Hyperia Jones and the Olive Branch Caper

Posted October 22, 2020

Hyperia Jones

The Hype is real!
Hyperia Jones is at the top of her game, and she knows it. By day, a glamorous pro-rasseler who dominates the TwistCube world of FIRE–the Federation of Interstellar Rassling Entertainment. By night, the daring, resourceful, and entirely unscrupulous Tekuani, master thief.
But when the law catches up with her unexpectedly, she’s forced to accept a dangerous mission working for the very people who’ve been trying to catch her for years, and steal evidence against a powerful drug smuggling operation that reaches deep into the elite levels of Seventeen Realms society.
Now it’s a battle on all fronts. Hyperia must put everything on the line and decide what means the most to her: the lives of her fellow rasslers or her freedom.
Get in on the action in this fun, first-in-a-series sci-fi adventure.

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Elizabeth and the Tome of Knowledge

Posted June 30, 2020

Elizabeth and the Tome of Knowledge A warlock from the underworld in the guise of a human. An honorable pirate with his heart set on revenge.
All hell is about to break loose.

A chance encounter at a masquerade ball will give Lady Elizabeth Whitton the chance to escape a life she never wanted.
A fairy realm where all that is good is created slowly withers away as the patriarch fairy dies.
Elizabeth has no idea how closely the worlds are connected, or how her destiny as the “Light Bringer” will be the only thing capable of saving everything she loves.
When their worlds collide, and the warlock lord of the underworld releases his beasts on the Earth, everything will be thrown into chaos.
Will Elizabeth sacrifice her one chance at true love and accept her destiny? Or will the beasts win out and destroy humanity once and for all?

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Forever Mine – Cy and Rylan: Wolf Shifter Romance (Pre-order)

Posted June 24, 2020

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Author Bio

You want to know who I am? Well, let’s see!

I’m British born and bred, although I have lived most of my life in New Zealand. Sweet as? (Kiwi Saying) I love New Zealand, best little country in the world today, though I’m sure others will have different opinions.

First and foremost, I am a wife and mother of four children, though we lost our youngest 17 years ago. My husband and I have been married for 28 years this year. Our two eldest daughters are in the UK having their OE (Overseas Experience as they call them in Kiwiland). My son is about to start university to study architecture.

This will be the first time my husband and I will have true freedom to do as we wish, when we wish, without the phrase “Get a room” from the kids with our reply of “Don’t need one. Got a house.” And that was just about kissing…lol. Kids these days!

I am a Family History Researcher and have been for the past twenty years. I fell into writing in 2012 and became a multi-genre author because the muses…yeah more than one…wouldn’t shut the up. I have published over thirty books and have over a hundred drafts on my computer. My main genres are Children’s Adventure Stories, Young Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, New Adult Murder Mystery Romance under my own name. Under my pen name of Beth Bayley, I write Contemporary Billionaire Romance (reverse aka the woman is the billionaire) as well as a set of Mythical Welsh stories. I also have one wayward muse who I call Chloe King who is an Erotic Author. Pain in the…and a nympho. Meanwhile, I’ll stay prudish, thanks.

In 2014 I established up my own Publishing Company called Plaisted Publishing House Ltd, which now runs Author Services for Formatting, Editing and Book Covers. We’ve helped over forty clients in various different ways. We also do Family History Books and Ghostly Anthologies.

You can contact me at:

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Star Shepherd Blog hop – Day Two

Posted March 20, 2019

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Welcome to the Star Sheperd BLOG HOP TOUR.

Please get yourself comfortable as we take a daily tour through these fabulous blogs. Each blog you visit will entertain you with exclusive articles and excerpts from this fantastic new book. Get an insight into the character’s head with interviews and profile images. Then hunt down the hidden word that will get you one step closer to the $10 Amazon Gift Card.

You are here to celebrate the release of Star Shepard, book one of the space western series, Shepherd of Light, by R.R.Virdi.

Star Shepherd knows a raw deal when he sees one. And he’s got the worst one in the galaxy: to deliver a mysterious package to a rebellion to change the scales of power in favor of the common man. As he meets with an old friend to seek much-needed help, he draws the attention of a genocidal admiral willing to destroy entire worlds if it means catching Star Shepherd.

Will Star survive the chase and bring hope to the rebellion, or deliver a gift into the hands of a worse power, tipping the galaxy into further chaos?

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Excerpt

Zheer exhaled through his nose. “Government and corporations are after you. Expect trouble of the private, well-armed, and not-so-nice, and law-abiding kind.”

Star rolled his eyes. “Corporations are the government last I checked.”

Zheer waved a dismissive hand. “Think they used to call that semantics. Still, for the money they’re offering, won’t be long till more than just those bodies will be after you. We’re talking citizens, less than savory sorts. Heck, Liberation Movement folks will be after you. Separatists—extremists too. You know what they’re like. Always crowing on about how the government and those that serve ‘em are dogs needin’ to be put down. They’re just as ruthless and maybe crazier Shepherding. You’re going to need friends and one heck of a corner to hide in.”

Star pulled his drink back, swirling the amber fluid around without wanting to take a sip. “So, question is: Are you friend, Zheer?”

Zheer clicked his tongue. “Not as good as one as I should be. Showed up just in time to tell you to get what you came for and run.”

Don’t forget to visit all the blogs and collect the 10 hidden words for your chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Send your completed word list to kkantasauthorassist@gmail.com

Tuesday 19thhttps://rrvirdi.com
Wednesday 20thhttp://indiescififantasy.com
Thursday 21sthttps://readcommendations.com
Friday 22ndhttps://mmcquillen44.wixsite.com/themadhouse
Saturday 23rdhttps://www.authorerikamszabo.com/my-thinking-board
Sunday 24thhttps://rainne15.wordpress.com
Monday 25thhttps://www.maryrwoldering.com
Tuesday 26thhttps://karensbookbuzz.wordpress.com
Wednesday 27thhttps://katerauner.wordpress.com/
Thursday 28thhttps://celthric.com

Blog Hop Tour organized by Author Assist

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Alpha Tales 2044 by Wesley Britton

Posted December 17, 2018

Alien Vision presents a collection of short stories and sketches from the Beta-Earth Chronicles by Wesley Britton.

Alpha Tales 2044, opens on Beta-Earth when two genetically-enhanced mutants are forced to recover a stolen secret, the cure to the ancient Plague-With-No-Name that defined a planet for millennia.
Then we jump across the multi-verse to our earth, Alpha-Earth, where police Captain Mary Carpenter infiltrates a gang of White Supremacists who want to purify Texas after decades of climate change and weaponized plagues.

Still on Alpha, we leap ahead in time to 40 years in the future where Mary Carpenter joins up with four aliens, two from Beta-Earth, two from Serapin-Earth. All four share the same father, The Blind Alien from Alpha-Earth. They’ve traveled across the multi-verse to tell us about their worlds.

But Alphans, scarred by the devastations to our world, are unhappy about learning about very different cultures from anything we’ve ever known and especially hearing about multiple deities. So the alien band are forced to go on the run and take sanctuary in a First Nation domed city in British Columbia.

But their sanctuary doesn’t last long. Forced to travel further into the Canadian wilderness, the family encounters a pair of Sasquatch who change everything for them. They learn about the many definitions of what it means to be human.

Alpha Tales 2044, is a collection of stories that are part sci-fi, part murder mysteries, part horror, and part social commentary. But completely full of the unexpected, surprises, and tales, unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

 

Official Released 8/12 price $0.99
iBook, Nook and Kobo: https://www.draft2digital.com/book/392281
Where to buy Amazon:  http://bit.ly/AT2044

 

About the Author

Immerse yourself in an extraordinary universe revealed by the most original storytelling you’ll ever experience. “Science fiction yes, but so much more.”

Besides his 33 years in the classroom, Dr. Wesley Britton considers his Beta-Earth Chronicles the most important work he’s ever done. “I suppose an author profile is intended to be a good little biography,” Britton says, “but the best way to know who I am is to read my novels.”

Still, a few things you might like to know about Wes include the fact he’s the author of four non-fiction books on espionage in the media, most notably The Encyclopedia of TV Spies (2009). Beginning in 1983, he was a widely published poet, article writer for a number of encyclopedias, and was a noted scholar of American literature. Since those days, for sites like BlogCritics.org and BookPleasures.com, Britton wrote over 500 music, book, and movie reviews. For seven years, he was co-host of online radio’s Dave White Presents for which he contributed celebrity interviews with musicians, authors, actors, and entertainment insiders.

