Saturday, May 25, 2019

Sworld by William R. Harris - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Science Fiction
Date Published: May 3rd, 2019
Publisher: Chandra Press

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If you like the epic world building of Frank Herbert with the amazing adventure of
Neal Asher, you will love Sworld: The Chronicles of Malick.

Malick, the genetically modified captain of The Pioneer, and his crew are on a
scientific expedition to the far reaches of the solar system when they received
a highly unusual distress call. What’s more alarming is that no other ship has
ever been out this far. Compelled to investigate, Malick and his team discover
an alien vessel with a mysterious cargo that ultimately leaves them hopelessly
marooned on the unexplored planet Sworld.

Resigned to their new lives, they begin a journey of discovery into a rich and vibrant
world with new life forms and intelligent species, but also dark mysteries and
perilous danger. An ancient race has turned to violence and aggression and will
stop at nothing until they achieve total domination. Plunged into a quest for
answers and an end to the bloodshed, Malick and the crew must solve the enigmas
of Sworld or perish.

Sworld: The Chronicles of Malick is a thrilling science fiction adventure with
excellent character development, planet-spanning exploration, epic discovery,
and perilous danger.

Support independent science fiction presses and pick up your copy today. You’ll be glad
you did!

This is a must read for any sci-fi fan out there. If you enjoy science fiction in
all its glory, this is the novel for you. – Anthony Avila, blogger and author
of Nightmare Academy


The day started as any other but degraded quickly for Malick.  In six days, the ship would arrive at Sworld.  Redd and Jukk were sitting across from him having a quiet breakfast.
Redd looked up.  “So, are you going to tell us how you did it?”
“Did what?”  Malick said through a mouth of yellow paste that tasted surprisingly like eggs.
“Break my baton that's what.  That's the reason we use batons.  They’re unbreakable.  They bend, they flex, and they deflect hits.  Batons in contests should naturally glide away from each other.  Before you thwacked me, I guessed your next move.  It was a complete guess, but I was correct.  The next thing I know, I'm staring up at the ceiling listening to everyone ask Nep if she’s okay.” 
Malick shot Redd an apologetic gesture. 
“I thought you'd really hurt her, but you'd merely swept her feet out from underneath her.  It was me you might’ve hurt.  When everyone finally got around to seeing if I was okay, I sat in a daze wondering what had happened.
“After the Imps left the exercise room, I noticed my baton was broken.  I asked Aria how she thought it could've been broken.  She said even though the baton is flexible, if it travels fast enough and hits something before it can bend, the baton will break.  She said that type of scenario wasn’t possible with what we were doing.  It must be a fatigue breakage from repeated use.”
“I told you yesterday, I apologized for being over-exuberant.  Aria was correct; your baton broke because of fatigue.  Nothing more,” Malick said.
 “I don't know what exuberant means, and I'm not looking for an apology.  We want to know how you did it so we can become better fighters.  I know you’re stronger than us, than anybody really, but the break wasn’t caused by power.  Your baton moved faster than anything I've ever seen or not seen in your case.”
“I tell you the burst of speed came from adrenaline.  Maybe I moved a little faster than normal.”
“Captain, right after Nep struck you on the neck,” Jukk hesitated, unsure of how to proceed.  “You blurred Captain.”  He shook his head.  “You simply blurred.  The next thing I knew, Nep flew through the air, and Redd collapsed.  After they hit the floor, I saw you out of the corner of my eye, crouching as if waiting for an attack.”
“Please believe me.  I just moved faster than I normally do, I don’t know if I can ever repeat it.”  Malick smiled.  “I’m not sure you would want me to repeat it.  I’m not holding anything back.”  He paused thoughtfully.  “It’s been a very long time since anyone has struck me; I was shocked.  I believe my subconscious felt my life was in danger, and I simply reacted.  I don’t think it will happen again.  If it does, I’ll control it.  You should have no fear of me.  You sincerely are my friends.”
Redd looked Malick in the eyes.  “I don’t understand you, Captain.  You’re too many things, too many people in one body.  Most of the time I envy you, but sometimes I’d never wish to be you.”

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About the Author

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The author spent his childhood in Colorado skiing and riding dirt bikes.  After spending way too much time in college, he took his engineering degree to the deserts of southern California.   After retiring to the mountains of northwest to play golf, his wife dared him to write a book.  The rest, as they say, is history.

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