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Soteria by Roberto Arcoleo – Book Release

Release Date: July 5th, 2019

SENT TO EARTH TO SAVE IT, MARK AND JASON MUST UNRAVEL THE TRUTH OF THEIR MISSION BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

While on a routine transportation run, an ore hauler from the planet Eldern discovers that humans on Earth have developed nuclear capabilities. What’s more, they learn an asteroid is on a trajectory that will destroy all known life on the planet forty years in the future. The Council of Eldern decides to intervene. A plan is drawn up and twin emissaries are sent to Earth to save it.

Mark and Jason grow up and settle into Manhattan in the 1960’s. With protests, vibrant art, and a thriving music scene, the city is pulsating with energy and the future looks bright. More powers are revealed to the twins but few details about their mission are provided. As the time grows closer for them to fulfill their duty, they sense that things are not as they seem.

With the fate of both planets in the balance and time running out, can Mark and Jason unravel the truth before it is too late? 

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Author Interview – King Everett Medlin

42937184._SY475_About the Book

If you like Star Wars, Battlefield Earth, and Forever War, you’ll love Rijel 12: The Rise of New Australia!

The remote Intergalactic Penal Colony on the planet Rijel 12 is a very profitable enterprise. Its desolate surface is an uninhabitable wasteland relentlessly scorched by its sun, but inside the planet is a vast treasure trove of the most precious resources in the galaxy.

Prisoners sentenced to Rijel 12 know it’s a one-way ticket. It used to be a convict would serve their time and come home. That stopped a while ago. Inmates are forced to work the mines in wretched conditions and the death rate is staggering. Luckily for the warden, new inmates arrive monthly to replenish the labor pool. Business has never been better.

From the darkness of their miserable existence, one prisoner decides to take a stand and begins to organize a resistance. Inmates rally to the cause and prepare for rebellion. Can the rag-tag rebels of ‘New Australia’ succeed in their quest for freedom or will the warden and the overpowering might of the Interplanetary Authority extinguish their only hope?

From new author, King Everett Medlin, comes an action-packed epic of hope, rebellion, and the quest for redemption.

Interview

What made you want to write sci-fi?
 
I grew up watching Star Trek, and loved how Roddenberry often crafted episodes to provide social commentary.  Sometimes it was part of ongoing character development, and sometimes the episode itself conveyed an important message regarding the realities of human nature.  Doing that in a futuristic setting, depicting alien characters and their interactions with humans, has proven to be the most enjoyable aspect of my writing experience – second only to researching the latest technologies and theories for interstellar travel.
 
Did you come across anything particularly interesting in your research for Rijel 12: The Rise of New Australia?
 
Oh yes!  For Rise, I studied up on volcanology in order to devise a way the Nausties could set off an explosion big enough to stop invaders from Earth.  The fun part was studying history in order to identify a precedent for this.  Good that I did, in that when I finished, it occurred to me this might lead to global climatic change.  It helped in developing a premise for the book’s sequel which I’m finishing this month.   
 
What is your ideal writing setting (i.e. outside, drinking coffee, late at night, etc)?
 
Truck stop diner or a seedy dive bar with people talking loudly (competing to be heard over the music).  Add in an electrical outlet where I can plug in my laptop; a decanter of decaf, and some low-life’s milling around in the background.  Do that and I can write for hours.  It helps in writing dialogs which replicate the way people talk in social situations.  The give-and-take I hear between bar patrons or even waitresses/customers is genuine and immediately usable.  For example, one time I heard two drunks discussing a TV commercial they saw on the bar television set.  It was an ad for the latest sci-fi horror movie and in it the announcer made a reference to Mars.  One of the drunks shook his head and muttered, “Hmmmph.  I don’t know, man.”  In response the other drunk asked, “Why … you think something’s out there?”  The first drunk then replied defiantly, “Oh, I don’t think there is – I know there is.”
 
How do you deal with writer’s block?
 
I do a “Hemingway”.  By that I mean I write down something true.  Anything.  Even if it’s got nothing to do with the book, I write it down.  Maybe a whole paragraph – regardless of the topic.  That was a tip Ernest Hemingway gave back in 1936 during an interview with Esquire magazine.  It works every time.
 
What is your go-to book to read that never lets you down?
 
The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli.  He’s so blunt; plus what he’s saying makes perfect sense once I shove aside naivety and coldly process the information.  Because he gets right to the point and what he suggests is so brutally honest, if not totally spot-on, it immediately affects my characterizations and scenario-building.  
 
