Book Cover Reveal

Justice watches from the shadows… Throughout history, the world has witnessed cruel, gruesome, and twisted murders at the hands of the most notorious serial killers. For those who were never caught—Jack the Ripper, the Atlanta Ripper, and the Cleveland Torso Murderer—their crimes will live on in infamy as their identities are forever chased, but never revealed. It’s 1947 in Washington, D.C. and a dangerous murderer has boldly discarded two headless bodies nearby the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. With no leads, Detective Clive O’Reilly is feeling desperate. When a stranger convinces O’Reilly to join him at a local pub, he is treated to a wild tale about Prudence Blackwood, an immortal who seeks vengeance for those murdered by history’s most notorious serial killers. Initially in disbelief over her existence, O’Reilly is surprised to discover that she’s very real and she’ll be assisting in the investigation. But Prudence has unorthodox methods. With the body count rising, O’Riley will have to find a way to work with her to stop the most brutal killer in D.C.’s history before more victims are added to the list.

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DIGITAL ARCS OF THE IMMORTAL PRUDENCE BLACKWOOD:

Book reviewers and bloggers interested in reviewing the book may request a digital ARC of The Immortal Prudence Blackwood. ARCs are available through NetGalley and at the publisher’s website.

Title: The Immortal Prudence Blackwood
Author: Stephanie Grey
Genre: Suspense
Publication date: September 12, 2019
Publisher: BHC Press
Available Formats: Hardcover: 978-1-64397-032-5, $26.95 Softcover: 978-1-947727-83-0, $15.95 Ebook: 978-1-948540-33-9, $7.99 LCCN: 2018948482

 

The Immortal Prudence Blackwood releases on September 12, 2019 in hardcover, trade softcover, and ebook. Preorder is currently available from select retailers.

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The Inspiration Behind The Immortal Prudence Blackwood With Author Stephanie Grey

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I wish I could say it was a misty and stormy night when the idea for an immortal woman who eliminates the world’s most notorious, unidentified serial killers struck me, and that I had an amazing tale. But the truth isn’t quite so mysterious and exotic. That’s how it normally goes, right?

It was quite hot outside, which was normal for a March day in Hawaii. It’s difficult to get into a dark frame of mind when the sun is constantly shining and there’s a beautiful, blue ocean view from your window.

On that particular morning, I was reading the news and stumbled across an article titled, “Rabbit hole leads to incredible 700-year-old Knights Templar cave complex.”

This cave, found underneath a farmer’s field in Shropshire, UK, was concealed by a rabbit hole. The article explained the caves were linked to the Knights Templar, a Catholic military order that was founded in 1119. Over time, the Templars’ military influence faded and, by 1307, the French King Philip IV plotted to bring down the Knights Templar. Most were arrested on charges including heresy and dozens were later burned at the stake. Pope Clement V disbanded them in 1312.

The owners of the property sealed the entrance to the caves in 2012 after black magic ceremonies were conducted there.

Reading this amazing story and seeing the incredible photographs immediately made me think about a woman living in the 1700s discovering an ancient cave covered in glyphs. But…you can’t just have a story about a woman finding a really old cave. Where would she go from there?

For the next few days, I mulled over ideas about this woman’s destiny. I caught a TV show about a man who had a scarf with blood on it and was trying to prove that his ancestor was the real Jack the Ripper. The man’s lead was a bust, but that’s when I knew what the woman would do: she would murder the serial killers whose identities were never discovered, thus evading capture. She would be the reason why the gruesome crimes stopped.

It didn’t take long for me to narrow down the woman’s name to Prudence Blackwood and write her history. However, it did take a month to research the murderers I wanted to include, as well as the history of each time period featured in the book. The “modern day” portion of the story takes place in 1947, and I am so very grateful for my grandmother, Barbara Thomas, for her immense help and knowledge of that time period.

I love Prudence’s story and I sincerely hope that readers will love it, too. If you’re interested in seeing the photographs that inspired me, please visit this website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stephanie Grey is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in journalism. Writing has always been present in Stephanie’s life. From a young age, she has been writing short stories for her family to enjoy. When she entered high school, she decided that she would one day write a full-length novel. She finally achieved her goal and is the proud author of three novels, including The Immortal Prudence Blackwood. She continues to write and hopes to be able to share her stories with the world for many years to come.


