Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Bead Blog Tour (Guest Post)

Happy Thanksgiving! I am super excited to share this fantastic book with you today. The cover is awesome, the blurb is intriguing, and I LOVE the guest post written by J.D. Lakey! Check it out and tell me what you thought in the comments. Cheers!

The Best of List
by J.D. Lakey

Harlan Ellison - A Boy and His Dog: best short story turned into a bad B movie

Ursula Le Guin – The Earthsea trilogy: best wizard story ever

C.J. Cherryh - The Faded Sun trilogy: best warrior-cult story and a cosplay that nobody will ever guess.

Anne McCaffrey - Dragonsong: the best series of books that made you want to own a tiny dragon

Joss Whedon – Firefly: best writing for a scifi TV series

Joss Whedon – Titan A.E.: best scifi animated movie that I had no idea he helped write until I looked him up

Steven Moffat - Doctor Who: best Britsh Scifi TV series (best doctor - Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth doctor, David Tennant, the Tenth doctor, a close second)

C.J. Cherryh - Fortess in the Eye of Time. The best high fantasy book where I have actually highlighted and underlined my favorite quotes

Patricia Mckillip - The Forgotten Beasts of Eld: best female wizard protagonist plus talking animals and a dragon

Vonda N. McIntyre - Dreamsnake: best book based on a better short story

Best series in the Stargate Universe: 1. Stargate Universe, 2. Stargate Atlantis, 3. Stargate SG-1 (scariest Stargate monsters: 1. Replicators, 2. Wraith, 3. Goa'uld)

Ann Maxwell - Fire Dancer Trilogy: best trilogy that made me wish I had written it

Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five: best movie and book that made me want to read everything an author ever wrote featuring the author's alter-ego, Kilgore Trout

JK Rowling - Harry Potter: best political satire disguised as a kids book

Rockne s. O'Bannon – Farscape: TV series. best aliens, sentient star ship, and crazy love story

Sheri S. Tepper - The Gate into Women's Country: the book whose surprise ending planted a seed in my brain

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon - Good Omens: what happens when two of your favorite authors meld minds.

Issac Asimov - Caves of Steel: Everything you ever wanted to know about robots

Robert Heinlein - Have Spacesuit Will Travel: The adventure is everything

Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: best book title ever and then they made it into a movie that did not suck

Ray Bradbury – The Martian Chronicles: a prophet when it came to Mars, the ghosts of Mars paid him a visit

Frank Herbert: Dune. Enough said

Honorable Mentions and Cautionary Tales:

George R.R. Martin - Game of Thrones. A 7 book series that probably should have stopped at three

Phillip Pullman - The Golden Compass: a trilogy in which the author had a psychotic break between book two and book three and ended up writing himself into a deep, dark hole

“The premise of Black Bead is wonderful, and it was a fun, short read I happily breezed through. It was refreshing to read new sci-fi with an original plot, on a new planet.” Carly Courtney, Sci-Fi

On a savage, outlying planet an enclave of psionically-trained humans have built a utopian, matriarchal society that lives in harmony with all life. Leaving behind the polluted and corrupt world in which they lived, they colonized a new home far from the eyes of the galactic empire. Shielded from the rest of the galaxy by the dangerous beasts that inhabit their lush, forested world, the village lives a simple life under their Home Dome. But their goal was more than just to live in peace – they wanted to create the perfect human who could bring peace to the galaxy. Rather than merely cloning themselves, they began to manipulate genes in order to create a race of mutants with enhanced telepathic powers.
Under the direction of the ruling witch coven, each child of the Windfall Dome is tested at a young age to asses their abilities – a test which can plot the course for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, Cheobawn – the daughter of the ruling First Mother to the dome – is marked with the Black Bead on her Choosing Day, a symbol of bad luck and shame. It seems the child the mothers had placed so much hope in would not be the future ruler they had hoped for. Yet there is something powerful about her that the elders don’t understand.
Finally of age, Cheobawn is chosen to join a pack to act as the psychic Ear on a foraging mission outside the dome. She knows this is her chance to prove herself. But something sinister stalks them and each member of the pack must draw on their unique strengths and a lifetime of training if they want to survive to see another day.
In her visionary new series The Black Bead Chronicles, author J.D. Lakey invites you to journey along with Cheobawn, Megan, Tam, Connor, and Alain as they use their wits and their Luck to unravel the mysteries of the deceptively bucolic life beneath the dome in this coming of age metaphysical science fiction adventure.


J.D. Lakey was born and raised on the high plains of Montana under an endless sky and as far from civilization as anyone in the twentieth century could get. There she explored the finer nuances of silence and the endless possibilities of the imagination. The stories were always there. The shifting of fortunes finally granted her the time to gather all the stories and give them flesh.
An avid reader of science fiction and comics, she currently lives in San Diego, California where she divides her time between her writing, commuting on the I-5, and spending time with her delightful grandchildren.