Discover Authors; Win Prizes!

☆¸.•*¨*★☆ Announcing CLiK Book Blog’s 3rd Blogaversary Hop ☆★*¨*•.¸☆

Do you love discovering great new authors and winning fun prizes in the process? Of course you do! So hop along with me, Skyler Rankin, as Clik Book Blog celebrates its 3rd year as a blog. I’m teaming up with some amazing authors, bloggers and book service providers from all over the world to share the fun.

Beginning tonight, May 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, there’ll be some fantastic giveaways and prizes to be won. Be sure you hop to all our wonderful participating pages and enter each page’s giveaway. You have to do it all to be eligible to win the grand prizes. And did we mention there’d be some fabulous prizes to be won?

Enter all the prize posts for a chance to win some great prizes, including our Major Prize Draw of multiple Amazon E-gift cards.

But wait! There’s more. I’m adding some of my very own fun treats to the mix!

From me, Skyler Rankin, get chances to win an Amazon Fire 7 and 7 awesome zombie apocalypse novels from 4 great writers! If you’re into dystopian zombie apocalypse books, sink your teeth into these authors: Skyler Rankin, Baileigh Higgins, Rissa Blakeley, and Jennifer Reynolds.

Their gripping tales are included in the winner’s package in this awesome giveaway. To win, click the link below, and perform the actions needed to get chances to win. The options are easy and include Liking or following author pages and signing up for one newsletter.

Enter here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7654570a2/?

Once you’ve entered Skyler Rankin’s giveaway, hop right on back to the blog hop below to start at the beginning:

Start the fun right here ➜ https://www.facebook.com/clikbookblog

MAJOR PRIZES ➜ CLiK Book Blog will be sharing the spoils for the Major Prize giveaway.

Prizes include multiple Amazon Gift cards, but you must show activity on every hop page to be eligible as well as enter on the final hop page. Activity can be anything from comments to entry in page giveaways and tagging your friends. Major prize winners will be randomly selected.

The Major Prize Giveaway winners will be announced on CLiK Book Blog’s page at the conclusion of the HOP.

All prize draws will close Thursday 23rd MAY – 9pm Australian Eastern Time.

Facebook is not responsible for any prizes or the draw.

Each participating page is responsible for their own page giveaway and the drawing of their winner and distribution of said prize or prizes.

CLiK Book Blog reserves the right to only be responsible for the administration of the Hop and for the drawing of the major prize draw.

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Feed Your Need for Z Fiction!

What’s better than digging into a treasure trove of zombie apocalypse novels? Getting great deals and a chance to win cool cash, that’s what! Check out this huge collection of Apocalyptic and Dystopian books covering several categories including 99c, KU, Boxed Sets, free, and Audiobooks. Plus, as an added bonus, just for sharing the love of great indie fiction, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card to spend on whatever you like. Of course, we hope you’ll consider using it to feed the new obsessions you’re sure to find in this great collection, but we understand you’ll need some heavy snackage to chomp your way through this bonanza of books. You’ve found your next obsession! Starting today, May 14, 2019 and running through June 4, 2019. Get the deals here: https://www.zodiacauthors.com/promotions
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Win a Fire Tablet with Zombie Genre Ebooks!

To celebrate Viral Dawn being free today and tomorrow (5/11/19 and 5/12/19) enter my exclusive Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7 and 7 awesome ebooks from 4 different authors! All you have to do for chances to win is like and follow authors and sign up for one author’s email list. The four participating authors are members of Facebook’s Reanimated Writers, a group of hundreds of wordsmiths dedicated to bringing you a steady diet of your favorite zompoc literature. Enter the raffle here.

After you enter, to come on over to the Reanimated Writers Zombie Fiction Fan Group and join. You’ll find a plethora of freebies and fun interactions with authors to feed your need for Z. But for now, enter the raffle here.

Viral Dawn Featured on Book of the Day

Viral Dawn, by Skyler Rankin is featured today on Bookoftheday.org. Check it out and remember to get your free copy today and tomorrow (5/11/19 and 5/12/19 only on Amazon! Get it here!

What if your world collapsed in seconds, thrusting you into an apocalyptic nightmare where your every move might be your last? An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly genetically-engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. 

High school senior, Casey Williams shelters at her high school with friends and other survivors of the outbreak. They’re safe for now, but supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter. Casey anticipates the looming humanitarian crisis and knows they must find other refuge or face chaos inside. She braves the savage world beyond the school’s security fence in an attempt to save herself and her friends. With sheer grit, she leads a small party to find help at the militarized safe zone. Once there, she arranges for her friends to be transported to safety only to learn she’s placed them in even greater danger. Determined to seek justice, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to survive in this new dystopian reality.
Get it here!

