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Friday, November 20, 2015

between two worlds, only one is real.- DiSemblance by Shanae Branham

As an action-packed romantic thriller, DiSemblance is sure to keep you guessing until the very end.
The secrets of his father’s invention run deep and Jason, his brother Isaac,Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance.


Jason Tanner lives between two worlds. Problem is, only one is real.

Inside the hologram machine 17-year-old Jason has everything his heart desires, including a digital simulation of his dead mother. While outside the machine, he’s forbidden contact with everyone. Living within the shadow of a serial killer, Jason is captivated by the beautiful girl next door, Boston Manning. Disobeying his father, he secretly cultivates a relationship with her.

For Boston life is divided into those that have and those that have not. Displaced in a new high school, she is determined to have the life she’s always wanted. But will her choices hijack her dreams and plunge her into the treacherous clutches of a serial killer?

As an action-packed romantic thriller, DiSemblance is sure to keep you guessing until the very end.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shanae Branham’s book, DiSemblance

1. The main female character, Boston Manning, transferred to a new high school because her mother’s boyfriend wanted them to move in with him. But once they got to the new city the boyfriend dumped her mother.

2. With her best friend’s encouragement, Boston uses the advice from a teen magazine to become popular.

3. Boston likes the main male character, Jason, who lives across the street, but she doesn’t have the guts to tell her best friend.

4. The book is called DiSemblance for a reason. Dissemblance means “the state of being disguised or concealed behind a false appearance”. There will be at least once time in the story when you don’t know what is real and what is false. (That’s the fun of it.)

5. Jason’s brother, Isaac, creates a digital copy of Boston.

6. Jason is a responsible big brother.

7. Boston gets angry with Jason because she thinks he made the digital copy of her, not his brother.

8. There is a murder mystery intertwined within this story.

9. Jill Allen from Clarion Review said, “DiSemblance is a marvelous, fast-paced thriller, sure to appeal to teen science-fiction aficionados and the uninitiated alike.”

10. See why Boston earns the nickname, Catwoman.


“…Does having a copy of your dead mother around bother you?”
No one had ever asked him that before. It felt good to talk about it. “It’s confusing.” Jason looked into Boston’s eyes. The warmth and concern he saw there was mesmerizing. “I don’t think Isaac believes mom’s dead. I don’t use that program because it doesn’t feel right.”
“It would bother me, too,” she paused. “What do you do all day?”
“Excuse me?” Jason was not offended by the question. In fact, it felt good to have someone take an interest in him.
“You don’t go to public school.”
“I already got my GED.”
“Is that it?”
“What do you mean?”
“Is that all you want from your life?”
Jason had never thought about it like that. “Why? Everything I could ever want is inside the hologram machine.”
“I’m not.”
Her words were like an arrow to his heart. She stepped closer, and he blushed as a black convertible loaded with teenage girls drove up and parked on the side of the street.
“Hey, Boston,” the driver called out.
“I’m coming,” Boston waved at her friends. Then she turned back to Jason. “By the way, I broke up with Ricky today.”
Jason felt like he had stepped in front of a moving truck. By the time he recovered his wits enough to speak, she had already jumped into the convertible, and they had peeled out, disappearing down the road.

About the author:
I am a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer’s Expo.
I love suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet.
In fact, I have struggled with Dyslexia my whole life, so you can imagine how overjoyed I was when DiSemblance won a Silver metal in the fantasy/science fiction category at the eLit awards in 2012.

1 comment:

Shanae Branham said...

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