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Steven Shrewsbury’s Philistine book tour #guestpost

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Welcome to my stop on the Philistine book tour. This book means a great deal to Steven I know that, he’s mentioned it in conversations and so when the time came for me to pick a post for this tour I thought what better than to have him elaborate on this his baby with a guest post on why this one means so very much to him.

Steven Shrewsbury Featured Book Release

Philistine

A Tale of Goliath

Book tour – March 3 to March 9, 2014

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Book Synopsis Philistine:

 

The Philistines, a mysterious warrior people known now for mainly one man: Goliath. The giant.

Goliath. A name grander than even the man himself. You’ve heard of his infamous end at the hands of a shepherd as written in a famous book, but what of the life of the man himself? What book tells his tale?

A warrior among warriors, a son of a god, a living legend. Goliath, the warrior champion of the Philistines. On the battlefield, he runs like a horse, wields killing instruments no normal man may heft, and revels in the fear his presence evokes. Off the field, his will is immutable, his trust invaluable, and his appetites unbearable. Goliath. This man knows no challenge.

But such a reputation will not discourage all men. Scheming rulers and generals, prophetic priests and powerful cults, dauntless warriors looking to make their own legend. Monsters. Gods. For one seemingly unkillable, at the very least, these things can ruin an otherwise pleasant day.

Along with his shield bearer, Abimelech, and soldiers more in awe than they are useful, Goliath will set out on missions for kings, face foul magic users, and walk in the shadows of mysterious halls. History tells us Goliath died at the hands of an Israelite.

Goliath may have something to say about that.

Philistine is the first Tale of Goliath, set in the same world as Steven Shrewsbury’s novels such as Overkill and Thrall, and his Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul short stories.


Why would one want to write about a guy like Goliath? From what we see from the Bible and other sources, he comes off as a dick, kinda sorta, arrogant as hell. How many guys would really say, “Look, you dudes just send out your toughest guy and if he can kill me, this war isn’t worth fighting. We’ll just be your slaves, if he can kill me.”

 

It was the words before that which interested me, that Goliath was “A man of war since his youth.” I always wondered what he did for his entire life before that. PHILISTINE isn’t a bio of Goliath, just a peek into several weeks of his life at a certain time and does not chronicle his death. There are subtle hints at his demise some day, but read the book and enjoy.

 

PHILISTINE isn’t about furthering religion nor is it Christian fiction by any means. There is no debate on the accuracy etc of his existence. It’s a yarn, a tale about a giant in a realm of evil wizards, monsters and lusty gals…so I figure any lover of fantasy can get their mind around that, right?

 

But why did this one mean so much to me? Why did I want to write it?

 

There are many historical characters that fascinate me, but yes, as a kid, Goliath’s big ass made my mind roll. Of course it did, as he does to any kid that sees a giant. I think it was 2006 or 07 when I took my son John (then 8 or 9) to see WWE in Peoria and the Undertaker, billed at 6 ft 10, fought Mark Henry…but the Great Khali appeared the first time, a man over 7 foot tall. The crowd reaction to this figure, a head taller that Mark Calloway, the Undertaker, was a gasp. My son quipped, “I can’t believe he is really alive.” I never forgot his words.

 

Yes that’s a breathtaking thing to see. That wonderment is in there someplace, in my desire to tell that tale, but I didn’t make Goliath a clumsy beast. If anything, he moves with fluidity and I also don’t really say exactly how big he is…I hint at it, and certain parts of his anatomy of course.

 

Did I want to write on him as the ultimate macho guy, the man who could slay a woman with his manhood? The badass of all badasses, to satisfy some John Millius thing I got in my head? Naw, not that easy. My father was a huge man, as are all the guys in my family. I grew up with giants and heroes in the same house, so I don’t have prick issues. If anything, if was fun. I like action tales and long for pure escapism. I think many a writer who sets out to write a big assed volume forgets what fun is and is too in love with their won voice and ability to make a fake world be like the Earth. Change yer underpants, Junior and just set it on the Earth, for the luvva God.

 

Granted, PHILISTINE is a great deal more complex than my other novels. It’s longer, 137k, about 50k more than my usual books. I didn’t set out to write it like that, nor did I want to compete in some book door-stop fantasy novel contest. As the old saying goes, it ain’t how big it is, but how ya use it. I think I used the 137k of words very well, just as effectively as my 80k version of a work. I did go through it more, probably because I enjoyed spending time in the realm than I care to admit.

