Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Metatron - Dagger of Mortality - Annihilation Day comes next week

Terror on the East Coast - Two Million Dead!

TOLEDO, OHIO, March 15, 2018 – Yesterday, more than two million people were killed, including the President of the United States. The death toll is the worst in the history of America and the world. This tragic day will be known forevermore as “The Day of Annihilation.”
   The CIA has the sole person responsible for the killing of millions and millions of innocent people in custody. His name is Tyler Thompson – a moral person turned evil. The question foremost on everyone’s mind is, why did he orchestrate this horrific act of terror and how did he pull it off?


This headline is fake news – or is it?

In his new release, METATRON: DAGGER OF MORTALITY, science fiction/fantasy author Laurence St. John creates an uplifting and inspiring fiction novel that “sustains constant action as 15-year-old Tyler struggles to stop the relentless animosity of a demonic figure and his accomplice! Sometimes you need to go backwards to move forward,” said Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling fantasy Author of the Xanth series.

St. John, who hails from just south of Toledo, Ohio, quickly grabs the reader’s attention then poses the ultimate question: Can superheroes really be killed?

Who is this Black Shadow character and who does he want to get revenge from?

Tyler must execute the most grueling choice of his life – save himself, save his beloved girlfriend Kendall or save millions of helpless people and hinder Kelltie’s plan.

In this, his highly anticipated third action-adventure, St. John keeps readers turning the pages up to the last adrenaline-filled moment when Tyler’s fate is determined.

The story is set in New York, Nevada, and Massachusetts, where the action-packed adventure opens your mind’s eye, conveying the sensation that you’re watching a movie.

Metatron: Dagger of Mortality is a novel made for the silver screen ― action-packed, emotional and a gripping story that will leave you wanting more.

From the back cover:

Tyler believes a Superhero’s responsibility is to make the right decision then follow it through to the end. But, what if the outcome results in his death?

Fourteen-year-old Tyler Thompson has been in isolation for eight months so he could focus on completing his superhero training. Not even one day after his completion, Master Pat Tanaka urgently summoned Tyler. Pat desperately needs his help, but for what?

Kelltie is threatening Tyler’s destiny of being a superhero by framing him for what will be the largest mass killings in American history and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. She also teams up with Black Shadow, a ruthless demonic figure with his own agenda — to use the Dagger of Mortality and kill Metatron.

Tyler feeling vulnerable gets inspiration one last time from Master Tanaka’s instructor Master Dogmai. Nevertheless, with the Dagger of Mortality in hand, it’s time for Black Shadow to get his revenge. Tyler must render the most arduous choice of his life. He’ll save himself, save his beloved girlfriend Kendall or save millions of helpless people and hinder Kelltie’s plan.

Can superheroes really die? What choice does Tyler make?

Reviews:

“Metatron – Dagger of Mortality, by Laurence St. John sustains constant action as 15-year-old Tyler struggles to stop the relentless animosity of a demonic figure and his accomplice! Sometimes you need to go backwards to move forward…"
Piers Anthony - New York Times bestselling fantasy Author of the Xanth Series

“Laurence St. John turns up the heat with Metatron – Dagger of Mortality. This book continues the story of Tyler Thompson and his journey of discover as he masters his powers in preparation of a new evil threat. A can’t miss read for middle-grade readers and young adults!”
Braxton A. Cosby - Author of the award-winning Star-Crossed Saga Series

“Dagger of Mortality’ packs a wallop! St. John blends equal parts superhero and X-Files into a high energy yarn sure to inspire.”
Jason Born – Author of The Norseman Chronicles Series

“Teens and adults alike will identify with Tyler and his all too human angst as he executes superhero feats in a way only St. John’s hero can accomplish, with many twists and surprising turns of events in this young adult thriller.”
Kenna McKinnon – Author of Short Circuit: And Other Geek Stories, Blood Sister, and Den of Dark Angels

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Metatron: Dagger of Mortality was published by Ogopogo Books an Imprint of Imajin Books and is available in eBook edition at Amazon, Google Play and Kobo. Order your copy today.


Amazon – http://getbook.at/DaggerofMortality

It is also available in trade paperback edition at Amazon, Books-A-Million, and Barnes & Noble, as well as other retailers.

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Laurence St. John is currently working on book four and five in the Metatron Series.

Laurence is a 1983 graduate of Genoa High School, a 1988 Black Belt recipient in Tae Kwon Do and a 2004 graduate of Owens State Community College.

