Welcome M. F. Sullivan w/ ‘The Hierophant’s Daughter’ #SciFi #Horror #LGBTQ #Trilogy @TheRealMFS @GoddessFish

Today we have author M. F. Sullivan visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?

* M.F. Sullivan is the author of Delilah, My Woman, The Lightning Stenography Device, and a slew of plays in addition to the Trilogy. She lives in Ashland, Oregon with her boyfriend and her cat, where she attends the local Shakespeare Festival and experiments with the occult. Find more information about her work (and plenty of free essays) below.

Today M. F. Sullivan will be talking about “Lessons I learned from my heroine.”
* My story’s protagonist, the General Dominia di Mephitoli, has by the beginning of The Disgraced Martyr Trilogy spent three hundred years as one of the most notorious martyrs on planet Earth. She’s accomplished this by winning 1000 battles in a series of outrageous shows of military might and intellectual cunning.
* So if she could do all that, why the hell was I overweight?
* It may sound silly, but by the time I finished the first draft of the trilogy, I was keenly aware of how out of shape I was. Yes, I’ve always been a bit pudgy, but as my significant other of three years is a former chef with a taste for fine dining, I’ve found it very difficult to, uh, keep food out of my round face, for lack of a more delicate phrasing. This has had a predictable impact on my weight, my looks, and my asthma, but I was able to ignore most of it. I wasn’t morbidly obese or anything, after all, just a little jigglier than normal.
* But there comes a point around the second draft of Book II where I was working with a period of time Dominia spends imprisoned. She was filling the time by doing sit-ups. And I was struck by this as I would have been were she a real woman I knew—if Dominia, as a starving prisoner kept in a dank cell, was able to find energy or frame of mind enough to maintain her body, what was my excuse? While living in Tucson I had made a good habit of walking every morning, but I’d let it lapse upon moving to Oregon—but my schedule of rousing at 4 am every morning stayed the same, so it seemed a reasonable move to slip a work-out into my early routine.
* Nine months later, I’m in far better shape, a pants size smaller, and grateful to the General—health of the body follows health of the mind, and one impacts the other. Writers learning from the lessons of their characters will inevitably be led to a healthy lifestyle. The gym is a great time to think about my work in progress, listen to my writing soundtrack, and plan for the day ahead. It’s safe to say few fictional characters have had such a constructive impact on my life—very generous, considering all the torment I put Dominia through as her author!

A look into…

~ Blurb ~

* By 4042 CE, the Hierophant and his Church have risen to political dominance with his cannibalistic army of genetically modified humans: martyrs. In an era when mankind’s intergenerational cold wars against their long-lived predators seem close to running hot, the Holy Family is poised on the verge of complete planetary control. It will take a miracle to save humanity from extinction.
* It will also take a miracle to resurrect the wife of 331-year-old General Dominia di Mephitoli, who defects during martyr year 1997 AL in search of Lazarus, the one man rumored to bring life to the dead. With the Hierophant’s Project Black Sun looming over her head, she has little choice but to believe this Lazarus is really all her new friends say he is–assuming he exists at all–and that these companions of hers are really able to help her. From the foulmouthed Japanese prostitute with a few secrets of her own to the outright sapient dog who seems to judge every move, they don’t inspire a lot of confidence, but the General has to take the help she can get.
* After all, Dominia is no ordinary martyr. She is THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER, and her Father won’t let her switch sides without a fight. Not when she still has so much to learn.
* The dystopic first entry of an epic cyberpunk trilogy, THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER is a horror/sci-fi adventure sure to delight and inspire adult readers of all stripes.