What are some of your favorite writing tropes that most people usually hate?
 
Great question!  I use simile quite a lot, and I have to say I’ve gotten into the habit from reading articles and interviews with scientists explaining how something exists or functions in the universe.  It gets particularly amusing whenever I ask my wife Caroline to review one I’m especially proud of.  She’ll often get snarky and imply that it was unnecessary.  She’ll say, “Yeah, uh … I got it, thanks,” as if to indicate I should remove it from the paragraph.  I rarely do.    
 
What can we hope to see from you in the future?
 
The sequel to Rise is almost finished.  It’s called Rijel 12:  Return of Anarchy and will be out this fall.  Fans will remember how one of the pirate ships in Rise never comes back from the raid on Star Fantasy.  That ship is called the Anarchy and it is captained by Admiral Slout.  In the sequel, New Australia has changed drastically since the war with Earth.  Due to planet-wide volcanic eruptions there is now a vastly different climate up on the surface.  But that’s not all that’s changed.  Anarchy’s crew arrive home after seventeen years only to find their pirate paradise has transformed into an agrarian utopia.  Unfortunately they’ve also picked up a deadly unknown passenger during their journey through the galaxy.
 
Any advice for aspiring authors?
 
Plenty!  Organize your writing project.  Develop a process for creating the book from start to finish.  For example, when I start a new novel I first write a premise, then I develop a two to three page synopsis which includes the book’s ending.  By that I mean I write the ending for the book before beginning even the first chapter.  After that I write out synopses for each chapter through to the closing scene.  Only then do I tackle the opening.  By doing this, I already know the full story as well as the conclusion I’m working toward.  I also have a guide for each chapter to follow as I move through the book.  The next tip is work regimen.  For me that means a chapter a week, or basically 5,000 words.

About the Author – King Everett Medlin

81Y6GCynH5L._US230_King Everett Medlin has been writing since 2013, when he first developed the idea for Rijel 12. It was originally designed to be a SciFi series, with the objective of creating several short installments. Instead he got a lucky break when Chandra Press from San Diego responded favorably to the original draft, deciding to publish it as a full length novel. King lives in Denver, Colorado with his lovely wife Caroline and has two grown children. He’s a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he played college Rugby; and remains a diehard Sooners fan to this day. His specialties are Science Fiction and Mystery/Suspense novels, focusing on unusual stories with intriguing plot-lines and amazing characters.

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Author Interview – Joseph Tamone

Fusion+World+rebootAbout the Book

CAN A SMALL TEAM OF UNTESTED SPECIALISTS SAVE THE WORLD?

20 years after a crushing defeat in the Universal War, Vyndral is a cold desolate wasteland. The remnants of the mighty Vyndral military scavenge the post-apocalyptic remains of the once great planet trying to stay alive.

When a way to reopen the portal to Rafia is discovered, Cein Colvak, the ruthless Vyndral leader, launches a devastating invasion. Rafia is caught by surprise and the capital of Vyloli falls. With thousands of hostages in the city, the Rafian military has its hands tied. 

When Vyndral starts to construct a diabolical weapon that can reduce Rafia to dust, a small untested team is assembled to stop Cein and save their homeworld. Pulling it off requires extraordinary skill, courage, and ultimately, sacrifice. Racing against the clock and facing incredible odds, do they have what it takes?

The first in a series from a fresh new voice in science fiction, Joseph Lewis Tamone, will take you on a thrilling adventure with twists, turns, and riveting action. 

Interview

What made you want to write sci-fi?

You can do a lot with science fiction.  You can create worlds that don’t exist, or technology that doesn’t exist yet.  You can incorporate fantasy elements into it and it’ll still be considered science fiction.  One of my favorite things to do is to incorporate existing mythology into science fiction, and I do that with Philanthropy.  Not so much with Fusion World, but with every proceeding book, I incorporate a bit of Greek mythology into the stories and making it based more in science rather than in religion. 

Science fiction is essentially a creative outlet to write pretty much any story that you want, and to be as imaginative as you want to be. 

Do you see sci-fi as a window to our future or, as it is titled, simply works of fiction?

A little bit of both.  I try not to go too overboard with the science in science fiction, just because you can only describe advanced technology so much.  I also try to base a lot of the technology on tech that already exists. 

I also try to get a sense of realism with advancements in technology.  For example, in Fusion World, the Rafian military are no longer using metal rounds in their guns, they’re using biodegradable polymer rounds.  The world is becoming more renewable and green and less reliant on non-degradable sources.  I feel like that’s the future, so that’s the direction I’m taking Rafia’s tech in. 

