Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mind Mates by Mary Hughes!!



Celebrate the release of Mind Mates by Mary Hughes!

When a powerful wizard prince comes out of hiding to save his sister in Mary Hughes’ newest paranormal romance, MIND MATES, he is forced to team with a pretty shifter—one with ugly, dangerous powers of her own. As vengeful enemies close in, a forbidden attraction flaming between them, the two race to find a mysterious key. MIND MATES will enthrall fans of ALL KITTEN ASIDE by Milly Taiden or WARLOCK UNBOUND by Dana Marie Bell, who love hot wizard princes and good-girl shifters with a naughty side.

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5 grand prize winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card. 

5 runner-ups will receive an eBook of choice from Mary’s backlist!


Mind Mates by Mary Hughes
Pretty little shifter, wizard prince—their taboo love could burn the barriers between worlds.
Shifter Emma Singer has more problems than she can shake her pretty little wolf tail at. Her heirloom journal is missing, her pack alpha wants her for his harem, and her family plans to sell her to him. Even her wicked little crush on her hot boss is doomed—why would six-and-a-half feet of handsome royal wizard want a boring, good-girl iota shifter like her? Not to mention her only power is going berserker—that's a real relation-shipwreck!
Gabriel Light is a wizard prince who turned his back on his exceptional powers after he was accused of causing his parents' death. Now he pours his intellect into his tech business, and hides his naughty, forbidden lust for his pretty shifter clerk. But when his sister is imprisoned, and Emma is kidnapped, it's time for this alpha geek-wizard to decloak with all laser cannons blazing. Only one problem—how can he be sure Emma won’t get caught in the crossfire?
Then Gabriel and Emma stumble on hidden magic, a key to power beyond imagining—if they can stay alive long enough to use it. But if Emma unleashes her berserker wolf on their enemies, can Gabriel draw her back from the brink before she destroys everyone in her path?
Warning: Contains a hot wizard prince panting to bring out a good-girl shifter's naughty side. Accidental voyeurism, deliberate orgasms, a jealous rival wizard, and fun with prophecy.
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Excerpt:

Owner of the Choice Buy store in Michigan, wizard prince Gabriel Light sees his employee, wolf shifter Emma Singer, fall off a tall ladder. He’s just managed to catch her and set her on her feet when her angry pack alpha shows up.
Bzz-bzzt. A buzz like an angry hornet stung wizard prince Gabriel Light’s ears the moment the predator slunk into the store. 
Cap’n Crunch me. Gabriel had magically alarmed the door for just such an event, but why now, when he’d finally gotten a semi-innocent excuse to wrap his arms around this warm bundle of soft, sweet-smelling heaven?
Emma. It felt like he’d been dying to hold her forever. Now, with her in his arms, was the first time in months he could breathe.
But that buzzing alarm told him the approaching beast was male, a wolf shifter, and, from that level of sting, Emma’s alpha. The beast was not going to appreciate seeing her in another man’s arms.
She started trembling, no doubt in response to the alpha’s rampant fight-club stench, a musk even Gabriel could smell. He tried to ease her tension with a joke. 
“Hey, Emma. How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?”
She skewered him with a disbelieving stare, icing his flesh. He’d blundered, she didn’t understand he was trying to comfort her, nobody gets my skewed sense of humor… Then she gulped and said, “Eight? Like, um, eight legs?”
Immediately his world brightened. “Nope. Ten tickles. Get it? Tentacles?”
She managed a tiny laugh, tinkling bells to his ears, and her body relaxed slightly under his arms. “That was such a dad joke.”
He loved that she, of all the people he knew, actually laughed at his jokes. He smiled into her eyes like a besotted fool.
Of course, that was when the he-wolf prowled into view. 
Gabriel wondered how far he could get with the wolf by protesting his intentions were honorable. Probably not far. The creature was only barely in human form. 
The wolfman was medium height but had a face like a dented shovel and a body like a trash compactor, his muscles-on-muscles popping in a stringy T-shirt that barely qualified past no-shirt-no-shoes-no-service.
Worse, with the hair sprouting everywhere, nose elongating like a snout, and lengthening canines, this alpha was dangerously pissed.
Hard to reason with a pissed-off wolf. They tended to bite first then ask questions…never.
Yet instead of releasing Emma, Gabriel’s hand dropped from her clenched jaw to open protectively on her back.
“The fuck?” the wolfman snarled.
Something inside Gabriel snarled right back.

