Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Metrofloat New York by William Quincy Belle

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Metrofloat New York by William Quincy Belle. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the blitz for more excerpts! Enjoy!
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Title: Metrofloat New York
Author: William Quincy Belle
Publisher: BG Ltd.
Publication Date: November 3rd 2018
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Thriller
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A Post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi thriller.

Several hundred years in the future, Earth is a different planet. Antigravity has been invented and “flying” has given way to “floating”: giant platforms with cities remain above the growing surface temperatures as enclaves of the privileged. A global pandemic has wiped out 80% of those on the ground, and a virulent, flesh-eating disease, necrofasc, has left most with artificial body parts. Insects are the main food staple. A utopia for some, a dystopia for others.

Metrofloat New York, a futuristic city of thirty million, is run by an oligarchy of five rich and powerful people. An unknown assassin, working from within the system, attempts to seize control and declare himself dictator by methodically removing all rivals. Detective Matthew Heart of the Metropolitan Police must deal with his partner, a cyborg policewoman, his unofficial family, a transgender woman and her one-legged daughter, and a mysterious assailant bent on taking over the world by killing anyone who stands in his way.

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EXCERPT:
Alan and Terry were skinny enough to slip through the security perimeter into the antigravity zone. Already, they heard the pounding of the AG machines. Workers in the area often wore ear protection, as the constant noise could damage their hearing, but when one is young and foolish, protection is for wimps. They climbed down to the lowest scaffolding and looked out over the panorama below. The ground was a good kilometer down, speckled with the twinkling lights of the settlement. Each light was a potential target for a jump-and-grab, so tonight looked to be an excellent opportunity.

Rumors had been circulating around the high school for over a year about thrill seekers doing the unthinkable: bungee jumping from the metrofloat. Alan and Terry had pooled their money and bought the latest in equipment, including a controllable elasticized cable, a double-safety ankle harness, and a precision-positioning system with automatic height detection. The flexible anchor allowed them to set up the bungee in any location in record time, so they could get in, jump, and get out before the authorities knew they were violating restricted areas.

Alan would make the first attempt. He had decked himself with various tools attached to his belt and a helmet with a lamp. He had double-checked his ankle connectors and made sure the safety harness was in place. Terry gave him the once-over, enumerating each item out loud so they both knew they had checked everything. Alan climbed over the railing and held on as Terry fed out the cable so it was free and clear of the scaffolding.

Quivering with excitement, Alan looked over at his friend. Terry grinned and gave him a thumbs-up. Alan turned back to the open space, took a deep breath, and spread his arms out. He bent his knees and pushed off into a swan dive.

Alan had ten seconds of free fall before the cable slowed his descent — ten seconds of weightlessness as the wind whistled by his head. It was peaceful. And surreal. It wasn’t every day somebody jumped from a height of a thousand meters.

Looking toward the ground when he jumped, Alan twisted as he now fell, upside down, and brought his head up to look off into the distance. The light from his helmet flashed on something. He swept his head back and forth until the object was visible again. There was a human body three meters from him, free-falling at the same rate. It tumbled in the air. Judging by the looseness of the limbs, Alan guessed the person was unconscious. Or dead. Wouldn’t somebody falling to their death be thrashing about?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
William Quincy Belle is just a guy. Nobody famous; nobody rich; just some guy who likes to periodically add his two cents worth with the hope, accounting for inflation, that $0.02 is not over evaluating his contribution. He claims that at the heart of the writing process is some sort of (psychotic) urge to put it down on paper and likes to recite the following, which so far he hasn't been able to attribute to anyone: "A writer is an egomaniac with low self-esteem." You will find Mr. Belle's unbridled stream of consciousness floating around in cyberspace.

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GIVEAWAY:
William Quincy Belle will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card, Barnes & Noble gift card, or PayPal cash to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. Be sure to follow the other blogs participating in the blitz, and leave a comment at a different stop each day to increase your chance of winning. Good luck!
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38 comments:

  1. I encourage reading so having a family who loves to read I sure support.Thanks for sharing your terrific read with us.

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  2. This looks like an interesting read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Thank you for participating in this book tour. Being an indie author is an uphill struggle.

    According to Wikipedia, there are 2.2 million new books published each year, 300,000 in the U.S., 150,000 in the United Kingdom, 20,000 in Canada. The book review section of The Washington Post states they get 150 new titles each day. Each day! What are the chances of anyone getting noticed? Even if somebody has written the next classic, there’s the harsh reality of statistics. Having the public choose any particular book out of the annual American field of 300,000 strikes me as being the equivalent of winning the literary lottery. Congratulations, E. L. James: over 70 million copies of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy sold.

    By the way, the above is about new books published each year. According to Google, there are over 150 million books in existence! Literary lottery, indeed!

    There's a lot of junk out there, which means the public is leery of investing their time in anything unknown. Who wants the literary equivalent of bad movie? "I want two hours of my life back." Cheers to the risk-takers who brought E. L. James to the forefront.

    I appreciate you taking the risk.

    All the best to you in your world. :-)

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  4. The excerpt sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Are any of the places in the book based off of real places that you visited?

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    1. I've been to New York several times, of course. And in writing the desert scenes, I did think of visits to Sedona and Santa Fe and their surrounding areas.

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  6. I love the cover. The graphics are awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I really like this cover. It definitely grabs my attention.

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  8. My husband & I both want to read this one!!

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    1. It would be an honour, Ms. Woolard. I trust I will keep you both entertained for a few pleasant hours.

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  9. This looks like a very interesting book.

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  10. I am excited to read this. I am new to William Quincy Belle and his work.

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  11. Cool cover and idea. I want antigravity. Someone needs to invent it already! We're supposed to have real hoverboards by now!

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  12. Congrats on the release & thanks for the chance!

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  13. A Post-apocalyptic SciFi Thriller: A cop teams up with a cyborg policewoman to find a dead killer who's still killing in a floating (antigravity) city.

    Metrofloat New York

    Currently 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon

    Interested, but not yet committed to reading the book? Visit my web site for a longer excerpt.

    Still wondering? Here’s what reviewers are saying.

    5 Star Review: Extraordinary book from a talented writer
    "Wow! Wow! Wow! What an extraordinary book from a talented writer. This is a Crime/Thriller meets Apocalyptic/Dystopian. Very easy to read and understand but very difficult to describe!!! Detective Heart lived on the floating city, he went to the grounders who worked on the ground and upset hi boss so was left behind. The grounders for those that survived the diseases and viruses all had one or more limb removed and had prosthetics. After 5 years Detective Heart was summoned to the floaters to partner Sergeant Stanton. Detective Heart was still whole but was surprised to find out his partner had been in an accident that killed everything but her brain. Scientists were able to make a body and organs to fit the brain. It took a lot for her to get used to, but she finally managed it. They were partnered up to try and solve the murders of the Council. There is so much packed into this book with the different mutations, cyborgs etc... A very enjoyable read."

    5 Star Review: Rene Magritte meets Bladerunner
    "That's the vision I had in my head as a I read this thoroughly engaging post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi novel. The world is devastated by a phage/pandemic that eats away at people's flesh. Artificial limbs/ cybernetic devices enhance one's way of life. Because of pollution and disease, major cities like NY, LA, Rome, Tokyo etc are suspended in the air by ant-gravity technology. This A/G tech is run by a small, sinister oligarchy, that runs/produces/manufactures this tech.

    A murder of one of the oligarchs, leads to an investigation by NYC law enforcement [Metro-floats as they are called].

    The book was very entertaining.
    I pictured artist Rene Magritte and his painting "The Castle of the Pyrenees" and Decker from "Blade Runner" the whole time reading this book.

    I can see this novel becoming a movie. . ."

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  14. Good evening, Mr. Belle. Just popping in to say that I purchased Metrofloat today and am looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Kind of you, Ms. LaRocca. I appreciate the "bungee" risk you're taking with this unknown author.

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    2. Well, we've chatted quite a bit throughout your book tours so I know that you write very well and express your ideas honestly and with a bit of sarcastic humor which is already a big plus in your favor as far as I'm concerned. I love that it is set in New York. Although I live about 65 miles northwest of the city, I have been there several times. And you're a Trekkie! (smiley face)

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  15. What do you most enjoy about writing?

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    1. On the one hand, it's interesting to sit in front of a blank page and realize I have total freedom: I can write anything I want. On the other, it can be intimidating: What can I write that I would be proud to put my name on it?

      “Don’t like to write, but like having written”.
      -Frank Norris (1870-1902), American journalist and novelist

      “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers. The second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of ‘The Elements of Style.’ The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”
      -Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), American poet, writer, critic, and satirist

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  16. It sounds like a real page turner!

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  17. The book looks like an exciting read, Thanks for this amazing chance.

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  18. This book, Metrofloat New York, by William Quincy Belle looks like a great sci-fi book that I would enjoy. The cover is great!

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  19. I enjoy Post-apocalyptic reads and this sounds great.

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  20. Looks and sounds interesting. New genre for me...and I am going to enjoy this!

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  21. I am new to William Quincy Belle and his work. I look forward to reading this.

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  22. Love the cover. Best wishes on your new novel.

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  23. This sounds like a book my husband would enjoy reading.

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  24. sounds like a fun one

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  25. I love reading different views on the future and this story sounds really intriguing

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  26. William Quincy Belle is new to me as an author, but I look forward to reading this.

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  27. Sounds like an amazing read!

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