Book Tours: Blitz for Miracle Man

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We’re happy to be hosting William R. Leibowitz and his Miracle Man Book Blitz today!

About the Book:

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Title: Miracle Man
Author: William Leibowitz
Publisher: Manifesto Media Group
Pages: 428
Genre: Cross-genre Thriller
Format: Paper/Kindle

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REVERED REVILED REMARKABLE

The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero.

Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.

Book Excerpt:

A tall figure wearing a black-hooded slicker walked quickly through the night carrying a large garbage bag. His pale face was wet with rain. He had picked a deserted part of town. Old warehouse buildings were being gutted so they could be converted into apartments for non-existent buyers. There were no stores, no restaurants and no people.

“Who’d wanna live in this shit place?” he muttered to himself. Even the nice neighborhoods of this dismal city had more “For Sale” signs than you could count.

He was disgusted with himself and disgusted with her, but they were too young to be burdened. Life was already hard enough. He shook his head incredulously. She had been so damn sexy, funny, full of life. Why the hell couldn’t she leave well enough alone? She should have had some control.

He wanted to scream-out down the ugly street, “It’s her fucking fault that I’m in the rain in this crap neighborhood trying to evade the police.”

But he knew he hadn’t tried to slow her down either. He kept giving her the drugs and she kept getting kinkier and kinkier and more dependent on him and that’s how he liked it. She was adventurous and creative beyond her years. Freaky and bizarre. He had been enthralled, amazed. The higher she got, the wilder she was. Nothing was out of bounds. Everything was in the game.

And so, they went farther and farther out there. Together. With the help of the chemicals. They were co-conspirators, co-sponsors of their mutual dissipation. How far they had traveled without ever leaving their cruddy little city. They were so far ahead of all the other kids.

He squinted, and his mind reeled. He tried to remember in what month of their senior year in high school the drugs became more important to her than he was. And in what month did her face start looking so tired, her complexion prefacing the ravages to follow, her breath becoming foul as her teeth and gums deteriorated. And in what month did her need for the drugs outstrip his and her cash resources.

He stopped walking and raised his hooded head to the sky so that the rain would pelt him full-on in the face. He was hoping that somehow this would make him feel absolved. It didn’t. He shuddered as he clutched the shiny black bag, the increasingly cold wet wind blowing hard against him. He didn’t even want to try to figure out how many guys she had sex with for the drugs.

The puddle-ridden deserted street had three large dumpsters on it. One was almost empty. It seemed huge and metallic and didn’t appeal to him. The second was two-thirds full. He peered into it, but was repulsed by the odor, and he was pretty sure he saw the quick moving figures of rodents foraging in the mess. The third was piled above the brim with construction debris.

Holding the plastic bag, he climbed up on the rusty lip of the third dumpster. Stretching forward, he placed the bag on top of some large garbage bags which were just a few feet inside of the dumpster’s rim. As he climbed down, his body looked bent and crooked and his face was ashen. Tears streamed down his cheeks and bounced off his hands. He barely could annunciate, “Please forgive me,” as he shuffled away, head bowed and snot dripping from his nose.

About the Author:

William Leibowitz

William R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years. He has represented numerous renowned recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses. At one point, he was the Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel for the Sanctuary Group of Companies, a U.K. public company that was the largest ‘indie’ music company in the world (prior to its acquisition by the Universal Music Group).

William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times – when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero –and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man.

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Book Tours: Guest Post Hidden Element Tour

A Hidden Element 2I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for “Hidden Element”.  I hope you enjoy the guest post, and I’ll leave the word to author Donna Galanti now.

Mind Control: Would You If You Could?

by Donna Galanti

In my paranormal suspense novel, A Hidden Element, mind control is used by the Elyon cult community to get what they want – and its power can be taken away through punishment.
Yet, even while the Elyon community uses mind control to commit theft and murder they have strict rules about it being used on their own people. They know that uncontrolled use of it will lead to the very destruction of their community and the breakdown of rules.

The mission of a small “elite” group to control the masses is nothing new, in fiction or real life.

Dean Koontz uses mind control in his book Night Chills. By using a single phrase the antagonist can force innocent people into a hypnotic state to do whatever he wants. Even scarier is that this technique was created through an experimental government program.

And the very real CIA’s MK-Ultra mind control program from 1953 to 1964 was a government program that conducted a series of covert experiments carried out on unwitting subjects with the aim of producing mind-control techniques. In 1973 the then director of the CIA destroyed nearly all of the MK-Ultra’s records. Perhaps most disturbing of all was the fact that the extent of experimentation on human subjects was unknown.

