Wednesday, April 26, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Mason Dixon - Monster Hunter, Episode 1 (A New Templars Novella)" by Eric R. Asher

Mason Dixon – Monster Hunter, Episode 1
A New Templars Novella
by Eric R. Asher
Publication date: April 21st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
They are the first line of defense against the things that go bump in the night. 
They are the keepers of a centuries-old legacy of The Church defending the world against the forces of darkness. 
They are a bunch of highly armed rednecks, internet video celebrities, soccer moms, and assorted broken nutjobs. 
They are the new Templars, and things are about to get weird. 
From the pages of Bubba the Monster Hunter comes a new series featuring the Hunters from around the United States hunting down monsters, fighting off supernatural baddies, and making life really, really bad for the things that hunt people. 
He’s Mason Dixon, and he’s a bona fide internet celebrity. He has his own video series, a pistol that deserves its own area code, and a high definition video camera, and he’s not afraid to use any of them. 
In this introductory urban fantasy novella, we meet Mason, his right hand Emma, his “handler” Noah, his anime-styled hacker friend Himari, and more monsters than you can shake a stick at. Unless it’s a really big stick. 
With Mason, it’s always a big stick. This first novella in the series follows Mason through the wilds of Missouri as he hunts down monsters that hunt men, monsters that eat chewing tobacco, and monsters that make pancakes. And there’s moonshine. 
And then Bubba the Monster Hunter shows up. 
The New Templars novella series is a new series of short novels, similar to BookShots. Mason Dixon – Monster Hunter is the first in the series by popular urban fantasy and steampunk author Eric R. Asher.

EXCERPT:

“Out,” I said. “Get out of the pit. Safeties off.” I raised the stock to my shoulder and swept the area around us again.
Emma slipped and crashed into the pit, sending a cascade of stained white bones over the edge to clatter down into the limestone depression. We waited, and I could hear my own heartbeat pounding in my ears.
Boom.
We both froze. I don’t care how many times you’ve encountered something in the wild, you still freeze for a split second.
Boom.
“Move!” I hissed, backpedaling while keeping my tranquilizer aimed around Emma. She was almost out. We could get back on the ATVs and come back with bigger guns. 10cc darts? I should have brought the 50cc cannon. This was a mistake. The old man wasn’t crazy at all.
Boom. Boom. Boom. BoomBoomBoom.
The gowrow erupted from its lair like it had been spit forth by an angry god. Its stubby, bulbous body might have been humorous paired with its long scaly neck if not for the tusks fit for a mammoth gleaming in the dying sun. It would take that creature zero effort to kill us in one charge.
Its movements seemed awkward, but its attacks were practiced. The gowrow swiped at Emma with a four-toed webbed foot, a lethal claw extending from each digit. She fell backwards and rolled away, barely avoiding the attack.
Any doubt this gowrow was a maneater fled in a heartbeat.
I cranked the air pressure as high as it would go on the tranquilizer gun and fired. The dart rose slightly in a wind disturbance created by the massive creature and pinged harmlessly off the field of spiky scales lining its back. I cursed, flipped the butt of the rifle open, and loaded another dart.


Author Bio:
Eric is a former bookseller, cellist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers. 
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BOOK BLITZ for "Deathbringer (Olive Kennedy, Fairy World MD, #6)" by Tamara Grantham


Deathbringer
(Olive Kennedy, Fairy World M.D.)
by Tamara Grantham
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Some heroes are fated to save the world. Others are meant to destroy it… 
Olive Kennedy is all about positive thinking. She’s been stuck on Earth for the past four months, waiting for the spring equinox to arrive so she can return to Fairy World — but she’s staying positive. She’s hopeful she’ll once again see her handsome Viking fiancĂ© who’s waiting for her. She’s optimistic that her mission to reclaim the sword of Dracon — a sword of King Arthur fame and the only weapon capable of killing Theht — won’t result in death and destruction. And then there’s the small matter of an asteroid that’s been ripped out of its orbit and is hurtling toward Earth…no biggie. 
One last thing — she’s fated to destroy the world. To stop that prophecy from being fulfilled, she may have to sacrifice the one person she loves the most. 
Good thing she’s staying positive.

