Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Science Fiction: When the Bow Breaks by Chris Devine

When the Bow Breaks - The Travis Fletcher Chronicles
Science Fiction, Fantasy

when the bow breaks

This is Book 3 of The Travis Fletcher Chronicles. The Arrow is travelling to Arcturus 2 where Travis and Xnuk Ek’ attempt to broker a peace between two invading races who are fighting for its abundant natural resources with no regards for the indigenous population. It is up to Travis and his crew of volunteers, renegades, refugees and runaways to find a solution to a war that no-one wants to end, except the peaceful Arcturans. Cat must come to terms with living in exile amongst humans, who she grew up believing to be the enemy of her kind. Xnuk Ek’ is haunted by dreams of her own death. Toaq Ghashil only divulges snippets of his past when it suits him. The Arrow now has another passenger, the diminutive Pax, who has her own secrets and agenda. Travis still cannot reconcile who he was with his new life and his mental abilities are growing too fast for him to adjust. His internal turmoil threatens The Arrow, the mission and all three inhabited worlds of the Arcturus system. He also learns that the universe has bigger plans for them all.

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Excerpt:
“I could have shot her out of hand.” Travis mumbled, half to Xnuk Ek’ and half to himself, referring of the diminutive redheaded girl they had just brought back after the battle on Cat’s planet. “When she came out and started waving that gun around, I never even checked what she was thinking and I would have just shot her where she stood,” Travis sipped pensively on a vodka, “and not given it a second thought.” he reiterated. “But you did not.” Xnuk Ek’ replied. She had averted a minor catastrophe by stopping him from killing an innocent and successfully steered him away from the abyss. He would learn from it, but would it be enough? Her mind replayed the battle. She was appalled at how easy she found it to kill, herself. How many did she kill? The same question Travis Fletcher had asked her after they had escaped the Alliance blockade at Harrn. It was necessary. She had said that to Travis Fletcher after they had left Harrn but the words sounded meaningless now. Killing is never ‘necessary’. How many had they killed together? They had successfully halted the arbitrary slaughter of Cat’s people by the Alliance hunters but the victory felt hollow somehow. “Where is she now?” Travis’s question brought her out of her introspection. “With Toaq Ghashil.” she replied. “He is finding her suitable quarters and will escort her until we decide she can be trusted.” “Another orphan looking for a home.” Travis muttered to himself. “We’re a ship of orphans and runaways. Is she an orphan or a runaway? I don’t even know her name.” “Pax.” “Pax?” he repeated. “Even I can pronounce that.” Travis’ smile looked malevolent through the dirt and blood caking his face and made Xnuk Ek’ shiver. “What’s her story?” His ice blue eyes that had been altered by the hunters’ gas attack shone through the grime and only served to augment her feelings. “We should cleanse then you can ask her yourself.” Xnuk Ek’ suggested. The smell of blood and singed hair and flesh in her nostrils made her feel sick and reminded her of the people she had just killed. “Fair enough.” he rose and they walked to the back of the observation deck to take a bounce tube back to the bridge and their cabin. “And what was all that about ‘My Love’? She called me it twice.” “It was as if she knew you, intimately.” Xnuk Ek’ mused. “Not from this life,” Travis assured her, not that she needed reassuring, “unless she’s been to Earth and I am sure I would have remembered her.”

About the Author: Everyone has a story to tell and this is mine. It has been banging about in my head for years in various forms until I found myself on a long and tedious contract and started writing as a way of keeping me out of the hotel bar. That would have been the end of it if my wife had not read the first draft of what is now the first five chapters of The Archer's Paradox and persuaded me to finish it and publish. What began as a short story became a book which then exploded into 3 books and has now become 4. I don't profess to be anything more than I am, much like my main character. I am an IT Project Manager with a story to tell. I hope you take the time to enjoy books 1, 2 and 3. Book 4 with the working title of Full Circle is half written and brings the hapless Travis Fletcher back to where he began although he is no longer the man he used to be.
Chris Devine lives in rural Yorkshire, England with his wife Julie. He has two children and one grandchild, so far. He is still an IT Project Manager and works freelance for major banks, financial institutions and government departments.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Epic Fantasy Feature and Giveaway: Strife Of The Mighty by Julius Bailey

