Monday, March 2, 2015

Series Spotlight on R.J. Sullivan's Adventures of Blue Shaefer and eBook Offer!

Today we are bringing the Series Spotlight to R.J. Sullivan's Adventures of Blue Shaefer, a paranormal and urban fantasy adventure including the novels Haunting Blue and Virtual Blue! Today's spotlight features a 99 cent eBook special on the first book of the series, Haunting Blue at Amazon.com, Nook, and Kobo. We invite to read the review quotes and synopsis of Haunting Blue and Virtual Blue below!.

If you have not done so already, pick up Haunting Blue today on eBook for just 99 cents on the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo platforms, and begin your journey with Blue!


Here is what others have had to say about Haunting Blue! 

"This character is so intriguing. Sullivan has done a fantastic job of making a character that I would love to see continue in many more books." - Bees Knees Book Blog Review

"Solid storytelling, clear and evocative prose, and compelling characters make this a memorable read, one I very much enjoyed." - Amazon.com Reader Review

"Always lively and entertaining, I recommend it, particularly for the young adult audience. Of course, I'm not young adult; I just enjoy good stories that are well executed. Nicely done." - Amazon.com Reader Review

"If you're looking for an unpredictable, interesting read with a lot of unexpected twists and turns, you'll enjoy Haunting Blue a lot." - Amazon.com Reader Review


Synopsis: Punk, blue-haired “Blue” Shaefer, is at odds with her workaholic single mother. Raised as a city girl in a suburb of Indianapolis, Blue must abandon the life she knows when her unfeeling mother moves them to a dreadful small town. Blue befriends the only student willing to talk to her: computer nerd “Chip” Farren.

Chip knows the connection between the rickety pirate boat ride at the local amusement park and the missing money from an infamous bank heist the townspeople still talk about. When Blue helps him recover the treasure, they awaken a vengeful ghost who’ll stop at nothing--not even murder--to prevent them from exposing the truth behind his evil deeds.

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Here is what others have had to say about Virtual Blue! 

"If you're into supernatural fantasy, pick up this Tron-meets-Buffy adventure today. Though it would be better read with Haunting Blue, it should stand on its own just as well." - Amazon.com Reader Review

"For someone who is a gamer as well as into the supernatural and slightly "to the left" young adults this is everything rolled into one. I have to say, it is a sequel to Haunting Blue, but it is a great book on its own as well." - Amazon.com Reader Review

"Blue is a strong female character that goes head to head with the demoness. I did not expect the ending, and really want to read the rest of the books in the series." - Deal Sharing Aunt Book Blog Review

"Virtual Blue is just plain gripping, exciting, fun. Enjoy, and watch out for more." - Sheila Deeth Book Blog Review

Synopsis: Did you ever wish you could escape to a virtual world? What if you could...but then couldn’t get out?

Two years after her deadly clash with a vengeful ghost, Fiona “Blue” Shaefer still can’t shake off the trauma of that night. Moving to New York with her father didn’t help. Neither did absorbing herself in her college classes. Not even her poetry provided the solace it once did. She convinces herself that ending her relationship with Eugene “Chip” Farren, her long-distance boyfriend and final tie to the horrors of that night, might bring the closure she needs. Blue travels to Bloomington to break the news to Chip in person, but her timing couldn’t be any worse.

The Sisters of Baalina, vengeful cultists who practice a new form of “techno-magic,” have targeted Chip’s multi-player videogame as the perfect environment to cast a dangerous spell to free a demoness from the very pits of hell. In the process, their plan may trap Blue in a prison of the mind with no locks, no bars, and no escape.

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About R.J.:  R. J. Sullivan's paranormal thriller series starts with Haunting Blue, a literal ghostly roller coaster ride and the first chapter in the adventures of punk girl "Blue" Shaefer. The second book, Haunting Obsession, introduces readers to Maxine Marie, the iconic ghost from Hollywood's golden age, and the agent Rebecca Burton, mysterious investigator of the supernatural. Virtual Blue continues Blue's story and pairs her with Rebecca Burton. Rebecca also appears in the "Seventh Star Single" Backstage Pass.

R. J.'s popular short story "Robot Vampire" is featured in the acclaimed Seventh Star anthology Vampires Don't Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes in the tradition of Andre Norton and Gene Roddenberry. R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks regularly from a Little Mermaid coffee mug and is man enough to admit it. www.rjsullivanfiction.com





Series Spotlight on J L Mulvihill's YA Steampunk Series Steel Roots and eBook Special!

Today we are bringing the Series Spotlight to J L Mulvihill's amazing Steel Roots Series, a YA Steampunk adventure that currently includes the titles The Boxcar Baby and Crossings! Today's spotlight features a 99 cent eBook special on the first book of the series, The Boxcar Baby at Amazon.com, Nook, and Kobo. We invite to read the review quotes and synopsis of The Boxcar Baby and Crossings below!.

If you have not done so already, pick up The Boxcar Baby today on eBook for just 99 cents on the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo platforms, and begin your steampunk adventure!



Here is what others have had to say about The Boxcar Baby! 

"J.L. Mulvihill is quite a talented writer and think she has such a creative mind to come up with this Steampunk Southern American Adventure. Book One of the Steel Roots series is so wonderful and extremely excited to see what will happen in Book Two. There are many directions it could head next."- Book and Movie Dimension Blog Review

"Kids and young adults will LOVE this novel and, no doubt, the consequent books in the Steel Roots series. There is plenty of action, loads of adventure and a main character that is feisty and completely lovable." - Amazon.com customer review

"Wonderful story! Great for all ages." - Amazon.com customer review

Synopsis: Born in a boxcar on a train bound for Georgia. At least that is what Papa Steel always told AB'Gale. But now, fifteen years later, the man who adopted and raised her as his own is missing and it's up to AB'Gale to find him. Aided only by a motley gang of friends, AB'Gale train hops her way across the United States in a desperate attempt to find her papa and put her life and family back the way it was. Her only guide is a map given to her by a mysterious hobo, with hand written clues she found hidden in her papa's spyglass. Here is the Great American Adventure in an alternate steampunk dystopian world, where fifteen-year-old AB'Gale Steel learns that nothing is as it seems, but instead is shrouded in secrets and mysteries ... and that monsters come in all shapes and forms. The Boxcar Baby is the first book of the Steel Roots series.
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Synopsis: Bishop Steel is still missing, so AB’Gale must follow the map continuing the search for her papa. Her quest leads Abby down dangerous paths that threaten to get her captured by the System. Danger lurks at every turn of the road, on every doorstep and every train.

Finding it difficult to know who to trust when she discovers she is now wanted for crimes against the System, Abby travels under the guise of a young boy. Conflicted with the desire to rid her world of the unjust or find her papa, Abby finds few friends amid hobos, air pirates, and entrepreneurs.

Abby finds that real friends will never abandon you, nor will they allow you to give up on your convictions. A true awakening to internal conflict and the desire to put right what is wrong, this is the great American adventure ringing with the sound of freedom along the steel routes.

Crossings is Book Two of the Steel Roots Series.
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About J L Mulvihill: A California native born in Hollywood, J.L. Mulvihill has made Mississippi her home for the past seventeen years. Her debut novel was the young adult title The Lost Daughter of Easa, an engaging fantasy novel bordering on science-fiction with a dash of Steampunk, published through Dark Oak Press in 2011. The sequel to this novel is presently in the works.

Her most recent novel, The Boxcar Baby of the Steel Roots series, was released in July 2013 through Seventh Star Press. Steel Roots is a young adult series based in the Steampunk genre and engages the reader into a train hopping heart stopping adventure across America.

She is also the co-editor of Southern Haunts; The Spirits That Walk Among Us which includes a short story of her own called Bath 10, and a fictional thriller involving a real haunted place. Her poem, The Demon of the Old Natchez Trace, debuts in Southern Haunts part 2, Devils in the Darkness.

J.L. also has several short fiction pieces in publication, is very active with the writing community, and is the events coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group.

J.L. continues to write fantasy, steampunk, and poetry and essays inspired by her life in the South.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Writing in Theory & Practice: Don't Lose Your Head

Words can heal or entertain, to be sure, but they can also become steely knives that cut uncomfortably deep, either leaving everlasting scars as cruel reminders or putrid wounds that pus and fester, oblivious to the march of time.

You would think that having a thick skin would be a prerequisite for being a writer, but as there has been an influx of folk taking the plunge, in no small part due to technology making publishing as easy as filling out an online form (funny how so many still manage to get it wrong, even when coddled by well-intentioned programmers), it looks to me that there's a whole flock of ink-slingers out there with raw nerves, eager to regurgitate their 140 characters of pompous bile.

Everyone's a small press, vanity, or self-publisher these days.

Everyone's a writer, author, wordsmith, warrior poet.

And everyone has a bloody opinion and a soapbox from which to voice it.

The internet is awash in drama. Every day there seems to be a new race, gender, genre war, or some "writer" casting dispersions in regard to unfavorable reviews or entering into full prima donna mode over some perceived slight or another.

Let me give you some writerly advice. Nowadays — you know, in a world where anyone can call themselves a writer, where anyone can be published — maybe, just maybe you might want to adopt a modicum of professionalism.

Think before you type.

Going through life all butthurt and crazy isn't good for you or anyone around you. And more often than not, it's going to drive readers away from you, not towards.

I'm not saying not to stand up for what you believe in, by all means, I'm as guilty as the next guy or gal, but you should always approach online discourse as a professional.

Always.


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