Wednesday, 16 May 2018

News from the Book Realm: Science Fiction Spectacular!

It's been a long time since I did a News from the Book Realm post. Mea culpa. I'll be scheduling a book shout-out post every month from this month onward. Nothing makes me happier than sharing books written by authors I love reading. I hope you'll find something appealing among this spectacular sci-fi collection.

A dying world has many secrets.
Porl's world is dying. Crops fail. Birds fall from the sky. Is this a repeat of the Cataclysm that decimated the Ancients’ world a thousand years ago?
Porl loves to fix things and is compelled to solve the mystery – and save his people no matter the personal cost. Disobeying the will of the town Elders, Porl uncovers a secret they want hidden. When caught, the Elders banish Porl into the wilderness, alone against the savage Mad-Ones.
As the Mad-Ones hunt him, Porl discovers the world isn't what he believed. The more he learns about the mystical Ancients, the more he unravels an incredible reality he never imagined.
Nothing is what it seems. The harshest truth he uncovers is that in seven days everyone he loves will die. Yet the final secret of the Ancients, on how to save his people, still eludes him…
Buy links: Amazon / AmazonUK / Graeme Ing

A constellation of wondrous stars...

Other Worlds collects together fifty-two science fiction and fantasy stories that graced the pages of some of the planet's finest speculative fiction magazines and anthologies between 2012 and 2018.

Starships and sorcerers, aliens and demons, space exploration and forbidden magics throng these pages, in stories that are thrilling, amusing, thought-provoking, terrifying and delightful.

Other worlds await...

Releases 2nd June

Buy links: Amazon / AmazonUK / Simon Kewin 

Four stories from the author of Backworlds...

Rogue versus world. Who will win? New planets, hidden lands, and places no one would dare dream of arise from the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Visions of the future where we verge on extinction and only daring can forge hope. Alternative realms on Earth lead to darkness. The Rogue Element is: Patchworker 2.0, Corrosive, The Vagaries of Eloise Stanton, and The Wallows.

Buy links: Amazon / AmazonUKM Pax

This berg has balls and they bite.

Spaceberg arrives without warning. The size of Jupiter, it hits with deadly consequences, taking out ships and colonies in the outer solar system.

Orbital Rescue Squad 51 is first on the scene with the most decorated first responder in the Sol. Nikili Echols battles the mega disaster to save her family, everyone in trouble, and entire worlds. With time running short, she’s forced to team up with her ex-husband in order to rescue their daughter and to save what remains of the solar system. His superstitions irk her like gas, but luck and organic plastic is what her plan needs to prevail.

Buy links: Amazon / AmazonUK /  M Pax

Did one or more of them grab your attention? I'm in love with the cover art for all four books, especially Spaceberg. I've already read Emergence, Other Worlds is pre-ordered, The Rogue Element is on my Kindle, and Spaceberg is next on my TBR list. Let the reading commence.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

IWSG: Spring into Writing

It's time for May's Insecure Writer's Support Group post. You can learn more about the IWSG group, it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, and purpose hereThe awesome co-hosts for April's post are E.M.A Timar, J.Q. Rose, C Lee McKenzie, and Raimey GallantPlease drop by and thank them for all their hard work.

Before I answer this month's question, a quick writing update: I successfully completed Camp NaNoWriMo last month! Even more fantastic is I now have an outline for my science fiction series and a working plot for book one. For someone who is a pantser by nature and loses direction in longer works of fiction, I'm feeling proud. I'm expecting some plot points and ideas to change when I start writing, but it's good to know I have a path and direction in mind. It was hard, but enjoyable work.

Now for May's question:

It's Spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

There's no doubting the start of warmer weather (albeit just warm enough to skip a hat and gloves in the UK) and the sights and sounds it brings, raises serotonin levels and puts a skip in our post-winter shuffle. The prospect of taking my notebook or Chromebook outside to write is a huge motivator. I love spring and autumn. Scorching hot summers not so much. What about you? Do the seasons influence your writing temperament?

On to exciting news. The IWSG has a new anthology out!

The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

Available at
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Smashwords
Add it to read on Goodreads.
Check out the Tick Tock Mysteries blog!

That's it for May's IWSG post. I'll be back next week with another book review post. Until then, write on!