“Monsterland Reanimated” keeps the world turned upside down

“Monsterland Reanimated: Monsterland Series Volume 2 by Michael Okon is a gritty and raw horror novel that does the genre justice. Fast-paced, intense and actually giving me goosebumps, Monsterland Reanimated works with elements that may seem to be too much, but the author somehow makes them work brilliantly together. Superbly crafted, Monsterland Reanimated is a nail biter that I just didn’t want to put down.” – Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos.

World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and alert the government about a traitor-in-chief. During his journey, he discovers a new threat released from the bowels of the defunct theme park. When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob, and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland, who will survive?

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Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon

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“Though this book works as a stand alone, starting from the beginning of the series will result in a fuller reading experience, especially since Monsterland Reanimated closes on a riveting cliffhanger. A coming-of-age page-turner, Monsterland Reanimated puts a whole new spin on the world of good and evil.” – Reviewed by Anita Lock for Foreword Reviews

“Monsterland Reanimated (Monsterland Series Volume 2) by Michael Okon is a well-written book that reminded me of a mix of the TV show The Walking Dead and the Jurassic Park movies. The author truly set this book apart from the Jurassic Park movies with how he explored the way the park’s implosion affected the rest of the world and the people in it.” – Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite

“I had not read the first Monsterland novel, but really it is not necessary to have done so before reading Monsterland Reanimated. Author Michael Okon gives us the backstory very well as events unfold in the new story. I would never have believed a novel about zombies, shape-shifters, and monsters in general would captivate me quite the way this one did and that is a real credit to the author. I found his writing style and dark humour, with some subtle and not so subtle pop culture references, to be immensely enjoyable to read.” – Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite

“Monsterland Reanimated features a riveting plot and an arresting narrative voice that combines with the exciting dialogues to create a reading experience that is perfect for fans of horror. This is an engrossing read with conflict and suspense that will keep readers turning the pages. An electrifying read!” – Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

“Careful thought and consideration have gone into each character and their own individual history and plot, adding to their depth and believability. There are some great action scenes which only serve to enhance a well-executed and conceived plot. The stakes have been raised and, as a reader, I find myself eagerly awaiting the next book in this imaginative and thrilling series. ” – Reviewed By K.J. Simmill for Readers’ Favorite

“Monsterland Reanimated is not simply a fast paced action novel, but an experience. It is as if the reader is immersed into an entirely new world, not simply a story about a monster themed theme park, but rather transported into an alternate reality of a post apocalyptic world. Okon’s detailed account is authentic, and told in a matter of fact narrative, that makes the reader almost believe this is a true account of events that could possibly happen, given the right circumstances.” – Patricia “Lemon Bee” Dompieri, RN

“If Monsterland was thrilling then Monsterland Reanimated is heart-poundingly thrilling, edge of your seat exciting and a much more action-packed, captivating and harrowing story.” – David Savage, What’s Good To Read

” … a captivating and thrilling page-turner …” – The Children’s Book Review

“This fast-paced thriller will keep readers in suspense as the action dramatically unfolds. Sure to delight fans of dystopian fiction, science fiction and horror, Monsterland Reanimated is a worthy second installment in the Monsterland series.” – The Children’s Book Review

“A sense of wonder reflected in stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coupled with the nonstop action of Mad Max and the existential horror of The Walking Dead makes this a delightfully creepy read. Monster aficionados young and old will love this series.” – Reviewed by BlueInk Review, Starred Review

“The characters are a treat to follow. The main protagonists are seniors in high school. In some ways, they are typical teenagers arguing about which monster is more powerful. Still, they are forced to grow up fast. Other young adults would find pieces of themselves in many of the characters.” – Reviewed by Cecilia_L for OnlineBookClub.com

About the author:

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Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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Post #15 of the holiday bookroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.

Swords, sorcery, and sarcasm? You must be talking about “Heirs of Power”!

