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BLOG TOUR STOP- DRAGONTHOLOGY from Untold Press

January 10, 2013 3 comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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?

 

Book Description

Publication Date: December 31, 2012
Dragonthology

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?

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Witch Hunt: of the Blood, a REVIEW

January 4, 2013 15 comments

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Five novellas based on Devin O’Branagan’s bestselling novel, Witch Hunt!
 
You’ve closed the cover on Witch Hunt, but the story isn’t over … yet! Devin O’Branagan has handpicked writers to take up her characters’ stories and explore what happens next.
The anthology begins with O’Branagan’s own novella about Hawthorne matriarch, Vivian. Vivian and her fellow British witches work together to prevent a Nazi invasion during World War II. Then there is Colonial maiden, Bridget, who struggles with the guilt of failing her family in Salem, 1692. Her younger sister, Prissy, mysteriously disappears and finds another magical world. Julia, torn by family loyalties, love, and her spiritual quest, pays a huge price to continue the bloodline. And Miranda uses her powers against the great influenza outbreak of 1918—but finds the ultimate foe is prejudice against her kind.
 
Discover what was left out of Witch Hunt and revisit your favorite characters with these exciting novellas. The story isn’t done until the battle’s lost and won.
 
This anthology contains novellas by Devin O’Branagan, Suzanne Hayes Campbell, Keri Lake, K.L. Schwengel, and Krista Walsh.
 
All five authors of the anthology are available for discussion at Devin’s writers’ forum. This is the link to chat with them: Chat With The Authors!
Witch Hunt: Of the Blood is available in both print and eBook formats and may be found at AmazonB&N, and Smashwords. (Smashwords provides copies compatible with almost all types of eReaders including Sony, Apple, Kobo, etc.) It is also available internationally via Amazon worldwide!

 
Two of the stories in this anthology are bridges to the upcoming sequel, Witch Hunt: Resistance, which will be released in 2013.
 
The original Witch Hunt is an international bestseller first published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books. It has been translated into German and Turkish and is consistently on the bestseller lists. It is the story of 300+ years in the history of a family of witches, from the time of the Salem trials to a modern-day witch hunt. It begs the question: could it happen again?
 
Witch Hunt is available as both a paperback and an eBook. It is available at Amazon,B&N, and Smashwords.

The Review

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

Circle Unbroken

By Krista Walsh

Shadows of Dreams

By Suzanne Hayes Campbell

The Banishing

By Keri Lake

Blood Tells All

By K.L. Schwengel

Categories: Blog Tours

BLOG STOP- KATY O’DOWD!

November 11, 2012 2 comments

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

LIGHTING ROUND…

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?

Milk.

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!

Favorite movie

Little Nicky! Yeah!

Book Description

Publication Date: September 26, 2012
Lucretia’s life as an astronomer is quickly turned on its head by her
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.

THE GIVEAWAY! 

CLICK THE COVER TO ENTER!

Categories: Blog Tours

SANCTUARY!

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Greetings yet once again peoples of Earth! Very excited for Jen Wylie. The very LAST installment of her Tales of Ever Series just hit the electronic shelves this week. I don’t know if you’ve read any of these, but if you havent…

PUT THE DAMN REMOTE DOWN, SHUT OF FACEBOOK (THAT SHIT ROTS YOUR BRAIN ANYWAY AND IS MARK ZUCKERBERGERMEISTER’S PITIFUL ATTEMPT AT WORLD DOMINATION INSTEAD OF DOING IT THE OLD FASHIONED WAY THROUGH HARD WORK, DETERMINATION, AND SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE BATTERIES) AND GRAB YOUR KINDLE, NOOK, KOBO, OR WHATEVER AND GO BUY THE WHOLE SERIES.

Cuz I said so and said please and thank you. 😀

So, anyhoo. Here’s a look at Sanctuary. Story 6 of the TALES OF EVER!!!!!! (Insert ominous music here)

Book Description

Publication Date: February 20, 2012
The only thing that could make Ever a worse place to be trapped in has finally happened. The dragons of Ever are loose…and they’re hungry.

We’ve made it this far and I won’t give up on finding the one person who could make being here a little better. We’re so close to finding the hidden city and my dad. I know we are. I just don’t know if we’re going to make it. My friends and I are struggling. Okay, we’re getting our butts kicked. We don’t have a choice but to continue. It’s not like we can call a time out.

Then the unthinkable happens…my boys get hurt. Now I have to summon the power and the courage to save them. I just hope it will be enough and we can find my father. Will we have a happily ever after?

