Monthly Archives: July 2016

Series Spotlight and Kindle Deal Alert: Of Hate and Laughter by Serban V.C. Enache

About the Book:

Flesh will bleed. Bones will break. Swords will turn.

An Empire Of Traitors follows several principal storylines simultaneously. It’s been eight years since the end of the civil war between the Inquisition and emperor Zygar Ferus, worshiper of blood gods – and in the five realms of the Empire things are stirring. Driven by ambition or wounded pride, many nobles like the dog-headed serpent of Stoneweed seek to change their fortunes, even with the price of treachery. And from exile, from the heathen nations of the Lowlands, a Sunborn scion of house Mero gathers strength behind his claim. No family, great or small, shall remain indifferent to fate’s whim. It takes an emperor to rule an empire, but it takes numbers and honored oaths to keep both crown and throne.

In the Westlands, Drakanes, a sister of the Temple finds herself in the role of witness and proctor, of passing judgement on a man accused of murder, who claims to have been possessed. The trial’s proceedings enlighten her as to the truth of it all, and the good sister is willing to, out of pure stubbornness, risk death for justice. Emperor Hagyai Rovines Mero fears for the continuation of his line, and sends Sycarus on an errand to the Desertlands to bring back an Aharo maiden for his son and heir. Hagyai Rovines desires a betrothal between the prince heir and a savage girl – trying to emulate a long dead custom of the Sunborn emperors. Such a move is most unpopular, and the whispers of another civil war are once again in the air.

Birus Mandon, lord of Rivermark and warden of the Streamlands, is warned of a plot against his sovereign and tries to gather knowledge on the schemes of potential oathbreakers, though his trade is not that of a spy. When he hires the Mounted Arrows Company of Narak al Zull, Birus learns more than mere outlandish tactics; he finds a new source of strength in the sellsword’s foreign warrior god.

Kalafar Sodomis, lord of Weiyenor and warden of the Northlands, has seen his brother get married, and he himself is tried by notions of passion toward a certain lady of a southern house. But as the conflict breaks out, Kalafar needs to act as a proper lord, as a man, not a boy. He summons his vassals for a council at Devil Mound, to decide if the north will go to war or no; and there to also perform a certain ritual to honor the dead of Fengard and Wyrm.

Find out how it all unfolds by reading An Empire Of Traitors, the first book in the series Of Hate And Laughter.

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Author Interview: Adam Rakunas

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Today I am interviewing Adam Rakunas, author of the new science fiction novel, Like A Boss, second book in the Occupied Space series. The first book in the series, Windswept, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.

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DJ: Hey Adam! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Adam Rakunas: Thanks for having me here! I’m a stay-at-home dad who writes science fiction. I grew up in Southern California, and I now live in the Pacific Northwest. All of these things are related.

DJ: What is Like A Boss about? What can readers of the series expect in the latest installment? Anything new? Any surprises?

AR: Like A Boss is the next episode in the continuing adventures of everyone’s favorite two-fisted labor organizer from the future, Padma Mehta. At the end of the last book, Windswept, Padma got everything she wanted: retirement, the deed to her favorite rum distillery, her own theme song. She also got nailed with a one-trillion-yuan debt, thanks to what she did in the second-to-last chapter of Windswept. In the opening of Like A Boss, Padma has to deal with the headaches of being an employer who’s also up to her eyeballs in debt. Oh, and there’s also a looming planet-wide strike that threatens to upend everything. I like to think of this book as a love letter to everyone who thought that Windswept had too much science fiction and not enough labor politics. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Dragons are Cool by Jen Williams

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Jen Williams lives in London with her partner and their cat. She started writing about pirates and dragons as a young girl and has never stopped. Her short stories have featured in numerous anthologies and she was nominated for Best Newcomer in the 2015 British Fantasy Awards.

You can find Jen online at her website:sennydreadful.co.uk, on Twitter @sennydreadful and onFacebook.


Dragons are Cool

by Jen Williams

As a fantasy writer, I have a certain fondness for monsters and beasties and mythological creatures. I’m rarely happier than when I’m giving my characters griffins to fly on, or giant spiders to fight, but there is something particularly pleasing about a dragon – in my humble opinion, most things can be improved with dragons. Here are a few reasons why I think they are indispensable: Continue reading

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Author Interview: Jon Skovron

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Today I am interviewing Jon Skovron, author of the new fantasy novel, Hope and Red, first book in the Empire of Storms trilogy.

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DJ: Hey Jon! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Jon Skovron: Sure! I’m a single father of two pre-teen boys. I live just outside Washington, DC, although I’m originally from Ohio. I studied at an intensive, four year theater conservatory rather than go to a regular college, which is why theater inevitably shows up in some form in just about every book I write. I’ve written four Young Adult novels before this, three of which were contemporary fantasy. So Hope and Red is my first foray into both “grown-up” books, and epic fantasy.

DJ: What is Hope and Red about?

JS: This is always such a tough one for me. Summing up something that took me more than a year to write in just a sentence. But I’ve been trying to whittle it down, and this is what I’ve got:

It’s about two people, Hope and Red, with very different backgrounds, who find common purpose against a group of cruel, science-magicians called biomancers.

But really what I want to say it that it’s my swashbuckling kung fu pirate gangster romance epic! Continue reading

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Author Interview: Davila LeBlanc

4ac32d_0723dc17835041d49ebdc4128c900b63Today I am interviewing Davila LeBlanc, author of the new science-fiction novel, Syndicate’s Pawn: A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth.

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DJ: Hey Davila Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

DaVila LeBlanc: Well first of all thank you so much for having me here in the digital office. As for a bit about myself, I’m a HUGE science-fiction and fantasy buff. I’ve been writing since I learned the alphabet it would seem. I’ve always loved telling stories. I’m an avid role-player, where many of my story ideas come from. I’m also a sword master, so I feel I’m pretty ready for the zombie-apocalypse and woefully underprepared for the robot uprising. That is unless they are planning on giving us a fighting chance.

DJ: What is Syndicate’s Pawn about? I believe it is actually a follow up to you previous novel, Dark Transmissions, but it can be read as a stand-alone?

DaV: Syndicate’s Pawns is best described as Die Hard in space. We have a crew of clever criminals trying to board and take over the Jinxed Thirteenth, which happens to be crippled from the events of the previous book. In that respect it is a direct follow-up to Dark Transmissions. I feel like it can be read as a stand-alone, mainly because it involves the same cast only a different mission. My goal with the Jinxed Thirteenth series has been to create a sort of “episodic” feel to it, in which the characters grow, but also where the readers can just hop in whenever they feel like it. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Casey Brown, editor of Strangelet Journal

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Today I am interviewing Casey Brown, editor of the relatively new speculative fiction magazine Strangelet.

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DJ: Hey Casey! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

Let’s cut right to the chase: tell us a little bit about Strangelet Journal, who you are and what your role is with the magazine.

Casey Brown: Hi DJ, thanks for having me! Strangelet is a small, independent speculative lit magazine founded in 2012 by six Emerson College alumni (5 grad students from the MA Publishing & Writing program and 1 undergrad from the Communications department). Our first issue, Issue 0, came out in September of 2014. In 2015, we published four small issues (~10k words each) and our volume 1 year-end omnibus. This year, we are publishing five small issues and the volume 2 omnibus (we plan to continue that release schedule into the future). We seek to publish the space where literary meets speculative.

As for myself, I’m the founding executive editor and I am an ex-Army, D&D/Pathfinder-playing, racecar driving (sort of), moderate pseudo-Texan who grew up thinking he was going to be an astrophysicist and astronaut (I wanted to be the first person to step on Mars) until he had to take calculus in college. It was while serving as the acting-production editor of Callaloo that I realized I enjoyed working on a literary journal. My biggest literary influences were probably Jean M. Auel, Raymond E. Feist, and Carl Sagan (with dozens of smaller influencers, such as C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clark, William Gibson, etc.). Continue reading

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Author Interview: R.J. Sullivan

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Today I am interviewing R.J. Sullivan, author of the new science fiction novel, Commanding the Red Lotus, first volume of the Red Lotus Stories.

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DJ: Hey R.J.! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

R.J. Sullivan: I’m a writer known for my ghost stories and paranormal thrillers. I have a loosely connected trilogy of novels all released through Seventh Star Press and a short story collection, which makes Commanding the Red Lotus my fifth book release. The book is also my first venture into spaceship science fiction, which is actually my preferred genre when I read for pleasure.

DJ: What is the Commanding the Red Lotus about? I believe it is actually comprised of three novelettes?

RJS: Two novelettes and a novella make up a novel-length narrative and one satisfying story arc. The three stories are consecutive tales of westernized Japanese woman Sayuri Arai, telling how she comes to take on responsibility for the Red Lotus, a 40-year-old asteroid mining ship scheduled for decommission. At first she clashes with its crew and then work over time, she earns their trust as they prospect the solar system in hopes of making a living. The first one, “Fate of the Red Lotus,” sets up the series and is its own free ebook that you can download from here (link to https://rjsullivanfiction.com/fate-of-red-lotus/ ) The second novelette (“Innocence Lost”) is no longer available as a release, and the third one (“Mutiny on the Red Lotus”) is a novella of almost 30K of new words, so whether you’re coming in new or have read the first two installments, Commanding the Red Lotus has plenty of new material to offer. Continue reading

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