Saturday, March 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Vampires Suck Edited by Giovanni Valentino @thegiovanniv @MkgConnections #Giveaway

Vampires Suck
Edited by Giovanni Valentino


Each story has a different take on the legend of the Vampire. Some hide from the darkness and others can walk in the daylight. Some are cold, calculated killers and others are full of teenaged angst. Some are held at bay by garlic but others love Italian food.

Here is a collection of stories designed to poke fun at the whole vampire genre. We have funny stories about the troubles of immortality, about the crazy life of the vampire slayer, and about just how the different vampires get along.

But in all the stories, one element is always there.

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Original Stories by:

Giovanni Valentino - Will Adams - Nicholas Knight - 
Arthur Carey - Gregg Chamberlain - Tim Jeffreys - 
T.R. Clark - Evan Dicken - Dan Doerflein
Tracy S. Morris - John H. Dromey - Tim J. Finn - 
Kerrie Strong -C.J. Andrew - Aaron Gudmunson - 
James E. Guin - Sierra July - Alexis Larkin - 
Daniel McPherson - M. Kelly Peach - Paul Popiel - 
Robert Morrisey- Barry Rosenber - Joe Mogel
J. Adrian Cook - Simon Kewin -Victor Gischler

Here is a list of some of the stories in Alternate Hilarities: Vampires Suck.

Not All That Glitter Is Gold By Giovanni Valentino

It takes all kinds. The Eternal club takes all kinds of vampires into its elite club. Old, Feral, day-walkers. But is the newest type of vampire too far for them to take?

The Other Interview With A Vampire By C.J. Andrew

A vampire’s life isn't always what it seems in the movies, you might be able to live forever but you can't predict the future.

Give Me a V!...Give Me an A!…Give Me… by Arthur Carey

Wanted: Committed, energetic spokesperson to publicize and promote unpopular, sanguinary lifestyle. Personal experience preferred

Got Cookies? by Gregg Chamberlain

Knock knock. Who's there? Special delivery for the Baron!

Nuts by T.R. Clark

Growing up in a trailer park may make one ask themselves, "If you play your life backwards, do you get your junk back?" Especially if you happen to be a dog.

Paleo Diet by J. Adrian Cook

The modern vampire has little idea of the origin of the food he buys in supermarkets. If you found a live human in your home, would you know what to do with it?

Monster Mashup by John H. Dromey

A late-night tour guide goes to bat for his customers. He tells them what to watch out for, upfront, when dealing with vampires. One in particular.

Blood Bank by Aaron Gudmunson

In our modern era of elevated convenience, even vampires partake of processed food. Hunting and gathering is for the bats.

The Vampire Who Wouldn’t Give Up by James E. Guin

Remember that boyfriend who you couldn’t get rid of? Try breaking up with a vampire?

The Hunter and the Hunted by Simon Kewin

A chase across the city. A hungering for blood. But who is the real monster?

Shouldn’t Have Asked By Nicholas Knight

Nigel thinks vampires suck. He also thinks dating sucks. And he thinks dating a vampire would really suck.

The Curse Of Van Helsing By Tracy S. Morris

All Van Helsing wants is to sell used cars in New Jersey. But there's no way she can let that happen. The price is too high. 

Bloodsuckers By M. Kelly Peach 

Death and taxes, it is said, are the only sure things in this life. When you're a vampire, taxes are the only sure thing.

The Diner By Robert Morrisey

Becoming undead can be quite confusing for a new vampire; there is a lot to learn and no manual to download. Zeno wants to impress his new boss in the worst way. Question is, can he figure it out in time to save his own neck?

To Not-Be Or To Not Not-Be By Barry Rosenberg

Life can sometimes be such a pain. Especially if you're an undead and just dying to die.

A Secret To Die For By Giovanni Valentino

The worst kind of secret is one accidentally shared. There is no taking it back and no living with it out in the world.

Giovanni Valentino

About the Editor:

Giovanni Francesco Valentino has struggled at the art of writing for four decades against many demons like self-doubt, chronic depression, OCD and severe dyslexia. He has written a few memoir pieces about his life struggles going undiagnosed for more the half his life. He hopes one day to be a famous published science fiction and fantasy author. 

