Happy New Release to Andrew P. Weston
and his new military fantasy, The IX!
The ultimatum: Fight or die.
Roman legionnaires, far from home, lost in the mists of Caledonia; a US cavalry company on a special mission for Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln; and a Special Forces unit from the 21st century, desperate to prevent nuclear catastrophe:
Snatched away from Earth at the moment of death to a failing planet far away, these misfit soldiers must unite against a relentless foe, where the cost of victory may be more than they’re willing to pay.
How far will they go to stay alive?
From Perseid Press.
BUY The IX on Kindle (with print to come in February 2015):
More about The IX:
Arden, home to a culture that has existed for thousands of years and which spans dozens of worlds. Regardless, their sophistication cannot prevent calamity at the hands of an unstoppable nemesis. Known only as the Horde, this enemy has proven relentless. They have not only stripped the outer colonies bare, but now threaten the existence of the entire Ardenese way of life.
Realizing there is nothing they can do to prevent the inevitable march toward extinction, the Ardenese governing body come to a drastic decision. They gather together at their capital city, Rhomane, and submit their remaining genetic heritage into a vast underground ark, to be left in the care of an incredibly advanced AI construct called, the Architect.
It’s mission? To use the Rhomane’s dwindling reserves and safeguard their race by reaching out across time and space toward those who might be in a position to help reseed a devastated world at some time in the future.
Imagine the scenario, then, when soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing, and transported to the far side of the galaxy. Thinking they have been granted a reprieve, their relief turns to horror when they discover they face a stark ultimatum:
Fight or die.
Despite overwhelming odds, this group of misfits manages to turn the tide against a relentless foe, only to discover the true cost of victory might exact a price they are unwilling to pay.
If you like your science fiction to include fast paced, gritty, realistic action and dark humor in the face of overwhelming odds, then The IX is definitely a saga for you.
Fans of Julian May’s “Saga of the Pliocene Exiles,” Robert Heinlein’s “Have Space Suit, Will Travel”, and Jerry Pournelle’s “Janissaries Series” will love this tale. It combines elements of the past, present, and future, and blends them together into a slick and stylish package that will leave you breathless and hungry for more.
The Must Read Science Fiction Adventure of 2015.
Read a couple of excerpts from The IX, available to read for free at Amazing Stories!
Interview with Andrew P. Weston:
Character Interview with Alan McDonald from The IX:
Take part in the Thunderclap campaign for The IX. The Thunderclap goes off on February 3rd!
About the author:
Andrew P. Weston is a Royal Marine and Police veteran from the UK who now lives on the beautiful Greek island of Kos with his wife, Annette, and their growing family of rescue cats.
An astronomy and law graduate, he is a contracted writer of fiction and poetry, creator of both the “Guardians” and “Cambion Journals” series, and has the privilege of being a member of the British Science Fiction Association, and British Fantasy Society.
When not writing, Andrew devotes some of his spare time to assisting NASA in one of their remote research projects, and writes educational articles for Astronaut.com and Amazing Stories.
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Andrew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WestonAndrew
The Guardians Blog: http://theworldoftheguardians.blogspot.gr/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Andrew-P-Weston/e/B00F3BL6GS/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Flash fiction stories for anthologies!
ENDS March 1, 2015
Pagan Writers Press and Ishtar Press (the romance/erotica imprint) are currently seeking flash (short) fiction stories of 1,000 to 2,500 words for inclusion in five separate promotional eBooks for the press. The purpose of these books is to introduce new readers to PWP and display the vast talent of our authors to grow their individual followings.
Themes for these eBooks include:
- Paranormal Romance: These stories focus on relationships, but have a supernatural twist. Characters can be shifters, witches, ghosts, vampires, or a host of other creatures (or be the humans that interact with them). They can be on the darker side, but the focus must be on the relationships.
- Erotica: While the romance has a relationship focus, here we are looking for stories centered on the physical acts of pleasure of one or more parties. All manner of couples and light BDSM welcome.
- Halloween / Samhain: Celebrate the magic and mystique of this solemn (and fun) holiday with stories that occur on this day or the days leading up to it. All non-erotic genres welcome.
One submission per author per collection is allowed (i.e. you can submit two different stories to two of the anthologies, but not more than one story for each).
Please review our standard guidelines before submitting your work. Failure to follow them will result in the rejection of your work.
All settings/eras/time periods welcome unless designated in the comments above.
All manner of relationships (straight, GBLT, or polyamorous) are welcome. Graphic lovemaking should be restricted to the Erotic submissions only. Submissions featuring pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, rape as titillation, etc. will be rejected.
Royalties from the sale of the individual anthologies will be split between the company and contributors, paid out on a quarterly basis. Each contributor will also receive an author’s copy of the complete anthology, which will exist in electronic format only.
Submit your work for the anthologies through this submission system.
All work submitted must be your own, and you shall retain copyright. We allow reprints, but the work must not have been published within 90 days of submission.
Please direct any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for Submissions – March 1, 2015
Coming in 2015…
Bite size stories bursting with imagination. Faeries, witches, wizards, dragons, mystical realms, and more! Another amazing anthology from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, featuring short stories and poems boasting mystical beings and places.
Edited by Nicole L. Daffurn.
Featured works include: Andrea L. Staum’s Birth of the Guardians, Nicole L. Daffurn’s Changeling, Lexi Ostrow’s Devious Magic, Demetria Motsinger’s Dream, Jordanne Fuller’s Dusk, Parvarti K. Tyler’s El Naddaha, Penelope Anne Bartotto’s Original Bite, Jess Watkins’ Renee and the Wolf, Jessica Slater’s Salem Town, Stacey Jaine McIntosh’s Shadows of Annwn, Cathrina Constantine’s Solenger and the Breath of Fire, Gina A. Watson’s The Black Rose, Roxanne Milson’s The Evil Eye, Joe Dicicco’s The Last Druid, and C.L. McCollum’s Will Blessings Be… and many more. It’s jam-packed with stories. No, really.
More to come about this anthology. Cover reveal, release date, more about the authors over the next couple months!
“Now the problem with all of this material, a daily deluge, is finding a way to make sense of it, and more importantly, to find a way to share it with others.”
Here’s a good post to read from Jeffrey Goff about the journey he’s setting off on his blog: “What It Means To Me”, not limited to reviewing work but going into what he’s reading and finding that personal connection. It’s that kind of thing all authors seek to inspire in readers, but there’s just not enough talk about it, which is terribly unfortunate. His first installment, available at this post here, https://schmefflandbyjdgoff.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/what-it-means-to-me-john-winter/, is a fantastic story of connecting the writer self to another writer through the means of Twitter – but not just on the following side of things, but an actual connection from living, breathing soul to living, breathing soul.
Looking forward to reading more of this journey and seeing where it goes. I’m sharing this in hopes it might inspired some other authors and/or readers. I know it’s inspiring me, making me think that I’d like to do a similar sort of thing and try to bring in that personal connection.
All the best with it, Jeffrey!
What It Means To Me
“Now, just what is this?” you may ask. “More self-serving internet trash?”
Well, no, not exactly. Though anything with a personal pronoun in it is more than likely self-serving in some form. However, writing as a whole may be considered the egocentric shouts for attention from someone whose internal words are louder and more persistent than his/hers external voice. Not always, and blanket generalizations, though convenient and in vogue, are things I tried to avoid. Writers write for many reasons, and writers write about many diverse and wonderful places, people, scenarios, feelings, events. And the beauty of all these thoughts put to page is that, in this beautiful era of instant connections, I get to read them.
I am a writer who writes for reasons I don’t fully understand, and I don’t try to make sense of them. I just write and I…
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One of the things I love most about fiction: as authors, we can educate others about the things they may have never heard of before. This is one such case.
Trigeminal neuralgia: ever heard of it? I haven’t, but it’s a good time to learn about it!
“Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve which causes horrendous pain attacks in the face.”
Find out more how Rosa Sophia has worked her own experience into one of her characters in her upcoming romance, MEET ME IN THE GARDEN.
Originally, I’d written that my main character in Meet Me In the Garden, Amalie, suffered from vertigo. But after my diagnosis of TN, and after discovering I have had this disorder my entire life without knowing it, I changed it to trigeminal neuralgia. Remember, they say you should write what you know. Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve which causes horrendous pain attacks in the face.
I now use my writing to spread awareness of TN; I am hoping anyone who reads Meet Me In the Garden, which will be released by Limitless Publishing on January 20, will learn something about this horrible disorder. Many others struggle with trigeminal neuralgia, and there are still many doctors who know nothing of the disorder. TN patients deserve the proper help. Spreading awareness is the first step in finding a cure to any illness.
For now, here’s…
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