Thursday, June 19, 2014

ESSENCE by Lisa Ann O’Kane

Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1499382669
ISBN-13: 978-1499382662

Autumn escaped a cult, but now she realizes she's fallen into another.Growing up in San Francisco’s Centrist Movement, sixteen year-old Autumn Grace has always believed emotions—adrenaline, endorphins, even happiness—drain your Essence and lead to an early death. But her younger brother’s passing and a run-in with a group of Outsiders casts her faith into question.Ryder Stone, the sexy, rebellious leader of the Outsiders, claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic -- and he can prove it.Autumn follows Ryder to his Community of adrenaline junkies and free spirits in Yosemite National Park, and they introduce her to a life of adventure, romance, sex, drugs and freedom. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes the more she risks in search of the perfect rush, the further she has to fall.

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Lisa Ann O’Kane is a young adult author and former vagabond who once camped out in Yosemite National Park for an entire summer, an experience that inspired her debut novel ESSENCE.

Her background is in zookeeping and environmental education, and she has been kicked, cornered, bitten and chased by nearly every animal she has ever loved. She currently resides in Florida, and she is now a huge fan of shooting stars, indoor plumbing and keeping both her feet planted firmly on the trail.

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  1. Hello Lisa Ann O'kane,
    I can't wait to read this book and I just love the cover. We also have something in common. I also was a Zoo Keeper! I still work with a few unusual exotic pets but normally see companion animals for training and behavior problems now. Congratulations for the release on ESSENCE.

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  3. LISA ANN O'KANE, & ALL the Booknerds; You guys rock!!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, & the Blog post!!!!!! Have an AWESOME day/evening & Happy reading/writing/blogging!!!! :)