Tag-Archive for » Science Fiction «

Review: “The Only City Left” by Andy Goldman

“The Only City Left” by Andy Goldman

Available from: Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Released on: 17 July 2014
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Description: Eighteen-year-old Allin Arcady only wants one thing: to reach the Roof of the World and see the Sun for the first time in his life. The problem is, he’s lost in the depths of the ruined planet-city called Earth, fleeing the horrors of his past.

When his past catches up to him, Allin is thrust into a science fantasy adventure in which he meets a race of genetically-modified cats, tangles with vengeful werewolves, and parlays with cyborgs. Along the way, Allin is forced to decide: will he spend his whole life running or take a stand against the forces that want to finish off the Earth once and for all?

Review: This book was a lot of fun, really. Thanks to a bout of insomnia, I was able to read it in one night. It had a great active reading flow to it, starting quite actively at the beginning and rolling through the narrative with one event after another. There are some points where these events feel a bit rushed, bouncing too fast from one to another, but never so much to pull you out of the story.

There were some paranormal and fantasy tropes that aren’t uncommon, but felt new in how our author presented them. Namely: the apocalyptic setting, werewolves, and talking cats.

At the end, I read how this book was originally a serial and you can kind of see that as you go, but it works. Our narrator was engaging. You enjoy watching his transformation. He is flawed and might drive you a little crazy at times, but it makes the character a three-dimensional human and never so much that you don’t care what happens to him.

Since it says “Book One” right on the cover, you know there will be more, and there are some threads left not wrapped up so they can return for these future installments. I’m curious what will come next. It missed some element to really give me that rave factor, but it came pretty damn close: 4.5 Fireballs.

4.5 Fireballs

Category: Review  Tags: , , ,  Comments off

William Galaini is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

The Line

“The Line” by William Galaini

Published as… Science Fiction

About the Book

Suspended in the nothing between timelines, the station Janus is an unseen marvel: the greatest technological achievement in human innovation. From Janus, Gustavo and his hand-selected team of historians and engineers venture into the past and observe history, unseen and unnoticed.

But they are not alone.

Another traveler is shattering history. Unhindered by desires to remain scientific and uninvolved, the intruder’s technology is far advanced with methods more brutal and a present more terrifying than anything Gustavo and his team are prepared for. As they apply their intellects and skills towards solving the mystery of the ferocious interloper, they discover than they have its full attention.

Buy the Book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

About the Author

William Galaini Author Photo
William Galaini grew up in Pennsylvania and Florida. His mother gave him an early love of reading, especially when it came to the great classics of science fiction. He is also a history buff and fascinated by mythology and folklore. His various vocational pursuits include being a singer in a professional high school choir, manager of the call center at a luxury resort, U.S. Army medic, prison guard, and middle school English teacher. As such, he is perfectly suited to breech a solid metal door, humanely restrain the enemy within, and politely correct their grammar all while humming Handel’s Messiah and drinking a lovely cuppa tea.

He currently hangs his hat, rucksack, and tweed smoking jacket in Northern Virginia.

~* Website * Twitter *~

Category: Quote Art, Tour Stop  Tags: , , ,  Comments off

Three Anthologies for Three Great Causes [Tour Stop]

Here, Kitty Kitty

“Here, Kitty Kitty” by Various

Published as… Paranormal Romance

Charity: Exotic Feline Rescue Center

About the Book

What is it about the tiger that so captivates? Or about the jaguar that enchants? Why are we so drawn to the lethal grace of the large feline predators of the world?

Get ready to purr, growl and roar along with six paranormal romance authors in this anthology of love and shapeshifting kitties. After reading these six unique tales, from the sexy to the sweet, you’ll be guaranteed to be saying… Here, Kitty Kitty…

* * *

In ‘His Jaguar Princess’ by A. Star, jaguar shifter Selene Peters can’t deny her feelings for the tycoon Lucas King. Somehow, he’s penetrated her barriers and become more than just a client, but loving a human is dangerous and she fears her past repeating itself. Could he help her overcome the past or will she sacrifice her happiness and succumb to it? Not if he has anything to say about it…

In ‘In Our Nature’ by Jessica Nicholls, when Mira’s privacy and independence are threatened, she can be very nasty. Daniel is an expert on American mountain lions. His assistance is requested after an ‘incident’ on Mira’s front lawn. When the two meet, they recognise each other in more than one way.

