One Page Podcast: Live And Let Bite by Declan Finn

Live and Let Bite (Love at First Bite Book 3) is a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Horror

Merlin “Merle” Kraft has been fighting the darkness for months. He left San Francisco in the capable hands of Marco Catalano and his anti-vampire team to defend them against vampires. With special operators at his command, Kraft has been killing every vampire he can find in the Middle East. After clearing out a nest in Tora Bora, he is finally brought back to New York, and the investigation that led him to vampires in the first place.

Marco is starting to spiral. He knows it. His team knows it. Everyone around him can see that he’s just a bomb waiting to explode. The only woman who can bring him back from the brink is also the woman who lit his fuse.

Ever since the demon Asmodeus tried to murder Marco, Amanda Colt has been hunting down every lead to find the ones ultimately behind the attempt. After months of investigation, she learns that something in the dark is colder than the dark. It is a vampire assassin that Amanda has faced once before, and Amanda lost. This assassin is stronger than anything they’ve face before, and it isn’t alone.

With Marco ready to self-destruct, and the armies of Hell ready to descend, the three of them must come together and stop a thousand-year-old assassin that has never been stopped, and has never failed to kill her target.

One Page Podcast: Star Realm: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz

Star Realms: Rescue Run (Star Realms Novels) is a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Military Science Fiction

Since being court-martialed by the Star Empire, smuggler and thief Joan Shengtu has done what she needed to do in order to survive—gaining a reputation along the way. When a new client’s mission goes sideways, Joan finds herself caught in the middle of dueling gambits between the Star Empire and the Trade Federation. Recruited to perform the heist of a lifetime, the fate of the Star Empire rests in her hands.

On the opposite side of the galaxy, Regency BioTech manager Dario Anazao sees an unsustainable situation brewing that promises a full-scale revolution. The megacorporations of the Trade Federation have kept the population in horrible working conditions, violating their human rights. With no one else to help, Dario must take it upon himself to rescue the workers of Mars.

Can two heroes from warring factions come together to make a difference in the galaxy?

Book Review: Murphy’s Law of Vampires

Murphy’s Law of Vampires is book 2 in the Love At First Bite Series by Declan Finn. The review for book 1, Dragon Award nominee for best Horror, Honor At Stake is here.

This time, Marco and Amanda are battling vampires on different coasts as well as a demon. Will their budding romance survive the distance? Will they survive Mr. Day?

The book picks up where Honor At Stake left off. While Amanda is accounting for her and Marco’s actions during Honor At Stake to the Vampire Council, Marco is headed to San Francisco to help Merle Kraft take on the vampire hoards there and attend college. In San Francisco he meets a whole new group of vampire fighting characters, including a vampire and werepuppy.

The new crop of characters, especially the members of the Vampire Council are fun and interesting. I loved all of the different personalities that showed up. It’s easy to imagine that a council with members of vastly different ages would be weird and it is.

The bad guy, Mr. Day, is a special kind of evil that doesn’t easily die. I love bad guys and Mr. Day pushes all of my buttons. He dresses well, he’s pure evil and he isn’t easily defeated.

One of the best parts of this book, besides Mr. Day, is the character development. This book brings out a side of Marco that you didn’t get to see in Honor At Stake. He really does have feelings, who knew?

Like Honor At Stake, Murphy’s Law if Vampires is a timeless battle of good vs evil, with lots of action, explosions and a crew of Vatican ninjas who have very cool gear.

Murphy’s Law of Vampires is an awesome read that is full of action and a bit of romance. Just like in the first book, the reader is left hanging at the end of the book. As a reader, I want to know how it ends. (As a writer, this is an ingenious way to hook readers for the next book.)

Well worth the read.

A Dragon Christmas in…August

What’s better than a great book? One that’s on sale, of course.

Seven Dragon Award finalists have put their ebooks on sale (or will have them on sale soon) for 1.99 or less.

Check them out, buy them and have a great weekend.

And don’t forget to vote in the Dragon Awards for your favorites. Voting ends Sept 1st.

Blood of Invidia: Maestru Series Book 1 (The Maestru Series) (Volume 1) Aug 11 – Sept 5th 1.99

A Place Outside The Wild (Z-Day Book 1) Aug 10-14 1.99

Escaping Infinity Aug 4-Sept 1 0.99

Live and Let Bite (Love at First Bite) (Volume 3) Aug 14-21 1.99

Codename: UnSub (The Last Survivors) Aug 14-21 1.99

Invasion: Book 1: Resistance (Volume 2) Aug 14-16 0.99

ZK:Falling (Zombie Killers Book 0) Aug 14-16 0.99

The Secret Kings (Soul Cycle Series)

 

One Page Podcast: Blood of Invidia by Tom Tinney & Morgen Batten

Blood of Invidia is a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Horror

Galaxy conquering Vampires, Shape Shifting Warriors, Yakuza Ninjas and Gray-Skinned visitors.

Aliens, Vampires and Werewolves…Oh, my! These aren’t cute candy eating extraterrestrials, or your sparkly Tweens Vampires. It’s time for you to run (and your little dog too!)

10,000 years ago, a majestic race of beings waged war across our galaxy. They were the Invidians and they conquered worlds. They were driven to build their empire and fulfill their destiny. But they were mortal, so they sought the secret to eternal life. They found it.

And then they disappeared.

Tomorrow afternoon, a Vampire battles Werewolves in the middle of Times Square. Shortly after, the Grays arrive to calm our fears. Find out why the galactic order rests on the shoulders of three human beings and one mysterious stranger. Can they save all of us by following the path paved in the “Blood of Invidia”?

Blood of Invidia is available on Amazon.com in ebook and paperback.

One Page Podcast: The Product by Marina Fontaine

 

The Product will change your life. It will give you joy and confidence, make you more aware of the world around you. You will find new friends. You might even fall in love.

Few people know its name. Fewer still dare say it. It is, after all, illegal. Users are jailed. Dealers meet an ugly death. Yet the temptation is irresistible.

Kevin is a dealer. And he is about to get caught.

Dragon Award winner and author of CTRL-ALT-Revolt Nick Cole says “Fontaine expertly paints a loveless future where what’s human and what’s real is dangerous and highly illegal. Taut, passionate andcompelling, this vignette of a dark future reminds us that we are still human, no matter what laws are passed. A fearless warning for these fear-filled times.”

Get The Product by Marina Fontaine on Amazon.com.

Coming out in audiobook…sometime.

Trumptopia Has Come To Superversive Press

You may have heard about an anthology, titled Trumptopia, being put together by a small publisher in Europe. The stories were to be about a utopian future thanks to our current President, Donald Trump. The stories were to be positive stories.

I was fortunate enough to have one of my stories, which involves a class trip to the Trump Memorial Library in the future, accepted. I’m not a big fan of Trump, however I can write a darn good story and the editor is a friend who I wanted to help out.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago, Kathy Griffin’s severed head scandal happens just as the publisher releases the cover for this “positive” anthology. Want to guess what was on the cover? Yup, severed heads in jars.

That caused a bit of an uproar by several of the authors who thought it was a bad idea, myself included. We privately took our objections to the editor who took them to the publisher. I offered to both the authors and the editor to draft a new cover so that the project could move forward. In the mean time, the project was cancelled by the publisher.

In whiplash fashion, Superversive Press picked up the project. But, what to do about the cover?

Here is my draft cover. What do you think? Would you buy a Trump utopian anthology with tales of a fantastical future with this cover? Do you love it? Hate it? Confused by the Russian words? Upset there are no dragons or bikini clad women?

Please put your thoughts in the comments.