COVER REVEAL: The Amber Voyeur By Ravyn Rayne

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Title: The Amber Voyeur

Series: Gem Apocalypse Book Two

Author: Ravyn Rayne

Publisher: Blushing Books

Genre: Dystopian Erotica

Expected Release: July 21st, 2015

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No longer safe in Brayleigh, Aria and James travel by ship to find refuge and discover what’s left of the world.

Dangerous seas and pirates lurking are only the start of their troubles. Forced off the boat with nothing but the clothes on their back, the crew and passengers make it to a nearby island, only to be abducted by the Knight Tribe, a clan of romantic warriors with a voyeuristic culture and a taste for nightly entertainment.

Get swept away in this dystopian erotic adventure, brimming with romance, spankings, and betrayal.

 

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Excerpt

“Hey!” Aria shouted, not that it did anything to stop their fighting.

“Enough!” James’s voice echoed in the confined space.

The men let go of one another and stood, dusting off the dirt caked to their skin.

A gentleman with red hair and blue eyes stepped toward Aria. He’d been one of the three fighting, a crewmember on the ship. “Do you know what they’re having us do?” he asked.

“No,” Aria said, glancing back at the die lying on the floor. Aria rolled the large die slightly with her hand. It stood up to her waist in height, though it felt lighter than it looked. She’d never seen a die quite so large. Who made it?

“The festival tonight is entertainment for the commander and the tribe. She’s choosing two from the pit and they’ll have to do whatever the die says.”

Aria swallowed nervously as she further examined the giant die. One side showed two people battling with swords. Aria frowned, turning the die onto another side, it revealed a pictograph of two men with guns in a shoot-out. That wouldn’t end well for someone. Her heart skipped a beat, and she rolled the die onto another side, covering her lips in surprise. Was that a paddle? Her cheeks burned and she took a step back from the die.

James didn’t appear nearly as affected as Aria from the news. He stepped forward, resting his hand on her lower back. “Do we know who has been elected for the festival?”

Kali shook her head. “The commander chooses two worthy opponents from the pit of invaders and mainlanders. Seeing as how the mainlanders have assimilated or died,” Kali said, clearing her throat, “it’s safe to say that one of you that has not been chosen by a tribe member, will be selected.”

 

The Series

 

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The Emerald Virgin
Gem Apocalypse Book One
Author: Ravyn Rayne
Publisher: Blushing Books
Published: June 19, 2015
Emerald – a girl with green eyes and a rarity after the horrific genocide that slaughtered millions.

 

After the war, King Gideon rose in power. A lust-filled and greedy king that believed in the power of slavery.

At eighteen, women were required to come before King Gideon and his four sons, to offer themselves as a courtesan. The princes took only those they found most attractive and alluring. The rest were returned to their homes with a brand on their wrist proving they had been through the process and rejected. Ignoring the ritual was punishable by death.
Aria Stone had been kept hidden from the princes and the ceremony, because she was an Emerald. At twenty-three, the royal guards storm her home, murder her mother, and drag her to court. She must face the four princes.
A dystopian erotic adventure.

About the Author

Ravyn RayneRavyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can’t wait for her next vacation, wherever it might be.
Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don’t make her choose between the two, she loves them equally.
Although BURNING DESIRE is her debut romantic erotica novel, it is not her first published book. She has been published professionally since 2013. You can find her other books here.
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Humans, Season 1, Episode 1: The Souls of the New Machines

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Rachel (RT): Just before Cassidy starts her awesome recap, I would like to thank her once more for stepping up and taking on these recaps :-) Also, I will be popping in my own five cents worth every now and again just for the heck of it ;-)

Before one can talk about a show dealing with concepts of human-like androids living, working, and interacting with humans, there are so laws that need covering. Three of them to be precise:

First Law of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Second Law of Robotics: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

Third Law of Robotics: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Those are the Three Laws of Robotics, developed by science fiction writer Issac Asimov, and laid out for the first time in his 1942 short story Runaround. He developed them because, as he explained much later, he’d grown tired of the old science fiction trope of rampaging robots destroying everything in their paths, requiring law enforcement, the military, or even Superman to put their asses down. The good Doctor Asimov (besides being a writer he had also taught at the Boston University School of Medicine, and had a PhD in Biochemistry from Columbia University. He also invented the light saber, so there) felt that any intelligent society wouldn’t allow their tools—and he did consider robots tools—to just go around killing people for the hell of it, so he laid down The Laws. And if you’re writing any kind of fiction that involve androids, you better include the Three Laws in your writing—or be able to come up with a damn good reason why they don’t exist.

