Friday, December 30, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Cut From Stone (Crafting Humanity #1) by Brendan O'Meara

Title: Cut From Stone
Series: Crafting Humanity #1
Author: Brendan O’Meara
Publication Date: September 29th 2022
Print Length: 345 pages
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

The world is fresh from humanity splitting in half – the BlankZone in the East and the Federation in the West. As an inevitable attack from the BlankZone looms, the Federation makes swift, mysterious, and unexpected moves to prepare.

James, a 17-year-old living in the Federation, is drafted by the military. He learns he has been selected to join a group of skilled teens who will be transformed into elite human weapons. Follow James and his friends as they mature from teenagers to lethal warriors. Together, they will face life altering events as they navigate a new existence dedicated to protecting their friends, families, and humanity at all costs.

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One of the motherships from the BlankZone sat offshore. Its size alone was enough to cause concern from any angle, but it surprised him how calm he was looking at one of the largest warships ever created moored miles away from his current location.

“Jesus, man, how the hell did you survive?” James heard Clint say before he was embraced in his vicelike grip, the shorter mechanic’s biceps constricting James’s body until he thought he heard a crunch.

“Let him go. You’re gonna strangle him,” Stacie said, tapping Clint’s arm.

“I shouldn’t have let you go home,” Clint said, letting him go and standing back, shaking his head. “You didn’t know what was gonna happen. Relax man. We’ve got a battle to plan.” James said, putting a reassuring hand on Clint’s shoulder.

“Jon, Stacie, I need updates. What’s happening out there?” James asked, turning to face the floating screens forming one of the Nest’s walls.

“Looks like they’re taking a break. Haven’t seen any other missiles coming into the city for a few minutes,” Jon said from behind him while the images changed to various scenes of damage spread all over the city.

There must be thousands dead, James thought.

“Do we know what they were using to bomb us?” James asked, zooming in on one of the blast sites and focusing on the melted metal pooling in superheated ponds.

“Nothing we’ve seen before, but none of this is. They’ve managed to decimate the city in an hour,” Stacie said, her voice crisp, clear, and analytical. “In our best estimate this was, frankly, the worst-case scenario.” James heard the break in her demeanor at the end of the sentence before he flipped his view to the ship off the coast.

Ten miles offshore, according to the HOLO’s distance finder, a ship the size of a skyscraper hung in the air elevated just slightly off the water. He couldn’t tell what part of the ship he was looking at, but his mind was stuck trying to piece together the mini nuclear station they would need to move the behemoth to the shore let alone across the ocean.

He took a breath, realizing they were up against an enemy no one understood before turning around to address the team when he heard a rumble from the HOLO emitters’ speakers. The ship opened, its armor plate covering the top pulled back, revealing a row of cannons stretching the length of the ship.

The front armor retracted until it disappeared under the ship’s bow. Meanwhile, the cannons lowered themselves, revealing another row of cannons behind them lining the length of the ship. The two rows of weaponry lowered themselves until they were parallel to the water.

What the hell is happening? James thought, hoping he was wrong about what was coming next.
Raised in White Plains, New York, Brendan O’Meara formed a love of stories and books from a young age. He has spent his free time over the last decade crafting his debut novel, Cut From Stone, book one in the Crafting Humanity series.

It began in Philadelphia where he attended college daydreaming about a dystopian reality. With a vivid imagination (as described by his middle school teachers) and a passion for adventure, Brendan’s novels will transport you to a different life and capture you from cover to cover.

Brendan lives in Washington, DC with his daughter, wife, and two dogs. You will find him on the weekends drinking a beer watching the Packers and Notre Dame football games. He is an avid reader with a specific interest in sci-fi, anything dystopian, fantasy, history, and all levels of fiction.

Brendan would love to hear from you, feel free to contact him any time at

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  1. The book sounds very intriguing. Great cover!

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

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  3. This sounds like a very good book.

  4. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover.

  5. That was a great excerpt. Good work

  6. Do you make New Year's resolutions?

  7. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  8. Congratulations on your recent release of Cut From Stone, Brendan, I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a thrilling dystopian that my granddaughter will enjoy reading! Good luck with your book and the blitz!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a happy and successful New Year!

  9. I enjoyed reading this well done excerpt!
    Thank you for sharing it.

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

  11. It looks like an interesting read.

  12. This sounds super good and one I would love to read this winter season.
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  13. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  14. Happy New Year This sounds so good. Awesome. 💜💜💜

  15. This sounds so good. Awesome. 💜💜💜

  16. Happy 2023 and here's to lots of time to read!

  17. After reading the book excerpt- this looks like an interesting book-thanks

  18. What beverages do you like to keep on hand while writing?

  19. sounds like a very interesting book