Guest Author Penny de Byl

Today our guest is Penny de Byl author of yesterday’s book Lost Souls. Here is a link to my review. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5EF

Penny de Byl

Let’s find out more about Penny and her book.

1) Where is your home town?
Gold Coast, Queensland Australia. Though I was born in Toowoomba, grew up in Central Queensland and live for a couple of years in Europe.
2) Is this your first fiction book?
It is my first published fiction book.  Over the years I have started a few but they were never finished.
Before this I published four textbooks on computer science, artificial intelligence and computer game development.
3) What was the one idea behind the book?
The main idea behind “Lost Souls” is that there are phenomena in life that cannot yet be explained by science.
4) Tell the readers what was strange about the people who were dying?
Otherwise healthy people were dropping dead without warning and all found with amniotic fluid in their mouths.  The liquid that surrounds the developing baby in the womb.
5) How had the people for the 5 year Antarctic experiment been chosen?
They were chosen from an international pool of experts in their field.  There was an interview process and the CEO of the biotech company held numerous Skype interviews with the researchers before selecting them for the expedition.
6) What as going to be the biggest challenge in the dome?
The biggest challenge while living in the hermetically sealed environment was to become self-sufficient with respect to food production.  As is revealed during the story other considerations such as physical, mental and spiritual health of the inhabitants is as equally as important as nutritious for the smooth operation of an enclosed social environment.
7) How did Zoe get her team to Sydney if the case had been closed down?
When the case was closed the first time, Zoe and Nick “took a vacation” to Sydney as Zoe knew in her gut there was more going on than first revealed.
8) What lines did they cross to get some of their evidence?
Zoe and Nick pose as a pregnant couple to gain access to a medical clinic while they are not officially on duty.  Nick illegally obtains medical records from an unmanned computer terminal and later in the story, Zoe breaks into a records archive to gather the evidence they need to support their case.
9) Will we be seeing more about this off-world experiment in a second book?
In the second book “The Chaldean Legacy” the characters find themselves running the first fully functioning space station orbiting the sun halfway between Earth and Saturn.
The team are involved in experiments to examine off-world food production and waste reclamation.  They are also involved in in-situ resource utilisation (ISRU) in which minerals and ice are mined from nearby asteroids.  In addition, the space station is begin used as an off-world genetic repository for storing a library of all life on earth.
10) Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?
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Thank you Penny and Good Luck with the next book.

 

Reckless Recon by Rinelle Grey

Reckless Recon (Barren Planet #3)Reckless Recon by Rinelle Grey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reckless Recon is the third book in the Barren Planet series. I made a slow start as I tried to remember what had happened in the last book, but I soon picked up the story from the reminders in the plot. A group of rebels are looking for a new planet to inhabit after leaving The Colonies because they disagreed with the strict rules implied to restrict the population growth.

Kerit volunteers to go down to the uninhabited planet to set a beacon so that a new process called terraforming can be used to make the planet habitable. However he bumps into Folly who informs him that at least 5000 people already live undetected on the planet inside a giant cave.

Seizing an opportunity to use Kerit’s shuttlecraft, Folly gets Kerit to fly her to the city of Tadig. A deserted city in ruins after a meteor strike, in search of her father. Instead they find a vicious alien and only just escape with their lives. Folly takes Kerit to meet her people but they are set in their ways and refuse to believe her about the alien. They are even more surprised by the news of 1000 people waiting in the spaceship Resolution above the planet who want to make it their new home.

I really like this series. In this book Rinelle creates a cute furry creature called a skuttle and I enjoyed the idea of the huge cave housing plants and animals and surviving on a planet with dust and acid rain. Looking forward to reading the next instalment for the space travellers.

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Guest Author Eileen Schuh

Today our guest is Eileen Schuh, author of yesterday’s book Dispassionate Lies. Here is a link to the post if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5hK

Eileen Schuh

Let’s find out more about Eileen.

1) Where is your home town?

I was born and raised as Eileen Fairbrother on a small farm near Tofield, Alberta, Canada and have lived within a 150 km radius of that town ever since. I currently live with my husband, Alvin Schuh, in the County of St. Paul in north eastern Alberta.

2) How long have you been writing?

I learned to read before I started school and have been writing ever since. I pursued a journalism career in my younger years but always dreamed of publishing novels. It took me over a half-a-century to make that dream come true. In 2011 my first novel, THE TRAZ, was released. Making up for lost time, as of the release of DISPASSIONATE LIES last month, I now have six published books to my credit.

3) Are books with a sci-fi theme your preferred genre to write in?