My Review

I love when I find a fun new read and this one fits that mold perfectly!! I haven't read this author before but I love when it's unexpected and even better that I thought it'd be :)! Full of snarky and quirky humor mixed with great action and the cutest romantic crush, this was a fantastic adventure ride. I kept flipping page after page because I couldn't put it down. I loved Emma, I hated Bruce, and I swooned for the geeky Prince. Emma's family has also earned dislike and I hate that they made Emma think less of herself but I love that someone turned her frown upside down. I was worried Bruce was gunna have her for a bit but thank goodness for not. When she left home to get a job to help her mom out, she went toBruce's pack and it's a nightmare. Her job however is awesome and so is her boss. Too good because she's got the biggest crush on him.  Gabe is special but no one knows this. And he's got connections in places I didn't expect. And he's a great guy. And I loved that they both hid their crushes from each other so damn well that it was a surprise lol. With the big bad wolf out for Emma and another big bad wizard out for Gabe it was one hell of a thrill to read!! 

I loved the writing and the story line was great!! I'm definitely going to be reading this author again soon! 5 PAWS!! 


About Mary Hughes:

As a girl, Mary Hughes spun romantic, happily-ever-after stories to get to sleep. A husband, family, two degrees and a blackbeltlater, she's delighted to spin them for readers.
She's lived with love and loss, in bright times and dark, and learned we can all use a break from reality every now and then.
So join her for action, sparkling wit and red-hot love. Strong men. Stronger women.

Connect with Mary: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | Newsletter






Luminis Thoughts by Cara Bertrand!

This event takes place August 22 – 29, 2016

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Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. This time with author Cara Bertrand and her series The Sententia & the release of the third book in the series, Tangled Thoughts!

This tour is classic Novel Publicity event, featuring a rafflecopter with special swag, paperbacks from the author and an Amazon gift card as well as spotlight posts, reviews from bloggers and more! Since this book is a series, we’ve recruited bloggers and readers from around the web to read and review all the Sententia books & help the author celebrate the release of Book 3, Tangled Thoughts!

My Review 

This is the first book I read by this author and as the start of a series it's pretty great!! With magic, special abilities, schools for these, and a little prophecy type situation going on, this was intriguing and fun throughout the whole thing. But the writing is fantastic and made it so much more than a YA paranornal with a cliched plot line. I really enjoyed this one!! I loved her character development and the feel her narrator had and the actual lines the story followed. I also loved the plot twists and unpredictability because I was wrong in every guess I made. So much for cliched again right! 

The characters...Lexy is a great leading lady. She changes so much and so well that you can't help but love her. Her roommate Amy was even awesome even if she was only around shortly. And the hot guy, yeah he's a keeper lol they kept me on the edge of my seat in suspense and wanting romance and almost not having it. And the drama and small humors. It was great!! So with that said I'm dying for book two! It's gunna be great! 5 PAWS!! 




Book 1: Lost in Thought

lost in thoughtLainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.

Book 2: Second Thoughts

second thoughtsThe continuing adventures of an ordinary teenage girl with extraordinary mental abilities, perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril.

Secrets, lies, and looming deaths—all things Lainey Young deals with in a typical day of high school. In her senior year at Northbrook Academy—a New England boarding school where the majority of the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted—Lainey has even more to worry about. Things like classes, college, her boyfriend, and, of course, the vision she glimpsed of her impending death. But to her surprise, Lainey finds one worry she can cross off her list, namely Senator Daniel Astor, the leader of the Sententia. After a shocking discovery when they finally meet, Lainey realizes maybe she was wrong to distrust the Senator. She relaxes even further when he seems to accept her refusal to work for him after graduation. But with her secrets mounting and the time to solve them running out, there’s a final enigma Lainey hasn’t yet encountered: Daniel Astor doesn’t take no for an answer. Ever.

Book 3: Tangled Thoughts

tangled thoughtsHigh school graduation is a time for goodbyes, new beginnings, and if you’re Lainey Young, narrowly escaping with your life. Forced to leave behind both Northbrook Academy and Carter Penrose, Lainey believes she’s earned her freedom—from the eyes of the Perceptum and Daniel Astor’s schemes. Meeting handsome and very persistent Teaching Assistant Jack Kensington the first week of college complicates everything, including her feelings.

