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#Excerpt1 “The Raygin War” by Larry Gerovac

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Author: Larry Gerovac

Genre: Science-Fiction

The Raygin War is a futuristic sci-fi story about an alien race that evolved from Carrion beetles. 25 years after first contact the aliens return with a fleet to invade human space. To stop the invasion the military puts all its hope into a single person. He’s an old school soldier who started his career as a ground pounder in the Sniper Corps. Mac has been involved in about every conflict the military has participated in. His skill as a sniper earned him the respect of every soldier who ever worked with him. He is a self-taught killer. On the battlefield he has no equal. Whether it was killing the opponent in hand-to-hand combat, killing them with a weapon, or just plain old out maneuvering them Mac was the best the military had ever seen. When the Raygin war starts Mac is forced into a leadership role he wanted nothing to do with. Will Mac’s experience and talent be enough to neutralize the alien invasion? All is not what it seems. Read the Raygin War to see if the human race will survive and remain free.

 

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All but the old mystic exited the medical facility. She turned and went back to the princess. Mahpee followed her. The ancient woman made motions in the air with her hands as she spoke in a voice so low, he couldn’t make out any of the words. She turned so quick to face him his body jerked in a startled reflex.

She was inches from his face and staring at him with her blind eye. When Nahimana spoke, he could smell the spices on her breath. “See. Her wound already heals.”

He looked at the scar. She is right, it’s no longer red and irritated. It could be a coincidence.

“Even with what you have seen, grandson of Uzumati, you still doubt?

Can the hag read my mind?

The witch grinned as if she read his thoughts. “I have glimpsed into your future. Do you want to know what waits?” She cackled at him.

He felt his heart raced. He could feel the sweat oozing out of his palms. I don’t believe all this nonsense, but – if I don’t believe why am I nervous?

Not waiting for an answer Nahimana squinted at him. He swore she touched his soul with her stare. “In time, you will betray your daughter, and leave her heart broken. You, Chief Mahpee, will become the rider of the storm. Your fate is sealed.” The old mystic turned and walked out before he could ask a single question.

What the hell did she mean? He had never betrayed anyone in his life. He would rather choose death than to betray anyone, let alone his daughter. The hag spoke nonsense. I will become the rider of the storm? Mumbo jumbo. She wouldn’t even stay to answer questions. I never want to see her again.

Hopes of keeping a lid on his daughter’s unusual birth lasted less time than it took to get back to Nokomis. Word spread throughout the Nation his tiny daughter was the warrior born princess from the old prophesies. Later in the evening the Tellers showed up at the War Council. They warned of impending doom and gave Mahpee everything he requested. For better or worse, it looked like they would be a major part of his life.

The People’s Nation broadcast pictures of the aliens and vids of the attack. A few videos from the fight were also shown in all their gruesomeness. The old war drums beat across Nokomis to let the People’s Nation know they were at war.

 

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The young lieutenant’s eyes darted across the screen. Her hands trembled while she manipulated the gains to paint the best picture on the scanner. “Captain, I have an unknown target at the edge of scanner range.”

“Are you sure it’s not an electronic ghost?” The captain knew each new ship has electrical or mechanical problems to work out on her maiden voyage. The Nomad would be no different.

“We’ve run several diagnostics, sir. Everything is running at peak performance.”

“Okay Lieutenant Muween. Let’s see if it’s a bug or a real ship. Navigation, come left heading 300alpha15.”

“Aye sir. Left heading 300alpha15.”

The colonist ship’s computer locked out the new singularity drive. The ion propulsion engine activated. The Nomad started a slow turn left and ascended 15 degrees. Unless you were on the bridge, you wouldn’t realize the ship had made a turn to the left and changed its inclination. When the ship acquired the new heading, the ion propulsion engine shut down. The singularity drive started with a loud pop. Each pop represented a jump of several light years.

If it was a glitch inside the scanner, the captain figured, it would stay on the screen in the same spot. He waited for the report. At least the singularity drive was living up to its reputation. The new drive would deliver the next great step in human expansion. Picture space as a balloon. Stick your index fingers on opposite sides of the balloon and push your fingers together. The depressed area created by your fingers is a gravity well. A ship travels the small gap from finger to finger. Release the pressure on the balloon. Wham, you travel from point to point faster than light can make the same trip.

“It’s gone captain,” said Lieutenant Muween.

This was not good news. This trip should have been an easy run. Deliver the colonists to Rayne. Help get them situated and return home to Adalin for the next assignment. “Thank you Lieutenant Muween. Let me know if you see anything at all on the scanner.”

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Larry GerovacAuthor Bio

Larry Gerovac was born in the shadows of the steel mills, oil refineries, and railroad yards of the Midwestern United States. He is a Navy Veteran and a first generation American. He writes in the genre of Science, Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror.

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#BlogTour “From Frights to Flaws, 2nd Edition (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions Book 1)” by Sunayna Prasad

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Title: From Frights to Flaws

Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Originally published in 2013, the book has been updated to its full potential with edits, while keeping the storyline the same.

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy longs for a better life. She lost her parents at age seven and her aunt at nine. Her uncle also enforces unfair rules. But Alyssa discovers something she has never thought existed before… magic. A wicked sorcerer hunts her down. He kidnaps her from her ordinary New Jersey town to Yanowic, an enchanted island in Fiji.
Alyssa is trapped in the country due to a giant shield covering it. She must defeat dangerous creatures and the evil wizard in order to leave. But with sorcerers and enchanted technology getting in her way, can Alyssa succeed?

 

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Author Bio

Sunayna Prasad has published a few books between her late teens and her mid-twenties. She has won a Pacific Book Review Award for her novel, Wizardy Goes Wild, which will return as a new edition, like From Frights to Flaws. Sunayna also has a blog on different creative and entertaining topics, including writing and fiction. It is called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.

Aside from writing, Sunayna also likes to cook, do art, and watch videos online. She graduated from college in May 2017 and is looking forward to writing more as well as securing a graphic design job in the near future. Sunayna lives on Long Island, NY.

 

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“January in Atlantis: A Poseidon’s Warrior paranormal romance (Poseidon’s Warriors Book 1)” by Alyssa Day

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January in Atlantis: A Poseidon’s Warrior paranormal romance (Poseidon’s Warriors Book 1)

by Alyssa Day

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

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Bruce’s Cave, Ireland
Flynn twirled the sword in his right hand and the dagger in his left and sauntered toward the three dragons blocking the entrance to the cave.
“Boys, boys, boys. I’m not planning to tell anyone about your lair or your treasure or even that tendency you have to dress up in pink skirts and dance in the moonlight.”
The largest of the three reared back and roared, and the cave itself seemed to shake. Anyone who has ever heard a dragon roar would be amazed that Flynn wasn’t on the ground, prostrate, trembling in his boots.
Flynn was from Atlantis. He wasn’t the trembling kind.
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When black sheep Flynn returns to Atlantis after more than a decade away, he discovers that his brothers thought he was dead and moved on with their lives. But before he can wrap his brain around that problem, Poseidon himself taps Flynn to be one of a new generation of elite warriors. Now he only has to: learn how to be part of a team, rescue a group of kidnapped girls from the Hell’s Dark Angels motorcycle gang, and try to understand why a certain redhaired bartender with an affinity for animals is driving him mad…
Eva Calandar needs to run. Again. Her ex-boyfriend, a black magic practitioner, has tracked heR down. Again. But she might be the key to rescuing a group of girls from becoming human sacrifices, and there’s a certain astonishingly hot Atlantean warrior with a fierce protective instinct who is making her think longing thoughts of finally making a stand.
Together, they’re so much stronger than they were apart, but the heat between them may be enough to burn down the world.
No matter what the temperature is in January . . . in Atlantis.

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#AuthorSpotlight Suzanne Rogerson, author of “Visions of Zarua”

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Taking time out for a quick chat with Suzanne Rogerson, author of Visions of Zarua.

Hello and Welcome to Nesie’s Place, Suzanne!

 First question – how long have you been a writer?

It feels like I’ve been a writer my whole life. I know I loved writing stories from junior school and have vivid memories of rushing home to complete my English homework. The teacher used to give us a choice of story titles and we had to pick one and write a story. I loved it!

How long did it take you to write your first book?

I wrote my first book at the age of 12 and it probably took me about 6 months to a year. It’s scribbled in notebooks and has never been edited. Visions of Zarua took about 10 years from first idea to self-publishing it. That’s because when I finished Visions, I stuck it away for a couple of years took an online writing course and wrote the first draft to my new series Silence Sea Chronicles. When I felt ready to pick up Visions of Zarua again, I used a critique service, beta readers and spent a lot of time perfecting it before finally publishing it in 2015.

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?

At the moment I only write fantasy books, though I have experimented with other genres in some of my shorter fiction. I feel naturally drawn to fantasy, so I don’t have plans to chance that any time soon.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I am self-published and have published three books so far, but I have also signed a publishing deal for the Czech rights to Visions of Zarua. I’m excited to say that it will be published in the fall of 2019.

Pantser or Plotter?

I am a mix of the two. When an idea comes along, I write until I start getting stuck, then I go back and plan the novel and rework everything. I know it’s not the quickest way to go about it, I still need to refine my technique.

Where do you get the most writing done?

I have two main writing spaces. A desk in the kitchen, which despite its location, I still manage to burn the dinner. I also have a desk in my summerhouse for the warmer months, so my writing time is normally split between these areas. The summerhouse is a great place to relax when editing and I would use it all year round if the English weather would allow me to.

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Do you have pets who “help” or inspire you?

My cat, Poppy, often jumps on my laptop and adds her own little flourishes to my work. When she was a kitten she used to love sleeping on my desk, but more recently she’s taken to prowling around the desk until I stand up so she can steal my chair!

I shouldn’t complain though. She’s given me some lovely photo opportunities. As you see from the photos, she’s tried her hand at writing, and I think she’s quite proud of Visions of Zarua.

What’s your favorite genre to read?

I love reading fantasy.

Do you venture into other genres other than your preferred?

Yes, I also love to read thrillers and the occasional romance.

What are you reading now?

I have several books on the go at the moment. I’m reading a thriller – The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry, I’ve also just started a fantasy Magic Study (Bk 2 in The Chronicles of Ixia) by Maria Snyder. I’m listening to a fantasy audiobook Gilded Cage by Vic James as well. I’m enjoying them all very much, for some reason it suits me having several books to focus on at once.

So glad to meet someone else who does that! People always give me weird looks when I say I’m reading three or four books at the same time. What’s your favorite beverage to read with?

I normally read at bedtime, so I only drink water then. But I still love to read in the bath and on those occasions,  I would choose a hot chocolate if I’m not indulging in my favourite treat of an ice cream.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it??

I have become addicted to social media over the last few years, all in the name of research and marketing of course!

What’s the inspiration behind Visions of Zarua? Who’s your favorite character?

I love mystery and when this story came to me there were so many mysterious elements to explore. I loved that Paddren was a young boy when his visions started and he still hasn’t a clue what they mean. The only person who can help him is murdered and then the Royal Wizards want to sweep it all under the carpet. Paddren steps up and decides to unravel the mysteries for himself, meanwhile his best friend Varnia is just discovering her powers and hoping they will lead her to the family she can’t remember.

I have a soft spot for assassins, so even though Morrin doesn’t appear often in Visions of Zarua, he was one of my favourite characters to write about and spend time with.

What’s your next project or release?

In 2019 I will be publishing The Sentinel’s Alliance, the final book in my Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy. I also hope to publish a prequel to the series, so I’d love to find some time to work on that too.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Meet other writers. One of the best things for me has been meeting other aspiring authors through evening classes and through my blog. I think it’s so important for new authors to make those connections. I wouldn’t be self-publishing now if I didn’t have the support of my writing friends and their often brutal honesty!

Thanks for visiting with us today, Suzanne! Continued success to you and Happy Book-birthday to Visions of Zarua!

Thanks very much for featuring me, Nesie.

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Visions of Zarua coverTwo wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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Suzanne RogersonAuthor Bio

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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#CoverReveal “A King’s Oath (Of Frost & Fire Book 2)” by Sloane Murphy

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A King’s Oath
(Of Frost & Fire #2)

Bestselling author Sloane Murphy presents the final book in a new paranormal Fae series, A King’s Oath.

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Cade Vasara finally had it all. He was on the cusp of happiness when his wife-to-be was torn away from him. Emilia Daarke was the love of his life, and now she’s gone.

Cade must seek out the truth and discover who has taken her against a ticking clock, all while keeping his Court safe, and a war with the Hunters and rebels at bay.

Not knowing who to trust, Cade must take a perilous path to get back what is his.

Bloody. Beaten. Tortured. Emilia discovers the real reason they took her, and her world is shattered. She’s been lied to her entire life, and now the ground she’s stood on feels uneven.

As Cade tries to find his way to Emilia, with chaos ensnaring his Court, Emilia is on a road of self-discovery, while protecting the truths inside her mind.

With a battle waging on all sides, will these star-crossed lovers find their way back to each other?

A King’s Oath is the second book in the Of Fire and Frost duology. The story begins in A Princess’s Duty, available now.

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Bestselling author Sloane Murphy presents the first book in a new paranormal Fae series, A Princess’s Duty.

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Emilia Daarke has wanted to escape the Summer Court her entire life. She’s not brutal like the other Fae. She’s not savage. But they are.

When the boy she loves, Cade Vasara, Crowned Prince of the Winter Court, kills Emilia’s twin, they are torn apart and Emilia’s love for Cade dies just like her sibling did.

Years later, she has fallen in love with a hunter – a forbidden love that goes against all that she has been taught. A man her father will never approve of. When her secret is outed, her father captures her Hunter and gives Emilia an ultimatum.

If she succeeds, she’ll lose the one she loves. But if she fails, he will die, and she will never be able to forgive herself…

A Princess’s Duty is the first book in the Of Fire and Frost duology. The story concludes in A King’s Oath, releasing December 2018.

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#BlogTour “Another Kind of Magic (Caitlyn Book 3)” by Elizabeth Davies

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“I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”

Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.

At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfil her desire.

Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…

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E DaviesElizabeth Davies is a paranormal author; whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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“Haunted Love (Free Short Story)” by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Haunted Love (Free Short Story)

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Genre: Teen & YA/Romance/Fantasy/Paranormal/Horror

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Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share. When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody’s caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust. HAUNTED LOVE is a short story by New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Leitich Smith— set in the same dark universe as her novels TANTALIZE, ETERNAL, and BLESSED. This story includes a sneak preview of Cynthia Leitich Smith’s latest novel, DIABOLICAL, which unites characters from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.

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