Category Archives: Science Fiction

Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Jay Noel

JayNoelToday’s author you should know is Jay Noel.

Jay lives in Missouri and is a super-talented writer of science fiction, steampunk, and more. He’s a USA Today bestselling author and all around good guy.

I first met Jay at an event in St. Louis last October. It was an indie author event hosted byGateway a local library and I gave it a shot. Jay was walking around the room checking out other authors though he wasn’t set-up to sell. He was there supporting his wife and her book. We got to talking and soon found we had a mutual Facebook friend and we’ve stayed in contact since.

Jay is the author of the Mechanica Wars Series and his most recent novel Gateway Mothman.

From his Amazon page:

USA TODAY best selling author Jay Noel was born in New York, but currently lives in Missouri with his family. He received a degree in English from Southeast Missouri State University many moons ago. Jay is a prolific blogger, and one-time podcaster, and he enjoys connecting with writers, readers, and fellow bloggers from all over the world.

To find out more about Jay and his brilliant writing, check out his website at jaynoel.com.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Greg Alldredge

Screen Shot 2018-06-18 at 4.50.03 AMToday’s author you should know is Greg Alldredge.

Greg is an author of science fiction, steampunk, and more. He’s an extremely busy person working as a teacher in China while writing book after book. His proficiency is something I admire!

Greg’s writing is accessible and fun. His characters often have an edge to them and are easy to get to know. His stories are entertaining and engaging.

Greg is a great guy and I first met him through a Facebook group we both belong to. I recall last summer being PrettyWaiterpart of a “30 Days, 30 Authors” event with him and getting to know him even better. Since then, we’ve both been in the On the Horizon bundle and both of us are working on a shared world project for 2019. On top of all that, he’s been traipsing around China teaching while working on new projects. His latest series is the Helena Brandywine Adventures featuring Helena Brandywine in a steampunk San Francisco. The first book, Pretty Waiter Girls, even climbing to Best Seller status not too long ago.

From Greg’s Amazon page:

I have led a varied life. 20 years traveling the world as a sailor, 10 years as a professional actor, 10 years in the manufacturing industry and 7 years as a teacher. Now I write and teach.

I grew up reading all the great science fiction. I hope to add my voice, in some small way, to the giants of this genre.

My wife and I, currently live in China. Where I teach Theatre in a private school located in a small city in Anhui province.

To find out more about this talented and prolific writer, check out his website.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – RJ Batla

Today’s author you should know is RJ Batla.RJBatla

RJ is an excellent author of fast paced, action-filled scifi and fantasy adventure. I know, it sound like a lot but RJ writes some fantastic books!

I met him through a Facebook group I belong to over a year ago and since then, we’ve Beta read each others works and he’s been supportive of me especially when I doubt what I’m doing. He’s a genuinely good guy on top of being an excellent writer.

From his Amazon page:

R.J. Batla is a fantasy author and fan of the genre. He’s working on series in both epic and urban fantasy, and likes to write fast paced books that take the reader on an adventure that they can see in their mind. His books reflect influences from novels, comic books, manga, and other cartoons/media, and he joys in blending in these elements in his books.

Author, Christian, Husband, and Father, R.J. Batla enjoys everything outdoors and takes as much time as he can with his family. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him outside (thinking about writing), working out (and thinking about writing) or various other places (all while thinking about writing).

FireEyesI’ve read several of his books including Fire Eyes Awakened and enjoyed the thrilling pace (See my review here). If you like fantasy or scifi with a bit of wit and wise-cracks, you gotta try his books!

Find out more and get a free sample of his writing at rjbatla.com.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – S.A. Gibson

SAGibsonToday’s author you should know is S.A. Gibson.

I’ve known Author S.A Gibson for probably over a year now. We were both members of a larger Facebook group for SciFi writers and through our interactions there, have come together with many other wonderful authors to organize and publish the excellent boxed set of SciFi/Fantasy novels called On the Horizon (though in all honesty, he was the driving force behind the project and deserves most of the credit for all the good that’s come from it!)

