Book Release Monsterland

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About the Book

Title: Monsterland

Author: Michael Okon

Genre: YA

Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

The last couple years of high school have not been fun for Wyatt Baldwin. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An on-going debate with his best friends Howard Drucker and Melvin over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can rock out with vampires at Vampire Village, be chased by actual werewolves on the Werewolf River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

 

Author Bio

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

 

 

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Book Excerpt Girl Within Girl Book 2: Healing

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Chapter 25 – BELINDA

 

 

To be truly alive, you need to be one with yourself; to feel complete, assured, and with a belief that you matter to someone, even if that someone is only you. But I had more than me; I had Sean, the seamless glue that held the me together.

Ordinary things became magical with him by my side, as if I were experiencing the world for the first time. Our time together in the cabin, once claustrophobic and confining, now became a cozy love nest, and I felt like I never wanted to leave. The wintery woods were embracing, no longer menacing, and the walks he and I took together were always enchanting adventures. But of all, I cherished the nights the most. Holding each other as we fell asleep, the nightmares came no more. Sleep became a delectable indulgence, instead of a gruesome torment.

And when Sam gave us the camera, I became a kid in an amusement park where all the rides were free. Taking photos was like getting something back that I had once lost. It added to my feeling of wholeness, knowing I was good at something.

Then one day, our private bubble of happiness burst. It was early morning, with a thick mist hugging the ground.

“They’re here,” I told him.

“Who’s here?” he asked.

I gave him some time for it to sink in. He jumped to the window and gazed out for a few moments. “I don’t see anyone.”

“I see them… in the forest…in my mind I see them. I hear their boots crunching on the snow. They’re very near.”

I could see the look of fear on Sean’s face. He knew enough about my, or if you will, Anisa’s, special abilities to believe what I was telling him. He looked at me with a concerned expression. “Should we go under the crawl space and sneak out from there? The idea you mentioned a couple of weeks ago?” he asked in a shaky voice.

“No. We can’t be running away, looking over our shoulders for the rest of our lives. It ends here.”

Sean went into the bedroom and came out with the gun in his hand.

“We won’t need that,” I told him.

Despite what I said, he shoved the gun into his pants pocket. “So what are we going to do, invite them in for a cup of hot chocolate?”

His sarcasm didn’t annoy me. I knew it was out of the panic he felt.

“That’s not a bad idea; have a heart to heart. Of course The General won’t come in, but we could still have that heart to heart.”

I stood up and went to the door.

“Belinda, please don’t.”

“Are you afraid, Sean?”

“Yes. Afraid of losing you. They’ll have to kill me before they take you away from me.”

You don’t know how wonderful that made me feel. Or perhaps you do. I smiled. Whatever happens, I know that in the short time I’ve been alive, I’d obtained something not everyone achieves in a lifetime. I felt fulfilled. “I don’t think it will come to that.”

I took a deep breath, opened the door, stepped onto the porch, and stared out at the swirling fog. I took another deep breath…then another, before I shouted, “General, I know you’re here!”

Slowly, he materialized out of the mist, his hands in his overcoat pockets, his head covered in an aviator style Russian bomber hat with ear flaps. “Of course you do. That’s precisely why we’re here; because you can know things like that…Belinda…Belinda McMurphy.”

Sean was standing right beside me, and I could see he was taken aback at the general knowing who I was.

“Don’t ever mention my father’s surname again.”

General X smiled; a sadistic half-smile, a Hannibal Lecter kind of smile. “I apologize.” He looked at Sean. “Congratulations, Doctor. You’ve brought her back. And without self-destructing, I might add.”

“We’re inviting you inside for some hot chocolate,” Sean said in a rather nasty tone. “How about it?”

“Afraid no can do. That would make my men edgy, and we wouldn’t want that, would we?”

I turned my head to Sean. “Be careful. There are about ten commandos hidden in the woods just ahead with their EM weapons trained on us, and there are a few in the back of the cabin as well.”

“What do you want?” Sean addressed the general, not in the least intimidated.

“Simple. We want to know how you did it. We never could successfully deprogram one of our…protégés…or rather, I should say, one who could survive through the process.” The vapor from his breath floated in the air in front of him like fumes from a dragon’s mouth.

 “Why would I want to help psychopaths like you?”

“You have the wrong impression of us. We’re the good guys, not the bad guys. Don’t you think our enemies have people like Belinda? Now, if we could deprogram them…”

“And then what?” I asked belligerently. “Help them get back on their feet and lead normal lives?”

