Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cover Reveal - The Kingdom







The Kingdom
By: Emily Walker
Genre: Horror

 


What happens when Mother Nature is pushed too far....
She becomes a real bitch.

For centuries, man has been the predator over the animal kingdom, until today...

What happens when the deer kills the hunter and pets turn on their masters? Is it evolution or something far more sinister?



 Coming in early 2014!



Meet the Author


Emily Walker loves creating worlds and stumbling around in them. She writes under her name and the pen name Lyra Mcken. Lyra writes zombies, Emily writes everything! She is constantly losing her chap-stick, and has an obsession with the color pink. Currently a resident of the mountains and loving the view she writes mostly paranormal fiction, and horror, although a contemporary romance or two sneaks in every once in a while. Her small family consists of her red bearded other half, a rat terrier named Rebel, and a cat called Mr. Creepy.







Author Links:
Website  -  Twitter  -  Facebook  -  Blog  -  Amazon  -  Goodreads  -  Snow Flowers After Dark





Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cover Reveal | Prowl Trilogy by Amber Garza

Series: Prowl Trilogy
Book Titles: Prowl – Entice - Unveil
Author: Amber Garza
Genre: Young Adult Christian Thriller
Length: About 220 Pages Each
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Cover Design by: White Rabbit Design and Creations
Banner Made by: Julia Hendrix

BLURB

Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie Smith is sent away to spend a boring summer at her grandma's. But then she meets Wesley. He tells her exactly what she wants to hear and has information about her past that no one else knows. It's almost like he can read her mind.

Only Wesley isn't who he seems.

By the time Mackenzie discovers his true identity it may be too late. She's in too deep and he won't let her go. Now Mackenzie must call on the strongest power of all in order to save her life.

EXCERPT

“Hello Kenzie.”

He turned toward me. I gasped in horror. He was faceless. His face was a black hole with no eyes, nose or mouth, like a shadow. Was this what ghosts looked like? I thought for sure they’d be white like in the movies. “Oh, I’m sorry,” he said. “Is this better?”

His face transformed before my eyes. Black turned into peach colored flesh. It stretched and bent to reveal a cartilage filled nose. Two eyes popped out, and ears broke through the side of his head. Lips, hair, a body, and clothes appeared. My mouth dropped open, and hung loosely as if it had come unhinged. I slapped my hand over it to keep from screaming.

“You don’t need to scared,” he said.

“How did you do that?”

“You think that’s amazing? I can do much more than that.”

I nodded, taking a deep breath. “I think that’s enough for me right now.” He moved toward me, crawling stealthily on the bed like a cat. I moved away from him until I was pinned against the wall. He smiled, revealing blood red gums and a perfect row of white teeth. His pupils were black, and the whites were filled with spidery red and purple veins. My body shook.

“Why are you scared, Kenzie? Don’t you recognize me?”

BLURB

Mackenzie returns home from the summer with her grandma, certain that Wesley is out of her life for good. Until the nightmares resurface, and strange things start to happen. Is Wesley back? When the danger escalates and threatens those closest to her, Mackenzie must fight to save them. Only this time the evil is more powerful, and Mackenzie is faced with an impossible decision.

EXCERPT

“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” I asked Tanner as I stared down at the foamy rush of water.

“Breathtaking.”

I glanced up at Tanner who was staring right at me with a look so intense it caused heat to rise up my neck and spill across my cheeks. Taking a deep breath, I averted my gaze. I reached into my pocket and pulled out my phone with the intention of taking a couple photos.

“So, you’re calling him, huh?” I tried to ignore the jealousy in Tanner’s voice; tried to tell myself it was just a figment of my imagination. I wanted to believe that Tanner only thought of me as a friend, and that he supported my relationship with Isaac. But deep down I knew that wasn’t true.

I shook my head. “No, I was just going to take some pictures.”

Relief swept over his features. He beamed at me. “Here, let me.” He grabbed the phone from my hand. Holding it out in front of us, he pressed his cheek to mine and snapped a shot. He was so close I could smell his aftershave lotion, and the sweat on his skin. My pulse quickened. My heart pounded in my chest. He turned to me, his face inches from mine.

