Wednesday, July 15, 2015

[BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY] Space Cowboys and Indians, by Lisa Medley

Space Cowboys and Indians
Cosmic Cowboys Series
Episode 1
Lisa Medley

Genre: Sci-fi Adventure Romance

Publisher: Big Cedar
Date of Publication: July 15, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9908856-8-9

Number of pages: 135
Word Count: 38K

Cover Artist: Sweet and Spicy Designs

Book Description:

How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?

Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance.

But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid.

As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.

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About the Author:
Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too.

She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig.

She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

[BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY] Phasms: Captive Potential, by Barbara Garren

Book: Captive Potential
Author: Barbara Garren
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Ahhh, finally!  The return of "Phasms Spasms" as I like to call it, for good reason.  My lovely friend Barb has given birth to another delicious baby.

Okay, that just sounds weird.  But you know what I mean, I hope.

We have the return of our sexy heroes from book one, to include some interesting surprises. 

I have to say that I really enjoyed the revelation of "loose-canon Aiden".  Seems like everyone's got their little secrets though, and (without giving too much away), it's as though every chapter has at least one WTF moment.  It was both interesting and surprising to discover and unlock the reasons for distrust and mis- (or lack of) communication.  It was scary and shocking to learn all this new weird shit, and now I'm even more wary of the power of dreams (and wondering whether or not it makes a difference if they're drug-induced :P)

I have to say that I'm a fan of the casual references to current pop culture as well.  Definitely makes the story more relatable and connects it with a modern readership.

It's been said before and I'll say it again, but Barb has a pretty awesome way of crafting a unique paranormal story that isn't your standard, run-of-the-mill paranormal.  I've honestly never read any other book that involves anything like "phasms" or even a similar concept.

(Okay I just googled it and apparently a phasm is some weird D&D creature...but I promise you, Barb's phasms are WAY different - and way sexier!)

Well done!  Read on for some juicy tid-bits....

(Also, no joke, I think I have about 2 or 3 copies of this book now in various forms.)


Everything in Kelsi's life feels more like The End, rather than the Happily-Ever-After she anticipated with her prince, Aiden Hardt. She and Aiden are fighting. Again. His daughter Bryn wakes them screaming every night. By day Bryn is bright and bubbly, but at night her dreams are filled with a distant land, a dark-haired man, and a threat Kelsi couldn't foresee. Even her best friend Sarah is miserable.

Tossed between multiple planes of existence, Kelsi must overcome the barriers in her heart and mind to save those she loves: her friend, her lover, and the child she thinks of as her own.

Even if providing them a chance for their own Ever After spells the end for her.


“My love for Aiden is a deep, red pulse, burning with a slow and steady warmth that assuaged my loss, seeping to my very core, bleeding into every pore, every fiber of who I am, until I can’t breathe, can’t move can’t be without him near.”

Author Bio

I'm a writer, a reader and a frequenter of the more charming sites in town, namely pubs. I've travelled a bit. Lived a few places. Known a few men. It all ends up in a story sooner or later.

San Diego is home these days and my life is ruled by Charlie the Dog, a Valkyrie muse named Prue and a husband  who buys me scotch. What more can a girl ask for?

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Friday, September 19, 2014

[COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY] I Heart Robot, by Suzanne van Rooyen


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I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen

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I HEART ROBOT Cover Art from Suzanne van Rooyen
I'm not the most artistically inclined. While I do love art and have been known to bust out the pencils and paints myself, it's not an area where I'd consider myself particularly talented. In short, I knew that cover design was something best left to the professional and I had every confidence in Month9Books.

I am so grateful to Georgia McBride for allowing me to have the amount of input I did when it came to cover creation for I Heart Robot. This is a novel that is as much about a civil rights struggle in a futuristic, post-war city as it is about romance, and we wanted a cover that reflected both elements. Finding the right balance between romance and science fiction was a tall order, but Month9Books delivered in spades by presenting me with two stylistically different covers. I loved elements of both, and by working closely with the cover artist and with Georgia we managed to combine all the best parts of both original covers into what we have today: a cover that reflects the gritty world my characters live in while emphasizing the fact that this is above all, a love story.

