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Monday, October 29, 2018

GUEST POST: Dangerous Truths By Gail Z. Martin

The truth can set you free...but it can also get you killed.

What can you do when you know about a dangerous conspiracy, and powerful people want to make sure you don’t tell? That’s the key question in two of our new book series that are light years apart, but in other ways, strikingly similar.

My husband and often co-author Larry N. Martin has his first solo book out, Salvage Rat. It’s a space adventure—more space opera than hard sci-fi—and the non-stop action never ends. I describe it as “Bonnie and Clyde meet V for Vendetta in a Firefly-esque universe.”

Here’s the blurb: Star Force pilot and hero Wyatt McCoy left his medals and career behind after the Rim Wars, disillusioned and bitter when he learns the truths behind the conflict. He takes his converted gunship, the Nellie B, and heads to the Near Fringe, salvaging derelict ships and abandoned stations and mining colonies. Dr. Beth Parker is a space archeologist, documenting the history of planetary expansion and colonization for Kalok Enterprises and the Interplanetary Mining Group. 

A piece of alien technology embeds itself in Beth’s arm, giving her the ability to see the energy impressions of long ago people and events. When Beth uncovers proof of genocide that could bring down the big mining companies, she’s the target of assassins. Wyatt makes a split-second decision to intervene, launching them both into a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with some of the most powerful organizations in the system. They can prove Kalok and Interplan killed millions—but can they live long enough to tell their story.

Salvage Rat plays with our distrust of big corporations and the sordid all-too-true history of resource exploitation and colonization. But at the heart of the story are two people whose lives are upended because they stumble onto a dangerous truth, and while they never meant to be heroes, all bets are off when the bad guys come after them to shut them up.

My newest epic fantasy, Assassin’s Honor (the first in the new Assassins of Landria series), takes a medieval spin on the idea of knowing something you aren’t supposed to know. This is epic fantasy without the epic length, just under 300 pages long, with a buddy flick vibe I tell people is ‘Butch and Sundance as medieval assassins.”

Here’s the blurb: Joel Breckenridge and Garrett Kennard are King's Shadows, elite assassins serving the crown of Landria. When a shadowy itinerant holy man starts captivates the nobility with treasonous whispers, Ridge and Rett go rogue to stop the threat, save the kingdom and protect the king--while landing on the 'Most Wanted' list themselves.

In Assassin’s Honor, Ridge and Rett are sure that the wandering mystic is a threat to the crown, but the king doesn’t think it’s important. So the two assassins risk everything to prove the danger and save the crown. The underlying question of how do you know which threats to take seriously is certainly still relevant in the modern world.

Whether you like your adventures in space or on horseback, check out the new books we’ve got for your Fall reading!

My Days of the Dead blog tour runs through October 31 with brand new excerpts from upcoming books and recent short stories, interviews, guest blog posts, giveaways and more! Plus, I’ll be including extra excerpt links for my stories. You’ve got to visit the participating sites to get the goodies, just like Trick or Treat!

Get all the details about my Days of the Dead blog tour at my website. Book swag is the new Trick-or-Treat! All of my guest blog posts have links to free excerpts—follow the tour and grab them all! Enjoy this excerpt for Salvage Rat over here and this one for Assassin’s Honor over here.

Enter my Rafflecopter giveaway to win a Kindle Prize Package with a free copy EACH of — Tangled Web, Assassin’s Honor, Salvage Rat, The Dark Road and Sons of Darkness!

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About the Authors:

Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria. Newest titles include Tangled Web, Vengeance, The Dark Road, and Assassin’s Honor. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. Books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, Badlands and the upcoming Lucky Town.

Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Cauldron/Secret Council series.

Find them at their website, on Twitter @GailZMartin and @LNMartinAuthor, on Facebook, at their blog, on Pinterest and on Goodreads. She is also the organizer of the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign  Never miss out on the news and new releases—sign up over here.


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