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Chronicles of Steele: Raven Episode One by Pauline Creeden is Free August 27 on Amazon


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I just finished this book yesterday--and I loved it.  I have read other books from Pauline Creeden in the past; but I think this ranks as one my favorite. Today, August 27th, the book is offered FREE on Amazon.  If you haven't read the author's work before, and enjoy steampunk-fantasy, this is a great opportunity to check out the book and meet a new author!

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook for promotional purposes.  All comments and experiences are my own.
 

Quick Summary of The Chronicles of Steele:  Raven Episode Oneby Pauline Creeden.  Human life has value. The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed. Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in. The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.

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Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso builds great science fiction series


LT Henry GallantAfter a summer of teen novels, thrillers, and light romance tales--it was time for a science fiction novel.  The latest book from H. Peter Alesso, Lieutenant Henry Gallant, caught my interest.  I read the frst book in the series and enjoyed the author's writing style; so I was looking forward to reading this one.  What did I think of Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso?

I received an ecopy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

Quick Summary of Lieutenant Henry Gallant.  In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders. Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans. With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity. In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.

Lieutenant Henry Gallant is a great second book to the series.  This is a standalone, adventure tale and can certainly be read without having read the first book in the series--but I would read Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space first for the background.  The author does a nice job catching up the reader to Gallant's adventures--but, I do think the first book sets the framework for the series.

Lieutenant Henry Gallant is a page turner.  I found this book to be even more engaging than the first book.  I couldn't put it down from cover to cover.  The character develop is well done and the storyline moves quickly and easily. 

Would I recommend Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso?  I love good vs. evil battles and tales about saving the world--when they are well written as this one is.   I think I enjoyed Alesso's writing style even more in this book than the first.  If you enjoy science fiction--this is a great series to add to to your reading list.  I would suggest reading the first book as well to gain character insights and deeper background, but Lieutenant Henry Gallant could certainly be read and enjoyed on its own.


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Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space (The Henry Gallant Saga Book 1)

Book Reviews for Volume 1:
Past Reviews of the first volume....
Midshipman Henry Galant @2013 "The author has created a wonderful piece of work with his first novel in the Henry Gallant Saga. Between Henry Gallant beginning his new life on the United Planets' battle cruiser Repulse and trying to save the world the author has came up with it all. Henry Gallant is an admirable character with many wonderful features such as courage, intelligence, humility, kindness and special powers. ... the odds stacked against him pretty high. But maybe through it all, Kelsey will see the remarkable things about him." Ashley Patts, Teenage Rush

"This story moves along at a swift pace, with interesting character development and plot surprises. The characters are complete and engaging. This could develop into a good series." Rae

"Its style and flavor reminded me of The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell." - JJH

 "Space Opera at its finest. Rousing read, introverted young man against impossible odds, a girl to win or lose, an enemy or is he? Way too much fun...can't wait for the next one." - vrzepka

ABOUT H. PETER ALESSO

pete2As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.
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I am excited to share details about a series of novellas from author S.M. Blooding today.  I am looking forward to reading The Dream Killers soon--and I wanted to share a quick excerpt from one of the novellas with you!
 
Quick Summary of The Dream Killers.  The Sea of Dreams spat me out with no memories, no idea of who I was or what my purpose might be. When Captain Bo, dream killer extraordinaire, arrived, I took a chance to explore. On the road of discovery, I tripped upon dreamplanes floating dead in a graveyard, scared children attempting to survive their dreams turned nightmare, strange guardians, rogue Dreamlanders, and ships with hearts of silver. I learned more about Dreamland than I ever thought possible. But people are dying. They're disappearing. Dreamland is twisting, shifting, ripping. I don't know how best to help, how to save those I've met, who have wormed their way into my heart. If only I knew who I was, what I'd been born to do. Then I found out. I know who I am. I wish I didn't. Dream Killers is geared for fans of Once Upon a Time. The first season (Spring 2014) consists of 3 novellas called episodes. It follows River as he discovers who he is and his role in Dreamland. Dream Killers is to Dreamland Stories what Agents of Shield is to the Marvel movies. Dreamland is an intense, rich, fascinating world with lots going on. If you like fairy tales, are looking for something new,try this one.

