Month: October 2021

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

Author: Devin Madson
Publisher: Orbit
Series: The Reborn Empire #1
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy

Back Cover Blurb

Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.

In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.

In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.

And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.

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#SciFiMonth Nov 2021

I just realised we’re actually half way through October already and I have yet to figure out what books I want to read for the upcoming #SciFiMonth challenge. And, well, do I make a small TBR pile for the month or wing it? Although it’s true I am a mood reader, I think I need to stay positive and make a pile of books for the visual aid of reminding me, ‘here, you have these books to read.’ Making me, she says hopefully, more likely to stick to a plan, eh, as not.

So, what can I add to the pile? How about:

  • MISFIT SOLDIER by Michael Mammay (ebook)
  • COLONYSIDE by Michael Mammay (paperback)
  • THE SOLDIER by Neal Asher (paperback)
  • SEA OF RUST by C. Robert Cargill (paperback)
  • THE WALL by Gautam Bhatia (paperback)
  • TIME FOR THE STARS by Robert A. Heinlein (paperback)

And if they don’t keep me busy I have a couple of fantasy books I need to be reading too, though yes, I know, November is SciFi month, not fantasy month. Either way, I have other posts in mind to write and share like my Top Ten favourite SciFi reads, or Top Ten Authors. We all know the drill.

Read. Post. Have fun!


Coming Soon: Misfit Soldier by Michael Mammay

Anyone who knows my reading habits knows I’m a big fan of military science fiction and have been since I was a teenager. And so, when a fav author of mine, Michael Mammay, writes a military SF standalone—Misfit Soldier—you just know I’m there for it. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy which, by the way, comes out Feb 2022.

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Author: Michael Mammay
Publisher: Harper Voyager, Feb 2022
ISBN: 9780062981004
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Genre: Military Science Fiction

Sergeant Gastovsky—Gas to everyone but his superior officers—never wanted to be a soldier. Far from it. But when a con goes wrong and he needs a place to lay low for a while, he finds himself wearing the power armor of the augmented infantry.

After three years on a six-year contract, Gas has found his groove running low-level cons and various illegal activities that make him good money on the side. He’s the guy who can get you what you need. But he’s always had his eye out for a big score—the one that might set him up for life after the military.

When one of his soldiers is left behind after a seemingly pointless battle, Gas sees his chance. He assembles a team of misfit soldiers that would push the term “ragtag” to its limits for a big con that leads them on a daring behind-the-lines mission, pitting him not only against enemy soldiers but against the top brass of his own organization.

If he pulls this off, not only will he save his squadmate, he might just become the legend he’s always considered himself. He might also change the way the entire galaxy looks at this war. But for any of that to happen, he has to live through this insane plan.

And charm rarely stops bullets.


Interview: Michael Mammay

To start with, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?

I started writing late in life—in my 40s. I’d wanted to be a writer since my late teens, but that was more in theory. I liked the idea of being a writer. But I never did anything about it. I cut myself a bit of a break about that, since I was pretty busy being an army officer. But I started thinking about it more, and I started writing some really bad fantasy. The thing is, I didn’t know how to write. But I read a ton of books, and how hard can writing one be, right? This culminated with me sending a very much not good manuscript out to a bunch of agents and getting a lot of quick rejections. And right about then I discovered this writing contest called Pitch Wars. So I entered. And even before they picked their winners, I’d already learned that I wouldn’t be one. Because for the first time I had met some other writers and let them read my book. That’s right…I entered Pitch Wars with a book that nobody had ever seen but me. Spoiler: I didn’t get selected. But I did meet some great critique partners, and I learned a lot about what I was doing wrong. So I started studying. Specifically, I studied plot structure. And I started doing critique for other people, and in doing that, I started to see what they were doing wrong, and more important, I was having to explain to them not only that it was off, but why. And learning to do that helped me figure out my own writing. It was a very cool time for me, as a lot of the people I worked with now have books sitting on my shelf.

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