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?


“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.

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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.

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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.

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