Monday, December 11, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Alien Minds by Christina Bauer


We are excited to reveal the cover for Christina Bauer's Alien Minds, the first book in the Dimension Drift series! Check it out! And... To celebrate this reveal, there's a cool giveaway! So... What do you think of this cool cover?!? Pretty cool, right?!? Pre-order your copies now!

Genre:
Young Adult
Science Fiction
Series:
Dimension Drift
Publish Date:
November 27, 2018
Publisher:
Monster House Books

Synopsis:
On my seventeenth birthday, I wake up in the hospital to find I just survived a sketchy but terrible accident. My parents stand by my bedside—both are beautiful, wealthy, and super-nice. They tell me that once I leave the hospital, I’ll attend the prestigious ECHO Academy, where I’ll churn out equations for the government along with my mega-smart peers.

So, I’m living the perfect life.

Then why does everything feel all wrong?

My parents, my house and even ECHO Academy…none of it fits. Plus, what’s up with Thorne, my brooding yet yummy classmate who keeps telling me I need to remember my true past, which seems to have included a lot of us kissing? That’s one thing I’d really like to remember, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure Thorne is hiding a ton of nasty secrets of his own, including the fact that he may not be from this world. But considering how my own past seems alien to me, it’s not like I can judge. Plus, Thorne has dimples. That’s a problem.

And worst of all, why does it feel so yucky to work on these calculations for the government? It’s all supposed to be part of ECHO, but my heart tells me that I’m helping something truly terrible come to pass. Thorne seems to think that kissing him again will release my real memories.

Maybe it’s time to pucker up.


       
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Of course, don't forget this Dimension Drift prequel!
(cover links to Goodreads)

       

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**About the Author**
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

BOOK BLITZ: Playing Dead by Bronson Palmer


We are thrilled to kick off this cool Book Blitz for Bronson Palmer's Playing Dead! Participating blogs will be sharing various guest posts from the author... AND, a cool blitz-wide giveaway! So... Check out all the book blitz fun and grab your copy now!

Genre:
Young Adult
Science Fiction
Publish Date:
November 7, 2017
Publisher:
Jinx Protocol Publishing

Synopsis:
In the halls of Andrew Jackson High School, Jenaiya is a nobody. Less than a nobody. She's practically invisible. An awkward, shy freshman, she very rarely gets any attention at all, unless she's being harassed by the school's multitude of bullies. In short, she's not anyone's idea of a hero.

But in 'Age of Z,' a post-apocalyptic multiplayer zombie game, she's a gun-wielding, fast-talking GOD. She's one of the top ten players in the online dystopia, and she doesn't suffer fools lightly. It's just the way she plays, and she likes it that way. She can become the person she wishes herself to be in the real world.

However, when the game gets overrun by trolls and n00bs who threaten to destroy the game by turning it into yet another online shooter, Jenaiya cannot sit still and let that happen. The very existence of the game is on the line, as people leave in droves, and she gathers a rag-tag group of players to fight back against this new kind of 'brainless' horde. They have wildly different personalities but one goal: rid the game of the real monsters.

Jenaiya will have to outsmart her enemies, outplay the bullies, and return 'Age of Z' to its former glory. Otherwise, it's game over, and she'll have to confront the real world that awaits her on the other side of the computer screen.


   
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Bronson's 5 Favorite Zombie Movies & 5 Favorite Zombie Games
My first novel, ‘Playing Dead,’ combines my two favorite things in the whole world: zombies and video games. The main character, Jenaiya, is OBSESSED with an open-world PC game called ‘Age of Z,’ where players wander around and hold one another hostage for supplies so they can survive the ongoing zombie apocalypse.

It’s only fitting that I list out my favorite of each, right?

Okay, so this list might make a few of you angry. That’s okay. Rather than create a collection of all the classic zombie movies, I decided to write up my favorite zombie flicks.

Big difference. ‘Night of the Living Dead’ is, without a doubt, the most important zombie film of all-time. I love everything zombie-related George A. Romero has ever done -- even Land of the Dead -- and Return of the Living Dead is absolutely necessary in the evolution of the zombie movie. But these movies, these are the ones I can watch over and over and over again, and I can almost guarantee that you have too. Now, let’s get down to it.

5. Train to Busan (2016). Maybe the best movie on the list. ‘Train to Busan’ is an amalgamation of all the worthwhile traits of the other movies on this list. It is frequently tense, gory, and stylized. It also creates a genuine sense of drama by giving the audience characters to root for. You could do a whole lot worse than watching this unstoppable bullet of a movie. It speeds to its inevitable conclusion without leaving important filmic elements, like characterization, at the station.

