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Release Blitz: ‘Vengeance Executed’ by Zoey Indiana

Title: Vengeance Executed
Series: Vengeance Trilogy #2
Author: Zoey Indiana
Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi Romance
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Blurb

Saving the world is much harder when you shouldn’t exist.

Freya is the closest kept secret in the government. Her psychic powers alone strike fear into her superiors. Working as a double agent for the Resistance, she must devise a plan to destabilize the government that has her under constant supervision, as well as every other citizen.

As one of only three living men, Bash is her unlikely accomplice. Behind the scenes, he is the deadliest hacker that has ever worked for the Resistance. Determined to overthrow the government that made his gender illegal, he won’t stop until the Dystopia is destroyed.

When an ARI spy manages to locate their headquarters, both of them must find a way to keep the existence of men a secret.

If you love badass heroines, bearded men, and sizzling romance that will keep you up all night long… Join the Resistance and download Vengeance Executed today!

 

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Excerpt

“I can’t get over how big this place is.” Tris’Tyn’s voice broke Bash’s sexual fantasy starring Freya.

“It’s huge, so large that you’re not sure how to deal with all of it.” A grin flashed on Freya’s face. Bash scowled at her choice of words as memories of the first time they made love surfaced. She’d never seen one in person before and worried he wouldn’t fit. He’d proven that theory wrong.

“It’s nothing like the Resistance camp I came from.”

“That’s because they weren’t the Resistance.” Bash growled as he raised an eyebrow at Freya.

“I meant to ask what you meant by the ‘real Resistance’.” Tris’Tyn’s gaze bounced to her.

“You don’t have to worry about that anymore. You’re with us now and soon we’ll strike the final blow to ARI and the Sovereign. Then everyone will be free.” Nova interjected with a glare at both Freya and him. Busted.

After Tris’Tyn and Nova got off the lift, Freya grinned at him. When she straightened from the wall as the doors opened at their stop, Bash swooped her up into his arms then tossed her over his shoulder. It brought back memories of the first time he’d done it at the safe house where they’d stayed right after they met.

“Are you serious right now?” Her fists pounded against his back.

“Sorry, not sorry.” He didn’t hold back the laugh. “But if you want to give me a massage, my lower back is a bit tight.”

She slapped his ass before giving in. Just like last time, there was only so far she could go without hurting him and he knew she wouldn’t risk that.

Placing his hand against the wall to reveal the bioscanner, he remembered it was unnecessary. All he had to do now was imagine the door opening and his nanites used the wireless communication system to pass the security codes and open the door. Another thought sealed the door as he tossed Freya on the bed.

Scrambling to sit up, she glared at him. “Was that really necessary?”

“Not in the slightest, but it was fun.

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Author Bio

Zoey Indiana was inspired by the idea that everyone deserves love and their own happily ever after, she loves to write about heroic heroines who go on amazing adventures while finding the love they deserve. After creating her first fictional planet where amazing creatures roamed at age ten, she was determined to prove love could be found in the stars. In addition to writing, she listens to eclectic music, practices Krav Maga, and takes on home improvement projects just for the fun of it.

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Author Interview: ‘We Are God’ by Jordan Mund

About the Book:

The Old Man, as he’s come to be known, was born during a time when Mortals and Immortals coexisted. Back then he had many Mortal friends, but that was over 400 years ago. Before they all grew old and passed away. Since then he’s been living day to day, spending his time trying to maintain the memories he has of them.

His world, in what has been dubbed the Eternal Era, is one that never changes. No one dies, but no one is born either. Eventually the Old Man takes matters into his own hands after discovering a way to reverse his immortality. Now nearing the end of his life, he sits down to write his memoirs, to tell about all those friends he loved so dearly, to explain why he did what he did and what it means for humanity’s future.

 

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Author Interview:

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

I always wanted to tell stories. As a teenager I thought I wanted to be a film director. In fact, some of my first attempts at writing, aside from a handful of awful short stories, were a handful of awful screenplays. But as I got older and continued to find inspiration in stories of the written variety the dream of being a director slowly faded and was replaced by the dream I’m currently pursuing, and will likely continue to pursue until I run out of ideas or die.

