Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ian Thomas Malone Book Blitz!

Ian Thomas Malone – Book Blitz
Five College Dialogues and Five More College Dialogues
Five College Dialogues is a philosophic comedic treatise on college life told through the eyes of George Tecce, a graduate student working as a teaching assistant for an eccentric English professor. Told through Socratic dialogue, George, his students, and his mentor explore all the ins and outs of college life as they examine the state of post-millennial academia. Humorous and thought provoking, the Dialogues are the perfect resource for students, especially those with a philosophy requirement, as well as anyone who wants to relive their four years in an entertaining fashion. 

“A must read for students and nostalgic alumni” 


Five More College Dialogues follows George Tecce’s return to academia as he travels to the West Coast to pursue his Ph.D. The intriguing graduate student is teaching a class on his own for the first time. George continues to help students navigate the ins and outs of college life while poking fun at the often-fickle nature of the collegiate system. He mentors them in a range of diverse subjects including social dynamics, resume building, and relationships. The learning doesn’t stop in the classroom as George even makes his way to a party! Humorous and philosophical, the Dialogues are a perfect resource for students to maximize their college experience. 


Early Praise:
As a whole, the dialogues are clearly a statement on the ups and downs of the college experience.
Colorado College Catalyst
Unlike some publications on college life, “Five College Dialogues” exposes the raw truth and harshness of the collegiate experience. Malone does an excellent job with this exposition. The students’ problems are not sugar-coated.
                                                                                                                             –The Scranton Aquinas
This book didn’t disappoint me at all. Very comical and plenty of life lessons that would made you think over about your life as well.
–Agent Bookworm


About the author:
Ian Thomas Malone, a graduate of Boston College, founded the publication The Rock at Boston College. He is a certified yoga instructor and a Meisner trained actor. Ian will be pursuing a Masters in English Literature at Claremont Graduate University starting fall 2015, where he has been awarded a writing fellowship. A lifelong resident, Ian lives in Greenwich, CT with his golden retriever Georgie.


I wrote The Dialogues as both a resource for current students and a humorous reflection for alumni. You’ll find plenty of information out there that tells you how to survive college, but few that really tell you how to enjoy it. The Dialogues explain college in a way that no RA would think to tell you.” -Malone


Purchase Links:
Five College Dialogues on Eleventh Hour Literary Press - http://www.eleventhhourliterary.com/five-college-dialgoues.html


Five More College Dialogues on Eleventh Hour Literary Press - http://www.eleventhhourliterary.com/five-more-college-dialogues.html

Friday, September 18, 2015

THE MIRRORMASTERS Has Found a Publishing Home!

I'm so excited to announce that I have signed the contract with Clean Reads (formerly Astraea Press) for my debut novel, THE MIRRORMASTERS! Clean Reads publishes books free of profanity, graphic violence, or explicit intimacy--a mission I'm proud to become part of. More details will be forthcoming, but the release will be ebook first. 

It's been quite a journey to reach this point! Over the past few years on and off, I queried MIRRORMASTERS. A couple years back, I submitted to Astraea Press following a full request from a Savvy Authors pitch opportunity. It didn't work out at that time, but I kept querying, revising, getting feedback from beta readers, more revising, and more querying. And then, following #pit2pub in July, two of my pitches were favorited by Stephanie Taylor, owner and Editor-In-Chief of Clean Reads, and my full manuscript was requested. After doing a little dance of joy, I submitted again, noting that I'd made substantial revisions since my previous submission, and a few weeks later, I woke up to a lovely email that included a contract!

Thank you to everyone at Novelty Fiction, AQC, QueryTracker, WriteOnCon, and everyone who has generously offered their time and feedback, and knowledge of the publishing industry!  You've all been so wonderful, supportive, and a tremendous help! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review: The Multiverse of Max Tovey

The Multiverse of Max Tovey The Multiverse of Max Tovey by Alastair Swinnerton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was incredibly fortunate to receive a copy of this book from the publisher, European Geeks Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

What a wild ride! THE MULTIVERSE OF MAX TOVEY is an exciting YA time travel adventure filled with lots of twists and turns and steeped in Celtic mythology. Fourteen-year-old Max Tovey lives with a recurrent nightmare of fighting in a brutal battle (against the Romans) set in ancient Britain. By day, he leads an ordinary life of school, though he remains apart from his parents and classmates. Because he's anxiety-prone and has trouble with focusing, Max sees a therapist and takes psychotropic medications, believing he has psychological issues--but, in fact, his parents have hidden the truth from him.

