to confuse everyone, since we've announcing book 5 is Inescapable, but also to make it a little side detour, if those who've read Exiled don't feel the need to take the jaunt.  Obviously reading this will make things in Inescapable much clearer, and ensure that everyone is caught up on Talia's world and all of her new struggles, but it's also not *necessary*.

 

I will say this- it breaks my heart a little to go this way, just because I was thrilled to *finally* be getting Inescapable out, but I also didn't want to put out something that either confused people who didn't read Exiled, or felt redundant to those who had.  Originally, Unforgettable was just going to be a short novel that came out on Valentine's Day (there's a lot of ship love in it!), but of course that never happens with these books :)  Somehow there's always so much story to tell that it turned in to a full-length novel, coming in at around 350 pages.

 

As disappointing as this may be to many of you, who have been loyally waiting for Inescapable for just over a year, I hope you'll enjoy a little silver lining- as I was writing and developing this book, I realized that there is still SO much story left to complete Talia's journey, where I see it all going.  So yes, if you haven't heard- there will be at least one more book after Inescapable, probably two.  I know some readers may balk and see this as us milking our most popular series, but I assure you that couldn't be further from the truth. As a writer, I do want that satisfaction of finally completing a series!  But I do feel like everything that is happening in the Talented world deserves to be told in full, instead of just cutting it off for the sake of releasing the final book.  I think you'll understand more once you read Unforgettable, and hope you'll agree!  There is still so much left to tell <3  For the blurb, cover, and preorder links, click here. (Did you know that pre-ordering your favorite authors' books does a TON of good stuff for them? True Story.)

 

With that, obviously my release schedule is way off track for this year. As a writer, I feel like I have to let the stories take me where they will, whatever the consequences. As a business woman trying to do this all on my own, so that I *can* let the stories guide me, it makes me very nervous to have to push things all around again. But after spending the last two months writing and editing Unforgettable (my fastest book start-to-finish!), it's simply something that has to happen.

 

So Unforgettable comes out March 3.  As soon as that finishes, I have to focus on BEA and BookCon for a couple of months.  A LOT goes into it, but I'm also hoping to write a draft of the first book in the Syndicate series to have with me there, to talk to some agents about it. By no means am I planning on traditionally publishing this series, since I think it would be really really difficult to give up so much control over my work, but we do want to explore our options.  The good news is that, unless somehow someone gives us an insane offer on it, this book that I am SO excited about will be released this summer!  While I don't want to start another series with so many in the works, we really do want to get some feedback on it during BEA and check out any options we might have.

 

Then, post-BEA, we're trying to decide what to jump in to next: either Inescapable, or Vacant Voices.  Whichever one happens, the other will be the next :)  We like to allow ourselves enough time to do the stories justice, so we don't want to guarantee anything, but it is our hope that we will also release Sacrifice at the end of the year. It's crazy how quickly a year goes by when planning it out in terms of book releases!  If we are somehow able to get all of those in, it will be by far our most prolific year yet. I know that some indie authors are able to write and release a book in a month, and I am so impressed by that, but the fact is that we marinate a lot, and build storylines and layers as we write, as things comes to us, so I don't ever want to sacrifice quality for quantity (NOT saying that those authors do- just that we would need to). The Inescapable sequel will then be coming out at the beginning of 2016 (we definitely don't ever want more than six months to pass again w/o a Talented release).

 

So here are my questions for you- answer them in the comments, and someone will receive a signed book of their choice!!

- Which book do you want to see this summer: Inescapable or Vacant Voices??

- I'm posting the synopsis for the Syndicate series below- pitch an idea for a title!! 

 

Can't wait to see what you guys say! And definitely chime in with your thoughts on everything else- I love getting feedback, and definitely value the opinions of all of my readers.  That's one of the best things about being an indie- I can let you guys steer where we go!  As always, thank you for your support and unending loyalty <3

xoxo, Sophie Davis

 

The Syndicate, book one:

 

In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past.  As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 5623 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Stassi’s job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate's clientele.

 

Despite the generous pay and lavish lifestyle that comes with being a Runner, Stassi had her own reasons for joining the syndicate. Like many of the kids raised in work camps, Stassi’s memories of her parents and their warm, happy home are vague, faint at best. For her, traveling through the past is the only way to uncover their identities. With only an ancestral locket to guide her, Stassi chases its origins through centuries and generations, praying it will lead to her parents.

 

If Stassi does manage to find them, will she have the strength to return to a present in which they don't exist? Or will she risk tearing the fabric of time to time to ensure a future in which they do?

