Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A-Z Indie Books: Alliance

It's always hard coming up with a theme for the A to Z blogging challenge.  But when you're Indie Writers Monthly, what better theme than to celebrate indie writers?  So for the month of April, each day we will feature a different book written by an indie author.  We hope this will help you discover some great new books and authors.  (And we promise most of them won't be from contributors to this blog.)

Up first is Alliance by Jessica Stank
ALLIANCE follows Alexander Quinn as he tries to find a new normal as the world's first super human. He is at the tail end of his senior year of high school and is struggling to find his path, and make the right decisions for his future. A future he hopes will include Natalie.

Life isn't easy for Alex. In fact it's not at all what he expected. Natalie Sullivan, the love of his life, and his newly developed friendship with Jordan Hall, are helping to get him through.

When Marcus Fowler escapes custody and flees the country, Alex can only think of one place he would go. Thirty vials of Dr. Cruz's serum remain hidden somewhere inside the secret facility in Costa Rica where Alex had been experimented on. The race is on to see who can get to the vials first.

Following the format of Small Town Hero, ALLIANCE is written in dual first person. The second voice in this case, alongside Alex is Jordan Hall.

Jordan is doing his best to adjust to having real friends. He's always been a loner. Of all people, he never expected to strike up a friendship with Alex Quinn. The two of them didn't exactly have a pleasant history.
Being the third wheel all of the time isn't the easiest thing either. Especially when he used to have feelings for Natalie.

Being friends with Alex turns out to be a dangerous decision, between the constant threat of the bad guys attacking and Alex's poor decisions that put everyone's lives in jeopardy. Being a sidekick isn't all its cracked up to be.

Join these two as they embark on an amazing adventure to save the world and finish high school in one piece.

Comments:  This is the second book of the series, but it's a big leap forward from the first.  A lot of the first book was narrated by Natalie Sullivan, but she didn't really contribute anything to the plot, so she was pretty useless.  This time around the book is narrated by would-be Superman Alexander Quinn and his sort-of sidekick Jordan Hall.  This is the kind of book where you don't need to have read the first to be able to follow the second.  Will there be a third?  There could be but it's kind of in what TV/movie people call "development hell" right now.

You can buy the book from Amazon for $2.99 on Kindle or for $8.54 in paperback
Visit Jessica's blog at http://jessiestank.blogspot.com/


  1. Thanks, Pat. Everything you said was correct. Especially the part about, "development hell." I appreciate your choosing my book for letter A. You're a swell guy.

  2. Even if I could read it without reading the first, I probably wouldn't. I'll take a look at them.

  3. interesting post. Well done on your A to Z post.