Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Vaelinel Trilogy by Andi O'Connor


Silevethiel
The Vaelinel Trilogy Book 1
by Andi O'Connor
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy 
Following her father's murder, Irewen is betrayed and left for dead in the forests of Mistwood. Rescued by an elf, Irewen awakes an exile with no home, no country, and no people. But as the horrific memories of murder and betrayal return, she realizes the nightmare is only beginning.


The world of Vaelinel is failing--its fate bound to her in ways no one fully understands. A mysterious elven prophecy may provide her with some answers, but continuously hunted and fighting for her life, Irewen quickly learns that unearthing the truth will be more difficult than she ever imagined.

Can she accept the friendship of the Wood Elves, or will she stand alone against the terrifying evil now threatening to destroy the entire world?




The Speaker
The Vaelinel Trilogy Book 2

The Vaelinel Trilogy continues with this absorbing sequel to Silevethiel!


Alone and hunted by the Drulaack, Irewen takes advantage of her only option for survival. Pushing her concerns aside, she lets the dead keep her.

But her refuge doesn't last long. Driven out of their hosts by Laegon, a handful Drulaack have returned to the Spirit World. No longer having the protection of the dead, Irewen is forced to return to Vaelinel.

Finally reunited with her companions, the burdens placed on them are taking their toll. Thoughts of suicide and mistrust plague the company. Slowly unravelling, they must conquer their personal battles before standing against the evil threatening the land.

For the Corrupter thirsts for revenge. And he'll stop at nothing to satisfy his hunger.






A Prophecy Fulfilled
The Vaelinel Trilogy Book 3
Regrouping after their escape from the Light Elves, Irewen and her companions fear the worst after black smoke plumes on the horizon. Allowing compassion to rule over reason, they ignore Finnwyn's warning and return to Lilendvelle, hoping to help some of the survivors stranded in the city's wake. Instead, they run into a trap.


Completely surrounded by an endless army of Drulaack, they fight for their lives, but their efforts aren't enough. Irewen is captured and dragged into the heart of the Corrupter's lair.

Having his prize, the others in the company are granted their freedom, but at a great cost: the one named in the prophecy who is meant to unite the elf forces and stand against the Corrupter is lost to the world - trapped beneath the Corrupter's talons.

With the aid of his mother's spirit, Brendell must now find a way to gather an alliance strong enough to march against the Corrupter and his army, but his time is running out. Each day that passes brings Irewen closer to death.

And the world closer to destruction.




Andi O'Connor is a multi-award winning author of epic fantasy novels and short stories with a healthy dose of paranormal mixed in. She sits in front of her typewriter (yes, typewriter!) every day and loses herself in her worlds and characters in hopes that her readers will fall in love with them as well. When she's not clacking away, you can find Andi dancing her butt off in the ballet studio. Rest assured, she's not the next Natalia Osipova, but she has a mean collection of leotards and always finds an excuse to buy more.


She loves bats and dreams of turning her yard into a certified bat habitat. She has three dogs who constantly work hard to drive her insane, but their fluffy cuteness outweighs any insanity they can bring. Her husband 'Honeybee' is wonderfully supportive of her author life, and her son 'P' may or may not have claimed her typewriter as his own on several occasions. Deadpool is her spirit animal, and her motto is Embrace Your Crazy. We're all unique and crazy in our own ways, and Andi hopes others will join her by being proud of their quirks and embracing their crazy!





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Friday, August 23, 2019

9 REASONS to read >>> Road to Nowhere by Evan Shapiro a FABULOUS Cli-Fi (climate fiction), SciFi, Mystery, Thriller, Satire

9 Reasons To Read Road To Nowhere
#1.
It’s a great read – really 9/10 people have a great time reading it. The 10th person while perhaps not enjoying it as much as the others is not hurt in any way, unless you count psychological scarring.

#2.
If you don’t normally read science fiction, relax. This is not like regular science fiction. It’s more like social fiction. Yes, there is a space station, yes there are scientists but you should think of these elements as plot or story devices rather than the main concern. The world in Road To Nowhere is very familiar. You won’t feel out of place, but you may feel out of time (that is a climate change joke – see next point).

#3.
Climate change is real and we are starting to live through the effects of it. But have you stopped to imagine what might happen a little further down the track? Well now you don’t have to worry because I’ve done that for you and you can sit back and just read about it, safe in the knowledge that what will happen to people after you are dead is much worse than what will happen to you.