“No, of course not. We would send them back to the enemy, reprogrammed to work for us, naturally.”

I had enough. “You’ve overstayed your welcome General. You and your men get out of here.”

“Belinda, you of all people…do you think we would make all this effort, costing a few millions of the taxpayer’s money, just to leave…just like that…do you, now…really?”

“We still have that file in the safety deposit box.”

“I’m afraid that’s not quite enough leverage.”

I stood quietly, concentrating.

Luckily, Sean distracted him. “So you must have some ideas. Just how did I do it?”

“Hypnosis, drugs, a soothing voice, tinged with compassion perhaps, suggestive persuasion…good sex…”

“Yes, all that. But there’s a missing ingredient which your people could never provide.”

That’s it Sean, keep distracting him. It was as if we were reading each other’s minds. I kept focusing on what I had to focus on: the EM guns, how to disable them.

“And exactly what is that?” the General asked in a haughty manner.

“Love. I loved Katrina…and Cherry…and Anisa, and now, more than any of them, I love Belinda.”

Thank you Sean, I thought to myself, taking just a fleeting moment away from my concentration, for buying me some more time. And of course, thank you for loving me.

“You and Belinda are coming with us, one way or another, so let’s stop the petty bickering.”

Sean didn’t answer him. Neither did I.

After a minute or so of this, the general grew uneasy. “Belinda? Belinda, what are you doing?”

That was enough time for me to have competed my task. “General, all of your men’s EM weapons are disabled. The Rx transistors are frozen, and they are now inoperable.”

General X looked around him. “FIRE ON THE TWO TARGETS!”

Nothing happened. Sean and I both stood there in the snow, still unfazed.

“Now,” I told him, “the only option is to go hand to hand. Do you want to try that really? You have about ten combatants in front, and seven in the back of the cabin. You know I can take out four of your guys within seconds in a close encounter, right? You’ve seen me do it multiple times as Anisa, correct?”

The general nodded his head affirmatively.

 “And Sean has a thirty-eight fully loaded with eight rounds.”

The general stood frozen – a good sign.

“And, if I have to, I’ll use the death stare; in fact, I just may start with you right now.”

“Belinda, listen, I am not acting on my own, I have superiors also and they…”

At that moment, a great roar was heard resounding through the mist-laden air. Seconds later, shadowy figures could be seen running through the haziness, some of them yelling as a large dark shape loomed behind the general, a huge grizzly bear.

He whirled around in a panic. “Stop the bear Anisa, you know you can!”

In his panic, he called me Anisa, which only amused me. “Sorry,” I said, grinning, “but I don’t believe in mind control.”

Mama bear stood up on her hind legs, letting out a bellow so forceful, you could smell her stinky breath.

I couldn’t help but throw in a quip. “It seems your fellows have disturbed a sleeping bear, and you know, when you do that they wake up in a foul mood.”

“Stop the animal, Belinda, Anisa, whoever you are…”

I walked towards Mama Grizzley.”Whoa!” I shouted, putting my hands up, and the bear calmed down, back on all fours, but still growling.  I patted her on the head. “Go back to sleep.” After giving me a few licks on my face, she turned and began her slog up the hill. Turning toward the general, I said, “Leave General, leave here and leave us alone for the rest of our lives.”

“FALL BACK INTO POSITION!” he shouted out. To me he said, “I make no promises for the future, but I for one will certainly leave you alone. I’ve had enough of you, Katrina, Cherry, Anisa…all of you. However, I doubt my superiors feel the same way. To them, you’re still a loose end.”

The soldiers, now visible in the dissipating mist, returned to their positions among the trees. The general about faced. “Goodbye Belinda,” he said from behind his back, “goodbye Dr. Paisley.” And then he walked away. “DISENGAGE!”

 

About the Book

Title: Girl Within Girl Book 2: Healing

Author: S.P. Aruna

Genre: Erotic Thriller

Trapped in a mountain cabin with three, possible four, women….every guy’s dream, right? Or could it turn out to be a nightmare?

Dr. Sean Paisley needs to find out how to bring these women together – his survival depends on it. To make matters worse, he’s in love with all of them….made passionate love to all of them. Throw in a nasty grizzly bear and the dark forces of the government and the situation becomes even more dire.

In the end, he was stuck with Belinda, a hysterical, suicidal, homicidal maniac of a person, confined together in the wilderness of the onset of winter. Now both their lives are at stake.

