Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Blessing of Luna by Blaise Ramsay


Title: Blessing of Luna
Series: Wolf gods #1
Author: Blaise Ramsay
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication date: April 20th, 2018



Lonely. That's how it felt when Damien Pierce returned to Big Timber, Montana. It had been his childhood home until the day he was hit by a speeding car only to learn he wasn't badly hurt. The experience landed him the label of the town freakshow.

Following the death of his foster mom, Damien soon disconnected from the world around him. That was at least, until he met her. She looked human but something about made her appear otherworldly to him. He knew he shouldn't but he wanted her. He would do anything to get to know her. To have her.

Jillian Styles was immortal. Cursed by a dark god never to find rest. A shifter capable of taking the form of a beautiful wolf. She had searched for her lover's reincarnated soul for centuries only to find he was nowhere to be found. When she meets Damien, her world is turned upside down. She falls in love with him instantly and begins to pursue him.

However, Damien soon learns the darker part of Jill's world. He finds himself on the hit list of the same vampire Lord responsible for killing Jill's lover and reigniting the flames of an old war. His daughter desires Damien and vows to have him at any cost.

With the help of Alexander Kain, the mysterious wolf shifting soldier, Damien will learn what he thought he knew was only the tip of the paranormal iceberg. He soon finds himself in the eyes of a vindictive and rage-filled dark god.

If you like hot lycanthrope guys, overly possessive vampire chicks, vindictive gods, strong female leads and some hot sex scenes, this book is for you.

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Excerpt:

         Kain led Damien to his tent. “Forgive my intrusion on your time with Jillian. I wanted to tell you one last thing before the fight. Holt nearly mentioned it in the meeting but I stopped him because it wasn’t the time or the place.”
         “What is it?” Damien replied, curious.
         “The dark secret of the vampire noble. As it is with us, the vampire nobles and high class have the ability to change into more powerful forms. Unlike lycans however, they only have a single transformation. I have only seen it once in my many years but it is very formidable.”
         Kain pulled a box out from under a pile of old books and blankets. It was covered in dust as though Kain had been trying to bury the memory.
         Laying it down before Damien, he opened it, revealing what looked like a talon.
         “Kain, what is this?” Damien took it in his hands, carefully examining the detail.
         “It was pulled out of my father’s side. When he returned, his body was dripping blood, his side ripped open,” Kain lowered his head. “Damien, he was in his full lycan form. Whatever left this has power. I want you to be very, very careful. Lilith most likely has the power to become the monster much like the one that left this talon.”
         Damien’s breath stalled in his lungs. From what he learned about their history, Pentacost Kain was one of strongest lycan soldiers in the war.
         To hear he was torn apart so badly in full lycan form by something that Lilith could possibly become sucked any hope Damien had of having a chance against her out of him.
         “Kain, I can’t fight her. What if I’m not strong enough.” Damien raced in his chest as fear fought to take hold of him.
         Kain took the talon, placing it back in the box. “Damien, you are more than strong enough. Lilith is inexperienced and most likely whatever it was that took down my father was much more powerful. I just wanted you to be aware of her ability. I will be by your side against her. Gabriel and I have already talked about it. Holt, Yuna, Galeck and Lune agree it’s the best course of action. Just be ready.”
         Damien nodded, his words freezing in his throat.
         “Good. The moon rises. I must hunt with Gabriel and Lune. Damien, if you need to, you may stay here tonight. I know Jillian does not yet understand how strong your bond with the gods is. It may help to be in the company of someone that does. For now, though, I believe I interrupted something between the two of you. Hell hath no fury and all that.” Kain walked out chuckling.



Author Bio:

FyreSyde Publishing owner and founder Blaise Ramsay worked over fifteen years in the graphic design industry, with some experience in indie gaming. Recently she shifted her attention to the world of literature with her debut paranormal romance series, Wolf gods. The debut title, Blessing of Luna is set to release in 2018.

She currently lives in North Texas with her two children, her husband and pets. A UTD graduate with a Bachelor's in History with an intention on teaching, Blaise decided that the world of teaching just wasn't for her. A stay at home mother of two, business owner and self-publisher, Blaise loves to meet new people and encourage others to follow their dreams through weekly posts to her instagram, twitter, facebook and blog.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor



Title: Bound
Series: A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2
Authors: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Genre: Adult, Supernatural
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: April 17th, 2018


Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.

