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Book Blitz: Thirst : Blood Of My Blood by R P Channing

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Book Title - Thirst Blood of my Blood

Author: R P Channing
Genres: Young Adult Romance / Paranormal Romance /High School / Vampires / Demons /Witches / Dark Fantasy / Horror

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~ Kira Sutherland ~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her ‘boyfriend’), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated…), and being labeled as having ‘issues’ in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

1. Continue her ‘therapy’ (where she’s told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often…)


2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for “Crazies and Convicts” (as the social media sites call them.)

She chooses the latter…

~ Cory Rand ~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother’s best friend…sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual – he has a weakness) he’s left with two choices:

1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks…)


2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he’ll get an education.

He chooses the latter…

It’s at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

Things he’s always ignored.

Until now.


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The Puppy Eyes
My life was perfect.
I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house. My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were…okay, and my waist…well…also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life.
But then there was Jack.
Jack was a problem.
He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him?
I think not!
Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tear-ducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died.
Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that?
I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way.
I lay on my bed, wondering what to do about him. “Jaaaaaaack,” I hollered.
Still no answer.
His eyes rolled down to the ground. He was making those puppy eyes again. “Jack, I told you not to do that. I told you not to play on my sympathies.”
His puppy eyes became worse.
His skin was gray and, well, dead.
“Oh, brother,” I said. “I have to do something about you. If mom finds out I have another ‘imaginary friend’ — at my age — well, I’d die of embarrassment. But, like, really die. Not like you.” I wondered about this. Would I die? Was Jack a freak accident, or did all people live on like him? Think of the cemeteries…
The idea excited me somewhat.
“What would you have me do, Miss Kira?”
“Knock off the Miss Kira crap. I told you it’s just Kira.”
“Yes, Miss Kira.”
The dead. There’s just no reasoning.
“Fine, Miss Kira it is then.” Rover barked like a lunatic in the garden. No one else might be able to see Jack, but I was sure my dog could.
“I have to do something about this,” I mumbled

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Author Bio
R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy.

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Top Ten Things You Should Know About Starkfield Academy

Starkfield Academy is Cory Rand’s last chance at freedom. He’s left with no choice but to take the opportunity.
Kira Sutherland is in a similar boat.
But Starkfield is filled with things you would not wish on your worst enemy…

1. It’s run by vampires…maybe
Well, it’s not so clear if it is. But Alexander smiles at Cory with sharp white teeth and gleaming skin when he first approaches Cory in his holding cell about studying there.
So, is it?

2. All The Kids are either Crazies or Convicts
Yup, you either need to have been labeled with some mental disorder or have convicted a crime to study there.

3. The Kids Are Rich
You know rich kids can be worse than vampires.

4. Then, of course, there are the breathing walls…
When Kira finds herself alone in the courtyard of the girls’ dorms…she feels the walls pulsing…and breathing.
I mean…run.

5. But not all kids are bad
Kira finds some great friends in Starkfield, people like her. As she gets to know them more closely, she realizes they might have been together before…

6. The Dean is Missing
And in his place we find Ms. Drake, a voluptuous woman who wears pencil skirts and has bright red lips…which Kira sees blood on when she first approaches her. Or did she imagine it?

7. Then there’s the romance…
If Kira had never gone to Starkfield, she would have never met Cory, the boy with an insatiable Rage inside him which he needs her help to understand.
She’s known her new friends before. Has she known him?

8. It’s HUGE
Starkfield is in an enclosed area that allows no one in or out, surrounded by woods and then walls outside those woods. Can anyone say creepy?

9. No phones, no internet

10. The Mist
The scariest thing about Starkfield is The Mist. I won’t tell you anything about it. Because you might lose your memory.

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Blog Tour: The Weight Of Guilt by Jon Ripslinger

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Welcome to my stop on The Weight Of Guilt Blog Tour. To see the full schedule, click on the banner above. For my stop today, I have a Guest Post and a Giveaway! Be sure to enter as the Giveaway is ending in a few hours!!

The Weight of Guilt
By Jon Ripslinger
Genre: Young Adult

Weight of Guilt

Book Description

Driving home from a bonfire party, eighteen-year-old John Hawk crashes, killing his girlfriend, Riley. Bullied and tormented at school, his guilty conscience crushing him, John transfers to a school on the banks of the Mississippi River, where he attracts the eye of the principal’s daughter, Megan Jones. Though he’s reluctant, she convinces him to be her prom date. The morning after prom, Principal Jones reports Megan missing. Four days later, her body is recovered from the Mississippi River, and John becomes the prime suspect in her death, a rape and murder case.

Charley Cotton, Megan’s best friend, knows that Megan had a secret, but she doesn’t trust John because of his past. John is desperate to avoid adding to the shame he carries for Riley’s death—it’s destroying his life. With Charley’s help, he learns that others in Megan’s life have a motive to keep her quiet. But every effort they make to uncover the truth edges them closer to a desperate murderer with everything to lose.


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The Weight of Guilt Characters Speak Out
Lieutenant Leo Garske: Look, I’m a trained police officer of the law, an investigator, and I’m damned good at what I do. This kid John Hawk will be accused of the rape and murder of Megan Jones, a girl he took to the prom. He’s the last person to see her alive. I’ll be serving a warrant any day now, guaranteed. He’s angry, belligerent, and smart, but not as smart as me. He damn well better get a lawyer because there’s no way in hell I’m letting him off the hook. He’s already been busted four or five times. Drinking. Traffic violations. Once for beating up his girlfriend’s brother, nearly killing him. Damn nice kid, don’t you think?

