Elementals: Season One by S.G. Basu

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Title:  Elementals: Season 1
Author:  Author: S.G. Basu
Published:  September 29th, 2015
Publisher:   Vinayaka Publishing
Genre:  Science Fiction Thriller
Content Warning:  Mild violence and language
Recommended Age:  15+
Synopsis:  Mayhem is about to visit Löthia.
Löthia is at peace–after a millennium of genetic tinkering, Löthians’ power over the elements has been obliterated. The Elemental Wars that have plagued their civilization from the beginning of time is now distant history.
But have the Elementals been tamed for good?
Or is this just the quiet before the storm rips Löthia apart once again?


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Excerpt from Elementals: Season 1 by S.G. Basu:
Nothing during the course of the grouchy summer day indicated that, by the time it was over, seventeen-year-old Anavyx Elon would be accused of the grisliest murder in recent Löthian history.

Dual complete moons blazed across the purple skies of Löthia that evening, and there shouldn’t have been any interruptions to Anavyx’s routine, yet there was.

She heard the faint noise of her bedroom door opening when she was halfway through her shower. Her body, warm from the water cascading down from the canopy over her head, stiffened immediately.

“Moma?” Anavyx called, voice trembling a little as her throat dried up with fear. No one replied.

It couldn’t be Moma.

Alana, her mother, was a top geneticist in the Peaks. Her evening consultation hours ended precisely at 2030 hours, not a moment before or after. There was no reason for her to leave her patients and come into the private section of the house looking for Anavyx.
Maybe it was Dadi.

Anavyx banished that idea with a shake of her head. It was impossible. Her father did not set foot in the house before midnight. Nothing except a calamity would bring him home this early. And even if he came home, he would never venture into her room. So who could it be?

There was no other noise after the door opened. That was the oddest thing—the silence. It made her insides curl up in a tight ball.

Anavyx reached for her robe and having wrapped its flowing expanse around herself, tiptoed forward to investigate. She barely took a step into her room, heart pounding uncontrollably fast and unbearably loud, when she saw him.



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About the Author:
S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books.
Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.
She shares her home with a large collection of Legos, a patient husband, and resident inspiration and entertainer, her daughter.



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1) Describe your relationship with a good book.

A good book is one that endears and endures. A good book is enjoyable, no matter how many times it has been read. A good book ages well too. No matter how old you grow, the book appeals, revealing more and more with each read. One of my favorites is Frank Herbert’s Dune. It was magical when I first read it in grade school and it still is as wonderful.

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

While I took to serious writing only in 2008, have enjoyed writing since I was a child. Way back when . . . I was in middle school, we were assigned classwork to write an original skit on Don Quixote . . . so I did. My English teacher, who was known for being hard to please, was so impressed with my piece that she recommended it for publication in the school magazine. Thinking that she saw so much potential in something I wrote on the fly, makes my heart swell even now.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

Creating a challenging but sustainable work ethic is very important for a writer, particularly for indies like me. Here are my top three:
-Have a dedicated writing time: When writing was simply a hobby, I wrote in spurts. Obviously, my productivity was definitely nowhere near what it is now. Now, I write and do other writing related work for at least 5 hours every day, five days a week. I stay extremely focused during the weekdays. By design, I take my weekends easy.
-Create daily targets: I have a list of writing related things to do each day and I finish them each day. This is over and above the 250 words minimum that I have to write every day.
-Keep your resolutions: This almost goes without saying. It’s easy to make resolutions, but a far difficult job keeping them. As an indie author, it is hard to keep up with the constant barrage of tasks, but I always finish what I start.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

It’s a constant battle with the clock, multitasking like I never thought was possible. I’m a new indie writer, and just like it is for any start up, the amount of work I have to put in is enormous. I also enjoy raising my young family, so I try to be extremely focused when I’m working. That way, my time for with my family or my own “playtime” is always a solid chunk of quality time. It has taken a lot of practice, but I’ve gotten better at creating “the zone” around me at the snap of a finger, rather than waiting for the right time or the right place.

5) Why did you write this book?

In 2015, one of my main goals was to challenge myself, push my boundaries so to speak. I usually write sprawling narratives, and my stories are usually not fast paced or short. So, I added writing a short, fast paced story to my list of this year’s resolutions. Couple that with the temptation to write a thriller, and the serialized science fiction thriller, “Elementals,” came to be.

