Thursday, August 21, 2014

Terramezic Energy Book Review


Synopsis: 
When a mysterious and destructive magical force strikes near Sarasota, Florida, the chief of police assigns his best investigator and arguably strongest wizard, Josephine O’Connor, to the case. As Josephine studies and investigates this mysterious phenomenon, she learns that a young woman has become a lab rat to develop stronger wizards.

As Josephine tries to help the woman control her abilities, it becomes apparent that the new wizard has a volatile power that may prove impossible to contain. Josephine and her friends face their greatest challenge yet when a hostile AI known as APU 81, created by an advanced civilization, resurfaces and targets them for termination. APU 81 has plotted for centuries to enslave humanity and the time has finally come for it to carry out its sinister plans.

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Terramezic Energy is book four of The Grumpy Old Wizards series. In this installment, Alice and Helen have returned home and APU 81 is still at large. As they prepare for their eventual encounter with the Artificial Intelligence, Josephine is alerted to a massive disturbance that seems to occur in new category six wizards. When they finally track the wizard down, they are informed about the K Syndrome. Members of Brenda Kirkland's family all have the sudden surge in their power that far exceeds a category six. Unfortunately, anyone that has shown that kind of power fall prey to the same fate Brenda Kirkland suffered in 2029. As Josephine learns about this and battles with APU 81, she realizes that the problem is bigger than she can ever imagine and all of humanity is in danger. Will they find a way to take out APU 81? Are Charlotte and Yvonne somehow connected to APU 81's plot? 


Once again, I was completely engrossed from the very beginning. This novel had so many twists and intriguing moments that I couldn't put the book down. There's lots of action and adventure; this book brings the series to a whole new level of awesome...I never saw this coming at all! If you haven't started this series, I strongly suggest that you do so. There's even evidence of a budding romance. I can't wait for book five, I wonder how John O'Riley will top this one!
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John O’Riley has been writing as far back as he can remember. He is an author of novels and an award winning writer of screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays New Earth, Pinky Swear, and Mutant Wizards in the 2014 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards which made it to Quarter-Finalist status. Other recognition includes the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2013 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout.

He was born in California then raised in Washington state. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French and worked in a variety of bookstores including Borders and was the manager for one of the bookstores in Florida that was actually owned by Goodwill.

He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, S.J. Viehl, Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a parakeet named Amy who sings like a canary to help encourage and inspire him.
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John O’Riley has been writing as far back as he can remember. He is an author of novels and an award winning writer of screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays New Earth, Pinky Swear, and Mutant Wizards in the 2014 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards which made it to Quarter-Finalist status. Other recognition includes the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2013 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout. 

He was born in California then raised in Washington state. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French and worked in a variety of bookstores including Borders and was the manager for one of the bookstores in Florida that was actually owned by Goodwill.

He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, S.J. Viehl, Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a parakeet named Amy who sings like a canary to help encourage and inspire him.
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John O’Riley has been writing as far back as he can remember. He is an author of novels and an award winning writer of screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays New Earth, Pinky Swear, and Mutant Wizards in the 2014 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards which made it to Quarter-Finalist status. Other recognition includes the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2013 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout. 

He was born in California then raised in Washington state. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French and worked in a variety of bookstores including Borders and was the manager for one of the bookstores in Florida that was actually owned by Goodwill.

He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, S.J. Viehl, Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a parakeet named Amy who sings like a canary to help encourage and inspire him.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Collectors' Society Cover Reveal

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Holy moly, y'all! We are so excited to bring you the cover for Heather Lyons' THE COLLECTORS' SERIES! THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before... THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is set to be released on October 23rd!

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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Synopsis: From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet. After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth. It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?
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Author PhotoAbout Heather Lyons: Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.        

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DK S1 3D Box Set 2The Sea of Dreams spat me out with no memories, no idea of who I was or what my purpose might be. When Captain Bo, dream killer extraordinaire, arrived, I took a chance to explore. On the road of discovery, I tripped upon dreamplanes floating dead in a graveyard, scared children attempting to survive their dreams turned nightmare, strange guardians, rogue Dreamlanders, and ships with hearts of silver. I learned more about Dreamland than I ever thought possible. But people are dying. They’re disappearing. Dreamland is twisting, shifting, ripping. I don’t know how best to help, how to save those I’ve met, who have wormed their way into my heart. If only I knew who I was, what I’d been born to do. Then I found out. I know who I am. I wish I didn’t. Dream Killers is geared for fans of Once Upon a Time. The first season (Spring 2014) consists of 3 novellas called episodes. It follows River as he discovers who he is and his role in Dreamland. Dream Killers is to Dreamland Stories what Agents of Shield is to the Marvel movies. Dreamland is an intense, rich, fascinating world with lots going on. If you like fairy tales, are looking for something new,try this one.

