Spotlight & Guest Post: Verse + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the VERSE BOOK 2: THE SECOND GATE  by Sam Beck Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Title: VERSE BOOK 2: THE SECOND GATE

Author: Sam Beck, Rebecca Taylor (Editor)

Pub. Date: June 28, 2022

Publisher: Wonderbound

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 256

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

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FACE THE MAGIC

THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE OF MAGIC HAS TAKEN ITS FIRST PRISONER.

Held captive by the leaders of a dangerous new movement, Neitya is forced to face a darker side of her abilities that threaten to tear her away from Fife, her only true friend. The only way back to one another may be to follow their destinies down divergent paths and discover what it means to face their worst fears alone. 

Book 2 of the three-book original graphic novel fantasy series!


Reviews:

“Verse’s rich drawings and colours beautifully illustrate a complicated, engaging fantasy world filled with sympathetic characters. I can’t wait to learn more about them as their journey continues!” — Faith Erin Hicks ― “The Nameless City” – Comics Creator, Writer, Artist

“An intricately woven tale of magic and mystery, Sam Beck has written and illustrated an unforgettable story.” — Victoria Ying ― Illustrator – “Diana Princess of the Amazons,” “I Kissed Alice,” and more!

“VERSE is an intricately woven story of magic, mystery and unforgettable characters with lushly illustrated worlds. You’ll want more and more.” — Victoria Ying ― Illustrator – “Diana Princess of the Amazons,” “I Kissed Alice,” and more!

“Verse is the sort of book you spend hours pouring over, even after the first read. Every single page is a visual delight – I lingered on every panel and relished every page-turn. Sam expertly crafts a sprawling world full of gripping characters and thrilling stakes that transported me to another dimension– it’s the kind of book I would have devoured as a teenager, and certainly still love now.” — Hannah Templer ― Artist – “Cosmoknights”

FOR DOWNLOADABLE DIGITAL ITEMS (Bookmarks, Digital Wallpapers, and Poster), please click on this link.

To see and hear Sam talk about VERSE, click on the YouTube link below for her Zoom chat at the 2021 US Book Show, entitled: MAGIC IS REAL.


Guest Post:

List your favorite graphic novels or comics from when you were a child and talk about how you see them as an adult.

There are three mangas I always list when asked this because I think they all had a really big impact on the kind of stories I like to read and write (or at least aspire to). I read Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa and Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow as a teen and the way characters were written really stuck with me. They are complex and their relationships with each other are complex as well. It felt like something I hadn’t seen in other novels I was reading at the time. GoGo Monster by Taiyō Matsumoto is the other graphic novel that I read a bit later on. It opened up the world of graphic novels to me and made me interested in them as an art form.


About Sam Beck:

Sam Beck is a writer and illustrator living in Toronto. She likes to explore themes of identity and relationships through the lens of fantasy. Sam has done work with Dark Horse, Vault Comics, and BOOM! Studios. When she’s not drawing, find her admiring the forests of northern Ontario or playing the ocarina and guitar.

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of VERSE BOOK 2: THE SECOND GATE, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/13/2022

The Momma Spot

Guest Post

6/14/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Guest Post/IG Post

6/15/2022

BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post

6/16/2022

Ya Books Central

Guest Post

6/17/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post

6/18/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

Week Two:

6/19/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

6/20/2022

Read With Serena

Review/IG Post

6/21/2022

Living in a Bookworld

Guest Post

6/22/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Spotlight

6/23/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review/IG Post

6/24/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

6/25/2022

@thechattybookworm

TikTok Review/IG Post

Week Three:

6/26/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

6/27/2022

Eli to the nth

Review/IG Post

6/28/2022

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

6/29/2022

Library of Alexandria Archives

Review/IG Post

6/30/2022

TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

Review/IG Post

7/1/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

Review

7/2/2022

A Backwards Story

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

7/3/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

7/4/2022

modefii

Review/IG Post

7/5/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

Review/IG Post

7/6/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

7/7/2022

onemused

IG Post

7/8/2022

beersbooksandboos

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

 

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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

 

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