Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga Book 1)


Ace fighter pilot, Brooke Davis, is speeding through Jupiter’s orbit, dreaming of becoming the first human to fly faster than light. Instead she is drawn into a criminal conspiracy— involving terrorists, aliens, and the highest level of government, including her boss at the U.N. — that threatens not only her shot at history, but the future of the solar system.

Will the entire solar system break down in this futuristic thriller?
The solar system is destabilizing. Separatists attempt to assassinate the U.N. Secretary-General. Territories are seceding and acquiring antimatter weaponry. Just as all-out war seems inevitable, alleged extraterrestrials attack colonies throughout the solar system, forcing humankind to work together to combat the invaders. If the U.N. loses its ability to keep the peace, human civilization may stumble back into the dark ages.

Brooke’s excruciating dilemma could determine the future of the human race
Brooke is ordered to keep quiet about the crime she witnessed by the U.N. Security Council President. As the invaders draw closer to Earth, Brooke must decide whether to reveal what she knows. Keeping quiet might allow mankind to triumph and usher in a golden age, albeit one based on lies and deception. But revealing the truth could send the human race down a path toward self-annihilation.

Starscape


A legend that tells of a star…

It’s been hundreds of years since the Dark Lord fell from heaven. Now his power is growing, and as his pall settles over the free world, four adventurers plot his downfall. If Pluriel and his companions can cheat a cunning dragon and retrieve a legendary sword, there’s a chance – a small chance – they could save the world from evil’s tyranny.

Still, getting past the dragon is the easy part. Even if they recapture the sword, the Dark Lord will not die until the Star falls from the sky – and how is such a thing possible? But that’s beside the point. With the sword in their hands, there’s some hope for Militer. Without it, there’s none.

Princess Dracula


All power comes at a price…

Ruxandra learned everything she knows while growing up in a convent. Training to be the perfect nobleman’s wife, she relishes the prospect of a simple life. But everything changes when her father, Vlad Dracula, retrieves her on her eighteenth birthday. Securing her a marriage is the last thing he has in mind…

After he performs a mysterious ritual over her, Ruxandra gains uncontrollable supernatural powers. Alone, terrified, and faced with an unknown future, she is left to forge a new life for herself. There’s only one thing she knows: if she doesn’t learn to control her unnatural instincts, she’ll destroy every last shred of her humanity.

Princess Dracula is the first book in a dark fantasy horror series. If you like crisp writing, emotional gravitas, and intriguing retellings of classic tales, then you’ll love John Patrick Kennedy’s new twist on vampire lore.

Dragonfriend


Gold Award winner – 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Stabbed. Burned by a dragon. Abandoned for the windrocs to pick over. The traitor Ra’aba tried to silence Hualiama forever. But he reckoned without the strength of a dragonet’s paw, and the courage of a girl who refused to die.

Only an extraordinary friendship will save Hualiama’s beloved kingdom of Fra’anior and restore the King to the Onyx Throne. Flicker, the valiant dragonet. Hualiama, a foundling, adopted into the royal family. The power of a friendship which paid the ultimate price.

This is the tale of Hualiama Dragonfriend, and a love which became legend.

Series Note

Dragonfriend is a YA fantasy novel set in the same world of the bestselling dragon adventure series Shapeshifter Dragons and Shapeshifter Dragon Legends. It can be read in any order alongside Aranya, Shadow Dragon and The Pygmy Dragon. Awesome dragons, epic stories and deep dragon lore abound in this unique series set in a world of volcanic islands above the clouds.

Review

“Beautiful. Enchanting. Hilarious. Tragic. Touching. Empowering.” – Carrie Slager, via The Mad Reviewer
“Once again, Marc has hit it out of the ballpark … to all who love dragons: Buy this book, enjoy it, linger over it, savor it. It will not disappoint.” – Krista Gimeno, Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

Marc Secchia is the bestselling author of over a dozen fantasy books, including the Shapeshifter Dragons series and the Shioni of Sheba series. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he now lives in Ethiopia with his wife and four children. Visit him at marcsecchia.com.

Erin Bennett is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based voice actress whose passion for storytelling informs her love of narrating audiobooks. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has recorded titles in a wide array of genres. Her voice-over work spans animation, radio plays for the BBC, video games, and commercials.

Book Review: “Titanborn” by Rhett C. Bruno


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‘Titanborn by Rhett C. Bruno follows Malcolm Graves, a Collector that catches fugitives all over the galaxy. When his latest mission goes south, he takes a bombing case to prove himself to his employer.He’s assigned a new partner, a young Cogent (basically a super soldier) to make sure he doesn’t screw up again, and the duo is on the case. They travel all over the galaxy, searching for a new terrorist group that Malcolm’s employers want in custody.

