Archive for April, 2012


Ever wondered what rocket scientists did after they left the field? Some of them become authors, like the lovely Stephanie Osborn. She has co-authored many books with Travis S. Taylor and Darrell Bain, but has a few novels she calls her own. The first was ‘Burnout: The Mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281’.

If you have not heard, Stephanie Osborn’s first solo novel – ‘Burnout’ – is in the pre-production stages of becoming a movie. Still, there were questions left by the book that readers were intrigued to find out about. One in particular was a scene where“Dr. Mike Anders buys a small spaceman fetish from a Zuni elder at atrading post. There’s a story behind this little lapis spaceman carving. What is it, and how did it come to be?” (taken from http://www.stephanie-osborn.com)

Mrs. Osborn answers this question in the short ebook ‘The Fetish’. Since it is a short book, we cannot say much more about it lest we give it away. So make your way to Kindle and pick up your copy today!

Want more non-fiction from Mrs. Osborn? In November her latest collaborative work with Travis S. Taylor will be available. The Rocket City Rednecks’ New American Space Plan cover art can be viewed at
http://www.baen.com/author_catalog.asp?author=tstaylor
and will be available to purchase soon. Don’t know about the Rocket City Rednecks?

“Meet the Rocket City Rednecks. They’re five “backwoods” guys from the rocket city: Huntsville, Alabama, home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the birthplace of the U.S. space program. Sure, they love to shoot stuff and drink beer, and one of ’em lives in a trailer, but with a family tree full of NASA rocket scientists (not to mention their own PhDs and advanced degrees), they aim a little higher—like using homemade moonshine to fuel a rocket!

“Now, in typical laid back style, Dr. Travis S. Taylor, leader of the crew, [with assistance from Ms Osborn] delivers the goods on how America can return to space exploration and manned space flight – and can probably do so with common items found in a typical redneck backyard. What’s needed is a good old ‘try anything’ attitude, a bit of gumption, and the spectacularly entertaining backyard science that’s the Rocket City Redneck specialty.” (taken from
http://www.amazon.com/Rocket-City-Rednecks-American-Space…)

Are you a lover of the original Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle? Then you just might like the new series available from rocket-scientist turned author Stephanie Osborn. Entranced by the innovative detective work done in this Victorian fiction series, and not too impressed with the new steampunk version, Mrs. Osborn sought to, and succeeded in, bringing Sherlock Holmes to modern day.

Using her scientific background, Mrs. Osborn proposed a feasible way in which Detective Holmes escaped, or rather was plucked from, his demise at the Falls. She ingeniously does not interrupt any of the original series, and instead brings the beloved character to present day and follows him as he adjusts to modern technology and well as modern culture.

Three books are currently available:

The Case of the Displaced Detective #1: The Arrival

‘The Displaced Detective’ Series is a science fiction mystery in which the brilliant hyperspatial physicist, Dr. Skye Chadwick, discovers that there are alternate realities, and said alternates are often populated by those we consider only literary characters. Her pet research, Project: Tesseract, hidden deep under Schriever AFB, is her means of looking in on these continua. In one particular reality, continuum 114, a certain Victorian detective (who, in fact, exists in several continua) was to have died along with his arch-nemesis at the Reichenbach Falls. Knee-jerking, Skye intervenes, rescuing her hero, who inadvertently flies through the tesseract wormhole connecting his universe with ours, while his enemy plunges to his death. Unable to send Holmes back without causing devastating continuum collapse due to non-uniqueness, he must stay in our world and learn to adapt to the 21st century.

Meanwhile, the Schriever AFB Dept of Security discovers a spy ring working to dig out the details of – and possibly sabotage – Project: Tesseract.

Can Chadwick help Holmes come up to speed in modern investigative techniques in time to stop the spies? Will Holmes be able to thrive in our modern world? Is Chadwick now Holmes’ new “Watson” – or more?

And what happens next? (taken from http://www.stephanie-osborn.com)

The Case of the Displaced Detective #2: At Speed

Having already aborted one attempt to sabotage Project: Tesseract by an unknown spy ring, Sherlock Holmes — now up to speed in his new life, in a new century, and a new spacetime continuum — and Dr. Skye Chadwick — world-class hyperspatial physicist as well as Holmes’ liaison and new “Watson” — face the next challenge. How do they find and arrest the members of this diabolical spy ring when they do not even know what the ring is trying to accomplish? And how can they do it when Skye is recovering from no less than two nigh-fatal wounds?

Further complicating matters is their relationship itself. For the ups and downs in the relationship between Holmes and Chadwick are due to something more than the occasional clash of demanding, eccentric personalities. Chadwick has already long since acknowledged to herself that she has fallen in love with Holmes. Knowing his predilection for eschewing matters of the heart, however, she struggles to hide it, in order to maintain the friendship they DO have, preferring said friendship to total alienation. Holmes also feels attraction — but fights it tooth and nail, refusing to admit to the fact, even to himself. After all, it is not merely Skye’s work that the spies may be after — but her life as well. Having already lost Watson to the vagaries of spacetime, could he endure losing another companion?

Can they work out the intricacies of their relationship? Can they determine the reason the spy ring is after the tesseract? And — most importantly — can they stop it? (taken from http://www.stephanie-osborn.com)

The Case of the Cosmological Killer #1: The Rendlesham Incident (available in pdf format)

In 1980, RAF Bentwaters and Woodbridge were plagued by UFO sightings that were never solved. Now a resident of Suffolk has died of fright during a new UFO encounter. On holiday in London, Sherlock Holmes and Skye Chadwick-Holmes are called upon by Her Majesty’s Secret Service to investigate the death.

