Supervillain Rehabilitation Project

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If you have been following this blog for any length of time then you probably know I love books by author H.L. Burke. She mostly writes snarky fantasy with a touch of romance. But her newest book is new territory. Reformed is the first book in her new superhero series, The Supervillain Rehabilitation Project. If you are like me then you are already obsessed with all the marvel movies. This book so far is very much like a marvel movie Quick one liners, compelling characters, and a mysterious villain who you want to hate but kind of relate to them anyway. (but then I relate to most villians.)

 

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Once a villain, always a villain?

Optimistic and idealistic superhero Prism is determined to redeem her father’s legacy by rebooting his super villain rehabilitation program. To do so, she sets her sights on Fade, the relapsed super villain who was the reason the government canceled the original program in the first place. However, when she petitions for Fade to be released into her custody, she finds out things might not be as simple as she thought.

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Convicted of an unforgivable crime, Fade received a choice: surrender to trial and possible execution or endure a memory erasure so he could start fresh. Now with no recollection of his time before incarceration, Fade doubts he has the ability to be anything but the villain the public believe him to be.

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A series of attacks by a mysterious power-swapping villain points back to Fade’s past and the crime that cost him his freedom and memory. With her father’s legacy and her own reputation on the line, even Prism has to wonder: can a villain truly be reformed?

The ebook is currently on preorder for only 99 cents. Hurry because the price goes up May 1st.

Purchase Book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085X8N8FL/

 

heidi-107AUTHOR BIO: 

Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled “The Dragon and the Scholar,” the Award Winning (2016 Realm Award for Young Adult Fiction) Nyssa Glass Steampunk series, and MG/Fantasy “Cora and the Nurse Dragon,” among others .

Sign up for her monthly newsletter at www.hlburkeauthor.com

Links: 

Author Site: http://www.hlburkeauthor.com

Author Instagram: www.instagram.com/burkesdragons 

Author Twitter: www.twitter.com/hlburkewriter 

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hlburkewriter/ 

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Guide to Audible without a membership.

Reading takes a lot of time. Most books take between four to eight hours to complete, and most of us can only scrounge up about one or two hours a day for it. But what if there was a way to steal more reading time?

What if you could read while you did all your boring daily tasks like brushing your teeth and cooking a meal? Reading in the car, on your way to and from work? What if you could read in the shower?

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The book is Cry of the Raven by Morgan Busse. I took the photo.

Welcome to the world of audiobooks. The amazing, hands free way to steal over a whole extra hour of reading time per day. Audiobooks are amazing, but it can be a pricey habit. Most audibooks go for around twenty dollars, which makes sense, having to pay the narrator as well as the author.

The most common place to get audiobooks right now is Audible.

Audible is Amazon’s audiobook service. They offer one free audiobook a month if you sign up for a subscription at $14.95 a month. (Note: not free, you paid $14.95 for it.) So you save about five dollars off the cost of a twenty dollar audiobook.

But this not about convincing you to get a membership, this is about how to get audiobooks for cheaper than the cost of an Audible membership.

First Steps

Make sure you have an Amazon account.

Install the Audible App on the device you use most.

Sign in with your Amazon account. Ignore the adds trying to get you to sign up for a membership.

Now let’s find you something to read.

Shop on Amazon not on Audible

On Amazon search for the book you want to read. Make sure you are searching for the ebook format. Do not search for audiobooks!

If the book is also available in audio then you will often see a discount for buying both the ebook and audio version together. Keep in mind that this will not work if you use Kindle Unlimited. You must purchase the Ebook to get the Narration discount.

Underneath the buy now with one click button you will see a check box that says add audible to your purchase, and a price. This price is almost always $7.49. ($8.01 after sales tax) Still almost half what a membership costs.

But once in a while you will find a better deal.

Here is a deal to start you off.

The book Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer is a hilarious fantasy about computer nerds who learn to code reality.

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Screenshot is from amazon.com on 3/29/2020.

Right now you can get it for 99 cents and add the audiobook for $1.99. This is an eleven hour narration people. Eleven hours for $3! (Amazon prices can change on a whim, always verify prices before buying.)

And that’s not all. Has your favorite author ever offered their ebooks for free on Amazon? Well go ahead and snag it, because if they have it in audio, that’s a $7.49 audibook, that you don’t have to add the cost of the ebook to.

Follow Authors and leave reviews

Now I don’t mean follow them on Amazon, though that helps too. I mean really follow them. Subscribe to their email list, like their facebook page, and if they have one,  join their fan group.

Why? Because Audible gives authors review copies. If you are following an author when they release an audiobook, they just might ask if you want to review it.

