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The Bends
Kane Montgomery #1
by Bart Hopkins
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Marathon is a quiet little Texas town, and it’s getting quieter. Kids
are vanishing, disappearing like tumbleweeds in the desert wind.
Somebody—or something—is taking them.
Action. Adventure. Romance. Suspense.
The Bends is a supernatural thriller rollercoaster ride!
Recommended for Fans of Blake Crouch, Stephen King, J.A. Konrath,
and Dean Koontz
Bart Hopkins is originally from Galveston, Texas, but has lived all over
the world during his 22 years in the Air Force.

He was born in the middle of the 1970s, owned an Atari, and loves 80s
music. He can use a card catalog like nobody’s business.
Now, Bart likes to travel, enjoys pretending he’s a photographer, and
shares as much time as possible with his beautiful wife and three
awesome children. They own a Westie Yorkie named Lulu … or maybe
Lulu owns them.
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TOP TEN TELEVISION SHOWS

Cue the sound effects … maybe the Miami Vice theme.

For whatever reason, this is one of the easiest Top Ten lists I’ve created, yet so hard to put these delectable morsels of American entertainment in any sort of order. So I’m going to take the easy road and just say they are in no particular order.

– TOP TEN TV SHOWS –

#10 – The Cosby Show

Classic! I don’t know if the stuff that’s happening with old Bill right now is true, but his show was a wonderfully wholesome addition to my childhood. The Huxtables rocked.

#9 – Sons of Anarchy

The grungiest entry into my elite Top Ten. I became addicted and knocked out the whole series in just a couple of months on Netflix.

#8 – Three’s Company

Wow, what would life have been like without Jack Tripper, Janet, and Chrissy, and all of their ridiculously misunderstood scenarios? Jack was quite the lady’s man back then – what? John Ritter? – and he was always talking about his Bistro.

#7 – Family Ties

Michael J. Fox is the man. I can still sing every word to the theme music. Don’t hate.

#6 – Fresh Prince of Belair

Funny, funny, funny. Will Smith is one talented dude. Yo homes, smell ya later!

#5 – The Walking Dead

Okay, yeah, I even have a zombie show in my favorites. Weird how that happened.

#4 – Chuck

Chuck and Sara are television’s most awesome couple. What a great show. Who doesn’t like it when the geek prevails as the hero?

#3 – Scrubs

I remember watching this religiously on AFN while we lived in Germany. Overall, a phenomenal cast that really came together and made something special. JD, Turk, Elliot, Dr. Cox, and the Janitor. Amazing. All of the 80s injects were just icing on the cake.

#2 – Longmire

The most recent addition to my favorites. I’ve always been drawn to people defined by a rigid moral code. It doesn’t always have to equal what society believes is right. Great show. Great dialogue. Longmire rules.

#1 – Seinfeld

The king of television shows, the show about nothing. This could possibly be my numero uno, overall. You can sit down and watch any episode, any time of year, and it’s funny and smart. Smart funny. I saw this shirt on Amazon … click it and buy yourself one. You’ll be the envy of the town.

HONORABLE MENTION: #11 – #17: Survivor, Cheers, Brady Bunch, Facts of Life, Night Court, Married with Children, and Everybody Loves Raymond

And, that’s it … another fine day of memorializing my favorites.

Happy Reading & Happy Writing,

  • Bart
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Book Details:

Book Title: Wanderers No More by Michelle Saftich
Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Release date: August 2017

Tour dates: Oct 23 to Nov 3, 2017
Content Rating: PG (Very little bad language (if any), kissing, references to sex but nothing actual or explicit, some violence in the way of school bullying – no major adult themes like abortion or suicide etc.)
Book Description:

 

The war may be over, but the fight to belong is just the beginning.Left homeless, starving, and almost killed by the Second World War, the Saforo family are refugees fleeing Italy for a better life. The shores of Australia are calling to them and they head off, packing dreams of jobs, a home and… soccer.

But from the moment they get off the boat, adapting to the Australian way of life is harder than it seems. Their family doesn’t speak right, eat right or even look right. As they struggle to build a simple life against the backdrop of 1950s’ racism, they start to wonder if they will be outsiders forever.

A true family affair, Wanderers No More will make you laugh, remind you of your family, and warm your heart.

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Meet the Author:
Michelle Saftich resides in Brisbane, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business/Communications Degree, majoring in journalism, from the Queensland University of Technology.For the past 20 years, she has worked in communications, including print journalism, sub-editing, communications management and media relations.
Born and raised in Brisbane, she spent 10 years living in Sydney; and two years in Osaka, Japan, where she taught English.Her historical fiction novel, Port of No Return, was inspired by a true family story. It was published by Australian independent publishing house, Odyssey Books in 2015. Its sequel, Wanderers No More was released in August 2017. Michelle is married with two children.Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
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Author Interview

There are many books out there about migrants. What makes yours different?

