A Couple More Metanoia Cover Designs!

Yesterday I posted four covers that were concept designs for my latest novel, Metanoia. Well, it seems I wasn’t done with the cover art as I have two more covers to add to the mix! You can view them both below and then head on over to vote on them in my poll by clicking here.

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Help Me Pick a New Cover Design For Metanoia!

Okay guys, I need some help. Currently my newest novel, Metanoia, has the following cover:

Metanoia by Rachel Tsoumbakos Cover (genre: horror/zombie apocalypse)

This was never meant to be the final cover for my novel but merely a bookmark design to use as a prompt while I was writing the novel. Now, this is where I need your help. Below I have four new concept covers that I want your opinion on. Please read the blurb for Metanoia below and then pick which cover design you like the most. Your help in this matter is most appreciated. :-D

Please be aware these are concept designs, they are not the final covers. So, if you like a cover but don’t like the font then (for example), by all means, let me know in the comments below.

To make it just that little bit more exciting, I will be picking one person at random from the comments below who will get their own eBook copy of Metanoia with the new cover design.

 

Blurb

METANOIA
Definition: n. a spiritual conversion or awakening; a fundamental change of character
Etymology: Greek ‘change one’s mind, repent’

Marli Anderson has just one task: assassinate Oscar La Monde, the man she once loved.

As assassin for hire for the prestigious Merrick’s Inc., she is sent back to her home town to kill the man she now loathes beyond all others—her husband. Considering they are on opposing sides of the uprising, Marli anticipates an easy task; ‘closure’ they call it. The fact that she can exact her revenge for his past discretions is just the icing on the cake.

When she arrives, the town has changed. The man she hated is unexpectedly welcoming. And the town’s folk—well, they’re just… different. Someone or something has transformed them all into a bunch of zombies. They appear to be harmless – but are they?

As she begins to uncover details of who may be behind the townsfolk’s’ metamorphosis, Marli is left fighting for the truth. Will she and Oscar be able to unravel the web of deception before it’s too late?

Should she trust her heart or her head? Which is less likely to get her killed?

Either way, METANOIA is a heart-stopping zombie apocalypse adventure that will keep you guessing at every twist and turn until the very end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton
Publication date: May 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal

Blurb

Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager.

Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…

Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.

Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?

The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single ‘My Daylight Monsters’. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure.

*My Book Review*

DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

I really, truly loved the classic urban legend spookiness of this novel. Mary Hades draws you in with her flawed characters that are so human in their rawness that you never doubt the author for a second. The main character, for example, is your typical self-centred teen. At times she is very egocentric in her opinion that rings completely true for someone her age, which is refreshing as so many YA novels these days seem to have characters that are beyond their years in wisdom. And the relationship between Mary and Lacey is developed beautifully, with Mary, at times being so completely selfish that I just want to shake her!

There is a sort of ‘comfort food’ feel to this novel, and I suspect it has something to do with the out there in your face English-ness (I know that’s not a word) of the novel. It hasn’t been bled out to make it appeal to a wider audience, yet it doesn’t overwhelm the reader with unfamiliar terms either. There is also a rich thread of black humour running through the novel that had me giggling with glee as well.

Many of the descriptives in this book are so evocative that there is no way you can not get caught up in the moment. Author Sarah Dalton manages to spin such beautiful words at times, yet, at others, they fall short. However, when she nails it, she absolutely nails it!

To be honest, this novel could have done with one final edit. There are a few missed or incorrect words and paragraphs that contain sentences beginning repeatedly with the same word, but, even considering this, it was a bloody great read.

Overall I am giving Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton 4 out of 5 stars

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About the Author

Author Sarah DaltonSarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine, Apex Magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales.

She is the author of the popular YA dystopia series ‘Blemished’ and the gothic novella ‘My Daylight Monsters’. She is currently working on a YA Fantasy series titled ‘White Hart’.

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IN A NUTSHELL: True Blood Season 7 Finale Episode 10 Recap

Thank You.

