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Earth 101: Time to Run

Earth 101: Time to Run by Emae Church introduces us to Jayne’s eerie world, where high school girls are disappearing and mysterious boys with unnatural features seemed to be all around. Jayne is the only one who remembers the missing girls, and it’s starting to make her feel like she’s going crazy. One boy in particular forms a powerful bond with her—Aithen is alluring and kind to Jayne when the rest of their school is suspicious of her research into the missing girls. With a strange man named Erek lurking around the girls and mutterings of possible supernatural creatures, all signs point to one dark answer: alien abduction.

The world is in peril, and the characters in Earth 101: Time to Run need to save it. Jayne herself holds the fate of the universe in her hands. Through her compassion for her missing friends and desperation to protect her family, Jayne connects the dots and becomes closer to Aithen as he shares the secrets of his home planet, Korudaz. He moves through time and sees the future where Jayne’s life is in danger. Rather than allow those pieces to fall into place, they decide to rewrite history and save the world.

I loved the pacing of this story. Every moment was a surprising twist, full of exciting action. The characters were nuanced and complex as they navigated the supernatural aspects of the story. I really enjoyed seeing the connections that Jayne made with others as she strives toward protecting the people she loves and saving her friends from being permanently deleted.

While I found the alien world fascinating, I was a little confused by all the terms that we are introduced to. There were many worlds, objects, and people to keep track of at once as the alien universe is first brought into our story. However, by the end of the book these ideas became easier to follow and made the story very intriguing and created an immersive experience. I liked how creative the approach to space was within this book.

Earth 101: Time to Run by Emae Church is a fast-paced, high intensity science fiction story that brings a new approach to stories of alien invasion. With our heroine Jayne and her intense focus, we’re able to travel through time and watch as she encounters daring feats. This is a story full of passion, action, and romance that you won’t want to miss.

Pages: 412 | ISBN: 1916300375

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Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish

Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish (Book 1 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga) by [B.A. Vonsik]

Paths of Anguish by BA Vonsik is an epic fantasy-adventure novel that begins in the present and ends up in fantastical times and places. It all starts when a strange artifact is discovered at an archeological site by a young paleontology student, Nikki. The mystery object seems to possess some space-time continuum bending properties and she is soon transported to the ancient past when a literal hole-in-the-ground opens up beneath her. She finds herself in a different time and place, and even a different person, in a place where where the rules are unknown and the dangers seem unstoppable.

The world-building in this story is spectacular. It makes for some dense reading but I feel like I’m being transported into a totally different world. It’s atmospheric and the tiniest details are given attention– from the misty breezes to the glint of a blade. The descriptions make it much more atmospheric. This is not to say the book is slow, rather, it is well-paced. The action scenes had me flipping pages and kept me engrossed in the story.

I was enthralled by the dynamic between Rogaan and Pax, and their complex internal lives. Their journey is physical as well as a mental one– especially for Rogaan. He really had some not-the-brightest-bulb moments but was nonetheless endearing. Watching their friendship get tested under the stress of survival and competition was intense but I was rooting for them throughout. The political drama was also a large part of the story and the different ways in which interpersonal relationships changed and stayed the same was fascinating.

Paths of Anguish has some deep world-building and a lot of new vocabulary for the different creatures, vegetation, people and their positions in society. This can be overwhelming at first but really just creates the perfect story for escapists or anyone looking for a well defined fantasy world to get lost in. This is a riveting adventure novel that I think will appeal to readers who like Mistborn or The Six of Crows. Paths of Anguish is a thrilling start to an epic fantasy series.

Pages: 307 | ASIN: B00JGFIW5A

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The Complexities Of Her Relationship

Ardel Emery
Ardel Emery Author Interview

Rise Of The Trials follows a young woman on a trip to see family when secrets are exposed and relationships are tested. What were some sources that informed this novels development?

It was important to me to take the reader on a journey into the past that Cadence and Trystan share to explain some of the reasoning behind why they behave the way they do with one another. Inserting Trystan into Cadence’s family dynamic to highlight the complexities of her relationship with Trystan proved to be a very intriguing concept for me to further explore. This element gave me the ability to get further into the complexity of Cadence’s character. It was the perfect backdrop to unravel Cadence’s carefully constructed world and bring out more elements of what makes her who she is and who she is in the process of becoming. The beautiful part of this process was that I was able to simultaneously draw out some very important character aspects of Trystan that is hidden from the reader in the first book. We get to see a deeper insight into Trystan’s experiences and this adds such a nice friction between Trystan, Cadence, and Blake.

What were some obstacles you felt were important to Cadence’s character development?

