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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Release Day Blitz- I DO OR I DON'T by @robedwards5000 With An Excerpt & #Giveaway!

I am so excited that I DO OR I DON'T by Rob Edwards is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC from Rob & Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.

 

About the Book:

Title: I DO OR I DON'T

Author: Rob Edwards

Pub. Date: May 18, 2022

Publisher: Rayn Media Inc.

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 284

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, iBooks, Kobo

Beautiful Brooke Winthrop, and brash Becca Dodge are known in Hollywood circles as the Queen B’s for their meteoric success. They are the host and producer of I Do or I Don’t, the number-one-rated reality television show in the country. It is a whirlwind courtship show that ends every episode at the altar where two people must decide, on live TV, whether they will say the words that will change the rest of their lives.

One unlucky bride says, “I do,” only to be murdered by the groom on their honeymoon. The distraught father of the bride holds Brooke and Becca accountable. He manages to kidnap them and produce his own internet show based on the format of their program. Brooke and Becca are run through the scenarios they put their couples through. They must use these brief moments to prove their innocence or be killed in the last episode.

 

Excerpt:

“Just so you all know, with the good press we’re getting and the increase in applications, I’m contemplating pushing the network to give us either Sunday night or Thursday night, too.”

“Are you serious?” Brooke said.

Becca looked up. “It’s either that or two hours on Tuesdays. We need to make hay here. With our numbers the way they are, sponsor rates are at a premium. That gives us leverage for a mid-season renegotiation. I say we go for it.”

“Hell, yeah,” Amantha said and others at the table chuckled.

The door opened, and a young girl walked in and rushed over to whisper to Amantha. Brooke had seen her before but didn’t know her name. She just knew she was Amantha’s casting associate.

Amantha listened and turned to Becca. “So, apparently we have a woman who’s not comfortable with any of the ten individuals we’ve supplied her with. She’s in tears and is begging RuLanne for a few more applications.”

Becca shook her head. “No way. That’s part of it. You may get lucky, or you may not. Tell her that we’re sorry it didn’t work out for her and send her on her way.”

“Hold on,” Brooke said. “Becca, can’t we give her another five or so? We’re supposed to be helping people find love.”

“No, we can’t,” Becca leaned forward. “And don’t think for a minute that it’s our job to help people find love. We’re here to put on a show. If suddenly we start giving extra applications for people to go over until they find someone, they’ll never make a decision, and we’ll never have a show.”

“Oh,” George said. “You mean that show we have about helping people find love?”

Becca glared at him and then turned to RuLanne. “Do this. Go tell her we’re sorry we can’t give her more applications to go through. But promise her ten seconds on the next broadcast so she can tell all her family and friends. Then get her name to the editors and tell them I said to put her in, or I’ll have their ass. Clear?”

RuLanne nodded and rushed back out.

As soon as the door closed Becca slammed her hands on the table and stood. “The name of this show is not called ‘Finding Love.’ It’s called I Do or I Don’t and don’t think for a minute that anybody watching this show is hoping for the former. There’s a huge segment that is hoping to see someone say, ‘I don’t,’ because watching a train wreck is a shitload more entertaining than watching someone else’s happiness.” She pointed at George, glaring. “And, George Crone, if you argue with me one more time in front of the crew, your ass will hit the pavement so fast you won’t know what happened. And you can just keep on bouncing because you aren’t getting back in. Got it?”

George closed his laptop quietly and rested his hands on top of it. “Got it.”

The door burst open, and Alanna Gates, Fiona’s little sister and Becca’s personal assistant rushed in. “Miss Dodge,”

“What?” Becca shouted, impatiently.

. “Ehhh...” Alanna paused briefly at the harshness of her boss’s tone. “I think you all should come see this right away.”

“See what?” Becca asked. “We need to finish this meeting.”

“Kristine Haddock, the bride from the show the other night.” Alanna looked around the room.

“She’s dead.”

 

About Rob Edwards:

The majority of Rob Edwards working life has been in the video and film production world, giving him ample experience with storytelling and the creative process. He has written throughout his career and has won national and international awards for his work.

He is now transforming his efforts to the page, rather than the screen.

Rob lives in the mid-Michigan area with his bride. Together they enjoy traveling, foodie adventures, wine tasting, reading, and generally being outdoors.