A review copy is a completely free to you audiobook that you just have to listen to, then leave a review on. And the easiest way to get these is to be a fan. Read their other books and leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and a blog if you have it. Authors are more likely to give you a review copy if they know you will actually review it. (It doesn’t have to be a favorable review, but if you claim a review copy please always read and review as soon as you can. That’s just good manners.)

Reviewing on Audible is super easy. After you finish a book a screen will pop up to rate and review the book right away. Do it while it’s fresh in your mind. If you must wait. Simply go to the books page on audible.com and click write a review.

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I know that’s not how audiobooks work. Still it would be cool if you could do this.

Happy listening!

Was this guide helpful? If you have other tips to share feel free to leave a comment.

An Irish Tale, Dive in review.

Hello, I hope everyone is surviving the epidemic alright. To get you through your forced isolation I have a book to recommend. And since St. Patrick’s day (Aka, everything is Irish day) is tomorrow, I decided to make it an Irish Tale. This story is a fun fantasy that would be great for kids. But it also has a religious message that I think the real St. Patrick would approve of.

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From the back cover:

This tale is about a boy named Yipson Minor who ends up on the island of Evolone Hills with his father, mother and sister. He doesn’t originate from there, but was given a push by a divine King for a divine purpose.

As a child, Yipson was under the oppression of a wicked kingdom. But once on the island, he uncovers a secret dictionary from an odd professor which leads him on a chain of events of discovery. Is it Yipson’s wild imagination or have some things unreal become real?

In the meantime, his sister, Caycee, makes her own discovery of a secret cave and a golden dragon named Frolick. But, little do they realize that her life is in danger and nothing but a miracle can save her.

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You can buy it on Amazon in ebook paperback or audiobook. My review is of the audiobook version.

https://www.amazon.com/Caycees-Cave-An-Irish-Tale/dp/B07CV2DRPR/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=caycee%27s+Cave+An+Irish+Tale&qid=1584330256&sr=8-1#mediaMatrix_secondary_view_div_1584330266276

My Dive in Review.

Caycee’s Cave: An Irish Tale, is just that. a very Irish Tale.

While the overall book is connected by the same characters and setting, the overall plot is loose. This is very much a fantasy slice of life story recounting various adventures in a young boy’s life. His life contains dragons, guardian cats, angels, and a professor with a very unique dictionary.

I love the dictionary definitions that sprinkle the book. They give the narrative a very Lemony Snicket feel even though I believe these are made up words.

Each chapter felt like a stand alone story, though a loose plot does run through the narrative giving it a sense of continuity.

As for the narrator, Benjamin Fife does a fantastic job. I do not know if the Irish accent is his own or if he is manifesting one for the production, but it adds a great sense of atmosphere and character to this first person narrative.

*I was given a copy of this story for review purposes. The opinions listed above are my own honest evaluation.*

About the author:

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Holly Szurpicki was born in Detroit, Michigan, the car capital of the world. Although she couldn’t drive yet, her imagination had a way of taking her wherever she dreamed to go. Holly wished one day to be a princess, a park ranger, or an entrepreneur. She states, “Two out of three is not too shabby.”

She is passionate about creating stories, screenplays and writing songs. Holly began writing a manuscript in the year 2001 which laid dormant. Holly focused in on raising her two children and when the year 2008 arrived, she teamed up with a virtual animation studio out of New York. That is when the dream came to life, and the Shorty Bean story became her first novel.
Art and individual creativity have tremendously inspired her throughout her career. Holly possesses visual creativity which takes her to places beyond words to live animation in her mind. Being able to envision her characters and their environments is a true gift, and she recognizes this as supernatural. Despite many tragic circumstances she has faced throughout her life, Holly always maintains a positive attitude and loves to encourage others to pursue their God- given dreams.
Her goal for writing children’s books is to create a safe and wholesome environment for imagination. Holly desires for children to DREAM BIG, and never forget that there is nothing impossible with God.  She believes each one of us has a divine destiny and wants others to never be afraid to pursue their dreams. Holly lives in northern Minnesota with her husband and two children and a water dog named Klause.  She loves the outdoors, photography and fishing, to name a few of her passions.
Check out her website:

www.hollykszurpicki.com

Illusionary Review Tour

Today I am coming to you with a review of a Book I have talked about quite a bit.

(Yes I’m feeling better, and no it was not coronavirus.)

Illusionary by Desiree Williams has been featured on the blog a couple times, once when I interviewed the author and again when I previewed her new cover for the book.

Today I am going to post a review so that you all know how much I loved this book and why you should all read it.

From the back cover:

screenshot_20191117-173510 Dorothy got sucked into a tornado.

Alice fell down a hole.