He is a member of the CNY Writers Haven, a critique and writer support group. He is the editor of the upcoming humorous anthology, Alternate Hilarities.


1st prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card

2nd prize: 1 Print copy of Alternate Hilarities (vol 1)

3rd prize: 1 Print copy of Romantic Ruckus

4th prize: 3 eCopies of Alternate Hilarities (vol1)

5th prize: 3 eCopies of Romantic Ruckus

Friday, March 27, 2015

Orenda (Orenda #1) by Ruth Silver @writeawaybliss @Booktrope @XpressoReads #XpressoBookTours #Giveaway

Orenda #1
by Ruth Silver 

Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: December 5th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages.

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His dark locks fell into his eyes, and he pushed them aside. “We don't have much time. I need your help, Willow.”

Lil's eyes narrowed. “It's Lil,” she said, correcting him. “Why should I help you? Why should I even go with you?” She stood beside his car, her heart thumping in her chest as she crossed her arms.

“Jamey's in trouble,” Rawlie said.

“How do you know my sister?” Lil’s eyes narrowed.

“We don’t have much time.”

Lil was torn in two. She shouldn't go with Rawlie, but the thought of something happening to her sister was even more terrifying than any gruesome scene she could imagine landing in herself. “What happened?” She looked back as the main door to the school opened and the principal came outside to the lot. It was now or never. If they waited any longer, he'd be wondering why she wasn't in class.

“If we're leaving, now would be a good time.” Rawlie jumped into the car, not bothering to open the door. He unlocked the passenger side and Lil pulled the door open, glancing back at the principal before getting into the car. A moment later, Rawlie sped off and away from Twain High.

The drive was like nothing Lil had ever experienced. She secured her seatbelt, tightening it as much as possible. The wind burned against her flesh, tearing at her skin worse than the most painful sunburn she’d ever experienced. The forest shifted in waves around them. She opened her mouth to speak, to ask what was going on, but the words didn't come. The forest grew darker the faster they drove. The trees billowed overhead and though it was spring and there had been leaves on them, the dark forest looked dead. Lil glanced back behind them, seeing a shift and a ripple, the same odd glimmer she'd seen when Rawlie first appeared outside the school.

“Where are we going?” Lil choked out, gasping for air. A bird swooped down just above her head and she flinched, swatting it away. She’d never liked birds, and she definitely wasn’t a fan of ones with large, sharp talons coming at her face.

“Yeah, I don't like birds either. Getting to Orenda through the forest isn’t an easy drive. It’ll be okay.” Rawlie moved an arm to cover and protect Lil while he drove with the other.

“How is any of this okay?” Lil’s eyes widened with alarm as the dead trees closed in on them. The roar was as deafening as a lion's, causing the windshield to shudder and her heart rate to quicken. From a distance, she could make out the faintest hint of pink light streaming in from the edge of the forest. She doubted they'd make it in time. The forest was swallowing them whole. “I want out!” she screamed, fear overtaking her.

“If we stop, we're both dead.” Rawlie didn't let up on the gas. He pushed the pedal harder to the floor, his arm protecting Lil from anything that might attack as they narrowly escaped the forest. He should have put the top up on the convertible before they left, Lil found herself thinking. A moment later, they reached the clearing and Rawlie put both hands back on the steering wheel as they came to an abrupt halt.

How to write a Book Review:

Do your best not to rehash the entire plot. Unlike when we were kids and had to write book reviews for school, a book review should be focusing on the writing, not every plot detail.

So, don’t give away spoilers. No one wants to read your review to know what happens at the end of the book. Let someone else read it and be surprised (or not surprised if it’s predictable). Either way, it’s better to focus on other criteria.

These are a few things that I consider when writing a review for a book.

How was the book paced? Did it start fast and then drag? Was there not enough information in the beginning that made it difficult to understand?

Could you relate to the characters? Did you connect with them? Did you care if they died or would you care? Was there a character that really irritated you? Were they supposed to?

How was the writing style? Did it stay in present tense the entire novel or jump around? What about point of view? Was there head hopping?

Who would you recommend the novel to? Is the book appropriate for a specific age group? Be sure to include what age group if it’s young adult.

         AUTHOR BIO:

Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.

Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

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Book Blitz: Bittersweet (Faerie Song Trilogy, #2) by Michele Barrow-Belisle @MicheleBelisle @NereydaG1003 #YABOUNDBOOKTOURS #Giveaway

Bittersweet (Faerie Song Trilogy, #2)
Release Date: 03/24/15

Summary from Goodreads:
To save the Faery world and her mother's life, Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargain she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her highschool friends and her supernatural boyfriend. Yet love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible Veil between the two worlds-the only bridge that links the pair, is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.

Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to using her new found powers. But when her friends succumb to the same mysterious illness that nearly took her mother's life, Lorelei can't help but wonder if her own dark magic is responsible. Still, the nightmares from Nevermore continue their icy hold. Someone from Adrius's past arrives, determined to destroy Lorelei's world starting with those closest to her, and Lorelei is forced to choose between her family and friends and a love that was ill-fated from the start. 

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"Stay. Just…. Stay." The second I said it I felt awful. What was I asking? I knew he couldn't stay, that he needed to return to his world to stay alive in mind.

Since the night of the dance we'd carefully stayed away from discussing our little predicament. We were still at a standoff. He couldn't live in my world without magical aids to keep him alive, because of the toxic nature of our polluted air, and I couldn't go back to his world, because of a bunch of angry beings trying to kill me. That left us here. He would have to return to his world and refuel, to come back to mine. How long the potions lasted depended upon how much stress he was under. Physical exertion, extreme emotions all used up the reserve more quickly. Then there was the issue of his still being tied to Venus, the daughter of the ice witch I killed. A curse had caused his forced fealty to her. Killing the witch was not only supposed to save Mythlandria from her destructive wrath, it was also supposed to free Adrius of the curse that bound him to the ice witch's commands. Who knew there was a daughter who would take over the bonds, and that she was also his ex-girlfriend.

Now she wants me dead in payment for killing her mother, and as a bonus, I'd be out of the way so she could get Adrius back in her life. That he could come here at all means the curse is weakening. I want his freedom, but at which price? Was I willing to kill for it? I'd have to end her life as well if I was going to destroy the bonds. And I wasn't a killer. Even Oct?hvia's death was more of an accident than intended. I had no idea what awakening the magic would do, or how to wield it. This arrangement seemed like our only option, for now. And while I hated to see him leave, there was something comforting in being able to pretend that my life was normal again. As normal as it ever was. I could enjoy being back home with friends and back at school which surprisingly enough, I'd missed. It's amazing how coming to the edge of your life multiple times will make even the most mundane routines a welcomed change.

"Think about what you're asking me," he said. "You know why I have to leave."

He watched me suck in a breath of regret, as I wished I could take back my self-serving plea.

Pain creased his eyes. "Sleep soundly, Lorelei," was all he said. He kissed the top of my head and turned to go.

The tense set of his jaw revealed the effort it took to leave. I watched him walk away, biting down on my lower lip until he reached the driveway.

"How am I supposed to sleep?" My voice was almost too quiet to be heard over the howling wind. But his hearing surpassed most mortal's.

"Warm milk with honey works well," he answered my whisper, his back still facing me. "It helps with the night terrors too," he added.

"You know that's not what I meant." I moved closer, descending one step at a time until my bare feet hit the cold of the pavement.

Adrius froze. Electric pulses crackled between us.

"I was talking about sleeping without you. Here."

"You've managed to do it before," he said cautiously, the strain of his resolve vibrating in his voice.

"I know. But-"

This was wrong. It was selfish. How could I ask him to stay, when I know that leaving is what would keep him alive to return to me?

"I'm sorry. I'm being silly. It's just I can't-"

With whipcrack intensity, his resolve burned away and he rushed toward me and pulled me into his arms. His touch burned though my shirt as his hands splayed against my back, pressing us closer. He kissed me, hungrily at first, then it quickly deepened to ravenous.

Matching his fervor, I tangled my fingers in his hair. Every inch of me was on fire. He gasped, his lips slowing against mine. By the time we separated, we were both breathless. He leaned his forehead against mine for a few rapid heartbeats, then pulled back. Our eyes remained locked in a palpitating stretch of silence that spoke volumes. My head swirled, and all I wanted was more of where we'd left off.

