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Dystopian Authors Collide


Dystopian Authors Collide!

Whether you love or dread thoughts of the end of the world, there’s no denying, this is one hot genre! I have brought together some of the best of the best for fun, prizes, and best of all, books! Some of these authors may be familiar, some may be new, but they are all amazingly talented and ready to party! So what are we doing?

A Facebook Party!

Join Ellery from 5:30-10PM EST on November 13th to celebrate our favorite genre with some of our favorite authors. There will be games, giveaways, and great discussions so don’t miss out.

Join the Dystopian Authors Collide Facebook Event

Book Sales and Spotlights!

Check out the books of our authors below! Some are free, some $0.99, but they are all spectacular. Click of the book cover to purchase.

Authors Include: Sara Furlong Burr, Christine Redding Manzari, Cameo Renae, Chrystalla Thoma, David Litwack, Kim Wells, SJ Pajonas, Angela Cavanaugh, Grace Hudson

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FOLLOWER APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY!


This giveaway is in thanks to the wonderful people on my page! Please enter and share!

GIVEAWAY LINK: http://bit.ly/11QF7X2

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Lethal Inheritance Blog Tour (Tahlia Newland)


Tahlia Newland has managed to WOW me once again with a story that takes magical realism, fantasy, and everyday problems that teenagers struggle with, and combines them into a story that will whisk you away from reality while at the same time teach you lessons in ways that are enjoyable.

Lethal Inheritance is about a teenager named Ariel, whose life is turned upside down in the blink of an eye, or rather, a scream from her mother. Cast in to a world that she did not even know existed, Ariel watched her mother get kidnapped by strange, scary creatures. Running when her mother screamed for her to, Ariel manages to get away. Met the next morning by a strange woman with an even stranger explanation of what happened and who exactly Ariel is, Ariel goes on a journey to find her mother, to a land that is practically right in her backyard, and yet, she never knew it even existed. Armed only with a beautiful dagger that she does not even know how to use, and a few supplies, Ariel sets off on a path that will take her through experiences that she never thought possible. With a guide named Walnut, and hottie named Nick, Ariel sets off to destroy the demons that took her mother, and get rid of the Serpentine (the evil inside of us), once and for all.

I have to say that this is an absolutely wonderful story for teens and adults alike. Beautifully written and full of fantasy and adventure, I found myself wanting more as soon as the last page was over. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It would make a fantastic gift to that teen in your life who is struggling with the normal issues that teenagers do. It takes the world and makes it understandable and enjoyable, and you realize that everyone doubts theirselves and this book gives you a great understanding of how to take those doubts and rid yourself of them. I give this book 5 stars and if I could, I would give it more!

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AMAZON BUY LINK:
Lethal Inheritance (The Diamond Peak Series)

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Tahlia writes magical realism and urban fantasy for young adults & adults. She likes stories that are inspiring & empowering and that question the nature of reality, mind and perception. She is an avid reader, an extremely casual high school teacher, an occasional mask-maker and has studied philosophy & meditation for many years. After scripting and performing in Visual Theatre shows for 20 years, she is now a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts. She lives in an Australian rainforest, is married with a teenage daughter and loves cats, but she doesn’t have one because they eat native birds.

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REVIEW OF RYAN HUNTER’S ‘INDIVISIBLE’


AMAZON SYNOPSIS

 Brynn Aberdie has everything but freedom … but everything has a way of changing.
When Brynn loses her family, her security, and her handouts, she is left with one last option, and it guarantees one of two things: freedom or death.

Brynn vows to find that freedom, and soon learns a lesson many in One United have already learned – by failing to protect their rights, Citizens have forfeited their lives with little hope to ever recover them.

MY REVIEW

All of you know that I am fond of dystopian/post-apocalyptic. I would even go as far as saying at this point in my life they are my favorite genre. This is a great dystopian book that I am glad I got the chance to read.

Brynn Aberdie lives in what is called the One United. This takes place in the future where all of North American has joined together into one nation, people are microchipped with their every move tracked by the government, supposedly for their own safety, and their lives are mostly controlled by the government. They live underground in energy-saving homes. Their lives are in essence, mapped out for them. They have no control. Their every word is listened to and their freedom contingent on their willingness to be sheep.

