Monday, September 18, 2017

COVER REVEAL: SINISTER AND DEAD THINGS by Martina McAtee

Title: Sinister Souls & Dead Things
Author: Martina McAtee     
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Ember Lonergan has made her pack a promise: To go after their enemies before their enemies can come for them. It was a bold statement that she has no idea how to back up. She hasn’t mastered driving on the highway, much less how to take down a hostile system of government. What’s worse, half her pack is crazy, and the other half is broken…possibly forever.

But none of that matters anymore. Ember isn’t just Ember anymore. Ember and her cousins are the prophesied Trinity, foretold to take down the druids and break the curse that’s plagued witches and reapers for centuries. The Oracle has been gathering their allies—laying the groundwork for their return—for decades, but all of that work is destroyed in an instant when Ember’s betrayed by somebody she thought she could trust.
  
Alliances are crumbling. Humans are missing. People are dying. The High Inquisitor has arrived. Witches have taken over the school, and they are instituting new policies every day.
Their new message is clear:
If you fight for the Trinity, you burn with the Trinity.
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack chihuahua's and two shady looking cats. When she isn't writing young adult books about worlds with reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures she's reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things released in August of 2015. Her second book in the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things, will release July 15, 2016.
Author Links: Facebook: www.facebook.com/MartinaMcAtee1
Buy Links: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things: http://amzn.to/1Z4L4NH Dark Dreams and Dead Things: http://amzn.to/1Z4KVtH

BOOK BLITZ: SERAPHINA'S VENGEANCE by Sheena Hutchinson

Title: Seraphina’s Vengeance
Author: Sheena Hutchinson
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Cover Me, Darling
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb: One year ago, Seraphina’s entire world seemed to have dived into a mythical land over night. She’s somehow even gotten used to the madness of it all. But what happens when the craziness stops? Things become quiet… too quiet.
Sera should have known that things weren’t as quiet as they seemed. After one of the best nights of her life, Sera is forced into this treacherous journey to save one of her loved ones.
But following the path of evil begins to take its toll on Sera. As she struggles with her own internal dilemmas, Nate starts to take matters into his own hands. When this unseen world finally begins to affect Sera’s emotions and her relationship, can she hold it together to save her loved ones? Will love conquer all? Or will it turn her evil… forever?
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny lead her to writing again. She constantly strives to be a positive role model and write stories that empower and inspire.  
Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after. While God is currently writing her love story she continues to put all her time into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.
For more on Sheena and her books visit her website www.SheenaHutchinson.com.
Buy Links: Seraphina’s Awakening: http://amzn.to/2lzuzPo
Seraphina’s Initiation: http://amzn.to/2m17pTg
Seraphina’s Vengeance: http://amzn.to/2vs7qVg

COVER REVEAL: FIERCE TIDES by L.M. Preston

Title: Fierce Tides (Purgatory Reign Series, Book Three)
Author: LM Preston
Genre: Urban Fantasy/YA/Romance/Paranormal
Editor: Cindy Davis
Blurb:
Peter Saints understood the reason he was hated and hunted by an evil so twisted he had to brace himself to face it. He didn't mind taking his part of the blame of unleashing it. Now he would destroy it for nothing less than to calm the fear he'd seen simmering in Angel's eyes. The love he had for her was boundless, he'd fight anything to heal it, heal her, and free them. This made it personal. He would finish it.
LM. Preston was born in Washington, DC.  She loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl.  A Techie and Educator for over sixteen years, she started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids.  She has an obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds.  She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing. In addition to being an author, she's also a Moderator for Yalitchat in 2011, 2012 Vice President of Mid Atlantic Book Association and 2012 co-chair for the Maryland Writer's Conference.
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GIVEAWAY: H.A.L.F. ORIGINS by Natalie Wright



Origins
H.A.L.F. Series Book 3
by Natalie Wright
Genre: YA SciFi Fantasy

Alien predators attack Europe. A deadly virus spawns an epidemic. And a clandestine organization conspires to profit from chaos and forge a New World Order.