Starting in fall 2015, his science fiction series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles, debuted with The Blind Alien. Throughout 2016, four sequels followed including The Blood of Balnakin, When War Returns, A Throne for an Alien, and The Third Earth. Return to Alpha was the sixth volume of this multi-planetary epic.

Britton earned his doctorate in American Literature at the University of North Texas in 1990. He taught English at Harrisburg Area Community College until his retirement in 2016. He serves on the Board of Directors for Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania.

 

Where to find Wesley online.

Website: https://drwesleybritton.com/books/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetaEarthChronicles/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wesley_britton

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wesley-Britton/e/B001HD455U

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/295635.Wesley_Britton

Mailing list sign up: http://eepurl.com/dwvfQr

 

EXCERPT: From Last Night Of The Colective

I vividly remember the afternoon when Jrin Rol, the second-in-command of our security unit, and I stepped onto the ground floor of the Hotel Domino in the new city called Monte Carlo. The hotel was an entertainment center named after yet another Alpha game Malcolm Renbourn had brought to our planet. It should have been named Hotel Backgammon for all the pointed spikes of alternating colors on the floors and walls.

 

On this day, I was listening to Jrin’s wistful hopes for an extended leave from service so she could deepen her studies in linguistic morphologies, geographic spatial patterns, and other analytical investigative techniques that would make her far more than a skilled expert in stealth and counter-espionage operations. I was becoming more and more impressed with what I heard as we walked into the dining hall.

 

Then, my blood chilled. In one moment, I felt as if I’d drank a bath shell-sized cocktail of adrenaline and dread. Sitting alone at a table in the corner was First Helprim Kiem Holenris from ital, the supreme head of the Munchen Collective. The last I’d seen of this seeming old crone had been in my offices in Bercumel. On that day, Holendris had let me know my life was on the line if I continued my then-pointless, personal war with my bond-family. For, like her, my genetically-enhanced mutations had come at a cost. The little pills the Collective now provided me slowed the metabolic rushing of time that aged such as us much faster than our years. If I wanted to live a healthy and beautiful life and for a good long time, I needed the pills only the Collective could provide me.

 

Holendris looked like a woman who’d seen four generations of descendants from her womb. But she was merely the age of my own mother. Like me, her appearance concealed a body of extraordinary gifts. Unlike me, she had started her pill regimen much later in her life than I had, hence her aged face and deceptively marked skin. On this day, while her lips were twisted in an almost skullish smile, her eyes sent a clear message to me across the wide hall of tables and happy noises.

 

“Child,” they wordlessly told me, “bring your sun-drenched bronze skin and bright, blonde hair over here to me. You must come to me now. A matter of dire importance awaits you. Awaits us.”

 

I looked to Jrin, who understood my own silent signal. We slowly made our way to the Helprim’s round, polished white table where Kiem studied our movements with practiced eyes. She nodded as we came close and indicated two chairs.

 

“Sit, little kitty,” she cooed. “Sit, Jrin Rol of the Mask-Painters.”

 

Wordlessly, we took our places as serving hands quickly brought us trays of beverages. Kiem waited until the hands departed and took a sip of her own red pravine, then said softly, “Thank you for your quick compliance, as what I am here to discuss requires some delicacy.”

 

 

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Day Three of Destroyed Blog Tour

Posted November 22, 2018

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Destroyed blog tour – day two

Welcome to the third day of the blog tour, which features a short excerpt from Destroyed, the fourth book in Madeline Dyer’s Untamed series. The dreamland has now gone, and with the Enhanced posing a new threat, Seven is faced with an impossible choice:
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Excerpt from Destroyed

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial _builder_version=”3.4.1″]Destroyed Madeline DyerIt’s just him. My eyes narrow.

Raleigh.

He looks strong, in better shape than any of us. He flexes his arms slightly, and muscles bulge. More muscular than I’ve ever seen him. No guesses as to which augmenters he’s taken.

I stare at him. “How are you finding me?” A tracker? Is there a tracker on me? But no, I know there isn’t. My powers tell me.

Raleigh laughs. “I can always find you. Did you really think I’d let you get away?” He takes a step forward. “You’re the savior, Shania. As if I’d be so careless as to lose you again.”

“Get away,” Elf snarls.

Raleigh snorts. “You think these people can protect you? You think these are the people to save? Look at them—oh dear.” He points at Corin. “Well, he’s not much use, is he?” He laughs again, then he seems to notice Toivo for the first time. He takes a step back. “Well, congratulations are obviously in order.”

“Rot in hell,” Esther whispers.

Elf throws light forward, but Raleigh deflects it. Elf ducks as the light bolts back at him and hits a rock behind us. I hear it shatter.

How are you finding us?” I keep my voice steady, steely.

“Oh, Shania. I own the world. I am powerful. My people are everywhere.” Raleigh shakes his head, mock-sympathy on his face. “Not to mention, I have technology. I have cameras, drones, detection systems in place.” He tilts his head to one side. “That’s the problem with you wild ones. You forget we have advanced beyond running around in caves, being hunter-gatherers. You need to embrace the new direction for the human race. Our ancestors did. They moved out of caves, away from living off the land. It seems, you are moving backward though. That is never a good move. You need to embrace evolution.”

“Even when evolution destroys humanity?” I stare at him.

What do you know about humanity?

My shoulders tighten.

Raleigh shrugs. “Humanity adapts.”

“You have no humanity.” And I look into Raleigh’s soul—and it’s because I’m desperate. I need to know what evil looks like so I know I’m not it. That I’m not destined to become a killer worse than Raleigh.

 

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Madeline Dyer lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books—sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honors degree in English from the University of Exeter, and several presses have published her fiction. Madeline has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and she can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes.

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Author Interview: S. E. Anderson

Posted April 25, 2018

S.E. Anderson

S.E. Anderson can’t ever tell you where she’s from. Not because she doesn’t want to, but because it inevitably leads to a confusing conversation where she goes over where she was born (England) where she grew up (France) and where her family is from (USA) and it tends to make things very complicated.

She’s lived pretty much her entire life in the South of France, except for a brief stint where she moved to Washington DC, or the eighty years she spent as a queen of Narnia before coming back home five minutes after she had left. Currently, she goes to university in Marseille, where she’s studying Physics and aiming for a career in Astrophysics.

When she’s not writing, or trying to science, she’s either reading, designing, crafting, or attempting to speak with various woodland creatures in an attempt to get them to do household chores for her. She could also be gaming, or pretending she’s not watching anything on Netflix.

  • When did you first discover your love for writing? 

I don’t think there ever was a moment when I wasn’t writing… or, at least, telling a story. Even before I could hold a pen, I’d tell my parents or family friends to write down stories I would tell them. The love has just not stopped growing ever since! 

  • Do you have a favourite place to write? 

In my comfy armchair, by the window. I’m perfectly poised and always ready to write! Definitely helps that there’s no side table or place to put the computer down, which makes it so that I have to just keep writing. 

  • Do you have a writing routine or process that you adhere to? 

I wish I did, but my life is too hectic at the moment! I do enjoy writing in the evenings after dinner and before bed, but it depends on if astrophysics papers require my attention. 

  • Are there any authors or specific books you aspire to? 

Too many to list. I would love to one day be a talented enough writer to run in the same circles as Neil Gaiman. 

  • What inspired you to write Starstruck? 

Starstruck was really a writing project between me and my best friend Joanna. She and I both wanted to have more badass women in Scifi that we could aspire too, so we decided to write one ourselves. 

  • Can you tell us a little about your book? 

They’re books about adulthood, anxiety, and… aliens?

Starstruck, and its sequel, Alienation, follow the adventures (or misadventures) of Sally Webber, a college dropout and all around anxious person, as she gets thrown into the insane reality of Aliens among us. Trying to get your life together and save the world at the same time isn’t the easiest! 

  • Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?

That would probably have to be Blayde. She’s much more than her no-nonsense, adrenalin junkie appearance might project. I can’t wait to dive into her character! 

  • Does your book contain a message for readers to consider? 

A few ones:

  • The universe is absurd and chaotic: it’s just the way it is, entropy is literally always increasing. Deal with it.
  • You might not be living the life you want to be living. That’s ok. It’s still your life and for you to take advantage of.
  • It’s ok to be afraid. If you manage to work through that fear, it’s ok to feel proud. That’s a massive accomplishment. 
  • Would you be interested in sharing a teaser? 


 

  • What would say has been your biggest challenge and achievement in writing? 

The biggest achievement is simply getting it published! It’s been a long road since I’ve started writing it. The most challenging aspect has to be dealing with the fact that it will never be perfect, only the best I can make it. I was not ready to stop tweaking it, because I’m never happy with what I do! 

