Friday, May 25, 2018

Book Blast & #Giveaway for Asta and the Barbarians by Becca Fox


Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Asta and the Barbarians by Becca Fox.  Please leave a comment or question for Becca to let her know you stopped by.  You enter Becca's giveaway, where she will be awarding custom made bookmarks, coasters, and magnets to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. You may click on the banner above to see the other stops on the tour.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  Good Luck!

Asta heard about King Torvald's crusade and watched her people fortify the town's defenses, but she never imagined foreign invaders would come to her peaceful shores. In one fateful night, she loses everything she holds dear and somehow gains the favor of the warrior god. Has he given her the tools she needs for revenge or does he have a greater plan in store?

Buy Links for Asta and the Barbarians:

The book is $0.99 during the tour

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Read an Excerpt:

“Why did you help me?” I asked. “I have nothing to give in return. You must have known that.”

Bryn smiled softly. “A very wise woman once said, ‘A world without kindness is a dark and hopeless place.’ And that isn’t the kind of world I wish to live in.”

My eyes stung with the coming of new tears.

Viggo rolled his eyes and turned to leave. “I’ll see you at dinner, Bryn.”

“Until then,” Bryn said over his shoulder. His glowing eyes fell on my face again. “What’s your name?”

“Asta.”

“I would like to hear your story, if you are willing and able to tell it, Asta.”

I rubbed my face against the blanket. “You won’t like it.”

“We are rarely fond of the truth,” Bryn said with a shrug. “Tell me anyway.”

About the Author:
Becca Fox was that strange girl in high school, who always seemed to have her nose in a book. She didn’t talk much because, more often than not, she was daydreaming about different fantasy worlds. During class, under the guise of taking notes, she wrote scenes for her works in progress.

Becca is a bit more social now but still enjoys reading, writing, and daydreaming. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, a fat orange tabby cat, and a forever-puppy. She has published three books to date, I Dare You to Love Me (a young adult romance), In the Dark (a new adult paranormal romance), and Asta and the Barbarians (a new adult fantasy.)

Links:

Blog: https://fanofthefiction.wordpress.com
Website: http://becca-fox.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Becca-Fox/e/B076PTNPV9/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17274613.Becca_Fox
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bears_Goose1?lang=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beccajfoxauthor
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/beccajayfox/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rjagundez.5/?hl=en






Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sale Blast for Model Marine by Sondra Sykes Meek



Welcome to my stop on the Sale Blast, presented by RABT Book Tours, for Model Marine by Sondra Sykes Meek.  Please leave a comment or question for Sondra to let her know you stopped by. 



Literary Fiction / Military Fiction
Date Published: January 13, 2018  


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Molly Monroe had her future planned out for her. When she makes an impulsive decision to join the Marine Corps, her boyfriend breaks up with her, her brother bears the burden of guilt, and her mother feels betrayed. The people in Molly’s life have always tried to protect her, but she wants to protect herself.

As a Combat Camera Marine, Molly observes and records her environment from behind the lens, where image shapes day-to-day life. After she is wounded during a combat deployment, her dreams are frightening, and her memories are a kaleidoscope of scattered and chaotic scenes; a collision of past and present, real and unreal. Snapshots in time. Glimpses of war. Fragments of love: lost and found.

This story unfolds through multiple perspectives and as the negatives and positives develop, an image of the Model Marine is sharpened into focus.



KDP Countdown Deal from 23 May – 30 May. The book will be priced at $.99.

EXCERPT



Corporal Molly Monroe

She sat on the hill with Ramirez, overlooking the Airboss tent. The desert stretched for miles across an endless horizon. The orange glow of the sun peeked over the sea of sand and sent violet and crimson streaks into the fading night sky. It reminded her of another time, when the sea was ocean instead of sand—when love rekindled and then withered again. She marveled at the natural beauty of a place that was so perilous.

            “Thanks for coming with me,” Ramirez said.

            “Of course. I’m glad you brought me along,” Monroe said. “Will they be here soon?”

            “Any minute. I prepared the last one for this flight a couple hours ago.”

            “I can’t imagine having your job, Ramirez. Does it ever get to you?”

            “I try to detach myself. You know how that goes. But sometimes, they look so young. I can’t help thinking about my kid brother. I can’t help imagining what their families are going through. Sometimes, it starts to feel like I know them.”

            Two Humvees approached the flight line and parked; the Marines inside waited for their cue.

            The CH-53 helicopter roared to life, the rotating blades sending desert dust particles funneling around the gray bird. The Marines exited their vehicles and pulled the large black bag out of the back. Placing it on a field-expedient stretcher, they somberly carried their brother up the ramp, into the belly of the bird. They showed no sense of urgency, as they repeated the slow procession from the Humvee to the helo two more times. On their final trip out of the helicopter, the Marines formed a line from a distance. As the bird began ascent of the Angel Flight, Corporal Monroe and Lance Corporal Ramirez stood and joined their fellow warriors in a final salute.




About the Author


Sondra Sykes Meek is originally from Florida, but she has lived in several locations in the United States and abroad. She is a wife and mother of two, a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant, and a Project Manager in the Defense Industry. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and has several stories in various stages of progress. She hopes to write full-time one day, but for now, she writes in the spare, quiet moments of her life.

Sondra wrote and published Model Marine: A Novel to reveal the courage and sacrifices of Marines and their families. She wanted to offer readers another kind of hero: someone who is not supernatural, immortal, or from the future. Although the events of this story are fiction, the setting and characters are influenced by her experiences as a Marine. The narrative is as authentic as it can be without excluding civilian readers. The protagonist is named after a Marine Corps icon, “Molly Marine.” This is especially relevant now, as 2018 marks 100 years since the first woman joined the United States Marine Corps.

Sondra hopes all readers enjoy this emotional journey of love, loss, and sacrifice. There are real heroes hidden within the pages of her debut novel. She invites you to meet them, love them, and remember them.

Contact Links



Purchase Link

KDP Countdown Deal from 23 May – 30 May. The book will be priced at $.99.


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Book Blast & #Giveaway for Hightail It To Kinsey Falls by Gayle Leeson


Welcome to mu stop on the Book Blast, presented by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, for Hightail It to Kinsey Falls by Gayle Leeson.  Please leave a comment or question for Gayle to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your chances of winning.  Good Luck!



About the Book

Hightail It to Kinsey Falls
By Gayle Leeson
Kinsey Falls Series, Book 1

Publisher:  Grace Abraham Publishing  
Release Date: May 22, 

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Length: 139 pages

Kindle ASIN: B07C46H3WH


Buy Links:  Amazon| Kobo Apple




All work and no play make Jade a dull girl.


Jade Burt can do without her grandmother’s meddling in her love life. But when Millie finds an abandoned baby possum, it leads her to Caleb Young. Caleb would be perfect for Jade! When Jade meets Caleb, it’s hard to argue with her grandmother’s choice. Still, Jade is determined to push Caleb away, but his friendship with Millie concerns her. What if he’s a slick con man trying to take advantage of a sweet old lady? Jade needs to figure Caleb out before he breaks her grandmother’s heart…and Jade’s too!



About the Author

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series.

I live in Virginia with my family, which includes my own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series! But, never fear, I’m also working on a new cozy mystery series as well.




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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Book Blast & #Giveaway for 30 Noodles by Raw Munchies (Ruet Barak)

Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for 30 Noodles by Raw Munchies (Reut Barak).  Please leave a comment or question for Ruet to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, where one randomly chosen commenter will be awarded a $20 Amazon/BN GC.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your chances of winning.  Good Luck!

30 Noodles – Raw Munchies: 30 Easy Raw Vegan Noodle Recipes with Delicious Popular Spaghetti and Pasta Dishes
By Ruet Barak

Publisher: New Belle Enterprises
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Genre: Nonfiction Cookbook
Length: 120 Pages
ISBN:  978-1979779784
ASIN: B079Q8NQ3L

Buy Links:  Kindle   Print 



About the book:

Join the fun!

This book is all about the warm crunch: pesto,

fettuccine, pad thai, and even coconut chicken, all in their raw vegan version. It’s a great way to have a quick, impressive healthy meal.

30 recipes for 30 days of a spiralizing adventure. It’s a whole new way of cooking!

“It’s always great to share food with the people we love, and Raw Munchies book series is all about making something special to have together. It could be an exotic smoothie, a healthy spaghetti, or a portobello mushroom steak. It’s been my greatest challenge and joy to create this book series and open up to this new art: to bring popular and gourmet recipes from around the world to the raw vegan table.” Reut Barak.



EXCERPT

SPICY CHICKEN CURRY

An impressive dish, with the exotic taste of traditional chicken curry

MEAT

the meat of 2 Thai coconuts
2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil
4 tablespoons coconut aminos
2 teaspoons Chicken Curry Masala (herbal
poultry seasoning)

SAUCE

2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root
the juice of 2 lemons
the peel of one orange
2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil
4 tablespoons coconut aminos
1 teaspoon Chicken Curry Masala
pinch salt
pinch garlic powder (optional)

VEGETABLES

4 tablespoons fresh coriander
1 red or orange bell pepper

To Prepare the Meat

Cut the coconut meat into 1½ inch (4 centimeter) pieces and marinade with olive oil, coconut aminos, and Chicken Curry Masala for half an hour. For spicier taste, you can add more Chicken Curry Masala.

To Prepare the Sauce

In a food processor or high-speed blender, blend all Sauce ingredients.

To Prepare the Vegetables

Chop fresh coriander, and slice the bell pepper. Then mix with meat, and sauce.

Marinade for at least 3 hours. You can also marinade overnight for a strong taste.

Carefully heat to 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius), using a thermometer to check and ensure the temperature doesn’t go higher.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Waiting time: 3 hours
Serves Two

Youtube Video for this recipe: https://youtu.be/9KGsGjDcOa8
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

RawMunchies.org is a raw vegan website dedicated to making healthy, gluten free recipes, that are delicious, easy and great for detox.

Reut Barak has been an online influencer in the Raw Vegan world since her transformation in 2015, “I started cooking when I was 7, on my own making Challah bread. I was brave. The result was what could only be described as beginners luck.I have since had every possible failure in the book (and some of my own).

But I always succeeded in the end, and over the 25 years in the kitchen I mastered cooking. I could make anything I wanted to make. Until I went raw.

A chance night of late Googling on May 25, 2015 exposed me to this new great challenge and I learn new things every single day. Join me! Love, Reut”







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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Book Blast & #Giveaway for A Different Kind of Fire & Fury: Revenge by Julie Reichwein

Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast, presented by Goddess FishPromotions, for A Different Kind of Fire & Fury: Revenge by Julie Reichwein.  Please leave a comment or question for Julie to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, where Julie will be awarding both a $75 and $50 Amazon GC to a commenter, two prizes total, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  Good Luck!

A Different Kind of Fire & Fury: Revenge
By Julie Reichwein

Publisher: Best Seller Publications, LLC.
Release Date: March 8, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Length: 283 Pages
ASIN: B07BC7CYMQ

Buy Link:  Amazon 



About the book:

Detective Michelle Velasquez kicks ass with the Santa Fe Police Department, and she’ll need all her moxie May, 2013 as she’s assigned two cases which may be related. She’s assigned a vicious rape case of Maria Acevedo, an intern with the Jones Financial Group, as she gets a call from an old friend, Richard Stanberry III. He’s intent on re-connecting, but she’s suspicious of his motives for good reason.


As she digs into Maria Acevedo’s rape case, she’s assigned a thirty year old murder case of her former friend, Susie Murphy, who happened to be Richard Stanberry III’s girlfriend at the time of her murder. If Detective Velasquez wants to solve both cases, she’s going to have to put her life on the line to uncover some dark secrets that some prefer to stay buried.




EXCERPT


Otto and I walked into the Pueblo style building with a Xeriscape garden and a stone pebble walkway. The security guard ushered us to a room, with a Kiva fireplace in the corner and a Kermanshaw antique Navajo rug, where the victim, Maria Acevedo, drew back. She was wrapped in an Eyedazzler homespun blanket and desperate for a friend. In need of privacy, I motioned for the street cops to clear out as I read her personnel file.
         
Maria Acevedo was a new employee as she cringed with the eyes on her. So did the man justify his actions because she wore the wrong outfit? It said, “Yes,” in his perverted mind as her words said, “No.” In his eyes, she chose the wrong profession, so she had to be put in her proper place. She didn’t know that, “No,” meant nothing because she was a, ”Nobody,” in his hate filled eyes. Women were born with a brain, so was her intelligence unimportant because she wore a skirt? She worked harder than most, to show everyone she belonged, but she would never have a man’s physical strength which did not give him the right to take from her what she never agreed to. All she asked was to be treated with the same respect as those who wore pants to the office. Was that too much to expect?
         
With a blank look on her face, so I introduced myself and said, “I’m Detective Michelle Velasquez, and this is Otto. What’s your name?”
         
“Maria Acevedo.” Her head down, her shoulders convulsed, and her face ashen as the parade of onlookers unnerved her, so Otto laid down next to her.
         
I knelt down and said, “Can you tell me what happened to you?”
         
he said, “A man raped me,” as she shook from side to side. After a moment, she pet Otto, my four year old German Shepherd, and she began to settle. Her attack had nothing to do with desire; it had everything to do with hate. #HerToo.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I'm a debut author who has long had an interest in crime thrillers and an interest in criminal psychology, specifically, sexual assault. I was stalked two times in my 20's and had to relocate both times as I barely escaped rape both times. I used those experiences in creating one of my fictional characters in the book.
I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast and a lover of animals. I own 5 dogs and have horses, too. They're my babies.

Media Links for Julie:   

Twitter: @crimebookgirl1
Website: www.juliereichwein.info 


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for Cake & Punishment by Maymee Bell

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, for Cake & Punishment by Maymee Bell.  Please leave a comment or question for Maymee to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the steps on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  Good Luck!


About the Book

Cake and Punishment
By Maymee Bell
A Southern Cake Baker Mystery, Book 1

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Setting: Kentucky
Length: 257 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315711
ASIN: B075QJM2W8

Purchase Links: Amazon  B&N   Kobo 



In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.


With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?


About the Author

Maymee Bell is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes. She lives in Kentucky with her family and her two schnauzers. She likes strong coffee, slow-country days, and fresh-baked cookies – but she like telling stores best of all. This is her first SOUTHERN BAKER MYSTERY.

Visit Tonya:

Facebook at Author Tonya Kappes:
https://www.facebook.com/authortonyakappes


Website: tonyakappes.com






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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Book Blast & #Giveaway for Dead Giveaway by Diane Benefiel


Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Dead Giveaway by Diane Benefiel.  Please leave a comment or question for Diane to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter Diane's tour wide giveaway where she will be awarding a $15 in Boroughs Bucks + a copy of Flash Point to a randomly drawn commenter.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above. The more stops you visit, the better your chances of winning.  Good Luck!

Dead Giveaway
By Diane Benefiel
High Sierras, Book 2

Pubisher:  Boroughs Publishing
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Length: 224 Pages
ISBN: 978-1986885980
ASIN: B07C97NJ64
THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN

If asked, Gwendolyn Ballard would admit she co-parented her best friend Chloe's son, Cameron. Now Gwen is all he's got as they flee from the man who murdered his mother. There's only one place Cameron will be safe, and that's with his uncle, Elijah MacElvoy. Arriving on his doorstep at the Broken Arrow Ranch is a desperate decision, and Gwen knows he'd slam the door in her face if she didn't have his nephew with her. But she'll do anything for Cam, even if it means putting up with Elijah's distrust and judgment.

Chloe's dead. Cam's orphaned, and Elijah is confronted with the prospect of living with the one woman who's driven him crazy for the past ten years. He'll fight to keep her safe. That's encoded in his DNA. But can he trust her with a little boy who just lost his mother? As Eli watches how Gwen loves and cares for his nephew, he reevaluates his thinking and gives in to the smoldering attraction he felt the first time he saw her. With so much on the line, Eli comes clean about his past, making way for a future that's all about silver linings.

         



 Excerpt

In the long, drawn-out moment that Eli stared at her, she saw something flicker in his expression. The flint gray eyes she remembered so well seemed to burn over her, his scrutiny like a physical touch. Gwen kept her feet locked to the ground even as the insane urge to turn and run surged through her.

He shifted his gaze to Cameron, then back to her. Cameron’s death grip nearly cut off the circulation in her fingers.

“Gwendolyn.” His deep voice held a timbre that, despite their mutual animosity, had always sent warm shivers down her spine.

“Elijah.” She held her breath as tension swelled, and waited for the door to slam in their faces. He stepped back.

“We can come in?”

With a mocking look, he opened the door wider. She let out her breath in a shaky sigh. Two dogs, the larger a Rottweiler mix, the smaller a fluffy black and white terrier, sat at alert, the terrier all but quivering in excitement. Stepping into the warm house, Gwen felt the fear and panic she’d been carrying ease a fraction, leaving behind an aching exhaustion. For tonight at least, she and Cameron were safe.

The dogs sat with butts planted. Keeping Cameron at her side, she held out a hand to each of them to let them get her scent.

Nerves jumping, Gwen straightened. She hadn’t seen Eli for over five years and the subtle signs of the passing of time were evident. While he still maintained the rangy, lean build he carried on a tall frame, his face showed fine lines fanning out from narrowed eyes. He wore his straight brown hair longer than she remembered, combed back except for where it fell across his forehead.

His bearing, the way he carried himself, made her think of a cowboy sheriff in the old West, tough and unshakable. After the terror of the past days, she needed someone with that unyielding steadfastness on her side. She really hoped that he would be on her side.

She could see the questions in the hooded eyes, but he didn’t ask why she had shown up at his door.

Cameron gave his uncle a cautious look. Eli must have sensed the boy’s reserve, because he crouched down on one knee. Gwen watched, curious as to how he would interact with his nephew.

“Cameron, this big guy is Bubba, and the little one is Oreo.” Eli’s voice was low and calming.

“Oreo?” Cameron leaned down to pet the little dog. “That’s because he’s black and white, right?” Oreo reached out a tongue to lick his hand.

