Nicholas Rossis Has His Say

Nicholas Rossis

In his usual acerbic fashion here’s what he had to say about The Guardian.

4.0 out of 5 stars Nontraditional Sci-Fi, October 12, 2015
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This review is from: The Guardian: Some things are written in stone (Kindle Edition)

The thing with Eason is, you either love him or hate him. I read with interest the reviews, but found a lot of them were of the “I saw the blurb and some sample content and moved on” kind. Which is a shame, as it feels that people didn’t bother actually reading the book before leaving their scathing reviews.

True, Eason has a unique style that ignores conventions – whether PC or editing ones. But I did enjoy the premise and the story. Would it have benefited from a more traditional editing? Yes. It does contain info dumps in the form of dialogue, that could have been handled in a better way. It also leaves some questions unanswered, and has a few typos.

Are these more technical aspects enough to make the book unreadable? I don’t think so. It was a fast read with a flowing pacing in all but a couple of places. As for the plot, I think that Eason did a great job making us wonder until the end: who’s good and who’s bad? Was this a first contact gone wrong? Or something far more sinister?

So, if you’re willing to turn a blind eye to its imperfections, this is a nontraditional Sci-Fi book with a nice story and some interesting ideas to discuss with your friends.

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Whether people love or hate me is neither here nor there Nicholas. The haters will always condemn anything I write. I’ll never please everyone because with me there are no shades of grey. If just one person enjoys reading my books, I am content.

Thanks,

Jack

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The Guardian’s Second Critique

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Here is Noelle Granger’s four star critique.

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Martian sci-fi, September 6, 2015
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This review is from: The Guardian (Paperback)
I will freely admit I am a fan of science fiction but have not often read books in this genre since I was introduced to Herbert and Asimov. Lately, I returned to the genre, more as a dabbler. The Guardian, by Jack Eason, is one of the sic-fi books I’ve read.
The Guardian is a novella and a quick and exciting read. It opens with an introduction to the Guardian itself, a millennia-old entity that was left to guard Mars by its ancient civilization. Humans have now reached Mars and have established an automated mining operation to provide ore for Earth. There is still a need to oversee the operation, and the techs living on site are now unreachable and the mining operation has ceased production. The CEO of the corporation running the operation has now sent a crew of two to discover the problem and fix it.
The crew is consists of Adler Stevens, of the British Army’s Military Police and Lynne Crawford, from the Canadian Air Force. When they arrive at the mining operation, they find the staff has disappeared into thin air. They are ordered to transport home and another technical crew is sent out. When Stevens and Crawford meet again, this time in mufti, they strike up a rather spicy relationship.
When the new mining crew goes silent and ore production ceases again, Stevens and Crawford are sent back to Mars, this time with additional team members, former military personnel like them. Their investigation leads them to various sites on Mars, with which the author is clearly familiar, and builds in tension as the team investigates various sites to find the lost crew members and discovers evidence of the Guardian’s civilization. Their countermeasures to thwart the deadly unknown entity is punctuated by the inner thoughts of the Guardian, which gives another, interesting perspective to the tale. To a certain extent, the reader can empathize with it.
This book is well-paced, exciting and, in this reviewer’s opinion, could easily have been expanded to a full length novel. The author does a good job with future technology and the creation of the alien existence.
There are two things I found distracting. First was the length of the sexual interludes early in the book and again later in the story, which broke up the pacing. Second is the open use of endearing epithets such as “baby” in Stevens and Crawford’s interactions, even when in the presence of the rest of their team. This came across as unprofessional in what was otherwise a great yarn with lots of twists and turns.

Thanks for the critique Noelle. Just a shame you didn’t edit it…
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Another Review

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Here is The Guardian’s latest five star review:

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Jack Eason does it again! Great book from beginning to end. Love the relationship between and among characters. Check this book out! If you like it, check out his other books too. Eason is a story-teller that obviously loves his craft.

Thanks Bill

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Should Science Fiction Be Believable?

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Damn right! But not according to the movie and television industries.

With one exception – 2001 A Space Odyssey – every other science fiction film or television series that has come out of America simply beggars credulity.

The fact that the film in question didn’t become just another highly fanciful and therefore totally nonsensicle entertainment, is all down to Stanley Kubrick’s deep respect for Arthur C. Clark. After all, Arthur wrote the book on which the film is based, as well as co-writing the script with Stanley.

