Prophet of the Badlands by Matthew Cox #Amreading @Mscox_Fiction

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Prophet of the Badlands , The Awakened (#1)

by Matthew S. Cox

Publisher: Curiosity Quills

Genres: Adult, Cyberpunk, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Release date: April 26, 2015

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For most twelve year olds, being kidnapped is terrifying. For Althea, it’s just Tuesday.

Her power to heal the wounded and cleanse the sick makes her a hunted commodity in the Badlands, a place devoid of technology where the strong write the law in blood. For as long as she can remember, they always come, they always take her, and she lets them. Passed around in an endless series of abductions, she obeys without question―mending those who killed to own her.

After three whole months in the same village, the affection of a young warrior makes her feel almost like a member of the tribe rather than a captive. Her brief joy shatters when raiders seize her yet again; for the first time in six years, being stolen hurts.

A reluctant escape sends her wandering, and she realizes her gift is a prize that causes as much death as it prevents. Her attempt to return to the tribe leaves her lost and alone, hounded at every turn. When a family who sees her not as the Prophet―but as a little girl―takes her in, she finds the courage to use her power to protect those she loves.

A strange man from a world beyond her imagining tests her newfound resolve, seeking to use her power to further his own agenda. Tired of being property, her freedom boils down to one question:

Can Althea balance the sanctity with which she holds all life against the miserable truth that some people deserve to die?

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Author Matthew S. Cox

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place.

Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

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Blood Isle, Calasade Series by Mark Stone #Amreading @calasade

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Blood Isle, Calasade Series

by Mark Stone

Genres: Greco-Roman, Illustrated, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Mythology, Romance

248 Pages

Release date: May 18, 2015

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Calasade is a Greco-Roman Fantasy world that was in development for over five years. The world of Calasade has enough in common with Ancient Rome and borrows enough from Greek and Roman mythology that it will seem familiar, but also offers plenty of its own lore so that it is something new and different, the latter especially true when the world of Calasade and its tales are compared to fantasy taking place in worlds based on Medieval Europe.

A love of fantasy tropes intertwined with the unique helped bring Calasade and Blood Isle to fruition. You will find neither the knight in shining armor nor the never-do-good evil sorcerer.

The people of Calasade in Blood Isle are not so different than us in that they belong squarely inside the gray box of existence. As such, each and every one is capable of heroic acts one moment and dark ones the next depending on what’s at stake and the means available for acquiring their goals.

Blood Isle is an illustrated novel. While part of a series, it is like all Calasade stories and can be read as a stand-alone. Thank you for taking the time to check out Calasade: Blood Isle.

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Author Mark Stone of Blood Isle and the Calasade series

Mark Stone splits his time between the United States and Spain with his greatest inspiration, his wife. Having written award-winning Flash Fiction, he is now a novelist writing tales mostly of Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery. He will sometimes get a wild hair and venture into other areas—namely, Weird Western and Historical Fiction. Look for the latter in the near future. Most of his stories are based in Calasade, a fantasy world heavily influenced by Ancient Rome.

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Meet Author Tracy James Jones #AmReading @Hatchiekid

I’m delighted to introduce you to my wonderful friend Tracy.

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Bio: Tracy James Jones is a novelist, blogger, book reviewer, former actor & artist in Dallas and Waxahachie, Texas. In terms of genre, Jones writes interracial/multicultural romantic drama with an LGBT twist. Literary portfolio includes four novels, two original screenplay projects, and a collection of short stories. Her work has been featured on various online sites, including the Huffington Post & as teacher support material for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Her extended social media networks include a blog, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Muck Rack, Pinterest & Twitter.

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– What genre do you write?

Multicultural romantic drama with an LGBT twist.

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– Have you always wanted to be an author?

Not until high school.  I actually wanted to be a professional singer or actor. I juggled all three for a few years, but I found my happy place with writing.

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– Tell me 3 things about yourself that your readers don’t know.

  1. I’m a complication of emotions. I suppose that helps with my writing. I’m also easy going, but true to my zodiac sign, I can be a fierce lioness when I need to be.

