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PSYCHIC BODYGUARD – from The Khekarian Threat, now out on Amazon.

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“Stephen’s enterprise sees us travel the continent. It’s his way of earning a living and proves useful on occasion. I go along purely for what enjoyment it offers. But there are other needs more pressing. I shall soon leave this planet to return home to issues and challenges at the Khekarian Core. I’m after a psychic bodyguard. How far do you see?”

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WIN A 600 PAGE AUTOGRAPHED SCI-FI PAPERBACK! FRIDAY 15th AUGUST USA (SAT 16th in AUSTRALIA)!

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Yes – I know the date difference makes it confusing – you’re just going to have to watch this space! 😀

Four AUTOGRAPHED PAPERBACKS of THE KHEKARIAN THREAT will be going out to the first 4 readers who answer a question correctly. The answer lies somewhere in the first four free-to-read chapters. Don’t leave it to the last minute!

Here are the links to the free four chapters:

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MURDER JUST A DIVERSION – from the Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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“Gail was a diversion. That’s all.”

Gail. Aleisha felt fresh anguish, just knowing her name.

“They’re going to find out. The authorities. Right here.”

“Here?” Sturn gave a snort of derision. “In this insignificant segmented Terran Sector? Do you think any of your authorities would go up against Khekarian might? Do you think I care about your puny Terran laws? Your justice? This planet is a joke. Your whole colonizing strand is a joke. That’s all it is, a string, a mere tendril. Where is its strength? Where’s its power? You believe in the spirit of the law, but back it with what? Thin air? There is none to touch me, Aleisha. Not here, not ever.”

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WIN A 600 PAGE AUTOGRAPHED SCI-FI PAPERBACK! COMPETITION THIS WEEK!

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I will announce the date of the competition tomorrow – it will probably be the end of the week or over the weekend.

Four AUTOGRAPHED PAPERBACKS of THE KHEKARIAN THREAT will be going out to the first 4 readers who answer a question correctly. The answer lies somewhere in the first four free-to-read chapters. Don’t leave it to the last minute!

Here are the links to the first four chapters:

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UNBEATABLE. UNSTOPPABLE. From The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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“I am from one of those ruling families. The top layer, one of the top eighteen. I was forced from my position, cast away to an outpost of the Khekarian assault into the Chiddran Reach. Being outcast does not mean I am without influence. I have access to unlimited funds. I have the strength and the fury of assured Khekarian vengeance behind me should I need it. I get what I want. Always.”

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Harsh Reality of a Pioneering Planet – Too Few People, Too Few Cops.

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Charlie, the Old Man of Cenoth, is a caring individual who knows most of the teams he organizes the traveling routes for – at least one of them he considers family – so when he sees something going very wrong for a newcomer to a relatively new and unknown team, by his very nature, he wants to help.

Aleisha has come to Zumaridi to join Stephen’s team, but now there is some indication that murder has taken place there. It seems it happened on a whim, or for a reason even more obscene, and that worries Charlie very much.

His first thought is to face the team leader about it, and when that doesn’t give him any solution, Charlie takes it to the local constabulary, only to find there is not much they can do, either.

The problem is, on a newly colonizing world, independent villages and towns have the police force they can afford, with only local and limited jurisdiction. Small communities simply don’t have the reach to do anything about crimes hundreds or even thousands of miles away that have nothing to do with them. The population is too sparse.

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WIN A FANTASTIC READ – A 600 PAGE AUTOGRAPHED SCI-FI PAPERBACK! COMPETITION COMING SOON!

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With 65 pages to read, I’m trying to give as much advance notification as I can! 😀

Four AUTOGRAPHED PAPERBACKS of THE KHEKARIAN THREAT will be going out in an up and coming competition. The answer to the competition lies somewhere in the first four chapters. When the question goes out, the first 4 readers to respond correctly, WIN.

I expect this to happen some time next week. Don’t leave it to the last minute!

Here are the links to the first four chapters:

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IS ALEISHA GOOD FOR ANYTHING? – From The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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“Don’t lie to me, Aleisha, I have some small skill myself. What do you know about the Khekarian Empire?”

“Nothing.”

“What about the ruling families?”

“Nothing.”

“Politics?”

“Nothing.”

Sturn gave a meaningful pause, hoping she’d fill the gap with something. She didn’t.

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FATE – from The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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“Do you believe in fate?”

“What?” Her frown deepened.

“Fate. You know?”

“In that all-embracing everything-is-planned version, no, I don’t believe in fate. That negates freewill and responsibility. Are you trying to dodge retribution?”

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Sci-Fi and Only Ever Sci-Fi.

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Inspired by television science fiction – and mortified by political futurism passed off as sci-fi and thrust upon me to read by my elders – I determined to create a brand new world of space adventures.

Why was everyone so dour in the books I read? I rarely could get near enough to any character to care, and the whole political thing left me cold anyway, although admittedly, I was very young (around ten years-old).

While those old ideas of future oppression are now crowding close around us, with advocates enthusiastically pushing to make it a global reality, I still look for adventure over doom-and-gloom any day.

Of course there’s adventurous science fiction out there now. It’s been a few decades since those sad days when I couldn’t find what I wanted in sci-fi and so determined to write it for myself. I’m pleased to see full human characterization now, not two dimensional anymore. There are adventures and real excitement, individuals coping with whatever they need to on a personal basis with realistic settings and proper human reactions. It’s wonderful!

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