Readers Will Identify With Van Rompaey’s Ascension

imageAscension
The Oasis Series
Author: Jeannie Van Rompaey
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing (April 2016)
Pages: 312
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Twitter: @JRompaey
Website: JeannieVanRompaey.com

I’ve always has an affinity for mutants and Greek mythology. Well, pretty much any mythology, be it Greek, Roman, Finnish, Native American, you name it. Imagine my delight in reading Ascension by Jeannie Van Rompaey which combined the two. I received an advance copy of this novel in-exchange for a fair and honest review.

Without spoiling much of the novel, I’ll attempt a synopsis:  At some point in the near future, the Earth’s environment has been destroyed through a combination of environmental neglect, war and scientific meddling into genetics (of plants and humans). The result is a fairly medium-sized population of mutants living in sheltered domes, protected from the harsh environment. These mutants are not your ordinary super hero variety; they have two heads, four eyes, wings, multiple arms, etc. Their character traits are based loosely on mythological beings (Mercury, Heracles, Siti, etc.) and they spend much of their time performing mindless tasks of preserving the culture of Past Earth.  Through a series of events the mutants in one sector  learn that non-mutant humans, or Completes, are living in a utopian society on satellites that orbit the Earth. Our adventure continues from there.

Told in short, engaging narratives from the viewpoint of several main characters, Van Rompaey did a great job of keeping me interested in their development as she moved the plot along at a fairly quick pace. A definite plus is van Rompaey’s richly drawn characters and the believable dialogue between them.   One challenge I did have was the lack of real threat for our main characters. Yes they have all lost something in either the past or the present, but as the conflict picked up, some of the resolution seemed glossed over only to move on to the next part of the story. I never really sensed any “danger”. At times it felt I was reading parts of several novels, each based in the same “universe”.  Ascension is a part of an ongoing series of novels, which may be why this feels the way it does.

Who we are and how we think of ourselves is a prevalent theme in the novel. In a world filled only with mutants, the three-eyed-three-legged man is a sex symbol, right? How comfortable we are in our own skin defines who we are. What happens when we find out we can change? Van Rompaey deftly navigates these questions and conflicts and creates a relatable morality tale.

As the plot progresses, Ascension seemed more like a novel that put a twist on office politics and social interaction than about identity. It definitely finds its own footing, turning managerial shake-ups, an office sexual affairs, quotas and competition between other offices into excruciating yet hypnotically funny rituals of humiliation. Readers who have spent any amount of time in an office setting will identify with our crew of colorful characters. Some situations may seem utterly implausible (even in a post-apocalyptic world filled with mutants) but its easy to overlook after investing in each of our characters.

This is a fun read; it evokes a subtle satire of the everyday workplace but its appeal is far broader. Readers will find something to enjoy in this very human tale of being comfortable in your own skin.

Van Rompaey tells an astonishing good tale, mixing up pop culture references and diverse myths into a tale you will identify with.  There are enough plot twists  to keep you surprised. Definitely worth picking up.

3-1/2 Stars out of Five for Ascension by Jeannie Van Rompaey

Wake the Sleeping Giants for a Fun, Exciting Adventure

imageSleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Publisher: Del Rey (April 2016)
Pages: 320
Genre: SciFi / Techno-thriller
Twitter: @neuvel
Facebook: SylvainNeuvel
Website: Neuvel.net

Imagine you are a young child who happens to fall down a hole in your backyard only to find a giant, metal, glowing hand. A decade or so later you are working on a project that is trying to find and piece together the remaining parts to a large metallic robot that may or may not have been left here by aliens more than 6,000 years ago. Except now, you no longer are looking in your own back yard. The pieces to the robot are scattered across the globe.

Sylvain Neuvel’s thrilling debut novel, Sleeping Giants, is the first book in the Themis Files series. I think the key word here is files. Each chapter is written as either a journal entry or as the transcription of an interview. The interviews are led by a mysterious, unnamed individual who is leading the charge to find and put together the mystery of the giant robot.

The story is told through the perspective of key characters and their reaction to the world changing events they are involved in.

Neuvel has a firm grasp on dialogue, giving each character a distinctive voice and tone. Hardly ever did I find myself feeling that the conversations were repetitive or expository. He mixes intrigue and suspense with wit and humor to create a truly enjoyable literary experience.

The plot is fun, exhilarating and quite enjoyable. It’s fast paced and, while not predictable, makes sense in a global kind of way.

My only complaint is toward the latter half of the novel, some characters are quickly introduced and some plot points happen so fast that they lead you to wonder if they could have been better planned or foreshadowed. The character’s personalities are revealed through their interviews.  These latter events and characters have little time “on page” to leave that much of an imprint on us and seem not as developed as other.  There really isn’t that much time for their (one in particular) motivations to be clear.

