Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fantasy/Scifi Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Jigsaw World by JD Lovil - Free Promotion

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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 9/15/14 – 9/22/14
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Metaphysical
Tour Promotion: This book will be FREE 9/17 to 9/21 and $.99 after this





Blurb:

In some worlds, there are monsters behind every catastrophe.

Tom lives in one of those worlds, and he is blessed, or cursed, to be able to see the monsters. He learns that the world is not supposed to be that way, and it is a symptom of the breakdown of Reality.

Sometimes, the world drafts you to save it.

Tom realizes that he and the people he gathers in his travels are supposed to fix the world. He doesn’t know how, and he doesn’t know why, but the fates are conspiring to make him a reluctant hero. Anyone that knew Tom would know that was not flattering, just inconvenient and idiotic. Tom suspected that he should be siding with the monsters.

What do you do when the Monster is in the mirror? 

People around Tom have a habit of turning up dead. Some of the deaths he knows he had a hand in, and most of those deserved death, at least in some psychedelic lights. Others turn up dead, and Tom has no memory of it, but he does have a suspect; Himself.

If he repairs the world, will there still be a place in it for a monster like him?

Excerpt:
Something soft and pliable surrounded his face, and his hands were clutching the same sort of thing. Tom still smelled the aroma of Lavender. He opened his eyes, and looking up slightly, he saw the well proportioned navel in the black landscape that was Veritasia. His hands gripped her beautiful ass, and her legs were wrapped comfortably around him. Being properly positioned, he went in for a quick kiss on the lips that never speak.
This must have served for waking her up. The next few moments were taken up by the need to renew and reinforce some late night memories that they had created last night. Tom had always considered Halle Berry to be an ideal womanly body of sorts, but he would not have traded the acrobatics that he and Veritasia engaged in last night, even for Halle. If there was anything wrong with Halle’s body, it would be that her boobs were just slightly too big. Veritasia’s was perfect.
They had pulled into this rest stop for the night, and everyone had taken advantage of the opportunity to sleep. Tom had also taken advantage of the opportunity of trying for touching that irresistibly gleaming dark skin that was consuming his attention.
To his surprise, she had responded very positively to his advances. This came as a relief to Tom, as he had determined to have her, and he really didn’t want to have to clean up any loose ends afterwards. He also wasn’t sure how many others of the group would have become loose ends if they saw him dispose of her. All water under the bridge now. He could have his fun, and everybody got to live.
He went out to find whatever passed for a tourism building in this rest stop. He finally found it on the last path that he looked for it, and found that it had a map showing that the border of Arkansas was ten miles ahead, and at the border they would be treated to the great Metropolis of Paw Paw, Arkansas, population 812.
He returned to the RV, where he found that the womenfolk had banded together to brew a pot of coffee, cook an egg, bacon and toast breakfast, and gossip. He got a cup of the coffee and a plate of the breakfast. He also got a lingering kiss from Veritasia, fetching immediate glares from Sally and Charla. Tom wasn’t sure why Charla would be upset, but he decided to file it away for a rainy day.
Tom had a vague sense that a long time ago, this sort of situation would have been much more traumatic to him then than it was now. He had no memory of this, for the period was probably back more than the twenty year limit on his memories. Somewhere along the way, he had got the hang of being unconcerned by other people’s reactions to him or about him. You get more girls, you get less pain, and it makes disposing of loose ends a much simpler matter.
“Our next stop will be the wonderful Arkansas town of Paw Paw, which is one of the thousands of towns that has apparently popped up out of thin air.” Tom said to the group. “It seems to have replaced the city of Texarkana.”


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About the Author:
JD Lovil is the writer of a series of cross genre science fiction novels dealing with the existence of a multitude of parallel earths as required by the Many Worlds interpretation of Quantum Theory. He enjoys writing books which are essentially ‘stand alone’ books, but with similar rules and circumstances, and with some cross-over of characters. 
Originally from Arkansas, JD Lovil now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit his website at http://jdlovil.jimdo.com/


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Giveaway 9/15/14 – 9/22/14:
Two Prize Packages!
Package Number One: Win a $25 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy of the ‘Worlds of Man’ anthology of the first three novels .
Package Number Two: Win ebook copies of ‘Worldship Praxis’, ‘Shadow of Worlds’, and ‘Vanguard of Man’.
Winners will be randomly selected after the tour is over and contacted by the author for delivery. Open internationally. To enter, simply leave a comment on the tour post with your email address! For more chances to win, follow the tour and comment at every stop.
 

More Terminator 5 News

I have to admit that I check the online news sources at least once a week in an attempt to get some news on the newest Terminator movie. I've been a huge fan of this series for years, and I'm very excited that Arnold is returning to the franchise. You can't think of Terminator without Arnold, right?

According to this news article, a new trailer will be revealed on November 7, 2014. This is rather exciting news to me, considering there seems to be little to no news about the plot of this upcoming release available online. 

I think it will be interesting to see where they go with this. I have read that there will be new actors and actresses (yes, again) playing the roles of John Connor and the other cast members. This is something that I really don't like, it's been bad enough that they've changed them all along. But we will see how this goes. Hopefully, Terminator 5 will be as enjoyable as the others have been. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

#FREE on Kindle Spotlight: The Survivors by Angela White - Interview With The Author

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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 8/18/14 – 9/15/14
Genres: Fantasy, Action Adventure, Science Fiction
Tour Promo Price: Free









Blurb:

“This is Safe Haven Refugee Camp. Can anyone hear me?
Hello? Is anyone out there?”

“The End of the world has given us a harsh, merciless existence, where nature tries hard to push mankind to the very brink of extinction. Everything is against us, between us… 

“Untold miles of lawless, apocalyptic roads wait for our feet, and the Future, cold and dark, offers little comfort. Without CHANGE, there will be no peace. Only Survivors.”

Set along the lines of The Stand and The Postman, this is a chilling vision of the collapse of all society in the year 2012 and the rebirth of a nation by those who survived. It’s so much more than just another fantasy series.”  -The Review Shop

From dangerous trips into dark, apocalyptic cities, to patriotic rescues and furious revelations, Life After War is an action packed fantasy series where those left alive must come to terms with their mistakes in the old world, while fighting for a place in the new one. It’s the apocalyptic fantasy series that Stephen King fans have been searching for. This way, please…

Summary in 20 words or less
An action adventure quest, with a supernatural romance, and many other subplots, set during the aftermath of the apocalypse.

So what’s really in this series? Here’s a short list:

*The End of the World, right-up-close and full of apocalyptic horror.
*A government conspiracy that caused the apocalypse.
*An adventure into the wastelands to find family, supplies, and safety.
*A supernatural romance with a dangerous secret about a child’s parentage and a love strong enough to survive the end of the world.
*An invasion, ambushes, attacks from Nature and man – guns and magic.
*A refugee camp with very different laws, picking up those who’ve survived.
*A Hero you’ll love, even as you ponder the secrets that could lose him leadership.
*A Witch, a Doctor, a government Storm Tracker, a TV Star, and three Marines struggling to keep their people alive and together as they prepare to defend themselves against Cesar’s Slavers.
*A constant battle for survival that includes deadly trips into decaying American cities, insanity, relics of the past, and ghosts that stalk their every move.

Life After War. Magic and Reality blended into a post-apocalyptic fantasy series that you won’t ever forget.

The Survivors (book one) has been a bestseller on multiple retailers in fantasy series, dark fantasy, science fiction adventure, and romance series. It has sold, or been downloaded, more than 100K times.

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Excerpt:
Like most days, the sound of the ocean haunts me.
My name is Angela. I’m a mother, doctor, soldier, and now, in the year 2017, I am a leader of men. Thanks to the nuclear war that ended our world, I’ve become the guardian of an American refugee camp called Safe Haven.
Surrounded by carefully watching guards, I sit in front the immense Pacific Ocean as my people work and play nearby, confident my army will look after them while I tell you about the War, and about how we were forced to flee our beloved country in the awful aftermath. The apocalypse was a nightmare from which we couldn’t wake. Some of us still haven’t, and soon we’ll be at the water’s mercy again. In less than two months, we are going home.
The real America waits for us to reclaim and to rebuild, but mostly, simply, for us to return. Before we undertake that perilous journey, I have to get the three hundred fifty-seven souls here ready for the trip, and I only know one way it can be done—Adrian has to come back and lead us home, as he promised.
Adrian… That incredibly patriotic man has been exiled, even though he is the only reason we survived. His secret was the excuse the camp needed to turn on him, but I won’t do that. I can’t. I swore myself to him the same as the rest of his Council, and like them, I still believe.
I’ve gotten way ahead of myself, far beyond the beginning, when our future didn’t look as good is it does now. Most people here in New America won’t talk about the War or the long, ugly journey we made together. They say the memories have faded, but I know a lie when I hear one. Some horrors you never forget. Like our final battle with Cesar and his large band of ruthless Mexican guerillas.
It’s been five years, but I still see the deep red streams of blood running down rain-soaked trees. I still smell men burning alive in their metal coffins. I dream of it sometimes, of the cold, wet night when I was the bait, and I’m sure Adrian does too. It was the moment we knew our people would live—because of one man’s dream and his terrible lies.
Adrian kept us alive, gave us everything he had, and he always did what was best for the camp, no matter what it cost him personally. He taught us to be stronger than we thought we could be, to look out for each other and ourselves and through it all he lied by omission. He knew these scared, hurting survivors would never have trusted him, would never have given him a chance, if they’d known who he really was.
We came a long way together in the year after the War, thousands of miles of heartbreaking devastation, and it hurts those of us who remain loyal to see him accept their unfair judgment without a fight. It makes everything we went through seem less important than it was, weakens the magic somehow, and I can’t allow that.
I’ve been seeing open doors again, and that sly ocean cautions me, says the return trip will be just as hard as the one we undertook to get here. If there’s a storm headed toward the flock, it’s our Shepherd we’ll need to see us through it.
So, for Adrian and for those of us standing by him, still ready to die for him, and for the dreams he made me believe in from almost the first minute I set foot in his refugee camp, I will tell our story and leave nothing out. Maybe then, these people will realize what he did for our country, accept how much we owe him, and allow him to reclaim what’s rightfully his—us.
Before I tell you about our harsh, ugly journey, let me show you what happened on that day, what they did to us and what we did to each other. This is how America’s story of survival began…

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About The Author:
Hello,
I’m Angie. (Pen name)
Little pleases me more than to explore the dark fantasy and horror stories in my head. Knowing other people like them, is second only to the magic of this new career I’ve chosen. As a die-hard Cincinnatian, I much prefer writing to the stresses of being a city Taxicab dispatcher. Thank you for making my dreams possible, and for looking at this page!
Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, lets you and I take a little stroll. There’s a story I need to let out of its cage and I think it’s one you need to hear. It’s about the end of the world as we know it…
Note: Many of my books were removed until the new editors, Kim and Sharon, and I, could get them into top shape. It was clear from the reviews, that we had a lot of work to do. We began in Feb. As of Oct., we now have 9 of 11 titles finished and back online for your reading pleasure. The remaining books will return as soon as we finish them.

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Science Fiction Books and Authors - Interview with Angela White

1. The blurb for your book The Survivors is fascinating. How did the plot come together?
Over twenty-five years, honestly. I worked on it after I’d get home from my job and then when the kids went to bed. Over time, it became consuming. I spent three of the last four years in a small room getting the first books ready for the world. As for the nuclear theme, the terminator films fascinated me but I wanted to know what happened to the survivors. Other than The Stand by S. King, there weren’t many books out that actually dealt with the aftermath, and even those that were available didn’t go into enough time and detail for me. Therefore, I wrote my own.

2. Do you have a music playlist for this book, or some songs that were in the back of your mind as you were working on it?
I sometimes have music playing, but it’s been a lot of years, so not really anything specific. I do mention a few songs in the books, but it was mostly TV in the background while I wrote the Life After War series. For the Bachelor Battles, it was quiet occasionally broken by the school bell down the street.

3. Were there any scenes you deleted from the book?
There’s always a few from each book, but I believe in giving to my readers. In the rear of each, I include an extras section where they get a sneak peek at the next book (if it is a series), the deleted scenes, character information and bios, and then I add a couple pages on my other work, like the six free books I offer. Readers like extras.

4. What is your best tip for those preparing for a real-life doomsday scenario?
Stock up food and water, and don’t ever stop. You will NOT have enough. Get rain barrels, a filtration system, and start dehydrating and freezing all your leftovers. If SHTF, you’ll be short on those two things first. By stocking up now, you don’t have to add that stress to a time that would already be daunting anyway.

5. What are you working on now?
The seventh book in my LAW series, called The Price We Pay. It is a culmination of battles between the survivors and the remaining government, after a full-out nuclear world war.

6. Do you attend any science fiction conventions? If so, what are your favorites?
No. I get uncomfortable around people. Only the fans I get close to will probably ever get to see me other than my bio photo.

7. What about book signings? Do you regularly schedule these? If so, where can readers find your event calendar?
Again, no, I don’t really get on with people that well. I’m a crazy writer, remember? Snicker. I am a member of Authorgraph, where readers can have their ebook signed by the author who wrote it. Here is that link:

8. Any advice for aspiring and/or current authors?
Go over every book you write and have written, until the editing is good. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it needs to be neat and clean to avoid those awful reviews. Don’t think reviews matter? You haven’t tried to market a low-rated book, have you? It is near impossible to get advertising for books lower than 4 stars, and the editing is almost always the cause of not reaching that ideal goal. Re-edit, hire a new editor, have your fans beta read. There are plenty of way to clean up your book if you care enough to make it the best it can be.

Thanks, Angela, for sharing a little bit about yourself and your books.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Interview With SJ Parkinson - Sci-Fi Blog Tour Stop with Excerpt & Giveaway: Twinkle

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Virtual Book Tour Dates:  7/31/14 - 8/28/14

Genres: Science Fiction







Blurb:
The richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone.

The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos. Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope.

A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction. They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power.




Excerpt:
Keith Hurst’s secure telephone rang, waking him from a sound sleep. He opened his eyes and looked at the LED clock on his nightstand. It said 3:12. As national security advisor to the president of the United States, middle-of-the-night calls were common. His staff did their best to filter out the less important matters until his morning brief, but there were times when an emergency forced sleep into second place.
Hurst grabbed the handset by the second ring. He had to wait for the encryption to handshake before he could say, “Hurst.”
“Good morning, sir. This is the night watch officer. We have several NSA intercepts from the following countries: India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia all placing their militaries on high alert. We’ve had sporadic reports of multiple air, car, and rail accidents, resulting in thousands of deaths. Many radio and television stations have gone off the air in those countries.”
Hurst snapped on his bedside light and sat up. “Accidents? Do we know the cause?”
“No, sir. The strange thing is, NSA claims many of the foreign military units that were signaled never acknowledged the alert. There also appears to be a major communication disruption with U.S. CENTCOM units in Afghanistan and our embassies in the aforementioned countries.”
“Are the comms being hacked, or is there some sort of natural phenomenon like sunspot interference?” Concerned about the call, Hurst looked at the empty space beside him. His wife had left him several years before, directly because of the election campaign and the late-night calls.
“No, sir. Not that we can see. The circuits are up, and the phones are ringing, but no one is answering.”
Hurst swung his legs out of bed. Has someone come up with a way to simultaneously disrupt communications with American bases, embassies, and headquarters, or is this some sort of terrorist attack? “Does NRO have anything on overhead imagery?”
“No, sir. No major troop movements in the CENTCOM area. In fact, NRO reports minimal movement overall.”
“I’ll be in the office in thirty-five minutes. I’ll want everyone in for an early brief for the president. Get the joint chiefs and SECDEF up to speed. Warn the Secret Service that we may be moving POTUS with short notice. If this is an attack, I want to stay ahead of it. See if we can get drone surveillance of any U.S. bases in Afghanistan ASAP. We need answers.”
“Yes, sir.”
Hurst hung up and hit the bedside crash button to summon his protection detail. This was no time for subtlety. He needed to be in the White House as soon as humanly possible.

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Science Fiction Books and Authors Interviews SJ Parkinson:

1. The blurb for your book Twinkle is very fascinating and original. How did the plot come together?

I once had an opportunity to scuba dive at night under a pier that had fireworks going off directly above. The lights underwater were soundless, looking strange and alien. Much later in my life I was working on an airplane refueling crew and inhaled gas fumes that left me half blind for a short time. The combination of those experiences inspired the original concept for Twinkle and I developed the story into what you read today. 


2. Do you have a music playlist for this book, or some songs that were in the back of your mind as you were working on it?

I always listen to music while writing my novels. I wear a pair of full padded headphones to block out distracting noises. However, I don't consciously translate what I hear directly into the words I put on the page. I have over fifty gigabytes of music which includes everything from 80's hits to Paul Van Dyk and everything in-between.     


3. Were there any scenes you deleted from the book?

Yes, the first draft of Twinkle that I circulated to my alpha readers came in around seven hundred pages. All of them reported that one of my characters was a little too intense and I ended up cutting him entirely. His influence distracted from the story and made the story more horror than sci-fi. In total, that resulted in about a dozen scenes being cut. His removal reduced the manuscript by sixty pages and let me focus the rest of the story much better. 


4. What is your best tip for those preparing for a real-life doomsday scenario? 

Groups survive better than individuals. You need to get yourself into a trustworthy group that has a diverse assembly of people. Engineers, farmers, doctors, cooks, mechanics, etc. The group dynamic allows an individuals weaknesses to be compensated for by others and long term survival of all improves as a result. Communities are always more resilient when facing disaster.  


5. What are you working on now?

My sixth novel is a return to the mystery-adventure genre. It’s the story of a thief in modern day New York City who is blamed for a murder he was not responsible for. The story revolves around him finding the real killer before the police arrest him. I’m also developing book four in my mystery-adventure Legionnaire series and another pair of science fiction novels that need a little more work before I can proceed on them. Even though my novels are fictional, I ensure the science behind the story is solid. I sometimes need to take liberties to make the story work, but I'm careful to explain what I did in the book afterword. 


6. Do you attend any science fiction conventions? If so, what are your favorites?

Science fiction has been a part of my life since I first read Asimov, Clarke, and Bradbury as a teenager. I've been to three WorldCons and uncountable smaller events. I try to support the smaller cons by advertising my books in their programs. One issue I've seen over recent years are corporations running conventions as a business and I think that is wrong. Cons should be run by the fans and not those just looking to turn a profit. The WorldCons are my favorites as they bring together thousands of like minded individuals where everyone has a great time. The masquerade and dealer room/art shows are my usual haunts. 


7. What about book signings? Do you regularly schedule these? If so, where can readers find your event calendar? 

Given my schedule, they are hard to accommodate. I've only done one book signing so far. I had two hours and sold every book of mine in the shop which surprised both myself and the manager. I met many fans who were so supportive and encouraging. I can't describe the feeling I have seeing someone's eyes light up when discussing a character of mine. It shows me my characters are both convincing and believable. When they say "I love (insert character)," or "I really couldn't stand (insert character)," it shows I've done an effective job of immersing the reader in a realistic world. I never expected the international awards and solid reviews, but along with fan encouragement, they are a fantastic form of feedback that tells me I'm doing the right things.








About The Author:
Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and have sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.
“I don’t incorporate overt sex, profanity, or extreme violence in any of my writing. I prefer the story to be the main focus and want my novels to be accessible by all.” -SJ Parkinson



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Giveaway:
One Lucky Winner Will Win All 3 Books in The Legionnaire Series and Another Lucky Winner Will Win Two Science Fiction Books – Twinkle and Predation – By SJ Parkinson.
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Harrison Ford Sleeps with Jack Whitehall - The Graham Norton Show

Harrison Ford is so freaking hilarious. I don't think I've ever seen an interview with him that disappoints. He's just so entertaining. Here is an short interview. Prepare for the funny!

Harrison Ford Makes An Amazon Delivery - Webcast

This short webcast is so wild. It shows Harrison Ford in a UPS truck making a delivery for Amazon. The customer isn't aware that he'll be delivering her order. From space to UPS, it seems that Harrison can be found almost anywhere.

 

Star Wars VII - It's a Green Light

I read an articlehttp://www.cnn.com/2014/08/13/showbiz/movies/star-wars-episode-vii-filming/ today on CNN that filming is scheduled to resume for the next Star Wars movie.

I remember hearing that Harrison Ford had injured his ankle on set, but apparently the injury was much worse than was initially reported. I mean, the guy had to have surgery, and now it's being said that he broke his leg. It really makes you wonder what he was filming, huh? I thought they had stunt doubles for dangerous scenes. 

Harrison Ford appears to be in excellent shape, especially considering the man is 72 years old. I just can't imagine filming a scene that results in surgery. That's horrible! 

It's a good thing for them that the movie isn't scheduled to release until December of 2015, but a bad thing for us. It's being reported that they are bringing back a lot of the original cast, and I can't wait to see where they are going with it. Out of all of them, I believe Harrison is probably the only one that really looks like he did years ago. It should be very interesting to see how it all turns out!