After the death of her father in what the One United calls a terrorist attack, Bree’s life is changed forever. Along with a boy named T, Bree throws off the conventional chains and takes off in search of freedom.

This book is action-packed. I literally could not put it down. Bree was a very likable character and T is just what you would expect in a boy that turns her life upside down. Bree goes through so much on her quest for freedom. There are so many twists and turns that you just do not expect. Plus, the little bit of romance makes it sweet. This is one book that you do not want to miss.

Quotes from the book:

“Equality in the classroom means equality in life.”

“We were modified, Brynn.”

“Two of us – and you think we can change the world?

“I worry about you, about anything happening to you, because I truly love you, every bit of you.

Available on Amazon for $3.99
inDIVISIBLE by Ryan Hunter

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www.facebook.com/authorryanhunter

STEPHANIE ERICKSON’S ‘THE BLACKOUT’


Today we are going to have a promo of a new post-apocalyptic book by Stephanie Erickson. There will also be a giveaway!

TODAY ONLY FOR CYBER MONDAY IT IS ONLY $0.99 ON AMAZON!

THE BLACKOUT

SYNOPSIS:

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The world is thrust into darkness and silence, but no one knows why.
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Molly is an English professor at a local liberal arts college when the world suddenly goes dark. Her husband, Gary, is a corporate pilot on the other side of the country. Grounded by what appears to be a catastrophic power outage, he has no way to communicate with his wife, let alone get home to her.
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Not knowing whether her husband is alive or dead, Molly struggles to adapt to her new environment: without power, running water, transportation, a stable food supply, or any long-distance means of communication. Without knowing the cause of the outage, Gary must decide whether to wait for things to go back to normal, or to make the long and dangerous journey home on foot. Both must learn to survive after the Blackout.
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AUTHOR BIO:
Stephanie Erickson graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a degree in English Literature.  She went on to pursue a career in graphic design, however writing remained her passion.  The Blackout is her first novel of many, she hopes.
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AUTHOR LINKS:
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AMAZON LINK:

The Blackout

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THE GIVEAWAY:

Stephanie has been kind enough to offer up 1 kindle copy of The Blackout. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment telling me WHY you want to read these books and/or ask the author a question. This is MANDATORY! For an extra entry please like Stephanie’s facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/stephmerickson

Remember to follow the comments (a box you can check) to be notified to the answers to your questions!

ENDS: 11/28 at 8 am CST

APOCALYPSE IS LIVE ON AMAZON!


APOCALYPSE: AN ANTHOLOGY BY AUTHORS AND READERS

As most of you probably know I put together an anthology called “Apocalypse: An Anthology by Authors and Readers”. It was created from a short story contest on my facebook page and it just snowballed from there. It is chock full of established authors such as Jason Brant, Jayce Grayson, R.M. Gilmore, Kate Charles, S.L. Dearing, Brittany Heister, and Jon Messenger. It also introduces a bunch of never before published authors such as Nicki Scalise (co-owner of the awesome Thousand Lives Book Blog and Page Turners Facebook page), Kimberly Hennessy (owner of Moutful of Words Blog), Heather Kirchoff, and Jocelyn Sanchez. This is a book worth reading and I’m not just saying that because I edited and published it! You also can’t miss out on the fabulous artwork by Rene Folsom of Physel Designs, who won the Cover Contest. I would love it if you would buy a copy, or even just like it on Amazon and agree with the tags! If you would rather have a paperback, those should be available from Amazon soon. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can BORROW it for free!

SYNOPSIS:

What began as an idea soon set into motion a chain of events which would lead to the next APOCALYPSE…
I want you to imagine that the world as we know it has ended. Total Apocalypse. You only have yourself and one other person you can rely on. There is no power, no water, and you are armed with only a backpack of supplies. In your backpack there are matches, four bottles of water, enough food to make it three days, and one weapon. Spin a web of survival, danger, and conflict. Tell us why the world as you knew it ended, tell us your fears, make up a world in which nothing is the same and survival is hard, and the world is against you. Tell us what you would do, where you would go, how you would get food and water, how you would protect yourself, and how you would make your life over again. You could even throw in some romance and meet some new people to help you on your journey.
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11 authors, 11 different stories, one main idea…welcome to the APOCALYPSE…
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AMAZON BUY LINK:

