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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pre-Order Pumpkins and Party Themes: 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life



Pumpkins and Party Themes
50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life
By Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse 

Release Date: August 4, 2020

ISBN-10: 1510751165

ISBN-13: 978-1510751163

Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let's get literary, and more!

With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!


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The Dark Awakening by D.L. Blade #YAParanormal



Character Interview with Mercy

Interviewer: You just found out that you’re not only a witch, but you’re also a vampire hunter, and the universal element, Spirit. What was going through your mind after Caleb shared with you that secret?

Mercy: Thanks for having me. Of course, naturally, I was terrified. It was a lot to take in. Here, I have someone who had just recently chased me through a forest, keeping me trapped in my own room, but he’s sharing with me that I was sent to earth to destroy vampires. 
Vampires! 

I didn’t even know they existed in our world. However, I did feel that power growing up, but learning why it was taken from me, and from whom, was the most heartbreaking news of all. I had to accept my destiny, accept the power that I held, and learn to control and use it. 

It didn’t make things easier to know that there was more to my past that was hidden from me. Like, for instance, the fact I was born in 1674, and the town of Salem hanged me at the Gallows. 

I won’t allow anyone to hurt the ones I love, so I will move forward, grow in this power, and fight until every last one of those bloodsucking demons are sent back to Hell.  



The Dark Awakening

The Chosen Coven

Book One

D.L. Blade



Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Fifth Element Publishing

Date of Publication: October 2nd, 2018

ISBN: 9780578416458
ASIN: B07G22WH8H
Number of pages: 252
Word Count: 69,000

Cover Artist: Redbird Designs

Tagline: Darkness is coming, and she’s their last hope

Book Description:

She's stalked, hunted, and a villainous vampire desires her blood.

Mercy’s life is anything but ordinary. A stalker lurks in the shadows, and a man rescues her from a life-threatening car accident, but vanishes right before her eyes.
But this man who she thought was a hallucination, tracks her down at a nearby cove, and claims they were once in love from another time. Another century.

Mercy has no memory of this world he shares, and instinctively doesn’t trust him.
He also reveals to her a life-changing secret—she’s a powerful witch, vampires are real, and she's destined to destroy them.

Mercy finds herself dragged into a centuries-old battle against the undead, and a sadistic vampire leader has set his sights on her. And he will stop at nothing until he claims Mercy as his own.

She and her coven won’t go down without a fight. She needs to discover the truth about her past, and the power she holds, before it’s too late.


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EXCERPT 2

They were there in the shadows again. This was the third time this week I had thought someone was watching me.
The last few weeks, I’d heard the rustling of leaves and the crackling sound of old fallen branches beneath someone’s feet, or the hairs at the back of my neck would stand straight because I knew someone stood silently behind me. Last night wasn’t any different. I exited my car after an exhausting day at work and heard what sounded like a low, deep exhale coming from the forest next to Lily’s house. I swiftly turned around, fumbling with the flashlight on my phone, but when the light pierced the darkness, the sound stopped.
Tonight, it was a silhouette behind my aunt Lily’s fence in the backyard. It wasn’t someone walking by with their dog or a neighbor taking out their trash. They were standing there, staring, as I walked to the sink to rinse my dinner bowl. I wasn’t going to tell her again. She’d just tell me what she’d told me last time I brought it up. She’d say I was just seeing things and that it was normal to feel this way after trauma.
“Your turn, Mercy,” Lily said. Her voice pulled my gaze from the window.
“I’m coming,” I said, taking one last glance toward the silhouette.
They were gone. 

About the Author:


D.L. Blade grew up in southern California, but relocated to Colorado with her family in 2014.

She always loved writing, concentrating on poetry rather than prose when she was younger. That changed however, when she had a dream one night and decided to create a story about it.

In her spare time, D.L. enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including reading, attending rock concerts and volunteering at local animal shelters where she can indulge in her passion for all forms of life.

In the future, D.L. hopes that she can continue to write exciting novels that will captivate her readers and bring them into the worlds that she creates using her imagination.















