Signal Boost: Superheroes: The Crossover Alliance Anthology V3

New anthology which may be of interest to our readers:

Superheroes: The Crossover Alliance Anthology V3 by [Levigne, Michelle, Norman, Kristin L., Huguenin, Timothy G., Webb, Clayton, Finelli, Jen, Rzasa, Steve, Williams, D.A., Norman, Nathan James, Johnson, Rosemary E., Collings, Adam David, Cowan, JD]

Some pursue heroism, others are thrust into it.

Superheroes. They live among us, some hidden in plain sight, others as well-known celebrities. All carry a burden and a purpose: to destroy the evils of this world and keep the common man safe from harm.

But evil is a strong thread that refuses to be cut. How much sacrifice will be demanded to destroy that which seeks to destroy us, and are there enough heroes to do the job?

Experience a collection of short stories brimming with the struggles of heroism and the dark side of villainy, where real-world content merges with Christian fiction to produce a unique storytelling atmosphere.

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Signal Boost: Rocky Mountain Retribution!

Peter Grant’s Brings the Lighting just won CLFA Book of the Year! Now you can buy the sequel: Rocky Mountain Retribution! 

In the post-Civil War West, the railroads are expanding, the big money men are moving in, and the politicians they are buying make it difficult for a man to stand alone on his own. So, Walt Ames moves his wife, his home and his business from Denver to Pueblo. The railroads are bringing new opportunities to Colorado Territory, and he’s going to take full advantage of them.

Ambushed on their way south, Walt and his men uncover a web of corruption and crime to rival anything in the big city. And rough justice, Western-style, sparks a private war between Walt and some of the most dangerous killers he’s ever encountered, a deadly war in which neither friends nor family are spared.

Across the mountains and valleys of the southern Rocky Mountains, Walt and his men hunt for the ruthless man at the center of the web. Retribution won’t be long delayed… and it cannot be denied.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RETRIBUTION is the second book in The Ames Archives, the classic Western series that began with BRINGS THE LIGHTNING. Author Peter Grant is a military veteran, a retired pastor, and the author of The Maxwell Saga and The Laredo Trilogy.

Excerpt:

He took out his notebook once more, tore out four pages from the back, and printed carefully in block letters on each one:

HORSE THIEF
MURDERER

He cut a small slit in each page, and eased one over a button on the shirt of the body on the ground; then, as the hanged men’s struggles slowed and ceased, he did the same to each of them. At last they hung still and silent, twisting slowly at the end of their ropes, labeled for what they were.

“What’re you gonna do with their guns, boss?” Sandy asked.
“Keep them, of course.” Walt sounded surprised that he needed to ask.

Signal Boost: Lord Talon’s Revenge

A Comedy of Greed, War, Hatred, Betrayal, and Other Desirable Things

A man with no name, no country, no face, has one simple desire: revenge on the tyrant who robbed him of everything. Just a few small obstacles stand in his way. . . .

Greed: Sagrendus the Golden, Prince of Dragons, has a good business: abduct princess, collect ransom, repeat until rich. He charges extra for taking sides.

War: General Griffin, ogre mercenary, always fights for his client — even if there is nobody to fight against.

Hatred: Princess Jacinth hates the man she will have to marry — whoever he is. She also hates kings, rescuers, men, women, and especially porcelain dolls.

Betrayal: What keeps King Talvos on the throne of Ilberion? He’s better at double-crossing than anyone who double-crosses him.

And then there is one young fool with a sword, who still believes in heroes. Revenge is about to get a lot more complicated.

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Science Blast! Venus, We’re Coming For You!

New technology means NASA may be heading to Venus! (Obviously, they’ve heard about our anthology and wish to join in the romance!)

NASA Has Developed Electronics to Withstand the Toxic Hellhole That Is Venus

Venus, we’re coming for you.

 PETER DOCKRILL   11 FEB 2017

Given that a return trip to Venus would be about 30 to 50 percent shorter than a round ticket to Mars, you might wonder why so much scientific effort revolves around getting us to the Red Planet, rather than exploring the second planet from the Sun.

Consider this: the longest-lasting probe that made it to the surface of Venus survived for a grand total of 2 hours and 7 minutes before its circuits were fried. Nope, Venus’s scorchingly hot, corrosive, and heavy atmosphere isn’t exactly inviting – but new electronics developed by NASA could give us our best chance yet of studying this toxic hellhole up close.

Engineers at the space agency’s Glenn Research Centre in Cleveland have come up with circuitry capable of lasting 100 times longer than previous Venus mission electronics.

That means we might finally have the technological basics for actually getting some long-lasting science done on the hottest planet in the Solar System, with an average surface temperature of 462° Celsius (863° Fahrenheit).

“If you look at Mars missions, there’ve been rovers on the surface getting all sorts of scientific data,” NASA electronics engineer Philip Neudeck told Ryan F. Mandelbaum at Gizmodo.

“That dataset is totally missing from Venus, and that’s because the electronics don’t function on Venus.”

Read more here…

Lyonesse is LIVE!

New Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine Lyonesse is now LIVE!

Their opening announcement: We have 23 stories live in our back catalog at the moment, all available in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF format – or readable for subscribers straight from the web site itself. Our first new story, The Dreaming Wounds by Anya Ow, will go out later this afternoon.

Base subscriptions start at only $6.99 per year, so don’t wait – get yours today!

Visit Lyonesse!  The best fiction on the web*

 

*(Until Superversive SF’s new magazine Astounding Frontiers goes live!)

Signal Boost! The Stone Soldiers Series

Guest Signal Boost by Nate Winchester

If you’ve read much of my blog and my thoughts on the show, Supernatural, you’ll know I sometimes discuss how the show ends up being a parable on the patterns civilization and anarchy. The most common being when citizens are in danger, ordinary folks will have to step up to do the necessary tasks. If this becomes common enough, society institutionalizes the job. Example: Laws must be enforced in a society – people have better things to do – ergo the society creates the institution of “police” to enforce the norms of that society.

The Stone Soldiers series runs with the question: What if the USA institutionalized dealing with the supernatural? Or for the show’s fans, “What if hunters were deputized?”

But this series isn’t some philosophical treatise or navel-gazing, no sir. It’s pure pulp slathering on action & coolness over its questioning. This isn’t Law & Order: SPN (though I would pay to watch that) but Hawaii-five-O: SPN. This is Sam & Dean going on hunts with the US government backing them up. (Which, yes I will admit that the government being efficient or effective at anything is probably the most fantastical part of the books – and I’m counting the shapeshifters.)

Of course if you gave Sam & Dean all the backing of the USA government, you’d also have to up the threat and that is certainly done here as the books set up a beastie so nasty, even the Predator would hesitate going after one of these. Yes, that movie was brought to mind a few times since one can see Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime playing the lead role of this series.

Anyway, if you have an enemy too mean, it becomes questionable whether the heroes can win at all. This brings us to my second favorite part of the series. See, in his review for the X-files episode “Fresh Bones” Chuck of SF Debris proposed the question: If, in the XF universe, “everything is real” what if humans fought aliens with things like… voodoo? Or to put it another way: what if invading aliens landed on an ancient Indian burial ground? In this series, the defenders of humanity run with that very question of mixing & matching supernatural features. If Medusa’s gaze only affects males, what happens to a shape-shifter that can be male or female? Could we partially infect soldiers with werewolfism to make them stronger without the curse side effects? (There weren’t aliens in the first two books, but they may show up later given the titles of later volumes.) This book series runs with those challenges and even answers them with logic and consistency – no really, I can’t express my gratitude for how well this world keeps things working. The only thing I appreciated more was its general appropriate use of religion without being insulting or stupid like some modern fiction.

Any cons to the books? Well the prose style isn’t quite to my taste but it does its job well enough and shouldn’t be a hindrance to less snobbish readers though some parts can end up being repetitive. The character work is pretty light with the protagonists painted more with broad brushes than nuance. I was informed that the first book was adapted from a screenplay submitted for a contest and it does show (for example, the “rednecks who mug the monster” bit) while the 2nd book at least works far better under the strictures of the novel format.

But all in all, it’s a quick, light read. You can check out the first book for free at the link below, and get the 2nd one (for only a dollar) if you want.

Summery – It’s an 80s action movie mixed with the supernatural in book form.

Colonel Mark Kenslir is the last of the Cold War supersoldiers–and he’s just come back from the dead. 

Sent to Arizona to hunt a heart-devouring shapeshifter, Colonel Kenslir and his team of supernatural-smashing soldiers thought it was just another mission. But instead of stopping the monster’s murderous rampage, the Colonel and his team became the latest victims in a trail of carnage blazed across the Southwest.

Suffering from partial amnesia, with no weapons and no support, Kenslir must rely on two reluctant teens to help him remember his past, complete his final mission and avenge his men.

(Warning! Contains extreme violence and pulp action that may be too intense for some readers.)

Colonel Mark Kenslir, a cold warrior cursed to live forever, is rebuilding his team of stone soldiers after a campaign to stop a rampaging shapeshifter in the American southwest. But word soon arrives that someone, or something, is again on the loose, ripping out and consuming human hearts to steal the memories and forms of civilians.

Kenslir enlists the help of one brave teen and an FBI postcognitive empath to track down the new killer–only to discover there are now two prehistoric shapeshifters loose in the modern world.

Falling back to their headquarters to regroup and replenish their numbers, the Detachment soon find themselves under assault from the ravenous shapeshifters–who are intent on pillaging the military’s greatest supernatural treasures.

Can a new generation of stone soldiers and a girl struggling to understand her new cryokinetic abilities turn the tide of battle, or will Colonel Kenslir die at the hands of a shapeshifter again?

The Stone Soldiers are America’s secret weapon against the forces of darkness. A small detachment of psychics, supernatural soldiers and men turned to living stone, they respond to threats conventional forces are not equipped to handle. Battling myths, monsters and magic around the world, the men and women of Detachment 1039 stand ready to do whatever it takes to stop evil in its tracks.