An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.

Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.

Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.




Author Bio:

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)




Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans.

Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable.

A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife.

She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.




Guest Post by Alexandrea Weis:
The best or worst day in your life so far.


The Best Days are Book Days

The best day is the day I finish a book. The very first book I finished, To My Senses, gave me such ecstasy, the feeling has remained one of the highlights in my diary of days. Every time I conclude a book, it’s a good day. Not when it is published, the day I close any book is a great day, because at that point it is still mine. My story, my words, it has not been edited or read by anyone else. It remains my baby. Just me and my imagination having the time of my life and putting together something that no one else knows about it. Sure, I spoke to other people about it. Shared my ideas, but the rough draft is still mine. The process of going through beta readers, editing, and proofing will invariably change the book, make it different than I first envisioned, but on the day I type The End, it is still all mine.

You never know how many great days like this you will have because every book you finish you wonder, will I write another; will I have the strength for another. The entire writing process is exhausting. It takes time away from family and friends because it becomes an obsession driving you to create. Blessing or curse depends on the book. Some kill you, others leave you breathless, but every one you are grateful for having written. Being a writer is a calling like so many other professions that can weigh heavy on the soul—doctors, nurses, priests, teachers. Every book takes a piece of you and holds it within its pages. I equate each book I write to a child; some wear you out, but all lift you up.

In the end, when the writing is over, the story is down on paper, and you can breathe because the characters are finally out of your head, you are thankful for being able to do what you do. Because the best days in life are those you savor.





Monday, 21 May 2018

Someone Else’s Soul by Meradeth Houston


Title: Someone Else’s Soul
Author: Meradeth Houston
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Suspense
Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication date: May 7th 2019


There are 14 strangers who share her face, and one company is determined to erase them all.

Everyone has secrets, and it’s Diana Kane’s job to know them. It’s a talent–being able to see into someone’s life from the scuffs on their shoes to the way their hold their hands–a talent that sets her apart from everyone. When a mysterious stranger drops into her life dangling the possibility of something she’s longed for, a real connection with someone who might actually understand her, she’s too intrigued to refuse.

But when David Addington shows up to their date knowing too much about her, and the top secret agency she works for, Diana realizes their meeting was anything but coincidence. David has more than his share of surprises, including an impossible claim about Diana’s past and photos of an inexplicable woman who shares her face.

When her life begins to unravel around her, Diana has no choice but to put her faith in the mysterious David and the man he claims is his father. As she struggles to piece together the truth about where she came from, she’s forced to face the reality that her entire life has been manufactured, along with fourteen other women who share her exact same DNA. Confronted with the troubling reality that she’s nothing more than a research experiment that’s pushed the boundaries of science and ethics, Diana must rescue the others like her before the company can erase them as mistakes. She will have to put all her skills to the test in the ultimate game of survival…




Author Bio:

Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

  • She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and uses "like" a lot.
  • When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
  • She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
  • If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.





Sunday, 20 May 2018

Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks


Title: Phi Alpha Pi
Series: 21st Century Austen #2
Author: Sara Marks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult, Adult
Release Date: May 28, 2018


Phi Alpha Pi is the oldest and largest sorority on campus and new president Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her. She’s determined to keep her sorority in good standing on campus after a year on academic probation. She’s trying to manage the new sorority house manager, Mrs. C, who has her own ideas about how to support the sorority sisters. All while trying to find balance with her own academic goals to complete an honors thesis, graduate, and decide her future plans.

The last thing Lizbeth expects is her anger when Wil, a new member of the Alpha Pi fraternity, pushes every one of her buttons. Lizbeth finds Wil, a new transfer to the university with his best friend, to be rude, snobby, and judgmental. Even though she tries to avoid him, he seems to be everywhere, scowling with displeasure when he sees her. That is, until his Thanksgiving proclamation of love. That causes Lizbeth to reconsider how she sees the world.

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Excerpt:

The party was in a penthouse apartment only a few blocks from their house. They could easily have walked over, but instead they took a car. Since all three women were wearing new high-heeled shoes, the less walking on icy sidewalks, the better. Lizbeth had found an amazing black, sleeveless dress on a clearance rack. It looked fantastic on her. This was the extent of Lizbeth's excitement for the party. She suspected she and her two siblings would be the youngest people there.

