Innovation – Free Sci-fi and fantasy books


Hi folks, I’ve got together with a bunch of other cool sci-fi and fantasy authors to bring you oodles of reads for your perusing pleasure.

Plus there’s a giveaway for a $50 gift card. So what are you waiting for get clicking.

Have you preordered your copy of ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON yet?

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Meet Stephanie Barr

Hi everyone today on Paws 4 Thought we’re pleased to introduce fantasy author, rocket scientist and cat lover, Stephanie Barr.


1) Which of your characters are you most like?

Most of my protagonist characters, including several side characters, are based on aspects of my own personality either gifted with traits I lack, taking that aspect to a much greater degree or both. Sometimes the aspects I lack are provided by people I know (a few exceptions like Lofar (short story) and Dante da Silv (Tarot Queen), both more based on my husband of the time).

Two in particular were focused on my being unusually bright (which does not get you friends) and my social awkwardness (not shyness) that makes me incredibly unpopular even today except among a few discerning folks. That’s Dylan Chroz of Saving Tessa and Nayna from the forthcoming Ideal Insurgent.

However, I’m probably most like Darma from Nine Lives. I know my own strengths, I’m smart, I’m not afraid to show it, but I’m also a dabbler, pushy, capable of quick changes of temper with moments of insecurity. And exceptionally protective.

2) What is important to you in your character building?

Strengths and weaknesses. Relatability. Depth. Growth. Sheesh so many things. Intelligence. Most of my characters are smart and I generally use brains over brawn to solve problems. Sarcasm is pretty popular, too.HUMOR! Too many books just aren’t funny enough.

I like characters that challenge stereotypes, that force readers to reexamine their preconceived notions or open them to new perspectives.

3) How much do you know about your characters ahead of time?

Before I put even one word to paper, I usually have a very good sense of who the character is, how they’d react, what shaped them, where they need to grow. Not what they look like. That’s rarely a key factor for me and I’ve had to be reminded a few times to even mention that.

I might not know everything consciously, but my subconscious will have it in my head and cough key details rationales, mindsets in the story that solidify my original thought. I’m a total pantser when writing a story, but not the characters; they’re always true to my original vision.

4) What genre do you admire but not write?

Truly well-researched historical fiction. Some of my favorite books are from this category (Hawaii, Shogun, etc) I’m a perfectionist and I’d have to have it exactly right, and I love research, but the amount of research to get every detail correct takes a lot of time and organization, two things I rarely have. It’s not that I couldn’t do it if I was really compelled, but, at least so far, I haven’t felt more compelled than I am for my speculative fiction that requires relatively little research.

5) What haven’t you tackled yet but plan to?

I’m a single mother with three kids–two at home and on the autistic spectrum. More than one person has encouraged me to take some of the little vignettes I’ve written on facebook and compile them into a book to encourage other parents of autistic kids, not only that they’re not alone for the challenging pieces but to really steep themselves in the joy of the fun and unique pieces.

Check out some of Stephanie’s books:

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Also Stephanie has an awesome story in Sins of the Gods – the most recent release of my Sins of Time anthology group.



Debbie’s Year of Reading, 2017

Hey folks, it’s that time again when I do a special shout-out of my favorite books I’ve read this year. This has definitely been the year of the indie – the first time when most of the books on this list are from indie authors.

So in no particular order, here are my faves (the six books I gave 5 star reviews to on Goodreads). I’m particular happy with this list as it covers a number of different genres and each one of these had a “wow” factor for me. In the comments I’d love to hear what your favorite reads were this year.


Adored this book my Australian writer, Mirren Hogan. The story which follows the tale of the Night Witches, a group of Russian women who flew fighter planes during World War II is the type of story that should be on every school curriculum.


Can we say awesome? I loved L. Woodswalker’s first book, Tesla’s Signal, and this second one was just as immersive and fun to read. Check out my review of Tesla’s Frequency here and pick up a copy.


And now for something a little different. Not-Ready-For-Juillard Players is a literary mystery (sort of) set in a music school. It’s compelling with characters that draw you to them. I met Eileen in my local NaNoWriMo group and feel sad that I didn’t read her beautiful book earlier. I hope she writes more as I adored her writing.