What if this happened to you, an “unwitting subject”?  Would you just wake up missing time with no recollection of what you did during that missing time? Have you ever had missing time that you couldn’t account for? I have. Once I lost two hours of time. I was in my car to go shopping and when I looked two hours had passed and I had missed an appointment. I often wonder where did that time go? Did aliens kidnap me for an experiment? Was a government experiment conducted on me without my consent? Silly to think, but is it really?

In 1978 I was just nine years old and simultaneously horrified and fascinated by the story of Jim Jones in the news that shocked the world. Jones was best known for the mass suicide over 900 of his cult’s members in Jonestown, Guyana, by cyanide poisoning and the murder of five individuals at a nearby airstrip, including Congressman Leo Ryan.

As a child and now as an adult, I still can’t comprehend how so many could follow one man to their death. Yet, none of us are immune to mind control techniques. Peer pressure, hypnosis, sleep deprivation, fear, financial commitment, guilt, and isolation are just some ways we can be controlled to become people we never thought we might be. Here’s a post on mind control basics that details just how easy it can be.

Sadly, I know there will be more Jim Jones stories to come along. For as long as humans pursue power over the masses, mind control will be conducted by those who study human behavior in order to bend large populations to the will of a small “elite” group.

In writing about mind control in A Hidden Element, I tried to find my own way to explain how this could lead someone to do the unthinkable when presented with the choices before them.

Do you believe in mind control? And would you control others if you could do it?

ABOUT A HIDDEN ELEMENT:
Evil lurks within…

When Caleb Madroc is used against his will as part of his father’s plan to breed a secret community and infiltrate society with their unique powers, he vows to save his oppressed people and the two children kept from him. Seven years later, Laura and Ben Fieldstone’s son is abducted, and they are forced to trust a madman’s son who puts his life on the line to save them all. The enemy’s desire to own them—or destroy them—leads to a survival showdown. Laura and Ben must risk everything to defeat a new nemesis that wants to rule the world with their son, and Caleb may be their only hope—if he survives. But must he sacrifice what he most desires to do so?

PRAISE FOR A HIDDEN ELEMENT:
“Chilling and dark…a twisty journey into another world.” —J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of When Shadows Fall
“Fascinating…a haunting story…”—Rebecca Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of The World Beneath
“Will keep you up long past your bedtime…a pulse-pounding read.”—Allan Leverone, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Final Vector

ABOUT DONNA:
Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element, A Hidden Element (August 2014), the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning Road (Books 1 and 2, 2015). She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives in Pennsylvania with her family in an old farmhouse. It has lots of writing nooks, fireplaces, and stink bugs, but she’s still wishing for a castle again—preferably with ghosts.

Website: www.ElementTrilogy.com
Blog: http://www.elementtrilogy.com/blog/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DonnaGalanti
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonnaGalantiAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5767306.Donna_Galanti

About the Author

Donna GalantiDonna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning Road.

She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna dreamed of being a writer when she fell in love with the worlds of Narnia and Roald Dahl attending school in a magical English castle where her dark imagination ran wild in an itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included). She now lives in Pennsylvania with her family in an old farmhouse. It has lots of writing nooks, fireplaces, and stink bugs, but she’s still wishing for a castle again—preferably with ghosts.

Her latest book is the paranormal romance, A Hidden Element.

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When Caleb Madroc is used against his will as part of his father’s plan to breed a secret community and infiltrate society with their unique powers, he vows to save his oppressed people and the two children kept from him.

Seven years later, Laura and Ben Fieldstone’s son is abducted, and they are forced to trust a madman’s son who puts his life on the line to save them all. The enemy’s desire to own them—or destroy them—leads to a survival showdown.

Laura and Ben must risk everything to defeat a new nemesis that wants to rule the world with their son, and Caleb may be their only hope—if he survives. But must he sacrifice what he most desires to do so.

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Book Tours: Book Spotlight Round the Bend

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Round the Bend 2Title: Round the Bend: From Luton to Peru to Ningaloo, a Search for Life After Redundancy
Author: Alistair McGuiness
Publisher: Matador
Pages: 256
Genre: Travel
Format: Paperback; Kindle

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From the Amazon to the Andes and Kilimanjaro to Cape Town. This adventure story captures the reality and exhilaration of leaving home to undertake Gap Year travel in South America, Africa, Fiji and Australia.

Three things happened simultaneously. The lioness charged, Alistair fled across the parched savannah and his wife screamed for him to run faster. Stuffed deep inside his tattered rucksack was a guidebook containing advice on what to do in wildlife emergencies, which he planned to read if he survived the next thirty seconds. Future plans to climb Kilimanjaro, teach English in the Amazon and live in Australia were temporarily forgotten as he turned to face the pouncing lioness, thinking back to the words of advice from his mother-in-law. “Don’t do anything silly, and look after Francine.” From deep underground in a remote Bolivian mine to the scorched Australian outback, Round the Bend is an adventure travel story. It explores the turbulence of redundancy, the excitement of travel, the anguish of leaving home and the challenges of starting a new life in Australia.

