Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’

Wolf of the Tesseract
by Christopher D. Schmitz
Genre: SciFi Fantasy
227 pages
While investigating a series of strange murders in her neighborhood,
college student Claire Jones is kidnapped by a handsome werewolf who
claims he’s rescuing her from the clutches of an evil sorcerer. But
she can’t run forever and if Claire and her companion can’t
reclaim an arcane artifact to end the warlock’s reign of terror, he
will unleash the dark god Sh’logath’s cataclysmic power upon the
universe, shattering dimensional barriers, and devouring all reality.

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Christopher D. Schmitz is the traditionally published and self-published author
of both fiction and nonfiction. When he is not writing or working
with teenagers he might be found at comic conventions as a panelist
or guest. He has been featured on cable access television broadcasts,
metro area podcasts, and runs a blog for indie authors.
Always interested in stories, media such as comic books, movies, 80s
cartoons, and books called to him at a young age—especially sci-fi
and fantasy. He lives in rural Minnesota with his family where he
drinks unsafe amounts of coffee. The caffeine shakes keeps the cold
from killing them. His entire family is musically gifted, although he
is, sadly, their only bagpiper.
Education: Schmitz also holds a Master’s Degree in Religion and freelances for
local newspapers. He is available for speaking engagements,
interviews, etc. via the contact form and links on his website or via
social media.


“The Unity Game” is science fiction with philosophy



A New York banker is descending into madness.

A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive.

A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones.

From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible.

Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a ‘complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel’ from an exciting and original new voice in fiction.

Goodreads * Amazon

Reviews for The Unity Game

 “A complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel.” ~~ Kirkus Reviews

“Elegantly written, expertly crafted and a moving message. I found this book very hard to put down. Moving and poignant.” ~~ Lilly, Amazon US reviewer

“An engrossing, unique, and totally bizarre tale! I could not stop reading it once I started. Such a beautiful take on the afterlife, and its connection to those still living. A unity game, indeed!”~~ Brenna, Goodreads reviewer


About the Author

Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Queen’s University in Canada. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a multinational law firm.

In 2003 she moved from New York to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA, which included a study trip around China and Taiwan, and climbing to the top of Hoverla, Ukraine’s highest peak and part of the Carpathian Mountains. She also served as President of the International Women’s Club of Kyiv, a major local charity.

During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.

In 2008, she decided to return to her dream of being a writer, and to dedicate her career to literature. In 2011, she completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. While her first novel was with a London agent, Leonora completed her second novel The Unity Game, set in New York City and on a distant planet.

Leonora currently lives in Barcelona and London and has two children. She is working on her third novel.





The Joy of Stories

By Leonora Meriel

I am the author of two novels. They are unusual, strange novels that cross genres and confuse poetry with prose. They have complicated plots and characters both alive and dead. I had dreamed of being a writer since I can remember, and writing and sharing my novels has made me incredibly happy.

I studied literature at university, and read widely. I studied the movements and ages of literature. I studied medieval literature and American literature. I read the Russian greats and novels from as many countries as I could find. I understood what a novel was and what a writer was. It was someone who dedicated their lives to the pursuit of excellence in literature. It was someone who I planned to be.

For one reason or another, I ended up self-publishing my first two novels. My agent couldn’t sell them, and truthfully, they are a bit strange for the mainstream. Thus I entered into the wonderful world of indie books and indie publishing. There was a lot of information to absorb, but one of the first things I learned was how helpful and generous other indie writers are. They genuinely enjoy supporting each other and sharing knowledge and practices. It’s a lovely thing.

I started to make friends in the indie community and joined some reading groups where we championed each other’s work. I also joined Twitter and was astonished by how many writers there were tweeting, writing, reading, editing – all in the throes of a book or a series. The deeper I got into my indie adventure the more extraordinary I found it. At university I had learned about the canon of literature – books carefully chosen as the best of the best. But here – there was everything! Every possible kind of short story, novel, series, plot twist, character, sexual adventure, thrilling ride, unlikely planet, belief system … and so much more. Here were literally millions of people around the planet burning with ideas and frantically writing those stories and sharing them with the world. To me – this is the most inspiring thing I could possibly have witnessed. As the news is going crazy around us with politics and instability, here are thousands upon thousands of human beings creating worlds, writing tales, imagining possibilities. It is the most pervasive evidence of the greatness of the human character that I have ever seen. Our planet is simply bubbling with the magma of these stories – and more are being created at every moment. While I have been writing this blog post – probably a hundred indie books have been published. And each one of those books will bring some kind of positive emotion, pleasure, laughter, excitement, inspiration or even frustration to someone over its lifetime.

I am not arguing that these books are “good” if you examine them from the sterile point of view of the canons of literature (usually white male writers, by the way, with a very few exceptions). Some of the books are written dreadfully. Some are full of typos. Some are begging for an editor. And a lot of them are excellent and should be read the world over.

When I observe the literary establishment of traditional publishers, book journals, newspapers with review sections, with their few hundred highly lauded novels (and a few thousand rubbish money-making commercial novels as well) it seems as if they are in an altogether different time. Clinging on to a cold, high chamber while there is a glorious, wildly-colorful festival of creativity going on all around the planet, in every part except where they are. And this festival has representatives of all the people whose voices should be heard – genders, colors, races, sexualities – there are no gatekeepers. And this is the party that I am proud to be at and one where I feel really happy and at home.

This flow of creativity gives me enormous hope for our future as humans. Whatever inconceivable madness is happening at the start of this century, I now do not doubt that we have the imagination to think of something new – a different way of being and interacting.

So go out there – read some indie novels. There may be commas missing. Or they may be impeccably edited. You might find the plot predictable. Or you might find it’s the most exciting genre-bending work you’ve ever read. Personally – it gives me an enormous joy that the human spirit is, without a doubt, creative at its very core. And so far as reading – I always liked taking a risk.

So join me in picking up an indie book, and don’t forget to write a review to share the love.

Thank you for reading.


Book Title: The One Apart by Justine Avery
Category: Adult fiction, 568 pages
Genre: Sci-fi & Fantasy / Paranormal
Publisher: Justine Avery
Release date: Dec 4, 2017
Tour dates: Nov 20 to Dec 8, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life.
He remembers—every life he’s lived before.

Tres is about to be born… with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.

He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he’s too afraid to ask: why am I?

In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.

Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.


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Meet the Author:


Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-sometimes before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter

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