Guest Post, Excerpt and Review: Defiance by Stephanie Tyler
Author: Stephanie Tyler
Book Title: Defiance
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: New Adult (futuristic/paranormal)
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Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.
Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home…and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough–and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.
Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response…and the inevitable fallout.
Living through the Chaos by Stephanie Tyler
I pitched Defiance to my editor as “Sons of Anarchy meets the apocalypse.” It’s a New Adult, post-apocalyptic motorcycle club book, and you meet the Defiance MC as they’re in the midst of surviving — and somehow thriving — in the middle of the Chaos.
The Chaos started when meteors hit the earth near active volcanoes and unleashed a massive series of storms and atmospheric disturbances throughout the world. The result was total destruction in some parts of the world and in others, major storms, loss of comms and the like. The rebuilding efforts are uneven, depending on the storms that keep hitting the US — think tornados and hurricanes and just worst thunderstorms than usual, because the atmosphere is still unsettled.
And when I started out to write about the Chaos, I knew it would be a balancing act. World building is always a challenge for the first book in a series, but also, the characters living in this world are…living in this world. With very few comms. So it’s hard for me to disseminate everything about Chaos when the characters themselves wouldn’t have more than rudimentary — and spotty — access to information about it. So, in a way, you’re learning about the Chaos as the characters are, and you’re watching them survive with limited knowledge of things we take for granted, like, ‘what kind of storm might roll into town tomorrow?’
But my Defiance MC? They are prepared. They were, as Tru tells us, Doomsday preppers before all of that became popular on reality TV. They’ve got these great underground survival tubes, complete with generator power! And they’ve got supplies. They are able to handle what the Chaos throws at them.
I’m for sure a doomsday prepper at heart. Because I’m a worrier and I like to think ahead and cover all the what-ifs. And I’m as tough as the next girl, but I definitely like modern conveniences like, you know, hot water and electricity and the internet. And then I started thinking about the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series of books I loved so much as a kid. I mean, those characters were basically living without any of the stuff we’ve got now — and the close ties of their community were emphasized. So, in a way, even though you don’t have those modern conveniences, you do get reminded as to what’s most important in your life, and you realize that love is something that survives under the toughest of circumstances. And I think that was really my main focus with Defiance — the love story, and how love blossoms and thrives in an MC culture, during the Chaos. And, as you’ll discover, Caspar and Tru’s love has survived worse than the Chaos.
So, what would you miss, living in a post-apocalyptic world (sans MC or not)? I know I’d miss TV, for sure. And books — I mean, no comms, no internet (GASP!) and really, no new books. I keep thinking that, all across the post-Chaos land, there are authors scribbling madly on anything they can get their hands on, passing the books around or going back to the traditions of storytelling.
I’m going to have to work an author into the Defiance series
“You can’t give up on me now.”
“I already did that, a long time ago.”
“I don’t believe you.”
“You didn’t know me, Tru. Never did.”
“But you know me. And I’m not giving up — I won’t give up enough for both of us.”
He muttered — mainly curses — under his breath. She ran a fingertip over his lips. “You’re going to undo me,” he murmured finally.
“And then I’ll put you back together.”
“You have no idea what you’re asking.”
“I do. You want someone to stand by you while you try to fix everything here. You told me.”
His eyes flickered, a little surprised. “You were too drunk to remember anything that night.”
She smiled, trailed her hand along to cup the back of his neck. “I remember everything about the time we spent together.”
He waited a beat, a muscle in his jaw twitched as he clenched it, his eyes searching hers. Looking for something that she knew she could give him. “That was before,” he told her finally.
I have heard some awesome stuff about Stephanie Tyler’s books so I was happy to get a chance at reading this first book in her New Adult series called Defiance. This story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where only the strongest and toughest can survive. Those people are the ones who belong to Motorcycle Clubs. This is a place where men rule by the fist and women are supposed to accept that they can never be in control.
For me this book was a bit shocking at times. It is dark with a lot of violence and a lot of very steaming sex; I will admit this book took me out of my comfort zone. The writing is what held me there and wouldn’t let me go. The plot was different than anything I have read before I was just amazed at how much I loved it.
As for the characters, these are imperfect people who have deep feeling and are trying to survive in a harsh world. Their struggles and the mistakes they make them feel very real and easy to connect too. I may not have agreed with everything they did but I understood the motivation and the reasoning behind it. In the end Tru and Casper had stolen my heart with their compelling story.
If you are looking for a fresh new Dystopia, Suspense, Romance to read please don’t hesitate to pick this one up! Since this book was so good I know I will be adding the next book in this series to my TBR list!
(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)
Stephanie Tyler was a Secondary Ed teacher for grades ranging from middle school to college while she pursued a PhD in English Literature, all while trying to convince herself that she would get back to her dream of writing as a career eventually. When her daughter was born with serious medical problems, Stephanie found inspiration in the fighter her child proved to be—and found her own way back to writing.
Today, Stephanie writes what she loves to read — romantic suspense with military heroes. Stephanie also co-writes paranormal erotic romance for Bantam Dell under the name Sydney Croft. Stephanie is a member of RWA and NINC, both professional organizations for authors. She lives in New York with her husband, children, and Gus the Weimaraner, and she is always working on her next novel.