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Cover & Synopsis: A FEW WORDS FOR THE DEAD by Guy Adams

For readers who like a little espionage in their speculative fiction (or vice versa), here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel A Few Words For The Dead by Guy Adams.

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Recommended Reading by Professionals…with David Barnett

In this series, I ask various publishing professionals (including authors, bloggers, editors, agents etc.) to recommend 2-3 authors or books they feel haven’t received the recognition they deserve.

Today’s recommendations are by David Barnett. David Barnett is a journalist and author based in the north of England. His latest novel is Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon, out now from Tor in the US and Snowbooks in the UK, which is the second in his series of steampunk/alt-history adventures which began last year with Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl.

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Cover & Synopsis: FOR A FEW SOULS MORE by Guy Adams (PLUS: HEAVEN’S GATE TRILOGY Cover Gallery!)

Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel For a Few Souls More by Guy Adams, the final book in the Heaven’s Gate Trilogy.

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MIND MELD: Blurring the Lines in Genre Fiction

[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!]

I love novels that can walk the lines of multiple genres, so, in that spirit, I asked our panelists these questions:

Q: As a writer, why do you think it’s important to step outside of your comfort zones when writing, perhaps to explore other genres? What books have you read that blur the lines between genres and do it effectively?

Here’s what they had to say…

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Winger and The Marbury Lens. He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle is his seventh novel, followed by 100 Sideways Miles, his eighth, coming in September 2014. He lives in Southern California.

I honestly do not think of “genres” at all when I write. I also don’t envision a targeted audience. I know that this goes against the philosophy of the majority, but it’s how I write. I write the story that pleases me, and I write it entirely for myself. I’m not a big fan of “comfort zones” when writing, either, because being comfortable sounds too much like sticking to the same old formula. I like to experiment with plot, narrative style, content, and structure every time I start something new. This is frequently challenging, but it keeps things interesting, too. I don’t like feeling bored or boxed in by a particular brand. So it’s always been the most difficult thing for me to precisely categorize any novel of mine in terms of genre and what it might be comparable to.

I think a lot of Vonnegut’s work scatters across the constraints of genre. I also admire Robbins’ Jitterbug Perfume and Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. In terms of YA literature, I’m a big fan of A.S. King’s work.

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Coming Soon: “The Clown Service” by Guy Adams

Rising Shadow has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Clown Service by Guy Adams, a book that blends contemporary spy thriller, fantasy and the supernatural.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon UK:
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Cover & Synopsis: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HELL by Guy Adams

Here’s the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Once Upon a Time in Hell by Guy Adams, sequeul to the weird western The Good the Bad and the Infernal.

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REVIEW: The World House by Guy Adams

REVIEW SUMMARY: A great book if you’re looking for something a little different.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A variety of people find themselves transported to a sinister house.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Fascinating and diverse characters; interesting setting; lots of twists; complex plot revealed at the end.
CONS: A fair amount of swearing; some uncomfortable scenes; minor plot holes.
BOTTOM LINE: Like an adult Alice in Wonderland, it’s quite different from other books out there. Imaginative and fun, it will keep you on your toes.
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