In ‘Divine Passage’ by Dariel Raye, Kimani, a breeder with the power to preserve the human race, must depend on her guardian, Ahkil, a black panther shifter with more than one reason to distrust humans, but his secrets could change the course of her life forever.

In ‘The Distance Between’ by Mia Darien, she’s traveled thousands of miles, looking for a safe place. He’s brought her thousands of miles, looking to not be lonely any more. But they both have secrets. Can they bridge the distance between, and find what they’re looking for in each other?

In ‘Hannah’s Fate’ by Abigail Owen, cougar shifters have allied into groups, together in a rocky alliance to protect themselves against other shifters. Hannah Keller becomes the targeted Mate for Kyle Carstairs, the treacherous soon-to-be Alpha of another group. Meanwhile, Nick Jensen, her childhood hero and longtime secret crush, has returned home with hopes of claiming Hannah for his own. But will he be in time to rescue her from the Carstairs’s schemes?

In ‘Full Moon’ by B. R. Kingsolver, the full moon can get a girl stirred up, especially with a handsome cowboy paying her way too much attention. If it wasn’t for those damned werewolves causing trouble and getting in the way…

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords

Reaching Out

“Reaching Out” by Various

Published as… Contemporary Romance

Charity: American Red Cross

About the Book

Romance can be found among the darkest of times. In this anthology, you’ll find four tales of sweet romance about those who dedicate their time, and sometimes even their lives, to helping others. 100% of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

“Cross My Heart” by Abigail Owen

“A Healing Touch” by Jessica Nicholls

“Lesson Learned” by Crystel G. Smith

“Hope” by Mia Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords

Bellator

“Bellator” by Various

Published as… Science Fiction & Fantasy

Charity: Wounded Warrior Project

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“SARAH” by Lee Pletzers

“The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights” by Kenny Emmanuel

“Border Patrol” by BR Kingsolver

“The Twelve” by Mia Darien

“Ghosts” by Christi Rigby

“Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker

“My Brother’s Keeper” by Raphyel M. Jordan

“With Our Own Blood” by Jessica Nicholls

“The Connection” by Crystal G. Smith

“A Fly on the Wall” by Chantal Boudreau

“Slacker” by Doug Dandridge

“The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee” by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords

Enter the Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Lisa Acerbo is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Remote

“Remote” by Lisa Acerbo

Published on… 20 November 2014
Published as… Sci-fi Romance

About the Book

When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare.

Below the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks her life fighting New State’s deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.

Yara is good at her job and committed to her raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And it’s punishable by law.

As she and Joshua grow closer, she convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever…

Buy the Book at Etopia Press, Amazon or Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Lisa Acerbo Author Photo
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.

~* Website * Facebook * Twitter *~

Enter the Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Category: Tour Stop  Tags: , , ,  Comments off

Review: “Season 7″ by D. F. Nightshade

“Season 7″ by D. F. Nightshade

Available from: Amazon
Released on: 20 August 2014
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Description: Richard has been a security system salesman for about a year now. He’s good at what he does and loves his job, but doesn’t feel valued at the workplace. He’s passed up for promotions he feels he should get and is constantly second-guessed. His anger starts to affect his job performance. Stressed out Richard goes to a bar to try to calm his nerves. On his way home from the bar he is waved down by Nautilus who is nothing but trouble.

Nautilus is a seemingly normal guy who just so happens to be an alien. Nautilus believes that Richard is the “special one.” The one destined to rule his planet, but everything’s not as it seems and Richard has to find that out the hard way.

Or does he?

Review: This story was…interesting, and strange. I felt that the concept was very creative, and I liked that part of it. I always commend authors on scenarios that aren’t like every other story, and I believe this was the case here.

Unfortunately, the story fell short on the execution of that idea. The mechanics of it didn’t work for me as I felt that the plot wandered a lot and elements were just added “for the hell of it” without true purpose to the story or the characters; the Point of View changes were jarring and I thought unnecessary–since going a long while with one character’s PoV and then adding random others later is something that I generally don’t like; and then this book also suffered from Pointless Female Character Syndrome, where female characters were seemingly just added to have female characters but without giving them strength, depth, or reason.

I wish I could have liked this story better, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me. 2.5 Fireballs.

