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RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Beth: The Other Eight by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo , @bunnybeth​a)

Superpowers have turned out to be a disappointment. Heat vision? Super strength? Flight? They are nowhere to be found. Instead, powers like photosynthesis or the ability to spontaneously change hair color seem to be the best the world can offer. To make matters worse, the gifted individuals tend to suffer from psychological issues. Nonetheless, in hopes of finding enough functional meta-humans to form a squad, in 1965 the US military created The Guardian Project. The head of the Army’s current incarnation of the project hires Dr. Adam Aiken, a psychologist specializing in the meta-human condition, to filter out the most dangerously unbalanced of the prospective super-soldiers. The screening process is to be done with all possible secrecy. This proves to be more easily said than done. A misfiring superpower leaks news of the recruitment effort to the public, attracting a flood of misfit meta-humans from around the nation, each hungry for heroic validation. A sleazy PR officer knows publicity when he sees it and converts the secret program into a nationally broadcast competition with all of the dignity and grace of a reality show. The ultimate prize is a coveted spot on a government sanctioned super team.
The Other Eight follows the exploits of the applicants deemed sane enough for consideration. On one side are earnest but underpowered heroes like the twitch-inducing Nonsensica or the fluorescent tube-hurling Phosphor. On the other are the better equipped but less dedicated recruits like walking good luck charm Johnny on The Spot and seed-spitting loose cannon The Hocker. Who will win a place on the team, and what will be done about the jilted heroes who didn’t make the cut?
the other eight
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NEWS AND GUEST POST: The StoryBundle Experience by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

On February 26th, my fantasy epic The Book of Deacon Trilogy was officially included in something called The Indie Fantasy Bundle. This is the latest offering from the good folks at StoryBundle.com, and it is the second time that I’ve worked with them (the first being the inclusion of my sci-fi books in their inaugural bundle, The Big Bang Bundle). When I contacted Jena about potentially writing a guest post to help publicize the bundle, she suggested it would be interesting to hear about StoryBundle from the point of view of a participant, so brace yourself as I share with you the ins and outs of the bundling lifestyle.

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REVIEW by Alicia: Unstable Prototypes by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo , @mamaxsix)

Following his last adventure, Trevor “Lex” Alexander’s life has managed to return to normal. He’s back to splitting his time between delivering packages and transporting passengers, along with the occasional foray into testing highly experimental equipment. He’s even gotten back together with his girlfriend Michella Modane, who has been launched to stardom by her coverage of the Bypass Gemini incident. Yes, things are going quite well for Lex. But in his life, luck like this never lasts long.

Sure enough, while he is preparing for a rare visit from Michella, he receives word that the reclusive inventor Karter Dee has been kidnapped. The eccentric and slightly deranged inventor’s checkered past has made getting the authorities involved out of the question. That has left “Ma”, the AI in charge of cooking his meals and reining in his insanity, with few options. She has reached out to Lex as one of the few people she can trust, and needs him to help assemble a team of Karter’s former allies to take him back before his latest contraptions can be put to work terrorizing the populace at the hands of his captors.

 

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REVIEW by @mamaxsix : Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

In a distant future, Trevor “Lex” Alexander was shaping up to be the next great race pilot until a fixed race got him banned from the sport. Reduced to making freelance deliveries, he thinks his life can’t get any worse. That’s when a package manages to get him mixed up with mobsters, a megacorp, and a mad scientist. Now his life depends on learning what their plans are, and how he can stop them.
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REVIEW by Jena: The Battle of Verril (The Book of Deacon Trilogy #3) by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

In this, the finale of the Book of Deacon Trilogy, Myranda and the Chosen face their greatest challenges yet. Time is running out, and the Generals are growing desperate. Through victory and defeat, reunion and betrayal, neither the heroes nor their foes will rest until they have seen their task through to the end. The only question is, will it be the end of a war, or the end of times?
 
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COVER REVEAL: A New Release, a Cover Makeover and Some Flattering News From The Joseph Lallo Camp (@jrlallo)

A few days ago, I received and e-mail from Joseph Lallo that made me grin from ear to ear.  He’s in the process of having The Book of Deacon printed as a paperback and needed my permission to include a quote from my review.  I was flattered and speechless!  When I started Pure Textuality, I never in a million years imagined that an author would want to put a quote from MY review on THEIR book.  It just wasn’t a thought.   So, yes I was beyond flattered. Then he sent me the proof and I was speechless all over again.

 

Is it awesome?!?!?!
Along with this request was some great news! Read on…
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COVER REVEAL: Joseph Lallo's 'Jade' Got A New Cover And A New Price! (@jrlallo)

Joseph Lallo, my very first interview victim here on Pure Textuality, e-mailed me the other day to give me the heads up that Jade’s makeover is complete!  He wrote a guest post for me a while back called Icing On The Cake: The Value of Good Artwork, regarding the imprtance of a good cover for your book.  His post came on the heels of his own quest to give his covers a rehaul.

Shown above is the original cover for Jade.  Although it’s a nice cover, it’s not that eye catching.  Read on to see the new cover!
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GUEST POST: Icing on the Cake: The Value of Good Artwork by Guest Author Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

An awful lot goes into making a good book. You need strong, well-developed characters that people care about, a deep and fascinating story to draw the reader in, and a solid and consistent setting to tie it all together. You need to read and reread your work, ironing out continuity errors and correcting typos. A finished novel is the culmination of countless hours of hard work and intense planning. If you’ve done your diligence, and the stars are properly aligned, what you’ll end up with is something that will make you proud, and something that will certainly be worth reading. Unfortunately, the end of the book is just the beginning of the battle, because before anyone will ever know what a fine job you’ve done, you’ve got to convince them to give your book a try. And in order to do that? Well, you’ve got to find a way to catch their eye.

 

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REVIEW: The Great Convergence by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

The Great Convergence continues the tale of young Myranda Celeste. With fresh knowledge of magic and steadfast resolve to see the end of the war that plagues her land, Myranda sets out to find and unite the five fated heroes, the Chosen. Each new warrior brings her world a step closer to peace, but does she have the strength to survive the trials ahead?

 

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REVIEW: The Great Convergence by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

The Great Convergence continues the tale of young Myranda Celeste. With fresh knowledge of magic and steadfast resolve to see the end of the war that plagues her land, Myranda sets out to find and unite the five fated heroes, the Chosen. Each new warrior brings her world a step closer to peace, but does she have the strength to survive the trials ahead?

 

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INTERVIEW: Joseph Lallo, Author of The Book of Deacon (@jrlallo)

Following the review of The Book of Deacon (if you didn’t read the review, do so!  Phenomenal book!!), I asked the author Joseph Lallo if he’d like to do an interview with me for PureTextuality.  He graciously agreed and allowed me to pick his brain for a bit.  Here’s what he had to say…


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REVIEW: The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

Myranda is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child. One can hardly blame her when she thinks that the chance discovery of a fallen soldier’s priceless cargo is the moment that will change her life. No one could predict just how great that change would be. It will lead her through an adventure of rebels and generals, of wizards and warriors, and of beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step of the way will take her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.
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