For July It’s Stars & Stripes, Daggers & Beasts

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

As we celebrate & contemplate Independence Day here are two giveaways running the entire month that’ll intrigue you.

First up we’ll start with the Stars & Stripes YA Group Giveaway. Here you’ll find a variety of YA books including I, Darcy by yours truly. If your in the mood for adventure and want a story or stories featuring strong heroes and heroines as the primary lead, the Daggers & Beasts Giveaway was made just for you. And Orniainthi’s one of the many titles available for download.

As always remember after you’ve read any of the books you download from the giveaway please leave a review. Reviews are essential to helping authors spread the word about their work. If you pick up one or both of my books, please leave a review on either Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and or Goodreads.

Finally I’ve got a couple of posts that you ought to check out on my site. I’m celebrating Summer-specifically Summer Blockbusters-and I’m updating old posts from my Moviepilot writing days and creating new ones that share the theme. And here they are:

5 Favorite Characters From The Jurassic Park Film Franchise
Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water… 12 Fun Facts From The Jaws Franchise
7 Favorite Missy Elliot Songs
The Big Score: 10 of My Favorite Captivating Heist Films
5 OF MY FAVORITE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS

Enjoy your Independence Day!

PS: Please show my Facebook page some love!

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Project Imagination Set Free: YA Fantasy And Sci-Fi

Greetings readers! Happy Tuesday!

I’ve got a few announcements for you:

My  Alternative Historical YA dealing with Social Issues I, Darcy will be part of a massive giveaway promotion on Instafreebie titled Project Imagination Set Free: YA Fantasy and Sci-FiThe promotion started yesterday, April 16th and ends on May 5th. This is a perfect opportunity for those who haven’t gotten a chance to read my novel to get their free copy.

As I’ve stated many times, once you’ve finished reading I, Darcy (or any of my other books) I hope that you find time to leave a review on either Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords or Goodreads. One of the reasons that I participate in giveaways to help promote my work. Givewaways are one way for authors to reach readers they might not reach otherwise and if one reader leaves a review it helps a great deal.

APRIL HAS ARRIVED!

Which means a couple of things:

That’s all for now folks! Until next time! Happy reading!

Excerpt: I, Darcy Chapter 1

In honor of my first novel I, Darcy being released, here’s the first chapter for you to enjoy below.

Order your copy here.

I, Darcy

Written by T.C. Harrison

Copyright 2017

“unbeing dead isn’t alive.”

― e.e. cummings

1

“Dammit.” I whispered, looking at the digital clock on my wall, which read 6 a.m. I cursed the clock and got out of bed.  Sleep’s one of the few joys I in my life, and I never had enough of it. I glanced up at my Sailor Moon Crystal calendar that hung from my bathroom door and groaned.  Three more weeks remained before Thanksgiving break, plus today’s Monday which meant Vamp Day.  I groaned again as I entered the bathroom and began to get ready for school.

Every Monday, our local ETF police-the Eidolon Task Force -made unannounced visits to the homes of eidolon residents. They take blood samples from us and our human relatives, hence why we prefer to call them vamps. The official reason quoted was to “watch and prevent further spread of infection,” but it’s a way to keep eidola in line. You either ‘volunteered’ or risked being taken away for weeks or months at time and that depended on who performed the checkup.

Many vamps were okay and treated us eidolon folks well enough, others… not so much. A lot of times, people in authority aren’t responsible with the power given to them… but such is life. My mother gave birth to me and I do everything like a living person, yet I’m still treated as a monster.

A lot of times I’m embarrassed of who I am, of what I am, and I know I shouldn’t be. Every time a human eye looks at my discolored brown skin, I’m reminded I’m what they fear the most.  I’m a mistake, a look-alike-of the human form who wasn’t the real thing. According to society, we eidola are disposable. To them I Darcy Mary Elizabeth Munroe am the monster that they see on TV shows, books, and films brought to life.

