Advance Reader Copy Giveaway

What’s an advance reader copy (or, commonly known as ARC)? An ARC is a copy of a book released by the publisher before the book has gone to press for a complete printing. Many times the ARCs do not have the final dust jacket or paper cover, formatting or binding of the finished product; and the text of an ARC might also differ slightly from that of the final published book if the book is edited after the ARC is produced (usually for widows, typos, or to add pages of reviews and front matter). ARCs are normally distributed to reviewers, bookstores, magazines, and (in some cases) libraries between two and six months before the book is officially released.

THE BOOK
Low Man, by T.J. Vargo
Genre: horror
Release Date: October 13, 2008

LOW MAN

LOW MAN


Summary:
Robbed at gunpoint while working the nightshift at a convenience store, Benny Assissi takes stock of his life. His good-paying factory job is gone—outsourced overseas. His wife sits in a hospital emergency room with his dying son. And there’s a gun under the counter, one he never saw until now.

Determined to gain control over his life, he grabs the gun and runs after the thief. One bullet later, he finds out how precious life is and how far he must go to keep it, even if it means walking straight through Hell.

In the fog of death, he discovers that life isn’t about what you have, but how much you love—and how far you’ll go to see your love again.

PRAISE FOR VARGO AND LOW MAN:

“Vargo introduces the reader to tangible characters in the presence of ancient and impure evil. A must read, preferably during the day in a well-lit room.” —T.M. Gray, Author of GHOSTS OF MAINE

“Vargo is a writer who’s not afraid to take chances, a writer who understands how to craft characters with whom a reader can relate, a writer to watch very, very carefully.”—Brian A. Hopkins, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author

“Vargo is a voice with a certain place in the future of horror.” —David Whitman, Author of DEADFELLAS

“Vargo writes some of the most vividly detailed scenes I’ve read in years. The characters are as real as anyone you’ll meet on the street (and a few you’ll hope you never meet.) Fans of dark fantasy and suspense should rejoice and welcome Vargo with open arms.” —Brandon Massey, author of VICIOUS and THE OTHER BROTHER

THE CONTEST
We will randomly pick three entrants to receive ARC copies of the novel. Free of charge. Winners don’t pay tax, shipping, zip.

TO ENTER
Simply post a comment on this post with your email address by midnight PST on August 22, 2008. That’s it. We will randomly pick three winners, and will contact them by email. If we cannot reach you within 48 hours after the contest ends, we will move on and pick someone else.

THE RULES
–You can only enter once. We employ highly-trained email spies. They will know if you’re cheating.
–You must post your email address. Otherwise we won’t know how to send you the book.
–If chosen, you must respond back within 48 hours or you lose it.
–If chosen, you promise to read the entire novel, and then write a short and honest review about what you thought of the novel, and then email it to us as well as post on Amazon.com. The review must be completely honest. If you love the book, please, rant about it. If you don’t, then say so. Honesty is the key here. And there’s no length minimum/max for your review–just…please do a little more than “Love it!” or “This book sucked.”

Again, the deadline is August 22,2008. AND YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER!!! Good luck!

Of Quills and Kings Excerpt

Click the file below to read an excerpt of the new upcoming novel, Of Quills and Kings.
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Of Quills and Kings – upcoming release

GENRE: Fantasy

AUTHOR: Joel Reeves

RELEASE DATE: July 4, 2008

SUMMARY:

It has the power to heal, to prolong life, and to make one a god. It also has the power to bend minds and control free will…

Jonathan Quintain is a naïve young man reluctant to assume leadership after the Baron abandons the castle with his mistress and most of the staff. When a spell cast by the inept advisor and castle mage, Gamitof Pym, goes awry, the castle is turned upside down— freeing a very-underestimated hedgehog prisoner and displacing the magical Orb.

Pox, the youngest of a line of inept and arrogant deities who originally had control of and then lost the Orb, sets out on a mission to recover it. Though Pox’s seemingly easy task becomes botched when Walpole, the so-called Sacred Hedgehog of Yurle, steals the Orb and begins his mission for world domination.

Following a battle for the now-ruined castle, Jonathan learns that the demonic hedgehog has captured the realm’s child-king. With nothing left at home for a young man’s appetite for adventure, he and his friends set off into the desolate land of Yurle to save their king and hopefully recover the stolen Orb.

It is in the unfamiliar and dangerous lands of Yurle that Jonathan and Gamitof discover the challenges of life outside the confines of the castle, and more importantly, they learn the true depths of Walpole’s devious nature and his ultimate plan for humankind.

REVIEWS:

“There are some things that should not be in the hands of Evil. “Of Quills and Kings” is the story of a young man who must fight a demonic hedgehog for his homeland’s most valued treasure – the Orb of Immortality.

The problem is made more pressing in that the Orb greatly enhances the Hedgehog’s powers. Jonathan, our young hero, must brave insurmountable odds lest he surrender his homeland to the hands of a demon. “Of Quills and Kings” is an exciting fantasy novel from start to finish, and a top pick for community library fantasy collections and their customers.”

–The Midwest Book Review
http://www.midwestbookreview.com

The McKenzie Files – coming summer 2008

The McKenzie Files
By: Barry Nelson
Genre: Science Fiction
Release date: Summer 2008
Cover image: Coming soon

The human United Protectorate is under attack by the reptilian alien race know as the Brelac. The Brelac’s bloodthirsty onslaught brings forth the creation of the genetically engineered humanoid weapons called Reploids.

These Reploids are the perfect weapon in every way; they are identical copies of real humans that have been captured, killed, cloned, embedded with powerful psionic-based abilities, and programmed to kill for the Brelac. They are untraceable, they blend into human society, and they are believable—so believable, that the Reploids themselves do not know they are clones.

Colin McKenzie is a second generation Reploid planted in the Protectorate military. When he turns on his commanding officer in an attempt to protect a shipwrecked band of Brelac soldiers, he is captured and reprogrammed—along with two other arrested Reploids—to serve the government they were originally created to destroy.

A dark alliance between the Brelac and the separatist organization Vendetta looms over the Protectorate. The balance is upset when the traitorous Doctor Howard Fenlow—the scientist who is the very creator of the Reploids—manages to produce a weapon powerful enough to bring the Protectorate to its knees.

And there are only three that can stop it.