Friday, August 18, 2017

Rayden Valkyrie Celebration!

Rayden Valkyrie Celebration
August 16-23, 2017

 Stephen Zimmer
is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), and the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

@SGZimmer

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Heart of a Lion
Rayden Valkyrie. She walks alone, serving no king, emperor, or master. Forged in the fires of tragedy, she has no place she truly calls home.

A deadly warrior wielding both blade and axe, Rayden is the bane of the wicked and corrupt. To many others, she is the most loyal and dedicated of friends, an ally who is unyielding in the most dangerous of circumstances.

The people of the far southern lands she has just aided claim that she has the heart of a lion. For Rayden, a long journey to the lands of the far northern tribes who adopted her as a child beckons, with an ocean lying in between.

Her path will lead her once more into the center of a maelstrom, one involving a rising empire that is said to be making use of the darkest kinds of sorcery to grow its power. Making new friends and discoveries amid tremendous peril, Rayden makes her way to the north.

Monstrous beasts, supernatural powers, and the bloody specter of war have been a part of her world for a long time and this journey will be no different. Rayden chooses the battles that she will fight, whether she takes up the cause of one individual or an entire people.

Both friends and enemies alike will swiftly learn that the people of the far southern lands spoke truly. Rayden Valkyrie has the heart of a lion.


Heart of a Lion is Book One of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy. 




Thunder Horizon

A deadly menace stalks the shadows of the lands to the north, stirring the winds of war. Farther south, the power of the Teveren Empire spreads with every passing day, empowered by dark sorcery. Formidable legions bent on conquest are on the march, slavery and subjugation following in their wake.

Within the rising maelstrom, Rayden Valkyrie has returned to the Gessa, to stand with the tribe that once took her into their care as a child. No amount of jewels or coin can sway her, nor can the great power of her adversaries intimidate her.

With a sword blade in her right hand and axe in her left, Rayden confronts foes both supernatural and of flesh and blood. Horrific revelations and tremendous risks loom; some that will see Rayden's survival in the gravest of peril.

Even if Rayden and the Gessa survive the trials plaguing their lands, the thunder of an even darker storm booms across the far horizon.

Thunder Horizon is the second book in the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.


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Guest Post from Stephen Zimmer:

Struggles and Rewards of Being an Indie Screenwriter/Filmmaker
The independent production path is a difficult one, but it is not one without rewards too. The Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot has certainly been one of the most challenging projects I have ever undertaken, but it has also allowed me to bring the character dearest to me to the screen in an atmosphere where I could protect the integrity of how Rayden Valkyrie is presented.

The main struggle of the indie production path is, without question, a financial one. You have to make a very small amount of money go a long way. Careful decisions have to be made where to allocate dollars, and you have to work to find as much volunteer and in-kind support as possible. 

I have always said that the worst thing that can happen when you ask for help is that someone says no, so it is well-worth asking around to see if you can get help with some production needs. Many individuals are more than willing to lend some help to an indie production they believe in. It may come in the form of a borrowed power generator, or perhaps and RV or ATV for use by the production, or even a discounted rental rate on some gear, but all of it counts and adds up quickly.

Having limited resources means you are also going to wear a lot of hats that you would not wear if you had a larger budget with the ability to hire a full staff and assistants. You will be making all the phone calls, filling out all the forms, writing all the emails, and doing business for multiple departments on a given indie film/tv project. Prepare to be exhausted, as often there are not enough hours in the day. 

By the time you get on set, you might have a few volunteers helping in various capacities, but you have to remember that they are volunteers, not contracted professionals, and you cannot get upset if they do not do the job of a contracted professional who has accountability due to a paycheck. This means that on set you may find yourself picking up cases of bottled water and rolls of toilet paper, right before you meet with your production crew for camera and lighting setup on location for the day. It's not glamorous, it's just a matter of getting done what needs to be done. 