Laurence is also available for interviews/guest appearances.

For book sign dates please see his Facebook page.

For more information please visit: http://www.laurencestjohn.com or http://getbook.at/DaggerofMortality

Follow Laurence on Twitter: http://twitter.com/laurencestjohn

“Friend Request” Laurence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laurenceastjohn

Imajin Books: http://www.imajinbooks.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Launch to Remember


Photos by Marilyn Kay


Already three things had gone just right. The bookmarks that had been printed on the wrong paper were replaced in time for the book launch. The traffic was good going into to Toronto and I didn't get lost, so I was early for a change. My niece Sophie and her partner Eric arrived at the same time. They decided to go for a walk and brought me back coffee. It was a great start to a great day.

Joan O'Callaghan, Deadly Dame and Baker Extrordinaire, was setting up when I arrived. Joan baked the Cat Cookies for The B-Team, and Salted Caramel iced cupcakes for Ghost Writer. For Survival of the Fritters, Von Doughnuts produced a beautiful selection, including the donuts on the cover.

Nothing is ever perfect, of course. Janet Bolton, aka Ginger Bolton, was sick with the flu. Cathy Astolfo, who was going to stand in for Ginger/Janet had a family emergency. Fortunately, our Deadly Dame Designated Reader Nancy O'Neill became Ginger/Janet/Cathy/Nancy for the book launch.

The place was packed when Joan (also our illustrious emcee) started the presentation. In addition to my niece and nephew-in-law, I was blessed with the presense of my Uncle Denis and cousins Lesley, Hilary and Amanda. By happy coincidence they were all together for the Family Day weekend.

Another highlight was having Don Graves, past reviewer of the Hamilton Spectator and now reviewing for The Bay Observer, read his reviews of The B-Team and Ghost Writer (see below). It was a great lead in to our readings.

All in all it was a perfect day. I saw some old friends and met some new ones. We sold lots of books and had a great time.

Big thanks to Marian Misters of Sleuth of Baker Street (907 Millwood Rd, Toronto) for hosting the events and having such a great bookstore for events like this. Thanks also to Orca Book Publishers for promoting Survival of the Fritters and Ghost Writer as well as their book The B-Team. Hugs and thanks to Joan and Nancy for their help and support. It was truly a launch to remember.


GHOST WRITER.
By: Alison Bruce
Imajin Books.
As a reviewer, it’s important to be upfront. So, I confess to not being a big fan of romances and ghost stories. But— and this is a big but—when an author blends romance and mystery with ghosts to produce a story that kept me reading, then I call Ghost Writer a compelling winner on all fronts and I’m waiting for more from protagonist, Jen Kirby.

The characters are strong and author, Alison Bruce creates a driving story with humour, action and, not to forget the ghosts who won me over with honest  reflection and a poignancy that led me further into the plot.

The climax ties it together, a challenging task when you’re in the Canadian Arctic with a crew trying to solve a forty year old mystery involving a foreign submarine station and someone determined to keep the mastery unsolved and keep Jen Kirby, the onboard writer, alive to tell the tale. Ghost Writer is a 5 star read.

Don Graves. Canadian Mystery Reviews. 5 stars.



Sunday, January 21, 2018

Blog Tour Quiz



Ghost Writer is hitting the virtual road. 

January 22: Christine Young
January 23: Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
January 23: Locks, Hooks and Books
January 24: Fabulous and Brunette
January 24: La libreria di Beppe
January 25: Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
January 25: Hearts and Scribbles
January 26: Danita Minnis

I love these tours because I get to interact with new people, but I hope some old friends will also visit my stops. There are a few interviews along the way. Some are more about me. Some are more about my writing process. Although some of the questions are similar, I've tried to present something a little different in each interview.

This got me thinking of giving my readers a challenge. How well do you know me? What can you learn about me by reading the posts on the tour?

Put your answers in the comments.

A. When writing, I am:
  1. a plotter
  2. a pantster
  3. both

L. The first novel I completed was my first novel published?
  1. True
  2. False

I. Who first inspired me to become a storyteller?
  1. My mother
  2. My grade five teacher
  3. Louis L'Amour

S. The first novel I started was stolen by a rival at university.
  1. True
  2. False

O. Two of the authors who most inspired me are:
  1. Janet Evanovich and Charlotte MacLeod
  2. Agatha Christie and Rex Stout
  3. Georgette Heyer and Terry Pratchett

N. One of the above questions is a trick.
  1. True
  2. False




Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Alphabet now Ends at Y

www.suegrafton.com/bookshelf.php
"If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them."
Kinsey Millhone

I was introduced to Sue Grafton and Kinsey Millhone when my mother started reading the series. At the time I was reading more science fiction than anything else, but I appreciated the series from the start. It was easy to tell what my mother did and did not have when it came to present giving. I might have a poor memory for titles, but I knew my alphabet.

