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Monday Book Recommendation: Endgame Training Diaries

All three thrilling volumes of Endgame: The Training Diaries, the prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Endgame series, together in one paperback bind-up!

Before they were Players . . . Before the Calling . . . They trained to be selected as the one to save their ancient bloodline—and win Endgame.

Follow the Twelve through sacrifices and betrayals, broken hearts and broken bones, as they shed their normal lives and transform into the Players they were meant to be.

They must train, learn, prepare.
To Play, survive, and solve.
To kill or be killed.
Endgame is real.
Endgame is coming.
And only one can win.

 


I finished Sky Key the other day and after all the intensity and drama and death (I almost cried.) seemed to build up and… well the end felt a little anti-climatic. Nonetheless I move on to the final book in the main series, Rules of the Game.

James Frey is the author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard. After battling with alcohol addiction and spending time in rehab, he wrote A Million Little Pieces which was published in 2003 in America and the following year in the UK to critical acclaim. He wrote the sequel, My Friend Leonard about life after rehab, which was published in 2005 in the US and the year after in the UK.

James Frey now lives in New York with his wife, daughter and dog. He is still writing. Most recently he has published Bright Shiny Morning, and his new book The Final Testament of the Holy Bible will publish on 12 April and is available for pre-order now.

He is also one of the authors that share the pseudonym Pittacus Lore, author of the Lorien Legacies.

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Monday Book Recommendation: The Ghost Line

The luxury cruise ship the Martian Queen was decommissioned years ago, set to drift back and forth between Earth and Mars on the off-chance that reclaiming it ever became profitable for the owners. For Saga and her husband Michel the cruise ship represents a massive payday. Hacking and stealing the ship could earn them enough to settle down, have children, and pay for the treatments to save Saga’s mother’s life.

But the Martian Queen is much more than their employer has told them. In the twenty years since it was abandoned, something strange and dangerous has come to reside in the decadent vessel. Saga feels herself being drawn into a spider’s web, and must navigate the traps and lures of an awakening intelligence if she wants to go home again.


Andrew Gray‘s fiction has appeared in numerous speculative fiction magazines, including Nature Futures, Apex Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Sockdolager and On Spec.

He was awarded On Spec’s Lydia Langstaff Memorial Prize, has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for Fiction and has been shortlisted several times for the CBC/Saturday Night Literary Award. He was the runner-up prize winner in the 2015 Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition.

His first collection of stories, Small Accidents, was published by Raincoast Books and was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Award at the BC Book Prizes and an IPPY award in the US.

With co-author J.S. Herbison, he has written The Ghost Line, which is forthcoming from Tor.com’s novella imprint in mid-2017.

He lives with his family and several cranky chickens on Canada’s West Coast

Monday Book Recommendation: Tales Anthologies – Inklings Press

Inklings Press is the brainchild, and publishing house that brings together new, very talented authors together, select a genre, then continue to create amazing, fantastical worlds with riveting characters and amazing stories. I have had the honour of reviewing their anthologies and each time I do, I am blown away by the talent.

Tales of Wonder is their latest anthology, and it will be this Wednesday’s book review as well (and I must admit that I loved it.)

For a list of their anthologies, which you can buy on Amazon, visit their website: Inklings Press

We are a group of friends that share a love for many interests, be it comics, RPG’s, anime, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, alternative history, wargames and literature. But above all we are a group of like minded friends that decided to create our owned e-publisher in order to provided us with an outlet for our stories, novels, anthology and blog/ezine projects related to those interest. Working as a team we hope to create and share good quality work with our readers.

Our purpose is to provide a new offer when it comes to fantasy, science fiction, mystery & alternative history tales.

Mission Statement

We see us, The Inklings, as a group which aims to inspire, push, and support authors.

Inspire: to overcome the dreaded writer’s block, the blank page. To provide a sounding board for ideas and motivate us to keep writing.

Push: to offer critics, revisions and motivate us to keep working within deadlines, which are often the bane of any writer.

Support: during the writing, which is the toughest stage and celebrate their sucess post publication, providing a friendly platform.

Nurture: because every writer needs sometimes help, guidance or even someone to talk with (and even fight a bit) and nurture those ideas seeds. And what better way to do so than with friends that have been or are at the same stage.

NaNo 2015 Update

NaNoWrimo: Winner!

With 8 days still to go before the end of Novemeber, I managed to hit my 50K target last night at around 11:30PM. This was after a grueling battle with procrastination, discipline and life, where I attempted to use as many excuses as I could manage, to put it all off for another day. I still had 8 days left in the week to finish anyway right? And during those couple of hours, writing 5000 words seemed a mammoth of a task to undertake, regardless of the previous days when I managed 5000 words in a couple of hours thanks to writing sprints.

Challenges

The last 2500 words were the hardest, and for some reason I could not see how I was going to put more story into my story to fill it up. At the same time, my phone kept going off as messages streamed in from the local NaNos WhatsApp group we created, of all the people who were still doing sprints and encouraging one another onward. Also fellow rivals were competing to see who would hit 50K first and so I decided I might as well go for it and go for it I did.

Retrospect

Looking back, I must say that the Write-Ins and fellow NaNo-ians were my best encouragement in pushing me so far. On my own it’s easy to talk myself out of writing but with so much encouragement from an outside source, how could I fail.

Novel Completion

Now I can cruise forward with my novel and get all the story out and use my new copy of Scrinever to sort out my characters, scenes, locations and story properly in preparation for all the editing in December/January. Fun times!

Book Reading

I am almost done with reading Terry Pratchet’s Colour of Magic, the first book in the Discworld series and therefore will have accomplished my reading goal for the month. I know one book (less than 200 pages) in a month is an underachievement but with NaNo and life happening, I knew reading wouldn’t be high on my list. Nonetheless I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am definitely looking to get the rest of the series.

Reading List

I stumbled into a bookstore (dragged by a pining heart) and left with an addition to my list of books to read:

The Well by Catherin Chanter

The Harvest Man by Alex Grecian

The City and 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

ALL BOOKS by Brandon Sanderson

Endgame and The Calling by James Frey

And so much more.

Onward Forth

To all of you still trudging through the NaNo snow, keep on keeping on and know that victory is attainable by sitting down and writing.

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