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In the Shadow of Satellites
by Amanda Dick

Release date: 22 August 2016

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Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KQGRBK4
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Memories are precious, and for Sian Bennett, they are fleeting. On 22 February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Christchurch, New Zealand. Sian was there, along with her husband and baby son. What happened that day is a mystery; all she remembers is waking up in hospital five months later, alone.

Two long years pass, and the memories continue to disappear into the black hole that was opened up the day of the quake. Life becomes a perilous journey lived on a tightrope that stretches between the past and the present. Retreating to a lakeside cottage in Rotorua, she shies away from a world she no longer understands.

When Luke Lancaster moves into the derelict cottage beyond the trees, he respects his reclusive neighbour’s silent plea for privacy. Now half a world away from his native North Carolina, he has seen war, misery and chaos. Along with his dog, Geezer, he lives with a few ghosts of his own.

What begins as a fragile friendship leads to a much deeper connection, in which truth, lies, love and pain are intimately bound. Even in paradise, shadows lurk.

A slow-burning tale of loss and love, stoked in the flames of fate and superstition, it is ignited by the power of hope.

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Author Interview with Andy Peloquin

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

That’s always a fun question to answer!

I was born in Japan to missionary parents (French and American step-father), and am a Canadian by nationality. I’ve lived my life abroad (Japan and Mexico), and have spent most of my time traveling–first as a missionary, then as a blogger.

I have no formal training as a writer, but I’ve dedicated myself to learning the craft of not only writing amazing books, but doing my best to market and promote my work to the best of my ability.

 

Why do you write?

I write because I must. Since I started writing, I feel like a tap has been opened and creativity has simply bubbled out. Writing has given me the voice I never knew I needed, a way to express the thoughts and feelings that are trapped inside me. Without it, I would explode.

 

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.

The covers are actually the brilliant inspiration of the artist, Marie Story. The first idea was more of the classic fantasy covers, with the art of the city, the Hunter, his victims, etc. But I had seen a picture (I can’t find it now) from the cover of a heavy metal album, and I sent it to her. She drew the rough sketched lines of the Hunter, with the white, black, and red scheme of the cover. I loved how unique it looked, and the responses from readers have echoed that sentiment.

 

What are you currently working on right now? Or plan to work on in the future?

I’ve submitted the next book in the series (Titled “Gateway to the Past”) to the publisher, and I intend to have the fourth book completed in early 2017. The six-book series should all be completed and published by 2019 or so.

I’m also working on getting an agent for a side trilogy set in the same world, but following a young girl’s journey from innocent child to vicious thief. It’s as grim and gritty as the Hunter’s story, but from the perspective of a young woman driven to do terrible things in the name of survival.

 

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

Don’t stop asking! I’ve found most of my readers, reviewers, and guest posters just by asking for help. Most indie authors are incredible people who are more than happy to lend a helping hand to those trying to learn the craft.

 

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I love to read reviews, both the good and the bad. I haven’t responded to any yet, but I’ve found that the bad reviews have actually helped me to improve my work. The bad reviews point out things to tighten up, weak spots in the work, and inconsistencies. Those little details often escape me, so keeping them in mind helps me to make my next work a lot better.

 

What is your favourite book and why?

I’d have to say my current favorite is The Gentlemen Bastards series by Scott Lynch. They are so complex, with such intricate world, fascinating characters, and mind-bending plots. I aspire to write such amazing works!

 

Where do you see publishing going in the future?

I intend to find an agent and place my work with the bigger publishing houses, the ones who can get my writing in front of as many eyes as possible. I’m not in it for the money, simply for the sheer joy of telling amazing stories.

 

How long does it take you to write a book?

From first draft to submission, it’s about 5-7 months of solid work. However, I’ll usually be working on one book while another is with beta readers and another in the rough draft stage, so it takes roughly 9 months of real time before a book is ready to submit.

 

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

The idea for the Hunter came from a short piece I wrote years ago. It was about a creature that inspired such terror in its victims that they would do anything to get away. Then I had the idea to make the story from the perspective of the “creature”, but my mind shied away from a monster story. I made the monster a half-human, and the story simply evolved from there.

But I find ideas in everything. I’ll come up with ideas from street signs, billboards, books, newspapers, and TV shows. Heck, I even wrote a poem based on a silly cartoon whale in a kid’s bathtub.

