Connected by Simon Denman
Two apparent suicides, a country apart, drive a physicist and a college student to seek answers. But what they find sucks them deep into dangerous mind-altering technology that could change the world.
CONNECTED is a speculative fiction thriller with touches of science and philosophy, which reached No.1 in Amazon UK’s Bestseller lists for both Thrillers and Science Fiction within 5 days of release.
Beginning with the funeral of a renowned classical violinist in a sleepy rural hamlet in the Lake District, a former theoretical physicist tries to make sense of his brother’s suicide. Across the country, a university student, enjoying the unexpected attentions of an enigmatic seductress, is disturbed when his best friend falls to his death from the thirteenth floor of a neighbouring campus tower block.
As each tries to unravel the mystery behind the apparent suicides, they are drawn into an obsessive search for a computer-generated fractal video sequence, with startling effects on human consciousness, and which might just pave the way for discovery of the ultimate Theory of Everything.
However, they are not the only ones to have seen the potential of this mind-altering video, and soon find themselves in a desperate race against time with gangsters from the shadowy worlds of sex, drugs, cyber-crime, and massively multi-player on-line gaming.
Kindle, Paperback (UK only), Audio Book
Genres: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Twitter Name: @SimonDenman
Born in Eastbourne, to retired parents, Simon Denman grew up alternately on the beaches of a succession of English seaside towns, and in the historic, if somewhat austere boarding school of Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, Sussex.
After graduating from the University of Essex with a degree in Electronic Engineering, he has spent longer than he likes to admit in the IT networking, communications, and Internet security industries, gradually moving from technical to marketing and management roles. During this time, he moved from the UK to Paris, back to the UK, over to Munich, across to the French Riviera, and finally back to England.
Far more importantly during this period, he was blessed with two beautiful and talented daughters, now at University themselves, and, in remarriage, the love of the most wonderful woman for whom a man could wish.
Following the publication and unexpected success of his first novel,”Connected” and, in the same year, the births of twins, he has recently moved to Cornwall with his wife and babies, where he is now working on a new novel.
While he no longer plays rugby, Simon is a moderately accomplished player of Jazz and classical trumpet, which he blows enthusiastically with any band or group that’ll have him. Any remaining time is spent reading and writing.
The Cortex is the story of ordinary people being forced to confront extraordinary events. It describes a quest to confront the face of evil against all odds. It is a multi-layered and historically rich science fiction story wrapped around a love story and a war story on a Galactic scale. It redefines evil as entity born out of benevolence. A creature of nightmare spawned at the dawn of time reborn and instilled with insidious malevolence and a desire for revenge and retribution.
Set against a backdrop of wide-ranging events the story is reduced to one small group of desperate companions moving through a Galaxy torn apart by a genocidal war. And one girl in particular bound to a seemingly impossible quest she journeys to the very edge of known space to face her destiny.
Although it is a stand alone story, there is an upcoming prequel which deals with the background mythology described in the first book. There will also be a third and final book continuing the story outlined in the first book, though of course all three novels are distinct in their own right and tell different stories set within a familiar universe.
Peter J Maher is a writer of science fiction novels and
creator of the Coalition Book Series currently living in England.
The universe contains an infinite diversity of sentient life forms. The Sallows intend to rectify this. Genocide is their business, slaughter and mass destruction their entertainment. Constantly engineering and evolving their vast army of androids, they are developing their ultimate Warrior—the Destroyer Series Mark-I (Espion). A blend of blood and machine, this new prototype looks humanoid but is driven by software and programming. It processes data and is ruthless in its pursuits. Trained as a Warrior and programmed as a spy, it will walk amongst the alien species, infiltrate and destroy. There’s just one problem. Their prototype is just a kid—and like any other kid, he’s got a bit of an attitude problem.
As Kylem reaches adolescence, he begins to question his Sallow masters. From the prisoners onboard the DaerkStar, he is learning about humanity and begins to realise that he’s just a bit too human to be either an android or a Sallow. Suddenly, he is unsure who or what he is, and there’s worse to come.
