Monday, January 22, 2018

Spotlight on Raw Egg by Joe King


RAW EGG

The problem with Gregor Planks as a fictional character is that he discovers he is trapped in a book. Naive and arrogant, the adolescent Gregor abandons a home life where his literary ambitions are viewed as an excuse to avoid working. He soon finds himself in the town of Riverside, where a story-stealing seductress sets him along a plot that forces him to take up residence in a dilapidated motel room. In squalor, Gregor writes fiction on an old typewriter while attempting to support himself with menial jobs he believes no artist should have to endure. Gregor's assumption that he is in control of the fiction he writes is soon disrupted when a recurring character he created begins to talk to him. Life quickly becomes a blend of fiction and reality for Gregor as he travels in and out of the stories he writes while attempting to win the love of Hannah, a gawky waitress who is immediately repulsed by Gregor's disillusioned reality. Not to be left without a proper antagonist, the bulky restaurant owner - known to Gregor only as the hairy man - has an unquenchable desire to keep the would-be writer away from Hannah by any means possible. Blinded by his ego, Gregor overlooks the common threads of fiction that control his life and finds himself locked in a battle for his own existence.

  • Publisher: Southern Owl Publications, LLC (November 20, 2017)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

About Joe King

Maryville Resident Publishes New Book
Joe King, a Maryville resident and former newspaper writer, has released a new book, which is now available for the new year.
The book, while technically a new release, is an improved version of his first novel, Artifice Historica, now published under the name Raw Egg. King said the new version came about because his old book publisher closed its doors.
“I really loved the story, and I had such positive responses from it that I knew it would be a shame for it to possibility go out of print,” King said. “Changing the title and the art helps keep it fresh. Plus, I think the new title is a lot easier for people to remember.”
King said he searched for the right publisher for close to a year before signing a contract with Kentucky-based Southern Owl Publishing.  
“For me, I found this story highly imaginative and creatively written with characters who lent feelings and emotion to the story,” said Nancy Tulloch, who edited the novel. “Secondary characters also added excitement and new angles to this ever-evolving story. Poetry lovers will appreciate the added verses of poetry the author uses to break up the story and or to add to the feelings of the moment.
The novel, under both the new and former title, has a solid five-star rating on Amazon.com and was featured as a rising title on Bookdaily.com
“It had just the right amount of terror, dark humor and in-depth character building--to keep me entertained throughout” writer Jessica Ozment said of the book. “I found the premise of the story to be quite clever and easy to fall into. I'd highly recommend this read to anyone, as the story offers several different elements within its pages.”
Raw Egg tells the story of a would-be writer who becomes trapped in his own stories as he overlooks the common threads of fiction that control his life, locking him in a battle for his own existence.
King said while re-releasing his first novel has been exciting, he also has other projects on the horizon. One of which is another re-release, but this time around there will be some big changes. He explained his plan is to re-release his poetry collection Human Ants with twice as many poems. He added that he is also completed the major part of a first draft of a second novel.
“Although I can’t give away too much about the second novel, I can say it will involve a heavier science fiction element and will also tie in some fictional reworkings of some of my experiences as a news writer,” he said. “It’s certainly going to be a book that will leave its mark.”
For now, King is promoting his re-release of Raw Egg, which is available on Amazon.com in paperback for $12.99 and $4.99 for Kindle.



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Monday, January 8, 2018

Author Savannah Verte is in the Spotlight!

GRAVEDIGGER
Mystery/thriller/suspense


Secrets and lies can’t stay buried long in shallow graves.

Through a string of seemingly unrelated murders, sleepy town Sheriff Eric Dublin uncovers a well-kept, dark secret, one that surfaces in pieces with each new body the gravedigger pulls from the Howard Community Cemetery. He calls in Detective Darian Gray to assist, hoping he won’t regret it, or owe her later.

When Callie Faire, local sweetheart gone Hollywood, is the latest corpse added to the body count, the investigation takes a tailspin. With more questions than he can answer, the national media descending on Howard, no suspects, and a victim that still has no name, Dublin will earn his upcoming retirement, if he manages to reach it.

Can they put the pieces together and break the case in time to stop the next murder, or will the gravedigger have another fresh corpse to dig up in the morning?


Author Bio:
A lifelong lover of words and reading, Savannah Verte hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to write when she grows up. Born and raised in the upper Midwest, Savannah’s gypsy spirit and never quit attitude keep her busy and seldom idle. For so many reasons, Savannah considers herself a ‘Contemporary Vagabond’ when it comes to writing and hopes that others find her diverse offerings as enjoyable to read as they are to write.