"We’re going to play a game," Becca said on the elevator ride up to the party. "Each of us must find something interesting about the apartment. Lizbeth, a measly library does not count. Nor, Josh, does the food or kitchen. I want mermaid statues in the bathroom, rooftop sex rooms, or, if you’re desperate, famous socialites puking over the balcony."


"Becca!" Layla said as the elevator door opened right into the apartment.


To say the apartment was big would be insufficient. There were at least two floors, and probably something on the rooftop. The space was large and open with a grand staircase leading up to the second floor. Lizbeth could see the walls of windows, many leading out to the balcony that overlooked the city. The main room was devoid of furniture other than high-end folding chairs. It was full of people with food and drinks in hand. Waitresses walked around the room with trays of food. Lizbeth saw a buffet against a far wall and a bartender serving drinks. Two walls were just floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city skyline. She could see a few people chatting out on a balcony outside. Inside the decor was primarily white and metal.


"I will also accept stolen Nazi art,” Becca whispered in Lizbeth's ear. 

There was a great deal of art in the large front room. Everywhere people chatted amongst themselves. Someone came and took their coats. Another person came over to Jack and Layla and started talking to them.

"Kids," Layla said, turning to her children, "you’re on your own. Don't get drunk, don't steal anything, don't cook anything, and don't get lost in the library."


Layla knew her children well. Each of them grabbed a glass of wine and went on their own way to play Becca's game. Lizbeth walked through various rooms. Other than some great art, there wasn't anything of interest for her to tell Becca about. She did enjoy looking at the art, but without Charlotte, she didn't know anyone but the masters. She eventually put her wineglass down and made her way upstairs. There were people talking on the landing and on the stairs, so it didn't seem out of bounds. Some of the doors were open. She saw someone come out of a bathroom. She peeked in the door and saw no marble mermaid statue. 


She walked into the poorly lit room next to it. It smelled of furniture polish and something familiar. She realized, as her eyes adjusted to the light, that she was in a library. It wasn't a for-show library either. This was wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, bookshelves full of books. The books were a mix of beautiful leather bound books, worn paperbacks, spiral bound books, and folios of loose documents. A sofa faced a large window that looked out over the city. The view was breathtaking and made her remember what she loved about New York City. 


Lizbeth was more interested in the books than the view. She made her way over to a shelf and pulled one out. It was about the navy during the Napoleonic era. The whole shelf was full of similar books. She didn't care about her mother's instructions; this was her dream room. Her grandparents’ library in Gardner had been built and filled with books over generations. It was her favorite room in their house. Her mother had built a library in both their homes. She put the book back, and pulled out another one. accidentally snagging another. It fell to the floor with a loud thump.


"Fuck,” she said under her breath and bent down to pick it up. 


"Lizbeth?"


She stood up and turned to the sound of the voice. There, next to the sofa, was Wil Darcy.


"You certainly have a thing for wandering into my bedrooms," Wil said softly.




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"Tension builds as they each learn about the current version of the person they once loved and resolve the ramifications of their choices."

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About the Author:

Born in Boston, MA and raised in Miami, FL, Sara Marks has two masters degrees and plans to never stop getting over educated. She likes the idea of having all the academic regalia she can ever possess and winning with the most degrees in her family. By day she's an academic librarian. In what little free time she has, she also knits and plays with her dog Cedric Doggory.




Guest Post by Sara Marks:


Ten Things I'd Like To Achieve This Year

I’m an obsessive list maker. I bullet journal, keep lists of short term and long term goals, and I’m even a trained project manager (a professional list maker). I learned after a massive failure in college that my lists need to be working to something bigger. I always have a multi-year plan (five or three typically), but each year I break it down into smaller, more manageable goals by quarter. It helps me keep on task and remain flexible. Here are ten things I planned on achieving this year. Keep in mind, a few have been accomplished or are about to be as you read this.



1- Publish my second book Phi Alpha Pi.
You’re reading this because I accomplished this goal! Publishing my first book last year was a huge achievement for me, but building on that to do better was at the heart of the goal this year. I learned new skills and software like iMovie, Adobe InDesign, and applying my project management skills to publishing. I got to work with new editors and professionals like my cover designer Risa Rodil.

