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My Quantum Time

Nicklois Leonard
Nicklois Leonard Author Interview

The Quantum Effect: “Mission COVID-19” follows Commander Maxwell as he embarks on a high-stakes mission inside Chinese territory to learn the truth behind COVID-19. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I wanted to write a book that portrayed conspiracy theory and facts into one exciting adventure that could actually be believable. I wanted to provide a concept to the world that happened in my quantum time. I have always wanted to write, so this was the perfect opportunity to see if I could do it.

Your characters are intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted to ensure the characters were down to earth real people that folks could really relate too. People from all walks of life, especially the military and others. Each character needed to be genuine and real in order to be believable and loved by everyone.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Ensuring I was as accurate as possible within the confines of classification to the subject matter. I conducted a lot of research into the Wuhan lab and Quantum Physics in order to develop the story line. The story needed to be believable!

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My next book is a continuation of this one since it is the first of the series. The next book is The Quantum Effect “Mission COVID-19 The Cover Up”. I hope to have the next one out in the Summer of 2022.

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Was the COVID-19 virus man-made, or naturally occurring? Was the virus accidentally or intentionally released? Does Area 51 really exist? Do you want to know the truth? The Quantum Effect “Mission COVID -19” suggests answers to these and other questions by taking the reader on a suspenseful thriller ride. Engaging the US government including the White House, the Department of Defense, the CIA, and the Navy SEALs, as well as the Chinese Ministry of Health, this action-adventure novel reveals how they are all caught in an intricate web of clandestine operations based on the discovery of a new highly advanced time-travel technology.
The Quantum Effect “Mission COVID-19” explores the origin of the COVID-19 virus and how it was unleashed on society. Follow Commander Maxwell as he leads his team on a high-stakes game of cat and mouse deep inside Chinese territory, in cooperation with the CIA to learn the truth behind COVID-19 once and for all.

What Are The Consequences

Benzon Ray Barbin
Benzon Ray Barbin Author Interview

Playtime in Vella Dera follows a traveler with a dark and disturbing past as she tries to right things in her world. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration for the setup of my story came from rewatching The Godfather Part II. In the movie, Michael Corleone delivers a quote that stuck with me: “If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it’s that you can kill anyone.” No one is invincible, no matter their power or position. Another layer I considered—what does it take to motivate or push someone to an extreme that results in death, and what are the consequences to that. Those ideas got me going with the story.

Enauria is a unique character, what were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Enauria is an important character from my novella, Reflections of Destiny. She’s different in that book. Powerful and in control. I’ve always been aware of what it’s like working with a strong character, but despite her abilities and secrets, Enauria is a human who isn’t perfect and has flaws and issues she has to deal with. I wrote Vella Dera as a stand-alone and companion piece. I wanted to explore her character with more depth and give readers a starting point that allows them to understand her a little more easily—without having Enauria be a complete mystery.

How did the idea for the characters’ motives come to fruition for you?

Enauria and Fiona have things that help to make life convenient for them: wealth, magical power, and status—but I wanted to contrast how these women differ in the way they’ve lived, what their goals are, and how their decisions affected their paths. For Enauria, I asked myself, what would someone who has just about everything possibly want? What would help to bring more meaning in life and make it worth living?

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My working title for the next project: The Kitsen Park Agenda. I plan to explore how Enauria got her power and what happened afterward, but I don’t want to be trapped in the realm of a prequel. Kitsen Park might be a hybrid of Enauria’s past, plus what’s in her future, where things are uncertain. I’m enjoying the long-short story format, but I want to take my time with it. Whenever it’s ready, I’ll say something about it on Twitter.

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What are the consequences of denying one’s true self?
A traveler named Enauria has returned home for the first time in many years. She connects with a psychiatrist and renews a plan to fulfill a promise to an old friend.
“Playtime in Vella Dera” is a speculative fiction short story. Set in the future, it unfolds a familiar, contemporary vibe with jazz music, lounge life, and varying cityscapes. Adventure and danger intensify as lore and concealed magic intersect.
Enjoy Vella Dera as a stand-alone, or as a companion piece to the novella Reflections of Destiny.

Bad Love Medicine

Bad Love Medicine, written by Kevin Schewe, is a pluralistic artwork, within the context of the plot, there are several strands of knowledge, such as: Scientism, Fantasy and historical events. Allied to this, the author has maintained a soundtrack of period music throughout the story. Bad Love Medicine is the fourth book in a series, Bad Love Gang.

The book takes us from the environment of Planet Azur – which is inhabited by several characters, all of whom play important roles in the plot – to one of the most nefarious scenarios in the history of the world, the Holocaust. Within the analysis of the Second World War, the author gives space to facts such as espionage and intrigues involving Germany. The heroes of the Bad Love Gang travel back in time and meet the precursor of the Holocaust himself, Adolf Hitler. With a less attentive look, the genre of the book in question can be understood solely as science fiction, however, with a more attentive look we can insert several genres in the same work.

The aesthetics brought by the author, through the descriptions of the environment, is intense and very palpable, to the point that the reader can feel each environment mentioned, from the terms used and the soundtrack of the book. Time and place is an extremely important and crucial marker for understanding what the author wants to show us, so it is equally important to pay attention to all the markers that are placed throughout the plot.

The story leads us to reflect this context of Europe during the second World War, which was remarkable for humanity and even today leaves us impacted and gives us the feeling of impunity in the face of so much cruelty. Analogously, the Bad Love Gang and its members act not only to avoid chaos, but also to save their friend from terminal cancer, traveling in search of answers for her. The romance is also another outstanding area in this work, which makes it absolutely plural and magical.

Bad Love Medicine is a unique novel that integrates it’s own soundtrack to go with the storyline. Readers of science fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy are going to thoroughly enjoy this riveting auditory experience novel.

Pages: 264 | ASIN : B098TN6GKC

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Playtime in Vella Dera

Enauria is living with trauma, trying to move forward with her life, and she is looking for answers. Among other things, Enauria is a princess. She carries a secret that can give others peace, and she knows the time has come to reveal the hiding place of Queen Caneria. It is finally time for her daughter, Fiona, to accept the crown. This is a mission that should be simple for someone like Enauria as her powers place her far above those around her. Enauria, however, doesn’t want this to go so smoothly–she wants to leave magic behind and do this the hard way.

Playtime in Vella Dera, by author Benzon Ray Barbin, is a fast-paced science fiction short story centered around the rescue of exiled Queen Caneria. The short story’s main character, Enauria, is strong-willed and determined to bring Caneria and her daughter back together while at the same time helping Sedrinar find the only thing he has left of his past–his memories. Readers will find Enauria fascinating. As strong and capable as she is, she is still riddled with the guilt of her past decisions. Watching her growth throughout the plot is quite satisfying.

Playtime in Vella Dera, by Benzon Ray Barbin is a riveting short story. Filled with drama, suspense, a main character battling herself as much as others, and a nicely-paced plot that wraps up cleanly while leaving a nice teaser for a possible sequel. Both science fiction and drama fans will find Playtime in Vella Dera a great quick read.

Pages: 58 | ASIN : B09HNP2XM1

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The Cure for Stars

The Cure for Stars (The Sphere of Destiny Trilogy Book 2) by [Nassim Odin]

The Cure for Stars is the second book in the Sphere Trilogy written by Nasim Odin. As the second book in the series, you must absolutely read the first entry if you want to be able to follow the story. The Cure for Stars starts off right where we left at the end of The Sphere of Destiny. Our hero, Al-Khidr, has escaped the Hall of Stars on planet Lyra and has been flung through time and space via a wormhole back to Earth. However, he soon discovers that this is not the same Earth he left behind. Time has jumped forward and the Egypt he arrives in is being invaded by Napoleon. To add to Al-Khidr’s troubles his nemesis Hatathor has followed him through the wormhole. His own sphere is lost and now Hatathor is hunting him down not just for revenge but also as a means to get back home to Lyra. However, Al-Khidr is a man of his word. He made a promise to the Lyran’s to help them cure the Mutmut disease and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. This time round he is assisted by Estelle, a beautiful naturalist who may just have the botanical knowledge Al-Khidr needs to achieve his goals.

The Cure for Stars has everything I loved about the first book, but it feels like Odin has grown as a writer this time round and writes with more confidence. Al-Khidr is a hero who prefers to use his brains over brawn. The book includes much more dialogue than the first as Al-Khidr uses his knowledge of religion and politics to talk his way out of trouble. This does not mean there is a shortage of action, however. Hatathor is the antithesis Al-Khidr, he kills first and asks questions later. The book utilizes multiple narrators and the parts following Hatathor can be a violent fever dream. Hatathor isn’t always the immoral monster he first appears and diving into his twisted psyche is one of my favorite parts of the book. If anything, Hatathor is so well written he makes Al-Khidr feel a little dull and puritanical. I also much preferred Nefertiti to Estelle. Unfortunately, Nefertiti doesn’t make an appearance here. Al-Khidr’s fledgling romance with Estelle also feels out of character when not long ago he was mooning ever Nefertiti.

Once again the writing itself is descriptive but simple, creating an engaging adventure that is easy to follow. The story moves at a quick pace, and there is a lot of story to tell and no time to waste, but I would have enjoyed a bit slower pace. Odin’s dedication to research and world building however steal the show. This is still a refreshing mixture of Arabic culture/history and science fiction unlike any other book I have read.

The story is exhilarating, the setting is captivating and the addition of Hatathor makes this entry a little darker, violent and fun.

Pages: | ASIN: B099DGLWWN

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Thinking Your Way Out

Alan Frost
Alan Frost Author Interview

A Most Unusual Friday Knight follows two orphans on a time traveling adventure to change the course of history. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I am a big fan of time travel. It has always been my favorite sci-fi element, so it was very natural to think in those terms.

The other major source of inspiration was a close friend of mine, who was the model for the Shawn character (the inventor). He is the sort of guy who likes to tinker and take things apart, while also being a bit socially awkward. I was out biking with him one day and I said, “You know, I think I am going to write a story where you are a mad inventor who lives in a shed and invents a time machine”. He didn’t believe me. You can imagine his surprise when I handed him the finished book. Now, that said, the character evolved a lot during the writing of the story, so in the end he was quite different from my friend, but the initial spark did come from him.

Your characters were interesting and fun to follow. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted to write a story where the adult-child role was reversed, i.e. where the children were forced to grow up and make the important decisions because the adult was simply incapable of doing so. So what we ended up with was a situation where it is the adult that keeps getting them into trouble or acts inappropriately, and the kids have to figure out how to get them out of their mess.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

There were a number of key themes or lessons for kids that I wanted to include. Probably the most important would be doing the right thing even when it comes at a personal cost, which I think is something the world is in dire need of right now.

Another central concept is the idea of standing up to bullies (or in this case tyrants) – and not just with force, but by using your wits and thinking your way out of a problem.

Finally, I would mention being kind and accepting towards others even when they may be different or less capable than you are. That will be a theme that will certainly be at the core of all Shawn From the Shed books.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am working on the next Shawn From the Shed book, which takes place in 1699 – the golden age of pirates. I was hoping to release it before the end of 2021, but it seems that it will be out in early 2022. I am also going to be releasing my first YA novel, a modern fantasy story titled “The Slayer, the Seer, and the Dream Stealer” in early 2022.

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History is now in the hands of two orphans, a border collie, and a depressed inventor

For as long as Johnny and Ella have known him, Shawn has been that odd but sad man who lives in the shed at the orphanage run by his iron-fisted sister. Every day, the kids watch from the windows as he walks the dog, fixes things, and takes his sister’s belittling with only a sigh.

Everything changes the night Johnny and Ella decide to investigate lights flashing from the shed. The night they discover Shawn’s time machine, which sends them all to medieval England – to a time of mighty castles, jousting tournaments, and wild animals.

But when they witness the injustice of a greedy lord and his champion knight, a simple jump to the past turns into a seemingly impossible quest to save the lives of innocent villagers – as well as their own. All complicated by Shawn’s odd behavior and terrible manners, leaving it up to Johnny and Ella to teach him how to behave properly.

With a combination of modern technology, ingenuity, and trickery, can two orphans, a dog, and a sad inventor change the course of history?

A story that both kids and parents will love

This is a time travel children’s book for ages 8-12. It is a light-hearted and amusing tale which is sure to entertain kids while teaching important lessons about standing up to bullies, being there for one another, helping those who need it, relying on your wits, and behaving considerately towards others. One of the most important dynamics of the story is the role reversal. Here, it is the adult who needs help from the kids in order to understand social interactions, not offend others and avoid getting into trouble. This is often a source of fun and humor, but it also a way to teach these lessons indirectly and without being preachy.

I Love Alien Invasion Stories

Author Interview
Will Alers Author Interview

Samuel is an interesting character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Samuels main inspiration at first was from Shepard from the Mass Effect trilogy, Master Chief from The Halo Franchise and Ethan Winters from the Resident Evil franchise. The challenge was giving him more agency and insightful dialogue to keep him from becoming a flat character.

I wanted his backstory to remain mysterious. I liked the idea of flipping an Ayn Rands theme in “Atlas Shrugged” of “objectivism” in concept of a heroic character to have morally ambiguous qualities, with a lack of happiness and a lack of purpose in life. Those were the driving needs for Samuels arc.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I love alien invasion stories, where the audience gets to see Humanity on the edge of extinction. When we are out of our comfort zone.

The consequences of time travel was another theme that I wanted to explore. So many stories that involve travel either forget the consequences, or are used in a way to ret-con details in a story.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m pretty sure that the next book will be the sequel to “Origins”. It should (hopefully) be out in winter of 2022.

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In Year 2134, Earth, our galaxy, and beyond face extinction. Samuel ODalis, an empty shell of a good man, accidentally uncovers an interdimensional plot that changes reality itself. A concept so far beyond his comprehension, ODalis cannot grasp it as anything other than an ancient legend.

A Descent into the Wicked explores the legend of “The Shadows.” It tells of an ancient, ruthless inter-dimensional alien species that invades the universe every million years. With merciless efficiency and hatred for what it considers a threat, it cleans out all civilizations. It leaves behind only the disseminated ruins of what was current technology and extinguishes all evidence of its own existence. After ODalis discovers the structure of predetermined, multiple universes, he realizes that the time of the entity’s return is coming. It will blacken the sky of every reality and impose order on the chaos as it sees fit. An empty future and the collapse of reality. Can ODalis prevent the coming destruction?

Exploring the intersections of human frailty, space/time travel, trans-humanism, and alien invaders, A Descent into Darkness will thrill lovers of The Alien Franchise. Readers who enjoy The Alien Franchise will discover a thrilling story of human frailty, space/time travel, trans-humanism, and alien invaders in Will Alers’ A Descent Into The Wicked.

A Most Unusual Friday Knight

A Most Unusual Friday Knight (Shawn From the Shed Book 1) by [Alan Frost]

A Most Unusual Friday Knight by Alan Frost is the first instalment of the collection ‘Shawn From The Shed’ which follows the exciting adventures of the protagonist Shawn and his two companions Johnny and Ella. Shawn is an inventor experimenting in his shed when things go wrong and all three of them need to journey back in time to try to fix things.

This is an excellent children’s middle grade novel filled with both science fiction and fantasy as they travel through time to medieval England. Alan Frost is able to magically merge both genres in a riveting tale. The element I enjoyed the most was the underlying mystery of who brought these three unique characters together for their medieval quest, which is briefly touched upon at various intervals, and is definitely an engaging aspect as it leaves the reader wanting to know more.

The style of writing is perfect for a children’s middle grade story, and the metaphors used to describe certain elements of the story such as ‘The sound cut through the silence, like a shriek’ and ‘like lightning during a storm.’ Are simple but help the reader to fully imagine what is happening. It definitely speaks to a younger audience in this way. While I enjoyed the story, I felt there was not a lot of details on the background of the characters, but I am sure we will get to know a little more with each novel.

A Most Unusual Friday Knight by Alan Frost is wonderfully imaginative and certain parts reminded me a little of the story of Robin Hood but with science fiction elements incorporated into the fantasy tale. The story also ended in a way where it is introduces the start of the trios next adventure, this will definitely keep readers interested and keen to get their hands on the next instalment to be a part of the next expedition. This is an enchanting historical fiction story that will take young readers on a fun and exciting adventure through time.

Pages: 94 | ASIN: B09FPVTYMB

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