October 13, 2019-Rock Hill, SC-Rock Hill, SC- In celebration of Black Speculative Fiction Month, Mocha Memoirs Press has released Blood, Sweat, and Blaster Bolts: Adrenaline Charged Tales of Speculative Fiction, a collection of high octane science fiction short stories written by Ronald T. Jones. Renowned for his thrilling, military science fiction novels, Jones’ new collection promises more blood, sweat, and blaster bolts!  This is Jones’s third release from Mocha Memoirs Press.

Blurbs: Come explore the outer reaches of the universe. Charge up your adrenaline and strap on your courage for action adventure among the stars!

  • Outpost: An embittered solitary commander of an isolated space station faces the grave threat of an invading enemy armada along the ruinous frontier of a fallen galactic empire.
  • Freebooter: A smuggler crash lands on an uncharted planet. Her only way off-world is to ally with the planet’s inhabitants in their struggle against a malignant horde of blood sucking monsters.
  • Safeguard: Earth is a wasteland, except for a domed utopia populated by a segment of humanity that has managed to remain at peace for centuries. But that peace is threatened by starfarring zealots bent on spreading a harshly rigid ideology through force if necessary.
  • Mission on Gined: An officer, transferred to an embattled planet, must tackle the mystery of human deaths that may or may not have been the result of enemy action. All he has to do is survive the war zone long enough to get the answer he needs.
  • Approaching a Day of Reckoning: In the far future, humanity languishes at the bottom of a hierarchy of advanced races. It falls on the shoulders of one man to over turn the status quo…no matter what it takes to achieve that end.
  • Tyler’s Goddess: A Special Forces operator suddenly finds himself in a strange realm that is most certainly not Earth. Now, he must use his deadly skill set to save a dwindling human population from extinction at the hands of bloodthirsty non-human savages.
  • Mist Lord: A newly posted ambassador to a lesser world riven by violence and corruption strikes up a relationship with the ruthless leader of a powerful criminal organization. But all is not as it appears. The criminal’s actions and the ambassador’s dealings will have galaxy wide ramifications.
  • The Formula: In an alternate, steam driven world, two agents serving a once great West African state are sent on a mission to obtain a secret that could radically impact the international order. But this is no easy venture. Other nations are after this prize. The agents must face an onslaught of ruthless enemies with enhanced capabilities in a battle for the future.

Owner, Nicole Givens Kurtz states, “Blood, Sweat, and Blaster Bolts: Adrenaline Charged Tales of Speculative Fiction is an thrilling and diverse science fiction collection. This is Afrofuturism, military science fiction at its absolute best.”

You can get a copy of Blood, Sweat, and Blaster Bolts: Adrenaline Charged Tales of Speculative Fiction at the Mocha Memoirs Press website, Amazon, and other fine online retailers. You can also order the paperback from brick and mortar bookstores.

Contact:

Publisher

Nicole Givens Kurtz

mochamemoirspress@gmail.com

www.mochamemoirspress.com

Rock Hill, SC- Newly relocated small press publisher, Mocha Memoirs Press, has released a horror romance that will keep the heat burning well into the fall. Canadian author, Ren Thompson’s latest novel, DEAD HEAT offers the terror of a zombie apocalypse and the fire of a LGBTQ romance.

Blurb: The heart just knows…The city of Toronto is now a thriving hotbed of undead activity, and Dana Layton, brash zombie hunter with a temper as fiery as her hair, believes in only one thing: taking care of business. As a member of an elite zombie hunting organization, Dana can hang with the best of them, but the wall around her heart is as high as the one erected around her fortified home.Kelly Forrester thought she had what she wanted most of all—a career that made a difference. Blindsided by a crash course in reality, Kelly is left with a life-altering choice: Should she play it safe or follow her heart?In an already dark world, a new kind of terror emerges, one that threatens to tear apart Toronto’s fragile peace.

Dana’s back is against the wall, and time is running out for both her beloved city, and the woman who’s stolen her heart.

Owner, Nicole Givens Kurtz stated, “DEAD HEAT is right at home in our line of Dark Mocha Bites stories. It’s a story that’s outside the mainstream, amplifies marginalized voices, and tells a great, harrowing story.”

Don’t take Nicole’s word for it. Reviews have already started pouring in.

“It is well written and highly descriptive…” says Arttoa, giving the novel a four star Amazon review.

JJ Dunway stated, ..”the journey is action packed and each piece meaningful and a realistic view of a world with zombies – not always easy and never clean,” giving it a four star Amazon review.

DEAD HEAT is not for the faint of heart, which is why it comes with an 18+ warning.

You can get a copy of DEAD HEAT at the Mocha Memoirs Press website, Amazon, and other fine online retailers. You can also order the paperback from brick and mortar bookstores.

