Book Spotlight – Dream Dancer – Janet & Chris Morris – Scifi/Post Apocalyptic

Dream Dancer

Title: Dream Dancer

Authors: Janet and Chris Morris

Genre: Science Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic

Synopsis:

Everything you’ve seen or read till now took you only to the brink . . .

Neither pure fantasy, nor straight science fiction, nor earthbound dynastic saga, Dream Dancer is a stunning amalgam of all three. It is a family saga with the epic appeal of Dune and the action and excitement of Star Wars. It is a saga of love, power and treachery that will appeal to men and women equally; full of action, compulsively readable and quite unlike anything being published in the realms of fantasy today.

The heroine, Shebat, is a remarkable girl from Earth. She is brought to the vast empire of the Kerrion family by a renegade son; named as its future ruler on a whim of his autocratic father; abducted to the slums where the Kerrions’ slaves drug themselves with powerful mystical sorcery; and finally rescued to take part in a great rebellion. She falls in love with one brother but marries another and becomes more Kerrion than some born to the name. A magical seductress of men, passionate in her lust for power, Shebat moves among those who control the destinies of millions, for whom treachery and betrayal are as easy as murder.

Set in the timeless future on a primitive, savage Earth and on the sophisticated habitats of deep space, Dream Dancer is the first volume of a three-part saga.

Why should readers buy this book (50 words max)?

‘Neither pure fantasy, nor straight science fiction, nor earthbound dynastic saga, Dream Dancer is a stunning amalgam of all three. It is a family saga with the epic appeal of Dune and the action and excitement of Star Wars.’

Links etc.

Universal Link https://books2read.com/DreamdancerJMCM

You can learn about Janet Morris here:

Janet Morris on Wiki

Blog/Website

http://www.theperseidpress.com/

https://sacredbander.com/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/uvmchristine

https://twitter.com/uvmchristine/media

Swift Six Character Interview – Lloyd Tenay

Character Name:  Lloyd Tenay

Which book/world do you live in?

I live in The Shattered States series, which is named after the supposed world.  Technically, it’s Earth, but one of those alternate ones that authors love to play with.  This one is where the United States has been walled off and blockaded from the rest of the world.  Nobody is allowed to leave and some putz decided to nuke Washington D.C., so chaos just took over.  You get some warlords and various towns that have carved out a niche, but most of the place is a violent dump with very few laws.  Guess it doesn’t sound that different than reality.  We do have more cannibalism here though.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

I look forward to working with your company . . . Wait . . . Think I got mixed up here.  Well, being a former serial killer, most of my strengths deal with murder.  I say former because the job market has become saturated since the collapse.  Now I consider myself a purveyor of death and, if you make friends with me, hugs.  Have I answered the first part of the question?  Okay then my greatest strength is that I’m very good at thinking on my feet and finding unique ways out of situations.  Cassidy is the planning type while I’m more of a free spirit.

Greatest weakness is supposedly that I don’t know when to shut up.  I’m also easily distracted by knives, women, and food.  Always itching for a fight and I have a habit of looking for challenges that could get me killed.  Not a fan of guns, which puts me at a disadvantage, but I have a paintball gun to cover that.  Wow, I probably should have died a long time ago.  Good thing I’m a protagonist or I’d be screwed.

Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).

Not sure about institutions.  Been in a few over the years and it’s always filled with people that want to talk about my problems.  They claim to be doctors, but they don’t even have a stethoscope and I can read their handwriting.  So, my three important things are:

  1. Cassidy who is my partner and the one that busted me out of prison. She’s like the little sister I never had.  I’m not saying that because I just saw that she bought a few more tasers.
  2. I kind of have a girlfriend, which is the big change since our first adventure. Katie is tough, smart, unpredictable, and energetic.  She’s also a warlord up in Illinois, which means we also have a business relationship. Did I mention she killed a man for getting her tea wrong?  So sexy.
  3. My machete has my name on it, but I’m going with my t-shirt collection. I have so many graphic shirts that I’m surprised they can fit in the jeep.  Seriously, we have so much in that thing and it never causes a problem.  I get the feeling that the laws of physics don’t really matter to the guy in charge.

What does ‘heroism’ mean to you?

That will certainly get you killed out here.  Heroes jump into the fray for the greater good and to save the innocent.  There’s a sense of sacrifice for those true hero types.  I want to say that courage is a big part of it too.  All I really know is that these types tend to get praise and can’t possibly look at someone suffering and go about their lives. Good for them, but that’s not my way.  I guess I can respect the desire to help others and I do get the urge at times.  Just because I’m a fun-loving murderer doesn’t mean I can’t like people and want to help them.  Typically with a lot of slashing and stabbing.

What do you think of your ‘creator’?

He’s a sadistic, horrible monster that comes up with some of the most disturbing challenges for us.  I mean, do you know what he did to me in Wyoming during Crossing Bedlam?  At least he made up for it in Chasing Bedlam, but I still have nightmares about that spoiler heavy section.  On a more personal note, the guy needs to get some sun and lay off the fast food.  Seriously, I think Captain Ahab is going to start looking for him if he doesn’t get his act together.