APOCALYPSE: An Anthology by Authors and Readers

MY FACEBOOK:

http://www.facebook.com/cynthiashepp

APOCALYPSE WEBSITE:

www.apocalypseanthology.com

*The next Anthology Contest will start in January. So if you are a writer looking to get published or a cover artist looking to get your work out there, keep a check on my facebook page for more details*

Tartarus: (West of Hell Book 2) Review and SERIES Giveaway


(Giveaway details below: Please read review first)

Journeying back to the wild west…cowboys, prostitutes, and zombies (oh my). Tartarus starts off exactly where Gehenna left off. McCall and Karen boarded a train to escape the hell of Gehenna, which was full of “moaners”. Moaners are the living dead, infected people that are eating other people…zombies. Once aboard the train they learn that some of the moaners have made it on and are infecting the other passengers. Throw in a couple of outlaws trying to get to the Tartarus River and a trainload of passengers, and you have the makings of a huge ‘fustercluck’. They exit the train (not that it was really that easy but I am not going to give you all the details!) after finding out that the moaners are everywhere outside, that nowhere is safe. McCall, Karen, and surprisingly, a little boy take off on foot with no food or water. Their continued journey takes them through hell and back…with an ending that will have your mouth falling open in shock.

Tartarus was an excellent addition to the West of Hell series. It was a quick but anticipation filled read that had you dying for more when you finished. Gehenna (Book 1) broadened my horizons since I have never been a big fan of zombie books, but Tartarus opened my eyes. I am a huge fan of character interaction and getting to know the people I am reading about. In Tartarus you finally get the chance to get to know Karen and McCall. Gehenna was action packed from the start to the finish and Tartarus slowed it down a bit. I went through a myriad of emotions while reading. I laughed, cussed, and even teared up a time or two. McCall ended up being just the sort of hero that women love and Karen is one of those kick ass chicks that you root for till the very end. You see a much softer side of the outlaw McCall and even a spark of romance. Of course the ending will kick you in the teeth and leave you wondering what the hell is going on in Jason Brant’s mind! He’s a bit twisted but that twisted part is what makes his books so addicting…you never know what to expect. I give Tartarus 5 stars and I CAN’T wait to see how the West of Hell trilogy ends. I bet I couldn’t imagine the ending even if I tried.

If I have talked you into reading this book, please leave the author a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author.

Quotes from the Book:

“Didn’t you hear what the kid said? I’m Mad Dog McCall. I do what I want, when I want.”

(McCall) “Remind me not to piss you off.  (Karen) “Yeah, well, I don’t like being called a bitch.”

“Judging by the redwood you have there, I doubt it.”

Amazon Buy Link: Tartarus (West of Hell #2)

B&N Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tartarus-jason-brant/1112951571?ean=2940015681116

Smashwords Buy Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/237359

***THE GIVEAWAY!***

Up for giveaway today is the first two books in Jason Brant’s West of Hell series: Gehenna and Tartarus.  These will go to one lucky person. To enter this contest all you have to do is tell me why you want to read these books and/or ask Jason a question. This is MANDATORY.

For EXTRA entries you can Like, Follow, Fan/Friend, and add books to your TBR list on Goodreads. Make sure you let me know what you do so I can count it. If you have already done something, let me know as well. It still counts 🙂 Contest ends 10/5 at 8 am CST.

Click HERE to like Jason on Facebook.

Click HERE to follow Jason on Twitter.

Click HERE to friend/fan Jason on Goodreads and add his books to your TBR list.

