Tag: Science Fiction

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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Sponsored by Bolide Publishing Limited

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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

Follow and like the Beta Earth Chronicles

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ALIENATION: Blog hop tour

Posted October 17, 2017

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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**

 


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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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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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

 

 

 


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: 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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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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Sacred Planet by Austin Rogers

Posted September 21, 2016

“An ambitious, ardent launch that sets a stellar precedent for installments to follow.” -Kirkus Reviews

Humanity teeters on the brink of galactic war. Only one woman can stop it. Only one man can save her.

After centuries of expansion into the galaxy and no contact with intelligent, extra-terrestrial life, humanity is split into three superpowers, each dominating one of the spiral arms closest to Earth: Orion, Carina, and Sagittarius. Divided along political, cultural, and religious lines, these galactic mega-states have grown alien to each other over time. Inter-arm relations have eroded. Minor differences have become dangerous disparities. Now a ruthless religious faction threatens to plunge the galaxy into a catastrophic war.

Conflict sparks when Sierra Falco, the Carinian prime minister’s daughter, is attacked on her space yacht by a powerful and shadowy enemy. As a popular advocate for peace, Sierra’s loss destabilizes the fragile balance of the galaxy. But her attackers’ plans are disrupted when a rugged band of scavengers stumble across the yacht and jump at the opportunity to make a profit. Davin, captain of the scavenger ship, is caught between the lure of fabulous wealth and the nag of conscience as he is dragged into a conspiracy bigger than he can imagine.

A race begins between those who seek to prevent war and the secretive forces who want to escalate it—apparently with Earth in their crosshairs. In this universe, Earth—the Sacred Planet, the epicenter of human civilization—holds the coveted key to victory. Whoever controls Earth controls the galaxy. Fans of Firefly, Old Man’s War, and the Expanse series will feel at home in the world of Dominion. For a taste of galaxy-spanning adventure and epic space opera. 

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Maelstrom by Richard Paolinelli

Posted September 11, 2016

Dr. Steven Collins has devoted his life to one cause: finding a way to prevent a catastrophic collision between Earth and an asteroid, like the one that killed off the dinosaurs millions of years ago. Collins spends years developing a shield—a device that uses the Earth’s own magnetic field—and finally reaches the point where he is ready to test it. But when Collins turns on his creation, he rips open a hole in time and space itself that hurls him forward in time, where he discovers to his horror that the device he created has caused the very global Armageddon he was trying to prevent. Collins now must try to undo the damage he has done as best he can. But the few surviving members of the human race are slowly dying off, a century of living under the shield taking its toll, and they cannot leave the planet to try to build a new civilization elsewhere. For just beyond the shield lurks a madman who seeks to dominate the human race or exterminate it.

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Author Interview: Alex Gates

Posted August 30, 2016

ExtraOrdinary- Alex Gates -eBookMy name is Alex Gates and I grew up in a small town in Northern California. I enjoy a wide variety of things as long they include my wife or some friends. I love the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Cowboys, so you can say a hobby of mine is being disappointed often, which has helped temper my expectations throughout life. I write in the science fiction/fantasy genre because it’s my closest to Narnia, to a new world.


  • When did you first discover your love for writing?

I’ve always loved books, and I remember being young, grade school age, and reading the Scooby-Doo Mysteries. I started writing my own little mysteries. Unfortunately, I never showed them to anyone, including the parents, which meant they weren’t saved. Well, maybe that’s fortunate. I continued dabbling with the pen in high school and college, then decided to write my first novel. It sucked! But I hope to clean it up, add some Mascara, clip its nails, and publish it in the same world as ExtraOrdinary.

 

  • Do you have a favourite place to write?

I wrote ExtraOrdinary on a small desk while sitting on a box. It was the worst. My wife and I had just moved into a new house and had ZERO furniture, so I had to work with what was available. My second novel (not released yet) I wrote on a breakfast nook table, because it was our first real piece of furniture, and I finally had a place to sit. I think my favourite place to write is a comfy chair with a movie or tv show playing the back. Football season starts soon, expect me to get a lot of writing done then, while on the couch, possibly in very little clothing.