‘The Case of the Cosmological Killer: TheRendlesham Incident’ is the third book in an exciting and popular science fiction and mystery series. (taken from http://www.stephanie-osborn.com)

If after reading these, you are still hungry for more but cannot wait for book four – ‘The Case of the Cosmological Killer: Endings and Beginnings’ – then perhaps you might want to try out Stephanie Osborn’s short non-fiction work. A small, heavily-researched $2.99 ebook based on a paper presented at a Sherlockian (Sherlock Holmes fandom) gathering called ‘Sherlock, Sheilas, and the Seven-Percent Solution’, and it can be on Kindle at the following link:

http://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Sheilas-Seven-Percent-Solu…

More interested in how Stephanie Osborn did research for her writings? Then you might want to check out Sarah A. Hoyt’s blog when she talked with Mrs. Osborn about how she approached the series.

http://accordingtohoyt.com/2012/04/14/stephanie-osborns-t…

All of these are a recommended read for Holmes followers everywhere!

Love action-packed fantasy that is not slowed by a lot of description? Then you might want to try out D. A. Adam’s ‘Brotherhood of Dwarves’! It is FREE on Kindle on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 and Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Share this with your friends!

“Roskin, heir to the throne of a remote, peaceful kingdom of dwarves, craves excitement and adventure. Outside his own kingdom, in search of fortune and glory, he finds a much different world, one divided by racial strife and overrun by war. The orcs to the south want to conquer all dwarves and sell them as slaves. The humans to the east want to control the world’s resources. Caught in the middle, Roskin finds himself chased by slave traders and soldiers alike as he discovers that friendship is the best fortune of all. Just when he thinks he has triumphed, an act of betrayal sends him into bondage. His only hope of escape is the faltering courage of a disgraced warrior whose best days are behind him.”  (taken from http://www.amazon.com/The-Brotherhood-Dwarves-D-Adams/dp/…)
“Truly a wonderful read! Adams cleverly introduces the physical features, customs, and locations of three clans of dwarves in the first two pages! Still leaving room to learn about the humans, elves, orcs, and ogres of his world, it is truly a remarkable achievement. Alot of action, so there is no drawing out of scenes. Once you pick it up, do not be surprised if you are several chapters in before you realize how much time has gone by. Definitely recommended for any action reader – fantasy or not.” – Herika R. Raymer, speculative fiction writer

Need more incentive? How about the book was liked by the character actor John Rhys-Davies? The author actually has a photo of he and Mr. Rhys-Davies with the book between them. Mr. Rhys-Davies is said to have really enjoyed this book about dwarves.

So do not wait! Pick up a free copy while they last!

Senatobia, MS will once again be the site of a large fair on the weekend of May 12, 2012. They invite you to come and visit them, and Imagicopter is delighted to announce that several of their participants will also be there – so go out and meet them!

Place: Senatobia May Fairgrounds in Gabbert Park
Date: Saturday May 12, 2012
Time: 9am to 2pm

Of the attendees will be:
•   Fantasy young-adult author J. L. Mulvihill of ‘Lost Daughter of Easa’ available from Kerlak Publishing
•   Children’s author James Beverly of the ‘Seamus the Sheltie’ series available from Nightengale Press
•   Christian mystery writer Gerald Trimmer of ‘Ten Commandments Mystery Series’ available from the author
•   Fantasy writer and poet M. R. Williamson of the ‘Krypendorf’ series available from the author
•   Mystery writer and artist Luther A. Knight, Jr of ‘Myrtle Beach’ and ‘Tomato Patch’ books available from the author
•   Artist Ernest Lawson who did the cover art for the ‘Krypendorf’ series and will most likely be doing portraits on site
•   Speculative fiction writer J. Moffett Walker of ‘The Blueprints of Sir Michael’, ‘Muh’, and ‘The Mississippi I Love’ among others

We all invite you to come out and enjoy the site, talk with the talent, and perhaps leave with a sample of their goods!

Need somewhere to go on the weekend of May 19, 2012? There is going to be a book signing in Jackson, TN and you are invited!

Where?
The Ned McWherter Cultural Arts Center
314 East Main Street
Jackson, Tennessee
Conference Room on the 2nd floor

Date?
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time?
1:00 pm to 4:00pm

Among the authors present will be horror author and haiku poet Henry L Sanders of ‘Blood Journey’ as well as children’s author James Beverly of the Seamus the Sheltie series. Snacks will be provided and they sincerely hope you will come! It is a great opportunity to meet some local talent and talk with them about ‘breaking into the business’ or perhaps chatting with them about their work.

Henry L Sanders is a native of Jackson, TN and has his work available through Sam’s Dot Publishing. His vampire novel ‘Blood Journey’ was co-written with the lovely Terrie Relf, and a collection of his haiku is available in ‘Dark Eden’.

James Beverly, a child psychologist, combined his professional training with his grandfather’s way of telling tales to deliver moral tales via the lovable collie known as Seamus. Read them in the ‘Seamus the Sheltie’ series, available from http://www.seamusthesheltie.com/.

Go and see these talented men, and the other authors at the May book signing!