Thursday, January 16, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Amber Hollow by Edgar Swamp

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Amber Hollow by Edgar Swamp. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a fantastic guest post about real life mysteries. Plus, there's also the tour wide giveaway to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
Title: Amber Hollow
Author: Edgar Swamp
Publisher: Swampland Enterprises
Publication Date: October 15th 2019
Print Length: 239 pages
Genre: Horror
On July 15, 1991, an isolated village in Northern Wisconsin is ground zero for an unprecedented, fiery tragedy. Of the community's 600 residents, there are only five survivors. Detailed accounts by the victims contradict each other; the only link is a man named Anthony Guntram, but because he is presumed to be dead, this claim can't be verified. Further investigations reveal a culture enshrouded in mystery. What are the survivors hiding?

Only the villagers know the secret of Amber Hollow, a place where sanity is checked at the town line and the parameters of reality become blurred. An unconventional horror story by design, Edgar Swamp delivers an action-driven page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the calamitous ending.

**The eBook is only $0.99 on Amazon!**

“I’m not going back!” the woman screamed, her eyes rolling in terror. “You hear me? I’m never going back!”

“We understand,” Sadie said, approaching carefully from the opposite side of her partner, although her reply couldn’t have been farther from the truth. So far, she didn’t understand anything. However, she knew for certain that this woman’s passing wouldn’t do them a damn bit of good at getting to the truth. They needed to keep her still so she wouldn’t let go.

“We’re here to help you,” Jeremy said, “in fact, we were on our way to the hospital to visit you, to ask you some questions—”

“You have questions, you can ask Anthony Guntram! It’s his fault, all his fault!”

“I’m afraid we can’t do that, ma’am.” He gazed down, saw a police boat approaching from the mouth of the river. Good timing. “Please, let us help you. Take my hand.”

“I don’t want your help!” she screamed, and in her exertion one of her feet slipped and she almost fell, the only thing keeping her from plunging over the side was her grip on the cable, which apparently was pretty tight. “You can’t help me, no one can!”

“Let us try,” Jeremy begged.

“Never,” she croaked in a husky voice, and then she let go of the cable.
Edgar Swamp is the author of the “Gyre Mission,” “Glitch in the Machine,” and “Blackout.” His short stories have appeared in Alienskin, Macabre Cadaver, and Urban Reinventors. When he isn’t holed up in his office playing online poker, he likes to dig up the recently deceased and make furniture out of their skin. He lives and works in San Diego, California.

- What real life mystery has me totally baffled?

When I was a kid (between ages 7-10) I had two favorite shows: “In Search Of”, hosted by Leonard Nimoy (Dr. Spock), and “Project Bluebook”, a supposedly factual show about real life close encounters with aliens and flying saucers. “In Search Of” had a much broader range of what they investigated, from the Loch Ness Monster, to Sasquatch, and the Abominable Snowman, as well as aliens and such, but I loved both shows just the same.

The real-life mystery that baffles me the most is the mysterious nature of our planet, our universe, and where we as humans see ourselves in it. Humans are very clever; I have to give them that, however there are days when I marvel at the meat bag stupidity I read in the news, or overhear at the store or whatever (I am not going to be condescending…I think I’m stupid most days too) and it gets me thinking about alien life, and how it has to have some how affected the human species. I totally believe in the Theory of Evolution; however, I’m thinking that along the way humanity had a little help, some link in the genetic chain that made the leap from orangutan to human…and I’m thinking extraterrestrial life may have come into play.

It’s funny that I am writing this today; I plan on seeing the new Stars Wars movie this afternoon. The only reason I’m going is because it’s in 3D and I want to see a 3D movie, not because I’m some crazy Star Wars geek…ahem…uh, anyway…

It’s not that I think that humans couldn’t have naturally evolved into the intricate, complex creatures we are, even though if you hang out at a Golden Corral buffet, you’ll swear there isn’t much distance between the swine genus and the human, but it’s also something more than that. When I think of the Great Pyramids, or any of the world’s Seven Wonders, or even some of the enormous skyscrapers that adorn the world’s largest cities I am simply in awe of what humankind has done, the vastness of our exploration, imagination, and development from cave dwellers into civilized society. Actually, I am going to digress here for a moment and mention that another brilliant headscratcher is the advancement of technology over the last hundred years. I suppose that is maybe why I have the thoughts I do, that we as a species simply couldn’t have come up with all of this on our own.

Recently, a friend clued me into a conspiracy theory, that the United States moon landing was faked. For a moment my head was spinning, and it was like the rug had just been pulled out from under me. Could I have been lied to my whole life? First, I find out that Santa isn’t real, then the Easter bunny, and now you tell me the moon landing was faked?!? So, I consulted an expert, someone with way more smarts than me, my dad, because he’s studied physics and astronomy, and he laughed and assured me that yes, we really did land on the moon and that there is definitive proof of it. What a relief!

The great mystery, dear readers, is how the heck did us knuckle-dragging mouth breathers come up with all of this cool technology that seemingly no one understands but the ten-year-old kid who’s going to teach you how to use ‘it’ (insert device here)? How did this happen?

I’ll tell you: An alien space ship crash landed on earth at some point, millions of years ago. It came across a species of ape that maybe this creature somewhat resembled (I mean, it is uncanny that all living things on this planet are so genetically similar, huh? Obviously with the exception of various deep-sea life). He/she romanced this animal with a bottle of fine Chianti, some flowers, or a mammoth carcass, they had a little snuggle time and the rest is history…here we are! Of course, it did take us quite a while to come up with the electric guitar, cell phones, and video games, but what the heck, you gotta give us credit for trying. Thank you!
Edgar Swamp will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day.
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  1. Thanks for sharing your book and I enjoyed getting to know about it. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  2. When did you know you wanted to write a book?

  3. Thank you so much for letting me host your blog today! I’ve always wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid, but I didn’t have the discipline until I was in my 20’s. Thanks for asking!

  4. sounds like a fun one

  5. What a horrible thing to have happen but it sounds like a great mystery.

  6. Thank you for commenting everyone!

  7. What a hot cover! I am so excited to read this book!

  8. What authors do you enjoy reading?

  9. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

  10. Hello from San Diego as well! Have you always enjoyed the horror and thriller genre or have you ever branched out?

  11. Thank you for commenting on the cover; my youngest sister gets the credit. I really enjoy Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk, and Carl Hiaasen. Thank you for asking MichelleCat, I’ve written drama, comedy’s, dystopian sci-fi, and chick lit (just kidding) but I really feel at home with I horror/thriller/creepy fiction. I truly appreciate everyone who took time to post a comment, have a wonderful evening!

  12. love the cover!


  13. I truly LOVE this cover! The book sounds fascinating!

  14. My husband is the biggest Edgar Swamp fan. He's read all his books.

  15. This sounds so creepy! I will definitely be reading this one!