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Snips, Snails, and … Technology?

Hey everyone! I’m over on the Emblazoners blog today, wondering what the heck a snip is…

Going Solo Available for Pre-Order at 99 cents!

GScoverfullYes, that headline is correct! Going Solo, book 3 in the Tales of Uncertainty series is now available for pre-order on Amazon and as a thank you to all of Dare’s fans and my loyal readers, it’s priced at 99 cents for this pre-launch period. Once the book goes live on December 23, it will move to its regular price of 3.99. So, get in while the gettin’ is good!

Here’s the back cover teaser:

As a member of the Heisenberg family, I was taught to value analytics and the doctrines of logical thought. The life I’ve led for the past year or more, however, has been one that makes Dorothy’s Oz look like a sedate convention of elderly physicists.

Now, a bit like that lost and forlorn Kansas girl, I’m on a mission to bring a scarecrow and a brain together. Only, instead of the scarecrow as a companion, I have the brain. Kim’s core programming is lodged within a sleek, new time machine that is easy on the eyes, but atrocious in the gas mileage department. Nothing short of a load of antimatter will do to get us where we need to go.

Fortunately, our path forward seems as easy to follow as Dorothy’s. Pick up the fuel and get Kim installed in her star. Yet, my experiences as a time traveling agent have shown me one thing above all else.

Even yellow brick roads are littered with cavernous potholes.

And here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1. Warning! Possible spoilers ahead!

“It needs a name,” Lauri said.

Five of us, Lauri, Dr. Lansing, M’sang Tah, Bob, and I, stood in the currently dim light of the cavernous hangar within the pahsahni home ship. In the distance behind us, a small crew performed repairs on one of the dozen scout vessels parked in neat rows — an occasional barked order or clank of a tool reached my ears. Otherwise, the space was quiet, save for the ever-present thrum of the massive ship’s ventilation system. Work had finished on Bob and Dr. Lansing’s collaborative creation only an hour or so before. The pahsahni technicians had filed out of the hangar, weary but proud of their efforts, yet nearly all had been ignorant of the true purpose of the machine they had built, which floated before us, a few inches off the deck.

Names like Enterprise, Millennium Falcon, and even T.A.R.D.I.S. ran through my thoughts, but while the vehicle’s function might be similar, it looked about as far from a blue police call box as it could get. Blacker than the inside of a cave at night, the triangular ship sported a cockpit that could seat two in comfort and three in a pinch. I guessed it measured barely more than twenty feet from tip to tip and bore no markings of any kind. Rivets or lettering would have offended its flawless obsidian lines to the point I couldn’t imagine any ever existing there.

Nevermore,” I blurted out, remembering a haunting poem I’d read in school.

Dr. Lansing nodded. “Hm. Edgar Allen Poe. The Raven, right? Seems like an odd name for a time machine, but the raven imagery certainly fits.”

“I like it,” Lauri said with a smile.

“A designation is inessential to its function,” Bob said through his translator device. “But I am becoming familiar with the human desire for monikers. Nevermore it is.”

M’sang Tah grunted. “Regardless of what it’s called, it still requires a power source.”

I looked over at my hairy mentor. “I don’t understand. I thought neutron stars produced gobs of energy. Won’t the piece of Kim that Bob brought be enough?”

Bob answered my question. “Most of the energy generated by the programming core is currently being used to counteract its gravitational influence within the ship. Once you’re in space, that will not be necessary, but the energy required to transfer that much mass from one thread to another is monumental. Additional power, beyond what the core produces, is required.”

“There are stores of anti-matter in the Hub,” Dr. Lansing said.

I chuckled. “Yeah, I remember. Hope tried to blow us all up with them.”

“That confrontation didn’t occur in this thread, Dare,” M’sang Tah reminded me.

“Right,” I said with a nod.

Dr. Lansing continued. “Anyway, we’ll collect what’s there and hope it’s enough to make the jump.”

“Wait,” Lauri said. “You converted the Hub into a hydroponics farm. We saw that when you brought us here.”

