Friday, October 23, 2015

Something Wicked Guest Post and Giveaway With Tyler H. Jolley



I'm so excited for today's post with Tyler H. Jolley. Not only is he an amazing writer with a series I absolutely adore but he is an amazing person too!  Truly one of the nicest people/author's I have ever had the privilege of getting to know. 

If you haven't checked out his series yet that he writes with fellow author Sherry D. Ficklin, definitely do. It is so.Much.Fun!
And not only do I have a wonderful guest post today from Tyler but also an amazing giveaway so don't forget to check that out as well you guys! So.Much>Fun!!



Published By: Spencer Hill Press (November 14, 2013)

Series: Book One in the Lost Imperials Series

Book Description:

Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.






Published By: Teen Clean Publishing (May 5, 2015)
Series: Book Two and Three in the Lost Imperials Series

(To check out my review of these amazing reads please click HERE!)


Book Description:

Welcome to the TIME WAR

STEIN has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that's always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.


ETHAN is left with a serious problem after what should have been a routine mission. He's fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream. 





About Tyler:



Tyler was born in Vernal, UT. He's an author, orthodontist, periodonist, and farmer. His wife and four kids keep him very busy.








I’ve always loved Halloween.  Even after I was too old to trick-or-treat I still had a blast with the holiday. I decided to share my top five tricks or treats I’ve done over the years.


1. Growing up, I lived on a street that was about half a mile long and was lined with many houses. When I was 15 my buddy and I got the bright idea of putting multiple costumes at each other’s house because he lived at the top of the street and I lived at the bottom. We started at my house and trick-or-treated all the way up on both sides of the road, getting as much candy as we could. Our first costume was a camo army guy, then we changed into mad scientist costumes complete with crazy wigs and fake blood trickling down our faces. Then we trick or treated all the way down the street. We got back to my house and we changed into the final costume: Jedi’s from Star Wars. We worked the block again and had to stop because we had so much candy we didn’t know what to do with it all. I’m pretty sure I munched on it for 8 months. 

2. Kids in my neighborhood would steal your carved pumpkins right from your front porch on Halloween and smash them on the street right in front of your house. You’d wake up on November 1st to pumpkin guts all over your sidewalk and street. It was an act of vandalism.  This went on for a couple of years, so when I was 18 I decided I would fill our pumpkins with concrete. The thefts, of course, didn’t happen until the middle of the night.  But this year, when the kids tried to lift them they got as far as our front steps then tried to roll them off and just left them there. The pumpkins were still destroyed, but they didn’t get the satisfaction of smashing them like they had in previous years. I think this pumpkin smashing tradition continues to this day in my old neighborhood. 

3.  For the whole month of October, when I was 17, I dressed a scarecrow/dummy in a flannel shirt, Levis, shoes, gloves and a mask in a lawn chair on my front step. All month long anyone who came by would see this scarecrow by our front door. Then on Halloween, I took out all the stuffing, put on the clothes and mask and sat in the chair. I scared most of the unsuspecting kids. It was funny. A couple of times kid would come up and hesitate and say, “I think that guy is real!” Then I’d pop up at that very moment, scare them, and then chase them down the sidewalk. Of course I’d eventually take the mask off and tell them it was ok and give them some candy.

4.  I grew up in a small town and my dad was a dentist. He was well-known, I was too so I always had to behave but that’s another story. Everybody knew who Dr. Jolley. My parents would not only give out candy at Halloween but also a free toothbrush. That always drew a huge crowd and people would come by expecting a new toothbrush. It kept people excited and people would actually drive a long distance to get their free toothbrush and see Dr. Jolley. He still does it to this day.

5.  This happened in my house in Philadelphia in the early 2000’s. I lived I an old house from the 1920’s and there was an old rickety fence that lined the yard. It was sort of falling down, but still provided privacy. One October it rained almost every single day. One day we noticed by one of the back posts where the concrete and the fence met, this baby doll emerged from the mud. It was missing an eye and arm, and its mouth had been cut before the culprit buried it there who knows how long ago.  Each day after a rainstorm we’d go out and watch this baby doll unearth itself a little more until it was completely free of mud and debris. To this day my now 15-year-old is completely freaked by baby dolls. 



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56 comments:

  1. Oooh, I did read Extracted and was impressed with the story. Well plotted and imaginative - I had a blast with it! Need to continue the series... Happy Friday, Ali :)

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    1. Glad you read the first book Ramona, the other two are just as fun!

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  2. Oh man Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays! I don't go trick or treating any more *pouts* but I love to decorate and make halloween desserts! So much fun. :D

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    1. I love decorating and passing out candy and seeing all the fun costumes. ;)

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  3. That first idea is a genius way to get a ton of candy! Also the pumpkin smashing! How rude. Why is that a tradition? Especially given how expensive some pumpkins can be.
    I've heard good things about this series, so I'll need to look into them.
    Thanks for sharing, Ali!

