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Happy Women’s Day!

This Women’s Day, we’d like to showcase our stories with female protagonists, strong women, bull-headed ladies and other fine qualities. Here they are:

Where a Spaceship Goes to Die. An adventure with Delphine in the middle of it, a Frenchie.

Slow Up. A story with a twenty-something hacker that won’t take no for an answer.

The Girl Who Twisted Fate’s Arm. The coming of age story of Aura, a rebellious teen that found what she wanted to do in life.

Heartbreaker. The shenanigans of Eris, a personified goddess of chaos. She’s currently into breakups and such.

Erinyes. Narcissism and horror, all in a cute little package.

And some short stories, search for them on Amazon and all stores.

There’s even more, explore our titles on the store you prefer.

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Eros Week

Photo Credit: Rebekah Marine, the bionic model.

We’re gonna share our love-themed promotions, books, social posts and other relevant stuff you might enjoy on this post. It might get updated a couple of times.

Mythography Books with Love Themes

Heartbreaker is a black humour story that deals with love and heartache.

A love story with an alien princess visiting Earth. Read Girl Gone Nova.

A love story between an older man and a cheeky young woman. Read Slow Up.

A story of unrequited love. Read Gorgonise Me.

A teenage love story in a dystopian world. Read Dronehunter now.

A coming of age LGBT love story in a cyberpunk world. Read it now.

A new adult love story in the middle of a technothriller. Read Nanodaemons Now.

Some more short stories with a love theme

Explosive Decompression https://books2read.com/u/3G9RQQ

Loveless Ada: The Luggage Disaster https://books2read.com/u/3RVo9G

The Redjus https://books2read.com/u/49DBAX

The Whale on the Veil https://books2read.com/u/b62nGM

Facebook Giveaway

Join our giveaway on Facebook, find the linked post:

Promotions:

https://goo.gl/L67xTa

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https://books.bookfunnel.com/loveisintheair2019/sju35ya41y


If you’re not in the mood for love, here’s a giveaway for you https://books.bookfunnel.com/nohappyendings/z69zig6tmc

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Get Our Massive Halloween Countdown Deals on Amazon!

This Halloween we’re running a massive countdown deal on so many titles.

Here’s the seasonal one you simply can’t miss, Boo!

And also on Amazon.co.uk. But there are so many more you can grab right now at a lower price! Check them all out:

The countdown deals start at the 30th of October from$0.99/0.99£ but you should check out the product pages for the current price.

The deals are valid on Amazon US and UK.

Check them all out, and if you’re seeing this too early Join the Mythographers to get a reminder on your email.

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This Is Your Last Chance, Kindle Unlimited Readers

To keep it short, dear readers, this is your last chance to show us if Kindle Unlimited is worth it for us. We’ve enrolled all of our novels in KU, and you can go and binge right now:

Read KU titles on Amazon US

Read KU titles on Amazon UK

That was the short version. Now for the longer one:

In case you don’t know, Kindle Unlimited is an amazing program where writers enroll their titles and can be discovered and binged by readers in it. It’s great, it really is. But, it requires exclusivity. And that’s a shame because no matter how big Amazon is, it doesn’t reach everywhere in the world. Even worse, not all people want to shop on Amazon.

It’s part of our philosophy to offer our titles to everyone worldwide. So, exclusivity has been a big no-no for us. But, we’re data-driven people. And we haven’t really tested KU for our titles yet, not in the scale we’re at now with thousands of Mythographers worldwide.

So, for this enrollment period, which is 3 months until November, you will be able to read our titles in KU. If you are a reader of this program, now is the time to binge through everything we have and tell your friends. We need to see some real action, otherwise we’re going back to being widely available. And we’re talking real action, not just a tiny bump in readers.

Convince us.

That’s all. Go. Binge. Tell your friends. And we’ll see where the stats take us.

Yeah, it doesn’t look good. Apart from a single title, the rest are lackluster. Just 2 weeks into this experiment and it’s obvious it’s not working for us. We’ll see as we get more data.

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New Paperbacks and Old Paperback Issues

Ba Dum Tshh!

Frivolous Fox Diligent Dog is now available on paperback.

Also, we noticed that some readers had purchased a faulty version of The Girl Who Twisted Fate’s Arm. We only dug up the data a few days ago, and the purchases happened at 2016.

Sorry about that.

If you bought the paperback with the lesser quality, feel free to email us the receipt and we’ll see how we can get the proper, shiny, sexy version in your hands.

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Binge-Worthy Reads: Return of the Aghyrians by Patty Jansen

Watcher’s Web is an exciting survival story set in an alien wilderness.

She is lost on an alien planet. He said he’d help her get home. He lied.

Jessica’s plane develops engine trouble over the dry Australian inland—and crashes in thick, unfamiliar rainforest.

A group she thinks is a search party shows up, but it consists of large-eyed not-quite people who kill all survivors except Jessica and a long-haired hippie named Brian.

No one is going to come to rescue her. In fact, they’re not even on Earth.

While the pair wrestle their way through the forest in search for help, Jessica becomes ever more suspicious of Brian. Why does he know so much about the world where they have ended up? Why is he so insistent on helping her?

Jessica has always been able to use her mind to tell animals what to do and now she’s hearing voices in her head. Another man is pleading her not to listen to Brian. Except this man can kill someone with a single look, and he uses his mental powers to order people around.

In this utterly strange and dangerous world where people seem to want something from her, who can she trust?

A gritty survival story in the vein of The Hunger Games, set in a Star Wars locality.

Start Reading Watcher’s Web for Free on Amazon US

On Amazon UK

The rich and powerful tapestry of world building captures the imagination and just doesn’t let go. The characters are full of life and complexity. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is easy to identify with the peoples and through suspension of disbelief, this world was very real, as are the struggles being faced. Love books that make me think about what I would or wouldn’t do in that situation. Great strong female lead.

Hollywood, are you listening? This story should be made into a movie! Avatar, move over. There’s a new kid on the block! This story is well written and the characters have plenty of depth. The story flows from one page to the next, from one chapter to the next. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from page one til the end.

Get the 4-book series:

Find the entire series on Amazon, or visit the author’s page for links to other retailers.

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Binge-Worthy Reads: Feed – A Dystopian Collision With Reality TV

Start reading the Fooko series today for free. Feed 1 is a dystopian collision with reality TV. Don’t miss it!

I Wanna Get Dystopian

Seven years after the nanocameras switched on and the feeds began, nanoengineer Samuel Ramone becomes the subject of an addictive reality feed. As his heart sinks further into the crush he’s been nursing, his popularity rises. He is a married man, after all.

When it comes to the new world of the feeds, Enforcers are nothing but a rumor. But the Editors . . . they’re real. With every human monitored endlessly, Ramone hasn’t had anything to fear in a long time, except seeing himself in a feed. Or worse, seeing his wife in one. With another man.

That’s why he’s never looked. If you can’t see something, it’s not there.

But when Ramone finally plans a way to hide from the unceasing surveillance–disguised as entertainment, monitored and enhanced by those all-seeing Editors–he learns that his viewership is endangering his attempts escape the feeds, and soon the people he loves most.

Now he is hunted by an Enforcer. Running is pointless. But staying in one place means learning the rumors aren’t just rumors.

If you enjoy 1984, Black Mirror, and other dystopians about surveillance, Feed 1 is right for you.

Start reading Feed book 1 for free on Amazon

“Ms Grotepas has written a novel that has made me care about characters again. The intriguing subject and a look into the not so distant future are at once frightening and believable.” — Rita Kaye, Amazon reviewer

 

“This book is really, really good. It does not bog itself down trying to explain the science behind everything but is so descriptive in its simplicity that you don’t notice right away. It feels like a mix of Harry Harrison and Robert Heinlein.” — Joshua Allen, Goodreads reviewer

 

“Each of the characters is unique and interesting in their own way and watching the interaction and development of relationships between the characters kept me turning the pages.” — William Hall, Amazon reviewer

 

“This book drew me in immediately . . . Was so engrossed, I immediately ordered Feed 2 – at 11:15 PM – ready to read all night!” — Passing Pilgrim, Amazon reviewer

 

“The writing is polished, and the characters well developed. The world the author has created is believable and terrifying at the same time.” — Marcus, Amazon reviewer

 

“Not that far from the world we live in now with reality TV the opioid for the masses. She created great characters with intense passions and frustrations. Four stars for this one. Give me more.” — Dolly, Goodreads reviewer

 

I Wanna Read Feed for Free on Amazon

UPDATE

The boxset is available, check it out for an easy-to-get binge.

Get the Boxset on Amazon US

Get the Boxset on Amazon UK

 

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100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime

Amazon has a list of the year’s best books. What we care about is the Sci-fi list, so here it is:

Click to see the list on Amazon

I’ve already bought Oathbringer and Artemis.

Of the rest, Persepolis Rising is definitely on my list. David Wong’s “What the Hell Did I Just Read” is also on there, I loved the last book.

Ann Leckie has no chance of ever getting my time, ever again.

The Book of Dust is getting passed around all the time in my social media echo chamber, so I’ll give it a shot.

What else should I add to my TBR pile?

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Stop the Presses! Scrooge is Available on Paperback!

No, wait. Start the presses. Start them. Bad analogy.

Scrooge Is Looking For A Taxi

The retelling of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is now on paperback.

Scrooge is looking for a taxi to get home on Christmas Eve. But he will get the ride of his life, as he is walked through his past, his present and his future to end up a changed man.

Set in modern day Athens, this science-fiction version of the classic ghost story is guaranteed to bring shivers down your spine and a smile to your face.

“It isn’t too late for all us Scrooges, and this story did make me see more than the classic.”

“An entertaining, uplifting novella perfect to read during Christmastime.”

“This is a rollicking, hiccup producing, laugh out loud morality play that would make Dickens sit up and take notice. A lot of fun!”

Look at these gorgeous Victorian illustrations by Arthur Rackham, the book illustrator of Ebenezer Scrooge’s story. A fine Mythographer indeed. His gritty, realistic drawings inspired the director Guillermo del Toro, who cites Rackham as an influence on the design of “The Faun” of Pan’s Labyrinth.

Sounds fun. Can I get it in time for cozy reading with twinkly ambiance?

Get the paperback book just in time for Christmas:

Amazon says it’ll be there on time. Trust the AI. The AI never lies.

It’s available on Amazon and other regional stores.

Buy on Amazon.comBuy on Amazon.co.uk

Can it get it right now?

If you want the digital version find a store that suits you. Or enjoy the complete experience. Get the acted out audiobook version with the actor Steve White that does the voices and everything!

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Slow Up

The novel Slow Up has a lot of things going on. While knowing these is not a necessity in enjoying the story, a deep background in the possible technologies and techniques involved will make it a much better read.

10. Rapid Serial Visual Representation

Can you read it?

It’s a speed-reading trick where text is parced into single point. Some speed readers like it, others do not.

Here’s an online tool to try it out.

9. Most of the IT Scenes Are Inspired by my Own Job at Wind Telecommunications HQ

Most of the tickets came in at a frantic pace, just like in the novel.

The scenes have nothing to do with real persons and situations. But the feeling of an uphill battle, that Sisyphean task of fixing hundreds of computers every day is there in Galene’s job.

8. For More on Nootropics, Check Out Reddit

Nootropics are real and have measurable effects. If you want to try them out, consult an expert. There is a lot of info online, but don’t push yourself too hard. Again, consult a doctor, not the marketing brochure.

Nothing is like the movie Limitless of course, that was a magic pill with insane powers. Real nootropics help you focus, help with creativity, memory.

Read up about Nootropics on Reddit.

7. Polyphasic Sleep is Real But You Should Take it Slow

 

Going directly at Uberman will most probably make you a zombieman.

We’ve all heard about geniuses who simply skipped sleep like Leonardo Da Vinci. That is not actually possible, of course, they only took short naps, powernaps as they call them now, to help their brain recharge.

My opinion is that getting good sleep is more important that gaining a few drowsy hours. I’ve seen that sleep deprivation cuts down on creative thinking. And there are serious medical risks involved.

Again, Reddit has a nice beginner library on polyphasic sleep.

6. The Cybathlon is a Sports Event for Augmented People Where Doping and Pushing the Limits is Kind of the Whole Point

Credits: Angel Giuffria, Bionic Actress. Cybathlon. The Spartan Race. Oscar Pistorius.

The logical next step in athletic events is to have augmented races. Some augmentations actually give an advantage over other athletes, like in swimming. Especially with world-powers sending out troops at stupid wars and having young veterans come back disabled all the time, the day where augmentations are common-place is today.

The Cybathlon is not quite an Olympic-level event yet. But it showcases what can be done, and it won’t be long before augmented athletes can compete side-by-side with regular ones, like Pistorius did in the Summer Olympics of 2012. Yes, we know what he did afterwards, that’s not the point.

You can watch the scene mentioned by Gregoris in the novel, where the winner shows unprecedented evgenis amilla (fair game spirit) and swaps out his number with Oscar’s so he can be the winner:

5. Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI

Artificial intelligence is all well and good, but there are those who believe that we can expand the limits of our intellect and reach amazing levels.

Frankly, a merge of mind and machine where a trained user can hook up and amplify his intelligence for short amounts of time is what we consider most plausible.

Another archetype of this is the Mentat from Dune. Human Computers that crave information and can help with decisions.

Wacky hair is a must

From David Lynch’s Dune, we got the Mentat Mantra (It’s not from the Frank Herbert novels but fits so well it got adopted instantly):

It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed,
the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning.
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

And now you’ll say it too.

4. Mean Girls is a Must Watch

Mean Girls quotes can be applied to any situation

Nuff said. Watch it.

3. Unlike Wanted’s Turning Bullets, Turning Arrows Are Real

It seems crazy but it’s true. An expert archer can shoot turning arrows around corners.

2. You Can Speed up Online Videos, Audiobooks and Video Files for Faster Input

It might seem weird at first, but the mind adapts very quickly.

Here are some tools with pitch correction:

Chrome plugin for online videos.

Video file speed control with VLC

Audible Narration speed control

1. The Tech is Real: Artificial Wombs

It looks adorable. The real-live version, not so much.

External wombs are being researched and seem to work just fine. There are many real medical conditions where external wombs would be suitable. Of course, that opens up a can of worms, since humans could be raised from prime genetic material without people knowing. It’s almost like a dystopian sci-fi story.

Slow Up is Available to Read Now

Limitless meets Black Mirror in this novel that pushes the limits of a couple’s minds.

When Galene meets a man who’s only goal in life is to make his mind go faster, she ends up falling for him. But will she manage to keep the relationship going at the top of the glass tower, when in reality she’s too much of a slob and is bogged down with all her unfinished goals, when their age difference becomes too much of a problem, and when his work places them in the sights of an unforgiving huntress?

Do you want to know what’s next for the computer geek Galene? Do you wanna meet Artemis? Then read this bittersweet story in a world where thinking too swiftly can get you killed.

Read Slow Up