Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Autonomy by Jude Houghton

Title: The Autonomy
Author: Jude Houghton
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, New Adult
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Publisher: Grimbold Books

Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for starvation pay. Pasco Eborgersen is the pampered son of an Elite, trying to navigate the temptations of the Pleasure Houses, the self-sacrifice of the Faith, and the high-octane excitement of Steel Ball. They are two strangers, who never should have met, and now they will rip apart the world.

What happens when ninety percent of the world lives on skaatch – a jellyfish and insect composite?

What happens when mankind spends more time in alternative life sims instead of in the “real” world?

What happens when economic interest is the sole determinant of global decision making?

What happens when a single secret is discovered that calls into question everything we have ever believed?

Welcome to the Autonomy. Welcome to your future.

What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
In terms of inspiring literature that is science fiction with dystopian overtones that definitely had some influence on me in trying to write in this genre:

We - Yevgeny Zamyatin
1984 - George Orwell
Brave New World - Aldus Huxley
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Foundation Series - Isaac Asimov
V for Vendetta - Moore, Lloyd
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndam

I wanted to write a book that anticipates where the world may be headed in the next twenty years, and in doing so, had many sources of inspiration ranging from large macro issues such as global warming, over population, terrorism, the ubiquity of corporate interests in every aspect of government, to more idiosyncratic but equally pervasive trends; smart screens and technologies designed to both limit and enhance our minds, the willingness to abdicate real life experiences for instant gratification and the insidious manipulation of various media.

2. When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process (outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
What I love about writing is the only thing I love about it; and that is that moment of stillness when the characters come alive and begin to talk and act for themselves, propelling the plot forward, and making the words come easily. In contrast, I hate outlines and can’t do them. When I do an outline I lose all interest in the story. Maybe it’s just me, but the outline becomes a series of clichéd events: “and then this happened, and this happened, and then this happened” and it’s one big yawn after the next. So at least for me, I have to start with a premise and a person, and not an outline, otherwise it never gets off the ground. PS. I hate editing too.

3. When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
This one is easy. EVERYTHING. I have no preferred genre. My favorite books of recent times have spanned historical fiction, Wolf Hall, Greek mythology, Song of Achilles, and Science Fiction, Ready Player One. If I think it’s good, I read it, if I like the first chapter, I read all of it. The only books I have never really warmed to are romance. I wouldn’t touch 50 Shades of Grey with a 10 foot pole. No entendre intended.

4. If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
What a great question. I think to give an ingenuous answer to this question you have to think not only of who you would be awe of and learn so much from (Austen, Dickens, Joyce, Forster) but who would actually collaborate. In that sense, to me there is one stand out, and that is Shakespeare, not only because he is the greatest literary writer of all time, but because he would have been used to collaborating as a playwright, and would have likely welcomed the process.

5. Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I liked to think I was a writer, a long time before I was one, so I think later in life is a more accurate description of the reality. But to put it into context, I remember trying to write a novel when I was eight on an ancient typewriter. It began with a boy walking out of the mist, leaving something dreadful behind him. I didn’t get too far. Then when I was eleven I wrote home made Dungeon and Dragons modules. I wrapped them in cellophane and still have them! Lots of wandering down dark passages and monsters with a severe number of hit points jumping out of the shadow. However, I wrote my first “novel” at twenty-one. It was about seventy-thousand words. I tried to get it published, received some encouraging letters of rejection, and then wrote on and off, mostly off, for the next few years. Life threw me some curve balls; a lot of international travel, a demanding job, a beautiful family. When the children reached an age when they would occasionally go off for day trips with my wife on Saturdays, I began to put finger to keyboard again. The result was Songs of Seraphina which was accepted for publication about a year after I completed it. So…a bit more information than you wanted, but I would say, I have been pretending to write for about thirty years, but only seriously writing for about five or six years.

Author Bio:
Jude developed a love of fantasy from a relatively early age after realising an innate talent for making stuff up could result in something other than detention. Working across the globe in fields as diverse as journalism, data entry, sales, management consultancy and babysitting, Jude has partially succeeded in putting an English and History degree from Oxford University to good use. A somnambulist, insomniac, lover of letters, Jude writes late into the night, most nights, tumbling down the rabbit hole to dream of other lives. Jude currently lives in Pennsylvania with an over-enthusiastic family and absurdly entitled dog.

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Surviving the Summit of Good and Evil by Christine Wall

Title: Surviving the Summit of Good and Evil
Author: Christine Wall
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 28, 2016
New York Police Detective, Kate Morgan carries many secrets. The black sheep of America’s most notorious crime family, she walks a fine line between her commitment to truth and justice and the obligations demanded from her family.

FBI agent Grant Anderson, embraces his role and place in the Anderson family, America’s richest and most philanthropic example of good will and kindness. His loyalty ends however, with his family’s expectations of marrying the right girl.

For thousands of years, the Morgans and Andersons have been sworn enemies. Clans, steadfast in their loyalty and commitment as handpicked first families to the Devil and God. Both sides tread carefully, maintaining the balance between Virtue, Sin, and Immortality, enduring each other only twice a century, during the Summit of Good and Evil.

With the mysterious murder of Gus Morgan, the balance is threatened and the future of humanity in jeopardy. Treading through a minefield of treachery and deceit, Kate and Grant must solve this murder, face their attraction, and stop a family feud before all hell comes crashing down.

She’d been born into the most powerful crime family in the world, but all she wanted was to protect the innocent…

The water cascaded down her body, washing away the shampoo in her hair and the lovely smelling body wash across her skin. One thing the water couldn’t wash away were her memories of the last twenty-four hours. Images of mangled and desecrated bodies filled her mind. The hard facts of her stay were burned into her memory.

Her DNA, the cells that made up her body, were infused with programming from Satan and his demons. All around her, thoughts invaded her senses—unconscious confessions of heinous acts casually tossed around, as if her relatives were planning their daily “to do” lists, like ordinary people.

Instead of picking up the kids from soccer or remembering to get milk from the store, they were hideous and grotesque. ‘Manipulate John X into thinking his wife was having an affair. He was a prime candidate for murder-suicide. Work on another insider trading tip and pin it on poor Sally J. She didn’t have the temperament to survive public humiliation and ten years in jail. Once out of the way, her family land could be sold to a developer for a hundred times its worth.’

Kate blinked back tears, trying to turn off the images in her head. On the one hand, she had an obligation to serve and protect but, on the other hand, the onslaught of thoughts were destroying her soul—one small piece at a time.

Unable to control the tears, she slid down the marble wall of the shower, knees drawn to her chest, her body racked with sobs from all of the pain, the anguish caused by her family. How could she fight that power? The family influence was everywhere. Was there anyone in the world with the ability to stop them?

Author Bio:
Growing up with Saturday matinees filled with science fiction, adventure and excitement led Christine to want to write compelling universes for others to explore. In her debut novel, The Fog, she combines her love of science fiction and romance in a time not so far away.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Christine is an author, screenwriter, and actress and splits her time between Toronto and Vancouver. Her love of storytelling has led her to Hollywood with her success in screenplay contests and a decent ranking in the Nicholl Fellowships (Oscars) 2011.

When she’s not writing, Christine is acting and pursuing her love of Crossfit. She loves feedback and can easily be found on her website.


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