Yet for all the difficulties of indie film, there are a number of rewarding aspects. The creative side is not beyond your control. I didn't have to worry about my Rayden Valkyrie character's casting being an individual I would be dead set against. I didn't have to worry about the look of the character and the story going in directions I did not want them to go. Having a fuller degree of creative control throughout the process, from pre-production through post-production, is a wonderful thing. It is something that authors and screenwriters who have their works turned into major motion pictures do not enjoy.

The integrity of the artistic side of the production is maintained to a much great degree in an indie film/tv setting. True, this aspect can be for better or for worse, but the vision of the project is carried out without the pressure and influence of loads of other factors that surround a major Hollywood film. 

It is also rewarding to pull off a major league look on a tiny budget. Seeing the reactions of people to the first footage shown has been wonderful, as in many cases it is clear that the look we have achieved far exceeded expectations. The achievement of a high production value in the look we attained goes far in gaining more interest in our TV Pilot. 

There is no question that I would enjoy working with a larger amount of resources, and my mindset is one where I could make those additional funds go farther in the production value we could achieve on a larger scale. Less hats to wear would be quite welcome, as well. But I have to say it is a very wonderful opportunity to bring my vision of Rayden Valkyrie to the screen in a way where I did not have to worry about unwelcome surprises in what was done with her character or her presentation. 

The indie film/tv world is truly a mix of struggles and rewards.

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 Tour Schedule and Activities
8/16 The Page Turner  Guest Post
8/16 BOOKS TO CURL UP WITH  Author Interview 
8/16 Bookishly me  Author Interview 
8/16 DarWrites    Guest Post
8/16 Sheila's Guests and Reviews   Guest Post
8/16 Sapphyria's Books   Guest Post
8/16 Deal Sharing Aunt   Top Ten's List
8/17 DarWrites   Review
8/17 Bookin Around Town   Author Interview/Podcast
8/17 Full Moon Bites     Character Interview 
8/18 BOOKS TO CURL UP WITH   Review
8/18 I Smell Sheep     Guest Post
8/19 Paranormal Pleasures    Review
8/19 The Page Turner   Review
8/19 Bella's Book Reviews   Review
8/19 Jeni's Bookshelf   Guest Post 
8/20 The Seventh Star Blog  Guest Post 
8/20 Stuart Thaman Books Guest Post
8/21 MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape  Author Interview  
8/21 SpecMusicMuse   Author Interview 
8/21 Jordan Hirsch    Review
8/22 Beauty in Ruins   Guest Post
8/22 Discover New Authors   Author Interview 
8/23 The Occult Detective  Review
8/23 Bookishly me  Review  
8/23 Jeni's Bookshelf  Review  
8/23   Jorie Loves a Story  Interview 

Blood Promise Pre-Order Blitz

Blood Promise
by Danielle Rose
Release Date: October 31, 2017
The Blood Books trilogy is Underworld meets The Craft that fans of Harry Potter, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Twilight will enjoy! Readers are praising this "must read" trilogy as "unputdownable" and "purely addicting."

Careful what you witch for.

Avah Taylor never wanted to be a vampire, and now, her immortal life is at stake. When tragedy strikes, Avah is cast out of her vampire coven and embarks on a mission to expose the danger of the witchcraft that took her mortal life from her. Her journey takes her around the world, from Washington State to London to Russia, but Avah can't run from a past deadly mistake that has come seeking revenge.

In this epic conclusion to the Blood Books trilogy, Avah's questions will finally be answered, but only at a terrible price.


Blood Promise (Pre-Order): http://amzn.to/2vawGhb

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: OfTomes Publishing
Cover Art by Gwenn Danae
Cover Text by Eight Little Pages

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Danielle Rose
Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, Danielle enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix.

