Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dream of the Navigator - Stephen Zimmer - Blog Tour- New Release

About the author: Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels and novellas(Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk), the Ragnar Stormbringer Tales (Sword and Sorcery), and the forthcoming Faraway Saga (YA Dystopian/Cross-Genre).
Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.
Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

 Book Synopsis for Dream of the Navigator:  
 "1984 and Brave New World meets Narnia"
Cities have been replaced by technates. It is a world of soaring apartments, hundreds of stories high, where technology measures, monitors and rations to meet the needs of the greater populace. It is a world of drones, in the air and on the ground, and advanced robotic beings who carry out much of the harder labor, security, and even pleasure assignments.
Those discontent, or who resist, are taken to Rehabilitation Centers, established after the embrace of the Greater Good Doctrine.
For most, virtual realms, substances, and entertainment provide escapes, but for Haven, Cayden, Jaelynn, and Salvador, growing up in Technate 6 is a restless existence.
A hunger for something more gnaws inside each of them. Discoveries await that open the gates to transcend time and space, and even new planes of existence. Nothing in their universe, or others, is impossible to explore.
What was once reality, now seems like an illusion in a deepening experience.
Begin the journey to Faraway, in Dream of the Navigator, the first book of the Faraway Saga!

My Thoughts:

I love dystopian fiction and jumped at the chance to review this one. I will start by saying that once again Seventh Star Press has created a beautiful cover. There has been several covers produced by this publisher that I would gladly have on my walls and this is one of them. But there is much more going on then the cover could ever convey. Zimmer is one of those authors that takes time and puts so much in to character and world building. While this was gripping and you can feel yourself being sucked into this world, but this is a world I would not want to live in. While I am a huge supporter of technology it has always been a fear of mine that tech could go to far and this is what we have here. Tech monitors everything and makes sure the masses are in line and one toe out and you are sent to be reconditioned to get them back in line. The four main characters introduce us to this world and take us along for a interesting journey. I like when chapters are told from different views points like he has done in this one. I look forward to the next book in the series. If you liked We, Brave New World,  or 1984 pick this one up.  I recommend this for anyone who like dystopian and this can really be read by all ages.

Connect with Stephen:

Twitter: @sgzimmer

Instagram: @stephenzimmer7

Where to buy:

Print Version
Kindle Version

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This book/eBook being reviewed was provided for an honest review, and that no compensation was provided.  

Saturday, October 14, 2017


I love October, I love Halloween, I love horror, ghost stories and spooky reads. So for my hop stop I am going to spotlight several horror, ghost stories and spooky reads. In no particular order you will read about some books and authors that I either have read and enjoyed or that can be found on my TBR list. For my giveaway I am offering a signed copy of "Skull full of kisses" By Michael West who is one of my favorite horror writers. 

1.) Tim McWhorter 
Tim McWhorter was born under a waning crescent moon, and while he has no idea what the significance is, he thinks it sounds really cool to say. A graduate of Otterbein College with a BA in Creative Writing, he is the author of the novella Shadows Remain, the suspense-thrillers, Bone White, and its sequel, Blackened, and a collection of short stories titled Swallowing The Worm and Other Stories. He lives the suburban life just outside of Columbus, OH, with his wife, a handful of children and a few obligatory 'family' pets that have somehow become solely his responsibility. He is currently hard at work on another thriller with just enough horror to keep you up at night. 

He is available for conversation through Twitter (@Tim_McWhorter), Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Mcwhorter-author) and his website (www.timmcwhorter.com).
Bone White (front - CS)
Where to buy: Amazon
2.) Lindsey Behee
Lindsey Behee was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. Married in 2009, she had the opportunity to travel the United States due to her husband's job, living in California and Colorado before settling in Texas. Currently, she is lucky to get to stay home with their two young daughters. This has given her the chance to fulfill her dream and finally get pen to paper.

In October 2015, Lindsey published her first book, a collection of short stories titled "Paranormalish: A Collection of Writings."
Paranormalish: A Collection of Writings by [Behee, Lindsey]
Where to buy: Amazon
3.) Brick Marlin 
Brick Marlin has been writing since he was a child. From an early age he was exposed to older, original horror movies. The great ones that have made a mark in history. He also tackled reading the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, H.G. Wells, W. W. Jacobs, etc. Thus, he decided to engage himself and write horror and dark fantasy, scaring readers such as his parents, his friends, a handful of neighbors, and even leaving a few school teachers scratching their heads wondering if the boy should be committed or not with his gruesome tales of terror. Short story ideas continued to visit. A book idea or two sometimes stopped by for a sit. In 2007 he decided to take a more professional approach with his work. Hence, as a member of the Horror Writers Association, already having five books published by small presses with one more in the works coming soon, nearly twenty-five short stories published, adding to the few anthologies and collaborations with other authors, Brick Marlin trudges onward, hoping to achieve more creations, living in the minds of his characters making decisions such as whether to turn the knob and enter through the Red Door, or perhaps try and take a chance at the Blue Door, the one that is already ajar, a bony finger beckoning the next visitor. You can also visit Brick at: http://www.brickmarlin.com/
Shadow Out of the Sky (Transitional Delusions Series Book 1) by [Marlin, Brick]
Where to buy: Amazon
4.) Selah Janel 
Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little when she wondered if fairies lived in the nearby state park and worried that vampires hid in the old barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn't hurt, either. 
Everything she does feeds the idea machine and she often finds a story in the strangest of places. She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror but will give any genre a chance if the idea is good enough. Her work has appeared in the winter 2012 issue of The MacGuffin, issue three and five of The Realm Beyond, and the back to school issue of Stories for Children Magazine. She has also contributed to multiple anthologies including The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, the upcoming Thunder on the Battlefield, and the upcoming Bedtime Stories for Girls.  She has multiple e-books with Mocha Memoirs Press, including Holly and Ivy and The Other Man. Olde School, the first book in The Kingdom City Chronicles will be out later this year with Seventh Star Press.
Catch up with Selah in the following places: Blog - www.selahjanel.wordpress.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/authorSJ
Twitter - www.twitter.com/SelahJanel
Goodreads - www.goodreads.com/selahjanel
Mooner by [Janel, Selah]
Where to buy: Amazon
5.) Stephen Zimmer
Award-winning author and filmmaker Stephen Zimmer is based out of Lexington, Kentucky. His works include the Rising Dawn Saga, the Fires in Eden Series, the Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave short story collections, the Harvey and Solomon steampunk stories, and the Rayden Valkyrie Tales. Stephen currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky.

