Today I’m hosting a book blast for Brad Magnarella’s young adult science fiction/coming of age book, XGeneration: You Don’t Know Me. His tour is running thru December 27 and is presented by Pump Up Your Book Tours! Brad will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
About the Author:
Brad Magnarella grew up in North Central Florida. As a boy he discovered Marvel Comics, text-based gaming, Bruce Springsteen, and Stephen King, roughly in that order. The prize, however, was a creek that wound through his neighborhood, providing him and his friends a wooded sanctuary in which to lose themselves, while discovering natural Florida.
A graduate of the University of Florida and American University, Brad has long aspired to write the kind of fiction that colored his childhood. His books include The Prisoner and the Sun trilogy and the first in his new young adult series, XGeneration.
Brad lives in Washington, D.C. When he’s not writing, he’s somewhat hard to find.
His latest book is XGeneration 1: You Don’t Know Me.
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About the Book:
In the fall of 1984, Cold War tensions between Washington and Moscow are close to breaking.
But in sleepy Gainesville, Florida, fourteen-year-old Janis Graystone is mainly worried about starting high school, earning a spot on the varsity soccer team, and keeping her older sister from running her life. And then there are her nighttime experiences. Experiences where she awakens in her backyard—out of her body—with the disturbing sense that someone is watching her.
For Scott Spruel, the start of high school means the chance to start over. And he’s willing to ditch everything—computer hacking, Dungeons & Dragons marathons, even his comic book collection (well, except for his X-Men)—if it means getting closer to Janis, the secret love of his life. But will Scott’s past be so easy to shed. And what about the eerie delay on his telephone, a delay he senses through powers he is only beginning to understand?
Welcome to the gripping new series, XGeneration: part The X-Files, part Freaks and Geeks, and totally ’80s.
Rated 16+ for language.
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AMAZON for 99 cents during his book blast!
Pump Up Your Book and Brad Magnarella are teaming up to give you a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
- By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
- Two winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash.
- This giveaway begins December 2 and ends December 27.
- Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, December 30, 2013.
- Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!
About the Author:
James E. Fielder Sr., a highway designer and home builder born and raised in Springfield MO, was an avid reader of science fiction who enjoyed projecting “possible futures” and engaging in lively conversations about many topics such as the space program, politics, future trends, and the afterlife. He was a motorcyclist, a bowler, and very concerned about the future of the planet. He passed on in February 2010 in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he lived in the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain. He leaves behind his wife Virginia, sister Norma, daughter Denise, sons Jim Jr. and Ed, and several grandkids and great grandkids. This is his first book.
About the Book:
Washington DC: President Wilson Riordan, former career Air Force officer, businessman, and senator, discovers hints of an international plot that could upend the current fragile balance of government alliances throughout the world.
Cheyenne Mountain: Major General Jock McReynolds, commanding general of the Strategic Air Command and former commanding officer of Colonel Wilson Riordan, notices hints in the behavior of foreign military units, air traffic patterns, and naval sorties that are red flags to his highly developed military gut instinct.
Springfield, Missouri: Jared Faraday, southwest Missouri multi-millionaire businessman with a political-trends hobby bordering on obsession, is very concerned about what he is seeing on the news and the Internet, so much so that he warns his family and friends.
They are all correct.
“The Last Sunrise” is a possible future. The elements are already in place.
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Today I have a guest post by author Tamara Lee Dorris on the blog. Tamara is touring with Chick Lit Plus with her novel, Casey’s Quest. You can follow the tour here. Be sure to check out her giveaway at the end of the post where you can win a $20 GC to Amazon!
About Tamara Lee Dorris:
Tamara Lee Dorris has been a life-long fan of personal and spiritual development, and has written several books that fall under the category of “self-help.” Casey’s Quest explores various aspects of spiritual development, brain science & the paranormal. Tamara She is also an adjunct professor, radio host, and long time real estate professional.
