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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 Need to Know – Stephanie Barr

StephanieToday’s author you need to know is Stephanie Barr.

Stephanie is an excellent author of science fiction and fantasy hailing from the Lonestar State. She writes amazing tales that take the reader on fantastic journeys. Much of her science fiction is packed with legit science (she is in fact a rocket scientist!) which only serves to make her stories feel so real.

I first met Stephanie through a Facebook group we both belong to. Since then we’ve BeastWithinworked together on a boxed set (On the Horizon) and are currently both involved in a fantasy shared world project along with Mirren Hogan, Greg Alldredge, and many more talented authors. Stephanie is insightful and dedicated to the indie author community.

From her Amazon page:

Although Stephanie Barr is a slave to three children and a slew of cats, she actually leads a double life as a part time novelist and full time rocket scientist. People everywhere have learned to watch out for fear of becoming part of her stories. Beware! You might be next!

To find out more about this rocket scientist-author, check out Stephanie’s blog or her Amazon page for more of her books.


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Jason’s Authors You Need to Know – Brent A. Harris

BrentToday’s author you need to know is Brent A. Harris.

Brent is an amazing author of science fiction and alternate ATimeofNeedhistory. He’s extremely talented and well worth a chance. I’ve read several of his short stories through Inklings Press and his novel A Time of Need (you can see my video review of it here). I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve read so far.

I don’t recall when or exactly how I met Brent, but I do know it was over Twitter. Most likely it was through Inklings Press. He’s been a big advocate of my work and a great sounding board when I’ve asked. I can’t say enough positive things about Brent as a fellow author and friend.

From his Amazon page:

Brent A Harris is a Sidewise Award nominated author of alternate history. He also writes science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Previously published works can be found through Insomnia Publishing, Rivenstone Press, Rhetoric Askew, and Inklings Press, the latter having published his short story, Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon, which reaped the Sidewise Award nomination.

He is the author of A Time of Need, an alternate history of the American Revolution, which sees a world where George Washington fights alongside the British against American forces marshaled under a power-hungry Benedict Arnold.

Brent resides in Southern California, where he’s become convinced that Joshua trees are in fact, real trees. When not writing, he focuses on his family, shuttling children around as a stay-at-home dad.

Check out all his short stories and his novel A Time of Need on Amazon and give this talented author a try.


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Jason’s Authors You Need to Know – F. Kenneth Taylor

FKennethToday’s author you need to know is F. Kenneth Taylor.

Ken is a freelance writer, scifi author, and small business owner from St. Louis, MO. My connection to Ken goes back to his magazine Some’n Unique Magazine. Sometime in 2016, he came across my blog and contacted me to see if I wanted Aftermathto write for his magazine. I gladly accepted and wrote many articles. I no longer write for Ken, but we stay in touch. I will always be indebted to him for organizing my very first book signing at the Book House in St. Louis.

Ken writes scifi and urban drama along with actively supporting local indie authors through events and his magazine.

From his Amazon page:

F. Kenneth Taylor has pursued writing since 2001 and has served brief writing stints with 2 online magazines. As a Freelance Writer; he has written 100s of articles discussing an array of topics. F. Kenneth Taylor writes in multiple styles and genres to enhance his credibility, worth, and audience.

Check out more of Ken’s work on Amazon or Some’n Unique Magazine.


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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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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Leland Lydecker

Today I want to share about author Leland Lydecker. He’s an amazing writer (I think you’ll see this phrase a lot as I go through the list I’m sharing!) who writes sci-fi and according to his Amazon author page:

Leland Lydecker is a writer, professional driver, and former airline employee. No stranger to the ins and outs of government and corporate corruption, his preferred writing topics are crime, extra-judicial justice, and the future of society. His interests range from the natural world, to space exploration, to technology and medicine with an emphasis on genetic engineering, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence.

NecroticCityI believe I first met Leland in a large Facebook group we both belonged to. I then started a small Review Circle group for authors to help get honest reviews and he joined us and that’s where I became acquainted with his writing. I’m glad I did!

I’ve had the fortunate pleasure to read his novel Necrotic City and loved it! It was a well written tale of a future city where corruption reigns and one here will come to a decision to fight the corruption or become part of it. I can’t say enough good about this book and hope you check it out.

He and I are also contributors in the Trumpland anthology. His story, again set in a Trumplanddystopian world, was gripping and quite entertaining. No matter what your political leanings, the stories in the collection are well worth a read, and Leland’s is one I enjoyed quite a bit.

Check out his Amazon page and give him a follow. Better yet, try his book Necrotic City or the Trumpland anthology and see for yourself the stories he offers.


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Guest Post: Simon Bleaken

Hi there, my name is Simon Bleaken and Jason has very kindly given me the chance to say a few words on his blog. Firstly I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself, and then I’d like to share an excerpt from a work in progress.

EldritchI live in the UK and write in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres. I’ve had work appear in Tales of the Talisman, Lovecraft’s Disciples, Strange Sorcery and in several anthologies including Eldritch Embraces and Space Horrors: Full Throttle Space Tales #4.

Last year I brought out my first collection of short stories A Touch of Silence and Other Tales, and I am currently working on a second collection, which I hope to release later this year.