Contact:
Nicole Givens Kurtz
Publisher
mochamemoirspress@gmail.com
www.mochamemoirspress.com

By H.E. Roulo

All books require a relationship between reader and text. The reader is searching for the book that’s right for them, but how can they be sure? A good cover image and blurb, goes a long way, but that’s the bare minimum for even a Tinder match. For that extra touch, a searchable book trailer communicates a lot. After all, a picture is worth… well, you know.

With the release of the newest book in my series, I wanted to get the word out. I’d never done video for my books, and my publisher, HorrorAddicts.net Press, requested I put something together. I wanted it to be quick and give the mood of the book.

First, I wrote up a few bullet points as if set in the Plague Master Universe. What I got wasn’t so much a book trailer as a three-episode miniseries. Whoops! It was fun and engaging, but not the professional book trailer I’d intended to post on Amazon and Goodreads.

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I started over at square one.

I was fortunate to know of a site with rights-free images. After pouring through them, I found a dozen that I thought represented parts of my book. By organizing them logically, I got enough of a storyline to think of a sentence for each. I wrote up a quick script for a narrator and remembered to include a sentence about going to my web site for more information.

Although I could have recorded the lines myself, I knew someone with a cinematic voice. He recorded the lines. A quick search gave me rights-free music to run under the video and narrator.

In searching for images, I’d found enough that related to each book that it was simpler to divide and organize them all at the same time. With a day’s effort, I had not one but two book trailers.

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I don’t know whether more people will match with my book because of the trailer. I hope that those interested in dystopian zombie sci-fi find it fun.

Visit Amazon to purchase Plague Master: Sanctuary Dome, the first book of the Plague Master series, followed by Plague Master: Rebel Infection.

PRAISE FOR
PLAGUE MASTER: SANCTUARY DOME

“A perfect mix of classic sci-fi and zombie horror. Once you start, you are hooked!”

-Jake Bible, author of Little Dead Man.

Sanctuary Dome is fast-paced zombie sci-fi on a prison planet of the dying and the undead.”

-Stephen North, author of Beneath the Mask

MoonerIt’s become a fact of life that fear follows you as a woman. Fear of safety, fear of getting
something wrong, fear of misinterpretation, fear of being labeled, fear of failure (because it can follow, because it could feasibly affect everything else you do forever), just plain fear.

I grew up well aware of my place in the world as a child, as a girl, then as a teen, and a woman, that at any given point something could happen that could upset the apple cart forever. Horror movies and stories only amplified it.
And yet they still intrigued me. There was something about monsters, about dark urban legends, about the horror genre that felt subversive. At some point, instead of focusing on being perpetually afraid, I started focusing on the things causing the fear. I favor paranormal, because that usually serves up some amazing metaphors, and I like the distance provided between it and everyday life. I love exploring why characters might do the things they do, love terrorizing them with some well-placed machinations. I also love that nothing is easy – a lot of the time, the things that set off the moments that my characters consider life-ruining very well happen in part because of them. It’s a great avenue to explore characters and creepy creatures alike, as well as take a look at some really complex situations without the burden of trying to figure them out.

And if I manage to scare the hell out of some people in the meantime? So much the better.


About the Author: Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little when she wondered if fairies lived in the nearby state park and worried that vampires hid in the old barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either. Everything she does feeds the idea machine and she often finds a story in the strangest of places. She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror but will give any genre a chance if the idea is good enough. Her work has appeared in the winter 2012 issue of The MacGuffin, issue three and five of The Realm Beyond, and the back to school issue of Stories for Children Magazine. She has also contributed to multiple anthologies including The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, the upcoming Thunder on the Battlefield, and the upcoming Bedtime Stories for Girls. She has multiple e-books with Mocha Memoirs Press, including Holly and Ivy and The Other Man. Olde School, the first book in The Kingdom City Chronicles will be out later this year with Seventh Star Press. Catch up with Selah in the following places:Blog – www.selahjanel.wordpress.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/authorSJTwitter – www.twitter.com/SelahJanelGoodreads – www.goodreads.com/selahjanel


 

 

The first of the new year brings us the beginning of something great. Mocha Memoirs Press and horror author, Sumiko Saulson, have come together to celebrate African American women’s contribution to horror as well as Women in Horror Month.

We’re looking for 20 short horror stories between 3,500 and 5,500 words in length, by black women who write horror. This anthology is in association with 60 Black Women in Horror’s upcoming update, 100 Black Women in Horror, so if you aren’t already part of the Black Women in Horror project, please include a 50 word bio and a photo to be added to it, along with your submission. Continue reading “Open Call: Black Magic Women Anthology”