Sunday, October 15, 2017

Monsterland by Michael Okon - Release Day!

About the Book

Title: Monsterland

Author: Michael Okon

Genre: YA

Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

The last couple years of high school have not been fun for Wyatt Baldwin. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An on-going debate with his best friends Howard Drucker and Melvin over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can rock out with vampires at Vampire Village, be chased by actual werewolves on the Werewolf River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

Author Bio

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Win a copy of The Adventures of Merrick the Viking by Chris Davis!

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The Adventures of Merrick the Viking

A young teenage Viking boy named Merrick must escape his Scandinavian homeland and ends up on a historic journey of discovering new lands while becoming a great sailor along the way he falls in love to a young Irish girl and has to defend her and her village along the sea.

Available for Kindle and in Paperback

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Last Alignment: Cry of the Scorpions by Nathaniel Stewart

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"If you are looking for a story to engage a male who is not likely to pick up a book on his own, this story is it! It has so much energy and action that all readers will be swept into this magical world and not want to stop reading until they've gotten to the last page." -Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

Hektor awoke standing naked and confused in the heart of a large crater.

Where was he?

Who was he?

But as his mind recovered and became clearer, memories started flooding back to him and reality set in; it’s not over.

Awbrey, Hudson, Androse, Zander, and Natalye have lived their entire lives knowing nothing of their families histories. Typical of most teenagers, right? However, when their parents and grandparents round them up and bring them to Arizona to explain to them why they are all “different,” emotions run high, and with teenagers, sentiment- filled expressions of betrayal and fear are never pretty.

Awbrey and Hudson are best friends. That is the only preexisting relationship between them. As they wait to be fetched by Hektor, a man that they’ve never even heard of, they discover that regardless of their personal feelings toward each other, their lives are so deeply entangled that they have no choice but to try and get along. For if they don’t pull it together, they as well as those closest to them won’t survive what is to come.

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About Nathaniel Stewart

Nathaniel Stewart is a Maryland native who is currently residing in North Carolina. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing and a Minor in Art & Design. He has been writing since the age of twelve, and is currently working on the third installment of his Young Adult/Fantasy series, "The Last Alignment."

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review of Rebirth: Dream of the Vampire #1 by Annalise Clark

Rebirth: Dream of the Vampire

No one knows what happens when a vampire has years of her life erased...

Mira was a normal 16-year-old girl before the accident that killed her parents and took away her memories.

Then the dreams began. Nightmares. Visions of a young woman who looked just like her but was... different, like a wiser, more mature version of herself. And were those... fangs?

She thought they were just dreams...

So why did they feel so familiar, like memories of a life now lost? Her only solace was her loyal best friend, Lori, and her handsome boyfriend, Dimitri.

Dimitri knew more than he let on...

The fate of humanity and the vampires hung in the balance and time was ticking. Will she get her memories back in time to help save the world?

It was time. A vampire would be reborn.

**My thoughts**

In this day and age it feels like these YA paranormal books can be a dime z dozen. This book definitely starts out with the usual formulaic premise. Girl starts to notice weird things in her life. Truth is revealed to her at the age of 16. Now she must realize and fulfill her destiny. Hottie boyfriend.

And yet, Annalise manages to give this book its own twist to make it different enough from other books in the genre.

To get into all of the differences between this vampire book and others like it would be giving away too many spoilers, I think. Mira's breed of vampire has several unique traits that are revealed over the course of the book. I think you may find them somewhat refreshing for a change.

Mira has a lot to deal with as her true identity and story comes to light. She has an amazing human best friend in Lori and a lovely boyfriend in Dimitri. She also seems to have great inner strength that will be beneficial as the impending war and battles get underway.

I was honestly reminded a lot of Jennifer Malone Wright's Vampire Hunter's Daughter series when reading this, which I greatly enjoyed.

I enjoyed this read over a couple of Sunday afternoons, one while enjoying margaritas and Mexican and the other while basking in the sun at the lake. It's a fun and relaxing read. I know the second book is now out and the third one is coming soon. I look forward to picking up those, as well, in the future, because I want to see how this whole story pans out! I gave it four stars.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gray Zone by Veronica R. Tabares

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Gray Zone

To become the popular girl she’s always wanted to be, a shy teen starts over at a new school and struggles to come out of her shell as she avoids the brutality of a schoolyard bully and the snarkiness of the online ones.

About Veronica R. Tabares

Veronica R. Tabares, MFA, MLIS, is a passionate award-winning author on a mission to make a positive impact in people's lives through the power of storytelling. Nine books later and she is still fueled by the initial creative spark that started it all. Writing and her love of archaeology aside, Veronica enjoys nothing more than spending quality time with her loved ones who inspire her to be her best version daily.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Summer of Monsters and Doves by Anne Young

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The Summer of Monsters and Doves

There is a door that no man can open, and no man can shut. It will open tonight. In the summer of 2012, Elle Gaddiyel planned on slipping away to spend some down time at the beach house reading her favorite paranormal romance novels. What this sixteen-year-old beauty didn’t know was how real things were about to get and how dangerous the summer would be for her. The dark forces in her novel bleed into her lovely and perfect world. It will either take over her life or cause her to make a choice and a stand. Elle lives a life of safety and privilege, but unaware she has awoken an appetite for something unnatural. Her once fabulous norm is no longer enough. But it won’t end there. Elle goes from being bored to confused and afraid quickly, making decisions that will alter her life and no one who loves her gets spared the consequences of things that come to pass during The Summer of Monsters and Doves. Silver waves crash upon the shore; her friends witness the fall, human hearts collide one with another. Will a simple kind of love ever be able to overcome the choices made in the season of desire? Becoming a Christian is easy, walking the path is another story.