Officer Kevin Striker: I’m helping Leo investigate Megan Jones’s disappearance and apparent murder. You got to forgive the guy for wanting so bad to nail John Hawk. See, couple of years back his wife was jogging with their dog and a teen hit-and-run-driver plowed into them. Killed the dog and left his wife in a wheelchair. They never found the car or the kid. So Leo’s not going to let another kid get away with something. Me? I think maybe John’s okay. Just made some bad choices is all. Lot of kids do. I sure as hell did. I don’t know if John’s connected to Megan Jones’s death or not. Looks like it. But I’d like to wait and see.

Dr. Franklin Jones: I’m Megan’s dad. I’m also the principal of our only high school in town. A lot of this is my fault. After Megan’s mom died of cancer and after Megan found out that I’d been having an affair, she sort of jumped off a cliff. She ran away from home. She started drinking—I don’t know, maybe she’d been drinking before. She got so bad I had to take her to the hospital to have her stomach pumped like I did one time. Like I said, a lot of what happened—her acting out, especially—is my fault, and I’ll never be able to forgive myself.

Stephanie Jones: I liked Megan from the beginning, but she never gave her dad and me a chance. Frank had to practically drag her to our wedding. She got plastered at the reception, gulping down drinks people set on tables while they went to the restroom or danced or whatever. We didn’t get along, Megan and me. Still I liked her, wanted the best for her, and hoped she’d straighten out. I don’t know exactly what happened to her, but she certainly didn’t deserve to die like she did.
Charley Cotton: Megan was my best friend. Had been since ninth grade. Really, my only best friend ever. She was one of the most popular girls in school—not because she was the principal’s daughter and everyone wanted to suck up to her. But because she was kind, generous, understanding, and loyal. Sure, she had faults. She drank. She slept around a bit. She had a stupid, scum-sucking boyfriend named Cole Wainwright, who might’ve killed her out of jealousy. Why? Because she hooked up with this scary new guy in school, John Hawk, who is obviously hiding some deep, dark secrets in his soul. Losing Megan is going to screw up my whole life. I’ll never be the same. And if I find out that John or Cole hurt her, I’m doing some serous ass-kicking.

Cole Wainwright: I’m sayin’ nothing! Except that Megan’s been my girlfriend for two years, and then an asswipe named John Hawk shows up at our school, steals her from me. Now she’s dead, and he’s sayin’ I killed her. Well, I didn’t. He did. And that’s all I’m sayin’, man!

John Hawk: Ever feel your life sucks? It’s cursed? You’re doomed. This starts when I’m thirteen and my mom runs away with a drummer in a band she liked. Then it turns worse when I’m driving home one night from a party and get into an accident—not my fault—that kills my girlfriend, Riley. Couldn’t take the bullying, so I go to a different school, and the first girl I date, Megan Jones, dies—probably raped and murdered. I’m accused, mainly because I’ve been in trouble before, and I’m supposedly the last person to see Megan alive. If I don’t prove myself innocent, I’ll die from the weight of guilt on my shoulders—before I go to prison.


Author Bio

After Jon retired as a public high school English at Davenport West High school, he began a career as a young adult author. His credits include eight published YA novels, and he has signed a contract with Red Adept publishing for a ninth YA novel. Jon has been a presenter at the Pen-in-Hand workshops for the Midwest Writing Center, Davenport, IA, and for the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference held yearly at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. He has also published numerous short stories in Woman’s World, a leading woman’s weekly magazine. Jon and his wife live in Davenport, where their six children and their families also live. When not working on his computer crafting another story, Jon enjoys collecting music from the ’40s and ’50s playing pool, and spending time with his family.

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Blog Tour: Inked by Eric Smith


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Welcome to the Inked Blog Tour. To check out the full schedule, click on the banner above. Today for my promotional post I have for you a Guest Post about the Magic of Tattoos along with book info and buy links and a Giveaway. Be sure to enter!

Inked inked
by Eric Smith
Release Date: January 20th 2015
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:

Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.

Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.

And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.

But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.

Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

Eric Smith takes you on a high-octane fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different… only to discover that fate is more than skin deep.

Advance Praise:

“INKED is an action-packed read with a hero I could root for, magic I wanted to have, and a vivid fantasy world to back it all up. Smith’s prose had me turning pages way past my bedtime.” – Susan Dennard, author of SOMETHING STRANGE & DEADLY

“A fast-paced page-turner from Eric Smith filled with magic, mystery and mayhem.” – Kristi Helvig, Author of BURN OUT

“With a lively cast of characters and a captivating idea, INKED draws its readers into a world where magic lives on every page.” Kat Zhang, author of The Hybrid Chronicles series


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Guest Post: Why Tattoos Are Magical (Hold Stories)
Growing up, I always looked at my Dad’s Air Force tattoo with a mixture of awe and confusion. The tattoos I saw on television, movies, magazines, or you know, in-person on other people, were always bright, colorful, clear, and vivid. But my Dad, his tattoo was a pale blue, faded, the lettering barely readable. He never talked about it much, or the history of where he got it. It wasn’t until I was a bit older, and started talking about how I wanted my own tattoos, that he dished a little more on its history.
He’d gotten it while overseas, stationed in Japan, during the Vietnam War. It was a quick tattoo job, something he wasn’t terribly proud of years later as the ink faded and the quality washed away, but it held memories. Of that time him and his squad stole a jeep and drove around the city. Of the bar fight he got into over a girl. Of the time he spent in a hospital, getting his tailbone removed.
Talking to my Dad about his tattoo didn’t just let me know more about that piece of ink on his arm that raised so many questions for me growing up… it answered questions I didn’t even know I wanted to ask.
It was like a time machine on his forearm.
That’s why I think tattoos are magical. They all hold a story, and have the ability to take you back, sometimes really far, in time for a moment.
I look at mine, and I don’t just see the Nautilus from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I see the first book I truly fell in love with as a child, and the first time I saw myself in a book. When I look at the quotation marks on my first, I don’t just see punctuation marks that I always screw up while writing (just being real here), but a reminder to write. To keep trying. To tell the stories I never heard growing up.
Next time you see a relative, a friend, an acquaintance… and notice they have some interesting ink, ask a question. See what they have to tell you.
All tattoos hold a story. Listen.