2- Walk 6,000 steps a day at least four times a week.
It seems simple, but 6,000 steps is a lot to walk each day. In the past I’ve only ever been able to reach it about two days a week, but I want to do better. I’ve taken to longer walks with the dog and on my own. If I can do this pretty consistently by the end of June, then I’m going to increase my walking goal to 7,000 steps a day! So far, I’ve managed to regularly do this 4 days most weeks and since the middle of April, I’ve been doing this nearly every day. I suspect by the end of May, my goal will officially change to 7,000 steps a day.

3- Visit New Orleans in June
I’m very excited about this one because it’s going to happen in a few weeks! I haven’t been to New Orleans in over twenty years. I would go two - three times a year when I was in college, but I’ve never really enjoyed touristy places. I’ve already scheduled tours for a few days. I plan on setting part of a future book in New Orleans. Going back means the chance to do some research and eat a ton of great food.

4- Finish Writing Book Three
I’m really excited about my third book, Missing Auggie, because it’s my own story, not inspired by anyone else’s work. As much as I love modernizing Austen’s novels, I want to share something I came up with all on my own. I have been trying to finish writing it for a few years and I think it will be ready by the summer 2018. Of course, if you join my mailing list, you might get to read it early as a beta reader or advanced review reader! Anyone who reads Phi Alpha Pi will get to read the blurb!

5- Save enough money to go to India in 2019
In college I studied religious anthropology and fell in love with India. Ever since I’ve wanted to visit and the opportunity has come up for me to go sometime in the next 5 years. I’m excited to enjoy the food, culture, and atmosphere of a country that I’ve only read about in books and seen in movies! Bonus, I’ll get to travel with my father who goes every year and has plenty of friends to show me around.

6- Finish Project Management certificate program
I have a silly goal to be the most educated (over educated?) person in my family. I’m not there yet, but I’m pretty close with two Master’s degrees. It was just a little over a year ago that I started project management classes thinking I needed the skill for my job as a librarian. While it has helped me there, it’s really changed the way I write and publish my books. I have one more class to take this month and then I’m officially certified. I’m already working on ways to share what I’ve learned with other self-publishing authors. I’m also considering the advanced certificate, but I’m not sure about that yet.

7- Write more letters!
I love stationary! I love note cards, address labels, stickers, washi tape, and postcards. I have SO MUCH stuff for letter writing, but I don’t do it as often as I imagine I will. For the past two years, in February, I’ve participated in International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo). You have to send a letter every day, all month. I’ve done it both years and finished, but this year I added an April event called #Write_On, which was done because April was National Card and Letter Writing Month. I know, so many opportunities to write cards and letters! I was successful with it this year and now I need to keep up with all the pen pals I acquired over the past couple of months.

8- Watch all the Disney and Pixar animated movies
This might seem like a silly goal and you’re right, it is. I use to love Disney and Pixar animated movies. I grew up in Miami, so we went to Disney parks often when I was a kid, but I grew out of it after I moved to Boston. I don’t know why it happened, but my love was renewed when I went to Disneyland with my sister last December. Now I want to watch all those movies I loved again and discover those I’ve missed. So far, I love Moana, especially Hei Hei! You might get a hint, when you read Phi Alpha Pi, as to why roosters might be a favorite.

9- Save money for Disneyland Paris in 2020!
After that very same trip to Disneyland, my sister (who hates to travel, especially long flights), actually said she wanted to visit other Disney parks around the world. I thought we should start with Paris, but that’s because I LOVE Paris! I’m even playing with the idea of a novel inspired by the Disney parks and princesses. This might change before it happens. She said something a few weeks ago about going to Tokyo first...

10- Add more culture into my life
I love theater, ballet, museums, and history, but I often put that aside to do the mundane things in my life. This year I’m trying to add more culture into my life. I’m going to see live broadcasts of Bolshoi ballets at my local movie theater (did you know they do this?), I’m visiting museum and exhibits, and I going to see more locally produced plays. I want to do this so I have more emotional balance in my life. I draw inspiration and ideas when I’m engaged in these types of activities. My brain relaxes and is open to new things. As my brain processes things, I start asking more questions and want to find the answers. Other than seeing the Bolshoi dance twice (who knows if I’ll ever get to Russia to see them live), I went to the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston to see the Murakami exhibit in March, done escape rooms with friends, participated in a live marathon reading of Kerouac’s On The Road, and visited the opening of a friend’s photography exhibit. Maybe next year I’ll add in operas!

