Book Tours: Starter Day Party Rise of a Guardian

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I’m hosting a starter day party today for YA fantasy “Rise of a Guardian”. The tour runs from April 29 to May 6.
Everyone who nominates the book on Kindle Scout will get a FREE copy of the book if it gets picked up for publication. So what are you waiting for?

Tour Schedule

April 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 1st: Author Interview @ Novelers

May 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Recipe Fairy

May 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Books, Books & More Books

May 4th: Book Excerpt @ CK Brooke’s Blog

May 5th: Author Interview @ SolaFide Publishing Book Blog

May 6th: Book Excerpt @ Papercuts YA

About the book

EMILY RISE OF A GUARDIAN EBOOK NEW SERIES TITLE (1)Title: Rise of the Guardian
Author: LJ Andrews
Genre: YA Fantasy
Abandoned by his family, Killian is given one chance to find answers to his past in a strange, new  realm. The mysterious community protecting the realms promises to reveal what he seeks if he helps find lost relics that bestowed with the power of all realms. Strange abilities soon manifest within Killian, catching the deadly attention of a dangerous secret-society also seeking the relics only to destroy his home realm they view as an abomination. Killian must find the relics before the society or billions of lives will be lost. Killian soon learns sometimes the closest allies are the most devious enemies.
Vote for the book on Kindle Scout: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/L2EMNUW6N9W2
Everyone who nominates the book will get a free copy if the book is selected for publishing.

Author Bio

writerL.J. Andrews has been reading since she was five, and writing since she was six. L.J. lives with her husband, three children, two dogs and two pet rats…yes rats, in a small town nestled in the mountains of Utah. She enjoys playing with Legos, Batman action figures, toy cheetahs, making chocolate chip cookies, and of course writing stories when all her little people are sleeping.

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Blog: www.awannabewriter.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildwriters/?ref=bookmarks