The last birthday gift I gave her was N is for Noose. She was recovering from chemotherapy at the time.

I started reading the series after my mother died. Since my father wasn't a mystery reader, it was easy to convince him to let me nab the whole series. There were a few holes in the alphabet, mostly in the early books. It took me years to find A is for Alibi.

T is for Trespass put me off for a few years. At the time it was released, I was taking care of my father, the mail-order addict. He was sure that the more he ordered from Readers Digest and Publishers Clearinghouse, the more likely he'd win the big prize. He bought Australian lottery tickets from sellers in Hong Kong and once tried to send cash to a Nigerian Prince. T for Trespass was just too close to home for me.

"Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats."
Sue Grafton

I started back at the beginning of the alphabet. I still haven't found H is for Homicide, but I caught up to J is for Judgement, which was the beginning of my mother's solid run. By this time, after many rejections and long periods of just writing for myself, I was a published mystery author. Now I started to appreciate Sue Grafton's work for fellow authors and would-be writers.

I always said I'd finish the alphabet when the alphabet was finished. That suits by binge style of reading. Since the planned "Z is for Zero" was never started, the time to finish is now.

"Her daughter said Grafton would never allow a ghostwriter to write in her name and "as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.""
Wikipedia

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Guest Post - Debra Purdy Kong

Debra Purdy is a fellow Imajin Author and member of Crime Writers of Canada.We also share similar views on covers and crafty killers.
 
Knitting Needles Instead of Guns? Only in Canada
As you probably know, book covers are really important to authors, publishers, and readers. This fall, I learned that writing a mystery about seniors who’ve developed a nasty rivalry over their knitted products presented a challenge for my publisher’s cover designer. After going back and forth with ideas, I’m very happy with the image, especially since a ball of wool and bloodied knitting needles is not your typical mystery novel cover!

In A Toxic Craft, no one uses a gun. After all, this is a cozy mystery set in Canada, where most citizens don’t own firearms. Security guards like my protagonist Evan Dunstan aren’t permitted to carry them. When I worked in campus security, I remember my supervisor saying that the day guards are allowed to carry guns is the day she’ll quit.

Most murders in Canada—that aren’t gang related—seem to involve knives. Although, before I became a security guard, a young woman was killed with a crossbow at the post-secondary site where I wound up working. The only violence I experienced, however, was a chair thrown at an employee by a frustrated student.

In this book, the hostility ramps up for Evan. Several attempts are made to get rid of nasty knitter Cora Riddell in a variety of ways. The inspiration for my cover comes from a threat near the beginning of the book, when a knitter named Flo threatens to stab Cora with a knitting needle. Does it actually happen? Well, that’s part of the mystery, isn’t it?

To order A Toxic Craft, go to:
Amazon: myBook.to/AToxicCraft
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/ycsvuaj5

Debra Purdy Kong’s volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired her to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Her employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for her Evan Dunstan mysteries, as well as her Casey Holland transit security novels.

Debra has published short stories in a variety of genres as well as personal essays, and articles for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She assists as a facilitator for the Creative Writing Program through Port Moody Recreation, and has presented workshops and talks for organizations that include Mensa and Beta Sigma Phi. She is a long-time member of Crime Writers of Canada.

Look for her blog at http://writetype.blogspot.ca More information about Debra and her books is at www.debrapurdykong.com You can also find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebraPurdyKong & Facebook: www.facebook.com/debra.purdykong

Be the first to know when Debra Purdy Kong’s next book is available! Follow Debra at https://www.bookbub.com/authors/debra-purdy-kong to receive new release and discount alerts.




Saturday, December 2, 2017

Colour Comentary



Jacques: This is Jacques Seaudeau and Gillian Hill from CKOI Radio reporting on this year's Santa Claus Parade. Gillian, what's the weather forecast for the day.

