May 30, 2015

DAVID OWAIN HUGHES "WHITE WALLS AND STRAITJACKETS" (VIRTUAL TOUR)


White Walls and Straitjackets
By David Owain Hughes


Genre: Horror/Splatterpunk
Length: 214 pages
Release Date: May 30, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1511575935


SYNOPSIS:
 
Meet Crystal and Harry – lovers who work in the entertainment business: after murdering three critics for poor reviews, they decide to skip town and head for the coastline. Once there, they know things will be fine – it’ll be a chance to start fresh. A new beginning. But, before they head to the seaside, Crystal must first visit her sister at a mental hospital – after all, it’s Crystal’s fault her sibling is there…

As they start their journey, Harry discovers a book in the van’s glove compartment – White Walls & Straitjackets. The author in unknown, but whoever he is, he seems to know a lot about the deadly duo and other nutjobs who inhabit the Rhondda Valleys, south Wales.

As lives and stories collide, Crystal and Harry soon discover escaping the Valleys won’t be as easy as they think. Especially with another serial killer hot on their heels…

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AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS

David Owain Hughes is a horror freak! He grew up on ninja, pirate and horror movies from the age of five, which helped rapidly install in him a vivid imagination. When he grows up, he wishes to be a serial killer, with a part-time job in women’s lingerie…He’s had several short stories published in various online magazines and anthologies, along with articles, reviews and interviews. He’s written for This Is Horror, Blood Magazine and Horror Geeks Magazine. In February 2014, his first novel, Walled In, was published. After discovering Richard Laymon, David set out on a path to become the best writer he could, holding a BA and MA in creative writing.


May 26, 2015

The Missing Planets - The Cairns of Sainctuarie by Hawk MacKinney blog Tour !


The Missing Planets - The Cairns of Sainctuarie

by Hawk MacKinney
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BLURB:

Planet Terato has become a member of the assembly of the Confederated League of Allied Star Systems. The Murian Outpost Terato once commanded by His Imperial Majesty’s Lord High Chamberlain Herklo Korvo XXXIV is now Teratoan staffed and under the command of Teratoan Eklam a’Qoc.

From the uncharted reaches between galaxies, attacks of extraordinary weaponry come against Terato and the Myr worlds of the Murians. Terminus Terato’s expanded link-portals and converter power modules are virtually useless. Power loss, defenses, communications and travel are totally disrupted. High Chamberlain Korvo’s unexpected return to Terminus on a mission for His Imperial Majesty leaves him stranded on Terato. Attacks grow more massive, more unpredictable; spread across the worlds of the League, as an isolated Terminus struggles among the shattered rubble and whispering remains of an ancient Polity of star-walkers.

Family and friends are lost, empires and civilizations in disarray, Terminus and Planet Terato almost defenseless. Desperate for answers, their worlds being overwhelmed by this remorseless aggressor, Eklam and Korvo reach across unexplored space in a despairing gamble and the last reserves of converter star-substrate, seeking one insignificant star system of gas giants and rocky inner planets for possible relics of the elusive Lantaraan Polity.


Excerpt:

“... eastern radials unstable... strengthening vortices opposing orbital realignment...”

Parn’s head throbbed as his thoughts forced the converter toward more output. The power graph flattening with the unremitting decline as the quantum particles of the shell alloys began to disassociate. Output had reached max and was slowly dropping.

The sound of crashes and roars still louder—Ek knew Terminus couldn’t stand much more. “Once antimatter reaches the hub, the self-destruct will trigger.”

Screens blinked unresponsive. Drok shouted above the bedlam, “The Downday hasn’t attained minimum horizon-clearance. Targeting beams holding on standby. Unless the moon clears the horizon, the beams could refract; bounce off into space; never engage the receptors.” Converters shrieked like a wounded Teratoan swamp crawler. “Showing orbital irregularities... orbital constants vacillating,” eyes glued to the inputs. Puzzled at the unexpected readings coming from a source near the a’Qoc hamlet. “Receiving quick output bursts from the altar,” his tunic dusted with more debris, rivulets of sweat-puddled the dust-furrows of his face.

Ek said, “What type of altar outputs?”

Drok said, “Plasma components—unfamiliar readings.”

“The hub will lose power once the antimatter penetrates those last banks of converter,” Ek said. “Before we lose hub power I want you to go to the sublevel vaults housing the encode archives. Should a power failure warning be announced while you are there, backup power will last long enough. Be sure you are some distance away from the archive vaults before backup power is exhausted.” Reached a small odd-shaped crystal to Drok, “Use this to deactivate any security scrims, and duplicate the protocol crystals. No matter what you have to do, keep those crystals safe. If Terato survives and a Murian survey team returns, they’ll know what to do with those crystals. Those duplicates might be the only records to survive; their information could be vital for Myraa City—if Myraa City survives.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


With postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.

Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention. Walking the Pet is Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series. The first book in another mystery-thriller series is scheduled for release in 2015. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. Its sequel, The Missing Planets, has just been released.



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Hawk MacKinney will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.
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May 25, 2015

MARGARET PEARCE "THE YEAR OF OUR INVASION" (VIRTUAL TOUR)



The Year of Our Invasion

By Margaret Pearce

Genre: Medieval Fantasy/Science Fiction
Length: 210 pages
Release Date: May 25, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1511442428


SYNOPSIS:
 
The dreadful invasion by the sinister Black Duke and his thugs is bad news for the village. Raven the herbalist is ordered to communicate with a very odd alien captive or else. When she discovers that the plant based alien is the key to the destruction of the Black Duke she hurtles into danger to rescue the hostages.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS

Although I was launched on an unsuspecting commercial world as typist, stenographer and then secretary I started off my paid writing life as a copywriter in an advertising agency. I took to writing instead of drink when raising children. Much to the embarrassment of my children I started getting published. It was dead easy. No one runs out of material while they are neck deep in children.

Completed a BA at Monash University as a mature age student.

(English/History as majors, Class Civ. as a minor)

I lurk in an underground flat in the Dandenongs still writing.



May 18, 2015

CASSIE LLOYD "THE LITTLE RAINBOW" (VIRTUAL TOUR)

The Little Rainbow

By Cassie Lloyd

Genre: Children's Fiction
Length: 26 pages
Release Date: May 15, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1511408226

SYNOPSIS:
 
The Earth is constantly flooding, and she isn't able to soak up all of the rain. She is terrified that she will drown. God sends the Earth a rainbow that takes away the rain and illuminates the Earth with brilliant colors. The Earth is delighted with the little rainbow and the rainbow continues to grow and become brighter and stronger every day. One day, the little rainbow disappears, and the Earth is devastated. The Earth must find the hope to survive the storm.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS

I am a former Elementary Art teacher and an aspiring author/illustrator. I live in Glasgow, Ky with my husband of ten years, Daniel, and our three-year old daughter, Alayna.




May 11, 2015

CAROLINE QUIGLEY "PHOENICA RISING: KEEPER OF LIGHT" (VIRTUAL TOUR)


Phoenica Rising: Keeper of Light 
(Book One) 
By Caroline Quigley

Genre: Epic Fantasy Saga
Length: 278 pages
Release Date: May 10, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1511545624


SYNOPSIS:
 
Phoenica Rising (Keeper of Light) Book One.

A Celtic, mystical, fantasy, adventure story.

Phoenica, a shy, sensitive, intuitive girl with a deep love of nature, moves to the West of Ireland and meets Bromia her estranged Grandmother.

With Bromia’s help she discovers the mystical City of Juna, located through the ancient Burren Mountains and learns that ‘Graydens’, energy stealers, have now taken over Juna and are stealing all of the natural light.

Once in Juna, Phoenica meets Ollen, a proud protector from the Tree Guardians, known as the Nash. Emie, the wild and fearless Silkie leader, Sianna her Guardian Angel and Keenan her true love from Miron, a technological futuristic City.

Phoenica must try to unlock the hidden secrets from her past which connect her to Juna and its people, and as the light keeper and warrior overcome the negative Graydens, so harmony can reign once more in Juna.



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AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS
Caroline is an Irish writer, a left hander and a twin (twin sister); she lives in the West of Ireland in the beautiful Burren region with her husband Eoghan and her two cats Parker and Harvey. Caroline is also a natural intuitive, holistic healer, with a strong connection to the Angelic realm, spiritual guides, ancestors and Mother Nature.

In the 1990’s, she studied acting and attended the Academy Drama School in London and the Lee Strasberg Studio, she studied film making at film base in the IFC, (Irish film centre) and directed a short film and several small documentaries in Dublin. Caroline ran her own theatre and film company Trapdoor Productions in Dublin, Ireland, in the late 1990’s.

After a significant personal healing she moved into the mind body and spirit field and studied spiritual and angel healing, holistic medicine, meditation and flower remedies, setting up as a private therapist, holistic practitioner, intuitive and angel healer, while also conducting workshops, seminars and classes.

In 2008 Caroline started writing and wrote An Angel Calling, her first book, a universal meditation and angel story book that was published in 2011, which has sold very well. She has also written two correspondence accredited diploma courses, Angel Healing and Celtic Angels, for the BSY College Group in the UK.

Caroline has written a book of adult fictional short stories called Eala's Journey set in the West of Ireland and a young children's picture book called Florie's Angel.

Pheonica Rising (keeper of light) is Caroline’s first teen, young adult, fantasy, adventure novel, and is also part of a trilogy series. Phoenica Rising was inspired by the beautiful, magical, Burren landscape.

Caroline loves all that is mystical, inspirational, creative and positive, and is also a nature and animal lover.


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