Your Chance To Be A Character In Far From Home 3: Hero!!!

The publication of Far From Home 2: Commander is just a few days away, and I’m already writing Far From Home 3: Hero for an October release.

So, for Far From Home 3 I’m offering the chance for 3 lucky people to have a part in the book. To be a character in the book, here’s what you have to do:

1) Either download Far From Home 1: Legend from Smashwords ( HERE ) or purchase it from Amazon ( HERE ) or e-mail me at tonyleehealey @ gmail dot com and I’ll send you a free copy in either .doc or .pdf format. Amazon.co.uk customers can grab it ( HERE ).

2) Read it (if you haven’t already), and leave a review on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk letting me know what you think.

3) Then just e-mail me with a link to your review. That’s it!

The first 3 people to do this will be able to ‘play’ a character in the book. I will use your name, physical description and can even work in your country of origin if you want.

I get some feedback on Far From Home 1: Legend in the form of review on Amazon, and you will get to be a part of an on-going series.

As well being in the book, you will also receive special mention in an afterword at the end of the book, as an extra little thank you for your support.

Far From Home #1: Legend

The first instalment of my ebook series, Far From Home, is now out and available FOR FREE in all formats.

I intend for this first book in the series to be FREE wherever I can list it as so. This way the only chance you’re taking with Far From Home is with your time, not your money.

Amazon US link: http://www.amazon.com/Far-From-Home-Legend-ebook/dp/B008WA54BU/ref=la_B0056TLVDU_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1344716862&sr=1-11

Amazon UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Far-From-Home-Legend-ebook/dp/B008WA54BU/ref=la_B0056TLVDU_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1344716862&sr=1-11

Smashwords link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/213934

And you know what? Can’t be bothered downloading it? No worries. Read it right here, on your screen via this link:

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/6441050-far-from-home-1-legend

More information on the series, with the titles and covers of upcoming releases, can be found here: FAR FROM HOME

Reader Competition! Win a FREE paperback!

Hear ye! Hear ye!

I am giving away FREE paperback copies of The Stars My Redemption to the first 5 readers who simultaneously leave a review on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

These paperback copies are NOT available for sale anywhere else and feature special variant cover art.

All you have  to do is read the book, leave a review, and send me an email to tonyleehealey at gmail dot com with a link to it. I’ll then ask for your details so that I can send you a FREE paperback. It’s that simple.

I can provide reader copies of the book in .doc and .pdf format on request, or you can purchase it for only $2.99 right HERE.

Good luck, and I look forward to reading your reviews! May the best 5 men or women win!

UPDATE! The first of the 5 reviews is in! 4 of 5 stars from “AaronNoir” who wrote:

“The Stars My Redemption is loads of fun and reads at a blistering pace. Abe is a bitterly cynical man who gave up believing in the value of life a long time ago. He’s a galactic criminal who wanders from score to score leaving a bloody trail of human and alien carcasses, but there’s a stubborn crumb of humanity left inside of him. This is the story of how he rediscovers that lost part of himself and what he decides to do about it.
The book is more vintage pulp than contemporary hard science fiction. There are no paragraphs explaining how the technology works, but there is foul language, a little sex, and a lot of violence. The action sequences remind me of Robert E. Howard. Abe would fit in well with Conan the Barbarian and Solomon Kane.”

There are 4 more copies waiting to be won. All you have to do is read my book, and leave an honest review.

#SampleSunday The Stars My Redemption excerpt

What follows is an excerpt from The Stars My Redemption. It’s from a scene where Abe is hallucinating, revisiting several moments from his life.

A reminder: you can purchase The Stars My Redemption for only 99c, but it’s only that price for the month of June after which it will go up to $2.99

Just visit this link to buy it or download a FREE sample The Stars My Redemption

Now for the excerpt:

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There is darkness again, and he floats within it.

No stars. Just black. A deep, sumptuous nothingness that swallows him up, enfolding and consuming him. Abe sinks within it, as if it were a heavy ocean of oil. And then there is warmth, rising up from the deep.

The heat grows in intensity and becomes fire, burning his flesh.

Abe is back on Ryana, fighting his way through the fires raging in the capital city. He is younger than he is now, much younger. He has not seen and done the things that have left him broken and bitter. Abe fights his way through the populace, choking on the burning air and trying to force his way to the front of the mob. The entire city is burning, and everyone is evacuating. He was brought to Ryana as an orphan child. Now he leaves as a similarly orphaned adult.

The heat turns to wet humidity.

Abe is hiking across the jungles of Alannaris as a Union soldier. It has been five years since Ryana. There was a dogfight in the upper atmosphere and he was shot down. Now he makes tracks through the thick vegetation in an attempt to get to some kind of higher ground. He hopes they’ll be able to detect the signal from the tracking device implanted within his neck. The air is thick and moist and it is hard to breathe. Abe just thanks his lucky stars that the Alannarians haven’t found him yet. At the back of his mind he wonders if the tracking device even works, and whether they’ll even bother to try and find him. In fact he wonders if the Alannarians will detect it first. He is still young, and very much inexperienced.
I don’t want to die alone, he thinks. I don’t want to die here.

Abe floats within the dark. He starts to turn around and around, over and over. He does not fear death. He doesn’t want to die, but he doesn’t fear the inevitability of it.