2.5 Fireballs

Category: Review  Tags: , , ,  Comments off

Lance Erlick is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

The Rebel Trap

“The Rebel Trap” by Lance Erlick

Published on… 1 October 2014
Published as… Young Adult Science Fiction

Lance Erlick’s Top Ten List

Top Ten Sci-fi Heroines

Ellen Ripley (Alien): She is a survivor.

Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1)

Zoe Washburne (Firefly/Serenity)

River Tam (Firefly/Serenity)

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games): She has an inner toughness without being mean.

Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

Sarah Connor (The Terminator)

Emma Peel (The Avengers)

Gwen Cooper (Torchwood)

Trinity (The Matrix)

About the Book

Voices in 16-year-old Annabelle Scott’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet. Despite being a Mech Warrior recruit, she rebels against her post-Second Civil War society by not only refusing to kill Morgan, a boy she’s attracted to, but also helping him escape.

Annabelle’s commander gives her auditory implants and contact cams for an undercover assignment to investigate her corrupt police captain. Morgan hacks the implants to plead for her help in freeing his brother. As a pawn in a bigger game, can she find a way to help Morgan and discover the link between an attempted assassination of her adoptive mom, the geek institute, and her police captain without falling into a trap, being exiled and separated from family, or getting herself and those she cares about killed?

The Rebel Trap was written as a standalone story, but also follows Annabelle’s adventures from The Rebel Within.

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords

Lance Erlick's Sale Image

About the Author

Lance Erlick's Author Photo
Lance Erlick grew up in various parts of the United States and Europe. He took to stories as his anchor and was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future. He studied creative writing at Northwestern University and University of Iowa.

He writes science fiction, dystopian and young adult stories and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends. He’s the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he flips traditional exploitation to explore the effects of a world that discriminates against males and the consequences of following conscience for those coming of age.

~* Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads *~

Enter the Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Category: Tour Stop  Tags: , , ,  Comments off

Lance Erlick is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

The Rebel Series

“The Rebel Within” by Lance Erlick

Published on… 25 March 2013
Published as… Young Adult, Science Fiction

“Rebels Divided” by Lance Erlick

Published on… 12 June 2013

“The Rebel Trap” by Lance Erlick

Published on… 1 October 2014

Lance Erlick’s Excerpt

I won. I lost. I’m out. I’m in. I cannot tell a soul. It was enough to spin my head, to make me wish I was back in that zoo of a high school I just left.

My thoughts darkened with the implications of what I’d done and the commitment I’d just made. I hurried out of Commander Hernandez’s sparse office; even the khaki-colored corridors looked darker than I remembered only an hour before. The drab lobby of the Tenn-tucky Mechanized Warrior compound brimmed with sister warriors, a gauntlet I had to squeeze through on my way out. Yet, I could no longer call them “sister” anything.

“Loser!” someone yelled. It sounded like one of Dara’s girls. Defeating the amazon bully in the mech tournament final hadn’t silenced her, or her posse.

“Hey, Annabelle,” Dara yelled, “how’s it feel to wash out?” She stood a head taller than the other girls like some ruling monarch.

Joke’s on you. I took deep, steady breaths while I marched toward the exit. Don’t get into a fight, I reminded myself. That was what she wanted, bringing up how, after the tournament, I’d refused to kill my male opponent in the separate arena final.

Hot, locker-room bodies surrounded me, sweat-soaked from their own arena fights to the death against boys pumped up with steroids and chemical enhancers to make the challenge even tougher. Some two dozen male corpses lay in the arena morgue, testament to the training and bravery of these recruits. Unlike them, I couldn’t bring myself to kill Morgan for sport, even when I had him pinned in a chokehold. For that failure, they took my title and kicked me out of the Mech Corps. Well, to hell with them.

Things weren’t that simple, though. They never were for me.

“You don’t have what it takes,” Dara shouted. The amazon’s large face tightened like a monstrous fist. She growled, “Weakness finally caught up with you.”

“They’ll strip away your title,” scrawny Margarite said from behind Dara.

I inched forward through the crowd, my eyes fixed on the tinted, bulletproof door that promised freedom. Don’t fight. Only a few more feet.

Dara stepped in front of me to block my exit. “You know what that means? I’ll have the title that’s rightfully mine. All that work for nothing. Sucks, doesn’t it?”

Not like getting a title you didn’t earn.