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strife of the mighty 

A HUSBAND. A LIQUOR LOVER. A STRANGER. THE DIREST ADVENTURE OF THEIR CENTURY.
For over fifteen hundred years the kingdom of Vrandalin has withstood the might of the one enemy they had need to fear. Now a new threat arises. In the southeastern part of the land, a grim-looking newcomer arrives in the village of Varalel, bringing with him a warning of imminent ruin. Shortly afterward, Varalel is stormed, its folk scattered, and one man is separated from the woman he loves. Little else matters to Allon Bracken than reuniting with his wife. With nowhere else to turn, he must place his faith in a gruff, mysterious man he knows little of, and an unexpected comrade. But his road is a hard one, and will lead him into dangers and discoveries that will change everything. It is likely safe to assume that the silver-haired man did not expect events to take such a swift turn when he hasted to Varalel with his warning. But there is no time to curse ill fate. Extenuating circumstances compel him to share Allon’s road—unless it is the other way around—but he quickly finds himself with another goal: the capital must be warned. An army out of legend stamps through the land, goaded by an age-old enchantress with designs of destruction. Time is short. But he must look to himself as well, for a hunted man is rarely at rest, and the terrible creatures that pursue him do not sleep. And for a former traveling trinket seller deemed village ‘softhead’ by his peers, things are suddenly very horrible indeed. Or are they? It seems that chaos brings folk together. Joined to Allon’s path by an inner impulse, he discovers a companionship he did not expect to find. He will need it. Enter Vrandalin; a land where ancient powers stir, dark beasts prowl, forgotten lore returns, and those who are thought weak discover their strength.
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Excerpt:
Brandegan quickened his run. Ahead of him the lights had begun to recede, melting into the night like wraiths. There were no more shouts either. All around silence again crept forward. Just before he could reach them, the last of the fires vanished. Brandegan was just about to dash after them, but something halted him. The heavy forestry round about was still, too still. Brandegan became aware of an intense watchfulness, and as he listened, a shroud of dread descended upon him.
Suddenly he felt, rather than saw, a shadow shift beside him. Next moment, he was hurled forward, heaved from the earth as though he was weightless, and tossed like a wind-blasted reed. Hardly had he struck the ground when a dark weight fell on him, crushing him down. He heard a snarl, and then four enormous claws, sharp as blades, raked his side. He fought back, lashing out with Rithlir, but a great, hirsute paw gripped his arm and, with a massive strength, pinned it to the ground.
Then Brandegan saw the eyes. Hovering just before his face, they shone as red fire, feeding the darkness with their terror and harboring within them the insatiable spirit of the Dread Palace. Even as they gazed down on their prey, the malice behind those eyes was kindled to sudden wrath, for here at last was their scourge, here at last was the thorn long sought.
But just before teeth as deadly as the edge of Rithlir found their mark, there was a dazzling flash. Shadows leapt up and fled, the darkness was pushed back, and in that moment Brandegan’s adversary was revealed. Greater in stature than any beast of the wild stood Daugruil. As other Gragmarr, his forelegs loomed up, broad and strong. His back, arching downward near his hind-legs, was covered in coarse, crimson fur, and his great muzzle was lined with dagger-edged teeth. Now he stumbled backward, thwarted from his intent by the blinding, silver flare.
Brandegan leapt to his feet as soon as the weight was lifted. His side throbbed in agony, and blood had already soaked through his raiment. But he heeded it not. The insatiable spirit of malice that burned in the eyes of this Gragmarr he knew.


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Monday, December 7, 2015

Science Fiction Suspense: Calculated Risk by K S Ferguson





Charming, self-made security professional Rafe McTavish owes a debt of honor. Though estranged from his family for fourteen years, he’s forced to investigate his tycoon brother-in-law’s purchase of a dilapidated deep-space mining station. At the station he meets the secretive Kama Bhatia, a computer hacker and corporate spy who will stop at nothing to rescue a secret document that could change the galaxy. Cut off, trapped amidst hostility and distrust, Rafe and Kama must work together to unravel a web of fraud, deception, and murder before a tide of violence overtakes them.


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Sci-Fi Romance: Our Hearts by L.J. Fleming






Owen Melonach, a respected Seer, has been injured in a severe accident. When he recovers, his memory from the last ten years has gone. How will he survive without the ability to remember?
Enter Viera Ethesreld, a member of a waning Representative Corps and former queen of her planet. She has known Owen since he valiantly helped to rescue her and save her home world from the ravages of civil war. Now she has been tasked with the assignment of rekindling her friendship with the Seer and watching over him as he recovers.
As the galaxy crumbles around them, Viera and Owen secret themselves away on her home world, but Andor, Owen’s former student, comes to claim Viera as his prize and threatens to tear everyone’s lives apart.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Lead Cloak by Erik Hanberg






Byron Shaw can track and find anyone on Earth. Except the people who tried to kill him.

By 2081, privacy no longer exists. The Lattice enables anyone to re-live any moment of your life. People can experience past and present events—or see into the mind of anyone, living or dead.
Most people love it. Some want to destroy it.
Colonel Byron Shaw has just saved the Lattice from the most dangerous attack in its history. Now he must find those responsible. But there’s a question nobody’s asking: does the Lattice deserve to be saved?
The answer may cost him his life.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Echoes (The Epherium Chronicles #3) by T.D. Wilson



The battle for Cygni colony may be over, but for Captain James Hood and the crew of the EDF Armstrong, the battle for humanity's future has just begun. Hood's defense of the remote outpost against the Cilik'ti aliens was magnificent, but without the timely help of an unlikely ally—a splinter tribe of humanity's bitter enemies—the colony would have been lost and the Armstrong destroyed.

An uneasy peace has prevailed ever since. But as the humans prepare for a crucial meeting, a desperately needed Earth supply convoy is attacked under mysterious circumstances, with the lead escort cruiser's captain disappearing even more mysteriously.

The fate of all of Earth's new colonies hangs in the balance, and Hood is charged with protecting them against growing threats from all sides. When rebellion and unrest challenge the very leadership of the Earth Defense Forces, Hood may need to go it alone…and make the ultimate sacrifice.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Phase One: Identify The Territory of the Dead Series by Rose Wynters

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Phase One: Identify: A Zombie Apocalypse Series (Territory of the Dead Book 1)

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The world as she knew it was over...

Working as a checkout girl in the small town of Pleasant, LA, Tabitha never dreamed her job could turn bloody. But when zombies take over the town, that's exactly what happens. Tabitha becomes a survivor. She quickly learns that being eighteen isn't all it's cracked up to be... especially when the entire world is out to kill--or eat--you.