 

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

No. I’m the worst with routines. I’m not a morning person, so I’m slow at finding motivation and being productive until I’ve had a massive breakfast and copious amounts of coffee. Then I like a little cartoon action to spark the old imagination, or maybe read a few chapters in a book. Unless I’m teaching. Then I write in the afternoon/evening, sometimes in my office, sometimes on the couch, sometimes in bed, or a coffee shop, maybe a bar. It’s quite chaotic to be honest, but it works for me.

 

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

I love Stephen King, and would love to write something like the Dark Tower series. I plan to do that on some level with all my books, as he did, connecting each story so they fit in one world. I get such a rush finding commonalities between unrelated books by the same author.

 

  • What inspired you to write ExtraOrdinary?

It was summer of 2015. All these superhero movies were coming out, and I was reading The Amazing Spider-Man, and I connected some thread, put the graphic novel down, and stared at the wall (I do my best creative thinking staring at walls). What if, I thought, superheroes weren’t the extraordinary, but someone without a power? What if the world was filled with super-powered humans, but the hero of the story didn’t have anything? It was the opposite of everything we have been taught to love. The title came immediately. I loved the play on words. The tricky part was figuring out the world they lived in.

 

  • Can you tell us a little about your book?

As mentioned above, the book is about Braiten, the hero. He doesn’t have an ability like every other person on Earth, and must navigate through a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by the corruption power breeds. It also follows Drake, the most powerful human ever, as he struggled with his internal weaknesses. Drake is…. (Read the answer to question 7.)

 

  • Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?

Drake is my favourite character. The most powerful person a world where everyone is powerful, and he is a wreck. He’s scared, insecure, shy, and he doesn’t know how to survive without depending on others. He was meant to be the bad guy of the book. It turned out he wasn’t bad, just scared and alone in a dying world. He’s by no means “good,” but I think that’s why I enjoy him. All he wants is to find the girl he loves, and he pays steep prices for that.

 

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

I don’t know. I didn’t write it intending to give a message, but if they can take, that’s awesome. Strength and power are two different things? I don’t know. You read it and let me know what you think! That’d be awesome!

 

  • Would you be interested in sharing a teaser? 

When Braiten reached the body, his skin dripped with sweat. The sun was relentless, had been for years, and the black rubber didn’t mesh with his anger, nor did it go along with his thirst. His tongue rubbed against his upper lip like a dry sponge trying to absorb any type of moisture. Sweat dripped from his forehead, chin, and arms, and steam simmered from the tires’ heat.

Braiten settled into a tire, locking his lower legs into the hole to help keep his balance. He knelt and inspected the body. It belonged to a male in his late teens or early twenties, about the same age as Braiten. The dead man’s facial hair was still patchy and scarce. Where his skin should’ve been, bones and scales grew.

“A Survivor.”

A breeze came through and touched his sweat-stained skin like a cold kiss. He shivered despite the heat.

Survivors had the ability to adapt and overcome anything attempting to hurt or kill them, which often came by growing excess body parts or gaining reinforced skin. Because of their disturbing appearance and often unwanted presence, they’d formed a gang and were rarely found alone.

Braiten’s knees popped as he kneeled next to the body. The sunlight reflected from an item in the young man’s mouth. He put a finger on the upper teeth and pulled the jaw wider, then turned his head in a fit of gagging. The rotten stench smelled worse than his dry mouth tasted.

With his head turned away, he inhaled and kept the breath, then faced the boy again. The jaw had locked, and Braiten tried to pry it open. It snapped under his force. Braiten held down vomit from the sickening noise and regained his composure.

I should’ve gone to the bar.

 

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

The biggest challenge was putting together a website to start a little promotion for the book, and formatting the manuscript to look professional on an eReader and paperback. My biggest achievement was doing the aforementioned in a half-decent manner. And publishing a book, of course!!!

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

ExtraOrdinary went through two round of professional edits, by two different editors. I learned I’m patient and flexible, willing to sacrifice my words for the betterment of the story. I also learned I need to start outlining before I begin writing!

 

  • Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?

Write. Then write. After that, write!

Read. Then read. After that, read!

Failure is like an alarm clock, either don’t set it, or hit that snooze button forever so that you can dream and dream until that dream turns to reality.

 

  • Anything else you would like to say?

Thank you to Michelle Dunbar and IndieSciFiFantasy for hosting me. Thank you to my readers for reading. Mostly, thank you to my wife for making my dream possible.