 

In the end, telling about Goliath and the military guys about him, the creepy priests, the petty gods and the insurrection in Canaan among the Philistines themselves made for a great story to spin. That’s what I wanted to do, tell a good story. I think I did.

 

It’s a work I wanted to do before I die, because, frankly, I think I can tell it better than others. Why? I was there. I felt every footstep, every strike, every drop of blood that hit the sand. I felt the men live, laugh and also felt them die. Life isn’t pretty and PHILISTINE is a brutal work not meant of the squeamish or the faith of heart.

 

But come take my hand, open the pages of scroll ‘em down. Read and enjoy a story about a time far away and a world full of action, adventure, lust and violence. You might learn a little about history and yourself while reading, too.

 

Are there more tales I want to tell before I die? Many.


StevenShrewsburyAuthorPhotoAbout the Author: STEVEN L. SHREWSBURY lives, works, and writes in rural Illinois. Over 360 of his short stories have appeared in print or electronic media along with over 100 poems. 9 of his novels have been released, with more on the way. His books run from sword & sorcery (PHILISTINE, OVERKILL, THRALL, BEDLAM UNLEASHED) to historical fantasy (GODFORSAKEN) extreme horror (HAWG, TORMENTOR, STRONGER THAN DEATH) to horror-westerns (HELL BILLY, BAD MAGICK, and the forthcoming LAST MAN SCREAMING).

He loves books, British TV, guns, movies, politics, sports and hanging out with his sons. He’s frequently outdoors, looking for brightness wherever it may hide.

 

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Tour Schedule and Activities

3/3 Beauty in Ruins Character Post

3/3 Author HC Playa Review

3/3 Seers, Seraphs, and More Interview

3/3 Deal Sharing Aunt Tour Wide Contest

3/4 SpecMusicMuse Review

3/4 Come Selahway With Me Character Post

3/5 Bee’s Knees Reviews Review

3/5 Book in the Bag Interview

3/5 MichaelSciFan Interview

3/6 Workaday Reads Character Interview

3/6 Book and Movie Dimension Blog Review

3/7 Azure Dwarf Review

3/8 Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post

3/8 The Official Writing Blog of Dee Dee Davies Character Post

3/9 I Smell Sheep Guest Post

3/9 Jess Resides Here Guest Post

 

Sinking Down by Eric Garrison book tour #characterinterview

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Welcome to the Sinking Down book tour, the second in the series. I have a character interview to share. Eric has been on previously so I’m glad to share more of his work.

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Sinking Down: Poor Little Ghoul

Paranormal investigators Brett and Liz find themselves back in over their heads when a forest hunt for a roadkill-eating creature offers up a little surprise. Back home with their ghoulish house guest, it becomes clear there’s more to this investigation than either of them thought. Worse than that, Brett’s own fate is linked to the little ghoul’s.

So it’s back out on the road, with plenty of time for pit stops with a greedy ex, a convention of ghost hunters, partying with fake vampires, and even drinking and fighting alongside good ole Uncle Gonzo. But as the investigation goes deeper, and unseen connections come to light, Brett finds there’s much more at stake than getting through a rough patch with Liz.

A rescue mission. A race for a cure. New friends and old adversaries. Unbreakable bonds and supernatural danger. It’s going to be a wild ride. Can the friends save the nearly undead tween? Can she and Brett stop themselves from …Sinking Down?

Sinking Down is the 2nd Book in the Road Ghosts Trilogy!

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Character Interview: Larry Fisher from Sinking Down

 

The guards lead me down a long hall to a visitor cell. One steps inside with me, the other locks us in and remains outside. The tall man handcuffed to his chair glowers at me.

“So. It’s you,” he says. “Don’t want to talk to y’all. This is all your fault, scribbler.

I wince at the remark even as I sit across from him at the table. “Good to see you too, Larry.”

“What do you want from me? I served my purpose, didn’t I? Made that Brett guy look like a hero, hmm? That’s what you wanted. So leave me alone.”

I sighed and shook my head. “Look, you’re right, every good story’s got to have a villain, Larry. You did great.”

Larry rattled the metal handcuffs on the chair and snorted. “Yeah, looks like ol’ Larry’s on top of the world.”

I smiled. “You know, I write this stuff down, but I let you characters do pretty much as you please.”

