Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 22

With the weekend behind us it’s time to dive right back into the tour. It’s day 22, which means we’re down to just ten more days after today. Today’s a special stop along the way because in addition to the feature, today we also have a book review.

Let’s get down to business, shall we? We’re gracing the pages of Lilyana Shadowlyn today. In addition to her review site Lily also operates The Faerie Review, which the astute reader may recall we visited on August 26th, way back on day four of the tour. But today we’re at Lily’s review site where she had… well, I won’t ruin the surprise, but I’ll just tease a little bit of her review:

“This book started off innocently enough, and piqued my interest. By the time I reached chapter two, I was completely hooked, and I didn’t want to put it down.”

To read the rest and see how many stars we got, you’ll have to click the link above and pop on over to the site. I will say, though, that the giveaway counter has reached an astounding 2,240 people vying for an Amazon gift card or a free copy of my first novel, Terror in High Water. That’s a lot of interested eyes!

Speaking of reviews, I would be remiss if I didn’t add that they’re always welcomed and appreciated over on Goodreads and Amazon, or whatever other platform you may have found me on. Even a rating can make a ton of difference in terms of the potential viewing audience. Thanks in asdvance!

That’s a wrap for today, but we’re right back at it tomorrow with another awesome tour stop. Don’t forget to visit our gracious hosts each day, they definitely appreciate the support and always love company. As do I, which reminds me to suggest you pop over to my contact page and subscribe to have news and updates delivered right to your inbox, hot off the presses. Until next time, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 21

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon here. I’ve got a sleeping cat curled up on a pillow to my left, a ‘weary from a long walk’ dog sprawled on her bed to my right, and my better half luxuriating in a hot bath at the far end of the house. Here I sit, flipping through Shudder looking for something interesting while storm clouds loom large just on the horizon at the edge of my sight line. I feel like there’s rain in our future.

As for the tour, we’ve taken another day with no stops to report. It’s back to business tomorrow, but even book tour hosts need a day off here and there. So for now, it’s just me and my laid-back household, stopping by to say hi to those of you who like to drop in here and keep up on what’s new and exciting. Oh, I will mention that as of yesterday Seventeen Skulls was flirting with one of Amazon’s various sub-category top 100 best sellers lists (it has since slid back a bit, but is still going strong!). Big thanks to those of you who have picked up a copy, I’m very pleased with how many have shown their support. If you have read the book and enjoyed it, you might also like my first novel, Terror in High Water. And for the short story fan, my collection, Old Bones, is still on the horizon as something to look forward to.

Just a quick post today – I won’t take up too much of your time on this lazy Sunday. Thanks as always for following along here. If you haven’t already, or if you have and know someone who might also enjoy what we do here, you can always visit my contact page and subscribe to have news and updates sent directly to your inbox. The more the merrier, I say. There’s always room for new visitors here!

We’re back to the regularly scheduled tour again tomorrow. Until next time, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 20

It’s Saturday evening here on the east coast, but regardless of your time zone I hope you’re having a great day! We’ve arrived on day twenty of the book tour, and even though we don’t have any scheduled stops on the itinerary today I thought I’d mention some other business while I keep the streak alive.

First, a reminder that fall sessions of Crafting the Short Story (Thursdays starting October 7th) and Writing Horror: The Dark Side (Mondays starting September 27th) will be kicking off shortly. These classes are always fun and informative and provide that extra bit of motivation needed to put pen to paper (literally or figuratively) and start churning out works of fiction.

Next, I wanted to mention to any of you who use Booksprout, Seventeen Skulls can be found there. For those who might be unfamiliar, Booksprout is a site for readers to download an advance readers copy (ARC) in exchange for posting a review. As I’ve mentioned before, reviews are the lifeblood of all authors, new or established. Ratings and reviews on sites such as Amazon, Goodreads, or whichever platform you acquire a book from play a huge role in others discovering and checking out things they might not have otherwise. It’s always greatly appreciated, believe me!

Lastly, be sure to visit my contact page and subscribe for emailed news and updates sent directly to your inbox. Thank you as always for dropping by and following along here. We’re back tomorrow for another book tour update, but until then, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 18

Welcome once again, newcomer and regular reader alike, to the Seventeen Skulls official book tour. We’re eighteen days in now, chugging along toward our final date on the 23rd. We’ve got a whopping fifteen more stops to make in that time, so let’s get to it!

Today we’re off to Sylv.net, a Facebook page dedicated to book trailers, social media teasers, and various other book services. They’ve given Seventeen Skulls a nice feature today, so a tip of the hat to them for that. As I’ve done earlier in the tour with Facebook pages, I checked out their website and encountered difficulties in doing so. But their Facebook page looks and works just fine!