So, I started writing my first novel when I was 20. The idea of writing an entire book was quite intimidating but once I started, I found the process so wonderful I was hooked. Creating a character with only the smallest idea of who they are and watching them evolve into a fully realized person is one of my favourite experiences. It’s also extremely therapeutic to be able to explore through writing various experiences like tragedy, relationships, or any other experience, and through that exploration come out with a clearer and more developed perspective. That’s not to say that some days the actual act of sitting down and writing out the sentences that will make up the story can feel tedious and there are days when I feel like doing anything but writing. But even on those days, there is some sort of drive that forces me.

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

I usually write in the morning after I drop my daughter off at the school bus. I don’t know if I would say it’s my favourite – I’m not much of a morning person – but at the moment it’s the most convenient. If my daughter’s schedule didn’t require me to wake up when I do, I would probably write late at night.

I don’t have a favourite place to write though. Anywhere I can be comfortable is fine. One of these days I’d like a study or writing nook but for now it’s my living room.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Difficult to say. Everywhere and anywhere I suppose. A lot of ideas come from reading, others from news stories, others from my wildly vivid dreams. There are ideas everywhere. The trick I suppose is being able to recognize how those ideas might work in a story. A camping tent that eats all those who sleep in it might seem like a good idea in the proper story but could be a very bad idea in the wrong story. But I love getting a little sliver of an idea and exploring it exhaustively until it’s a fully developed world filled with characters and conflict. Then you have to write it all down which, admittedly, can be a bit more of a chore.

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 have a vague idea usually of where my story is going. I usually have an ending in mind towards which I try to maintain aim, but I also think writers should let their stories develop naturally and allow changes in direction. Everyone is different, I’m sure, but I like the experience of not knowing exactly where I’m going and the surprise of finding out where I end up.

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

The first two books I wrote, which haven’t been published, were literary fiction. The protagonist has problems in his life, he goes through some experiences and is a better person at the end, that sort of thing. But I switched genres with my newest novel, which did get published. So, the switch seemed to have paid off. My newest book, We Are God, is a dystopian/speculative fiction novel. I just had an idea that came from who-knows-where and I had to write it. I didn’t make a conscious decision to try a different genre, this new idea that popped into my head made that decision for me. But I’ve always loved dystopian novels. George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood, just to name the most recognizable masters of the genre, are some of my favourite authors so it was only a matter of time before I wrote something like this.

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

That’s a fun question. Unfortunately, I don’t have a fun answer. I actually have no idea. It would be important to me that the cast be very diverse, a cast that represents much more of the world than just North America or Europe. But aside from that, I don’t have much of an opinion.

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

I’m an avid reader. My first real love affair with a writer was Charles Dickens, specifically David Copperfield, which I know is so common amongst young men that it is a cliché. But it was a book that really opened my mind to what a writer can do with words. I thought it was incredible, like the words he was stringing together were spells instead of just sentences. But since that first major love I’ve grown into something of a polyamorist. I love a lot of Russian authors: Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Bulgakov, Nabokov. My favourite fellow Canadian authors are probably the two Magarets – Atwood and Laurence. When I need a laugh, I turn to the likes of P. G. Wodehouse or Douglas Adams. I like the horror of H. P. Lovecraft, the sci-fi of H. G. Wells and Philip K. Dick, the satire of Kurt Vonnegut. Really though, favourite authors is a subject that I could write about for pages. I’ll stop here.

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

I usually have a few books on the go at any given time. Right now, I’m reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, The Civil War in France by Marx, and The Reincarnation of Tom by this indie author I just discovered named Aden Simpson. I’m only a few chapters in but it’s already proving to be a hilarious ride.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

This is a difficult question but if I had to choose, I would say the Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. It is one of the most imaginative books I’ve ever read, and, like David Copperfield; it transformed my perspective on what an author is capable of with their writing. In it the Devil arrives in Moscow with a group of demonic characters, some of whom are hilarious, others frightening. There’s also a love story, a giant anthropomorphic cat that likes guns and vodka, a man is turned into a flying pig, and that’s just some of it. It’s an incredible book that somehow surprises me every time I read it.