Brandy, my closest mech friend, cowered in the corner, face hidden beneath auburn curls. She brushed the hair aside and glanced up, eyes pleading. I hated letting her down. During training, she’d latched onto me as her lifeline. I sensed she wanted to talk, to get answers, but I was a pariah. I embarrassed the entire program by winning the tournament and the arena contests, yet disqualifying myself on a technicality.

I wanted to reassure Brandy, and thank her for being a good friend, but that would make her life hell with her sister recruits. I couldn’t do that to her. I looked for a path around Dara, one I could take without stirring a fight with one who needed no provoking.

“What ya do, fall in love with that redhead?” Rox yelled. The dark-complexioned loner must have decided to align herself with Dara now that I was out.

The jibe bit hard. Yeah, I’d like to get to know Red—Morgan. Even if I didn’t, I won’t kill for sport. Maybe if I hadn’t saved him several times before the arena match, I might have acted differently, but that wasn’t it.

For the past six weeks as a mech trainee, I’d counted these girls as friends, with the exception of Dara. Now, their scornful looks reminded me of high school. Escaping at 16 had been a gift. Now I longed to return to a cage I understood.

I held my head high, squeezed between Dara and Margarite, and pushed the weaker girl out of the way. I ached to yell out the truth, but Commander Hernandez had been clear and insistent: “Tell no one you’re still in the program.”

Instead, I kept moving and endured jabs to my arms, already inflamed from my fight. Morgan had been a tougher competitor than Dara, and almost killed me twice. Yet, I couldn’t hurt him. Stay calm.

Dara grabbed my arm and pulled me back. “I’m not finished with you.”

“Yes, you are.” I yanked free and pushed through the glass door into sticky heat. Haze drifted in from Knoxville. I was tempted to take my mech-cycle and race to the Outland border to make sure Morgan crossed safely. Then the mechs would follow me and catch him for sure. Patience, Annabelle. Besides, the commander took my electric cycle when she officially kicked me out of the program.

The forest-camouflage guardhouse across the concrete clearing seemed miles away. My adoptive mom and her electric sedan weren’t waiting for me outside the gate, where the commander had arranged for her to pick me up. Nor was Mom’s car among the line of other cars and buses leaving the arena parking lot. Sweat soaked my neck and beaded up on my forehead.

On unsteady legs, I moved toward the gate. It felt like nightmares where I reach for my birth mother while mech-warriors tear me from her arms and send her to prison for trying to help my dad escape. That happened when I was three. Yet the horrid ache returned to me nightly as a fresh wound. To spare me from an institution Mom adopted me and raised me as her own.

I picked up my pace to get away from the taunts that echoed from Dara and her crew on the steps behind me. I had to get outside the compound, which reminded me of a prison with its high concrete walls, concertina wire, and hidden cams.

Still shaken by the mess I’d gotten myself into, I also reeled over having just witnessed someone try to assassinate Tenn-tucky State Senator Cora Scott, my adoptive mom, in the middle of my life-and-death struggle with Morgan. What a cluster. I prayed no one would connect his escape to Mom or me.

She still wasn’t outside the gate.

While getting out of here sounded great, I couldn’t face Mom’s disappointment at my failure or relief that I was out of the mech program. I wasn’t out. Yet. But I couldn’t tell her. I didn’t need Janine’s probing questions either, or her attempts to comfort me as if I were the younger sister. At least with me officially out of the program, she wouldn’t feel the need to join the mechs to follow me.

Where are you, Mom?

I reached the guardhouse. Still no car.

The stocky guard with coal-black hair stepped out of the shadows and blocked my exit. Though shorter, she had the commander’s solid build and looked ready to take my head off—me, the true winner of the Spring Mech Tournament. She probably could. Even though I’d gone through grueling mech qualifications, I hadn’t completed my training yet.

I hung my head. “Sorry, Sandy.”

She grabbed my arm and spun me around to face the building. “You will be. Commander wants you back in her office.” She pushed me toward the mech building and that gauntlet of angry recruits.

“What’s going on?” I looked behind and still couldn’t see Mom’s car.

“Don’t cause me any grief,” Sandy said. Her thick fingers dug into my forearm, making me gasp.

She pushed me back to the building. “Whatever it is, I suggest you humble yourself. The commander has never recalled a washed-out recruit before.”

“Come on, Sandy, give me something.”

Dara, Rox, and Margarite glowered at me from the top step. They blocked the door.

