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Fantasy Feature: The Midnight Land: Part One: The Flight by E.P. Clark @Andreyev7


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Fantasy


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“Imagine reading Shackleton or Cook’s journals, only with spirits and gods and psychic powers”—San Francisco Book Review.

 

In “The Midnight Land: Part One,” the first installment of the Tolstoy-meets-Tolkien epic fantasy series “The Zemnian Trilogy,” we meet Slava, younger sister to the Empress of all of Zem’.  Tormented and half-outcast due to her gifts of empathy and clairvoyance, Slava tries to escape the intrigue of her native kremlin by joining a mission to explore beyond the sunline, the unmapped Northern edge of the greatest country in the Known World.  But instead of escaping her destiny, Slava finds herself and her gifts the target of the gods themselves.  Hailed as “a tale of power, fear, and bravery set in the brutal and beautiful landscape of the frozen north” (Amazon reviewer) “a surreal, almost mystical-feeling book with action, twists, and lots of good fantastical elements” (Indie Book Reviewers, 5 star review) and “Beautifully unique and rich in a Central European and West Asian feel that comes together with a surprising and wonder-filled world” (SPR), “The Midnight Land” combines the genre of high fantasy with the “big questions” of Russian literature in a subversive exploration of gender, culture, and morality.

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When Slava looked ahead, she saw how the snow swirled in the lantern light, and when she looked behind her, the snow seemed to glow in the darkness, making the tall dark trunks of the trees even taller and darker.  The horses moved silently through the soft snow, and the air above them was filled with the sound of the wind in the fir needles.  If Slava had been certain that there was nothing out there, and that soon, very soon, they would arrive somewhere full of light and voices, it would have been one of the most beautiful things she had ever witnessed, but as she was certain of no such thing, it was simply eerie.  Plus, now that they were walking she had become acutely aware of the pain in her sitting bones, and her hands were so cold she was having a hard time holding the reins.

There was a loud crash off in the trees, and the horses all stopped dead.

“A branch collapsing under the weight of the snow,” Olga said firmly.  “Keep riding.”

They started walking again, but Slava could feel the worry rising off the men like steam.  The horses could also feel it, or perhaps they sensed something else, and they started tossing their heads and jigging sideways, jostling into each other on the narrow path.

“I think I hear something moving in the woods,” said Volodya.  “To the right.”

The intensity of everyone’s attention to the trees on the right was palpable through the cold air.  Slava became convinced that she, too, could hear something moving with slow, dragging steps through the woods.

“A bear?” asked Slanik, his voice trying not to quaver.

“The bears are all asleep for the winter,” said Vova, his voice trying not to quaver too.

“Marinych!” said Olga sharply.  “How much farther?”

Grisha sniffed deeply.  “Not far at all, Olga Vasilisovna,” he said.  “I can smell the stable from here.”

“Then ride on!  Trot, everyone!”

The horses sprang forward into a fast trot, their hooves covering the sound of the thing in the woods, if it was really out there.  The hairs on the back of Slava’s neck told her not to look back, but when she heard Grisha call out, “The cabin!” she glanced behind them for a moment anyway.  It seemed to her that something, perhaps two golden eyes, flashed in the light of the lantern, but then they rode into the stockade surrounding the cabin, and barred the gates with a heavy thud.


About the Author:

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E.P. Clark starting writing fiction as soon as she deigned to learn to read, which was not particularly early–she spent a good deal of her childhood doing more important things, such as pretending to be a unicorn. Slightly later, she wanted to be a world-class equestrian. But, much to her surprise, the heavy finger of fate pointed her way and she ended up moving to Russia, which led, very circuitously, to her earning graduate degrees in Russian from Columbia University and UNC-Chapel Hill, and her current employment teaching Russian at Wake Forest University, along with some odd travel opportunities. The picture, for example, was taken in Finnish Lapland, shortly before she was almost trampled by stampeding reindeer. She continued writing fiction throughout all this, however, and has had multiple short stories published. This is her first novel, in what is shaping up to be a trilogy in seven volumes.

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Non-Fiction Feature: The Magic of Positive Thinking by Michelle Grace


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Non-Fiction, Self-Help


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Would you like to find more happiness in your life right now?

What if there was something you could do to feel more positive and more optimistic?

There is. Positive thoughts can help you create more happiness, love, and success in your life – right now. The power of positive thinking can change your world.

Sometimes negative thoughts can get in our way. Negative thinking can make us feel unhappy, anxious and stressed out. The good news is – you have the power to change your thoughts.

Positive thinking will help you:
-find more happiness
-worry less and lower your stress level
-improve your relationships
-find the bright side
-feel more successful
-improve your health
-find more inner peace

The Magic of Positive Thinking is a simple guide about finding happiness. You can let go of negative thoughts. You can be more positive, you can be more optimistic, and by simply changing your thoughts, you can change your world.

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Science Fiction Feature and Interview: Intervention: The Observer Series #2 by Philip G Henley @Philip_G_Henley


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Science Fiction, Science Fiction – Space Opera


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The continuing story of Cathy Rodriguez – a Senior Observer in the Interplanetary Geographic Service.
Cathy is recalled from her Observer duties as she is asked to establish first contact with a new life form. Meanwhile the Conspiracy to prevent humans changing their non-Intervention policy continues to try and kill her. Together with Marta De Jaste, a Senior Investigator, and Tony Briggs her former jailer and security officer, they travel to the chosen planet.

On the planet Tullymeade, Karloon Niesta, a disgraced scientific observer, detects a strange anomaly. A discovery that will change his planet forever.

In deep space two groups of survivors try and recover from their battle in orbit above the planet Freevur.

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“Stars Ix! Get us out of this mess!”

“Manoeuvring.”

“Then manoeuvre faster.” Cathy’s pulse was pounding, her breath was only coming in short bursts.

“Acknowledged.” Ix sounded surly and a bit busy, not surprising given the number of alerts Cathy could see on the VidCom screens and via her implants. Not since she had been attacked near the planet XisHytherm, had she had to deal with so many warnings of imminent danger.  Unlike then, this was not other ships attacking but system debris.

Another alert blared into her head, direct from her implants accompanied by the trembling of the entire ship. The Theta-Carmalite, had been her home for nearly seven years. Now it was in real danger of being destroyed and her with it. Ix, her Artificial Intelligence system, was busy trying to adjust their position away from some of the high velocity impacts onto the ships hull. Cathy was suddenly weightless, another failed system she saw with an alert and an interrogation of the data. Ix navigated a particularly difficult change of position as screens swam in front of her eyes. They were displayed from her implants matching the swirl she could see on the cockpit’s physical displays.

There was another judder on the ships hull that she reverberated right into the command console’s seat. Her implants told her that damage had occurred to part of the second deck about two-thirds along the ship’s length. There was immediate Bot activity to go and hopefully, fix whatever breaches might have occurred. She could smell ozone and a faint whiff of burning plastic, before the air filtration system cleaned the fumes. She checked another system readout. There was no time to don her immersive suit. She would have to go to one of the stores to get it. No, she was either going to survive in this seat or be killed by another impact. She casually noticed the defensive lasers were continually firing at larger inbound debris.

G-Force or 6D suddenly returned and rapidly increased, pinning her down into the command seat. The scale read six point three on her internal implant and her body monitoring system started to flash red.

 


About the Author:

Philip G Henley spent nearly eighteen years in the Royal Air Force before entering the civilian corporate world. He specialised in IT and then Programmes and Projects before most recently working as an IT Director for a large UK Service Company. He has been publishing for a couple of years with a mix of genres.

Philip lives with his wife Lisa, and their two adult children, in Hampshire in the UK.

For all these and other projects please see www.phenweb.wordpress.com.

Philip likes getting reviews, good, preferably, but he is grateful to anyone who takes the time to read and then comment about his stories.

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Interview:

When did you start to have a love for books?

Since I was a small child I have always loved reading.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?

The hobbit and then in teenage years I progressed onto Sci-Fi but Catch 22 stunned me from 15 onwards and still does.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?

An enforced break from work.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?

Frustration with some books I wanted to tell the story my way.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

They are all different and my mood for liking them varies day to day.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?

I hope Cathy in The Observer Series both Part One The World of Fives and this late release, but most readers like Gary from my book To The Survivors.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career?

Number one in Spy Thrillers on Amazon for two days but actually having my first book in my hand.

What can readers expect from you next?

Third and final part of my spy trilogy , some short stories and – whatever and wherever the mood takes me.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?

I write cross genre so spy thrillers, dystopian disaster, ski-fi, slightly paranormal, and a contemporary romance.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies?

Catch 22 remains my favourite book closely followed by Hitch Hikers Guide. Movies and TV too numerous to mention again very mood dependent.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about?

Douglas Adams – Is Marbin really paranoid?

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?

Too much work not enough writing.

What is your favorite place to visit?

London Theatre or a warm sunny beach.

What words do you live by?

I write because I have to.

 

Thanks for the awesome interview, Philip!


Science Fiction: Lost Time: Part 1 [Second Skyn] by Damien Boyes


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Science Fiction

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Second Skyn is the first book of the Lost Time series, an epic story that splices Blade Runner, the Matrix, and an HBO mini-series into a five-part tale of revenge, fluid identity, immortality, and intense superhuman action.


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If it weren’t for his Digital Life Assurance, Toronto Police Detective Finsbury Gage would be dead—smeared across the highway by a crazed man in a stolen urban assault vehicle. Finsbury hung together long enough for the recovery team to arrive. His wife wasn’t so lucky.

Now, six months later, his mind restored to a prosthetic brain, wrapped in a healthy new body, and technically immortal, Finsbury is back to a life that no longer exists. He’s all alone, his home a shrine to everything he lost. He’s been reassigned, knocked from Homicide to busting bit-heads and chasing after lost minutes of the idle rich. And his thoughts connect directly to the internet.

The only thing keeping Finsbury from blowing his plastic brains out is the memory of his wife’s death. It’s 2.57 seconds long and plays on repeat, every time he closes his eyes. But from within this loop of pain and grief he discovers a reason to go on—the haunting glimpse of the wild-eyed man responsible for his wife’s death.

Finsbury’s gonna find this guy, no matter what he has to do.

But Finsbury isn’t the only one on the hunt. Something is coming for him. Something like the world has never seen. Something that will force Finsbury Gage to abandon everything he believes—everything he is—to survive.

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This is the first of a five-part series. I’ll be releasing three books in December and one each in January and March. Visit my website at damienboyes.com for more info.

Release dates:
Part 1 – Out Now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017Y603LS
Part 2 – Out Now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018R4DT2G
Part 3 – Out Now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019TUBHR6
Part 4 – Out Now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AIPH42S
Part 5 – March 26, 2016

Warning, these books contain mature content, cliffhangers, and Canadian spelling.

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StatUS-ID: GAGE, Finsbury.
10:23:03. Wednesday, April 10, 2058.

Voices fade in.

Voices superimposed over my death like a commentary track. Voices but no words, just faded phonemes jawing in the distance, a distance that all at once compresses and twists then grabs me by the stomach and yanks.

I jolt, flail out, scrabbling to catch myself before I hit the ground and scrape my face off again. But this time the ground doesn’t come.

Instead, I land in a pool of peace, my body suffused by liquid relaxation.

“There’s the hy-j,” a low voice says. “He’s animate.”

“SOMA’s active and the psychorithm’s stable. Cortical function looks…good?” says another.

The joyous sense of calm fades and my thoughts solidify.

Psychorithm? I know that word.

Why can’t I remember what it means?

I’m groggy, like I just woke from a summer afternoon nap in a hot room. The inside of my head is brown and rumpled, my teeth too thick.

I open my eyes. The lids unseal with a sticky pop and the world crawls into focus.

The room is small and bare and smells of lavender-scented industrial sanitizer, the walls bleach-bright and unadorned. Beside me two flowers—one blue with a green stem, one green with a blue stem—sprout from a white vase on an otherwise empty table. A livewall at the foot of the bed glows like the mid-morning sun through a paper blind.

Two men in turquoise cleansuits stand next to me, eyes twinkling beneath their full-face vizrs. They don’t look like doctors. One of them’s just a kid.

I’m stretched out on my back, chest elevated, dressed in a thin white one-piece with a front seam. My feet are bare.

My feet.

Both of them.

And then it all comes rushing back. There was an accident. I’m at Second Skyn.

Connie.

I need to find Connie.

I launch myself out of bed but my body ignores me. Yelling at the techs barely gets my lips open, produces only a hushed wheeze. The older cleansuit notices the twitching, elbows the kid and flicks his head at me. The kid hesitates for a moment, flips up his vizr and shuffles closer.

He inhales deeply. “Just relax, ahh—” he scrunches up his face and glances back over his shoulder “—what’s this one’s name again?”

The older guy rolls his eyes up into his display. “Gage, Finsbury. 184-days post. AR fifty-eight. Male gendint.”

“Right,” the kid says to himself, and then, “Mr…Gage, that is your name, correct? Finsbury Gage? Blink once if that’s correct.”

Of course that’s my name. Who else would I be?

Why are they playing these games?

I just want to find my wife.


Contemporary Romance Feature and Interview: Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink @DakotaWillink


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Contemporary Romance


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Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission. She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side. She knew better than that – at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon. She saw the way that he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes. She was curious about his world and all that it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore possibilities that she could never before have imagined…

Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted. He understood the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life. But a chance run in with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn…

However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets in their past, and neither of them are willing to compromise. Krystina’s hardened heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit. But for Alexander, revealing his past could have devastating results.

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Inside Dakota Willink’s Heart of Stone…

After unwrapping the cellophane from the platter, I moved over to the minibar to choose a bottle of white from the wine cooler. I perused the selections, trying to decide what would pair best with the cheeses.

Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Both will go nicely, but which would she prefer?

I glanced over at Krystina, intending to ask her if she had a particular wine preference. However, she had a look about her that made me pause, and I didn’t want to interrupt the picture that she painted before me.

She was running one delicate hand over the wooden top of my dining room table. She wore a soft smile on her lips, appreciating the craftsmanship of the design. She looked beautiful sitting there, feet up on the chair, seeming completely at ease. And in that moment, I realized that she had never before looked quite like that in my presence. She had never appeared so completely relaxed.

So unguarded.

I stood there studying every beautiful line of her captivating face. Seeing her that way, it was almost hard to believe she was capable of so many smart remarks and witty comebacks. Perhaps her sharp tongue and contentious behavior was a defense mechanism, one that she relied on when she was uncomfortable. If that were truly the case, then I would need to take corrective actions to remedy that problem. I had to calm her, or else I’d never get through the weeks ahead.

Weeks?

Since when do I think long term about these things?

The idea was novel for me and I was stunned to discover that I liked the idea of her being here more regularly. In my space. With me. It was a distressing sort of feeling.

This can all go to shit at a moments notice. Take it one step at a time.

A change of tactics was needed, for Krystina’s sake as well as my own. My normal methods of operation would have to be thrown out the window. Attempting to take control by laying down the law would only backfire, so I began to construct a new plan – one that would make Krystina feel more at ease. Once she was relaxed, I would begin to work on her trust by giving her what she’s been asking for.

Full disclosure.

Krystina would have no doubts about what I wanted from her after tonight. She would know exactly who and what I was. She would either run, or she would stay. If she stayed, then that’s when the true test would come into play – tonight I would discover if Krystina could put away that independent mind of hers long enough to pass her first lesson in submission.

Finally feeling like I had somewhat of a solution to Krystina’s argumentative nature, I turned my attention back to the wine selection. Smiling to myself, I settled on a bottle of Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling.

Sweet. Like her.

I grabbed two crystal wine goblets and went back to the dining room, focused on the mission ahead. I could only hope that Krystina would keep herself open to what I had in mind.


About the Author:

dakota willink

Dakota Willink is a self employed writer and editor, and the author of Heart of Stone, a contemporary romance novel.

She has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills.

Although she earned a degree in business and had built a solid reputation in retail sales, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.

In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings. By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.

Dakota Willink is a lover of music, and appreciates the power and stimulating effect it can have on the brain. She often uses lyrics and melodies to help her through bouts of writers block. At the end of her novel, you can find an authors note that recognizes and thanks the artists that gave her inspiration.

Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found on a boat, soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

Heart of Stone is available in paperback and for Kindle eReaders.

Official Website: www.dakotawillink.com

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Interview with Author Dakota Willink:

When did you start to have a love for books?
I was in the sixth grade.  My school had a reading contest. I was very competitive and determined to win. I don’t recall what the prize was, but I do remember reading about 20 Sweet Valley High books in the span of one week. After that, I was hooked on reading just about anything.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?
When I was younger, I loved the Sweet Valley High books and anything Nancy Drew.  As a teenager, it was Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?
I’ve always had a passion writing – I can’t remember a time when I didn’t actually. I dreamed of one day writing my own book, but life and responsibilities had a way of getting in the way. Then one day, I met someone from my hometown that had written a novel and self published.  For me, she was inspiring and showed me that anything was possible if you put your mind to it. So I said to myself, I’m going to do this.  I pulled out my laptop and started typing the first thing that came to mind.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?
I’m a lover of music, and appreciate the power and stimulating effect it can have on the brain. I often use lyrics and melodies to help me through bouts of writers block. At the end of my novel, you can find an authors note that recognizes and thanks the artists that gave me inspiration.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
I’m going to have to say Heart of Stone, because it’s the only book I’ve completed to date.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?
I think my readers will connect the most to Krystina Cole.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career?
If you asked me that a month ago, I would have said publishing for the first time.  But now I’d have to say that the greatest moment was discovering how great the Indie community of authors are.  Everyone is so willing to help each other out. It made me feel good to know that I wasn’t alone, and inspired me to help other writers.

What can readers expect from you next?
Stepping Stone, which is book 2 in the Stone Series.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?
Readers of contemporary romance and light erotica would enjoy my book the most.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies?
I have a long list of favorite books…I loved The King’s Mistress by Emma Campion.  The Outlander books are amongst my favorites too.  I just recently finished the Game of Thrones series – excellent reads.  And of course, who doesn’t love Harry Potter?
As for T.V. Shows – I’m a big fan of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and The Blacklist – I DVR all of them so I never miss an episode.
Movies I don’t even have to think about – I’ve been a Star Wars junkie my whole life.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about?
J.K Rowling – I’d love to pick her brain and find out how she came up with such a fantastic story.  She truly is a gifted individual.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?
Busy mother of two teenagers, my husband, my writing.

What is your favorite place to visit?
Italy…I fell in love with the country 7 years ago.  I hope to retire there one day.

What words do you live by?
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

Anything else you’d like to share with readers?
Review the books that you read – as an honest review is the best gift you can give to an author.

Thanks for the awesome interview, Dakota!