Taking It Over

It’s going to be a busy weekend! Celebrating the release of my revised extended edition of Viral Dawn, I’m doing guest takeovers of two Facebook Events on Saturday May, 11, 2019.

First, from 7:00-9:00 pm ET is the Reanimated Writers Zombie Fiction Fan Group takeover. If you love dystopian zombie fiction, this is Z place to be. (See what I did there?) This group is a mass of more than 1500 readers of zombie and zombie apocalypse genres that have joined together to share bookish fun. They’re fed a steady diet of brains, I mean books, by about 300 indie authors. You’ll find multiple giveaways, takeover parties, memes, interaction, games, and more with this group. It’s time well spent for readers with a voracious appetite for z-lit. If you want to join us, be sure to stop by the Facebook page for the Reanimated Writers Zombie Fiction Fan Group today and join up. It’s a members only kind of thing.

The second event is also on May 11. The Awakened Cover Reveal party celebrating the release of Krys Fenner’s new book will be from 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm ET on her event page.

So what can you get out of all this….fun author interactions and giveaways galore. I’ll share my Rafflecopter giveaway featuring an Amazon Fire 7 and 6 ebooks from 4 rad zompoc authors. There’ll be chances to win a free download of my new performance of Dead on Arrival. In this new audiobook release, I narrate Karen Vaughan’s snarky cozy mystery. I’ll also give away signed paperback versions of Viral Dawn and loads of swag. I hope you’ll join me for one of these not-to-be-missed events.

But wait, there’s more! Viral Dawn will be free for everyone on Amazon on May 11 and 12 as part of this event. Get your chance to get it free here on Amazon all day Saturday and Sunday!

Viral Dawn Featured on Reviews in the City

Viral Dawn is currently featured on the Reviews in the City website as the spotlight book. Reviews in the City covers the latest in books and literature and is a supporter of independent writers.

Blogger, Andrea Jamison, is an academic librarian, lecturer, and writer.  She is known in the library world as a staunch advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion.  She is passionate about fostering inclusive learning environments for youth and creating avenues of access (in publishing, libraries, and schools) for groups that have been historically marginalized.

As an avid reader, Andrea loves stories that invoke mystery, passion, and suspense. As a writer, her goal is to create stories that depict African Americans in ways that defy stereotypical roles. Although her passion is children’s literature, she loves writing period pieces and stories that speak to the social climate of marginalized groups. She has authored two books and several screenplays.  Andrea supports the work of independent authors and encourages libraries to do the same. 

​I appreciate being selected for this spotlight feature and hope it will help others discover Viral Dawn. Check out Andrea’s feature here.

Dead on Arrival Available on Audible!

I’m so excited to announce that my very first audiobook as a narrator is now available through Audible! Dead on Arrival is a collaboration with my author colleague, Karen Vaughan. It’s the first book in a series about snarky thirty-something, Laura Hamilton. Laura wakes up one morning to find that someone has dumped a body in her living room, and the air isn’t the only thing foul. Turns out she knows the deceased through connections from work, which places her in the middle of the investigation. It’s a fun story with the feel of an edgier cozy. Check it out on audible, and watch my teaser sample below.

Imagine waking up on the morning after you quit your job to find a dead body of someone you know on your living room floor. That’s what happens to Laura Hamilton.

In her first adventure, things go bump in the night as she finds the body of an un-liked debt collector in her living room. How did he get there, and why did he get dumped on her turf? She not only needs a job, she needs a minor miracle to get out of this mess.

Laura and Gerry, her handsome Building Superintendent, dodge bullets and exploding cars while helping the police find a killer. Meanwhile, her mom is trying to marry her off and get her a job at her Cousin’s restaurant.

Where to Buy: Amazon, Audible, iTunes

Join Me for an Author Takeover!