As the primary owner and driving force behind Eclectic Bard Books she considers herself immensely fortunate to see writing from varied perspectives as she endeavors to publish the authors rostered there. Working with other writers, Savannah gets to expand her horizons every day as someone brings a new idea to the table and the brainstorming begins. There is something addictive about the creative process for her and helping other authors embrace their dreams make hers a reality daily.

That’s the official Savannah, the unofficial version is just a girl who loves experiencing life with every twist and turn it takes. When she was born, she had such fine, light hair that her mother used to tape bows to her head so people would know she was a girl. She’s had a host of crazy unrelated jobs- everything from cake decorator, dry cleaner, and insurance agent to Emergency Room assistant, bartender, crime lab tech and bouncer. Savannah loves air hockey but completely sucks at it. She loves good jazz, good scotch, and antiques but also old rock, a quiet tea, and a tidy home. She’s completely technology impaired and can get it after she’s broken the computer or done it ass-backwards a few times… Thank Gods that there are some amazing meme creators that let her pilfer images or she’d be lost. Lime green is her color, the rhinoceros is her logo & philosophy, and she’s completely mad about seeing new authors try.



Follow Savannah on Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorsavannahverte or on her webpage 
My Revolution: www.savannahverte.com

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Author and Poet Kevin Hollingswoth

“Stellar” is an interesting as well as compelling book of prose poetry that encompasses the wonderment of love.  Further, stories of romance, love, and tragedy are told creatively through the eyes of 107 poems.
In “Stellar” one will have a chance to go on an odyssey of figurative language, and will also get a refreshing sense of the human condition; that we all need, and yearn for love.
In “Stellar” one will also have a unique opportunity to view emotionalism seemingly painted by the masters. However, these poetic words of distinction cannot fit on a canvas; but are to be read on paper, and enjoyed by you and your imagination….

Excerpts form the book!


The Most Beautiful
She was the most beautiful ocean.
She was the most beautiful breeze.
I looked up, and I saw her beauty design the sky.
She was more than amazing, and her love was strong.
Her heart cared for me, and her soul loved me.
I was so lucky, but I did not realize it until she was swept away by
the winds of passion and grace.
Her beauty was love, and her love was, indeed,
the most beautiful.



Illustration @2017 Linda Roane

America
Music wandered through the sky.
The mist touched her skin, and it felt so good.
Red, white, and blue combed her hair so fine.
She was magnificent, and she was free.
Her name was America, and I was proud to walk by her side.
She was so beauitful, and America was the finest woman I had
ever met.
Her courage and her bravery were my democracy.
She lifted me up when I was sad.
Her smiles made me happy when happiness was not around.
When joy was taken from me, she brought joy back into my life.
America, America I am so in love with you.


Blessing in Disguise
As he fainted he saw her from the corner of his eye. She was as pretty as the French language. Her song was like a dream he once knew.
Her love was not an evil deed, but a blessing in disguise. He had nothing in this life. Her blessing in disguise was all he wanted.
She gently told him the truth, which he could not bare; that her love was promised to another.
As he fainted he saw her from the corner of his eye. She was as pretty as the French language. Her song was like a dream he once knew.




I have been a dreamer since I was born in N.Y.C. My dreams started September 20th, 1968. I moved to Los Angeles, California when I was very young. I received my education in Los Angeles, and joined the workforce a couple of years after graduating from college…
I did not start writing poetry until later in life. Friends and family really enjoyed the beautiful words I shared with them. So, I continued to write, and published my first prose poetry book, “Wonders,” in 2009. I published my second book of prose, “Romance with A Touch of Love” in 2011.
The dreams kept coming; and I continued to be inspired to write beautiful words. I am honored to share these beautiful words with the world in “Stellar.”
213.908.9996


Monday, November 27, 2017

NEW BOOKS AT SOUTHERN OWL PUBLICATIONS


BIRD’S FLY, WHY CAN’T HE: 

Rusty Tales Collection 

(Volume 1) by Victoria H. Loren

Introducing the Rusty Tales Collection Rusty is back in a delightful collection of children's picture books! Creatures come to life to share inspirations from a magical world of nature through the lovable adventures of a young pup in the Rusty Tales Collection by Victoria H Loren. Category- (Children's Picture Book Collection) Birds Fly, Why Can’t He – Rusty discovers the marvel of flight and helps a baby bird to find the courage to fly. The delightful discovery takes Rusty on a journey where he finds quite a surprise with this new wonderment. 


