Tag Archives: fantasy

NEW RELEASE VERY SOON! Destiny Nexus (Vol 2, Shimmer In The Dark)

I have been so determined to publish the second book in my Shimmer In The Dark series in 2014 as I originally promised when I published Rogue Genesis! Well, I’m on the cusp of the new year. I pushed the button on Amazon on 31st December and I hope to launch on New Year’s Day 2015.

We will see!

In the meantime, here is my Cover Reveal and book description.

Destiny Nexus

 

This man isn’t the exclusive property of the US any longer. He is answerable to the world.

Major Niall Kearey is the only man capable of bridging space-time to create portals across the known universe. His government and the US military exploit his abilities, a secret society incites global unease in a bid to control him, and the alien refugees he smuggled to Earth revere him as the fulfillment of ancient prophecy.

Under threat of exposure, a potential one-man weapon of mass destruction, Niall and his family are forced back into hiding. Struggling to protect his wife and children, honor his oath to God and country, Kearey discovers he’s attracted the attention of a devourer of worlds – the legendary Balor – an enemy so powerful it enslaves or destroys everyone in its path.

The world needs Niall Kearey and his abilities, but the shady politics and dirty maneuverings of Earth’s power-brokers have tied his hands. Shackled by the unceasing suspicion and assaults on his liberty, Niall desperately seeks a means to protect planet Earth against the ancient predator hunting him down. Whether Balor’s purpose is Apocalypse or invasion, the threat escalates as Niall realizes the answer to the future lies in the past—his past.

How far can one man travel to preserve a world that has turned on him?

Niall must accept his destiny as the nexus – a magnet for destructive forces and possibly mankind’s last hope for salvation.

An exploration of love and betrayal with the high-octane pace of military thriller, Destiny Nexus stretches a man’s moral fiber to breaking point and changes him forever. This action-packed sequel continues the epic space opera saga introduced in Rogue Genesis.

Warning: Some strong language.

Advertisements

TWO EXCITING NEW RELEASES BY SCI FI AUTHOR DAVID BRUNS

Author David Bruns has released Sacrifice, his third book in the Dream Guild Chronicles as well as an Amish science fiction story, The Yesterday Adjustment.

Followers of my blog will know that  I am enjoying his Dream Guild series and my review of his latest release, Sacrifice, will be published very shortly. Suffice to say, I loved it!

In the meantime, an introduction to both releases by the author:

The science fantasy series, The Dream Guild Chronicles, tells a different kind of first contact story—one from the alien’s point of view.

IRRADIirradiance_cvr_lrgANCE, Book One, imagines the kind of dystopian world you might get if you paired Big Brother from 1984 with A Wrinkle in Time. Maribel, a scientist, uncovers an ecological disaster that makes her reexamine everything she thought she knew about her Community. In desperation, Maribel flees her home world with her family and a few friends.

TheSight_CVR_LRG-200x300In SIGHT, Book Two, the storyline focuses on Sariah, Maribel’s daughter. Her parents are frantic to find her a new home safe from the long arm of the Community. But new worlds are fraught with new dangers, and SIGHT will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow Sariah trying to navigate the superstitions of hunter-gatherer tribal culture.

Now imagine Lost in Space crash landing into an ancient Incan civilization and you have SACRIFICE, Book Three of The Dream Guild Chronicles.

Sacrifice_CVR_MED

If crash landing isn’t bad enough, a crew member is taken captive by the natives. A rescue attempt, a firefight and one crewman is left for dead.

But he’s very much alive.

Alone, light-years from everyone who cares about him, Gideon navigates royal politics, tribal rituals, and ancient prophecies as he struggles to take back the artifact that will let him reconnect with his family.

And if you’re in the mood for something shorter, you might want to try The Yesterday Adjustment.

Yesterday_CVR_MED

Synopsis:

Washington crossing the Delaware, Truman dropping the atomic bomb, TRACE rebels capturing the first Transport portal at Columbia. All examples of inflection events that fundamentally altered the trajectory of mankind’s future.

