Thursday, 20 June 2013

SFR Brigade 2nd Midsummer Blog Hop - "Out Of This World"

Welcome to the 2nd Annual SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop. This is my first time participating and the theme this year is Out Of This World.

To celebrate, I will be gifting an EBook copy of The Lancaster Rule from Amazon Kindle (US). Please leave your email address in the comments section for your chance to win. You'll then need to sign into the Rafflecopter at the end to say you've commented to be entered for the Grand Prizes. See the details on the that at the end of the post. Good luck and have fun hopping along!

I thought I'd share with you a little bit about world building. For The Lancaster Trilogy, I tried to keep it very realistic. It's set 300 years into Earth's future and in getting there, we've had a few global wars and economic crashes. Catastrophic events hinder the march of progress, and this is what I used to keep things more or less believable. So, no transporters like Star Trek and hyperspeed space jumps are still being tinkered with.

In the Lancaster world, the setting/architecture and culture remain pretty much the same with -- of course -- lots of new cool advanced looks and changes. Basing things on past events and history, 300 hundred years, while it may sound like a long time, isn't really that long when it comes to Earth's history. A lot of things still remain the same (with some changes to speech, culture, trends, technology, medicine, etc). But we've basically only made huge leaps and bounds within the last 80 years or so. Using this as a basis, jump 300 years forward, throw in a couple of world-crushing wars and events, progress after rebuilding takes a little time. That being said, the beauty of writing science fiction is that you can make up some cool stuff -- like gadgets and weapons and amazing scientific discoveries.

In The Lancaster Trilogy, you'll find the world is ruled by one man. The capital city of the world is called the Citadel, nestled in the Swiss Alps. The citadel is a monstrosity of a place, shrouded in the mountains, dripping with high-tech security and surveillance. The weapons on the Lancaster world range from cool stuff like krima sticks, pulse guns and snare guns 3's. You'll also find incredible flying cars, mega shuttles, space crafts and space stations.

At the heart of it all, the human race while they may advance, remain pretty much the same at their core. I used this as a basis for the tale and tried to bring out the character's story, using my protagonist, Josie, to be the catalyst that brings everything out and together. A fish out of water, a 300 year old relic who entered a stasis pod and wakes up to a changed future. What a story!

The Grand Prize for the 2nd Annual SFR Midsummer Blog Hop are:
1st Prize - $150 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner's choice) and an ebook bundle.
(currently Ghost in the Machine, Bayne, Recast Book 1: Wither, Recast Book 2: Clash, Alien Adoration, Switched, Reckless Rescue, Wreck of the Nebula Dream, Keir, Terms & Conditions Apply, The Key, Marya, The Iron Admiral, Sasha's Calling, Trouble at the Hotel Baba Ghanoush, Winter in Paradise, Once Upon a Time in Space, The Telomere Trilogy, Winter Fusion, Blue Nebula, Demential, Wytchfire, Maven, Fires of Justice, Interface, Girl Under Glass, Breakout, Stark Pleasure, The Plan, and Starburst. Bonus books - Ghost Planet, The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy and Deception, and Games of Command).

2nd Prize - $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner's choice).

3rd Prize - three $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Cards (given to separate winners and their choice).

And don't forget, you MUST leave a comment with your email address AND sign into the Rafflecopter to win the prizes.
To win the Kindle copy for The Lancaster Rule simply leave a comment and I'll select a random winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Remember, to increase your chances, hop along to the other blogs listed below.
Good luck!



  1. I already have all your books, so I can't enter :(

    1. You can still leave a comment at the main site for a chance to win a Ebook bundle!!

  2. Thanks so much for the opportunity!


  3. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. I haven't read any of your books and would love to win. jonesjnd(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. I haven't read these books yet, but I have added them to my TBR. Sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.
    evamillien at gmail dot com

  6. I have the first on my Kindle - it's getting round to reading everything!! Grr.

  7. I've been intrigued by these books since they first released - wonderful stuff, T. K.!


  8. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  9. Always fascinating to read how other authors do their worldbuilding! I like your approach, will have to add the books to my TBR List pronto!

  10. I have not read any of your books. (: thanks for the giveaway

  11. Great worldbuilding is a must!!! If its not then I lose interest pretty fast.

    Thanks for the chance to win your book!! :D

  12. Thanks for the chance to win your book.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  13. I think you hit upon a hard truth about humans: We don't improve. We remain pretty much the same throughout time. We laugh, we fight, we connive, we give, we love and we have. We truly are a bi-polar species.

  14. Thanks for being a part of this blog hop. I generally choose the "other planet" rather than the "future earth" settings but your books intrigue me. They are definitely going on my TBR list.
    kathleenmcg6 (at) msn (dot) com

  15. Thanks for participating

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  16. The world of The Lancaster Trilogy sounds awesome. I'm very partial to futurisitc Earth settings.

  17. Hadn't previously heard of these, on my radar now:-) They sound interesting!

  18. Hi! Awesome post! Your books sound great!! Loving this hop! So many awesome authors! :) Thank you! Have a great day!

  19. Thanks to all who stopped by, and to those who left wonderful comments!!! I will be announcing the winner shortly and I'll email them directly as well.

  20. Aaand...the winner is -- Ryan Snyder!! Ryan, I'll be contacting you shortly!! Congrats and again, thanks and appreciation to everyone who has participated/commented/stopped by. This has been fun!!