SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS (COMING SOON!)

 

SINGULARITY RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS PIC“In the year 2030, the technological singularity event encompassed the world. Man no longer controlled the evolving super-sciences. Seed A.I. groups began taking control of broad-based neural-nets and developing life forms.
Mankind tried integrating full techno-biological based Transhuman soldiers in an attempt to turn back the Singularity. The Transhuman armies rebelled against mankind and wanted to take over the world and re-shape society to reflect their values.
War erupted between the technology based, Transhumans and the United World Government and the seed A.I. nanite armies. The Great War of Transhumanity began and the world explodes and burns with technological based instruments of brutality. Humanity loses its soul. Five years of devastating war between the Humans, Transhumans and the ever- increasing Nanite Army of Fire began reducing society and technology to ashes and cinder.
Telecommunications and satellites fail and computers and the internet no longer hold the spark of life. The world is a dark, nightmare. Mankind’s numbers reduce and the world governments dissolve. Chaos was rampant and Mankind was no longer living at the top of the food chain.
By the year 2050, history was no longer recorded. The Nanite armies began eating themselves and the darkness slowly faded. The fires had reduced the Earth to a mere semblance of its former glory. It was in 2050 that I began to rebuild society. My first step was the city of New Southampton in what was left of England. I used technology of steam to usher in a new world and vision based on an age of civility. I knew that nanites would not thrive in a steam environment and I placed my labs deep down into the depths of shadow beneath the city that I held so dear. By the year 2060 my research center in the depths began development of a new power source. This new source would fuel my steam and my laws and slowly bring Mankind back to an age of Enlightenment. I was wrong. However well-intended my work was, it blew up like a volcano of Creeping Green radiation! The utopian steam-society I was creating was cast in a green-hued din. Mutants were now seen emerging from the recesses and strange stories emerge and urban legends of secrets that lay in the Nether-world of the Crater of Noxious Adversity. It is now 2075. A woman named Anne Eliza Wintersmith has declared herself Queen of New Southampton. She spreads fear with her Regulators of Discord. The Queen is ruthless and conniving. The Queen imprisons anyone that opposes her. The citizens cry out and beg for salvation. A group of heroes have heard these cries of anguish. I call them The Posthumans. They are a group that shall soon come together as heroes and right these wrongs and gain freedom for the oppressed. The Posthumans do not see this vision yet. They have not put on the mantle of heroes yet, but they have heard the calling. I wish that I could be there to see them Rise.”- Dr. M.E. Fulbright.

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TODAY THE GOD KILLERS IS ON SALE FOR JUST $0.99 AND IT GOT ANOTHER 5 STAR REVIEW!!!

HELLO STAUNCH PERUSERS!!!
Come one, come all to the SSP Spring Fling! Seventh Star Press titles will be offered for $0.99! That’s right, folks, just ninety-nine little pennies for the best of the best! Not sure what you need? That’s okay! We have something for everyone!
With the kind assistance of BookBub, BookGorilla, and BookTastik we’re putting the word on the streets. So step right up and… take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
The schedule for my book(s) are as follows:
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TGK OFFICIAL COVER ARTMarch 16-19: The God Killers (BookGorilla/BookTastik)
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Also, here is a view of the BookGorilla ad and a link to the page!
TGK OFFICIAL COVER ARTA former professional art thief is hired to procure a pair of antique pistols and gets much more than she bargained for, in
The God Killers
By John F. Allen
Ivory Blaque’s client turns out to be a shadowy government agent who lets her in on the disturbing secret of her own heritage, and uses it to guilt her into working for him. Must she play along with the forces trying to manipulate her, to clear her name, unlock the secrets of her past, and protect the lives of those closest to her?
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Everyday Price: $3.99
Deal Ends: 3/19/2014
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Last, but certainly not least, here is a highlight from and a link to the latest 5 Star Review of The God Killers!!!

“Ivory herself is everything I look for in a heroine. She is independent and smart, she has had her share of heartbreak but still has that attitude that gives her a little bit of edge. I really appreciate that while she is slow to trust and has her demons, she is not totally isolated. There are people in her life she does trust. I absolutely love that she is involved in the art scene, making her a refreshing example of a kick-ass woman. She has a past that informs her actions. I did not even mind that there looks like there could be a possible love triangle in the making, because while men are certainly on her mind, they really are not the most important thing happening to her.
I adore the secondary characters. These people come alive, I want to know more about them and see what is going to happen in the future. I think these characters being so solid helps establish and ground this world. The political structure of the various groups is palpable, even though we only get fairly minimal exposure to each.
The mechanics of The God Killers just work really well. It excellently-paced, Ivory’s voice is strong and certain, and it sets up what I can easily see as being a much wider world with endless potential. The plot is fantastic, including some very effective twists that make this a really fun read. The God Killers is obviously the opening salvo to a promising series, yet it still manages to give resolution to the initial mystery.
John F. Allen has a splendid and solid debut on his hands. If you are a fan of Jane Yellowrock and Mercy Thompson I think you will get a huge kick out of Ivory and The God Killers. I cannot wait to see what is next.”