He currently works as a Media Development Specialist and teaches video post-production.

​Rob loves hearing from readers, so please feel free to contact him. 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Release Day Blitz- HEATHEN by @Alterici & @Ashes_Art With An Excerpt & A #Giveaway! @thevaultcomics, & @RockstarBkTours

I am so excited that HEATHEN: The Complete Series Omnibus Edition by Natasha Alterici & Ashley A. Woods is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 2 finished copies of the graphic novel from Vault & Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.

 

About The Book:

Title: HEATHEN: The Complete Series Omnibus Edition

Author: Natasha Alterici, Ashley A. Woods (Illustrations), Rachel Deering, Morgan Martinez

Pub. Date: May 17, 2022

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 336

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

WOMAN. WARRIOR. VIKING. HEATHEN. OUTCAST. 

THE GODS MUST PAY…

Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, and exiled from her village for kissing another woman, the lesbian Viking warrior, Aydis, sets out to destroy the god-king Odin and end his oppressive reign. She is a friend to many as she is joined by mermaids, immortals, Valkyries, and the talking horse, Saga. But she is also a fearsome enemy to the demons and fantastic monsters that populate the land. 
Heathen – The Complete Series Omnibus Edition trade paperback collects the entire twelve-issue series.

Soon to be movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood, & Lords of Dogtown)

Perfect for fans of Monstress, Helheim, and Northlanders.

Reviews:

“These declarations of self from women and queer characters fit so elegantly into the mythology Alterici uses to weave her tale, it reminds us that these narratives belonged there all along.”- The Mary Sue

“I want epics with female leads, and fortunately HEATHEN fulfills that desire in a big way, while also adding its own unique touch with themes that are as contemporary as they are timeless.”- Women Write About Comics

“One look at the cover and I knew this book was right up my alley. If you are into Norse mythology and aching for a lesbian angle, then this book is for you. If you want a love story that is more than a romance, a heroine that is truly honourable and fierce, then I urge you to pick this … up.”- The Lesbian Review

“Natasha Alterici's Heathen, has single-handedly redeemed the disaster that pop culture has been making of Norse mythology. It’s a smart, funny, feminist, queer and sex-positive take on the Viking world; one with a wide cast of diverse and endearing characters. Heathen is a must-read for comics (and mythology) lovers of all sorts and those in quest of superb queer and feminist comics in particular. RATING: 10/10”- Pop Matter

 

Excerpt:






 

About Natasha Alterici:

Natasha Alterici is a writer and artist living in Tulsa, OK who has been working as a freelance artist for over ten years. Works include Heathen (Vault Comics), Dinosaur Project, Gotham Academy: Yearbook, Grayson Annual, The Lez Film Review, Mixed Signals, Lovers and Other Strangers, Transcience, and a number of others. When not drawing, she enjoys watching cooking shows with her wife and their two cats, Cheshire and Louise.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 




About Ashley A. Woods:

Ashley A. Woods is a comic book artist, writer, & creator from Chicago known for her work on the "Niobe", "Ladycastle" and "Tomb Raider" series. She got her start through self-publishing her action-fantasy comic series “Millennia War” which led to her career in comics and TV. After earning her degree in Film and Animation from IADT, she traveled to Kyoto, Japan where she presented her work in a gallery showcase called, “Out Of Sequence”. Recognized for her female illustrations and designs, her most prominent work is "Niobe: She is Life" with Stranger Comics.

Her latest work can be seen on HBO's "Lovecraft Country", DC’s “Wonder Woman Black & Gold 2” and "Jupiter Invincible" with Pulitzer Prize winning author Yusef Komunyakaa which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival June 2021.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

 

Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of HEATHEN, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, May 9, 2022

Blog Tour- MICHAEL ANGELO & THE STONE MISTRESS by @morettisteve With An Excerpt & A $25 Amazon GC #Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the MICHAEL ANGELO & THE STONE MISTRESS by Steve Moretti Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

 

About the Book:

Title: MICHAEL ANGELO & THE STONE MISTRESS

Author: Steve Moretti

Pub. Date: April 30, 2022

Publisher: DWA Media

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 467

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N

Read for FREE with a Kindle Unlimited Membership!