Like Arthur, I am a traditionalist. By that I mean that as a science fiction writer, every story I write has to be based in reality. Blame my father for introducing me to him and two other top science fiction writers of the twentieth century, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham, at a young age. All three authors took great pains to make sure that their stories were believable, based on their scientific backgrounds.

While I’m no scientist, I did work in the School of Science at the University of Waikato in New Zealand for a quarter of a century, rubbing shoulders with chemists, physicists, biologists, earth scientists and many fine artisans like tool and die makers, glassblowers, photographers, cartographers etc, etc. So in my own small way, I try to adopt the same approach to writing science fiction that Arthur, Isaac and John took. It’s called research, if you were wondering…

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Click on the cover to got to The Guardian on Amazon.com

Take my latest scifi novella as an example of what I’m talking about. There are no weird and wonderful creatures to be found anywhere in its pages. Only believable characters. As for how they get to and from the Earth, there are no starships as in Star Trek. Only totally feasable computer controlled solar wind powered cargo transporters. The same can be said for the weapons they use. Each one actually exists, even though they are still in development by the US military. Even the two aliens and the guardian itself are totally believable. If you want to get a sense of what I’m on about, maybe you should get your own copy and read it for yourselves.

I seriously doubt The Guardian will ever make it to the plasma or silver screen. Why? just take a look at what is considered to be watchable science fiction these days. It seems to me that every so-called scifi film, and television series made on either side of the pond, is aimed at a collective audience with the combined mental age of a retarded one year old…

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Why Is It That Total Rubbish Always Sells?

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When it comes to book sales, more ofen than not, total rubbish sells to the detriment of quality? Of all my books, the quality ones from my point of view stand apart from the rest as evidenced by the four and five star reviews they attracted. Yet for some inexplicable reason they simply fail to appeal to the majority of readers. Why is that I wonder?

I freely admit that my best seller to date is total rubbish. Why? Because it was written quickly with little editing! As a consequence many reviewers quite rightly condemned it. Despite that, it exceeded my wildest dreams when it comes to sales. It still appeals in America to this day. What does that say about readers? Not a lot…

Meanwhile, two titles I am proud of, Goblin Tales and Cataclysm simply fail to attract readers, even though in the main, they both have excellent reviews. As the title suggests, the fantasy anthology Goblin Tales is all about goblins. I thought it was high time that a series of stories was written about a band of friendly ones for a change. On the other hand, my novella Cataclysm is a mixture of scifi and a degree of poetic license on my part regarding the ancient history I employ within it, along with a tragic love affair between the hero of the story and a beautiful transgender entity. Click on the above links to read the reviews for yourselves.

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It’s early days yet, but I wonder if my latest erotic scifi novella The Guardian,which I am also justifiably proud of I might add, will go the same way as the above two titles? In its case only time will tell. So far it has received two four star reviews:

Another Great Yarn. By Derek on August 4, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

Jack Eason spins another great yarn here, with a little archaeology, a little space travel, a mysterious baddie of course, and even a little bit of spice thrown in for good measure! Top read.

Great read. By Chris Graham on August 2, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

An enigmatic beginning to a fast paced story, involving quite a few nerve wracking events for the heroes before reaching a finale with a twist that will make you want A SEQUEL PLEASE.
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Note that in neither case did the reviewer feel the urge to condemn or pore scorn, despite the popularly held misconception that any book these days must have a mix of good and bad reviews to make it appeal. Here’s hoping that The Guardian appeals. If you are currently reading it, or have just finished, please add your review to the first two.
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From now on it’s entirely in your hands!!!

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The one and only chance anyone had to get themselves a free copy of my latest scifi novella The Guardian, is at an end. As I mentioned in the previous post read hereat the end of its promotional period I said I would give the story its final edit. Well I did. Yesterday (Monday) I uploaded the totally error free version to Smashwords, Creatspace and KDP, prior to it coming online at full price.

How do I know it’s error free? Trust me, if it contained so much as a single error Smashwords would have immediately rejected it. When it comes to quality control they are extremely particular, more so than Creatspace or KDP even know how to be!

To buy your eBook copy in the format of your choice on Smashwords click here

To buy your Kindle or paperback copy at Amazon.com  click here

To buy your Kindle or paperback copy at Amazon.co.uk click here

With so many new books coming out daily, it came as no surprise to me whatsoever how few free copies were actually downloaded. The days of a free copy of any book in a promotion being taken up in its hundreds or even the low thousands are well and truly over thank goodness. In The Guardian’s case, over the five day period one hundred and five free Kindle copies were taken. If you are interested in sales statistics, here is its final rating at the end of the promo.

Amazon.com rating:

#27 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Erotica > Science Fiction

#1517 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction

Amazon.co.uk rating:
#7,003 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

#21 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Erotica > Science Fiction

In Amazon.com’s case the best it placed was nineteenth in the top one hundred free list. In Amazon.co.uk’s case it achieved even better at sixteenth.

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Well that’s it. I can do no more, except to continue advertising it on numerous social media sites, and here on my blog from time to time. Now its fate is in your hands. You need to read and review it. If you don’t, it will wind up among the millions of unread books out there. Even if science fiction, or in this case – erotic science fiction, isn’t necessarily your bag, the very least you can do is to help spread the word by reblogging this post, and by uploading the above links on your Facebook page and Twitter feed as well as any other’s you may contribute too. Plus, don’t forget to recommend it to a friend.

PS – If you do decide to follow Chris-The Story Reading Ape’s example (thanks Chris, much appreciated) by writing a review, please make sure that you post it separately on the Amazon site for your country as well as Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, both on the Kindle and paperback versions. Why? Because any review posted on Amazon.com does not automatically get added to the Amazon site you purchased your Kindle or paperback copy from in your respective countries, and vice versa. While you are at it, don’t forget to add your review on Smashwords (click on the link above) as well pretty please.

PPS – now its high time this writer took a much needed rest until next year.

Thanks

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The Guardian Is Now Available For Purchase

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Click on the cover to go to Amazon.com

Well, here it is folks. The Guardian is now available for purchase in paperback. You can order your copy on any Amazon site as well as on Createspace. If you are one of the minority of people who never buy anything online, (I’m acquainted with one or two of them) but would still like to purchase a copy, simply go to your local bookshop and ask them to do it for you. All you will need to provide is the following information:

The Guardian by Jack Eason

ISBN-13: 978-1515213611
ISBN-10: 1515213617
BISAC: Fiction / Science Fiction / Adventure

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If you buy directly from Createspace or your nearest Amazon outlet it will cost you US$5.38, or your country’s equivalent (£3.45 here in the UK) plus postage and packaging.

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You will note that I’ve changed the cover. While I still like the original cover pictured above, to give The Guardian a decent chance to attract readers across the world, I decided to go with the more professional looking one seen at the top of this post. One or two of my fellow writers pointed out that to their way of thinking, the original gave the impression of it being a cover more suited to a horror story, instead of an erotic science fiction tale.

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Will it appear as an eBook? Given the way books offered in that particular format instantly attract internet trolls and pirates, especially when offered for free in any online promotion, I’m sorry to disappoint any of you but it won’t happen in the immediate future. In six months or so, if and when I do decide to offer it as an eBook it will be via Smashwords.

So for now my muse and I are taking a much needed R&R break until next year. We’re both worn out. Go on, buy yourselves a copy, you know you want to. Don’t forget that like any other book out there, The Guardian needs reviews, be they good, bad or indifferent to help sell them.

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Finished, at least for now

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Derek Haines

Phew!!! At long last I’ve finished the first draft of my erotic science fiction novella – The Guardian. It ended up at just over 30,000 words in fifty-two pages. My good friend and fellow author Derek Haines has also finished his latest comical scifi novella entitled March. He’ll hate me for saying this, but to give you a flavour of Derek’s humour, think of what Douglas Adams’ character Ford Prefect got up to in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – sorry Derek.

So, between us we are now reading through each other’s books. In Derek’s case March is a follow up to his highly successful and absolutely hilarious trilogy of Glothic Tales set in an imaginary place on the other side of our galaxy.

For the moment I will be devoting all my time to reading his latest through while I wait for his verdict on mine.

More later

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I’ve Been Busy!!!

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My Beautiful Muse

If you are all wondering why my own posts are few and far between lately, the answer is simple – I’m busy with the last couple of chapters of my current science fiction WIP – The Guardian! So in the meantime you will have to be content with reposts from other people like my good friend Derek Haines for instance. Hopefully you are all benefiting from Derek’s considerable knowledge on the subject of publishing and other writerly things.

Well I’d better get back to it. I have now passed twenty-three thousand words, and I’m currently working on the fortieth A4 page. What with my highly demanding female muse pictured above, aka she who must be obeyed, and the ancient one pictured below, at the moment I’m only allowed a few paltry minutes per day here on my blog. More later when both of them are not looking over my shoulder. Whoops I hear them close by, which means I’ve got to go.

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Thoth, My Other Muse

PS – Which one demands the most. Here’s a hint – one of them is an absolute pussy cat.

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