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Hey everyone! I will be starting a weekly series of blog posts featuring Black Authors in honor of Black History Month! The posts will start on Monday, February 17th through the end of the month. In March I will resume my weekly posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Indiana Horror Authors to offer workshops at Mooresville Arts in the Park Event

1017475_596956940325736_1669991594_nMooresville Arts in the Park
All Day Arts Festival Saturday, October 12!
Pioneer Park–Link to directions and park website
Flash fiction workshops and product tent!
Preregistration preferred, walk-ins welcome
Mooresville, IN
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I’m very excited to announce an upcoming event taking place  during the Arts in the Park festival at Pioneer Park on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Members of the local writing community and I will serve as instructors during a series of FREE community workshops on crafting thrilling fiction. We will be in the company of dozens of community artists and performers who will sing, dance, and display their unique talents and creations during this all-day festival.

Again, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Three one-hour sessions have been planned and are aimed at, but not limited to, late elementary school through high school aged-writers as well as adults who have recently caught the writing bug, who are also welcome. If you are interested in getting feedback from a professional author at ABSOLUTELY NO COST TO YOU, then you need to definitely attend. The local writers will have an instructor available to advise any beginner with a passion for writing thrilling tales of any genre.

Here is a listing of other attending authors:

RJ Sullivan

Matthew Barron

Nicole Cushing

Roberta Hoffer

Crystal Leflar

The suggested format will be “flash fiction,” and the suggested theme will be “The Creature of Pioneer Park,” although writers are free to compose within their comfort zone. Writers can bring their own pens and paper or use the materials provided and/or they can bring their own laptops. Participants will spend the first half hour composing their work. During the last half hour, the authors will review the drafts and offer individualized instruction on how to best sharpen their writing skills. Writers may, alternatively, submit a pre-composed sample of their work for a critique (limit 1000 words).

Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as long as we have the space.

Click this link to pre-register.

I look forward to seeing you there!

THE OFFICIAL JOHN F. ALLEN WRITER FAN PAGE IS LIVE ON FACEBOOK!

JFA_Web2Hey everyone!

Today, thanks to the efforts of my good friend and BIG fan of my work, Eugena McFarland, I can announce the launch of my Official Fan Page!

I’m honored to have the kind support and encouragement to pursue my craft from my fans. I appreciate and love each and every one of you!

Being a member of my fan page gives you:

* Info on current events
* Reviews on published works
* Book launches
* Meet & greet times and locations
* Upcoming projects
* FREE E-BOOK GIVEAWAYS/DOWNLOADS
* Contests 
* FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Be sure to check out the fan page at the link below!

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SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER?

FIVE THINGS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU BEGIN A CAREER AS A WRITER

typewriter_1_lgMany people who aren’t writers or who aspire to one day write the “NEXT BEST THING” have absolutely no idea what a writing life entails.  It is because of their skewed and/or misguided ideas on what being a writer is about that they often suffer from severe delusions of granduer. It is the intent of this particular post to dispell the erroneous notions many have about the writing life and what it means to be a writer.

I’ve had people actually ask me when I got my book deal, “So now that you’re published I suppose you’re going to quit your job and move to a big house in the hills?”

I was astonished at first…did they know something I didn’t? Don’t get me wrong, every writer wants to reap the rewards of their work, but extreme changes in lifestyle, affluence and riches are not in the cards for the vast majority of us. The fact is that only 1% or less of (fiction) writers are able to live off of the revenue generated from the sales of their writing endeavors. This is further compounded by the fact that an even smaller group of that meager 1% are well off, let alone wealthy.

Some folks think that all published writers own some measure of noteriety and I suppose that’s true to some extent. However, very rarely does it result in an easy, carefree lifestyle like the allusions created in the minds of those who don’t know any better. Even those wealthy writers like Stephen King, James Patterson, Danielle Steel or JK Rowling, didn’t get their rewards overnight. Sure, there are a miniscule number of virtually overnight success stories, but believe me when I say those are very far and few in between and it didn’t exactly happen overnight.

The following is a favorite quote of mine from best selling fantasy author RA Salvatore and it happens to be in my opinion the best advice for an aspiring writer to consider when contemplating a career as a writer.

There’s way too much pain in this business (writing) for anyone who doesn’t have to write. I always tell beginning writers, “If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, you’re a writer.”

~ R.A. Salvatore

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Five questions to ask yourself before embarking on a career as a writer.

1) Do you like to write?

I know that this seems like a given, but surprisingly there are a number of people who don’t like to write and still aspire to do so. These folks may have an idea that they think is great (and it might just be), but have absolutely NO PASSION for the craft. While I’m not one to discourage anyone from their dreams and/or goals, I think that folks who answer no or even “not really” to this question, should think long and hard about perhaps finding something more fulfilling and rewarding to do with their lives.

