Friday, January 3, 2014

Review & Interview with Lawson Lila Felix's "Forced Autonomy" (Phase 1)

Author: Lila Felix
Author: Forced Autonomy (Phase 1)
Release Date: January 3rd, 2014
Pre-order date coming soon!!!
The United States has collapsed. Those citizens who are left are in one of two classes. One: Citizens who have undergone forced lobotomies, as mandated by the United Nations. Two: Those who fight against their tyranny.
Petra Kingsley falls under both classes. She falls in line with the drones, pretending her procedure worked. She’s existed among their ranks, hiding in plain sight, being worked to the bone and starved almost to death.
Lawson is a bounty hunter of sorts. His target isn’t the guilty, it’s those who are lost in the folds of a broken society.
When he spots Petra working in the masses, he stops at nothing to help her escape.
But he has no idea who exactly he’s helping—and who will now be hunting them both?
Be sure to add Forced Autonomy to Goodreads
Jared Leto

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My Review:
In Lila Felix's thrilling and almost too realistic new book "Forced  Autonomy" (Phase 1) the
government has  discovered the most disturbing of nightmares & unleashed the unthinkable upon its people. Through forced lobotomies, the  public has succumbed to a shell of their former lives as mindless slaves working for free. In order to survive, Petra Kingsley has hidden among the "drones" working long hard hours with little or no food. Her plan has worked for four long years. Petra's hellish life changes when she meets Lawson *sigh*

Annnnnnnnnnd you're welcome

Lawson *sigh again* has been able to hide from the government living on the outskirts of cities in well run camps full of refugees hiding from the  tyranny of the government. Lawson has made it his mission to save people  like Petra and bring them back to his settlement where they can enjoy simple pleasures like soap, food and a bed (no for real y'all)

When Lawson discovers Petra, he realizes that she is so much more than he expected. Can these two find love in such a soul crushing world?

What I thought:
I Absolutely LOVED this story!!! It was so raw, gritty and realistic it honestly scared me a little!! Lila goes into such detail about the collapse of society, it's like she had coffee with    Nostradamus!! No worries y'all, this book isn't all zombified people, the evil government, people living in colonies hoping to avoid forced lobotomies. The friendships in Lawson's group is more like a family. Each pulling his/her own weight and wanting the best for the group as a whole.

 Can I just say Lila is a master of making you fall in love with her male leads?? They are all intelligent, sexy, fearless, daring and fiercely loyal to those they love. I honestly thought I had my book boyfriends from Lila down to a few:  Falcon and Nixon (From her Love and Skate Series) and Breaker (from AnguiSH) but I have to  add Lawson to my collection and I bet you will too!

  Ok, ok, I got distracted over Lawson's yumminess. I wanted to discuss Petra and Lawson's  relationship. It is sweet, romantic and often heart melting. Yet underneath all that is a smoldering current of passion just waiting to burst open!! Perhaps in the next installment Lila?

"Forced  Autonomy" (Phase 1) is extremely raw and gritty but in all of that horror and darkness, love still blooms, reigniting the faith in humanity! It's pure perfection!!



Lily Collins

I had the amazing opportunity to interview Lawson (Thanks Lila) I hope this helps y'all love him as much as I do and want to read Lila's exciting book! To help avoid confusion, Lawson's answers will be in blue and mine in pink. Enjoy!!! 
Welcome and thank you so much for meeting with me today Lawson! I know you're very busy so I appreciate you coming today. Are you ready to get started?