Finally dressed, I gazed at the mirror and sighed. Today I wore my favorite tattered Warhol Lewis “Bites Back” shirt over my short black and silver puffy Lolita dress with my black platform boots.  Only my thick curly black hair needed to styling so I ran my comb through it and rolled it up into a bun with a silver band. I gave one more glance into the mirror and sighed, thinking to myself:

But if I’m a monster, why don’t I terrorize them the same way that they terrorize me on a daily basis? Why don’t I make inhuman noises as I walk? Why don’t I rip their flesh apart and eat them?

“Darcy, breakfast is ready!”

My mother’s voice jolted me from my thoughts. “I’ll be right there!” As I headed downstairs I thought to myself: Just because they say you’re a monster doesn’t make it so.

When I entered the kitchen, my Step-Dad Eric greeted me. He took a mug from the top cabinet above him and said, “Morning Darcy, how are you?”

“Fine.” I pulled out a chair and took my seat to eat. “Where’s Mom?”

Please ignore the shirt.

“She’s at the bus stop with the twins.” Eric nonchalantly poured coffee into his mug, his back turned towards me.  Trying to keep him from noticing my shirt, I gulped down my food. “Are you ready for school?”

“Yup.”  I sped ate what remained on my plate.

Don’t look at the shirt.

I didn’t want to argue. Mondays weren’t a good occasion for that. But on weekends I can leave the house for a while and return right before curfew starts. But I knew one was coming as soon as I placed my dirty dishes in the sink. I made feeble try to exit the kitchen and avoided eye contact with Eric who zeroed in on me. But before I could even step into the living room, he stopped me.

“Hold up Darce.”

I froze in my tracks.

Epic fail.

“What?”

“You’re not wearing that shirt.”

Hesitant, I turned halfway towards Eric. “Why?”

“You know why.” Eric didn’t approve of me wearing clothes made by Warhol Lewis. A renowned and controversial fashion designer and artist, Lewis got infected in an accident and became an eidolon reanimate. Nicknamed the ‘Ghost of Magneto’ for his views, Lewis wasn’t a purist. Unlike them, Lewis didn’t want eidola to use humans as a food source. Like purists, he wanted eidolons to use any method necessary to get our equal rights, including resorting to violence. I didn’t agree with everything Lewis did or said, but his words resonated with many of our kind and he became an influential ally.

When he was alive, my Dad-an eidolon reanimate-thought Lewis was a hero, while Eric didn’t. When he died, Daddy bequeathed many of his belongings to me, including the shirt I was wearing. As I grew up and heard my Dad’s beliefs, I adopted many of them, which didn’t sit well with my parents.

Turning to face Eric, I felt defensive as I spoke. “What’s the issue?”

Flabbergasted Eric answered, “It’s not something you should wear.”

“Why shouldn’t I-”

“Because he promotes violence.” Eric became frustrated as he tried to stay calm while I became even more annoyed. I looked towards the living room hoping for Mom to come in and end this.

“No, he doesn’t.”

“Yes, he does.”

“Can you understand that he speaks out how I’m treated?”

Eric sighed. “I’m trying to hon, honest.  I’m worried for your safety and that of the twins… can’t you understand where I’m coming from on this?”

He always made it about himself, and his attempts to understand were half-assed, I was so sick of it. Getting angrier by the minute and determined to leave home wearing my shirt, I countered. “Yeah, I can see you’re more worried what your parents and the people who fear me think.”

“Darcy.”

Before our disagreement could continue, the front door slammed shut announcing Mom’s return. Relieved, Eric gestured at her, “I’m sure your mother will agree with me on this.”

Mom strolled into the kitchen wearing a yellow shirt with grey jogging pants, her black curly hair rolled into a bun. She got a mug from the cabinet above Eric. She looked frustrated as she did so, and didn’t notice the standoff between her husband and child.

“The bus driver was late again. Aside from traffic which rarely happens around here, he has no reason to be late.” Both Eric and I remained tense as Mom poured herself a cup of Joe and continued. “He’s got a problem with eidolon families. Every morning he says something snarky to the kids. I’m going to report him.”

