Book Spotlight: The Atlantean Horse by Cheryl Carpinello

Ancient Mystery…Mystical Prophecy…Biblical Horsemen

One Epic Task

The Task: Retrieve the Five Feathers of the Phoenix to raise Atlantis so its people can return home.

The Chosen: Cousins Rosa & Jerome embark upon a perilous and personal quest to retrieve the first Feather. Rosa’s special gift, kept far in the Past, will be revealed, and Jerome will discover his.

The Opponents: The Four Deadly Horsemen of the Apocalypse will stop at nothing, not even murder, to possess the Feathers.

Join Rosa & Jerome as they risk all in their search for the First Feather!

Book Excerpt:

Taking a deep breath, I wonder—for the first time in two years—at the ties that bind me, ties I now think of as a gift rather than a curse.

She said you would help. She said you could help because you walk in two worlds.

“What…what do you want?” Idiot, I tell myself. You know better than to ask that question.

This time the man speaks out loud. “The time is now.”

I finger the ankh again, squeezing it, absorbing the warmth. “Time for what?”

“It is time for Atlantis to rise again. It is time to gather the Feathers of the sacred Phoenix bird to set the island in motion.”

I blink as images of a sunken island and fleeing people, animals, and birds fill my head. “What…what do you want from me?”

“You are the one who must gather the Feathers on the Sun Days and bring them to the Atlantean Horse so that my people and my land can once more be united. It’s been too long, and our people wish to come home.”

“Me?” My eyes widen in disbelief.

The man nods. 

Putting my hands around my head, I try to block out the hundreds of voices from the visions running rampant through my brain. Voices crying out for help. 

A shiver travels down his body shaking me out of the trance. His hands vigorously rubbing his arms prompt me into action.

“Get inside. You have no business being out in this weather dressed as you are.” I open the screen door and move to the side to let him pass. No, don’t start. Don’t say a word. She sent him here. She wouldn’t do anything to hurt me. I know what I’m doing. I hope.I glance around the neighborhood to be sure no one else, especially Jerome, is around. Maybe I’m the only one who can see him, like Tut. 

“Thank you, Rosa,” he says, continuing to briskly rub his arms. “She didn’t tell me that your world is wrapped in ice.”

 

Release Date: September 23, 2022

Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing

Kindle: 149 pages; $5.99

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3eHdTmT

I’m a lover of mythology, myths, legends, and tales from the ancient/medieval worlds. I enjoy exploring how these have transcended time/space to influence our world today. Myths and legends don’t fade away; they are just repackaged for a new audience.

As a high school English teacher, I continually challenged my students to find connections between today and times long gone by. Some took more digging than others, but the connections were always there. One of my favorites, Star Wars, borrows several concepts from the Legend of King Arthur. The Star Trek series goes even further back into the mythology of ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt as well as others.

I write Arthurian Legend for young readers and teens (I never refuse to let mature readers enjoy my stories!). These stories exhibit what I consider to be cornerstones of that Legend: Courage, Honor, Loyalty, and Friendship.

My tales from Egypt and my new series Feathers of the Phoenix meld the ancient/medieval worlds with today. The Atlantean Horse (Book 1 of Feathers of the Phoenix) also brings the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse out of the Bible and into the modern world. They and my main characters are after the feathers of the Phoenix in order to bring Atlantis alive again.

P.S. I believe in magic and Unicorns!!

Website Link:  https://www.cherylcarpinello.com

Blog Linkhttp://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com/

Twitter Link:  https://twitter.com/ccarpinello

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First Chapter Review: Chasing Memories by Tia Silverthorne Bach and Giveaway

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Tia Silverthorne Bach is on a virtual book tour this month to promote her coming-of-age story, Chasing Memories. I have agreed to review the first chapter of this novel for the tour.

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BLURB: There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…

Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken.

Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.

COVER: Very intriguing. Though based upon the prologue and first chapter I have no idea what the werewolf (maybe) peering through the the bushes has to do with the story line, this is an excellent cover choice for the genre. This will be a dramatic story that involves family, hunting, and the paranormal, so the creepy eyes staring out at the reader catches your attention.  All covers should be this good.

FIRST CHAPTER: Reagan is bored by life in Superior, Colorado. Not much happens there and she is forced to deal with a mom who seems like she’s trying to become BFFs with Reagan and her friends, an outdoorsman of a father who has planned a family vacation to Yellowstone where she’ll be stuck camping in a tent and freezing her butt off, and an annoying little brother who she has to drive everywhere.

It’s her senior year in high school and she should be thrilled that her boyfriend Dex is so into her, but she’s not. Like her parents, he seems to run her life. But hopefully things will change when she heads off to college next year.

KEEP READING: If I had to base my opinion solely upon the first chapter, I would probably say no.  Reagan comes off as a bit of a whiner and not a tremendous amount happens that compels me to keep going.  There’s a party. Stuff happens. Reagan is unhappy about Dex and her parents running her life. But overall, she doesn’t come across as someone I want to get to know.

That all changes, however, when you read the prologue first. The events in the prologue actually occur a week later than what takes place in Chapter One.  The family is in Yellowstone when something unexpected and horrible happens. The prologue is so enticing and thrilling that a first chapter filled with everyday happenings in small town America drops the intensity from the top of the mountain to the lowest point in the valley.  The shift in pace is felt immediately.  My confusion increases when the second chapter brings the reader back to the events from the Yellowstone cliffhanger from the prologue.

I definitely plan to continue, but I hope the pace evens out a bit. I don’t mind peaks and valleys, but I don’t want to feel like I’m riding the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney, dropping thirteen stories each time I switch chapters.

Reviewer’s note: Due to the content of what I’ve read so far, I wouldn’t suggest this book for anyone under the age of 16.

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
Pages: 296
Publisher: self-published
Release: May 22, 2013

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Tia Silverthorne Bach is an avid reader, sometimes runner, involved wife and mother, and rabid grammar hound in addition to being a multi-genre writer. Her three daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She’s the award-winning co-author of Depression Cookies, a coming of age story written with her mother. Tia’s office is wherever her laptop takes her and any place that’s conducive to allowing a wild imagination like hers to flourish.

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Web Site:
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Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Author Blog:
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I received a PDF version of this book from the author’s publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

KD Pryor’s The Portal’s Choice Book Blast and Giveaway

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Journal, just in case . . .

I didn’t ask to meet ghosts. Shoot, I was fine without them in my life. Uncle Craig and Hannah were nasty to me, but at least I knew how to handle living pains in the butt. Now I have to figure out how to open and close a portal between the human and spirit worlds. And I have to find and return a bunch of angry ghosts through the gateway and lock them on their side. I don’t know why the portal chose me to do this, a fifteen-year-old kid with no ghost busting experience. But it did. And if I want a ghost-free night’s sleep anytime soon, I’d better figure out how to get the job done. Because I’ve about had it with murderous ghouls and their unpleasant agendas. “Signed Tallis Challinor”

After the death of her parents, Tallis Challinor and her brother Wyatt must move to the Midwest to live with their dead mother’s sister and her family. When Aunt Sandra dies three-and-a-half years later, Tallis and Wyatt find themselves moving yet again, this time to New Hampshire to live with their father’s sister, Aunt Gabbie, and her husband Noreis. Gabbie is young, pretty and fun. Tallis remembers being a little girl and playing with her Aunt at the family home in California, before her parents died. So Tallis is excited to re-locate and reconnect with Gabbie. But what should have been a happy reunion is plagued with problems when Noreis opens a portal between the spirit and human worlds located in the basement of the house.

Tallis is a practical kid. She doesn’t believe that ghosts exist. But she can’t deny what she sees with her own eyes and the two ghosts Tallis meets at Thanksgiving in the basement of her aunt’s house are definitely not figments of her imagination, although she wishes they were. Tallis is unwittingly drawn into the portal’s energy when one of the ghosts fixates on her and forces her to assist in the release of three particularly nasty spirits. As a final blow, the portal chooses Tallis as a temporary gatekeeper and she finds herself charged with the duty of returning the very ghouls she’s set free, plus a few of their buddies, back to the spirit realm.

As Tallis learns the secrets of the portal and begins to understand her newly acquired power, she formulates a plan to return the ghosts. Along the way, she receives help from many new friends who fill in the details about the identity of the escaped spirits, providing a possible motive for the outrageous actions of the escaped ghosts. Tallis must learn to trust herself and others as she taps into her inner courage to get the job done and save her town from the angry restless dead set.

Read an excerpt!

April 29th, 2:30 in the morning

One week to go.

I feel it, the nearness of the spirits. The fact thateverything is aligning to some sort of conclusion. I hope I’m ready. I hope I have the power to finish this thing. And, I hope that Gregory Millard calls soon.

The shrill ring of the phone pierced the late night silence ofthe house, startling me out of an exhausted sleep. My body jerkedto semi-awareness and I reached for it, knocking it to the floor inmy confusion. I reached down, patted the floor, and finally foundthe phone as it rang for the third time.

“Yeah?” I mumbled.

“Hello, can you hear me?” shouted a voice I didn’t recognize.

I was groggy with sleep and confused as to my exact location.The voice continued hollering at me, but I had trouble focusing on it as my sluggish brain worked to figure out why I wasn’t in my bed. Finally, I remembered that I’d fallen asleep on the sofa in the front room. Satisfied that I could place my body in space, Idirected my mind to the person who was calling. A glance at the clock on the wall said it was 2:00. In the morning.
“Who is this?” I asked, stretching my neck until I felt a loud,satisfying crack.

“My name is …” a male voice started, then abruptly stopped.The connection appeared to be lost.

“Hey, are you there?” I hollered back into the phone, assuming that if the caller had to yell to be heard, he needed me to yell back at him.

“Tallis, what’s going on down there?” my aunt, Gabbie, called to me. She hurried down the creaky, wooden staircase.

“Phone call,” I mumbled when she appeared in the doorway.“But I think the connection’s broken. It wasn’t too good to start with.”

Gabbie moved to my side and looked down at me. The flickering fire in the wood stove illuminated the paleness of her skin and amplified the heavy shadows under her eyes. She looked awful, much older than her twenty-seven years.

“Do you think?” she began, and then swallowed. “Is it him?”

I shook my head. “I don’t know.”

The voice burst through the static. “Gregory Millard.” He was gone again.

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KD Pryor started life in Missouri, where she read lots of books, even sneaking them into baseball

games to the irritation of her father. Kelley graduated with a degree in International and Comparative Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After college and marriage to a great guy, she decided to pursue a law degree at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Her oldest son was born soon after law school, followed three years later by her daughter and a move to Kentucky. One more son, a move to Ohio and four years later, her family jumped on the opportunity to move to India. They lived in Bangalore, now Bengaluru, for four wonderfully chaotic years, traveling all over Asia, Australia and Europe.

Now, settled in New Hampshire with her family and herd of cats (only three), she can often be found in her office, working on the next installment of “The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean” series, reading one of a dozen books she has started, and dreaming of her future travel destinations.

“The Portal’s Choice,” book one in “The Gatekeeper’s of Em’pyrean” series featuring Tallis Challinor, was released on May 6, 2013.

“The Forgotten Gate”, book two in the series, is scheduled for release in 2014.

Visit her website at www.kdpryor.com.

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Interview with TL Spencer, Author of Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three

writerTLSpencer TL Spencer was born in Lincolnshire (UK) and, as her father was a member of the armed forces, she travelled frequently. As a child, she lived in places such as Reading and Salisbury, taking advantage of being a short drive from the mystical Stonehenge – one of her favourite places.

She was diagnosed with epilepsy while living in Germany aged 11, and turned to writing as a way to cope with her condition. She is now studying at university and hopes one day to become a teacher.

Blog: http://terrispencer.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://apostrophebooks.com/books/blood-prophecy/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authortlspencer and www.facebook.com/apostrophebooksltd

Email: t-lspencer@hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: @terrilspencer and @apostrophebooks

Thank you for joining us today, Terri. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

My full name is Terri-Louise and I am a Leo baby, born on 7 August 1992 and I live in the fabulous seaside town of Cleethorpes – they have the most scrumptious fish’n’chips – in the north of England. I am fascinated by anything paranormal and I adore any kind of animal – even the ugly ones.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of eleven; writing became a way to cope, a way to vent out my frustration.  It was a form of therapy. However, the first time I considered myself a writer and really got bitten by the bug was when I started writing my novel, almost two years ago.

