Friday, October 18, 2013

Lucky Seven

Welcome to our little blog hop.  I'm honored to be a part of this promotion with some truly talented authors. We're all giving away one of our books at each of the participating blogs (the five other blogs are listed below).

This means everyone who enters has the chance to win a book package of over seven books by five different authors that each blog is giving away.  One book is a trilogy, so that's over seven different books from six different authors, all in the sci-fi or speculative fiction genres.

You can enter by simply following this blog (little blue bar to the right of the photo of me that says "join this site"), or follow me on twitter (another link on the right) or post some comment below.  That's it!  Then go on to the next blog and enter again for more chances to win.

We were asked to write a little something about the book we're giving away, and I wanted to talk a little bit about the main character in my book, The Dominus Runes.

Thomas Gianmarco is part Han Solo, part James Bond, and part Tony Soprano.  That's a pretty interesting combo, don't you agree?  His name was a combination of Saint Thomas, who was known to question the apostle's claims regarding Jesus (this is where we get the term "Doubting Thomas"), and Gianmarco, an Italian name that has derivations from personality traits of an aloof person who is actually quite kind and caring on the inside.

These do describe our protagonist, who not only doubts the new religions of his post-apocalyptic world, but often behaves as a misogynistic philanderer.   Ultimately we see that he's actually a pretty decent guy underneath the exterior.  

He is a modern day outlaw, and he definitely knows how to party.  But what he doesn't seem to realize is that he's not as selfish as he likes to believe.  Growing up in a war torn and ravaged world where few if any showed him love has created a hard shell and forced him to do many things that were pretty ugly in order to survive, but he has never lost his humanity.  This concept is key to the novel- where humanity can fall, it can also rise again, both physically and metaphorically.  

In the end, the book is an adventure novel, plain and simple.  I wanted to write the kind of book that I loved reading as a kid, and the kind of book I'd like to read now.  Fun is the key ingredient, along with a pretty wild post-apocalyptic world where basically anything goes.  Did I mention it's a world ruled by demonic supernatural overlords?  Yeah, there's that too.  Take a look.  I hope you win the contest and I hope you get to enjoy all of these fine novels!

Contract of Defiance

Isaac Hooke | 
The Forever Gate Compendium

Moira Katson | 
The Light; Shadow Trilogy (That's right! Trilogy!)

The Devil's Harvest

Joseph Lallo |
Rise of the Red Shadow

Thursday, August 1, 2013

New GoodReads Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Dominus Runes by Peter Lukes

The Dominus Runes

by Peter Lukes

Giveaway ends August 05, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fan Art!!

   I know that I haven't blogged in a while, but I've been trying to, ya know, write books and such.  I do keep my Twitter account quite active, and I wanted to share some beautiful artwork that Laia Zacarias sent me via Twitter.  
   Laia is in Barcelona, Spain and if you need cover art or really ANY cool artwork, look her up at AyshaQueenBee on Twitter!  These particular pictures are her interpretation of our hero from Perchance to Dream, Manuel Corr, doing his thing in the Sub-Net.  I personally think they are, as we say in Massachusetts, wicked cool.  
   A big THANKS to Laia!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

For the Love of Mythology Blog Hop

My Youthful Encounter with The Gods and Heroes of 
Greek Mythology

     Hello, and welcome to my entry in the Mythology Blog Hop.  First of all, I will be giving away two e-books of each of my titles, as well as one paperback copy of each, for a total of six prizes.  You can see more about either book by clicking on their covers to the right.

     I ask that you enter the contest by following my blog by clicking that little rectangular blue box to the right that says "Join This Site."  If you aren't on Google or you can't do that, then please follow me on Twitter by clicking here.  Leave me a comment below to let me know what you would prefer (e-book or paperback) and that you've entered the contest.

     So, on to my mythology thoughts.  My first encounter with mythology was the Greek variety.  I remember seeing the "older" kids in junior high who were carrying an assigned book for English that had all sorts of mythological characters on the cover.  Since I wouldn't be assigned that reading for two more years, I "borrowed" a copy from the English teacher.  I don't recall asking to borrow it and I don't recall getting permission, and I know that the book itself is still on a shelf in my room at my parent's house, but you get the idea.