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Prologue

Like many adolescents, I spent my youth staring out of classroom windows wishing I was somewhere else. While the teachers handed out homework, I dreamt of travelling to faraway shores, discovering nomadic tribes and trekking to the Seven Wonders of the World.

Depending on the subject matter and the personality of the teacher, my level of concentration wavered each lesson. Geography fascinated me, maths baffled me, religion confused me and German lessons terrified me. Nothing fazed my classmate Mik Scarlet.

He was going to be a pop star and everyone in school knew it. Trivial matters like German lessons were just a minor distraction on his path to stardom. By the time we were sixteen, Mik was networking with Gary Numan and I had retired from language lessons, hoping that laminated menus with pictures would get me through a lifetime of international travel.

But fate had other plans and twenty years after failing in German I found myself on a plane heading to Ecuador for lessons in Spanish. Maybe this time it would be different and I wouldn’t gaze out of the classroom window wishing I was somewhere else.

Book Tours: Guest Post for Tavern on the Edge of Time

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I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for “Tavern on the Edge of Time”. I hope you enjoy the guest post, and I’ll leave the word to author Peter Darrach now.

Why I Love (and Write) Sci-fi Novels

By Peter Darrach, author of Second Skin, Second Skin Too, and the Tavern on the Edge of Time (www.peterdarrach.com)

What child does not dream of fantastic places to color the drab everyday world all around, to people it with extraordinary creatures involved in amazing exploits?  As a youth in London, I found my solace in fairytales, and then, in New York, in science fiction, devouring fanatically everything that came to hand.

Adolescence has a way of derailing one’s interests, of course, and so, for a while my love of the genre lay dormant, only to spring alive after decades of  executive drudgery in the work-a-day world, and again afford me the pleasure of pure, unadulterated fantasy.

To be sure, those working years added a strong foundation of fact-based description, to explain the opportunity to mine metals in space, an asteroid’s mineral composition, or even particle physics, for example, which all lend a hand in forming a realistic setting… a stage on which the action can play out.

And now the hand that draws those characters, that framed those familiar but still exotic worlds was my own—the figures in the stories, my friends, with souls, and dreams of their own, living to love, to fight, to attack and protect—a whole universe, or indeed, multiple cosmoses at my command through the purest of creative forms, where virtually everything is possible.

Better yet, to hear back from fans, who agree that I have succeeded in transporting them to this space for a time, so that they might claim that “reading my books is like dreaming with your eyes open”—that’s why I enjoy science fiction, especially writing it.

About the Author

Peter DarrachPeter Darrach has lived in New York, London, Prague, Munich and Vienna. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in German Literature, both from Pennsylvania State University. Darrach pursued a career in sales and marketing in fields as diverse as amusement parks and retail before moving to Europe in 1991. Since then he has worked in Eastern and Western Europe, holding a series of executive positions with blue chip FMCG companies.  Most recently he has returned to the U.S. to pursue his career as a business coach and fiction author and currently lives in Florida.

His latest book is the sci-fi, Tavern on the Edge of Time.

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Tavern on the Edge of TimeDuring the year 2125, former asteroid miners Max Cody and Elaine Zhou never get a moment’s rest. No sooner have they doused the flames of war between Earth and Mars or returned from their first trip to the Tavern on the Edge of Time when they are called upon to help fit out the fledging Martian colony orbiting Jupiter’s moon Callisto. In parallel, Earth extradites the war’s fomenter, ex-billionaire arms merchant Xanthus Rex, hoping to gain from his insights into Martian teleportation technology, but he manages to turn Earth’s resources toward private revenge against Max, Mars, and the Callisto Colony. In the meantime aliens are leaking into the Earth-Mars continuum from the Tavern, whose proprietor repaired and upgraded Max after accidentally injuring him during an asteroid mining expedition. Max’s enhancements help, of course, but when strange beings with the power to animate matter—the Assemblers—find their way to Earth, Max, Mars, and humanity are sorely beset. Worse yet, the Tavern itself is becoming unstable, its acquisitive host having overstretched his considerable powers. His prospecting for collapsed neutron matter has also opened portals between continua, inadvertently adding still more aliens to the mix. That’s when the Assemblers’ overlord arrives and Max finally meets his match. Oh, and Elaine is expecting their hybrid baby. Yes, you might say these are difficult times at the Tavern on the Edge of Time.

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Book Tours: Guest Post Captain Shelby

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I’m hosting a guest post for the book tour for “Captain Shelby”. I’ll leave the word to author Jesse Giles Christiansen now. I hope you all enjoy the guest post!

