May 26, 2014

CONCLAVE Review Tour & Giveaway

Title: Conclave: A Selection of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Author: Lee Murray, Jan Goldie, Piper Mejia, Celine Murray
Release Date: April 7th 2014
Publisher: Leapy Sheep
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Four science fiction and fantasy novellas for young adults.

At Conclave Manor, land-trapped Mermaid Thala Tellurian struggles to accept her privileged life while battling her self-obsessed Uncle in any petty way she can. Isolated and forbidden to delve into her family’s bloody past, Thala longs for change. So, when visitors from a rival pod reveal a hidden agenda, Thala dives straight in. But it’s not until she’s face to face with her family’s lifelong enemy that she realises she’s in terrifyingly unfamiliar waters.

Rowan knew nothing about the secret in his DNA until he found himself on the Terrean team bound for Conclave Seven, the universal Games held every millennia. But on the eve of the Games, knowing he’s a direct descendant of the warrior Spartacus is looking less like a gift and more like a death sentence…

Born into captivity, Doze has spent his life behind the Fence, so when staying there is no longer an option, he takes a chance to see if another life is possible. An experiment on the loose from ConClave Corporation, Doze helps his travelling companions to avoid capture, and discovers that there is no sacrifice too great for freedom.

On the Conclave Pacifica, a spaceship in a fleet heading to a new world, Peach forges an online friendship with Araxi, who is travelling on another ship. But, wildly off course and under pressure for resources, the future of the Conclave Pacifica looks uncertain. Could Peach’s new friend be the answer to her survival?

This collection of science fiction fantasy tales for young adults is an absolutely fascinating read.

Moving between intergalactic warring Merfolk to a community suppressed and controlled by an all powerful company; from life and death game-playing teenagers, to lost-in-space explorers, Conclave is a collection of intense adventures.

While written with young adults in mind, I was completely won over by each author’s ability to drawn me into their strange and fanciful worlds. This talented group of women each with an individual voice and writing style had me holding my breath in anticipation many times with their amazing tales of life threatening journeys, and death defying heroics. There is so much to love about these short stories that I almost wish they were longer. I’d love to read more, to find out what happened next!

Four completely different stories with one common thread, Conclave is an absolutely fascinating read. 5 Stars

L to R: Piper Mejia, Celine Murray, Lee Murray, Jan Goldie
Jan Goldie. I’m a working writer, creating content for websites, print media and social media. I have a BA in English literature and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism. Interestingly, I used very few of these skills in the creation of A Mer-tale, relying instead on my over-active imagination. When I'm not slaving over the computer for my day job or imagining myself 30 metres beneath the waves, I'm writing short stories, picture books and YA fantasy novels. My most recent claims to fame are the publication of a story in the crowd-funded collection of short horror fiction Baby Teeth: Bite-sized Tales of Terror, and my YA fantasy novel Brave’s Journey being short listed for the 2014 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award.

Piper Mejia
is a prolific writer, but only recently had her first story, Lockdown, published in Baby Teeth: Bite-sized tales of Terror. A high school English teacher, she is co-editor of student writing collections Write Off Line 2012, 2013, Beyond This Age and Beyond This Story, and is currently working on a young adult fantasy trilogy in both novel and graphic novel formats. 

Celine Murray
is 19 years old and has had her fiction published in magazines such as WriteOn, Easy Going, and Breeze, and in the horror anthology Baby Teeth: Bite-sized Tales of Terror. She has also published a solo collection of prize winning fiction entitled Seven to Seventeen

Lee Murray
used to be a scientist, but now she writes fiction for adults and children. Lee has twice won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for science fiction and fantasy writing, most notably for Best Youth Novel for her children’s title Battle of the Birds, and her short fiction has achieved international recognition. She is the co-editor of five collected works.
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1 comment:

  1. It always makes a nice change to read a sci-fi book. So to have a collection would be great.


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