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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Oware Mosaic by Nzondi


Oware
Mosaic
by
Nzondi

Genre:
SciFi, Horror

Decades
after a cataclysmic nuclear war, Ghanaian scientists develop
technology that store consciousness onto data orbs called retcons.
Seventeen-year-old forensic specialist, Feeni Xo, is a Enhuman (a
radiation-enhanced metabolic human) that, similar to a vampire, need
blood for sustenance. Through a game called the House of Oware, Feeni
discovers that the virtual construct is actually an augmented
reality. She and her human best friend, Sammi, a young female
detective, have been mysteriously given specialized neural implants
that allow them to hack into government software. The two teenagers
race against time in a horrific world of deformed beasts to piece
together the puzzles of the digital mosaic. Will they find a way to
save sentient beings from total extinction or will they run out of
time?


Once
again, Nzondi creates a rich and vibrant world crackling with life.
He is a brilliant writer, one readers and critics should be
watching.”
Pete
Nowalk, creator of How To Get Away With Murder


"If
you're looking for a story that's daringly imaginative, Oware Mosiac
will scratch that itch."           
Alma
Katsu, author of The Hunger


"Nzondi's
Oware Mosaic is real Afrofuturism, speculative fiction actually set
on the continent itself.  This is the future of SF, and the
future is looking good.”
Steven
Barnes, author of Lion’s Blood







Nzondi
(Ace Antonio Hall),born July 4th, 1966 is an American urban fantasy
and horror writer. He is best known as the creator of Sylva
Slasher, a teenage zombie slasher who also raises the dead for police
investigations, which includes novels and short story collections.
His non-fiction book, Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers was
published by Omnium Gatherum. One of 2017's best Bruno Mars'
video/song parodies of 24K Magic, called 24 Cali Fitness, was
released to promote the book.


Among
his many short stories that were published in anthologies and print
magazines, Hall's short story, Raising Mary: Frankenstein, was
nominated for 2016 horror story of the year for the 19th Annual
Editors and Preditors Readers Poll. Additionally, three of his short
stories were on the Horror Writers Association Reading list for
the 2017 StokerCon Awards. A former Director of Education for NYC
schools and the Sylvan Learning Center, the award-winning educator
earned a BFA from Long Island University. Hall currently lives in Los
Angeles with his bonsai named Bonnie.







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Friday, October 18, 2019

Halloween Spooktacular tour for Vampire Detective Midnight by JC Andrijeski






Vampire
Detective Midnight
Book
One
JC
Andrijeski

Genre: Paranormal Mystery /
Science Fiction

Publisher: White Sun Press

Date of Publication: June 25th,
2019

ISBN: 9781074675288
ASIN: B07TJ2T9DG

Number of pages: 386
Word Count: 101,821

Cover Artist: Damonza

Tagline: It’s hard being a cop in
the future. It’s even harder when you’re a vampire.

Book Description:

Nick
frowned, staring around at the alley floor.
It
hit him again.
There
was something wrong with this blood.
It
smelled too good.

It smelled way,
way too good…

Vampire with a past and homicide
detective, Naoko “Nick” Tanaka just got transferred to the NYPD, where he works
as a “Midnight,” or vampire in the employ of the human police. Like all
state-reg’d vamps, he gets his food delivered to his door, lives in government
housing, and basically can’t sneeze without the U.S. government knowing about
it.

More than anything, he just wants
to be left alone, to endure his immortality in peace, but he’s barely in New
York two weeks when things start to go sideways.

It all starts with his new
case––a case involving dead hybrids, graffiti that tells the future, a kid who
shouldn’t exist at all, and a possible conspiracy involving the richest humans
in New York.

That doesn’t even get into the
school principal, a woman with secrets of her own, who has a deeply unsettling
effect on him.

Nick finds he can’t get personally
uninvolved with any of it. Instead, he gets sucked in even deeper, until he’s
pretty sure he’ll end up forcibly reprogrammed by his human owners––assuming
they don’t just rip his heart out of his chest and be done with it.







Excerpt:

He needed to
feed.
It was putting
him in a foul mood.
That, and all
this fucking blood…
Nick frowned,
staring around at the alley floor.
It
hit him again.                      
There was
something wrong with this blood.
It smelled too
fucking good.
It smelled way
too fucking good.
That couldn’t
all be Nick’s hunger.
“Anyway, that’s
what I can tell you so far,” he said, making his voice deliberately casual.
“Without knowing who the victims are, or what brought them to this alley, it’s
pretty hard to speculate on motive, but…”
Nick hesitated
then, realizing something.
Frowning, he
stepped closer to the pools of blood.
Nose wrinkling,
he crouched down so he could smell it from closer, even though the scent was
overpowering, even from a lot further away. Taking a few full whiffs, he felt
his fangs begin to extend in earnest.
That time, he
couldn’t pull it back.
A flush of heat
hit his gut and chest, burning in his throat. It was intense enough, he almost
got hard, but he’d gotten pretty good at squelching that reaction, too.
He stood up at
once.
Really, he
lurched back.
It happened so
fast, that smell and his reaction to it, Nick forgot to modulate his body’s
natural reflexes to accommodate the people around him. He was up and moving in
a heartbeat, darting back in pure instinct, without slowing his movements at
all.
He moved fast
enough to make the humans around him freeze.
Instantly, they
turned into prey.
Ignoring them,
and ignoring their deer-in-headlights reactions to how he’d just moved, Nick
backed away from the pool of blood with a scowl.
He backed away
from the human detectives and tech team, too.
“They’re
hybrids,” he said, emotion reaching his voice.
He turned
around, staring at the humans sharing the alley with him.
The stared back
at him, faces blank, eyes holding flickers of fear.
Frustrated,
wanting to smash through that frozen prey look, Nick let his voice turn into a
harder growl.
“Jesus fucking
Christ,” Nick said. “Did you hear me? They’re all fucking hybrids.”
When they still
didn’t speak, he averted his gaze with a scowl. His eyes returned to the alley.
Staring around at all of that blood, it sank in what it really represented.
Once it had, he
couldn’t help but feel sick.
                                         

About
the Author:



JC Andrijeski is a USA TODAY and
WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author who writes paranormal mysteries and
apocalyptic fiction, often with a sexy, romantic and metaphysical bent. JC has
a background in journalism, history and politics, and loves martial arts, yoga,
meditation, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, painting… and of course reading
and writing. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, but travels extensively
and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, and from coast to coast in
the continental United States. She currently lives and writes full-time in
Bangkok, Thailand.

Current series include: Vampire
Detective Midnight, the Bridge & Sword series, the Quentin Black Mystery
series, The Morph series, and the Alien Apocalypse series. She’s also written a
number of standalone novels, novellas and short stories, as well as nonfiction
articles and essays.

To learn more about JC and her
writing, please visit









Red Light Fantasies by Brandi Evans


His
for the Taking
Red
Light Fantasies Book 1
by
Brandi Evans


Genre:
Contemporary Romance 

I
love managing Red Light Lingerie, a sexy boutique in Dallas. I get to
spend my days talking to people about bedroom wear, sex toys, and
enhancement lotions for all occasions. But by far, my favorite erotic
job perk is my sexy British boss, Maxwell Penn.


Max
is a Matthew McConaughey look-alike who’s equal parts dreamboat and
domineering pain in the neck, and I regularly fluctuate between “I
want to bed him” and “I want to strangle him.” But still, yum.


The
paradigm of our relationship, however, changes irrevocably when a
lingerie designer, a friend of Max’s from Britain, comes to town,
and I have to stand in for a no-show lingerie model. Before I can say
G-string, I find myself sandwiched between Max and his dark-n-sexy
friend.


I’d
be in total heaven if it weren’t for the guilt swirling in Max’s
blue eyes. I have no idea why it’s there, but I’m bound and
determined to find out.


Publisher’s
Note: This book contains descriptions of consensual activities,
including eroticism and discipline. If you object to these elements,
please do not read this book.




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A
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Red
Light Fantasies Book 2

Jealousy's
a real bitch, but so is his ex-girlfriend.


Maxwell
Penn is my lover, my boss, and my Dom. He pushes me emotionally as
well as sexually, in all the ways a girl should be pushed by the man
she loves. Sure, some days, I still swing back and forth between
wanting to strangle him and wanting to straddle him, but I wouldn’t
give him up for the world. Oh, did I mention there’s talk of him
taking me to a Swingers' Ball at a local BDSM club?


So
yeah, our relationship is positively sizzling. At least, it is until
Boudoir Fashion Week, when Max’s college girlfriend explodes back
into his life, and everything goes south. Giselle Dubois is tall,
svelte, and so stunning that I feel the need to wear sunglasses
whenever she’s around.



As
she uses her sensuality and intimate knowledge of Max's past, Giselle
embarks on a mission of manipulation to acquire something Max "took"
from her years ago, but it’s not just knowledge of Max’s past she
has in her arsenal. She knows my past. My family's secrets. The dark
stain that has marred my family since I was a child. But Giselle
isn’t the only threat facing us. There is another monster in our
midst, one far more cunning and deadly.


Publisher’s
Note: This love story contains elements of power exchange, multiple
partners, a vindictive ex-girlfriend, and explicitly described
sensual encounters. If these offend you, please do not purchase this
book.
















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Maxed Out
Red
Light Fantasies Book 3


Brandi
Evans was raised by a caravan of traveling Gypsies. She spent her
days learning the ways of her people and her nights lost in legends
as old as time. Okay, not really, but that's way more interesting
than the truth!


In
reality, Brandi grew up the oldest child of an ordinary family. Grade
school, middle school, high school. Nothing extraordinary happened
until she left the nest. She joined the military, went to college,
got married, and became a mom. And somewhere along the way, she
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Sanctified by Maggie Blackbird


Sanctified
The
Matawapit Family Series Book 3
by
Maggie Blackbird


Genre:
Inspirational Contemporary Romance 

In
the midst of a battle for leadership at their Ojibway community, two
enemies of opposing families fall in love…​

After suffering a
humiliating divorce, infuriated Catholic Jude Matawapit bolts to his
family’s Ojibway community to begin a new job—but finds himself
thrown into a battle for chief as his brother-in-law’s campaign
manager. The radical Kabatay clan, with their extreme ideas about
traditional Ojibway life, will stop at nothing to claim the
leadership position and rid the reserve of Western culture and its
religion once and for all, which threatens not only the
non-traditional people of the community, but Jude’s chance at a
brand-new life he’s creating for his children.
Recovering addict Raven
Kabatay will do anything to win the respect and trust of her older
siblings and mother after falling deep into drug addiction that
brought shame and anger to her family. Not only does she have the
opportunity to redeem herself by becoming her brother’s campaign
manager for chief—if he wins, she’ll have the reserve’s backing
to purchase the gold-mine diner where she works, finally making
something of herself. But falling in love with the family’s sworn
enemy—the deacon’s eldest son, Jude—will not just betray the
Kabatay clan. It could destroy everything Raven believes in and has
worked so hard for.










Redeemed
The
Matawapit Family Series Book 2

Genre:
Contemporary Inspirational Romance

A
single woman battles to keep her foster child from his newly-paroled
father—a dangerous man she used to love.
Bridget
Matawapit is an Indigenous activist, daughter of a Catholic deacon,
and foster mother to Kyle, the son of an Ojibway father—the
ex-fiancé she kicked to the curb after he chose alcohol over her
love. With Adam out on parole and back in Thunder Bay, she is
determined to stop him from obtaining custody of Kyle.


Adam
Guimond is a recovering alcoholic and ex-gangbanger newly-paroled.
Through counselling, reconnecting with his Ojibway culture and
twelve-step meetings while in prison, Adam now understands he’s
worthy of the love that frightened him enough to pick up the bottle
he’d previously corked. He can't escape the damage he caused so
many others, but he longs to rise like a true warrior in the pursuit
of forgiveness and a second chance. There's nothing he isn't willing
to do to win back his son--and Bridget.

When an old cell
mate’s daughter dies under mysterious circumstances in foster care,
Adam begs Bridget to help him uncover the truth. Bound to the plight
of the Indigenous children in care, Bridget agrees. But putting
herself in contact with Adam threatens to resurrect her long-buried
feelings for him, and even worse, she risks losing care of Kyle, by
falling for a man who might destroy her faith in love completely this
time.









Blessed
The
Matawapit Family Series Book 1

Genre:
Contemporary M/M Inspirational Romance

It’s
been ten years since Emery Matawapit sinned, having succumbed to
temptation for the one thing in his life that felt right, another
man. In six months he’ll make a life-changing decision that will
bar him from sexual relationships for the rest of his life.


Darryl
Keejik has a decade-long chip on his shoulder, and he holds Emery’s
father, the church deacon, responsible for what he’s suffered: the
loss of his family and a chance at true love with Emery. No longer a
powerless kid, Darryl has influence within the community—maybe more
than the deacon. Darryl intends on using his power to destroy Deacon
Matawapit and his church.

Hoping
to save the church, Emery races home. But stopping Darryl is harder
than expected when their sizzling chemistry threatens to consume
Emery. Now he is faced with the toughest decision of his life: please
his devout parents and fulfill his call to the priesthood, or remain
true to his heart and marry the man created for him.

This
is very erotic book about a spiritual journey.









An
Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario, Maggie resides in the country with
her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes.
When she’s not writing, she can be found pulling weeds in the
flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush,
teeing up a ball at the golf course, fishing in the boat for walleye,
or sitting on the deck at her sister’s house, making more wonderful
memories with the people she loves most.






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Halloween Spooktacular tour for Gallowglass by Jennifer Allis Provost



Scottish Halloween Traditions

The day we call Halloween has its
origins in the Celtic holiday Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The ancient Celts
believed that on Samhain the veil between this world and the Otherworld grew
thin, thus allowing humans to interact with the spirit world. This thinning of
the veil not only made contact with spirits easier, it also allowed monsters to
enter our world.

Celts would leave offerings
outside their doors, such as a bowl of milk or a loaf of bread, to appease the
fae. Some creatures, such as the impish puka, took their offerings directly
from the fields. And some creatures were a death sentence to all who saw them,
as were the Dullahan. They were headless men who rode horses with fire in their
eyes, and if you saw one death was imminent.

Also on horseback were The
Sluagh, or Faery Host, was made up of the spirits of the restless dead. They
came from the west on Samhain, their mission to steal souls. Celts would keep
all western-facing windows and doors shut on Samhain to keep the Sluagh from
entering their homes.

With all these monsters afoot,
folk devised several ways to ward off evil spirits. Large bonfires were set to
ward off malevolent entities, and lanterns bearing scary faces were carved from
neeps, what we Americans call turnips.
Of course, this custom gave rise to the pumpkin jack o’ lantern we still
see today.

Our custom of trick or treating
also has roots in the Scots tradition of guising, in which children would
disguise themselves as evil spirits. This way, they could venture out on Halloween
without being detected by ghouls and monsters. However, guisers couldn’t simply
knock on their neighbor’s door and expect candy. They first had to perform a
trick, such as reciting a poem or joke, and candy was their reward.

Other traditional customs still
practiced today, in one form or another, include dookin’ for apples. Much like
the modern game of bobbing for apples, this game involved trying to grab apples
from a tub of water using your mouth, or a fork clenched between your teeth.
Children would also try to bit treacle scones suspended from ropes, while their
hands were tied behind their backs. If you were recently engaged you might
throw a nut on the fire. If it quietly burned amid the embers your union would
be good, but if those nuts hissed and crackled it foretold of discord in the
house.

Does your family still practice
traditional Halloween customs? Let us know in the comments!






Gallowglass
Book One
Jennifer Allis Provost

Genre: urban fantasy

Publisher: Bellatrix Press

Date of Publication: June 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-1622510320
ASIN: B06XXQCPFB

Number of pages: 271
Word Count: 75k

Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Designs

Tagline: Karina didn’t set out to free the Seelie Queen’s gallowglass. Now she’ll do anything to keep him.

Book Description:

After Karina and her brother, Chris’s, lives fall apart in separate yet equally spectacular ways, they leave New York behind and head to the UK. Karina buries herself in research for her doctoral thesis, all the while studiously not thinking about the man who broke her heart, while Chris—who’d been a best-selling author before his ex-fiancĂ©e sued him for plagiarism—drinks his way across the British Isles.

In Scotland, they visit the grave of Robert Kirk, a seventeenth- century minister who was kidnapped by fairies. No one is more shocked than Karina when a handsome man with a Scottish brogue appears, claiming to be the Robert Kirk of legend. What’s more, he says he spent the last few hundred years as the Gallowglass, the Seelie Queen’s personal assassin. When they’re attacked by demons, Karina understands how dearly the queen wants him back.

As Karina and Robert grow closer, Chris’s attempts to drown his sorrows lead him to a pub, and a woman called Sorcha. Chris is instantly smitten with her, so much so he spends days with Sorcha and lies to his sister about his whereabouts. When Chris comes home covered in fey kisses, Karina realizes that the Seelie Queen isn’t just after Robert.

Can Karina outsmart the Seelie Queen, or is Robert doomed to forever be the Gallowglass?

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Excerpt:

My jaw dropped,
and if I hadn’t already been on the ground I would have fallen. As it was, my
arm went out from under me, and my shoulder bumped into Robert. “Are ye all
right, lass?” Robert asked.
“Yes,” I lied.
There was nothing all right about this. “Why did the queen take you?”
“She fancied
me,” he replied. “Offered me an apple, ye ken. I said no, it angered her, she
cursed me. And here we are today.”
I looked up at
him. He still had his head tipped back against the tree, his eyes closed. “That
sounds like the ridiculously oversimplified version.”
At that, he
opened his eyes and speared me with his gaze. “Would ye be likin’ all the
details, then, lass?”
I swallowed.
“Um, maybe not just yet.” My gaze moved from Robert’s face to the quartz in my
hand. “What makes you think I freed you?”
“Ye made contact
wi’ the tree, wishin’ to rescue me. Wishes are powerful things, ye ken.” Robert
leaned over and touched the quartz. “Then ye dropped your stone, and a door
opened for me. I ha’ been waitin’ for ye ever since.”
“Wishes are
powerful things,” I repeated. “Why do you want to leave with me? You don’t even
know me.”
“I know ye freed
me, and that is no small thing,” Robert replied. “I also know that as soon as
Nicneven kens I’ve left me post, she will send her creatures to retrieve me.”
“Creatures?”                                                          
“Aye. And I do
no’ want to be here when they arrive.”
I took a deep
breath and got to my feet, Robert following suit. Once we were standing I
looked into his clear blue eyes, his guileless face, and sighed. He was either
telling the truth, or he was the greatest actor in the world. Or I was the
world’s biggest idiot; the jury was still out on that.
“Well, let’s
go.”
“Go?” he
repeated hopefully.
“If you’re
telling the truth—and I’m not saying that you are—I can’t just leave you here.
And, if you’re not telling the truth, I’ll drop you at the nearest police
station,” I added, trying to act tough in front of the armored man with the
sword.
Robert inclined
his head, and took both of my hands in his. “Lass, soon enough ye will ken that
I only speak what’s true.” He once again brought my knuckles to his lips; this
time, I let him kiss me. It was nice, having one’s hand kissed by a dark,
handsome man. “Karina Siobhan Stewart, I am now your charge, and I shall follow
your every command.”
“Okay. Um.” I
looked him over and issued my first command. “First of all, you can’t tromp
around Aberfoyle wearing chain mail. You’re going to have to take off your
armor.”
                                                  

About the Author:

Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library.) An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.











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