 

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

SO MANY!

Book of Raziel: Chapter 1 will be out early 2017. You can go to alex-gates.com and subscribe for my newsletter to get the blurb, cover reveal, and promotional material about that. It is connected to ExtraOrdinary.

ExtraOrdinary Volume 2 will release middle of 2017.

A young adult connection to ExtraOrdinary focusing on the Rulers will be released late 2017.

 

I also have two stand-alone novels and a nonfiction book that I hope to have done by early 2018.


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Songs of the Osirian by Christopher D Abbott

Posted August 21, 2016

From the award-winning author of Sir Laurence Dies, comes this epic fantasy tale of the Osirian return to Earth. It was written … beings known as Servants of Light appeared as gifts to Man. Their majesty unlike anything seen; their Songs so angelic a single melody turned barren soil fertile. They were worshiped and called Osirian. For years they shared knowledge, bringing peace and prosperity to mankind. But when an ancient evil awoke and corrupted the world, the Osirian swapped books for swords and led Man to war. Victory came at a price. The aftermath created disillusioned men and woman who angrily rejected their teachers, and in grief the Osirian disappeared. Their knowledge and wisdom lost to history. But they were all betrayed. The evil remained …

Three-thousand years later, archaeologist Mary Wilson unwittingly assists its resurgence. But this time, the Songs of the Osirian are silent. Foreword by Chase Masterson Chase Masterson has most recently been seen guest starring on CW’s The Flash, which won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New Drama.” Best known for her break-out role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the highest-rated syndicated shows of all time, Chase is loved by millions of fans worldwide. Songs of the Osirian was adapted from the short story, Songs of Beast, published by Media Bitch Literary Agency and Productions Bonus short story “The Last of Us” by Rob James is included at the end of the book.

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The GAIAD by William Burcher

Posted May 16, 2016

In a society increasingly buried under the weight of its own insularity, an ancient and shadowy group selfishly guards a secret with the power to change everything. Tonight, on a stage in front of thousands, one of their members commits a horrible, shocking act. In the audience is Detective Fleur Romano. Bitter and world-weary, she vows to uncover the reasons behind the horror she just witnessed. In the process, she’ll discover that she’s led her lonely life ignorant a fundamental truth, a truth first discovered by a man who walked the earth millennia ago, a man mysteriously familiar.
In this powerful debut, William Burcher is willing to explore unique and fantastic themes with realism and grit. The GAIAD boldly poses big questions. What do we lose, as we separate ourselves from the earth and each other? What would the future hold, if suddenly something changed with that most fundamental of relationships—the one we have with our own planet?

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Author Interview: Greg Spry

Posted May 14, 2016

Greg Spry was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1978. He majored in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin—Madison before earning a graduate degree in space systems from the Florida Institute of Technology. When he’s not writing the next epic sci-fi adventure, he enjoys playing kickball and cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. He currently resides in the United States.


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

In late elementary school, I wrote my first novel, Crystalia, which filled 365 pages of two 5-subject notebooks (writing on physical paper really takes me back). I followed that up with another short novel, Bear Wars, in middle school, and wrote the very rough draft of Beyond Cloud Nine in high school. Further details about my early works can be found at https://www.gregspry.com/earlyworks.php.

2) Do you have a favourite place to write?

I write at my desktop computer at home most of the time. While I’ll occasionally take my laptop somewhere, I find that I’m most comfortable and productive at home.

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

My larger publication process for a single book is as follows:
1) Write first rough draft
2) Refine characters/plot, self-edit, and polish second rough draft
3) Submit cover specs to designers
4) Submit chapters to a critique group and/or beta rears for feedback and apply to draft 3
5) Work with a professional editor to apply developmental and line edits (drafts 4 and 5)
6) Cover reveal
7) Have proofreader revise the book, apply changes to draft 6
8) Have beta readers provide feedback and apply to the final draft 7
9) Three-month pre-publication / ARCs / promotion period
10) Publication and promotion

4) Are there any authors or specific books you aspire to?
Arthur C. Clarke. The master had a way of writing easy-to-understand prose and dialogue while still including the hard science. You know he invented the geosynchronous communications satellite, right?

5) What inspired you to write the Beyond Saga?

