Monday, 16 October 2017

Rick Chesler Author Feature and Giveaway!

Hi guys, on the blog today, I have one of my favourite authors. I've read nearly all of his books and loved them. His imagination always takes me away from the worries and stress of real life!! I will be giving away some of his books below, but first check  some of them out, read the interview and please, welcome Rick Chesler to the blog!! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rick Chesler holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and can often be found diving, boating or traveling to research his next thriller idea. A former contractor for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and the State of Hawaii, he currently lives in South Florida with his family, at the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Visit him online at twitter.com/rickchesler, facebook.com/rickchesler, or rickchesler.com.
Rick has such an amazing imagination. Before we get to the interview, here are two of my favourite ones by him!

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 An underwater luxury hotel on a gorgeous tropical island is set for an extravagant opening weekend with the world watching. The only thing standing in the way of a first-rate experience for the jet-setting VIPs is an unscrupulous businessman and sixty feet of prehistoric shark. As the underwater complex is besieged by a marauding behemoth, newly minted marine biologist Coco Keahi must face off against the ancient predator as it rises from the deep with a vengeance. Meanwhile, a human monster has decided he would be better off if Coco were one of the creature’s victims.

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Check out my review HERE 

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An Antarctic research team hoping to study microbial organisms in an underground lake discovers something far more amazing: perfectly preserved dinosaur corpses. After one thaws and wakes ravenously hungry, it becomes apparent that death, like life, will find a way. Environmental activist Alex Ramirez, son of the expedition’s paleontologist, came to Antarctica to defend the organisms from extinction, but soon learns that it is the human race that needs protecting.

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Rick has many more amazing books, so please check out his Amazon page HERE, Book Depository page HERE, and his Goodreads page HERE. Now onto the awesome interview.

You have a lot of different types of books, from Dinosaurs to Uncontacted tribes, where do your ideas come from?
Many of them are focused on man vs. nature in some way, whether it be extinct or thought-to-be extinct life, something having to do with cryptozoology, or the environment itself. My stories often focus on people needing to get something very important done under challenging conditions, whether those be dinosaurs, big sharks or a freezing mountain top.

How do you develop your writing ideas?
I keep a simple Word file on my computer of story ideas. If I think of something I think might be good, Ill put a line or two about it in the file. I started it many years ago and it is like thirty pages long now. Some of my best stories come from combining two or more of these little ideas together into one concept, things that might seem totally separate at first, but then after a while, an interesting way to combine them will come to me. Sometimes those become stories that drive an entire novel or even series of novels.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?
Usually the story informs what kind of major characters I need, but sometimes to breathe life into them I’ll give them some quirky trait inspired by someone in real life, like something funny they said, or a unique mannerism or type of voice, etc. News stories (and not only the major ones) are also full of ideas for characters. Sometimes, if a character is in a profession I don’t know much about, I might interview someone who actually does that in real life, and they always provide great insight, and not only in a factual or procedural way, but in the way they talk about and describe the people they’ve worked with over the course of their careers.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In my late twenties, after reading novels for most of my life, I started to think that I might be able to contribute one of my own to the genres I enjoyed after having been entertained by so many others.

What writers inspire/d you?

Definitely Clive Cussler, in my teen years. His early Dirk Pitt series really hooked me on action-adventure with underwater settings. Then Michael Crichton, who wrote about these crazy science fiction scenarios with terrific realism and insane suspense. Many, many others as well, but those are two who I read just about everything they put out early on.

How has your writing career changed since you started?

On the business side, like a lot of writers, I’ve grown much more dependent on Kindle than I ever saw coming. I remember when ebooks were a curiosity, a real fringe thing. But at the same time I think it’s great that it gets so many people reading. Audiobooks, too, have become a bigger part of my readers’ experience than they were only a few years ago.

As far as the actual writing, I’ve done a lot more co-authoring than I would have guessed in my early days. But it helped me to put out more books in a shorter period of time, which got me noticed more, as well as allowing me to learn a lot from other writers, and have a lot of fun working with some great people who have become true friends.

What does your writing process look like?

