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Book Tour: Blood Isle by Mark Stone @calasade

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Excerpt of Blood Isle: Calasade “In the Pit”

Wearing nothing—

—teeth chattering—

—trapped in a pit—

—staring at the beams of a moon that never seemed to move—

—cowering.

Weeping.

Growls from outside rose in pitch and bordered on screams of a tortured person. The beasts making those spine-chilling noises stood upright on powerful hind legs, their bodies brown, hairless, gargantuan, heads horned. She had seen the caged animals after her captors whisked her off a ship and up a mountainous incline but before they lowered her into this prison, the pit’s mouth a symbol of freedom and blinding fear. She could do nothing save die if a creature broke loose to leap inside with her. The beast’s fangs would shred her; its claws flay her. The mere thought forced her to squat, as if cowering might provide safety.


Character Profile

Name: Caderyn Fortis

From: Fors, Calasade

Age: 30ish

Hair: Dark Brown

Eyes: Brown

Height: 5’ 10”

Body: Muscular

Physical Condition: Muscular, but he has not aged particularly well. His body shows signs of the battles he’s fought; face reflects hard life he has led.

Mental and Emotional Condition: As an alcoholic and sufferer of depression, his mood swings can be radical. He focuses too much on the past, the elevated life he’s lost, but at least accepts responsibility for losing it. Guilt weighs on him and often gets in the way of his finding a happier lot in life because he feels he does not deserve happiness.

Achievements: He excelled as a soldier and found success as an exquisitor (head policeman) in Polus, the capital city of Fors. His family achieved noble status.

Defeats: He was fired from being an exquisitor and unceremoniously quit the military after witnessing the brutal raping of a boy. He has lost his nobility and become addicted to gambling and drink.

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Blood Isle, Calasade Series

by Mark Stone

Genres: Greco-Roman, Illustrated, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Mythology, Romance

248 Pages

Release date: May 18, 2015

text-divider-blood-isle Calasade is a Greco-Roman Fantasy world that was in development for over five years. The world of Calasade has enough in common with Ancient Rome and borrows enough from Greek and Roman mythology that it will seem familiar, but also offers plenty of its own lore so that it is something new and different, the latter especially true when the world of Calasade and its tales are compared to fantasy taking place in worlds based on Medieval Europe. A love of fantasy tropes intertwined with the unique helped bring Calasade and Blood Isle to fruition. You will find neither the knight in shining armor nor the never-do-good evil sorcerer. The people of Calasade in Blood Isle are not so different than us in that they belong squarely inside the gray box of existence. As such, each and every one is capable of heroic acts one moment and dark ones the next depending on what’s at stake and the means available for acquiring their goals. Blood Isle is an illustrated novel. While part of a series, it is like all Calasade stories and can be read as a stand-alone. Thank you for taking the time to check out Calasade: Blood Isle. text-divider-blood-isle purchase-links-blood-isle

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May 19th Wren Michael’s Blog Spotlight/Illustration/Playlist

May 20th Flight of the Dragon Character Profile/Illustration/Unique Excerpt

May 21st Ivy Trellis Books Review & Illustration

May 22nd Photography, Poetry & Indie Authors Illustration & Playlist

May 25th DRC Promotions Unique Excerpt & Illustration

May 26th Tasha’s Thinkings Guest Post

May 27th The Writer’s Journey Author Q&A & Illustration

May 28th Desafio in the City Unique Excerpt & Illustration

May 29th KP’s Cafe Review/Playlist/Illustration

May 30th Happy Geek Media Review & the Works

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Author Mark Stone of Blood Isle and the Calasade series

Mark Stone splits his time between the United States and Spain with his greatest inspiration, his wife. Having written award-winning Flash Fiction, he is now a novelist writing tales mostly of Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery. He will sometimes get a wild hair and venture into other areas—namely, Weird Western and Historical Fiction. Look for the latter in the near future. Most of his stories are based in Calasade, a fantasy world heavily influenced by Ancient Rome. text-divider-blood-isle social-media-blood-isle-calasade

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Clean Indie Reads March Madness Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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Are you interested in stories without gratuitous sex, violence and profanity? If you’re looking for a gripping read without unnecessary shock value, the authors of Clean Indie Reads are who you’ve been looking for. With authors writing clean reads in all genres, there’s something for everyone!

Enter the March Madness Blog Hop Giveaway for the chance to win one clean read for every author in the blog hop – just fill in the form below. For more chances to win, visit the other blogs in the hop and complete the form at each blog for another entry. You can find all the participating blogs at the bottom of this post after the entry form.



Stalking the Demon Free on Story Cartel Clean Indie Reads is also running the March Madness Sale from March 16 to March 20. For great deals on clean reads, check out the titles on sale.

If you like epic fantasy and sword and sorcery type books, you have the chance to win Confronting the Demon in the Clean Indie Reads Grand Prize, and you can purchase the sequel, Stalking the Demon, for 99c during the sale.

Be quick! The competition and sale won’t last forever….

