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Today I have the honor of hosting the final stop for the Dragonthology Blog Tour! What’s a Dragonthology you ask? Only seven of the greatest dragon tales (see what I did there? Dragon tales? Dragon TAILS? HA! I kill me) known to man, compiled in one book, with probably one of the coolest covers I’ve ever seen. What’s so awesomesauce about the blog tour itself? Um…hello….How about a chance to win a 25$ Amazon gift card. You can use it to buy the Dragonthology and a whole bunch of other books! How’s that for a sweet deal?
Enter the pages of the Dragonthology. No single story has ever been great enough to contain the mystical, wondrous creature known as the dragon. We
assembled the greatest draconian tales and put them between the covers of a single tome to satisfy your hunger for everything dragon. Seven magnificent
stories, ranging from science fiction to mystery, await you within.
The Case of the Bloodstone Dragon by G.L. Jackson
A washed up has been, Private Investigator Clark is down to his last $100. That is, until the night a mysterious femme fatale walks through his door
weaving a tale of intrigue in hope of recovering an artifact steeped in mystery and danger. What follows is a raucous ride through a little known human and
dragon history, played out on the streets of New York City.
Unto the Breach by Jason Andrew
Jonathan Heller uncovers an unusual secret during one of the bloodiest campaigns of World War One in the middle of horrific trench warfare. Can he convince
an ancient dragon that humanity is worthy of life during their darkest hour?
The Dragon of Sullivan Hall by Marian Allen
A dormitory full of fun loving female students, an angry red dragon with a litter full of hungry whelps, and a particular student of Irish descent. This
won’t end well for the dragon.
Egg Hunt by Jay Wilburn
A lonely smuggler must make decisions he never dreamt possible in the darkness of space to elude capture and protect his precious cargo of dragon eggs.
When one of them hatches, it threatens to damage his ship. Can a person change enough to save a ship, a dragon, and himself?
The Clan by Troy Lambert
Dragons return to the earth and humanity enslaves them with the last remnants of technology of their dying race. Now the technology of old is fading. Will
the dragons be able to rise again? Will the humans declare war, or will a peaceful solution be found? It all rests in the hands of an ancient dragon, and a
lowly shepherd and his clan.
Dragon Seeks a Wife by Sandra Graves
What happens when a dragon falls ill and is told he will die in a year and a day unless he finds his one true love? The only thing a dragon can
do. He sets out on a quest to win the hand of the perfect mate for a dragon–the daughter of the king. Aided by a Quetzal bird sorcerer, he begins his
quest. An old fashioned fairy tale with a Meso-American twist.
Darkness Taken by J.A. Campbell
In a land where children are warriors and the only adults are mythical creatures, all are called to fight the Darkness. Til and her dragon partner,
Heliodor, complete the perfect Welcome Ceremony, but their joy is short lived. The Dark has slain a unicorn and taken her foal back to the Darklands. Can
Til and Heliodor venture where none go and rescue the young unicorn?
You go through life. Sometimes bad things happen, sometimes good things happen. Being contacted about doing a possible review for Witch Hunt was definitely one of the highlights of my week. I don’t do reviews often, and it’s not a matter of preference, it’s a matter of time. Having a full-time job, being a full-time publisher, and being a full-time author takes its toll on the amount of hours in your day. I don’t get to read much for pleasure anymore. It just isn’t a priority. So using the excuse, “It’s for a review,” came in quite handy and you can expect to see a lot more reviews from me in the near future. Now that I travel a lot, I have to do something to keep me occupied on the flights!
I’ve always been a fan of the Paranormal. In fact, other than some steampunk and a smattering of science fiction, it’s all I read. Vampires, werewolves, monsters, you name it. I’ll read it. Witches, vampires, and demons are without a doubt, my three favorite character types. It’s why I jumped at the chance to review Witch Hunt. This is the part where I lay down my honesty clause. I include this in all my reviews: I am an author. I am a publisher. That does not taint or tarnish my review in anyway. If you value my opinion, keep reading. If you don’t, don’t read any further. I was also given this book free of charge in return for an honest review. That will also not taint or tarnish my review in any way, shape, or form.
Now, let’s get down to business, shall we?
Fan boy moment–> LIKE OMG, this book was amazing!
