W5 with M.D. Neu about A NEW WORLD: CONTACT

who what when where why bannerNext in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s M.D. Neu!

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Who is the star of your book?
Todd Landon, he’s a human from Earth specifically San Jose, CA.

What is your story about?
Todd’s world is thrown into turmoil when his estranged brother shows up with news of alien ships heading for Earth’s orbit, holding a race called the Nentraee. Is this the end or the beginning?

When is it set?
Contemporary/modern times.

Where is it set?
Mostly San Jose, CA and on the alien ships.

Why this story?
Because SciFi is cool and we need more gay Sci Fi books that aren’t focused on romance.

Links: Ninestar Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

Blurb:
A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband. 

On the cusp of the greatest announcement humankind has ever witnessed, Todd’s personal world is thrown into turmoil when his estranged brother shows up on his front porch with news of ships heading for Earth’s orbit. The ships are holding the Nentraee, a humanoid race who have come to Earth in need of help after fleeing the destruction of their homeworld. How will one man bridge the gap for both the Humans and Nentraee, amongst mistrust, terrorist attacks and personal loss? Will this be the start of a new age of man or will bigotry and miscommunication bring this small world to its knees and final end?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M.D. Neu is a LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing. MD Neu Author Photo

Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.

When M.D. Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric his husband of nineteen plus years.

Links:
Website: http://www.mdneu.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mdneuauthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authormdneu/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/66488958-md

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That sounds brilliant! Thanks for joining in and I wish all the best with your new novel!

-Glenn

W5 with R.R. Campbell

who what when where why bannerNext in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s R.R. Campbell!

ImminentDawn by RR Campbell

Who is the star of your book?
Imminent Dawn follows four perspective characters–an art-school dropout, a ruthless tech magnate, a relentless investigative journalist, and a naive, advancement-hungry administrative assistant. Though there are four characters readers follow throughout the book, I see Chandra, the art-school dropout, as the story’s true protagonist.

What is your story about?
The story takes place during the first round of human trials for an internet-access brain implant. Chandra, our protagonist, initially enrolls in the study with the goal of securing an implant for her wife. An accident for which Chandra feels responsible has left her wife in a coma, and Chandra hopes the two of them can one day communicate through the brain implant should her wife never stir naturally.

The ruthless tech magnate, Wyatt Halman, struggles to keep the research study on track amid a number of grievous threats to it both from within the compound and without.

Our investigative journalist, Meredith Maxwell, is intent on securing the tech story of a lifetime from within the secretive research compound, but when her sleuthing runs afoul of the government’s designs, she is forced to choose between doggedly pursuing the truth and her own life.

And, lastly, our administrative assistant Ariel Commons compromises her own future and possibly that of the study by putting her trust in all the wrong places.

When is it set?
The story takes place on an alternate timeline in a not-so-distant future. I had a lot of fun playing with things like brand names–making some eerily similar to those in our own world while leaving others unchanged–and references to historical events are meant to leave readers feeling trapped between both our world and that of the book.

Where is it set?
The book takes place primarily on the Human/Etech EMPATHY research compound in Liberty, Texas, the heart of the North American Union.

Why this story?
As the line between humankind and our beloved technology becomes increasingly blurred, I thought it important to explore what the consequences of that might be during the final hour prior to the widespread fusion of the technological and the biological.

Imminent Dawn is the first in a five-book series, so we’ll have plenty of time to see how it plays out in this universe.

Links: NineStar Press | Goodreads | EMPATHYseries.com | rrcampbellwrites.com | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | NineStar Press | Kobo | Smashwords | Goodreads

Blurb:
Art-school dropout Chandra would do anything to apologize for her role in her wife’s coma—including enroll in the first round of human trials for an internet-access brain implant.

At first, the secretive research compound is paradise, the perfect place to distract Chandra from her grief. But as she soon learns, the facility is more prison than resort, with its doctors, support staff, and her fellow patients all bent on hatching plots of their own, no matter how invested they might seem in helping her communicate with her wife.

Making matters worse, a dark wave of uncertainty crashes down on the compound, forcing Chandra to become an unlikely but pivotal player in conspiracies stretching from the highest levels of the North American Union government to the lowest dredges of its shadowy hacking collectives.

To save herself and her wife, Chandra and her newfound friends from the study will have to overcome the scheming of a ruthless tech magnate, the naïveté of an advancement-hungry administrative assistant, and the relentless pursuits of an investigative journalist, all of whom are determined to outpace the others in their own quests to resurrect lost love, cover their tracks, and uncover the truth.

A twistedly delightful clockwork of intrigue and suspense, EMPATHY: Imminent Dawn is an electrifying sci-fi debut from author r. r. campbell.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
R.R. Campbell is an author, editor, and the host of the Writescast Network, a podcast collective for writers, by writers. His debut novel, Accounting for It All (November 2018, NineStar PRR Campbell author photoress), is a work of contemporary fiction that, to date, has been received with overwhelmingly positive reviews. He has also been published in Five:2:One Magazine‘s #thesideshow, and with Erotic Review and National Journal Writing MonthImminent Dawn (January 2019, NineStar Press) is the first installment in the epic EMPATHY sci-fi saga.

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Sounds great! Thanks for joining in and all the best with your new novel!

-Glenn

The Lion Lies Waiting – Where to buy my new novel

TheLionLiesWaiting-SliderMy new novel, THE LION LIES WAITING, is available now from most major retailers!

Print ISBN: 978-1-949909-71-5
(Order from your local bookshop using this number)

eBook ISBN: 978-1-949909-68-5

Amazon UK (paperback)
Amazon UK (eBook)
Amazon US (paperback)
Amazon US (eBook)
iTunes
Smashwords.com
Ninestar Press (ebook only)
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Goodreads link

The Lion Lies Waiting by Glenn Quigley

Blurb:

Winter, 1780, and the solstice is fast approaching. Four months after the events of The Moth and Moon, burly fisherman Robin Shipp is preparing for his first Midwinter festival with his lover, the handsome baker Edwin Farriner. But when a letter arrives begging for help, they must travel with their friend, Duncan, to Port Knot on sinister Blackrabbit Island for a final confrontation with Edwin’s mother. Also visiting the island are Lady Eva and her wife Iris, with a stunning proposition that could change Robin and Edwin’s lives forever.

The snow-covered harbour town of Port Knot is a dangerous place. While there, Robin, Edwin, and Duncan explore the menacing rooftop settlement known as the Roost, mingle with high society in the magnificent splendour of Chase Manor, and uncover a violent conspiracy threatening the island’s entire way of life.

Old rivalries will flare, shocking secrets will be revealed, and as Duncan’s scandalous past finally catches up with him, will it ultimately destroy them all?

The men will be tested to their limits as they discover that on Blackrabbit Island, the lion lies waiting.

 

The Lion Lies Waiting

I’m very excited to reveal the cover for my new novel, THE LION LIES WAITING from Ninestar Press. It was designed by the brilliant Natasha Snow.

The Lion Lies Waiting by Glenn QuigleyThe book will be released on 17th December 2018 but the ebook version is available to pre-order now direct from Ninestar Press, and you’ll get it three days early!

I’ll add links to the print version once they’re available!

ebook ISBN: 978-1-949909-68-5
Print ISBN: 978-1-949909-71-5

Goodreads link

Blurb:

Winter, 1780, and the solstice is fast approaching. Four months after the events of The Moth and Moon, burly fisherman Robin Shipp is preparing for his first Midwinter festival with his lover, the handsome baker Edwin Farriner. But when a letter arrives begging for help, they must travel with their friend, Duncan, to Port Knot on sinister Blackrabbit Island for a final confrontation with Edwin’s mother. Also visiting the island are Lady Eva and her wife Iris, with a stunning proposition that could change Robin and Edwin’s lives forever.

The snow-covered harbour town of Port Knot is a dangerous place. While there, Robin, Edwin, and Duncan explore the menacing rooftop settlement known as the Roost, mingle with high society in the magnificent splendour of Chase Manor, and uncover a violent conspiracy threatening the island’s entire way of life.

Old rivalries will flare, shocking secrets will be revealed, and as Duncan’s scandalous past finally catches up with him, will it ultimately destroy them all?

The men will be tested to their limits as they discover that on Blackrabbit Island, the lion lies waiting.

 

W5 with Riina Y.T.

who what when where why bannerNext in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s Riina Y.T.!

Paradise Lodge by Riina YT

Who is the star of your book?
Ky O’Sullivan, lead singer of pop rock band Moving Insignia and his best friend and guitarist Azariah Bell.

What is your story about?
Paradise Lodge is about two young men who find themselves falling in love and learn how to navigate their overwhelming emotions. It’s about love and friendship and the challenges of putting your faith, hopes and dreams in that one person who has shown you the joys of life.

When is it set?
The week between Christmas and New Years Eve.

Where is it set?
For their annual writing retreat, the band rented a secluded mountain lodge deep in the heart of Southern Oregon’s  Wild & Scenic Rogue River wilderness.

Why this story?
I have a special fondness for musicians and best friends discovering their feelings for each other. Add to that the additional excitement of being stuck together at a remote mountain cabin… well, doesn’t that just make your heart beat faster?

Blurb:

Azariah Bell is a nervous wreck. He isn’t prepared to spend the final week of the year with his best friend, Ky O’Sullivan, lead vocalist for their pop rock band, Moving Insignia—especially after the fight he caused before they parted ways two weeks ago.

Afraid of not being taken seriously by Ky, Azariah was concerned about what confessing his feelings would do to their friendship, or the band. He tried to keep his emotions in check, but instead, he exploded in anger over some petty issue, and now he’s potentially lost Ky forever.

Ky is looking forward to the band’s annual writing retreat for a week of songwriting and recording at a secluded mountain resort. Spending Christmas with his family gave Ky time to reflect on how he’d handled Azariah’s epic meltdown. It wasn’t good, and Ky is determined to uncover the true nature of Azariah’s unusual behavior. They didn’t keep secrets from each other, or so he believed.