The Devil's Retreat (Digging Up the Past Book 1) by Brook Myers

In a sleepy mining town in Northern Montana, things aren't as they appear to be. Something evil lives in the forest, and it's been feeding off the town for decades. 


Aria Ballenger is the outcast of the town. But the town residents hold a secret about Aria that even she doesn't know. Will she make it out alive, or will she die at the hands of the Devil along with the rest of the town? 

Brooke Myers is a young author form Southern Indiana. She writes mystery suspense, and you can follow her writing adventures at www.brookemyersauthor.com


Crimson War by Brian Bringazi

Halloween 2010 is a day I'll never forget. It was the day that Hell took over the world and the day I lost my soul and my family. Before I go any further let me tell you about my life before the day of chaos. If you think I was an ordinary average Joe you're wrong. I was a special ops member of an elite group that was ten times more lethal than the United States Navy Seals. The government never gave us a name. Hell, my own family didn't know about my job. As far as they knew I was a businessman. Truth is before I had my family and worked for the government I was a mafia hit man. I spent two years in a federal prison. After I was released I got a job working at the local Best Buy. On one of my days off from work, I was paid a visit by a mysterious man whose name I don't remember. He offered me a chance to protect the country I helped destroy. The offer was that I come with him and become a member of an elite team whose mission was to wipe out any foreign government who threatened the U.S. Government's progress of total control. I took the offer as a way to redeem my soul. They set me up with an ordinary job to cover up my real job. My wife and I met while I was on vacation in the Mediterranean Sea on a cruise. Two years later we got married and had our beautiful daughter, Jade.

Raw Egg by Joe King

The problem with Gregor Planks as a fictional character is that he discovers he is trapped in a book. Naive and arrogant, the adolescent Gregor abandons a home life where his literary ambitions are viewed as an excuse to avoid working.
He soon finds himself in the town of Riverside, where a story-stealing seductress sets him along a plot that forces him to take up residence in a dilapidated motel room. In squalor, Gregor writes fiction on an old typewriter while attempting to support himself with menial jobs he believes no artist should have to endure. Gregor's assumption that he is in control of the fiction he writes is soon disrupted when a recurring character he created begins to talk to him. Life quickly becomes a blend of fiction and reality for Gregor as he travels in and out of the stories he writes while attempting to win the love of Hannah, a gawky waitress who is immediately repulsed by Gregor's disillusioned reality. Not to be left without a proper antagonist, the bulky restaurant owner - known to Gregor only as the hairy man - has an unquenchable desire to keep the would-be writer away from Hannah by any means possible. Blinded by his ego, Gregor overlooks the common threads of fiction that control his life and finds himself locked in a battle for his own existence.


COMING SOON!