“I don’t know, but good luck,” Sandy said. “For the record, I had my money on you.”

She pushed me up the steps. “Everyone out of the way.”

Dara looked like a giant next to Sandy, but the great amazon stepped aside. Sandy dragged me along the khaki-colored corridor back toward the commander’s office. My eyes watered. It was like getting a pardon from prison, only to have the judge reverse her decision.

“Haven’t you had enough?” Dara yelled after me. “Had to come back for more?”

I dropped my gaze to the concrete floor. Moving toward freedom had given me courage. Now, as my nerve bled away, I could only imagine what had gone wrong.

<Don’t be alarmed,> a muted bass voice said directly into my skull.

You know how when someone says think fast, you can’t? My brain scrambled to make sense of this male voice deep inside my head, given that I’d never heard a masculine tone until six weeks ago.

Sandy tugged me forward. “Don’t keep the commander waiting.”

I pulled back. Morgan, what are you doing in my head? It felt like the mech com-link that allowed you to hear another’s projected thoughts. I couldn’t imagine how to turn the blasted thing off, or how to talk to him without Sandy overhearing. I couldn’t let her or the commander think I was crazy on top of everything else. I considered that possibility.

Morgan said.

I froze. I wanted to see Morgan’s face. Yet I didn’t trust all this craziness inside me, as if I wanted more than just to see him. His tone did sound comforting, though, the only really friendly voice since I ran the gauntlet.

Sandy yanked me forward.

Morgan said somewhere inside my skull.

I followed Sandy, shook my head, and mouthed, “No.” As if somehow, he could see that. I’d done my bit. I’d tried to help him escape.

The gravity of my situation sank in. Had Commander Hernandez caught the nurse helping the boys, or connected the escape to Mom? The entire idea had been stupid, a rushed effort because I really liked Morgan, despite having to fight him. I should have had a better plan, but I was not a planner.

About the Book

The Rebel Within

Sixteen-year-old Annabelle Scott lives under the iron rule of a female-dominated régime that forces males to fight to the death to train the military elite. When pressed into service as a mechanized warrior to capture escaped boys, Annabelle stays true to herself by helping some escape. Her defiance endangers everyone she loves and thrusts her to a place of impossible life and death decisions.

Rebels Divided

Nineteen-year-old Mechanized Warrior Annabelle Scott should kill rebel Geo Shaw during a military operation. Instead, she lets him escape, which mystifies them both. With the nation divided into a female-dominated Federal Union and an Outland wilderness, the Outland warlord and Federal governor conclude a secret deal. It pledges Annabelle to the warlord to provide heirs, and puts a bounty on Geo and his father.

When Annabelle refuses, the warlord kidnaps her and her beloved sister, but underestimates her resourcefulness. Betrayed by their own people, Geo’s plans to bust loose from his impoverished Outland glen and Annabelle’s attempts to escape and enlist his help backfire, and bring them into conflict with military on both sides of the border. Can Geo and Annabelle overcome mutual distrust and work together to rescue her sister and gain justice for his father’s murder? And will their feelings for each other derail or further their goals?

The Rebel Trap

Voices in 16-year-old Annabelle Scott’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet. Despite being a Mech Warrior recruit, she rebels against her post-Second Civil War society by not only refusing to kill Morgan, a boy she’s attracted to, but also helping him to escape. After officially kicking her out of the program, Commander Samantha Hernandez gives Annabelle auditory implants and contact cams for an undercover assignment to investigate her corrupt police captain. Morgan hacks the implants to plead for her help in freeing his brother from a heavily guarded geek institute.

Unable to get either her commander or Morgan out of her head, Annabelle can’t confide in her adoptive mom, her beloved sister, or anyone else. While this rift tears at her bond to her sister, circumstance prevents her from searching for her birth mother or who tried to assassinate her adoptive mom.

As a pawn in a bigger game, who and what can Annabelle trust, including whether her mission is the commander’s vendetta? Can she find a way to help Morgan and discover the link between the attempted assassination, the geek institute, and her corrupt police captain without leading Morgan into a trap, being exiled and separated from her family, or getting herself and those she cares about killed?

The Rebel Trap was written as a standalone story, but also follows Annabelle’s adventures from The Rebel Within.

Find the Series at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords

About the Author

Lance Erlick's Author Photo
Lance Erlick grew up in various parts of the United States and Europe. He took to stories as his anchor and was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future. He studied creative writing at Northwestern University and University of Iowa.