4. Zombieland (2009). Most great zombie movies create a compelling sense of place, a believable apocalypse, if you will. Then they throw some people into the fray and slowly (and painfully) rip them apart over the course of 90 minutes. What ‘Zombieland’ does especially well is introduce and then develop characters who make the movie worth watching. It’s not just another brain smorgasbord. Bonus points if you, like me, watched the short-lived Amazon series.

3. 28 Days Later (2002). Okay, I have to admit something here: I didn’t love ‘28 Days Later’ the first time I saw it. Danny Boyle’s 2002 film is like a work of literature. You can watch and re-watch it and catch something different in it every time. If you’re anything like me, you’ll definitely want to watch it several times to get the movie’s full effect.

2. Shaun of the Dead (2004). Though the first movie in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy is largely hailed as a comedic masterpiece, there are a few genuinely brutal, horrifying scenes throughout the movie. Even without the laughs, ‘Shaun of the Dead’ would make this list, and that’s saying something.

1. Dawn of the Dead (2004). Zack Snyder has had a rough go of directing the DC Universe’s dark, dark, dark movies -- ‘Batman V. Superman,’ YIKES -- but this remake of George A. Romero’s 1979 seminal film is an absolute modern masterpiece. Bonus points to James Gunn for the inventive, weird, and hilariously bizarre script.

Zombie Games

Okay, now for the zombie games on my list. Thought ‘Playing Dead’ is based largely on open-world zombie titles, like ‘H1Z1’ and ‘State of Decay,’ all of my favorite zombie games are somewhat...different from that. Not that I didn’t like ‘DayZ’ or ‘The Forest,’ but THESE games are head and shoulders above the rest. Or should I say...brains above the rest? Nah, that’s stupid. So, ANYWAY, here are my top 5 favorite zombie games of all-time.

5. Plants vs. Zombies (2009). I thought I would get the most controversial choice out of the way first. ‘Plants vs. Zombies’ is neither serious nor entirely zombie-focused, but it is probably the most FUN game on this list. I’ve put more time into ‘PvZ’ than any other game, save for ‘BioShock’ or ‘Don’t Starve,’ and that’s saying something. It’s construct is simple: strategically place a variety of defensive plants on your lawn to stop the incoming zombie apocalypse. It has to be played to be believed, and if you’re one of the three people who have never heard of ‘PvZ,’ download it on your iPhone. Go. Now.

4. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999). Why not the original ‘Resident Evil,’ you ask? Okay, I’ll tell you. When ‘RE3’ was released on the PS1 back in 1999, I played it RELENTLESSLY that Christmas Break. I beat it, and then I went back and beat it again. There was something about the way it was sectioned out -- something about the pacing -- that completely drew me in. To wit, ‘RE3’ is probably not the best ‘Resident Evil’ game -- *cough cough* RE4 *cough cough* -- but it is a great combination of the survival horror elements of the first two and the action-oriented gameplay of the later installments. And, surprisingly, it still holds up today.

3. Dying Light (2016). I dug the first ‘Dead Island’ game when it came out -- and it inspired some things about ‘Age of Z’ in ‘Playing Dead’ -- but the big problem was: IT WAS COMPLETELY BROKEN. It just didn’t work, sometimes. Anyone who played that game within the first two weeks knows exactly what I’m talking about. So, that said, I was completely elated when a different intellectual property with the same basic idea was released back in 2016. (Remember those halcyon days?) ‘Dying Light’ completely fixes that formula and introduces some amazing platforming elements, as well. Who knew that Parkour could be so fun after the initial craze back in 2009?

2. Left 4 Dead (2008). The most fun I’ve had being scared. Unlike most horror games, which really are only frightening in an intellectual sense -- ooh, there’s a lot of blood! Woooooo! -- ‘Left 4 Dead’ creates a genuine sense of terror for the gang of four (or 4?) who play it. Anyone who’s stumbled into a close space with a Witch knows EXACTLY how anxiety-ridden ‘L4D’ can be. I mean, sure, it’s a first-person shooter, but Turtle Rock (and Valve) managed to imbue this title with a lot of story and drama, while keeping it firmly placed in the background. The dynamic, ever-changing instances throughout each of the campaigns makes the game infinitely replayable. You can even play heavily-modded versions of the game on Steam right now, and the servers are still going strong. The sequel is also pretty kick-ass.

1. Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Season One (2012). Oh, the feels. I still can’t think about Telltale’s beautifully-written but mechanically-flawed game from 2012 without getting a little emotional about it. The game centers around a precocious tween, Clementine, and her protector, a guy named Lee, as they venture down the length of Georgia to find Clem’s parents. Along the way, players pick up a band of survivors and have to make some pretty difficult decisions along the way. Telltale repeated the formula with a second season, and though I generally liked Season Two, it never quite reaches the heights (or the depths) of that first iteration. Telltale basically gives the game away, at this point, so if you haven’t played it yet, Oh my God, please do.

So...there you have it. These are the ten zombie things I love the most, and if you pay some attention while reading ‘Playing Dead,’ you’ll see how they came to influence how I approached the writing my first novel. I hope to continue to explore these themes in my upcoming works. In fact, my second book, ‘Vault of Code,’ should be out sometime in 2018.


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**About the Author**
Bronson Palmer  is a Young Adult writer specializing in thrillers. He is a lover of zombies. Playing Dead is his debut science fiction novel. Bronson lives in Nashville, TN.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Unknown Trilogy by Wendy Higgins


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Wendy Higgins' Unknown Trilogy!!! From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. Undone, the third and final book in the Unknown Trilogy, is now available! So... Check out all the tour festivities and grab the Unknown Trilogy today!

Genre:
New Adult
Science Fiction Romance
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Series:
Unknown Trilogy, #1
Publish Date:
August 16, 2016

Synopsis:
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’ debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.


      

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Genre:
New Adult
Science Fiction Romance
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Series:
Unknown Trilogy, #2
Publish Date:
February 14, 2017

Synopsis:
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.


      

*Excerpt*
I lay my head on his shoulder and barely registered the gentle bouncing of his steps up the stairs and down our hall. A minute later I felt him touch my butt, pulling my key from my back pocket. He kicked the door closed behind us and set me on the bed. I started to snuggle down, then shot to my feet, disoriented, as I remembered this bedtime was being forced upon me. I stumbled toward the wall. He caught me by the middle of my shirt, holding the material in his fist, and walked me backward until I was against the wall.
“Relax,” he said. “You’re all right.”
Our aloneness tightened around me like a bubble of hyperawareness.
“Ry,” I whispered. My hands went to his biceps, warm and solid. He closed his eyes and opened them again slowly.
“You’ve probably said enough for tonight,” he whispered back.
He was trying to shush me. I shook my head, and it was like slow motion, as if I my skull were rocking back and forth on a ship.
“I’ve lot mores to say.” I could hear the slur in my words, the ridiculousness of my lack of control, but I focused on Rylen’s pursed, full lips and a sensation of desire overrode the amusement.
He let go of my shirt and put his hands loosely on his hips. “You need to go to bed.”
“No.” I poked him in the hard chest and leaned forward too fast. I pressed both palms to his chest to balance myself. “God, Rylen” I said, feeling the contours of his pecs and watching my hands as I explored. It took a great deal of effort to lift my heavy head and look into his tired eyes. The comfort of that bluish gray tint was something I wanted to nestle down into. I rose up on my toes and moved my face close to his. So close, I could feel his breaths against my own lips.
“Pepper.” Rylen took both my hands from his chest and brought them back down to my sides, putting me firmly back on my feet.
“I love you,” I said softly.
“I love you, too.” His voice was that of a man trying to appease a child. “Now, let’s get you to bed.”
Don’t,” I said too loudly. I pulled away from his grip and brought my hands up to his neck. This time when I looked at him I felt him soften under my touch. I rose up on my toes again, touching our noses, and he wrenched his face to the side.
“Pepper, seriously.”
“Please,” I begged.
He took my arms and brought them down again, this time holding my wrists at my sides. God, he made me so mad!
“You…” I searched my addled brain. “You’re a…”
“Don’t finish that sentence.”
“You’re a clit tease!” I shouted.
His eyebrows flew up and then he chuckled deeply. His mouth went to my ear as he pressed me into the wall and said, “I assure you, I’m not.” A shiver made me press my pelvis upward toward his. His own hips jolted backward at the touch and he hissed my name in warning. “Amber…”
“Kiss me,” I breathed.
He pulled back, and his face was guarded. “You’re drunker than I thought.”

I flung his hands from my wrists, feeling frustrated as the weight of years’ worth of emotions pressed down on me. I was sick and tired of not being taken seriously by this man.

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Genre:
New Adult
Science Fiction Romance
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Series:
Unknown Trilogy, #3
Publish Date:
December 5, 2017

Synopsis:
Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.


      

  

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**About the Author**
Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don't know she's a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor's in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.


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