Cover Reveal – The Escapist by Steve Powell

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The moment you all have been waiting for….the cover reveal of The Escapist!!

 

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Awesome cover designed by Su Halfwerk – She’s awesome by the way!!

 

Blurb

 

What if you were wanted for a crime you didn’t commit? What would you do if you could glimpse the future?

 

After an innocent encounter with a stranger, a consultant loses consciousness and awakens the next day suddenly able to glimpse events that have yet to happen, 24 hours into the future. He follows the enigmatic stranger’s every move in an attempt to unravel the mystery. Soon he can’t sleep, he’s lost his appetite and thoughts are running through his mind at 100 miles an hour. His relationship, his job and the predictable life he thinks he knows begins to fall apart at the seams. Reliance on untested allies becomes a must while he is being chased offshore by a corrupt organization and federal agents, all determined to bring him down. To survive, he has to exploit his new-found talents to stay one step ahead of his pursuers or escape will be next to impossible.

 

Author Bio

 

Steve Powell is a writer and freelance artist who resides in the Washington DC metro area. He has travelled extensively to gain rich experiences and perspectives to draw his ideas from. In his spare time he does acrylic painting. A former management consultant, he currently provides creative design services via his company: Neptune Inc. He has provided short stories and artwork for publications such as Conceit magazine and Antarctic Press.

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I Can See The Light…

So this week is finals week for the three class I was taken. I’m happy for two reasons…one it’s finals week!!! Three class online, while working full time and trying to write part time sucks ASS!!! Yes I said it. Secondly, I’m happy because I only have three classes left until I will hold a BA in Psychology. That’s right twitches…I’ll be a card holding degree carrier! The day after my three classes I’m currently taking end I start two more classes. Yay!!! Fun times 🙂 I’m also free…well only for the summer and then grad school starts. The grind never ends but I’m excited. Some many new things going on this year that I can’t complain. My second book will be published in April, I’m getting out of the military, moving to Boston, and buying my first piece of real estate. All in all I think 2014 is looking pretty damn good!

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Review – Raw by Belle Aurora

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Started reading Raw Wednesday night…had to make myself go to bed instead of pulling an all nighter…then decided it would be a good idea to finish it at work the next day. Mistake…hard to explain why you’re crying like a two year old while reading on your iPad at work…then I came home and was so exhausted I fell asleep at 330 pm and didn’t wake up into 130 am…that is what Raw did to me…

 

My Review

 

This may seem like a bad review but it’s not. It’s so fucking not. I am in love with this damn book. It spoke to my soul.

Love is a drug and like any drug you will do anything to have it…

Raw oh my good I’m conflicted I’m loving it but I hate it! If that makes sense. It’s like the story of my soul. I get it. Maybe I’m just damaged lol but it brings home the fact that one act can change your life regardless of if you know it or not.

But it’s one of those I can see why ppl hate it hahahaha but it’s so gritty and real all the bad stuff they said I can see it. Hell I’ve lived it. Anyone who’s loved a boy that they knew was bad for them but did anyway even though it went against everything they believed in. Shit is believable. Ppl are too caught up on the sappy happy books, they have a time and place but this shit hits home it’s like my poetry to me. Real and unfiltered. Raw just like the book says. Everything is laid bare and I love it.

Sometimes we want things in life and don’t know how to ask for it. Sometimes we just want someone else to recognize the pieces that are missing within out hearts, our souls. My heart hurt reading this book. It heart for all the times I thought someone had seen me only to realize that it was a lie. Twitch saw Lexi but she didn’t see him but as the reader I saw him.

The part where she talks about the good and bad of their “relationship” is poetic in its explanation. Summed up to what so many live by…”I’ll take the bad just so I can have the good.” So many people stay in a relationship that’s going to open them wide open and pour salt in their wounds just for those small smiles and the unguarded touches. Those moments keep you going and staying even when your head so no. But your heart, your damn bleeding heart says yes. Stay along for the ride because we will get to have that moment on more damn time! Gah, this book is ruining me…

You know it’s bad when you’re lying to your best friend. When you’ve never had secrete before. Is it shame we feel or something else? Love is something that no one can really explain when they feel it. It makes you do things you didn’t know you were capable of doing. And when it’s gone…it takes a part of you right down to your soul and makes you physically sick so you sometimes hang on even when you know you shouldn’t.

