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12 Great Book Ideas for Holiday Gift-giving.

Here are a dozen books for the holidays from Rob’s Recently Read, Ready to be Read, and Requested to Read piles. And as James Wells  reminded me, “that most or perhaps all of the books you list are available at local booksellers including Village Books, Cozy Corner, and (we can call them local because they support local authors) our Bellingham Barnes & Noble store.”

Rob’s Recently Read

Also available as an audiobook.

Just finished The Great Symmetry by James R. Wells, I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for those true Science Fiction fans. Far future, what-ifs and a tightly plotted story. Really a 4.5. From my blurb: Mr. Wells does a wonderful job of beginning en media res and jumping from the tense opening sequence into a media race to propagate competing versions of reality throughout the author’s well-developed setting. The theme of infoterrorism and the power of the media control gives us, like all great science fiction, a thoughtful what if to consider in our own time.

The Immortal Game by Joannah Miley. A great blend of Science Fiction, Greek Mythology with a touch of Romance. Oh, and Chess.

Ready to be Read

Started Elements, Book II in the Biodome Chronicals by Jesikah Sundin. This series will satisfy the fantasy and science fiction. Sort of a historical fiction meets a Blade Runner prequel universe. Book I – Legacy is out and currently on-sale for ebook at $0.99.

Also started The Ariadne Connection SaraStameyAriadneConnby Sara Stamey. A science fantasy about a plague healer in a near future earth damaged by changes in the Earth’s magnetic field.

Dream of a Vast Blue Cavern, a grand epic fantasy by Selah J Tay-Song is also on sale for ebook at $0.99 and its sequel Dream of a City of Ruin is on my TBR pile!

GirlattheendoftheworldThe Girl at the End of the World by Richard Levesque features a tough teen after a strange virus has killed off most of humanity.

The Eternity Series by Mike Hartner, historical fiction told through generations in I, Walter; I, James and I, Mary.  I, Walter is currently free on Amazon.

For another historical jaunt, check out Jacob Kilgore’s Vagrant Prince also on sale as an e-book $0.99 at Amazon.

Harry Takes Off: Astounding Stories of Adventure (Iron Pegasus Book 1) is a steampunk novel by Steve Turnbull that I am looking forward to reading.

Requested to Read – On my list, but not yet on my pile:

Noble Smith’s Spartans at the Gates, sequel to the gripping Sons of Zeus, has been out and the third book in the trilogy: Sword of Apollo is out now, too.

Mindy McGinnis has released a book unrelated to my recent apocalyptic faves: Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust. A Madness So Discreet is a dark, historical novel of mystery, madness and murder!

And finally, not that any of you get to read it yet, but I am reading a beta copy of my brother, James G. Slater’s space opera, Claustrom!

Happy holiday reading!

Books By the Bay – Free book fair, signings, panels…

This weekend is a really cool local conference for authors sponsored by Chanticleer Reviews. This is a conference more focused on the how to of the business side of being an author/marketer or authorpreneur. The bonus for local readers is the Books By the Bay occurring Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 11:00am and 6:00pm.

Here’s the schedule of the the three day Book-fair. There are panels, giveaways, author signings and maybe a reading or two outside if the weather cooperates.

Here’s the schedule for the Books by the Bay events. Many of my author friends will have signings and books for sale. Including: Selah Tay-Song, Tom and Nance Wise, Christine Smith, Pamela Beason, Sara Stamey, Susan Collen Browne, James R. Wells, Bennet R. Coles, Jesikah Sundin.

My signing will take place at 3:30 on Sunday. I’m thinking I’ll try to do a reading outside near the Bellwether at 3 p.m. if I can arrange it. Then at 4:10 I’ll be paneling with Science Fiction Authors:  James R. Wells, Jesikah Sundin, Vijay Laksham, and Bennet R. Coles (Moderator.) Following the SF panel will be another signing at 5:15.

Hope to see you there.

Books by the Bay and the Chanticleer Authors’ Conference

Something for everyone who love’s books, authors and readers.

On September 26-29, 2015: Chanticleer’s Conference, Awards Banquet, and Books By the Bay Book Festival will take place at the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, in Bellingham, Washington.

There will be…

  • workshops for writing and marketing for authors serious about making good business decisions about their writing careers.
  • author panels including a Science Fiction Panel I get to be on with James Wells and others.
  • author readings
  • book signings
  • and a banquet and awards ceremony

This is the second annual event and I hope it continues to grow as we support literary endeavors in our community.

Thanks to Chanticleer and all the lovely supporting sponsors. For more info check out the website or ask me.