Great list, Sara - Thank you



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One winner will win a Prize Pack containing:
- Mrs. C's homemade officers shirt in Comic Sans (you pick XL or XXL)
- A Phi Alpha Pi sorority sticker, candle, and bracelet (some of the items mentioned in the story).
- An illustration by cover designer Risa Rodil
- A rooster dishtowel (so you can make cock jokes with Lizbeth and Wil)
- Autographed printed copies of Modern Persuasion, A Little More Modern Persuasion, and Phi Alpha Pi (not pictured)



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- 14 winners will each win an e-copy of Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks
- 1 winner will win a print copy of Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks


This is my stop during the book blitz for Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks.
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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Temple of the Exploding Head Omnibus by Ren Garcia




Starfarers and explorers, the League settled on Kana thousands of years ago. They found it to be a paradise, a perfect, virtually uninhabited planet waiting just for them in the cradle of space.
Lovely Kana … it was too good to be true …

But, all was not as it seemed. Simmering beneath the ground was a demented god who had soaked Kana in blood for untold ages, luring in victims, lying to them, and rejoicing in their suffering as they died at the hands of his dark angels.

And there will be blood again … From his Temple in the ground, the Horned God stirs.
When Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort, a young man troubled by the weight of the world, dares give his heart to a girl from a mysterious ancient household, one that pre-dates the League itself, he comes to know the shadows of the past that hover over her.

He comes to know of the Horned God, and for love he is destined to face him. All roads lead to the Temple of the Exploding Head, a place of evil and death, rooted in the ancient past, but also tied to the distant future.



Excerpt:

         When they returned to the castle, Lady Kilos followed Kay to his tower, Zorn Tower, one of the larger ones on the western face, southern wing. “Hey, you know what we can do, Kay?” she asked. “We can do an exorcism. Yeah. I have a book I inherited from Aunt Pardock that shows you how to do it. Let me go get it, and I’ll meet you upstairs. Leave your door open.” She stood straight up and concentrated. After a minute or so, she Wafted away. Ki’s Gifts, at only eight years old, were manifesting quite well. Kay felt a little jealous as his Gifts weren’t doing anything yet, and he was four years older.
         He went inside and took the lift up. The floors, mostly empty, whizzed by as he climbed.
         He got out and went into his bedroom. While not feeling scared, per se, he was feeling a bit anxious. Perfectly understandable seeing how a ghost just tried to put its tongue in his mouth.
         He got his toy gazelle down from its shelf. It was his favorite toy; he’d had it forever. It always helped calm him on nights when he was certain there were monsters in the room with him. He swore it had a voice. He swore it sang to him sometimes.
         As he waited for Ki, he sat to check his holo-mail. There were several new posts, mostly from Sarah.
         His cousin Sarah, two years younger than he and the daughter of his aunt, Lady Poe of Blanchefort, had a love of the bizarre and the grotesque. She lived there in the castle in Xyotel Tower during the summer and went south with her parents in the winter.  Every day she trawled the Posts looking for lurid headlines and sordid articles, looking for stories of monsters and murder, never failing to find them in abundance. When she was there in the summer, she assailed Kay and her twin brother Phillip with all the sensational stories she’d found. When she was gone in the winter, she’d holo-post them to Kay’s account every day. Sarah and Phillip, by all accounts, were Kay’s best friends, their friendship growing with each passing year.
         He’d get items from her like:

“DEMONS TERRORIZE CHRISTOPHER PARK!”
or:
“WRAITH OF GASTON’ STRIKES.”

         He read the posts as Ki Wafted in with a crash of wind and noise. She was holding a huge book.
         “Where did you get that?” he asked.
         “I said I inherited it from Aunt Pardock. It belonged to our great grandmother!” Kilos put her hand to her mouth and whispered. “... And she was a Bloodstein Witch. Yeah.”
         “Oh,” Kay said, impressed.
         Ki flopped down cross-legged in the massive inverted funnel of her gown and opened the book, flipping through the creaky pages.
         “Ah!” she cried. “Here it is. Ritual to perform an exorcism. It says the three points of a triangle are very important. It says the top of the triangle represents the present, the left side the past and the right side the future. It says that, if we can surround something of the Pale Ghost on three sides, then we can wish it away or do whatever we want. Oh wait! We don’t have anything of it, do we?”



REN GARCIA, is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons.

He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture.

