Tuesday, February 19, 2019

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Ain't No Messiah by Mark Tullius-GUEST POST

Ain't No Messiah
Tales of the Blessed and Broken Book 1
by Mark Tullius
Genre: Psychological Suspense

God has chosen Joshua to bring forth his new kingdom on Earth.”

From the day he was born, Joshua has found himself the recipient of death-defying miracles. His earliest memories include his own father proclaiming him the second coming of Christ. However, Joshua has wrestled with serious doubts about the validity of this claim all his life. How could he not, having survived a childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his earthly father.

Now, one way or another, Joshua is going to show the world who he really is.

"A compelling, if sometimes-lurid, picture of a faith gone wrong." - Kirkus Reviews

"Ain’t No Messiah is a beautifully-written book about one man's effort to find himself - and maybe even a bit of happiness - in a world bitter enough to greet even a supposed Messiah with abuse and scapegoating." ~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader

Mark Tullius is the author of Unlocking the Cage: Exploring the Motivations of MMA Fighters and dark fiction which includes Ain't No Messiah, Twisted Reunion, 25 Perfect Days: Plus 5 More, Brightside, and the Try Not to Die series. An Ivy League graduate, Mark lists Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King as the authors who most influence his own writing. He attests that attending Tom Spanbauer's Dangerous Writing workshop marked the turning point in his career. In addition to his writing, Mark is the host of the podcast Vicious Whispers.

Mark resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.

    Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I usually start with an overall idea for a story but once I begin inserting characters it gets molded into something else. I’m always excited to come up with a new scene because I’m anxious to discover how my character will respond.

    Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I wouldn’t classify Ain’t No Messiah as a must read. It’s been described as a dark, painful book to read and not for the squeamish. Although there is plenty of violence in this book, I believe the real pain comes from the reader understanding my characters and their limitations, that they are flawed but doing they best they could with what they were given.
So let’s say it’s a must read for people who like their fiction dark and dirty with plenty of flashbacks.
    Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have written several books that are not published and never will be. Those were learning experiences, time well-spent with no visible reward. Last year I went through a couple of them to see if there were any ideas worth saving and reworking, but nothing sparked my interest and it’d be more rewarding coming up with something new.

    If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
The blood red cinnamon candle in the final scene.

    What did you edit out of this book?

I edited out the entire first version. At first, I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal to make the changes my editor had suggested, but in doing so I rewrote the entire book. There was one scene that was hard to let go of, but I’m sure readers would appreciate my decision, considering it involved a dynamite-filled dildo.
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