#AudioBookBlogTour “Ash” by Luke Romyn

Audiobook Tour: Ash by Luke Romyn

Author: Luke Romyn

Narrator: Jay Snyder

Length: 14 hours 26 minutes

Publisher: Audible Original

Released: Jun. 6, 2019

Genre: Action; Fantasy

A former mercenary turned blind priest, Ash is running from his amoral past – a victim of a power-hungry corporation, Titanus, which used him for mysterious experiments, discarding him when he lost his sight.

Through its experimentation, Titanus unwittingly created a dark mirror world called Shade, a place where no human can survive – except for Ash. By opening a rift, Ash can escape into Shade, where his vision is restored, his wounds heal more quickly, and, if necessary, he can drag his attackers in with him, turning them to dust.

While attempting to implement a global teleportation system, Titanus makes a grave error and opens several dangerous rifts, which threaten to tear the planet apart. Believing Ash to be the only one able to close them, Titanus exploits those Ash cares about most to coerce him into cooperating.

But the creatures they have inadvertently released from Shade will be the least of their worries.

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Luke Romyn is a USA Today and Amazon #1 bestselling author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide. With a background in international security, Luke’s books are high-octane fantasies, stretching the limits of human imagination from apocalyptic thrillers to psychic suspense to mythical adventure. Luke lives in Northern Queensland, Australia, with his wife, Sarah, and various animals he calls family.

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Narrator Bio

James Hadley Snyder, known professionally as Dan Green, is an American voice actor, voice director and script adapter who has worked for 4Kids Entertainment, DuArt Film and Video, NYAV Post, and Central Park Media. He is best known as the voice of Yugi Muto from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Trudge from Yu-Gi-Oh!

 

 

 

Q&A with Author Luke Romyn
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • This time around was great. We secured a fantastic deal with Audible, and they looked after everything for me. In saying that, they were also very open to my ideas regarding cover art and the narrator. Great team that I can’t praise enough.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not at the time. All I wanted was to write the best book possible. Everything else comes later.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I absolutely adore writing. Writing books, while painful, drives me onward every day, and nothing gives me more pleasure than creating a tale from nothing more than my imagination and a few keystrokes.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Probably not. No doubt, I would screw everything up and bring back the dinosaurs or something.
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • Dave Bautista from Guardians of the Galaxy would play Ash. I don’t know about the others; casting’s never been my forte.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • What a load of nonsense. A story is a story, something to enjoy, not a task to perform. If scientists knew how to bottle a book and inject it straight into an artery, I’d be the first in line. The same people who say this are probably the ones who also criticize eBooks. Get into literature any way you can and ignore the naysayers.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • Pizza and Playstation.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • Writing slump is easy; I don’t have them. I know that makes me sound arrogant, but it’s true. How can you run out of ideas in a universe of infinite possibilities? Reading slump, though… I just grab a Harry Potter novel and dive in. Gets me every time.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • A stand-alone encompasses an entire tale into a single novel, whereas a series draws it out, making the reader extend beyond the first tale to find out the full story. This stretches the enjoyment, but if you don’t draw the reader into your tale in the first book, they’ll never read the whole series. A stand-alone, for good or ill, shows the entire picture in one hit, leaving the reader satisfied or cursing you, depending on the person.
  • What’s your favorite:
    • Food: Pizza
    • Song: Various
    • Book: Waylander by David Gemmell
    • Television show: Breaking Bad
    • Movie: Star Wars
    • Band: Justin Bieber.
    • Just kidding, let’s go with Machine Head, but it changes day to day. Tomorrow, I might say Mozart (I know, he’s not a band.)
    • Sports team: None, I’m a nerd.
    • City: New York.
  • Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work?
    • New York’s in a few of my tales. I love it to bits.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Keep going forward, charge ahead, be honest to yourself, and screw the critics.
  • What’s next for you?
    • My manager is talking movie and/or television deals with various producers. I’m currently editing another fantasy-adventure, and I have a horror novel ready to edit sitting on my hard drive, waiting for me, whispering every so often. No rest for the wicked.