I froze, unable to move or even breathe. His face came closer and somewhere in the back of my mind, alarm bells went off. I knew I should step back, or push him away. But my feet stayed rooted to the ground, like I was a tree on the mountain, a permanent fixture. I could hear the blood rushing through my ears, feel the beating of my heart. The world around us stopped. It was as if we were the only people up here. Tanner’s eyes stared into mine. I swallowed hard, and kept my gaze even.

BLURB

Mackenzie is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday and upcoming high school graduation. Until an unwelcome visitor from her past appears, threatening her future plans. Will she ever be free? Armed with a new weapon and the boy she loves by her side, Mackenzie prepares to fight. She doesn't realize that she is about to step into the ultimate battle between good and evil, where the stakes are higher than ever before.

 
EXCERPT

“What was that about?” Isaac asked when we got inside the house.

“What?”

“The way you said hi to your neighbor and then started looking in another direction and said hi again in a weird voice.”

“Oh.” I smiled.

“That’s just how I talk to kids.”

“Why did you do it right now though?” His brows furrowed in a look of utter confusion.

I was starting to get annoyed with this line of questioning. Can’t I say hi to a neighbor boy without getting the third degree? So what if I use an odd voice when talking to kids. Lots of people do. “Cause I was saying hi to the little boy.”

“What little boy?”

Cold slithered up my spine at Isaac’s tone. “The boy sitting next to Mrs. Kelley in the front yard.”

“There was no boy with her.”

I flung open the front door and raced outside, my heart thumping in my chest. Was I going crazy? I was sure I saw a little boy.

Relief flooded me at the sight of the child still sitting in the grass. I gave Isaac a triumphant look. “See. Right there.”

Isaac narrowed his eyes, staring in the direction I pointed. I expected an apology. Instead, he said, “Are you okay?”

“Fine. Why are you acting so weird?”

“Because there is no little boy there.” A chill brushed over my body, causing goose bumps to rise on my flesh. I glanced back at Mrs. Kelley who kept weeding, oblivious to our conversation. She also seemed not to notice the child, even though he practically sat on her legs. The boy’s neck craned to look at me, but he still didn’t smile.

Fearful, I raced back in my house. Why did I see him if no one else did? Who was he? And what was he doing next door?

AUTHOR BIO
Amber Garza is the author of Young Adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has had a passion for writing since she was a little girl, making books out of notebook paper and staples. Amber lives in California with her amazing husband and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.


Princess Interrupted



PRINCESS INTERRUPTED 

by Michael A. Rothman
375-page MG/YA - EPIC Fantasy 
Available October 1 
M & S Publishing, LLC.


Giveaway!!!
One randomly drawn commenter will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.  The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. So, comment here and follow the tour for even more chances to comment!


Blurb
PRINCESS INTERRUPTED is a tale about a fourteen-year-old daughter of a merchant king in the land of Trimoria named Arabelle. Her life of leisure is shattered when she suffers an attack from a poisonous creature that hasn't walked the land in over five centuries.

Arabelle must learn to overcome the debilitating effects of the poison that courses through her body. All the while, she must resist monstrous foes that threaten her people and the ones she loves.

She must do this while keeping a dark secret that only she can bear.




Excerpt:

It was a few weeks ago that I had presented Father with hot tea that I had brewed myself. The compliments he’d given me motivated me to try something harder.

I was in Madam Mizmer’s stall, and she had set aside a charcoal grill for my use to test out my own recipes for a stew. As I stirred the bubbling pot, I wondered if my ingredients were going to turn into something edible. When Alexandra looked into my pot and smelled the steam rising from it, the look she tried to hide was one of mixed revulsion and panic.

“What did you put in it, Princess?” She politely asked.

I looked worriedly at the creation and said, “Well, I like pickled onions and raspberries, so I started with those and just added some other things.”

Alexandra backed away and smiled. “Well, Princess, you never know. You have certainly created something unique.”

I grumbled. “Unique is polite speech for horrible.”

She shook her head. “No, sometimes you can’t predict such things. When will it be done?”
I cringed as I got a strong whiff of the brewing concoction. “I think it needs more time. Let me continue stirring.”