My primary influence for Beyond Cloud Nine, Beyond the Horizon, and the upcoming final two books in my Beyond Saga actually came from an Anime series known as Robotech in the USA or Macross in Japan and abroad. I wanted to do a similar grand-sweeping, fate-of-the-universe-hangs-in-the-balance space opera series with the beginnings of FTL (faster-than-light) travel, first contact, space combat, time travel, and more. I also draw influence from Star Trek: The Next Generation in that I want the plots to deal with higher-brow ethical dilemmas rather than cliché good versus evil.

I talk about my motivation and influences in more detail at https://www.beyondcloudnine.com/Background.aspx and https://www.beyondthehorizonbook.com/Background.aspx.

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

My latest release, Beyond the Horizon (Beyond Saga Book 2), is the story of a young ensign who must foil an attempt at genocide during humankind’s first interstellar mission.

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

I certainly have an affinity for Brooke Davis of Beyond Cloud Nine and her tough demeanor. Lyana, the main character of Destalis (book readers won’t see until after I’ve finished the Beyond Saga), is a self-doubting introvert and martial artist who must get out of her own head in order liberate her home world.

In general, I think it’s important for an author to like their main protagonists. After all, the author has to spend multiple years with each character while writing his or her story.

8) Do your books contain a message for readers to consider?

Always. The main theme of Beyond Cloud Nine and the Beyond Saga is “Would you rather be happy living a lie or be miserable knowing the truth?” The antagonists have a plan to bring about a utopian society for the human race but it requires lies and deception to achieve. Every reader has to decide for themselves whether they think the ends justify the means. The Beyond the Horizon press release at https://www.gregspry.com/pressrelease.php discusses the theme in more detail.

9) Would you be interested in sharing a teaser?

The below excerpt is from the inside flap of Beyond Cloud Nine. In chapter 3, ten-year-old Brooke Davis accidentally kills her father:

I did it. At the age of ten, I killed my father.
It was an accident, but it was still my fault.
Nothing I do can ever make up for the heinous mistake.
But I will spend the rest of my life trying . . .

The canopy blew away from the flyer. A spring-loaded mechanism punched her out into open air.

Brooke plunged and spun out of control. Rushing air pummeled her in the face. Gravity shoved the terror-stricken screams back down her throat.

The automatic parachute blew open, jerking her body upward. Her orientation righted, Beyond Cloud Nineand her descent slowed.

The Little Angel disappeared over the nearest mountain, but she couldn’t locate her father’s chute anywhere in the sky.

Where is he? Didn’t he jump out? Did his seat malfunction?

The wind whipped through her hair. Water trickled through a stream far below her hanging feet. A flock of birds glided past her.

A thunderclap jolted her heart.

An explosion mushroomed upward from behind the mountain, burning the image into her memory forever.

“Daddy!”

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

Publishing my first book, Beyond Cloud Nine, was a big deal as I’m sure it is for most authors. I spent ten years (2004-2014) educating myself and learning how to write until I felt my craft was ready for prime time. Now, my biggest challenge is promotion, and I’m learning more and more each day about how to generate exposure and sales.

11) What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing your books?

Based on reader and reviewer feedback, I’ve gained confidence and validation in knowing that my books are of sufficient quality to stand side-by-side with many traditionally published works.

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

Absolutely. My writing process and advice for new authors can be found at https://www.gregspry.com/process.php.

Also, know that the process of being a successful author begins only once you’ve published your first book.

 

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

I’m currently writing the third book of the Beyond Saga, Beyond Yesterday, in which Maya heads back in time to figure out how a piece of modern technology ended up 200,000 years in the past. Then the saga will conclude with book four, Beyond Existence, in which Maya must travel to alternate timelines and time periods to prevent powerful exobeings from wiping mankind out of existence. Learn more about the Beyond Saga at http://www.beyondsaga.com.

After the Beyond Saga, I’ll resume work on the first full-length manuscript I wrote as an adult, Destalis. Set several thousand years in the future, Destalis will be the unofficial sequel to the Beyond Saga and finish exploring the concepts introduced in Beyond Existence. I haven’t yet decided whether Destalis will be a single novel or multi-book series. Visit the Destalis official website at http://www.destalis.com to learn more about it.