I almost always start with some sort of outline. This can vary from a detailed, chapter by chapter document to a loose beginning, middle, and end framework. But usually I begin with a premise that can often be summed up by a what-if idea (e.g. what if a new island was formed by a volcano in international waters?) Then I flesh that out in outline form, including major characters, setting, and plot points. If the outline is thorough enough, I’ll then play around with rewriting it, looking at it spatially to see if it has a good balance of rising and falling action, that there are enough twists in the plot, at the right times. Sometimes I do this in Excel, where color coding is my friend. That helps to visually look at the story before beginning to write, to look for a sense of balance of different elements like pacing, characters, even themes. Other times I will take a less analytical approach and start writing with only the opening chapters outlined, and then outline ahead a few chapters at a time as I write the manuscript. Both methods have their advantages and drawbacks, but I do find the writing to go faster with a more thorough outline, because the essential story ideas have mostly been thought out ahead of time. It can be less flexible, though, than a looser outline that has more room to breathe as the story is written.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I’ve been writing with my MS Word set to a black screen with green font for quite some time now. I find it easier on the eyes than standard black text on white.

What are your writing goals for the next year?

Heading into 2018 I’ll be focusing more on the action-adventure genre, and probably not as much co-authoring as I’ve done in recent years, although I will still likely be doing some of that.

What is the most useful tool you use as a writer?
My imagination. Specifically, the ability to recognize the potential for a great story when I see one, or even part of one.

What is your latest book about?

UNCONTACTED is a human origins thriller about a secret guarded by two primitive tribes living on opposite sides of the world.

Name the five biggest distractions from your writing.
The Florida Keys outside my door
Beer
Strumming my ukulele
Reading
Video games

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Outside of reviews, readers do sometimes email me or contact me via social media, and I’m always glad they take the time to let me know what they thought about one of my books, regardless of what they say. Usually they say positive things, like I just wanted to let you know I read your book on a train or on the beach, or listened to the audiobook during my commute and I really liked it, will there be a sequel or more in that series? That kind of thing.

But every now and then I get complaints, like from animal rights activists about my first novel, WIRED KINGDOM, who were upset that I was “exploiting whales for money” by writing about a blue whale with a mounted webcam that broadcasts a murder at sea. Or sometimes a reader will write to nitpick me about some technical detail, like, “The F-18A couldn’t possibly be deployed that rapidly in that situation because…” that type of thing, which is fine.

And sometimes they are really inspiring / heartbreaking, like a woman who once told me she read one of my novels (HOTEL MEGALODON, I think it was) in the hospital while her husband was dying and she said it was the only thing that could take her mind off of things for even a little bit.

But mostly they’re just readers who are glad to have been entertained for a few hours, and I can’t ask for much more than that, because that’s my job.

What's the one thing you'd like to say to your readers?
Stay with me. Good things are coming! And thank you for reading.

Some Get to know me Questions

What’s the best vacation you ever had?

Fiji honeymoon with my wife.

What’s your favourite rainy day movie?
JAWS

If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would it be?
The Crucifixion.

What's your favourite place to read?

Wherever I can!

When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
Why, to the Fiction section, of course, straight to the “Cs” to see if they might have anything by Rick Chesler! But seriously, as a reader, I usually check out New Releases, and then probably Thrillers.

If you had a million dollars, what would be the first thing you would buy?
More time to write!

Thanks so much Rick for stopping by, is there anything else you wish readers to know!!


Many thanks, Natalie, for the opportunity! I would like to let readers know that my next release will be book one in a new action-adventure series, ATLANTIS GOLD: An Omega Files Adventure, about a pair of ex-Navy treasure hunters on a globe-hopping search for the fabled lost city. Look for it later this year!

Here is my Amazon author page. Please click the “Follow” button in the upper left corner to receive notices from Amazon when I have a new release. Happy reading!


Now onto the giveaway!! Two winners will win an eCopy of Ricks latest release UNCONTACTED.  Enter the rafflecopter below and be sure to share!! If you already have that one, we can substitute it for a different one!

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Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire Nerd Blast and Giveaway!


Series: Deadlands (Book 3)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Books (October 17, 2017)


Synopsis
The newest book based on the hit Weird West RPG franchise Deadlands!
Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Gasp at pit wasps the size of a man’s forearm. Beware the pumpkin-headed corn stalker, lest it plant its roots in you!
Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’s star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past . . . and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect.
Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a traveling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town.
The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter―and the circus―from both.
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Praise for DEADLANDS Series

A gripping tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of DEADLANDS, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

