Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dead Camp by Sean Kerr Tour & Giveaway !!!


Sean Kerr
Dead Camp


Series: Dead Camp
Book: One
Pages or Words: 87,422 words, 260 pages
Categories: Dark Themes, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Historical, Horror, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires/Demons, Thriller
Publisher: Extasy Books
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
Release Date: January 1, 2016

Blurb:
Eli is an ancient vampire with an ego the size of a planet and a sex drive to match, but his tumultuous past left him broken, so he hides from humanity and cowers from love, left to endure the crushing guilt that haunts his every waking moment. Even his best friend Malachi, a ghost who is hopelessly in love with Eli, remains unaware of all that transpired in London. Malachi can never know the truth.
When the Angel Daniyyel pays an unwelcome visit, Eli must face his secrets, secrets that he has tried so long to hide. To make matters worse, a chance encounter with the most beautiful man he has ever seen shatters his beloved isolation, pushing him into the world of the living once more. Something about this strange man seems so familiar, but Eli can’t even remember who he was before he became a vampire, never mind explain the unwanted emotions the enigmatic stranger ignites in his dead heart. So Eli has a choice—return to the world that ruined him, or continue his self-imposed exile with no hope of salvation.



Q&A with Sean Kerr
1. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.
I trained as a painter and decorator and tried to earn a living painting murals and stencils on clients walls. It worked for a while, but it was very long hours for very little return so I packed up my tool bag and went to work for a large DIY store in Wales.
When I started my painting business, I went under the name of Spectrum Decorative Arts. I also won the Prince’s Trust best new business award in Wales (I forget the year because it was so long ago lol).
When I was a child, I always wanted to be a famous artist. I trained in art, and when I was fifteen, I had an exhibition of my work in my school, and the Lord Mayor of Swansea attended and bought four of my paintings! I thought I was the bee’s knees and that my future was all canvas and paintbrushes. Sadly, I was very wrong lol.
Like my character, Eli, I have an insatiable sex drive. My poor husband of 27 years has lost the will to live. My greatest fear, is that no-one will want to touch me, that I will never feel attractive or wanted again. I suppose that is something that we all have to face, but as a gay man living in a world where the gay scene think you are dead once you hit your late 30’s, it feels particularly cruel.


2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Florida. I LOVE all the theme parks, and I want to spend a month screaming my tits off on the rollercoasters. Sorry if that sounds shallow, but I really love Florida and I haven’t been back there for many years, and I miss it!

3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire
The Maze Runner by James Dashner


4. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
Steak. Who doesn’t like a big piece of meat in their mouths?

5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
My overriding need is to complete Dead Camp 3 and get it to my publisher. Then, I want to start on Dead Camp 4. I also need to redesign my lounge. It has been the same for the last 18 years, and now it needs a complete overhaul, and I have it planned out so I now need to start building. Heaven help my poor husband.

6. What do you like to read?
At the moment, I really enjoy YA. The Maze Runner books, the Divergent series, Mortal Instrument series, Hunger games series, love them all.

7. What do you look when choosing a book to read?
A hook that interests me. Cover is important yes, but the subject matter and the blurb has to tickle my fancy. Also, I’m a huge film lover, so if a film I have just seen is based on a book, I can’t help but rush out and buy the series. That happened with The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner.

8. What do you need someone to invent right away?
Cloning. I would love to make a copy of myself, so that copy could work in my shop every day and free me up to do what I love the most, write. My time is so limited that it’s painful, but then most of us are in that position, so we just have to do what we can, when we can. But a clone would be great. Then there is the cooking, the cleaning, the decorating, the garden…is that slave labour?

9. What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
Romance is someone who appreciates you for who and what you are. It's consideration. It’s the occasional gesture of love. It’s not taking the one you love for granted, but making them feel wanted. The occasional holding of your hand. The unexpected kiss. The flowers that say a thank you, or well done.

10. Can you share something about your works in progress?
Dead Camp 3 is a tough book to write. It is also going to be the one that splits opinion. It is also the book that explains the ‘who is who’ and the ‘why’s’ of books 1 and 2. Book 3 also sets up the last few novels in the series, so a lot hangs on this book. It makes me very nervous. It is difficult to say too much without giving away what happens at the end of books 2, but let’s just say that Eli will know who he really is, and the ramifications of that are massive, because it leads to the revelation of who other characters are. There was a lot to set up in book 1 and 2, a lot of questions and a lot of plot points that needed to be covered. Book 3 is the start of all the answers, and the hard truths. The subject matter is controversial, contentious, and I knew it would be from the beginning, but I have to run with it. The tag line for book 3 is ‘To understand the present, you must first understand the past.’ It has a lot of ground to cover. There are clues and asides peppered throughout the first two books, so in 3 it all starts to pay off. Stories mentioned in passing in 1 and 2 come to the fore, vital, game changing events. I really hope that when it goes out, that everyone will be willing to run with it, because this one more than any of the others terrifies me. If I get it wrong, if I cannot pull it all together, then the series falls flat on its face. And book 3 has to be told in order for the emotional payoff of the other novels to work. So, Dead Camp 3 is an important book for me, and it is an important book for the series. Now I have broken into a cold sweat and I need to sit down.

Excerpt:
With a sickening wet sound, his body finally broke free of the earth. A cry of agony burst from between his perfect lips and his head fell back against my shoulder. I felt his long eyelashes brush against my neck as his eyes flickered in defiance of the blackness trying to consume him.
“Stay with me fella, stay with me, we’ll be home in a jiffy.”
Home, back to my castle, what the fuck was I thinking? I was out of my little fucking mind. I didn’t know the man. I owed him nothing. I had an Angel in my dining room and a German soldier in my dungeon and to top things off, I lived with a ghost. Yet I still wanted to take him home? No, I was intent on taking him home, I had decided that the moment I saw him.
But why, why should I get involved, why should I tread that path again, the path that could only lead to pain. It always did. And yet, as I held him in my arms I felt it, something inescapable, something that I could not understand, a stirring, a feeling, like something found when all hope of ever finding it had been forgotten. Something complicated.
A tingle of warning trickled up and down my spine making my hair stand on end. I lowered the hunk to the ground, slowly, carefully and whispered into his perfectly shaped ear. “Remain quiet.”
In a flash of lightning speed, I leapt into a tree, clinging with one hand to a thick branch while my legs wrapped around its thick girth. Someone was out there and not just Mr Fuck Me He’s Perfect. The smell of human, living heart pumping human was unmistakable, that incomparable odour carried on the wind to entice my nostrils and excite my senses, and I was dutifully excited. But there was something else there too, a feint undercurrent, an elusive aftertaste that went beyond sweat and skid-marks, an elusive scent that pricked at my memory, the smell of Demon.
I saw him then, a German soldier winding his way through the field of corpses. His uniform, a grey green feldbluse replete with bottle green collar and shoulder straps, made him almost invisible amongst the branches and the sludge. I could not see his face beneath his field cap but I could easily make out the eagle and swastika emblem embroidered on the bottle green cloth and I noted with disgust the Sturmgewehr semi-automatic rifle hanging loosely from his shoulder.
The Nazi stood barely six metres away from my injured future husband. Do not move lovely man, I said to myself, do not move and don’t make a sound and if you can, be still your beating heart, because to me it sounded like a jackhammer pounding through the forest. He was frightened and in pain. His eyes darted everywhere looking for me, desperate for me, pleading for me to drag him out of that Hell.
I saw the agony flash across his face before the sound escaped his lips. My entire body tensed. Too late, the soldier heard his pain.
He was running then, running towards my Adonis in the pit. Without hesitation, I soared through the air and landed with feline grace before him. The soldier fell backwards with a bloodcurdling scream. The rifle landed at my feet and I picked it up, rising to my full magnificent height, slowly and with purpose, relishing every moment of fear that blossomed across the soldiers white features. I snapped the weapon as easily as though it were a twig and threw the shattered weapon at his feet, watching with satisfied relish as he scrabbled backwards in the mud, his mouth curling away from his face as his terror burst from his throat.
“Demon! You are not from the camp. What are you?”
My teeth extended and my eyes flashed black. My Vampire was out. In one swift movement, barely visible to the human eye, I leapt at him, pulling him off the floor with effortless ease, lifting his flailing body high above my head. I threw him with all my might at the nearest tree. His spine snapped with an audible bang as his fragile body wrapped itself backwards around the trunk of the trembling pine, his lifeless body sliding to the ground and my stomach rumbled. Dinner was served.

Meet the author:

I think that as I approach that milestone that is fifty, I must be one of the oldest gamers on the face of this earth. Many a day you will find me lashed to my PS4 enjoying a good session of Skyrim. Who doesn’t love a good session of Skyrim?
I love writing—I have done it since I was a child when I would happily write about the latest episode of Doctor Who (Tom Baker in those days) in my schoolbooks. Growing up and becoming a business owner with my friend Jayne left little time to pursue my dream of publication, but of late the desire and the compulsion to put words onto paper have once again dominated my life so that now, my laptop has become surgically fused to my fingertips.
There is something desperately satisfying about telling a story. My fascination with History, Religion and Conspiracy theories have, in this instance, gone hand-in-hand with my love of all things vampire, fantasy, sci-fi and horror. I drove my parents nuts when I was young because that was all I would read about in books, all I would watch on television, but they have held me in good stead, and long may my obsession with the subjects continue, at least, that is, until the day they put me in my own wooden box. And imagination is such a wonderful thing. I once had a rather vivid dream about David Tennant and the Tardis console, but I could not possibly go into details about that here. Let’s just say that my polarity was well and truly reversed.
Dead Camp is just the beginning. I have to check my knickers every day at the thought that this book is now in the public domain. My first book, and I hope the first of many. And to those out there who love to write, who love to transport us to new worlds, or old worlds with a twisted perspective, I say to you keep going. I never thought I would ever see my work available to download, and thanks to eXtasy Books, the dream that I always thought unobtainable has finally come true. So thank you all at eXtasy, I am one happy homosexual thanks to you, and thank you the reader for taking the time to read this strange tale and allowing Eli and the incomparable Malachi into your lives.
And now I really need Skyrim.


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Tour Dates & Stops:
29-Mar: Full Moon Dreaming, Velvet Panic, BFD Book Blog
5-Apr: Rednecks and Romance, Jessie G. Books, Hearts on Fire, The Dark Arts
12-Apr: Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
19-Apr: Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, Emotion In Motion, Book Lovers 4Ever
26-Apr: Bonkers About Books, Divine Magazine, Nephy Hart, The Hat Party
3-May: My Fiction Nook, MM Book Escape, Bayou Book Junkie
10-May: Dawn’s Reading Nook, Cathy Brockman Romances, Unquietly Me
17-May: Kirsty Loves Books, The Novel Approach
24-May: Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Havan Fellows
31-May: MM Good Book Reviews, Making It Happen, Love Bytes
7-Jun: Happily Ever Chapter, Alpha Book Club
14-Jun: Molly Lolly, A.M. Leibowitz, Outrageous Heroes



5 comments:

  1. thank you so much for hosting me today on this fantastic blog xx

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  2. I loved reading dead camp it was fun we even did a group read for book 2 I can't wait for 3

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  3. Thank you so much Tracy, I love that you read book 2 as part of a group, that is so exciting for an author to hear!!!! Thank you for your kind support xxxxx

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  4. What can I say about Dead Camp. Book was absolutely amazing. It had me dancing in my seat, toe tapping and nail biting. You go on a jounrey with Eli. It has so much emotion that you feel, lust, laughter, anger, to all out heart break. I highly recommend this book. You did a wonderful job Sean!

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  5. Thank you so much MamaBear! I really appreciate your very kind words, and thank you for buying my books, I am so chuffed that you enjoyed them, thank you xxxxx

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