I don’t always remember to say so, but if you’ve read Seventeen Skulls (or Terror in High Water, or any of my work) I would greatly appreciate it if you’d take a few minutes and write a quick review. Whether on Amazon, or over at Goodreads, or even a copy & paste and do both, it means a lot. Other potential readers have a better chance of discovering and, subsequently, reading one or more of my books. Word of mouth has always been the best method of advertising for authors, and leaving reviews is essentially the digital version of that. So, thanks in advance (and a huge thank you to those who have already done so)!

As I’ve done once or twice during the tour, I wanted to pass on a little plug for Sheryl’s new release, The Nixies of McGillivray Lake. It’s an excellent young adult dark fantasy novel, the first of many we’ll see from her in the coming months and years.

That’s a wrap for today. Thanks as always for taking the time to stop by and visit. Feel free to wander around the site and check things out, and if you’re so inclined – as quite a few of you appear to be lately – you can go to my contact page and subscribe to have all the latest new and updates delivered right to your inbox. Until tomorrow, when we’re right back here with another tour update, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 17

We’re seventeen days into this tour now – seventeen days of Seventeen Skulls, and we’re barely past the halfway mark. Just before we launch into the tour stops for the day I wanted to take a moment and mention that with school starting again, that means it’s time for another round of Crafting the Short Story and Writing Horror: The Dark Side. There’s still time to register – Dark Side kicks off on September 27th, while Short Story begins October 7th.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at our stops for the day. We’ve got another double header today, beginning with I Smell Sheep – an interesting name for a pretty cool blog which has a Seventeen Skulls “story behind the story” feature today. A short interview segment along with an excerpt from the book, and more.

Up next we’re off to Books All Things Paranormal and Romance, a popular Facebook page that has a nice feature on Seventeen Skulls today. Big thanks to our gracious hosts today and every day for taking the time to shine some light on me and Seventeen Skulls. Oh, and the giveaway counter – two lucky winners will receive one of two prizes, an Amazon gift card or a eBook copy of my first novel, Terror in High Water – has topped the two thousand mark as of today. That’s a lot of readers’ eyes!

That’s all I’ve got for today – a lot to take in, I know. With so much going on at once, I have to squeeze it in here and there whenever possible. Hopefully some of it is entertaining. To subscribe for news and updates delivered right to your inbox, be sure to head on over to my contact page. Until next time, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 15

I have returned – more or less unscathed – from the wilds to bring another update, and not a moment too soon! It’s down to the wire, but we’ve managed to keep the streak alive at fifteen days of non-stop touring.

Today we visit The Scratching Post, where we find a lovely section on Seventeen Skulls and a note that the giveaway counter has topped 1,800. I should point out, by the way, that this giveaway includes an Amazon gift card and an ebook version of my first novel, Terror in High Water. My thanks to our gracious and hospitable host for the day.

We had a second tour stop scheduled for today, but based on my experience with their website it appears they may be experiencing some technical difficulties. Hopefully we can reconnect with them later in the tour.

As always, a hearty thank you to everyone who takes the time to follow along here, to those who pop in from time to time to keep up to date, and for those who discover us along the way. I always enjoy seeing both new and familiar faces around here and on my other social media platforms. Your support and interest are greatly appreciated. Please feel free to pop over to my contact page and subscribe for news and updates delivered directly to your inbox in a most timely fashion.

That’s all for today, but tomorrow we’re right back here with more book tour action and another stop as we dive headlong into the back half of this awesome journey. Until next time, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day Nine

Another day, another update from the tour front. Welcome once again to news from the virtual road!

When I undertook this little project, not only embarking on a book tour but posting daily updates on its progress, I really had no idea of what to expect. I’d never done such a thing before and wasn’t sure what was involved with a virtual book tour. I assumed it would involve a lot less travel than an actual book tour, and as it turns out I was correct – so far the entire thing has been done from the cozy confines of my house.

But a lot of people have been involved in some capacity or other (very few of whom have ever been in my house, I might add) – like today’s host, the thirteenth stop on the ninth day of the tour, the I’m All About Books site. The host, Jody, seems to have a wide range of reading interests and features books of many genres and styles. A nice mix for anyone looking to venture outside their usual routines and check out something new.

We’ve got a long weekend coming in a few days, but never fear – yours truly will have daily updates throughout. No time to rest on my laurels, the promotional machine never rests!

On that note, I’ll sign off for today with my daily dose of eternal gratitude for the continued support I’ve received from many friends old and new. I’m so glad you enjoyed Seventeen Skulls and I hope you’ll pass the word on to others you know who might enjoy it too. If you’re one of those who has read Seventeen Skulls and liked it, my first novel, Terror in High Water, might be up your alley as well.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another tour update – two stops tomorrow! Don’t forget to pop over to my contact page and sign up for instant updates and news sent directly to your inbox. Until next time, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Surprise!