@DRoseAuthor
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Push and Pull by Emily Cyr

Push and Pull 
Vampire Favors ~ Book #1
by Emily Cyr
Publication Date: April 2, 2015
This book is for 18+
Seven years ago, Addison Fitzpatrick found herself in a bit of a bind. In true Addison-fashion, she'd angered a drug dealer; she may have “forgotten” to pay him. Just when it was time to pay the piper, she was offered a way out by an unlikely being. Cannon Blackwood, master of vampires, made her an offer she couldn't refuse. Now, Addison owes Cannon three favors. Seven years after that fateful meeting, just as Addison’s life is getting back on track, Cannon calls in one of the favors she owes him. There is a new drug that threatens the very existence of the vampire race and Cannon needs Addison, along with his brother Lachlan, who happens to be a professional thief, to steal it and destroy any evidence of it. Not only is the future of the vampires on the line, but with both Cannon and Lachlan vying for her attention, her heart is as well. Addison
has difficult choices to make and dangerous favors to repay if she wants to see the light of another day.


Goodreads Link

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Available in ebookpaperback, & audiobook


Not my usual type of read, & I wasn't sure exactly what to expect as I'd read through many varying reviews. My personal opinion is this title is spot on! Sure it is a bit slow going in a few places, but the addictive pull of everything in between keeps those pages flying until there are none left.

This is definitely an adult read & not for the squeamish as we venture into some very unpleasant situations on the main character's journey through drug addiction to dealings with some shady peeps onto more intense scenes of torture & lust. In all honesty I tend to steer clear of books with extremely dark or serious topics (especially ones dealing with abuse) & this book does contain all of the above. However I feel like the author did not go overboard for the most part & I'm glad I gave this book a shot. I believe she did an excellent job bringing to light what I can only imagine such addiction & withdrawal might put one through. Raw emotion mixed with perseverance to not fall back into old habits play a big part of this story, but there is so much more too. With each new character she offers us such variety from some very intimidating vampires to humans with a wide array of supernatural abilities aka pushers to the lowest of low scumbags wishing only to suck the life out of whomever/whatever they can. Then there is Lachlan who I am very glad joined this adventure along with his crew who added some very entertaining moments to Addison's tale. Throughout it all I laughed, I cried, & I begged for more! I will be keeping an eye on more to come from Emily Cyr.

On a side note ... I was impressed with the narrator for the audio book too as she was spot on with these characters & the needed emotion/tone for each situation. It only took me as long as it did to finish because I could listen while working, & when too busy had to continually pause to answer calls. Definitely an enjoyable book to listen to aside from the cringe worthy moments, of course. LOLz



Give and Take
Vampire Favors ~ Book #2
Publication Date: June 1, 2016
This book is for 18+
Addison Fitzpatrick settled her first favor, a cataclysmic repayment that ended with hundreds of Pushers dead. Three months later, she receives a letter from the Vampire who betrayed her trust, asking her to save him. 
The cryptic letter makes one fact perfectly clear – she has to find Lachlan, assuming he’s not already dead. In doing so, she is forced to do the one thing he asked her not to: involve Cannon.
But the search for Lachlan comes with a price. Addison is forced deeper into her debt, just as her life is put in jeopardy when a new danger surfaces. One from her past, stirring up inner demons threatening to take her back to hell.
Now Addison must find a way to kill a supernatural being she’s never even heard of, all while protecting her heart from its love for Lachlan, and its confusing stirrings toward Cannon. It was so much easier to hate the vampires.
Things are not always what they seem in Addison’s world. The fight to save Lachlan will test her strength, her conviction, and her skill as a Pusher. Will she survive unscathed, or will she let the demons win?

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Emily Cyr
Emily Cyr is a stay-at-home mom turned writer. She holds a degree in middle grades education with certification in English and social science. She has always had a love of all things paranormal and fantasy, but it wasn’t until Emily’s husband said the words, “Why not?” that she considered putting her thoughts and ideas into the book, The Lightning Prophecy. This trilogy was just the start for Emily. It seemed to open a creative door that had been locked.
Emily has always been an avid reader. Through reading came her love of writing. The more she read, the more she knew she wanted to create her own world. Many of her first works were fan fiction.
Emily and her family currently reside in San Antonio, Texas. She has an incredibly supportive husband, who is also an officer in the United States Air Force. They have three sons, ages 6, 5, and 15 months. Somehow, even with the demands of being a parent to three little boys, she finds time to escape to her fantasies and write them down.
Currently, Emily has two urban fantasy series out, but stay tuned via her web-site, www.EmilyCyr.com, for more!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Guarding Eden ~ Review

Guarding Eden (A Midway Novel)
by Cameo Renae
Publication Date: July 26, 2017
***The Midway Novels are spin-offs of the Hidden Wings Series, but each book can be read as a standalone.***

Tucked away at an upscale, private boarding school in Brindle Hollow, Washington, seventeen-year-old Eden East comes face to face with a hideous creature on her walk back to her dorm. Shaken to her core, she's left questioning the world around her, and soon finds herself entering a friendship with a hot, new student named Alexander.

Little does she know, Alex is a Guardian Angel, sent from Midway to protect her from those dangerous creatures—known as Darkling—lurking in the forest outside Brindle Hall. It isn’t long before Alex learns this is no ordinary assignment. Eden’s existence holds a secret; something hidden from even herself.

Eden is thrust into a world where Fallen angels and creatures of the Underworld will stop at nothing to catch her. With Alex at her side and a little help from some of his old friends, they form a formidable front against the enemy.

Hopefully, it’s not too little, too late.


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This review is from: Guarding Eden: A Midway Novel Book One (Hidden Wings) (Kindle Edition)
This is the perfect follow up/spin off of the Hidden Wings Series! Guarding Eden can easily be a standalone, but if you have read any of the Hidden Wings Series you will be happily reunited with some of our most beloved friends!!
I am repeatedly amazed at how much I adore the characters Cameo Renae brings to life. Each book brings us more action, suspense, & romance too, but my favorite part is always getting to know the newbies she presents to us. They are always unique & real as they unveil their personalities, issues, & feelings along the way. Most importantly I continually want more. That paired with the intense battles we are thrown into time after time ensure I am a forever fan!

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: CHBB
Cover Designer: Stefanie Saw

Cameo Renae
2016 Young Adult Author of the Year - Penned Con

2013 Break Out Author by Young Adult & Teen Readers

2013 Book of the Year (Hidden Wings) Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska. She's a daydreamer and a caffeine and peppermint addict who loves to laugh, loves to read, and loves to escape reality. One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then...she'll keep writing! HAPPY READING! 

@CameoRenae

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

TS901: Anomaly Blog Tour

Welcome to #MutantNation TS901:Anomaly!
TS901:Anomaly - Rise of the Rebels
by Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawer
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Tainted water for the good of the people. Fluoride and vitamins to sustain the health of the human race. Added ingredients to extend and elevate the quality of life. All good things, right?

Wrong. 

Thia Kelly has been changed by the TS901 chemical in the world’s water supply. Now, forced into hiding with the other inflicted outcasts, she struggles to survive as her powers emerge.

Evan Daniels hunted for others like himself, and finding Thia suddenly brought meaning back into his life. Love blossomed between the strange couple while they searched for a way to reverse the effects. Unfortunately, the Government had something else in mind. 

Super-soldier creation on a mass scale was their end goal, and thanks to an unfortunate family tie, Evan became Patient #1.

Good-guy? Bad-guy? The world isn’t sure, but Thia is left with only one choice––save the ass of the world’s first Anomaly who just happens to be her boyfriend.


Genre: NA Dystopian



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Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & PhotographyEditor: There for You Editing Services
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing


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RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.
Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received nominations for multiple RONE Awards (Reward of Novel Excellence), and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery), as well as nominations and wins for Best Cover, and a Reader’s Choice Award.
​Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl Media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Colorado with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.
Author Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TishThawer/ | @TishThawer
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2rp0q8A

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