Let's go back a little bit. Before all hell broke loose. Tell me a favorite childhood memory.
My grandmother used to have these women over every Thursday night for reading club. But really, they made ‘special brownies’ and would get a little wild. I would sit on the stairs and just laugh all night. That’s probably not what you had in mind.
*LOL* That's SO much better than what I had in mind Lawson!! I think my best memory with my grandma was when she bought me a Barbie!
Describe a typical pre-apocalyptic day. Were you in school or did you have a job?
I boosted cars all day and helped run the chop shop all night. Not really a typical job, but it kept the lights on and the water running for my parents.
You're amazing!
Did you have a hobby or favorite activity? What did you and your friends like to do?
A hobby? Yeah, I used to play the guitar. Wish I still had one. My friends were not good people. Breaking the law was our top entertainment.
Oh guitars are great! Well I think those "hobbies" may have helped you survive!
Do you remember the moment you realized the government was truly insane and out to hurt the people?
I remember the day the President was shot. I think when I realized, years before that, when the Senators were getting paid $200,000 while the people who ran the farms that fed them were starving—something was really wrong.
I agree, it's disgusting really.
Your parents being older, were among the first to be "taken" walk me through that day and your thoughts as they unfolded.
They volunteered. They still had this unfounded faith in the system. I begged them not to go. They were picked up in the middle of the night while I was stealing cars.
*gasp* Oh Lawson, I'm so sorry! I know it's what they wanted, but that doesn't make it any easier for you.
What made you decide that you needed to help others escape the government?
I can’t reveal that yet. You’ll have to read about it. Lila would slap me in the back of the head. *chuckles*
She sure would!!!  Ok I'll let that one go, for now *wink*
Moving in the shadows and avoided such a powerful group of people can be dangerous. Did you ever come across a situation you were afraid you wouldn't get out of?
I’ve been apprehended several times. But those soldiers are like droids. They have knowledge, but no common sense, no instinct. I’ve been worried more times than I’d like to admit.
Now let's talk about Petra *giggle* what drew her to you? Besides the fact it was obvious she wasn't a drone. There was more to it, a pull coming from both of you!

Yeah, this is the one question Lila threatened me not to answer under any circumstances. She can still off me, you know? I’d better not. But Petra—there’s just something about that girl.
*Puts hands up* Ok, ok, ok, the last thing I want to do is get you in trouble with Lila *wink* So, that's a good enough answer for now!!
Bringing Petra back to the group causes an.......issue with one person you didn't see coming. How do you plan on handling this? Can you?
Odin is a real douche bag. *snort*  He was a little bit before but now he’s really showing his true colors. I might just have to take Petra away. *giggle* Good idea!!
On a happier note, if you had the ability to plan the perfect date for Petra, what would you do? Anywhere special you'd like to go?
Ugh, don’t do this to me. I try to stay away from thinking about the old world. *frown* But if I could, I’d like to pick her up from her house, take her to dinner and a movie. Hold her hand and shit. *LOL*


Well on that note *wink* I know you need to get back before it gets too dark & unsafe to travel. Before you leave, I'd like to give you this *hands him a heavy canvas bag* it's just some supplies I collected to help make your life easier!  
Oh, thanks Kelly. I appreciate it. I’ll share. 
Good glad you can use it all!

 Ok ladies what do you think?? Do you see why I'm totally in love with him?  Well, I'm in love with all of Lila's book boys but still...
Love this pic

 food, no really!! If  you have nothing this IS food.
*I* on the other hand, would just go hungry that meal!!
so pretty!

this is a safe house
**** OTHER WORKS****
*All works can be found on the above links*

Skate Series

Love and Skate:
On the rink she’s tough, she’s a leader, she’s fast and she’s the epitome of a rebellious girl. But Nellie’s been hurt, only once, but it was enough to make her look at life through different eyes and off the rink she’s a timid girl who loves with no pretenses.
A long time ago Owen Black was betrayed by the girl he thought he loved and the guy he called his best friend. The anguish set off a domino effect of negativity in his life and he never has fully recovered. He meets Nellie Forrester and thinks he can let it go for her.
But how can you love someone when the wounds from your past are still wide open?

How It Rolls:
Despite the odds, Reed Wolfe is making it, by the skin of her teeth. Her dreams and aspirations will have to wait until she can get on her feet. Because right now she’s homeless and churning on a downward spiral.