About the Author
eric smithEric Smith is the author of THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO DATING, out now via Quirk Books, and INKED, a YA novel out with Bloomsbury Spark.

His writing has appeared locally in the Philly Weekly, The Inquirer, and on He’s written for the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Boing Boing, and is a regular contributor to BookRiot and Geekosystem.

His essays have appeared in the Bygone Bureau and The Apiary, and his first published piece will appear in THE ASTEROID BELT ALMANAC with the Hand & the Hand Press in April 2014.

He’s the co-founder of Geekadelphia, a popular hyperlocal geek blog in Philly, and the Philly Geek Awards, a ceremony honoring local geeks in his city.

Eric holds a BA in English from Kean University and an MA in English from Arcadia University. He currently lives in Philly. You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks and @geekadelphia.

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Blog Tour: Worlds Of Ink And Shadow by Lena Coakley


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Welcome to my stop on the Worlds Of Ink And Shadow Blog Tour. Today, I have for you a Guest Post and a very interesting Giveaway! Be sure to enter for a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes!!


Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Amulet

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.


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Top Five Reasons To Read Worlds of Ink And Shadow

1) Because you love the Brontës.

If you love Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and A Tenant of Wildfell Hall, this book will give you insight into what the authors of these books were like as teens—their fears, their dreams, and their development as writers.

2) Because you’ve never heard of the Brontës.

Wuthering What? you say. If you don’t know about these authors, their lives were quite fascinating. Poor and isolated, the four Brontë siblings, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne, lived on the Yorkshire moors in Haworth, England in the early 1800s. Surrounded by a dingy factory town, the siblings retreated into their imaginations, creating fabulous fantasy worlds.

3) Because you love fantasy.

Yes, this book is historical fiction, but it also has a fantasy element. Those fantasy worlds that the Brontës wrote about? The premise of Worlds of Ink and Shadow is that these places—the glittering city of Verdopolis and the mysterious island of Gondal—were real places that the Brontës could escape to—but for a price.

4) Because you love worldbuilding.

In its praise for Lena’s first book, Witchlanders, the BCCB called her worldbuilding “lush and provocative” and Kirkus called it “exquisite.” She brings the same skills to Worlds of Ink and Shadow.

5) Because you love a good romance.

It was in their childhood writings that Charlotte and Emily Brontë began to develop the romantic heroes that would make them famous: Mr. Rochester, from Jane Eyre, and Heathcliff, from Wuthering Heights. In Worlds of Ink and Shadow Charlotte and Emily meet and fall in love with the early incarnations of these characters: the dashing Duke of Zamorna and the wild, wicked Alexander Rogue.

About The Author:

Lena CoakleyLena Coakley was born in Milford, Connecticut and grew up on Long Island. In High School, Creative Writing was the only course she ever failed (nothing was ever good enough to hand in!), but, undeterred, she went on to study writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Witchlanders is her debut novel.
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 Giveaway Information: Contest ends January 29, 2016:

1 Grand Prize Winner:
A Copy of WORLDS OF INK AND SHADOW (Canadian or US edition dependent on country of winner)
A Hardcover Everyman’s Library edition of JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë
A Hardcover Everyman’s Library edition of WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë
A softcover Penguin edition of THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL by Anne Brontë
A softcover Hesperus edition of THE SPELL, juvenilia of Charlotte Brontë
Toasty Almond Tea from Tealish
A cloth ornament of Charlotte Brontë’s childhood hero, The Duke of Wellington, inspiration for her character, Zamorna

Grand Prize

10 winners will receive a copy of Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

5 winners will receive a black bonnet (similar to the one found on the Canadian cover)

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Guest Post: 10 Things You Need To Know About Virtual Book Tours by Dorothy Thompson

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This post will be especially helpful to authors thinking of doing a Virtual Book Tour and will shed some light on what they can expect and how good a marketing took these can be. Enjoy!


10 Things You Need to Know About Virtual Book Tours

By Dorothy Thompson, CEO & Founder of Pump Up Your Book

By now, most authors know what virtual book tours are or at least
have heard of them.  They’re that wonderful marketing tool that should
be a must have in every new book’s campaign.  With each new book I
write, I’m making a game plan before the book is even published and a
virtual book tour is the first promotional venue on that list.

While most of us know what they are, there are still a few new
authors who might have heard of them but have no idea what they
involve.  I give you my top 10 things you need to know about virtual
book tours so that you will know what to expect.