Like his dying grandfather, Max is a time-traveller. What he sees in his nightmares are memories of a reality that his grandfather changed to save Max's life.

As if this weren't mind-bending enough, Max inherits a quest. He must find and destroy the Majyga--several objects (a brooch, a ring, and a coin) that enable the user to willfully time travel to a particular point in time, the point of each object's origin--to prevent the objects from being collected and exploited by his grandfather's rival. Unfortunately for Max, his efforts to fulfill this quest lead to some pretty huge timeline changes and cause a potentially catastrophic time rift. In one reality, the Roman empire never lost its power and developed technology far more advanced than what we use today, like flying ships that sound like something straight out of The Terminator. In another reality, he prevented his own existence. In another, his grandfather is still alive, and parents are active in the war effort and have always been open with him about the family's time-traveling legacy.

While Max struggles to meet the challenge of repairing the timeline, he must also locate the Cross of Tofig and accept his role as the savior, the destined one who can time travel at-will and who will defeat his grandfather's rival once and for all.

I had a blast reading Max's adventure and watching his journey from an introverted kid to a full-fledged hero. Oh, and along the way, he has a sweet romance with Myvi, a first-century girl who ended up being raised in present day. She's an awsome, fun, and loyal girl who stands by Max even in a reality in which they'd never met. If you're looking for a great time travel adventure, this is definitely one to check out!

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

An Exciting YA Time Travel Adventure: THE MULTIVERSE OF MAX TOVEY Blog Tour!



If you love time travel stories, THE MULTIVERSE OF Max Tovey by Alastair Swinnerton is another fantastic read from European Geeks Publishing. It's a wild, exciting adventure that twists and plays with multiple realities (as in, lots of things change in unexpected ways as a result of messing around with time), which makes it super fun. I'll be posting my full review of it soon, here and on goodreads.

This week is the blog tour event, and I'm honored to be part of it as the last stop on the tour! Check out the book giveaway, author and book info, and don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour. There's a few excerpts to read, too, and I've got one of them for you in this post.  Enjoy!



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About the book:
Title: The Multiverse of Max Tovey
Author: Alastair Swinnerton
Genre: Young Adult Time Travel


Synopsis: Fourteen year old Max Tovey’s world is blown apart when he discovers that his problems are nothing to do with him, and everything to do with being a Time Traveller. Following his mysterious grandfather’s funeral, Max finds himself on a wild journey through first century Celtic Britain, real and mythological, as his every action threatens to change the past, and his future.
Max battles demons – both real and psychological – on his mission to find the legendary Montacute Cross, stolen by his Viking ancestor Tofig, in order to close the gates to the Underworld, and lift the curse on his family.






Author bio: Alastair has been writing for children’s television for over twenty five years. Among his many credits are ‘The Wombles’, ‘Sabrina, Secrets of a Teenage Witch’, and the Bafta-nominated CBBC Christmas Special ‘The Tale of Jack Frost’, which he wrote, co-produced and co-directed. He was also one the co-creators of Lego® Bionicle®. ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey’ is his first Young Adult novel.
Alastair lives in Somerset with his family, and spends much of his spare time walking the dog, more often than not at his beloved Ham Hill.


