Friday, 18 December 2015

News from the Book Realm - M. Pax's The Reader

It's been a long four weeks since I last posted. I hope I haven't worried anyone too much with my absence - NaNoWriMo and then life got in the way. Once the festive season has passed, I'm sure I'll have more time to dedicate to my blog and blogging friends.

While my attention was focused elsewhere, several of my fellow Untethered Realms members published books. I've been far to neglectful in sharing their exciting news. There's too many to cover in one post, so I'll be sharing over the next couple of weeks. First up is the third book in M. Pax's thrilling series The Rifters.



With the rift closed for the season and no more monsters to fight, Daelin Long gets bored as librarian in the podunk town of Settler, Oregon. A job interview and her brother’s arrival present a tempting opportunity to escape, until her brother and her best friend, a ghost, disappear.

While Daelin searches for them, more mysteries pile up: dead people coming back to life, portraits of the town founders replaced with strange white trees, and people on the other side of the rift returning. It’s impossible. The portal that allows monsters from other universes to come to Earth is sealed until next summer.

The Rifters, a secret group protecting our world, believe the troubles are nothing more than the tantrums of an offended ghost. Daelin disagrees. If she’s right, the evil hell-bent on destroying Earth has new technology making the rift more deadly.

Before the monster summons the next apocalypse, Daelin must find it and destroy it.

Book 3 in the Rifter series.

Need to catch up? You can read books 1 & 2 in the Rifter series for free by becoming an M. Pax Reader. ENTER MY DIMENSION

Reviews

“The world Pax creates here is like the Wild West meets Ghostbusters with some Stargate and a bit of Steampunk thrown in. Even though everything seems a bit familiar, it’s not, which is what makes it compelling.”CHOOSE YOUR OWN END

“This book catapults the reader right in mid-events and, like Daelin, one is forever trying to figure out the ins and outs of the situation. Though readers have one advantage in that we are prepared to believe. However, what in some books can be annoying, becomes an enjoyable ride, where you are constantly excited to see where the plot will take you next. I really enjoyed the slightly wacky and off center world of Settler.” AMAZON

Buy Links 

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iBook / Nook / GooglePlay / Kobo / Smashwords / inktera / Scribd


Bio

M. Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons  to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide and has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock. Learn more at mpaxauthor.com.


A belated congratulations to M. Pax. If you haven't read her series, do. They're all books you will not want to put down!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Cover Reveal for David Powers King's The Undead Road

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for David Powers King's upcoming release. I think the cover is stunning. Plus, it's zombies. A no-brainer!




Title: The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer: Part 1
Publisher: CreateSpace / Dashboard Books
Ebook Release: January 1st, 2016
Paperback: January 26th, 2016
Cover by Steven Novak

Blurb:

Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Berretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

Contest Details:



A while ago, David invited the blogosphere to let him turn one unfortunate lucky contestant into a zombie for The Undead Road. The winner was Ilima Todd, who is now the awesome author of Remake. The next installment of My Zombie Summer is underway, and David wants to do this contest again. Want to be in a zombie book? Not only is this your chance, but it is your choice!

Between now and next Wednesday, send an email to dpowersking [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line: Zombify Me! Contest. In your email, David wants you to tell him three things:

1: The name you will be identified as (example: your first name).
2: A description of yourself—the more detailed you are, the better.
3: How would you like the survivors to put you out of your misery?

Four casualties contestants will be chosen on Wednesday, November 25th. The most inventive or interesting entry will be zombified! The other three who are unlucky fortunate enough to survive will be given special honors. Winners will be announced on December 2nd on David’s blog.

Prizes? The winner will be zombified in the pages of My Zombie Summer: Part Two, receive a signed proof of the novel (when it’s ready), and a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. The runner ups will receive a free ebook of The Undead Road for their Kindle (other platforms TBA).

Thank you for participating, and good luck!



About the Author:

David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

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I don't know about you, but I wanted this book yesterday. Roll on January 1st! I'm also entering the competition. A chance to be a zombie? I can't turn that down.

