Mandate Thirteen Book Tour & Giveaway

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!


About The Book:


Author: Joseph J. Dowling

Pub. Date: January 10, 2023

Publisher: Manta Press, Ltd.

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Find it: Goodreads

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


My Review


What an amazing and riveting debut!!  When I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this.  In this near future, the population is dwindling.  The government creates Mandate Thirteen – any girl 13 years of age that is fertile is taken to a special school, or rather a baby making farm.  Michael is Hope's father, and Hope has just turned 13.  After Hope's mother gets her tested for fertility, she lies to Michael about the results, saying the testing equipment wasn't working.  When the baby farm workers come to collect Hope, Michael decides to protect his daughter from this fate at all costs.

A page turning ride that I won't soon forget. The story was fast paced and I could not put it down.  The writing style flowed beautifully.  Characters were well drawn out.  There were quite a few different "bounty hunters" chasing after them, which got a bit confusing – they all worked for different companies, etc.  I could see the similarities between our government and this book.  How a gross violation of human rights can cause a rebellion.  Great book!

Dowling had gained a fan and I'll definitely be checking out his next books!

Huge thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and Joseph Dowling for my gifted copy!


About Joseph J. Dowling:

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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Giveaway Details:

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Mythical Books

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Lady Hawkeye

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YA Books Central

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Epic Book Society

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#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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Two Chicks on Books

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Week Two:


A Dream Within A Dream




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Rajiv’s Reviews

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Books and Zebras

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TikTok Review/IG Post

Week Three:


Jazzy Book Reviews

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the book near me

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The Book Countess



The Momma Spot



Kim”s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s

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Review Thick And Thin

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Week Four:



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Brandi Danielle Davis

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Pick a good book

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A Blue Box Full of Books

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Fire and Ice



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