“Kay MacLeod has developed a complex world of social hierarchy, inventive lands, and a threat to the existence of this world. However, it’s her main characters that will grab onto you and keep you reading to find out what they can do and how they will defeat evil. MacLeod’s use of special powers is ingenious and her character’s interactions provide humor and realism to the story.”

Kay MacLeod’s Heirs of Power (The Constellation Saga Book 1) is an epic YA fantasy full of swords, sorcery, and sarcasm. Ten very different people have inherited incredible abilities and magical weaponry from their parents. Along with the responsibility to save their world from invading spirits that feed on life energy.

If you love ladies who kick ass, guys with superior snark, and original magic powers, this is the book for you!

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Heirs of Power by Kay MacLeod

After stumbling upon an otherworldly ritual, Kitty Fairlow discovers that her own incredible hunting skills are not merely due to a lifetime of training. She’s been gifted powers from an ancient spirit, passed down by her father. She is a Constellation.

And she’s not the only one.

A new generation of heroes have each inherited unique abilities to prevent the corruption of their world by the Tenebri, a race that thrives on life energy. Kitty, along with a high-born dancer and a snarky juggler, must find their allies before the Tenebri army picks them off.

With the powerful enemy emerging, can the Constellations gather in time to put an end to the threat for good, or will their foe succeed and wreak the same destruction they have unleashed on their own world?

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Excerpt:

Kitty grabbed Serena’s arm, intending to pull her back to the room. Maybe they could escape through the window?

It was too late, they had been spotted. Serena pulled away from Kitty’s grasp and tore out her fans. Kitty moved to deploy her bow as the soldiers charged, hoping to take down a few before she had to rely on her knife. In that instant, her stomach flipped. She suddenly found herself next to a door leading out of the building, just a step behind the enemy soldiers.

An imposing man stood with her, his hand on her arm. He looked a few years older than her and was tall and slim with a scruff of dark blond hair and messy stubble. He was obviously not part of the soldiers’ squad – he wore no armour, just a loose, black cotton top with elbow-length sleeves, rugged trousers, and a self-satisfied smirk.

His grip tightened and he unceremoniously shoved Kitty behind him before she had time to react. She caught herself and succeeded in remaining upright. The closest soldier spun around to face whoever had approached him from behind. The blond man lazily tapped the enemy with one finger and glanced across to where Kitty had been a few seconds previously. The soldier vanished, and Serena appeared in his place, brandishing her war fans.

“Asher!” she exclaimed, her relief palpable.

“Who else was gonna come rescue you, Dancer?” Asher was deep voiced, with a local accent. He turned to Kitty with an unhealthy amount of anticipation in his massive, liquid brown eyes, “Cover us, Archer.”

Asher drew a short sword from his belt with his left hand and launched himself into the centre of the battle. The squad had quickly realised their quarry had shifted and moved to surround the trio of Constellations. Kitty put herself in the doorway, so she couldn’t be flanked, tucked a stray piece of hair behind her ear and began firing Venethos’ conjured arrows into the mass of soldiers.

Serena wove around the enemy soldiers, her fans flashing as she waltzed between the incoming blows. She took the head off one man before spinning low and hamstringing another, her regal features still arranged into their usual calm expression.

Asher’s style of combat was unlike anything Kitty had seen before. It seemed that he used his strange swapping power as a weapon. He was never facing the same man for more than a second or two, constantly flicking between the soldiers. He kept at least one hand free to tap his target, using his short sword ambidextrously to combat unsuspecting foes as they unknowingly materialised in the blade’s path. Even just watching was making Kitty feel queasy, she couldn’t imagine how disorientating it would be to try and fight against.

Five soldiers broke away from the rest and headed for the staircase, readying their bows. Kitty put black and white arrows into three of their skulls when another small group rushed straight at her, swinging cleavers and screaming war cries. She felt an unusual calm settle over her as she lined up her first shot. Venethos was an exquisite weapon; it felt perfect in her grip and she swore that it improved her aim. It seemed to be an extension of her body and senses, a sleek predator felling her enemies one-by-one. She would have to break soon though – they were getting close. Kitty tensed, ready to duck an oncoming strike. Biting down nausea, she found herself on the marble counter at the other end of the room.