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    1. We had it happen one year with a huge pumpkin my mom was so proud of, she was devastated. I felt so bad!

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  4. Ali, thank you for your kind words! You are awesome, thanks for having me be a part of the tour.

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    1. Thank you so much Tyler for being a part of it!!!

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  5. The changing costumes things is GENIUS!!!! I never thought to do that growing up. Candy fail.

    I was so excited for Halloween when we bought our first house, we got the full sized candy bars and were determined to be the house of AWESOME. And then we got exactly 6 trick or treaters. Turns out that living at the end of a dead end street isn't ideal because no one comes down. *sobs*

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    1. Oh no Jenny! That is kind of sad! I bet your house is still made of awesome though. ;)

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  6. Ali and Tyler, Great post!!! Wow what great covers and the premise is right up my alley. And how do you have time to breathe Tyler, wow. I'm impressed!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Tyler is amazing and seriously one of the nicest people I have ever talked to!

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  7. What a great guest post!!! I have totally done the multiple costumes trick back in my day :) The baby doll story is super creepy!!

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  8. Freaky stories Tyler..um yeah I would have been afraid of dolls too. Love this series :)

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  9. Loved this post. I think the scarecrow dummy is terrific. One year, I wanted to climb up on the roof and toss a dummy on a rope over the side when kids came, but my parents had moved out into the country and we didn't get trick or treaters, so it never happened. Bummer. I have this book sitting in my stack and it is two down, so hoping to get to it very soon.

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    1. Ha ha, that would have been funny too Heidi!

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  10. You'll be happy to know that I recently finished a tale with steampunk in the mix! What fun! Having said that, I like the sound of this one :) Thanks for hosting a Giveaway too!

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    1. So happy you tried steampunk and liked it Claudia!

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  11. love steampunk, i know you really enjoyed this series, its exciting.

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    1. I did and it's fun to have fall back series like this one. ;)

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  12. This looks so good. Oh and at least they gave out candy with the toothbrush! LOL I knew kids that did the multi costume thing. That was so funny. Plus a lot were enterprising and sold the excess candy after they took out what they wanted. :)

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    1. Oh that is very enterprising Melissa! I could see some of my family members doing that as well LOL!

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  13. This is a new one to me. Interesting covers. I like them! :)

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    1. Glad I could introduce them to you Lisa!

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  14. Love those stories. You should've just smashed the pumpkins yourself, so they would've been bummed when they went to do it. Hahaha that last one made me laugh. We found a creepy doll buried in my grandparent's backyard when I was younger too. Dolls are weird in general.

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    1. They are, I don't think watching the movie Chucky when I never should have watched it in the first place ever solidified my love for them.

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  15. I love that the kids were excited for a new tooth brush. That multiple costumes for more candy is genus.

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    1. I know! How did I never think of that before?

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  16. The cover is so vivid and something I would look at twice. The plot does sound interesting and any well written book is up my alley! Always a privilege to meet an author you like.

    Escaping Through Ink

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    1. Thanks so much Manisha for all the kind words! It is a great series with great covers. :)

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  17. Halloween in the US sounds so fun! It never quite took off here in Australia or NZ, sadly. There's the occasional parties but we never have the same atmosphere. Wrong season for us, I guess!

    Aentee at The Social Potato

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    1. Yeah it is definitely more of a "fall" season with the costumes and apples and such. I can see that. ;)

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  18. Great post dear! Have a wonderful weekend:)

    irenethayer.com

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  19. I think being a scarecrow in a plaid shirt is cool. Lol. Gives me an idea on how to dress the husband. Lol. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. LOL, I can see that happening with the husband. ;)

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  20. Oh gosh, that doll story is so creepy! I would have been freaked by that too. I love the first story of him and his friend switching costumes to keep trick or treating up and down a street. hah!

    -Lauren

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  21. That was fun :). I have to admit I was always afraid when I saw stuffed "people" at the doors of places, because i was sure someone was in them...hehehe! Clever. Filling the pumpkins with concrete..great idea :)

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    1. This was a fun post! So many ideas. :P

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  22. Free toothbrush on Halloween! I don't know about you, but that's a great way to promote brushing your teeth after all the candies you eat to fill your belly ;)

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Definitely, I'm sure parents loved it!

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  23. What a fun post!! I can understand the bad vibes dolls now have!! I collect them, but a certain brother-in-law (when just a teen) made me put them all away before he would stay with us, lol! I've heard so many great things about this series, Ali from your reviews and have them on my list
    for sure :)

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  24. I've had Extracted for awhile, I should pull it out to try to read in November. I have heard amazing things!

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  26. Love the guest post and I've really enjoyed The Lost Imperials Series. Tyler Jolley and Sherry Ficklin are great authors. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. So glad you like this series too Ellen and I agree, they are a great writing duo!

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