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Is attempting to outwit a superintelligent being really the answer? Or will it require something much more fundamentally human?

Thursday, December 27th, 2018
Uncanny
Valley
Uncanny
Valley Book 1
by
C.A. Gray
Genre:
YA Dystopian, Coming of Age
 
**Dystopian
coming-of-age with superintelligent A.I.**

 

 

Rebecca
Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry
Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle
down, she’s sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After
several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned
actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots
perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to
pursue their personal creative interests.

 

 

But
Rebecca’s mother Karen fears the new world of robots, and insists her
brilliant daughter join a university research team, studying the
hazards of a complete robotic economy. Rebecca’s father Quentin was
obsessed with the subject to a degree that even her mother considered
absurd, prior to his untimely death. So long as she can reserve
enough of her time to pursue her true passions on the side, Rebecca
half-heartedly agrees to join the research team, if only to please
her widowed mother. There she joins a post-doc named Liam, whose
conspiracy theories rival even those of her late father. Liam is
convinced that world Republic leader William Halpert’s worldwide
challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead
not to the promised utopia, in which every kind of human suffering
has been eradicated, but rather to an apocalypse. Rebecca, whose best
friend is her own companion bot Madeline, writes Liam off as a
bot-hating conspiracy theorist, just like her father was… until she
learns that her father’s death might not have been due to mere
happenstance.

 

 

With
Liam’s help, Rebecca learns of an underground organization known as
The Renegades, where Quentin Cordeaux was considered a legend. While
Liam attempts to stop Halpert’s challenge if he can, Rebecca tries
to unravel the mystery of what happened to her father. Did he and
many of his contemporaries die for something they knew? Who is the
mysterious informant who calls himself John Doe, and only seems to
want to drive her out of harm’s way? And if Halpert’s challenge
is answered, will it usher in a brave new chapter in humanity’s
history… or were Quentin Cordeaux’s dire predictions right all
along?

 

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The
Silver Six
Uncanny
Valley Book 2
 
What
is it that makes us truly human?

 

 

Rebecca
Cordeaux’s entire world has been turned upside down. In a single
day, she’s learned that Senate Leader Halpert and his Board of
Advisors are actually illegal humanoid robots created underground
twenty years ago—and they tried to have her killed. Her mother
Karen, whom she always believed to be passionately against the cause
of the Renegades, turns out to be their leader. And Liam, a man she
never thought she cared for, is now fighting for his life—and she
finds that she cares desperately.

 

 

Fortunately
Karen, known to the Renegades as M, has planned for exactly this sort
of eventuality. Using Rebecca’s father’s blueprints, Karen
patiently built an underground compound in an abandoned part of the
Americas where they can regroup and plan for the coming war. The
compound becomes an unlikely oasis as their number grows, both on
accident and on purpose. In attempting to recover her best friend and
companion bot Madeline, Rebecca gets what she thought she’d always
wanted: Andy arrives at the compound too, along with her friends Jake
and Julie. But with the sudden addition of an old flame from Liam’s
past, Rebecca discovers just how little acquainted she has been with
her own heart.

 

 

Meanwhile,
the Silver Six are running a worldwide campaign of indoctrination to
ensure that the people are on their side. In the name of peace, they
want nothing more than to wipe out every shred of resistance, while
pursuing their ultimate goal of robotic superintelligence. With the
assistance of a neuroscientist who helped to build the Silver Six
decades ago, Rebecca attempts to understand how synthetic minds work,
hoping this information can be used against them. She’s sure that
the mysterious, brilliant, and beautiful Alessandra Russo is the key
somehow, but Alex’s hatred for the Silver Six is only matched by
her hatred for the Renegades. Can the Renegades find and exploit the
weakness of the Silver Six before synthetic intelligence passes the
point of no return?

 

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Jaguar
Uncanny
Valley Book 3
 
The
Silver Six have blown the Renegades’ underground compound to bits,
killing several of Rebecca’s best friends in the process—and to
her horror, the boy Rebecca had convinced herself she loved for all
these years was the one to betray them all. At the same time, General
Specs, the company Liam was once slated to inherit, has developed a
superintelligent robot called Jaguar which is quickly becoming
godlike in her omniscience. As the remaining Renegades flee to their
last bastion of safety in the Caribbean, Liam makes his way back to
London, in a last ditch effort to convince his father to destroy
Jaguar before it’s too late.

 

 

Rebecca,
meanwhile, finally understands her own heart: she never loved Andy.
He was merely a ‘safe’ choice who would never require anything of
her. Liam, on the other hand, exasperating as he was, had seen past
her defenses. All of his teasing and provoking had been his attempt
to get her to be real with him—but the more he made her feel, the
further she had retreated. She had even substituted her companion bot
Madeline for real, deep human friendships, and for the same reason:
she’d been avoiding love to protect herself from another loss like
the one she had experienced when her father was killed for the
Renegades’ cause. Ironically, she only realizes this once Liam is
on his way to a similar fate. But she’ll be damned if she lets him
go without a fight.

 

 

This
high stakes conclusion to the Uncanny Valley Trilogy envisions a
world not too far off from our own, in which superintelligence is a
reality, humanoid bots have supplanted human power and influence, and
there are eyes watching and reporting our every move. If humanity is
to survive, the Renegades will have to galvanize support across the
globe, under the radar—and it will require every last bit of
ingenuity they possess. But is attempting to outwit a
superintelligent being really the answer? Or will it require
something much more fundamentally human?

 

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C.A.
Gray is the author of three YA Amazon bestselling trilogies:
PIERCING THE VEIL (magic and quantum physics meet Arthurian legends),
THE LIBERTY BOX (dystopian metaphysics and mind control technology),
and UNCANNY VALLEY (dystopian coming-of-age with neuroscience and
super intelligent A.I). She starts with some scientific concept that
she’s interested in learning more about herself, and then creates
lots of epic chaos and high-stakes action to go along with it. Her
stories are free of gratuitous violence, language, and sexual
content, and she abhors depressing endings… but they’re not all
kittens and rainbows either! She also listens to and reviews
audiobooks on her website, here on Goodreads, on Instagram, and on
her podcast, Clean Audiobook Reviews, where she also
occasionally interviews other authors.

 

 

By
day, C.A. Gray practices naturopathic medicine, podcasts, and writes
medical non-fiction under her maiden name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She
lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband Frank, and together they
maintain an occasionally contentious film review blog (under her real
name: Lauren Baden. Three names. Yes.) She’s kind of the queen of
multitasking—so in her spare time, she creates whatever meals or
crafts she found most recently on Pinterest, drinks lots of coffee
(Aeropress btw) and occasional wine (reds—and she saves the corks
for craft projects), works out (while listening to audiobooks), and
studies the Bible—about half of the podcasts on Christian Natural
Health are scripture meditations.

 

 

She
does sleep, too. Promise.

 

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Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

S.R. Betler, tell us where you were born.

 

I was born in a really small town in upstate New York, at the foot of the mountains.

What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

 

I think the most difficult thing is getting over imposter syndrome. It’s insidious, and it seems to be a permanent condition. At some point, I’m sure all the lovely readers will suddenly turn and realize that I’m winging all of it, and in reality, I’m just a silly introvert sitting in her house drinking too much coffee, pushing cats off my keyboard, and arguing with her imaginary friends.

 

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

 

As cliche as it is, my family has made the greatest difference. I’m sure a lot of people say that, but I would never have been a writer if my mother hadn’t pretended that my writing was a treasure when I was little. Now, my husband supports my dream of being a writer, and he encourages me to keep going, even when I feel like giving up.

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

 

Actually, crime isn’t normally a genre I write, so initially, when I saw the anthology looking for submissions, I dismissed it. However, shortly after, I ended up having a miscarriage. It was devastating for my family, but I came out the other side thinking about what I really wanted to accomplish with the time I had, and I decided why not give it a try? So I did. I love reading crime, and I decided I was up for the challenge, so I dove into writing a short story for the anthology.

 

What is the name of your new book?

 

The new anthology is titled “Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime.”

Tell us more about it.

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors, in all of which time plays a major factor. Each one tackles both crime and the prompt of time in totally unique ways and from fresh perspectives, so there’s a little of everything for different tastes.

 

What genre does your book fall under?

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” would fall under mystery, thriller, and crime.

 

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

For my short story included in the anthology, “Three O’Clock Execution,” what I really hope is that it makes people stop and think about the secrets people hide and how very few people are actually who, or what, they appear. For all of my writing, in general, I always try to push the boundaries of reality and make people think of the possibilities. Make them question their assumptions and their morals and how they approach the world. It’s a lofty goal, but that’s generally what I have in mind when I start a new piece.

 

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is published by Dancing Lemur Press, LLC.

 

Where can we find your book?

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner-ebook/dp/B079J796TK/

 

 

Yolanda Renee is a repeat author in the IWSG anthology contest – her first appearance was in Parallels: Felix Was Here. She has deferred her questions to her publisher, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/

 

 

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Dancing Lemur Press present…Tic Tock: A Stich in Crime

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Here is a trailer for the anthology:

My publicist friend Krista and I made a book trailer for Tick Tock. Here’s the link.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnYfD2zPRP0

How did you come up with the idea for an anthology?

 

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group admins took a poll and then made a final decision on the genre based on the results and what Dancing Lemur Press accepts.

 

How did you find all the authors for it?

 

The contest was open to all IWSG members – bloggers, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads members. The finalists were decided by a panel of judges consisting of agents and authors.

 

What is the name of this anthology?

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime.

The previous anthologies were Parallels: Felix Was Here (science fiction) and Hero Lost: The Mysteries of Death and Life (fantasy).

 

How many authors are in the anthology?

 

Eleven made the cut.

 

What genre is this anthology??

 

Mystery/Crime?Thriller

 

 

Do these authors only write mystery/crime/thriller?

 

For most of them, it is their preferred genre. But for several authors, this is their first time venturing into this area, which is exciting.

 

Where will you promote this book?

 

Reviewers, pre-publication reviewers & magazines, bookstores, libraries, signings, and online – blogs, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and through a blog tour.

 

Where can we find this anthology?

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

 

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

 

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

 

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

 

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