Author S.A. Gibson tends to write SciFi and and Post-Apocalyptic books with little advanced technology, focusing more on the human element. From his Amazon page:

Published author of academic articles and book chapters and post-apocalyptic “woodpunk” fiction, S.A. Gibson turns passions for learning, artificial intelligence, and human communication into accessible worlds of wonder and fascination. Author of fiction books and stories set in a future without advanced technology, which all interrelate in time and space. Living with a beautiful spouse and their beloved Dachshund-Chihuahua in Southern California, the writing continues.

He’s an amazing writer and tireless advocate for his fellow authors. If you’re looking forAsante something different and engaging, check out his books! For more info about him and what he’s up to, you can visit his website. From there you’ll find all the social media channels to connect with him.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Mirren Hogan

mirren-hogan-logo-e1502158817934Today’s author you should know is Mirren Hogan. Mirren lives in Australia with her family and writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and science fiction. She’s a talented writer with grand visions for the direction of her writing career.

I think I first met Mirren maybe about a year ago through a Science Fiction writers Facebook group. Soon after, we both found ourselves as part of the On the Horizon boxed set of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels (which is still available as of this blog post). She’s also the creative mind behind an upcoming shared world fantasy project which I was invited to participate in. She’s an amazing author with close to ten novels and several anthology collections to her credit.

One of her latest series of books is her Reasoner Trilogy books, starting with book 1: DragonhazeDragonhaze. I know she likes to include as many dragons as possible in her work (the shared world project I mentioned earlier is centered around them!) so if those flying beasts of legend are your thing, go check out her work.

To find out more about Mirren and her books, check out her website or visit her Amazon page to read more about her novels and anthologies.


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New Release: The War for Truth

PrintThis week sees the release of my latest novel The War for Truth on Thursday May 10th. With this book, I conclude my Forgotten Chronicles trilogy. If you’ve read the first book in the series, The Selection, now is a great time to pick up books 2 and 3 (especially since book 3 is on a special pre-order price of only .99!)

I’m thrilled to share this strange and dangerous world with you and hope you find enjoyment in the series. It was a series that I created with my son in mind. I wanted to write something he’d enjoy and so far, I’ve nailed my audience! Having new readers discover the books has been amazing and humbles me. To know someone who doesn’t know me personally has enjoyed a story I wrote means so much to me.

 

Book 1, The Selection, is available for $1.99 in ebook form or you can get it as part of the 22 novel collection On the Horizon for only .99. Book 2, Rise of the Forgotten, can be yours for $2.99 in ebook.

Both are also available as an audiobook narrated by Paul Jenkins (he’s currently working on book 3 for a June release!) Grab The Selection or Rise of the Forgotten from Audible, iTunes, or Amazon.

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement!

 

Rise of the Forgotten Pre-Orders

Wahoo!! I’m crazy excited to announce the sequel to my novel The Selection is available for pre-order on Amazon!

The next installment in The Forgotten Chronicles series is titled Rise of the Forgotten and follows Eron and Timo after the events of The Selection.

Here’s the blurb for the new book:

After brothers Timo and Eron are separated by the ritual of the Selection, they’re forced into vastly different lives. Accepting their fate, they make the best of their situation. But when Timo’s home among the Forgotten is invaded everything changes.

Eron must decide if he will join the invaders or risk the life he’s earned and fight alongside the Forgotten.

Though hidden for centuries, the time has come… the Forgotten must rise.

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Grab your copy today and please share with others! Pre-order it here: Rise of the Forgotten.

Oh, as an added bonus, right around Christmas, I’ll have an audiobook version of The Selection available as well. I can’t wait to get this out there!

 

(Almost) Average Spotlight: Christa Yelich-Koth

I met Christa earlier this year and was fortunate enough to read her book Eomix Galaxy Books: Illusion (Awesome book by the way and it is FREE on Amazon the week of December 11th! Go get it!). So for the last (Almost) Average Spotlight of 2017, I present scifi author Christa Yelich-Koth.


Hi Christa, thanks for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

How long have you been writing?

