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It’s been a while in the making but finally Survivor is here. Survivor is book one in The Nova Chronicles and is a gritty sci-fi adventure. It could be described as “Tomb Raider in Space”. When everyone runs, who will stand? Nova is a new recruit to the Jagged Maw: an elite bounty hunter guild. During […]

The third and final book in The Lost Child Saga is here – The Hordes of Anarchy. The Final Battle has Begun The fate of the world hangs in the balance The die has been cast and the cards have been dealt, war is unavoidable. The battlelines are drawn. But what happens when a bigger […]

Hello readers 🙂 Today I’m pleased to share a sci-fi short story I wrote recently. And don’t forget… if you sign up to my mailing list before the 23rd of September you’ll get Book One of the Nova Chronicles for FREE! Enjoy!   The Last Man on Mars Randor stood, his entire body rigid, one […]

Last year I had the pleasure of hosting a zombie short story from Michael Cairns. This year I’m happy to host another fantastic zombie tale of horror from Michael:   SARAH  by Michael Cairns  Sarah doesn’t much care for alcohol. She tried it a few times in her teens and ended every evening with her […]

That’s right ladies and gents… it’s not long until the release of Book 1 of the Nova Chronicles… a fast-paced, action-packed, science-fiction adventure. Enjoy a look at the cover… And imagine the adventure within… You can get book 1 FOR FREE if you sign up to be a bounty hunter (<<< to your left), just […]

    Shift is the second book in Hugh Howey’s phenomenal success story, following Wool. Just like the first book Shift is a fantastic read. There is so much drama, intrigue, thrill and teetering on the edge of collapse that I was on the edge of my seat. Shift is interesting in that the events […]

    I’m sure almost everyone has heard about the epic indie success story which is Hugh Howey and his book Wool. I must admit that at first I was a little skeptical… Wool… What does Wool mean? What is it about? … but after learning it’s a post-apocalyptic type novel I decided I had […]

Steel Gods of the Arena

February 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

A little while ago I introduced my new character Nova. She’s a butt-kicking, future-living, bounty hunter… and she’s back.   Please enjoy the following short story and let me know what you think. If you like what you see you can sign up to become a Bounty Hunter (left of the screen) and receive Nova’s […]

I’ve been thinking that The Herald of Darkness cover just doesn’t do it justice. So this weekend I sat down and did a complete redesign, here is the result:                         Compared to the original:                   What […]

    The Nightlife: New York is a romance/erotica/vampire novel with a great storyline. I don’t usually enjoy romance novels but the vampire action of this one had me turning the pages. The editing and formatting were professional and the book was easy to read. The novel is basically the story of a young man […]

I’m female and I read, and I see these things sooo often it makes me want to break things. Come on people, let’s break away from Hollywood stereotypes. Ok, if you’re writing a romance novel which is meant for women who only want to be saved, get married and have hundreds of babies, that’s fine. […]

    Last week I reviewed another of C.J. Anderson’s book’s; Dawn of Djesus Undead. Anderson is kindly giving away three of his books at the moment, and I took full advantage of the offer. Klarity is a science fiction novella based around the development of a new drug which cures Alzheimer’s and autism as […]

    Dawn of Djesus Undead is the story of God gone mad. A rabid killer Jesus is on the lose sending natural disasters and plagues to Earth. Even the angels are not safe as the bounds of God’s fury know no bounds. Overall the concept of this book is fantastic; a God with human […]

    So you love Doctor Who. You’ve watched every episode (several times) and now you’re eagerly awaiting the 50th Anniversary special. But what do you do in the meantime? There’s a complete Doctor Who drought! Well, if you’re like me you turn to other platforms, in this case; books. Little did I know that […]

Are you an aspiring science fiction author? Are you fan of Dr Who and science fiction? Do you enjoy a little bit of romance thrown into your novels? Then Pippa Jay is just the author for you. Pippa, tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Pippa Jay, author of science fiction with […]

    I literally had goosebumps the entire way through this book. I read the first one in the series a few months ago and absolutely loved it (see a review of Murder Takes Time here), but I have to say, this was even better. Giammatteo has an incredible talent for weaving in mystery and […]

  We’ve all thought it; what would I do if the zombie apocalypse happened right now. There are memes flooding social media; e.g. what would your weapon be if you only had time to grab one thing from your desk? The world has definitely fallen into another zombie craze, with Walking Dead and World War […]

Today in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I have a fun list to share; major science fiction technologies which have since been created. That is, how our world now is the ‘science fiction’ setting of past decades. 1.    Jules Verne predicted the moon landing in incredible detail (including the weightlessness of the astronauts) 100 years […]

    Last week I had the pleasure of reading The Eden Project, a science fiction novel which I found quite enjoyable. The premise is that something has happened to Earth, sending the human race hurtling towards extinction. In an effort to prevent this a group of forward thinking scientists have set up ‘the dome’. […]

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality there are two great discoveries I want to share. Memory Removal– Scientists have been able to remove selected memories from mice and rats. So the possibility of ‘brain wipes’ isn’t that far off at all. (Although of course this study was done for the medical benefits to […]

Today in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I’m not going to break down just one incredible story for you; today I’m giving you a whole list!   Researcher’s grow teeth from urine – Not many sci-fi applications, but still pretty cool! http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/07/31/3814782.htm   Mars is phosphate rich – Mars has more of the essential building […]

      So I’m currently drafting a murder mystery as the second installment of my up and coming sci-fi series (read a snippet of book 1 here) and thought I’d better do some reading in the genre. Where better to start than with Agatha Christie herself? So after trawling through blogs and reviews I […]

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Today The Herald of Darkness was officially released for your enjoyment. So, don’t waste another second, head over to Amazon and grab your copy now! I am the one who walks the night, I am the heart that sees no light, I […]

Today’s interview can also be read at http://masqueradecrew.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/indie-interview-with-giacomo-giammatteo.html#more Meet a mystery master; Giacomo Giammatteo, a.k.a. Jim and hear what he has to say about his writing style and the advice he has for new authors. I have had the pleasure of reading one of Jim’s books; Murder Takes Time (review here) and thoroughly enjoyed it, so […]

Today I have the pleasure of talking to Mia Darien, author of the Adelheid series. She is a rising indie author who isn’t afraid to write what she enjoys. She is also keen to talk to her readers and has some good advice for authors.   Dear Mia thank you very much for joining me. […]

Today I’m lucky to be hosting Michael Cairns as part of his blog tour. Chocoholic Michael Cairns is a writer and author of the real-world epic fantasy trilogy, The Assembly and science fiction adventure series, A Game of War. A musician, father and school teacher, when not writing he can be found behind his drum […]

Hello readers. Today I have a very special treat to brighten up your weekends; a taste test of my novel-in-progress. It is a bit of a change from fantasy into sci-fi and I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions- I always welcome constructive feedback. And, if you like […]

    What a fantastic take on a very old legend! At first I didn’t know what to expect from this book but after the first chapter I was completely sucked in as Greek gods and demi-gods started their power plays. I found the way in which old legends and characters are brought back to […]

    “All things are composed of patterns…” And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross. What a story! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Melissa McPhail, it had everything you would want or expect from an epic fantasy novel. Be warned though, it’s long- massive in fact (which of […]

Come one, come all to celebrate the launch of the 2nd book in The Lost Child Saga: The Herald of Darkness. Details are below and all are welcome. Copies of The Herald of Darkness will be available for purchase. Be prepared for nibbles, a sneak preview and celebration.   When: 3.30pm  28th August Where: Eddie […]

Here for your enjoyment are the five newest and top-rated books in fantasy and sci-fi. Have you read them? What did you think? They all sound fantastic, but I haven’t ready any of them! Does anyone have any suggestions? View these books now by clicking on the cover images.   A Lost Witch – Debora […]

In this week’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, we’re discussing a topic which has become quite controversial over the last few years. Vaccines. There has been a massive push in recent years against vaccines and this has led to an abominable increase in the rates of infectious diseases, including whooping cough. In-fact in the last […]

Today I am lucky to have David Allen Kimmel, author of Rockin’ Across the Galaxy, for an Indie Interview. Earlier this year I reviewed David’s book Rockin’ Across the Galaxy (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and now I’m excited to hear his thoughts on writing. He has some great advice for authors and a fantastic sense […]

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I want to highlight a very cool piece of technology which is just starting to come into its own… echolocation. This incredible science uses echoes and sounds to measure the dimensions of a room (kind of like sonar). More of the science is described here, but I […]

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… The Herald of Darkness- Revealed! I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait a few more weeks for the release, but in the meantime here’s the cover and the blurb to wet your appetite: I am the one who walks the night, […]

All fantasy and sci-fi fans have dreamt of being invisible. I know when I was young and asked what super power I want, it had to be invisibility. Well, in this week’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I’m discussing the many ways in which invisibility has become a reality. There are now so many avenues […]

Here for your enjoyment are the five newest and top-rated books in fantasy and sci-fi. Have you read them? What did you think? Personally I can’t wait to get back into the Riftwar Saga! Deeply Odd- Dean Koonts          4.5 Stars The sixth Odd Thomas thriller from the master storyteller. Our reluctant hero is drawn once […]

So, a few weeks ago I spoke about an incredible, mind-controlled robotic arm. This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, I’m taking it a step further with MindWalker. This incredible invention consists of a frame and robotic parts which move in response to brain impulses. The frame is designed to be used by people […]

Hello everyone, today I would like to reveal to you the map for The Herald of Darkness, Book Two of The Lost Child Saga, which will be released later this year. This map is an expansion of that shown in The Fallen Star, and encompasses the new lands described in the second novel. Have a […]

If you thought Superman was tough, wait till you hear about this mould! In this week’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, I’m looking at an amazing mould which has been collected from Sverdrup Pass, Canada. This mould has been trapped under a glacier for over 400 years and yet plant it in some fertilizer and […]

So a calculator made out of E. coli cells might not be the most classiest thing you’ve ever heard of but that’s what we’re disucussing in this weeks When Science Fiction Becomes Reality. So what is this bacterial calculator? Well some clever scientists over at MIT have decided to scrap the idea of converting bacterial […]

    Fry by Lorna Dounaeva gave me goose-bumps. I’ll admit, I don’t often read thrillers but I am so glad I picked this one up. At first I had no idea what the story was about but then the book sucked me right in. The twists in the story had me glued to the […]

    Looking over my shoulder I can’t help but wonder if I’d notice if someone was watching me. Would I take note of the car parked across the street, or the man sitting in the diner? Probably not. These are the thoughts that have been going through my head since I finished reading Murder […]

    America has been crippled by the Second Great Depression, Obamaville in Central Park is full to bursting and the Iranian Empire has eyes set on Europe, this is Collapse by Richard Stephenson. It is an apocalyptic fiction novel which is just a little too non-fiction for comfort. You watch the world crumble through […]

So today I have a question for all of you lovely readers- how does ‘classic’ Doctor Who compare to ‘new’ Doctor Who? I’ll admit I only jumped on the Whovian band wagon for the new Who, when Christopher Eccleston took on the role. But I fell in love with it! Who wouldn’t love an alien […]

The Herald of Darkness is the second book of The Lost Child Saga which kicked off last year with The Fallen Star. The Herald of Darkness is growing into an epic story where a whole cast of new characters are introduced. I know there are already lots of people eager to get their hands on […]

So, as a fantasy lover and enjoyer of online RPGs I have for quite some time been keen to get into tabletop/pen and paper role playing games, such as Dungeons and Dragons. Unfortunately I never found the time or the playing companions to give it a go, and then I saw this:  http://youtu.be/Y-61i3R5y9Y Half an […]

    Every so often a book comes along that sucks you in so much that it becomes a part of your life. You start putting reading that book ahead of other, normal things- like sleeping. You start to see the characters in your everyday life and wonder what they would do in your place. […]

Well ladies and gents, it’s been almost a year since the release of The Fallen Star and I have been busy! I’m sure some of you just can’t wait to get your hands on the sequel; The Herald of Darkness. This next installment will take you into the heart of an army as it prepares […]

    In this children’s book Alan S. Blood tells the story of two young children in the time of war. They are taken from their home to live with an aunt in the country. From there they experience the excitement of farm life and some mysterious encounters. I have to say, this book has […]

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