Author Interview with David Kummer

  • my abigail coverHow long have you been writing?
  • I have been writing since an early age. When I was younger, I would write fantasy novels that never got finished, and I’ve just recently picked up and now work on it. My first published work was in May of 2015, when my short story collection As Trees Turned Away finally got released. Since then, I’ve added a couple more works and have many in store.
  • What is your favorite genre to write? Most of what I write is Horror and/or Psychological Thriller, but I’m also working on a Literary Fiction novel and a Fantasy, Lord of the Rings-type novel.
  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out? A week ago, I would have said Fantasy, but I’m trying that out now I guess. Um… I’ve never written any Comedy or any Detective Stories? Probably the detective ones. Sherlock Holmes is pretty inspiring in that regard.
  • Please tell us about your book. My Abigail is a thrilling book that will disturb your conscience. There’s a twist about three-quarters of the way through that I know you won’t see coming. As of now, nobody I’ve talked to has predicted it. Good luck, though 😉 Anyways, the book is about a teenage boy who falls in love with a girl, only to find out she’s nothing like he expected. Sound pretty cliched? That’s where the unpredictable twist and the creepy little things I add come into play.
  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why? My favorite character was this little girl named Ayva, who’s got lots of quirks and little habits that are sure to creep you out. I liked her so much I wrote another short story, which I published under the title My Other Friends (it also has some of my author-friend’s stories as bonus material.) My least favorite character was the unnamed father in one of the flashback scenes. There’s no way to express how hard that chapter was write, which leads me to the next question…
  • What was the hardest part about writing your book? About halfway through the book, there’s one chapter that explains everything and demystifies all the secrets. Writing those 7 or 8 pages brought me to tears and broke me down like no other piece of literature has done. Hopefully, it will have the same effect on you.
  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing? Well, I get home from school and work out. Then I shower and eat. I start writing around 7:30 (unless I’m answering interview questions like this), and stop about three hours later. To write, all I need is my laptop. Most of the time, I’ll play some music, but if I don’t have it I’m still fine.
  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish? My Abigail is only 30,000 words long (half the size of a normal novel), so it took me about a month to write after the outline was set. The editing process took another two months, mainly because I was chasing reviews at the same time.
  • Can you tell us about your editing process? My editing process consists of a few steps. First, I do a quick read-through and fix any mistakes I see, whether that be punctuation or word choice. My dad will then do his own review of the text. Once I apply his corrections, I’ll find a few other people to read it and then do one last scan myself before formatting it and getting it published.
  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned? As I said, there is a short story add-on to this which centers around Ayva and her own story, although it does tie up some loose ends from the main book. Besides that, I have no other installments planned, but you never know. I refuse to close this door.
  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Never give up, and never stop reading. Whether it’s lack of sales, lack of (good) reviews, or lack of inspiration, you will find plenty of challenges that stand between you and that final button to publish. There are a plethora of books on this subject, and I highly suggest Rayne Hall’s books on the various parts of publishing. Besides reading nonfiction books, though, you should also read in your genre and whatever you enjoy. If you’re not a reader, it’s hard to be a writer.
  • Why should everyone read your book? I am very proud of every word I put into this book. While it’s nowhere near perfect (what book is, really?), the story line is unique, the book is easy to read, and the characters are some that you will never forget. And if you need yet another reason, it’ll take you maybe three hours to read at the most. This is like paying 99 cents to see an epic, emotional, three-hour movie, people!
  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose? K. Rowling, because her series (Harry Potter, if you somehow don’t know) has inspired me, shaped me, and been especially helpful in improving my dialogue. Second on my list, John Green just because he’s really cool and makes me laugh with his Crash Course World History videos (Youtube it). Lastly, I’d choose to meet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle just because I wanna see what Sherlock Holmes could decipher about me from just a glance.
  • What inspired you to write your book? I’d been longing to write something beautiful, emotional, and never written before. When I got the idea for the plot twist, I decided there was only one way to make this as effective, and that was with teenage characters. Before long, I’d written the outline, filled out my character charts, and I was staring at the blank page, having no clue just how far the story would take me.
  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it? Of course I am! Right now, I’m working on a trio of horror novellas that I will publish in the summertime hopefully. I’m also editing the first book of my Literary Fiction series, and writing my Fantasy novel, so I’ve got a lot on my plate. Wish me luck everybody 😉 And have a fantastic day. If you have any questions, I can be reached at davidkummer7@gmail.com

About the Book

A great thriller from the beginning … kept me reading until the endAlysia on Goodreads

Never a dull moment … A great set of unique characters … Could make another great movie— Tony on Goodreads
-Kummer had me going crazy wondering what Abigail’s secret was … A plot that is so complex and unique … It is one that I have never read before— J. Garcia for Readers’ Favorite
In this gripping, terrifying readCaleb meets the girl of his dreams. She’s different, beautiful, and cares more than anyone ever has. But Abigail isn’t who he thinks.


He begins to notice things. The way she disappears for days on end… How she won’t go home at night… All the warnings he gets about her… He must ask himself, Who is she really?


When Caleb is faced with the choice of a lifetime -to love or to hate, to give in and try again- he must make the ultimate decision. Who will he hurt? What will he choose? And is it too late to turn back now?
…Abigail had a secret.
I knew it soon after meeting her.
She was different than other girls, and not just because she actually showed some interest in me. She was really different. I loved it. I loved her.
But Abigail had a secret.
Damian told me so, the first time I met him. I wasn’t sure whether to believe him or not. He wasn’t trustworthy. He wasn’t nice. He was a terrifying figure, the embodiment of fear. But he was right.
She had a secret.
I’m sorry I keep repeating it. It’s still hard to believe. How could somebody so gentle, nice, and loving be so… scary?
That’s the only word I knew to describe her after it all ended. Everything about her being was scary.
Abigail was my life, I told myself. She was my everything.
She left me with nothing.
If she was my life, does that make this suicide?…

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Waiting on Wednesday (47)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerley anticipating. These can be debut novels, sequels, eBooks,…as long as they aren’t released yet.

