Monday, April 6, 2015

Savage Winds Blog Tour! (+$50 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Savage Winds
Author: R.J. Merle
Series: Children of Elements #1
Pages: 236
Date Published: November 3rd 2014 
Publisher: Towering Pines Publishing
Format: N/A
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
Buy Me! Savage Winds is FREE! 

A dangerous conspiracy unfolds…
In Author R.J. Merle’s whirlwind start of the Children of the Elements series, a clumsy teenage techno-geek struggles to protect kidnapped children from a covert government organization responsible for creating their abilities to control the five elements.

A mighty wind…
Eighteen-year-old Stedford Thackett’s conspiracy theorist brother ensnares him in a real life children-as-weapons plot, while a determined scientist grooms happy-go-lucky, five-year-old Darcie Lynn Carpenter to use the wind as a deadly weapon.

Out of control…
Despite the firm hand of Scientist Nora Hicks, Stedford fights to rescue the kids and escape, even as Darcie Lynn struggles to gain control of the surging power of the savage winds.
~Guest Post!~
It's Elemental featuring R.J.Merle
Imagine being born with the ability, due to a Top Secret experiment, to control the elements of wind, earth, fire, water, or the little known fifth element, the void.

With a twirl of a finger or a twist of the wrist, you could direct the wind. Contact with the ground allows you cause earthquakes. Staring at an object might ignite a furious flame. While your emotions can control the rise and fall of the tides and rainfall, your ability to imagine and draw your imaginings manifests disease and pestilence.

If we match personality traits with an element, which element might YOU control?

Which personality traits below BEST represents you? (Choose the best fit from 1 thru 5.)
  1. Carefree, Easy-going, Positive, Fun-loving, Playful
  2. Serious, Hard-working, Helpful, Single-focused, Curious
  3. Intense, Edgy, Temperamental, Strong-minded, Protective
  4. Moody, Deep, Emotional, Bossy, Unrelentless
  5. Creative, Cunning, Artistic, Endearing, Confused
So, based on your personality type, you might direct the following element. (The # from above represents the element matched with those personality traits.)
  1. Wind
  2. Earth
  3. Fire
  4. Water
  5. Void
The above personality traits describe the aspects of the children that control the featured element in each of the books to create five full novels and one huge story in the Children of the Elements Series.

If you like reading about psychic powers causing chaos and possibly setting an apocalypse in motion, you will enjoy the Children of the Elements series.

The first book in the series is Savage Winds (Children of the Elements, A Secret City Science Fiction Adventure Series, Book 1) and the rest of the series may be found at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc.
~Try an Excerpt!~
No matter what she had to do, Darcie Lynn Carpenter was going home. Weren’t nobody going to stop her.

Dreary and sad, the rain fell from the clouds like the whole wide sky cried buckets of tears. How did the rain smell so much like dirt, and wet dirt so like rain?

Not waiting for Miss Nora to say so, she tugged the oxygen tube free. She blew air out her nose to rid herself of the plastic yuck.

The strong breeze—all grabbing, slapping, giving, taking—whipped the tubing away. The tank’s handle ripped from her grip. Ping. Clank. The tank rolled, dropped off the hilltop. Gone.

“Wait,” Nora said in the button thing in her ear, “we haven’t obtained our readings.”

No more of Nora’s scolding.

None of her lies.

Pulling the clip from her earlobe, Darcie Lynn dug the ear-button out of the other ear, dropped both, and played on. She coughed. Floaty lightness dipped into her forehead. Kind of like when she sneaked and ate too much fudge in one day.

“Do it, Darcie Lynn,” yelled Junior.

A squeeze in her head, and the coughing stopped. Stedford did good because the new collar thingy made play easier. She waved and circled her fingers.

The breeze whirred.

Just outside the town below, a twister blew up.

Within seconds, she sent a tornado, half again as wide as the earlier one in the field, toward the way Junior showed her.

Even though the little girl part of her on the hill cried, the wind-play piece of her soared.
~Meet R.J. Merle!~ 
Author R.J. Merle stepped out of the realm of Top-Secret documents (shh, don’t tell…) to write sci-fi and paranormal fiction.

R.J. survived and escaped both the entertainment field and the government-contracting environment, craves the Walking Dead, and entertains what-if tidbits about “supposed” technological and biological advances.

No stranger to the goings on in the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, R.J. Merle blends a down-home flavor with a former in-the-know—hypothetically, of course—technical background to craft the twists and intrigue of Secret City Adventures.
The author will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.


  1. I would appear to be Earth - that makes sense I am grounded most of the time.

  2. Thanks Unabridged Andra for hosting! The regular price for Savage Winds is $3.99, and it is discounted to $0.99 for the blog tour. (My apologies for the confusion on the price.) I look forward to comments/questions!

    1. You are very welcome! How are you doing today R.J?? What's happening in your neck of the woods?

    2. Andra, during the last few days, I have been training myself to walk and type at the same time on a Treadmill Desk. A bit of motion queasiness at first, but yesterday, I wrote a chapter while walking a mile. So, so far, so good! Thanks for asking!

  3. Thanks for the heads up on the pricing discount. Good to know!!!

  4. I come in as Earth. I really loved this excerpt. Fascinating.

  5. Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?

  6. Mai T., thank you for the question! If I could have a do-over, it would be realizing that I didn't need huge or even large chunks to write. One 15-minute daily session will produce a book in a year. As far as marketing purposes, if I'd taken advantage of a 15 minute process (several sessions throughout the day), I would have several book in my next series (Haunting Reality) completed, with each release serving as a great discoverability tool.

  7. I enjoyed reading the guest post. I'm fire.

  8. I'm earth, but intrigued by void for sure!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  9. I enjoyed reading the guest post today

  10. I guess that makes me Void. Kind of scary and intriguing to think I might be similar to Vincent! :)

  11. I didn't know it's easier to write a book in short spurts of writing. Maybe that's why I kept giving up.

  12. Janie, I had been under the influence of the writing myth that you must have large chunks of time to write (2 hours, even 3 to 4 hours sessions), and wrote in weekend or three-day marathons to fast draft. For me--and of course every writer must find what works best for them--gaining that much of a block of time was difficult and marathon writing led mental exhaustion so that I could not focus on writing for extended periods of time, which, of course, defeated the purpose of marathon writing. With the 15-minute sessions, paced out with stretch breaks or 15-minute stints at other tasks, I come back mentally fresh and much more focused to writing throughout the day.

  13. I enjoyed the excerpt today! Thank you for the great discounted price!

  14. Unabridged Andra, thanks again for hosting! As far as elements, at least for today, I would control the wind! Best of luck everyone for the Gift Card drawing!

  15. Some days I'm wind some I'm earth.... I'm just confused. ;-) Sounds like a great book!

  16. Sounds like an interesting read. I enjoyed the excerpt and post :)