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NEW RELEASE: “Nine Planets” by Greg Byrne

“Byrne’s allegorical debut boasts a premise that’s simultaneously dark and playful, lovely synesthetic imagery, and world-building that jumps delightfully between moments of fairy tale fantasy and high-tech dystopia.” — Publishers Weekly

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From the Author

Nine Planets appeared in my head within an almost miraculous ten minute period in late 2006 immediately after I had finished with a class of overseas adult students who were learning English as a Second Language. The trigger was a Korean student who said, “Santa can’t possibly deliver all the presents the night before Christmas, so he hires a network of retired postmen to help him.” On hearing that, and grateful that the class was over so I could find pen and paper and start madly scribbling notes, a wonderful and unexpected flood of images, characters, themes and story ideas appeared in my head with the novel almost fully formed. I immediately abandoned the novel I had been working on and started writing. Originally, it was called ‘Gift’, partially because the inspiration had been a gift, then The Boston Secret, and finally Nine Planets. I knew very quickly what the ending was, and then fretted for months over my ability to write it.Getting it to a publisher’s attention then occupied several years, mainly because it was such an unusual novel and defied my many persistent attempts to categorise and define it. Eventually, though, the good folks at Dragonwell took it on and here we are at Amazon.

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NINE PLANETS by Greg Byrne: a great review by Publishers Weekly

Check out this review from our Australian debut author Greg Byrne, with his exciting science fiction thriller NINE PLANETS, upcoming on November 30. Publishers Weekly says:

“Byrne’s allegorical debut boasts a premise that’s simultaneously dark and playful, lovely synesthetic imagery, and world-building that jumps delightfully between moments of fairy tale fantasy and high-tech dystopia. Peter Blackwell awakens from a coma into a cursed world where suicidal despair is common, mitigated only by the anticipation of perfect gifts that appear miraculously in everyone’s homes one day each year. Though Peter’s memory for new material is perfect, he retains only eight simple images from his pre-coma days, plus a cryptic ninth one behind which is locked a tremendous secret. That secret is sought by both the agents of the gift-giving Brotherhood and the Cabal that wants humankind to self-destruct, and both are desperate to extract it before a comet collides with Earth. Byrne barrels toward the climax of a centuries-long battle between misery and hope at an intense but not overly frenzied pace. Strong attention to the timing of revelations makes the conclusion inevitable but not obvious, allowing this riff on one of the world’s oldest stories to stay strong all the way to the end.”

NINE PLANETS is now available for pre-order at Amazon:

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You can also reserve a print or e-copy at Dragonwell Publishing bookstore.

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NINE PLANETS by Greg Byrne: now available for pre-order

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In the world of despair, Father Nick’s Day is the only hope…

Peter Blackwell wakes from a coma into a world he doesn’t recognize. Without memory or identity, all he has are nine random images. Nine planets. Eight he can see, although he does not understand them, but the impenetrable ninth is the secret that two opposing and hidden brotherhoods have been seeking for nearly two millennia. Pursued, betrayed, Blackwell has twelve days to unlock his Ninth Planet and prevent terminal worldwide suicide. And his only ally is a manic assassin sent to extract the secret and kill him.

Click on the cover above to download this debut science fiction thriller in advance of its publication on November 30, 2014.

About the author:

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Greg Byrne is an English teacher, grammar consultant, and lecturer. He enjoys exploring places, ideas, history, languages and science, dinners with friends, watching his family grow, and living life’s great adventure. His next projects are a young adult thriller with a twist, developing a grammar teaching system for schools, and writing a grammar text for ESL students. He lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his beloved wife and family and an overweight British Blue.

 

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Radio interview by R. S. A. Garcia, the author of LEX TALIONIS

R. S. A. Garcia has just did her first radio interview with Radio Ujima of Bristol, UK, talking about growing up in Trinidad and her roots in science fiction writing. Please excuse a minor technical glitch in the beginning of the program, where the interview restarts after the first few lines.