I Heart Robot
Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won't belittle her musical aspirations. 
Q-I-99 aka 'Quinn' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power. 
Tyri and Quinn's worlds collide when they're accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn's love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?
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Title: I Heart Robot
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Suzanne van Rooyen
Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing, she teaches dance and music to middle schoolers and entertains her shiba inu, Lego. Suzanne is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

[GIVEAWAY & INTERVIEW] Fires of Man, by Dan Levinson

Science Fiction
Date Published: June 17, 2014

In a world where a gifted few can manipulate reality with their minds, two great nations—Calchis and Orion—employ these psionic powers in a covert war for global superiority.

In the heart of Calchis, a powerful young psion named Aaron Waverly is kidnapped, and forcibly conscripted. To the north, in the capital, a plan is hatched to decimate Orion, to be carried out by the ruthless operative known only as “Agent.”

In Orion, fresh recruit Stockton Finn comes to terms with his incredible new powers, and learns firsthand how dangerous they can be. Meanwhile, officers Nyne Allen and Kay Barrett navigate the aftermath of their shattered love affair, oblivious to the fact that Calchis draws ever closer to destroying the tenuous peace.

Finally, in the arctic land of Zenith, Calchan archaeologist Faith Santia unearths a millennia-old ruin. This lost temple might just hold the hidden history of psionic powers, as well as hints of a deeper mystery . . . that could shake the foundations of all mankind.

Read on for the interview!

Stop.  Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.

-         What is your name?  Dan.

-         What is your quest?  To engage readers with fiction prolific.

-         What is your favorite color?  Blue. No— *is hurled from the bridge*

Just kidding, there are more than 3 questions.
And here I thought this would be the shortest interview ever!

Which orifice did you pull this story from (from whence did the inspiration come)?
I first conceived this story when I was about thirteen. At the time I was quite enamored with both the epic fantasy works of Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind, and with anime, specifically Dragonball Z. It’s amusing for me to think how this story was in part inspired by a cartoon of brawny aliens hurling energy blasts at each other, but there it is.

What was the most difficult thing about writing Fires of Man?
Achieving the level of proficiency required to execute my vision. Having first imagined this world when I was quite young, it has gone through a number of iterations over the years. I’ll always be learning and growing as a writer, but it wasn’t until the past few years that I was able to write a version of this story I felt lived up to its promise.

What was something you learned while writing Fires of Man?
How to sink deep into the characters, and, when necessary, let them take the reins and lead the story in unexpected directions. I always have the big, impactful moments I’m writing toward, but oftentimes I let the characters fill in what happens in between.

What do you love the most about Fires of Man?
The characters, undoubtedly. I feel I’ve managed to create characters that truly feel like real flesh and blood human beings, and I’m quite proud of that.

What do you hate the most about Fires of Man?
Hate is a strong word, and there’s nothing I “hate” about the book. However, I’ve grown as a writer since completing it. I’m truly thrilled with the way the book turned out, but like many writers, I’m a perfectionist, and would love the chance to improve it even further.

Give us your favorite blurb (paragraph/scene) from the story.
I’m certain this would change, day by day, but here is one of my favorite moments:

The cherry blossoms were falling.

The buds drifted downward, swirling as the breeze carried them, spirals of delicate flowers so pale they were almost white. Life was so short, so transitive, Nyne thought. Nowhere was that principle better
embodied than in the short and glorious existence of these flowers, so bright, bursting with vivacity—an image of beauty all too fleeting.

Parents and children began to gather around the tree, chattering excitedly. Moments of peace and wonder like this were so rare, so ephemeral.

Nyne stood watching until the ground was carpeted with fine petals.

