Futuristic romance Beneath the Skin coming February 28 from Venus Ascending


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: Contributor Spotlight: Tim James

tim-james-bio-picAliens: 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: Contributor Spotlight – Leslie J Anderson

leslie-anderson-bio-picAliens: 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: Contributor Spotlight – Michael Chandos

michael-chandos-bio-picAliens: 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.