The Sallow Empire is at the dawn of a new era, with Sallows plotting against each other for ultimate control over the Empire. Caught up in the conflict, Kylem is oblivious to the role he is to play in their plans and, unbeknownst to them all, the major part he is to play in changing the fortunes of the Empire forever!
eBook: ISBN 978-1-465-92237-3
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-781-76425-1
Born in the 1960’s Ab was considered an academic child but was more likely to be found daydreaming than studying. The daughter of a publican, she was left to her own devices of an evening so the TV played an important part in her childhood. Documentaries, films and dramas alike fuelled her imagination, from ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ to ‘The Man from UNCLE’, ‘Tomorrow’s World’ to James Bond, each only served to encourage her already vivid imagination and enquiring mind.
“From the age of five, I would go to sleep at night and dream a new adventure. The dreams were always vivid and the stories were wild and wonderful. TV and life experiences fuelled them and perhaps that is why I was never a believer in happy-ever-afters. Even as a child, I questioned that closing sentence at the end of every story. My favourite faerie tale was Cinderella, but I always wondered what happened after the wedding. I just couldn’t accept the concept that they married and that was it; that life went perfectly for them from that day on until their deaths. My mind was plagued by questions like, did they stay happy, did they have children or was she barren? Was Prince Charming really that charming? Did he stay faithful or did he abandon Cinderella for a younger woman? If they had children, were they perfect or did one get in with the wrong crowd and end up with a criminal record?
“I was about tens old when I asked my mother some of those questions and told her about my stories. I can’t remember the exact response but I did learn one thing. That, for the time being at least, I should keep such things to myself.”
“…interesting, imaginative and Mark Twainish with a fantasy twist!”
New Yesterdays can also be purchased at Create Space and Smashwords.
A young boy discovers a portal that transports him backward in time more than a hundred years. Strong friendships and alliances are formed. He finds himself confronted with a challenge that could change his life, and the lives of those he loves most forever. Is he strong enough to meet that challenge?
Jim L Wright is a native of Piedmont, Alabama. He now lives in Amman, Jordan and spends his time blogging, traveling and writing tall tales.
This is a story that draws you in with action and adventures about a secret world that is very much a part of your life, although you may not realize it. Thomas and Jacob Gideon are in charge of leading the Patriots, a group dedicated to overturning the evil that the Elite are spreading throughout the world. Beware, you’ll find yourself cheering for their success as you read through the pages of this captivating story.
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For over the last sixty years, just a handful of certain elite higher up officials and scientists in our government have been harboring some very amazing secrets, deep down in the bowels of area 51. These secrets have been kept very highly classified from even all the military personnel their and all the US Presidents during this time period. Until finally the secrets have matured to a level of finely machined tools, to be turned lose on this planet, with an assortment of amazing weapons beyond today’s reality.
Wilds and Celia grow up almost as normal as others. Suddenly one day as they turn into young adults they find themselves very different from others. They had to learn very young and very fast to master the art of hiding who they have become. Are they thrill seekers, suicidal or just plain born on this planet as a half breed alien race? You will have to decide as the proof is in the RAGE!
You could say they were planned out many years before conception, to be what they are today. Completely extraordinary, unite and superior, while being unmatched by any other in the world. Are they thrill seekers, suicidal or just plain bizarre? You will have to decide as Wilds Rage takes human life on this planet to another level.
The human population of this planet is in turmoil today and we need to set it’s people back on the right path. How do we do it in our lifetime? There is but one way. It’s not sugar coated, it’s not inhumane either, but its somewhere in-between. It’s in that gray area between a rock and a hard place that most people close their mind and eyes too. Where does this book take you? It takes you to Florida, Italy, International Space Station, Russia, Phoenix Islands, Cambodia and Afghanistan. There’s also a new revolutionary technical break threw in energy. Putting oil as we know it on the back burner. Even under strict military orders their missions are totally insane, but something or somebody has to do the impossible, to get this planet humanity back to normal. Its been to long and now it‘s way out of control. What is normal? Maybe normal is not the norm anymore! You decide as you follow a CIA’s family adventures in space and around the world and back.
When independent galactic trader Ven Zaran tangles with a powerful crime syndicate, it’s not a question of if someone will die, only who it will be.
