Monthly Archives: January 2018

Author Interview: Aliya Whiteley

Today I am interviewing Aliya Whiteley, author of the new horror, sci-if novel, The Beauty.

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DJ: Hi Aliya! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Aliya Whiteley: Hi, and thanks for hosting me! I write mainly speculative fiction that can include science fiction, fantasy, horror and the weird, as well as literary fiction every now and again.

DJ: What is The Beauty about?

Aliya: It’s about the end of the human race. A disease has killed all the women, and the men are living out their lives with no hope. In one small community in rural North Devon, one of the youngest men notices strange mushrooms sprouting on the graves of the women. Then these mushrooms start to take on familiar forms…

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Beauty?

Aliya: John Wyndham’s ability to evoke growing strangeness was a huge influence, as was Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy. I’ve always loved post-apocalyptic tales, so that whole genre was floating around in my mind.

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? 

Aliya: Nathan, the young man who first discovers the mushrooms, is a storyteller, and he really loves his job. He tries to keep the memories of the women alive for their husbands, fathers, sons, but he is aware that his stories keep changing. He can’t help it. When he starts to tell the group about the mushrooms, he uses his way with words to influence them, and this creates tensions that lead to violence. He’s a very slippery narrator! Readers have to make their own decisions about the morality of his actions. Continue reading

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Contest: Mistress of Crystals: Chronicles of the Second War of the Gods by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio

About the Book:

The tears of the goddess Mirge must be found.

Thousands of years ago the beings of Naor, forced to stand against Hodgorn, god of darkness, won. Yet evil survived and now the empire prepares for the final battle. Hodgorn is determined to return, conquer, and rule in place of his brother Ulse, god of light. As he gathers his forces, the only hope is Ainara, Mistress of Crystals, a girl with a pure soul, chosen by the gods to rule the power of the Agarniles, the diamond tears, Mirge’s legacy.

Divided between the Elves, Dwarfs, and Humans to safeguard them, the Arganiles must be reunited and the Mistress must harness their power. Supported by a priest, the Pharaoh’s son, two protector warriors, Ainara sets forth on a dangerous quest which will demand sacrifice and all her courage, insight and tenacity.

But as with every human soul, Ainara is not absolutely pure and the Arganiles will not tolerate any evil or imperfection. Ainara is in danger.


*** CONTEST!!! ***

Have you ever wanted to own a hand written and hand decorated manuscript, like the old Medieval manuscripts? Now you have a chance. Each one of you can win in a draw a manuscript with a text of my fantasy story “Servant of the Gods”. There is only one original manuscript available and five printed copies. Though the work on the manuscript is still in progress it shall be finnished before January 31. In its final form it will be covered with leatherette material to make the book look like an ancient item. Eighty pages will be hand decorated and contain few paintings (illuminations).
To check the present stage of the manuscript follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/worldofnaor

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Author Interview: Gareth L. Powell

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Today I am interviewing Gareth L. Powell, author of the new omnibus, Ack-Ack Macaque: The Complete Trilogy, a collection of the three books in the sci-fi trilogy, Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy.

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DJ: Hey Gareth! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Gareth: I’ve written eight novels and two collections of short fiction. I’ve won the BSFA Award for best novel, and been a finalist for the Seiun Award in Japan. I live in Bristol, in the South West of England, and enjoy reading, tea, and the smell of bookshops.

DJ: What is the Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy about?

Gareth: Put simply, it’s an alternate history thriller in which a handful of unlikely characters set out to investigate a murder and end up having to save the world.

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy?

Gareth: While I was writing, I wasn’t particularly aware of any specific influence, but looking back after the fact, I’d have to say that you can definitely see traces of influence from Michael Moorcock’s Cornelius Quartet, which I read at an impressionable age, as well as work by Philip K. Dick and William Gibson.

DJ: Could you actually tell us a little about the first book in the trilogy, Ack-Ack Macaque, too? (Seeing as how this is where readers will be starting) 😛

Gareth: The first book introduces us to the setting, which is a Europe in which the UK and France agreed a political merger in the late 1950s, following an unexpected victory in Suez. The action takes place a century later, and follows former journalist Victoria Valois as she tries to discover why someone killed her ex-husband and scooped out his brain. Continue reading

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Book Review: Infinity Blade: Awakening (Infinity Blade #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Infinity Blade: Awakening(Infinity Blade #1by Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: ChAIR Entertainment Group

Publication Date: October 3, 2011 (first published June 18, 2011)

Edition: ebook, 128 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Video Game, Novelette

Rating: 4/5


I parried and slashed may way through this novelette in no time!

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