Book Release: Rourke

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About the Book

mj_rourke-kindleTitle: Rourke

Author: Marie Johnston

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Left an orphan, Grace Otto was a vampire child adopted by humans and raised in a secluded but loving environment. When she stumbles across their murders, she comes face to face with Rourke, the male who’s haunted her nightmares…because she remembers him from her birth family’s killings years ago. It’s not long before she realizes the mysterious male is not the one responsible for her parents’ demise, but their pasts are irrevocably linked, and she’ll need to leave the human world behind to find out how.
Around Grace, Rourke dares to think of a better future, one that can overwrite his traumatic history. Until she commits an act of betrayal that threatens him and their entire species. To save Grace, Rourke will need to hunt down the demons of their past.

Author Bio

img_4815Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, and an old cat. Deciding to trade in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told, between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.

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Book Excerpt The Color of Love

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As I walk down the aisle, I can feel my legs quivering with every step. My teeth are chattering, and tears are dancing under
my eyelids, but I can’t mess up this flawless makeup—not today.
Mike is at the altar waiting for me. Even though he’s smiling, I can tell he’s extra nervous. His fingers are wrestling with each other
behind his back, but he doesn’t notice. He does that any time he has too much on his mind. He is everything a woman could ask for.
Tall, with a Greek-k god physique, handsome, and funny—the list could go on and on, but there are only twenty-four hours in a day.
I couldn’t dream of a more perfect time to have a wedding.
The sky is clear enough to mimic the ocean itself, and the sun is at its highest point. A slight breeze comes through and picks up
the scent of the daisies throughout the terrace. We have eighteen different types of daisies at the wedding. Even my bouquet is an
overdose of mixed colors and sizes that don’t really mesh well, but I don’t care. Some of them had to be shipped from a different country, but it is well worth it. They all represent a part of me. I have to learn to love some, and some are just now coming into full bloom.
A normal wedding would have roses, a flower girl, a ring bearer— but we have none of that. I’m surprised we even have a priest.

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51016500_Kindle Ready Front Cover JPEG_6233155Title: The Color of Love

Author: Ty Mitchell

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Daisy, a struggling artist working as a bartender in Los Angeles, wants to use Mike’s connections in the art world.

Mike, not accustomed to rejection, wants to use Daisy to prove to his friends that he is man enough for the ultimate conquest.

So when Mike cozies up to Daisy, she doesn’t reject his advances. But both are surprised when ulterior motives fall by the wayside, and they find themselves entangled in feelings they never expected. Daisy must decide where her heart is leading her—and if she wants to follow.

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Author PicTy Mitchell is an American freelance writer who writes about life and relationships on his blog, The-VPF.com, and publications such as Elite Daily.

What-if moments inspire Mitchell’s writing, as he explores the different turns his life could have taken if he had made different decisions.

Mitchell enjoys drawing and writing short stories, novels, and screenplays. He happily lives with his Sicilian wife, newborn son, and German-born beagle.

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Book Excerpt Monsterland

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“What’s up with you, Howard Drucker? I thought you wanted to go.” Wyatt turned, looking at his friend’s pinched face.

 

“Yeah, that was before, this is now.”

 

Melvin hooked his arm around the headrest. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

 

Howard shrugged indifferently.

 

“Come on,” Melvin said impatiently.

 

“In theory it sounded like a great idea. You know, seeing vampires, zombies, and werewolves in their natural habitat.”

 

“So?”

 

“The point is, this,” he gestured to the massive gates now in eyesight. “It seems unnatural. It feels—”

 

“What? Wrong? What else are they going to do with them? Kill them like in an old Boris Karloff movie? This is so right,” Melvin said hotly. “They were dying in those detention camps.”

 

“Containment camps,” Howard corrected.

 

“Whatever.” Melvin went on. “The hillbillies practically wiped out the werewolf colony once it was discovered. Vampires lived in fear, almost harried out of existence. Here they are protected. If they did that to the rhinos, maybe they wouldn’t have become extinct.”

 

“It’s sterile, not real!” Howard was leaning over the front seat.

 

“What happened to you? You were so excited about it,” Wyatt asked.

 

“This was all over YouTube this morning.” He typed something on his phone and then showed them the screen. It looked like a dilapidated portion of any American city. The image was filmed in a choppy fashion, bouncing around, going in and out of focus. The Werewolf River Run sign was in the viewfinder. Uniformed men, some with lab coats, entered the ride area. The camera panned out to view an artificial river with alligators rhythmically rising and falling in the choppy water. There was a rustle and then shouts. A howl turned into a wail, and all four boys watched, their collective breaths held.

 

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monsterlandTitle: Monsterland

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Horror / Action

Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

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MPC_Photo_bethpageMichael Phillip Cash is an award-winning and best-selling novelist of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels.  He’s written ten books including the best-selling “Brood X”, “Stillwell”, “The Flip”, “The After House”, “The Hanging Tree”, “Witches Protection Program”, “Pokergeist”, “Monsterland”, “The History Major”, and “Battle for Darracia” series. Michael’s books are on the Amazon best-seller list and have also won numerous awards. Additionally, he is a screenwriter with 14 specs under his belt. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island.

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Book Review Song of the Oceanides

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kindle-oceanides-coverTitle: Song of the Oceanides

Author: JG Zymbalist

Genre: YA/NA fantasy/steampunk

Rating: A

Song of the Oceanides is a quirky but poignant coming-of-age tale about children, Martians, freaky Martian hummingbird moths, and alluring sea nymphs.

The first thread relates the suspenseful tale of a Martian girl, Emmylou, stranded in Maine where she is relentlessly pursued by the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s Extraterrestrial-Enigma Service.  The second thread concerns her favorite Earthling comic-book artist, Giacomo Venable, and all his misadventures and failed romances.  The final thread deals with a tragic young lad, Rory Slocum, who, like Emmylou, loves Giacomo’s comic books and sees them as a refuge from the sea nymphs or Oceanides incessantly taunting and tormenting him.

As much as anything, the triple narrative serves to show how art may bring together disparate pariahs and misfits—and give them a fulcrum for friendship and sense of communal belonging in a cruel world.

 It’s tough to review Song of the Oceanides without giving too much away about the plot, but I’ll say this – I really enjoyed it. Emmylou is a Martian girl stranded in Maine, abandoned by her aunt, where she’s pursued by the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s Extraterrestrial-Enigma Service. Giacomo, the second main character, is a comic-book artist, whose books offer a refuge from torment for Rory Slocum, the third main character.

The three storylines meet up, and the line woven throughout them all connects with the song of the oceanides. The book is suspenseful, fast-paced and highly original. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy books.

Book Trailer: The Sailweaver’s Son

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front coverTitle: The Sailweaver’s Son

Author: Jeff Minerd

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.

When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.

Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.

To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

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Jeff 2Jeff Minerd thought he stopped writing fiction a long time ago until the story for The Sailweaver’s Son came to him not in a dream but after a dream. He is grateful for that, and for the opportunity to explore the world of Etherium and entertain others with what he finds there.

Jeff has a son, Noah, who is also a writer and avid reader. Jeff hopes to one day place in the top ten—or maybe even top five—of Noah’s favorite authors. But the competition is pretty stiff.

In a previous lifetime, Jeff published short fiction in literary journals including The North American Review. One of his stories won the F. Scott Fitzgerald competition, judged by former NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse.

More recently, Jeff has worked as a science and medical writer for publications and organizations including the National Institutes of Health, MedPage Today, The Futurist magazine, and the Scientist magazine.

Jeff lives in Rochester, NY.

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Author Interview Song of the Oceanides

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How long have you been writing?

Wow. Let’s see. As a matter of fact, I’ve been writing in one way or another ever since childhood. The thing is I was not always writing a story. From the age of ten or so, I’ve been keeping idea books and/or journals. As such, I always tell people quite sincerely that I’ve been working on Song of the Oceanides ever since I was a little kid.

What was the most challenging part about writing SONG OF THE OCEANIDES?

