Spotlight & Guest Post: Heathen + Giveaway

HEATHEN

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HEATHEN by Natasha Alterici & Ashley A. Woods Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: HEATHEN: The Complete Series Omnibus
Edition

Author: Natasha Alterici, Ashley A. Woods (Illustrations),
Rachel Deering, Morgan Martinez

Pub. Date: May 17, 2022

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 336

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

 

WOMAN. WARRIOR. VIKING. HEATHEN. OUTCAST. 

THE GODS MUST PAY…

Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, and exiled from her village for kissing another woman, the lesbian Viking warrior, Aydis, sets out to destroy the god-king Odin and end his oppressive reign. She is a friend to many as she is joined by mermaids, immortals, Valkyries, and the talking horse, Saga. But she is also a fearsome enemy to the demons and fantastic monsters that populate the land.

Heathen – The Complete Series Omnibus Edition trade paperback collects the entire twelve-issue series.

Soon to be movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood, & Lords of Dogtown)

Perfect for fans of Monstress, Helheim, and Northlanders.


Reviews:

“These declarations of self from women and queer characters fit so elegantly into the mythology Alterici uses to weave her tale, it reminds us that these narratives belonged there all along.”- The Mary Sue

“I want epics with female leads, and fortunately HEATHEN fulfills that desire in a big way, while also adding its own unique touch with themes that are as contemporary as they are timeless.”- Women Write About Comics

“One look at the cover and I knew this book was right up my alley. If you are into Norse mythology and aching for a lesbian angle, then this book is for you. If you want a love story that is more than a romance, a heroine that is truly honourable and fierce, then I urge you to pick this … up.”- The Lesbian Review

“Natasha Alterici’s Heathen, has single-handedly redeemed the disaster that pop culture has been making of Norse mythology. It’s a smart, funny, feminist, queer and sex-positive take on the Viking world; one with a wide cast of diverse and endearing characters. Heathen is a must-read for comics (and mythology) lovers of all sorts and those in quest of superb queer and feminist comics in particular. RATING: 10/10”Pop Matter


Guest Post:

Talk about your least favorite kind of character to write about
This is a difficult one, because if I were to describe the kind of character I don’t like I’d inevitably be describing the kind of people I don’t like and I try to find the likable part of anyone I’m writing. Otherwise it’s hard to empathize with them, and empathy is the most important part. I guess I’d say I find it hard to write about people who find joy in being cruel.

Describe your ideal writing space.
Comfy chair with a foot rest, view of the forest or a field, music playing, unlimited access to some kind of sweet treat like peach rings or twizzlers, and plants to fuss over while I run through scenes and dialog in my head.

Describe your ideal home library.
I’d love to have floor to ceiling shelves, with one of those rolling ladders. Everything is organized by Library of Congress call number system (I worked as a university librarian for a while), and it’s dust and mold free somehow. And there’s a big pile of cushions and pillows to lay in to read.


 

About Natasha Alterici:

 

Natasha Alterici is a writer and artist living in Tulsa, OK who has been working as a freelance artist for over ten years. Works include Heathen (Vault Comics), Dinosaur Project, Gotham Academy: Yearbook, Grayson Annual, The Lez Film Review, Mixed Signals, Lovers and Other Strangers, Transcience, and a number of others. When not drawing, she enjoys watching cooking shows with her wife and their two cats, Cheshire and Louise.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

About Ashley A. Woods:

Ashley A. Woods is a comic book artist, writer, & creator from Chicago known for her work on the “Niobe”, “Ladycastle” and “Tomb Raider” series.

She got her start through self-publishing her action-fantasy comic series “Millennia War” which led to her career in comics and TV. After earning her degree in Film and Animation from IADT, she traveled to Kyoto, Japan where she presented her work in a gallery showcase called, “Out Of Sequence”. Recognized for her female illustrations and designs, her most prominent work is “Niobe: She is Life” with Stranger Comics.

Her latest work can be seen on HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”, DC’s “Wonder Woman Black & Gold 2” and “Jupiter Invincible” with Pulitzer Prize winning author Yusef Komunyakaa which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival June 2021.

Website | Twitter | Instagram


Giveaway Details:

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

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/1/2022

Never Hollowed By The Stare

Guest Post

5/2/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post

5/3/2022

Wottaread Blog

Excerpt

5/4/2022

Pages_and_Procrastinaton

Review/IG Post

5/5/2022

The Girl Who Reads

Review/IG Post

5/6/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

5/7/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

5/8/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Guest Post /IG Post

5/9/2022

See Sadie Read

Review/IG Post

5/10/2022

Celia’s Reads

Review/IG Post

5/11/2022

Emmiepooh2

IG Review

5/12/2022

Bri’s Bookish

IG Review

5/13/2022

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

5/14/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

5/15/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

5/16/2022

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

5/17/2022

BookHounds YA

Review/IG Post

5/18/2022

The Book View

Review/IG Post

5/19/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

5/20/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

5/21/2022

two points of interest

Review

Week Four:

5/22/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

5/23/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post

5/24/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

5/25/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

5/26/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

IG Review

5/27/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

5/28/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Five:

5/29/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

5/30/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

5/31/2022

@drewsim12

IG Review/TikTok Post

 

Spotlight & Guest Post: Witchblood + Giveaway

WITCHBLOOD banner

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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

 

Trailer Reveal: The Lords of Invention, by Trenor Rapkins

THE LORDS OF INVENTION(1)

Today Trenor Rapkins and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the trailer for THE LORDS OF INVENTION, his Steampunk Graphic Novel which released on March 10, 2021! Check out the awesome trailer and enter the giveaway!

About the Book

Title: THE LORDS OF INVENTION

Author: Trenor Rapkins

Pub. Date: March 10, 2021

Publisher: Invention Engine

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 140

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

Read for FREE with a Kindle Unlimited Membership!

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The Lords of Invention is a digitally-painted graphic novel that tells the story of two inventors that takes place just after turn-of-the-previous-century New York. It is a tale of success and failure, achievement and envy, love and death.

​​​​​​​The protagonist of this tale is a man named Augustus Scott. He is the inventor of such contraptions as the automentium machine, the electromagtronicon, and the steam-powered automaton. The antagonist is an aspiring inventor named Levi Pickett. Pickett lives in a basement and works a manual-labor job to pay for his menial existence. Unable to sell his ideas and find any other way out of his predicament, he devises a plan to steal Augustus Scott’s next great invention. What happens next is not only a battle of strength but a battle of minds.

 

Book Trailer:

 

About Trenor Rapkins:

Trenor is both an artist and a writer. He studied art at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and writing at the Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon, where he currently resides and where he is a member of the Willamette Writers group. The Lords of Invention is a graphic novel that he worked on over the course of over six years. It is his debut work.



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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card, International.

 

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