There. Got that part out of the way. Now I won’t sound like an idiot during the rest of the review. But daaaaaaamn I had to say that. The book itself is actually a compilation of 5 novellas. Don’t groan! I’ll smack you if you do. I am a kindle owner. NOTHING irks me more than to download a book and start reading it and have the percentage drop one percent with each page. You will not have one gripe about the length of Witch Hunt. I laughed maniacally as my “percentage remaining” dropped at a barely noticeable rate! So if you’re looking for a quick read, this book is NOT for you.
Now, for my other peeve when reading an anthology of different authors. Some are awesome, and some are so bad you want to take away their crayons. It’s human nature. Some people like a story…some people don’t. Some people like Twilight, the other 99.9% don’t. I kept looking for the story I was going to hate. When I got to the fifth story, I think I actually rolled my eyes and thought, Here it is. This is gonna be it. By the time I was done, I actually reread it to make sure I liked it. So here’s the bad part of my review. If you’re looking for one story in it that you will hate, this book is NOT for you. There. I said it. Im such a hard ass reviewer, eh?
Okay, now that we got the negatives out of the way, let’s focus on the positives.
Each story was just amazing, and no I’m not blowing smoke up your chimney. The stories themselves range from WWII witches doing all they can to aid in the war effort, witches in the 1700′s, A witch-doctor (hahahahaha, I mean a doctor who is a witch, not a witch-doctor, bing bang walla walla bing bang), and modern witches. The big surprise for me was finding two of the stories that are tied together and a prelude to the next book in the series. And no, I’m not going to tell you which two. I was surprised, you can be surprised! Trust me, you’ll be all like, “OOOOOH,” and stuff. Totally worth it.
Some of the authors truly shocked me. Some are well known, some are not, but all of them wrote with a quality of the most seasoned of veterans. I cannot recommend this book enough and it is truly worth every penny you WILL spend on it. No I’m saying YOU WILL BUY THIS BOOK, for I have commandethed thee. The future ruler of your world has spoken, make it so, number one, so shall it be.
Because I’m nice, here is a list of the stories inside:
Of the Blood of Witches
By Devin O’Branagan
By Krista Walsh
Shadows of Dreams
By Suzanne Hayes Campbell
By Keri Lake
Blood Tells All
By K.L. Schwengel
OR, Interview with a half-mad genius! I’m a very lucky individual today. I have a guest. The lovely AND talented, Katy O’Dowd. She is the author of THE LADY ASTRONOMER and hails from the emerald isle. I agreed to host her on her blog tour (after much threatening and bribery I might add), and I wanted to do something a little special…
An interview. I hope my questions let you get into the mind of this fabulous author (don’t worry if you can’t get out and are scared, we’ll send a rescue party)
The animals in your story were truly lovable, even the farting lemur. Who were your inspirations for them?
Why thank you kindly! The farts came courtesy of my beloved old dog – who sadly left this world for the next earlier this year – man, I don’t know what else he was eating but whooboy, those were some smells. I would be writing and eau-de-Boxer would waft its way to me. The ring-tailed lemur? One of my favourite animals, and a friend of mine did an oil painting of one for me years ago. Owls, awwww! Also, cats, of which I have two-ish. Well, I foster for the local cat rescue place, so that number goes up. So a mix really. I wanted to be a vet when I grew up. Sadly, it was not meant to be. Damn you dreamy-stare-y-out-of-windows brain!
The Great Forty Foot telescope and the Lady Astronomer herself have basis in real life, would you care to share your inspiration with the readers?
Read it in a book. No, really. A big fat fact book. It was heavy.
Your creations, especially your automatons, seem to be steeped in folklore as to the power-source (plant). Where did you get your idea for these?
Do you know that ad that used to be on? For a shampoo. It had a voiceover (while the lady threw her head around, showing of her glossy tresses) which said, ‘and now the science bit’. Y’see, I’m not, shall we say, that great at the science bit. So I kinda made it up. Also, shhhhh, I’m a bit of a veggie tree-hugging hippie. Still be my friend?
I laughed heartily while reading the Lady Astronomer. Do you often put as much humor into your work as an author?
I’m really glad you laughed! That rocks. I try.
What’s next for Katy O’Dowd? Any projects in the works?