College and flirtations with Jack help Lainey put all things Sententia behind her. But when her aunt arrives for a visit, with an unexpected guest and even more unexpected news, Lainey’s tenuous control over her life snaps. Once again, she’s linked to everything she thought she left behind. And this time, there’s no escape.

Growing up, Carter Penrose thought he knew a thing or two about heartbreak—namely that it sucks—but he never knew exactly how much until losing Lainey. His life moves in a totally unplanned direction and he finds himself with a new home, new job, and even a surprising new girlfriend, all thanks to Daniel Astor. But just when Carter feels settled in the DC world of politics, a visit home to Northbrook brings up unexpected questions—about what happened at graduation and everything he believed about his Uncle Dan.

When tragedy brings Lainey and Carter face to face for the first time since summer, their lives have never felt more separate. Lies drove them apart. Will the truth bring them together?
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This event takes place August 22 – 29, 2016

About the Author

CB headshotCara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one small daughter and lots of words. Lost in Thought is her first novel and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category.

Connect with Cara on her website and at Luminis Books.

Get all Cara’s books on Amazon by visiting her author page.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Happy Book Birthday~ Oria's Gambit by Jeffe Kennedy!



TITLE: ORIA’S GAMBIT

AUTHOR: Jeffe Kennedy

FORMAT: e-book

PUB DATE: 2016 

 

 

A Play For Power

Princess Oria has one chance to keep her word and stop her brother’s reign of terror: She must become queen. All she has to do is marry first. And marry Lonen, the barbarian king who defeated her city bare weeks ago, who can never join her in a marriage of minds, who can never even touch her—no matter how badly she wants him to.

 

A Fragile Bond

To rule is to suffer, but Lonen never thought his marriage would become a torment. Still, he’s a resourceful man. He can play the brute conqueror for Oria’s faceless officials and bide his time with his wife. And as he coaxes secrets from Oria, he may yet change their fate…

 

An Impossible Demand

With deception layering on deception, Lonen and Oria must claim the throne and brazen out the doubters. Failure means death— for them and their people

 

But success might mean an alliance powerful beyond imagining...

 

Author Guest Post 


I’m writing this post from WorldCon, the World Science Fiction, in Kansas City. At this point in my career, a con like this is mainly about going to the panels I’m presenting on, supporting friends at their events, volunteering here and there, and hanging in the bar with my agent, talking up my books.

Actually, he does a lot of the talking, which is great—every writer should have a rampant extrovert to talk them up—and he cues me when I need to go more in depth.

But It’s amusing that Maghon here at Happy T&T asked me what makes me a unique writer, or makes my books unique. Because if there’s one thing I can glean from these bar conversations, it’s that both me and my books sure are unique! A typical conversation about this book my agent (Connor Goldsmith) is pitching for me goes something like this.

Connor: Jeffe’s amazing—she’s known for her world building, and she writes these tight romances that are erotic and set against these mythological and political backdrops.


Editor: So is it ... epic fantasy?

Connor: It is! This new series is Jacqueline Carey meets the Bene Gesserit from Dune.

Editor: But not alternate history or science fiction.

Connor: Exactly! Here’s one of her award-winning books [pulls THE PAGES OF THE MIND out of his bag]. This is straight-up romance.

Me: [opens mouth to say it’s not really straight-up romance; closes it when Connor gives me a look]

Connor: That series is set in a fantasy world—magic, shapeshifters, dozens of kingdoms—and the new one will have that and more, a slow-burn romance and very erotic, where the men are subjugated because women control the magic. You can keep that copy.

Editor: Dominatrices? [puts book in bag]

Connor: Yes, but without the creepy male gaze.

 

I could go on, but you get the gist. Fortunately Connor does a great job of explaining my cross-genre niche and all of these lovely editors get excited about my books and ask to see this one we’re pitching. It sounds like I might be writing a new series soon!

In the meanwhile, I’ve been keeping myself off the streets by writing the Sorcerous Moons series. This one is another Fantasy Romance (or straight-up romance set in a fantasy world, Connor would say to the fantasy editors). LONEN’S WAR came out last month and the sequel, ORIA’S GAMBIT, is hitting the shelves now.

This series is a little different in that I have both male and female points of view. The story alternates between Lonen and Oria—leaders of their respective peoples, who happen to be at war. Oria’s magic works in such a way that she can’t abide physical contact with anyone untrained—particularly not a barbaric Destrye warrior like Lonen. Her Familiar is a small, white dragon. Lonen is obsessed with the foreign sorceress even as he’s battling golems.

So, yeah: slow-burn romance, political backdrop, cool world, magic, erotic. 

That’s me!

 


Except 

The golem’s glassy claws flashed, arcing through the rosy light of the moon, and sliced open his throat. Blood poured down his naked body, steaming in the chill desert air. Out it flowed, sweeping around him like the bore tides of Bára. So much of it pooled around him that he began to drown in it. He strained to lift his battle axe, to cut the golem down with cold iron, but found a flower in his hands instead. 

A white lily, luminescent and fragile, somehow escaping the blood that drained his life away. 

The golem struck again and he shouted at it, no sound escaping. Because he had no throat left. Because he was dead.

How could he still be standing?

The golem’s claws dripped crimson and its black maw yawned, glistening with glasslike fangs. It wouldn’t ever die, forever coming after the Destrye until every last one of his people were dead, unless he managed to cut it down. Out of its mouth, sickly green fire blew, a lethal wind of flame that burned the crops and aqueducts. Not a golem then, but one of the Trom. Skin over bones, a humanoid spider, it grinned, lips red as the claws, hand reaching to turn him into skin without bones, nothing but pulped flesh. No, they were fingernails, enameled and jeweled. Natly’s elegant hands slicing across his throat again, lips curving in a lascivious smile. With that third swipe, his head tumbled to the ground, and as she reached for his cock with those scarlet daggers of her nails, he finally managed to shout his anguish and fury.

Your Highness?”

Lonen jerked in the hot water, the nightmare shredding around him with the spray of droplets. The servant boy gave him a wide-eyed look. Bero. The Báran lad had attended him his last time at baths, too. He was in Bára, again, cleaning up after the journey. No Trom or golems here.

Except in his tortured brain.

Did you need something, Your Highness? You called out, but I didn’t understand the words.” Bero carried a stack of the much lighter colorful clothes that men of Bára wore. Silk, Oria had called the fabric, another thing apparently made by insects. Despite its disturbing origins, and like the addictive and tangy sweet honey she’d also introduced him to, the cloth had an exotic loveliness, more refined than anything produced in his homeland.

Like the sorceress herself, both unsettling and compelling.

No, I’m fine.” He cupped his hands and splashed water on his face. Sloppy of him, to have fallen asleep in the city of his enemy—and then failing to awaken at Bero’s footfalls as he approached. Too comfortable in the soothing waters. Too many months of short sleep. Ion would have slapped him upside the head hard enough to have his brain ringing for the carelessness. But his brother was dead and gone these many weeks, reduced to boneless pulp at the simple touch of the Trom’s evil hand.

Would you care for wine or food now, King Lonen?” Bero asked in the trade tongue, setting out the soaps and oils. “Princess Oria said you’re to have anything you ask for.”

Luxurious baths, booze, and fine food—an excellent strategy to lull him into meekly doing the sorceress’s bidding. The nightmare had served as a timely reminder of his purpose here—to save his people from destruction, not to indulge in Oria’s gifts or seductive presence. He might have agreed to her startling proposal of marriage, but he’d proceed on his terms, not hers. For the sake of the Destrye and his sanity both.

What are the chances of a decent steak?” He meant it as a joke, though the boy wouldn’t know that. The Bárans didn’t eat meat as a rule and, though the Destrye did, the grave losses to their livestock and wild game meant Lonen hadn’t had anything worth calling a steak since before Battles of Bára.

Princess Oria said to tell you she sent some of the hunters to find meat for you, Your Highness. It might take a few hours, however. Until then the best she can offer is some meat kept to feed the animals, and our usual fare.”

 Him and livestock—both pets of the Bárans. But his stomach growled, cramping with hollow pain, so he told Bero to bring whatever, enjoying the quiet when the boy went to fetch it. It seemed like years, not weeks, since he’d last visited the baths. That evening he’d washed himself clean of the ashes of too many dead before negotiating the peace treaty with Oria. Short-lived as that peace had been.

