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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Top Ten Items You Need to Survive the End of the World: A Post-Apocalyptic Checklist by Jeremiah Franklin





1. Water. Once the grid goes down, basic services like water treatment facilities are going to shut down as well. Without drinkable water, it takes only a few days before your kidneys and other vital internal organs begin to fail, and no more than a week before you are dead. In an apocalyptic scenario like Dark Tomorrow: Cult of the Crow, having access to clean water is absolutely the difference between life and death.

2. Shotgun. When the SHTF, people are going to panic, and panic leads to chaos, and chaos leads to violence. You can have access to all of the potable water left on the planet, but it will do you no good if you can’t defend what is yours. Other weapons might do the job, but few firearms beat a 12-gauge Mossberg 500 when it comes to close-quarters combat and home defense. 

3. Ammunition. The shotgun’s no good without ammo. Some quality 00 buckshot cartridges and a steady trigger-finger should get the job done.

4. Knife. Quite possibly the most useful tool in any survival scenario, a knife can be used for a variety of needs, including shelter construction, hunting, food preparation, and self-defence. Not to mention that pretty much everyone looks badass with a foot-long bowie knife hanging from their hip.

5. Food. A person can live for up to three weeks without food, but in a chaotic, post-apocalyptic scenario, you are going to need to be at the top of your game, and you will definitely want to secure food as soon as possible. 

6. Fire-Starter. Whether it’s a lighter, matches, or steel wool and a 9-volt battery, you are going to need a method to build a fire. Fire not only will serve to cook food and deliver light as needed, it will also provide much needed warmth and comfort when every single night is a challenge to stay alive. 

7. First-Aid Kit. When you have psychotic survivors like the Cult of the Crow roaming the streets, killing for fun, it’s good to have some medical supplies hanging around.

8. Cord/Rope. Use it to climb, build shelters, make traps, and subdue enemies as needed. A long-term survival necessity.

9. Bolt-Cutters. Sometimes the difference between life and death can be something as simple as a padlock barring your path. When others are locked out, use the bolt cutters to access abandoned buildings and investigate once off-limit areas that may give you a survival advantage.

10. Backpack.  At the end of the world, only those who can quickly move and adapt to new surrounding are going to survive. Whether you call it a bug-out bag, survival pack, or whatever, when it’s time to get mobile, you’ll need something on your back to carry your gear. 




Dark Tomorrow 2: Cult of the Crow
Dark Tomorrow
Book Two
Jeremiah Franklin
                                              
Genre: Science Fiction/Post-apocalyptic
                                     
Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: November 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-948671-95-8
ASIN: B07W4XJSSB

Number of pages: 304

Cover Artist: Danielle Doolittle

Book Description:

Kill or be killed is the new normal for Sawyer, Sara, and the survivors of the deadly virus that has all but annihilated the human race.

With the death of Sara’s father and the disappearance of the strange boy known as Mason, the teens are left reeling, but alongside the enigmatic ex-Marine, Edward, they soon forge an alliance with a collection of young survivors led by the sage and charismatic Kai.

Nevertheless, when their new companions begin to mysteriously disappear, the group is once again thrown into a desperate struggle for survival, where only the most cunning and relentless will prevail.

Ultimately, among whispers of top-secret military bunkers, lost gold, and a shadowy group known as the Cult of the Crow, Sawyer and Sara must face the grim realization that death and betrayal lurks in every corner, and when it comes to the end of the world--nothing is what it seems.

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Excerpt:

Sawyer leveled the shotgun at the nearest set of bushes, but just as he was about to begin the countdown, there was the faintest sound of a gun cocking, and suddenly the thick brush ahead of him erupted in a hail of gunfire. Sawyer had once heard his father say that sometimes in war all you can hope for is to “return fire and pray,” but with bullets flying only inches past his body, there was no time to talk with God. Instead, he dropped to one knee and squeezed the trigger as fast as he could, pumping three rounds of double-zero buckshot into the brush.

He heard a shriek of pain and a low groan as the last round of buckshot tore through the bushes, but there was no time to breathe easy. The boy looked back at the cliff behind him and grit his teeth. There was no question that Sawyer had been born with luck on his side, but even he knew that he could not hope to survive another volley of gunshots at such close range. He could hear movement in the brush, and with only one bad option left on the table, Sawyer emptied the last three rounds from the shotgun into the bushes, swallowed hard, and leapt off the edge of the cliff.