Thanks for letting me take part, David!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Beware the Vortex - Ellie Needs Your Help!


Ellie needs your help. She’s trapped in Lucien’s Bar, the gateway to the Underworld, and challenging Death to a peanut-eating contest is her only way out. Please come over and cheer her on. Your comments will improve her chances. The Immortals aren’t above cheating so here are three magic words to give Ellie an edge in the contest: sticky, bones, chew. Use these words in your comment to give her an added boost on Wednesday, Nov 11th, at River Fairchild's blog. 

Monday, 9 November 2015

The 2015 Realms Faire Begins. Huzzah!

A short post today, because I'm just under 2k behind on my NaNoWriMo word count. I'm on holiday this week and plan to pull ahead in the next seven days. I'm also determined to reach the 50k target, so send positive thoughts my way.

Now on to this week's post. Today is the start of M. Pax and Untethered Realms' annual Realms Faire. If you've taken part before, you'll already know there are plenty of reading and writing-related games and chances to win great prizes. Visit Untethered Realms today and play Phasers or click on the links below to explore the other exciting games.



Let the fun commence. Huzzah!

Monday, 26 October 2015

A Spooktastic Post: Poltergeist's Pleasure, Snow On Cinders, & All Hallows' Reads

It's Halloween week! Evil cackle. Lock all your doors and windows, turn on the lights, and settle down for some spooktastic book news.

Book two in Christine Rains' The Paramours Series, Poltergeist's Pleasure, is now available to download . . .or should I say savour? I'm not a reader of erotica by choice, but Christine created such compelling characters in book one, I'll be reading all three. 


The Paramours - ghost hunting with a kiss.
Claire McKinney has a theory that poltergeists aren't evil spirits or negative energy. When she locates a powerful vortex at the center of a haunting, she discovers a gorgeous man trapped inside. Zendal cannot escape on his own, but if Claire can create enough sexual energy with him, he will be able to break free. Intense as their passion is, it does not release him from the vortex. Claire finds herself caught not only by the ominous portal, but by Zendal’s carnal zeal as well. Can she extricate them both from the trap or will they forever be its prisoners?

Buy links: Ellora's Cave / AmazonKobo
Add it to read on Goodreads

Cathrina Constatine's eagerly-awaited sequel to Tallis, Snow on Cinders, has finally arrived. I've been looking forward to this moment. Tallis is one of favourite reads of 2015. 



How far would you go to protect your family? 

A peculiar metamorphosis has taken shape since the final days. And the planet is in the throes of healing. 

Fulvio McTullan leads his family and a band of misfits to form a new settlement, far from Tallas and it’s nefarious Elites. Their journey takes them into uncharted territories where strange creatures are lurking. It’s a battle of survival, not only from the creatures, but the mutated earth as well. 


Meanwhile, Pomfrey Addler, an oppressive Elite squashes the insurrection in Tallas. Suddenly, citizens begin to vanish in the middle of the night and his daughter, Paniess is hell bent on revenge. 

Fraught with mishaps, Fulvio finally locates the perfect place to settle. They begin to rebuild until they receive a call. A call which will lure them back into the clutches of Tallas.


Amazon Buy Link 


Finally, Lilo Abernathy is hosting a massive haunted Facebook Party


Over two dozen authors of the strange and supernatural bring you deep into their worlds! Are you brave enough to join? I'll be there. Click on the link above for more details.

Do you read horror, paranormal, or erotica? Have you ever read outside of your comfort zone and found you liked what you read?

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Martian: Read the Book. Watch the Film.

On Monday I finally got to watch my second-most anticipated film of the year, The Martian (Star Wars in December tops my list). It was a superb film. I could have watched it again, straight afterwards. It was that good. Unfortunately, another two and a half hours of the big screen would have been a ticket to migraine-city.



I was always going to be biased when it came to The Martian. The book upon which it is based by Andy Weir was my top read of 2014, and made it into my top ten science fiction reads ever list. If you're a science fiction fan, you need to read it.