 

 

2014 Recap, 2015 Release Schedule, Random Thoughts, and the First Look at my Upcoming Series!

 

Quick 2014 Recap and 2015 Plans (including Inescapable, Vacant Voices, BEA and BookCon, Platinum Prey Release, and the first-ever look at my upcoming book, the first in The Syndicate series: Daughter of Time)

 

Basically, you don't want to miss this!

 

Blind Barriers is getting a facelift...

 

 

~We know this is a long blog post, so feel free to scroll down for the Cliff's Notes, and also a chance to win autographed paperbacks of the whole Blind Barriers series!~

Once upon a time, way back in Summer 2013, we sat down one night and started talking about how cool it would be to write a mystery/thriller. The convo went a little something like this (just to clarify- this is not myself speaking to a voice in my head. "Sophie Davis" is a duo. You knew that, right?? Yes, our names went perfectly together!)

Sophie: You know what I've always wanted to write?

Davis: What?

Sophie: A mystery/thriller book. Wouldn't that be totally awesome?

Davis: OMG. Me, too! It would be a lot of fun.

Sophie: Excellent. What should it be about?

Davis: Um, well, I dunno. A chick that disappears maybe.

Sophie: Okay. Where does she go?

Davis: Well that's the mystery, isn't it? Duh

 

From this deep and intellectual conversation, somehow, Blind Barriers was born. 

After figuring out the storyline, with all of its layers and happenings, it was apparent this wasn't going to all fit in to one book. At least, not one that was any normal length. So, our next conundrum was whether to release the book as a stand alone, single novel, with a word count in the 400K range (think all four Talented novels put together). Or as a trilogy. Or in an interesting new, emerging format. That conversation went something like this:

 

Sophie: So, how are we going to do this? With everything that happens, it would be one SUPER long novel...

Davis: I dunno. I mean, we could do it as three. Like a trilogy or whatever.

Sophie 1: Okay. Well, how should we divide up the story? Do you think there will be natural breaks?

Davis: Um....

Sophie: WAIT! I have a totally awesome idea.

Davis: ...

Sophie: Let's do it as a serial series. We could put out a short installment every month.

Davis: Done! I love it. Let's do the damn thing.

 

Well, as some of you know, that 'totally awesome idea' didn't pan out so well. For a number of reasons:

1- You guys aren't big fans of the length

2- You also don't like that the serials just end, without solving the mystery in 75 pages.

3- Life made it entirely impossible to put out one edition every month. In fact, it's been 12 months and we've put out three (for one reason or another, we've had to do two books in the middle of trying to do these...but you know you're glad Created and Exiled are out!)

SO, moving forward, we will not be releasing short installments for the Blind Barriers books. Instead, we will be releasing two more books total. Each will be approximately the length of Blind Barriers Collection One i.e. Blind Barriers, Courting Chaos, and Fragile Facade combined. The next release will pick up exactly where the BB Collection One/Fragile Facade ended and continue with the same format: alternating sections from Lark's and Raven's POVs.

 

Our next discussion, re: the cover of Blind Barriers Collection One:

Davis: Dude. I'm on Netgalley and a bunch of people are giving the Blind Barriers Collection One cover a thumb's down.

Sophie: I'm guessing a thumb's down is bad, huh?

Davis: It's like the opposite of a thumbs up. Or liking something on facebook.

Sophie: Got it. Well that sucks.

Davis: I know, right? I really love that cover. I dunno what to do.

Sophie: So do I.

Davis: But it's probably better that the readers love it, huh?

Sophie: I dunno. Do you want people to buy the book?

Davis: Are you seriously asking me that?

Sophie: Then we'll have to change the cover.

From there, we (Sophie Davis) found ourselves in a quandry over what to name the books now that we were only releasing two more. We had picked out 9 titles originally since there was suppossed to be 9 serial editions. Instead of just picking our two favorite from the remaining six, unused titles, we randomly decided that Misery, Misery and Whisper, Whisper were WAY cooler and that we wanted to use them. BUT the problem with that was....

Davis: I'm not sure about switching the title format for the second two books.

Sophie: Why not? And isn't it the same format. Two words?

Davis: I dunno. I like stuff to match. And no. Blind Barriers is alliteration. Misery Misery is a repetiton.

Sophie: I love alliteration.

Davis: Me, too. But right now we're talking about repeating a word. So, quick, think up a word that sounds cool being repeated. Preferably one that starts with a letter before M.

Sophie: Huh?

Davis: Like Liar, Liar.

Sophie: You mean that Jim Carey movie?

Davis: Exactly. That's why we aren't using Liar, Liar. I'm just giving you an example.

Sophie: Got it. Problem. Isn't changing the title going to confuse people?