Suddenly Zoe came running into the stall panting heavily as she yelled, “Slavers! Slaves! Uhh…Escaped!”



“Calm down and take a breath. What are you trying to say?”

After deeply breathing in and out several times, Zoe said with wide-eyed excitement, “A bunch of slaves escaped from slavers and one of our scouting parties found them and brought them in. One of them is even a baby dwarf with a teeny tiny beard!”

I looked down at my stew and muttered, “Bah!” I lifted it off the grill and said, “I think it might get better when it’s cooled off.” I turned back to Zoe. “Can you lead me there?"



Review

Michael A. Rothman's novel Princess Interrupted is a perfect book for any middle school student. This book has a shape shifter, an elf or two, and a princess that can see the future.
One of my favorite parts was as follows. "I promise to arm you with the knowledge you need to survive. I cannot promise you it will be easy, but it will be a life- make of it what you can".


I almost always read young adult books so when I found out this book was for a younger group, I was so shocked when I saw what I was missing. pick up this book and read it.







Meet the Author

I've been writing throughout my career as an engineer, however my writing had been relegated to technical books and technical magazine articles. Heck, you might even find a couple of those musty tomes still for sale if you look hard enough.

With my foray into epic fantasy, I've shed the shackles of technical writing and created novels that I hope will be attractive to a much wider audience.

I've always admired truly epic tales. You know the ones I mean. The book you crack open, wander through and utterly get immersed in. The story takes you on twists and turns you never expected, run into dead-ends that make you wheel your arms backward to prevent you from falling into an endless abyss. By the time you reach what you think is the end, you've read hundreds of pages and realize the end is really only the beginning of the story.

You close the book and wonder out loud. "Do I have the next book? Is it out yet?"

My goal when I started writing the first book (HEIRS OF PROPHECY) that involved the Riverton family was to make a story that would allow a younger audience access to such a tale. Since then, a second book (TOOLS OF PROPHECY) was released, and now I introduce the third book in the series with LORDS OF PROPHECY. 

As to my other writing activities, I've completed another as of yet unreleased novel in the Prophecies series, and they are scheduled to be released as soon as - well, as soon as the paperwork on them is complete, and the lawyers nod their heads up and down.

I hope you enjoy the novel.

In the meantime, if you want to see my ramblings, I lurk at the following social media portals:


Twitter - @MichaelARothman











Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Dream Slayer Series




The Dream Slayer Series

Jill Cooper

(The Dream Slayer)

Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult



Giveaway!!!

I get to host a giveaway for one ebook copy of Dream Slayer and Demon Royale (Book 1 and 2) – giveaway copies courtesy of author.  One random commenter on this post will win!  So, comment to enter.  If you get a conversation going, each of your comments will count as another chance to win.



BOOK 1
The Dream Slayer
Jill Cooper
(The Dream Slayer #1)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Blurb
When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...

Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver.

Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.

When her bully ends up dead, de ja vu from a dream hits her hard as everything around her begins to fall apart. Whatever killed Sarah in her dreams is now in reality, hunting her from the shadows. And it wants her dead.

Somehow as the lines between reality and nightmare blur, Natalie must discover hidden strength to pull her friends and family back from the brink of madness.





BOOK 2
Demon Royale
Jill Cooper
(The Dream Slayer #2)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Blurb
Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson's life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town's borders.

The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents' souls. Natalie's investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.

Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie's shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on:

The Slayer.




BOOK 3
Dawning Apocalypse
Jill Cooper
(The Dream Slayer #3)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Blurb
Protection, murder, deception....

No one can know Natalie works for a supernatural protection agency and is charged with protecting Meadow’s Creek from vampires. But as their numbers swell, their presence doesn't go unnoticed throwing her town under the microscope from the local government and the FBI.

Natalie’s job is pushed even further into the shadows where she must dodge the police, concerned citizens and even her own parents.

Meanwhile a deadly plague grips the town and Natalie suspects it’s more than just a hacking cough. While the stress of working overtime erodes her relationships she will race against time, illness, to face a familiar enemy, save an old friend, and stop an undead seize that wants nothing more than to suck Meadow’s Creek dry.





PURCHASE:
http://www.amazon.com/Jill-Cooper/e/B007ZRDTU4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1382722618&sr=8-1




Meet the Author
Author of the YA Dream Slayer series, Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundries, but most of all strives to entertain.

She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances.

Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.


Website: http://www.jillacooper.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEvasMommy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jillybug
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2997619.Jill_Cooper






The Dream Slayer Series:


          




  








Sunday, October 27, 2013

Valentina and the Haunted Mansion

Blurb


Valentina isn’t thrilled with her parents’ decision to move into an ancient, gigantic mansion in the middle of nowhere—filled with dark, unsettling rooms, and far away from civilization, where they don’t have to worry about hiding who they are. Sure, it may be perfect for a vampire family like hers, but moving here meant leaving her best friends behind.

The new house has some perks, though. Valentina gets to choose her own room, and when she explores the mansion on her own, she discovers a trophy room, a museum room, a music room, and much more.

From the moment Valentina started exploring, however, she’s felt someone watching her. Strange things start to happen all around her: footprints appear in the dust, a disembodied voice sneezes....

...and just because Valentina is a vampire, doesn’t mean she doesn't get scared like any other little girl.



Publisher: Evolved Publishing 

Links:


Purchase your copy



Review

This is an adorable children's story, great for Halloween time or any time.  It deals with the fears and additional mix of emotions that arise from having to move.  Verstraete has a delightful way of expressing Valentina in a manner that is easy for children to relate to and a joy to read.  Giffin's illustrations completely captured the "spirit" of the story and are absolutely beautiful!

This is a wonderful story that I recommend to everyone with children, especially if they have to move and make new friends.  I look forward to reading more adventures from this team and anticipate reading this story several times over.  







Excerpt



This bedroom was perfect for her—not girly and pink, like most girls would want it, but dark and mysterious. That was more Valentina's style.

"Wow!" She smiled and rushed toward the bed, and did the first thing every kid did when she got a new bed.


She jumped up and down on it.




 Meet the Author
Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library.

She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her.

She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.
Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”

Her debut picture book, “Valentina and the Haunted Mansion” released in May 2013, and was published by Evolved Publishing. She is now working on her second picture book, “Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch”, which will be published in December 2013.

She has a lower grade chapter book, “The Doll Maker” coming out in September 2013. This is the first book in the Weirdville series, a series of scary books for kids. The second and third book will be released in December 2013, along with an audio book for “The Doll Maker”.

Her debut young adult novel, “Fractured”, the first book in the Mirrorland series, will release in September 2013 by InkSpell Publishing. You can now pre-order your copy.

Website  -  Goodreads  -  Facebook  -  Twitter
Preorder your copy of Fractured HERE!!






  Meet the Illustrator
 Noelle Giffin is an alumna of the Savannah College of Art and Design, equipped with a BFA in Sequential Art. She enjoys a good story and believes that it should always be accompanied by art that complements it, instead of overshadowing it. Her favorite part of creating artwork is working towards that feeling of “being in the zone,” where everything just fits together seamlessly and is difficult to distract from.

She likes to listen to music while she draws and, as a result, comes up with silly music video ideas for her characters. Her medium tends to be digital, but nothing beats drawing with pencil and paper. Lastly, she loves fat little birds like nothing else in the world (and now no one is surprised as to why she’s drawing Bird Brain Books).









Friday, October 25, 2013

Climb That Fence and Take That Leap



Giveaway!!!
Philip will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. So, follow the tour and comment often.  Find the tour schedule HERE.


Blurb

Edmund blasts across the yard against my calls to come in. He gleely runs off and I chase him across the grass only to find a unique butterfly or a sky filled with stars. As soon as I stop and admire, Edmund promptly comes to my side and rubs against me.

Do you ever wonder if there is more to your pet's behavior than meets the eye? Sometimes their antics are more than just random behavior. Can we learn something about ourselves by watching them?

I believe so and Climb that Fence take that Leap is a compilation of personal, inspirational animal stories and the life lessons I gleaned from them.

After enjoying these stories, hopefully you'll enjoy more quality time with your furry friend and know what it takes to Climb that Fence and Take that Leap!
Buy links

Meet the Author
From Phil's first high school job to present, he's spent his career working with clients, explaining complex ideas in an easy to understand manner. Phil enjoys using his talents to make a positive difference and all the things he learns along the way.
Raised on a farm and having volunteered at different animal rescues, it's no surprise that his first two published articles were about animals. So it's only fitting that Phil's first book is about animals and the connections we share.
In addition Phil enjoys exploring the world and sharing those adventures via writing, photography, and videography. We are all connected and sharing our stories just brings people closer.
Phil's credits include, multiple I.T. certifications, account management, Reiki master, photographer, author of www.theworldaccording2phil.com and www.peakreflections.com, writes a travel column for work, manages an information security website, co-hosts a local television show, contributes to other blogs, and whatever else he can get into.




Review

I found this short read to have cute antics and deep insight.  I wish some of the bits would have had more relating to the animal correlation, but overall it was a nice read.  I too am an animal lover and found it easy to relate.  
It would be interesting to hear more stories from Johnsey's youth on the farm as well.  Perhaps that will be another book.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

The War Inside




The War Inside: Book One of the Horizons Trilogy 
By M. Kircher, 
YA Dystopian/Paranormal 
available in September 2013.



Giveaway!!!
The author will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon.com gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. So, comment here and follow the tour for even more chances to comment!  Tour schedule here



The War Inside
The end of the world is only just the beginning. So eighteen-year-old Thea discovers when her solitary life on a dying Earth is shattered by a mysterious dream, a devastating choice, and a strange gift that propels her on a journey towards the restoration of all mankind.

Thea is bitter and alone; eking out her miserable life on the sunless, cloud-covered Earth she inhabits. A terrifying dream convinces her to save the life of an injured girl, and despite her misgivings, Thea decides to rescue sixteen-year-old Viviana. She soon learns that gentle Viv has a life-threatening infection, as well as a freakish patch of glowing skin over her heart. When this light spreads to Thea, causing her palms to glow, she is forced to trust Caden, an arrogant, lazy, and annoyingly handsome boy she despises. Caden has a map to the last city on Earth, and the only place that might have a cure for both Viv's infection and the strange light on Thea's hands. As the trio embark on a journey through the barren wilderness, Thea and Caden discover, and try to fight, their mounting attraction to each other. Along the way they are joined by Rain, Naomi, and Enoch who explain that the light is not a curse, but a powerful gift meant to heal the polluted Earth and reconnect the remnants of humanity. When the group learns that Viv is the key to this planet-wide redemption, and that there are deadly shadows who will do anything to keep humans in the darkness forever, they each must make the difficult decision to help Viv fulfill her destiny...and save the world.

Buy Link:



We get to hear from the beautiful M. Kircher herself!!! (YAY!!)


Managing Your Time as a Writer
M. Kircher

To be a writer you need one main thing: time to write. Finding that time in the midst of other work, daily responsibilities, family time, and the busy lives that we all lead can be a bit of a challenge.

Most of us non full-time writers are desperately trying to squeeze our passion for writing in as a part-time job or something that we spend every spare moment on. As a new mom (with a two-year-old boy adopted in July and baby girl born in June – instant family!) I’m finding this balance between work and family relationships incredibly difficult. However, I’ve realized that I’m both a better writer and a better mother, when I make time for each. This is no easy task. It has meant figuring out two days of childcare per week so that I can write. It has meant hastily busting out my laptop while the kiddos are napping and letting the house be a bit dirtier than I would like. It means skipping out on some family time to go work at Barnes & Noble while my husband watches the kids.

It has also meant not wigging out when the children don’t nap and I can’t get any writing done. I’ve had to learn that sometimes my family needs to come first and so I put down the phone, say no to my To-Do list, and spend some time playing. My writing is important, but so are the people in my life.

In terms of workload management I’ve found that breaking things down into small chunks of accomplishable goals is far better than telling myself, “I’m going to write half a novel this week.” I try to write one chapter a day or the equivalent, such as 1,000 – 2,000 words. If I’m in the editing stage, I’ll go through three or four chapters a day. For marketing, I write out what I want to accom
plish in a week and then break those goals down into hour-long tasks, assigning two or three of those tasks to each day. Reaching a smaller goal every day helps me feel less overwhelmed, and when I feel less overwhelmed I’m able to focus and get a fair amount done.

Another tip for writers that are trying to find ways to balance work and life is to let yourself be bored. Don’t fill every spare moment with Twitter, Facebook, errands, and so forth. Wash the dishes and let your mind wander. Take a long shower. Turn off the radio in the car. It’s amazing how much “writing” you can do when your brain is occupied with mundane tasks. Boredom sparks creative thought and it also gives your mind the time it needs to work through plot problems, a tricky bit of dialogue, or character development. Writers need both actual writing time and time to let their imaginations run free.

Balance is never easy. However, I’ve learned that if I make the effort to balance my life – both my relationships and my writing benefit.

Thank you so much for having me! – M. Kircher


Love having you here! 

About the Author
M. KIRCHER graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Gordon College and is currently an author and artist. "The War Inside" is her first novel, but there are more to come including the second book in The Horizons Trilogy, "The Gray Horizon" and "Dreamcatchers", a futuristic twist on the legend of Rip Van Winkle. She devours YA, science fiction, fantasy, and romance on a regular basis and is immensely happy to pour her time and energy into creating stories for other people to enjoy. Bob Ross and J.R.R. Tolkien tie for her two favorite people of all time.
She and her husband write regularly for Relevant Magazine (www.relevantmagazine.com) and Simply Youth Ministry (www.youthministry.com). They also just had their first book published called "99 Thoughts on Marriage and Ministry", by Group Publishing.
M. Kircher lives in Connecticut with her husband, one energetic son, and a new baby girl.

Author Links



Review

The War Inside is so diverse. I don't even know what I'd compare it to. It has bits and pieces of books I have read before, but nothing that I can pin point and say "yes that is what it reminds me of" M. Kircher has written an amazing book. I could just tell there was more waiting for me after each page. On the first page when I meet Thea I could tell this was going to be a good book, then I keep reading and it got better and better.

My favorite character would be Thea she helped Viv, a girl she didn't even know for whatever reason,. In a world of people who only fend for them selves. If your reading this and thinking about buying this book, stop thinking about it and do it already.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Legend of the Firewalker



The Legend of the Firewalker

By, Steve Bevil
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy / Action Adventure


Giveaway!!
There will be a tour-wide giveaway for an autographed copy of the book and a Kindle.



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Blurb

A black hooded figure suddenly appeared behind her. She gasped and her brown eyes grew wide. Nathan watched helplessly as a small trickle of blood fell from her mouth.

Other hooded figures appeared; their silver swords clutched upright against their chests. Nathan held tight to her lifeless body while trying to fight back the tears that swelled in his eyes. “No,” he cried. “No!”

Nineteen-year-old Nathan Urye is supposed to be having a relaxing summer as a camp counselor but ever since he started having nightmares about a beautiful girl being hunted by flesh-clawing monsters, his life has been anything but normal.

Soon, Nathan discovers that the sleepy college town of Cahokia Falls is far from ordinary when two unexplained deaths rock the town and campus. Who or what is behind the murders? Does it have anything to do with the newly-discovered cave symbol? And what about the spine-chilling campfire stories about ancient tribal beliefs and mystical legends?

For Nathan Urye, things just keep getting creepier and creepier, and now it appears that everyone at camp is in danger…


What the reviewers are saying…

“Starting with chapter one this book held my attention. The legends in the book told around the campfire gave me goose bumps and the supernatural creatures; Necrocritters, dark hooded guards with swords and red hooded priests added a lot of layers to this story. Not to mention the Fallen Ones!

At times I wasn’t sure how things would play out because there were so many challenges facing Nathan and his friends. I really enjoyed the climax of the book and could easily see this book adapted as a movie. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Nathan and his friends…but you have to read the book to see if they all make it out” ~Reviewer




“It’s terrific! I love your wise-cracking hero, who finds himself thrust into these bizarre circumstances with no real guide. And I love the set up of the supernatural world and these well-defined characters. The supernatural conflict and the relationships that took root here will be able to take you through book after book. That eerie, spirit realm where everything is gray except for the people – sound doesn’t behave as it should – and objects are frozen in place, is really imaginative and creepy. It’s got a strong cinematic feel and it creates tremendous atmosphere. In short, you’ve done some terrific world building here that’s highly imaginative and peopled with appealing, interesting characters we can care about.” ~Reviewer


Excerpt
from
Chapter Eight – The Fallen Ones

Nathan raised his eyebrows and shrugged. He wasn’t even sure if he knew the story let alone anyone else. “Probably,” he replied, slowly.
Suddenly, Jonathan perked up; his tired blue eyes getting some life to them. “Nathan here has Cahokia ancestry,” he smiled and with a nod. “His mother’s tribe was a descendant of the Cahokia American Indians.”
Jonathan paused as if he was waiting for Nathan to say something. Nathan looked embarrassed as Samantha, Christina, and Eva Marie stared at him. Over the flames of the fire Nathan could see that Malick was looking at him too but Nathan wasn’t sure if he had heard what Jonathan had said. Most of the people around the fire, including Lafonda, were still having their own separate conversations.
Christina threw back her long brown hair and leaned in towards Nathan. “Is it true?” she asked.
Nathan answered slowly. He wasn’t too thrilled about the sudden attention. “Yes,” he said.
Both Christina and Eva Marie grinned at each other and then beamed at him. “That’s awesome,” they giggled in unison. 
“Indeed, it is awesome,” added Jonathan, excitedly. “See, years ago, when they started excavating the caves and mounds in this area they found that almost every wall had the same symbols written on them. When the symbols were finally deciphered and the walls translated, they all included some aspect of the story about The Fallen Ones.”
He paused to reposition his glasses again. “Most scholars agree that the Legend of the Fallen Ones is a part of Cahokia mythology on how the world began; you know – their creation story.”
“This is exciting!” shrieked Eva Marie. “Tell us the story – or legend.”
“Does it involve any cute guys?” asked Christina enthusiastically.
Samantha, Christina, and Eva Marie looked at each other and laughed.
“Cute guys?” shouted Angela over the fire. “I have to hear this story. I’m in.”
Jonathan smiled as everyone around the fire including Lafonda, Erin, Alan, and Malick listened closely. “There really isn’t a Cahokia symbol for cute,” said Jonathan. “But the symbols tell a story about five angels that were created out of the heavens in the beginning and shared in the power with the creator of the heavens as givers of light.”
“Cute male angels,” said Angela. “I love it!”
He laughed. “Well, I don’t know how cute you will find them by the end of the story,” he grinned. “See, according to legend and the hieroglyphs found in the mounds and on cave walls, one of the five Angels of Light, as they are sometimes referred to, had a thirst for power and wanted dominance over all of the heavens.” He held up a page in his black and green spiral notebook. “The Cahokia Indians used this symbol quite frequently when talking about this angel.”
Nathan squinted and cocked his head a little. He was trying to make out the sketch in Jonathan’s notebook. After a few moments, he could see that he was staring at a drawing of a broken wing that was engulfed in flames and constricted by a serpent…




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Steve Bevil, the author of The Legend of the Firewalker series, recalls vividly as a child running to the library to check-out and read the latest The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. He started writing short stories at a young age, but never took writing seriously, and as an adult, would only write to jot down the many storylines and mystical characters he would often fantasize in his head.

It wasn’t until he was inspired by the story of author Stephanie Meyer, a stay-at-home mother of three and Christopher Paolini, the author of the Inheritance Cycle, that he entertained the idea of writing a book. Steve recalls sitting at his computer one day, after reading promotional emails announcing the latest books, daydreaming a dialogue between two people.

“It was just so Harry Potter-esque as far as the classic story of good versus evil. I just kept getting more and more detail; it was like the story wanted to be written, there were so many layers to it. I had first and last names, character back history, and everything. Immediately, I started writing.”

After months and months of developing the plot and writing, the end result was his first book in the series, The Legend of the Firewalker. The daydream, a dialogue between two of the main characters; Nathan Urye and Stephen Malick, ended up appearing in Chapters 11 and 16.

Steve Bevil graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s degree in Communication. He is a native of Chicago, Illinois and when he isn’t writing, enjoys music, watching movies, fitness, and walks with his little Westie, Wyatt.
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