What are your future plans as an author?
I have quite a number of works-in-progress, so many that it’s a wonder I haven’t gone mad.

I’m in the early planning stages of a dark fantasy series, though I won’t start writing it for some time yet. I have a literary paranormal mystery/thriller, Shambles, which is on hold while I finish book three of the Psionic Earth series, Prophet Rising. I have multiple short stories and a horror novella in various states of completion, a YA fantasy novel entitled The Ace of Kings that I am rewriting, and I have a number of screenplays from my screenwriting days that I would like to revisit at some point.

I also expect to receive edits from my publisher for the second entry in the Psionic Earth series, Shadows Collide, within a month or two, and will be busy doing rewrites for that.

Dan Levinson

Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Dan grew up immersing himself in fantastical worlds. While other kids dreamed of being astronauts and cowboys, all he ever wanted was to be a novelist. Now, he’s living his dream.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

[BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY] Seven Minutes, by Jay Stritch

Jay Stritch is a student of English Literature at Cambridge University and a lover of all modes of storytelling. She has recently published ‘Seven Minutes’ told in the format of memory collections which trace the interweaving, highly eventful lives of a very interesting family. In her free time she enjoys skiing and adrenaline based sports.

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Book Genre: Fiction
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Release Date: March 2014

Book Description: What are the memories that will define you when you're gone?

It is said that when you die your brain stays active for seven minutes, in which time you relive your most prominent memories.

'The Collector' of these memories has the most interesting story of all to tell. By following the intertwining lives of a group of characters we are taken on a journey through some amazing experiences: loss, love, guilt, failure, success and what defines us as human beings. The very essence of these people emerges from their memories.

But why is Will the one this collection of memories has been given to? What is he supposed to do with them? He already has enough on his plate, now that he’s unemployed with a farm and family to run while his wife is away working. However, he can’t seem to stop obsessing about this mysterious book or put it down and it begins to affect his life in more ways than one…


Seven minutes really isn’t that long. It’s often overlooked by people as an awkward amount of time in which nothing can be achieved. Indeed many groups of seven minutes are spent in people’s lives simply waiting. I, however, am a collector and it is my job to make every minute count. Everything can be revealed about a human life in seven minutes. Today has been a particularly interesting collection, as amongst them is the last Mangos.

I often look at my job like a card game – perhaps similar to ‘Happy Families’ – and I relish collecting full sets. Today the set has been completed by the life and death of Sabina Mangos.

I sometimes revisit the rest of these preserved lives and watch them intertwine with each other seamlessly again. I turn to the best bits, like one would dog ear a favorite book. Still the people I never knew in life haunt me in their deaths.

She is bent by the side of the river, the evening sun illuminating her cheek bones and her hair is plastered to her face. The memory at first is always startlingly beautiful until the scream begins. It is primal, guttural and echoes off the rocks surrounding her. Then the boy lying limp at her feet comes into focus. But this is my own memory. To understand it better, it’s only right that we delve into hers.

ANGELICA: 4.6 minutes

He died with his train ticket in his pocket and his hands clasped tightly around his necklace. I know because I was there. I start compressions frantically, unable to remember how many to do. One, two, three, four, trying to force the life back into him. Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, my own breaths rasping, willing him to join me. Eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, I stop pressing methodically, the panic taking over and I begin to hit him wildly. Suddenly I am furious, illogically furious at him, and I begin to spit and swear as I return to compressions. What else can I do?

“Don’t die! Wake up! Bastard! Talk to me! Open your eyes now!” I stop suddenly staring rigidly at his face. “No,” is all I can think. This. Can’t. Happen. Mouth to mouth, my mind screams, I haven’t tried that yet and I know why. What if the kiss of life doesn’t work; what if it is the kiss of death? What if I can’t save him? I slam my hands either side of his head, pinch his nose and calmly breathe into his mouth. Once. Twice. Nothing. And that is when I rock back on to my knees and scream.