Trading One Hell For Another

My wife and I are looking at selling our home and moving out to somewhere that closely resembles the country. We’re at the stage of prettying up our home to make it more appealing to potential buyers. And you know what? It is very much like editing a manuscript.

Furniture that doesn’t belong? Delete it.

Damaged doors or appliances? Replace them.

Things that you love but don’t have room for? Put them in storage.

And everything that’s left you polish polish polish, and hope that it comes out as a decent approximation of what you wanted in the first place.

You can even get professionals to help, give it a fresh coat of paint or polish the floorboards, taking something familiar but make it feel new and inviting.

The same core elements apply. You need a solid foundation to start with. It takes a lot of bloody effort. You have moments of doubt, and you ask the same questions; “What the hell am I doing?” “Am I even qualified?” “What if they don’t like it?” “Why do I even bother.” But as you keep going, you see it transform in front of you from an utter dumpster to something you can be proud of. Maybe not perfect, or as good as you hoped. You will always see the imperfections, the minor flaws, but hopefully whoever is inspecting it won’t see them, and hopefully they’ll find something they love.

Aside from looking at moving, it has been a crazy last few months. My debut novella ‘Submerged City’ was published via Deadset Press in November, and (briefly) made it to #2 in the Sea Adventure Fiction New Release category on Amazon, and I have received so many wonderful reviews. It has been a wonderful experience, but it isn’t over. Submerged City is part of the Drowned Earth series, where eight Australian authors have written a novella set in a shared world, an Australia changed forever by a watery apocalypse. While the novellas are set in the one shared world, they are all stand-alone stories, so you can pick up any one and dive straight in. (If you want to check out Submerged City or the other Drowned Earth novellas, click here. Or you can buy it from amazon.com.au or amazon.com).

I am working on a sci-fi novella right now, tentatively called ‘The Lifeboat’ which focuses on the crew of a small transport vessel as they escape the destruction of a colony planet at the hands of an unknown invader, their cargo hold full of refugee children. And when I’m not working on that, I have stories for Aussie Speculative Fiction’s Zodiac-inspired anthologies to put together.

Oh, I am also working on another project, writing a children’s book for my niece and nephew. Or maybe it’s middle grade? I’ve never been good at those. But the book it a lot of fun, (at their request) it features leprechauns and unicorns, so it’s something different again to what I usually write.

On the reading front, I’m trying to read 40 books this year through Goodreads. I’ve just finished Becky Chambers’ ‘A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet’ which was really fun. If you like sci-fi, I strongly suggest you check it out. I haven’t read nearly enough sci-fi written in the last five years, but a lot of the more modern stuff I had read felt sterile, and had painted a picture of space that was bleak and empty. Chambers’ universe, on the other hand, is full of other sentient species – all wonderfully described – and it seems the crew of the Wayfarer can’t go a couple of days without visiting a space station or colony or encountering another vessel out there.

And I’m doing two things that I’ve never done before. Well, three. I have tried to organise my TBR pile, so I am alternating between new books by Aussie and Kiwi authors and books by international authors, I’m curious to see how long that will last. And I have started reading e-books. I’m really missing holding an actual paperback, and I’m not enjoying reading from a screen, but I’m doing it. And this means that I’ve actually started buying e-books from Amazon, so I can leave reviews on Amazon. Authors with indie publishers or who are self-published need as many reviews as they can get, and as much as I don’t like giving Amazon money (I would much rather buy direct from the author), they are one of the most visible and helpful places to leave reviews.

Well, thanks for reading my blog! I hope everything in your world is peachy!

  • Originally published February 2020

Book Review: BEGINNINGS

For my first book review of the year, I thought I would do the book that started it for me, BEGINNINGS. This anthology features one of the first short stories I ever wrote, and was the first time I had anything published, so it’s pretty special to me.

The thing I love most about this collection is the diversity of genres and writing styles. It features sci-fi stories set on distant worlds, tales of the paranormal, alternative history, horror, magical realism and fantasy.  While there may be a few sci-fi or fantasy stories, each one is unique and takes you on a different journey.  This diversity allows the reader to dip their toes into different genres outside what they may normally read. For example, I’ve never really been interested in the paranormal/supernatural genres (witches, werewolves and vampires), yet two of my favourite stories in ‘Beginnings’ are about witches – ‘The Morrigan’ by Maddie Jensen and ‘Dealt in Sin’ by Sasha Hanton. And, despite both being about witches, the two are vastly different tales. ‘The Morrigan’ is set in a world like ours, but with covens of witches and other supernatural groups hiding beneath the surface. The Hunt, a government-sanctioned group, is determined to bring them all down. It tells the story of Cassidy, who becomes the Morrigan following the suspicious death of her mother. Whereas ‘Dealt in Sin’ is the story of Morgan, a witch who goes to dangerous lengths to find a coven in her small town.

