Sunday, October 15, 2017

New Release SALE & Excerpt: Behold Darkness by LC Champlin

New Release Deal!


New on Kindle today, and just 99c for the next three days, is Behold Darkness (Wolves of the Apocalypse) by LC Champlin.

Here's the blurb:
Never let a crisis go to waste. Carpe jugulum.

That’s the credo of ambitious New York businessman Nathan Serebus, a man content to consider himself anything but a hero. But that’s before a San Francisco business trip with his attorney Albin Conrad lands them both in the middle of a multiple-target terrorist attack. And before a plague unleashed upon the city transforms its people into monstrous, unthinking cannibals.

As the cannibals turn on civilian and terrorist alike, and San Francisco descends into apocalyptic violence, Nathan and his friends must fight with the brutality and ferocity of wolves in order to survive. Despite Nathan's tenacity, the terrorist mastermind Cheel takes him and his people hostage. But Nathan has always thrived on chaos. As he matches wits with Cheel—a man whose goals may be closer to Nathan’s than he’d like to believe—he finds himself left with a decision: fight his demons or embrace them?

His choice will have grave consequences—for him and for all civilization.

Behold Darkness is the first book of LC Champlin’s gritty Wolves of the Apocalypse series. For more information, visit lcchamplin.com

Exclusive Excerpt


To whet your appetite, here is an exclusive excerpt!

Spring, 2016-

Hands behind his back, Albin gazed out. “This is merely the beginning, isn’t it, Mr. Serebus.” The beginning of what, is the question.” Nathan kept his voice low to avoid waking the others.

“If the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center changed our lives,” Albin matched Nathan’s tone, “how much more will this attack affect us? If the rumor is true and there was also an attack on New York City, the nation will be seriously destabilized.”

The end of America in two sentences. “We’ve been through worse, like the World Wars, but this is a different time. It’s the legendary Perfect Storm condition.”

“With the current administration at the helm and an apathetic populace on the rigging, I hold little hope for the ship of state weathering the storm.”

“Mm.” Nathan’s jaw worked. Below, emergency vehicles patrolled. Above, distant chopper lights glittered. He stood straighter. “We rise up and take the power back. Never let a crisis go to waste.” Albin leaned an elbow against the window frame, watching the chaos outside. “Natural disasters, terrorism, and . . . cannibals will make this crisis one for the record books.”


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Friday, October 13, 2017

FREE! Tears of Paradox by Daniella Bova

TGIFF: Thank God Its Friday Freebie!


Starting today until Wednesday, Oct 18th, Tears of Paradox is completely FREE.

Here's the blurb:
The Storms of Transformation are here, bringing upheaval, division and isolation. As the nation fundamentally transforms, small-town America is caught in the whirlwind.

Jason married the girl next door. He and Michelle dreamed of raising their children among family and friends in their idyllic, peaceful hometown. But then the Storms begin. Friendships disintegrate, fathers and sons become enemies, and trust is a thing of the past. The old ways have become what those in power term evil. What used to be evil is now the law. The evil brings with it a creeping darkness, gradually overshadowing the town’s inhabitants and turning their lives upside-down.

The Storms force pregnant Michelle to hide alone in a basement, far from home. Jason remains in town, living a lie as he tries to conceal the truth from the authorities. But will their own flesh-and-blood betray them? The town keeps many secrets. How did such a thing ever come to pass?

Tears of Paradox is book one in the Storms of Transformations trilogy.

Read my review of it here, and also my review of book 3, Cadain's Watch.

This book is also free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you want to see if subscribing is right for you, can get a Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

FREE Short Story: The Contractors by J.P. Medved

Free Military SF Short Story


For a short time, the short story The Contractors: A Justice Incorporated Short Story by by J.P. Medved is absolutely FREE.

Here's the blurb:
In the near future a small band of elite military contractors faces off against a ruthless foe.

The tiny town of Zawita in southern Kurdistan is little more than a speck on the map for most Westerners. But for Eric Ikenna and the other private security contractors of Justice, Incorporated, it's where they're making their last stand against the brutal army of Mohammad Shadid.

The villagers and local militia don't stand a chance without Justice, Inc.'s men and advanced weaponry, and a victory here could bring the PR win the company desperately needs to secure more lucrative contracts. But first, Eric and his employees have to survive an attack by the most vicious, bloodthirsty military in the Middle East.

It's a force that has left the charred and smoking wrecks of cities and bodies in its wake, and the Justice, Inc. operators are smack dab in the middle of its next target.

Combining cutting-edge technology ripped from tomorrow's headlines with nonstop action and vibrant, bold characters, "The Contractors" is a 3,100 word (12 pages) military thriller short story and the first tale in the Justice, Incorporated series.


***For a limited time, you can get another free story, The Gun Grabbers, from the author's website - click here to find out more > www.jpmedved.com/thriller ***

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Deepest Sympathies to Author J. Gunnar Grey


One of my favorite writers, J. Gunnar Grey, has just experienced a personal bereavement. Her husband John Grey passed away this Friday after a long illness.

There is a gofundme set up to help Gunnar with funeral expenses. Donations would be deeply appreciated by the family.

Novels by J. Gunnar Grey that I have featured on this blog include Deal with the Devil, Star of Wonder, and (writing as Vivian Roycroft) Scandal on Half-Moon Street.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Faith Fiction Sunday: Things Unseen by C.J. Brightley

Gritty Dystopia with Fae


I recently read Things Unseen (A Long Forgotten Song Book 1) by C.J. Brightley.

Here's the blurb:
History student Aria Forsyth's studies lead her to dangerous questions about the Empire's origins. A mysterious man named Owen, impervious to the winter cold, further unravels the safety of the world she thought she knew. At first, Aria believes Owen is human. He says he's not. What if they're both wrong?

A moment's compassion draws her into a conflict between human and inhuman, natural and supernatural, and she begins to discover the secrets of the Empire, the Fae, and what it means to be human.


Things Unseen is an unusual blend of dystopia and fantasy. It's set in totalitarian future with a vaguely Soviet flavor. The main character is a human post-grad student who stumbles onto the existence of Fae, who are now secretly hunted by the State and used in experiments to try to harness their magic. The Fae have to ally with human resistance groups to save themselves.

There's a lot of action, escaping, plotting, and all the elements of a good thriller. And there's also a lot of discussion that teases out the differences between Fae and human. And in addition to that a slow, possibly unrequited love story develops.

This particular novel is not overtly Christian, but it seems to be setting the stage for theological debate as it focuses on free will as the big difference between Fae and human and other supernatural creatures. From other reviews of the sequel, The Dragons Tongue, the series does become more focused on this, and the author has told me that she considers it a Christian series.

I enjoyed this novel a lot. It was a different take on urban fantasy. I liked that the main character, Aria, is a thinker, and often makes understandable blunders. She's not a Mary Sue. The Fae characters are not the typical shiny pretty people with powers, instead they seem really different in thinking, almost alien. This was a good read and I look forward to the rest of the series.

I actually read this novel as part of the Urban Mythic boxed set. Urban Mythic: Thirteen Novels of Adventure and Romance, featuring Norse and Greek Gods, Demons and Djinn, Angels, Fairies, Vampires, and Werewolves in the Modern World. Twelve more books to go in that set!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New Release: Gravity of the Game by Jon Del Arroz

Baseball on the Moon


Jon Del Arroz has just released a new novella titled Gravity of the Game.

Here's the blurb:
Commissioner Hideki Ichiro is planning a field of dreams on the moon. The World Baseball League’s viewership has declined to some of the most alarming levels in the game’s history. To survive, baseball needs to expand to a new market, and the only place to go is out to the stars. There’s one hitch in the plan: playing baseball is impossible without Earth’s gravity.

Can Hideki navigate new technologies, angry owners, and the drive-by media before time runs out for both baseball and his own career?

Explore baseball’s future in the heart-warming novella by multi-award nominated science fiction author Jon Del Arroz!



Gravity of the Game is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you want to see if subscribing is right for you, can get a Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Memoir of Slain Las Vegas Officer Charleston Hartfield

In Memory of Officer Hartfield


This is a special blog post about a special person.

Officer Charleston Hartfield is the Las Vegas police who lost his life in the horrific Las Vegas Strip massacre this weekend. Officer Hartfield was a military veteran and coached youth football. He had also, just this summer, published his memoir, titled Memoirs Of A Public Servant.

Here's the blurb:
Documenting the thoughts, feelings, and interactions of one Police Officer in the busiest and brightest city in the world, Las Vegas. This memoir takes you through the personal interactions experienced by a Police Officer with not only the community he seeks to serve but with his partners and their personalities. Some calls are over in an instant while others stick with you forever. Take a sneak peek into this Pandora's box and see if perception really is reality.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family, and to all the victims of this senseless evil act.