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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Release Day Blitz Altered Helix by Stephanie Hansen #YASciFi



Altered Helix
Altered Helix Series
Book One
Stephanie Hansen

Genre: YA science fantasy - Novella
Publisher: Hypothesis Books
Date of Publication: 5/19/20
ASIN: B087X9X2JZ
Number of pages: 176
Word Count: 35,000
Cover Artist: inkE Cover Design

Tagline: Some dangers come barreling at you like a freight train. Others slide right under your nose without being noticed.



Book Description:



I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too?


The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria's life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger.

Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good.


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Excerpt:
As I walk through the hallway to the living room, it’s disturbingly silent.  I don’t hear my mother’s fingers brilliantly strumming piano keys. The Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon by Lang Lang, music sheets are strewn chaotically about the room. I close my eyes and focus on my mother’s energy. A vision of her on the bench in the garden under the pergola comes to mind.

I leap the stepping-stones, skipping every other. Blue hydrangeas and orange daffodils blur by me. As I approach, I notice the yellow roses are in full blossom, their smell fresh as the tide rolling in. My mother’s holding a picture in her hands. When she looks up, I see tear streaks on her cheeks. I sit down and put an arm around her. She’s holding the last photo we took as a family. My eyes zero in on a male, mirror image of myself, my father. I was fourteen then; now I’m seventeen and graduated early. I wish he could’ve been there to see it. Mother should be holding a photo of my graduation day with all of us in it, smiling.

I squeeze her shoulder as my throat constricts in pain. Without looking up, I can feel my mother’s eyes turn to me. I close my eyes and place my wrists on my knees. I begin playing the piece thrown from the stand in our living room by heart, moving my fingers to the rhythm and placing them where the notes should be. She squeezes my shoulder in return.

Walking to the house, she stops and points at the tire swing, offering an aching smile. I hold her hand as the visualization takes me. My father’s pushing me at the age of four, and I feel like I’m on one of the roller coasters we drive by on Route 435. One of the old ones with only a handlebar for safety, no seatbelts. At the top, my stomach floats up, and the view down becomes daunting. The velocity forces me to squeal. I can still picture his smile seeing me enjoy the ride. In the excitement, I let go to raise my hands in glee. I still remember the way his face turned from elation to horror. He moved faster than I could imagine and caught me before I met my imminent doom.


About the Author:

Stephanie Hansen's short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She's part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She’s a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.









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Kindle Free Book Blitz: The Power of Your Past and the True Calling of Your Soul! by Angelika Schulze



The Power of Your Past and the True Calling of Your Soul!
Angelika Schulze

Genre: Self-Help

Publisher: Angelika Schulze
Date of Publication: 03.05.2020
Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 24.725

Cover Artist: Angelika Schulze

Tagline: Become aware of your full potential

Book Description:

Yes, You Can Overcome The Demons Of The Past And Lead A Fulfilled, Happy Life - This Book Will Show You How!

Take a deep breath and think about your past. What are the first things that come to mind?

Fear? Abuse? Pain? Failure? Trauma?

You might hear your mother threatening to abandon you if you're not good enough.

You might sense your father's anger or see the face of the person who bullied you at school. You might have even more terrifying flashbacks.

But do you know that these traumatic experiences aren't just painful memories?
They continue to shape your life even now.

They make you blind to life-transforming opportunities.

They undermine your relationships with the people you love most. They limit your creative potential and smother your intuition.

Are you doomed now?

NO.

You don't have to be a victim if you don't want to.

You can break free from the demons of your past and live the life you've always wanted.

This life-changing book by Angelika Schulze will show you how to do it.

Each chapter will take you on a journey into the very depths of your mind. You will face your fears and self-limiting beliefs - and this time, you won't let them control you!

This book will empower you to:

•         See your past as your source of strength, not pain
•         Stop sabotaging your own success
•         Open your heart to love yourself and others
•         Recognize and develop your unique potential
•         Cultivate and train your intuition
•         Lead an authentic and fulfilling life
•         Achieve your goals - whatever they are

Each chapter comes with visualizations, practical exercises and mantras - personal transformation has never been so practical and simple!

Are you ready to take your first step towards freedom?

Start on your path to liberate your inner self!




