Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Toxic Beer (The Toxic Beer Trilogy #1) by Simon Bullock

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Toxic Beer by Simon Bullock. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Toxic Beer
Series: The Toxic Beer Trilogy #1
Author: Simon Bullock
Publication Date: April 20th 2021
Print Length: 226 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Comedy
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Unemployed computer engineer Sidney Ramsbottom inherits a small fortune from his late father’s business investments after he is found dead floating face down in a large vat of beer accompanied by two scantily-dressed Polish pole dancers and their three performing sheep Brittany, Lulu, and Michaela.

Before Sid has a chance to enjoy this unexpected windfall, however, he is abducted by a group of thieving alcoholic aliens who have been bumping and burping their way across the universe while on the run from the Intergalactic Police in a stolen spaceship.

Sid is left unconscious in the spaceship’s smelly cargo bay and left to rot while the aliens set forth to carry out their plans for the planet Earth.

**The eBook is available on Kindle Unlimited or $0.99 to buy.**

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EXCERPT:
After being promoted to the chief engineer’s recently vacated position, Harry found himself obligated to fix the ship and remove all the toxic waste before they could finally set course and go home. Before this unexpected promotion, they had considered Harry nothing more than a low life grease monkey. Who was not capable of doing a simple menial task? It was entirely unfair, I might add, because young Harry was quite the prodigy genius in engineering matters.

Harry’s problem, which kept him from using this genius to its full potential, was his somewhat unorthodox approach to solving complicated problems. Another issue he had was his inability to take orders; this had led to many disasters and nasty accidents, which had frequently nearly been the end of all of them. However, if it hadn’t been for the former chief engineer’s quick actions, in that case, God only knows the outcome or consequences his tinkering would have caused.

One particular incident was when young Harry had taken it upon himself to fiddle with the old spaceship’s fuel mixture parameters. Harry believed they were inefficient and reckoned he could do much better. Having assumed that by tweaking the yeast, oxygen, and sugar ratios a tad, the engines would perform more efficiently, saving precious fuel. Maybe he’d impress the chief with his genius, who would have a word with the captain and have Harry promoted to junior engineer. That was until everything went pear shape, and the engine’s packed up, forcing them to make an unexpected crash landing on Andoraan V. If it hadn’t been for the chief’s quick thinking and taking the blame for Harry’s stupidity, young Harry’s future might have looked very different.

Truth be told, the only reason the captain had promoted Harry in the first place was that, as his second in command had pointed out, Harry knew how to repair things. He also pointed out that young Harry had stayed relatively sober most of the time, unlike the rest of the crew, who were permanently pissed and unreliable despite all that had happened.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Simon Bullock, who works as a medical engineer, has had a lifelong passion for writing as well as a sci-fi comedy.

Toxic Beer has been a decade in the making but, as readers and critics alike attest, has been worth the wait. Simon’s zany, joke-rich and earthy storytelling will appeal to anyone who loves the likes of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide, the writing of Robert Rankin, as well as classic British TV sci-fi comedy, show Red Dwarf and the cult sci-fi comedy film Galaxy Quest.

With his first, critically acclaimed novel having gone down better with readers than a cool pint on a scorching day, Simon is now working on a follow-up to Toxic Beer–a prequel revealing the bleary-eyed aliens’ escapades during their extended inter-galactic booze cruise.

A hoopy frood who always knows where his towel is, Simon also plays blues harp in the rising Dutch blues band, BluesShack.

Originally from the UK, Simon currently lives in Utrecht, Netherlands, with his wife Chrissie and two cats. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and likes to brew homemade Beer with more kick than an Arcturian MegaDonkey.

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GIVEAWAY:
Simon Bullock will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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32 comments:

  1. There I was, reading along about this read and saw that three performing sheep Brittany, Lulu, and Michaela were also found with his deceased father and I did a serious LOL> OMG that got me. Must read this book!

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  2. Sounds like an interesting book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  3. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  4. This sounds like a very enjoyable book.

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  5. Toxic Beer by author Simon Bullock sounds like an unusual, entertaining, and amusing read!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  6. I like the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, Toxic Beer sounds like a fun read and I am looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details

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  7. Great excerpt, Toxic Beer sounds like a fascinating book for me read and enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

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  8. What an interesting genre cover & title!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  9. Looking forward to reading this

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  10. Looking forward to reading this

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  11. David HollingsworthJuly 12, 2022 at 8:44 PM

    This sounds like a great book!

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  12. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  13. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  14. this sounds like a very interesting book

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  15. Toxic Beer by Simon Bullock has a very unusual and unique opening premise!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  16. When did you realize you wanted writing to be your career?

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  17. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  18. What's your biggest inspiration?

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  19. Crazy bookcover and the book sounds interesting.

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  20. Sounds like a fun book. The cover is very eye catching as well.

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  21. looks like a fun one

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  22. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  23. David HollingsworthJuly 15, 2022 at 1:53 AM

    How many books have you written?

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  24. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. looks like a really good book, good luck with your launch

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  26. This looks so cool thank you for a chance to win!

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  27. this book sounds hilarious and intriguing. I would love a chance to read it.

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