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#ReleaseBlitz “A Reckoning in Brooklyn” by Michael O’Keefe

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coverCrime Thriller
Date Published: December 1, 2019
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Bushwick in the 1970s is a cesspool of drugs, violence and depravity. Every aspect of life in the blighted neighborhood has been poisoned by the Mafia. Butchie Bucciogrosso is an Italian cop who detests the Mob. A survivor of the streets, he returns from Vietnam to find Bushwick in ruins. He and his partner, Fast Eddie Curran, are the only cops with the courage to take on the gangsters. They become a deadly nuisance trying to win back their streets. Only the Mafia, their own dirty department, and a corrupt federal government stand in their way. With their families squarely in the cross hairs, they must destroy the Mob’s criminal empire and outwit a crooked Department of Justice before they are killed or framed by the feds. The clock is ticking with Bushwick’s survival in the balance.

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About the Author

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#GuestPost “Murder in Montague Falls” by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton, Patrick Thomas

Murder In Montague Falls by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton, and Patrick Thomas Banneron Tour December 1-31, 2019

Guest Post

Our Top 10 Crime Noir Films

Russ Colchamiro’s picks: Since my contribution to Murder in Montague FallsRed Ink—is a combination of noir and thriller, I expanded my range of movies and subgenres for my top 10 list. So here goes, in no particular order:

  • The Killing
  • Chinatown
  • Apt Pupil
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Blade Runner/Blade Runner 2019
  • Casablanca
  • LA Confidential
  • No Way Out
  • Rounders
  • The Usual Suspects

Sawney Hatton’s picks: A couple of these may not be full-fledged noir, but like my story The Devil’s Delinquents, they all contain noir elements.

  1. Chinatown (1974, dir. Roman Polanski)
  2. Sunset Boulevard (1950, dir. Billy Wilder)
  3. Once Upon a Time in America (1984, dir. Sergio Leone)
  4. Rear Window (1954, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. Blue Velvet (1986, dir. David Lynch)
  6. Nightmare Alley (1947, dir. Edmund Goulding)
  7. Touch of Evil (1958, dir. Orson Welles)
  8. The Killing (1956, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  9. Sin City (2005, dir. Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller & Quentin Tarantino)
  10. White Heat (1949, dir. Raoul Walsh)

Patrick Thomas’s (A Many Splendid Thing) picks:

  1. Casablanca
  2. The Maltese Falcon
  3. Cast A Deadly Spell
  4. The Big Sleep
  5. Sin City
  6. Blade Runner
  7. High Sierra
  8. Gone Girl
  9. Double Indemnity
  10. Basic Instinct

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Synopsis:

Murder in Montague Falls by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton, Patrick ThomasWHITE HOT THRILLS! PITCH BLACK DEEDS!3 TALES OF TEENS TACKLING THEIR DARKEST RITES OF PASSAGE

Acclaimed storytellers Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton, and Patrick Thomas each present an original novella brimming with enough danger, intrigue, and murder to get readers’ blood pounding and hearts racing.

In Colchamiro’s RED INK, a paperboy with an overactive imagination witnesses a brutal killing on his route—or has he taken his fantasy spy games a step too far?

In Hatton’s THE DEVIL’S DELINQUENTS, a trio of teenage misfits in pursuit of success, power, and revenge practice amateurish occult rituals… with deadly consequences.

In Thomas’s A MANY SPLENDID THING, a sultry high school teacher enrolls one of her students to get rid of her husband. But will the young man really graduate to murder?

Book Details:

Genre: Crime

Published by: Crazy 8 Press

Publication Date: October 1st 2019

Number of Pages: 250

ISBN: 0998364185 (ISBN13: 9780998364186)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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The Turnback – You Kill Me:

“You Kill Me” is the official soundtrack to the book MURDER IN MONTAGUE FALLS (Noir-Inspired Novellas by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton & Patrick Thomas). Russ Colchamiro (a long time friend and fellow creator) asked the band to write what would be considered a closing credit tune for the book. We were happy to do so!

Read an excerpt:

RED INK

An infrared scope cut through the suburban tree line. Perched on a high-angle branch in the neighbor’s spruce tree, Isaac could see her through the living room window, six houses away. The M21 semi-automatic sniper rifle with fiberglass stock and 20-round box magazine was snug against his shoulder. One bullet. One body. Though camouflaged within a thicket of evergreen leaves, he had a clean shot. “Come on,” he whispered, his eye against the scope. “Give me the signal.” In perfect synchronicity, Isaac’s earpiece crackled. “Target confirmed. Kill shot approved.”