Michelangelo believed every block of marble held a statue inside it. Yet he knew that without deep personal sacrifice, it would remain forever hidden.

Five hundred years later, New York fashion photographer Michael Angelo Thomas falls in love with every woman who poses before his camera. He is driven to reveal what lies beneath the surface, stripping away the barrier between viewer and subject.

His finished photographs reveal the vulnerable beauty of each model. His work makes him the most sought after fashion photographer in 1994. But rather than enjoy his prestige, he lives a life of anguish, unable to form meaningful attachments or purge the demons of self-doubt and of losing both of his adoptive parents in a freak accident.

After the death of an aspiring young model that his photographs propel to international fame, he leaves New York for an assignment in Florence to photograph the world’s leading fashion models.

In the shadows of Michelangelo’s greatest triumphs, Michael discovers a secret that will change his life and those who desire to be closest to him.

Comments from Advance Readers:

“This was a definite page-turner, I could hardly put it down.” - Nevine R.

“All I can say is, ‘WOW!’” - Marianne P.

“I was so engrossed in the story that I lost all track of time.” - Emma D.

“Love, love, loving this novel, it’s got it all.” - Trulyn B.

“I am very impressed.” - Pierre F 

 

Excerpt:

Michael fell in love with every woman he photographed.

Unless he exposed his heart, he couldn’t get close enough to what lay deepest inside them. If he didn’t make himself vulnerable, his images only reflected what lay on the surface, missing the connection he needed. Once he felt himself swept away by his subject, sparks flying with each release of the shutter, and every lightning bolt flash, they bonded for hours in the studio.

And many more in the darkroom with Michael and the celluloid history of the session.

The results spoke for themselves. Some of the women revealed so completely in his images wanted to be with him, to touch the man who so deeply touched them. He made it a rule to never sleep with the women he photographed.

But he was never very good at following rules.

“Ginger, you’re already here,” he said, making a fist and holding it to his heart. “But…” he hesitated, moving his face close to hers, their lips almost touching.

“But, what, Michael?”

Even in this light, her features outlined softly with the faint brush of the red safelight, he could see her sadness and openness, her strength and her weakness. Her face was a canvas he could explore a long time. Ginger had a gift unlike the dozens and dozens of models he’d photographed. She didn’t need to strike a pose. Everything was there on the surface, waiting to be captured. Her gift was not knowing she had anything to offer, not knowing she was anything special.

Her innocence was intoxicating. “Would you mind if I took a few more pictures of you?” he finally replied.

“Really?” she smiled. “Now?”

“Yes,” he kissed her lips ever so lightly, then flicked on the light. “Come on.”

She followed him out of the darkroom. His mind raced with ideas about how he would light her, what lens to use and a dozen other tiny details about equipment and settings.

Ginger sat at his table, and poured the rest of the champagne into their glasses, then reached down to her purse on the floor. She took out an envelope, opened it and emptied the contents into her hand.

“I just got these,” she said, laying her palm flat, revealing a clutch of small pink pills.

Michael set down the lens he’d taken from his bag. “What are they?”

“It’s ecstasy… in a pill.” Before he could respond, she popped two in her mouth and washed them down with champagne.

She held out her hand, offering him the pills. “Let’s find it tonight.” 

 

About Steve Moretti:

I have always been drawn to passion and creativity in all its forms. I am equally fascinated by the mechanics of the universe and the characters of history. I have a special affection for the power of music which I believe is the universal language of human emotion.

My writing journey started in journalism, public relations and advertising then continued into software development. I have been writing novels full-time for a couple of years now and recently completed my first series, Song for a Lost Kingdom.

I also co-authored a biography on the life of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and am currently finishing the first book of a new trilogy called Michael Angelo.

I grew up in London, Ontario (Canada) and also lived in Pompano Beach, Florida as a teenager. I moved to Ottawa and attended Carleton University and now live just south of the city with my wife and our two dogs.

I look forward to your feedback. Visit my website stevemoretti.ca for the latest news, or email me at steve@stevemoretti.ca anytime! 

Sign up for Steve’s newsletter and get a free eBook!

