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Almost Surely, Available now, worldwide!

When you control the fate of others, who is in control of yours?

Anthony Hopper is an Agent of Influence. He directs the lives of those selected by Watcher, the living embodiment of Fate.
Jack and Henry, twins, are the latest additions to the agency, and it is Anthony’s task to train them.
When one abuses his knowledge of the future, Anthony discovers that Watcher is not as faultless as he believed and that those closest to him, including his soul-collecting confidante, Edith, may be conspiring against him.

Follow Anthony as he discovers the truth about his destiny, what to expect when life ends, and how the universe rewards those with good intentions.

One reviewer called it: ‘…a brilliant melding of time travel, mythology and noir, with fun characters and a thrilling plot that kept me guessing til the end.

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Reading Materials #2, Mind in the Gap, by C.R. Dudley

Synopsis:

“The body likes continuity. It’s part of the deal. But the truth is, there are gaps everywhere. Gaps only the mind can slip through…”

Follow M – a strange and chaotic being who professes to be the outcast of a black hole – on a journey like no other. Flowing freely through the back streets of hidden realms, she drives her companion to meet commuters who cross dimensions, embody future technology, and peek behind the scenes at consciousness: all with one purpose in mind.

Inventive, zany and often surreal, C.R. Dudley’s style melds the metaphysical with the technological to create dazzling architectures of thought. Mind in the Gap is an extraordinary book of diversions, circular routes and infinite possibilities. A collection of 14 unique stories and 14 alternate realities – with more to connect them than meets the eye.

Opinion:

I had the privilege of beta-reading Mind in the Gap, prior to release, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. It is a non-linear, interconnected short story collection, with a beautiful narrative centred on the concept of travel, both physically and mentally.

The science fiction is strong throughout, and some of the ideas blew me away. There’s a reality-eclipse in ‘Baily’s Beads,’ for example. What? It’s not just the sci-fi which C.R excels at in this novel, but her use of Jungian theory, too. It helps if you have an understanding of Carl Jung’s work, for sure, but the stories are incredibly accessible. Some are heart-warming, some are terrifying; one felt as if I were reading a long-lost Hayao Miyazaki story.

C.R. is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, and I cannot wait for her next release. If you enjoy contemporary science fiction and metaphysics, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you did not pick it up.

 

Reading Materials #1 Toroa, by Erik Hofstatter

So, I’m starting a new series on here, highlighting works by authors, (predominantly Indie) that I have enjoyed. First up: Toroa, by Erik Hofstatter.

Synopsis:

Infants are vanishing all over Waitangi, a small island nestled in the Pacific Ocean. The local tribe believes a colossal albatross is responsible. Worse still, they are convinced that the seabird had been trained to carry out these sinister kidnappings. On the other side of the globe, in England, a troubled Maori girl falls in love with Aryan — a charismatic fire-breather. As their doomed relationship unfolds, a tragedy strikes, leaving her forever changed. Grieving, she travels to the island in desperate search of her estranged father and seeking answers to her shrouded origins. Will her actions influence the mysterious events occurring on the isle?

Opinion:

Toroa is a tale of two halves: the set-up, and the gut-punch ending. Erik’s world-creation is exceptional, and his characters feel nuanced, genuine, and terrifying. The story is dark in tone, but there is hope sprinkled throughout. Look at that cover!!!

Erik tackles some hard themes, here, and he does so really well. I’m not going to spoil them, but if you read the synopsis carefully, it’s right there. Toroa is not for the faint of heart. I read Toroa between July 16-20th, and I’m still thinking about it.

I cannot wait to see what Erik does next!

Body positivity in fiction, an anniversary.

One year ago, yesterday, I finished the first draft of The Surrogate.
It was a story that I had been planning, but put off for other things, for four years.

I’ve spoken about it quite a bit, but because the topic of body positivity is rife right now, and because it’s the anniversary of my writing it, I feel that it’s worth revisiting.

It’s set in a future where obesity has been eradicated, due to a government-led eugenics program. Ronald Calico runs, and is the main draw of New Tokyo’s premier ‘cuddle-lounge.’ He has grown in notoriety because he is fat. An oddity. The last of his kind.

The novella follows David, a journalist, and the face of the New Tokyo Broadcast Corporation. He has been assigned the task of running an expose on Ronald. The purpose is to learn more about Ronald, why he is fat (when nobody else is), why he is popular, and why he does what he does.

It’s science-fiction in setting, but it’s a stealthy commentary on intimacy, sexuality, sexual identity, relationships, and body positivity.

My aim was to write a story for fat people who felt alienated and ashamed of their bodies, like I had. I wanted to write something uplifting, thought-provoking, and empowering. The Surrogate is a story that I’m incredibly proud of because it’s my love-letter to those who struggle with self-worth. And despite the premise, it isn’t only for fat people.

I wanted to write something that spoke to me, a fat man with low self-esteem, and self-confidence, hence why I dedicated it to myself.

Almost Surely pre-orders are now live!

My debut novel ‘Almost Surely,’ is available to pre-order now!

When you control the fate of others, who is in control of yours?

Anthony Hopper is an Agent of Influence. He directs the lives of those selected by Watcher, the living embodiment of Fate.

Jack and Henry, twins, are the latest additions to the agency, and it is Anthony’s task to train them. When one abuses his knowledge of the future, Anthony discovers that Watcher is not as faultless as he believed and that those closest to him, including his soul-collecting confidante, Edith, may be conspiring against him.

Follow Anthony as he discovers the truth about his destiny, what to expect when life ends, and how the universe rewards those with good intentions.

It costs less than a Tesco lunch deal, so try it out.

Cover Reveal.

When you control the fate of others,
who is in control of yours?

 

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Anthony Hopper is an Agent of Influence. He directs the lives of those selected by Watcher, the living embodiment of Fate.

Jack and Henry, twins, are the latest additions to the agency and it is Anthony’s task to train them. When one abuses his knowledge of the future, Anthony discovers that Watcher is not as faultless as he believed.

As this compelling story unfolds, Anthony suspects that those closest to him, including his soul-collecting confidante, Edith, are conspiring against him.

 

Available: Tuesday 23rd October 2018

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My debut novella The Surrogate is currently free on Kindle.

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