THE DEVIL’S DELINQUENTS

Natalie exits her room with the ritual kit, locking the door behind her. Her father, swathed in a cornucopia-pattern quilt, sits in his wheelchair in the den, positioned near enough the window so that he can be in the daylight. Maybe he enjoys it, but one cannot tell for certain since his face registers no enjoyment, nor any other emotion. Natalie kneels down before him, flips up the quilt, and undoes the bottom three buttons of his shirt, exposing his stomach. Between her fingertips, she wields the double-edged blade for a safety razor. She carefully nicks the skin above his father’s belly button. She looks up at him, detects no reaction. She makes intersecting six-inch-long slices into his stomach, then carves a large circle around the lines, working around the seeping blood. Upon finishing, she evaluates her work and nods. “I’m going to bring you back, daddy,” Natalie says to him, kissing his knuckles. “I promise.”

A MANY SPLENDID THING

Rosa went from smiling to bawling in less time than it took to blink. I pulled her in and held her against my bare chest. She pounded my ribs with her closed fists. “Why won’t you understand! There is no other way! If we don’t kill him soon, you’ll come to school one day and find that he killed me. How are you going to feel then? Especially if he figures out that you’re my lover! You would follow me to the Pearly Gates.” “Rosa, this talk of killing is crazy.” She pushed herself back and slapped me hard across the face. “You think I’m crazy?” *** Excerpt from Murder in Montague Falls. Copyright 2019 by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton, Patrick Thomas. Reproduced with permission from Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton, Patrick Thomas. All rights reserved.

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Russ Colchamiro:

Russ Colchamiro RUSS COLCHAMIRO is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany sci-fi backpacking series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the sci-fi mystery anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, and contributing author for his newest project, Murder in Montague Falls, a noir novella collection, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ has contributed to several other anthologies including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, They Keep Killing Glenn, Altered States of the Union, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Brave New Girls vols. 3&4, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, and Footprints in the Stars. He is now finalizing the first in an ongoing SFF mystery series featuring his hard-boiled private eye Angela Hardwicke and has several other SFF, crime fiction, and children’s book projects in the works. Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, their twin ninjas, and their crazy dog, Simon.

For more on Russ’s works, visit: russcolchamiro.com, Goodreads, Twitter, & Facebook!

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Sawney Hatton:

Sawney Hatton SAWNEY HATTON is an author, editor, and screenwriter who has long loved playing in the dark. His published works include the Dark Comedy novel Dead Size, the YA Noir novella Uglyville, and the Dark Fiction short story collection Everyone Is a Moon. He also edited the Sci-Fi Horror anthology What Has Two Heads, Ten Eyes, and Terrifying Table Manners? Other incarnations of Sawney have produced marketing videos, attended chili cook-offs, and played the banjo and sousaphone (not at the same time). As of this writing, he is still very much alive.

For more semi-unseemly insights into Sawney, visit: sawneyhatton.com, Goodreads, Twitter, & Facebook!

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Patrick Thomas:

Patrick Thomas PATRICK THOMAS is the award-winning author of the beloved Murphy’s Lore series and the darkly hilarious Dear Cthulhu advice empire. His 40+ books include Fairy with a Gun, By Darkness Cursed, Lore & Dysorder, Dead to Rites, Startenders, As the Gears Turn, Cthulhu Explains It All, and Exile and Entrance. His is the co-author of the Mystic Investigators series, The Santa Heist, and the Jack Gardner mysteries. Patrick is the co-editor of Camelot 13 (with John French), New Blood (with Diane Raetz), and Hear Them Roar (with CJ Henderson), co-created The Wildsidhe Chronicles YA series and is the creator of the Agents of the Abyss series. He has had more than 150 short stories published in magazines and anthologies, with his work for YA and children including the Ughabooz books, the Undead Kid Diaries, the Joy Reaper books, and the Babe B. Bear Mysteries as Patrick T. Fibbs.

Visit him online at: patthomas.net, Goodreads, Twitter, & Facebook!

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Stranger’s Eyes” – Vanessa Williams

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Chin/Ears/Eyes/Face/Mouth/Nose.

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Vanessa Williams’ 1991 sophomore album, The Comfort Zone, went all the way to #17 on the US Billboard 200 and reached #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It sold nearly three million copies and was nominated for five Grammy Awards. But while the songs Runnin’ Back to You, The Comfort Zone, and Save the Best for Last are well-known favorites and helped drive album sales, it’s the unreleased eighth track, Stranger’s Eyes, that has been a part of my playlists for almost thirty years.

The song is about being caught off guard and overwhelmed by love when you least expect it. As the song says, “It’s the kind of thing that dreams are made of…”

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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