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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Kickstarter Spotlight: Tales From the Old Black Ambulance Anthology

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Tales From the Old Black Ambulance
Life ends. Death rides...
A fantastic slate of stories—about creepy hearses, talking hearses, tricked-out hearses, ghostly hearses, high-tech mausoleums, cursed stoves, Great Hunts, ghost hunters, clowns, cemetery exploration, facing fear, witches, the dead who don't know it, and a suffering freak who can't die—all from nineteen fantastic authors:

J. Carson Black
J. D. Blackrose
Gustavo Bondoni
Rick Duffy
A. G. Hilton
Larry Hodges
Tally Johnson
Nancy Kilpatrick
Mackenzie Kincaid
Emily Lavin Leverett
Rob MacGregor
Gail Z. Martin
Jason J. McCuiston
Jennifer R. Povey
Clark Roberts
Angela Roquet
Jorge S. Savant
Tim Waggoner
Robert W. Walker

Who are we?
Established in 2015, Prospective Press is a vigorous small press specializing in fantasy, horror, and other speculative fiction. Among our thirty-plus books, we have published three anthologies to date—all in the Off the Beaten Path series.

The Editor
Jason T. Graves is the publisher and editor-in-chief at Prospective Press, and the series editor for the Off the Beaten Path series of anthologies. He is also the author of four novels, but has valiantly sacrificed most of his time to make ProP and its authors as successful as possible.
 

 The Artist
The cover and video were put together by ARTE RAVE, our in-house art team. The cover is photo manipulation and is composed of elements from several stock photographs (© Adobe Stock and the respective rights holders).

Gift giving guide for the Comic-Con fan

With these amazing books, your sci-fi and fantasy loving friends will love you forever! Don't forget yourself as you plan out your holiday gifts. We're sure you'll fall in love with each of these fabulous books and their authors, and the delightful worlds in each.

The Neuromorphs
by Dennis Meredith
April 8, 2018
Genre: Hard Science Fiction
296 pages

Publisher: Glyphus LLC
The robots were good. The Russian thugs were evil. But then. . .

It's 2050, and self-learning Helper androids have proven invaluable servants to humans, making their lives easier, even saving them.

But to their horror, retired SEAL Patrick Jensen and his wife Leah discover that rogue programmers and Russian mobsters are reprogramming the trusted robots to murder their wealthy owners. The crooks then skillfully disguise the lifelike robots as their dead masters, directing the robot mimics to plunder the victims’ estates of billions of dollars.

But neither the corrupt engineers nor the greedy thugs realize what catastrophe they have wrought in giving the robots autonomous abilities.

They have created a new race of networked, “hive-minded” sentient creatures driven by a relentless survival instinct: the Neuromorphs.

Patrick must enlist his SEAL team to marshal their combat skills and futuristic firepower to thwart the seemingly unstoppable evolution of a new dominant species on the planet.



by Hank Quense
July 26, 2018
Genre: scifi, fantasy, short story, alien invasion
37 pages

Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing
In the first book, Contact, when Captain Yunta, commander of a mining spacecraft on a mission to appropriate deposits of minerals, encounters a colorful planet inhabited by elves, dwarves, half-pints, yuks, and humans, she knows it might just be the key to an important promotion. And if her mission fails, her career is over. Will she succeed at any cost? And will she and her team keep their promises to the locals? The story continues in books 2-7, and we KNOW you'll want to keep reading!

by Christian Brown
Genre: dark fantasy, horror, scifi
AN EPIC FANTASY FULL OF WAR, MAGIC, AND ENCHANTING REALMS

The future of Geadhain, a world where magic and science from an unknown force called technomagik, is at stake in Brown's captivating Feast of Fates series. And it challenges the genre's standard of a damsel in distress, with strong female characters defying gender stereotypes at every turn. After meeting the wolf-man changeling Caenith, Morigan Lostarot, a handmaiden, discovers her hidden powers and is soon deemed a danger to the realm.


PRAISE FOR FOUR FEASTS TILL DARKNESS
“…you will not put this book down once you pick it up...”—Huffington Post

"An unmissable dark fantasy tale,"--Kirkus (starred review)
"While you wait for Game of Thrones..."--ForeWord Clarion
In fact, we've reviewed Book 1 - Feast of FatesBook 2 - Feast of Dreams, and Book 3 - Feast of Chaos of the series already, and with Book 4 just out, watch for our review and a fabulous guest blog video from Christian soon!

