Death Before Daylight by Shannon A. Thompson

Death Before Daylight (The Timely Death Trilogy Book Three) by Shannon A. Thompson 


DBD_coverBook Description: Two eternities. One ending.
“Harmony would only come with destruction.”
The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.
While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.
In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.

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My Review: I love this series. I thought I should be upfront about that. The thing that I liked most about this book was the way it went off the rails. There is a point towards the beginning that this feeling of impending dread starts to curl around the characters and you know that everything is not going to be okay.  And it isn’t.

My favorite book by this author is still Take Me Tomorrow but Death Before Daylight is now a very close second. Shannon A. Thompson has a way of changing up the young adult formula that keeps one on their toes.

I believe this is the end of this series but it could go on. The last few chapters of the book are like that open ending of your favorite television series that has come to an end. You can see all of the possibilities and your hopeful that they will carry on. So I’m going to say that this was a fantastic third book and if it is the end, forever, I’ll be content. It ties up loose ends and yet leaves you wanting more. Perhaps Shannon A. Thompson will gift us with a short story of Eric and Jonathon’s road trip or maybe the wedding? Here’s me with my fingers crossed.

I really liked how Jessica evolved through this series. Talk about your character arcs. She begins her journey clueless. She doesn’t know anything; she doesn’t even know enough to be fearful. By the end of Death Before Daylight she knows things that even the elders don’t know. She becomes an adult who puts the needs of others above her and Eric’s. It’s a simple thing that has a powerful impact. It’s impressive. It also gives the reader a sense of having history with the character. We feel like we’ve been with the character longer than we have.

Eric evolves too. He learns to share his burden. Even from book one we understand that Eric has always been groomed for his position as savior protector of the shades. What’s at stake hangs like a weight around his neck. It was nice to see Jessica help with that. And as long as we’re talking about characters there is the return of two character that are both close to Eric and they help Jessica out in an interesting way.

For me at least this series has been about balance. The Light needs the Dark as much as the Dark needs the Light. It’s true in the books and in life. This series demonstrates that people need balance. They also need hope and the end of this book definitely gives the characters hope for the future. One with out war. We get to see a glimpse of what it takes to pick up the pieces from war. The survivors move forward because that’s the only thing that can be done. It’s a satisfying end to a beautiful trilogy.


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This series contains complicated themes befitting war. There are no sexual situations or language.



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Cover Reveal: Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson


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The Timely Death Trilogy began as one teenager’s nightmare and morphed into a real-life dream of authorship. The entire trilogy re-releases with new covers and new interiors this summer and fall by Clean Teen Publishing. I hope you’ll check out this dark vs. light trilogy (mainly because the “dark” side is the good side…maybe), and I especially hope you’ll consider becoming a Member of the Dark! Each time there is a special event, you can participate and win prizes—like spotlights on my website, books, and more. Simply email me at, and I’ll send a badge over to you. We might even have coffee together.
Thank you for reading about this dark journey,


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Seconds Before Sunrise (book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy)

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.





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Cover Reveal: Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson




Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy


Awarded Goodreads’ Book of the Month in July 2012


Releases July 28, 2015 – Second edition by Clean Teen Publishing, new cover and new interior!


Current Rating on Goodreads: 146 ratings, 4.3 stars


Summary:  Two destines. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.


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  • “A magical, if slightly dark, tale.” – The Reader’s Review
  • “Wonderfully unnerving.” – Coffee Shop Reader
  • “This is a story of forbidden love, hidden love, and a war of love.” – Endless Reading
  • “This book was brilliant, original and romantic. This is a timeless love story with incredible character growth, action and twists of fate.” – Note to Selph Book Reviews
  • “Miss. Thompson twisted the concept of Light and Dark, reversing the well-known roles, changing the time-old dance and making it her own. Brilliant and true, “Minutes Before Sunset” is thought-provoking, bringing real-life lessons and morals from a world of the supernatural.” – Live. Laugh. Read


About the Author:

Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and pic1habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.


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Minutes before Sunset

Seconds Before Sunrise

Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

SBS*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I was so sad when I reached the end of this book.  It wasn’t just that I was sad that the story was over but that the book wouldn’t be out for a couple of weeks.  That day however has come.  It’s here.  Everyone can buy Seconds Before Sunrise and then we can all talk about it.

Book Summary:

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

My Review:

I was a little reluctant to start this book because I knew what was coming.  I knew it was going to be ugly.  Poor Eric.  It wasn’t enough that he was born the champion of the dark foretold in a prophecy.  Oh no.  He has to deal with the fall out from book one.  (If you haven’t read Minutes Before Sunset then you should go and do that now.  You’re missing out.)  I think he has every right to be as angry and despondent as he is at the beginning of this book.  His already messed up life is even more messed up.

I’m glad that I sucked up my reluctance.  I really enjoyed the book.  Eric is a different character by the end of this one.  Now he knows what he’s fighting for and what he’s willing to risk in the process.  In contrast Jessica gets back to who she was in the first book.  She fearless in book one and watching her be anything less in this one was painful.  They really were painful  to read but I think they should be.  What happened to Jessica during book one spins out of Eric’s control.  She loses an important part of herself and it’s sad to watch her not know why she’s struggling.  We have to witness the fall out from that as unpleasant as it is.  Have I said poor Eric yet?  It’s important because it makes what happens later all the more remarkable.

I’m not sure I’ve read anything before where the final battle isn’t so final.  It goes so off the rails that I wasn’t sure what would happen next.  It was exciting.  Both books full of moments like that.  I found myself having a NO moment, a WHAT moment, several THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING moments, and an AWWWWW THAT’S SO SWEET moment.  One thing is for sure;  the next book in this series is going to be huge!  I loved every single second.

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PicsArt_1375992730999PG  Eric is the chosen. He has his own sword and he knows how to use it




6880615At sixteen, Shannon A Thompson became the young-adult author of “November Snow.” In 2012, Shannon became a published poet. Both of her published works are dedicated to lost loved ones, her mother and her roommate. Her latest novel, “Minutes Before Sunset,” released May 1st by AEC Stellar Publishing. The award-winning, young-adult, paranormal romance is the first novel in A Timely Death series, and the second book is expected to release in March of 2014. Her first short story, Sean’s Bullet, was published in an anthology in October of 2013.
She recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English. She also works as a Social Media Marketing Manager.
Shannon spends her free time writing, but she loves spending time with her father and brother. She also has one black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart.

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Author Interview with Shannon A Thompson

