Escape from Harrizel by C. G. Coppola
Fallon is just like every other Arrival brought to Harrizel—an alien planet restoring the human race after a fatal war left Earth in ruins. But once viewing the all-day work camps and the nightly, orgy-like atmosphere, Fallon suspects her hosts, the Dofinikes, might have a secret agenda of their own.
With everything on a strict schedule and talking forbidden, Fallon makes up her mind to escape. Finding it’s harder than she expected, hunger forces her to turn to the Market—an underground system run by two rival Clans. It’s after an unexpected excursion that she crosses paths with Reid, an ex-Clan member who seems to know more than he's letting on, especially why everyone is so eager to do everything he says.
But with his newfound attention, the Clans have taken an interest in Fallon. The Dofinikes want more repopulating and with people going missing, time is running out. Fallon must solve the mystery of her rescue and discover the truth behind Earth’s ultimate demise, all while protecting her heart from the one man who could shatter it forever.
Fallon is taken from Earth to a place run by alien creatures called the Dofinikes. They claim to be the saviours of the human race and want them to rebuild after Earth's downfall. But all is not what it seems. Fallon wants to escape, but as she starts breaking the rules, she learns more about the Dofinikes and their plans for the humans. I thought this was well written, with a good storyline and the Dofinikes were suitably mysterious. I would recommend this book.
C.G.Coppola is the author of the Fantasy Adventure series, Arizal Wars. In addition to short stories that explore magic and the paranormal, she writes books that involve a lot of kissing, kickass heroines, and fighting alongside best friends. When not writing, C.G.Coppola can be found watching The Walking Dead, playing with her dog, Appa, or trying not to mess up a recipe she found on Pintrest.
Deep in the North American forests lurks an animal spirit known as the Grishla. The Grishla is so ancient it pre-dates the human race by several million years, and it is so powerful and reclusive only very insightful witches know of its existence.
Five hundred years ago, the Dwanake tribe possessed such witches. Drunk on their own power and arrogance, these witches attempted to enslave the Grishla. Enraged, the creature began hunting and killing the Dwanake.
Desperate, the tribal elders ordered experiments on the Dwanake children to create the ultimate witch to defend their people.
Sixteen-year-old Sean Wolf is that witch.
But Sean is so powerful that he cannot control his own magic. Will he be able to defeat the Grishla or will he destroy himself and everyone that he loves?
Sean is a sixteen year old boy who is having trouble at home. His mother believes he is practising witchcraft after his dad is almost burned alive. Little do they know that while Sean can perform spells, it was actually something else that set the fire. A terrible animal spirit called the Grishla has cursed Sean's entire family and the tribe he is descended from. Sent to live with his grandmother Elizabeth, Sean is surprised when she goes easy on him, but she has secrets of her own, including the fact that Sean may be the Ultra Witch and the only one with a shot of stopping the Grishla.
This was a great story. Sean is your typical moody teen, but he's also very smart and struggles to make friends. Definitely a unique story and one that can be enjoyed by adults and young adults. It was well written and the characters were great even if they did have the annoying habit of having full conversations with themselves out loud. I really enjoyed the story and would definitely recommend it.
1. Tell us about your book
Risen is the first entry in a planned series about a man who rises from the grave. The world around him seems to be in a bad shape, and it appears that he had missed something huge while he was out. Besides some practical knowledge, he is an amnesiac, so he tries to learn as much as he can about himself as well. All while being pursued by a gang of mutilated neo-nazis, that is.
2. How did you come up with the idea?
I was watching one of the more popular, newer movies, when I realized just how annoyed I was with what entertainment was becoming. Sure, it’s still entertaining, but where is the edge, the grit? Somewhere along the trail, what we all like had become sugarcoated for mass production, stripped down to its barest components in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator, and we’ve barely noticed. Then, I remembered what I used to like when I was younger. Stories that were grim and dark, but still entertaining. I wanted to take something like that, and give it the most competent treatment I could. That is how the Nameless Chronicle was conceived.
3. Who are your favorite writers?
Scott Lynch, Steven Erikson, and George R. R. Martin.
