Spotlight on Astounding Authors

As we put the wraps on March is Reading Month, I hope you take a look at some of the Astonishing Authors we have this week.  While I cannot read and review every novel that comes across through my email, I hope this feature helps both the Authors and you, the reader. Its very easy to download or order these interesting novels: Simply click on the titles below. Hopefully you will return here to Astounding books and let us know what you think. if you posted a review on your own site, feel free to leave us your link.

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imageI Am
Author: Michael Drakich
Publisher: Traanu Enterpises (Dec. 2015)
Pages: 320
Genre: Sci-Fi/Space Opera
Twitter: @Klaato1957
Facebook:  michael.drakich
Website: MichaelDrakich

Genius, wealthy and life regenerated, Adam Spenceworth is living the dream aboard his custom spaceship run by Mum, his first designed AI, protected by Gort, his first robot, and occupied by Eve, his sexbot. With each regeneration he returns to start over as a twenty-five year old man ready to enjoy the pleasures of his success. What could go wrong? Except, maybe, planetary wars, territorial space battles, alien invasions, and the disturbing fact that each regeneration is taking exponentially longer than the one before bringing him into one galactic crisis after another.

A frolicking space drama filled with references sure to strike home with any science fiction aficionado. CLICK HERE to begin the adventure!

 

imageBlood to Blood
Book One in the Angelica Brown Series
Author: Ife Oshun
Publisher: Papa Grace Pub. (Dec. 2013)
Pages: 251
Genre: Paranormal & Urban
Twitter: @IfeOshun
Facebook: AuthorIfeOshun
Website: IfeOshun.com/

Enter the world of Bostonian teen Angelica Brown: budding pop star and descendant of an immortal race of sun-loving blood drinkers known as Shimshana (the folks that created vampires).

Defying her parents’ traditions of higher education, Angel plans to ditch high school to be a singer. She’s got an amazing voice, but she’s also maturing into a full-grown Shimshana complete with fearsome power and insatiable bloodlust. What’s worse, her soaring vocals are now capable of destroying everything, and everyone, within earshot; including her girl group, their mysterious producer and Angel’s hunky new blood donor. To top it off, she must prove her worthiness to live by passing the tests in her Mahá–the ancient, mandatory coming-out-party for new-born immortals.

Will Angel survive her Mahá and quickly learn to control her new abilities? Or will her killer instincts bring her promising career, and her life, to an end?

Enter the world of Blood to Blood by Ifeo Shun!  Download your copy by CLICKING HERE!

 

imageSurviving the Improbable Quest
Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 1
Author: Anderson Atlas
Publisher: Synesthesia Books (Oct. 2015)
Pages: 271
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Twitter: @andersonAtlas
Facebook: Anderson.atlas
Website: www.andersonatlas.blogspot.com

Allan has lost so much: his Olympic dreams, his parents, the use of his legs, his voice. When life is at its bleakest, its darkest, Allan and his uncle are almost drown by a flash flood. Allan must save his uncle, even if it’s the last thing he does. Allan crawls for help, a seemingly insurmountable task for a paraplegic.

Suddenly, Allan is transported to another planet by the least likely thing, a flower. A fire erupts inside Allan. He bursts with drive, purpose and determination.

He unleashes a drive deep within his muscles. It’s a familiar feeling, one he felt during swim meets and competitions. The strange and dangerous world he’s found himself in is just another lap.

In a blaze of utter resilience, Allan finds his voice, his soul and his heart. He escapes the creepy Jibbawk and the Lithic Furies and Killian Crow.

No one has met anyone like Allan before, and they never will again. He is Allan Westerfield: adventurer, comedian, nephew, friend, paraplegic.

Heroes of Distant Planets begins HERE with Surviving the Improbable Quest. Get your copy today!

 

imageEast of Everything
Author: A. O. K. Simpson
Publisher: Amazon Digital (Dec. 2015)
Pages: 228
Genre: Contemporary Literature
Twitter: @aoksimpson
Facebook: AOKSimpson
Website: Aoksimpson.com

This is East London, where talk is cheap and beer is dear and everyone but you has an ironic tattoo. And this is a story of millennial men: of cobbled identity, flawed friendship and terrible love.