This one was oodles of fun! So Not a Hero is not your ordinary super-hero story. It’s fast paced with a awesome bad-ass woman as the lead character. Looking forward to reading book 2 that’s on my ever-growing reading list.

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Like cool urban fantasy with a kick-ass female protagonist. This is the one! I read the first two of E.A.Copen’s Judah Black novels this year and the rest are on my extremely long TBR list. Start with Guilty by Association and continue with Blood Debt.

So here we have it – my five star recommendations – BUT there are a bunch of other cool books I read this year, all of which I enjoyed. Check out my year of reading on Goodreads.


London Calling – A Charity Anthology

It’s London week for me. Tomorrow is the official release day of book 4 of my P.A.W.S. Saga – LONDINIUM, (Join the FB release party tomorrow for oodles of authors, books and prizes)

But today I’m excited to announce another release. I have a story in this charity collection, LONDON CALLING.

Quill & Ink PR’s charity anthology London Calling is LIVE!!!
One click your copy today while it’s 99c before the price is increased to $2.99!

All proceeds go to #LitWorld where your purchase will help strengthen kids and communities through stories!

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Join the release party – I’ll be hanging out there this evening

Join Quill & Ink in a multi-genre exploration of London. Within these pages, we fall in love, go back in time, sit on the edge of our seats with sweaty palms and racing hearts, and even solve some mysteries—all in support of LitWorld, a charity tackling worldwide illiteracy.

Slings & Arrows by Sarah Buhrman
Ring Me by C.L. Cannon
Postcards from London by Rebekah Dodson
Ripping the Sheets by Shakyra Dunn
Mistaken Identity by Stacey Johnston
My Partner, The Brit by Jessika Klide
The Life and Death of George Weeks by Debbie Manber Kupfer
The Cave by Claire Lalique
Destination Wedding by Lily Ryan

Please note that some of these stories contain adult content.

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Meet RL Andrew, author of A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships


Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m excited to welcome RL Andrew who recently published her debut novel the awesomely titled A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships.


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a former Legal Executive, chronically ill Australian writer, Movie Reviewer, mother of three adult daughters and grandmother (aka Grammy) to two grandchildren. Along with many short stories published in International Anthologies I’m also a regular, long term contributor to the Website based in New York.

(RL Andrew has a wonderful story in once of the horror anthologies I edited, Sins of the Future. Be sure to check it out, DMK)


I live in a regional city in Victoria, Australia, where I’ve been for around thirty years. Early next year my husband and I will be moving back to the place I grew up in where he will work as a full time bee keeper.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Edgar Allan Poe

Janet Evanovich

Joss Wheldon

Danielle Trussoni

The Soska Sisters

Nicholas Gyeney

  1. Tell us a bit about your new book, A Lunatic’s Guide To Interplanetary Relationships? (I love the title by the way. Reminds a lot of my favorite author Douglas Adams!)

Thank you so much. I grew tired of reading stories containing main characters with ordinary flaws, none over the age of 35 nor any sick ones. I’ve got a crazy imagination and one day the idea came to me. In many ways Shayne’s the physical embodiment of personality traits that frustrate and irritate me in people I’ve met or come across. She does get her darkness and sarcasm from me and her small stature. That’s about where the similarities end. As for Annu all his good qualities come from my husband and other close men in my life. In regards to the rest of their and other character’s traits are all fiction.


When perpetual screw-up Shayne James is transported from Earth to another planet, she has no idea she’s the key to saving the universe. When Annu discovers this puny human on his planet, little does he know that she’s the key to the two of them defeating the enemy. He finds her irritating, annoying, and somewhat attractive! If they don’t kill each other, or get killed by an unknown force attempting to take over the universe, they might live happily ever after.

(That sounds a lot of fun. I can’t wait to read it, DMK)

  1. If you could travel back in time to any place and period in the past where and when would you go?

Back to the time of creation when everything was apparently perfect.

  1. Do you have any pets? (Pictures please! We love to see furry friends here on Paws 4 Thought!)

We have one pet – a chocolate labrador named Max.