 

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I started my first book at the age of 15, and six chapters in I knew it was rubbish. I began writing In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent when I was 17, and kept working on it until I turned 19. Life happened, and I stopped work until after my 25th birthday. The book was about 60% done, so it was fairly simple to complete it when I started. I self-published it, and in the process learned a lot about the publishing world. It’s thanks to that experience that I’ve come as far as I have.

 

What does your family think of your writing?

Most of them are proud of the fact that I’m creative, though they don’t truly understand how all-consuming it can be. It’s more than just time spent sitting at the desk, but it’s thinking about it, studying, researching, marketing, and doing everything else that is part of being an author.

 

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I have a lot more depth than I realize!

I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly emotionless person, but through my writing I discovered a depth of character that I never really show anyone except through the pages of my book. A lot of my trials, tribulations, heartbreaks, and emotions are bled into the words I write.

 

Have you ever gotten into a bar fight?

I have not, though I do think I would like to. Not for the sake of actually fighting, but to have the experience. I’m the “I’ll try anything once” type of person.

 

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

Definitely a bear. I’m big, furry, bulky, and wonderful to snuggle.

The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

Book Cover:

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Tagline/Elevator Pitch:

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (The Last Bucelarii–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

 

Book Blurb:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

The Hunter of Voramis is no more.

Alone with the bloodthirsty voices in his head, fleeing the pain of loss, he has one objective: travel north to find Her, the mystery woman who plagues his dreams and haunts his memories.

When he stumbles upon a bandit attack, something within urges him to help. His actions set him at odds with the warrior priests commanded to hunt down the Bucelarii.

Left for dead, the Hunter must travel to Malandria to recover his stolen birthright. There, he is inexorably drawn into direct conflict with the Order of Midas, the faceless, nameless group of magicians that holds the city in a grip of terror. All while struggling to silence the ever-louder voice in his mind that drives him to kill.

From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter’s journey leads him to truths about his forgotten past and the Abiarazi he has pledged to hunt. His discoveries will shed light on who he really is…what he really is.

Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks will love the Hunter…

 

Book Info:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

Author: Andy Peloquin

Official Launch Date: August 19th, 2016

Publication Date: July 21, 2016

Paperback Price: 15.99

Digital Price: 3.99

Pages: 340

ISBN: 1535388668

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon Kindle: Not yet availabe

Amazon Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Bucelarii-Book-Lament-Fallen/dp/1535388668/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Last-Bucelarii-Book-Lament-Fallen/dp/1535388668/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30973111-lament-of-the-fallen

 

Book Launch Event:

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Bio:

Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

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Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

 

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

 

Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

 

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

 

His website (http://www.andypeloquin.com) is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings–along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.

 

He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloquin

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

 

www.linkedin.com/in/andypeloquin/

https://plus.google.com/100885994638914122147/about

https://www.amazon.com/author/andypeloquin

https://www.facebook.com/andrew.peloquin.1

 

10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez, Skrillex, Simon & Garfunkel, Celine Dion, and Five Finger Death Punch are all in my writing playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Books: The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Sherlock Holmes by A.C. Doyle, Warlord of Mars by E.R. Burroughs

Favorite Songs: Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch, Prayer by Disturbed, I’m an Albatraoz by AronChupa, Look Down from Les Miserables, Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling and Lizzi Hale

Favorite Movies: 300, Red Cliff, Shoot Em Up, Love Actually, Princess Bride

Favorite Comics: Anything with Deadpool, Wolverine or Doop in it

Favorite Foods: Hot Wings, Meat-Lover’s Salad, A good sandwich (made by me), Yaki Soba, Sushi

Favorite TV Shows: The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-0, Brooklyn 99, Firefly (too soon!), The Last Ship, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones

 

Reviews:

“Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates — http://peterjstory.com/

“The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut

“From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!” — Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine

“Oh the carnage! Fantastic bloodthirsty carnage! The fight scenes in this book were fast-paced, detailed and thrilling. I love a good sword fight and there is plenty of that here.” — Ami L. Hart

“One could get lost in this novel for its twisting plots, seemingly endless imagination, dark yet irresistible characters, or the mind-numbing paradox of its simultaneously dark and romantic world. One could follow the long and winding road of the dusky, fierce protagonist and fight tooth and nail not to sympathize with him. One could dance in the dizzying, intricate circles of Peloquin’s neo-mythology, or even basque in the black sunlight of a well-crafted gothic novel that both entertains and enlightens.” — Jesse G. Christiansen

Childhood Memories

I have quite a few early memories of my childhood, even though studies show we forget things from before the age of three years old. I remember parts of my three year old childhood, but not enough coherently enough. And I have lots of early fond memories so it’s hard to choose just one. So rather I will pick a memory I love and go with it.

