Shades of Black – Now in Audio!

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Shades of Black is a story I wrote originally for anthology that never happened. An idea conceived by Misha Burnett – Sins of Elsewhen. The concept was a series of horror tales set in alternate timeline.

I grew up in London in a outer suburb of the city, Barking, where the air was not great. I’ve had asthma since I was four-years old and probably Barking’s poor air quality contributed to it. But at least the local factories were controlled. I knew my history and knew that in 1956 Parliament passed the Clean Air Act otherwise air quality in London would have been a whole lot worse.

So, for my Sins of Elsewhen story I imagined a world where the Clean Air Act never passed due to an unscrupulous businessman called George Weeks. Read my story on ebook or listen to this wonderful new recording by the perfect narrator for the job, Londoner, Paul Winter.

Now available on Audible or if you would prefer you can pick up a review copy from Story Origin.

Ebook – 99 cents – everywhere.

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Happy Reading and Listening (Or maybe Thoughtful is a better word here as this is NOT a happy story.)

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Shades of Black – New Release!

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In 1952 London experienced the Great Smog. Around 4,000 people died and 100,000 became sick. It was this that led Parliament to pass the Clean Air Act of 1956 which paved the way to cleaner air and was an important milestone in the protection of the environment. But what if the Act was never passed? What if a young and unscrupulous politician and businessman had blocked its passing? Meet George Weeks … A cautionary tale of a world that might of been.

Now in ebook (various venues) – just 99 cents.

I wrote this story originally for an anthology that didn’t happen — Sins of Elsewhen – horror stories for an alternative reality. I later tweaked the tale and added it to Sins of the Gods, but decided that with the dismal state of today’s environment that this was a good time to share my original tale with the world.

Pick up a copy today on Amazon, Kobo, or Apple (coming soon to other venues) for just 99 cents.
Or hop over to Story Origin to pick up a free review copy.

 

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Meet Joseph Madden

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome science fiction writer, Joseph Madden. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Joseph.

I was born and raised in Queens, New York, but now I live in East Central Wisconsin with my wife, daughter and a plethora of fur-covered critters. When I was seven years old, my parents took me to see the original Star Wars for the first time. It changed my life. I became obsessed (in a good way) with it. I devoured anything science fiction that I could read or watch, and it remains a passion to this day.

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When did you first start writing?

I actually wrote my first story when I was about six years old. It was about the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, Muttley. Six or seven pages written AND illustrated. It has yet to see publication.

When I was twelve, I had a teacher who put a bunch of words up on the board (dragon, castle, wizard, etc.) and told us we had to use them in a story. Rather than it being a boring assignment, I took it as a challenge and turned in four hand-written, front and back pages. I had so much fun with it that I started writing stories just for fun. Been doing it ever since.

Who are your favorite authors?

I grew up loving Mark Twain. Arthur C Clark, Timothy Zahn, and Dean Koontz are all favorites and strong influences on me. Probably the earliest things I remember reading were Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics. I think I was reading him even in kindergarten.

What are you reading now?

I am reading The Pioneers by David McCullough. I have a deep-seated love of American history and McCullough is, in my eyes, the undisputed master of historical non-fiction.

What inspires you to write?

So many things inspire me. Movies, books, historic events. Music is a huge fount of inspiration for me. I love film scores. John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and others write such epic pieces and I will draw from those sources and sometimes I find myself writing scenes to match what I listen to. In addition, a good trip to Disney World is always a good way to get my creative juices flowing.

Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

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The Starhawk Chronicles: Rest and Wreck-reation is the sequel to my first novel (Also titled The Starhawk Chronicles). It was originally inspired by, of all things, a trip I took to Las Vegas back in the mid-nineties. I had put my characters through so much in the first book that I decided to give them a break in the second book and send them on vacation. Of course, chaos ensues as the become wrapped up in a planetary revolution while just trying to take some time off. It was the most fun I’ve had to date writing.

What was your favorite subject at school?

I always liked to read, even from a very early age, so English was probably my favorite (except for book reports). As I got into high school, I really developed my love of history, especially for the Revolutionary War and World War II. And, of course, I excelled at lunch.

Who is your favorite character you’ve written?