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Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTamaraDorris
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Understanding the “Paranormal” Genre
When I first started writing Casey’s Quest, I knew I wanted to include a component that would intrigue readers, but it was important to me that it was based on truths. In other words, I am not a vampire or werewolf kind of writer. My intention with all of my novels, regardless of genre, is to teach (or at least imply) some kind of spiritual truth along with something else. For the Quest series, I chose remote viewing. Remote viewing is a factual skill that in fact has been well-documented in military endeavors from as far back as WWII. Nevertheless, the idea of “seeing” some place in one’s mind seemed to fall under the umbrella of “paranormal.”
The problem I had with this is that when people go to read paranormal books, most of them are expecting some hard-hitting, zombie-walking, vampire-biting activities. In fact, not only did I work with the idea of secret military projects and remote viewing, but I coupled it with Shamanism. Ideally, readers will discover that remote viewing and meditating or visualizing (as done with the Shamanistic practices) share very similar premises. Basically, quieting our minds to the point we can “see” things. I believe my interest in the esoteric/spiritual side of things started with my mom reading books written by seers and psychics when I was growing up. But that’s another story!
For some reason, people seem to attach a negative connotation to words such as paranormal, esoteric, and even, metaphysical. In reality, I like the description “spiritual,” but in researching genres, I found that term still relates largely to books of a religious nature. Now that is not to imply there is anything at all wrong with stories that revolve around religious matters. In fact, there is a huge market for Christian literature. However, if I attempted to put Casey’s Quest, for example, under that heading, I’d be asking for big trouble, fast.
In my opinion, the referencing of genres is grossly ineffective. We currently have so many smash-ups of genres. For instance, my Guru books are humorous, self-help, spirituality…and last time I checked, that wasn’t a genre. So what does my high-priced publicist do? She places it as romance (even though there is not one ounce of romance, in my opinion) and we get 25,000 downloads and great reviews. How in the heck then, do we figure out our genre? I propose we don’t.
A picture paints a thousand words. I find that by and large, I am attracted to book covers. If I see teeth and blood, I know a vampire will be popping up at dark. If I see a knife or a gun, I’m betting it’s a murder mystery. Sexy people hugging? Romance is about to be had. I tend to be drawn to chick lit, and I think we all agree that those covers are plenty self-explanatory (see my “Secrets of a Spiritual Guru” covers for a good example). Also, dramatic covers catch my eye. I still remember when the book “It,” came out, which was a true story based on a life of horrible child abuse, that the cover blew me away. I had to read that book.
Ultimately, genres are just like loose-fitting sweat pants. We grab them at random because they are comfortable. I urge each of us, though, as we go on our book-reading adventures (and who doesn’t like a good kindle sale?), that we consider titles and book cover art to give us a good indication of what sings to our heart or draws in our interest. Until the publishing industry finds a better, more effective way to categorize books—which may be never—we’ll have to trust our eyes and our instincts.
About the Book:
At her father’s death, Casey Anderson discovers she was adopted at age four. Not able to remember anything, she sets out on a quest to discover why her birth mother gave her up and, and why her adopted parent kept it such a secret. She embarks on a dangerous and spiritually enlightening journey that proves to her, nothing is what it seems.
What you’ll find inside:
- Adoption & lies
- Military projects & secrets
- Shamanism & spirituality
- Suspense & foreclosure fraud
- Mind power & evil
About the Book:
It is 1932, and racial prejudice is common in Deer Point, Arkansas, where the lives of two women—a white school teacher and an African American sharecropper—are destined to become forever entwined. As Allise DeWitt gives birth to her first child, her husband, Quent, rapes eighteen-year-old African American Maizee Colson on their cotton farm. Fearing that Quent will terrorize her forever, Maizee’s parents take her to Texas, where, nine months later, she gives birth to a son whom she names Nathaniel.
As Allise and Quent settle into life as new parents, she cannot shake the feeling that something is wedging its way between them. Financial troubles brought on by the Great Depression plague Quent, and he is forced to send his farmhands packing. Driven by the need to help and to do the right thing, Allise heads up a church project to donate clothing and other items to the sharecroppers. Years later, Quent is killed while fighting in World War ll, and Allise finds happiness in a second marriage to Dro McClure. Allise’s charitable journey continues, however, leading her through peril and prejudice and eventually bringing her to uncover a shocking truth that will change her life forever.
In this historical novel, an independent Quaker school marm attempts to overcome racial inequity in her small community, inextricably intertwining her life with an unlikely friend who proves that peace is attainable even in the darkest of times.
About the Author:
Elizabeth Carroll Foster is an Arkansas native. As a journalist, she worked as a feature writer and editor for southern Maryland newspapers and as a freelancer for regional magazines. She is also the author of Follow Me and Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks, as well as several other books. Elizabeth currently resides in Arkansas.
Today I have author Keira des Anges visiting the blog with a promo for her YA novel, Flick. Keira will be awarding one commenter a $50 GC at the end of her tour. To see the rest of her stops, visit Goddess Fish for her tour schedule.
About the Book:
Leanna Matthews enjoys flying below the radar. She does well in school, has a few close friends and hides the fact she’s an astral-traveling telekinetic. But there’s no escaping her creepy dreams or Simora, the bizarre little spirit lady, that suddenly pops out of nowhere to warn her against keeping secrets and predicts an encounter with a sinister evil. For the first time in forever someone…or something…is on to her.
But life turns around when Leanna meets Piper one sunny afternoon. She’s inexplicably drawn to him, almost as if she’s been waiting for him to come. Forbidden to have a boyfriend Leanna throws caution to the wind, lying to her family and friends to be with him, while ignoring Simora’s ominous message.
Yet Piper has a secret of his own. He is on a mission and Leanna, unwittingly, is the key.
He stood idly by Ms. Fenson’s hedges, shifting around uncomfortably and looking at nothing in-particular. After gazing at the sky, he stared at his feet and pulled at the shrubs behind him – which unless he had a death-wish, was an absolute no-no. Ms. Fenson was a legend in her neighborhood and Leanna knew if this guy stood anywhere near the hedges too long she’d most certainly come after him – and it wouldn’t be pretty! Although notorious for her loony behavior, no one denied Ms. Fenson took excellent care of her yard and was fiercely protective of it – in a scary, mad-womanish sort of way.
I’ll just walk by him, Leanna thought, trying to ignore the sudden tightness in her chest. Anyway, who cares? He doesn’t know me from a hole in the ground.
With each step, her legs turned to mush. But an invisible force pulled her forward. The pressure grew stronger, involuntarily pushing her along until she finally passed him; her heart racing, her body stiffening…
“Hey!” he called.
She stopped abruptly. Was he talking to her? It was hard to focus; the thumping in her ears grew nauseatingly louder. But since there wasn’t anyone else around, he must be speaking to her. Leanna turned around uncertainly.
He casually strolled over with his hands in his jean pockets. When they finally stood face-to-face, Leanna’s breath caught.
He was even more strikingly handsome up close. At around 5’10, he wore his wavy hair cropped close to his head, and in spite of his loose, red Ecko T-shirt, he sported a visibly muscular build. His chestnut eyes were splashed with the tiniest specks of green and framed by long, dark eyelashes, in stark contrast to his honey brown skin. They were the most beautiful eyes Leanna had ever seen. But it wasn’t the color that intrigued her. His eyes were clear and telling; their depths ran deep. And for a fraction of a moment, she could’ve swore she saw herself.
About the Author:
By day, Keira des Anges has the distinct pleasure of assisting teenagers with disabilities find employment, empowering one life at a time. By night, she is a chew toy for her dog and cat and avid reader of anything spooky, magical and totally out of this world. She lives in sunny Florida with her husband and two kids.
Author Keira des Anges will randomly choose one commenter during her tour to win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card