  1. Virtual book tours are the BEST way to get the MOST online exposure for your book.
    Not only are you presenting your book and yourself to thousands of
    people, all of your interviews, guest posts and reviews are
    archived which means months down the road, you’re still selling
    your book because of that one tour.
  2. Virtual book tours ARE a lot of work. Not only are
    you searching for the perfect blogs to host you, you are acting as
    the middle man between you and the blogger unless you are using a
    paid service such as Pump Up Your Book who will do all the work for
    you.  Even if you do sign up with Pump Up Your Book, there is
    still lots of work to do completing assignments – filling out
    interviews and writing guest posts unless you choose an all review
    tour.  Even though it requires a little bit of your time to fill
    out interviews and write guest posts, it’s well worth it.
  3. You will learn more about your book than you ever did.
    I had an author tell me that through the interviews and guest
    posts she had to complete, she never learned so much about her book
    which caught her off guard.  Now when she is interviewed on
    radio shows and makes television appearances, she is better prepared.
  4. Virtual book tours will build up your author platform.
    No matter if you’re a fiction author or a nonfiction author,
    virtual book tours will build up your author platform using your
    key search words.
  5. Your reviews are guaranteed. Offline publicists
    while they mean well do it all wrong.  They query a book
    blogger, make arrangements to send the book, then that’s where it
    stops.  The review is not a guaranteed thing.  The reviewer can
    post the review anytime they see fit.  With virtual book
    tours, your review is guaranteed on a certain date unless the
    reviewer jumps ship which rarely happens.  I had an author tell me
    she signed up with an offline publicist who sent out many books and
    only one or two reviewers actually came through for them.  That
    was money loss for the author.  Books don’t come cheap these
    days so coming up with a date you and the reviewer can agree upon
    guarantees that review will be a given thing.
  6. Many reviewers now take ebooks which save you money.
    Thank goodness someone was smart enough to invent a device that
    automatically loads a book in a few seconds (no waiting to go to
    the book store anymore my friend) and makes it fun to read.
    When Amazon lowered their price of the Kindle, sales soared and
    book lovers started talking about getting one.  What that means is that
    it opened up a wonderful way to get these books to the book
    reviewers quickly and less expensively.  Have you noticed how
    much books are and how much it takes to ship them?  Not saying all
    reviewers will take ebooks, but as time goes on, most will have an
    e-reader and, as a matter of fact, will prefer an ebook.
  7. More website hits, more blog hits, more Twitter hits and more Facebook Fan Page hits. All authors should have a website or blog and accounts at Twitter and Facebook.  No matter if you think they’re all a waste of time.  A virtual book tour will definitely give you more hits at all places as long as your links are in your bio.
  8. Going on a virtual book tour raises your Alexa rankings.
    What is Alexa?  Alexa measures how well you are doing in the
    search engines.  By going on a virtual book tour, and including
    interviews and guest posts during that tour, your website and blog
    links are included in every bio (or should be!).  Those are
    incoming links which Alexa uses to measure your ranking.  The more
    your website or blog link shows up on other sites, the more
    valuable your site is to them and thus, your rankings soar.
  9. You will learn how to sell your book through media exposure.
    Not all authors take advantage of their interviews and guest posts
    by gearing them toward their audience, thus luring them to their
    book and/or website/blog.  I’ve had many authors on tour and
    the ones who really take the time to make their interviews and
    guest posts effective selling tools are the ones who profit the most.
    The key thing here is to make your audience curious.  One liners in
    the case of interviews may not cut it.  Of course there are
    only so many ways you can answer “What’s your book about?” but take
    your time and get your audience’s curiosity peaked so that they do
    make your way over to your website or your book’s buying link.
  10. Virtual book tours teach you how to connect well with others.
    There is no better way to learn how to network.  All these
    wonderful book bloggers who agree to host you are your new friends
    in your extended network and they will be there for you the next
    time you have a book to promote (unless they completely hated it of
    course).  You’ll also learn how to use the social networks
    effectively as you study how to get people over to your stops by
    persuasive wording.  Remember to talk to your audience, not at

There you have it.  10 reasons I feel you need to know about virtual
book tours in a nutshell.  If you have a tour coordinator as opposed to
setting one up yourself, she will walk you through it so that it will be
a fun experience for all.  Your book will thank you for it.

Dorothy Thompson is CEO/Founder of Pump Up Your Book, an award-winning public relations company specializing in online book
publicity.  You can visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at and Facebook at


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Guest Post: Review of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Welcome to the first ever Guest Review on my Blog done by Abby King. I have been struggling to read Six Of Crows, have picked it up several times and I’m presently stuck almost halfway through.So, when I saw a tweet from Abby offering to do a Guest Post, I immediately replied to her tweet, inviting her to my Blog. She PM’d me not too long after offering to do a review of a book and I chose Six Of Crows.

So without further ado, here’s what Abby had to say:


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Review: Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo


I grabbed my passport and grappling hook and headed to Ketterdam, a city loosely based on Amsterdam, via Leigh Bardugo’s fantasy novel, Six of Crows. I must admit, I have never ventured so deeply into the fantasy realm, so it was with a mixture of trepidation and curiosity that I did finally set foot inside.


Now, upon my return to civilisation, what do I make of the genre? Honestly, I thought I would be quickly bored, unresponsive to the characters so far removed from reality, so seemingly unlike people I know. Yet Bardugo’s sextet of young men and women, each with their distinctively separate histories, identities and powers have convinced me otherwise.


However, I didn’t feel that way when I began reading. Perhaps that was because I am not well-versed in the “Grisha-verse” and because I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The first chapter and you’re pushed into murky underworld of Ketterdam – the “grey milk fog” where the “air hung thick with the smell of fish and bilge water”. But, as Joost – the character in question for this chapter – questions the colour of Anya’s eyes, the beginning of this novel reads more like a romance than outright fantasy.


“How much blood will be shed tonight?”


We then learn that Joost is a guard and Anya is a healer, and by chapter two, we meet Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa. In the aptly-named “Barrel” of Ketterdam, the fantasy begins proper, with apparently no relation to the events of the first chapter. Before long, there are knives, lead pipes and guns in the mix, as Kaz, or “Dirtyhands,” quickly establishes himself as the ruthless lieutenant of his gang, the Dregs. Away from the violence, he is also extremely intelligent and articulate, for example, noting that “every man is a safe, a vault of secrets and longings.”


Initially, I felt unable to connect with the gang. Like Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias and Jesper seemed equally cold-hearted despite their backgrounds; their range of superhuman powers rendering them above my sympathies. Also, the novel repeatedly makes reference to their ages: 17 (or thereabouts). To me, they seemed much, much older, possibly even in their thirties. As Six of Crows is a YA novel, I question whether their unconvincing ages would affect its readership. Yet perhaps this maturity-beyond-their-years was deliberate; after all, with everything the gang had witnessed and experienced, they would have had to grow up quickly.


“I protect my investments”


The idea of growing up quickly leads me to another point. The turning point in the novel for me, in terms of connecting with the characters, was discovering Kaz’s past. Learning why Kaz is so unfeeling is ironically the very thing that humanises him. Throughout his story, Kaz suffers great loss – his money, family, home, and his ability to feel. To him, people become objects, investments, means of survival, in sickening ways. His brother Jordie acts “as a raft”, and he treats Inej as “one of the best investments” he had made. He distances himself from his feelings towards her, fearful he would lose her after she is stabbed.


“He was the same Kaz… but beneath all that anger, she thought she’d seen something else”


As Six of Crows progresses, two romantic relationships prominently emerge within the gang – Nina and Matthias, and of course, Inej and Kaz. It is this element that most connects the non-fantasy reader to the plot, going beyond the knives, guns and jurda parem (the substance that becomes the most dangerous weapon of all…). In terms of character development, these relationships, pivoting from hatred to love in rapid succession, are crucial in understanding their motives. For Nina and Matthias, the history of their relationship actually forms their personal identities: “they’d managed to be Nina and Matthias instead of Grisha and witchhunter.” They also provide a form of escapism from the sterility and harshness of the world around them, although instead of flowers, men would give weapons: “He’d gifted her with her blade, the one she called Sankt Petyr – not as pretty as wild geraniums, but more practical.”


Overall, without giving much more away in terms of the plot, for my first foray into the realms of fantasy, I think Six of Crows was a thrilling place to start. Despite my unfamiliarity with the conventions of the Grisha, the novel still welcomed me in as a newcomer and the all-encompassing nature of Ketterdam really pulled me in. While it took me longer than I initially expected to connect with the characters, by the end of the novel I felt I could sympathise with the gang and their struggles.


I’d definitely make a return trip to see what the future holds for the sextet, and recommend Six of Crows to other fantasy newbies! So thank you to Cover2Cover for your recommendation and the opportunity to guest post on your blog!

Thanks again Abby! I really enjoyed your review!!

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Book Blitz: Mayan Blood (The Stone Legacy Series #1) by Theresa Delayne

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Welcome to the Mayan Blood Book blitz! My promo post today includes a book summary, a character interview and a Giveaway. Be sure to enter!!

Mayan Blood (Stone Legacy #1)

by Theresa DaLayne

Release Date: December 29th 2015

Limitless Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…

Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.

With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watched—the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, who’s more like a little sister than her best friend.

Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger.

When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, he’s playing for keeps.

A wicked secret hides behind a handsome face…

When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanya’s mission, it’s unclear if his intention is to help, or if he’s on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.

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Character interview with Thresa DaLayne
Character Name: Arwan
Character Bio:
Orphan and gifted Riyata, Arwan grew up at Renato’s estate in Belize after his mother was murdered by an underworld enemy. For years he has denied his Mayan ancestry and shunned his bloodline. Now that Zanya—the Stone Guardian—is back and bonded with her stone, he must face the darkest part of his soul in order to find the revenge he continues to seek.
I don’t have a photo of Arwan, nor do I want to assign one. He is a unique looking twenty-something year old with tan skin, dark eyes, sharp cheekbones, long-ish dark hair, and a keen talent for martial arts. He also has a very rare ability called timebending, which he does not often use in fear of changing the course of history and affecting the future in negative ways that he cannot undo.

Me: Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
Arwan: Focus. Normally that would be a good quality, but I tend to be overly focused on a goal and do not stop perusing it until I’ve accomplished it. Maybe that’s how I earned Zanya’s affections. Once I knew I wanted her, I couldn’t stop until I made my best effort to earn her trust.
Me: Have you?
Arwan: It’s a work in process.
Me: Do you think you deserve her trust?
Arwan: No. Not in the least.
Me: Why?
Arwan: Can we move to the next question please?
Me: Why?
Arwan: Because I’m not entirely comfortable telling you something I haven’t told her first.
Me: Fair enough. What about your best quality?
Arwan: I would say patience. I need patience while training—especially with Peter due to is lack of practice. He spends far too much time with Tara and not enough time in the dojo.
Me: It sounds like you’re angry with him.
Arwan: Angry? No, I’m not angry. Just…concerned. I don’t want him to fall behind. But knowing Zanya now, I can’t blame him for being hesitant to leave Tara. It’s hard to be away from the person you care about.
Me: What are you most afraid of?
Arwan: Failure. I’ve worked my entire life to prepare for the moment I can finally avenge my mother’s death. Plus, now I have more than just myself to protect. There’s no one else to lead the rest of the group, and I have to be there. It’s my job, and I can’t fail.
Me: What do you want more than anything?
Arwan. Peace.
Me: What kind? There are a lot of kinds of peace.
Arwan: All kinds. For too many years I’ve struggled to achieve inner peace, but that’s not possible because of who…what, I am. Maybe someday I can find a balance. That’s about the best I can hope for.
Me: What is your relationship status?
Arwan: It’s…complicated.
Me: You’re not going to improvise, are you?
Arwan: No, I’m not.
Me: Okay then. How much of a rebel are you?
Arwan: I think that’s more of a question for Jayden. Me? I prefer structure. Though I suppose Renato wouldn’t completely agree with the current events.
Me: What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Arwan: Taking control of my darker side. Commanding it. That is by far my greatest achievement to date.
Me: What is your current state of mind?
Arwan: I’m nervous.
Me: Why?
Arwan: Because I’m not used to people probing into my personal life. Into my head. Marzena, the young dreamwalker, gives me space. She doesn’t intrude into my thoughts. This interview feels a lot like when she reaches into my head.
Me: What is your most treasured possession?
Arwan: Does it have to be an object?
Me: Yes.
Arwan: My glaive.
Me: What’s that?
Arwan: It’s a weapon I use in both training and fighting—a spear with a long, curved blade at the end.
Me: You don’t have anything more personal you cherish?
Arwan: I don’t have many personal items. I’ve never needed them. I live with Renato, have the dojo at my disposal, and the jungle as my refuge.
Me: Which living person do you, most despise?
Arwan: I suppose it would be wrong to say Jayden. *grins *
Me: I don’t think Zanya would be thrilled to hear you say that.
Arwan: No, she wouldn’t. And in reality it’s not the truth.
Me: So who is it?
Arwan: Sarian—and my father. Both of them equally and as fiercely. The end.
Me: What is your greatest regret?
Arwan: Existing.
Me: Why?
Arwan: I’d rather not elaborate. Are we almost finished?
Me: Yes, we are. Lets change things up. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Arwan: Stubbornness and self-confidence.
Me: Most men dislike a stubborn woman.
Arwan: Not me. It tells me she knows what she wants. I like that.
Me: Which living person do you most admire?
Arwan: My mentor, Renato. He is like my father, and I have great respect for him.
Me: What is your motto?
Arwan: You always have a choice.
Me: We’re all finished up. Once again, Arwan, thank you for the interview.
Arwan: Great. Thank you.

About the Author



Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

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Book Tour: A Lost Legacy: Awakening by C.E. Dimond


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Release Date: 07/09/15
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Finn Adams thought she knew what her life had in store for her; a mundane existence of day to day life. After meeting Eamon her whole world is flipped upside down. When her mother goes missing, Finn soon discovers that she is a witch and she is being hunted for her power. Ripped from the only life she’s ever known, Finn is transported across the country to Broadhaven, Maine to discover the secrets she never knew about herself, her heritage, and the tremendous power she’s kept hidden for so long.

Her loyalties are tested when she learns of her true parentage and discovers she is part of a prophecy, destined to awaken an ancient power that has been lost for centuries . As she struggles to learn from her mother’s past, she is faced with the ultimate struggle of good and evil, family or friends. She must learn who she can trust and find the power within herself to stop the prophecy from coming true.


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Name: Finn Adams lost legacy cast girl
Age: 16
Height: 5’ 7’’
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
From: Port Moyle, California
Born: Broadhaven, Maine
Character status: Main character Dream Casting (Above): Gabriella Wilde
General overview: Finn Adams is a Junior at Greyfell Academy in Port Moyle, CA. She’s just an average girl and an okay student who has a tendency to trip over her own lanky limbs. She’s perfectly fine being unnoticed though. When challenged, she has an attitude that is borderline frightening which the new kid in school, Eamon, finds out a little too quickly. When her affinity for Witchcraft is revealed Finn takes a shining to learning her powers, but she doesn’t like all the strings that come attached.
Interests: Finn’s interests are mostly related to movies and books, and trying to stay afloat in High school. She has a keen mind for history and foreign languages which ends up suiting her well in Awakening.
Important related characters: Her Mom; Catherine Adams. Her Best friend; Tyler Adler. New Kid; Eamon Abbot (O’Neill). Her Biological Father; Cormac McLoughlin. The Coven; Neely O’Brien, Declan Cavanaugh, Caine O’Connor, Eamon O’Neill.
Mood towards witchcraft: So far she’s not the biggest fan. It is because of her inherent power that all the trouble has started in her life. If she had to choose between having her power and having her normal life back? She would probably choose her normal life.
Mood towards Eamon: Mixed. She had this general frustration with him that keeps her on guard and she cannot bring herself to fully trust him. He has his own moments where she thinks maybe they’re making progress in their friendship, but just as quickly he turns cold.
Changes: Throughout the book Finn not only discovers a new life but a new name as well. Finn Adams finds out she’s really Fionnuala McLoughlin and not so average after all. Her relationship with Eamon has its’ ups and downs from indifference, to friends, to enemies and back again. She goes from the lanky girl who trips over her own limbs to a well-trained fighter who knows how to use her body to her advantage.
Name: Eamon O’Neill (Abbot) lost legacy cast boy.jpg
Age: 17
Height: 6’ 0’’
Hair: Raven
Eyes: Green
From: Broadhaven, Maine
Character status: Supporting Character Dream Casting (Above ): Brant Daugherty
General overview: Eamon O’Neill is the third youngest Coven member. He is sent to observe and protect Finn before everything goes awry and he ends up having to get her out of Port Moyle. He is stubborn and does not accept blame so easily. His behavior is entirely dependent on his mood, he is sarcastic, blunt and sometimes just plain rude. He takes his mission very seriously but isn’t entirely pleased with his assignment.
Interests: Eamon is a Coven soldier so he typically does what he’s told, when he’s told to do it. His vices however mostly include reading, the occasional video game and longs walks by the water, really. He likes to dance, just not usually in public.
Important related characters: His Father; Patrick O’Neill. His Mother; Miriam O’Neill (deceased) His Best Friend; Neely O’Brien.
Mood towards his mission: Confusion. He doesn’t really understand why he was chosen. Out of all the coven members, he thinks he is the least qualified because he’s not the greatest with people. His only asset is the fact that he is always prepared for the worst case scenario.
Mood towards Finn: Frustration. That probably sums up his feelings as a whole. Not only is she obnoxiously stubborn and reckless, she’s also powerful. He is torn between whether or not to embrace her, or to fear her like his father has warned him he should.
Changes: Eamon’s changes are never definite. His mood can switch at the drop of a hat and ruin practically any moment. Even when he tries his hardest to be genuine he tends to muck it up just as quickly. His character develops as he allows himself to vary from what he’s been told and allows himself to form his own judgments.

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 I sat up with a start, my heart racing as my eyes took in my surroundings. After a moment of panic, a calm settled over me as I realized I was in my room. It had only been a dream, a horrific, confusing, and altogether terrifying dream. My heart was still racing, pounding fiercely against my chest, as I felt a cold sweat beading on the back of my neck. It took a few seconds before I realized I was holding my breath. Letting out a sigh of relief, I turned my eyes to the
clock by my bed. A groan escaped my lips as I saw the time; it was three A.M.
Running my hand down my face, I took a second to compose myself, taking in slow careful breaths, trying to calm my heart. Sliding my hand back up across my face, I ran it through the long strands of blond hair, pulling them off my neck and over my shoulder. As I turned to lie back down, a shadow moved past my window and I froze, my breath caught in my chest once more. Standing up quickly, I moved to the window but found nothing but the darkened street below, illuminated only by the singular lamppost at the intersection.
Of course, there was nothing there; I was on the second story. That sort of thinking was probably one of the first signs of insanity.
Finally letting my breath out, I stared at the streets for a moment just to be certain, before I shook my head clear and turned back to bed. Clearly, I needed sleep. Between this and my dream, the chances of getting a decent night’s rest were slim at this point. Lying back down, I gazed at the ceiling for a moment before I squeezed my eyes shut tightly. School started back tomorrow, the first day of junior year, which just meant one more year of being just a little bit lower on the food chain. I turned my head to glance at the time; I blinked in confusion as the clock still read three A.M.
Reaching my hand over, I hit it only to see it click into one after three. Yup, it was definitely broken. With a sigh, I closed my eyes, trying to let the dream escape my mind as I drifted back to sleep.


About the Author:
UF5IpJTzXGLxn10BnaRbEbH70PMARZ1ykHC_4BVMrzkI am an Irish-Canadian Young Adult author who was born in Winnipeg, Canada (yes, it really does exist). I love my city and love even more that it’s become Hollywood’s running joke (Don’t believe me? Just check out Youtube).

I have always been a writer, from poems in my Grade 6 diary (Ode to Hobbits), to short stories in the back of my math’s book. I have always loved to create stories and find myself constantly creating new characters.

I am a dedicated Fangirl of many proportions and I have a knack for getting expressions all wrong and saying incredibly stupid, but often hilarious things (My graduation gift from my friends was a book of my own quotes).

I am a proud alumna of St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic prep school and I studied Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. Currently, I am still hanging out in Winnipeg.

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Blog Tour: Pretty Little Creatures by Vince Milam

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Pretty Little Creatures by Vince Milam. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
So far this series contains 2 books: The Unknown Element (The Challenged World #1) and Pretty Little Creatures (The Challenged World #2).

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Pretty Little CreaturesPretty Little Creatures (The Challenged World #2)
By Vince Milam
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Age category: Adult
Release Date: September 10, 2015

Ebola, jihadists, blood diamonds, drug cartels, and a dark force driving events. In pursuit, an eclectic team of three very dissimilar individuals.

A reserved small town sheriff on a reluctant quest for justice. A beautiful and eccentric technology genius striving to piece together international clues to terrorism. An epicurean French priest committed to combat. Can they work together to challenge a nightmarish conspiracy without driving each other crazy?

The resurrection of the blood diamond trade in the fetid jungles of Ebola-infected West Africa draws the trio together. They are joined by a stunning CIA professional killer with a clear and final solution to any problem. Together they struggle against the leaders of the illicit diamond trade and the foul entity providing the child slave labor.

Have they won? The doggedness of the technology genius and the assuredness of the French priest uncover deeper plans—a game of misdirection and intrigue masterminded by a powerful source nested in the evil enclaves of ISIS.

The stakes rapidly rise as the trail leads them into the wild heartland of a Mexican drug cartel—a launching point to unleash a hellish scenario into the U.S. The final conflict looms as forces for good and evil muster for battle. Can three regular people prevent this terrorist attack? They need to, because failure will forevermore alter the life of every American.

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By Vince Milam
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Age category: Adult
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Three very different individuals. A dark force rising. The chase begins. A reserved small town sheriff in pursuit of justice. A beautiful and eccentric technology genius striving to understand. A bon vivant French priest committed to finding answers.

A horrific event in a sleepy Gulf Coast town pulls them together and the trio find themselves on a quest for the truth about good and evil, travelling first to Wales and the scene of another shocking nightmare, then on to the ISIS killing fields of Syria where the stakes rise even higher.

Can these three dissimilar people find answers without driving each other crazy? Can they survive while Middle East factional war rages around them? They need to, because the potential fate of millions hangs on it.

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Ten things a reader may want to know about the characters in Pretty Little Creatures.