Being an anthology by Aussie Speculative Fiction, all the authors are from Australia or New Zealand, so several of the stories are set – if not in our own backyard – places that we may be familiar with. Stephen Herczeg’s ‘Bus Trip’ is about a student taking the bus home from Canberra to Adelaide for the Christmas holidays, and what Australian can’t identify with a ride on an endless highway between cities? Belinda Brady’s ‘Break the Spell’ gives the familiar imagery of Melbourne’s Royal Arcade, ‘When the Lights Went Out’ (Lachlan Walter) is an intriguing sci-fi piece set in the Victorian countryside, and Rebecca Dale’s ‘Bugles Bred & Bugles Born’ centres around an unbelievable event at one of Sydney’s Westfield shopping centres.  ‘Bugles Bred & Bugles Born’ is one of the most unique stories in the anthology, and honestly I don’t know how to define or describe it, but the ending just sends shivers up my spine.

The theme of ‘Beginnings’ is explored in a variety of ways through the stories, from starting life over (‘The Edge’ by Alanah Andrews), starting again on a brand new world (‘Portals’ by A. A. Warne) and in the transition from life to the afterlife (‘Next Journey’ by Chris Foley and ‘The Beginning of the End’ by Carolyn Young).

Amongst a collection so diverse, it should be hard to pick a favourite. But to me ‘The Inheritance Experiment’ by Kel E. Fox is an absolute standout. It’s the story of an Austrian girl, stolen from her family home and subjected to horrible experiments, before being flung into the carnage of World War One. It’s a compelling story, and – like every good short story should – it leaves the reader wanting more.In conclusion, this is a thoroughly enjoyable collection of diverse short stories. There’s something in there for everyone, and many of the stories are so good they’re worth re-reading.

You can get yourself a copy of BEGINNINGS here from ASF’s online store, from Amazon.com.au or just plain ol’ Amazon. Thanks for reading my book reviews!

This year I hope to share reviews more regularly, which also means I will need to read more books. I am never short of a book to read, but if you want to suggest a book for me, or request I review one of your books, feel free to get in touch via twitter (@AustinPSheehan) or facebook.

  • Originally published January 2020

Welcome to 2020. Here’s How You Can Help

It’s not been a good start to the year. Fires are raging across the continent, countless communities are under threat, and the death toll continues to rise. We watch on in despair and in frustration. Our government was told this would happen – and not in vague, uncertain terms either – and their response has been to cut funding to the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), cut funding to the fire services, and attack anyone who thinks climate change is an issue. They have refused to meet with fire chiefs, refused requests to upgrade the fleet of water bombers, and instead bought far more expensive warplanes.

The fires have caused unprecedented destruction and devastation. And I can’t bring myself to share photos of the cost, the buildings and vehicles destroyed, the dead and injured animals. It hurts too much.

But what I want to share is the good news. That people are donating goods, volunteering to assist, and looking for ways they can support the fire services, the devastated communities, wildlife support and rescue groups. There are ways we can help, no matter where we are in the world.

#AuthorsForFireys is an initiative created by Emily Gale, where authors are auctioning off signed books, artwork, manuscript critiques, opportunities to meet over a coffee or lunch or dinner to discuss writing and publishing, and so much more. You can be a space commando in John Birmingham’s new book ‘THE SHATTERED SKIES’ and punch Space Nazis.
Clementine Ford is offering to cook dinner for you and two friends.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied (a personal hero of mine) is offering signed copies of her books plus a chance to have a coffee with her when she returns to Australia.
Ellie Marnie is offering signed AU and US copies of her first book ‘EVERY BREATH’ and is offering to kill you off (as a named character) in her next book,
And these are just four offers that are available, the numbers of authors etc involved (some of which are auctioning multiple things) is well into the hundreds – and the things that are on the table are extraordinary.
Just go over to twitter and look up the #AuthorsForFireys.

