Monday, 22 June 2015

Cover Reveal: The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn

Today I'm thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn, one of my favourite authors.

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The Duality Bridge (Singularity #2)
By Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: late summer 2015

You can find The Duality Bridge on Goodreads


First book in the series:

The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)
By Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: March 2, 2015

Blurb:
What would you give to live forever?

Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.

When immortality is the prize, winning the Game is all that matters.

The Legacy Human is the first in Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.


You can find The Legacy Human on Goodreads

You can buy The Legacy Human here:
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Susan Kaye Quinn

About the Author:

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.

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Congratulations, Susan. I'm looking forward to another thrilling read.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! News from the Realm

It's time for another Untethered Realms news round up - there be lots happening in the Realm.

Congratulations to Christine Rains, who released the second book in her Dice and Debauchery series, Layers of Lace.


Blurb

Amateur cosplayer Emily Solis is determined to win the costume contest and the heart of her biggest competition.

It isn't the first time Emily has shed her costume with the gorgeous Russell Morrison. Not even her best friend knows she's been having wild convention sex with him for over a year. It was supposed to remain physical, but Emily couldn't help falling for him and his kinky ways. In a moment of passion, she rolls the dice and tells Russell she loves him. He doesn't say it back. Can she convince him they're perfect together or will she roll another critical failure?


Buy the book

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Get Loose Corset, the first book in the Dice & Debauchery series:


About the author

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and novellas published. The Dice & Debauchery series is her first contemporary erotic romance.

Please visit her website and blog.

You can also find Christine on
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


Congratulations to Jeff Chapman, who released Blood and Beauty and Other Weird Tales.


Blurb

The six short stories collected here are on the darker side of fantasy and weirdness. If you're a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Greek mythology, or biblical-inspired fantasy, you might find something interesting here. 

"Blood and Beauty" tells the tragic love story of a satyr and a dryad. 

"Sutter’s Well" records the weird encounter between two boys and a Lovecraftian monster in Appalachia. 

"Morphine and Chocolate" draws inspiration from the medieval poem Pearl as it follows a father's search for his missing daughter from one weird landscape to another. 

"The Facts in the Case of M. Hussman" takes inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and records the horrific consequences of artificially extending life in a steampunk world. 

"Shafts to Hell" returns to the Old West and takes the reader inside the mind of an insane miner. 

"Good King David" combines the tales of Hamlet and Absalom in a Biblical fantasy world. 

Buy the book 


About the Author

I write software by day and speculative fiction when I should be sleeping. My work ranges from fairy tales to fantasy to horror and ghost stories. I've been writing all my life but decided to become super serious about it and pursue publication a few years ago. My work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. I live with my wife, children, and cats in a house with more books than bookshelf space. You can find me musing about words and fiction on my blog at jeffchapmanwriter.blogspot.com

You can find Jeff here: BlogTwitterFacebookGoodreads.


Finally, come get your geek on!


Do you want to be part of the 2015 Realms Faire? Founder M. Pax is now taking sign ups for event hosts and planners. Don't miss out on what is always a a fun-filled week. For more details, visit here

Have you got any news you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Nick Wilford: A Change of Mind Blog Tour

Today I'm honoured to be hosting Nick Wilford for his A Change of Mind and Other Stories blog tour. Short stories will always be my first love when it comes to fiction, so this collection ticked all the right boxes for me. 

Over to  Nick!

Hello, Nick here. I’m thankful to Ellie for the use of her blog today. I’m going to talk a little about the state of neurosurgery in my novella and whether this could possibly happen in real life.

In A Change of Mind, Dr Mistuna, the beguiling, enigmatic neurosurgeon, has developed his own technology to change aspects of a patient’s personality through surgery. What if this was to become a reality?

Let’s look at the current state of play regarding brain surgery and its effect on people. It is possible for personality changes to occur, but these are unwanted side effects. Patients who have brain tumours removed may well become more aggressive or go through intense bouts of depression. And of course there’s the negative impact on emotions caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Would it be possible for surgeons to deliberately target the areas of our brain that control our personalities in order to produce positive changes? Of course, here we enter the realm of speculation as nothing like this is happening yet (I hope!) And there is naturally the huge potential for things to go wrong as the practitioner could not foresee the final impact of their changes until the patient has awoken, recovered from the surgery, and had some time to adjust. Just as today, brain surgery is not always entirely successful, even if a harmful unwanted presence like a tumour is removed. And we all know plastic surgery can have disastrous consequences, or the body can reject the work done, leading to the need for further fixes. With personality surgery, one wrong move and the patient’s life could be altered drastically in a dangerous way, and this is the area my story explores.

Would you undergo a personality change operation if it was guaranteed to be risk-free? What would you have changed?


Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Speculative fiction
Format: Ebook only
Page/word count: 107 pages, approx. 32,000 words
Release date: 25th May 2015
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing

Blurb:

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine. 

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…  

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.


Purchase Links: 
Amazon US / Amazon UK / Smashwords / B&N / Kobo


Meet the author:

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter or Goodreads.


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Congratulations, Nick. A Change of Mind and Other Stories was a thrilling read. You've left us with a couple of thought-provoking questions. Would I undergo a personality change operation? I'd have to say no, because a guarantee of risk-free is not the same as totally risk-free. However, if it were, I'd probably ask them to take away my ability to procrastinate!