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A dystopian – post-apocalyptic thriller you HAVE to read.

End of Days by Sam J Fires

If you love dystopian fiction, and you’ve yet to read any books by Sam J Fires, then keep reading.

Not only do Sam’s books hit the Amazon New Release title on EVERY new release. Yes, you can get one of these elusive orange tags before the book is officially out. On release day the orange tag changed to Best Seller on every one of her newly released books.

In fact, the first book of the series, which is priced at just 99c has been a bestseller since its release in April 2022. And to sweeten the deal, you can read the prologue of this fantastic adventure for free.

Let’s take a closer look at End of Days

So, let’s start at the beginning, the prequel End Of Days.

You can download the prequel for free HERE

When ordinary life transforms into a fight for survival, can a young woman keep the chaos from pulling her under?

Go-getting twenty-six-year-old investigative journalist Cassandra Drews just wants her miserable day to end. And desperate to put her breakup behind her, she agrees to one last face-to-face to return belongings to her ex. But when they’re nearly killed by an out-of-control car, she’s horrified when the nightmare of her relationship takes a backseat to an eruption of violence.
In the blink of an eye, an EMP attack wipes out the nation’s power and the world grinds to a stop. Surrounded by chaos, Cass is torn between tending to the injured or escaping her seething ex.
It doesn’t take long before panic and violence erupt on the streets of Portland. Out of options, Cass has no choice but to race home, hoping to outrun a looming ice storm. Can she make it to safety before experiencing the wrath of the bitter winter storm? Or will she find herself the victim of far more than the elements in a town thrust into bedlam?
From Sam J Fires comes the brand-new End of Days series, a post-apocalyptic EMP survival thriller featuring flawed, complex characters and adrenaline-fueled action adventure. Perfect for fans of Ryan Schow, Grace Hamilton, Kyla Stone, and Jack Hunt.

Review Quotes

“Surviving Chaos: End of Days Prequel” by Sam J. Fires
This is a short fast-moving glimpse of how quickly society can disintegrate. Under stress the thin veneer of civility disappears very quickly.
As soon as I completed it, I began “End of Days Book 1” and look forward to reading the whole series.

Picked this prequel as a free book and really enjoyed it. I became invested in the main character, and will definitely be ordering the next book in this series.


Book one

You can download #1 Amazon bestseller for just 99c. Right HERE

No lights. No power. No help.

During the coldest winter on record, an EMP attack wipes out the nation’s power and cripples the country.

As the city spirals into lawless chaos, investigative journalist, twenty-six-year-old Cassandra Drews is forced onto the dangerous streets of Portland to begin the long walk to her parents’ home in Oregon.

But hypothermia and starvation aren’t the only dangers Cass and her rescue dog, Daisy, face on their perilous trek. Danger is stalking them, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Help comes in the form of troubled ex-marine Isaac Winters, who slips back into soldier mode with the city’s collapse.

Now, the trio must work together in a fight for survival as they race to escape the city before violence, or the bitter wintry storm can claim them. Do they have what it takes to make it out alive? Or will they be crushed by the brutality of the unforgiving cold?

Grip of Fear is book 1 in this enthralling post-apocalyptic EMP survival thriller. If you enjoy tales of ordinary folk thrown into harrowing situations, you’ll love the End of Days series!

Review Quotes

“Grip of Fear: End of Days Book 1” by Sam J. Fires
I enjoyed the author’s style of writing. The scenarios are credible, and everything just makes sense.
I have already begun Book 2 in this series. Good reading!’

‘Great reading!!! Lots of action and emotion! A great read. Can’t wait to read the follow-up books!!! Outstanding author!!! Superb!!!!!!!’

‘I was so absorbed in this book I lost track of time. I love the underdog hero and the post apocalyptic genre. It’s always great when I run across an author I haven’t read before. It’s a real treat.’

All of Sam’s books can be found on Amazon and they are all on Kindle Unlimited.
The first book is free
2nd book is only 99c.
No excuse to not read this fabulous dystopian series that is taking over the Amazon charts.

Download the books today!

Find Sam J Fires on Facebook. Come and join the tribe.

Check out all Sam’s other books

A Children’s Book With A Difference

There are so many amazing children’s books, that entertain the kids and many carry life lessons within the story. Micki Wescotts’s book is the same apart from one detail. Micki writes these cute stories in a way that will start a conversation with your child.

If your child is quiet and shy, this book could finally get them to open up and get them to talk with you. This isn’t just a storybook for foster children, it’s for all children. These tales will stay with them and may start up a conversation the next day about the story.

You will meet Sara who didn’t go to kindergarten regularly and wanted to make sure her baby brother was safe.