Categories: Blog Tours

Book Review: Zombies Don’t Cry by Rusty Fischer

January 14, 2012 6 comments

Check it out on Amazon

 

DESCRIPTION:

Genre: Kick ass YA Zombie Story

Price: Too low

Pages: Not enough

Rating: 5 zombie thumbs

Okay, I normally don’t review books especially on my blog. If I read a book and its really good I post a review on amazon. The fact that I’m actually reviewing this book should speak VOLUMES (get it? Made a book joke.) about Zombies Don’t Cry.

I’ll admit it. I’m a vampire nut. I read about them, write about them, and occasionally dream about them. I have never felt anything other than icky about zombies. Don’t like zombie movies. Don’t like zombie books. Don’t like zombie merchandising or action figures. I always thought they were pretty gross and as for fictional characters left little for character development when their only dialogue is, “Brains!”

I hate zombies sooo much, that if the zombie apocalypse ever came to be, hand me a shotgun and a chainsaw and get behind me. I’ll lead the way to safety!

Then I fell in love. Not with a zombie, but a zombie book. I had the opportunity to meet Rusty Fischer at the Spooky Empire Convention in Orlando. What an amazing guy. Personable and just a lot of fun. He gave me a copy of his book and said, “Here. TRY it.” So I did. Thanks be to the gods for Rusty Fischer. He had me hooked from chapter one. He actually makes being a zombie, COOL!

If you’ve ever seen a zombie movie, you know the premise for every zombie book ever written. You know “Tanker truck crashes spilling toxic waste in the mostly deserted town. Redneck comes into contact with said toxic waste, becomes zombie, bites everybody, and by the end the last two survivors of humanity are surrounded by the zombie hordes in a desert somewhere.” That story.

Zombie’s Don’t Cry is NOTHING like that. Rusty pens a tale of wit, humor, edge of your seat excitement and makes you root for the undead! They’re the good guys and I can promise you there isn’t one poorly sealed container of toxic waste anywhere in the story! WOOT WOOT!

So grab your kindle, and throw this one on it. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed especially if you’re into YA Books. It’s a great story from start to finish, doesn’t leave you with a cliffhanger, and has plenty of room to grow for sequential works! (If you read this, I’m serious, Rusty. I want them to go to Disney World next!)

Biography:

A former high school teacher, Rusty Fischer is the author of several supernatural novels for young adults, including Zombies Don’t Cry, Vamplayers and Afterlife Academy. He and his beautiful wife Martha live in sunny Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Visit: www.zombiesdontblog.blogspot.com.

Categories: Blog Tours

Blog Stop-Darke Conteur

October 12, 2011 7 comments

Thanks for the intro Sean! Love the hair!
Welcome Humans to The Paranormal Pit Stop. Your one-stop E-zine on the Ethereal-net for everything
in the paranormal world. This week, we are proud to bring you part one of a two-part interview with a
very rare creature. She is Jezryall; half human half demon, and for those of you who aren't dead or in
astral form, she is known as the current caretaker of the Acheron portal in North America.

Paranormal Pit-Stop: Welcome Mistress Jezryall. We here at the Paranormal Pit Stop are glad to have
you here. First, we'd like to point out to our new readers, that you are a half-breed. Not a full demon.
Jezryall: Correct. My father was an incubus demon. My mother was human.

P.P.S.: That must have been an interesting life growing up?
Jezryall: Interesting is not the word I would use. There was much fear during The Dark Ages. I was
locked up in a monastery for most of my adolescence, under the careful watch of religious fanatics. They
thought they knew what was best for me. Unfortunately, for them, they were wrong.

P.P.S.: I know demons have a long, almost immortal life, but is your lifespan shorter because of your
human side?
Jezryall: Yes. Demons live for several millennia, which gives the impression of immortality, but
eventually their bodies do wear out and they turn to dust. Humans would be surprised to learn that like
them, demons have a childhood and adolescent stage as well. This adds to the illusion of longevity.

P.P.S.: If you don't mind me asking, how old are you?
Jezryall: To be honest, I am not sure the year I was born. I do have a vague memory of traveling to Rome
around the time of Alexander the Great.

P.P.S.: Do you have a difficult time restraining your demon side around humans?
Jezryall: Yes. All the time. Humans give off very distinct aromas when they are in a high emotional state,
and each emotion has a different scent. Their most powerful are fear and arousal. I can detect their
sweet smell from miles away. It is intoxicating, and hard to resist.