Do your worst to me, author!  I die and the series ends!  I am immortal-ish!

Give us your favourite piece of advice:

“If you can, be the craziest bastard in the room.  If you can’t do that then make friends with the craziest bastard in the room.”

Also:  “Never argue over pizza toppings. Just get half-and-half.”

 

Links to book

Chasing Bedlam

Horrible Creator’s author page Charles E Yallowitz – author page

Wind from the Abyss – Sci Fi – Book Spotlight

This Author’s Cut Edition is revised and expanded by the author and presented in a format designed to enhance your reading experience with larger, easy-to-read print, more generous margins, and covers designed for these premium editions.

Wind from the Abyss is the third volume in Janet Morris’ classic Silistra Quartet, continuing one woman’s quest for self-realization in a distant tomorrow. Aristocrat. Outcast. Picara. Slave. Ruler …. She is descended from the masters of the universe. To hold her he challenges the gods themselves.

Praise for Janet Morris’ Silistra Quartet: “The amazing and erotic adventures of the most beautiful courtesan in tomorrow’s universe.” — Fred Pohl

“Engrossing characters in a marvelous adventure.” — Charles N. Brown, Locus Magazine.

“The best single example of prostitution used in fantasy is Janet Morris’ Silsitra series.” — Anne K. Kahler, The Picara: From Hera to Fantasy Heroine.

Wind from the Abyss starts with this . . . Author’s Note – Since, at the beginning of this tale, I did not recollect myself nor retain even the slightest glimmer of such understanding as would have led me to an awareness of the significance of the various occurrences that transpired at the Lake of Horns then, I am adding this preface, though it was no part of my initial conception, that the meaningfulness of the events described by “Khys’ Estri” (as I have come to think of the shadow-self I was while the dharen held my skills and memory in abeyance) not be witheld from you as they were from me. I knew myself not: I was Estri because the girl Carth supposedly found wandering in the forest stripped of comprehension and identity chose that name. There, perhaps, lies the greatest irony of all, that I named myself anew after Estri Hadrath diet Estrazi, who in reality I had once been. And perhaps it is not irony at all, but an expression of Khys’ humor, an implicit dissertation by him who structured my experiences, my very thoughts, for nearly two years, until his audacity drove him to bring together once more Sereth crill Tyris, past-Slayer, then the outlawed Ebvrasea, then arrar to the dharen himself; Chayin rendi Inekte, cahndor of Nemar, co-cahndor of the Taken Lands, chosen so of Tar-Kesa, and at that time Khys’ puppet-vassal; and myself, former Well-Keepress, tiask of Nemar, and lastly becoming the chaldless outlaw who had come to judgment and endured ongoing retribution at the dharen’s hands. To test his hesting, his power over owkahen, the time-coming-to-be, did Khys put us together, all three, in his Day-Keeper’s city — and from that moment onward, the Weathers of Life became fixed: siphoned into a singular future; sealed tight as a dead god in his mausoleum, whose every move brought him closer to the sum total, obliteration. So did the dharen Khys bespeak it, himself. . . .

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Author Interview Sixty-Nine Massimo Marino – Sci-fi

Welcome to Massimo Marino

Please tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m Italian, and because even in Italy that means everything and nothing at all, I should say, I am Sicilian. I was born in Palermo, and as it happened with countless Sicilians, I left it, back in 1986. I lived more years abroad than in my home country, and I have changed in many and different ways than my old friends there. It is always a pleasure to go back, but it is now 6 long years since my last visit. Saudade? Maybe, a little.

I lived in Switzerland, France, and the United States. I am a scientist as a background, and have spent over 17 years in fundamental research. Most of my writing are then academic stuff, and I always wonder at how much Google is able to find about everyone. I am sure one has to Google oneself so not to forget too much about oneself… I use Google a lot to do research for my books.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. 

I’m writing a visionary, speculative sci-fi trilogy, “The Daimones Trilogy”. The first volume, “Daimones” is available both as paperback and ebook. The second volume, “Once Humans”, is in the last editing phases and should be hit the virtual and real shelves in a few weeks.

Daimones is part true life experience and uses real facts with an added “what if” to provide an explanation to current and past events. It developed into a post-apocalyptic novel with an ongoing mystery and suspense till the end, where all “dots connect”, especially with Dan’s past—the main character—and which leaves the reader, as one reviewer put it, “with lots to ponder”. It spurred by finding on the net an amazingly long series of inexplicable death of animals, where nothing can be pointed at as cause for the events and still most of those events share common aspects. Intriguing…what if…

Where can readers find your book? 

Almost everywhere because of the extended distribution of Smashwords from their Premium Catalogue. So Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Foyles, Smashwords, and many many others.

Direct links for Amazon and Smashwords are:

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O53L5O

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MassimoM

How long have you been writing and what, if anything, made you choose the genre in which you write?

 I wrote for many years, though it was academic stuff. Since my teen years I have written novelettes and short stories that ended up in a drawer every time and then lost and destroyed. It was a solo pleaure, very few have ever read those. Then, an unexpected turn in my life made for me to join a beta-reader community and the feedback has been phenomenal.