The film wasn't absolutely faithful to the book, and that was okay. When I read it, I knew they would have to make some changes for it to work as a movie. It still did a superb job of capturing the books tone, humour, emotional impact, and of course the science. The Martian worked on all levels - casting, script, special effects, soundtrack.  In fact, the only part I disliked was how they did the end credits. A minor point after two hours and 24 minutes of one of the best space-related films I've ever seen.

Go see it!

While I have your attention, I'm over at Untethered Realms today talking about films and TV programmes that literally made me scream out loud. If you have the time, please pop by and share yours.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Martian, NASA, Blood Moon, & #SciFiChat

Unless you're actually living on Mars, and cut-off from Earth like our hero from The Martian, you must have heard about Ridley Scott's film based on Andy Weir's masterpiece. I'll be seeing it this weekend. If the film lives up to the book, I will probably see it again. I loved the book that much. If you enjoy science fiction, it's a must-read. 


While we're on the subject of the red planet, did you know you could have sent your name to Mars via NASA's InSight Mission? 


I left it too late to sign up, but there will be more opportunities, starting with the Exploration Mission 1. Follow this link to sign up for email notification of future missions.

I had meant to post about the recent Blood Moon over a week ago, but time slipped away almost as fast as the Lunar Eclipse itself. At least it felt that way. As this week's post is space-related, I bumped it to today. 

Like a lot of my British friends, I set my alarm for 2am on September 28th. I watched bleary-eyed from the comfort of my bed. All I had to do was open my curtains! I didn't get as good a view as some of my friends, because I live in town and there is considerable light pollution. However, thanks to favourable weather conditions, I did watch it turn red. I was glad I'd made the effort - I'll be 76 years old when the next one occurs, assuming I'm still alive.

I do have some photographs of the event, as seen from Exmouth, courtesy of one of my work colleagues. Thanks for allowing me to share them, Simon.

All photographs © Simon Stone 2015

If you're a science fiction fan and on Twitter, there's a fantastic weekly science fiction chat every Friday, between 3-5pET. The chat is hosted by @scifichat (David A. Rozansky) and always produces lively and inspiring conversations. Last week's topic was Mars. To take part, use the #SciFiChat hashtag.

Finally, I have a huge favour to ask. Fellow Untethered Realms member M. Pax needs help to promote both her upcoming book release and this year's Realms Faire. If you're unable to do much, just signing up for her Thunderclap would be an enormous help. Please drop by her blog and see how you might be able to help.

Have you read The Martian and/or are seeing the film? Does sending your name to Mars on a NASA mission excite you? Did you see the Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon?

Monday, 28 September 2015

Ghost Dancer, Demon in the Basement, & Mayhem Returns!

Before I start my blog post, I have to share an awesome find. A friend of mine found the Starship Enterprise re-created using the stones on a beach near to where I live. Isn't it fabulous?

© Julie Thomas, 2015

Now on with my post. The super-talented Christine Rains has just published the first book in her The Paramours series, Ghost Dancer. All three of the books promise to be breatheless erotic reads for those who don't want a scary ghost story.


The Paramours - ghost hunting with a kiss.

When Nina Azure’s talent as a ghost dancer doesn’t persuade a handsome phantom to talk, she entices him with sizzling sexual energy. Ben Moore’s spirit is tied to this world with guilt, but he breaks his self-imposed silence for the beautiful Nina. Lust makes him fully physical and she loses herself to desire. She must help him carry on to the afterlife, but her attraction to him is immensely powerful. She must push aside her own feelings and let him go—and perhaps find romance among the living.

Buy links: Goodreads / Ellora's Cave / Kobo


The insanely talented River Fairchild has given us another collection of stories to send you hiding under the covers.


Thirty-two stories, including a novelette by the same title, to keep you awake at night.

A time-traveling Chevy, an ancient church of evil, a house possessed by black magic. Stories to fill you with dread, draw you into places you'd rather not go, smack you in the face with ironic possibilities.

Meet the monsters of myth, the creatures that lurk under your bed, the phantoms you thought didn't exist. Travel to the real Atlantis, strap in for the Bermuda Triangle. Terror lurks in the ocean, while an asteroid hides a secret.

