Friday, December 13, 2013

SFR Brigade Presents: Starrie 2.0

STARRIE 2.0

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post eight and the beginning of chapter two. It has been edited for content and space per the SFR Brigade Presents guidelines. Read the rest of the story so far here.

And, check out other wonderful posts at the SFR Brigade.




STARRIE (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller

Naela's ears rang as music blasted through the mind minstrel's speakers. Its turquoise laser danced in erratic waves over her head and naked torso. The leather straps lashing her to the bed sliced into her wrists, her ankles, and her throat with each movement. She had always hated the smell of wet leather. She hated it more as it mixed with the pungent scent of her blood.

Stavros still jumped around the stone bedroom like a dosed-up fragger, screaming and pounding his fist against his head and his chest in repeated rhythm. He was spotlighted in one of the minstrel's mind-scanning beams. The blue green light strobed in contrast to the magenta flames which burned in a double row of wall sconces and illuminated the perimeter of the spacious boudoir. The heat and the sweat from their bodies made the air thick and humid with the musky spice of Stavros's scentbots. It pervaded every breath she took.

As Stavros mounted the bed, the music pitched lower with a droning voice superimposed over whole beats in a minor key. She clenched her teeth in response to the eerie dirge, It reminded her of a death chant she'd heard as a child.

~~~

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.

Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

EVENT: Uniontown Mega-Author Signings

EVENTS


On Saturday, December 14 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Bradley's Books at the Uniontown Mall will host a book signing for 13 authors from Raw Dog Screaming Press, Dog Star Books, and Headline Books, including Michael Arnzen, Jennifer Barnes, Matt Betts, Leland Pitts-Gonzalez, John Edward Lawson, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Diane Turnshek, Matthew Warner, Albert Wendland, D. Harlan Wilson, K. Ceres Wright, and Stephanie Wytovich.

The authors are also guests at Share the Spirit that evening at the State Theater Center for the Arts in downtown Uniontown. The Share the Spirit Author Mix and Mingle begins at 6:00 PM.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Hope to see you there!


Friday, December 06, 2013

SFR Brigade Presents: Starrie 1.7

STARRIE 1.7

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post seven. Read the rest of the story so far here.

And, check out other wonderful posts at the SFR Brigade.



STARRIE (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller

It was damn uncomfortable being buffeted by stronger and colder winds the higher they rose.

Ben thought he discerned strains of muffled beats and human voices. He caught Matt's gaze long enough to confirm the occasional echo of music traveling on the icy wind. A warning to outsiders? Or nonchalance, proof that Stavros felt secure in his compound?

By the time they reached the underhang and activated their boots' crampon extensions, the music flowed freely, almost vibrating through the rock. The quickening tempo and building beat spurred Ben onward as he climbed and reminded him of training exercises and a few of the kill-on-contact missions Dreadfire Team had executed. When face-to-face lethal measures were necessary, it took a bit more pumping up, usually with frenzied music like this.

His crampon slipped. He engaged the co-com and said, "Double time. I think Stavros has a victim up there right now."

"The music," Char said. "I knew it. I say that Order of Abduction just changed to an Order of Execution."

Several affirmations came across the coms, but it was Ben's "shoot to kill," which resonated in every ear as the com clicked off.

~~~

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.

Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

EVENT: #GenreLitChat with Heidi Ruby Miller, John Mantooth, and Nathan Ballingrud

EVENTS

From Beverly Bambury Publicity:

#GenreLitChat: An Occasional Twitter Chat about Genre

Introducing #GenreLitChat, an occasional Twitter chat with writers on the state of genre, and how their work does--or doesn't--fit.

The kickoff chat is just in time for your holiday book buying needs! It's this Thursday, December 5th at 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST with John Mantooth, author of The Year of the Storm (Berkley/Penguin), Heidi Ruby Miller, author of Greenshift (Dog Star Books), and Nathan Ballingrud, author of short story collection North American Lake Monsters (Small Beer Press).