THE CAT!

Name: Han Solo
Color: Gray
Owner: Olive Kennedy

Favorite activities: Stalking birds in the window, chasing socks, napping, 
eating kitty kibbles, and NAPPING!

What does Han do when Olive is gone? First, Olive feels very bad about leaving Han behind all the time, but since the fate of the two worlds is usually on the line, she doesn’t have much of a choice. Han is not as lonely as some might think. In the earlier books, 
Olive’s elderly neighbor checks on him twice a day. Olive doesn’t know, 
but her neighbor brings over cans of tuna fish and balls of yarn.

Han and the neighbor get along well, 
although Han always prefers the company of Olive to anyone else.

Later, Olive asks Brent to check on Han. While Han doesn’t get as spoiled, he does like Brent because his hair always smells of that wax that has a faint fishy odor.

Once, two strange-smelling people broke into Olive’s apartment and tore it apart, but Han stayed out of sight under the bed. When the strangers left, Han found an unexpected surprise. The thieves had left the refrigerator opened. 
They had spilled luscious bologna all over the kitchen floor!

Han ate until his whiskers got greasy and his belly round and uncomfortable. When Brent found him, he brought him back to his place in Houston. At Brent’s house, he finally met up with Olive again, only for her to leave on yet another quest to save all humanity. 
Le cat sigh…


*This story is continued in Deathbringer.


Author Bio:
Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than half a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon in both the Mythology and Fairy Tales categories with over 100 reviews. 
Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series. 
Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks, which fuel her inspiration for creating fantastical worlds, and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made. You can find her online at www.TamaraGranthamBooks.com. 
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COVER REVEAL for "Jaded" by K.M. Robinson

Jaded (Jaded, #1)
by K.M. Robinson
Published by: Snowy Wings Publishing
Expected Publication:  June 27, 2017 

Synposis:

Her father failed in his mission to take control from the Commander, a defeat that has cost Jade her life. She will die as punishment. Now she belongs to the Commander’s son—as his wife. Knowing his intent is to quietly kill her in revenge, Jade’s every move is calculated to survive—until she learns her death ensures the safety of her father and her entire town.

Roan doesn’t want to kill Jade, but once his family isolates her from her father and community, his only choice is to go through with the plan. Jade doesn’t make it easy as she tries to sway him into falling for her. Each misstep makes him question his cause. Each moment makes every decision harder, but the Commander won’t allow him to fail.

One chooses life. One chooses death. In the midst of the chaos, only one will succeed.


And now on to the Cover Reveal...

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Author Bio:

K.M. Robinson is a storyteller who creates new worlds both in her writing and in her fine arts conceptual photography. She is a marketing, branding and social media strategy educator who is recognized at first sight by her very long hair. She is a creative who focuses on photography, videography, couture dress making, and writing to express the stories she needs to tell. She almost always has a camera within reach.


Monday, April 24, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Chris Ledbetter for "The Sky Throne"


Title: THE SKY THRONE
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Pub. Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 292
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.

"Destined to have a sequel or two, young teens will appreciate the story, and teachers will appreciate that it instructs readers about the pantheon of gods."--Kevin Beach, VOYA Magazine


~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Chris Ledbetter~

1)      What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

The storyline is loosely based on Hesiod’s Theogony, the creation myth and collection of origin stories that fuel Greek mythology.

2)      Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

      Duality is a running theme, that there are two sides to everything. Also, people sometimes do bad things for good reasons.

3)      Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Not really. Some of the characters are more what I’d call composites of people I know. They end up being like a stew where you throw in a little of this and a little of that while staying as true as possible to canonical characteristics.

4)      Who has influenced you most as a writer?

I have had the great pleasure to be in a critique group with lovely writers from the Nevada chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Some of these writers are the greatest I’ve ever known and they influence me greatly. Outside of them, James Dashner, Dan Brown, and Laini Taylor are probably my top influences.