René Dubois-William is thirty, and at a low ebb in his life. Jobless, loveless and living with his indulgent mother, there appear to be no limits to the depths of his degradation. But a chance encounter with a couple of old school friends—the infuriatingly charming Madoc, and Niceguy™ Howard—will set all three on a tortuous path of self-discovery; careering wildly through betrayal, redemption, triumph and despair.

Will René finally find love with the remote and enigmatic Flame? Can Howard hang on to his bored and restless girlfriend, Anna? What will Madoc do with the body?

Find out all this, and more, in…  EAST OF EVERYTHING. CLICK HERE and download your copy today!

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Spend a Weekend with The Man Who Was Thursday


imageThe Man Who Was Thursday

Author: G. K. Chesterton
Publisher: Originally Published in 1908
Pages: 136
Genre: Metaphysical Thriller

Sometimes a book will fall figuratively in your lap. My “To Read” list on Goodreads  is growing faster than my “Finished” list.  At some point I added G. K. Chesterton’s masterpiece – The Man Who Was Thursday – to the list, but I don’t recall why. Regardless, I was obviously in the mood for reading some early 20th century metaphysical literature chock full of allegory, metaphors, anarchists and sublime characters. (Don’t we all get that urge from time to time???)

Published in 1908, The Man Who Was Thursday begins with two men, Gabriel Syme ( a poet who believes in law and order) and Lucian Gregory, (a poet and anarchist) meeting in a garden during a party. After a lengthy discussion as to whether Man should be ruled by laws or have free will to rage against the machine, Gabriel accuses Lucian of not being a “real anarchist”. Lucian counters by inviting Gabriel to a secret meeting of anarchists to prove him wrong. At this meeting Lucian is hoping to be elected to the Supreme Council of Anarchists as “Thursday”, one of seven men on the council, each named for a day of the week. The Council, lead by the man named Sunday, is planning to carry through with a planned assassination/bombing.

What transpires next is a humorous, witty, frightening, and often philosophical look at the state of man, war, peace, God, and social order to finally reveal that nothing is as it seems.

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C. K. Chesterton

Did I mention that the subtitle of the novel is: A Nightmare? That’s because many of the thematic discussions of the novel are pretty relevant today. Some things never change.

For fans of Christian allegory or C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Papers, this novel will please you to no end. For fans of thought-provoking philosophical discussions that will leave you endlessly pondering the book’s meaning, this will please you to no end.

Chesterton employs subtle and not-so-subtle metaphors that leave you guessing his ultimate goal for the novel. It’s apparent right from the start: Gabriel = Law & Order.  Lucian = anarchy/Free-will. Both meeting in A Garden. (I mean, c’mon!) The other members of the Council: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday et all, represent the burning questions of the time: Pessimism or optimism of Modernity; the benefits of scientific materialism; etc. And who is Sunday, the mysterious man who leads the council?

But if you think it’s just that easy, it’s not. There are enough twists and turn, colorful characters and beautiful banter that make this Nightmare a wonderful experience. This is one of those books where you will be looking up words, highlighting passages and writing notes in the margins.

Rare and wonderful is the novel that comes along that, after reading the last word, instantly bestows upon you the desire to read it again. The Man Who Was Thursday is just such a novel.

While some of the events and situations may seem out of date, the novel will certainly provoke further discussion. Want to have fun? Suggest this for your next Book Club read and watch the sparks fly….

Download or order your copy by CLICKING HERE!

5 out of 5 Stars

Remarkable Reads and Notable Novels

Happy Easter!  We are happy to participate in a Book Blitz today and be able to introduce to you a very notable novel from an Astonishing Author!

Australian author Patricia Leslie has captured the rustic beauty and the unknown adventures of southern Sydney in her latest urban fantasy, A Single Light.

imageA Single Light
Author: Patricia Leslie
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Pages: 276
Genre: Urban Fantasy

When Rick Hendry is contacted by a federal agent to help investigate a growing number of mysterious vanishings across Australia, he finds himself immersed in a world where normal is a very narrow view of reality. The two men are joined by a doctor, an archeologist, a journalist, and an Afflür Hunter.

They soon discover that in the bush, south of Sydney, among the beach goers, walkers and picnickers, a menace grows. The mysterious Bledray monsters are preparing for a Gathering; a feast of epic proportions. Only the Afflür Hunter and Guardians can stop them, but their strength is failing and humans are needed to help prevent a second holocaust.