Alabaster Bayou by Kerry D. Redford

From Chapter 1: The crimson liquid ran down her fingers past her elbows and pooled in her lap. Her skirt performed like a bowl posed to catch every drop. She sat alone in a chilled sweat on the hardwood floor next to the bed. The liquefied plasma began to thicken and turn black around her fingernails and blood stained lap. The rush was over; the thrill of making the man on the bed pay for his sins was gone.
He was just another fella looking for a good time who wound up sweating his last set of sheets with her. 
She had a seductive exquisiteness that allowed her to ensnare her victims with ease. She was the daughter of a black creole mother and white Cajun father and because of that she had an undeniable luster to her silky skin. Her deep violet eyes glistened from cocoa colored sockets that were embellished by long natural eyelashes. Hers was a beauty like no other, a beauty that could be used as a weapon that no man she had found yet was able to deny. Her deadly seductiveness was unmatched by any other known woman in the Louisiana Bayous. Always the postured princess, she straightened her back, brushed her blood speckled raven hair away from her shoulders and stood menacingly over her latest dupe. She licked her cherry colored lips as if she enjoyed a small taste of the life supporting sustenance she had drained from the pail motionless lover in her bed. 
Fairy Tales by Victoria H. Loren
The magic of fairy tales has captivated minds and hearts for centuries with a magical world coming to life in a make-believe realm of fantasy. Classic old world settings blend with modern theatrical creations to provide a unique contemporary flair to the story. The roles of characters from different worlds come together to create fascinating tales. Fairy Tales and Beyond: Collection of Assorted Short Stories creates a mythical journey with an innovative twist when humor collides with enchantment.
The first tale, Castlebrook unveils a mystical realm where the simple turn of a page releases creatures from the enchanted fairy tale book. Explaining the really ugly, smelly ogre under your bed or baby dragon in your closet toasting your clothes might be a little difficult. A mythical journey encountering enchanted creatures, though magical they may be, released a realm that must be restored.
The Second tale, Perfectly Mousy delivered an extraordinary adventure to a kingdom and land of royalty, far away and lost to all worlds, but one.
What if, a beautiful garden’s enchantment was real? The third tale, Faerie Dust, and Pigtails unveil the possibility of such a magical world. A young girl’s struggle to fit in is suddenly faced with new challenges of a winged nature.
The fourth tale, Cirques of Tales is a humorous, heartwarming adventure where the chitter-chatter of a select cirques group within the wild animal kingdom has attracted phenomenal attention. But it’s the heartthrob of this group that captivated onlookers with his very special talent. The gifted members of the troupe are not without tales of their own. Come one, come all for the Maddie Braden Cirque is coming to town, and what happens under the big top, stays under the big top.
The fifth tale, Jazzbelle’s Monkey Business features a whimsical tale of a pet shop’s owner and her struggle for success but not by means of fortune or fame.
The sixth tale, Slobber the Hound is a delightful account of a rather sporting century-old event, the foxhunt. The legend of the foxhunt categorically is a competitive but sordid affair.  When Slobber the unwavering hound dog leads the pack, the outcome is anything but predictable. Traditionally hounds hunt foxes, simple as that and no exceptions.
The seventh tale, Fellar leaves paw prints on your heart as the young pup embarks upon a brave journey of survival against wild elements of nature in search of his forever home. This inspiring tale is a compassionate odyssey of strength and devotion.
The eighth tale, Farmer MacKinnon, The Real Tale reveals the uncensored barnyard drama on a small, rural farm. A mysterious enchanted endeavor that solved the mystery of the real tale of farmer MacKinnon created quite a dilemma for the classical barnyard animals. The journey to reveal the secrets behind the tales was bittersweet, thus controversial. Should this mystery remain a secret?
The ninth tale, Just Ducky, is sure to bring laughter as the lineup of webbed feet and quacking bills waddle into your heart. Paddington Pond’s magical enchantment playfully embraces dreams and wishes that really do come true… that is if you believe the legend of Duckwaddle is real.
In the tenth tale, An underground rabbit patrol safeguards a hidden world, that’s all but, forgotten. The only order of resistance was from nature's transformation, The Renegades.  Would the dark secret remain intact or be exposed changing life forever?
What if, your best friend was different, really, really different than everyone else? The eleventh tale, My BF’s a Monster is a heartwarming tale that reveals the special bond of friendship is stronger and supposed to be forever. Or is it?
Antique signified more than, the value of a collectible old object. The last and final twelfth tale, Baby Doll has a bewitching history which may forever change the icon to validate the evil, haunting symbolism.


When an unexpected bomb was thrust into his arms. A secret so big, he had no one to turn to but her! The woman he’d met at his sister’s wedding.  Could he forget about the rules, and just let her heal him? For she too was suffering the greatest loss, anyone should ever have to go through...
It was a simple mistake, but it almost cost her life. She was told to take time off, and to get help to fix her broken heart and mend her soul.
But the nightmares were too much that she couldn’t get past her mistake, or the tragedy that took away the only thing that mattered.
Secretively she went to the only one who made her feel at peace and made her happy, though if her brother ever found out, she would be locked away.  However, arriving at her best friends, she was furious to see that he had lied to her. But had he? Could she get past her own pain and help him with his? And would she be able to confess what had brought her to him so unexpectedly, before her brother caught them?
Was it possible that each other was the key to them getting a second chance?




Crown of The Ember by Lory La Selva Paduano
Jordan Valentis is a young girl with omnipotent power held by the hands of her ancestors. Determined by an ancient oracle in a faraway land of the uncharted and secluded tribe, she enters a different faith in secrecy for the prosperity of her kind in Villania. Curious about her home land, Jordan is a rambunctious child at first, who explores the world around her, and becomes deeply intrigued by the (Arcana Wigwam)—a place highly guarded, possessing a powerful enigma that has Jordan desperate for answers, for which she hadn't been successful in her younger years, in reaching its core.
Destined to be an (Oriborn), she quickly adjusts to all that is thrown her way, and becomes the (Alpha and Omega) of all that walks and breathes in the world to come. Will Jordan ever uncover the mystery of the Arcana Wigwam, or will (Adriaticus) hold the key to their future?