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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Blog Tour- THE BLUE FLAME: The Complete Series by @ifyoucantwell & @AdamTGorham With Excerpts & A #Giveaway! @thevaultcomics

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE BLUE FLAME: The Complete Series by Christopher Cantwell & Adam Gorham Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: THE BLUE FLAME: The Complete Series

Authors: Christopher Cantwell & Adam Gorham (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: May 30, 2023

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 256

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/THE-BLUE-FLAME 

A cosmic action adventure for fans and readers of Watchmen, Strange Adventures, and Hawkeye, The Blue Flame tells the story of a blue collar working man/DIY vigilante/cosmic hero, who must defend Earth with an answer to the question: “Is humanity worth saving?”

Repairman. Vigilante. Cosmic Hero.

The Blue Flame is a cosmic hero. The Blue Flame is a DIY vigilante that fights crime on the streets of Milwaukee. The Blue Flame is a blue collar HVAC repairman named Sam Brausam.

In the wake of a horrific tragedy, the boundaries of the Blue Flame’s identity blur even further. Now, before a universal trial, the Blue Flame must prove that humanity is worth saving. But in order to do that, Sam Brausam has to save himself. Can he? An odyssey for answers at the heart of the universe.

Collects the entire ten-issue series.

"...a thought-provoking saga that transcends the usual genre clich├ęs." -- Publishers Weekly

“The Blue Flame …is a triumph” -- SYFY Wire

"A perfect 10." -- Comics Bookcase

“…one of the most thought-provoking stories in comics all year.” – SYFY Wire

"...a vital modern superhero story." -- Comicbook.com

“With a rich, multifaceted narrative (it touches on, among other reference points, Birdman and Strange Adventures), the book is a gripping exploration of why people become heroes, and what that ultimately means in every sense (logistical, emotional, philosophical, etc.)” – AIPT

“…an intriguing and rich read…” – Comics Bookcase

“The Blue Flame … is a supremely confident, deliberate, and interesting comic. Every element of craft in this book is not only well-done but deployed in a way that serves a greater unified narrative, one that gets at the heart of the intersection of the fantastic and the tragic. It’s brilliant work. 10/10.” – Comics Bookcase

“If you like brilliant art and clever storytelling this is one to pick up.” – Comic Watch

“The Blue Flame … presents a crisscrossing narrative that pays homage to Silver Age comics and sci-fi serials, setting up a mystery that crosses time and space. Comic fans old and new should give this title a read, as it presents classic tropes in a fresh new way. [It] has also raised a set of questions that will keep readers … hooked.” – But Why Tho?

“… a compelling narrative …” -- Gate Crashers

 

Excerpt:










 

About Christopher Cantwell:

In addition to writing comics (THE BLUE FLAME, IRON MAN, ANGEL, UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA, DOCTOR DOOM, SHE COULD FLY) , Christopher Cantwell is a veteran TV writer and producer, having co-created and show ran AMC’s HALT AND CATCH FIRE. He currently also serving as co-Showrunner for the TV adaption of PAPER GIRLS by Brian K. Vaughan for Amazon and Legendary Entertainment.

Twitter 

 



About Adam Gorham:

Comic book interiors + covers. Currently drawing The Blue Flame @ Vault Comics.

Twitter | Instagram

 




Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive finished copies of THE BLUE FLAME: The Complete Series, US Only.

Ends June 20th, midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/22/2023

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

5/23/2023

The Chirpy Bookaholic

Excerpt/IG Post

5/24/2023

The Momma Spot

Excerpt

5/25/2023

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt/IG Post

5/26/2023

yabookscentral.com

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

5/29/2023

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

5/30/2023

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post

5/31/2023

onemused

IG Post

6/1/2023

Reads by Radus

Excerpt/IG Post

6/2/2023

Cara North

Excerpt/IG Post

6/3/2023

Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

6/4/2023

Lifestyle of Me

Review

6/5/2023

Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post

6/6/2023

@stargirls.magical.tale

Review/IG Post

6/7/2023

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Review/IG Post

6/8/2023

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

6/9/2023

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

Week Four:

6/12/2023

@jlreadstoperpetuity

Review/IG Post

6/13/2023

Nerdophiles

Review

6/14/2023

@evergirl200

IG Review

6/15/2023

Author Z. Knight’s Guild

Review/IG Post

6/16/2023

Brandi Danielle Davis

Review/IG Post


Monday, May 29, 2023

Blog Tour- LOLO WEAVER SWIMS UPSTREAM by @PFKreader With An Excerpt & #Giveaway! @HolidayHouseBks, & @RockstarBkTours

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the LOLO WEAVER SWIMS UPSTREAM by Polly Farquhar Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: LOLO WEAVER SWIMS UPSTREAM

Author: Polly Farquhar

Pub. Date: April 25, 2023

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 240

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/LOLO-WEAVER-SWIMS-UPSTREAM

"Not since Ramona Quimby has a character marched right out of a book with so much bravado, humor, and heart."--Barbara O'Connor, New York Times bestselling author of Wish

A headstrong girl’s quest to steal back her family’s dog goes awry in this humorous and compassionate novel.

