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Author Spotlight: Of Beasts and Men by Anike Kirsten

Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have the science fiction author, Anike Kirsten, here with her book, Of Beasts and Men. She’ll be sharing an excerpt with the book, but first more about her.

Anike Kirsten is a South African social science-fiction author, who writes to highlight social issues that plague the world. Growing up in South Africa and experiencing these issues, she works to provide mediums through which readers can relate and find courage in.

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Of Beasts and Men is a dystopian hard science fiction pocket-novel that deals with social injustices, the consequence of reckless genetic engineering, and clandestine politics; through the perspective of a privileged person. A novel that blends together the ideas of Diaspora by Greg Egan and that of Conditioned Response by Majorie F. Baldwin.

“On a distant planet – where literature rules the economy, cybernetic technology flourishes, and one race oppresses the other – Gliese Libra, a Librarian of considerable influence, must find understanding and equilibrium, through conflicts of identity, interest, and existence, to save humanity from annihilation. Gliese is pulled into a war fought in the shadows, between humanity and its oppressors. Along with Albert Hollows, a human and forerunner for the Insurgency, Gliese uncovers truths of her race; truths of their planet and their biology.

But nothing is ever as it seems.”

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Anger seethed through her cleft in huffs of hot breath. She had to purge the world of the filth of beasts. She pulled the tubes out from her veins and ripped the four patches off her chest. Several hairs followed them to the floor. She threw her legs over the side of the bed and slid off. A sharp prick at the back of her neck stopped her from walking out the door. She looked back over her shoulder; a tube was still attached. She reached behind her and guided her fingers along the soft plastic until she felt the cold of metal.

“And where do you think you’re going, love?” Albert stood in the doorway and leaned against the frame with his arms crossed over his chest. She flicked her hand away from her neck in pretense of a yawn. She felt a pop in the back of her neck and heard the tube hit against the bed’s railing. There had to be a reason for it.

“Stretching my legs, human,” she snapped. He embodied everything she hated about the beasts, and deserved no respect from her. He raised his brow. “Don’t care if you don’t believe me. I don’t owe you any explaining!”

“Right. So you’re still pissed at me? That’s fine, love. Take your time, I won’t push you. The prophecy will still come true,” he said as he unfolded his arms.

“What prophecy?”

“The pale girl of drymis will pave the way to a sleep and wake us in an old new world, or somethin’ like that.” He shrugged and stepped into the room.

“Wha’?” She felt her face distort.

“Never mind,” he sighed.

“How in Holl d’you keep getting out?!”

“I have a guardian, love.” He smiled.

“Arg, must you always be so vague?”

“No, but it’s fun seeing you freak out about silly things,” he said as he laughed. Fire burned under her cheeks and through to her ears. It scorched at her neck.

“I’ll meet you at the Library when you get out, love. Give you some time too cool off.” He turned out the room. She took a deep breath in while her jaw clenched, then let out some of the rage. She looked back to the bed at the tube hung over its rail.

A silver liquid ran down to the tiled floor. She lifted her hand and rubbed the back of her neck; it was smooth, and wet. She brought her hand forward and sniffed at the silver fluid on her finger tips. Mother? She turned her head to the left and let it lean on her raised shoulder. Was it some new medicine for bone marrow transplant? She rubbed at her sore hip. The last one she had was before she left for Learning. She had to thank her, but not yet. She was too raw.

Author Spotlight: The Day the Sky Fell (The Yellow Hoods, #5) by Adam Dreece

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight. This week I have Adam Dreece sharing the fifth book in The Yellow Hoods series, The Day the Sky Fell. He’ll be sharing an excerpt from the book with us, but first lets learn more about Adam.

He says…

In 2014, I stopped my “hopefully one day” dream of becoming an author, stopped doing nothing with my writing, and kicked off my indie author life. Twenty-five years of doing nothing with my writing was enough, and after two medical events, I was filled with drive to change my life.

I’ve written the much loved young adult series, The Yellow Hoods, a world where steampunk and fairy tale meet. In 2016, I revealed two other sides of me, my all-action side with The Wizard Killer and my sci-fi/thriller side with The Man of Cloud 9.

In 2016, I showed two other sides of myself as an author, The Wizard Killer – Season One which is post-apocalyptic fantasy written in an episodic style, and the upcoming science fiction book, The Man of Cloud 9, which is infused with some of my high tech life from before I was an author.

I’m a frequent public speaker at schools and conventions, a dyslexic with some motivational chronic issues, and live in Calgary, Alberta with my wife and kids.

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In a world of shadow secret societies and brilliant inventions, fairy tales are real. Welcome to the world of The Yellow Hoods.

As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?

The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods? Find out!

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Chikahn fell backwards, his hands over his ears. “What are you doing? Who are you? Leave my village alone!” He scrambled back to his feet and ran for all he was worth.

As he came upon the white post in the road telling him the village was only a half-mile away, the world fell silent. He slowed to a walk and then dropped to his knees. There wasn’t a building left standing. Everything was on fire that hadn’t been destroyed, and he couldn’t hear the cry of a single child. His blood ran cold.

The airship put out its wings again. The wind passed no judgement on it and gave it a strong push.

“No!” he yelled, standing. “You do not get to float away!” He turned about, his hands outstretched. “Where is the justice in this? My village did harm to no one! Who will right this? Who?” He lost his words as he noticed a strange cloud floating the wrong way. Squinting at it, he shook his head. “Am I dreaming?”

The cloud then lowered in the sky and accelerated towards the escaping airship. The air filled with the sounds of a hundred windmills.

“Are you… the god of the sky?” he asked.

Author Spotlight: Beneath the Silver Rose by T.S. Adrian

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today we’re featuring T.S. Adrian’s first novel in the Shadyia Ascendant series, Beneath the Silver Rose.

A graduate in history, specializing in Central-European history, T.S. Adrian is an avid computer gamer, reader enthusiast, and teacher of English as a foreign language. Adrian currently resides in Poland.

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Forbidden Passion in an Age of Veiled Magic!

In the cold halls of the Silver Rose palace, sisters are schooled in the arts of pleasure, but are forbidden from falling in love themselves. When Shadyia breaks the tenants of the sorority, her penance is to appease an order of vicious knights to protect the sisterhood from the wrath of their crusade.

Caught between an ancient conflict of Order and Chaos, Shadyia must conceal her romance with a fellow sister while uncovering the mystery of a powerful magician who masquerades as a wealthy scholar.

Time is running out as Shadyia, with sword in hand, descends beneath the Silver Rose into a labyrinth of deadly traps and shadowy guardians. For only there can she defy the crusaders and avert the prophecy of a darkness that returns to consume the world.

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The wolfguard rushed forward and seized her arms. Amrita shot her a seething look, but changed to an expression of pleading as Dunstan glared back down at her. “Mercy, Lord. She’s just a girl.”

Dunstan sneered, a look of victory in his eyes. “She’s no girl. And, from the way William boasted, he’s quite taken with her.” He turned his vulturous gaze on Shadyia and followed her curves. “But, after my men are finished, he won’t find her so attractive.”
Disgust nearly forced her to twist away, but she closed her mind to Dunstan’s words. Think. Don’t struggle. The calloused hands clamped on her biceps offered no hope for escape. What could she do?

Once again, Dunstan addressed the women in the audience chamber. “Let this stand as a warning. My horse is not to be defeated, at the Diamond, or anyplace else!”

Deception. It was her only chance. Deceit had worked six years ago when the king’s men had found her covered in blood near a dead noble. It would work here as well. She went limp and hung in the men’s arms, her dark hair obscuring her face. The wolfguard’s laughter jostled their hands.

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