Monday, April 24, 2017

Joshua Robertson: The Kaelandur Series, #3 (Maharia)





Title: Maharia
Series: The Kaelandur Series #3
Author: Joshua Robertson 
Release: Available Now! 



Synopsis:

In Valor There Is Hope!
Branimir has remained hidden from the enemy, withholding the cursed dagger from their erroneous hands. When a stranger arrives, and offers the chance to end his never-ending battle, Branimir sets off for the City of the Gods for answers. Now, hoping his faith has not been misplaced, Branimir undergoes his darkest adventure yet. He can only trust that he has the courage to survive the truth.







Excerpt:

Branimir’s heart jumped at the thought of leaving Gaetana. He spun around and rose to his feet. Adamus faced him, beard hanging to his chest, and blue eyes wild with excitement. Witigor, a head taller than the Ariadnean, joggled his head in agreement, the overhanging flap of his ridiculous brown hat bouncing over his brow.
Sulanna stilled them with her hand. “What about Dorofej? The Stuhia has not survived this long simply to stay captive in a dungeon. Are we to continue to trust that he will find a way to escape?”
“Tis a thought I hope to be true, Sulanna,” Adamus said, “though the odds are not favorable. I am not proposing we attempt to free Dorofej. We simply cannot stay here much longer. Besides, if Dorofej does escape, he can always find us with that thing he does.”
Klukas,” Branimir said. “Yes. He can find us in the shadow world.”
“Oh, here we are again, talking of this mysterious, all-knowing man called Dorofej.” Wit grimaced, pulling the sleeves up on his shirt. “The man might as well be a god, the way you speak of him.” Wit’s eye twitched. “Still, you are correct on this matter. The Stuhia can find anyone in Klukas if they have come across them before. Their gift of scrying supersedes the skill of the greatest oracle. He would be able to find you no matter your destination, I assure you.”
“Oh. Are you suddenly an expert with the Stuhian people, Wit?” Sulanna mocked, twisting her mouth with suspicion. “Funny you have not said a word of them until recently.”
“Well…I have read Tom Flitter’s Mystagogical’s Forlorn Folio and Colin Turney’s Unchanted and Unequaled.” Wit crossed his arms, leaned back like he had taken a blow to the bits, and then wobbled his head back and forth in disbelief. “Do you not know I have access to every book in the known world, Sulanna? I would have been reading about the dragon people long before now if I had known anyone cared to know about them. But you three keep your tongues wrapped so tight, I would not be surprised if you did not have any tongues at all. I don’t know how you expect me to help.”
Branimir stuck out his tongue. “No one asked for your help. We asked for one book on ancient religions, and here you still are—”
“Yes, I remember. The Compendium of Infernal Light by Emrys Trudgeon.” Wit widened his eyes. “No other man could have gotten you that little treasure. If you don’t want me, I can be on my way.” He stomped the back of his foot against the earth, indicating he had no intention of budging. “You know, it is not everyday someone asks about a text not highlighting the Lightbringer.”
“Czern’s breath. You mustn’t go anywhere,” Adamus said, angling an eyebrow at Branimir.
Sulanna flashed her teeth, chiming in, “Indeed. Your input is always welcome, but our business will remain our own.”

“Of course, my Lady,” Wit said, nodding his head again with enough momentum to bounce his hat. “And I don’t mean to pry, but anything you need to know, I can find.” He winked, pointing at Branimir. “Don’t get me wrong. The Kras have wicked memories, but none are as old as books. None can know how their minds have twisted their words over time.”




About the Author
Joshua Robertson is a bestselling author in dark fantasy. Robertson is a Licensed Master Social Worker, who received his degree from Wichita State University. He has worked with children and families for the past fifteen years in a variety of unique venues: a residential behavior school, a psychiatric treatment facility, and the child welfare system. He has functioned as a supervisor, an educator, a behavior specialist, and a therapist during his career. Mr. Robertson has presented trainings for hundreds of professionals and military personnel on topics that include child abuse and neglect, human trafficking, strengthening the parent and child relationships, and the neurobiological impact of trauma.
 
