joi, 13 noiembrie 2014

Excerpt, Giveaway & Guest Post "Mortal Gods" ("Forgotten Pantheon", #1) by Alex Manea

Mortal Gods       
Forgotten Pantheon
Book 1
Alex Manea

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 183 
Cover Artist: Ovidiu Stanciu
Virtual book tour organized by: Bewitching Book Tours

Book Description:

Heather, a young American girl, is visiting her college roommate, who now lives in Rome. While partying in a local nightclub, she's picked up by a man who looks like he was created in the image of a Greek god. Her initial impression is correct.

He’s one of the last surviving members of the Greek pantheon. After hooking up with him, Heather is forced to join the culmination of a two-millennium-long war between that pantheon and a clandestine sect of monks within the Catholic Church, itself led by perhaps the most infamous figure in Christian history.

Heather and Apollo embark on a world-spanning effort to collect what remains of the gods to engage in the final battle with the monks opposing them. But the fate of the battle is changed by the intervention of a mysterious military organization…

Available at: Amazon ~ BN ~ Kobo

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~ Guest Post ~
How self publishing is keeping reading alive and what you can do to help

In a world where fewer and fewer people read books, a decade ago, a miracle happened. Or, as the skeptical might call it, a technological breakthrough: the invention of the e-reader and the birth of the modern e-book. This led to another important stepping stone, self-publishing. 
I come from a country where the majority of the population stopped reading. Here, only 1-2% of the population read anymore and selling 5000 copies make a book a bestseller. It's  bad and it's happening all over the world. People simply stopped reading. It's easier and more entertaining to just read a tabloid newspaper or magazine instead. The effect? Fewer and fewer new writers are getting published and thus the chances of a new Asimov or Tolkien being discovered have greatly diminished.

A game changer surfaced a few years back, a new hope for all those aspiring new writers: self-publishing and the e-book reader. This is a great opportunity for all aspiring writers who up until this point had almost no chance of being discovered. Now hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers are self-publishing their books, with hundreds, or even thousands, of new books appearing each day. Yes, some of the books are bad, but there are a lot of great writers out there, just waiting to be discovered.

They've done all they could: spent countless hours in front of the keyboard to write the best story they could and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on editing,  formatting and advertising. All they can do is pray and hope.
Hope that you answer their prayers, because only you can. Only you have the power to help them.
How?
Buy their books. Read their books. And if you like them, tell your friend about each and every new writer, you discover and urge them to read the books as well. It might not seem much, but
Most self-published books are cheap. So next time you're not exactly sure that you want to read the newest novel by an established author, use that money to buy some self-published books. I say some because with the same money you can buy at least 5 self-published books, even as many as 15. Think about how many people you can help this way.

~ About the Author ~

Alex Manea is a Romanian journalist and writer, author of the Urban Fantasy novel Mortal Gods, the first book of the Forgotten Pantheon series. Alex is a big mythology buff, especially Greek, this being the source of inspiration behind the novel. Alex is currently working on the second novel of the series.

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~ Giveaway ~

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