Greetings, friends and followers, and welcome back to the home of edgy fiction. Before I get into this week’s books, I want to drop a quick update here: My new project, working title Roswell Avenue, has surprised me in a most pleasant way. The outline is growing and becoming richer with detail by leaps and bounds. I haven’t had a project draw me in with this level of engagement and enthusiasm in over a year, maybe several years. I don’t know, well, yes I do know how this will affect Stingaree. It will slow it down, as Roswell vies for its share of the limited hours in a day, but I will not abandon Stingaree. There are too many people who like it, and I have far too much invested in it to toss it aside, but at this point I’m thinking about dividing calendar weeks between the two. There’s still quite a bit of sorting out to do there, so for now I’ll return to the blog. I have quite a bag of goodies for your consideration today, so without further ado, let’s journey past the edge of the map and see what the true innovators are doing this week . . .
USA: Eliminated by William D. Nash. Jack Slater has chased UFOs his entire life – and now, he’s found one! It’s real, it’s abandoned in an alien hangar – and it’s in perfect condition. As the director of a governmental agency that studies aerial phenomena (OSAP), he knows he’s just discovered the find of a lifetime . . . and he wastes no time learning to fly it. But as Jack and his OSAP colleagues explore the saucer’s secrets, the world watches as a deadly meteor plummets to earth, leaving a devastating path of destruction in its wake – including two important space stations. Too late, it becomes apparent the meteor is a missile, apparently fired by the Russian Federation. Detonating, it releases a terrible bio weapon, seemingly beyond the capabilities of Russia’s current weapons technology. The alien technology Jack has discovered is the only hope of survival for the United States. But that technology has appeared at a suspiciously convenient time, in Jack’s opinion. What are they dealing with? Is humanity truly at war with itself or is an alien external force playing a deadly game determined to see the USA eliminated? $3.99 on Kindle.
White Woman, Black Heart by Barbara Miller. Barbara often found herself saying, “the stork dropped me at the wrong house” only to find she was repeating her mother’s words. In this riveting memoir exploring race relations and social change, Aboriginal elder Burnum Burnum, told her, “you may be white but you have a black heart, as you understand my people and feel our heart.” He suggested to International Development Action that she take on the Mapoon project and played matchmaker by introducing her to Aboriginal teacher and Australian civil rights movement leader Mick Miller. The Mapoon Aborigines were forcibly moved off their land by the Queensland government in NE Australia in 1963 to make way for mining. With an effective team behind her, Barbara helped them move back in 1974 to much government opposition which saw her under house arrest with Marjorie Wymarra. It also saw Jerry Hudson and Barbara taken to court. In helping the Mapoon people return to their homeland, she found her home as part of an Aboriginal family, firstly Mick’s and later Norman’s as she remarried many years later, now being with her soulmate Norman about 30 years. It is a must read for those interested in ethnic studies and political science as an isolated outback community whose houses, school, health clinic, store and church were burnt to the ground rose from the ashes and rebuilt despite all the odds. It is a testimony to the Mapoon people’s strength. $3.99 on Kindle.
Aunt Enid: Protector Extraordinaire by Karen J. Carlisle. Daemons, fairies, magic; it’s all real! The Otherworld is bleeding through cracks into our world. And Adelaide is ground zero. Something is coming. Something dark – trading souls for passage. And only one person stands between The Dark and the fate of the world. Aunt Enid is just your average seventy-something year old. She loves to cook, is a regular at bingo and spends hours in her garden, talking to her army of garden gnomes and fussing over the colour of her hydrangeas. When people start disappearing, her great niece, Sally, is drawn into a secret world and soon discovers her great aunt is a Protector Extraordinaire. Aunt Enid: Protector Extraordinaire is the first book in The Aunt Enid Mysteries, the first series in The Otherworlds Chronicles. $2.99 on Kindle.
Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann. Kinky, charming, flight attendant and serial killer falls in love with an astrophysicist and they discover they both carry alien DNA. Takes you on a wickedly funny ride around the world. The book is colourfully illustrated with paintings by the author. $1.99 on Kindle.
A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance. “Hello, is anyone there? This is Ichabod Temperance, transmitting from the year 1875. Do you read me? Oh my Goodness! We’ve got trouble, y’all! Ever since that strange comet passed our world, not only have there been more than just an overwhelming amount of steam and spring inventions popping up all over Earth, but there also have been uncanny monster sightings as well. Well, almost sightings, as these inter-dimensional, over-legged, eyeball-clustered beasties are nearly invisible to the human eye. That is where my own enhanced inventiveness has gotten me into misadventure as I alone have created a device that allows me to see the hippo-sized craw-daddies. Maybe Fate had a hand in my goggle development, for it led to my meeting the most beautiful girl in the world. Now it’s up to me and Miss Plumtartt to save our planet from being gobbled up gone!” The first in an ongoing series of delightfully quirky adventures, A Matter of Temperance is sure to appeal to those who like their fiction as far from center as it gets. 99¢ on Kindle.
Escape to Osprey Cove by Luisa Marietta Gold. What Doug finds in the secret compartment of his new red Corvette will forever change his life. It will also change Catherine’s. Doug and Catherine come from two different worlds. Catherine’s world is one of privilege and wealth. Doug grew up dirt poor and full of envy of others who had the things that he wanted but could not have. His goal was to one day have all the things he coveted. Their worlds collide when Catherine, VP of a large New York City marketing firm, hires Doug. As soon as Doug learns of Catherine’s wealth, he sees Catherine as his ticket to all the things he covets. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married. Poor boy meets rich girl should have resulted in “happily ever after,” but not exactly. Doug quickly learns he also covets independence. Events begin to unfold in each of their lives. For Doug, it is his mysterious discovery in the secret compartment of the Corvette. For Catherine, it is a business meeting with Alex Droxell at the Osprey Cove Lodge. When Catherine enters the beautiful and serene lodge, it’s as though she is entering another place and time. The lodge is an escape from the nightmare she is living back home. Follow the twists and turns of Book 1 of the Osprey Cove Lodge Series. Follow Doug and Catherine’s story to see if there is a “happily ever after” and with whom. Free on Kindle [reg. $2.99].
War in Heaven by R.K. Wheeler. The oldest of the archangels was Satanel who became Satan after he was cast out of heaven. Satan was followed by his twin brother, Sandalphon who was known among men as Odin. Another set of twins, Raziel who was known as Zeus and Jophiel who was named by mortals Poseidon, followed. Odin, Zeus and Poseidon came to earth to battle Satan, where they were worshiped as gods of the old world. Next were born Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel, “The Faithful.” Finally, Zadkiel, Camael, Sachiel and Azazyel, “The Unvaliant” were born. These last four archangels remained neutral in the War in Heaven. As they refused to take up arms to fight Satan and his followers, they and their legions were later cast out, but not into Hell. The Scions of Azazyel saga begins with War in Heaven. $2.99 on Kindle.
The Post-Apocalyptic Society by Stephanie Kato. The Nelson family and their allies are still marching forward in a dystopian environment. Danger is just a normal part of their world. Along the way, the Nelsons will encounter a mad scientist and his bizarre creations, ruthless desert bandits, and genetically engineered humans who might put the entire Steampunk culture in grave peril. Fortunately, the Nelsons still maintain hope and perseverance. How long can they survive in a nation that’s falling apart? $3.99 on Kindle.
Connor’s Gambit by Z. Gottlieb. Brad Johnson, a lone witness to a UFO sighting becomes an alien target and quickly finds himself on an off-world adventure, relying on his skills to survive an intergalactic war. As Brad struggles to understand the conflict between the aliens, as well as his place in the universe, he learns one group threatens Earth’s security and the other wants something entirely different. All Brad wants is to return home to his family, but not until he embarks on the greatest adventure of his life. 99¢ on Kindle.
And that’s the roundup for this week. Join me Sunday for a look at a couple of live-action shows, and how I think they’ve impacted my writing. Read well, and write better!