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Monsterland by Michael Okon - Book Tour + Giveaway

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by Michael Okon


GENRE:  Horror (Monsters)



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?



What were the interlopers doing here? Billy thought furiously. This was their territory. 
The humans didn’t belong in the swamp. The moon continued its trip to the heavens, 
the familiar agony beginning in his chest. Billy fought the demons churning within his body, 
feeling the pain of metamorphosis. He curled inward, hunching his shoulders, the curse of his nature
making his spine pull until his tendons and muscles tore from their human positions to transform into 
something wicked. A howl erupted from his throat, followed by another, and then another. 
Grabbing handfuls of dirt, he tried to fight the awful change, but, as the sun dipped to its fiery death, 
the moon took control of his life, and the unnatural force tore through his unwilling body. Reason fled; 
his heart raced. Falling on his hands and knees, he let loose a keening cry as his face elongated,
his body changing into a canine, fangs filling his mouth. He raced in a circle in a demented dance, 
knowing his fellow pack members did the same thing. Slowing, he regulated his labored breathing, 
forcing the icy calmness he needed to keep some semblance of reason. He peered through the dense 
brush. Lights from the search party bobbed in the distance. The odor, the stench of humanity, 
filled the clearing.

He turned, digging furiously on the ground, throwing dirt on the flames, hiding their existence. 
It was no good. Discovery would ruin everything. No one could live with their kind. 
Humans brought disease, humans brought anger, humans brought hatred. They were there; 
he could smell them, see their clumsy bodies invading his home. “They’ve found us,” he growled in the 
special language they used. “Run!” he barked as he turned to his pack, watching his friends’ naked 
skin transform until it was covered with the same silvered fur. They cried out in unison at the pain, 
howling with the injustice, and then ran in fear from the interlopers threatening their habitat.


Author Interview

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
                I don’t eat ice cream, but when I do…mint chocolate chip. All day.

Which mythological creature are you most like?
                It’s a tossup between the Jackalope and the Skunk Ape. 
Some days I feel like a horned rabbit, other days I feel like the poor man’s Bigfoot.

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.
                I read “There’s a Monster at the End of this Book – Starring Grover from 
Sesame Street.” In kindergarten. I’m 100% serious. I had no idea it was Grover the first time 
I read it. I knew storytelling was in my DNA and I wanted to create amazing stories like this once I was able to type.

How do you develop your plot and characters?
                Before I begin any novel, I write the screenplay first. Before I write my screenplay, 
I beat out every single character arc and story. I have to know everything about my 
characters and where they are going. If I don’t create a roadmap, I will be lost.

Describe your writing space.
                Comfy couch. Mac Book on a pillow on my lap. Three bottles of Poland Spring water.
My iPhone charging right next to me. TV on in the background, generally Food Network 
or Travel Channel…or a standard fare movie. Nothing engaging.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michael Okon is the award-winning and best-selling author & screenwriter formerly known as 
Michael Phillip Cash. His originally self-published book Monsterland was picked up in a two-book 
publishing deal by WordFire Press. Michael is happily married and writes full-time on the North Shore 
of Long Island with his two screaming monsters in the background.
For more information, details and updates, visit:

Email Michael at



One randomly drawn commenter will win a $50 Amazon/BN GC (international giveaway),
five randomly drawn winners will win a size large Monsterland T-shirt (US only).

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