Friday, November 30, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: The Neuromorphs by Dennis Meredith

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
The Neuromorphs
by Dennis Meredith



The robots were good. The Russian thugs were evil. But then. . .
It's 2050, and self-learning Helper androids have proven invaluable servants to humans, making their lives easier, even saving them.

But to their horror, retired SEAL Patrick Jensen and his wife Leah discover that rogue programmers and Russian mobsters are reprogramming the trusted robots to murder their wealthy owners. The crooks then skillfully disguise the lifelike robots as their dead masters, directing the robot mimics to plunder the victims’ estates of billions of dollars.

But neither the corrupt engineers nor the greedy thugs realize what catastrophe they have wrought in giving the robots autonomous abilities.

They have created a new race of networked, “hive-minded” sentient creatures driven by a relentless survival instinct: the Neuromorphs.

Patrick must enlist his SEAL team to marshal their combat skills and futuristic firepower to thwart the seemingly unstoppable evolution of a new dominant species on the planet.
About the Author
Dennis Meredith added science fiction to his resume after a stellar career as a research communicator at leading research institutions such as Caltech, MIT, Cornell, and Duke. He has written well over a thousand articles on science and engineering over his career and conducted workshops for scientists on how to communicate their research. His thriller novels seek to extrapolate real-world science into compelling adventures that speculate on their ultimate implications. And his grandkids call him Googa Funny.
Reviews
“Probably the best novel of its kind I have ever read”
“The author does an excellent job of creating the virtual world or technology. If you’re a techie, you’re going to love this stuff!”
“Meredith must also be a meticulous grammarian since the entire book and the fate of humanity turns on the difference between the words will and shall.”
“The Neuromorphs combines the unpredictableness of robots along with human greed and selfishness and how that combination may not turn out to be in our own best interests.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Missing Remnants by DJ Cooper

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
Missing Remnants
by DJ Cooper


Detective Track is running out of time. A great cop with an attitude, he finds himself suspended. His career is on the brink of destruction.

Cut off from resources, Track is dragged into an investigation the Authority tried to close. Remnants, the survivors of the recent outbreak are now a drain on society. Only their families care they are disappearing one by one.

Track’s apartment is ransacked, he’s followed and attacked. Medication and cryptic messages from someone he knows to be dead threaten his grip on reality.

Is he losing his mind or is something sinister at play? The truth is more twisted than he ever imagined.

About the Author
DJ Cooper is about 300 years old, writes science fiction/humour/weird, hails from another planet and is married with two teenage kids.

The family has a house full of animals. Tropical fish, a degu called Sam (a small fluffy thing with a long tail, bigger than a hamster, smaller than an elephant.) Crunch the tortoise fits in the palm of a hand. He/she/who can tell, eats, sits under a light, digs, sleeps, grows, doesn't talk yet. Cossie the bearded dragon talks and can fly whilst breathing fire. She’s well trained. There hasn't been "an incident" with the fire brigade in months.

DJ runs a small business, has been known to hammer out tunes on the piano and probably has veins filled with caffeine.

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Reviews:
I liked how the author worked in diversity without forcing huge political statements or slowing the narrative. The book moves quickly, filled with twists from the investigation and futuristic tech, but not enough to overwhelm readers. Track is a likable character for the good he does despite how hard he works to push people away. The story puts the reader in his head, which shows the author has a quirky sense of humor I found refreshing.”

Love everything about this book. Love the story, the characters. DJ Cooper writes in such a way that you feel like you know the characters and they have been a part of your life since...forever… Whether is a space station or a small town in Cleveland, the stories have characters who drive the plot and the film noir patina give them depth and diversity. Fresh, fun, and a pleasure to read.”

What was most enjoyable about the story was the author's ability to make Track a likeable person despite his somewhat ornery presentation. Humor was present throughout, making it an amusing read, even as it dealt with serious subject matter. Not everyone can pull off sarcasm in a character without making the reader dislike the person, but DJ Cooper has a knack for making us like someone even as we may wince at their tongue-in-cheek narrative and thoughts. Track reminded me of Indiana Jones, which is not a bad thing at all!”

The world building was excellent. From the very first paragraph, I was completely immersed in the highly regimented and futuristic society that Detective Track lived in.”

