The Jakkattu Vector Release Blast!

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Welcome to another Novel Publicity tour! We’re so excited for the release of The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler that we wanted to celebrate with a great giveaway featuring a Kindle Fire, one of a kind Jakkattu Vector bookmark and a special book bundle from the author herself!

About the Book

tjv-ebook-coverThey came as saviors to a deteriorating Earth

Julip Thorne questions whether there is more to life beyond the barren dirt, acidic seas, and toxstorms her people work and die in. Living in poverty on the withering Greenland Human Reservation, she wonders if the alien Mezna goddesses are truly as holy as the temple preaches. Julip begins to dig deeper into the history of the planet and her leaders’ rise to power. But nothing can prepare her for the atrocities she uncovers.

Meanwhile, Jakkattu prisoner Sabaal suffers constant torture and heinous medical experiments as her Mezna-priest captors seek to unlock the key to her genetic makeup. Escaping from captivity, she finds herself suddenly alone on the hostile alien planet of Earth. To survive, she’s forced to work with the same Mezna-human hybrids she’s loathed her entire life, but the more they work together, the more they realize that their enemy is the same.

When humans and Mezna collide, will Sabaal turn out to be the genetic vector the Mezna have been searching for all along, or will she spark the flame that sets a revolution ablaze?

About the Author

pavartiktylerP.K. Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She’s also published works as Pavarti K. Tyler and had projects appear on the USA TODAY Bestseller’s List.

“Tyler is essentially the indie scene’s Margaret Atwood; she incorporates sci-fi elements into her novels, which deal with topics such as spirituality, gender, sexuality and power dynamics.” – IndieReader

Pav attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in Theatre. She lived in New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off-Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry for several international law firms. Now located in Baltimore Maryland, she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not penning science fiction books and other speculative fiction novels, she twists her mind by writing horror and erotica.

You can follow PK Tyler on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for her newsletter, or visit her website here.

I’m so so happy to be able to promote this book through my blog! Pav is an amazing writer and I wish her all the success in the world! Grab a copy at smarturl.it/Jakkattu1

 

Grab a copy at smarturl.it/Jakkattu1

 

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The book has launched to some on fire Amazon Rankings!

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Get a copy of the book at smarturl.it/Jakkattu1

The book is on tour with Novel Publicity with some excellent prizes to be won!

 

 

Red Death Release Blast

Jeff Altabef has released his latest book!!! And it is already getting amazing rankings on Amazon!

To get your copy, One click Red Death on Amazon

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Just look at the gorgeous cover!! To get your copy, One click Red Death on Amazon

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To get your copy, One click Red Death on Amazon

Here is the blurb,

What happens when everything you believed turns out to be a lie?

Every child of Eden fears the Red Death. All those afflicted with the plague die young, their souls stripped away as punishment for ancient sins long forgotten. For centuries, Guardians have protected Eden from the Red Death by killing outsiders who stray too close.

Seventeen-year-old Aaliss is a highly-trained Guardian, but when her rather odd thirteen-year-old brother, Wilky, discovers a cure to the plague, her world turns upside down. Branded as traitors by the corrupt High Priest, Aaliss and Wilky are forced to seek refuge in the last place Aaliss thought she’d ever go—beyond the boundaries of Eden and into the land of the Soulless. Here they must navigate a medieval world filled with witches, magic, and warrior kingdoms run by Elders only a few years older than her.

Aaliss yearns to return home, but when her heart tugs her deeper into the world of the Soulless, she questions everything she once believed. Has her soul been taken? Will she and Wilky fall victim to the Red Death, or might they die sooner in the center of a battle that threatens to tear apart the Soulless world? Or… might Aaliss finally find, against all odds, what her heart has yearned for all along?”

 

Doesn’t that sound completely amazing?

The book is on sale at $0.99 and has seen rave reviews on Amazon! Here is one example!

To get your copy, One click Red Death on Amazon

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#BookReview – Threads of Silk by Amanda Roberts

The blurb reads,

“When I was a child, I thought my destiny was to live and die on the banks of the Xiangjiang River as my family had done for generations. I never imagined that my life would lead me to the Forbidden City and the court of China’s last Empress.