His eyes narrowed, and I felt the heat of his glare go cold. “So what you’re saying, pencil-pusher, is that you give us free will?”

I shrugged. “More or less. Brett’s the main character. To him, you’re the villain, so you’re bound to be written in an unsympathetic light. But I write knowing that each of you is the protagonist in your own story, a book I didn’t write. I think you put on that black hat and you loved it.”

“Well, what if I did? Think I liked seeing my ex hook up with that wishy-washy nerd? Huh? Did you tell my side of things, like why I need the money? How it wasn’t all ‘free will’, once the demon got involved? Of course I’m the bad guy. Kick a guy when he’s down, go ahead.”

I nearly blurted out something from Larry’s future. It’s hard not telling him how things get worse after Sinking Down, that he’s still a villain, pushed to more desperate measures. Instead, I skip that, and try to put a positive spin on things. “Cut the crap, Larry, you know you’re not staying in jail for long. You’ve got connections.”

A smile curls his lips. “Know about that, do you? Heh, ‘course you do. Guess you arranged that too. Well golly gee, thanks for nothing, jerk.”

I take a deep breath before replying. “Larry, do you know how many of my beta-readers wanted you dead by the end of this misadventure? All of them. You’re alive to wear your black cowboy hat another day, to get a little revenge, even.”

“What’s in it for me? Huh? Why should I play by your rules? Ol’ Larry could just retire and refuse to get caught up in your stories, I could stay the hell away from Brett and Lizzie and the rest of that stupid Scooby gang.”

“Because, I’m going to tell your story, bit by bit. Down the road, some of those calling for your death may just regret it, and end up cheering for your snarky butt someday.”

His brow furrowed and his eyes widened. “Bull.”

I spread my hands. “Well, that’s up to you, Larry. Give me reason to keep bringing you back, and I’ll be forced to tell all about you to show why you are who you are. It makes you interesting.”

The guard coughed, and when I turned to look at him, he tapped his watch.

“Time’s almost up, Larry. Anything else before I go?”

He shook his head. “Naw. I’ll chew on what you said. Particularly that bit about free will. I’m gonna consider my options.”

I smiled. “You do that, Larry. Nice talking with you.”

Larry lunged forward and howled at me, the chair rattling and dangling from his wrists. I jumped up and back. The guard rushed up and pushed him back down in his seat, hard.

He laughed, long and hard. “Oh that was worth it all. You shoulda seen your face!”

With a voice that sounded calmer than I felt, I said, “Choices, Larry. Make them wisely.”

As the guard showed me out, I grumbled to myself, wondering how I’d make Larry seem sympathetic someday. It’ll probably be a pretty good story, if I can work it out.

Sinking Down

Book Two of the Road Ghosts Trilogy

Book tour February 24 to March 2, 2014

EricGarrison_authorpicAbout the Author: Eric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and four cats. He also enjoys gaming and homebrewing beer.

Seventh Star Press published the first of his Road Ghosts trilogy, Four ’til Late, in July of 2013. Sinking Down was released in December of 2013, with the final title to appear in 2014.

Eric’s novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. This book reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon’s Kindle store during a promotion in July 2013.

Eric’s short story, “Drag Show” appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine and Volume 2 of that magazine’s anthology series. His flash piece, “Dark Reflection”, appeared in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. He’s competed twice in the Iron Writer Challenge with two 500-word flash pieces, “Killer Cure” and “Moby Me”.

 

Author Links:

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Buy Links for Sinking Down

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Tour Schedule and Activities

2/24 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post

2/24 Laurie’s Thoughts and Paranormal Reviews Promo/Spotlight

2/24 Deal Sharing Aunt Tour Wide Contest

2/24 Lost Inside the Covers Review

2/24 John F. Allen Writer Promo Spotlight

2/24 Beagle Book Space Promo/Spotlight

2/24 Seers, Seraphs, and More Promo/Spotlight

2/25 Vampires, Witches, and Me, Oh My! Character Post

2/26 Bee’s Knees Reviews Guest Post

2/27 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Promo/Spotlight

2/27 fuonlyknew ~ Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews Review

2/27 I Smell Sheep Guest Post

2/27 Jess Resides Here Character Interview

2/28 A Book Vacation Guest Post

2/28 Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post

3/1 Sheila Deeth The Art of Sinking Down

3/2 Come Selahway With Me Guest Post

 

Twelve Houses by Olga Soaje book tour – author interview

Welcome to one of the tour stops of TWELVE HOUSES by OLGA SOAJE. Lady Reader’s Bookstuff Tours is hosting a week-long tour for Ms. Soaje for her new book. Twelve Houses which is Contemporary Woman’s Literary Fiction. The book addresses and tells the tale of one woman discovering her life is far from over. Join us today and follow along to see some great posts including an Amazon Gift Card giveaway!
 