Stephen can be found online at:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephenzimmer7
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sgzimmer
Hellscapes, Volume 1
Where to buy: Amazon
6.) Alexander S. Brown
Alexander S. Brown is a Mississippi author who was published in 2008 with his first book Traumatized. Reviews for this short story collection were so favorable that it has been released as a special edition by Pro Se Press. Brown is currently one of the co-editors/coordinators with the Southern Haunts anthologies published by Seventh Star Press. His horror novel Syrenthia Falls is represented by Dark Oak Press. His current short story collection The Night the Jack O’ Lantern Went Out, published by Pro Se Press, received bestseller status under three literary categories on Amazon.com upon release. He is currently dabbling in spoken word poetry. He is the author of multiple young adult steampunk stories found in the Dreams of Steam anthologies, Capes and Clockwork anthologies, and the anthology Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells. His more extreme works can be found in the anthology Luna’s Children published by Dark Oak Press, Reel Dark published by Seventh Star Press and State of Horror: Louisiana Vol 1 published by Charon Coin Press. Brown is also the producer of, and actor, in the short film The Acquired Taste inspired by a story in his book Traumatized and directed by Chuck Jett.
Where to buy: Amazon
7.) Emerian Rich 
Emerian Rich is the author of the Night's Knights Vampire Series. She's been included in many short story anthologies and also writes romance under Emmy Z. Madrigal. She is the horror host of HorrorAddicts.net and Editorial Director for the San Francisco Bay Area magazine, SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. Find out more about Emerian at: www.emzbox.com
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Where to buy: Amazon
8.) Glenn Porzig 
Glenn Porzig is best known as the creator of the comic book heroine Ace of Diamonds. Glenn grew up reading comics, pulp novels, and watching too much TV. Glenn and his wife Carly have written three screenplays together. They live in Indiana with a menagerie of both furry and scaly pets. Since 2005 he has been the co-host of PodCulture.com a weekly fandom podcast. Glenn has worked over twenty years in the television industry including two highly rated specials for SCI FI Channel; The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence, and The New Roswell: Kecksburg Exposed. He currently, literally, has his head in the clouds as a videographer on a TV news helicopter. Recently he has turned his attention to writing short stories and novellas. Glenn's first short story, Master of the Dead, was published by Destroyer Books in More Blood: A Sinanju Anthology. His debut occult horror novella, Darkness Unbound: Lady in Black, was released the summer of 2014. Glenn is proud to have collaborated with legendary Scream Queen Brinke Stevens to bring the Darkness Unbound series to life as audiobooks.
You can learn more about his writing projects at DarknessUnbound.com.
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This one is his trilogy in one book and it is only 99 cents for the eBook. 
Where to buy: Amazon
9.) Jack Wallen
Jack Wallen is what happens when a Gen Xer mind-melds with present day snark. Jack is a seeker of truth and a writer of words with a quantum mechanical pencil and a disjointed beat of sound and soul. Although he resides in the unlikely city of Louisville, Kentucky, Jack likes to think of himself more as an interplanetary traveler, on the lookout for the Satellite of Love and a perpetual movie sign...or so he tells the reflection in the mirror (some times in 3rd person). Jack is the author of numerous tales of dark, twisty fiction including the I Zombie series, the Klockwerk Movement, the Fringe Killer series, Shero, The Nameless Saga, and much more.
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Where to buy: Amazon
10.) JH Glaze
Living in the heart of the South, J.H. Glaze spins tales that will grab you by the throat and not let you go until the last page. If you are a fan of Horror, Thrillers, Action, and like the occasional dash of Humor in the mix, Glaze is the author who should be on your reading short list. His stories are packed with punch and wit, and when you meet him at a Horror/SciFi/Fantasy convention, he will dare you to pick one up, read a few paragraphs and try to stop reading – if you can. With multiple titles under his belt, Glaze has established a solid reputation as a writer. When his characters aren’t screaming, their cool and natural dialog will draw you into their world and set you up for some of the most unique plot twists you have ever encountered. Step into the vortex of the writings of J.H. Glaze. When you reach the final page of each of his stories, you will find yourself shaking your fist at the sky and screaming what most everyone who reads him does, “I WANT MORE!” Glaze draws inspiration for his tales from the adventurous life he has lived and the unusual people he has met along the way. He was born and raised in Niles, Ohio, but currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, Susan, three dogs and a parrot who bites him whenever it gets the chance.
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Where to buy: Amazon
11.) RJ Sullivan 
R.J. Sullivan’s latest book, Commanding the Red Lotus, is a novel-length collection of three space opera tales in the tradition of Andre Norton and Gene Roddenberry. His novel Haunting Blue is an edgy paranormal thriller and the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona “Blue” Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Seventh Star Press also released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, and Virtual Blue, the second part of Fiona’s tale. R.J.’s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don’t Sparkle. These stories were compiled in R.J.'s 2015 collection Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy.

R.J. co-hosts the Two Towers Talk Show YouTube program with John F. Allen (twotowerstalkshow.com). He resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks regularly from a Little Mermaid coffee mug and is man enough to admit it. Check in to rjsullivanfiction.com to learn the latest about the projects of R.J. Sullivan.
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Where to buy: Amazon
12.) Deanna Jewel
Deanna Jewel is a multi-genre romance author and has been writing for several years. Now living in northern Idaho in the Pacific Northwest, she is working on several projects. In addition to writing, creating book trailers is another of her passions. When she isn't busy creating, Deanna enjoys reading, cover designing, web and banner designs, gardening and travel.  Visit her website at http://deannajewel.com to find out more about her and her work. She has a monthly contests, a new newsletter, and lots to do on her website. She enjoys helping other authors with interviews on her blog site at http://deannajewel.blogspot.com so hop over and find yourself a new author or two!
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Where to buy: Amazon
13.) Michael West 
Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. A graduate of Indiana University, West earned a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, and since that time, he has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar. His children are convinced that spirits move through the woods near their home.  West's short story "Goodnight," originally published in WICKED KARNIVAL #6, was named "Best Horror Short Story of 2005" in the P&E Readers Poll.
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Where to buy:Amazon

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