Thursday, October 26, 2017

DAUGHTER 4254 Blog Tour

Title: DAUGHTER 4254
Author: Leigh Statham
Pub. Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Pages: 286
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Daughter4254 used to think life in a community where art, music and names are outlawed would suffocate her creative spirit. Now that she’s rotting in a prison cell, she’s not sure her dying mother made the right choice when she entrusted her with the secrets of rebellion. Prison has given her plenty of time to relive every mistake and lose all hope.

Then she meets Thomas, a fellow inmate, who tells her stories of the mythical mountain colonies where people have names and the arts thrive. Together they plot an escape, knowing if they fail, they will die. Or worse, their consciousness will be taken by the MindWipe, leaving their bodies free for the government to use. When nothing goes as planned, Daughter4254 must choose between using her mother’s secret to better the world she hates, or following Thomas to the quiet life of freedom she has always craved.

I spend my first day in prison sitting in the corner on my haunches, my back pressed against the wall. When my legs are so tired they can’t hold me anymore, I slip to the icy, pock-marked floor where the cold cement seeps through my uniform and chills my skin. I rock to keep warm in the frigid air, standing occasionally to stretch my cramped limbs. There is no bed; there are no other prisoners; there is only me, my school tunic, a slot in the floor for my waste, and three icy walls of endless gray.
I look at my hands. My fingers are dry and dirty. My skin is still a pale brown, but without the sun, it’s losing color quickly. I’m afraid it will turn gray like everything else around me. I pull my hair over my shoulder. The braids came out right after I was arrested and they took the bands holding them. The strands hang in stringy black ropes over my shoulder now. Sometimes I pull a few out just to make sure it hasn’t started to grow in gray at the roots. So far it’s still black all the way up, but I don’t know how long that will last.
I’ve lost weight too. I’ve always been within regulated weight and height proportions for my age, but if they weighed me now I would certainly be assigned more food rations. Squeezing my arms around myself, I can feel all my ribs as I try to muster any warmth I can draw from my own body. I shut my eyes, but it’s nearly impossible to sleep when I am cold, hungry, and not sure if I will live or die—especially when death is not the worst possibility.
As sleep eludes me, my mind wanders to the same memories over and over again. Me as a child. Maybe six years old—ten years ago now— I hold my mother as tight as my too-small arms will let me. Tears creep down my face like rain drops on the window of our family pod, wetting the rough shoulder of her gray tunic. Her deep brown hair is as long as mine, but it’s tied in a knot on the back of her neck. Her warm cheek, wet with her own tears, presses into the top of my head. Her hands, strong and deft, from years of factory work, run the length of my spine, pausing to pat me as she whispers, There, there. I know how hard it is.
I long for those arms now. I long for warmth. I long for death. Maybe I am already dead.

1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.
2 winners will receive a finished copy of DAUGHTER 4254, US only.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
10/25/2017- BookHounds YAInterview
10/25/2017- Fan-Girl-TabulousReview

10/26/2017- Reese's ReviewsExcerpt
10/26/2017- Caffeine and CompositionReview

10/27/2017- Hooked To BooksGuest Post
10/27/2017- YA ObsessedReview

Week Two:
10/30/2017- Maddie.TVInterview
10/30/2017- The Desert BibliophileReview

10/31/2017- Wandering Bark BooksExcerpt
10/31/2017- Kindle and MeReview

11/1/2017- Wishful EndingsInterview
11/1/2017- Jena Brown WritesReview

11/2/2017- Stuffed ShelvesReview
11/2/2017- Life of A Simple ReaderReview

11/3/2017- Books, Vertigo and TeaExcerpt
11/3/2017- Savings in SecondsReview

Week Three:
11/6/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
11/6/2017- Cindy's Love of BooksReview

11/7/2017- Captivated ReadingReview

11/7/2017- BookaliciousReview

About Leigh:
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho but found her heart in New York City. She worked at many interesting jobs before settling in as a mother and writer.

She now resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, eight chickens, a fluffy dog, and two suspected serial killer cats.

Leigh is currently working on an MFA, has written countless short stories, and is the author of lots of mediocre poetry. She is also the winner of the 2016 Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Prize for her short story “The Ditch Bank and the Fenceline.”

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