     The stories were fascinating.  I loved every word and I read them over and over.  Being partly of Greek descent, but having never attended real Sunday School, I asked my parents why we didn't still worship the Greek Gods.  It all seemed so cool and, hey, we came up with it in the first place.  After a convoluted answer about "paganism" and "Jesus" which really didn't register, I dropped it, still thinking that my ancestors made a big mistake by giving this stuff up.  Regardless, the fire was lit, and a love for fantasy and science fiction was hastened.

     The difficult thing about the Greek myths has always been that they don't follow a real flow, mostly because many of the stories were conceptualized independently by many different authors.  They were also passed on by word of mouth and, well, we all know how that can go.  Thus, we have characters who are simultaneously sisters and mothers and cousins to one another, and plots that don't always make perfect sense.  

     Even with the many inconsistencies, most of the characters and basic stories have survived, and been imitated, for thousands of years.  Mythologies and stories of "Gods" were the original science fiction/fantasy. These are stories that have captivated humanity since story-telling began.  In our modern-day thinking, there are those who are actually re-examining many of the myths and putting scientific (or perhaps science-fiction-y) spins on them with terms like "Ancient Aliens."  Could so many of the myths have some shred of truth to them, and if so, are there realistic explanations for supernatural occurrences that took place thousands of years ago?

     Like many others, I'm fascinated by the possibility of myths being real.  Until we find the actual crashed space-ship, however, I will stick to enjoying the stories and adding some story telling of my own to hopefully create myths that another generation can enjoy.  Who knows, maybe in five thousand years someone will be interpreting one of my wild plots and giving it a scientific explanation too.

Thanks for reading my brief addition to the hop!  If you'd like to return to Book Lover's Hideaway, click here.

Or, follow the next link below.  Thanks again!

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4.Salacious Reads31.Emily Fuller's Fantasy Blog58.Aubrey Rose
5.Booked & Loaded32.Indy Book Fairy59.A Fantasy to Remember
6.The Jeep Diva33.Sapphire Kande - BDSM Author60.Susan Frances
7.Buffy's Ramblings34.Mary @SweepingMe (Int)61.Urban Fantasy Author Angela Roquet
8.Close Encounters with the Night Kind35.DC Juris62.Romance Book Club (US)
9.herding cats & burning soup36.Confessions of the Paranormal63.Jess Buffett - M/M Erotic Romance Author
10.Katie Teller37.Jennifer Wedmore64.Tabitha Conall
11.Love Saves the World (INT)38.2 Bibliophiles Guide to Seriously Awesome Books65.Taylor Michaels
12.Share My Destiny (INT)39.Christina Condy66.Peter Lukes
13.Ellie Potts40.Ohana Day Academy (AUS)67.Keith Yatsuhashi
14.Carly Fall41.Mary Lynn Bast68.Kaitlin Bevis (INT)
15.Sabrina Garie42.Book Monster Reviews (INT)69.Ann Gimpel
16.Sheri Fredricks, Modern Mythic Romance43.Victoria Pinder70.L. J. LaBarthe
17.Carly Fall, Where Fantasy Meets Romance44.Felicity Heaton - Paranormal Romance Author (INT)71.Fangs, Claws and Demons YA Blog
18.D. X. Luc's Island45.Lisa Beth Darling72.Crystal's Random Thoughts ( Int)
19.Rosanna Leo46.Victoria Danann73.J. Lynnes
20.My Reading Obsession47.Savings in Seconds74.Mandy Earles
21.LM Preston48.tessa stokes75.Twisting Minds One Word at a Time...
22.Just Jeannie's Books & Bling49.H. D. Thomson - Paranormal Romance76.Reading Reality
23.Orin's Insights50.Kindred Dreamheart77.Jianne Carlo
24.Read Our Lips! Book Review Blog51.Erotic Paranormal Romance Author Rose Wynters INT78.Just Jeannie's Book's & Bling
25.Kelly L Lee52.Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews79.Tmonique Stephens
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