On Writing

I’ve been writing longer than others, and not as long as many. What do I know of it? Hardly all there is, and I shall die in the same predicament. But surely I know something, and that’s what I wish to share here.

The most important thing is not to write something, but to write something directly from the soul.

If there is a Muse, he resides there; but he is a god as a child. He knows everything, but does not know how to access it. He is a raging river, and you are the damn. Like the Greek gods, he is nothing without your worship. Worship him by opening the damn all the way. You will be not be able to swim all day, and will have to go to the shore and rest. Tomorrow, get back in the water again and tread water as long as you can. You can’t win, you can only survive. The better you survive, the better your books will be.

Be courageous, or make a living. Choose now.

I know, this is a brutal choice. It really comes down to dedicating your life to a passion, or dedicating your passion to making a life. If you want to create great work, you have to forget about genre and trend. I read recently that by the time you caught literary fashion, it would be out of fashion. Write to write. With a lifetime of hard work, and a little luck, your work will survive.

Writing process leads to processed writing.

Just put it on paper, and your literary work becomes paper with words. Let the words live and breathe, leap on their own from the paper, and your literary work will become slanted rays of sunlight. Know the sunlit roads, then make a new shortcut. Slant the ray of sunlight. Think of it this way, if you know what’s coming next, so will the reader. Your true voice lies in the raging river itself, where it could not go … not where it has gone.

Great work is not enough.

The literary world has changed. For the good. For the worse. You can publish in a heartbeat, and be forgotten in that same heartbeat. You can submit manuscripts to overwhelmed publishers, and grow gray along with your postal or email receipts, which hold the worth of lottery tickets. That is the bad news. The good news is that if you grow a strong marketing limb, great work has a chance … a good one. This means a savvy publisher, strong social media presence, and recognition, whether that be awards or your name on big lists—or both. If you don’t make it, perhaps it wasn’t great work to begin with.

I wish all writers a long career of rich ups and edifying downs, but most importantly, the opportunity to be a literary artist with a readership. What a privilege indeed. For no matter how high you climb, isn’t that what you wanted in the first place? What we all really want? The rest is in the hands of the literary gods.

Yours in literature,

J.G.C.

About the Author

Jesse Giles ChristiansenJesse Giles Christiansen is an American author who writes compelling literary fiction that weaves the real with the surreal. He attended Florida State University where he received his B.A. in English literature, and holds an M.A. in philosophy from Georgia State University. He is the author of Pelican Bay (book one in the Captain Shelby Series), an Amazon #1 list bestseller, outselling Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. One of Christiansen’s literary goals is to write at least fifty novels, and he always reminds himself of something that Ray Bradbury once said: “You fail only if you stop writing.”

His latest book is the literary fiction/magical realism novel, Captain Shelby.

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Captain Shelby 2There are places even the sea cannot go…

In coastal Denmark, a young man named Nereus builds a longship and leaves at age eighteen to discover a new, enigmatic land. Faced with unimaginable obstacles, he crosses the North Atlantic, only to be captured by the Skraelings, the Inuit indigenous people who seek revenge on all settlers because of a “Great Red Man” who murdered many of their family members.

Many years later, Nereus is hired by a group of Irish settlers who are fleeing the tyranny of King Henry VIII, and he takes them across the North Atlantic to the New Found Land. A fierce battle ensues against the sea, the Little Ice Age, and the vicious Skraelings.

When Nereus falls in love with Laura Hodges, fiancée to the group’s leader, William Brockelby, he becomes embroiled in a dangerous love triangle…until the formidable mystery surrounding Captain Nereus H. Shelby is finally revealed.

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Book Tours: Book Excerpt Lieutenant Henry Gallant Book Tour

Lieutenant Henry Gallant 2I’m hosting an excerpt today for the book tour for “Lieutenant Henry Gallant”, a science fiction space opera by author H. Peter Alesso. I hope you enjoy the excerpt.

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Gallant ran—gasping for breath, heart pounding; the echo of his footsteps reverberated behind him.

He hoped to reach the bridge, but hope is a fragile thing.

Peering over his shoulder into the dark, he tripped on a protruding jagged beam, one of the ship’s many battle scars. As he crashed to the deck, the final glow of emergency lights sputtered out leaving only the pitch black of power failure—his failure.

He lay still and listened to the ship’s cries of pain; the incessant wheezing of atmosphere bleeding from the many tiny hull fissures, the repetitious groaning of metal from straining structures, and the crackling of electrical wires sparking against panels.

Thoughts flashed past him.

How long will the oxygen last?

He was reluctant to guess.

 Where are they?