4. Tell us three things about you that no one knows
I have a total of seven cats. When watching a movie, TV show or such, I always chuckle at the sight of someone being punched in the head. Yeah, and from time to time I actually enjoy reading or watching something that is incredibly bad. I have no idea why.
5. What’s next for you?
Since the entirety of the story had been planned out, the logical step for me would be to get cracking on the sequel to Risen. As much as real life allows, anyway.
In order to deal with everyday boredom, M. T. Miller decided to give a voice to the horrors that lurk in his mind. Risen, his first work, is a celebration of things he likes: a grim atmosphere, witty dialogue, and eccentric characters. He lives with his fiancée, somewhere outside of what we perceive as civilization. He enjoys long talks, video games, and spending time up in the clouds.
All Jesse and his friends wanted to do was have a good time and hook up with some girls. Instead the three of them end up dead. Unfortunately their problems don't end there as they are caught between two warring succubus sisters who battle it out to see which one will be crowned Queen of Hell.
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There is a saying that readers make the best writers. I don’t know if that is necessarily true, but it is my love of reading that brought me to this point in my life today. I had tried to write my first novel a few years back and had gotten just over 49,000 words written when my computer contracted the Blue Screen of Death, and yes it was as dire as it sounds. I lost everything. It put me off attempting it again for a while, it had been soul destroying to put so much effort, time and research into something to have it wiped away as if it never was.
Fast forward seven years and I finally decided to give this writing malarkey one more stab. So with notebook in hand I began to jot down an idea I had, one thing led to another and before I knew I was thirty thousand plus words in. Then it happened… I hit a wall. So I let Facebook become my distraction from the torture that is referred to as writers block, it was either that or my Laptop was going to be flung out my kitchen window. I saw Samantha Gregory’s status asking for short stories to be submitted for her blog, ‘Season of the witch’. Thinking it would be a healthy distraction and keeping my finger in the writing process I asked if I could submit and she agreed. This was the beginning of the birthing stages of what is now the labour of love I am working on at present. I sat that night and with only one thing in my head, which was to be different, I set about writing about Eli the Warrior Witch.
I submitted it and when the day came for it to be published on Samantha’s blog I was so nervous and wracked with self-doubt, but I had fretted for no reason, Eli, and his story were well received and I even had a quite a few people ask where they could buy the book.
I had loved writing about this magical man with his obnoxious familiar so I decided to continue his story. I got yet another notebook and began to draw up the world of Eli and his Coven. His fellow warriors and the war that would rage around them until within that book lay the bones of my first novel; The Guardian: Forest of Ancestors.
Taking Samantha’s advice, I joined a few pages on Facebook, one of these was Storytellers Cafe. I asked questions from authors that were already published and established in the literary field. They were so helpful and extremely supportive, with tips along with some do’s and don’ts. It was great to get that support from people that had been where I am right now, and to know they experienced the self-doubt, the blocks, and insomnia when a story was in your head and you promised yourself that you would write just one more page or hit that day's word count before throwing in the towel and going to bed.
I made the decision. I don’t want to be a good writer, writing mediocre books with likeable characters. I want to write fantastic books with amazing characters that pull you into their world. That is my aim, the task I set myself and I try to keep in mind, that for me… I want to write the type of books that I myself would love reading.
So after much research, YouTube watching and generally harassing author friends with unending questions, I came up with formulae that I work to.
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As a self published writer, I started out writing stories for myself more than anything. I love the supernatural and urban fantasy novels. My favorite supernatural beings to write about are witches and werewolves.
Urban Fantasy is a sub genre that didn't exist until a few years ago. Notable writers in the genre are Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison. The definition of Urban Fantasy is:
Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Urban fantasy exists on one side of a spectrum, opposite high fantasy, which is set in an entirely fictitious world. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements.
I have always found it easier to put my characters in realistic, modern settings as opposed to mystical lands or other worlds.
Who would ever suspect a witch living in the suburbs or a werewolf working in a successful company?
Setting the characters in normal places means they face greater difficulties and challenges. Werewolves must change into their hairy alter egos. How can they do this in a high rise in the middle of the city?