About the Author:

Jeremiah Franklin is a former private investigator, arm-chair survivalist, and author of the Dark Tomorrow trilogy. When he is not creating thrilling post-apocalyptic worlds, or discussing himself in the third person, the author enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and several other certifications that no one really cares about. He lives, writes, and plays in beautiful central Oregon, USA.









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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

New Release - Dark Tomorrow 2: Cult of the Crow by Jeremiah Franklin

**** Kill or be killed is the new normal for Sawyer, Sara, and the survivors of the deadly virus that has all but annihilated the human race. ****



Dark Tomorrow 2: Cult of the Crow
Dark Tomorrow
Book Two
Jeremiah Franklin
                                              
Genre: Science Fiction/Post-apocalyptic
                                     
Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: November 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-948671-95-8
ASIN: B07W4XJSSB

Number of pages: 304

Cover Artist: Danielle Doolittle

Book Description:

Kill or be killed is the new normal for Sawyer, Sara, and the survivors of the deadly virus that has all but annihilated the human race.

With the death of Sara’s father and the disappearance of the strange boy known as Mason, the teens are left reeling, but alongside the enigmatic ex-Marine, Edward, they soon forge an alliance with a collection of young survivors led by the sage and charismatic Kai.

Nevertheless, when their new companions begin to mysteriously disappear, the group is once again thrown into a desperate struggle for survival, where only the most cunning and relentless will prevail.

Ultimately, among whispers of top-secret military bunkers, lost gold, and a shadowy group known as the Cult of the Crow, Sawyer and Sara must face the grim realization that death and betrayal lurks in every corner, and when it comes to the end of the world--nothing is what it seems.

Amazon     iBooks


About the Author:

Jeremiah Franklin is a former private investigator, arm-chair survivalist, and author of the Dark Tomorrow trilogy. When he is not creating thrilling post-apocalyptic worlds, or discussing himself in the third person, the author enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and several other certifications that no one really cares about. He lives, writes, and plays in beautiful central Oregon, USA.







Monday, November 11, 2019

Her Majesty’s Fury by Stephanie Mirro


Her Majesty’s Fury

Immortal Relics

Book 2         

Stephanie Mirro

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Tannhauser Press

Date of Publication: Oct. 24, 2019

ISBN: 978-1945994487
ASIN: B07YJ6RNFZ

Number of pages: 311
Word Count: 74060

Cover Artist: TS95Studios

Book Description:

When you're working with the Roman god of chaos, things can always get worse.

Bacchae, the supernatural creatures that spawned vampire lore, are real. For the last several thousand years, they’ve kept to the shadows. UNTIL NOW.

When the worst and most powerful of the Bacchae murders someone she loves, graduate student Serafina Finch, now aided by the ancient god Bacchus, sets out on a journey in search of new allies. They must act quickly before Danae, the Bacchae witch claiming to be Queen, figures out a way to restore the Bacchae to their full powers.

Sera is hellbent on killing Danae before she devastates the mortal world, and it becomes a race against time when the queen reveals her own dark alliances. Sera thinks things can’t get any worse, but when you're working with the Roman god of chaos, things can always get worse.

“Bacchus created us in his image—chaos. And chaos is what we will give them.”

HER MAJESTY'S FURY is the second book in the Immortal Relics series, a New Adult Urban Fantasy adventure. Fans of Deborah Harkness, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Roman mythology will love this blend of magic, mayhem, and wry humor.

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EXCERPT 3:

A few hours later, as sunlight started to drift up over the horizon, a soft scratching sound came from the back door. Renee was still sleeping, so Sera set her cup of coffee on the kitchen table before approaching the door. She pulled the blinds back. A small, dark-skinned boy, who might have been in his early teens, stared back at her.
She gave him a questioning look.
Let us in, let us in, or we’ll blow your house down, a snickering voice echoed around her head.
Who are you? she sent her thought back.
Ah! So the rumors of your Gift are true. Your canine friend talked of a fight? We’re in. She could almost see the grinning smile in the shadows of her mind.
You didn’t answer my question, she said.
I am Eshu. So matter-of-fact, so not what she was looking for.

Sera muttered under her breath. Damn gods.


About the Author:

Stephanie Mirro's lifelong love of ancient mythology led to majoring in the Classics in college, which wasn't quite as much fun as writing her own mythology stories as she did as a child. But that education, combined with an overactive imagination and being an avid fantasy reader, resulted in a writing career.

Starting her days with coffee and ending them with wine means Stephanie can usually be found juggling household chores, keeping the kids alive, and trying to write, edit, publish, and market the stories that haunt her dreams.

Born and raised in Southern Arizona, Stephanie now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two kids, and two furbabies. This thing called “seasons” is still magical.










