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Book Blitz: ‘Sabina Saves the Future: Full Trilogy’ by Martin Lundqvist

 

Title: Sabina Saves the Future: Full Trilogy

Author: Martin Lundqvist

Publisher: Elmar Publishing

Genre: Action adventure / Science Fiction

 

About the Book:

Sabina’s Pursuit of the Holy Grail

Sabina is a gifted 18-year-old girl living in Sydney, in the year 2037. She carries a unique secret. Sabina used to be the Chosen One, but she failed to stop the apocalypse from occurring in the year 2887. As she died, she asked The True Maker to let her be reborn in 2019 and to keep her powers.

After narrowly escaping being raped, Sabina has an epiphany: That it is time for her to set out on her mission to find the Primordial Zeto Crystal, also known as the Holy Grail.

Sabina’s quest takes her to Jerusalem where evil men are after the Holy Grail for their own nefarious purposes. Facing the conspirators, Sabina sets out on a dangerous quest to find and purify the magical artefact, and to stop it from falling into the wrong hands.

But stopping evil is not an easy task, and what sacrifices must Sabina make to reach her goal?

 

Sabina’s Quest to Open the Portal

Having secured the Zeto Crystal, Sabina must choose between love and duty.

Mentally and physically scarred from her ordeal in Israel, Sabina finds solace in the handsome and empathetic Alexander O’Neill, and she experiences romantic love for the first time.

With the Zeto Crystal de-energised Sabina focuses on her relationship with Alex and raising funds for charity.

One day a new enemy emerges, which forces her to go to Mexico on the brink of civil war and face the difficult choice between love and duty.

 

Sabina’s Expedition to Stop the Apocalypse

After many ordeals, Sabina faces her nemesis, Rangda. But will Sabina overcome the evil that she tries to stop?

Having survived the civil war in Mexico, and having stopped Pierre Beaumont’s evil scheme, Sabina and Alex are recuperating in Hawaii.

Peace doesn’t last for long, as Martin Al-Sham re-emerges. His associates kidnap Alex, to force Sabina on a dangerous expedition.

Martin reveals that he has found a way to re-energise the Zeto Crystal, and that he needs Sabina to fulfil her destiny.

 

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About the Author:

Martin is a Swedish male, born in the south of Sweden. He has lived in Australia since 2012 and has been writing fiction since 2013.

Martin writes Sci-Fi , Thriller, Action, Psychological Fantasy, as well as Dark Comedy genre.  Martin’s book has been translated into nine languages.

His long-term partner Elaine Hidayat is an Audiobook Narrator and helps to co-write and edit his self-published books, alongside promoting them on Youtube.

Check out Elaine Hidayat’s Youtube Channel for details.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.martinlundqvist.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/martinlundqvistauthor

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Author Interview: ‘The Divine Sedition’ by Martin Lundqvist

About the Book:

In the year 2872, a rebel-fugitive of The Martian Humanist Alliance, Keila Eisenstein crashes down on Eden, while running away from the Rear Admiral of Terran Council, Bjorn Muller; killing the God-dictator Abraham Goldstein and gaining the mind-control technology to dominate Eden’s population. Teaming up with Metatron, the Archangel guardian of Eden, Keila fakes her own death to fool Bjorn Muller to give up on his fugitive hunt.

Keila faces overwhelming odds trying to take down the overpowered Terran Council that has been dominating the solar system and oppressing most of humanity on Earth and Mars for over 500 years. She is governed by her primal instincts and premonitions, which made her the Chosen One: Her extra-terrestrial Divine connection. Her telepathic visions are leading her the way, and with access to The Divine Control Centre, Keila can unveil secrets of ancient Zetan civilisations that will help her free her people from the oppression of the Terran Council, Houses of evil plutocrats governing Earth and Mars. But with her Divine connection comes a price, so are the Zetans, using Keila as a puppet to gain control of Earth, or is it Rangda, the Xeno demon who lead her to the path of destruction instead, in fact better than the oppressors she seeks to dominate?