Mark your calendars! Join me in the Reanimated Writers Zombie Fiction Fan Group on May 11 when I take over their virtual space. We’ll have fun and games and book chat about Viral Dawn. Everyone gets a free eBook copy of Viral Dawn. Participate in the games, and get chances to win an Amazon Fire 7, autographed copies of Viral Dawn paperbacks with my specially designed bookmarks, and Amazon e-gift cards. Oh, and there’s fun swag too! Just read Viral Dawn, leave an honest review, and I’ll send you your choice of swag while supplies last. We have Viral Dawn mini-book earrings that are so darned cute. Dog tag necklaces, pins, magnets, para cord bracelets, and cards for playing Viral Dawn: The Card Game. As an added bonus, you’ll meet the fun zombie fiction fans in the group. They’re a blast. It’s best to join up early to ensure you’re approved in time for the event. So join us on May 11 from 7 to 9 ET right here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/reanimatedwriters/

Can’t come but still want to help? Like and share this post! Thanks!

THE DEMON HUNTERS SERIES

by USA TODAY Bestseller D.A. Roach

It all started with a ring. The search for an heirloom which led Cassidy straight to the gates of a world she never knew existed.

Now, as the gate between the Demon Realm and the Mortal world is no longer secure, war is inevitable. Cassidy is forced to fight the evil forces out to destroy her and the world she calls home, but she can’t do it alone.

There’s Killian, head of the Demon Hunters and Tyler, her friend with his own set of mystical powers. Now she needs to decide who she can trust with her life…and her heart.

Battles are being fought, alliances are broken, and friendships are formed in this epic battle between good and evil.

USA Today bestselling author DA Roach brings you a three-part paranormal adventure filled with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Are you ready?

Where to Buy: https://amzn.to/2XyhiY8

The boxed set includes all three Demon Hunter novels, Between the Bleeding Willows, Within the Darkest Hollows, and Beneath a Sinister Moon.

MEET THE AUTHOR: D.A. Roach is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author who has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.

USA Today Bestselling Author, D.A. Roach

D.A. is a full-time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, advocating for a rare disorder, and gardening. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Nicole Williams. Reading great works from authors like these have motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

I’d Love Your Vote!

No, I’m not running for office, but we would still love your vote. As you may know, in addition to writing, I also run a small business, Woodland Media Creative Services. We provide audio, video, graphics, and web support for independent authors. Our goal is to provide reasonably priced above average quality services to indies who are struggling to get started in this work. To help support our efforts, I’ve applied for the FedEx Small Business Grant program and would appreciate your support. All you have to do is vote. If you can do so every 24 hours, that would be awesome! If you can share with your friends, that would be great too! Your vote will go directly toward supporting indie writers.

https://smallbusinessgrant.fedex.com/#/gallery/votebadge/0c6e6702-5e5c-4318-984e-d14f4da9b531

#Itwasntme

As a public service announcement, if you look for my books on Amazon, and you search by my name, Skyler Rankin, you’ll find another Skyler Rankin has emerged on the scene and has been publishing a slew of coloring books. There are so many you may have to weed through several pages to find my books. The coloring books are not mine, and I don’t know the person who is posting them. Here’s a photo below so you’ll recognize them.

The titles of the books are just, well, let’s say interesting. They range from Freddie Mercury to tennis stars, soccer, pigs, badgers (I’m not making this up), hipsters, the royal family, Ryan Gosling & Daniel Radcliffe, roller derby, and Kim Jong Un. As you might imagine, I completely freaked out when I watched my book disappear into obscurity as more and more coloring books appeared by the day. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it’s Russian trolls, but since I’m not important enough to deserve that kind of treatment, I’m guessing this is just someone hoping to profit from the current adult coloring book craze.

So, what’s happening as a result of all this is that my author name is effectively overwhelmed by non-novels. The coloring books are being posted so quickly and with such frequency, my book is buried. Oh, and as I write this post, junk food and LOL now have their own volumes. If you could imagine, it’s a lot like watching your house burn down and being powerless to stop it. All of this is to say….those are not my books, so if you see them, please don’t be misled into thinking they’re mine.

Anyone can use any pen name they want on Amazon, and there’s really not much I can do at this point to stop my pen name from swirling down into keyword hell. Independent authors work hard to bring you their books. They often spend more of their own money than they make to do this. I do it because I love writing stories for my readers, and I just don’t want you to be misled into thinking these other products are mine.

For now, to find my books, I recommend searching for the titles when you can, following my blog here on the website, and checking with my Amazon author page.

D.A. Roach’s Demon Hunter Series Box Set Pre-Sale

The Demon Hunters series BOXSET will be available for pre-sale on Feb. 23rd and release on March 5th. Get the BOXSET…ALL 3 BOOKS for the limited time sale price of 99 cents!

It all started with a ring. The search for an heirloom which led Cassidy straight to the gates of a world she never knew existed.

