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The Silverblade Prophecy, Free on Kindle Until the 9th!

June 8, 2017 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Silverblade Prophecy, .99 Cents on Kindle for a Limited Time Only

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Synopsis:
Throughout the ages, messiahs have come and gone, and all have fallen.


After centuries of exile, Bantaka the Godslayer is active once more. The Seer manipulates the strands of Time and Space to bring together Pankea’s only hope: the most unlikely motley of misfits and cut-throats in the land, and a godling half-breed who’s bloodline heritage holds the key to saving—or dooming—all Existence.


Destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy to “pierce the heart of her ancestor,” Marian Silverblade is hailed as the current messiah of her age. But prophecies often get misinterpreted. And Lord Calahan Darkblade—Marian’s ancestor and Bantaka’s Herald—has plans of his own….


The Silverblade Prophecy is the first book in The Messiahs War Trilogy. When destinies collide in a war unlike anything before seen on Pankea, the choices made by the most unlikely of heroes may determine the outcome

May 2, 2017 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Live!

Throughout the ages, messiahs have come and gone, and all have fallen.
After centuries of exile, Bantaka the Godslayer is active once more. The Seer manipulates the strands of Time and Space to bring together Pankea’s only hope: the most unlikely motley of misfits and cut-throats in the land, and a godling half-breed who’s bloodline heritage holds the key to saving—or dooming—all Existence.
Destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy to “pierce the heart of her ancestor,” Marian Silverblade is hailed as the current messiah of her age. But prophecies often get misinterpreted. And Lord Calahan Darkblade—Marian’s ancestor and Bantaka’s Herald—has plans of his own….
The Silverblade Prophecy is the first book in The Messiahs War Trilogy. When destinies collide in a war unlike anything before seen on Pankea, the choices made by the most unlikely of heroes may determine the outcome.
https://www.amazon.com/Silverblade-Prophecy-Messiahs-War-Book-ebook/dp/B071CM3PL6

May 1, 2017 Posted by | Writerly Updates | Leave a comment

The Silverblade Prophecy Release Day Blitz

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Pre-Order The Silverblade Prophecy Today!

Throughout the ages, messiahs have come and gone, and all have fallen.
After centuries of exile, Bantaka the Godslayer is active once more. The Seer manipulates the strands of Time and Space to bring together Pankea’s only hope: the most unlikely motley of misfits and cut-throats in the land, and a godling half-breed who’s bloodline heritage holds the key to saving—or dooming—all Existence.
Destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy to “pierce the heart of her ancestor,” Marian Silverblade is hailed as the current messiah of her age. But prophecies often get misinterpreted. And Lord Calahan Darkblade—Marian’s ancestor and Bantaka’s Herald—has plans of his own….

The Silverblade Prophecy is the first book in The Messiahs War Trilogy. When destinies collide in a war unlike anything before seen on Pankea, the choices made by the most unlikely of heroes may determine the outcome.

April 21, 2017 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SpecMusicMuse—Review of Remnant in the Stars by Cindy Koepp

remnantinthestarsThe freelance crew of the Gyrfalcon are given a special mission to find the Kesha, an exploration vessel that disappeared after leaving a garbled message. All Derek needs to complete his crew is a pilot and an Aolanian astrogator. He recruits Kirsten Abbot, an injured fighter pilot with a malfunctioning prosthetic arm; and Calonti Sora, an Aolanian banished by his people who has a daughter who was onboard the Kesha. In order to save the crew, they must deal with two anti-Aolanian groups seeking to sabotage the search and rescue.

Remnant in the Stars by Cindy Koepp reminds me of some of the more old-school science fiction where characters resolved conflicts with their brains instead of just their weapons, but while also focusing on the characters instead of just the gadgets while delving deep into cultural, philosophical, and religious themes. Koepp takes a basic plot, a search and rescue mission, and weaves in subplots both personal and political like a master seamstress.

I found this book very enjoyable and fell in love with the main characters almost immediately. I highly recommend Remnant in the Stars.

Best to read while listening to: soundtracks to Star Trek, Contact, and Avatar.

 

 

cindykoepp_authorphoto_650x400About the author: Originally from Michigan, Cindy Koepp has a degree in Wildlife Sciences and teaching certification in Elementary Education from rival universities. After teaching for fourteen years, she pursued a master’s degree in Adult Learning with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement. Cindy has five published science fiction and fantasy novels, a serial published online, short stories in five anthologies, and a few self-published teacher resource books. When she isn’t reading or writing, Cindy spends time whistling with a crazy African Grey. Cindy is currently working as an optician in Iowa and as an editor with PDMI Publishing and Barking Rain Press.

