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Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Facebook account

For reasons unknown to me, my Facebook account has been deleted. My Chimeras page is still there, but I can no longer post on it. It's linked to this blog, so this is my attempt to see that hopefully this post will get there to let you all know that if I don't reply to your comments and messages is simply because I'm currently unable to. I hope to get the issue resolved soon.

Thanks for your patience!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lots of good reasons to sign up for my newsletter

... if you haven't signed up already, that is. :-)


I've been working hard on the second book in my dystopian series the Mayake Chronicles and I'll have some really cool news for my subscribers soon. Here's some really good reasons why you should sign up:

  • ARC copies of the Mayake Chronicles Book Two are coming soon!! And you wouldn't want to miss an ARC copy, right?
  • In the meantime, the audio edition for my detective thriller Mosaics has been completed and is awaiting approval from Audible.com. Just like with Chimeras, I will have free review copies and I will give them away randomly to some lucky subscribers. 
  • Finally, the title for Mayake Chronicles Book Two is not set in stone yet. I'm undecided between 3 choices and I need your help. I will send the options to my subscribers and ask people to vote. And I will gift a signed paper copy of book 2 to a randomly chosen reader among all the voters. 
  • Oh, and of course, you get a free story when you sign up. :-)
  • I don't spam and only send sporadic updates when I'm about to release a new book, which, as you've seen, doesn't happen more than 2-3 times a year. 
Are you ready, then? Here's the link

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Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 Full Moons

At the beginning of the year I made a resolution of shooting all full moonrises of the year. The resolution lasted until June, and after that we had some lovely and much needed summer storms, so I'm not complaining. I'm hoping to resume this month, now that monsoon season is ebbing off.

Here are my favorite moonrise shots so far.

January Full Moon © Elena E. Giorgi

March Full Moon © Elena E. Giorgi

May Full Moon © Elena E. Giorgi

February Full Moon © Elena E. Giorgi

And here's a couple of my favorite ones from last year:

October Full Moon © Elena E. Giorgi

January Full Moon © Elena E. Giorgi

Friday, August 14, 2015

Wildflowers

In my effort to catch up on posting pictures from this summer, here are some amazing wildflowers I found in Colorado. Feel free to ID them in the comments. :-) All pictures are © Elena E. Giorgi. Prints can be purchased here or here.







Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pictures from this summer

I haven't posted many pictures lately, but this summer I got a few shots I'm really proud of. Here they are, I hope you will enjoy them.

Golden Gate Bridge, © Elena E. Giorgi

Wildflowers in Crested Butte, CO. © Elena E. Giorgi

Milky Way seen from New Mexico. © Elena E. Giorgi

Monday, August 10, 2015

It's Future Chronicle Week and you can win a brand new Kindle Paperwhite loaded with all of them!


As many of you know, I'm one of the authors featured in Samuel Peralta's Future Chronicle anthologies. The Future Chronicles feature fresh voices and award-winning authors of original speculative fiction #1 anthology on Amazon with every release. Award-winning poet and science fiction author Samuel Peralta had a vision like no other when he created these anthologies: spanning across all subgenres of science fiction and fantasy, these collections bring together both established as well as new speculative fiction writers, so that you can find your favorite authors and discover new ones. A winning formula, if you ask me!

My short stories are featured in the Telepath Chronicles, the A.I. Chronicles, and in the upcoming Immortality Chronicles. Below is the full list of all the Chronicles published so far and in publication. Read on and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite loaded with all the Future Chronicles!



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A compendium of select previously published Chronicles titles as well as 5 new stories to whet your appetite. Foreward by Hugh Howey. 




What if you could live forever? Even now, scientific advances have brought humans to the brink of solving life's final conundrum. Twelve authors imagine what it means when human life can continue indefinitely, invulnerable, immortal.




Z. Among the most monstrous creations of our imaginations, the zombie terrifies, with its capacity to pursue its prey, to run it down, exhaust it to surrender, unrelentingly. Explore a horrific mirror of ourselves that pursues us with untiring hunger.