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

Write. And keep writing. But also read. A good writer is a good reader. Keep challenging yourself by reading authors who are much better than you and study them to find out what makes them better. Read authors you might not think you like and try to find out what it is about them that other readers do like. But mostly, just keep writing and rewriting, even if it’s only a few paragraphs a day. If you do that, eventually, even if it takes years, you will have a book that you’ve written and that will always be an accomplishment from which anyone can take a bit of pride.

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

I’m not the most social media savvy person in the world and I don’t post often but if anyone wants to follow me they can. Here are the links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jordan.mund

Twitter: @jordanjmund

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mundjordan

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/19811708.Jordan_Mund

 

About the Author:

I was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies. I went to the University of Manitoba where I studied English and Philosophy. I’ve always loved creating stories and am excited to now have one of those stories available for others to (hopefully) enjoy. I currently live in Asia with my wife and daughter.

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Book Blitz: ‘Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers’ by Christy J. Breedlove

Title: Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers

Author: Christy J. Breedlove

Publisher: Melange Books, Fire & Ice

Genre: Dystopian / Urban Fantasy /

Young Adult

 

About the Book:

Seventeen year-old Jory Pike knows a thing or two about Indian lore from her half-blood Chippewa ancestry. She can trap, hunt and fish with the best of them. She has a team of three other teen friends called The Badlands Paranormal Society. Instead of bagging groceries or playing on I-pods, they think they can excel at banishing evil spirits. They hope to cleanse houses and earn fat paychecks for their services.

Dream catchers aren’t just the chic hoops tourists buy at novelty shops–they work. And sometimes they clog up with nightmares until they collapse under their own evil weight, imploding and sending the dreamer into an alternate world. Jory uses her worst nightmare to enter the dream catcher world. She’s pulled her teammates in deliberately. Everything goes right on schedule but they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. Now Jory and her friends are there, trapped between the people who have confessed their sins to the Great Spirit and are seeking a way out, and the monsters and evil spirits which are happy to keep them trapped in the web world forever.

They were once considered Seekers in the dream world. Now they’ve become vigilantes and call themselves Pathfinders. Is it spiritual enlightenment they’re after? Or have they now become fatally reckless?

 

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☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•

 

First book in series:

About the Book:

When seventeen-year-old Jory Pike cannot shake the hellish nightmares of her parent’s deaths, she turns to an old family heirloom, a dream catcher. Even though she’s half blood Chippewa, Jory thinks old Indian lore is so yesterday, but she’s willing to give it a try. However, the dream catcher has had its fill of nightmares from an ancient and violent past. After a sleepover party, and during one of Jory’s most horrific dream episodes, the dream catcher implodes, sucking Jory and her three friends into its own world of trapped nightmares. They’re in an alternate universe-locked inside of an insane web world. How can they find the center of the web, where all good things are allowed to pass?

 

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☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•.☆.•°*°•

 

About the Author:

I became a story teller. I’m a diehard frantic creator of Young Adult fiction, whether it’s paranormal, science fiction, suspense or fantasy. I believe in pure escapism with unceasing action adventure and discovery. If you want a moral message or cultural statement, you’re apt to get a small one. But let me tell you something, reader, I want to make you laugh until you gag, cry until you’re dry and tear out tufts of your hair. Today, young adult lit needs a resurrection. How soon we’ve forgotten about Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. Oh, the mania! Where has it gone? Are we losing our young readers? We need something really fresh and new. I and several writers are going to pour everything we have into that end. You are the kindly judge–help us get there and we will deliver!