Now, as the gate between the Demon Realm and the Mortal world is no longer secure, war is inevitable. Cassidy is forced to fight the evil forces out to destroy her and the world she calls home, but she can’t do it alone.

There’s Killian, head of the Demon Hunters and Tyler, her friend with his own set of mystical powers. Now she needs to decide who she can trust with her life…and her heart.

Battles are being fought, alliances are broken, and friendships are formed in this epic battle between good and evil.

USA Today bestselling author DA Roach brings you a three-part paranormal adventure filled with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Are you ready?

Where to Buy: https://amzn.to/2Xy8vFA

The Viral Dawn Book Trailer Is Here!

I’ve never been able to contain my excitement when something fun is at stake. Just ask any of my family or friends, and they’ll tell you I can’t stand it when I buy a present for someone but need to wait until a special occasion to give it. This is one such occasion. Below you’ll see my latest creation, the new book trailer for the release of Viral Dawn, the extended edition. I know you’re supposed to tease people before you release these things, but I couldn’t help it. I was THAT excited.

To celebrate the release of Viral Dawn – Extended Edition, I partnered with Woodland Media Creative Services to bring you this book trailer.

We created this right here in the Woodland Media studios. I hope you have as much fun watching it as we did putting it together.

About Viral Dawn

What if your world changed in seconds, destroying everything you thought you knew and thrusting you into a world where your very survival depends on every move you make, every decision, and every step you take? Every. Move. Matters. 

An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly cloud carrying a genetically engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. High school senior, Casey Williams has taken refuge at the school with friends and others who managed to survive the blast and ensuing viral outbreak. They’re safe. For now. But supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter as Casey realizes the time is coming they will need to get out. She is determined to lead her friends to safety only to discover that she’s led them into even greater danger. Determined to save her friends, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to survive. l Dawn is a zombie sci-fi thriller told from the perspective of Casey Williams, a teenager from a less than perfect family. She is a strong and resilient heroine who is courageous in the face of danger as she fights for her future and the lives of her friends.

Where to Buy

Find Viral Dawn at your favorite major book retailer below:

Amazon.com

Where to buy:

Amazon

Kobo

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

It’s Here! Viral Dawn’s Book Trailer!

I’ve never been able to contain my excitement when something fun is at stake. Just ask any of my family or friends, and they’ll tell you I can’t stand it when I buy a present for someone but need to wait until a special occasion to give it. This is one such occasion. Below you’ll see my latest creation, the new book trailer for the release of Viral Dawn, the extended edition. I know you’re supposed to tease people before you release these things, but I couldn’t help it. I was THAT excited.

To celebrate the release of Viral Dawn – Extended Edition, I partnered with Woodland Media Creative Services to bring you this book trailer.

We created this right here in the Woodland Media studios. I hope you have as much fun watching it as we did putting it together.

About Viral Dawn

What if your world changed in seconds, destroying everything you thought you knew and thrusting you into a new reality where your very survival depends on every move you make, every decision, and every step you take? Every. Move. Matters. 

An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly cloud carrying a genetically engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. High school senior, Casey Williams has taken refuge at the school with friends and others who managed to survive the blast and ensuing viral outbreak. They’re safe. For now. But supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter as Casey realizes the time is coming they will need to get out. She is determined to lead her friends to safety only to discover that she’s led them into even greater danger. Determined to save her friends, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to survive. l Dawn is a zombie sci-fi thriller told from the perspective of Casey Williams, a teenager from a less than perfect family. She is a strong and resilient heroine who is courageous in the face of danger as she fights for her future and the lives of her friends.

Where to Buy

Find Viral Dawn at your favorite major bookseller at the links below:

Amazon.com

Smashwords

More Coming Soon!

Viral Dawn – Extended Edition Is Here!

Viral Dawn - Extended Edition by Skyler Rankin has been released!
It’s here! Viral Dawn – Extended Edition has been released!

What if your world changed in seconds, destroying everything you thought you knew and thrusting you into a new reality where your very survival depends on every move you make, every decision, and every step you take? Every. Move. Matters.

An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly cloud carrying a genetically engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. High school senior, Casey Williams has taken refuge at the school with friends and others who managed to survive the blast and ensuing viral outbreak. They’re safe. For now. But supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter as Casey realizes the time is coming they will need to get out. She is determined to lead her friends to safety only to discover that she’s led them into even greater danger. Determined to save her friends, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to survive.

Where to buy:

Amazon

Kobo

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

Behind the Scenes

Why was Viral Dawn revised and re-released? Inquiring minds what to know.