Falcon Black is existing. Not living, not thriving, just jutting along a path. But when he finds Reed, he can’t resist the urge to help her, lighten her load. But Falcon tends to go overboard, over the line, crossing boundaries he never thought he would and risking her trust in the process.

Can she accept his love or will it end up smothering her?

Down 'N' Derby: 
 Maddox is running.
By accident, he discovered long ago that he was adopted as a baby and his need to find his biological father has consumed him ever since. Now, on a road trip, determined to find his father and his sanity, and armed with locations and his cousin, Nixon, to help him, maybe he can find the answers he’s been searching for. With nothing but a suitcase and a wad of cash to get him there, lead after lead takes him further from home.
But he’ll find much more than he intended.
He finds Storey, a pint sized pin-up model who has learned painful lessons about guys. Her wounds run deep, but so do his. She knows what she wants, but will she recognize it when it’s right in front of her?
Maddox can’t touch anyone without feeling like his skin is crawling, but just maybe his instinct to protect this amazing girl will supersede his own hang-ups.
If he can brush her skin and start to feel alive inside...everything will change
Caught In A Jam:
Nixon Black has made mistakes. He made one mistake that would change his life forever. Now he’s working and in school—and he’s got a three year old. He gave up dating when Scout was born, but every night he retreats to another life in his mind, one he could’ve had with her.

Journey spent her formative years on the arm of any boy that didn’t expect anything out of her. She was hiding from the one person who did expect something in return—Nixon. Years after being cheated on and dumped for the last time, she takes a job at a daycare center where there’s a genius of a ginger haired girl whose last name is Black.

But the roles have been reversed and Journey is no longer Nixon’s first priority. Can he make room for the new Journey? And when he does, will he be able to forgive the old one?



she's spent a long time in a bubble. In an odd turn of events, Corinne is taken out of boarding school and plunged into high school where bullies reign and nice guys come in last.

But this is after she's already fallen in love with Abel over the summer.

Abel is trapped, with friends he secretly hates, but has chosen to stay with the status quo. It's just high school, right?

What do you do when the person you love sees the very worst part of you? And how do you help them when they discover their life is a hoax?

Remi Harris has a plan. Graduate high school, go to college, become a history teacher, be self-sufficient unlike her mother who is a struggling single mom. And the word ‘boy’ has no place in her plan.
Cooper Neal has been sent to his estranged father’s house to spend his Senior year getting to know him. And maybe, just maybe, there will be some cute girls in the small town.

Cooper sees Remi and he falls hard. Remi sees Cooper and wonders if she can do both. The question is; will he ruin her plans, or will she let him be a part of them?

Jenna has spent too long being complacent and accepting. Her mother and step-father constantly belittle and berate her for simply being alive. She passes through life keeping everyone and everything at arm’s length because it’s just not worth the questions or the pity party. She takes what they dish out and just tries to survive.
She has thought up a million different ways to get away from them, but lacked the motivation and the sheer will. Like a fast moving tornado, her motivation comes in the form of a boy who cares for her as none other has and who shows her a glimpse of hope, a glimpse into a life she never thought she could have.
But is her new motivation enough to get her out....

Written with Rachel Higginson
Cami Montgomery stole a car and smashed it into the front of a building in upscale Beverly Hills after a lousy date with the epitome of sleaze balls. The worst part, her parents are following through on threats after this latest plea for attention. Banished from her L.A. paradise and plunged into the Appalachian Mountains with her industrious aunt and uncle, Cami is about to find out how precious life really is.

Stockton Wright has been thrust into a hard life. He sacrifices everything to give his family and community what they need. He’s exhausted from life and work—and he’s only twenty four. What he needs is some change, and some sunshine. Even he will agree to that. He just doesn’t expect to find it in a stuck up, pompous, entitled Californian.

Cami bursts into Stockton’s life like wildfire, consuming all his thoughts and tangling him in her web. What starts out as a contentious rivalry evolves into a desire neither of them expected. When hammer meets metal, will they crack under pressure or be forged as one?