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I’m waiting for…

Title: The Agony That Remains
Author: Brandon Callahan
Genre: Nonfiction, True Haunting

In the northeast corner of Oklahoma, where the deadly path known as the Trail of Tears ended and where one of the world’s large clusters of ley lines intersect, there’s a place of extreme paranormal activity that has received little attention from the outside world. Join Brandon Callahan and his crew as they investigate the horrifying legacy of a bloody and brutal past, where generations of families have been terrorized by ghosts, demons, UFOs, little people, Bigfoot, and countless other paranormal manifestations.

Teaming up with a family who has been driven from their land, Brandon and his crew discover energies that have no fear. As dark forces begin taking hold of the investigators’ lives, Brandon must attempt to salvage what’s left of his team’s—and his own—sanity.

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I absolutely love books about hauntings, especially real life accounts, so I’m dying to read this one. Luckily, I got an ARC. 🙂

Author Interview with David Meredith

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  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was very small. I think I produced my first “book” was when I was about nine. It was hand-written on notebook paper, bound with cardboard from T-shirt packages, and then decorated with magic marker. When I was in middle school and high school, I wrote some pretty awful fan-fic, that I would never want anyone else to read now, but it was probably as a college student that I started to feel like my writing was good enough for other people to read. I published my first articles around 1999 in Yamagata, Japan in a local English Teacher Magazine called “Bang the Drum” and I published an academic article through ERIC (Educational Information Resource Center) in about 2004. I have been working on various fiction and non-fiction writing projects ever since.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Definitely fantasy, but even when I write in other genres, I always include some kind of fantastical or speculative element.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I’m actually working on a sci-fi/YA novel right now called Aaru, that is a little out of my traditional comfort zone.

  • Please tell us about your book.

The Reflections of Queen Snow White tries to answer the question, “What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?” The original version of most fairy tales were pretty brutal, (especially compared to the highly sterilized Disney versions that most people are used to). However, in spite of the fantastical elements they invariably contain, they are at their root, very real. They speak to our deepest desires, darkest fears, and greatest flaws, but they are also aspirational. They provide us with examples, regardless how improbable, of how we might overcome desperate circumstances to achieve greatness and contentment in a world where such things often seem rarified and elusive.
However, in most popular retellings fairy tale princesses, particularly of the Disney variety, in spite of horrible trauma and tragedy, the heroines seem largely untouched by it. Thy just simply don’t appear to have the same weaknesses and failings as regular people and do not generally suffer any long term impacts of those traumatic experiences. If you really examine the story of Snow White as a human being, there is some really interesting potential for a great deal of darkness. In my approach, I try to more accurately examine the likely impacts that a life of neglect and abuse (like the one Snow White was forced to endure) would have on a person in real life. It’s the sort of thing that has the potential to break someone and I wanted to explore that struggle and triumph over it more thoroughly. The Reflections of Queen Snow White essentially desanitizes the story and tries to look at Snow White as a real woman, real victim, and real survivor of trauma, abuse, and depression.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

