New release from Saxon Andrew

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The Unknown Enemy Will Kill You (The Death Prophecies Book 3) Kindle Edition

From the bestselling Science Fiction Author, Saxon Andrew, comes the third book in the Death Prophecies Series, The Unknown Enemy Will Kill You. The Bosrean and Earth Alliance has finally gained control over the threats in the Milky Way and they are now turning their attention to the aggressive civilizations on the other side of the black hole in the center of the galaxy. Poul has warned them that the civilization that originally built the Prophet’s Eyes was under attack from an advanced aggressive species.
Earth is not going to wait to see if that species will send warships though the black hole to attack the Alliance. A pilot has been chosen and he will be the first to attempt to pass through the singularity. If he fails, then more will be selected to follow him. Fleet Leader Steve Connor expects the worst but hopes for the best. He is also frightened by the defenses the Darkness Civilization has built around the black hole in the Andromeda Galaxy. The evidence is clear that something came through their black hole and attacked the dangerous civilization that rules Andromeda. Whatever it was, it clearly frightened them to build the massive defenses around the event horizon.
The Darkness must be scouted and that task falls to the Prophet’s Eyes and his sister, Stella. What they find will turn Earth’s attention away from its black hole to the threat in Andromeda. This new enemy to mankind is beyond anything they imagined.
The Traugh are gone but a new more powerful civilization is coming and there’s not much time to stop them. Buckle in and enjoy the ride. This one will keep you turning pages well into the night.
Excerpt: The Unknown Enemy Will Kill You.
“How many ships do you wish to send through the black hole?”
“As many as you will allow. You should know that the ships we would send through would not be capable of defeating your warships. They will pose no threat to you.”
“Will you give us the technology you use to penetrate the black hole?”
“If you will give me your promise that you will accept us as an ally and not attack us in the future, I will.”
“That cannot be decided quickly. However, we can approve your proposal to scout what’s happening on the other side.”
“I have a question.”
“What is that?”
“Why have you forced all intelligent civilizations to leave this galaxy?”
There was a long pause and then the voice said, “You were right about a ship coming through the black hole long ago. We lost more than three hundred thousand warships before we defeated it and we determined that if we’re forced to use our towers to defend us against a future incursion, then no planet would be safe in the interior of this galaxy if the conflict expanded away from the black hole. Our towers would destroy many of the stars they orbit. It was in the best interests of those civilizations to move outside the galaxy and out of range of our weapons. We then made sure that none of them would violate our space.”
“I wondered why you allowed them to live in the Halo.”
“That tells me you’re not from the Halo.”
“That’s an issue that isn’t important at the moment. What lies on the other side of the black hole is what we should concern ourselves with now.”
“You are right. We will allow a thousand of your ships access to the black hole.”
“When?”
“Seven days from now.”

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New Release – COLD WATER

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Stories and poems of mystery, suspense, horror, comedy, drama, and more can be found in the newest Top Writers Block collection based on the theme “Cold Water.” Immerse yourself in the depths and enjoy these wonderful short stories with the works of Barnaby Wilde, Tracey Howard, Cleve Sylcox, Melissa A. Szydlek, Elizabeth Rowan Keith, and Suzy Stewart Dubot.

Your purchase of this ebook not only supports the creative outlets of independent authors, but also supports charity. Top Writers Block is an international group of writers who continue to donate ALL of their proceeds to Sea Shepherd in France, an organization that devotes itself to preserving our seas and oceans and the life within. The authors’ donate their proceeds to charity.

This Weeks Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book of the Week – Prison of Souls: a sci-fi thriller by Xander Gray

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Prison of Souls: a sci-fi thriller Kindle Edition

New Release From Saxon Andrew

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Defending Earth-Discovery Means Death Kindle Edition

Interview with Vikki Kestell

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Interview with Vikki Kestell

Thanks for inviting me to this interview, Cleve! I appreciate the opportunity to connect with new sci-fi/fantasy readers.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, I actually wrote my first book during one of the darkest periods of my life. It was 1988. I had a pen and a notebook and wrote in that notebook everywhere I went. In three months I had a complete story—and was amazed.

Someone offered to let me use their computer—a Commodore 64! (Woah!) If you don’t know what a Commodore 64 is, let me say that a) it didn’t even have a hard drive, b) each time you used it you had to reinstall the software into (wait for it!) a whopping 64k of RAM, and c) you had to save your writing to five-and-one-half-inch floppy disks! In any event, I learned to use it and have been a technophile ever since.

