Graduation Day

“We can meet after dinner and go for a walk.” He says with a smile. “After our disappearance into Tosu this weekend, everyone already assumes I have a crush on you. This will seal the deal.”
“They don’t know you very well, do they?”
Raffe’s smile fades. “Not many people do.”
A reminder that despite his having passed this test, neither do I.
Shaking off my concern, I return the list to my bag and slide the strap onto my shoulder. “I’ll see you at dinner.”
“Wait,” Raffe says as I head for the door. He disappears again into his bedroom. When he returns he hands me the pulse radio test I designed. “You forgot this. I didn’t listen to the message.”
“I know.” I take the device and carefully set it in my bag.
Raffe folds his arms over his chest and leans against the wall. “What would have happened if I had turned those switches?”


Joelle Charbonneau -About the Author

Ever since I can remember I loved telling stories. As I grew up, I started performing those stories on the stage. Creating vivid characters and singing wonderfully complex songs were my passion. I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and then continued onto DePaul University for my Masters Degree in Opera Performance. From there I went onto perform across the Chicagoland area in a variety of Operas, Operettas and Musicals. I also started teaching acting classes and private voice lessons to pass my passion along to the next generation.

Not exactly the path you’d expect a writer to take.

I’d never dreamed of writing a novel. But I loved to read. Then one day I had an idea and I started to write. I found my passion for creating characters lived on the page as well as the stage. It is my hope that the characters I’ve created resonate with you and make you smile.

I still teach voice lessons and sing for the occasional professional event. But the rest of my time is spent with my husband and son while dreaming up new and interesting stories. I hope that someday I hear yours.


Other Books in the Series

The-Testing-Guide-199x300Title: THE TESTING GUIDE (The Testing #0.5)
Release date: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pages: 46
Formats: eBook



It’s an honor to be chosen for The Testing. But it’s not enough to pass The Testing. Cia will have to survive it.

The Testing Guide is the short story prequel to The Testing, the first novel in the stunning and epic Testing Trilogy.

The-Testing2-198x300Title: THE TESTING (The Testing #1)
Release date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook



Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Independent-Study-200x300Title: INDEPENDENT STUDY (The Testing #2)
Release date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization.

In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

June 9th – Nightly Reading – Review

June 10th – The Book Cellar – Guest Post

June 11th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Review

June 12th – Fiktshun – Author and Character Interviews

June 13th – Magna Maniac Cafe – Review

Week Two

June 16th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post

June 17th – K-Books – Review

June 18th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview

June 19th – Parajunkee’s View – Spotlight

June 20th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post