Come, the Dark – Blog Tour, Giveaway and Excerpt

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Enjoy Happy Geek Media’s debut tour of Come, the Dark, Book 2, in the Forever Girl series.

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Come, the Dark, Book 2 of the Forever Girl Series

Come, the Dark by: Rebecca Hamilton Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance 361 pages Release Date: January 6, 2015
Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach. The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter. Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget. A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion. TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse. There is a thread in the Come, the Dark forum at the bottom of this page discussing the issue and how it is handled within the book. come-the-dark-divider

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I didn’t care one lick if she was conceived out of abuse; she would be born out of love. She was mine now. Entirely, completely, utterly mine. If Pa wanted her gone, he would damn well have to kill me, and I told him as much. For months, I even thought he might.

I kick off my threadbare quilt, and there’s another rush of warm fluid pooling on my sheets beneath me. I want to crawl out of my own skin, away from my body, but I don’t move.

Please don’t let this be my water broken now, I would rather that I’ve just pissed myself. If Anna can wait until morning, wait until Pa leaves for work, everything will be okay.

Somewhere in the distance, glass breaks, and part of me wonders if it’s them—-if the Darkness can touch things now.

I shift between sleep and consciousness. I keep falling into that place in my mind, the place I always hide when Pa comes into my room. I couldn’t let him kill what’s left of my soul; I had to escape in some way, save some part of me, the part of me I call Cordovae. Now here, in this place I can only dream of, I spread my arms and lift my head and twirl around, untouched, unharmed. It’s my prison and my protection, where only those who know my heart can reach me.

I’m safe here.

But then the pains begin, ripping me from that world. Bringing me back to the unfortunate life I was born into. At first, I feel the way my stomach hardens, the way it squeezes around my little Anna. But as the night drifts deeper, the pain intensifies and spreads through my entire body.

I can’t quiet my breathing. I close my eyes and try to envision the cramps disappearing, but I can’t think straight. I hum the only lullaby I know, the one Pa always yells at me for humming.

Footsteps rush through the hall. A light flicks on, yellow and brassy, illuminating my bare room in a way that makes it feel colder. Ma’s standing here now, her expression fallen. She hurries to my side and holds my hand. I wish she would stop running her fingers through her hair. It makes me nervous.

“Oh, God, Rose. I’m sorry. It’s going to be okay, baby, Mama’s here now.”

She wants to protect me.

Little late for that.

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Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages.

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The Next Day: Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Enjoy Happy Geek Media’s Debut of The Next Day

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Author Milt Mays The Next Day

The Next Day by: Milt Mays

Genres: Thriller, Paranormal, sci-fi

395 Pages

Release date: November 10, 2014

***** Top secret bio-warfare after 9/11 changes an American geneticist and an Iraqi jihadist into the next evolution of man, one evil and one good, and their end game will decide the fate of the human race. Alex Smith, an adventure seeking American geneticist, remembers 9/11 with crystal clarity. A girlfriend was incinerated at the Twin Towers at the same time he was infected by a lethal virus he genetically modified in an illegal, U.S. bio-warfare facility in the Amazon jungle. Then he changes, physically and psychologically, into a creature he hates and must learn to control before he loses his work, his new love, and his life and country. Jabril El Fahd’s Iraqi mother, a nurse, dies in his arms, killed by the American embargo. His dreams of being a doctor are consumed in the fires of revenge and hate. He becomes a jihadist, Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man, and comes up with a plan to not just cripple, but destroy the United States. Infecting himself with a deadly virus to wipe out the American infidels, he changes into a monstrous creature he loves, and becomes more powerful with every hateful and lustful thought. Nothing stands in his way. Nothing except Alex. The-Next-Day-divider

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Milt grew up in Colorado, then spent most of his adult life as a Navy doctor. After graduating from the Naval Academy and medical school, he traveled all over the world with the Navy, the Marines, and a Navy Security Group, finally coming back to rest in Colorado. He’s worked as a fly fishing guide and currently is a primary care doctor for the VA.

Other published works by Milt include the novels The Guide and Dan’s War and the short stories “Thanksgiving with Riley” and “The Dry-Land Farmer.” He lives with his wife in Colorado.

Visit his website to find out more about him.

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Giveaway – WIN 2 Epic Fantasy Books and $20 Amazon Gift Card

The release date for Stalking the Demon is coming up fast, and I need your help to spread the word!

To reward those of you who can help me out, I’m running a giveaway to give you the opportunity to win a $20 Amazon gift card, as well as free ebook versions of both books in The Seven Circles of Hell series.*

All you have to do is:

  • Sign-up to my Thunderclap campaign to spread the word on Stalking the Demon‘s release date (by Facebook or Twitter); or
  • Sign up to read Stalking the Demon and provide a review (everyone who does this will get a free copy of Stalking the Demon to review as well as the chance to win Confronting the Demon and the gift card).
Or, do both and get two entries!


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* In the interests of full disclosure, it is possible to obtain free copies of both Confronting the Demon and Stalking the Demon by other means – however I have included them in the giveaway as not all entrants may wish to use those means.