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Monday, June 30, 2014


Guys, get ready for some gushing, because this book has my heart.

I was its first reader, and I know I won't be the last. I cannot wait to hold this beauty in my hands on October 14th. I met Ilima at my first writer's conference back in 2011 and we've been good friends and critique partners ever since. We've come a long way since Louise Plummer's class! Ilima's the one who introduced me to Firefly, and for that alone, I'll be forever grateful. But more than that, she's taught me how to be a better mother, a better friend, and a better person.

This book success couldn't have happened to a better person and I have been privileged to watch her go through her steps to published author. When I grow up, I want to be just like her:)

Not only does the story rock and did I see smoking hot Kai walking down the street in the marine town where I used to live, but I have thought about Nine, her journey, and how much her story means to all of us since reading it in its early stages. Nine lives in a futuristic society where children are raised in batches and on their 17th birthdays choose everything from whether they'll be male or female, to the color of their skin, their name, and their life profession. It's a big deal, especially when they don't have all the facts. I won't give away everything, so you can soak up all the goodness on your own, but here is Ilima holding this week's Publisher's Weekly magazine with her book cover on the front. How incredible is that for a cover reveal?
And here's a close up of the book cover. Her husband designed it and Shadow Mountain liked it so much, they only modified it a bit. Isn't the font perfect for the subject matter?
From Goodreads:
Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously. But Nine isn't like every other batcher. She harbors indecision
and worries about her upcoming Remake Day her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they'll be.When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is
pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?

Links to the awesome
Ilima Todd
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  1. Ooh, this sounds like a very interesting story! Congrats to Ilima :)

  2. On the cover of PW! Wow! How is that for an awesome cover reveal -- and a debut book!

  3. What a wonderful tribute to both Ilima and REMAKE. I totally forgot you were the first reader for this story. Go, you! Makes me feel all warm 'n' fuzzy for how far our CP group has come.

  4. EEK! I am so excited for Ilima! And it's absolutely amazing to see her cover on PW! It is a fantastic cover and I can't wait to read the book. I hear the best things! I love all your support of her. :)

  5. So happy for Ilima! Her book is going to explode.

  6. Ohhhhh… this is so wonderful!!! I love Ilima!!! I can't WAIT to read this book!!! :)

  7. Hey Robin!! How are you feeling?

    I have to say I totally agree with you here about Ilima. She is all that you've said and more!! She is one of the first blogging buddies I ever made and one of the most loyal!! I adore her and can't wait for Remake to come out. I can't wait to see all of the success she will enjoy because of it. I feel lucky to know her and blessed that she has touched all of our lives and made them better just from being in it.