Friday, August 31, 2018

Fantasy Ebook Deal -- Spells & Magic by Rachel Medhurst

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Spells & Death by Rachel Medhurst

Part witch, part ghost, total book nerd.

I’m a dead witch. Sort of. As a pure Essex witch, I’m permanently attached to Mother Earth’s ley lines. Pure magic equals life force. Which is the only thing that’s stopping my body from dying and my soul from moving on.

A Paranormal MI5 agent, my life work is to protect the ley lines. The magic contained within them is sacred, pure. When a serial killer starts leaving clues for me, I quickly realise that not only does he know my secret, he’s trying to steal the magic out from under me. 

As each new body is found, I feel the lessening of magic that keeps me alive. I have no choice but to tell the one person I trust. Dave, the cute admin guy. Although he sits behind a desk, his geeky mind could solve anything. Together, we have to find the serial killer, before he drains the Earth of magic, and kills every living thing on it.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Science Fiction E-Book Deal -- Empire of Bones by Terry Mixon

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Empire of Bones by Terry Mixon

After a terrible war almost extinguished humanity, the New Terran Empire rises from its own ashes.

Sent on an exploratory mission to the dead worlds of the Old Empire, Commander Jared Mertz sets off into the unknown.

Only the Old Empire isn’t quite dead after all. Evil lurks in the dark.

With everything he holds dear at stake, Jared must fight like never before. Victory means life. Defeat means death. Or worse.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Science Fiction E-Book Deal -- Nepenthe Rising by John Triptych

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Nepenthe Rising by John Triptych

In the far future, two major factions are locked in a galactic cold war. As tensions mount between the technocratic Union and the genome-harnessing Concordance, both sides anxiously watch for a chance to conquer the other.

The Nepenthe is a pirate vessel, loyal to neither. Led by the enigmatic Captain Dangard, her rough and ready crew includes the cat-like alien Commander Creull, Zeno the immortal synthetic, the dashing Garrett Strand, and Duncan Hauk, a promising young recruit. 

Hired by a cryptic employer, the crew waylays a transport ship carrying a mysterious passenger. In due time, this incident sparks the beginnings of an interstellar conflict that could threaten the state of known space.

The first of an epic new sci-fi series, Nepenthe Rising delivers what today's fans want: detailed world-building, thrilling action, and mind-blowing adventure on a grand scale.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Fantasy E-Book Deal -- Dark Oak by Jacob Sannox

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Dark Oak by Jacob Sannox

Humanity has finally defeated the Dark Lord, but Morrick fought on the wrong side. Though he was a slave, he is branded a traitor and must earn the trust of new lords in order to return to his family - if they are still alive… 

Now that their common enemy is dead, the nobles begin to forget old loyalties, and Queen Cathryn’s realm looks set to plunge into war once more. But there are older and more terrible powers dwelling within the forest, and when they are awakened, Morrick will decide who lives or dies.


Monday, August 27, 2018

Science Fiction E-Book Deal -- Explorations

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It's 2052 and the first known wormhole appears in lunar orbit. Earth sends a ship to investigate and the future of space travel changes forever. The Solar System develops in many ways over the centuries, but one thing remains constant; the wormholes continue to appear.

Join many of today's most exciting indie science fiction authors as they chart a shared universe and future-history, each telling us stories of: Explorations: Through the Wormhole.

The Challenge - Ralph Kern
Through Glassy Eyes - PP Corcoran
Here, Then, Forever - Chris Guillory
AI Deniers - Rosie Oliver
Flawed Perspective - PJ Strebor
The Lost Colony - Josh Hayes
The Aeon Incident - Richard Fox
The Doors of the Temple - Jo Zebedee
Dead Weight - Thaddeus White
Webbed Prisms - Charlie Pulsipher
Anathema - Jacob Cooper
When the Skies Open - Shellie Horst
A Second Infection - Stephen Palmer
Personal Growth - Stephen Moss

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Fantasy E-Book Deal -- Demon Moon by Brad Magnarella

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Demon Moon by Brad Magnarella

Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard.

Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed. 

That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.

Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.

Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.

No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.

Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?

Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Science Fiction E-Book Deal -- Rogue Navy by Jake Elwood

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Rogue Navy by Jake Elwood

The Dawn Alliance and the United Worlds are locked in a bitter war over the rich worlds of the Green Zone. The colony of New Panama is caught between the giants, and Tom Thrush has the impossible job of leading her rag-tag navy in a desperate struggle for survival.

His fleet is a mix of armed freighters and salvaged warships. The crews are former pirates with no military training. His enemy has the most powerful navy the galaxy has ever seen. With no hope of victory, he fights just to postpone annihilation.

But these are the famed rebels of the Free Planets, tough and resourceful and hard as rats to kill. They might not count for much in a straight fight, but they know a thing or two about tackling impossible odds. If Tom can earn their respect, they might just teach him something about survival - or even victory.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Science Fiction E-Book Deal -- Ghost Marines by Jonathan Brazee

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Ghost Marines by Jonathan Brazee

Human slavers attack. Despite trying to fight back, there is nothing the young Leefe can do to save his family and friends. But he doesn't have to. The Imperial Marines arrive in the nick of time, and they hate slavers. Three tri-years later, when the new emperor issues a proclamation to integrate the imperial military with non-human citizens, Leefe is among the first to volunteer.

Integration to resurrect the empire as a force for good is challenged by centuries of prejudice against the "dung races." Leefe and the other Wyntonans only want to prove their worth and fight for the empire, but their greatest battles are closer to home. 

With threats to the empire from both within and without, this grand experiment has the potential to save it . . . or tear it apart.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fantasy E-Book Deal -- Shadow Magic by Nazri Noor

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Shadow Magic by Nazri Noor

The gods are dying. But for one man, death is only the beginning.

Murdered as a ritual sacrifice, amateur thief and professional charmer Dustin Graves mysteriously survives, finding himself gifted with strange, dark magic. Then more dead bodies turn up. Some are human, but one is a god of the old world, slain at his own doorstep.

Mortal or divine, the bloodshed must end, and Dust is the mage for the job. But first he must contend with a succubus, a talking sword, a spider queen, a goddess of magic, and eldritch abominations from beyond the stars. No big deal... right?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Science Fiction E-Book Deal -- Mercury Blade by James David Victor

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Mercury Blade by James David Victor

A far-future space opera series from #1 Bestselling author James David Victor

Eliard Martin is captain of the Mercury Blade, the fastest ship in the galaxy. With his small crew, he travels the stars looking for adventure and profit. When he tries to pull one over on a dangerous criminal overlord, he soon finds himself on a mission that will lead to more danger than he has ever faced before. With the help of a mysterious stranger, who is clearly more than she appears, they will fight to stay one step ahead of the most powerful forces in the galaxy. Can the crew of the Mercury Blade fly their way to freedom or will they be crushed by the opposing forces seeking their demise?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fantasy E-Book Deal For Tuesday -- Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

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Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

Legendary warrior Ramya has successfully ruled as Melokai for longer than most. Prosperous, peaceful, and happy, her people love her. Or so she thinks.
Ramya’s time is up. Bracing herself for the gruesome sentence imposed on all Melokais who have served their purpose, she hears instead a shocking prophecy.
Is the abrupt appearance of a mysterious, eastern cave creature the prophesied danger? Or is it something darker, more evil? And what of the wolves? Will the ferocious war with their kind oust her from power?
Suddenly Ramya must fight threats from all sides to save her mountain realm. But while her back is turned, a conspiracy within her inner circle is festering. Ramya and her female warriors must crush an epic rebellion before it can destroy her and devastate her beloved nation.
She thinks it’s the end, but it’s just the beginning...

Monday, August 20, 2018

Fantasy Ebook Deal For Monday -- We Ride The Storm by Devin Madson

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We Ride The Storm by Devin Madson

War built the Kisian Empire and war will tear it down. And as an empire falls, three warriors rise.

Caught in a foreign war, Captain Rah e’Torin and his exiled warriors will have to fight or die. Their honour code is all they have left until orders from within stress them to breaking point, and the very bonds that hold them together will be ripped apart.

Cassandra wants the voice in her head to go away. Willing to do anything for peace, the ageing whore takes an assassination contract that promises answers, only the true price may be everyone and everything she knows.

A prisoner in her own castle, Princess Miko doesn’t dream of freedom but of the power to fight for her empire. As the daughter of a traitor the path to redemption could as easily tear it, and her family, asunder.

As an empire dies they will have to ride the storm or drown in its blood.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Fantasy E-Book Deal For Sunday -- Red Season Rising by D.M. Murray

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Red Season Rising by D.M. Murray

A feud between Gods.
A nation besieged by armies of man, and demon. 
A man seeking redemption, and peace.

Kalfinar is a grieving addict. Once a decorated and respected soldier, he has been demoted and disgraced. 
The relative peace of his half-life is shattered by the onset of chaos and war.
Tormented by visions, he is marked for possession, and hunted by demons. 

Amidst the all-consuming ruin of a war between Gods, Kalfinar must lead the fight to defend a faith he has abandoned, and a nation that has disowned him.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Science Fiction Ebook Deal -- Dawn of Two Stars by A.L. Lorentz

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Dawn of Two Stars by A.L. Lorentz

A pristine planet near Alpha Centauri offers an escape for Earth’s elite from the damage they’ve done. But running from your problems never works. Even at light speed.

Young Adam Proctor has dreamed of leaving the Earth too, it runs in the family. Searching for answers behind his mother’s death as an astronaut and his own place in space he charts a path to the prestigious Astronaut Academy run by the mysterious Arseo Chapman. Graduation earns Adam a ticket to Mars for a grueling training regimen in preparation for Arseo’s secret interplanetary mission. Once there, Adam meets his fiercest competition: a bright and brave woman named Dawn, who may hold the answers to Adam’s questions about his family, but might also undo his quest to see the stars.

When the plan to leave the solar system is revealed, will either astronaut be on the ship? And what are the consequences for those left behind?

Light years away, the big ship’s passengers find trouble in paradise. When an earlier scouting mission is discovered to have gone AWOL for a new home deep in the alien jungle, alliances are tested and lives are lost in the ensuing struggle for survival.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Fantasy Ebook Deal For Friday -- Screams of Steel by Mike Stagg

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Screams of Steel by Mike Stagg

A magic sword with a terrible price unleashes chaos in an honorable man’s life.

Torant has spent his life as a Stone Warden upholding the law. After being warned by a legendary sorceress, Torant must take down a mad bandit lord who wields a fearsome greatsword. When the sword falls into Torant’s hands, he learns it’s secret – the sword gives him the strength of the last person it killed at the cost of hearing that person’s soul. Now magically bound to the sword, Torant finds himself trying to thwart a plot against him while an angry soul whispers and screams in a voice that only he can hear. As his honorable life unravels, Torant fights to keep his oath, his sanity, and his life.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fantasy Ebook Deal For Thursday -- Kingshold by D.P. Woolliscroft

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Kingshold by D.P. Woolliscroft

The King is Dead. Long Live the People!
Mareth is a bard, a serial under achiever, a professional drunk, and general disappointment to his father. Despite this, Mareth has one thing going for him. He can smell opportunity. The King is dead and an election for the new Lord Protector has been called. If he plays his cards right, if he can sing a story that will put the right person in that chair, his future fame and drinking money is all but assured. But, alas, it turns out Mareth has a conscience after all.
Neenahwi is the daughter of Jyuth, the ancient wizard who founded the Kingdom of Edland and she is not happy. It’s not just that her father was the one who killed the King, or that he didn’t tell her about his plans. She’s not happy because her father is leaving, slinking off into retirement and now she has to clean up his mess.
Alana is a servant at the palace and the unfortunate soul to draw the short straw to attend to Jyuth. Alana knows that intelligence and curiosity aren’t valued in someone of her station, but sometimes she can’t help herself. And so she finds herself drawn into the Wizard’s schemes, and worst of all, coming up with her own plans.
Chance brings this unlikely band together to battle through civil unrest, assassinations, political machinations, pirates and monsters, all for a common cause that they know, deep down, has no chance of succeeding – bringing hope to the people of Kingshold.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Science Fiction Ebook Deal For Wednesday -- Unfathomed by Ralph Kern

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Unfathomed by Ralph Kern

The M/S Atlantica, the most advanced cruise ship in the world, is lost.

Land has disappeared. Fuel, food and hope begin to dwindle.

After months recuperating in hospital, US Marine Jack Cohen hoped a Caribbean cruise would help him recover from the horrific injuries he sustained fighting in the Middle East. Instead, when the ship is attacked, he is once again thrust into battle to protect Atlantica against the ruthless enemy hunting her, and the insidious threat already aboard. 

On these mysterious and uncharted seas, where even the compass shows the sun rising to the west, Atlantica's salvation may lie with a Navy warship which is as lost as they are. Together, they must pool their resources and use every means available to defend themselves while discovering what has happened to them.

And the rest of the world.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fantasy Ebook Deal For Tuesday -- Symphony of the Wind by Steven McKinnon

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Symphony of the Wind by Steven McKinnon

A bounty hunter with a death wish. An orphan with her head in the clouds. A conspiracy with the power to bring down a kingdom.
Serena dreams of leaving her unforgiving desert home far behind in her very own airship. But when an assassin's knife meant for Serena kills her friend instead, the rebellious orphan ventures into the corrupt heart of Dalthea to discover who put a price on her head. With each new turn, she edges closer to uncovering the awful truth… And the mystical powers brewing deep within her.
After his fiancée’s death, soldier-turned-bounty hunter Tyson Gallows is eager to sacrifice his life in the line of duty. When a foreign enemy assassinates a high-ranking official, he vows to bring them to justice. On the hunt for a killer, Gallows exposes a sinister plot that proves his fiancée’s death was no accident.
Driven by revenge, Serena and Gallows must join forces to take down the conspiracy before the kingdom falls to ruin.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Science Fiction Ebook Deal For Saturday -- Course Correction by Christian Kallias

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Course Correction by Christian Kallias

This was supposed to be a simple grab & deliver mission. But life has a way of throwing curveballs when you least expect it.

Keera is a bounty hunter. When her last mission takes a wrong turn, she questions herself, her profession, and her future. 
But when the life of an innocent child is on the line, her moral compass kicks in, and she’ll do everything she can to save this child.

Can Keera reconcile her doubts about the course her life has taken, or will this mission be her last?

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Science Fiction Ebook Deal For Friday -- Orbs by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Orbs by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

At the end of the world, who will survive?

The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing--to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.

Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare the company for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston's team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren't the only thing missing. The planet's water is gone, too.

As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn't until they uncover what's inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Science Fiction Ebook Deal For Thursday -- Sped-Bot by Billy DeCarlo

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Sped-Bot by Billy DeCarlo

All work and no play makes an android a dull toy.

The remnants of human civilization create their own utopia on an alien planet. A brilliant robotic scientist breaks the rules in an attempt to make his impaired son whole. Meshing android and human minds is considered impossible, a societal taboo, and illegal.

Can the sorrow of a father, the challenge of a feat never accomplished, and the promise of normalcy for a son who has never known it motivate a man beyond his ethical boundaries?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Science Fiction Ebook Deal For Tuesday -- Jericho Jaxson by Karen Bryson

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Jericho Jaxon by Karen M. Bryson

The hunter becomes the hunted.

When Jericho Jaxon is offered an internship with The Optimal Mind Institute doing mind expansion research, she doesn't realize they're producing psychic spies for the military. 

And they want her to be one. 

Jericho is teamed with Falcon, a super soldier who is bigger and stronger than the average warrior. He's supposed to be without empathy or the need for human connection. Their mission is to track and kill aliens who live among us. 

But when the training ends, their psychic bond doesn't. 

When Falcon discovers that Jericho is an alien hybrid, he knows she'll end upon the military's kill list if they find out, and the hunter will become the hunted.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Fantasy Ebook Deal For Monday -- Alchemist Academy by Matt Ryan

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Alchemist by Matt Ryan

Allie Norton never believed she was anyone special, why would she? She was an outsider on all accounts, even her stepfamily didn’t want her. But when Allie meets her new next door neighbor, Mark Duval, he opens her eyes to the hidden world of alchemy. 

When a recruiter for the Alchemist’s Academy comes calling, Allie is more than thrilled to answer. With Mark in tow, she braves this strange new world, hidden by magic and secrets. 

It doesn’t take long to figure out nothing is as it is supposed to be. The art of Alchemy is not taught, but thrown at the students with force and cruelty. Students are pitted against one another in a battle of houses. They fight for dominance, while fear and hatred for each other are used to facilitate their alchemist creations. If you can’t cut it, the President of the Academy, Verity, will announce your retirement.

Allie and Mark must find a way through the mysteries of alchemy and the academy before they too are retired.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Science Fiction Ebook Deal For Sunday -- Survivor by S.J. Bryant

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Survivor by S.J. Bryant

When everyone runs, who will stand?

For eons a dark force has lurked inside Archalon, waiting.

In 2354 the Confederacy set it free. Now the alien uprising is imminent and there’s only one person left to stop it.

Nova goes where others dare not. She shoots first, talks little, and carries a chip on her shoulder the size of Boullion 5. Her reckless courage is all that stands between the Ancients and the annihilation of the human race.

Fear the hero who has nothing left to lose.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Interview With Science Fiction Author Matthew D. White

What got you interested writing Science Fiction books?

Science Fiction always spoke to my creative side, especially as it pertained to asking big ‘what if?’ questions and imagining worlds beyond what we’ve seen. I also like the freedom it’s provided authors and readers alike to let go of their restraints and explore environments and technologies that are generations ahead of their time. In some ways I feel that science fiction provides the first step towards new scientific fact; I’ll occasionally stop myself and be lost in the magnitude of what I’m working on, that if we’re around long enough we’ll find out for certain whether what I’m dreaming up turns out to be true.

Tell us a little about the Mission:SRX series.

Mission:SRX is my take on classic galactic warfare, or as I like to call it, the future the way it used to be. I’ve worked in research and development for the Air Force and it’s given me a cynical strain that makes me reject a fair amount of science fiction works that are out in the world. There’s no shortage of stories where the technology just doesn’t make sense and the characters play to tropes instead of realistically portraying the people who would likely be involved.

The series bridges the gap between early ‘hard’ space exploration adventures and the universes where Earth is cemented as a galactic civilization. I found this setting to be interesting because while the technology is obviously ahead of the present, it nevertheless serves up problems where ships and equipment break down without warning. Beyond the ships and weapons being inadequate for their functions and the leadership often making things up as they go, my professional side allows for some nostalgia as well. Many of the units and activities are meant to be a reflection of the WWII/Army Air Corps days and it’s my way of showing respect to a generation of heroes that won’t come our way again.

Throughout the series, we follow a small team of characters led by Commander Grant, a bitter soldier/pilot of single-minded purpose, as they inadvertently draw humanity into the service of an alien race fighting for their own survival. Beginning within our solar system, the war spreads across the stars as the team seeks to establish their forces and learn the enemy’s plan before [Classified].

As shameful as I now consider it, the characters I envisioned at the beginning (while still in high school) was more of a Star Trek away team which ran around planets and completing various quests. This changed as I continued to write and each of the characters took on their own personalities. We’ll find as the story progresses that each one is running from a dark past and using the trials of the present to forge within them a renewed sense of purpose. This theme will culminate in the rebirth of Commander Grant himself, who slowly realizes his own value as a leader of humanity as it’s reflected in those around him.

If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you?

Possibly, but I tend to treat them poorly and there’s no way I’d want to go through half the suffering I inflict upon them.

If I had to pick just one, I'd probably go with my engineer. More on him below…

What's your favorite character that you have created and why?

My engineer, Major Scott Ryan. While I hold more respect for Commander Grant, Scott has more of my skills and personality which makes it easier to commiserate with him. He feels drawn to danger out of a sense of responsibility, although his inexperience and exuberance often get the better of him. This makes him fun to write and easy to relate to as I’ve often felt left in the gap between technical supporting roles and genuine warfighters. 

Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?

Not so many personal stories, but I have weaved a few retellings of Medal of Honor citations into my battles. Audie Murphy’s appears in Ephemeral Solace and Lawrence Joel’s will be part of an opening in a future installment. Reading the citations still takes my breath away as I have a hard time making up situations even half as harrowing.

More than stories, I’ve used a number of my associates as characters over the years. Suffice to say, if there’s an inappropriate one-liner or remark, it was inspired by a true story.

If you had to choose a different career other than writing, what would it be?

Right now, writing is one of my hobbies as I still have my commission with the Air Force. I do enjoy the creative aspect of writing which I lack in my normal profession so that would need to be replaced one way or another, even if I got the call that said I no longer had to worry about collecting a check.

What is your favorite book that you have ever written and why?

At this point, it’s likely Deep Unknown, the 3rd book of the series, due to both the way the plot came to be as well as the narrative itself. I’ve got a running outline for what I’d like to cover for the series, but when I started Deep Unknown, I had little more than the opening and a vague sense as to where it needed to end up. It strikes a good balance between battlefield heroics and character development and for the first time we begin to see the motives and echoes of their past lives. There was also a wide range of interconnected events and settings to keep things interesting and build a foundation for the rest of the story.

What do you like to do with your time when you're not writing?

More creative stuff, of course. I have an overfilled woodworking shop and I like to build furniture and other cool projects. Among them has been upwards of a hundred flag boxes for military retirees around the world.

What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?

Hmmm…I was a drum major in college. Since then I ran the Air Force Marathon twice along with a Spartan Trifecta. It was once my job to play with Legos. I wrote the last chapter of Confessions of the First War while sitting against a T-wall in Afghanistan.  Does that count?

What do you have in store for your readers next?

In August I’ll be releasing a new standalone hard exploration story that’s a significant departure from my previous work. No news yet, but it will seek to capture the vastness and loneliness of space against its spectacular wonder and the immutable nature of the human spirit.

Beyond that, there are more stories to tell in Mission:SRX, both in the series and as standalone adventures. There will also hopefully be a grand conclusion to the Deftly Paradox and a [Classified].

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Interview With Science Fiction Author Blaze Ward

What got you interested writing Science Fiction books?

I grew up on sword and sorcery fantasy (Robert Howard, Tolkien, etc.) but discovered David Drake and Doc Smith in my teenage years. A friend of the family was in his 90's and going into a retirement home, and I snagged an amazing amount of old (rare, valuable) SF books after his kids cleaned out what little they wanted. (Like filled my blazer with boxes three times.)
SF let me go anywhere and explore any concept. Plus, I grew up on the American Space Age and old reruns of Star Trek TOS, so I was a space nerd from day one.
When my future wife (Fabulous Publisher Babe(tm)) convinced me I could make money writing and publishing in the modern era, I started in fantasy, but gravitated quickly to SF and have never really looked back.

Tell readers a little bit about The Science Officer series.

I had the idea for Javier years before I ever started writing, but didn't know I could write and publish stuff, so didn't do anything with him.
I grow lots of fruits, and wanted to put that on a starship. And make him an oddball hero: mouthy, nerdy, and not your traditional lantern-jawed hero. He's a clown, a former drunk, and an occasional screw-up, who has had to grow up over the course of the first eight novellas I classify as Season One. (There is a Season Two slowly making progress, so I'll have at least seventeen Javier books eventually. Maybe a Season Three, depending on how people react.)
They are pirates, but they skirt a lot of lines of legality, in an era where there are too many people and not enough jobs. Where governments are over-stretched and falling backwards. Where a lot of people are lost. They have to make decisions at times when legal, ethical, and moral do not agree. Which one do you pick? It makes them much deeper than standard shoot-em-up westerns in space, and my fans seem to appreciate the depth I try to write into the many people.

Also, tell us a little about the Jessica Keller Chronicles series.

I was in Powell's books in Beaverton, Oregon, for several hours, while my wife was getting ready to do a book signing. Had money in hand. And could not find a single book I wanted to buy. So I decided I needed to write it instead.
I have always liked strong female characters who are human. Believable, rather than bimbos or super-agents. Jessica Keller is based on a former boss, using many of her character traits, and scaling it into a distant future beyond The Science Officer, because I envisioned this grand sweep of history that is 8,000 years from Javier to John-Pierre, with several stops along the way (Lansdowne, Doyle, Henri, Jessica, Handsome Robb, etc.)
And Jessica was supposed to only be a trilogy, but in the middle of book 2 (Queen of the Pirates), one character asks another about founding myths, and writer-brain stops and says: "Oh, by the way, this one's going to be maybe nine novels long, not three. This line right here explains who, what, and why."
But she lets me explore grand ideas of family, faith, courage, and humanity, written against all of the galaxy, but at a personal level. Each of several characters get their own arcs, and you get to see these people grow up and change over the course of a decade and a half. One of the best compliments I have gotten so far was a reader's review along the lines of "rarely in a book five do you see this much character development." They got it, that we all grow up, and people want to see their heroes change.
Plus, huge space battles, assassins and spies, and a legion of cavalry (Hussars. Fourth Saxon Legion) invading an enemy planet. So much fun.

If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you?

I honestly don't know. I like me. But being able to explore some of those distant places and see those sights might be fun. Understand that I live with hundreds of people in my head every day, wanting to talk about the adventures they had had I should write down, and the places they would like to go in future books. Hand me a starship with a JumpSail and let me go explore everywhere.

Now that I think about it, it's like asking me which is my favorite flavor at Baskin/Robbins. I walk in and today try these two, and next time those two. I love Javier, and he probably has the most fun, but also the most pain. He might be the closest to me, in terms of personality and style, but then you get to other men and women who would be equally exciting.

What's your favorite character that you have created and why?

Suvi (an AI who is young in The Science Officer and 6000 years old in Jessica's time) is my favorite character, because she's such a goof, but at the same time a scholar and a warrior. But I just wrote a chapter where she has to explain to a human she knows how sad it can be to live forever, and watch men and women you love grow old and die. She wants to visit the planet where Javier died 6,000 years ago so she can at least stand under the same skies, knowing that she'll never find his tomb. But she keeps meeting people and loving them, in spite of the loneliness. And she binds the entire Alexandria Station universe together, because she knew all the major players in their lifetimes.

Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?

Lots. One good example are the events of the first Hive story: Myrmidons. I really did walk downstairs one Sunday morning and they had colonized my boots while ignoring the bird food they had walked by. I asked myself: "Why would they do that?" and told the story from Hive's point of view. The second story: Moonshot, takes place at my future wife's house and co-stars her cat, her library, and her back yard.
The first of my Cisco plays, "Strangers" was altered enough to protect the guilty, by making them all Irish instead of Italians. And the FBI never actually showed up on the doorstep, but the rest of it went down pretty much like that. Slept with a loaded gun close at hand for several years after that, but I'm the only one of the key players that I know of who is still alive and not in prison.
If you had to choose a different career other than writing, what would it be?
I just gave up a career as a Technical Project Manager in software, concentrating on Business Intelligence systems (big data ground up and transformed into meaningful information for the non-nerds). I enjoy Software Project Management, because it involves making people's lives easier. Might go back to that, but might do something entirely else. I have always described myself as a storyteller, and not an author.

What is your favorite book that you have ever written and why?

Fairchild, the first of the Dani books. I had to write it from the point of view of someone radically different from me, both in temperament and personality. And she's crash-landed on an alien planet and has to fight to survive, at a time when her own craziness has been amped up by monthly hormones to the point where she has to keep talking herself out of just ending it so the pain will go away. She's an accidental hero, who got thrust into a situation and had to chose to survive it. There will be more Dani stories. I have one short-story I submitted to a publisher friend that has inspired it. I intended to expand it into the second novel, but the message I got back was "I want to publish this" so I'm waiting to see how that all works out, to know what changes I need to incorporate for the second novel. Or if that actually happens.
The Fairchild books will be about technology, and how humans have to interact with it as they wander out into a larger galaxy and find that someone was already there and then left. What is it like to wander into an abandoned temple and try to guess what gods resided there?

