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Saturday, February 8, 2020

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Here Comes Earth Series Book Blast and Giveaway

With a title like Here Comes Earth and a cover photo of a picture of a spaceship, I bet you'd never guess this was a sci-fi title. Check out the first three novels in series bellow and don't miss entering to win an $25 Amazon gift card. Open US only, you have through 3/7 to enter. Good luck.

Emergence 
Here Comes Earth Book 1 
by William Lee Gordon 
Genre: Science Fiction 


Where did mankind really come from? Why are we here?

We can’t understand the past until we embrace the future.

These critical mysteries take center stage as Earth emerges into a Galactic Society that is far more perilous than anyone could have imagined. Our history is far more complicated than we could have known. Can a few brilliant minds find a way out for Earth?

One saving grace is that there are those that believe ancient clues foretell that Earth has a destiny, and if we can survive our present difficulties we might just find out what that destiny is…

Dr. Mark Spencer was a young and up and coming history and anthropology professor who was all too familiar with what happens to less advanced civilizations when suddenly exposed to others of considerably higher technology. There’s only one survivor and the culture witnessing magic isn’t it.

When modern day Earth suddenly finds itself on the losing end of that proposition a team of the world’s best scientists is put together to find a solution.

Of course the advanced society being friendly, Earth’s citizens uniting, and the world’s politicians working together for the common good would help tremendously, but… what if none of that were true? 

The Pâtissière Book Blast

Hmmm.... what does it mean when the author doesn't want their picture out there?  Well, here's the latest women's fiction/cozy mystery novel from author S M Boland for you to explore.

Women's Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Date Published: May 2019
Publisher: Warblebox

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A delicious tale of murder and sweetness. A young girl's life is transformed by a visit to the greatest Salon du The in Paris, but she discovers more than the sophisticated magnificence of a Mont Blanc. She finds a new world, one which lures her in, corrupts her, consumes her and ultimately destroys her. What 'Perfume' did for scent, 'The Pâtissière' does for taste.

Deadly Roses Book Blast, Guest Post, and Giveaway -- Why Book Covers are So Important

Here's the latest thriller from author Scott Stevents. Along with the book info is a guest post from the author and a giveaway for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 2/28 to enter. Good luck.


Thriller
Date Published: 2/14/20
Publisher: Sunbury Press


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Love isn't always champagne and roses and it's certainly not the case in this love triangle thriller with a twist. A dominating, abusive boyfriend is being ousted for a romantic hero, but there are deadly consequences. Step into the gang life and witness the savagery as they stop at nothing to seek revenge. You've heard the old saying: "Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl."  Now you can add: "Girl's gang-leader boyfriend doesn’t like the new addition."

Friday, February 7, 2020

Academy of the Lost Labyrinth Book Blast and Giveaway

Check out this first book in a young adult academy fantasy series. Along with info on first  two books of series, their is a giveaway for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have thru 3/6 to enter. Good luck.
The Talismans of Time 
Academy of the Lost Labyrinth Book 1 
by Stephen H. Provost 
Genre: YA Academy Fantasy 


A girl and a boy must work together to save the world. But that's not as easy as it seems: They live thousands of miles and a hundred years apart.

Two orphans lost in a magical maze must find their way home, or all is lost. The labyrinth they've wandered into, in different years and from different directions, is filled with wonders and mortal dangers. Talking dragons and flying reindeer. An evil sorcerer who can bend time to his will. A tree-man who guards the Black Forest. The captain of an airborne pirate ship with a secret weapon he stole from heaven. Even death itself.

But they have one hope to find their way home and save the world: seven magical artifacts called the Talismans of Time. And they have a secret ally: the headmistress of an Academy for magically gifted students who knows how to travel through time - and who has visited the labyrinth before. Can she help bring these two lost orphans together and repair a fateful flaw in history? The world is depending on them. If they can't accomplish their mission, the Academy will never even exist in the first place. And the Academy is everything.

Will they succeed? Time will tell. And it's running out.

Fans of Academy novels, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and The Labyrinth will love this fanciful and thrilling adventure through the Lost Labyrinth. Pick it up today! 