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Down Salem Way: Prequel to Loving Husband Trilogy by Meredith Allard




Down Salem Way
Prequel to Loving Husband Trilogy
Meredith Allard
                                                                       
Genre: historical/paranormal/sweet romance
                      
Publisher: Copperfield Press

Date of Publication: 6/25/2019

ISBN: paperback 978-0578500645

ASIN: B07QPBFYRP

Number of pages: 336
Word Count: 93,000

Cover Artist: LFD Designs

Book Description:

How would you deal with the madness of the Salem witch hunts?

In 1690, James Wentworth arrives in Salem in the Massachusetts Bay Colony with his father, John, hoping to continue the success of John’s mercantile business. While in Salem, James falls in love with Elizabeth Jones, a farmer’s daughter. Though they are virtually strangers when they marry, the love between James and Elizabeth grows quickly into a passion that will transcend time.

But something evil lurks down Salem way. Soon many in Salem, town and village, are accused of practicing witchcraft and sending their shapes to harm others. Despite the madness surrounding them, James and Elizabeth are determined to continue the peaceful, loving life they have created together. Will their love for one another carry them through the most difficult challenge of all?

Down Salem Way is the long-awaited prequel to the bestselling paranormal historical Loving Husband Trilogy.





Excerpt:

“Would you like a lesson?” I asked.
“Aye,” Lizzie said. “Thank you.”           
Lizzie has progressed well in her reading. And quickly too. I believe our nightly lessons help bond us more quickly than we might have otherwise since our readings prompt long discussions where we learn much about each other. After we read the rest of the passage together, I did the impossible: I cajoled my wife into reading aloud on her own.
“No one has such a lovely voice as you,” I said.
Lizzie laughed. “You think your sweet tongue will persuade me to read alone? When you are such a learned man?” She turned away, her cheeks flushed.
“But you know how I love listening to you speak. Tis like hearing a serenata by Alessandro Stradella.”
“Who?”
I reached for our favorite volume of poetry. “Tis time, Lizzie. Read to me.”
Lizzie turned the book in her hands, over and over. Finally, she nodded. She tentatively opened the book. “What would you like to hear?”
“You know.”
Lizzie’s smile rivals the brightest sunshine. She opened to the page, exhaled, and read, haltingly, with pauses, some from a struggle to sound out or recall the words, some from embarrassment that she read alone. After the first two lines, her voice grew in confidence.
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
Lizzie closed the book. “Tis true, you know.”
“What is?” I asked.
“This poem, To My Dear and Loving Husband. Tis as though everything I feel for you has been written here, by this woman, a magistrate’s wife I’ll never meet. You are…” Lizzie blushed, hot along her jaw. I touched her cheek and lifted her head so I could see into her eyes. “If ever man were loved by wife, then thee. That is how…”
“Tis all right, Lizzie. You can tell me anything.”
“That is how I feel about you. You are my dear and loving husband, James Wentworth.”
I knelt before Lizzie, pressing her hand to my lips.
“I knew the moment I saw you over the supper table that you were the one for me. I cannot imagine waking up every morning for the rest of my life without looking into your beautiful eyes. I cannot imagine walking through this world without knowing that you were here waiting for me. I cannot imagine having the strength to breathe without you. You are my dear and loving wife, Elizabeth Wentworth. And I love you. I shall never leave you. Ever.”
            I swept my wife into my arms and carried her away.


About the Author:
            
Meredith Allard is the author of the bestselling paranormal historical love story The Loving Husband Trilogy and the sweet Victorian romance When It Rained at Hembry Castle, named a best historical novel of 2016 by IndieReader. Meredith's latest release is Down Salem Way, the long-awaited prequel to The Loving Husband Trilogy set around the Salem witch hunts. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Release Day Blitz Keeping Christmas by Shanna Hatfield


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Keeping Christmas
Rodeo Romance Series
Book Seven
Shanna Hatfield
                  
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Western / Sweet Romance

Publisher: Shanna Hatfield

Date of Publication: November 7, 2019

ASIN: B07WSRSGQZ

Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 104,000

Cover Artist: Shanna Hatfield

A promise made is a promise he’ll keep
Even if it costs him the woman he loves. . .

Book Description:

Professional bareback rider Gage Taggart can almost taste the world championship title he’s spent all year pursuing. When an unexpected injury sidelines him, he heads to his best friend Trevor’s home to recuperate.