5)      If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

Ohmigod! This is an awesome question! *taps temples* Hmmm, okay let’s go with… Ryan Sharpe (Tracy Clark’s Mirage), Karou (Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone), and Cassie Colesworth (Martina Boone’s Compulsion). I propose that we should play CLUE: Star Wars Edition. I would order in some pizza from a local favorite, Pizzetta’s. I’d choose these people because they are among my favorite characters for many reasons. (All hail the respective authors for creating such fine characters) The game Clue is great for groups and I’m a Star Wars geek. And the pizza from Pizzetta’s is simply awesome. 

About Chris:


Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
4/17/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsGuest Post
4/17/2017- Reading for the Stars and MoonReview

4/18/2017- LILbooKloversInterview
4/18/2017- Sophie RiggsbyReview

4/19/2017- Don't Judge, ReadInterview
4/19/2017- Book Review BeccaReview

4/20/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt
4/20/2017- Zach's YA ReviewsReview

4/21/2017- YA and WineInterview
4/21/2017- Kim Harnes, AuthorReview

Week 2:
4/24/2017- Jennifer EatonGuest Post
4/25/2018- So Few BooksInterview
4/26/2018- Never Too Many To ReadGuest Post

4/27/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
4/27/2018- I am not a bookworm!Review

4/28/2018- Mundie MomsReview


BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Holly Kowitt for "The Principal's Underwear is Missing"


Author: Holly Kowitt
Pub. Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 224
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

When you're a sixth-grade nobody, the last person you wan to accidentally zonk with a volleyball is Sloan "Selfie" St. Clair--the eighth-grade glamour queen of the school. But that's what happens to Becca Birnbaum, and it only gets worse when she tries to do Selfie a favor. She grabs the wrong shopping bag from the principal's office -- one containing a very personal item. and even that might not be so bad, if only Selfie didn't immediately lose it.

If they don't get it back ASAP, they're toast. They try not to panic--until they hear that the Biggest Prank Ever is about to happen. Can the school's oddest couple stop the disaster of a lifetime?


~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Holly Kowitt~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

My inspiration was the British fiction series, Jeeves and Wooster, about an aristocratic party boy and his very smart butler. I transferred the relationship to middle school, where a rich, super-popular eighth grader accidentally pairs up with a bookish sixth grade nobody. As the “brains” of the operation, the sixth grader always has to get the Queen Bee out of trouble. When the principal’s undergarment goes missing, it’s up to the younger girl to prevent a once-in-a-lifetime disaster.

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

In the book, friendship springs up between two very different people --  a partnership that makes no sense to anyone, and defies the school’s social hierarchy. The possibilities of such a friendship are interesting, and very, very funny.

The importance of kindness is another theme. The Queen Bee turns out to be — against type — extremely nice. Each girl, in her own way, challenges the other to be a better person.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Becca, the bookish sixth-grader fascinated by the older girl, is based on my younger self. I was a late bloomer who’d have loved a peek into the glamorous eighth grade world.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

In children’s books, I was most influenced by Louise Fitzhugh, who wrote Harriet the Spy. The characters were quirky, real, and flawed. Like Harriet, I wanted to be a writer. It was a story — and world — I could really climb inside and enter, because the setting and characters were so alive to me. And it gave me a crush on New York City.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why? 

I’d invite Rob Fleming from Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, Neil Klugman from Goodbye, Columbus, and Joyce Johnson from her Beat-era memoir, Minor Characters. We’d play “Celebrity”, my favorite party game, and I’d serve lemonade and pizza. Each character is a great observer, and I think we’d have a lot of fun together.


About Holly: 

Holly Kowitt has written more than fifty books for younger readers, including the Loser List series. She lives in New York City, where she enjoys cycling, flea markets, and West Coast swing dancing.


Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of 
THE PRINCIPAL'S UNDERWEAR IS MISSING, US Only.


Tour Schedule:
Week One:
4/24/2017- So Few BooksInterview
4/25/2017- Never Too Many To ReadReview
4/26/2017- Twirling Book PrincessExcerpt
4/27/2017- BookHounds YAReview
4/28/2017-Page TurnersExcerpt
Week Two:
5/1/2017- BookloveReview
5/2/2017-Novel NoviceExcerpt
5/3/2017- Book Review BeccaReview
5/4/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview
5/5/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsReview

Sunday, April 23, 2017

REVIEW of "Scooby Apocalypse, Volume 1" by Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis, with illustration by Howard Porter

****(4) out of 5 stars!

SYNOPSIS:

Fred. Daphne. Velma. Shaggy. Scooby-Doo. 
Roaming the globe in their lime-green Mystery Machine, 
they've solved countless crimes and debunked dozens of sketchy supernatural shenanigans.

