Thursday, November 19, 2015

Science Fiction Novel New Release - The Last Charge of the 1st Legion

The Last Hero Trilogy is Complete!

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The Milky Way is plunged into chaos. Billions of innocent civilians are slaughtered while the fate of billions more hang in the balance.

The enemy is unstoppable.

Trent Maxwell and the 1st Legion escape annihilation to embark on a desperate mission to uncover secrets buried for millennia. Evil has its own agenda and moves to endanger their holy quest.

Their resolve is pushed to its limits. Their understanding of the universe will be shaken. No one is safe and no cost is too high to save Earth from extermination.

Does love conquer all? Will the 1st Legion charge into victory or oblivion?

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Interview with Yicheng, author of The Remains of Civilization

Thanks for joining us today. Lets get started.

Where did the idea for your novel come from?

You would be surprised at how weird dreams and insomnia can affect your creativity. I never tried drugs before, but sometimes, dreaming for me is about as inspiring as opium is for Mary Shelley(yes, the Frankenstein writer). I had an illogical leap in the train of thoughts. Scribbled down some weird ideas and revisited them when I am not fighting battles with sleep, stress, and my life.

How did you start writing?

The same way as everyone else does. With a pencil. No one starts writing with a pen or a blackberry. With few exceptions, like fifty shades of grey. Seriously, that book made me serious question life. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is that there is no magic in writing. Sit down and write if you got a good idea. If you are an aspiring writer, then you better make sure you are properly inspired hen. No, I think I made my stance with sex dungeons pretty clear.

What does your writing process look like?

Polite, organized chaos. Since that is the wonder of being a writer. You stare into the abyss and get to laugh at it. Hard. I usually start with an idea. Since that is always a good place to start, then I would ake sure it's original, or at least not twilight or Divergent. Then I would move on to drafting. Take a break and do a bit of world building in a scrapbook, make up maps of the locations in the book, interior layout, etc. Get as much details out as possible, then I would ask myself on the best way to insert them in there with as many immature jokes and one liners as possible. Granted, I'm more of a traditionalist when it comes to writing, so much of my drafting involves pencils, erasers, and paper(*gasp). With a glue-stick nearby just in case I suddenly turned into a kindergartner again. After 'the end'. I would brag a bit. Get laid. Then go ahead and get it reviewed, edited, and sent to a publishing company. Unfortunately, I'm joking about my sex life. I don't have one.

Where is your book set?

So yeah. When someone asks me where is my book 'the remains of civilization' is set. I would just glaze over and tell that it is set in the modern word. No dates, because that's the way I write. It could be set in any time the reader assume it is set in. If the book is read by someone 25 years in the future(provided there is still PHYSICAL copies of the book lying around) and be able to assume it is happening right now.

Are your characters based on real people?

More or less. You see, if you are going to write a fictional story with your friends in it. It is REALLY hard to not lose your self-control and subtly mock the, throughout the entire story. Believe me, it's hard. But I managed to make them into sensible, realistic—oh who am I kidding, the main character has to have their friends/family/SO die before they turn into a cape wearing ass-kicker. Just ask batman, superman, spider-man, and a whole slew of other superheroes and good guys.

Though the main characters isn't like that and the good guy don't die until the very end(did I just spoil my own books ending? Unacceptable!), but I will still try my best to tear down the stereotypes surrounding good and evil. Because seriously? I swear some writer aren't even trying.

Did you always want to write?

Kind of. It depends on what you define as 'writing'. The everyday kind where you get to send spam emails to unsuspecting innocent people(I have no idea what normal people actually do)? Or the kind of writing where I hide in my secret bat-cave and come up with ass-kicking stories of sir ass-kickeroths? It really depends. If it's the first one, then yes, of course I had always wanted to write pen*s enlargement emails templates. Who wouldn't ? The second more or less came as a surprise. But just not the neighbors-just-let-their-dogs-poop-in-my-mailbox kind of surprise.

Which character is your favorite and why?

I try not have a favorite character. Because my judgement for that character might end up biased and might accidentally make him/her into the main character.

What authors do you enjoy reading? Why?

Any writer, really. I give all genres an equal try(look where erotic fan fiction got me), and I generally read every book that got a good enough blurb. Then I would try and finish it, if it's good, then it's Goodreads I go to leave a review.  There had lots of good books recently, it's pretty awesome how authors these days know how to tell a good story.

What are you reading right now?

Well, I read books by the dozens, by the time this got posted, there is a high chance I either moved onto a new book or I went back to reread an old book. I still couldn't get over some tear- jerking series that presented the solution to a dilemma logically, instead of just random plot devices. Or flying winged creatures.

Seriously, every Rick Riordan book HAS to have at least one flying winged creature I wanted to punch in the face. That is why I can't get over Rick Riordan's books, man.

Dog or Cats?

Probably more of a cat person.

What’s next for you?

 Writing more science fiction books. There is already another science fiction book in the works. opefully this one will an improvement from this one. I would like to think that I am improving, not getting more clich├ęd with writing sci-fi. I can't really say what it will be about yet, as I am still fleshing out some bits. But hopefully, it will look cool.



Some doors are best left closed. Or some day, you might find the corpse of your wife behind a door you opened. Or you might find your best friend stabbing someone to death instead. Curiosity killed the cat, but can it kill you too? Left with no choices, two guys scavenge the internet for odd jobs stumbled into a conspiracy. Dragged into a whirlpool of conspiracy, action, and aliens. They now hold the fate of society in their hands, can they save the world?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Interview with Natalie O'Neil, author of Guardian House

Thanks for joining us today. First question

Can you tell us a little about your book? When did it come out and where can we get it?
Guardian House, the 1st in the Curious Adventures series, follows a curious young woman forced to uncover her past in order to pave the way for adventures in her future. This urban fantasy mashup follows Alice as she learns she's involved in much more drama than whether or not her crush likes her back. With the support of her bestie, Dorothy, and her clique of misfit orphans-with-excess-baggage, she ventures beyond her comfort zone to unlock the mysteries surrounding Guardian House, the legend of the Red Queen, and her connection to the world she doesn't remember. Peppered with magic and mystery,Guardian House is full of snark & sass, and will leave readers curious for more!
​It is available on Amazon on August 14 in print and digital copies.​

So, what inspired you to write your book? How did you get into writing urban fantasy?
​              As​ a child, I loved hearing stories about Alice in Wonderland & Dorothy in Oz, but as I got older, wondered what they would be like in modern times, or if they were a little older. I also felt that since they had similar experiences, they could probably connect well. I know how difficult it is for teenage girls to fit in and find a true friend, and decided that Alice and Dorothy would be a perfect platonic match!

What, do you feel, sets this book apart from other books in the genre?
​              Guardian ​House uses 21st Century teenage issues such as fashion, flirting, and frivolity to attract young adult readers. But it is also grounded in the myths and legends that today's adults remember and love. This version of Alice and Dorothy combined with magic, fantasy and mystery entice readers of all ages to follow them on their adventures into adulthood, friendship, first loves, and the fears that have since been dormant in Guardian House. 

I'm sure readers are curious about your next writing project. Can you tell us what you've got cooking up now or is that a secret?

​I'd love finish up the sequel to Guardian House. And after that, who knows where the Curious Adventure series may go!?​



Curious. That’s the one word Alice uses to describe herself in her Group Therapy sessions. She thinks it has a nicer ring to it than the crazy her parents called her before they abandoned her at Guardian House with other unwanted misfits. Thanks to a childhood incident, Alice can’t remember if she actually visited the fantasy land that appears in pieces of her memory. But she knows her instincts are trying to tell her something is up at Guardian House, and she is too curious to avoid it. 

After years of struggling to find her own kind of normal, Alice has found a sense of sanity with some of the patients, especially her best-friend-she’s-basically-family Dorothy, and her hunky crush Tim. Alice’s goal, aside from finding the courage to let Tim know how she feels, is to be discharged and leave Guardian House. That is, until mad Hattie reminds them of the legend of the evil Red Queen. Aided by quirky Therapy friends, secrets of the mysterious Dr. Wize, and a little magic, Alice must fight to save her friend’s lives – even if it means betraying the only thing she has grown to rely on.

Author Bio: Natalie O’Neil is proud to announce the publication of her first novel, Guardian House, an urban fantasy mash-up of her favorite childhood mischief-makers. Enticed by the bizarre, Natalie’s unconventional predilections have been know to lead her down more than one path not frequently taken, and she’s always up for the adventure.

Natalie is fascinated by the Victorian Era, Steampunk, and alternate realities, allowing her to often romanticize about a time and place that never actually existed, except for in her mind. This magical, whimsical, and sometimes frightening imaginary world inspires both her writing and her real life.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Natalie taught high school English & Creative Writing for many years before becoming an innovator in educational technology. As a Technology Coordinator, Google Certified Teacher and Trainer, Raspberry Pi Certified Teacher, and Adjunct Professor, Natalie is passionate about sharing the benefits of technology and the arts with educators around the world.

When she isn’t traveling, Natalie can be found at home in New Jersey with her husband, often spoiling her American Eskimo pup, refinishing shabby chic home furnishings, or finding creative ways to entertain and educate. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Interview with A. A. Schenna

Author of Trapped in Timelessness: Fallen Angels

Thanks for joining us on my blog today. First question, Where did the idea for your novel come from?
A few years ago I had the chance to visit a wonderful village where I felt I was the only man in the world. I had a lot of time to think and focus on a new story. It was an interesting experience! 

2. How did you start writing?
While writing lyrics for some friends (I love music, but I don’t have the time to do this anymore), I discovered that I liked playing with words. A few years later, I decided to write a book and that was it!

3. What does your writing process look like?
Twice a week I write short stories to improve my writing skills and I usually do it in, during the nights. When I feel a story needs a lot of work, I leave it behind and try not to think about it. A few weeks later, I focus on the story again and make sure the plot and the characters don’t need further development.   

4. Where is your book set?
In timelessness! Readers will have the chance to discover the beauty of small towns in Midwestern United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

5. Are your characters based on real people?
I believe most writers deal with characters that are based on real people. I am not the exception to the rule.

6. Did you always want to write?
I think the answer is no. I wanted to become a doctor, but I always loved reading books,  making dreams and discovering intriguing stories as well.

7. Which character is your favorite and why?
I believe Bruce is my favorite. He is responsible, everyone trusts him and he never gives up. He tries very hard to make his team believe they can overcome the difficulties of life.

8. What authors do you enjoy reading? Why?
Authors who love happy endings! I want to read stories that will make me feel happy, I need to read books that will help me come across optimism.

9. What are you reading right now?
Eden’s Mark by D.M. Sears and Lost & Scared by K.C Sprayberry.

10. Dog or Cats?
Dog.

11. What’s next for you?

Writing a new book! Can’t Let Go is coming soon.

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The carefree stroll in the woods managed to trap them in timelessness. The four students along with their teachers would have to deal with an absurd fate. The red scorpions, the large eagles, the nasty bats, and the bloody creatures were determined to haunt them forever. The moment they came across the craziest adventure of their lives, they would have to struggle to survive.

***

Green Lake was a beautiful place any time of year, a beautiful place where ten people disappeared every century at the end of a muddy rope. On the verge of graduation, Nick and Leona knew nothing of this. It wasn't until the nightmare came for them that the curse became real, and their futures changed far beyond what they could ever have dreamed.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Interview with David Edward Wagner, author of Anchors No More




Thanks for joining us today on my blog. Lets get started. Where did the idea for your novel come from?
The idea for Anchors No More came from my general obsessions concerning time, technology and political motivation. After finishing my second novel, which was very inner-psychological in nature, I really wanted to get out of heads and into the world. A good old-fashioned science fiction action piece sounded fun to take on. It all came together with the idea: hey, what if someone privately uses a time machine in their basement and then, as soon as they pop back in, they are suddenly in the middle of a military procedure based on their secret time travel device.
Writing Anchors No More was a different process from my first two novels (Linus Cain: a dark fable and D.O.V.E.). For Anchors, I was releasing it in weekly installments on a great website: SerialTeller(dot)com. This is a site based out of San Francisco that publishes only original serialized fiction. I had wanted to try my hand in that format and the general idea for the story was already in me head, so I sent the first few chapters and they loved it. I quickly planned out a very detailed road map: 46 episodes between 1000-1200 words each. Thats just under a year. Run it from February until December and see what happens. I made my outline for around 50,000 words and hit the gas. Once it was finished (in three months) I edited in small batches, a month at a time and kept ahead of the curve by always being 4 episodes ahead. Working this way allowed my to not lose too much momentum on other projects I had going. 
2.     How did you start writing?
I started writing young. Like when I was five or six. I was born in 1970, so keep that in mind when I give you these to examples of my early writing influences/memories. First, I do remember my first story, my mother kept it. Pac Man was new and huge when I was seven or eight years old and my first story (77-78) was first person POV: I was Pac Man and I was teaming up with my fellow game icons (Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, etc.) to escape our machines. How cutting edge. (haha) Memory Two: A few years later, after Empire Strikes Back the rumor began that they were going to make a third movie titled Revenge of the Jedi. Me, being impatient, wrote an original screenplay for that movie. It retrospect, it was a little short (about 20 pages) but hey, it was a start. And it did include a scene of Boba Fett escaping the Sarlac pit. How did Lucas survive without me?
Looking back, it always feels like I am doing the same exact thing I have always done since I was a kid not knowing what I was doing, just happy to create and to collaborate with my friends (sometimes, of course, against their will). Now, however, I support my family with my creativity and this changes the relationship somewhat. Or maybe my relationship to art is the same and it is my relationship towards my self in relation to the art that has shifted. Hmmm we may never know.
3.     What does your writing process look like?
My process adjusts itself all the time with different circumstances. However, there were a few good golden years when I had myself in a steady and regular routine. When that happens, I can get lost. Wake up, do the emails and futzing around for an hour and slowly begin opening files and checking progress and to do lists. Then I lock and load for four to ten hours, hopefully stop to eat lunch. I would chill for a while, maybe walk or watch a movie, then if I had no plans for the evening, I could do a light late night session. Those were a couple years when I was single and had no pressing concerns but to create.
Now I am married and have a new baby so things have dramatically changed. Now I have to get creative with my writing schedule to make sure I have enough time to keep up with my workload. I still do my email, administrative stuff first thing in the morning, but actually writing I do at different times everyday but try to always do it in a three-hour block. I need that much time to accomplish anything. Some days I can still get five hours or so, and Im sure as the kid gets bigger it will level out again. My goal, as always, is to do eight hours a day just like a normal full time job.
4.     Where is Anchors No More set?
Anchors is set in the very near future, in Kansas at a fake research facility near the real town of Pratt. The research company is named ARLIS and that same company has since appeared in a new novel I am writing and I have plans to include it in a future series I am planning titled Dust (a group of stories set on and around the moon colony science fiction pulpy style). These stories all take place at different times and with different casts of characters and way different global circumstances but I realized that with the time device in Anchors creating split dimensions, maybe all of these stories are related but happening in different dimensions of reality. Who knows? 
5.     Are your characters based on real people?
No they are not based on real people but when I think about it, I did have certain images in my mind when I wrote them and at least parts of those images had roots in people I know. It is inevitable, I think. Writers always put a bit of their surroundings in their work as well as a large chunk of their own personality and experiences. Generally more than they like to admit.
6.     Did you always want to write?
As I mentioned, ever since I was a child, only three things have interested me. One, telling stories. Two, mythology. 3. Three, science. So thats what I try to do.
7.     Which character is your favorite and why?
In Anchors I have a few favorites. For sure Holly and Gary are my absolute favorites. I have a lot of sympathy for them and think they are cool and quirky folks. I bet they could be fun to hang out with for a long dinner and a couple bottles of wine. Other than that, I think Restrepo is a good character and I hope he comes across as a good-hearted person. Last, I think James Brammer has the most blatant amount of my own personality in him. 
      8. What authors do you enjoy reading? Why?
There are so many out there how do I even begin. I have always been a classics guy, reading lots of old fiction by mostly Russian, German and French authors. Of course, I love reading philosophy (I have an MA in philosophy) and social/political non-fiction. 
Lately, I have been making a real effort to read newer authors and get the flavor of what is going on around me. I have read some great books, some fair books and lots of bad books. Self-publishing and the Internet has really changed the game out there. Now, anyone anywhere can get their books out on the same platforms as the big boys and the legends. That is both good and bad as the quality does greatly differ. I still find it amazing and feel fortunate to be writing during this vibrant time of adjustments and change in the various creative publishing communities.
9.     What are you reading right now?
Right now I am reading Hegal to keep my philosophy chops up.
10.  Dog or Cats? 
Wow, I really love both. How can you not. Dogs are dogs and cats are cats. Maybe dogs are better company but when a cat digs you, you know youve done something good in the world.
      11. Whats next for you?
Next up I have three projects I am working on and juggling time and energy between. First is a big ol novel of about 120,000 words titled Swill. It is about what happens when all the industrial grade android servants in the world get hooked on a super drug called Swill. Chaos, of course, ensues. Second is the first few novellas in my massive, multi-format, multi-volume saga of my two favorite new characters, Omar and Theodore Blood. They are hitmen/thieves who work for a very eccentric man with very large plans. The series is titled The Brothers Blood and it is certain to surprise. Third on my work list is a screenplay I am pecking away at. It is called Anagnorisis and concerns a writing retreat and death.
Thanks for the interview and best of luck with your writing. Lets do it again.
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Military Science Fiction New Release!

