This is the first novel for author, Leighton Dean and it is a wonderful story. So plausible in fact, it’s quite worrying.
Sample chapters for our February 2017 releases, Beneath the Skin and The Beguiler, can be found at the Speculative Fiction Forums here: http://forums.ticketyboopress.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=13 These will be our first books from Venus Ascending and we are extremely proud of both of them.
If you love romantic science fiction, check out Carolyn Hill’s amazing far future novel, Beneath the Skin. If you are looking for romantic fantasy with a gothic flavor, take a look at the first chapter of The Beguiler, by Suzanne Jackson. (If your tastes are eclectic try them both!)
At Venus Ascending we are excited to be releasing this novel of romantic science fiction, by debut author Carolyn Hill. Look for it February 28, 2017.
The ten great families of the “solaratti” hold such influence that even the galactic government hesitates to act openly against them, a power that has gained them unimaginable riches and allowed them to shape the fate of worlds. Earth is an urban wasteland. Other planets are being stripped of their resources. Whole populations are caught in an endless cycle of hard labor and crushing debt, as the solaratti control the supply of food, medicines … everything necessary for survival.
Aleta Graham is a healer and empath, abilities that make her a useful pawn for the ruthless Dagarro family, who have addicted her to the drug known as Sand in order to keep her submissive. But Aleta is determined to overcome the influence of the drug, and make a desperate bid for freedom — even knowing that the penalty for disloyalty to the family is death.
Riven is a shapechanger, a computer genius, a spy sent by the government to destroy the power of the Dagarro. His ability to take on multiple identities allows him to infiltrate to the heart of their stronghold. But his friendship with Aleta, rapidly developing into something much more, becomes a threat to his mission and to Riven himself.
Aliens: The Truth is Coming will be published tomorrow, and these posts served as introductions to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Last, but certainly not least, we have Tim James, and his tale, “Here“.
“Here” is a tale about looking beyond our small planet, about a father and son’s relationship, and about that which may be glaringly obvious yet still unknown and undiscovered.
Tim James is someone who has dabbled in writing for the better part of his life, although he has never really committed himself outside of short stories – although like many writers he has a number of dust smothered manuscripts tucked under the bed. Throughout the 90’s he wrote (and drew) comic strips for the British Small Press and had a number of short stories published in various online publications.
More recently he has been writing the odd short story (and not finishing many) as life and work get in the way. He currently lives in Devon with his wife and two boys. And cat. And two rabbits, while working in the 150-year-old family business as a Funeral Director.
Aliens: The Truth is Coming will be published tomorrow and these posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have Leslie J Anderson, and her tale, “The Zoo of Dark Creatures“.
“The Zoo of Dark Creatures” is a tale which explores what captivity and empathy can mean, not only to the captors, but to the those being held against their will.
Leslie J. Anderson’s writing has appeared in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Apex, Pseudopod, and Daily Science Fiction to name a few. She has two books of writing prompts, Inklings and 100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers from Sterling Publishing.
Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart and a Rhysling Award. Her collection of poetry, An Inheritance of Stone, was nominated for an Elgin Award.
She lives in Ohio with her husband and two small dogs, and is fairly certain the neighbourhood children think she is a witch.
Aliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November. This series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have Michael Chandos, and his tale, “Welcome to Cosmic Journey“.
“Welcome to Cosmic Journey” tells the story of what happens when people are seemingly given the opportunity of a lifetime, and don’t know about the strings attached…
Michael Chandos is the pen-name for an officer and senior civilian recently retired from the US Air Force, where he was involved in intelligence and space issues, logging 42 years of service. His writings include “Psywar”, and short mystery and speculative fiction in anthologies including “Black Coffee”, “Stories From the Near-Future” and “Stories From the World of Tomorrow”. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Aerospace Engineering and the Air War College. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.
Aliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November. This series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have Stewart Hotston with his tale, “We Three Remain“.
“We Three Remain” is a cat-and-mouse tale which explores what happens when the outclassed and hunted learn to fight back.
Stewart was abducted by aliens as a teenager but then returned when they realised just what a mistake they’d made. Having used the power of teenage angst to return to Earth, he spent the next few years growing up with a healthy disdain of anyone who said humanity’s destiny was among the stars. Instead he learned to pilot submarines only to give that up after watching The Abyss. Now he spends his time as a hermit far from civilisation in the hope that the aliens, when they return, will leave him well alone. Although if they’re reading this, he welcomes our new overlords and wishes them well.
Aliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November. This series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have Terry Grimwood, with his tale, “The Man Who Wasn’t Dead“.
“The Man Who Wasn’t Dead” is a Noir-SF thriller which follows a reluctant veteran and what he discovers in the search for an old army friend.
Terry Grimwood is a college lecturer, harmonica player, amateur dramatic ham and writer. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including SOMETHING REMAINS (Alchemy), SENSORAMA (Eibonvale) and GHOST HIGHWAYS (Midnight Street Press). He has three novels under his belt, the latest being DEADSIDE REVOLUTION (Horrific Tales Press). He has also written and Directed three full length plays, THE BAYONET, TATTLETALE MARY and TALES FROM THE NIGHTSIDE (available to anyone interested in script-reading of putting on these plays).
Coming February 28, 2017 from Venus Ascending, The Beguiler by Suzanne Jackson.
Rebecca Vasteer has a dangerous secret: she’s a witch.
Men known as Rangers capture witches and hand them over to the public hangman to be hanged or burned, according to the law. Or so most people believe. But a secret branch of the Ranger organization conducts an illegal traffic, selling the most talented witches as slaves to wealthy families.
Betrayed by her brother, Rebecca flees her village, only to fall into the hands of Nicholas Jarrett — witch trader, failed Ranger. At his country estate, he teaches her a new form of magic, less easy to detect. But his motives are far from pure. Once Rebecca completes her training she’ll be sold: profit for Nicholas and money for the Rangers.
But when Rebecca shows an unexpected talent for Beguiling, Nicholas feels his power over her — and over his own feelings — slipping away.
And his growing attraction for her, and Rebecca’s for him, may destroy them both.
Suzanne Jackson has written a darkly enchanting tale in the tradition of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and other classics of gothic romance. In February 2017, prepare to be beguiled!