 The clamor of dogged footsteps drew closer even as he rasped for another breath.

 Trembling from exhaustion, he clawed at the bulkhead to pull himself up. His hemorrhaging leg made even standing brutally painful.

 Nevertheless, he ran.

 The bulkhead panels and compartment hatches were indistinguishable in the dimness. Vague phantoms lurked nearby even while his eyes adjusted to whatever glowing plasma blast embers flickered from the hull.

 As he twisted around a corner, he crashed his shoulder into a bulkhead. The impact knocked him back and spun him around. Reaching out with a bloody hand, he grasped the hatch handle leading into the Operation’s compartment. Going through the hatch, he pulled it shut behind him.

 He started to run, then awkwardly fought his own momentum and stopped.

 Stupid! Stupid!

 Going back to the hatch, he hit the security locking mechanism.

 It wouldn’t stop a plasma blast, but it might slow them down, he thought. At least this compartment is airtight.

 Finally able to take a deep breath, he tried to clear his head of bombarding sensations. He should’ve been in battle armor, but he’d stayed too long in engineering trying to maintain power while the hull had been breached and the ship boarded.

 Now his uniform was scorched, revealing the plasma burns of seared flesh from his left shoulder down across his back to his right thigh. He had no idea where the rest of the crew was; many were probably dead. His comm pin was mute and the ship’s AI wasn’t responding. He had only a handgun, but, so far, he didn’t think they were tracking him specifically, merely penetrating into the ship to gain control.

 Gallant tried to run once more, but his legs were unwilling. Leaning against the bulkhead, like a dead weight, he slid slowly down to the deck.

 Unable to go farther, he sat dripping blood and trembling as the potent grip of shock grabbed hold. The harrowing pain of his burnt flesh, swept over him.

 Hope and fear alike abandoned him, leaving only an undeniable truth; without immediate medical treatment, he wouldn’t survive.

 I’m done.

 Closing his eyes, he fought against the pain and the black vertigo of despair. He took a deep breath and called upon the last of his inner resolve and resilience . . .

 No! I won’t give up

About the Author

H. Peter AlessoAs a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.

His latest book is the science fiction space opera, Lieutenant Henry Gallant.

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In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders.

Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans.

With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity.

In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.

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Book Tours: Guest Post for Twice Lost

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I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for “Twice Lost”. I hope you enjoy the post.

Character Guest Post: Jenna Thanatos

Hey, my name is Jenna and up until a few weeks ago I thought I was just like you. Going through life trying to make the most of it. I enjoyed adventure and I would consider myself an all-around fun kind of woman. I had packed up my bags and moved up to Maine with my boyfriend Kyle about a year ago. Well let me tell you he really opened up my kinky side, not that it was ever hidden very far under the surface.

Then, he was murdered, and my entire life was turned upside down. See as it turned out, the men who killed him, were actually looking for me. Apparently I’m part of some prophecy foretelling the coming of a female Harbinger of Death. Me! A Harbinger of Death, I cried for three hours once when I hit a squirrel with my car, how is it that I’m now someone who takes a soul to hell.

So there I was stranded in the woods with a dead boyfriend and two men still hunting me. And as if my night couldn’t get any worse, I end up changing into some ghoulish monster, getting tranquilized and stuffed into a concrete box to be transported to go god only knows where. I’ll tell you, I’ve had some bad dates before but this one really tops the charts.

Anyway, Tim who also happens to be a Harbinger of Death had been staking out the place and rescued me from a fate I don’t even want to think about. He got the lovely job of explaining to me that my life was never going to be the same form that point on. I was what those men were looking for a myth, a legend the only female Harbinger to ever exist. No pressure right.

How does that happen? One day you’re human and the next you’re some immortal monster who takes the souls of the most evil and despicable humans to hell. Frankly I’m still trying to adjust, unfortunately without my knight in shiny black wings, who ended up trading his safety for mine. Who could fault a guy for that right?

But lucky for me I’m not exactly alone. Turns out Harbingers have friends, who would have guessed. So right now with the help of Tye who is… well, I’m not actually sure what Tye is. Aside from a six foot five pain in my ass. We don’t always see eye to eye on my training, he tends to treat me somewhere between the baby sister her never had and the dog he couldn’t get to obey him. It’s really a love hate type of relationship we have. Don’t get me wrong he would lay down his life to protect me, even if it’s from myself.

But he’s teaching me how to adjust to my new body, which now consists of wings, claws and horns. My fighting skills which I desperately need if I’m going to join these boys on a rescue mission to get Tim has been left in the very capable hands of Gabriel.

