#AudioTour “Death’s Disciples” by Dustin L. Herriman

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Authors: Dustin L. Herriman

Narrator: Zachary Johnson

Length: 18 hours 19 minutes

Publisher: Dustin L. Herriman

Released: Feb 12, 2022

Genre: Fantasy

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A young man named Zakul from a long misunderstood tribe leaves his home to attend a festival in the town of Dasum, when the town comes under siege by an invading army. Follow along as this unlikely survivor relates his harrowing experience, and live his desperate attempts to cling to life and safety.

Dustin Herriman grew up in the ethereal beauty of the Pacific Northwest. An avid reader since childhood, he eventually felt inspired by his favorite authors to create a world all his own. When not working on other writing projects, Dustin enjoys the occasional Dungeons and Dragons campaign, playing with the world’s cutest dog, and maintaining his title of Chess Champion of the House, although his loving fiancee insists he cheats.

Lover of mathematics, devourer of science fiction, and connoisseur of the dad joke. When he’s not doing math for business or fun, he’s devouring science fiction and fantasy, reading up on scientific advancements, going for a jog, or, on all too rare occasions, taking a refreshing swim at the beach. At your service, you shall have an able storyteller and gifted conveyor of information. Experienced in narrating fiction, from the romantic to the post-apocalyptic, and nonfiction, from the historical to the corporate, and armed with the tools to make it all sound great, Zachary promises that, no matter the job, you’ll be read-iculously pleased!

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Q&A with Author Dustin L. Herriman
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I posted my audition and ended up getting about 25 responses before I pulled the audition down. My narrator Zachary knocked it out of the park, and it was love at first listen. From the first few seconds of the audition recording, I knew he was the guy. He has been spectacular throughout the whole process.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • I didn’t have to work too closely with my narrator, as he was very professional. I did provide a pronunciation guide and character-specific voice recommendations, then turned him loose. I wish if anything that I could have been more hands-on, but it wasn’t necessary.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Absolutely! It was a long and drawn-out tangent of thought from the deepest and most terrible years in my youth, when I suffered with severe depression. It all started with an earnest, silent plea for anybody at all to help me. I wasn’t religious, which gave me this kind of romantic fascination with the idea of a divine figure. I dreamed up often that a grim reaper type character would come and take me away, and it kept me up at night thinking about how such a creature would behave, what its motivations would be, and what the ramifications would be for the humans that prayed to it. The rest is history – from that spiraling thought, a whole world blossomed in my mind.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Keeping motivated is sometimes a chore. I think what drove me to finish this book was the earnest desire to be able to say that I’d done it, and that kept me coming back day after day. There was an almost dark and compelling force behind that desire as well – it was like the thoughts plagued me until I had written them down, and it was a cathartic feeling to have the words on a page so I could dissect and rearrange them properly.
    • To maintain my enthusiasm, I thought about ways to insert myself into the story, trying to imagine how I would handle things if I were thrust into such impossible situations. To insert myself and have fun with the story kept me writing on the slower days. For that reason, the main character is very much inspired in his behavior by a younger, less wise and more impulsive me, if I was much more physically competent and athletic at least.
    • The enthusiasm of a few key people in my life that enjoyed watching my progress was absolutely critical. I often shared my latest lines with my brother and my friends, absorbing their criticism and interest, measuring raptly their expressions and understandings of the text I’d given them. They could have killed my project in its infancy – instead they helped foster it, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I am in fact an audiobook listener. I have digested many stories while driving for my job, and that’s what I find so appealing; it’s very easy to listen to a book and accomplish other things, which is pretty important in such a busy world.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • There is a scene I have in mind that resonated much more powerfully in the spoken format. It’s during one of the main character’s many close scrapes with death, the closest he gets in the story in fact, and my narrator did so well that it astounded me. I can’t say much more without spoiling it, obviously, but I think you’re going to like it.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • If I could travel through time, I would go back to my younger self and coach him through the many hard lessons I learned. I would remind him how important time is because there’s only so much of it, and encourage him to spend every minute of it wisely.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • Absolutely nonsense. Audio format is just another way to digest a story, and if people have difficulty or easily get bored sitting still to read, this allows them to enjoy it while occupying themselves another way. It’s not so much a competition that you’re cheating at – it’s just another form of entertainment that could be argued to be more accessible.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • A writing slump only happens when I’m not engaged with my own story. To fix that I’ll go listen to music usually, which has been a massive source of consistent inspiration. A reading slump is harder to get out of – I tend to lose attention whimsically, and getting back into the story generally requires a change of format.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Don’t give up. Find close friends that you respect and don’t be afraid to show them your work – the cleansing light of criticism can be bright and harsh, but it will make your work better. Make some time every day to at least open your document and look at it. Analyze what you’ve already done and see where you can insert small references or hooks, and then extrapolate that to future events until you have a cohesive, complex narrative. Trust your gut; some of the best writing I’ve ever done came straight from the heart and the back of my brain, and practically wrote itself without me. You can do it. If I could, there’s no reason you couldn’t.


