Spotlight & Giveaway: Overstrike by CM Angus

Overstrike: Volume I of the Fixpoint Trilogy

When Matt Howard’s grandfather told him he must alter history to protect his newborn son, Matt thought the old man was crazy…

…Then he realised it was true.

Overstrike spans 4 generations of a family haunted by the prospect of an approaching alternate reality where their child has been erased from history.

Touching on themes of retro-causality, ethics and free will, and exploring ideas of cause, effect and retribution, it follows the path of Matt Howard, whose child, Ethan, is at risk, as he, his father and grandfather attempt to use their own abilities to manipulate reality in order to discover and prevent whoever is threatening Ethan.

Overstrike is volume I of Fixpoint, a trilogy about a family who discover their inherited ability to manipulate reality. It enables them to effect changes in order to safeguard themselves and all that they hold dear. But even seemingly small changes in a timeline can have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Follow the stories of the Howards on a journey exploring reality, time and our own sense of self.

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About the Author

CM Angus, author and writer of Speculative fiction, Sci-fi and Horror grew up in the North East of England and now lives in Yorkshire with his wife and children. He is interested in all things creative & technological.

Currently working on Fixpoint, a series of books with each piece tackling different aspects of discontinuities in time and is a Speculative Fiction spanning 4 generations of a family haunted by the prospect of an approaching alternate reality where their child has been erased from history.

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Audiobook Review: Requiem of a Nightmare by Jeremy Charles Spires

The human civil war has ended.

Vandorian and Phelb have united under one flag once more, and peace now rules the human empire. But ancient enemies still exist in the galaxy, and they are unhappy about the new peace. Buoyed by victories against the Gilbaglians, humans boldly assault their new foes while seeking out more knowledge about the mysterious Cetoplin race that appears to have inadvertently created humanity.

But darkness is spreading, even as the light of human compassion spreads, the darkness of wars past threatens to engulf the galaxy once more.


My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the narrator. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I didn’t read the first book, but it wasn’t necessary. The author gave enough back story that I wasn’t lost at all. I like some sci-fi but there are times that there are so many alien races and odd names to keep up with that it’s too distracting. What’s funny is that there are several alien races in this book, but I was able to keep up with them. The author did a great job! I also like his sense of humor. Although there were times that there was quite a bit of violence, the protagonist often had something snarky to say which lightened the mood.

Garrett Brown, the narrator, also did a great job. He has the perfect voice for narration and even though he’s just starting out, he sounds like a seasoned professional. He has good pacing and he changes his voice just enough for the different characters in the story.

I definitely recommend Requiem of a Nightmare, and I may have to go back and read the first book.

Book Review & Giveaway: Fractured Prophecy by PJ McDermott

Fractured Prophecy: Science Fiction Action Adventure by PJ McDermottFractured Prophecy: Science Fiction Action Adventure by PJ McDermott

Publisher:  Patrick McDermott Publishing (July 21, 2019)
Category: Science Fiction, Space opera, Action Adventure
Tour Dates: October-November, 2019
ISBN: 9780648092162
Available in Print and ebook, 282 pages
Fractured Prophecy


An alien messiah is missing, presumed dead. Will one woman’s interplanetary search for answers bring resurrection or betrayal?

Auriga, 2183. Empath Hickory Lace is desolated by the fiery death of the alien she once considered the son of God. But a tiny flicker of hope that he could still be alive brings her back to the Corps for a perilous mission behind Bikashi lines to recover the powerful sword of Connat. And although the Teacher’s self-sacrifice burns in her heart, the truth she uncovers on the enemy’s planet ignites a fierce new purpose.

A desperate sprint across an alien landscape unearths two different species kept in slavery by the Bikashi. Hickory decides she must liberate these suffering people and plans a daring rescue. But her assignment demands that she find the high-tech sword before the Bikashi can harness its power to enslave her home world.

Will Hickory use her abilities to save the innocent and thereby allow an alien warlord to conquer Earth, or will she leave the slaves to their fate?

Fractured Prophecy is the fourth book in the engrossing Prosperine YA science fiction series. If you like tenacious heroines and political intrigue with spiritual undertones, then you’ll love PJ McDermott’s epic story.

Follow Hickory in her quest for galactic truth.


Guest Review by Betty B.

An epic sci-fi adventure that pits a small faction of humanity against the overwhelming force of an alien government.

Hickory Lace is a commander in the Alien Corps, the intergalactic agency that acts as somewhat of a United Nations of the universe. At the beginning of the novel, Hickory is deep in the clutches of a depression that resulted from the loss of several people close to her, including her mentor, a man that she called ‘The Teacher.’

Despite her love for her career (and all that she has given up for it), Hickory is unsure if she wants to continue on working for the Alien Corps after the heartbreak that she has endured. However, she is called back into action when her father, the Admiral informs her that an escape pod from The Teacher’s ship has been found on a nearby planet.
Hickory is not sure what the escape pod might contain, but she, her crew and an alien guide are sent to retrieve the pod before the opposing alien government of the Bikashi Empire can get their hands on it.

I really enjoyed this novel. I appreciated the gravity of Hickory’s perspective throughout everything. Having suffered greatly in the Corps in the previous novels, she is understandably reluctant to go on another mission with them. I really felt her grief and shock as a woman and as a human. I love how strong and capable she is, while still being witty, funny and occasionally tender.  The entire cast of characters is compelling and well-written and the world building is fantastic. Such an expansive and intricate world has been created in these pages, if you’re reading this review; you should know it would be a shame to miss out!
Five stars and I can’t wait to read more in this series!


Praise for the Prosperine Series

“A Great read. Had me at the first chapter. Did not want to stop. Love the plot, the storyline, the action!!”

“Great characters; storyline with action, drama, and fast-paced intrigue; and unique description of an alien planet, society and it’s population. Highly recommended. I would get other books in the series.”

“McDermott creates a very original and hopeful future world similar to the kind of sci fi I grew up loving. His alien characters are delightful and believable. I could not wait to read the second book, Rise of the Erlachi which is even better!”

“This is a full-blown outer space adventure. Well described characters and a story that has a nice flow to it. I read it straight thru cover to cover.”


About PJ McDermottFractured Prophecy: Science Fiction Action Adventure by PJ McDermott

Born in Scotland, PJ McDermott moved to Australia 50 years ago, and now lives in the tropics in the North Queensland town of Trinity Beach. He started writing after he retired from the corporate treadmill and published his first novel in 2015— Small Fish Big Fish, a coming of age thriller set during the sixties. But he has always read and loved adventure and science fiction books. PJ has fond early memories of hiding under the blankets in his bed, torch in hand, reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Gulliver’s Travels. In his teenage years, like many other kids, he had lots of unanswered questions about God and the purpose of life (is there one?). Even today, similar questions remain unanswered in his mind, providing him with a springboard for his book series, ‘Prosperine’.



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Book Review: Wastebasket by J.M. Tompkins

The journey into absurdity is a slow descent.

The year is 2069. America has suffered a split between two groups, the Citizens and the Outsiders. To make a transition as a Citizen, one has to join the military and serve a six-year enlistment.

Not even a year into August Paxton’s service and he’s counting down the days until it’s over. But then everything takes a turn when a military drone crashes into the Wastebasket and August is assigned to the team charged to uncover it. The Wastebasket, the world’s largest trash dump, is home to natives that are rumored to be mentally and physically impaired, though no one is sure as to the extent of their condition. August is apprehensive about their mission’s location but learns that the real source of trepidation originates from within his own crew.

Wastebasket is the first installment of the Habitual Humanity series by J. M. Tompkins. The Habitual Humanity series will follow America’s fall into an apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic future.

My Review

I chose to read this novella after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This novella is super short but the author has fit enough information into it that I’m already hooked. August is the main character and he is on a submarine serving his required six years. He isn’t perfect, of course, but he is a good guy.

When August and four other crew members are required to rescue a drone from the Wastebasket, they have no idea what to expect. Can they get in and get out without any complications?

I’m looking forward to the next installment of the Habitual Humanity series. I want to find out more about the characters and this “new” America.

About the Author

J. M. Tompkins worked within the field of technology sales until she was able to focus on her passion for writing. A late-blooming nerd, she enjoys a variety of interests including theology, history, genetics, and astronomy. Her novels and short stories contain each of these elements within dystopian worlds and science fiction plots.

J. M. lives in Georgia with her equally nerdy husband and her son. She loves cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and her two Italian Greyhounds.