You may recognize him as the dude whose dragons were said to destroy George R.R. Martin's and Christopher Paolini's dragons in a very biased Twitter poll. His first novel, Melkorka, was released in 2015, and he has been writing fantasy fiction like clockwork ever since. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. 

He currently lives in North Carolina with his better half and his horde of goblins.


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Monday, April 17, 2017

AS WE KNOW IT: Action/Adventure by Carrie Butler! (And Guest Post!)









Title: As We Know It
Author: Carrie Butler
Category
: Adult
Genres: Action / Adventure (Disaster) & Romantic Suspense
Release: December 2016


About the Book

Deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the Pacific Northwest coastline, lies the Cascadia subduction zone—a fault on the verge of unleashing a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Unfortunately, like most tourists, Elena Cordova is oblivious.
She’s got her own pent-up stress to deal with, a humiliating breakup that’s driven her to end her tenure as a human doormat once and for all. So, when a pickpocket makes off with the last remnant of her relationship, she takes action—only to get trapped with him when disaster strikes.
Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together . . . because in fifteen minutes, half the town will be underwater.

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Guest Post by Carrie Butler!

If I had to guess, I'd bet most of you have heard of the San Andreas fault. For years, it's been hyped as some kind of doomsday crack in the earth's crust, waiting to unleash "The Big One" on California. But did you know the west coast faces a far greater threat to the north?
The Cascadia Subduction Zone lies deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the coastline. When it next ruptures—which could be any day now—it could produce a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Thirty times! That puts it in the same league as Sumatra (2004) and Tōhoku (2011), two of the deadliest seismic events in recorded history. Yet, most of our nation hadn't heard of it until Kathryn Schulz’s Pulitzer-winning article in The New Yorker.

Why?

Aside from a few gems, like Sandy Doughton's Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, there's nothing out there on the subject—nothing that speaks to people outside of scientific circles. I knew I had to try and contribute to its awareness somehow, so I decided to write a first-person account of the disaster unfolding. What I didn't realize then was how invested I, and so many others, would become in these characters.

This book, above all others I've written, has truly taken on a life of its own. We’ve got our heroine, a second-generation Spanish American who's on vacation to escape the fallout of an abusive relationship; and then we've got our hero, a homeless veteran, struggling with PTSD and alcohol dependence. On paper, they’re so different. They’re coming from such different places. But when disaster strikes, trapping them together, a friendship develops on this raw, human level. It's uncertain and contentious and... filled with such fervent need.

From there, we see them fight to survive everything folks are going to face in real life, i.e. the earthquake, tsunami, aftershocks, scarcity, landslides, violence, isolation, etc. It sounds morbid, but there's real grit in there. People have this enduring, dimensional capacity to still seek humor amidst grief and love amidst chaos. I cannot wait for you guys to read it.


Thank you for having me, Summer! :)







About the Author


Carrie Butler is an award-winning author and the owner of Forward Authority full-service studio—not to mention an inbound-certified marketer with a penchant for superhero socks and Firefly. Time away from her desk is spent playing with her rescue pup, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in target-based recreation. Otherwise, you’re likely to find her glued to her chair, discovering new ways to share her daydreams...



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Monday, April 10, 2017

B.R. Kingsolver: CHAMELEON ASSASSIN (Series 1&2)




 Book 1, Chameleon Assassin

Author: B.R. Kingsolver 
Release: Now Available! 


Synopsis:

Libby is a mutant, one of the top burglars and assassins in the world. For a price, she caters to executives’ secret desires. Eliminate your corporate rival? Deliver a priceless art masterpiece or necklace? Hack into another corporation’s network? Libby’s your girl. 

Climate change met nuclear war, and humanity lost. The corporations stepped in, stripping governments of power. Civilization didn’t end, but it became less civilized. There are few rules as corporations jockey for position and control of assets and markets. 

In the year 2200, the world has barely recovered the level of technology that existed before the ice melted and the subsequent wars. Corporate elites live in their walled estates and skyscraper apartments while the majority of humanity supplies their luxuries. On the bottom level, the mutants, the poor, and the criminals scramble every day just to survive.

Urban Fantasy set 200 years in the future.






