Monday, February 24, 2014

Virtual Tour - Sinking Down by Eric Garrison



About the Author: Eric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and four cats. He also enjoys gaming and homebrewing beer. 
Seventh Star Press published the first of his Road Ghosts trilogy, Four 'til Late, in July of 2013. Sinking Down was released in December of 2013, with the final title to appear in 2014. 
Eric's novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. This book reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon's Kindle store during a promotion in July 2013. 
Eric's short story, "Drag Show" appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine and Volume 2 of that magazine's anthology series. 
His flash piece, "Dark Reflection", appeared in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. He's competed twice in the Iron Writer Challenge with two 500-word flash pieces, "Killer Cure" and "Moby Me". 


Book Synopsis Sinking Down: Poor Little Ghoul Paranormal investigators Brett and Liz find themselves back in over their heads when a forest hunt for a roadkill-eating creature offers up a little surprise. Back home with their ghoulish house guest, it becomes clear there’s more to this investigation than either of them thought. Worse than that, Brett's own fate is linked to the little ghoul's. So it's back out on the road, with plenty of time for pit stops with a greedy ex, a convention of ghost hunters, partying with fake vampires, and even drinking and fighting alongside good ole Uncle Gonzo. But as the investigation goes deeper, and unseen connections come to light, Brett finds there’s much more at stake than getting through a rough patch with Liz. A rescue mission. A race for a cure. New friends and old adversaries. Unbreakable bonds and supernatural danger. It’s going to be a wild ride. Can the friends save the nearly undead tween? Can she and Brett stop themselves from ...Sinking Down? Sinking Down is the 2nd Book in the Road Ghosts Trilogy!   

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Twitter: @erichris   

Tour Schedule and Activities 
2/24 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post 
2/24 Deal Sharing Aunt Tour Wide Contest  
2/24 Lost Inside the Covers Review 
2/24 John F. Allen Writer Promo Spotlight 
2/24 Beagle Book Space Promo/Spotlight 
2/24 Seers, Seraphs, and More Promo/Spotlight 
2/25 Vampires, Witches, and Me, Oh My! Character Post 
2/26 Bee’s Knees Reviews Guest Post 
2/27 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Promo/Spotlight 
2/27 I Smell Sheep Guest Post 
2/27 Jess Resides Here Character Interview 
2/28 A Book Vacation Guest Post 
2/28 Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post 
3/1 Sheila Deeth The Art of Sinking Down 
3/2 Come Selahway With Me Guest Post 

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway Tour - The Wolf at His Door by Adrian W. Lilly

Twenty-one-year-old Alec Rune is annoyed when his older sister, Lucy, ambushes him with a blind date with her friend, Jared. But Alec is immediately attracted to the intriguing, intelligent young man.

But the past has claws... 
Ilene Rune nearly collapses when she meets her son’s new boyfriend. His black hair and startling green eyes are the same as a man she knew years ago—an evil, violent man with strange powers.

The present has teeth... 
Investigating a string of missing persons cases leads Detective Carmen Salazar into the dark world of fairy tales and fantasy—and shakes her belief in what is possible or imagined.

And the future is filled with blood... 
Alec awakes from a coma with no recollection of the night his twin brother was torn to pieces. As a madman closes in on him and his family, can Alec learn the werewolves’ plan before his entire family is destroyed?

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Author Bio:
Adrian W. Lilly is the author of the novels The Devil You Know, Red Haze, and The Wolf at His Door: Book One of The Runes Trilogy, and Book Two: The Wolf in His Arms. He is a fan of Gothic suspense movies and novels, which greatly influence his writing. Adrian's writing focuses on strong character development and the nuances of fear that build toward horror. The mansion in his first novel, The Devil You Know, was inspired by the grand mansions in the Victorian neighborhood where he lives.
Adrian writes novels, short stories, and poetry and has spent many years as a copywriter in the advertising industry. In addition, Adrian has directed two short films and co-directed a feature-length sci-fi comedy.

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The Wolf at His Door (Book One of The Runes Trilogy)

Chapter Two

Ilene Rune dropped her knees onto the soggy ground and steadied her camera as she prepared to snap a photo. Through the lens, she studied the composition, balancing the image with her keen eye. Winter’s frosty feet had already danced across the countryside, leaving mottled footprints of browns and grays. Driving through the countryside, she had spotted a bright red combine idled, possibly for winter. The contrast of the red against the barren field and stricken trees at the edge of the farm was magnificent. She snapped the shot then snapped it twice more with the aperture at different settings.
She rested back in the seat of the car and breathed the spring air. March was such a harsh month. She often had a hard time finding the beauty in the world when the light came so directly from the north and was filtered so heavily by a shroud of clouds. Her heart felt heavy and dark.
March. Is that all?
Ilene knew the lack of light was not the source of her dread and ennui. But she knew the real reason March maligned her: it was twenty-one years ago this month that she had considered killing her twin sons. Twenty-one years already? How time flew. And now? She and Jason were facing such difficulties. Again.
They were planning a trip to mark the re-awakening of their relationship—and the personal triumph of a gallery opening of her photography in New York. The trip, as Jason put it, would be the re-birth of their love. He recalled March fondly, thinking it was the time that they had learned to love and trust one another again. Ilene turned the car on and looked at the road cutting a straight, unbroken line into the gray landscape.
Men’s hearts were simple. They beat and moved and spoke little but hid little and felt little pain for their indecision. But women’s hearts were scarred and pot marked with a life of longing and aching and schisms between what they wanted to be and were expected to be. Freedom was a sharp dagger that cut a woman’s heart from the inside.
If he only knew the truth and darkness that twisted in my heart, he wouldn’t care to rekindle any love he may have ever felt for me. Ilene felt the dull pang of regret in her chest, knowing that dull daggers cut for the longest time.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review - Hiding In Sunshine by John & Caitlin Stuart

Hiding in SunshineHiding in Sunshine by John Stuart
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
310 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by AuthorHouse (first published October 26th 2012) 
Source: Netgalley
 'This taut thriller follows a family’s eleven-year odyssey on the run under assumed identities, where survival skills are paramount, but so are friendship, cooperation, and resilience. HIDING IN SUNSHINE celebrates one family’s abiding courage in the face of abject treachery -- and a young girl’s faith in the triumph of the truth.'

My Thoughts:
This book had such potential to be a really great thriller. The cyber crime element is such a relevant issue for today but unfortunately it was just paced in such a slow and tedious manner that I had to literally force myself to keep reading and finish it.

I think I'm just not used to this type of writing style. I felt like I was reading a report or essay at some points. Some paragraphs were so conversational that it was like they were written in the way that people would talk when face to face with each other rather than in the usual story-telling format.

As for the main characters, well I found myself not connecting with any of them due to how stiff and impersonal they all seemed. No-one had any real endearing traits to relate to and they all seemed to be very stiff when talking to each other even though they were supposed to be a close family with no-one else left in the world to turn to except each other.

The entire book was just following the family around America as they tried to live under the radar after being threatened and put into witness protection. There was no real action to speak of and there definitely were no thriller elements that made me want to keep turning the pages.

I feel that it was such a shame that the writing style let this book down so much. It really did have all the plot elements of being a great story but just wasn't executed very well at all.

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