So who do I read? Below are some of my favorite authors and links to their work.
if you liked my books THE GEMINI EFFECT or THE PHOENIX DESCENT, and enjoy reading "the world just ended and there's scary stuff roaming around" stories, then I highly recommend you take a look at Sam Sisavath's Purge of Babylon series. I discovered Sam a few years ago, and couldn't read through this series quickly enough. His "ghouls" are scary as heck, and his characters are awesome. The link to his Amazon author page is below.
Military Science Fiction
Being a retired military guy, and a hopeless sci fi geek, makes military science fiction one of my favorite genres (to read and write). I discovered Jay Allan's Blood on the Stars series a while back and have read all 14 of the books in the series (and I'm patiently waiting for #15). Jay writes like a man possessed, and his stories are action-packed and swift. I love all his characters, too. The link to his Amazon author page is below. I would suggest starting with DUEL IN THE DARK and enjoy the ride!
Military Science Fiction
Fellow 47North author Marko Kloos's Frontlines series was the first military science fiction series I ever read. Marko was an enlisted soldier in the West German army back in the early 1980's, and his military experience shines through in his writing. TERMS OF ENLISTMENT is the first book of the 6-book series. He's also just released the first book of a new series (which is sitting in my Kindle right now) titled, AFTERSHOCKS, book 1 of The Palladium Wars series. The link to Marko's Amazon author page is below.
Military Science Fiction
At about the same time I discovered Marko Kloos's Frontlines series, I found Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet series and devoured every book I could find. Jack Campbell is the pseudonym for retired US Navy officer John G. Hemry, and Like Marko Kloos, Hemry's military experience is evident in his writing. The link to Jack Campbell's Amazon author page is below.
PAUL ANTONY JONES
Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction and Horror
Fellow 47North author Paul Jones began as a self-published author & then entered the world of traditional publishing with his Extinction Point series. As you can see from the picture, Paul is a dog guy so he's okay in my book...and from personal experience I can also say Paul is one helluva nice guy. He's just started a new science fiction series through Aethon Books--the This Alien Earth series--with the first book titled THE PATHS BETWEEN WORLDS. I've read the first book of the Extinction Point series (stay away from the red rain!) and THE DARKENING, and enjoyed them both. I've included the link to his Amazon author page below.
NEBRASKA INDIE AUTHOR SHOUT OUTS
Below are a few Nebraska authors I know who represent a number of different genres.
If you're looking for something to read, why not give them a try?
Biblical, Contemporary, Inspirational Fiction and Young Adult Fantasy
I've worked with Kim's husband for a lot of years at USSTRATCOM. From her Amazon page: "The wife of a submariner, Kim has lived in eight states over the last twenty years. She used her background in Drama (a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut and a Master's Degree from Regent University) to stay relatively sane throughout all those moves by performing in various plays and musicals, including a one-person show about women in the Bible...Kim's novel, "Winter Trees," was a semi-finalist in the Christian Writer's Guild's 2010 Operation First Novel contest. Her non-fiction Inspirational and humor stories have appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Vista, and online at www.thechristianpulse.com. She is a regular paid contributor to Thriving Family online magazine."
A link to KIm's Amazon author page is below.
Mystery and Suspense
From her Amazon page: "Gina M. Barlean is a Nebraska author who writes mystery and suspense with a Midwestern voice, and characters who could be anyone the reader might know--a co-worker, an aunt, a neighbor, or even themselves. Small rural towns and Midwestern perspectives are something Barlean knows well. It takes a curious mind and good imagination to stay entertained in a one-stop-light town. However, don't be fooled. Interesting things can happen anywhere, especially in Barlean's books. Be assured, all is good in the simple lives of Barlean and her family...but in her books? Not so much. Conflict is alive and well in the novels Barlean writes."
A link to Gina's Amazon author page is below.
Urban Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, and Historical Fiction
From her Amazon page: "I'm a Nebraska girl, by way of Tehran. I've lived a lot of life, and the best is yet to come. I write because only writing keeps me sane. I am also a paranormal investigator and a student of life. I write fiction and non-fiction books, stories, and screenplays. My works include urban fantasy, horror, paranormal, and historical. People in my life tend to find their way into my work, so consider yourself warned!"
The link to Lisa's Amazon author page is below.
JAMES M.M. BALDWIN
From his Amazon page: "James M M Baldwin writes speculative fiction with an interaction between spirituality, science, and humanity. His science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing interjects spiritual self-awareness and its influence on the natural environment and the universe. Adding to the relationship between human nature and enlightenment, the occasional rocket ship and alien creature color his imaginary worlds. James is an author, artist, poet, musician, runner, and bicyclist. He is an active participant in the Nebraska Writers Workshop and lives in Omaha with his wife and children, and their dogs and cats."
The link to Jim's Amazon author page is below.
From his Amazon page: "A 1977 graduate of Phoenix Central High School, Kent worked at several Arizona newspapers both as a staff photographer and photo editor. In 1984, he married Deborah Shanahan, a reporter for the Arizona Republic. Their daughter Alison was born in 1988. In 1990, they moved their family to Omaha, Nebraska. Their son, Nathan was born in 1991. For ten years Kent worked as a commercial and editorial freelancer, building a thriving business before taking a staff photographer position at the Omaha World-Herald, where he still works today."
The link to Kent's Amazon author page is below.