But he read my intentions. The corners of his lips quirked and he shook his head. Warm hands slid down my arms with one last caress, before he disappeared. Gone so quickly I didn't actually see him leave. Swallowed by the darkness of the night and the forest that held the secret doorway into Mythlandria.

About the Author:
Michele Barrow-Belisle is chocoholic author and artist living in southern Ontario, Canada with her super-sweet husband, brilliant son and a ridiculously affectionate cat. Often told by teachers to stop dreaming and get her head out of the clouds, Michele still spends much of her time lost in make-believe worlds, populated with fascinating and occasionally terrifying characters. Her passion for fantasy extends beyond her writing into her clay figure sculpt-ing, creating miniaturized replicas of the paranormal beings she writes about. Michele is as passionate about reading as she is about writing. When she's not reading or writing, she can be found sculpting tiny fairy desserts in polymer clay. She also loves mocha lattes and watching fireflies at twilight. Did we mention she loves chocolate?

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Spotlight: Proximity (Proximity Series) By M.A. George @ProximityAuth @GHBTours

Proximity Series #1
By M.A. George
Genre: Romance/Science Fiction


She’s an alien whose home world doesn’t even know she exists.

He just inherited a planet, and now he’s running from it.

She has spent a lifetime hiding in plain sight.

He wants to escape the spotlight.

Her touch can heal.

His wounds are deep.

Two hearts, two planets collide.  It’s the perfect union.

Except the part where the world’s about to end.


Proximity Series #2
By M.A. George
Publication Date: January 9, 2013


No matter the planet, Palta Capal is an alien.

She’s lived a lifetime where she never belonged…but relocating to the “home world” she’s never seen has her feeling more like an outsider than ever.

Teetering between the thrill of newfound love and the despair of family loss—not to mention the looming threat of global war—Palta doesn’t need any more excitement in her life.

But what she needs and what she gets are two entirely different things.


Proximity Series # 3
By M.A. George
Publication Date: July 16th, 2013


Palta learned long ago not to expect a “normal” life.  She’d settle for one free of close encounters with supernaturally-gifted homicidal maniacs.

Apparently that’s too much to ask.

Join your favorite Onontian royal family, as they settle into life at the palace...only don’t get too comfortable, because things are about to take a hair-raising turn.

Vitality is the gripping third installment in the Proximity series.


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Author  Spotlight:

Please tell us about yourself using 3 verbs, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction

3 verbs: Reading, creating, laughing.

1 quirk:  You seriously expect me to narrow it down to just one?  I think I’m 20% water and 80% quirks.  Let’s see...I always wash my hands after touching shoes.  (C’mon, shoes are just gross.  And I never said I wasn’t neurotic.) 

A pop culture addiction:  Anything to do with music, past and present.  Trying to list all the bands would probably crash my hard drive.

Top 5 Favorite Things

Books, snuggles with my kids, cozy pajamas, my iTunes music library, and peanut butter.  Preferably all simultaneously.

What’s the last song you listened to?

I’m pretty much never without tunes.  I’m currently listening to “Nightwatchmen”, by Bell-X1.  Thank goodness you can’t hear me singing along.  (Trust me, you’re just as relieved by that fact as I am.)

What’s the last song you listened to?

I’m pretty much never without tunes.  I’m currently listening to “Nightwatchmen”, by Bell-X1.  Thank goodness you can’t hear me singing along.  (Trust me, you’re just as relieved by that fact as I am.)

How do you come up with novel titles?

I usually wait until I’m at least a few chapters into the story, and then I start brainstorming for something that feels right.  I typically have a list of about fifty names to select from, before I finally choose the right one.  Even so, I usually make up my mind by about the halfway mark.  My current WIP doesn’t have a final name yet, and it’s kind of killing me.  

This or That-

*Paranormal or Dystopian?

Either one.  Even better if it’s both simultaneously.

*Morning or Night?

Night, night, night.  Mornings should be illegal.

*Vanilla or Chocolate?

Peanut butter.  (If you insist on giving me vanilla or chocolate, either will go fantastically with my peanut butter.)

*Summer or Winter?

Summer!  If mornings are illegal, cold weather is a felony.

About the Author:
M. A. George is part proud mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent…Oops, probably just lost that job.

Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night.  Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend).  She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus).

She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it.  And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she’s now available (Discretion guaranteed…).

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