Making Peace by Adam Lane Smith

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Making Peace is a new book out by a debut sci-fi and fantasy author today worth checking out. Adam has incredible talent with voice and character, and this reads like a book by someone who’s a veteran writer.

You’ll note I already gave a blurb about the pacing and action. I read this over the Christmas break and it’s very well done. Do check it out!

Explosions, swordfights, psychology, and humor combine in this unique sci-fi/fantasy blend! It’s sword and sorcery on a dystopian colony planet.  

Interstellar romance author Belkan Candor has had a string of bestsellers, and his latest hit, My Mech, My Love, is flying off store shelves. When he takes a job as an embedded journalist with a peacekeeping organization, he expects a plush assignment with a big payout. What he gets is an exposé into human trauma and psychological pain, and a twisted conspiracy on an entire planet looking to stay off the grid. 

Swords are swinging and magic is flinging, and Belkan is right in the center of it. Assassins, serial killers, prostitutes, and obsessed romance novel fans collide in a web of intrigue and violence which threatens to tear his world apart. 
Will he survive, or will this novel be the death of him?
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Friends Friday: Devastator by Jason Cordova

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Last week I announced I’d be doing guest blogs every Friday to highlight some other authors in the field. With the craziness of the last week, a broken link to the email I was supposed to have those sent to (whoops! sorry anyone who tried to submit), I haven’t had time to coordinate with anyone.

However, I’d like to promote my good friend Jason Cordova. He’s one of the finest Hispanic authors in the field, and a wonderful person. I’m actually currently listening to his Wraithkin via audiobook right now, and it’s a lot of fun.

He just came out with a book today, Devastator, book 2 in his “the Warp” series. This is YA Sci-Fi and I definitely can’t wait to check out this series when I’m done with Wraithkin.

Check it out here.

Summary:

The Warp is perfectly safe, its creators claimed.

After the events which took place one year before, the last thing Tori Adams wanted was to go back into The Warp. She enjoyed college and the challenges it brought. She had no desire to set foot into the virtual reality realm ever again. Life moved on, and The Warp changed for the better as improvements were made.

The Nexus was a new login realm that allowed for gamers to avoid being stuck in-game for too long. The alpha testing had gone fine, but when the open beta testing began for the Nexus, it turned on—and stayed on. Nobody could explain it, and WarpSoft did everything in their power to shut it down. Unable to investigate from without, they asked Tori to go back in to find out what was keeping the Nexus online. She’s convinced it’s nothing more than a computer glitch. WarpSoft agreed with her, but…

What if something—or someone—far more dangerous was behind it?

There was only one way to find out.

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Book Blast: Damnation’s Robot by Aaron Crash

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Damnation Robot

Part of being where I’m at now is getting messages of some very cool fiction that’s coming down the pipeline. Damnation Robot is one of those. I don’t think I ever would have discovered Aaron Crash without someone bringing him to my attention, and I would have missed out! This isn’t someone I know personally, but the writer certainly has a lot of talent. What a fun Military SF romp. It should definitely appeal to the folk who read me.

Description:

In an infinite universe, evil knows no limits …

When a black hole exploded, killing Blaze and Elle’s father and opening the demonic Onyx Gate, they had no idea how much their lives would change. 

Now, thirty years later, Blaze is a highly trained astral Marine, and Elle is a powerful Onyx witch. Together, the siblings have formed an uneasy alliance with a misfit crew of aliens and monsters to track down demons, snare ghosts, and destroy hellish creatures bent on murder—all to discover how to close the Onyx Gate for good. 

There’s just one problem. A demon-possessed robot has infiltrated their starship, the Lizzie Borden, and a vicious coven of stellar vampires have stranded them in a graveyard of ships at the edge of known space. All the while, an unimaginable evil is brewing—one they cannot possibly destroy.

“Damnation Robot is a phenomenal mashup of Dresden Files, Firefly, and Warhammer 40K in a fast-paced, shoot-‘em-up, thrill ride that will leave you reading late into the night.” –James A. Hunter, Author of the Yancy Lazarus Series and Viridian Gate Online

Check it out here.

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The Super Hype Jon Del Arroz Book Of The Year

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I read a lot of great books this year. It makes it exceedingly hard for me to choose one or even do a top five like I am prone to doing. Of course, then it’d be just as easy to name one of my own books as book of the year, I mean I am rather partial to those…

But over the course of all of my reading, one book really stood out to me. Even though it’s been about 6 months since I read it, the book is fresh in my mind. The characterizations were so visceral, the worldbuilding so tight. It opened in a very unique battle sequence which was very intense, where unlike most fantasy/mil-sf I read, I felt the characters were in  overwhelming danger and not going to get out of it. The book took such a brave 180 as it got further into it, transitioning to another kind of battle — the battle for the main character’s heart.

Just the pure breadth and depth of this story meant it had so much to offer. The author has such a depth of connecting with character that it makes it hard to put it down once I started reading, all of which is positive.

And so… I decree the book of the year 2017 to be Wandfasted by Laurie Forest. It’s billed as a novella, but it’s really about the length of a short novel.

It’s a prequel to The Black Witch, and actually I believe was released more as a promotional tool for that book. It really stands on its own and I feel is superior to the main book it’s meant to support. Where I felt TBW bogged down with some pacing issues in the middle, this book was about perfect on that level. I keep saying Laurie is someone to pay attention to as THE NEXT BIG NAME IN FANTASY. If she keeps up work like this, she may be hailed as one of the greats sooner rather than later.

Wandfasted is available only via ebook, though I think her publisher should look into doing a limited edition hardbound run. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Wandfasted-Black-Chronicles-Laurie-Forest-ebook/dp/B01N00Y9X9

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Books For Success

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A lot of people ask me about my strategies, tactics, marketing and just general life advice these days. I don’t really read direct “marketing” or “social media strategy” books. Most of those have platitudes that don’t look at general larger scopes or battles. I tend to want to take a global perspective of things rather than pay attention to minutiae. If you have sound strategy that can apply to different situations, you’ll know to adjust your tactics accordingly. These books all offer that.

I read a lot of books but there’s several that really shape the foundation of what I do:

  1. The Holy Bible. You should be reading this every day. Get on it. It needs no explanation other than God literally came down to earth, was tortured and brutally murdered in order to act as a sacrifice to save your eternal soul. That kind of selflessness in the name of love is why we fight and what we want to preserve. Learn.
  2. Rules For Radicals by Sal Alinsky. This is your step by step tactics guide for successful guerrilla revolution. Doesn’t matter what field it’s in, it’s very good.
  3. SJWs Always Lie by Vox Day. This goes deep into what the enemy of the west is thinking, and how they act. He gives ways to guard against their actions and signs to look for.
  4. The Art Of The Deal – Donald J. Trump. He is the master of persuasion and making deals. Get into a business mindset by thinking like the top business leaders. You do that by seeing how they work and live.
  5. Influence by Robert Cialdini. This is one of the leading books of all time on the topic of persuasion. It will help you hone your marketing, social interactions, whatever you’re looking at accomplishing. It’s very important stuff.
  6. Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich. Mindset is life. I don’t just say this because it’s his tagline, but because it’s true. You gotta get yourself motivated and learn to talk to yourself successfully if you want to be a success.
  7. How To Fail At Everything And Still Win Big by Scott Adams. This is the life story of the Dilbert creator turned political commentator. He talks a lot about using systems for success rather than creating goals that create black and white win/loss situations. I use this a lot in the way I influence if you might notice. Very useful stuff.
  8. 4th Generation Warfare Handbook by William S. Lind. This ties into Rules For Radicals in some ways, but it talks about military strategy and tactics in a decentralized world where media and perception is everything. A lot of good applications for marketing.

That should be enough to get you started! But if you’re looking for fun fiction to just be an escape and give you the good times like fantasy books used to do, check out For Steam And Country. A lot of people are loving it!

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Brian Niemeier’s The Ophian Rising Is Out Today!

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Brian is an amazing author, a Dragon Award winner for his Soul Cycle series. His 4th book in the series is out today. I’m also promoting his book on my mailing list here shortly, in which you can get a free novella from me when the post goes out in a bit!
Synopsis of Brian’s new book:

The Zadokim healed the cosmos from the ravages of the Cataclysm, and the survivors made them kings. Now the Ophians, a ruthless insurgent movement, wage a vicious uprising against their immortal rulers’ two hundred year reign.

Xander and Astlin have transformed the desert world of Tharis into the hub of a flourishing trade empire. Their Nesshin subjects spread a new faith promising true freedom in another universe. But when Astlin seeks forbidden knowledge to resurrect her long-dead family, sinister forces exact a terrible price from those she loves.