“We did,” Lansing confirmed. “But sections which produce power were left alone, along with a handful of others, including my lab until we made that last trip to fetch you two.”

I turned to M’sang Tah, “All right. So, we go down to Mars and get the anti-matter, then we switch threads so we can plug Kim’s core into her star. Is that it?”

My mentor inclined his head to the side. “Essentially, yes.”

That task list would have sounded preposterous to me just a few months before. Part of me knew it was probably still preposterous, but I was anxious for an assignment. Lauri and I had arrived almost two days earlier and had to wait while work finished on Nevermore. Lauri spent most of her time catching up with Dr. Lansing, which left me alone with nothing to do since I had no skills remotely related to constructing space ships or time machines to offer. “Cool. How soon can we go?”

“We need to run some flight tests,” Bob said. “But that’s something you and Lauri should participate in.”

I grinned. “Awesome!”

M’sang Tah pointed to the closest doorway. “Go collect your things while we prep the ship.”

— — —

There you go! For more, you’ll just have to wait until December 23rd! In the meantime, if you’re in the Billings, Montana area, come see me at the Annual MSU-B Writers’ Roundup hosted by the Festival of Trees at the Shrine Auditorium this Saturday, December 6th from 12-5. I’ll be signing books and chatting with anyone who’ll stop to listen 😉 I might even have some goodies to give away!

Emblazoners Blog: A Certain Point of View

Hey all! I’m over on the Emblazoners blog today, talking about perspectives in writing. Come on over and say, “Hi!”

http://emblazoners.com/a-certain-point-of-view/

Coming soon: A Cover reveal for the new Tales of Uncertainty novel: Going Solo

Mikey Brooks’ “Stone of Valhalla” Release Tour

Welcome to The
Stone of Valhalla
Blog Tour!

A middle-grade fantasy-adventure by Mikey Brooks.
Don’t
forget to check out the
GIVEAWAY at the bottom this post
for a
chance to
WIN a $25 Amazon
Gift card
and other great prizes!
Synopsis:
Aaron was chosen to save their world, but it might come at the cost of losing his own.
Breaking into an old lady’s basement was supposed to reward 13-year-old Aaron with new friends. Instead he finds an enchanted amulet that transports him to another world—one at war with magic. Before he knows it, he is accused of witchcraft and invited to a bonfire—where he’s the main attraction. If that’s not bad enough, a goblin army shows up and toasts the town…literally. The good news: Aaron escapes being charbroiled. The bad news: the goblins are after him. They want his amulet and will stop at nothing to get it. Battling to find his way home, Aaron teams up with a not-so-magical-wizard and learns it’s his fate to destroy the amulet and save this new world. But is he willing to sacrifice his own?
Check out what these talented authors
are saying about it:
The Stone of Valhalla is one of those books that only comes along once in a great while. Brooks doesn’t just create a world, he puts you inside of it, allowing you to experience the wonder in a way that only he can. His characters are likable and fun. His twists leave you asking ‘Why?’ Treat yourself to an exciting adventure through a beautiful new land. Make new friends and be a part of the magic. This is a book that you will not be able to put down!”
—J.R. Simmons,
author of Ragesong: Awakening.
 The Stone of Valhalla drew me in from the get-go. Aaron’s journey is reminiscent of Dorothy’s trek in The Wizard of Oz. Magic, sword fights, danger, and more danger, sprinkled with humor and unexpected twists. This is one of the ‘best’ fantasy adventures I’ve ever experienced!”
—BBH
McChiller, author of The Monster Moon
Series
.
The Stone of Valhalla is a riveting mystery revealing true friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. Brooks engages the curiosity of middle graders and older sleuths alike, until the very end.
Fantastic!”
—L.R.W. Lee,
author of The Andy Smithson series.
 