Ven’s successful career plying the hyperspace trade routes is cut short after he helps execute a sting that sends a syndicate leader to prison. In revenge, the syndicate takes Ven’s wife and children hostage and he is forced to run their dangerous and illegal cargoes. Being a trader is risky enough, but now if Ven loses a cargo it will mean the death of his family.
Under surveillance and unable to rescue them himself, Ven must pin his hopes on a group of friends who race to free his family from captivity. When Ven looses one of the syndicate cargoes and hasn’t heard from his friends, he is sure his family’s fate is sealed. He takes on the syndicate goons in a showdown to the death.
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About The Author
Scott Seldon lives in Colorado with his wife and family in a house brimming with old and new computers. He is a student of technology, history, anthropology, languages, and cosmology. Each separate direction of study has enriched his imagination, but he credits the creative output of George Lucas and Isaac Asimov for the direction it has taken. He turned his creativity to science fiction in his teens and has never looked back.
In his writing, Scott strives to create rich worlds and characters. Although his stories take place in the future, he often looks to the past to give his stories a solid background. He’s is more likely to watch Captain Blood than Star Wars to find inspiration on the feel of a story. He reads the latest titles by Jack McDevitt followed by C. L. Moore’s stories of Northwest Smith written decades ago with Les Miserables and the Princess of Mars next on his reading list.
Author Website: https://sites.google.com/site/scottrseldon/
Silas Daniel Dyer, Biographical/Fiction – From 1888 to 1927 the
story of an ordinary man in extraordinary times. From the Pennsylvania to the Welsh Valleys and coal mining conflicts, and to the horrors of the First World War.
Sterngard’s Words, Science Fiction/Fantasy suitable for
teens/young adults – On a world where science has for long been
forbidden and progress halted, a chance has come to change the world.
A fight to replace myth and magic with belief in science and
technology, with help from an unexpected source. A young man,
Sterngard, returns from a time away from his people to find himself the
key to a great change in his world and its civilisations.
Find the author:
Front and center: Jasmine Wade – young, stunningly beautiful, a rich man’s eye candy.
In the wings: Jasmine Wade – a woman driven, a workaholic.
Behind the scenes: Jasmine Wade – haunted by visions from her childhood, as vivid now as they were then. Visions that promise infallibility and a soulmate. Visions that will lead Jasmine to love and to danger.
The power of Jasmine’s childhood visions convince her that she cannot be harmed. But trusting these visions can lead her into danger, possibly even death. Jasmine pursues Victor relentlessly, believing he is her soulmate. But, the visions promise much more than a lover. They warn of a threat to Jasmine’s perfect life. She will wrestle with unknown forces that drive her, and with the knowledge that she has lived before. Who was she in that other life? Why is she so sure she is invincible? Where will her beliefs lead?
And Yves? He is the celestial being assigned to watch over her, and to provide the people to protect her. He must experience again the agony of losing the woman he loves to another as Jasmine and her lover fulfill their destiny. Will Yves jeopardize his rise in power by going to her on Earth? Will he give up his love? Or, will he bring her back in yet another reincarnation?
About the Author:
Living in Mali – the experience that started it all
A long time ago, I lived in Mali. Every single day, I wished I could wave a magic wand to relieve the heart wrenching poverty. My experiences there led to the writing of EMBATTLED, which reflects my desire to wave that wand and make the world a better place—if only wishes could come true.
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available by this author.
Ellen’s Tale is also available as an e-book
Ellen’s Tale: being the first part of The Sefuty Chronicles
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2060: The catastrophic results of climate change lead to mass migrations, whole nations fleeing rising seas and desertification. The world at war: land, water and survival the prize. The survivors split, most scrambling to the purpose-built cities the others fortifying their settlements behind the false security of rings of land mines. Genetic manipulations lead to populations in the cities being freed from greed and violence but this has resulted in the destruction of the drive which made the human race so successful. Imprisoned behind the mines, deprived of resources, the settlements battle famine, natural disasters and despair. Populations everywhere continue to tumble.