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

I have always been writing something, from blogs to school essays etc. Back in 2013, I was sick of blogging as it became repetitive and a friend suggested to me that I wrote novels instead as that gives more creative freedom.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I prefer to write things at home with as few distractions as possible. I like to go for a walk in the park or along the ocean pondering on plot lines, but the actual writing I prefer to do at home.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I think my ideas come from my brain but that they are deeply connected with the things I read and play. Most of my works have a lot of uniqueness to them for better or worse, but creativity doesn’t occur in a vacuum and it’s impossible to be truly unique in a world 7 billion people.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I always start my major writing projects by writing a plot outline where I outline what is going to happen in the plot. I only follow this outline loosely, however, and the result is often quite a bit different from the original outline

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

So, I have written one crime story, two science fiction books, one kid’s book and one parody, so I would say I am genre fluid in that sense. I mostly gravitate towards science fiction and fantasy in my writing though as that gives me more creative freedom than other genres. I tend to be more interested in concepts than in visuals, and I feel like science fiction is a good genre for me to write for that reason.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I am not a fanboy and I usually don’t obsess about actors. I would love to see the Divine Sedition being made into a movie, and I have some thoughts on how I would like the movie to play out and what the actors should look like. Ideally, I would like less established actors so that the movie is the about the plot and not about the individual actor’s stardom.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read a moderate amount, a lot of my reading is on forums such as Quora. I am not really into favourite actors, authors etc. and I more interested in the plot and what it is telling me.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am reading the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and the Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama (Howard Cutler)

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I like the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien, so I’ll vote for that one.

10: What advice would you give to someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Just start writing. If you have an idea you should be able to get a full-length novel manuscript out in

200 hours or so. It might sound like a lot but subtract that time from when you are doing unproductive and stupid things like watching TV and it all adds up. As writing will be your hobby for now. Only write when you feel like it, but try to set aside time for it like you would any other hobby, (training, sports, holidays, religion etc)

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work? 

Website: www.martinlundqvist.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/martinlundqvistauthor

 

About the Author:

My background:
I am a Swedish male born in 1985. I have been to Australia since 2012, and I have been with my partner Elaine since 2013.

My writing roots:
When I was younger I used to write blogs for the joy of writing and for attention. Unfortunately my blogs were pretty controversial and caused me more problems in life than I bargained for, so eventually I gave up on blogging.
In 2013 an acquaintance suggested that I wrote fiction instead of blogs. With a fair bit of enthusiasm I wrote my first book a psychological crime thriller James Locker: The Duality of Fate in a couple of months back in 2013.

Late in 2016 I decided to take up book writing again as it is a hobby with more potential upside than playing video games on my spare time. I finished my Science Fiction novel The Divine Dissimulation a year later

In July 2018 I released the Divine Sedition which is the sequel to the Divine Dissimulation. It is faster and slightly more mainstream than its prequel.

I have also written a children’s book as an experiment called “Matt’s Amazing Week” I am currently working on two projects The Divine Finalisation which is the third and final entry in the Divine Zetan Trilogy and Divine Space Gods: Abraham’s follies which is a light-hearted parody on the Divine Dissimulation.

My style:
My personal approach to writing is that I write what I feel like writing with limited regards to what others want to read. As my works are work of fiction I tend to include controversial topics, as I am not bound to political correct self-censorship.

My independence in book writing is not because I inherently want to rebel against what people want to read, but simply because I have no idea what people do want to read, hence I might as well write what I want to write and hope for the best.

The writing style is quiet different in my two novels. While James Locker is mostly character and dialogue driven The Divine Dissimulation is mostly driven by concept and world building. The Divine Sedition is a mix of the two styles.

 

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Author Interview: ‘Las Hermanas’ by Raedene Jeannette Melin

About the Book:

Award-winning book that recently received acclaim from the National Indie Excellence Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards!

