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TEAM LEADER DETROIT MUST DEFEND HER TEAM AND HER HUMANITY WHEN THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE OF EARTH BEGINS
Celebrity Combat Soldiers Fight to Save Earth in a Dystopian Sci-Fi Adventure
The end of the world is coming. How or when, scientists can’t agree upon. For decades, Earth’s best line of defense has been a team of young soldiers known as the Apocalypse Five, forced into virtual reality simulations to train for Doom’s Day. But, this is no game. Death on the grid is brutally final, and calls up the next in a long line of cadets. Stationed aboard the AT-1-NS Starship, the A5 are celebrities thrust into the limelight by a calling they didn’t choose.
All it takes is one unscheduled mission, showing seventeen-year-old team leader Detroit a harsh and unfathomable reality, to shake the A5’s belief in all they thought they knew. After questioning people with the power to destroy them, the team is framed for a crime they didn’t commit and marked for death. Now, the hunt is on. Can the Apocalypse Five expose the truth the starship would kill to keep hidden? Or, will their bravery end in a public execution?
In Apocalypse Five [Black Spot Books, February 12, 2019] a team of specially trained combat soldiers will face off against everything they’ve been trained to believe is true when they discover the reality of Earth’s current status isn’t what they’ve been led to believe. Worse, they might just be fighting for the wrong side. The problem is, they still need to survive to do anything about it.
Apocalypse Five is a unique dystopian adventure that takes a look at a worst possible scenario for Earth’s future through a lens of some of today’s most powerful themes. It focuses on empowerment, inclusion, and the call for unheard voices to rise, with a diverse cast of characters readers won’t be able to resist cheering for.
“I won’t lie, I fell in love with Detroit and her entire team while writing Apocalypse Five,” says Rourke. “They became more than characters, but a beautiful representation of the strength of family. I am beyond thrilled that Black Spot Books shares my same passion for this project! I invite readers to buckle in for this sci-fi adventure to the stars, and join team leader Detroit and her crew as they fight o save Humanity in Apocalypse Five. And—as always—have a pleasant apocalypse.”
Apocalypse Five will be available in paperback and e-book formats through all major retailers and distributors on February 12, 2019.
ISBN (print): 978-1-7326134-1-6
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-7326134-2-3
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Take your cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
Add rum, malibu, lime juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar.
Shake vigorously and strain into your tumbler.
Spear your slice of lime and pineapple chunk on a cocktail stick and add as garnish.
Enjoy! And when the Charybdis makes the room spin, tell it in no uncertain terms that you will not be taken by the sea.
pretty extensively and actually spent time sailing on some old wooden ships so I could get the details of the Riptide perfect. I went to pirate museums from here to Nassau. I even learned how to play (horribly) the hurdy gurdy. I research in batches...I find that I discover new research topics as I write. It makes writing adventurous, and it's part of the reason I write historical fantasy. I just bought a bunch of books on old Southern folk legends in the South for my next project!
What did you edit out of this book?
Honestly, mostly the romance. There is importance in Tom and Merrin's relationship--it parallels her parents' romance and Evangeline and Winters'--but it wasn't the focus of the story. I was much more interested in seeing Merrin evolve from a hesitant orphan to a literal captain in her own right more than I was seeing her fall in love, and I think that was the priority for her, too. I also edited out some of Winters' scenes, as he's such a magnetic character that I was worried he might get too much spotlight in Merrin's story. But don't worry, I have a lot more to say about Winters and Tom and the rest of the crew, so they'll all get their turn.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The historic scenes were the easiest, because they were so research-based that I couldn't wait to get my notes onto paper. The most challenging scenes, ironically, were those between Merrin and her mother, Melusine, and also Evangeline. These are three incredibly strong, resilient, and enduring women--and all so distinctly different. There's a hint of a Triple Goddess structure here, and all of these women approach their feminism very differently, so it was a challenge to keep them all true to themselves, but I think I did it.
Take your martini glass and saucers – in one saucer pour a dot of dark chocolate syrup, and in the other 1 tsp cocoa powder. Coat the rim of the glass first in the syrup, then the powder. Tap to dislodge any loose powder, and set the glass to one side.
Add 6-8 ice cubes to your cocktail shaker, then add brandy and dark chocolate syrup. Set aside.
Pour 2 oz Port into a measuring cup, and sprinkle the gelatin powder over the top. Leave to stand for 2 minutes, then put in the microwave for 40 seconds and stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour into the cocktail shaker and shake for 10-15 seconds.
By now your drink will have taken on a pudding-like consistency. Take your cocktail strainer and pour into the martini glass. Add a sprig of mint for garnish.
Be aware that if you take longer than a few minutes to start drinking, you’re going to need a spoon.
Enjoy, and raise your glass to the Domnitor (long may he reign)!
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AUTOMATION UNRAVELS THE FABRIC OF AMERICAN SOCIETY IN A NOT-SO UNBELIEVABLE FUTURE
Automation Unravels the Fabric of American Society In A Not-So Unbelievable Future
“Dramatic and well written, this dystopian trip to a robotic future has everything: lust, law, medicine, betrayal, politics—even love. As humans struggle to retrieve their humanity from the robots who have taken their jobs and self worth, one man—a doctor— has the opportunity to be a hero or villain.”
- Alan Dershowitz
“With touches of Vonnegut and Huxley, Binder delivers a darkly funny look at a future we’re most likely stuck with.” – Seth Meyers
It’s 2036. Henri is a wealthy physician, husband, father, and serial philanderer. He is also one of the relatively few people to still have a job. Automation and other technological advances have led to unemployment so severe that many people are no longer expected to work and now known as “The Absolved.”
Meanwhile, it’s election season, and a candidate from a radical fringe party called The Luddites is calling for an end to the “Divine Rights of Machines.” After Henri is displaced from his job, two Luddite sympathizers—whom Henri has befriended at his local bar—frame him for an anti-technology terrorist act. The prospect of Henri’s salvation comes at the cost of foregoing his guiding principles in life. This new vision for the world, after all, just might prove better than the technological advancements that, paradoxically, have “left humanity out in the cold.”
The Absolved [Black Spot Books, December 4, 2018] examines society and the unanticipated consequences of rapid technological advancement – and our reliance on it – as its protagonist faces off against a future teetering between a utopian leisure culture and a world of boredom and vice.
“While futurists promise the ushering in of a utopian leisure culture, it’s my belief that without work to provide us with a sense of purpose and personal fulfillment people will simply fall victim to boredom and vice,” says Binder. “The Absolved doesn’t purport to provide answers, only to detail the unsustainability of a system that does not work for the majority of the people it serves.”
THE ABSOLVED will be available in paperback and e-book formats through all major retailers and distributors on December 4, 2018.
ISBN (print): 978-1-7324007-2-6
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-7324007-3-3
Pre-order it today from Black Spot Books.
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