 

 

Author Bio

I’m a Cambodian woman of mixed blood, married to an aspiring author, and of course he had something to do with my idea to write entertaining fiction. We live in a little green house in the countryside in southern Cambodia. No kids yet, but we’re working on it.

I live on a large plot of land and I enjoy taking care of my trees, plants, and flowers. I also love embroidery, stitching to make beautiful pictures. It’s very meditative for me. And then I frame them and put them all over the walls of my house, which drives my husband crazy.

I’m a newbie when it comes to being an author, but being an avid reader with eclectic tastes (I enjoy reading just about any genre as well as non-fiction) has helped me in my plunge to write commercial fiction. Since I love erotic thriller type films, I decided to write an erotic thriller series. I like the challenge of devising a strong plot to embed my sexy scenes.

 

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Book Review Did I Ever Thank You, Sister?

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Title: Did I Ever Thank You Sister?

Author: Sal Di Leo

Genre: Nonfiction

Sal Di Leo returns after 30 years to the Catholic orphanage outside Chicago that he and his siblings called home in 1963. This is the beginning of a journey of discovery and remembrance as Sal is forced to reconstruct his life as it really happened, including some of his most difficult years at Boys Town in Nebraska. As an adult, Sal tried to rise above his turbulent past in an aggressive quest for power and money. Successes soon led to failures. Eventually, a wise friend convinces Sal to go back to his roots and look for the good experiences and valuable lessons he learned as a nine-year-old orphan.

Review: After 30 years, author Sal Di Leo returns to the Catholic orphanage outside Chicago where he and his siblings were sent to back in 1963, after losing both their parents. The loss of their parents was tough, and life in the orphanage was far from easy. The past scarred Sal in ways he probably didn’t fully understand until well into his adulthood when he finally decides to go back to his roots, and look for the good experiences he has in his childhood. A memorable read about life and its struggles and about learning to appreciate what you have.

Promo Post The Branded Trilogy

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Branded Trilogy

Author: Kat Flannery

Genre: Historical / Western / Paranormal Romance

Sizzling ROMANCE, the WILD WEST, and a dash of PARANORMAL make the BRANDED TRILOGY bundle a heart-pounding and satisfying read…

LAKOTA HONOR

Fate has brought them together, but will a promise tear them apart?

In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn’t know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.

Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?

BLOOD CURSE

Four years after the Blood Curse, Pril of the Peddlers vows to protect her child against the evil men who hunt her. With her clan unaware of the branded girl among them, Pril has to keep the identity of her daughter a secret. When her child is kidnapped, she is forced to ask Merchant runner, Kade Walker, for his help.

Kade Walker needs to find the gypsy child. Blackmailed and pushed beyond his own moral code, he is determined to do whatever it takes. When he comes across the Peddler clan, he is sure the girl is there, however all hope is lost when the gypsies capture him. Time is running out—until Pril makes him an offer he cannot refuse.

Amidst greed, lust, revenge and love, Pril will need to trust Kade. But as the evil nears and doubt creeps in, will she discover that the enemy has been standing next to her all along?

SACRED LEGACY

Tsura is a Chuvani, and with that comes great power…

Desperate to escape the memories that haunt her, Tsura Harris returns to Jamestown, the very place her mother forbade her to go. A gifted Chuvani, Tsura has sworn off all magick, thus making her vulnerable to the Renoldi clan, who wish to kill her and take the pendant that is the key to her power.

Red Wolf is hell-bent on living his life on the sea, until he runs into Tsura on the docks. His pride wounded from her rejection years before, he hoped to never see her again. But when the evil Corsair, Romulus Black, demands to know where she is, Red Wolf must protect her, as is his duty.

But is duty and honor his only reason, or does Red Wolf still carry a flame of love in his heart? And will Tsura finally discover her destiny?

Author Bio

Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing.

A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. Kat loves to teach writing classes and give back to other aspiring authors. She volunteers her time at the local library facilitating their writing group. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career

Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been an Amazon Top 100 Paid bestseller twice. LAKOTA HONOR, BLOOD CURSE, and SACRED LEGACY (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s three award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next series, THE MONTGOMERY SISTERS.

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Book Cover Reveal: The Matrix Matriarch

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Title: The Matriarch Matrix

Author: Maxime Trencavel

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

The Matriarch Matrix – A speculative fiction novel of origins, faith, passion, and the pursuit of peace.