Excerpt From: Chapter Two: The Penalty of Witchcraft
Aaron thought he’d been transported to some kind of renaissancefair. People milled about in the street, all dressed like they belonged on the set of some medieval movie. Most of their faces were stained with dirt, and they wore soiled clothing. Large, wooden buildings, held together by plaster, loomed overhead and all around him. Some had signs announcing specific trades and goods. The sweet smell of bread came from one shop, clearly a bakery. A rotund man stood out front, arguing with an old man who had a silvery-white beard and a long, purple cloak. He was telling the baker that the rolls he had purchased tasted ‘day-old’ and he required a reimbursement.
Several passersby gave Aaron odd glances. One little girl with a group of women dressed like nuns pointed at him and giggled. He thought he heard her call him a buffoon, but she was quickly shushed by one of the women and pulled into a shop.
This is so unreal.
Aaron couldn’t figure out what had happened.
How did I get here? Who are these people?
Aaron waited for someone to jump out and yell, “Surprise, you’re on camera!”
It never happened.
The seconds drew on like hours, and Aaron stood unmoving like a statue in the middle of the dirt road. The sweet smell from the bakery was drowned by the stench of a sweaty mule pulling a cart packed full with what had to be manure. The wind blew and the wafting smell of poo filled Aaron’s nose. He coughed and tried to cover the reek with his shirt.
“Witchcraft! Witchcraft, I say!”
Aaron turned around to see a middle-aged woman with only three teeth shouting hysterically. She pointed directly at him. He looked over his shoulder to ensure no green-skinned, broom-commandeering, warty-faced lady in black stood beside him. There wasn’t anyone there. The noise on the street stopped dead except for the woman. She grabbed a small wooden crate from a cart filled with fresh flowers and stood on it. “Fetch the constable! Don’t let him get away, or he’ll set a curse on our town.”
Five large men formed a group behind the woman and advanced toward Aaron. He didn’t know what to do.
Where to Find The Stone of Valhalla:
Exclusive price for the eBook
release is just $2.99! (List Price: $4.99)
And only $9.99 for the paperback!(List Price: $12.99)
On April 12th 2014 the price will return to the List Price
Another special offer:

During The Stone of Valhalla Blog Tour

Mikey’s other great middle-grade eBooks will also be set to the low price of just $0.99!
The Dream Keeper:
Kindle | Nook | Kobo
The Dreamstone:
Kindle | Nook | Kobo
You’re Invited to PARTY!!
The online launch party will take place on Thursday, April 10th at 4pm (MST). The party will run for 2 hours and you’re invited to drop by anytime.
The longer you stay the more chances you have of winning prizes! We have slew of eBooks to giveaway, as well as a Stone of Valhalla necklace AND a $25 Amazon gift card! It is hosted by LovingtheBookLaunchParty on Facebook. Just follow this link to join the event: http://goo.gl/Q2Fd3r.
What’s that? Another Party!
That’s right! If you’re local to Utah you don’t want to miss this kickin’ party. We are having a launch party to celebrate the release of this awesome new book. Of course there will be plenty of giveaways there too, but what’s even better are the guest authors! Just check out these fabulous names: J. Scott Savage, Chad Morris, Lisa Mangum, Jenni James, Ali Cross, and many more. The Launch Party is: Friday, April 11th from 6-9pm at The Viridian Center in West Jordan, Utah. Follow this link for a map: http://goo.gl/dqVc0u
About Mikey Brooks:

Mikey is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures and Bean’s Dragons as well as the middle-grade fantasy-adventure series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works fulltime as a freelance illustrator, cover designer, and author. As a member of the Emblazoners, he is one of many authors devoted to ‘writing stories on the hearts of children’. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast. You can find more about him and his books at: http://www.insidemikeysworld.com/.

The Giveaways!

 

Enter the giveaway below to be entered to win one of the following prizes:
$25 Amazon Gift Card
The Stone of Valhalla Necklace
Autographed Paperback of The
Stone of Valhalla 
Autographed 11×17 Poster

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Abandon Hope Cover Reveal

As promised, and without further ado, here is the cover for Abandon Hope, Tales of Uncertainty Book 2

AbandonHope_ToU2_ebookcover

What do you think? Let me know in the comments! I’m very excited! Editing is nearly complete and this book will be available for Kindle before Christmas.