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Justin Sloan, author of the Shadow Corps series, is going to be joining us this Saturday (May 11) for an AMA! (ask me anything) Five randomly selected people who participate over the weekend will also be eligible to receive one of his Shadow Corps kindle ebooks for free!
Ask him questions about what it’s like being a full-time author, how he got started as an author, how long it took him to go full-time, or even about writing tips!
The heroine of Shadow Corps is like Thor in an Ironman suit in space, with a massive gun and sword. Where did he get the idea of writing about superpowers in space? What was the inspiration for the heroine of the story? Feel free to ask him this weekend!
The first two books in the Blood Runners trilogy are live, the last coming in less than two weeks! So far, readers are loving the books. How about you?
Check out these Blood Runners reviews:
★★★★★ I liked the cover and the blurb. It’s lite GameLit that’s heavy on the story. Absolution has something I’ve been missing in LitRPG and GameLit that I used to have in tabletop games that I used to GM: Characters running for their lives. Dodging disasters. Getting knocked down, beaten up and then running like hell to reach the next breather. They are surrounded by overpowering enemies, jumping at shadows and entering the zone to thread the needle where they are alive at the end. I loved that about this book. Great word building. Gaming stuff that stays in the background but never forgotten, XP gains during fights where it doesn’t break the flow but a natural part of the world. It looks seamless for me.
Reminds me of Logan’s run, Running Man, Escape from New York and oddly Ready Player One.
Including my favorite quote with permission from one of the author’s because I thought it was cool:
Longman hated leather straps. They just didn’t wear as well as synthetic materials and the inner fibers, when splashed with blood, seemed to somehow separate and pull apart. The straps holding Moses O’Shea to the wooden chair were double-strength nylon. The kind used back in the glorious days of enhanced interrogation. They would hold.
I just loved that attention to detail. It reminded me of Dexter making sure his tools were in order. So I loved this book. The book was exciting and absorbing all the way through (the authors are both pros at this). I very much recommend this one.
- Ian Mitchell, Amazon Reviewer
Thanks for the reviews! It’s always good to see my work appreciated, and in this case the reviewers seem to be hitting it spot on. These KILL CODE reviews demonstrate the idea of the book, so I wanted to give them a shoutout:
★★★★★ “Retro gaming meets VR gamelit”
This was a really fun listen. I really liked how old school games and beloved characters were not only a big part of the plot, but made appearances and helped out. Definitely similar to Ready Player One with the retro gaming nostalgia, but a classic stuck in the game LitRPG with high stakes. Excited for the next book and where it goes from here.
In a world where war would result in complete annihilation, proxy war by simulation is the new way.
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When a Marine turned video gamer is recalled for the world’s first virtual war, he learns the sim has been hacked. What follows is a crazy adventure of one Marine searching for survivors, battling mechs, and finding abnormalities in the sim that tie back to his old-school days as a gamer. His only help comes in the form of three badass warrior ladies, and two of them are characters from his favorite games.
It’s up to him and his new friends to win this war, or die trying.
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With the advent of new technologies the world powers are unable to conduct wars in the traditional sense. Instant and mutually assured destruction is the norm so wars are now fought virtually in the form of Virtual Reality Role Play Games. The idea is each side has a set number with minimal weapons and the last player standing wins. Nice, neat, clean, and non-lethal….or is it? (more…)
I’ve been listening back through the Shadow Corps books as I outline book four, and it’s funny how, when I wrote them, I didn’t think of them as Gamelit. I was just writing what I thought would be fun. Then I got reviews saying they were LitRGP, and I was confused. Anyway, reading this now… I see why. Check it out.
A SciFI Gamelit Snippet:
She threw herself at the bastards, quickly destroying them, then stepped back and looked down. The sword glowed to its full potential, and her last blue circle filled in.
A rush of energy filled her, tingling up from the suit. She felt it growing thicker, stronger… better.
As if she had just leveled up. Holy shit. This was too much fun. She checked, and sure enough, the lights had reset back at zero.
With a new zest for the fight, she charged into the cavern, her battle cry piercing the darkness. Now the creatures were falling left and right, but she noticed that the blue lights weren’t filling up quite as fast as before. When she came to a fork in the tunnels, a light appeared inches from her face and she nearly stumbled back, not expecting that. (more…)
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Stealth is an elite among elites. This Marine wanted to be on the front line of expansion into space, and now he is. Only the hacker organization known as The Looking Glass stands against them, trying to pull apart all of his team’s progress, all they believe in.
Alice was told that her husband was dead, a month after he went up to space. Now she’s formed a team of technical assassins dedicated to taking down New Origins, the corporation in charge of the station, if she doesn’t get answers. Someone has to hold them accountable–even if it means going up against an army of genetically engineered super soldiers.
Neither will stop until they have justice.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Everyone should be reading Will Wight. Here’s why I’m so adamant: For me, it was Will’s books that got me into self-publishing.
I was a snob, kind of, having been through the Johns Hopkins MA in writing program and then working at Telltale as a writer. At the time, I’d go to writing conferences and submit to traditional agents, thinking that was the only way to go. Asking my friends for great books to read while waiting for the next Game of Thrones, someone recommended a Will Wight book, and I was blown away. Not only was it amazing, super fun, and one of the most well-thought out fantasy books I had read in a long time, it was self-published!
That book was the first in the Traveler’s Gate trilogy, and I’ve loved all of his books since then. He even got on the phone with me a couple times back then, before I’d published anything, and been super supportive. He inspired me, and his books continue to make me smile, to help me through tough times. Not that my life is tough — it’s amazing, because of readers like you… and that’s, as I said, in large part thanks to Will. One big happy circle.
All that said, he recently published the 6th book in his Cradle series, and it has been kicking major butt on Amazon. Up to number two in the whole store, I hear. WOWSERS! Apparently, everyone else agrees with me that Will Wight is one of the top authors out there. Not just in fantasy, but overall.
So if you haven’t yet, give his books a chance. You’ll love them!
Grab Will’s books on Amazon HERE.
If you’re reading author Justin Sloan’s science fiction, space fantasy, or SciFi Gamelit, this is the group for you!
NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON! – “Ready Player One meets Halo, with a touch of Wreck-it Ralph.”
“Ten… Nine… Eight…” The Marines were calling out the numbers along with the screen, and when we hit one, the screen lit up with fireworks over the White House, illuminating the crowds cheering us on.
All around the world people were tuning in, preparing to watch the first simulated war in history. Here I was, playing my part in it. A final look around the room showed anticipation, bravery… the world’s finest.
The headsets went on, and I was back in blackness. The light flashed a couple of times, then vanished.
The smell of pines hit me first, then a gust of wind brought a scent like fresh rain. A moon shone down on us from the middle of the sky, reflecting off the damp grass at our feet. It was all so real. I knelt, taking off my glove, and could feel the grass, smooth and sharp to the touch.
“You going to make love to this place, or come fight the war with me?” Relic said, grinning at my side. (more…)