The entire podcast of the program will go up next week, and that will be the one where everyone can learn more about the book. In the mean time, check out this link:

http://listen-again.ujimaradio.com/index.php?id=16880

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LEX TALIONIS by R. S. A. Garcia: Nebula weekend, giveaway, and media round-up

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Click on the cover to enter a Goodreads giveaway for 5 print copies of this stunning debut novel by a Caribbean science fiction author. The giveaway will be open until the release day on May 30, 2014.

R. S. A. Garcia’s science fiction thriller is receiving a great response from readers and early reviewers, in the wake of the starred review from Publishers Weekly that came out earlier this month. Here is what the reviewers say about the book:

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“The setting is handled in an effortless way that makes aliens and advanced technology feel commonplace. Artificial breeding, interplanetary settlement, and political rebellion are just a few of the concepts that Garcia infuses with ethical tensions and deep personal emotion in this intense and intriguing work.” — Publishers Weekly

A tense, morally complex science fiction thriller that tackles hard questions of loyalty, exploitation, and human decency without compromising on plot.— Elizabeth Bear

I could not put the book down and stayed up all hours reading.— Angela Street

Wow. WOW.” — Kate McNeil

This is a very complex book with many different aspects and if you can follow along without getting lost it is very much worth the read. The story ends, yes, but it does leave it open for more and I hope their are more books coming. — Hannah

An exciting and thought-provoking story! I hope it is the beginning of a series.” — Jay Williams

A compelling, thought-provoking novel. R.S.A. Garcia is an author to watch!” — Analouise Keating

the story was entirely compelling, I couldn’t put it down and when it came to the end, I read and re-read the last chapters wishing it weren’t over and trying to eek every last nuance out of it.— Erin Burns

I had some preconceived notions about this novel as the author is new and the publisher fairly unknown. What surprised me was how much I enjoyed everything about this novel. The characters were very well developed within the movement of the story-line. I really liked Troi and Chris even though they had minimal appearances. The world building is splendid in that you get a sense of the alien/human interaction that promises a truly unique experience.— Koeur

“R.S.A. Garcia is good at tense moments that hook the reader…  The way the scenes flowed together was flawless and enthralling.” — Beverly

Worth a look at.— Jaiw

And, check out the author’s pre-publication interview on Geek Syndicate at the following link:

http://geeksyndicate.co.uk/features/eye-for-an-eye-talking-vengeance-with-r-s-a-garcia/

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This weekend “Lex Talionis will be showcased at the Nebula Award weekend in California. If you are attending the weekend, look out for out electronic and print giveaways!

For those *not* attending the Nebulas, preordering is now open at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1940076129/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1940076129&linkCode=as2&tag=dragopubliblo-20&linkId=AZENLHWOPOYMBYVX

and at the Dragonwell Publishing Bookstore:

http://publishing.dragonwell.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=10016

Follow our blog and check back for updates and R. S. A. Garcia’s upcoming blog posts.

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Upcoming from Dragonwell Publishing: LEX TALIONIS by R. S. A. Garcia

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Vengeance is only the beginning…

On one of Earth’s planetary outposts, a young woman dies–and is brought back to life by a mysterious alien.

Inside a military starship, a wounded soldier is stalked by an unseen enemy.

When Lex reawakens in a clinic, she doesn’t remember who she is, or who killed her. All she remembers is a phrase she does not understand. Lex Talionis. The law of revenge. Stripped of her past, Lex focuses on the only thing she can. Retribution. She will find the people who murdered her and she will make them pay.

What Lex doesn’t know is that she’s being hunted. The alien who saved her and the soldier fighting for survival are the keys to her past…and her future. She must discover what they know before the hunter finds her. Every clue brings her closer to powerful enemies. Everything she learns draws her nearer to the person who almost destroyed her.

The only man she has ever loved.

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“Lex Talionis” will be released worldwide on May 30. 2014. Review copies are available upon request and will be upcoming soon on NetGalley and at Library Thing Early Reviewers program.