It was a fun ride that I didn’t expect to enjoy so much. But now that I’ve developed a taste for it, there will be many more serialized science fiction thrillers coming from this stable.

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration?

Every life experience finds its way out through a writer’s words. For me, the biggest influence has been the diverse cultures I’ve been fortunate to observe up close. I love to travel and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met infuse color into the tapestries of my stories.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

As an author, I hope to amass a vast amount of content by then, maybe publish 30 or so books. Also hope to have a much better grip on marketing myself and my work.

In my other life, I want to travel to new places, visit the couple continents that I’ve never set foot on. Mostly though, I want to be an even better Mom.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

Don’t know about lies, but here’s a quirky fact about me–I used to be a professional snake charmer. In 2009, I performed at the CharmerFest with my wildly popular brood of snakes. Snuffles, my 15ft. dark-spotted Anaconda, even has a Facebook fan page.



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Awakened by CJ Anderson Book Blitz

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Title: Awakened

Series: The Gods and Guardians Trilogy #1

Author: CJ Anderson

Published: August 28th, 2015

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy

Content Warning: Mild violence

Age Recommendation: 13+

 

The new guy in town has a few secrets …one of which is the ability to levitate and use telekinesis to move objects – Dru Sanjay hasn’t been able to share his secrets with anyone. That is until he meets…HER.

Alayna West can see and experience emotions as color. Her only desire is to complete high school, go to college and create a better life far away from her rural roots. But plans change when she meets…HIM.

When Dru and Alayna meet they experience a hair raising, skin prickling, and unexplainable connection. As Alayna is drawn into Dru’s world, she learns of the Guardians; others like her who have special abilities, whose genetics can be traced back to the Gods. Only the Gods and the other Guardians are actually extraterrestrials who have been banned from Earth for the last 2,000 years.

Alayna’s plans for a better life are shot to H-E-double toothpicks when she discovers another gift and Dru struggles with keeping his last secret. All the while, the chemistry between them, along with outside forces, pose a threat that could change their futures forever.

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CJ Anderson has been obsessed with science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. Star Wars, Superman and Transformers are among her earliest memories. But it was Madeline L’Engle’s book, A Wrinkle in Time, that first grabbed her attention as an elementary student to the genre in the world of books. She has been reading Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy ever since!

Creating stories has been a life-long journey for CJ. As a young child she create stories to tell her imaginary friends. Later on in school, when she became bored during class, adventures in fairytale lands, were a common theme running wild in her imagination. It never really occurred to her to write them down, though, until she was older and taking a class on creativity. Once she started writing, she never wanted to stop. She says it’s one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

CJ has been teaching Gifted & Talented for six years and has been both encouraged and inspired by her students. She lives in Iowa with her husband, two beautiful daughters and two cats. When she isn’t writing, teaching or spending time with her family, you can find her working out, reading or fangirling, of course! The God Kissed: Awakened is her first novel and the first book in a planned trilogy.

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“It all happens so fast. Dru is calling my name and I look up toward the cliff. When I move my head I catch a glimpse of something in my peripheral vision; something big, something that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up straight. It’s some sort of large and scary looking creature and it’s prowling straight toward me.

The creature is as large as a bear, but it has the body and head of a lion with something that looks like a goat rising out of its back and a long tail, at least six feet long, whipping around with the head of what looks to be a large, creepy venomous snake. My pulse quickens as if fear itself were trapping me and I’m incapacitated.

I think I must be either a) dreaming, b) crazy, or c) dead because then I see Dru flying through the air. What the hell? He is going to kill himself! What is he doing?

Dru slams into the monster; it flies through the air and then drops to the ground. As far as I can tell, with the exception of the snake, which is partially smashed beneath the body, the monster is knocked out. The snake head is making a high pitched hissing sound and it makes me feel sick to my stomach.

Then, Dru is right beside me holding me tight against him. Both of our hearts are pounding.

“Alayna! Alayna, luv, are you OK?” Dru asks, his voice uneasy.

I’m baffled. “Me? Am I OK? What about you? You just jumped, no flew, no, I don’t know what the hell you did but you just slammed into a…a …a…was that a chimera?!…and after jumping from that height, you just walked away!” I stammer.

“I know,” Dru says, “and I can explain. But first, I think we need to head back the way we came before our friend wakes up. She is going to be pissed off!”

He grabs my hand and we run. I’m fast, but it’s hard to maneuver through the woods with all the brush and vegetation, much of which is waist high.

