Spotlight & Guest Post: From the Deep + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FROM THE DEEP by Kateri Stanley Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Title: FROM THE DEEP

Author: Kateri Stanley

Pub. Date: May 6, 2022

Publisher: Burton Mayers Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 294

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

Julian Finch, widower and fisherman, awakes to learn that the bodies of two colleagues have washed up on the beach of Drake Cove. The close-knit community is under fierce public scrutiny due to a long-standing tradition called “The Culling”, the annual slaughter of pilot whales for consumption. An act which divides the nation.

The suspects are the extreme animal rights group, the Fighters Against Animal Cruelty (FAAC) who go wherever the politics is trending. They’ve been harassing the small fishing town for many years, smashing up their boats and sending vicious hate mail.

Tensions mount after a viral video, uploaded by the FAAC of Julian killing a pregnant whale, causes uproar online and in real life. In the aftermath, Julian becomes the victim of hate crime. In order to avoid further life-threatening attacks, Julian and his daughter take refuge in the home of Frank Blothio: ex-fisherman turned writer and political activist who does not have the best history with the animal rights movement, or Drake Cove as a whole.

As Julian integrates into the Blothio way of life, he discovers heinous secrets and disturbing truths lurking beneath the skin of his hometown that will change his life forever.


Guest Post: Dream Cast

If you’ve been following me, you may know (or not lol) that I love movies, in fact I’m obsessed with them. I love going to the cinema or binge watching something on Netflix. Follow me on Instagram @sal_writes and on Fridays, I post about my favourite movies. I’m currently at 49 features (including documentaries) and my list is no way near finished.

I think it’s every author’s dream to have a film made from their novel. I’m a visual writer so whenever I’m creating a scene whether it’s imagining it, scribbling it down or typing it out, I always see it in my head as if it’s being played on screen. Hope you like my dream cast and my useless movie trivia knowledge.

Rafe Spall as Julian Finch
Julian is the lead character and main storyteller of From the Deep. He’s a widower, single father and he’s incredibly protective of his teenage daughter, Emily. The novel is set a year after Julian’s wife has passed away and he’s just about done with the drama that’s been happening in his hometown. He’s a fisherman, a proud Drake Covian, participating in the annual practice of The Culling where they kill pilot whales for meat consumption. He knows not everyone agrees with what he does but it’s a vital part of his culture. Julian’s a proper hard working English man with a rather rough and salty personality. He doesn’t get social media or trends like mukbang. “How’s being an influencer a job?”

Rafe is a brilliant, highly underrated actor. He’s done theatre, film, TV but I think he’s still relatively unknown. However, you may have seen him in Black Mirror, Jurassic World 2 and Shaun of the Dead. He’s played the hero, the villain, the romancer, the funny man and everything else. Rafe’s also married and a parent so he’d be able to bring Julian’s insecurities over his family to life really well. I think he’d be perfect.

A bit of trivia for you – Rafe’s father is award winning actor, Timothy Spall who’s been in big blockbusters like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

Brian Cox as Frank Blothio
Frank is an ex-fisherman turned animal rights activist and author. He used to co-run the fishing company Julian works for. He sold half the business and fell out with best friend, Michael Blocksidge. Frank’s caused an uproar in politics and most of the locals of Drake Cove dislike him as he has publicly condemned the annual practice of The Culling. Frank’s a strong individual, unafraid to speak his mind. I admire Frank greatly; I don’t know how he does his job to be honest. I’d be terrified.

Brian is probably too old to play the part now but he’s always been Frank in my eyes. He’s theatre trained, got a lovely speaking voice so when Frank makes these passionate (and controversial) speeches about animal activism in the book, Brian would knock them out of the park. I’d love to see it on screen.
Another bit of trivia, Brian was the first actor to play Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter, not Anthony Hopkins!

Brendan Gleeson as Michael Blocksidge
Michael is the dark horse of the story. He’s the co-owner of Blocksidge and Cripps fisherie and he’s best friends with Julian. He’s quiet, rarely shows his vulnerabilities and he’s been dealing with the intensity of the Fighters Against Animal Cruelty (FAAC) activist group for many years. At the beginning of the novel, Michael is dealing with mountains of stress as the bodies of two colleagues wash up on the beach of Drake Cove and their fishing contract is potentially in tatters. He has a jilted relationship with Frank, they used to be close like brothers but it fell apart. What it was over, he doesn’t disclose no matter how many times Julian tries to investigate. I won’t say more about Mike but there’s more to him than meets the eye.