Never Date a Siren Book Blast and Giveaway

Check out the young adult fantasy novel by author Byrd Nash, book one ina series. Along with the book info, don't miss dentering the multi-winner giveaway. Open worldwide, you have thru 3/3c to enter Enjoy.

Never Date a Siren 
College Fae Magic Series #1 
by Byrd Nash 
Genre: YA Fantasy 


College Life: Friends, Finals, and the Fae trying to kill you.

Attending college your first year is exciting! Unless you fall victim to a siren’s love spell.

The Leopold Otto University, in mysterious Bewachterberg, invites both humans and those from the fairy lands to attend classes.

Beware though, the administration doesn’t guarantee your safety.

American college student, Logan Dannon, quickly discovers a student body composed of creatures from mythology and folklore are tricksy and dangerous. Only if he can navigate the fae’s tangled code of honor, might he survive the semester.

Brigit, a fae runaway, didn’t plan on getting a human roommate. Or that she would be placed under a fairy debt. Will the dryad be able to save Logan from a siren’s love spell or fail the semester?

A contemporary fantasy world where beings from the Perilous Realm make university life for humans precarious. The first book in the College Fae magic series about friendships between humans and the fae.

Chef Coat, Apron & Beeswax Candles Giveaway - W105, White Supima

Last month, we gave away a football-themed apron from Crooked Brook. Without a football game happening this weekend, we have a little more time for this next offering. Many of you who are reading this know a family member, friend or daughter of a friend who is involved in the culinary arts and this is a giveaway you might want to enter!

Since 1989 Crooked Brook has designed and manufactured chef coats and aprons for the world’s most recognized chefs. All Crooked Brook branded garments and accessories are made to order in the USA, and can be personalized with your choice of fabric, pockets, buttons, piping and embroidery.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Green Alliance Book Blast

Here's the latest title from award winning author Andrew J. Rafkin. An action thriller and another ORCA adventure. Enjoy.

Another ORCA Adventure, #4
Action Thriller
Date Published: December 2019
Publisher: Outskirts Press

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It is 2022 and the world is in turmoil. The ecoterrorist organization Green Alliance attempts to alter global warming. Weather patterns are thrown off, making the Atlantic Ocean uncharacteristically cold and forming sea ice off the coasts of North America and Europe, possibly triggering a mini-ice age. China wants total control of the South China Sea and its shipping lanes, and wants the province of Taiwan back. The U.S and its allies object, China wages war and launches a Cyber Attack on the U.S. electric grid, and attempts to destroy their GPS satellites. The U.S. president raises the threat level to Defcon 1. WWIII begins when China launches their arsenal of ICM’s.

After the U.S. president, vice president, and president pro tempore are all simultaneously assassinated, an ill-prepared Speaker of the House, Carolyn Dupont, had to step up and deal with the worldwide chaos. Luckily, the new president has good friends, Reef and Alexis Johansson, and their powerful security force, ORCA, to back her up.

A Light in the Darkness Book Blast and Giveaway

This latest title is an inspirational memoir from author Lisa A. Sniderman. Check out the book info then be sure to enter to win a copy of the book or an Amazon gift card. Multiple winners, you have through 3/5 to enter. Good luck.

A Light in the Darkness 
by Lisa A. Sniderman 
Genre: Inspirational Memoir 


What can we do when we struggle with an illness that doesn't go away?

An inspirational story of the healing power of music, creativity, following your dreams and finding your true purpose.

In 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is for you if you seek strength, new inspiration, hope, joy, healing, and if you or someone you love struggle with a chronic illness, disability, or unexpected life events. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you. 

Waiting For Grace Book Blast and Giveaway

Here we have the latest psychological thriller from author and medium Caroline Zani. Check out the book and enter to win copies. Open worldwide, you have through 2/14 to enter. Good luck.

FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical
FICTION / Thriller
FICTION / Psychological
Date Published: February 4, 2020
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

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Eli Cranston, an attorney who himself suffered from the broken legal system and more so from the loss of his wife and daughter, flees Los Angeles to a place that might hold – should he let it – forgiveness, redemption, and purpose: Bar Harbor, Maine. There, in a small white farm cottage by the sea, Eli launches a new career with Forward-Life Progression, a program that helps clients work past trauma and addiction to built a resilient new life. He finds Hope, cares for rescue horses and a pregnant cat. He is drawn to Rebecca, a farmer at the Farmer’s Market, and forges a revelatory relationship with Dr. Otto Gunther, a Holocaust survivor. With unopened boxes and a pile of letters marked “Return to Sender,” Eli can’t hide his secrets much longer. Is this his second chance? 

Win $50 in the #Love1800Flowers Giveaway

Win a $50 e-gift card from 1-800-Flowers.
We're giving away ten $50 e-gift codes to 1-800-Flowers here. To enter the giveaway, head on over to the 1-800-Flowers merchant page on Savings.com and submit your email address on the form on the page. You have thru 2/11 to enter. Good luck.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Master of Plagues Book Blast and Excerpt

Here we have a fantasy novel from author Dewey B Reynolds. Along with the book info is an excerpt from the title. Check it out.

Fantasy
Date Published: October 2019
Publisher: Author Reputation Press

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Ever been bullied?

How about badly mistreated?

Meet Stuart Duffelmeyer. He knows what it feels like to be treated like trash. Brilliant, quiet, nerdy, and kind-spirited best describe him. He is an NYU student whose classmates target him for total humiliation. Fooling with him was their ultimate mistake. Stuart suffered severely as a result of their malicious behavior. He harnesses the power of nature to serve a dish of revenge that is best served cold to them.

Crave Cinnamon Coffee Giveaway

How about another chance to win some K-cups? Well, here's the chance. You have through 2/20 to enter. Good luck.
Hoodie Hoo Day
Hoodie Hoo Day is a day that is celebrated every year on February 20th. It is a day designed to help people overcome the winter-time blues and to prepare them for the coming of Spring. The main custom of this odd holiday is to go out on February 20th at noon, raise your hands over your head and yell, “Hoodie Hoo!!” for all the world to hear.
So once you've put your hands in the air and hollered "Hoodie Hoo" like you just don't care, be sure to stop by and claim your chance to win a great prize. But, hurry because this giveaway ends when Hoodie Hoo day ends!

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Preview / Feb 8 / Boston

Sonic the Hedgehog is opening in theatres February 14th but.... you can see a preview of it on February 8th in Boston at the AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Tremont Street at 10 am.
Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

Cirque du Soleil UNDER THE SAME SKY - Valentine's Day Offer

Cirque du Soleil just announced that its new Big Top production, Cirque du Soleil UNDER THE SAME SKY, written and directed by renowned artist and stage designer Es Devlin, is coming to Boston for its US premiere. The show, presented by Air Canada, will premiere under the Big Top at Suffolk Downs starting August 29th, 2020. Tickets are now on sale. And, there is a ticket special running from February 4th - 16th: two tickets for just $79. Applicable for Weekday Shows of the first two weeks of the run (August 29-September 12).

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Termination Shock Book Blast, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Space opera book time. Looks like an interesting sci-fi novel. Check out the book, read the excerpt, then don't miss entering to win an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 2/8 to enter. Good luck.

Book One of Interstellar Enforcement Agency
Space Opera (Scifi)
Date Published: First of December 2019

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In a galactic meltdown that threatens spacetime itself, the universe needs superheroes.  On offer:  a Spacelander with a slight attitude, an irritating protégée who talks back and vast alien beings who may span the cosmos but who have quite a problem communicating with other species.



The learning curve might be too steep.

Ryler Mallivan’s comfortable life as an upstanding young freighter captain has just imploded.  Avaraks are storming the training ship he is on and the bullets being fired are not blanks.  Interstellar war has broken out and unless he moves fast they will all be as stone dead as the instructor lying at his feet.

But this is one conflict they can never escape. The cause of the trouble is far closer than they know and will bring Mallivan and his ragbag fledgling crew under ferocious attack from all sides.

They are going to need all their wits about them if they are to stay alive. And they have to, because there is nobody else to save all their worlds from a doomsday weapon which is set to obliterate the entire cosmos.