Mom sorted through a stack of coupons as she sipped her coffee while the face-off remained at a standstill. “Are you ready Darcy? How bout I drive you ther-” Mom turned towards me, glanced at my shirt, and disapproval filled her face.

“I told her it’s inappropriate.”

Mom nodded her head in agreement at Eric’s comment, “You need to find something else to wear Darcy.”

Dammit.

I looked at my parents in shock and noticed Eric had his “I told you so” look planted on his face. It consisted of a smirk that proclaimed he was victorious. Of all the things, she sided with him on this wasn’t one of them. She knew how important Daddy’s belongings were to me. Eric had finally gotten to her.

“Why?” I persisted.

Concerned, Mom answered, “It’ll cause trouble and I don’t want you to get hurt.”  She’s so bloody overprotective.

Angry and defiant, I shouted “I won’t get hurt, it’s a statement and I want to wear my shirt. I will wear it.” Eric didn’t take my reply too well as he’s so used to me accepting defeat.

Not today Satan, not today.

He shouted back, “You will not be disrespectful to your mother or me. You’re not going to school with that horrible shirt on and that’s final.”

Extremely pissed, I shouted back at my parents who were in pure shock at that point. “IT WAS…MY FATHER’S! YOU DON’T…UNDERSTAND ME! YOU DON’T WANT TO!

 

 

You Can Now Pre-Order I, Darcy ebook

Happy Friday readers! I hope you’re doing well.

It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I’ve been busy conducting research for the next books I’ll write, in addition to editing and formatting two other books.  Also life’s been busy with work and my mother was hospitalized but is doing much better now.

Today I have some wonderful news. You can now pre-order your ebook copy of my upcoming novel I, Darcy! Since 2013 I’ve worked on this novel and it’s been a long journey that will come to end when both the ebook and print versions of the book are released on October 1st, 2017.

You can pre-order your copy at the Kindle Store and over at Smashwords. The ebook version of the novel costs $2.99, while the print version will be around $8.00.

A few months back I revealed I, Darcy’s cover and premise, but since it’s been a while here’s the cover and premise:

Genre: An alternative historical YA novel.

Teaser:

A sixteen-year-old eidolon girl’s charged in the death of her human bully. Her human step-father volunteers to represent her but they distrust each other. Can they reconcile in time to win the case?

Blurb:

“Society believes I’m disposable. To them I Darcy Mary Elizabeth Munroe am the monster that they’ve seen on TV shows, books, and films brought to life.”

Sixteen-year-old Darcy Munroe enjoys books, music, fashion, and other aspects of pop culture. Unlike most teens, she doesn’t have the privilege of living a normal life due to being born an eidolon. Darcy lives in a world that not only hates and fears her but is edging towards an apocalypse.

When her human bully dies in a school-related incident, Darcy’s charged with their death. With her fate lying in the hands of a human jury, things become more complicated when her human step-dad Eric volunteers to represent her. They don’t trust each other and often butt heads over the human/eidolon conflict. Can Darcy and Eric settle their differences in time?

Sounds awesome right? I’m looking forward to sharing this story with you and I hope you’ll enjoy it. I, Darcy will be out in print and ebook on October 1st.  You can purchase your copy at Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.

I’ll close out this post by thanking those who’ve purchased copies of my previous works including my mermaid fantasy novella Orniainthi. Your support means a lot to me.

I hope your weekend goes well and I send Galactus sized hugs to those you need it. Stayed tuned for more updates and posts! Have a wonderful day and weekend and to those who celebrate, Shabbat Shalom.

Happening Now: Orniainthi Virtual Book Release Party!

Today’s the day! Orniainthi is officially out in print!

You can grab your copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Ebook formats can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. You can also add to your Goodreads Shelf for later.

Right now I’m celebrating by hosting a virtual book release party over on my Facebook page from 1 to 3 pm eastern. So come on over!