Another way to help is through Charity Anthologies, You can support these charity anthologies by submitting stories for the anthology, and by purchasing copies once they have been released.
The first anthology is ‘STORIES OF HOPE’ by Aussie Speculative Fiction, where all proceeds go to the bushfire disaster relief. They are after speculative fiction stories with a hopeful theme by authors from Australia and New Zealand. Max 2,000 words, reprints accepted (as long as you have the rights). One story per author. E-mail submissions to aussiespeculativefiction@gmail.com with the subject ‘Stories of Hope’ by the 18th of January. Find out more here.
Fantasia Divinity Magazine & Publishing are also seeking submissions for their anthology ‘BURNING DREAMS: AN AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE CHARITY EFFORT’ which is open to authors all over the world. They are after stories between 100 and 3,000 words with the theme of fire, sacrifice, fighting back and surviving. They are open to all Speculative Fiction genres except for outer-space sci-fi and will accept submissions until the 31st of Jan (unless it fills up earlier). Find out more here.
Things in the Well have an open call for submissions to a magazine-sized flash fiction anthology ‘BURNING LOVE AND BLEEDING HEARTS’ in support of the victims of Australia’s bushfires. It is a valentine’s day themed anthology, so they are looking for stories of human love gone wrong or monster love gone right. They are looking for stories of around 1,000 words, and submissions are open until the 31st of January. Find out more here.

Of course, this is not the blog post I wanted to start the year off with. I wanted to write about my achievements in 2019, and what I am excited about in the new year. But that can all wait.

Thank you for reading my blog, and to anyone who joins in the #authorsforfireys auctions, for anyone who submits to or purchases the charity anthologies, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Originally published January 2020

Book Review: BENEATH THE SURFACE

It’s been a really busy last few weeks, with three releases being launched in three weeks; my debut novella ‘SUBMERGED CITY’, ‘A BOND OF WORDS’ by Scout Media, the ‘JOURNEYS’ anthology by Deadset Press, and the first of Aussie Speculative Fiction’s Zodiac series, ‘CAPRICORN’.

But today I want to talk about BENEATH THE SURFACE by Rebecca Langham.  BENEATH THE SURFACE is a book I first saw at Supanova earlier this year, and just had to get simply because of the beautiful cover.  And the blurb promised a sci-fi story featuring aliens, corruption and deceit, and an explosive truth buried beneath it all.  I was sold.

The story is about Lydia, the governor’s daughter who seeks seclusion from the public eye by teaching at the Outsider facility, and it’s about Alessia, a reclusive leader of the Outsiders, the alien race who sought refuge on Earth and were hidden away from humanity.

Lydia is surprised to see for herself the conditions in which Alessia’s people are kept, and the longer she spends under the surface with them, the more her heart is awakened to their plight, and to their leader.

The tension that grows, the secrets that are uncovered, and the shifting relationships between the characters make for compelling reading.  This book has genuinely exciting and unexpected twists and turns, and my main issue is that I waited so bloody long to read it!  Having said that, there were some things that did raise a few questions as I was reading it (how the aliens had lost the knowledge of their language in just a few generations & the apparent lack of scientific investigation into their similarities and differences with humans) but these were all resolved towards the end of the book.  

Of course, there are strong political elements in this piece, which can be divisive – some people don’t like to see politics so overt in fiction, others like it. Personally, I believe that every book is political, and I love to see it. BENEATH THE SURFACE reads as a critique, a condemnation, of Australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers. The inhumanity of placing innocent people fleeing war – people who only want a safe home and the basic human rights afforded to everybody else – in a prison where they are neglected, abused and given no hope of a future is very powerfully portrayed.

One great touch of BENEATH THE SURFACE was the ability of the aliens to manipulate their body between feminine, androgynous and masculine depending on which gender they felt suited them. This – as the ambisexuality of the Gethenians in Le Guin’s ‘The Left Hand Of Darkness’ did in the ‘70s – explores and discusses gender and sexual identity in a new way.  Additionally, Langham’s book also explores the issues of humanity’s survival in a scarily possible future earth, with humanity’s population living in domes, protecting us from a dangerous and uninhabitable environment. 

I really enjoyed this book, it’s an engrossing piece which tackles issues relevant in today’s world, and I have no hesitation in giving it a 5-star rating. I believe the sequel BREAKING THE SURFACE is coming out in January, so I’m definitely going to grab a copy!

