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text 2018-11-20 11:00
Book Tour & Giveaway with Excerpts! Pirates Calling Books 1 & 2 by Darren Simon!

 

 

 

The Dangerous Legacy
A Pirate's Calling Book 1
by Darren Simon
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

 

Thin, pale, awkward, bullied, Sam Every is a thirteen-year-old who finds comfort among his friends and his days at the beach. The ocean beckons to him. It is where he feels safest. Fitting in no longer matters when he is near the Pacific’s rolling waves. Gazing toward the endless blue where it touches the horizon, he imagines the ports he might someday reach and ponders his future.

 

Little does he know an apparition—a hauntingly beautiful girl from the sea—will lead him farther from his home than he could ever dream, for destiny has given him a dangerous legacy.


BOOK TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E55T8lMsAeQ

 

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30032638-the-dangerous-legacy

 

 


Deadly Waters
A Pirate's Calling Book 2

 

Thirteen-year-old Sam Every has traveled back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy to face Captain Jem Slayer, master of the dark arts. Deceived into handing Slayer the ultimate weapon, the Sword of Zel-Kar, Sam has lost his hands, sliced off in his first clash with the evil pirate.

But all is not lost.

Sam’s friends have found their way back in time, and with the help of the pirate hunter, Benjamin Hornigold, have rescued him from the island where Slayer marooned him. Now, aided by a new band of rogues and a mystery friend, Sam must rise above his injuries and find the strength to again face Slayer before it is too late—before the future is forever shattered. ​

 


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42096399-deadly-waters

 

 

 


Goodreads – https://www.Goodreads.com/series/24499-pirate-s-calling

 

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

 

The Dangerous Legacy

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Legacy-Pirates-Calling-Book-ebook/dp/B01EKK5QI6

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dangerous-legacy-darren-simon/1123684763?ean=9781944056162

 

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Deadly Waters


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B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deadly-waters-darren-simon/1129619477?ean=9781944056803

 

 

 

 

Thunder erupted again in the distance. The splash of a second cannonball, closer than the first, rocked The Mutineer. But had the cannon fire come from Fog Island or another vessel? “Who’s after us?” Sam shouted.

 

The man who had saved them sprinted to the tiller to take control of the sloop before he bothered to answer Sam’s question. He pulled sharply on the tiller. The sloop lurched to the right until the deck nearly touched water. Sam fell and rolled against a crate. Seawater spilled into the boat and drenched him. His back tingled again.

 

The burning blade! Did it call to him? If so, he ignored it. A fire sword magically embedded in his back would not stop The Mutineer from capsizing, which the boat was about to do. It didn’t. Instead, the sloop’s speed doubled as the man brought the craft in line with a stronger windstream.

 

“Look!” the man pointed to the right of The Mutineer. Sam, now back on his feet, stared in the direction he pointed. Through the darkness was the outline of a large craft three stories high. “The way I see it,” the man shouted over the crash of water against his ship’s hull, “if Maximilian Black is after you, you must have angered Captain Jem Slayer. Slayer is a bloodthirsty pirate with his own fleet and enough wealth to command an army of pirates; and Black is Slayer’s right hand.”

 

Sam held onto the railing for balance and inched closer to Sarah. She watched the mystery man from the side as if… as if she doesn’t want to make eye contact. Maybe she doesn’t trust him as much as she said. Maybe she senses something.

Sarah grasped his hand and gently squeezed.

 

He nodded to her. “It’s going to be all right,” he lied.

 

The man continued to shout his explanation. “Since Black failed, I assume Slayer has sent a warship to do what Black could not. Kill you!” He looked at the sails of his sloop. “Hang on, young ones! We are going to race the wind!”

 

One more explosion cut through the night. A cannonball screamed as it hurtled toward them. “No!” Sam mouthed moments before the cannonball splashed into the sea yards from the hull. Water sprayed onto the deck.

 

“Ha, you bloody heathens! You shall not catch The Mutineer tonight!” The man held the tiller with one hand and shook a fist with the other.

 

As they pushed farther out to sea, the moon emerged from behind a cloud and revealed the pursuing ship. The glow showed a vessel with three masts topped with squared sails.

 

Two rows of dark squares dotted the length of her hull— gunports. So this is what a warship looks like. We’re dead. A cloud began to eclipse the moon, but before it did, Sam saw the mark emblazoned on the flag that soared above the ship— a skull and bones. “Pirates!”

 

 


Come on, you bastard. Show yourself!

 

He’d had enough of this world pushing him around. Enough of Slayer. Enough death. Enough of being scared of the next threat. No more! The time had come to start kicking some ass. Closing his eyes, he concentrated on the magic within him. He had to figure a way to control his powers. To command them to life… now.

 

Think, Sam! Words flashed though his mind. Ancient words. An incantation. Atamou Runfora Tananou. He knew what the words meant. Serve me now. His arms and wrists vibrated. His eyes shot open. A crimson glow surrounded his stumps. Yes!

 

“Captain, three points off bow,” a young crewman shouted from the bow. “Looks like mountains rising from the sea.”

 

“What say you?” Rackham whipped out his spyglass and held it to his eye. He climbed atop a railing, grasping a shroud with one hand. “Hell’s bells. I’ve never seen the like. Devil boy, you best see this. Me thinks this be our destination.”

 

Sam joined Rackham at the bow. The glow around his stumps vanished. The pirate captain leaped from the railing and held the spyglass up to Sam’s eye. Peering through the telescope, Sam gaped at the discovery.

 

Actually, stone pillars— maybe ten in all— towered over the sea, like rows of skyscrapers along a city block. How was such a thing possible in the middle of the ocean with no shore— no island— visible in any direction? The pillars shouldn’t be there, but they were. As if by magic. “That’s where we have to go.” Sam again thought of the incantation. His stumps ignited. “Get us there, Captain. Leave the beast to me.”

 

A terrible roar bellowed, rocking the ship to the starboard side.

 

Sam stumbled against a chest. The icy touch of fear rose up his back, threatening to steal his courage. Men around him grabbed onto lines, the long guns— anything to keep from falling. When the ship righted itself, he crossed to the port side. No way was he going to cower.

 

This showdown was going to happen. “I’m waiting for you.”

 

The monster rose from the deep off the port side. A massive serpent with two reptilian heads. A serpentine body, covered with diamond-shaped scales towered over the ship’s sails. Two necks branched off, each with a dragon head and snout filled with dagger-length teeth. A line of spikes stretched from the top of each head like Mohawks.

 

Sam’s chest burned. His heart beat like a horse’s hooves charging over a dirt road. “Come on, you filthy snake. You want me. Here I am. Come and get me.”

 

 

$15 Amazon

 

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https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/a-pirates-calling-book-tour-and-giveaway

 

 

 

Darren Simon is a former longtime newspaper journalist who now works in government affairs on California water issues and teaches college English. In his spare time, he is a freelance magazine writer. Guardian’s Nightmare is his first novel. The second book in the series is also under contract with Divertir Publishing. He resides in California’s desert southwest with his wife, two sons and two crazy dogs.

 


Website - http://www.ivpressonline.com/app/sites/darrensimon

 

Blog - https://fairwinds521067397.wordpress.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DarrenSimonAuthor

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/DarrenSimon9

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Darren-Simon/e/B07CBQD9W3

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3189227.Darren_Simon

 

 

 

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THANKS FOR VISITING & HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!

 

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text 2018-11-17 11:40
Spotlight! Partners by Michael Dirubio!

 

 

 

A young girl must confront the fact that she has the Gift. A unique ability to use subatomic particles trapped in the matrixes of gem stones. The Gift allows the user extraordinary feats, but comes with a hidden cost: the madness. Agnes must find her way i the world of the normals and of the Gifted. She must also confront the realities of wielding enormous power.

