Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Unrest (Blood Moon Saga #1) by Victor Arteaga

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Unrest by Victor Arteaga. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a guest post for you. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Unrest
Series: Blood Moon Saga #1
Author: Victor Arteaga
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: April 22nd 2020
Print Length: 194 pages
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction
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Remembrance Day is just an excuse for vampires and humans to throw themselves a parade. They like to pretend they did us werewolves a favor. But I guess it's not all bad. I do get cheap booze, live in an underground lunar city, which some would find cool, and I am employed. Sejanus Industries isn't a benevolent corporate ruler, but they're the devil I made a deal with. My life is quiet and mostly non-violent but one message from my cousin could cause me to lose everything I've sacrificed for my peaceful life.

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EXCERPT:
The salt of my perspiration mingled with the tang of copper and I shifted focus to my ribs, neck, knuckles, and legs. I could feel pools of blood passing through burst capillaries begin to collect under the surface of my skin to form bruises. Air recyclers and purifiers pushed a drifting breeze and the moisture on my body lifted the heat off my skin. I felt a massive swell of energy coming up from deep within the ground through my feet. It surged with something not quite electric, but it had a familiar thrum. The depth of power terrified me. Strange as it sounds, it felt sentient in a way. As though the pool of boundless power wanted me to tap into it. I ignored it, focused on the strength within me, and visualized wisps of gold light filtering through my injuries, pushing away and draining the inflammation around them. The crack in my rib needed more attention, so I let the light linger there, and when it was healed, I eased out of the trance.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Victor Arteaga is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal stories. Though he’s always been an avid reader, his dream to be a writer was jump-started when he got sober in March of 2015. What began as an exercise to keep his sobriety billowed into a deep and unbridled passion to create. His experiences with addiction and being a first-generation American from immigrant parents inject a flavor of unique authenticity to his characters and worlds that he creates. His imagination is given free rein to conjure worlds and experiences on the page which enthralls and captivates readers.

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GUEST POST:
- Would You Rather Be a Werewolf or a Vampire?
Depending on which brand of werewolf from history and lore…oh who am I kidding? I’ll choose a werewolf every time. Why? Well, not only am I obligated to say so since my book Unrest is from the point of view of a werewolf, they’re just cooler than vampires. I mean when it comes right down to it, we all wanted a dire wolf when we read or watched Game of Thrones, right? How much cooler would it be to turn into one? Or if you’re a WoW player, the worgen are the best race in the game. Don’t @ me orcs. You and your silly giant pauldrons.

All kidding aside, my desire to be someone else has been a small demon that’s tormented me for most of my life. I’m about to get real and a little dark, so be warned. I was born in Florida to immigrant parents. I didn’t learn English until I was in Kindergarten. I loved my little tribe of uncles, aunts, cousins, and grandparents. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew tore apart the state, and had I been older I would have seen it as an omen for my tempestuous future. Shortly after, we moved to Washington state and I was yanked away from my close connections, my culture, and my language. It was the smartest move my parents could’ve made, and I would make the same choice were I given it. But all the same, I went from being a part of a community to being an outsider. Over time, I morphed who I was to fit my surroundings, stopped speaking Spanish (mostly to spite my parents), and lost a large chunk of my cultural identity. My teens rolled around, other high school kids called me by racial slurs, security followed me around the mall, and I was thrown out of Nordstrom Rack while I was browsing on multiple occasions. I need not even talk about my experiences with law enforcement. I had body image issues since the moment I hit puberty. I was too skinny, not muscular enough, not tall enough, nor pale enough or dark enough to fit in anywhere. I’m still haunted by those issues but that’s a different post.

What’s all that got to do with vampires and werewolves? Well, to me they represent two universal conflicts: radical change and the fantasy of immortality. Given my long history of feeling as though I’m on the outside looking in and my journey through addiction and rehabilitation, I resonate so much more with werewolves than I ever did with vampires. That’s not to say I don’t thoroughly enjoy a great vampire story; Underworld is one of my favorite series. That said, the idea of living forever, knowing the kind of pain I could endure in as little as thirty-five years, doesn’t appeal to me. Shapeshift into a wolf? I volunteer as tribute. Superhuman strength thrown in, as a hobbyist powerlifter? I’d set a new world record and all the while never need to worry about the sun. I can go to the beach to my heart’s content, run around in the forest, and then maybe I’d be able to keep up with my three-year-old daughter. I can grow old with my wife and cherish the one life we have. It’s for those reasons, and more, that I wrote Unrest the way I did: from the perspective of a werewolf with a tortured soul trying to find her way in a world that resents and fears her very existence.
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GIVEAWAY:
Victor Arteaga will be awarding a $15 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. Good luck!
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44 comments:

  1. Congrats on the release. I like the title of the book.

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  2. Thanks for hosting! I hope you all liked the post, and if given the choice which would you choose?

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  3. Congrats on the new release, it looks great. Thanks for your great generosity.

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  4. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

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  5. Sounds like a very interesting book.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing! Sounds great!

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  7. thanks this sounds pretty interesting

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  8. I think the cover of your book is very detailed and colorful.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  9. This Paranormal Science Fiction book sounds good. The cover is very interesting too.

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  10. is there an author who influences your career?

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  11. i am loving the cover and excerpt thanks so much for this

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  12. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. this looks like great read thank you

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  14. Nice cover. I liked the blurb and excerpt. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. I really enjoyed your guest post.

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  16. This cover is fantastic and the story sounds like a great read.

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  17. New author for me and I enjoy this genre!

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  18. I like science fiction - on my to be read soon list.
    Thank you for sharing this review.

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  19. I haven't read a werewolf story in a while.

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  20. Sounds like a great read. I like the cover.

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  21. HAPPY FRIDAY WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THIS WEEKEND

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  22. happy saturday thank you for this

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  23. A question for the author: As a child and adolescent, what authors, book series, and genres did you enjoy reading?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Hey, sorry for the late reply! His Dark Materials was the series that really set my love for fantasy aflame. After that it was any Michael Crichton book but especially Jurassic Park. I read almost exclusively fantasy and a little bit of sci-fi and my tastes changed as I grew up. Thanks for the question!

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  24. happy suday hope things are going well for you

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  25. Love the cover. The colors are amazing l

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  26. happy monday have good week and i hope to hear more good things from you

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  27. The cover art is bold and atmospheric. The storyline sounds good and readers of this genre will be interested. Best wishes to the author on the novel.

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  28. happy hump day have you learned anything new?

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  29. sounds like a fun one

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  30. happy friday what genre is your least fave ?

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