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Friday, March 29, 2019

The Bulwark Anthology Book Blast, Author Interview, and Giveaway

Here's an interesting series of books, an author interview, and a giveaway with two winners. One winner will get the whole series of books highlighted below, the other gets a $25 Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 4/24 to enter. Good luck.

The Knowing
The Bulwark Anthology Book 1
by Brit Lunden
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world. Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can't see you? JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood red earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an impossible relationship. Will the memories of past lives help or hinder the path of their love? Based on the original novella Bulwark, by Brit Lunden, The Knowing continues the story of a town isolated from the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible, and logic is determined by reality.

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The Illusion
The Bulwark Anthology Book 2
by DJ Cooper
Things are not what they seem in the small American town of Bulwark.




Hospital lights flicker for no reason. Townsfolk are overcome with a salacious appetite for the demise of others.



Accompanied by would-be boyfriend Deputy Terence Blake, Dr Peter Kent is caught in the middle of mind-bending events.



A cafĂ© opens in town. The food is great. It’s the unexpected distortions in time and the surrounding world that make Peter question his mind and his grip on reality.





The Craving
The Bulwark Anthology Book 3
by R.L. Jackson


Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth


from the outside world.



Savannah Daniels is looking forward to spending some alone time with her longtime boyfriend, Marshall. Everything during this fun-filled spring break was moving along fine, until his awkward cousin Stefano, and his equally weird girlfriend, Sheena decide to crash the party. It didn’t take a college graduate to realize something was definitely up with these two blood-sucking intruders, and it isn’t long before the true intentions about what they are and what they want become clear. 
Savannah is powerless to stop their attack on Marshall but with capabilities passed down from her grandmother, she finds the tools she needs to stop them and hopefully prevent Marshall's transitioning. When all three disappear before she can act, Savannah jumps into high-gear tracking their every move. Finally, her journey takes her to Bulwark, Georgia where she learns things are equally as complicated there, and more than just vampires go bump in the night.



The Window
The Bulwark Anthology Book 4
by E.H. Graham
Brianna Scott has nothing but her window and pet cat to entertain her. Stuck inside for more years than she can remember with a degenerative disease, she has become invisible and has retreated from her small community. Only Jim, the town grocer and old high school friend, seems to care about her lonely existence.




However, when the window in her living room provides her a front row seat to the latest mysteries haunting her small town, Brianna discovers that some things cannot be unseen.



Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Window is the fourth volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.


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The Missing Branch
The Bulwark Anthology Book 5
by Kay McLeod
Trapped in a tedious job without fulfillment, ambitions, or a boyfriend, Izzie Murray’s only passion is researching her ancestry. But the beautiful mural of her family tree switches from a distraction to an obsession once she hits a mysterious gap in the timeline. Why would an entire family just disappear?


With an intense craving to find the last pieces of the puzzle, Izzie ditches her life in England to investigate the last known whereabouts of the family - the little town of Bulwark, Georgia. Between the unnatural behavior of the local wildlife, tales of witches, and the overpowering draw of a puddle of weird goo, she’s only finding more questions to answer. The instant attraction to the one resident in town that seems to be on her side isn’t helping either.

Bulwark does not give up its secrets easily. And sometimes things were hidden for a reason.


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The Body
The Bulwark Anthology Book 6
by Kate Kelly
Small town values. Big time secrets


Troubled is an understatement when it comes to Rudd.



He’s a cage fighter with a sordid past, and has no family or any friends to his name. He does, however, have one enemy—Vic, his ultimate rival in the cage. But even a match with Vic isn’t enough to stir any emotions in the 28 year old man. He may as well be a shell. Body only, no spirit. 



It’s the anniversary of his sister’s death when he takes a walk through Bulwark’s strange woods and wanders a little too far. It’s there in the dense, secluded gloom that he meets a glowing, transparent woman named Lili. She isn’t real— she can’t be real, except that she’s the only one that makes him feel anything at all. The two form an unlikely friendship that quickly morphs into an attraction neither can act on.



As his final fight draws near, Rudd must face the demons of his past, solve the mystery of Lili’s murder and deal with the inexplicable love that is growing in his heart for someone who can never be his.


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The Battle of Bulwark
The Bulwark Anthology Book 7
by Del Henderson III
Outside of being the sheriff's daughter, Claire Finnes' life was the same as any other 15-year-old. However, recurring nightmares and an encounter with dead civil war soldier send Claire and her friends on a journey that makes her question if those nightmares really were just dreams. As she uncovers the dark history surrounding her small town Claire begins to wonder, can a doomed future be changed?




Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Battle of Bulwark is the seventh volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.


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The Darkness
The Bulwark Anthology Book 8


by Brittney Leigh
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.Bulwark, a quiet town... or is it? Four best friends, Sophia, Scott, Chloe and Chris, are just trying to manage their senior year at Bulwark high school when Sophia realizes that her feelings for Chris are really meant for Scott. Before she can deal with that though, the four friends then stumble upon Bulwarks darkest secrets when a spell is cast on Bulwark High. Students have been disappearing and no one has any clues as to their whereabouts. With a town curfew set and parents on edge, the four friends decide to take things into their own hands. Will they break the spell, or will Bulwark High and the town be changed forever?Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Darkness is the eighth volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology

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An Interview with Brit Lunden

  1. Tell us about yourself? My name is Brit Lunden and I am best known for authoring over fifty children's books under the pen name Carole P. Roman. I am both a traditional and self-published author. I have published multiple genres, ranging from children's fiction and nonfiction, early reader chapter books, children's rhyming books, as well as, self-help marketing and promotion for indie authors.  I am the host of three monthly blog radio shows, have founded an online magazine with author, RL Jackson called Indie Author's Monthly, and handle the promotion and marketing for my son's books. Oh, and I have a day job. I am the CEO of a thriving transportation company.

  1. What changes did 2019 bring to your writing? While I have written many award-winning books, the majority of them were children's books. Last year I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and I published my first adult fiction. Bulwark received great reviews and imagine my delight when a group of seven authors asked if they could continue its story. I have decided to move into adult fiction and am planning to continue with this genre. 

  1. Why did you do an anthology? Was it harder or easier than writing a full out novel? What was the hardest part? Originally Bulwark was created for an anthology with another group of authors. No one met the deadline for publication, so I decided to publish it as a standalone. My book was the first in the anthology, so I created lots of "hooks" for the other authors to pull a story. There were hints of ghosts, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night. I sent it to Kirkus, BookTrib, and Foreword. The reviews were encouraging, especially when BookTrib said it was like, "Hansel and Gretel Meet Friday the 13th."

I was delighted when RL came up with the idea of using Bulwark for a new anthology and when I flipped open my book, I landed on chapter 2 and knew JB was going to be my contribution. 

I like the idea of these short bursts of stories. They are quick and easy to produce. The hardest part is tying up all the loose ends in a short book, but also, I find I forget my stories as soon as they are written. I had to keep going back to see what I did in the first book and make sure everything matched.  

  1. How did you come up with your story? I never come up with a story. When I agreed to write in the first anthology, I started with a scene in my mind. Sheriff Clay Finnes spoke to me, and before I knew it, a whole cast of characters jumped out from this fractured Mayberry town. I loved them all, from the slow-witted deputy to the town harlot, Dana Dalton. I don't plan my plots. My characters take over and tell me where they want to go. I actually had no idea there was going to be a witch when I started, and I certainly hadn't planned the two endings.  I think I wrote the entire book in little more than four hours, but then comes the hard work of tying it all together. 

  1. What is the hardest part of being an indie? The setbacks of trying to get word of your work out there. I think the idea of an anthology is a great way to showcase authors who can't afford the crazy expense of promotion. Sharing social media helps defray both time and money, as well as expose the author to a new and diverse audience. 

  1. Do you stay with one genre, or jump around? I am a genre jumper in both reading and writing. I love trying new books, different authors, or diving into a genre I've never read before. I love the challenge of writing in different voices, in these new genres. I think it's fun to be discovered by fresh readers who may not read my other work and maybe will take a chance because they've enjoyed something I've written.

  1. Share the process of this collaboration? What inspired you from the original story and how did you marry it to your own work? JB Straton called out to me from the moment I opened Bulwark to look for a character to write. He is an ex-football star. Now I want to add, I have never watched a football game. For a minute, I thought I was nuts, taking a sports person and trying to write about his life, but the human condition is universal, and JB's story is sweet and tender. On a personal note, I lost my husband and soulmate last year. I think much of what I was processing may have come out in the story. I haven’t reread it yet. I’m planning to and I think I will discover much about my own feelings of grief and loss in these pages.

DJ Cooper wrote one of my favorite books last year. I was delighted when she took on Dr. Kent and Terence, two of my favorite characters. I adore her humor. RL Jackson has to be the Queen of Vampire stories, and I was over the moon with her strong female characters which she manages to fill with both sweetness and spice in a delicious mixture. Her books bring a totally new element to the genre. E.H. Graham is a children's author like me, and dove into the anthology by contributing a Hitchcock- like thriller with a twisty ending kept me engaged to the end. Kay Macleod brought elegance with her chilling story and fleshed out interesting characters. Kate Kelly's gritty tale of a sensitive professional fighter was as unexpected as it was fantastic. Del Henderson's contribution takes the reader back to the Civil War with haunting and intrepid realism. I am proud of my assistant, Brittney Leigh who had penned her debut novella with us. She bravely jumped into the venture producing a creepy tale with charming characters.

  1. Would you do another anthology? Yes! In a heartbeat. It is far easier to pump out shorter books, and I do think readers enjoy these characters continuing on.

  1. What trends do you see in indie books? I think many authors are using continuing stories and producing shorter books almost like the 'penny dreadfuls' of the last century. These were series that were published in newspapers by famous authors. People waited for them and eagerly bought the newspapers to continue the stories. 

  1. What makes your books stand out from the sea of indie authors out there? I think our group is diverse and multitalented. Each author bright a fresh style that compliments the entire series taking it to unimaginable places. They are the true voice of indie, untouched by media people who might reshape their talents for mass consumption. Indie authors reflect what real people are thinking, not a sanitized version. In the distant future when historians will try to understand out times, these are the works they will study- they are the reality of our lives. 

I think we should all do this for each other on our social media. I will start running this as soon as we do the last video- so we can feature both. I will also put this on my mail chimp every other day.




Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology.  Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.







Having grown up with a love of everything futuristic, space and macabre, DJ Cooper developed a vivid imagination and is known for a warped sense of humour.
Desperately clinging to the real world, DJ has been known to cry: Why can't cars fly yet? Weren't we supposed to teleport by now?
In-between large mugs of annoyingly lukewarm coffee, DJ enjoys walks with earbuds full of loud music and ponders what it is Cossie the fire-breathing, flying pet bearded dragon thinks about all day.






R.L Jackson is an independent filmmaker, magazine editor and screenwriter who writes romance and romantic suspense with an aim for readers to, "Get Lost In Intense Passion and Diverse Worlds." She lives in south Florida enjoys binge-watching Netflix, uses her treadmill as an over-sized coat hanger, but loves to dance to the Fitness Marshall videos on Youtube.












Stepping into the world of adult fiction and penned under the name E.H. Graham, The Window is the debut novel of this award-winning children's author. Whether reading or writing, Graham enjoys the escape into worlds of mystery, fantasy and suspense.








Kay McLeod
Confession time, I’m a fantasy addict! For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the concept of magical worlds.
I was the kid with dragons doodled around the edge of her school work, the one with her head constantly buried in a book. As a teen, I shunned partying to play Magic the Gathering and DM Dungeons and Dragons games.
Through the years, I’ve always made up stories and took characters on amazing adventures, in the privacy of my own mind. Now I want to share them with other people.
I live with my husband and cat in Nottinghamshire in England. When I’m not writing (or planning something I’m writing) I’m usually working, reading, playing bass for my church’s worship team, playing computer games (World of Warcraft, Dragon Age, Pokemon, Minecraft) or drinking tea.
Mmm, time to put the kettle on…







Kate Kelley is a writer of epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. She spends her days banging on a keyboard and chugging coffee while two small, feral children run around her feet.











Del Henderson III, born and raised in Illinois, enjoys writing, fueling his passion and love for the noble art of putting pen to paper, or more appropriate, keyboard to computer. Diving into pure imagination he has produced works that grip his reader's minds with mystery and suspense as they are brought into the fascinating world of fiction.













Brittney Leigh is gracing the Bulwark anthology as a debut author. She is a proud graduate of SUNY Old Westbury College, with a bachelors degree in Media & Communications. Gifted in singing, acting, and dancing, she finds her voice reaches its highest ground in writing. She resides in Long Island where the darkness of New York City comes to sleep.


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9 comments:

  1. The cover that interests me the most is The Battle of Bulwark.

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  2. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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  3. Thanks for the introduction to these books.

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  4. Great series of covers but I have to say, the cover for The Illusion is my favorite!

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  5. I love the covers! The graphics are great! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. I like the covers, very eye catching.

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  7. I like the covers a lot. What do the authors do if/when they get writer's block?

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