 


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41216563-partners?from_search=true

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon -
 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GJWHYG5/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

 

B&N -
 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/partners-michael-dirubio/1129325065?ean=2940155733522

 

 

 


Michael Dirubio is a new author on the scene writing hard science fiction. I swear never to write a book about an elf, a quest, or a sword. Not that there is anything wrong with fantasy, I love it! I just miss Heinlein, Poul Anderson and Asimov. I served twenty years in the US Military on submarines so my lack of social skills is perfectly suited to being a writer. I don't currently plan to write a huge series. I don't want to tie myself down to the same characters. I have some published now and ideas for about ten more in my head. I write fairly quickly so ideally I plan to put out a book a year. 

Additionally, I think it is incumbent upon me to let you know I write simply for myself. I don't care for money or fame. If you have a criticism or I have made a mistake, please feel free to share it but I reserve the right to disregard all. I encourage anyone who thinks they can do better to please try. That's how I started: a simple premise: what if I were the program manger for a Mars Mission. I used my knowledge of the defense industry to look at that idea. My other books are similar, why did they do that? As for the rest, age, where I live and family? Unimportant but late fifties. I live in the bay area and have a long suffering wife.

 

Author Website: http://www.michaeldirubio.com/

 


THANKS FOR VISITING & HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!

 

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text 2018-09-14 11:00
Blog Tour with Excerpt & Giveaway! Jacelyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting!

 

 

 

Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting


What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

 

 

Just $1.99 on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Jaclyn-Beanstalk-Mary-Ting-ebook/dp/B07GL97KM5

 

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I reached out, and just before I touched the brush, the old woman grabbed my wrist. Her probing fingers seemed to be seeking something. I gasped and jerked away from her sharp nails and the coldness of her touch.

 

“I apologize.” I tugged at my sleeve, even though it was already down, for fear she had seen my birthmark.

 

Her hood shifted and her dark, snapping eyes assured me she had. But when she peered up at me with a small smile, she eased my mind.

 

“Have a care, please.”

 

Her raspy voice stunned me, as she continued to stare, examining me like I was some kind of novelty.

 

“I’m sorry,” I apologized again. “I want to buy the set for my mother. I have a silver coin.”

 

I showed it to her. Perhaps she thought me a thief like the hat seller.

 

“Which one suits your fancy?”

 

She reached underneath her cloak for something—a dagger maybe?

My pulse raced. My mind became unsteady. Defeating an old woman would be easy, unless she was a witch. I had heard tales of witches in my younger days, but I’d never paid attention. I wished I had.

 

I pointed. “That one, please.”

 

She handed me the brush first and then the mirror. I ran my finger across the vine from the bottom, feeling the curves and indentations and the fine texture of the smooth wood. Admiring its beauty, I knew Mother would be pleased.

 

The old woman’s eyes stayed on my covered wrists. No fear showed through them, only recognition or something else unexplainable. Before she could ask me a question, I placed the silver coin in front of her and turned to leave.

 

“Stop,” she said.

 

I gulped fear down my throat.

 

Have I done something wrong? What will she ask of me?

 

All my life, no one had asked me about my birthmarks. I hid them well.

 

“Yes?” I turned to her, smiling.

 

“Here, I have a gift for you.”

 

I was foolish enough to think she would give me a silver back, so I opened my hand to her. She dropped three beans in it and closed my fist. When her hand touched mine, she gasped sharply, and her eyes rolled back.

 

I shuddered at her expression. I wanted to run far from her, but I remained calm when no trickery played from her. But why beans? Not a bag of beans, but three shriveled, gray, speckled beans.

 

“Nay, thank you.”

 

I tried to open my hand to return them to her, but she held steady onto me. The old fool giving me beans—she must be mad. And I needed to head back to Father.

“You look like your mother. Have ’em.” Her eyes bored into mine, and then finally let go. “You’d be wise to hold these fast. A time will come when you are in need. Use them wisely.”

 


For blog tour schedue:

http://www.iamareader.com/2018/07/blog-tour-sign-ups-jaclyn-and-the-beanstalk-by-mary-ting.html

 


Author Mary Ting

 

International Bestselling/Award Winning Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. She also toured with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

 

Website - http://www.tangledtalesofting.com/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/maryting

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryTing

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/authormaryting/

 

 

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

 

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