When you join the chat, you can use this page (http://twubs.com/GenreLitChat) which will focus only on the hashtag, and even automatically insert the hashtag for you if you ask questions or reply.
Alternatively, you can follow the hashtag #GenreLitChat right on Twitter, but make sure you use the hashtag or your questions and comments may be missed!

You can send questions to me, the moderator, during the chat (@BeverlyBambury). You are also encouraged to send questions ahead of time to beverly@beverlybambury.com and I'll add the best ones to the list.

Questions? Email me or ask in the comments. Hope to see you during #GenreLitChat in a couple of days!

Monday, December 02, 2013

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: S. J. Pajonas

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

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sj pajonas

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Mark Sakai is my favorite character of the series. I love Sanaa and Jiro, but I love writing Mark more because he’s been through so much in his life and he’s still swinging. He lives by honor and his family duty even if everyone around him mutinies. I’ve already decided that I love him so much I’ll have to write a prequel from his perspective. Getting in his head will be messy but enjoyable work.


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea. Loads of tea. I have an insulated pot that I make in the morning and if I’ve gone through it by noon, I’m in a whole mess of trouble (this happened today and I was up at 5am, oops!) But I love pretty much all forms of tea: black, green, white, rooibus, fruit, herbal. There’s a tea for every occasion.


4. What else can you do besides write?
My main hobby outside of writing is knitting. I’ve been an avid knitter since 2005. For a while, I even ran an online knitting magazine and I’ve published a few patterns that are no longer available. I wish I had more time to devote to it, but, between the writing and my kids, I am pressed for time everywhere.


5. Who are you reading right now?
I’m reading Katie L. Carroll’s Elixir Bound which is way outside of my usual genres. I don’t really get into fantasy but this one has me hooked. I love its sense of adventure.


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Japanese (I’m sure you could guess that) and Mexican food. Strange, right? But I love them both and could eat them day in and day out.


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I do yoga and weight lifting, plus when the weather’s nicer, I’ve recently taken up running. I’m very slow at it but it does the job of clearing my mind.


11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I listen to mainly electronica, ambient, and downtempo music. The Magnetic Fields and Radiohead are my favorite bands.


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush.
Has been and always will be Alan Rickman. Forever and ever. Amen.


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

S. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction once she was no longer working a full-time job.

Released is S. J. Pajonas’s second work, book two of four in the Nogiku Series. The first book in the series, Removed, is described as “a wonderful story” with “engaging characters, seamless world building, and an action packed plot.” It’s an “up-til-3am-because-I-read-it-in-one-sitting book.” She also writes contemporary romance and her upcoming first book in the Love in the Digital Age series will be published in 2014.

S. J. lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

You can find S. J. online at:
Website: http://www.spajonas.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SJPajonas
Twitter: https://twitter.com/spajonas
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7233209.S_J_Pajonas
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/spajonas
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gleek
Instagram: http://instagram.com/spajonas#
Tumblr: http://spajonas.tumblr.com

Follow the rest of S. J.'s blog tour at http://lolasblogtours.com/2013/11/21/blog-tour-nogiku-series-by-sj-pajonas.

Find out more about Lola's Blog Tours (Organizing book blog tours, cover reveals, book blitzes and review opportunities) at:

Website: http://lolasblogtours.com
e-mail: lola@lolasblogtours.com
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DESCRIPTION FOR REMOVED:
Duty knows no family. Love has no price. Secrets can cost you everything.

Twenty-year-old Sanaa Griffin, a sweet and smart half-Japanese girl, is about to get more than she bargained for when she wishes for love and excitement on New Year’s Eve 3103. Mark Sakai, who knows more about her than any stranger should, thinks Sanaa is the perfect person to spy on the heads of the three biggest Japanese clan leaders in Nishikyō. He wants her to gather enough evidence to keep them from going to war when they land on Earth’s colonization planet, Yūsei. Nishikyō, built by the Japanese 300 years ago to house the rest of mankind, is failing and everyone is preparing to leave. Sakai has known Sanaa’s family all her life but she knows nothing of him! And despite all the time they spend together, he keeps his distance from her. Then one day, he brings her to Jiro, his nephew, to learn sword fighting, and it changes her life irrevocably. Between falling in love with Jiro and the information she is gathering on the clans, Sanaa realizes Sakai is holding back secrets about her family and her deceased parents, secrets as to why she was chosen for this job, and learning the truth puts her and all of Nishikyō in danger.