Sci-fi was a big hit at home when I was a kid. Had both father and older brother deep into that genre. I couldn’t avoid it.

Who or what are your inspirations/influences? 

I grew up reading sci-fi, all the big names, from Isaac Asimov to Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin, Frank Herbert, Larry Niven, Robert Heinlein, to name just a few and then other genres too, Tolkien, Stephen King, Tom Clancy and others. Italian authors, too, like Svevo, Calvino, Sciascia, and also Greek mythology authors, the ones I used to hate at school and that are instead fantastic writers and authors. We live with myths daily, even if we do not realize it.

Can you name a positive experience from your writing and a negative one? It is the same experience for both; sometimes you cannot control what your characters do and say. I followed lessons on creative writing from Brandon Sanderson at BYU online, and in one of those he described the two extremes of writing styles. One goes through pre-organizing everything, the entire plot, from the beginning to the end, the various conflicts, each chapter, everything. And then fills up the gaps, more and more till the manuscript is “completed”. At the opposite sit those writer called “gardeners”. These ones plant the seed of the story, and then the story grows, evolves, take unexpected turns, with the writer sometimes unable to tell how it will end, or what will happen if certain events were to occur.

I found myself more into this last tail of the “writers distribution curve”. I’ve watched Daimones in my mind, heard characters discussing, and reacting to what happened to them as in a movie. Sometimes I was unable to write as fast as the images flow I witnessed and I had to ask them to rewind and let me watch again.

The story and the characters had a life of their own, and I became the first reader of the novel.

With the rise of e-books do you still publish in print as well? Is this medium important and why?

I will always bring novels to print. Longer books need to be in print too. Besides, bookstores are not yet equipped to carry ebooks and it is always nice to see one owns work on the shelves. For example, I’ve recently done a Reading in a bookstore in Geneva. That would have not happened if the book was not in print as well.

Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write? 

At times I listen to music, piano concertos. I love Rachmaninov ones.

Books are important, why is this the case? What can a book provide that say a video game cannot? 

A good story doesn’t show everything to readers. It brings them in, makes them use their own experience and path of live to imagine and recreate the vision the writer had in the first place. That vision is different for every reader. A book is always an active process, readers’ mind and imagination have important roles. A video game is passive compared to a book. Everything is there, and in order to enjoy better the experience the player has to let go his own imagination because it interferes with the gaming experience or slows down actions and reactions. The more hypnotized a player is, and absorbing passively everything the better he can be at the game.

With a book the opposite happens, the more the reader contributes to the reading, the more enjoyable the story becomes and grows into the reader.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? 

I believe I can become a writer.

 

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“Once Humans” Vol.2 of the “Daimones Trilogy”

 

The dogs had been slaughtered. Not a quick death either…no pity or mercy for their suffering. They did not waste a bullet for our companions; a large machete-like blade had slashed through their bodies. The guts of the male left a trace as he tried to drag himself away from the killing rage. A barbaric act, and probably a message for us. I looked at Laura with a muted question.

“I wanted you to see the place as we found it,” Laura said. “I left the two guys here, as a precaution, but instructed them not to touch anything.”

Laura gestured to our escort and the group scattered around the perimeter.

The barn was open and many animals were missing. Those still there—and their entrails—covered the floor. The walls were splattered, giving the impression concrete bled, too. A stench of gas and death assailed me.

 

 

The “Daimones Trilogy”

2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction

2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club

2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series

2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.

2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards

http://Author.to/MassimoMarino

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https://plus.google.com/+MassimoMarino01/about

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Guest Post from Walter Rhein – Fantasy and the Chance to win!

I am delighted to welcome Walter Rhein to my blog, he is here to announce his forthcoming fantasy The Reader of Acheron. There is also the chance to win a free copy.  This writer has a lot of talent, look out for more of his work and add this title to your reading lists soon!

Fifty Free Fantasy Books!

Hey Folks!  In the next month Perseid Publishing will be releasing “The Reader of Acheron,” the first book in the Slaves of Erafor series.  Perseid is the Publishing house of Janet Morris of Thieves’ World Fame and we’re super excited about this book.

“Reader” is a heroic fantasy in a post-apocalyptic setting where slavery is commonplace and reading is outlawed.  It’s a dark fantasy novel with mature, ambitious themes.  Both Janet and I are really excited to get some feedback on it.  To that end, we’re giving away 50 copies of the book to anyone who promises to post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

If you’re interested in receiving a review copy, just send an email to walterrhein@gmail.com.  Be sure to specify whether you want a physical or electronic copy and include the relevant mailing or email address to send the copy.  This offer is limited to the first 50 people who respond so get your emails sent out quick!

I’ve also recently released a reprint of a fantasy series that has been getting some great reviews.  This reprint is through Stencil Press and the series is “The Chronicles of the Tainted Gods.”  The first two books are already available here and here with the third scheduled to see release before the end of November.

Thanks for taking the time to read this little note.  If you’re interested in discussing some fantasy projects, come over and hang out with us at the Heroic Fantasy Facebook group.  See you there!

Walter Rhein

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