Monday, June 29, 2015

Children of Divinity, A Superhero Fantasy by Garth Reasby from Talaria Press


"ReAwakened" By Garth Reasby For Talaria Press



While mankind slumbers, powerful forces plot to use humanity for their own purposes. As Children of Divinity begins, these forces move the pieces into place for a great and terrible awakening.
Our age has turned its back on heroes. 

Achilles. 

Perseus. 

Cu Chulainn. 

Joan of Arc. 

Their names ring through millenia. They were called gods, heroes, the sons and daughters of divinity. Now myths and legends.
Today we know their kind by another word: 

Superhero.

The Children of Divinity series has introduced thousands of readers across the globe to a world where ancient heroes still walk the earth under the guise of humanity; where monsters and evil men wreak havoc on the lives of average people.

Contained in this volume, are five stories set within the greater Children of Divinity universe, stories that shed light on individual characters, and that expand upon events to give insight into the actions and reactions of our heroes.

Included within are two familiar tales and three never-before-seen stories:

• Jill’s Run – First published in the Quests & Answers anthology, this story tells how a clever and brave teenage girl manages to elude highly trained operatives and wind up in the midst of the opening salvo of a global metahuman conflict.

• It’s my Nature first appeared in Once More upon a Time and gives us a modern retelling of The Scorpion and the Frog, featuring every girl’s favorite team leader, Jason Blackwell, aka Scorp.

• Blackwater shows us that not all metamorphs are wicked creatures like the Crimson Shark and his Vodnik mercenaries.

• The Path to Folly is Short gives us our first taste of what happens after Ascend, and lays the groundwork for the next installment of The Children of Divinity.

And finally,

• Hail to the Chief is a sweet tale of Jillian Law’s pug, Master Chief, set during the first night on their own in a new home. The story shows the sorts of misadventures that can arise when your owner is a superhero and how heart overcomes size.

Get ready to be ReAwakened to the world of The Children of Divinity in a whole new way.

The series can be picked up here.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Does Anyone Want To Cross-Promote Their Work?



From July 3rd to November 16th, I'm going to be releasing a series of shorts that end in a novel. This is an epic fantasy series entitled Era of the Scourge, which chronicles the events of conquered Earth at the beginning of time. It revolves around a cast of characters as they eventually band together to overthrow their godlike oppressors. 

The first book "Era of the Scourge Book 1: The Ring of Asarra" as a short story that has done well on Amazon, It's been translated to audio format, and I have free codes available for anyone who'd like to listen.

"Era of the Scourge Book 2: Warblooded" will be a full-fledged novel, preceded by Universal Warrior: Reclamation and another treat for fans. I'd like to get together with other authors, or bloggers, and cross-promote our stuff together.

It doesn't matter if it's a novel, novella, blog post, flash series, or whatever. I can even put together copy if you like. The idea is we put all of our work on blast together. It also doesn't matter how small your following is in social media. The more eyes we get our work in front of, the higher our chances are of being noticed.

Between Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, I have about five thousand people I can get our work in front of.

If you're interested, contact me any way you like; comment here, reach me on twitter, message me on Facebook, email me, whatever works for you. Let me know what you'd like to promote and I'll do it. The trade-off is you promote my stuff as well.

Social networking has been an incredible tool for me as I grow as an author, and I'd love to help anyone who needs it. Just please help me in return.

Thank you very much for reading and hope to hear from you soon.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Can We Please Take A Moment?




Hello.
I'd like to take just a moment of your time, please. I know you've had a busy day. This won't take long.

I'd like to bring your attention to the nine people who were shot and killed in the Emanuel African Methodist Church Wednesday night.

I do not want to talk about race, racism or the divide that exists in this country.

I do not want to talk about the perpetrator.

I do not want to talk about the media's portrayal of this event.

There will be plenty of time for all of these discussions later.


I'd like to focus, just for a moment, on nine people who had gathered to preach and hear the word of God who senselessly lost their lives. I would like to focus on the family members who're left to pick up the pieces, the ones who must be suffering greatly even as this plays out on TV.

I would like to take just a quick moment and offer a prayer, positive thought, or whatever you may be comfortable with for the souls of those lost and their families.

Tywanza Sanders.

Ethel Lee Lance.

Susie Jackson.

Cynthia Hurd.

Myra Thompson.

Daniel Simmons Sr.

Depayne Middleton Doctor.

Clementa Pickney.

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton.

Once again; this moment is not about race, perpetration, or any of that. Right here, right now, I'm simply asking you to take one moment and send a prayer/positive thought/good vibe up for the families who're picking up the pieces in the aftermath of this violence.

Just one moment.

...


Thank you.

Have a good night.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wanderlusting: A New Blog Series




"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." --Mark Twain

The man was onto something.
Some of my happiest moments in my younger days involve the tug of a backpack over my shoulder and no idea where I was headed. I would know when I arrived.

I put my poor mother through hell, running away from home dozens of times. Initially, the running was from fear out of what I would face at home. As I developed a taste for it, I realized there was great adventure in discovery. Seeing something I'd never seen before. Experiencing ideas that were foreign.

Having my assumptions destroyed.

I was clocked at twenty-two states in eleven years. I have been EVERYWHERE across this great nation and experienced more in my years of homelessness than some do in a lifetime. I touched the ashes of Ground Zero. I was welcomed into, and prayed in, a mosque despite not being of that faith in New York. I will only eat clam chowder in this little town on the coast of Maine. The best steak I ever had came from a dirty skillet in Montana. I ran for my life in North Dakota. Raised absolute
hell in Michigan. Met some of the best people I've ever met in Missouri.

Currently residing in Washington.

For now. Only this time, if I hit the road, I won't be going alone.

I'm older now, with a family and access to a car, but the wanderlust has not subsided. I still love seeing new places and blessedly, I'm spending my life with someone who shares the passion and introducing my son to this big, beautiful world of ours.

I'd like to invite you to follow me on these travels. I'm new to Eastern Washington and exploring this vast, mountainous region I now call home. As I discover someplace new, I'll photograph it, write about the experience and share it here. This series won't have any regular schedule. As I find someplace new, I'll post updates.

Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, June 12, 2015

New Dates and Free Content For Subscribers




Era of the Scourge Book 2: Warblooded will be released for all e-readers on November 16, 2015. Sorry to push things back; between two weddings and the story's explosion, I needed to give myself some breathing room.

A print version is planned.

Universal Warrior: Reclamation is a flash-fiction series that will begin July 3, 2015. It will initially only be available to newsletter subscribers, who will also receive the compiled series free of charge.

"Reclamation" is the epic fantasy story of a warrior who embarks on a bloody quest of vengeance and retribution to find his wife, who was claimed by Nero, the avatar of War and the leader of the Scourge.

All newsletter subscribers will also be getting additional content that I'm saving as a surprise. 

You can sign up for the newsletter, and upcoming series, by clicking here. Everyone who's signed up by July 1st will get Reclamation and other bonuses for free!

Thanks for following along as I stumble along this path. See you this summer!

Avery

Monday, June 8, 2015

About Universal Warrior



If I had to categorize Universal Warrior, I would call it Battle Fantasy;

-The story revolves around physical battle. Virtually every character has a reason to battle one another, if they so chose.

-There is growth in battle. Characters grow and develop from their battles against each other.

-There are consequences to battle. Universal Warrior takes place in this life and the next. Combatants answer for their deeds in the next life.

-Battles level the playing field. This is man from gods, man with gods, and eventually, man against gods. Fighting is the one thing
both man and the gods have in common.

-Battles resolve wars. For if it is really On Earth, As It Is In Heaven, then there is war in Heaven. This series explores that, and the consequences it has on our world.

Universal Warrior traverses multiple time periods ranging from the beginning of time to the end of the world and the creation of the new world. This covers the stories
currently available or the events I know about now.

-Alpha Period
Setting of the Era of the Scourge, Atherean Defenders, and the Last Campaign series. Before the nations split, when the Earth was known as the Third World.
Before Heaven and Hell were known by their common names. Before the division of gods. Rise of the archangels. Fall of Lucifer.

-Omicron Period
Recent past; 1970's to 2000's. Setting of the Lee Ambrose saga.

-Omega Period
Immediate future. Setting of the Kyle Ambrose saga. The final seven years of the universe's existence.

-Neo Alpha Period
Far, far future. New heaven, new earth. Setting of the Moment of Impact series.

While religion heavily influences a lot of Universal Warrior, I didn't want to stick to any one god or another. Instead I wanted to explore the origins
of mythology while adding my own ideas.

Universal Warrior is currently in the Alpha Period, exploring the first time the Four Horsemen were visited upon our world. They ruled us for
more than a century before we banded together to take them on. The Era of the Scourge tells the stories of their rise, along with the ascension of those
who would challenge them. Ultimately, this is what Universal Warrior is about; setting aside differences and banding together to take on a bigger foe.

At this point, I'd like to invite any and all interested parties to sign up for the weekly newsletter. It doesn't cost a thing, and I will never share or divulge your email address without your permission. Plus, it gets you a lot of sneak previews, discounts, and free stuff.

All newsletter subscribers who subscribe before July 3, 2015, will receive the free flash fiction series Universal Warrior: Reclamation, which deals with the events leading up to Era of the Scourge Book 2: Warblooded.

All newsletter subscribers who subscribe by June 22, 2015 will receive the first edition of Era of the Scourge Book 1: The Ring of Asarra and Era of the Scourge Book 2: Warblooded free of charge. Warblooded will NOT be a short story; it's a full fledged novel.

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You can sign up here and expect your first issue within the next week.

Thanks a lot for reading and your support!

Monday, June 1, 2015

CBS Hits A New Low With "The Briefcase"

"The Briefcase"


I'm an American citizen and I believe in the American Dream.

What I mean is that I sincerely believe that if I work hard enough, long enough, I will achieve financial freedom and stability. I don't believe my fate is in anyone else's hands. I do not make excuses. My life is a result of the actions I take. I look at what I've achieved thus far as a writer, and believe I will be much further along in five years if I keep up the work.

Then, I see complete and utter shite like the Briefcase, a new reality "show" from CBS, and it makes me want to punch something. It is one thing to know in the back of your mind that you're the playthings of the one percent, but it's quite another to have your face rubbed in it.

Hearkening the death of the middle class as it's now peddled as entertainment (ugh), the Briefcase pits two financially-strapped families against one another by offering one of them one hundred and one thousand dollars in a fucking briefcase (because CBS wanted to be sure that you understood where the title came from. Because CBS thinks you are stupid.) Here's the catch; only one family receives the money. They can decide to keep it all, give it all away, give some away, and so forth.

Now, just to make things truly despicable, the family with the money is fed the occasional tidbit about the other family's situation. Such as where they stand financially. Who they owe. What might happen if they don't get the money.

Doesn't that sound like fun? So one family gets financial freedom (for a moment) at the expense of appearing like heartless jackals or they could be broke, magnanimous saints.

Bet you just can't wait to see that, right?

The premise is about two shades away from the Hunger Games with a similar ending, from my point of view. This is sick, flagrantly disrespectful, exploitative television at its lowest. You put people trying to survive in a hopeless no win situation for ratings?

So fuck you, CBS. Fuck you and the Briefcase.

Forgive the language. I know I don't often cuss here.

Thanks for reading.