Davis: Yeah. I'm not sure how to handle that. I don't want people to buy not-Liar, Liar if they already have Blind Barriers Coll. One.

Sophie: I KNOW! We should write a blog post it. That way it won't be confusing.

Davis: You're so smart.

 

Yes, as you can tell, we never did come up with a title during this conversation. In fact, we're having a really hard time coming up with one. But the moment we decide, we'll let you know. With a blog post, of course.

But at least now you all know that we decided to change the format, cover, and title of the Blind Barriers Collection One. The only thing we know about the title is that it won't be Blind Barriers, though the Trilogy will still bear that name. But we very much wanted the books to all have repetitious titles, as opposed to having one with alliteration (Blind Barriers) and two with repetition (Misery, Misery & Whisper, Whisper).

 

~So, here are the Cliff's Notes of this blog post:

1. Blind Barriers, the Serial Series is out.

2. Blind Barriers, the Trilogy is in.

3. Blind Barriers Collection One, which includes Blind Barriers, Courting Chaos, and Fragile Facade is about to become TBD, TBD (Blind Barriers Book 1).

4. The second book in the Blind Barriers series will be Misery, Misery (Blind Barriers Trilogy, Book 2).

5. The third and final book in the Blind Barriers series will be Whisper, Whisper (Blind Barriers Trilogy, Book 3).

6. We need your help to decide on the first title!!

 

If you have suggestions for the title, please comment below! Be sure it sounds good (say it out loud) when repeated.

~If we use the title you come up with, we will send you an autographed paperback of it once it has the new cover and title, PLUS autographed copies of the other two paperbacks in the trilogy once they come out!

~If we don't use it, we still really really appreciate your trying to help us, and you'll get an autographed version of the ebook once it has the new title and cover!**

Feel free to give us several good options!  Remember, it's a mystery, so it should be something with some intrigue, etc. The book is about a girl who has gone missing, and another girl who is searching for her. (Ideally we would call it Gone, Gone, but don't want people to think we're ripping off Gone Girl).

 

Check back soon for updates and the announcement of the actual title!

Happy Reading and Lots of Love,

Sophie and Davis <3

 

**Autographed ebooks will only be sent to those who suggest comments before we announce the new title! So get to work on your suggestions ASAP!

 

Comfort books. Kind of like comfort food but with less calories.

 

I don't have a lot of free time these days to read. Which is a shame because for as long as I can remember, I have loved reading--traveling to new worlds, getting lost in other people's lives, catching a glimpse of a time centuries before I was born or decades after I die. There is nothing more exciting to me than opening a brand new book and starting a new journey. Meeting new characters. Discovering new places. The race to the end of the book because I just can't wait to find out how it all ends. These are the reasons that, even though I am not reading as much, I still buy a TON of books. My TBR pile is like the leaning tower of Pisa.

Oddly, when I do get some down time, however, I find that I never go to that enormous TBR pile anymore. No, instead, I reach for my comfort books. The ones that I've read so many times that I can recite entire passages from memory. The ones that I've spilled coffee on. The ones that Phi Phi has chewed the corners of because I fell asleep holding the book instead of her (she's my poodle). The ones where the characters feel like real friends that make you want to laugh, cry, and, at times, throw them across the room. The ones where you want to ask the author why he/she dressed his/her main character in a blue dress in that obscure scene when you, the reader, really feel as though the character is a green dress sort of girl. Not a blue dress sort of girl, as they, the author and creator of said character, implied by putting them in the blue dress. 

For me, these are usually books I REALLY enjoy, but, strangely, not my absolute favorites of all time--with one or two exceptions. Yes, I have a lot of all-time favorites. For a long time I have wondered why this is. Why is it that The Parable of the Sower is my favorite book ever, yet I've only read it once? As where, there are some that I read over and over and over and over again that I only sort of like. I won't name names. But I'll say this: There is a certain, long-running series with a female investigator that while I LOVED the first couple of books, the last like 20 have only been so-so. Still, I have read each one at least 12 times. 

Is it because, like with an overplayed song on the radio, I am afraid that I will wear out the book's appeal by reading it too many times? Is it because I'm worried that if I read it too many times and too closely that I'll discover even the tiniest flaw in the plot or invent one that doesn't exist? 

I don't know. But I promise if I ever figure it out, I'll let y'all know.

I am the same way with television shows and movies. I have my go-to shows that every so often I start at the beginning and binge watch all twenty-two episodes of all eight episodes. I'll even stay up all night watching these shows that I've seen multiple times--why, you ask? I couldn't tell you. I know how they end. I know who dies, gets married, has a scandalous affair with her English teacher, etc.