Friday, February 16, 2018

Blog Tour: Monstrous Ties by @shina_j1 #review



YA Romance
Date Published: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Writer’s Tree Publishing

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Amelia Waters has accepted her destiny and is determined to find Aaron no matter what it takes. As she treks forward on her quest, she embarks on a gloomy, foul-smelling creation that is very similar to a dream she once had. The moment she sets foot to ground, she runs for her life as horrific creatures pour out of every dark shadow. With her life in grave danger, Amelia finds it difficult to stay hopeful on finding Aaron, until an ever-changing ally opens her eyes and helps her see that there is more to the creation than she thinks. Amelia makes it her mission to destroy the creation along with its creator. But her ever ready task comes with a colossal cost she’s not ready for.


Review

What a clever story with a wonderful balance of mystery, romance, and creepiness. The plot flowed nicely and the mystery kept me guessing and flipping pages. 

Shina James has created a novel in which the main character shows growth. For me that is always something I look for in my favorite main characters. I liked flawed characters and if they can overcome things, it really speaks to me. 


This was a quick read for me. I felt like the words and plot just flowed long effortlessly. I found myself flipping page after page, laughing, and guessing the whole time.


About the Author

SHINA JAMES is a freelance writer, and poet from the great state of Texas. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Writers’ League of Texas. When she’s not writing or reading life-changing novels, she loves traveling, listening to music, and spending time with her husband and two kids.



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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Blog Tour: Supremacy's Shadow by T. Eric Bakutis #interview from @TEricBakutis



Science Fiction / Thriller
Date Published: February 9, 2018
Publisher: SF Productions

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For Hayden Cross, a military investigator in the far future, whether his wife faked her death is the question that is probably going to get him killed. Having lost the only job that kept him sane, he has few resources and fewer leads. Oh, and a sadistic crime lord really wants to kill him.

As he fights through an underworld of fanatical rebels, callous bounty hunters, and corrupt cops, each step takes him closer to the truth about his wife’s fate and the oppressive government he once loyally served. On the way he may even liberate a planet and stop a war ... but only if he betrays everyone he loves.



Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
While I didn’t have a specific message in mind when writing Supremacy’s Shadow, I did want to make sure my characters never felt like caricatures. I wanted readers to feel as if they had dimensions, and to see them making choices they believe are right even if we, the reader, see them as wrong. I always want my books to be fun (we do read them to be entertained, after all) but I also wanted to make it clear that there are never any choices in conflict which don’t come without costs for those on both sides, winner and loser.

So if there’s one message I’d like people to take away from my book, it’s that old chestnut “Everyone is the hero in their own story”. That’s how I try to write my characters, even the most despicable ones, and I find stories with gray characters more compelling that stories with clearly drawn lines of good and evil.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Descriptions! Oh boy, do I gloss over descriptions. When I’m cruising along on a chapter I can write dialogue and action like nobody’s business, but slow me down to describe a building or a city and I’ll lose all momentum and stall out. I actually write first drafts with things like [Insert City Description Here] just so I can keep rolling and writing.

After I’ve got a solid first draft of a chapter, I can then go back and, at my leisure, fill in the cool details that make the world feel real. But it’s always more of an effort than drafting the action and dialogue, and I often take inspiration from real world references (like scifi artwork or photographs) when writing my world descriptions.


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
As of now, I have completed three books in a complete fantasy trilogy (Tales of the Five Provinces), a free online cyberpunk police procedural (Loose Circuit), an anthology of my published short stories (Simulation Disorder), and Supremacy’s Shadow, my “grimsnark” sci-fi thriller. It’s tough to pick a favorite book among them (I love them all!) but I think Supremacy’s Shadow is my current favorite, if only because it’s the book I’ve completed most recently and I feel it’s some of my best work yet as a writer.

Of course, I’m sure this will change when I finish my next book! J



If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
I’ve actually thought about that way more than seems healthy, and while he isn’t physically similar to Hayden, Justin Theroux (from The Leftovers) is the actor I’d love to see cast as Hayden Cross. Justin has just the right mix of charisma, force of personality, vulnerability, and genuine snark delivery to nail the exact type of person I think Hayden Cross would be on the big screen. So if my book got optioned as a movie and they decided to cast Justin, I’d be absolutely thrilled. I think he’d nail the character.


When did you begin writing?
When I was little, maybe four or more. We wrote stories in school and I just loved it. I kept writing for thirty-five more years after that, and well, now I’ve got some books out. I’ve always had stories in my head and an impossible to quench desire to share them, and now the world faces the consequences. Heh.


How long did it take to complete your first book?
My first book will never be published (it was portal fantasy) and took me about six months to write ... in all caps ... in middle school. I wrote the whole trilogy, actually. It was a great experience and I still have a soft spot for it, but it’ll never be published because it’s not up to the quality of a publishable novel. Still, I learned a lot from writing that first trilogy, and I will always have a soft spot for my first book.


Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
So many! C. J. Cherryh (loved The Morgaine Cycle), Anne McCaffrey (huge fan of Dragonriders of Pern), Terry Brooks (Shannara, the Word and Void), Mike Stackpole (basically everything), and Piers Anthony (Apprentice Adept, Incarnations of Immortality) to name just a few. All of these writers and many more got me addicted to SFF when I was younger, and certainly still influence my writing to this day.


What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Making myself laugh. Every so often I’ll go back to edit a scene I’ve written and laugh out loud at something a character says or does. When that happens – when I amuse myself, despite writing what I’m reading – I know I’ve got a good book in the worlds. Because if I can’t entertain myself, how can I entertain anyone else?


Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Deadpool in Space.

(I did it in 3!)


Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

Supremacy’s Shadow is a standalone book that tells a complete story, and my next book, Supremacy’s Bounty, will be set in the same universe (shared) but with different characters, Freyja and Jinx, a pair of badass bounty hunters who are namechecked in the first book. Bounty is about 30% done and I hope to have a completed first draft my midyear, at which point it’s off to my writer’s groups and, eventually my editor.

I don’t have an exact date, but I’m shooting for something in mid 2019. Stay tuned!







About the Author


T. Eric Bakutis is an author and game designer based in Maryland. He is happily married and shares his house with a vicious, predatory cat and a sad-faced, cowardly dog. He’s been working as a professional videogame developer for over eight years. His first fantasy trilogy, Tales of the Five Provinces, is now complete, and his first science fiction novel, Supremacy’s Shadow, is due in February 2018.

In his spare time, Eric hikes with his lovely wife, little girl, and crazy dog, spends time in VRChat exploring the metaverse, and participates in local events like the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Critique Circle. His first novel, Glyphbinder, was a finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award, and his short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies.

You can read his free cyberpunk police procedural, Loose Circuit, at www.loosecircuit.com


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Blog Tour: Like a Dream by @shina_j1 #review



YA Romance
Date Published: June 14, 2015
Publisher: Writer’s Tree Publishing

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After losing both of her parents through a horrible fight, fifteen-year-old Amelia Waters gets trapped into staying with her mysterious aunt Leona and two cousins. It is then where they completely dominate her life and force her to move away from her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma to Columbia, Missouri. This usually upbeat and witty teenager is now suicidal and depressed as she’s forced into their world of hatred. If she tries to flee or escape she has been reassured that her beloved grandparents will be killed immediately. The moment she settles into her petrifying reality, Amelia becomes bombarded with nightmares about the past that reveals a terrible crime. With her back against the wall and no way out, Amelia gains a few unexpected allies that help her overcome her worst enemy—her aunt Leona. They give her the strength she needs to fight and take back the life that was stolen from her. But what Amelia didn’t plan on was to fall in love with Aaron—a mesmerizing boy from her dreams. Every nerve in her body gravitates to him as they fall deeper in love. But slowly Amelia begins to realize that nothing was ever just a coincidence and there is something far greater and dangerous in store for her.


Review

Emotional and Suspenseful. That is how I would describe this novel. Leona and Aaron have two completely different lives, but have something beautiful.

There was so much going on throughout this novel. I was in it for the romance, like I always am, but the suspense and mystery really managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. It was a twisted ride and I was excited to be on it.

Shina James really manages to captivate the reader with her words and descriptions. I felt the fear, I felt the raw need, I felt the emotions come off these characters. 

About the Author

SHINA JAMES is a freelance writer, and poet from the great state of Texas. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Writers’ League of Texas. When she’s not writing or reading life-changing novels, she loves traveling, listening to music, and spending time with her husband and two kids.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine's Day Blast #romance #sale #giveaway @RABTBookTours

RABT Book Tours & PR's Featured Romance Novels this Valentine's Day!

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Blog Tour: Moon Blood by Carol McKibben with my #review @CarolMcKibben



Paranormal Fiction
Date Published: 1/15/2018
Publisher: Troll River Publications

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The vampire mystery thriller that began with Snow Blood continues with the first blood son series.

Kane de Medici, the first blood son of Brogio, the original vampire, saves Moon, a hybrid wolf pup from certain death. The kindred two are soon immersed in a world of corporate espionage, murder and intrigue and forced to fight for their lives. Escaping capture and torture when human predators discover their vampire nature, they exact deadly revenge.

While Moon Blood Is loyal to Kane, her sire, she is a strong-willed female with a mind of her own. Readers will enjoy the unique perspective of this tale told through her mind’s eye.


Review

An intriguing storyline. Carol McKibben has written the story really allows readers to become sucked into the characters lives and ultimate outcome. It was very well written and I enjoyed the mix of action, drama, and paranormal aspects.

There was a lot of backstory needed but it didnt bog down the novel as a whole. I felt like I had enough information while learning new things as I went. I loved the writing style, it was easy to follow and the pacing was spot on. 

McKibben has really raised the level of  paranormal with this novel. There are so many aspects that show a great level of creativity. I liked that the main characters had their flaws but redeeming qualities as well. A wonderful take on fate and the way our choices and actions affect our lives. I liked that we are in the head of Moon Blood, that really sets this novel apart. 



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Carol McKibben writes from the heart of a dog’s eyes. Her books help support her dog rescue efforts and focus on unconditional love.

When Carol isn't saving Siberian Huskies, Labrador Retrievers, or feeding the horde of rescue dogs she and her husband Mark rehabilitate, she's out riding her sixteen-hand Frisian among the San Gabriel mountains.

 In addition to her passion for writing, she rides and competes with her dance partner Okido I.T. in Classical Dressage.


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Blog Tour: Exotiqa by @AmiBlackwelder #review and #giveaway



YA Cyberpunk
Date Published: Feb 2017
Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing

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In a world where the line between man and robot is blurred, Fione (human), Maci (Flex), and Pix (Flex) will have to fight to save their family and friends from the online dangerous program EXOTIQA which is hacking and controlling the mind of the nation. Set in a future British Columbia, in the small town of Bella Coola.



Review

Connecting with the main character is key for a reader to determine whether they will not only relate, but be invested in the story itself. Fione has one of those personalities that really drew me in. She was witty, entertaining, and real. Maci and Pix are just as endearing.

The plot flowed smoothly and I didn't feel like anything was forced or majorly missing anything.

I loved this novel in its entirety. 




About the Author


I am a Montessori teacher and a writer. I’ve traveled extensively and have lived abroad for about ten years. I love to write about future worlds regarding current concerns with robotics, machines, A.I, internet, and future technology like genetic manipulation.







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Friday, February 2, 2018

Blog Tour: Catching a Man by Elizabeth Corrigan #review #giveaway



Fantasy / Mystery
Date Published: November 12, 2014

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Kadin Stone's life is finally going according to plan. She's starting her new job as a homicide detective's aide at one of the premier criminal investigation companies in Valeriel City, the capital of a 1950’s-style kingdom. Kadin is certain her new position will introduce her to any number of eligible men, so she'll finally be able to get married and stop burdening the brother who insists on supporting her.

On Kadin’s first day, the royal family calls in her team to investigate the murder of gossip-rag cover girl Queen Callista. Kadin’s superiors think it’s an open and shut case. The queen’s jilted lover Duke Baurus DeValeriel had motive, means, and opportunity, but Kadin can’t help but spot holes in their theory.

After checking into a few leads of her own, Kadin inadvertently ends up in the confidence of Duke Baurus. When she tries to share what she knows with the rest of the team, she finds them unwilling to listen to the opinion of a girl who they know is only after a ring on her finger. In order to see justice served, Kadin finds herself doing the last thing she expected when she started working for a homicide detective—solve a murder!


Review

The main thing that stuck with me from this novel was the great setting that Elizabeth Corrigan brought us. I loved that it was set in a different world with new culture. 

It is a very fast paced story and that goes for pretty much every aspect. 

Its a whirlwind of a read and you wont want to put it down. Such a vivid ride and I can't wait to read more from this author.

About the Author


Elizabeth Corrigan has degrees in English and psychology and has spent several years working as a data analyst in various branches of the healthcare industry. When she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Elizabeth enjoys singing, reading teen vampire novels, and making Sims of her characters. She drinks more Diet Coke than is probably optimal for the human body and is pathologically afraid of bees. She lives in Maryland with two cats and a blue and white Smart Car.








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