The novels category is for posts about any of my novels. I write fantasy, young adult, and science fiction. I’ve also dabbled in horror and mystery. I always to Unveil the Fantastic and share it with all!
Video editing software has changed a lot over the years. They have more bells and whistles than the old windows movie maker. I took the plunge two years ago and got Filmora’s video editing software. I’d wanted to do one for Inner Demons (the only book trailer I outsourced) and it would be handy for Alien Redemption. Then I decided I should start working on redoing some of my old book trailers.
Well….after months of searching for pics and editing the thing off and on, I finally finished one! Lol.
So I reveal to you, the 2020 Vassal of El Book Trailer! Huzzah!
In case you want to do a comparison (bwahahahaha), here’s the original trailer from way back in 2009. *GASP*
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Alien Redemption by Gloria Oliver is a science fiction novel about mankind’s discovery of an alien race. The story follows Claudia, a doctor who has been disgraced within her profession. In her efforts to escape her past, she ends up working on a merchant spaceship called the Holiday, under the nefarious Captain Bennet. They fly across the galaxy to a planet that is home to a previously undiscovered intelligent race of beings. Claudia is intrigued at the discovery, anxious to learn from them and protect them. Captain Bennet, on the other hand, has evil plans for the beings that have humanoid bodies along with wings and feathers. Claudia soon finds herself their sole caretaker and protector, even as the Captain kidnaps them and forces them into a despicable life of servitude.
I found Alien Redemption to be one of the most original science fiction novels I’ve ever read. The story is simple yet nearly perfect in its execution. Gloria Oliver’s style of writing is fluid and very natural. I was easily carried away within the story as I turned the pages. The characters are believable and real. Claudia is so well fleshed out that I found myself fully invested in her thoughts and dilemmas. Many of the other characters were equally effective, especially Captain Bennet and the First Mate, Stevens. The most stunning story element of Alien Redemption is the avians, the name most often used for the aliens. I won’t give away any story details here, but suffice it to say, they’re handled very differently than aliens are in most other sci-fi stories. Alien Redemption is a fresh and satisfying science fiction read that I am happy to recommend.”
You can learn more about Gloria Oliver and “Alien Redemption” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/alien-redemption where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.
Don’t forget two books are currently free at Smashwords to celebrate the release of Alien Redemption. They won’t stay that way forever, so if you’ve not downloaded your copies, do it soon. 🙂 And please pass the word along!
I am super looking forward to seeing what he does for the cover. Squee!
I’ve been fortunate enough to have him assigned to do several other covers of mine. Check out his fabulous talent!
I hope to do a cover reveal soon! Also, to celebrate the impending release of my first science fiction novel, the reprints for Inner Demons and Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles ebook versions are FREE through the end of March 2020!
All I ask is for help spreading the word about Alien Redemption. If you can, I would love to see reviews/tweets/pics/FB posts on what you thought about the two free books or the upcoming release of the new novel. Whatever you can do would be fabulous!
Without your help, I am nothing. So thank you in advance!
The Free Books are at Smashwords – available in ePub, Mobi, lbr, PDB, and their online reader. (Let’s celebrate!)
The books are still working through the sales channels to become active.
Currently, the Kindle versions of both are live, and the trade paperback for Inner Demons is out there as well. (Some issues with the generated cover template keep holding Crossed back. But it should be available soon!)
Both the trade paperback with Amazon are also part of the Kindle Matchbook campaign where if you buy the trade paperback version you get the Kindle version free. As a reader, I have been thrilled by this feature as it means I can start reading the book before it’s made it to my door! Lol.
Here are some links for the ones that have gone live:
2019 is proving to be a challenging year full of chaos and change. Change is not something we can always control. Sometimes it can lead to better things, and at others, not so much.
Two major items hit in the last month related to the author side of my life.
The first change, which was back in February (though I didn’t realize it until this week), was that one of my favorite conventions put on their last round this year. After 17 years ConDFW will be no more. I had no idea this was their last year, and I wasn’t able to attend this year and be part of the final event due to health reasons.
They went out with a bang! Which was wonderful. But I regret not having been there.
This convention meant a lot to me. Back in the day, it was the first literary fantasy/science fiction convention I ever attended. It was the year I realized I had no choice but to get out there and network if I wanted any chance at a writing career. (I tend to be something of a wallflower and quite shy.) It was at that first convention that I first met Selina Rosen, Melanie Fletcher, and Jeff Turner. Meetings that had significant impacts on my life as they led me to Yard Dog Press and Zumaya Publications and my first publishing contracts.
I wish Dan Robb and all the other wonderful people who’ve worked so hard to put such a fun convention together many thanks for all the years of hard work. Kudos guys!
The second change to hit this month was the closing of Mundania Press and their subsidiaries.
For the last couple of years or more, changes by Amazon to make the most of their self-publishing services , weird algorithms, the economy, and a ton of other factors have dried up revenue streams and forced many to go out of business.
Mundania having to close has orphaned two of my novels – “Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles” and “Inner Demons.” While all rights have reverted to me, it also means I need to find new homes for these two books.
I’m looking into several solutions to see which way (or ways) I want to use to bring them back in print. So do not despair! But it was definitely a shock to hear of the closing.
My fellow authors and the writing and publishing community are awesome, and several people have reached out to me with suggestions and even possible new homes for the two orphaned novels. It will mean a ton of work, research, and patience, but it’s time to look forward rather than back.
I will keep you all updated on what direction I end up taking. It could even end up being one of the best things that could have happened, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment. Wish me luck!
I decided to get an early start on promoting my SF novel Alien Redemption. The current publications date is set for sometime in 2019. The book will be published by Zumaya Publications through their Otherworlds Imprint.
So to get you excited about the project, I’ve created a “Coming in 2019” book trailer!
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