I’m currently writing a follow-up to the book I wrote with my Dad, The Scarlet Ribbon. It’s historical-medical fiction. We write under the name Derry O’Dowd (my middle name). As for me myself, have finished an historical crime novel and plotting another.
May we expect a sequel for The Lady Astronomer?
What a marvellous idea!
As a writer of steampunk, do you draw inspirations from any other sources or writers?
Oh my yes. Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe wrote a tale about a balloon reaching the moon? Not to mention HG Wells and Jules Verne.
When did you first start writing?
As I said above, I really wanted to be a vet. Fail brain set in, and I needed to do something else instead. So I decided to be a radio journalist. Vet to radio journalist, why not? Makes perfect sense!
How many times did you contemplate ending your existence before you found a publisher?
I am lucky to be alive.
Tell us about your current publisher. Are they all awesomesauce and stuff?
Awesomesauce doesn’t even begin to cover it. I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be published by Untold Press who have been a total delight to work with. I may just have to inflict something else ‘pon them J
Broccoli or Cauliflower?
Oh bleck! I just did a little vomit in my mouth – neither!
Favorite adult beverage
Anything with a really high caffeine content.
If you were a shoe, what kind would you be?
A big clodhopper of a boot. A black one. Flat. At least calf-high. With loads of straps and buckles.
How do you kill a vampire?
Noooooo! Vampires are your friends! Unless they are of the sparkly variety.
Milk or dark chocolate?
Finish this sentence: All doctors are…
…. unable to make their handwriting legible.
You die and go to hell, what music is playing in the background?
Well, I would like to think that The Dark Lord would have better taste, but if you mean Hell as in a Horrible Place it would have to be freeform jazz.
Favorite holiday and why
Halloween! Sweets! Ghosts! Witches! Things that go bump in the night!
Most terrifying way to die?
Suffocation by Tribble. Ticklish!
Little Nicky! Yeah!
eldest brother when he is commanded by the king to build the grandest
telescope in the land. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the
stars are replaced by adventure as the family move to be nearer the
king. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time, misfortunes
take their toll. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more
dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Can she find the strength
inside to overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the
stars will tell.
Greetings and salutations, my friends.
Well, once again the leaves are changing (everywhere but Florida), Summer’s heat is waning (everywhere but Florida), and Autumnal festivities are once again making their way into our hearts and homes (everywhere but Florida). In the natural world, most members of the animal kingdom give birth in spring. Not true for authors. November is the month favorited by our subspecies. Yes, I’m talking about NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month).
Every year I have started out with the best of intentions, yet life has a subtle way of sneaking up on you and bashing you in the spine with a cinderblock. Well, NOT SO THIS YEAR!!!!
I haveth something special planned.
Everyone knows about My Soul to Keep, my YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE. Well, I have been asked when the sequel is coming out, so many times, I’ve bumped it up on my priority list. I figured I would use November and NANOWRIMO to make you all happy. Well, I spoke to a good friend of mine and she gave me an idea!
I would like to cordially invite all of you to be there with me while I write it.
No, I don’t mean in spirit.
No, I don’t want you showing up at my house with popcorn and beer. Hmmm, okay. If you have popcorn and beer, I’ll let you in.
No, I don’t want you bombarding me with story ideas on FB and Twitter.
I have something else in mind.
I’m going to write Your Soul to Take in Google Docs
I invite you to follow along
The chat window will be open
DON’T EDIT THE DAMN THING WHILE I’M WRITING!!!
I’ll edit later
I want this to be fun. Everybody has been so great with My Soul to Keep, and I kind of wanted to write the sequel with everyone who read it. To make them feel like they were part of it. I’m sure it will end up just being me and a couple of crickets, but the invitation is open. Starting November 1, 2012, simply click the link below. I will leave this blog post open so you have the link readily available.
To watch Sean Hayden writing Your Soul to Take, simply click:
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I’ve been catching a lot of heat on social media, and not for my usual…um…antics?
I thought I would use my blog to clear up a few hundred things about me. You see, the whole anti-gay agenda has really been setting me off lately. Politicians, business owners, and even some of my friends have been going on and on and on and on and on about “traditional marriage” and how “gay marriage” pretty much guarantees you your own skewer in the marshmallow pit of hell.
I’m going to go ahead and say it. That is the biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard. Christians do love them some telling people they’re going to hell, don’t they?