When I first met Gabe he was an arrogant playboy who thought that he was God’s gift to women kind, okay so he sort of is. Six foot six, cocoa skin and eyes the color of the Caribbean Sea. Who could blame me for falling head over wings for him? He’s…he’s something I never expected to find. Sure he’s an amazing lover who I’m pretty sure gets more turned on when I’m in total monster mode but he’s also my biggest protector. They say you never find love if you’re looking for it. Then it walks in to door and you’re just done for. I wasn’t looking for him but now that I have him, I’m never letting go.

Now… well now the three of us are going to go rescue Tim, save the world. You know, all in a day’s work.

Guest Post: Jennifer Field

Thank you for joining me on this Blog Tour. The entire experience of writing Twice Lost has been a complete whirlwind journey. About two years ago I basically woke up one morning after having a crazy dream and decided to start to write a book. I know, crazy.

It wasn’t one of these lifelong dreams that I needed to fulfill. It was something I wanted to do to really see if I could. I’m like that with a lot of things. I’d say the journey really started about five years ago in the beginning of 2010. I decided that I wanted to read a hundred books in one year. Now for me, that’s a lot of books. I also needed to find the time to read. So I read nightly on my elliptical as I worked out. I found that my favorite books where Paranormal and if they had sex in them, even better. They made working out go by quick.

So there I was, reading books and getting into shape and by December of 2010 I had 104 books under my belt. I guess like so many people I said. “I could do this, I could write a book.” Now don’t get me wrong. Twice Lost wasn’t my first attempt at writing a book. NO, far from it. I attempted to write romance, thriller, steampunk. You name it, I bet I have a partial story written in that genre.

Then I figured, why not write what I like to read. Essentially writing the book not for an audience, but for me. So I started telling the story of my crazy dream. Which by the way, is nothing like the final story, but it gave me a start. First there was one word then a thousand then five-thousand. But even more important than my word cound, I found that I loved creating a story. It was like wondering what my favorite characters were going to do next, and then being able to make it happen.

One of the struggles I’ve had with writing is that I am hands down the worst speller on the face of the planet and my grammar and punctuation aren’t far behind. But I figured those things shouldn’t stop me from writing. It just meant that I needed to find an amazing editor. Which by the way I did. Everyone should send her flowers and thank her.

I like to share those facts with people who love books because like me I think if you love to read at some point you’re going to say…”I should write a book.” And you shouldn’t feel that something like poor spelling should hold you back. If you want to write, by all means do it. You’ll just need to accept that your spelling is poor and know that spell-check will make it worse. But an editor, is worth their weight in gold. It’s like safe sex, don’t have sex without a condom. Safe writing, don’t publish without an editor.

So, now I have the first book in what will be the Harbinger Series written and published. I am about a quarter of the way done with book two Twice Visited which is going to continue the journey of the characters you’re going to come to love and some you will grow to hate. We are hoping to have a release date of September 2015 for book two and in-between I’ll be putting out three novella length stories within the Harbinger Series.

About Twice Lost

Twice-Lost-21-200x300Title: Twice Lost
Author: Jennifer Field
Publisher: Forever Red Publishing, LLC
Pages: 379
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Jenna Thanatos is discovering that life isn’t what it always seems. Just an ordinary girl with a healthy sexual appetite, she soon learns there are such things that “go bump in the night” and she’s one of them. Can she accept who she really is? Can she save the sexy men in her life and herself before it’s too late? Join Jenna on her life altering journey and learn what it’s like to be a Harbinger.

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About the Author

Jennifer FieldJennifer lives in Massachusetts and works full-time in the Bridal Industry. With a daytime job surrounded by simple romance, it is her love for adventure that makes her who she is. She has a love for all things 80’s and has a very mild Diet Coke addiction. As an avid mountain climber, it is not unusual for Jennifer to be hanging off a 5.9 in the Adirondacks or the Shawangunk Mountain ranges. During the off season of climbing, also known as winter, she attends the New England Center for Circus Arts where she studies static trapeze (think Cirque rather than circus). She is an only child so she has her mother to thank for her over active imagination and knack for storytelling. Over the years she has written several short stories of the “naughty” nature for friends but  never had envisioned herself as a writer; Just someone who enjoyed telling a steamy story from time to time. Throughout school she had difficulty with spelling and English, but it never stopped her love for reading, especially a good romance, horror or mystery! To this day she still spells so poorly that even spell check has to ask what the heck she is trying to spell.

Her latest book is the paranormal erotica, Twice Lost.

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Book Tours: Guest Post I Wish

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I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for “I Wish”. I’ll leave the word to author E.B. Tatby now. 

Wish Loud and Follow Your Dreams

It takes a special character to merit the role of protagonist. There must be something endearing about them… something we empathize with or admire. The main character must also possess a quality we love to hate: an annoying habit, an Achilles heel, or a fatal flaw.