My biggest influences have to be my favourite authors, among them: Stephen King, Clark Ashton Smith, H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. I am in awe of the worlds those guys built. I’ve always found the boundaries between sci-fi and fantasy often merge with the horror genre, and I’ve never tried to restrict myself to either – but to tell the story that needs to be told.

SilenceBy day I work for an Infection Control Team in a hospital, and it’s a job that keeps me pretty busy – but I always try and make time for writing in the evenings all the same. It was this job, and my constant promise to my colleagues to ‘write an infection control horror story’ that was the origin of the idea for the excerpt of my work-in-progress I’d like to share with you now. This story is planned for inclusion in my forthcoming collection, and is about a survey team who encounter a deadly infection on an alien world. The idea was – what if the disease was utterly deadly, but the cure was utterly unthinkable?


The shovel scraped metal. I froze, crouching in the dirt down inside the grave pit. My heart was racing, and despite the cool breeze coming up from the valley below I was dripping in sweat, my sodden shirt clinging to my skin. I sucked in a shivering breath, fighting the dizziness creeping through my body. I wanted to curl up in a small corner somewhere, to close my aching eyes and sleep. But to do that would be to die.

The fever had started an hour ago, a steady burning at the base of the spine that had spread to the limbs and up the neck into the brain with terrifying speed. I had seen it kill over twenty people in the last thirty hours, and now it was my turn.

I straightened with a wince, craning my neck to glance over at the lander. There was no sign of Gregson. For all I knew he had already passed out, maybe even died.  His infection had been far more advanced than my own, and I had left him writhing and thrashing in the throes of delirium. A flicker of guilt fluttered through me at abandoning him, until I remembered my own predicament. Falling to my knees, I clawed away the remaining dirt until I uncovered the metal casing of the storage unit. A fresh wave of dizziness washed over me as I wiped a shaking hand across my brow.

Come on, keep it together. You can do this.

Fear quickened my heart – both of what I was about to do, and of the disease now consuming my trembling sweat-soaked body. Sliding off the top of the unit, I squeezed myself between the side of it and the wall of dirt to my right. We had used one of the worker units to dig this pit just over a day ago, and I wished we still had them around to help me exhume it again.

I held my breath as I hauled the lid open. It didn’t make much difference. The smell was unbearable in the confined space. Inside the makeshift coffin the corpse was already beginning to liquefy, undergoing some kind of accelerated decomposition. Despite the state of the corpse, I could clearly see the strange fungal growths covering it. They had turned from blue to brown after death.

This foul rotting thing had been a friend once, Jason Cain, to be exact. I probably stared at his bloated discoloured face for a good twenty seconds, part morbid fascination and part shocked revulsion. Here was the brutal reality of death. We put people in the ground and then tried to forget what came next, tried to remember them as we had known them, as if that was how they would stay forever. But there was no time for any of this. I knew I was trying to put off what I had come here to do, but time was no longer on my side.

The hand tore clean away as I pulled it free of the body.

Somehow I managed to keep my breakfast down.

I crawled out of the pit, skidding down the slope beyond in a cloud of dust and grit. I collapsed at the bottom, my whole body shaking as I dragged myself weakly forwards, dry heaving painfully until my stomach and sides ached. Finally, I crawled up against a large boulder and huddled against it, filthy and shaking, drenched in sweat. Every part of my body hurt, and my vision was beginning to blur.

I looked down at the hand I held. It had been a part of my friend once. Now it was just a thing, an object, or that’s what I tried to tell myself. I just wondered how much of it I would have to eat. My stomach churned at the thought.

It’s just meat, I told myself.


If you want to read the rest of the story, keep an eye out for my next book The Basement of Dreams and Other Tales later this year.

KeplersCowboysTwilightVol2If you can’t wait that long, A Touch of Silence and Other Tales is out now in paperback and for the Kindle, and contains ten short stories (nine previously published, and one new one). You can also find my stories (and lots more by other great authors) in the brilliant Kepler’s Cowboys anthology and in Twilight Madhouse Vol 2. from Schreyer Ink Publishing.

I’ll sign off here, but a huge thank-you to Jason for giving me this chance to say hello. If you’d like to get updates on my work, I don’t have a blog yet (it’s on my to-do list!) but you can find me on Facebook at the group: ‘The Stories of Simon Bleaken’.

Why not drop by and say hello?

Book Promos

Hey everyone, I wanted to bring your attention to a few book promos I’m currently running.

The first one is for my book The Selection. I’ve joined with Art of the Arcane to offer over 40 books for only .99 each. You can get The Selection right now for less than $1! Go to Art of the Aracane to see all the amazing titles or go here for The Selection.

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The next promo is for my newest book Rise of the Forgotten. This is the second in the Forgotten Chronicles series and depending on the day you buy it, can be .99 or $1.99. I’m running a Kindle Countdown deal so grab it early on the cheap. If you’ve read The Selection and want to know what happens next, this is what happens next! Get while it’s on sale here: Rise of the Forgotten.

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Finally, my short story collection Moments of Darkness is part of a free selection of books available at Book Funnel. There are over 40 horror/dark fiction novels and collections available for free here: Things That Go Bump In the Night.

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Feel free to grab the discounted (or free) books and share with others. I sure would appreciate it. If you have a book on sale or for free, please leave it in the comments below so others can find out.

Thanks!