I think the answer to both questions is Snow White, and I think this has been borne out in the reviews from my readers. On the one hand, they find her highly sympathetic and relatable. They describe a great deal of admiration for her ability to overcome the horrors and hardships of her toxic upbringing to not only survive, but also to rule. However, they additionally describe a great deal of frustration at Snow White’s persistent inability to “just get over it” and move on with her life and about her “whining”.
I actually made a conscious effort to write her as simultaneously strong and weak, because I believe that to be the paradoxical dichotomy of abuse survival. I think this is exactly the reality of severe depression.  Everyone around you fails to understand why you can’t move forward. Even when rationalizing to one’s self it can be impossible to explain, but the crushing grip that depression takes on your soul is persistent and undeniable. This might be frustrating for the reader who prefers a more archetypal heroine, but above all, I wrote The Reflections of Queen Snow White with the primary goal of creating a character who was authentically human in all of her strengths, weaknesses, and failings.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Actually, it was the wedding night scene between her and Charming. That isn’t generally the sort of graphic content I employ in my writing, but at the same time I did not see how (again keeping my goal of absolute realism and authenticity in mind) that I could leave it out. Though some people may question whether including such graphic content was necessary, I decided that it was vital to telling the story.
This novel is about Snow White exploring her innermost reflections and revisiting her most intimate, impactful, and traumatic memories. Her marriage to Charming marked a turning point in her life. It marked an end to fear and suffering at the hands of her step mother. It was also her first and only experience with love apart from childhood memories of her father. There was no question in my mind that she would remember the experience fondly and more importantly, in every minute detail, leaving nothing out as she recollected it. After all, who censors their own head?  At the same time, I spent a very great deal of worry and effort writing and revising it because I didn’t want it to feel salacious, trite, or voyeuristic – like the obligatory love scene in some bad erotic novel. I just wanted it to feel like a real memory. It was a very difficult tightrope to walk.
 

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

All I really need is my laptop or notebook and time. I suppose my “routine” is simply to use any spare moment to get done whatever I can. I currently have two jobs and am a full-time doctoral student as well. Spare moments are hard to come by these days, but I always make it a point to do at least one thing every day related to my writing. It might be writing something new or revising some part of something that I am working on. It might be promotion like this, but I always make it a point to never let a day go by without having done something to do with writing.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

I wrote the first draft in about four months, but then spent at least as much time editing and revising. All together I think I worked on this just a little less than a year before releasing it.
 

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

Copious rereading followed by breaks where I put the manuscript away and don’t think about it for a day or two. I almost always come across something that needs to be changed or fixed after that. I also often read the manuscript out loud, because I find that I catch more mistakes that way.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

I have been asked if I planned to write any more retellings like this by a number of people. My answer was no, but since I have been asked so often, I think it might have shifted to “maybe”. At this time, however, The Reflections of Queen Snow White is a standalone novel.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

-Be confident in your craft, but open to criticism.
-Read lots of different writing styles to expand your writing tool-box.
-Be pleased with your work but never satisfied – Always strive to be better on your next piece of writing.
-Enjoy the process – Writing should be about process first and product second. If you fail to enjoy or attempt to rush the process, your work will likely suffer for it.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

It is an emotional and gritty retelling of a familiar story presented in a much more authentically human way. If you want to feel something when you read, this is the book for you.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Probably J.R.R. Tolkien, James Clavell and Tad Williams

  • What inspired you to write your book?

It is actually based on a short story I wrote shortly after both of my grandfathers died just a couple of months apart. As I observed how hard my grandmothers took their deaths, it led me to wonder on their behalf – “So… Now what?”
They had both had wonderful, loving relationships – many long, happy years together (over 60). Now it was over. It made me wonder, “When your life has been so closely tied up with and centered upon another person for so long, how do you pick up the pieces and move forward?” That was the original kernel of the idea for The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I’ve got several things in the pipe, but the work that is currently on my front burner is a YA/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Novel in its Beta Reading phase called Aaru. Here’s the synopsis:
…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…
-Friedrich Nietzsche
Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.
She is sixteen years old.
Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.
Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.
What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, death and everything they thought they really believed.
I’m going to try to traditionally publish this summer, but if that doesn’t work out, I may go the Indy route again since it has worked out so well for The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
 

About the Book

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?
On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
The king is dead.
The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
(Disclaimer: contains some violence and sexual content)
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Author Bio

David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well as a Tennessee State Teaching license. He is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

Release Blitz Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me

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Mate ME Cover finalTitle: Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me

Author: Chris McHart

Genre: Gay Paranormal Romance

When his father, King Harold, forces Prince Gerome to mate a complete stranger in order to save his unborn child, he complies with a heavy heart and says goodbye to all his dreams of finding love. Gerome’s hurt and treats his mate the way he’s been taught all his life: through power and submission. But with Luis, it doesn’t work.