 

  1. Raised as an only child, most people assume that I was spoiled.   My mother wouldn’t allow it.  Over the years, I spoiled myself too much. Now that I am older, I think I do have that personality.

 

  1. I’m an introverted person who totally enjoys being that way. It takes a lot of courage for me to step out of my safety zone and into the public realm.  Being somewhat shy too doesn’t help me at all.

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Tell me about your books.

“Secrets & Lies”

~ A Different Kind of Love Story ~

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(Multicultural Romantic Drama)

 

“Sometimes a need for keeping secrets…

Can be just as intriguing as a reason for telling lies…”

 

“Secrets & Lies” is a provocative, uncensored, character-driven, emotional journey into the private lives of four central characters in a small Texas town.  At the heart of the story is a beautiful transgender woman of color who questions her personal worth as she fights to keep the life and love she has always wanted. Even the elements of true confessions get lost in translation as the details of who these people really are brings them together in a surprising, yet necessary finale that will change their lives forever.

Link: http://amzn.com/B005G5L36O

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 “Torn: Sixty days of Calaboose

~ A Fictional Memoir ~

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(Contemporary Psychological LGBT Drama)

Warning: Adult language, mild sexual situations.

“It is said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste…

For some, it is also a very terrifying thing to lose…”

 

Unjustly accused of a crime, a sensitive, feminine male struggles to keep his sanity while incarcerated in a small town jail inhabited by a variety of unpredictable strangers.

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The Crush”

 (Flash Fiction)

(Huffington Post & IBO Teacher Support Material)

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For Adults this is a little reminder of how innocent love can be and how long it can last. For Young Adults it is undeniable proof that emotionally, grown-ups were once exactly like them.

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Blog: https://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/the-crush-short-story/

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Blog: “Let’s Talk About Book’s”– is a public forum used to showcase, promote, and support Independent & Traditional Literary Entertainment.

 Books/Events:

  • 1st Local Book Signing Event – “No Tears For A Hero” – 1995
  • 1st National Book Signing Tour – “Searching For Eden” – 2003
  • Local Author Appreciation Event – N. P. Sims Library – 2003
  • Guest Speaker – Italy High School Creative Writing Class – 2004
  • Writer’s League of Texas Member – Since 2007
  • “Secret & Lies” – Novel – 2011
  • “Secret & Lies 2 – A Family Affair” – Novella – 2012
  • “The Inhabitants of Magnolia Park” – Novel/Screenplay – 2012
  • “The Crush” – Short-Short Story (flash Fiction) – 2013
  • “Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose” – Novel – 2014
  • Book Signing – Oak Lawn Library – June 2015
  • Guest Speaker – Book & Brews Lecture Series – December 2015

Other Acclaim:

  • Guest Judge for the 2013-15 RONE` (Romance Novel) Awards (Las Vegas)
  • Featured in the 2013-15 Indie-Vengeance Day Author Event (Dallas)
  • Guest Judge for the 2014 HuffPost50/AARP Memoir Contest
  • Guest Judge for the 2014-15 Rainbow Books Awards
  • Featured Author in the Transcending Gender Project

Triptychs: The third book in the Mind’s Eye series.

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In this, the third book in the Mind’s Eye series, we see a slight change of format. This time, instead of two writers responding to a previously unseen photograph, three authors are involved each time. This makes Triptychs an ideal opportunity to become familiar with the work of different, but equally talented authors.

As before, the photographs were provided by Martin David Porter and Helle Gade. The latter and Ben Ditmars contributed poetry, while short stories were written by Jason McIntyre, J.Michael Radcliffe, Maria Savva, Darcia Helle, Jay Finn, Eden Baylee, Lisette Brody, Marc Nash, Julie Elizabeth Powell and Geoffrey David West.

A variety of genres are represented in this excellent book. There is fantasy, horror, contemporary fiction, as well as poetry.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this wonderful variety of short works and it has certainly whetted my appetite to read more by these writers. I’m looking forward to buying…

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Trial Run by Elle Medler @EllaMedler

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Genres: Romance, Comedy, Adult

340 pages

Release Date: October 31, 2014

“Trust me, he says. You’ll be safe with me, he says.”