 

WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $25 Amazon GC, International.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/9/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

5/9/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

5/10/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post

5/10/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

5/11/2022

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

5/11/2022

BookHounds

Excerpt/IG Post

5/12/2022

The Momma Spot

Excerpt/IG Post

5/12/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

5/13/2022

Review Thick and Thin

Review/IG Post

5/13/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

5/16/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

Review/IG Post

5/16/2022

Fire and Ice

Review/IG Post

5/17/2022

Viviana MacKade

Guest Post

5/17/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

5/18/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review/IG Post

5/18/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

Review/IG Post

5/19/2022

Emmiepooh2

Review/IG Post

5/19/2022

The Girl Who Reads

Review/IG Post

5/20/2022

onemoreexclamation

Review/IG Post

5/20/2022

Ravenz Reviewz

Review/IG Post


Thursday, May 5, 2022

Blog Tour- WITCHBLOOD by @MatthewErman & @lisa_sterle With Matthew & Lisa's Favorite Video Games & A #Giveaway! @thevaultcomics, & @RockstarBkTours

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WITCHBLOOD by Matthew Erman & Lisa Sterle Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: WITCHBLOOD: The Complete Series (Witchblood #1-10)

Author: Matthew Erman, Lisa Sterle (Illustrations),Gab Contreras, Jim Campbell

Pub. Date: April 26, 2022

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 256

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

A non-stop supernatural action adventure bathed in magic, blood, motorcycles, mayhem, vampires, and an unconventional. 1,000 year-old witch named Yonna.

MAGIC IS IN THE BLOOD

A modern, Wild West road trip about a witch named Yonna cruising the Southwest as a band of bloodthirsty biker vampires, The Hounds of Love, hunt her scattered coven for the source of all magic: witch blood. From the critically acclaimed creators of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck and Long Lost comes Witchblood, a blend of action, lore, and Americana—perfect for fans of Buffy and American Gods.

Reviews:

"Loud and brash and high-energy, the kind of thing that makes readers yearn to see what will come next...[packed with] gripping, stylish thrills." ― Women Write About Comics

"A mixtape in comic form, that blends familiar lore, with the roughness of the Wild West...the creative team has successfully given us a character who although vulnerable, packs some serious attitude, you can’t help but root for her, and with the dangers she has stumbled upon and the revelation of her WITCHBLOOD, we are on our way to be treated to some action-packed, magic in the making." ― Geek Network

"Witchblood #1 is a fun, splashy start to a stylish series." ― AV Club

"Want a chaotic, fun time? Witchblood is just the levels of chaos you need in your life." ― Wandering Nerd Girl

"Witchblood is the most beautiful form of a passion project...This comic really is something special, not just for fans of witchcraft and vampires, but for anyone who loves colour, representation, and the craft done right." ― The Valkyries

Named one of "the comics and graphic novels worth mentioning from 2021" ― THRILLIST

 

What are some of your favorite video games?

Matthew: Now this is a question I can get behind! I am a firm believer that game design and game narrative are such a unique and special way of telling a story. I’ve always loved the 2nd-person storytelling and videogames exist almost exclusively in that space along with ttrpgs.

Here are some of my favorites:

Grim Fandango — Really beautiful game. So unique. One of the most interesting, captivating worlds imagined and the writing is topnotch. Love the character of Manny Calavera, he is so cool. I remember playing that game as a kid and being so influenced by the idea you can write stories like that. They don’t have to be anything except what you want them to be, and the freedom to write something that’s funny and dark and weird and noir and beautiful was really enlightening.

Disco Elysium — Maybe the best written game of all time? It felt like reading an excellent novel. Seeing a film that sticks with you for weeks. I haven’t stopped thinking about Disco Elysium since I beat it and I can’t wait to go back to it in a couple of years to relive the story.

Elden Ring — Literally can’t stop playing this masterpiece.

Final Fantasy 9 — The best one!

I’m also a big fan of roguelikes, so things like Hades and Binding of Isaac are great. Since the pandemic I also really got into Magic: The Gathering and while that isn’t a video game I really do love playing.

Lisa: Ok right now it’s Elden Ring which was a shock even to me as Matthew is a diehard FromSoftware fanboy and has been trying to get me to stick to one of these games for years. But I’ve been sucked in, I can’t help it, it's great even though I never want to ever fight any big bosses ever haha. Fallout 3 is probably my favorite of all-time, I love the aesthetic and world-building and quirky stories of that game, and it was my first foray back into videogames in college. Some others are Final Fantasy 6, Hades, Horizon Zero Dawn, Silent Hill 2, Psychonauts, Bayonetta. I’m kind of all over the place!


