Wednesday, 25 April 2018

April SF

A mix of genres this newsletter: supernatural, space aliens, paranormal romance, adventure....

Touch Sensitive: A Noir Supernatural Thriller
John Ballard is a PI with a condition. One in a million born with a sensitivity. He absorbs the memories of whatever or whoever he touches, whether he wants to or not...

Werewolf M.D.
His medical miracles are too good to be true. This aloof doctor's methods are less than conventional. What better way to save a patient, than by biting them?

 Earth To Centauri: Alien Hunt
The year is 2118. The first journey from Earth into interstellar space has been successful, but the explosive secret carried aboard the probe Voyager 1 will have grave consequences.

The Maker
Thirteen-year-old Nate Smith starts having visions—and drawing them. Strange creatures come for his work, launching him on a space adventure to learn the alien art of making.

The Whisperer Gatherers
What if your last day at school turned out to be your first day as a rebel warrior? 

Still Life
This collection of FREE short stories is about women negotiating their roles in family, love, and the world at large. A tense family dinner exposes cracks in a long marriage. Insecurity and secrets threaten a passionate new love affair. An unconventional beauty wrestles with the false message her work uniform is sending. It also includes an excerpt of the novel, Finding Charlie, in which a girl goes missing, prompting her family to examine what went wrong...

Femme Fatale
Flint Beck is a down-on-his-luck PI who has a chip on his shoulder. A disgraced cop, he's trying to serve justice in an unjustified world, but it's hard when no clients come to his office...

Her Keeper
The feud between Detective Rick Andrews and Sara Michaels is legendary and no one ever wants to stand in the line of fire when they go at it... Her Keeper has mature content that features a hot cop (two actually), a crazy, hot proposition and two people who are stubbornly in love.

ARC copies of The Dim Zone will be available for download May 1.
A mercenary’s mission to the far reaches of the galaxy entangles him in an industrialist’s dream of forging a new techno-empire...
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Kickstarter: A Visionary SF Anthology
I am pleased to announce the 1st BooksGoSocial Anthology Kickstarter project has just launched and I am one of the authors selected. Please support and Share the Kickstarter page too. Rewards are low cost and have real value. Thanks! 

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Lastly, but not leastly, here are some April SFF giveaways. Scroll down and click the image link below. Enjoy!

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Tremblers - by Raquel Byrnes

I am pleased to host Raquel Byrnes' blog tour for her latest book in the Blackburn Chronicles, The Tremblers.

Over to you, Raquel...

Weapons of Light & Power

"A soldier leaned out the window, taking aim at Charlotte. A frisson of energy pulsed from the weapon, barely missing her. She screamed, flailing. 

Ashton flipped the rocket ignition on the power cycle and the force of the thrust slammed him against the seat as he shot skyward toward the roof. Pulling his tracer gun, he fired blindly at the building. 

The soldier dove for the floor." ~Ashton Wells, The Tremblers

Creating the weapons for my YA Steampunk novel, The Tremblers took me on a fascinating path. The invention of destructive devices was vexing and addicting all at once.

Weapons of light -- Tracer Guns are the weapon of choice for the soldiers of the Peaceful Union. Powerful blasters that syphon the glowing purple energy from the massive Tesla Domes caging the city-states are feared by the average citizen. Constantly recalibrating to the dome's pulse, they are outlawed to everyone but the soldiers of the government.

Charlotte is a tinkerer and inventor. The daughter of a renowned soldier and chemist, her weapons needed finesse. I designed the metal spheres of her Shrieking Violet grenade to cluster together like a flower. Its shrill screech disables her enemies while a curtain of magenta gas shields her escape.

The outlaws and Lawmen of Outer City favor guns and pistols of the old world. Sheriff Sebastian Riley's revolver helped him to rise to power among the pirates and pioneers of the sky settlement.

Another daunting tool as the Lightning Stick. Capable of lashing whips of energy. Used by the ruthless Lawmen of the floating ports, Charlotte learns of its devastating effects while trying to flee with Ashton.

However, it is the power and might of the Peaceful Union Aero Squad that strikes fear into the heart of every citizen. Their searing lamps and concussion bombs send rioters scrambling. Creating airship battles and designing the infamous rebel ship, The Stygian, was great fun! Myself the daughter of a military man, I grew up visiting airshows and sitting at the controls of massive machines of war.  I wanted to bring that fascination and awe to the Blackburn Chronicles.

If you love mechanica, mayhem, and monsters, then check out The Tremblers and Wind Reapers available now wherever books are sold.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Far Future SF

Some far-future gems featured this week...

Outcast of Empire by Nicholas Woode-Smith, a 'few against the many' SF adventure. One pariah against a totalitarian alien regime. If you like getting immersed in alien cultures, heroism and revenge, then you will enjoy this book which has many aspects similar to my Timelost Series. Check it out!

Also Phane, a far-future coming-of-age story, featuring Kolbe, a teen prodigy who chooses to walk a different path than his vandalistic friends...

Read the full anthology, including Phane, on Amazon here.

Finally, an April fantasy giveaway. Click the image link below. Enjoy!