Book 2, Chameleon Uncovered

The dark sequel to the best-selling Chameleon Assassin.
Author: B.R. Kingsolver 
Release: Available Now!

Synopsis:

Libby has a chance to build a legitimate reputation when she’s hired by one of the world’s most prestigious museums to bolster their security. The gig is in Chicago, where her heartthrob lives, so she hopes for a little romance. 

She's on a first-name basis with larceny, mayhem, and death, but Libby's not used to being on the receiving end. Chicago is far darker and more dangerous than her native Toronto. Amidst terrorist bombings, stolen treasure, and murder, a mutant prophet calls for revolution. Away from her family and friends, Libby has nowhere to turn as enemies assault her from all sides. 

Their mistake. Libby is a dangerous enemy.




About the Author
BR Kingsolver, author of the Telepathic Clans and Chameleon Assassin series, grew up surrounded by writers, artists, myths, and folklore in Santa Fe, The City Different, in the Land of Enchantment.

After living all over the US and exploring the world--from Amsterdam to the Romanian Alps, and Russia to the Rocky Mountains--Kingsolver trades time between Baltimore and Albuquerque. With an education in nursing and biology and a Master's degree in business, Kingsolver has done everything from construction to newspaper editor and jewelry to computers.

Kingsolver, a passionate lifetime skier, currently spends time writing and working with computers while living nine blocks from the harbor in Baltimore as servant in residence to a very demanding cat.





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Sunday, April 9, 2017

THE MAKEUP TEST: A RITTER UNIVERSITY NOVELLA (And Giveaway!)


The Makeup Test
Vanessa M. Knight
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.
Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.
With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.
So why is it they can’t stay apart?


Author Bio:
Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of 4-pawed, claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.
When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off key (but she assures us it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.
For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at www.vanessamknight.com.













Monday, April 3, 2017

Children in the City of the Fallen Towers: Exclusive from Joey Pinkney!


Title: Children in the City of Fallen Towers
Author: Joey Pinkney 
Buy It Now: Amazon 


Synopsis:

This historical-fiction piece peeks into the post-9/11 life of a Puerto Rican preteen named Mia and her big brother Carlos. Their only refuge is Abuela Mendez and her one-bedroom apartment in East Harlem. While Mia struggles to make sense of  the loss of her mother, Carlos attempts to shield Mia from Abuela Mendez’s heavy-handed way of keeping order in her household.

Children in the City of the Fallen Towers: a short story is like a modern-day, adult fairy tale - complete with a princess, a broken heart, a desperate situation, an unlikely villain and a force of good. This drama takes less than twenty minutes to read and also includes an in-depth Author’s Note, Selected Links and more (3,050 word story, plus a 1,050 word bonus Author's Note).

Special Excerpt


Going on her third hour at the only window facing Ground Zero, Mia never took her eyes off the gray smoke that stole the sky’s blueness. Even though the window was sealed shut from layers of paint, the stench of smoke and fear mingled everywhere.

Without turning from her view, Mia said, “She’s your mama, too...”

“But, you want to know one thing about her being my mama?” asked Carlos.

“What...” Mia’s reply came across as a command, just as she intended.

Catching his breath after finally releasing some of his pent up energy, Carlos placed his palms gently on Mia’s window sill. Sweat started to bead across his face as his heart rate slowed down.

“What do you mean what? Why you say it like that?” Carlos’ questions were more like playful challenges.

“Just tell me.” Mia’s distance was unshakable.

“Listen.” Carlos stood up straight. “I don’t have time to talk to you like you’re a baby. I want you to hear what I’m saying now so you can use it later.”

Before Carlos could get his thoughts together, Mia inserted, “I got a question.”

“What?”

“Why do you say my mama?” Mia gazed at him with a darkness in her eyes beyond her years. “And not our mama?”

“Well...” Carlos sighed and looked away.

“I need to know that for later, too, right? Because you said...”

“I know what I said. But...” Carlos turned away from Mia.

“But what? Tell me that. You are telling me everything else about Mama. Tell me that.”

“OK. Listen.” Carlos took a deep breath and turned back to Mia. “I’m only going to say this once. And once only. Do you understand?”

“OK.”