Wendy flew to Neverland.

Kamryn? She tripped down the stairs.

Now, Kamryn Kensington finds herself in a strange new world. Within minutes of her arrival, she dodges an archer’s arrow and avoids getting sliced up by a cosplay reject holding a dagger to her throat. And that’s before the storyteller’s breath brings stories to life.

Home is the mission—to return to her family and pursue her life’s dream of art and travel. Yet the longer she’s in the Land of Ur, the harder it is not to feel for the people she meets. Even her artistic side can’t help but breathe in the beautiful wonder and magic of this new world. So when the Oracle hands her a different quest, she takes it on the condition he sends her home afterward.

No one thought to warn her of a jealous queen and her dragon minions. Or that, by helping her, the cute storyteller would go crazy. Or that her heart would rip in two when she left. Those would’ve been great facts to know ahead of time.

Considering that nothing in Ur is what it seems, the mission proves to be more than she ever imagined. But more than her own future will be in jeopardy if Kamryn doesn’t succeed.

 Book Links

 Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2KchWpg

 Ebook available at:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/34OTdz0

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2XeMI6d

Kobo: https://bit.ly/32CK8aX

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/illusionary/id1207467393

Author Bio

Desiree WilliamsDesiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.

You can find out more about Desiree and her books at www.desireewilliamsbooks.com

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Dive in review of Illusionary:

First of all this story is a book worms dream. So many references! There is no one book that this riffs but rather it is an ode to all the classics of childhood. Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland all get their nod.

screenshot_20191117-173642Kamryn Kensington is a wonderfully relate-able heroine. She may be an adult in years but like many she still struggles with ‘adulting.’ Her passion’s and dreams are taking her in a different direction than her older sister would have her go. Unfortunately, when the two siblings butt heads it’s Kam’s head that takes the hit. Right at the bottom of the stairs. When she wakes up in the land of Ur she has some questions. What she gets is a mission from a very shifty Oracle, but few answers.

Together she and Reese, an all powerful storyteller, set out to rescue the Maker of Ur so hopefully he can send her home. No yellow brick roads here though, this journey takes them all over the map, and deep into places inside themselves that they both would rather avoid.

Reese is amazing, he’s like Peter Pan, but he’s actually responsible. I really liked that his version of the lost boys, could look up to him and count on him to take care of them. Seriously, this guy is a girl’s dream come true, dashing, magical, responsible, and good with kids. He has it all, including a super secret past that he doesn’t talk about and Kam suspects he might not even remember.

Gah! I just want to tell you about the ending but I would never forgive myself if I ruined this book for even one person. Please just go read it already.

I loved the adventure and snark but most of all I loved the message. Adulting is not the same as maturing, and growing up is just an illusion.

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Cover Reveal: Ronnie Akkard and the Brotherhood of Blades

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I’m excited to join the cover reveal event for Ronnie Akkard & The Brotherhood of Blades by A.C. Williams @free2bfearless on March 17! Interdimensional warlords. Elemental samurai armors. Five misfit superheroes forced to work together to save the world. What could go wrong? Available in softcover and ebook.

 

She will also be running a RELEASE WEEK SPECIAL where THE FIRST 50 ORDERS will receive an amazing superhero-themed swag pack! Anyone who preorders (or orders) a Kindle copy of the book on Amazon BEFORE MARCH 24 is eligible. They just have to fill out this form (https://form.jotform.com/200644177460048) and upload a screenshot of their purchase receipt to be eligible.

The KINDLE PREORDER link is here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085GKT2RP

But before you order you probably want to know what the book is about.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

I never wanted to leave the Bronx, but a weird alien guy in a funny hat gave me a magic samurai armor and told me to save the world. Who could argue with that? I didn’t count on having to work with an eclectic bunch of misfits more likely to fight each other than an interdimensional dictator. But here I am. So when my old buddy shows up with a job—ok, a questionably legal job—and a way out of this freak show circus, well—I guess I’ll have to decide if the world really needs me after all.

THE COVER!!!!

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Cover Reveal Trifecta

I have some news. News important enough to drag me out of my sick bed.

Super author Michele Israel Harper is releasing three books this year, and she is revealing all the covers today!

First is the book I am most excited to read. Silence the Siren is the sequel to the most excellent book, Kill the Beast.

Silence the Siren 

Cover-Reveal-StS-MIHHuntress Ro LeFèvre is offered a job to hunt down and kill a pest plaguing the Seven Seas. A siren has been sinking the king of Angleterre’s ships, and in turn, vast amounts of his wealth.

Fleeing heartbreak, Ro gladly accepts, but there’s just one problem. The king will credit the Marquis de la Valère, and no other women are allowed on the voyage.