We’re about a quarter mile from the motorcycle when we finally see the trail. Dru slows down for just a moment, looks around and grabs my hand. “Faster!” He yells. “It’s coming.”

I chance a quick glance behind us and see three enraged heads. One is roaring, one hissing, and one is making a terrible ear-deafening bleating sound. I run faster than I have ever run before, even faster than yesterday at the track. Adrenaline is rushing through my veins so quickly that it keeps me going.

We’re almost there but the creature is gaining on us. We can see the motorcycle at the bottom of the cliff. All we have to do is run down the hill and turn the corner and we will be home free.”

 

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Twists in Time Anthology–Book tour, giveaway, and interview–JGBS

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Title:  Twists in Time
Authors:  Various
Published:  June 16th, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen & Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  Science Fiction, Time Travel
Content Warning:  Some stories may include mild violence and language.
Synopsis:  What would happen if time, the fragile thread that both leads and binds us, could be unwound as simply as untying a knot? Would we go back, charging through our own history, changing and tweaking, plucking at that fragile thread until time itself unraveled all around us? Would we create countless universes through which we could live our fantasies—or would we become our own nightmares? Would we blaze ahead, reckless and wild, into our own futures? Would we become our own heroes, or would we become villains?
Join us for a series of stories that explore time, through the eyes of those bold enough to conquer it, and foolish enough to try to control it. From the award-winning team of authors at Clean Teen Publishing, Twists in Time will both entertain and challenge the way you see the world around you. Because when one finds a way to break the barrier of time, endless worlds of possibilities emerge.
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Featured Authors and Stories:
“After Time” by Sandy Goldsworthy
“The Fall” by Holly Kelly
“The Kiss of Time” by Amanda Strong
“With a Grain of Sand” by Kathy-Lynn Cross
“The Before Sky” by Sherry D. Ficklin
“What You Wish For” by Kelly Risser
“Tides of Time” by Julie Wetzel
“It’s The Little Things” by Jon Messenger
“Romeo and Juliet Times Infinity” by Kasi Blake
Make sure to check out the   Twists in Time Tour Page for a list of all the tour stops, along with interviews with the authors, reviews, and guest blog posts.  Today, Julie Wetzel has stopped by for a chat.
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  1. Describe your relationship with a good book.

I have a love-hate relationships with books. I love reading them, delving in the story, and living with the characters. I hate the fact that they wrap me up in their world and leave me sleep deprived and begging for more.

  1. When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I started writing in 2011 when my sister went into the Navy. The first piece I was proud of was a short story that was printed in a horror anthology. Unfortunately, the anthology was only printed for the backers of a Kickstarter project and will not be printed publicly.

  1. Please describe your work ethic as an author.

Work ethic? Well, I try to write as often as possible without ignoring my family. But sometimes thing happen and I forgets that life exists outside of my books. When it comes to special requests or edits, I try to jump on them as soon as I can. Overall, I think I have a fairly decent work ethic.

  1. How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

It’s really hard to find a balance. There aren’t enough hours to get everything I want to do done. I fit writing in whenever I can. It usually cuts in to the time I have to sleep. But, somehow, with the help of the amazing men in my life, I manage to get most of my things done.

5.  What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

The next five years. I don’t even know what I’m going to have for dinner tonight, let alone my plans for next five years. I hope to finish the two series that I have started and a plethora of half-baked manuscripts waiting on my computer. I also hope to retire from my job to work full time on my books. I would like to do a little traveling, but other than that, I have no idea.

6.  Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

When I was sixteen, I worked in the catering department at a haunted amusement park. One evening, while cleaning up after a catered picnic, my coworker and I were sent to gather the last of the food from the cooler in the shelter. As we went out, we were surprised to find a young girl in a blue dress standing in the middle of the picnic shelter. It was well after dark and we had been closed for a while. No one should have been there. When we called out to ask if she was lost, she looked at us then turned and walked straight through a six foot tall privacy fence. Needless to say, the shelter did not get cleaned that night.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that is a real or not… either way it’s a GREAT story!

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Fruits of Misfortune by Nely Cab Book Blitz and Giveaway!

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Title:   Fruit of Misfortune
Series:  The Creatura Series #2
Author:  Nely Cab
Published:  June 16th, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YAm Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age:   13+

Isis’ goals for the future included things like attending and graduating college. However, becoming a monster wasn’t part of the plan. Isis and her boyfriend, David, are on the brink of a horrible transformation and they are eager to stop it. Together, they set out on a quest to Greece to find Isis’ biological father—the only person that may be able to help them. Their journey comes to an abrupt stop before it even begins when Isis falls ill, and Eros, David’s best friend, arrives in Athens, unannounced and curious…with a plan of his own.