Lolo is stuck in summer school with a teacher who is out to get her while her family is still reeling from her grandfather’s death. Even his dog is mourning, howling outside all night and every night. Finally, lovable old Hank is sent to a farm across the lake that takes foster dogs.

And it’s all Lolo’s fault. 

Lolo knows she has to get Hank back. In a tippy canoe, Lolo crosses the almost-dried-out lake to steal her dog back. But she runs into Noah, a student in her summer school class and Hank's new owner—and he loves Hank as much as she does.

As Lolo’s plan unravels and her uneasy alliance with Noah grows into a friendship, the question of what’s best for Hank becomes muddier. Can Lolo manage to do the right thing—for once? 

Itch author Polly Farquhar returns to Ohio with a tale of a big-hearted girl searching for answers to tough questions in all the wrong places. Fans of Gary Schmidt will love Farquhar’s blend of honesty, humor, and heart.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


Lolo Weaver Swims Upstream

By Polly Farquhar

 

Excerpt for Rockstar Book Tours

 

Excerpt from Lolo Weaver Swims Upstream / Text copyright © 2023 by Polly Farquhar. Reproduced with permission from Holiday House Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

My name is Lolo Weaver. It’s a nickname. Lolo. The summer school teacher would only call me Willow, which is my official name and the one that gets printed up on the class lists, but when she was going around the room and my friend Eddie, whose given name is Eduardo, said, “Call me Eddie,” she made a note in her grade book and always called him Eddie, even when she scolded him. When she got to me, the very last kid on the list, she called out, “Willow Weaver,” and I said, “It’s Lolo,” and she said, “What kind of name is that?”

Every kid looked at me. Most of the kids were ones I’d known my whole life, and a few were from another school in the district, across the lake. The kids I’d known my whole life didn’t know Lolo was a strange name. I didn’t, either.

The teacher said, “That’s like calling you Low-Low with a W.” She lowered her voice when she said it. Low-Low. “It’s a name with low expectations.”

The teacher’s name was Mrs. Cryer, and I thought maybe her name was exactly right since she’d make all her students cry because she was so mean. Not tough, but mean, because there’s a difference. But I wasn’t brave or stupid enough to say that, though I always wished I had. I might as well have, because I was going to get into other kinds of trouble that summer, anyway.

Because it was summer, the building was mostly empty and mostly quiet, but it still smelled like a school—like glue and pizza, and canned peas and dirty feet. The only difference was the hot summer sunshine that shone in, even when the blinds were closed, and how a person can’t just sit inside a classroom without knowing that everyone else was on summer vacation. We were all there because we were the only ones who hadn’t passed the state test.

At least the lake was closed, and at least that wasn’t my fault.

 

About Polly Farquhar:

Polly Farquhar is the author of Itch. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State University, and her short stories for grown-ups have been published in literary magazines. She is also the recipient of multiple Individual Artist Grants from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides with her husband and daughters in the Columbus, Ohio area. Originally from upstate New York, her favorite place to canoe is the Adirondacks.

 

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of  LOLO WEAVER SWIMS UPSTREAM, US Only.

Ends June 13th, midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/29/2023

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post

5/29/2023

Log Cabin Library

Excerpt

5/30/2023

YA Books Central

Excerpt/IG Post

5/30/2023

The Momma Spot

Excerpt

5/31/2023

The Chirpy Bookaholic

Excerpt/IG Post

5/31/2023

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic/TikTok Post

6/1/2023

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

6/1/2023

Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post

6/2/2023

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

6/2/2023

Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

6/5/2023

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

6/5/2023

Kim's Book Reviews and Writing Aha's

Review/IG Post

6/6/2023

Nerdophiles

Review

6/6/2023

@evergirl200

IG Review

6/7/2023

Jenguerdy

Review/IG Post

6/7/2023

@get.outside.and.read

IG Review

6/8/2023

Author Z. Knight’s Guild

Review/IG Post

6/8/2023

Two Points of Interest

Review

6/9/2023

Not In Jersey

Review/IG Post

6/9/2023

pluvioreads

Review/IG Post


Blog Tour- MINDSET by @zackkaps & @JohnJPearson With Excerpts & A #Giveaway! @thevaultcomics

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the MINDSET by Zack Kaplan & John J. Pearson Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: MINDSET

Authors: Zack Kaplan & John J. Pearson (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: June 6, 2023

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 104

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/MINDSET-Kaplan   

Black Mirror meets The Social Network in the mind-bending, sci-fi technothriller Mindset, where mind control is only an app away.  For fans of Dave Eggers’ The Circle and The Every.

The Cult of Control

When an introverted tech geek accidentally discovers mind control, he and his friends do something unexpected – they put the science into a meditation app to help users break their technology addiction. But as their Mindset app achieves a dangerous cult following, lies, conspiracies, and murder come to light. Are they helping people or controlling them?
Free your mind.
Who’s in control?

Collects the entire, smash and super-hot, best-selling 6-issue series!