Just how much can one lone spaceship do?

The Deamhan Chronicles Book Blast and Giveaway

Here we have a paranormal urban fantasy series from author Isaiyan Morrison. Along with information on the four books is a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 3/3 to enter. Good luck.
Deamhan 
The Deamhan Chronicles Book 1 
by Isaiyan Morrison 
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy 


Deamhan have survived by remaining hidden in the shadows. Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba, and Lugat have been overshadowed by what humans know as the modern vampire. But what if vampires aren't the real threat?

One woman's search for her mother who disappeared without a trace on the streets of Minneapolis takes her into the precarious world of Deamhan, psychic vampires who rule the underground nightlife in the city's most darkest corners.

She gains the trust of the only other human familiar with the Deamhan lifestyle. With his help she finds not only can the Deamhan not be trusted but it s her own father, president of a ruthless organization of researchers, who has diabolically maintained that distrust. 

Verre Esprit Valentine Gifts Giveaway

Are you into the personalized couples items? Here are some home goods you can win. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 2/14 to enter. Good luck.
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Raven & Hummingbird Book Blast and Giveaway

Check out the fantasy novel from author Nikki Broadwell. Along with information on the book is a giveaway for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, through 3/4. Good luck.
Siobhan's Secret 
Raven and Hummingbird Book 1 
by Nikki Broadwell 
Genre: Fantasy 


Kat’s life is a disaster. Her mother is dead, and her stepfather has kicked her out of the one home she’s always counted on, leaving her nothing but the Celtic knot locket Siobhan gave her on her eighteenth birthday. Unable to focus enough to hold down a job she ends up at the women’s shelter where she sees the truth of what life can dish out.

And on top of all that she is positive that her mother did not die from natural causes. But without a dime to her name she has no way to prove it.

In the shelter she meets Cerridwen, an older woman who seems kind enough. But when this same woman appears in Kat’s dream as the goddess of the underworld and keeper of the magical cauldron of inspiration, Kat is more than a little disturbed. Just a dream she tells herself the next morning, dismissing her uneasiness.

In the meantime a strange man seems to be stalking her, his torn jeans and filthy Grateful Dead T-shirt indicating that he’s a drug addict who she wants nothing to do with. And why are there enormous dark birds everywhere she looks? She’s never seen a raven in the city.

As life shifts around her Kat discovers a world she didn’t know existed, her grasp on reality disappearing as she struggles to understand what is happening. 

So Long Earth Book Blast and Excerpt

Here we have a sci-fi novel from author Michael Bienenstock. Check out the book info and read the prologue excerpt. Enjoy.

Science Fiction
Published: January 2020

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2017. Dr. Thomas Burns, an environmental engineer, is listening to the President, talk about global warming. He and his colleagues quickly realize that Earth will no longer be able to sustain life in a few years. Environmental disasters all over the world are occurring at a quicker rate, and each one seems to be stronger than the previous one. As a result, Tom begins to develop and carry out his plans to build 4 spaceships for 1,000 people each to leave Earth and travel to a new galaxy to find a place to live. The Russians, Germans, and Australians all agree to build spaceships and join Tom in search of a new home somewhere in the Alpha Centauri Galaxy.

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Wrath of Leviathan Book Blast, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Here we have book two in a sci-fi / thriller series from author T.C. Weber. Along with the book info is an excerpt, and a giveaway. Open worldwide, you have through 3/18 to enter.  Enjoy.Good luck
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BetterWorld, Book 2
Science Fiction (Cyberpunk) / Thriller
Date Published: September 1, 2018
Publisher: See Sharp Press

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In Wrath of Leviathan, the second book of the BetterWorld trilogy, Waylee faces life in prison for daring to expose MediaCorp's schemes to control the world. Exiled in São Paulo, her sister Kiyoko and their hacker friends continue the fight, seeking to end the conglomerate's stranglehold on virtual reality, information, and politics. But MediaCorp and their government allies may quash the rebellion before it takes off. And unknown to Kiyoko and her friends, a team of ruthless mercenaries is after them and is closing in fast.


