I love scifi fantasy (Science Fiction with a Fantasy element, or something that makes it different from the normal space opera out there). What am I talking about? Stuff like Star Wars – those Jedi do magic. Admit it.
So I wanted to share some recent scifi books I’ve checked out / think are awesome, BECAUSE of these other elements. Also, I’ve included links to hear interviews with each of these authors!
1. Michael Anderle’s KURTHERIAN GAMBIT
2. Glynn Stewart’s STARSHIP’S MAGE
3. Michael-Scott Earle’s STAR JUSTICE
4. J.A. Cipriano’s WITCHING ON A STARSHIP
5. Brandon Barr’s SONG OF THE WORLDS
6. Chris Fox’s MAGICTECH CHRONICLES
7. ME! (VARIOUS)
I have some fun ones out and more to come soon. If you’re interested in time travel and magic in a Space Marine series, check out the Syndicate War books (with George Mahaffey and Kyle Noe). My vampire and Were series, Reclaiming honor, is about to go to space, AND I’m launching a solo series in September that is scifi magic, probably closest to Glynn Stewart’s scifi fantasy above.
Did you see that I got a new cover for my Hidden Magic Chronicles book 1? It’s the one on the left here – I have a great one for book 3 too, but you’ll have to wait for the cover reveal and snippets to start coming in September 🙂 Stay tuned!
And guess what? Tim Gerard Reynolds is narrating the series! He’s amazing, and has done series by R.A. Salvatore, Mark Lawrence, and other greats. Coming before the end of the year!
The Truth will set you free, but what happens when the Truth is a Lie?
In case you didn’t hear yet, SHADES OF LIGHT is now live! My latest fantasy book release is on Amazon for only $2.99, and is #1 in Medieval Fantasy and Arthurian Fantasy (600 overall Amazon!).
Michael and I wrote this together as part of the new KGU spinoff, AGE OF MAGIC, which CM Raymond and Le Barbant started. Mine is a spinoff that takes place in what used to be Scotland, and follows a brother and sister as they battle with the concept of magic and who to trust.
It’s been a lot of fun, and watching the reviews come in has been quite fun (except one, some person who seems totally lost as the review has nothing to do with the book).
So… I decided to set up a fun game around the new release. Below you can grab a free short ebook, enter Amazon giveaways, and help spread the word — all free — to enter to win an Shades of Light ebook and $25 Amazon gift card! Just because I love you all and appreciate your help in spreading the word.
CONGRATS TO BLYTHE J! You won 🙂 I’ll email you about your prize. Thank you to all who played!
Win Shades of Light and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
UNEDITED – (NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON – AND KINDLE UNLIMITED)
Rhona followed closely behind her brother, pulling her dress up over her ankles to avoid tripping as they descended the stairs. This was foolish, she knew, but she had to admit that her curiosity was piqued. On top of that, they had the warlock locked up, so what could go wrong?
The stairs led to the servants’ hallways, many of whom were sticking their heads out in curiosity at the sound of fighting above.
“Return to your rooms,” Alastar commanded, storming past.
Rhona did her best to keep up, but her dress made it hard to move swiftly, and more, the servants weren’t listening to Alastar’s command. Instead, they crowded into the hall with questions about what was happening, hindering their progress.
At the end of the hall, stairways led to the dungeon—a result of transforming this former basement from an old Church ruins into the dungeon.
Rhona turned and shouted, “We’re under attack! Get to your rooms and lock up if you want to live!”
That got their attention, and soon the hallway was empty.
Alastar looked back at her and laughed. “Couldn’t you have done that before we walked through them all?” (more…)
Flames burst forth from the farmhouse, the same one Rhona’s brother had entered just moments before. Alastar, ever the hero, had drawn his sword and gone charging in mere seconds before, leaving her to hide far away from trouble.
Clearly, that wasn’t an option. Not when he could be in danger.
She worked her way around the farmhouse, searching for a way in. A scream sounded, then the grunt of a man, and she decided it wasn’t time to be timid. She ran for the open doors Alastar had rushed through, in spite of the black smoke that billowed forth.
The sight froze her in her tracks—her brother in his white and gold armor, his white cloak smoldering at the edges, circling a man in the black and green plaid of Clan Buchan, the fire users.
She had studied the various clans and what magic they used, at least to the extent that the paladins had been able to chronicle it in their war against the evils of magic.
Her first thought was to jump in and help her brother, but the warlock spun, hands pushing out, and a wall of flame came at Alastar that caused him to leap back and call upon the blessings of Saint Rodrick for protection.
Watching the shield of light that formed between her brother and the wall of flames, she knew this wasn’t her fight. But when a figure caught her eye, a cowering woman in the corner, she knew she could at least help her. She darted through the smoke, staying low in a crouched run, and knelt beside the woman. Her eyes were barely open, her breathing short. (more…)
UNEDITED – This is a snippet from my new book in the Age of Magic series with Michael Anderle. Follow the Facebook Page, check out the Rise of Magic books by Chris, Le, and Michael and enjoy! What you have here is the prologue, so… be sure to pay attention to the next one too (when the story really starts)
Larick reached the top of the hill before his fellow mystic, Volney, and therefore felt like the beauty of the view was his and his alone. They had traveled over land and sea to reach this spot, and as the wind whipped at Larick’s heavy robes, casting them about like thrashing waves, he felt as one with nature.
Spread out before him was Roneland, the top portion of an island divided since the Age of Madness. Remnants of a city, old ruins of buildings that once reached into the heavens from the days of technology toppled and largely covered in vines and earth in spots, some completely overgrown so that they appeared to be new hills.
The ghosts howled, though Larick knew it to be simply the wind blowing through those old ruins, as he had heard those same ghosts many times before. He stood with the sea behind him, the green, rolling hills flowing in every direction, with the highlands just visible, rising up in the distance.
Heavy breathing came from his right, pulling him from the moment. He turned to see Volney, a shorter man with a shaved head like Larick’s, but with piercing blue eyes. Though the man was less physically intimidating, when those eyes turned white the man was a force to be reckoned with.
“If only I could learn to simply levitate,” Volney said between breaths, holding his chest, “this would be so much simpler.”
“You know, brother,” Larick replied with a taunting smile, “you could also spend more time on the physical.”
“And lose time from my mental studies? Hardly.”
For the first time, Volney looked up at Roneland and all exhaustion melted from his expression, replaced with awe.
“This is the place?” he asked. “Where are all the people?”
“My records indicate we’ll not find them in, or even around, the cities. Here, from what I’m told, the people scattered, avoiding the cities and turmoil, holding their own in the mountains on the one hand, or creating great fortresses in the lowlands.” (more…)