Ro will just see about that.

Hiring an all-female crew without the king’s knowledge, Ro hopes they will follow her to the Caribbean, not take the gold and flee.

But when Ro is plunged deep into the ocean by the siren she’s being paid to kill, presented the sirens’ side of the story at knife point, and pressed to join them or die, Ro must decide whether to complete her mission, join the sirens, or something in between.

Before the sirens sink the ship full of men above.

 This fast-paced, high-action adventure is a Little Mermaid reimagining and the second book in the Beast Hunter series.

 Read my review of the first book Kill the Beast here.

 

The next book sounds super interesting. I love science fiction but this sounds like it has elements of fantasy too. The best of both worlds.

Queen of the Moon

Cover-Reveal-QotM-MIHZy has no memory of life before ruling her moon. And it doesn’t bother her in the slightest. Each day is the same: get yelled at by her mother—who is not happy to have been dragged along to the moon’s wasteland—stroll through her town to ensure everything is running smoothly, and then dance under the stars until the Silvers show up for their nightly battle.

And her people watch her fight for them night after night, hatred burning in their eyes.

Her people may snub her, may whisper of overthrowing her, but Zy couldn’t care less. She is queen, and she will be until the Silvers defeat her or she finds a way out of her bargain with the King of the Underworld.

Or so she thinks until a stranger breaches the barriers of her moon for the first time.

As the only one standing between her people and the annihilation of the human race, Zy isn’t about to let some attractive stranger end her rule—but a little flirting never hurt anyone. Anything to keep him from discovering her secret.

 

The last book sounds hilarious, and the cover is so beautiful.

Ghostly Vendetta

Cover-Reveal-GV-MIH“Dare to spend the night in mysterious Rutherford Hall! When? The 175th anniversary of the Rutherford family’s unsolved murder. Ghosts guaranteed. Cash prize: $5,000. Want more deets? Ask Tyler, Stewart, or James.”

I laughed aloud as I read the flyer. Yeah, right. To think that I, Candace Marshall, world’s biggest scaredy-cat, would go anywhere near some haunted house, much less spend the night in one. I crumpled the stupid thing, pitched it in the nearest trash can, and went on my merry, oblivious, and soon-to-be-scared-out-of-my-mind way.

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Candace Marshall doesn’t do ghosts. Or zombies. Or vampires. Or mummies.

Anything scary, really.

When she finds herself signed up for a dare she’s gone out of her way to avoid, things spiral out of control. Quickly.

Stuck in a mansion alongside a vengeful spirit, a miffed boyfriend, and a room full of people she doesn’t know or even like (if she’s being completely honest here), she must decide whether to act brave or let the coward within show.

Or kill the person who got her involved in the first place.

 Ghostly Vendetta is a prequel novella to Zombie Takeover: Book One of the Candace Marshall Chronicles.

Which of Michele’s up coming books are you most excited to read? Or which cover do you think looks the best?

Love Letters anthology 2020

Hi, I know I’ve been offline again. I’m one of those people who, once they get sick, is just sick for the rest of the winter. So I’ve been muddling through. But I have some great news to share and Valentines day seemed like the perfect day to share it.

I’ve been published again!

Loveletters coverFrom the 2020 Love Letters Short Stories Challenge, here are fourteen stories, letters and poems about love: love lost, love remembered, and love to be!
Our authors accepted a Challenge to write a story 1500 words or less about the theme: Love Letters. There were no guidelines about what they were to write about, so each author took a different approach.
They’ve written a collection of stories that will break your heart, give you hope, and make you smile!
Also included is a chapter about our past Challenge winners; what they’re up to and how they felt about the Challenges they participated in!

 

The Kindle is: https://amzn.to/2UJlzZG

and the paperback is: https://amzn.to/2UKGXhm.

My Contribution to this anthology is titled “Letters Of Tragedy.”

The story contains three love letters  all connected by the same famous  disaster at sea. The letters tell of three doomed relationships, all terribly romantic and all terribly tragic.

A repentant lover asking for a second chance, A hopeful suitor asking for a happy ending, and a loyal husband looking to save his wife.

Taken by themselves each letter is an ode to love and full of hope for a bright future.

But once the full truth about the historic disaster is revealed, they all take on a sad and melancholy meaning. A reminder that tomorrow is never promised and that not all endings are happy.

I am so excited for how this story experiment turned out. I don’t want to spoil anything by giving away the name of the ship though I’m sure it won’t be hard for you to guess.

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Do you want to be in one of these challenge anthologies? Sign up to learn about future challenges here: http://challenge-interest.mfranciktheauthor.com/

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