When I was about five I woke up on Christmas morning like every kid does- eager to see what Santa brought the night before. I darted to my parents room at around six in the morning because I was an early riser on Christmas. And I don’t know how I missed what was under the tree when I ran to my parents room but I missed it. I was a kid and didn’t pay much attention when I was half asleep.

My parents up sluggishly walked to the living room and sat down on the couch and I believe my dad may have sat in the floor. I flopped onto the floor and opened presents as my dad handed me them. Now in my family we have this tradition of getting gifts not only from Santa but sometimes Rudolph will leave something under the tree too. Because I didn’t just leave treats for Santa, I left treats for his reindeer too.

I’d opened all my presents, or at least the wrapped ones but my dad said I had one more. I’m not sure if he left the room and came back or if it was in the room the whole time, that I don’t recall. What I recall was next a black Labrador retriever puppy in my lap. I can only imagine me crying, because I can’t remember my reaction now, but I remember I was so happy to get a puppy and name her Playful.

That puppy was my best friend, and I didn’t have very many friends at the time either. So I finally had a puppy, and I was extremely happy. Though I’m not sure if I asked for a puppy or not for Christmas, I’m sure I did, I just don’t recall that bit of information now that I’m an adult.

I wish I could say Playful made it to my adult years but sadly she passed away when I was around about sixteen. My heart broke the day she died because I’d lost not only my best friend but also a dear family member. But getting her that Christmas day when I was five years old was probably one of the best days of my childhood life and I enjoyed being able to grow up with my dog.

Social Media Problems

Social media plays a huge role in many of our daily lives, but we miss many things because we’re so plugged into our phones/computers/tablets/etc. Sometimes we need to put down the phone and just take in the world. Enjoy the fresh air, take a walk, have an actual conversation with someone, rather than talking through messenger. Unplug and just forget about trying to get followers on Twitter, or taking that perfect shot of whatever meal you’re eating.

So here’s five problems with social media and why we should all just take the time to enjoy the physical world around us, not just stay locked into the digital one.

  1. You’re constantly looking down at your phone/tablet/computer/etc.- Think about it most of the time if we’re looking at a device our face is tilted downward because we’re not holding the device directly in front of us at eye level. This is bad for your neck, and sometimes it’s good to have a break from these devices, and social media tends to be a big reason why we’re always staring at one device or another.
  2. You’re missing out on so much that is happening in the physical world around you- Really you are. Think if not everyone shared what they are even doing we’d never know because we wouldn’t call them, we’d just be waiting for them to post it to social media. Stop waiting to see what everyone is doing on Facebook and actually go out and do something fun, like talk a walk outside, go fishing, swimming, paint a masterpiece, do something.
  3. Drama- Facebook is drama central. For me it’s literally like I’m in high school all over again as I scroll through my news feed and look at certain people’s posts. So and so did this, he’s cheating, etc. Social media platforms are not the place for you to post your drama-filled life. Not everyone wants to know what is going on and sometimes it’s just annoying when it’s always the same thing over and over again.
  4. Likes- Likes are a good thing but they are also a hazardous thing. Some people crave the need for attention and need likes to feel important. Stop doing this. You don’t need likes to be awesome. Be awesome regardless of how many followers you have on Twitter or how many likes you have on Instagram. You don’t need everyone’s acceptance, and the likes are only that, random people accepting you because of a post, not for the actual you.
  5. It’s a DISTRACTION!- All forms of social media distract you from what is really important, time with loved ones and actually getting things done. I can’t tell you how many times I find myself on Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Instagram/etc. instead of actually writing. Social media distracts us from the things that are most important because we feel the need to stay in the loop with everyone when in reality we could pick up the phone and actually call someone if it was that important. But it seems we’ve all forgotten how to call a person on the phone nowadays. Which is rather sad.

Stop the distraction, unplug, go outside, do something adventurous. I promise Facebook will still be there when you’re finished with the real world. Because I’m sure there are people out there that miss talking to you, rather than just reading your words on a screen. Reading can never replace a person’s voice, the sun in the sky, or the cool spring breeze. So enjoy life and don’t waste it by spending all your time with your head staring at a screen.

