First (Book One of the Live Once Trilogy), by Chanda Stafford




Book One in the Live Once Trilogy

Chanda Stafford

Seventeen-year-old Mira works on a farm in the ruins of Texas, along with all of the other descendants of the defeated rebels. Though she’s given her heart to Tanner, their lives are not their own.

When Socrates, a powerful First, chooses Mira as his Second, she is thrust into the bewildering world of the rich and influential. Will, a servant assigned to assist her, whispers of rebellion, love, and of a darker fate than she’s ever imagined.

With time running out, Mira must decide whether to run to the boy she left behind, to the boy who wants her to live, or to the man who wants her dead.



Print Length: 297 Pages
13-Digit ISBN: 978-1-940215-01-3
10-Digit ISBN: 1-940215-01-3
Library of Congress Control Number: 2013940206

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Editorial Reviews:


“If you loved the Hunger Games trilogy, get ready for your next obsession.” The Coffee Pot

“… First’s dystopian setting is one that I actually believe and find completely plausible…” A Bit of Dash

“… a very captivating read with great characters and a pretty fast paced theme.” Reading Renee

“… a very intriguing and entertaining read.” The Solitary Bookworm

“The author’s writing style had my eyes glued to the pages for the last 20% of the story—waiting to see what was going to happen.” Big Al’s Books & Pals

“A truly original storyline…” Lissette E. Manning

“… a thought-provoking look at what can happen when one part of society places itself above the rest and, in the process, loses its humanity.” Random Musings of a Curious Mind

“Absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to see what happens in the next two.” The Kari AnnAlysis

“At the end we are left with a stunning decision and an anxious anticipation of the next book.” I’m a Voracious Reader

“My goodness, the places this book goes are very intense.” Offbeat Vagabond

“Entertaining, mysterious, romantic and involving, First is a dystopian fans need to know about.” Reader Girls

“… an enjoyable, yet serious, read.” Workaday Reads

“It is much to Chanda‘s credit, I think, that she managed to slip such dense, thinky themes into such a fast-paced, crowd-pleasing story.” Manuscripts Burn

“… an entertaining read, with an interesting premise, unique story world…” Big Al’s Books & Pals

“… well written and a lot of fun to read.” The Gal in the Blue Mask

“Both men and women, adults and kids, will love this book and eagerly await the second installment in the trilogy. If I could go higher than a 5 with my rating, I would!” Kelly Smith Reviews

“”… I love the basic premise of First. This, plus a superb ending to the book (it’s a powerful, moving, and fitting conclusion)…” Angela’s Library

  7 Responses to “First (Book One of the Live Once Trilogy), by Chanda Stafford”

  1. Chanda Stafford used to be my teacher about 6 years ago. I wish you the best of luck with your new book! :) I’m still trying to get mine published, ha ha.

  2. Chanda is an amazingly talented and gifted woman–I’ve been waiting to read this for SO long! I know it will be fantastic!

  3. Hey Miss Wekwert :) I can’t wait to start reading them!!

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