Blackout_AuthorIntWe have a great interview with author Shannon A Thompson to share with you.  We just reviewed Minutes Before Sunset and her new novel Seconds Before Sunrise will be out on March 27th.  We are really excited to find out what happens.  Read our review to find out why.  It’s a great book.  Our first questions are silly ones but she gave us great answers to all of our questions.  She has an amazing website with tons of information.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an aspiring writer or an avid reader who wants to know how authors do what they do, her website has great information.  If you have fun questions that you would like to see us add to our list of icebreakers send them to us.  We would love to see them.  Now, our interview with Shannon A. Thompson.
1. Do you kill bugs or set them free?
“Depends on the bug? Lady bugs must be set free. Wasps must be vacuumed with the hose from a distance.” 
2. If you weren’t human what would you be?
“Oh! Now that is a question. I think a magical, forest creature of some sort – as long as I was also nocturnal.”  
merlot_image3. What is your favorite color?
“A deep red, like Merlot. I actually painted my bedroom in college this color, and I matched it with black and gold furniture with black and white posters from my favorite 50’s movies.” 
4.  If you were a fairy tale character who would you be?
“I grew up with the Grimms’ Fairy Tales, so I’m not sure I would want to be one of those characters. They always end up dismembered. But if I could choose from Disney, I think Mulan is my favorite (although the legend of Hua Mulan is very different from the Disney version.) I’m starting to think that I’m over-thinking this.” 
5. If you were that fairy tale character fighting a dragon and the dragon gave you a choice between saving your love and saving a nearby village from its wrath which would you choose?
“I would save my love, because I would’ve already saved the village people – making the village empty and only houses would be destroyed. (See? Happy endings.)” 
1.  Why did you choose to write about Shades?
“Well, for one, I like writing about creatures beyond the norm, and the shades were based off of what I saw in the dreams I based the novel off of. I wasn’t sure what to call them, but I ultimately decided on shades when writing the second novel. I actually explained my decision on my website” here: where I discuss the method of combining old tales with new ideas in order to create a refreshing twist on overused creatures.
2. In your book the Shades have a human form.  Were you worried that would be confusing to the reader?
“I think most authors are worried about everything being confusing to the reader, but I trust the reader. Of course, juggling two identities with every character wasn’t easy when writing, so I knew it wouldn’t be easy when reading it, but sometimes that is the point – the challenge yourself and the reader to focus on the separation of identities in order to grasp what the trilogy is stating about identity in general.”
3. What do you hope your readers take away from this series?
“Other than being entertained, I hope readers can relate to the characters and appreciate the challenge of stereotypes and archetypes. For instance, light is normally good, and dark is bad, but I flipped them. I wanted readers to ask, “Why do we continue to use these same symbols in our literature over and over, and do we have to continue using them?” In terms of stereotypes, I wanted to create characters that teens could relate to in order to find comfort in their own identity. For instance, Crystal dresses in a style most would consider “punk,” but she is ambitious and girly in her own way. I wanted readers to see themselves – or their classmates – in that. A punk doesn’t have to be this “negative punk.” A punk can be a hardworking student that goes to prom.” 
4. How is writing a series different than writing a stand alone novel?
“I wrote about this on my website, too. I do a lot of writing, editing, and publishing tips. But, anyway, here’s the link: I think both require a lot of attention and planning, but a series is much longer, and they must tie together, which can add complications. I enjoy writing both, but I recommend new writers to begin with a stand-alone novel before moving onto series.”
5. What can you tell us about book two in The Timely DeathSeconds Before Sunrise Trilogy?
“Seconds Before Sunrise releases on March 27, 2014. While the first book was focused on being in the Dark, this novel will revolve around what it is like to be human in a paranormal world. But don’t worry! There’s plenty of action, romance, and twists ready to be revealed and explored. I will give you one hint: the novel takes place from the middle of August to the middle of December.” 
6. Who is your favorite author?
“That is an impossible question, but I will try to narrow it down to a few. Billy Collins is my favorite poet, and Cassandra Clare is my current obsession within the YA genre (but I also LOVE Lauren Oliver and Meg Cabot and…okay, I could go on forever.)”
7. What books have influenced you and your work?
“I wouldn’t say that any specific books have influenced my work, but I would say that an abundance of reading all different kinds of novels inspired me to write in a variety of genres. That being said, I always admired Meg Cabot’s young-adult fiction. She isn’t afraid of breaking boundaries with her protagonists, allowing them to be both tough and girly, intellectual and human, as well as many other things.”  
8. What has writing taught you about yourself?
“Writing has allowed me to realize what is most important in this world: helping and inspiring others. I always thought my dream was to be a published author, but that happened, and I knew that wasn’t the main goal I was working toward. Ultimately, I dream of being able to open an affordable art school. It may not be accredited, but I think it would be better if it was simply a place where new artists could meet acclaimed artists in their field – like networking – and grow with their art in order to make it into a career at an earlier age.” 
9. What has it taught you about life?
“Life is short. I know. I know. How cliche. But there’s a reason it’s cliche – it’s true. 
My love for writing was only taken seriously after my mother died, and I knew I had to spend my life spreading the love for achieving dreams, because – quite frankly – I won’t be here forever, but art will be. It may not be my art – but if I can influence another artist to try, I think my life will be worth it. Art is immortal, and it teaches the soul to those of the future.”
ShannonAThompson10. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
“My mantra is “Write with passion; succeed with self-discipline.” It helps me get through the bad and the good days. It’s okay if you have to remind yourself how much you love what you do; you just have to keep doing it. It may take years, even decades, but following your dreams is worth more than wondering what it would be like to try.”  
11. Is there anything that you would like to share with our readers?
“My website – – includes writing, publishing, and editing tips, but I’m here to help anyone! I’m also giving away free copies of Minutes Before Sunset in exchange for an honest review. Feel free to email me at any time with questions or comments (or even just to chat.) I’m at I would love to hear from you!”
We would like to thank Shannon A. Thompson for taking the time to answer our questions.  Don’t forget to pick up Minutes Before Sunset.
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Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