Several years ago, the school psychologist in me set out with a simple goal: to write high-interest, low-level books for struggling readers. Viral Dawn was written for that specific purpose. It was short, a novella of about 30k words. Its sentences were easy to read, and the plot was straightforward with no subplots. The students I shared it with loved it, but I quickly learned the niche was so small that it made publishing more books like it impossible just because of the costs associated with it.

On the positive side, I had great feedback from other readers and my focus group. They loved this zombie story because it was a departure from the norm. It’s told from the perspective of a strong young high school senior, Casey Williams. Despite coming from a less than perfect home, she’s a survivor who doesn’t back down from risk when she or her friends are threatened. She’s relatable because she’s not perfect. She makes mistakes but perseveres.

The previous version was a novella of about 30k words, and the extended edition is more than 93k. I’m working on a sequel, but Viral Dawn can be read as a standalone book. There’s no cliffhanger.

I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did writing it. If you would like to read it, I’m currently giving away 50 free ebooks from Smashwords.com to the first people who request copies. If you’d like a copy and might also enjoy some cool swag, connect with me on Facebook and let me know. https://www.facebook.com/Skyler.Rankin.Author/photos/a.991508220871717/2199295646759629/?type=3&theater

Beneath a Sinister Moon – D.A. Roach

I love a satisfying finale to a series, and Beneath a Sinister Moon hit the spot like Starbucks on a cold winter morning. This book left me invigorated with its unexpected twists and turns. If you’ve read the others in the series (and this is a must because it’s a continuing story that builds with each book) you know that Cassidy seemed at first to be cursed in life. She was abandoned by a father she never knew. Her mother died soon after birth, her first real boyfriend died in a car accident.

Cassidy had no other family than her grandmother, who died of a heart attack. Shortly after her boyfriend (Jace) died, she searched the accident scene hoping to recover a ring she had given him that had belonged to her mother, the only tangible heirloom she owned. In doing so, she literally stumbles upon a portal to a hidden world in a nearby cemetery and learns there’s a centuries-old battle between good and evil playing out just beneath human awareness. She meets a clan of Demon Hunters who are in constant battle for their own survival against demons that roam our world and other dimensions.

Cassidy develops relationships with the clan and becomes bonded to Killian, their leader. As the story progresses, we learn there is more to Cassidy’s past than even she understands, in that she carries the blood of angels in her veins. She learns Jace has been possessed by demons and vows to do what she can to save his soul. She develops a kinship with the clan and wants desperately to help them. Despite Killian’s reluctance to allow her to place herself in danger, Cassidy persists. Eventually, she learns that her ancestry puts her at ground zero in this war, and she must fight in it whether Killian wants her to or not. Beneath a Sinister Moon resolves Cassidy’s story in unexpected ways. (Sorry-no spoilers here…I’m a closed book. Lips zipped.) 

Without giving away more details, I’ll just say this series is full of action and suspense. Cassidy’s story stayed with me long after I put the book down. She’s like the rest of us in many ways as we suffer through the losses of life and find ourselves struggling against adversity. She’s a strong, courageous young woman who may be afraid at times but faces that fear by ramping up her resolve and fighting skills. She presses on, not for power or glory, but for the love she has for her new found friends, whom she’s grown to love like family.  I highly recommend this engaging series.

Where to Buy: https://amzn.to/2Ug4G5J

Within the Darkest Hollows – D.A. Roach

Within the Darkest Hollows is the second book in D.A. Roach’s Demon Hunters series. By the end of book one, Cassidy discovered a new dimension where Demons and Demon Hunters carry out a centuries-old battle between good and evil just beneath the awareness of mortals. Having lost her boyfriend to a car accident and learned his soul had been possessed by the Demon queen Rya, she felt compelled to do something….anything to help the fight and save him with the help of Killian, the powerful leader of the hunters. Surprisingly, Tyler, a half-human, half-demon who had been promised to Rya, becomes a staunch ally in the fight. 

During a fight with Rya, Killian is severely injured and stripped of his powerful and protective clan mark, a tattoo infused with angel blood. With his defenses down, Killian’s behavior begins to change, and Cassidy realizes more is afoot than a physical injury. Cassidy seeks the help of a powerful former hunger, Serena, who lives in the human realm but still has powerful spells and potions in her arsenal. All ‘hell’ breaks loose as Killian disappears with the enchanted ring Cassidy’s deceased mother had given her.