I also have plans to write a sci-fi comedy series of short stories entitled Bears in Space, the concept for which can be found at https://www.gregspry.com/bearsinspace.php.



Author Links
Website: https://bit.ly/gregspry
Amazon: https://bit.ly/grsamzn
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/gsgoodr
Twitter: http://bit.ly/gstwitr
Facebook: http://bit.ly/gsfaceb
Google+: http://bit.ly/grsgplus
LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/grlnkin
Pinterest: https://bit.ly/gspinit


Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga Book 1) Links
Website: https://bit.ly/bc9home
Amazon (Kindle): https://bit.ly/bc9kdle
Amazon (Trade Paperback): https://bit.ly/bc9prbk
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/bc9good
Twitter: https://bit.ly/bc9tw
Facebook: https://bit.ly/bc9fb
Google+: http://bit.ly/bc9gplus
Pinterest: http://bit.ly/bc9pinit


Beyond the Horizon (Beyond Saga Book 2) Links
Website: https://bit.ly/bthhome
Amazon (Kindle): https://bit.ly/bthkdle
Amazon (Trade Paperback): https://bit.ly/bthprbk
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/bthgood
Twitter: https://bit.ly/bthtw
Facebook: https://bit.ly/bthfb
Google+: http://bit.ly/bthgplus
Pinterest: http://bit.ly/bthpinit


Pit of Bones by J.C.Redmond

Posted May 14, 2016

Battling Neanderthals in a struggle for the existence of humanity in a time and place that shouldn’t exist was the last thing Jack and Rene imagined when they promised the Professor they would document the existence of ancient human remains – but there they were.

The story: In 1976 a group of cavers discover the location of an ancient pit in a remote cave site – the legendary pit of bones rumored to be filled with ancient human remains that could forever change the story of the initial occupation of North America. A flash flood disrupts the expedition and forces the group to flee before any evidence is gathered. The leader of the expedition is lost and the pit’s contents falls back into mystery. The Professor was part of that expedition, and he knows now, nearly forty years later, it’s time to uncover the truth.

The protagonist: Jack Landry is an investigative specialist with a passion for the past. From his early exposure on how to process an archaeological dig by his anthropologist uncle, to his studies with the eminent Professor Warren Ladell, Jack is knowledgeable, capable and, even more, a skilled outdoorsman use to working in extreme conditions – he’s just the person for the job.

The truth? The truth is that the pit is a portal to a forgotten time, and the life that was lost in the original expedition not only survived, but emerges as a dominate force in an ancient time and place. With a personality bordering on the sociopathic, the villain Scar becomes leader of the fierce Haltook (Neanderthals) and uses their power – and his modern day knowledge – to pursue a twisted idea of payback. Now, they must stop him – in the past, so they can live in the future.

Ultimately, Jack must navigate the strange, lush land of the past, filled with exotic animals of North America’s past, to overcome the corrupt morals and out of control ego of Scar as he schemes to destroy everything humans ever created. By forging alliances with the ancient shaman Dulkuve and the warrior Quantahan of the Ashtakee tribe, Jack, and his modern counterparts Rene, Professor Laddel, and Trip devise a plan to save the future – if there’s time.

Pit of Bones is a sci-fi tale of mystery and excitement that digs through the layers of time revealing dialectics between past and present. Food, pollution, nature, spirituality, and ego are all pulled between past and present. The pit of bones is a story of our beginnings in a new land that informs us about who we are today.

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Author Interview: J.D.Cunegan

Posted May 14, 2016

J.D.CuneganFresh off his debut novel Bounty, J.D. Cunegan introduces his intense follow-up, Blood Ties, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that re-introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in journalism and a lifelong love for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, enjoys reading, and is an avid auto racing fan.


  • When did you first discover your love for writing?

 

When I was 11, I picked up my first-ever comic book, an issue of X-Men from the Chris Claremont/Jim Lee era. I’d never been much of a reader up to that point, and I certainly had never entertained the thought of writing, but once I got into comic books, it was like a switch had been flipped. By the time I got to high school, I was creating my own characters and crafting stories for them. By the time I got to college, I started studying journalism, and my career as a sports writer kept me writing, even when the creative juices weren’t there. But I’ve been writing, in one form or another, since I was 11 years old, and I have comic books to thank for that.

