Matt Mayr

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Bad City – post-apocalyptic science fiction

Quick description: In the violent world of post-apocalyptic South Town, Eli Baxter is king, ruling from the thirteenth floor of his building while henchman do his bidding. Simon Gray, a talented young thief, now disillusioned with South Town, is desperate to escape with the woman he loves. As he plots their journey north, glimpses of his childhood in South India and Northern Ontario reveal the world as it once was, fueling his desire to break away. But when he’s handed a new job, one that will make Eli untouchable, Simon realizes that escape – and transcendence to love and a peaceful way of life – might be harder than he thought.

Dark, atmospheric, and gritty, Bad City is the debut novel by Matt Mayr and was a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

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Brief biography:
Matt Mayr grew up in a small mining community north of Lake Superior, where he learned to hunt and fish from a very young age. He holds an Honours English Degree from York University, and attended the Humber School for Writers mentorship program twice. He has traveled extensively in India, Nepal, and South America, trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp, and paddling deep into the Amazon Basin. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter where he is working on his next novel.

Links to buy Matt’s book:
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
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What are you working on now?
I am about half way through the first draft of a literary fiction that takes place in a Northern Ontario logging town. If all goes well, I’ll have it ready to submit to my agent by spring.

Matt’s reading recommendation:
Milky Way Repo by Michael Prelee is a blue-collar science fiction story, also available from EDGE Publishing, under the EDGE Lite Imprint.

Robert Chazz Chute

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? This Plague of Days, Season 3. I’ll also be releasing This Plague of Days, The Complete Series at the same time as Season 3 comes out. It’s horror, though I call everything I do suspense. I’m into twisty fiction.

Quick description: Season 3 is the finale to my apocalypse with an autistic hero. A plague virus unleashed by bio-terrorists transforms survivors into cannibals and it’s up to a very unlikely hero to stop it. It’s a big saga that takes place across continents and goes to unusual places, from horror to the metaphysical.

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Brief biography:
I’m a former journalist and columnist. I worked in publishing books, newspapers and magazines and now I write books. I love it.

Links to buy Robert’s book:
I’m exclusively on Amazon for now. My author page is here.
Amazon Worldwide – eBook

Robert’s promo links:
My author site is AllThatChazz.com. From there I talk about new books and I host the All That Chazz podcast. I also host the Cool People Podcast at CoolPeoplePodcast.com.
To learn more about This Plague of Days, go to ThisPlagueOfDays.com.
I connect with many readers on Facebook and Twitter.

What are you working on now?
The next book is a thriller set in New York. A young man who idolizes John Leguizamo wants to be a movie star. Suicidal friends, a missing mom and a murderer with a hammer get in the way. Should be out in the fall of 2014. After that, I’m writing the third crime novel in the Hit Man Series. Lots to do.

Robert’s reading recommendation:
Blake Crouch. After I read Run, I really wanted to write a crime novel with similar pacing. That was the guiding principal to the foundation novel of the Hit Man Series, Bigger Than Jesus.

Kay Glass

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Survival Instinct is a post-apocalyptic zombie tale

Quick description: Nadine Chesterfield was a morgue tech when the first body sat up in autopsy. Now she’s alone, pregnant, and on the run . . . not just from the undead but from the military. She has some valuable files and they’ll stop at nothing to get them back.

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Brief biography:
I’m happily married to my high-school sweetheart. We have two children and a house full of pets. I’ve had the pleasure of writing as my career. The school season is the best, as the house is quiet and I have plenty of time to write!

Links to buy Kay’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook

Kay’s promo links:
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What are you working on now?
We’re getting ready to start the editing for Survival Paranoia, the second in the Survival Series, and I’m currently writing the third book, Survival Guilt.

Kay’s reading recommendation:
I just finished Hunting the Moon (The Moon Series) by Becca Boucher. I really enjoyed it! There were ghosts, psychic visions, and Celtic lore. It was definitely an interesting story

The Apocalyptic Four

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– AKA Eileen Bell, Randy McCharles, Ryan McFadden and Billie Milholland

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Our latest release was The Puzzle Box — a collaborative contemporary fantasy novel.

Quick description: It is a box that you can hold in the palm of your hand – but the contents will change your life forever. There is no simple way to open it: no hinges, locks, or clasps. To some, its six surfaces gleam like polished gold. To others, it appears dull and tarnished like a forgotten antique. For every person, solving the box will be different, with life-altering consequences.

“I have a great gift for you. Now I ask you: what do you want? What do you really want? You don’t have to tell me. It already knows.”

Albert Mallory, a down-on-his-luck archaeologist, begins to discover the true secrets of the Puzzle Box as revealed through four tales belonging to the the previous owners. As each story is told, the mystery of his own life slowly unravels until he is left with the biggest question of all: What’s Inside?

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Brief biography:
Eileen Bell has written most of her life (usually as an antidote to whatever day job she had) and has had short fiction published in magazines and several anthologies, including the double Aurora Award-winning Women of the Apocalypse.

Recently, she and three other writers had a collaborative novel, The Puzzle Box, published through EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. In 2014, she will have her own paranormal mystery, Seeing the Light, published through Tyche Books.

When she’s not writing or editing or thinking about writing, she’s living a fine life in her round house (even if it is in a perpetual state of renovation) with her husband, two dogs, and a gold fish.

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Randy McCharles is active in the Calgary, Alberta, writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the dark and humorous variety. In 2009 he received Canada’s most prestigious award for SF & F, the Prix-Aurora Award, for the novella Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta which appeared in Tesseracts 12 (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and was also reprinted in Year’s Best Fantasy 9 (David Hartwell and Kathryn Kramer, ed). Additional short stories have appeared in Tesseracts 11 & 16; as well as in the Urban Green Man, Okal Rel Opus 2, and Okal Rel Opus 6 (Absolute XPress).

In addition to writing, Randy chairs the When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers.

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Ryan McFadden is an award-winning fantasy/SF author living in London, Ontario, who happens to be a full e-reader convert, and now uses those powers to help code books for publishers and authors.

His novella, Deus Ex Machina, was part of the Aurora-winning Women of the Apocalypse released in 2009. His recent publications include stories in Evolve 2, When the Villain Comes Home, Blood and Water, and Expiration Date. He is busy working on his next project in the always popular Neo-Noir Supernatural Crime Thriller category.

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Billie Milholland is a Western Canadian writer of fiction and non-fiction. Non-fiction titles include They Came and North Saskatchewan River Guide. She has had short fiction produced on CBC Radio, articles in Harrowsmith Magazine, children’s fiction in Chickadee Magazine, flash fiction in Seven Deadly Sins. A novella in Aurora-winning Women of the Apocalypse (Hungersnot). Short Fiction in Ride the Moon Anthology (Small Seven’s Secret)

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Links to buy The Apocalyptic Four’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and paperback
Kobo – eBook
Chapters/Indigo – paperback

What are you working on now?
Right now, we are all working on individual projects.

Eileen Bell’s first “on her own” novel, Seeing the Light, will be launched in late 2014.
Randy McCharles’ novel Capone’s Chicago will be available spring 2014. His collection of three novellas, The Necromancer Candle, will be available August 2014.

Eileen’s reading recommendation:
Eileen’s reading Reamde by Neal Stephenson and she’s enjoying it immensely.