About Dennis Meredith:
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Dennis Meredith brings to his science thrillers an expertise in science from his career as a science communicator at some of the country's leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin.

He has served on the executive board of the National Association of Science Writers and has written numerous articles and guidebooks on science writing and science communication. He has also served as a judge and manager for the NASW Science-in-Society Awards and the AAAS Science Writing Awards.

He was a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, working with The American Association for the Advancement of Science to establish this international research news service, which now links more than 4,500 journalists to news from 800 subscribing research institutions.

In 2007, he was elected as a AAAS Fellow "for exemplary leadership in university communications, and for important contributions to the theory and practice of research communication." In 2012 he was named the year's Honorary Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas (1968) and an M.S. in biochemistry and science writing from the University of Wisconsin (1970).

Besides his writing, he conducts communication workshops for researchers seeking to enhance their communication skills, both professional and lay-level. He has developed workshops for researchers at universities, research foundations, and government agencies and laboratories.

Additionally, Dennis has a brand new book out that we know you'll love too: Mythicals - where legendary creatures are real, and you'll never guess their surprising origins. (You can get it here: https://amzn.to/2Tm6w53


Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric scifi and fantasy stories. He also writes about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 18 books and 50 short stories along with a few dozen articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a series of two humorous novels that take place in the Camelot era.
He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

About Christian A. Brown:
Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Feast of Fates, Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing Four Feasts Till Darkness series. He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively writes a blog about his mother’s journey with cancer and on gender issues in the media. A lover of the weird and wonderful, Brown considers himself an eccentric with a talent for cat-whispering.

Monday, November 19, 2018

WIP it Real Good: Jane S. Morrissey (PNR Quytel Series) + giveaway

OOOOhhhh . . . I should be promoting the second book in my series coming out this week, Circle of Flames, but there are many more in the queue . . . so, here is a sneak preview of book 3 – Circle of the Pack:

The mysterious and elusive Maliha Courtland has captured Ash Montgomery’s attention—and he’s not happy about it. When she disappears, he is the only one who can track her, but what he finds will change his life forever.

Not long after her recovery from a demon’s brutal attack, Maliha finds herself a prisoner. As she fights for her sanity, she uncovers a part of herself she never could have imagined. Ash might be the one person who can keep her safe, but what will he be required to sacrifice in the process?


Photo by Marek Szturc on Unsplash

Her wolf rose on a snarl, resting beneath the surface. In the weeks of watching over her, he’d come to understand and respect the animal. Mali’s wolf remained quiet and watchful, yet oh-so fierce. There was an especially sharp sexual energy when she was close to emerging-like now.

Ash wasn’t quite sure how he knew the animal was also drawn to him in a far less complicated way than the woman. Mali protested his domination; the wolf played with it, and that was damn hard to resist.

Pressing closer, he surprised them both by brushing his lips across hers. Her intoxicating scent of jasmine and pine teased his senses. She pressed both palms to his chest as if to push him away, the contact producing a shock of electricity between them they didn’t have a chance to ground.


If you didn’t catch book 1 in the Quytel Series, check it out: Circle of Dreams


by Jane S. Morrissey
November 14, 2018 
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Fiction 
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, New York 
ISBN: 978-1-68291-764-0 
Number of pages: 339 
Word Count: 92,974 
Cover Artist: Melody Pond, Soul Mate Publishing 
Bending time and space to battle evil

Sent back to his homeland to investigate the disappearance of psychic children, Darius Curilian must face the haunting truths of his past. In a remote village, Darius and his team arrive too late to stop a kidnapping but discover a beautiful stranger who could hold the key to finding the missing children.

A self-defined loner, Emma Williams has always been different. Fire breathes in her soul and has set her apart from everyone her whole life. When she stumbles upon a child in danger, she falls into Darius’s unwilling arms and is pulled into the dark world of the Quytel as they fight for their lives. 


Excerpt:
For her safety and ours, Darius reminded himself.