 

  • Do you have a favourite place to write?

 

I don’t really have a favourite place to write, purely out of necessity. My day job is extremely time-consuming, and it keeps me on the road for days or weeks at a time, so I have to be flexible about when and where I can write. I’ve written in my office, in airports, on planes, in hotel rooms… if I have the time and the space, I can write almost anywhere.

 

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

 

Much like I can’t afford to have one place in particular, I don’t really have a set routine. I don’t outline my novels beforehand; outside of a general idea of a book’s plot, I’m very much a pantser. It can sometimes make the editing process a pain in the butt, but I find the less I plan, the more freedom I have when writing. Sometimes, that freedom leads to some pleasant surprises – and if I’m surprised as the writer, something tells me my readers will be surprised, too.

 

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

 

Not necessarily. If I spend too much time aspiring to be something or someone other than myself, then my work suffers. Reading helps my writing in several different ways, but at no point have I sat down and thought “I want to be the next so-and-so” or “I want to write the next insert-title-here.”

 

  • What inspired you to write Bounty/Blood Ties?

 

I created Jill, the protagonist, when I was in high school… and it’s a character and a universe that’s grown over the years as I’ve grown. Of all the characters I’ve created, Jill is my favourite, so it’s only right that my first published works are with her in them. The cop doubling as a superhero angle had always intrigued me, and I’m glad I get to play around with genre convention a little bit in that regard.

 

  • Can you tell us a little about your book?

 

Blood Ties centers around the mystery of Jill’s father. In the first novel, Bounty, we Blood Ties ebookestablish that Jill’s father had once been a detective, like her, but that he had fallen from grace after being convicted of three murders and sentenced to death. Blood Ties finally answers the central questions: 1) Did Jill’s father actually commit those murders? 2) Will he actually be executed? From there, Blood Ties unravels a grand conspiracy involving a shadowy cult called The Order, and they’re quite intent on making sure Jill doesn’t survive long enough to properly deal with what happens to her father.

 

  • Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?

 

Jill is the obvious favourite, but I want to point to a character making his debut in Blood Ties: Detective Earl Stevens. He’s a former college football player who’s been on the force for about 15 years, and his dialogue is some of the most unique and colourful I’ve ever written. He’s not a great interrogator, but I found myself writing a few chapters in which Earl interrogated someone, just so I could see what kind of stuff would fly out of his mouth. I wasn’t disappointed, and I don’t think the readers will be either.

 

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

 

I haven’t gotten too heavy-handed with messages in either Bounty or Blood Ties yet… though through Jill, I do convey the message of even one person making a difference (and conversely, how much can one person really do, in the grand scheme of things?). But my next book, Behind the Badge, will be message-heavy, tackling the issues of police brutality and racism.

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

 

The biggest challenge is always knowing when the book’s ready. There’s no solid end point when it comes to editing and revising, so it’s hard to tell sometimes when it’s ready to be published. There have been times where I’ve felt my book was ready, only to discover there was a lot of work still to do on it. The line is hard to see, harder to reach, and sometimes, you don’t realize you’re there until you’ve blown right past it.

 

  • What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing these first two novels?

 

That I can actually finish a project. The last decade or so has been littered with WIPs that held a lot of promise and were just… abandoned at some point. I never even finished the first draft. But now that I have two full-length novels and a digital short (Boundless) under my belt… I know I can see a project through to completion, and that really helps on days in which the words aren’t coming.

 

  • Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?

 

The best way to improve as a writer is to write. Simple as that. The second best way? Read. Read as much as you can, as often as you can. Don’t just read stuff similar to what you’re writing, either; read everything you can get your hands on. Even reading the newspaper can help. Also, I’m generally loathe to recommend books on writing, but Stephen King’s On Writing is as close to a must-have as it gets.

 

  • Anything else you would like to say?

 

Never sweat the quality of your first draft. You’re not going to be Stephen King or James Patterson on the first draft (hell, Stephen King and James Patterson aren’t Stephen King and James Patterson on the first draft). Trust the editing process. Trust someone else, more than one if possible, to read your work at some point. Another pair of eyeballs will always catch more stuff than you will.