 

 

 

Can anything good follow the best thing that ever happened
to you?

 

 


Amelia Weiss loved her husband of thirty-five years very much, but now he ís left her a widow. Without him, she is unable to work in her sculpture studio without crying. She no longer has a bridge to her estranged daughter. And she can’t seem to keep her mind in the present.


 

But when her daughter reaches out asking for her help and her agent threatens a lawsuit if Amelia doesn’t deliver for an upcoming exhibit, she’s forced to make a choice. Will she reengage with her life and the people in it or allowing room for things to be different than they were before? Or, will she remain stuck in the past, choosing her memories over real-life relationships?

 

Thrust fully into the present, Amelia stumbles into a surprising journey of self-discovery.

 

What is something about you that no one knows?

I always have a chocolate in my handbag or in the drawer of my desk… Yikes, now everybody knows 😉

 

What is your work space and writing routine like?

I have a flexible writing routine that centers around my family, when my kids are at school I do house errands, cooking and such and try to leave 1 to 2 hrs to sit and write.

 

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

Carol Rifka, Vannessa Diffenbaugh, Jennifer Weiner, and Charles Dickens in classics.

 

What are you reading now? 

The signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

 

How do you enjoy spending your time when not writing?

I like to be with my family, get some coffee time with friends, do some sketching.

 

Who or what is your muse?

I imagine the characters and they are my muse on each novel, they allow their voices and stories to flow.

 

There are some fantastic reviews for Twelve Houses that I’ve read. Do these inspire you? 

I can firmly and shamelessly say I do a “happy dance” everytime I read a review, it’s a feeling very close to that second wind you get few times while running. I feel honored by the people that take the time to write reviews or to send me messages in Facebook, they touch me deeply.

 

What do readers have to look forward to next? 

I haven’t started writing the next novel, but I already have the outline in my head: it will be a story covering many things but among them friendship between three women.

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On my latest novel Twelve Houses, I tell the story of a widow who discovers that her life story is far from over. Amelia is a brave woman who struggles to find her true place in the world and at the same time to create a life that holds spiritual meaning and purpose.
Though my first book, Borrowing My Motherís Saints, was a comedy set in New York, I think both books describe a similar spiritual journey. The struggles of all of my characters are very important to me, and I love to hear from my readers about my books.
In my everyday life, I am married, and my husband and I are raising two sons. We currently divide our lives between San Diego, California, and Mexico. 

 

 

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Inside Passage by Burt Weissbourd book tour #spotlight

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My thanks to JKS Communications for allowing me to take part in this tour. There are many great blogs taking part and can be visited on the tour page

Inside Passage

 

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Corey Logan was set up. She knows Nick Season’s terrible secret. Coming home from prison, all Corey wants is to be with her son. To get him back, she needs to make a good impression on the psychiatrist evaluating her. But Dr. Abe Stein doesn’t believe she was framed–until his well-heeled mother falls for the charming state attorney general candidate, Nick Season.

As the dogs of war are unleashed, Corey and her son run for their lives–taking her boat up the Pacific Northwest’s remote Inside Passage. Inside Passage is the first in Weissbourd’s haunting, heart-stirring Corey Logan trilogy.

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About the author :

Burt Weissbourd is a novelist, screenwriter and producer of feature films. He was born in 1949 and graduated cum laude from Yale University, with honors in psychology. During his student years, he volunteered at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and taught English to college students in Thailand. After he graduated, he wrote, directed, and produced educational films for Gilbert Altschul Productions. He began a finance program at the Northwestern University Graduate School of Business, but left to start his own film production company in Los Angeles. He managed that company from 1977 until 1986, producing films including “Ghost Story” starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Patricia Neal, and “Raggedy Man” starring Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard, which The New York Times called “a movie of sweet, low-keyed charm.” In 1987, he founded an investment business, which he still runs. INSIDE PASSAGE is the first in the Corey Logan trilogy.

Crosswind by Lynne Cantwell book tour #giveaway

TOUR-BANNER---CROSSWINDWelcome to my stop on the Lynne Cantwell book tour. Lynne has an amazing recent release and a chance on the tour wide giveaway to win a copy. I also have the pleasure of a sharing a character interview which is a great way to get to know more of the characters the book has to offer. Fingers crossed for you guys on the giveaway 🙂 Big thanks to Lynne and the Finishing Fairies for letting me take part.

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Crosswind (Land, Sea, Ski: Book 1)

Life on Earth is much improved since the pagan gods’ return. As conflict eases around the world, attention — and money — has turned to more humanitarian goals: improving the lives of the First Nations peoples and others who were repressed for thousands of years.

But the former ruling class – the military, religious, and corporate leaders who profited under the old system — are about to stage a last-ditch effort to bring their good times back.

The gods refuse to start a new war against those men, because that would make them no better than Their opponents. Instead, They have drafted three humans to help Them. Together, Tess, Sue and Darrell must find a way past their own flaws to ensure the gods’ peace will not be destroyed.

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Crosswind
Genre – Urban Fantasy
Pages – approx 275 (68K words)
Published November 20th – Amazon



Character Interviews: Crosswind: Land, Sea, Sky Book 1

By Lynne Cantwell

 

Antonia Greco: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to “Talk About a New America” on the New World News Network. I’m your host, Antonia Greco. And with me here in our Washington studios today are three of the most important players in the recent drama on the National Mall: Sue Killeen, who is a project manager for the nonprofit group Earth in Balance; Navy Lieutenant Darrell Warren; and our own Tess Showalter, TAaNA’s investigative reporter. Ladies and gentleman, thanks for being on the show today.

Sue: Sure, Antonia. Happy to be here.

Darrell: (nods)

Tess (with a grin): I had to be here anyway, so….

Antonia (smiling): Good point, Tess. Let’s start with you. How did the three of you get together?

Tess: We’re housemates, actually. Sue and I have known each other since college at Georgetown. When we advertised for another roommate earlier this summer, Darrell applied, and it’s all worked out great. Sue and I have rooms upstairs and Darrell has sort of an apartment in the basement.

Antonia: Lieutenant Warren, how did you find these women?

Darrell: Craigslist. (Antonia waits for him to elaborate, but he lapses into silence.)

Tess: Darrell’s doing his impression of the strong, silent type. A Potawatomi superhero has to keep up appearances, after all. (Darrell scowls at her.)

Antonia: A what? Never mind. Let’s turn to Sue. You were managing a project on the Mall when the trouble broke out, weren’t you?

Sue: Right. We sponsor Earth Power Week every year on the Mall. It’s a big display of alternative energy sources and improvements in the field of clean energy. I’ve been the project manager for the show for three years now, and this year we had some really cool exhibits. The thing I was proudest of was the wind power display. We had a wind turbine manufacturer set up some wind turbines on the Mall. They were only half-height models, but they were pretty impressive. Anyway, the march happened during the final weekend of our show.

Antonia: Did that concern you at all?

Sue: Well, yeah, of course it did. An extra hundred thousand people coming down to the Mall? I was worried they’d tear up the exhibits.

Antonia: Tess, tell us about the march. You were there.

Tess: All of us were there, Antonia. But okay. The march was sponsored by the Believers in the One True God – the people who think Jesus didn’t really return to Earth ten years ago. They claimed they were going to march all the way to the Capitol. But apparently their plan all along was to cause trouble at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Sue: Which is right next to where our show was.

Antonia: Why would they want to cause trouble there?

Tess: Because in their view, Native Americans faked Jesus’ return to mask the takeover of the world by their own gods. Well, by all the old pagan gods.

Antonia: And why was the Navy involved, Lieutenant?

Darrell: Your guess is as good as mine, Ms. Greco.

Tess (quietly): Probably because the gods wanted it that way.

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Lynne Cantwell has been writing fiction since the second grade, when the kid who sat in front of her showed Lynne Cantwellher a book he had written, and she thought, “I could do that.” The result was Susie and the Talking Doll, a picture book, illustrated by the author, about a girl who owned a doll that not only could talk, but could carry on conversations. The book had dialogue but no paragraph breaks. Today, after a twenty-year career in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University (or perhaps despite the master’s degree), Lynne is still writing fantasy. In addition, she is a contributing author at Indies Unlimited.

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