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Sunday, May 24, 2020

From Despair to Where

A press release about a thrilling new read follows.

A fast-paced dystopian thriller. Jack & Lucy must find a way to let go of the past and adapt to a new order.

From Despair to Where, a dystopian thriller set in a zombie infested wilderness, was recently released by debut novelist Oliver Smith.

Available in paperback and as an ebook from Amazon, where you can even read for free with Kindle Unlimited, the book isn’t your typical gory zombie novel. It critiques society and develops characters with care and attention to keep the reader engrossed in the safety of protagonists they care about.

With Manchester history, modern culture, and a story that introduces the more chilling elements of the 21 st century society, the book is much more about the living than the dead.

Oliver commented, “I’ve always loved post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction and how they explore the reactions and experiences of survivors. Unfortunately, the book has taken a more realistic turn with recent events, but I hope people can get a bit of escapism by reading it.”

From Despair to Where’s main protagonists are Jack, who is lost in the everyday rat race; and Lucy, who recently moved to Manchester after the loss of her soul mate. Their lives intertwine and they must find a place to call home in order to survive. As they search the meaning of their new life, and the old one left behind, the stark reality of survival is laid bare as they fight the dead and psychopathic survivors, intent on inflicting harm.

Oliver concluded, “I like to think that From Despair to Where is more about hope than anything, which is particularly poignant at the moment. With coronavirus, we as a species are facing the biggest challenge in my living memory, I hope that when normality returns, we will be kinder to each other and the planet, and learn from our mistakes.”

Oliver also runs a blog called Dystopian Novels which features short stories, other great books from indie authors, and other news about books on the dystopian and sci-fi spectrums.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Fantasy Adventure at Bookwerm EBook Deals

Bookwerm listing for Fantasy Adventure, 99 cents or free with Kindle Unlimited.

From Bookwerm's webmaster: "In the end, my goal is to grow this small site into a solid option for authors to market their books, and for readers to discover them. Going forward, I intend to do that more organically. I have tried various paid advertising methods, but in the end the site’s most faithful visitors have found it on its own, so I’d like to return to the foundation of the site and focus on the value it can provide."

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A Science Fiction Adventure. Animated Cover 2.

We thought the aliens wouldn’t find us. We were wrong.

At Goodreads: “A major voice not only in American literature but also in the LGBTQ genre.”

Monday, April 13, 2020

Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure. Animated Cover 1.

In an alternate reality, the human home world of Valchondria comes together under a constitution based on the Iroquois Federation. Centuries later, the Iroquois scientist Taldra becomes Valchondria’s Leader.

Now Taldra and her twin gay sons must form new alliances as humanity faces a race of alien shapeshifters intent on using people as a food source. One of Taldra’s rivals might pose an even greater threat.

“The most intriguing aspect of the story is controlled by emotion as relatable characters grow and brave it all together, selflessly helping each other.” -Enas Reviews

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Monday, April 06, 2020

New Science Fiction Artwork

Meet Taldra, an Iroquois scientist who challenges her world’s repressive government and later must lead that world against an alien invasion. Artwork by Anadelaossa. #NativeWomen #Native #DiverseSciFi

As a child, Argen outscored everyone’s intelligence. His teen years might destroy him, or he might help his family save the human home world. Artwork by Anadelaossa. #Native #QueerPOC #QueerSciFi

Taldra: Science Fiction Adventures.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Author Directory at Booksta

My author profile now appears in the Author Directory at Booksta. It humbled and flattered me to see my name listed with some of the greatest writers of today and some of the greatest writers in literary history: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dan Brown, Toni Morrison, George R.R. Martin, Aldous Huxley, Jane Austen, and many others. The directory page links to individual listings, which consist of a short biography and some interesting facts, as well as at least one book from the author.

Booksta pays members to answer questions about books featured at the app and website.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Queer SciFi Double Feature

Taldra: Science Fiction Adventures

At Barnes & Noble.Com, the eBook is half off during April 2020 with coupon code BNPTaldra.

Taldra Discussion in Two Gay Geeks Webcast.

Set in an alternate reality, the Taldra novels focus on gays, people of color, and powerful women. Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure flings an Iroquois family into a battle across time and space. In Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, alien shapeshifters and dark secrets threaten humanity. Both works appear in this specially priced eBook.

“Edge-of-your-seat action, scenes that detail the turmoil and terror of an alien attack and an inside look at love and acceptance for humanity’s differences.” —Tome Tender. Read this SciFi Book Review.

“A highly-imaginative sci-fi adventure. Simolke’s alternate universe hits all the right notes between the fantastic and the believable. There is a dizzying and impressive array of ideas that permeate this novel. Taldra is a great sci-fi read, especially for those who enjoy history and religion mixed in with technology. This is one story where all three blend seamlessly into one.” Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★ Read this SciFi Book Review.

Set in an alternate reality, the Taldra adventures focus on gays, people of color, and powerful women. Books 1 and 2 of Taldra both appear in this specially priced collection. Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure flings an Iroquois family into a battle across time and space.

In an alternate reality, Earth is the planet Valchondria. No illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, the Maintainers carefully monitor everyone’s speech, actions, and weight. The Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color.

The Iroquois scientist Taldra thinks of her twin gay sons as the hope for Valchondria’s future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?

Winner, StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.

“A thought provoking and fun sci-fi read.” —Blogger Girls

In Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, alien shapeshifters want to feed on humanity. Taldra again relies on her sons to help protect Valchondria. The Maintainers still hold dark secrets that might pose an even greater threat than the invaders. World events and Native American storytelling inspired this sequel to Degranon.

“The most intriguing aspect of the story is controlled by emotion as relatable characters grow and brave it all together, selflessly helping each other.” -Enas Reviews

Thursday, March 26, 2020

SciFi Thriller Featured at Expansive Resource for Authors and Book Lovers

Sons of Taldra is a featured book at Proof Positive, a blog that offers book suggestions and writer interviews, as well as tips about writing, blogging, social media, marketing, and much more. Visit often for new resources. Find even more at MelanieRockett.Com.