Monday, May 1, 2017

FREE today 5/1! The Blood: Secrets and Lies by Brandylan James

The Blood: Secrets and Lies

What would you do for love?

Would you lie for it?

Would you die for it?

Would you kill for it?

Would you endure centuries of darkness for just one last chance to change everything, even if you knew it was probably hopeless?

Love is never easy.But in the end, it is all that is worth fighting for ... 

When the first day of senior year finally rolled around in sleepy Croft's Landing, NC, Jules Walker was definitely psyched. Not only was she going to hook up with her best bud and fellow Blud band member, Dylan Croft after the long summer vacation, but more importantly, according to the grapevine, Dylan and Landing High’s resident queen bitch, Amanda Zane were officially over. For some reason, that made Jules’ heart beat just a tad faster. However, before she even had a chance to process, much less address her newly emerging feelings for Dylan, he was already head-over-heels . . . for someone else, and not just anyone else ... for Jules' best friend, and that would be his undoing; in fact, it could prove deadly.

Enter tall, svelte new girl, Madison Janey who barreled into English Lit class in the middle of a discussion on Pride and Prejudice, balancing a schedule in one hand and an attitude in the other. That's when Jules intuitively knew three things for sure: Madison was destined to be her best friend, Dylan was going to fall in love with her, and that, in turn, was going to put them all on a catastrophic collision course.

It didn't take long. From the moment the iconoclastic "Maddie" moved into the Landing’s Inn, aka home-sweet-home to Jules and her single mom, Starr, there were far more questions than answers. Despite Madison’s somewhat fanciful accounts about her family, despite her mysterious disappearances in the late night hours, Jules was content to cut her friend some slack because that’s what best friends did. Amanda Zane, on the other hand, felt no such compunction. To her, Madison Janey said one thing: "competition," and she was bound and determined to expose her as a fake and a liar. That, too, didn't take long, but even when confronted with Amanda’s “proof,” Jules refused to admit what should have been painfully obvious: Madison was hiding something. The pills she found in her friend’s room should have been enough to raise a red flag; not to mention the dried blood stains on her clothes and the way her eyes changed and looked, well . . . not human. Then the mysterious texts started, suggesting that Dylan was in danger. The thing was, Jules really loved Madison . . . as much as she loved Dylan. Even though it hurt like hell to have to watch the two people she cared for the most falling in love, Jules couldn't allow herself to believe anything bad about Madison. It wasn't until she found her friend packing to leave town the night before Blud's big Halloween concert that Jules confronted her, mostly because she knew it would break Dylan’s heart if Madison checked out without so much as a good-bye. Though Madison begged Jules to trust her one last time and tearfully promised to tell her everything – and Dylan as well -- Jules knew in her heart that it was one more lie.

But Croft’s Landing was a town founded on lies and secrets, something both Jules and Dylan would inadvertently discover that same Halloween night: Jules, when she happened upon an old diary in Madison's backpack; Dylan, when his father revealed a horrifying truth about the Crofts.

As the moon turned blood red for the first time in over four hundred years, an ancient curse was about to be unleashed – one that set Madison and Dylan on opposite sides of two powerful families bent on each other’s destruction; one that freed an enigmatic prisoner to exact his revenge on the witch who condemned him for loving her; and one that would ultimately demand one thing: their blood . . . .

Read an excerpt:
It’s started again. We’re betrayed. They’ve denounced us as witches and now everyone is calling for our blood. They’ve all gone mad. I don’t know if I’ll survive this night or if I’ll ever see Daniel again … 

As Cassondra glared into her intruder’s cold, steel blue eyes, a tremor rocked her resolve. 
“Where is he, Jaydon? Where is Daniel …? What have you done?!” 
Jaydon Croft raised the gun, his red lips curling into a deadly smirk. 
“Are you ready to die, witch?” 
According to the village grapevine, Dylan and Amanda Zane were over. That mattered because: first, Amanda was never good enough for him; and secondly because Dylan was Jules’ best friend, and thirdly because … Jules pressed her eyes shut and made a demi-pirouette in the direction of the doorway. She couldn’t allow herself to finish the thought or even acknowledge that there was any more to it. There wasn’t. It was enough to say that Dylan Croft was special, and the real reason Jules could have for looking forward to senior year was that she would have the opportunity to hang out with him more if he was disengaged from Landing High’s resident queen bitch.

Rave reviews!

  • The storyline is creative and the writing is exquisite! I love the intertwined plots. Let's hope for a sequel. "The Blood: Secrets and Lies" is the next Twilight! - Amazon Customer
  • Great book. Once I began reading, I could not put it down. From the first words, I was drawn quickly and deeply into the story. - DogDiva

About Brandylan James

Brandylan James (aka Joanna Coons Kosloff) is a multi-published writer /creator of television continuing dramas. She created the Harlequin series: Tyler. The Blood is a Young/New Adult romantic fantasy series dealing with the Clare Curse. She writes under the pen names: Joanna Kosloff, Joanna Coons, Dylan Malloy, Brandylan James, Jamie Dylan, Brandon James. She has also authored several dog books and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America. You can visit her on Facebook and Linked In. Find her on Goodreads.

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