Hive and Heist Book Tour


Win copies of The Hive Queen Saga: 
–3 x Signed copies of both books in the Hive Queen Saga
–1x ebook copies of both books in the Hive Queen Saga + an unrelated novella
Two fun  and interesting reads from Janine A. Southard.
Book One:  Queen and Commander introduces the world of Dyfed, where your performance on standardized tests determines your future. The author creates a believable and fascinating world where a select group of women become Queens, surrounded by devoted male followers who all work together for the betterment of their hive.  The story is told from the multiple points of view of  new Queen Rhiannon as well as her propsctive hive members.  The characters’s voices are distinct and the transitions are very well done.  This allows the reader to experience all aspects of Dyfed’s culture and  propels the story forward at an exciting pace.  The story ends on a cliffhanger so Book Two is a must read.
Book Two:  Hive and Heist continues the story of Rhiannon’s hive and their adventures as well as introduces a new character, Melissa.  Melissa is a cyborg Star Ranger on the hunt for criminals at the same Space Station where the hive is stuck until they can pay their bills.  The multiple points of view continue and, as in Book One, are effective at keeping the story moving.  The characters face new challenges, especially Rhiannon and Victor, and the hive as a whole has to deal with being in a new culture that doesn’t understand their way of life.   Through interludes, the author also gives us the point of view of the former Queen of the Ceridwen’s Cauldron, Olivia, and we learn not everyone on Dyfed accepts the Queens and their hives either.  This story comes together nicely at the end and, while it doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, Book Threes is a must read as well.



Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard
(Hive Queen Saga #1)
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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**WINNER 2013 IPPY AWARD — Silver Medal for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book**

On a world where high school test scores determine your future, six students rebel. They’ll outrun society as fast as their questionably obtained spaceship will take them.

Rhiannon doesn’t technically cheat the Test. She’s smarter than the computers that administer it, and she uses that to her advantage. She emerges from Test Day with the most prestigious future career possible: Hive Queen.

Gwyn & Victor are madly in love, but their Test results will tear them apart. Good thing Rhiannon is Gwyn’s best friend. Rhiannon can fix this. Queens can do anything.

Gavin is the wild card. Raised off-planet, he can’t wait to leave again… and he’s heard of an empty ship in orbit. The Ceridwen’s Cauldron.

Both Luciano and Alan fit in the system. They don’t need to leave. Only their devotion to Rhiannon spurs them to join the Cauldron’s crew.

Spaceships. Blackmail. Anywhere but here.


Hive & Heist by Janine A. Southard
(Hive Queen Saga #2)
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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Queen Rhiannon and her Hive have found safety on John Wayne Station, but with no way to pay their docking fees or Victor’s medical bills, their debts are racking up quickly. Thankfully, Gavin gets a job with American Space Ranger M3L-15-A, who’s hot on the trail of dangerous criminals.

The teens move in with their Ranger benefactor, but when they revisit their ship to pick up personal belongings, they realize their Alcubierre tensor jet has been stolen!

If Rhiannon and her Hivemates ever hope to leave, they must find and steal back what’s theirs. But far from home and among strangers, who can they trust? Will they be stuck on John Wayne for the rest of their lives?

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Janine A. Southard writes and edits speculative fiction in between working on videogame projects. She’s attended more than the average number of universities, which she claims is a FEATURE. (“Oxford educated, but Californian at heart.”) She’s also lived and traveled in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle with a husband (and a cat) and sings with a Celtic band.

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