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SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation. She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories. She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weird Criminal Law Book Review and Giveaway

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More silly and unlawful conduct by women than anyone could ever imagine!

There’s a story for everyone in this book. You can read about the 6-foot, 400-pound woman arrested for fraud with $26,000 found stuffed in her very ample bra; stories of women who get naked and do disorderly things like steal cars, smash windshields and freak out in airports; the story of the dying woman who asked her husband to have a replica of her vagina carved on her tombstones which he could look at instead of chasing women after her death; stories of women teachers who have sexual affairs with high school boys; a woman who called New Haven police from a nightclub to give her a ride home; a story about a Texas women who asks her son to set a snake afire in her backyard and burns down her house; a story of a Japanese madam who specializes in providing 330-pound prostitutes to men who like women with “explosive boobs and butts”; a story about an Arizona lady who was the spokesperson for the State Department of Public Safety who was forced to resign when she learned that she was an undocumented alien living illegally in the U.S.; a “drunken dummy” or two; and a wide variety of just plain, stupid criminal stories about women in trouble that make this anthology worth reading. It is Professor Birdsong’s funniest yet!

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Weird Criminal Law is a novel filled with short (about two or three paragraphs long), unusual stories of crimes done by women.  This would make a really good coffee table book for when you're having bad days to make you appreciate that you haven't been in any of these situations.  One of the stories that really had me in hysterics was of a woman in a high speed chase that crashes her car into a home and proceeds to drive away in a toy car found on the property.  What was she thinking?  My favorite, however, is the woman that took a car for a test drive to rob a bank!  She told the car dealer that she had to pick something up.  Ha! That was absolutely priceless!

All in all, this is a great book to keep around for a good laugh.  A great conversation piece; Weird Criminal Law has funny criminal stories of things women do, not only in the United States but also around the world.  Yes! There are even bizarre criminals in other countries!!

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birdsong-colorProfessor Birdsong received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Howard University. He teaches law in Orlando, Florida. After graduation from law school he worked four years at the law firm of Baker Hostetler. He then entered into a varied and distinguished career in government service. He served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong later served as a federal prosecutor. After leaving government service, and before he began teaching, Professor Birdsong was in private law practice in Washington, D.C.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Day Human King Cover Reveal and Giveaway

After he assumed the power of the late sidhe king, Devin thought the battle to protect Nessa and proceed with her coronation was over. Everyone feared him and he had the power to do anything in the sidhe world. He was wrong. As problem after problem arises, Nessa finds the path to the throne is not as simple as they thought. Formalities must be adhered to, preparations must be made, and between all of that, Devin and Nessa must decide what to do with an obviously pregnant Fiona, who will not name the father of her child. To make matters worse, the elite sidhe are still assassinating each other. No one in the palace is safe. Who is behind the latest deaths, and can the coronation actual occur with all the drama going on? Devin and Nessa’s road to power might be cut short if they can’t find the answers.
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Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in Biology working as a scientist. In her free time she is hard at work on multiple novels; as each day passes, she has more ideas for both current and future novels.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Lieutenant Henry Gallant Cover Reveal

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LT Henry GallantIn an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders. Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans. With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity. In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.
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Book Reviews for Volume 1: Past Reviews of the first volume: Midshipman Henry Galant @2013 "The author has created a wonderful piece of work with his first novel in the Henry Gallant Saga. Between Henry Gallant beginning his new life on the United Planets' battle cruiser Repulse and trying to save the world the author has came up with it all. Henry Gallant is an admirable character with many wonderful features such as courage, intelligence, humility, kindness and special powers. ... the odds stacked against him pretty high. But maybe through it all, Kelsey will see the remarkable things about him." Ashley Patts, Teenage Rush teenagerush.blogspot.com "This story moves along at a swift pace, with interesting character development and plot surprises. The characters are complete and engaging. This could develop into a good series." Rae "Its style and flavor reminded me of The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell." - JJH "Space Opera at its finest. Rousing read, introverted young man against impossible odds, a girl to win or lose, an enemy or is he? Way too much fun...can't wait for the next one." - vrzepka

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pete2As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.
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The Girl in White Pajamas Book Review and Giveaway


When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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Bogie McGruder leads as rather quiet life in Palm Beach, Florida. He and his friend Rose run a security company, she has the physical office in Boston and he runs the reports remotely from Florida. On the same night he finds out his eighteen year old daughter is pregnant and engaged to her boyfriend, his half brother is brutally murdered right outside Bogie's ex girlfriend's law office in Boston. Will Bogie be able to face his demons when he returns home? What was Bud doing there? Why was his step-mother Elizabeth at the scene of the crime?