Gillian: Sunny and cold, Jacques. Perfect parade weather. The hot chocolate vendors will be doing well today. Fortunately the street is ice free now. Unfortunately, that was not the case earlier when the Pipe and Drum band were forming up. Due to a slip on the ice, they are down one drummer.

Jacques: That's not the only weather-related incident today. New Harlem Globe Trotters were booked to do an exhibition performance at the Sports Centre. They also agreed to march in the parade.

Gillian: I take it Globe Trotter performance is cancelled.

Jacque: Yes, but the boys and girls basketball teams from Our Lady of Lourdes will be taking their place in the parade. We've been assured they will do their best to mimic the jumps and passes that make the Globe Trotters famous.

Gillian: Hold on, Jacques. I have correction to make. It turns out the hot chocolate is free. They've got eight locations all along the parade route and one at the end. They're charging for cups but if you have a travel mug, they'll fill it up from their cauldron for free using oversized spoons crafted by Santa's elves.

Jacques: Are they in place now? I could use something warm about now.

Gillian: They're ready and waiting.

Jacques: Apropos of hot chocolate, the Dairy Breeders Associaton is marching with examples of the top eight breeds of milk cows dressed up as reindeer.

Gillian: I hope they have diapers. Next up is the the Let's Dance Studio. They usually gives us a jazzy version of Nutcracker Suite. This year they've opted for Swan Lake.

Jacques: Now a word from our sponsors. Why store and maintain equipment you'll only use for part of the year? Rent from Snow King. With their loyalty program, your sixth rental gives you store credit.

Gillian: That's a great deal and here's another one. City Jewellers is offering five gold bangles to the person who calls into CKOI with the gift given on the third day of Christmas.

Jacques: Listen! Can you hear the sirens. That will be the Fire Department leading the parade. You can see the areal floats. The kids are going to get a kick out of seeing their favourite cartoon characters drifting above them.

Gillian: Um, Jacques. What's that floating toward the river?

Jacques: I think they've lost two of the Teenage Ninja Turtle balloons.

Gillian: So, to summarize,we've got:
12 drummers drumming
11  pipers piping
10 Lourdes a leaping
9 Ladles waiting
8 Breeds for milking
7 Swans a swinging

Jacque: And don't forget the 6th lease is paying. Also, the 5 golden rings go to the 4th caller in for 3 French Hens

Gillian: 2 turtles above

Jacques: And that's it from Partridge City

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ghost Writer Review by Gloria Ferris

During the Cold War, a US Navy Arctic Station sank in Canadian waters under mysterious circumstances, killing all aboard. Now, a group of surviving family members want the truth. Along with a documentary crew, they hire an expedition ship and vow to raise the Station.

Jen Kirby signs on as the onsite writer and interviewer, battling seasickness and missing her son who is away at summer cadet camp. While Jen has seen a few ghosts in her life, she is faced with the entire spectral crew of the Arctic Station, some protective, a few menacing, all determined to help her discover the truth. When “accidents” begin to happen to Jen, it’s clear someone very much alive doesn’t want her to find the answers. With the crews of the expedition ship, Canadian and US navy ships, and the documentary staff, there are plenty of suspects.

The scenes of life aboard three sea-going vessels, the conditions inside the sunken Arctic Station, and Jen attempts to gather diving expertise, are vividly crafted. The depiction of international politics is bang on. The story is rich with well-developed characters.

Okay, now, let’s get to the men. Readers may find themselves wanting all three (or is it five?) men who tempt Jen. All hot, available, and honourable. Her choice will not disappoint, nor will the ending.

When Jen pieces together and serves up the facts of the last days of the Arctic Station, the ghostly crew is satisfied, and departs to wherever specters go when their earthly business is complete. Jen faces one last attempt on her life from a corporeal being, and that’s all I’m going to say to avoid a spoiler. Except that I did not see that culprit coming.

I think any reader who enjoys paranormal suspense, with a twist of mystery, and a dusting of romance to ice the cake, will enjoy this story. Five stars for Ghost Writer.


Canadian award-winning author, Gloria Ferris, began her writing career by writing and editing operating procedures for a nuclear power development. It was an exciting job, but opportunities for plot and character development were limited. So she turned to crime fiction and found it to be a lot more fun. Gloria returned to her native Guelph, Ontario after spending twenty-five years in Kincardine and Port Elgin, small lakeshore towns which inspire her mysteries. 

Gloria is the author of the Cornwall & Redfern mysteries
(Corpse Flower; Shroud of Roses; Skull Garden)