Machine guns rattle ominously outside, and eleven-year-old Adelita Alvarez must run from everything she knows into the South American jungle. Her family murdered and her people pushed from their land, Adi finds herself targeted by a vicious man who seems determined to kill her. As she survives the dangers of jungle and city, her skill and confidence grow, empowering her to face her fears and the peril she encounters. When she happens on a motley group of orphaned and discarded street kids, she knows she must do what she can to protect them. Together, they flee back into the jungle, pursued by men who will stop at nothing. Haunted by her family’s past, she discovers that if she ever wants to be truly free, she’ll have to fight for it.

Las Hermanas is a story of perseverance, loyalty, and struggle. Gripping from the first page, it winds through dense jungle and choking city streets following children thrown into a world that seeks to abuse and control them at every turn.

 

What People are saying:

“Lush natural descriptions – from ominous cliffs to dangerous electric eels in shallow pools – effectively set the dramatic mood. An intriguing, action-packed tale…” – Kirkus Reviews

“This powerfully written, nailbiting, suspense driven book… blew my mind as a first novel… Adi grabs you and drags you into the Amazon jungle, making you feel the gunshot wounds and heart breaks along with her! I highly recommend this book.” – Amazon reviewer

“What started as a bedtime read soon became my daytime book as I found myself swept away with the action-packed storyline. From the very first words “Las Hermanas” hooked me with its energized tale of a young girl thrown into a very grown-up world as she fights for her family, friends, and freedom. I thoroughly enjoyed this read; a great first book from a new author!” – Goodreads reviewer

“For those looking for modern images of female heroes, this book may be exactly what you are looking for. I recommend it.” – Amazon reviewer

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve been in love with stories for as long as I can remember, but the thought of creating my own never crossed my mind. It seemed too big to even consider. Who was I to think I had something to say, something worthwhile to share?

But when the idea for my first novel, Las Hermanas, manifested, I could no longer deny the desire to tell the story of a South American girl fighting for her right to live, and suddenly, I couldn’t get rid of her. At first, she was subtle and would politely pop up in moments of boredom, but when I continued to ignore her, deciding that someone else should write her story, she became a monster – persistent and rude – and I found myself unable to reject her and what she had to say. It was if she had taken my brain hostage and the only way to get her out was to write her down.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

In my office, when the rest of the household has gone to bed. It makes for some late nights and very little (if any) sleep, but when you find that rhythm, that invaluable precious flow, stopping it on purpose for any reason feels a little insane.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Integrated Studies and I cannot remember how many times throughout my studies I wondered about the stories, predominantly female, that weren’t there. History seems to have been written about men, for men, by men and there is a gaping hole left where the voices, experiences and stories of women, and other individuals who identify as anything other than traditionally male, should be. This is what inspires me to write – to tell these forgotten, ignored, repressed stories and bring these voices to light.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I do both. Creating a general outline with my main story goals and milestones prevents me from suddenly finding myself in an impossible corner that makes absolutely no sense and results in the deletion of an entire day’s work. But I also come up with my best ideas on the fly so I don’t like to restrict myself too much. Let’s just call the leeway I give myself “heavily supervised creative license.”

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I’m an action/adventure junkie so that is what I write. I do love historical fiction as well and am currently dabbling in that genre with a fingers-crossed-it-will-work-out-plan to blend the two genres together. Should be an interesting year!

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Haven’t really thought about it.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Like most authors, I can’t devour books fast enough as my “to-be-read” pile never stops growing. I recently stacked the books I own but haven’t yet read together and let’s just say the pile was so tall, it teetered more than a little.

