Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Winners of Matt Doyle's WICK Giveaway are:

 How do you define a life?
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Announcing the Winners of Three eCopies

Lisa W

Amie S

Debra G

Congratulations!
Wick
by Matt Doyle

My Rating: 5 Fascinating Stars

Publisher: Matt Doyle
Publication Date: August 1, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction | Dystopian
Print Length: 239 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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 How do you define a life?

With overblown visuals, stunning entrances and bloody battles played out in real time by holograms, Spark Forming has become far more than a simple card game. Drawing in fans from across the Colonies, no other sporting event creates a bigger buzz than the annual two day tournament to crown a new Spark Form World Champion. Yet the scramble for the title is not the only source of conflict this year, and for some competitor’s the real battles will take place away from the TV cameras.

What defines a person’s life and drives them to keep moving forward? When a game grows to reflect a society struggling to hang on, are some lives more valid than others? Can an AI ever truly be alive?

Find out in Matt Doyle’s genre bending Slice of Life / Science Fiction series, The Spark Form Chronicles.

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Wick by Matt Doyle

WickLet the games begin! Welcome to the annual two day Spark Form World Championship where survival of the fiercest, baddest holograms may be in the luck of the cards! Be amazed as the crowd watches the masterminds behind the warriors plan their strategy and hope that lady luck will smile on them. In a world filled with turmoil, the crowds crave an escape and Spark Forming delivers in full dimensional and bloody color. The last AI standing gains the crown for their creator, but is the competition and the battle only on the arena floor or is there something deeper going on backstage? Old favorites versus champions versus the brash newcomers take the challenge for their own reasons, but what are they? The show must go on as the struggles of each player reflects the struggles of life in a world gone awry.

Matt Doyle’ Wick is part social commentary, part science fiction and 100% fascinating reading as we are introduced to each character with a full chapter to meet, greet and get to know what propels them to begin or continue competing year after year. Is it all they know? How they find value in their lives? Have they gotten so lost within their creations that they have lost a sense of humanity? Mr. Doyle gives us a multitude of personalities to root for from laid back and seemingly indifferent to agitated and angry twitchiness. Share each character’s POV and crawl inside their minds to get to know them better. Whether one can actually understand what truly makes each individual tick is a matter of perception, and the joy of being turned loose in a new world with a brilliant promise of more of everything.

Are you a dyed-in-the-wool science fiction fan? Love to explore unique worlds or just looking for something fresh and edgy to sink your teeth into, Matt Doyle has a fresh voice, a complicated voice that brings the entertainment right to your door and plops you down in front row seats to watch both in the arena and behind the scenes. Pick your favorite AI, your favorite competitor and place your bets-may the odds and the computer cards be in your favor.

Fast, furious, populated with characters that come to life, feel the excitement as the clock counts down for this year’s Spark Form World Championship and forget your cares for a few hours!

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If you’ve been to my website mattdoylemedia.com and ventured into the ‘about’ section, you will have noticed that prior to the release of my debut novel ‘WICK’, I spent some time in the UK Wrestling Industry. While it was never going to make me wealthy from a money standpoint, it did teach me a good lesson in terms of how to draw people in.
Regardless of whether you view Pro Wrestling as a sport, scripted entertainment, or simply a bunch of people play-fighting, one thing is undeniable: wrestling is (at the very least meant to be) about telling stories. And therein lies one big mistake that a lot of people make when they start out: they assume the role of the ‘face’ (good guy) and try to make the crowd like them.
I know, I know, if you’re playing a fan favourite, it’s a logical conclusion to think that you should want the crowd to like you. The truth is, ‘like’ is nowhere enough. You want people to invest time in watching your match, supporting you, maybe even buying your merchandise if you have it. To get all that, you need the crowd to love you. That may sound extreme, but put it in the context of something else. You’re planning to read a book and you have two choices. There’s that new volume from that Urban Fantasy series that you absolutely adore and can’t get enough of, and then there’s a new Contemporary Romance by that author whose last book you thought was pretty good. So what do you choose? Chances are you’ll start with the series you love and hold the other one off until you have more time.
When I wrote ‘WICK’, I took that lesson on board. I wanted people to love John Forrester and his companion Carnival. I wanted people to fall for Fahrn Starchaser’s attitude and struggles. With no traditional antagonists to play off, this meant that the other POV characters (Lana De La Cruz, Meera Thorne and Connor Ford) had be equally as carefully crafted. Just like the mid-carders and enhancement talent on a wrestling show (the role I held by the way), these three were built to help John and Fahrn achieve that level of adoration with readers and maybe, just maybe, pick up their own fans along the way.
Wrestling, when done well, is an art form. Writing is much the same. It’s all about the stories you tell and the reactions you get, and that is something that I love seeing with my work. If the story sounds fun and you have the space on your reading list, please do give WICK a try. It may not be a book that you love yet … but it could be. 
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Matt Doyle lives in the South East of England. His house is inhabited by a wide variety of people and animals including (at time of typing) his partner, his three kids, two dogs, a cat, a snake, a rat, a rabbit, a selection of teas and a handful of wild windows.

He has spent his life chasing dreams, a habit which has seen him gain varying degrees of success in a great number of fields. This has included spending ten years as a professional wrestler (both working shows under the ring names Tad, and working backstage booking and running several successful shows in his local area), completing a range of cosplay projects and scripting the webcomic ‘Tales of the Winterborn’.

His latest venture involves diving headlong into another world he has wanted to be a apart of since childhood: that of an author.

 
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