  • What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing the Starstruck saga?

It’s interesting, writing a book is like holding up a mirror to your face, but ignoring the reflection. It’s only when I re-read my drafts years later that I saw elements of myself I just hadn’t yet learned to recognize. What those elements are might be too personal for right here, right now, though. 

  • Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors? 

I always get this advice, and it’s the best advice: Just. Keep. Writing. Don’t give up until you have a book! 

  • Anything else you would like to say? 

It’s a massive pleasure writing this saga. I really hope the readers connect with it as much as I want them to. Please feel free to connect with me if you want to chat about my books! 

  • And finally, do you have any future works planned? 

LOADS. Starstruck is going to be quite a long series… and I’m going to continue writing YA scifi and fantasy for the rest of my life. Look out!

Author Links:

Website: http://seandersonauthor.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/seandersonauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sea_author/

Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/Readcommendations/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16568264.S_E_Anderson

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Beta Earth Chronicles – Blog Tour

Posted October 27, 2017

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The Blind Alien is a story with a highly original concept, fascinating characters, and not-too-subtle but truthful allegories.  Don’t let the sci-fi label or alternate Earth setting fool you–this is a compelling and contemporarily relevant story about race, sex, and social classes.”

–Raymond Benson, Former James Bond novelist and author of the Black Stiletto books.

 

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Besides his 33 years in the classroom, Dr. Wesley Britton considers his Beta-Earth Chronicles the most important work he’s ever done. “I suppose an author profile is intended to be a good little biography,” Britton says, “but the best way to know who I am is to read my novels.”

Still, a few things you might like to know about Wes include the fact he’s the author of four non-fiction books on espionage in the media, most notably The Encyclopedia of TV Spies (2009). Beginning in 1983, he was a widely published poet, article writer for a number of encyclopedias, and was a noted scholar of American literature. Since those days, for sites like BlogCritics.org and BookPleasures.com, Britton wrote over 500 music, book, and movie reviews. For seven years, he was co-host of online radio’s Dave White Presents for which he contributed celebrity interviews with musicians, authors, actors, and entertainment insiders.

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Starting in fall 2015, his science fiction series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles, debuted with The Blind Alien. Throughout 2016, four sequels followed including The Blood of Balnakin, When War Returns, A Throne for an Alien, and The Third Earth. Return to Alpha will be the sixth volume of this multi-planetary epic.

Britton earned his doctorate in American Literature at the University of North Texas in 1990. He taught English at Harrisburg Area Community College until his retirement in 2016. He serves on the Board of Directors for Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania. He lives with his one and only wife, Betty, in Harrisburg, PA.

 

Book One, The Blind Alien, came out in Sept 2015 – Book Six is due for release before Christmas 2017.

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The epic opens when Malcolm Renbourn, a young history teacher, walks into an ordinary bank on an ordinary day. Suddenly, he feels excruciating pain. Unexpectedly, he loses his sight and discovers he has been drawn against his will across the multi-verse to a slave-holding country on a parallel earth. He doesn’t understand a single word he hears, but he soon comprehends that he is the focal point in the quest to end a plague that kills three out of four male babies their first year on Beta-Earth.

Branded state property, he must escape, but where can a blind man in a strange world dominated by desperate scientists run? And on a world where polygamy is the norm, how can Malcolm Renbourn adapt into becoming the husband of five independent wives who never expected to be the mothers of a generation a planet hopes will carry the genes that will change everything. And that’s just part of the story.

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Much of Malcolm’s background was drawn from my own life, especially his blindness and the treatment he endures because of it. Some of his more bizarre encounters actually happened to me, many of them quite comical. People have asked Malcolm and me all sorts of strange questions over the years—Do blind people sleep with their eyes open or closed? How does a blind man aim properly in toilets? Did I know I had a beard?

 

Of course, most of the book is pure imagination, as in the ghastly plague that kills three out of four male babies their first year, resulting in Beta-Earth’s culture of polygamy. Hence, Malcolm’s growing tribe of wives and children.

Blind Alien

 

Here are a couple more reviews for Blind Alien which is priced at only $0.99

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“An excellent work of new SF that hearkens back to the classics of Asimov and Heinlein. Told from the viewpoint of the different characters, it is a tale of a man from our earth (Alpha) being unwittingly transferred to a parallel earth (Beta) where he must learn to adapt to new cultures, attitudes, languages at the same time as coming to grips with the loss of his sight. Each of the characters are fully developed and well defined and being able to hear their thoughts about each encounter brings a richness to the narratives. Politics, religion, social mores and relationships are all examined from both without and within.”—Dave Massengale, Amazon review

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“Spymaster and imaginative author, Dr. Wesley Britton has another big hit! His book takes the reader on a compelling journey of an Alpha earthling who has been spirited to planet Beta. Science-fiction, yes, but much more. The book explores science, medicine, commerce, education, spiritual life, family life and sex on an alternative planet which at times is insightful and hilarious in its comparison to our own Earth. In an ingenious way, Dr. Britton has created a new grammar and vocabulary to continually intrigue the reader. A true winner!” –Bobbi Chertok, Amazon Reviewer

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Follow Wesley Britton at:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/295635.Wesley_Britton/blog

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Explore Beta-Earth with Tribe Renbourn as the “Alpha Man” and his wives face irresistible prophecies, island tyrants, the curse of the “Plague-With-No-Name,” and a horrifying death-trade.

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Just when Tribe Renbourn is certain they’ve found sanctuary in the country of Alma, they must battle a mutant girl from the aristocracy, a lecherous prince, a theocratic church, and take sides in a world-shaking civil war.

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After leading a fleet of exiles from the Alman civil war, Tribe Renbourn becomes embroiled with a duplicitous island royal family, the fight to end the “Plague-With-No-Name,” the invasion of a deadly foe, and the demanding will of the harsh goddess of Beta, Olos.

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Forced to leave Beta-Earth behind, six members of Tribe Renbourn are forever transformed when they travel across the multi-verse to be captives of a very different kind of humanity of pairs and must lead the rebellion of the single-bodied “nams.”

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Forty years after Malcolm Renbourn was drug across the multi-verse, two of his children from Beta-Earth, and two from Cerapin-Earth travel to our planet where they encounter a world suffering from biological war, climate change, religious zealotry, and fear of what these aliens might bring to a suffering humanity.

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Find out more about The Beta Earth Chronicles at:

http://drwesleybritton.com

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ALIENATION: Blog hop tour

Posted October 17, 2017

Alienation blog hop Indiescififantasy

 

 

 

Welcome to the Alienation BLOG HOP TOUR.

Please take your seat and strap yourself in, as we take you on an intergalactic tour. You will be amazed, entertained, and educated. Manoeuvre through the cosmos and be astounded at all you see. Hunt down the hidden words that will get you to your final destination where a one-of-a-kind award awaits one lucky traveller.

You are here to celebrate the release of Alienation, book two of the humorous Sci-Fi series, Starstruck.

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Sally Webber’s dream is coming true: Zander is back and taking her out for a night on the town–on a planet hundreds of light years away from Earth.

But when an accident separates her from her alien tour guide, she’s thrown into the seedy underbelly of an insane city where nothing is as it seems. Suddenly lost and desperate to get back home, Sally is willing to do anything to get out, even if it means accepting spontaneous marriage proposals, crashing some fancy parties, or joining what appears to be the space mob.

All she wanted was some decent interstellar pizza, but now it might be the end of the world as evil nanobots and an out of control AI try to take the universe by force, and the only one who can stop them is missing in action. Sally has no choice but to try to stop them herself–if she can stay alive that long.

 

Pre-order your copy now!

 

 

Alienation is the fantastic sequel to the hit sci-fi comedy, Starstruck by S.E.Anderson.

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Theosians

 

The Theosians are a peaceful race that lives in the Undercity of Da-Duhui. Decedents of the original race that evolved on the planet, they were slowly relegated to the dark after joining the Alliance as one of the first ten races.

Deep under the city, the Downdwellers live and thrive, the Theosians making up upwards of 90% of the Undercity’s population. They boast an incredible ability to create fire, or even plasma, out of thin air. Despite this, they are wholeheartedly peaceful. Which works against them in keeping them trapped underground.

Thousands of years of living in this dark environment has made their morphology evolve. Their skulls are almond shaped, pointed at one end, around where their mouth is, while the other point is on the back of their head. Their hair sprouts from the apex in the back, sometimes creating a long ponytail that they can wear like a scarf, carelessly wound around part of their bare scalp. Their round, dark eyes are like those of creatures that live their lives in caves, never to see the sun. Their skin is also a fleshy pale.