For more information about the author, check out her website: http://www.rebeccalangham.com.au/

That about wraps it up for me, but I’ll be back in January with more book reviews and updates on my writing journey. I hope you all stay safe over the holiday period, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to spend time with your family, make some happy memories together.

  • Originally published December 2019

The Story of DROWNED EARTH: Submerged City

Over the weekend my debut novella SUBMERGED CITY was launched. That’s super-exciting for me, and I am ecstatic with all the wonderful support that the story has received.

Today I’d like to share with you all a little bit behind the story and how it all came to be, because it wasn’t the typical write, edit, query, receive a rejection, cry, try again process. SUBMERGED CITY is a standalone novella in a shared world with other stories in the Drowned Earth series, published by Deadset Press. And each of those separate stories are written by different authors.

The concept of the Drowned Earth series came from the brains trust of Aussie Speculative Fiction, an online group which supports speculative fiction writers from Australia and New Zealand, and often have open submission calls for various anthologies.

So I pitched a half-baked idea, and they liked it. Then I submitted a sample of my writing, and they liked that too. For I-don’t-even-want-to-know-how-many months I worked on this story, bringing the characters to life, researching the elevation levels and topographic maps of Melbourne, finding out what effect a rise in water levels would have.

Did my story turn out the way I intended it to? No. My writing style is that of a planner. I have an idea of what’s going to happen, and I just sit down and make up what has to happen next in order to get the characters from point A to point B. And as I went through that process, the story got darker, characters grew and changed in ways that I didn’t expect when I originally pitched it.

And here is the final product, a story of finding courage and hope amidst disaster.

Here is the purchase link if you want your own copy! – Let’s just hope that this disaster never comes true.

This had been a really exciting project to be a part of, and I cannot thank the folk at Aussie Speculative Fiction enough! Of course, I must also thank anyone who buys a copy of SUBMERGED CITY, it really means a lot to me that you’re choosing to support a brand new indie author like myself, and I hope you enjoy my book!

  • Originally published November 2019

Book Review: THE RISE

Welcome to my book review of THE RISE, by Sue-Ellen Pashley. This is the first book in the Drowned Earth series of standalone Cli-Fi novellas published by Deadset Press – and what a way to open the series!

Right from the start, Pashley’s vivid descriptions draw the reader into Katie James’ flooded world. Katie and her community of survivors in south-east Queensland live on a network of islands, islands which used to be mountains. They are used to hardship, they are used to death. But the body that Katie sees floating in the ocean turns her world upside down. This person was her friend, Mason. And Mason hadn’t been a victim of the flood or disease, he had been stabbed.

Trying to solve the mystery of who had stabbed Mason and why, Katie soon learns that the people she can trust in her close-knit community are few and far between.

The characters in THE RISE are wonderful, Katie and Ellie stood out for me, their friendship felt real and their unique personalities really came through. And then there is Alex, a Territory leader who just gave creepy, untrustworthy vibes. I thought all the characters were well written, and they stay with you long after you’ve finished reading the story.

One thing that I loved – and hope to see more of in the rest of the series – is how familiar landmarks are changed by the environmental catastrophe. I always enjoy reading about cities that I’ve been to or places that I’m familiar with, and it’s even better when the author does something different with it, gives us a side of the city we haven’t seen before, or gives us a chilling future that we might never want to see!

I highly recommend this book, check it out for yourself here.

  • Originally published November 2019

Book Review: THE QUADRANTS

Rohsaan McInnes’ THE QUADRANTS is a really engaging YA Magical Realism story. It focuses on three teenagers, Rohan, Eve and Titus, who are classmates in an ordinary suburban school. Rohan and Eve are social outcasts and really only have each other as friends, and Titus is a muscle-bound thug, constantly mocking and bullying Titus.

Soon after Rohan’s sixteenth birthday, he starts getting stronger. An awful lot stronger. Alone, experimenting with his newfound strength, Titus catches Rohan. Titus is not surprised by Rohan’s strength and explains that he must be a Terrus, a person from the Quadrants with powers of the Earth. Titus reveals that he is an Ignus, with the power of flames. Rohan’s world is rocked to its core, and he is drawn to Titus, who is the only person who can explain to him what is happening to him, about the secret world to which he belongs.

