April 3, 2015

Book 101 + Int'l Giveaway: Beware the Sheep by M. Lewis-Lerman

M. Lewis-Lerman
Opta Ardua
March 11, 2015
Enter the world of Eaux: it's a land of flying Arks and Jarred Flummox, of underground societies and evil underlings. Individuality wins over conformity here, originality over sameness.

But when illness strikes and a maniacal underground ruler threatens to destroy all that is ‘different’, 16 year old Livi Dixon must lead a group of unlikely allies -- not because of her bravery or abilities -- but out of necessity and fear.

With the hope of a cure, Livi makes a reckless gamble that just may save her best friend's life -- but at what cost?

With her new friends (a strange and sundry group of outsiders including a handsome escaped prisoner and a kind but secretive old man), Livi sets off on a race against time, looking deep within herself in order to defeat a faceless enemy and (just maybe) manage to save her best friend in the process.

Livi's strength is tested, her character revealed, as an attempt to save one life turns into a quest to protect thousands. But is she enough to stop the shapeless evil sinking its teeth into the ones she loves? And in the end, will it even matter?

BEWARE THE SHEEP... such an interesting title right? So I thought I'd ask M. Lewis to break it down for us in 5 beats. 

  • The characters in BEWARE THE SHEEP exist in the world of Eaux (pronounced Oh!). It's not medieval, nor is it modern-day, and while magic isn't an every-day occurrence in Eaux, it's not strictly bound to fairytales and story-books either. A lot of the myth and magic in BEWARE THE SHEEP was inspired by the philosophical concept of Cartesian Dualism which -- when boiled down -- is the idea that the mind exists entirely separately.

    So what happens when you wake up one day and you find out that your mind and body aren't quite as connected as you thought they were? Pick up a copy and find out ;)

  • The protagonist in Beware is Livi Dixon. She's 16 and ferociously independent, but thoughtful too. She's a devoted friend, brave, and a fast (though frequently clumsy) learner.

    And as for the villain... All around Livi and her friends are signs of a failing infrastructure with corruption seeping in at every corner. At the center of the turmoil is the Shepherd -- a legendary unground figure, steeped in mystery. There is no clear understanding exactly how the Shepherd is linked to the corruption in Eaux, but Livi and her friends intend to find out.

  • BEWARE THE SHEEP is about a girl's quest to save her best friend from a terrible illness. As the story unfolds, however, the fight to save one life becomes much more universal, and soon Livi is the only thing standing between a once-mighty kingdom and the total corruption of a civilization.

  • It's funny you mentioned the title. It didn't seem very unusual to me, but I've gotten a number of comments on it, so clearly I'm wrong! The title refers a few different things, particularly the dangers of conformity and the power of the mob mentality, ideas that are important throughout the book.

Thanks for hosting me!

A farm girl born and raised, M. Lewis-Lerman loves books (the dusty ones), land (the wild kind), and anything on four legs.

Before she wrote, she read, learning on Dick and Jane, going over the Big Hill with Betsy and Tacy, and growing up alongside Scarlet O'hara & the March sisters. M. Lewis-Lerman attended Fordham University where she studied psychology.

She lives in Upstate New York with her three dogs and her many teetering bookshelves.

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  1. This sounds very unique, I have to admit that I'm curious! I'm all about going for something different these days!

  2. Well, color me intrigued, why don't you? This is certainly NOT something I have read before. How exciting! :)

    1. That's the great thing about fiction, you'll never know what you're gonna get!

  3. LOL I loved the title. It did stand out to me ;)

  4. Sounds interesting. You know I love my YA Fantasy!

    1. Maybe this will be your next awesome read. I hope you check it out!

  5. thanks for the little introduction of the characters!


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