The conflict he felt for falling in love even when he wasn’t trying. That’s the love that hits and hurts the hardest. The love you never saw coming.

I get this book so much. Parts could be my life. Knowing someone’s bad for you, they treat you like crap, you swear you’re mad and will never talk to them or you’re gonna give them a piece of your mind, but you see them and everything stops. You just want to get that moment back again. It’s easier to give in then to fight…I get it all to well.

And that song…that damn Maroon 5 song “One More Night,” I can’t even…no words. Perfect…

I love that Twitch is getting attached to someone. In his own way he likes Michael.

And now I’m crying like a newborn baby and I need a blanket and a pillow. I’m done…so done. Why, why, why?? I’m never going to recover from this…

Favorite quote:

“What’s your name?”

“Doesn’t matter. You’ll forget it once I’m gone.”

“No, I won’t.”

Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed Teaser

Well I just received edits back for book 2 in Dark Indiscretions Series and I’ve realized I’ve not put up any teasers at all so….here you go!

 

Blurb

What would you do if the one fate chosen for you vanished into thin air? What would you give up? Who would you become to stay with that person?

 

Krista Bell finally knows what it’s like to be free. The torture she endured at the hands of her psychotic father has unleashed the monster her mother tried so hard to help her suppress. The only thing she wants to do is be the shadow in the night that everyone is afraid of.

 

Taser is barely holding it together. He lost Kris once to her father and now he’s losing her to the monster she is becoming. He’s also barely containing his own monster since Krista decided she didn’t need her mates anymore. Nathan is still near, but he may not be enough.

 

Nathan is on the verge of losing not one, but both of his mates. One vanished without a trace. The other is avoiding him. He has run out of patience with them both.

 

But when the monster that Krista has become comes to them with a proposal, will they take her up on it and possibly lose themselves, or will they try to talk her down and get the beast to put back on her chain?

 

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It had been two months. Two months since she killed her whole family. Two months since she ran and never looked back. Two months of looking over her shoulder. Something was wrong with her. Jennifer Johnston just knew it. She was craving things she had never wanted before, never ever had needed. It was getting harder and harder to resist the silent call, the cravings that started to crawl up her throat to the point of choking her with their mounting intensity. She didn’t know how much longer she could run, how much longer she could say no to these sudden scary and violent urges.

 

She needed to find someone to talk to, another Mystic perhaps, but she didn’t know who she could trust. She had done something no other Mystic had done before. She wasn’t like the rest of them. She was different. Some may even say defective. She didn’t want to become an inbred freak like the rest of them, but she feared it had been done. The things her uncle had succeeded in doing before she could get away from him, before she had the strength to kill him, may be coming back to haunt her.

 

She needed to rest for just a little while. That old barn looked like as good a place as any. She would only rest for a second more. As she quickly and quietly made her way to her destination, she heard noises in the distance. What sounded like a tiny cavalry was coming up fast behind her. She tried to duck before she was spotted, but it seemed her luck was still running thin. She braced herself for a possible fight.

 

“Halt! What business do you have on this land?” a male voice called out.

 

“I’m just a bit lost. Could you point me in the direction of an inn?” Jenny asked, trying to appear disoriented.

 

“Lying Mystic scum! We can smell your trickery and deceit from here. Where are the rest of you? What trap is this?” the male demanded.

 

Shit. Humans she could have easily dealt with, other paranormals not so much. This would be tricky. She counted eight soldiers. They should have brought more.

 

“I don’t want any trouble. Leave me be and I’ll be on my way,” Jenny tried to reason with the creatures.

 

“Grab her!” the male demanded.