I’ve been a big fan of this actor since I was a kid. Like Rafe, Brendan’s done everything. Done loads of films, TV, you name it. 28 Days Later, Cold Mountain, Breakfast on Pluto. He’s my Michael.

Trivia: Brendan Gleeson and Brian Cox both starred in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart together! He co-starrred in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with Rafe’s dad. Also, Brendan’s son, Domhnall Gleeson is an actor.

Kathryn Winnick as Shy Blothio
Mysterious. Beautiful. Weird. These are Julian’s words when describing Shy Blothio, Frank’s niece. She’s recently back from university as a mature student and is an out of work artist. She rocks long ethereal green hair and has different colour eyes. Julian’s intimidated by her when they first meet. I won’t be saying anymore haha.

I fell in love with Kathryn Winnick when I first saw her in the TV show, Vikings. Not just with her beauty but her strength and integrity. She’s Shy for me.

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I realise all of these choices are highly unlikely but they are my dream cast. If From the Deep was made into a movie, I’d love to see unknown British/Irish/Scottish/Welsh or Nordic actors audition for this!


 About Kateri Stanley:

Kateri Stanley is a pseudonym for the multi genre fiction writer. Since being a child, Kateri has been inspired by the wondrous mediums of books, music, TV and film. After working in the healthcare industry for eight years and studying for an Arts and Humanities degree, she made the decision to move cities in the West Midlands and live with her ever-suffering partner and their two cats. Her debut novel Forgive Me was published by indie press house, Darkstroke Books in 2021 and it reached #1 in the US Horror Fiction charts on Amazon. She is currently working on her third novel, Bittersweet Injuries and would love to pursue a full-time career in writing.

Kateri is also active on several social media platforms.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 


 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of FROM THE DEEP, UK Only.  3 winners will receive an eBook of FROM THE DEEP, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/2/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

5/3/2022

BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post

5/4/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

5/5/2022

The Momma Spot

Excerpt

5/6/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

5/9/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Guest Post/IG Post

5/10/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

Review/IG Post

5/11/2022

Review Thick and Thin

Review/IG Post

5/12/2022

My Fictional Oasis

Review/IG Post

5/13/2022

Emmiepooh2

Review/IG Post

 

 

Spotlight & Guest Post: Witchblood + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WITCHBLOOD by Matthew Erman & Lisa Sterle Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: WITCHBLOOD: The Complete Series (Witchblood #1-10)

Author: Matthew Erman & Lisa Sterle

(Illustrations) Gab Contreras & Jim Campbell

Pub. Date: April 12, 2022

Publisher: Wonderbound

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 128

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

 

A non-stop supernatural action adventure bathed in magic, blood, motorcycles, mayhem, vampires, and an unconventional. 1,000 year-old witch named Yonna. MAGIC IS IN THE BLOOD

A modern, Wild West road trip about a witch named Yonna cruising the Southwest as a band of bloodthirsty biker vampires, The Hounds of Love, hunt her scattered coven for the source of all magic: witch blood. From the critically acclaimed creators of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck and Long Lost comes Witchblood, a blend of action, lore, and Americana—perfect for fans of Buffy and American Gods.


Reviews:

“Loud and brash and high-energy, the kind of thing that makes readers yearn to see what will come next…[packed with] gripping, stylish thrills.” ― Women Write About Comics

“A mixtape in comic form, that blends familiar lore, with the roughness of the Wild West…the creative team has successfully given us a character who although vulnerable, packs some serious attitude, you can’t help but root for her, and with the dangers she has stumbled upon and the revelation of her WITCHBLOOD, we are on our way to be treated to some action-packed, magic in the making.” ― Geek Network

“Witchblood #1 is a fun, splashy start to a stylish series.” ― AV Club

“Want a chaotic, fun time? Witchblood is just the levels of chaos you need in your life.” ― Wandering Nerd Girl

“Witchblood is the most beautiful form of a passion project…This comic really is something special, not just for fans of witchcraft and vampires, but for anyone who loves colour, representation, and the craft done right.” ― The Valkyries

Named one of “the comics and graphic novels worth mentioning from 2021” ― THRILLIST


Guest Post:

Describe your ideal home library.

Matthew: I’m going to be really lame and say that if I could exchange all the books we have for an enormous movie collection I would. I have a friend, Tony, who has probably like 15,000 movies and walking into that room every week is mindblowing. They’re’ all organized and everything. It’s like a Blockbuster or something. It’s so cool. A bunch of friends go every week to watch movies and we “rent” movies from him at the end of the night. It’s super cute. It’s a bit harder to do that with books. Reading is so much more of a singular thing, you can’t really read in a group in a fun way.