Arrow of Darkness Blog Tour

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Jackson returns to Arcas expecting to find peace—a peace greatly lacking within his own home. But when a violent archer takes over as Lord of the White Palace, the future of the ancient kingdoms is shaken.
Frightening creatures have overtaken the beautiful Starling Forest, destroying everything in their path. Jackson and Nekkar narrowly escape the beasts together, but Nekkar blames the Son of Earth for releasing the present darkness in Arcas. The rocky, new friendship strengthens as they journey through dangerous lands toward the Free Realms. Can their loyalties survive when the beautifully gutsy Princess Andromeda interrupts their quest and the darkness of war batters their souls?

While Rigel, Otava, and Merope work together to rescue the six sisters trapped at the White Palace, Sephdar returns from shadowy crusades to find White Wings’ army leaderless. The new self-proclaimed ruler has a plan for the Seven Sisters and a plan for The Bridge to Earth. But when his ambitious arrows pierce the peaceful kingdoms, an unlikely force confronts the dark lord and the future of the crowns is changed forever.

Hold to your axe and hold to your lass as you join Jackson to combat the darkness spreading through the world of Arcas. But remember, the most powerful arrows do not pierce the body but the soul.

Author Bio:

  1. I. Woolet (Benji & Ila Woolet) is the author of the World of Arcas series. Their Arcas adventures began with The Hunter, the Bear, and the Seventh Sister and now continue with Arrows of Darkness. When the Woolets aren’t working, writing, or chasing their four little girls around, they are active in their local community and church. The couple enjoys

creating lyrical and literary arts, playing music together, and exploring nature. They are happily married and live in Indiana.

Links:

Website: http://worldofarcas.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/worldofarcas

Goodreads Book #1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18596412-the-hunter-the-bear-and-the-seventh-sister

Goodreads Book #2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23476460-arrows-of-darkness

Book Trailer Book #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9nl4L3t3OQ

Book Trailer Book #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtoK_JOQfG0

Amazon B #1: http://www.amazon.com/Hunter-Seventh-Sister-World-Volume/dp/0989873501/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Amazon B #2: http://www.amazon.com/Arrows-Darkness-World-Arcas-2/dp/0989873528/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443741766&sr=1-1&keywords=Arrows+of+Darkness+Paperback

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Sins of the Future Book Cover Reveal

Last October we released an anthology called Sins of the Past. This year we decided to release an anthology called Sins of the Future. Every story is set years into the future where anything is possible, from self-driving cars to aliens taking over the world. Each story is unique in its own light because each author took their own views of the future and twisted it to become the stories that are featured in Sins of the Future that is set to release October 31, 2015.

Sins of the Future features:

They by Jackie Pitchford

In the Driving Lane by Misha Burnett

Highly Strung by Stephen Blake

Add Green Sauce by Matt Lovell

The Verge by R.L. Andrew

The Man with Bio degradable Skin by Angela Garratt

The Nyghtmare Machine by Don Miskel

Kitty by Boyd Miles

Mercury’s Kiss by Jen Ponce

Graduation Day by Chasity Nicole

Malfeasance by Kerry E.B. Black

Return to Sigma Seven by C. Lloyd Brill

Doris by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Looking through Different Eyes by Steven Soul

The Day Everything Went Still by Leticia Toraci

Now that you know all the stories and authors featured in this amazing, futuristic anthology and you know when it’s to be released, it’s time for the big cover reveal.

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Our cover was created by the wonderful Cleve Sylcox who was an author in Sins of the Past.

Sins of the Past is available on Amazon

Sins of the Future Story Reveal

Sins of the Future contains fifteen terrifying futuristic tales written by fifteen brilliant authors. Each tale is different than the next and they all come together beautifully to make up one amazing anthology. The stories vary in the futuristic realm, some happen here on Earth, other’s happen up in outer space. Some stories contain robots, other stories contain animals that walk and talk like we do.

Take a look at the banners created for each story to get an idea of just what our anthology is going to entail. We hope you are left on the edge of your seat in anticipation for our release October 31, 2015.

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Mercury’s Kiss by Jen Ponce

Polidori Corporation, the world’s largest provider of innovative robotics for home and office, is proud to introduce the latest addition to their Personal Assistant Robot family: James. James is the first Passbot to combine home maintenance with security. State-of-the-art A.I. allows James to monitor your family’s day-to-day activities so he can better serve your every need, all the while keeping your family and home safe.
“With the introduction of James to our Passbot line, Polidori Corp really takes the lead in both the personal assistant robotics sector and the home security sector,” said Craig Polidori, CEO of Polidori Corporation. “Our Passbots are powerful, low-maintenance, and perfectly suited for use in a family environment. We have consistently met and exceeded the Robotics Safety Commission’s strict standards of safety and performance.
“We are constantly looking to expand out Passbot line, and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill our customer’s needs.”

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Looking Through Different Eyes by Steven Soul

“Edd is willing to do anything to save his planet.”

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…Add Green Sauce by Matt Lovell

“Todd likes green sauce – maybe a bit too much …”

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Kitty by Boyd Miles

‘Science without ethics creates a new underclass. Forced into slums they create a society both dependent upon and victimized by mankind. What makes you an animal, what makes you human?’

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Return to Sigma 7 by C. Lloyd Brill

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Doris by Debbie Manber Kupfer

‘Good help is so hard to find, but today with the Vacuu-Droid 3000 series all your household worries are over – or have they only just begun?’

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The Nyghtmare Machine by Don Miskel

The future ain’t what it used to be and technology can sometimes open the WRONG types of doors. A crime scene cleanup specialist discovers that his worst dreams come true in The Nyghtmare Machine.

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They by Jackie Pitchford

In the near future They arrive and our world is changed forever, this is one persons journey through that change.

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Malfeasance by Kerry E.B. Black

‘In a future age, information is uploaded directly into computing systems within people. This efficient access eliminates the need for books. When Winnie finds a mysterious tome, she’s fascinated. She smuggles it to show her friend, Joan, but Joan recoils. Winnie embraces archaic knowledge and discovers some information is better left unshared.’

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The Day Everything Went Still by Leticia Toraci

‘Helena wakes up in a still world. She seems to have survived fatal drug-resistant pneumonia, even if she was dying the night before. She was then used to the idea of dying in a world taken to chaos by most of its population getting ill with fatal diseases. In this new world she can’t see dead bodies on the street, the supermarkets aren’t pilfered and she can’t see living humans around her house. To which world has she awaken to?’

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In the Driving Lane by Misha Burnett

They said that everything was perfectly safe. They said that nothing could go wrong.
They lied.

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Graduation Day by Chasity Nicole

‘Graduation Day is supposed to be the greatest day of a teenagers life. You graduate high school and embark on a journey to college and into adulthood. But, sometimes what is supposed do happen on Graduation Day doesn’t happen. Sometimes, your life takes a horrible turn and you never know what your future was supposed to behold.’

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Highly Strung by Stephen Blake

‘Are all those who do evil things evil? Or are they having their strings pulled by dark forces? Joe sees the truth of it. Only he wishes he couldn’t.’

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The Man with Bio degradable Skin by Angela Garratt

‘Scientists discover that animal testing in labs is not only expensive, but animal DNA is far too different from ours. So, the government is playing with new legislation, allowing scientists to hit the prisons. This is not something THEY want you to know about.’

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The Verge by R.L. Andrew

‘Sebastian is torn between the only life he’s ever known and freedom. Mission after deadly mission Sebastian struggles against his bonds, gathering strength to fight the ultimate battle; for his soul.’

Author Interview with Andy Peloquin

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I was born and raised in Japan, where I lived until the age of 14. I lived a fairly isolated life in a missionary compound in a small town a few hours south of the capital, but when I moved to Mexico at the age of 14, all that changed.

All of the experiences I have had (both in Japan and Mexico) have influenced my writing–in my opinion, given me a better understanding of the world around me.

When did you realize, writing was what you wanted to do?

I realized I had a talent for writing at the age of 10 or 11. I had a teacher passionate about literature, and he instilled in me a love of reading and writing.

I dabbled a bit during my teenage years, but nothing serious until the age of 17 or 18. That’s when I started competing (in small online competitions) and writing more regularly. I started In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent at the age of 18, but stopped writing a couple of years later. I didn’t finish it until 2014, which is about the time I started taking writing VERY seriously.

What do you want to achieve with your writing?

I want to make people think. I want to force them to see things in a new way, things they may be accustomed to, desensitized to, or never thought to question. If I can shake things up and twist the world upside down–even for one person–I will be happy.

