A New Audio Book Release – kongo.com – Written By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio has released his new audio book kongo.com. Congratulations, Don! This is amazing!


I’m happy to announce that my book, kongo.com, is available in audiobook format. The book is a collection of four related long-format short stories/novellas. The Audio Book is available HERE.

kongo.com cover designed by Don Massenzio

About kongo.com

In my book, kongo.com, I have pulled together four separate related stories. Three of them were published as serials on my blog over the past year. The fourth is a brand new story that weaves together the other three. This was an enjoyable exercise and I hope that those that choose to read it will enjoy it as well.

Here is a bit about each of the stories in kongo.com

CONTINUE READING HERE

Interview With One Of My Characters IV

In preparation for the book release of the third book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, I invited one of my characters for an interview. Siana worked with Zepheira in a tracking team, before Zye was hired by the Big 7. Let’s see what Siana can tell us about Zye.


Welcome, Siana. 

Hello, AJ.

Siana, I know you have been working together with Zepheira when you both were in Evaan’s team. Zye told me you are an exceptional archeress and she loved working with you. How was working with her?

Oh, Zepheira is a nice woman, maybe a bit smug about her abilities, but I figure, she is all right.

Is there anything more you can tell us about her?

Well, she… she was always nice to me. But even though we were in the same team and worked well together, outside of work there was no interaction between us. She’s an excellent demon tracker, probably the best there is currently. But, well… that’s about it.

When you heard she would leave the team for a limited time, what did you think?

Thank God… oh – I mean… I thought, I hope, she’ll be fine and successful in her work for the big seven. I wished her only the best.

You know, Siana. I think, you’re a beautiful woman, and apparently, as an archeress exceptional. But looking at your answers one could think you actually don’t want to talk about your friend.

Zepheira was never a friend of mine.

How come?

Just because…

Does that mean I’m right when I think you don’t like her?

That’s not it!

What is it then? Weren’t you relieved when she left?

No

Didn’t you actually hope she would never return?

No!

Didn’t you hope that she will never cross your path anymore?

Of course not!

Aren’t you scared of her because of her unusual look?

(positively crying now) – Fine – FINE! I am scared of her. These cursed horns! She looks like she works for the other side! She’s always been smarter, better, faster, more talented than everyone else in all the teams, even though she looks horrible with these horns – these godforsaken horns! I can’t sleep sometimes because I’m scared!!

And when you heard what her future will be – weren’ t you jealous?

Of course! How dare she? How can she look that dreadful and still get one of the most desirable bachelor’s in the universe? She has always been so nice to me! But then my fear got the better of me – I cannot profit from her connections.

I think we all know what we want to know… Thanks for your time, Siana.

Good Bye.

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Tour & Book Review – Hallelujah by Kim Fielding and F.E. Feeley

Read about Kim Fielding’s and F. E. Feeley’s new book at the ‘Drops of Ink’ blog, written by Anne Barwell.


A big welcome to Kim Fielding and F.E. Feeley as part of their tour with Other Worlds Ink for Hallelujah.

Review
The premise and world building in this story are fabulous, and the characters very layered. Although there are romantic elements and a romance in it, it’s not the HEA of a romance novel, and even though the final pages give some hope for Joseph’s future, he’s still got a rough road ahead. I liked the mythos behind Joseph and those like him, and how their abilities work, and how they differ.

I hope this is the first in a series as I’d love read more of this world, and its characters. I got hooked on this story very quickly, and didn’t want to put it down. The writing style flows well and I couldn’t tell where one author handed over to the other as the transitions are very smooth. The settings were very easy to visualise. I particularly liked Stormy’s ability—it’s different and very cool.

Continue Reading Here

kongo.com – Now available – Written By Don Massenzio

Finally it’s available: Kongo.com, the new book by Don Massenzio. From what I read and saw it’s another great book by Don. Read more below.