Kittens who learned to forgive.

Billy bear who benefited from therapy.

10 little bugs who took care of moma and popa.

And a flower who realized it’s not so bad to live somewhere else.

And what makes Micki Wescott qualified to write these special books?

With over 22yrs + experience with foster care, wrap around services, mentoring, IEP navigation, trauma- based- behavior, abuse/neglect, holding a Master Life/Master Mindset certificate as well as Para-Social work/ Sign La proficiencies, the author desires to create that safe conversation space so the child can discuss openly what’s on their mind and heart.

Available to download, or buy the paperback book.

https://www.amazon.com/5-SHORT-STORIES-JOURNEY-Conversation-Starter-ebook/dp/B09Y9D7YKQ

Come and meet Cancer man, aka William B Davis

I got the honour to chat with this actor, director and author about his 70 years in the entertainment business. And of course, his iconic role as Cigarette Smoking Man in the X Files.

William has just released his second autobiography titled, On Acting… And Life.

https://www.onactingandlife.com/

When William talks you listen and can’t help but smile at his positivity.

THE FIRST – Podcast with Dr Sandi Webster

picture of guest, Karina Kantas a d host Sandi Webster. In a gold frame.
Promo graphic

I was a guest on Dr Sandi Webster’s, podcast. Available on video MP4 and MP3.

I talk about my writing, my books and then about Author Assist. What I do for my clients.
I answer the questions, why it works, and why authors are anxious about hiring someone who can help with marketing or promoting, such as VA or PA?
And I talk about my own experience when hiring a ‘professional.’

Sandi then asks my honest opinion about her book cover and I give it to her straight. As I normally would.
I’m very open and honest when I talk about my work, experience and how I can help authors out there.

Watch or listen to this very engaging interview with tips and advice throughout.

iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/…/karina…/id1572493336…

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/3zTjtdwveTXnQug6pzGRG5

Audible https://music.amazon.com/…/the-first-with-dr-sandi…

UNDENIABLE the hot new release from Victoria Saccenti

Blurb

Their hearts will never forget… But the approaching danger may take away their forever.

Possessing vital information that could bring down a crime cartel, Arely Bernal flees to Orlando, taking a job as far under the radar as she can get—bartending at a BDSM club. Where she encounters the man she’s never forgotten.

Wracked with post-Afghanistan PTSD, Kurt Allendorf limps through his days, barely taking an interest in his Club Nexus anymore. Until he’s stunned to spot a face, he hasn’t seen in twelve years. Arely has grown into a seductive beauty who awakens his inner Dom like no other woman, ever. But he’s too broken to be worthy of her trust, much less her submission.

When the danger Arely’s running from tracks her down, there’s no place safe to hide. And both Arely and Kurt will have to rise above their demons to survive…

Stand-alone strictly 18+

Excerpt

Kurt planned to arrive at the club fifteen minutes after the trial began. He wanted to slink into the cocktail lounge as unseen and unheard as possible. It was crucial to watch the applicant’s behavior from a distance. He had nothing against women working jobs usually associated with men. He was all about equality and qualifications. If she knew her stuff and Ross approved her abilities, great. His suspicions rested elsewhere. The faint flash of vulnerability Ethan had showed last night was concerning. He hadn’t been this way since the debacle with Joyce; a predator with a great act. Before the wedding, Ethan discovered she was after his money. After that he closed himself off to anything meaningful. Missing the initial interview pissed Kurt off. That would’ve been the perfect opportunity to assess the woman’s intentions and nip any ulterior motives in the bud. But no, he’d been socializing instead.

Whatever, he still had enough time to remedy the situation. The position hadn’t been offered yet. Pete wasn’t around, and that avoided undesired conversation. He slipped inside the lounge, grateful for the rubber soles of his shoes, moved to a back table, and sat down to watch the activity in the bar.

The trial was underway.

Perched on a stool, Ethan had his back turned to Kurt. His friend was focused on the applicant and few words were spoken. Kurt couldn’t see the woman working in front of Ethan. He did hear ice and liquid jiggling quickly inside a metal shaker.

“Delicious.” Ethan’s remark reached him.

The woman shifted to the side…

Kurt’s world imploded.

Not caring if he made a racket, he jumped out of his chair.  Arely Bernal was here, now, and in his club. How could this be?

Ethan swiveled toward him and frowned. Ross stared at him.

Arely mouthed, Kurt.

Suddenly aware of his stiff knee and awkward gait, he leaned on his cane, attempting to move as nimbly as he could. He had to confirm this wasn’t a figment of his imagination, an uncanny lookalike, or a cruel joke from the creator above.

“Kurt, what’s wrong?” Ethan asked.

He ignored his friend. His gaze was fixed on the girl’s golden eyes as he took in her stunning beauty. After a frozen moment, he managed to speak. “Arely?”

She blinked; her full lips trembled, and the room tilted. Recognition struck him deep in his chest. Except for some tiny lines at the corners of her eyes, this was the Arely Bernal of College Park and his youth.

His youth…

Kurt frowned. Circumstances and events clicked in rapid succession. A strange pattern emerged. Could Arely’s presence here be more than chance? Especially on the heels of Abelard’s visit? He didn’t believe in coincidences. The connection, however buried, vibrated in his bones.

On the other hand, the Arely he knew would never be part of an evil conspiracy. She’d always been good and honest. A feisty straight shooter who hated violence. Had been, he reminded himself, and long years had passed since. He’d witnessed the most upstanding individuals falter under the weight of hard times. What did he know about Arely and her life?

Something darker, even nefarious, lurked at the bottom of this seemingly innocent development. Until he had a long conversation with her, he’d keep his suspicions private.

“Kurt, you’re staring.” Ethan snapped him back.

Arely’s expressive eyes had gone from surprise and delight to doubt and concern. She knew him too.

He forced a smile. “I think I left my manners in the truck. I’m shocked. Stunned, really. Arely and I used to be neighbors. We actually lived two houses apart. I’ve known her since she was yay high.” He stretched out his palm, illustrating the height of the cute girl he remembered. “Her brother was one my best buds.”

He let that bit of history slip out for Ethan’s enlightenment. His eyelids flickered. Good. His friend noted the odd coincidence.

“Wow, Arely. I can’t believe it,” Kurt murmured. “You’re here. How long has it been?”

“Twelve years, Kurt. I thought I’d never see you again.”

Why did he pretend forgetfulness when he knew down to the day how many years had passed? In that span of time, her voice had turned smoky, seductive. And… Did he hear a hint of reproach in her words?

“Should anyone be interested,” Ross cut in, “Arely passed with flying colors. Her Bobby Burns and cosmo were outstanding. I approve. Hire her.”

“Okay,” Ethan said. “Since Kurt is here, he should be involved in the decision. Maybe he’d like to ask Arely a few questions.”

Ethan moved to a club chair and gestured for the others to join him.

As Arely came around the bar, Kurt watched her, overwhelmed by the changes. She’d grown about half a foot or so and had developed into a gorgeous, long-legged creature.

  Slow down. This is little Arely! His brain commanded, but faced with the reality, his libido rebelled. Yes, the little girl was gone. A glorious woman stood in her place. Her golden eyes glittered brighter than he remembered, and his fingers shook with the desire to caress and explore her luscious curves. Was her dark hair as silky as it seemed? And her tan skin, was it soft and perfumed? He wanted to know just like he wanted to taste her, feel her full lips under his…

Fuck! He wondered what had happened to the tedium and general disinterest with everything in life that had sent him to Key West.

Available for pre-order now at a very special price.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09XVP13H4
Kobo, Apple, B&N: https://books2read.com/b/bz1PBD
https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PIBqEAAAQBAJ
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1144447

Bio

Award-winning, prolific author Victoria Saccenti writes romantic women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance. Not one for heart and flower stories, she explores the strengths and weaknesses of the human spirit and the twists and turns of intimate interactions. Impossible, against-all-the-odds love is her preferred trope. Flawed characters seeking redemption are her central figures.

After thirty years of traveling the world, she’s settled in Central Florida. She splits her busy schedule between family and her active muse at Essence Publishing. However, if she could convince her husband to sell their home, she would pack up her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores. On a side note, in one form or another, she mentions Scotland in most of her stories.

Other Works by Victoria:

Noémie’s Journey
Central Florida Stories:

Deception

Undeniable

Titanian Chronicles:

Beloved Titanian

Titanian’s Phoenix

The Last Danann

Destiny Saga:

Destiny’s Plan

Destiny’s Choice

Destiny’s Way

You can find all Victoria’s links to her books, social media, website and online presence here.

https://linktr.ee/victoria.saccenti.author

Announcing the release of Meth Murder Amazon in audiobook.

Available on audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/Meth-Murder-Amazon-Audiobook/B09YXB8B3J

Narrated by Jacob Reece

Blurb

Can you recount the tales of selling your first home? The excitement beforehand, the anticipation, as you anxiously await for that momentous day to arrive…SOLD!
Well, as Mr. Grake can attest, the first time selling your home can be an experience, unlike anything imaginable.

Have you ever had something happen to you, so ridiculous, so mind boggling, so unbelievable that it makes you think to yourself…WTF!All Mr. Grake wants to do is sell the family home. What could be simpler?Along the way he encounters 2 lunatic assassins (realtors) that take advantage of his family and their kindness.One assassin flies the coup while another constructs a sinister plan to reveal Mr. Grake’s “true” identity.
As things go from bad to worse, to something else entirely…as Mr. Grake is accused of murdering one of his children and stuffing their lifeless corpse under the bed. But that’s not all, as they’d lead you to believe Mr. Grake is cooking meth in his garage a la Heisenberg from Breaking Bad.
So he fires them.
Deciding, “Hey, we should tell the news about this.”

An interview with the news turns into “the fallout” from hell; with the end of Amazon, to The Grake’s navigating a bomb on a severely turbulent flight. The madness rages on during a 6 month journey filled with misadventure as The Grake’s attempt to sell their home and move far, far away.

Review

‘Meth Murder and Amazon by G. S. Gerry is an unusual book, written in an extremely unique style only GS could conceive. Its a stream of consciousness, but with absurd character and place names, strange little rhymes, and wonky but delightful descriptors. I have never read a book quite like it. Admittedly I am still confused about what was real and what was fantasy. Was GS a meth dealer, à la Walter White? Or was that another story of fancy? Was there even a murder? Or was that a misunderstanding? What secrets are these normal middle-class people hiding?
But I enjoyed it! How could I not like it? It was cleverly written and had emojis and pictures! I admit that I didn’t get all the puns or cultural references, but I got enough of them, and that was half fun of reading Meth Murder and Amazon — when I figured out one of the spoonerisms it was almost like Bam! I get it!!
The story revolves around a family, the Grakes, trying to sell their home, and the trials and tribulations that ensue. They just want to sell their home, that’s it. Sounds like the most normal thing in the world, right? Millions of people do this exact thing every year. It should be almost rote by now. Every homeowner has done it at least once — list house, take an offer, haggle, sold.
You’d think it would be just that easy. Not for the Grake family… yikes it is crazy what happens! They plow through three real estate agents in the Sky Scrapin’ State where they live, with the ensuing mayhem. This should be simple in a sellers’ market. But it’s not. No one — and I mean no one — is interested in buying their house. Why? I have no idea. Add to that gut punch, accusations of murder and meth manufacture — all of it trumped up. Or was it? The weather even conspires against the Grakes. These people cannot catch a break.’

Order a paperback or download the books and start reading now!
https://www.amazon.com/Meth-Murder-Amazon-G-S-Gerry/dp/B09S5ZBBP

A Rant & A Cry

If you’re a regular listener to my live radio show, Author Assist on the Artist First Radio network, you know how the show works. Okay, sometimes I throw in a few surprises for my guest like making them sing, live on air and getting them to take part in a quiz, they knew nothing about.

Well, on the last show, Friday 8th April, I did two things I’ve never done before in the five years I’ve been on the air. I had a rant, and I cried. I’m not going to tell you what the rant was about or why I cried, you need to listen to the show and find out.
As well as those two monumental occurrences, we have awesome music from Lola Black and her hit single Hot Enough. Live readings from two of my flash fictions from my Collection, Heads & Tales, and my wonderful guest, Teri M Brown, who also does a reading for you.


So plenty of entertainment. You can listen to the archived show here.

Download a copy of Heads & Tales

Meet Teri M Brown. On the podcast Behind The Pen

Ans find out more about Lola Black and her music

Check out Teri M Brown’s debut novel, Sunflowers Beneath The Snow

  

Title: Legacy (Joey Santana Book 3)
Author: Karina Espinosa
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Orina Kafe
Publication Date: Mar. 31st, 2022
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
Humans vs Supes. The war has finally begun.

 

With our faction leaders taken by the humans, we are left to fend for ourselves in a locked down supernatural district with limited supplies. Great. How long can we survive without the outside world?

 

In my desperate attempt to rescue my friends, I make a deal with both Magdalena and the seelie. Unfortunately, that plan backfires and the consequences are dire. Leaving me in a predicament in which I can’t solve on my own.

 

With my family curse looming over my head, and the need to help the supes, I desperately try to fix everything. But when it all comes crashing down, will I be able to survive?




Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy Author of the Mackenzie Grey novels and The Last Valkyrie series. An avid reader throughout her life, the world of Urban Fantasy easily became an obsession that turned into a passion for writing strong leading characters with authentic story arcs. When she isn’t writing badass heroines, you can find this self-proclaimed nomad in her South Florida home binge watching the latest series on Netflix or traveling far and wide for the latest inspiration for her books. Follow her on social media!

Brilliant Debut Novel – By Michael Paul Scott.

Michael Paul Scott  
Michael Scott Publishing Co LLC  
March 31, 2022  
Kindle eBook, Paperback, Hardcover  
Audiobook (Coming May 31, 2022 on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes)  

BLURB

A disgraced former constable is forced to travel to Freewilds in order to unravel the mystery of The Cult of Ebon.

In a refugee shantytown on the outskirts of a vast and opulent imperial capital city, an insidious sect of demon worshippers, the Cult of Ebon, began to prey upon the Gathered, a diverse group of refugees displaced from their nations in the aftermath of a mad tyrant’s ceaseless wars of conquest, long ago.
 Unwilling to overlook these heinous crimes against a vulnerable, underserved populace, Constable Lukarde Alfans began an investigation that brought him far too close to the truth, leading him to become the cult’s next target. In order to derail his investigation, the enigmatic leader of the cult framed Lukarde for the grisly murder of a woman whose psychic gifts had been invaluable in his investigations.
The disgraced former constable, haunted by the lingering trauma of all he had seen and endured during his investigations, was chased into exile with his life in utter ruins. He must travel far to the southern reaches, to the Freewilds, in search of a new start and, perhaps, a chance to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Cult of Ebon, bringing them to justice, clearing his good name, and silencing the horrors that plague his mind whenever he closes his eyes.  

BIO

First-time author Michael Paul Scott wrote his debut novel, Freewilds – The Cult & the Constable, as an introduction to his original dark fantasy setting.

The consensus among those who read early drafts of his debut novel, Michael Paul Scott establishes himself as a fantasy detective storyteller with an eye for detail and a focus on world-building, character development, and high intrigue.  
After its initial publication in September of 2021, Michael revised the story from a single, 706 – page tome to a trilogy of tales… beginning with STORMSEND, Book One of the Saga, The Freewilds.  
Michael works full-time as a Distribution Dispatcher for Central Hudson Gas & Electric, the local utility company. He lives among the apple orchards and vineyards of pastoral Upstate New York with his beloved wife, Christine, caring for his mother Regina and elder sister, Debora, and their adorable dog, Scrappy.  

Day 15 #MarchoftheWriter

 How do you social?

On Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Linkedin… actually that’s not what this is about.

How do you connect with other writers, with your tribe and with potential new readers?

I have two answers for you.

The first; Go Indie Now.
Yep, you’ve seen me mention the media platform Go Indie Now and the workaholic, Mr Joe Compton.
Joe has created a platform where the indie community can meet, chat have heated debates, get drunk at Joe’s bar (Just kidding) – no I’m not!

Find out about new indie films, books and what’s hot in the gaming community. These shows, panels, interviews, and reports are entertaining for the public and the indie community.
Authors, there is so much you can learn from those that have done it all. We’ve all made mistakes so learn from those that have tried and failed but don’t give up. Get tips and get the inside scoop on what’s going down in the indie world.

Have you always wondered what’s inside a writer’s mind? How do they build these magical, dangerous and extraordinary worlds? How do they come up with the characters you love, with the plot twists and write stories that will keep you turning the page and gasping for more?

You will find these answers and more on the media platform Go Indie Now. So please support Joe and all the hard work he does for the Indie community. Seriously, this man just never stops.

The reason I mention this in my article about being social, is I have made some wonderful connections and long-lasting friendships with indies I’ve met while being a guest on the shows. This then takes me to their safe place. Their group, where I’m welcomed and treated as one of the family. Thus creating more connections and friendships, thus learning more from my peers.

Please subscribe to The Go Indie Now YouTube channel and take a look at the shows he hosts. Watch and be entertained, leave a comment and like the videos.
Thanks, and remember, it’s always time to Go Indie Now

And my other way to socialize is not knowing who is Behind The Pen. (Did you see what I did just then. lol)



Podcasts, Zoom interviews, Radio shows, they are so hot right now. If you want to find new readers, you have to step up, show your face, and let us hear your voice. There are thousands out there waiting to hear about exciting new books and authors they have never heard of. The world is yours to conquer!
Okay – maybe I went a little too far with that last line. But I’m sure you understand what I’m trying to say. People don’t know you. They don’t know your name, they don’t know your books, and now you have a chance to be seen, heard and noticed.
If you’re camera-shy, contact podcasts and radio stations. If the camera loves you, get on some pannels, shows and interviews. Your readers are out there waiting.

Behind the Pen is a YouTube show and audio podcast where I chat with all artists; musicians, authors, illustrators, writers, editors, anyone who uses a pen for work.