October 2nd, 2014 by Evo
Motherload is a science fiction adventure story (space opera), and
it’s the first book in the Stardrifter Series:
A remote corner of a bleak system…
A broken-down gunboat, stuck in space…
An incompetent captain and a misfit crew…
A pirate ship, a silent target, and a whole bunch of secrets…
So how’s YOUR day going?
There have to be easier ways to make a living — easier than dying slowly in an obsolete boat, as its power drains out and life support fails. Forget the job; forget the pirate problem: there’s only time for a desperate jury-rig and maybe a little hand-wringing! And anyway…what are the odds of running into trouble way out there?
Set in a distant future among the stars, this series introduces us to Ejoq Dosantos, professional gunner for corporate and privately-owned armed merchant ships. Pirates, venal business interests, and interstellar intrigue abound, but sometimes it seems like Ejoq (who might have a slight authority issue) is his own worst enemy!
October 2nd, 2014 by Evo
How about a little urban fantasy to get your ready for the weekend? Check out Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman:
“Watch out for the Hidden Things…”
That’s the last thing Calliope Jenkin’s best friend and former lover says to her before ending a 2 A.M. phone call from Iowa, where he’s investigating a case she knows little about. Five hours later, she gets another call, this time from the police. Josh has been found dead; foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned.
Especially when Josh leaves a message on her phone a few hours later.
Spurred by grief and suspicion, she heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a road-weary stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can – maybe – help Calli get him back.
The road is not quite the straight shot she imagined. Josh was involved in something a lot more complicated than a teenage runaway or deadbeat dad, and Calliope find herself on a surreal road trip into – and behind – America’s heartland, hounded by once-magical creatures twisted by living too long just out of sight and the bogeymen in Calliope’s own troubled past.
October 1st, 2014 by Evo
Fans of science fiction, check out Soulburner by Derek Mathias:
Alan joins his brother Dan’s private investigation agency in the hopes of reconnecting with his older sibling. Although he doesn’t know the first thing about private investigation and he’s hopeless with a gun, Dan convinces him to help him out on a covert mission for Dan’s former commanding officer.
But the mission is far more dangerous than either brother realizes. The officer and his soldiers are seeking to recover an insidious device used to manipulate Earth’s history. Humanity is under attack…and doesn’t even realize it.
Alan and Dan are ill-equipped to face this invisible invasion…but they’re the only chance Earth has to survive.
September 26th, 2014 by Evo
Book Six in The Ammonite Galaxy series is now released! Get caught up on the first five of Gillian’s story, then enjoy The Namura Stone:
Six and Diva are coming to terms with family life on Xiantha, but on the other side of the galaxy storm clouds are gathering.The Dessites have managed to reach Enara, and have proposed an alliance to conquer both Arcan and the lost animas.
Suddenly Arcan finds himself trapped on the Dessite homeworld, fighting a losing battle to survive…
… And everything changes.
August 28th, 2014 by Evo
With a title like Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors, its clearly humorous fiction Christopher Gronlund is bringing to us:
When Michael O’Brien and his father, James, buy a new car just in time for the family’s summer vacation, James signs over more than the title to his old AMC Gremlin in his rush to buy the brand new Inferno station wagon. Joining them on the trip are Michael’s creepy younger siblings, Elvis and Olivia; his overbearing mother, Mary, and her pet Chihuahua, Lucky; his backwoods aunt, Margie; and the cremated remains of his grandmother, June, whose dying wish was to have her ashes scattered in the Grand Canyon. Can the O’Briens pull together to defeat the possessed station wagon, or will the forces of evil destroy the family in the process? Find out in this humorous coming-of-age story.
“Gronlund transports us so well into the great tradition of the American road trip that I’ll offer a warning: if you, like me, have memories of being wedged between siblings and panting dogs for hours on end, you may find yourself in tears by the end, both from nostalgia and the relief that you’re now too big to be crammed into that backseat ever again.”
– Mark Hosack, author of Identity; screenwriter of Give ‘Em Hell Malone
“Barring androids and certain born-as-adults aliens, I think everyone can find something to love in this hilarious, well-drawn coming-of-age story.”
– Shawn Kupfer, author of the 47 Echo series
August 25th, 2014 by Evo
Happy Sunday! Check out And They All Lived Happily Ever After! by Crystal Connor
Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.
Listening to …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a completely different experience than the amazing visual journey created by the sequential art and graphic elements that one will enjoy while reading the book. The audio adaptation is a nice complement to the paperback.
August 21st, 2014 by Evo
On August 20th 2014, at 11:20pm, P.G. Holyfield — author of Murder at Avedon Hill — lost his very short battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a particularly vicious and deadly form of cancer. He was 46 years old.
Effective now and for the immediate future, 100% of all donations we receive to Murder at Avedon Hill or made directly in P.G.s name will be provided to a fund set up to help care for the three young daughters left behind. Normally, we keep 25% of all donations. But in Patrick’s case (Patrick is the P in PG) all proceeds we collect go straight to them, no admin fees.
To say that we’re saddened and shocked by this is an understatement of the highest degree. A giant P.G.-sized hole is left in the lives of his extended family, to which I am deeply honored to be a part of. If you’ve listened to his work — here or in various other places, as the man was prolific — then you are part of it as well.
Rest well, my friend.
August 14th, 2014 by Evo
We’re on a roll with new books this week! If you’re into Magical Realism, check out The Box by H. Lovelyn Bettison:
What’s in the box? Indy would sure like to know.
When Tom offers Indy two thousand dollars to transport a mysterious box across the country, she reluctantly agrees to do it. Accompanied by her ex-boyfriend, Koji, and flower child friend, Eve, Indy embarks on a journey that is bound to be anything but ordinary.
Not too long after their trip gets underway, they come to the realization that the box holds a force beyond their control. Will they make it to their destination? Will they lose their sanity or maybe even their lives in the process?
August 12th, 2014 by Evo
Happy Monday! Here’s a new scifi book by an author new to the site. Please enjoy EDYL – The Reading Department by Mark Capell:
It’s 2046 and Jake Radley has the career opportunity of a lifetime.
But to take it he needs to acquire a strange, mysterious new skill. A skill that that could ruin his life. But a skill that is needed to find out who leaked a startling scientific discovery that has the whole world in uproar.
Drama, intrigue and an extreme test of loyalties for Jake in this unique science fiction spy story.
August 10th, 2014 by Evo
Veronica Giguere has a new title she’s narrated. It’s a joint effort between her and Cedric Johnson, and it’s entitled Broken:
The city of Charlton is a city divided: Upper Charlton, where the rich and powerful work and play, and Charlton Terrace, where the poor are kept from crossing the ever-widening economic gap by corporate dynasties controlling the flow of capital, their security firms controlling the city police, and numerous gangs controlling the streets.
Miranda Garren has a chance of escaping the Terrace’s oppression and making a new life for herself with the help of an old family friend and his plans for advanced medical technology. Criofan Byrne is the city’s favorite son, champion of the local boxing circuit and heir to a corporate empire. Their separate worlds are brought together and destroyed around them in a single night by the leader of the Cabezas de Muerte gang, who will stop at nothing in order to make a name for himself in Upper Charlton.
Forced into using the experimental prosthetic technology Miranda had been working on, Criofan must put aside everything he knew of his privileged existence and work with Miranda. Together, they must find a way to escape the machinations of the cruel, vindictive gang leader, the life he’s thrust them into, each other and themselves—and reclaim control of what remains of their lives.