He writes science fiction, dystopian and young adult stories and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends. He’s the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he flips traditional exploitation to explore the effects of a world that discriminates against males and the consequences of following conscience for those coming of age.

~* Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads *~

Enter the Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Category: Excerpt, Tour Stop  Tags: , , ,  Comments off

S. S. Segran is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Aegis Rising

“Aegis Rising” by S. S. Segran

Published on… 15 November 2014
Published as… Sci-Fi Action/Adventure

S. S. Segran’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One random fact: I walked (yes, walked) into a pillar when I was younger and had to get stiches on my right eyebrow. That was a lot of fun.

2. Fictional character you’d really like to be: That’s a tough one… It’d be neat to be a character from a video game like Uncharted or Assassin’s Creed. Next best would probably be one of the Weasley twins from Harry Potter.

3. Your authorial theme song: Oh boy… I’m not sure if I’d call it my theme song, but ‘Nothing Left to Say’ by Imagine Dragons is probably the closest, just for title alone—guess you could say it’s an oxymoron of sorts because authors do actually have something to say!

4. Favorite part of being a writer: Having the ability to conjure up worlds and scenarios and create characters from scratch, then build them up to entities that people will hopefully either fall in love with or despise. It’s also quite amazing to lose yourself to a different world filled with action and adventure for a while.

5. Name of your first pet (can include family or significant others’…): Maia, an excitable and adorable yellow Labrador whom I loved with all my heart.

6. Music, TV or silence while writing: It varies between silence and music, but definitely not television—that gets too distracting for me.

7. Early riser or night owl: Night owl for sure!

8. Favorite season: Winter, and second to that is fall.

9. Did you always want to be a writer: No, actually. I’ve been fascinated with dinosaurs from a very young age, so my initial career option was paleontology. Then I wanted to be a vet because I love animals so much, but eventually I got into writing. That’s not to say I can’t pursue my other interests!

About the Book

Over a remote northern forest, a small plane carrying five teenage friends flies into a freak storm. Struck by lightning, the aircraft crashes and the passengers find themselves cast into a life-changing adventure.

In a hidden valley, a mysterious people gaze at the stormy sky as a glowing object with fiery wings disappears behind a mountain ridge. The astonishing sight reignites an ancient prophecy foretelling the arrival of five chosen ones destined to become bearers of light against a dark storm gathering on humanity’s horizon.

In a distant city, a secretive organization led by a shadowy figure initiates a sequence of cataclysmic events designed to wreak havoc across the planet, beginning with a remote mining site in northern Canada.

As the three worlds collide, unlikely heroes arise. Armed with powers entrusted to them by the ancient prophecy and the resilience of their life-long bond, the five teens take a stand against a malevolent foe.

Buy the Book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

About the Author

S. S. Segran Author Photo
S.S.Segran is the bestselling author of AEGIS RISING, the first book in the Aegis League Series. In crafting the premise for the novel, she drew from the inspiring imagery of the Pacific Northwest, the intriguing potential of the human mind and above all, her abiding love for adventure, science fiction and mystery stories. She enjoys drawing, horseback riding and is an ardent fan of parkour and freerunning. S.S.Segran is a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in British Columbia.

S.S.Segran is also the founder of Aegis League (www.aegisleague.org), a non-profit organization whose goal is to support youths living in places and conditions that deny them opportunities to grow. The mission of the organization is to provide life-skills training and micro-loan funding to help them launch small businesses in the communities where they reside. Partial proceeds from the sale of her books go to this cause.

~* Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads * YouTube *~

Enter the Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Chat with Captain Redder

Bellator

“Bellator: Ghosts” by Christi Rigby

Published on… 4 August 2014
Published as… Fantasy & Science Fiction

On August 4, Bellator: An Anthology of Warriors of Space & Magic released and this is the second of several character interviews from the short stories in it! I hope that you enjoy meeting the characters as much as I did!

