Monday, November 11, 2013

Seventeen by Mark D Diehl

Today, I'm hosting Seventeen by Mark D. Diehl

Peep Rep: 17? Is that his age?

Liza: I don't think so. Here's his picture:

Peep Rep: Is it how many library books surround him?

Liza: Not to my count. But by all means count away while I introduce the book.
Peep Rep: I love this cover.

Liza: Me, too. 

Peep Rep: Is there a Tour prize?

Liza: A really nice one.
One lucky visitor will receive a $50 Amazon or BN Gift Card.

Peep Rep: I've got great vibes about this book. Where's the blurb, I need the blurb.

Liza: Calm down. I have it.

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?

Peep Rep: That sounds really cool. Can I have an excerpt?
Liza: Yes, I had four excerpts to choose from. This was my favorite.


“I know what you did, Sett. There is a Federal Angel with me right now. He wants to talk to you.  He would like to know why you helped some waitress escape after she killed Matt Ricker. Switch to visual. Now.”

He blinked hard and wiped a palm across his forehead. A sickly gray light seemed smeared along the opposite wall, having filtered through the filthy window at the end of the hallway. The floorboards creaked as he shifted his weight.

“Is it true, Sett?” his mother asked. “Why would you get yourself involved in a debacle like that? Why? When everything was going so well for you?”

He stared down at the stained plywood floor, now spotted with teardrops.

“What were you thinking? A waitress? You know better than to go getting messed up with people like that. They’ll drag you right down with them, every time. You come home right now and explain to this Angel exactly what happened; I’m sure he’ll understand. But I’m not going to lie to you. There will still be fallout. Society does not tolerate wretched, uncivilized behavior. I can’t guarantee you’ll be allowed to remain at Fisher.”

“I wasn’t thinking at all, Mother. I was just doing it, all of a sudden.” He sniffed. “She was hurt, and they started it, not her. Nobody else would help. What was I supposed to do? Just let her die?”

“Oh, Sett.” His mother sighed. “Of course you were.”

Peep Rep: The future is scary.

Liza: It usually is. I can't remember any stories where it actually seemed to have gotten better. But this sounds really good.

Go hunt down some links. I don't see any.

Peep Rep:  Found em

Liza: Great Job. Now, let's find out about the author. 


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.

Author’s Website:

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  1. Thanks for hosting today, Liza! I love your format!

    1. Peep Rep believes you are talking about him and is preening now. I think you are referring to the LARGE FONT that can easily be read. Don't tell me which you meant. Right now, both Peep Rep and I are happy. It happens so rarely, I wish to enjoy the moment.

    2. You and Peep Rep are a great team, Liza! I also love the color scheme, which is similar to the shade of green I used in "Seventeen." In the corporate-controlled world of the book, everything inside every building is done in a patented color known as "Corporate Green," which has been shown to increase worker productivity by 0.5%.

      The large font keeps me reading right along, too, which is funny since I already know what the book is about. I've been trapped in your clever web ... or is it Peep Rep's web?

      Did you really not see links? Thanks to Peep Rep for digging some up. Because I feel we're headed for a world where conformists squeeze unique individuals out of the gene pool, I named my website something easy to remember. Independently minded people will never have the cohesion and efficiency that hierarchy and conformity does, but yet we still fight to survive. You can find more about me and my work at :

  2. Scary future. I like that someone is going to stand up for what's really right.


  3. Very cool cover. The book sounds interesting.

  4. Awesome cover and wow! I don't know where to start except this author sounds like a super fascinating person and this premise is amazing. I vote for next time a blog talk interview so we can hear how this all came about and the author's experiences! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I can kidnap him if you like. I've very good at that?

  5. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  6. Love the blurb ,Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the away

    (Tammy Dalley)

  7. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com


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