“Your- Our- Mama…” He took another deep breath.






About the Author

Joey Pinkney strives to push his creative boundaries by crafting compelling short stories. Early in his literary life, he was given a set of Childcraft books and the Encyclopedia Britannica by his parents, which laid the foundation for a deep love of the written word. Although much of the information in the encyclopedia was over his head, he simply enjoyed the idea of reading the words. Naturally, as he got older the information began to make more and more sense.

In 2009, his short story “Like Father, Like Son” was included in The Soul of a Man: A Triumph of My Soul Anthology. The anthology went on to win “Best Short Story/Best Anthology” at the African American Literary Awards that same year. His short story “Maxine” won him his very first Kindle ebook reader in 2011 when he entered that story into the MyQOTD Kindle Short Story Competition.

Realizing he had a knack for writing short stories, in 2015 Pinkney decided to write standalone short stories for publication. His fast fiction reflects a quirky sense of humor and attention to often overlooked details in everyday life. He strives to produce tales that readers consider to be offbeat yet familiar. His stories, in part, are fueled by chocolate.






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Friday, March 31, 2017

STATE OF HOPE (Collapse Series, Final Installment!): Cover, Synopsis and RELEASE DATE REVEAL!


Title: State of Hope 
Series: Collapse Series #10 
Author: Summer Lane 
Release Date: June 9, 2017 
Series Cover Artist: Steven J. Catizone 
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THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE SMASH-HIT PHENOMENON FROM #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUMMER LANE.

This is it.
Cassidy Hart and her comrades have returned to their home: California, the final battlefield in the fight against the global terror, Omega. Commander Chris Young is in critical condition, the United States Navy has acquired new weapons, and the militias have just made a discovery that could change everything.

Faced with tragedy, heartbreak, and destruction, Cassidy is tempted to give up.

But she is a fighter. Defeat is not in her blood.

When confronted with the possibility of resurrecting the leadership of the United States of America, she will do anything to make the dream of stability a reality. She and Lieutenant Uriah True, along with the legendary strike team, the Angels of Death, undertake a dangerous and outrageous mission, unlike anything they have ever attempted. They will find themselves in the very epicenter of Omega’s stronghold.

Yet doubt remains. No one can be trusted in this dark new world, and their hope may not be as black and white as it seems. Disappointment and rejection cloud Cassidy’s judgment.

Friends will be lost. Tears will be shed. Sacrifices beyond the imagination will be made. The grim reality and bitter destruction of war will inflict one final sucker punch. 

The militias desperately attempt to hold their ground, and the Freedom Fighters will do everything they can to destroy the greatest evil this world has ever known.

The apocalypse has taken everything from Cassidy, but she will not stop until her heart ceases to beat, and until there is no breath left in her body.

She holds onto hope – hope of a future, hope of victory, and hope of love.

There is no going back. It all ends here.

Are you prepared?




There. Are. No. Words. 
This series has sustained me for the past 5 years - Cassidy Hart is dear to me; as is every single character that has ever surfaced in her world. I cannot BELIEVE I am getting ready to release the final installment. 

It's emotional. It's gritty. It's difficult. It's shocking. 
And, for me, it's sad to say goodbye. 

I can only say that this series has been good to me - the READERS have been good to me. This will be the 10th book in the main series, and the 17th installment in the Collapse Universe. Overall, I'd say that's a rockin' achievement. 

This installment will be a long book - longer than any book that has come before it. It will include a surprise announcement at the end, and some bonus materiel, as well. 

Trust me when I say, this "bonus" material is VERY IMPORTANT. If you're a fan of the series and have been following the story for the last few years, YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IT. 

That's all I can say about that

But seriously, guys.
Book 10. 
Installment 17. 

I am anticipating sales and downloads like never before. 

And to be honest, I'm nervous. Nervous to release the final book, nervous to say goodbye to the major plot of the Collapse Series, and nervous to allow some characters to leave me. I'm actually getting keyed up and woozy just writing this. 

YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

But the characters of Collapse will always be a part of me - just like Cassidy Hart will be a part of all of us. 
A fighter. A force. 
A girl. 

Until June, my friends.