Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’

Matthew Heart of the Metropolitan Police must deal with his partner, a cyborg policewoman, his unofficial family, a one-legged girl and a mysterious assailant bent on taking over the world

Monday, March 25th, 2019
Metrofloat
New York
by
William Quincy Belle
Genre:
Science Fiction
 
A
Post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi thriller.
 

 

Several
hundred years in the future, Earth is a different planet. Antigravity
has been invented and “flying” has given way to “floating”:
giant platforms with cities remain above the growing surface
temperatures as enclaves of the privileged. A global pandemic has
wiped out 80% of those on the ground, and a virulent, flesh-eating
disease, necrofasc, has left most with artificial body parts. Insects
are the main food staple. A utopia for some, a dystopia for
others.

 

Metrofloat
New York, a futuristic city of thirty million, is run by an oligarchy
of five rich and powerful people. An unknown assassin, working from
within the system, attempts to seize control and declare himself
dictator by methodically removing all rivals. Detective Matthew Heart
of the Metropolitan Police must deal with his partner, a cyborg
policewoman, his unofficial family, a transgender woman and her
one-legged daughter, and a mysterious assailant bent on taking over
the world by killing anyone who stands in his way.

 

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William
Quincy Belle is just a guy. Nobody famous; nobody rich; just some guy
who likes to periodically add his two cents worth with the hope,
accounting for inflation, that $0.02 is not over evaluating his
contribution. He claims that at the heart of the writing process is
some sort of (psychotic) urge to put it down on paper and likes to
recite the following, which so far he hasn’t been able to attribute
to anyone: “A writer is an egomaniac with low self-esteem.”
You will find Mr. Belle’s unbridled stream of consciousness floating
around in cyberspace.
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One-hundred-and-forty-million miles away from home, Devans is feeling expendable, betrayed, a little adrift, and a lot wild-eyed

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Detonation
Event
Mars Wars #1
by
John Andrew Karr
Genre:
Science Fiction
Pub
Date: 2/5/19
 
For
decades the Space Consortium of America has searched for new ways to
harvest resources beyond an increasingly depleted Earth. The ultimate
plan is about to be ignited. So is the ultimate threat to humankind.
. .
Detonation
Event
Battle-hardened
Captain Ry Devans and his crew of the Mars Orbiting Station-1 are
part of a bold plan: resurrect the once-active molten cores of the
Red Planet with synchronized thermonuclear explosions, and terraform
the hell out of that iron-oxide rock for future generations. It’ll
change history. So will the strands of carbon-based Martian cells
that have hitched a ride on the ship.
Dr.
Karen Wagner knows the microbes’ resistance to virus is incredible.
It’s the unknowable that’s dicey. Her orders: blow them into
space. But orders can be undermined. Two vials have been stolen and
sent hurtling toward the biosphere. For Devans and Wagner, ferreting
out the saboteurs on board is only the beginning. Because there are
more of them back on Earth—an army of radical eco-terrorists
anxious to create a New World Order with a catastrophic gift from
Mars.
Now,
one-hundred-and-forty-million miles away from home, Devans is feeling
expendable, betrayed, a little adrift, and a lot wild-eyed. But space
madness could be his salvation—and Earth’s. He has a plan. And
he’ll have to be crazy to make it work.
Detonation
Event
 starts with the unusual proposition that the
greatest difficulty in terraforming Mars will be not geophysics but
Earth politics–rising quickly to open warfare. Interesting and
intelligent.” –Dave Drake Author of 
Hammer’s
Slammers
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John
Andrew Karr writes of the strange and spectacular. He enjoys
creating fantasy, paranormal, horror, and science fiction, having
self-published novels in all these genres. He’s a North Carolina
resident, IT worker, and all-around family guy.
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When a job recovering a human corpse uncovers a deadly conspiracy in the system, Taryn is drawn into the investigation

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
10,000
Bones
by
Joe Ollinger
Genre:
Science Fiction
 
On
the planet Brink, calcium is cash. The element’s scarcity led the
world’s government to declare it the official currency. In the
decades since, the governments of other colonized worlds have
suppressed shipments of calcium in order to maintain favorable
exchange rates, while Brink’s Commerce Board has struggled to
negotiate importation quotas to keep the population alive and
growing.

 

 

Taryn
Dare is a Collections Agent, a specialized detective tasked with
finding black market calcium and recovering it, so that the Commerce
Board can recycle it and distribute it as currency. Taryn is fueled
by one goal: to save up enough currency units for a one-way ticket to
a better world. But when a job recovering a human corpse uncovers a
deadly conspiracy in the system, Taryn is drawn into an investigation
that may threaten her life, and the very fabric of her society.

 

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from USC, he worked for several years as a reader and story analyst
for Academy Award Winning Filmmaker Oliver Stone. Currently residing
in Los Angeles, he was a semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships in
screenwriting. He works as an attorney when he’s not writing.
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Kat, along with a tormenting demon, confined within an atmosphere suit

Friday, February 15th, 2019

 

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. 
 
Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood. He also has a passion for caving, urban archeology, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.