Life in the Undercity is not as the Alliance would have you believe. For starters, the night market is a splendid sight that would enchant any tourist – if they ever made it to the Undercity. Lit only by Theosian light, the Downdwellers sell and haggle their wares, which can be anything from fruit and vegetables to high tech instruments. The children enjoy scavenging for lost parts that people in the Overcity drop from their cars, and a trade has grown around upcycled debris.

Sally encounters the Theosians in the Undercity, when she’s trapped there and needs their help to return home. But she needs to help them in return, and her actions could change the lives of the Theosians forever…

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Follow this exciting blog tour starting at your first stop UrbanHype101 and if you get lost in cyber space, come back to UrbanHype101 for the tour map.
There’s something new to read see or hear on each of these stops.

Don’t forget to hunt for that special word and if you find ALL of them, send them to scavengerhunt@bolidepublishing.com and you could win a signed copy of Alienation and a gift pack of unique swag. This contest is open internationally.

Make sure to visit the next blog.

 

18th October  Madeline Dyer


August Book Bundle (APC)

Posted August 30, 2017

August book bundle

The APC (Authors-Professionals Co-Op) has another great bundle up for August, and one lucky reader has the chance of winning this book bundle (via Rafflecopter). There is no subscription or sign-up required.

**Ends 31st August 2017**

 


Book Bundle

Posted July 27, 2017

Book Bundle

The wonderful APC (Authors-Professionals Co-Op) is offering one lucky reader the chance of winning this book bundle (via Rafflecopter). There is no subscription or sign-up required.

**Ends in two days**

 


Iris by Andrew Gates

Posted July 4, 2017

My Review

Iris is a character driven story that takes place entirely in the depths of the ocean. The last of mankind fled to the bottom of the sea after the land became too toxic for human survival. It begins with an explorative expedition with two navy personnel, charged with the task of testing out a new submarine, and I have to confess to being drawn into Iris midway through this first chapter.

Reading on, I found the pacing in the next few chapters rather slow, and very nearly put the book in my DNF (did not finish) folder. A good friend of mine loved this book though, so I persevered, skipping through the parts that I didn’t think really added anything to the story (mainly backstory and excess exposition, plus one whole chapter that could quite easily have been cut out with no detriment to the worldbuilding or characterisation). But, I’m glad I stuck with Iris because it really is a very good story.

It’s multi-pov, providing different perspectives and experiences of the people living in the underground habitat. Iris, of course, is the main pov character, and through her, our eyes are opened to the society around her (and the others). In many ways, there is little difference to the kind of society we know, but being underwater requires a more totalitarian style government. What may come across as necessary rules to some, is seen as oppression by others. As events unfold, and discoveries are made, it challenges everything these characters think they might know about their past, present. and potential future.

Iris is a page turner (once I was past the earlier chapters) and I honestly had a hard time putting it down in the latter part of the book and right up to the end. There are plenty of twists and turns and surprises, and I, for one, am looking forward to reading the second book in this series: Kholvaria

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Stormhaven Rising by Eric Michael Craig

Posted June 21, 2017

My Review

I should begin this review by saying that I am totally fascinated by the whole ‘asteroid heading to Earth’ concept. I’ve watched numerous films and read every work of fiction I can featuring asteroids in this very scenario, so when Stormhaven Rising was recommended to me, I jumped at the chance to read it.

Stormhaven Rising isn’t a rehashed ‘Hollywood saves the world’ type story. It has science – real science – and dispels many of the myths we have seen on the big screen. It had an interesting start and was quick to set up the basics of the story and introduce some key characters, and of course the science. I’m not very knowledgeable about advanced science (anything beyond what is taught general science in high school), so when reading a hard sci-fi, I tend to prefer the plot over the science, but in the same respect, I like to learn new things. I certainly learned a lot from reading Stormhaven Rising and for the most part, understood it.

The crux of this story is the government trying to keep knowledge of the oncoming asteroid out of the public domain, and Colton Taylor, an industrialist with seeming unlimited resources, trying to do the exact opposite. I found the character dynamics interesting for the most part. There were parts that went aover my head, or went on for a little longer than I felt necessary, but overall, I enjoyed the story.

This is the first book in the Atlas and the Winds series gives an insight into how the powers that be may react in such a situation versus those who believe people have a right to know.

If you enjoy hard sci-fi, then I would certainly recommend added Stormhaven Rising to your ‘to be read’ list.

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Fragmented by Madeline Dyer

Posted June 17, 2017

My review:

Fragmented is the second book in Madeline Dyer’s Untamed series. It picks up where the first left off, and charts the progress of Seven and Corin, amongst others.

I have to say, while I ‘liked’ Untamed, the first book in the series, I absolutely loved Fragmented. Not only do the stakes introduced in the first book continue, but Seven (and Corin) have a whole new set of problems to deal with, and it’s hard to see how they can beat any of them. Madeline Dyer, in my opinion, has a definite skill in keeping a reader on their toes. Just when I thought the book was heading in one direction, it went in another, though not without warning. The foreshadowing is very skillfully done.

I think one of the strengths of this book, is that it is ‘next’ in a series. The characters, setting, and the main conflict has already been established, which allows Dyer to build and develop on already introduced themes and relationships (which throwing more into the mix).

There are several new characters in Fragmented, a couple of whom I really didn’t like (which, I believe, was the intention), but necessary for the overall story arc. I enjoyed learning more about Seven and watching her relationship with Corin develop, though the odds were very much against them.

I would highly – highly – recommend this book (although I would advise reading Untamed so you can appreciate the depth of this world), and cannot wait to read book three.

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Spellcaster by George Bachman

Posted May 20, 2017

Christine Daniel suffers in ways no sixteen-year-old should and no doctor has been able to cure her. The excruciating pains and high fevers debilitating her aren’t triggered by a physical cause but by visions of a youth calling to her while fleeing a mysterious man who means him harm. This could hardly be happening at a worse time, when she and her beautiful older sister Allison are making their début in high society, like other wealthy socialites seeking matches with titled but impoverished gentlemen in Victorian England.

Christine is convinced that to stop the visions she must somehow save this youth. But first, she has to find him. She needs someone who’d know how to locate someone through means outside the known senses, the paranormal. Unfortunately, the authorities have driven underground all but one of the country’s occultists, and the reason she isn’t hiding is the only reason she might help Christine, something she wants in return. Christine must convince Allison to marry the occultist’s lover, one of those impoverished gentlemen, so that the illicit pair can share her part of the family fortune while continuing their affair.

If Christine doesn’t stop the visions by saving the youth, the pains and fevers will eventually kill her. But if she does what the occultist wants, she will betray Allison to a lifetime of misery. Can she lead her sister into a marriage with a bad man if doing so is the only way to save her own skin – literally?

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Lucifer’s Star by C.T. Phipps

Posted May 19, 2017

Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Interstellar Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he’d been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.

LUCIFER’S STAR is the first novel of the Lucifer’s Star series, a dark science fiction space opera set in a world of aliens, war, politics, and slavery.

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Untamed by Madeline Dyer

Posted January 10, 2017

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

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Change of Newsletter provider

Posted December 26, 2016

I am currently in the process of changing newsletter providers as the one I was using is a little temperamental, so I’ve decided to use MailChimp instead. I will only be transferring those people who have double-opted in (i.e confirmed their interest in subscribing to this website’s newsletters by both entering their email address and confirming the said request via a link sent to their email address).

I assume you will get an email via MailChimp when this is complete. Please feel free to unsubscribe if you wish to do so, although I would prefer it if you didn’t. I’ve not as yet started using the newsletter feature, but intend to shortly.

If you would like to join the new mailing list (via MailChimp) then you can do so here: http://indiescififantasy.com/newsletter-2/


First Contact by Dawn Chapman (Review)

Posted December 24, 2016

First Contact is the second book in Dawn Chapman’s science fiction series, The Secret King and continues to chart the progress of the Aonise as they search for a new home. Their journey – so far – has been fraught with danger, and at times, some close calls, but salvation is in sight.

Planet Earth could offer the Aonise a chance to resettle and put the trauma of their escape from Lethao behind them. Their ships aren’t in the best of shape, food is running low, and as if that wasn’t enough, secrets are becoming harder to conceal.

If you’ve read Lethao and thought it a fast-paced, action-filled ‘ride’, then you had better make sure you are buckled in for First Contact. It is an exciting read, exploring not only the politics and power dynamics of the Aonise but the hierarchy of power we are more familiar with on Planet Earth.