1. The three main protagonists are Cole Garza, Nadine May, and Francois Domaine—three very disparate personalities. They have grown to love and support each other despite their wildly varying worldviews.
2. Cole is the sheriff of Aransas County, Texas—a Gulf Coast county with as many boats as pickup trucks. He has more than a dollop of Comanche blood in his lineage, and while he presents a very laid-back approach to life, when faced with adversity he becomes—to quote a local citizen in his town—“all fight”.
3. Nadine May is an information technology genius, contracting to the NSA, FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security. She can break through any electronic firewall or security system and may well be the world’s best human bloodhound when it comes to finding answers. Her thinking process pinballs from one subject to the next, rarely with a logical sequence—a trait that drives most folks crazy. Nadine has a heart of gold, an OCD habit of doing things in threes, and lives with her pet, Mule the Cat. Mule cops an attitude when forced to associate with Francois. Francois more than returns the sentiment. Nadine has learned and often utilizes Francois’s Gallic shrug and pursing of lips—an attribute Cole finds less than endearing.
4. Francois Domaine is a French priest, residing at the Vatican. He has the ability to hone in on manifested evil. He is also a bon vivant—clothes, food, and wine are critically important to him. A lavender pocket handkerchief will, absolutely, be paired with lavender socks and custom Italian shoes. That said, he often dresses down to “blend in”, when he’s apt to wear jeans, orange Chuck Taylor sneakers, a T-shirt, and an orange bandana around his neck to match the sneakers. He fully expects Pouilly-Fuissé wine with his BBQ chicken, chain smokes French cigarettes, and often wafts a hand in a dismissive gesture if the subject at hand doesn’t meet his approval. He is absolutely fearless. Francois confronts evil head-on, a short, rotund bowling ball of a man rolling towards danger. This is an attribute admired greatly by Cole and Nadine, although Cole has greater faith in his .45 pistol than the Almighty.
5. In Pretty Little Creatures, the trio are joined on their quest by JoBeth Clark, a CIA assassin. JoBeth is a Mississippi belle, well educated, tends to addresses people as “Sugar” and “Honey”, is always impeccably dressed, and will kill you in a heartbeat. She is legendary in the clandestine services.
6. Cole and Nadine have a thing for each other. Cole’s laconic nature is a sea anchor for Nadine in her turbulent world. That same reserve and reticence, on occasion, drives her crazy. Nadine’s remarkable mind and ricochet conversational gambits entertain Cole. Those very traits also, on occasion, drive him up a wall. Cole and Nadine have not yet had a physical relationship, although Cole’s neighbor, the eighty year old Mrs. P., has admonished Cole to get a gym membership before such endeavors. “A hot-wired rawboned gal like that is liable to hurt you, son.”
7. Cole has a mainstream and somewhat distant perspective on spirituality—driven in no small part by the senseless murder of his wife several years earlier. Nadine has her own unique views on the subject, and struggles with connectivity between empirical data and a higher power. Francois is, well, a priest—albeit one with more than a touch of hubris. Three different paths towards one goal—stopping horrific evil.
8. In the first novel of the series (The Unknown Element), the settings include Texas, Wales, and the killing fields of Syria. In Pretty Little Creatures, they travel to Ebola-infected Sierra Leone, Georgia, Texas, and the wilds of Mexico for a final confrontation with a Mexican Drug Cartel. Francois greets each setting with aplomb. Nadine simply insures she has internet connectivity wherever they go. Cole is less than thrilled to be traipsing around the globe.
9. The novel contains a varied cast of antagonists, including Empusa (a dark and supernatural force), El Cuello (head of the Mexican Drug Cartel), Barrie Conteh (running the slave-labor and blood diamond trade in West Africa), and a cadre of jihadists hell-bent on spreading terror in the U.S.
10. Minor protagonists include Celice Powers, PhD, MD, and head of the Infectious Disease Department at the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Celice also happens to be black, lesbian, rock-solid, and—as amply demonstrated in the final confrontation—fearless. Then there’s Jeeter Johnson, head of the Texas Rangers. Jeeter believes the solution to most issues is more firepower, and has a special relationship with the Mexican drug cartel leader, El Cuello. As Jeeter puts it when asked how he knows the cartel leader, “Well, we’ve tried to kill each other several times.” A Seal Team—brought in as a final solution—and assorted clandestine players round out the cast.



Vince Milam

About the Author:
VINCE MILAM has lived all over the world, traipsing through the Amazon, Congo, and Papua New Guinea—all the while demonstrating bourbon has medicinal qualities. Raised in Texas, he lives in the mountainous West where he proves—annually—that God doesn’t want us driving on snow. He relishes great reads, fine trout streams, family, old friends, and—especially—writing fast-paced thrillers with a dose of humor and a spiritual twist.

The first two books in the Challenged World series rank high on the Amazon lists in both Thrillers/Terrorism and Christian/Mystery. You can visit him at to learn about new releases and writer’s angst. He can also be visited at or on Twitter @vince_milam

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#MGRewind Week – Day 5: Krystalyn Drown – Guest Post and Giveaway

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Tracy doesn’t believe that Santa can deliver all of those presents in one night with out a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. In order to test her theories, she sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh and ends up at Santa Command, the place where a team of humans monitors Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus to their system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world. Before the night is over, Tracy has to fix time and help Santa finish his deliveries. And she has to do it all with Santa’s magic, which she doesn’t believe exists.


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I first read BLUBBER by Judy Blume when I was in fifth grade and immediately fell in love with it. Much like Jill, the main character, I fell somewhere in the middle of the class hierarchy. I wasn’t a leader. I followed along, mostly because I didn’t want to be the kid everyone picked on. Then, somewhere along the way, the dynamics changed. I befriended someone I wasn’t supposed to. I was threatened for walking with my new friend at lunch time. I was punched because the class bully thought I was looking at her. Girls who were once my friends walked away from me when I approached them and laughed at me. I remember sobbing in the bathroom while my teacher tried to figure out what was wrong. I never told her. I wasn’t a snitch.

Like BLUBBER, my story has a resolution but not a happy ending. Somehow, I struck a balance with some of the other girls. The school year ended. I moved. The class bully never got in trouble.

I have read that book many times over the years, because it was real. It could have been written about me. And I’m willing to bet, it could have been written about a thousand other kids. That’s why I love reading middle grade books, and that’s why I love writing them.

As for BLUBBER, I still own at least two copies. I read it again just a few months ago. Even though the middle grade years were tough, I love the reminder that I got through them, and that I wasn’t alone.



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Krystalyn spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. Her degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with her job there. Her various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, she does mad writing challenges with her sister, who is also an author. Krystalyn lives near Orlando, Florida with her husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.

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