Then, as now, the elegant beauty of the underground chambers both enchanted and intimidated him. Built of carved gold and rose stone like the rest of Bára, the baths were pools of still water, several of them at varying temperatures, going from shallow to deeper than a man could stand. Elaborately carved pillars and arches supported the shadowy ceiling, the subtle light of the sconces not quite enough to illuminate it or the far corners of the room.

For a man who’d learned to jump at shadows, he found it surprisingly lulling. As evidenced by his falling asleep deeply enough to dream, though the nightmares were nothing new. The cursed things plagued him most nights. Odd to see Natly in this one, though, rather than Oria stalking him. A facet perhaps of his dramatically changed reality—exchanging one fiancée for the other. It appeared that by agreeing to marry Oria, he’d now have Natly haunting his sleep. 

At least no one else had heard him cry out. He had the place to himself on this occasion. Probably the Bárans didn’t bathe in the middle of the day. The baths simply remained filled, awaiting their convenience. 

A shocking waste of water. 

Bero returned, setting down a platter of food and a jug of wine, along with a tray of shining instruments. “Would you like me to shave you before you eat, or after, Your Highness?”

Reflexively, Lonen clapped a hand over his beard. He had no doubt he looked scruffy from his travels, and in comparison to the Báran men who were all clean shaven that he’d seen, but...

Is that another of Princess Oria’s edicts?” He asked, not bothering to disguise the sarcasm. 

Bero ducked his head, clearly chagrined. “I apologize, Your Highness. Please forgive me. I did not mean to offend. When I serve the prince and folcwitas at their baths, they—”

Lonen held up a hand to stop the increasingly penitential torrent of explanation from the already nervous boy. “No apologies. I am short-tempered.” He rinsed himself one last time, then rose from the water.

Your Highness, I did not mean to abbreviate your bath.” Bero sounded even more contrite.

You didn’t. I’m clean and I don’t need to lie about, indulging myself.” Especially not while his people could be dying by the Trom’s dragon-breath while he luxuriated in deep water and napped. Oria had said she’d stop the incursions, but she’d also promised him that very thing before this. He had no reason to trust her—and plenty of evidence otherwise. Better to be ready to fight whatever battle presented itself next.



About the author 

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.  
Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thornsthe contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novelMaster of the OperaA fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014 and the third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning with The Pages of the Mind May 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy,Falling Understarted with Going Under, and was followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of   Fuse Literary.

• I owe the author a review for this book- which is fantastic but with the flood- yes I live in south Louisiana in the flooded part, I just need to finish rescues and I'll be back to reviewing and blogging soon :) THANKS for all the well wishes and help! 

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Dragon Sphere by Abel Gallardo!!

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Dragon Sphere by Abel Gallardo. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 8 till 21 August, you can view the tour schedule here

** ps I also owe this author a review but with the flooding around my home and helping others I just haven't read it yet BUT I WILL! And to all of you who send good vibes, prayers and well wishes to those of us in south Louisiana-- THANK YOU!!!!!**

The Dragon SphereThe Dragon Sphere (Nation of Dragons #1)

by Abel Gallardo

Genre: Fantasy

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: July 20, 2016



Blurb:

Landon Brown, fifteen year old high school football star, is always on the top of his game. That is until he receives a visit from an uncle he’s never met with information about Landon’s father, who disappeared without a trace thirteen years before. Landon learns that the life he’s been living is a lie and that his true nature is powerful and dangerous. He’s half dragon and a threat to the delicate balance that has kept dragon society hidden from humans for hundreds of years.



Landon now must learn about his dragon heritage and train to control his incredible abilities with the help of the Elder Dragons, a bizarre trainer named Alpha, and other dragonoids like himself.



He quickly realizes that the mysterious world of dragons, spirits, and secret societies are not for the weak. Tasked with finding the Dragon Sphere, an ancient relic harboring a terrible power that could destroy the world, Landon recognizes that he just might be way in over his head. Will he be able to control his newfound power in time for the fight of his life?




You can find The Dragon Sphere on Goodreads



You can buy The Dragon Sphere here:

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Abel GallardoAbout the Author:

Abel Gallardo was greatly influenced by Greek mythology, comic books, and the fantasy/mystery novels he had read as a child. Shortly after graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, he began writing stories that reminded him of the adventures he cherished growing up. Abel Gallardo now lives with his wife and children in Albuquerque, NM.



You can find and contact Abel here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads



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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Voodoo Child- Zombie Uprising by William Burke!




Zombie Uprising
Voodoo Child 
Book One
William Burke
Genre: Horror/paranormal with Action/adventure
Publisher: William Burke 
Date of Publication: June 17th 2016
ASIN: B01H9E4HDA 
Number of pages: 333
Word Count: 96,000
Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor

Book Description: 
The forces of darkness are out to destroy mankind… Too bad they never reckoned on facing Maggie Child!
Army chopper pilot Maggie Child has a reputation for being fearless, professional and, above all, rational. But when she's shot down over Iraq her well-ordered life spirals into a paranormal nightmare. Alone, wounded and surrounded by hostile forces, Maggie is rescued from certain death by a demon straight out of Dante's Inferno. Then, barely alive, she's abducted by a private military corporation conducting insidious medical experiments. Her escape from their covert hellhole lands her on a Caribbean island where an evil voodoo spirit and a psychotic female dictator are conspiring to unleash an apocalyptic zombie plague. Then she uncovers the most terrifying secret of all—her own destiny. It seems a Voodoo oracle has ordained her the only warrior capable of saving humanity from a supernatural Armageddon … whether she wants the job or not! 

But saving the world isn't a one-woman job, so she teams up with a trio of unlikely heroes—a conspiracy obsessed marijuana smuggler, a Voodoo priestess with an appetite for reality television, and a burnt out ex-mercenary. Together, they'll take on an army of the walking dead, with the fate of humanity resting in their eccentric hands. 

Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising is the first novel in a new horror series packed with supernatural thrills, rousing adventure, dark humor, Voodoo lore and plenty of zombie stomping action. But a word of warning; don't shoot these zombies in the head … because that just makes them mad!

It's the legions of hell versus Maggie Child … and hell doesn't have a prayer! 


Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising by William Burke is a fast-paced horror novel with quirky charactersReviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

About the Author: 

After two years of ghostwriting, William Burke has released his first novel VOODOO CHILD, Book One: Zombie Uprising. It's the first installment of a new horror series chronicling the exploits of Maggie Child and her Voodoo priestess partner Sarafina as they battle to save the island of Fantomas from the wrath of evil Voodoo spirits. 
The author was raised on a diet of late night creature features, comic books, Mad magazines and horror stories. As a result every volume will be packed with eccentric characters, dark humor, chills, zombies, ghosts, monsters, military hardware and plenty of stuff blowing up. 
Prior to writing Voodoo Child he was the creator and director of the Destination America television series Hauntings and Horrors. He has also written scripts for two Cinemax television series, Forbidden Science and Lingerie, which he also produced. He has also written magazine pieces for Fangoria and the Phantom of the Movies Videoscope among others. 
William began his film and television career as a perfectly respectable video engineer at the venerable United Nations. Budget cuts shifted him to becoming a production manager and assistant director on an array of New York based indie films. With that experience under his belt he relocated to Los Angeles where he eventually produced sixteen feature films and two television series for the Playboy Entertainment Group. After years of producing T&A extravaganzas, kickboxing epics and gangster rap videos, he created a self financed television pilot entitled American Mystery Tour. Canada's CTV picked up the series under the title Creepy Canada, which was then re-titled Hauntings and Horrors in the USA.  Since then he has successfully produced three series for HBO/Cinemax as well as documentaries and other … stuff. 

After hundreds of hours of film and television production he is basking in the freedom of the written word, where small budgets and giant egos are only memories. He lives in Toronto.

If you enjoyed the first adventure please visit www.williamburkeauthor.com where you'll find lots of interesting information about Voodoo and military hardware, along with excerpts from Sarafina's personal diary AND, as a gift to readers, the author will be serializing a prequel novella





Author interview video: https://youtu.be/SXanlSkmHEI

Author Guest Post
A Short Overview of Voodoo

During the process of writing Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising I did a great deal of research into the Voodoo religion. That doesn’t make me an authority by any means, but I was stunned at the misrepresentation and vilification of Voodoo in both journalism and fiction. In my book I’ve broken from tradition by making the Voodoo priestess one of the heroes. So here’s a very simplified primer on this very misunderstood practice. 
Voodoo, or more properly Vodou or Vodun (Voodoo being a more Hollywood-ized version of the word), is a religion stemming from Africa that’s widely practiced in many Caribbean countries (most famously Haiti) as well as Africa, South America and Louisiana.  The core belief in Voodoo is that there’s one god (Bondye) and that god employs spirits (or loa) to deal with day-to-day stuff like spiritual middle management.  Each of these loa represents facets of earthy life. Like the Greek gods, loa are very powerful but have human foibles and egos, which can make invoking them tricky business.  Many have a fondness for cigars, rum, mutton, mirrors and coffee and offerings of these items are encouraged to curry favor.  The loa never appear in the flesh but possess those who call to them for short periods of time.  It is considered a great honor to be mounted by the spirits.
Voodoo is a blend of ancient African religions dating back over 10,000 years.  When Africans were forced into slavery all they had left were their local religious beliefs.  Slave owners thought it prudent to mix the various tribes together on plantations, hoping that lack of a unified language and customs would prevent slaves from uniting.  The various African beliefs of these mixed slaves merged into what is commonly known as Voodoo.  Aspects of Christianity were also incorporated, often as a smokescreen behind which slaves could practice their religion without punishment from slave masters.  Vodou actually translates as spirit, and the oppressed found hope in their beliefs.  In many ways Voodoo’s survival is a testament to human will.
FUN FACT – The successful slave revolt in Haiti supposedly owes its success to Voodoo.  It was during a Voodoo service that the warrior spirit Ogoun possessed Dutty Boukman.  During this possession she laid out the plans for the revolution, and even named its leaders.  The successful uprising began eight days later. 
Voodoo’s consistent imagery of skulls, death and serpents seems frightening but stems from the faith’s roots in slavery.  Slaves did not fear death, considering it a release from a lifetime of suffering.  Therefore imagery relating to death had no negative connotations.
Voodoo also gets a bad rap due to the practice of animal sacrifice.  I’m NOT defending this practice but would point out that Voodoo is rooted in agrarian societies.  Every man woman and child in poor rural areas sees chickens and goats slaughtered every day; in fact, they regularly take part in it because that’s where dinner comes from.  In short, animals dying are a part of day-to-day life.  Voodoo priests are generally skilled butchers with no interest in torturing animals.  Also the congregation actually cooks and eats these sacrifices; so they are not wasted.  Again, I’m NOT defending animal sacrifice, just clarifying its background.
A male Voodoo priest is called a houngan, and a priestess is called a mambo and both have equal power in society.  A Voodoo priest who practices evil (actually called red magic) is called a bokor.  Haiti’s dictators Poppa and Baby Doc both claimed to be bokors to frighten citizens into submission.
Zombies do exist in Voodoo folklore, usually as a person brought back from the dead by a bokor. Interestingly, the reanimated body is not considered the valuable prize in this process; stealing the soul of that zombie/person is where the evildoer gains his power.  To become a zombie was considered the most terrifying of all fates. Remember that slaves lived their entire (short) lives under brutal conditions and performing backbreaking labor. To these long suffering people death was the only possible release from a lifetime of torment. But if you were transformed into a zombie you would be forced to endure an eternity of slavery. 
You can find endless volumes on Voodoo zombies and the science associated with them.  I particularly recommend Wade Davis’ The Serpent and the Rainbow.
Voodoo’s image has not fared very well in books and movies, and it’s universally associated with zombies, Voodoo dolls and black magic.  In truth it is a religion practiced by millions who find community and strength in their faith.
There’s plenty of good information about Voodoo online (and a lot of BAD information) but even Wikipedia can give you a far better grounding than some ignorant horror scribe like myself could provide.

My Review
Well, this was definitely a fun and adventurous read!! Zombies, voodoo, and awesome chick pilot that is kick ass! Maggie is a great heroine and leading lady. And full of chaos! Lol 

Maggie has a slightly strange childhood but otherwise ok, and once she was old enough joined her uncle, who was a helicopter pilot. She wanted to be a pilot and at 17 worked her butt of to get it! And then she was a military pilot until she's shot down I her Blackhawk, then taken, then somehow she's in paradise. I have to laugh, you think of tropical islands you don't think zombies :) but hey, it's life right lol. And I like her BFF and her maybe BF. :) 

The writing is excellent and I'm really happy I took a chance on reading this one. It's got a little bit of everything!  And I loved the voodoo lore and Pomba the spirit. She's.... Special hehehe! Overall I really liked this book and I look forward to book two! It's definitely gunna be something! 4.5 PAWS 



 


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