It’s been a week since my new book, kongo.com, was released. This was an interesting book to write. It contains three novellas that started as serials on my blog. The fourth novella is from an original story that has never been published. The intent of this story is to pull the other three together to show the ultimate goal of this corporation and the truth behind its technology.

In this post, I’m sharing the first part of this story. It’s called 3D life.

3D Life

Continue reading here

When is the Best Time of Year to Release a Book?

Provided by Self Publishing Review

In Hollywood, there’s a pretty set calendar for when movies are released: horror movies are usually released around Halloween, high-concept blockbusters in the summer, Oscar movies start in November, movies that aren’t blockbusters or Oscar contenders in February.

Does the book trade follow the same release schedule?

The answer is, more or less, yes.

Continue reading HERE

Cover Reveal and New Book Announcement – Written By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio presents us the cover and an excerpt of his new book Kongo.com. I love the cover and the announcement, Don! Well done!


Well, after a great deal of time, effort and procrastination, I am happy to announce my new book, kongo.com, that will be released on

March 29, 2019.

 

Find the entire blog post here:

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/cover-reveal-and-new-book-announcement/

Time Travel – A Recurring Theme in Science Fiction

Read what Author Don Massenzio has to say about time travel. As a successful author this subject is quite familiar to him. Thank you very much for your very educational blog post, Don!

Author Don Massenzio

As a reader, my fascination with time travel began as a child. When I first read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, I was enthralled by the idea of travelling either backward or forward in time.

Traveling backward could allow one to catch glimpses of historical events or important figures. You could go back and wander among dinosaurs. Similarly, traveling forward gives a view of the development of man, technology and the future of our planet.

As I sat down to write my book, Extra Innings, I was fascinated by the different views of time travel that have been used in fiction. This post will discuss those various theories and I’ll give you a view of my thought process in landing on one.

Here are some of the theories that have been presented in fiction:

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  1. Precognition – This is the idea of seeing the future during dreams or through…

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Tomorrow is Blood Match Release Day

Author Don Massenzio published his book “Blood Match” February 2, 2018.

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blood match front coverBlood Match, a new thriller by Don Massenzio

You might remember that this book was a Kindle Scout candidate and it performed well lasting on the Hot List for 209 of 720 hours or some part of 11 out of 30 days with over 4,000 views.

Here is a blurb about the book:

Intelligence analyst Jake Balrich boards his Monday morning flight, as he has so many times, for routine field work. When the plane lands, a passenger fails to wake up. Jake soon realizes that the death was not accidental and is part of a murderous plot that will have Jake running for his life as he struggles with an unknown enemy that seems to guess his every move.

Blood Match is a thriller that examines the desire for gaining power with little regard for the human lives that are affected.

Follow Jake Balrich, as he enlists the help…

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Author Spotlight – Toni Pike

Photo Toni PikeWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

I’m an Australian who grew up in suburban Sydney and studied Veterinary Science at Sydney University. Later I taught high school, and then spent over a decade in the public service involved with the regulation of veterinary medicines. My husband was an Air Force officer, so we lived in England, America and several Australian cities while we raised two lovely children. Now we live in beautiful Canberra, the national capital.

I love to spend time with family and friends, take long walks every day and travel overseas. Cruising has taken me to places I never thought that I would see, including the Panama Canal, Petra in Jordan and the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

English was my best subject at school and I read many of the great classics in those early years. My love for writing developed throughout my adult life. One great training ground was a stint as a contract writer, producing plain English guides for farmers. Writing has been an important part of my life, a very obsessive hobby, for more than twenty years.