“Treacherous whore deserved it,” Asher commented jovially as he blocked a sword strike from one of the rapidly decreasing number of soldiers on the floor below her.

Kitty struggled to understand until she looked over to the spot which she’d been moved from. The woman that had betrayed them had taken the blow intended for her. Asher had switched the attendant into the path of the cleaver and now she was sprawled across the entrance, previously spotless skirts dyed a bloody red.

Kitty felled the remaining enemy archers before they could snipe at the Constellations.

“I was about to dodge,” she huffed between shots.

“Yeah, but two birds and all that. Now you got the high ground and I don’t have to kill her myself.”

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“The Juggler is an anti-social snarkmaster called Asher, and he is -without a shadow of a doubt -one of the most amazing fictional characters I’ve ever fallen for. Asher is just so wonderfully sharp-witted and damaged and adorable.”

“It’s a wild adventure crammed with twists and turns. But above all else, this is a character-driven story with real depth and emotion and humour.”

About the author:

Kay MacLeod is a fantasy addict from England. She spent most of her teenage years playing Magic: The Gathering and being a Dungeon Master in Dungeons and Dragons games. She also loves reading fantasy novels, painting fantasy miniatures, and playing RPG videogames like Dragon Age and Pokémon. You could easily win her friendship forever by bringing her a cup of tea (not too strong, with milk, no sugar).

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Post #12 of the holiday bookroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.

Author Interview: Harsha Sheelam

“It is so important to teach children about all the obstacles they might face and how they can overcome them.” -Harsha Sheelam

When’s the right time to become an author? Can you really write entertaining stories that still teach children important values? How do you respond to those well-meaning but doubting remarks about following your dream? Find out all this and more when you—

Meet Author Harsha Sheelam!

Introducing Harsha:

Harsha Sheelam always had the passion for writing. In the year 2016, she practiced writing more extensively. This led to her recognition in newspapers, magazines, blogs, and digital content. She possesses versatility in writing stories, debatable topics, politics, social, fashion, entertainment, reviews, fashion, and lifestyle.

Today she is a children’s book author. She debuted in 2017 with the book Beautiful Inside and Out, which is a collection of short stories. She launched it with the aim of empowering young girls and boys. She has the dedication to her craft which makes the children believe that they are beautiful inside and out. The same year her juvenile fiction novel, Good Exists In All That Exists released. As the title suggests, the book is based around the theme of good overpowering the bad. There is a hidden meaning for every action. The book does not fail to enhance the enchanted experience of the reader.

Beginning of a new year, in 2018 The House of Terry Atterberry made it to book-selling portals. Terry’s tales champion hard work, perseverance, honesty, and compassion. The riches that kids gain through this book are overcoming fear, not undermining people, understanding no one is perfect, knowing your true friends, and more. The book is a collection of 15 inspiring fables from the life of a fictional character.

Today, 3 books old, and anticipating more, this is Harsha Sheelam for you.

Let’s get started!

You’ve always been a writer. What made you decide that it was time to publish your stories and become an author? 

I knew I wanted to expand my horizon. Before publishing my debut book, I was a professional writer. But I didn’t want to restrict myself and always knew I wanted to be a published author. Fortunately, an opportunity came knocking, and I didn’t think twice before accepting it.

Beautiful Inside and Out is a collection of 10 moral stories for children, based in lush fantasy lands. Which theme was the first one you wrote? Did you find it difficult to choose only 10 themes?

The first story that I wrote from Beautiful Inside and Out is “Little Felicity of Barrowfield.” It was about loving people irrespective of their color.

It’s always difficult to welcome new themes in your book. A little research, and more imagination helps me with ideas.

