Spotlight, Author Interview, & Excerpt: Blank + Giveaway

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Blank: Madam Doesn’t Like That
by Zhanna Hamilton
Genre: Science Fiction

The Blank Series blurb:
A former human turned military spy bot escapes the oppressive Solar Government, leaving behind a secret that turns order into chaos. Now, she’s being hunted.

Blurb for Blank: Madam Doesn’t Like That (Short Story 4 of The Blank Series):
An unexpected visit from sex bots turns into a secret mission with deadly consequences.

Read “Blank: Begin Again (Short Story 1 of The Blank Series)” on Wattpad

Read “Blank: Where Do Machines Go When They Die? (Short Story 2 of The Blank Series)” on Wattpad

Read “Blank: You Heard Me (Short Story 3 of The Blank Series)” on Wattpad

Read “Blank: Madam Doesn’t Like That (Short Story 4 of The Blank Series)” on Wattpad

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Excerpt

Arlo read a large sign passing by on the boulevard.

KILL ALL BOTS!

“What the hell is Razor doing?”

“She’ll be fine. She does it all the time.”

“Does what all the time? Never mind. Don’t tell me. We have to stop her.”

Zen crossed her legs, tapped the console with long, golden nails and stared past the protest.

“You stop her.”

He watched Razor lift a helmet off the ground and put it on, pumping her fist as she walked into the chanting crowd.

“I can’t be in a protest, Zen. I have a career to protect.”

“Sounds inconvenient.”

“Don’t we have somewhere to be?”

“And we’ll get there.”

“This is ridiculous,” he said, stepping out of the pod. He tried to spot her. Nothing but angry strangers. Walking towards the crowd, he felt the electric energy of frustration.

“PEOPLE OVER BOTS! PEOPLE OVER BOTS!”

He stood at the edge of the moving spectacle and scanned for Razor.

Against the grain of the crowd, he spotted the oversized biker’s helmet with flowing blonde locks extending beyond the edges. She grabbed a bat off the ground near a closed psychedelics store.

“Razor, no!” he yelled, his voice drowned by the raging chorus.


Author Interview:

What inspired you to write this series?
I read a lot about emerging technology, which stirs my imagination. This science fiction series is an extension of my interests and curiosities. I feel compelled to continue bringing this fictional universe to life.

What does the title mean?
“Madam Doesn’t Like That” refers to the Supreme Leader of the Solar Government, Madam Siren Opia. It references a specific scene, but also captures her general nature and power.

Do you consider the series to have a lesson or moral?
Yes, though the series can be read in different ways. One way is for fun, and another way is to focus on the more serious topics. I’m deliberate about what I include in the series, so if it’s there it has a purpose.

What is your favorite part of the series?
It’s difficult to name one favorite. The entire series is a joy to write. The futuristic technology, the dystopian romance, the misbehaving bots–I love writing it all.

Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
Aura Swain, the former human turned military spy bot. As a former unchipped human, she has a complex backstory. Her renegade activities give her an antihero edge even as the protagonist.

What are your immediate future plans?
“You’re Dead to Me, Cupcake” is the 5th installment of The Blank Series, which I will release next on Wattpad. Readers can follow me there so they never miss a story release.


About the Author:

Zhanna Hamilton is a science fiction writer and the creator of The Blank Series. In May 2019, she released the first installment of the scifi series on Wattpad, “Blank: Begin Again,” which has been named in the top 100 list of femme fatale stories and chosen as an “Undiscovered Stories” Wattpad Pick on the independent storytelling platform–home to 90 million readers worldwide. Readers and future readers can follow Hamilton on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZhannaHamilton.

 


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Spotlight: Murder Is Our Business + Giveaway

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Murder Is Our Business
Turner Hahn and Frank Morales Case Files Book 1
by B.R. Stateham
Genre: Hard-Boiled Noir Crime Mystery, Short Stories

 

Ten stories from the Case Files of homicide detectives Turner Hahn and Frank Morales, these are tales of murder, deception, greed and mayhem only this duo can solve.

Murder is the operative word in this collection: from hardened criminals to deceitful damsels, to the cold minds of serial killers. Come along for the ride as Turner and Frank face off with the crazies, the cunning and the brilliant, as they try to get away with murder.

For Turner and Frank, the city pays them to do a job. But that’s okay… they’re good at what they do.

 

Guns, Gams, Ghosts and Gangsters
Turner Hahn and Frank Morales Case Files Book 2

 

These ten short stories feature some of the homicide cases investigated by the South Side Precinct’s best homicide detectives Turner Hahn and Frank Morales.

In this riveting collection, you’ll find cases of murder, revenge, greed, and insanity, with a hint of the supernatural thrown in as a bonus.

 

B.R. Stateham is a fourteen-year-old boy trapped in a seventy-one-year-old body.  But his enthusiasm and boyish delight in anything mysterious and/or unknown continue.

 Writing novels, especially detectives, is just the avenue of escape which keeps the author’s mind sharp and inquisitive.  He’s published a ton of short stories in online magazines like Crooked, Darkest Before the Dawn, Abandoned Towers, Pulp Metal Magazine, Suspense Magazine, Spinetingler Magazine, Near to The Knuckle, A Twist of Noir, Angie’s Diary, Power Burn Flash, and Eastern Standard Crime.  He writes both detective/mysteries, as well as science-fiction and fantasy.

 
 
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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Everybody Has a Story…These Are Ours…

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Everybody Has a Story…These Are Ours…
by Audrey N. Lewis
Fiction/Short Stories

Date Published: May 23, 2015

Publisher: Pressing On Press, Inc

This amazing collection pulls together seven independent stories, weaving them into a compelling, thought-provoking collection. Family relationships and friendships. Finding out place. This series of narratives explores events, experiences and memories. While focusing on the women (mother, sister, daughter and wife) — the men in the stories (father, brother, son and husband) provide intriguing counterpoints.

Lexi’s mom struggles to understand her daughter. Abigail, now grown, remembers her nanny Chamele and the life lessons she shared. Claire, the empty-nester and her “girls night out” group has an unusual twist. Then Megan – lost but not forgotten. In each story, you will find, nothing is exactly as it seems.

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About the Author

Audrey N Lewis is the award winning author of, “Everybody has a story…These are ours”, a collection of seven short stories. Additionally, she has had several short stories and poems published in Short Story Town, Weird Mask Magazine, Evolving, and Cephalopress, Active Muse and Dissident Voice.

She is a mother, friend, daughter, wife. She is a dreamer who has climbed mountains, camped out on billboards in Times Square, and spent 23 years volunteering as the founder and executive director of a not-for-profit.She create fairy houses and dream catchers.She weaves stories that address everyday life events in not-so-typical ways, making readers question, “what if.”She is the square in a box of circles. A rule-breaker, a risk-taker, and a giver.

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