EXCERPT from Deadlands: Boneyard
At the back of the train—not quite the end, which was reserved for the wagons containing the dancing bear, the aging lion, the strange, terrible creatures of the oddities wagon, and the human attractions of the freak show—a small wagon bounced along, pulled by a pair of mules. One wore a straw hat. It was the sort of foolish affectation adored by children everywhere, and the mule bore up with stoic silence, plodding ever onward. Like so many of the teams in the circus train, the pair had been tied to the wagon ahead of them.
Unlike so many of the wagons around them, the occupants of this one were awake. Sadly so: Annie Pearl, mistress of the freak show, feeder of lions and bears and whatever else she was asked to care after, sat restless and awake beside her daughter’s narrow bunk, mouth pursed tight in worry.
“You’ll feel better if you take your medicine,” she said, in the cajoling, hopeful tone that has belonged to mothers since the very dawn of humanity. “Come along, now, Delly-my-dear. Be a good girl, and let me soothe your throat.”
Adeline shook her head. The wagon lights struck stubborn glints off her dark doe’s eyes. Annie sighed. Seven years old and the girl was still stubborn as a post, and twice as difficult to budge.
“I know you don’t like the taste of it, but there’s nothing to be done for that,” Annie said. “When we come to the next town, I’ll see if I can’t set enough aside to buy you some cherry syrup. Won’t that be fine?”
Adeline eyed her mistrustfully. She knew her mother well enough to know that an offer of that sort always came with strings attached.
“But you have to take your medicine now.”
Adeline frowned and shook her head fiercely, raising her right hand in the sign that meant ‘no.’
This time, Annie’s sigh was heavier. “Delly, you won’t sleep until you take your medicine. Until you sleep, I won’t sleep. If I don’t sleep tonight, I won’t be able to handle the bears in the morning. Do you want your poor old mother to be eaten by bears?”
Adeline giggled soundlessly at the thought before signing, ‘Bears would get sick on you.’
“Yes, probably, and then where would you be? Another circus orphan, and you can’t even sing for your supper. Really, you’re much better off simply keeping me alive, which means letting me give you your medicine so we can both get some sleep tonight.”
Adeline rolled her eyes. Recognizing the first signs of a pending concession, Annie sat back and waited.

Copyright © 2017 by Seanan McGuire
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.
Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.
Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.
In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.
Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.
Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.
Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.
Photo Credit: Beckett Gladney

WEBSITE: http://seananmcguire.com/index.php
TWITTER: @seananmcguire
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2860219.Seanan_McGuire
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/seananmcguire

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- 10 Winners will receive a Set Copy of Deadland Series (3 Books in Total) GHOSTWALKERS by Jonathan Maberry, THUNDER MOON RISING by Jeffrey J. Mariotte and BONEYARD) by Seanan McGuire.

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green Blog Tour and Giveaway!


Ultimate Sacrifice
S.E. Green
Publication date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

Vickie has always lived a quiet, ordinary life in an equally quiet and ordinary small town. Yet one fateful night a child turns up dead in the woods behind her house in a ritualistic slaughter. Vickie and her family are suddenly thrown into a national spotlight. But as the investigation unfolds, she begins to realize her family isn’t so ordinary after all. Evil is inching closer to those she holds dear and Vickie isn’t sure who she can ultimately trust.



My Thoughts:

When Vickie's brother comes running out of the woods after discovering the dead body of a child in the woods, little does Vickie know that her ordinary, quiet life is about to become anything but! Her life is going to change forever after secrets and lies become exposed.

This was awesome!! I wasn't sure what to expect but what I got was a seriously twisty and twisted read. The plot was slow to start but once it got going, it was a murder/mystery with Satanic elements. I honestly didn't know who to even suspect because there was so many suspects to choose from!! There are a lot of extra things going on as well as the murder. It just goes to show that you never truly know anyone, not even family.

The characters were all well written and developed. I really liked Vickie. She is trying to get to the bottom of the murder because she used to babysit that little girl, and thinks that someone is trying to frame their family since some of the clues are planted near their place. The police don't even seem to have a suspect but Vickie is intent on helping them. Lies after lies are exposed and Vickie finds out some truly surprising things.

In all, a great mystery that was entertaining and addicting. There were a few unanswered questions but overall I was satisfied with how it ended. Thoroughly enjoyed and now I need to check out more from this author.




Author Bio:
S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of the thriller, KILLER INSTINCT, the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. ULTIMATE SACRIFICE is her debut YA horror, due out October 2017.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr Book Blitz and Giveaway!


The Cutting Room Floor
Dawn Klehr
Publication date: October 13th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley
Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she’s publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.
Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn’t know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez’s web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.


Author Bio:
Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.
She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.
Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Beautiful Dead by Jun Prince Book Blitz and Giveaway!


