Publication date: September 13th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Ivory vows to find out more about what is going on at Dead Horse Bay but she wrecked the Renegade and must find a rogue replacement, a fixer-upper boat someone threw away a long time ago. Ivory is a Smuggler, a member of one of the Outcast underground groups of New York City.
Ivory is obsessed with saving Outcasts from vanishing from the Commonwealth of Earth. She has smuggled an Outcast out of Dead Horse Bay, but can she smuggle herself in to learn more about the secrets the Commonwealth is hiding?
Or perhaps the answers she and her friends seek are in Lockup, the dreaded insane asylum Outcasts are dragged to when they have accumulated 50 demerits. At Lockup is the Mortuary, a tunnel leading into darkness. All Ivory must do to be throw into Lockup is to act even more rebellious and gain the attention of Behavior Drones and the FRE (Fanatic Rule Enforcers).
Ivory will do whatever it takes to save herself and her friends from extinction in a world where people have become immortal, except for Outcasts, the thorn in the Commonwealth’s side.
5 Chances is the second book in the Outcast series.
Author B. Austin writes Dystopian and Science Fiction Books. She is the author of the Young Adult Dystopian series Defective.
Author: R.J. Bathgate & M.J. Hall
Genre: Psychological Thriller / Horror
Jack Cyrus is in damnation! After witnessing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, he has become plagued by dark memories and devilish visions, the result of post traumatic stress. Compounding his trauma, he is faced with the sudden death of his wife, from cancer, after returning home to Scotland. Lost and alone, and struggling to forget the horrific circumstances surrounding her passing, Jack has developed schizophrenia, experiencing chaotic, disturbed thoughts and demonic hallucinations.
On the sixth anniversary of his wife’s death, Jack receives a cryptic, hand written letter from her, telling him she is still alive. Suffering and held captive, she pleads with him to return to Darkview, the place she spent her last days, and rescue her from purgatory. Upon arrival in Darkview, strange things start happening, and what appears to be a centuries old mystery, starts unravelling itself. Jack must piece together the clues and lost fragments of his sanity to solve the unravelling mystery. Is any of it real, or is it just a manifestation of Jack’s mind, or another facet of his schizophrenia?
(The Enertia Trials, #3)
Publication date: November 18th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
Book 3 of THE ENERTIA TRIALS
Trust No One.
In this world, nothing is as it seems . . .
Reggie’s visions turn to horrifying hallucinations. For weeks she’s tortured with starvation and nightmares that vex her resolve. Her only companion is a mysterious shadow—a figure with no shape, no substance—that seems to have a mind of its own. It’s a presence that prickles her memories and plants a feeling of familiar dread in her mind.
Where she is, she doesn’t know, and the organization delving into her mind is more threatening than ever before.
With the help of shady contacts from his past, Nate struggles to travel half way around the world, facing his own demons and dreadful revelations. But when a stranger joins the team, the duality of this newcomer’s actions sets everyone on edge, leading them through a trial one of them . . . will not survive.
J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).
I came up with the idea for Awakening after losing my father to a lingering illness. He was an avid reader, and introduced me to high fantasy at a young age. A group of disparate characters coming together for a common goal is a long standing trope in the science-fiction/fantasy genres, and I wanted to try my hand at the formula as a way of channelling my grief after his passing.
2. What inspires you?
I’ve always found inspiration lurking around every corner, ready to pounce. Writers, and artists of all stripes, draw upon their experiences in the world around them to craft their works. I have to carry a notebook wherever I go to jot down ideas, as a conversation I overhear, a song I love, or even a dream that jolts me out of my nap can lead to writing a new scene.
3. What is your favourite novel of all time?
If I had to pick one favorite novel, it would either be The Stand or The Gunslinger by Stephen King. I’ve always loved his ability to build characters and conflict. I’ve returned to The Stand and the entire Dark Tower series many times over the years.
4. What was the hardest part about writing your book?
The hardest part about writing this book was exposing some of my own emotions through the interactions of my characters. It’s not difficult to pour your grief, hopes, or fears onto a page, but it is incredibly daunting to send those feelings out into the world to be weighed and measured by an audience.
5.Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I’ve learned a lot about self-publishing while crafting this book. I have always wanted to write, but before the rise of e-books the process of getting a work published was convoluted and frustrating. We now live in a wonderful age where writers can freely express their ideas and send them out for praise or condemnation on their own terms.
6.Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.
I like to listen to music while I write! I do most of my work either in my living room, listening to my own library of songs, or if I need a change of scenery at a nearby lake. Whenever I have trouble finding a way to articulate a particular passage, I will take my motorcycle out as well. I’ve always found riding clears my mind, and helps me focus on my work.
D.B. West was born and raised in the southern United States. While studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he met his wife and fellow author, Lane Hart. They now reside together with their two young daughters and their pets, a pair of Pomeranians.
After losing his father to a lingering illness, West began writing ‘Awakening’ as a way to channel his emotions, and honor the memory of a true friend. In addition to writing, he enjoys video games, motorcycles, and traveling.
Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Awakening-First-Tale-Trine-Book-ebook/dp/B01GSPUADM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465822579&sr=8-1&keywords=awakening+db+west
About the Book
Author: D.B. West
Genre: Science Fiction
America’s worst fears are realized when a hospital is the target of a suspected terrorist bombing. As our first responders descend on the area, a discovery is made that will change the course of human history. Three aliens emerge from the wreckage, and three humans are chosen as Earth’s champions. Will the bond they share be enough to save us all from destruction?
The Guardsmen stayed well back while the alien strapped the canine into the litter, and once clear, the Lieutenant waved for the winch to be activated. It whined audibly under the strain of the burden as it slowly drug the creature from the depths. Once the squad was able to clear the animal from the opening, they unstrapped it warily, as it tilted its huge fox like head to give them each a long, considering stare. The intelligence in its bright yellow eyes was unnerving, and as the straps came free they each backed away from the litter. The dog slowly walked a short distance from the entrance, then turned back expectantly, obviously waiting on its companion.
Only a few minutes later Lieutenant Dobson personally helped the blue-eyed humanoid step free of the litter. He had ridden it up standing, holding loosely to the guide ropes. “Sergeant, have your team sweep the cavern, then get them out of there and report to the Urban Search & Rescue team that we’re done here for now.”
Turning to the two figures who were now standing side-by-side while the squad kept them covered from a short distance, the Lieutenant said, “We have orders to transport you to a safe location away from civilian personnel. Will you come willingly?” he asked grimly.
The dog broke into what appeared to be a grinning pant, its tongue lolling out and revealing numerous rows of teeth. The mouth on the beast looked like it belonged to a shark rather than a canine, and the effect it had on the creature’s overall demeanor caused the Lieutenant to take a step backwards.
“Of course we will accompany you,” the blue-eyed humanoid said, drooping an arm over the dog. “Is it time to take us to your leaders, and all that?” it added with a raised eyebrow. “You understandably have a lot of questions about what led to this tragedy, and what is to come. We will do everything we can to help bring enlightenment. We are called Oraki. Specifically, my name is Orak, and my companion,” he said, patting the dogs’ massive head. “Is called Aki”.
Blood of the Prophet
(The Fourth Element, #2)
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.
The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…
It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.
The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.
There are countless obstacles when it comes to reaching any of your dreams, but very specific ones if your dream is becoming a writer. One of my favourite sayings is, “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” And that is especially true of becoming an author. Being a writer, no matter how much of a passion it is, is not always easy. Here are three of the obstacles that I face.
1. Discipline: This is a biggie. Writing takes SO MUCH discipline. The fact of the matter is, for most of us, writing does not pay the bills, therefore we have our 9 to 5, our home, family, etc. to juggle along with our aspirations to write. Many times once we have completed our daily list of “non-writing” tasks the only thing we want is rest, relaxation and sleep. Generating the motivation to nurture your passion by writing daily is half the battle.
2. Self-Doubt: What if I don’t write well? What if people think my story is stupid? What if it gets bad reviews? What if people don’t agree with my story? What if I can’t finish it? All haunting questions that plague writers before we ever sit down to write our first words and continue to plague us routinely. We all have that little voice that works as a reflection of what we perceive as the feelings of the outside world, that voice is doubting us and waiting for us to fail. What I have learned in life is that no matter what you do, there will ALWAYS be some people who don’t like you, who criticize you, who don’t agree with you so as long as that is destined to be the case why not be true to yourself in the process. Some people won’t like your stories and some people will think you’re not the best writer and who cares?
3. Endurance: Writing, especially if you are writing a book is NOT a sprint, it is cross country on the hottest day of the year. It can be tiring, frustrating, difficult and at times it can seem as if the ending will never come into sight, but once you cross the finish line you realize that it was worth the fight. For me, I find the easiest way to keep pushing is to always come back to the beginning and remember why I started writing in the first place. Once I reminisce on why I started, I continue to place one word after the other and know that my work will pay off in the end.
I once heard a quote that I have come to love, “You can only see the obstacles when you take your eyes off the prize.” And while I love the optimism of this quote the fact is that the obstacles are there and the best way to beat them is to know them, know that they will come, prepare for them, and then face them head on. Keep writing.
@JeanNicole19 (Instagram and Twitter)
Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers: http://tinyurl.com/zvoyfgq