I’m discussing the novella and answering questions. I’m also doing giveaways of my ebooks and a print copy of Orniainthi ! Remember to participate in the giveaways, you must like my facebook page.

If you didn’t get an advanced readers copy of Orniainthi you can read the first six chapters here and check out the novella’s playlist here. 

Thanks for helping me celebrate this milestone! Enjoy yourself!

 

 

Reminder: Orniainthi Virtual Book Release Party Is This Friday

Friday, March 31st marks the print release of my mermaid fantasy novella Orniainthi.  In celebration of my book’s release, I’m inviting you to join me on my Facebook page from 1 to 3 pm eastern time for a Virtual Book Release Party.

About Orniainthi:

An incident during a group dive resigns oceanographer Dr. Viola E. Foy’s to her desk for eight years. That changes when she receives an urgent call from college friend, Dr. Devin Strucker. Now VP of the Future Underwater Colonization Agency (FUCA), they need Foy’s expertise for an exciting sea expedition.  

But the trip isn’t what it appears to be.

Dr. Foy finds herself betrayed and forced to dive into Andros Island’s mysterious Black Hole. There, an accident transforms her, altering her destiny and making her a target for FUCA and the US Navy.

More trouble arrives in the form of FUCA’s mysterious CEO Wendell Normand Galloway.  Re-emerging after years of seclusion, his plans threaten to doom the world to a watery grave.

Can Dr. Foy harness her new abilities, avoid capture and save the world in time?

 

During that time, I’ll discuss the novella and answer questions. There will be giveaways of ebook copies of my previous books and one print copy of Orniainthi. Remember,  to participate in the giveaways, you must like my Facebook page.

Before the party gets started, Advanced Reader Copies (ebook) of my novella are still available at Instafreebie.com (https://instafreebie.com/free/KDuB3) until March 31st.  Readers can also download their free copy of my horror short story and flash fiction collection, A Visit From The Soul Eater until that date. All you have to do is leave a review!

You can also read the first six chapters of Orniainthi here and check out the novella’s playlist here. 

That’s all for now, hope to see you at the party! Until then take care.

-T.C.

Listen: Orniainthi Official Playlist

For those of you who don’t know, music is one of the few things in life that I truly enjoy. It helps me get through the day and so it comes to no one’s surprise that I’ve created a playlist of songs for my mermaid fantasy novella Orniainthi. You can check it out below:

And here’s the Track List:

  1. California Love- 2pac, Dr. Dre, Roger
  2. Under the Sea- Samuel E. Wright
  3. Orinoco Flow- Enya
  4. My Wave- Soundgarden  
  5. Ocean Drive West Coast Mix- Madison Park
  6. Wishing Well blink-182
  7. Dive- DC Talk
  8. Surf- The Skins
  9. Heroes- David Bowie
  10. Oceans- Pearl Jam
  11. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi- Radiohead
  12. Yellow Submarine- The Beatles
  13. Ocean Man- Ween
  14. Life Is Like A Boat- Yuko Koura
  15. This Is Home- Switchfoot
  16. Mermaid In the Night- Jimmy Buffet
  17. Octopus Garden- The Beatles
  18. Shark Attack- John Williams
  19. Santa Monica- Everclear
  20. The Storms Are On The Ocean- June Carter Cash
  21. The Shadow Proves The Sunshine- Switchfoot
  22. Ready to Go- Republica
  23. Love- Sixpence None The Richer
  24. Mornings by the Seaside- Relaxing Music Therapy
  25. Beyond the Sea-Bobby Darin
  26. The Girl and the Sea- The Presets
  27. Voyage- John McDermott

Orniainthi’s print release is this Friday, March 31st. That same day I’ll host my virtual book release party on my Facebook page from 1pm to 3pm eastern.  During the event, I’ll discuss the novella and answer questions. Giveaways include a print copy of Orniainthi alongside ebook copies of my other books (Note: to participate in the giveaways, you must like the page). 

You can read the first six chapters here and there’s still time to download your free advanced ebook copy over at Instantfreebie.com. All you have to do is leave a review!