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Guest Post: Tara Maya on Fantasy vs Science Fiction

We are hosting a guest post from Tara Maya, author of the Unfinished Song series, on her blog tour to promote the release of her new novel BLOOD. Tara is stopping by our blog today to share her views on the definitions of science fiction and fantasy genres.

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The eternal questions: Why do bad things happen to good people? Is there in truth no beauty? And what is the difference between science fiction and fantasy?

David Brin has weighed in on this last question. In his essay, The Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy?, he asks, “what is my definition of the separation?”

For all the courage and heroism shown by fantasy characters across 4000 years of great, compelling dramas — NOTHING EVER CHANGES! Aragorn may be a better king than Sauron would have been. Hurray. Fine. But he’s still a freaking king. … The core thing about fantasy tales is that, after the adventure is done and the bad guys are defeated… the social order stays the same.

Obviously, he thinks scifi is cooler, but he’s explained why. To be honest, I think that one reason many people prefer fantasy is because change is static; nostalgia, rather than anticipation, is the guiding motive.

But does it have to be this way? I think Brin conflates two issues. Why is fantasy overwhelmingly feudal? Does fantasy fetishize an unchanging past?

Castles and swords, knights and princesses… I love these things, and I’ve never been able to walk through an old castle without wanting to write a story about it. Legends and myths give me the same feeling. I want to bring these things back to life. I want to imagine myself into that world. One has to leave knowledge of the future behind in that world because people who lived during medieval times did not have a sense of progress. They had a sense of an unchanging world, or in some cases, of a deteriorating world.

It’s also certainly true that fantasy often falls back on feudalism. This is not so strange if one is using a quasi-medieval pseudo-European (or even pseudo-Japanese or pseudo-Chinese or pseudo-Timbuktu) culture. I had an idea once for a story set in a pseudo-Tibetan setting, and what disturbed me most was that most readers wouldn’t have been able to really tell it apart from a pseudo-French one from the same era: Monks, kings, peasants, horses, swords. Yet even in Urban Fantasy, one often finds that the Secret Organization of Were-creatures, Vampires and Merfolk, or whatever it is, operates along quite feudal lines.

One of my secret goals has been to create some democratic fantasy. Now, I don’t always succeed. Faearth (the world of my Unfinished Song series) has no emperors or kings because they are not “advanced” enough. They are not a democracy either. They have elements of both autocratic and democratic governance, in the way that many neolithic cultures did. The system differs from tribe to tribe, and also from year to year, but the basic system is that there are three councils or “societies”: the Society of Matriarchs, the Society of Patriarchs, and the Society of Tavaedies (the warrior-dancers with magic).

These three groups make important decisions together by casting stones (on a mat or into jars), a kind of voting. No one else is allowed to vote, but in theory, everyone in the tribe can vote eventually, if they survive arrows of ordinary misfortune, since the only qualification for becoming a Matriarch or Patriarch is old age or a Shining Name. It’s as if the voting age in our society were 60, except for athletes, veterans and movie stars. (It’s much younger for them because they marry and die younger.)

I did not want to write about a utopia (nor a dystopia) in The Unfinished Song. There are many things I think are admirable in the cultures I describe, but also things which are rather horrid. There is also real change; real progress–though it may be as much a threat as a promise. One thing it is not, is an immutable world. Indeed, that is the crux of the dispute between the fae and the humans. The fae are immutable, immortal and eternal. Their time is circular. The humans, like the Black Arrow of Lady Death, can only travel time in one direction. They must change, as inevitably as they must die.
Where To Buy Tara Maya’s Blood:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BG04GLM/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BG04GLM&linkCode=as2&tag=dragopubliblo-20

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Unfinished-Song-Book-Blood/book-lwCT1SvJbEGUgiPPJBfYhA/page1.html?s=yBS04KtjQkOClMkn4wAEpQ&r=1

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-unfinished-song-tara-maya/1114565511?ean=2940016369839

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/285376


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