How can a witch keep her magical abilities secret living in a small cul-de-sac with prying neighbours? If they make one wrong move they could end up on the news, especially when everyone has a camera phone nowadays.
They have to live a normal life while juggling their supernatural life problems.
I think that there has been a huge explosion in this genre of late and that it will only grow and expand in the future.
A Writer’s Story
A couple of years ago, a writer I was talking with told me that I was living the dream. I hadn’t thought of it like that. The writing, editing and publicizing feels very real, but—looking back—I can see that I’ve been very fortunate. I’m a published author, both traditionally and independently. I earn regular paychecks through my novel Automaton and through the Kindle Serial The Exigency (under the pen name Sierra Storm). I write stories, full time. But living a dream?
I first decided to be an author when I was twelve or thirteen. Writing started out as something I did when I was bored or out of reading materials, but after my stories started coming to life, things changed. And I loved it. My family opened a small bookstore at about that time, so I had the awesome privilege of meeting published authors, publishers, and distributors on a fairly regular basis. By the time I was in high school, one press had already taken an interest in one of my books. I was giddy with excitement, even though the deal fell through in the end.
It would be another four years until I got published in a literary journal, and another eight until my debut novel was accepted by Jukepop Serials. I think my teen self would have withered away if I knew I’d have to wait that long.
After my official launch of the self-published edition of Automaton last May, things changed so quickly that it was hard for me to keep up. Since I was self-publishing, I had to control everything. I had to buy my own cover, “tweak” the story until it was almost unrecognizable, and run a book tour all on my own. I learned that there’s a reason why book tour companies charge several hundred dollars to do the work of looking up the right blogs, contacting the right people and timing it all into a limited span. I oversaw the audiobook production, designed a website based around the book and recorded a book trailer on Youtube with no actual film experience.
Not everything I planned worked out. I haven’t looked into translation work (which was originally supposed to happen last summer) and the sequel for Automaton probably won’t release until late spring—instead of last fall. I also looked into doing a Booktrack edition with a unique soundtrack, but was overwhelmed at all the work involved.
A day of work for me involves writing in one story (usually between 500 and 2500 words), editing in another, and working on layout and cover possibilities on a third. I also try to publish regular articles on my website, FinishThatNovel.org, and actively research the latest movements and tools in the writing and publishing industries while maintaining an active social media presence and tracking long-term goals. It is a full-time job, not (as some have suggested) bumming out on the couch all day watching YouTube and playing computer games while writing when I feel like it on the side. Being a writer can be difficult, stressful and even overwhelming. But is it worth it? Oh yeah. Bring it on!
Creating the Cover (blog post)
As an independent author with limited resources, what I’m able to save to put into my writing is used to have my work edited before it is released. As such I’m unable to afford the covers I would like to see on my work so for the past couple of years I’ve been designing my own, while teaching myself how to use Photoshop to create covers. I’m pretty damned proud of what I came up with for All Roads Lead to Terror. I wanted to touch the potential reader on an emotional level while at the same time showing that the story within the covers was about leaving your childhood behind as one stepped into adulthood. Of course what better way of showing innocence lost than with an abandoned teddy bear. I tried several different routes, all with little success, until I staged the photo myself.
I picked up the stuffed bear from Goodwill for a couple of bucks. When I carried him out of the store he was in pretty good shape. Once I got him home it got a little interesting, even though I look like a grumpy old man, I can be rather emotional at times. I believe a writer has to be very much in touch with their emotions in order to properly convey the feelings of their characters on the page. It was this familiarity with my own emotions that stopped me at first from doing what I knew I had to do. It’s just a stuffed bear, I kept telling myself. That might have been but before he went to live at the Goodwill it was obvious a child had taken good care of him.
In the end I quickly removed his left leg and ear. A bit of black paint and some hard rubbing gave me the look I wanted for with his fur, a matted, unwashed appearance. Adding the sling was a final touch to show that though he had been abandoned at one time he’d been cherished by a child that shared its sorrow for a world turned upside down.
He has no name, yet. But his sacrifice has earned him a place of honor in my office, he sits on the top shelf of my bookcase, watching over my shoulder as I work, occasionally he will sit in my lap as I write, to help me connect with the emotions that I strive to bring to the page. He will also appear on every subsequent cover in the series.
He serves as a constant reminder of what I hope to achieve with The Dreadland Chronicles that will focus not on the brutality of the world in which they live, but the undying hope of the young as they struggle to rebuild a shattered world that has been left to them, and make a better place for those who will follow.
All Roads Lead to Terror (synopsis)
The horrors of the past meet the brutality of the present.
The world has become a wild place filled with wild things, and into this new reality each of them had been born. Coming of age at the end of days, where savagery was the norm, and man's inhumanity to man was on daily display. Where the only law was the firepower one carried, and the only hope was for a swift death followed by an endless sleep.
Four boys strengthen the bonds of their friendship, while taking their first hesitant steps into adulthood, as they face the brutality of an old, new world. They will be tested at every step in their journey as they travel through a shattered land filled with the remnants of a society that no longer exists, constant reminders of a security none of them will ever know.
Meat was born at the height of the Zombie apocalypse, upon his birth his mother took one look at him and pronounced him meat. He grew up in a reality where they were all nothing more than walking bags of meat. With a temperament forged in terror he is driven by a desire to do what is right for his fellow man. He is also curious about the true history of the world.
Window, his best friend, is very quiet, and ever watchful with a quick hand. To him friendship was the most important thing in the world. His family had perished in the ruthless times after the awakening and his character had been forged in the fire that took them from him. His friends were all he had left so he watched over them with a jealously protective nature strengthened by that sense of invulnerability all boys his age embraced. Further backed up by a quick hand with the .44 he'd used to kill the men who had raped his mother.
Then we have Einstein who had been born within the compound at Bremo Bluff after the apocalypse. Having spent his life behind the fence he has no first hand knowledge of how brutal the world has become. As his name implies he's the smartest in the group, as well the most innocent. While that innocence helps to soften the ruthlessness of the other three, it serves at times to drive a wedge between them. On his first trip he will discover just how terrifying the world has become.
The final member is Billie-Bob, one half of a set of twins who appeared outside the fence several years earlier. Your typical class clown whose mouth runs a mile a minute, if he isn't sharing overused jokes about Zombies, he's whispering the passages from a book his mother used to read to him when he was younger. It serves as a chant that provides him with a degree of comfort. Billie-Bob is unique in that at the age of eleven he has proven himself to be a natural born sniper with a willingness to use his special talent to protect his friends.
In Richmond they will be confronted by a savage cult of children who worship a creature of the night. An ancient being that feeds on the fear of its victims, delving into their deepest, darkest secret, probing half forgotten memories that lay like a rotting carcass at the heart of the soul. For these creatures, that were once considered the nightmare imaginings of a fevered mind, are now awake in a world where the population that once served as their food source has been reduced.
Awake and very, very, hungry.
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All Roads is frankly Stephen King's Stand By Me, with zombies. But not too many. To call this a zombie novel would be a misnomer. First and foremost this is a coming-of-age drama, written by a man with a deft hand for characterization, set within a dystopian backdrop. -- Mark Taylor, author of Witches: Tea Party
"It is tough to scare readers that are looking to be scared. ALL ROADS LEAD TO TERROR has characters with dimensions, flaws, and flawed relationships. The threat is fed well and builds fear in the characters that transfers to the reader. This story is a credit to the genre and worth your time." -- Jay Wilburn, author of The Dead Song Legend Dodecology.
“Despite the death and horror, I walked with these boys willingly as I read the book, listening to my lessened echo, glad to have made my way intact through to the end, and looking forward to the next book in the series.” Fairness in everything
“It's a very interesting tale that will pull you in and keep you turning pages and pulling for the main characters. It isn't my usual story, but I really enjoyed it and rooting for the heroes. I wouldn't advise eating while you read if you have a sensitive stomach--but I would recommend reading it. I look forward to the other books in this series!”Cindy Cowles Amazon reviewer
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Richard was born in Frostburg, Maryland, in the winter of '58' and currently lives eight miles away. A five-year stint with the military allowed him to see what he wanted of the world. Married with four grown children and eight grandchildren, he and his wife provide a home to three pets that are spoiled beyond rotten.
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