About Matthew Erman:

Matthew Erman is a comics writer from Columbus, Ohio. Alongside Lisa Sterle, he co-created the critically acclaimed comic horror series, Long Lost, which was optioned for Film/TV by Producer Jenny Klein (The Witcher, Daisy Jones and The Six). Erman has since worked on the comic book series Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and graphic novel Power Rangers: Sins of the Future with BOOM! Studios, series Care Bears: Unlock the Magic with IDW, the upcoming  science fiction/ horror / humorous romance original graphic novel BONDING, with artist and co-creator Emily Pearson for Vault Comics, and the smash supernatural action adventure comics series (with artist/co-creator Lisa Sterle) from Vault Comics, WITCHBLOOD. His short work can be found in anthologies such as Corpus (2018), Dead Beats (2019) and Everything is Going Wrong (2019).

 

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 

About Lisa Sterle:

Lisa Sterle is a Columbus artist with work spanning from comic books to concept design to pop-culture-fueled illustration. Her work is often bright, expressive, and occasionally tinged with horror— marrying her two favorite themes: the beautiful and the grotesque. She has worked with HarperCollins, IDW, Image, Archie Comics, Vault Comics, BOOM! Studios, and many others. She is the co-creator of monthly comics Long Lost and Submerged (Vault Comics), and Witchblood (Vault comics), as well as creator of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck, a modern and diverse interpretation of the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck. Currently she is working on the graphic novel Squad with writer Maggie Tokuda-Hall for Greenwillow Books.

WITCHBLOOD is the first time Lisa Sterle’s wider (witchy/tarot/occult) audience has access to her all-new  book (to be found in book stores in which they frequent), and it is her first creator-owned project since The Modern Witch Tarot.

As the creator of the smash, best-selling, The Modern Witch Tarot, Lisa has a super rabid fan base, and with over 16K Twitter followers, she is known as one of the most “influential witches in the world!”  Further, Lisa was voted by Watkins Body Mind Spirit Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Spiritually Influential  Living People  (Pope Francis is #1, Dalai Lama is #2; Lisa is #92 – Neil de Grasse Tyson is #93!)

Here’s more about Lisa Sterle’s  diverse, all-female, Modern Witch Tarot:

    • The Modern Witch Tarot has sold over TWO MILLION UNITS since its release on October 1, 2019
    • The Modern Witch Tarot is the #1 Bestselling Tarot in the world – ever!
    • It is the #1 BESTSELLER in Amazon’s Tarot category
    • It is the #2 BESTSELLER in Amazon’s Fortune Telling category
    • It is the #4 BESTSELLER in Amazon’s Witchcraft Religion & Spirituality category
    • The Modern Witch Tarot has over 13,000 reviews
    • The Modern Witch Tarot is rated 5 stars on Amazon
    • The Modern Witch Tarot has been in the TOP 500 Books on Amazon since release
    • The Modern Witch Tarot reinvented the Rider-Waite deck for modern use

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Goodreads

 

Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of WITCHBLOOD, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/11/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt or Guest Post

4/12/2022

Wottaread Blog

Excerpt or Guest Post

4/13/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt or Guest Post/IG Post

4/14/2022

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt or Guest Post/IG Post

4/15/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt or Guest Post

4/16/2022

See Sadie Read

Review

Week Two:

4/17/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review

4/18/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

Review

4/19/2022

The Momma Spot

Review

4/20/2022

Celia's Reads

Review

4/21/2022

Bri's Bookish

Review

4/22/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review

4/23/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

Week Three:

4/24/2022

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

4/25/2022

Eli to the nth

Review/IG Post

4/26/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

4/27/2022

The Clever Reader

Review/IG Post

4/28/2022

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review

4/29/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

4/30/2022

Vamplit

Review

Week Four:

5/1/2022

My Fictional Oasis

Review

5/2/2022

Pages_and_Procrastinaton

Review/IG Post

5/3/2022

Bookish Rantings

Excerpt or Guest Post/IG Post

5/4/2022

Emmiepooh2

Review

5/5/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt or Guest Post

5/6/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

5/7/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post


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