In this heart-pounding finale of the award-winning H.A.L.F. series, Tex, Erika and the rest are in a race against time. For months they‘ve fought for their lives. Now they battle to save us all.



Tex and Erika are fugitives again, running for their lives. But when Tex falls gravely ill, a Navajo healer is his only hope for survival. Tex emerges from the ordeal changed in body and mind but with vital information: how to stop the predatory M’Uktah from destroying those he has come to love.


Erika Holt seeks a respite from the constant threats to her life but she’s not about to give up. As she and Tex launch a mission to shut down the galactic highway used by the predatory M'Uktah, she grows closer to her troubled half-human companion. But what about her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Jack?

Jack Wilson, with his new friend Anna Sturgis, is determined to put an end to the Makers’ schemes for world domination. Complicating matters, an anti-viral that could save millions from an alien virus has been stolen.

As both alien and human forces line up against them, the destiny of all mankind is hand the hands of these young warriors. And time is running out.

What Others are Saying about H.A.L.F.: ORIGINS:

The latest satisfying addition to the H.A.L.F. series has something for everyone: exciting action scenes; great, complex love stories; fascinating new aliens; and relatable teen characters fighting to save the world and find their places in it.” ~Alyssa H., Content Editor, Red Adept Editing






The Makers
H.A.L.F. Series Book 2

"Conflicts with alien races are given enormous depth in this engrossingly written science fiction novel." ~Forewords Clarion Reviews



Roswell. Area 51. The X-Files.



You've seen the aliens known as "the Greys" in movies and on T.V. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong?


And what if the Greys are only the beginning?

On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M'Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined.

And hungry...

Wright's epic and much anticipated follow up to her multiple award-winning debut Sci Fi novel H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath:

The Deep Beneath, Runner Up in the Beach Book Festival
Finalist, Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Semi-Finalist, Kindle Review Book Awards
and Library Journal pick for curated Shelf-e library collection







The Deep Beneath
H.A.L.F. Series Book 1

Can a Human-Alien Hybrid, Created to be a Weapon, Save us from a Secret War we Don't Know is Coming?

Library Journal eBook Selection

H.A.L.F. (Human Alien Life Form) #9 is the product of genetic engineering, the union of human and alien DNA. Created to be a weapon in a secret war we don't know is coming, he proved too powerful to control. He has lived for seventeen years in an underground lab, sedated and trained to be a cold-blooded killing machine.
But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the lab and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.
While H.A.L.F. 9 revels in his newfound freedom, Erika Holt relaxes in the desert with friends. But a typical Saturday night soon erupts into chaos when fate brings her together with H.A.L.F. 9. Erika is forced to make a choice that will irretrievably change her life. If she chooses to help H.A.L.F. 9 escape, her fate will become intertwined with his in what will become an intergalactic adventure. Little do any of them know that their actions trigger a vast New World Order conspiracy which began after the UFO crash in Roswell in 1947. Will H.A.L.F. 9 be reeled back in, once again forced to do the bidding of the Makers? And will any of them survive the dangers of The Deep Beneath them?

Award-Winning Sci Fi Appropriate for the Entire Family

  • Silver Medalist, Wishing Shelf Book Awards
  • Semi-Finalist, Kindle Review Book Awards
  • Runner-Up, Beach Book Festival Awards
  • Library Journal choice for the curated Self-E Library Collection

˃˃˃ What Readers Say About The Deep Beneath:

"The action is great, and the scene with the alien spaceship was crazy good. I found the ending to be quite surprising. It definitely made me want to read the next one to see what happens both above ground and below. I recommend this to all fans of sci-fi adventures." ~C.J. Anaya, Best Selling Author of The Healer Series
"Once I began, I couldn't put it down. It's well-written, fast-paced, and the characters are believable. I highly recommend this book and anxiously await book 2!" ~M. Williams
"Extremely exciting and fast-paced story that sucked me in its sci-fi vortex and wouldn't let me go. H. A. L. F. 9 is probably my favorite alien hybrid of all time. Can't wait for the next book!" ~Ms. I Read to Escape




Natalie is the author of the award-winning science fiction series H.A.L.F., and The Akasha Chronicles, a popular young adult fantasy trilogy with over 2 Million reads on Wattpad. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, teen daughter, and two cat overlords.

Natalie spends her time writing, reading, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, and meeting readers and fans at book festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. Natalie appears frequently on radio, podcasts and vlogs such as The Speculative Fiction Cantina, Front Row Geeks and iHeart Radio.



Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

In celebration of the release of ORIGINS, the third and final book in the H.A.L.F. series, all pre-order customers have the opportunity to receive the following exclusive goodies:

  • A full-color, digital book extra, Lost Chapter and Cut Scenes. This book contains the author’s commentary on cut scenes as well as photos illustrations. This book is only available to pre-order customers.
  • A video retrospective of the H.A.L.F. series, complete with “soundtrack” for the series, an author interview, and tons of photos and illustrations documenting the series.

INSTRUCTIONS:

It’s simple to obtain the goods. All a customer has to do is:

  1. Buy the book in any format. Digital, paperback, hardcover, or audiobook, and at any retailer.

  1. Email a copy of the receipt (again, in any format—photo, screenshot, email receipt, etc.). Email the receipt to: half.origins.book@gmail.com

That’s it. The author or her representative will follow-up and send the customer the awesome goodness of free gifts!

Additionally, every pre-order customer that avails themselves of the pre-order giveaway will automatically be entered into the ORIGINS Launch Mega Giveaway and have the chance to win the following:

  • GRAND PRIZE: 1 Winner will receive the following: $100 Amazon Giftcard + Signed, Hardcover copies of the entire 3-book H.A.L.F. series + branded book swag, including metal bookmarks, complete set of H.A.L.F. Character Trading Cards®, keychain, and buttons + non-branded, retail swag themed to the book. Retail value of this prize is $240+

  • FIRST PRIZE: 1 Winner will receive: $25 Amazon Giftcard + Signed, Paperback copies of the entire 3-book H.A.L.F. series + branded swag (as listed above) + non-branded swag. Retail value of this prize is $75+

  • 10 Runner-Up Prizes: 10 Winners will receive: A gifted copy of Amazon Kindle version of an eBook of the reader’s choice from among Natalie Wright’s published, single-book works (Emily’s House, Emily’s Trial, Emily’s Heart, The Deep Beneath, The Makers, or ORIGINS). Retail value of this prize if between 99¢ to $3.99 (depending on book chosen and price at the time gifted).





Saturday, September 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams


THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Douglas Adams
Random House


MY REVIEW:

Arthur Dent is a fairly ordinary human who lives in Great Britain. On Earth. One day he finds that his home is about to be bulldozed to make way for a highway to be built. But there are worse things afoot. The entire Earth is about to be destroyed by aliens to make way for an intergalactic superhighway.

Just before the Earth vanishes, Arthur is whisked away to safety by his friend Ford Prefect, who is actually an alien himself. They end up on a stolen space ship piloted by the rogue President of the Universe, Zaphod Beeblebrox, who is in search of an extinct planet long believed to be a myth.

I'm sure I must have read this decades ago, but I read this recently to my 9-year-old son. The zany story made him laugh out loud.  His often confused expression made me laugh out loud. This is one of the most clever and witty books I've ever read, but I honestly couldn't tell you what it's all about. I have no idea. It's just weird. Funny. Odd. And different than any other book that's ever been written.

If you've managed to survive this long without reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then maybe it's high time you did.




CONTENT REVIEW:

Profanity: Moderate (Occasional)
Sexuality: None
Violence: Mild

Friday, September 15, 2017

BANNED BOOKS WEEK BLOG HOP

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Welcome to the BANNED BOOKS WEEK BLOG HOP sponsored by Bookhounds

For the past 34 years, the Orpheum Theater in Memphis has been screening the classic 1939 film GONE WITH THE WIND annually. This tradition has now come to a sad, sad end because a few patrons complained that the film was "racially insensitive."

Read the news article HERE

What???

This is GONE WITH THE WIND, people! The highest grossing film of all-time! The film that so eloquently documents the extinction of Southern plantation culture and the civil war from the perspective of the Confederates. It is an invaluable part of not only American history but Hollywood's history! For example, Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy, won best supporting actress for her role, which was the first time an Academy Award had been given to an African American. Historical!

Why am I whining about this? The book GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell (1936) is considered by many to be the greatest American novel ever written. It even won the Pulitzer Prize! Yet over the years it has been banned and censored more times than can be counted.

Many other books have been banned as well: Mark Twain's HUCKLEBERRY FINN, John Steinbeck's THE GRAPES OF WRATH, F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY...and so many more it's ridiculous. More recently, books by Toni Morrison, J.K. Rowling and John Green have been banned.

The problem with books being banned or challenged is that it usually occurs because a small group of individuals, sometimes just one individual, finds a book offensive for whatever reason. Then these people try to remove that book from public consumption. In other words, they believe that their opinion of a book should dictate whether anyone else has access to that book at all. Sadly, such as in the case with the Orpheum Theater listening to a few loud complainers about GONE WITH THE WIND, these whining, controlling protestors succeed in bullying libraries and schools and stores from taking books off their shelves.

Watch Hattie McDaniel's acceptance speech above.

These people forget that we are in America, the land of the free. Authors are free to write what they want. The citizens of the United States are free to read and watch what they want. No one ought to have the power to control and limit the freedoms of another person.

To honor the great books that have been banned over the years, I am giving away a library of classics to one winner. Books will be shipped to the continental US only. If the winner lives outside the US, he/she will be sent a $15 Amazon gift card via email instead. The titles include:







GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by Ernest Hemingway
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
THE SCARLETT LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Read more about BANNED BOOKS WEEK here. http://www.bannedbooksweek.org


Please be sure to visit the other participating blogs for more chances to win.

GIVEAWAY: A CONFABULATED COMPENDIUM OF ANECDOTES by Melissa H. North

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A Confabulated Compendium of Anecdotes
by Melissa H North
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy


A Confabulated Compendium of Anecdotes is a Steampunk speculative collection of tales. The stories, herein, provide a glimpse into the imagination of a most anomalous Author.



Be swept away, if you dare, by sultry maidens with mechanical gadgets, hi-tech flying machines and grinding gears. Peculiar alien forms hell-bent on saving the earth, and a conglomerate of Vamps lead by Count Valdo.


Howbeit, why wait for me to tell you more, turn the book atop and be absorbed in the unputdownable.

CLOCKWORK BRIDE
Nephele's first marriage ended in tragedy. And her second marriage seems to be headed in the same direction. Why do her husband's die? Is she cursed? Or is she hiding a secret?


CREEP-TACULAR
Valdo, a direct descendant of Dracula must enlist the help of beautiful Genevieve, a renown Professor. His coven is in peril and without her, their existence will end.


SHADOW WALKERS
Jacques and his hired help, Bertram, find themselves crash landing to Earth, where they realise the extensive damage humans have inflicted upon the fragile environment, and who they thought were enemies, could actually be their friends.


MURDER BY COMIC BOOK
Broderick is a private investigator and his assistant Abbey is an Automaton Humanoid prototype. When a series of murders in the small township of Whiteridge have Broderick baffled. The only clue, the last words of a dying man - Comic Book. He must use unconventional methods to solve the crimes.








Writing has always been a hobby and cathartic experience for me. Turning my passion into a fulfilling career as an Author has been one of my greatest dreams. I write because creating something that didn't exist before is as close to magic as I'll ever get. All you need is imagination.
I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories I feel are worth writing about. I am a curious and proactive Author, interested in preserving the foundations set by classical literature by adapting them to modern themes and trends.



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