My two-novel fiction series starts with a little-known war in north-east Italy at the end of World War II. There are very few stories written about this conflict and how it resulted in hundreds of thousands of displaced people. My father’s Italian family was part of this mass displacement and, inspired by their journey, I wanted to write about it. My first novel Port of No Return is set in Fiume and war-torn Europe. The sequel Wanderers No More follows the family as they migrate to Australia and battle to belong.

Which was the easiest character to write?

Monte was the easiest. Perhaps because he is purely fictional. He is not inspired by anyone in my family though some of things he does are based on true happenings. He is the villain of my novels. It is enjoyable to have a truly hateful character and to know that readers will share in their dislike for him. So many readers have commented to me about Monte – which is very satisfying.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

Once I have an idea for a story, I rarely struggle to write. I think this is partly because I am a visual writer and once I can see a story, I can just write it.

I also think my flow comes from frustration. There is never enough time to write! I work part-time and I am mother of school-aged children, which means I can only write on Friday during school hours and on Sunday afternoon. When that time finally comes around, I am eager to get on with it.

What is your next project?

Having written a series about the past, I’ve decided that next I want to write about the future. At this point in time, I’ve just finished the first draft of my next manuscript – a science fiction novel. But I can see there are common themes across my writing projects. Refugees are still featured!

What is the last great book you’ve read?

I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I thought the author very brave to tackle her family story in the way that she did. I admired her for it.

Favorite dessert?

While I do love anything with berries, I find it hard to say no to cannoli – creamy filled Italian pastries. My favourite is with creamy chocolate. I have a friend who passes a traditional Italian bakery on her way to my place. So whenever she comes over for coffee, she often brings a couple of cannoli with her. Very indulgent.

 

Book Details:

Book Title: The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release date: April 18, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 20, 2017

Content Rating: PG + M (No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as “damn”, “hell” and “Oh God!”, some depictions of violence. No drug use or underage drinking. Some semi-mature themes – suggestion of sexual misconduct by certain characters, but not the actual performing of it.)

Book Description:

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus’s quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.

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The Academic World of THE SKY THRONE

What makes THE SKY THRONE unique is that it is set in a time that is pre-human, where only deities exist. THE SKY THRONE follows the general plotline of the ancient text of Hesiod’s Theogony, which is the basis for the Hellenic Pantheon’s creation myth. I then scoured other pantheon’s creation myths in order to bridge the Hellenic versions with theirs as if they were occurring simultaneously. Even though my story focuses solely on the Hellenic pantheon, I do try to show the reader echoes of other happenings around the world. As such, the Hellenic gods interact with deities from all the other pantheons in what is called The Pantheon League.

The Pantheon League encompasses the scholastic systems of each mythical pantheon around the world, from the Aztecs to the Egyptians. The Hellenic system is named the Olympus Academic District. It’s comprised of six lower academies and two upper academies. The lower academies are situated on the islands of Limnos, Samos, Euboea, Crete, Kithira, and Kephalonia. The two upper schools are Othrys Hall Academy and Mount Olympus Preparatory Academy.

All godly students across Hellas were homeschooled until they turned thirteen, which is when they’d begin lower academy. Subjects studied included language arts, math, music, science, music, and physical fitness. Students also participated in competitive sports such as swimming, rowing, wrestling, running, and throwing. Upper academy curriculum consisted of such advanced classes as Metallurgy: Weaponry and Jewelry, Shapeshifting, Horticulture, Rhetoric, Creature Creation, Philosophy, Game Theory, Leadership, and Astronomy.

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Meet the author:

Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult novel. The second book in the series is set to release in 2018.

He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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Review by D. Lizer:

Although I don’t actively review these days, I was immediately interested in The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter. I love learning of various culture’s mythologies and Greek mythology I learned about in middle school, which seemed appropriate for this book. I don’t normally read YA but when something intrigues I find it fun to just go with it!

You’re introduced to the protagonist, Zeus, and get to experience the imaginative Greek island scenery and fantasy world building while his personality unfolds. He’s the raucous, prankster teen that you would expect knowing anything about the namesakes’ story. He is also an underdog in his current situation, neither excelling at school or carrying any of the prestige that we normally think of when envisioning Zeus. In this story he must work hard to become the god of legend, even though he might try a little too hard for eternal glory from the get go. All in all, he is easy to like and root for, particularly when he is standing up for people he wants to protect.

The pace of the story unfolds in a way that keeps you guessing and delivers the payoffs that are desired. The scenes lead you along and urge you to continue reading. Conspiracy among the ruling gods, death, betrayal, romance and battles, this story delivers all of it. Although The Sky Throne is a standalone story, it builds a world and leaves the door open to the next story in a way that I think many readers will enjoy. If you like imaginative, quick paced stories that bring to life old characters in a new way you should check this out.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.