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The Edge

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Station AEOS401 is right on the Edge of known space; but what lies beyond what is known?

 

At the very limit of known space is the Frontier. It is the last bastion of normalcy left in a growing universe that we’re becoming increasingly aware that we don’t really understand at all.

Along a distant corner of the outer realm is a station, a place that hovers on the brink. Beyond there is the unknown, a place where all that exists is rumours, whispers and lies. What is really happening at the Edge?

 

The Edge is an intelligent, epic science-fiction Space-Opera set in a future universe where space travel is commonplace. It’s a world where three major races have come together to form the Alliance, a growing union of colonies that is constantly expanding.

It follows the stories of ordinary people, making their way to the furthest reaches of The Frontier, the front line of the Alliance as it spreads its influence on an unexpected galaxy.

The stories intertwine and build up into a single, sprawling narrative that changes the nature of the universe for all time.

This story is inspired by the great science-fiction novels that we grew up reading by such legends as Isaac Asimpv, Arthur C. Clarke and Frank Herbert.

 

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He waved back in the same girlishly gleeful way. “Dorrit. You’ve grown since I last saw you. Assuming a linear expansion curve, I project that you will reach a circumference of twenty nine point seven metres, assuming expiry through molecular decay at 112 years, a statistical average for a six-sevenths human hybrid infusion.”~NovelSource: EdgeTweet

A Novel Approach

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How to write a really good novel, why it isn’t easy and why not everyone is doing it.

Nobody expects to buy a guitar and suddenly find themselves able to put out a best-selling album, yet many people seem to think that all you need to write a novel is an idea and a laptop.

This book takes you through what’s involved in creating a novel, from the first uneasy steps, through characters and plotting, to making an ending that will satisfy your audience.

Written in plain English, this book gives new authors a solid introduction to what’s really involved in constructing a quality piece of writing. It includes a series of exercises and a glossary of terms, written in a no-nonsense, easy to understand style.

There are no shortcuts when it comes to writing your novel.

A Novel Approach is a no-nonsense guide to creating a fictional book. It takes you through the whole process, from developing your first ideas to building a cohesive plot. It shows how there’s no shortcuts in the search for creating quality content.

Sometimes funny, sometimes blunt, this book doesn’t aim to fill you with false hope, it lays out the absolute truth of what it really takes to become a professional.

This is recommended only for the serious author.

 

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“Myself, I just came to fully understand that there is really only one person, and that one person is actually all of us. When you understand that, then my perspective, the eyes I look out from behind, can be any pair of eyes at all."~NovelSource: Night ShiftTweet

Hawk-Eye: Traffic

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Cutting edge technology. A man with no memory. A new street-drug. High-speed police pursuit motorcycles. What could possibly go wrong?

He wakes up with no memory of who he is. As the world floods in through his shattered mind he begins to realise that he might just be in a little bit of trouble.

What is the Hawk-Eye, a mysterious piece of experimental technology from the 1980s? At the heart is a computer so advanced that nothing built since has come close to matching its power. This was once all abandoned, but now the project has been found and is in the hands of a socially inept scientist and a man who likes to punch things.

Who built it and what does it have to do with a man who doesn’t even know his own name? Who are the strange, shadowy people that live in this murky underground world of secrets and lies and what do they want with him?

More importantly, why doesn’t he have any clothes?

Hawk-Eye – Traffic is an action-thriller in the style of 80s TV. It’s a re-imagining of your favourite 1980s television ‘super-vehicle’ and adventure-style shows that some of us grew up watching. It’s like being immersed in your favourite story from the decade that brought us the ‘mullet’, only it’s been updated and modernised with a strong plot and relatable characters.

It mixes the classically comedic tongue-in-cheek tone of the time with moments of shocking darkness as it takes the audience on a wild ride into an adventure that might just change their world forever, and make heroes out of villains.

It’s like Knight Rider, The A Team, Street Hawk, Viper, Airwolf, Blue Thunder, Firefox, The Man From UNCLE and Tron all got thrown into a blender and this is what came out.

 

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“You!” growled Jason with a shocking suddenness at the horrified waiter, horrifying him even more. He seemed to stiffen with such alarming quickness that he may have left the floor by several centimetres. “I want a turnip sandwich for my friend. Now!”~NovelSource: EdgeTweet

Hawk-Eye: Family

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A faster than average brain. An ability to punch unpunchable things. Mild autism. The worst set of super-powers ever assembled. It’s going to go wrong again.

The Hawk-Eye team need to take the time to recover but does the world around them have other plans? Has the existence of this ageing technology awoken something even more terrible than they could imagine?

To battle the rise of unknown forces, the team must discover the hidden truth about the origins of the Hawk-Eye. In order to survive, they must face off against unstoppable killing machines and a slightly threatening motorcycle gang.

Isolated from one another, they must learn to come together if they have a hope of surviving against impossible odds. They must face their darkest fears and face the hardest choice of their lives.

It’s all going to go wrong again.

Hawk-Eye – Family follows on directly from where the last one left off.

Now, our group of heroes are left to find their feet, working out how they fit together and what it’s going to take to turn them into a team. While they’re apart, coming to terms with who they now are, a new and mysterious threat attacks the Hawk-Eye.

The team will learn that it’s not enough to just be themselves when the lives of their families might be at stake.

 

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“We don’t just have nothing to offer here, we have more of it than anywhere else,” Ted explained, making no attempt at humour whatsoever.~NovelSource: EdgeTweet

Hawk-Eye: Legacy

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Invisible super-soldiers, treachery, horrible pyjama choices and a glimpse into the past that looks set to become the future. How much more wrong can this go?

It all goes wrong again for the Hawk-Eye team as they are given their first official assignment. Can they discover what’s going on while there’s still time to do something about it? What dark and twisted forces are at work trying to stop them?

As even their friends turn against them, can they find out how the events of the past have shaped their destinies? They will need to form new alliances, discover who can be trusted and fight to save everything they have ever believed in.

Can they find the truth before the truth finds them?

The team are given their first officially-sanctioned assignment, one where they’re to be tested and challenged before a decision is made about their future.

They investigate an apparently accidental death of an officer who worked for a shadowy secret group of the government. Unfortunately, it’s known that he was in fear of his life and he took precautions that were to set off a chain of events if anything were to happen to him. Can the Hawk-Eye team work out what really happened, and what the consequences will be before his plan is unleashed on the city?

 

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"Myself, I’m an accountant from Surrey, I think. And not the cool kind that might own a yacht and enjoy winter sports, but more the sort you might find in your refrigerator at three in the morning checking the tax on your cheese. And I’m pretty sure my name wasn’t Brian at all. I think it used to be Shaniqua.”

~NovelSource: BlipsTweet

A-Holes

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Teaching English as a foreign language is serious business

Paul has just qualified as an English teacher and is now living abroad, ready to show the world who he truly is. He’s ready to mould the pliant minds of the young, to impart his sage wisdom and to prepare them to face their future dreams.

Sadly for Paul, it’s not quite as easy as he thought it would be. He’s about to discover that young people’s minds aren’t as pliant as he thought, he doesn’t have any sage wisdom to impart and that your dreams can easily turn into a nightmare.

A-Holes is a comedy drama about teaching English in a foreign country. It’s a fictional account but is rooted in the genuine experiences of the author, Jack, who has taught around the world for way too many years.

The story follows Paul, a new teacher fresh out of the two-week training course that’s required before he’s put in front of the impressionable mind of young people. He learns a lot more than they do as he experiences the downs, and further downs, of lives abroad.

The book has strong adult tones and themes and isn’t suitable for sensitive people, those who are easily influenced or are younger than older, responsible teens.

All proceeds from this book will be used to support the educations of young people in Cambodia, ensuring they get the best possible chance for the bright futures they deserve.

 

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Finally, he said, “You already knew that things were different, didn’t you? You were just waiting to hear it from me. How did you know that? I never told that to anyone, but you knew. How could you know?”~NovelSource: Night ShiftTweet

Box

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In a near-future world of darkness and light, have people forgotten what it means to be human?

Mankind has found peace as great cities have risen from the chaos of the twentieth century. We have been freed from the burden of our toils by machines, robotic servants with cloned humanoid bodies that obey our every command. We have finally found peace, an end to war, an end to poverty and an an end to disease.

At the edge of these cities are the ‘dark-sides’, grim and lawless places where terrible things happen. What price did we pay to put the mistakes of our past behind us? Did we truly release something far more terrible on ourselves?

The Box is a near-future science-fiction, set in a world that is drawing ever closer. While on the surface, it might appear almost utopian, there is a darkness to the foundations that this future is built on.

Biotekk units are the backbone of the labour-force. They are considered robots, they have technologically augmented brains inside a cloned and artificially-developed body. They’re a cheap, simple way to free humans from the shackles of their everyday lives.

But what does it really mean to be human? Has mankind lost a part of what they were by handing over their jobs to these machines, and are these machines really so much less than we are?

In a world where the edges between people and machines are so blurred, what does it really mean to be human?

This novel was inspired by the intelligent and philosophical science fiction books by George Orwell, Aldus Huxley, Phillip K Dick and Ray Bradbury, such as Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World and 1984.

 

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She looked at the arrest record for a moment. The victim was a quite handsome man, but he was certainly at a disadvantage with his pants around his ankles and an expression on his face like he had just found out that his puppy had died and, as a consequence, his wood-chipper needed cleaning.~BlipSource: Everyone Needs a HobbyTweet

The Human Race

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A mysterious challenge offers the chance to win a share of a million pounds. Who is behind it, what is at stake and what will the contestants have to face if they want to win?

A mysterious website asks if you have a motorcycle and if you’d like to earn a share of a million pounds. If you sign up to join the competition, you will face an unknown challenge that will push you to the edge of reason, and perhaps beyond. What kind of people would be desperate enough to risk everything in the hope of solving the ultimate challenge?

How far would you go?

The Human Race is a modern, contemporary drama set in the increasingly desperate streets of London. Filled with irreverent humour, it tracks the competitors in a challenge that demands that complete strangers work together to earn a share of a million pounds; if they manage to survive.

This is a gritty urban story of desperation where normal, everyday people are pitched against terrible odds in their quest to break out of their lives.

Each chapter follows a pair of ordinary people as they face extraordinary circumstances as the larger narrative evolves around them.

If you had a chance to change everything, how far would you go to achieve your dreams?

 

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Well, they couldn’t manage to assassinate J.F. Kennedy without leaving enough evidence to keep documentary filmmakers going for decades. When the twin-towers came down, a BBC journalist reported the collapse of tower 7 while standing in front of it, while it was perfectly intact. That gives you some idea just how inept most secret agencies actually are."

~NovelSource: Hawk-Eye: TrafficTweet

Blips

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The true story about the nature of the universe is finally told - badly.

Number 1 and Number 2 work to monitor and protect the universe. From their office, a workplace that can manifest itself in any manner it chooses, they carefully watch all of reality, just in case the worst happens.

They exist as disembodied entities, floating into whatever physical form is available after applying for jobs that seemed a whole lot better before they knew exactly what they’d be doing.

But nothing can possibly go wrong, all of creation exists in infinite, beautiful forms and nothing could happen to change that.

Until one day…

A banana…

Blips is a story within a story about stories, a tale of the universe, within a universe of universes. When everything that can possibly go wrong actually does go wrong, Number 1 and Number 2 are stuck left to deal with it all.

They’re sucked into a series of cracks in the universe, forced to see the world through the eyes of the people who exist in the growing series of errors that are beginning to tear apart all of reality.

Blips is a series of highly creative, diverse short stories, all linked together by an over-arcing single narrative as the two heroes fight to stop the universe from tearing itself apart.

Blips is the best free novel you’ve ever read, based on the worst idea you’ve ever heard.

 

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I went to the cargo bay to find Ma’a’H this morning, and a small furry white thing in a cage barked at me and then began to growl. It was delicious.~NovelSource: EdgeTweet

The World About Turns

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The greatest collection of contemporary poetry available in modern times.

Some books are destined for greatness and ‘The World About Turns’ is just such a book.

‘The Poet’ has created what is, without doubt, the finest compendium of expressive poetry that has been compiled in recent years. It stands as an example of what all modern poetry is, while being so much more besides.

The collection is not just a bundle of random thoughts, oh no, it is a journey through the world of emotions, both bitter and slightly less bitter as one man experiences the universe as only he can.

This is the world as it about turns.

This is the world of Al Warcock.

The Poet’ has created what is, without doubt, the finest compendium of expressive poetry that has been compiled in recent years. It stands as an example of what all modern poetry is, while being so much more besides.

The collection is not just a bundle of random thoughts, oh no, it is a voyage into prose as one man experiences the universe as only he can.

This slice of utter genius, by the master wordsmith, could change the world (of poetry) forever. ***

This is the world as it about turns.

This is the world of Al Warcock.

The Poet’

* Greatness is a subjective concept. We make no promise as to the future greatness of this work.

** Life changing experiences are not guaranteed.

*** It won’t.

 

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In his little corner was a white office. Yesterday it had been a cave, filled with strangely gothic computers. The day before that, he had felt sure they had been on a space-station orbiting a very large kitten.

~NovelSource: BlipsTweet

Cafe Noir

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Silver has always known she was different and now she’s about to discover why.

Silver is a teenage student living in the capitol city of Tapor. Her father was an American and he left when she was very young. She’s always known that she was different from other people and she has built a secret second life that she hides from everyone that knows her.

Can she keep her two lives separate, keeping her teachers, her friends and her family from discovering the truth?

One wrong move and both lives might come crashing down around her and then, who knows what she might discover?

Cafe Noir is a Young-Adult novel set in the fictional Asian country of Tapor. Written by new Young-adult author, Carolina Sorn when she was still 18, this book follows the life of a half-American student, Silver. As well as studying in a private school in the capitol, she has a part-time job in the afternoon, probably the worst possible job a teenager could have.

As well as being a classic coming-of-age story, this tells the tale of a young girl finding out who she really is, in every sense. This is about Silver going on a journey of discovery to find out the truth about her past, present and future

This novel wasn’t inspired by The Maze Runner, Divergent, Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. We mention it purely to improve our SEO score.

 

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Sam shrugged and just drove a little faster. “Please yourself, but I’m hungry,” he told him. “There’s nothing like desecrating corpses to really build up an appetite, I always find.”~NovelSource: Night ShiftTweet

Rob and Dave

Serves. No Useful Purpose.

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Many years in the future, there is a gargantuan vessel, journeying from the Earth to the Frontier colonies. It is a time of mighty heroes and great explorers as mankind expands into the galaxy. They have technology beyond the dreams or modern mankind and unspeakable power at their fingertips…

This is not their story.

Rob and Dave: Serves. No Useful Purpose, is a comedy science-fiction inspired by an unhealthy fascination with ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and all things Douglas Adams.

Rob is an engineer with bright orange hair who has taken a year out to go travelling across the galaxy, from Earth, at the heart of the Alliance, to the Frontier, out past its anus.

He is working aboard ‘The Nebulous’, a grand star-travelling hotel staffed by a crew trained to a ‘secondary-standard’, which is the common euphemism for barely-qualified idiots who don’t quite earn minimum-wage.

But, even in his most secondary nightmares, he never imagined something of the standard of Dave.

The legend begins.
This story is a homage to our hero, Douglas Adams and his brilliant series of novels, ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’.

 

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According to the security scans, he's currently on level 5, wandering around with a Mexican hat he found in a rubbish bin, telling passengers he's from the future where it was discovered that pork tacos were the most powerful fuel ever known to exist."

~NovelSource: Rob and Dave. Serves. No Useful PurposeTweet

Night Shift

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When he opens a door to a horrifying new world, it might not be possible to ever close it again.

Mallory is a totally normal and uninteresting young man from a totally normal and boring suburb. He works a totally normal and mundane job and lives a totally normal and dull life. He’s not the sort of person who expects to come home and find that something so terrible has happened that nobody will ever believe his story.

Is he descending into madness or is the entire world coming apart around him? Is there anyone who can help when the universe suddenly stops making sense? Does a mysterious, shadowy detective have the answers he’s looking for, and will Mallory be able to understand the truth when he finds it?

 

Night Shift is a horror novel that takes a new and different approach to the genre. It combines elements of Detective-Noir with Science-Fiction to create a surreal experience that draws the reader into a world that’s more vast and complicated than they ever imagined.

Night Shift has a dark tone throughout, contains strong depictions of violence and some seriously weird stuff. It’s not recommended for anyone who scares easily, is offended by adult themes or who wets the bed. Grown-ups only, Please.

This follows in the footsteps of horror stories by such legendary authors as Bram Stoker and James Herbert. Not so much Stephen King, we’re not big fans. 

 

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“What’s the matter with you?” she growled at Hamilton. “Don’t you feel that I’ve met enough perverts yet? You think I might still have a little faith in humanity that needs chasing out of me?”~NovelSource: The BoxTweet

The Bad Place

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Do you dare stare into The Bad Place?

Between the darkest, most macabre horror and the realm of the very, very, very silly lies a midnight realm of nonsense where normalcy, common sense and decency take a much-needed holiday.
This is a world where vampires and werewolves roam, where mountain goats go missing from nice apartments, where ghosts haunt the living and the living get fed up with all this craziness

The Dark Place is a glowing beacon of darkness piercing into the light, it’s 10 000 spoons when all you need is a knife  and it’s 50 shades of Gray when you wanted to read something good.

Check out the finest collection of shorty stories by the masters of nonsense.
The Bad Place – the literary equivalent of repeatedly slamming your fingers in a car door.

 

The Bad Place is a collection of short stories, each story shorter than the last. With a vaguely horrific theme, this ridiculously mix bag of insanity takes a gigantic shit on popular works of literary fiction.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – we mercilessly destroy it.
Twilight by, we assume, a plastic duck – we mock it relentlessly.
Teen slasher movies – we like those so we just gently make fun of them.
50 Shades of Gray – we bend it over and violently abuse it, the way it violently abused the English language.
Zombies – wrecked
Vampires – poked with a stick
Werewolves – destroyed
Ghosts – obliterated. Twice.
Jekyll and Hyde – shredded.
The Happening – it sort of destroyed itself but we had a pop at it anyway, just out of spite.
Frankenstein – I think we forgot that one.
Satan – slammed.
Witches – splattered.

This horrific and macabre set of stories veers wildly from genuinely disturbing horror to outright comedy all set in ‘The Bad Place’ which is nothing like ‘The Twilight Zone’ for legal reasons.

 

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“What would you become if only monsters would survive?” He raised his eyebrows thoughtfully. “What then, little ‘not-quite- human’? Would you, too, become a monster to save yourself?”~NovelSource: The BoxTweet
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