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Also, Check Out Jason’s Other Books
Gehenna (West of Hell #1): Kindle Edition
Gehenna (West of Hell #1): Paperback

Echoes: Kindle Edition
Echoes: Paperback

The Gate: Kindle Edition
The Gate: Paperback

BEST VALUE: 3 books in 1 (Gehenna, Echoes, and The Gate)

3 Supernatural Thrillers: Kindle Edition

Pool of Crimson Review/GIVEAWAY


(giveaway details below…please read review first)

Pool of Crimson is an urban fantasy…and everything I like in my books! Suzanne M. Sabol really did it for me with this book. Dahlia is another one of those kick ass chicks that I enjoy to read about. A lone vampire hunter in Columbus, Ohio, Dahlia knows there are things that go bump in the night, even if she cannot spread the word to anyone else. Dahlia palms a talisman off of a vampire in a fight, not knowing that what she holds is the key to a huge plot contrived by the Ethan, the Master Vampire, to raise a demon…and take over the city. On the way to find out exactly what the talisman is and what it means, Dahlia meets Jade, a rich girl with the knowledge that Dahlia needs, but the naiveté that monsters don’t exist. Dahlia meets her match in Ethan’s second in command, Patrick. Dahlia wants nothing to do with a vampire, but Patrick wants her…and her body wants him. Throw in a werewolf hottie and his pack and you have the makings of a supernatural free-for-all. Not that Dahlia is an ordinary girl, she has a dark past, horrid childhood memories, and a well full of power that she does not know how to tap. Dahlia isn’t exactly human, but then again, she doesn’t know what she is.

Pool of Crimson rocked my world. It is as simple as that. I am a big fan of Kim Harrison and the like and I think Pool of Crimson and the rest of the series when it comes out has the potential to be right up there on my list of faves. I enjoy kick ass heriones and their sidekicks and you can’t beat a book full of the supernatural. The quirky characters and the sarcastic byplay between them just made the book. I love the character interaction and how the book almost feels real, because you feel like you have made new friends because you get to know and like them so much. Don’t forget the steamy sex and the give-me-shivers action between Dahlia and the male characters. Wow! I also liked that every vampire was not super sexy. It made it more real. I can’t wait for the next installment in this wonderful book. I am extremely curious to find out just what is going on in Dahlia’s world. All-in-all this book is not to be missed. I give this book 5 stars because I loved it…and it is my kinda book!

If I have talked you into reading this book, please leave a review for the author where you bought it. Every review helps the author.

Quotes from the book: (Or my favorite parts)

“Damn, you look good enough to fuck,” she said with a playful smile. “You know I’d let you but I don’t want you to get too attached,” I teased. (Byplay between Dahlia and one of her girl friends)

“I never knew how alluring a dangerous woman could be.”

“She was Hispanic, with dark penetrating eyes that met mine with a naughty smile, like she knew what I tasted like without my panties.” (I so know that is not a quote but I absolutely love stuff that I don’t expect and that line dropped my jaw and stuck with me!)

Amazon Buy Link: Pool of Crimson

Barnes and Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pool-of-crimson-suzanne-m-sabol/1112082041?ean=2940014595681

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SuzanneMSabolAuthor

Twitter: @suzannemsabol

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2889259.Suzanne_M_Sabol

THE GIVEAWAY:

Today I have one e-copy of Pool of Crimson, winners choice of kindle or nook format. To enter this giveaway all you have to do is tell me why you want to read this book or ask Suzanne a question. This comment is MANDATORY.

For extra entries you can LIKE, FOLLOW, or FAN/FRIEND her on all her social network sites. Make sure you tell me what you did in your comment so that your entries will count. Contest ends 9/29 at 8 am CST.

Click HERE to like her on Facebook.

Click HERE to follow her on Twitter.

Click HERE to fan/friend her on Goodreads.

Bitch Hollywood Review/GIVEAWAY


(Giveaway details below…please read review first!)

Bitch Hollywood by Robert and Jan Bryndza is a delightful read. The story starts off with the main character, Filip, moving to Hollywood from Europe, having gotten a chance at a green card to live and work in America. Filip is leaving behind everyone he knows, including his boyfriend David. They both had gotten their dream jobs, a continent away from each other. Instead of trying to work it long distance, they decide to go their seperate ways. Filip’s dream job was to be a Costume Designer for films and he makes his way alone to do just that. When he arrives in Hollywood, expecting to have a friend to help him settle in and show him around, he gets totally culture shocked, as that friend just leaves him hanging. In a strange new town, in a whole different country, Filip must try to make his way and makes his dreams come true. The first “friends” Filip meets is another gay couple, Hillary and Derek. Hillary is a show-stealer that you love to hate, seemingly manic-depressive and desperate to sell his beauty line. Filip lands his first job with Veronica, a washed up actress that is trying to get her career back. With a whole cast of quirky characters, Bitch Hollywood is a dark, gut-busting comedy about the trials of life and love in the city where dreams are supposed to come true.