Cassidy must get the ring back to protect it from Rya, who is its actual owner. With it, she would have increased power and would be a greater threat to humans. Tyler had also been promised to Rya as a mate, which places him in danger as well. For now, Tyler is in love with Cassidy, and his inner demons are being kept at bay by powerfully enchanted tattoos. He is noble, honorable and unwavering in his efforts to protect Cassidy, but the tattoos, are starting to disappear…

This book packs a punch in plot-building suspense. As a reader, I felt the tension building throughout as layer upon layer of conflict propelled me toward…toward…what? A final conflict is coming. I know it. The characters know it, but what will happen? Will Killian recover? Will Tyler’s dark side take over? Can Cassidy redeem her boyfriend’s soul? Will Rya choose the ring over Tyler? Will she get both? Will Cassidy ever have a home and family of her own? These are the questions keeping me up at night as I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Where to Buy: https://amzn.to/2VzWA8y

Between the Bleeding Willows by D.A. Roach

I’ve been hanging with D.A. Roach’s Super Rad Demon Hunters of late as they’re gearing up for the release of her latest book in her Demon Hunters series (more on that next post).  It has been a blast.  D.A. and her team know how to show a paranormal fanatic a good time. We’ve had reading marathons, giveaways, quizzes, puzzles, guest authors, and swag. Most importantly though, we’ve shared some hella good reads.  The first book in the series is Between the Bleeding Willows is a fresh take on the YA paranormal genre.  Cassidy Kavanaugh is an eighteen-year-old who’s been through a lot.  Her mother died in childbirth, and she was raised by her grandmother.  Her first real boyfriend, Jace, is killed in a car accident in her senior year of high school.  Not long afterward, Cassie loses her beloved grandmother to a heart attack.  29382653

Emotionally, Cassie is at a loss, and she is utterly alone in the world.  Jace had been wearing a ring that belonged to Cassie’s mother during the crash, and Cassie goes to the accident scene to find it.  In doing so, she discovers there is a portal to another realm off the road at a nearby cemetery.  She uncovers an unseen battle between good and evil has been playing out beneath our awareness, and her boyfriend has been possessed by the dark side.

She finds a group of demon hunters who live on the other side of the cemetery portal. Killian, the commander of the hunters, is training his clan for the brewing conflict, and things have not been going well.  The clan has suffered heavy losses in battle against the demon queen, Rya.

Although the demon hunters fight on behalf of humankind, Killian isn’t pleased that Cassidy has fallen into his realm, and he is mystified as to how she survived the crossover.  Cassidy feels an instant affinity for the clan and its work and wants to help their mission, especially since Jace’s soul is now lost to the demons.  Unfortunately, Killian believes she cannot be a part of the clan because it is far too dangerous for a human.

Undaunted, when Cassidy returns to the human realm, she is determined to step up her game.  She enrolls in a fierce martial arts training program and is committed to winning Killian’s support for her joining the clan.  Suddenly, she is gripped by a mysterious illness that seems to come and go, but she keeps at it.  She meets Tyler Romaitis in the class.  He’s attractive and driven but also a genuinely good guy who saves her life when her illness nearly kills her.  In that process, Tyler discovers Cassidy’s ring and realizes it’s more than just a family heirloom.  When Cassidy recovers, she learns Tyler is more than just another handsome face, and he has connections to the strange new realms that she could never have expected.

Between the Bleeding Willows was a refreshing read for me. I love a good YA paranormal story, and this one had all the thrills I like.  Mystery, paranormal elements, a slight romance that’s not the center of the story, and a strong heroine in Cassidy, who overcomes so much and is a formidable force throughout.

Kicker: The Forgotten Front

As we approach Veterans’ Day, author and veteran, R. Grey Hoover, asked me to share with you his novel, entitled Kicker.  Like many of you, my father and a number of other family members and friends have served in the military, so when Grey asked, of course, I was willing to help him share his story.  I always appreciate books based on real experiences and history.  Hoover’s novel is a WWII thriller about a family’s hardships on the home front and the Army airmen who flew unarmed missions over Japanese territory in China, Burma, and India.  Kicker will be available FREE November 9, 10, and 11, 2018.  Get your free copy here:  http://mybook.to/Kicker.Kicker Cover

Hoover shared this excerpt from Chapter 18:

April 4, 1944 – Dinjan Airbase, India

Sam and Bobby Joe were totally exhausted when they crawled into their charpoys. The harrowing events of the day had taken its toll on them physically and mentally. In spite of the heat and noise of the jungle, Sam felt the blessed relief of sleep approaching soon after his head hit the pillow. However, as he drifted off, a feeling of unease came over him. It was a feeling that something was wrong, not here in India, but at home. He didn’t know if he felt uneasy because he still hadn’t received mail from home or because of some unknown reason, but the feeling stayed with him until he finally succumbed to his exhaustion and slipped into a deep sleep.