A Single Light is an urban fantasy tale of ghoulish monsters and  non-human protectors battling to save humanity amid the spectacular and rugged landscapes of the Royal National Park south of Sydney.

Purchase A Single Light by CLICKING HERE! 

imageAuthor Bio

Patricia Leslie is a Sydney author with a passion for combining history, fantasy, and action into stories that nudge at the boundaries of reality. Her debut novel, The Ouroboros Key was released through Odyssey Books in 2014.

Patricia is a visual writer and dedicates time to exploring locations and allowing snapshot scenes to run through her head before combining them together into one story. She is also a dedicated, some say compulsive, reader and collector of books.

You can keep up to date on what Patricia Leslie is working on through her website: PatriciaLeslie.net ; liking her on Facebook: Patricia-Leslie Or following her on Twitter: @TrishAnders

imageSpecial Thanks to Sage’s Blog Tours for setting up this Book Blitz. Let’s all help promote Patricia Leslie’s new novel, A Single Light!  Please hit the one of the Share Buttons and let your friends know you found it on Astounding Books!

A Few Astonishing Moments With Author Joseph John

Welcome back to The Last Cafe at the End of the Internet. Today we are sitting and talking with Joseph John, author of The Eighth Day, a techno-thriller set in New York City.

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Joseph John

An Army officer and combat veteran with seventeen years of active duty service, John graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and attended flight school at Fort Rucker, AL. He remained in Army Aviation as a CH-47 Chinook pilot until 2013, when he transitioned to Operations Research and Systems Analysis.

The Eighth Day is John’s debut novel.  It envisions a near future where we’ve begun meddling with the human genome and taken evolution into our own hands. It will be published this week on  March 31, 2016.

Joseph John is currently stationed in Italy but through the magic of a vast array of satellites and The Master Control Program he joins us here in The Last Cafe at the End of the Internet. 

Astounding Books (AB):  Joseph, thank you for joining us today all the way from Italy. As we are in a cafe, tell us what are you drinking?

Joseph Johns (JJ):  A coffee. One brewed from a Keurig coffee brewer, to be precise. Or, even more precisely, a Van Houtte French Vanilla K-Cup with two packets of Splenda and a generous helping of Nestle Original Coffee-Mate creamer. I’m usually sipping on one throughout by day-job until I return home in the evening and slip into my author’s chair. At that point, I’m sipping pure, unadulterated imagination.

AB:   Ah yes, unadulterated imagination. We get that a lot here at the Last Cafe at the End of the Internet. Tell us five things that most people don’t know about you.

JJ:   Oh, man. That’s a tough one. Give me awhile to think about it.

AB: Not a problem. I’ll just take a short nap…

(Tick Tock. Tick, Tock. Tick, Tock…)

AB:  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

JJ:  Okay. Note that a significant amount of time has passed here. Here’s five things most people don’t know about me.

1. I am a second-degree black belt and certified instructor of Tae Kwon Do.
2. As a cadet at United States Military Academy at West Point, I spent over 200 hours walking the area (Walking the Area- Click to View), the most in my class.
3. On two separate and unrelated occasions, I was accused of trying to bomb both West Point and Fort Bragg.
4. I love to travel and go exploring on spontaneous adventures. I’m currently stationed in Italy and having the time of my life.
5. While deployed to Iraq, I served as the Protocol Officer for General David Petraeus.

AB:  What books or authors influenced you?

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The Three Investigators

JJ:  I think most red-blooded American males growing up in the 1970s and 1980s who enjoyed a good book read the Hardy Boys series. Props to ghost writers like Leslie McFarlane and crew. I was also into The Three Investigators series, created and written by Robert Arthur, Jr., and The Black Stallion series, by Walter Farley.

I read my first “adult” novel in the third grade: Cujo, by Stephen King. After that, I was hooked, and once I’d consumed everything by good ol’ Steve, I moved onto authors like Dean R. Koontz and Michael Crichton. I was also really into the Dragonlance series by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, as well as books in the Forgotten Realms universe—specifically The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore. I think my stepdad’s father had almost all of Louis L’amour’s westerns—like 70 or 80 of them—and I read all of them, too.