Excerpt

As soon as they exited the hotel, Kiyoko pulled out her comlink and tried to reach Pel and Charles via Crypt-O-Chat. They weren’t online. She left a message: Beware Inspector De Barros - Working with kidnappers! 
She wished her sister was here. Waylee always knew what to do, and wasn’t afraid all the time.
Gabriel hailed a taxi and they returned to Liberdade. Hungry, they stopped for lunch at the Ichiban Bakery. It was a small place, mostly for takeout, crowded with glass-encased shelves and refrigerators full of cakes, pastries, and sandwiches. The smell of fresh-baked buns made her mouth water. A young Japanese-looking couple sat at one of the four tables, eating matcha cookies and speaking in Portuguese. 
Kiyoko and Gabriel ordered thick slices of torta de frango and glasses of juice. He paid—Kiyoko was broke. “I should sell some things,” she said. “You shouldn’t have to pay for me, especially now that you’re on vacation and not getting reimbursed.”
He held up a hand. “I am happy to buy anything you need.”
They sat at the furthest of the two empty tables to the right of the door. Gabriel slid his chair so his back wasn’t to the entrance. “I like to see my surroundings,” he said. 
“Do you think we’ll have more trouble?” At least they had that adaptive fiber armor beneath their shirts.
“I’m never getting caught unprepared again.” He ate a forkful of torta. 
“I’m getting a cupcake afterward,” Kiyoko said. 
Gabriel blinked. “I don’t know how you eat so much and stay so thin.”
“Super energy. Waylee’s the same way.” She had a bite of torta. The chicken and vegetables were flavored with garlic and tomato. She lowered her voice. “How can we find out more about this John Hill guy?”
Gabriel put his fork down and leaned forward, speaking quietly. “I thought you were going to run an image search on the Comnet.”
“That was if we got a photo. Without it, we’d get millions of matches. We don’t even know for sure he’s American.”
He nodded. “I am not trained as a detective.”
The bell on the bakery door jingled. A man in jeans and a leather coat entered. He wore a rigid plastic mask of some man she didn’t recognize. Kiyoko almost peed herself. “Gabriel!”
Another masked man followed the first, then two masked women. 
If I cower, we’ll die, she thought. An invisibility spell would be ideal. Kiyoko reached into her carry bag and pulled out her smoke grenade.
The masked people whipped out pistols and submachine guns. Gabriel reached inside his outer shirt for his guns. He didn’t have his data glasses on.
Kiyoko pulled the pin of the smoke grenade and pointed it at the attackers. White smoke billowed out. She waved it, forming a dense cloud that stank of sulfur, burning metal, and chlorine.
The attackers fired, an onslaught of loud bangs. Something hard hit her in the collarbone, followed by another. A bullet whizzed past her head. People screamed. Gabriel grunted and shot back, loud rapid bangs. 
The smoke grenade, still belching white, got too hot to hold. Kiyoko chucked it at the attackers and dove beneath the table. 
The attackers’ masks had eye and nostril holes. Kiyoko pulled out her pepper spray gun and fired at the four shapes in the smoke, spraying from right to left at face height. The attackers screamed. 
Gabriel kicked his chair at them, ran, dodged, fired on the move. Noise battered Kiyoko’s ears—rapid bangs from the attackers’ guns, thuds against the table, crashing glass all around. 
Kiyoko kept spraying. She couldn’t see the attackers now through the foul smoke and tears in her eyes. Something hit her right arm just above the elbow. It burned like a blowtorch.
One of the attackers dropped, then another, although it was hard to be sure. Kiyoko ran out of pepper spray and pulled out her stun gun. It was impossible to see through the white smoke, though. She didn’t want to hit Gabriel. 
The shooting stopped. Kiyoko glanced at her arm. Blood streamed from a hole in the blouse sleeve. Just below the armor, bad luck. 

About the Author

T. C. Weber has pursued writing and music since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. Trapped at home during the "Snowmageddon" of 2010, he transformed those interests into novel writing. His first published book, Sleep State Interrupt, was a Compton Crook Finalist for best debut speculative fiction novel. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist and has had a number of scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents.

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