As for favourite authors, my reading tastes are quite broad so narrowing it down to a specific few feels like an impossible task. I haven’t yet latched on to a particular author as I read purely based on whether the story interests me or not. But some of the books that have impacted me the most are; Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson, Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and am currently reading The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have never read such a beautiful book before – not just in the actual story – but in the way it is written. It’s almost musical, each sentence perfect and full of purpose, the way the story ebbs and flows, wrapping you in a symphony.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

If you want to make writing your full-time career and make money at it, writing the story is only half the job. If I could simply write in my office with my dogs in my oversized sweaters drinking way too much coffee and not have to worry my pretty-little-head about promoting, marketing and selling, I would be SO happy. But that’s not how it works. There’s no magical being who will do all that for you and turn all your blood, sweat and tears into a best-seller with the flick of a switch (unless you have the cash flow to heavily invest in such a service). No matter how good the writing is, it’s up to you to get it out there and get it noticed. And that takes additional and different skills than the ones you’ve used to finish your piece of carefully crafted art. So! Be prepared to be shot out of your comfort zone and learn new things!

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I’m on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under the handle RJMBooks. I recently won a National Indie Excellence Award for Las Hermanas so to celebrate I’m giving away 5 signed paperback copies! Visit any of my social media sites before August 19, 2018 to enter!

Website: www.rjmbooks.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/raedenejeannettemelin

Twitter: @rjmbooks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/rjmbooks

 

About the Author:

Raedene is an author based in British Columbia, Canada. As a child, she lived with her family in Venezuela, and draws inspiration for her writing from her experiences with the people and landscape there. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Integrated Studies. Raedene currently lives in Salmon Arm with her husband and two dogs. This is her first novel.

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Author Interview: ‘Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender’ by Kenneth Harris

About the Book:

The City of Springdale is facing rising crime due to an economic setback. There are not enough first responders to help those in need or each other.

This is why 10-year old Jeff Morgan secretly creates a malfunctioning gadget suit to protect his mother, a police officer, and his father, a firefighter from the menace scientist Glue Dude and his squad of misfits seeking to terrorize the city. Can Jeff handle his defected suit in not only saving his parents but also stopping his nemesis Glue Dude from activating a secret weapon intended to destroy humanity?

In this humorous action-adventure chapter-book containing vivid illustrations, each chapter has an interesting stand alone story leading eventually to the final climax where Jeff not only learns of his true purpose but also must make a big decision he never expected in the never-ending battle against crime.

Jeff’s efforts in the struggle to use his gadgets to succeed is aligned to how anyone with positive values can eventually triumph over obstacles. This book is an ideal for children. Life is a rollar coaster ride. With determination and persistence, dreams can be fulfilled.

Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender relates to children as heroes and the journey to make a difference in the lives of others during tough times.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