(Hi Max – he’s a cutie! DMK)

  1. What are you currently reading?

A day with an Extraterrestrial by Lou Baldin

Forbidden Science

The Anunaki of Niribu by Gerald Clark

The Hidden History of the Human Race by Michael A Cremo

  1. So whats next? What are you working now?

The sequel ‘A Demigoddess’s Guide to Menopause and Marriage’ is currently in revision stage and I’m plotting book three – A Demigoddess’s Guide to an Interplanetary Apocalypse.  (Adore those titles, DMK)

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

When I’m able to I go out in my garden and weed or tidy up. I also enjoy baking and watching horror movies, which I review for a New York based website. Purely for the experience and I’ve made some amazing contacts.

  1. Tell us a fun fact about Australia that my readers might not know?

Well for starters we live in towns and cities just like you guys. And while in some more country areas you see Kangaroos and Emus they aren’t wandering our streets. Oh and despite how it looks Vegemite on toast is delicious.

Would you like to read a little of A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships? Sure you would:

Chapter 1: Crazy Like a Falling Coconut

Ardrossan, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Earth

 How did I, Shayne James, a Demi-Goddess and daughter of the Great God Ki, end up in a nut house? It’s God damned ridiculous. Literally. Ive got to get out of here. I cant do another night in this stupid place.

Shayne shook the gate; her fingers ached and rust embedded beneath her nails. “What kind of screwed up torture is this? Haven’t I suffered enough?”

She surveyed the yard for Geoffrey from Ward 3, her one true fan, believer and stalker. Where he went, hospital staff followed. Yard all clear, Shayne counted on her fingers. “How many weeks have I spent in this shit hole?”

2 or 3? Fuck. I don’t know.

The medication they’d thrust into her made time a slippery worm difficult to grasp. The morning’s pills jiggled next to her phone in Shayne’s pocket. She’d hide them with the others. The few missed days cleared her brain and the memories returned. The instant their effects wore off, Shayne realised the governmental nightmare with its hard beds, terrible food, and bad TV, interfered with her true destiny on another planet.

Shayne kicked the metal lock. Pain shot through her foot. “Shit. Crap.”

She hopped in a circle and cursed dodgy hips connected to short legs. The bastards prevented her climbing up the Wistingera hedge beside the gate without assistance, and she couldn’t find anyone to hold her steady without grabbing her arse.

Cant get out the gate, cant break the fence, cant climb the hedge. I’ve tried all the doors. Which leaves what exactly?

Shayne breathed in crazy free air and ran through other options. “Oh fuck it. I can’t think of any. What to do, what to do?”

Her shoulders drooped; Shayne’s freedom remained as distant as Orion.

Even if I did escape, what then? How do I get home and back to Orion? Why can’t a wormhole just appear right here? Huh?

Frustrated with her lack of control, Shayne grabbed the top fence rail and shook. Each rattle represented wasted minutes spent there and the time taken from her future with Annu. The strive for freedom pulsed through her, it interrupted her thoughts and shoved her out of bed each morning. All to face a day filled with half baked escape concepts and pleas to release her Godly self.

Shayne moved her anger down a rung. “That nobody fucking listens to.”

Her arms ached; she relent her hold on the fence. Shayne shifted from the gate across to the hedge filling the fence and smushed into the middle of it. The faint scent of rosemary comforted her, a fresh wave of memories flooded Shayne’s mind.

Shayne wriggled her middle finger, not a scar or mark indicated its former separation.

I can’t believe I got a finger chopped off and it grew back, let alone all the other stuff.

Before being found on the pantry floor by her son and taken to the hospital, Annu held Shayne in his arms inside a stone room. Both Demi-Gods fresh from ascension, and filled with universal power. All they’d been through to get there seemed like a dream, and she’d fucked it up.

Shayne in the ultimate moment of stupidity mentioned Earth one too many times, and in a flash a wormhole ripped Shayne back to her home planet and away from love.

True fucking love and shit too.

Annu’s shocked expression tormented her. “Damn you medication for making me forget it even for one second.”

A branch stuck into her back, Shayne wriggled further onto the hospital’s back lawn, a large pile of dried bird poop on her right fared better than her. “We did everything right and in return we weren’t given time to soak in our success; the greatest moment of existence. Let alone kiss and enjoy things. No, not me. I got cosmically shafted. As usual.”