Unfortunately, Titus doesn’t have much time to explain, because trackers from the Quadrants have detected Rohan’s use of power, and hunt him down, thinking he might be the mysterious Ashgrove Demidium, the child of a mixed-power family who fled the Quadrants. It was forbidden for people from the different Quadrants (Ignus, Terra, Aeris and Aquis) to copulate, as their children will likely have more than one power. With their friend’s life on the line, Eve and Titus join forces to protect their friend.

What I was done really well in THE QUADRANTS was the changing relationships between the characters. Of course, having characters change from friends to enemies or enemies to friends as a story progresses is not something unique to this book, but McInnes’ skilful writing made it feel believable and drew you in further to the plight of her characters. The main characters Eve, Rohan and Titus were all wonderful and strongly written, and as the story progresses the perspective switches between them.

The two criticisms I have is that the perspective shifts felt somewhat out of balance with the first part of the book dominated by one character, and the rest of the book focusing on two other characters. It’s a minor thing, I guess. The other is that people from the Quadrants are meant to be incredibly rare in our world, yet pretty much every character in the story has some power or other. I would have loved it if more characters were human, if one of Rohan’s friends didn’t have any powers but was still drawn into the quest to rescue him, and despite having no powers was still able to help.

All in all, THE QUADRANTS is a thoroughly enjoyable story Magical Realism story, so if you’re all about real-world teens with superpowers, and want to try something a little different, I strongly recommend this book! Get a copy here!

The sequel – THE DEMIDIUM – will hopefully be published soon, I can’t wait to get into that and see what happens and find out who really is the Ashgrove Demidium, and what happens to the wonderful characters!

  • Originally published November 2019

New Releases Incoming

We are fast approaching the end of the year and there is an awful lot happening, so much that I’ve almost forgot to tell people about some new releases that feature my stories!

ISOLATION is this year’s Halloween horror anthology by the good people at Fantasia Divinity, full of tales of grisly and psychologically damaging isolation. This anthology features 19 stories that explore the horrors of being left alone with only your own thoughts and fears, in possibly life-threatening situations. What nightmares will your mind conjure? Ranging from mental isolation, to stranded on deserted islands and alien planets, these stories are sure to get under skin and make you never want to be alone again. This collection features one of my stories (which is my first ever horror short story) as well as stories by talented authors including as Eddie D. Moore, Zoey Xolton, Amber M. Simpson, Dan Rice, Holly Rae Garcia, Willow Croft, Steve Carr, Bob Ritchie, Rae Stinger, Dawn DeBraal and Lyman Graves. You can buy it this very moment on Amazon – here is the link for Australia and here is the link for America.

Available on November 1st is A BOND OF WORDS, the latest in Scout Media’s OF WORDS series and features authors from all over the world. In this instalment, the authors delved into multi-genre tales about the importance of, and sometimes the danger of creating bonds with others. My story ETERNALLY MINE is a dark piece that explores the changing relationship between a rather obsessive man and a woman. There are twenty-eight other tales – ranging from comedy, to drama, fantasy, romance, and sci-fi – which explore the strength and frailty of the bonds that may define who we are. Including stories that tackle racism, death row, a first kiss, marriages, and our unavoidable bond with technology, these stories will warm your heart, send shivers down your spine, and tickle your funny bone.  Whether to be enlightened, entertained, or momentarily immersed in another world, these selections convey the true spirit of the short story and the complexity of the bonds we make with the people and places of the world around us. A unique option that Scout Media provide is a companion soundtrack, featuring songs selected by the authors which go along with their story. You can only purchase the book with the soundtrack through the Scout Media site, or you can buy it from Amazon (Aus and US).

On November 30th my novella SUMBERGED CITY will be released. It is part of the Drowned Earth series, made up of eight shared-world standalone novellas by eight Australian authors. This was originally scheduled to be released at the end of October, but has been pushed back a month, which gives me an extra couple of weeks to make it as good as possible! SUBMERGED CITY is set in Melbourne, six months after an asteroid hit Antarctica, sending a major tidal wave north and devastating the southern coast of Australia and melting the ice caps. The sea has submerged the central business district and divided the city in two. The mainland is now under martial law, controlled by General Messinger who believes the Rise was God’s retribution against a sinful world. David has escaped the violence of the mainland and lives with a community in the city’s surviving towers. Life in the flooded city is tough, resources are scarce, and the constant raids by the Defence Force keep everyone on edge. But David is determined to survive, protecting the one thing the Rise hasn’t taken from him—his adopted son, Salim. When Salim goes missing, taken during one of Messinger’s raids, David is determined to get him back—even if that means facing the wrath of Messinger and the Australian Defence Force. But he won’t be fighting alone. The pre-order links for SUBMERGED CITY will be up early November, and I cannot wait to share this one with you all!

