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.

Friday, November 15, 2013

SFR Brigade Presents: Starrie 1.5

STARRIE 1.5

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post five.  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


The chilled air smelled of spice, giving a false sense of comfort to those minutes just before sunset.

Above the timberline, but just below the squalling ice storms near the peak, Ben glimpsed part of the great fortress. Its shiny silver reflected the surrounding snow and rock. The structure looked like a double-prowed ship or a wintry bird of prey about to strike.

Security voyeurs peppered the sky—hovering, watching, listening. The insulating gel Ben and his team had covered themselves in should dampen any thermal signatures, but it also held in a fair amount of body heat. For Armadans, who ran hot to begin with, the effect was anything but comfortable. But, it was a hell of a lot better than whatever Stavros's present victim was going through.

When they reached the break in the trees, the troopers dashed for the cover of the boulder field. Ben's boots crunched through the grey and yellow scrub. The closest two voyeurs snapped their telescoped cameras and microphones back into their spheroid casing and plummeted toward Dreadfire's position as though gravity had suddenly given out. 

Ben's group dropped among the giant rocks, some as large as an Armadan surface transport. 
 ~~~


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, November 12, 2013

EVENT PHOTOS: DogCon 2

EVENTS

A late recap through images of DogCon2 in Columbus, OH - August 2-4, 2013.

BACK (L to R): Emory Pueschel, John Edward Lawson, Jason Jack Miller, Matt Betts, Michael A. Arnznen, D, Harlan Wilson FRONT(L to R): Jennifer Barnes, Chris Stout, Hanna Gribble, Stephanie Wytovich, Heidi Ruby Miller  





BACK (L to R): Matt Betts, Michael A. Arnzen, Steven Archer, John Edward Lawson, Jason Jack Miller, Chris Stout FRONT (L to R): Emory Pueschel, K. Ceres Wright, Jennifer Barnes, Hanna Gribble, Stephanie Wytovich, Heidi Ruby Miller, Donna Lynch



 

 

Friday, November 08, 2013

SFR Brigade Presents: Starrie 1.4

STARRIE 1.4 

Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post four.  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

He motioned for the left flank to keep to the trees for cover. The tall, fat-trunked pines remained dense until the timberline gave way to a boulder field buffering Durstal Ki, the highest mountain in the Chulama Chain. The sun had a few moments left in the sky to their rear, but the peaks loomed ahead like a black hole, ready to suck them in, never to be seen again. 

Like so many women Liu Stavros brought here.

Anger threatened Ben's concentration as he remembered how Mari narrowly escaped that fate. He had no business thinking about the woman his brother had killed a man over. 

Returning to his combat experience, Ben fed his conflicted emotions into a furnace inside him that kept his energy up, his mind alert, and his determination resolute. 

With none of the heavy Armadan armor to impede their stealth, the men and women wore only fatigues of blended nylon and flex steel. Body-fitting flat packs carried specially condensed supplies and also served as flak vests. Skull caps rested easily on their heads—the face plates and visors retracted.
 ~~~

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, November 06, 2013

PUBLICATION: Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly Call for Submissions

PUBLICATIONS

From the SFR Brigade Site and Heather Massey

Paid Market Opportunity For Your Short Story: 

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly Call For Submissions 

Greetings, authors! I'm cross-posting this Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly call for submissions from The Galaxy Express:

Dearest authors, you know how much I enjoy science fiction romance. If this is your first time visiting The Galaxy Express, then I'm here to tell you how much I love reading sci-fi romance!
 
For the sake of my voracious reading appetite as well as that of all SFR fans, please consider submitting a sci-fi romance short story to the Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly.  
 
I, along with K.S. Augustin and Diane Dooley, have teamed together to deliver science fiction romance news and entertainment in a brand new format. This free digital magazine will include a short story in each issue. The first installment launches November 15, 2013.
 
Here are some of the advantages of publishing a short with us:  
 
* Gain new readers
* The Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is a paid market
* Author-friendly contract
* We help promote your story for free
* Your cross-promotion efforts help raise the visibility of SFR
* It's a fun collaboration!
* I get to read more science fiction romance :) 
 
There are no guarantees of acceptance, but there's a definite bright side. Even if the Quarterly passes on your story, you can still self-publish it or offer it as a freebie to your readers. Then you tell me about it and I share the news on The Galaxy Express! 
 
For submission guidelines and other relevant information, contact Diane Dooley: fiction "at" scifiromancequarterly dot org
 
Follow Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly on Twitter: SciFiRomance 
 
Please help spread the word. Permission granted to forward this information.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

COVER: Wasteland Blues by Scott Christian Carr and Andrew Conry-Murray


Of Mice and Men Meets The Odyssey in a Post-Apocalyptic Future

Having only ever known the uncivilized wake of nuclear and biological apocalypse, three friends and their wheelchair-bound hostage set out on a perilous fool’s mission--to cross from one side of the devastated United States to the other, in the desperate, half-believed hope of finding a rumored haven. 

Spurred by a dark vision and the murder of their father, rageaholic Derek Cane and his over-sized, simple-minded brother, Teddy, flee the only home they've ever known, a struggling shantytown on the edge of the vast Wasteland. Heading ever eastward, they are accompanied by their friend, John, an orphan brought up by a fanatical religious order, and Leggy, a crippled old drunk who brags that, in his youth, he once traversed the Wasteland as a scavenger.
Cover Art by Bradley Sharp

Post-Apocalyptic novel  coming from Dog Star Books in March 2014


 


BOOK: The Machines of Bellatrix by Cary Caffrey

BOOKS
The Machines of Bellatrix







UPDATED: November 5th

Machines (the sequel to The Girls from Alcyone) is now live on Amazon and available for purchase in the Kindle Store. A paperback and hardcover edition will follow in a few weeks.


SYNOPSIS:
Alcyone is gone. The Independent stronghold on Scorpii is destroyed. Sigrid and her sisters have fled the Federation to make a new home on the remote world of Medea. 


But with a price on her head the size of a planet, and pursued across the galaxy by the Council for Trade and Finance, Sigrid knows she and her sisters are far from safe. As long as there are those who would seek to control them, hunt them, dominate them, they will never be safe.


Unless Sigrid can stop them first.


But to stop them, Sigrid must first find them. But how? And where? Her only clue is a mysterious coded message; one that could serve as either warning or invitation; one that will lead Sigrid to a factory world at the very edge of Federation space, and to a deadly confrontation with her most dangerous enemy yet: the machines of Bellatrix.


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For more info visit him at carycaffrey.com

Friday, November 01, 2013

SFR Brigade Presents: Starrie 1.3

STARRIE 1.3
Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post three.  Read the rest of the story so far here. 

Check out other wonderful posts at http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/p/sfr-brigade-presents.html?spref=fb.

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


In their thirty years of service together, these dozen Armadan men and women had scaled many mountains, blasted into deep reaches of space, hunted down their share of inter-system criminals, and were still going strong. 


Sure there were some horrific moments along the way—Ben had lost track if he or Duncan had had more limbs reattached or replaced. Matt had been comatose for six months a few years back. Char nearly bled out during a raid on the Svetz Pods, and Kenya had to be quarantined for seven weeks in a radiation detox facility.


Any of them could have died or left the team, but decade after decade they all ended up back together. This was family, even to the ones who had amours and children spread across the Intra-Brazial system. Dreadfire Team were siblings in arms, and the only one of thirty Armadan special ops teams to be alive and original, thanks to Papa Ben, a nickname he never liked because it made him feel old, and at fifty-one, Ben was still a couple decades shy of mid-life.

~~~

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.