 

Awesome! They were going to play try to capture the Mystic. Jenny did something she had never done before. She used her Mystic powers. She called upon all the energy she could muster, which was a whole hell of a lot, and let loose. Damn, something was defiantly changing with her right now, but she didn’t have time to explore it. She heard screams from all eight men. She had overloaded their nervous systems. She could see blood start to seep from any and everywhere possible. It was disgusting.

 

Not wanting them to suffer more than they were already, Jenny sent a final blast and everything stopped. Not a single heart beat anymore. She had killed them, every last one of them. She didn’t have time to feel bad for the lives she had taken. They left her no choice. The worst part of it all, she thought to herself, was that she should have drained at least one of them dry. She was so fucking hungry! She performed a quick spell to turn the bodies to ash and continued on her way to that damn barn.

 

Blog Award – Liebster Award

Well this is my first nomination for a Liebster Award and I’m thrilled. My little old blog got a mention. Thank you Jae for the nomination…

 

The Rules:

 

  • You must link back to the person who nominated you
  • You must answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominee before you
  • You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 (or 2000 if you want to) followers to answer your questions
  • You cannot nominate the person who nominated you
  • You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated

Here are the questions Jae asked me:

1. If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Why?

I would be able to read other people’s mind because rarely does someone say exactly what they are thinking. This would be handy when dealing with the opposite sex. They sometimes like to just ignore a girl versus telling them the truth: that they are just not that into them.
2. What would you do if you won the lottery? Why?

I would work because I wanted to and not because it was necessary. I want to be a Child Psychologist and I’m and an Indie Author. Even though I am very passionate about both, it would elevate a lot of stress that trying to make a living with less than stellar wages causes. I could spend more hours of the day writing than having to balance between writing, promoting my own stuff, and trying to find someone who didn’t charge outrageous amounts of money for cover, promos, and such. I could help more children if I had the funds necessary to raise awareness and help fund programs. I would also put a bit of money away so I can stay living comfortably and help out a few people who’ve helped me along the way.
3. Would you rather trade some intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence? Why?

I’d rather trade some looks for intelligence. I think I have been fairly blessed with both because I’m pretty and smart. You can never be too smart because as we get older outside beauty will fade but having a sharp mind and great conversation goes a long way.
4. What is your nationality?

I’m multi national and I love it. That I know of I’m black, white, Irish, Indian (don’t ask me which or how much lol), and various other European nationalities. I love it. I believe no one is one thing anyway. There was so much intermingling with different nationalist over the centuries (forced or voluntary) that we are all one big mixture.
5. If you were prime minister/ruler of the world what laws would you make? Why?

Mm, that’s a tough one. One would be adequate childcare and more careful screening, especially of parents who have been called out. I would like social workers to focus more on these incidents and would ensure they had the resources available to do so as well as the time. So much stuff is gone unnoticed because our people are overworked and stressed. Not that I think it should need to be a law (people should have common decency) but people would be able to love who they wanted and marry or not if they wanted without there being any outrage. What people do in their personal lives doesn’t always affect you in any way. We need to stop acting like it does. I would make sure our first line of defense (military) would be taken care of the way they should. They would have use of the rights and freedoms they fight for everyday for everyone else to have. If they didn’t agree with something I said it would be their right. As long as no one was threating anyone they would be able to state their opinions without fear of punishment. I wouldn’t allow prosecution or job loss over things that people see as morally wrong (cheating for example). As long as there was no murder, rape, and things of that nature it’s no ones business what goes on between two people. I could go on and on…
6. Which form of public transport do you prefer? Why?

My own car, I don’t have to wait on anyone or anything besides traffic. I can make my own schedule and not have to rush to meet someone else’s. I don’t have to be searched or scanned or anything else crazy to take myself someplace.
7. Have you ever been approached by someone who knew you but you couldn’t remember them for the life of you? Tell us about it.

I’m not entirely sure…I’ve been spoken to by someone who’s face I remember but couldn’t remember their name. It’s pretty awkward, especially when they speak to you and use your name. You can’t really focus on what they are saying because you are trying to remember where you met them and what their name was. You don’t want to ask because it makes you look bad and them feel bad that they remembered you but you couldn’t remember them.
8. What was your favorite nursery rhyme?