With the Ophian threat engulfing the spheres and a primeval terror rising from its prison, Astlin must turn to a shiftless gambler, the outlaw squire of a fallen knight, and a mismatched pair of smugglers to escape the ghosts of her past and save all souls from eternal death. But can mortals succeed where even gods have failed?

Do check it out. And if you like the way Brian and I write, consider supporting my Patreon. A new short story every month and a lot of other cool content in the pipeline! Every bit helps keep this engine going.

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Cirsova 2018 Kickstarter Is Live

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If you’ve been around a bit, you’ve probably seen me gush about Cirsova Magazine. I probably shouldn’t say it’s my favorite short fiction magazine, as StoryHack and Astounding Frontiers actually bought stories from me… but let’s just say it’s one of my top three :).

Regardless, when a new Cirsova issue comes out, I read it immediately all the way through. They’ve got some of the best action/adventure stories out there and each issue has gotten better than the last.

My review of Issue 5: http://delarroz.com/?p=851

My review of Issue 6: http://delarroz.com/?p=1367

My interview with editor P. Alexander from early last year: http://delarroz.com/?p=389

“m particularly excited about Issue #7 because they have a story from Dominika Lein, who you also might have seen me gushing about these last several months.

I’ve already backed this, of course, and I highly recommend you do as well. I know I promote a lot of content I see, but this is how we reshape culture by stopping buying our habitual products and supporting something great. Check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1161542777/cirsova-2018-spring-summer-subscription

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Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale!

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The Lasers Dragons And Keyboards Podcast (great book podcast run by great people) coordinated several authors for a four-day sale. Superversive Press is joining in on this, and added my books For Steam And Country and Gravity Of The Game to the list. If you haven’t checked them out, now’s a great time. If you have, let your friends know!

On sale at $2.99 ebook:

On sale for only 99 cents ebook:

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The Awful Truth About Forgetting

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Yeah I may have clikcbaited you a little bit with the title. But it worked. You’re reading. I’m not going to do a blog about forgetting (of which I really do have a terrible long-term memory),  but about a book titled The Awful Truth About Forgetting. I mentioned it briefly in the links in the blog yesterday, but it’s out today, by L. Jagi Lamplighter.

Jagi is really one of the kindest, coolest people in the entire industry. When I first came on the scene and I was outing the problems i was having, Jagi was the person who spoke to me, who helped me edit a couple of my posts so they were quality, who ensured her husband John promoted my novels on his excellent blog. She’s been there every step of the way for me in friendship, and is a true treasure of a person. I refer to her as the Patron Saint of Science Fiiction. She works hard on behalf of the genre and so selflessly, and that’s a large part of the reason i’ve pushed the Unexpected Enlightenment series.

The other part is that this is a YA wizard school series, but done a lot better than other books in the genre. It follows a girl named Rachel Griffin who is attending the Roanoke Academy for Sorcerous Arts. Rachel is all about her smarts and wits, which makes for a more compelling character than most.

The title of book four harkens back to the very first chapter of book one, which was titled The Unexpected Benefits of Remembering. Rachel prides herself on remembering everything, and so this volume should be filled with unexpected twists and turns like none other.

Check out the book, or the whole series if you haven’t. It’s out today.

https://www.amazon.com/Awful-Truth-Forgetting-Unexpected-Enlightenment-ebook/dp/B076J2MZPX/

And we’re doing a Facebook party this afternoon, where I’ll be participating and hanging out. It’ll be a lot of fun and there’s a ton of giveaways including books by me. Check it out if you’re on the platform.

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Happy #MAGADay!

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One year ago we s tarted winning  again. Is it any wonder my debut novel came out the asme week the God-Emperor fulfilled his prophecy to ascend to the Cherry Blossom thrown?

Well on the one year anniversary of all the hard work we put into our memes, which became reality to Make America Great Again, we have a treat for you.

Some of the only pop culture out there to celebrate this glorious day. It’s called MAGA 2020 and it features stories by some of the best in the business like John C. Wright and Brad Toregerson, along with some amazing essays by political philosophers like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ivan Throne.  Oh yes, and it has a story from the leading Hispanic voice in Science Fiction — Jon Del Arroz. It’s aptly titled ‘Winning Is What We Do.”

Do check it out and make this your gleeful look into the future so you can enjoy MAGADay with the rest of us:

https://www.amazon.com/MAGA-2020-Beyond-Milo-Yiannopoulos-ebook/dp/B075YF99P4

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