I only know one thing, if you put your own religious beliefs over the chance of two people being happy, YOU, MY GOOD SIR, ARE AN ASSHOLE.
Before we continue this discussion, let me clarify two points. First of all, I’m not gay. I simply understand that you have absolutely no control whatsoever of whom you fall in love with. I fell in love with the most amazing woman in the world. If she had a penis, I’d still love her and probably would be gay. It’s that simple.
I also know for a fact that you can not help who you are attracted to.
Yes, you hear me correctly. Just because a woman has a vagina, doesn’t mean I am attracted to her. I’m PRETTY sure the same thing applies to people who are gay. I don’t find blonde’s particularly attractive. That doesn’t make me a brunettasexual or a blondophobe. I simply have my preferences. If the blonde community starts sending me hate mail, I’d completely understand.
The second point I would like to reiterate for you irate Christians out there is….are you ready to be shocked? I’M NOT AN ATHEIST!
~waits a moment for the shock to wear off~
Yes, you heard me. I’m not an atheist. I was born and raised a Catholic. Let’s just say I’m disillusioned.
“HA! I KNEW IT. YOU HATE JESUS CHRIST! YOU ARE GOING TO HELL!”
First of all, so what if I do go to hell? Is it any concern of yours? Are you going to be looking down at me in the fiery pits of hell yelling, “I DONE WARNED YOU, YOU SON OF A BITCH!”. Do me a flavor, haughty Christians…stop worrying about my eternal fucking soul, would you? It’s mine. I’ll do with it as I damn please. I’m surely not going to change the way I live because of your beliefs. I may joke and say I’m evil, but I truly don’t think so. I’m kind to people. I help when I can. I’m more likely to do something for somebody else instead of myself. I don’t hate people (NOT EVEN ZEALOTS). I’m not racist, sexist, or hurtful. If that earns me a ticket to hell…then so be it. I’ll fry in peace.
As to the hating Jesus Christ…Um, I hate to break it to you, but I don’t. I have never said I did. In fact, the parts about Jesus are the only parts of the bible I liked. He made sense. The rest of the bible…not so much.
I know. To me the rest of the bible is pretty ridiculous. How can you quote a certain part of a book as a foundation for your beliefs and ignore the rest?
“I HATE GAYS CUZ IT SEZ SO IN LEVITICUS,” says the tattooed, pork eating, working on Sunday blasphemer.
Yeah. I know. I have issues. The problem is they’re not with Christianity. They’re with Christians. Blind faith can be a wonderful thing. It can also be a horrible thing. It’s when you stop listening to your brain that it becomes a problem. I’m sure Jesus didn’t intend his teachings to be used as an excuse for people to hate or control other people. I am sure he meant them as guidelines on how to live your own life.
If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t do it.
If you don’t like tattoos, don’t get one.
If you’re against abortion, don’t have one.
If you are offended by nudity, don’t look.
If you don’t like foul language, don’t listen.
DO NOT, tell me how to live my life. DO NOT, say to me I’m going to hell. DO NOT, tell me I’m evil (actually, go ahead. It makes me giggle.) DO NOT pray for my soul and tell me about it (pray all you want).
Don’t call me a hippy. Don’t call me a liberal. Don’t tell me I’m part of the problem. Don’t tell me I’m what’s wrong with this country.
Don’t tell me I’m persecuting you for your beliefs.
YOU are the one using your beliefs to try and control those around you. YOU are the one who insists your beliefs are more important than other people’s happiness. YOU are the close minded individual who insists you are right and everyone else is wrong. YOU are the one who believes your faith is more important than ANYTHING in this world.
This is what I believe. I could be wrong. I admit it. Maybe Jesus will cast me into hell. Maybe Jesus will come down and smite every gay person in the world. But you know something? I’m not fighting to take away your rights. I’m not telling you that “traditional marriage” is wrong. I’m not stopping you from believing what you want. I’m not telling you you’re going to hell.
THIS is what I believe. Amazing how I can express myself without interfering with your life, isn’t it.
Hugs and Rainbows to all
Well, I haven’t blogged in a while, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m going to try something a little different from now on. I have a website. http://www.seanhayden.org. I thought I would move all my “book” related stuff and keep my blog here for rants, raves, and fun shtuff. So, I’f you’re looking for news about my books, CHECK OVER THERE!
So, as an inaugural post, I thought I’d pick something fun to pick on…I mean talk about.
So, boys and girls, today’s topic is…
DUH DUH DUHHHHHHHH
Why I Fucking Hate NETFLIX
by Sean Hayden
I was a late comer to Netflix. Oh sure, I dabbled with it in my youth, but the fascination quickly wore off. Then one day, I found myself separated from my wife with no cable. “Sure, I’ll give it another shot,” I said quietly to myself. It will help pass the time. I quickly fired up my trusty laptop computer and logged on to Netflix.
Have you ever had a turning point in your life? That was one of mine. I had a bad feeling about it, but I quickly suppressed the silly voices in my head ( I shouldn’t have done that. It makes them angry). I set up my account, chose my password, and then…hit my first snag. If there’s one thing I hate in this life, it’s OPTIONS.
What kind of plan do you want?
Um…there’s more than one? I just want Netflix
You can chose streaming only!
Um…what’s a stream? Is it bad if you cross them?
Or, you can chose streaming with one DVD out at a time.
Um…why would I want a DVD if I can watch a stream of it?
Well, the most POPULAR movies aren’t available as a stream. Just the shit movies nobody wants to watch.
Um…give me the DVD then.
Um…That’s what comes with the plan?
Well, silly. We have more than one DVD plan. You can select the Streaming and ONE DVD, TWO DVD, or THREE DVD plan.
Um…what’s the difference?
Are you fucking stupid? You get one, two, or three DVD’s
Um…I kinda figgered that. I meant the difference in price.
Oh, SILLY US. Well, its around 5$ more per month per DVD
Um…Okay. I’ll go with the 2 DVD plan.
GOOD choice sir. Not too miserly, nor too rambunctious. Right down the middle. I see you like to play it safe.
So. with that done, I was NOW a NETFLIXTER! Woo hoo. No longer would I have to be embarrassed when my friends asked me, “Have you seen this? Have you seen that?” Now I could respond without shame! I had joined the ranks of the masses! I had become one with the cinematic collective!
My first DVD came. I watched it. I don’t even remember what movie it was. I sent it back. The second one came and then the third one. I now had TWO movies out at the same time. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t chose.
And so life moved on. I kept up the charade of being happy for about a month. I watched a few movies. I sent most back without even watching. I probably wouldn’t have even opened them if you didn’t have to stuff them in those annoying fucking return envelopes that you have to line up the barcode through that little window thingy.
Then my universe crumbled.
NETFLIX TO RAISE PRICES
Ruh roh, raggy.
My 14 dollar bill had doubled. Well, being the frugal, pennywise, budget-conscious person (fancy term for BROKE MOTHERFUCKER), I decided to downgrade my plan and ditch the DVD’s.
Waa waaa waaaaaaaaa
Now I was paying for a service I hardly ever used. I watched anime, my kids watched other tv shows. You see I had given them my username and password so they could watch movies while at their mom’s house.
I got home from a particularly uneventful day of work
I plopped down on my couch
I turned on the xbox and brought up netflix
I found a nice looking morsel of japanese animation
I hit play
ERROR: your account has been downgraded to one stream. Please stop all other streams before watching on this device.
SO I called.
Sure enough. NOT ONLY HAD THEY RAISED THEIR PRICES, but now You only got 1 stream. You could only watch 1 movie. Unless you went back on the DVD plan. But, with each dvd you got an additional stream.
Let’s just say, I told Netflix what they could do with their streams.
VIVA LA REDBOX!
Greetings and salumatations denizenz of Earth. Tis I, your fearless world conqueror here to share what he loves…
INTERVIEWING AWESOMESAUCE WRITERS!!!!
Today’s guest is none other than JENNY HILBORNE. I met Jenny a few years ago and we became good friends through social media. She even forgave me when I accidentally called her Jill one time on twitter. Talk about embarrassing! Whew! Anyhoo, Jenny is here to tell you a little bit about a fantastical new Murder Mystery she penned, HIDE AND SEEK. I do so hope you will download it, read it, and love it, and post glorious reviews about it. You do recall the punishment for displeasing me right? I will find your house and pump JUSTIN BIEBER music into the very foundation of your house if you fail me!
With that said, ON WITH THE INTERROGATION…er…I mean…INTERVIEW!