Raised in the dark under the lash of the Black Hat Sisterhood, when the woman who would become known as Kat, is sent on a suicide mission into the heart of the League, she was not expected to survive. Her mission: discover the identity of the fabled Shadow tech Goddess, a being who does not exist. All other considerations, including her possible death, are secondary.
 

 

But, Kat is guided by higher powers, by merciful hands that feed her, clothe her and whisper in her ear. As she watches the sun rise for the first time, she recalls their words: “Be strong,” they said. “You have much to live for.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Snippet:
The Autocon inside her body swam through her Shadow
tech like a giant parasite. It cajoled her along the way with its icy Shadow
tech voice:
“Do not die! The Black Abbess is invested in your
success. Die, waste our training in you and we will reclaim our Shadow tech and
cast your soul to Hell where it will be devoured for the remainder of eternity
… Do not die!”   
Kat, along with a
tormenting demon, confined within an atmosphere suit.
 

 

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Peace and security are suddenly shattered with acts of sabotage disrupting the fragile equilibrium of the growing society

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Daimones
The
Daimones Trilogy,Volume 1
by
Massimo Marino
Genre:
Science Fiction
 
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Murder,
genocide, the Apocalypse.

 

Explore
the future of humanity in Massimo Marino’s sci-fi debut, Daimones, an
apocalyptic tale that feels like it could happen tomorrow. You may
never sleep through a windstorm again.

 

 

Nothing
could have prepared them for the last day. Death swept away the lives
of billions, but spared Dan Amenta and his family, leading them to an
uncertain future. When merely surviving isn’t enough and the hunt for
answers begins, memories from the past and troubling encounters lead
Dan to the truth about the extermination of the human race.
Distressing revelations will give new meaning to their very
existence.

 

 

Early
humans shaped the future and seeded a plan millions of years in the
making. Now survivors must choose: Endure a future with no past or
fade away into a past with no future?

 

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Once
Humans
The
Daimones Trilogy, Volume 2
 
The
rebirth of the race of man is closely watched, and the Selected, the
transgenic humans created by the Moîrai, guide and care for the
wellbeing of the remaining humans in their various Communities around
the planet.

 

 

Peace
and security are suddenly shattered with acts of sabotage disrupting
the fragile equilibrium of the growing society. Betrayal, fear, and a
cosmic conspiracy risk sending the planet to the brink of
self-destruction. Will Dan Amenta be able to come to terms with the
logic of alien minds? Who is behind the sabotage and why?

 

 

Death
and blind violence walk in the secret alleys and in the depths of the
planet, from the coldest lands to the bottom of the oceans; someone
is at work with an evil agenda dictated by greed and lust for power.
Ancient aliens, a galactic struggle, the control of a unique
resource, meld to dictate the fate of humankind.

 

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The
Rise of the Phoenix
The
Daimones Trilogy, Volume 3
 
War
is inevitable, and the human race sets out to finally deliver
retribution.

 

An
alien colonization has altered the destiny of the human race forever.
After wiping out billions of people, the race known as the Moîrai
created a new, transgenic species of humans called the Selected —
giving them both the gift and burden of longevity and memories of
human history on another world.

 

The
aliens charged the Selected with the responsibility of caring for
“the spared ones,” unaltered humans who survived the global
catastrophe. That includes Dan Amenta’s daughter Hope, the only
spared one who remains.

 

Together,
Dan and Hope have witnessed Earth transform into a different world,
where a powerful new neurological drug sparks the rapid evolution of
the Selected, but Hope is nearing death. Once she’s gone, obligations
die with her, and the path is clear for a chain of events destined to
rip apart the foundations of the galaxy.

 

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Booktrope
Publishing LCC has published Massimo Marino’s works up to June 2016
when Booktrope closed its business. Massimo is member of SFWA
(Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and a scientist
envisioning science fiction. 

 

 

He
contributed to the experiments at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab,
then accepted leading positions at Apple, Inc. and at the World
Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”
— a Big Data Analytics service company — and of “BookGarage”
— a publishing services brokerage firm.

 

Massimo
currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland
multiple times daily, although he’s no smuggler. He went from
smashing particles at the largest accelerators in the world, to
smashing words on the most popular laptop in the world.

 
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For thrills, chills, romance and laughter, buy The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave today

Thursday, December 20th, 2018
The
Mortician’s Daughter:
One
Foot in the Grave
by
C.C. Hunter
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
 
The
first exciting novel in a brand-new series from
 New
York Times 
bestselling
author C. C. Hunter!

 

 

Her
dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home
with him.

 

 

Once
again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and
her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is,
she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only
company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from
work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to
think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can
move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her
mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of
her own.

 

 

But
nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who
darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the
accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face
with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another
spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and
understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape
becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to
help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?

 

 

For
thrills, chills, romance and laughter, buy 
The
Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave
today.

 

 

Praise
for C. C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls series:

 

 

C.
C. Hunter has an amazing talent to make you laugh, cry, and laugh
again all in the same chapter!” —
Crossroad
Review

 

 

Jam-packed
with action and romance . . . Hunter’s lifelike characters and
paranormal creatures populate a plot that will keep you guessing till
the very end. A perfect mesh of mystery, thriller, and romance.”
Romantic
Times
 on Taken
at Dusk

 

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The
Mortician’s Daughter:
Two
Feet Under 
 
Riley
has accepted that her special gift is to help dead people with their
unfinished business.  But she never thought she’d be tasked
with helping the spirit of a convicted criminal who died in prison.
He may lead her on the scariest mission yet, but helping him
could mean saving the life of a child.  The convict’s daughter
needs a liver transplant and the one person who could still be a
match is his brother…who also happens to be a gang
leader.

 

 

Hayden’s
not happy that Riley’s discovered who he is and is seeing him sick
and unconscious in his hospital bed.  This feels like as good a
time as ever to cross over and put all of them out of their
misery….but Riley is in danger.  She’s visiting some of the
most dangerous spots and confronting some of the creepiest low-lifes
in town.  For her, he’ll need to regain his strength and fight
to keep her safe.

 

 

But
dealing with other people’s problems still can’t keep Riley from
her own.  Her dad’s drinking has gotten worse.  And
she’ll soon learn it’s because he’s been keeping a huge,
horrible secret that will change everything she believes about her
family and her mother’s death.

 

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C.C. Hunter is the New
York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books, including
her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series.
In addition to winning numerous awards and rave reviews for her
novels, C.C. is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and
writing coach. In February 2018, Wednesday Books will publish her
contemporary young adult and hardcover debut, This Heart of Mine.
And the first book of her new paranormal young adult series, The
Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave will release on October
31st 2017. C. C. currently resides in Texas with her husband,
junkyard dog, Lady, and whatever wild creatures that meander out
from woods surrounding home.
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If the nightmares she kept having come true, they were in desperate need of a hero

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
Two new books by Cheree Alsop that you have to give a try:

 

Werewolves are the guardians of sleeping vampires, protecting their masters during the deadly light of day. But what happens when a werewolf gets fed up with the persecution and tempts fate by breaking his chains and fleeing while his masters sleep?

Wounded and desperate, Zev finds himself at the mercy of a family who stumbles upon him during their own quest for vengeance against the demons of the night.

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The fall of Orion was the prophecy all of Earth awaited, but when the constellation vanished instead of the great ruling ship of the overlords, chaos fell across the savage land.

Zyla had always felt a connection to the constellation. While experts were busy speculating about vanishing star systems, astronomical impact, and the longevity of the battle that began as a result, Zyla started searching for Orion because, if the nightmares she kept having come true, they were in desperate need of a hero.

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Hunted by a ruthless mercenary, the boys are forced into the adventure they only dreamed about

Saturday, September 29th, 2018
The
Dragon Hunters
Histories
of Malweir Book 2
by
Christian Warren Freed
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
 
 
The
Mage Wars are a fading memory. The kingdoms of Malweir focus on
rebuilding what was lost and moving beyond the vast amounts of death
and devastation. For some it is easy, others far worse. Some men are
made in battle. Grelic of Thrae is one. A seasoned veteran of
numerous campaigns and raids, Grelic is a warrior without a war. He
languishes under mugs of ale and poor choices that eventually find
him locked in the dungeons of King Rentor. His only chance at
redemption is an offer tantamount to suicide: travel north with a
misfit band of adventurers and learn the truth of what happened in
the village of Gend.
Grelic,
suddenly tired of his life, reluctantly agrees and meets the only
survivor of the horrible massacre: Fitch Iane. Broken, mentally and
physically, Fitch babbles about demons stalking through the mists and
a terrible monster prowling the skies, breathing fire and death.
What
begins as a simple reconnaissance mission quickly turns into a quest
to stop Sidian, the Silver Mage from accomplishing his goals in the
Deadlands. The last of the dark mages seeks to recover the four
shards of the crystal of Tol Shere and open the gateway to release
the dark gods from their eternal prison.
Grelic
and his team are sorely outnumbered and ill prepared to deal with the
combined threats of a dark mage and one of the great dragons from the
west. Not even the might of the Aeldruin, high elf mercenaries, and
Dakeb, the last of the mages, promises to be enough to stop evil and
restore peace to Thrae.
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Armies
of the Silver Mage
Histories
of Malweir Book 1
 
Malweir
was once governed by the order of Mages, bringers of peace and light.
Centuries past and the lands prospered. But all was not well. Unknown
to most, one mage desired power above all else. He turned his will to
the banished Dark Gods and brought war to the free lands. Only a
handful of mages survived the betrayal and the Silver Mage was left
free to twist the darker races to his bidding. The only thing he
needs to complete his plan and rule the world forever are the four
shards of the crystal of Tol Shere.

 

 

Having
spent most of their lives dreaming about leaving their sleepy village
and travelling the world, Delin Kerny and Fennic Attleford never
thought that one day they would be forced to flee their town in order
to save their lives. Everything changes when they discover the fabled
Star Silver sword and learn that there are some who want the weapon
for themselves. Hunted by a ruthless mercenary, the boys run from Fel
Darrins and are forced into the adventure they only dreamed
about.

 

 

Ever
ashamed of the horrors his kind let loose on the world the last mage,
Dakeb, lives his life in shadows. The only thing keeping him alive is
his quest to stop the Silver Mage from reassembling the crystal. His
chance finally comes through the hearts and wills of Delin and
Fennic. Dakeb bestows upon them the crystal shard, entrusting them
with the one thing capable of restoring peace to Malweir.

 

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Christian
W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like
to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US
Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has
gone on to publish 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as
well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first
published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on
Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron
Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.

 

 

Passionate
about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern
military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the
readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in
history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Military History
from Norwich University. He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C.
and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese
Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch
with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other.

 

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When the empires collide, no one is safe, and there is no place in the galaxy to hide

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Galactic
Mandate: A Radical Cause
by
M.R. Richardson
Genre:
SciFi, Space Opera
 
The
galaxy is in turmoil. The two main powers, the Acolyte Empire and the
Clone Defense Force, vie for supremacy. 

 

 

 

Caught
in between are the weaker Galactic Planetary League and independent
planets, pawns to be used and discarded in the greater game. The
peace of the galaxy rests on a powder keg…and the fuse is about to
be lit.

 

 

As
the son of the Acolyte Emperor God-Reign, Devante lives a life of
power and luxury that few can fathom.

 

 

Since
childhood, he has devoted his life to one thing: freeing the clone
slaves of the CDF and banning the practice of cloning throughout the
galaxy. But he is about to uncover a secret that goes to the heart of
the empire he loves and serves, one that will set him on a course of
vengeance and destruction that will shake the galaxy to its
core.

 

 

Against
this backdrop of war, treachery, and intrigue, Galactic Mandate tells
an epic saga of god-emperors and assassins, spies and queens,
princesses and slaves.

 

 

The
lives of all will be irrevocably changed as Devante embraces his
destiny—for when empires collide, no one is safe, and there is no
place in the galaxy to hide.

 

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M.R.
Richardson is a new African-American science fiction author. He hopes
to spread a new type of story. Something raw, and original that
everyone over 18 can enjoy.
M.R.
Richardson is the author of Galactic Mandate: A Radical Cause, and
the founder of Room 10 Publishing.
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Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Armies
of the Silver Mage
Histories
of Malweir Book 1
by
Christian Warren Freed
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
 
Malweir
was once governed by the order of Mages, bringers of peace and light.
Centuries past and the lands prospered. But all was not well. Unknown
to most, one mage desired power above all else. He turned his will to
the banished Dark Gods and brought war to the free lands. Only a
handful of mages survived the betrayal and the Silver Mage was left
free to twist the darker races to his bidding. The only thing he
needs to complete his plan and rule the world forever are the four
shards of the crystal of Tol Shere.

 

 

Having
spent most of their lives dreaming about leaving their sleepy village
and travelling the world, Delin Kerny and Fennic Attleford never
thought that one day they would be forced to flee their town in order
to save their lives. Everything changes when they discover the fabled
Star Silver sword and learn that there are some who want the weapon
for themselves. Hunted by a ruthless mercenary, the boys run from Fel
Darrins and are forced into the adventure they only dreamed
about.

 

 

Ever
ashamed of the horrors his kind let loose on the world the last mage,
Dakeb, lives his life in shadows. The only thing keeping him alive is
his quest to stop the Silver Mage from reassembling the crystal. His
chance finally comes through the hearts and wills of Delin and
Fennic. Dakeb bestows upon them the crystal shard, entrusting them
with the one thing capable of restoring peace to Malweir.

 

Goodreads
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Christian
W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like
to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US
Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has
gone on to publish 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as
well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first
published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on
Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron
Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.

 

 

Passionate
about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern
military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the
readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in
history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Military History
from Norwich University. He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C.
and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese
Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch
with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other.

 

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No. Can’t think of them now. They’re gone, and I can’t change it

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

 

William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native and a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. He has a master’s in mechanical engineering, and has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery. He has also trained in Wado-Ryu karate since 2003, and runs his own dojo. He is an avid video and board gamer, a reader, and of course, a writer.

 


In his spare time, he wrangles three cats. He and his wife enjoy putting their pets in cute little costumes and making them cosplay for the annual Christmas card.
You can visit him at williamctracy.com.

On a bright August day, the sun disappears.
 
Sam van Oen barely escapes freezing to death in his house, as his watch stops and fire ceases to burn. He is pulled into the Nether—a nexus between ten diverse alien cultures—where he meets two maji who can control the musical foundation of the universe. While coping with anxiety attacks prompted by his new surroundings, Sam must learn to hear and change the Symphony, and thus reality, in order to discover what happened to his home.Sam is surrounded by aliens, both strange and familiar. Soon, he meets sister and brother twins, also new to the Nether, who support him during his anxiety attacks. Sam finds he is attracted to both of them, and does not want to choose.

But more freezing voids like the one that started his journey are appearing, and Sam’s chances of getting back are fading. The Assembly of Species is threatening to dissolve and the maji are being attacked by those they protect, while rumors grow of an ancient, shape-changing species of assassins, returning to wage war.

The Dissolution is coming.

 

Snippet:
Sam was reading when the sun dimmed.
As he looked up from his book, he caught the sky outside his window shading into twilight. Overhead, the light blinked off, then on and the music playing on his laptop—Beethoven’s 7th—croaked a discordant jumble of notes before the screen went black. A breath of cold air left goosebumps on his arms.
“What the—” Sam pushed up from the chair as the overhead light faded again. His breath caught in his throat, like he had swallowed a lump of ice. His room was not large, made smaller by the piles of boxes making up his collection, and now shadows rose between stacks of waist-high containers. He wormed through them in the dim light, heart racing. Was this really happening, or was he having an attack? Why now? It took two tries to pick up his grandfather’s pocket watch from where it rested on an end table beside his bed. His hands shook, and the thump of his heartbeat nearly overpowered the rhythmic ticking transmitted through his palm. He focused on the mechanical beat—let it inform his body with the regular beat of time.
Calm down. Stillness evaded him, left him unsteady. Everything is going dark in the middle of the day. At least the watch was working. He made sure to keep it wound, and kept it safe in his room.
While watching the darkened sky, his other hand fingered the lid of a small shoebox. His collection of boxes contained grass clippings, shells, sand, and other things, bought by friends and customers of his aunt. They reminded him of favorite sights and smells. However, the shoebox contained things more precious than the rest: half a belt, stiff from water damage, and the heel of a woman’s left shoe, sheared off cleanly.
No. Can’t think of them now. They’re gone, and I can’t change it. He shivered at another gust of cold air. His room felt like late January instead of August. He eyed the window, but the thought of opening it—letting in the places he didn’t know—made his hands sweat. His hand left the box, moving to the windowpane. He hissed and shook his fingers. The window was colder than the house, which meant outside must be too. He breathed out and raised his watch to his ear, listening to the steady beat.
Is this all in my head? He hadn’t heard a transformer blow, and there was no storm. It was so quiet his rough breathing was like a train. He rubbed his arms, and a quick touch on his laptop’s case nearly numbed his finger. His cellphone was powered down and wouldn’t restart.
Aunt Martha will know what to do. Get to safety. Sam weaved through the precise stacks of boxes, trembling. She would be in her sewing shop. Sam wiped sweaty hands on his shorts before pulling a coat from the closet and socks from a drawer. He dropped his watch in a pocket of the coat, but kept one hand on it. If the power outage kept up, he couldn’t log in for his shift in technical support. What will they think? Will they fire me? He couldn’t get his ethics essay done either, and he had to email it in by tomorrow night for the ethical theories class at his online community college.
The chill air in the hall made him regret the shorts, but he shrugged his coat on, then leaned against the wall, pulling his socks on carefully. If the seams were going the wrong way, they’d just distract him, and there was too much going on already. He closed his eyes. Don’t shut down. Keep moving.
The dark wood-paneled hallway was cold even through his socks, and Sam made a detour to the front door to get his sneakers, adjusting his feet in them, making sure the laces were the same length. It took two tries with his shaking hands. The dark was deepening outside, and by the time he got to the other end of the house, he was using his sense of touch more than sight to navigate.
He met Aunt Martha coming from the small one-room addition that served as her workshop. She held a flickering beeswax candle in her hand. It’s not just in my head.

 

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Can one woman evade an alien empire to save her son’s life?

Friday, July 13th, 2018

 

 

Lauren H Salisbury was an English teacher for sixteen years with an MA in Education. She is now a writer who dabbles with tutoring and lives with her husband and a room full of books in Yorkshire, England. 
 
She likes to spend winters abroad, following the sunshine and becoming the seasonal envy of her friends. When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with family, reading, walking, crafting, or cooking. Courage is her debut novel.

 

 
Can one woman evade an alien empire to save her son’s life?
Gilla and Elias have the perfect life—or as perfect as life can be for slaves living deep in the Esarelian Empire. Elias wants freedom for his precious wife and daughter, and the rest of their people, and he is willing to fight to get it. Pregnant with her second child, Gilla only wants a happy, healthy family who share a strong faith in the God of Old Earth and to get through her workload each day. 

When the Esarelians decide to teach their rebellious slaves a lesson they will never forget, Gilla’s entire life is turned upside down. She must trust that God has a plan to protect her new-born son, and have the courage to follow it, choosing the strangest of allies in an effort to ensure his survival.

Courage is a science fiction retelling of the Biblical story of Moses’s birth. It has strong, quirky characters, strange alien worlds, and a gripping plot with a twist on the original.

 

The next book in this Series is available in September! Find out more about that book HERE!

 
Snippets:
Fear consumed her, tearing her heart from her chest with its force, but she looked at her son and forged on. Breathing heavily through the terror, she kept putting one foot in front of the other for his sake.
(Gilla during the culling)
Years of intense heavy labour and his need to protect his family fuelled his rage and tightened his aim. It would have worked if he’d been fighting humans.
(Elias during the Selection)

This time he was unable to stop his finger from slowly rubbing the thin line that ran across the side of his neck. He would keep the scar until the last human had suffered beyond endurance and been exterminated.

 

(Nishaf, one of the Ra’hon’s advisors)

 

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Her only hope may rest in the Lord of the Dragons

Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Guardian’s
Nightmare
The
Last Princess of Latura Book 1
by
Darren Simon
Genre:
Middle-Grade/New Adult Fantasy
 
Charlee
Smelton is an average thirteen-year-old girl struggling to adapt
after her family moves to San Francisco. She thinks her biggest
obstacle is facing the bullies who brand her a nerd and a dweeb.
She’s wrong. Her life is about to change—for the worse. First,
she receives a gift of the ugliest, most old fashioned bike she has
ever seen. Try as she might to ditch it in the city, she just can’t
seem to escape that very mysterious two-wheeler. Then come the
visions of a world across a dimensional divide, a princess in fear
for her life and a dark knight pursuing her. Are they just dreams or
something more? For Charlee, everything she ever thought she knew
about herself soon crumbles as she starts down a path to discover her
true self, and she will need that hunk-of-junk bike more than she
could ever imagine. Without it, she might not be able to find the
hero in herself—the hero she must become to save her friends,
family, her city—the world—from an evil only she can defeat. An
evil she allows into this world.
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Guardian’s Return
The Last Princess of
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A
month has passed since fourteen-year-old Charlee Smelton discovered
her magical abilities and faced her great aunt, Theodora, in a life
or death struggle to protect Earth. A month has passed since she
tricked Theodora back across the dimensional gateway that brought
Theodora to Earth. Since then, Charlee—now fully aware that she is
part of a noble bloodline from another world…another dimension…has
grown stronger in her magic, aided by her protector, a shapeshifter
sent to Earth to protect her.
But
the terrible dreams won’t stop.
Theodora
lives, and if Charlee’s dreams of death and fields of spilled blood
are true, her great aunt has avenged herself on that world across the
dimensional divide. 
Charlee
knows what she must do. The fight is not over. She must travel across
the gateway to the home of her ancestors and face Theodora one more
time. But doing so may cost Charlee more than her life. The same
medallion her great aunt desires so much—a medallion Charlee
possesses—could make her just as evil as her great aunt. 
Can
Charlee stave off the twisted tendrils of the medallion long enough
to defeat Theodora—for good—or will evil consume her? Can she
even survive so far from home? Her only hope may rest in the Lord of
the Dragons, but that beast turned his back on her grandfather long
ago…

 

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Simon resides in Southern California where he works as a college
English teacher after a career as a newspaper journalist. His love
for writing began with a love for reading when his grandmother gave
him a wonderful gift—a brown paper bag filled with comic books from
the 1960s and ’70s. From there, he moved on to Choose Your Own
Adventure
books. Eventually he discovered the works of J.R.R.
Tolkien, which solidified his interest in writing epic fantasy and
science fiction tales.
So
far, he has focused his writing on middle grade and young adult
fiction to inspire young readers just as he was inspired to read and
write at a young age.
He
self-published his first novel though iUniverse and immediately went
on to write the second book in the series. Upon completing the second
book, he decided to seek more traditional publishing. After countless
rejection letters, a small independent publisher—Divertir
Publishing—decided to pick up the series, a fantasy about a
teen-aged girl who learns her family is actually from an alternate
dimension, and only she has the power to protect Earth from a
sorceress from her world—who just happens to be her great aunt.
Divertir republished the first book, titled, Guardian’s
Nightmare
, in 2015. The second book in the series, Guardian’s
Return
, was released in April.
Darren
has also written another series—a young adult historical pirate
fantasy set in the golden age of piracy, mixing historical pirates
and pirate hunters with his fictional characters in a time-traveling,
swashbuckling tale. The first book in that series, The Dangerous
Legacy,
was published in 2016 by Tell-Tale Publishing. The second
book in the series, The Deadly Waters, is due out later this
year.
All
his books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes&noble.com.
Darren,
who lives with his wife, Sandra and two sons, Daniel and Jacob, and
two crazy dogs, in the Valley, is continuing to write and develop new
stories, including a young adult novel now in the hands of literary
agency.

 

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Milijun is the first installment of an action-packed sci-fi alien invasion story

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
Milijun
by
Clayton Graham
Genre:
Science Fiction
 
The
next phase of human evolution depends entirely on her…

 

 

Laura
is willing to do whatever it takes for her son. When aliens kidnap
Jason, it’s going to take a lot more than a mother’s love to get him
back. After infiltrating a military research base, Laura discovers 
a
terrifying secret
: their
plans to impregnate women with alien DNA.

 

 

Laura
battles to save Jason, the mothers-to-be, and herself. But she
quickly realizes the aliens have their own mission for her, too. Soon
she faces a choice, take a chance at an impossible escape
or accept the aliens’ vision of a new humanity.

 

 

Milijun
is the first installment of 
an
action-packed
 sci-fi
alien invasion story. If you like tales of first contact, secret
military operations, and the people caught in the middle, then you’ll
love Clayton Graham’s fast-paced sci-fi thrill ride.

 

 

Buy
Milijun to discover the future of evolution.

 

 

“Captured
my interest from the very beginning, and never once let go.”
Jenna – Indie Book Reviewers

 

 

 

“If you love the genre,
read this gem.” Julius Zon – Self Publishing Review

 

 

“This
is a must-read for science fiction fans who appreciate a hard
scientific foundation, in the tradition of Asimov, Niven, or
Heinlein.” Patrick Dent

 

 

“Million?
5 stars are all Amazon permit!” Sarah Stuart

 

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As
a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK,
Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old
school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and
John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned
short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s
usual distractions. 

 

 

He
settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer
who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had
an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a
universe we are only just starting to understand.

 

 

Clayton
loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural
world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.

 

 

Combining
future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun is his
first novel. Second novel, Saving Paludis, will be published early
2018. They are light years from each other, but share the future
adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.

 

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From his Temple in the ground, the Horned God stirs…

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
Starfarers and explorers, the League settled on Kana thousands of years ago. They found it to be a paradise, a perfect, virtually uninhabited planet waiting just for them in the cradle of space.
Lovely Kana … it was too good to be true …But, all was not as it seemed. Simmering beneath the ground was a demented god who had soaked Kana in blood for untold ages, luring in victims, lying to them, and rejoicing in their suffering as they died at the hands of his dark angels.
And there will be blood again … From his Temple in the ground, the Horned God stirs.
When Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort, a young man troubled by the weight of the world, dares give his heart to a girl from a mysterious ancient household, one that pre-dates the League itself, he comes to know the shadows of the past that hover over her.He comes to know of the Horned God, and for love he is destined to face him. All roads lead to the Temple of the Exploding Head, a place of evil and death, rooted in the ancient past, but also tied to the distant future. 

 

 

 

REN GARCIA, is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons.

He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture.
His books are published by Loconeal Publishing and include: The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron, The Hazards of the Old Ones, The Dead Held Hands, The Machine, and The Temple of the Exploding Head. LoE Book VI: Sands of the Solar Empire was released in July, 2012 and Book VII: “Against the Druries” was released in 2013. His next set of books,  “The Shadow tech Goddess” was released in 2014 with the most recent book, Stenibelle, released in June 2015.
 He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their three dogs.

 

The Temple of the Exploding Head by Ren Garcia is a compelling sci-fi-fantasy story with daring and well-rounded characters. It contains time travel, royalty and love, all well set and not overwhelming each other. The worlds created by Ren Garcia are developed, dangerous and amazingly well done. You will have a hard time putting this book down. This page turner will trick you into believing you know what’s going on, just to find out you were as far from right as you can get. I recommend it to readers of fantasy and sci-fi genre. You will be glad you chose it.

The version I read was composed of three books, which was overwhelmingly long for all at once…I would have preferred to have read them separately, in much smaller bites. That said, I really enjoyed the tale and the writing. What a great imagination and deliverance of this story.

 


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Their connection to each other is the only certainty

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
“I kissed Edward Wolverton once. It
was everything it was supposed to be—and then some… maybe I’ll kiss him again.”
 
TV Producer Bea Douglas’s last confession to her former business partner and ex-best friend wasn’t meant to tempt the fates. She’s eager to escape the hypocrisy of the television industry and years of hiding her faith for the convenience of other people. Edward Wolverton may be hot, smart, and funny—but he’s also two steps out of rehab with a self-proclaimed allergy to Christianity.
 
But after a club night turns violent, Bea loses her sense of self while Eddie teeters on the edge of relapse. Their connection to each other is the only certainty. To
be together, each will have to let go of past pain and have faith in a love that never fades.
 
Off Script is an uncommon story of the power of love and resilience to bring people together in a society that does its best to tear them apart.
 




Liv Bartlet is the pseudonym for writing partners Becca McCulloch and Sarah McKnight, who have been building worlds and
telling stories together for more than a decade. They’ve logged hours of behind-the-scenes movie and TV footage and challenged each other in a friendly Oscar guessing game every year this millennium. Lifelong Anglophiles, their Monkey & Me world sprang to vivid life on a trip to London that included divine pastries, sublime art, and a spectacular pratfall in the British Museum.

 
Becca is a professor, a scientist, and a secret romantic who insisted their first order of business in London was a meandering five-mile walk to see Big Ben. She lives with her husband, children,
and an ever-expanding roster of pets in Logan, Utah.
 

 

Sarah is an Army brat, an Excel geek, and has a lot of opinions on the differences between science fiction and fantasy. She lives with her cat, Sir Jack—who is featured prominently on Liv’s Instagram —just outside Salt Lake City.

 

 

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Quitting is never an option, but detours are part of the journey

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Author Yolanda Renee, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

 

I was in elementary school when I discovered my love of reading and writing, but I was in my thirties when I met my first author and became hooked on the possibility.

What makes you passionate about writing?

When a story idea hits, it unfolds like a movie in my mind. The ending is always a surprise, and the accomplishment immensely gratifying, made more so via the feedback of readers.

What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?

After receiving hundreds of rejections, I chose self-publishing because I finally wanted to share my story with family. I only planned to print a few books, but the response from non-family was so positive I decided to try traditional publishing again. I worked hard to go the conventional route, and I achieved that goal via a small publisher. But after a dispute over royalties and the realization that self-publishing was no longer a stigma, I decided to publish my books via Y R Publishing. I enjoy being in charge of my own destiny.

Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?

Yes, there’s were several moments when I wondered if I could write a trilogy, but I soon found that reading brought back the inspiration and drive. Quitting is never an option, but detours are part of the journey.

What books have most influenced your life?

            I was in the fourth grade when I first got a library card, I read Nancy Drew, then Judy Bolton, and from there every book I could get my hands on. Gone with the Wind is one of my all-time favorites. I have to say that romance novels, westerns, science fiction, even autobiographies have all influenced my love of reading and writing. My greatest desire is to own a bookstore or at least a massive library filled with first editions.

Please tell us about your book, Tick Tock: A Stitch In Crime & my story is Cypress, Like the Tree.

 

            Cypress, Like the Tree, is a story about the murder of a young airman. His wife is the first suspect, but Detective Cypress soon learns multiple suspects wanted the man dead.

What genre is it?

Mystery

Do you just sit down and write, waiting to see what happens next? Or do you outline first?

An idea or story usually comes to me so fast that I must write it down immediately. It’s like listening to a Dictaphone or watching a movie. The first draft is usually written in a notebook, using my own style of shorthand. Then comes the computer version. Outlines are done for my novels but only after the first draft is completed. I use one sentence descriptions of the chapters. This helps me coordinate the timelines, red-herrings, and characters.

I will admit that when I’m looking for a subject, I do steal from my life. I use the what if scenario. Cypress, Like the Tree, is one of those instances.

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

            All the authors I’ve had the pleasure reading have been an influence, but primarily Margaret Mitchell. Her determination and talent for sure, but it was also the obstacles she overcame to succeed.

But more recently, Denise Covey a writing friend from Australia, she and I host a writing challenge every other month called WEP: Write…Edit…Publish, but before I joined her, her challenges via RFW, where she and Donna Hole took the time to teach via their critiques.

I was amazed and honored when she asked me to join the team as a co-host. Denise has been an enormous influence, and now I learn from all the writers who participate.

What’s your secret to making the character’s in your books come to life?

I rely on the people I know or have met to create my characters. Their traits, looks, and idiosyncrasies all come into play, but I mix it up, so no one recognizes themselves.

Besides writing what other talents or hobbies do you have?

I’m a very organized individual, a place for everything and everything in its place. It must be so, or my muse doesn’t come out to play. I’ve also always enjoyed working with numbers (I’m a former accountant) I even enjoy doing taxes. I enjoy photography, even though my pictures are less than amateur, I keep trying.  And hiking has always been my go-to for relaxation and rejuvenation.

How do you come up with your character’s names?

I’ve used family names, and I’ve taken the names from the obituaries in the newspaper, mixing them up for something new or unusual. But I’ll steal from whatever is handy, even inanimate objects in a pinch.

What is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?

When they write, “I can’t wait for the next book!”

Where can readers go to find your books?

            Amazon Author Page

            My Blog: Defending the Pen

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime – Cypress, Like the Tree

            The Snowman

            Murder, Madness & Love

            Memories of Murder

            Murder & Obsession

 

Hopefully, the machine will work this time

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Tara Tyler, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

Born: Plymouth, MA; Now: Cincinnati, OH

What makes you passionate about writing?

 

I want to encourage kids to read and get the message to them that they can succeed as long as they don’t give up

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

 

about a month

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?


 

The IWSG anthology contest with the theme: Time

 

What is the title of your book?

 

RESET

Could you give us a back cover blurb?

 

Twelve-year-old Casey has no time for her quirky family. Mr. Zander has been searching for the perfect specimen to save his. When Casey walks into Mr. Zander’s clock repair shop, he sees her as a prime contender and coerces her to help him. Hopefully, the machine will work this time.

 

What genre does your book fall under?


 

Sci Fi Thriller

 

Do you have a favorite character, why?

 

I like Mr. Zander – he’s dementedly dedicated – he spent his whole life building a time machine to go back and start over

 

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

 

I’d say the message is to deal with what happens in your life and make the most of it

 

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

 

The prospect of time travel has consequences – and the relationship between the girl and her captor

 

Where can we find your book? 

 

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

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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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Each serves a different emotion: Vengeance, Sorrow and Redemption

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Dreams
of Winter
A
Forgotten Gods Tale Book 1
by
Christian Warren Freed
Genre:
Fantasy
 
Under
the rigid guidance of the Conclave; an order of holy men seeking to
bring back the glory of the time of the gods, the Order of the
Inquisition and their Prekhauten Guard divisions the seven hundred
known worlds carve out a new empire with the compassion and wisdom
the gods once offered. But a terrible secret, known only to the most
powerful, threatens to undo three millennia of progress. The gods are
not dead at all. They merely sleep. And they are being
hunted. 

 

 

Senior
Inquisitor Tolde Breed is sent to the planet Crimeat to investigate
the escape of one of the most deadly beings in the universe.
Amongeratix, one of the three sons of the god-king is loose once
again, the fabled Three. Tolde arrives on a world where heresy breeds
insurrection and war is only a matter of time. Tolde is aided by
Sister Abigail of the Order of Blood Witches in his quest to find
Amongeratix and return him to Conclave custody before he can begin
his reign of terror.

 

 

What
he doesn’t know is that the Three are already operating on Crimeat.
Each serves a different emotion: Vengeance, Sorrow and Redemption.
Their touch drives the various characters beyond themselves and
towards an uncertain future that can only end one of two ways. Either
the Three win and finally destroy the gods, or humanity stops them
and continues to survive.

 

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W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like
to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US
Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has
gone on to publish 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as
well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first
published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on
Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron
Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.

 

 

Passionate
about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern
military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the
readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in
history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Military History
from Norwich University. He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C.
and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese
Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch
with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other.

 

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