Expecting to see the rest of the band when they arrive by helicopter, Ky and Azariah are shocked to learn they are alone at a deserted lodge. When they discover they’ve been set up by their bandmates so they can “sort it out,” their choices are few. But it’s critical for them to resolve their problems if they have any hope of enjoying the new year together, let alone make that new album happen.
Paradise Lodge by Riina YTBuy PARADISE LODGE on  Ninestar Press

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Riina currently resides in Germany. She spent countless exciting days in the UK and US and lost her heart in Tokyo.Riina YT photo

She would be thrilled if one day her stories could brighten someone’s day in the way those beautiful romances always lighten up her dull everyday life. Riina is looking forward to sharing many more stories with the world.

When she doesn’t daydream about boys in love, and isn’t glued to her Kindle, Riina loves to travel the world and explore the unknown.

Visit Riina’s website here.

W5 with Chris Bedell

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Next in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s Chris Bedell!

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Who is the star of your book?
17-year-old Maximillian is the star of IN THE NAME OF MAGIC.

What is your story about?
IN THE NAME OF MAGIC is about fascism in a Contemporary Earth-like fantasy/fairytale setting–Nonmagical people are being persecuted, and Maximillian must save his nonmagical best friend, Katherine, after her parents are murdered by Queen Vivian’s regime. Meanwhile, Maximillian is also pursuing a burgeoning relationship with Vivian’s estranged, younger brother, Prince Stefan.

When is it set?
It’s set in a time period that is modeled after the 1930’s–so there’s cars, electricity, indoor plumbing, etc. but no internet.

Where is it set?
It’s set in the country of Magnifico which is modeled after Nazi Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, Stalin’s USSR and Fransisco Franco’s Spain.

Why this story?
I always wanted to write a YA Dystopian novel, but could never find the right story to tell.

Blurb:

Nonmagical people are being demonized and falsely blamed for Magnifico’s economic problems after Queen Vivian’s bloody rise to power. But politics very quickly becomes more than abstract views to argue when secret police wolves are deployed throughout the country to kill those born without magical abilities.

Seventeen-year-old Maximillian’s best friend Katherine is one such nonmagical person. In a bid to keep her safe, Maximillian turns to the queen’s estranged younger brother, a man thought to be dead until recently.

Prince Stefan is nineteen years old and has been in hiding from his family for years. He has no desire to resurface in the political world, but Maximillian must convince him that the country needs him before it is too late.

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Buy IN THE NAME OF MAGIC on Amazon or directly from Ninestar Press

About the author:

My previous publishing credits include Thought Catalog, Crab Fat LiteraCJ Bedell picry Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Pidgeonholes Magazine, Abbreviate Journal, Short-Story.me, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Chicago Literati, The Vignette Review, Teleport Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Inklette Magazine, Sprout Magazine, and The Drunken Odyssey. I’m also a contributing blog writer to Moledro Magazine and YAtopia. I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2016.

Thanks for joining in, Chris!

W5 with Sara Codair

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Welcome to the next in my series of Ninestar Press authors answering five questions about their work.
This time it’s Sara Codair!

Power Surge by Sara Codair

Who is the star of your book?
Erin Evanstar (they/them/their) loves Star Wars and thinks they’re a monster. Life would be so much easier if they didn’t get every possible negative side effect when they took antidepressants and stimulants.

What is your story about? 
Coping with mental illness, being lied to, learning to forgive, fighting demons, and saving the world.

When is it set? 
Present day.

Where is it set?
In and around Portland, Maine. Some of the streets and landmarks are more or less based off of real places, like Portland Head Light; others, like St. Patrick’s, are completely made up.

Why this story?
This is the story I needed to read when I was teenager. These are characters that lived in my head for years before I started writing and refused to leave when I thought I’d given up on their story.

Blurb:

Erin has just realized that for the entirety of their life, their family has lied to them. Their Sight has been masked for years, so Erin thought the Pixies and Mermaids were hallucinations. Not only are the supernatural creatures they see daily real, but their grandmother is an Elf, meaning Erin isn’t fully human. On top of that, the dreams Erin thought were nightmares are actually prophecies.

While dealing with the anger they have over all of the lies, they are getting used to their new boyfriend, their boyfriend’s bullying ex, and the fact that they come from a family of Demon Hunters. As Erin struggles through everything weighing on them, they uncover a Demon plot to take over the world.

Erin just wants some time to work through it all on their own terms, but that’s going to have to wait until after they help save the world.

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About the author:

Sara Codair lives in a world of words, writing fiction in every free moment, teaching writing at a community college and binge-reading fantasy novels. When Sara Codairnot lost in words, Sara can often be found hiking, swimming, or gardening. Find Sara’s words in Alternative Truths, Helios Quarterly, and Secrets of the Goat People, at https://saracodair.com/

 

Thanks for joining in, Sara!