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August 2021

Spotlight & $50 GC Giveaway: The Hotel (Series) by Michael James

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish PromotionsMichael James will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


Description of The Hotel Series

No one has ever escaped from the Hotel at the End of Time. Until now.

Vain only wants to be left alone, but the Hotel has other plans. Forces will align against her: a group of multi-dimensional felons collectively named The Wyatts; and their leader, Trick, a mild-to-medium psychopath with a fondness for impractical jokes.


The only way forward is to go back. Back to the one place in the world she swore she’d never return.


Back to the Hotel.


Description of  The Well at the Bottom of Everything:

Vain thought destroying the Portal to the Hotel at the End of Time would mean freedom for her and Roman, but her happy ever after is coming to an end.


A horrible mistake and a stray bullet force her to infiltrate the Hotel and contend with a new and terrible power: The Well at the Bottom of Everything.


Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken.


The Hotel will have its revenge.




Description of The Hotel at the End of Time

Hotel at the end of timeVain is the only person to ever escape from the Hotel at the end of time. On her way out, she too their prized possession: A Padlock that grants immortality.


They will do anything to get it back.


The forces of the Hotel are aligned against her: mundane items turned into weapons; a group o multi-dimensional felons collectively named The Wyatts; and their leader Trick, a mild-to-medium psychopath with a fondness for impractical jokes.


Everything changes whe Vain meets Emma, a timid grad student with impossible and terrifying powers Together, they are propelled into an adventure that will see them battle the Wyatts, blow up several objects of significant value, and quite by accident discover a way to stop the Hotel.


Even with Emma, Vain has a lot of problems to deal with.


She’s exhausted from being hunted.

Stopping the Hotel might kill them.

She has a hangnail.

But Vain i resourceful. Vain is clever.

And she always has plan.


Read an Excerpt from The Hotel at the End of Time

 “How is it for you?” Emma stood up and dusted herself off.

“How do you do it?”


Vain tilted her head. “You know how when everyone tells you what to do, tries to get you to act in a certain way, but when their head is turned, you punch their dick into slush?”


“I do not. Not at all. I’m not even sure you’ve described a real thing.”


“Well, that’s what using the power is like to me. I channel that emotion.”


“If I ever encountered a culture where the emotion associated with genital-punching as a response to be being told what to do was so commonplace they needed a word for it, I would never, ever visit them.”


“Sweden must have a word for that. Aren’t they constantly incoherent with rage?”


Emma shook her head. “Without knowing one word of Swedish, I’m positive they do not have a specific word for that.”




“How is this helping me? You said you’d teach me how to use these powers.”


“I will,” said Vain. “Think of me as your own personal Yoda.”


“The tree frog from the Star Wars movies?


Interview with Author Michael James

What inspired you to come up with the idea for your book?

So, the Hotel series came from the ol’ noggin (it’s my favorite nickname for my brain) but it’s sort of hard to say what inspired me exactly. We are all an amalgamation of our life experiences, but I guess if I had to say, with the utmost precision, what inspired Hotel…well, it was a visit at a hotel. And the next book in the series popped into my noggin as I sat at my desk and thought, “Well, well, well…what’s next? Why not an actual well?


How would you describe a perfect hero?

Believe or not, a hero needs to struggle and change and need not wear a cape. Then again, a hero doesn’t actually have to do anything to be a hero. Look at Peter from Office Space. He does nothing and he’s a true hero. So I guess in summary I’d say that a perfect hero is someone who does or doesn’t wear a cape.


How would you describe a perfect heroine?

Oh, I’m not sure I should talk about that. The grunge era is over and I can’t support the needle. That said, Lou Reed wrote the perfect song about this, followed closely by K’s Choice.


Any tips to share with someone who wants to be published?

One word: prologues.


What’s on your “bucket list?”

You know, it’s really an odd list, but here goes: ice cream bucket (for my dog’s water bowl), a 5 gallon bucket (for my garage’s trash can), a 10 gallon bucket (for my dog’s poop), and a 35 gallon bucket (more of a bin, really – for yard waste). It’s primarily organized by size and utility, but a list is a list.


What’s your favorite song on your playlist?

As a proud Canadian, I prefer to listen to bands only from Canada while writing. It helps me get into the mood. Steal My Sunshine by Canadian duo Len is high on that list. I also enjoy Canadian soundscapes…rivers, waterfalls, the warbling of moose, the honking of geese, the slow drip of maple syrup…you know, Canadian stuff.


Favorite time of day & why?

Any time between noon and 6p.m. because any other time is morning or night.


About Author Michael James

Michael James spent his formative years writing, and when he wasn’t writing, he was writing.

A mistaken belief that a “real” job would be more satisfying led him
down a dark path that did not involve writing but did involve meetings.

Fortunately, he has since course-corrected and is back on the right (write? Ha!) path. The Hotel at the End of Time is not his first book, but it is the one with the most Hotels in it.

He lives in Canada with his family. When he’s not writing, he does Canadian things – saying sorry a lot, being polite, talking about the weather, you know how it goes.





Amazon Author

The Hotel at
the End of Time:

The Well at the
Bottom of Everything:


Michael James will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.