Little by little, he finds himself completely smitten with Trevor’s beautiful sister. But he’s up against a formidable opponent: brotherly concern. Reluctantly, Gage vows to leave Tally alone to keep from breaking her heart when he heads back out on the road.

Tally King thrives on her work as a nurse, until she ends up caring for her injured brother and his best friend on the family ranch. Between the two stubborn men determined to prove how tough they and the unpredictable antics of her loony aunt Marvella, Tally feels like her life is spiraling out of control. Or maybe it’s due to falling head over heels in love with Gage despite concerns he’ll leave her heart in broken pieces.


An uplifting, sweet romance full of humor and hope, Keeping Christmas follows an unlikely couple as they discover the magic of Christmas and the wonder of true love.




Excerpt:
There was no way on earth or beyond she was going behind the chutes. The last time she’d done that had cured her on rodeos and rodeo cowboys for life. She had no intention of repeating the experience. The very thought of going back there left her thoroughly disturbed.
She sent a text to Gage, telling him to meet her near the ticket booth. It was only after she hit send that she realized she should have mentioned she was the one there, not Trevor.
Gage would figure it out soon enough, she supposed.
She leaned against the corner of the ticket booth, out of the way, and watched the faces of those coming and going. Through the crowd, she caught a glimpse of a face that looked familiar as a cowboy jogged her way.
Tally sucked in a gulp of air, unprepared for how much Gage had changed since she’d last seen him in person. The boy she’d had a crush on had morphed into a very handsome man. His dark brown hair was shorter, his shoulders broader, his body a finely-tuned machine of muscle. She noticed a scar on his right cheek that hadn’t been there before, yet it only added to his rugged appeal.
But his eyes were the same magnificent shade of blue, and his lips still appeared incredibly kissable. When he looked at a little girl wearing a pink tutu over her denim overalls, his grin kicked up the left side of his mouth just as she remembered.
He didn’t appear to have gotten taller than his already six-foot height, but he looked stronger and more capable than he had all those years ago.
Tally noticed several women eyeing him as he made his way through the crowd. He didn’t even seem to notice them as he scanned the faces, no doubt searching for her brother. She stepped away from the ticket booth and headed toward him.
She tried to catch his eye, but he looked right past her, as though she didn’t exist. Not that it surprised her. Guys like Gage weren’t interested in girls like her — girls who would never be mistaken for a model, had brains in their heads, and held to an unyielding set of morals.
Nope. There was nothing about her that would be of the slightest interest to a cowboy like Gage.
Tally waited until she was standing directly behind him to tap him on the shoulder.
“Gage Taggart,” she said in a voice she used to subdue unruly patients. He jerked and turned around to stare at her.
She could see him struggling to pull her identity from his memories. Insulted he hadn’t yet figured out who she was, someone jostled into her and she bumped against Gage. Something electric and completely unexpected arced between the two of them. Tally wanted no part of whatever it was and moved back.
Eager to get the torturous errand over with, she held the gear bag out to him. “Trevor sent me with this.”
“Where’s Trev?” Gage asked, taking the bag and looking around like her brother might suddenly materialize. “Who was I texting a minute ago if it wasn’t him?”
“That would be me. I’m sure you don’t remember, but I’m Trevor’s sister.”
“Tally? You’re little Tally?” He held his hand down near his waist, indicating the height he thought she should be.
She nodded and Gage broke into a wide grin.
“You were always such a cute kid with those big gray eyes, sturdy little legs, and chubby cheeks.” He reached out and playfully pinched her cheek. “You haven’t changed a bit. Aren’t you like, fifteen, maybe sixteen?”

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.











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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Rewind Tour- Dark Tomorrow: Rise of the Crow by Jeremiah Franklin



Are you currently binge watching anything on Netflix, Hulu (or elsewhere)? What keeps you glued to the screen?

Right now, I’m deep in the middle of editing the third book in the Dark Tomorrow trilogy, Fall of the Crow, so unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of binge watching much of anything. However, I absolutely loved Game of Thrones (both the books and the series) and thought that it was truly groundbreaking television. Just last summer I started watching The Walking Dead (which a lot of people compare my books to) and I thought the first few seasons were really good. However, at some point I felt that the show was getting a bit redundant and I haven’t watched much of it lately.

Do you prefer movies or TV series?

I’m definitely a cinephile, but many of the recent binge-worthy television series have such high production values (like GOT) that I think the lines between television and film are blurred. At this point, I think it can be argued that some of the best television series rival anything Hollywood puts out in terms of overall quality.

When it comes to reading do you prefer standalones or series?

