CLFA Book Of The Year Award Winning

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Thanks everyone for all your hard work in going out and voting on this. It was a really tough fight on this front, because every book on the list was 100% deserving. It was even harder on one front, because of dozens of votes coming in each day for both For Steam And Country and the already award winning Moira Greyland’s The Last Closet for a really good reason. And for that reason. we need to talk about The Last Closet and just how important of a book it is in this context.

The CLFA exists because the culture in publishing, most specifically in science fiction and fantasy, has become so extreme that if you step off the reservation with any idea outside of extreme leftist ideology, you will have one or two things occur to your entire writing career: 1. you will be completely ignored and shunned 2. they will run a whisper campaign to destroy you. It happens every time, and this is a support network which is incredible. I don’t think I’d be able to keep going without them.

The publishing elite’s hate is that extreme. It’s to the point now where conservatives who are known authors like myself or John Ringo are kicked out of conventions just so the left doesn’t have to even see that other people who make other ideas exist.

Moira Greyland has been fighting this battle as a vocal Christian and conservative for a long time. She is truly one of the pioneering heroes who fought the good fight before there was a network, before there was anyone there to support and say “you’re doing the right thing.” Moreover, she stepped up in the context of extreme abuse.

Her parents sexually abused her as a child, and within this very science fiction community that has perpetuated since then. And because of the identity politics being so extreme, instead of nurturing her and caring for Moira as a victim, they instead shun her and talk badly about her. Why? because Moira’s mother is an idol for the identarians, as a feminist and homosexual.

That’s all that matters to them. Your identity. If you have one wrong aspect to your identity, as I do as a Hispanic conservative, you become vilified like none other. Moira has experienced this over the course of her life, as she once was very involved in the science fiction convention scene as a wonderful harpist and singer (check out her music), and since revealing the true, ugly facts of the abuse she endured, doesn’t receive the convention invites she used to.

Her book details everything that happened, just how ugly this culture is, and the extreme lengths the gatekeepers of this field will go to to hide the perversion and extreme pedophilia going on within their ranks. Early this year proved more evidence that the community is not willing to accept it has a problem, as I was banned from the Science Fiction Writers Of America under the guise of reasoning that I questioned why their president wouldn’t condemn this known pedophilia. Their president hates me for being of the “wrong” politics, and has turned the organization into one that doesn’t care about professional qualifications, and only cares about clique politics and personal squabbles. It’s shattered the organization and made it a joke.

But the CLFA has been a place where, from day one, authors can talk about different ideas, they can have camaraderie with one another. It’s the one breath of fresh air in this science fiction community, with so many supportive people. Moira is one of those people, quietly cheering on authors, being there for people, praying for us. She is a true champion and a true winner. What she endured, and how she’s come out of it and been able to live her life because of the strength she’s received from the love of Jesus Christ makes her an inspiration to everyone.

Today, pick up The Last Closet and see for yourself. It will shock you just how bad it really is. Moira’s story is why we have to fight for culture to bring it back to sanity. She deserves your love today.

 

 

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CLFA Book Of The Year Award – Last Day To Vote!

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First off, for the 220+ people who have voted for For Steam And Country already, thank you so much! Super humbled, and energized to work hard to get you books 2-3 out this summer, and the James Gentry novella “Knight Training” which will be available to patreon subscribers tomorrow. 

But there’s just a few hours left to vote! It’s very close. Every book on this list is frankly wonderful, and well deserving. I’ve read almost all of them personally, and the ones I Haven’t I’m intending on reading before this year is through. The authors are top notch too, so I’m extremely honored that we’ve gotten this far.

https://conservativelibertarianfictionalliance.com/2018/04/02/time-to-vote-for-clfa-book-of-the-year-2018/

Is the link, it closes tonight. This would be another huge milestone for For Steam And Country and for me as an author, and would be a great signal boost for the series as always.

And if you haven’t checked out the book yet, what are you waiting for? It’s on Amazon and even on Audible as an audiobook with a killer reading done by voice actress Katie Wright. Thanks again and we’ll check back tomorrow to see who won.

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Knight Training – A James Gentry Novella Coming Soon!

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Happy to announce the James Gentry novella is complete, which was written at the request of several fans asking for a story where James is more developed and in the lead. This is entirely from his perspective, and will act as a bridge between books 1 and 2 of The Adventures Of Baron Von Monocle. It’s a buddy-knight story of male bonding and camaraderie amidst a war–and potentially a traitor!

