Tuesday, June 9, 2020

NbtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Edger (Edger #1) by David Beem

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for the Edger by David Beem. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a great guest post. Be sure to check out the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Edger
Series: Edger #1
Author: David Beem
Narrator: Vikas Adam
Publisher: Escapist Press
Publication Date: April 2nd 2018
Print Length: 365 pages
Genres: Spy Comedy, Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
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Meet Edger (Ed-jer), a twenty-six-year-old gadget retail dork destined to become the world’s first superhero! His superpower: the ability to channel the Collective Unconscious, a psychic network connecting the living and the dead. In his arsenal are the skills of Bruce Lee, the strength of Samson, the wisdom of the ages...and the dancing chops of Michael Jackson—including that one twisty foot move, crotch grab, and fedora tilt. But there's a catch... Like every psychic super power to get administered through a hypodermic needle, this one comes with a prick. Someone seems to have misplaced the booster necessary for stabilizing his superpower. Without it, Edger has three days before his brain turns to pudding. Join our Dork of Destiny as he overcomes the world’s greatest butt, two rival Cluck-n-Pray gangs, an evil cow, a Green Bay Defensive Tackle, rifle-toting assassins—and a pair of stoners who inadvertently create the world’s first supervillain after a wild night on Twitter!

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EXCERPT:
Water and glass shower the dance floor. Needle scratches vinyl. Hattori Hanzo seizes control of my body and I land with the grace of a ninja. Mary, who has no dead ninja in her head, thuds with the grace of a turkey carcass dropped from the Level Two parapet of Westfield Horton Plaza.

“Kill them!” someone yells.

“Don’t kill them!” I yell back, figuring that’s got to be worth a try.

Panic ensues. Screaming people run and duck for cover. Shots are fired. A bullet ricochets off a larger-than-life phosphorescent wallpaper image of Caleb’s crotch. I seize control of my body from Hanzo, grab Mary, and drag her behind a nearby couch.

More gunfire.

I chance a peek. Real life Caleb Montana is near the front door, exchanging shots with two Nostradamus agents behind a life-sized statue of Caleb in his quarterback uniform, one arm cocked back preparing to pass the football, and the other stretched out in front, pointing.

I round on Mary, who flings her wet hair back like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Water sprays my visor.

“Cut me loose.”

“Right, right,” I say, feeling around on my utility belt. Jeez, I’ve never tried to locate anything without someone helping me from the Collective Unconscious. There are a lot of things here. I pull a tiny ball out—it grows into a switchblade-shaped object. Seems promising. I flick it on. Blue flame blows out from the end.

“Holy crap!”

“Come on, quit fooling round.”

“Don’t rush me! Do you have any idea how stressful this is?”

“Come on,” she says, her voice husky.

“There’s like, fifty thousand things on this belt, and they all look the same.”

“Just calm down.”

“You never see Batman having this problem is all I’m saying.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Beem loves superhero movies, taekwondo, and flossing. He lives in Djibouti with his family and crippling self-doubt. To help actualize David’s inner confidence, visit his website and buy all the stuff.

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GUEST POST:
If I Were a Superhero…
by David Beem


If I were a superhero, let me be Superman.

No, not Man of Steel Superman, (barrel-chested as he is,) and definitely not Shrek-faced Superman from the disastrous Justice League (2017). No, I’m talking Christopher Reeve, Richard Donner, John Williams Superman (1978). That’s the Superman we need.

A lot has changed since 1978. Take this exchange:
Lois: Why are you here? There must be a reason for you to be here.Superman: I’m here to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.Lois: (laughs) You’re gonna end up fighting every elected official in this country!Superman: I don’t think you really believe that, Lois.
Wow. What planet did that movie come from, Krypton? In what universe is that display of naiveté not embarrassing?

Well, as it happens, it was our universe!

Fast-forward to 2020.

Superman’s greatest power was never his strength, flight, or heat vision. His was the power of faith. In a society hopelessly mired in the quagmire of cynicism, Superman represents our last gasp of cynicism’s opposite. Simply put, he is an angel sent to vanquish demons. But even in 1978, the very concept of his incorruptible character was so fragile it could only be whispered. Not so, for Superman. No, he could put it to you in plain English, fists on his hips, chest out, proudly rocking those stupid red outer underpants.

Today, we unflinchingly empower demons. Conventional wisdom is good people cannot be elected officials. (Just like Lois said.) Only demons are up for the job of vanquishing demons, the swamp king will rid us of the swamp. The idea of sending a good man to Washington is laughable, proving the “whispering fragility” of the concept of Superman, and perhaps explaining our cultural fascination with Batman killing Superman. Faith is foolish, faith in anything, and we will not be fooled. Not by fake news, not by fake politicians, not by fake science.

At some point, I hope our society will reclaim its comfort in donning the bright spandex of 1978 Superman once more. Does that mean lying to ourselves? Of course not. It means remembering there are good people in this world. They’re our family, neighbors, our doctors and nurses, the first responders we celebrate in times of crisis. They’re scientists and people of faith, they’re foreign nationals and Americans. Sometimes, too, they’re even elected officials.
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GIVEAWAY:
David Beem will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one 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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38 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  2. I really enjoyed the blurb and the excerpt.

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  3. Neat cover, sounds like a good book!

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  4. Sounds great, I like the cover.

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  5. sounds like an interesting book

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  6. I like the cover. It has great artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  7. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  8. Sounds like an awesome read! Great graphics on the cover

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  9. is there an author who has influenced your work?

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  10. I would love to know the inspiration behind this character. Just reading the description made me laugh. Definitely looking forward to reading this story

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  11. Haha a busy cover..but totally cute!!

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  12. It seems like there will be a lot going on in this book.

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  13. What do you want readers to take away from your novel?

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  14. This looks like a fun read! Love the cover art!

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful book and great looking cover.
    @tisonlyme143

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  16. Love this cover and this book sounds like its going to be a great read.
    @tisonlyme143

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  17. sounds like a fun one

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  18. This book sounds wonderful. The cover is awesome

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  19. Happy Tuesday! I hope u r having a great day

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  20. I need to check this book and series out.

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  21. Could the cover be any cuter?!

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  22. This sounds like a great story.

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