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Indie Author Spotlight: An Interview with M. Ordena, Author of FORT LIBERTY, VOl. 1

It’s been a couple of months since the last installment of the Indie Author Spotlight, but we are back with a new author and interview! After spending quite some time searching for a new book and reading a plethora of boring synopses and poor reviews, I decided I would narrow my search: I wanted to find a female author. Cue M. Orenda.

When I stumbled upon Orenda’s first (and only at the moment) novel, Fort Liberty, Vol. 1, there were four factors that made it easy for me to choose her book: military science fiction, great reviews, a cool cover — reminiscent of many comics, which makes complete sense when reading the action sequences — and finally, selflessness. What do I mean by selflessness? Well, M. Orenda uses her talents as a writer to help support others. As it states under the book’s rundown, “All proceeds from the Fort Liberty Series go to support non-profit organizations focused on helping US Veterans and their families.” Wow, real altruism at its finest!

So, what is Fort Liberty about? Check it out:
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Indie Author Spotlight: An Interview with Rob J. Hayes, Author of THE HERESY WITHIN

I have to be honest: of all the genres I cover, fantasy tends to be my favorite. I typically enjoy reading tales that can be fairly ruthless, with characters that are hard to love, but in the end, a sense of hope does prevail. Why do I enjoy a grim, darker take on fantasy? Mainly because these types of stories tend to seem more relatable. The likes of Joe Abercrombie, George R. R. Martin, Brent Weeks, and David Dalglish come to mind when I think of novels that fall in to this category. And now, I’ll throw self-published author, Rob J. Hayes into the mix.

This month’s Indie Author Spotlight guest came out of nowhere. I wasn’t even looking for a fantasy book, but The Heresy Within, the first book in The Ties That Bind trilogy just seemed too intriguing to pass up. Check out the synopsis:
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Indie Author Spotlight: An Interview with Luke Smitherd, Author of THE STONE MAN

I’m back from a short hiatus to bring you a new edition of the Indie Author Spotlight! I’ll be honest and say that it is not an easy task weeding through the not-so-wonderful self-published books in order to find a real gem; however, taking the time and effort to find a novel that really stands out among the rest – and on occasion, an outstanding work of fiction – makes the payoff highly gratifying. This was the case with author Luke Smitherd’s, The Stone Man.

Tagged as both science fiction and a thriller, this is a book that has it all: strong characterization, moral quandaries, mystery, and a whole lot of tense moments all presented through the narration of a fallible, all too human protagonist that you can’t help but root for. Reading the final sentence of the The Stone Man was truly a bittersweet moment. Check out the synopsis for The Stone Man:

Nobody knew where it came from.

Nobody knew why it came.

Even so, for two-bit (antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer, the appearance in his city of a man made of moving stone meant the scoop of a lifetime. He would soon learn that The Stone Man was much more — and much worse — than that.

This is Andy’s account of everything that came afterwards, and the people that were lost along the way; of the terrible price that he, and the rest of his country, had to pay.

The destruction. The visions. The dying.

That description, along with a large amount of positive reviews, was enough to get me excited. By the end of the first page, I knew I was in for a treat and by the end of the book I knew that I had read something really special and unique. With that being said, sit back and relax and enjoy an interview with the author himself, Luke Smitherd.

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Indie Author Spotlight: An Interview with Dawn McCullough-White, Author of CAMEO THE ASSASSIN

And we’re back! A new installment of the Indie Author Spotlight is here at SF Signal for your reading pleasure. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and find out about a fantastic self-published author whom you need to be aware of!

Since first receiving my Kindle Fire over a year and a half ago, I have been scrambling to find a self-published female fantasy/science fiction author who brings something new to the popular genre. Let me tell you, it has not been an easy undertaking. I don’t read a lot of young adult fiction, and most of the female authors in speculative fiction tend to produce that variety of work when self-publishing. That’s fine, it’s just not what I’m looking for.

And then I found Dawn McCullough-White.

Dark and gritty historical fantasy; assassins and vampires; and a strong female protagonist. These (and more) are all things you’ll find in Dawn’s first series. Check out the synopsis for Cameo the Assassin, book one in the Trilogy of Shadows:

The Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order.

The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to walk the graveyards at night… and of Cameo the killer with corpse-like eyes… Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most effective assassins in the employ of the Association, moving from one mission to the next as long as the alcohol keeps flowing.

Her acceptance of the murder-for-hire lifestyle is thrown into doubt when she meets a local highwayman with a penchant for fine clothes and women, and then she begins to think about breaking with the company but no one ever breaks with the Association under good terms.

And there you have it. If the above interests you in the slightest, keep reading as I present my interview with Dawn — and then treat yourself to one (or all) of her books and fall in love with the colorful characters and story just as I did!

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Indie Author Spotlight: An Interview with MOUNTAIN MAN Author Keith C. Blackmore

Welcome back to the Indie Author Spotlight! With Halloween quickly approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to showcase a zombie horror author! In this edition, you’ll get to know Keith C. Blackmore, hear about his frighteningly undead writing exploits, and hopefully be encouraged to take a fleshy bite out of his writing.
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Indie Author Spotlight: An Interview with POST-HUMAN Author David Simpson

Welcome to the latest addition of the Indie Author Spotlight! This month we’ll be digging deep into the Post-Human series by science fiction and horror author, David Simpson. In this entry, your brain will overload with artificial intelligence and your mind will be transplanted with future technology the likes of which you’ve never dreamed. Prepare to be upgraded.

I actually purchased the first three books in the Post-Human series (Sub-Human, Post-Human, Trans-Human) about six months ago as David Simpson was offering the Kindle omnibus for just $.99. At the time, I already had a long list of books I wanted to read, but I couldn’t pass up the great deal; so, I bought them with the intention of reading them at some other point in time. Well, this month, instead of reading just one book for the spotlight as I have in the past, I set aside the time to read three of David’s novels! Let me tell you: I found myself wishing I had placed my reading list on the back burner and read his books months ago. Check out the premise of the series below to get glimpse of what I mean:

It’s the story of humanity’s future, both the possible bliss, the possible torment, and all of the in between. It might expand your view of what “human” really means, it might make you consider the pleasures and pains of immortality, and reflect on the extraordinary benefits and profound danger of strong A.I. All of this delivered in an epic series, paced faster than most novels, with twists and turns around almost every page, and a set of characters with whom you’ll fall in love.

Sounds good to me! I read through the books, feeling a strong connection to the characters, wishing at times some of the tech were real, and at others being very thankful that humanity is not quite there. While making my way through his stories, I contacted David — who happens to be an extremely friendly and personable guy — and set up an interview with him to discuss his projects and what’s in store for his writing career. Check it out!

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Indie Author Spotlight: An Interview with HOUSE OF BLADES Author Will Wight

And we’re back! The second edition of the Indie Author Spotlight is in full swing and it is coming at you like the blade of a Traveler! “What the heck is a Traveler?” you may ask. Well, you’re about to find out. This month we’re taking a look at author Will Wight’s Traveler’s Gate Trilogy. With book one of the fantasy series (House of Blades) already out and the second novel (The Crimson Vault) being released in just a few short days, what better time than now!

Come, jump through the gate with me!
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Indie Author Spotlight: An Interview with CYBERSTORM Author Matthew Mather

Hello! My name is Max Pfeffer and I’d like to welcome you to the first edition of Indie Author Spotlight! As a writer and avid reader, I check out a lot of self-published authors via my Kindle Fire due to the typically low prices and the prospect of finding as-yet unknown hidden gems. Through my consistent perusing of the Kindle store, I’ve managed to find a slew of talented writers whom I believe deserve to be in the spotlight. In this new monthly column, I’ll be introducing you to a variety of indie authors in the realm of science fiction, fantasy and horror. My hope is that you’ll discover along with me and enjoy these works just as much as I have.

So, without further ramblings, let’s move on to the spotlight!
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