First Contact is a soft sci-fi/space opera, focusing on the lives of the characters we met in Lethao as well as introducing some new ones. The writing, as always, moves the story at a good pace, using a balance of narration and dialogue to keep the reader up to speed with events.

Events are alternated from two perspectives in the early stages of the book. The reader is given a chance to catch-up with the Aonise’ progress while introducing Earth-based characters. The question of whether they are alone in the universe is finally answered, and more to the point, how they intend to deal with the uninvited guests.

I really enjoyed this book. For me, it had all the elements of space opera that I like – distinct characters, lots of conflicts, twists and turns, and a scenario I could never get bored of reading. My only criticism is that it does have a sharper ending than Lethao, but if I’m honest with myself, at this point, I’m wholly invested in the characters so shall await book three with eager anticipation.

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Author Interview: Dawn Chapman

Posted December 20, 2016

The Secret KingDawn Chapman has been creating sci-fi and fantasy stories for thirty years. Until 2005 when her life and attention turned to scripts, and she started work on The Secret King, a 13-episode sci-fi TV series, with great passion for this medium.

In 2010, Dawn returned to her first love of prose. She’s been working with coach EJ Runyon from 2012 who’s encouraged her away from fast-paced script writing, to revel in the world of TSK and Letháo as an epic prose space journey.

Dawn lives in a country village in the UK with her husband, parrot and 30 koi.

  • When did you first discover your love for writing? 

My earliest memory is of wanting a typewriter, I was 6. And I wrote my first story titled ‘Roger the Fox’ I couldn’t use the typewriter well so my next door neighbour typed it up for me and I paid her from my earnings as around the village, shopping or car washing.

  • Do you have a favourite place to write?

I pretty much write anywhere, but a couch is as good a place as any. I do prefer no noise. Though the other half will put the TV on as soon as he comes in. I’m good at blocking out anything he watches, but if he puts a Sci-Fi program on I’m soon distracted.

  • Do you have a writing routine or process that you adhere to?

I am usually home at 3:15 pm so anything from 4  pm onwards is my writing schedule till 8 pm when I’m usually too tired and turn to social media or critiquing for my team-mates.

  • Are there any authors or specific books you aspire to?

Not really, of course, I’d love to earn a living, but I will do everything I can in my own time till I get to that point.

  • What inspired you to write the novel of, The Secret King- Lethao

It was a friend who pointed out NaNoWrimo (after scriptFrenzy was culled) and she said, have you ever thought about a TSK novel? I hadn’t but I was soon able to write it up after all the work on our TV show. 

  • Can you tell us a little about your book?

Set 18 years prior to our penned TV series, is where book 1 begins.

Kendro, King of the Aonise, can do nothing to prevent their sun from collapsing, consuming their home planet Letháo in a single fiery blast. Running out of time and options, he evacuates the entire population, setting off into the unknown galaxy in four crowded ships. Under constant danger from their ancient enemy, the Zefron, treasonous dissent seeps into his inner circle. Threatened inside and out, Kendro struggles with whom to trust, until a mysterious vision finally brings hope to the distraught King. A new home awaits the Aonise, if Kendro can only unite them long enough to survive the journey.

  • Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?

No matter where I am in the whole series, I have to still say Taliri is my favourite character. He is the secret prince/king after all. His story is the first I wrote, back in 2007 when I broke my hand at work. I penned a feature film (yes, one handed) and after joining a website called Zhura and meeting my co-writer Steven it is where the TV series stemmed from. I spent a lot of time with Taliri, my co-writer, and the world around them. Everything else, of course, I still love, and my other two fav characters are Ainoren Broki and the human character – Sarah Mendoza, whose story is set far into TSK’s timeline. 

  • Does your book contain a message for readers to consider? 

I like to think there are a few hidden messages. The world around us, how we accept people no matter the race or religion, who they love. But mostly the story is about normal and some extraordinary people who struggle through life, and hope to protect those around them they love. Pretty much what most of us go through on a day to day basis.

  • Because we’re about to launch book 2, First Contact, I’m including a short excerpt from there.

A loud ringing echoed through the house. Prime Minister Robert Walker bolted upright. His wife, Christine, still slept, her chest rising and falling in even breaths. Is that… the…

His heart pounded in his chest, as the ringing stopped. Silence. No…

Glancing at Christine, he let out a breath seeing she hadn’t stirred. The chemo from yesterday had wiped her out. They were trying to rest, and now, he was terrified what little rest they’d had at their country holiday home would be ruined. As the phone rang again, Walker threw the covers off and reached out for it. Damn, this will wake her.

Monday, 23rd Sept 2041 – 1:14 AM flashed on his clock.

Picking up his phone. Walker hit answer and slid out of the warm bed into the cooler air of their hallway.

“Hello.”

Christine murmured, turning over, and searching blindly in the bed for him.first-contact

“Robert?” The Chief of Defence’s adrenaline-pumped voice almost screamed across the line. Walker listened to words he never thought he’d hear. “We’re at Threat Level Critical. A copter is on its way. Suffok will meet you at the nearest hotel conference room.”

What? Critical? The UK hadn’t issued critical status ever. What on Earth is going on?

“I’ll be right there.” Then, Walker thought of Christine. He couldn’t leave her alone. Not tonight. Phoning his sister-in-law, he asked her to come over and stay with Christine.

There were highly trained nurses stationed in the house, but they weren’t family. Guilt clutched as his conscience, as he headed back to the bedroom and dressed.

Christine had settled back, and he perched on the end of the bed, stroking the back of her head. “I’ve got to go out. Ani is on her way. She’ll stay with you tonight.”

His wife turned to face him. “At this hour, seriously?” The annoyance on her pale face and bloodshot eyes spooked him.

Walker sighed. Christine knew his job came before lots of things. “I’ll see you for dinner.” He kissed his wife gently on the forehead.

Christine didn’t respond. She turned her head away from him. Concern filled him, as he gave her one last look before hurrying to the door. He had no way of knowing if he would be home for dinner today, or next week.

  • What would say has been your biggest challenge and achievement in writing TSK?


The biggest challenge for me is and might always be I’m a born script writer, it’s the style I much prefer, writing prose is hard for me, and takes me a good amount of effort. I do think with my writing and editing regime that it is the best I can do though and I’m proud to put these books out there.

  • What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing The Secret King?

That not everyone will love your work, same as with writing scripts, there will always be a difference of opinion. But I do like to think I can take on board those opinions and learn and keep trying.

  • Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?

Just practice every day, join crit groups, make friends and grow together. The more you do for others the more you get back, don’t be selfish. Don’t expect people to read your work without helping them back in some way, supporting this community is very important. 

  • Anything else you would like to say?

Please click the link and download book 1 for free, from 12/12/16 to the 15/12/16 and if you’re an audiobook fan, the whispersync deal will be 2.99! bargain. I love Greg Tremblay’s voice, and for the first person to ever speak our conlang (beside its creator) sounds just perfect!

http://mybook.to/TSK

  • And finally, do you have any future works planned?

Of course, the release of book 2 – December 20th.

We’re also working on two more audio shorts from Doctor Brie and Lieutenant Hadi’s story line. Narrated by Holly Adams and Greg TremblayJ
And a fully illustrated anthology, with illustrations by the very talented Andrew Dodd.
And also 50k novella from one of our TV episodes, penned by my co-writer, Steven Kogan!

I’m totally excited for next year! We’ve so much more planned and ready to launch, you have to follow us though to keep up.

Please click the links below for regular news and updates.

Thanks
Sites: Production Website & Main TSK Website
Twitter: Production & TSK
Facebook: TSK Productions Ltd & The Secret King Fan Page

 

 

 


Kingdom Asunder by Thaddeus White

Posted December 9, 2016

Princess Karena is all that stands between the House of Penmere and ruin. The King, her brother, was gravely wounded in a failed assassination attempt, and once-loyal followers are flocking to the treacherous Usurper’s golden embrace. But Karena knows the surest defence is attack, and will stop at nothing to destroy any rival to her brother… or herself.

Against her, the Usurper musters a vast army to crush Penmere once and for all, but in a war of treachery those closest to you can be the greatest threat.

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Author Interview: Penelope Wallace

Posted December 7, 2016

Penelope Wallace We do not kill childrenI have lived in St Andrews, Oxford, Aberdeen, and Nottingham, and am old enough to remember black and white TV. I am a pedantic bibliophile, a sometime lawyer (in both England and Scotland), a not-completely-orthodox Christian (and churchwarden), a wishy-washy socialist, a quiet feminist and a compulsive maker of lists. In the distant past, I invented a world where the buildings and manners were medieval, but the sexes equal, and a few years ago Dorac Kingsbrother walked into this world.