Ever since I signed the contract for my new novel, Seventeen Skulls, I’ve been excited to get the finished product wrapped up and out there for the reading public to get their hands on. It’s quite a process, from hand-scrawled manuscript to polished novel. A lot of time, energy and effort goes into bringing the spark of an idea into the book you pick off the shelf or spot on your online shopping destination of choice. So once it’s done, the wait for the release date can be interminable.

With that said… surprise! The wait is over. I, along with my publisher, World Castle Publishing, am proud and excited to announce that the official launch date has been moved up – to today! I have learned that pre-ordered paperback copies are already being delivered, as evidenced by this happy fellow:

This may, in fact, be a rare photo of the very first copy of Seventeen Skulls to reach the masses. I also happen to know that this particular gentleman lives in Ontario, where much of the action takes place, which may explain the look of abject terror on his face.

(Don’t worry, Mike, he’s a nasty character but he can’t get you. He’s safely locked away in prison. Right…?)

Paperbacks are available right now, but the Kindle version doesn’t release until next month. Sorry, all you e-readers!

Seventeen Skulls is available today on both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Keep an eye here in this space for updates and info, more release news, and more. I hope you enjoy the book, thanks to you for following along here and supporting my work, it’s deeply appreciated. Until next time,

Stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

New Releases

Some Exciting and long-overdue news to report today. Two cool things, actually, as more news has trickled into the Powers household since I began writing this.

Just before I struck off for a weekend in the wilderness this weekend, I received the news that Seventeen Skulls, my next novel, is slated for release on August 23rd. I’ll be posting all sorts of stuff over the next month, including excerpts and updates. For now, as a reminder, here’s a peek at the cover art:

Having returned home from the wilds, wild-eyed and scraggly, freshly showered and laundered and with a solid sleep in my own bed under my belt, I can now focus my attention on my upcoming release and all that entails. But then, as I sat to write this and share the news with you, more good news. My better half, Sheryl, received a contract for her second release, a sci-fi romance. This comes on the heels of her young adult horror thriller, which is in editing and pre-production as we speak and slated for release later this year.

So all in all, a big week here for everyone. It’s always an exciting time when a new book or short story comes out, so to have so much activity compressed into such a short time is pretty amazing. And this doesn’t even take into account my short story collection, Old Bones, which I’ve been tormenting all of you with over the past few months. Never fear, that one is still in the works and coming soon. But for now the focus shifts to a little town in New Brunswick, Canada, where a series of violent murders just might be connected to a prison inmate incarcerated over a thousand miles away…

Seventeen Skulls is now available for pre-order! Here are the links:

Seventeen Skulls in Canada

Seventeen Skulls in the US

More to come. Until next time, be safe, talk soon!

-JP

Winter Semester Starts Soon!

Winter is in full swing – actually, I take that back… it really isn’t. I have to admit, as Canadian winters go this one has been rather mild, which doesn’t exactly break my heart. It’s still pretty chilly out there, but at least for the time being we’re not eyeballs-deep in snow. I’m speaking solely from my Maritime perspective though, so depending on where you’re reading this from your mileage may vary. If your locale isn’t getting off as lightly as we are here, my condolences.

Nevertheless, the onset of winter does mean the beginning of a new semester of online classes at UNB. And as always, it means Crafting the Short Story (which has moved from Mondays to Thursdays and now run for eight weeks) along with the latest addition to the lineup, Writing Horror: The Dark Side which takes over the long-standing Monday time slot. And the hour is nearly upon us! Classes begin next week, so if you’ve been on the fence about signing up, there’s no time like the present. There’s still room in both classes, so if you or someone you know is interested in learning/improving their writing skills – and filling some of those wintry COVID lockdown hours – you can kill two birds with one stone and come hang out in my virtual classroom.

Lastly, as I frequently do here, I would like to remind you that reviews for Terror in High Water are always welcome on any and all platforms it’s available on. Reviews are always welcome but they’re especially helpful now with not one but two new titles coming soon, to generate and draw interest in anticipation of the forthcoming Old Bones and Seventeen Skulls. Teasers, blurbs, and cover art when available can be seen on my World Castle Publishing author page, here. Also, for updates on new posts and news check out my contact page, fill out a few boxes, and voila! Emailed updates sent right to your inbox.

That’s all for now. Thank you as always for dropping in to see the latest goings-on, or catch up on some of the history around here. Whether you’re a first-timer or daily visitor, I’m always pleased you’ve taken some of your time to spend here with me. Until next time,

Stay safe, talk soon!

-JP