I really enjoy weaving scientific facts, theories and discoveries into my stories. I feel like I’m doing a service to humanity by exploring the potential effect science will have on our future. However, I also love writing crime fiction so I generously mix the two genres. My Crime novels contain lots of science and my Science Fiction always has at least one crime.

4) Can you tell the readers what happened to the internet in Dispassionate Lies? 

In DISPASSIONATE LIES the internet collapses after criminal hackers hijack the web, compromising all digital data and throwing the global economy into chaos. I based this scenario on current events and include a list of relevant cybercrime headlines in the back of the book. From the Snowden and Assange data leaks, to computer assaults on nuclear reactors and jet engines, and including government espionage and corporate attacks—the vulnerability of today’s internet is very apparent. In DISPASSIONATE LIES, I took a guess as to where it will all end up and…it’s not a rosy future for cyberspace.

5) How does Ladesque feel about her sexuality?

Ladesque’s feelings about her sexuality shift throughout the novel. At various times she struggles to understand the purpose of libido, is in awe of the powerful effect sex has on individuals and societies and ponders whether the sex drive is a gift or a curse. Although these are issues we likely all think about from time to time, Ladesque’s unique personal experiences give her special insight into female sexuality.

6) What is the role of the workers from the tenth floor of Global Construction?

The Tenth Floor employees are so tightly bound to secrecy, they aren’t even sure who they are working for. Despite that, they dedicate their lives to pulling the world out of economic and cyberspace collapse…and are very proud of their moderate successes.

7) How will new Nano-technology help with future security of the internet?

Nations are dangerously focussed on defending against traditional weapons and symbols of power such as the possession of natural resources and monetary allocation. We must increase our awareness of scientific research happening around the world in nanotechnology, meta-materials and quantum computing. Developments in these fields have the potential to generate more power than nuclear energy ever did. Who will control that power and whether or not these developments will make our world more secure or more dangerous is yet to be determined

8) Why is the new super computer called Skinner’s Box?

I start the novel with a quotation from B.F. Skinner (1904 – 1990) . He was a famous psychologist who developed ways to scientifically study behaviour using an operant conditioning chamber, or “Skinner’s Box”. Since he was also very interested in artificial intelligence and computing, I felt Skinner’s Box was a good code name for the top secret computing project.

9) Tell the readers briefly about some of your other books.

SCHRODINGER’S CAT is my other adult Sci Fi. It explores the dilemma of Chorie, a woman caught between lives in two alternate universes. I also have three BackTracker novels published in my gritty contemporary teen series, THE TRAZ, FATAL ERROR and FIREWALLS. THE TRAZ also comes in a school edition with a Teaching Guide.

10) What are you working on at the moment? Where can readers find out more about you?

Aside from promoting my new releases, I am currently polishing an adult crime novel about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. I have also started writing another adult SciFi that will explore the science of death.

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Thank you Eileen, Good luck with the new book.

 

Dispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh

Dispassionate LiesDispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dispassionate Lies is a sci-fi novel with themes on women’ s issue mixed with romance. The year is 2035 and Ladesque lives and works in Boulder, Colorado for Global Construction. She has been working on a security programme to get the internet back up and running.The internet no longer rules the world after hackers and security breakdowns infiltrated its very core and data was no longer safe.

Ladesque has personal issues too. Born in the year 2000 she is the result of a generation of chemical birth-control pills. Diagnosed as Asexual, she’s one of 25% of North American females now infertile and lacking libido because of pills their mothers were prescribed. When FBI agent Paul Krimmons approaches Ladesque with a top secret job offer she finds herself attracted to both Paul and the chance to leave Global construction. But she is confused when her body starts to respond sexually to Paul.

Before she commits completely to the new job Ladesque must tie up the loose ends of her own life. She finds that her mother began research into cures for asexuality and finds shocking reports of a drug which could reduce birth rates, stabilise work forces and reduce crime. Digging deeper she uncovers material suggesting both her parents died trying to give their daughter a normal life.

Confused by Paul who swings between support and pressure to commit to the new job, Ladesque turns to fellow worker Roach. He’s against her giving up her life for Skinner’s Box. It’s a new super computer. It will make her a cybernaut and she may no longer exist in human form once she’s wired up to the main frame. It’s a life changing decision and Ladesque uncovers the lies around her and finally decides who she can trust.

This book should make you question just how safe we are in today’s age of technology and think about what we will be passing on to our future generations.

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Eileen will be our guest author on the blog tomorrow, do come back and find out more about her and her writing.

Rosie’s Good Read collections; Sci-Fi

Welcome to “Rosie’s Good read Collections”, I’ve put together the books I’ve read into subject headings that I think the books belong to, for you to browse.

12640824The First Lady in Danger? Jump into the past to save her! Enter an upside-down world where Soviet henchmen botched their mission to eliminate John F. Kennedy fifty years ago, slaying his wife Jackie instead. The unthinkable crime incites Americans and triggers an unending war with Russia. In present day, as the two superpowers teeter on the brink of mutual destruction, a team of outlaws discovers a way to jump through time. The wisecracking felons decide to take matters into their own hands by traveling back to 1963 to save Jackie K. To fix the future, they must right the wrongs of the past. But, their mission may go awry . . .Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-1Kz

17875009Rose comes from the capital of the Confederation of Cities where its citizens live in luxury and the greatest fashion statement of all is being Altered.  People change everything about the way they look as often as they do their hairstyle but Rose is different.  Her position of privilege has made her an outcast and led her to suspect that something sinister is happening to the citizens and flees the capital along with a past that imprisons her in search of a fresh start in the Land of the Unaltered.
Flynn lives in the Land of the Unaltered and hates the capitol and everything it stands for.  So when a spoiled capital girl is assigned to work with him, he wants nothing to do with her and is prepared to make her life miserable.  But Flynn was not prepared for someone like Rose.  She doesn’t fit the mould he expected and finds himself strongly attracted to her.  As she continues to surprise and outwit him, they begin to forge a bond that is tested when they discover a secret that could change everything they know about Land of the Unaltered. Land of the Unaltered is a Dystopian Romance and is the first instalment of the “The Confederation Chronicles” Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-257

Next the first two books in a series by Rinelle Grey which also fit into the romance genre.

18603639Stranded on the dying planet of Zerris, Marlee longs for the one thing she can’t have…a family. Due to the noxious gas covering the planet, she can’t conceive a child, and the Council, determined to repopulate the planet, have ended her third-and most precious-relationship. They insist she pick a new mate and try again, but she’s sworn off love and the possibility of ever having a real family. When a ship from the thriving planet of Urslat crashes on Zerris, Marlee rescues the ship’s daring captain, Tyris. His ship is grounded, winter is setting in, and he won’t survive without help. She offers him a deal…he can live with her if he pretends to be her mate so the Council will leave her alone. Tyris agrees and a hungry desire sparks between them as they battle the harsh winter and primitive conditions. Their attraction grows, and soon, keeping their distance becomes impossible, even more challenging than the snow, the Council, and, for Marlee, the risks of a real relationship. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-1WI

18385928With Tyris’s home planet in sight, Marlee is looking forward to exploring her new home. Only a routine medical exam to go, then they can be together on the thriving planet of Urslat. Incredibly, the exam reveals something that shouldn’t be possible. Something that is actually illegal because of Tyris’s past. Marlee’s pregnant. Marlee and Tyris will do everything they can to keep their secret safe. But Urslat has its own problems, forcing Marlee to choose between everyone she has ever known and the ultimate secret she carries within. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, My Review: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2HV

Reckless Rebellion by Rinelle Grey

Reckless RebellionReckless Rebellion by Rinelle Grey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is based on an ARC of Reckless Rebellion sent to me by the author. It is the second book in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story follows on from the first book where refugees from a stranded planet return to the main Colonial planet and their future plans are greatly changed. The book is a very readable sci-fi romance which would appeal to many readers across both genres, there is a strong passion for survival from the characters which leaves a warm after glow when you reach the end of the book. I believe Rinelle is working on the third book which will be available next year and shall look forward to catching up with the characters in the next part of their adventures.

You can catch up with my review of Book 1 in the series Reckless Rescue, here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-1WI

If you missed yesterday’s guest author interview with Rinelle catch up with us here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2FB

Reckless Rebellion, seek out your copy here from Amazon.

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Guest Author Rinelle Grey (Oct 14th)

Today my guest author is Rinelle Grey, please join me in welcoming her to the blog. Tomorrow you can read my review of her new book.
Rinelle Grey
1) Where is your home town?
Currently I live just outside of Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia. I was  born here, and lived in the area for a large proportion of my life. In fact, I  hadn’t even left the state until after I turned 18! But I’ve moved around a lot,  up and down the coast a bit, especially in my teenage years, so I don’t really  consider any particular place my ‘home town’. Home is where my family is.
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve always loved writing. As a child, my favourite part of the school day  was when we had time for ‘creative writing’, and could write about whatever we  liked. I started several books as a teenager, but then life got in the way, and  I was busy with university, jobs, and getting married. I picked up writing a  little in my late twenties, and wrote about 6 chapters of a fanfiction story,  before finding out I was pregnant. Writing went out the window again for a  while, then in 2006, when my daughter was about 18 months old, I heard about  NaNoWriMo, and I was hooked. I won that first year, and finished that book at  120k a few months later. Since then, I’ve written more months than not.
3) I see your book “Reckless Rescue” as a sci-fi romance, is this what you  were aiming for?
I wasn’t really aiming for any particular genre. I knew the book was  romance, but the sci-fi elements were just part of the story. I hadn’t actually  heard of sci-fi romance until I friend of mine said that’s what she wrote, and I  realised Reckless Rescue probably fell into that category as well. I still  hesitated for quite a while, because my sci-fi elements are quite soft. You  won’t find any technical details or hard to understand passages in my novels.  But the concepts are most definitely sci-fi, so it’s hard to argue that that’s  where it belongs.
4) Many of the people from your book live in a world without technology,  did it take a lot of research to write these parts of the book?
I’ve always been interested in living without technology. For a portion of  my childhood/early teenage years, we lived on a property without power or  running water, so I do have personal experience to draw on. A lot of Marlee’s  experiences, such as milking goats, gardening, sewing, spinning, bottling etc,  are all things my mother did, and I enjoyed. In fact, learning how people dealt  with snow required a lot more research for me, since that’s something I have no  experience with.
5) Some of the drastic steps that the stranded people took in order to have  children were very harsh emotionally, where did those ideas come from?
I’m not sure exactly where they came from, they just sort of evolved as the  story grew. Some, no doubt, come from an article I read on China’s one child  policy, and the problems that has caused, but I couldn’t say that was the direct  inspiration.
6) By mixing romance and sci-fi I think you are helping to get people to  explore reading new genres, would you say your strength is romance or  sci-fi?
I’d definitely say my strength is in the romance side of things, although I  have watched a lot of sci-fi! I love writing romance, but I like to add in a  little extra, either in the form of sci-fi, or fantasy. I love the extra  interest you can add when you change a few details of the world, and the extra  complications it can cause for the characters is fun! Introducing new people to  the genre is an added bonus.
7) Your book is available on Amazon, I know there are different royalty  payment rates across the world. Do you mind telling our readers the minimum  sales you need in Australian dollars before you get a payment.
Unfortunately, Amazon won’t direct deposit into an Australian bank account,  so payments are done by cheque. The minimum amount you need before they’ll send  you a cheque is $100, which is good, because it costs me $15 to cash one! I have  just opened a payoneer account though, and I’m hoping that will be more  convenient, and involve less fees!
8) You have a sequel to “Reckless Rescue” called “Reckless Rebellion”, can  you give the readers a few hints about what we can expect in this book? When  will it be available to buy?
Reckless Rebellion is due for release on the 18th of October. I don’t want  to give away too much yet, but let’s just say that Marlee and Tyris are going to  find themselves with an even bigger battle to fight once they return to Tyris’s  home planet of Urslat.
9) Can you tell the readers what else you get involved in, I believe you  are involve with a “Fantasy Friday” writing group.
I have been doing a ‘Fantasy Friday’ segment on my blog each Friday, but  it’s just me. I’ve been posting excerpts from some of my fantasy romance  stories, mostly my upcoming Twin Curse, which I hope to have out in  December.
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You can catch up with my review of Reckless Rebellion here on the blog tomorrow.
If you want to read my review of the first book in the series “Reckless Rescue” click here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-1WI

Enhanced by Courtney Farrell

Enhanced by Courtney Farrell
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is based on free copy of the book sent to me by the author. Enhanced is described as a YA romance, it is set in a world of genetically enhanced people who have a perfect life, however the teenagers are constantly tested and examined for imperfections. Any failures result in being sent out of the gate to live among the failures and the normal people in a desolate landscape of fear and poverty. This book has a big sci -fi theme with a mad doctor and advanced technology. I liked the story line and the characters were strong and imaginable, some of the scenes lost me a little in the speed which they moved, but that is probably a personal preference rather than a flaw in the writing. This book is very suitable for the YA market.
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Saving Jackie K by L.D.C. Fitzgerald

Saving Jackie KSaving Jackie K by L.D.C. Fitzgerald I recently hosted a book boost for this book during my AtoZ Challenge, so when I saw it as a free download on kindle I jumped at the chance to read a genre which challenges me.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a difficult read for me because my English history education didn’t cover any of the Kennedy era of America. I recognised some of the names of the main players, but knew little about them. I got a bit bogged down with the science too, but once I’d got my head around the fact that the story involved true facts and characters with the fiction I let it flow over me and focused on the well written story line. There is lots of action as scientists travel back 50 years to change to past and thus the future. Sci-fi and fast paced action packed fans will probably love this.

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