It was always his destiny to save her. It was always her destiny to die. The fate of the world hangs on their choices…

The past foretells her future…

What does it take to change a loving child of peace into an assassin for a dangerous and powerful oligarch? Zara Khatum knows. Once a fighter for her Kurdish people, the memory of the atrocities inflicted by her captors has Zara seeking one thing: vengeance. But the voices of the ancients call to Zara. In the past, in another life, she knew the secrets of the artifact…

Twelve thousand years ago…

She is Nanshe, revered matriarch of the family she led away from the monsters of the north. In the land that would one day mark the treacherous border between Turkey and Syria, she created the temples at Gobleki Tepe and founded a dynasty, heirs to a powerful object. For millennia, Nanshe’s descendants have passed down the legend of the artifact: “The object can save. But only a man and woman together can guide the salvation of others.”

Heirs to destiny…

By fate or destiny, Zara is thrown in with Peter Gollinger, a quirky Californian from the other side of the world and the other side of everything she believes. But he, too, is heeding the voices of his ancestors. Joined by Jean-Paul, a former Jesuit priest, these three people—from wildly different religions and cultures—must find a way to work together to solve a twelve thousand-year-old mystery of the powerful object that spawned a faith. The world teeters on the precipice of war. The outcome depends on them. And one of them is living a lie.

The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a spiritual odyssey with a heartbeat of an action adventure. It may make you think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the comedy, the romance, the tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien origin believing atheist. Their journeys separately and together will be a test of their respective faiths and their inner search for personal and family redemption.

Author Bio

Maxime has been scribbling stories since grade school from adventure epics to morality plays. Blessed with living in multicultural pluralistic settings and having earned degrees in science and marketing, Maxime has worked in business and sports, traveling to countries across five continents and learning about cultures, traditions, and the importance of tolerance and understanding. Maxime’s debut novel was written and edited in different locations in Belgium, including the Turkish and Kurdish neighborhoods of Brussels, in South America, and on the two coasts of the United States.

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Trailer Blitz Moon Shadow

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Moon Shadow
Book 2: The Auriano Curse Series

Antonio d’Este, Duke of Auriano is ambushed by a highwayman just outside of Paris. Not only does the outlaw rob him of all his coin, the thief also snatches the magical moonstone which curbs the terrible, devastating cravings of the Hunger, a side effect of the family curse. Antonio is determined to find the thief no matter what, and take back what is his.

Solange Delacroix is forced to live two lives, as a ruthless highwayman and as the beautiful, seductive Madame de Volonté, who runs a salon of the demimonde and is mistress of the cruel Marquis de Vernoux. When she steals a moonstone pendant from the handsome stranger and he turns up at her salon seeking revenge and the stolen item, she must keep her life from toppling into a maelstrom of danger and death.

Antonio and Solange come together in a dangerous dance of secrets, thievery, and passion. Hounded by the evil sorceress Nulkana, threatened by the ruthless King of Thieves, menaced by the cruel Marquis de Vernoux, their safety hangs in a precarious balance. Only trust in each other will help them come out alive.

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About Patricia

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. That was right after I realized that becoming a fairy ballerina or a princess wasn’t going to happen. But being a writer meant I could go places in my head and be other people as much as I wanted. I could even be a fairy ballerina or a princess! My stories have always had romance and history in them. I feel that one sparks the other. I’m not sure I’d really want to live in the past with no running water, take-out menus, flush toilets, hair dryers or antibiotics, but it sure is fun to dream. Besides, swashbuckling pirates and Regency men in their tight, buckskin breeches are hot.

I’m a native of the Boston area. Its history has inspired my writing, and probably influenced my decision to become a high school British Literature teacher so I could pay the bills. I’ve also been an accounts receivable clerk, a receptionist and telephone operator (before cell phones), head of an elementary school library, and president of a food pantry, not in that order. I received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree in Popular Fiction at the fabulous Stonecoast program in Maine, where I met many talented writers, who encouraged me and made my writing better. And now I’m an author writing about dark heroes, feisty heroines, magic, and other fantastical things.

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Promo Post Seven Threads

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Title: Seven Threads

Author: Jason Atkinson

Genre: Short Story Collection

Seven Threads is a book of 7 short stories full of twists and turns. A girl on the run, a man accused of murder, a homeless man who finds his way, and much more. While each story is unique, they all offer the same human compassion that is sometimes lacking in today’s world. The reader is sure to find each story a page turner full of emotions, and left wanting more!

 

Author Bio

Jason Atkinson is a 32 year old, married man with one adorable toddler. With Seven Threads being his third book, he certainly enjoys writing and also spending time getting to know new people.

 

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