The hunt for her father leads Isis on the turbulent path of deceit, death, and demons as she anticipates the dawning of the beast that stirs inside her.

David was still fast asleep. I looked in my compact mirror to fix my makeup. The pupils of my green eyes had grown thin and long, like that of a serpent. I turned to a passenger that was seated across the aisle from us and hissed before I attacked.

Crushing her throat between my jaws made her body jerk. My tongue savored the iron in her blood. I felt its warmth trickle down the side of my mouth and over my chin. She squirmed, fighting for her life, gasping for air, and clawing her fingers into my arms. Finally, her eyes rolled back, her body becoming a limp piece of meat that no longer held my interest.

The passengers’ screams reminded me I wasn’t alone. I raised my head in search of new prey. The terror that filled their eyes delivered me into the open arms of euphoria. Feeling the bliss of satiation, I realized that I liked to kill.

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Nely Cab is a Writer of stuff, a Master Coffee Drinker, a Food Maker & Eater, an Imaginary World Conqueror, and an Air Breather. She talks to herself—a lot—in her South Texas home while she plots stories about fantasy worlds and sips coffee from a pitcher. She’s known for cooking far too much food and has a tendency to overdo…well, everything. It is rumored that she is fabulous. Nely Cab is the best-selling author of the Creatura series.
 
 
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Twist in Time Book Blitz and Giveaway

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 What would happen if time, the fragile thread that both leads and binds us, could be unwound as simply as untying a knot? Would we go back, charging through our own history, changing and tweaking, plucking at that fragile thread until time itself unraveled all around us? Would we create countless universes through which we could live our fantasies—or would we become our own nightmares? Would we blaze ahead, reckless and wild, into our own futures? Would we become our own heroes, or would we become villains?
 
 
Join us for a series of stories that explore time, through the eyes of those bold enough to conquer it, and foolish enough to try to control it. From the award-winning team of authors at Clean Teen Publishing, Twists in Time will both entertain and challenge the way you see the world around you. Because when one finds a way to break the barrier of time, endless worlds of possibilities emerge.

Title:  Twists in Time

Authors:  Various

Published:  June 16th, 2015  

Publisher:  Clean Teen & Crimson Tree Publishing

Genre:  Science Fiction, Time Travel

Content Warning:  Some stories may include mild violence and language.

Featured Authors and Stories:
 
“After Time” by Sandy Goldsworthy
“The Fall” by Holly Kelly
“The Kiss of Time” by Amanda Strong
“With a Grain of Sand” by Kathy-Lynn Cross
“The Before Sky” by Sherry D. Ficklin
“What You Wish For” by Kelly Risser
“Tides of Time” by Julie Wetzel
“It’s The Little Things” by Jon Messenger
“Romeo and Juliet Times Infinity” by Kasi Blake
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Population Morpheus–Book Blitz and Giveaway!

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Title:  Population Morpheus
Author:  S. G. Basu
Published:  June 8th, 2015
Genre:  Science Fiction
c.2566. The signs are clear.
The time to evacuate Earth is now.
Summons are sent. But not to everyone. Only a handful will be picked to be part of the future colonies.
– A gifted teen for a way to escape her average life. She gets an offer that is hard to refuse. Will she dare to pay the price?
– The sole survivor of the worst megatron collapse in history doesn’t know what to do–celebrate this second chance at life or become a tool of vengeance . . .
– A boy raised within a cocoon of segregation faces his biggest challenge – standing up for someone who looks nothing like him.
Thrust into an unfamiliar world held in place by a harsh set of rules, will humanity make it?
Strangers meet. Bargains are made.
Only one thing is a given–survival depends on forging the right alliances.
 
 
Excerpt from Population Morpheus by S.G. Basu:
Balik could be brutal. He demanded respect–for him, for the massive organization that was HS, for our cause. And he demanded wins. That was the hard part–fighting the GG forces that were far better equipped than us, surviving their raids and assaults and winning in the end–didn’t happen that easy. 
“My best soldier,” Balik showed me a chair as he stretched on the red silk-wrapped couch at the corner. “What new plans have you got? Give me some good news.”
 
That was what I wanted to share with him–my next venture–the “Smokescreen.” Once Balik approved it, I had to start setting the smaller wheels in motion, and then build it up until in a few months–
 
“You want to shut down their ventilation system?” Balik whispered gawking, as he pulled off those dark glasses he always wore. His eyes, one brown and the other a pale gray, shone with excitement. “Sure you can pull this off?”
 
I nodded. “I’ve to start by rerouting the terminator boxes on Coogan’s Hill. I’ll load most of the malcode from there.”
 
“All right. When can you begin?”
 
“Day after tomorrow. Have to lay my father first.”
 
“Oh, yes. Go do it.”
 
“Okay.”
 
“And I don’t need to remind you this, but don’t get identified. I won’t have a marked operative back among us.”
 
“Understood.” 
 
He didn’t have to remind me of the consequences, he knew I’d never forget Dobin.

 

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S.G. Basu likes to call herself a middle aged host to a forever-young heart–a heart that is addicted to dreaming.
Being an engineer by training, the worlds of futuristic fantasy that she weaves in her books spring from her interest in science and her love of engineering.
She enjoys traveling to faraway places–her writing inspired by the people she meets in these beautiful lands. Her stories are also a celebration of the influences from her travels around the world.
Ms. Basu is also an avid nature photographer. When she is not busy writing, she enjoys gardening, music and spending time in the outdoors with her family.
 
 
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Earth God: Interview & Giveaway!

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“What if there was a previous dominant species that we replaced after they screwed it up?”

Jessica arched her eyebrows.  “You’re not going to bring up the dinosaurs, are you?”

“Yes, the dinosaurs, exactly!  Think about it.  The whole world started off with Pangaea, one super continent where all the dinosaurs lived.  Then, boom, all of this sudden something happens and wipes them all out.  Scientists keep saying it was probably a meteor, but what if it wasn’t?  Think about it.  What would a meteor have done to the planet?  Set it on fire?  Filled the sky with ash to choke out most other life?  Doesn’t that sound exactly like something the Fire Elemental would do?”

“I’m impressed you know about Pangaea.  But it doesn’t change the fact that if I didn’t know you better, I’d say you were a giant stoner.”

“The Earth Elemental could have easily made Pangaea for the dinosaurs,” Sean continued as though he hadn’t heard her.  “After they screwed it up somehow, the Fire Elemental wipes them out, the Earth Elemental splits the continent, and they start over, only this time with primitive mankind.  It makes sense.”

Jessica pinched the bridge of his nose.  “I want to tell you that none of that makes sense, but we just held a conversation with an Easter Island head before Xander become the embodiment of the Earth itself.  Anything’s possible at this point.”

“Do you think they ever tried a Xander before?”

Jessica paused.  “A Xander?”

Sean glanced away from the blond and stared across the ocean.  “They must have had Warriors for each of the elements.  The fact that a Velociraptor Fire Warrior is a pretty badass mental image notwithstanding, do you think they tried this before?  Creating someone who can stop the cycle?”

“I don’t really know—“

“Because they failed,” Sean said bluntly.  He turned back toward his girlfriend.  “If they tried it, they failed because the dinosaurs were wiped out.  I just keep thinking that we’re not taking this seriously enough, and I know that’s ironic coming from me.  I keep worrying that the Fire Elemental is just sitting back laughing right now, knowing that it kicked the crap out of a Sarcosuchus Water Elemental once before and is about to do the same to Xander.”

“I think by this point we’re all taking this seriously,” Jessica said.  “Just because you’re joking doesn’t mean you’re not; we’ve known each other long enough to know it’s just your defense mechanism.”

They sat in silence, watching the lapping waves and trying not to see the lava pouring into the ocean not far away.  It was peaceful, sitting on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific.  It was easy to ignore the fact that the world was coming to an end.  Sean mentally noted Easter Island as a place to visit, once this was all over.

Jessica chuckled softly, disrupting Sean’s musings.  He turned toward her inquisitively.  “What’s so funny?”

“Pterodactyl Wind Warriors,” she said.

For a moment, he merely arched an eyebrow before he started snickering.  Sean couldn’t help but laugh at the absurdity of the thought.  They both laughed until their sides hurt.  It felt good just to laugh for no particular reason, to forget about the insanity of their lives for just a moment.

THE EARTH GIVES WAY TO THE SEA,

THE SEA BOWS BEFORE THE WIND,

THE WIND FEEDS THE FLAME,

THE FLAME BURNS THE WORLD OF MAN DOWN TO THE EARTH.

The Fire Elemental has risen and its followers, the Fire Caste, have destroyed the planet. Humanity hangs on the cusp of extinction; their only hope now lies with the troubled Wind Warrior, Xander Sirocco.

Xander has absorbed the power of the Wind and Water Elementals but at great personal cost. Finding Sammy has been his anchor through the chaos around him, but now he finds himself wondering if saving her is enough.

Sammy remains a prisoner of the Fire Elemental, her mind trapped, as the dragon possesses her body. Her love for Xander keeps her going, but will her passion be enough to stop the Elemental from killing Xander once and for all?

Humanity’s last hope rests in Xander finding the Earth Elemental. Claiming the power of the Earth is the last step before he can confront the dragon holding Sammy hostage. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one who knows the location of the Earth Elemental.

It’s a race against time between Xander and the dragon to claim the last of the Elemental power and bring an end to a war that’s spanned millennia.

Earth God is the exciting conclusion to the bestselling and award-winning World Aflame series.

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Title:  Earth God

Series:  The World Aflame Saga #4

Author:  Jon Messenger

Published:  May 26th, 2015

Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing

Genre:  NA Paranormal Romance

Recommended Age:  13+

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Jon Messenger (Born 1979 in London, England) serves as an United States Army Major in the Medical Service Corps. Jon wrote his first science fiction trilogy in 2008 and has since written and published over 10 novels.  The scope of his writing has expanded beyond science fiction to include the New Adult and Steampunk genres.  His books have become Amazon bestsellers, been translated into foreign languages, and have won numerous awards both for content and covers.

Interview (I’m in pink, he’s in purple)

Describe your relationship with a good book.

I love getting lost in a good book. I don’t always get the time to read, not like I’d truly like to, but when you can curl up on the couch, turn off all the electronics and detach from reality for a while, there’s nothing better.

When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I started writing in college, for all the wrong reasons. I was a subpar college student and thought writing might be a future for me when I inevitably failed out of college.  To everyone’s surprise, I actually did graduate.  During my Junior and Senior years of college, I started writing a novel called Eyes in the Nuthouse.  It was about a man who could understand the honesty behind people’s white lies.  Unfortunately, having complete honesty from everyone, including complete strangers, is enough to drive someone mad; hence the title of the story.  It was a really interesting storyline but a terrible execution!  I reread what I’d written (about 100 pages) a few years later and agreed that the book would never see the light of day.

The first book I wrote that I was proud of came nearly seven years later.  I was deployed in Baghdad, Iraq, and had some free time on my hands and, luckily, some great friends to inspire me.  I started working on a science fiction trilogy called Brink of Distinction.  I published that series in 2011 and though there are faults with my plot and writing style, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

Please describe your work ethic as an author.

I’m pretty committed to writing about 1000 words a day, which is about an hour worth of writing. If I can keep that pattern, I can finish a novel in 3-4 months.  Real life gets in the way sometimes, but I try to remain faithful to that technique.

How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

I don’t, to be honest. Writing is still a hobby for me, despite having written 11 novels.  In my day job, I’m still a US Army officer, which I’ve been for the past 13 years.  I just finished my Masters degree, which took quite a bit of my time.  And my wife deploys soon, so I’ll be a single father for the 9 months while she’s gone.  That hour of dedicated writing time gets slimmer every passing year, but I try my best to write as much as possible.

Why did you write this book?

Because it’s book 4 in a series, and the grand finale, and it would have been damn silly for me not to finish it.

What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

Two combat tours with the Army has given me a lot of realism both in writing combat and interpersonal conflict. You see a much different side of people during war.  Some people who seem reserved when they’re at home become pillars of strength on the battlefield.  Some who seem incredibly cocky are the first to cry when a mortar lands nearby.  People reading my stories haven’t always understood that dichotomy, or the fact that even the strongest of us will eventually sit down on the curb and cry after a really difficult mission.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

For my writing, there are a couple books that I’ve always wanted to write. They’re called Pompous and Pious, and they tell the story of two immortals working their way through time, harvesting souls either for Heaven or Hell.  The story idea was one of my first and has always been on my “to do” list, but I’ve never felt comfortable enough to write them.  In the next five years, I’d like to see them in print.

As for my personal life, my wife and I are planning to have a second child and five years from now I’ll be getting ready to retire, at which point I can become a full time writer!

Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

In 2001, one of my good friends finally turned 21 and to celebrate, all my high school friends got together in our hometown. I’d be lying if I said we hadn’t been drinking long before then, but since he was the last of us to turn 21, it was finally a chance for us all to go to a bar together. 

There was a bar only a couple blocks away from his apartment, which made the night perfect.  We could walk to the bar, drink ourselves stupid, and then stumble home without having to worry about a designated driver.  Unfortunately, about an hour into the night, I realized we couldn’t all be sloppy drunk.  The birthday boy was already blind drunk within the hour, having taken shots from the moment we walked in the door.  It wouldn’t be that much longer until I was watching him puke in the toilet and I couldn’t very well take care of him if I was drunk, too.  So I finished the beer in my hand and started drinking sodas.

No more than an hour later, everyone was feeling sufficiently buzzed (or hammered, as the case may be) and it was time to call it a night.  We’d just go back to the apartment and drink there.  As we’re walking back, I can see a car driving slowly behind us but I don’t think much of it.  However, the birthday boy suddenly loses his balance and stumbles out into the street.  Right away, the lights light up on the police car.

To be honest, I couldn’t figure out what we’d done wrong.  We were responsible and had decided to walk rather than drive anywhere.  As the cop comes up to us, he asks if the birthday boy is feeling okay.  He says he is in what was impressively a sober voice.  The police officer than goes around the group, asking the same question.  Two of us got arrested for public intoxication that night.  Not the birthday boy, who had drunk himself into a stupor.  Not even the other two guys who were also pretty loaded.  Me and another friend, who was probably the second most sober person in the group after me.

Spending the night in the drunk tank sucks when you’re drunk, but at least you usually pass out and sleep the night away.  When you’re sober, the drunk tank is just a cold, tiled room that reeks of vomit.  It was definitely a night to remember, and one I wish I could forget.

Wow, that’s a really good story.  I wonder what part of it isn’t true.  I’m going to suspect that they all got locked up, and that Jon got vomited on by his friends.  But that’s just speculation.  All those hours of alcohol counseling that the military made them do (see? I know a little bit about drunken soldiers!).

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Isis can control her dreams. Or she could—until recently. The creature in her nightmares has been haunting her for months. As if being dumped wasn’t bad enough, now she dreads going to sleep. She decides to confront the creature and win back some of her peace; only, she finds that he’s not a monster and he’s not a dream. A sacrifice for love, a shocking discovery and a jealous ex-boyfriend blur the lines between reality and dreams, making it hard to tell who the real monsters are. Who would’ve known…that sometimes love is lethal?

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Title: Creatura

Series: The Creatura Series #1

Author: Nely Cab

Published: May 12th, 2015

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Genre: YAm Paranormal Romance

Recommended Age: 13+

Why can’t you believe that I am real?” he asked. “Because you’re not. Look at you with your golden skin andwings, wearing a skirt. How can I believe you’re real?” “I can prove it.”

Oh, yeah? I dare you.”

Do you, now?” David raised his brow.

Double dare. And you should wear a skirt that looks more like pants for the occasion.”

Your clever quips are very delightful, my lovely. Are you positively sure about this?”

I’ve been waiting for this for three months.” I crossed my arms over my chest. “Bring it on.”

Very well. But I have to warn you, I’m quite the competitor.”

Then there should be a prize for the winner to make it more interesting.”

You’re proposing a wager?” I nodded.

If I win, you’ll leave my dreams forever,” I said. He gazed at me for a moment. Maybe it was just my imagination, but I thought I saw a trace of a grin on his face.

If I should win, you will believe me when I say I’m not a dream,” David said.

If you say so,” I snickered. “I guess this is goodbye since I’ll be winning.” “And…” he said

There’s more?”

And…you will never again come here.”

Okay,” I said. “Fair enough.”

And…” he said again.

That’s too many ‘ands’.”

And…” he continued, “I bid you not farewell, but good morrow.”

David tipped his head as he disappeared, leaving behind a cloud of golden dust.

Nely-CabNely Cab is a Writer of stuff, a Master Coffee Drinker, a Food Maker & Eater, an Imaginary World Conqueror, and an Air Breather. She talks to herself—a lot—in her South Texas home while she plots stories about fantasy worlds and sips coffee from a pitcher. She’s known for cooking far too much food and has a tendency to overdo…well, everything. It is rumored that she is fabulous. Nely Cab is the best-selling author of the Creatura series.

Nely Cab’s Top Ten Favorite Creatures!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10. Zombies

9. Aliens

8. Shifters

7. Unicorns

6. Fairies

5. Dragons

4. Platypires

3. Lions (what? It’s a creature.)

2. Vampires

1. Demi Gods

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When an alien ship lands unexpectedly in the middle of her clan’s territory, Bast is sent to investigate as part of her scout trial. After an accident, she meets these new visitors. She and her senior scout Rrrark are invited to return with the aliens to their home planet to open diplomatic relations. What started out as a simple diplomatic mission becomes complicated when they discover a pirate scheme that might be more than it seems. Only Bast, Rrrark, and two of the aliens called Pysgens are capable of stopping the pirates.

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Title: A New Threat

Series: The Psygen Chronicles

Author: Aaron Demott

Published: April 21st, 2015

Publisher: AltWit Press

Genre: YA Science Fiction

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Bast rushed through the forest while trying to maintain some measure of stealth. She flicked her ears in every direction and listened for anything unusual. So far, only natural sounds filled the forest.

The air was crisp and sunlight filtered through the leaves. The perfect day for her first assignment. She clenched her jaw, measured her breathing, and straightened her tail. She needed this assignment to go well. Only then could she be recognized as an adult.

Scouts from every one of the clans had seen the giant metal ship—something that large and with such an unnatural shape could only be a ship—come slowly down to the ground. If it kept going without a change in its speed or direction, it would land in the part of the Large Grassland which fell inside in her clan’s territory. Besides, where could it have come from? What sort of creature would travel through the stars on such a craft?

She approached the edge of the forest and looked around for a nice bit of cover. She found a line of bushes between a stand of trees. It would work perfectly and provide an escape back into the forest if it became necessary. She sat on her haunches behind the brush, curled her tail around her feet, and licked a speck of dust off one of the white patches of fur on her paw. The ship should land soon.

“It could be crashing too…” she mused aloud.

But the scouts and scientists had reported it was on a stable course and wasn’t on fire or anything. She liked surprises–for the most part–and this would certainly be an interesting sight. A faint, high-pitched noise came from the west. She poked her nose from the bush and raised her whiskers in that direction. Nothing yet. She waited a little longer. The sound grew louder, and a slight wind blew across the plain.

Aaron-Demott

Aaron has had a few different jobs, ranging from computer tech support, to real-estate, and lawn and farm sales and service. He also enjoys photography and reading, and has been a Star Trek and Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember.

The Psygen Chronicles, Book 1: A New Threat is Aaron’s first novel.

Interview between me (purple) and Aaron (brown)!

1) Describe your relationship with a good book.

Well, I like to take it dinner and just talk for a while… 😉

Okay, seriously, a gook book sucks me into story. It’s kinda like the holodeck in Star Trek. I don’t notice the outside world, and I don’t want to put it down.

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I first started writing in kindergarten. I think my penmanship was better then than it is now…

My first effort at a novel was in Jr. High. We were assigned to write a short story, and mine kinda got carried away. It was a Robinson Crusoe type story. I got an A on the assignment, but never finished the novel as I lost the floppy disk it was saved on.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

That’s something I need to work on… I have periods where I’ll obsess over the story and crank out a lot of words, then periods where I’ll all but ignore the story. I need to be more consistant with writing output. In the meantime, If anyone asks, I’m not slacking off, I’m letting the story rest, and/or letting my subconscious work on a problem… 😉

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

Ug, that’s hard. See the above question.

5) Why did you write this book?

Whenever I’m not doing something, I’m off in imagination land. Some of it’s fan-fic (and I don’t want to inflict that on the word.. 😉 ) and some of it I just had to tell. This story is one of those. I just had to write it, and that reminded me of how much fun I had working on that novel in Jr. High (and that got me to wondering why I hadn’t kept writing…)

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

I don’t think there’s one theme I keep going back to, other than love of science fiction: cool gadgets, exploration, and what people would do if this stuff was real.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

Right now I’m editing a story with the working title of Wings of Truth. It’s kind of a sci-fi/action adventure/romance. I’d like to get that published, as well as the next book or two in the Psygen Chronicles.

I get to have an outside life? *wanders outside* AH! Evil, bright yellow thing! *scurries back inside*

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

I really despise technology, and just write sci-fi to point out the follies in relying on all that new-fangled stuff.

Thanks Aaron for answering my questions!  I know I ask hard questions, but they’re what people really want to know.

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