EKO Resonates: Flying Ships and Family Drama Abound in RI Author’s World

51AhIlRH-JL._SX322_BO1204203200_PROVIDENCE (August 19, 2016): Octopus & Elephant Books is pleased to announce the paperback and e-book release of EKO, a fantasy novel from Rhode Island author Loren Walker, and finalist in the Half the World Global Literari competition.

In this first installment of the planned four-part series, EKO follows a teenage medical apprentice, and the trio of siblings tasked with the girl’s protection, and later rescue, from malevolent forces. Set in a parallel world to Earth, and featuring technological wonders, fast-paced action, detective work, brother-sister drama, and a touch of romance, EKO creates a captivating foundation for sequels. EKO also features two powerful, but very complex female protagonists, a subject that Ms. Walker is passionate about. "I use the example of [the film] Iron Man to explain my goal," she says. "Tony Stark is a superhero, but he's also a genius, an alcoholic, a sarcastic jerk, funny and infuriating, and tragic in some ways. I've longed to see more powerful female characters with that same complexity, and I sought to achieve it through EKO's protagonists." Walker's ambition paid off when EKO was recently shortlisted for the Half the World Global Literari Award, a competition seeking stories, novels and screenplays that "brought fresh insight into the lives of women."

Even with such recognition, the road to publication has been difficult; Walker established her publishing company Octopus & Elephant Books after collecting over 100 rejections from literary agents. "I rewrote EKO at least twenty times over two years," Ms. Walker says. "And in the end I still loved my characters, I was still proud of what I’d done, and I wanted to share it. And I'm lucky that technology has advanced so far that I could teach myself about the publishing process, form my own imprint, and be in charge of my own promotions." In time, she adds, she hopes to publish other mixed-genre fiction from New England authors, while releasing the sequel to EKO in 2017.

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Ms. Walker came to Boston, Massachusetts in 2000, and later settled in Providence, Rhode Island. Earning a Master of Arts in writing and poetry from Rhode Island College. Ms. Walker became an American citizen in 2015, and today works in the non-profit sector as a freelance writer. She will appear at the Narragansett Meet the Authors Pier Event (September 10th, 2016), the Books Under the Tent event at Rhode Island College (October 1st) and at the Rhode Island Authors Expo (December 3rd, 2016).

For author interview or book signing requests, contact the author directly: loren@lorenwalker.net

Author Photos and Media Kit Available at: http://lorenwalker.net/press--appearances.html

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Scrying for Summer Release!

Book two of my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles released today with Loose Id! Scrying for Summer is out!

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Yeah, all right, Jev said she was looking for adventure, but she meant the garden variety, like stomping out nasty fae in the city as an enforcer of the Philly Coven. She didn’t mean handsome-as-sin Liam O'Reilly showing with word that the worst organization of fae they'd ever dealt with was on the rise again. She definitely didn’t mean anything to do with Liam O’Reilly—traitor, asshole, and the absolute last person she wanted to work with.

Of course, her life doesn’t tend to give her those kind of choices. So it’s adventure, cliffhanging variety, and the gorgeous asshole. Jev tells herself it’s just work, a mission like any other, but the longer she works with Liam, the more the fire between them burns, turning from rage and irritation into something primal. And as she gets to know the real Liam O'Reilly behind the charming smiles and sexy lines, he becomes so much deadlier. Because the protective, self-sacrificing man underneath his facade is just the sort she could fall for.

Join the party on Facebook!

partyCome join us for our monthly Broad Universe Author Facebook Party on August 11th! From Noon to Midnight EST, come meet women authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror as they chat about their books and give away fabulous prizes. Check out the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/256421998074726 and be sure to invite your friends - there will be a special prize for the person who brings the most guests with them!

NEW PARANORMAL COMEDY

Stacey is happy to announce her urban paranormal comedy, "Day for Night," which was launched in June!DayForNightFinalRETAILCover

For those who are looking for light paranormal fare with a peppering of exciting action and romance (although usually thwarted romance), this is the summer read for you.

As a mixed-race older protagonist living in L.A. and laboring in the shadow of the Hollywood sign, Rae thought she already had enough to deal with. But evidently, aliens and vampires in mortal combat were also to be involved in her destiny somehow. Thank God for Jack Daniels and denial.

After writing serious stuff for a long time, Stacey made an abrupt, horizontal move to comedy and had a lot of fun writing this book. She hope others will have a lot of fun reading it!

Theme-Thology: Mad Science

Theme-Thology-MadScienceFor fans of mad science, Broad Universe member Samantha Bryant is proud to announce the publication of Intervention, a short story from the Menopausal Superheroes universe in Theme-Thology: Mad Science.

Intervention takes place in the 1980s and explores the life path that turned brilliant researcher Cindy Liu into the mad scientist who became the catalyst for the Menopausal Superheroes.

Also in the anthology are stories by Susan Joslyn, Charles Barouch, Mike Reeves-McMillan, Lore Hera, CM Stewart, Ezekiel David, Ian Harac, and John Frater. The new collection is available on Amazon and is soon to be released on Kobo and Nook platforms as well.