Although it’s the first in a series, Sleeping Giants stands alone. The author has written a riveting page-turner, leaving just enough speculation at the end to create a craving for the next novel in the series…which I hope comes soon. I received an advanced review copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Sleeping Giants is scheduled to be published in April 2016 but I read this back in December of 2015. Only now, at the request of the author, am I publishing this review.  I hope the next novel in the series is quickly on the heels of this one.

Sleeping Giants looks to be the start of a very enjoyable science fiction series. I’m looking forward to seeing what Sylvain Neuvel will do next.

3 ½ stars out of 5

CLICK HERE and order your copy of Sleeping Giants.

Spotlight on Astounding Authors

Welcome to another week of Astounding Authors. We are spotlighting four novels this week that I’m sure you will enjoy. This week, please share us on your Facebook or Twitter streams. It only takes a moment to click the share button. This not only helps us, but it helps spread the word about out Amazing! Astounding! Authors!

imageBucky Ball
Author: Fabian Roy
Publisher: Amazon Digital (Jan. 2016)
Pages: 168
Genre: Science Fiction
Twitter: @lokisarrow
Facebook:  Lokisarrow
Website: LokisArrow

James Pesola tells the story of how one night of partying in South Beach with his best friend changed his life forever. Listening to a specific song always transports him back to the same time and place which happens to be the Miamillennium nightclub in Miami. These flashback moments are called lifeturns, and James claims to have lived over one hundred and seventy-one of them, some lasting between 13 and 26 years.

Download what some are calling a “Fun” and “Imaginative” read today! CLICK HERE for Bucky Ball by Fabian Roy.

imageThe Sabbath
Authors: Arthur Nsenga & Shaunakay Francis
Publisher: Say La V. Publishing (Jan. 2016)
Pages: 197
Genre: Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Twitter: @artDaGreat
Facebook: Nsenga-Arthur
Website: Arthurnsenga.com

Would you rather suffer for eternity, or die peacefully?

What if you had no choice?

The morning after witnessing a spectacular meteorite shower, Cory and his girlfriend Lana didn’t expect to wake up immortal.

News bulletins claim the meteorites have released a chemical compound called ATHENS which has caused mutations in the human race. The twisted outcome has left people unable to die but with an increased sensitivity to pain.

Now with the majority of food supplies contaminated, and the rich controlling what little is left, the desperate young couple are force to go on merciless food raids just to stave off the pain.

During which they accidentally discover a secret government device and find themselves caught up in a diabolical plot to control the future of humanity.

Realizing that there is more to ATHENS than what they were led to believe; Cory and Lana set out on a crusade to uncover the truth. Their journey will lead them into the darkest depths of humanity. If they can follow the trail, they may be able to find some answers.

But will the cost of knowing the truth be too much? Find out by CLICKING HERE and ordering your copy of The Sabbath by Arthur Nsenga & Shaunakay Francis!

imageLeaves of the World Tree
Author: Adam Misner
Publisher: Adam Misner (Dec. 2015)
Pages:  108
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Website: Adammisner.com
Goodreads: Leaves of the World Tree

Leaves of The World Tree is a 108 page short story collection.

Each one is meant to give you a window to a soul. To introduce you to motivations of a person unlike yourself. The stories follow a Viking cursed with being average amongst a group of extraordinary warriors; a man who has never slept who experiences both the productivity and loneliness of his gift; an evil pirate that wants to save the girl; a necromancer who wants to be a romantic; a shapeshifter who wants to find a friend to reveal his secret to; and finally a knight who has always been ordered to do good and wants to choose for himself to be a good man.

Get started on the Leaves of The World Tree today by downloading your copy.  CLICK HERE!

imageNightfall
Author: Moshe Ben-Or
Publisher: Amazon Digital (Jan 2016)
Pages: 363
Genre: Hard Science Fiction
Facebook: Moshe-Ben-Or
Goodreads: Nightfall

There will be war!

Leo Freeman is a bored young aristocrat who flies fighter jets in peacetime, but will never be allowed to fly them in combat. All he wants is a bit of adventure.

Yosi Weismann is a scarred war hero who has seen enough “adventure” to last six lifetimes. All he wants is a little peace and quiet for a change.

Isabella van der Rijn is a ruthless tyrant perched unsteadily atop a seething pyramid of venal nobles. All she wants is power, at any price.

Patricia Sleager is the socialite daughter of an up-jumped ne’er-do-well whose fortune and prospects are rapidly fading. All she wants is to keep up her social status, no matter what she has to do.

Miri Legraf is an ordinary schoolgirl. All she wants is to pass the next midterm, and fit in with her friends.

