Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Robert J. Sawyer's Sci-Fi Collection #SciFi


Golden
Fleece
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi Mystery

Winner
of the Aurora Award for best novel of the year. Named best novel of
the year by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.





MURDER
IN SPACE

Starcology
Argo. A superstarship on a mission to a distant world. Controlled by
a monumental computer named JASON, the Argo proceeds flawlessly . . .
until death strikes its sleek decks with sudden and mysterious
precision.

Astrophysicist
Diana Chandler is dead of radiation. Her body lies in the Argo's
ramfield — where hydrogen ions are funneled into the engines.
Chandler's death has been deemed suicide. But her ex-husband, Aaron
Rossman, isn't so sure. As he probes further, he becomes certain that
Diana's death is a matter of murder — and that the murderer is
JASON!

Now
Rossman must face the unthinkable: why would an artificial
intelligence conceive and execute that most heinous of human crimes?
And if so, can a mortal mind take on a cunning computer . . . and
survive?









End
of an Era
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi Fantasy

Paleontologist
Brandon Thackeray is eager to find out what killed the dinosaurs.
With a newly developed, still-experimental timeship, he will be able
to do what no human being has ever done: stand face-to-face with a
living, breathing dinosaur. But he and his partner (and rival) Miles
"Klicks" Jordan discover that they are not the only
intelligent creatures on Earth at the end of the Cretaceous. There's
a war going on and the dinosaurs are right in the middle of
it.





Please
note that this book is not part of The Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy.
It is a stand-alone novel set on Earth.






Starplex
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi Adventure

The
only novel of its year to be nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula
Awards. Starplex won Canada's Aurora Award for best novel of the
year.





For
nearly twenty years Earth's space exploration had exploded outward,
thanks to a series of mysterious, artificial wormholes. No one knows
who created these interstellar passages, yet they have brought the
far reaches of space immediately close. For Starplex Director Keith
Lansing, too close.

Discovery
is superseding understanding. And when an unknown vessel — with no
windows, no seams, and no visible means of propulsion — arrives
through a new wormhole, an already battle-scarred Starplex could be
the starting point of a new interstellar war . . .






Frameshift
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi Thriller

Frameshift
won Japan's Seiun Award and was a finalist for the Hugo
Award.





Pierre
Tardivel is a scientist working on the Human Genome Project with the
Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Burian Klimus. A driven man, Pierre works
with the awareness that he may not have long to live: he has a
fifty-fifty chance of dying from Huntington's disease, an incurable
hereditary disorder of the central nervous system. While he still has
his health, Pierre and his wife decide to have a child, and they
search for a sperm donor. When Pierre informs Dr. Klimus of their
plan, Klimus makes an odd but generous offer: to be the sperm donor
as well as to pay for the expensive in vitro fertilization. Shortly
thereafter it transpires that Klimus might be hiding a grim past: he
may be Ivan Marchenko, the notorious Treblinka death-camp guard known
as Ivan the Terrible.

While
digging into Klimus's past with the help of Nazi hunter Avi Meyer,
Pierre and his wife discover that Pierre's insurance company has been
illegally screening clients for genetic defects. The two lines of
investigation begin to coverage in a sinister manner, while they
worry about the possibility of bearing the child of an evil, sadistic
killer . . .






Factoring
Humanity
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi

In
2007, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system.
Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather
Davis a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department,
has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged
husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial
intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum
effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations
simultaneously.





When
Heather achieves a breakthrough, the message reveals a startling new
technology that rips the barriers of space and time, holding the
promise of a new stage of human evolution. In concert with Kyle's
discoveries of the nature of consciousness, the key to limitless
exploration — or the end of the human race — appears close at
hand.

This
edition includes a reading group guide.