When I wrote my first book it proved to me that I could start and complete something difficult, and it gave me the courage to go back to school at age 39. I worked and went to school for the next 14 years! I earned my bachelor’s degree in English/professional writing, took a semester off and went back to earn a master’s degree in communication, took two years off and went back to earn a Ph.D. in organizational learning and instructional technologies.

But after working and earning three degrees, guess what? I figured I could write more books! LOL! That is exactly what I am doing now.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

So many to choose from! Let’s see. I can mention Tom Clancy, Dick Francis, Vince Flynn, Michael Crichton, Brad Thor, James Patterson, and many more. You can see that my reading appetite is varied but tends toward action/adventure and thrillers.

  1. Tell us a bit about your books.

Most of my books are historical fiction. Nanostealth is a new series and a new genre for me, but not a new interest. I love good sci-fi and “hard-science” sci-fi best of all. That’s prolly why Stealthy Steps is an example of contemporary hard-science sci-fi. Not only is the science cutting edge, the setting is real.

I worked for the Department of Defense’s Nuclear Weapons School on Kirtland Air Force Base here in Albuquerque. Among other things, the school taught military personnel how to respond to nuclear or dirty bomb attacks. Part of the school’s instruction was conducted in the old Manzano Weapons Storage Facility where much of the nation’s nuclear stockpile was once stored.

The Manzano facility is composed of a labyrinth of tunnels carved into a small mountain located on the base. The facility inside the mountain was built during the Cold War and includes some very secret “devolution” caverns. Those devolution sites were intended as safe locations for the president to direct the government in the event of a nuclear attack. They were later abandoned without ever being used. They sit empty today.

The first time I set foot in the tunnels I thought, “This is the setting of my next book.”

  1. If you could travel back in time to any place and period in the past where and when would you go?

Hard to say, because I don’t like to think backward. I prefer to think forward. That said, I often think, “Gee, I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when . . .” usually followed by an unsolved crime or a secret meeting between world leaders. Actually, the invisibility that Kari struggles with in Stealthy Steps came out of just such thoughts. Can you imagine what you could see and overhear if you were invisible?

  1. What attracts you to writing in your genre?

A genre to me is more the setting than the objective. My characters are real to me. I could put them in any genre and they would thrive, but the genre and setting allow my characters “license” that they could not get in another setting. Most of my readers tell me that, in addition to loving my unpredictable plotlines, they become emotionally invested in my characters almost immediately.

  1. Are you planning to participate in any anthologies? Any hints about your story?

I don’t have plans to contribute to an anthology now, but Nanostealth is definitely going to be a three-book series:

Stealthy Steps, Nanostealth | Book 1 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UZEDYVS

Stealth Power, Nanostealth | Book 2, fall 2016

Stealth Beyond Borders, Nanostealth | Book 3, 2017

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

My husband and I have taken up zip lining! We did eight lines in Hawaii over the rain forests on the Big Island and just came back from the Sacramento Mountains in southern New Mexico where we rode the Wind Rider at Ski Apache.

  1. What are you currently working on?

My next release is Tabitha, a story of the Great War. It releases November 2, but is on preorder now at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015HTU4Y0

  1. How can readers connect with you?

I’m always on Facebook, but I’m frequently on Twitter, too. My readers can connect with me on my website (http://www.vikkikestell.com/), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheWritingOfVikkiKestell), or follow me on Twitter @faithfilledfic.

 

Interview with Jex Collyer

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Interview with Jex Collyer

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a SciFi writer from Lancaster, UK. I’m a lifetime fan of Star Wars and have always been drawn to narratives that are larger than life. I studied creative writing to MA level and then last year released my first book, Zero, with Dagda Publishing. Zero is book one in the Orbit Series and is character-driven Scifi, described as ‘James Bond meets Firefly’. It made it into Northern Soul Magazine’s ‘Best Reads of 2014’ and the sequel, Haven, is due out on the 24th Oct, which I can’t wait for.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

That is mighty hard to choose! But I think my absolute favourite authors aren’t actually SciFi. They were formative in developing my taste in fiction as well as my own style of writing and they are Robin Hobb of the Fantasy Farseer Series and Anne Rice of the Vampire Chronicles. They helped me realise that I like my fiction, whether I’m reading or writing it, character-driven, human, gritty with a healthy amount of darkness thrown in.

  1. Tell us a bit about your books.

I’ve had enormous amounts of fun writing the Orbit Series. As I mentioned earlier book one, Zero, came out last year and book two, Haven, is out on Oct 24th. Zero can be found on Amazon and Haven will be up there too as soon as it’s launched.