My nourishment for literacy started as far back when I was 7 years old when the topic of comic book superheroes dominated my discussions with my three brothers. My father was a big Superman fan since he was a child and enjoyed reading comic books as a pastime like many baby boomers of his time. I guess it’s fair to say he passed on his likings of superheroes to his sons. Every Saturday, my brothers and I used our allowance money to go to the comic book store to purchase magazines of our favourite superheroes. Throughout a decade, we all probably owned a total of over a thousand comic books. This art is what propelled me to read. Reading eventually resulted in my desire to write my own stories of superheroes.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Currently, I am fortunate to work a split shift during the day for a health and human services agency. This gap of a few hours between provides me room to indulge in creative writing. I find no better setting than this period to work in my home office where I am afforded an opportunity to be an innovator in the thought process of drafting a story.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The roots of some of my ideas grow from dreams. For example, few of them consisted of me flying over a country landscape. I assumed I was some type of superhero with loose screws and bolts raining down from my weird suit. I remember having this dream as a child and occasionally it returned during adulthood. It gave me the idea for my recent children’s chapter book, “Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender.” Other times, ideas materialize from hearing people in conversation. A simple word or express of feelings in the workplace or at the store can trigger an idea for a potential story.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I am a plotter. What that means is I have to know exactly where my story is going before I start the manuscript. I develop the characters with people I know personally or real-life actors. Afterwards, I develop 3 acts. The beginning, middle, and end. Separate obstacles for the protagonist fill those acts. I must know the ending in detail. All of this is the skeleton of my story. On a separate word file, I proceed with the verbal exchanges of the characters. After all is said and done, I go through this procedure again and again until the story structure satisfies me. Of course, some elements of this are deleted and new ideas enter the picture. It’s a long but fulfilling process that better prepares me for the writing journey when I began the actual manuscript.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books are primarily for children with the emphasis of superheroes and action-adventure. I find such genres a great way to draw children into reading. The comic book formula is upon the education publishing market. Today, respectable industries like ABDO publishing has many titles featuring Spiderman, Iron Man, the Avengers, and so much more. When I was a kid, I don’t recall having access to these types of educational supplements. In my youth, I actually thought this was unfair considering America’s love affair with comic books. It was widely accepted during the Great Depression and World War 2. Now the availability of these superhero titles in the educational market propelled me to indulge in my own quest in writing and publishing my own heroes for this area.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Anyone who reads my book, “Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender” and saw reruns of the sitcom Family Matters, would immediately see comparisons with the Steve Urkel character as Jeff Morgan. I made Jeff slightly more mature. Family Matters had a fine cast of characters. If a movie was being developed based on Jet Set Jeff, and I had a role in casting, I probably would look to cast Jeff parents like the ones on the show. I found the actors strong, funny, and symbolic of the American dream.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Aside from studying the history of comics, I read a lot of fiction. As a teen, I enjoyed Walter Mosely’s Ezekiel Rawls mysteries. “Devil in a Blue Dress” stands out as a story that keeps the reader in suspense until the final chapter.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Right now I am immersing in Maurice Horn’s “The World Encyclopedia of Comics”. This book is nearly a thousand pages and just as old as me and I can’t put it down. It’s full of comic history. I like comic history. It won’t be easy to put it down anytime soon.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

As I can’t seem to put down Maurice Horn’s “The World Encyclopedia of Comics” I guess for now this is my favourite book until something better comes along.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write what you are passionate about.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

I like to connect with my fans and talk with them about comics! I like to engage a big group of people on the subject of comic books and how it shaped and molded our existence in the literary world. Please visit my website at kforpartnership.wixsite.com/educ and let’s engage in educating each other on this wonderful art form. You can also learn more about me on my Amazon author platform at www.amazon.com/author/harriskenneth.

About the Author:

As contributing writer of a news magazine and a writer of action-adventure children chapter books featuring heroes, I have had a life long passion for the history of comic strips, comic book superheroes, and their creators.

As a substitute teacher, elementary school paraprofessional, and preschool teacher, I realized some educational markets like ABDO publishing, created supplements about super-heroes and made them available for elementary schools. Spider-Man. The Hulk. Captain America. The Avengers. So many of these figures are accepted and used as a tool for a theme or lesson in the classroom.

Naturally, since I have had a strong interest in comic books and the creation of it all, I felt I had a duty to not only write about my own hero creations, but also to develop a platform for others who have a passion for the history of comic strips and their creators. It’s a fascinating subject and I learn something new each time I study the topic.

Adults will never get tired of comics and graphic novels. There always have been a great appreciation for this art form.

That’s why I decided to create a new monthly newsletter titled, “Superhero Sandwich.” This is a great way to share some facts about the golden age of comics and to invite readers to share their thoughts, knowledge, or opinions.

Aside from that, the themes in my fiction and nonfiction action-adventure books can go along with the lessons children learn in school or summer camps and help mold cognitive development; especially in the field of English language arts.

My mission is to get the message out there about comic heroes and their creators and use their stories to share and reflect during a time when comics were falsely considered only, “kids stuff.” I like to connect with readers who have this passion for comics and the hard-working people behind the scenes who made it all work.

Check out my website at kforpartnership.wixsite.com/educ and subscribe to my FREE monthly newsletter. Let us talk about the history of comics. We can learn somethings from each other. Check out a podcast of my storytelling technique from a public competition at www.tinyurl.com/kluxvjm. I’m sure you will enjoy it!

Electrifying the appetite for comic history!

Email: kforpartnership@gmail.com

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