Monday, June 18, 2012

Breakthrough Giveaway, 7x7 Award, & Lucky 7 Meme Revisited

Stephen Tremp's novel, Breakthrough, is available FREE to download today and tomorrow on Amazon! Click on the book cover to get your copy now. And if you haven't checked out Stephen's blog, then I suggest you do! Below is a brief description of Breakthrough taken from Stephen's Goodreads event.

“In a world about to be radically changed by a scientific discovery that will trump for good or evil purposes, a power-play struggle unfolds with breakneck speed and riveting drama in Breakthrough. Filled with intrigue, romance, betrayal, action scenes that have you gripping, some spiritual contemplation and quandary, emotions that run deep and strong, and packed with a multi-faceted cast of varied and multi-dimensional characters, Breakthrough is a novel you will find next to impossible to put down once you start reading” - Marvin Wilson, author and editor.”

Thank you to C.M. Brown for passing this award on to me! She is the author of He Comes for Me, which she is offering as a prize in her Indie Author Giveaway Blog Hop, which continues through Wednesday. Check it out!

RULE #1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.
This is something that pretty much no one who knows me now except for my immediate family, knows...When I was in elementary school, I used to make haunted Forest attractions in my backyard for the neighborhood kids around Halloween. They were horrifically bad. Haha.

RULE #2: Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories.

Most Beautiful 
"G" is for Gwendolyn  
My April A-Z Challenge entry about my now five month old daughter is very special for me.

Most Helpful & Most Popular
Self-Publishing in 300 Words or Less
I think my recent guest post of Alex Cavanaugh's blog was the most helpful and most popular (what do you expect, it was on the Ninja Captain's blog)

Most Controversial
"C" is for Customer Service
This post during the April challenge got very little response, so I wasn't sure if I had offended people. Otherwise, I don't really have any controversial posts. 

Most Surprisingly Successful
April 1st! The A-Z Challenge Begins! "A" is for Amazon
The April challenge sparked my emergence as a real blogger with real blogger interactions. I have Alex to thank for introducing me to that challenge, too!

Most Underrated
Waiting for Inspiration
No one read my early posts. They were like journal entries. I feel like I've come so far in a short period of time. This was just one of those I liked.

Most Pride Worthy
"P" is for Provex City is Finally Available in Paperback
It was such a great feeling to make this announcement!

RULE #3: Pass this award on to 7 3 bloggers
(don't feel obligated to participate if you don't want to; it's just for fun!)

Heather Murphy @ Random Interrumptions
Andrea Teagan @ The Enchanted Writer
Nick Wilford @ Scattergun Scribblings

Julie @ What Else is Possible? passed on The Lucky 7 Meme to me, and I do feel lucky...punk. I've done this twice now. You can read all my answers from my original post HERE. The second time, I just set up a link to the original post. This time, I've got a special treat. I'm redoing the excerpt part of the meme, and I'm using my WIP--Book 2 in The Lorne Family Vault Series. Page 77, Line 7, post the next 7 lines (or paragraphs). It's still rough, but here it is:
 (Oliver, Desiree, and a new character named Darius Fitz, are sitting and talking at a coffee shop in Provex City)
“You can go out and spend all your parent’s money?” Desiree asked.
“Not exactly. Parents set the parameters. I’m capped pretty low. And they’re alerted to all my transactions," Darius said.
“Oh...that actually kind of sucks.”
“But when I turn sixteen I get my permanent ID and my own private accounts and everything. I can’t wait.”
“What happened with the fake ID you tried to make?” I asked, thinking we could use something like that.
“It’s really complicated. We had to essentially create new people because we are already in the Greater Meric government files, which is practically impossible to hack into. So we had to create new identities, new accounts, and unique ID codes. I don’t know if you saw one up close, but they look similar to the code that I have, except that it’s a specialized tattoo called a DNA Brand. The ink is interlaced with your DNA for authenticity, which is picked up by the scanners. There are generator programs on the interlanet to help build a unique code, but getting the DNA percentage exact in the ink is not so easy.”
“It didn’t work, I take it.” I knew it was too good to be true.  


  1. Great and interesting post Michael. always something of interest here.

    Have a good day,


  2. Loved you 7 x 7 of your 2nd Book, intriguing!

    Thanks Michael, for the shout out and answering the Link 7 x 7 Award. This one takes a bit of time to set up doesn't it?

  3. Thank you so much for the award! I bet your haunted forest was creepy :)

  4. I love how this award highlights previous posts, I am going to have to go back and read some of those older posts now.

    I look forward to putting it up on my blog too. :)

    Thanks Michael!


  5. You're rocking these awards, man. Great job!

    I gave you a Shout-Out today. :)

  6. Loved your 7X7! I'm shouting out about your free download. Good luck!

  7. Loved the excerpt, Michael. So glad you shared! And yay for Stephen and C.M. They both are AWESOME. ;)

  8. Great 7X7 piece--I love coming across this meme. Congrats on the award.

  9. Thanks for nominating me! I think the award is a great chance to get a glimpse into someone's blogging journey, as we don't normally have time to browse someone's past posts (or our own). The Gwendolyn post was really sweet. I'll put this up today or tomorrow. Nice excerpt too!

  10. I think the 7X7 award is probably the funnest of them to do. It's a great meme.

  11. Hey Mike congrats on the award. And thanks for the Breakthrough tip. Looking forward to the Provex part dos to drop. Only 18,000 words to go.

  12. Thanks Michael for the shout out and the Tweet!

    And I remember your post for your daughter during the A to Z Challenge. Great post! I just went back and read it again. I have two daughters and can totally relate.

  13. Yvonne, thank you. :)

    CM, yeah, a bit, but it was worth it. :)

    Heather, you're welcome...and not really. I wish it was. haha.

    Andrea, you're welcome! I can't wait to read your answers. :)

    Alex, glad you liked it. :)

    David, Thank you, I'll check it out.

    Ciara, thanks for the shout-out!

    Morgan, thanks so much! :)

    Medeia, thank you! :)

    Nick, you're welcome, I look forward to it.

    Michael, it was a blast.

    James, thanks, I can't wait to get it done!

  14. Stephen, I just downloaded your book. I'm excited for you! :)

  15. Congrats on the awards! I'm yet to finish my post regarding the one you granted me. O_O I actually received a second award that same week. I should be able to get the post done by next Monday, linking both awards.

    It's funny, some weeks I'm scrambling for a subject to post, then there are other times, like now, when I can't seem to find the time. I feel like the old woman in the shoe. "She had so many kids; she didn't know what to do." :))

    Great excerpt. :))

  16. Lots of awards. Congrats. :)

    I enjoyed your excerpt a lot. Hope I get to read more soon.

  17. Candilynn, I know what you mean. I love your new contest!

    Mary, thanks, I'm trying. :)

  18. The 7x7 link award is so cool I love reading about it.

    Hi, I am a new follower form Carrie Butler and Stephen Tremp. Glad to be here.


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