Kayla Karson, one of the characters in the first Starhawk Chronicles. She’s a maverick. A loose cannon, and you never know what she might say or do next. That includes myself, there are literally times when I go to write her doing one thing, and she just disobeys and runs off to do her own thing. She is also a perfect foil for my main character. She drives him absolutely crazy, and that interplay makes things really fun to write. Currently, I am in the middle of writing her own spin-off novel.

What attracts you to fantasy?

In Middle School, we had to read The Hobbit. I thought it was going to be the most horrible read. The first chapter moved so slow and I thought I would never be able to finish it. Once I got into the meat of the story, I flew through it and was the first in class to finish reading it. After that, I started reading TSR’s Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. I was hooked on fantasy after that.

What are you currently working on?

In addition to the Kayla Karson novel I mentioned, I am working on the third book in The Starhawk Chronicles, another series about a band of fighter pilots engaged in a galactic war that predates The Starhawk Chronicles without being a direct prequel to it, a story about Earth’s first, successful off-world colony, AND an epic fantasy duology. Think Lord of the Rings but with much, much more humor.

Any big news you’d like to share with us?

Things are pretty quiet for now, until the release of my next novel, whichever that may be. I’ll have to let you know.

How can readers connect with you?

My Facebook page is probably my biggest go-to. (www.facebook.com/authorjjmadden) I try to respond within a few hours of any messages. I am also prevalent on Twitter and Instagram (both use authorjjmadden as my handles) and I have a blog, Getting My Geek On, (jjmadden.blogspot.com) where I rant about anything from writing, to science fiction, to writing science fiction, and whatever else blows across my mind at the time.

A big thank you to Joseph for joining us today. Check out his newest book on Amazon.

 

 

June Jamboree!

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Hi folks, I’m traveling in June. Off to visit my mum in Israel and then to spend a while with my family in London.

Thus, I won’t be updating this page as much, so I decided to have a June Jamboree sale of my three short story collections. There’s something for everyone here.

WILL THERE BE WATERMELONS ON MARS?

The last thing Susie expected on the morning after the apocalypse was watermelons. The last thing that Na’ima expected was that one day she would be flying to Mars. But Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?

TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE

Meet a cat called Cecilia, a disgruntled android named Doris, and a weasel called Popgoes and discover that with enough Tea and Dark Chocolate you can achieve anything.

TALES FROM P.A.W.S.

Cats and Wolves and Tegs – Oh my!
Alistair is a werewolf seeking justice. When his mentor sends him on his first mission he knows who the victim must be.

Ramora, is a young girl due to wed a man she hates. Morgana the Teg offers her a way out, but can she be trusted?
Griddlebone was  the first experiment. The Nazis never really understood what they’d created. But they learn that one should never underestimate a cat.
Meet Alistair, Ramora, and Griddlebone in three stories from the world of P.A.W.S.

 

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Meet Bob Morris

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome sci-fi author Bob Morris.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Bob.

I was born in Texas but grew up in Colorado. I have written for small-town newspapers for 20-plus years and held jobs in Rocky Ford, Colo., Raton, N.M., and Duncan, Okla., before settling into my current job in Kingman, Kan. Along with newspaper writing and novel writing, I write for the Denver Broncos website, Mile High Huddle and do other creative writing in my spare time – as you can tell, I love writing! Other than that, I volunteer at the Kingman County Humane Society, collect (American) football cards and do a lot of reading. I’m also a comic book geek and my fandom there includes the Arrowverse shows on the CW Network, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a bunch of graphic novels.

  1. When did you first start writing?

Regarding writing novels, I first started with an idea that popped into my head a few years back for a group of teenage superheroes, but was lacking a premise for how they came together. The idea came from watching the TV series, Young Justice. As I mulled over my idea, I ran across The Hunger Games series and loved it. That’s when I asked myself the question, “What if a group of teenage superheroes emerged in a dystopian world?” And that’s what led to the inspiration for The Six Pack Series.

I started writing the first draft of the first book back in the spring of 2015. From there, I came across the Kansas Writers Association and got useful tips about writing and editing. I read a couple of books about writing from there, did more research, got feedback on my drafts and it took off from there.

My first book, Six Pack: Emergence, was released in March of 2018. The second book, Six Pack: Gyration, will be released May 22.

