Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Tour and Giveaway: Seventeen by Mark Diehl

Welcome to my stop on the Goddess Fish Promotions virtual book tour for Seventeen: Book One. Written by Mark D. Diehl, Seventeen is a YA/New Adult science fiction dystopia novel.

One randomly chosen commenter will receive a $25 Amazon/BN gift certificate. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more stops you visit, the more chances you earn to win.

Seventeen by Mark Diehl 

Most of the world's seventeen billion people are unconscious, perpetually serving their employers as part of massive brain trusts. The ecosystem has collapsed, and corporations control all of the world's resources and governments. A bedraggled alcoholic known as the Prophet predicts nineteen year-old waitress Eadie will lead a revolution, but how can she prevail when hunted by a giant corporation and the Federal Angels it directs?


The old man wrung his hands, looking Hawkins up and down. Hawkins scrolled through some text and found the name again: Stuckey. Another gee-whiz dimwit citizen, eager to please. Stuckey’s eyes went back up, from Hawkins’s acid-resistant all-traction black shoes, to his flexible, abrasion-proof gray uniform – cut in the old-fashioned suit style with lapels – to his perfectly Gold complexion and salt-and-pepper, closely-trimmed hair.

“Never had a Federal Angel in my place before,” Stuckey said, though Hawkins barely heard him. The Agent was closely observing the movements of a young, redheaded waitress setting plates on a table. As she leaned over, the girl kept her knees pressed tightly together, as her panties were clearly exposed with every bend of her waist. “I wish I could help you more; dropped that danged computer in a pot of soup when it was all going on – corporate’ll be furious, of course, but you’ve gotta tell ‘em so you can get the information you need. I hope my blunder doesn’t slow down your case, though. God’s will, right? God to the President to you, the Federal Angels. Geez. I never thought I’d actually meet one of you.”

Author Bio 

Mark D. Diehl writes novels about power dynamics and the way people and organizations influence each other. He believes that obedience and conformity are becoming humanity’s most important survival skills, and that we are thus evolving into a corporate species.

Diehl has: been homeless in Japan, practiced law with a major multinational firm in Chicago, studied in Singapore, fled South Korea as a fugitive, and been stranded in Hong Kong.

After spending most of his youth running around with hoods and thugs, he eventually earned his doctorate in law at the University of Iowa and did graduate work in creative writing at the University of Chicago. He currently lives and writes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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  1. Thank you for featuring "Seventeen" here at MAD Hoydenish today!

  2. I was just reading a bit more about your book at your website. What I read brought to mind 'Prophecy', a 1979 Sci-Fi Horror film taking place in the logging industry in Maine. Very scary film, IMHO. But the theme is what can/could happen if we don't control the pollution of our environs.

    How many books are you planning in this series?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. Seventeen's cover captured my attention as I was looking through the Goddess Fish's blog posts.

    Mark, how did you decide on this cover?

    I voted for Seventeen on the following Goodreads listopia list: best "eye" on the cover.

  4. Loved the book cover and gotta say it sounds like something educational and informative to read !