What kind of research did you have to do?

I did a bit of research on nuclear fallout and residual radiation.  It helped me to understand the plight of a people coming from a world devastated by nuclear war. 

I had to do a lot of research on helicopters and airplanes, because of the scene where a character sits down in a helicopter and remembers how to fly.  He knew how to fly, but I don’t, so I had to read up on it. 

One of my main characters is a doctor, but I’m not and I don’t have a background in anything medical related, so I did a bit of research on that part, and then passed it over to my wife for approval.  She’s an LVT, so she does have that medical background. 

Most of the stuff I wrote is straight from my imagination.   

What authors and/or books inspired your writing?

The greatest book series ever written is Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.  That absolutely was a huge inspiration for my writing.  I got the idea for travel between dimensions from those books.  Sajaelar’s ability to shoot and never miss came from Roland Deschain’s ability to shoot and never miss.  The decision to have overly snarky and sarcastic characters like Vai and Sajaelar is a tribute to the best character from The Dark Tower, the overly snarky and sarcastic Eddie Dean. 

Much earlier on, I read the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, which introduces a device for slicing spacetime and creating portals to parallel worlds in the second book.  The Subtle Knife operates similarly to a Dark Orb, it’s just more mechanical than magical, and you don’t have to lose a couple fingers to use it. 

Do you have a special connection to any of your characters?

I’ve been told that Vai Kogan and Sajaelar Molaes are just amplified versions of me.  Leward Peltron is perpetually exhausted, and I wrote that into his character when I had really bad insomnia.  Edam Lavinski only drinks his coffee black.  I wrote that in because I only drink my coffee black.  So there’s little bits and pieces of my own personality traits, likes and dislikes peppered throughout the book. 

Do you have any writing exercises or habits?

If I’m sitting down to write for an extended period of time, I’ll need a large hot cup of black coffee.  It helps me focus.  If I’m working on constructing dialogue, you’ll find me pacing around my living room talking to myself like a madman.  I also write out cliff notes for chapters in advance just so that I don’t lose focus in my writing.  I also need to see how the story ends before I can work on the beginning.  The story for Philanthropy spans another seven or so books, so that’s quite a bit of information and story development to consider when writing.  Every moment or bit of dialogue is leading to future moments or dialogue, there’s a lot of foreshadowing for future events, and certain elements from the first book are already setting up for things that don’t happen until book 4 and 5.   

What can we hope to see from you in the future?

I have a few projects I’m working on.  The follow up to Fusion World, called In The Shadow of the Demon is in production.  I’m already getting Philanthropy III and IV ready.  Gray Skies & Glass Lands and Leather Wings & The Seven Kings.  There’s about four more in the Philanthropy series, not including short stories and spin-offs that I have notes for. 

I have a fantasy trilogy I’m writing.  The first one is called The Hunter, The Killer, The Coward, And The Doofus, and the special thing about this story is that the characters are all based on the personalities of my pets, and other people’s pets that I know.

I had a Stephen King moment and dreamt up a story called Antherah, about a woman named Antherah.  I have a space adventure in the works called Omega the Corruptor, where we’ll meet an alien species called Badickerdacks.  And I’m also writing Harvey The Wyvern, the story about Harvey, the first wyvern to be employed by the United States Postal Service. 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Take risks.  Nothing you do will ever get done if you don’t just go for it.  I second guess myself all the time when it comes to what I write, and you’re going to do that as an artist.  You’ll fixate on all your faults and your limitations.  I know I do, and I ended up sitting on Fusion World for seven years.  I finished the book, didn’t let anybody read it, and moved on to the next one.  Then I would go back and edit it, and I edited it about once a year, without actually doing anything with it.  And as soon as I worked to get it published and took that risk, it was picked up by Chandra Press.  And yeah, your writing probably isn’t going to be perfect, and that’s what editors are for, but you’re better than you think you are.

If you like what you wrote and put your heart and soul into it, your readers will see it.   

About the Author – Joseph Tamone

Joseph Lewis TamoneJoseph Lewis Tamone lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Despite getting a degree in Environmental Engineering, Joseph has always found an escape in his quirky imagination that lent its way to his passion for writing. Joseph is an avid animal lover and history buff. When he is not writing, he enjoys escaping into the world of video games, nature, and most importantly, reading and researching. He lives in Delaware with his lovely wife, Erica, and their house full of animals.

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