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Thursday, October 26, 2017

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: Top FIVE Monsters with MONSTERLAND Author Michael Okon + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Halloween is fast approaching...are you all ghouled up for the big day?  House decorated in a haunting fashion?  Party plans made?  Costume selected?  Candy bags at the ready?  Good, good...because no one likes to fall behind in the holiday rush, or in a mob where you may be surrounded by brain-eating zombies, vampires, or hunted by werewolves.  I mean really...who DOES that?  *smirk*  I'll tell you who...


...author Michael Okon!
Recognize the name?  As you should...he's been featured a time or two here on my site, as well as throughout the blogosphere, as we share the creepy, spooky, paranormal fun (depending on whether you're IN the story or READING the story) that awaits you in his work entitled, Monsterland.  A quick looksie at the booksie...

by
Michael Okon
9781614755944
WorldFire Press

About the book...
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?



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Sounds good, right?
Oh, but it is!

Definitely a book that should be on your wish list, or shortlisted for seasonal reading, that's for sure...but I'm not here to talk about the fabulousness of the book.  Today, I'm here to bring you front and center to my stop along The Children's Book Review AWARENESS TOUR featuring a special Guest Post with the author himself!  What's the topic?  What do you think....MONSTERS...as in his TOP FIVE picks and why he finds them so SCARY!


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Are you ready?


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GUEST POST with Author Michael Okon
TOP FIVE Scary Monsters

5.  GodzillaI love big monsters. Like really big. Like big enough to stop any other monster in its tracks. Godzilla has these capabilities and it’s through his (I think Godzilla is a dude), sheer size, nothing can stop him. My son and I play Rampage on our arcade system. There is something incredibly fun about controlling a giant lizard to destroy the cities of America.



4.  Jaws
I watched the movie Jaws 30 years ago, and I still have a hard time going into the deep end of my pool without thinking about this massive great white shark. The problem with Jaws, unlike the other monsters – IT’S REAL. These sharks exist, and they apparently like to chow down on teens with bad hair. But I digress. Jaws is unstoppable. It lives in the ocean. It’s smart. It’s strong. And apparently the only two things that can stop it are 1. NOT going into the ocean. 2. A scuba tank in its mouth that can be shot at from a mile away. To avoid this incredible monster, I’d rather opt for staying on land.




3.  Freddy Krueger
Yes, he has cheesy one-liners. Yes, his movies got progressively worse. Yes, Johnny Depp was in the first one. However, the idea behind Freddy Krueger has still haunted my memory from the time I was a kid. For some reason, my mom and dad (whom I love dearly) allowed me to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street as a wee lad. Apparently, they didn’t think the idea of a man who would kill teens in their dreams wasn’t so scary. Well, it was. To avoid being eaten by a shark, stay out of the water. To avoid being hacked to death by a masked Hockey nut, just don’t go to sleepaway camp. But in order to not get killed in your dreams by a demonic, bladed-glove wearing, disfigured psycho - don’t fall asleep. Pretty difficult if you ask me.





2.  The Blob
I love The Blob so much I had to include it in the new class of monsters in my book Monsterland 2. However, I changed the name to The Glob. The Blob is relentless. An alien mass that grows bigger every time it comes into contact with living flesh. Having it just fall from the sky in a spaceship is a bit of a cop-out, but I changed things up with my version of the Blob. My Blob, again known as The Glob, is alien fuel that will suck the energy out of anything it touches; however, it can reanimate dead things too. I bet you can guess what The Glob will be reanimating in Monsterland 2.




1. Gill-Man
There is something scary to say when evolution messes up royally. The last living member of a tribe of amphibious humanoids, which thrived during the Paleo age (not the diet), the Gill-man resides in a lagoon located in a largely uncharted area of the Amazon (not the website, but actually the rain-forests in the Amazon jungle). The inhabitants knew the creature as the "fish-man," which really doesn’t sound so scary. However, the Gill-Man is fast healing, which means he can survive any wound that would be lethal to us mere mortals, such as gunshots or a silver bullet. Gill-Man also has an inactive set of lungs, should its gills be irreparably damaged. I can easily say this is one of my favorite – if not my absolute favorite monster – of all time.



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About the author...

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.


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JUST CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM!

Enter for a chance to win a Monsterland swag bag; plus, there are loads of runner-up prizes, too!
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • Monsterland Swag Bag
  • A copy of Monsterland, signed by Michael Okon
  • A signed poster
  • A t-shirt (Large)
  • A wool hat
  • A fidget spinner
  • A wrist band (entrance)
  • Pencils
  • An exclusive collectors item


But that's not all!  There are TEN OF EACH of the following prizes for individual winners TOO!
  • A copy of Monsterland, signed by Michael Okon
  • Monsterland t-shirt
  • Monsterland hat
  • Monsterland fidget spinner

Age Range: 14+
Giveaway begins October 1, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 31, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
Prizes provided by Michael Okon.



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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as to author Michael Okon for sharing his TOP FIVE with all of us today!  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now with the second on the horizon, so click on over to your favorite retailer to order your copy today.  Check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun....




10/01 - The Children's Book Review
10/02 - Lille Punkin'
10/03 - The Fairview Review
10/04 - Jrsbookreviews
10/05 - Shooting Stars Mag
10/06 - Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
10/09 - Word Spelunking
10/10 - LitPick Student Book Reviews
10/11 - A Dream Within A Dream
10/23 - Bites
10/24 - icefairy's Treasure Chest
10/25 - TeacherDance
10/26 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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