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A futuristic sci-fi novel which takes you on an emotional train journey

The Dexan Queen of Speed is a story of a six-year-old, motherless boy. In his quest to find a mother, he comes across a train in which he travels every day and starts to find that the train is displaying motherly qualities.

The Dexan Queen responds to the emotional challenges posed, fitting well into all the maternal roles, and demonstrates the instincts which were part of her design.

But there is also evil in the world. Will the Dexan Queen prevail to serve the civilisations, as she did before?

About the Author

Dr Fy is the pen name of the author who is a medical doctor by profession. He works as a senior medical consultant in the field of internal medicine for the National Health Service in the UK. 

From his experiences of day-to-day human emotions, life-and-death situations, human suffering and the interaction of instincts with the outside world, he decided to internalise all that in this novel.

Dr Fy lives in north Wales, and is attached to many Universities as a visiting faculty member.

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Review of the book:

“I get very excited when I find a new author I haven’t read before, and this has definitely got 5 stars from me. I do like a good sci-fi novel on a rainy stormy day.

This story is based many years in the more advanced future, which has set a brilliant background and great imagination from the author. You can tell from reading the pages that a lot of thought, research and imagination has gone into this book, everything is brilliantly described to help the reader’s imagination grow along with each turn of the page.

I personally like the closeness of Go2 and Tilfo friendship even and with the communication difficulty, Tilfo knows his friend is going through some tough emotions. There is a deep sense of longing, confusion and raw loneliness from Go2.

The Robocratic is very interesting and knowledgeable, and is a complete main character that leads the whole book.

A quote from the author that I had not heard before but has stuck with me since reading the words is, ‘the Earth can provide for everyone’s need but cannot provide for everyone’s greed’.”

The Dexan Queen of Speed by Dr Fy is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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A computer hacker and a Wall Street stock broker join forces to rip off all the world’s banks. They manage to steal between 1500 – 1600 trillion dollars (at that exalted level, the figures keep dancing around) effectively bankrupting the planet.

Then, the aliens who are really running our world, abduct them to make demands and offer them a deal.

Excerpt from the book:

“Hamad and Jonas were untied and each given a shovel. Two, especially evil looking men, one proudly waving a black handgun, loitered belligerently nearby.

“Dig!” they were commanded.

Unsure of what they were digging for, they began to massage the sand with the shovels.

“Dig faster!” they were commanded.

“If you don’t hurry up, you’ll be lying in the ground next to them.”

They dug with renewed vigour and had soon both excavated a hole, roughly a metre deep in the sand.

“Make them longer!”

By now they were dripping with sweat as they continued to shovel sand.

“That’s enough! Stop digging!” they were commanded.

They stood back and watched in horror as two of the bodies were dumped into the holes they’d dug.

“Now, cover them!”

They complied. Jonas tried not to look at the body he was burying but couldn’t help noticing deep gashes where the internal organs had been removed. Unable to control himself he vomited into the shallow grave.

This caused his captors to laugh heartily.

After they’d both dug and filled a second grave they were reattached to the disinterested camel and led back the way they’d come.


While he’d been digging the second grave, Hamad had unearthed an unusually shaped stone. Unnoticed by his bored captors, he’d managed to manoeuvre it within reach and sequestered it into a fold within his sweat drenched pants.

The stone had a sharp edge and as they were led back through the desert, he used it to cut through the rope securing them to the ambling dromedary ahead. Their cursing, blaspheming captors were distracted arguing with each other and didn’t waste their attention on their young prisoners.

As soon as the rope was severed, the two boys quietly disappeared behind an enormous sand dune.”

About the Author

Ian Purdie was born at Te Kopuru, New Zealand in 1957. He graduated from Otago University in 1978 and spent the next 40 years travelling the world, playing music. He rose to national prominence in Australia in 1995 with an anti-nuclear song called ‘French Letter’. He is currently teaching English in HCMC, Vietnam.

Other books by Ian Purdie include:

The Imnothero Principle  (ISBN: 978-0648293323)

Splatterpuss  (ASIN: B07CZ1VKGQ)

The Book of Nasty (ISBN: 978-0648293361)

Pyramid Asia (ISBN: 978-0992548728)

Dragon This (ISBN: 978-1326641207)

iCrime Uber by Ian Purdie is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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New Generation Publishing
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DI Turnbull is involved in a gripping new murder mystery

Amid the gristly serial killings of a deranged psychopath, a father stands accused of filicide – the murder of his own daughter… His alleged crime is strikingly similar to the ones causing terror in the Bradford community by the predator known as The Ripper.

The lead investigator of the Bradford Murder Squad, DI Turnbull, is back – his task to distinguish fact from fiction and untangle evidence that points in alarming directions. Did this man murder his own daughter? And if he did, is he indeed Ripper2?

Taut, stark and outright mysterious, James Stewart’s newest novel will keep his readers guessing well beyond the last page…

About the Author

In an almost unprecedented career move, a Senior Yorkshire Judge has turned himself into a prolific novelist. James Stewart, the well-known former Recorder of Bradford, has this month published his fourth novel in just a year. James, who as a QC worked out of the top Leeds Chambers at Park Court, was involved in many high profile criminal cases all over the UK and in the South Pacific. Then, as a judge, he presided over some of the notorious murder cases that came before the Bradford and Leeds Courts. The experience of these cases lies behind all his novels. The first, The Honour Killing, came out in late 2017 (under the pseudonym J S Hamilton), to be followed by Missing, about a vanished au pair girl, and then Slaughter, followed by Ripper2 (all written under the name James Stewart).

Excerpt from the book:

“What do you think?” Turnbull asked Jasper.

“Well, sir, Ted Kitchen had the opportunity in the house to kill Barbara. His wife had gone to work and his son had gone to school. There is blood in the cellar to corroborate the place of the killing. He, on the face of it, is the only one with an opportunity. She was never seen making her way to school by our two witnesses, one on Park Drive, one on Emm Lane. Kitchen’s route to Silsden took him past the river at Ben Rhydding. I doubt he dumped the body in daylight. He would have waited until his return from work in the dark. That explains his late arrival at home. The blood spot in the boot shows he took the body in the book of his car. He came home mid-morning to wash his clothes. There is no trace in the washing machine of blood, but he could have run it several times to ensure that. He therefore had the opportunity and the means with the hammer, which has been washed. Who washes a hammer? He had the motive. He’s having an affair which his daughter, the victim, intended to have out with him, according to her friend at school and her boyfriend. Although, it adds up to a reasonably strong case,” said Jasper.

“Now,” said Turnbull, “we have to consider the other two murders. Could he be responsible for them also? It’s a big coincidence; three schoolgirls of the same age killed in an almost identical manner with the same number of blows with possibly the same hammer in the Bradford area. What should be our next step?”

Ripper2 by James Stewart is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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Five years on, having just emerged from forced confinement, former Chair of the Deltic Observers and Steady Enthusiasts (DOSE), “Diesel Dan” Settles, must now confront his apparent lack of direction and absence of plan for the rest of his life. There was no going back to what was; the breakers’ yards had seen to that.

Join him as he struggles to regain his own sense of dignity and purpose. Will another opportunity to pursue his interest appear, or will he simply have to contend with the reality of life without it?

Excerpt from the book:

“Timothy was late coming in that morning. He had patiently tracked the TDA individually, then collectively, that week, and the evening of the last meeting had followed Shorrts to the hut and waited patiently till they had all departed that following morning. Slinking into the vacant lot, pushing open the flimsy door, and locating a box of matches inside, he tossed the pegged stools outside and set the place on fire, the two-sizes-too-small plastic jacket, the fish and chip papers among the first to burn. “That’s getting them, hey,” he said gleefully as the TDA official hut was consumed in a red, orange and yellow glow. He spared the coal box which had been placed to the left of the structure. Laughing as he left the scene, he remarked out loud to no one in particular, “One shouldn’t leave matchboxes lying about,” followed by, “mind the gap.” A minute later, and the galvanised zinc and wall ‘roof’ fell in, completing the hut’s miserable end.

The fire was never reported by the indifferent denizens who lived nearby. The pegged stools vanished the same morning of the conflagration. A curiously chubby odd man with a black wagon was subsequently seen with his latest treasures, moving slowly down a congested street, seemingly oblivious to the constant vitriol, blare of horns and epithets that were directed at him and his conveyance. Several days later, the coal stove – sole survivor otherwise, and still intact – disappeared to an unknown venue, where it serves its purpose well – to this very day.”

That Which Was Lost by Jeff Vawter is available in hardback from Amazon UK at:

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