So, yeah. I read a lot, and I had an eclectic taste for books and authors that influenced me. Even nowadays I’ll read anything, although I tend to shy away from series. I prefer a breadth of experience versus depth into a single author’s works.

That being said, I’ll still pick up a new book by Stephen King anytime and anywhere. Hell, sometimes I’ll even pick up one I’ve already read, like going back to a former lover for another romp in the hay because I know it’s going to curl my toes and give me goosebumps all over again.

AB:   The Three Investigators! Loved those books. The Alfred Hitchcock versions were the best. (Click HERE!). Right now I can’t get enough of the Marvel series on Netflix. What TV show or Movie are you currently obsessed with?

JJ:   Stories are my passion. Whether it’s movies, television, or books, it doesn’t matter. I love them. I love being captivated by a writer, losing myself to the story and its characters. It’s like, for that period when I’m staring at the screen or flipping the pages, I’m right there with them, experiencing their fear, frustration, anger, joy, failures, and triumphs. There’s nothing like a well-crafted story. You know what I mean. The kind that pulls you in and keeps you up all night, whether it be a Netflix marathon or hunched over your Kindle with eyes wide and heart pounding until the break of dawn.

The Walking Dead current tops my list of television obsessions. I mean, wow. The storyline, the character development—forget about it. Rick Grimes is both a hero and a son of a bitch. I love it. Honorable mention goes out to Supernatural (maybe it’s past its prime, but I’ve been watching it since day one, so I don’t care), Castle (of course I love a series about a bestselling novelist!), The Americans (the suspense is incredible), and Homeland (Carrie Mathison is flawed, twisted, and the perfect heroine).

Also, anything from the Marvel Universe—television or movie—and I’m all in.

AB:  What was your favorite toy growing up? 

JJ:  G.I. Joe. I had no idea I’d grow up to be a career Army officer, but I loved G.I. Joe. My best friend and I were very systematic about the way we played, too. I’m talking to the point of obsessive compulsive. None of this grabbing the guys and leaping through the air and traveling vast distances and doing crazy, unbelievable things like most kids would play. Oh no. Our Joes obeyed the laws of physics. They got turns, and each turn, they could either move a limited distance (measured to be realistic, of course), or they could fire their weapon, and as the bullet left the weapon, we’d line up the shot and chart the course to see if it was a hit or not.

imageAB:  My two brothers owned the large Aircraft Carrier that took up something like half our basement.  I hope you saved the boxes from those toys.

Joseph, thank you so much for taking some time away from preparing for the release of your debut novel, The Eighth Day, and joining us here today. Good luck with the launch and I hope you come visit us again soon.

To order The Eighth Day, Click HERE!  Be sure to come back to Astounding Books and let us know what you thought. You can follow Joseph John  by visiting his website: JosephJohnFiction.com, liking him on Facebook : JosephJohnFiction or following him on Twitter: @JosephJohn

Spotlight on Astounding Authors

I’ve almost begun to enjoy this segment of our site more that the actual reviews! It’s great reading all of the wonderful book descriptions we get each week. We can’t possible read them all, but you can help us!

Once again we are featuring a diverse selection of novels from Astounding Authors that are hoping you take a chance on them and read their stories. High Fantasy! Steampunk! Dystopian Sci-Fi! (We seem to get a lot of Dystopian novels. Must be a trend…) and a Young Adult Historical Fantasy novel! Take your pick, read and review. Let us know what you thought.

All of our featured novels are available for downloading and purchase through the links provided. Be sure to follow our authors on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date on their current projects. (And while you are at it, head on over to Facebook and like US as well! CLICK HERE TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

 

imageTheo Blinkerson and the Copper Coffin
Author: Gregory Butron
Publisher:  Amazon Digital (Nov. 2015)
Pages:  190
Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi
Facebook:  Theo Blinkerson
Goodreads: Gregory Butron
Website: Gregory Butron

When someone sets out to destroy all electrical technology on the planet, it’s sometimes best to hide under the softest, fluffiest blanket available. Other times you have to run screaming from dangerous robots. In the worst of times, you find out that your best friend has forgotten that you exist, and that you have to ride the world’s longest elevator with the scary girl you only met two days ago. Theo Blinkerson is about to have all of those times.

CLICK HERE to order your copy of Theo Blinkerson and the Copper Coffin.

 

imageWarphan
(The Anavarza Archive Book 1)
Author: Jim Mulcey
Publisher: Compass Hill Press (Nov. 2015)
Pages:  348
Genre: High Fantasy
Goodreads:   J_D_Mulcey
Website:  JDMulcey.com

Join an epic journey across a rugged world bathed in magic, where war is coming in more ways than anyone knows.

Cayne discovers a magical plant and believes his life is about to change forever. Unfortunately, he’s right. Faylin just found out she’s a shapeshifter and now her village is hunting her. Darwan broods over his fall from grace and turns to pyrus, a magical drug that will take more than it will ever give him. Burke takes a righteous stand and must pay the price.

Embark now on an adventure where some will rise, and some will fall, and all will struggle to survive the coming darkness. CLICK HERE to begin your journey!

 

imageIrons in the Fire
(Chronicles of Talis, Book 1)
Author: Antonio Urias
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Pages: 346
Genre: Steampunk / Fantasy
Twitter: @Antonio_LUrias
Facebook: Antonio Urias
Website: Antoniourias.wordpress.com
Goodreads: Antonio_Urias

The City of Talis is a fragile beacon of civilization on the edge of the Faërie Lands. Beyond lies a wilder world of dark enchantments and terrible wonders, but behind the city walls humans and faëries live together in uneasy peace—until an explosion rocks the city and long smoldering tensions threaten to ignite.

As the Commandant of Police, Baron Hessing has maintained stability for decades. But with a murderer on the loose, an anarchist bombing the city, and rumors of a faërie uprising, he is starting to loose control. Hessing finds himself caught in a web of interlocking conspiracies and he may need to choose between saving his city or his family.

Into this maelstrom appears the Countess. Trained from birth for a single purpose—vengeance—suddenly she’s everywhere from secret catacombs to the halls of power. Beset by enemies on all sides, it will take all her training to succeed in a city on the brink of revolution. Plans are in motion centuries in the making that will change the fate of Talis forever.

Begin the Chronicles of Talis by CLICKING HERE to purchase your copy of Irons in the Fire.

 

imageThe Bookminder
Author: M. K. Wiseman
Publisher: Xchyler Publishing January 2016
Pages: 333
Genre: Young Adult / Historical Fantasy
Twitter:  @FaublesFables
Facebook:  FaublesFables
Website: MKWisemanAuthor.com

Magick is forbidden in the Limska Draga valley. But that won’t stop sixteen-year-old Liara from pursuing her birthright. Orphaned by a magickal attack, and now outcast from the tiny village of Dvigrad for petty thievery, she dares to hope she’ll find the answers she craves in the company of the local wizard, Nagarath.

But the anticipated apprenticeship is denied her, the mage electing to train her not in the art of magick, but the keeping of books as a wizard’s librarian. The road to Liara’s future seems paved all in dusty old tomes, until an unexpected attack on the village she left behind sets the two exiles on a collision path with destiny.

With danger lurking in the valley, Nagarath realizes he’s kept the truth of Liara’s heritage from her too long – a powerful secret that could not only tear down the walls she has long placed around her heart, but awake the darkness gifted to her by an unknown father.

Discover the secret of Liara’s heritage by CLICK HERE and getting your copy of The Bookminder today!

A Few Astonishing Moments With… Cheryl Mackey

imageWelcome back. We are once again sitting in The Last Cafe at the End of the Internet, having a cup of coffee, and getting ready to bring you another great interview with an amazing author. This week we are spending a few astonishing moments with author Cheryl Mackey.

Cheryl lives in Southern California with her husband and 2 sons. Her books The Unknown Sun and The Immortals parts 1 and 2 are both young adult fantasy and available at Amazon.  She currently has a flash fiction story published online at The Prompt Magazine.  She has a MFA in Creative Writing and enjoys games, reading and, of course, writing. Her favorite genres to write and read are Fantasy closely followed by Space Opera and Dystopian.

imageAstounding Books (AB): Welcome Cheryl and thank you for joining us today. We are seated here in the Last Cafe at the End of the Internet. What can we get you to drink?

Cheryl Mackey (CM): Tea drinker here! Mostly iced tea. I prefer plain, boring black tea but I’ve tried various flavors.

AB:  What drew you to write fantasy novels over other genres? 

CM:   I was drawn to fantasy because it is 100% imagination. As a child I could escape into a world of my own making or one made by great fantasy authors. Anything is possible and I revel in the unique, odd, or magical. Without fantasy our world would be a whole lot more boring.

AB:   You’ve been very busy with publishing three novels. What’s up next for you?

CM:   Currently I am about a ¼ of the way through the third book in The Immortals series. I hope to have it out sometime this fall. I’m really excited about this book because it’s the book that answers the questions asked in the previous two. A fourth book will follow to bring the ultimate conclusion.

imageAB:   Growing up, who were the authors that left the biggest impression on you or later influenced you as a writer? 

CM:  I was influenced by a range of authors and genres as a child/teen. Isaac Asimov, JRR Tolkien, LM Montgomery, Madeleine L’Engle, Judy Blume, and more. Asimove and Tolkien taught me that the world is limitless in your imagination and Montgomery, L’Engle, and Blume taught me that girls can do and be anything too.

AB:   What was that first thing you wrote that you were either most proud of or vividly remember as being that one piece that will always stay with you as a young writer? 

CM:   In my 20’s, when I was too cowed by my family to ever believe I could follow my dreams, I wrote a modern version of the Beauty and the Beast fable. It sucked. It really was bad, but I had zero knowledge of how to even be an author then. When I went back to college for my MFA in Creative Writing in my 30’s I dragged that terrible manuscript with me and made it the focus. I used what I learned to make it better. I am still proud of it and it will always be special to me, but I’m not sure it will ever be published either. It’s…too personal, a gauge of my life as a writer, a stepping stone to my current success.

AB:   You brought along a photo. Tell us about it.

imageCM:   Family vacation in Las Vegas approx 1983. I’m the pig-tailed girl in the middle behind the toys. We were set loose in Circus Circus while our parents gambled (several cousins and my brother and I) and essentially cleaned out the place. That’s maybe a fifth of our haul. One of our many crazy family vacations we went on up until I was 18 or so.

AB:   What are you reading right now? 

CM:  I am a weird reader. I have 2 quirks that always freak people out. I reread favorites religiously and I don’t have a to be read pile. I read what I buy, one thing at a time, and I’ve just finished a great fantasy series by Landon Porter called Rune Breaker. I really really suggest fans of classic adventure type fantasy read the series.

AB:  I’m going to take a quick break to get more coffee. Go ahead and Interview yourself till I get back…

CM:  Cheryl, Why did you waste your 20’s worrying that your family wouldn’t approve of you being a writer?

CM:   Good question Cheryl…Because I was not convinced I could ever be one. I gained confidence in my 30’s and became an author. And I was right. They don’t approve… but I don’t care.

AB:   Ok, I’m back. It was a short line. Now some fun questions: Star Wars, Star Trek or Doctor Who?

CM:   That’s not fair! I’m a big geeky fan of all 3! Literally. I fangirl.

AB:   Who Shot First (Han or Greedo)?

CM:   Come on! Everyone knows Han shot first!

AB:   That will do it. Thank you again for joining us Cheryl in The Last Cafe at the End of the Internet and good luck on your next projects.

I hope our readers will check out Cheryl’s works. Her books The Unknown Sun and The Immortals parts 1 and 2 are available at Amazon (Click on the Links). You can follow Cheryl Mackey on Twitter: @Writezalot, Facebook:  Writezalot, Instagram: csmackey_author and on her webpage: www.writezalot.com

Spotlight on Astounding Authors

Spring is in the air…and so is a deadly virus that will eat you from the inside out! Slithering, gibbering things are existing in the peripheral of our vision and tales of a Gravedigger? That’s just a taste of what we have in store for you this week in our Spotlight on Astounding Authors!

There’s nothing our editors (which is pretty much just me) enjoy more than talking books with fellow fans. From our Astounding Authors to our Astounding Books, we welcome you to join the conversation, otherwise its just me talking to myself… which makes people stop and stare.  Head on over to Facebook, like us, then let us know what you think of our books. Facebook.com/astoundingbooks

imageAntidote
(The Antidote Trilogy Book 1)
Author: Taylor Hondos
Publisher: BookTrope (Sept 2015)
Pages: 148
Genre: Sci-Fi / Dystopian
Twitter: @ThondosBooks
Facebook: AuthorTaylorHondos
Website: TaylorHondos.com

Life sucks, and then you rot. No one knows how Dermadecatis is contracted, but its existence has changed everything for 18-year-old Lena, in this riveting debut from Taylor Hondos.

No contact with other people.

Masks must be worn at all times in public at all times.

Four months ago men, women and children alike began to rot from the inside out, and the world as we know it changed forever. Life goes on, but now everything revolves around the need to survive and find a cure for Dermadecatis, the disease that Lena Alona’s father discovered.

Unfortunately for Lena and everyone else who is desperate to survive, her father’s secrets died when he did.

Don’t miss out on the Antidote by Taylor Hondos, available now by CLICKING HERE!

imageMountains of Mischief
(Worlds of Change Series, Book 3)
Author: Gordon A. Long
Publisher: Airborn Press (January 2016)
Pages: 347
Genre: Alternate Reality / Fantasy
Twitter: @GordonLong
Facebook: gordonalongwriter
Website: AirbornPress.co

Nobody messes with a Dalmyn wagon train. That is the credo of Dalmyn Cartage, and their drivers and guards are up to the task of keeping it that way.
Until Aleria anDalmyn goes out on her first assignment as wagonmaster and runs into a simmering quarrel involving an ancient boundary dispute and forbidden Mechanical weapons. And a Ghost Beast from an ancient tale, which Aleria would prefer not to believe in until the mutilated bodies persuade her otherwise.

Trapped in the suffocating depths of a crumbling mountain fortress by an ambitious and relentless foe, Aleria struggles to survive as her small party gets whittled down and her confidence in her ability to do her duty fades. Even the sturdy presence of her guard Captain, Erlon, with his hand-and-a-half sword, and the handsome but diffident Kolwyn anLlannon, inheritor of the lore of the Old Ones, can protect her party if she makes the wrong move. And then there are the two unknown horsemen dogging her footsteps. Do they have contact with a traitor in her own camp? Who can she trust?

And where in her crowded life is there a time and a place for the love she craves? Find out by reading Mountains of Mischief by Gordon A. Long. Click Here to get your copy today!

imageTales of Blood and Sulphur:
Apocalypse Minor
(Short Stories)
Author: J. G. Clay
Publisher: Forsaken (2015)
Pages: 214
Genre: Horror
Twitter: @jgclay1
Facebook: jgclay1973
Website: JGHorrorAuthor.com

What happens when ordinary everyday people come face to face with the slithering, gibbering things that exist in the periphery of our vision? What happens when the future, far from being bright, is a dystopian nightmare where an all-powerful Church reduces the ordinary man in the street to walking organ banks? When, in the midst of human barbarity, a force more powerful than any human stalks it’s equally powerful prey? What happens when the Gods themselves turn sour, bitter and unforgiving? From the tropical idyll of a beach to the back streets of Mumbai and beyond, Tales of Blood and Sulphur grips by the arm with a skeletal grip and takes you to places where sanity is stretched to breaking point, where survival is not assured and where the monsters appear in our world in the blink of an eye. The blood runs wet, the sulphur still burns, the Tales are ready to be unleashed!

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imageGravedigger
Author: Michael-Israel Jarvis
Publisher: Booktrope (Oct. 2015)
Pages: 332
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
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Dead or alive. Good or evil. Hero or fugitive. Valo needs a specific solution to a grave problem. The human Claimfold and prigon Torzsi draw apart. War is promised in the West. Worst of all, the magi of Nagyevo are meddling with the dead. Perin is an apprentice Gravedigger: uneducated, unwanted, unsure. He may be the answer Valo needs, if he doesn’t get killed before he works out what’s going on. But of course there’s the chance that fate hasn’t called him after all. The gods are nameless and silent and the best laid plans have a way of going badly wrong. Enter the spade and sorcery world of Valo.

Gravedigger subverts the expectations of that oldest of foes in fantasy, the dead that walk, in a fast-paced adventure through a world of culture, intrigue, magic and blood. Get your copy today by CLICKING HERE!