Amelie Watts is sick and tired of being treated like a child. She might be willowy and delicate, but she has strength of the kind that doesn’t show on the outside. Plus, she learned all she needed to know so she could cope on her own. Now, if only her big brother would finally release her inheritance! She would fly to the Bahamas and kiss the backwater she grew up in goodbye.
Jason Watts is fed up with picking up the pieces of his little sister’s life. If only she would grow up already and learn to live life without stabilizers! Her latest idea is insane, and bound to be her most enormous failure to date. But how to make her understand?

Enter Rob Tyson, incorrigible bachelor and Jason’s best friend. For a laugh, they make a bet. Two people, a hastily acquired boat, and a tropical paradise. What could possibly go wrong?

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Ella Medler is a U.K. author and editor who lives in a corner of Heaven, on the south-west coast of Ireland, overlooking the Atlantic. She writes fiction in many genres – some after her own tastes, and some to make her readers happy. Sometimes, those two happen to coincide. Whatever the genre, her books are action-driven, and well-developed characters are her forte.

A fierce supporter of genuine talent, Ella Medler founded Paper Gold Publishing because she believes there are authors out there who deserve a chance to shine, authors who would otherwise fall between the cracks of a crumbling, forever-shifting industry. Feel free to join the site to access free resources, take part in competitions and enter your work in box sets and anthology collections.

As an editor, Ella Medler has the tendency to nit-pick on plot issues while ignoring the type of rule that doesn’t allow for a sentence to be finished in a preposition. If you want to win her over, make sure your books are action-packed, your characters real, and you bring chocolate.

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Badass Book Society is Looking for Beta Readers #BaBB

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You might have heard that there is a new author/reader/professional organization in the works. Badass Book Society hopes to promote professionalism in the indie and small press arena, improving reader experience and the quality of books available. One step in this process is having beta readers to help authors release the best manuscript that they can. Additional calls for critique partners, as well as preferred publishing professionals will come in the near future.

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Badass Book Society is currently looking for beta readers comfortable in all different genres. If you are a beta reader, or interested in becoming a beta reader, please sign up for more information at http://goo.gl/forms/xASQOQIQRm or fill out the form below.

Meet poet Sylvester L. Anderson #NationalPoetryMonth @SylvesterPoetry

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I am happy to introduce Sylvester L. Anderson.

I have been following him for quite a while and I really enjoy his poetry, I’m sure you will too.

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At times we are like baby birds in a nest

Crying out and waiting to be fed

We know that day will come soon

When we must sum up the courage and take flight

Yes we feel all too secure in the confines of our nest

Afraid to seek out and discover the gift of life

Yet the time will come one day baby bird

And your wings will be fully capable of carrying you

On that day let go of your fear

Take flight and spread your wings

Soar through the spacious skies and glide with the gentle winds

Trust in a loving God

And discover his gift of life

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I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  I started writing poetry in high school and had a love for creating with words. I grew up listening to top 40 radio, where the music was so diverse in style, sound, and lyrics. I count The Beatles as one of my influences. In October of 2012, I published my first poetry collection “Life through Celestial Lenses”. It was a blessing to accomplish this. Something I had been striving for since after high school. In May of 2013, I published my second poetry collection, “The Darkness, The Light, And the Glory”, and in March of this year, 2015, I publish my third collection “Heartspeak ~ God and Love”. I write to inspire and to share God’s love and light, and occasionally poke fun at myself. My books can be found at

Amazon.com ~ http://www.amazon.com/Sylvester-L-Anderson/e/B00AQ8QKM8

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I have met so many wonderful souls (yourself included, Helle) through blogging, writing, and sharing the love of poetry. I appreciate everyone’s style, passion, and reason for writing. You can find me on several different blogs, but mainly at WordPress and Twitter.

Syl65.wordpress.com – @SylvesterPoetry – Google+ – Tumblr – LinkedIn