2162: Young researcher Maia Linne contacts archivist Ris Menai for assistance with a study of Ellen Wellfit, a young girl who had lived and loved 50 years previously. Ris is an expert on Ellen and her times and agrees to help. Through incomplete correspondence we follow their increasing interest and eventual love for each other. Ellen’s story is fed to Maia by copies of transcripts of recordings taken at the time. Although the papers are also incomplete the story covers most of the events which were to prove important to mankind.
2111: Ellen Wellfit, innocent and naïve child of the safe, peaceful and sterile cities. Bix Sefune, genetically modified as a child to fight with the Sefuty Comrades (popularly known as Ferals), now dangerously charming. They meet when she seeks his help to fulfil the dying request of an old lady. Terrified of life outside the city walls Ellen, in venturing out into the countryside, is forced to cling to Bix and he, responding, finds his interest in her growing. They both dare to think of a future together but he cannot live within walls and they have to part. It is Ellen who seeks to find a way to achieve their dreams. The results of her actions hold out hope for them and also for the dwindling survivors of mankind.
An historical romance in the future, with three time periods and two love stories set against a background of climate change, child soldiers, land mines, genetic engineering and eugenics.
Ellen’s Tale is also available as an e-book in multi formats
Ellen’s Tale can be found on Alberta’s web page at
(secure payment, also extracts, reader’s comments and other publications)
An e-book edition in multi formats can be purchased at Smashwords.com
Alberta can be followed on her blogs
I spent the first part of my adult life travelling the world, the middle years studying and now have settled down to write. From the first part I have endless photographs and memories from the second I have a BSc Hons and a MA. Now in this part everything comes together.
Over the years my interests have expanded, as has my book and music collection. A short list would include reading (almost anything) science, opera, folk, gardening, philosophy, crazy patchwork, freeform crochet, ethics, social history, cooking (and eating of course) anthropology and of course climate change and sustainability.
My parents gave me, apart from a love of reading and music, an interest and curiosity in everything which in itself gives a total inability to be bored and for this I am always grateful.
CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh
October 19, 2010 Science fiction/adventure/space opera
ISBN 9780981621067 Dancing Lemur Press LLC
To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…
Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.
Much to Byron’s chagrin, the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron’s tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.
As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?
“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” – Library Journal
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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He’s experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Currently he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.
Vancouver, WA—SpireHouse Books is proud to announce its first major launch of 2011!
This fall, SpireHouse Books published its debut original novel, Artemis Rising by Cheri Lasota, as a high-quality, enhanced e-book and will sell it both online and offline!
The book will feature an array of multimedia features including photographs, a hyperlinked glossary of terms, video, and links to external websites.
Also watch for Artemis Rising at your local coffee shop or favorite independent book store in e-book card format. Customers will be able to purchase Ms. Lasota’s novel at the cash register as a plastic card and use the redemption code on the back to easily download the book from SpireHouse’s website. Perfect for gifts, author signings, or collecting, the e-book card is an innovative way to buy and share e-books.
E-book cards offer booksellers an opportunity to sell e-books directly from their brick-and-mortar locations and gain sales currently being lost to e-books. The e-book card edition will also be offered at a much lower price than the standard edition, in an effort to encourage consumers to support brick-and-mortar sellers. Now independent publishers and even self-published authors have the opportunity to sell side by side with mainstream titles in physical bookstores. The cards also offer many types of vendors—not just booksellers—the opportunity to display and sell e-books, greatly expanding the scope in which publishers and authors can reach new audiences. Contact email@example.com
to learn more about this innovative new marketing tool.
, by Vancouver,
WA author Cheri Lasota, is a YA historical fantasy set in the Azorean Islands in the 1890s. The plot centers on a sweeping, seamless blend of two classic mythologies (the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Isolde and the Greek myth of Alpheus and Arethusa), and the lives of three young people who are fated to live out these legends in their current era.
Cheri Lasota has nearly two decades of writing and editing experience. Her editing clients include McGraw-Hill Publishing as well as dozens of individual writers. Her novel, Artemis Rising, is largely inspired by a two-year stay in the Azores Islands, Portugal. Cheri is a member of Willamette Writers, Women in Portland Publishing, and the NW Independent Editors Guild.
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