Shayne yanked out a wad of grass and tossed it to the side. “I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind, there’s something pleasant about that place, even your emotions had a gecko, and so much pace. Mmm. Does that make me crazyyyy? Does that make me–oh wait apparently it does.”

Neighbourhood dogs howled, a flock of magpies a few metres ahead shot into the air.

Bastards don’t appreciate a good voice. Oh what does it matter? My new life waits on the other side of the Galaxy, through the stupid wormhole–an hour and a half, several security guards, and several door alarms from here.

Shayne resigned herself to no knight in shining armour arriving to rescue her from the current dilemma.

Rather, a retard in tin foil waited on this one planet, on the hospital lawn, deep in thought and determined. “It’s not the first time I’ve saved myself. It’s probably like the third. Surely I can do it again?”

I miss my chocolate hulk.

Shayne shook her head, Annu lingered in her mind. Her belly gurgled, doubt poked into her thoughts.

Is he still waiting for me? No, he probably gave up, and I cant blame him. He’s probably relishing in glory–alone.

Shayne tried to twirl her jade ring, its absence on her naked finger shot another wave of panic through Shayne. She’d grown accustomed to the odd piece of jewellery despite its catalytic nature.

Where did it go? I must have lost it when I burst through the wall. Its got to be under the pantry shelf.

Shayne massaged a lump in her shoulder and sighed. “Another thing that doesn’t matter because I’m not getting out right now, so fuck it and fuck them.”

She scanned again for any sign of staff; all clear. Eyes squinted; she pulled out a smoke and lit it. Shayne inhaled to her lungs’ capacity, held the breath and fought coughing.

Hold it in, don’t waste it. Any second now it will be worth it. You’ve got to cough to get off don’t you?

The scratch in her lungs eased, a warm rush numbed her senses and removed life’s edges. While it didn’t remove the body pain, it made not caring about it easier.

Want to read more? Pick up a copy of A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships today.

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Say Hello to Wendy Van Camp


Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome writer, blogger, jeweler and poet Wendy Van Camp.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself Wendy.

Hello, I am Wendy Van Camp. I write science fiction, fantasy, scifaiku poetry, and dabble in regency romance. My work has appeared in literary and science fiction magazines such as “Shadows Express”, “Quantum Visions”, “Altered Reality Magazine”, “Luna Station Quarterly”, and “Far Horizons”. I have published one novelette and it is available via most online retail outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

I’ve been married to the same guy for over 20 years and have a furbaby that I spoil. I collect fountain pens, inks and notebooks like other women collect shoes. I’ve been an artisan jeweler for the past 20 years and a certified gemologist since 2011. However, I consider myself to be more a writer than a jeweler these days.

  1. When did you first start writing?

Some of my earliest memories are of being a writer.  I wrote my first novelette when I was 4 or 5 years old, all in child’s handwritten scrawl, and a second one when I was in high school on a broken Selectric typewriter.  I remember having to move the carriage return with my right hand and typing only with my left.  My parents never offered to fix the machine!  To them, writing was not something to be encouraged.  I was the only creative one in the family and they did not quite understand my need to make music, draw, or tell stories.

I always intended to become an author when I “grew up”, but then a little thing called “Star Wars: A New Hope” happened.  I was enamored by the film and its slick new editing style.  I changed from wanting to write, to telling my stories via movies. I wanted to be a film director like George Lucas and ended up going to film school here in California. I spent a good fifteen years afterward producing and directing television projects as a career.  Writing took a backseat.

It was not until I was in my early 40s that I returned to writing novels.  I credit Nanowrimo with inspiring me to become a novelist. While I had been a participant of Nanowrimo for several years, I was suffering from writer’s block and could never put together a fictional story.  Then one day in 2010, a character woke up in me and demanded that I start writing about him.  That year was the first time that I won the 50K word goal at Nanowrimo. I viewed my writing as a hobby at that point, but have come full circle and have returned to the idea of being a professional writer.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

My favorites include: Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Elizabeth Moon, and Robert A. Heinlein.