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

Writing seems to be that one thing that I feel constantly motivated to pursue, that I can work at all day without noticing the time. The world of indie publishing has captivated me because of the opportunities it provides for rapid turnover and control over every aspect of the creative process. The onus is on me to ensure that my work is edited and ready for publication, and then to do my own marketing.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I love reading high-octane adventure stories and thrillers. About eighteen months ago, I decided to take on the challenge of writing a page-turner. My priority was to ensure that the hero kept encountering no end of trouble, so that my readers would always want to know what happened next. I created a religious conspiracy, a subject that I’ve always found fascinating. There are dark secrets, mysteries, a hidden sect and a sinister Brotherhood that have all lasted for two thousand years. My hero is an Anglican priest who finds himself in trouble. In The Magus Covenant, he races from Italy to England and Sweden. In The Rock of Magus, he travels to Rome, Spain and England. That allows me to draw on my travel experiences.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal is to keep my readers entertained and keen to find out what will happen next. I hope to develop a wide readership, and that people will take my stories with them on vacation or wherever they go to relax. I feel delighted when I read a good review or hear a positive comment from a fan.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I have a personal antidote to writer’s block to help avoid the pain of staring at a blank screen, unable to proceed any further . I plan my stories in full and write a detailed story outline. That includes the creation of all my characters, with names, appearance, careers, motivations and background. I also do any other research and gather information about all the settings and locations. When I start to write each chapter, I know exactly where I am headed. Luckily, I’ve always been able to stay focused and write for hours. The greatest challenge for me is the initial conception and construction of the storyline.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

To be an author is a difficult and generally unrewarding road with rejection a normal part of life. If you are determined to take on the challenge of writing a novel, then learn all you can about fiction, including the conventions of your chosen genre, story structure and ways to improve your writing. There is a very support indie community online, and endless information available on how to develop your characters, write effective dialogue and plot your storylines. The only way to improve is to learn all you can, practice and never stop writing.

After you finish your first draft, it is then time for re-writing and editing. If you decide to follow the indie route, be sure that your book contains no typographical or spelling errors and is perfectly formatted. Be willing to listen to any advice or suggestions.

Having mastered your art and published that first novel, you will then need to market it. That is probably the most challenging aspect, unless you are already an expert. If possible, long before publishing your work, you should establish your own website and develop your own online identity.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

The Magus Covenant was the first book in the Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. The second book, The Rock of Magus, has just been released. They are non-stop action thrillers, but at their core is a religious conspiracy that has lasted for two millennia.

 

In The Magus Covenant, we meet Jotham Fletcher. He is in Rome to give a lecture but soon finds himself caught up in non-stop danger and drama. Here is the description:

The fate of the world is in the hands of one man and the covenant holds the key.

The Reverend Jotham Fletcher is in Rome to give a lecture on his PhD thesis about Simon Magus at the church where he fell to his death beside the Roman Forum. Magus was a cult leader mentioned in the Bible and his libertine sect disappeared by 400 AD.

But did it really die out?

A robed man is pushed from the bell tower of the church at midnight and Jotham becomes the prime suspect. His lover Antonella, an expert on ancient documents, has a shocking secret. Rumors fly about a papyrus scroll that mentions Magus. A ruthless Catholic Brotherhood will stop at nothing in their hunt for the Simonian Sect. And a reclusive billionaire has the chance of a lifetime to get his revenge.

 

The Rock of Magus has Jotham Fletcher is in peril once again, and this time he senses that there is trouble brewing inside the Vatican. Once again, the future of the church is in the hands of one man. Here is the description:

At last the Magus Covenant can be fulfilled.

Jotham Fletcher returns in another action-packed thriller that takes him to the heart of the Vatican. Cardinal Alpheus has ambitions far more sinister and explosive than anyone could imagine and the death of Pope Linus is only the beginning.

Jotham is now a billionaire, dedicated to finding the Simonian Sect that wants to destroy the Christian Church and he employs Madena, a former army officer, to help him. They rescue a televangelist in Seattle but find the photograph of a cardinal who is soon elected as the new Pope, with Alpheus as his chief advisor.

The deadly Brotherhood re-emerges with homicidal Father Dominic at the helm and the body count begins to rise as he flees to the Vatican to seek protection.