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The Hierophant’s Daughter eARC Review

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Title: THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER (The Disgraced Martyr Trilogy #1)
Author: M.F. Sullivan
Pub. Date: May 19, 2019
Publisher: Painted Blind Publishing
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 286
NOT FOR YOUNG ADULTS, THE FAINT OF HEART, OR THOSE WITH WEAK WILLS
Race through the bloodbath in this first volume of a horrific cyberpunk tahgmahr you can’t afford to miss. What would you sacrifice to survive?
By 4042 CE, the Hierophant and his Church have risen to political dominance with his cannibalistic army of genetically modified humans: martyrs. In an era when mankind’s intergenerational cold wars against their long-lived predators seem close to running hot, the Holy Family is poised on the verge of complete planetary control. It will take a miracle to save humanity from extinction.
It will also take a miracle to resurrect the wife of 331-year-old General Dominia di Mephitoli, who defects during martyr year 1997 AL in search of Lazarus, the one man rumored to bring life to the dead. With the Hierophant’s Project Black Sun looming over her head, she has little choice but to believe this Lazarus is really all her new friends say he is–assuming he exists at all–and that these companions of hers are really able to help her. From the foulmouthed Japanese prostitute with a few secrets of her own to the outright sapient dog who seems to judge every move, they don’t inspire a lot of confidence, but the General has to take the help she can get.
After all, Dominia is no ordinary martyr. She is THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER, and her Father won’t let her switch sides without a fight. Not when she still has so much to learn.
The fast-paced first entry of an epic cyberpunk trilogy, THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER is a horror/sci-fi adventure sure to disturb yet inspire adult readers of all stripes. Be sure to keep an eye out for THE GENERAL’S BRIDE, available on August 14th, 2019!
“The Hierophant’s Daughter is a gripping read from start to finish. I highly recommend it.”-Tessa Dick, author of Philip K. Dick: Remembering Firebright & Conversations With Philip K. Dick

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My Review:

I loved the premise for this, but I think an important note to start off with is to read the timeline first otherwise the dates and events may be a tad confusing!

Dominia was a very interesting MC and I really appreciated the way she was written, there is a strength and a complexity to her and not everything is revealed about her in this book which means we just have to keep reading to find out more about this world and her journey within it.

I also always appreciate a different take on vampires and Martyrs are certainly a different take on them! We have a nice fusion of fantasy with sci-fi and it’s the sort of book I needed on blending the two differences into one book.

The Lamb was probably my favorite minor character and if you’ve read it we should definitely ‘talk shop.’ The intricate family that’s been created just has you curious to know more about them.

Cassandra is a tragic sort of tale for a Martyr conversion, you’ll see why if you read it, I’m not here to hand out spoilers and I felt that Dominia’s pain over her was just simply so sad, you felt for Dominia and you wanted her to be able to push through everything to get to her goal, which she never wavers from.

As for who my favorite character was overall. It’s Basil. Trust me, Basil is the MVP of this book, guys. Another plot thing I refuse to spoil for you all.

I really loved this book, it is certainly slow-paced and not a YA book though that’s not to say older teens can’t take part in reading an awesome and slightly gruesome tale. Any problems I have about it may be just one point about a potentially culturally sensitive issue, and it was something I didn’t notice until a friend mentioned it. I can’t really speak for it more than I can see it being an issue for some, I know that it had given me pause but I couldn’t articulate why until I read her review.

Honestly, though I thought this was, overall, a very well thought out novel and I cannot wait to read its sequel.

If you want amazingly neat technology including bionics, a dog that is the ultimate ‘sidekick,’ and a kick-ass female MC that gives LGBTQ rep (and so does one of her travel companions!) and you like fantasy or sci-fi, and intricate and slow-burning world-building, then I would recommend this.

About the Author:

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M. F. Sullivan lives and works in Ashland, Oregon, having completed THE LIGHTNING STENOGRAPHY DEVICE, the psychedelic follow-up to the transgressive DELILAH, MY WOMAN. Her forthcoming series, THE DISGRACED MARTYR TRILOGY, will be released over nine months from May 2019 through January 2020.

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Giveaway:

2 winners will receive a Painted Blind Publishing/Holy Martyr Church logo t-shirt, US Only.

5 winners will receive an ARC of THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER, US Only.

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Painted Blind Publishing’s Twitch will be doing a tarot reading/book reading/giveaway on May 20th, 2019, one day after the book’s release.

The Twitch.tv account is: https://www.twitch.tv/paintedblindpublishing

 

THE HEIROPHANT'S DAUGHTER

Week One:
4/15/2019- BookHounds Excerpt
4/15/2019- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
4/16/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt
4/17/2019- Always MeExcerpt
4/18/2019- Jaime’s WorldExcerpt
4/19/2019- Reese’s ReviewsReview
4/19/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
Week Two:
4/22/2019- Taking It One Book at a timeReview
4/22/2019- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt
4/23/2019- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
4/24/2019- Bluestocking BookwormReview
4/25/2019- wewhotellstoriesReview
4/26/2019- Some Books & RamblingsExcerpt
Week Three:
4/29/2019- ParajunkeeExcerpt
4/30/2019- The Caffeinated ReaderReview
4/30/2019- 4covert2overt A Place In The Spotlight Excerpt