Cami and Stockton might just end up being exactly what the other one needs, but first their love will have to be drawn out in fireachel Higginson

Anguish was the status quo, until she walked in.
Breaker James Collins is confined in a prison of his own making. Scarred doesn’t begin to define his hell since finding out his girlfriend had cheated, stolen, and lied two years ago. It led to a single event—one that would blacken his days and his nights from then on. Since then, he hasn’t left his house, crippled by fear of people and any social interaction.
Ashland talks too much and has the voice of a meth-laden prairie dog, or so she’s always been told. She’s been called annoying and irritating all of her life and gave up on having friends for a long time. College has given her a new lease on a social life and she’s embraced who she is. But now she’s waiting for the one guy who can take her breath away and put up with her antics.
A simple note pinned to a corkboard will lead Ash right to Breaker’s solitary world and she will learn that just because a guy doesn’t fit her ideal, doesn’t mean she won’t fall head over feet in love.
All she wanted was a friend---one that knew her and not her circumstances. She needed somewhere to call home. Hers was an open door for countless men looking for the services her mother offered them. She camouflaged herself against lockers and blackboards to avoid the stares and whispers at school.

And then she found Cal...and Fade.

Cal lives like Frankenstein, rising at night to work and just trying to make it until dawn. He avoids most relationships, afraid of the things he will be asked to do. He moonlights as Fade, a radio station DJ who spends hours counseling his peers on their troubles. It was all mundane until Jocelyn called the station.

Cal and Havok pursue a friendship.

Jocelyn and Fade pursue a relationship beyond the confines of the radio waves.

But when Havok disappears, Cal will find that Havok has been guarding a lifetime worth of secrets. And when Fade and Jocelyn’s all night phone conversations cease, he finds a link between them he never saw coming.

Coming Soon!!!

In the depths of the Louisiana swamps, clans of bear shifters roam freely. Hawke Turnclaw, the Alpha over all of his kind, is drowning in the legacy left to him by the Alpha before him, his own father. When he goes on a rescue mission to save a rogue Black bear from the clutches of a Grizzly clan, he finds more than just a Black bear, he finds his mate.

Echo has always been told she's an anomaly, a fluke. She's the only bear of her kind and that makes her a hindrance to her clan. She's tried to run away, but they keep her tethered through guilt and a shock collar around her neck.

And then someone shows up claiming he's her mate.
Now belonging to a new clan, will she ever be able to understand that she's so much more than just a burden

Number ten is plastered on his team jersey and on his ego. In his own mind, Crown Sterling is the shit. He dates the prettiest women, he dominates on the soccer field, he pours money out of his pockets like it’s water. Until a debilitating knee injury puts him out of commission on and off the field. He’s sent to an isolated town in Louisiana to recoup, undergo physical therapy and heal. But it’s when you’re down that you find out who your real friends are, and what they value in you, if anything at all.

All Lyra wants out of life is peace and quiet. She grew up with a regular, everyday family. When she turned sixteen, rummaging through her grandmother’s hope chest in the attic, she discovered a secret that would turn her simple, normal life into a ball of chaos that revolved around her. But while she seems to face her fears head on in her career, she lives a life that’s secure and well hidden.

A new neighbor moved in next door and he’s decided that everyone needs to listen to his rap music, shattering Lyra’s quiet existence. Enraged, she stomps to the next townhouse over and who should open the door but a man whose good looks and charming smile knock her breathless.

How good looking? Just ask him.

How charming? He’ll tell you that too.

The king must be dethroned.

And a small town girl who’s been through hell is just the one to do it.
You Little Thief


About My Girl Lila:

Lila Felix lives in the swamps of Louisiana with her husband and three boisterous children. She loves coffee, anything cinnamon and loves to cook. She is a big roller derby fan. When she's not writing, she's watching 80's movies, reading, and collecting duct tape.
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 So what do y'all think? Are you ready for this exciting new book? How about Lawson??














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