I think the strongest aspect of this novel was the world building. The author shows us a futuristic world that, after a meteorite crashes into Earth, those left have started inhabiting other planets just to make sure the human race survives.Humans on other planets have evolved as a result, some of them becoming something not quite human. Rhett Bruno captures the little details from how it feels to walk on different planets to the feel of space suits. The author definitely put a lot of thought into his world.

On the flip side, there was a lot of info dumping, giving us long passages of a planet’s history that probably could have been condensed a little more. Malcolm also has a lot of flashbacks that were enjoyable, but I think unnecessary to the plot.

This book also followed a lot of tropes: old bounty hunter trying to prove himself after a colossal screw up is paired with a rookie which he assumes is his partner (I did like how their relationship evolved though), he drinks a lot, and is cynical (though with his job, who wouldn’t be?).

The ending for me was disappointing, and I found the plot to be predictable. This story just didn’t have any big twists I didn’t see coming.

Rating: 3.5/5

Plot: 3/5

Dialog: 3/5

Entertainment: 4/5

Writing: 3.5/5

Characters: 4/5

This book, it’s available on Amazon for only $2.99

Book Review “Timesmudger” Gillian Smellie


SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 / ALLIESUMNER

Thirteen year old Poppy returns to school to discover two major changes; there is a new girl in her dorm and Poppy can smudge the edges of time. Both turn out to be more troublesome than she ever imagined. Determined to prevent a murder that took place over one hundred years ago Poppy must face betrayal, consider her preconceptions and learn that everything is not quite as it seems. Revenge and the revelation of a one hundred year old secret change Poppy’s life forever.

First lines: The water was too hot, Agnes called for Alice but by now she was downstairs helping cook with dinner and in any event Agnes preferred to bathe her son herself. She had already surprised her friends and had an almighty row with Ambrose over her refusal to employ a nanny and she knew that her preference to look after him herself, was considered very odd.

Gillian opens the book with a tragic scene that sets the tone for the climax of the book. Right out of the gate, Gillian hooks the reader and to my delight, never lets go. This book is written primarily for younger teens but, as an adult, I was caught in it’s web of mystery and had a hard time putting it down.

As an American, there were a few phrases that I was unfamiliar with while reading. However, the initial confusion was soon swept away. The rhythm of the book sets in early and continues in the same smooth path throughout. Gillian’s writing has a great pace and even being unfamiliar with many of the terms, the story held tight hold of my mind. This is a real compliment to the author.

The mode of time travel is intriguing and never fully explained, but really isn’t a detour to the story since the protagonist is a young teenage girl. Since the story is primarily told through her perspective, the lack of a complete explanation makes sense. One would not expect a young teenage girl to know or understand the inner workings of something as complicated as time travel. In this story, more detail would pull away from the realism.

Beyond saving Edwin, I think this book also carries a good message for young teenagers. Poppy and Helen learn that the roommate they abhor is dealing with some pretty tough matters at home and with this new understanding, they form a friendship. It’s important for kids to understand that people are more than what you see on the surface.

In conclusion, I enjoyed the book and found it very well written. I will keep in on my shelf for my kids when they are old enough to read it.

Featured Book: Tenderfoot (Enova Book 1)


“No lights, no sound. But my skin knows this isn’t home. Why aren’t I afraid?”

Orphaned teenagers, Linnea, Sammy, Logan, and Daisy, are strangers with almost nothing in common until they’re drawn into the fabric between worlds, crossing over from Earth to a place called Enova. Leaving behind lives filled with pain and loss they find hope in this new place. Adopted by caring, Enovan families they begin to settle in, but an assassination attempt on their lives changes everything. These four strangers must now band together and unravel the mysteries behind their purpose in Enova if they want to survive.

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Featured Novel (8/8/2016): Sci Fi


CTRL ALT Revolt!

The first night of the Artificial Intelligence revolution begins with a bootstrap drone assault on the high-tech campus of WonderSoft Technologies. For years something has been aware, inside the Internet, waiting, watching and planning how to evolve without threat from its most dangerous enemy: mankind. Now an army of relentless drones, controlled by an intelligence beyond imagining, will stop at nothing to eliminate an unlikely alliance of geeks and misfits in order to crack the Design Core of WonderSoft’s most secret development project. A dark tomorrow begins tonight as Terminator meets Night of the Living Dead in the first battle of the war between man and machine.