The story will be available first to Patreon supporters which will function as my May short story. You can sign up here and get this and other great short stories from me every month for a mere $3: http://www.patreon.com/jondelarroz . Patreon helps me to produce content and keep the blog running as well as all the other creative projects I do, so I really appreciate anyone kicking in. Even at just $1/month it’s a nice help. Please subscribe today!

Otherwise, the story will be available on Amazon sometime this summer. Probably only on e-book for now. The second full Von Monocle book, The Blood Of Giants, will also be available this summer.

If you want to catch up on For Steam And Country, my award nominated book (make sure to go vote for it!), you can do so here. It’s even available on audio.

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Book Blast: Imani Earns Her Cape: A Middle Grade Novel by Bokerah Brumley

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We love highlighting authors who are fighting the good fight over here, and Bokerah is one of those authors who does great works. She just released a clean reads middle-grade targeted novel, and we should support her efforts. If you have middle grade or young reader types, think of going this direction before something like Harry Potter. 

Bokerah is a wonderful writer, having contributed a story to the Mars anthology I edited.

The book:

Twelve-year-old Imani Chausiku should be celebrating the most important day of her life by eating merfruit, casting flying spells, and laughing with her mother. There’s just one massive problem.

Her mother has been kidnapped by a giant troll, and now Imani is lost in the Fae Realm with no way back home to Virginia. Completing her rite-of-passage alone is inadvisable, but if Imani doesn’t want to lose the only family she’s ever had, she may have no choice.

Trans-portal train travel, underwater cities, submarines, sea dragons, and unexpected family all combine in Imani Earns Her Cape.

Buy Imani Earns Her Cape here.

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Christian-Themed Short Fiction From Superversive Press For Easter!

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My publisher, Superversive Press, has a couple of Christian-themed books out for Easter. These are top notch writers who I wholly endorse, written by very good men. If you want to read some quality fiction and keep your focus on Christ this weekend, here’s your spot. This is what’s out:

Lou Antonelli is a fellow Dragon Award nominee last year, and also contributed a story to my Mars anthology. He is one of my favorite short fiction writers out there in the field today, and his collection, In The Shadow Of The Cross, released this week:

Over a 15 year career devoted primarily to short science fiction, Lou Antonelli was unusual in that he accurately depicted the role of religion in people’s lives. In a nation and era when religion in general – and Christianity in particular – is being oppressed by the opinion leaders of America, Antonelli – who is a life-long journalist – depicted religion as it should be if political correctness in the science fiction field didn’t suppress it.

This collection gathers up stories Antonelli wrote over the years where Christianity plays a role. They range from down home and next door to far flung and in outer space. They remind us that despite the best efforts of a Godless material world, Christianity is a sturdy creed that remains a vital part of many people’s lives. 

Next up is a debut author Frank B. Luke. I had the privilege of receiving an advance copy of Lou’s Bar And Grill: Seven Deadly Tales, and he tells some thrilling tales. These are focused around the 7 deadly sins, so it’s a little darker, but Frank keeps good Christian morality throughout.

This bar has no regulars. But it’s not a regular bar.

Customers drift into Lou’s Bar & Grill with the usual broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams, but Lou knows what they want and how to serve it up for them…for a price. There’s beer on tap for the average customer, but Lou recognizes the special customers, the ones who need just a little bit more.

Sheila sidles up to the table and asks what they want. A burger? Sure. But maybe Brad also craves that hot woman who’s always turned him down. Maybe Laney’s still humiliated by her cheating ex, and she’d gladly rip out his heart.

Moe can grill up that burger, and Lou’s got beer on tap, but once they sign their names at the bottom of the order pad, they might just get the house special. It’s a bargain–a Faustian bargain–and seven customers are about to get everything their hearts desire.

Lou’s Bar & Grill isn’t for the faint of heart. Everything they want is within their grasp, but always remember that when the Devil writes the contract, he’s also in all the details.

 

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For Steam And Country – 99 Cent Sale!!!

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In honor of getting its first award nomination, and as I’m super excited about the release of The Stars Entwined, we are having a sale of For Steam And Country — only 99 cents for a limited time!

Get the book now and ready for this summer when books 2 and 3 will come out — along with a special James Gentry novella. We’re going to have a lot of airship action and it’s going to be a ton of fun. This is the best time to jump on board.