Which brings us to Humans, the new science fiction show filmed in England and broadcast in the US on AMC, who are a joint producer of this series. As I stated in an earlier teaser Humans is a remake of the Swedish show Äkta människor, or Real Humans, and it takes place in a “Parallel Present” where androids are ever present and, as stated in the first episode which aired tonight, 28 June, slightly cheaper to pay off over the course of five than the family car. Which means there’s no reason why you can’t get a Synth, and you can’t get a Synth, everyone gets a Synth. Just come on down!

We first meet the Hawkins Family—father Joe, daughters Mattie an Sophie, and son Toby—and Joe is feeling a singular inability to take care of family business while wife Laura is off on business in Leeds. What does Joe need? Why, a lovely Synth, which he and daughter Sophie find down at the local Synth Store. Picking her up is apparently easier than buying a car, and a lot easier to program than your cable box, and before you can say “Domo Arigato”, the soon-to-be-named Anita is meeting the family.

RT: Now if only the people who made Synths could make cable boxes and shopping trolleys that run straight, the world would be a better place ;-)

Toby has played Horrible Harry far too long, and it’s painfully obviously he develops the hots for Anita the moment he lays eyes upon her—

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No, that sprong came from the robot . . . Um, I’ll be in my room.

Mattie doesn’t care about Anita because she’s stuck in “Zero Fucks Given” mode and likely plotting out the next thing for which she won’t give a shit. Sophie fell deeply in Synthlove the moment she laid eyes upon Anita, and Joe . . . Well, he’s wondering what he’s gonna do the moment his wife Laura comes home. There’s good reason for that: Laura is pissed that Little Miss Roboto is in the house taking over domestic duties, and she’s instantly suspicious, thinking there’s something wrong with Anita . . .

RT: Because introducing a Synth to your family when your wife is away isn’t awkward enough. *hands Toby some tissues*

This leads to a flashback where “Five weeks earlier” is written across the bottom of our screen. Leo is on the road with four synths, who we find out in time, are Max, Fred, Niska, and Anita. While setting up camp Fred, Niska, and Anita are captured by people and, as it appears through the course of the episode, are returned to the main company before being sold to other users. We don’t yet his reasoning , but it seems Leo—who is left with Max—is eager to recover these Synths, since his story seems to revolve around finding his missing friends. It’s unfortunate that Leo didn’t retain any of the wizarding skills he had when he played the eponymous character on Merlin, ‘cause those would probably come in handy.

RT: Oh, now THIS is interesting! Love me a good robot gone bad/reprogrammed then ends up as a happy family unit story line.

Dr. Millican gets to meet Snyth Ratched—better known as Vera. UK NHS ordered a half million of these things because . . . Why? Old people like to be terrorized? I can’t wait to see her bedside manner.

RT: See this would be my robot of choice, hence why I do not live in this parallel present ;-)

Super Suspicious Laura is super suspicious and catches Anita checking in on a sleeping Sophie. This is all she needs to switch over to Alpha Woman Mode and read the RoboGirl the riot act. Anita can keep that blank look on her face as much as she likes, but Laura knows there’s some shit going on in that—is it a positronic brain? Yeah, we’ll call it that—positronic brain, and it just makes her watch Anita all that much closer. Tensions remain high, and it doesn’t help that Laura discovers Anita reading to Sophie, something that Laura does to bond with her young daughter. This is not going to end well. Not at all.

RT: If Rick brought Lori a robot, this is how it would go down.

CF:  If Lori had a robot, would it have as much trouble keeping Carl in the house?

Fred is discovered by Professor Hobb working in a greenhouse, and when Fred decides to take it on the lam, Hobb’s backup pumps an electrical dart into the synth’s back, knocking him out. We don’t know why as of yet, but that moment is coming, you can bet on it.