Thankfully, his slumber was not disturbed by his recurring nightmare, and he slept soundly until the wee hours of the morning when he suddenly awoke not knowing what had disturbed him. A light rain was falling outside, and except for an occasional flash of distant lightning, the basha was in total darkness. He lay very still, listening to the sounds around him. He strained his hearing, but no sound came except for the steady breathing of the sleeping men around him. After several minutes, he relaxed, thinking his imagination was playing tricks on him. He was almost asleep again when he thought he detected a faint unfamiliar sound coming from somewhere in the basha. Once again, he listened intently, not sure he had heard anything; but then he heard the sound again—only this time it seemed closer, and he was sure it came from within the basha. He couldn’t quite place the sound, but it seemed like something soft brushing against an object. He listened closely, but all was silent. None of the other men in the basha stirred, and after an extended period of silence, he relaxed once again in anticipation of sleep.

He was in that dreamy state just before slumber when he felt the presence of something or someone nearby. Once again, his senses came to full alert, and he made a conscious effort not to move. He listened carefully, bringing all his senses to bear. He could see or hear nothing, and yet he was sure something was there. He was startled when someone at the other end of the room moved, but then all was silent once again. He was lying on his back, so he slowly moved his head to the right and scanned the darkness.

At first, he saw nothing, but then attention was drawn to a slight movement at the foot of his bed. He couldn’t make out what it was. It appeared to be an indistinguishable shadow against the darker background of the room. As he watched, the shadow moved, and he held his breath as it silently glided along the side of his bed. There was no sound as it moved, and it slowly drew nearer and stopped near the head of his bed. He could tell that it was something large, but due to the extreme darkness, he was unable to see what it was. His instincts told him this was something dangerous and evil, and the hairs on the nape of his neck stood erect. At that moment, a distant flash of lightning faintly illuminated the scene, and in that instant of light, Sam could see the large form of a tiger standing beside him.

The animal’s head was enormous. Its eyes, momentarily reflecting light from the faraway lightning, gave the beast an evil, devil-like appearance. This was death incarnate staring directly at him.

Sam was frozen with fear, and his heart seemed to stop. His .45-caliber pistol hung on the wall not three feet away, and he cursed himself for not keeping it inside the mosquito netting with him. He knew the tiger could see that he was awake, and he feared any movement would cause it to attack. The animal stepped closer, and Sam could see its dim outline and smell its damp fur and the fetid odor of its breath. The tiger appeared to know its victim was helpless. The great beast took its time as it sniffed the mosquito netting as if testing its strength. Slowly it raised a huge paw and placed it against the puny impediment. The tiger’s claws caught in the netting, and with a mighty swipe, it ripped the flimsy material away from the bed.


About the Author

RGreyHoover PhotoR. Grey Hoover is an Air Force veteran with a family tradition of military service that dates back to the American revolution. He wrote his book “Kicker the forgotten front” to honor his father and the other veterans of World War II who fought in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theatre.  During the war, the European and Pacific theatres got most of the supplies and media attention leaving the CBI theatre with the leftovers. Even in today’s media coverage of World War II, the CBI theatre is never mentioned. The author’s book is an attempt to correct this gross oversight.

Find Hoover’s book Kicker (The Forgotten Front) on Amazon.   Don’t miss your free copy of Kicker, available November 9, 10, and 11, 2018 in honor of Veterans’ Day.

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Join D.A. Roach in the Demon Hunters Reading Marathon

So what’s this about?  Well, you know me. Everything begins with a story.  Lately, I’ve been unable to sleep, but not for the usual reasons. This time, I’ve been kept awake into the wee hours of the morning reading Between the Bleeding Willows by D. A. Roach.  I met D.A., or Deb, as we collaborated in the Midnight Oil Anthology from Southern Owl Publications.
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We clicked, immediately and helped each other out with promotions. When I discovered she also writes YA paranormal fiction, she gave me a copy of Between the Bleeding Willows, and I am devouring it.  Like my book, Viral Dawn, Deb’s book features a bold and powerful heroine with a strong drive to lead.
Cassidy has experienced a great deal of pain and loss in her life, but this has made her stronger. She continues despite pain and challenge–even when that challenge is other-worldly. I love that about her. So I’m hooked.
Luckily, Between the Bleeding Willows is part of the Demon Hunters series so we can sink our teeth into Cassidy’s story for a while.  Deb is sponsoring a completely rad Demon Hunters reading marathon this month in anticipation of the release of the third book in the series, Beneath a Sinister Moon, coming in December.
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Now is a great time to check out D. A. Roach’s book! It’s free until November 4, 2018, on Amazon! You can download Between the Bleeding Willows, Book 1 Demon Hunters, it will be free Oct. 31-Nov. 4th at this buy link: http://amzn.com/B01C4VVPII.

