Thursday, September 17, 2020

Patricia Lynne New Covers Launch!

Friend of the blog and author extraordinaire Patricia Lynne has just released brand-spanking new covers for all of her young adult books. They're the same great stories inside, just with a shiny new coat of paint on the outside!

Below are the new covers and blurbs, as well as the buy links so you can pick them up. I've read a bunch of her stuff and it's all great, particularly Being Human, which is the book my wife read and famously quoted: "You should read this. She's a much better writer than you."

Being Human

Tommy forgot his human life when he became a vampire...but it didn’t forget him.

Like all vampires, Tommy must do one thing: survive. With no memory of his life before death, his only connection to humanity is his twin brother. When Tommy rescues a young girl, he learns not all monsters are undead. After returning her to her family, Tommy struggles to understand why he felt so protective of her when she has no connection to him.

As the years pass, and with his twin’s help, Tommy moves on with his ‘life’ but never forgets the young girl or the monster who hurt her. When she re-enters his life as a teenager, Tommy struggles with his vampire need to survive and his desire to protect her. He will be forced to decide which part of him is stronger: The vampire? Or the human? The answer may destroy him. 

Buy Being Human


Snapshots

Cyclop can see other people’s futures, but his own is clouded by a past he can’t escape and a man he calls Master.

It’s not Cyclop’s albino skin and mismatched eyes that make him stand out, but his ability to see the future and a dark past he escaped. Only those close to him know his secrets, and with their help, he has carved out a normal life. But his past refuses to let him go, and when the man he calls Master finds him, he is forced to return to his old life.

Imprisoned, Cyclop clings to the hope of freedom. To do so, he must break Master’s control over him. Will he find the strength to become the master of his own life? Or is his past destined to be his future?

Buy Snapshots



Leaves of Fall

Armory was raised to hate nature, but not all trees wanted a war.

Armory was born in a world torn apart by the war between man and nature. The threat of another attack looms over Armory and the survivors hidden in the remains of New York City. When Armory is kidnapped, a tree nymph is her unlikely savior. 

Birch claims he can return Armory safely home. Can she trust a tree? If she wants to see her home again, she has no choice. As they travel across the wasteland of America, Armory meets both humans and trees who want the fighting to stop.

But the hatred between man and nature may be too deep of a wound to heal. In a world destroyed by hate, can Armory and Birch’s friendship change minds and forge peace? Birch has a plan to make it happen. He’s just not sure he’ll survive.

Buy Leaves of Fall



THE AUTHOR!


Patricia never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was more of an art and band geek. Some stories are meant to be told, and now she can't stop writing. Her young adult stories often have a paranormal, fantasy or sci-fi twist.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. She also writes New Adult Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance under the name Patricia Josephine.


THE LINKS!

Website: -http://www.patriciajosephine.com

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/635444.Patricia_Lynne

Amazon Author Pagee – https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01EM6YLAW

Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/pattyauthor07

Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/paranormalpeeps/


ALL THE BOOKS!

Being Human – https://www.patriciajosephine.com/being-human.html

Snapshots – https://www.patriciajosephine.com/snapshots.html

Leaves of Fall – https://www.patriciajosephine.com/leaves-of-fall.html

A Quick Bite – https://www.patriciajosephine.com/aquickbite.html

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

GUEST POST: Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure Release Day!

Sherry Ellis has a new book out today from Dancing Lemur Press, so I'm sharing my blog to help spread the word! Check out all the details below: 

Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure

by Sherry Ellis


An ancient Mayan civilization!

That's what Bubba and Squirt find when they travel through the mysterious vortex for another wild adventure. There they meet archeologists who are unearthing priceless artifacts.

But someone is stealing them. And an encounter with the Tate Duende awakens magic within Bubba. Throw in the mysterious Alux and a new discovery and things get sticky.

Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery, or will they be stuck forever in the jungles of Belize?


Release date - September 15, 2020

$7.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 96 pages

Juvenile Fiction - Action Adventure (JUV001000)/Legends, Myths, Fables-Caribbean & Latin American(JUV012070)/Fantasy & Magic(JUV037000)

Print ISBN 9781939844705 / EBook ISBN 9781939844712

$3.99 EBook available in all formats

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  

https://www.sherryellis.org/

https://www.bubbaandsquirt.org/ 

https://www.facebook.com/sherryellisbooksandmusic

https://twitter.com/513sherrye

Sherry Ellis’ Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China won the Reader’s Favorites Silver Medal for the Children's Grades 4-6 category.

Links:

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083S1VQ14

ITunes - https://books.apple.com/ca/book/bubba-and-squirts-mayan-adventure/id1495108829

Barnes & Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bubba-and-squirts-mayan-adventure-sherry-ellis/1136013293?ean=9781939844705

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bubba-and-squirt-s-mayan-adventure

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50624942-bubba-and-squirt-s-mayan-adventure



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Oh God I Made Eye Contact (#IWSG September 2020)

This is it! Less than a month left until the release of Psycho Hose Beast From Outer Space. It's been four years since I launched a full-length novel and did a full-scale release, so needless to say this is a bit nerve-wracking. It's been going pretty well so far. I've already got a handful of (very good!) pre-reviews up on Goodreads, and I've got a bunch more ARCs out there, so I'm hoping for at least a few more reviews by launch time. I've received some pre-orders, too, which is encouraging. I've got a blog tour lined up for the release and I'm busy writing guest posts and interviews. So far, everything is going as planned.

Of course, on top of that I decided to submit not one, not two, but three short stories this month. Plus I'm still juggling working my regular job from home while having the kids underfoot all the time. Plus my wife's health has been up-and-down as usual. Our family doctor is sending her back to see the surgeon, which is never a good sign. Plus we have the Damoclesian Sword of school hanging over our heads - we're keeping the kids home for remote learning but we still don't even know when classes start or what it will look like (or if it's even possible to teach a 5 year-old-from home!). We've been buying supplies and moving things around the house to try and make it more "school-like." Plus my father's birthday was this weekend and we didn't get home to visit again this year, nor do I know when we will be able to with the current situation in the world. It's yet another reminder that I don't know how many chances I (or my children) have left to see my parents. Plus our cat, who has been with us for 19 years, is sick and it's no longer a decision of if we'll have to put him down but when. 

So yeah, I haven't gotten a lot of sleep lately.

There are good things happening, to counteract the bad. My father-in-law, who lives just down the street and is obviously much closer to my kids, has officially been in remission for one year after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer almost three years ago. Because I can work from home, we've been in a much better position financially than a lot of people. Not to mention safer, as I don't envy the people who have to go into dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations they never signed up for (ie, teachers). I have to be grateful for that. And hey, I finally got a medication that worked to clear up that gross eczema/skin infection on my hand (yeah, I'm sure you wanted to hear about that). 

So life isn't all bad, but it's a lot. Trying to write and publish books with everything else going on is hard, and exhausting. But I also know that I go through cycles and pretty soon I'm going to hit a wall. If I don't get the most out of the productivity while I can, then I'm going to feel even worse in a couple of months when I can't bring myself to write anything. 

So yeah, try to be positive, try to keep going. Enjoy the book launch. People do seem to be enjoying Psycho Hose Beast, and this is by far the most buzz I've ever had for a book pre-release. One of the best pieces of feedback I've received, and certainly didn't expect, is that the 12-year-old main characters are very believable. That they feel like real pre-teens with believable thoughts, worries and relationships. I will definitely take that praise, but you know what that means, right? That I totally have the mind of a 12-year old. 

I guess I'm okay with that.

Still young at heart.

Pyscho Hose Beast From Outer Space releases Monday, September 28, 2020. It is available exclusively on Amazon. You can pre-order it on Kindle for just 99 cents, so help a fella out and order it now. You save yourself a couple of bucks and it ensures I get a nice day-one sales boost! 😉 Full details and blurb is below.

Stay safe!

Hugs & kisses,

-CDGK


Newfoundland, Canada, 1992.

Gale Harbour hasn’t seen any excitement since the military abandoned the base there thirty years ago, unless you count the Tuesday night 2-for-1 video rentals at Jerry's Video Shack. So when a dead body turns up floating in the town water supply, all evidence seems to point to a boring accident.

Niall, Pius and Harper are dealing with pre-teen awkwardness in the last days of summer before the start of high school. The same night the body is found, the three of them witness unusual lights in the sky over the bay.

Is it a coincidence? Are the lights connected to the rapidly-increasing string of mysterious deaths? And what does the creepy old lady at the nursing home have to do with it?

There is an evil older than time hidden deep beneath the waters of the North Atlantic. It is hungry, and vengeful, and it has its sights set on Gale Harbour to begin its path of destruction. All that stands in its way are a group of kids who would rather be playing Street Fighter II... 


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The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Writers post their thoughts on their blogs, talking about their doubts and the fears they have conquered. It's a chance for writers to commiserate and offer a word of encouragement to each other. Check out the group at http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

GUEST POST: INFLUENCED by Patricia Josephine NEW RELEASE!

Hey all!

Good friend of the blog, Patricia Josephine, has a new book out this week, called Influenced! I read it and it was awesome, you can check out my full review on Goodreads, but here's a highlight:

It's a testament to Patricia's talent, creativity and ingenuity that she can take a tired old idea and make it into something entertaining and moving. I'm not surprised - she accomplished a similar feat with vampires in books like "Being Human" - I am genuinely awed and delighted that she did it with something as strange and decidedly un-sexy as the old shoulder angel/devil trope.

So yeah, check out Patricia's book and book and pick up a copy! If you need more info, full details are below, as well as a neat quiz to see if you're more attuned to the darkness or the light.

Take it away, Patricia!

There is no Light without Dark.

Influencers are the voices that whisper in our ears. Tiny Angels and Devil sitting on our shoulders and guiding our choices. They are sworn to thwart the other. It is their duty.

Or so they thought…

Nothing is as it seems and questions are piling up. Do Kale and Ariel have the strength to face the truth? Will Antonia and Landon be forced to choose a side? Can Soleil break through to Kemuel? Three tales, three choices: Light. Dark. Or the shades of gray between.

Which one will win?

BUY THE BOOK!

Amazon: http://mybook.to/influenced


THE AUTHOR!

Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. 

THE LINKS!

Website: - https://www.patriciajosephine.com

Patreon - http://bit.ly/2sHZ3Vr

Ko-Fi - https://ko-fi.com/pattyauthor07

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pattyauthor07

Newsletter - http://bit.ly/2qOsvbm

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13460894.Patricia_Josephine

Amazon Author Page - https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UH7GAK0

Guest Post: Are you a Light Influencer or a Dark Influencer?

We all have Influencers who sit on our shoulders and guide us, but have you ever wondered which one you would be? Would you be urging your mortal toward light or enticing them into some devious fun? Find out with these simple questions.

1) What flavor describes you?

a. Vanilla

b. Caramel

2) Which do you prefer?

a. Dog

b. Cat

3) Is cereal a soup?

a. No

b. Yes

4) Does pineapple belong on pizza?

a. No

b. Yes

5) Toilet paper on the roll?

a. Over

b. Under

6) Is a hotdog a sandwich?

a. No

b. Yes

7) Who shot first?

a. Han Solo

b. Greedo

8) What would you teach a parrot to say first?

a. Polly wants a cracker

b. F$@%&$@

If you answered mostly A:


If you answered mostly B:

Which one are you? Did the answer surprise you? Thank you for stopping by and celebrating Influenced release with me. If you want to see the inspiration behind this quiz, you can grab it on Amazon for $1.99 or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited.


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Beware of Rampaging Hose Beast (#IWSG August 2020)

Happy Royal St. John's Regatta Day!

Note: The 2020 St. John's Regatta has been cancelled due to COVID.

It's a pretty exciting time! The release day for PSYCHO HOSE BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE is rapidly approaching. Advanced reviews are already starting to come in, and so far they've been pretty positive. I've changed up the cover for something a little less cheesy, and final edits are nearly complete. Hell, I've been doing so well that I'm even working on several short stories that I hope to get submitted before the end of the month.

So what do I have to complain about? To be insecure about?

Well, there's always fear that the book won't ultimately be received, or that I won't be able to finish the next book, and so on and so forth. But to be honest, the reason I've been keeping so busy with book-related tasks is because I'm more worried about real life.

School is supposed to start in September. Here in Ontario, the government has declared that all schools will re-open, with virtually no changes or additional safety precautions in place, especially at lower grades. Which includes my kids. Canada has been pretty good at keeping the virus in check, but with kids going back full-time in crowded classrooms, I can't see that track record staying intact.

I cannot, in good conscience, send my kids back to that. My wife, son and father-in-law all have health concerns that would be seriously, potentially fatally, complicated by catching the virus. Fortunately I'm in a position where I can keep my kids home, at least for now, but that has its own complications. My kids will miss out on social interaction, which will assuredly affect their mental health. My own work and my wife's health suffers from having the kids home 24/7. Plus there's the uncertainty of not knowing when they might eventually go back, or what it will look like.

Maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe school will re-open and everything will be fine (though I doubt it), and in a month or two my kids can go back and things will get back to normal. That seems like a pipe dream, so for now I just have to be cautious and do what I think is best.

In the meantime, all I can do is focus on the things I can control, and try to have fun with my book launch and make it the best it can be!

How's your month been?

Hugs & Kisses,
-CDGK

PSYCHO HOSE BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE
"Typical Gallant-King - gutsy, original, and savagely fun."
-Samuel Gately, author of Night of the Chalk and The Fire Eye Refugee 
"C.D. Gallant-King pays an exciting and thrilling homage to the 90s. The story is expertly paced and an excellently crafted sci-fi."
-Paul Carberry, author of Zombies on the Rock 
"The author has done a fantastic job of crafting the main characters into believable, real life pre-teens."
-Damien Larkin, author of Big Red
"I would put him at the top of the list of Canadian horror humor authors, as soon as I find some more so I can actually make a list."
-Patrick LeClerc, author of Out of Nowhere

Newfoundland, Canada, 1992.

Gale Harbour hasn’t seen any excitement since the military abandoned the base there thirty years ago, unless you count the Tuesday night 2-for-1 video rentals at Jerry's Video Shack. So when a dead body turns up floating in the town water supply, all evidence seems to point to a boring accident.

Niall, Pius and Harper are dealing with pre-teen awkwardness in the last days of summer before the start of high school. The same night the body is found, the three of them witness unusual lights in the sky over the bay.

Is it a coincidence? Are the lights connected to the rapidly-increasing string of mysterious deaths? And what does the creepy old lady at the nursing home have to do with it?

There is an evil older than time hidden deep beneath the waters of the North Atlantic. It is hungry, and vengeful, and it has its sights set on Gale Harbour to begin its path of destruction. All that stands in its way are a group of kids who would rather be playing Street Fighter II...

Psycho Hose Beast From Outer Space will be released on Amazon September 28, 2020.
Pre-Order Now!


Interested in an ARC copy? Please drop me a line on the Contact Form, or leave a comment below!


PSYCHO HOSE BEAST BLOG TOUR!

Do you want to help out with the release of PSYCHO HOSE BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE? I'm looking for blogs to join the Blog Tour I'm planning for the week of September 28th. If you can help out, please fill out the form below and I'll be in touch to send you the materials you need.


The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Writers post their thoughts on their blogs, talking about their doubts and the fears they have conquered. It's a chance for writers to commiserate and offer a word of encouragement to each other. Check out the group at http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

80s Summer Camp (and my 45 seconds of fame)

Good morning campers!

Last week I told you about 80s Summer Camp, an organization that promotes good mental health through community, fun and positivity, and that they were holding their third annual show online on Facebook this past Saturday.

Well, the show happened, and it was a big hit! Not only did it feature many local performers (some of whom were shockingly good), it also featured some surprise celebrity guest appearances, such as Jim Cuddy from the band Blue Rodeo, legendary children's entertainer Fred Penner, and Order of Canada-recipient and beloved native-Canadian actor and performer Tom Jackson.

(Those are all Canadian celebrities, by the way, I have no idea if my US readers know who they are)

Anyway, by all accounts the show was a big success with several thousand views already. The best part is it continues to live on Facebook (at least until we shut down Mark Zuckerberg for crimes against humanity), and you can watch it at your leisure! Check it out! It's got lots of great music, some fun little skits plenty of positive vibes!


Oh, and if you don't want to watch the whole video for the 45-second promo for my new book (which of course is why you're all here), here it is:




The ad is pretty silly, and I tried to lean into the low-budget-ness of it and make it goofy. I had big plans but significantly less time to make it than I originally thought. Plus I discovered I have significantly less talent at video editing than I though I did. Anyway, I thought it came out fine, and obviously I'm not too embarrassed by it if I'm sharing it here.

Also, 45-seconds is no where near enough time to actually talk about a book (and originally he had asked me for just 30-seconds), so I don't even know if I actually sold anybody on it.

Hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying the weather (just kidding, it's pouring rain here). Anyone else ever make silly promo videos like that?

Until next time!
Hugs & Kisses,
-CDGK



Wednesday, July 22, 2020

80s Summer Camp Virtual Day

This Saturday is the Third Annual 80s Summer Camp Day!

80s Summer Camp is a Facebook Group founded by Keith, a friend of mine from back home. According to his page:
[80s Summer Camp] is to connect with people and provide them with positivity in the form of music and comedy. In an effort to promote Mental Health Awareness.
Mostly it's an excuse for Keith to share his funny videos and songs, but more than that it's an attempt to fill up our Facebook feeds with positive content instead of the endless dredge of misery we usually get. He actually gets a fair bit of airtime on the news and radio across Canada (especially in Newfoundland and Alberta, where he currently resides), and he's had numerous celebrities put on his t-shirt to endorse his brand and share his message.








Every year he holds a live variety show under the 80s Summer Camp banner, usually in our home town in Newfoundland. However this year the festivities has gone online, for what should be obvious reasons. The show is this Saturday at 1PM Mountain time. Check out the Facebook page for details, and here's the latest promo:



So why am I telling you this, besides a chance to spread a friend's good message? Because if you check it out, you may see a small clip of me in the festivities! Keith asked myself (along with a few other local authors) to send along promos for their most recent books, so you'll get to see me make a fool of myself while I try to hawk PSYCHO HOSE BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE!

So be sure to join us online, will you? And "like" the Facebook page, you're sure to get lots of goodies in your feed if you do.

Hugs & Kisses,
-CDGK
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