We have the obligatory “Parents speak with Troubled Teen Girl” scene, where they ask Mattie about the slide in her grades. Mattie knows the score, though: why bother with learning anything when everything will eventually be take over by synths. Wanna be a doctor? Snyths will do it better. An accountant? Snyths love numbers. Construction? Snyths never get tired. Burger flipper? Bitch, please. Anything humans can do, Synths will do it better, and Mattie knows this. Ergo, Zero Fucks Given mode continues.

Odi is obviously slipping his gears like a defective transmission. While out shopping with Dr. Millican he starts losing his robotic shit and he hits a woman, probably by accident, but that doesn’t matter because Robots Don’t Hit. This brings about a visit by the Special Technologies Task Force, and they’re ready to bin ‘ol Odi, but the good doctor convinces them to let him take Odi home. He’s warned, though, that there’ll be no more shopping with Odi, and that’s likely the last he’ll be seen in public. The doc gets Odi homes, finds out he’s suffering disk and memories errors, and is ready to treat him the way all of us wish we could treat our computers: with a sledgehammer. This doesn’t happen, however, but one can assume that Odi is going to suffer a serious error at some point.

Speaking of the STTF, Sergeant Pete goes home and finds his wife finishing up a massage with her physical therapist synth, who is in the home helping her recover from a serious accident—one that leaves her unable to walk and require her to be carried about like she’s once more eight years old and in need of her daddy. She’s carried to take a long, hot soak, and the smile on her face tells you all you need to know about how much she’s looking forward to that. As for Sergeant Pete—let’s just say he is not a happy Blade Runner.

Leo finds Synth Niska working in a brothel. She thinks he’s come to get her out; he hasn’t, because it’s not safe out on the street, and she’ll be hunted once more. And it’s right after this we discover why, during a discussion Professor Hobb has with someone while Fred is examined, that we find Fred was developed to feel and develop emotional responses, and if it’s figured out how it was done to him, it could be done to others, and at that point it’s good night, Human species, because The Singularity is here and everyone is rightly fucked. If by now you haven’t figured out that Anita and Niska are two of those other synths who can feel and are developing emotional responses, you are obviously watching another show. Maybe one with zombies?

RT: *Fist pumps the air* I am seriously loving the Sinister Synths. *evil cackles*

Speaking of feelings, we discover Joe’s checking out a card that indicates Anita has Adult Options—yeah, no one saw that coming. Within a couple of episodes we can expect Joe to go from Anita’s Primary Owner to her Primary Boner, ‘cause while she may not have emotions, she certainly has a vagina, and wouldn’t it be a shame to let that go to waste?

RT: Do they have swapable vaginas? After all, would you really want to be sharing the one with your son? Wonder if you could order that over the internet? http://www.eBaygina.com?

Speaking of those emotions . . . Laura catches Anita standing out in the back yard looking at the moon, and remarking on how beautiful it looks, which semi-freaks Laura right the hell out. Is Anita feeling something? Is she pretending to love staring up at yonder golden orb? Is she gas lighting the shit out of Laura because she knows how to read Joe like a book and maybe wants to be Mrs. Hawkins? Whatever it is, Anita is seen going through some heavy robot suffering, and while once more watching Sophie sleeping, she starts having flashback about something happening underwater—and the next time we see her she’s got Sophie in her arms and she’s heading down the block on a midnight stroll. Well, isn’t that sweet? It looks just like Mummy and Daughter out for a stroll—if you’re comfortable with the idea of recharging Mummy every night alongside your iPhone.

Don’t look now, but I think we’ll see a bit more of that in the episodes to come . . .

RT: Thanks again Cassidy for this recap – seriously awesome job :-D I can now live vicariously through you until I get a chance to watch the show in earnest ;-)

Interesting Trivia:

Joe’s primary bonding to Anita is performed in much the same way emotions were turned on in David in the movie AI: Artificial Intelligence.

Anita has a truly fucked up laugh, probably due to channeling Agent Smith from The Matrix. She should work on that—or maybe she has.