You can find Removed on Goodreads.

You can watch the trailer for REMOVED here:


DESCRIPTION FOR RELEASED:
**Contains spoilers for those who have not read REMOVED (Book 1)**

Left in the desert to recuperate from her injuries, Sanaa Itami paces the floors and contemplates her mistakes. She trusted too easily, and now people she loved are dead, killed at the hands of men coming to assassinate her. Sanaa feels beaten, but life awaits her at home. While Nishikyō recovers from the earthquake, negotiations for Sanaa’s eventual rule on Yūsei continue. New allies must be made, new friendships brokered, new skills acquired — at all costs. Life at the top of the chain is complicated and lonely, though. With relations in Sakai clan rocky and uncertain, Sanaa must learn to trust others again more than she’s willing. Who amongst the clans is left holding a grudge? And will the new family Sanaa has found with Jiro support or betray her? From Nishikyō to Yūsei, RELEASED, Book TWO of the Nogiku Series, is the second book in a captivating New Adult post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.

You can find Released on Goodreads.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

BOOK: 9 Incarnate by Gary Starta

BOOKS

In 9 INCARNATE Egypt’s great gods and goddesses arrive by comet bringing hope of unity and secrets of the pyramids. However, the beloved Isis isn’t among the Arrivals and preternatural investigator Caitlin Diggs begins hearing the goddess in her head. Could Diggs’s previous exposure to a crystal artifact substantiate the belief that Isis has stored her essence on Earth and consequently now shares her human body?

Perplexed, Diggs turns to a scientist to explain the Arrivals, not to mention the weirdness which includes a coinciding mass disappearance and assassination of the president. Diggs surmises the deities may be preparing a new Egypt until a lethal threat of global warming emerges. More perplexing, is her co-alignment with Isis an alliance or hindrance? Diggs may have to make the ultimate sacrifice if she is to keep Egypt’s past from ending Earth’s future, and all the while maintain her integrity.

Buy 9 INCARNATE at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/9-Incarnate-Gary-Starta-ebook/dp/B00HMZRU4A

Find Gary Starta online at:
WEBSITE - http://www.garystarta.net

FACEBOOK - http://www.facebook.comGaryStartaSciFiFanPage

BLOG - http://www.networkedblogs.com

BOOK: Only Human by Mike Mehalek

“Dragons do not cry. They control their emotions. That is what all dragons were taught, but I am now the only one alive to remember this lesson.” 
 
Cover Art by Allie Raines
Now for sale at Amazon


What does it mean to be a human? 

Meet Vincent, a most unusual dragon who has been trying to avoid answering that particular question for thousands of years, ever since his kind banished him and forced him to spend the rest of his life as a human. When a new love arrives unexpectedly, Vincent discovers that the only way to find happiness is to revisit his violent past and to confront his uncertain future. Haunting, heart-felt, and sometimes funny, Vincent discovers that even through tragedy, the things we most often try to avoid are those that make us whole.



What others have said

ONLY HUMAN takes you on a journey through Vincent's past lives and loves as he navigates his present incarnation and the darkness that follows him throughout the ages.
-Heidi Ruby Miller, author of Greenshift


There's lots to love about ONLY HUMAN: action, mystery, secrets revealed and redemption. Add to that dragons (who doesn't love dragons?), wicked bad guys and an all-too-human narrator who will win your heart...the strongest element of this book is the love story...This is an epic, timeless story and a small intimate one at the same time. Dip your toe in, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
-Jennifer Barnes, editor at Raw Dog Screaming Press

Purchased and enjoying!!...AND I had a dream I was a flying dragon last night! It was awesome!
-Amazon Reader

Watch the trailer below



For fun

Who would play the characters in the movie version?


