On Sale Now for your Halloween reading pleasure
A Homage to Lovecraft, Ligotti, and King
The Tales from the Canyons of the Damned should be read with a coffee, beer, or a glass of wine – and the light on.
The Tales from the Canyons of the Damned
Edited by Crystal Watanabe and Includes
On Sale Now Tower – Nate spent his entire career in special operations, four deployments in all. Today was going to be a fresh start in a civilian job. Now he’s trapped in the Freedom Tower and the only thing the Ranger has against what’s in the mist is a two-foot blade from the office paper cutter.
On Sale Now Sandhogs – Jed McGuire is a third generation Sandhog. In his fifteen years mining the bowels of the city, he’s been everything. Almost everything.
OTHER TALES YET TO COME
THE BLUE ORB
EYE IN THE SKY
Coming October 30th, 2015 – pre-order now
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” — Louis L’Amour
The Time Travel Chronicles — part of The Future Chronicles anthology series.
Well here it is – The Time Travel Chronicles
The Time Travel Chronicles
Edited by Crystal Watanabe and Includes
Extant by Anthony Vicino
Gambit by Rysa Walker
Beasts of the Earth by Ernie Lindsey
Excess Baggage by Carol Davis
The Traveler by Stefan Bolz
Eighty-Three by Erik Wecks
Life/Time in the New World by Ann Christy
Just Like Old Times by Robert J. Sawyer
Shades by Lucas Bale
The Nothing gate by Tracy Banghart
The Meddler by Ernie Luis
The Diatomic Quantum Flop by Daniel Arthur Smith
Red Mustang by Michael Holden
Hereafter by Samuel Peralta
Coming November 24, 2015
Step right up to the modern freakshow — We have mermaids, monsters, and more. You won’t be disappointed, but you may not get out alive.
UnCommon Bodies presents a collection of 21 beautifully irreverent stories which blend the surreal and the mundane. Together, the authors explore the lives of the odd, the unbelievable, and the impossible. Imagine a world where magic exists, where the physical form has the power to heal or repulse, where a deal with the devil means losing so much more than your soul.
Well here it is – UnCommon Bodies
UnCommon Bodies Includes
Phantom Pain by Philip Harris
The Zealot by Chris Godsoe
Undead Cyborg Girl by Kim Wells
Made for This by Sessha Batto
Rudy and Deidre by Robb Grindstaff
Skin by Brent Meske
The Well-Rounded Head by Sally Basmajian
Mermaids by Robert Pope
All the Devils by Keira Michelle Telford
Scars: The First Session by Jordanne Fuller
We is We by Michael Harris Cohen
Poetry by Deanne Charlton
Reserved by SM Johnson
Ruby by Bob Williams
Daedalus’ Daughter by PK Tyler
Don’t Touch Me by Bey Deckard
In Her Image by Vasil Tuchkov
UnTamed by Laxmi Hariharan
From the Inside by Daniel Arthur Smith
Saltwater Assassin by Samantha Warren
Unbreakable Heart by Rebecca Poole
Hugh Howey Lives released a few days ago and those that have read the story know that it does not take place in a Hugh Howey Universe. Today I’m announcing a story that does. A story that takes place in the world of Sand.
Well here it is – Sarfer
Sarfer is the story of Mattie, a sailmaker’s son. When the great wall of Springston fell, he lost his father. But his father’s words resonated, “When you fall down, get back up.” So Mattie persevered and rode the wind to the brigands to become a courier, transporting anything anywhere, no questions asked.
This is an intriguing story and as soon as it is ready to share, I will be sending out ARCS (Advanced Reader Copies) to everyone who signs up to my newsletter. And that’s not all – I am giving a way some signed copies and some posters too. This is a story that will stimulate the imagination and I can’t wait for you to read it.
Hugh Howey Lives is available fro pre-order on Amazon Now! click here
Surprise, Surprise!!! What’s this title? Why didn’t we know? Well, if you’ve been following my writing status you know that on top of my Apocalypse Weird contribution The Blue Prince, the Cameron Kincaid follow up Templar Force, and the new science fiction thriller Planes Drifter, – on top of all of those – I wrote a top secret science fiction novella in November.
Well here it is – Hugh Howey Lives
This story came about after Hugh wrote a blog entry early November titled ‘Humans Need Not Apply’. In the article, and lengthy comment conversation that followed, Hugh speculated that within 100 years computers would be writing novels and authors could be obsolete.
I emailed Hugh a pitch with a different speculation, and in a few weeks, you’ll be able to read all about it.
This is an intriguing story and as soon as it is ready to share, I will be sending out ARCS (Advanced Reader Copies) to everyone who signs up to my newsletter. And that’s not all – I am giving a way a kindle, some signed copies, and some posters too. This is a story that will stimulate the imagination and I can’t wait for you to read it.
The Legacy Human – This Is Palpable Intelligent Fiction At Its Best, For Any Age Reader
My review of The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn
With The Legacy Human, Susan Kaye Quinn is at the top of her speculative fiction game, mirroring the scientific discussion and activities of our world today to a future America where technology has allowed humans to Ascend to a mechanical, immortal existence, leaving behind the organic tethers of their physical selves for aesthetically superior machines. But not all Humans have Ascended, those that have not are Legacy. Eli is one of those. A prodigal painter set apart with other artisans to be given an opportunity to compete for the one prize that the Legacy Human’s most seek, Ascension. In order to attain immortality Eli must prove best in class at the annual games, impress the Ascended, and for that he and his loved ones will be granted immortality.
In this way, Eli follows the journey of the many heroes of the ancient Greek tales sent out to labor for the amusement of immortals. And we root for him, because, as any good hero, despite the great the desire to Ascend, he competes for those he loves.
That alone would make The Legacy Human a wonderful story.
The setting of the world of tomorrow is viscerally built though precise engineering and architecture that challenges me to question why we do not have the trains and craft and displays in use today, and the characters are developed to the detail that you will believe you know each of them; Eli’s trusted friend Cyrus, Kamali the Parisian dancer, and the Ascenders Marcus and Lenora, and so many more.
But it’s Quinn’s subtle use of societal and psychological reference that takes the story, Eli, and the reader farther than a mere race to the finish. As Eli meets other competitors, examines their viewpoints, and learns new realities of the world he thought he understood, the tale becomes one of his philosophical development.
We have all heard the quote “I think, therefore I am,” an off translation of the Latin phrase “cogito ergo sum,” which more exactly translated reads, “I am thinking, therefore I exist.” The Legacy Human takes this question further to let readers decide just what that existence is.
This is palpable intelligent fiction at its best, for any age reader. The premises set are neither declarative nor preachy, rather presented as an allegory in the most classic fashion.
What sets this story apart from others in the category such as Divergent and The Hunger Games is that the allegory is immediately applicable to every reader.
If a mind is immortal, what does that mean?
What does it mean to be me?
The answer, if there is one, is for the reader.