But what if the horror was real?

Something terrible has transformed our world, 
turning millions of people into mindless zombie hordes. 
And only five people -- well, four people and one mangy mutt -- 
have the smarts, the skills and the sheer crazy courage to stare down doomsday.

Can these pesky kids and their canine companion 
-- using every incredible contraption in their arsenal -- 
defeat the evil that has overwhelmed planet Earth? 
We've got only one thing to say about that: ZOINKS!

From comics mastermind Jim Lee,
 and the superstar creative team of 
Keith Giffen (JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001), J.M. DeMatteis (JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK) 
and Howard Porter (JLA) comes SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, 
a whole new spin on the most beloved paranormal investigators in history. 
Get ready to give Scooby Snacks a whole new meaning! 

(SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, VOLUME 1 collects issues #1-6.)

REVIEW:

I must admit that I wasn't prepared to like this latest version of the mystery-solving group of young people.  It just seemed like too big of a stretch from what I was used to seeing.  But it turned out to be a fun and interesting new take on the traditional Scooby-doo story. 

The graphics were bright, clear and easy to absorp.  There weren't many scenes that were hard to decipher.  And all of the characters were distinct enough as to be discernable.

The characters were unique and original enough that they created their own personas.  And yet they were similar enough to prior incarnations that they were still recognizable. 

The premise of the series - that something terrible has transformed the world and turned everyone but them into mindless zombies - is definitely a twist on the usual scenario where the gang unmasks the monster as a fake. 

While this reading didn't get far enough into the actual story for them to make any definitive discoveries about what is going on, it did provide enough nuance and innuendo to hint at an actual purpose and plot. Hopefully, future editions will shed more light on everything.  

I received a free eGalley copy of this title from NetGalley 
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

REVIEW for the "Dances with Werewolves" series by Nora Snowdon


*****(5) out of 5 stars!

"Just One Bite (Dances with Werewolves, #1)"

Rosie has met the man of her dreams... Or could it really be her nightmares? After fabulous sex, he suddenly disappears. He re-enters her life in time for her to discover he's being forced into a shotgun wedding.

Lucas finds in Rosie everything he's ever wanted in a mate. Only problem is, she's human. His werewolf parents want him to marry a nice girl with a fur coat, but the woman they've chosen is a bitch in more ways than one. When his fiancée Annabelle accidently bites Rosie, she is thrown into a whole new fuzzy lifestyle.

If Lucas can just downplay the negative aspects of being a werewolf - fleas, the desire to chase motorcycles, and Uncle Harold - maybe he can convince Rosie that Annabelle's bite is actually a good thing. Now that she too is a werewolf, they can be together.

Can Lucas win back the love of his life? Can Rosie love a man who moonlights as a wolf? A sexy comedy that will have you howling...
 


Rosie and Lucas

This is a fun romantic romp with a paranormal twist.  The characters in the story are well enough developed that you want to continue reading their tale.  The dialogue is witty and funny, the storyline sufficiently intriguing to keep your interest and yet light enough to be a fun read.

Rosie is the quindecinnial every-day girl that many women see themselves as, and Lucas is the gorgeous (and also quite rich) man of her dreams, who just so happens to be crazy about her.  There are plenty of love scenes which are plenty steamy!  (Definitely intended for adult readers only.)  The relationship that Rosie develops with the dog alter ego of Lucas is absolutely precious, and all the more interesting when she chooses the wayward mutt to confide in about her romantic issues.  The actual werewolf scenes were a bit tamer than you might expect, but still they present an entertaining supernatural turn. 

Rosie and Lucas are obviously destined for one another (as is evident from the very first scene), despite a slew of obstacles getting in their way.  I did think there should have been more explanation for Rosie’s benefit about what actually occurred with Annabelle and such, in order to clear up more of the misunderstandings that occurred.  But otherwise it was a very pleasing and fun frolic, that receives the happy ending it deserves.