1) When did you first discover your love for writing?

I wrote my first book at the age of six. It was a shortened version of “The Jungle Book”, in a notebook with a spotty orange cover.

2) Do you have a favourite place to write? The sitting-room.

The sitting-room.

3) Do you have a writing routine or process that you adhere to?

Not really. The great question is scribble first, or go straight to the keyboard? On the whole, I scribble illegibly first.

4) Are there any authors or specific books you aspire to?

I admire the concept of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “Darkover” series: books that are all set in the same world, but not necessarily at the same time period or with the same characters. I love world-building that feels solid and plausible (JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin), and also distinctive prose with a light touch (Jane Austen, Nancy Mitford). I also like stories where the author’s beliefs can be deduced but are not rammed down the reader’s throat. But these are high aspirations!

5) What inspired you to write We Do Not Kill Children?

For about a month in 2012, I experimented with writing daily snippets of description, story or dialogue in an unused diary. Then I forgot about it. A year later I picked the book up again. Two pieces gripped me – the condemned warrior Dorac, and the Place to Die, and I put them together. After a while, I realised that Dorac needed a time and place to live in, and remembered the continent of Ragaris I’d invented twenty or so years ago.

6) Can you tell us a little about your book?

It’s a story of murder and intrigue; a fantasy without magic; an attempt to see what would happen if women really were valued the same as men in a pre-modern society; and in places a courtroom drama.

7) Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?

Dorac is my protagonist. He is a xenophobic, violent, surly nerd, and I love him very much, but I’m not sure I’d want to meet him in a dark alley. Kai or Hassdan or Makkam would be better conversationalists. In the next book, the king is a bit of a scene-stealer…

8) Does your book contain a message for readers to consider?

Every criminal justice system needs a court of appeal.

9) Would you be interested in sharing a teaser?

The King stood up. Silence beyond imagining.
“Dorac Kingsbrother, I find you guilty of the murders of Ilda aged twelve years, Gaskor aged nine years, and Filana aged five years.”
It still seemed impossible.
Hands pressed on his shoulders, pushing him to his knees. Blood pounded behind his face. Possible and actual. At least he would soon be dead.
“You have served my mother and me and this land with great loyalty for many years. I do not doubt that you thought what you did was for the best. Words were spoken at Council that may have helped you to believe this. But whatever your motives, it was an abominable act.
“From this day, and forever, you are exiled from this land, and from the fellowship of the Thirty. If you are still within the realm one week from today, or if you ever return without the King’s word, I will have your life.
“I take back your companionship, I take back your land and your gold to comfort the bereaved, I take back your horse and your armour.” He paused. “Your sword you may retain. Go from here, make a better life, and may God forgive you.”
That was all. He barely noticed the eyes now. As he stood up, he overbalanced and had to steady himself on the floor. Someone almost laughed. He bowed to the King, turned, met Kremdar’s eyes one last time and walked out of the Hall.
So his life ended.
*
But still he walked and breathed, and had to decide what to do.

10) What would say has been your biggest challenge and achievement in writing We Do Not Kill Children?

Getting to the end, and making the plot fit together.

11) What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing We Do Not Kill Children?

That I love writing emotional dialogue…

12) Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?

Dreaming is fun, but you will never write a book without sitting down and doing the work. Anything you write you can remove later. The first draft is not a finished book.

13) Anything else you would like to say?

Thank you for having me on the show!

14) And finally, do you have any future works planned?

We Do Not Kill Children is the first of the Tales from Ragaris. I am currently waiting nervously to see what my publisher makes of the second, “The Tenth Province of Jaryar”, and trying to write the third.



Publisher: Mightier than the Sword UK


Author Interview: Nan Klee

Posted October 15, 2016

DreagonstarNan Klee’s resume as a writer includes eight years as a weekly newspaper columnist, while she worked as a freelance writer, editor, reporter, photographer, and technical writer. She used her Navy flight simulator training and knowledge to become a computer technician while working toward a Master’s degree in Writing and Rhetoric.

Nan worked her career as a technical writer, contracting with corporations that design and build combat aircraft and warships for our US military. She spent a few years as a college composition professor while she worked toward her Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Writing.

Nan Klee grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and later lived in Southern California for 37 years. Today, Nan has retired and lives in Eastern Tennessee with her 2 cats, a red kayak, and her 4 computers.

Published Works:

  • San Marco Beat – North County Times newspaper (now The Times Advocate), Escondido, CA. – a weekly newspaper column 1992-2000
  • Cranial Soup – monthly column, StellaNova magazine 1987-1996
  • Assist Syndrome – short story, StellaNova magazine 1995
  • Again Christmas – poem, StellaNova magazine 1994
  • Sweatpea – short story, StellaNova magazine 1992

  • When did you first discover your love for writing?  

When I was 8 years old , I discovered an antique typewriter in the basement. I wrote Spider-Man and Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV show) stories – and home work – on it for several years.

  • Do you have a favourite place to write?

My office desk or my kitchen table (boring, huh?)

  • Do you have a writing routine or process that you adhere to?

No, but there is often special music associated with piece I’m working.  None for DreaganStar that I recall.

  • Are there any authors or specific books you aspire to?

Authors = Shakespeare (I teach it) and Mark Twain.

  • What inspired you to write DreaganStar?

A dream that I was a stowaway on a spaceship

  • Can you tell us a little about your book?

DreaganStar (volume 1 of a trilogy), was published in August 2016.  It introduces readers to the fascinating universe of the first experimental faster-than-light (FTL) starship. Set on the moon in the five subterranean lunar colonies, DreaganStar tells of the espionage, intrigue, romance, and mad science surrounding the starship during its experimental stage.

Synopsis:  Doctor Samantha Alexander is the Senior Psychologist of the five Dreagan Corporation lunar colonies.  She is given the task of proving Jonathan Dreagan, the founder and Chairman of the Board, to be insane. This seemingly easy task is complicated by Dreagan, who is the architect of all of the technology around her, a brilliant scientist, statesman, celebrity, and a recluse. Samantha’s supervisors, knowing that she may fall in love with Dreagan, restrict her usual methods of inquiry, complicating her task.

  • Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?

“Uncle Dan’l” Girdner

  • Does your book contain a message for readers to consider?   

Just tells a story

  • What would you say has been your biggest challenge and achievement in writing DreaganStar?

Challenges? Getting the science Achievements?  It is my first published novel.

  • What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing DreaganStar?

I tend to spend more time writing in the winter. Also, sometimes a character takes on a life of its own. This happens in the DreaganStar It’s a trilogy.

  • Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?

Know where/how your story ends by the time you start writing it.

If you’re blocked on one project, go and do something creative in a different medium, to “get the juices flowing”.

  • Anything else you would like to say?

Thank you for your time.

  • And finally, do you have any future works planned?

DreaganStar is a trilogy. The 2nd book, DreaganThing, will be out in November 2016.

Next week, Vinakti Duet will be released – Unrelated to the DreaganStar trilogy.  This is a separate story, in a separate universe.

The final book of the DreaganStar Saga, DreaganFriend, will be released during the first half of 2017, and then I will focus on releasing MadMen – a 4-book series which occurs in the biblical “End Time”. See Revelation 3: 11.


 

Author Websites:  www.nanklee.com

www.Amazon.com/NanKlee

www.icrewdigitalpublishing.com/nan-klee/

Email: nan @ nanklee.com

https://www.facebook.com/nanklee

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Author Interview: J.B.Rockwell

Posted October 14, 2016

SerengetiHello there! I’m J.B. Rockwell, archaeologist cum IT geek cum sci-fi and fantasy writer. Also, eater of chocolates and collector of cats. There’s a lot more blah-blah-blah about me and my latest novel, SERENGETI, on my website (www.jenniferbrockwell.com) and you can follow me on Twitter (@Rockwell_JB) if you like pics of dragons, foxes and other beasties interspersed with the occasional writing update and snarky witticism about the vagaries of the universe.

Oh, and cats. I post pics of my cats. Lots and lots of pics of my cats…

So, without further ado…The Questions!

  • When did you first discover your love for writing?

Well, I first started writing about five years ago after spending pretty much the entirety of my life being a huge SFF fan and devouring books by the bushel. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I liked writing, much less loved it, at first. Writing’s hard folks, and 100,000 words…that takes a long time to write. Plus there’s plot holes and typos, character design…it takes a lot to string everything together and create something interesting and original. I’d say I really started to enjoy writing and eventually grow to love (and, at times, hate) it once I found my writers group (Anxious Appliances) and started swapping betas. I honestly think I like beta reading and providing feedback on my friends’ work more than writing my own stuff sometimes!