Christa Yelich-KothI’ve been writing since the early 2000’s, but didn’t get my first publication until 2012. Since then I’ve had 2 novels, 1 graphic novel, and a 6-issue comic book series published.

 

What inspired you to start writing?

I suppose I’ve always liked to read stories and so began telling them/ writing them. I’d love for readers to enjoy my books as much as I love reading other people’s books.

 

Tell us a little bit about your current project. Is it a novel, short story, or something else? Is it part of a series?

cv banner2My current project, COILED VENGEANCE, is in the final stages of editing, yay! It will be released through Buzz & Roar Publishing in spring of 2018. It’s another novel in the Eomix Galaxy Books collection, though it’s a standalone story, so you don’t need to have read the other books first.

The book itself is a science fiction thriller, with dream messages, ice-melting slugs, bounty hunters, and genetically-enhanced murderous children. It follows Ness Opute, who will stop at nothing to find the woman who murdered his wife. But Opute is not the only one on the hunt.

 

What genre do you prefer to write in, if any?

Illusion coverI definitely prefer scifi and fantasy, though I’ve delved into detective fiction as well. I enjoy those genres because they let me do anything as a writer, so I’m completely free to follow the characters and not worry about constraints.

 

What authors influenced you?

My biggest influences have been Anne McCaffrey (for her worldbuilding), Stephen King (for his incredible character depth), Edgar Allan Poe (for his gorgeous descriptions and mounting tensions), and Anne Rice (for her layered backstories).

 

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading fantasy novel NOCTURNE by author Kat Ross. She is a newer author I’ve discovered and I absolutely LOVE her books.

 

Do you write every day? A few days per week?

Identity coverI write a few days a week. I’m a pretty fast writer so I get a lot done in less time. I also get bored easily if I work on my books every day, so this way I get breaks in between.

 

Where can we purchase your current book? What about previous books?

My books and comics are all available on my website (www.christayelichkoth.com) or can be found on Amazon (keyword: EOMIX) or through www.BuzzAndRoarPublishing.com . The audiobook for ILLUSION will also be available on ACX starting December 2017.

Titles are:

Eomix Galaxy Books: ILLUSION and IDENTITY

HOLLOW (graphic novel)

Hollow’s Prism 6-issue comic book series

 

Where can we find you online?

Twitter: @cyelkoth

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christa.yelichkoth

Webiste/Blog: www.christayelichkoth.com

 

Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

Here is an excerpt from COILED VENGEANCE:

“Opute charged the payment on his card, stripped down, and climbed onto the table. As he lay there, he wondered for a brief moment at the recklessness of his decision, when he started to feel lightheaded. His hands and feet tingled. Then his whole body felt compressed under a great weight. Opute’s eyelids started to close against his will and he could feel the panic rising inside him. However, much to his dismay, his arms and legs wouldn’t listen to his orders and he simply lay there, paralyzed. Unable to move or call out, Opute’s eyes closed. Though he tried to fight it, he felt himself being pulled into darkness.”

 

Any parting words for writers?

3 pieces of advice:

1) Show people your work BEFORE you publish/submit to agencies. When you are the writer, you know everything. The reader may not get all of that from your story so you need to know if that’s the case.

2) Network with other writers. This can help with edits, ideas, storyboarding, marketing thoughts, and help along the way. Plus other writers will understand what you face and be able to sympathize and support better.

3) Get your work edited by a professional. It’s easy to have an English major help you or someone else who loves to read, but they may not catch what’s necessary in writing a BOOK, which is a completely different beast. As an Amazon Bestseller and award-winning novelist, I cannot recommend this enough.

“On the Horizon”

On the Horizon is the 22 author scifi/fantasy boxed-set I’m super excited to be part of. It releases on May 1, 2018. My novel The Selection will be one of the 22 novels featured in this collection.

Even if you’ve read my book, you can still pre-order this amazing collection of stories from a cast of international authors. With a price of .99 you can’t go wrong!

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Right now we are able to offer pre-orders on the Nook (or Nook app if you’re like me and read on an iPad using all the different reading apps). By pre-ordering the collection on the Nook, you are helping us to achieve our goal and supporting talented authors from around the world.

Go ahead, click “pre-order” at the Nook store below! I’ll be extremely grateful if you did!

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Amazon pre-orders will be coming soon in a few months. They only allow a 90 day pre-order. If you wanna be alerted to when those are live, sign up to our email alert here and we’ll keep you updated!

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Author Spotlight: Brent A. Harris

Today I’m crazy excited to present Brent A. Harris, author of A Time of Need: A Dark Eagle Novel. Brent and I met over Twitter (along with the Inklings Press team) close to two years ago and I couldn’t be more happy for him with his recent release.

 

Hi Brent, thanks for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Thanks Jason! I appreciate you having me. I’m a writer of alternate history. For those of you not familiar with the genre, it’s when you take a detail from our past and change it to produce a different world than the one we know today. So far, my writings in the genre have earned me a Sidewise Award nomination for my short story Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon. And a pretty amazing review for my novel A Time of Need, from Amazing Stories.

 

How long have you been writing?

My daughter recently uncovered a story I’d written in grade school. She laughed at me.

 

What inspired you to start writing?

Can’t say for sure. I supposed it’s because I buried myself in books. Because I read a lot, I found that I expressed myself better with the written word.

 

A Time of Need Front CoverTell us a little bit about your current project. Is it a novel, short story, or something else? Is it part of a series?

A Time of Need is the first book in the Dark Eagle series. As an alternate history novel, it asks, “What if George Washington had fought for the British?” What we see is an altered path for the young nation. A land where George Washington isn’t the father of our country. In fact, the very idea of the colonists’ winning their independence hangs in the balance. You’ll have to read the book to see if those rebellious Yanks can still win.

 

What genre do you prefer to write in, if any?

I love science fiction and alternate history. But I’ve written steampunk, horror, and fantasy.

 

What authors influenced you?

Too many to list them all. Highlights include: Bradbury, Brackett (most known for penning the first draft of Empire Strikes Back), D.C. Fontana (she wrote some of my favorite Star Trek episodes), Harry Turtledove, Michael Crichton, Hemingway, Joan Didion, and so very many more.

 

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading this one book but we’re not serious. I’m reading a few others too. So long as I don’t shelve them all next to each other, I should be fine.

 

Do you write every day? A few days per week?

I typically write every day. Lately, that hasn’t happened because I had no idea how much work goes into marketing your book. I want it to be successful, I want it to sell, and that means getting out there every day and engaging with people, talking with them and making sure they know who I am. I’ve been told readers don’t read books, they read authors. Maybe the readers of your blog can tell me if that’s true or not. I’d like to think that is. I’m adorable.

 

Do you listen to music when you write? Does it influence how you write?

I MUST listen to music as I write. It affects the story, it affects my mood. It’s inspiration. I listen to Lindsey Stirling. Movie Scores. Classic Rock. 90’s Grunge. It depends on the piece I’m writing. I once wrote a story listening to Oingo Boingo’s Insanity on infinite loop. It hit the perfect chord.

 

How do you think your writing has changed from when you first started?

I’m a Masters student of Creative Writing. I enrolled in order to strengthen my writing and to meet other writers. I think we can always get better. Always improve.

 

Where can we purchase your current book? What about previous books?

A Time of Need is available online wherever books are sold: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books A Million. Here’s a handy link: www.mybook.to/ATimeofNeed

My other short stories are available through Inklings Press, Rhetoric Askew, and Quantum Soul. My Amazon author page will take you straight to them (be sure to Follow me!): www.Amazon.com/author/BrentAHarris

 

Where can we find you online?

My website: www.brentaharris.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Authorbrentaharris

Twitter: @BrentAHarris1

 

What is your favorite book and why?

Jurassic Park is my favorite book. In an alternate world, I was eaten by a dinosaur, I’m sure.

 

Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

You can read the first few chapters for free through Amazon’s Look Inside feature.

 

Any parting words for writers?

Read. Read. Read some more. Read with an eye for improving your writing. Read for fun. Read for self-enrichment. Always be reading.