 

Connect with Christy:

 

Christy’s Website: www.christysyoungadultimagineers.com

Blog: www.guerrillawarfareforwriters.blogspot.com

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/Chris-Stevenson-Author-Page

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/19079898.Christy_J_Breedlove

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/Chris-Harold-Stevenson/e/B001K8UUBK

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Book Review: ‘Wanted by the Alpha’ by Laxmi Hariharan

Title: Wanted by the Alpha (Knotted Omega Book 0.5)

Published: 7th August 2019

Publisher: 13 Suns

Author: Laxmi Hariharan

 

Blurb:

She belongs to me… 

Just a glimpse and I know she was MINE.
She isn’t like any other omega I’ve met,
I hadn’t anticipated this need for her.
I should have stayed away…
Yet, I can’t leave without her.
There’s a twisted, yearning, full of fear and anger inside me. For her…
No one can stop me, from breaking her
From making her mine…
She belongs to me…

This is the 15,000-word prequel to the Knotted Omega Series.

 

Review:

This short prequel is more about setting the players in motion for the main story to begin.

Starts as it means to go on with one hell of a sex dream. Let’s see if Zeus can make it a reality by finding his dream Omega. Seems he’s not the only one dreaming of the other, Lucy is just as linked in her dreams with him. Connected even before they met.

Zeus is an Alpha with a purpose, to kill his bastard of a father. Once done he will then become the General of London. Not pleased with just one title though as he wants to unite Scotland with England. Just has to go through a few people to do it.

Lucy and her sister are in a bit of a bind. Seems to barter a truce they are the terms granted. They know they are Omegas but want to choose who they want, not to be sold off to the highest bidder their father can get for them. Stories of an Alpha in Scotland giving Omegas the choice to which Alpha they bed when the heat cycle strikes leads to a plan of escape.

Can these twos journeys get them to cross paths to what – or rather who – they really want? With tensions running high from all sides and dangers following it’s anyone’s guess to how their stories will play out.

Interesting introduction to the characters but feel it could have been a little longer to get inside their heads a bit more – though this will come with the rest of the series. This is more about setting the scene and putting the players into their places for the journey to continue. Who to trust will be key to getting people to where they need to go.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Screamcatcher: Web World’ by Christy J. Breedlove

About the Book:

When seventeen-year-old Jory Pike cannot shake the hellish nightmares of her parent’s deaths, she turns to an old family heirloom, a dream catcher. Even though she’s half blood Chippewa, Jory thinks old Indian lore is so yesterday, but she’s willing to give it a try. However, the dream catcher has had its fill of nightmares from an ancient and violent past. After a sleepover party, and during one of Jory’s most horrific dream episodes, the dream catcher implodes, sucking Jory and her three friends into its own world of trapped nightmares. They’re in an alternate universe-locked inside of an insane web world. How can they find the center of the web, where all good things are allowed to pass?

 

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Author Interview:

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

My early writing accomplishment were multiple hits within a few years: In my first year of publication back in 1987, I wrote three SF short stories that were accepted by major slick magazines which qualified me for the Science Fiction Writers of America, and at the same time achieved a Finalist award in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. This recognition garnered me a top gun SF agent at the time, Richard Curtis Associates. My first novel went to John Badham (Director) and the Producers, the Cohen Brothers. It was only an option, but an extreme honour. The writer, who beat me out of contention for a feature movie, was Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. My book was called Dinothon, and has long sense vanished.

A year after that I published two best-selling non-fiction books and landed on radio, TV, in every library in the U.S. and in hundreds of newspapers.

I have been trying to catch that lightning in a bottle ever since. My YA dystopian novel, The Girl They Sold to the Moon won the grand prize in a publisher’s YA novel writing contest, went to a small auction and got tagged for a small film option. So, I’m getting there.

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

I write at all hours of the day/night. I’m retired, so I don’t have specific hours to nail me to a chair. If I’m sleepless, I’ll get up and give it a go. I’ll usually write about 10 pages or so in a given 24-hour period—sometimes more, sometimes less. My bedroom holds my desk and computer. I have a 17-in monitor and seven year-old Acer Desktop. No cameras or gadgets.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I basically get my ideas from all walks of life. My most productive times are when I take long walks or rides in the car. As I’m passing by scenery, I see images of things that fleet by, most of which, are fantastical or magical visions. I also listen to conversations. Once while on a road trip, my niece told her daughter that if she didn’t shut up, that she would pawn her for gas at the next filling station. That gave me the entire plot for The Girl They Sold to the Moon.