The Beautiful Dead
Jun Prince
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

Yubin knows she’s different than the other girls in the pop group SIITY. Yes, they all got sucked into the same machine, giving up schooling and signing ridiculously long contracts before anyone knew if they’d be successful, but that’s how pop stars are made in Korea. Yubin is supposed to be thankful for that, but she isn’t. She doesn’t even like the girls she performs with.
She’s more connected to her former schoolmate Jieun, even though all they ever do is text. Over the last two months, Jieun has become her confidant and best friend, connecting Yubin to the real world in a way she desperately needs. Now that SIITY is going to appear on the reality show The Incredible Race: Asia, Yubin will need that connection more than ever, which is why she’s devastated to discover Jieun has been dead five years and is actually haunting her.
If that weren’t enough, Yubin’s not the only SIITY member with issues. Rena’s father is emotionally abusive. Somi has a learning disability, and after a near death experience, Tae-eun becomes a nine-tailed fox woman. The only way they’ll survive the show, each other, and the supernatural currents buffeting them is to work together and win the hearts of their fans. Because if they don’t, they have nothing to go back to even if they survive what’s trying to kill them.
EXCERPT:

She was still unaccustomed to spirit combat, but a small tempest swirled in the underworld around her. Humans too felt the wind she created, their muscles tightened, and more than a few quickened their pace to evade the chill. Scraps of litter spiraled over real world concrete, and whips of black hair whirled in an angry nimbus around Jieun’s face.
The shadowman looked up. She’d expected empty pits of darkness where eyes should have been, but when the creature ceased feeding, a set of all too human brown eyes that now lacked eyelids appeared in the monster’s head. They contrasted with the rest of its body in that while the majority of the creature lurked in shadow that was darker than everything else in the Dead World, these two spheres burned as if absorbing all the spirit light that should have detailed the shadowman’s body. The flow of spirit energy that connected its ugly mouth to the girl stopped, and the ghost realized that she held the creature’s attention.
The shade of an eerily human face like black paint on even blacker canvas contorted in what could have just as easily been taken for triumph or rage. It unleashed an otherworldly snarl that was anything but human and charged Jieun. Though it had a man’s body, it rushed in an inhuman lope on all fours that seemed more like an animal. Jieun darted out of the way—it wasn’t a conscious thing, and the instinct may well have saved her dead life. If she hadn’t known before, alarm she felt made her certain; ghosts could die a second death.
She whirled after the attack expecting the shadowman behind her but it had vanished. She sighed in relief. Then, without warning she saw the black shape leap from the roof of a magazine stand just outside the subway station. She cried out in alarm, and before its feet had touched the ground its giant mouth fastened on her shoulder. The weight of the attack forced her to the ground, and in a moment of dawning horror she realized it was impossible to escape.
She shrieked. The pain was beyond anything she imagined possible for a spirit to experience. It wasn’t like trailing her fingers through the wall, or even passing completely through a physical object. Those pains were an affirmation of life, cold shocks that, while not comfortable, served as a reminder that she was still in some sense alive. The feeling of her spirit body being torn apart by the shadowman’s teeth seemed as if the devil had run away with God’s scalpel and used it to peel thick ribbons of her soul away from creation.
Though the shadowman looked like and had similar features to a man, it made low growls that were far distant from human speech. It wasn’t a language at all – if it had been she’d have instinctually understood it. It shook its head like a starved wolf and further tore into the fabric of firelines that composed her spirit body. Its breath smelled of rotten flesh, and she could hear the pulse of bestial rhythmic snorting in her ears. She needed a weapon. She didn’t have one. This was it. Jieun would die… this time for real.

Author Bio:
Jun has lived in Asia for the better part of the last decade. During his years in Korea, he made a point of learning about and getting as close to the Korean entertainment industry as possible while writing his first novel "The Beautiful Dead." He enjoys telling stories about monstrous humans and humanized monsters.
He has a MFA from the University of California: Riverside, graduated with a BA in English Cum Laude from the University of Washington Seattle, and attended Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea as an exchange student.
Visit Jun on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/JunPrinceAuthor/
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

In Wolves’ Clothing by Greg Levin Book Blitz and Giveaway!


In Wolves’ Clothing
Greg Levin
Publication date: October 11th 2017
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller

Zero Slade is not a bad guy—he merely plays one when saving children’s lives.
During his seven years on a team fighting child sex trafficking, Zero’s become quite good at schmoozing with pimps, getting handcuffed by cops and pretending not to care about the Lost Girls he liberates. But the dangerous sting operations are starting to take their toll on his marriage and sanity. His affinity for prescription painkillers isn’t exactly helping matters.
When the youngest girl the team has ever rescued gets abducted from a safe house in Cambodia, Zero decides to risk everything to find her. His only shot is to go rogue—and sink deeper into the bowels of the trafficking world than he’s ever sunk.
It’s the biggest mission of his life. Trouble is, it’s almost certain death.