I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and have willingly provided an honest review.
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***(3) out of 5 stars

"First Bite is the Deepest (Dances with Werewolves, #2)"

Can a woman bitten by a werewolf choose not to become one herself? Ella is not persuaded by rich, handsome, and (unfortunately) neutered werewolf, Robert Colbert that his bite need change her life. Despite her annoyance with his arrogance, she agrees to let him take her to dinner if he’ll let her interview him for her gossip magazine LoveLifeStyle about his previous job as a designer/host for a reality TV show.

Trying to convince her to accept her werewolf fate before the rapidly approaching full moon, Robert finds himself falling in love with the stubborn bitch-to-be. But with some dark secrets of her own and a scarier suitor on her horizon, Ella may prove to be the one woman able to resist Robert’s wolfish charm.

Ella and Robert

While I didn’t find this story quite as good as the first edition in the series, it was still a fun tale.  The meet-cute story of Ella and Robert is definitely unique, and the reason they start spending time together even more so.  And it is fun to see more of this unique family as the story unfolds.  But since you can see the sparks fly between Ella and Robert right from the get-go, it is no surprise that they end up together.  There are some rather spicy scenes between them; but, again, it doesn't quite measure up to the first novel.  Of course, we have to traipse through the ubiquitous trials and travails before they can have their happily ever after.  Although the biggest supposed shock of the story was something you could totally see coming, if you were paying enough attention.  But Robert, of course, is blindsided by Ella’s revelation, and – mostly just due to his stubborn nature – has trouble accepting it.  He also tends to jump to conclusions a bit, which causes some related problems that could have been more easily solved.  But it does all prove worth it in the end.  
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****(4) out of 5 stars

"Big Girls Don't Bite (Dances with Werewolves, #3)"

After a lifetime of rebelling against her controlling mother and over-protective werewolf family in general, Anna is shocked to find herself falling for a man her mother might actually approve of. Well, if only he wasn’t a human. And the fact that he has a weird genetic problem that could kill him if she “accidentally” bites him doesn’t help matters.

Ericson knows with his shady past, he should lay low. After his brother was murdered, he’d vowed not to put anyone else he loved in danger. Despite his best intentions, Anna Colbert somehow gets under his skin. Apparently with a woman like Anna, resistance is futile.


Anna and Ericson

This story about the youngest sibling in the Colbert clan is as fun and playful as it predecessor volumes.  This one had a little different feel to it because the primary character was a young woman.  Her brothers and parents were a bit over-protective, and her sisters-in-law accordingly acted more like aunts.  But it was enjoyable to again see other members of the family interacting together.  Getting to know the infamous were-doodle Janette was also quite entertaining.  This episode had more in the way of actual outside drama and intrigue, rather than just the usual romantic angst.  There were a bunch of twists and turns, that were fairly obvious to anyone who was paying attention, but that helped make it an interesting tale nonetheless.  The biggest shock of this book was one that nobody except the family matriarch saw coming.  But it did help lead to an eventual happy ending.    

I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and have willingly provided an honest review.
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*These books do contain rather graphic sex scenes 
and not considered suitable for readers under 18 years of age. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ for "Where Words Fail, Music Speaks" Anthology

I'm excited to be taking part in the release blitz for the "Where Words Fail, Music Speaks" Anthology, which is out now!


"Where Words Fail, Music Speaks" is a collection of short stories and poetry by writers from all walks of life.

Each story is based on the titles of 90s Britpop songs, including Come Back To What You Know, Bittersweet Symphony, Animal Nitrate, Disco 2000, and more.

Our list of authors is: Kyra Lennon, Clare Dugmore, Annalisa Crawford, Ker Dukey, Wesley Copeland, Robb Turburville, D H Sidebottom, Audrina Lane, M.B. Feeney, Karen Frances, S.J Warner, Scout Dawson, Kimberly Morgan, Maddie Wade, Rebeccalou Heronpontin, and Andrea Coventry.

All proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to Clusterbusters.
Clusterbusters® is an IRS-approved 501 (c) (3) non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to researching treatments that show promise for reliable, effective and long term relief from cluster and related headaches.