Bitch Hollywood had me laughing and rooting for Filip from the get go. Filip is a memorable character whos whit and sarcastic attitude, that nobody in Hollywood seemed to get, had me whooping it up and cheering him on. Hillary was a piece of work, seeming to have loads of money but such a penny-pincher that he served chips and dips for dinner! Veronica was the straight up Bitch of Hollywood, having some moments of genuine niceness, but most of the time leading Filip around by a string. Filip admittedly got caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle, losing touch with himself and his family, but managed to bravely make it through people wiping dogs butts, manic-depressive friends, ass jet toilets, farting Frutarians, and dead dogs…not to mention crazy everyday living and jobs for Veronica. Filip finally finds himself in the end and what an ending it was! I highly recommend Bitch Hollywood to anyone who likes to laugh! I give it 5 stars for originality and the ability to make me laugh until I almost peed my pants! (LOL).

If I have talked you into reading this book, please leave a review for it where you bought it. Every review helps the author! Giveaway details and buy links below the cover picture.

Quotes from the Book:

“No, she was literally full of it. We had to use the high pressure pipe…”

“The ass jet water was a little cold.”

“If you are what it is to be successful in Hollywood then I’d rather fail and have a life.”

Amazon Buy Link: Bitch Hollywood     (Free if you are an AMAZON PRIME MEMBER)

Amazon UK Buy Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bitch-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B0092FW64M

Author Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/teambryndza

Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5763380.Robert_Bryndza

Author Website: http://www.robertbryndza.com

Author Twitter: http://twitter.com/robertbryndza

THE GIVEAWAY!

Robert has been kind enough to offer up THREE Kindle e-books of Bitch Hollywood. To enter this giveaway simply comment on this post and tell me WHY you want to read Bitch Hollywood OR ask Robert a question OR tell him what you think about the cover. Or do all three LOL. The comment is MANDATORY to enter.

To earn EXTRA entries, LIKE, FOLLOW, and/or FAN Robert Bryndza on facebook, twitter, and goodreads. MAKE SURE you tell me what you do in a comment on this post so that I can count your entries. Contest ends September 27, 2012 at 8 am CST.

Click HERE to like on Facebook.

Click HERE to follow on Twitter.

Click HERE to fan/friend on Goodreads.

Apocalypse Writing Contest (Facebook) Open to EVERYONE (readers and authors)


This is a contest that I have going on Facebook right now. I would love to have more entries. Everyone is having such fun with it and I would love to see how creative everyone is. This contest is for ANYBODY, readers, authors, book bloggers, absolutely anyone can submit a story. The only stipulation is that you be a fan on my facebook page as that is where the contest is going on. You can become a fan HERE. I will post everybody’s stories on my facebook page for everyone else to read. Come check out the entries already submitted. The contest details are below.

CONTEST DETAILS:

*For this contest I want you to imagine that the world as we know it has ended. Total Apocalypse. You only have yourself and one other person you can rely on (your choice). There is no power, no water, and you are armed with only a backpack of supplies. In your backpack there are matches, 4 bottles of water, enough food to make it 3 days, and one weapon (your choice). Spin me a story, it can really be as long as you want, but at least 3 paragraphs, and tell me what you would do. Make it like a fiction book and spin a web of survival, danger, and conflict. Tell me why the world as you knew it ended, tell me your fears, make up a world in which nothing is the same and survival is hard, and the world is against you. Tell me what you would do, where you would go, how you would get food and water, how you would protect yourself, and how you would you make your life over again. You could even throw in some romance and meet some new people to help you on your journey.*

You can submit this story to me through my email cynthiashepp@yahoo.com or just send it to me in a message on Facebook. 2 Winners will get a handmade fabric bookmark from  Monkeyface Boutique as well as a MYSTERY PRIZE. There will also be a few runner up prizes (depends on how many people enter)! Contest ends September 27th. Cassie and I will review the stories and pick the most creative. BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN!