Monday, April 27, 2015


Just Released!

 

Born Villain


The Pelagius Game, Book 2


By

 

RJ Jerome


Secret societies and religions have always intrigued me. I spend most of my free time researching these topics. They fuel the imagination. I once attended a private lecture at the Gloucester Cathedral where I saw two priests whispering and arguing over an old scroll. It  spawned the idea for the Pelagius Game series, and during the next four years, I outlined the plots for each book. I then spent the next four years researching missing texts, attending more lectures, and constructing narratives for six books.

The Pelagius Game series is unique because it blends earthly mysteries like secret religious societies and biblical events with a fantasy world where one can be seen battling giant spiders or the undead with magical weapons or even possessing supernatural abilities like strength, speed, and the ability to manipulate the weather.

Born Villian

 The second book in the series, continues the journey of immortal heroes, Timothy Anderson and Scott McCree, as they battle evil in an attempt to bring balance back to the Church, and win the Pelagius Game for God’s side. Together, they unite, vowing to stop Pope Orlandis’ plan to become the ultimate ruler of Earth. But in Orlandis’ idea of a perfect world, something  sinister was rising from the darkness, something with an unquenchable thirst to release the mother of all sin.

The Pelagius Game series is a must read for anyone interested in fantasy adventures with plenty of sword fights, vibrant characters, and intricate plot twists.

Author Bio: R.J. Jerome grew up in historic Bristol, Pennsylvania, where his love of art, music, and fantasy novels was born. After graduation, Jerome left America for six months and traveled to England where he saw the Gloucester Cathedral. The massive, gothic architecture fueled his interest in spirituality.

Jerome then moved back to Pennsylvania and earned his degree in electronic engineering at CHI Institute. While electronics was a fun hobby, the beautiful image of the cathedral still burned in his mind. As a graduate, Jerome furthered his interest in spirituality by studying various religions.

When starting the project, Jerome needed a title and remembered stumbling across Pelagianism, a theological theory named after Pelagius, a British monk. Pelagius denied the taint of original sin and it's impact on the ability of humans to choose between good and evil. From this, Jerome constructed the idea of a competition between God and Satan using gifted beings as pawns in a cosmic game that determines the end of days.

Usually religious art or stories inspire Jerome’s work, but on occasion, you will find him fumbling through a page of one of R.A. Salvatore’s epic fantasy novels. When not busy researching religions, you can find Jerome drinking, rating, or talking about well-crafted beers and Absinthes. Come learn more at RJ Jerome, his website  or follow him on twitter at @R_J_Jerome.

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Monday, April 13, 2015


Just Released!

 

King’s Heir

 

The King Trilogy, Book 1

  

By

  

Joy Brooks



Raised from infancy to be ignorant of his birthright and duty, Rayden is caught unawares when he is eventually forced into his role as king of seventeenth century Ruar.

Rayden intends to refuse that unwelcome responsibility, but his most beloved and loyal companion betrays him by making an alliance with Rayden’s father.

Others aim to see destiny fulfilled—no matter the cost to the comfort, dignity, or liberty to the King’s Heir.


Author Bio: I am a southern lady in love with the mystery and adventure associated with medieval warriors and royalty. I fill my spare time with reading, writing, cross-stitching, and playing with my nine cats. I enjoy the quiet life in a quaint, historic Georgia town.

I began writing in 2009. It had been a passion of mine since I was in my teens. I sent my first book submission to a publisher when I was in my early twenties. It was turned down but actually, it was a very nice rejection letter. If I had looked at it objectively, I would have seen that I did have a future in writing. I figured maybe writing wasn’t for me but my desire to write never left me. Finally one April morning in 2009, I decided to follow my dream. I haven’t stop writing and I never will.

I am involved with several writing groups, eTreasures publishing, Writers and Readers, Book Daily, Coffee Time, and many others. I believe associating with authors is rewarding. It gives a writer valuable insights into the world of authors and publishing.

Visit Joy at Joy Brooks, Author, on her facebook page or on her blog, Medieval Castles and Kings.  You may also contact her at joybrooks at windstream dot net.  Discover her other books at eTreasures Publishing.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

  Just Released!

