Monday, October 3, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Kingdom of Acatalec (The Acatalec #1) by S.M. McCoy

Title: Kingdom of Acatalec
Series: The Acatalec #1
Author: S.M. McCoy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: October 3rd 2022
Print Length: 328 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy Romance

I work with aliens, my best friends is held hostage, and everyone wants to murder me before the Lord Prince can magically bond to share my power?
If I had known an illegal drone race would lead to murder, kidnapping, and lies, then I might have thought better about the giant prize of credits, and the dream of walking again.
I never met my best friend in person until a drone race gone wrong had both of us vying for our lives against a secret alien society. To make matters worse… my boss was one of them, and I couldn’t decide if he was trying to save my life, or the reason I was in trouble to begin with.

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“I was saying, it's time for you to empty your pitiful excuse of a savings account and use your superhuman piloting skills to win the only thing you've been obsessing about since obsessing became a game on Tuesdays. On the note of obsession, usually you're super bored at work, where were you today? Please tell me you were with whoever I heard earlier. I would give both nuts to have him talk to me all day.”

“It wouldn't be worth it. Whatever nonexistent nuts you have would be wasted on listening to him talk about how you almost measure up, and broody silent treatments with skeptical stares that would make your mother roll in her grave. I don't recommend it.”

“Speak for yourself. I'd take my chances. Tell me he's as dreamy to look at as he sounds.”

Ignoring her I redirected her attention back to the main course, “Is there a race this week?”

“You need to start checking your emails!”

“I've told you, notifications like that will ruin your life. I won't be a slave to technology like you. Every ding of attention from advertisers, and random people I don't even know giving my body an unnatural shot of endorphins that should be reserved for actual human contact.”

“Whatever, save your freedom speeches for after you practically steal the chance of a lifetime away from snobby rich kids that don't even need it.”

“Are you saying what I think you're saying?”

Kelly was the reason I even got into illegal drone races. She started off blackmailing me when I stole her family's drone. If I won a race for her, she'd keep the winnings and forget about calling the police on me. I didn't win that race, but I did make her money by beating the person she actually made the side bet with her. She was the one that won the race herself, and I had enough info on her to ensure mutual destruction should she have decided to turn me in.

She quickly turned into the best friend I never knew I needed, and all of this without ever actually meeting her in person. All of our communications have been through links.

“Read my lips you handsome devil. AM.BU.LAR.GOing straight to the finish before all those other trust fund suckers.”

“I love it when you call me handsome.”

“You love it more when I tell you I already dumped my whole life savings into getting us invites!”

“Wait... what?” I mean, her whole life savings really wasn't much, considering I didn't even realize she knew what the word save meant.

“AM.BU.LAR.GO. AM.BU.LAR.GO,” she chanted.
Stevie Marie is the author of young adult paranormal fantasy, The Divine Series and The Acatalec Series. Born within the apex of another universe, where magic flows like leaky faucets, and forged from the fires of the Underrealm she dug her way to Earth and reluctantly participates in human society, secretly returning to her home world to relay the stories of her monsters, and the troubled love of her people. When she isn’t writing she’s designing clothing, momming it up with her tiny monsters, or narrating audiobooks in the rainy city of Seattle, Washington.

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

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Attractive cover. I enjoyed reading the excerpt.

  4. I love sci-fi romance and this is a new author for me to check out.

  5. Congratulations on the book release. This sounds like a wonderful story.

  6. Replies
    1. That's a tough question to quantify, the book started on Wattpad as a LitRPG, and then I completely started from scratch and rewrote the whole thing, then a year of editing before it was contracted with an indie press and a year from that makes it to today 🥰. Haha

  7. this sounds like a wonderful book

  8. I love the purple couple and handsome couple

  9. Happy Book Birthday, S.M.! I enjoyed the excerpt and The Kingdom of Acatalec sounds like an exciting read for me and I love the cover! Good luck with your book and the blitz!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome week!

  10. Sounds like a good book. I like the excerpt and cover.

  11. David HollingsworthOctober 3, 2022 at 6:01 PM

    What inspires you to write books?

    1. Whew another tough question. I think the best way to answer that is to say I'm inspired by all kinds of things. This book started as a LitRPG to explore the idea of being sucked into a real magical realm connected by VR to this one, but then I kept all the characters and scrapped the original concept to become this new idea of a future world with neural implants and a real magical alien society hidden amongst us.
      I get ideas from all kinds of places but it all starts off with a question of what if, and tangents from there. 😆

  12. I am so loving the cover of this and it sounds super good.
    heather hgtempaddy

  13. Really enjoyed the excerpt! Added to my TBR!

  14. Do you have any advice for new writers?

    1. Resilience, write what you love, read more of what you love, constant learning to improve, and start building your audience of like-minded people who love your kind of books even before your first book release, start a blog/newsletter.

  15. Wow love the genre for this great read!!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  16. Thank you everyone for stopping by to celebrate my book birthday of Kingdom of Acatalec and if you have more questions be sure to comment before the end of the tour on the 7th and I'll drop by again to answer!! Don't forget to grab your copy of the prequel My Abett for free by joining the newsletter and I look forward to chatting with you more!

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

  18. Congratulations this sounds wonderful

  19. Seems like a quality author to add to my new genre choice of the year.

  20. OOhhh Lots of mystery and intrigue! Love it!

  21. Okay you had me at the blurb! I love drama and this book sounds full of it!

  22. I love how this book combines so many fantastic elements! Can’t wait to continue the series.

  23. I'm looking forward to reading your book. It sounds very entertaining!

  24. This sounds like an awesome book! Great cover!

  25. The book cover is so pretty. Definitely eye catching! Look forward to reading it.

  26. This sounds like a really interesting read. I'm looking forward to getting the book.

  27. Thank you everyone for joining me in my launch week! Appreciate all the lovely comments! Happy Reading everyone, and make sure to sign up for the newsletter for your free prequel novel and to stay up to date on the launch of book two. Chat later!