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

The YA market is incredibly versatile. It is also more accessible for me as a writer. I am only twenty years old. It would be silly for me to write about adult issues. I haven’t been an adult long enough; the stories would lose their atmosphere.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

Writing on the whole is a challenge; there are deadlines, expectations, editing, plotlines etc. Though, while you are scribbling/typing away, you are not necessarily thinking of all these things, as soon as you finish, they all start to run around in your head. The greatest challenge for me as a writer however, is dialogue. I loathe it; for me it is one of the most difficult things to accomplish.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three www.apostrophebooks.com/books/blood-prophecy is a three part novel of magic, love, vampires and betrayal. Three young women discover they are bound together by fate and must band together in order to save the world from darkness.

What inspired you to write it?bp_cover

Inspiration came from many places. There were several authors (JR Ward, Kerrelyn Sparks, JK Rowling) whose books influenced my work but the main ideas came from mythology and religion. The concept of the triple goddesses and ancient prophecies; all these are deeply embedded within Celtic myth.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three is available from over 130 stores including Amazon Kindle, iTunes, Kobo and Nook: www.apostrophebooks.com/books/blood-prophecy

What is up next for you?

After completing my studies at university, I hope to pass on my creative enthusiasm to the younger generation. My immediate plans are to carry on writing!

Do you have anything else to add?

I wish to inspire others who have difficulties, either medical or personal, to achieve their goals. There is always hope, sometimes it’s just harder to see.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Terri. We wish you much success.

 

Interview with Dave Becker, Author of The Faustian Host

Dave Becker is an author and artist living in Pennsylvania, trying desperately to avoid all plagues, curses, and monsters. The Faustian Host is his first novel.

Thank you for joining us today, Dave. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I’m an artist as well as a writer. I’ve worked in marketing for decades, doing graphic design as well as copywriting, and a host of other skills that simply make me a fantastic liar.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I’ve been dreaming up various stories and characters since before I could actually write them down. Like many people, I toyed with it for years, but became serious about becoming a published author about 10 years ago. Funny how these things take a lot longer than we plan.

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

It’s probably the market that currently offers the most freedom, variety, and reach right now. Basically, it’s just the most fun. Plus, I wanted to write something that my kids would enjoy reading, which I hadn’t attempted before.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group?

Teens have a passion for everything. I’ve been a youth leader at my church for over 20 years, working with every age group from sixth grade to college, and the kids are infectious. They provide a revitalizing view of the world, and they’re more honest and loyal than oldsters. I’m not sure why we lose that just because we age.

What is the greatest challenge?

I’m an old geezer now (to them) and have to constantly remind myself to make my characters speak, think, and act like teens, not miniature adults.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Plymouth Rock is bleeding. Day has turned to night. Hundred-pound hailstones level buildings. The small town of Clement seems cursed, and the residents know who’s to blame: the new kid, Tony Marino.

After losing his family and his home, 14-year-old Tony is forced to move from Florida to Massachusetts to attend Kalos Academy, an unconventional school for gifted children. Strange things begin to happen the day he arrives, and soon stories of plagues, monsters, and mystical objects surround him. Refusing to believe superstitions, Tony struggles to explain the occurrences logically, until he comes face to face with a satanic cult determined to bring about the end of the world.

The Faustian Host follows Tony and his friends as they race against evil forces to find Biblical relics hidden around the world that possess unspeakable power. Whoever holds these objects has the power to control the world, or destroy it.

What inspired you to write it?

After reading several paranormal novels, I decided to try my hand at the genre. But after too many unoriginal concepts, I bagged the idea and started to develop the story of a group of gifted kids at a special school. I needed some inciting incident, and for whatever reason, I imagined Plymouth Rock bleeding. That led to other bizarre “plagues,” and the next thing I knew, my characters were dealing with black magic and the end of the world, and I had created a paranormal story quite by accident.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

The book is available for Kindle and Nook:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007KNLFAY

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-faustian-host-dave-becker/1109558388?ean=2940014326322

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Website: http://www.davebecker.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Becker/162484160539398

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/davebecker

What is up next for you?

In November I plan to release an adult, psychological thriller entitled Mindfront. And the sequel to The Faustian Host is scheduled to be released next summer.

Do you have anything else to add?

Just in case I’ve worried anyone, rest assured, the world’s not going to end with the strange plagues in The Faustian Host. It’ll be those infernal penguins. They’re coming for us, and someone needs to stop them!

Thanks for being with us today, Dave. I wish you the best.