Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Monsterland Series by Michael Okon

Monsterland
Monsterland Series Book 1
by
Michael Okon

Genre:
YA Horror
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin's senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

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BOOK TRAILER:
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Monsterland Reanimated
Monsterland Series Book 2
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?

"Another true gem of dark fantasy action/adventure by a master of the genre, Michael Okon's "Monsterland Reanimated" is unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Fantasy Fiction collections." - Midwest Book Review

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BOOK TRAILER:
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.

- How do you pick your stories or subjects?
Movies. I can watch any movie, and completely switch things up. For example, I was watching Jurassic Park with my family, and wondered why there has never been a theme park with monsters. The story for Monsterland was born.

- Do have a bunch of characters in your treasure chest or do they each develop with a new story idea?
Each character is a piece of me, and someone I know. Their stories are beaten o before I write so I know where every character arc is heading.

- How long have you been writing?
Terribly since I was 15. Better since I was 22. Much better since I’m 30.

- What was the first thing you published?
My first published book was Monsterland under the WordFire Press banner. Kevin J. Anderson signed me to a two-book publishing deal. I had self-published under a pen-name until a publishing company picked me up. I write all genres and love to jump around trying different styles.

- Who is your favorite character that you've developed?
It’s like choosing children, but if I had to choose one – Alastair from Witches Protection Program.

- Which book gave you the most trouble?
Honestly none of them. When you love what you do, your work shouldn’t frustrate you.

- Which book was the easiest to write?
They were all pretty easy. I would say Witches Protection Program was the easiest.

- What advice do you give readers?
Read as much as you can. Read all mediums. Watch as many movies as you can. We are so lucky right now and so much is being produced. Between live streaming and regular production, you can satisfy all types of imagination. I like to be diverse and sample a bit of everything there is to offer out there. Learn how to tell a compelling story.

- What advice do you give new authors?
Read Save the Cat by the late great Blake Snyder. Will change how you write your stories.

- What books inspired you as a child?
There’s a Monster at the End of this Book.

- What movies inspire you?
There Will Be Blood, Back to the Future. Rounders. Caddyshack.

- What is your writing day like?
Plot and research my story all day. Learn about my subject. Google is my best friend. Read and watch YouTube videos about storytelling and what makes people successful. Tuck the wife and kids in by 9pm. Write until my eyes go, every single day.

- What trends are you seeing in entertainment?
It’s a strange world out there. I’m getting into the entertainment side of things through my film agent, so I can’t really say. From what I see, some studios want the big budget type of movies. Some studios want a smaller budget for more of the mediums available. It appears right now that literally 'anything goes.'
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22 comments:

  1. I really like the book cover

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  2. Cool book trailer! It looks like a great read... :)

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  3. Cool cover! Sounds like a clever and entertaining YA Horror!

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  4. Sounds like a book I'd like,to,read. Liked both the cover and book trailer...

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  5. This is such a fun series and I can't wait for the next book!

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  6. Monsterland sounds like a scary place!

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  7. I love the cover and how the use of color and silhouettes is used.

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  8. Great book cover! Looks like the Title!

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  9. Um, well- the cover is entertaining, a light read for the fun of it, certainly not realistic.

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  10. I like the book covers. I have always liked monster movies and books. These stories sounds very good to me.

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  11. Eye catching cover, thanks for the chance.

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  12. My immediate thoughts were I have to read this now!!!

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  13. I love Monsterland. I have read it twice.

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  14. I love the idea of taking the concept of Jurassic Park and using it for monsters. I also really like the covers, they have a comic vibe to them.

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  15. I love the old school Monster look of your cover.

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