  • Do you have a favourite place to write?

Two, actually. When the weather’s nice (sunny and warm): my patio, with the trees overhead and the crows giving me hell. When it’s not nice (especially cold and snowy) I like to sit in my living room by the fire. Both writing spaces come equipped with cats who don’t always help but often demand attention.

  • Do you have a writing routine or process that you adhere to?

BWAHAHAHA…oh, ahem. Sorry. Not really. I’m a complete trainwreck of a pantser—no process or routine at all other than I only have time to write on weekends. I work full time like most writers so there’s really no time during the week to do anything writerly other than think deep thoughts and scribble a few notes. So, I guess you could say my process is…DOWN WITH PROCESS!!!

  • Are there any authors or specific books you aspire to?

C.J. Cherryh is my favorite writer and the one writer I most admire. It’s hard to say you ‘aspire’ to be like another writer without coming off like a copycap but she writes the most amazingly complex and broken characters and I just love that. Also a big fan of Elizabeth Bear who seems all around awesome in addition to writing some kickass stories. And I have to mention all my writer friends. There’s an immense amount of talent in the writer community and so much imagination.

  • What inspired you to write SERENGETI?

A somewhat random idea about a sentient being who dreamed of death but never died. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with that for a while so I stuck it in a drawer and eventually wrote a short story about an AI warship that later became SERENGETI. I also wanted to write a story with a badass female lead that didn’t come across as male or some sex toy—I see that happen too often when a writer tries to make a female lead tough. Always disappointing.

  • Can you tell us a little about your book?

So, the basics: SERENGETI’s an AI warship that gets wrecked in battle and ends up abandoned by her fleet. The kicker is, no one knows where she is and she’s too damaged to contact anyone. Plus, her power’s failing and her crew’s cryogenically frozen inside her so she has to find a way to fix herself enough to get her crew home. So, it’s one part big space battles and one part Robinson Crusoe with a whole lot of other things thrown in in between.

  • Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?

SERENGETI, obviously—she’s a kickass and caring and never gives up. I also love her Captain, Henricksen—a gruff, scarred soldier who cares just as much for SERENGETI and their crew as SERENGETI herself.

  • Does your book contain a message for readers to consider?

I wish I was that deep! Not sure about a message, but I tried to show a different view of AI than you usually find. To that end,  I invested SERENGETI with a lot of emotion rather than making her cold and cerebral or just plain evil—so many stories present AI that way. Basically, I wanted to challenge the reader to think about the possibilities of such an advanced intelligence and what she could learn.

  • Would you be interested in sharing a teaser? 

Serengeti dropped out of hyperspace into a quiet, empty section of the cosmos.

Too quiet. Too empty.

Sensors drank in data, feeding it to Serengeti’s AI brain. “Something’s not right,” she said.

Henricksen cocked his head, looking up at the camera. “Because we’re here or because the ships we came after aren’t?”

Serengeti shunted the sensors’ feeds to the bridge. “Take a look for yourself.”

Henricksen frowned and stabbed at a panel, parsing through the information it displayed. “Nothing.” He shook his head. “Doesn’t make sense. There should be something here.”

“There should,” Serengeti agreed, studying him through the camera’s electronic eye. “That’s what has me worried.”

 

If you like the sound of that, you can get more on Amazon—the whole first chapter for free, I think, and an audiobook excerpt besides: https://www.amazon.com/Serengeti-J-B-Rockwell-ebook/dp/B01BG8OHXU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

  • What would say has been your biggest challenge and achievement in writing SERENGETI?

Well, writing it in the first place—putting that in both the challenge and achievement columns. SERENGETI also got me my agent (the always amazing and ever patient Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group)—that’s a major achievement I’m proud of. The challenges are many—writing a sequel worthy of the original, marketing myself and my book, dealing with bad reviews—but I love connecting with readers and seeing them enjoying reading SERENGETI every bit as much as I enjoyed writing it.

  • What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing SERENGETI?

THAT I’M A TRAINWRECK PANTSER! Seriously, I tried outlining and being all squared away and prepared but it completely stressed me out and killed my creative flow. I don’t always write linearly and tend to jump around as ideas come to mind but I always get there in the end, and the lunacy works for me somehow. I’ve also gotten really good at queries, weirdly. I think I’ve even come to enjoy writing them *shudders* SERENGETI definitely made me up my game, though—seek out more and different marketing opportunities, put myself out there and take some risks. I’m still learning and I have a long way to go but I’m a better writer today than a year ago, and that writer better than the year ago writer before that.

  • Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?

RUN AWAY!!! Just kidding. The biggest thing is to be patient because everything takes a long time. It took me 5 years and five manuscripts to finally find an agent but in some ways I’m glad it took that long because I’m a better, smarter and more educated writer now. Plus, Mark’s an ace—couldn’t ask for a better agent. Also, don’t be afraid to screw up. I have. Often. The contract for my first couple of books was not good but I learned a ton of things from that not-so-good contract that helped me be smarter about contracts I signed later on. And connect with other writers and learn to both give and take. One way I learned to be a better writer was beta reading my friends’ works and seeing how they wrote. Oh, and when you’re ready to query, try out a pitch contest or two. They’re loads of fun and a great way to meet other writers. I’ve got my first opportunity to mentor this year with Nightmare on Query Street 2016 and I’m really excited to be on the other side. I was lucky enough to score an Author Spotlight on Reddit Books a few months back and got a lot of questions from new and aspiring authors and it was a lot of fun interacting with them, answering questions and offering advice. I couldn’t wait for an opportunity to be more hands on.

  • Anything else you would like to say?

Vote Quimby!

  • And finally, do you have any future works planned?

Yes-yes-yes! I’ve got a sequel to SERENGETI written and just waiting on my agent and another, unrelated manuscripts he’s looking at to see if it’s ready to sub to publishers. I’ve always got two or three other projects going between books and short stories and novellas—I like to have a lot of options in the hopper in case an opportunity presents itself.

Links!

Blog: http://www.jenniferbrockwell.com/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockwellJB/

Twitter: @Rockwell_JB

 

 


Author Interview: Steven M. Caddy

Posted October 12, 2016

Steven M. Caddy Author InterviewHi, I’m Steven M. Caddy, or just Steve – only my sister calls me Steven. I live with my wife in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK, a beautiful, if rather unknown town in the east midlands, that boasts a busy market square dominated by the spire of the parish church is St Mary Magdalene, views of the river Trent, a castle (where King John I died), and thriving café culture. When I’m not writing stories, or writing computer programmes for a living, I enjoy playing the church organ, square dancing, and broadcasting on hospital radio. I like to write adventure stories that are either science fiction (with a liberal dose of science fact), or light fantasy.


1) When did you first discover your love for writing?

I used to love writing when I was at school, but I was never very good at spelling, and as a result of negative feedback from my teachers, I was put off developing my skills. I came back to writing in my early thirties, when I found I had more spare time, and I wanted to try something new.

2) Do you have a favourite place to write?

No. I’m one of these people who can write anywhere! I think I do most of my writing sitting on my sofa, but I’ve been known to write in pubs and cafes, and often I’ll write when I’m travelling by train.

3) Do you have a writing routine or process that you adhere to?

I have to carefully plan my stories. I’ve tried to write without a plan, and I end up with a story that goes nowhere. So I’ll spend some time setting out a series of writing prompts to keep me on track. I then try to write a chapter each day based on each prompt. After I’ve written my first draft, I then re-write the story, throwing away ideas that don’t work, expanding on good ideas, and fixing the mechanics of language. Gradually, over several re-writes, I end up with a novel. In Exchange took a bit over four years to write from starting my first draft to publication.

4) Are there any authors or specific books you aspire to?

I like different authors for different reasons. I like John Green, because he’s not afraid to let the reader “own” the story. He creates scenes in the story where a character will go off to do something, but without saying what they actually do in that time. As a reader, you can make your own guess at the missing detail, which could be as wrong or right as any other reader, or even the author himself.

I’m currently very fond of Susan Kaye Quinn’s books. She has the wonderful ability to create new slang that her characters use to describe their world. I think that’s really “mesh”.

5) What inspired you to write In Exchange?