I do enjoy standalone books, but there’s nothing like immersing yourself in a series of novels. I think it gives the reader a chance to dive deep into the story and to get to know the characters and story unlike a standalone book. In my own case, I wrote the Dark Tomorrow series as a trilogy because I felt that it was important for readers to see the characters mature and grow as they fight to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Do you prefer to start new book series when the first book is released or do you want for a several books in the series to be released so you can binge read?

I think it depends on the series, but I’ve never had a problem starting from the first book and then waiting until the next in the series is released. Just like with movie sequels, there’s something about the waiting process that is exciting, and for some of us, finally getting that next book in the series is quite often worth the wait. I can’t speak for everyone, but I do know that many of the people who read my first book are eagerly awaiting the release of the next chapter, Dark Tomorrow II: Cult of the Crow (which comes out next week) and I’m hopeful they won’t be disappointed!

What are some of your hobbies, interests or guilty pleasures?

I live in Bend, Oregon, so most of my free time is spent outdoors enjoying the beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains of central Oregon. In the summer and fall, you can usually find me hiking the local trails, or maybe kayaking or floating the Deschutes River. However, in the winter and spring, I am especially fortunate to be able to snowboard about 50 days a season. There’s really nothing like a good powder day on the mountain—and when I’m not busy writing or reading, I try to enjoy the slopes as much as possible.

What's your guilty “nerd” pleasure ?

Ever since I was kid, I’ve always been a huge Star Wars fan. I’ve seen every movie—some of them a dozen times or more—but unlike a lot of the more hard-core fans out there, I try to simply enjoy the films and not tear them down or over-analyze every little facet of the story. In my opinion, sometimes the best way to enjoy something is not to take it too seriously, and to simply enjoy the ride.

Have you ever peeked at the ending of a book?

Never. I’m the type of person who likes surprises and I feel like reading the last page of a book is like unwrapping your presents the day before Christmas—it’s just not my style.

When it comes to your own writing are you a plotter or a pantster?


To be honest, I’ve utilized both styles and would even go so far as to label myself something of a plotter/pantster hybrid. There are some definite advantages to plotting out a story, but I also like the idea of writing-by-the-seat-of-my-pants and putting down whatever comes to mind. I feel like being a pantster works especially well when writing dialogue and can lead to some truly authentic interactions between characters. At the same time, if you are trying to write a cohesive and connected three book series like Dark Tomorrow, I think it would be difficult without giving some serious thought to the plot, and how it connects the story from chapter to chapter.

Dark Tomorrow: Rise of the Crow
Dark Tomorrow
Book One    
Jeremiah Franklin
           
Genre: Science Fiction/Post-apocalyptic

Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: September 18, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-948671-05-7
ASIN: B07FYWCKCY

Number of pages: 306

Cover Artist: Danielle Doolittle

Tagline: The only thing deadlier than the virus decimating everything in its path is the love he feels for her.

Book Description:            

When a deadly virus decimates the majority of Earth's population, 16-year-old Sawyer Bradshaw finds he is both immune and alone in a world that has descended into violent chaos. Armed with only his estranged father's shotgun, and an unrelenting desire to stay alive, Sawyer discovers that he not only has an uncanny knack for cheating death, but also for taking lives.

Still, it is not long before he meets his match in a fierce and cunning teenage girl named Sara and by her side Sawyer emerges as more than just a natural-born killer, but also as a leader among men.

Nevertheless, as quick as the young survivors fall desperately in love, they find themselves caught up in a series of conspiracies and twisted struggles for power, and they soon realize that more often than not, love, betrayal, and death, tend to walk hand in hand.


Excerpt:
The truth was that the fall of humankind had been nothing like the boy had been told it would be, and in some peculiar yet uniquely teenage way, he felt as if he had been cheated. His generation had been conditioned from birth to expect the spectacular, to always presume the fantastic, but Armageddon had not come with a brilliant flash or the blockbuster finale. The machines had not taken over. There had been no zombie outbreak, no hostile alien invasion. There had been no global thermonuclear war, no doomsday meteor, no Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In reality, the final days had been nothing like Hollywood had promised him they would be, and as the boy looked over the burned-out homes and the piles of garbage that would hopefully contain his next meal, he knew firsthand that the end of the world had been anything but spectacular.

About the Author:

Jeremiah Franklin is a former private investigator, arm-chair survivalist, and author of the Dark Tomorrow trilogy. When he is not creating thrilling post-apocalyptic worlds, or discussing himself in the third person, the author enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and several other certifications that no one really cares about. He lives, writes, and plays in beautiful central Oregon, USA.






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