#4.
Sex – we all like sex. Okay, some people don’t but sex is a part of human existence and while there are some steamy scenes in Road To Nowhere they are not gratuitous. Okay, maybe a little, but sex is in my book because sex has a fundamental impact on human decision-making and I find that fascinating.

#5.
Are you interested in reality? Reality according to human beings? I want you to think about that. Our reality is a human one. A dog’s reality is inline with a dog’s perception. If this notion interests you then read Road To Nowhere for more such notions. Be grateful you have the opportunity to read it because a dog can look at the words but won’t be able to construct a meaning from the symbols on the page in the same way you so cleverly can.

#6.
It’s called Road To Nowhere for many reasons. As a species we seem intent on a path of self-destruction, but we are also resolute survivors. I find that duality compelling, don’t you?

#7.
Don’t freak out about the previous point. Yes it may seem like doom and gloom but there is much fun to be had on the way to oblivion and I’m not at all certain that’s where we will end up. In fact I think we are ultimately much smarter than that. We just have to be wiser about who we let loose on the collective controls of society.

#8.
I really care about you, and that’s lovely isn’t it?

#9.
I’m asking you really nicely to read Road To Nowhere. Frankly that should be enough. I spent quite a bit of time working on it for you and if you don’t like it once you start then you can choose to stop reading it. It is my humble opinion however, that if you give it a go, you will be surprised, perhaps even enthralled and entertained, quite possibly even delighted with your decision. Who knows, you may even want to share a recommendation with friends. Hey, an author can dream.
 

Regards
Evan Shapiro
Author – Road To Nowhere

Is humanity on a Road to Nowhere?

What forces are at play behind global warming and its threat to every species? Is humanity irrevocably heading down a Road to Nowhere?



This near future page-turner, weaves conspiracy, murder, genius and love into a fast-paced ride across the globe, through the absurd and beyond.

Patrick, Kirby, Ancient and Costas thrust us into the world of corporate juggernaut, PetroSynth, where science, politics and corruption jostle to determine our future. How can so much power over our planet be in the hands of so few?

This book is the stuff of modern mythology, an exciting adventure with intricate personalities leaving the reader in a state of agitated ‘not knowing’ until the very end. Can we succeed (we are all in this one together) or will the corporates and their minions win out only to abandon the planet in crisis? A racy and worthwhile read capturing the zeitgeist of our times.”

Ian Cohen – first Green MLC, NSW Parliament and Author of ‘Green Fire’

MORE REVIEWS
What makes this debut novel from Evan Shapiro a thoroughly engrossing read is that it is hard to pigeon hole into any particular genre. Part science fiction, thriller, mystery and romp. A fun and at times gritty ride. It's a page turner written with insight, irreverence and is an apt observation of humanity's capacity for suffering and destruction, yet with potential to make a positive change.
G King

Road To Nowhere’ gives us a thought-provoking glimpse into an uncompromising future that brilliantly juxtaposes futuristic hedonism with the bare fundamentals of human frailty.
M Jury





The second of four children born to would-be bohemians, Evan grew up on a diet of independent cinema, junk TV, Shakespeare and chocolate biscuits. As a toddler he drank Dettol and shampoo and stuck forks into power-points. Growing up he was often reminded by his family that he was lucky to have survived past the age of five. While his parents blamed him for being dangerously active and carelessly inquisitive, he lays the responsibility squarely at their feet for repeatedly leaving Dettol, shampoo and forks within his grasp.



He likes to define the resulting confusion from his upbringing as his 'perspective' which he now relentlessly channels into works of fiction.


These day's he likes to prod people instead of power-points. He lives in Sydney and divides his time between co-parenting, fixing his father's TV settings, changing his mother's light bulbs, graphic design work, writing and meditation. He claims to have found the secret to perfect parenting, but as the answer is endless patience he's not sure it's any use to anyone.





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Thursday, August 22, 2019

THE SMUGGLER'S ESCAPE by Barbara Monajem


After escaping the guillotine, Noelle de Vallon takes refuge with her aunt in England. Determined to make her own way, she joins the local smugglers, but when their plans are uncovered, Richard, Lord Boltwood steps out of the shadows to save her. Too bad he’s the last man on earth she ever wanted to see again.

