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Apocalypse Anthology Paperback Giveaway

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If interested in buying if you don’t win, it is on sale until the end of the year, as are the other anthologies. 

 

 

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NEW RELEASE! STALKERS: A COLLECTION OF THRILLER STORIES


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Shadows follow you in the darkness of the night and the eerie sensation of being watched crawls up your spine. Your sanity pulls apart at the seams as the terrors stalk their victims, leaving you too frightened to turn off the light.

These twisted stories will leave you breathless, dreading the horrors lurking around the corner.

Seventeen authors.  Seventeen tales of terror.  Infinite nightmares. 

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Stories featured in this anthology:
– Every Thorn by Rene Folsom
– Dead Ringer by Jason Brant
– Autumn by Elizabeth Collins
– Don’t Kiss the Dead Fred by A.E. Killingsworth
– Affliction by S.L. Dearing
– Lucid by Andrea Stanet
– Donations by Bart Hopkins
– Bernice by Chad Foutz
– Destination: Death by Eaton Thomas Palmer
– Powerless by Laurie Treacy
– Freezer Burn by Jon Messenger
– The Watcher by Lindy Spencer
– Immortal Luck by Magen McMinimy
– Izzy’s Assassin by Nicole Clark
– Say My Name by Michael Loring
– Damaged People by Nicki Scalise
– Blog Stalker by Phil Taylor

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PURCHASE LINKS:

Kindle: http://amzn.to/194lduB

Paperback: http://amzn.to/1evOxim

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1c6OXvg

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This collection of thriller stories started as a contest on my Facebook page. The authors were given the following guidelines:

This anthology will have a main theme of Stalkers. That is about where my direction stops. It does not have to be paranormal, though it can be. The story can be a psychological thriller, horror, paranormal, suspense, action…whatever you want it to be. You can have a demon stalking someone in their dreams or a serial killer stalking prey, just to give you a couple examples. Whatever your twisted minds can come up with. I want stories that have you looking in the backseat of your car before you get in—stories that make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you think someone looked at you just a little too long.  Let your imaginations flow free and DELVE into the DARKER side of your mind…You know you want to.

What happened next will shock even you…

These seventeen authors came up with completely unique stories that cross all spectrums and genres. Creepy tales that will truly have you on high alert. This is one collection that you do not want to miss. It has something for everyone!

PURCHASE LINKS:

Kindle: http://amzn.to/194lduB

Paperback: http://amzn.to/1evOxim

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1c6OXvg

Review/Giveaway of Michael Loring’s “Dehumanized”


REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN (Giveaway details below:please read review first)

DEHUMANIZED by Michael Loring

One bite could change your life forever and that is what happened to Ryan Zachery a nineteen year old young man.

In Dehumanized we meet Ryan Zachery a young man who was bitten and infected by a werewolf. Now Ryan is taken away from everything he knows, and hasn’t seen anything outside the fence surrounding the compound in two years.

When you are bitten you are taken to a rehabilitation center “Werewolf Camp”. No one really knows what it is really like, only the people inside the fence. In reality, it is a prison. Guards think of them as animals and treat them that way. They are mistreated, abused, and not give even a second glance.

Ryan keeps to himself from everyone else. One fight can land you into the “Dungeon” which is a cement room, dark, no windows or light. You are thrown in there naked and have only a bucket to use the restroom in. Ryan has seen that room a few times too many but he keeps finding himself in there.

Ryan finds solace sitting at the fence staring out into the woods, which is his escape from the horror that surrounds him. He has a cellmate name Frederic “Fred” who is a French man. They can’t really communicate because they can’t understand each other. Soon, another person is assigned to their cell and her name is Anna Clark. Anna is a beautiful young woman, who hid what she truly was until they found her.

Getting close to people isn’t a good idea. Ryan tries not to get attached to Fred or Anna because they could be easily taken away from him. Subjects die every day either from mishaps in the lad, lack of nutrition, or getting beat to death by the others or the guards. Ryan tries to keep his distance from his cellmates because if he did get attached and something happen to either one of them, he doesn’t think he could survive it. But, soon he lets his walls come down and let them in. He looks to Fred like a brother. Will his worst fears come true?

Anna and Ryan become closer and closer. Being close to someone and letting others know is asking for trouble so they try to hide it. Ryan has never felt this way for anyone in his life and he finds comfort in Anna.

Ryan struggles with knowing there is a beast in him. He didn’t ask for this and soon he starts having hallucinations. But is he really having hallucinations and is he going crazy? Ryan is in a constant battle of not letting the beast rear its head. He could easily let the beast take over. Does he?

After a lab experiment, something goes wrong. He can remember changing, remembers what happen after the change. Changing is a horrible experience with excruciating pain. He can hear his bones and muscles crunching, spin popping and pressing against the skin on his back. Gums ripping apart, having fangs sharper than some blades. The metamorphosis is soul shattering. Going from logic sense to primal instinct could drive you to insanity.

Thanks to the procedure, Ryan can transform into the wolf when the others only can transform during the full moon. What happen to be able to allow him to do that?

Now that the experiment has allowed Ryan and the beast inside himself to be able to communicate, can they become allies work together and try to escape the prison that has caged them up and tortured them?

Will they escape or will they be captured? Can Ryan and his inner beast live with each other or will one outnumber the other?

I was really fascinated reading this book. It was a totally different take on Lycanthropy. Getting to see how Ryan feels and seeing the inner workings of his change. I was rooting for him the whole time, wanting him to jump over the gate and escape. I’ve read other books about Werewolves but, nothing quite as great as this one. I couldn’t hurry to the next page fast enough and get to the end. The whole book was well written and the characters were fascinating in their own ways. I GIVE IT 5 STARS!!!!

Quotes from the book:

“Everyone is scared to go near you, in fear you’d do the same to them, but I ain’t gonna shiver under my blankets because of you.”

“Your mutation is so unique. We could have learned so much from you, gained so much from you, Mr. Zachery.”

“I think we should bury him,” “He deserves to be properly buried, like a proper human.”

If you were talked into reading this book, please leave the author a review where you bought it or on Goodreads. Every review helps the author!

THE GIVEAWAY!

Michael has been kind enough to offer up one e-book of Dehumanized for giveaway (winner’s choice mobi or pdf). To enter this contest please leave a comment with a question for the author and/or a comment telling why you want to read this book. The question/comment is MANDATORY.

For extra entries you can like Dehumanized on Facebook or Fan Michael on Goodreads. Make sure you tell me what you do so that your extra entries will count. Contest ends 10/19 at 8 am CST.

Click HERE to like Dehumanized on Facebook.

Click HERE to fan Michael on Goodreads.

If you don’t want to wait to read it, go buy it on Amazon 🙂
Dehumanized by Micael Loring (kindle)
Dehumanized (Paperback)

Kim Strickland Guest Post/Paperback Giveaway


Kim Strickland, author of Down at the Golden Coin, joins us today talking about a subject that I think about all the time! Make her feel welcome, ask questions about her post or books, and be entered to win a PAPERBACK COPY of Down at the Golden Coin. Giveaway details at the bottom, please read post first.

Are book bloggers the equivalent of literary agents for the digital and self-publishing age?

Recently I’ve been querying book bloggers, including this one, for reviews of my latest novel, Down at the Golden Coin. The entire process is reminiscent of going through a very similar chain of events while querying literary agents for my first book, Wish Club: all the research and lurking on websites; personalizing the letter; proofreading; proofreading some more; and then with a prayer and crossed fingers, finally sending the query letter off.

Even the responses of the bloggers, while better than that of literary agents, have been comparable. More often than not, the long sucking silence is my “no thank you.” There’ve been a few, “Sorry, I’m swamped and can’t take you on at this time.” And fortunately, several who’ve agreed to give reviews.

With hundreds of thousands of titles published every single year, it’s hard to get notice for a self-published or small press book. Book blogs are a great way to do it, and of course, everyone has figured this out. Now, the trick is to get noticed by the book bloggers. (I’m open to suggestions!)

It’s no secret when a book is being considered by a large publishing house, by the time it gets to the final round with the editorial board, whether or not it is chosen has very little, if anything, to do with the writing and everything to do with how they believe they can market the book. Enter Snooki.

The shift to blogs as filters to readers is a terrific development. For one, the bloggers are probably not in it for the money, but for a love of books. You’d have to be, because as any blogger can tell you (myself included), it takes quite a while before those Google Ad sense payments are enough to buy you dinner, much less retire on. And unlike literary agents and publishers, since the bloggers have no vested interest in how a book sells or doesn’t sell, this would make them much more inclined to review a book based simply on their own perceptions and enjoyment of the story and the writing. What a concept.

The definition of an agent is “a person who acts on behalf of another.” If bloggers writing about and reviewing new books doesn’t fall under the definition of an author’s “literary agent” then I don’t know what does. The best part? I have yet to have one ask me for fifteen percent!

The love of a book is such a subjective thing—one person’s five star masterpiece is another person’s trash—yet, book bloggers are adding a fresh, non-monetary, objectivity to the rating process. Readers naturally align with bloggers whose tastes in books are similar to their own. The fact that book bloggers (read: book lovers) are now such a force to be reckoned with in getting new titles in front of more readers is a fantastic thing, for both writers and readers. That is of course, unless you want more novels from Snooki.

Author Bio:

Kim Strickland lives in Chicago with her husband, three children, two cats and one dog. She’s written two novels, Down at the Golden Coin and Wish Club, and blogs as A City Mom at ChicagoNow.comWhen she’s not being a mom or a writer, she flies jets for a major airline, which means, every now and then, she gets to eat an entire meal sitting down.

 

Down at the Golden Coin

Amazon synopsis:

During the horrible recession, former airline pilot Annie Mullard feels she has sunk to a new low when she’s forced to go to a run-down laundromat, the Golden Coin, after her washing machine breaks. But it’s here she meets a Messiah. Even though twenty-something, blue-haired Violet can read minds, send Annie into past lives and levitate Tide, she isn’t anyone’s idea of a Messiah. Yet she is equipped with the wisdom, love and humor to help Annie find a way to a more authentic life, one in which Annie is free to create her own reality and where money is not the key to happiness.

 

 

Author Links:

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

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/484265.Kim_Strickland

Website: http://www.kimstrickland.com/

Blog: http://www.chicagonow.com/a-city-mom

THE GIVEAWAY!

Kim has been so kind as to offer one PAPERBACK copy of Down at the Golden Coin. To enter to win all you have to do is comment on this post with a question for the author about her post or her book. The comment/question is MANDATORY!

For extra entries, Like her on Facebook and/or Follow her on Goodreads. Make sure you tell me what you did in your comment so that I can count it. Contest ends September 21, 2012 at midnight. Good Luck!

Click HERE to friend or suscribe to her on Facebook.

Click HERE to like the book on facebook.

Click HERE to follow her on Goodreads.

Ryan Hunter, author of InDIVISIBLE, Guest Post and GIVEAWAY


Ryan Hunter, author of InDIVISIBLE, will grace us with a guest blog and an introduction to her and her books today! Everyone make her feel welcome please. Giveaway details at the bottom. Please read post first!

BOOK SYNOPSIS AND COVER:

Brynn Aberdie had everything: a loving family, security and an electronic implant that monitored every move.
Brynn had everything but freedom.
When her father’s life is taken Brynn vows to find that freedom, but it’s a task that puts her life at stake. She’s tagged as a terrorist and put on an Alliance kill list, forcing her to leave her home and become the rebel they already believe her to be.
Brynn 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 their own identities.

GUEST POST:

Labor Day is generally not the most memorable holiday of the year, but when you’re giving birth and the only programs on television are of other women giving birth, it tends to stick out … a little. I had my daughter on Labor Day thirteen years ago, and why every station thought showing movies about childbirth were a good idea, I’ll never know. Luckily, we found one that rebelled with a Lethal Weapon 4 marathon. I had the movie memorized for years.

Now my daughter is the most witty and outgoing girl I’ve ever met and I wonder, does watching Lethal Weapon 4 seven times the day you’re born affect your personality?

 She’s gorgeous really, and the most friendly teenager I know. She’s also adventurous … so it shouldn’t have surprised me when I asked if she wanted to hike the Subway that she’d jump at the opportunity. The Subway is a hike in the backcountry of Zion National Park, an eight hour hike that includes rappels, swims through narrow canyons, and the potential for fatal flash floods. We hiked it the day of the flash flood warning.

We’d hiked it before so we weren’t worried but as we dropped down into the narrow slot canyon an hour into the hike, the clouds rolled in. Just past a swim through a narrow, dark canyon, the rain started.

We stood in the bottom of a canyon perhaps twenty feet wide with cliff walls on either side that reached up until the sky was a thin gray line of billowing clouds.

It couldn’t be the best setting for a rainstorm, we thought, so we skipped lunch and headed downstream. The natural log bridge over the waterfall had washed away since our last time hiking the Subway, so in the torrential rain, we jumped over the top of the water fall, stumbling across sandstone while gazing over a twenty foot cliff.

I trembled. My daughter trembled as did the rest on our group.

The rain grew so thick we couldn’t see the canyon walls and we formed a human chain to ease each other down into the bottom of the next drop so we could escape the slot canyon before the flooding began. 

In the bottom of the canyon, with the waterfall roaring behind us, we swam again through sinkholes that are mysteriously beautiful when the sunlight hits them.

That’s when the hail started – piercing chunks of ice sent the entire group scurrying for cover, the little slit of cover beneath a narrow overhang.

We shivered and laughed – slipped on the mossy rocks – finally just sat on our butts and slid down areas we couldn’t navigate anymore.

Water began spilling over the edges of the canyon walls, forming waterfalls that hadn’t been there moments before. Still we forged ahead until the walls gave way and we stood in a wide, meandering riverbed.

And the sun came out, brilliant and warm and soothing.

As we lay in the sunlight, warming on the rocks as our clothes dried, we talked. As many hikes as we’d been on and out of all the times we’d gone done the Subway, nothing could compare to that hike.

The trials that had made it threatening had also made it one of our greatest memories.

AUTHOR BIO:

Ryan Hunter has been writing most of her life as a novelist, journalist and freelancer – enjoying every bit of the writing scene except for the brief stint as ‘product description’ writer … Her earliest novel appeared on construction paper, bound with staples and followed two kittens on a journey of self realization. She was eight.

Ryan enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling and spending time with her family. She’s the mother of five children and currently lives in southern Utah.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Amazon kindle: inDIVISIBLE on KINDLE
Amazon paperback: inDIVISIBLE in PAPERBACK
GIVEAWAY!
Prize: Kindle e-copy of InDIVISIBLE. Contest ends 9/6/2012 at midnight CST
You know the drill…ask Ryan Hunter a question about her post or book or comment on it (has to be something about the post). This is MANDATORY!
For extra entries, like, follow, become a fan, and add InDIVISIBLE to your TBR list on the links below:
(Make sure you tell me that you did and leave a comment on her facebook saying I sent you if you would!)

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!! 7/6/12


GIVEAWAY ALERT! PLEASE SHARE EVERYWHERE!
I am so excited to announce that Friday I will be doing a review/giveaway of Richard Stephenson’s ‘Collapse’. Friday is the release date for the book and I am telling you this is a book not to be missed! It is a post-apocalyptic-dystopian book that literally has me on the edge of my seat. It is so realistic. Friday I will have a signed paperback copy and an amazon e-book copy up for grabs! I do not know yet how the giveaway will be ran, either through rafflecopter or random.org probably. Here is the blurb for the book and a chance to preview the first 7 chapters! Don’t forget to tune in for your chance to win!

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America is falling, ready to join the Roman Empire as a distant memory in the annals of history. The year is 2027. Tired and desperate, the American people are deep in the middle of The Second Great Depression. The Florida coastline is in ruins from the most powerful hurricane on record, a second just like it is bearing down on the state of Texas. For the first time in history, the Middle East has united as one and amassed the most formidable army the world has seen since the Third Reich. A hidden army of terrorists are on American soil. This is the story of three men. Howard Beck, the world’s richest man, also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Richard Dupree, ex-Navy SEAL turned escaped convict. Maxwell Harris, a crippled, burnt out Chief of Police of a small Texas town. At first they must fight for their own survival against impossible odds. Finally, the three men must band together to save their beloved country from collapse.