What are you currently working on right now? Or plan to work on in the future?

I have just launched Book 1 in the dark fantasy series The Last Bucelarii. This book, Blade of the Destroyer, is the first book in the series about the Hunter, a half-demon assassin. The story will span 5 or 6 books, and it will tell the story of the Hunter’s search for answers about his forgotten past. He will find his place in a world that has no place for him and his kind, and the story will be about his growth as a character. Plenty of plot, plenty of action, but definitely a character-driven series.

What is your writing structure like?

I’ll sketch out a rough plot of the book I’m writing–at least the first half. I’ll usually come up with the ending as I write, and the plot details will sort themselves out as I go.

I’ll write a rough draft (just to get the story down), let it sit for a couple of months, then come back to do a first draft to send to beta readers. Once I get the comments and feedback, I incorporate the changes, print out the book, and do a final edit on paper before sending it to the editor/publisher.

How do you write (handwrite, computer, typewriter, voice recorder, etc.)?

Computer, always! I tried writing with Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice to text), but my brain doesn’t work well when my mouth is running. Heh!

What is the toughest thing about writing your current work? What’s the easiest?

The hardest part of writing this work is trying to get the balance of personality just right. The Hunter is this legendary, immortal killer, but he’s also fairly human in his flaws. It’s a very fine line to walk!

Who are your favorite authors?

Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards series is probably my favorite book series of all time. I’ll read anything Brandon Sanderson writes, and I love the Riyira books by Michael J. Sullivan.

What’s your favorite reading platform (e-book, paperback, hard cover, audio)?

I’m a total sucker for a good hardcover book, and paperback is a close second. But I’ve discovered that the right audiobook can make a good book great. For example, I have never “read” the Scott Lynch books (on paper or digital), but I have only listened to the audiobooks. The voice talent who recorded those books (Michael Page) did such an amazing job! I love audiobooks, as they allow me to read while I drive, sit in traffic, work out at the gym, walk on the beach, etc.

Tell us about your upcoming release.

Here’s what you need to know:

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (Blade of the Destroyer–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

Do you have any advice for other authors when it comes to writing, marketing, publishing, etc.?

Start NOW! I made the mistake of publishing In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent before I had a decent-sized following. The book never really got any traction, and I never saw the sales I would have liked.

To stand a better chance of success in this highly competitive market, authors need to start reaching out to people, making friends, connecting with other authors, and finding potential readers NOW–well before their books are launched!

How do you relax?

I love to read comic books, though I admit I’m a bit behind due to a lack of time. I’ll download all the latest digital comic books and read them (not enough space in my house for physical books).

I also love to watch TV, hit the gym, spend time with my four active children, hang out with friends, and read. I’m a simple man who loves the simpler things in life!

Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?

I think Edgar Rice Burroughs could have been a fascinating man to meet! I would have loved to talk to him about the John Carter of Mars books, and pick his brain for his creativity.

How long does it take you to write your novels?

I’ll get through 100,000 to 120,000 words of pure writing in about 2 months, so considering all the work that goes into writing a novel (polishing, drafting, editing, etc.), a book takes me about six months of solid work to complete.

Are any of your characters based off of real people in your life? If so, do they know?

I have based a few minor characters off people that I know or people I have met, but I am not going to tell the people I based them off of. They’ll try to get a cut of the proceeds!

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

Book Cover:

Bucelarii - Copy

Tagline/Elevator Pitch:

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (Blade of the Destroyer–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

Book Blurb:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

Book Info:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

Author: Andy Peloquin

Official Launch Date: August 21st, 2015

Publication Date: July 11th, 2015

Paperback Price: $15.99

Digital Price: $3.99

Pages: 298

ISBN: 1515038955

Buy Links:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book-ebook/dp/B012EI9M4A/

Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book/dp/1515038955/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25269614-blade-of-the-destroyer

Book Launch Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1625045874438351/

Bio:

Andy

Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

His website (http://www.andypeloquin.com) is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings–along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.

He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloquin

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

www.linkedin.com/in/andypeloquin/

https://plus.google.com/100885994638914122147/about

https://www.amazon.com/author/andypeloquin

https://www.facebook.com/andrew.peloquin.1

10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez and Five Finger Death Punch are both in my playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Reviews:

“Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates — http://peterjstory.com/

“The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut

“From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!” — Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine