Monday, July 18, 2016

And Another Cover Reveal

I'm generally late to the party when it comes to these things.  But, thanks to my wife, 99designs has become my go-to place for cover designs.  So after some consternation, I went full on and had the cover of my first novel, Sectors, revamped.

And here it is!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Revamping the Old

Currently, I'm working on updating my first novel, Sectors.

Getting the cover redone by an actual book designer and revamping the back cover copy are just two of the things I'm actively working on right now.

As a matter of fact, I think I'll post what I currently have as the back cover copy here.  Why not, right?

It's pre-wife, so I'm sure it'll only get better after we discuss the changes she'll probably have for it.

A murder has been committed in Westwood. Joseph Marshall, a newly graduated NextGen operative is sent to investigate the only suspect - one of the last remaining Fallen. These super-soldiers, the preamble to the NextGen, have mostly died off. Not due to time mind you, but because they became violently insane and had to be stopped by the same government that created them. 
Being NextGen is not easy, especially when your forebears became madmen. Society fears you. Your childhood is filled with lessons of math, english, history and learning how not the kill people you love by accident. Worst of all, every NextGen must serve in a massive concentration camp called Sectors. 
The Sectors, created over 70 years ago, was created to keep the Northern Alliance’s greatest enemy, the Keynosians, under thumb. Like the North, the Keynosians have super-soldiers called, Empowered. Capable of just as much violence and destruction as the NextGen, the Northern Alliance fears the possibility of another war with these powerful foes. So, intent on keeping them contained, Joseph is recruited to police one of the worse locations within this massive prison camp, Westwood. 
With a Fallen partner and a murder investigation he must solve, Joseph has his hands full. The last thing he needs to do, is fall in love… with the enemy.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Great Review!

Official Review: Fallen Sun by Harule Stokes

Post Number:#1 by barb429 » 19 Jun 2016, 17:41
[Following is the official review of "Fallen Sun" by Harule Stokes.]

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4 out of 4 stars

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In times of war nations look to build the strongest, most effective weapons and soldiers possible. In Harule Stokes’ novel Fallen Sun, the Northern Alliance, at war with their southern neighbors the Keynosians, has turned people into weapons. Volunteers are made stronger, faster, and more resilient through a process of genetic manipulation. Jocelyn is one such volunteer. Prior to the war, she had been a teacher, but now she has become a warrior referred to as a Finger of God (FOG). Together with her sisters in arms, Ophelia (another FOG) and Patricia (a “normal”),Jocelyn fights for her nation.

There are some downsides to being a FOG. Over time, many of the FOGs find themselves losing touch with reality. They must then be put into stasis and given anti-psychotics for a time in order to recover. Although all FOGs recognize that this madness will eventually happen (and Ophelia has already experienced it several times), it is something that Jocelyn fears. Jocelyn also worries about what may happen to the FOGs after the battle is won.

Fallen Sun takes place towards the end of the war. The Northern Alliance believes that they are close to winning, but the Keynosians keep fighting using their own genetically modified soldiers - the Guardsmen. Although the Guardsmen lack the strength and healing powers of the FOGs, the Keynosians are also developing new weaponry, and the soldiers on both sides soon realize that these final battles may be much more difficult than they had expected. This realization leads the Alliance to make some desperate, ill-advised decisions.

The characters in Fallen Sun are not one dimensional; we can understand them and love them as they love one another. From the very beginning I cared about the characters and wanted to know what would become of them. The sisterhood between Ophelia, Joceyln and Patricia is touching. Their relationship always feels genuine; I never felt myself question the friendship or love that these women had for one another. I laughed as well as cried with them.

This is a great science-fiction novel. Fallen Sun is written very beautifully, with an interesting plot, some great actions scenes, and striking imagery. It also makes the reader consider all the perspectives of the combatants fighting in the war by presenting the enemy sympathetically. Along the way Jocelyn begins thinking about this war and what it really means to all of those involved. I give Fallen Sun 4 out of 4 stars. I think that it would be an enjoyable read for anybody who enjoys dystopian fiction.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Meeting Hugh Howey

A Soul in Black and White:

On June 7th 2016, I had the pleasure of meeting...
: On June 7th 2016, I had the pleasure of meeting, hearing and talking to author Hugh Howey! This man is such an inspiration to me as I c...

On June 7th 2016, I had the pleasure of meeting, hearing and talking to author Hugh Howey!

This man is such an inspiration to me as I continue on my journey in self-publishing. Mr. Howey writes what’s in his heart to write. Even though he’s bombarded by the industry, wallets open towards him, he’s managed to maintain a strong sense of grounded-ness and humility that’s great to behold.

It’s possible to be yourself in the man-made maelstrom designed to strip you of your uniqueness and replace it with dreams (and sometimes reality) of fabulous profit.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to your fans Mr. Howey!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Did you know?

The world's largest organism is NOT the blue whale, which averages 30 meters (98') and weight of 191 tonnes.

Nope, it's a fungus.  To be specific, it's the honey fungus (armillaria genes) that's been recorded to span 2.4 miles... or 12,674 feet.  So yeah, there's no comparison between the blue whale and this fungus.

This single organism is connected over this huge distance by its roots, and like a gigantic brain, there's communication between the visible clumps of mushrooms we see via the roots.

Kinda makes me think of the internet.  We are all linked via a massive web of wires.  Our thoughts are being shared over vast distances, like one massive worldwide brain.

We are all connected folks.  We are all one organism.  We, humans, are the true biggest organism on this planet imo.