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Best Tips for Building an Author Website with Rob McClellan, Ep. 1.33

Best Tips for Building an Author Website with Rob McClellan, Ep. 1.33

June 27, 2019

Considering setting up a website for you as a creative entrepreneur? What are the pros and cons? Is that move right for you? Veteran web designer Rob McClellan joins us to answer these questions, and share his best tips for easily setting up a beautiful website that accomplishes all your goals. We chat branding, audience reach, Wordpress plugins, and more.

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This episode is brought to you by Alabaster Noon (The Omega War Book 12) By Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey

The invasion of Earth is a broken dream, a victim of Peepo’s ability to play the long game better than anyone thought possible.

With Alexis Cromwell shot in the back by her XO and the fleet in ruins, the Humans have run back to New Warsaw to lick their wounds, but the Merc Guild now knows the location of their hidden base, and they are in hot pursuit. Led by the New Era, a dreadnought built for the sole purpose of destroying humanity, they are an unstoppable force.

But the Golden Horde has been fortifying the system for a decade, though, and it won’t fall easily. The question, though, is whether the Humans can summon the will to defend it. With Alexis gone, the Winged Hussars are in turmoil, and their morale is at an all-time low. Humanity’s space fleet is in shambles, and Sansar Enkh realizes her dream of being unable to stop the dreadnought is about to come true, despite her best efforts.

The final battle is at hand, with the survival of mankind at stake. The sun is at its zenith as the forces take the field—will the Humans crush the Merc Guild forces and take their place in a new hierarchy, or will the sun forever set on humanity?

BOOK LINK: https://amzn.to/2FGdpcm 

AND ALSO brought to you by Rob McClellan, our wonderful guest tonight. He is the wizard behind ModFarm Design, a boutique website design and management service that caters specifically to the needs of professional authors and editors. He is in the process of redoing Ellen Campbell's website, check it out to see the fabulous work he can do for you. ellencampbelledits.com

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Ep 4.25 - Live with Chris Pourteau and David Bruns

Ep 4.25 - Live with Chris Pourteau and David Bruns

June 24, 2019

Join us for a lively chat with Chris and David.

Chris Pourteau is the bestselling author of the sci-fi thriller novels of the SynCorp Saga (co-authored with David Bruns), the post-apocalyptic Serenity Strain novels, and the military sci-fi collection Tales of B-Company. His first novel, Shadows Burned In, earned the 2015 eLit Book Awards Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. The Lazarus Protocol, the first novel in the SynCorp Saga, placed in the Top Ten in Read Freely's 2018 50 Best Indie Book of the Year contest; it was the highest-rated Sci-Fi novel in the contest.

David Bruns is a former submarine officer who left the business world behind to write about sci-fi and spies.

After meeting Tom Clancy and reading The Hunt for Red October as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, he spent six years as a commissioned officer in the nuclear-powered submarine force chasing the Russians in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.

David also co-authors novels in two different genres. With retired naval intel officer JR Olson, he writes national security thrillers that look less like fiction every time he checks the news. Their latest novel, Rules of Engagement, comes out in June 2019 from St Martin's Press (Macmillan).

With co-author Chris Pourteau, David writes the sci-fi series, The SynCorp Saga, about the corporate takeover of the solar system.

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Tonight's episode is brought to you by - Rules of Engagement: A Novel by David Bruns and J. R. Olson

A terrorist breach of the computer systems of the three most powerful navies is about to set them on a collision course for World War III.

Rafiq Roshed is one of the most wanted men in the world. A terrorist with a virulent grudge against the West, he’s disappeared into North Korea where he quietly launches cyber sneak attacks in service of Kim Jong-un. But now he’s about to unleash his virtual masterpiece―a computer virus that, once inserted into the command systems of a military, not only takes over, but also learns the art of war. First penetrating the Chinese, he has their war machine launch a series of attacks on the U.S. Pacific forces.

Don Riley, head of U.S. Cyber Command, discovers that not only have the Chinese lost control of their military, but the same virus has infected the American network. It’s only a matter of time before the U.S. loses control of its own military. His secret weapon in this war is a trio of supremely talented midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy, who uncover the infiltration, and are working to track down the elusive terrorist.

But time is running out. China and Japan have lost control of their military and the U.S. is in danger of doing the same. The weapons are hot and the result is an ever-larger real-world conflict where casualties continue to mount. The only remaining hope is to find and stop the attack at its source―before time runs out.

BOOK LINK: https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Engagement-David-Bruns/dp/1250200318

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Classes and Conferences for Authors with Jon Evans, Ep. 1.32

Classes and Conferences for Authors with Jon Evans, Ep. 1.32

June 21, 2019

Writing can be a lonely endeavor, but it doesn't have to be one. You can find loads of classes, conferences, conventions, and groups to help you on your writer's journey. But which ones are worth the time and expense? Scifi author Jon Evans has tried quite a few, and he's here to share his experience and answer all our burning questions.

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Tonight’s episode is brought to you by - The Eve of War (Ruins of the Galaxy Book 1) By Christopher Hopper

He’d survived ambushes before.

This was her chance of a lifetime.

But neither of them thought they’d get out of this mission alive.

After three hundred years of hostility, a feared warrior-race requests a peace meeting with the Galactic Republic. Tensions rise when a special unit of Marines is tasked with security for an emissary who doesn’t want protecting. You will love this new sci-fi adventure series because adults deserve science fiction that reminds them of their youth.

Rated M for Mature: 13+ For language, violence, intense themes.

BOOK LINK: https://amzn.to/2X5Xu0T

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Ep 4.24 - LIVE! with Noelle Nichols

Ep 4.24 - LIVE! with Noelle Nichols

June 17, 2019

Tonight on LIVE! Josh and Scott talk with Noelle Nichols about her epic fantasy novels with a samurai feel.

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Tonight's episode is brought to you by - The Eve of War (Ruins of the Galaxy Book 1) Kindle Edition by Christopher Hopper

He’d never do this again.

But she was pretty.

And it was his job to follow orders, right?

Still, this kind of woman was trouble. The type that ended careers. That got Republic Marines killed.

All he needed to do was keep her close and get her to the top of the building. But his gut told him she wasn’t going to make it easy.

That victory cigar was a long day away.

You’ll love this new galactic adventure because it has everything you enjoy most about sci-fi.

Get it now.

 

Rated M for Mature: 13+ For language, violence, intense themes.

BOOK LINK - https://amzn.to/2WSCg2s

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World Building and Author Collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson, Ep. 1.31

World Building and Author Collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson, Ep. 1.31

June 14, 2019

With over 165 novels published and 23 million copies sold, Kevin J. Anderson is no stranger to the publishing industry. Tonight he joins us to talk about his Million Dollar Writing series and unpack the topics of how to build your fictional universe and co-writing with another writer.

Check out Kevin J. Anderson's newest release, SPINE OF THE DRAGON. Buy it today on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GV9BWXD 

To read more about worldbuilding, get your copy of Worldbuilding: From Small Towns to Large Universes. Click: https://www.amazon.com/Worldbuilding-Entire-Universes-Million-Writing-ebook/dp/B016WTEK8U 

For Writing as a Team Sport: The Complete Writer's Guide to Collaborations, click: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-As-Team-Sport-Collaboration-ebook/dp/B07F8BZL5Q 

And for Million Dollar Professionalism for the Writer, clickhttps://www.amazon.com/Million-Dollar-Professionalism-Writer-Writing-ebook/dp/B00NT5T63K

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Tonight’s episode is brought to you by - The Eve of War (Ruins of the Galaxy Book 1) By Christopher Hopper

He’d survived ambushes before.

This was her chance of a lifetime.

But neither of them thought they’d get out of this mission alive.

After three hundred years of hostility, a feared warrior-race requests a peace meeting with the Galactic Republic. Tensions rise when a special unit of Marines is tasked with security for an emissary who doesn’t want protecting. You will love this new sci-fi adventure series because adults deserve science fiction that reminds them of their youth.

Rated M for Mature: 13+ For language, violence, intense themes.

BOOK LINK: https://amzn.to/2X5Xu0T

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Ep 4.23 - LIVE! with Kacey Ezell

Ep 4.23 - LIVE! with Kacey Ezell

June 10, 2019

Tonight on LIVE! Scott, Lauren and Kalene interview the amazing Kacey Ezell! Spoilers? Maybe.

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This episode of LIVE! Is brought to you by - Wholesale Slaughter by Rick Partlow

A king can't defeat an army of lawless pirates. But a mercenary can.

Logan Conner is the son of a king, the heir to the largest of the five star-dominions, and the best mech pilot in the galaxy. His people are plagued by pirates and raiders, surrounded by enemies, and not even his father can fight them all.

Logan gives up his position, his rank, even his name, and becomes Jonathan Slaughter, leader of a rough-and-ready band of mercenary mech-jocks, bent on taking the battle to the enemy on their own terms.

They’re Wholesale Slaughter. Kicking ass is what they do.

Get book one in this thrilling and unpredictable Military Sci-Fi Adventure Today!

Also available on Audible, narrated by the award-winning Marc Vietor.

Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/Wholesale-Slaughter-Book-ebook/dp/B07R95YZYB

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Building Your Book Production Team with Martha Carr, Ep. 1.30

Building Your Book Production Team with Martha Carr, Ep. 1.30

June 6, 2019

Need to find the right editor? A cover designer, blurb writer, formatter? We got you. Editor-turned-bestselling-author Martha Carr joins us to talk about assembling your book production dream team.

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Tonight's episode is brought to you by - We Dare: An Anthology of Augmented Humanity

Fifteen outstanding authors. Fifteen stories of augmented humanity!

All I need is an edge! As long as humans have competed with each other (for food, profit, and love), people have looked for ways to get an edge on the competition—how to be better, faster, and smarter than the opposition. With better science and technology, many things are now possible, and there will be many more in the future! Gene splicing will augment your abilities. Implants will make you smarter. Cybernetic systems will make you stronger.

Edited by Jamie Ibson and Chris Kennedy, “We Dare” is a collection of 15 all-new stories that explores the use of augmented humanity in the near future. From getting a new personality loaded with the skills you need for a mission to nanobots that keep you from being killed to creating an indestructible tank, anything is possible!

But just because we can augment humanity doesn’t necessarily mean we should, and there are cautionary tales inside as well. Along with the “good” that might be possible, there is also the potential for augmentation to be used for more…nefarious…ends. Will augmentation make better criminals? What happens when someone with implants has their mind taken over?

One thing is certain, though—people will dare to augment themselves to get an edge. Our authors dared to write these stories of augmented humanity; will you now dare to read them?

Inside you’ll find:
Preface by Chris Kennedy
Kade by Christopher Woods
Taming the Beast by Kevin Steverson
Tank by J.F. Holmes
Cradle and All by Quincy J. Allen
Do or Die by Jamie Ibson
Yellow in the Night by Philip Wohlrab
The Chaos of Well-Seeming Forms by Rob Howell
Forty Acres and a Mule by Luke R. J. Maynard
Imperfect Mind by Jason Cordova
Bag Man by Jack Clemons
Come Up Screaming by Kevin Ikenberry
Angel by Robert E. Hampson
To Dust by Marisa Wolf
Now You See Me by Kacey Ezell
Now You Don’t by Josh Hayes

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Ep 4.22 - LIVE! Mid-Year Roundup 2019

Ep 4.22 - LIVE! Mid-Year Roundup 2019

June 3, 2019

Tonight on LIVE! Josh, Scott and Ralph are in an epic roundtable! What they've been up to, where things are going, and of course, all the shenanigans.

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Tonight's episode is brought to you by - Stryker's War by Josh Hayes, Jason Anspach, and Nick Cole, Narrated by Ray Porter

Feel the thunder!

Stryker Company always brings the fight, but when they relieve embittered and embattled Republic marines, they find an enemy unwilling to stand up and face them. Tasked with protecting the Republic's interests on a mining world, the legionnaires face roadside ambushes, double-dealing locals, and constant sabotage.

And the mission isn't as straightforward as they thought it would be.

As skirmishes escalate into coordinated ambushes and assaults, two squad leaders, Talon and Lankin, are forced to chase after the sparks threatening to ignite the entire populace into a full-blown insurgency. Denied the legionnaires and resources they need to contain the situation, a single platoon fights to complete a mission requiring all of Stryker Company. The outnumbered platoon must work their way from glittering coastal ports, through steamy jungles and dust-covered mines, to find an enemy hidden seamlessly among the indigenous populace.

The cost is high; the sacrifice great...but nothing short of death itself will stop the legionnaires of Stryker Company from completing its objective. In this stand-alone tale of combat, brotherhood, and sacrifice, these legionnaires will learn what it truly means to make the ultimate sacrifices for their friends.

Experience this thrilling story of combat, brotherhood and sacrifice set in the Galaxy's Edge universe as USAF veteran and retired police officer Josh Hayes teams up with Anspach & Cole. If you're a fan of Legionnaire you'll love this military sci-fi thriller.

BOOK LINK - https://amzn.to/2HRqwJ0

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