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The Nova Chronicles

August 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here but that’s because things have been BUSY. I’ve been trying to focus more on my fiction writing, rather than blog posts (I know we all miss ‘When Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’). But the good news is that I now have many (9 to be exact) […]

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 […]

The Story Formula from David Masters is an excellent little book of ideas. The concept is simple, a bunch (52) ideas to get you writing, but it’s something every writer needs. We’ve all heard of the dreaded writer’s block, and whilst you can fight your way through it with shear determination (see my cure for […]

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 […]

Maybe personalised helicopters would be a better name for them? Either way, they’re not far off. An EU research project is currently looking at designing and implementing personalised flying vehicles for everyday public use. That would certainly make the daily commute to work a little more interesting! Of course there are still a lot of […]

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 […]

There are so many dragon legends across so many cultures that people have always said that they MUST have existed. My response to this is of course they have. Flying reptiles… a.k.a. dinosaurs. It’s completely reasonable to think that ancienct cultures stumbled across dinosaur remains and came up with the idea of dragons. Of course […]

    What an epic end to a fantastic series. Dust is the perfect finish to the story started in Wool and continued in Shift. Hugh Howey has really outdone himself in this final installment. A bunch of questions were answered, loose ends tied and mysteries solved. I found Dust just as page-turning as the […]

    A few weeks ago I reviewed an absolutely awesome book; Lady of Devices. Today I’m super pleased to review the 4-book bundle of the series. Magnificent Devices continued the fantastic series and I zoomed through it. There’s more books after this set and I will definitely be getting them. The premise is that […]

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 […]

    Wow… what a fantastic book! I’ve been searching for quite a while for a really good steampunky style novel and now I’ve found it… the best thing is that it’s part of a series so now I’ve got the sequels to look forward to as well! The basic premise of Lady of Devices […]

    As you’ve probably already heard (and if you haven’t come out from under your rock), Stephen King has released a new novel; Doctor Sleep. It’s kind of a sequel to The Shining but you don’t have to have read The Shining to enjoy it. I was sucked into this book from the very […]

Some time ago I gave you a sneak peak into my upcoming sci-fi series (The Nova Chronicles). I’ve started designing the covers for the first collection of books. Here is the tentative cover and title for book 2 of the Chronicles (Hunter). Let me know what you think! Also, keep an eye out for a […]

To cook up the perfect fantasy movie you just need a few simple ingredients (Note; this recipe also applies to books): A reluctant hero:   A bumbling sidekick (preferably named Sam):   Dragons:   Wraiths:   A rescuing bird: Simply combine these and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. There you have it, a perfect fantasy […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Not that long ago the only computers around were large, bulky and altogether unwieldy. Since then technology has gotten smaller, smarter and more user-friendly. Today in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, we’re looking at the latest in computer advancements; the e-skin. This feather-light technology is thinner than a piece of hair and weighs just 3 […]

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 […]

Just write! Basically that’s the advice I have for you because that’s all you need. The three steps I describe below will cure your writer’s block real quick but it will probably also help your productivity in other areas of your life. What gives me the right to give advice on this topic? Well I […]

    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 […]

Levitation. Isn’t that one of the coolest superpowers? Right up there with fire-thrower? …. X-men aside, in today’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I’m looking at a very real case of levitation. The premise is that sound waves (and their vibrations), when controlled in just the right way, are capable of levitating and even controlling […]

I’m very excited about this week’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, it’s all about artificial intelligence. Let’s face it, we all knew that it was only a matter of time before Terminator came true. Firstly, some interesting facts: It is estimated that humans will get rid of their bodies and become entirely machine (consciousness uploaded […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This week in ‘When Science Fiction Becomes Reality‘ I’m looking at a field of research which is constantly developing and creating new miracles: bioengineering. Specifically, the bioengineering of replacement body parts. At the current point in time it’s tragic how many people are unable to get transplants and die as a result, bioengineering could be […]

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I want to talk about a very exciting, but also fun, project which IBM recently completed. They have made a movie by moving single atoms around to create a stop-motion animation: “A Boy and his Atom”. This research team is investigating digital storage technologies and have already […]

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 […]

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 […]

7 Story Ideas to Kick-Start Your Imagination Sometimes one of the hardest things about writing is coming up with the first idea. Or finding the next plot point that will set your imagination on fire. I’ve found that one of the best ways to overcome this problem is to think about possible stories, even if […]

Blog Tour Hosted by The Masquerade Crew   Synopsis: A chilling murder. A sensational courtroom drama. The naked body of a young single mother is found in the bedroom of her own home. She’s been sexually assaulted and stabbed 36 times. There is blood splatter, candle wax, a mysterious drinking glass, and other compelling evidence […]

Get that Pesky Plot Back in Line – yWriter I’m an author that has always loved big sheets of paper and colored pens; where you can draw the path of a character as she makes her way along the peril-lined path. The visualization appealed to my creative side and I found it easier to see […]

Bring fantasy into the 21st century with a breath of new life: Originality in Fantasy This topic has come up a lot recently, especially with the release of The Hobbit and the rekindled interest in the fantasy genre that has sprung up in recent years. Fantastic tales have been around for centuries, myths and legends […]