 

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

 

Behind the Badge, the third Bounty novel, is set to be released in June. I’m also writing the fourth novel in the series, Behind the Mask. I also have two separate projects in the works: a political thriller titled The Pen is Mighty and a supernatural epic titled Notna. I hope to have all three of those out by the end of 2017.

End with links to Blog /FB & Twitter etc

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JD_Cunegan

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14050436.J_D_Cunegan

Website: https://jdcuneganbooks.wordpress.com/

Tumblr: http://jdcuneganbooks.tumblr.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/J.D.-Cunegan/e/B00YNTP4S2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1433567933&sr=8-1

 


Beyond the Horizon (Beyond Saga #2) by Greg Spry

Posted May 1, 2016

Ensign Maya Davis has had her sights set on the captaincy of a starship since she launched her first toy rocket into Earth orbit at age four. But not long after she departs the solar system aboard humankind’s first interstellar vessel, New Horizons, sabotage cripples the ship, killing a third of the crew and stranding the expedition light years from home under the siege of hostile forces. Without knowing who she can trust, Maya must risk her life to get the crew home and prevent the genocide of the very exospecies Horizons set out to contact.

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Blood Ties by J.D. Cunegan

Posted April 29, 2016

For as long as Jill Andersen could remember, her father was a hero.
But heroes don’t commit murder, do they? The state of Maryland said Paul Andersen did just that, three times over, and was set to execute him for it. But Jill and the rest of her colleagues at the Baltimore Police Department come across the murder of a law student that leaves her hopeful that she can clear her father’s name.
While Jill and her colleagues work against the clock to clear her father’s name, new players emerge, hinting to a deeper, darker conspiracy than what was previously known. An enigmatic faction known as The Order reveals itself, and the mystery surrounding Paul’s alleged duplicity leaves more questions than answers.
Along the way, Jill must not only face the possibility that her father was not who she thought he was, but she must also face the prospect of her secret being revealed. The stakes are higher than ever in Blood Ties, the intense follow-up to J.D. Cunegan’s debut mystery Bounty.
Can Jill save her father before it’s too late? Will she even want to?

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Beyond Cloud Nine by Greg Spry

Posted April 22, 2016

Ace star fighter pilot Brooke Davis lives for pushing hundreds of gees in orbital combat, but she’d give it all up in a moment to become the first human to fly faster than light. When Brooke stumbles upon a conspiracy involving terrorists, aliens, and the highest levels of government, she finds their goals seductive but their methods abhorrent. With the moral core of human civilization hanging in the balance, she must risk her shot at history, her family, and her life to prevent the schemers from forcing their nefarious brand of salvation upon the solar system.

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Entertainment on the Train by Richard Kefford

Posted April 6, 2016

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My thoughts

Entertainment on a Train is a collection of short stories (and some poetry). I have read the science fiction ones, which is the reason I am sharing this book via indiescififantasy. I have always found Richard Kefford’s writing to be engaging, thoughtful and enjoyable.

 

 


…Before You Leap by Les Lynam

Posted March 5, 2016

Two teens from two centuries apart, one the direct descendant of the other. Einstein’s Theory didn’t cover THIS relativity.

Sean Kelly considered himself an average 16-year-old, living in an average neighborhood in a small University town. Nothing too exciting ever happened in Grover’s Corners, Missouri; some might even label it boring. His ordinary life was disrupted when a distant relative dropped by at the beginning of his Junior year in high school. A distant relative from the 23rd Century.

Two 16-year-olds in a time machine. What could possibly go wrong?

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The OOPArt by T.J. Wolf

Posted February 18, 2016

On a secretive night dive off the coast of Maui in 1975, marine biologist Kalinda Earle accidentally discovers an Out-Of-Place-Artifact on the seafloor, triggering a historic tsunami. Rescued along with a cruise ship survivor by a conspiracy-minded ex-Navy SEAL, they embark together on a worldwide quest to discover its origin and purpose, pursued by U.S. Special Forces, agents of a power hungry conglomerate known as THULE, and alien observers–all striving to possess its miraculous technology. From Hawaii to the Philippines to Borneo, their perilous path ultimately leads to the Sarawak Chamber, where Kal and companions, inspired by the words of a Zen Master, escape chaos in the world above, breaching the Hollow Gate, in hopes of returning the OOPArt to its place of origin.

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