  1. Tell us a little about The Curate’s Brother.

The Curate’s Brother” is a novelette that could be seen as a prequel to Jane Austen’s famous novel “Persuasion”. It is also the first of a series of four stories that uses Austen’s characters, but departs from her storyline into a new “what if” of my own invention.  The first story revolves around the relationship between the two Wentworth brothers as seen through the eyes of Edward Wentworth and showcases many historical elements of the regency time period.

Edward Wentworth, a young Anglican curate, is surprised by the arrival of his brother. Commander Fredrick Wentworth, the “hero of San Domingo”, is on shore leave from his battles in the Napoleonic war and has come to spend time with the only family he has in England.

All the good Commander wants to do is flirt and dance with the ladies until he is called back to sea, but when his flirting extends to a young outgoing beauty that Edward always disdained as “a child”, the curate becomes aware that his opinion of the girl is sorely outdated.  Meanwhile, Frederick becomes drawn to a shy wallflower, Anne Elliot.  She is the daughter of a baronet and above his station, but Frederick pays no heed to his brother’s warnings that class may prevent their union.

At the end of summer, a letter and package arrive that will change everything for the two brothers. Which way will prevail? The bold actions of the commander or the quiet manners of the curate?


  1. What is your favorite genre to read/write? What attracts you to it?

I consider myself to be mainly a science fiction author.  Most of my short stories are either science fiction or fantasy, although many of them have not been published as yet.  I have been reading science fiction since my early years and continue to love the genre.  When I think of science fiction, I think of the “golden age” of sci-fi.  These stories looked to the future and showed how humanity might better itself instead of being dystopic in nature.  That is what attracts me, messages of hope for the future.

  1. If you could have dinner with anyone real or fictional who would you choose?

That would be Jane Austen.  I love her writing and her wit.  I fear that I would be the butt of her jokes since I’m a bit square and would not be able to keep up with her verbally!  She is the inventor of the romance genre, but her writing draws deep upon character.  This is what I admire and I’d love a chance to be able to chat with her about writing.  It is too bad that time travel is not possible.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your blog. What would we find there if we visited?

No Wasted Ink features science fiction and fantasy author interviews, book reviews of classic sci-fi and fantasy novels, writer’s links, my articles, and my own illustrated scifaiku poetry.  There are links to my book and short stories.  Many of the short stories and poetry I’ve published in magazines are free to read, just follow the handy links.  The blog is entering its fifth year and still going strong. If you love to read science fiction or fantasy, you will find plenty on No Wasted Ink to interest you.

  1. Here on Paws 4 Thought we love to meet author’s furry companions. Do you have a pet you’d like to share with us?

This touches close to my heart.  My Aussie shepherd is my constant companion.  She has a special cushion in front of my office where she can rest her arthritic bones as she “guards” my door.  My baby girl is turning into an old lady, but I love her all the same.  We still enjoy walks and I give her treats every day.


  1. So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

The sequel to “The Curate’s Brother” is “Christmas in Kellynch”. It is in final editing and will be released sometime in 2017. I am also in the revision stage of a science fiction/steampunk novel trilogy and a poetry chapbook of science fiction haiku on the theme of Mars.  There are many science fiction and fantasy short stories in the pipeline.  One by one, they will find homes in magazines.  I will announce on the blog when they publish.

  1. How can readers connect with you?






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Spell Slinger – Free this week!


Proper lady by day.
Evil fighting vigilante by night.

Yara Ortuso always knew she’d follow in her father’s footsteps as a Spell Slinger–until her mother sold her off as a concubine to a lord, after a forbidden romance.

Yara would have served her time as a wife to keep her family safe, but when King Loric sets a decree to abolish magic, she has no choice but to make plans for her escape.

Her best friend–a crow shifter named Hero is just what she needs. Yara vows to end the reign of murder and tyranny. But when the skeleton key transports Yara to a distant future, she must adapt to this new world.

The future is an alluring and mysterious place, where the effects of a world without magic is apparent by the rise in supernatural activity–and King Loric still lives.

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, K.N. Lee presents Spell Slinger, a sci-fi fantasy romance fans are comparing to anime meets epic-fantasy. Follow Yara’s epic journey in this futuristic fast-paced steampunk adventure perfect for fans of Gail Carriger and Branden Sanderson!

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