When Luis is mated off to a stranger, his world ends. He was a carefree student one day and the next a vampire prince demands his submission. He can’t run, but he can hide and hate in silence. So he withdraws until only a shell remains.

Neither of the men has any chance of finding love together until a friend intervenes. Can Gerome forget what he’s been taught all his life, and is it possible for Luis to forget what’s happened to him? Will they ever find their own happy ending? Or can love blossom where only hate exists?

*Please note that this story contains a scene that *could* be seen as dubious consent*

 

Author Bio

Chris lives in Germany, together with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whisky. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post them in public).

Visit her blog, or friend her on facebook and join her author group there.

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Teaser Tuesdays (47)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Books and a Beat. In this meme, we grab our current read, open it to a random page and share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page with our readers.

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Here is my teaser:

Over the years, the hotel received dozens of complaints from guests about the room. Stories from the staff informed me that most guests would request a new room within an hour of checking in. Some guests, however, would check out in an unfortunate way.
A few people were drove mad in the room, and ultimately jumped to their death from the window.

~ p. 110 Dark Spirits by Stephen Lancasters

What’s your teaser for this week?

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Capturing the Captain

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for historical romance “Capturing the Captain”. The tour runs from April 26 to May 3.

Enjoy the tour, and stay tuned for my review on May 3.

Tour Schedule

April 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 27th: Book Excerpt @ Recipe Fairy

April 29th: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge

April 30th: Book Excerpt @ KJH Stories

May 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Maari Loves Her Indies

May 3rd: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

May 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Romantic Fanatic

About the Book

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]Title: Capturing the Captain (American Pirate Romances: Book 1)
Author: C.K. Brooke
Genre: Historical Romance, Sea Adventure
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release date: 4/26/2016
Book Description:

In 1720, it’s a pirate’s life for Abigail Clear, daughter of a notorious colonial pirate captain…

But when a rival crew invades Abigail’s ship, she is taken prisoner. Now aboard the enemy vessel, she must contend with its formidable captain. But who is the real captive?

Locked away in the belly of The Indomitable is no place for a woman…

Captain James Morrow is more than displeased to discover his sole captive to be none other than an untamable young lass who will earn him no bounty. Yet if he can soften the little rogue, she just might switch her loyalties to him, and reveal the whereabouts of the infamous thief who sired her—and his stolen treasure. But two can play that game, as Abi is equally inclined to charm the dogged sailor off her father’s tail.

Might she and Captain Morrow run the risk of falling for their own charades?

They dance about their disguises as genuine developing emotions clash against deeper motives, and suspicion runs high. When the captain finally steals a first kiss, Abi decides it’s high time to make her escape—fleeing not only his vessel, but her fondness for the man who intends to see her father hang.

The high seas heat up as Captain Morrow’s quest to recapture Abi is halted by her pirate father, Captain Clear. Will James succeed in pursuit of his captive love, or will his desires conspire to make him a captive himself?

Author Bio

CKBrookeAuthorPhotoC.K. Brooke grew up in the coastal state of Maryland. She began writing books when she was six years old. Her debut novel, The Duchess Quest (48fourteen, October 2014), received a five-star editorial review from Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest and was selected as a Shelf Unbound Top 100 Notable Indie Book of 2015. Since its publication, she has authored seven more fantasy and romance novels, including Capturing the Captain, the first book of the American Pirate Romance series.

Today, C.K. resides outside of Detroit in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. When not haunting the local library or blissfully buried in her eBooks and manuscripts, she enjoys blogging, singing, and playing the piano by ear. For more, visit her at www.CKBrooke.com.