The series follows the story of Kaleb Hugo, a soldier in a military establishment called the Service that governs the Earth and her orbiting colonies in the not-too-distant future. Hugo holds a prestigious position and has a glittering career ahead of him, until he makes a controversial decision in battle and is publically discharged but secretly re-assigned to captain the undercover black ops vessel the Zero. The Zero is manned by an unruly crew of orphans and misfits who look to their wry and unconventional commander Ezekiel Webb for leadership. During the course of their dangerous underground missions, Hugo comes to experience a whole new way of looking at the world, the Service and himself.

During the course of the series, fate conspires to lead Hugo and Webb down ever darker and more dangerous roads. Both men have to constantly re-learn what it is to depend and trust one another as well as watch their step in the myriad and convoluted politics of the world they live in, where revolution is always just round the corner.

  1. If you could travel back in time to any place and period in the past where and when would you go?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

  1. What attracts you to writing in your genre?

I like really down-to-earth, realistic, human narratives but I LOVE them set against a larger-than-life backdrop. I find genre fiction so much more interesting and it lets me have much more fun with my characters. Besides, I’ve always had an overly-fertile imagination and so general or literary fiction tends to leave me a little unstimulated.

I write my novels in science fiction in particular just because it’s a life-long love of mine, ever since watching the Star Wars films as a child. I find spaceships, lasers, other planets and the infinite amount of possibilities they offer too tantilising to pass up.

  1. Tell us a little about your books. I see you like to delve into many different genres.

As well as the Orbit Series I have had my short fiction (sometimes this is fantasy, horror, speculative or dystopian as well as Scifi) featured in a number of other publications. I enjoy all sorts of genre fiction and use short stories as a chance to stretch my story-writing muscles and try something different. I particularly like to dabble in horror around Halloween time, so watch out on my wordpress (http://jcollyer.wordpress.com) as I often like to post a free ghost story for the occasion.

I find contributing to anthologies and publishing free shorts in different genres helps me to keep my hand in with all the genres I love, and there are a lot of them, as well as a useful way to keep those story telling techniques keen.

  1. Are you planning to participate in any more anthologies? Any hints about your story?

The dystopian SciFi ‘No Way Home’ anthology  that featured one of my stories and came out in March this year did so well that the collective is discussing releasing a follow up anthology called ‘Crime and Punishment’. I have already drafted and submitted my story.  It is set in future of our own planet and is about a newly retired military counsellor, Felix Dalton, who has been roped in to persuade a young man accused of murder to explain to his accusers just how he managed to kill seventeen people without touching them. He claims powers of the occult, but Felix suspects there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

Relaxation, ha! I think I remember that. Writing novels takes up most of my spare time. When I do get ahead and find some time for myself I like to walk in the countryside and read.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I’m currently drafting book 3 in the Orbit Series. I’m having tremendous fun and suspect this will be my favourite book so far. It is due out summer 2016.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

I love speaking to readers and writers as well as fans of SciFi, Fantasy or genre fiction in general. Hit me up in any of the following places:

http://www.facebook.com/jscollyer

http://www.twitter.com/jexshinigami

http://jcollyer.wordpress.com

An Interview With Mark

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Interview with Mark Chapman

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been married for almost 28 years to my amazing wife Barbara. (We’ve been together for 31 years.) We have two wonderful twenty-something daughters, Catherine and Jennifer. I’m a technical writer by day and a novelist by night. I’m a former MENSA member (former, not because I got stupid but because I stopped paying my dues). And I’ve written five novels (and started two others), plus authored or co-authored four nonfiction books (three of them about computer technology and the other about writing).

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Fred Saberhagen, Anne McCaffrey, Keith Laumer, David Weber, Tom Clancy, James Patterson, John Grisham, and so many more.

  1. Tell us a bit about your books.

I like to try different things, so I’ve written hard sci-fi (The Mars Imperative and The Tesserene Imperative), soft/paranormal sci-fi (Sunrise Destiny), military sci-fi/space opera (My Other Car is a Spaceship) and a sci-fi/zombie hybrid (Aliens Versus Zombies). I also like to throw a “left turn” in what otherwise might be a straight-forward story.

For example, Sunrise Destiny starts out as a near-future private detective story. The protagonist, Donatello Sunrise, is hot on the case of some missing girls. In the midst of the investigation he’s abducted by telepathic aliens and ends up having to save both the aliens and humanity. In Aliens Versus Zombies, the remaining few million humans struggle to survive against fast, cunning, living zombies, Then, in the middle of the zompocalypse, aliens invade with 20,000+ ships and two million troops. It should have been an easy victory for the aliens. Little did they know.

