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Excerpt: Mandate Thirteen by Joseph J. Dowling [Rock Star Book Tours]

Last Updated on June 7, 2023 by Louisa

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the MANDATE THIRTEEN by Joseph J. Dowling Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post in conjunction with Rock Star Book Tours. It may contain affiliate links, meaning we may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase. 

About The Book

  • Author: Joseph J. Dowling
  • Pub. Date: January 10, 2023
  • Publisher: Manta Press, Ltd.
  • Formats:  Paperback, eBook
  • Find it at: Goodreadsbooks2read.com


In a world with dwindling birth rates, all young women must submit to compulsory fertility checks at the age of thirteen.

For those able to conceive, a docile existence inside the Birthing Schools beckons—far worse if they fall into the wrong hands.

When the clandestine Baby Farmers, and their brutal leader Miko, arrive to snatch his daughter, Michael must make a split-second choice: risk his own freedom to protect hers… or lose her forever. Mandate Thirteen is a gritty dystopian thriller for fans of Children of Men, A Handmaid’s Tale, and The Running Man.

“An action-packed, cross-country adventure between father and daughter as they dodge authorities, reconnect with old acquaintances, and meet new people (good, bad, and crazy), forging connections at every stop.

I loved every aspect of their journey and how they learned so much about themselves on the way. This is dystopian in every way that matters. A worthy addition to any library.” Preye, Literary Darlings


About the Author

Joseph always knew he would write seriously one day. That moment arrived in 2020, when his thriving hospitality business was temporarily shuttered. With time on his hands, he quickly fell into an obsession and became a keen student of the craft.  

Since finding the passion, Joseph can’t imagine life without stories rattling around his head. Eager to make up for lost time, he’s been fairly prolific, and his short stories have appeared in several anthologies and literary magazines. Even better, his rejections are getting nicer by the week.

Joseph lives in London with his wife and their Scotty dog. Mandate: THIRTEEN will be his first published novel. Scroll to the bottom of the page on his website to sign up for his newsletter!

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1 winner will receive a $30 Manta Press Gift Card, International.

1 winner will receive a book poster (pictured below), International.

5 winners will receive a bookmark from this etsy store (pictured below), International.

Ends February 14th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

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1/25/2023@froggyreadteachIG Review 
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2/1/2023The Book CountessReview 
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About Louisa

Editor/Founder - Epic Book Society

Louisa is the Founder, Editor, and Head Honcho of Epic Book Society. She was born and raised in the United Kingdom but now resides in Asia. She was a published poet at the age of 7, and spent several years working as a journalist. As well as writing about books, she is also a travel writer and English as a Second Language Teacher at a Primary School. Louisa loves all genres of books, but her favorites are Romance, Fantasy, and Young Adult Fiction. She is the holder of a PGCE in Primary Education.

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