CoverHere is a word of warning.  You are going to get to the end of chapter one and say I can put this down anytime I want to.   Then you’re going to realize it’s five o’clock in the morning and you forgot to sleep.  It’s true.  It happened to me.

Jess and her parents move back to the town of her birth.  She was adopted and they left the past in the past but now that they are back Jess wants some answers.

Eric is the rich kid in town.  He also has a secret.  He’s a shade.  A very special shade.  He has his own prophecy and everything.  He isn’t really looking forward to his next  birthday because that’s when he’s supposed to fight an epic battle that could kill him.  Between keeping up his human identity and training for battle Eric doesn’t really have time to mentor a shade that doesn’t even know she’s a shade.  He also can’t walk away.

This book tosses convention on its head.  Forget everything you think you know about how good and evil are supposed to act.  Forget about how you think light and dark spend their time.  The author throws all of that out the window.  She forges a new reality for the characters that represent dark and light.  Should shades be dark and evil? What is dark and evil?  Does dark and evil know it’s supposed to be dark and evil?  Can light and good be so corrupt that it only looks like light and good?

The characters in this novel are unique and the story is told from two points of view.  Don’t worry.  The author moves between them with skillful ease.  Eric is basically in hiding.  If the light finds him before he’s eighteen and able to protect himself they’ll be able to kill him.  That would be really bad new for the shades.  I believe I mentioned a prophecy. Every shade has a human form that is different from their shade form which gives every shade sort of a secret identity.  That means that names are secret sacred things that they don’t tell anyone they don’t know.

We don’t get to know to much about the light in this book.  I get the feeling that the next book will have more of the light in it.  I can’t tell you why because that would spoil the end and you really need to appreciate the end when you read this book.  While I was reading I screamed NO this can’t be happening.  Once I calmed down and thought about it I realized the end was very clever.  As I said before this book tosses convention on its head.  I think this series will twist convention further and prove to be something I’ll continue to be excited to read.

This book has numerous twists and turns.  I felt compassion for both Eric and Jess.  He lives with the constant threat of death hanging over him.  The shade he meets in the woods offers him an escape.  He can be himself while he teaches her.  His friendship with her is dangerous because he slips away each night to meet with her.  She’s also dangerous because she wasn’t brought up in the shade community.  She’s nameless and she doesn’t know he’s supposed to fight the epic battle.  I liked that fact that the person who brings him so much peace could also unknowingly put him in so much danger.  It offered a nice balance.

Jess has an overwhelming need to find out information about her birth parents.  She has a great life and her parents love her but she wonders about her birth parents and who they were.  Her parents agree to allow her to search for information but only if she has good grades.  The problem there is that Eric is her lab partner and he’s busy with other things.  She finds him a sleep a lot because he’s been out all night with a certain nameless shade.  I love how it all comes together at the end.  It’s a beautiful story.

Lot’s of YA series follow a formula whether they mean to or not.  The first book is usually about the two main characters coming together.  The second is usually about how one of them goes away and comes back in the end.  I’m interested to see how book two plays out because the end of book one contorts the YA formula I’ve come to expect.  Shannon A. Thompson offers us a completely new take on YA urban fantasy.

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