I love a good mystery, especially one that keeps me guessing right until the very end. This book does exactly that with edge of your seat excitement. The family dynamics also drew me in right from the start. I love little Isabella's grown up attitude for a three year old, it was well beyond her years. All in all, this was a fun read for me and a breath of fresh air, finally a novel that had me baffled. There's even a rekindled romance in the mix, which also complimented the story.
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Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods.  Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, Chris watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop's every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept. Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, "Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie.."  Chris wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he'd be just as good a liar as they were. The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Layers of the Past Guest Post

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Book Title: Layers of the Past (Age recommended 18 +)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Al Tonya Washington (July 3, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0991181409
ISBN-13: 978-0991181407

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FIVE MISTAKES WRITERS OFTEN MAKE WHEN QUERYING PUBLISHERS
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ALTONYA WASHINGTON

            While a perfect query doesn’t necessarily guarantee a call back from a publisher much less a book deal, it does pay to send ones best work every time. The more of a habit an aspiring author makes out of sending quality work, the better prepared the author will be each time thus increasing the chances of receiving the call they most want to take. The following are five mistakes eager authors tend to make when querying publishers.

1. Calling- Chances are you won’t have a direct line to your would-be editor at the querying stage, but in case you do. Don’t use it. Editors don’t much care for receiving calls. Making one could turn them off your work especially if it has yet to make it from the slush pile to their desk. If they are giving it a read, you want to give them the chance to do so uninterrupted.

2. Emailing- Advice here runs parallel to my suggestions about calling. Although email is a little less intrusive, an editor doesn’t want their inbox filled with messages from you asking whether the work has been read yet. My suggestion here is to wait until after the publisher’s specified response time. Then wait about two weeks after that and then send an email to thank the editor for reviewing your work. If there is no response after a week to that message, an email to inquire about the status of the work is reasonable.

3. Incomplete Manuscript- Complete your book before sending a query. The last thing you want is for an editor to fall in love with your three chapter submission, request the full story and then have to wait until it’s complete. They will lose interest-quick!

4. Sloppy Work- Be sure you are sending in your BEST work! Grammatical errors, misspellings, bent or stained pages (if sending in a print copy) will turn an editor off your work, no matter how good the story is. 

5. Not Following Submission Guidelines- Get acquainted with publisher’s tips. You can usually find this on a publisher’s website. When I was an aspiring author, I found these tips in the publisher’s listings inside the Writer’s Market books- very helpful, wherever you happen to find them. You want to be sure you send exactly what the publisher requires. Sending a Word doc when the publisher requires a PDF or sending your work in print when the publisher wants it electronically will NOT get your work reviewed.

Adhering to publisher’s guidelines and other unspoken rules of etiquette will give you a better chance at getting your work read. It may even increase your chances of going from aspiring author to published author!
 
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AlTonya Washington has been a published romance novelist for 10 years. In 2013, her Harlequin Kimani novel "His Texas Touch" won the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Series Romance of 2012. In addition to being an author, AlTonya also works as a college Reference Librarian. Writing as T. Onyx, AlTonya released her latest erotica "Ravenous: Ruler of Perfection II" in 2013. Her newest title with Harlequin Kimani is "Provocative Passion" nominated for an AMB Ovation Award for Outstanding Interracial Romance and the sequel to the January 2013 release "Provocative Territory". In November she will release "A Lover's Debt", the 17th title in the Ramsey Tesano saga.
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Huron Base has a name synonymous with power and intimidation. He’s made no apologies for doing what’s been necessary to survive a life rooted in poverty and pain. Endeavors drenched in blood and marked with bone have become his trademark in spite of his desire to be more-to be better. When he meets troubleshooter, Kamari Grade that desire receives the spark it’s been waiting on. It’s the spark that motivates Huron to once again strive to rise above his circumstances and at last become the better man he wants to be. Change however, has its consequences...and its dangers. Many of Huron’s associates aren’t so supportive of his new found...desires. They are especially wary of his new found love. Kamari is a recognizable force in her field-one that keeps her too enmeshed in the circles of law enforcement that Huron’s associates strive to avoid. Huron knows that Kam doesn’t care who he was, only who he is- the man she loves. Still, he won’t allow that to blind him to what has to be done-the steps that must be taken to keep the woman he loves from becoming a casualty in a war between new enemies.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Curse of the Prometheus Excerpt and Book Review


How do you fight a god of light who has been seduced by darkness? That’s the challenge Medea Keres must meet. Posing as a wealthy young heiress in modern day Atlanta, no one knows she is the original Medea, the sorceress from ancient Greek legends.

