Black Blade by Alexander Charalambides
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 11th 2017
Lance is a hero.
With his friend Megan, he does his best to survive high school in a world that doesn’t always make sense, and is almost never fair.
When their school receives a donation from an anonymous millionaire, Lance and Megan find themselves on an international field trip to England, where the two receive an irresistible call to a supernatural adventure that could change their destinies, and the destiny of the country, forever.
Together with three mysterious adults who all claim to be wizards, Lance must safe-guard the legendary Excalibur. Traveling into a strange parallel world and keeping his friends, new and old, safe from harm at the hands of a malevolent army of magical soldiers, Lance discovers the truth about heroism and the content of his character.
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Alexander Charalambides was born in London and grew up in Berkshire.
He studied Creative Writing, and graduated from the Open University.
In 2008 he moved to the United States, and now lives in New Hampshire.
As a freelance writer Alexander enjoys storytelling just as much as editing and analysis, but often takes time off to enjoy wind surfing, do the sickest of motorcycle flips, wrestle with deadly animals and lie about his hobbies.
If you watch Excalibur (and I highly recommend you do) the soundtrack will stand out immediately, the key player being Wagner’s Siegfried’s Funeral March. It’s the keystone of the film’s atmosphere and Black Blade’s as well. In fact, I’m listening to it right now and feeling really proud of myself. Obviously, though, playlists aren’t composed of a single song. I tried to diversify and ended up with a lot of classical stuff. Most people know Night On Bald Mountain, which I think comes in louder and louder towards Black Blade’s end, and I always imagined the crowded breathing and clattering equipment of the Mason’s Guild accompanied by Prokofiev’s Dance Of The Knights.
Maybe I’m just ignorant of the music I really needed since all I usually listen to are nonsense mashups and songs made of sampled dog barks.
magnificent wall carvings like sunbeams through temple windows.
opportunity to linger.
someone, bumping him hard enough to lose my balance. I’d have fallen had he not
caught my arm. Wide-eyed with consternation, I stammered an apology to the
handsome but serious-faced gentleman.
checked my hair and lipstick before coming in. “I’m far too adept at being
than toward where you were walking.”
the other items in the museum, something about him made me want to look closer,
inspect each detail.
few feet away so I could see both him and the stone. “Do you visit this
overcoat. In one hand he carried a bound book and fountain pen, as if he’d been
brought to mind the sculptured busts on display in the Greco-Roman Quarters and
he wore a stern expression that cast a veil of hardness upon his features,
enhancing the impression he’d been carved from marble.
to places like this.” His voice made music of the words—deep bass notes
and soothing rhythm.
sharply I thought it might disappear into his hairline and I hurriedly
continued. “Are you a professor?”
hobby. Personal research, of sorts.”
reduced to the level of entertainment?”
I didn’t want to accidentally insult him. “Otherwise, they’d have to be
content with staying dead, right?”
conspirator’s wink. “Unless…”
differently when seeing through another’s eyes. I would appreciate a new
might be nice to spend it with someone who seemed to share my interests. He
certainly was attractive, and his pleasant voice intrigued me.
way.” I stuck out my hand in introduction.
had we been elsewhere. “I am Marek. Pleased to make your acquaintance.”
S.A. Starcevic’s debut novella, UNTOUCHABLE, releases today and I am happy to be part of the Release Day Blitz with Bliss Book Promotions!
Author: S. A. Starcevic
Series: Untouchable #1
Release Date: June 18, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Number of Pages: 54
Ethan Elliot is no stranger to secret identities. As an LGBT teen, he’s dealt with secrets all his life. Nevertheless, when his powers kick in and he’s whisked away to join a team of superheroes, he dons a mask of a different kind—one that sees him battling supervillains and testing his limits.
However, there’s more going on behind the scenes than capes and costumes. At the headquarters of the Protectorate, he makes unlikely friends with Gravity Girl and Element Boy. Except Element Boy might turn out to be more than just a friend, and Gravity Girl is battling demons of her own.
Ethan will discover what it means to be a hero, and must learn that even superheroes aren’t untouchable.
S. A. Starcevic wanted to be a superhero when he was little, but nowadays he settles for the next best thing: writing about them. UNTOUCHABLE, his superhero YA novella with an LGBT love story, is signed with Forever More Publishing. When he’s not slaving over books 2 and 3 in the trilogy, he blogs about writing, publishing and world domination.
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Vaempires: Zombie Rising (The Evolutionary War #2)
by Thomas Winship
The tale of the Evolutionary War resumes in Væmpires: Zombie Rising.
Væmpires have taken control of twelve major cities. Their leader, Vielyn, seeks the atomic weapons that will bring the rest of the world to its knees.
Vampire forces are reeling. As Linq and Ray race to the royal estate to rendezvous with Cassandra and Daniel, the princess is captured and Daniel falls.
With the fate of world shifting to their teenage shoulders, Linq and Ray must deal with tremendous losses while battling a most unexpected—and undeadly—new foe.
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The Story starts within Vaempires: The Evolutionary War.
I really liked reading what was happening with Linq and Ray at the different points in the story.
In the first book, it was Daniel and Cassie’s heads through which we saw the world. Now don’t get me wrong, I quite enjoyed it that way, but it was a nice change and I think it added more depth to be in Linq’s mind (a refresher comes later when we get to cross back to Cassie’s any way).
My only qualm with this fast paced and exciting book is that it ended. It leaves us reeling with desire to find out what happens next. Please Mr Winship tell me that the final instalment will be out soon or at least another novella side story or prequel to tide me over.