P.P.S.: When did you become a portal caretaker?
Jezryall: It was after the English landed on the east coast of this continent. The Guardians knew
they would soon dominate, and were afraid they would take control of the Acheron portal if it was
discovered. When the Shaman caretaker died, the Guardians agreed I was the only powerful entity
capable of protecting it, and asked me to oversee its care.

P.P.S.: And then you moved it.
Jezryall: Yes. The colonists moved quickly through the countryside, and in my naivety, was afraid of it
being discovered. I re-located it up north, to what was once a small trading village in Canada.

P.P.S.: Once a small village? Has it changed over time?
Jezryall: Yes. Had I a seer on staff at the time, I might have been forewarned that the village would
become the capital of the newly formed country. I would have taken my chances and left the portal
where it was, considering the government of the newly formed American States, dedicated the entire
portal nexus a park, decades later. Yellowrock, or something like that. It would have been safe in the

wild.

P.P.S.: Speaking of safety, the European portals of Acheron are still shrouded in secrecy, yet you've
turned the North American one into a global company? After moving it in fear of being discovered, why
such a bold turn-around?
Jezryall: Western ideology advanced quickly with the onset of the Industrial Revolution. People became
less superstitious and more logical in their thinking. I found it was easier to monitor situations under the
guise of a business, than of a religious institution. People are more suspicious of you, if you claim you
are there for religious purposes. If you say you are a business, they generally leave you alone.

P.P.S.: Speaking of religion, have you ever visited Hell or Heaven?
Jezryall: No. I am only a caretaker for the portals and I have no need to visit. I doubt I would be
welcome in either place, but I do admit, it would be nice to see what lies beyond the veil.

Well, that's all the time we have for this week's interview. We would like to thank our host Sean Hayden
for allowing us to post this interview on the human internet. It's always nice to have new friends!

If you'd like to learn more about Jezryall and her staff, you can find more information at the link
provided below.

http://darkeconteur.wordpress.com/novels/

Join us next time when we visit Michelle Simkins and bring you part two of our in-depth interview with
Jezryall. This is The Paranormal Pit-Stop saying; just because it's dead, doesn't mean it's not alive!

His first day of work wasn't what Martin Cunningham expected. A sultry boss, a classy receptionist, the
drama-queen foreigner, and a painfully shy techie who prefers hiding to human interaction, was the
oddest group of characters he'd ever met. When an assassination attempt is made against his new boss,
Martin comes face to face with the stuff of nightmares.

Now he and his new co-workers must race to prevent another attack, but where do they start? There's
very little to go on, and the only solid piece of evidence escaped through the u-bend in the toilet. By
the end of the day, Martin becomes one of the privileged few who really understands what lies in the
shadows, and what it means to work in THE WATCHTOWER.

Bio:
Darke Conteur is an author at the mercy of her muse. Writing in several genres, she prefers to write
in paranormal and science fiction, and has stories published in Brave Blue Mice, Bewildering Stories,
and The Absent Willow Review. When not busy writing, she looks after one wannabe rock-star, one
husband, two cats, and one ghost dog.
Categories: Blog Tours

#100blogfest Blog stop with author Martin King!

August 12, 2011 1 comment

Near where I lived was a free tip. I better explain for those of you in foreign countries what I mean by that. An area of land where people disposed of their household waste illegally – sometimes known as fly-tipping.

So there is this place along a narrow country lane near some woods where we would hang out. Quite often we would scavenge down the slope for something to do. Once someone had thrown away a load of lead windows and we scurried around getting all the lead off and then took it to the foundry to weigh it in. We got about £0.50p for our haul.

Well there was this one particular day when me and my mates were loitering around when a big estate car pulled up. A ‘mister’ got out and offered to pay us handsomely if we would scramble around and get these certain items he was after.

They were these big metal weights that were on sash windows. So anyone hold enough reading this might know what I mean. Well it was a hot day and very hard work, but it didn’t matter because the ‘mister’ was going to pay us loads!

A good two hours later after dragging all these heavy things up the slope and loaded them into the back of his car, he went to get his money out of the wallet. Low and behold, he didn’t have any change. Well that didn’t matter because he would return soon with our reward.

I’m sure one of my mates is still standing in that spot now, convinced the ‘mister’ will return. What a dirty, rotten trick to pull on a few innocent and angelic little children. If it turns out that you were the man who played that lousy stunt, then I want interest too…

These blogs are all about fun and sharing. Thank you for reading a ‘#100blogfest’ blog. Please follow this link to find the next blog in the series: http://martinkingauthor.com/blog/7094550076

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