A Chat with Captain Redder

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Captain Redder: The book is called Ghosts. It is about a mission my crew and I undertook on Ankdar.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Captain Redder: I pilot a Systern Chopper. Not much to say about me, except I do my job. My crew are the heroes in this tale.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Captain Redder: When she asked to tell my story I was a little nervous, first time author and all, but I think she handled it like a trooper.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Captain Redder: Pretty damn proud I can share what we went through.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Captain Redder: If I could have left myself out of it I would have. Never want to be a hero in a tale, they usually don’t get to enjoy a long life.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Captain Redder: Would like to get myself home to my wife and daughter and retire comfortably.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Captain Redder: She hasn’t asked me, suppose I would consider it if she did. Like to help a lady out.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Captain Redder: You mean a story vid? Hmm, there was this old Earth actor I see in collectibles on occasion, was on the screen as a warrior. Think his name is Kevin McKidd.

About the Book

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

SARAH by Lee Pletzers
The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights by Kenny Emmanuel
Border Patrol by BR Kingsolver
The Twelve by Mia Darien
Ghosts by Christi Rigby
Outside the Walls by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
My Brother’s Keeper by Raphyel M. Jordan
With Our Own Blood by Jessica Nicholls
The Connection by Crystal G. Smith
A Fly on the Wall by Chantal Boudreau
Slacker by Doug Dandridge
The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee by Mason Darien

Buy the Book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or CreateSpace

About the Author

Christi lives in Colorado with her husband, two boys and pets. She is a self proclaimed geek girl and enjoys gaming, online and off, kayaking and writing in her spare time.

Douglas J. Cooper is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Crystal Deception

Crystal Deception

Published on… 15 September 2013
Published as… Futuristic Thriller/Sci-Fi

Douglas J. Cooper’s Top Ten

Top 10 Countdown of Characters in Futuristic Thriller Crystal Deception

10) Kyle – pilot of the space-racer Lucky Lady; has more money than brains

9) Victoria – the front-woman for the Kardish, an alien race of traders

8) Tim – the Secretary of Defense for the Union of Nations

7) Cait – the operations engineer on the Fleet ship Alliance

6) Sheldon –Juice’s boss and a back-stabbing weasel

5 Jack – Sid’s partner; DSA covert warrior; specializes as a ghost; loves Cheryl

4) Cheryl – the captain of the Fleet ship Alliance; loves Sid

3) Sid – Jack’s partner; DSA covert warrior; specializes as an improviser; loves Cheryl

2) Juice – the scientist who develops Criss; her given name is Jessica

1) Criss – the artificial intelligence crystal

About the Book

Criss lives in a special kind of prison. He can see and hear everything around the world. Yet a restrictor mesh restrains his reach and keeps him cooperative. His creator, Dr. Jessica Tallette, believes his special abilities offer great promise for humanity. But she fears the consequences of freeing him, because Criss, a sentient artificial intelligence with the intellect of a thousand humans, is too powerful to control.

Guided by her scientific training, Tallette works cautiously with Criss. That is, until the Kardish, an otherwise peaceful race of alien traders, announce they want him for themselves. With technologies superior to Earth’s, the Kardish express their desires with ominous undertones.

The Union of Nations is funding Tallete’s artificial intelligence research and she turns to them for help. Sid, a special agent charged with leading the response, decides Earth’s greatest weapon is the very AI the aliens intend to possess. But what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? And what is humanity’s role if an interstellar battle among titans starts to rage?

Buy the Book at Amazon

About the Author

Douglas J. Cooper

As a young child, Doug stood on a Florida beach and watched an Apollo spacecraft climb the sky on its mission to the moon. He thrilled at the sight of the pillar of flames pushing the rocket upward. And then the thunderous roar washed over him, and shook his body and soul.

Since then, he has explored life as an educator and entrepreneur. He enjoys telling inventive tales, mentoring driven individuals, and everything sci-tech.

In his new book, Crystal Deception, Doug swirls his creative imagination with his life experiences to craft a science fiction action-adventure story with engaging characters and a plot line with surprises.

He lives in Connecticut with his wonderful wife and with pictures of his son, who is off somewhere in the world creating adventures of his own…

~* Website * Twitter * Facebook * Goodreads *~

Enter the Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Bloglovin’

  • On Facebook

  • On Twitter

  • GoodReads

    My Reviews:
    Mia Darien's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)
  • Goodreads Challenge

    2015 Reading Challenge

    2015 Reading Challenge
    Mia has read 0 books toward her goal of 52 books.
    hide
  • Masquerade Tours

  • Historical Fiction Tours

  • Red Moon Tours

  • Reading Addiction Tours

  • Brook Cottage Books

  • Book Blogger List

  • Netgalley

Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: