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Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy Spotlight: Mage Catalyst by Christopher George @CGNovels


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Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal


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Devon had always just assumed that he was normal, just like everyone else. It wasn’t until he met Renee that he realized that he was something different – something dangerous. He is a Mage.

Led into a world of corruption and temptation Devon soon learns that there is always a price for power.

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Excerpt:

I’m not sure when I became the villain of my story. But I’m now quite certain that this is exactly what I’ve become. It is no more clear to me as I stand atop a destroyed car park looking over my home. The smoke from still smouldering buildings billow off into the distance, almost writing my name into the skyline, but I do not care. It is no more than a grim signature of the suffering that I’ve caused to those around me. My name is Devon Wills and I am a mage.


About the Author:

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As an avid science fiction and fantasy reader Christopher George has been immersing himself in books from a young age. In 2004 Christopher completed his Bachelor of Multimedia at Monash University and has been working as an IT professional ever since. He currently lives in Melbourne with his partner, her daughter and three cats.
Mage Catalyst is his first completed novel and was written in a variety of hotel rooms and airports across Australia. Catalyst is his first non-technical piece and he finds it much easier to write fiction than software documentation.
It’s also very recently come to light that he is simply awful at talking about himself in the third person.

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Other Books In This Series:

mage accession

Mage Accession is the much awaited sequel to the best seller Mage Catalyst.

Devon, sick with guilt, has fled from his home and into the Victorian high country, afraid that his actions would bring harm to those he cares for. Hurt and betrayed by Renee’s disappearance, Devon has made a vow to never use the magic again. It’s not that simple – It’s never that simple. Powerful enemies are seeking him out and Devon must determine who he wants to be. Can he have a life of peace that he desires? Or must he forsake his vow and turn to the magic once again. As he comes to terms with his power he realizes that he still has much to lose.

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mage-dissolution

Third in the series that Started with Mage Catalyst and then followed by Mage Accession.

Lost in rage and haunted by the death of his father, Devon vowed to avenge himself against his former Master and rescue Allie from his manipulations before he can corrupt her.

With his power increasing every day Devon has become a very real threat to those in power. Lost in obsession, Devon
doesn’t care who gets caught up in his wake as he takes his vengeance on those who wronged him.

As powerful forces begin to move against him, Devon is forced to recognize that while he is indeed powerful. He is not a Master yet.

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Make sure to read our interviews with Author Christopher George here and here!

Military Science Fiction Feature and Interview: Momentary Stasis by P R Adams @pradams_author


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Science Fiction (Military Science Fiction)


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World peace can be deadly.

Humans discover alien technology and start colonizing worlds outside the solar system. Genetic modification produces miracles. Science advances the human condition. And, for the first time in history, the nations of the world have achieved real peace with each other.

But only the elite truly benefit from all the advancements. Most people are still trapped on an Earth ruined by chemical pollution, nuclear accidents, and chaotic weather changes. Rebellious “genies”–genetically engineered servants–cause more harm than good. And global corporations have stripped the idea of nations and freedom of any real meaning.

Sergeant Jack Rimes is no stranger to intrigue. The U.S. Army Special Forces operator lives in a time where every nation on Earth is at peace… but there are plenty of secrets to go around. As corporate greed threatens humanity, genetically engineered humans are making international mayhem of their own.

After his unplanned reassignment to the Intelligence Bureau, Jack is tasked with tracking down a rogue agent implicated in a political assassination. As he and his new partner, an old flame, search the globe for answers, the truth shakes him to his core. The powers-that-be may not be very interested in keeping humanity alive…

Momentary Stasis is the first book in a provocative series of grimdark military sci-fi novels full of intrigue, horror, and action that unflinchingly explores the impact of technology and unbridled greed on humanity. If you like gritty, flawed protagonists, tech-heavy thrillers, and incredible new worlds, then you’ll love the first installment from PR Adams’ provocative new series.

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Excerpt:

20 February 2164. Singapore. Pei Fu Complex, Hougang Industrial Sector.

Sergeant Jack Rimes jerked awake as his Battlefield Awareness System chimed. The BAS’s display showed a string of green text, bright against the evening dark: Mission authorized by United Nations Special Security Council.

Even before the Special Security Council’s approval, Rimes had been running on adrenaline. He needed something more now. He popped a stimulant and winced at the bitter aftertaste.

Nearly twenty hours to give the go. So much for the element of surprise.

Rimes looked through the window he’d been leaning against, taking in the shadowy shell of the abandoned house he and the rest of the team had been hiding inside since their arrival. The BAS overlaid what he could see with imagery and data harvested from every security system it could discreetly access. A rusty, wrought-iron gate hung limply from a crumbling brick wall that enclosed a cratered courtyard. Beyond the gate, a cracked asphalt road ran southeast, framing apartment complexes before connecting to Lim Teck Boo Road.

Rimes was tense, a compressed spring waiting to be released. The rest of the team, all in black nano-particle bodysuits, weren’t much better. In particular, the Indian Marine Commando, Tendulkar, was driving them nuts, pulling a boot-knife out and jamming it back into its sheath for hours on end.

Rimes had shared his concerns in private with Major Uber, the German in command of the mission, and his second, Captain Nakata. The three had worked together before. Petty Officer Tendulkar and Senior Sergeant Pachnine, a Russian who towered over even Rimes, had been inserted into the team at the last minute.

“Now we see if this was just politics or if these two are legitimate,” Uber whispered to Rimes over a private BAS channel.

Rimes returned his gaze to the window and softly snorted. “Taking out four LoDu agents? Not the sort of mission I’d like to use as a learning opportunity. I’m already missing the old team.”

The road was still deserted. A line of amber lamps lit a towering wall that sealed off a maze of sagging, scarred apartment buildings to the southwest. To the northeast, the wall transformed into a security tunnel and disappeared under a sickly forest. Inside the complex, a dozen uniformed guards patrolled on foot and in electric cars, their locations marked by the BAS. A light rain had fallen, leaving behind a mist that covered everything, clinging to the walls and twisted vegetation. Rainbow halos formed around the lamps, washing the street in ghost light.

Uber subvocalized the mission’s final details over his BAS, then whispered, “Let’s go.”


About the Author:

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I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater Denver, Colorado metropolitan area.

I write speculative fiction, mostly science fiction and fantasy. My favorite writers over the years have been Robert E. Howard, Philip K. Dick, Roger Zelazny, and Michael Crichton.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

My writing journey began in 1979 with a concept that mixed fantasy, science fiction, and superheroes. I was too young then to know what to do with the idea, so I set it aside for a while. After numerous learning opportunities, including a failed comic book publishing venture, I retired that concept and began developing other ideas. A few years ago, I realized that the way to go was indie publishing. I had always hoped the day would come where I didn’t have to go in search of the elusive “next big thing” that traditional publishers demanded. With indie publishing, success is measured differently. You have a chance to find your own audience, and it doesn’t have to happen overnight. I’m a speculative fiction fan, mostly science fiction and fantasy, but I also love horror, so that’s what I intend to start out with.

How many books do you currently have published?

I have the three books of the Rimes Trilogy published. The follow-on ERF series will start in 2017.

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

Whatever I’ve just finished seems to become my new favorite. I would imagine if that didn’t happen, I would be concerned about the book.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

Right now, I’m editing “Valley of Death”, the second book in the ERF series. It should release sometime in 2017, probably summer.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

As big a thrill as creating gives, experiencing reader reaction is even bigger. Being able to provide entertainment to someone is such a huge rush, it just can’t be beat.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

If by writer’s block you mean “not being able to write about something”, I haven’t really experienced that. I’ve always written something–short works, comic book scripts, novels–in some form throughout my life. If writer’s block is meant as “not being able to complete a created work”, I haven’t really run into that in the last several years. Discovering indie publishing changed everything for me. Before, it was easy to become discouraged that my work could be undone by a gatekeeper. Now I can publish my own work and leave it to readers to determine whether or not I did the right thing. Maybe that means the answer is having hope and confidence that what I write will get out there.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

I plot and outline pretty tightly, so the surprise comes at that point usually. So far, the surprises have been in timing, when an event that was planned for the third act needs to move up to the second, for instance. That can throw me for a loop.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?

Jack Rimes is still my favorite. He has the advantage of being my first protagonist to carry a series all the way through. Maybe that changes when I wrap my other series, but it’s going to be tough to overcome the advantage of being first.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?

The concluding scene in the Rimes Trilogy, which spans the final two chapters. It was very cathartic for me. I kept looping Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s “Over the Rainbow” through my head while writing it. The images just stayed with me for days.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

I’m constantly learning, whether it’s story structure, the technical aspect of the craft, the development aspect, or the business side, it’s a never-ending experience. For someone just starting out, I would suggest picking an area to focus on and build up confidence with that, then move on to the next. For a lot of folks, learning about story structure first is probably the way to go, but everyone is different.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

“Momentary Stasis” is probably the best starter book. It’s the start of a planned set of interconnected series, it plays with some pretty cool themes, and it’s a good look at how my mind works.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?

The Rimes Trilogy books each began with a prologue. Each prologue built on the previous one and by the end of the series, the prologues made sense and became integral to the story as foreshadowing. For a few reasons, those prologues were cut. I think the series survives without them, but in the box set, I’m very tempted to make those available for anyone interested in seeing the series as originally imagined. Most other cuts were, such as a scene at the end of book two, are character and world-building bits that aren’t essential. Those prologues, though, meant a lot to me.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

I still go back to my Robert E. Howard Conan short stories for visceral, intense entertainment. Richard Matheson’s “The Beardless Warriors” is another go-to classic. Finally, I’ve recently discovered and really fallen for Richard K. Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs series. One day, I’ll go back through my Philip K. Dick collection and re-read some of those, too. I remember a few of his books very fondly.

What about television shows? Movies?

I don’t have the time or patience for TV. Too much padding, too many things drawn out to keep costs down. The last movie I absolutely loved was “Inception”. Some of my friends kept telling me I needed to see it, but I didn’t have the time. I finally made the time, and it has become one of my all-time favorites. It reassured me that stories like the Rimes Trilogy have a chance if they can find their audience.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

Not at this time. Maybe once I’ve established myself.


Science Fiction Romance: Taken: The Vampire’s Concubine Part One by Desiree Broussard


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Vampire Romance, Science Fiction Romance, Futuristic Romance


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Keely was used to fighting to survive. It was the only way to live in the ruined and ravaged remains of humanity. Never in her wildest dreams did she really believe that vampires were real. At least she didn’t until the night she was abducted.

Taken and held captive with four other women, they quickly learn the reason for their abduction. Due to a genetic fluke, their blood contains the v factor… and the vampires want them to repopulate their world.

Expected to participate in a market and pick a mate, Keely is floored by her attraction to the sexy vampire that guards her. But he’s not the only one that wants her. How can any female choose?

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About the Author:

I’ve always had a fascination with vampires. My ideal man evolved from tall, dark, and sexy to tall, dark, and sexy with fangs. And so my fantasy was born.

My first release is Taken: The Vampire’s Concubine (Part One). If you like a safe and neat series, this is not for you. Taken is very dark in nature, with strong sexual themes, dangerous situations, and Gothic undertones throughout it. When you open the pages to my series, you’re stepping into a world ruled by beings that survive on blood. There’s nothing safe about that.

The year is 2050, and Keely has just been abducted from her home in small-town USA. Blindfolded and bound, she is taken into outer space and delivered into a world with three moons and no sun. Almost immediately, she discovers her fate. Due to a rare blood factor she’s been taken and now she’s expected to select a male vampire mate and breed.

The attraction between her and her guard is instantaneous, but where can it lead? Now a concubine, Keely is taken for her grooming. The market is quickly approaching, her future dark and uncertain. She’s destined to be a vampire’s concubine, but which one will she pick?

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Science Fiction Spotlight: Flowers & Kittens: Dark, Weird Stories by Russell A Mebane @Mr_Mebane


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Science Fiction Short Stories


flowers and kittens dark weird stories

Eight stories of speculative fiction. Eight DARK and WEIRD stories of speculative fiction. This cannot be stressed enough. There are kittens in this book, along with some ants, a shoveler, some roses, and a God, among other things. Religion, morality, love, environmentalism, and randomness are the main themes in this book.

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Excerpt:

Foreword

WARNING!

CONTAINS SCENES OF GRAPHIC VIOLENCE

Hello, Reader! I’m so happy to be with you again, even if it’s only in my mind. Now if this is your first time reading one of my books, then that warning up there is for you. These stories are going to be dark. They are also going to be weird. Now you may think you’re hard because you read Harry Potter, but I’m here to tell you my stories are much darker and weirder. I killed a dolphin in my last book and that wasn’t even the most disturbing part. If you don’t like violence, remove yourself FAR AWAY from this book or any other that I’ve written. Just start running and don’t look back.

Now for my returning readers, I offer a different warning. This book is scaled WAY down from Squirrels & Puppies: Dark Morality Tales. It has eight stories, instead of fourteen. Also, there’s no animal sex. None. Honestly, I got bored with the animal sex. It started to feel overdone and cliché after a while. I was going to include a story where a sheep starts a romantic relationship with a farmer, only to find out that the farmer is actually training her to be an animal sex worker. I thought it would be poignant in light of all the sex trafficking going on, but while I was writing it, I decided it just sounded stupid. I also threw out a story where a prison warden gets raped by a bear. The bear, of course, was possessed by the spirit of the warden’s ex-lover. Still, it just seemed too excessive. I’m sorry if this disappoints you, but I felt that as an author, I was beginning to use animal sex as a crutch to avoid actually being creative.

Now, are my stories still dark? Yes. Is there killing in them? Yes. But, I didn’t put any stories concerning race in this book either. Did you read Ruins of the Fall: Tree of Might? That book talked A LOT about race and I have to start work on the sequel. That being said, I decided to give race a break until I start writing Infinite Army. So, this book is actually an attempt at me being light-hearted. It’s just something more fun to write before I go back to the Ruins of the Fall world. That series is REALLY heavy to write about. Anyway, I still put my best foot forward in this book, just not my sexy animal foot. Enjoy!!!


 

Science Fiction: Leviticus (When We Were Gods) by Daniel Seltzer @WeWereGods_Book


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Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Futuristic, Nanotechnology

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Science has created a world where anything is possible and everything is affordable.

A world where illness and disease have been eradicated.

What if you could be young forever?

What if you didn’t want to?

Levi Clayton Furstman’s decision not to be inoculated with technology designed to bestow youth and immortality leads him on a journey that forces him to reexamine his relationships, his purpose in life, and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

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“The technology for TIN has been around for decades actually,” said the young man assisting Clay. The lanyard hanging around the youth’s neck displayed the words Rudy and Genius.

It had been almost eight months since his family had purchased him an iMeme as a birthday gift and they had finally worn him down and elicited a promise to have the TIN nanochip fitted today. Rudy was explaining how the process worked and it seemed to Clay the young man knew what he was talking about. Most of the Genius Bar staff did.

“It uses the same technology the physically impaired use to transmit brain signals to a computer to perform specific functions. Your iMeme sits here on your Spot, or wherever you choose to keep it, and as long as it’s within a three-foot radius, it can transmit information to, or receive information from, the TIN, which is really just a cochlear nanochip placed in your inner ear. With two-way communication and the iMeme’s built-in nanocamera, the iMeme can perform any number of important functions.”

Clay was still nervous. “So you’re going to stick something in my inner ear? Right here?” he asked, looking around. “No doctor? No specialist?”

“Trust me sir, I’m an Apple trained audiologist. I’ve done thousands of these. I simply place this device in your ear and the TIN nanochip will be inserted into your cochlea. Takes just a few moments.” Rudy put a smile on his face to try to reassure Clay.

“That’s the problem, Rudy. I’m not too hip on you puncturing my eardrum with that thing. I mean, don’t doctors say that only thing you should put in your ear is your elbow?”

“Sir,” Rudy responded. “The PSD will barely enter your outer ear.”

“PSD? What’s a PSD?” Clay asked.

Rudy was clearly working to retain his patience. “Sir, the PSD is the Placement and Syncing Device,” he said, showing Clay the object in his hand. It looked to Clay like an ear thermometer with a small cable hanging off its lower end. Rudy pointed to the small tip protruding from the top of the PSD and continued. “A nano-needle extends from here into your inner ear and to the cochlea. The needle itself is thinner than the proboscis of a mosquito. Not only will you feel absolutely nothing, the procedure is so safe that even if the TIN were misplaced, there would be no harm done to you.” He saw the look of doubt on Clay’s face and added, “The TIN won’t be misplaced. I promise.”

Rudy put the PSD to Clay’s ear, pressed a button. Clay closed his eyes, expecting the worst. He felt absolutely nothing. A hopeful thought that the PSD was broken crossed his mind. He opened his eyes and turned to Rudy.

“Listen, if there’s a problem, I can always come back.”

“I’m sorry Sir. What was that you said?” Rudy asked, involved in hooking up Clay’s tiny iMeme to the cable dangling off the lower end of the PSD.

“I said,” Clay started and then jumped slightly when he heard a gentle whisper in his ear.

iMeme now activated: November 13, 2021. 5:43 p.m.

Clay spun around to see who had spoken to him, but quickly realized it was no one, simply his iMeme communicating to him. Clay flushed slightly with embarrassment as he noticed Rudy grinning. Clay wondered whether everyone reacted as surprised or whether Clay was the random oddball. The idea of being looked upon as some sort of fool annoyed him. “What if I want to take the chip out?” Clay asked.

A puzzled look crossed Rudy’s face. “Take it out?


About the Author:

Daniel Seltzer holds a J.D. degree and a BA in English. He also holds an MA in Bioethics and previously worked at a major university researching the ethical, legal and social implications (“ELSI”) of nanotechnology. It was while working there that the idea for this story first took shape.

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