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What made you choose fantasy as the backdrop for these stories over another genre?

I am not a non-fiction writer. But, if the story is related to a child, and could be interesting to read and relatable, then I would give it a try. I haven’t given much thought to other genres, but I am sure that romance is not for me.

The House of Terry Atterberry is your second collection of meaningful stories for children. How did you come to choose the name of this young boy? Is this character based on your own childhood, things you’ve observed in others—or something else?

I was looking for short names of little boys. And I came across the name ‘Terry.’ I wanted a rhyming world for his last name and could only thing of ‘berry’ but that seemed too small. I still remember how I decided on his last name.

This character isn’t based on my childhood, but certain themes of this book like bullying for being fat does come from my childhood.

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Do you have any favorites among the moral themes you write about?

I can’t decide on my favorite theme. Funny, it feels like asking a mother to choose who is their favorite child. But I can say that most of the characters who play the father in my stories are bakers or own a bakery shop that serves the best desserts. I think that comes from my love for desserts that I can’t decide on any other occupation.

Good Exists In All That Exists came in between your children’s books, and is written for young adults. Did the protagonist, Claire, spring to mind with the story lurking behind her, or did you have the suspenseful setting first? Was this a story that had been building in you for a long time?

I never had a setting. I never brainstorm or have a layout for my stories. It all happens through the flow of imagination. Fortunately, for me the story came out with many twists towards the end and there were many revelations about why certain things happened previously. It made the novel much more interesting, leaving young adults in a sense of amazement by the end.

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What do you hope people will take away with them the most after they read each of your books?

The books are a rich mine of so many diverse morals for children of today. It would also be helpful for parents to engage with their children better and make them understand about not letting themselves down due to failure, being un-put-downable by others, being who they are, and accepting others for who they are without any judgments.

In contemporary times, it is so important to teach children about all the obstacles they might face and how they can overcome them with a strong mind.

You clearly enjoy writing books for both children and young adults, and melding real and fantasy worlds! Do you ever see yourself branching out into other audiences and genres?

I might branch out to poetry. Short poems, which tell so much in a few words, are my forte.

The poems will cater to young adults and adults.

What’s surprised you the most about the publishing experience?

When I went to the producers for my children’s TV show, one of the heads asked me, “Do you know children’s books don’t make a lot of money in India?”

I said, “Yes, I do. But there are a few who do, and a global audience.”

Also, all the people who say, “Oh, you’re so young for an author.”

I felt like authors are stereotyped to be old. Funny.

What are you planning to launch next?

I am planning to launch a short story book of four friends, and a poetry book. Whichever makes their way quicker to the market.

Now for some just-for-fun challenge questions…

What type of book do you reach for to relax?

I love Archie comic books. I got that from my grandfather.

Which celebrities, dead or alive, do you admire the most, and why?

As an author I’ve always admired J.K Rowling. I am a Potterhead, and I will watch a Harry potter movie every time I come across it on TV, or when I feel like. I think she worked so hard to be where she is, and I love people who work hard.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?

I do read the reviews. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I don’t like dark chocolates, but there are many who do. So we just have to accept the good and bad ones, and not let them get to your head.

When you get a story idea, do you scribble it on any scrap of paper or napkin you can find, or do you have a special notebook or online tool where you keep all the inspiration?

I have a mini notebook where I put down some immediate ideas I get while lazing around.

While we’re not saying you need this, what one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

I don’t want to give up on anything to be better. I’d like to go hand-in-hand with everything that I have to be better at what I do.

If you could go back in time, what writerly advice would you give yourself?

If I remember well, when I was 10, I was so bad at essay writing. When my mother read them she scolded me so harshly, and the next day I see her walk into my room with story and essay books. I made sure I read them. I wouldn’t give advice to my younger self but would like to thank her for listening to her mother. Also, I’d say follow your passion; don’t ever think about what you will get in return.

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