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#SpotlightSaturday – Extraction: The Coming

Title: Extraction: The Coming
Author: A.A. Colvin Jr.
Publisher: Independent
Genre: Science Fiction

About the Book

Highly Original Sci-Fi!!

If mankind was quickly fading away from the face of the Earth, and you thought you could find the answer to save them, could you? That’s the question for Johnathan Kingsborough, an average guy who finds an uncontrollable, overwhelming, deep connection within his mind and body, to the death of the human race. He searches for answers to the disease infested apocalypse covering the planet when the answer finally reveals itself. He finds the answer had been attached to the wrong question. and the truth haunts him more than the fall of mankind. The answer to his question “why” has been kept a secret from humans since the beginning of time. Now the secrets are revealed and the truth out, the surviving people have to fight for their survival and what’s left of their rightful place on Earth.

About the Author

A.A. Colvin, Jr. grew up in New England, Rhode Island to be exact, in a wooded section that nobody would care to visit. Most of the area was surrounded by old cemeteries and long lost tales of ghouls and ghosts. As strange and dark of a place as it was, it was a great place and way to grow up, and as he did, he took those tales and creepy unexplained experiences throughout his life.
A.A. Colvin, Jr. always had a knack for spinning tales, but it wasn’t till recently that he realized that people like the way he tells stories. The way he takes the far-fetched and unimaginable and put it in the palm of your hand with the greatest of ease. In his tales, he takes all that seems odd and make it everyday life. He moves the ‘norm’ off balance, keeping it at a short distance to help the strangeness blend and take form.

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#SpotlightWednesday – Second Coming

Title: SECOND COMING
Author: D. B. Borton
Publisher: Boomerang Books

About the Book

In SECOND COMING, Hank Jones isn’t kidnapped by aliens. He goes voluntarily. What does he have to lose? It’s spring break. His freshman comp students have taken their bad grammar and bad attitudes to Florida. His dissertation, a semiotic study of package labeling in the 40s and 50s, is going nowhere. And his ex is sleeping with his dissertation director. So when two aliens walk into a bar in Bloomington, Indiana, looking for directions, he’s their man.

And they need help, that’s clear.  It’s 2007, and they haven’t visited Earth since the 1950s, so their cultural information, like their clothing and their language, is sadly outdated. The android who’s had an Elvis makeover doesn’t even know that his idol is dead.

Hank finds himself riding shotgun to Washington and acting as consultant on a mission to save the Earth from annihilation. Underqualified, he persuades his new friends to hire an entourage of political consultants, security guards, and stylists to help them deliver their warning against nuclear deployment in space. The good news is that the spacemen soon acquire a long list of Facebook friends and blog followers, and a hotel suite full of gifts, from home-baked chocolate chip cookies and promotional tee shirts to Elvis memorabilia. They score an invitation to the presidential ranch and appearances on Oprah and The Tonight Show. The bad news is that Americans would rather hear an off-key rendition of “Hound Dog” than a message about global destruction.

SECOND COMING is a  comic novel not so much about space aliens but about celebrity in 21st-century America, the seductiveness of consumer culture, the self-destructiveness of the human race, and the very human pleasures of friendship, dogs, and rock ‘n roll.

About the Author

D. B. Borton lives in a small Midwestern college town, where she teaches writing, film, and literature at Ohio Wesleyan University.  She has published eleven mystery novels in two series, the Cat Caliban series (Berkley, Hilliard and Harris) and the Gilda Liberty series (Fawcett). As an academic writer, she has published work on film, women’s literature, and the supernatural; she is co-author of Haunting the House of Fiction: Feminist Perspectives on Ghost Stories by American Women and Ghost Stories by British and American Women. She has also written for Ms. magazine.

A native Texan, Borton became an ardent admirer of Nancy Drew at a young age.  At the age of fourteen, she acquired her own blue roadster, trained on the freeways of Houston and the broad stretches of oil-endowed Texas highway, and began her travels.  She also began a lifetime of political activism, working only for political candidates who lost.  She left Texas at about the time everyone else arrived.

In graduate school, Borton converted a lifetime of passionate reading and late-night movie-watching into a doctorate in English. She discovered that people would pay her to discuss literature and writing, although not much. But because she found young people interesting and entertaining and challenging, she became a college teacher, and has so far survived many generations of college students. Later, during a career crisis, she discovered that people would pay her to tell stories, although even less than they would pay her to discuss stories written by someone else.

Borton has lived in the Southwest and Midwest, and on the West Coast, where she has planted roses and collected three degrees in English without relinquishing her affection for and reliance on nonstandard dialects. In her spare time, she gardens, practices aikido, studies languages other than English, and, of course, watches movies and reads.

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#SpotlightFriday – Panther Across the Stars

Author: Lon Brett Coon
Book One of a planned two-part series

About the Book

A larger-than-life tale of one man’s courage, sacrifice, and unyielding defiance to fight for his peoples’ freedom against those that would take it, and in this great struggle he finds friendship with three alien beings fallen to Earth that stand with him.

He is Panther Across the Sky and his world is fading. He takes all the hurt and pain a lifetime gives him and stares into his soul to face the greatest master he will ever know. Just a man among a dying people, he inspires his kin beyond all limit of mind and body in their outstretched and desperate grasp for freedom against overwhelming odds and the mighty nation arisen to the east in the early 1800s – America.

And along the way, he forges a bond with three alien beings fallen to Earth from a distant star, the Jhagir. Together they must find the courage to rise up against the swirling dark sea of blue jackets, muskets, and cannon fire that comes for them. It will take all their strength and spirit, and cost them more than they know, to break back the angry waves of a young nation that would devour a people and wash them away forever. And just maybe, Panther Across the Sky and the Jhagir can give rise to a peoples’ real hope for today . . . and what is to come.

About the Author

The author lives in Syracuse, New York with his beautiful wife, two spirited daughters, and two fiercely independent cats that remind him every day of the breathless joy of finding your freedom . . . even if only for a little while. He hopes to write tales worth reading by exploring the hidden places of the world, on both the outside and within.

 

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#SpotlightWednesday – Tempus

Author: M.N. Payne
Series: Tempus Saga Book 1

To most, Tempus only exists in children’s stories, but to Cara Vair, it’s her destiny.

Cara knows where her future lies, the Citadel, where the elite of her society live. All she has to do is make it through the Proving and because of a unique characteristic, she has no fear of accomplishing her goal. So she thought. Her solitary childhood hadn’t prepared her for the real world or for Alaric Chambers.

Realizing survival means she must fight, Cara tries to force those away who wish to help her. That is until she finds there are some things she can never escape. Death, love, and Tempus.

About the Author

M.N. Payne graduated from Ashford University and lives with her husband, whom she met while in the military, and her two children in Charleston SC. Tempus, inspired by the author’s love for technology, is Payne’s first published novel.

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#SpotlightThursday – Transcendence

Author: Benjamin Wilkins
Publisher: Wilson Boulevard Press
Series: Chronicles from the Long Apocalypse: Book One

About the Book

Berserkers can be anyone. Your mother. Daughter. That cute barista at Starbucks. You could even be one yourself, and not know it – until you wake up covered in blood, surrounded by the bodies of your victims.

Humanity is self-destructing and the monsters hiding within us are now tearing their way out. Emmett Kessler must escape the prison cell he’s been left to die in. His daughters, Jennifer and Bobby-Leigh, must escape the wrath of a merciless soldier, after Jennifer berserks out and rips apart the battle-hardened man’s son.

Transcendence is the first installment of The Chronicles of the Long Apocalypse. If you like dark visions of the future and girls who kickass, this incredible post-apocalyptic thriller will rip your heart out, and leave you begging for more.

Find a safe place. Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable. The world has been ending for a while now, but it still has a long way to go.

About the Author

Benjamin Wilkins worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles for over a decade and even managed to write, direct, and produce a little no-budget indie feature film entitled Pretty Dead, hailed by Dread Central as “The movie Paranormal Activity should have been: Intelligent, unique and completely enthralling.” Then he had a kid and more or less turned his back on the Hollywood scene. He now works with the David Lynch MFA Film Program at the Maharishi University of Management and writes and lives in Fairfield, Iowa, with his wife, son, and their two pugs.

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#SpotlightTuesday – Lost Coast Rocket

Author: Joel Horn
Publisher: Independent
Series: Mare Tranquillitatis – Book 1

About the Book

Rockets are in Ken’s DNA. At an early age, he develops a friendship with Akira, a boy who shares his passion for astronautics. While both are child prodigies, Akira does well in private school but Ken rebels against structured education. The unlikely duo draws together a small group of rocketeers, meeting in the shop behind Ken’s house.

A tragic event at eight years of age haunts Ken through his growing-up years and shapes his destiny. As fate would have it, the girl at the center of the traumatic experience joins Ken’s rocket club, unaware of their shared history. Will Ken tell Dawn that he is the boy she seeks?

As the group reaches their teen years, their rocket designs start pushing legal boundaries, culminating in an event that puts them in the crosshairs of an FBI investigator. To protect his friends and seek refuge from his past, Ken devises an escape plan that confounds the authorities and the world.

About the Author

Barely five years old when his family moved from southern California to the wilderness, Joel Horn and his two brothers grew up in the rugged Trinity Alps, learning how to do the numerous and varied tasks necessary for survival while carving out a life in the remote paradise they dubbed the Flat. Living this self-reliant life and tutored by the best of teachers, their dad, and hands-on experience, they achieved a level of self-sufficiency rarely seen in modern times.

Joel is a veteran with three deployments during his 20 years as a UH-1 and UH-60 crew chief in the California National Guard. In addition to writing, Joel is also an artist and jeweler and works from home in the family businesses, Horn’s Jewelry and Rock Climbing Jewelry. Joel continues to live on the Flat today, with his wife of two-plus decades and his brothers close by.

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#SpotlightFriday – Icon-Violet

Author: Simon Fay
Publisher: Independent

About the Book

At the far reaches of space, Violet has been betrayed by Yellow and left to certain death. Once, they shared a common pool of memories. Now, Yellow has destroyed their bond. Defeated in the brutal confrontation, Violet makes a vow of tracking down its fugitive twin, and so starts a journey to solve the puzzle of why the rift between them happened, whereupon questions of fate will force them to confront mistakes that continue to haunt them both… Icon-Violet, a THRILLING new science fiction mystery from Simon Fay.

About the Author

Simon Fay was born in Dublin. He is the author of numerous books and short stories including BULK, a demented tragic comedy of enormous proportions, and People in Season, a prize-winning literary novel in his native Ireland.

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