Years ago, Richard Boltwood’s plan to marry Noelle was foiled when his ruthless father shipped him to the Continent to work in espionage. But with the old man at death’s door, Richard returns to England with one final mission: to catch a spy. And Noelle is the prime suspect.

Noelle needs Richard’s help, but how can she ever trust the man who abandoned her? And how can Richard catch the real culprit while protecting the woman who stole his heart and won’t forgive him for breaking hers?




Winner of the Holt Medallion, Maggie, Daphne du Maurier, Reviewer’s Choice and Epic awards, Barbara Monajem wrote her first story at eight years old about apple tree gnomes. She published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young, then moved on to paranormal mysteries and Regency romances with intrepid heroines and long-suffering heroes (or vice versa). Regency mysteries are next on the agenda.

Barbara loves to cook, especially soups. She used to have two items on her bucket list: to make asparagus pudding (because it was too weird to resist) and to succeed at knitting socks. She managed the first (it was dreadful) but doubts she’ll ever accomplish the second. This is not a bid for immortality but merely the dismal truth. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.




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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Blood Lights by Elaine Pascale Genre: Horror


The Blood Lights are the last thing you’ll see…


They victimize all…

Jezzie Mitchell is in anguish; with her brother’s murder still on her mind, she’s noticed strange behavior among the girls in the residential treatment center where she works. Is there a connection between the contagion on Cape Cod and the deadly Bahamas vacation that changed her life?

Jezzie reaches out to former lover Lou Collins, a scholar who has chased proof of the lights for decades. Will he be able to solve the mystery of the lights in time?

Intensely competitive, reporter Bridgette Collins knows the lights are a way to secure fame in her career. And while it’ll put the final nail into the coffin of her ex-husband’s career, she vows to know the secrets of the lights. Even if it means unleashing a world-wide epidemic…



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The makers of Doritos claim they never intended to make the “Lady Dorito.” In the winter of 2018, a chief executive of PepsiCo let slip that women have different snacking habits than men. Women, according to the exec, don’t like to eat loudly in public. Nor do they like messy crumbs and sticky residue on their fingers. They would never, ever, ever tip a bag back and let the cheesy, salty detritus fall into their mouths. And, most importantly, they like compact snacks that can fit into a purse.

Basically, snacking should reflect the daintiness that is womanhood.
Society has some strange ideas about female hunger. Women should have small appetites regarding all types of hunger: hunger for food, hunger for power, hunger for sex. The Doritos discussion simply articulated what has always been implied: women should reign in their basic impulses. Many women, mothers especially, put their needs second to those of family, friends, and even coworkers. Sleep, food, sex, and mental health can wait if someone else needs your attention first. It is superego over id.
As a writer, I have always had an interest in highlighting the primal urges in women. The Blood Lights not only centers on food/cannibalism/female zombies, but it also examines women’s desires for power, fame, and for love (in the sense of having their needs met, as opposed to being the caretaker of another human’s needs).  And if women are focused on their needs, how does that affect the family and society?
I can’t say that The Blood Lights answers that question, but it does try to imagine a world where women are no longer concerned with eating quietly and neatly. They give into their urges and compulsions: the result of which is a good old-fashioned horror story.



Elaine Pascale has been writing for most of her life. She took a break from fiction in order to give birth to two children and complete a doctoral dissertation. She lives on Cape Cod, MA, with her husband, son and daughter. She teaches a variety of courses at a private university in Boston: from English Composition and Communications to a Vampire Seminar. Her writing has been published in Allegory Magazine, Dark Fire Magazine, and several anthologies. She is the author of If Nothing Else, Eve, We've Enjoyed the Fruit, and is also the author of the nonfiction book: Metamorphosis: Identity Outcomes in International Student Adaptation--A Grounded Theory Study. She enjoys a robust full moon, chocolate, and collecting cats.



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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

FATE’S DESTINY by Debbie Cassidy

FATE’S DESTINY by Debbie Cassidy is available now and that I get to share the news!If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Debbie Cassidy, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $15 Amazon Gift Card, International, courtesy of Debbie and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book

Title: FATE’S DESTINY (Heart of Darkness #3)
Author: Debbie Cassidy
Pub. Date: August 20, 2019
Publisher: Debbie Cassidy
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 192
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
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A winter king with no memory of who he used to be, a rag tag group of rogues, and a journey that will test us at every turn.