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  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I’ve loved Suzanne Collins’ work – she’s so good at character development and building tension. I’ve read a lot more books by Stephen King in recent years. Brad Meltzer is another author I enjoy. I also like S.E. Hinton and Douglas Adams.

  1. What inspires you to write?

What usually inspires me are current events or topics and how they could be twisted into a unique story. Also, some TV shows have inspired me to think about what they might look like if there was a different twist to them. And I do get inspiration for characters from people I have met in real life.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your upcoming new release.

Six Pack: Gyration is the second book in The Six Pack Series. It follows up on the events in the first book, in which our group of teenage superheroes is adjusting to a new life, but Tyler Ward, the main character, is worried for the safety of the people they left behind. When he learns that his professor from secondary school is in trouble, he encourages his friends to rescue him – but his decision has bigger consequences than he realizes.

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  1. What attracts to writing sci-fi?

Sci-fi allows you to explore different possibilities for what worlds may look like, how technology could advance and how people may interact with one another. It lets you use your imagination to think about what could be. Though some research is necessary, you don’t have to be as exact as with, say, historical fiction. The ability to think of your own ideas, so long as you keep them grounded in the worlds you build, gives you a chance to be more creative.

Also, I have an overactive imagination, so sci-fi is the best way to use that to my advantage!

  1. What are you currently working on?

I am completing the third novel in The Six Pack Series – it’s going through beta reading and final edits. I hope to have it released next year. I’m also doing a creative writing project on my blog called the Arrowverse, “Other World” in which I look at alternative versions of the characters in the four CW series. I have other novel ideas in mind, but just need to decide which one to pursue next! (This is what happens when you have an overactive imagination!)

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

I’m either reading or watching DVDs. And volunteering at the humane society is another way to relax – what could be better than spending some time with dogs, walking them, feeding them and caring for them.

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I also like to hang out with my parents dog, Ginger. She’s a good friend of mine.

  1. If you could have any superpower what would choose?

Oh, that’s a good question! I think I would go with mental telepathy, because I can imagine the possibilities that would bring. No more guessing whether or not a politician is being honest with you!

Seriously, the possibilities with mental telepathy could go beyond mind reading. I think it would be interesting to see how far that power could go.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

They may find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bwmorrisauthor. I’m on Twitter at twitter.com/sixpackwriter. I am currently building a new website at bwmorrisauthor.com. I hope to get that website launched in June to kick off a launch party for my newest novel. Until that website is launched, readers may visit my current blog at relaxingwithsixpack.blogspot.com. They may also contact me at bwmorris at mail dot com. And I am working to get a newsletter and mailing list started.

THE SIX PACK SERIES

By B.W. Morris

It all started with a drink – a drink that gave Tyler Ward and five of his friends superpowers. Now they must figure out how their new powers can change society.

But who can they trust?

Who has their best interests in mind and who has a bigger agenda?

And what cost comes with change?

The young adult, science fiction/dystopian series is published by Clean Reads.

SIX PACK: EMERGENCE

Available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Just weeks before Tyler Ward is to graduate from secondary school, he learns the truth about Novusordo and how a drink controls the population. After sharing this information with his five friends, they visit a professor’s house, take another drink and gain strange powers. It leads to them learning more about how the government controls people and the discovery of a movement against the government. Calling themselves the Six Pack, Tyler and his friends must learn how their powers can change society. But they first must learn to trust this movement… and even each other.

SIX PACK: GYRATION

To be released May 22, 2018

Months after the Six Pack has fled City 37N104W, Tyler Ward wonders how much longer the Underground Network can afford to wait to make its next move against the Novusordo government. The disappearance of five more students from Monroe Secondary School pushes his desire to take action. And when he learns that Professor Roger Woods may be in trouble, he is convinced he and the Six Pack must take matters into their own hands, even if it means defying the Network. But actions have consequences, and the decisions Tyler and his friends make will impact everyone they encounter — including themselves.

SIX PACK: UPRISING

In editing stages, targeted release in 2019. More info to be announced.

Need something more to read in the meantime. Check out the P.A.W.S. Saga box set (Books 1-3) – Just 4.99 for a limited time.