I think though if I had to design my own personal library it would be its own room. All the books in a singular room, with all of these comfy places to sit and read. A dozen or so blankets strewn around the room and some tables. Maybe some light music playing. I’m always so drawn to spaces that feel lived in, that have a good smell to them and that are warm and welcoming. Lisa and I try to make our home like that, warm and welcoming and I think that could translate to a library room.


 

About Matthew Erman:

Matthew Erman is a comics writer from Columbus, Ohio. Alongside Lisa Sterle, he co-created the critically acclaimed comic horror series, Long Lost, which was optioned for Film/TV by Producer Jenny Klein (The Witcher, Daisy Jones and The Six). Erman has since worked on the comic book series Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and graphic novel Power Rangers: Sins of the Future with BOOM! Studios, series Care Bears: Unlock the Magic with IDW, the upcoming  science fiction/ horror / humorous romance original graphic novel BONDING, with artist and co-creator Emily Pearson for Vault Comics, and the smash supernatural action adventure comics series (with artist/co-creator Lisa Sterle) from Vault Comics, WITCHBLOOD. His short work can be found in anthologies such as Corpus (2018), Dead Beats (2019) and Everything is Going Wrong (2019).

 

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 

About Lisa Sterle:

Lisa Sterle is a Columbus artist with work spanning from comic books to concept design to pop-culture-fueled illustration. Her work is often bright, expressive, and occasionally tinged with horror— marrying her two favorite themes: the beautiful and the grotesque. She has worked with HarperCollins, IDW, Image, Archie Comics, Vault Comics, BOOM! Studios, and many others. She is the co-creator of monthly comics Long Lost and Submerged (Vault Comics), and Witchblood (Vault comics), as well as creator of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck, a modern and diverse interpretation of the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck. Currently she is working on the graphic novel Squad with writer Maggie Tokuda-Hall for Greenwillow Books.

WITCHBLOOD is the first time Lisa Sterle’s wider (witchy/tarot/occult) audience has access to her all-new  book (to be found in book stores in which they frequent), and it is her first creator-owned project since The Modern Witch Tarot.

As the creator of the smash, best-selling, The Modern Witch Tarot, Lisa has a super rabid fan base, and with over 16K Twitter followers, she is known as one of the most “influential witches in the world!”  Further, Lisa was voted by Watkins Body Mind Spirit Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Spiritually Influential  Living People  (Pope Francis is #1, Dalai Lama is #2; Lisa is #92 – Neil de Grasse Tyson is #93!)

Here’s more about Lisa Sterle’s  diverse, all-female, Modern Witch Tarot:

    • The Modern Witch Tarot has sold over TWO MILLION UNITS since its release on October 1, 2019
    • The Modern Witch Tarot is the #1 Bestselling Tarot in the world – ever!
    • It is the #1 BESTSELLER in Amazon’s Tarot category
    • It is the #2 BESTSELLER in Amazon’s Fortune Telling category
    • It is the #4 BESTSELLER in Amazon’s Witchcraft Religion & Spirituality category
    • The Modern Witch Tarot has over 13,000 reviews
    • The Modern Witch Tarot is rated 5 stars on Amazon
    • The Modern Witch Tarot has been in the TOP 500 Books on Amazon since release
    • The Modern Witch Tarot reinvented the Rider-Waite deck for modern use

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Goodreads


Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of WITCHBLOOD, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/11/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt or Guest Post

4/12/2022

Wottaread Blog

Excerpt or Guest Post

4/13/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt or Guest Post/IG Post

4/14/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt or Guest Post/IG Post

4/15/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt or Guest Post

4/16/2022

See Sadie Read

Review

Week Two:

4/17/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review

4/18/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

Review

4/19/2022

The Momma Spot

Review

4/20/2022

Celia’s Reads

Review

4/21/2022

Bri’s Bookish

Review

4/22/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review

4/23/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

Week Three:

4/24/2022

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

4/25/2022

Eli to the nth

Review/IG Post

4/26/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

4/27/2022

The Clever Reader

Review/IG Post

4/28/2022

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review

4/29/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

4/30/2022

Vamplit

Review

Week Four:

5/1/2022

My Fictional Oasis

Review

5/2/2022

Pages_and_Procrastinaton

Review/IG Post

5/3/2022

Bookish Rantings

Excerpt or Guest Post/IG Post

5/4/2022

Emmiepooh2

Review

5/5/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt or Guest Post

5/6/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

5/7/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

 

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