As priestess of the witch goddess Hecate, Medea is charged with hunting demons that would otherwise overrun the world. Now she must face a far greater adversary. One of the twelve shining Olympian gods has turned rogue, violating the edict against human sacrifice. As the body count quickly rises, Medea knows her enemy is getting stronger.

With the help of the underworld nymph Orphne and the hero-god Heracles, she must find a way to unmask the evil so that the other Olympians will take action.

But as she probes deeper into a blood-soaked labyrinth of suspense and intrigue, Medea finds a net of deceit and treachery that will require all of her cunning to escape.
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I’d gone about ten yards when the first scream stopped me in mid-stride. It was definitely not an errant animal call. The second scream was more high-pitched. A scream of pain.
A man’s scream.

I tore off the high heels, clutching them in the same hand as my phone while awkwardly trying to keep my wrap from flying off with the other. My purse banged against my hip repeatedly as I raced up the path.

Annoying as it was, I remembered the dagger in there and was slightly reassured.

The chilly pavement froze my feet. I shoved the discomfort to the back of my mind. I could hear more noise. Animal snarls rose and fell ominously. Big cats. What made it more ominous was that I could tell the sounds were not anger.

Those cats were terrified.

If there were any lights around the enclosure they were off now, but the ambient glow from elsewhere in the zoo let me see dimly inside as I ran up to the fence.

As my eyes adjusted I could easily make out the leopards. They were crouched in a corner of the display. It was a decent-sized enclosure, with several large rocks and trees. There was a safety moat between the fence I was leaning over and the area where the leopards prowled.

“Paul!” I screamed. Was he around here somewhere? And who the hell was with him? A woman, if I could believe his last exclamation, but what woman?

Could it be Lyn?

I stepped on something hard and winced. I looked down and saw a faint glow.
A cell phone. I picked it up. The display showed my name and number. It was Paul’s.
Other footsteps were clattering along the path. I saw a large flashlight bobbing wildly. I quickly jammed the cell phone into my purse. I didn’t want anyone knowing I’d been talking with him until I found out what was going on.

“Who’s up here?” A rough voice demanded.

“Hurry! There’s something wrong here!” I screamed. A second later two men, both in security uniforms, were at my side.

“What is it, ma’am?” the older of the two men asked. He seemed to be pretty winded from his sprint so I turned to the younger man.

“Something’s wrong. I was on the phone with a friend of mine who came past here and saw the leopards. They’re not supposed to be out in cold weather.”

“Someone heard screaming up here,” the younger man said severely.

“I heard it too,” I confirmed. “I ran up here but I didn’t see anyone on the way up. I’m sure it was a man screaming. I think it might have been my friend. Please help me find him!”

I’d already decided that acting the part of the defenseless, needy woman would probably get me more points with these two. Never mind that I’d been about to conjure half a dozen fireballs to light the area for my own search. Let the guards search it for me.

The older man turned his flashlight into the leopard enclosure, and a second later the other one did too. They made quick, methodical sweeps of the display.

A lot of good that will do, I thought crossly as I slipped my shoes back on. We already know the damn leopards are in there when they’re not supposed to be.

It turned out they had the right idea. The cats were still crouched in the corner, hissing and growling. But they were not alone.

A body was lying on the other side of the display. I’d mistaken it for a shadow cast by one of the larger rocks. The body was face down, but it was definitely a man. A large man with reddish-blond hair. I didn’t even bother getting my hopes up.

The dark pool that was rapidly spreading out from under him was the last answer I would get from Paul Kirkpatrick.

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Medea Keres leads a rather normal life, at least that's what she'd like everyone to believe. To her neighbors, she's a wealthy young woman who travels all over consulting various charities. In reality, she's a demon hunter, several millennia old. She hunts the demons here on earth, destroys them, and sends a report to Hectate, the queen of witches in Hades.  Little does she know, something far more sinister is going on in her own backyard. Will she be able to keep the people in her town safe? Will she be able to save earth from the curse of the Prometheus?

This was a fantastic novel.  It had a little bit of everything. The imagery was amazing, you can easily visualize every scene and it had lots of fast paced action.  My favorite thing about this book was the mix of Greek mythology with fantasy. It kept me at the edge of my seat and was one story I hated to see it end. I also liked the fact that even though Medea was just a witch she was a formidable opponent for Dionysus. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I really hope this story is the beginning of a wonderful series.
About the Author:
Morgan St. Knight live in Atlanta, and is a lifelong student of mythology, the occult, and comparative religion. With more than 25 years of experience as a journalist, Morgan enjoys the occasional foray into fantasyland to escape the grim realities of life. He is currently working on the sequel to "Curse of Prometheus" and is developing a second paranormal series which also takes place in the South.
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