2) Can you quit writing?

This question is very much tied to the Salvatore quote and is a very legitimate question to ask yourself before pursuing a writing career. If you can go days, weeks, months, years without writing or at least thinking about it, then perhaps you should find a more attention grabbing and fulfilling vocation. But if you can’t (and you answered yes to question #1), then by all means I encourage you to proceed.

3) Do you want to write because you want an easy, carefree lifestyle with wealth and adoration aplenty?

If you answer “yes” to this question, PLEASE don’t continue to pursue a career as a writer…YOU WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED! Again I will acknowledge those rare overnight success stories, but the odds of becoming one of those fortunate few are very slim to none. Even if that sort of success eventually finds you, that shouldn’t be what drives your writing. This is a prime example of those delusions of grandeur I mentioned earlier.

4) Are you a storyteller?

For a fiction writer, this is essential. If you aren’t a storyteller then regardless of what your answers to the above questions are, it is my opinon that you might want to find something else to do with your life. The very essence of fiction writing is to convey a story and if you don’t have stories to tell, then what’s the point? Many people enter into writing (or at least attempt to do so) and have not one story to tell. They’re under the impression that stringing a few sentences into paragraphs and putting together some dialogue constitutes a story. Well, the sobering truth is that it takes a lot more than that to make a story, let alone a good one. Stories generally start with an idea, but an idea alone does not a story make!

5) Can you write only when inspired or in the mood?

Some may argue that it’s still possible to be a writer who writes only when inspired to do so and I’d have to respectfully disagree. I can assure you that if I only wrote when inspired, I’d never finish a damned thing! Being a writer (especially a novelist) is about writing whether you’re inspired or in the mood, because deadlines are deadlines and the story WILL NOT write itself.  The following quote from successful, best selling author Neil Gaiman, I think says it all.

“If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist because you’re going to have to make your word count today and those words aren’t going to wait for you whether you’re inspired or not.
You …have to write when you’re not inspired. And you have to write the scenes that don’t inspire you. And the weird thing is that six months later, a year later, you’ll look back at them and you can’t remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you just wrote because they had to be written next.

The process of writing can be magical. Mostly it’s a process of putting one word after another.” ~ Neil Gaiman in conversation with Chris Hardwick. (via terribleminds)

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In closing, I want it to be clear that in writing this post I am not attempting to dash the dreams and goals of new and aspiring writers. My intent is to merely dispell the very problematic and misguided ideals that some pepole pursuing a career as a writer might have. I’m the first to be very encouraging to new and aspiring writers, but please consider the questions I’ve posed and answer them truthfully before you devote yourself to the writing life.

WRITE ON!

© 2013 John F. Allen

AUTHOR JOHN F. ALLEN TO APPEAR AT 7th ANNUAL PARANORMAL MEET & GREET!

Greetings Staunch Perusers!

On Saturday, August 10th, I will be selling/signing my debut novel, THE GOD KILLERS at the Paranormal Meet & Greet, along with other Indiana Horror Writers (IHW) authors (including TCQ members, RJ Sullivan, Eric Garrison, and Michael West).

We will be at:

The Hannah House

The Hannah House

Hannah House

3801 Madison Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46227

12 noon to 4pm

Admission is FREE!!!

 

Hannah House is Indianapolis’s premier haunted house!

Legend has it that one night, a group of slaves, cramped in a cellar, awaited the right time to leave Hannah House, so they could head for the Canada along the Underground Railroad. An accident occured when one of them tipped over an oil lamp, which caused a fire and killed them all. Supposedly, their spirits are bound to the sight of the tragedy and haunt the grounds. 

This event has experienced growth every year since its inception. There will be paranormal investigators/enthusiasts, tours of the house all afternoon (for a donation), and there’s possibly a drawing for door prizes!

Come out and meet with Indiana’s paranormal community!

I hope to see you there!

GET YOUR EBOOK COPY OF THE GOD KILLERS TODAY FOR LESS THAN A STARBUCKS LATTE!

ATTENTION STAUNCH PERUSERS!!!

John F. Allen

John F. Allen

I want to use this blog post to personally thank my friends, family and growing fan base for their support of my debut Urban Fantasy novel, The God Killers!

So far, I’ve experienced a great deal of success with sales and I owe it ALL TO YOU! This novel came about (in large part) because of the belief, dedication and support of others! I am very proud to have such a wonderful group of individuals who saw something in me, that I sometimes didn’t see in myself.

Please leave a review and/or comment for The God Killers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter!

Here’s the first GLOWING review of THE GOD KILLERS!

“I just couldn’t put down The God Killers, it was an AWESOME read! I’m ready for Book II already!”
~ Eugena McFarland

 

Did you know that THE GOD KILLERS is now available for less than a Starbucks latte (that’s less than $5) to purchase on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook!

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