“A truly original and enthralling novel. Levin’s blazing prose and acerbic wit capture the madness—and the humanity—of working undercover in the darkest corners.”
Radd Berrett, former Jump Team member, Operation Underground Railroad
EXCERPT:

I can’t remember if I took an oxy during the flight, so I eat two. They pair nicely with the scotch.
It’s good to be home.
I should be upstairs sleeping, especially since I didn’t catch a single wink on the flight from Guadalajara. But there’s something I have to finish first.
An eight-letter word for gradually losing one’s edge.
Slipping.
I fill in each box of 27 Down with my black pen and take another sip of scotch. It’s times like these I turn into God. The crossword squares fill up by themselves in a secret blurry code. A few of the answers might even be correct.
The black pleather couch makes love to me as I solve 32 Across.
A four-letter word for spouse.
Neda.
She’s leaning on the banister, wearing a white T-shirt and gray sweatpants that might have fit me when I was ten. Her eyes, almond-shaped during waking hours, are half open.
“You’re home?” she says, pre-dawn gravel in her voice.
“Hi, baby,” I say while trying to conceal the nearly empty lowball glass in my hand. “Sorry to wake you. I’ll be up in a sec.”
Neda yawns and combs her hand through a shining cascade of black hair. “What time d’you get in?”
I scratch my shaved dome, feeling the perspiration forming, and say, “Uh, a little after one maybe.”
Neda opens her eyes the rest of the way. “You’ve been here for nearly two hours? Why didn’t—”
“Baby, I just needed to unwind a bit before bed.”
Neda’s eyes open wider than the manual recommends. “Why must unwinding always involve single malt and a crossword?” she asks. “You know, some men unwind by spooning their beautiful wife. Especially when they haven’t seen her in four days.”
I ponder the answer to 36 Across.
“Zero!” Neda shouts.
The sound knocks the pen from my fingers, and I go, “I didn’t want to wake you.”
“And look how that worked out for you,” says Neda. “At least if you’d come up when you got home you wouldn’t be getting yelled at.”
I tell her not to be mad, then get up from the couch as gracefully as a man two drinks and twenty milligrams in can. “I knew if I woke you right when I got home, you’d want to talk about the mission.”
I realize this is not what God would say. I can tell by Neda’s face.

Author Bio:
Greg Levin is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction with a dark comedic tinge. He’s gone from being read merely by immediate family and friends to being read also by extended family and Facebook acquaintances.
Greg’s novel The Exit Man was optioned by Showtime for development into a TV series, and won a 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award (a.k.a., an “IPPY”). He earned a second IPPY with his next novel, Sick to Death, which Craig Clevenger (The Contortionist’s Handbook) called “a tour de force dark comedy.” Greg’s upcoming book, In Wolves’ Clothing, is due out October 2017 and is his most dangerous work yet. He wrote much of it during a ten-week-long workshop led by the great Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club and lots of other books Greg sleeps with at night).
Greg resides with his wife, daughter and two cats in Austin, Texas. He is currently wanted by local authorities for refusing to say “y’all” or do the two-step.

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Audiobook Review: Forest by Ambrose Ibsen!


    Forest Audiobook
  • Written by: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:09-22-17
  • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
  • "You should not have answered its call...."Professor Stephen Barlow is no longer a skeptic. Having faced the horrors of Chaythe Asylum, he turns his attention to the man responsible for the Third Ward Incident - the enigmatic Dr. Corvine - in the hopes of finding answers to his many questions.But some things, he soon learns, are better left lost to history.Traveling to a remote cabin in Michigan in search of the doctor and his research, Stephen finds himself descending deeper into a world of terror and madness. He and his students uncover the frightful truth about Corvine's experiments and realize that they may have unleashed something terrible in their meddling.Forest is the second novel in the Afterlife Investigations trilogy.The Afterlife Investigations
    • Asylum
    • Forest
    • The Occupant

My Thoughts: 

I couldn't wait for this to come to audio because Joe Hempel really brought the first to life and I knew he would nail this one! 

After the events of the first book, Stephen is intent on finding out more about what was released when they opened the Asylum. This time round, Elizabeth and Jake want nothing to do with it so Stephen sets off alone. But Jake soon calls him and tells him Elizabeth is acting strange. With everything Stephen learns about what Dr. Corvine was doing, it doesn't take him long to realise that Elizabeth is in serious danger. 

I loved book 1 and couldn't wait to dive into this one!! This is just as good as book one, if not better!! There isn't as much supernatural happenings in this one. Instead we dive deeper into Dr. Corvines past and, to me anyway, that was much scarier!! Stephen and Jake's investigation takes them to places that were wiped off the maps. I had chills for pretty much all of the book!! 

The characters are as good as ever. Stephen has grown a lot since the first book. He isn't the novice and skeptic he was back then. The deeper he goes into the doctors past and his experiments, the worse it is. Jake is his hesitant partner in crime, but again, he has grown a lot from the grunting, jealous boy he was in book 1! All the characters were well written and developed. 

In all, this was such an amazing read. Ambrose Ibsen is a writer more should know about. Ever singe book I've read by him has been different and captivating. He knows how to write a scary book and when you pair that book with Joe Hempel, well, it's a winner!! Go read some of this authors work. You will be instantly hooked!! 

Joe Hempel is such an easy narrator to listen to. He makes listening to books effortless!! He is always clear, always knows how to make inflections work and always, always delivers a flawless performance. He is a narrator I recommend to people because I know they will enjoy his performance. 

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Polarities by Carissa Andrews Blog Tour and Giveaway!



Title: Polarities 
Author: Carissa Andrews
Pages: 310 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 

Runa, the prophesied Daughter of Five needs to learn how to master herself, or all of Pendomus will perish.In a world where mythical creatures are either controlled, or on the brink of extinction—a prophecy reveals there's one who can restore balance. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.Separated from the only people who've had her back—as well as the love of her life, Traeton—Runa must go on a quest alone to uncover what it means to be human, as well as the Daughter of Five. Dropped in an unknown location, presumably still on the planet, she only has a monolithic book—the Caudex—as her guide, but it's not giving up its answers easily. Will she be able to uncover the mysteries? The fate of the entire word rests on her shoulders and her ability to push through all of the challenges set her way.Will she learn what she needs to step into her role as savior? Or will everything be derailed by her desire to get back to her friends?Polarities is the second science fiction/fantasy/dystopia genre-bending novel in the Pendomus Chronicles Series. Even those who ordinarily don't like sci-fi love this series, and you will too. If you like movies like the Matrix, you'll love this fast-paced series that will stay with you for days once you're done.
To see where it all began, be sure to check out Carissa's first novel, Pendomus (Book 1 of the Pendomus Chronicles.)

Polarities

Amazon: http://bit.ly/PolaritiesKindle
B&N: http://bit.ly/PolaritiesNook
Kobo: http://bit.ly/PolaritiesKobo
iBooks: http://bit.ly/PolaritiesiBooks

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35631007-polarities

Facebook Launch Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/115404125783778/

Check out Book 1: Pendomus

How far would you go to control your fate—especially when you're not given a choice?After watching her father die, Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem can't become a Cremator—she just can't. It doesn't matter what the aptitudes of the Helix say. They're dead wrong. Instead, she braves the inhospitable world outside the safety of the one place she's called home, only to be attacked by an invisible creature and left for dead.After being saved by a stranger, Runa realizes naivety is an understatement for how prepared she was. Not only was she incredibly sheltered—but she's been hunted by a madman since before she was ever born. She's special and all of Pendomus needs her. But how can she save the world when she can't even save herself?Tested by the fates, Runa must embrace the challenges handed to her—or perish along with Pendomus.
Pendomus is the first book in the Pendomus Chronicles. To unravel the whole mystery behind the series, be sure to check out Polarities (Book 2 of the Pendomus Chronicles) and Revolutions (Book 3 of the Pendomus Chronicles)—now available for preorder!