With Veles and The Raven at my side and with Morrigan’s power surging through my veins, anything feels possible. But our quest comes with harsh challenges, and we will be tested, mind, body and soul. A frozen wasteland lies between us and our goal, and hunger closes in.

The Autumn kingdom is our salvation…If we make it. But only the strongest will survive.

I hope I’m among them…

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About The Author

Debbie Cassidy lives in England, Bedfordshire, with her three kids and very supportive husband. Coffee and chocolate biscuits are her writing fuels of choice, and she is still working on getting that perfect tower of solitude built in her back garden. Obsessed with building new worlds and reading about them, she spends her spare time daydreaming and conversing with the characters in her head – in a totally non psychotic way of course. She writes Urban Fantasy, Fantasy and Reverse Harem Fantasy. All her books contain plenty of action, romance and twisty plots.
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GUESTPOST by Annalisa Carr author of Exile in Darkness a Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy



Heritage and magic matter to the London covens.

Aristocratic witch, Isabella Pethany, has heritage but not magic.
Underworld powerbroker, amnesiac vampire Maldit, has magic but no heritage.
Lukas Sindis, coven sorcerer and famous psychopath, has both.

Isabella knows her null magic status makes her an embarrassment to her family, but since Natalie, her sister, was murdered, she is all they have left. Guilt makes her willing to do almost anything to compensate for her lack of value, but her grandmother’s proposal to match her with Lukas, in an attempt to bring strong magic back to their bloodline, is a step too far.

When Maldit rescues a strange witch from hunting vampires, his main concern is to limit trouble in his territory. Everyone knows witches are troublesome, and this one is no exception. Her proximity slashes through his damaged memory, allowing him to catch glimpses of his forgotten past.

Drugs have suppressed Lukas’s magic for almost twenty years, filling him with a reservoir of trapped power. When he escapes, his magic flies free, washing over Maldit and Isabella, and clearing away the spells paralysing both of them.

The dark secrets of the London coven are about to explode into the light of day.

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Where do story ideas come from?
The above question seems to arise on all sorts of writing courses, author-signing events and so on. Where do writers get their ideas?

For me, they come from all sorts of places. The idea for a story might loom, full formed, in the front of my mind and I won’t have a clue about what nudged it into existence. Of course, when I come to write it down, it might change completely.

More frequently, an image, an emotion, or a sensation will be the seed for the story. My first published novel, ‘Children of Poseidon – Lykos’, came from an idea I had while swimming off the south coast of England. I was doing a pier-to-pier swim for charity in appalling weather. When I finally finished and scrambled back up the beach, I was battered, bruised and bloody. As I drank my finisher’s hot chocolate, I pondered what it would be like to swim for your life. As a result, I made my protagonist, Lila, jump overboard from a cargo ship, escaping from her kidnappers and arrive, exhausted, on the beach of a Scottish island.





The two other books in the ‘Children of Poseidon’ trilogy were spin-offs from the first, inspired by secondary characters who demanded their own stories.


My science fiction novel (under my own name) evolved from a short story published in the Lady Magazine. It involved the escape of human hybrids from a military laboratory. I wrote it in parallel with its sequel (my MA writing project). It is the only non-romance novel I have written so far, and I’m not at all sure where the original idea came from. I loved writing it.


‘Exile in Darkness’ is set in the same world as ‘Children of Poseidon’ but involves different characters. It is the first in a new series, following the fortunes of a group of misfits. At present, I am writing the story of Lukas Sindis. A prisoner from the age of fourteen, he has little experience of the world and has no idea what to do with his newfound freedom. His people view him as a pyschopath, dangerous but useful, and if he wants to keep this freedom, he needs to show them that he is something more than that. When he meets troubled empath, Robyn, he finds an opportunity.


I love taking the small seed of an idea and growing it into a fully-fledged story. I’m always interested to hear how other authors find and develop their stories. So do share...




Annalisa Carr lives in the English Lake District, where she shares a view of the fells with three cats. She spent the early part of her life working as a protein crystallographer, a job she found fascinating. She now spends her time writing, in a variety of genres. Science Fiction, fantasy and fantasy romance are her favourites.











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