Even more than a personal connection, what we crave the most—what keeps us flipping through the pages—is the seemingly impossible journey ahead. Like Kenza Atlas, the sixteen-year old heroine in I Wish, who taps into a wellspring of positive energy only to unleash the wrath of a vengeful evil spirit, we read because we want to be reminded of our internal power to get clear on what we really want: the power to wish… a gift we all have that is ever present and rarely used.

When I finally decided to pick up the pen (or rather, a cramped laptop keyboard) and write my first novel, I soon realized that—as a writer—I was following my own hero’s journey , replete with all the necessary ingredients:

·         a life-long dream of becoming an author

·         almost no time to dedicate toward writing, and

·         a dauntingly competitive book industry that seemed to be (and still is) re-writing itself

How many times did I think about giving up? I’ll admit that I’ve lost track, but I’m glad to report that I stuck with it. Fortunately, I was inspired by a most unexpected source: the main character of my novel, a girl named Kenza Atlas who was learning to wish.

Whatever it is you embark on, whatever stops time for you and fills your soul—whether it be writing, healing people, innovating new and untried forms of technology, or whatever it is that lights a fire within you—promise me this…that you follow in Kenza Atlas’ footsteps in I Wish.

WISH LOUD and FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!

 

About the Author

E.B. TatbyE.B. Tatby was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She is living her life-long dream of being an Author and is passionate about inspiring others (especially teens) to follow their dreams. Above all, she wants to remind them of the power to wish.

I Wish, a YA story, is her first published novel. She is currently working on a sequel.

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About the Book

I Wish 2All her life, sixteen-year-old Kenza Atlas has heard the stories, but she never believed them. She never expected the allure of power or, worse, how far the dark shadows could cast. Genies and wishing are for fairy tales, not teenage girls, and especially not in Omaha.

But when a Moroccan jinn with undulating tattoos and mysterious black eyes whisks her 500 years back in time, she witnesses the death of her powerful ancestor and the gorgeous slave she loved. They sacrificed themselves to escape the Caliph, a tyrant named Mazin.
And now he’s after Kenza.
He’s tracked her to her present time. Now she spends her days stealing paranoid glances over her shoulder, obsessing over a slave who died hundreds of years ago, and praying her family will survive.

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Book Tours: Book Spotlight for The Banana Bunch

Banana Bunch 2Title: The Banana Bunch
Author: Dawn Carroll
Publisher: Amolibros
Pages: 120
Genre: Children’s Book
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Purchase at AMAZON

The monkeys have a human friend called Sheila.

Sheila is in hospital – and she hates the hospital food.

The monkeys decide that something simply has to be done…

When their first attempt at delivering bananas to Sheila is thwarted the monkeys decide to form The Banana Bunch, a secret society dedicated to the delivery of delicious, health-giving bananas to Sheila and all the other unwell people at the hospital. Banana delivery proves, however, a little trickier than they had expected…

Author

Dawn Carroll was born in London, to a family who loved to read – and who also moved house with great regularity. One of the first tasks on arrival at each new home would be to find the nearest lending library, with the result that Dawn grew up with a great love of books. Encouraged by family and teachers, Dawn also started to write short stories.

In adulthood, Dawn’s busy life as a hospital doctor left little time for leisure writing. Indeed, The Banana Bunch stories would probably never have been written had Dawn not, one fateful day, discovered that falling from even a very small tightrope can have devastating consequences… but that’s another story!

Unable to return to her chosen profession, things seemed very black for a while. And then The Banana Bunch monkeys bounced into Dawn’s world….

Since then the monkeys (and Dawn) have been having a great time – telling the stories of their adventures in print and online, and also travelling far and wide to source new story ideas and to meet new friends. Find out more about Dawn and the Banana Bunch at www.thebananabunchbook.com

Tour Schedule


August 4

Book featured at Lighthouse-Academy

August 5

Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping

August 6

Book reviewed at Rhi Reading

August 7

Book reviewed at Little Ones Read

August 8

Interviewed at Review From Here

August 11

Book reviewed 4 the Love of Books

August 12

Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

August 13

Guest blogging at Literal Exposure

August 14

Book featured at Confessions of a Reader

August 18

Book reviewed at Curling Up with a Good Book

August 19

Book featured at The Dark Phantom

August 21

Book reviewed and Interviewed at The Gal in the Blue Mask

August 22

Guest blogging at Lover of Literature

August 25

Guest blogging at I Heart Reading

August 27

Book reviewed at Maureen’s Musings

August 28

Book featured at Breaking the Spine

Book Tours: Guest Post for The Moonflower

Moonflower 2I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for The Moonflower. I’ll leave the word to the author now. Enjoy.