We hear during an interview that the Synths have Asimov Blocks, and that means the Three Laws, Bitches! At least they did their homework.

The Cast:

Laura Hawkins — Katherine Parkinson
Joe Hawkins — Tom Goodman-Hill
Mattie Hawkins — Lucy Carless
Toby Hawkins — Theo Stevenson
Sophie Hawkins — Pixie Davies
Synth Anita Hawkins — Gemma Chan

Dr. George Millican — William Hurt
Synth Odi — Will Tudor
Synth Vera — Rebecca Front

Detective Sergeant Pete Drummond — Neil Maskell
Detective Inspector Karen Voss — Ruth Bradley

Leo — Colin Morgan
Synth Max — Ivanno Jeremiah
Synth Niska — Emily Berrington

Professor Edwin Hobb — Danny Webb

Humans airs in the US on AMC at 9 PM EDT.

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BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY: State of Vengeance by Summer Lane

STATE OF VENGEANCE by SUMMER LANE

State of Vengeance by Summer Lane

State of Vengeance by Summer Lane
(Collapse #6)
Publication date: June 26th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

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Vengeance is coming.

Monterey Bay, California, has barely survived a brutal attack from the evil invasion forces of Omega, and Cassidy Hart is exhausted. She has lost a friend and gained a new enemy. The militias seem to be weakening, and Omega seems to be getting stronger.

In an effort to recruit more troops, Cassidy travels to the desolation of the high mountains to find the mysterious troops of Sky City, and to eliminate a threat that has long been growing just out of the militia’s reach.
Cassidy is not alone. Old enemies greet her, and the most dangerous person of all just might be the one she trusts the most.
The fate of the free world is at stake. The end is coming.
The militias – or Omega – will have its revenge.

Book #6 of The International Bestselling Collapse Series

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Author Summer LaneSummer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series and Zero Trilogy. She owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine dedicated to the Art of Storytelling. Summer is also an accomplished creative writing teacher and professional journalist. She lives in the Central Valley of California where she creates her stories and shares them with the world.

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Humans: Intro to the Parallel Present of Synths. With Guest Reviewer Cassidy Frazee

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Remember a few weeks back when Rachel said someone by the name of Cassidy was going to come over and review a couple of shows for her?

She’s here.

I’m Cassidy Frazee. I’m a computer programmer, a writer, and a bit of a geek. Sometimes I’m all three, but today I’m taking up a new mantle: reviewer. And I thought I’d ease into the position by giving you a bit of a sneak at me, and follow that with a sneak at the new show Humans.

I’ve known Rachel for a while. We’re both bloggers who share similar interests, and even though we’re on opposite sides of the world, we maintain a good relationship. I approached her about reviewing Humans because I like the concept, it’s science fiction, an I’m going to watch it anyway, so why not give my opinions on it and see if my views help it garner new viewers?

There is something you should know: I like to write from the heart, and that means I sometimes get snarky and drop a deleted expletive now and then. In one of the Facebook groups to which I belong, I throw out the acronym YEMM: Your Eyes May Melt. It’s even listed on the Urban Dictionary, though the rumors that I put it there are unsubstantiated.

You’ll know I’m getting YEMMy because I’ll call upon my good buddy Ned Stark to help out, and since that bastard has nothing better to do, he obliges me by looking, you know, Stark-like:

Thanks, Ned.  Don't let the fame go to your head.

Thanks, Ned. Don’t let the fame go to your head.

With all that out of the way, lets get to the show, shall we?

Humans an eight episode British/American production based upon the Swedish show Äkta människor, or Real Humans. The concept is simple: in a “parallel present” the newest “in” gadget isn’t an iPad or smart phone, it’s an android—known in the show as a Synth—and because they’re easy to produce, the government is using them instead of humans in many places, and you can even bring one into your home to become your “domestic help”—or robot slave if you prefer.

The show plays with the concepts of what happens to society when some of your jobs no longer require humans; how families adjust to having a non-human entity taking care of your home; and most importantly, can something that was made ever, in its own way, learn to become human?