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 just let the characters do what they want and go like hell. They dictate and call all the camera shots. I’m just staff—behind the scenes. I NEVER know where they’re going, and they never ask permission to go wherever they want. When I’m in the white hot light, my momentum stays up there until finishing time. While I’m writing one chapter, the next one if formulating in my head, and so on….

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

I’m all over the place and that has been a bad source of juju for me. I started off writing my beloved science fiction and then veered off. Those extra genres would include, fantasy (portal and urban), all genres of YA, adult thrillers, paranormal and contemporary romance, dystopian and others. I seem to be attracted to YA more than the others, and decided to write it under a completely differently pen name. From here on out, Christy J. Breedlove is in charge of all YA stories and books.

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

My most recent book? Oh, I’m so behind the times that I couldn’t tell you about any of the young adult (teen) actors today. But I’ll tell you what I could do—I would populate Screamcatcher with four of the best actors that came out of the The Hunger games, and we would be off and running. Katniss is my perfect Jory Pike, and Katniss’s boyfriend is definitely Jory’s pick.

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

I was a late bloomer and started reading late in life. By that, I mean around 1976, when I was 25 years old. I did read required books in school but there were very few of them. My favourite authors are rather obscure: Joseph Wambaugh, Poul Anderson, Alan Dean Foster, and Peter Benchley. These writers struck me with marvellous styles and senses of irony and great humour. They touched me, brought me into the pages and made me feel like I was living in their stories. J.K. Rowling’s world building is just astonishing.

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

I’m re-reading Seabisquit at the moment because I’m so enthralled by the story-line. It’s written exceptionally well, giving me a head’s up about horses and what great creatures they are. I used to be afraid of horses. I’ve re-read The Black Marble by Joseph Wambaugh, simply because I’ve fallen in love with his style. He can really bend one word against another. And I share a law enforcement background with him.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Poul Anderson’s Virgin Planet. It was my first space opera SF book and I just got lost on another world. He was a great stylist and world-builder. Poul became my mentor years later when I was inducted into the Science Fiction Writers of America. Today they call it the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. I’ve just dated myself. But Poul started the whole writing gig with me. And no one knows anything about that book.

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

If a budding writer asked me if they should make authorship a vocation, I would tell them to take a couple of aspirin, go into a dark room, lie down and wait for the feeling to pass. Seriously, this is a rewarding but very tough profession to be in. It takes dogged determination and a steady stream of written material to last in this business. Set writing goals every day and meet them as best you can. Never forget that you ARE in the entertainment industry. The only thing that comes harder is acting and music.

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

I can be found on FB, FB Author’s Page, Twitter, Author’s Den, Goodreads, SFF World, Kindle Boards, LinkenIn, Pinterest, Quora, Reddit, and many others.

Here are a few links:

Christy’s Website: www.christysyoungadultimagineers.com

Blog: www.guerrillawarfareforwriters.blogspot.com

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/Chris-Stevenson-Author-Page-177979902302440

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/19079898.Christy_J_Breedlove

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/Chris-Harold-Stevenson/e/B001K8UUBK

 

About the Author:

I became a story teller. I’m a diehard frantic creator of Young Adult fiction, whether it’s paranormal, science fiction, suspense or fantasy. I believe in pure escapism with unceasing action adventure and discovery. If you want a moral message or cultural statement, you’re apt to get a small one. But let me tell you something, reader, I want to make you laugh until you gag, cry until you’re dry and tear out tufts of your hair. Today, young adult lit needs a resurrection. How soon we’ve forgotten about Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. Oh, the mania! Where has it gone? Are we losing our young readers? We need something really fresh and new. I and several writers are going to pour everything we have into that end. You are the kindly judge–help us get there and we will deliver!

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