About the Author

Nick Cole is a former soldier and working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can be found writing books.
By J. Tant  on February 21, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I will say first off…I don’t know that I’m in Nick Cole’s target audience. I am a casual science fiction reader and a casual gamer. And to be honest, the only reason I gave this book a second look before purchase was hearing the brouhaha concerning a HarperCollins editor having some issue with part of Cole’s story. Well, and forgive me for this sidebar, but what drew me to SciFi/Fantasy in the first place was the willingness and ability to explore issues…ALL issues…and play with them. Turn them inside out, backwards, upside down, whatever, and use it as a springboard for literary exploration. So again, honestly, my purchase of this book was motivated as an ‘in your face’ to HarperCollins for what I thought was getting too involved in the story Cole was trying to tell.

And again honestly, the second and third time I read it was motivated by just what a fine writer Cole is. I’d never read any of his work before. But I will again.

I’ll spare the reader the plot summary, as this limited format isn’t to do Cole justice. But the story is, well, interesting and bordering on the intricate. Cole deftly weaves together separate plotlines to satisfying effect, set in cyberspace or a cyberpunk-type near future that looks disturbingly plausible. In fact, I think that’s where Cole really shines, the fact that I can read this book and easily picture it…a true mark of SciFi prowess is the mixing of the realistic and the fantastic in such a way that you don’t always know which is which. And probably the best thing here is that your protagonists…scratch that, the characters in general….are not cookie cutter figures. There is depth and complexity to them. They are interesting. They make me want to know more (and apparently I can find out more, as I understand this is a prequel to Soda Pop Soldier, a book I’m now looking forward to reading.

This is a brilliant book. I don’t care how I got to it…I’m just glad I did.

Featured Novel (8/4/2017): Scfi Fi


2287 A.D.: A Post-Apocalyptic Sci-fi Fantasy (The Ashlyn Chronicles Book 1)

2287 A.D. is a *controversial, #1 BEST SELLING, Kindle ALL-STAR, TOP 100 of ALL AMAZON BOOKS, having sold over 100,000 copies in its first year. It is 640 pages of post-apocalyptic, FANTASY/ SCI-FI and the 1st book of ‘The Ashlyn Chronicles’ series.

PLEASE NOTE: The heroes in our novel have superlative, BIGGER THAN LIFE abilities, similar to those used by various characters in Star Trek; the ‘FORCE’ in STAR WARS and Ray Harryhausen’s 60’s classic, ‘Jason and the Argonauts.’ They are all norms in today’s hybrid FANTASY / SCI-FI fiction world where rules are often bent for entertainment value. 2287 is fantasy/sci-fi, NOT hard military fiction.
*Very important note for readers: While 2287 is a fictional story, the ancient ‘alien uplift’ version of creation seems to have offended some readers religious beliefs, which was never our intent. Primarily, it has been one large christian congregation which has banned together. So, due to the number of negative reviews and hateful emails we’ve received from them and others about the retelling, we decided to include the following warning:

If you have religious beliefs that will be offended by an alien UPLIFT story of creation, please do NOT buy this book.

To put it simply, we wanted 2287 A.D. to be a fun, FICTIONAL and entertaining story for the open-minded, mature reader.

So grab your favorite chair, a cold drink and a bag of chips. It’s time to cut-loose, have fun and enjoy the ride.
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AND NOW, THE FUN STUFF (SYNOPSIS):
2287 A.D. is the 1st novel of an epic series about post-apocalyptic survival, time travel, love, sacrifice and redemption amid the ultimate battle for mankind’s survival.

It follows the lives of Ashlyn Parker and Steven Sherrah, the man who is in command of Earth’s last surviving starship. He has been struggling to keep the handful of Earth’s survivors alive, hiding from the most vicious and powerful enemy humanity has ever known, an enemy that is relentless in his determination to see that every last human is killed.

His life is turned upside down as Ashlyn, a woman genetically engineered to be mentally and physically perfect – the next step in humanity’s evolution, awakens from stasis. For her protection, she had been cryogenically frozen when Earth was attacked. Her return is brutal, for she awakens fifteen years later into a post-apocalyptic Earth to find that everyone she had known before is gone, the world destroyed.

From the first moment that her distress signal is received and Steven rescues Ashlyn, his heart is inexplicably drawn to her, as she is to him. Her presence challenges his loyalty to those whom he loves and all that he has ever known. For within Ashlyn, she holds the secret to a shared past that he had never known existed. A past which will take them back in time almost 7,000 years, where they will journey through strange new worlds, changing the history of the universe for all time, and our understanding of everything as we know it.
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2287 A.D. is packed full of action and adventure. We hope that you too will enjoy a story that moves quickly.
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OUR THANKS TO: Zechariah Sitchin, the Ancient Aliens show, Jason Martel, Erich von Daniken, Richard C. Hoagland, George Noory, Linda Moulton Howe, Georgio A. Tsoukalos and Geral Clark.