Excerpt:

I’d tuned out most of the chatter behind me as I concentrated on system reports. I was ahead. It put me in uncharted territory. The summons came after lunch. Si-Cross Four is a large off-world space station boasting many places to eat. It didn’t matter which I chose, I always found a small group of people who required off-menu items. They couldn’t all have allergies to the latest food considered the devil’s work. I was five minutes late back. And that was only because I’d stopped to help clear an area resulting in the initiation of a chemical spill false alarm report.
“Detective Trackneathan, my office,” my commanding officer Beynard issued in the tone of voice you did not ignore. Not unless you wanted them removed with a rusty knife and handed to you on a platter. I logged off and pushed myself out of my chair. The chip in my knee holding the joint together dug in and I winced. Yeah, I was on a list for a permanent fix. It came with the caveat I shouldn’t hold my breath.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Missing-Remnants-Track-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07C5QGW4C/
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Heirs of Power by Kay MacLeod

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
Heirs of Power
by Kay MacLeod



Heirs of Power is an epic YA fantasy full of swords, sorcery, and sarcasm. Ten very different people have inherited incredible abilities and magical weaponry from their parents. Along with the responsibility to save their world from invading spirits that feed on life energy. 
If you love ladies that kick ass, guys with superior snark, and original magic powers, this is the book for you!


Description

After stumbling upon an otherworldly ritual, Kitty Fairlow discovers that her own incredible hunting skills are not merely due to a lifetime of training. She’s been gifted powers from an ancient spirit, passed down by her father. She is a Constellation.
And she's not the only one.

A new generation of heroes have each inherited unique abilities to prevent the corruption of their world by the Tenebri, a race that thrives on life energy. Kitty, along with a high-born dancer and a snarky juggler, must find their allies before the Tenebri army picks them off.
With the powerful enemy emerging, can the Constellations gather in time to put an end to the threat for good, or will their foe succeed and wreak the same destruction they have unleashed on their own world?


About the Author
Kay MacLeod is a fantasy addict from England. She spent most of her teenage years playing Magic: The Gathering and being a Dungeon Master in Dungeons and Dragons games. She also loves reading fantasy novels, painting fantasy miniatures, and playing RPG videogames like Dragon Age and Pokémon. You could easily win her friendship forever by bringing her a cup of tea (not too strong, with milk, no sugar).


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Reviews

“Kay MacLeod has developed a complex world of social hierarchy, inventive lands, and a threat to the existence of this world. However, it’s her main characters that will grab onto you and keep you reading to find out what they can do and how they will defeat evil. MacLeod’s use of special powers is ingenious and her character’s interactions provide humor and realism to the story.”

“The Juggler is an anti-social snarkmaster called Asher, and he is -without a shadow of a doubt -one of the most amazing fictional characters I've ever fallen for. Asher is just so wonderfully sharp-witted and damaged and adorable.”

“It's a wild adventure crammed with twists and turns.” But above all else, this is a character-driven story with real depth and emotion and humour.”

Heirs of Power is also free on KU.


