Release: Uncanny

Uncanny
Sarah Fine
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: October 3, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Two sisters. One death. No memories.

Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin—a sophisticated brain-computer interface—may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions—and dread of what the answers might mean.

When a downward spiral of self-destruction forces Cora to work with an AI counselor, she finds an unexpected ally, even as others around her grow increasingly convinced that Hannah’s death was no accident. As Cora’s dark past swirls chaotically with the versions of Hannah’s life and death that her family and friends want to believe, Cora discovers the disturbing depths of what some people may do—including herself.

With her very sanity in question, Cora is forced to face her greatest fear. She will live or die by what she discovers.

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Excerpt from Uncanny:

I did not anticipate the wind. on the sidewalk, it made jackets flap and leaves rustle. Seven stories up, it threatens to throw me right over the edge.

Is that what I want?

I’m not good at knowing what I want—that’s what she said to me, and it turns out she was right. This will be my last decision, and it could be my worst or my best, but I don’t know if it will be something I want.

But wanting isn’t relevant now.

My shoes scrape over cement as i stand on the roof’s ledge. I am battered. Faltering. My arms are out, my fingers splayed. I turn around and face the school’s security cannies, who have formed a semicircle around me on the roof as they slowly approach. outdated, outmoded, neo-plastic skin, expressionless. They are here to stop me, or at least detain me until emergency services reach us, but like me, they are not immune to gravity. If I go over, they can’t save me.

They’re programmed to save me. They won’t feel a thing if they fail, though. They can’t. That’s the difference between us.

Looking at their blank eyes fills me with a sense of the inevitable.

I can’t remember not existing, whatever happened before I became me. I don’t think it hurt, not like this. Perhaps I’m wrong, though. Maybe I’ve been here before.

I crane my neck to see past the machine men, searching for the one face I need, one I know I’ve already seen for the last time. She isn’t here. Of course she isn’t. She can’t be.

I want to see her one last time. After everything I did, she wouldn’t look at me with anything other than sorrow or maybe hate or pity. But still, I want to see her.

There. That’s one thing I know I want. even if it were relevant, it still doesn’t matter. I inch back a little. It would be easier for the wind to take me. I’d prefer that over doing this myself. But the cannies keep getting closer, and the wind is still now. Unhelpful.

“This is my choice,” I say loudly. “I’m doing this of my own free will.”

Is this what she wanted? I think this might be what she wanted.

It’s all tangled up in her, and she’s not here. I’ll never see her again. I’ll never see her again, and it’s because of the choices I made.

Free will.

Want.

I close my eyes. It’s time.


About the Author

Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now.

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Release: An Impossible World

An Impossible World
S.P. Cervantes
Publication date: July 25, 2017
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Romance


What would happen if terrorism spread and hate took over? What would the world become?

Isabella (Belle) Grey trained throughout her entire adult life to protect those around her –training that would prove invaluable in her quest to make a new life. Forced to live in an impossible world, terror was not only right outside the walls of her protected community, but also raging behind the walls of her very own home.

No longer willing to put up with her husband’s drunken abuse, Belle made the desperate decision to run away from the safety of her community and escape alone into the broken world beyond. Chased by death as bombs exploded in the distance, her next decision might not only save her life, but could potentially bring light back into her darkened soul.

When faced with the impossible, Belle found strength in an unsuspecting stranger who set her path in a new direction – one she never considered.

Fear. Love. Revenge. Strength … all come together in this epic tale of fate and survival.

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S.P. Cervantes is the author of the acclaimed contemporary romance series, A Broken Fairy Tale series. S.P. is also the author of the highly-rated young adult romantic fantasy trilogy, Secrets of Shadow Hill, that has been described as, “Twilight meets Harry Potter.” It’s not your typical romantic fantasy.

S.P Cervantes lives in Orange County, California with her husband and three children, where she is a teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing, reading, and running, but is always thinking of an idea for her next novel.

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Release: The Ghost King

Happy Monday, y’all! Today, it’s Jeff Altabef’s latest book, The Ghost King!

Who are Aaliss and Wilky, and why are they going to war? Will there be more magic and mayhem, like in Altabef’s first book, The Red Death (which won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Science Fiction last fall, FYI)? One of the best parts of this release is that you can get both books for only 99 cents each this week!


An Ancient Prophecy foretold.
An Evil haunts the land.
A battle looms against overwhelming odds.

Led by a powerful witch, a wild invading army threatens to tear the Soulless lands apart. To survive, the three tribes must join together, but old grievances and hatred divide them. Only Wilky can unite them, but when he glimpses the future, he sees only a glimmer of hope; too much of the future remains veiled in darkness.
As the battle approaches, King Dermot orders his brother, Eamon, to stay behind at the Stronghold and defend against a possible siege. Eamon, who took an oath to fight the invaders, defies his brother, risks everything, and plunges into a desperate race with Aaliss and Wilky to unite the tribes.

Enemies from all sides conspire against them. Only together can they hope to succeed against the witch who will stop at nothing to destroy them. Yet, even united, they will need magic to defeat this enemy at their door.

As the battle looms, only one chance at survival remains – the Ghost King – but who is he, and what will be the price of their redemption?


What else is so great about this release? This exclusive excerpt! There are 5 featured excerpts on this tour: one on the Novel Publicity page, one on Jeff Altabef’s website, and 3 spread among the 20+ blogs that have helped Jeff with this release!

Chapter 4

Rage pulsed through Cassian. He wanted to kill them all, but his brother was right. There were too many warriors, and the rumble of the war band in the distance only grew louder.

Max pulled an arrow from his quiver, but Cassian grabbed him and yanked him behind a pine tree. His young cousin squirmed, but Cassian held him back with one arm as his head cleared.

Lucian frowned. “We can’t wait around here. We need to run back to the horse.”

The horsemen had regained their confidence now that the arrows had stopped flying. Three galloped toward the forest, shouting and pointing as they rode. Luckily, they didn’t know where to look and had guessed wrong.

If they stayed there, the horsemen would find them—and soon.

“Come on.” Lucian raced into the forest.

Cassian tossed Max over his shoulder and ran after him, sprinting away from the approaching horsemen, the smoke, and his dead cousin. Using his hunter’s instincts, he ran quietly, passing trees in a green blur. He scooted under branches, leapt over roots, and cut around hedges and tall grasses. Sweat drenched his shirt as he churned his legs hard.

He stopped when they reached the ghost tree where they had tied the horse. They had brought only one.

He dropped Max to the ground and listened for the sound of approaching horses, but he only heard normal forest sounds coupled with their own heavy breathing. Once he was sure no one had followed them, he dropped to his knees and winced as the image of the axe beheading his cousin played in his mind.

How could they kill her? She was defenseless.


About the Author

Jeff Altabef is an award-winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center at his local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official, and Altabef now writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, was his debut novel. Evolved Publishing has published Jeff’s second thriller, Shatter Point, which won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Fall 2014 in the category of Best Thriller. Jeff’s first young adult novel, Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel, will be published in March by Evolved Publishing. He’s extremely excited that his daughter, Erynn Altabef, is his co-author of The Chosen Series. As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column with The Examiner focused on writing, and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories.

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