Volume 1 Number 8 - October 2017.
News, Giveaway and Sale, Contests, Author Jesikah Sundin, Author Dean F. Wilson, and Author J.L. Stowers
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Fans, welcome to this month's speculative fiction newsletter. I have lots of news and information for you this month. I'm particularly pleased to announce a brand new cover for Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. In addition to spotlights introducing you to books from three authors, we also have a character interview from a brand new book by author JL Stowers being released today. So get your favorite drink, sit back, and enjoy a great weekend!


New Book Cover

I am pleased to announce the new cover for Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton. The new cover shows the survivor's car emerging from the forest fire set by the demons as part of their attack on the US Army. I think my cover artist, Ellie Kay Bockert Augsburger, created a truly impressive cover.

Reader's Choice Award

Dear fans,
My book, Hell Holes 1: What Lurks Below, is nominated for the Reader's Choice Award in the Science Fiction category. PLEASE support me by going to the following website and vote for my book:
The easiest way to navigate to the science fiction category, click twice on the left arrow to go to page 15/16. Once there, all you have do is click on my book to cast your vote. Every vote will be greatly appreciated.
Hell Holes Movie Script First Draft

I have received Leland Anderson's first draft of the movie script for the feature film based on Hell Holes: What Lurks Below.  The draft script has implemented the changes we agreed on based on the movie outline, which you can read on my author website. The producer, Michael Chamoy, Leland, and I had a teleconference during which we came to a consensus regarding my requested changes, and I am looking forward to reading the final movie script sometime in early November.

My Latest Writing

I am currently working on the first draft of chapter 9 of Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back, [SPOILER ALERT] which tells how the survivors of the raid on the demon homeworld escape back to Earth.

Hell Holes: What Lurks Below - Downloads

My first Hell Holes books just had is second most popular month with nearly 1,400 downloads, for a grand total of close to 7,500 in reader's hands.


My Contests

September Contest - Winners

Congratulations to Germaine Harrison, last month's grand prize winner of the autographed copy of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton.

Congratulations also to the runner-up winners: Dennis Horner, Lori Martin, Reginald Sigler, Dawn Louloudis, and Debbie McCallum
, who will receive a free download of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton.

October Contest - Fan Art

This contest is for the best fan art related to Hell Holes: What Lurks Below or Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. It can be any kind of drawing of a scene, character(s), or demon(s) from the books. It can be anything from a simple pencil sketch to a full-color painting.

One (1) Grand Prize: An autographed copy of each book, inclusion of your art in the Fan Art webpage of my official website, and potentially even inclusion in future editions of the books as an illustration.
Start Date: 1 October 2017
End Date: 30 October 2017

If you lack artistic talent but know someone who does, please forward this newsletter to them. The winner will be announced in the May 1st edition of the newsletter.  Good luck "And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

October Contest - Random Drawing

This will be a random drawing from this newsletter's subscriber list on 30 September 2017, so if you are not yet subscribed, then you should subscribe here.

Start Date: 1 October 2017
End Date: 31 October 2017

Jesikah Sundin
Author Spotlight and Book Spotlight

Author Spotlight


Jesikah Sundin is a multi-award winning, bestselling sci-fi/fantasy writer mom of three nerdlets and devoted wife to a gamer geek. In addition to her family, she shares her home in Monroe, Washington with a red-footed tortoise and a collection of seatbelt purses. She is addicted to coffee, laughing, and Dr. Martens shoes... Oh! And the forest is her happy place.

Jesikah's Beautiful Author Website - Check it out.


A sensible young nobleman, Leaf Watson, and his sister, Willow Oak, live a rustic medieval life rich in traditions and chivalry. Sealed inside an experimental biodome since infancy, they have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable community devoid of Outsider interference.

They are unwitting pioneers on a path toward confined interplanetary homesteading.

Life within their walled garden is predictable and peaceful until the unthinkable happens. With his dying breath, Leaf and Willow’s noble father bequeaths a family secret, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf’s head. Grief-stricken and afraid for their lives, the siblings defy their upbringing by connecting with Fillion Nichols, a punk hacker who, unbeknownst to them, is linked to their lives in shocking ways. Their encounter launches Fillion into a battle with his turbulent past as he urgently decodes the many secrets that bind them together, a necessity for each to survive.

Youth cultures clash when the high technology of the Anime Tech Movement collides with the Middle Ages in a quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal and love.



  • 2014 Chanticleer Book Reviews Great Beginnings Cygnus winner for Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 2014 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist for Science Fiction.
  • 2014 Cygnus Award for Cyberpunk
  • 2014 Dante Rossetti Award for Cyberpunk
  • 2014 Dante Rossetti Grand Prize Award for Young Adult Fiction 

Praise Quotes

 “I have never read a book like Legacy before, and that is a shame!...The book blew me away with the two completely different worlds contained within it...Both worlds are richly imagined, the characters are well developed,  Ms. Sundin’s descriptions are wonderful, and her writing borders on the poetic. My only complaint about the book is that I will have to wait for book two to see what happens next!
   -    Joannah Miley, Award-winning Author of  The Immortal Game

“Jesikah Sundin is pioneering a whole new genre: near-future medieval fantasy with a cyberpunk twist…Not only was the world-building detailed and believable, but Sundin also makes some interesting commentary/ predictions about where the current state of affairs will take American culture in the next fifty-odd years, something that a lot of near-future writing attempts to do but does not always succeed at. Sundin’s portrayal of the evolution of technology and society are neither far-fetched nor boringly familiar, but just right. My only complaint is that now I have to wait for book two!”
   -    Selah J. Tay-Song, Award-winning Author of Dream of a Vast Blue Cavern

Buy Link

Amazon  $0.99
Dean F. Wilson

Author and Book Spotlight
Author Spotlight

USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.

He is the author of the Children of Telm epic fantasy trilogy and the Great Iron War steampunk series.

Dean previously worked as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro, and The Inquirer.

Book Spotlight

An action-packed urban fantasy adventure with bite!

James Halmorris has a cursed name. He doesn't believe the rumors until he travels to Ireland to find his roots, finding a whole new world of witches and vampires instead. He has entered the Hibernian Hollows.

He arrives right at the point where five vampire families are readying to fight a war for the vampire thrones of the Emerald Isle. James is forced to cast off his doubt and fear and step into the bloody ring. He's supposed to be the peace-keeper, but if he can't stop the battle, he'll have to join the war.

Buy Link

Amazon  $0.99
J.L. Stowers

Author and Book Spotlight
Author Spotlight

For me, growing up in the desert of South Central Idaho was incredible. The desert's subtle beauty and quiet secrets inspired a number of tales throughout my life. Spending my childhood exploring fields of lava, caves, and great fishing holes offered me priceless time to reflect and imagine. It's where the first version of The Cost of Survival was born, among many other tales I've yet to tell. I've always had a fascination with the stars and fondly remember my uncle teaching me the names of the constellations when I was just a tot. I've never stopped looking up since.

Author Website

Author's Facebook Webpage
Book Spotlight

This is a brand new book being released today (1 October 2017).

Earth spirals into chaos, world war ravages every border, and the human race teeters on the edge of extinction. Humanity’s survival hinges on the success of government contractor Walt Marshall, and his ability to restore life to a decimated valley.

Walt’s job is to bring hope to thousands; a difficult assignment for a man who’s lost everything. During the mission, he finds evidence of atrocious acts committed by the very people sworn to protect human life. He sets off down a dangerous path of espionage and treason as he searches for answers. He must overcome his own dark history, and a ruthless dictator hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to ensure the survival of human kind—on his terms.

Learn more about The Cost of Survival in this riveting science fiction thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Buy Link

Amazon  $2.99

Character Interview
  • Don Firesmith: I'm here with Walt Marshall on the transport to a top secret location. Walt, can you tell me a little about your job?
    Walt Marshall: Sure. Our destination is uninhabited and remote, but it may be our only hope for the future if things keep spiraling out of control back home. I'm flying in to help get the agricultural production in place. The military is setting up a colony, and I have to make sure those soldiers are fed.
  • Don: And what makes you the man for the job?
    Walt: I suppose it's because I've worked with this particular group of soldiers before, I have the experience, and a tendency to keep to myself.
  • Don: Are you going to miss the benefits of civilization?
    Walt: Benefits? You mean the entitled, hate filled people? The dependency on the internet? The overuse of electronics?
  • Don: Er... I'll take that as a 'no.' What about your family? Is there anyone back home you're going to miss?
    Walt: (long pause) I don't have any family. Not anymore.
  • Don: I see. So you must be looking forward to checking out the valley then.
    Walt: More than words can express. It's just the escape I needed from the hellish situation in the U.S., and... other things.
  • Don: Are you worried about being so far from home? Do you have any concerns about things going wrong?
    Walt: Not really. I actually think it's safer out here than it is back home. As long as they give me what they promised and aren't hiding anything from me, this should be a piece of cake.
  • Don: Well, Walt, I certainly wish you the best on your mission.
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