“Scotch?” Emma emerged from the kitchen with two tumblers half full of amber liquid. “I don’t know about you, but I could use a drink after the last couple of days.”

She’d changed into a comfortable looking pair of cotton drawstring pants and a spaghetti-strap tank, leaving a tempting part of her flat belly revealed. Padding into the room on bare feet, her dark, silk-red hair brushed her jawline and fell to her shoulders. His cock hardened.

He stood and crossed the narrow room, taking the glass she offered him. “Thank you.”

“Cheers.” She raised her glass and sat on the loveseat, tucking her feet under her. “So what now?”

“I should leave.” He didn’t move, feeling the weight of Sita’s vial in his pocket. He took a long drink of the scotch and savored the smoke on his tongue.

“Will I see you again?” Those lapis-lazuli eyes met his. They reminded him of Egyptian jewels watching, waiting, her pale skin illuminated by the soft, yellow glow filling the room.

“I’d like that.” He chased the implication of his statement with another swallow of scotch burning his throat. Just because he wouldn’t ever see her again didn’t mean he wouldn’t want to. He was dead certain one night with her would do nothing to quench his hunger.

About the Author:
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Jane Morrissey is a paranormal romance writer who loves romance, magic, and writing. Her paranormal romantic mysteries will keep you reading late into the night. Jane spends her time writing, enjoying the glorious California Coast near her home and spending as much time as she can with family and friends.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Cover Reveal: Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant

Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court #1)
by M.A. Grant
February 25, 2019
Carina Press
Phineas Smith has been cursed with a power no one could control.

Roark Lyne is his worst enemy and his only hope.

The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it.

They don’t realize he can’t levitate a feather, much less defend the Faerie Realm as it slips into civil war.

Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne, Phineas’s roommate—and self-proclaimed arch nemesis—is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. Phineas can’t begin to sort through their six years of sexual tension masquerading as mutual dislike. But Roark is also the only one able to help Phineas tame his magick.

Trusting Roark’s mysterious motives may be foolish; not accepting his temporary protection would be deadly.

Caught in the middle of the impending war, Phineas and Roark forge a dangerous alliance. And as the walls between them crumble, Phineas realizes that Roark isn’t the monster he’d imagined. But their growing intimacy threatens to expose a secret that could either turn the tide of the war…or destroy them both.



About the Author:
M.A. Grant has always loved reading and writing but fell in love with the romance genre when she started working at an independent bookstore in high school. After meeting her husband in college, they began a steady northward migration and are now happily living in the rugged beauty of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. When she’s not calling out to passing ravens or making a cup of tea, she’s writing dark and moving stories

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sheep Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Spoiler-free

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
16 November 2018
Director: David Yates
Writers: J.K. Rowling, J.K. Rowling (based upon characters created by)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Carmen Ejogo, Eddie Redmayne, Zoë Kravitz, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, 
Kevin Guthrie, Wolf Roth
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2h 14min
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series set in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.


Went to see The Crimes of Grindelwald with my 17-year-old daughter. We've both been waiting all year for this! And we weren't disappointed. This movie sheds light on a lot of Potter-verse history. It got a little confusing at some points trying to keep straight the different subplots and who is related to who but by the big reveal—Plot twist, there is a bigger reveal afterward—at the end, you know what's going on.

The special effects are big and fantastical and best suited for the big screen. And the fast-paced action starts in the first few minutes of the movie. Some of the action scenes get a little chaotic and you don't know where to look, but I would expect any fight involving magic to be a wild ride. I don't remember if this was the case in the first movie but there are a lot of close-ups in this one.

Newt Scamander is one of my favorite Potterworld characters. He is so charming and the actor does a great job with him. Jude Law isn't what I envisioned a younger Dumbledor to look like but I like looking at him so I went with it :) The character Nagini (you can guess what kind of creature she is by her name) is a cool character, but there was no point to her. She just followed Credence around. Nothing would have changed storywise if she had been left out. Johnny Depp as Grindelwald was a good choice. They finally let him play a character with no Jack Sparrow quirks. He does crazy well.

Can't give any details about the plot, but there are old and new beasts and lots of Potter-verse magic.

Holly gives it 5 Sheep

I give it 4 1/2 "Picking sides" Sheep





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