It’s a cliché, but if I’d not read the Harry Potter books, or The Famous Five, I wouldn’t have written In Exchange. There’s something so charming about young people discovering their world through adventure. I also have a lot of time to think about what sort of story I’d like to write. I’m a church organist, and I often sit at the organ console with a notebook, dreaming up ideas in the near silence when I’m not actually playing. In Exchange was just a collection of random ideas for about seven years before I started writing the first draft.

6) Can you tell us a little about your book?

In Exchange is the book I would have wanted to read when I was ten or eleven. I loved adventures and I loved the idea of travelling in space (and I still do). Michael Morgan is the boy I would have loved to have been, living in space. But for someone who lives in space, I could imagine their dream would be to live on Earth. Peter Davies, is the Earth-bound reflection of that life. In Exchange is the story of these two boys’ dreams, and their adventure as they discover each other’s lives, and more about themselves.

7) Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?

Max is only a supporting character, but probably the person I’d most like to spend time with. Max is loosely based on several of my teachers from school and university. In Exchange is dedicated to my former tutor, Professor DavidIn Exchange Steve M. Caddy Author Interview Barnes, who unfortunately died suddenly before I finished writing the story, and so he only ever knew me as a software engineer, and not an author. The name “Max” was the name of a hexapod robot that was one of Dave’s showcase projects (for Dave was a space robotics expert). Max, the character, oozes wisdom and charisma, while not letting you in too close to his personal situation. I’ve kept back a lot of his story because it would over-shadow what the boys get up to. But maybe we’ll get to explore Max in the future?

8) Does your book contain a message for readers to consider?

I’ll let the reader decide. The story means something to me, but I’d rather readers discover what it means to them. One of my favourite authors taught me the importance of letting go of your story like that.

9) Would you be interested in sharing a teaser?

“Good morning, Michael,” said the well-built, and rather formal looking man in the middle of the group.
“Morning, sir,” Michael replied.
“Commander Marcsom.” Max gave a nod of acknowledgement to the mission director.
“Have you both had a good week?” Marcsom asked, trying to sound casual.
“Not bad,” Michael said with a little shrug, “Apart from the cosmic rays. One woke me up rather early this morning, so I managed to get ahead with my exercise programme.”
“Oh, good,” interjected the green haired man.
“Dr Kleets?”
“Err, yes?” the green haired man responded, sounding a little less confident.
“What happened to your hair?”
“Err. I wondered if you’d ask me about that. Everyone else has. Bit of a long story. Final year medical students having a bit of fun. You know,” Dr Kleets’s face turned a contrasting shade of red that clashed with his shocking green hair.
“Right.”
Michael wasn’t convinced, but it’d give him something to laugh about later.

10) What would say has been your biggest challenge and achievement in writing In Exchange?

In Exchange was the result of my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This became badly derailed a couple of weeks into the challenge after I met Lorna… who is now, five years later, my wife. That wasn’t conducive to writing 50,000 words in 30 days, and why it took me three months to complete the first draft.

11) What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing In Exchange?

Mostly that I can do it, and that my I shouldn’t have been discouraged by the criticism that I gained earlier in life. I’ll admit it took a lot of hard work, and I did have a lot to learn in order to transform my ropey first draft into a publishable product, but it wasn’t beyond my abilities as I originally thought.

12) Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?

Find a writing buddy, someone else who is an author. You need someone who isn’t frightened to be brutally honest about your work, and is willing to let you pull their work apart at the same time. It took me a few years to find my writing buddy. She warned me that she might appear rude when she commented on my work, but I was so glad she was. Everyone else told me that my story was “good” or “nice”, and failed to tell me that my American characters sounded British, or that I wrote over complicated sentences. I think my writing (and editing) has improved as a result of that experience.

13) Anything else you would like to say?

I love this question. J K Rowling wrote the best answer to this question in one of her books: “There are great many things I’d like to say”. I think I’ll save my “many things” for future works, though.

14) And finally, do you have any future works planned?

Yes. I originally said that I wouldn’t write a sequel to In Exchange, but I left so many ideas unfulfilled at the end, I left the door open, possibly for several more adventures. Just before I started my final re-write of In Exchange, I wanted to explore my characters a bit more, so I decided to write some new material to do that. And I changed my mind. So there are about 40,000 words on my laptop right now, and several thousand more in my head. Some of those words make me cry, sometimes with laughter, and sometimes in sorrow. That’s all I’m saying right now!



Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DED72NW
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DED72NW
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevenm.caddy/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29617658-in-exchange
Mightier Than The Sword: https://mightierthanthesworduk.com/authors/steven-m-caddy/in-exchange/


Serengeti by J.B. Rockwell

Posted October 7, 2016

It was supposed to be an easy job: find the Dark Star Revolution Starships, destroy them, and go home. But a booby-trapped vessel decimates the Meridian Alliance fleet, leaving Serengeti—a Valkyrie class warship with a sentient AI brain—on her own; wrecked and abandoned in an empty expanse of space. On the edge of total failure, Serengeti thinks only of her crew. She herds the survivors into a lifeboat, intending to sling them into space. But the escape pod sticks in her belly, locking the cryogenically frozen crew inside. Then a scavenger ship arrives to pick Serengeti’s bones clean. Her engines dead, her guns long silenced, Serengeti and her last two robots must find a way to fight the scavengers off and save the crew trapped inside her.

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PREDOMINANCE by H. I. Defaz

Posted October 5, 2016

Victor Bellator is a young mathematician who has always made sense of the world by running numbers in his head. But his logic is challenged when he awakens in a rundown shack in the middle of the woods, with no memory of the past 72 hours—and endowed with the power of telekinesis.As the mystery of his paranormal condition unfolds, Victor learns that his brain is now absorbing a mysterious energy from the atmosphere called: Dual Dominant Interaction Force. In one form, the energy seems to be harmless to the human brain, enhancing feelings of altruism in the subject. But in its opposite form, it’s harmful and addictive… even mind altering, and the continued absorption of this energy will soon begin to corrupt Victor’s volition, inciting an unnatural and malevolent behavior that will ultimately warp him into an inhumane being—one, too dangerous to be kept alive.

Drama, adventure, and a heated love triangle are just the tip of the iceberg in this first installment of Predominance, a new paranormal trilogy that will take your breath away!

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City of Masks by Ashley Capes

Posted October 3, 2016

Waking in Anaskar Prison, covered in blood and accused of murder, nobody will listen to Notch’s claims of innocence until he meets the future Protector of the Monarchy, Sofia Falco. But Sofia has her own burdens. The first female Protector in a hundred years, her House is under threat from enemies within, the prince has made it clear he does not want her services and worst of all, she cannot communicate with her father’s sentient mask of bone, the centuries-old Argeon. Without the bone mask she cannot help anyone — not herself, and certainly not a mercenary with no powerful House to protect him.

Meanwhile, far across the western desert, Ain, a young Pathfinder, is thrust into the role of Seeker. Before winter storms close the way, he must leave his home on a quest to locate the Sea Shrine and take revenge on the people who drove his ancestors from Anaskar, the city ruled by the prince Sofia and Notch are sworn to protect, whether he wants their help or not.

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Unforeseen by Alison Barnard

Posted September 30, 2016

Thanks to genetic modification, the dream of the first perfect generation has finally been realized. But not everyone is happy about the scientific breakthrough…

Octavia is an Elite girl with the wrong dress size, shape, and coloring. Nothing about her is fashionable. She dreams of working as a nurse rather than shopping and socializing. She is continually at odds with her mother, who is willing to suffer anything to meet the beauty standard. Even a proposal from one of the Elite’s most prestigious young men is not enough to spare Octavia from her mother’s regimen of strenuous dieting, and body-altering clothing.

Brandon is too pretty and tall to be the average middle-class boy. He finds life as a farmer’s son boring, and spends late nights at the Pits fighting to make extra money or spreading seditious papers around the slums, all to turn the head of a pretty girl. He enlists in the military to escape, but quickly learns it’s not the adventure he was looking for.

Though polar opposites, these nineteen-year-olds have two unique things in common: their lack of beauty standard compliance, and they were switched at birth. When the switch is discovered and rectified, Brandon and Octavia must learn to adjust to their new lots in life. But a mutual acquaintance has other plans for the two citizens, and will use their changes in class to fuel a revolution.

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Author Interviews

Posted September 29, 2016

Author Interviews are available if you are an author of science fiction or fantasy, have a book published independently or with a small press or are in pre-launch.

The interview and encourages discussion about yourself, writing challenges/achievements and allows ample opportunity for you to discuss your book(s). You are not required to supply an author photograph, but I would require an image of some form (book covers are fine).

To request an interview, you can either download the Word document listed below, or email: michelle AT indiescififantasy.com

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