Excerpt

Kitty grabbed Serena’s arm, intending to pull her back to the room. Maybe they could escape through the window?
It was too late, they had been spotted. Serena pulled away from Kitty’s grasp and tore out her fans. Kitty moved to deploy her bow as the soldiers charged, hoping to take down a few before she had to rely on her knife. In that instant, her stomach flipped. She suddenly found herself next to a door leading out of the building, just a step behind the enemy soldiers.
An imposing man stood with her, his hand on her arm. He looked a few years older than her and was tall and slim with a scruff of dark blond hair and messy stubble. He was obviously not part of the soldiers’ squad - he wore no armour, just a loose, black cotton top with elbow-length sleeves, rugged trousers, and a self-satisfied smirk.
His grip tightened and he unceremoniously shoved Kitty behind him before she had time to react. She caught herself and succeeded in remaining upright. The closest soldier spun around to face whoever had approached him from behind. The blond man lazily tapped the enemy with one finger and glanced across to where Kitty had been a few seconds previously. The soldier vanished, and Serena appeared in his place, brandishing her war fans.
“Asher!” she exclaimed, her relief palpable.
“Who else was gonna come rescue you, Dancer?” Asher was deep voiced, with a local accent. He turned to Kitty with an unhealthy amount of anticipation in his massive, liquid brown eyes, “Cover us, Archer.”
Asher drew a short sword from his belt with his left hand and launched himself into the centre of the battle. The squad had quickly realised their quarry had shifted and moved to surround the trio of Constellations. Kitty put herself in the doorway, so she couldn’t be flanked, tucked a stray piece of hair behind her ear and began firing Venethos’ conjured arrows into the mass of soldiers.
Serena wove around the enemy soldiers, her fans flashing as she waltzed between the incoming blows. She took the head off one man before spinning low and hamstringing another, her regal features still arranged into their usual calm expression.
Asher’s style of combat was unlike anything Kitty had seen before. It seemed that he used his strange swapping power as a weapon. He was never facing the same man for more than a second or two, constantly flicking between the soldiers. He kept at least one hand free to tap his target, using his short sword ambidextrously to combat unsuspecting foes as they unknowingly materialised in the blade’s path. Even just watching was making Kitty feel queasy, she couldn’t imagine how disorientating it would be to try and fight against.
Five soldiers broke away from the rest and headed for the staircase, readying their bows. Kitty put black and white arrows into three of their skulls when another small group rushed straight at her, swinging cleavers and screaming war cries. She felt an unusual calm settle over her as she lined up her first shot. Venethos was an exquisite weapon; it felt perfect in her grip and she swore that it improved her aim. It seemed to be an extension of her body and senses, a sleek predator felling her enemies one-by-one. She would have to break soon though - they were getting close. Kitty tensed, ready to duck an oncoming strike. Biting down nausea, she found herself on the marble counter at the other end of the room.
“Treacherous whore deserved it,” Asher commented jovially as he blocked a sword strike from one of the rapidly decreasing number of soldiers on the floor below her.
Kitty struggled to understand until she looked over to the spot which she’d been moved from. The woman that had betrayed them had taken the blow intended for her. Asher had switched the attendant into the path of the cleaver and now she was sprawled across the entrance, previously spotless skirts dyed a bloody red.
Kitty felled the remaining enemy archers before they could snipe at the Constellations.
“I was about to dodge,” she huffed between shots.
“Yeah, but two birds and all that. Now you got the high ground and I don’t have to kill her myself.”

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Beyond Stone by Christine Roney

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author:
Beyond Stone
by Christine Roney



In the award-winning novel, Beyond Stone, Andie, a stone sculptor, walks the line between reality and fantasy, never knowing for sure which side the shadowy figures are on.https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IUDJ8GU

Description

Andie is a stone sculptor by day and a street artist by night. Reeling from grief and guilt, she starts to go down the rabbit hole. But at her darkest moment, three of her sculptures come alive to try and save her. Andie walks the line between reality and fantasy, never sure which side she's on.

About the Author

Christine Roney began her professional life by earning a Juris Doctor degree in California and practicing law at the trial and appellate levels. While writing briefs for the courts and advocating for her clients gave her much satisfaction, she eventually realized that she wanted to take a more artistic path.

She completed the professional screenwriting program at UCLA Film School and has written several screenplays. And although she loves the screenplay format, Christine decided that writing novels would allow her to delve much deeper into the characters that play around in her head.

Recently, Christine started The Roney Writes Podcast. The tagline for the podcast is “Let me tell you a story” because that’s what it’s about - stories. Christine writes them and narrates them. Her stories are multidimensional - they will intrigue you, entertain you, sometimes make you laugh, sometimes make you misty-eyed and, most of all, leave you eagerly anticipating the next episode.

To learn more about Christine, please visit her website: https://roneywrites.com.
Review Excerpts

“Brilliant. A fascinating journey into the mind of an artist where reality is the abstract. A must read.”

“Excellent read. This book was recommended by a friend. Totally enjoyed it. Didn't put it down 'til I finished.”

“If you love to curl up with a well written, engaging book that you just can't put down, "Beyond Stone" by Christine Roney is a good choice. The main character in the book (Andi) is a sculptor, developed in depth by Ms. Roney, who pulls the reader into the joys and frustrations of the creative process of sculpting. The journey is a tough one and not until the very end of the book do we know if Andi will survive her tortured journey.”