What do you like to do with your time when you're not writing?

I own 6.5 acres of trees, out in the mountains SE of Seattle. My wife and I grow all manner of fruits and herbs right now, and I can like hell in the summer (like now). Just this week, 7 cups of blueberries, 6 cups of strawberries, and 8 cups of white currents as a jelly.  It's a farm, and there's always work to be done. Lots of red huckleberry jam in June. Blackberries and salal coming ripe soon
I also am teaching myself to sew, and eventually want to graduate to a level where I can make my own clothes. My fans nod knowingly when I refer to some of my fiction as "fashion porn" because I like to collect pictures of various pieces, and then drape my characters in them. That's where Uniforms of the Fleet, Vol 1 came from. Working with my artist on Vol 2 right now, and eventually there will be a Vol 3.

What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?

I recently started a Speculative Fiction magazine. Boundary Shock Quarterly. The first three issues are out, and 004 comes out on Oct 10. Me and a fun group of weirdos exploring themes I have come up with. Always wanted to be a publisher, and now the technology makes it such that I can do it and not risk going broke.

What do you have in store for your readers next?

I quit the day job this last February, and started writing full-time. And sped up to Pulp Speed (84,000 words/month+).
I have the 7th Jessica book coming out in December, followed by a stand-alone novella about Yan Bedrov, and then a quick trilogy about one of Jessica's ships, CS-405. Plus I started a new novel series. The first one comes out as part of a Story Bundle Aug 1, "Awaken The Star Dragon" and it's campy pulp. There will be 6 eventually. Maybe more. Totally new universe. The rest will drop early next year.
Also writing lots of short stories. Each month, I must write a shorter story, as part of my original plan to publish something every month. Those will be novels in the future, as I sustain the higher speed, but also things that fit into the worlds I have created for Boundary Shock Quarterly.
It is all Science Fiction, as generally classified. Within that, there is some dystopian, some family, some exploration, more star dragons, more strawberry dragons, and a new cyberpunk world I'm building up slowly over the course of a bunch of origin stories for a group.
And that's just 2019. Bigger things coming in 2020. Stay tuned.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Science Fiction Ebook Deal For Thursday -- Entanglement by Gerald M. Kilby

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Entanglement by Gerald M. Kilby

Commander Scott McNabb, of the science vessel Hermes, is three years into a five-year-long survey of the asteroid belt. It’s an excruciatingly dull mission, yet it keeps him far away from the agencies that are chasing him down. 

However, his fortunes change, along with the other four crew, when they discover a derelict spaceship in orbit around a binary asteroid. Scott’s share of the salvage would be enough to clear his name and start a new life. 

But the ship contains an experimental quantum device, lost while en route to Europa, and ownership of this technology could fundamentally change the balance of power within the solar system. Now that word is out of its discovery, the Hermes finds itself being hunted down by the very people Scott has spent so much time and effort hiding from. 

If Scott wants any hope of a new life, then he’s going to have to fight for it. Yet, after a lifetime of running and hiding, he’s not sure if he has what it takes—maybe he really is just one of life's losers. Then again, there is a deep river of rage welling up inside him, born out of a lifetime of countless accumulated injustices, each one inching him ever closer to the edge—and this could be the one that finally makes him snap.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fantasy Ebook Deal For Wednesday -- A Sellsword's Compassion by Jacob Peppers

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Sellsword's Compassion by Jacob Peppers

War sweeps the land as the sons and daughters of the late King Marcus battle over who will claim their father’s throne and able-bodied men and women flock to one cause or the other in the hopes of a better tomorrow. At least, most of them. If life has taught the jaded sellsword, Aaron Envelar, anything, it’s that hope is for fools and causes are a sure remedy for breathing. But when his latest job leads him to the corpse of a prince and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the entire realm, Aaron is forced to choose sides in a war he doesn’t want, between forces he doesn’t understand. Thrust into a world of mythical assassins, a madman with a superhuman strength, and a nagging ball of light with a superiority complex who claims to be the embodiment of compassion, Aaron takes on his hardest job yet—staying alive.

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