Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cubeball by Michael Leon @goddessfish

Interview

Welcome!  Thanks so much for this Q&A opportunity!  What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?

Every meal my partner, Anne cooks me is just the sweetest thing. 


How would you spend ten thousand bucks?

I would take Anne on an overseas trip of her choosing. She has often visited and worked in America, so I’d guess she’d like to see San Francisco, including a tour of the Grand Canyon and ending in a one week stay in New York. But perhaps someone could recommend their ideal USA holiday to me?


Where do you get your best ideas?

Some of my best science fiction ideas come from science fact. I’ve always enjoyed reading popular science, as some of the work carried out by scientists in the last century has been awe-inspiring. I am a voracious reader and viewer of popular science books and shows. Studies of the cosmos are of particular interest, starting way back with Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. I liked the way he blended physics with poetic verse. Brian Cox is of a similar vein. I enjoyed his Wonder of the Universe series.


What comes first, plot or characters?

It’s usually the plot for me. When an idea captures my imagination, I almost feel the whole story before I type a single word. It’s hard to describe, but I feel as if a book is downloaded to me from an unknown source. Then, it is left to me to bring the story alive through words. From there, the characters help me along in our joint journey through the pages. 


 What does your main character do that makes him special?


Mickey finds the courage to face his demons. He has been hurt by the ruthlessness and greed of the Cubeball industry, an insidious world marred by gambling, rampant technology, drugs and massive audiences. He is filled with human frailties that don’t match his super-human skills at playing the game. Yet, against the odds he finds a way through. He learns that loyalty and trust in his friends, no matter the circumstances are ultimately the true measure of a successful life.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Cubeball
by Michael Leon

GENRE:  Sci-fi


BLURB:

A naturally gifted ex-national champion and a savant with a computer-like mind compete against the world's best in the 22nd century's most popular sport - CUBEBALL - the chess-like, technology-enhanced, snooker of the future where the world stage is dominated by gambling, drugs and massive audiences.






EXCERPT

At that moment Mickey knew he had to play his way and make a shot that would not be forgotten. He called “power-play.”

He imagined the perfect shot in his mind’s eye as he circled the table twice, deliberating his fateful shot. The balls loomed large, but strangely different. The table appeared more circular than a cube as he lowered his chin to his carbon steel cue. The whole shot played in his mind as he drew back the cue to strike the cue-ball with a force that engulfed the whole stadium.

The crack of the cue-ball as it struck its target echoed sharply its warning of an imminent tidal wave of spin and curve that would capture the imagination of every fan in the stadium, or at home in front of their cubebit. In one game changing savage strike, the red ball fell into the pocket as the cue-ball savagely spun into the red triangle, spreading the reds in all directions from the centrifugal force of the cue-ball. Mickey slotted twelve red and black combinations in four minutes, gaining an unassailable lead. He followed that with a perfect defensive stroke, leaving the cue-ball safely jammed behind yellow. Flaveau conceded the game and the match, shell-shocked by the unique high-spin attack Mickey had unleashed. The break was soon nicknamed ‘the pulsar’ and it had secured Mickey the first semi-final win and a shot at the world title.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I worked with national and international organisations as a business analyst in Australia and overseas. I authored many business books analysing the foodservice and food retail industry in Australia, Europe and Asia, as well as agribusiness global trends.  I also ran a consultancy business that assisted Australian enterprises to develop new markets in Australia and overseas.

I commenced writing science fiction novels full time in 2009. It was a life-long interest of mine. I have written five novels - all exploring contemporary social issues in future speculative worlds. They are: Shadow Dance; Extinction; Cubeball; Titan Sages and Alive. My novels blend speculative science, new age and poetry. Readers of novels such as Carl Sagan’s Contact would enjoy my novels.

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Tevanon and Kensic: Turlot By Tyson Clarke @PrismBookTours


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Desert Heat by P.H. Turner @goddessfish @pht97

Desert Heat
by P.H. Turner


GENRE: Romantic Suspense


BLURB:

Social worker Jordan Bia finds a child who escaped her captors and a life in the sex trade, but four other girls from her small Mexican village were not so lucky. Smugglers hide their human cargo in the hoodoos of a remote canyon on the reservation—a place the Navajo shun, fearful of the witches who practice their black rituals and feast on the dark energy of evil. Mysterious rites, omens of death, and bodies litter the canyon.

When she meets Navajo police officer Sam Tohee, sparks fly fueled by the danger of hunting men who buy and sell little girls. Techno savvy Jordan plots to trap the smugglers and free the rest of the children, but unless she and Sam can find the power to defeat the witches she may not live long enough to save the girls.



EXCERPT

I wriggled around, trying to ease the pain in my back and butt, but no place on the cold rock was comfortable. I finally dozed off into a troubled sleep, twitching with violent dreams that looped and twisted, finally morphing into the vision of a mutilated body of a woman lying on the canyon floor. Cold mist twined through the fins and hoodoos, swirling around her body, creeping over my boots as I inched toward the woman's corpse. Fear had me quivering, but I was drawn to her body like a moth to a flame. I saw no one, heard nothing, smelled nothing, felt only the cold steal into my bones and the unseen force pull me ever closer to her.

Dim moonlight shimmered over the dead woman, glinting obscenely off her sightless eyes. One of her arms and part of one breast had been gnawed; dark blood stained the sand beneath her, and an arm bone gleamed white in a shaft of moonlight. I tried to scream, but no noise came out. A single omen of death, the owl feather, had been laid across her neck, and gray ash powder covered her nude body.

Clumsy with terror, I stumbled over an up-thrust rock and crashed backward, knocking my head on a boulder. She arose and drifted to me, hovering over me, reaching out to me with her mangled arm. Rotting flesh that hung in tattered strips from her arm brushed my sweater.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I call Austin, Texas home now after working on the East and West coasts, the Rocky Mountains, and an island in the Gulf of Mexico. I've come full circle to live and work close to the farm my family settled in the 1850's.

Truth is stranger than fiction, and years in the news business provided lots of peculiar characters and stories to write about. My books are set in my favorite places, the desert canyons and high mountains of the American West.


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Without You by Lindsay Detwiler @ejbookpromos @lindsaydetwiler


Love Garage by Liz Crowe @beerwencha2 @bookenthupromo

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Monday, January 18, 2016

RUN Ragged by Kari Aguila @goddessfish @WomensWorkKA

RUN Ragged
by Kari Aguila


GENRE: Dystopian Women’s Fiction


BLURB:

In a devastated country, those in charge rule by fear, inequality, and oppression. Rhia, a strong and independent sea captain, just wants to keep her head down and do her job, unitl she finds herself trapped in a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the rules of the New Way Forward. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. As she is faced with torture and brainwashing, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull her down into the depths of despair. Can Rhia resist the slow subversion of re-education and become the reluctant hero the new world needs?

RUN Ragged is the thrilling second story by the award-winning author of Women’s Work. This brilliantly imagined novel is both a scathing satire and a profoundly poignant look at the price we are willing to pay for peace and what we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear.



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“Who are you?”

“Captain Arlyn Banks.” The woman spoke quietly but tersely. Her eyes traveled slowly over Rhia’s body, taking in her long dark legs and the exposed front of her shoulder where her borrowed T-shirt had ripped. “Who are you?”

“My name is Rhia Malone, and I’m an official runner for Miranda, New Hope, and Campbell, and I asked you why you’re arresting these people.” Rhia’s breath came out in short gasps, and she felt the salty sting of sweat in her eyes.

The woman looked at Rhia for a moment, her black eyes cold and calculating. “Check her.” She jutted her chin at the guard who had restrained Carol, and the man moved to crouch at Rhia’s side.

Rhia didn’t struggle. She kept her eyes locked on Captain Banks, her lips pursed and defiant as the guard pressed her fingers to the pad of his machine. When it beeped, he read out, “Rhia Malone, runner, suspected recruiter, suspected thief.”

Rhia swung to face him and felt her heart thud in her chest. “That’s not true.” She struggled to keep her voice authoritative. “I’ve never done anything wrong! That’s not true!”

The guard motioned for one of his partners to toss him a rope. Glancing back at the small screen, he added, “Says here she got a whole load of supplies three days ago that never showed up at their destination.”

“Everything’s on my boat. I was knocked overboard in the storm and these people saved me. I can show you if   you—”

Captain Banks smirked as she cut across Rhia’s words with a wave of her hand. “No need to show us, honey. Of course we believe you. A beautiful woman like you? I bet nobody ever believes you do anything wrong.” Turning to the other guards, she said, “Let’s wrap this up. Take them all.”

“What? No, you will not take me. You won’t take me anywhere.” Rhia howled in pain as the man pulled her to her feet. “Keep your hands off me! I’m an official runner! You have no right—”

“Woman, I have every right,” Captain Banks suddenly yelled. Her face hardened. “You are with known criminals and you stole from the towns you were supposed to help. The women who were relying on you to—”

“I didn’t steal anything! I told you—”

Captain Banks took several quick steps forward and slapped Rhia hard across the face with the back of her hand. Rhia saw a flash of light, and her head twisted to the side from the force of the blow. She slowly turned back to the captain, whose face was contorted with disgust. She could feel the warmth of a slow line of blood as it began to trickle from the corner of her mouth, and she flicked her tongue over the wound.

Captain Banks stepped close, leaning her face to within inches of Rhia’s, her hot breath sour and moist. “Not another word out of you,” she whispered.





AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kari Aguila was the recipient of an IndieReader Discovery Award for her first novel, Women’s Work. Her stories are gripping and thought-provoking looks at gender stereotypes and relationships set in a dystopic future. She is also an avid gardener, geologist, outdoor enthusiast and mother of three. Aguila lives in Seattle with her family. RUN Ragged is her second novel.

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The Measure of Love by Saundra Mackay @goddessfish

The Measure of Love
by Saundra MacKay

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance


BLURB:

The Measure of Love is unique in that it is an authentic modern-day love story that captures the mystique and splendor of large size women of today.  It will captivate the hearts of the readers as they walks through Vanessa’s everyday life as she confronts the realistic obstacles from being a woman of size.  The story addresses size in a kinder, gentler way about full figured women beyond the realm of society’s idea of what is physically beautiful.


EXCERPT

Good fortune spared her from becoming further unnerved by allowing her to get to the airport without much delay, and to find a parking spot, with a few minutes left before his flight was to arrive. Vanessa felt as if she couldn’t make time move fast enough. With each passing minute, she couldn’t deny her mounting eagerness to see his handsome face come through the exit doorway. While the passengers were disembarking, Vanessa positioned herself in a place where she could easily see him come through the door, yet far enough away from the crowd of onlookers waiting for the same reason. As the doors opened and each unfamiliar face passed through the doorway, she felt as if her inflated heart was going to burst onto the carpet. She felt sure she would stop breathing if she didn’t see his face in the next few seconds.

Vanessa stood very still, watching the stream of emerging passengers. And then, suddenly, there he was, looking like the million dollars he was worth in her shining eyes. Unbeknownst to her, Jon had been anticipating seeing her just as much once the plane had landed, and the need had only increased as the plane, much too slowly, had taxied up the runway. His feet had wanted to run down the long walkway, making him impatient with the necessary procedures and the lingering passengers who, to his increasing anxiety, were taking their time walking down it. He didn’t know why, but he was nervous and very anxious, even though he’d been looking forward to this day since it had been arranged.

By the time Jon reached the exit, he was so wired it took everything he had not to push the people ahead of him out of his way to run the extra steps. Then, at the exact same moment, their eyes locked. Vanessa stood there, so statuesque, and wearing the biggest smile. It took all the remaining restraint he had not to drop his bag where he stood, run to her, and grab her up in his hungry arms to consume every inch of her big, beautiful body. She was one fine female, and he could see she had no idea of the enormous impression she made as she stood looking like a vision to all who had an eye for real beauty.

Never taking his eyes off hers, Jon walked toward her, lowered his bag, and forced himself to slowly pull her into his impatient arms. The feel of her softness revived the many feelings that had possessed him since he last left her, and gave him a new wish to hold on to her for a lifetime, just as he was at that very moment. For someone of such a large frame, she was so small in so

He had missed her. For someone of such a large frame, she was so small in so many ways not obvious to those who couldn’t see past the image taken in by the discriminating eye. Jon just wanted to hold her and protect her forever from all the ugliness around her and within her own insecure reflection. Vanessa wrapped her large arms around his neck, nestled her face deep into his shoulder beneath his scented square chin, and whispered, “I’ve missed you so much. Welcome, my love.”



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I was a large-sized child shaped by the view of those expecting me to act a certain way because of my size and their narrow views.  As a “fat” child I was treated just how they thought I would act, as if I was so sensitive I were incapable of doing most things thin children could do.   It was around the age of twelve I started to gain weight, changing my physical image of my body.  It was a slow, steady process, but the ramifications were not. 

As I grew older and the pounds followed, the images changed dramatically and I wasn’t capable of fighting the effects from it. As a young girl of size, trying to keep some semblance of positive image was an uphill battle.  It was the start of feeling isolated and unsure as an introverted child growing up and into most of my teen years. I didn’t feel I could trust anyone enough to talk to about personal issues, especially anything to do with my weight.   

As a teen and into adulthood the meaning of unrequired love was lost to me.  As I explored the world around me, I unknowingly learned how to trust many of the voices of the people I was blessed to have had walk through my life.  In time, it showed me my innate trust in something bigger than society’s issues and helped me to listen to my own voice to hear the messages I tell myself. 

Now, the image of my body is one of kindness, caring, and love.  In light of realizing its society’s image of body that is distorted and do not accept the difference in every individual, I have come a long way to appreciate the uniqueness of my body.  Today love means so many things to me, and is felt in defining ways that have helped shape me into the person I am today.  I believe I have always reflexively felt a connection to my innate love for myself and on so many amazing levels love have helped me to understand and value the real me. 

As a young adult, I started to read every opportunity I had.  Then my love of words was found, allowing me to create a world in which I could express myself comfortably.  I now have the pleasure of embracing the feelings of joy and excitement that come with being a writer of truth and a romance novelist.  It’s possible because I evaluate myself and my growth with honesty in hopes of being capable of writing true-to-life love stories.  Love stories about large-size women who are seen for more than their innate beauty and are worthy to be the heroine who gets the man











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Saundra will be awarding a $30 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.