Excerpt:
How often do we get stuck in past situations in which we were hurt? Perhaps we feel exploited, disregarded, neglected, or powerless, which makes us think, whether consciously or unconsciously, that we don’t have power over our own lives and that other people decide our whole lives.
Most of the time, it is precisely these situations where we can discover our strength that is needed to make progress. In this lesson, I will show you how you can leave unconscious victimhood behind and find the strength to take control of your life.

What Does It Mean to Be a Victim?

Victim awareness is when you are currently blaming yourself or someone else for a situation from your past. This can happen subconsciously.
It means that you hand over the responsibility of creating your best life to a past situation or another person - without taking responsibility for yourself.
This is what mainly prevents you from really moving forward in your life.
Because currently, you are giving someone else or a situation power over you.
In the same breath, you also give away your own strength because you are so focused on allocating the blame you are experiencing.
However, you need strength for yourself, and you need the power to live your life to the fullest. It's like someone or a situation is keeping you from doing this - but only because you have handed the power over to them.
There is a wonderful saying that pretty much sums up how we should feel about our past:  "You can forgive, but you don't have to forget."

Why Should You Forgive Someone Who Hurt You?

All of us have experienced things that have hurt us. Every single person has caused hurt and experienced it.
Whether they are women or men or were abused when they were children, they have gone through many different kinds of abuse.
And yet, they hand over this power to their abusers. Even years later, they still haven’t processed what happened and need to find someone to blame.
I’m not just talking about people that have experienced abuse, which is the extreme end of the spectrum.
Many people have been hurt by other things, or they regret what they did in the past.
You’ll forgive this person, not to do them a favor, but to help yourself, find peace and improve your health and emotional wellbeing.
Your forgiveness is for you, and only you!
Know and recognize that this is an important first step. It is all about your happiness. Don’t let anyone take that away. Your emotional wellbeing is the highest form of wealth you can have. When you forgive someone, you do it so you, yourself, can move forward. If you don’t, you allow that person to take away the joy of your present moment. This is why forgiving someone is the first step to leave victimhood behind and take back your strength. This strength will help you find bliss and happiness.


About the Author:

Angelika Schulze is a personal development coach currently based in Sweden. She specializes in teaching self-worth, self-love and holistic self-care.

Angelika grew up in an abusive, dysfunctional family, and experienced several traumatizing events that severely undermined her feeling of self-worth. However, she managed to overcome the victim mentality, restore her self-worth and transform trauma into triumph. Now, she helps others do the same.

She also seeks to empower moms and dads whose traumatic childhoods make parenting a challenge. By overcoming and transforming their own painful childhood experiences, her clients can finally break the intergenerational cycle of toxic parenting and raise happy, self- confident, self-motivated children.

Some of Angelika's favorite techniques include meditation, visualization, chakra healing, and mindful self-exploration. By combining these techniques into well-rounded self-healing programs, she has already helped countless people reconnect with their true selves, rebuild their self-worth, break free from limiting beliefs and transform their lives.






Thursday, May 14, 2020

Spawn of the Cataclysm by Robert Hoppensteadt


Spawn of the Cataclysm
Robert Hoppensteadt

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Adventure

Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Date of Publication: March 2. 2020
ISBN:  979-8620552344
ASIN:  B085DN3K5V

Number of pages: Print 227; Kindle 194
Word Count: 70K

Book Description:

Humans carelessly wielded their power to create new things, a power that far outpaced their understanding.  It was only a matter of time until something went terribly wrong.  Something did. 

Technology has been erased for millenniums, monsters spawned at the end of a world infest the forests and seas, and a new civilization has slowly risen from the long darkness. In sight of the looming ruins of what was once called San Francisco there is an evil growing. 

The people of New Gate are about to face their greatest challenge. 


Excerpt Chapter One

“We didn’t create the virus, it lived in the wild. We found it when Howler monkeys began starving to death even though they stripped every local crop in the area. The virus triggered their metabolism to speed up ... we were paid by the Defense Department to develop an offensive application, said we could keep exclusive rights to all its commercial uses if we delivered. It could have changed the way we grow food but they pushed us. It wasn’t ready to test, and when the earthquake hit… is out now. The death toll will be on their heads. And ours.”

