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Sunday, June 05, 2022

Sunday, May 29, 2022

A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1)

A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1)A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rebecca Crunden gives us a complex heroine in Catherine, raised in affluence while hearing a lifetime of lies about a dystopian society. A Touch of Death follows Catherine's journey into the Outlands with a man she despises: the brother of the man she loves. Along the way, we see the many ways the corrupt can justify cruelty, the eloquent can hide murder, and the heroic can defy everything. Crunden delivers a fast-paced narrative, propelled by action and conflicted emotions.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

New SciFi Artwork: General Sydra, Woman Warrior

General Sydra, one of the Maintainers in Sons of Taldra. I won this free commission from O. P. Holden’s Project Octavian group by signing up for their weekly mailing list. Other scifi writers who want to do the same should sign up right away.

From O. P. Holden: “We’re putting together an anthology of short stories with a team of talented artists, writers, and editors, and currently open to submissions. We’re also looking for potential beta-readers interested in grading and critiquing short stories before they’re released for publication.” Read more details at Manga Raiders.

Picture description: A Black woman in her late thirties, with a weapon over one hand. She wears the gray and black uniform of a Maintainer in Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure.

In Sons of Taldra, the Maintainers are the judges, juries, police, and military of the human home world. Some of them are violent, corrupt, or power-hungry, but Sydra only wants to help and protect people.

Please read the Sons of Taldra review at Doctor Who Online and please follow O. P. Holden on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

#QueerSciFi Pride: An Updated List of Taldra Links.

@duanesimolke In Taldra, a #FirstNation family protects the human home world. #BookTok #sciencefictiondoublefeature #ScienceFiction #SciFi #Native #NativeAmerican ♬ original sound - BookTok and SciFi Geek 🌈

Taldra: Two Science Fiction Adventures at Barnes & Noble (print and eBook).

Taldra: Two Science Fiction Adventures at Amazon (print and eBook).

Taldra: Two Science Fiction Adventures at Smashwords.

Feed My Reads Interview with Taldra.

Taldra Discussion in Two Gay Geeks Webcast.

Instagram Book Promotion: Taldra.

Instagram @caty.books: Taldra.

BookPromotions BookTok: Taldra.

BookTok: My Taldra Video.

BookTok: My Meet Taldra Video.

“Creative and unique.” —R.L. Wood. Read this SciFi Book Review.

“I hope to see more by this author.” —Emily. Read this SciFi Book Review.

“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 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.

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 and dark secrets threaten humanity.

“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

Keywords: gay marriage, love is love, LGBT, queer, POC, People of Color, Native American, Iroquois, Navajo, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latino, Latina, Asian, Middle Eastern, religion, faith, atheism, cults, diversity, DiversityInSFF, strong females, powerful women, women, alternate reality, space epic, romance, free speech, individuality, scifi, SyFy.

Monday, March 28, 2022

New SciFi Trailer

This new trailer for Sons of Taldra: A Science Adventure evokes the book cover.

“Refreshingly different, and at its beating heart is some much needed diversity that slots in effortlessly and with purpose.” –Sebastian J. Brook, Doctor Who Online

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Featured Free Writer Resource: SelfPublist.Com

Self-Publist.Com provides free book promotion and book services promotion. A bot also randomly generates tweets about the books at the Self-Publist Twitter account. Details about how to submit your book or service information appear at the site, along with forums and more.

The landing page says, “Welcome to SelfPubList, a resource where you can list your self-published books for free! For those of you that offer services for authors, there’s plenty for you here too. Create a profile, list your services and contact details and engage with the writing community.”

Adam Matlow created the site. He’s also a beta reader and the author of the science fiction novels Fractured and Dark Sentinel.

Please also visit my SelfPublist.Com profile. Thanks for stopping by DuaneSimolke.Com!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

SciFi in March

I'm enjoying Superman and Lois, The Flash, Star Trek: Discovery, and Star Trek: Picard, while wanting to see Halo's premiere.

@duanesimolke #lgbtqpride #gayscifi #queerbook @duanesimolke Free at Smashwords.Com until March 28. #gaygeek ♬ I'm Gay - Scott Thompson & Joe Sealy
Limited time offer for a free science fiction read at Smashwords.

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Interview with Texas Artist Becky Blake

Feed My Reads provided a character interview of Becky Blake, one of the residents of my fictional West Texas town Acorn. Becky appears in some of the tales in The Acorn Stories.

Read the full interview, and read about more books, at Feed My Reads: Main Character Interview with Duane Simolke and The Acorn Stories.