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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The New World Book Blast and Giveaway

Here we have a sci-fi action-adventure trilogy. And, the third book is free today (the 19th) if you happen to catch this on the first day. Explore the trilogy then enter to win an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide through 7/17. Good luck.

A Step Backward
The New World Series Book 1
by Andy Skrzynski
Genre: SciFi Action Adventure 

"The New World" book series, by Andy Skrzynski, is a creative, science-fiction adventure depicting the life-and-death struggles on Earth after an apocalyptic period between 2019 and 2025. If you enjoy a thrilling tale full of suspense, action, a touch of romance, and a crazy twist here and there, "The New World: A Step Backward" and the sequel, "The New World: Blue Moon Generation," will help you escape your current world worries. The action's so real and descriptive you'll feel as if you're alongside Thoruk, his loyal friends, and the younger generation as they fight the warriors and vicious creatures stalking the villagers of Ukkiville in the nearby forests, lakes, and mountains before the turn of the next century.

Read more to get a taste of what's to come in, "The New World: A Step Backward."

In 2075, following the World Annihilation Period and Earth's 50-year transformation, the detested Skalag clan periodically pillages Ukkiville to murder and enslave its inhabitants. Dangers intensify as vicious, mutant beasts lurk in the shadows, preying on villagers. At the heart of this evil, the twisted scientist, Zolokt, creates killer combinations of animals, plants, and insects to inflict his acts of revenge.

Infuriated by the savage attacks, a young leader, Thoruk, and his two lifelong friends pledge their lives to protect Ukkiville. The determined ruler aims to forever put an end to Zolokt and his followers, for only then will true freedom reign in The New World.

Blue Moon Generation
The New World Series Book 2
Many peaceful years have passed since the devastating battle of 2075. The new generation, conceived under a mystical blue moon, is about to awaken to the vicious attacks unveiled through their parents' tales. Once, living only in youngsters' nightmares, ferocious mutant beasts now stir in the shadows of Ukkiville — even during the light of day. Blood-thirsty predators with glowing eyes, gnashing teeth, and razor-sharp claws prey on unsuspecting victims.

Caru, the brave but brash young daughter of Ukkiville's ruler, fears nothing. Trained by the best and possessing powers of the mind greater than her father's, she leads her two lifelong friends into the teeth of intensifying perils.

Meanwhile, in enemy caverns on the other side of the mountains, descendants of the evil Zolokt prepare as well, cloning savage creatures from DNA combinations of animals, insects, and plants. Only time will tell how many of the deadly muclones get released.

Crimson Winter
The New World Series Book 3

On the verge of winter in 2105, a vicious attack soaks a pasture with blood and crushes Ukkiville's serenity. Ominous premonitions haunt Hoot while similar dangers surge across Old North America. Tormented by nightmares, the courageous young warrior recruits her friends to join her and hunt the demon of her dreams. Before long, they encounter a beast far more ferocious than any discovered before.

Suspicions fall squarely on the village's nemesis, as Hoot and the leaders of Ukkiville fear Zo and his Skalags have advanced their DNA process to create monsters nobody can control. With little choice but to ready themselves to thwart increasing slaughters, Hoot, her brother, Skeeter, and a precocious android named Andralec hone their skills and special powers. Until the inhabitants of Ukkiville and the surrounding territory halt this growing threat, survival remains all but uncertain.

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While writing The New World trilogy proved to be one of the most exciting challenges of my life, if anyone had told me six years ago I'd be writing science fiction action-adventure novels, I would have declared them bonkers! For most of my life, I had been an engineering and programming nerd whose main reading materials included technical scientific articles and books with little time to read novels of any sort of fiction.

The few dreams I experienced during my lengthy career as a Sr. Software Development Manager at IBM mostly focused on conjuring solutions to tough technical issues at work. Never did sleep delve into imagining some fictional adventure. But that all changed after I retired from IBM in March of 2007 at age 53 with 30 rewarding years of service. The extra time on my hands provided plenty of hours to devote to more creative endeavors.

My initial attempt at writing capitalized on my 30 years of investing in all sorts of financial assets. I wanted to share my knowledge with our children to aid their financial planning. After completing more than 400 pages of the manuscript, I joined a writers' group. The members liked the technical content but advised me to liven it up to make in more attractive for my younger target audience of high school and collage graduates getting a start on life. I came up with an fictional world and a couple of quirky characters to weave into my investing lessons.

The members loved the improvements, but an unexpected problem bared itself: my brain refused to churn out nightly ideas about investments. Instead, my dreams gushed with captivating characters and an intriguing new world with plenty of vicious beasts lurking in the shadows of my mind. I had no choice but to follow the fate which unfolded night after night, providing oodles of exciting material to more than fulfill any writing desires. I provided my financial manuscript to my daughters, and from that exhilarating change of direction in 2014, I've been creating a fascinating new world at the turn of the next century!

I began writing my first novel, The New World: A Step Backward in June of 2014 and published it on June 28, 2015.  A little over a year later, on October 1, 2016, I published Book 2 of the series, The New World: Blue Moon Generation. After a bit of a delay due to the challenges of a serious family illness, I completed the final novel of the Trilogy, The New World: Crimson Winter and published it on November 6, 2018.

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  1. The book and cover that intrigues me is A Step Backward.