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#BlogTour “Kiss of the Assassin” by Joylene Nowell Butler

Today let me introduce you to an intriguing new release, KISS OF THE ASSASSIN, by author Joylene Nowell Butler.

by Joylene Nowell Butler

◊ Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (March 23, 2022)
◊ Paperback: 424 pages
◊Language‏: English
* File size: ‎ 1138 KB
* Text-to-Speech: ‎ Enabled
* Screen Reader: ‎ Supported

Marina Antonovna, a Soviet spy, and Mateo Arcusa, an American homicide lieutenant first meet in Cambodia during the Vietnam War as enemies. Fearful that the most powerful man in the Soviet Union, KGB Chairman Vladimir Kurenkov, has ordered her death, Marina risks everything to defect to the United States.


She promises Mateo that her days as an assassin are over. Vladimir is determined to do whatever it takes to bring her back and, by threatening Mateo’s life, forces Marina to break her promise.



the Author: Joylene Nowell Butler

Joylene Butler lives with her husband in the tiny village of Cluculz
Lake in central B.C… She is the author of three suspense novels and a contributor to one anthology.

For more on Joylene and her writing, visit her website and blog, as well as connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon.



“…He flicked his goggles to his forehead, wiped at the sweat under his eyes, dismissed the strange smell introduced into the air and, under a three-quarter moon, watched Samo replace his goggles and slowly stand. They were six hours from extraction. General Vien glanced back at Mateo. Mateo nodded, and a smile of satisfaction crossed the General’s face. He rose and looked east. They were ten klicks from Cambodian’s border, ten klicks from affluence. Why shouldn’t Vien feel cocky?

Mateo glanced back at the men at his flank and faced Vien again. A single bullet buzzed past his ear. Then the air danced. He dropped to the ground. General Vien collapsed. Blood squirted from the gaping wound in his neck. Mateo crabbed toward him. Where the hell were the others? Bandage. Pressure bandage—Christ, the package wouldn’t open—Teeth. Teeth!

He saw the terror in the general’s expression and coaxed him not to speak. But Vien’s eyes pleaded. He looked like a man cheated, and reached up grabbing Mateo’s collar.

“General, hang on. Doc’s on his way.”

Mateo crammed the pressure bandage against Vien’s wound. Blood soaked his hand. Up ahead, the returning hammer of fire from mixed[…]”


Excerpt From: Joylene Nowell Butler. “Kiss of the Assassin.” iBooks.


 Thanks so much for stopping by today during Joylene’s visit. Doesn’t this sound like an intriguing book, especially for the times we are in?



#BookBlitz “The Willows Weep (Pirates of the Withering Coast #2)” by Alonna Williams

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If you like pirate action mixed in with your fantasy, you are going to want to read The Willows Weep by Alonna Williams, available for pre-order now!


The Willows Weep (Pirates of the Withering Deep #2)

Expected Publication Date: Coming Soon!

Genre: YA Fantasy/ Pirates

Publisher: Blue Gingham Publishing

The darkness lurks and smiles, beneath a weeping willow, a heart as pure as gold, can blacken as the night…

Now with stronger allies, Trevor is ready to tackle his biggest challenge yet, coming to terms with his Sirenhood.