His books are published by Loconeal Publishing and include: The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron, The Hazards of the Old Ones, The Dead Held Hands, The Machine, and The Temple of the Exploding Head. LoE Book VI: Sands of the Solar Empire was released in July, 2012 and Book VII: “Against the Druries” was released in 2013. His next set of books,  “The Shadow tech Goddess” was released in 2014 with the most recent book, Stenibelle, released in June 2015.
 He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their three dogs.


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Character Interview:


Interview with Lady Sammidoran of Monama

What season do you most enjoy? Why?

What season? Oh dear, how can I choose? Living on the shores of Lake Monama most of my life, we really don’t have different seasons there—that weather is pretty-much the same all the time. I think I love fall the most, seeing the trees change colors, smelling the logs in the fireplace, it’s all so amazing.

What do you feel most passionate about?
I love being a Vith now. I believe myself to be a Vith Lady—I cut my hair to Vith lengths, and I file my nails down. I’ve even gotten a bit of a tan being in the sun so much, haha! I guess, and I’m not really proud to say it—I now think of the habits and traditions of the Monamas a little backwards and silly. My own people, but living with the Vith, being married to a Vith, I now feel differently, I hope that doesn’t make me a bad person or anything.

What ‘group’ were you in during your highschool years?
Schooling? Well, I’m ashamed to say, but we don’t have any sort of schooling in the Monamalands. We learn trades and such—if one’s father is a blacksmith, then one might be inclined to become a blacksmith as well. In my House of Astralon, we always learned to read and write, in Anuie of course, but many of the other tribes don’t. The Conox didn’t even have an alphabet for the longest time. The most schooling I’ve had involved learning how to speak in League Common. I hope now that things are different, that my people will leave the lakeside and participate more in the League, including schooling. I think a better day is dawning for my people.

What was your role in your family growing up?
Me? My situation is quite different. I am an Anuian Monama. That’s extremely rare, perhaps one birthing in thousands. As such, I was always fussed over, and even fought over by the other tribes hoping to secure me as a mate in the hopes I would produce more Anuian offspring. But, of course, I married a Vith, and, some back home were none too happy about that. They said it was my civic duty to create Anuian offspring, but, nobody is telling me what to do. I worked long and hard to get where I am, with the man I love in this place that I love—I guess that’s the Anuian in me speaking.

What trait do you find most admirable in others?
Hmmm, I really don’t know. My husband is brave, which I like, and he’s also humble—and I think that’s how a person should be. My cousin-in-law, Sarah, is bold and unrelenting, and even though we fight about that all the time, I admire her for her tenacity. My cousin-in-law, Phillip, is very studious and cerebral—I also admire that. I think ‘Humble’ is the best part. Sarah is not humble at all, and that’s why we fight.
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The original painting of Sam by Fantasio

If you had to choose, do you want a job that helps people, or a job that makes money?
A job? I really don’t know, I’ve never had a job. I would say, and this is just me guessing, that a job that helps people would be best. In my situation, money is not an issue, so I would say helping would be best, though, if we were poor, then of course you would need a job to support the family. That’s an interesting question for a Vith Lady, though I am probably not very qualified to properly answer it.

What are your bad habits?
I’m perfect, don’t you know, haha! Well, I’m pretty quiet around people I don’t know—in fact I’m wearing a bolabung right now to help me with this interview, otherwise I probably wouldn’t be saying much. Saying little is a Monama-thing, but I’m Vith now, so I need to fix that problem. Also, I love eating—Vith food is soooooo good. I often go down and sneak out a snack. Don’t tell Kay, but I’ve gained a bit of weigh since our marriage. I hope it doesn’t show too much.

What do you do when you’re bored?
I really don’t have a chance to be bored much around here—Sarah is always concocting something new to keep us active, which is good. In the Monamalands, we test each other’s speed and strength a lot when we’re not doing anything. I might not look like it, but I’m a champion wrestler—undefeated, actually. Being an Anuian, I get challenged, a lot.

What do you think happens after we die?
In Monama lore, we go to the greenlands where the Gods in Jade and Sapphire wait for us. In Vith lore, they just sit in a gallery and observe the living, which sounds pretty boring to me. I’d rather go to the greenlands. If I go to the greenlands some day and Kay goes to the Gallery of the Dead, then I’ll come and take him with me, to the greenlands, I mean. Even if he doesn’t want to come, he’s coming. He better want to come.

