Stay on guard. Be aware of your surroundings. Notice the nuances. Cover your tracks. Always be prepared. Question everything. This is how you stay alive, Joy. And this is how you keep the ones you love alive.
Sixteen-year-old Joy Montgomery, daughter of Zephyr the Magnificent, the great magician, can only reminisce of better times. Before the Superiors. Before the uprisings. Long ago. Before the dying Earth ripped the family she loved away from her.
In this desolate dystopian future, the Greenleigh orphans are “privileged” with the task of building mechanical trees for Bygonne, so their world behind The Wall can breathe another day, and so the Superiors may continue their malevolent reign.
Lured by a yearning for freedom, tenacious curiosity, and hunger for adventure, Joy discovers hope and magic amid the misery, and power in her promise to care for those remaining, whom she loves enough to risk her life for. To save them, herself, and the boy she adores from the abuse and slavery by the Superiors, Joy must entrust the aid of an unlikely ally who harbors a dangerous secret.
With an intriguing stranger at the helm, Joy and the treemakers embark on an intense and terrifying, yet liberating quest for the truth about the existence of the forbidden paradise beyond The Wall.
Cheree's 5 Star Review
This book!!! There is so much in this epic and terrible tale! In possibly the worst situation you could ever imagine children in, and being treated so badly I wanted to crawl into this book and exact some vengeance! The world has finally destroyed the ozone layer, and it now depends on the trees made at the treemaker factory, where these precious children are slaves and treated so cruel. Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does. But with that being said, there are so many beautiful and lovely moments too! This author holds nothing back and tells it without apology! People are sick, and sick people are more cruel than I can even fathom, and we see that here. But is there light at the end of this dark tunnel? Perhaps, but you will have to read this book of awesomesauce to find out. I have not been this sucked into a book in a long time, I may have even run into a wall with my kindle in my face because I just couldn’t put it down. But this book is not for the faint of heart, a post apoc dystopia that will leave you reeling! And wanting more!!
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What inspired this story?
On October 24, 2013, the Treemakers came to be during a perfect storm of various muses. My children and I lived in a bad neighborhood near these gigantic powerline towers, and I’d always think how they looked like mechanical trees. We had just ended another terrible summer (we live in Texas) where the kids stayed inside to play most days (bad neighborhood, plus heat) so the idea started brewing that summer. These orphan kids were in my head, and they were responsible for building these mechanical trees. They couldn’t go outside because of the bad air and the heat. The world was destroyed. Their lives were full of misery and despair, but they had each other, and their love for one another would pull them through….
In my house during that time we hung pictures of different paradises everywhere, to remind us that there was a better life somewhere, waiting for us. We’d get there one day, but first we had to weather the storm, push through the darkness of poverty and other obstacles to find the light. This was the emotional inspiration for the story, I think.
As far as the characters directly: my Nana was an orphan who was a mother figure to her twin baby sisters, and later she became a foster parent at the orphanage she grew up in. We’d go visit on Thanksgiving and I remember being fascinated with these orphan girls, inspired and in awe of my Nana’s ability to love so much, to feed and care for 10-20 girls on a daily basis, and do so with grace, strength, and nurturing.
And the treemakers were born….
Are any of the characters based on people you know?
As with all of my characters, they just kind of hop into my head and say “okay, it’s my turn now.” So far I’ve only based one character off of an actual person, but I can’t tell you who it is because it’s a character from book two, which you’ve yet to read. ;-)
I think my characters are a montage of everyone I’ve ever met in my life. Different qualities, traits, quirks, looks, habits, etc., originated from someone, somewhere in my life, but they flesh into their very own special beings in my head, becoming their own unique selves.
What was the hardest scene for you to write?
The dungeon scene. Omg that one was rough. I bawled my eyes out. And there was one more toward the end, too, but #Nospoilers! Lol (For those who’ve yet to read it)
Can I punch Jax in the face?
I am very curious to see how you feel about Jax after you read book two…. ;)
Do you have any other books in your mind for future writing projects?
Unless there is some sort of miraculous anti-aging serum to keep me alive until about 120 years of age, I won’t ever write all the stories I want to write. *sobs*
Currently, I’ve got about 15 works in progress (folders waiting for my attention on my computer) and I get new story ideas all the time. My stories span a ton of sub-genres, YA/NA/Adult, but are generally fantasy/speculative. I’m hoping once my toddler gets in school I’ll have more time to write and can get more than a book a year done, but we’ll see. There’s still plenty more where the Treemakers came from though, for sure. There are still two more books in that series! One of which releases on December 3rd. :)
Thanks so much for having me, Cheree!! And thank you, lovely reader, for taking the time to listen.
And now.....Drumb Roll.....Soultakers Book 2
“What a journey you have been on, Joy Montgomery. But it isn’t over yet . . . . No . . . I’m
afraid you have much farther to go."
Joy Montgomery is a hero. The Treemakers are finally home, safe and free in a well-deserved and long dreamed of paradise. The children can now settle into normal, carefree lives. Or so they thought.
Troubled by secrets their newfound paradise reveals, coupled with tangled feelings toward those she loves, Joy sees the painful truth: they’re still prisoners forever wounded by the effects of a traumatic past. An ominous warning from a trusted friend strengthens her resolve to never let down her guard, to always be prepared, to be ready for war . . . both inside and out.
Once again, the Treemakers are faced with escaping disaster, and Joy’s strength is pushed to its limit, her sanity pushed to the brink of collapse. Just when their situation couldn’t get any more desperate, they’re thrust into a series of shocking tribulations that are nothing short of nightmarish.
Will the Treemakers of Greenleigh annihilate the forces of evil that seek to capture and control their souls? Or will the magic Joy thought she found turn out to be just another illusion?
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I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this wonderful creeptastic book!
Here is my 5 Star Review :)
I am literally awe struck! This book is so dark and lovely and scary and wonderful! I absolutely loved the Treemakers and couldn't wait to get my hands on Soultakers, with fear in my heart for what more these beautiful characters were going to have to experience. And can I just say...Christina is a genius, a dark and scary genius! I had so many guesses of where this book would take them, and I couldn't have been more wrong. Intense! That is the best word I can think of to describe it. So much sadness filled with hope and the fight to never give up. I laughed, not often, but I did, I read wide eyed with a rock in my tummy, I cried...more than a few times, and I had moments of pure joy and happiness laced with more hope. Absolutely wonderful, but now I sit here waiting for book 3 in anticipation of what is to come next, and wondering if these poor souls will ever get their happily ever after!
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Adverb addict and alliteration activist. Daydreams and chocolate. Caffeine, check. Sleep, sometimes. Raold Dahl, Effie Trinket, Tim Burton, Stephen King, Daryl Dixon. Dubstep. Scars. Fire. Darkness. Love above all else.
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