About Mike

Mike Mehalek writes fast-paced lyrical books that can be enjoyed with one reading but have enough substance for re-reading. He brings stories to life that demand to be told, regardless of the hopes/dreams/fears/desires of his characters-the Story first-always the Story. 

He'd love for you to visit him at his blog, Writing is Tricky
or on Twitter @mikemehalek

If you'd like to join his email list, please email mike.mehalek@gmail.com
with like to join in the subject line.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Edward Cote

PATHS TO PUBLICATION
Let's see, path to publication: In a word, "rocky".

I first got the idea for this project a long time ago but didn't start seriously working on it until relatively recently. Even then I had trouble working to a point where I had both the time to write and the resources to get a cover (which does look great BTW, thanks to Tara) editing, formatting, and other services. Right now I'm very busy. I've gone back to school and I'm going through some changes in my personal life that while are in themselves difficult, will give me more clarity, tranquility, and independence, and hopefully make it easier for me to write.

I've had a productive year and I'm looking forward to another. I want to get Book Two published next fall. If I have it ready in time I might even take it to Gen Con! I've learned a lot but I have a lot left to learn.

I wouldn't have it any other way.
--Edward L. Cote
December 2013 

Edward L. Cote grew up in Kansas and went to college in Lawrence, where he still lives. He likes to travel, cook, have good conversation with good friends and have a D&D game with friends that meets every other week.

He grew up on science fiction and fantasy in a time when Return of the Jedi was in theaters and Star Trek TNG seemed like the coolest thing on television. In his school years he read the entire Dune series, Ender's Game and all the sequels, as well as Orson Scott Card's Homecoming series, and several others. In college he discovered Roger Zelazny's Amber and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, and more recently George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire.

This year Edward finished his first book, a fantasy/YA novella called Violet Skies.


http://www.amazon.com/Violet-Skies-Edward-Cote-ebook/dp/B00GXU4AUW

Friday, November 22, 2013

SFR Brigade Presents: Starrie 1.6

STARRIE 1.6

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post six.  Read the rest of the story so far here. 

And, check out other wonderful posts at the SFR Brigade.


STARRIE  (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller


Search beacons flashed from the descending voyeurs. One flew so close to Ben's position he heard the whir/snap of multi-directional sensing devices. He could take out the voyeur, but surprise was Dreadfire Team's favorite weapon.

Ben looked to Kiki, who monitored his position from a boulder several meters up. She held her palm up to indicate he shouldn't move. His nose always itched when he needed to remain motionless—just the way of things. He ignored the maddening impulse to scratch, knowing it would disappear as soon as he was on the move again.

Kiki flipped her hand over. All clear.


He removed a collapsible grappler from his flat pack. The grappler's thin line launched two thousand meters into the air to hook a rock underhang just below the eastern prow of Stavros's castle. With Ben in the lead, Dreadfire Team ascended Durstal Ki, hanging in midair from a piece of string so thin, he had to concentrate to see it against the limestone and snow backdrop.

The lift was excruciatingly slow. They would be most exposed during this moment—easy pickings for voyeurs and snipers or for an ambush when they reached the underhang.
 ~~~


BOOK DESCRIPTION: 

Starrie is a direct sequel to Greenshift. It follows the story of Ben Anlow (David's younger brother) and his team as they embark on a revenge mission to bring down serial murderer and rapist, Liu Stavros, at his fortress in the inhospitable mountains of Tampa Three. But contractor Naela Starrie already has her own kind of vengeance planned for Stavros. Even as a battle-hardened soldier, Ben's not prepared for the darkness he sees in the female assassin, nor the way she challenges his prejudices about contractors when she makes a sacrifice to save to his life.

This novel runs concurrent with Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light, the first book of the main space opera series. And we follow a thread of Starrie into Book 2: Scarred by Light.

Look for Starrie from Dog Star Books in July 2014 and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light in late 2014.