Jotham becomes the prime suspect in the murder of an archbishop in Spain and the unwitting hero after a devastating event in Rome. He has a secret that he dare not reveal and is on the run from the police once again. But nothing prepares him for the final confrontation at the Pope’s summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you so much, Aurora, for inviting me here today.

 


Contact Toni:

 

My website http://www.tonipike.com

My Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14736589.Toni_Pike

Twitter at @piketoni1 http://twitter.com/piketoni1

 

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 LINKS directly to the books:

 

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https://www.amazon.com/Magus-Covenant-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B018X2GRT4

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magus-Covenant-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B018X2GRT4

https://www.amazon.com.au/Magus-Covenant-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B018X2GRT4

https://www.amazon.ca/Magus-Covenant-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B018X2GRT4

https://www.amazon.fr/Magus-Covenant-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B018X2GRT4

https://www.amazon.de/Magus-Covenant-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B018X2GRT4

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/597777

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-magus-covenant-toni-pike/1123106322

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-magus-covenant

 


COVER_Rock of MagusTHE ROCK OF MAGUS

https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Magus-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01J2M8M6K

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Magus-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01J2M8M6K

https://www.amazon.com.au/Rock-Magus-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01J2M8M6K

https://www.amazon.ca/Rock-Magus-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01J2M8M6K

https://www.amazon.fr/Rock-Magus-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01J2M8M6K

https://www.amazon.de/Rock-Magus-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01J2M8M6K 

https://www.amazon.it/Rock-Magus-Religious-Conspiracy-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01J2M8M6K

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/653500

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/the-rock-of-magus

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rock-of-magus-toni-pike/1124249832

Author Spotlight: F. E. Feeley jr. – Book Release “Still Waters” today, March 30, 2015

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Welcome! 

 

  1. When did you start writing? Honestly, looking back, I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. From little bits of nothing really, to short story contest that I won during Halloween, and into my college career. Why it took me so long to pen a book, I’ll never know.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? The world around me. The things I see pass by me. The people I’ve met and fallen in and out of love with. Friends that I’ve had and still have. Life is the biggest muse.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? I write in the m/m genre, or gay romance as some call it. However, Horror is my forte for the time being. I write about what scares me and right now, the world is a pretty intimidating place for gay people. I take modern issues, wrap them in things that go bump in the night, and have the reader consume it that way. Oddly enough, I think it’s easier to do that than to write a contemporary romance with similar themes.

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? Oh God, honestly? I would like to make enough money to support my husband and I. I would like to pay off our house, pay off our student loans, and make a life for us. It’s a pipe dream, sure, but its still there.

 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? I do, on occasion. Some people write through it. I can’t. If there is nothing there, there is nothing there. The late great Robin Williams described being an artist to being attached to this stream of consciousness through a doorway. When that doorway is open, I write. When I don’t. I can’t.

 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? Some would say write, some would say read and I am sure there is truth to both things, but I say watch. Observe the world around you. Take it in. And speak. Nina Simone said it is an artist’s responsibility to reflect the world around them. I take that responsibility pretty seriously.

 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. Well, right now I am immersed in writing a series entitled Memoirs of the Human Wraiths. These are stand-alone novels and they begin with The Haunting of Timber Manor, Objects in the Rearview Mirror, and the soon to be released Still Waters. Each book deals with a major theme. The first, is buried secrets. The Second, facing fear. And the Third, revenge. Where this series is going to go, I still am not sure. But we will see.

Outside of that, I have a novella being released through Cool Dudes press called Indigent which will be included in an anthology by the same name. That releases April 25th and it’s for a charity that will take donate all proceeds to homeless shelters in four countries, The United States, The United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia in an effort to get LGBT kids off the streets.  

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


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http://www.amazon.com/Still-Waters-Memoirs-Human-Wraiths-ebook/dp/B00V5ORJTA/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Links: 

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/fe-feeley-jr

 

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/F.E.-Feeley-Jr/e/B00B3ERX34/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427430803&sr=8-1

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