I haven’t written any fantasy novels, but I have written a short story that crossed over from fantasy into sci-fi (Selamere’s Quest). Probably not one of my best stories, though. J

If I may brag a bit, My Other Car is a Spaceship rocketed (pardon the pun) to #1 in the Amazon military sci-fi category in September 2014. Sunrise Destiny was a finalist for the 2010 EPIC Award (sci-fi category). The Mars Imperative and The Tesserene Imperative have 4.3 and 4.6-star ratings, respectively, on Amazon. And my latest, Aliens Versus Zombies, currently has a 4.4 rating after six weeks of sales. (all 5-star reviews but two).

  1. If you could travel back in time to any place and period in the past where and when would you go?

When I was young, I was fascinated by dinosaurs and considered becoming a paleontologist. That fascination continues today. I’d love to be able to go back and see the dinosaurs in person—from a safe vantage point, of course. (I’m not entirely crazy…) If that time machine allowed me to go forward, I’d love to see the future, a century or a millennium from now. Will we have survived that long? If so, what is society like? Did we eventually travel to the stars? If so, did we meet any other sentient beings? Was the meeting peaceful or warlike? And so on.

  1. What attracts you to writing in your genre?

It’s fun to invent alternative universes, future technology and societies, other sentient beings, and the interactions of people with those technologies and societies. With a typical Western story, cop drama, romance novel, or most other genres, the author is limited in what he or she can write about. Period cowboys can’t use death rays or machine guns, cops can’t use flying cars, and romances can’t involve spaceships or time travel—at least not without some sort of sci-fi or fantasy aspect to them. I love the freedom sci-fi affords me, the ability to write about anything under the sun (or inside the sun, or through the sun).

  1. Tell us a little about your books. I see you like to delve into many different genres.

(Essentially the same question as #3.)

  1. Are you planning to participate in any anthologies? Any hints about your story?

I have already, with a story called “Fallen Star, Rising Star”. It’s about two boys who find a “falling star”, which turns out to be an alien probe sent to investigate humanity. The boys have to find a way to save humanity.

The anthology is called The World Outside the Window. The concept of the book is that all of the authors are looking out the same window, where we see a number of people in a park across the street. They’re doing various things: two boys playing catch, a young couple sitting on a park bench, etc. The 19 authors had to pick some of the characters and write a story about them. The stories could be in any genre except erotica. We ended up with romances, paranormal chillers, sci-fi, and various others. Quite an assortment, and all of them good reads. (Mine ended up being the lead story.) Here’s the URL for it: http://www.amazon.com/World-Outside-Window-DON-HARPE/dp/0979170192/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8. It’s out of print now, but there are still new and used copies available. I’m considering publishing a collection of my short stories and funny rhyming sci-fi poems (such as Escape From Gilligan’s Island). Some are humorous, some deadly serious.

I have had a number of short stories, humorous essays, and rhyming sci-fi poetry published in various magazines. Some are available to read for free on my website.

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

A lot of things: I play games with my girls (when I can get them both together, which isn’t often), I golf (made a hole-in-one in May 2013!), I bowl (once bowled a 276 game and 655 set) and I swim. More passively, I watch TV with my family, I write, and I read (though not as much since I started writing). Leisure writing includes crossword puzzles. (I actually had a few published in a magazine when I was in high school. It was a hospital in-house publication, so it wasn’t seen by more than a few thousand people, but hey they were published.)

  1. What are you currently working on?+

I have two novels (Mooncrash: The Fall of Mankind and The Galactic Imperative: Book 3 of the Imperative Chronicles) that I started writinga few years ago and never finished. Mooncrash is about the final days of Earth before a rogue moon falls and ends life on Earth, and the struggle for a few hundred people to get to Luna and survive there. The Galactic Imperative is a sequel to both The Mars Imperative and The Tesserene Imperative (which are stand-alone books set in the same fictional universe), bringing characters from each book together for a new adventure).

Both books are more than half-done, but I got stuck on each of them and haven’t yet figured out how to finish them. L I’m currently trying to unstick them. If that doesn’t work, I have some ideas for sequels to Sunrise Destiny, My Other Car is a Spaceship, and Aliens Versus Zombies.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

Easy. Send me a PM on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MTChapman.Author), or leave a comment on my website (http://MarkTerenceChapman-Author.com). (My website has a blog, and if I get enough people to enroll, I’ll start sending out newsletters as well). Readers can also reach me via Twitter at https://twitter.com/MarkTerenceChap @MarkTerenceChap or http://twitter.com/chapman208 @chapman208.