 

Cyber Vamps


By

 

Jack Horne


I have loved vampires and vampire stories ever since I was a child. An episode of Starsky & Hutch, where a twisted killer dressed in a cape and wore fangs, thrilled me when I was eight. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of my favorite books, and I decided to write a vampire novel after visiting Whitby, England and seeing where part of the great work is set. Anne Rice’s excellent Vampire Chronicles also fed my passion. I was almost convinced that Lestat was really out there.

Yes, I love those, but I wanted to write something completely different…

I heard about energy-stealing ‘psi’ vampires quite by chance. My mind instantly went into overdrive: what if blood-drinkers and energy-stealers met? Would they be enemies or allies? Could there even be a hybrid?

My former wife was a fan of internet chat (and met her current partner through a fantasy chat room). The idea of someone chatting online to vampires was when the book finally came together. How could anyone be certain that he or she was chatting with role players? What if real vampires came into a chat room?  Would the chat fan ever discover the truth? And what would happen if they met in reality?

This book really couldn’t have happened without my former wife, who also loves vampires. I have dedicated Cyber Vamps to Sue in recognition and thanks for her help and advice…and for convincing me that I could write!


Cyber Vamps

Alone and dying, Renee Svensson’s only distraction is her passion for vampires. Fueled by a lifelong fascination, she sets up an online chat room where she meets Aurelia, allegedly a blood drinker from ancient Rome, and Suze, a misfit psi vampire. But are they role players or bona fide vampires? How can Renee tell?

The three have one thing in common: loneliness.

As each life story unfolds, they become close friends. Aurelia tirelessly searches for Demetrios, the one who made her a vampire. An eternal outsider with a recently broken heart, Suze is looking to belong somewhere.

Renee has dreamed of being a vampire for as long as she can remember. Now with time running out, she decides to believe in her new friends and help Aurelia find Demetrios in the hope Aurelia will give her the gift of immortality before Renee’s time ends. When Lowe, a vampire slayer, befriends Renee, her feelings for him force her to question her allegiance. And if that weren’t enough, the ghost of a slain vampire starts appearing to her…

Author Bio: Jack Horne is educated to double-A level standard in Information Technology (RSA Diploma) and currently works for the local theatre in Plymouth, England. A number of his poems, short stories and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies and webzines, and broadcast on radio programs. He has also had some competition success. Horror is his favorite genre.



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Friday, February 06, 2015

Just Released!

Peace on Terror


by


Kirtimaya Varma

 


Who is winning the War on Terror? America and its allies? Islamists? America may be winning on the ground, but Islamists are winning the hearts of more and more Muslims all over the world. When one Islamist terror organization weakens, another strengthens to take its place in the War. Al Qaeda was forced to lie low after 9/11, but Taliban took over as the mainstream terror group, and with Taliban showing signs of retreat, Boko Haram and Islamic State are emerging as the top terror threats to the world still waiting for peace thirteen years after 9/11. An irony of the War on Terror is that more Muslims are being killed by Muslims in jihads than by non-Muslims.

Where is the War going? Obviously, not in the planned direction for both the sides. My novel Peace on Terror aims at making the two sides laugh at themselves. War has not provided any solution to the problem of terrorism.  Will laughing together open up new avenues? I think, yes. This thinking led me to writing the novel.

There is an undercurrent of comedy in the tragedy of the War on Terror. The tragedy is well-known, because it is always talked about, reported in the media, and shown on the television. But the comedy is not. This comedy forms the theme of my novel. Providing a unique perspective on the War on Terror, my novel concludes by providing a quick solution wherein both the sides emerge victorious at the end of the War.



Sadiq is a Pakistani American. He has a love-hate relationship with America and gives himself up to hatred when America declares what he thinks is war on Islam.

He leads an Islamist group aiming to nuke America. As he is about to bomb Washington, he discovers how much America is in him.

His conversion from an Islamist to a true Muslim and nationalist American is the novel’s story, set mainly in the U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

The story takes the War to a victory for both the sides, while Islamists discover secularism, democracy, and globalization are concepts as much rooted in Islam as in the West, and must be put into operation in the entire Muslim world.

Author Bio: Kirtimaya Varma graduated with a degree in electronics and telecom engineering from the University of Pune, Maharashtra, India in 1972. For sixteen years he was an electronics engineer working on jobs that involved the operation and maintenance of satellite earth stations. While in the engineering profession, during his leisure time, he was a freelance writer of short stories, articles, and poems. His writings have appeared in over 50 prestigious journals and newspapers all over the world.

In 1988, Kirtimaya left the engineering profession and became a full-time writer and technology journalist. He retired from technology journalism in July 2011 as editor-in-chief with Reed Elsevier Singapore Pte Ltd. He has worked in several countries, travelled extensively all over the world, and spoken in many international meets.

He lives in Haridwar, the sacred city on the foothills of the Himalayas and the banks of India's spiritual mother, river Ganga. His best hours in the day are those spent in meditation on the shores of the Ganga. He studies Vedanta and philosophy, is a practitioner of Rajyoga, and enjoys losing himself in the melody of devotional songs he plays on his musical instruments.

Based in India, he is also the author Silicon Self a science fiction novel also published by eTreasures Publishing, Florida. Peace on Terror, a satire on the War on Terror, is his third novel. Currently he is working on his fourth novel, For Heaven’s Sake, which is a satire on the lure for wealth and material prosperity of “holy” men and women who have renounced the world.

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Monday, January 26, 2015


Just Released! 

Seeking Shelter at the End of the World

By

Joyce Reynolds-Ward


Seeking Shelter at the End of the World took a long time to develop. Its roots lie in two stories. The first, “Canaries,” was based on a concept I developed in the 90s about people with augmented allergies who served as living environmental warning measures. I spent a couple of hours brainstorming the idea with K.W. Jeter’s help, but could never get the story to coalesce until 2007.

The second story, “Pink Cats Dancing at the End of the World,” had its roots in an Internet meme circulating about 2008 which featured Hello Kitty AK-47s. I snatched Rianna and Jeff from “Canaries,” setting it several days after “Canaries” ends. I blame Jay Lake in part for “Pink Cats,” because by this time I participated in the Fireside Writers gathering every Tuesday afternoon. Jay was working on near-future dystopias, and we spent some time talking and thinking about them. “Pink Cats” came out of those discussions.

Fast forward a few years. Alma Alexander’s River anthology had been nominated for an EPIC award. I had a story in the anthology, and went to the banquet with Alma. Ellen Spain was interested in a fantasy novel I’d finished, but also wanted something else. I didn’t have anything handy, and then I remembered “Pink Cats.” I jammed “Pink Cats” and “Canaries” together and sent it off to Ellen. She liked everything but the title—and as a result, here we are with Seeking Shelter at the End of the World.



With three months left before a predicted massive formation of toxic Clouds that kill almost all life where they appear, Rianna and her friend Jeff, both genetically engineered weather monitoring modelers known as Canaries, go to Portland, Oregon to gather final data. They worry about the recent disappearances of other Canaries on missions like theirs. This concern proves to be justified when the gang known as the Aliens capture them.

As Jeff and Rianna escape the Aliens, they discover the bodies of some of the missing Canaries, including Rianna's boyfriend, Bobby, and learn that their boss wants them dead. In flight, Rianna finds Bobby's brothers. Will she find a safe shelter with Mick and Francis of Morrison Street Warren and, perhaps, more than that?

Seeking Shelter at the End of the World is about love, safety, and the struggle to survive in the face of overwhelming odds. Despite the dire end-time predictions Rianna has helped model, deep inside she believes it is possible to survive even the Clouds. She may be at the end of the world, but she believes shelter, and love, is possible.

Author Bio: Joyce Reynolds-Ward is a Portland, Oregon writer, skier, horsewoman, and former special education teacher. She's had short stories and essays published in Zombiefied, River, How Beer Saved the World, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Trust and Treachery, and First Contact Cafe. Her novella Seeking Shelter at the End of the World will come out from eTreasures Publishing in 2015. Her novels Netwalk: Expanded Edition, Netwalker Uprising, Life in the Shadows: Diana and Will, and Alien Savvy as well as other works are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and other sources. Examples of Joyce's professional education writing can be found at ChildsWork.com.

When not writing or working as an education consultant and tutor, she's often thundering about on her intrepid reining mare Mocha, or living la vida ski bum. Follow Joyce's adventures through her blog, Peak Amygdala, at www.joycereynoldsward.com, or through her LiveJournal at joycemocha. Joyce’s Amazon Central page is located at http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Reynolds-Ward/e/B00HIP821Y. Joyce can also be found on LinkedIn and Facebook as Joyce Reynolds-Ward.

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