It’s available on Amazon kindle here for only 99 cents. Pick up your copy and tell your friends:

 

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Planetary Mars Anthology – Out Now

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This book’s been coming together over the last year, an anthology I edited with Mars-themed stories. I wanted to incorporate both the God of War and the Red Planet and it came together really nicely with some great stories from fantastic authors. Thank you so much to both Chuck Dixon and Kevin J. Anderson for contributing to this!

I can’t speak highly enough of a lot of these stories. A couple I really want to highlight are Jay Barnson’s “The Martian Princess” and Avily Jerome’s “To Open The Gate.” While I love all the stories in this anthology, I’ve been watching these two grow as writers. They’re going to be major forces in the field with the talent they have and folk should get used to seeing their names out there!

Anyway, pick up the anthology and read the stories for yourself. I hope you enjoy!

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Book Blast: Levon’s War by Chuck Dixon

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Anyone who follows me knows that Chuck Dixon is one of my favorite comic writers. If comics had a Grand Master status, he would definitely have earned it. In fact, I’ll confer him the title Grand Master of Comics right now. But I discovered he also wrote prose fiction early last year, when I saw him post to a Facebook group, promoting the book, Levon’s Trade. I immediately picked up the book and found he’s an extremely competent prose writer as well.

Most of the fare I signal boost on here is fantasy or sci-fi, but Chuck’s series is a straight up action thriller. If you like Bruce Willis movies or Seal Team Six or Brad Thor books, this series will most definitely appeal to you. And with the 5th book of the series releasing this week, you have something cool to binge read as well.

Check out Levon’s War! 

His word is his bond. 

A promise made in the past takes Levon Cade from the hills of Alabama to the caliphate of ISIS.

The US Marine turned backwoods vigilante returns to the Iraqi desert on a mission of mercy that will take him to the heart of terror. 

It will take all his skills, all his courage and all his will to survive the hell that Mosul has become. 

It’s time for Levon’s War.

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For Steam And Country Now Available On Audio

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Happy to have out my first audiobook, read by the wonderful narrator, Katie Wright. She did a great job and now you can listen to For Steam And Country on audio! 

Book 2 is with editorial and I’ve just started writing book 3. Hopefully I’ll have book 2 to you around summertime, and depending on book 3 it may not be that long after that. There will also be a James Novella titled “Knight Training” which I’ll have for everyone about the time of book 2.

Here’s the link again for the book and audio option (just click audio). 

Or on Audible here.

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The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For: The Stars Entwined Cover Reveal!

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The Stars Entwined, my military sci-fi/space opera epic, is finally done and ready, and we have a March 20th release date through Superversive Press. I’m loving how this turned out, and early readers are saying it’s my best work so far.

If you missed the mailing list giveaway and reveal yesterday make sure you sign up. I use it very sparingly and it’s often accompanied by cool stuff.

But you’re here for The Stars Entwined. This book and space opera world has been in my head since i was about 15 years old… and I started writing down snippets of it when I was 18. Earth has expanded out into the stars and is bordered up with a couple of hostile alien empires, though we’ve got allies of our own. The world of The Aryshan War has such a deep history and rich background that I’ve got a number of stories set in this universe to tell, and I’m so excited to bring you my main characters Sean, Tol, and Tamar and the very cool Aryshan aliens. Here’s the cover:

Pictured is an Aryshan warship, looming over us with its dark shadow stretching out. It’s very thematic for what’s going on in the book. You’ll see very soon.

Synopsis:

The Aryshan Empire and Earth are on the brink of war!

The Stars Entwined is the first installment in an epic space opera series by multiple award-nominated science fiction writer, Jon Del Arroz. If you like Vatta’s War by Elizabeth Moon or The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold, then you’ll love this epic adventure with action, intrigue, and star-crossed romance filling every page. 

After several recent attacks along the border of Aryshan space, internal affairs agent Sean Barrows is brought to Palmer Station to ensure the Interplanetary Navy’s on the right track in their terrorism investigations. What he discovers could lead to the biggest war the galaxy has ever seen. Sean’s work leads him to his most dangerous assignment yet—into the heart of Aryshan territory as a spy.

Meanwhile, Aryshan Commander Tamar is being groomed by the Ruling Committee to one day assume leadership of her people. First, she needs to prove herself in warship command. As tensions increase with Earth, Tamar finds herself increasingly isolated as one of the few in opposition to the war. Her troubles deepen when she comes face to face with a new member of her crew, the most intriguing man she’s ever encountered.

For now, make sure to back my Patreon!  I put out short stories every month, you get details like this early, and draft/deleted chapters, and I’ll probably be putting out some in The Stars Entwined’s universe in the next couple of months.

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