Cast

Hawkins Family:

Laura Hawkins — Katherine Parkinson
Joe Hawkins — Tom Goodman-Hill
Mattie Hawkins — Lucy Carless
Toby Hawkins — Theo Stevenson
Sophie Hawkins — Pixie Davies
Synth Anita Hawkins — Gemma Chan

The show will spend a great deal of time with the Hawkins family and their Synth Anita. Of course Laura Hawkins doesn’t trust this thing around her kids; of course Joe says there’s nothing to worry about; of course Toby is gonna feel those teenage hormones surge ‘cause of course Anita is a total babe. The teasers and trailers point to a number of conflicts arising within the Hawkins Family due to Anita’s presence.

Millican Household:

Dr. George Millican — William Hurt
Synth Odi — Will Tudor
Synth Vera — Rebecca Front

Doctor Millican was one of the original developers of the Synths, and because he’s played by William Hurt, you gotta believe he’s playing a version of the same character from AI: Artificial Intelligence. He’s old, he’s not doing well, and he needs assistance. This first came in the guise of Odi—who Doctor Millican can’t bear to lose because Odi has all these memories of the good doctor’s deceased wife—but that poor Synth lad is well off his warranty, and he’s been replaced by Vera, who is supposed to be a great caregiver Synth, but appears programmed with all the love and warmth of Nurse Ratched.

Special Technologies Task Force:

Detective Sergeant Pete Drummond — Neil Maskell
Detective Inspector Karen Voss — Ruth Bradley

The Blade Ru—sorry, wrong movie. The Special Technologies Task Force is tasked with investigating those instances of Synth crime. But since Synths seem to have Asmovian laws built into their programming, there’s almost no crime—or is there? Sergeant Drummond doesn’t like Synths, and it doesn’t help that there’s one taking care of his wife, who is showcased in the trailer being carried off by her attentive and incredibly handsome Synth while Sergeant Drummond looks on with a, “They’re gonna have to take this shit out of my paycheck,” look on his face.

Other Characters:

Leo — Colin Morgan
Synth Max — Ivanno Jeremiah

Leo is on the run from something: at the moment all we know is he’s looking for his family. And Max is the Synth accompanying him on his journey. Don’t know yet if Max has stopped believing—or if he believes anything.

Synth Niska — Emily Berrington

Can’t have a show about androids without having at least one being a sex worker, and that’s Niska’s role. Though designed to be submissive, we are told she may not be as submissive as she seems, and it appears she is beginning to develop reactions to physical and emotional pain.

Professor Edwin Hobb — Danny Webb

Professor Hobb worked with Doctor Millican on the Synth program in the beginning, but there was a professional falling out, and Hobb has become a major player when it comes to Synths, having cultivated some powerful friends. I’m waiting to see if this guy is gonna be the one to uncover the “Synth Conspiracy,” because, you know, there has to be a conspiracy.

Humans airs in the US this Sunday, 28 June, at 9 PM EDT, on AMC, and will continue airing for the follow seven weeks. I’ll see you here.

You can follow me over at my blog, Wide Awake But Dreaming.

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THE WALKING DEAD SEASON : First Sneak Peek At Artwork

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AMC released it’s very first sneak peek into Season 6 of The Walking Dead with their San Diego Comic Con banner. San Diego Comic Con runs from July 9-12 2015 and is the go to event for fans who want exciting new snippets of information on their fave shows and movies.

The Walking Dead will this year tag team with their new companion show, Fear The Walking Dead. You can find the complete San Diego Comic Con line up for these two AMC shows here.

You can check out my theories behind the new Walking Dead artwork below, although my compete thoughts on this new image can be found in my Inquisitr article here.

  • Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Morgan (Lennie James) appear not to “see eye to eye” – perhaps they will be at a loggerheads with each other over their beliefs?
  • The image shows an apparent divide also between Rick’s group and the people of Alexandria
  • With the exception of Carol (Melissa McBride), everyone in Rick’s group still look grimy – is Carol still flying under the radar?
  • Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) are on separate sides. not sure is something needs to be made of this or not.
  • Father Gabriel (Seth Gillam) is on Team Alexandria. Of course he is *rolls eyes* spineless guilt ridden rat-out that he is…

What are your thoughts on the new San Diego Comic Con banner for AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

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