Pendomus

Amazon: http://bit.ly/PendomusKindle
B&N: http://bit.ly/PendomusNook
Kobo: http://bit.ly/PendomusKobo
iBooks: http://bit.ly/PendomusiBooks

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18662635-pendomus

And book 3 is out in November 

As the timelines of Pendomus fray, one girl born with power has the ability to set things right….Forcing her way into Videus’ vassalage may be the last thing Runa will ever do, but she knows she has to try. Not only are there others like her—others with powers—but they’re directly tied to her by blood. With Trae's mental stability in question, and Kani missing, Runa can only rely on herself and the aid of her brother to fulfill her destiny. If she can embrace her role as the Daughter of Five, hopefully she can set things right and free Trae from whatever madness is taking over his mind.There’s more than meets the eye to Videus’ obsession with Runa and her bloodlines. The only problem is, unraveling the mystery could unleash catastrophe on everything she holds dear, if she’s not careful. Can Runa stop Videus once and for all—or will the fate of Pendomus be locked forever by one man’s madness?Step into Pendomus - a world that meshes mystery, magical creatures, and destiny with science fiction and technology.
You’re one click away from having all the answers to the Pendomus Chronicles secrets.

Revolutions

Amazon: http://bit.ly/RevolutionsKindle
B&N: http://bit.ly/RevolutionsNook
Kobo: http://bit.ly/RevolutionsKobo
iBooks: http://bit.ly/RevolutionsiBooks

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35646946-revolutions

GUEST POST:

Carissa Andrews: My Author Journey So Far

Writers write, go figure, eh? My story doesn’t stray too far from the apple. Hmmm…the orchard? Why are there trees? Well, paper is made from trees, so I guess? Weird analogy? Hang on, let me rephrase. Whew.

I write because if I didn’t, my brain would explode. And that would be a messy affair, to say the least. Plus, I’m pretty dang sure my kids would simply walk around my carcass, rather than clean up the mess. So, instead, I bleed through my fingertips to keep that fiasco at bay. Savvy? (Sorry, couldn’t help myself. We just re-watched all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies last week. LOL!)

Pretty sure my love of books started before I could read or write. Then, when I could do those things, I consumed books like they were the other half of my soul. By about 12, I was writing angsty poems (because, isn’t that what tweens do?). At fourteen, I wrote my first novel—which will never see the light of day. Hopefully, it’s not burned into my English teacher’s brain, poor woman. She was the only one who got the pleasure of reading it. HA!

My first job was pretty spectacular for the budding bibliophile (although, quite devastating on my take-home pay). I was hired as the magazine manager for my local bookstore—at fifteen, mind you. That basically meant I worked for the bookstore as a cashier (like everyone else), but I was also in charge of the magazines. They were my domain and I loved it.

When I moved away to go to college, I was hired at both the bookstore in Duluth, as well as the movie theater. Both were just as bad as each other for infusing my mind with great stories. Later, I was hired as a magazine production manager, for a large publisher, called Advanstar Communications. I was the first of the PMs to embrace this whole “computer thing” – ushering in the realm of Computer-to-Plate (PTP) technology that is the norm, nowadays. When I was hired, back in 1999, everything was still done with film! Whaa?

Okay, so fast-forward. I’ve worked for publishers, printers, and marketing peeps since then. I even went back to school for graphic design. (This means all those snazzerific images you catch on my social media, or even the book covers for my books—all designed by yours truly!)

Because of all this exposure in the world of publishing, when it came time to launch my first book, Pendomus, it didn’t take much convincing to go the self-published/indie route. Now, with Pendomus, launching it was done with far less fanfare than Polarities and Revolutions have. I didn’t have the marketing engine that I do now (read: awesome authors in my genre who also back me up, and a growing email list!). I did 3 blog tours and a cover reveal, but once it was over, that was about it. I didn’t have the time or energy to do much else, so I kinda sat back and waited.

In part, this was because it was hard for me to wrap my brain around how to market the first book of a series when I hadn’t even started the second book yet. Have you ever had brain freeze like that? Where no matter what you try to brainstorm, it just looks stupid? Plus, I was so done with the overload of marketing crap that I was inundated with, so it was hard for me to wanna push my book the same way. It didn’t feel authentic, or overly productive. This was the tail end of 2013.

Now, flash forward to 2017. Last NaNoWrImo, I not only finished Polarities, but got a fantastic head start into Revolutions. By January, the first drafts of both were complete and sent out to beta readers. It was a whirlwind, for sure. I knew then I was going to push to get both books launched this year. On the upside, I did have the sense to push it out to the end of the year, so I had time for final edits and marketing. On the “what in the flying f@ck was I thinking” side, I won’t be launching 2 books back-to-back again unless I have a PA to back my play. Seriously, I’ve just about gone completely mental, and stress levels are through the roof. Did I mention I had to give up caffeine during all this mess? Evidently too much stress + too much caffeine = super tight muscles. This translated into TMJ Syndrome, and I can attest, it’s NOT fun. LOL!