Translated from the Cataclysm


Rik Arrowen leaned over the gunwale, his gaze following dancing green shafts of sunlight that plunged into the depths. He strained his eyes, thought he saw movement.  A huge shadow drifted slowly below the light. He knew the creature they Hunted was down there, a hungry thing that lurked unseen.
“It is here,” he muttered.
A school of silver fish darted upward, their bodies flashed like a thousand mirrors. Rik’s heart jumped in the instant before a sail-sized fin, jagged and scarred, cut slowly into the green twilight before receding back into the murk. He had no time to catch his breath, or shout a warning, when the great misshapen spawn rose fast and straight into the light, its gaping jaws filled with teeth. The thing ignored the weighted haunch of bloody meat they had drawn it in with, and hit the wooden galley on the port side with enough force to knock four Hunters into the bay.
As the hull rocked, the water turned red and raw screams filled the air.

***

“What a beautiful day to be alive.”
The voice blew away Rik’s memory and brought him back to where he stood, high above the countryside on the windy battlement of Stonehaven’s north wall.
“Oh, forgive me,” the voice continued. “Did I startle you?”
Rik did not bother to turn around.
“No, Jerold,” he replied. “I was watching the bay. It’s been six days since we lost those four Hunters to the spawn. I can’t stop hearing their screams as the thing ate them. Nothing we could do. We hit it with five harpoons and it still swam away. On the way down, it swallowed the bait haunch whole, and would have pulled us under if we hadn’t cut the rope.” He paused for a moment. “I have never seen one that big. I hope it has gone back out to sea.”
“May the Mystery welcome them all,” Jerold said. “I don’t often see anyone else up here this time of day. I like the solitude, the view calms me when the Council is crawling up my back about money.”
Rik scanned the horizon. The morning mist had burned away, and the sea breeze held a hint of pine. To the west rose a low range covered with giant redwoods, some of them hundreds of feet tall.  The ridge continued to wind its way from the south, ending in cliffs at the mouth of the bay. The wide channel reflected the blue of the sky, and ripples that ran counter to the waves marked strong currents that carried the tide out to sea. Across the water, the redwoods picked up again and became the great northern forest. Long ago, when the seas were lower, a famed bridge the ancients called Golden Gate stretched above the treacherous waters from shore to shore. Nothing was left of it now but a few worn mounds of concrete piles at each end.
Below the fortress, starting near the base of the hill, the city of New Gate sprouted like a garden. It spread down to the bay, a bright jumble of buildings and spires that tumbled to the busy harbor. There, sailing ships and galleys crowded together, bare masts bobbed within the walls of the breakwater. New Gate was home to almost twenty thousand souls and a passing refuge for a few thousand more at any given time. Now, it was bursting at the seams with wagons and people who could be seen crowding the streets and setting up stalls in the Market Square for the upcoming Equinal Games.
To the east and scattered around the bay were ruins. Most were settled into oddly geometric mounds and small hills covered in green, but in some places, they rose like monstrous patches of black lace from the dense hardwood forests that covered the lowlands around the bay. The largest cluster of these, called Lily’s Bones for reasons nobody could remember, contained broken and crumbling towers so immense that their ragged peaks were sometimes lost in the clouds.


About the Author:



Robert Hoppensteadt lied about his age and started working in Reno when he was fourteen, washing dishes on the late shift at a casino restaurant.  Since then he has been a grunt in the Forest Service, a carpenter, and, after receiving a degree in Information Systems, a recruiter and senior manager.  Now he writes full time.  He has lived on both coasts and several places in between but currently resides in Virginia with his wife and two seriously spoiled and obnoxious cats. 





Bloodlines by M.L.Mastran #paranormalthriller


Bloodlines
Albion Moon Chronicles
Book Two
M.L.Mastran

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Date of Publication: March 13, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-0878-5801-2
ISBN: 978-1-0878-6379-5
Number of pages: 200
Word Count: 70, 528

Cover Artist: Michelle Nelson, Graphic & Interactive Design

Tagline:  The Fight was only the beginning, now its war!

Book Description: 

Evaline and Mason expand their family as an old threat hides in the shadows.  As we dive deeper into the backstory of the MaCowans, we see how it’s all connected to Evaline’s story.  