 

remnantinthestarsBook Synopsis for Remnant in the Stars: Two hundred years ago, the Aolanian home world exploded and a remnant of survivors escaped. As their convoy combed the galaxy looking for a new world to colonize, they discovered Earth and were given permission to establish a temporary base while they continued their search for a new home world. When an Aolanian exploration vessel goes missing after transmitting a garbled distress call, the uneasy alliance between the humans and the Aolanians is put to the test as two anti-Aolanian groups jockey to use this opportunity to press their own agendas by foiling the rescue mission.

Because his daughter was onboard the Kesha when it vanished, Calonti Sora reluctantly signs on as an astrogator with the Gyrfalcon, one of the ships in the search party. There he meets up with an old human friend, Kirsten Abbott. Together, they work to overcome prejudice and political plots as they race toward an enemy no one could expect.

 

loudest_actions_coverBook Synopsis for The Loudest Actions: First contact missions are hard enough, but they get even tougher when the negotiator has an ego the size of a gas giant.

Burke Zacharias, a first contact researcher, is chosen to spearhead humanity’s first official contact with Montans, an insect race that has already had a run-in with less friendly humans. Although his words and overtures toward the Montans are cordial enough, the Montans are put off by how he treats the crew of the scout ship that brought him to the world.

With other, less friendly forces trying to establish a foothold on the world, the negotiation must succeed in spite of Burke, or the Montans could be facing extinction.

 

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KoeppC

Twitter: @CCKoepp

Website: http://ckoepp.com/

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Amazon Link for Remnant in the Stars

Kindle Version

https://www.amazon.com/Remnant-Stars-Cindy-Koepp-ebook/dp/B008LIRDEE

Amazon Links for The Loudest Actions

Kindle Version

https://www.amazon.com/Loudest-Actions-Cindy-Koepp-ebook/dp/B01L60SZDQ

 

November 17, 2016 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , | 3 Comments

SpecMusicMuse—Review of Night of the Living Inflatable Love Dolls by J. H. Glaze

lovedollcoverFrom the very moment I read the title I knew I was in for something weird and campy. But would I love it or hate it?

Night of the Living Inflatable Love Dolls is like your typical zombie apocalypse story except the “zombies” are blow-up dolls, dildos, and other sex toys that are brought to life by an experimental chemical weapon designed by the military. Sheriff Wilson must marshal the townsfolk against the onslaught all while trying to protect his daughter, Lana, and her boyfriend.

The story runs like your usual story about survival during a zombie apocalypse. And in that, there is not much in the way of surprises. Let me be clear, there are scenes that happen in sudden and unexpected ways, but they remain the kind of tropes you would expect in the subgenre. However, Glaze takes the oddball concept of the story and runs with it, leaving puns and scenes that will make you laugh your ass off. And, well, the victims exploding from the black gooey substance being projected out of the dolls and sex toys is both gory and…..a brilliant running pun.

I found myself loving the story, even if I was sometimes cheering on the dolls. While not a masterpiece, it is still a fun and entertaining story that will appeal to any reader who has a morbid and perverted sense of humor. Or any sense of humor.

November 5, 2016 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SpecMusicMuse—Review of Zombies!! Official Board Game Soundtrack by Midnight Syndicate

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Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack

Midnight Syndicate is famous for creating music used in haunted houses all over the nation during Halloween, as well as making soundtracks for horror films. They even created an official soundtrack for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. So when I learned they had made an official soundtrack for the Zombies!! board game, I wasn’t surprised.

I’ve reviewed other CDs of theirs in the past, so I went in expecting a level of quality that only Midnight Syndicate can deliver.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

As I’m writing this review there is one part in the song, “Fear,” that just made me jump out of my seat. Yes, I’m listening to the Cd as I’m writing this review, and no this is not the first time listening to it. It’s my third, and I’m still catching new sounds and melodies I hadn’t noticed the last two times…and still getting startled by surprises.

One of the things I love about Midnight Syndicate is how they incorporate background sound effects into the melodies, and sometimes the background sounds can creep you out even more than the music can…and the music keeps you at the edge of your seat the entire time, sometimes giving you a break to relax…to then throw the next surprise at you. And by the time you reach the climax during “We’re Screwed” and “Race to the Helipad,” don’t be surprised if you find yourself biting your nails.

Midnight Syndicate has horror music mastered to a fine art, and once again they fail to disappoint with the Zombies!! soundtrack.

Best to listen to while reading: any zombie book, especially from Brian Keene or Armand Rosimilia.

And don’t forget to also get the board game the soundtrack is for.

October 21, 2016 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | Leave a comment

Mood Music by Crymsyn Hart

crymsynhart_authorphotoMusic is a key thing to get me into the mood for a book. Heck, I’ve even got so enamored on a song that I’ve concocted a whole story around just the one song. Once the book is written, I have nothing to do with that song or artist for a few months because I’ve just over played them. I don’t particularly plan on who I am going to listen to during the day. I just put my computer  or Spotify on shuffle and listen to whatever comes my way.