Leave a nightlight on before you go to sleep. Something's coming for you.

Buy links: Amazon / Barnes&Noble / Smashwords / other links /


Finally, for those of you who expressed an interest in the Mayhem in the Air anthology, I now have blurb to share with you.


Coming October 31st.

From Amazon bestselling and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Mayhem in the Air, a supernatural anthology of ten thrilling tales. Meet hot robots, hungry winds and the goddess of chaos. Explore alien planets, purgatorial realms, and a shocking place where people bury the living with their dead. Mayhem in the Air is the second, long-awaited story collection from the dynamic and inventive Untethered Realms group.

“A Strange Penitence” by Catherine Stine – A young artist pays a supernatural price when a drawing trip to North Carolina turns deadly.

“Mass Transit” by Graeme Ing – For Emily, mind over matter is not just a saying, but the gateway to her career among the largest starships built by man.

“A Tangled Weave” by River Fairchild – A TimePulse rips through the Great Tapestry of Life, leaving Earth’s history in a jumble, and Death and Chronos in a race to save the world yet again.

“Corrosive” by M. Pax – In a world ruined by pollutants, Bex sets off to establish a new homestead with her dreamy robotic man. Already farming her plot of land is another dreamy man with radical ideas, presenting new challenges as corrosive as the air.

“Saving Scrooge: A Short Story Prequel to the Saving Marley Series” by Gwen Gardner – Marley is sent from purgatory to save the soul of his old friend. Can he save his own in the bargain?

“The Silent Wind” by Christine Rains – A team of specialists must dispel a mysterious storm on an alien planet to prepare it for colonization. One by one the crew disappears until only a seasoned soldier remains. How can he battle a hungry wind that makes no noise?

“Paper Lanterns” by Cherie Reich: In order to keep his promise to his daughter, Mayor Alfred Merry must betray the woman he loves.

“Chaos. Hope. Love.” by Misha Gerrick – Although Eris is the goddess of chaos, her life has fallen into a nice and comfortable routine. Until someone from her past shows up in her bookstore.

“Cardinal Sin” by Julie Flanders: Beleaguered hospital workers bury the living with the dead in the midst of a tuberculosis epidemic and a seething spirit vows vengeance from the skies.

“The Ark” by Cathrina Constantine -Plagued with memory flashes of fiery explosions and running for her life, Fallon emerges from a drugged stupor to find herself in an airborne Ark, and the earth below is a drowning wasteland.
 

Add it to your Goodreads list.


That's all for this week. What did you think of the beach art? Have any of the books grabbed your interest? Are you looking forward to Halloween?

Monday, 14 September 2015

News from the Book Realm

I love sharing book news. Seeing my friends releasing their book babies is a wonderful thing, and I have lots to share with you today. 

River Fairchild has published another set of weird and wacky tales featuring two of my favourite book characters, Death and Chronos. I've just finished reading Just Another Day in Purgatory and I really didn't want it to end. If you want to be both thrilled and laugh often, this is the read for you.


Blurb:

Hell freezes over. Heaven heats up. A resort springs to life on the banks of the River Styx and souls don’t want to move on. Nothing scares our intrepid immortals—except a run-in with a scissor-wielding Fate after messing up the Great Tapestry. She’s the only one capable of cutting their Life Threads. It’s just another day in Purgatory for Death and Chronos as they sort through the mayhem and keep the universe from spinning out of control. Be sure to bring along your helmet. You never know when Death might offer you a ride on his Harley.

Links: Amazon / Apple / Barnes & Noble / Other Links

And if you haven't read the first collection, Living the Afterlife, it's currently free!


On October 24th, Cathrina Constantine will be publishing Snow On Cinders, the sequel to her dystopian thriller Tallas


How far would you go to protect your family?

Blurb:

A peculiar metamorphosis has taken shape since the final days. And the planet is in the throes of healing.

Fulvio McTullan leads his family and a band of misfits to form a new settlement, far from Tallas and it’s nefarious Elites. Their journey takes them into uncharted territories where strange creatures are lurking. It’s a battle of survival, not only from the creatures, but the mutated earth as well.

Meanwhile, Pomfrey Addler, an oppressive Elite squashes the insurrection in Tallas. Suddenly, citizens begin to vanish in the middle of the night and his daughter, Paniess is hell bent on revenge.

Fraught with mishaps, Fulvio finally locates the perfect place to settle. They begin to rebuild until they receive a call. A call which will lure them back into the clutches of Tallas.

Isn't that a stunning book cover?


Stephen Tremp's upcoming release, Salem's Daughters, is now available for pre-order.


Salem’s Daughters, is supernatural thriller. A four hundred year old evil is unleashed when souls of the daughters of those killed during the Salem Witch Trials find a new generation of people to murder at a popular modern-day bed and breakfast. 

For a full synopsis and to pre-order a copy of Salem’s Daughters for $2.99 (price goes up to $4.99 soon after release) click here

I love the cover for this book. Simple, but still captivating. Stephen Tremp's nephew created it, and he did an amazing job.


Finally, Tara Tyler has released a new Pop Travel novel today! 


Blurb:

In 2082, androids are an essential part of daily life. Some are helpful, some would make better toasters, and some are so human-like they're creepy. Back in Atlanta, Detective Cooper's latest client has him searching for her boyfriend who she thinks was replaced by a simulation, an illegal clone android. The guy also happens to be a popular new congressman.

As if the case wasn't frustrating enough, Cooper keeps crossing paths with his ex, FBI Agent Geri Harper who's looking for the same guy. As Cooper closes in, Geri is kidnapped. But when she resurfaces in Washington and goes on a killing spree, he knows it isn't her. Now under suspicion himself, Cooper must find the real Geri to prove her innocence, not to mention hunt down the powerful villain behind it all. Never a dull moment.

SIMULATION delivers more technology, more intense action, more humor, and more, distinct new characters. Come along for the ride.

Available here: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads giveaway


Do you have any book news you'd like to share? If so, add a comment below.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Where have you been, James Blunt?

If you're one of my personal Facebook friends, you'll know I often joke about my iPhone being sentient, because at times it seems to know me a little too well. It regularly replaces the word both with Borg in my text messages, encourages me to marry Tom Hiddleston, and Siri often uses science fiction movie quotes to answer my questions. Can't think why it would think I'd want to marry Tom Hiddleston, though. Cough. Cough.

In reality my iPhone probably just has clever algorithms that 'remember' all those google searches and commonly texted words or phrases. Or is it more than that logical explanation? 

Late Friday night my iPhone woke me playing a song I'd never heard, I Really Want You by James Blunt. What I wanted to do is toss my phone across the room, because I really didn't want to be woken up. Anyway, in my half-awake state I ended up listening to the song and it was actually quite good. Then I thought where the hell was it coming from? I've never owned or downloaded a James Blunt song or album. I went to my music app and there was the deluxe edition of one of his albums, All the Lost Souls, along with that damn U2 album Apple forced on us. If anyone can tell me how to remove U2's album, I'd be eternally grateful.

The next day I listened to Blunt's album and also watched the videos it contained. By the end I was wondering why I'd ignored him all these years? He's actually a talented musician and songwriter. I didn't know a lot of his songs reflect his time in the army and experiences in Kosovo. He isn't the manufactured pop act as I'd always thought. 

Clearly, my iPhone knew I'd like his music. It just had to force me into realising that fact by downloading one of his albums and waking me up by playing it. I mean what other conclusion can I come to?












My favourite track so far.


As I've clearly been missing out on some amazing artists, hit me with some recommendations. And if you are a James Blunt fan, do you have a favourite song or album?

Monday, 24 August 2015

Mayhem in the Air! #UntetheredRealms


Out this Halloween.

Another fantastic collection of short stories from the talented authors of Untethered RealmsIsn't the cover stunning? Erin Dameron-Hill has fast become an Untethered Realms favourite when it comes to cover art.

UR will be touring in November to promote this anthology. Join us for exclusive excerpts and a chance to win a $40 gift card!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Feed Your Ebook Reader #SciFi #FREE

One of my greatest pleasures in life is 'feeding' my Kindle. I love turning it on and seeing those new titles upload. There are always more on it than I can read, but that's the way I like it.

Coming this October (I've already pre-ordered it) is Far Orbit Apogee.


Looking for science fiction stories like they used to write? Far Orbit Apogee takes all of the fun-to-read adventure, ingenuity, and heroism of mid-century pulp fiction and shapes it for a new generation of readers. Follow the adventures of heroic scientists, lunar detectives, space dragons, robots, interstellar pirates, gun slingers, and other memorable and diverse characters as they wrestle with adversity beyond the borders of our small blue marble. Fun, engaging, pithy, and piquant, we’ve got it all.

I love the cover for this anthology. It includes a novelette by Milo James Fowler, which is an added bonus.

Another anthology containing a story by Milo James Fowler is Beyond Space Opera, which was published on August 16th. It's also FREE on all formats at the moment, so grab it while you can.


In the vein of Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, and Guardians of the Galaxy, this space opera collection includes humorous action and adventure alongside stories with heart. These tales won’t leave you in the pits of despair. Instead, they’ll lift your spirits, taking you to places unknown. 

You’ll travel the stars to far-flung planets, meeting heroic humans and aliens alike — even a mech and a clone. There may be lions and jet packs, to boot. No pigs in this space, but otherwise, all bets are off. 


Strap in, and prepare yourself for a wild ride! 

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  iBooks  |  Kobo  |  Smashwords

Finally, today is the launch date for the second book in Susan Kaye Quinn's stunning Singularity series, The Duality Bridge.


What does it mean to be human? Elijah Brighton is the face of the Human Resistance Movement. He’s the Olympic-level painter who refused an offer of immortality from the ascenders—the human/machine hybrids who run the world—in solidarity with the legacy humans who will never get a chance to live forever. 

Too bad it’s all a complicated web of lies. 

Worse, Eli’s not even entirely human. Few know about the ascenders’ genetic experiments that left him… different. Fewer know about the unearthly fugue state that creates his transcendent art—as well as a bridge that lets him speak to the dead. But the Resistance is the one place he can hide from the ascender who knows everything the fugue can do. Because if Marcus finds him, he’ll either use Eli for his own nefarious purposes… or destroy him once and for all. 

The Duality Bridge is the second book in the Singularity series and the sequel to The Legacy Human. This thrilling new young adult science fiction series explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world. 

Book one of the Singularity series, The Legacy Human, is ON SALE at 99cents. The Duality Bridge is available NOW.

Now you'll have to excuse me. I need to go feed my Kindle.

Monday, 10 August 2015

The Writer's Paradox

You might have noticed it's been a few weeks since I last blogged. I've been struggling with a pelvic injury, and just getting through work has been both a struggle and exhausting. Thankfully, I'm on the road to recovery.


I have to say a special note of thanks to Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh for taking the time to email me to check all was okay. Thank, you, Alex!

Now on with today's blog topic, The Writer's Paradox.

I recently had a profound realisation - time spent with friends who understand me and also make me laugh are vital to my creativity. Furthermore, too much time on my own kills my creativity. And there in lies the writer's paradox. I need time alone to write and read. I need to be okay with my own company for long stretches of time. I need time to daydream. But I also need to feel contented, secure, and happy. I need to have long conversations about the things that inspire me with someone other than myself. Most importantly, like everyone else, I need laughter to release the tensions and worries of every day life so that I feel relaxed enough to write.

We writers need to surround ourselves with people who enrich our lives and inspire us to achieve more. The ones that are genuinely interested in what we have to say. We need to avoid the emotional vampires; the people that leave us feeling utterly drained after each encounter. You know the ones I mean. We all know such people. Most importantly, we need time-out from both everyday life and writing to recharge our creative batteries, and nothing does that better than time spent with friends.

What say you?

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.

TheDualityBridge_Cover

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:
- Amazon

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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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?


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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. 

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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.


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