While Labyrinth fears being at the forefront due to the constant dangers he faces in Human form, Trevor recognizes his need to understand his Siren side.

Further down the rabbit hole of his mystifying quest, Trevor begins to unravel the perilous truth about his childhood friend and savior, the one called: “the Willow”, who saved him from the jaws of death before he was even born.

Can he really be the paragon of purity? Or could it be that a black heart lingers suppressed under the goodness of the Pure Siren?

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Trevor stepped back and looked down at the sand under his sock-covered feet.

“Sadness,” Arjan realized. He could sense that emotion anywhere. “Sadness…because of

me,” he continued. “If it is something you are wishing to say to me, use Insussurro. Your sadness will help you do so.”

Trevor stared at Arjan’s loose turquoise waves and furrowed his brow—trying to get in touch

with his feelings. “I think it all would have been easier if you didn’t leave,” he finally said through the use of his Siren ability.

Arjan watched as Trevor’s fists balled, and his lips formed a scowl, though they never opened

to form the words. They were just thoughts, his sadness transforming into anger.

“I bear great regrets for that, little one,” Arjan replied. “I cannot tell you how many. But if I

was having to do the same thing again, in much honesty I must tell you, I would.”

“I had no friends, Arjan. None. Not until Aldrich came along. They all thought I was weird,

and their parents told them stuff like that all the time because of…because of this!” he said through his lips as he pointed to one of his ears. Trevor then pointed to Arjan’s ears. “But you always had them. If I saw them on you, do you think I would have been bothered by them when they changed?

If I had the privilege of growing up with a Siren, do you think I would have cared about being an

outcast to the rest of England?”

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About the Author


Alonna Williams has been writing since she was a little girl. It started with a short story and soon progressed to novels. Aside from her debut novel, A Peculiar Royal, Alonna has worked on, Au Contraire, and grew up with a Pirate series entitled, Pirates of the Withering Coast, which is her favorite series of all. When she’s not writing you’ll most likely find her dancing, whether it be, Tap, Ballet, Jazz or Lyrical, or watching a good classic movie or of course, bingeing Disney+.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Thomas Jefferson: Family Secrets” by William G. Hyland, Jr.


Nonfiction / Biography / History


Date Published: 2-1-22

Publisher: Palmetto Publishing / Blackstone Publishing

A fascinating biography of Thomas Jefferson that presents an entirely new and provocative look at the final years of his life, as seen through the eyes of his most trusted family confidants. A powerful profile based on fresh research and unpublished memoirs.


About the Author

A Virginia native, William G. Hyland Jr. is the author of four widely praised historical biographies, including “In Defense Of Thomas Jefferson” (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Books), which was nominated for the Virginia Literary Award. He is a seasoned litigation attorney with a national law firm and nearly thirty years of high profile trial experience. He is also a former Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law. His professional lectures have included speeches at the National Archives and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Hyland is a member of the Virginia and New York Historical Societies and serves on the Board of Directors of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society. Mr. Hyland holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from Samford University. Before law school, Mr. Hyland held a Top Security clearance and worked for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

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#NewRelease “Her Favorite Rebound (Cider Bar Sisters Book 4)” by Jackie Lau

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She’s got a billionaire boyfriend, but life is far from perfect…

Thirty-four and divorced, Sierra Wu is a constant disappointment to her family. They approved of her former career as an engineer but were horrified when she quit to run a small greeting card store.

So, the last thing she expected in her not-so-spectacular life was being swept off her feet by Colton Sanders. Yes, that Colton Sanders, the billionaire. They’ve been together for a year, and despite his reputation with women, it’s going well.

There’s only one tiny problem: Jake Tong.

A former friend and employee of Colton, the irritatingly handsome Jake tells Sierra to break up with Colton for her own good. She refuses, of course. Why should she trust Jake?

But as she continues to bump into Jake in awkward situations, the attraction between them grows, and she starts wondering if he’s right about Colton…