However, if I’m going to be writing dark fantasy, I like to listen to Ballad Metal, what I call it, with such bands as Nightwish or Kamelot or even some instrumental collections to bring me into the other world where dark elves and even vampire fairies exist. If my muses decide they want to focus solely on vampires, then I break out one of my favorites either Type O Negative or Concrete Blonde.  When I get down and dirty and into the action scenes or big fights, then I pop in Disturbed or Cradle of Filth so I can see the battle happening before me in either the guitar riffs or the screaming of the lead singer.  For other things it all depends. I shy away from country and rap only because I’m not a fan of the genres.

When it comes to writing grim reapers, I don’t have a specific playlist in order. But I do like to listen to darker music. Inklubus Sukkubus comes to mind as well as Abney Park. Instrumental tracks by Nox Arcana are some of my favorite as well. Usually what Goth bands I have go into the cue so I can think about death.  Listening to Abba wouldn’t really get me into the dark place I need to get to at times in order to write about someone getting killed.

But then again the songs sneak in there and it’s always interesting to find out what comes out of my brain when the unexpected song comes on.

 

deathsrevivalcover1200x800Death’s Revival Blurb:

Becoming a grim reaper was right up my alley. I enjoyed being dead. I helped souls crossover into either Heaven or Hell with my fellow reaper, Than. For two years, I enjoyed my life and then the killings started. Psychics were being murdered at haunted sites and souls disappearing. Someone was tampering with the fabric of the universe, trying to draw something evil into this world. To do that, the killer needed the souls of the psychics and the ghosts he could gather to open the doorway. I was charged with saving those souls and find out who the serial killer was. Yeah, being used as bait was definitely not my first choice, but who can kill a grim reaper? I’m already dead. With Than’s help, I’ll stop the evil from penetrating this world so I can get back to my soul gathering. I mean the dead stay dead, right?

 

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Bio:

 

Crymsyn is a National Bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

 

To find out more about Crymsyn:

 

Website: http://www.ravynhart.com

Twitter: @crymsynhart

Blog: http://www.crymsynhart.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crymsynhart

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Crymsyn-Hart/e/B002BMJ1Z0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1405515745&sr=8-1

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Author: Crymsyn Hart

Featured Book Releases:

Death’s Dance

Death’s Revival

September 12-18, 2016

About the author: Crymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author. Her worlds are filled with luscious vampires, gorgeous gods, quirky witches, and everything else that goes bump in the night. Hell, there is even a delicious cheesecake god floating around, but if I were you I wouldn’t eat his brownie cheesecake.

Crymsyn worked as a psychic for many years in Boston while attending Emerson College. She graduated with a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing. Crymsyn shares her life with a small zoo, three playful puppies and her hubby Mark. If you come after dark, you’re more then likely to find her snuggled up with a gory horror movie, or a bloody vampire movie.

Crymsyn has a collection of Living Dead Dolls and five bookshelves overflowing with books. Of course there’s always room for more.

deathsdance1200x800Book Synopsis for Death’s Dance: Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are. 

Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance. 

From there things went from bad to worse. 

Death’s Dance is Book One of the Deathly Encounters Series 

deathsrevivalcover1200x800Book Synopsis for Death’s Revival: Becoming a grim reaper was right up my alley. I enjoyed being dead. I helped souls crossover into either Heaven or Hell with my fellow reaper, Than. For two years, I enjoyed my life and then the killings started. Psychics were being murdered at haunted sites and souls disappearing.Someone was tampering with the fabric of the universe, trying to draw something evil into this world. To do that, the killer needed the souls of the psychics and the ghosts he could gather to open the doorway.I was charged with saving those souls and find out who the serial killer was. Yeah, being used as bait was definitely not my first choice, but who can kill a grim reaper?I’m already dead.With Than’s help, I’ll stop the evil from penetrating this world so I can get back to my soul gathering.

I mean the dead stay dead, right?

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crymsynhartauthor

Twitter: @CrymsynHart

Website: http://www.ravynhart.com

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Amazon Links for Death’s Dance

Print Version

https://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Dance-Crymsyn-Hart/dp/1941706134

Kindle Version

https://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Dance-Deathly-Encounters-Book-ebook/dp/B00L8JOJAY

Barnes and Noble Link for Death’s Dance

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deaths-dance-crymsyn-hart/1119890521?ean=9781941706138

Amazon Links for Death’s Revival

Print Version

https://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Revival-Crymsyn-Hart/dp/1941706754

Kindle Version

https://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Revival-Deathly-Encounters-Book-ebook/dp/B01FL38OPS

Barnes and Noble Link for Death’s Revival

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deaths-revival-crymsyn-hart/1123775642?ean=9781941706756

September 15, 2016 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | Leave a comment