Eli’s features softened fractionally. “Yeah, that’s right.”

Cameron flashed a brief smile, one of the first Gwen had seen in days. Eli rose and led them into the room. The entryway opened to a comfortable living room with a large couch and a recliner that invited curling up with a good book. A fire warmed the room from behind a wrought-iron screen, and a large area rug in front of it covered the knotted-pine floor. Even if Eli wasn’t exactly welcoming, his house felt homey.

“What took you so long to get here?” The abrupt question startled her. He had been expecting them? The idea that he had somehow known she would come to him, had been waiting for her, unsettled her, like there was some unspoken connection between them. And that didn’t bear thinking about.

About the Author:
National Readers' Choice Award winner for her novel, Solitary Man, Diane Benefiel has been an avid reader all her life. She enjoys a wide range of genres, from westerns to fantasy to mysteries, but romance has always been a favorite. She writes what she loves best to read – emotional, heart-gripping romantic suspense novels. She likes writing romantic suspense because she can put the hero and heroine in all sorts of predicaments that they have to work together to overcome.

A native Southern Californian, Diane enjoys nothing better than summer. For a high school history teacher, summer means a break from teenagers, and summer allows her to spend her early mornings immersed in her current writing project. With both kids living out of the house, in addition to writing, she enjoys camping and gardening with her husband. Diane loves hearing from her readers.

Website: http://www.dianebenefiel.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DianeBenefielRomance
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dianebenefiel
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/diane_benefiel
Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/author/show/8075321.Diane_Benefiel
BookBub: http://www.bookbub.com/authors/diane-benefiel
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/diane_benefiel


BUY LINKS:  Boroughs Publishing  Apple   B&N   Kobo    Smashwords   Amazon



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Blurb Blitz & #Giveaway for Edger by David Beem

Welcome to my stop on the Blurb Blitz, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Edger by David Beem.  Please leave a comment or question for David to let him know you stopped by.  You may enter his tour wide giveaway, where one randomly chosen commenter will be awarded a $50 Amazon/BN GC, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  Good Luck!

Edger
By David Beem

Publisher: Escapist Press
Release Date: April 2, 2018
Genre: Comedy/Fiction
Length: 365 Pages
ISBN: 978-0983872429
ASIN: B079VDP8NC

Buy Link:  Amazon 



About the book:



It’s been said every story must start somewhere. Ours begins with a professional dork. The kind who fixes computers and lives in his gran’s basement. The kind tapped by destiny (that saucy minx) to become the world’s first superhero!

And not a moment too soon…

A nano-sized artificial intelligence is on the loose! It got itself dart-gunned into a cow butt by a frog man in a porn store! Two stoners are corrupting it on twitter! And that’s just the first three pages!!

Join our dork of destiny as he channels the collective unconscious—his psychic superpower—in a harrowing tale of high drama, romance, betrayal, revenge, jesus chickens, cocaine, weirdos, magicians, ninjas, nfl spies, and disco ball water torture administered to the tune of rapture, by blondie. My god, man, what does it all mean!?

It means uncorking that next bottle of wine isn’t only a good idea—it’s advisable.


Excerpt

I drop the handful of ninja throwing stars back into their pouch on my utility belt and the overhead light glimmers off my hand, hitting the tiny silver nodules encircling the letter Z engraved on my superhero ring.

“Z is for Zarathustra,” says Mikey, noticing me looking at it. “As in Nietzsche’s ‘Superman.’ The goal of the human race is to produce a single cataclysmic individual who renders civilization as we know it obsolete.”

“That doesn’t sound like a good thing.”

“Depends on your point of view. To quote Nietzsche: God is dead. He’s been dead for a long time now. It’s why the world is the way it is. But you’re going to change that. For anyone who can access the Collective Unconscious, the future will be united in purpose, and not for any one person’s God—but for the wellbeing of all. Imagine a world like that.”

I gaze down at the ring on my finger and a not insignificant amount of trepidation hardens in my stomach.

“Sounds like you’re setting up this Zarathustra—me—to replace God,” I say.

“Are you religious?”

“No.”

“Then what do you care? Look. Relax. Enough of this God crap. Don’t take everything so seriously.”

“Ri-ight. Because when I think Edger Bonkovich, I think, now there’s a guy who’s taking life too seriously.”

The door opens to admit Mary dressed in yoga pants and a sports bra and my remaining ability to concentrate goes up in smoke.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

David Beem enjoys superhero movies, taekwondo, and flossing. He lives in Djibouti with his family and crippling self-doubt. Help actualize David’s inner confidence. Visit his website today, and buy all the stuff.





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