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Then fasten your seatbelts, sip a glass of something sparkling and let's chat awhile!

Beloved Enemy joined Starquest and Children of the Mist to continue the Destiny Trilogy and I'm thrilled to announce was shortlisted for the R.N.A. RoNA Awards 2017 and nominated for the RONE Award 2017

LASR 10th Anniversary Party

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Last excerpt from Starquest - is this the end?


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warrior and 8 Sentence Sunday, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to read and write! We've got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their work.

Writers share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet on Sunday each week. Be sure to visit the other writers - they're listed Below:

If you'd to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, whether published or not, follow the link and sign up. It's a great community to be a part of! 
I'm currently sharing excerpts from Starquest, the first of the Destiny Trilogy


(Please don't hate me - things are not always as they seem, and this is actually just the beginning, there is a lot more of this book left, but I'll be starting on book 2 next week!)

Previously: Jess and Kerry have confessed their love to each other and Jess has persuaded the crew of the starship Destiny, to help her overcome the invaders of the planet Phidia.  

When they arrive on the planet, Jess saves Kerry' s life, taking the laser fire aimed at Kerry by the alien invader, Ayandos.

Fast forward a little -  Kerry kills Ayados, and with the battle raging all around him, kneels beside Jess.


(Punctuation edits from published version to comply with sentence count.)
STARQUEST - 10 Sentence Snippet:

A smear of blood glistened on her lips...a stain on perfection and evidence of his own negligence.

“Please...”


He should have prevented this, somehow, he should have prevented it! He ran his fingers through the mass of flame-colored hair, golden highlights gleaming in the Phidian sunshine. He buried his face in its softness and held her close to his heart, hoping that somehow his words might filter through to her subconscious mind, as her life slowly ebbed away. 

“Forgive me, Jess. I love you, I always will...always. I could never tell you how
much.” 

An instinctive sense of danger pierced his grief. He whirled and rolled over his shoulder, just in time to avoid the laser aimed at his back. The blaster he picked up from close to where Jess had fallen made short and bloody work of his would-be assassin, but it seemed even Jess’s last moments were to be denied him. He was compelled to leave her and concentrate on destroying the assailants who came at him from all sides. 



End Note: The Destiny's crew do defeat Ayandos's men, with the help of the Phidians themselves but as I said at the beginning - this is just the start !

Is this really the end for Jess?
How will Kerry cope without her?
Will the Phidians repay the crew for saving them from the invaders?

STARQUEST (The Destiny Trilogy, Vol. 1)


BLURB: When Jestine Darnell is rescued from her sabotaged starship by the crew of the Destiny her only objective is to complete her mission and keep her promise to save a world from slavery. Love is the last thing on her mind. However, she has not counted on losing her heart to Kerry Marchant the ship’s second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. The completion of her mission has consequences that neither of them could have foreseen.

Enter Dahll Tarron, who becomes involved in a long and dangerous quest to find the Destiny. Fates become intertwined, perils shared, culminating in the realization that sometimes love may be so close that there is a danger it will not be recognized until it is too late…




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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Novel Spotlight - The House With Old Furniture - and #Giveaway



As an exiled Welsh woman from mid west Wales, myself, I am delighted to leave the Flight Deck today and travel back to my homeland to celebrate Helen Lewis's great new release:
THE HOUSE WITH OLD FURNITURE
 BY HELEN LEWIS
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: 20 July 2017
Publisher: Honno Press

The ghosts of a century’s worth of secrets and betrayals are coming home to
Pengarrow…

Evie has lost her eldest son, Jesse, to gang violence. Leaving the house he grew up in is pulling apart the few strings left holding her heart together. Only the desire to be there for her younger boy, Finn, impels Evie to West Wales and the ancient house her husband is sure will heal their wounds.

Days later, Andrew is gone – rushing back to his ‘important’ job in government, abandoning his grieving wife and son. Finn finds solace in the horse his father buys by way of apology. As does his evasive and fearful new friend, Nye, the one who reminds him and Evie of Jesse… Evie loses herself in a dusty 19th century journal and glasses of homemade wine left by the mysterious housekeeper.

As Evie’s grasp on reality slides, Andrew’s parents ride to the rescue. It is clear that this is a house they know. They seem to think they own it, and begin making changes nobody wants, least of all Alys and her son, Nye, the terrified youth who looks so like Jesse.

BUY LINKS


ABOUT HELEN LEWIS

Helen was born in 1967 in the New Forest. She spent her childhood dreaming of becoming a ballerina and doodling in the margin. She graduated from Southampton Faculty of Art and Design (so long ago now, that the place doesn’t even exist!) and worked as a professional Doodler of Margins (Graphic Designer) for twenty years. In 2006 She moved to Pembrokeshire with her family and lives in the middle of nowhere where she reads, writes, and runs.
Twitter:  @hedlew


GIVEAWAY
3 ebooks (open internationally)
3 paperbacks (Uk only)
a Rafflecopter giveaway



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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The West Woods Cover Reveal


The West Woods
by Suzy Vadori
Genre: YA Fantasy


Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.

As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for. If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.






Suzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The
Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved
member of the Calgary Writers' community, service as Program Manager
for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers
and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with
her husband and three kids.



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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Weekend Writing Warriors - Starquest - penultimate post - things are looking bad!

WeWriWar
Welcome to Weekend Writing Warrior and 8 Sentence Sunday, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to read and write! We've got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their work.

Writers share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet on Sunday each week. Be sure to visit the other writers - they're listed Below:

If you'd to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, whether published or not, follow the link and sign up. It's a great community to be a part of! 
I'm currently sharing excerpts from Starquest, the first of the Destiny Trilogy

Moving forward a bit - The crew of the Destiny  has landed at the area on the planet Phidia, which has been invaded by the Alien Ayandos. Unfortunately things do not go according to plan and they are confronted by Ayandos as soon as they step on the surface.


Without warning, Ayandos leapt forward in a fluid movement that was almost too fast to comprehend, and caught hold of Jess’s arm, dragging her back to where he’d previously stood.

“Let me go!” Jess lashed out with her free hand, struggling to free herself, but she was no match for the strength of the mutant. Kerry lunged toward the albino, as Jess cried out, the dread in her voice tearing through him like blaster fire.

“Kerry, no—he has a gun!”

Too late, Kerry saw what she had seen and Ragin sensed, a tiny laser concealed in the alien’s palm and aimed at his chest. Jess twisted in Ayandos’s grasp, trying to wrest the small weapon from him, and kicked out. Ayandos staggered a little from the blow, and she pulled herself free and sprang toward Kerry. A beam of almost invisible laser light struck her between the shoulders and she fell at his feet.


STARQUEST (The Destiny Trilogy, Vol. 1)



BLURB: When Jestine Darnell is rescued from her sabotaged starship by the crew of the Destiny her only objective is to complete her mission and keep her promise to save a world from slavery. Love is the last thing on her mind. However, she has not counted on losing her heart to Kerry Marchant the ship’s second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. The completion of her mission has consequences that neither of them could have foreseen.

Enter Dahll Tarron, who becomes involved in a long and dangerous quest to find the Destiny. Fates become intertwined, perils shared, culminating in the realization that sometimes love may be so close that there is a danger it will not be recognized until it is too late…




Purchase all three books (or just one, they stand alone, while sharing some of the same characters)  at https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B01MRY3XXT





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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Bound Souls Book Tour and Giveaway



Bound
Souls
Forever
Yours Book 1
by
N.D. Jones
Genre:
SciFi, Fantasy Romance


supernatural love triangle that tests the bounds of science, truth,

and faith.



Regent Lela of Asiya is the most powerful person on her planet but she is
powerless to save the life of her beloved soulmate—Zion Grace. For
thirty years they lived as husband and wife, but Zion’s time is at an end. Lela must go on without him.


There will never be anyone else for me.”


Despite having died, nothing can keep Zion from his soulmate. He’s back but
not as the man he once was. Zion must help Lela move on with her life, lest he lose her forever. But how can Zion convince Lela to accept the love and affections of another man when he still wants her for himself?

love you, Lela. My heart is forever yours.”

Lela and Zion are bound souls, destined to live eternity together. For these lovers, death is not an end, but a fateful beginning.










N. D. Jones lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. Having earned a M.A. in Political Science, she is a dedicated educator. She
taught high school social studies for nine years. Currently, she is a professional development teacher specialist with a local Maryland
school system, working on increasing student achievement through teacher and administrator efficacy. N.D. is also a continuing education student who is pursuing her doctorate in education in
Community College Leadership.


desire to see more novels with positive, sexy, and three-dimensional African American characters as soul mates, friends, and lovers, inspired the author to take on the challenge of penning such  romantic reads. She is the author of two paranormal romance series: Winged Warriors and Death and Destiny. N.D. likes to read historical and paranormal romance novels, as well as comics and manga.



Books
by N.D. Jones

Winged
Warriors Series:

Death
and Destiny Trilogy:

Forever
Yours Series:



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Liquid Cool Book Tour and Giveaway


These Mean Streets Darkly
Liquid Cool Prequel
by
Austin Dragon
Genre: Cyberpunk Detective Thriller

THESE
MEAN STREETS, DARKLY
 the prequel to the cyberpunk
detective series, Liquid Cool.



It’s a world of colossal skyscrapers. Hovercars fly above in the dark, rainy skies and gray people walk below on the grimy, hard streets in the “Neon Jungle.” Uber-governments and megacorporations fight for control of the supercity, but so does crime.


An average woman, Carol—hardworking and decent in every way— loses

her daughter to the psycho Red Rabbit. Can Police Central find the
girl in time—alive? And is it really a random, senseless kidnapping
in the fifty-million-plus city?
There are a million victims and perpetrators in this High-Tech, Low-Life

World. This is one of those stories…before we meet our private eye

(and unlikely hero), Cruz, in the debut novel, Liquid Cool!
**Free
on Amazon!**



Liquid
Cool
Liquid
Cool Series Book 1


Cyberpunk
Thriller To Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat!

Liquid Cool is the action-packed (and funny), cyberpunk detective series.



How Much is One Life Worth?

In the sci-fi/cyberpunk detective series, author Austin Dragon shows why you never want to meet a cyborg in a dark alley. Liquid Cool is a cross between Blade Runner and the Maltese Falcon. There is plenty of gritty action, suspense, thrills, and even a few laughs.
It’s cyberpunk reimagined—an ever-rainy world of colossal skyscrapers,

hovercars, flashy neon streets, and futuristic mechanization. Metropolis isn’t a bad place, but it isn’t a good one either. Uber-governments and egacorporations fight for control of the fifty-million-plus super-city, but so does crime.

We meet Cruz, our private eye (and unlikely hero), in this super-city

with a million victims and perpetrators. Watch out for tech-tricksters, analog hustlers, and digital gangsters—psychos, samurais, and cyborgs aplenty. Visitors have a way of becoming permanent attractions.

Welcome
to the high-tech, low-life world of Liquid Cool.
Get
Your Copy of Liquid Cool Right Now.

**Free
on Amazon!**



Blade Gunner
Liquid Cool Book 2

The Cyberpunk Detective Thriller Blade Gunner Keeps
You on the Edge of Your Seat!

Liquid Cool is the action-packed (and funny), debut cyberpunk

detective series.


Who is Blade Gunner?

In the next installment of the sci-fi/cyberpunk detective series, author

Austin Dragon shows you when two forces of evil want to kill each

other—get the hell out of the way! The Liquid Cool Series is the
sci-fi classic, Blade Runner meets the Old Hollywood classic, Maltese
Falcon. There is plenty of gritty action, suspense, thrills, and even
a few laughs.

It’s the cyberpunk novel reimagined—an ever-rainy world of colossal

skyscrapers, hover-cars, flashy neon streets, and futuristic mechanization. Metropolis isn’t a bad place, but it isn’t a good one either. Uber-governments and mega-corporations fight for control of the fifty-million-plus super-city, but so does crime.

Sinister secret megacorporations. Savage Cyborg cults. And the Blade Gunner.

How does Cruz, our private eye (and unlikely hero), solve this case—let alone survive? Off-worlders will do anything to stop the unknown man called Blade Gunner—even to blow up a supercity from space! The seedy spousal surveillance case doesn’t look so bad  after all, but it’s too late to go back. You haven’t read a cyberpunk novel like this.
Welcome
to the high-tech, low-life world of Liquid Cool.
NeuroDancer
Liquid Cool Book 3

The Cyberpunk Detective Series Continues to Thrill in NeuroDancer!

Liquid Cool is the action-packed (and funny), debut cyberpunk detective series.

Has Cruz met his supervillain match in NeuroDancer?
Liquid Cool is a Blade Runner meets the Maltese Falcon. In the next installment of the sci-fi/cyberpunk detective series, author Austin Dragon goes from less frenetic cyberpunk to a smoother, cyber-noir with our hero, Cruz, matching wits with the sultry NeuroDancer. There  is always plenty of gritty action, suspense, thrills, and even a few laughs.

It’s the cyberpunk novel reimagined—an ever-rainy world of colossal

skyscrapers, hover-cars, flashy neon streets, and futuristic
mechanization. Metropolis isn’t a bad place, but it isn’t a good
one either. Uber-governments and mega-corporations fight for control
of the fifty-million-plus super-city, but so does crime.

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful,” she said to him. He should have
listened to his instincts when she strolled into his office to hire
him. “I knew I wasn’t gonna touch this case with a 10-foot pole.
It had danger written all over it, back and front.” But he did take
the Case of the NeuroDancer. Is this the private eye story where the
bad “guy” rides off into the sunset and the hero lies flat on his
back waiting for the meat wagon to fly down in their hoverambulance.

Which is crazier, indeed: the criminal—or the client? Welcome to the
high-tech, low-life world of Liquid Cool.


The
Electric Sheep Massacre
Liquid
Cool Book 4

The Cyberpunk Detective Series Goes to London! 


But in The Electric Sheep Massacre does our detective come back? And, is that before or after someone tries to kill him in the world of virtual reality?!

Liquid Cool is the action-packed (and funny), debut cyberpunk detective series.



Liquid Cool is Blade Runner meets the Maltese Falcon. In the next installment of the sci-fi/cyberpunk detective series, author Austin Dragon takes our private detective from the wild, concrete wastelands outside the supercity Metropolis across the Great Ocean to London Prime (that’s what they call it in the future) to the most dangerous place in the world—virtual reality, where all of a sudden

people are killing and dying. 


It’s the cyberpunk novel reimagined—an ever-rainy world of colossal
skyscrapers, hovercars, flashy neon streets, and futuristic mechanization. Metropolis isn’t a bad place, but it isn’t a good one either. Uber-governments and megacorporations fight for control of the fifty-million-plus supercity, but so does crime.


Welcome to the high-tech, low-life world of Liquid Cool. 



**.99 on Amazon!**






Austin Dragon is author of the After Eden Series, including the After Eden: Tek-Fall mini-series, the classic Sleepy Hollow Horrors, and the cyberpunk detective series, Liquid Cool. He is a native New Yorker, but has called Los Angeles, California home for the last twenty years. Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army, English teacher, one-time resident of Paris, political junkie, movie buff, campaign manager and staffer of presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, Fortune 500 corporate recruiter, renaissance man, and dreamer.




He is currently working on new books and series in science fiction, fantasy, and classic horror!



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