After more than a half-century at war, Transport is desperate for a way to defeat the rebels once and for all. Enter Damien Strickland, Time Operative agent. His mission: posing as an Amish man, go back in time and make sure the rebel attack on the Columbia portal fails.

The mission takes an unexpected turn when he meets Amos Troyer, the man who will grow up to become the feared leader of the rebel forces. But Amos in this timeline is only a harmless sixteen year old Amish boy.

Set in the rich Amish science-fiction world of Michael Bunker’s PENNSYLVANIA, The Yesterday Adjustment is James Bond meets Harrison Ford in the The Witness.

 

About the author:  DAVID BRUNS

headshot cropped (2)I grew up on a small farm in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. We didn’t have a TV, so my reading habit gradually grew into a reading obsession. After high school, I was accepted to the United States Naval Academy where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Honors English (That’s not a typo. I’m probably the only English major you’ll ever meet who had to take multiple semesters of calculus, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, naval architecture and weapons systems just so I could get to read some Shakespeare. It was totally worth it.)

I spent six years as a commissioned officer in the nuclear-powered submarine force chasing Russian submarines. Then the Cold War ended and I became a civilian. For the next two decades, I schlepped my way around the globe as an itinerant executive in the high-tech sector, and even did a stint with a Silicon Valley startup.

In 2013, I took a break from corporate life and wrote a book. I enjoyed it so much that I wrote another (better) book, the first in the science fantasy series, The Dream Guild Chronicles.

My wife and I are self-confessed travel junkies. We’re immensely proud of the fact that both our children had to get extra pages in their passports in order to fit all their visa stamps. Together, we’ve visited over two dozen different countries and almost all fifty states, but Minnesota is home.

Where to find David Brun’s work:

IRRADIANCE:  http://amzn.com/B00IRG97SK

SIGHT:  http://amzn.com/B00KLQ6AB6

SACRIFICE:  http://amzn.com/B00OQTE9D0

The Yesterday Adjustment:  http://amzn.com/B00OJFP2DW

Website: http://davidbruns.com

 

Review for SIGHT: The Dream Guild Chronicles – Book Two by David Bruns

TheSight_CVR_LRG-200x300Sight by David Bruns

In the exciting sequel to Irradiance, it’s been four months since the six refugees fled the dystopian Community of Sindra, and already the Joined adults are showing signs of sickness. In their search for a new home, time is not their ally.

A routine planetary survey goes horribly wrong, leaving a native boy near death. In a desperate attempt to save his life, the boy is given a transfusion of Sariah’s blood—and the crew makes an amazing discovery.

Sariah is adopted into the boy’s clan as the Fountain of Dreams, the mysterious girl from the stars who brought them the gift of dreams. But superstitions run deep in the clan and not everyone is happy with the new freedoms, especially Nisador, the tribe’s Sacred Mother.

Sariah learns the ways of the clan are harsh—even deadly.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Not too long ago I reviewed Irradiance, Book One in The Dream Guild Chronicles, and had been eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. So when David gifted me Sight, I tucked it away for my holiday! What decadent pleasure – the Tuscany sun, a shaded terrace overlooking rolling vinyards,  a glass of wine, and Sight.

This is my review:

In Book One of The Dream Guild Chronicles, I was captivated by one family’s fight to escape a sophisticated society, a commune of telepaths, whose leaders are prepared to commit any atrocity and ignore any danger to preserve their way of life. In Sight, the second book in the series, Maribel and Reese are searching for a home for their daughter, Sariah, and they believe the inhabitants of an Earth-like planet can provide Sariah her destined future.

Sight is Sariah’s tale and her immersion into her new adopted family reveals a fascinating culture. I stepped into Sariah’s new world and watched a girl grow into a young woman, torn between her heart and duty as layer upon layer of clan history is slowly divulged.

David Bruns creates a world of dream bubbles and inner sight, mystical orbs and Sacred Mothers. This society that has taken Sariah into its midst has a ranking system that promotes jealousy and competition as well as courage and compassion. But when the powerful do not abide by the code of honour at its heart, Sariah becomes a victim of envy and suspicion as traditional laws turn young love into a dirty secret and allow her elders to dictate her life under the guise of duty for the common good.

As the story reaches its dramatic conclusion, the source of the Sacred Mother’s rule over the clan alters Sariah’s life forever. The ending is quick and signals the start of a new chapter in the character’s lives, a signature of the author I am discovering. Fortunately, there are questions still to answer as the fate of Reese, Maribel and Sariah’s twin, Gideon, remains unknown.

Roll on Book Three!

View all my reviews

 

Christoph Fischer interviews Ceri London – Review & Excerpt

Christoph Fischer Interview of Ceri London
Christoph Fischer Interview of Ceri London

More excitement today. Talented book reviewer and historical fiction author CHRISTOPH FISCHER interviews me today >> here << and includes his wonderful review of my debut sci-fi fantasy thriller: SHIMMER IN THE DARK: ROGUE GENESIS plus excerpt.

Thank you. Christoph!

Don’t forget to check out Christoph’s work and other reviews while you are on his website!

Shimmer In The Dark: Rogue Genesis

Also, I am running a SPECIAL OFFER on Rogue Genesis today, April 5th. Grab a copy at $1.50 from Amazon or Smashwords.

A World of Worlds Cover
And don’t forget to collect your free copy of A WORLD OF WORLDS. This sci-fi fantasy anthology by ASMSG Authors includes my short story BRIDGE BUILDER, part of the Shimmer In The Dark series, and can be found here.

Review of “Irradiance by David Bruns”

irradiance_cvr_lrg
Irradiance by David Bruns (http://davidbruns.com/)

Irradiance by David Bruns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderful start to a promising series.

I love stories that gradually unravel a hard core warning at its centre. I often wonder if an author wrote a story to a theme, or whether the themes evolved out of the writing.

For me, Irradiance tells the story of one family discovering utopia is based on a lie. It captures the tipping point where society is no longer compatible with individual freedom, and where the illusion of happiness is found by unquestioning adherence to dogma. A paradigm where political leaders are so chained to their ideology, their quest for perfection, they would rather drag everyone over the cliff than allow a few brave souls to forge a different path.

David Bruns has created a world where purity has no room for compassion or love, and where life can be “recycled” the moment it ceases to have value for the greater good. This society is shocking. Brutal. Callous. Right to the end, its citizens, even the protagonists, seemed switched off to the true horror of their culture, the urgency of their situation struggling to break through their learned adherence to society’s diktats.

The pace moves steadily forward with vivid and detailed world building at the beginning, picking up as events spiral out of control towards the end. I loved the gradual awakening of Maribel and Resse to the power of their emotions, that they now had words to legitimise their feelings for each other. Each had their own gifts and I enjoyed the science explored through both characters.

Irradiance is the start of a much bigger story where the children will no doubt come into their own. I am very much looking forward to the next in this series.

(Disclosure: I was gifted a copy of this book in the hope of a review. I’m delighted to say I enjoyed it!)

View all my reviews

MAER WILSON’S PORTALS VIRTUAL TOUR – DECEMBER 19

Virtual TourA huge welcome to author Maer Wilson who joins me today on her whirlwind Virual Tour introducing her new release PORTALS, Book 2 in THE THULUKAN CHRONICLES. Get the latest inside information on her new book, Portals,  as I chat to Maer, and a little farther down is a tempting Giveaway. First a little information about my guest today:

Maer WilsonMaer Wilson’s Bio: After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while. Turns out she’s a writer. She’s always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard. When she’s not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. She also co-hosts the literary podcast, MythBehaving and writes for two gaming fansites. Maer lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle. Portals is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles. You can find all books and novelettes in The Thulukan Chronicles at Amazon. You can visit Maer’s website at http://maerwilson.com/.

And her latest book!

Portals Book CoverFor supernatural detectives Thulu and La Fi, “normal” is a relative term. La Fi is a medium, Thulu is a finder, and their usual clients are already dead.

But when their friend Reo is shot, and a group of stranded angels show up at their house for help to find a missing child, things are striking too close to home.

And now the portals that let the magical races return to Earth have started opening on their own.

With trips off-world, a kidnapped psychic and changes to their own abilities, Thulu and La Fi are hit with a lot more than they usually handle. Of course, their magical friends are there to help, but even they may not be enough to save an increasingly unstable Earth.

Portals is the sequel to Relics and is Book 2 in “The Thulukan Chronicles.”

Juggling angels, psychics, and a myriad of other magical folk (and their problems), Thulu and La Fi return in Portals to find a kidnapping victim, and maybe just save the universe as a side job. Maer Wilson does a beautiful job of painting their world, weaving a mystery, and sprinkling on a touch of humor in her sophomore fantasy. Such a fun escape!” LynDee Walker, bestselling author of the Headlines in High Heels Mysteries.

EXCERPT FROM PORTALS

That night Parker had popped in to wake us at two in the morning to tell us our best friend, Reo, had been shot. The young ghost was distraught and panicked.

“They’re on the back porch! You have to go help.”

“Where is he?” I asked groggily, as I jumped out of bed.

Thulu was instantly awake beside me, although he didn’t seem any more alert than I did.

“Back porch.” Parker enunciated each word in slight exasperation. “Go, please!”

Thulu looked at me, and I told him what Parker had said. Thulu can read lips, but even with a night light the room was too dark.

Thulu threw off the sheet and we both ran from the room. I was briefly glad we’d been wearing PJs.

Heart pounding, I took a few precious seconds to check on our three year old son, Carter. His night light showed him blissfully unaware of anything. Whatever happy dreams he was having made him smile slightly in his sleep. I sighed in relief that he wasn’t having another of his nightmares.

Downstairs, Thulu had turned on the kitchen and porch lights. In spite of the panic moments before, none of the three people on the porch seemed frantic when I joined them.

Thulu looked relieved, Reo was on the floor, but seemed stoic, and Sloane knelt beside him, brow furrowed only slightly in concentration as he dealt with the wound.

My heart rate slowed down and my own fear started to slowly dissipate. My heart gradually dropped from my throat back to its accustomed place in my chest. Still my hands were shaking, and I felt the slight chill from outside. The porch was screened in, and the late August day had been hot, but the night brought a cool breeze that made its way along my arms.

The scent of flowers from the backyard didn’t quite mask the smell of the blood that pooled on the porch floor around Reo. Sloane, his partner and an elf, had already removed Reo’s jacket and shirt. A bullet lay on the floor, and I could see the shoulder wound was already healing and closing up. In a few moments, only the blood would remain as evidence that he’d been shot.

Reo’s face was white. The strain showed around his brown eyes and his handsome face had the sheen of sweat on it.  His short brown hair that was usually spiked, lay damp and flat against his head, but he gave me a shaky smile.

“Bastard ruined my favorite jacket.”

END EXCERPT

Maer, your books sounds amazing. You have the supernatural, magic, angels, and portals. Now, tell me, is your series more sci-fi or fantasy? 

That’s an awesome question, Ceri! It’s an amalgamation. It’s Paranormal Mystery meets Urban Fantasy meets Sci Fi, with elements of each one. The Sci Fi comes in more at the end of Portals and carries into Book 3 with less Paranormal Mystery. It then blends Urban Fantasy and some Sci Fi elements.

Ah, so the series evolves and takes the reader into new territory. What makes The Thulakan Chronicles unique from other supernatural detective stories?

For one thing, Thulu and La Fi are professionals and expect to get paid for their work. They like helping their clients and get satisfaction form it, but it’s their business, not an altruistic sideline. Also the fact that they work together is different. Their skill sets complement each other. The biggest difference is that while the first two books have that detective element, the series is really about what happens when magic returns to Earth, as seen through Thulu and La Fi’s eyes. And the repercussions of that return have major unforeseen consequences that get steadily worse as we go into Book 3.

Thula and La Fi, I need to know, what’s happened to them since Relics?

The biggest change is that they are now parents of a live child. The ghost kids are still there, but adopting their son has brought them into a whole new level of relationship as a family. It has been just the two of them for so long, that I think this gives them a dimension we haven’t seen from them before – especially in the responsibility area.

Portals goes a little farther in showing what happens when magic returns to Earth. We see more of the repercussions and find out why things are happening.

Kids and magic together sounds like chaos. Tell us what you like most about one character, and what you don’t like about another?

I love La Fi’s heart, which is enormous. Even when she’s complaining about something, it’s usually just smokescreen to cover up how deeply she cares.

I don’t like Jones’s attitude about humans. He can swing from concerned “parent” figure to superior predator at the snap of fingers. I’m not quite sure he should be completely trusted.

I love it when characters take on a life of their own so you can’t be sure what they’ll do next. How do you make your characters feel so real?

I know their backstories and their motivations, their strengths and weaknesses. I’ve been able to use the tools I used creating characters for the stage and apply them to my characters in my books. I can only hope that depth comes through.

So you moved from acting to writing to becoming a published author. What do you look for in books you read for enjoyment?

I don’t get to read as much now and I miss it! I’ve joined several reading groups on Goodreads to get myself back in the habit of actually reading. I tend toward sci fi, fantasy, mysteries, thrillers, horror and I love great characters and a good story. I don’t think my tastes have changed. I do find myself more aware of the actual writing than I was before.

You also co-produce and co-host a literary podcast, MythBehaving. What is this all about, and why do you do it?

This is a show where we interview folks from the publishing industry. Mostly authors, but we also have others from the industry on the show. Each show is available on our website and also iTunes, so folks can download and listen on their MP3s. I do it because it’s fun to talk to others in the industry. I’ve learned so much just by interviewing our guests. And the podcast (radio for the internet) format lets us have a real time chat.

What is the best advice you’ve been given and how have you applied it?

If you want to write, read. It was advice the author Tim Powers gave me when I asked the question for someone else years ago. Since I’ve always been an avid reader, I was able to take that advice and go back and look at what I’d read and what I liked and try to write something I’d like to read.

What have you enjoyed most about writing the Thulukan Chronicles? And what have you learned about writing?

I love these characters! They are so much fun and always seem to have surprises for me when I start getting into their heads. I haven’t learned nearly enough yet, but I’m gaining ground with every book or story I turn out. The biggest lesson I think is to stick it out and finish your work. And just keep keeping on. If you want it bad enough you can make it happen, as long as you stay on course. Oh and have great beta readers. (I do.)

And finally, to whet the appetite, what do you think fans of Relics will like most about Portals?

Well, I hope they like it! I think they will like seeing the group go off-world for the first time. I also think they will be surprised at what is really going on and that leads us into Book 3.

It sounds great with twists and turns to keep readers guessing. I’m going to get it now!

Ceri, thanks so much for letting me be on your blog today!

Any time, Maer! Thank you for joining me. Okay, folks, here is where you can find Maer, Relics and Portals. And make sure you enter the Giveaway.

Maer’s Website , Maer on Amazon , Maer on Facebook , Maer on Twitter

Maer at Goodreads , Maer at Pinterest

Relics 599x900“‘Relics’ is a powerful read which will challenge long-held perceptions of good vs. evil and Light vs. Dark well after the book is finished.” Diane M. Haynes, author of Rift Healer, YA finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

In Relics, author Maer Wilson takes everything you think you know about the creatures of the fantasy world and twists it around to create a unique and engaging story.” Constance Philips, author of Resurrecting Harry and Fairyproof.

Relics at Goodreads , Relics Paperback at Amazon , Relics Kindle at Amazon

Portals at Amazon , Portals Kindle at Amazon

“Ghost Memory” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #1) at Amazon

“Unwanted Ghost” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #2) at Amazon

GIVEAWAY – RAFFLECOPTER

 A chance to win one of these prizes:

1 – $10 Amazon Gift Card

1 – $5 Amazon Gift Card

3 – eBook Bundles of “Ghost Memory” and “Unwanted Ghost”

Click here for Rafflecopter Giveaway