  2. Being the first book, A Step Backward, will always mean the most to me as the author. I didn't even know I'd write any more than the first book until a fan at a book signing shook me by the shoulders and asked me when I would be releasing the sequel. I looked at my wife, and we knew I'd have to continue the saga of Ukkiville and its heroes.

    If you get a chance to read this first book and perhaps others, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

    Have a wonderful day -- Andy Skrzynski

  3. These books just look great. Everything about them appeals to me.

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    1. Hi! You'll find the pages within the cover just as interesting and exciting for each of the books. If you do get a chance to read the book(s), I'd love to hear what you think.

      Enjoy the rest of the day -- Andy Skrzynski

  5. The cover that caught my eye was Blue Moom Generation :) They are all amazing though!

    1. Good afternoon, Jan.

      I love the Blue Moon cover as well. It reflects the action within the pages and perfectly matches the courageous Caru who is the hero within this generation's adventures near the turn of the next century in 2093.

      Have a great remainder of the day -- Andy Skrzynski

  6. Hi, Deb. I've loved the covers from the beginning. The artist did a wonderful job with the scene and colors. I think you'll find the action-packed tale within each book just as interesting and exciting. If you get a chance to read the book(s) of the series, I'd love to here what you think.

    Have a wonderful afternoon -- Andy Skrzynski

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

  8. Thank you, Paula. I'd love to hear what you think if you get a chance to read the books.

    Have a great evening -- Andy Skrzynski

  9. Book 2's cover is the most intriguing to me.

    1. Hi, Clem. Of the 3 covers, many do prefer book 2. I love them all, of course. If you get a chance to read any of the books, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

      Have a great day -- Andy Skrzynski

  10. What a great cover.. sharing this book with my family..

  11. Thank you, Michele! If you or your family get a chance to read the book(s), I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    Have a marvelous day -- Andy Skrzynski

  12. The cover of the first book would be GREAT except for the eyes glowing. It looks out of place.

    The second cover puts me off with the blood dripping and the glowing eyes.

    Font choices and placement are FABULOUS. Also really like that the series name is mentioned boldly and it ties them together.

    1. Thank you, Jayne. I appreciate your feedback. If you get a chance to read each of the books, the glowing eyes is an ongoing theme of the vicious muclones you'll discover throughout the action-packed pages. Sorry the dripping blood on Book 3 was a downer for you. It's part of the crimson theme of that novel, and you'll discover why in the very first chapter. Yes, there is lots of gore that comes with the never-ending onslaught of ferocious muclones and snatchers lurking in the shadows and preying on those lacking the necessary precautions and skills to fend them off.

      Anyway, I hope the blood is not too much to turn you away from venturing within the covers to discover the challenges of a New World at the turn of the next century, in 2105.

      Have a great evening -- Andy Skrzynski

  13. I love these covers they look great. I like the Blue Moon Generation cover the best

  14. Hello Robin A,

    Well, you've made it official! You're the 5th follower who've chosen the Book 2 cover as the best since the Silver Dagger Tours began. As the author, I can't play favors, but I can't argue your choice either. I love the way the artist depicted the ever-courageous Caru in her role as the hero of the Blue Moon Generation in the sequel. Having an amazing blue moon as your backdrop never hurts!

    If you get a chance to read the book(s) of the series, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    Have a great afternoon and weekend ahead -- Andy Skrzynski

  15. how do you chose the cover for the book
    hve you made any bok mars or swag

    1. Good question, desitheblonde.

      I don't even start thinking of the design of the cover until I've completed about 2/3 of the book's tale. That way, I've got a very clear picture of where the story is headed and how I want to depict the main characters on the front cover. In my particular case, I chose a very experienced cover artist out of California and identified pictures of how I wanted each character to look and what weapons I wanted in their possession. I told her what the title was to be and the kind of scenery I wanted to represent the new world I had created. She did the rest: designing the scenery, picking the colors and the font for the title and author name. She can't actually finish the cover until the author provides the page count to determine the width of the spine for the paperback. I also told her what scene and blurb I wanted on the back cover of the paperback. Additionally, I used the same covers to add to bookmarks I created to give away at book signings. I even had her do a larger design for a 7 foot vertical banner of the first book and blurb I use to draw attention to my station at book signings and other gatherings. It is a real eye-catcher!

      Hopefully that helps!
      Have a great evening and weekend ahead -- Andy Skrzynski

  16. I like all of the covers, very eye catching.

    1. Hello susan1215.

      Eye catching is exactly what I had hoped for! I'm thrilled you like the covers.

      If you get some time to read the book(s), I'd love to hear what you think of the action-packed tales.

      Have a fabulous day and rest of the week -- Andy Skrzynski

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    1. Hi bluecat.

      I'm glad you love the covers. With a name like bluecat, you've got to really like the Blue Moon Generation cover.

      If you get a chance to read the book(s), I'd love to hear your thoughts.

      Have a wonderful day and rest of the week -- Andy Skrzynski

  18. The covers are perfect for the books.

    1. Hello Veronica Lee.

      I'm happy you like the covers and agree that they match the action to expect within the pages of the tale.

      I'd love to hear what you think if you get a chance to read the book(s)!

      Have a great day and rest of the week -- Andy Skrzynski

  19. The covers are very nice. I like The New World Crimson winter the best. How does the author deal with writers block?

  20. The covers look great, I like a strong lead female.