What did you want to be when you grew up – and what did you end up actually becoming?
I wanted to be exactly what I am—a Vith Lady. I’ve seen it in my head since I was a child, every night, just waiting for it to come to pass. I’m lucky, I guess—all my dreams came true.






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Friday, 18 May 2018

Star-Seer by April Marcom




Sleigh lives in a city at the very tops of the age-old valor trees, where babies born defective are taken and delivered to the other defects living on the Surface. When Sleigh’s sister is born one of these 3re-breathing, earthquake-inducing monsters, she follows the transporters to the Surface in secret, desperate to learn what will become of her. There, she discovers a new world of incredible people she’s instantly drawn to, one man in particular. Everything she’s been taught is a lie. She also 3nds out the Avarice will have her killed if her disappearance is detected, so she’s forced to return to her city after only a brief escape, feeling more like their captive than someone living under their safeguard.

Four years later, the stars foretell her sister’s capture and enslavement by centaurs, along with the murder of her beloved, Gabriel. No matter the cost, she’s determined to return to the Surface and do whatever it takes, even offering herself in their place, to prevent both such disasters. If only she’d known what sort of trouble this reckless act would really get her into: putting her at the heart of a prophecy to end human slavery to centaurs, being forced to seek out and wear the lost wings of Hendraya, which makes her the leader in a massive Surface war against a most deadly race of centaurs thought to have gone extinct over a century ago.





During the day, April Marcom works as a substitute teacher for grades K-12. But in the evening, the alluring world of romance takes over as she pours it out on paper. Her favorite thing to do, though, is to spend time with her sports-car-loving husband and three incredibly energetic children. She also loves chocolate, her five very rowdy dogs, and livin’ the simple life out in the country. April grew up a southern bell in Mississippi, but is now a proud Oklahoman.

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My Top 10 Favorite Things:

  •   Family
  •   Chocolate
  •   Glitter
  •   Pink
  •   Snuggly Lapdogs
  •   Writing
  •   Solitude
  •   Rainy Days
  •   Christmas Time
  •   Daffodils

Character Casting:
  •   Sleigh  -  Peyton List
  •   Gabriel  -  Taylor Lautner
  •   Parthenia  -  Joey King
  •   Bones  -  Shawn Mendes
  •   Henna  -  Chloë Moretz
  •   Jordan  -  Tom Felton




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Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Forest Beyond the Earth by Matthew S. Cox



Title: The Forest Beyond the Earth
Author: Matthew S. Cox
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Publication date: February 6th 2018


Under the watchful eye of the Mother Shrine, twelve-year-old Wisp ekes out a simple, but challenging life with Dad, foraging for food and losing herself in old books from the world that came before. She loves the Endless Forest ― except when the Tree Walkers come for her.

In ages past, the great rain of fire and ash destroyed the Earth, wiping out the ancients and everything they had made. Nature has reclaimed much since then, spreading out in a vast forest full of wonder and dread. Ever in fear of being taken away, she follows Dad’s rules without question while learning to survive off the land.

No longer a small child, she accompanies Dad on one of his treks, her first time more than a few steps away from the cabin. A day exploring with him is the happiest time of her life, but joy is short-lived.

A monster follows them home.

Safe in her Haven, she hides while Dad goes outside to confront the beast. She wakes alone the next morning, and waits. Alas, her hope of his return fades with the daylight. Desperate, she breaks his strictest rule and goes outside alone. Not far from the cabin, she discovers his rifle abandoned next to the monster’s strange footprints.

Afraid but determined, Wisp sets off on her own into the Endless Forest to find Dad ― before the Tree Walkers catch her.




Author Bio:


Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.


Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi]), and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.



10 Things I regret doing/not doing, by Matthew S. Cox:

  1.     I wish I’d have stuck with college right after high school before I had to pay for it.
  2.     Not getting serious about writing at least 20 years sooner than I did.
  3.     Somewhat, still living in New Jersey… though moving out of state is a chore.
  4.     Losing a house I had in Pennsylvania.
  5.     Spending so long unsure what I wanted to do as a career.
  6.     Not studying something more useful (like programming or a trade.)
  7.     Not getting over my nerves at public speaking.
  8.     Not trying harder to convince my mother to quit smoking before it killed her.
  9.     If I had things to do over again, I’d probably not change cars so often in my 30s.
  10.     Being such a dabbler. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do, so I kept trying stuff and giving up.

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