In Every Clime and Place
Semper Fidelis. Always Faithful. The motto of the United States Marine Corps.
Words to live by.
On the ragged edges of civilization, Corporal Michael Collins has lived those words, taking on riots and evacuations, rebels and terrorists. Asteroid belt patrol is just another deployment. Ninety nine percent boredom, one percent terror. But soon the platoon of Marines find themselves entangled in the threads of a conspiracy of corporate greed, government corruption, piracy, and a band of war criminals.
As the fire team leader struggles with tensions in the close knit unit, Collins and his fellow Marines find themselves outnumbered in a pitched battle to stop a corrupt land grab that seems right out of the Old West, but on a new, wider, more unforgiving frontier. And now he must confront the harsh demands of being “always faithful.”
Semper Fi. Words to live by.
Words to die by.
Time to earn that combat pay, Marines. Welcome to the Suck.
And, remember, you volunteered for this.
Out of Nowhere
PACY, FUNNY AND COMPELLING to the last page…
Healer Sean Danet is immortal—a fact he has cloaked for centuries, behind army lines and now a paramedic’s uniform. Having forgotten most of his distant past, he has finally found peace—and love.
But there are some things you cannot escape, however much distance you put behind you.
When Sean heals the wrong man, he uncovers a lethal enemy who holds all the cards. And this time he can’t run. It’s time to stand and fight, for himself, for his friends, for the woman he loves. It’s time, finally, for Sean to face his past—and choose a future.
A story of love, of battle—and of facing your true self when there’s nowhere left to hide.
The truth of the world — Louise Cole
Lots of people – for some reason inexplicable to me – do not differentiate between TV characters and the actors who play them. Apparently soap actors get hassled by some ‘fans’ constantly with complaints like “you shouldn’t have done that to Jeanine, she’s a good wife to you” despite the fact that the actor in question has been married for many decades to someone else who isn’t, to put too fine a point on it, fictional.
The writers’ version of that is people assuming that you are always writing about yourself. We aren’t. Trust me, not only is the kid being pitched against a megalomaniacal sorcerer , or the female war veteran coming to terms with rape, not the writer – but the writer doesn’t want to be them either. It is neither projection nor wish fulfilment.
We do have to draw on or confront things about ourselves though. To write someone else successfully you have to be able understand your own emotional responses, what provokes them and how they make you feel physically. What kind of thoughts, language and sensations go with them...
WHEN HER MOTHER DIES at the hands of a silver-haired figure in black, six-year-old spirit-walker Cora Bloux hides out in her own body. Twenty years later she’s still there, fiercely maintaining an outwardly stable, conventional life.
But when her own daughter is hit by a car, Cora is forced to spirit-walk again—and discovers that the spirit world has been waiting for her.
In the extraordinary, fast-paced world of spirit-walkers, body-swappers, rock bands and second chances, Cora must discover her true self and learn the ordinary lessons of courage, trust and love.
To see the world as it really is, sometimes you have to close your eyes and... walk.
JANET ALLISON BROWN is the author of dozens of children’s picture books and editor of several volumes of academic papers. She has written explorer guides, restaurant reviews, and articles on a range of subjects including traditional Arabic ship-building and handicrafts, adoption, education, faith and ancient cave paintings. Wife, mother, home-educator, writer and editor, she was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and lives in rural Derbyshire. She likes stories, and makes them up all the time.
Her first novel, The Walker's Daughter, is published by Firedance Books.