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Book Excerpt:


“So now you can find what you seek,” whispered the Chieftain.
Max pulled The Coin from his pocket, which now glowed very brightly, and hummed very loudly. Hoping desperately that it wouldn’t wake the General, Max walked slowly towards the end of his bed, as The Coin was directing him to, until he came to a wooden chest.
“It must be in there,” he whispered, before very very carefully opening the lid. Inside, the chest was full of coins.
“How do we find the right one?” whispered Myvi. But they didn’t need to – for just outside the chest, was one coin that had fallen out, now pressed into the ground by the General’s boot. And it was glowing. As Max, Myvi and the Chieftain watched in amazement, The Coin began to glow, and hum, and then rise slowly out of the ground.
“What is this magic...?” said Rhydderch, a little afraid despite himself.
The coin continued to rise, until it was at Max’s waist. Tentatively Max held out The Majyga Coin in his palm under the one that was rising, until the two were touching. And then there was a blast of light, and both coins disappeared.
“What...?!” said Vespasian, waking suddenly, and on seeing Max, Myvi and Rhydderch immediately called out.
“You?! I told you I’d kill you if I saw you again! Guards!”
Vespasian leapt out of bed and grabbed his sword as two guards with their own swords out rushed in. But then all three were stopped in their tracks as a strange glow began to form between them and Max and the others, a glow that was slowly taking form, and which, with a deep, deep growl, now became flesh, a huge man, easily seven feet tall, dressed in glowing silver armour, and carrying a long, barbed, razor sharp silver sword.
“You wish to destroy The Coin...?” came a voice out of it that was even lower than a Gurt Dog’s. Max was staring wildly at the apparition, but somehow managed to nod.
“Then you must destroy me, for I am The Coin!”
Max ducked the first sword swipe, astonishingly fast for one so big, but one of the guards didn’t, and fell instantly dead.
“What is this?!” yelled Vespasian as he managed to parry a second blow, before leaping out of the bed chamber and into the Hall proper.
“Never mind what it is!” yelled Max, as he and the others followed the General, fleeing the demon soldier. “If you want to live, you’ll have to help us kill it!”
More soldiers ran into the Great Hall now, until many dozens surrounded the Demon. No match for the Demon’s lightening quick sword work, they fell as quickly as they arrived. Vespasian now ran up behind the Demon as it was occupied with two of his men and ran it through with his sword. Nothing happened. The Demon merely turned toward Vespasian and laughed.
You cannot kill me!” it yelled, pointing its sword at Max and Myvi. “Only they can kill me!”
“I think we’re in trouble,” said Max, hugging his sword to his chest.
“You may be right,” said Myvi, instinctively ducking a blow from the Demon, memory of many fights now returning to her. She rolled across the floor, parrying another blow, before bringing her own blade up at its sword arm, but it went right through, with no effect. The Demon laughed again.
“All they have to do is work out how!”
But now Myvi was pointing at Max’s sword.
“Max! Your sword! It’s glowing!”
The Demon growled low now, backing away as Max advanced towards it, his now glowing sword held out in front. He just hoped he could remember how to do this.
“How did you get it to glow?” said Myvi.
“I think I must have touched it against The Brooch!” said Max, slashing at the Demon, but the Demon slashed back, heavily, again and again, forcing Max to desperately parry time after time before falling to the ground. The Demon advanced on him now, and put its sword to his throat.
“You cannot beat me,” growled the Demon. “The Coin is not for destroying!”
“Oh yes it is!” yelled Myvi, and before the Demon knew what was happening, with one movement she touched her sword to The Brooch then brought it up fast, taking the Demon’s head clean off its shoulders. 
The blast of sound and light this time knocked everyone to their feet, but then receded, and faded to nothing. After a moment, Max leant up on one elbow, looked around, then felt in his pocket. The Coin was gone.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review: By the Stars

By the Stars By the Stars by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After being lucky enough to win the ebook of By the Stars by Jessica Marie Baumgartner--courtesy of a giveaway hosted by her publisher, European Geeks Publishing--I devoured this book! Fans of space travel stories won't want to miss this first book in the Embracing Entropy series.

The Earth is dying, and a benevolent alien race known as the Cih'lmarians has come to rescue the surviving remnants of humanity. Allie boards the main craft transporting them back to the Cih'lmarian homeworld along with her two young children, Maddie and Gwen. Allie's military husband, Adam, pilots the other craft bound for the distant planet that will become humanity's new home.

