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Review of DiSemblance & Shanae Branham Interview (#giveaway)

I do not have a full Cabin Goddess Interview from the author so I decided to include my review also. I enjoyed the book and feel moved enough to include my thoughts. Please make sure you check out the giveaway and get a chance to win your own copy!


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

As a computer prodigy, Jason has spent his life with limited social contact due to his father’s secretive work on a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, Jason is targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. Having spent much of his youth living in the virtual world his father created, he must now go on the run if he is going to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door.

Genre:  Techno-thriller
Subgenres: Sci-fi, suspense, mystery, paranormal
Pages:  272 pages


DiSemblance was a fast pace mystery which is labeled YA, and I have to admit I did not realize this. It is definitely high school level reading and not middle school, so ages 15 and above. There are some pretty brutal realities  and many of them not actual realities and topping it off is the possibility of life after death.. or at least digital immortality.

The loss the boys suffer is intense and heart wrenching. Between the police, the bad guys and the kids, the race to find the real killer or killers is a bit mind boggling, which fits with the story since its playing conceptualized realities and reality all at once. Part of the reason why I did not want to stop reading was because I was hoping what my perceived reality of what was going on was truly virtual reality… confused? That is ok! You are suppose to be a little bit, it is all a manner of how this techno-thriller works! Don’t worry, its all on purpose, whats a thriller without a little mind-fuckery. I enjoyed the book and had a hard time putting it down, end of story.. or is it.

The really interesting aspect of the story is between the detective and Jacob, our main character. The  two stories between the detective and Jacob are like one of those accordion folding finger notes that we used to use in grade school … open one and see the text of the story with the mystery of the coffin killer …. close and open again and you have the story from the boys point of view as they grew up so sheltered.. It’s like a micro versus macro world it’s very intense but at the same time the detective is having issues within his own life where as the life outside of his is completely out-of-control control with the killer. And again the same is going on with Jacob as much as he tries to control every aspect of his life even though he cannot possibly do so.

I recommend the read and for you Star Trek fans, trust me you will get a bit of a giggle out of the math.

4 out of 5 stars


CGTweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO!

DiSemblance is an intense, YA, techno-thriller novel about a boy caught in a deadly conspiracy involving — digital immortality. (Tweet it below)

CGIntroduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you.

I live in Alaska because I love hibernating through the dark winter days. I heat up my room, turn on my laptop, and watch the snow blow outside my window. It is great being inside with nowhere else to go, and plenty of time to write

CGIs there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?

No. I love writing techno-thrillers that cross genres. 

CG -When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question)

No Comment (CG – 0_O .. OK maybe I just wasn’t clear enough, I have been known to be confusing… thought this was pretty clear though *shrug*)

CGIf you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?

Jason Tanner:  I would choose Shia LaBeouf, because he has an inner strength that lends well with being shy. I can see Boston being fascinated with his innocence. I also don’t think he would back down. He would make all of the hard choices Jason has to make seem natural. In the book, when Jason’s kidnapper points a gun at him saying, “I could kill you.” Jason replies, “Then do it.”

Boston Komen: I would choose Emma Watson, because she has a seductive shyness about her. I see her as mischievous, a rebel, yet vulnerable.Mom’s working at the diner until 4:00. Please don’t leave me alone.”

Bruce Durante: I would choose Denzel Washington. Okay, he might be a little older than my character in the book, but he can focus with an intensity that won’t let go. I can see him breaking the rules to catch the killer, while being soft with Lisa. Then he looked Jason straight in the eye, giving him the words he needed.You can trust me.”

Lisa Taylor-Durante:I would choose Tyra Banks. I see her as a reporter with the type of sophistication that gets people she meets to open up and trust her.

Suddenly she exploded. “What have you done? The horror in her voice was thick. “You’ll be suspended. There’ll be a trial. You’ll go to jail, and I’ll be an accomplice!

CGWhat is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

I have had to make a lot of financial sacrifices to follow my love for writing. I would hire someone to oversee renovating my house, call a travel agent to book a tropical vacation with my husband, and go out to dinner with close friends and family to celebrate – my treat!

CGDo you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?

I used to binge on chocolate. This was really bad for my weight. Luckily, I have gotten this under control this year.

CGWhat do you do when you’re not writing? (ie: What festive things do you do for fun? What things do you do when you make yourself have fun, and what is on the top of your list to do when you actually take two days for you (and family)

I am a mother of six children who were all born in a ten year span–need I say more. I love spending time with my kids. Last night, I took my sixteen year old daughter and her girl friends shopping for a prom dress.

CGIf your book was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine?

I am a horrible cook. My story would be your favorite junk food. I wrote DiSemblance to be a fast-paced adventure which gives my readers several hours of enjoyable reading.

Fast and Furious… oops sorry guys! 

“I really feel uncomfortable answering the rest of your questions. I hope the above will be enough.  ~ Cheers, Shanae Branham

OK so, here are the questions she was uncomfortable with… I answered the fast and furious because I can fun like that!

  • Coke or Pepsi? PEPSI!
  • Chocolate or Vanilla – CHOCOLATE
  • Paperback or E-Book – these days ebook
  • Windows or Apple? – BOTH, but if I had my way, APPLE
  • Roller Coasters or Carousels? Rollercoaster
  • Enterprise or Galactica? Galactica
  • Sail Boat or Speedboat? Sailboat
  • Squirrel or Chipmunk? Seriously… Chipmunks, they sing better!
  • Scooby Doo or Snoopy? SCOOBY!!!

CG – Anything you would like to add… appearances, upcoming releases, where I can find someone to adjust the algorithms for my time machine (hey I thought this was FUNNY!)

Well darn it, I wonder what she has against Scooby or Squirrels.. wait I have issues with squirrels!  Oh well, it’s OK  a lot of folks do not get my humor! I liked the book and I think many of my friends would like it too!!

Shanae Branham

Shanae BranhamShanae is a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. She also has attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer’s Expo.

She professes a love for suspense thrillers and is a master at plot and character development. She does enjoy stories with happy endings and promises all her readers that when they put one of her books down or walk away from one of her 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.

Raised in Idaho as one of six children she currently resides in Alaska with her own family with six of her own children. You can find her around the web at the following places:

Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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  1. This does sound like an interesting book! I can’t quite figure out why she would be made uncomfortable by your questions, other than the “Coke or Pepsi” one assumes that she would drink caffeine and maybe since she’s from Utah she is a devout Mormon? But I’ve seen people answer that by saying things like “Sprite” so why not, right? Heh. Anyway, I’ve signed up for the giveaway and I’ll go and take a closer look at the book info, too.

    • I’m thinking maybe the time machine comment or Snoopy? She’s from Idaho and lives in Alaska so NO clue! Go read her bio on Goodreads I had to edit it down for my piece, it was linger than my review and interview!

      • GAH!! I could have sworn that said UTAH! LOL… Anyway, yeah, Idaho… who da ho? LOL But Idaho is a lovely state.

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