But the universe does not care what they want. It does not care what anyone wants. When alien monsters from beyond the stars come barreling into Known Space with a war fleet larger than anything anyone has seen in six centuries, all well-laid plans and all vague dreams will come crashing down. And the only things that matter will be survival and victory. Victory at any price. For without victory, there will be no survival.

What is the price of victory?  Find out now by CLICKING HERE and purchasing Nightfall by Moshe Ben-Or!

Spotlight on Astounding Authors

I’m giving you a heads up right now: it’s going to be hard to pick which of these Astounding Authors’ novels you’ll want to read this week. We have three novels so interesting that you may want to read them all!  Click through the link and give them a try.

imageThe Dragon Scale Lute
Legends of Tivara, Daughter of
the Dragon Throne. Vol 1
Author: J.C. Kang
Publisher: CreateSpace (Feb 2016)
Pages: 484
Genre: Asian Fantasy
Twitter: @JCKang804
Facebook: LegendsOfTivara
Website: JCKang.info

Kaiya’s voice could charm a dragon.

Had she lived when the power of music could still summon typhoons and rout armies, perhaps Cathay’s imperial court would see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool. With alliances to build and ambitious lords to placate, they care more about her marriage prospects than her unique abilities.

Only the handsome Prince Hardeep, a foreign martial mystic, recognizes her potential. Convinced Kaiya will rediscover the legendary but perilous art of invoking magic through music, he suggests her voice, not her marriage, might better serve the realm.

When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan– Kaiya’s childhood friend and his half-elf sidekick (or maybe he’s her sidekick?)– discover mere discontent boiling over into full-scale rebellion, Kaiya must choose. Obediently wedding the depraved ringleader means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

Discover the Legends of Tivara, Daughter of the Throne and download The Dragon Scale Lute today! CLICK HERE!

 

imageThe Unknown Sun
Author: Cheryl Mackey
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Pages: 330
Genre: Fantasy (YA)
Twitter:  @Writezalot
Facebook:  Writezalot
Website: Writezalot.com

Seventeen-year-old Moira is haunted by the accidents that claimed her parents and sisters. When a strange boy who seems to know too much about her past attacks her, Moira fears death will come for her a third time. She is rescued by twins Airi and Belamar, the winged heirs to the throne in Skyfall, and taken to safety in their world.

But Skyfall is dying, and the Immortals who had protected Airi and Belamar’s world have been missing since the Great War. Moira, Airi, and Belamar must find a journal left by the twins’ deceased mother, Tanari, that tells of a prophecy that must be fulfilled to find the Immortals known as The Unknown Sun so that Skyfall can be saved.

Deeper, darker, secrets unravel around the three friends as a revolution threatens their quest and the boy who tried to destroy Moira on Earth hunts them. Tanari knew more than she had let on, and within her journal a story is more than it seems, the past foretells the future, and a far-reaching plan is unveiled.

Why did Tanari reach across time and space to entrust a simple human girl with saving Skyfall? Who are the mysterious “Four” mentioned in the journal? And why does another Immortal want her, and The Unknown Sun, dead?

Find out by CLICKING HERE and downloading your copy of Cheryl Mackey’s The Unknown Sun.

 

imageA New Divide
Author: Nathaniel Patrick Sanders
Publisher: Amazon Digital (Dec. 2015)
Pages: 271
Genre: Sci-Fi / Dystopian
Twitter: @omg_ItsSanders
Facebook: Nate.Sanders.3998
Blog: Thefarandfew.blogspot.com
Website: Anewdivide.com

Book One of Three

In the distant future, the people from a former Earth have created peace by converting war into a form of sport known as Gravityball.

War has been abolished, civilizations have flourished like never before, and now superstar athlete Collin King has won the hearts of billions by conquering his nation’s circuit for the fourth year in a row.

Hours after celebrating his victory an ancient ruler decides to end the peace when he condemns Collin’s world for the crime of being free. During the despair, suffering, and annihilation of his people Collin discovers he holds a genetic key to immortality, witnessing his ideals of greatness change as they are plunged into question. And as he evolves into the voice of reason for humanity—he becomes the center of the first violent conflict that has been experienced in over one thousand years.

A New Divide follows Collin King on his journey of adversity shortly after he is liberated from his destroyed home world. It’s the story of life, love, choice, and the power of desire – and what that can accomplish.

Travel along on the journey by CLICKING HERE and downloading your copy of A New Divide by Nathaniel Patrick Sanders.

 

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!

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!

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!

CLICK HERE to read the exciting debut from J.G Clay…Tales of Blood and Sulphur

imageGravedigger
Author: Michael-Israel Jarvis
Publisher: Booktrope (Oct. 2015)
Pages: 332
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Twitter: @jarvisauthor
Facebook: Michael.israel.jarvis
Website: Michaelisraeljarvis.com

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!