The Multi talented Ann B Author Brings Readers Three Exciting Books And All Three Are Vastly Different

September 11, 2009 at 1:19 am (Ann B Keller, dragons, fairies, historical, Magic, poetry, romance, scifi, Suspense Novels, western) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


BriggenIn the first book of this exciting sci-fi/fantasy trilogy, Briggen, the brawny warrior prince, is plucked from a hostile planet by the powerful wizard, Quinhelm, beginning his desperate plunge into the midst of an interplanetary war. Briggen and Quinhelm rush home as the powerful Xandoth and their allies surge across the galaxy, killing and laying waste to everything they encounter. As Briggen confronts the evil Sorceress of Endih, squabbling nobles and an assassin on his home planet, the great dragon Ephereon abducts the good sorceress, Telana, instructing her in the ways of magic. To her astonishment, Telana learns that she is the Chosen One, the one foretold by the ancients to lead the people of Mantasi to a stunning victory. Telana joins forces with Briggen as they battle the Xandoth for supremacy over the planet. Will magic and courage triumph over the powerful forces of evil?

 

Devils CrescentIn The Devil’s Crescent, hardened bounty hunter Diego Montoya descends upon a small Texas village in the midst of a cloudburst and boldly plunges into the life of beautiful, small time cattle rancher, Maggie MacNaughton. Diego is a man haunted by a past filled with death and disappointment, a nobleman fleeing from the dictates of his demanding father and an arranged marriage. When a U.S. Marshall asks Diego to infiltrate a gun runner’s operation, Diego reluctantly agrees, shadowing the powerful land baron, Morgan Lansing. Morgan’s efforts play into the hands of a group of Mexican nationalists, who quickly claim the land vacated by the terrified settlers until only one parcel stands in the way of their march toward the border — the one occupied by Maggie MacNaughton. Diego and Maggie match wits and wills as the danger mounts. Only their reliance upon each other has the power to save them from a swift and certain death.

CrenellationsCrenellations is a marvelous collection of poetry that will enchant and inspire the reader to the greatest of human emotions. This is a seamless journey from the mist-enshrouded hills of Scotland to the peace of the Cathedral at York, from the mysterious Stonehenge to the sparkling vision of a fairy bower, and from dragons and wizards to the simplest of Earth’s creatures. May this journey be but the first step as we stride the path of greater knowledge, embracing all that we are and all that we may some day become.

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Authors Stephanie Osborn and Darrell Bain Bring The Y Factor to E-Books

September 5, 2009 at 2:12 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )


Y_FACTOR2_flatSynopsis:
Darrell Bain, multiple Eppie Award winner, and Stephanie Osborn, author of the science fiction
mystery Burnout: The Mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281, have collaborated on the next
science fiction novel in the Cresperia series, The Y Factor. Osborn’s mentor, Travis “Doc”
Taylor, and Bain co-authored the first novel of the series, Human By Choice, published by
Twilight Times Books.
The series concerns the first contact between the pacifistic natives of Cresperia, whose planetary
government is a loose political anarchy, and the inhabitants of Earth. The Cresperians have a unique ability
to tap into the quantum foam, not only to read general impressions of events, situations, and emotions,
but to manipulate certain aspects of their reality – up to and including their own forms and the forms
of humans for whom they care. This ability to manipulate the humans includes healing and delaying
aging, both highly desired abilities, making them valuable “commodities.” Upon crash-landing
on Earth in the first novel, several of the “Crispies” take human form and must contend with the strange
customs and political environments of Earth.
The Y Factor picks up where Human By Choice leaves off, with the international race to obtain
Crispies and Crispy technology. But there’s a catch. Crispies are delicately balanced creatures, and not all
of the nations after them – good OR bad – understand just HOW delicate. Can they even survive, let alone
thrive, on Earth? And what if more Crispies come? What happens then? And who – or what – else is
out there?
The Y Factor is a fascinating continuation in what promises to be an exciting and popular
science fiction series.

DarrellPhotoMaryNicklow_med1yBios:
Darrell Bain is the author of more than three dozen books, in many genres, running the gamut from humor to mystery and science fiction to humorous non-fiction. For the last several years he has concentrated on humor and science fiction, both short fiction, and suspense thrillers.

Darrell served thirteen years in the military as a medic and his two years in Vietnam formed the basis for his first published novel, Medics Wild. Darrell has been writing off and on all his life but really got serious about it only after the advent of computers. He purchased his first one in 1989 and has been writing furiously ever since.

While Darrell was working as a lab manager at a hospital in Texas, he met his wife Betty. He trapped her under a mistletoe sprig and they were married a year later. Darrell and Betty owned and operated a Christmas tree farm in East Texas for many years. It became the subject and backdrop for some of his humorous stories and books.
http://www.darrellbain.com/
 
StephanieStephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs. She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Of those astronauts she trained, one was Kalpana Chawla, a member of the crew lost in the Columbia disaster.