One of the biggest obstacles Cadence faces is certainly trying to better understand the unexplainable things that are happening to her. This is an essential component for laying the foundation of the next part of her journey. Trystan has always been a big obstacle for Cadence as well. He will continue to be an obstacle to her. This relationship dynamic is one of my favorite things about writing out the scenes between Cadence and Trystan. His will is just as commendable as hers and it adds such a nice flavor to their relationship. Blake hasn’t posed as much of an obstacle up to this point, but stay tuned…his role is about to change in a big way.

If your book was made into a movie what actress/actor do you see playing the lead roles?

There are so many talented actors/actresses and it would be intriguing to see some talent that has yet to be discovered assume some of the lead roles. There are some current actors/actresses that I have thought about playing the lead roles. I think a great fit for Trystan would be Dylan O’Brien. His ability to capture the emotion of the characters he plays is a truly amazing thing to watch. Saoirse Ronan would be incredible as Cadence. Her talent is amazing. Sam Claflin portraying Blake would be so much fun to watch. I think he could bring something quite special to that character.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The next book I am working on is the third installment of the Perseverance Saga. This will be available 09/03/2021 and is titled Perseverance: Descension To Hell.

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Epic love laced with epic pain…

Loving him was my secret. Mine alone. I never let anyone come remotely close to accessing that part of my heart. Not even myself, except on rare occasions. Trystan was simultaneously the source of my greatest love and the source of my greatest heartache. He never knew how I felt about him. I’d never told him how deeply and profoundly in love with him I was…and still am. He had always considered me a friend so that was the position in his life that I desperately struggled to maintain. I couldn’t let him know, but I also couldn’t let him go.

I tried to put Trystan in my past. To some degree, I was able to achieve just that. He lived so far away and only came back to visit on occasion. But every time he returned, it was like reigniting a smoldering inferno within me.

Then I met Blake.

Arguably the most eligible man in Hollywood. Wait, did I say Hollywood? I meant the world. He is the epitome of what every female dreams about. Falling in love with Blake was seamless. Trystan was rarely around and after spending years feeling like I was suffocating, being with Blake was like breathing my first breath of fresh air. It was a much needed reprieve for a wounded and tattered heart like mine.

Then an ordinary trip leads to extraordinary events. Extreme circumstances usher in changes in me and in my life that I could never have dreamed were possible. And a love I thought was beyond my reach is suddenly right within my grasp.

Past love collides with future love and there is nothing I can do to escape either.

Follow Cadence as she begins her travel into the unknown.

The Devil Pulls the Strings

The Devil Pulls the Strings by [J.W. Zarek, Peter Johnston, Susanne Purvis]

Confusion is the name of the game for poor Boone. Most of the time, he doesn’t know where he is, who he is talking to, or why he is there. Boone’s life is one strange adventure after another, but none of these adventures are planned. Boone Daniels is a time traveler and an unwilling one at that. A tragic event involving his best friend, Flynn, has placed Boone in the very awkward and frightening position of finding someone called “the Professor.” Nothing about his task is appealing, but Boone is not in a position to argue. He’s on a mission to make things right.

The Devil Pulls the Strings is an imaginative science fiction tale by J.W. Zarek. Main character, Boone Daniels, has happened upon his time-traveling abilities quite by accident, and he remains in a perpetual state of overwhelming confusion when his travels take him to one century and one part of the globe after another. While he is not thrilled at the idea of going to New York to take Flynn’s place in a gig, he knows he owes Flynn and owes him big.

Boone’s travels from place to place and time to time happen quickly–very quickly. Zarek has the book’s main character moving rapidly through time to complete the mission he has been given. Readers are treated to numerous tidbits of history as Boone races through time to prevent events he knows will occur. There seems to be nothing left out when it comes to major historical events, famous names, and easily recognizable points of interest. The blend of present-day Boone and time-traveling Boone make for an engaging storyline.

The first-person point of view really makes Zarek’s book a truly engaging adventure novel. Hearing Boone describe his apprehension and his insecurities in his own voice really make the story all the more relatable. He struggles with his strange gift, and he is in a constant battle trying to figure out which way is up and how to solve the never-ending puzzle before him.

The Devil Pulls the Strings is a wildly thrilling time travel adventure. Readers who love a good underdog will find Boone Daniels the perfect main character–his constant trepidation is endearing. Zarek’s unlikely time-traveling hero, Boone, brings an element of humor and normalcy to an otherwise magnificently spun urban fantasy adventure tale.

Pages: 252 | ASIN: B09435JJ67

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Literary Titan Book Awards June 2021

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

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The Devil Pulls the Strings

The Devil Pulls the Strings by [J.W. Zarek, Peter Johnston, Susanne Purvis]

Boone’s life has changed, and it changed in the time it takes to blow an air horn. What should have gone without a hitch turned into an event that could easily have taken his best friend’s life and left Boone standing as the guilty party. Boone, not exactly one for making a spectacle of himself, is now doing his best to pull it together and stand in for Flynn and take his place in the upcoming gig. Boone is prepared, but is he really ready for what lies ahead? There is something Flynn has been hiding from him, and he can’t quite put his finger on it.

The Devil Pulls the Strings, by J.W. Zarek, is the story of Boone, a young man left with a unique set of abilities following a freak accident. Boone now experiences panic attacks and is able to time travel–all out of his control. The big city seems like the worst possible place for Boone, but his debt to Flynn is a big one and must be paid. When he finds himself without the advantage of having a cell phone and being pushed around on the bustling streets of New York City, Boone realizes exactly how far out of his element he really is.

I really love Boone’s character. He’s confused. He’s genuine. And he’s one determined guy. His challenges are beyond those of most main characters you could name, yet he somehow persists. The fact that he is not quite at ease with his abilities makes him even more endearing. The vulnerability given him by the author makes him that much more relatable.

The world Zarek has created for readers is a wonderful blend of science fiction and present day reality. The contrast between the two is amazing and gives readers the best of both worlds. Science fiction fans will enjoy wonderful descriptions of the altered reality Boone is forced to face–vivid scenes, well-drawn characters, and enthralling plot lines. I was especially taken with the way Zarek incorporates the wendigo into Boone’s storyline.

The Devil Pulls the Strings is an enthralling epic fantasy novel. Readers looking for an exhilarating storyline steeped in fantasy and science fiction will become instant fans of Zarek’s work. The plot is involved but will have readers on the edge of their seats rooting for its main character, Boone.

Pages: 252 | ASIN: B09435JJ67

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Would They Be Considered Human?

Jon Gray Lang
Jon Gray Lang Author Interview

The Matilda follows a ragtag space crew that must fight off a government and an alien invasion in a dangerous galaxy set against them. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

For as long as I can remember, I have been enthralled by the worlds created for science fiction. From the beginnings with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, into the dark corners of H.P. Lovecraft’s mind, twisting through the philosophical questions of Phillip K. Dick, and into the cultural phenomena of Star Wars and Star Trek. Peppered throughout is my love of the crazy genre films from the 1980s, the cyberpunk cities of the 1990s, humans struggling to survive space travel in the aughts through to the colorful Marvel movies of the new millennium.

The Matilda is more like a love letter from me to science fiction in general. In fact, so is the whole Matilda Series and it is sprinkled with concepts that kept me attracted to the genre. I had the initial idea for the story locked in my head for close to a decade and it was going to be a television show. But it kept getting shoved to the side by other projects. Jacquie and the crew kept riding me to tell their story. Now, here we are and there is still more story to tell!

I enjoyed the creativity and depth with which you created your characters. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

One of the aspects of storytelling that has always appealed to me is the group dynamic of the ensemble. I am fascinated with how individuals work separately from their group but rely on it at the same time. I wanted my characters to be very human with all the merits and flaws that we carry around. I mean, the crew of the Matilda doesn’t always get along. But seeing the great lengths Jacquie goes to keep her people together and getting to connect with them as they worked together was amazing.

I wanted to show that they can learn from their mistakes and that colors how they handle future situations. But I also wanted to understand how those coping mechanisms can cause problems when they decide to not take those lessons to heart.

To be honest, behind the setting of an unjust universe, alien invasion, and all that, the heart of the story is more about the family we stumble into and the pasts that follow us in. Is that connection enough to keep people together when everything wants to tear them apart?

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I have always been fascinated by the people who exist on the fringes of society, the ones who do the work that isn’t entirely legal. I wanted to touch on the power of the individual or group of individuals versus the society that governs them. How does that color their perception of the world they live in?

I wanted to explore the power of love through friendship and how those bonds can form, bend, and break. Along with that is the capacity for perseverance and having the courage to carry on against all odds. Also, how vulnerability plays in that field but doesn’t necessarily make a person weak. I believe that it can prepare a person to be stronger in the face of adversity.

Lastly, I wanted to touch on the idea of what makes a person human. Is it the environment that raises us? Is it because we’re just born that way? What if an entity is made not born? What if a being has been technologically altered so much that they ‘resemble’ a human? Would they be considered human?

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

It’s been a crazy ride and I’ve been going full tilt for a while now. Twistin’ Matilda and Black Matilda, the second and third books in the series, are currently out and about on Amazon.

I recently finished my latest draft of the fourth one. It is currently in the hands of my editors. I’m sitting on the sidelines with bated breath as I await their corrections so I can get it done. Secret Matilda is set to be released in late 2021.

On top of that, the fifth and final book in the series is halfway through its first draft. The plan is for it to be released in 2022. Once that is completed, I have a compilation of short stories that take place in The Matilda Series universe set to be written. The future looks busy and bright!