THE LAST REVENGE, book 2 in The Last Hero Trilogy, is now on sale!

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Blood demands blood.

Driven by grief to the darkest recesses of his soul, Trent Maxwell lives and fights for one reason, revenge.

As hidden agendas plot, Trent embarks on an unholy quest to marshal the forces he needs to exact the heavy toll his broken heart demands.

The largest fleets and armies ever assembled in space collide. A river of blood soaks the galaxy, but when is enough, enough?


 


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Interview w/ M.J. Austin author of the Bright Fire Series

Thanks for joining us on Dane's SciFi Blog. First question, Where did the idea for your novel come from?
I love mythology and I was reading Everneath by Ashton Brodi and the thoughts just started coming. I couldnt stop myself.

How did you start writing?
I really just wanted to write my book and say I finished it, so I joined NaNoWriMo2014

What does your writing process look like?
I just write whatever comes to mind and refine later. If I think too much while I am writing, I never write anything at all.

Where is your book set?
In the US on the east coast.

Are your characters based on real people?
Lyla is based on my best friend. She was so surprised and cried when she read it. We did actually have Binge Nights when we were kids.

Did you always want to write?
Ever since I was in high school I have dreamed of writing.

Which character is your favorite and why?
Cass, because she is so loving and warm.

What authors do you enjoy reading? Why?

J.K. Rowling, Amanda Hocking, Ashton Brodi. I love Fantasy and YA and getting immersed into a story. I also love James Patterson and trying to solve the Alex Cross puzzles.

What are you reading right now?
The Bane Chronicles

Dog or Cats?
Dogs

Whats next for you?
I am working on Bright Fire Book 2 and The Prophetess, a novella featuring Cass.

Bright Fire Book 1 Purchase Link

Delfia thought she was a normal girl about to turn sixteen until her adoptive parents are murdered by creatures from the underworld. Her life gets thrown into chaos as she teams up with her best friend, a strange guy, and a prophetess. 

She soon discovers her biological father, Hades, ordered the attack on her and her family because a prophecy names her as the one to take him down. She must first complete a set of tasks to free Persephone, her mother, from the underworld and defeat Hades. 

Will she be reunited with her mother or will she get sucked into the underworld?

About the Author:
M.J. Austin is the author of the Bright Fire series and NaNoWriMo 2014 winner. She has always found the world of fantasy preferable to the real world. She channels this love of mystical worlds and creatures into her writing. She is an avid reader and proud bookworm. She has a Master's Degree in Project Management, but her true passion is writing.

When she isn't working or writing she is diving into random projects as often as possible. She lives in Tennessee with three children, husband, and three dogs.

Author links
Blog: http://mjaustinbooks.com
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book 2 Cover Reveal!

The largest fleets and armies ever assembled in space will collide as Trent seeks revenge soaked in blood, but when is enough, enough. THE LAST REVENGE, Book 2 of THE LAST HERO Trilogy.