What I’ve learned this year through the process of launching Polarities and Revolutions is that there is an underground network of simply STELLAR authors who are working tirelessly to help promote each other in a variety of ways—newsletter swaps, BookBub promos, Like for Like author page groups, Thunderclap campaigns, and so many more ways. I started really digging into the realm of Facebook author groups in July, and mostly because I was scratching my head, trying to figure out the best way to get my books in front of more eyes. I was taking book marketing classes, and I can tell you, NONE of those classes even delve into the marketing tactics that I’ve found to be most successful thus far. Truly, the kudos go out to all those other authors who love books, and love to promote other author’s books. I’m simply in awe and thank each and every one of the authors who have helped me to promote my books.

Whether or not the Pendomus Chronicles gets the traction I hope for it, or it fizzles by the wayside at launch, I know I’ve pushed myself (literally) to the breaking point and there’s not a whole helluva lot else I coulda humanly done. I’ll keep pushing on. Keep writing. Keep loving this author life and all the ridiculously awesome insanity that goes along with it.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

"An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice."Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she's busy reading them.Her first novel, Pendomus, was the first of a three-part series and was published in 2013. Now, four years later, Polarities (Book 2) of the Pendomus Chronicles, and Revolutions (Book 3) will be released at the end of 2017.For more information on their release, visit Carissa Andrews' author website: www.carissandrews.com and sign up for her newsletter notifications.Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional. She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self improvement, and more. Her articles can be found published across the interwebs. Carissa is also a Top Rated Freelancer on Upwork, and can be contacted for freelancing opportunities: https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~011fb5962824326eaa/
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GIVEAWAY: 

WIN a signed print copy of Polarities: Book 2 of the Pendomus Chronicles & $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Audiobook Review: Haven by Tom Deady!


    Haven Audiobook
  • Written by: Tom Deady
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:08-31-17
  • Publisher: Greymore Publishing
  • In 1961, the small town of Haven thought they'd gotten rid of their monster. After a series of child killings, Paul Greymore was caught carrying a wounded girl. His face, disfigured from a childhood accident, seemed to confirm he was the monster the community hoped to banish. With Paul in prison, the killings stopped.For 17 years, Haven was peaceful again. But Paul served his time and has now returned to Haven - the town where he grew up, and the scene of his alleged crimes. Paul insists he didn't commit those crimes, and several townspeople believe him including the local priest, a young boy named Denny, and his best friend Billy.Trouble is, now that Paul is back home, the bizarre killings have started again - and the patterns match the deaths from Haven's past. If Paul isn't the killer, who is?Or what is? An unlikely band of adventurers attempts to uncover the truth, delving into long-hidden tunnels that might actually be inhabited by a strange, predatory creature.Haven is a compelling horror epic in the spirit of It or Summer of Night, and a stunning debut novel from a gifted author who knows that the darkest horrors lurk inside human beings, even when there is a monster on the loose.

My Thoughts:

After 17 years, Paul Greymore is finally free. He didn't want to come back to Haven but had no choice. 17 years ago children went missing, Paul was found with a wounded girl and was blamed for the killings. People accepted his guilt, even though there was no real evidence and Paul had the same kind of weird marks as the girl had, because for 17 years Haven has been quiet. The butcher was put away! Now though, with Paul back in town, the killings have started back up. They are eerily similar to the ones before. Is Paul the killer? 

I bought the eBook of this when it first came out because it sounded like something I'd love, so when the audio came out, I dived right in!! Plot wise, it was entertaining, fast paced and held my attention. I loved how they explained the monster and how it came to be. It was believable! I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive writing and the level of detail the author went into and I enjoyed the overall story. So why not 5 stars, well simply because it was so similar to It by Stephen King and didn't really add anything new. It followed the same format as It and I couldn't help but compare the two. In and of itself, the book was great, I just felt like it needed something new and fresh in order to stand out more. 

Character wise, I loved Billy and Denny. They were well written and developed and I loved seeing them grow throughout the book. They learn, they accept, they grow and they finally stand up for themselves. All the characters grew somewhat during the story, which was nice to see. We have the obligatory bad guys, the Sheriff and his son, Dale. Dale was horrible and I really disliked him!! My favourite was Paul though. He has gone through so much since he was a kid, and it broke my heart for him! 

In all, this was a good read. I enjoyed the story and am happy that it was sort of left open! If you enjoy the 80's horror feel, then you will enjoy this! 

Matt Godfrey did a great job!!! He was clear and easy to listen to and had plenty of different tones and voices that made it an easy listen. 

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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