As Allie and her girls begin to settle into life aboard the spacecraft, they struggle with missing Earth and with missing Adam during their 3-month long voyage. Soon, Adam's ship is knocked off course, and communications with his craft are lost. Now, Allie must stay strong as they await word of the shuttlecraft and begin to build a new life that involves forming new friendships and assimilating with the culture of their alien benefactors.

This story was beautifully crafted, with very well-drawn characters and a rich alien culture that's unique from any other in fiction. I'm super excited to discover what's next for Allie and her family in the sequel!

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Discover AFTERNOON, a new YA Novella by Robert Lampros





Title:            Afternoon
Author:        Robert Lampros
ISBN:          9781515259800
Formats:      Amazon (paperback) , Kindle, Nook
Release Date: 8/3/15
Pages:          108

book summary:
Afternoon is a novella for young adults about courage, faith in Jesus Christ, and growing up in a surreal and challenging world.

author bio:
Robert Lampros lives in St. Louis, Missouri.  He earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.  Afternoon is the second book that he has published.

My Review:

I immensely enjoyed Andrew's journey through his junior year of high school, from paintball games with his family, to the stresses of his academics, a near-death experience that leaves him knowing he has more work to do on Earth for the Lord, his job at a local coffee shop/restaurant, and planning a mission trip over the summer after graduation. Yes, this guy has a lot on his plate, both emotionally and in terms of the demands of a busy student's life, so I connected with him on that level and rooted for him to succeed at all of these challenges.

Through it all, Andrew struggles with faith and questions of why he's still alive. He also struggles to maintain his relationships with friends through the busy year--and faces the growing realization of his own role in the failure of his previous romance with the girl he loves, Jane. While they were dating, Andrew hadn't shown how much he appreciated her, and so she distanced herself from him. Maybe, just maybe, he can get a second chance with her...

AFTERNOON is a feel-good, fun and quick read, laced with wit and humor, and I hope you check it out and enjoy it as much as I did.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

International Authors' Day 2015 Blog Hop and Giveaway!























In honor of International Authors' Day,  the incredibly awesome Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay of Book R3vi3w Tours has put together a wonderful blog hop to celebrate authors! So, authors around the globe, thank you for the magic you make with words--the magic that makes us laugh, cry, and transports us to new worlds and new possibilities.

Some of my favorite authors and their books:

When I was a kid, it was Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books about pioneer life on the prairie, and Meredith Pierce for her Darkangel Trilogy set on the moon. And probably too many others to think of. In high school, I still remember the Sweet Valley books, the Swept Away books (because time travel books are just awesome!), and many, many others. Anything science fiction and fantasy especially grabbed my attention and refused to let go. Reading was always my fun escape into adventure!

I've had so many favorites over the years, too many to name. These days. I'm still a huge fan of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, and I so admire how she inspired an entire generation to fall in love with reading as they fell in love with her characters. I also have all the books in Beth Revis' Across the Universe trilogy and Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy. I'm also a fan of Lauren Oliver, and have read Before I Fall, her Delirium series, and, most recently, listened to the audiobook of Panic. The world of The Maze Runner has become another favorite of mine, and I'm excited for The Scorch Trials movie. Who here has seen the trailer? It looks amazing!

Between work life, fun time, writing, and everything, I don't manage to get too much time to actually read, and I have to absolutely LOVE a book to finish in any reasonable length of time. But, I find myself listening to audiobooks most days on my way to and from work, so that gives me a chance to discover a ton of new books and new worlds.

The Giveaway: 

Now, what celebration honoring authors and books would be complete without a giveaway? So, I'm honored to be able to host on my blog a giveaway for author M.C.V. Egan. She has graciously offered one copy of one of her three novels, winner's choice.

They all sound fantastic, so make sure to enter! The giveaway will run from July 14th through July 18th at 11:59 pm.


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IntroSpective Press: DEFINED by OTHERS by M.C.V. Egan
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Who are some of your favorite authors, and your favorite books of theirs? I'd love to hear from you! And don't forget to stop by the other blogs in the hop :)!

Happy International Authors' Day!