Excerpt from The Dream Killers..
A plume of white smoke rose in the air. A river boat sat at the mouth of a wide river, steam billowing 



from its wide, red chimney. The large, white wheel at the back was still. 



“What ho, Captain Bo,” a man shouted from the dead boat. 



Bo waved. “I received your distress signal, Cable. Didn’t I just save you not too long ago?” 



The two boats settled close to one another, the river boat much lower and dwarfed. A man in a black suit 



stood on the red, flat roof gripping the lapels of his jacket. A black Stetson rode his head, creating a shadow 



on his face. “Over a year ago, Bo. I’m not wasting power.” 



A boat was lowered by ropes near us. 



Mr. Levee waited beside it, the net in his arms. He handed it to the captain like it was any other day. 



Don’t let them kill me! The male dreamer screamed. 



I jerked, every hair on the back of my arms raised. Hadn’t anyone else heard that? 



By their carefree smiles, the obvious answer was no. 



Bo leapt into the boat with a small crew and tucked the net under the floorboards beside him. “Are you 



coming, Riv?” 



Bile laced the back of my throat. I clambered onto the rail and launched myself at the boat. My right foot 



caught the edge of a bench seat, sending me to the bottom. My left foot landed on someone else’s foot as the 



boat swayed on the ropes. I fell forward, one hand catching the edge of the dinghy while the other landed on 



air. My cheekbone connected with hard wood. 



The sailors laughed. 



Bo shook his head, the corner of his lips raising. “You’ll get your sea legs yet.” 



I pushed myself into a seated position, my face flaming with embarrassment. 



We were lowered into the water and the men rowed us toward the riverboat. 



The same man that had been on the roof moments before was at the landing area at the front. He offered 



the captain a hand. “You know where the engine is.” 



“As long as it hasn’t moved.” Bo turned and took the net from one of the men in the boat. “Are you 



coming, Riv?” He headed below decks. 



This ship was made of metal. It smelled and sounded different. 



“Bo, what are we doing here?” 



He ignored my question and stepped into a room filled with equipment whose names came to me 



sluggishly. Engine. Compressor. Boiler. 



Bo took the net to the engine and untied the knot. With one hand on the silent motor, he reached into 



the net. “I’ve never had a haul like this before, Riv. Look at all of them. We could eat for a year from this 



haul.” 



Ghost hands reached up, clawing their way out of the net. 



Bo grasped one of them and pulled. 



It screamed. 



My throat closed, my shoulders tensed. The bottom of my stomach fell. I ran toward the net. 



Bo touched the dream to the motor. 



Light exploded around me, shattering my reality. 



A man walked through a broken neighborhood. A boy bounced a basketball. A car rumbled by. A dance 



studio. The man danced, pouring his heart into his body as he moved to the music in a way I never knew was 



possible. 



Everything shifted. Something became lost. He danced, leapt and pounded backwards. The car rumbled 



in reverse. The basketball jumped to the boy’s hand. The man retracted his steps. 



Fast forward. 



The man sat at a computer, took notes, and punched numbers on a calculator. Paper piled around him 



like trash. Numbers, dollar signs, and decimal points littered the air like the bars of a cage. 



My chest tightened. I couldn’t breathe. I had to get out. Get out. 



And do what? Accounting was the only thing I was good at. No wife to call my own. No kids. Not even a 



cat. I belonged to no one. I was a nothing. I existed for numbers. 



These damn numbers. These damn dollar signs. These damn decimal points. On and on. Never meaning 



anything. Where was the heart? Where was the purpose? Where had hope gone? Where had life disappeared 



to? 



Paper scattered. The dollar signs and decimal points floated from the air, falling to the floor with dull 



thuds. 



The man hung from a rope, his chair kicked out, his neck bent at an odd angle. He gasped for breath, but 



his fingers remained listless at his side. 



My life became a jail. I would rather die than live it. 



The motor roared to life, filling the room with overwhelming noise.

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SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation. She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

 

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