Your Invisible Friend: Intuition

By Tara Edin

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” –Steve Jobs

Intuition is not as woo-woo as some may think. We all have it but not all are attuned to it. In fact, intuition is just as natural as breathing. It is always there, whether we are aware of it or not. When I was growing up, I was intuitively sensitive, but was taught that if something didn’t make logical sense, then it simply was not real. As I began to spiritually open up in my 30’s, I was relieved to reunite with the unspoken truth I had known my entire life. The answers to all of our questions–profound or simple–lie within our own heart and spirit. Yes, we have all the answers! We hear this over and over in movies and stories because it is a universal truth. Sometimes it takes time for our conscious minds to catch up to our intuitive leads, but the answers are always there. The heart and spirit make us who we are at our very core. They are the unseen aspects that often lie dormant until the ego and rational mind learn to work together in a more balanced relationship with our intuitive self.

Life is full of joys, challenges and mysteries. Intuition can assist us in navigating through life with faith, trusting we already possess everything we need to live a beautiful life even if all of the details are not yet in place. We can let go of trying to make sense of the small stuff or controlling the outcomes, which opens the way for divine guidance to enter. The Universe supports us and works in concert with our deeper self, which knows what is best for us even before our rational mind has a clue. When we are connected to our intuitive self, we receive these clues more readily. By simply trusting, we allow magic, miracles, and synchronicities to abundantly bless our lives.

A couple of ways to align your intuitive self with your cognitive self are through regular mediation and positive affirmations. Both allow us to tap into subconscious waters while acknowledging our conscious mind. You will begin to see, hear, feel, and know more acutely.

Some may say I’m a dreamer, random, or irrational for following my heart. However, the freedom in trusting myself is of more value to me than are others’ opinions. Of course, we are social beings and do care what others’ think of us, but we must not let that quiet our voices or deter our paths. After all, there will be as many opinions as there are people, and we were born with one heart and one spirit for a reason. We must be true to ourselves no matter how crazy it may seem to those around us. And when the miracles start happening, simply smile and thank your invisible ally!

About the Author

Tara is an incest, rape and sexual assault survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, a Reiki master, and an author.

As a rape and sexual assault survivor, who struggled for many years, yet came out on the bright side, one of Tara’s goals is to help fellow survivors feel less alone, less crazy, and more inspired.

Tara spent much of her life feeling “wrong” and being quiet due to some very tough circumstances that shook her to the core. After a spiritual awakening on one of her darkest nights, Tara began to embrace her own power to transform past trials into dreams come true.

Writing her story has helped Tara retrieve her voice and find additional creative outlets. Publishing her book has simply made her story available to those who may benefit from it.

These days, Tara puts most of her energy into raising her two children, enhancing her creative life, and living her best life ever. But because she is a Survivor, Tara will always walk a healing path—healing for herself and for others.

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About the Book

Blooming was her Birthright. Darkness the Unexpected Catalyst.

Tara is an incest, rape and sexual abuse survivor, who suffered from PTSD for many years but was misdiagnosed with mental illnesses instead. This took her down a near-fatal path ultimately ending in an accident, which nearly claimed her life at age 29. Most only know the abridged version of the story, yet the real story holds many truths and miracles that must be shared. With a second lease on life, Tara faces the sexual abuse and betrayal from her younger years with support from a compassionate zen therapist. Tara begins to recreate her life with a new spirituality that feeds her soul and encompasses her painful past, giving life to the love that has always been her birthright. With lucid prose and powerful poetry, Tara details her soul’s transformation from darkness to light, offering her readers the gifts of honesty, empathy, and empowerment.

Moonflower is Part Memoir, Part Self-Help & Part Spiritual Odyssey.

Rape, incest and sexual assault are unspoken controversial topics that still fester behind closed doors in the 21st century as survivors are still being told to “Get over it,” or worse, “It didn’t even happen.” It takes years to heal from such life-altering, traumatic experiences, and many survivors are doing this work alone. There is a great need for testimonies from those who have emerged from their ordeals stronger.

This revealing story uncovers the aftermath of abuse that often leads to unstable relationships, repeated abuse, and mental or physical disease. Although Moonflower covers difficult topics such as emotional and sexual abuse, the author sifts through these experiences to offer her readers the gifts and lessons that can be drawn from such setbacks.

There is no cookie-cutter journey to healing, but there is great power in sharing our stories. Moonflower exhibits the power of the self and spirit in the healing process. It stretches beyond what may be considered a “normal” path and braves a non-traditional spiritual road to wellness, inspiring others to broaden their perspectives of the healing experience. Readers will be inspired by Tara’s fiery spirit and deep reflective soul, cheering her on as she finds her way back to herself.

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  • Moonflower: A Memoir of Healing is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.