~ Excerpt ~

VIII
* Miki Soto
* What couldn’t a person access from the Japanese Internet? The question inspired Dominia to get out of the bathtub for another look at the card. There was no address, whether web or physical, as there hadn’t been an address on the ad floating across that billboard; instead, when she studied the lotus embossed upon the card, the DIOX-I highlighted it as though it were a link. How fascinating, this augmented reality! After fixing the device’s settings back to manual control, she “clicked” on the link with an unsteady wink, and her right field of vision was covered by the floating window of a browser. Had she cochlear implants, she would have heard some sort of music, or even a voice accompanying the woman’s writhing in and out of the browser’s dark: less a whole person, and more a disembodied assortment of lips, fingers, lower backs, and thighs. At last, the vision disappeared to present her with the crimson words, “WELCOME TO THE RED MARKET.”
* A button appeared: “Connect Your Halcyon for Age Verification.” The idea of giving the women of the international and highly loathed illegal organization any information might have stopped her in a simpler time, as it surely stopped 70 percent of potential Red Market customers—the ones able to access the site, anyway, inaccessible from Europa and the Front through traditional routes. That had been all the Hierophant could do to combat in any meaningful way the world’s oldest profession-cum-cult. Far trickier than hampering Internet access was controlling in-person transactions in gold or silver, or the off-brand cryptocurrency, Redcoin; and because there were almost no freelance prostitutes left in the world, catching a working girl was difficult.

Buy The Hierophant’s Daughter here…
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Thank you for joining us here today, M. F. Sullivan! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

ANNOUNCEMENT! M. F. Sullivan says, “One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card!” So be sure to leave a comment AND use this RAFFLECOPTER LINK to enter the drawing. Also, visit the other tour stops for a greater chance of winning!

party with Goddess Fish Promotions – Tenth Anniversary! #celebration #Interview @GoddessFish

Today we have Judy Thomas and Marianne Arkins of Goddess Fish Promotions visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about you two?

Judy Thomas
* Judy has a college degree in English and she’s worked in retail, education, at her local library as well as an editor for a small press and for the now defunct ShadowKeep Ezine. She’s also a published author so can see things from both sides of the fence. In 2013, she “retired” and now spends her days helping authors make their dream come true—as well as working as much as she can with her local theater group.

Marianne Arkins
* Grammar freak and coffee lover, Marianne wrote her first novel at ten years old, built her first commercial website in 2000, and published for the first time in 2006. She worked as a professional editor for just over a year, and knows what it’s like to write, edit and promote a book on a budget.

Find them here…
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A look into Goddess Fish Promotions

~ About~

* Welcome to the Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary Month Long Celebration!
* Who is Goddess Fish Promotions? And what do we do? We’re glad you asked!
* Goddess Fish Promotions was established October 14, 2008. Why? Well, when Marianne became a published author and got her the first taste of trying to promote a book on a budget, there was only one other virtual book tour company in place at the time, and their fees were simply too high for a small press author. After coordinating and running her own tour, she knew other authors could use the same service for a reasonable price. Thus, Goddess Fish Promotions was born.
* Because both Judy and Marianne were authors and editors prior to running Goddess Fish Promotions, they approach the business with a unique point of view, and treat their clients how they would expect to be treated.
* We didn’t want your visit here to be dry and boring, so we decided to have a poetry competition and put what we do into verse. Here are the initial entries:
Marianne:
* Roses are Red.
* Violets are Blue.
* I’m awful at poetry.
* Coffee.
Judy:
* We can edit your book
* find things you didn’t see
* It will be fun to look
* at the changes from me.
* Yeah, for some reason, Judy won!
* Even better, her poem is correct. We DO offer editing as one of our options. Here are a couple of testimonials from clients:
* I worked with Marianne on a complete edit and was very happy with the results. Her feedback was clear, easy to follow, and she probed on things I hadn’t thought of. She was also responsive whenever I had questions and helped me work through a few issues. Her feedback and guidance improved the quality of my manuscript, all at a very fair price. I’m working on my next book and plan to use their services again. – J B Glazer, author, In Search of Mr. Anonymous
*****
* Choosing the right editor for a project is incredibly important to an author. Let’s face it, we want the best for our books. When I was considering editors for my first indie-published book, Regenerate, I naturally thought of Goddess Fish Promotions–and I’m so glad I did.
* Marianne Arkins and Judy Thomas are incredibly attentive and professional during the entire editing process. Their input was invaluable and the story is much stronger because they cared enough to help unsnarl plot points and find order in the chaos.
* I can’t wait to work with them again. Truly, a top-notch editorial team! – Sarita Leone, award-winning author of Regenerate
* We also offer Virtual Book Tours, Graphic Design, Social Media Promotion and more. You can see more testimonials here.
* We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little (more information is below) and we’d like to do the same. We’d LOVE to see a little poem that tells us a bit about you in the comments. We’ll be awarding random book giveaways and $5 Amazon GCs to some of the best poetry we find. It might not be at every stop, but when something really makes us smile, we’ll reward it! Come on, be daring…

~ Interview ~

If money were no object, where would you like to live?
* Judy: I would have a house on the Outer Banks and a house on the Florida coast (I have one out of two)
* Marianne: I can’t choose just one place… I’d really like to live in several places. I could hemisphere hop so I’d live in perpetual summer…

Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
* Judy: I’m happy being me, but if I could get thinner and wealthier, I would be okay with that.
* Marianne: Not really. My life is pretty okay. Like Judy, and little less flab, a little more cash wouldn’t be turned away.

What did you do on your last birthday?
* Judy: My husband bought me a smart watch.. I love it. I think we went out to eat, but I’ve slept since then, so I’m not sure.
* Marianne: Had lunch out with my mom and kid. Really, we don’t do anything for birthdays much in my family. :: shrugs ::

Do you have any tattoos? Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?
* Judy: No tats. I’ve seen some on people once they’ve gotten older and decided that I’m not that crazy for permanent adornment. What I like now, I may not like in 10 years, and then where would I be?
* Marianne: Nope. Never had the urge. I have a sister who’s tatted from head to toe (almost literally) so she’s got enough for all of my family.

Thank you for joining us here today! It was a pleasure getting to know you.

ANNOUNCEMENT! A chance to win ~ For Everyone: One $50 Amazon/BN GC, two $25 Amazon/BN GCs, Two $10 Amazon/BN GCs! So be sure to leave a comment/poem AND use this RAFFLECOPTER LINK to enter the drawing. Also, For Authors: 2 $10 GC for any Goddess Fish Promotions service, Winner’s choice of either a free blurb blitz (2 wk) or book blast (5 day), 50% off any tour (excludes Review tour or Full Service Tour), 4 free 25 page complete book edit, 2 Winner’s choice of teaser or social media cover graphic design! Use this RAFFLECOPTER LINK to enter the drawing. Don’t forget to visit the other tour stops for a greater chance of winning!

Welcome to Erin A. Jensen w/ The Dream Waters #Series #Contemporary #Fantasy @GoddessFish

Today we have author Erin A. Jensen visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?

* Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds. She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard. In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.

Today Erin A. Jensen will be sharing her bit of advice for writers.
* I don’t think I’ve ever done a book signing where at least one person didn’t eagerly approach my table to tell me they had a novel in the works back at home. I’m no different from any of them. Before I published my debut novel, I spent three years writing it in secret. Only a handful of people had any idea I was writing a book because I wasn’t confident enough to consider myself a real author. Now that I am a full-fledged author, I’d like to share some advice with anyone who’s sitting where I was a few short years ago. I’m not claiming to have the magic formula for success. This is just what I’d tell myself if I could travel back in time. Since I don’t have access to a Tardis, I’m sharing it with the writers who are out there hiding in the shadows like I once was.
1. You ARE a writer. The minute you start putting your ideas down on paper and compiling them into a story, you have every right to call yourself a writer.
2. Don’t be afraid to share your dream with the people in your life. If I’d known how supportive the people in my life were going to be when they found out I’d written a book, I would’ve told them years earlier.
3. Connect with other writers. It doesn’t matter how remote of an area you live in. If you can’t find other authors near you, I guarantee you can find them online. Twitter and Goodreads.com are great places to start. You’ll be amazed at what a supportive bunch authors are. No matter what stage of the writing process you’re in, they’ve been there. They’ll share advice. They’ll retweet your tweets. They’ll sympathize when you have setbacks in your writing career (we all have them, it comes with the territory). They’ll cheer you on when you succeed. Some of them might even become dear friends.
4. Connect with other book lovers, not to sell them your book but because they are kindred spirits. They understand what it’s like to lose yourself in the pages of a book. They’ve stayed up way past their bedtime because they had to read just one more chapter. They love what you love. They get you, and they’re out there looking for fellow readers to share their passion for books with.
5. Book bloggers are the most amazing people on the planet. They love to read books so much that they’ve created blogs to share their thoughts on what they’ve read with others. When I first started out, I figured contacting book bloggers would be like querying agents (a terrifying journey paved with rejection and tears). I couldn’t have been more wrong. They are super approachable book-loving people. They’re happy to help spread the word about your book with their fellow book lovers, and they love to review books.
6. Find yourself a group of beta-readers. If you can’t find any near you, find them online. Their feedback is crucial. It will help you pinpoint inconsistencies or confusing portions of the story.
7. Hire a professional editor. I know it’s expensive, but you’re limiting yourself if you skip that step.
8. Develop a thick skin…VERY thick. I’m not going to lie. Putting your book out there is daunting. Whether you decide to query literary agents or self-publish your novel, you’ll be offering up your book baby—the product of your blood, sweat and tears that you’ve been pouring your heart and soul into for eons—to be criticized by strangers. Even the greatest authors out there have received rejection letters and negative reviews because books are a matter of personal taste. Not everyone enjoys the same stories, and there will be plenty of people who dislike yours. It will crush you at first but if you really want this, it comes with the territory. Brush it off, be proud of the fact that you were brave enough to put yourself out there, and move on.
9. Keep reading books. You’ll never improve as a writer if you don’t set aside time to read. Read outside your genre. Everything you absorb will find its way into your writing in one way or another.
10. Keep writing. Think of it like taking up a sport—the more you practice, the better you get. That’s absolutely true of writing.
* This isn’t an all-inclusive list by any means. It’s just a bit of advice I wish I could go back in time and give myself. If it helps another author move forward on their writing journey, then that’s just as good.
* That’s my final piece of advice. Pay it forward. Once you reach the next step in your journey, don’t forget to lend an ear or offer a bit of help to someone who’s standing where you once were. Other authors are not your competition, they’re your peers. Show them some love.

A look into…

~ Blurb for Dream Sight book 3 ~

* The clock is ticking for Emma Talbot—if her dormant memories don’t resurface soon, her past will be forever lost to her—but that’s the least of her worries. Abducted from her home by her husband’s worst enemy, Emma is running out of time in more ways than one.
* No longer bound by any limits—moral or physical—the Dragon King sets off on a rampage to discover the whereabouts of his missing wife and retrieve her from the monster who took her. And any creature who is fool enough to stand in his way may well condemn himself to a fate worse than death.
* As the royal family’s crisis escalates, Charlie has his own struggles to deal with. The weight of the world now rests on his shoulders and although he is physically capable of shouldering the burden in his emergent form, his ability to control the bestial urges that accompany his newfound power might be another story.

~ Excerpts for The Dream Waters Series ~

Please visit the Amazon link below for the Look Inside feature for the individual books.

Buy The Dream Waters Series here…
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Find Erin A. Jensen here…
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Thank you for joining us here today, Erin A. Jensen! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

ANNOUNCEMENT! One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card! So be sure to leave a comment AND use this RAFFLECOPTER LINK to enter the drawing. Also, visit the other tour stops for a greater chance of winning!