When the old danger finally resurfaces, it forces Evaline and company to new shores.  Armed with a plan, they soon find out it’s not as simple as they thought.  New revelations about family secrets emerge only to send Evaline into a tailspin.  

As they finally confront the danger, the family must contend with the prospect that they may not survive unless an unknown ally steps in.  Meanwhile, just as the old threat is dealt with, a new, more menacing danger sets its sights on Dunsmuir.

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Excerpt:

She got her keys out of her jacket pocket then exited the home onto the porch. Before going down the steps, she stopped. A shiver coursed through her body; the same feeling as when one was being watched. She peered down the street and saw nothing amiss. Same thing for across and the other side.
Her gut swirled, telling her to turn around. The tree across the street looked different, but she couldn’t quite figure out why. Its leaves and branches stirred in an unnatural way, seeming to dance on their own against the breeze.  Every hair on her body stood up at once. The deep silence bothered her—no crickets chirped, nor owls hooted, and there was no sway of the trees or tall grass; the night was calm. She decided to get the book then go inside. After unlocking the car with her key fob, she opened the car door, stretching her arm over and into the back seat.
“Where are you?” she mumbled.
She didn’t see it moving all around, whatever it was. Given the surrounding movement, undoubtedly it wasn’t just one.  The tree trunks seemed to come alive as the tall grass across the street shifted. Silent like shadows, they moved, staying just enough out of sight. Kristy found the book underneath the front seat.
She got out of the car then scanned nearby her. Nothing. Kristy hurriedly closed the car door and turned toward the porch. She peeked over her shoulder. An involuntary gasp escaped her. Shadows darted toward her. She got to the steps and froze. Her eyes widened, and her heart pounded in her chest. The pit of her stomach churned. Not shadows, animals. She could now hear the low growls from the animals around her. But what were they?
She blinked and, just like that, a man stood in front of her. He wasn’t wearing any clothes and had a gleam shimmering in his eyes.
She wanted to scream, but the man caught her attention.
“Uh uh uh,” he said as he put his finger to his lips and then in one breathe, he whispered, “Shhhhhhh.”
His fingernail was long and black with a slight curve at the tip. The man grinned, with glowing eyes and wild should-length hair, but he had a trimmed beard. A voice inside her head was screaming to run as she frantically looked for an escape. Her adrenaline pumped as she saw a chance to get away and tried to take it but before she could do anything, something grabbed her from behind and clenched her tight, it was difficult to breathe. The man neared and stopped, only inches away.
In a harsh, low tone, he said, “If you struggle, it will take less than a second for him to squeeze the life out of you. Don’t.”

About the Author:


Nothing captures the attention of M.L. Mastran more than writing a good story with amazing characters and a history arc that made the history books. This is the Albion Moon Chronicles in every sense.

On the flip side, M.L. can also journey to another world completely and pull the same elements with fantasy and make the reader yearn for more. Her uncanny ability to blend genres makes her unique to the literary world and an absolute reading joy. From the first moment you open the page, curiosity will pull you in and keep you engrossed in the story as you take the voyage with the characters to different places and times; to experience the events as they unfold.

Whether being told from a one character perspective or several points of view, her stories will unfold in your mind like a movie playing in your head. This is what pushes M.L to write her stories. It’s the thrill of the read and the drive to carry readers away that will make this trip to the literary world of imagination all the sweeter.

M. L. was born in Scranton Pennsylvania but was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, which is also where she currently resides with her husband and son.  Since a young age, she has always had a passion for storytelling.  Anything that was of interest to her she could find a story with however, it was her stories of experiences such as walking in an old cemetery, to riding a roller coaster to walking the lonely isles of an old junk yard that seemed the most precious.

M. L. has an undergraduate degree in Communication but also majored in History, which is what her Master’s Degree is in as well.  She also started on her PHD in History.  This love of history is very evident in most of M. L.’s stories. While studying for both degrees, she wrote numerous works for the academic audience.  Many of which were presented and published for both student and professional audiences, but at home she would continue to dabble with her love of fiction.  It was the challenge of creating a new world and characters that would make for some great stories.  In fact, she found out very quickly, strong characters drive the story and make it worth the journey.










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