Abe has left the Union army. He is lying in a dirty bed with an even dirtier woman.  She kisses him after several hours of fucking. There was no lovemaking. There was no love. They have an arrangement. An agreement. Soon after, he pays her and leaves. Although he has satisfied himself, there is an empty hole opening up in the middle of him.

The hole will grow bigger over the years. Eventually it will more or less consume him.

He remembers what happened after his brief tour of duty on Vitka III.

There is a hospital bed. He is bleeding all over it. He can’t feel his legs. He can’t feel his feet. He can’t move them. It’s like they’re not there.

Ice. Empty ice. He is screaming. The people around him are wearing masks. They shoot him up with something. It spreads itself cold and numbing around his body, through his heart, over his brain. The black envelops him again, pulling him back down into its steady tide.

Chabon III. Abe lines up his shot on the door of the compound. He is using a long-range Zeboscope sniper rifle. His hands are steady and sure, and he waits patiently, barely breathing. His target exits through the door, as expected. For a split second he hesitates. It’s his first assassination. He squeezes off the trigger and instantaneously the target’s head vaporises. He walks away calmly, but for days afterwards something about it bothers him. It was a clean, quick kill. A humane kill. He has no feelings about killing someone; that died within him years ago. But such a kill does not satisfy him. He feels nothing.

Abe rides the waves. They propel him upwards.

A grenade goes off in front of him. He is thrown backwards. The left side of his face burns as if it has been sprayed with acid. When he sits up and looks around, he sees his arm lying on the floor. There are more coming for him. The grenade has only delayed them. He leaves his severed limb and runs.

It is getting lighter. The dark recedes. His world is grey twilight.

The life-boat. At first the sex was rough and primal. But then in spending their time together it became something else. She lies next to him, hugging his chest as she sleeps. He feels weird. Something has changed within him. For the first time in years he feels uncomfortable because for the first time in years he made love.

It is getting lighter and lighter. He rises. The dark lifts him towards the light.

“Why leave me here?” she asks him. She reaches out to take his hand — his real one. He flinches back from her, resisting.

“I thought we had a connection…” she presses him.

Abe looks away.

“You’ll be safe here,” he says, avoiding the subject.

She doesn’t say anything more, but he knows without looking at her that she is crying.

“I have to go…” he starts and then turning his back on her he walks away.
Almost-dawn and he is meeting it. The night slips away.

Prometheus Review & An Update

Stayed out at the mother-in-laws yesterday following a shindig. We were going to have a barbecue, but the weather wasn’t quite there for it. So we elected to cook dinner indoors. However as we were all having lunch we could smell burning. We went outside and found the whole of the neighbour two doors along’s back garden alight! I told my wife to unspool the hose, and broke into next door’s back garden. I climbed up on a pile of bricks and hung over the fence trying to dampen the fire. I managed to stop it spreading too far before the fire brigade arrived and put it out. They said it was a good thing I acted, because the fire was edging closer and closer to a gas bottle.

About an hour or so later, the fire started up again but on the opposite side of the garden. I went back out there and put it out. I guess an ember from the original fire must have struck the fence at some point, and it smouldered without anyone realising.

So even though my eyes were stinging, I was coughing and spluttering and stinking of bonfire, I was pretty pleased in how I acted. If the fire hit that gas bottle it could have got nasty.

Anyway.

The Stars My Redemption is free today, and it’s going well. It’s already in the top 100 FREE in the Kindle Store. If you haven’t already please support by grabbing a copy for yourself. It’s free, so what have you got to lose?

Saw Prometheus today. It’s a very good film. Just a little bit shy of being great, in my opinion. Well, I say this but even as I type I’m realising that it is in fact an excellent Alien film. But as a big-idea-sci-fi film? Very good. Just falls short in a few places.

If you want spoilers for the film, look elsewhere. I won’t ruin the experience for you. It’s beautifully shot, the 3D is by far the best example of 3D I have ever seen, and it is shockingly frightening and eerie in places. But there are plot elements that they could have done without, to be honest. And some of what happens in the film is sort of brushed aside in favour of larger events.

Remember Ripley hiding around the corner from the alien in absolute terror? Yeah, there’s no time for that here. It’s quicker, more modern. Faster paced, and I think it hurts the film a bit. But that’s my nitpicking.

I know I will spend the coin to get this on blu-ray so that I can revisit it again and again. It’s a very good film. Almost great.

Almost.

My advice? Don’t read the reviews from the critics. They’re split over the film. Just go and see it. You will walk away thinking about the film, I promise. Make up your own mind. See it, think about it. But just bear in mind, you may not sleep on it…

#FridayReads etc

This week I’ve been reading The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, on and off. I like it.

I’ve been watching 24 Season 2. Still. The episode where George told his son he was dying of plutonium poisoning choked me up. I need to get a move on with it. If I remember correctly, I enjoyed Season 3 the most when I watched 24 all those years ago.

I’ve been listening to a bit of Tom Jones. That’s not unusual is it? Boom boom.

I’ve been #amwriting Adolf Hitler Must Die and plotting out my latest collaboration with David Hulegaard and Brendan Swogger. We’re each writing a short story about the fictional Cliffview Sanitarium. I’ve got something decidedly unique for my story that I think people will like.

Apart from that, nothing to report really. Snakeoilcure.com are going to be running Kalar the Apprentice. More info on that when I’ve got it. The Stars My Redemption is FREE today, so be sure to grab a copy.