About Disemblance

I am a young adult techno-thriller novelist. My first novel is called, DiSemblance. Here is a short description of it. The lines between reality and virtual reality blur and the result is murder. Jason Tanner's father is murdered and he is targeted as the killer's new fall guy. Now he must go on the run to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door.

I’m Writing Again!

weekoneThe hardest part about writing a sequel is choosing where to begin.

This past week I had to decide how much time has passed between books. What has happened to Boston, Jason, and Isaac?

How much of their lives during this time period is pertinent to the next book and how much is fluff? I am happy to announce I have finished the first fifteen pages. I plan to write 15 pages a week (except for holidays and vacations) until it is finished.

5th/6th Week and on… Book Reviews and Blog Tour for DiSemblance

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Friday, September 23, 2012: Simple Books

I was super excited when the author asked me to review the book! I saw a lot of good reviews on Goodreads and I really liked the book!…

Monday, September 24, 2012: Confessions of an Inner Aspen

But it did have an exciting plot and was fun to read.  It was suspenseful, the “techno-thriller” element was definitely there, and Branham painted a clear picture in my mind, and I appreciate it when I can see what is happening as I’m reading….

Tuesday, September 25, 2012: Amy’s Book World

Wow. This is a book that gets your brain a working. It’s who done it cat and mouse story that takes you from reality into an alternate world. The author did a great job with this story. It is unique and keeps the reader engrossed from beginning to end. The story is well written and quite a page turner….

Tuesday, September 25, 2012: Lucidity

I’m not an advent science fiction reader, but suspense thriller is one  of my absolute favorite genres. As introduction to either of these genres “Dissemblance” is an excellent addition. The novel is well written….

Thursday, November 1, 2012: Read,Breathe,Read

The plot was brilliant. Ever once in a while, we would stop and wonder how Shanae was able to come up with such a thing—just the creation of the hologram machine was a quite feat in itself.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Spotlight with excerpt (Chapter 3): Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Giveaway: Reading…Dreaming

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dream Cast DiSemblance (Guest Post) Reading…Dreaming

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Interview with the author: Confessions of an Inner Aspen

Friday, November 2, 2012

Interview with the author: Read, Breathe, Read


4th Week of Book Reviews and Blog Tour for DiSemblance

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 Sunday, September 16, 2012:  Helene’s World of Books

…When I first read the synopsis I liked it. I don’t read many thrillers. I hate gruesome murders and all, so I mostly avoid this genre. But this book sounded interesting and I ended up loving it. There are murders, but they’re not gruesome in the way of much blood and lost limbs. There’s a lot of tension and I just couldn’t put it down. The first 50 pages I read on the train, the other 319 pages I read in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. 


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

 Willa’s Ramblings

3rd Week of Book Reviews and Blog Tour for DiSemblance

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 September 10, 2012: A Bookish Co-Op

…To say we enjoyed this book would fall short of the truth. We freaking loved it and that’s saying something when BOTH of us like it. We can count the number of books we’ve both read on a three-fingered hand (not including the Harry Potter series, that’s just a given). Our reading tastes are just that different. So finding a book that appeals to both of us is a true gem.


DiSemblance was spotlighted on My Indie Monday by A Bookish Co-Op

Monday, September 10, 2012:

 A Bookish Co-Op

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

That Artsy Reader Girl

Friday, September 14, 2012

Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands

2nd Week of Book Reviews and Blog Tour for DiSemblance

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September 4, 2012:

Reading to Penguins

If you like the Matrix, or things of that genre, you’ll enjoy this book. It has that ongoing theme of uncertainty, where neither the characters nor the reader know what’s real. The plot is highly engaging and well paced. The murder investigation blends well with the science fiction aspects to create a clever resolution.


So what does all this rambling have to do with my thoughts on this book? I liked it. A lot, actually. I found it fast paced and engrossing. I would start reading and realize that I had flown through 50 pages before I realized it. I’m definitely glad that Ms. Branham stumbled across my blog and sent me her pitch, I would never have found this book otherwise. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read. It’s not just for the young adult crowd or the science fiction crowd. It’s definitely a book that will appeal to a wide variety of readers and I highly recommend it.


Friday, August 31, 2012:

 Becky’s Barmy Book Blog

Wednesday, September 5, 2012:

The Bookshelf

Thursday, September 6, 2012:

Confessions of an Inner Aspen

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Escapism: Escape into Books

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Starry Storm

1st Week of Book Reviews and Blog Tour for DiSemblance

Check out what people are saying about DiSemblance!



 …This book kept up a fast pace, and I was never bored. The suspense and action of the book really peaked my interest and kept me reading. There were so many mysteries to solve, and I was eager to have my questions answered.


…DiSemblance is a solid story with plenty of action and excitement. Shanae Branham is a budding author to watch, and it will be intriguing to see where she goes next!


…I’m glad I did as I found this a well-written and engaging tale that kept me turning the pages so fast that I read the book in a single session. The story is interesting and catchy and the characters, particularly Jason and Bruce, come across well. 


Monday, August 27, 2012

Michelle Shouts Random

  Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Nicki J. Markus
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Chatty Crone
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Thursday, August 30, 2012


Words from the Editor who Reviewed my Manuscript for Publishing

Below are parts of the Editorial Letter for DiSemblance.

1.  “Overall the manuscript is in good shape. The characters are strong and the plot is perfectly paced. This was an exciting read and a joy to edit.” (Maybe this is bragging, but she said, “An exciting read and a joy to edit! Fun stuff!)

2. “Characterization is one of the strengths in this manuscript. Each character was unique and well depicted.”  …”Placing Bruce and Angela at odds with the case was an excellent choice to deepen the tension between them. Normally, the reader expects the detectives to handle cases in tandem, yet you chose to have them in opposition, to an extent. Nice.”

3.  “The handling of the story’s plot was one of the strongest points of the manuscript. …You created a novel idea of having a killer who targets terminally ill patients and then leaves them with a paid-for coffin and money for the family. The plot flows beautifully and moves along at an ideal pace. Adding characters (such as Daisy and Patricia) to help move the story along worked very well. The gentle surprises seemed well thought out and added suspense. The side story occurring between Bruce and Lisa was a great choice. It helped break up the intensity of the Comfort Killer case.”

4.   Structure:  “You created a nice, smooth transition from the chapters with Jason and Isaac, and the ones with Bruce. They were well balanced.”

To be fair–I did need some help. Here are some of the changes I made:

1. “In some places I tightened up the writing a bit.” …”It’s always best to “show” the reader how a character feels or behaves by his or her actions or words. Trust your writing, because it’s good.” (Basically she cut out some phrases I had because I didn’t really need them.)

2.  “The grammar was in good shape overall. Most of my changes involved comma use.” (I hate commas! Thank goodness for editors!)

3.  “In addition I made sure that the manuscript follows Chicago Manual of Style guidelines.”

—Valerie, CreateSpace Editor