It’s been so long since I heard a nursery rhyme, I’m not sure if I remember any. Um…Little Bo Peep. To me it says when you can’t find something give it time, it will come to you. Even at that age we were being given amazing advice. I can’t count the times I’ve searched for something and never found it only to have it turn up when I was expecting it or looking.
9. What nicknames do you have/have had?

Kuita, Jay, Chiquita Banana, Mama Mia, Kay, Johnson, and the list goes on.
10. What was the first film you remember seeing at the cinema?

Well I’m not sure if it’s the first but I do remember going to the movie to see Queen of the Damned when it first came out. I went with a bunch of my friends from school. I remembered being so excited because once I knew the movie was coming out and someone told me their was a book, I read it before I saw the movie. I fell in LOVE! The book was so amazing and I was looking forward to it being on film. I had watched Interview with the Vampire on television or VHS can’t remember and I loved it (this was before I read the book mind you) and I thought awesome. This is going to be awesome. Needless to say the first time I saw Queen of the Damned in theater I was not impressed. At all. I was heartbroken and angry. So much was in that book and the movie fell way short. Later I found an appreciation for the movie as it’s own thing. I had to take away what I knew from the book and just enjoy it for what it was.

 

Well there you have it folks! My little tidbits! Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award:

International Book Promotion

Nina Mason Romance

Meglena Ivanova

Realtalented

YA on my Mind

Julianne Q. Johnson

Bayou Blood

Life In ‘E’ Motion

Michelle Abbott’s Blog

A TiffyFit’s Reading Corner

Dusk Til Dawn Book Blog

 

Please answer these questions before accepting your award:

1. What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

2. If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be? Why?

3. Who is your best friend? Why?

4. What is the best memory you have? Why?

5. If you could change on moment in your life what would it be?

6. Is it better to have love in and lost than to never have loved at all?

7. Where do you do your best thinking?

8. If you could change your name, what would it be? Why?

9. iPhone or Android?

10. What do you think of social media?

11. If you could start up your own business what would it be?

 

Good luck and enjoy!

I’ve been thinking…

I know, I know. What the hell is running through my brain now, right? Well publishers. That’s been running through my brain. Should I or shouldn’t I. We all know being an indie author and self pubbed can get a bit pricey. I’m not really worried about the cost. There are always work arounds for everything. I just want everyone to take the crazy twist filled journey of my series with me. Plus I think it would be a great opportunity. Only thing is I don’t want to be censored. What do I mean? Well I don’t want to write what I think is a kick ass book, only to be told nope. Redo it. Take it out. Fix it. Publishing myself I can write how I see it. I’m not confined to a box or someone else’s interests. But sometimes I think a few more doors would open up if I had of tried to at least submit my book to a publisher first. Maybe. Possibly. I don’t really know. I’m not an expert. I’m not going to school for this. This is just a random musing from my head. I’m 99% sure everything I write will be sled published but I still dream of maybe one day something I write will be picked up by a publisher and they will love it as it is. Until then I’m going to continue working on my Dark Indiscretions Series, my short story Rumspringa (which I need to make a page for 🙂 ), and this new idea I have that doesn’t have enough detail yet for me to talk about but as big as it is I plan to make it one huge stand alone novel. It’s going to be the biggest thing I’ve ever done and I’m scared, nervous, and excited. I can tell you that it’s called Sacrifice Broken and like anything I do it’s not the norm at all. I’m putting my own touch of flare on the supernatural creatures that we all love. It’s going to be on a whole new level of awesomeness all straight from my never turned off brain. I can’t wait until it fleshed out more and I can talk about it. I’m still building right now. It’s fun. This weekend I plan to redesign my blog so stay tune!!! Oh and don’t forget Dark Indiscretions is FREE today <3.

In the words of Indie Arie, " don't be offended this is all my opinion ain't nothing that I'm saying law."