**COVER REVEAL** ~ Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy, by Shannon A. Thompson

 Young Adult Paranormal Romance

We are so excited to be sharing the new cover for Shannon A. Thompson’s second edition of Minutes Before Sunset published by Clean Teen Publishing. I think that you will agree that all involved have produced a fantastic design! I have been reading Shannon’s work and following her blog for a few years now and she is one extremely talented writer. Scroll down to read the book blurb and find out more. I’ve included a link to my earlier review of the novel at the bottom of the post. Tina 🙂

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Awarded Goodreads’ Book of the Month in July 2012

Releases July 28, 2015 – Second edition by Clean Teen Publishing, new cover and new interior!

Current Rating on Goodreads: 146 ratings, 4.3 stars

Summary:

Two destines. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide. 

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Reviews:

  • “A magical, if slightly dark, tale.” – A Reader’s Review Blog
  • “Wonderfully unnerving.” – Coffee Shop Reader
  • “This is a story of forbidden love, hidden love, and a war of love.” – Endless Reading
  • “This book was brilliant, original and romantic. This is a timeless love story with incredible character growth, action and twists of fate.” – Note to Selph Book Reviews
  • “Miss. Thompson twisted the concept of Light and Dark, reversing the well-known roles, changing the time-old dance and making it her own. Brilliant and true, “Minutes Before Sunset” is thought-provoking, bringing real-life lessons and morals from a world of the supernatural.” – Live. Laugh. Read

About the Author:

pic1Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com

To check out my review of Minutes Before Sunset click on the title.

Author Spotlight – Shannon A Thompson, Author of Minutes Before Sunset

Headshot of Shannon ThompsonAuthor Shannon A Thompson has kindly agreed to stop by ARR Blog today to share with us the experiences that inspired her to become an author and her hopes for the future.  Shannon’s novel, Minutes Before Sunset, a young adult paranormal romance, has recently been published by AEC Stellar Publishing.  If , after reading Shannon’s post, you would like to read a review of Minutes Before Sunset, please scroll down. I can ensure you that the novel is an intriguing read and we wish Shannon every success.  Over to Shannon! Tina :)

Like many writers, I began at a very young age. I specifically remember writing short stories during “Read Allowed Time” when my fourth grade teacher would read novels to us. We were allowed to color, but I wrote, and fellow students asked me to write stories with their names in it, so I did, and I gave them as gifts of friendship.

I began fiddling with novels shortly after that, but I didn’t take it seriously until my inspiration—my mother who encouraged my craft immensely—suddenly passed away on March 16, 2003. I was only 11, but I faced my own mortality, and I became very mature. I realized life wasn’t guaranteed, so I chased my highest hopes immediately.

At sixteen, I published my first novel, November Snow, with Golden Eagle Publishing. It was a young-adult science-fiction novel, dedicated to my mother’s loving memory, and it was entirely based on a nightmare I had suffered from since my mother had died. As a much younger child, I often suffered from nightmares and night terrors (I honestly couldn’t differentiate between reality and dreams) so my mother had me turn them into stories in order to cope.

My latest young-adult paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset, is actually a result of the same thing, but it was a different series of dreams. I was in a very dark time in my life, and I had dreams of a boy visiting me at night—just to talk. He’d ask me about how I was feeling, what I was going to do next, and what my hopes were for the future. When I got through that dark time, the dreams were quite literally ripped away from my conscious, and I was distraught. Despite my happiness, I still wanted him as if he was a real person, so I created a story explaining his visits. And Minutes Before Sunset was born.

Now, years later, it was published on May 1,, 2013 by AEC Stellar Publishing, and it’s dedicated to my late roommate, Kristine Andersen, who passed away October 7, 2012. It is also dedicated to our other roommate, Megan Paustian, and the time we had together. Memories are timeless, and I love words because they hold an immortality that people cannot have alone.

Honoring my loved ones through my writing has been my biggest inspiration to achieve my dreams at a young age, but my followers are also. Every supporter encourages me on a daily basis, and I couldn’t be here without them.

I have two other novels in the process of publishing (both novels in the Timely Death series) but my ultimate goal is to give back. I dream of being able to support the arts in a way that I can help others achieve their dreams successfully but, mainly, passionately. If I could do anything, I’d love to open up a school where children can meet people within their art industry in an affordable and effective manor.

I want the world to embrace the arts as a beauty that has been discovered but has yet to achieve its fullest potential.

Shannon A. Thompson Shannonathompson@aol.com

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