Born in the middle of nowhere, Yaqian, a little embroidery girl from Hunan Province, finds her way to the imperial court, a place of intrigue, desire, and treachery. From the bed of an Emperor, the heart of a Prince, and the right side of an Empress, Yaqian weaves her way through the most turbulent decades of China’s history and witnesses the fall of the Qing Dynasty.”

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I absolutely loved reading this book. For some reason, I’m very attracted to reading books about China and their culture and this book completely hooked me from the get go.

The one thing that I keep wondering about, was how restricted Chinese women were, and I know, after reading this book, that I’m being remarkably blasé saying Chinese when I probably mean Han, who the protagonist is. The binding of the legs, the matchmaker, their customs. It strikes me as being a completely different world. I can’t imagine the way women were simply treated as child bearers and having no importance in the household. I suppose, there are a lot of countries where women are still treated that way, but reading the extent to which lives were mechanized there in China really amazed me.

I find myself drawn to their history and culture, probably because they have preserved it so well. Their knowledge of their own traditions is intact and accessible. It makes studying or immersing yourself in their culture a rewarding exercise.

Reading about the Qing empire made me research about them on Wikipedia, and it was especially interesting to note how the British landed in the country and went ahead spreading Christianity in the country. I find that an extremely sore point and it angers me to know that countries still routinely send missionaries preaching the superiority of their religion over others. And forcibly converting people. The grim realities in villages in India and Sri Lanka supports me when I say this practice is absolutely disgusting. And to know that it got to China and its people earlier really hurt me. I wish Christianity and Islam as religions stuck to their own roots and did not seek others to add to their religion like a flock of lambs. This behavior is crude and I wish leaders had the guts to call it out globally.

I do digress. Reading about Empress Dowager Cixi showed me a different side to her. Wikipedia spoke about the decisions that she took and the failures that resulted in the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, and yet, I felt Cixi was very smart for most of her life. She showed that if a woman is given the reins and she has enough confidence, she can go the distance.

I spent a few nights completely absorbed reading about the collapse and the end of the Qing Dynasty and reading about how foreign invasions hurt them. And how their loss in wars hurt them. I’ve always felt colonial expansion deprived our world of a lot and this book reinforced that. To say that every country colonized has lost a great deal would be.. diminishing the true extent of the depletion in world culture that resulted.

I absolutely absolutely loved this book. I loved how this book transported me into the Royal Palace in the Forbidden City and how vividly every scene played out! I really wish more such books come my way which transport me in history.

My Rating: 4.5/5

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Scorched Souls Release Day

Scorched Souls in Spotlight

Welcome to another exciting Spotlight Tour with Novel Publicity. Today, I’m sharing the spotlight for Scorched Souls, the final story in the Chosen Trilogy by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win some great prizes including an Amazon Gift Card, a Paperback of Scorched Souls and a dream catcher!

Participate in the Giveaway at http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2e77192111/

Get your copy at http://smarturl.it/Scorched_Souls

Here’s an Exclusive Excerpt:

I lean back in my chair; he’s dumped a bucket of ice water on my head, and the chill settles into my bones. “So the Chosen were set up to fail. You’ve planted a bomb on the planet to explode when the Deltites take over.”

He nods, a smug self-congratulatory grin on his face. “A Heart Stone to be precise. It was the only logical action to take.”

Bile burns my throat. “But billions of humans live on the planet…. They will all die. They have souls.”

Still, my father’s logic is undeniable.

“Another complication has developed.” Two different human faces materialize above us and hover in front of the image of Earth. “The woman’s name is Summer Stone. She’s what humans call Native American, and is the mother to the Alpha among the Chosen. The man is not from her tribe. He’s what they call Irish.”

“So?” Why does he care?

“The calculations behind the Chosen were extremely advanced and fragile.” A third face

joins that of the others. “The Alpha’s name is Juliet Wildfire Stone. She was supposed to be born from a union between two members of the same Native American tribe. That genetic combination was the only way humans could produce a Chosen strong enough to be an Alpha and draw power from the other three. The secret order had specific rules regarding this, yet they failed to heed them. Fools! I can’t predict what the outcome will be of this particular pairing.”

I study the faces and notice that Juliet has inherited much of her physical appearance from her mother: the long straight black hair, the caramel colored eyes, brown skin and high cheekbones—all but her sharp nose, which resembles her father’s.

Her eyes seem to sparkle, but I shake my head. These are only holographic images. I can’t read too much into them or let my imagination cloud my reason. “I don’t understand the problem. Either she is powerful enough to be the Alpha, or she isn’t. Since you want them to fail, why do you care?”

My father bores his gaze into me, and an icy blade carves into my chest and twists. “There is a third possibility.”

My body turns weak. I’m lucky I’m already sitting. It’s unthinkable, but it’s the only thing that might frighten my father. “You’re afraid she’s an… abomination.”

“I can’t rule it out. Even if she is, she won’t be strong enough defeat an Elite, but we can’t take any chances. I want you to go to Earth. Make sure the Chosen fail and never find out about our plans. They can’t tell the Deltites about the Heart Stone I’ve planted on the planet. If they retrieve that crystal, all would be lost, and they could use its power against us.”

“Me.” I point to my chest. “Why me? Why not send someone else, someone who has already proven—”

“I trust no one else with this! You will succeed and return to Alpha, and when you return you will take the final test. This way we have an excuse for your… reluctance to finish the final exam.”

Two small discs fly into his hand, and he hands one to me. “This one is programmed with my brainwaves. You will use it when you have succeeded. I will keep the second here, so I can contact you… if need be.”

I sense the implied threat in his words and bow my head. “Yes, father. As you command.”

If pure evil exists in this universe, it’s sitting next to me, and I am this monster’s son. What does that make me?

I glance at the hologram of Earth above me. It’s a beautiful planet.

He’s sentenced billions of humans to die, but can I carry out the punishment?

About The Book:

 

scorched-souls2-683x1024Fate and destiny clash in the explosive, heart-pounding conclusion to the award-winning Chosen series.

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Survival is not enough.

Alliances will be formed.

Loyalties tested.

A choice made.

My name is Juliet Wildfire Stone and I’m not just a Chosen, I’m the Alpha… and the fate of Earth rests in my hands.

When I finally met the Prime Elector, he wasn’t anything like I expected. He was supposed to be our mortal enemy, a monster I needed to destroy to fulfill my destiny, yet he was nothing like that—he’s young, brilliant, and looks like an angel.

Caught in the middle of a conflict between two ancient foes, which threatens to rip Earth apart, I must do what is right at all costs. To choose my fate, and Earth’s future, I will need to navigate a new path, form unlikely alliances, and solve ancient mysteries forgotten for centuries.

Yet I cannot do it alone. Will the other Chosen follow me? Do I have the strength to make the right choice, or will the people of Earth be enslaved for all time?

 

About the Authors:

headshotJeff Altabef is an award-winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres.

Jeff is very happy and proud that his co-author for the Chosen Series is his teenaged daughter, Erynn Altabef. Wind Catcher, the first in the Chosen Series, has won the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for Coming of Age Novels, the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best YA Fiction and a Mom’s Choice Award.

As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those who like telling stories.

Connect with him on:

Website: http://www.jeffaltabef.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jeff-Altabef-Author-479282732198216/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeffAltabef

Newsletter: http://www.jeffaltabef.com/newsletter

Erynn Altabef

Erynn Altabef is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist. Some of her favorite authors are Veronica Roth, Joelle Charbonneau, and her dad! (That would be Jeff Altabef.) She just started her freshman year at Connecticut College is proud to be a camel!!!

Connect with her on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erynnaltabefauthor/

Ninja Bunny Blog Tour

Welcome to the Ninja and Bunny Tour with

Author Kara S Tyler and Illustrator Sarah Pacetti

Today I’m hosting this stunning Children’s Picture Book about two sisters.  It’s appropriate for all ages, boys and girls, and will delight parents as well with it’s great message and gorgeous illustrations.  Check out my review below and make sure to enter the great giveaway at the end of this post with special prizes that fit the themes of adventure, fantasy, and heroism included in this book.

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This was such a cute book to read. I love make believe and I love imagining. And this book was that and so much more. I absolutely loved how Ruthie and Marian set off to save Princess Isla. I’ve grown up on a staple diet of Enid Blytons and I love the Fairy world.

I just wish this book was longer! Having said that, the illustrations are just beautiful. They bring Ninja and Bunny alive in a way that words would not.

I’m eagerly looking forward to the next adventure these two girls will lead me on!

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 About the Book

A children’s tale of imagination and play, of love and loyalty, and of courage and determination.

Marian loves playing make-believe, but what if her big sister Ruthie’s fairies have been real all along? What if Princess Isla is truly in trouble and needs their help?

Marian and Ruthie must visit Fairyland and transform into Ninja and Bunny! Will they be able to save the princess?

Find out in this tale of love, loyalty, and imagination.

 

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end and get a FREE Ninja & Bunny Activity Book!

 

Kara headshot Ninja BunnyAbout the Author

Kara S Tyler is the real world name of author Pavarti K Tyler.  As Pav, her books have spanned genres and won many awards, however, they are geared toward an adult audience. Now that she’s writing children’s books, Kara has decided to use her real name.

The Adventures of Ninja and Bunny first came about because of a fabulous conversation overheard between Kara’s two children during a very long car ride.  The two young girls spent over two hours debating various aspects of Fae politics and social structure.  Without realizing it, the girls were building a world so real, Ray Bradbury would be proud.

Kara lives in Baltimore with her husband, two children and two terrible dogs.  She is a full-time author and mother.

About the Prizes

The Tour has some fantastic prizes! You can win a $20 Amazon Gift Card, a Fairyland book, Temporary Ninja Tattoos or a Stuffed Ninja Bunny.

A Great Adventure Tour with Ninja and Bunny

 

#Cute – Honey the Hero by Emlyn Chand

The blurb reads,

Honey, an inquisitive young parakeet living in the Australian Outback, decides to become a superhero after she spies a human family watching Superman. Since she already has the power of flight, all she needs to do is create a costume to conceal her true identity and then fly off in search of animals that need rescuing.

Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, Honey only ends up making matters worse. She spoils Kangaroo’s game of hide-and-go-seek by revealing his hiding place to Wallaby; Mr. Anteater must go hungry when she alerts the ants to his presence, and Mrs. Koala is made a laughingstock among bears when Honey pretends to be her Joey. Finally realizing that she’s not as heroic as she’d like, Honey gives up her day-saving efforts.

But what happens when someone actually needs Honey’s help? Will she rise to the challenge?

Honey the Hero is the first in a new series of color-illustrated books for children entitled The Bird Brain Books.”

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This was one of the cutest books I have read. I didn’t think I would get to read a children’s book. I read the ones at home fairly often and then enjoy the trip back to my childhood and this one was just like that.

I got the opportunity to be a part of Emlyn Chand’s Super Reader team and I got this novel as a part of that program. And then in January, I sat down and read ‘Honey the Hero’

And the book was so much of fun! The illustrations made it so much better. The book made me sort of wonder what sort of education we were giving our kids. I mean I was reading this book with my cousin and he is 5 but he didn’t know half the words in the book or I had to break an already simple story down to him. I’m sure I was more…how do I put it, more adept at reading when I was his age. I would catch things told me to me quicker. It just made me wonder whether all the gadgets and gizmos we keep flashing beats reading as a form of education. I don’t think so.

This is a great book to read to your kids. And not just because Honey is helpful, sweet and maybe gullible like a child. But because you need to teach children to extend a hand for help. And teach them to not force it on people the way Honey did. I remember my cousin saying Honey the hero, Honey the hero for quite a while after I read him the story.

This is a very cute book and I had way too much fun reading it.

My Rating: 5/5

I can’t critique a children’s book! Really. They are all 5 stars for me.

5 star

#Quotable 22 on Environment

The ice is melting faster than usual. The magnetic pole is moving towards Russia at sixty-four kilometers a year due to changes in the earth’s magnetic core. That’s stirring changes in the Arctic climate, but they’re to our advantage. Our first priority is to make a profit.

-Alexis Miller, The Arctic Night

Want to read more of this Nordic Noir?

Get it on Amazon