Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Galactic Empires and Talking #SciFi

It's been a few weeks since I dedicated a whole post to science fiction, but I finally have the chance today. 

First up is a boxset featuring eight full-length novels, including The Backworlds by fellow Untethered Realms member M. Pax. The best thing about this boxset? It's FREE! Grab it while you can.


Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure

Eight full-length novels of adventure, war, intrigue and survival in the far reaches of space.

The Backworlds by M. Pax
A man struggles to survive in the harsh world of humanity's outer settlements and prove his father wrong.
Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jansen
To look an alien superior in the eye is a deadly offense. To accuse him of a political murder…
Alien Hunters by Daniel Arenson
A scruffy alien pest controller faces an alien threat the likes of which the universe has never seen.
Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper
Hostile aliens nearly eradicated humanity. Will the next encounter finish the job?
Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo
A disgraced racer pilot gets mixed up with a mega-corporation. Now he has to stop them.
Sky Hunter by Chris Reher
Sent to a human outpost to investigate sabotage, a pilot finds more trouble than she bargained for.
The Galapagos Incident by Felix Savage
A genocidal AI attacks the solar system, and a Space Corps agent has one chance of saving a bunch of asteroid squatters she was sent to evict.
First Conquest by David VanDyke
To find a home and keep humanity safe from hostile aliens, Task Force Conquest must fight to seize a new star system.
                      
Buy Links: 

Amazon / iBook BHYPERLINK "http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/galactic-empires-patty-jansen/1123456372?ean=2940152784091"&HYPERLINK "http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/galactic-empires-patty-jansen/1123456372?ean=2940152784091"N / Kobo / Googleplay / AmazonUK / AmazonCA / AmazonAU / AmazonDE /AmazonFR / AmazonIT /AmazonES 


Second up are two science fiction chats I try to take part in every week on Twitter. I don't always make it due to work and personal commitments, but they're both worth the effort when I can.



#SciFiHour is every Thursday, 9pm GMT, and run by @KatlaThorlaksd. It's an informal chat, where participants can talk anything science fiction-related, new or old. I enjoy the relaxed nature of this chat, and always find myself smiling throughout.

#SciFiChat is every Friday, 3-5pET, and run by David A. Rozansky (@scifichat). Of the two chats, this one is more formal. There is an hour of social chat and an hour dedicated to a specific topic. Throughout the topic hour, questions are posted to help guide the chat. While it's sometimes difficult to keep up with every thread, it is worth your time - I've had several story ideas come to me while taking part.

If you decide to take part in either of these chats, the most important thing to remember is to use the hashtag. If you don't, your tweets won't be seen by everyone taking part.

Finally, if you're a fan of science fiction and David Bowie, this article by Den of Geek is a must-read: Exploring David Bowie's Sci-Fi Fascination.

That's it for today. I hope you've found something of interest. If you have anything science fiction-related to share, please post it in the comments below.

Friday, 18 March 2016

T.F. Walsh's Cloaked in Secrecy Book Blitz

I'm thrilled to be taking part in T.F. Walsh's Cloaked in Secrecy Book Blitz. I'm a huge fan, and can't wait to get my teeth into this one (pun intended). Scroll down for the book blurb, excerpt, and a fantastic giveaway.


What better way for a pack of wulfkin shifters to remain in seclusion than to hide in plain sight?

Death has followed Alena Novac’s circus family for years, but when the police arrest her brother for murder, she must rescue him before he transforms behind prison walls. With less than a week to execute her plan, a member from the Varlac family who murdered her mother reappears. Now, Alena has to decide whether to make good on her promise to avenge her mother’s death or risk rescuing her brother.

Enre Ulf has one mission – prevent Alena’s father from claiming his territory and slaughtering his wulfkin pack in Transylvania. Enre may have turned his back on his Varlac heritage, but that doesn’t mean he won’t impersonate one to infiltrate the circus clan and take out their alpha. Knowing that his secrets will lead to his demise, Enre takes the risk in order to save his home. What he never planned on was his wolf claiming Alena as his mate.

Now with the police closing in, and the real Varlac threatening them, Alena and Enre must overcome their pasts to save their packs’ futures.


Chapter One Excerpt:

ALENA

The tall, broad-shouldered man was branded with two gash marks down the side of his face and neck, and blood smeared his cheek. He wiped it away with his hand as his gaze deepened with darkness.
I studied his stubbled jawline, and inhaled the fresh blood. It belonged to him.
Wind fanned across my back. It had been a long time since I’d faced off with anyone. Father had brought me up to use my head, not my teeth.
“What pack do you belong to?” My voice sharpened, and a growl hung off my last word. Show no fear.
He studied the path I’d taken. “There’s a loose wulfkin in wolf form here, and I think she’s wild.” His gruff voice raised goose bumps up and down my legs, and I recoiled. “Is she yours?”
My next inhale wedged in my chest. Had Mila been caught or injured? “Where is she?”
“Why would you allow her out amongst humans? Are you trying to reveal us?”
Flames spread over my cheeks. “Who the hell are you? It’s not your business what happens on our territory.”
Since we ran a traveling circus, we claimed any location where we performed, though we rarely stopped in places already taken by other packs. Lucky for us, the majority of them steered clear of cities.
The wulfkin leaned forward, his voice rough and low. “I tried catching her before anyone saw her, but as you can see”—he pointed to his recent wounds—“she wasn’t overly friendly.” Running a hand through his short, black hair, he stared at me.
When the breeze bathed me in his scent again, his muskiness almost knocked me over, and my eyes dipped south although my brain screamed, “Don’t!” This wulfkin should never wear jeans in public unless he wanted every single female to ravage him. And the leather jacket did nothing to hide his muscles.
When I looked up, he wore a sly grin.
Heat scalded my body, and my wolf pressed against my insides, whimpering, demanding we claim him. She wanted this stranger? Working in the circus, I’d seen all kinds, but no one had ever affected my wolf this way.
“Don’t flatter yourself.” I refused to allow him to openly knock me off my feet with his gorgeousness. Scratch that. With his audacity.
“Why isn’t she transforming into human form?” he asked.
My hands curled into fists. “I don’t have to tell you anything.” Studying the passage ahead of me, I inhaled the crisp air for signs of Mila. “If you remain here, you’ll have dozens of wulfkin on your trail, ready to tear you to shreds—”
He narrowed the gap between us, his square shoulders stiff.
“Or, you can help me find M ... the wolf girl, and return with me to the pack to explain yourself.”
His ravenous gaze remained on me, searching for who knows what. Every hair stayed in place, despite his bleeding wounds, and a smile was on the verge of breaking the edges of his mouth. Maybe he was only a hungry wolf ready to pounce on his prey.
A train-car-sized load of words bubbled on my tongue, mostly threats, but when a single howl in the distance broke the morning silence, every thought vanished.
My head snapped up. Nicolai. Mila.
Police sirens rang out above the drone of the highway.
“We better get out of here,” the other wulfkin said.
My heart bounced against my rib cage, and I ran past him.
No! Please, no.
The rain, now sudden and fast, drenched every part of me, filling my boots and threatening to bowl me over.


Cloaked in Secrecy is the book 2 in the Wulfkin Legacy series, but can be read a stand-alone-book.

Grab Your Copy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Googleplay |iTunes

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Wulfkin Legacy Series:

Cloaked (prequel to #1) – Out now
Cloaked in Fur (Book #1) – Out now
Cloaked in Secrecy (Book #2) – Out now
Cloaked in Blood (Book #3) – May 2016
Cloaked in Christmas – End of 2016

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About The Author

T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

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Monday, 7 March 2016

Write Club 2016 - Let the Battles Begin!


After months of preparation, writing, and 12 slush pile judges (myself included) voting for their favourite 30 submissions, WRiTE CLUB 2016 finally begins.

Over the next three weeks WRiTE CLUB founder DL Hammons will host 15 writing bouts (M-F) between anonymous writers, known only by their pen name and the piece of writing they submitted. The writing can be from any genre and for any age group. And the best part? YOU can help decide who wins. All you have to do is read and then vote for the piece of writing that you judge the worthy winner of their daily bouts. After the 15 preliminary bouts, the winners will then progress to the next stage of the competition and onward until only two writers and a final fight remains.

Can you feel the sweat and tension? Waiting to see if any of my chosen 30 made it through to the daily bouts seems unbearable right now. Somebody mop my brow.

So, go vote

Now. 

Go on. 

You're still here? Phew. I forgot to mention the most important rule - you MUST talk about WRiTECLUB. Tweet, Facebook, blog - help the get the word out on the streets.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Fable Ranger: Summons by Angela Brown

Today I have the honour of sharing Angela Brown's newest release, a fairy tale mash up for middle grade readers. Her books always have me coming back for more, so I know this will be a treat for both children and adults alike.


Blurb:

Take care of what you wish for. You just might get it.

Twelve-year-old Casey doesn’t think life could get anymore unfair. Plans for her special basketball tournament are tossed aside by her sister’s change in wedding plans. She even has to be a bridesmaid now, with all the lace and silk and - oh the horror! All she wants is an escape, but she never imagined she’d be swept away to a world of Mother Goose rhymes, fairy tales, stories of Arabian Nights, and oh, by the way, all but one fairy godmother is kidnapped.

Casey learns she’s been summoned as the Fable Ranger to lead the search and rescue of the missing wish-makers. She also discovers she isn’t the hero they would accept. In the world of fairy tales, damsels are meant to swoop in to save the day.

Now all Casey wants is to go home, a wish easy to grant if the veil between worlds weren’t on lockdown. Taking fate into her own hands, she embarks on an airship flight to find the phoenix tears that can help open her way home. Her journey would’ve gone as smooth as the perfect layup if it weren’t for that pesky bounty the evil Dovetail placed on her head. Casey refuses to fail knowing it would allow the legends of Arabian Nights to disappear forever and leave her trapped in a world unraveling one fairy tale at a time.

Buy links: Amazon / AmazonUK


Author Bio:

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, A.L. Brown now calls Central Texas home. She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy, and paranormal to contemporary — mostly young adult — fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, her life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving:

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

She is the author of the upper young adult paranormal Neverlove and its new adult follow up They All Fall Down of the Shadow Jumpers series, Frailties of the Bond and Atone of the NEO Chronicles: Characters Revealed series, andBeacon, the first action-packed title in the young adult urban fantasy series, Ripped Ties. Her debut MG (middle grade) title is coming soon from Dingbat Publishing: FABLE RANGER: SUMMONS.

You can find Angela on her blog, Dingbat author page, and Facebook.