From in-demand writer Zack Kaplan (ECLIPSE, PORT OF EARTH, THE LOST CITY EXPLORERS, JOIN THE FUTURE, BREAK OUT, METAL SOCIETY, FOREVER FORWARD) and star artist John J. Pearson (2021 Eisner Award winner along with Anand RK for BLUE IN GREEN (Image Comics))

For fans of Black Mirror, Halt and Catch Fire, graphic novel The Department of Truth, and for fans of technothriller writers Dave Eggers (The Circle, The Every), Blake Crouch (Recursion), and Douglas E. Richards (The Enigma Cube), for readers interested in the CIA’s two decade-long MK Ultra mind control experiments, and readers interested in the impact of tech on society.

“This twisty and cynical thriller cleverly situates itself at the intersection of heated debates about social media, tech giants, and social inequality.” -- Publishers Weekly

"What an AMAZING, disturbing first issue this was! Every godd*** book @thevaultcomics puts out is a must-read." - Patton Oswalt (actor, comedian, writer)

“Mind-blowing art. A chilling concept. The perfect technothriller...” - Cavan Scott (New York Times bestselling author: Star Wars: The High Republic)

Mindset …is an uncompromising and engaging vision. A terrifying look in the dark mirror we all need. 10/10.” -- Comics Bookcase

“Fans of The Social Network and tales of corporate espionage will snap this up.” -- Publishers Weekly

“For my money, Mindset is one of the best books being published. 10/10” – Big Comic Page

“… a stunning combination of The Graduate and Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade, blending the ethical implications of revolutionary technology with a murder mystery rooted in that same tech. – Comic Watch

“Mindset … is a form of brainwashing itself, drawing one in and leaving one with a desire for more. 10/10” – Comic Watch

Mindset isn't your standard psychological thriller. In fact, it turns the entire genre on its head, introducing a wildly fresh take on mind control and the dangers of social media and influencer marketing. ” – ComicBook.com

“Mindset … is a terrific science fiction tale, creepier because it hits so close to home.” – Major Spoilers

“Mindset would’ve been on the list of best series of the year on the strength of its art and premise alone. The theme of cell phone and internet influence over our free will is incredibly important to our modern-day life. But, coupled with the thrilling story of big tech mystery and the multilayered exploration of existential themes, I would argue that Mindset is the very best comic series of the year.” – AIPT

“Mindset is … an imaginative, unrestrained triumph.” – CBR

“One of the most compelling and relevant books on the stands.” – Comics Beat

 

Excerpt:










 

About Zack Kaplan:

Zack Kaplan is a break-out science fiction comic writer and creator of such comics and graphic novels as ECLIPSE, PORT OF EARTH, THE LOST CITY EXPLORERS, JOIN THE FUTURE, BREAK OUT, METAL SOCIETY, FOREVER FORWARD and MINDSET. He has worked with publishers such as Image/Top Cow, Dark Horse, Aftershock, Vault, Humanoids, Scout Comics and DC Comics. His first three series were all optioned for TV adaptation, with PORT OF EARTH currently being developed by Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment and Amazon TV Studios. Zack has taught screenwriting and storytelling at the International Academy of Film and TV, located in the Philippines. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

About John J. Pearson:

John J. Pearson is an Eisner Award-winning artist and illustrator based in Leeds, UK.

John has built a reputation as an inimitable talent through his varied portfolio producing work for clients as diverse as Vault Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Z2 Comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, Netflix, WWE, Rue Morgue Magazine, The Ray Harryhausen Foundation, Burning Witches Records, and Arrow Video amongst many others. He is also an award-winning comic book artist, receiving the 2021 Eisner Award for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior Art) alongside collaborator Anand RK, for the work on Blue in Green (Image).

John fuses traditional drawing techniques, digital painting, and collage to produce highly-detailed and darkly compelling images across a range of printed media. Combining elements of photorealism, popular culture, abstraction, and psychedelia to create a unique style and versatility in approach that appeals to a wide spectrum of audiences.

John has exhibited in the UK and US, organized extensive art experiences across the country, and produced live murals at high profile events both independently and as part of Leeds-based art collectives. 

https://linktr.ee/johnjpearson

 

Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive finished copies of MINDSET, US Only.

Ends June 20th, midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/22/2023

The Chirpy Bookaholic

Excerpt/IG Post

5/23/2023

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

5/24/2023

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt/IG Post

5/25/2023

yabookscentral.com

Excerpt/IG Post

5/26/2023

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

5/27/2023

Reads by Radus

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

5/29/2023

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post

5/30/2023

Cara North

Excerpt/IG Post

5/31/2023

Jaime_of_gryffindor

IG Review

6/1/2023

Kim's Book Reviews and Writing Aha's

Review/IG Post

6/2/2023

@jlreadstoperpetuity

Review/IG Post

6/3/2023

Nerdophiles

Review

Week Three:

6/4/2023

@evergirl200

IG Review

6/5/2023

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Review/IG Post

6/6/2023

The Momma Spot

Review

6/7/2023

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

6/8/2023

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

6/9/2023

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

Week Four:

6/12/2023

Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post

6/13/2023

@stargirls.magical.tale

Review/IG Post

6/14/2023

Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post

6/15/2023

Brandi Danielle Davis

Review/IG Post

6/16/2023

Author Z. Knight’s Guild

Review/IG Post


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