Robert
J. Sawyer
 — called "the dean of Canadian science
fiction" by The Ottawa Citizen and "just
about the best science-fiction writer out there these days"
by The Denver Rocky Mountain News — is one
of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all
three of the science-fiction field's top honors for best novel of the
year:
the
World Science Fiction Society's 
Hugo
Award
,
which he won in 2003 for his novel 
Hominids;the
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's 
Nebula
Award
,
which he won in 1996 for his novel 
The
Terminal Experiment
;and
the 
John
W. Campbell Memorial Award
,
which he won in 2006 for his novel 
Mindscan.
According
to the US trade journal 
Locus,
Rob is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a
science fiction or fantasy novelist. Recent honors include the
first-ever 
Humanism
in the Arts Award
 from
Humanist Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
from the Governor General of Canada, the 
Hal
Clement Award
 for
Best Young Adult Novel of the Year (for 
Watch),
and a 
Lifetime
Achievement Aurora Award
 from
the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association — the first
such award given to an author in thirty years, and only the fourth
such ever bestowed.
The
2009-2010 ABC TV series 
FlashForward was
based on his novel of the same name, and Rob was a scriptwriter for
that series.
Maclean's:
Canada's Weekly Newsmagazine
 says, "By any
reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors
ever," and The New York Times calls him
"a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific
extrapolation." The Canadian publishing trade journal Quill &
Quire
 named Rob one of "the thirty most
influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian
publishing" (the only other authors making the list were
Margaret Atwood and Douglas Coupland).
Rob's
novels are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada,
appearing on the 
Globe
and Mail
 and Maclean'sbestsellers'
lists, and they've hit #1 on the science-fiction bestsellers' lists
published by 
LocusAmazon.comAmazon.caAmazon.co.uk,
and 
Audible.com.
His twenty-three novels include 
Red
Planet Blues
TriggersCalculating
God
,
and the "WWW" trilogy of 
WakeWatch,
and 
Wonder,
each volume of which separately won the 
Aurora
Award
 —
Canada's top honor in science fiction — for Best Novel of the Year.
Rob
— who holds honorary doctorates from the 
University
of Winnipeg
 and Laurentian
University
 —
has taught writing at the 
University
of Toronto
Ryerson
University
Humber
College
,
and 
The
Banff Centre
.
He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Public
Library, the Kitchener (Ontario) Public Library, the Toronto Public
Library's 
Merril
Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy
Berton
House
 in
Dawson City, the 
Canadian
Light Source
synchrotron,
and the 
Odyssey
Workshop
.
Rob
has given talks at hundreds of venues including the 
Library
of Congress
 and
the 
National
Library of Canada
,
and been
keynote
speaker
 at
dozens of events in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo,
Beijing, and Barcelona. He was born in Ottawa in 1960, and now lives
just west of Toronto.




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Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Issaura's Claws - Incarn Saga: Book 1 by Katherine E. Wibell #YA #Fantasy


Issaura's
Claws
Incarn
Saga Book 1
by
Katharine Wibell
Genre:
YA Fantasy

According
to legend, when the world was young, the goddess Issaura appeared
among men. Those who treated her with kindness received the gift of
the gods—the ability to transform into an animal form. This was a
great honor but one that separated this race from other humans.
Before Issaura departed the mortal realm, she promised to return if
her people were ever at the point of destruction.





Now
a threat is rising from a land across the mists of the ocean, a
threat that will push this race to the brink of extinction.
Responding to the call to war, seventeen-year-old Lluava heads off to
find her destiny, one that will carve her name in history.” 

The
Kingdom of Elysia consists of two races: the dominant race of humans
and the native race of Theriomorphs who can shift into animal form.
Although law dictates equal treatment, they neither like nor trust
each other. Now brutal and ruthless Raiders are approaching; there is
only one chance to defeat them. An army must be raised and trained.
An army where each human will be paired with a Theriomorph partner.
An army that must fight as one to defeat their common enemy.

Women
are not warriors. However, Lluava is not like other women – human
or Theriomorph. Her animal form is a magnificent beast whose power
and fury she must learn to control. Although Lluava endures intense
physical training and strives to overcome the doubts of the male
recruits, she faces an unexpected adversary in the commanding general
who seeks to break both her spirit and her body.

At
the paring ceremony, Lluava is humbled when presented with a unique
and ancient weapon. Yet she becomes distraught and angry when her
human partner is revealed. If they fail to trust each other, the
consequences will be devastating. Death and destruction are on the
horizon and time is running out.

The
Incarn Saga is a young adult fantasy series inspired by ancient
myths, filled with fast-paced action and adventure, and enriched by
an understanding of animal behavior that defines the shape-shifting
Theriomorphs.






Katharine
Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like
the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition,
she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs,
apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as
a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from
Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in
animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to
kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her first literary
works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high
fantasy.



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Haunted Halloween Spooktacular ~ Deep in the Hollow - Chindi Series by Brandy Cacole #Paranormal #Halloween









Deep in the Hollow
Chindi Series
Brandy Nacole

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Brandy Nacole

Date of Publication: September 15, 2016

ASIN: B014U7BMU0

Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 80,000

Cover Artist: The Book Cover Machine

Tagline: Greed has a price, and the dead do not always rest.

Book Description:

Let me share some wisdom with you. There is evil in this world we cannot see, not because it is hidden from us, but because our minds refuse to accept its existence. But once we are able to get past what everyone says should not be, it becomes our responsibility to stop the evil we now see.

This insight wasn’t given to me until a year after I lost the most important person in my life: Bryce Rowan. Now, after another death at the same spot where he died—the overlook, where the mysterious lights dance amongst the trees—I begin to wonder if they were accidents after all.

Lucky for me, I’m not the only curious one in town. Cooper, a ghost hunter (aka chaser), and his sister Jada have moved to town and are starting to ask questions.

But the more we find out about this town and the people who live here, people who I have known my whole life, the more I begin to think there are those who would rather keep the evil secret, even if it means we will never be safe, and that more will die.


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Excerpt:

Prologue
July
11, 1972 

Once again I’ve
fallen prey to MaryAnn’s pleading, and I follow her out the window, my stomach
churning with dread, a contrast to her excitement. I don’t know why I let her
talk me into these things. She’s always getting us into trouble, has been since
we were little. Yet, here I am, still following her after seven years of
mistake after mistake. There’s something about her I can’t say no to. I’ve
always thought of her as my sister, not my cousin, and considering we were born
only two days apart, we are more like sisters—look like it too. But still, even
sisters tell each other no every once in a while. Not me. This time though, I
should have.
Our tiny
flashlights give off little light in the dark forest, mine unsteady as it
shakes in my hand. Thorns scrape at my skin and I look back, hoping to see a
light in the cabin on and my grandfather coming out to see where us girls have
run off to. No such luck. The small, two-bedroom cedar cabin is dark, its frame
nothing but an outline against the trees around it.
“I think we
should go back,” I whisper, my voice trembling.
“Will you quit
whining, Ester? This is no different than walking through the woods during the
daylight.”
I beg to differ.
During the day, the green leaves look welcoming, not over-powering and creepy
like now. I don’t feel trapped and afraid when walking these familiar woods
when the sun is shining bright, but now I do.
“But, MaryAnn,
grandpa said—”
“He was just
trying to scare you,” she hisses, as she shines her light on a raccoon
scavenging for food. It rushes off to hide from what he perceives as danger and
we continue on through the thicket.
No matter what
MaryAnn says, I know she’s wrong. I saw the fear in our grandfather’s eyes as
he told us the story of the thing that haunts these woods. MaryAnn had been
enthralled as she sat by the fire, her eyes bright, her body unmoving as she
absorbed every word. I had been terrified. Our grandfather has never been a
skeptical man, always saying rumors and legends are nonsense. “What you don’t
see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.” So to see the fear in his
eyes as he witnessed the story he told us tonight is enough to convince me he
was telling the truth, and not just some tale to scare his grandchildren.
An owl hoots
overhead and a chill slowly creeps up my back, making me shiver.
“I think we
should wait. I don’t have a good feeling about this.”
MaryAnn ignores
my pleas, knowing I won’t go back alone.
The leaves
rustle as a slight wind picks up. I can no longer see the outline of the cabin.
I don’t know if it’s from my fear, but our lights seem to grow dimmer, making
the darkness feel as if it is weighing down on us.
A small clearing
comes into view, with timber laying hazardously along the ground.  
“We are almost
there,” MaryAnn whispers. “This is where grandpa and his workers have been logging
close to the overlook.”
Good. Once we
reach the overlook and she sees it is the same during the night as it is during
the day, we can go back to the safety of the cabin. I can already feel the
relief of being back under my blankets, eagerly waiting for morning, with the
fresh smell of biscuits baking in the oven and bacon frying in the pan filling
the air.
Whoosh.
“What was that?”
I ask, panicked, and spin around in a circle, my flashlight shaking with more
force.
“Ester, please
stop this nonsense. I’m sure it was nothing.”
Once on the
other side of the clearing, we start the mile hike up the incline and once
again I wish we had stuck to the main road instead of taking the shorter path
through the woods. The ground is slick from the rain we had yesterday, and with
every step I take, I lose two as I slide back down.
MaryAnn grabs my
hand, steadying me, as we both use our weight to climb the impossible hill.
Whoosh.
“Did you hear
that?” she asks, her voice a bit higher than before.
I close my eyes,
my stomach tensing. She better not be playing any games with me. I will rat her
out in a heartbeat if she is.
“Yes. What do
you think it is?”
Before she can
answer, a strange mist builds in front of us. I examine it closely and point it
out to MaryAnn, but before it takes on a shape, it’s gone.
Whoosh. Whoosh.
Whoosh.
A strong wind
spins around us, and not caring about what MaryAnn thinks, I let go of her hand
and tumble back down the hill, scared for my life. My feet are unsteady as the
land levels out again and I fall over a log. Seconds later, MaryAnn lands on
top of me.
“Come on!” she
screams, terror in her voice. “We have to get back to the cabin.”
“What did you
see?” I demand, as I race after her, dodging fallen limbs. But she doesn’t
answer. She keeps running, looking back to make sure that I am close behind her.
A strong force
comes from behind me and I’m shoved into MaryAnn’s back, making us both lose
our footing.
Whoosh.
Tears pour down
my face as we scramble to our feet, our flashlights lost in the darkness. We
try our hardest to run through the darkness with no light to guide our way.
MaryAnn grabs my hand, our sweaty fingers clinging as tightly as they can while
we try to make out where we are.
When MaryAnn
screams, her body jerked away from me, I feel as if I can’t breathe. Something
is trying to take her from me. My grip on her hand tightens, my small twelve
year old frame pulling as hard as possible against whatever is trying to tug
her away.
A movement
behind her catches my eye as we struggle, but I can’t make out who or what it
is. It’s shrouded in a black cloak, practically invisible under the blanket of
night. I do make out the grey mist behind it, as if it’s drifting and waiting
for its prey.
My heart thrums,
feeling as if it’s trying to escape out of my chest, and my throat grows tight
as I choke on my tears. MaryAnn screams, begging me not to let go of her, as
our fingers begin to slip.
Why can no one
hear us? We have to be close to the cabin.
A sharp pain
explodes in the back of my head, and I pitch forward, disoriented. My legs slip
out from beneath me, and I can feel myself losing consciousness. MaryAnn’s
fingers slip out of mine as I land against the damp leaves on the ground. The
last thing I hear is her pleading for me to save her.




About the Author:

Gemini Brandy Nacole is a writer of urban fantasy and paranormal books published by Ponahakeola Press. A reader from a young age, Brandy has always loved folklore and stories of beings that go bump in the night.

Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending time with her family and friends, throwing around crazy ideas, teaching, and singing like a rock star at a concert for no one else but herself.  She loves plants, but unfortunately is a killer of anything that requires water but can’t voice (scream) their needs. 







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Virtual Book Tour ~ Polio and Me by Ken Dalton #NonFiction #Memoir






Non-Fiction - Memoir
Date Published: November, 2016
Publisher: Different Drummer Press

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Polio and Me provides a view of the past, present, and future—the saga of one boy’s pain, fear, and loneliness—the long struggle to develop a vaccine and effective treatments—the world-wide goal to eradicate the polio virus, and in some twenty-first century cancer research trials, the polio virus eliminated cancerous tumors.



About the Author




Ken Dalton was born in Los Angeles in 1938. In 1943 he contracted polio and spent the next eleven years of his childhood in and out of hospitals.


Fifty-nine years ago he married his childhood sweetheart and is a father of three, a grandfather of four, and the great-grandfather of nine.
After a thirty-eight year management career with Pacific Telephone Company, Ken retired to write golf and travel articles for Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated, Fairways and Greens, and Golf.com.


During two NBC-TV Celebrity Golf Tournaments at Lake Tahoe, he interviewed Olympic Decathlon Champion, Bruce Jenner when he was Bruce, not Caitlyn, the mischievous Chicago Bears quarterback, Jim McMahon, the iconic Vice-President Dan Quail, and NBC Today show anchor, Matt Lauer.
Ken has published six mystery novels. Polio and Me marks his initial foray into the world of non-fiction.


Presently, Ken is working on his seventh mystery, The Heretics Hymnal, and a comedy of manners novel, Casper Potts and the Ladies Casserole club.

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Book Tour ~ The Waiting Gate by J Merrill Forrest




The Waiting Gate
J Merrill Forrest

Publisher: Hashtag Press

Publication date: October 27, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9957806-6-8

Book Description:

Alex Kelburn is a psychic medium who knows full well where we go when we die for he has been there. But what about those in the grip of severe dementia whose minds have disconnected? Where, indeed, do they go? He knows he must find the answer. Not only for Erin, the caring, compassionate nurse who has asked it, but also for his own wife, and for friends Kallie and Trish, and the thousands of others who are grieving and bewildered because they have loved ones who have gradually disappeared until only their physical selves remain.

Working on the case of an unidentified little girl whose remains have been discovered in a shallow grave, he is gradually led to a new and wonderful understanding of just what is on the Other Side …

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Teaser:

“Where
do you think they go, the patients who no longer seem to be aware of themselves
or their surroundings? I mean, take Simon. One moment he’s angry and shouting,
the next it’s as if he’s simply left his body behind and gone somewhere. Some
of the patients are like that all the time, never having lucid moments at all,
and I’ve always wondered … where do they go?”



About the Author:

J Merrill Forrest’s deep interest in the supernatural is a major theme in her writing. For more than thirty years Jane has researched her subject, visiting psychics, mediums, Spiritualist churches and séances, always keeping an open and questioning mind, hunting down evidence.

At age 40, J Merrill Forrest followed her dream of going to university and gained a BA (Hons) in English Literature, and returned to academia ten years later to gain her MA in Creative Writing. It was during this time she began to work on her novel ‘Flight of the Kingfisher’, published in 2015, which deals with the emotive and polarising subject of life after death and introduced psychic medium Alex Kelburn. He returns in her latest novel, ‘The Waiting Gate’, the main theme of which is dementia and what happens to those who ‘disappear’ as the disease takes hold.

J Merrill Forrest is also the author of 'Orders from Above' published in 2013.