Sookie Meme

 

I still can’t believe that this is the last time EVER that I will be writing a True Blood recap. :-( Here’s what went down in HBO’s True Blood Season 7 finale, Episode 10 (entitled Thank You):

  • So Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) can’t decide who is right and who is wrong in the whole ‘kill Bill‘ debate. And then Bill goes and drops the clanger that not only does he want to die, he wants Sookie to kill him! Way to go Bill, your bastardry is legendary now. To make matters worse, he wants her to use her once only use miracle fairy light ball. He claims it’s so she will be human/normal afterwards, but I am just wondering if, after being Billith, he is just looking for another god complex high…
  • Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and his progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) finally remember they are vampires and hatch a plan to kill Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee). RIP Mr. Gus, the villain who never had time to be a true villain, but is now nothing more than a human crisp. Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) is free now too, and on the loose, but that completely okay because Pam made her have some of her vampire blood and she is tracked down quicker than you can say ‘Mr. Gus has mad satellite stalking skills.
  • Sarah, once recaptured, does the only thing she knows how – use her body. Only Pam wouldn’t go down on her for all the money in the world, and as for making Sarah into the vampire she requested – fuck that for a joke! And, all I can say about that is thank god for that.
  • Remember how the Yakuza were on the way to Sookie’s house? Don’t worry, Eric dealt with it like a boss.True-Blood-Series-Finale-Eric-Northman-GIFs
  • Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) and Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) turn up at Bill’s and totally get railroaded into marriage. Yes, we have a wedding in the True Blood finale. <insert crying here> Yeah, I really can’t help myself when it comes to weddings :-/
  • Before this quickie wedding (even Holly (Lauren Bowles) is questioning if Jess is pregnant, it’s that shotgun), Bill lets Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) know he is his heir apparent. Lucky Andy is all ‘Gee, I don’t want your house vampire Bill‘ because Bill doesn’t want him to have it either. But since he couldn’t get Jessica adopted in time (on account of him killing his solicitor), he wants Andy to rent the Compton estate to Jess for a mere $1 a month.Jessica and Hoyt 2
  • At the wedding Sookie suddenly stars hearing Bill’s thoughts. Let’s just back the fuck up a moment here – Sookie hears Bills thoughts! Yet she doesn’t say anything to anyone, least of all Bill. I am wondering if maybe Bill is turning into a human thanks to his weird version of Hep-V.
  • So Sookie is busy worrying over what she should do in regards to the Bill situation and gets advice from all sorts of people. Reverend Daniel’s (Gregg Daniels) advice is pretty sound, Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) not so much. But then Sookie has her very own flashback and Gran (Lois Smith) helps her out as well.
  • While Sookie is looking for Jason, she comes across Bridgette (Ashley Hinshaw) and reads her mind works out Bridgette likes Jason, even if she hasn’t slept with him yet. When Sookie lets Jason in on this little secret, he is totally confused since he equates not having sex with ‘she’s not really that into me‘. So there’s that loose end tied up now Jessica got forced into marriage chose Hoyt…
  • And then we come to the part where you realise there is going to be a funeral as well as a wedding in the finale. Sookie totally agrees to kill Bill and gets his grave dug up and everything sorted before she decides no man is going to take her fairy light – least of all the one that clawed his way up out of the grave and had nasty dirty, grave yard sex with her…
  • So she completely changes her mind and monologues about it. Even Bill is getting sick of being in the bottom of a deep hole having to listen to it. Which is probably why he decided to help her stake him…Sookie Stackhouse Anna Paquin stakes Bill Compton Stephen Moyer in HBOs True Blood Season 7 finale EPisode 10 entitled Thank You
  • …hello puddle of Bill goo! <insert sobbing ugly bawling here> My theory about Bill becoming human has just become a moot one. And what if Bill was becoming human, did Sookie suspect this and decide to kill him anyway, without even letting him know her theory? You go girl!
  • Fast forward to a year later. Wait, what? I’m still grieving over here! But HBO has a TV show to wrap up and they ain’t got no time for that shit. Wait, is that Eric? Okay, I’m okay with that now. Eric and Pam have taken over Mr. Gus’s corporation and are now filming an infomercial for New Blood – and completely telling furfies about Sarah Newlin. *high five awesome viking Eric*
  • <insert cameo appearance of Charlaine Harris here>Charlaine Harris makes a cameo appearance in the HBO True Blood finale Episode 10 entitled Thank You
  • Now it’s three years later and Eric and Pam are taking over the world and having the best story arc ever. The power has gone to Pam’s head though and she is completely dressing like Sarah Newlin :-/Pam being Sarah
  • Oh, look, it’s Fangtasia. Pam is in the dungeon letting vampires take their New Blood straight from the source. Yep, Sarah Newlin actually survived the True Blood finale! But she’s now the antidote whore Pam promised in Episode 9. We also get another cameo appearance fromSteve Newlin (Michael McMillian) here because Sarah is now completely batshit crazy.Sarah Newlin
  • Next it’s Thanksgiving and some random guy is deep frying a turkey at Sookie’s house. Seems there is a big gathering going on. Oh look, there Jason and Bridgette and their three kids. And, wow, Sookie’s pregnant too! Wonder who the lucky guy is? Now they are all sitting down to dinner and there’s Sam (Sam Trammell) and Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) with their second child. Hoyt and Jess still look happy, and so do Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and James (Nathan Parsons). In fact, everyone in Bon Temps does. But who the heck is Sookie with? Then she leans over and kisses a guy with a beard. AND WE DON’T EVEN GET TO SEE HIS FACE.HBO's True Blood Season 7 after the finale
  • Oh, I get it, Sookie chooses to be human and that’s more important than which guy she ends up with. And I am crying all over again because Sookie is happy.

