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Lucy Turns Pages: Indie Showcase #5 Science Fiction Books

Indie Showcase #5 Science Fiction Books

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Authors work really hard, pouring all of themselves into creating their passion projects and achieving their dreams. One thing that I want to do is to help authors to reach a wider audience and make more sales. Something very important for all authors, is receiving reviews. Reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Waterstones and other shop websites help authors to find even more readers. Sometimes authors will run deals such as offering their book for free or for a cheaper price so that readers can access their books and review them for others to find. In these indie showcase posts I am going to share some of these books. Please check out any books that you are interested in and leave reviews online! See other indie showcase posts on my book lists page.

Broken Bells (The Midnight Light Chronicles)

What guides our fate? Should we allow ourselves the dream of ever seizing control? Conspiracy. Vengeful aliens. A tyrant looking for redemption. Multiple timelines, one terrible secret!

Dasjenya hates his society’s powerful overlords. In an effort to prove the Aosha in no way merit the right to bombard whole civilizations out of existence, Dasjenya gathers a scientific mission and heads into our planet’s forbidden wastelands.

Strange voices chant warnings, reality shifts and falling meteoric debris obliterates every trace of the world he has ever known.

Flung into the past, he must now embrace a new role within an elite and thriving Aoshan culture. In fact, Dasjenya must now work alongside a younger version of the very Aoshan whose future autocratic ways forced his journey.

To save Earth, can Dasjenya—for all our sakes!—close the gap between who he has been and who he must be?

Part quest novel, part post-apocalyptic time-travel adventure and part love story set in humanity’s near future, this story of human courage will thrill readers who have enjoyed C.J. Cherryh’s Wave Without a Shore, Julian May’s The Many-Colored Land, or Sheri S. Tepper’s The Gate to Women’s Country.

From the author of Many Moons, Lesser Beings, and Cross the Sky.

Fifty years ago, Captain Nina Brooke hand-picked a crew from across the world to accompany her on the mission of a lifetime. Today, they’re all waking up. The Posterity is making her final approach to their new home planet, and the work is about to begin. Humanity wasn’t an endangered species when they set off on this mission, but it’s a darn sight closer to being one now. No pressure, then.

The new planet seems perfect; plenty of resources, good settlement locations, habitable climates. After what happened to Earth, Nina is conscious that they need to take better care of this one. It takes all sorts to make a world, and Nina’s got all sorts asleep in her cryobay; not only the people required to build it, but the ones to make it feel like home, too. After all, what good is saving humanity if you leave the best parts of it behind?

Some people find it easier than others to start new lives here on the other side of the galaxy, but then, it all depends on what they left behind. As Nina navigates relationships old and new, will she finally find the one thing she’s never had: a home?

The Awakening of Artemis

A stunning thriller set in a world where the elites make the rules and artificial intelligence enforces them, The Awakening of Artemis is a remarkable story of one woman’s personal journey with enough plot twists to keep readers guessing to the very end.

Set in 2049 America, it is the story of Diana Gutierrez-Adams, a U.S. Space Force officer and war hero. She is tasked with retrieving her cryogenically frozen grandfather from a remote region outside the “pods” where 90% of the population live. When she and her military unit are captured by a domestic militia, she is caught up in a conspiracy that reaches higher than anyone can imagine.

To evade a devious enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Diana must outsmart a global monitoring system that tracks her every move. On a trail littered with the dystopian remains of middle-class America, she comes face-to-face with an artificial intelligence that threatens the future of all humankind.

Significant Others: A River of Light Novel

Janek Larrivay is a disgraced empath from one of Earth’s distant colonies. Although executed by a hostile warlord, a higher dimension appears to sustain a willful fraction of his true self. Should he have let someone butcher him like that, back on Raisha? Was there a choice? And what the hell has he become?

Adrenaline surges. His flailing heart races. He discerns a jolting vibration that comes first as a buzz and then as a strange, lifting nothingness. His awareness shifts, and time stretches until he becomes aware that he is outside his body. Sights, smells, sounds all render as accurate but are more intense, vivid, and luminous than they have any right to be. A sense of freedom lures him aloft.

But, after death, is he a monster? Or merely superhuman? Is consciousness more than mere brain activity? Are our intrinsic personalities and sense of free will more than mere expressions of electrochemical fireworks?

A feathered seam of layered galaxies lights the heavens. Rose-tinted patches glow. New stars dazzle white-hot. Consuming the full breadth of the sky, stars stream and loop each galaxy’s spiral disk and halo. Welcome to the River of Light. On the planets below, the Ancients guard a gateway where good and evil strive to lend meaning to all existence.

Unfortunately, few such places survive contact with true evil. Not even those entirely in touch with the source code of reality. So, when an alien race’s penchant for killing stars threatens something as wondrous as the River of Light, what’s a guy to do?

A dead man? An unbeatable foe’s plot to kill stars? Despite the risks, why not join Janek’s adventure? After all, we rarely know how strong we are until being strong is our only choice. With the fate of eternity hanging in the balance, so what if all our answers lie at the end of a jaunt more wondrous and terrifying than anything we could ever imagine?

Lesser Beings

Two alien races. One appalling atrocity.

As intersecting intrigues push the galaxy toward genocide, a young diplomatic envoy unwittingly absorbs his dead mentor’s lingering psychic essence.

Across the galaxy, what caused a dying civilization to hide their greatest secrets and treasures?

Is our universe becoming a conscious entity?

Is its “mind” still evolving, both physically and organically?

Can humanity join our galaxy’s growing community of minds? Does our eligibility hinge on each race’s similarities? Or on the genuine appreciation and acceptance of our unique differences?

Can forbidden allies help clarify Janek Larrivay’s tangled loyalties? Will Janek’s ability to feel another being’s emotions help unravel the secrets behind a lost race’s astonishing transcendence? Now? Before all is lost?

From the author of Fire and Forget, Cross the Sky, and Significant Others. With humanity’s fate in the balance, Lesser Beings has readers comparing it with David Brin’s Startide Rising, Ursula LeGuin’s The Dispossessed, and Pournelle & Niven’s The Mote in God’s Eye.

Home Before Dark (The Lofting Cycle)

What if there is another you in a nearby universe? In the face of colossal corporate greed and hateful aliens, would your “aspects” be friends or foes? You really need to decide, because whoever wins the coming battle, wins the multiverse!

Yes, it’s true! Fact: diverted by the pace of our everyday lives, we often overlook the shadows of objects and beings in other realities.

Although corporate society has labeled Haven Lofting as unruly and resistant to control, Haven has a budding talent for networking with his alternate selves (his “aspects”) across the greater multiverse. This places him, as well as a mildly-autistic young woman and a sentient Quantum Savant supercomputer in direct opposition to the mad schemes of a renegade quantum physicist.

Stressed to the limit and struggling to maintain enough mental wherewithal to withstand every attack, Haven may be the only one who can save—not just our world—but several coexistent Earths from the ravages of ecological disaster and the will of an invading race of utterly unfathomable, cross-dimensional beings.

In the fight of his life, Haven must come to understand the true meaning of choice and consequence. Can he learn to tap the multiverse’s vast resources in time? Will he overcome the bounds of his inner nature? Can any of us learn to steer the narrative of our own event paths?

Combining cutting-edge physics, deep conspiracy, and powerful adversaries with thrilling, personal battles and adventures across a multitude of sister-Earths, Home Before Dark will inspire readers of Robert Heinlein’s Time for the Stars, Gene Wolfe’s The Claw of the Conciliator, or Neal Stephenson’s towering masterpiece: Anathem.

These Violent Nights

Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suriias, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.

War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.

Orphans Thorn and Thistle live in hiding. They are the last of their families, the last of their friends. They scrape by, stealing to survive and living on the streets or hiding in sheds. But even under the brutal regime of the Suriias, there are places where humans can mingle in secret with magical sympathisers, and one night Thistle gets an unexpected offer of marriage from a Suriia with high standing and friends in all the right places. For Thistle, it’s a chance at safety and comfort; for Thorn, it’s a chance to find the ones who killed her parents.

And so the pair move into the capital city of Courtenz. An urban monstrosity of magic and might, false friends and flying cars, drones and death tolls, the new city promises a fresh start – and new love – for both.

But if there’s one thing Thorn knows for certain, it’s that dreams can swiftly turn into nightmares.

A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy)

A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.

A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.

Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.

From the Grave of the Gods: The Augment Saga: Book One

Strange lights in the sky.
A Red Planet.
A catalyst to change the course of human history.

Commander James Fowler is an astronaut and the first officer of the Magnum Opus, the largest spacecraft ever built, on the first crewed expedition to Mars. The mission: to investigate the mysterious extrasolar object that went down on the Red Planet five years ago. James is living the dream: he gets to go to space and be one of the first to set foot on another world, with his girlfriend, Angela, cheering him on at home. Maybe after the mission, when he's returned a hero, he'll find the perfect moment to finally propose.

But his dreams shatter as the mission ends in disaster.

Returning to a world reeling from the revelation of what they found out there, James works to piece his life back together and come to terms with what happened. But the mission left him changed, and now he must fight to protect everything he holds dear from those who seek advancement at any cost; a process that makes him question his identity, his place in the world, and what it means to be human.

"It was just a myth. Just a damn legend passed down from corrupted databanks..."

A strange probe from a long-forgotten satellite network appears in the P’hori star system. Its message: a dire warning signalling the return of an ancient mythological evil. Imperator Da’kora Corasar and the crew of the Qesh’kal are sent to determine the probe’s origin, and find that the satellite is not as they had expected. Corasar trusts the satellite’s data, but not everyone aboard agrees. Tensions rise and loyalties are tested as they track down the source of the signal.

Thrust into conflict, the crew of the Qesh’kal must chase their foe across the galactic arm and save their home from certain destruction.


Most stories start at the beginning, this one begins at the end, at least for Maria. Events around her death result in the formation of Silicate, a privately funded facility able to observe and record people's dreams. If you could dream anything into existence, what would it be? Your favourite animated character? A date with a supermodel? Spending time with a lost love? How about an army of soldiers who can’t be harmed? Rediscover familiar faces as you embark on an epic adventure spanning this life and the next. Discover the secrets hidden within all of us and set your imagination free. THE WORLD YOU KNOW, IS ONLY HALF THE STORY. “This is a great read for Sci-fi enthusiasts.” The Yorkshire Times “Pacey, and packed with intriguing characters and plenty of twisting, turning plot curves.” LoveReading “An original, well-researched story.” I Heart Reading 

The Cracked Reflection is an introductory novella
to Refraction.

Every story has a beginning, a spark that sets events
in motion. For Refraction, that spark is Maria.

Many children have imaginary friends, but Mr Piggy
isn’t an ordinary playmate. Strange things begin to
happen whenever he’s around and when he becomes
violent, Maria’s parents are naturally concerned.

Follow Maria as she grows up in Braighton Manor;
a life of wealth, privilege and loving parents, but with
the shadow of something unnatural, always by her

How do the events of her young life, directly affect
the future? What makes her so important? Is she
crazy or is there any truth to these invasive visions?


Set in David Drake's Hammer's Slammers universe (with his gracious permission) this is a story about a vectored-thrust (aircar) unit that I developed while deployed in Afghanistan. Unlike the nominal Hammer's Slammers story this book is set on the planet New Hope, which resembles Afghanistan in a way and features stories related to a planet beset by an insurgency. Stories are a collection of short stories I came up for this book and also relate to real-world experiences taken from the news or some that are personal experiences. This book takes place after The Sharp End as far as chronology goes in the Hammers Slammers timeline.

The Universe Corps

They hated all living beings and were heading right for us.

Margaret McBride and her cadet squad earn the right to a coveted training, one month on a tiny satellite called the CRS2. It's an easy assignment, monitoring ship-to-ship and ship-to-Earth communications.

Join Margaret and her friends as they embark on this mission. However, their excitement is cut short when a hostile alien species called The Lenotron invades the Earth. They are a silicon-based life form and want to eradicate all carbon-based life from the galaxy!

With no way off the CRS2, Margaret and her squad are trapped. To make matters worse, The Lenotron have come aboard the CRS2 in order to hijack Eath's communication network, and they are not about to let a handful of first-year cadets get in their way.

Will Margaret and her squad survive their first real assignment?

Faery Tales of the Future: An anthology of short future stories

Curl up with your favorite beverage, dim the lights and take off for a new world!
10 original short stories to delight your imagination! - “Faery Tales of the Future is the Brothers Grim on steroids meets 'Neuromancer'.”
• fans of Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Star Trek, Dune will love this book!
• peek inside to meet outlaws with a heart of gold, Heroes on an epic quest, Dragons with unusual taste, whimsical Gods, snarky aliens & more.
• perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Arthur C. Clark, Robert Aspirin, Frank Herbert.

The fight for the Future begins now!

In ArcLight -The fate of an Empire hangs in the balance as Whisky Jack argues with a hallucination or perhaps it’s something far more dangerous.

In The Shogun's Blade - An ancient AI inhabiting the mind of a teenager experiments with seduction and power.

In Light in the Water - a bitter detective pries into the suspicious death of a top pilot. What he discovers will change everything. If he survives...!

In The Sunday People - clandestine aliens fight to survive a crash landing on Earth. Will they survive with the help of two adventurous teens on the verge of first love or will their mission upend civilization in unexpected ways?

In GodTouched - on a safari like no other three intrepid explorers discover much more than they bargained for!
Will they escape unscathed or pay the ultimate price?

Be ready to stay up late. You won't be able to read just one!

The project Sare.

King Plank II wants his daughter to have everything, so when Karl the Jester recites a poem about a mythical fox named Little Fig and Princess Marina says she wants the fox as her pet, the king sends Karl with the princess to help her find the creature. Their adventure is cut short when a mysterious knight comes down from space and kidnaps the princess. Karl goes home devastated, but then the knight returns to collect him, too. Now Karl is stuck on the moon and he has no idea why Princess Marina is in no hurry to leave her captors. Not until the King of the Moon begins to tell them the story of the project Sare . . .

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