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Sum of All Tears Series by Kim Cresswell & M.K. Chester - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Sum of All Tears Book 1
by Kim Cresswell & M.K. Chester

Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian, Paranormal 

They said it wouldn't happen.

Everything would be better.

They were wrong.

After a climate change experiment goes terribly wrong, August Madison,
finds herself resurrected in a frozen wasteland.

With most of the world's population and food sources annihilated, depraved
nomadic gangs patrol the lawless landscape as outlasters claw for survival.

Amid the chaos, Graysen Marx, iron-fisted leader of the domed settlement
Liberty, emerges from the catastrophic event with his own agenda.

When August crosses his path, he sees an opportunity he must exploit.

She sees an evil she must destroy.

Fans of The Day after Tomorrow, The Handmaid's Tale, Mad Max, and The
Hunger Games are sure to enjoy this enthralling post apocalyptic
dystopian adventure with a paranormal twist.

Sum of All Tears Book 2

A new enemy rises.

Surviving the cold is only the beginning.

In the second installment of the exciting Sum of all Tears series, a
core group of survivors from Liberty travel to Boston, endangering
themselves and those they left behind in a winner-takes-all showdown
that will leave readers breathless.
Fans of The Day after Tomorrow, The Handmaid's Tale, Mad Max, and The
Hunger Games are sure to enjoy this enthralling post apocalyptic
dystopian adventure with a paranormal twist.

3 Reasons Dystopian Fiction is So Popular

I remember learning in school that when the economy is bad, or the country goes to war, the horror genre typically makes a huge comeback. Reason being, people need an escape from the dreariness of their everyday lives (something fantastic, like aliens), or in the case of war, something even worse so they feel better.

All that made me wonder: why is dystopian fiction so popular? From YA faves The Hunger Games and Divergent to the more grown-up The Handmaid’s Tale, the genre has taken over popular culture and doesn’t seem ready to leave center stage just yet. Why does everyone love these stories? Sure, they’re often adventure stories, romances, or coming of age tales wrapped in a fictionalized but possible world, but here are three deep and concrete reasons dystopian fiction is still hotter than hot.

1.      It could always be worse. Along the same lines as horror, when people become uncomfortable in their own world, they often seek fictional escapes. With horror and the horrific elements of dystopian fiction, readers can see that their reality isn’t as bad as it could be. Part of the dystopian flair is to create a world where readers can understand how they got to their new world. A cautionary tale, of sorts, will help soothe some fears and perhaps provide answers to underlying questions.
2.      The element of hope. In stories like The Hunger Games, our heroes and heroines rise to the challenge of overcoming oppression. Despite the layer of grit, grime, corruption and violence, there is hope that one person, a few people, or a movement can make valuable change in an otherwise desperate and cold world. Whether readers realize they crave this taste of hope or not, it draws them in because there is nothing better than the good guys finding a way to set things right or start anew.
3.      The reader can be the hero. You read that right—and what I mean is that the characters you love and cheer for are relatable. As a reader, you ask yourself what you might do if you found yourself in the maze or oppressed inside Margaret Atwood’s fictional Gilead. You, the reader, know right from wrong, you know what must be done and you, too, can find the courage within yourself to overcome the obstacles in your life.

Knowing this, when Kim and I wrote Icehaven, we wanted to give readers a unique dystopian experience inside a world where you never knew what might come at you next. We wanted to draw characters you can both cheer for and identify with as you hope they can be a force for good when life takes a turn for the worst. In an action-packed adventure, we wanted you to cheer when they make the decisions you would make and hold on for dear life when they don’t. We hope, when you come up for air, you realize this realistic, possible future could be coming for you—what would you do in Icehaven?

Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada and is the bestselling and
award-winning author of the action-packed WHITNEY STEEL series.
Her romantic thriller, Reflection (A Whitney Steel Novel –
Book One), has won numerous awards including RomCon®’s 2014
Readers’ Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD’tale Magazine
2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction
Challenge Winner, Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA)
“Gotcha” contest. Kim also signed a 3-book German
translation deal with LUZIFER Verlag for the first three books in the
series: Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect. Lethal
Journey won RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown (Thriller).
The Assassin Chronicles TV series was in development with Council Tree
Productions. The TV series is based on Kim’s upcoming 4-book
paranormal/supernatural thriller series: Deadly Shadow (May
2018), Invisible Truth, Assassin’s Prophecy, and Vision of Fire.

M.K. Chester is an RWA award-winning author of historical and
contemporary romance. Her first novel, Surrender to the Roman,
is currently published with Carina Press. Her three-book historical
series, Bryeton Books, focuses on love, loss and redemption in small
town America at the turn of the 20th century, while her latest
release, Crashed, is the first book in the contemporary New South Series. 
M.K. is a native Buckeye who lives in Tennessee. She’s married to a
veteran, recently became a MoM (Mother of Marine), and will soon
become a grandmother. She adores her Scottish Terriers and is fighting MS.

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