The most challenging part was to plan out and to then weave together three different narrative threads. Song of the Oceanides was always intended to be a multiple (in this case triple) narrative. What fascinated me most was the commonalities which the three characters share with one another—even though they’ve never met. It is also the three characters’ obsession with a comic book that ultimately serves as the one thing that really truly binds the three together. But that again is an idea that goes straight back to my childhood. It always fascinated and inspired me the way so many disparate and alienated people would write letters to their favorite comic book authors—and of course the comic books would often publish those letters. Sometimes the letters were more interesting or thought-provoking than the storylines themselves.

What do you enjoy the most about being an author?

The most enjoyable aspect is the sense that in writing something, I have fulfilled a deep need to communicate an idea. That is a great intellectual and/or spiritual kind of gratification—even if many end up not liking it or savaging it at goodreads or wherever.

Is this book part of a series?

No, however Song of the Oceanides is actually divided into two totally disparate works. As such, it is both book and sequel all in one.

Do you have any works in progress?

Yes, but I’m too humble and shy to speak about it.

About the Book

kindle-oceanides-coverTitle: Song of the Oceanides

Author: JG Zymbalist

Genre: YA/NA fantasy/steampunk

Song of the Oceanides is a quirky but poignant coming-of-age tale about children, Martians, freaky Martian hummingbird moths, and alluring sea nymphs.

The first thread relates the suspenseful tale of a Martian girl, Emmylou, stranded in Maine where she is relentlessly pursued by the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s Extraterrestrial-Enigma Service.  The second thread concerns her favorite Earthling comic-book artist, Giacomo Venable, and all his misadventures and failed romances.  The final thread deals with a tragic young lad, Rory Slocum, who, like Emmylou, loves Giacomo’s comic books and sees them as a refuge from the sea nymphs or Oceanides incessantly taunting and tormenting him.

As much as anything, the triple narrative serves to show how art may bring together disparate pariahs and misfits—and give them a fulcrum for friendship and sense of communal belonging in a cruel world

Author Bio

J.G. Źymbalist is the pseudonym of a very reclusive author who grew up in Ohio and West Germany.  He began writing Song of the Oceanides as a child when his family summered in Castine, Maine where they rented out Robert Lowell’s house.  There, inspired by his own experiences with school bullying and childhood depression, the budding author began to conceive the tale.

For several years, J.G. Źymbalist lived in the Old City of Jerusalem where he night clerked at a series of Palestinian youth hostels.  There he wrote the early draft of an as yet unpublished Middle-Eastern NA fantasy.  Returning from the Middle East, he completed an M.F.A. in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

The author returned to Song of the Oceanides while working for the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, May-September, 2005.  He completed the full draft in Ellsworth, Maine later that year.

He has only recently decided to self-publish a few of his previous works.  Foreword Reviews has called his writing “innovative fiction with depth,” and Kirkus Indie has called his style “a lovely, highly descriptive prose that luxuriates in the details and curios of his setting.”

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Cover Reveal When The Jaguar Sleeps

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Title: When The Jaguar Sleeps

Author: J.A. Kalis

Genre: Adventure / Thriller

A plane crash in the Amazon jungle…

A desperate struggle for survival …

An unexpected discovery…

Ecuador. What was supposed to be a dream holiday turned into a nightmare for a group of foreign tourists when their plane crashed in the Amazon rain forest. Having waited in vain for a couple of days for help to arrive, the survivors of the crash decided to set off on a daring journey determined to get out of the jungle alive. But while pushing on, unaware, they entered a territory inhabited by isolated Indian tribes hostile to outsiders. A territory where probably the fabulous treasures destined for the last Inca emperor Atahualpa’s ransom, had been hidden. As it soon turned out their nightmare was just beginning. Will they ever get out of the jungle alive?

Author Bio

“Ever since a very young age I have had a passion for reading, traveling, meeting new people, learning foreign languages and experiencing new cultures. Those passions and my love of adventure inspired me to write my debut novel When The Jaguar Sleeps which I published under a pen name J.A. Kalis.
I have wanted to write a novel for as long as I could remember, but somehow I wasn’t able to get around to it.
One day an idea for a story popped into my head, where it began to linger and grow. As scenes and characters took shape in my brain, I began to write my thoughts down. A year later I completed my debut novel. From then on, I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a full-time writer.”

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