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Smuggler. Fugitive. Cyborg. Bounty Hunter.

Far off into the future in a distant part of the galaxy, the Consortium controls the human colonies held together by the jump gates. Where the Consortium doesn’t hold sway, crime flourishes. Through the use of a hellish engine that goes where no one should, the crew of the Matilda slips its way between the two. But nothing has gone smoothly after they broke out one of their own off of a prison ship.

Fighting their way past shadowy government agencies and a dangerous crime lord; monstrosities from an unknown layer of the universe seem dead set to break through into ours.

When their pasts come back to haunt them, can Jacquotte Delahaye and her crew of misfits come together as they are attacked from all sides? Will the galaxy work hand in hand with them to survive the alien onslaught?

Strap yourself in for a bumpy ride in the first book of the series, the Matilda.

What Power Does to Them

Steven Seril
Steven Seril Author Interview

The Destroyer of Worlds is a thrilling fantasy novel that pits gods, aliens, and dragons against each other in an epic war. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I’ve had the core of this story in my heart since I was little, and I even have very old and embarrassing storyboards of the characters and plot. I really wanted to write a story that seemed huge, grand, and important. I was an English major in college (about a decade ago now) and was forced to read a lot of books that were considered “good” or even “great.” However, what I found was that I kept asking, “Why should I care?” or “Why are we even reading this?” It’s an experience common to many students. I wanted to write something different–something significant. I wanted to write something with tremendously high stakes and incredibly powerful, over-the-top characters. I was a voracious reader of mythology growing up. I also loved sci-fi and fantasy media (books, movies, TV shows, and video games). I noticed that no one could get mythology right. They had to “wussify” or soften the mythology to make it accessible to kids and people with weak stomachs. Well, mythology just isn’t like that, sorry. A lot of very messed up stuff happens in mythology and it’s not fully authentic to present it the way that most do. I wanted to do it right and be authentic to the source material. I wanted to do that with a believable and fitting twist. Around 2011 or 12, I came across a TV series called “Once Upon a Time” which featured characters from fairy-tales that most of us are at least somewhat familiar with (like Snow White & Cinderella), however it gave each character a twist. It was fun to see them all interact together. I think that really made me feel that it’d be interesting to go the route that I did by mixing and mending a variety of mythologies into one cohesive story.

I enjoyed how your characters were all varied but equally intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

MOTIVATION. Every single character is driven and motivated by something, and each one has their own goals and desires. That’s key. Some are simpler, like just surviving or finding someone to love. Others are more complex, like the desire to restore one’s civilization, have absolute power, or save as many lives as possible. As your review stated, even minor characters seem to have a want, and even they seem to have a personality of their own.

I have storyboards and diagrams in composition books with all the characters listed with their individual wants, needs, loves, hates, perks, powers, and inclinations. We even know the kinds of foods that some of them like to eat! It takes thought and care. I care about my characters. They’re like real people to me. It’s that conviction that helps to make these characters seem real and interesting to others.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Compassion (or cruelty .vs. compassion) is a theme that I really wanted to explore in my novel. People in our world can be so cruel to each other and other living things. I once received a two-star review (which the user later retracted) which stated that my story was fascinating, the pacing was great, and the characters were interesting, but the violence made them so sick that they had to stop reading. There’s a point to that. When people are impaled, mutilated, flayed, or put on hooks, it’s not a glorious thing. It’s disgusting and sad. It should be. This is how animals, for example, are treated every day in slaughterhouses and labs around the world. It’s also how people throughout history have hurt each other. It teaches some of the characters what pain & suffering really are, and they’re able to use that to grow and learn to be more compassionate, conscientious, and kind.

Another major theme in the book is power–especially the quest for absolute power and the corruptible nature of power. From the very beginning, the characters are after it, leading to rebellions and wars. Satan & the Demons launch a rebellion. Hades & the Titans launch a rebellion. Loki & his forces launch a rebellion. They do this all for power and the belief that the characters have that they can wield absolute power more effectively and “better” than the powers-that-be. We see some of the most powerful characters ever put to paper in this novel. We see what power does to them.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

This novel took 20 years to write. I poured my heart, mind, and soul into making this the best that it can be, and even now I still find ways to improve it. I want to focus on this novel for now, and eventually expand this story to focus on some of the fan-favorite characters who didn’t get as much screen time (like Athena, Loki, or Diamond).

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A 12x award-nominated novel including multiple “Book of the Year” & “Science Fiction Book of the Year” nominations!

Mythological gods, goddesses, angels, and demons take sides in a war between ALIEN DINOSAURS and COSMIC DRAGONS!

You’ll love this book because of its powerful and complex characters, multi-layered drama, action-packed battles, and high-stakes story!


* 10% of profits go toward the World Literacy Foundation, cancer research, and supporting victims of abuse

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