She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including Geology and Anatomy. She obtained her various degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Stephanie is currently retired from space work. She now happily “passes it forward,” tutoring math and science to students in the Huntsville area, elementary through college, while writing science fiction mysteries based on her knowledge, experience, and travels.
http://www.stephanie-osborn.com
 
Reviews and links:
http://www.sff.net/people/steph-osborn/The-Y-Factor.html
http://www.sff.net/people/steph-osborn/The-Y-Factor-Press-Releases.html
NYTimes: This Week at Mobile Tech Manor
http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2009/05/22/22gigaom-this-week-at-mobile-tech-manor-40–e-books-and-id-10572.html
http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/TheYFactor_ch1.html
http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b86502/The-Y-Factor/Darrell-Bain/?si=0

Stephanie Osborn
Best-Selling Co-Author of The Y Factor
http://www.fictionwise.com

http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com

 
and SF Top-25 Seller Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281
ISBN: 978-1-60619-200-9

 

and PopSyndicate Blog It Ain’t Rocket Science – Oh Wait, It Is
http://www.popsyndicate.com/site/categories/category/books/
http://www.Stephanie-Osborn.com

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Coming from Nowhere by Pembroke Sinclair, Review by Fran Lewis

August 22, 2009 at 12:23 am (mystery, scifi, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Sinclair-1Coming From Nowhere by Pembroke Sinclair

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

 

     You need to always be aware of who is coming toward you when you are driving or are walking down the street. Imagine, listening to your IPod or talking on your cell phone and all of a sudden you are knocked down or knocked out and have no idea where the person or car came from. It came out of nowhere. When you wake up you remember nothing about the incident, nor who you are or your name. You wind up in a place that is more than unfamiliar, frightening and a whole different world that you lived in before. You lost your life. Now, imagine being the CEO of a major corporation and your company is on the stock market and your stock prices are rising daily. Then, one fateful morning you come into work and all of a sudden a group of men and women enter your office with armed guards and you and your fellow officers are escorted out into another office somewhere else to explain that they now own your company: CORPORATE TAKEOVER and worse. Coming From Nowhere is a frightening and thought provoking first novel that gives the reader the reason take a step back and pause to realize that the events in this book make you shake and shudder. If you think 9/11 was horrific or the bombings in England, Madrid or any other foreign country were horrendous the events that take place and the reasons behind them in this book should make everyone start watching their backs and paying closer attention to their lives.

 

JD or Jane Doe our main character was blindsided. She was knocked out and forced out of her life and woke up in the hospital only to find out the entire memory of her past had been obliterated. This brings me to my review of Pembroke Sinclair’s novel Coming From Nowhere, which definitely has the potential to go somewhere fast.

 

What started this whole chain of horrific events: People of course. Three countries on Earth: America, England and China each started out living under their own bubble with democratic governments in place. Each country had its own bubble and each had to deal with their daily life basic needs. There were many who lived on Earth and who could afford space travel and they moved to Mars. Earth was overcrowded and with anything or anywhere that has too many people, those that were rich took the opportunity to move to other worlds, which of course created more problems. Naturally, these people needed certain things to sustain their lives and Mars was developed into a Universal Planet.

 

China, the U.S. and England each set up their own schools on Mars that would function under the structure of democracy. But, not everything works out the way you want it too. When the populations grew and the planet established a mineral export, the democratic structure fell apart and like children or the countries in the world today, instead of coming to a common agreement, they went to war. Mars took matters over and the downfall of democracy occurred and the military took over. Military domes created and Mars was by ruled by one sick and demented general who had her own sadistically agenda. Thus, the fate of JD who was then sent to become one of the Generals soldiers, or someone who would turn into a cold-blooded killer and more.

 

In walks Roger, the general’s assistant, the general, Skinner, Alex, Maxx, Chris and a host of other dangerous people and inhabitants from the many different worlds and planets in the new solar system. Each having their own agenda, but one so deadly and dangerous the world would never be the same and when looking at its inhabitants you would never know who is real and who is a clone or worse.

 

What would you do if you knew that you were resurrected from the dead and created from an army of dead soldiers? JD was created that way and had no choice but to deal with it. Sent to military school and programmed to do as they say, she soon learns the severity of what happens when you speak your mind and disobey their rules. With every turn she makes, she finds obstacles. No one to trust, no one to rely on but herself and her physical attributes and strength. Lied to over and over again, tortured by Roger, the General and tested to the limit, JD learns the harsh realities of what these people are planning for the worlds they live in and why. Determination and fortitude are her guide and destroying those in her way, the goal.

 

Mason, her instructor, one minute on her side, the next not, Roger a crazy and sick minded man who is the pawn of the General who rules all of the planets and more and who everyone would like to destroy. As in the world today, wars ensued, overtaking planets and more continued, killings ran rampart, the collection of dead bodies to use and recreate soldiers the goal. Pembroke Sinclair has shown us the horrors of what could be, if we do not pay closer attention.

 

Imagine people buying cariensis, animals that are so dangerous that would kill you just by looking at you. So violent, so dangerous that their temperament and demeanor cause them to attack, even the owner when let loose. Who would want them? Those that need to have the power over others to terrify them and to help create their world of robotic soldiers who would do their bidding without question wanted these creatures. In other words, a Master Race fit to survive, but only by their rules.

 

 

Thinking they are safe from harm they procure several ships, deliver prisoners from Mars only to have their plan foiled again by Roger, Skinner and the General. But, fear not, the people who are helping them get the dangerous creatures hate the General and Roger even more and the tables get turned. But, JD learns at this point the lesson that Roger hoped she’d learn sooner: HOW TO BE A COLD-BLOODED KILLER!

 

But, this was not over yet. Many other people from different planets were now involved: Xyphons, Humans, people from Cha’Oon and more banned together to destroy the lab with these Cariensis or creatures that are dangerous and the bodies that were to be recreated from the dead. They were fighting a war to the end and hoping that Roger did not have any backup to work against them. But, the creatures were strong and they would have to find a way to make the creatures repel them in order to survive.

 

Telepathic thoughts from the Xyphons that entered JD’s mind to the help her fight the war. People that are so diverse and different in appearance working together, just proves that people of different species and races can get along and work toward a common goal.

 

Inside the lab with the dead bodies and trying to compose herself and not get sick, JD gets the scare of a lifetime and realizes that what might appear to be the truth is sometimes just an illusion. Coming back from the dead, the one person she thought really loved and cared about her, was aiming to kill and destroy her just for the lab and what was going to happen there. Eternal Life: at what cost and to whom? Taking dead bodies and recreating them in the image and form they want and making those that would be undead into living military robots, is not beautiful; it is scary, frightening and mindboggling to say the least. But, at what cost to your self-respect and more. Would you want to have to obey the orders of a mad man for the rest of your life in order to live DEATH FREE? If you disobey or accidentally miscarry out an order you will be terminated? Think about it!

 

The goal: to take over the WORLD with a reanimated army: Human takeover: World Domination: Watch your Back you will be blindsided.

 

Isolated and feeling she belongs nowhere, JD realized she had become an emotionless killer, exactly what they wanted from her. She enjoyed killing the people she did and she wanted to kill more.

 

Mars fell, the horror over, and Alex in charge. Roger and the General awaited trial but JD disagreed and wanted revenge not the courts to decide. She wanted exact revenge and not jail time for these two. They wanted to have a democracy in place on Mars and hopefully follow the rules and thrive. What does she do? You need to read this book to find out.

 

When all was said and done JD decided to find a new place and a new beginning in a new world away from everything and everyone. Does she? Will she ever be free of her past and start Going Somewhere? You need to read this innovative and unbelievably captivating novel to find out. Just think there could be a sequel and we could find out what really happens to Roger, the General and of course JD. The World and its leaders need to stay focused and awake: YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS WATCHING OR WHAT

MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT!

 

I am the General and I feel justified in what I was trying to do and don’t count me out just yet.

 

I am Roger and I will do my best to take revenge on JD and all those who helped her and more. How dare they think that Eternal Life is wrong? How dare anyone destroy all that I worked for in order to create the perfect person: Unfortunately, I forgot to make these undead devoid of human emotions. But, watch out and look over your shoulder every minute of every day JD. This is not over yet.

 

 

 

I give this book FIVE BRAND NEW SAFE PLANETS AND FIVE GOLD SPACESHIPS: Fran Lewis Reviewer

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Rayna of Nightwind by R.A. Baker

August 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm (scifi, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Synopsis:
raynaofnightwindIn the troubled land of Taren rules a bitter, oppressive regent named Nephredom, who alone maintains the Gate a Psi-magical barrier that contains thousands of mutated beasts, that were once men. However, the strain of keeping the Gate has pushed Nephredom to the edge of madness, and it is only a matter of time before the Gate opens.

Into this world comes an outsider. Following a bizarre lightning storm, college student Rayna Powell finds herself lost and alone in Taren with only her stubborn instincts and logical mind to guide her. She is a student of science, but what she experiences in Taren defies science, and forces her to come to terms with the unknown powers growing inside her. Many of the people of Taren believe Rayna to be a Power –the greatest kind of mage, who holds wields the legendary magic chaotic. Treachery and political strife run rampant as opposing factions clash, with Rayna caught in the middle.

She reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious woman with a bounty (imposed by Nephredom himself) on her head, who in exchange for Rayna’s help promises to help Rayna in her quest to return home. However, as they flee and hide from Nephredom’s red-robed minions, the price of the stranger’s help may be higher than what Rayna is willing to pay.
Come, brave souls…the world of Taren beckons.

Category: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Apollo House Press
ISBN-10: 0978751876
ISBN-13: 978-0978751876

rabakerAuthor Bio:
R.A. Baker is the author of the new fantasy novel “Rayna of Nightwind. He was born in a small town in North Carolina, before his family moved to Virginia. He grew up watching TV shows like “Star Trek” and “The Twighlight Zone”, which sparked an interest in sci-fi and fantasy at an early age. R.A. Baker went on to write stories throughout school and college, winning several writing awards and competitions. Soon after college, the author began work on the novel “Rayna of Nightwind” and finished it a few years later. He is now working on the second novel in the series tentatively titled, “Beyond The Band Of Death”. In addition to writing, R. A. Baker enjoys art, reading, and listening to jazz. He lives with his wife and two children in Virginia.

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