Explore different worlds – lands of fire and fury, of legend and lore – but all where dragons roam unshackled from myth, freed from the imagination, and very, very real.





From first awareness to omniscience, these original short stories explore when human intelligence comes face-to-face with its greatest hope... and greatest threat.





Intelligent life on other planets: it's the brass ring of space exploration. Do extra-terrestrial species exist? Will we ever make contact Each tale takes a different look at intelligent alien life - and how we Earthlings might respond to it.





From that first discovery, to the subsequent jealousies and class divisions, to the dangers of weaponization and the blessings of medical miracles, these stories explore the ramifications of a future where telepathy is real.

 

Will these "post-human" intelligences be our friends? Our servants? Our rivals? Top sci-fi writers explore the approaching collision of humanity and technology.

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Re-imagine the world as one where the inventor of the smallpox vaccine died before he'd created it or the women's suffragist movement failed or all forms of capital punishment are ruled inhumane. These ten alternate history stories will turn the world you know upside down.



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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Author Patricia Josephine launches fourth book in the Path of Angels series

Blurb 

The end is in sight.

To stop Uriel from freeing Lucifer, Gabriel and his brothers must fall and go to Hell. It is a sacrifice Gabriel is not entirely ready to make. Will he fight alongside his brothers or forge his own path? There is only one choice.

Alexander doesn’t want to help Uriel nor does he trust him, but the angel has promised him a better life. He swore to protect Charlie, and he’ll do whatever it takes. When he meets the archangels and learns the depth of Uriel’s lies, he understands the true meaning of sacrifice. If there’s any hope of stopping Lucifer from being freed, Alexander, Charlie, Zephyr and Lake will have to get to Hell and help Gabriel and his brothers in the fight against Uriel.



The path is finally ending, but the price may be too high.

Available at Amazon for 99cents.

About the Author

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Patricia Josephine never set out to
become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and
college. She was an art and band geek. One day, on a whim, she decided to write a story in her head. That was the start of it all, and she hasn't regretted a moment.



Patricia
lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a
small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the
rainbow.



Patricia Josephine writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

"Sweet, melancholy, and hilariously witty: Jason Anspach talks about his debut novel 'Til Death, a humorous noir with a paranormal twist.




I'm really excited about my guest today. Look at the fabulous cover up there: it screams pulp detective novel with a twist, my favorite genre! Jason Anspach does the hard-boiled detective genre so well, adding a dash of paranormal as the detective, Sam Rockwell, deals with a unique kind of death cases: Returns, i.e. ghosts. Filled with humor and witty lines, 'Til Death is a book you won't want to miss. Nick Cole, author of The Old Man and the Wasteland, calls it "Sweet, melancholy and hilariously witty."

Welcome to Chimeras, Jason, and congratulation on your first book!

EEG: 'Til Death is your first novel, but you've been writing for a while. Tell us a bit about your writing background.

JA: I majored in journalism and public relations in college, did a bit of that after graduation, and then settled into a day job where I wrote marketing and PR copy in addition to other duties. I also freelanced for a while building websites and writing copy for small businesses.

As far as writing fiction goes, it's been a lifelong goal to write a book. I'm a dreamer, and by that I mean that my mind will constantly come up with vivid stories or what-if scenarios. So this was a process of forcing myself to be consistently disciplined enough to sit down and write one of the stories that ricocheted within my mind.

EEG: What inspired 'Til Death?

JA: I think with most first novels, there's a lot that goes for the inspiration. 'Til Death is set in the 1950s and Sam Rockwell, our hero, is doing his best to imitate the hard boiled noire detective of pulp fiction. He's a great guy that thinks he has to present a certain image to be successful, not realizing what impact that has on being truly happy.

The story is paranormal in the way it deals with Returns, ghosts who come back with unfinished business. Part of the origins of this story was the death of my mother-in-law and the aftermath of all of that. As a Christian, I believe there is life after death. I asked the question, what if the entire world knew with 100% certainty that there was life after death (because of the Returns). How would they act towards death?

Lastly, but not finally, I grew up on a steady diet of old movies from the 1940s and 50s. I wanted the novel to have a certain feel, like you were watching a Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart picture.

EEG: You are also working on an Apocalypse Weird novel. Can you tell us a bit about that project?

JA: Absolutely! At this point, I think I'll be the first contributor to put out something other than a novel.

There was a writer's workshop about the time the first five Apocalypse Weird books launched. I attended and got some great advice from Kim Wells, Nick Cole, & Jennifer Ellis. Part of that workshop involved a pitch contest. My pitch was about a super-violent earthquake that obliterated the Pacific Northwest, leaving pioneers living in a New Oregon Territory. Bob Crosley won the pitch contest, but Nick Cole messaged me a month or so later and said he liked my pitch and asked if I would consider putting together an outline.

I flipped out with excitement and joy.

So now, the project has the green light and has evolved. Originally we were going to do release serial episodes in Oregon, 3-5k each. Now, it's morphed into a CBS Mystery style Radio Drama. If you've got a good voice, we might be interested in casting you... unless we change it up again. ;)

EEG: Wow, that's really cool! Haha, I'll audition if you need an Italian accent in the cast! ;-) Switching topic completely: what's a regular day like in a household of 8?

JA: I love it.

Never a dull moment, but so much to be thankful for. My oldest child is ten and my youngest was just born. Having a large family is NOT something my wife and I expected, but life sort of happens and each new character that enters our lives belongs there.

It's not nearly as hectic as folks might think. You just have to be deliberate about what you do and when you do it. I wouldn't trade it for anything, though.

EEG: Where do you draw inspiration from?

JA: From an idea or muse perspective, a good part of it just happens. Lame answer, I know.

But like a lot of writers, what I love or believe comes out in my work. I never set out to be heavy handed or write a story about a particular theme, mind you. A good story has to be first - I don't ever want to be the guy who declares, "I'm going to write about the injustice of x,y,z" and then sit down and figure out a story that will deliver my message.

Still, things I love like family, faithfulness, life, and humor tend to keep popping up.

EEG: That's a great answer! :-) Best of luck with your book, I hope Sam Rockwell will have many more Returns to deal with. :-)


'Til Death is now available from Amazon. Here's the blurb:
Sam Rockwell is a fledgling private investigator specializing in Returns, or, recently deceased ghosts with unfinished business. After his no-nonsense father is murdered and comes back, Sam takes the case hoping for a big break and a chance to win the heart of his Girl Friday.
Short on experience and long on the swagger of the dog-eared pulp fiction he keeps in his desk, Rockwell sets out to find his father’s killer only to find himself caught up in a deadly game of Cold War Intrigue at its most horrific as the Doomsday Clock inches closer to permanent midnight in this witty throwback to the Golden Age of Hollywood noire.
To find out more about Jason and his writerly projects, visit his website or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.



Friday, July 17, 2015

"The voices and concepts authors bring from their own personal experiences makes fiction so compelling": Lucas Bale talks about writing, traveling, and his successful series, Beyond the Wall



My guest today is the author the dystopian series titled Beyond the Wall and several other short stories. In fact, it's through one of those short stories, published in the anthology No Way Home, that I came to know his work. Lucas Bale writes beautifully, he doesn't shy away from details and indulges in careful descriptions of the worlds he builds.

Welcome to CHIMERAS, Lucas!

EEG: Tell us a bit about your background: I know you live in Denmark. Is that where you are from? If not what brought you there?

LB: No, I’m from the UK. London, in fact. My partner is Danish and there inevitably came a point where we talked about her wanting to move back home. We have two children and both of us wanted a quieter life, a bigger house and to live by the sea. I had spent fifteen years in my previous career, and had been working harder than I wanted to, so I was actually happy to consider it. We worked through the options and eventually decided it was the best thing for us. I lived in London for 38 years – it was time for a change.

EEG: You were a criminal lawyer, correct? How does your profession influence your writing?

LB: To begin with, my writing was heavily influenced by years of legal drafting. The language was overly formal – it read as though I was trying too hard whereas, in fact, I think my previous life was asserting itself a little too much. It meant, and probably still means, that I have to make the first edit I do a sort of ‘toning down’ edit, getting rid of overly convoluted language. I also think the law influences the stories I write and the themes that run through them – justice seems to be an important feature of Beyond the Wall, in particular different perceptions of what constitutes justice. I think it means different things to different people and the method of achieving what might be said to be “justice” differs on the situation a society finds itself in. I suspect Beyond the Wall had that theme underpinning it because of what I once did for a living. Additionally, I started writing to publish around two years before I left my career in the law – I was able to do so because I shoe-horned writing into whatever tiny gaps in my time I could find. I am an outdoor and adventure travel writer and editor, and this was where I began at first, back in 2012. I wrote for magazines mostly, but eventually, I decided to learn to write fiction. I think that outdoor writing certainly had an impact on my sense of place, and descriptive writing of setting. I think all authors are influenced, subconsciously at the very least, by what direction their lives have taken. It’s what makes fiction so compelling – the voices and concepts authors bring from their own personal experiences.

EEG: Sorry, I have to ask: how come you write sci-fi and not mysteries?? this is because when I wrote my Track Presius mysteries I wished I was a criminal lawyer! :-)

LB: In fact, the first story I ever wrote, back in 2013, was an espionage thriller and mystery. It still remains unfinished and I’m half-toying with the idea of re-writing it for the speculative fiction genre – there are issues and themes in it I’d like to expand on and explore by giving it a speculative flavour. I can’t say why I chose science-fiction in the first place – whether Beyond the Wall was already bubbling away in my mind, a story that I wanted to tell, or whether I just saw the mystery/thriller market as overcrowded and overflowing with derivative stuff that had already been done in almost every way it could have been. Science Fiction just seemed right to me. I have been a fan of classic science-fiction, and fantasy, since I was a boy. I grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, Frank Herbert and the like, Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin too, of course, but I also loved Stephen King and James Herbert. It wasn’t the ‘horror’ genre particularly that drew me in, but the stories themselves – King places ordinary people in terrible situations and his books’ dramatis personae are frequently a study in the creation of memorable, compelling and believable characters. Write what you love, they say, and I see the logic in that. It’s far easier to write in the style of someone who has inspired you, as you build your own style over time. Maybe I was trying to put law behind me for a little while too.



EEG: What inspired your series Beyond the Wall series?

LB: It’s hard to say. There’s no doubt, when considering fiction influences, that Firefly influenced me at first, but I think anyone who has read Defiance and A Shroud of Night and Tears knows that influence was short-lived and quickly turned into something very different as I planned the series and sketched out where it was going to end up. I wrote The Heretic with certain (I thought) subtle references to Firefly – a quiet homage to a series I genuinely thought could have been something very special – but reviews have been mixed as to whether those references were enjoyed (as I thought they would have been) or whether The Heretic was simply Firefly fan-fic. Either way, I won’t make that mistake again. There were other, historical and socio-political, influences too – I think those have been far more significant influencers than any of the fiction I have loved. For example, the Roman Empire plays a significant role in the structure of the Consulate Magistratus because I felt that, in a society where recent history has no more importance than ancient history, and humanity’s record of its history is necessarily incomplete, the Roman Empire would have much worthy of emulation. Any fledgling civilisation looking to advance, to grow, and to control its population, would draw considerable benefit from structuring itself in a way that contained elements of the Roman design. There are others of course – the Ottomans, the Monguls, for example – but Beyond the Wall is as much about how any civilisation, facing extinction and having just survived a civil war, might govern itself, as it is about the story events that take place within its pages. Additionally, in my former career, espionage, terrorism and organised crime were all part and parcel of the work I was doing. All have roles within the story I have been telling. I like the fact that the answers are not clear, that truth is more about perception than concrete notions that can be pinned down and identified.

EEG: What are you currently working on?

LB: The final book in the Beyond the Wall series is called Into A Silent Darkness – I have been working on that for a while now, and am well under way with writing it. I have been invited to contribute to a number of anthologies, including several times to Sam Peralta’s Future Chronicles series. I’m also curating a second speculative fiction anthology to follow on from No Way Home called Crime and Punishment, with the same authors. Finally, I am working on my next series, the setting I intend to write in for some considerable time to come – A Maquisard’s Song. I am particularly excited about this one – even the planning stages are exciting. It gives me far more flexibility than anything I have written before and allows me to examine themes I’ve been wanting to look at for some time. It will be epic space opera again, but with a different tone to Beyond the Wall. There will be some fantastic cover art – at the moment, it looks like I’ll be working with a hugely talented artist called Florent Llamas for that. Also, I intend to commission interior art for the series. It will be a complex, sinuous setting, with majestic characters, and it deserves to be a luxurious product. There are other projects, but those are the main ones for now.

EEG: Do you see yourself exploring a different genre in the future and if so, which one?

LB: I did consider having a mystery or thriller pen-name, but I have so many projects on the go right now, so much work that I want to do, that I simply don’t have time to scratch that itch. Instead, I have at least two years of writing before I can turn to new projects, particularly those in a different genre. The problem with self-publishing – in fact, I think it applies to all publishing – once you have a good-sized fan-base clamouring for your work, you can experiment a little. But you need to build that fan-base first and, we’ve seen that writing to market is the best way to do that. I wouldn’t say Beyond the Wall is bang on what the Space Opera genre appears to be demanding right now – there’s no space-ship on the cover, no tough and embittered leading man, and it isn’t heavily slanted towards the military. When you look at the work doing well at the moment – AC Hadfield, MR Forbes, Joshua Dalzelle, BV Larson, Vaughan Heppner, SH Jucha, even Nick Webb’s new book Constitution – they all get picked up and promoted heavily by Amazon because either they are what fans want, or because that’s what Amazon lays in front of them. Either way, that’s where the Space Opera market is (and many other sub-categories). So I’m half-considering writing something for that market, just to increase my visibility.

EEG: Nick was also a guest here on Chimeras, and his work is incredibly successful. Best of luck with all your endeavors, Lucas!

The first three books in the Beyond the Wall series are all on Amazon:
The Heretic
Defiance
A Shroud of Night and Tears

To find out more about Lucas Bale's work, visit his website, his Amazon Author Page, or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.



Saturday, June 20, 2015

The "commodity of individual experiences": Michael Patrick Hicks talks about the inspiration behind his DRMD series




A while ago a friend recommended Convergence, a sci-fi thriller by an author I didn't know at the time, Michael Patrick Hicks. I was instantly pulled intrigued by the ideas behind the story: the main character is a killer and a "memory thief," and the crimes that Michael imagines rotate around a substance called "DRMR," a "a powerful narcotic made from the memories of the dead."

Even though it's not my field, I'm always fascinated by new breakthroughs in neuroscience, and what Michael imagines in his book is not so far fetched: scientists have been able to create memory chips and induce artificial memories in mouse experiments. Could there be a future where memories could become so important, they'd be worth killing for?

Of course I had to pose the question to Michael directly, who graciously agreed to be a guest here on Chimeras today. Welcome, Michael!

EEG:  Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started writing.

MPH: I started writing way back in high school, thanks to a creative writing course during my senior year. So, that was almost twenty year ago now, and in the meantime I’ve written several novels that will never, never, ever see the light, and spent a number of years working as a probation officer before leaving that behind to pursue opportunities as freelance journalist for several local newspapers.

The more involved I got on the newspaper end of things though, the more I realized how badly I wanted and needed to be telling stories of my own, rather than the stories of others. On a lark, I went back to an idea I’d had lurking in my brainpan for about a decade and ended up writing Convergence.

At around the time I finished that book, Amazon was taking entries for their 2013 Breakthrough Novel Award contest, which was free to enter, so I thought, ‘Why not?’ It was open to ten thousand writers, and I figured I’d get bounced out pretty quickly. Instead, Convergence kind of became the little sci-fi book that could and hung around through the semi-finals where it got a glowing review from Publishers Weekly and terrific feedback from the ABNA reviewers. That was really the final push I needed to decide on pursuing publication and, eventually, going the indie route and getting it professionally edited and up to snuff for release to a wider audience.

EEG: In your book Convergence you introduce Jonah Everitt, a "memory thief". I was hooked and bought your book on that one idea alone as I found it extremely intriguing. Where did you get the idea that memories could have one day a "market value" as powerful drugs and be worth stealing and killing?

MPH: The idea for Convergence goes all the way back to 1999 and a story about a research team at University of California at Berkeley figuring out a way to wire into a cat’s brain and record some very rough video of what the cat was seeing. That idea always stuck with me, and as I started looking into some of the research that DARPA is doing, particularly with their REMIND program, and a few stories that I had read about the chemical releases that occur during death, like DMT, which is a powerful psychedelic. I did a lot of research on memory formation, and recent experiments that have been conducted with labs and actually creating false memories that were implanted in mice, and all kinds of potentially scary stuff like that. I was also getting caught up in the burgeoning growth of social media, and it all just sort of came together and converged, if you will.

When you look back and realize just how much of yourself you’re putting out to the world in status updates, and then seeing tailored ads on social media based on things you’ve liked or talked about and what not, you have to realize there’s a certain aspect of commodity to individual experiences. Now imagine how marketable memories themselves could be, all fully encoded with the emotional resonance and chemical reactions that formed them. I think it would be incredibly sellable, and that certain memories, like those of death, murder, suicide that we would be morally opposed to being used as escapist entertainment, would become all the more valuable and desirable to certain segments through their sheer illegality. And there’s certainly already a huge market for secrets and information in the world today. Memories and brain interfaces just seem like the natural progression to me.

EEG: You are absolutely right, and the whole thing is fascinating and scary at the same time. Well done on catching up on the idea! You published Emergence, the second book in the DRMR series, last month. What can you tell us about it?

MPH: Well, the second book, Emergence, released in early May. I don’t want to say too much about it, though and risk giving away stuff to people who haven’t read the first book yet, but it’s a direct sequel to Convergence and deals with some of the fallout of the prior book’s finale. In Convergence, the central character was Jonah, but in the second book we see the world more through his daughter’s eyes. I would definitely recommend people read these in order, though.

EEG: Besides the DRMR series, what are you working on?

MPH: I’m putting the finishing touches on a couple of short stories for two anthologies that I will be a part of this year, and which are releasing toward the back-half of 2015.

I was lucky enough to get invited into the No Way Home anthology, which sci-fi author Lucas Bale curated and released earlier this year. All of us writers involved had such an awesome time with it that we decided to team up again for a second anthology. So, this one will be all about crime and punishment through the prism of science fiction and should be out at the very end of August.

The second story is a bit of fantasy noir for an anthology called Undaunted, which will be released by a small publisher, LARRIKINbooks, with a foreword by Delilah S. Dawson. I don’t think a release date has been finalized for that anthology just yet, but keep an eye out for news on it pretty soon. There’s some really exciting stuff coming up for this project!

EEG: Who are the writers (either past or present) that inspire you?

MPH: Off the top of my head: Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Barry Eisler, Chuck Wendig, Jonathan Maberry, Lauren Beukes – those are authors I admire and love, and their approach to the craft, each in their own unique and different ways, have really helped shape and inform the way I write.

I discovered King and Clancy back in high school, and those are the two that really drew me in to reading and made me a book lover. Wendig, I follow his blog daily and try to read all of his stuff, and the guy is just so diverse and prolific. I think he has the most spot-on advice in terms of craft and publishing and he writes it all in such an easily digestible, and usually odd!, way that it’s a terrific bit of infotainment. Hugh Howey and Susan Kaye Quinn, too – I think anyone interested in writing and publishing would do well to read their blogs, too.

On a more personal level, I’m just a huge fan of Lucas Bale and I’m lucky to be able to call him a friend and a colleague. He’s become a real source of inspiration for me (and if he’s reading this, this is probably the first he’s hearing of it!), but the dude is just so tenacious and hard-working. We both stuck our necks out there with our first releases last year and, I guess, have sort of come up together and supported one another, but I’m constantly impressed with his drive and work ethic. He’s always writing, always coming up with new projects. He’s able to write full-time, which I don’t have the luxury of, so he’s kind of become the high-water mark by which I measure myself and think, jeez, I wish I could do what he does. Practically every time I talk to him, he’s got a grand new idea! So when I start to get complacent or lazy, I imagine that Lucas has probably written five thousand words, outlined a new series, and started in on a brand new short story, while I’ve been dicking around on Facebook instead. He’s just a total work horse, so getting to talk with him regularly and seeing updates on his upcoming stuff and new releases, it just puts me to shame and that inspires me to nudge out a little bit more on the word count whenever possible.

EEG: Lucas is indeed an amazing writer, I'm hoping to interview him next! :-)
Thanks so much Michael for chatting with us today and best of luck with all your future projects.

To find out more about Michael's books, visit his website at http://michaelpatrickhicks.com


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New book releases that you won't want to miss, all 99 cents each!

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Body of a killer, mind of a child, heart of a hero... 
BookSized_Frank_SmallWhen a troubled scientist – trying to save a young boy, and maybe himself – steals the dying child of a simple Amish couple and transplants the brain and cardiovascular system of their 11-year-old autistic son into an incredibly lethal DARPA robot, the dark forces of government come looking for their investment. Dr. Alexander and the monster escape into an Amish community to hide among the plain folk while Frank, the boy trapped inside the body of the world’s deadliest robot, learns how to leave the world of autism and understand what it means to be human and Amish.

Tensions arise as the Amish begin to suspect just what kind of technological monstrosity is hiding among them, and before long hard men who do the government’s most dirty deeds will arrive looking for a killing machine… only to find a boy named Frank who has the power to defend a closed society from the worst of the world.


“Hugo Material!” ~ Nick Cole

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Also set in the Michael Bunker's world of Pennsylvania:

Kim Well's story Sisters of Solomon: A young Amish bride settled in the AZ comes to terms with very personal tragedy after the Transport Authority destroys the City, along with everything she thought she would be. Her grief consumes her, until she finds a more powerful reason for living.

This short story, which author David Bruns called "lyrical" and Amazon reviewers praised for the feminine side of the Pennsylvania story, is written as a diary and will be interesting to fans of Bunker's Pennsylvania as well as anyone interested in a woman's perspective of history.

Buy it here:




Chris Purteau's collection Tales of B-Company: The Complete Collection: In Michael Bunker’s Pennsylvania Omnibus, Jedidiah Troyer becomes the hero of TRACE’s fight against the Transport Authority. But even before Jed’s adventure begins, the Second War for Pennsylvanian Independence has raged for a generation.

Originally published as separate stories, this collection captures the struggle, tragedy, and heroism of a company of TRACE commandos as they wage war for the freedom of New Pennsylvania. IFans of Bunker’s novel will discover cameos by some of his most-beloved characters, as well as a new appreciation for the struggle of TRACE against Transport.

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David Bruns' novella Yesterday Adjustment: All inflection events that fundamentally altered the trajectory of mankind’s future.

After more than a half-century at war, Transport is desperate for a way to defeat the rebels once and for all. Enter Damien Strickland, Time Operative agent. His mission: posing as an Amish man, go back in time and make sure the rebel attack on the Columbia portal fails.

The mission takes an unexpected turn when he meets Amos Troyer, the man who will grow up to become the feared leader of the rebel forces.But Amos in this timeline is only a harmless sixteen year old Amish boy.

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D.K. Cassidy's story Donovan: In Michael Bunker's “Pennsylvania”, we briefly met Donavan Yoder--a young man divided. Born in the Amish Zone, he was raised to embrace a plain, peaceful life. After he grows up, Donavan becomes an officer with the Transport Authority, the tyrannical government grinding New Pennsylvania under its iron boot. Eventually, his conscience leads him to side with TRACE, the resistance group fighting Transport for the freedom of the entire planet. Donavan has made some tough choices in his life. What ultimately drove him to sympathize with the very rebels he'd fought to subdue?

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