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Capturing the Captain on Amazon
Website: www.CKBrooke.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CK.Brooke
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/AuthorCKBrooke

Goodreads: www.Goodreads.com/CKBrooke

Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Son of Light Book 2: The M.B.S. Guild

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Tour Schedule

 April 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 26th: Promo Post @ SolaFide Publishing

April 27th: Promo Post @ Dark Treasury

April 28th: Promo Post @ The Bookworm Lodge

April 30th: Author Interview @ C.K. Brooke

May 1st: Promo Post @ Between The Silk

May 3rd: Book Review @ The Recipe Fairy

About the Book

The Son of Light Book 2 FINALTitle: The Son of Light Book 2: The M.B.S. Guild

Author: Chris Parker

Genre: Fantasy

Despite having the worst birthday in his life, sixteen year old Joshua Suzuki finally gets his birthday wish—to get out of his house in Porter Ranch, California, which he had spent a decade locked up in. But his wish would be an unusual one because he soon finds himself in an underground college, which belonged to secret organization, called the M.B.S. (Mind, Body, and Soul) Guild. This blows Josh’s mind. And what shocks him even more is that his twenty-six year old foster brother, Nickolas Suzuki, is the leader of the M.B.S. Guild.

Nick wastes no time in telling Josh the horrible truth to why they’ve been in hiding for ten years — The Demon Lord, Hexen, has returned. Nick puts Josh in the protection of his crazy college friends to train him in the art of energy, as Nick travels around the world for clues about Lord Hexen’s origins.

But after being lured out of the guild, Josh find himself in the outside world again, a world far more dangerous than the last time. Now, Josh has to find his way back to the guild while dealing with violent bandits, crazed zombie-like people, and worst of all, Lord Hexen. Can Josh survive?

The Son of Light Book 2: The M.B.S. Guild is an adult fantasy novel that features fast-paced action, and side-splitting comedy. If you like the Harry Potter and A Game of Thrones novels, then you like The Son of Light book 2.

Author Bio

Chris and Chole (Just Chris) 2Chris Parker started writing during his community college years until he transferred to a film school, Columbia College Hollywood, after losing his house in 2008. There he came up with many stories such as, The Son of Light. However, he went to school to become an editor. After earning his BA, Chris went back to his first love, writing.

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Website: http://parkerunlimited2.wix.com/chrisparkernovels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorParker

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrisparkerbooks/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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Book Review: Truth Unveiled (Daughter of Ravenswood #2) by Kim Cleary

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Author: Kim Cleary
Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Meagan Greystone, a new necromancer who grew up orphaned and homeless, has finally discovered a community where she belongs. But as she settles in at Ravenswood Manor, her ancestral home, a strange voice in her head unravels her newfound peace.

The source of the unsettling communication is Quintus, Meagan’s distant ancestor, known for his brutality and incredible power. When she attempts to enlist her father’s help by raising him from the dead, it’s Quintus who regains a foothold in the land of the living. Now reborn, he vows to obliterate everything Meagan treasures unless she joins him in his quest for power.

Meagan must overcome the heartbreak of unimaginable betrayal and fight in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Will she find the strength she needs to defeat the power of darkness and save the people and home she has grown to cherish?

After the events that transpired in Path Unchosen, the first book in the Daughter of Ravenswood series, I couldn’t wait to read the second book, Truth Unveiled. Once again, Kim Cleary delivers with loveable, complex characters and a plot that is both unpredictable and engrossing.

Meagan has finally found a place where she belongs as she settles in at Ravenswood Manor, her ancestral home. But a strange voice, belonging to a distant ancestor, haunts her. This man, Quintus, was brutal, powerful, and cruel, and when Meagan attempts to raise her father from the dead, it’s Quintus who manages to come back to live. Reborn, he vows to destory everything Meagan holds dear, unless she joins him on his quest for power.

I enjoyed this book even more than the first. I don’t want to give out too many spoilers, but I really enjoyed Meagan’s journey in this book. She started out as a struggling young necromancer, and slowly grew more into her powers and started to believe in herself more. She’s intelligent, strong and brave, and she barely gives herself enough credit for all her good qualities. I also liked how eager she was to protect the people she’s grown to care for.

An amazing dark fantasy read that fans of the genre will definitely enjoy.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (71)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookDate. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

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