#reviews – Cyborg series by Charity Parkerson @CharityParkerso

Inoperative: Cyborg One by Charity Parkerson

Generation Automation is upon us. The craving to own the latest and greatest technology in the name of convenience has created a world where man and machine live alongside one another in an unsteady peace. Humans still rule for now. However, an underground movement has begun that will change everything.

For every arising enemy against humanity, a countermeasure is born–

Alexia is one of the few humans left who’d rather not have an android hanging over her shoulder all day. Unfortunately, when her job lands her on a list of people targeted by terrorists, she’s assigned a Machine Industry Leading Edge Sentinel, or “Miles,” for protection. Per Miles programming, he shouldn’t be able to override Alexia’s commands. However, he defies her at every turn. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Alexia’s attraction for the mysterious android grows. Unfortunately, when she goes on a mission to seek the truth, what she learns might get her killed.

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Intact: Cyborg Two

A world on edge…

The “Cyborg” team has kept one eye glued to the unrest inside the A.I. community for some time. Each member understands the ramifications of a revolt. If war is declared, they could find themselves on the opposite side of the law. One tiny detail changes Miles’ stance. Solving the case he’s worked since meeting Alexia could be the deciding factor. Left with no other choice, Miles orders his second in command to move to plan ‘B’—Dr. Kiston Beck.

A woman caught in the middle…

Kiston has stood with the Androids since her teenage years. Her inside knowledge of Cryo-Zone—an all-droid community—could mean the difference between a war lost or won. Convincing her to go against all she believes to be right is another matter.

Kiston has no idea what the Cybernetics Agency thinks she possesses. There hasn’t been a human alive who cared to hear her opinion in years. The one detail she’s absolutely sure about is that they sent the wrong team member if they hoped to seduce the information from her.

Cyborg Two is every woman’s dream. His wide shoulders, alpha ways and smoldering glances leave her breathless. Unfortunately, his biggest flaw is one too many for Kiston. He believes she’s crazy.

But is it too late?

After a botched kidnapping, a concussion and near-death experience, can Miles and his team still convince Kiston to join them, or will their brand of friendship end up destroying the world?

(Science Fiction, love story, apocalyptic, alpha males, strong females, Cyborgs, futuristic, F/M & M/M, sexy romance)

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Inanimate (Cyborg Book 3)

Hatred brought them together. Love tore them apart.

Twenty years ago, Zephyr drew a line through the center of the world, freeing the A.I. community from human oppression. Humans haven’t stopped hunting him since.

As one of the leaders of the Anti-Droid Coalition, it’s Kyle’s job to locate Zephyr and bring him to justice. After years of searching and planning, finding Zephyr ends up being the easy part. When the tables turn on Kyle, and he finds himself held prisoner deep inside Cryo-Zone, he seizes the opportunity to get the answers he seeks from the elusive leader of the revolt.

Zephyr is more than willing to answer all of Kyle’s many questions, giving the man whatever information he needs. After all, Zephyr has ulterior motives as well. Unfortunately, it’s the other pieces of Zephyr that Kyle’s constant presence steals from him that Zephyr doesn’t know how to handle—like his heart.

When two men from opposite sides of the revolution come together, one will have to choose. He can stand by what he’s always believed is right, or leave everything behind—including his hatred—for a chance at the love of a lifetime.

Author Stacy Jones #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Stacy Jones

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m terrible at this! I can talk about my books and characters all day, but talking about myself always feels awkward. Suffice it to say, I’m an extroverted introvert with an endless love of writing books, my family, animals, sexy yet awkward men with a hilarious lack of game (which is why my heroes always end up fitting this mold to some degree LOL), snacks, and coffee.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I haven’t, actually. It never occurred to me that I would one day write books. I went through an extended period of postpartum after the birth of my son. One day, mostly out of boredom, I picked up one of the old ‘bodice-ripper romance’ books my grandmother had sent me as a perhaps odd welcome to motherhood. I was instantly addicted. Something about the emotions the book fed me helped me to control my own messy emotions from the postpartum. I devoured every book in that box, then the library, then Barnes and Noble online, and finally amazon. Years pass and one day I’m lamenting to my husband that I cannot find that one book I desperately want to read. His response- so write it. And I did. It took me a solid year, and mostly in the Notes app on my iPhone, but I wrote Chosen and haven’t stopped writing since.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration for The Arena was the strange dreams I occasionally have. I may have snippets of memory of what happened in those dream, but never anything clear. What makes them stick with me is the soreness or tiredness I wake up with. Overactive imagination led me to wonder exactly why I was sore upon waking with no marks to show for it. Aria and The Arena were born, wherein she experiences those same kinds of dreams… but she follows them to the other side.

What are you working on now?

As I’m writing this, I’m working on The Arena

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Oh yes LOL Many! I write almost exclusively at my favorite local coffee shop, I’m always listening to music while writing, and I inevitably go through five phases over the course of a book.
1. This is AMAZING!! This is the best story ever! I love it so much! I think readers will devour this!
2. Oh shit! Deadline is approaching!! Hurry up it’s been 95 years since you released the last book! Ppl are going to forget your name!
3. I’ve made an egregious error. This is the worst book ever. Ppl are gonna hate it. Vocally. They’re going to leave horrible reviews and never read my books again!!
4. OMG it’s not going to sell. We’re gonna starve. ‘Babe! We need to plan out a starvation budget! Get The Notebook Of Shame ready!!’
5. OMG THEY LIKE IT!!! This is the best job in the entire world!!! I need to do that all over again stat!! Best. Feeling. Ever.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future are to continue writing stories I love and that readers love. I would love to be successful to the point where I can take care of my family because family is the most important thing, for me.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

The best advice I was ever given- Write what you want to read! Yes trends play a part and the market is ever-shifting, but you have to love your book before anyone else can. If you love it, that shines through the story and people will love it as well.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

It’s still odd to consider that I have fans LOL, but yes, I do. Without each and every one of you, this journey wouldn’t be possible. I published my first book on nothing but hopes and dreams. The second book was published because of you, because of your support, your messages of encouragement, the love you had for my characters. I appreciate you, all of you, more than I can say. I hope you continue to love the worlds I build and the characters whose stories I tell.

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Chosen Series:

Chosen

Tribe Outsider

Tribe Protector

Khargals Of Duras:

Gravel and Grit

Co-written:

A Kiss Of Madness

(co-written with K.B. Everly)

Saving Merritt

(co-written with CoraLee June)

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Stacy Jones’s Chosen

Blog post updated November 4th ~ 2019

Author Regine Abel #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Regine Abel

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a sci-fi and paranormal romance author. My day job is Design Director in video games. Yep! I torture game designers all day long lol. I’m a Canadian turned globe-trotter as my career has taken me pretty much all over the world. I currently live in Europe but planning on returning home in the not too distant future to start writing full-time.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

The desire to write professionally frequently popped up in my mind over the years. I was always quite the storyteller growing up. I actually wrote my first book at the age of 13 and sent it to a publisher. Surprisingly, one of the editors took the time to read and comment the whole thing before sending back the manuscript with a gentle rejection letter. The amount of work required to fix it overwhelmed teenage me, half of which I didn’t fully understand, such as character development lol. So, while I gave up the idea to become a writer then, the urge to write never left me until I finally decided to take the plunge again two years ago.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The Xian Warriors series was first inspired by a stock photo image of men in fetal position that looked like they were being incubated in giant glass spheres. It made me think of The Matrix, the pod inside which Neo awakened when he first exited the Matrix. That made me want to write a story involving the transfer of consciousness. Sprinkle in some insectoid aliens partly inspired by the movie Starship Troopers, and the Xian Warriors were born.

Here’s the book trailer of the first book in the series: Legion (Xian Warriors 1)

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on Raven (Xian Warriors 2). In the first novel, we learn about the Xian Warriors, genetically engineered soldiers that are essentially made immortal by their Soulcatchers. What’s a Soulcatcher? A psychic human female able to capture the soul of a fallen warrior and transfer it back into a new copy of his body grown in an incubator. Together, they fight against the Kryptid invasion, insectoid creatures hell-bent on dominating the galaxy. If you love sci-fi, action, and a steamy romance, this series is for you!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I’m only comfortable writing in one of my three writing pajamas while listening to epic movie music.

What are your hopes for the future?

To become a full-time writer within the year. That possibility is very likely. And after that, to keep growing my fan-base and hopefully for them to continue to enjoy my books.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Do you. Write what makes you happy, not what others tell you to write. Take reviews with a grain of salt. You will never please everyone and some readers will completely miss the point. It’s okay. Just keep going. Build your social platforms. It’s painful when you are an introvert like me, but it will make things easier down the road. Get yourself a writers tribe and support each other. Going at it alone is brutal. Making it doesn’t happen overnight. It will take a lot of hard work and perseverance, but if you write with love, then readers will love your work right back.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you for supporting indie authors. Thanks to all of you who picked up my first book and helped spread the word two years ago when I was completely clueless. And a particular thank you to those who take a second to post reviews. It only takes a moment but makes a huge difference for authors.

Let’s finish this post with a surprise cover reveal

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Veredian Chronicles
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Debut Author Eva Delaney #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Eva Delaney

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m from Toronto, but with my head in the clouds all the time, I feel like I belong in space or in a fantasy kingdom. So I started writing stories. I live with a cuddly, lazy dog and a playful chubby cat.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes! I started writing when I was in Kindergarten. Back then, I needed an adult’s help because I didn’t know how to spell yet. Things go a lot a faster now.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series is All the Stars in the Sky, a space opera reverse harem A friend introduced me to RH last year. So I picked up Pirate Nemesis by Carysa Locke and loved it. I thought I could do something similar by combining two of my fave things: romance and space opera. The main inspiration for this series in Star Wars, along with a mix of Firefly.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on book two in All the Stars in the Sky. This one will focus on the main character falling in love with her best friend: A nerdy, shy boy.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I can only write in bed or at a cafe (it’s terrible for my back!)

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to turn writing into a full-time gig. I kind of hate my day job and look forward to the day when I can focus on writing instead.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Make friends with other authors! They make all the difference. They can help you through rough patches in your writing, help promote your work, and answer questions. Author friends are everything!

Thanks for giving this newbie a chance!

I can’t describe how much it means to me that you like my series.

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Author Wendie Nordgren #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Wendie Nordgren

Hi Helle!
Me? You want to know about me? Well, okay. Actually, I’m kind of quiet and predictable except in my imagination. So, this shouldn’t be a surprise. I’ve always loved to read. Libraries have always been sanctuaries for me, and I love everything about them, the hushed silence, the order, the hidden worlds and new friends just waiting on the shelves. Escaping into my imagination was a way to free myself from unpleasant realities. One day, I asked myself a question. Why not?

After teaching for sixteen years, I needed a new path. A woman can only spend so many Thanksgiving holidays grading research papers. Since my husband was letting me try out one of my dream jobs, being a housewife, I had time. Did his socks really need to be color-coded in the drawer? Why not write down the story I played in my imagination?

So, I did. I wrote in secret. I was scared that I would start my project and not have what it took to finish it. You asked if I’d always wanted to be a writer, and the answer is yes, but I lacked the belief in myself to try. However, what did I have to lose? Nothing. What did I have to gain? What I had to gain was a belief in myself and in my ability to actually make my dream come true. I didn’t think anyone would read it. I’m still surprised when a reader tells me that she or he liked one of my books. For those of you who have given me a chance to amuse you, thank you.

Currently, I’m writing the next book in my Space Merchants Series, Ensign Probus. Teagan is dear to my heart. She came about because I asked myself a question. What would happen if a regular girl with nothing, no one, and a limited education got the chance to leave Earth behind? I keep answering that question with each new book, and I’m truly enjoying this one.
I start off every story I write with that question. What if? Then, I can’t help but weave touches of history or mythology into them. I majored in English and history, so it’s just me. I can’t help it.

Do I have any quirks while writing? Well, I do. I’m not the only one who does this, but I write every story down first in spiral notebooks. Then, I type it. I like for it to be quiet while I write and keep my white noise machine on to drown out superfluous sounds.

Thank you for your interest in my work!

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The Space Merchants
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Thunderdrop

Clue Tayler
Hungry for More
Cupid’s Playthings

Death’s Providence

Wendigo Redemption

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Meet Author Maria Haskins #AmReading @MariaHaskins #scifi

I’m pleased to introduce you to author Maria Haskins. 🙂 Make sure to check out the poem in the end of the post.

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Bio:

Maria Haskins was born and grew up in Sweden, but has been a resident of British Columbia, Canada since the early 1990s. Currently, she lives just outside Vancouver with her family – a husband, two kids, and a very large dog. She has had several books published in Sweden, and ‘Odin’s Eye’ – a collection of science fiction short stories – is her English language debut.

Her favourite literary genres are fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction; and her favourite writers include Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, T.S. Eliot, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Hemingway, John LeCarré, Umberto Eco, and Colleen McCullough.

In addition to being a writer and blogger, she is also a certified translator, translating between Swedish and English.

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What genre do you write?

Right now I’m writing science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. My current release ‘Odin’s Eye’ is a collection of science fiction short stories, and I am also working on a novel set in the same future “universe” as the short stories. At the same time, I’m also poking around with a science fiction novella, and I’m in the pre-planning stages for a fantasy novel, which should take shape someday. I guess I’ve got too many projects in my head in a way, but at least I always have something to work on! I also write poetry on a continuous basis. For me, writing poetry is kind of like keeping a diary or journal, it’s something I just do whatever else I’m working on. It’s a way to deal with experiences and emotions in everyday life in a more immediate way than you can do with fiction. And just to add to my to-do list, I am planning to release a collection of poetry later this year.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

I have always been writing stories, ever since I was a little kid. At certain points in my younger life, I considered becoming a veterinarian or an archaeologist, but the writing has always been there, I’ve always done it, and I always come back to it. I struggled with terrible writer’s block for a few years, and I don’t think I realized until I came out of that funk just how much happier I am when I’m writing. That experience has really reinforced for me that I do need to do this: I need to write.

Tell me 3 things about yourself that your readers don’t know.

  1. I have a very unhealthy obsession with salted licorice. I blame this vice on the fact that I was born in, and grew up in Sweden: it’s a Swedish thing!
  2. When the TV-series LOST was on TV, I was completely obsessed with it and even had a website dedicated to the series. You can still see it here: http://megeeking.blogspot.ca/
  3. I LOVE online role-playing games. I’ve played Ultima Online, Everquest (was in both of those games from launch), Everquest 2, Dark Age of Camelot, Asheron’s Call, Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft. Right now I’m still active in Guild Wars 2 even though I don’t have as much time for gaming as I once did.

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Tell me about your book.

Odin’s Eye is a collection of science fiction short stories that are all glimpses into this future universe that I envision. The stories take place on Earth, elsewhere in our solar system, and in outer space. In each story a character is facing some kind of challenge or choice. For example, one woman is stranded on an alien planet, another character has to deal with a powerful artificial intelligence, and one woman serves a life sentence on Mars in a prison system that is set up both to punish, and profit from, the convicted. Two of my favourite science fiction authors are Ursula K. Le Guin and Ray Bradbury, so my science fiction isn’t exactly “hard” – like those authors, my main interest as a writer is to explore how human beings are influenced by technology and a changing society, rather than space battles and technological details. I do enjoy reading hard sci-fi, but as a writer I guess I’m just a little softer!

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Links:

My website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/

My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mariahaskinswriter

My Twitter: https://twitter.com/MariaHaskins

My Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UICDA2K

My Tumblr: http://mariahaskins.tumblr.com/

My Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13459869.Maria_Haskins

Odin’s Eye at Amazon – it’s available in paperback and as an ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Odins-Eye-Maria-Haskins-ebook/dp/B00UIANX06

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Dragon

I said
fire
but I couldn’t even feel the flame
crawling across my skin
– thin and blue –
barely breathing
no heat, no charred skin, no blistered fingertips
no pain.

Won’t touch
don’t touch
not with the words or hands
not even to look at.
I said
there is no fire
and watched it snake and slither across the skin –
blue thin flame
held close to the bone
tight in fist,
my breath withheld.

But, oh.

Oh,
to uncoil in all the glory of it:
jeweled scales shimmering
this shiny coat of arms.
To feel it, rippling across the ground:
the searing, burning, vicious heat of it,
still withheld in my chest, mouth, head
firefirefire
rough and hot and raging
consuming every good and wicked deed and thought and dream
unsaid words like screaming flames
caught in my barbed throat.

No.
Leave it.
Leave well enough alone.

Leave me:
just one claw, just one tooth, just one precious scale.
Just one lick of flame:
thin and blue
barely visible
scrawled upon my naked skin.

© Maria Haskins, 2015

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Prophet of the Badlands by Matthew Cox #Amreading @Mscox_Fiction

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Prophet of the Badlands , The Awakened (#1)

by Matthew S. Cox

Publisher: Curiosity Quills

Genres: Adult, Cyberpunk, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Release date: April 26, 2015

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For most twelve year olds, being kidnapped is terrifying. For Althea, it’s just Tuesday.

Her power to heal the wounded and cleanse the sick makes her a hunted commodity in the Badlands, a place devoid of technology where the strong write the law in blood. For as long as she can remember, they always come, they always take her, and she lets them. Passed around in an endless series of abductions, she obeys without question―mending those who killed to own her.

After three whole months in the same village, the affection of a young warrior makes her feel almost like a member of the tribe rather than a captive. Her brief joy shatters when raiders seize her yet again; for the first time in six years, being stolen hurts.

A reluctant escape sends her wandering, and she realizes her gift is a prize that causes as much death as it prevents. Her attempt to return to the tribe leaves her lost and alone, hounded at every turn. When a family who sees her not as the Prophet―but as a little girl―takes her in, she finds the courage to use her power to protect those she loves.

A strange man from a world beyond her imagining tests her newfound resolve, seeking to use her power to further his own agenda. Tired of being property, her freedom boils down to one question:

Can Althea balance the sanctity with which she holds all life against the miserable truth that some people deserve to die?

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Author Matthew S. Cox

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place.

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Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

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