D.A. Roach and her Demon Hunters street team are leading the marathon with fun reading activities, games, guest authors, giveaways, and other fun.  The Demon Hunters Series Reading Marathon Starts today Nov. 1st!

What is a marathon, you ask? A marathon is a read-a-long of an entire series. For this marathon, D. A. and her team have divided her YA Paranormal series into three, 2-week legs. Readers will read the assigned chapters and then return to the event page to participate in games, contests, and other fun before continuing on. (So it’s kind of like those book clubs at libraries, but with a techno-twist.)

Here’s the Schedule:  The main purpose of the event is to read the series. We’ll give you a time frame for reaching Mile Markers (checkpoints) and at those mile markers, readers can join in discussion threads and games to reflect on the action, plotline, and themes presented in the chapters read. You will also be able to ask D.A. anything about the book and her thought process in writing it! It’s a rare opportunity to get author feedback on a great story.

Finish line:  Readers who finish the entire series and post reviews for all three books reach the finish line and are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE DEMON HUNTER BOX. This grand prize is packed with paranormal goodies! The finish line party will take place on Saturday, Dec.15th where we’ll have some closing remarks, more fun, and prizes!

Guest Authors:  A reading marathon would be nothing special if it didn’t introduce you to other authors and their “trophies.” So, D. A. has invited a few authors to “showcase” their own books too.

So, to recap once more. Here’s the plan:

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If you haven’t yet downloaded Between the Bleeding Willows, Book 1 in the Demon Hunters series, it will be free Oct. 31-Nov. 4th via this buy link:  http://amzn.com/B01C4VVPII.

The second book, Within in the Darkest Hollows, Book 2 Demon Hunters, is available for purchase at this buy link: http://a.co/2NaATFH.

The third book, Beneath a Sinister Moon, Book 3 Demon Hunters is coming soon on Dec. 4th!

Author Takeovers:
11/2 – Brandy Nacole
11/4 – Alisha Vincent
11/6 – Tricia Copeland
11/13 – AJ Norris
11/18 – Nikki Jefford
11/27 – Jennifer Siddoway
12/2 – JL Clayton
12/4 – Kayla Krantz
12/11 – Tia Silverthorne Bach

Heres a handy Calendar of events: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=9u7qgdh7smt480pagnh300ilv4%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FNew_York

Reading Schedule:

Reading Marathon Between the Bleeding Willows Begins 11/1!
Thurs. 11/1 – Read Chap. 1-5 Due on Sunday 11/4 (Checkpt 1)
Sun. 11/4 – Read Chap. 6-11 Due on Thurs. 11/8 (Checkpt 2)
Thurs. 11/8 – Read Chap. 12 -16 Due Sun. 11/11 (Checkpt 3)
Sun. 11/11- Read Chap. 17-21(end) Due Thurs. 11/15 (Checkpt 4)

Within the Darkest Hollows Begins 11/16!

Thurs. 11/16 – Read Chap. 1-7 Due on Sun. 11/18 (Checkpt 1)
Sun. 11/18 – Read Chap. 8-15 Due on Thurs. 11/22 (Checkpt 2)
Thurs. 11/22 – Read Chap. 16-23 Due on Sun. 11/25 (Checkpt 3)
Sun. 11/25 – Read Chap. 24-28 (tend) Due on Fri. 11/30 (Checkpt 4)

Beneath a Sinister Moon Reading Marathon Begins 12/1!

Sat. 12/1- Read Chap. 1-8 Due on Tues. 12/4 (Checkpt 1)
Tues. 12/4 – Read Chap. 9-19 Due on Sat. 12/8 (Checkpt 2)
Sat. 12/8 – Read Chap. 20-29 Due on Tues. 12/11 (Checkpt 3)
Tues. 12/11– Read Chap. 30-40(end) Due on Sat. 12/15 (Checkpt 4)

You can follow all the fun through D. A. Roach’s social media links: