Marionettes by Kerry Alan Denney – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookCover_MarionettesResuscitated after he drowns and dies in a flood, David Flint discovers he has returned from the other side with an uncanny ability: He can “jump” into people’s bodies and minds, and control their thoughts and actions.

David believes it’s a gift, and wants to use it to help people. Then four members of a ruthless drug ring savagely attack his fiancée and leave her in a coma, and David tries to use his new power to destroy the whole ring. But the ringleader, a voodoo priest known as the Zombie Master, is a formidable man with a deadly secret: He has the same incredible ability as David.

When the two human marionette masters clash in a brutal bloody showdown, using the ring’s members as their puppets, David discovers he’s battling for much more than his life—he’s fighting to rid the world of an evil human abomination.

Marionettes illuminates the greatest achievements of the human spirit and the darkest corridors of our minds, and answers the age-old question: What are the consequences of absolute power?

Enjoy an excerpt:

My whole life changed after I drowned and died in the flood.

Upon my resurrection, I thought I was dreaming. My head felt fuzzy. A little man inside it was drilling away at my brain with a tiny but immensely effective jackhammer. My mouth felt like it was glued shut, my tongue ten times normal size and made of sandpaper. A crew of little men sliced furrows in my throat with dull rusty swords, cackling merrily as they destroyed my trachea.

Some sadistic bastard apparently burned a branding iron into my corneas.

It was far worse than any hangover I ever had—and I’d had some doozies since Karin died and left me alone, lost, and unmoored in a callous world.

When I woke, the acrid tang of antiseptic mixing with an unpleasant odor stung my nostrils. Through a crimson haze, I saw a pretty nurse gaze down at me and smile. She looked like an angel.

“Hi, David!” she sang, her perfect white teeth gleaming as if lit from within. “Welcome back.” She caressed my face with a warm hand, glanced at some monitoring equipment beside the bed I lay in, and turned and hit a switch behind me. “Laura, page Dr. Yamaguchi. Mr. Flint’s awake.”

The angel turned back to me. “I bet you’re thirsty. We’ll fix that shortly, okay? After the doctor sees you, maybe we can give you some ice chips.”

I shut my eyes to block out the combined glare of her smile and the overhead fluorescence. When I opened them again, an attractive Asian woman in her forties with close-cropped black hair streaked with gray stood over me. Her brow wrinkled, a tentative smile curling the corners of her lips upward.

“Welcome back, Mr. Flint,” she said. “I’m Dr. Yamaguchi. You’re lucky to be alive. It’s a miracle the couple who brought you in were able to resuscitate you. We almost lost you twice last night. Apparently you lead a charmed existence. Don’t try to speak yet.”

I tried anyway, but couldn’t. The miniature swordsmen in my throat were having a blast trying to cut their way out. I nodded, then grimaced as the movement made the mad Lilliputian with the jackhammer pound more little holes in my brain. I shut my eyes again and drifted off.

It was all surreal. I remembered my name and profession, but I couldn’t remember what happened to me. Every time I strained for the memory, it receded while raging torrents of dark waters overwhelmed me.

Consciousness was an assault upon my senses. But in what I initially mistook for dreams, my perception and sense of taste, touch, and smell were immaculate.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_MarionettesColleagues and readers have dubbed Kerry Alan Denney The Reality Bender. The multiple award-winning author of the paranormal thrillers Dreamweavers (Juju Mojo Publications, August 2015) and Soulsnatcher (Juju Mojo Publications, April 2014), the post-apocalyptic sci-fi/ horror thriller Jagannath (Permuted Press, February 2015), and numerous short stories published online and in anthologies, Kerry blends elements of the supernatural, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror in his work: speculative fiction at its wildest and craziest. With joy, malicious glee, and a touch of madness, he writes reality-bending thrillers, even when the voices don’t compel him to. His protagonists are his children, and he loves them as dearly as he despises his antagonists… even when he has to kill them.

On July 24, 2015, Jagannath became a #1 Amazon bestseller. On March 31, 2015, Soulsnatcher won 2nd Place as 2014 Book of the Year in The Drunken Druid’s International Book Award competition. Jagannath and Soulsnatcher each received a rave blurb from New York Times bestselling author James Rollins.

Kerry lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia with his golden retriever Holly Jolly, a veteran professional Therapy Dog, where he is currently writing his next supernatural thriller… and deciding who to kill in it.

Be on the lookout for Kerry’s new post-apocalyptic/ paranormal thriller A Mighty Rolling Thunder, coming December 3, 2016 from Burning Willow Press.

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Buy the author’s books on Amazon: Dreamweavers | Jagannath | Soulsnatcher | Marionettes

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Nikolina says:

    The book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

    • Thanks Nikolina! I hope you pick up a copy, ebook only $3.99! Also, my paranormal thriller DREAMWEAVERS ebook is available for FREE on Amazon through Wednesday 6/8, get your free copy NOW. Happy reading!

  3. James Robert says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win

  4. What inspired you to write this book?

    • Great question, Mai, thanks for asking. Humans controlling and manipulating other humans is certainly not an new idea: Dan Simmons did it in CARRION COMFORT, Richard Laymon in BODY RIDES, and F. Paul Wilson in SIBS — all three of which I loved.

      However, they all three approached the mind control concept from a “negative” perspective — in other words, they wrote from an angle of immoral people using the incredible ability for their own personal gain, and the destruction of their human puppets, a conscienceless abuse and exploitation featuring their depravity.

      I wanted to explore the concept from a fresh, “positive” perspective: My protagonist David Flint is basically a compassionate and righteous man despite the recent devastating tragedy he suffered. When he discovers he’s returned from the land of the dead with this amazing power, he wants to use it for good, to help people. A series of violent events conspires to force him to use it for wicked ends, and although there’s lots of action, a lot of the story is about his struggle with his conscience to keep from abusing the power and leaving a path of destruction in his wake.

      There’s humor, hope, romance, violence, good versus evil, and lots of heart in this tale. Pick up a copy today and find out for yourself!

      Thanks and happy reading.

  5. What do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

    • Hi Peggy, and thanks for asking. Believe it or not, the hardest part of writing for me is all the marketing and self-promotion. Nowadays, publishers expect writers to do most of their promotion themselves. And it’s a lot of work; worse, it takes time away from writers such as myself that may be better spent writing our next novel or story.

      As for the actual writing itself, I rarely have trouble spilling words on the page, and seldom get stuck. Once a story concept starts swimming around in my head, it practically writes itself — for the most part. In effect, my muse takes over and I become merely the human conduit for the story, as if it already existed and merely needs to be translated from concept and idea into words. Sometimes my characters become so real in my head that they actually start dictating to ME how they will respond to certain situations, what they will say, and what they will do next! It’s a great feeling when this happens, when I’m “in the writing zone.” There’s nothing else quite like it… find out for yourself by checking out my works! If you’re a paranormal, supernatural, sci-fi, fantasy, or horror fan, I guarantee you will enjoy my stories and be glad you read them.

      Thanks again and happy reading.

  6. Rita Wray says:

    Great excerpt, thank you.

    • Hi Rita, and thanks! Keep on reading by picking up your copy today, ebook only $3.99. Plus, now through Wednesday 6/8, my paranormal thriller DREAMWEAVERS is available on Amazon for FREE! Go there and get your copy before it goes back up to $2.99 after Wednesday, only 1 day left!

      Thanks again and happy reading!

  7. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  8. Thanks Long and Short Reviews for featuring me and MARIONETTES on your site today! I hope you will consider reviewing it… you will be glad you did! I’m happy to offer you a complimentary copy for review if you choose to. Thanks again!

  9. Victoria says:

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  10. I read an ARC of MARIONETTES, and it’s absolutely terrific!

  11. kim hansen says:

    Love the cover.

  12. Cathy French says:

    I’m intrigued to see how he uses his new power to save his wife and deal with the drug ring.

    • Thanks for your interest, Cathy, and I hope you pick up a copy (if you haven’t already) and find out. I’m confident you will enjoy the fun and crazy ride MARIONETTES brings! 🙂

  13. Judy Thomas says:

    The excerpt was great, thanks for sharing it.

  14. Danielle M. says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

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