Monday, April 13, 2020

Bulwark ~ Book and Audio Book Blog Tour Review & Giveaway!

Bulwark Anthology Collection
Genre:  Adult Fiction (18+) (104 to 146 pages)
Category Fantasy
Publisher Chelshire, Inc.

Release dates:   Jan 2018; Mar 2019; Sep 2019

Content Rating: PG + M: Some violence and mild sex.

Series Details:
Bulwark: a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.  The beating heart of this anthology is Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Sheriff Clay Finnes appears in each book, but he is not the main character in each book. There is NO series arc requiring readers to read all 10 books in the anthology. Every book is completely stand-alone. You can read the books in order or out of order.

"Quill says: If you like your thrillers with lots of twists, plenty of "creepy," some paranormal events, and a fast-moving plot, check out BULWARK. You might just be afraid to turn off the lights after reading the last page." - Red Feathered Quill

"Brit Lunden's paranormal fantasy novella, Bulwark, is genuinely eerie and spooky, filled with the kinds of scary effects that true lovers of the dark crave and rarely find. There are no gushes of blood or other cheap special effects, just a consistently good pulse-pounding story about an ancient evil and the one man who stands up against it. Readers who grew up with the likes of Barker, King and Lovecraft will have a field day reading this classy, dark fantasy novella." 

Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)

"Author Brit Lunden has weaved an entertaining story that spans paranormal, romance, and mystery. Thanks to the splattering of action and the mysterious connection of characters and happenings, this fast paced story is well suited to those looking for a light and enjoyable thrill." - Bianca Schulze

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Narrated by Dan McGowan

Genre: Adult Fiction (18 +),  
Length: 2 hours, 16 minutes
Category:  Fantasy
Publisher:  ACX
Release date:   June 14, 2018
Content Rating:  PG + M due to violence and mild sex.

Book Description:
Clay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong, and will Jenna ever come back to him. He's troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange. A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize that his life as he knows it will never be the same.

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HALL WAYS REVIEW: Audio Book Review. At just two and a quarter hours, Bulwark gives readers a lot of story with little time investment. The story begins with a laid-back, almost lazy pace, and then -- all hell breaks loose. 

What's wonderfully engaging for the reader is the not knowing. Is main character Clay losing his mind or are there dark forces at play? Both? Neither? Is the town itself complicit in the crimes that are happening? Are there crimes really happening? Who is good, who isn't, and who knows things they aren't telling? 

"It felt as if the forest was holding its breath, waiting for something to happen."

Author Brit Lunden's descriptive writing really sets the mood for the story and allows an immersive experience, especially given the backdrop of evil creatures (witches, werewolves, vampires -- or not) and goings-on. There is a duality in the writing, and the reader is led down one path or the other as details are taken in and interpreted. This is carried through to the very end of the story, where surprisingly, reminiscent of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, there are two endings offered to the reader.  I love that the ending is entirely the reader's delicious choice to make.  I would definitely listen to another of the stories in the Bulwark Anthology; it's a great escape.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: Narrator Dan McGowan is an interesting but good choice for narrator especially upon reflection after the ending(s) of the story. He handles male and female voices equally well, but with a few peculiar pronunciations and some odd inflections at the ends of sentences. A different narrator could have made the story much scarier, much eerier, but Dan's performance was fairly straightforward. The result is that the narration simply tells the story, and honestly, that works. 

Thank you to the author and iRead Book Tours for an audio code in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give.

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Book Details:
Book TitleThe Knowing (Book 1): A Bulwark Anthology
Genre:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  104 pages
Category:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Chelshire, Inc.
Release date:   Mar 2019
Content Rating:  PG + M due to violence and mild sex.

Book Description:
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world. Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can't see you?

JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood red earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an impossible relationship. Will the memories of past lives help or hinder the path of their love? 

Based on the original novella Bulwark, by Brit Lunden, The Knowing continues the story of a town isolated from the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible, and logic is determined by reality.

Book Details:
Book TitleThe Devil and Dayna Dalton: (Book 9) A Bulwark Anthology by Brit Lunden
Genre:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  126 pages
Category:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Chelshire, Inc.
Release date:   Sep 2019
Content Rating:  PG + M due to violence and mild sex.*Contains Sexual Content*

Book Description:
Reporter Dayna Dalton's reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother's footsteps; never given a chance to prove she's different. Dana's been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He's happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening. Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love? *Contains Sexual Content*

Meet the Author:

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

Connect with the author: 
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~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

FIVE WINNERS: print copies of Brit Lunden's Bulwark Anthology books
FIVE WINNERS: ebook of Brit Lunden's Bulwark Anthology books
ONE WINNER: $100 Amazon Gift Card
(open USA; ends May 8, 2020)

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastically creepy series. Must listen for all urban fantasy fans.