Monday, 3 August 2020

SOULS #Blitz




Speculative Fiction
(Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror mix)
Date Published: August 4, 2020
Publisher: Mictlan Press

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There’s magic and mystery around every corner, if you know where to look…

This collection of eleven short stories from fantasy and science fiction author Terri Bruce explores the hidden corners of our world. Blending fantasy, horror, magical realism, and folklore, these tales will delight, mystify, and unsettle. Unicorns roam the New Hampshire countryside disguised as a biker gang. Portals to other worlds hide on commuter train platforms. And be careful of what really lurks at the bottom of those quaint wishing wells that dot the countryside. Strip away the veneer of everyday life and dare to see what lies just below the surface.
 


About the Author

TERRI BRUCE is the author of the paranormal / contemporary fantasy Afterlife series, and her short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines. She produces hard-to-classify fantasy and science fiction stories that explore the supernatural side of everyday things from beautiful Downeast Maine where she lives with her husband and various cats.
 
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Hex Factor! Release day Blitz #Review



๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜…, ๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น!!!
๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐‡๐„๐‘๐„!!!
๐€๐๐ƒ๐ˆ๐„ ๐Œ ๐‹๐Ž๐๐†❜๐’ ๐‡๐„๐— ๐…๐€๐‚๐“๐Ž๐‘ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐Ž๐”๐“ ๐๐Ž๐–!


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๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’ ๐’‚๐’—๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’๐’† ๐’–๐’๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’…


Vampire guitarist Noah is about to face the music…

At auditions for Britain's Best New Band, things get awkward when Noah bumps into his old high school sweetheart and sassy ex. The one he dumped to form his band, The Paranormals.

Witch Stacey has never forgotten Noah’s betrayal. Determined to charm the judges with her own band and win the recording contract, it will be the perfect revenge on her ex.

But as the competition heats up, so does the chemistry between them, until one of the show's presenters going missing threatens everything.

With ghosts on the loose and bands who will stop at nothing to win, can Noah and Stacey survive the competition and claim each other's hearts? Or are they doomed to be just another clichรฉ of Hex, blood, rock and roll?



The first in a brand new paranormal romantic comedy series about four bandmates and their love lives by Supernatural Dating Agency author Andie M. Long.


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My Review
I love how creative this book is. Imagine x-factor meets second chance romance with a paranormal twist. We get a mystery, a romance and some hot competition. Plus the title is so clever! I’ll be honest I didn’t work it out but that moment it became clear in the book was aha moment.

Two bands amongst a talent show are looking promising.

The Para-not-normals are a male group who are of the paranormal variety. Noah is our guitarist and beautiful vampire. He knows there is a big chance his ex-girlfriend will be in the contest but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to win.

Stacey is a witch and part of The Seven Sisters band. The way things ended with her ex Noah has left a bitter taste in her mouth which could be sweetened by winning Britain’s Best New Band.

Noah and Stacy have great chemistry. I really enjoyed how this book unfolded. It’s fun quirkiness has me laughing and the mystery had me gripped to every page.

Awesome new series. Such fun.

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 


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About Andie M Long:
Andie M. Long is author of the popular Supernatural Dating Agency series amongst many others.
She lives in Sheffield with her son and long-suffering partner.
When not being partner, mother, writer, or book editor, she can usually be found on Facebook or walking her whippet, Bella.

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Annie's Song Tour and Giveaway!


Annie's Song
by Anita Dawes
Genre: Disturbing Family Drama 

Family or Freedom, which would you choose?



Life in the backwoods of Virginia at the turn of the century was perfect, until Annie discovers a nasty family secret.
Something her family have been doing for years.
She knows she cannot live like this but her protests fall on deaf ears.
Her struggle to change everything only makes her life so much worse. forcing her to try and escape...

Annie's song echoes through the mountains,
her sorrow falls with every drop of rain.
Pieces of her heart lie scattered throughout the forest.

Will her footsteps lead her to the freedom she seeks?



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I remembered when Ma took us up into the hills to see her folks; I’d seen the kind of girls she was talking about. Some of them were younger than me but looked twice Ma’s age. No way was that going to happen to me, I was glad Pa had moved to the valley. I didn’t like the hill folk; most of them looked like Pa’s wood carvings, all old and wrinkled, their skin polished and shiny like they’d been varnished. Even the young’uns, as Ma called them, could do with a good scrub.
Everything around that place was filthy, but it didn’t seem to bother Ma none, she made herself right at home. There were far too many cousins for my liking and most of them had bad breath as well as bad manners. I couldn’t understand why Ma wanted to go up there, I tried to tell myself they couldn’t possibly be Ma’s people. They spoke funny and I couldn’t understand half of what they were saying, but Ma slipped into it real easy.
When it came time to eat, I thought I would throw up right in front of them. There was nothing I could recognise on the plate. Ma told me to eat up or they’d be offended. How could she ask me to eat it? Better they be offended than for me to die of God knows what.
Nathan was already eating, but it was no more than I expected. He was as weird as them and probably belonged up there. I looked at the hog swill on the cracked plate in front of me and could feel the tears pushing at the back of my eyes. The room was dark and smoky; there was no knowing what I might be eating. I couldn’t do it.
Ma shoved a stained spoon in my hand, ‘Go on honey, try it. Do it for me.’
I slowly shook my head and the tears fell on the table, disturbing the dust that lay there. Didn’t they ever clean anything? They were all waiting, waiting for me to take a mouthful like it meant something special. I looked up at their faces. Seth and Samuel, the older ones, were ignoring me but the two younger boys, Billy and Daniel were grinning at me with their blackened teeth. Just when I thought I couldn’t bear it a minute longer; Nathan pulled the plate away from me and scraped the mess onto his plate.
‘She don’t eat more than a sparrow’s worth anyhow.’ he said, dark eyes smiling at me.
Ma tucked into the food on her plate like it was best Sunday dinner and it was like a signal for all the others to start eating. I decided Nathan wasn’t so bad after all, that was the nicest thing he’d ever done for me.
 



Anita Dawes loves all things esoteric, magical and the otherworldly and would prefer to live in a fairy tale. In between these moments, she likes to visit old churches and ancient buildings.

She has written six fiction novels in various genres, Bad Moon, Simple, Secrets, The Scarlet Ribbon; Let it Go and Not My Life. Presently working on a sequel to her popular supernatural romance, The Scarlet Ribbon.

Anita has recently rediscovered her childhood love of poetry and often writes and posts them online.
Owned by an egocentric black and white cat called Merlin, named after her favourite hero, Anita dislikes computers and prefers to writes longhand, sharing a website http://jenanita01.com with Jaye Marie, who transcribes and edits her work...




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Kate by Charyse Allan #Blitz


Kate
Charyse Allan
Publication date: June 20th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
This book will have you feeling ALL THE FEELS and then some! You will be mad, sad, happy and on the edge of your seat.” – Sassy Southern Book Blog
After escaping her past, Kate builds her life around a single purpose: staying hidden. But when the unexpected threatens to unravel her tightly kept secrets, her will to remain alone falters.
Kate ran, planning to leave behind a shell of a life, giving herself strict rules to live by in order to keep the past hidden. But these rules have her trading one prison for another.
Then Kai sneaks into her life, shoving through her shields, getting her to break every one of her rules. An unexpected surprise threatens to unravel her secrets and strip away the control she fought so hard for. But she embraces it, diving into the unknown with Kai.
When her past catches up with her, she battles to keep those she has come to love protected, refusing to relent the strength she found within. But when stuck in a place she never wants to return to and with no chance of escape, she fears losing everything she’s allowed herself to cherish.
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I thumped to the ground on the other side of the fence, steadying myself just before I toppled over. The familiar damp, mucky scent of the creek hit me right before I got to it. My pace didn’t slow even after I ran over the worn log that was my bridge to get across the creek, which was still part of our property, only outside the fence. Then I was off for the highway, leaving the luxurious plantation behind me. No more would I follow their rules. No more would I dress up for Mother’s popularity contests. No more would I allow them to decide my fate.
My fate would be my own.
Delia was parked at the edge of our property in her station wagon Volvo, just as she had promised. The Rankin’s Movin’ On assaulted my eardrums when I opened the door. My heart squeezed in my chest, tears pricking at my eyes. But I shoved all fear away when I climbed in that front seat. Delia had a lit cigarette held out toward me the second I had the door shut.
“Ready, sha?” she asked as I took a long drag of that Joe, nerves and excitement thrumming through my veins.
“Damn right, I’m ready!”
We screamed in excitement when she squealed away from my life trap. “I got an entire album made up for this getaway.” She wagged her dark brows at me, her springy brown hair bouncing as she wiggled to the beat of the song.
We danced and sang, even while tension grew in my chest as the border of the state came closer and closer.


Author Bio:
Charyse published the first novel of the Valley of Death Series in 2014 and has published four books since. She is working toward her BA in Professional Writing through GCU. Now married to her best friend/high school sweetheart, they live in the sweltering heat of Arizona raising their four kiddos and two Goldens. She's a bookaholic and chocoholic; her vices keep her sane, but YAH keeps her patient.

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Star Chaser #Blitz



Poetry
Date Published: 29 July 2020
Publisher: Anamcara Press


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Mark Scheel's Star Chaser is "a creative burst exploring the relationships among ancient legend, the life cycle, the autobiographical and modern day angst." Divided into three sections: "Yesterday," "Today" and "Tomorrow," this division signifies the reality all of us must confront living our lives. In the first section, the poem "Merging" might be seen as symbolizing conception as well as foreshadowing both young adulthood and growth.

“Scheel transports readers to a place where ‘yesterday and tomorrow are one.’ These poems evoke time, timelessness, and human mortality with aching poignancy—leaves underfoot in Kansas City's Loose Park, creases forming in garden gloves, one man's numb-standing new respect for his Harley-Davidson, the wistful sounds of a distant night train. Scheel's elegant and evocative images ignite memories and wishes not only within the voice of the poems themselves but also within the heart of the reader.”

—Ben Furnish
editor BkMk Press


Excerpt

SAMHAIN



Pumpkins by corn shock,

Straw-gold moon.  Listen by door—

Small footsteps in night.



Tombstones cast shadows,

Owl calls in dark.  Soul shivers—

Age-old lure of fright.



About the Author


Mark Scheel grew up in east-Kansas farm country.  Prior to writing full time he served overseas with the American Red Cross, taught at Emporia State University, was an information specialist with the Johnson County Library in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and a prose editor for Kansas City Voices magazine.  He co-authored the book Of Youth and the River: the Mississippi Adventure of Raymond Kurtz, Sr. and his collection of stories and poems, A Backward View, was awarded the 1998 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award from the Kansas Authors Club.  His blog series, The Pebble: Life, Love, Politics and Geezer Wisdom, was published in book form in 2015, and his fiction collection, titled And Eve Said Yes: Seven Stories and a Novella, appeared from Waldorf Publishing in 2019.


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Savoring the World #Blitz




World Travel Memoir
Date Published: July 17, 2020
Publisher: Pacific Books

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I am an avid world traveler. I have lived in a variety of international locations, and I have both studied abroad and taught abroad. I have backpacked, camped out, stayed at youth hostels, and now, in my senior years, I have stayed in topnotch hotels and resorts. I have flown standby, and I have flown first class. I have hitchhiked, and I have taken public transportation, slow trains, fast trains, boats, and ships. I cherish my memories. They are solid, like granite, and they remind me of what I have been through and of how they have made me into a better person. World travel has taken me out of my comfort zone, has freed me from ever living a cocoon like life, has taught me to reach for the stars, and has provided me with an education that far surpasses any level that I could have achieved in any other way.

“Thank you, world!” I can shout from the greatest heights and from the lowest depths, from Germany’s Zugspitze to California’s Death Valley. I’ve been in the burning sands of Saudi Arabia, and I have been in the Arctic freeze of Lapland in Finland. I’ve been there and I am a better person for it.

Everything and everybody in this book is factual. All details are true to life. This is exactly how it all happened. It is as if yesterday is today, and, in a way, that’s the way it really is. These glimpses of my world journeys are poignant, funny, comical, inspiring, and sometimes frightening, but one thing is for certain: every word details precisely and truthfully how it all happened.



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At the time of writing this, my world has been reduced from billions of people of quite varying cultures, religions, and ways of viewing the world to one human, Kitty, and two adorable rescue cats, Coco, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes and whose treatment has been a real challenge, and Pom Pom, his three-legged brother who lost a leg to a sarcoma eight years ago. My life at home has its challenges, but then whose doesn’t? What I can say, and I say it loudly, shouting it out at the top of my lungs for all to hear, is that I am a very lucky man. I am fortunate. I have a wonderful family in Kitty, Coco, and Pom Pom, and I have all the wonderful, life-changing memories I have made from savoring the world in my many travels abroad. In fact, I would have to say that I am about the luckiest person alive – not just because I have made such a wide variety of rich memories, but, most important of all, because I can still recollect and relive them in such vivid detail.

I sincerely hope to travel again, but only time will tell. But no matter what, the many travels abroad that I have had will be relived over and over in my mind, bringing love, happiness, and hope to me in a world that desperately needs all three.



About the Author

Michael Meyer is the author of mysteries, thrillers, humorous fiction, and non-fiction: Love and romance, laughter and tears, thrills and fears. As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, he now lives in Southern California wine country with his wife, Kitty, and their two adorable rescue cats.


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Sunday, 2 August 2020

๐“๐‡๐„ ๐–๐€๐ˆ๐“ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐€๐‹๐Œ๐Ž๐’๐“ ๐Ž๐•๐„๐‘! ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐Ž๐”๐“ ๐“๐Ž๐Œ๐Ž๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐–!

๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜…, ๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น❗❗❗

๐“๐‡๐„ ๐–๐€๐ˆ๐“ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐€๐‹๐Œ๐Ž๐’๐“ ๐Ž๐•๐„๐‘! ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐Ž๐”๐“ ๐“๐Ž๐Œ๐Ž๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐–!


๐—›๐—˜๐—ซ ๐—™๐—”๐—–๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐๐˜ ๐€๐๐ƒ๐ˆ๐„ ๐Œ ๐‹๐Ž๐๐† ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ง ๐Ÿฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—จ๐—š๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—ง

๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž-๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ: https://geni.us/HexFactor
๐€๐๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐“๐๐‘: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54364329-hex-factor

The first in a brand new paranormal romantic comedy series about four bandmates and their love lives by Supernatural Dating Agency author Andie M. Long.

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Vampire guitarist Noah is about to face the music…

At auditions for Britain's Best New Band, things get awkward when Noah bumps into his old high school sweetheart and sassy ex. The one he dumped to form his band, The Paranormals.

Witch Stacey has never forgotten Noah’s betrayal. Determined to charm the judges with her own band and win the recording contract, it will be the perfect revenge on her ex.

But as the competition heats up, so does the chemistry between them, until one of the show's presenters going missing threatens everything.

With ghosts on the loose and bands who will stop at nothing to win, can Noah and Stacey survive the competition and claim each other's hearts? Or are they doomed to be just another clichรฉ of Hex, blood, rock and roll?


The first in a brand new paranormal romantic comedy series about four bandmates and their love lives by Supernatural Dating Agency author Andie M. Long.

A standalone series, but better when books are read in order.

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