  • Originally published October 2019

Book Review: HERO

I grabbed a copy of HERO: THE HERO REBELLION BOOK 1 because the premise grabbed me. A human colony on a lonely planet. A girl who hears voices, her only friend a massive genetically-engineered leopard, and her quest for freedom, her quest for the truth.

I was really impressed by Crawford’s characters. Hero Regan is a great protagonist, engaging, and clever. Her struggles to fit in at the Cumulus City school, wanting nothing more than to be normal and have friends, is conveyed very well. Hero’s minders, Tybalt and the Lamb (Imogen Lambert) are also really great characters, you question their motives as Hero learns more and more about them, piecing the puzzle together of her own existence, and unravelling the webs of intrigue and deceit which go right back to the colonisation of the planet.

The world-building is excellent. The city floats above the surface of the planet, above the lethal pollen spores. Hero’s companion Fink is a ruc-pard, an animal containing genes of both an Earth leopard and a native animal. These genetically altered companions are very common, all the students at Cumulus City have them, and they come in all shapes and sizes. There are even illegal races through the city where people ride their companions, dodging traps and attacks from other contestants. Hero and Fink even compete in an exhilarating race, and it was one of the highlights of the book.

There are a lot of questions that are asked in this book. At school, Hero learns about an uncle she never knew she had, one of the famous street racers. What happened to him? Can Hero’s minders Imogen and Tybalt be trusted? Can her mum? Why do none of the adult seem to have companions? What dark webs are Hero and her family caught up in – and most importantly – can she break free?

HERO is a really intriguing book, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in The Hero Rebellion!

  • Originally published October 2019

Drowned Earth Update

Right now I’m up to my neck going through edits of my novella SUBMERGED CITY which is part of Aussie Speculative Fiction’s Drowned Earth series.

“So what is Drowned Earth?” You’re thinking. “Sounds wet.” You’d be right. After the ASF brains trust published BEGINNINGS, their first anthology, they decided they wanted to do something different. A series of standalone novellas in a shared world. Perhaps inspired by the environmental crises that we appear heading towards, perhaps by a desire to do something a bit different than the same old nuclear holocaust, they decided upon a world where the ice caps had melted, rising the sea levels drastically. Catastrophically.

Like many authors in the ASF facebook group, I pitched a story when submissions opened. And I was lucky enough for them to select my piece, SUBMERGED CITY, for the collection. Since then I’ve put several other projects on hold and focused on working on this watery apocalypse, and it’s been a lot of fun. A lot of work, a lot of early starts, but a lot of fun.

My story focuses on a small community that had made itself a home out of the remaining towers that have survived the tsunami, surrounded by waves. Many of them are refugees from the mainland, harassed and persecuted by the soldiers of General Messinger, a conservative christian who believes the destruction was God’s wrath at the sin and wretchedness of humanity.

The prequel to the Drowned Earth novellas is a short story, SHARDS OF SILVER, by Alanah Andrews. SHARDS OF SILVER is available here for free, right now!

I should also mention that Alanah Andrews has put all these covers together as well – don’t they look stunning?

In total there are eight standalone novellas. Even though they are all set in the one world, the concentrate on different groups of survivors, on different crises that effect the population in the aftermath of the watery apocalypse. On October 31st, my story SUBMERGED CITY will be released alongside THE RISE by Sue-Ellen Pashley and FIRE OVER TROUBLED WATER by Nick Marone. From there, a new title will be released at the end of each month; TIDES OF WAR by Marcus Turner in November, THE JINDABYNE SECRET by Jo Hart in December, RIVER OF DIAMONDS by S. M. Isaac in January, SALVAGED by C.A. Clark in February and EMOTO’S PROMISE by Shel Calopa in March.

Right now, the only way to pre-order these exciting novellas is through our kickstarter campaign, which just has five days left to run! Have a look at it here, and if you chose to support us everyone involved would be really appreciate it! We’ve almost doubled our target, and have loved the response we have received so far!

And thank you to everyone who had already contributed!

  • Originally published September 2019