Thursday, November 22, 2018

Turkey Day

Thanksgiving Day in "the land of the free", or so the story goes.

I wonder what native Americans are thankful for on Thanksgiving? Don't you?

No, really - without being facetious - have you ever stopped to think about it?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"An Airtight Narrative" - Demonspawn

Adrift and stranded in deep space with no hope of rescue, the I.S.S. Mordrake has six month’s worth of food left, but just less than two weeks of air – and things are looking pretty grim. And, as if there’s not enough on their plate already, something dark and mysterious drifts into their path – an ancient derelict ship littered with the dusty remains of its long-dead crew! The derelict presents an all-too convenient and timely solution to their problem, offering the desperate castaways the spare parts they badly need to repair their ship... but nothing's ever really that easy, is it? There's no such thing as a free lunch out here, in the cold empty wastes of deep space.

Resentment, bitterness and malaise having taken hold of the survivors, this sudden reprieve brings new challenges - in order for the crew of the Mordrake to survive, they have to work together – even though the faceless, cold-blooded killer who murdered the Mordrake’s Captain still walks freely among them! Despite a further run of mysterious accidental deaths, they must find a way to retrieve the parts they need to repair their own vessel – no matter what it was on the derelict ship that seemed to want to keep them for itself!

"Demonspawn" is the second title in the Galaxii Series by Christina Engela.

"This story reminded me of films such as Alien and Event Horizon but Demonspawn could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with them. There were many concepts of the sci-fi genre in this book that were original and put together in a way not seen before anywhere else (this was especially so for the ‘Akx’.) It’s an enjoyable read that will leave you wanting more. 5 Stars." – by Lee Hall, UK-based writer, playwright and reviewer.

"The dangers are very real in Demonspawn, brought to life by Christina Engela’s frightening air-tight narrative, coupled with an all-consuming sense of danger, and superb characterization! 5 Stars." – Aimee Ann, 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Leaving Amazon

As of 14 November 2018, I am no longer supporting or distributing my books to them. That's it, I'm done! Bearing in mind, as an indie author, it's incredibly difficult to get sales (even when distributing through Amazon via my publishing platform, to be brutally honest), and despite that, most of my sales still come from Amazon channels - this is a matter of conscience for me.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Another Round At The Crow Bar: #23 November 2018

Hello friends and fans!
Welcome to my 23rd newsletter: November 2018! Coming up in this edition of Another Round @ The Crow Bar: Regular updates, new releases, and a monthly spotlight on one of my books, this time "Demonspawn".

Another Amazing Review For "Demonspawn"!

I just found another great review of "Demonspawn", the second title in my Galaxii Series!

by Aimee Ann, October 6, 2018

"Demonspawn by Christina Engela is incontrovertibly a must-read science fiction horror novel and a novel that should not be missed! Demonspawn is the spine-tingling second installment of Christina Engela’s Galaxii series that takes us, adventurous readers, to the depths of space on a journey riddled with dangers around every turn. Demonspawn by Christina Engela will chill you to your core, it will seep into you deeper than the vast cold of space and it made for a thrilling read! I love how the tension and suspense build to a horrifying crescendo that had my heart pounding through my chest in terror, shock, and excitement!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

"Blachart" by Christina Engela - Book 1 in the Galaxii Series

“Blachart” tells the story of a former Space Fleet officer trying to make a living as a private loderunner owner and skipper. Mykl d’Angelo has fallen on hard times – and has just had the worst day of his life in that field. Due a minor misunderstanding, his crew has mutinied and left him and two others behind to crew the ailing loderunner Pegasus – which just happened to literally lose its stardrive in the middle of the middle of nowhere! His two remaining crewmen are killed when the ship’s engine explode, and Mykl d’Angelo is marooned and awaits rescue in deep space.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Opening And Closing Of Doors

2018 - and indeed, October 2018 in particular marked a turning point in my life, where I closed a few doors behind me on past endeavors, and opened a door ahead of me.

My activist past in terms of belonging to organized groups and associations is a lengthy convoluted one, and if you'd been following my blog "Sour Grapes: The Fruit Of Ignorance" since I started it in 2009, you'd probably be aware of some of this.