True Blood finale final shot

So, what did you think of Episode 10 of True Blood? Let me know by commenting below!

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BOOK BLITZ: The Last Mission of the Living by Rhiannon Frater

The Last Mission of the Living by Rhiannon Frater

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The Last Mission of the Living by Rhiannon Frater 
(The Last Bastion)
Publication date: August 28th 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies

Oh yeah, we have a Rhiannon Frater book blitz! There is also a book giveaway – US fans can enter to win paperback copies. But don’t worry if you are not a US resident, enter anyway because you can win an eBook version.

Blurb

Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction…

Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.

Lindsey’s growing friendship with Torran MacDonald, an officer with the Science Warfare division, is her only solace as the decline of the city continues. When food riots fill the streets, martial law is enacted, and the upper echelons of government battle for control of the city, Lindsey is conscripted by her superiors to embark on a dangerous mission into the dead world beyond The Bastion. To add even more complications, Torran and the SWD join the squad.

Soon, Lindsey realizes that her mission is more than what it seems, and there are secrets that could both destroy The Bastion and take her life.

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If you haven’t read the first one yet, then you can purchase The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel at the following places:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | KOBO | iTUNES

Giveaway

Go into the draw to win Book 1 and 2 of this great new series. US residents will win paperback copies. Entrants outside the US will receive eBook versions.

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About the Author

RhiannonFraterRhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

Author Links

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | BLOG | PINTEREST

Alternatively, you can email Rhiannon: rhiannonfrater@gmail.com

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COVER REVEAL: AlibiZ by Karice Bolton

AlibiZ by Karice Bolton

AlibiZ by Karice Bolton

AlibiZ by Karice Bolton
(Afterworld #2) 
Publication date: October 2014
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

Blurb

Rebekah vows to expose the truth behind the RecruitZ that are killing the innocents. These creatures must be stopped, but so should the people controlling them. When Rebekah uncovers who is behind the uprisings, her own life becomes in danger.

Rebekah knows that she is not alone in this fight but vengeance alone won’t help her and the others to victory. Forced to build a battalion with the very creatures she needs to destroy, it is up to her to uncover the truth for the public before the world is turned over to an elite few.

Regardless of what may happen to her, she knows it’s a race against time to destroy these creatures and the monsters controlling them before there is no one left worth saving.

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About the Author

KariceKarice received an MFA in Creative Writing from the U of W. She has written fifteen novels and has several exciting projects in the works. Karice lives with her husband and two English Bulldogs in rainy Washington.

Books currently available:

Luke Fletcher Series: Hidden Sins (Book 1), Buried Sins (Book 2) – coming soon
Beyond Love Series: Beyond Control (Book 1) Beyond Doubt (Book 2) Beyond Reason (Book 3) Beyond Intent (Book 4) Beyond Chance, Beyond Promise, and Beyond the Mistletoe coming soon
Afterworld Series: RecruitZ (Book 1) AlibiZ (Book 2) – October 2014
The Witch Avenue Series: Lonely Souls (Book 1), Altered Souls (Book 2), Released Souls (Book 3) Shattered Souls (Book 4)
The Watchers Trilogy: Awakening (Book 1), Legions (Book 2), Cataclysm (Book 3), Taken Novella (Watchers Prequel)
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Author Links:

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True Blood Finale *Cries Bloody Tears* #RIPTrueBlood

True to the End HBO True Blood Season 7 promo poster

I can’t believe it is already time to say goodbye to HBO’s True Blood – forever!

If you want to, you can join me over on Twitter while the True Blood finale screens. It’s your choice whether you celebrate or commiserate but there will be plenty of other truebies joining in. My twitter name is @mrszoomby, but you will also find me tweeting on TrueBloodNet’s twitter page.

Once you are done with Episode 10 (entitled Thank You), you can head on over to E!News and tweet some questions at Stephen Moyer (who plays Hep-V infected vampire Bill Compton). Make sure you add the hashtag #RIPTrueBlood to your tweets to be included in the conversation.

 

As well as Twitter, make sure you check out my recipe for Gran’s pie. I know it’s a bit late, but at least by baking it, you have an excuse to watch and cry all over the finale again ;-)

Gran's pecan pie

 

Also, you can check out some of my latest ‘True Blood Finale: A Look Back On…’ articles below:

True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… The MusicTrue Blood Finale: A Look Back on… The Music

Nathan Barr Discusses His Musical Choices: When you ask anyone what song they think of when they are asked about HBO’s True Blood, most people would answer Bad Things by Jace Everett. But there is someone else who is just as responsible for giving… [Read More]


True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… The Cast Before True BloodTrue Blood Finale: A Look Back on… The Cast Before True Blood

Check Out These Photo’s of the True Blood Cast From BEFORE They Were on True Blood: For many True Blood fans, the HBO vampire series introduced them to some amazing new actors. However, these actors weren’t all fresh from acting school. Some,… [Read More]


True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… VilliansTrue Blood Finale: A Look Back on… Villians

Who Would You Rate as the Best And Worst Villains from HBO’s True Blood? With HBO’s True Blood fast coming to a close, I thought I’d rate the best and worst True Blood villains! BEST: Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp). Over and over again Sarah… [Read More]


True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… VilliansTrue Blood Finale: A Look Back on… Villians

Who Would You Rate as the Best And Worst Villains from HBO’s True Blood? With HBO’s True Blood fast coming to a close, I thought I’d rate the best and worst True Blood villains! BEST: Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp). Over and over again Sarah… [Read More]


True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… DeathTrue Blood Finale: A Look Back on… Death

TrueBloodNet Takes a Look at All the Memorable Deaths Which Occurred During HBO’s True Blood! As far as death goes, for HBO’s True Blood, it’s right up there with sex, blood and gore when it comes to each episode. Here’s our… [Read More]


True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… The Sex ScenesTrue Blood Finale: A Look Back on… The Sex Scenes

What Would You Rate as the Best and Worst Sex Scenes in HBO’s True Blood? It’s hard to pick just a few stand out sex scenes in HBO’s True Blood – considering just how many have been dished up to us over the last seven years. But,… [Read More]


True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… Then and NowTrue Blood Finale: A Look Back on… Then and Now

How Much Have Our Favorite True Blood Stars Changed From Season 1 to Season 7? As we lead up to the final episode ever of HBO’s True Blood, let’s take a moment or two to look back over our fave True Blood characters who have managed to survive… [Read More]


 

And, finally, check out all the Instagram videos the True Blood cast did thanking their fans:

You can check out the rest of Instagram tank you videos by clicking here.

Sources: TrueBloodNet – various articles

Twitter – E!News – Stephen Moyer tweet

(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./Rachel Tsoumbakos/Instagram)

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