Monday, November 26, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: The Unicorn Hunter by Del Henderson

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: 
The Unicorn Hunter
by Del Henderson



Listen and be warned of a secret of past, these warnings of a hunter to the hunted do not pass. Creature baptized by night’s chrisom sheet, pray for your soul that eyes do not meet.” A father’s quest begins. 

After the tragic death of his daughter, Jack finds himself with more questions than answers. While reading his daughter’s diary about an imaginary unicorn called Summer, he begins to suspect that the unicorn may not be so imaginary after all. Questioning his own sanity, he soon finds himself on a desperate search to unravel the mystery of the unicorn and find what really happened to his daughter. As answers come to light, he begins to regret what he finds, as mythology meets reality and the truth about unicorns becomes known. 

About the Author

Del Henderson, born and raised in Illinois, enjoys writing, fueling his passion and love for the noble art of putting pen to paper, or more appropriate, keyboard to computer. Diving into pure imagination he has produced works that grip his reader's minds with mystery and suspense as they are brought into the fascinating world of fiction.



Reviews 

“This story appeared on my page in the top 20 for its category. I read the description of this story and was not sure this was the type of tale I would enjoy, but something about it intrigued me. I decided to read the first few pages and by the end of the first chapter I was hooked!” Amazon Review

“This book was like an episode of the twilight zone, the more you read, the more you HAD to read. The ending was satisfying and I would look into the next book if there is one.” Amazon Review

“It hooks you from the beginning. I could not put it down!” Amazon Review

“A captivating novel... I couldn't put it down! I hope there will be more.” Amazon Review

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: Beyond the Code by Kelsey Rae Barthel

Indie Author's Monthly Magazine's Miami Book Fair Featured Author: 
Beyond the Code
by Kelsey Rae Barthel


Beyond the Code is about a group of warriors with extraordinary abilities breaking away from being mere tools of battle and becoming heroes. They must find the courage and drive to face off against the full force of The Order they once followed to right the wrongs against them and change their world for the better. They will face cruel masters, heartbreaking betrayal, and the truth behind an ancient shroud of secrecy that will shatter the very perception of their purpose


This story combines a covert shadow war, high-paced action, deep-seated conspiracies, and remarkable superpowers. So if you want to immerse yourself in the death-defying mission of Aurora and her comrades give Beyond the Code a look over and tell me what you think.


https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Code-Kelsey-Rae-Barthel-ebook/dp/B078V4LC48/

Description
To the common world, Aurora Falon is merely the pampered daughter of a rich and influential family. But to the secret world of The Order, she is Luna, the powerful and formidable warrior knight, under the rule of her master, Cole Iver. Together, they strive to bring down Damon Lexus, a wicked master who uses her knights in cowardly and dishonorable ways for her own selfish desires. But when they obtain evidence that may bring Damon Lexus under the judgement of The Order's ruling power, The Hand Council, Damon makes a rash decision and orders the assassination of Cole Iver.

By pure coincidence, Luna catches Damon’s knight in the act but is too late to save her master and kills the assassin in a moment of grief stricken rage. Luna knows the one with her master’s blood on her hands is not the one she killed, she seeks the assassin's master. But after a failed attempt at revenge, Luna is pulled from the depths of her dark anger and put on a better path by the Hunter who was ordered to kill her. Together, they will work to break away from being mere tools for the powerful and become heroes.
Reviews


“Picked up this book late at night and thought I would read a chapter or two, 3 hours later I could barely put it down. Great page turner. Characters you really get to know. Exciting and fast paced. Only wish the second one was ready.

“Knights, Ladies, Kingdoms – and mysterious plots and incidents color this very impressive debut novel, presented by a lady who seems to be ready to join the forces of escapist adventures.”




“Barthel weaves an intriguing and poetic net that caught me from the very first sentence. ‘Someone once told me that the true enemy of truth is time.’ ”




About the Author: Kelsey Rae Barthel

Kelsey Rae Barthel grew up in the quiet town of Hay Lakes in Alberta, a sleepy place of only 500 people. Living in such a calm setting gave her a lot of spare time to imagine grand adventures of magic and danger, inspired by the comic books and anime she enjoyed. Upon graduating high school, Kelsey moved to Edmonton and eventually began working in the business of airline cargo, but she never stopped imagining those adventures. Beyond the Code is her first novel.