Author Andy Peloquin

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We are so pleased to share Andy Peloquin and his books with you. Enjoy, stay awhile, and check out his launch party, and his Amazon page. You won’t regret it.

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Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

Andy PeloquinAndy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

His website ( is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings–along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.

He can also be found on his social media pages, such as: TwitterFacebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Amazon, and personal Facebook page.

10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez, Skrillex, Simon & Garfunkel, Celine Dion, and Five Finger Death Punch are all in my writing playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Books: The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Sherlock Holmes by A.C. Doyle, Warlord of Mars by E.R. Burroughs

Favorite Songs: Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch, Prayer by Disturbed, I’m an Albatraoz by AronChupa, Look Down from Les Miserables, Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling and Lizzi Hale

Favorite Movies: 300, Red Cliff, Shoot Em Up, Love Actually, Princess Bride

Favorite Comics: Anything with Deadpool, Wolverine or Doop in it

Favorite Foods: Hot Wings, Meat-Lover’s Salad, A good sandwich (made by me), Yaki Soba, Sushi

Favorite TV Shows: The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-0, Brooklyn 99, Firefly (too soon!), The Last Ship, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones

The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

Lament of teh FallenA faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (The Last Bucelarii–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen
Author: Andy Peloquin
Official Launch Date: August 19th, 2016
Publication Date: July 21, 2016

Book Blurb:

The Hunter of Voramis is no more.

Alone with the bloodthirsty voices in his head, fleeing the pain of loss, he has one objective: travel north to find Her, the mystery woman who plagues his dreams and haunts his memories.

When he stumbles upon a bandit attack, something within urges him to help. His actions set him at odds with the warrior priests commanded to hunt down the Bucelarii.

Left for dead, the Hunter must travel to Malandria to recover his stolen birthright. There, he is inexorably drawn into direct conflict with the Order of Midas, the faceless, nameless group of magicians that holds the city in a grip of terror. All while struggling to silence the ever-louder voice in his mind that drives him to kill.

From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter’s journey leads him to truths about his forgotten past and the Abiarazi he has pledged to hunt. His discoveries will shed light on who he really is…what he really is.

Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks will love the Hunter…

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“Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates —

“The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut

“From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!” — Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine

“Oh the carnage! Fantastic bloodthirsty carnage! The fight scenes in this book were fast-paced, detailed and thrilling. I love a good sword fight and there is plenty of that here.” — Ami L. Hart

“One could get lost in this novel for its twisting plots, seemingly endless imagination, dark yet irresistible characters, or the mind-numbing paradox of its simultaneously dark and romantic world. One could follow the long and winding road of the dusky, fierce protagonist and fight tooth and nail not to sympathize with him. One could dance in the dizzying, intricate circles of Peloquin’s neo-mythology, or even basque in the black sunlight of a well-crafted gothic novel that both entertains and enlightens.” — Jesse G. Christiansen

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Book Blog Tour: Things From Other Worlds by Anne Johnson


TITLE – Things from Other Worlds
AUTHOR – Anne E. Johnson
GENRE – Children’s literature / science fiction
PUBLICATION DATE – October, 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 84 pages
PUBLISHER – Anne E. Johnson
COVER ARTIST – James for


Things from Other Worlds - CoverMany strange things wait inside these pages. There’s a fuzzy ball of kindness, camped out on a grumpy man’s porch. A chewed piece of gum with a mind of its own. A smart Alec who actually stands in line twice when they’re handing out brains. A girl who isn’t afraid when all the plants in her neighborhood come to life.

This collection of 15 science fiction and fantasy stories for kids by award-winning author Anne E. Johnson is perfect for ages 8-12, or anyone with a child’s heart.








(Excerpt from Story No. 15 in Things from Other Worlds)

Outside our town, a few miles from where Jimbo’s gas station used to be, an old man lived all by himself. Everybody knew he was there, but nobody actually knew him. He’d show up a few times a year to buy canned goods at Ruth & Bobby’s, but that was it. Not a soul, not even the oldest soul in town, could remember a time when that man hadn’t been around. He must have been two hundred years old. Some said more like three hundred.

Truth was, he’d been out of touch with people for so long that nobody could remember his name.

He couldn’t even remember his own name. Folks said that a crust had grown over his heart.
The heart’s a funny organ, though. It’s tougher than you’d think, and can survive through pretty much anything. It’s like a tulip bulb. No matter how icy and long the winter is, that little bulb stays alive under the frozen ground until it’s time to shoot up a new sprout, green and full of life.

But for some especially frosty people, there’s rarely enough sunshine to wake up their hearts. It takes something spectacular, maybe even something from another world. I’ll tell you what happened to this old, old man, and you’ll see what I mean.

Nobody wanted to have anything to do with him. Flies and grubs and spiders occasionally tiptoed into the walls of his house, but most were never heard from again. The younger raccoons and rabbits only touched his front stoop on a dare because their parents warned them not to.

“Get away!” the old man would scream hoarsely while shaking a frying pan above his head.

Every living creature, from human on down to bedbug, knew enough to keep off the old man’s property. But that knowledge had not been broadcast across space. So, when an alien landed in a clearing in the woods one late winter afternoon, it didn’t realize what it was up against. It was scared and a little woozy after a rough landing, although it wasn’t afraid. It had been brought up to assume that all beings will do right by each other when given the chance. Poor little thing.

I bet you think an alien is a spindly sort that looks like it’s made of green plastic. Well, not this one. It was furry. Oh, so furry. Picture fur as thick as a polar bear’s and as soft as a mink’s. Now double how thick and soft it is. Now color it blue-green. This deep, soft, dark fur was all over its body, which was short and wide. The alien, standing, came up just past your knees, but was too wide to get your arms around.

It had two giant tangerine-orange toenails on each of its four feet. Its eyes, too, were the color of tangerines, but twice as big. They were very close together in its head, and surrounded by fur, giving it a very intense look. Your average human would probably describe this alien as “the cutest thing I’ve ever seen,” and make a sound that went something like “Awwww.”

Well, this little alien was in need of shelter and food. It didn’t know the plants and animals of our planet, so it shuffled right by some perfectly edible berries and nuts. But it recognized a building when it saw one. And so it approached the old man’s house in the middle of the
woods, with hope in its heart but nothing in its belly.

“MMMnnnyonggg,” it called out from the yard. Nothing stirred in the house, but several woodchucks and foxes gathered to watch from a safe distance. The alien trundled up the front steps. Once it caught its fur on the rotting wood, but freed itself like a real trooper.
Inside the house, the old man heard a nasal howl.


He assumed it was a wolf or an injured bear. “Durn thing’s up on the porch,” said the crusty-hearted man as he pulled his frying pan down from its nail. “I’ll teach ʼem whose house this is.”

The old man shoved the front door open so hard it smacked against the rotten siding. A few shingles crumbled and fell. The woodland creatures watching the show skittered deeper into the shadows, fearing what would come next.

But the alien didn’t move. It didn’t know it was supposed to be afraid of the sound of wood smacking wood, or the sight of a two-legged earthling holding a round metal object. It assumed this was either a way to say “hello,” or else a communication device telling the whole planet about its arrival. Those were the only options that made sense to the alien. Widening its eyes and puffing up its fur, it tried to look as friendly as possible.

For his part, the old man was so puzzled that he forgot to swing the pan. “You’re not a bear,” he accused the blue-green furry thing. “You’re sure not a wolf. What are you? Gorilla?”

The alien didn’t know what the word “gorilla” meant, but it enjoyed the sound, so it waddled a little closer to the cool-talking human.

“GGgggrrrrill,” said the alien, trying to fit in.

The old man just snorted and slammed the door, leaving the alien alone on the porch.


Author Photo - Anne E JohnsonAs the author of dozens of published short stories, Anne E. Johnson has won writing prizes for both children’s and adults’ short
fiction. Her short fiction for kids has appeared in FrostFire Worlds, Wee Tales, Jack & Jill, Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, Rainbow Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her stories for adults can be found in Alternate Hilarities, The Future Fire, Liquid Imagination, and SpeckLit. For a complete list of her published stories, please visit She also writes science fiction novels, including the humorous Webrid Chronicles series.

To give back to the writing and children’s lit community, Anne is a volunteer story judge at RateYourStory and writes a weekly column called Kid Lit Insider for

Anne grew up in Wisconsin but moved to New York City over 20 years ago. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, playwright Ken Munch.



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Book Blog Tour: Believe by Mia Fox


TITLE – Believe
SERIES (& Book #) – Chasing Shadows, Book #1
AUTHOR – Mia Fox
GENRE – paranormal romance
PUBLICATION DATE – March 8, 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 220
PUBLISHER – Evatopia Press

Believe by Mia Fox


Nate survived countless attacks on his Marine platoon while in Afghanistan, but one undying thought kept him safe — the knowledge that Ella was waiting for him.

Ella marked off the days until Nate’s return by writing letters to him, knowing that once he was safely home, they would fulfill their promise to live each day to its fullest.

Theirs was a love that would endure separation…even in the wake of a tragic accident.

Although now apart, Ella is given reason to believe in ghosts when Nate’s presence visits her and remains her lover. But when another man enters her life, Ella struggles to give herself over to a new love and maintain her bond to Nate’s ghost.

A romantic ghost story and love triangle tied to one woman’s need to…Believe.




The incline was steep, but I was determined to get to the top. I wanted to be up high to see the world from a different vantage point, to get some insight into why I was so messed up and maybe find the answers. I used my hands to brace myself over the rock formations. The climb was hard work, but it served to warm up my body from the dropping temperatures.

“Ella, you have to go home. I can’t protect you from threats that are alive — the cold is enough to harm you, but what about mountain lions, rattlers and the rest? It’s practically dark. I can’t stay if you don’t want me to.”

I stopped for a moment and turned to see Nate’s beautiful eyes, showing concern and begging me to turn back around, but I needed to think, to make sense of my life once and for all. Was I seeing a ghost or simply holding onto my memories, and if so, was that so wrong? Chasing this shadow was the only thing that had made me feel whole in the wake of so much sorrow, that is until Ethan came along. And now, I felt a myriad of emotions vacillating in my mind, from guilt over betraying Nate’s memory to feeling a sense of entitlement that I deserved to be happy.

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Mia Fox is a Los Angeles-based novelist who writes across varied genres including Contemporary and Paranormal Romance, Chick Lit, and Satire. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from U.S.C.

Before writing full time, she worked as an entertainment publicist, a career she chronicles in her novel, “Alert the Media.” However, she is happy to leave that world behind her, preferring that any drama in her life is only that which she creates for her characters.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three children, Casey, the Wonder Westie, and Bean, his brother.



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Book Blog Tour: Jaded Tides by P.S. Bartlett

Welcome to the debut of our book blog tour service.

Today on Our Write Side, we have two very special guests. Not only do we have authoress P.S. Bartlett here to tell us about her recently released Jaded Tides, but we also have pirate James Robertson, the Jade’s navigator. 

But first, let’s talk about Jaded Tides

Author: P.S. Bartlett
Release Day: October 1, 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction/Adventure/Romance

jaded-tides-front-coverJADED TIDES: Book Two of the Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales

After finding love in the most unlikely of places, Ivory’s life appears to at last be falling into place. Having proven herself a force to be reckoned with, she has at last set sail for the first time as a pirate. The only problem is she’s a woman and must disguise herself in order to set foot on a ship. Being in love with her captain isn’t helping matters either and whole new set of obstacles are presenting themselves at every turn. Her brash style and tenacity, however, could prove to make her, her own worst enemy.

With a sword in her hand and her new found love at her side, Ivory Shepard is about to embark on a   mission to rescue and return every young woman she can who has fallen prey to the jaded tides of the Caribbean sex trade. Armed with a secret log book she acquired from a pirate captain—who also happened to be an evil smuggler, she believes herself well prepared for the task. As she’s already learned the hard way, pirates always prove to be unpredictable and ruthless. Unfortunately for them, so is she.

P.S. Barlett has quite a collection of books under her name. Here’s a bit about this author:

ps-bartlett-book-fairP.S. (Peggy) has always had a love of books and writing. She also paints and draws and although writing takes up the majority of her free time by choice, she loves spending time with her friends and family.

Her first novel “Fireflies” was published in March of 2013 with GMTA Publishing and her second, “Hope From the Ocean” was published in March of 2014, also with GMTA.

As of March 2015, Peggy now independently publishes her own novels.

Peggy’s goal is to become a full time writer and spend the remainder of her days creating worlds, characters and stories that will carry on long after she’s written her last word.
Her motto is:
“I’m taking a fantastic voyage. Won’t you join me?”




We had the pleasure of interviewing James Robertson, the Jade‘s navigator.

Name: James Robertson

Occupation: Ship’s Navigator

Age: Twenty

     1.What do you consider your greatest achievement? My Maps. They’re accurate and drawn quite well if I do say so myself.

  1. What is your best physical feature? My eyes. I can see for miles and miles. <wink>
  2. What is your most treasured possession? My maps. They contain hours….no, months and months of work.
  3. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My love is the sea and the stars. Although, Madame Ivory insists I’ll marry one of her cousins. I told her in no uncertain terms; I am not the marrying kind.
  4. What is your favorite journey? Ahhhh now you’re asking the right questions. So far this journey I’ve been on with Captain Bergman has been quite the adventure. Although being a navigator, the best journeys are those I haven’t taken yet, as a new map is born or an old map becomes new with the added seascape. I love finding and naming small, uncharted islands.
  5. What is your most marked characteristic? Why, my wit of course.
  6. Define happiness and share your happiest memory. Happiness to me is just being alive. This is a dangerous vocation but as life expectancy goes aboard a pirate ship, I’m quite possibly in the position with the most longevity. They keep me alive, I keep them from running aground or worse, ending up miles off course. Pirates aren’t the brightest sort, you know. I’d have to say my happiest memory was when my mother tossed me out on my ear and made my father bring me along with him aboard a merchant ship. It was he who taught me navigation; the stars, the tides and the phases of the moon. He wasn’t much of a father but he was one hell of a navigator.
  7. What is it that you most dislike? I’ve never liked guns very much. They’re loud and heavy and to be honest, I never really learned to shoot one. <laughs> My father believed guns had no class or style. Now put a sword in my hand and you’ll see my best feature light up like a full moon. <wink>
  8. What is your greatest fear? I suppose the obvious answer would be death but no, not me. My biggest fear is failure. Mistakes in my profession are akin to death as you may end up with the same result.
  9. What is your greatest extravagance? Haha! Look at me! I’m not in this for fame or fortune. I’m in it for the love of the sea and my art.
  10. Who do you most despise? Currently, I hold no ill will towards anyone. I’m a very amiable gentleman and keep company with very few people. Being a navigator is solitary work. If I were ever to despise anyone I can assure you, it would most certainly be someone shooting at my ship.
  11. What is your greatest regret? I have none. Ask me in a few years when I’ve more time as a pirate to reflect upon.
  12. Which talent would you most like to have? I assure my lady, I possess many talents and want for none.
  13. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Perhaps that solitude I spoke of before. No, strike that. I deplore nothing about myself. I think I’m a rather well balanced fellow.
  14. What do you most value in your friends? Before signing on to the Jade, one with a bottle of good rum who knows where to find the best steak dinner. <laughs> Now, loyalty above all else. Aboard a pirate ship, if your mates don’t have their eye on your back, you’re a dead man.
  15. Who do you most admire? I’d have difficulty choosing between Captain Bergman and Ivory. Captain Bergman is the most honorable man I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and by far the best Captain I’ve ever served. However, I admire Ivory’s strength and bravery. For a young woman to masquerade as a man in order to serve on a pirate ship and ask for no concessions or relief from the harsh realities of that life? That’s someone you don’t run into more than once in a lifetime.
  16. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Monogamy? <laughs>
  17. Which words or phrases are you known for? That isn’t for me to say…that’s it.
  18. . If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m quite happy as I am.
  19. What is your motto? I’ve never thought of myself as having a motto, whatever that is. However, P.S. (or Peggy as you know her) would probably say my motto is live everyday as if it is your last and enjoy it!

And let’s hear from P.S. herself…

     1.What’s the most inspiring part of where you live? The history! I grew up in what’s now called Federal Hill, and about a mile from Fort McHenry.

  1. Where did the idea for this story come from? I’ve always loved pirate stories but I wanted to write one from a woman’s perspective. I researched female pirates such as Anne Bonny and Grace O’Malley but I wanted a completely different kind of woman and that is what my Ivory has turned out to be.
  2. How long did it take you to write it? I started the series at the end. I wrote The Blue Diamond in the spring and summer of 2014. I’d say it took me about three months including research. After it was released in the fall, many of my readers wanted to know how Ivory became so powerful and ship’s captain at that. It was then I decided I needed to go back to the beginning and start over. From there, Ivory Dawn and Demons & Pearls were born. I wrote Ivory Dawn last winter and released it in early spring of this year. Ivory Dawn is a short novella / prequel to the saga and it’s also featured as a flashback in The Blue Diamond. As soon as it was published, I went to work on Jaded Tides. Jaded tides took me longer than any book I’ve written because my daughter and my three small granddaughters moved in with us. It isn’t easy writing a book when you’re helping with twin toddlers and a five year old every night. I also work a full time job so my writing time is strictly adhered to. I also don’t get much sleep when I’m writing. 🙂
  3. Which character has etched it’s way into your heart and why? Ivory all the way. She’s suffered horribly. She’s stubborn but smart. She’s a heart of gold but fiercely protective of her family. She’s a killer but she’s also passionate and loving. Sometimes while I’m writing a scene with her, she breaks my heart. There’s so much going on inside of her that I feel I’ve only scratched the surface.
  4. What are you working on now? I’m currently working on the next book in the series that I am co-writing with a fellow writer named Ronovan Hester. Ronovan invested a lot of time in reading up on the story and characters and he came to me with the idea that we needed to know more about Ivory’s love and captain, Rasmus “Big Red” Bergman. I loved the story he came up with and told him to write it and we’d work on a joint project. The story is in Rasmus’ perspective so having a male voice write the nuts and bolts of the story was such a blessing. As I work on rewriting and polishing the book in my own style, I’m learning so much about writing in the male voice and I love it. We are hoping for a Christmas release of this book which is entitled, Amber Wake – Gabriel Falling.

And finally, here is a review of Jaded Tides:

“Ready for another high adventure on the open seas where vast ships sail the waters filled with cargo, treasure and contraband? Welcome aboard as we set sail once again with the firebrand, Ivory, still in her disguise as Ivan. To her shock and awe, she finds love in the arms of the Jade’s captain. Rasmus knows what he is getting into with the fiery Ivory and he has vowed to fight by her side as she prepares to seek and destroy every slave ship she finds. Young females are being taken from their homes and sent across the waters in a lucrative pirate sex trade business fouling the waters of the Caribbean and Ivory is determined to stop it at any cost. But is she willing to risk Rasmus? Her identity? Her life?

P.S. Bartlett is back and she has another adventure-filled voyage to take us on. Jaded Tides is adventure, romance and history in the making as Ivory will stop at nothing to stop evil at its worst. With her own history to spur her on, sometimes Ivory acts before she thinks, but it’s her passion that brings this tale to life. She is a heroine to be reckoned with. And Rasmus? The man is a saint, honorable, brave and, let’s be honest; he loves the fire in Ivory’s heart, even when it could be at his expense.

With a rapid pace, entanglements all around and a crew that has salt in their veins and loyalty in their hearts, the humorous scenes just add to the joy of Ivory’s adventures. More fun than the Loveboat, more romantic than a seaside picnic, even the smells of the crew, the water and the bowels of a ship wouldn’t make me miss taking this voyage! So hoist the sails, get your sea legs ready, we’re off on another adventure with P.S. Bartlett at the helm.” Reviewed by Top Amazon Reviewer, Dii.

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