Gravitational Attraction Launch Party

July 21, 2014

Hi all! Angel Martinez here, stealing the blog today!

My science fiction novel, Gravitational Attraction, releases today – 7/21/14 – and I’m super excited. Stay with me for all sorts of SF goodness and maybe even a giveaway along the way ;)

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A mysterious distress call draws the crew of courier ship Hermes to what appears to be an empty, drifting troop vessel–empty except for the blood and gore spattered corridors and a lone survivor locked in a holding cell. Drawn to the handsome, traumatized man, the crew’s comm officer, Isaac Ozawa, makes Turk his personal responsibility, offering him the kindness and warmth he needs after the horror he experienced.

Isaac knows firsthand what it’s like to be different and an outcast, and this cements their bond. Once a promising pilot, Isaac was left with a damaged body when his brain didn’t meld with the high-tech implant needed to fly fighter ships. Turk’s brain is no better. The result of a military experiment gone wrong, his natural abilities have been augmented to a dangerous degree.

When an amoral, power-hungry admiral kidnaps Isaac and uses him to convince Turk to become the cataclysmic weapon he’s hungered for, it will take Turk’s strength, the ingenuity of the Hermes crew, the help of the enigmatic Drak’tar, and Isaac’s own stubborn will to save them.

Don’t forget the discount code: Martinez0720

Good at the Dreamspinner website until the end of Tuesday for this release!

THE BREAK-IN Release Party: Goodnight Excerpt from Aidee

June 18, 2014

Hi!

Well, it’s been fun, but I’m signing off for the night. I hope you all entered my Rafflecopter giveaway. If not, click here.

To send you off, here’s one more excerpt from my new novella, THE BREAK-IN. I hope you enjoy it.

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THE BREAK-IN Release Party: Thoughts on Time Travel

June 18, 2014

Hi!

It’s Aidee again, back to talk about Time Travel (since my story THE BREAK-IN features time traveling characters).

Time Travel holds a special place in my heart. It’s perilously close to being something that I just don’t believe in and yet something I want to believe in.

Scientifically, we can look into the past right this moment and see things happening decades, centuries, millennia ago. Just look up at the stars. That light had to travel all the way across the galaxy to get to us and it originated a while ago.

We also have photo, video, and fossil records to tell us about the past. All of those things can allow us to travel back in time in our imagination.

But what about the future?  We only have predictions and science fiction for that. There’s no real way to travel forwards in time right now or physically backwards. And if we did, would we somehow be able to kill our own grandfather and then negate our own existence? Or would we split off from our original timeline and be creating a new one, one where our grandfather wasn’t really our grandfather, and yet we were still born?

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My favorite theory of time travel involves wormholes (fun fact – my favorite form of space travel is also by wormhole). Since a wormhole can connect two very specific places in spacetime, theoretically, you could pick both the place and the time that you arrive at–instant time travel.

Of course then you have the whole noodle effect (or spaghettification) that you have to go through to pass into and back out of a wormhole. Due to the gravity inside the wormhole, you’ll be stretched out like a long spaghetti noodle by the time you arrive. But you know, if I’m taller, I’ll be able to reach the shelves at the top of the cabinet.

Okay [rubs hands together] who’s up for Italian?

 

THE BREAK-IN Release Party: And Now For An Excerpt From The BREAK-IN

June 18, 2014

I thought you might like a short excerpt from my novella, THE BREAK-IN.

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There’s also a Rafflecopter giveaway. Check it out!

 

 

THE BREAK-IN Release Party: Five Quirky Things about Forbes and Oliver

June 18, 2014

Hi!

It’s Aidee, again.

My characters, like me, are a little quirky, a little unique. Here are some things you might not know about them despite reading their first story “The Applicant” and the new novella, THE BREAK-IN.

Five Quirky Things About Dr. Forbes Pohle

1.  Forbes prefers to wear pants, not jeans. This probably has something to do with how he was raised. He was often put on display by his parents and therefore didn’t have a lot of casual playtime.

2.  Forbes finished his undergraduate college degree at 14 and had his second graduate degree at 18. He described attending classes as sitting next to giants who looked at him as if he was the experiment instead of whatever the instructor was cooking up in the front of the hall.robot

3.  Forbes has an unfortunate habit of building his friends instead of making them. He has always been more comfortable interacting with a robot or even a computer than interacting with humans. That is not to say he’s not competent at social interaction. He is quite adept at securing research grants and contracts to fund his work.

4.  Forbes’s house is located outside the city, not rural, but beyond the suburbs. It’s a very large house with its own attached laboratory. It also has a garden that he pays landscapers to keep for him. In the center of the garden is a fountain with a bench beside it where he likes to sit and think at dusk.

5.  Forbes still has a teddy bear robot shaped dent in his blast chamber door from when Future Oliver first time traveled back to meet him.

Five Quirky Things About Oliver Lennox

1. Oliver likes to dress in hacker chic: black t-shirt, hoodie, black jeans, red Chuck Taylors and black nail polish. But he’s not averse to wearing a leather jacket hand-me-down when he’s out on his motorcycle in the Fall and Winter.

2. Oliver’s favorite color is black (as evidenced by the clothes choices he makes) because he thinks of black like a rainbow. It’s what you get when all the colors are mixed together. One of his favorite childhood memories is of making a cake with his mom and being allowed to frost it himself. He added all the different food colorings in the bowl with the white icing and it made black frosting. It was the best tasting cake he ever ate.

3. Oliver has a tattoo of Newton’s gravity formula on the inside of his hip. He first read about Sir Isaac Newton in a partially torn children’s book that he found at the Hill Lake Farm Residential Center.

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4. Oliver lost both his mother and his stepfather in a car accident when he was a teenager. It was very late and his stepfather was tired when he lost control of the car and slammed into a concrete barrier. Oliver still wonders if his stepfather had been drinking that night.

5. Future Oliver has used Forbes’s time travel device more than the one time that Forbes is aware of. This will come back to bite both of them in the future.

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I hope you liked looking into a little bit of the history behind Forbes and Oliver. Is there anything you’d like to know? Favorite meal? Cats or Dogs? Zombies or Vampires?

 

 

Release Day Party – THE BREAK-IN by Aidee Ladnier

June 18, 2014

Hi!

I’m Aidee Ladnier and I’m so excited to be on the Dreamspinner Blog to celebrate the release of my very first standalone title, THE BREAK-IN.

I’ll be here for a few hours, posting goodies and answering any questions you might have about my roboticist and his favorite wayward programmer.  Leave a comment. Don’t be scared. :)

This is actually the second story of mine that includes Forbes and Oliver, but it’s definitely a standalone story. In the first story, “The Applicant”,  a young Forbes met an older and wiser Oliver, who he thought was applying for a research assistant position. In THE BREAK-IN, Forbes is now the old and wiser of the pair, with a young Oliver again at his door but this time trying to rob him. How will Oliver get past Jeepers the robot cat, and why does switching sides look so attractive when a hot roboticist is involved?

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Blurb:  Ten years ago, roboticist Forbes Pohle received a visit from time-traveler Oliver Lennox. “Wait for me,” Oliver said. Now a decade has come and gone, and Oliver has returned. However, Forbes never dreamed Oliver would reappear as the point man for a gang of technology thieves breaking into his lab. He finds the younger Oliver just as sexy and even more annoying; still, he must convince him their happily-ever-after is meant to be—but he only has the time it takes his robotic cat Jeepers to thwart the thieves to do it. After waiting so long, he could lose everything in the span of seconds.

Don’t forget to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway!

 

 

Harmony Ink New Release: February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

Valhalla by Ari Bach

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

In 2330, war is obsolete and only brilliant minds are valued. Branded as a useless barbarian, Violet is about to learn the world needs her. Valhalla by Ari Bach, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Violet MacRae is one of the aimless millions crowding northern Scotland. In the year 2330, where war is obsolete and only brilliant minds are valued, she emerges into adulthood with more brawn than brains and a propensity for violence. People dismiss her as a relic, but world peace is more fragile than they know.

In Valhalla, a clandestine base hidden in an icy ravine, Violet connects with a group of outcasts just like her. There, she learns the skills she needs to keep the world safe from genetically enhanced criminals and traitors who threaten the first friends she’s ever known. She also meets Wulfgar Kray, a genius gang leader who knows her better than she knows herself and who would conquer the world to capture her.

Branded from childhood as a useless barbarian, Violet is about to learn the world needs her exactly as she is.

Length: Novel (330p.) | Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Lesbian | Release Date: February 13, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-719-6 ) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-718-9)

Harmony Ink New Release: February 6, 2014

February 7, 2014

Lessons on Destroying the World by Gene Gant

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Three days after dying, Micah awakens with godlike abilities. New friends ask him to impose Biblical rule, but he opposes the idea. Lessons on Destroying the World by Gene Gant, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Micah McGhee has struggled all his life against prejudice and abuse. Forced to drop out of school after the death of his mother, Micah works full time to support himself and his alcoholic father. One night, on his way home from a party, Micah’s hard life ends when he’s beaten to death by a street gang.

Three days later, Micah awakens with godlike abilities granted by the alien device that resurrected him. His work helping the downtrodden and performing miracles soon earns him worldwide attention—including the notice of conservative Reverend Vaughn Titus. Micah’s friends, devout Christians Antonio and Monica, along with Reverend Titus, urge Micah to use the power of the artifact to impose Biblical rule on the world. But Micah is all too familiar with how Christian law treats LGBT people, and he opposes the idea. When Antonio, Monica, and Reverend Titus gain access to the device, Micah must risk everything to stop them from forcing their religion onto everyone on earth.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Transgender | Release Date: February 6, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-793-6) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-792-9)

Harmony Ink New Release: September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013

All the Colors of Love by Jessica Freely

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Harry and Antonin’s odd families are vastly different. They find common ground, but if they’re to be a couple, they’ve got grim problems. All the Colors of Love by Jessica Freely, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

It sucks being the son of a super villain. At home, Harry spends half of his time getting medical treatments and the other half tied up in his father’s underwater lair. It was different when his mother was alive, but she disappeared when Harry was six. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble at school, and his new roommate, Antonin, thinks he’s a spaz, but somehow Harry has to find a way to stop his father’s evil plans.

Antonin Karganilla wants to become a comic book artist, but other than that, being gay is the most normal thing about him. His uncle is an aquatic plant man, his aunt is a molecular biologist back from the dead, and his mom is an overprotective pain in the butt. Antonin’s in boarding school and it’s starting to look like he and this Harry kid might have a lot in common… and that means a whole new set of problems.

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Science Fiction | Release Date: September 12, 2013

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-153-8) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-152-1)

New releases: August 7, 2013

August 7, 2013

Syrah by Nessa L. Warin

Can Royce and Shawn be happy with a secret relationship or is Shawn going to have to choose between his dream job and his dream guy? Syrah by Nessa L. Warin, available from Dreamspinner Press.

All Corked Up: Book One

All Shawn Neale is looking for when he stumbles into All Corked Up on Christmas Eve is some wine recommendations. What he finds is an instant attraction to Royce Wilkinson, the shop’s owner. After a few weeks of flirting during shopping and some semi-dates at Royce’s wine tastings, they decide on a real date. It goes well, but life isn’t that simple.

Shawn wants to buy Delicto, the local pub he manages. He’s been planning his life around this for years, but when the owner, who believes being gay is an illness, discovers Shawn went out with Royce, he gives Shawn an ultimatum: stop dating guys or he won’t get to buy Delicto. It’s a heartbreaking quandary: Can Royce and Shawn be happy with a secret relationship until Shawn buys Delicto or is Shawn going to have to choose between his dream job and his dream guy?

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-031-9) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-030-2)

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Taking Chances by John Goode

Matt and Tyler are both running from the past—and each other—requiring some reverse engineering to actually spur any relationship. Taking Chances by John Goode, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Tales From Foster High Story

Fearing the backlash of living as a gay man in Foster, Texas, Matt Wallace runs away to California, only to find it isn’t the Promised Land he’d hoped for. Christmas sees Matt returning to Foster, where he bumps into his old flame, high school jock Tyler Parker.

Now that they’re older, it doesn’t take Matt too long to figure out that love at first sight is a very real thing. The only problem is neither Matt nor Tyler seems to know what to do after that. They’re both running from the past—and each other—requiring some reverse engineering to actually spur the relationship past the false start.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Humor | Release Date: August 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-059-3) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-058-6)

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Blessed Curses by Madeleine Ribbon

Vaughn loves solving supposedly irreversible curses like David’s—and then he falls for David, who can’t quite keep his distance. Blessed Curses by Madeleine Ribbon, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Though he’s a sorcerer with a talent for creating blessings, David can do very little with any other magic. He works the night shift for his cousin’s magical supply shop because he’s cursed—his brother did it when they were kids—and now people can’t stand to be near David since he inspires irrational fear. Many experts have tried to remove it, but the curse has proven completely binding. Then David meets Vaughn at his brother’s wedding.

Vaughn works for the magical enforcers, picking apart complex curses and making sure sorcerers stay within the law. He has the ability to dampen magical effects around him and loves solving supposedly irreversible curses like David’s. He quickly develops a more personal interest in David. Despite the distance David attempts to keep between them, he finally realizes when Vaughn is injured on the job that he doesn’t want to stay away anymore. But what about the curse?

Length: Novella (168p.) | Genre: Contemporary Fantasy | Release Date: August 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-057-9)

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Cashing The Reality Check by Lex Chase

With questions unanswered and emotions running high, Rook and Hogarth pursue a case right into a dangerous trap. Cashing The Reality Check by Lex Chase, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Checkmate: Book Two; Sequel to Pawn Takes Rook

Even after eleven months of keeping the mean streets of Axis City safe, superduo Checkmate—Hogarth Dawson—and his boyfriend, Memphis Rook, still receive the cold shoulder from the Power Alliance. Undeterred, Hogarth brings his intense focus to bear on Rook, and after Hogarth makes an accidental marriage proposal, it becomes all too clear Rook isn’t quite at the same place. But before life gets awkward, duty calls.

Booted-off female contestants of the romantic reality show Single and Super are being found in comas, and Checkmate needs to get to the bottom of it. As part of Rook’s plan, he cleans up his bad boy image and goes undercover as a bachelor looking for love among twenty-five frenzied women. Against Rook’s wishes, Hogarth sneaks onto the set as a cameraman to investigate the case on his own. With questions unanswered between them, emotions run high, distracting them and feeding a trap of their own making.

Length: Novella (138p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Humor | Release Date: August 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-060-9)