Second Chance by Dylan S Hearn

Another great review of Second Chance, this time picking up on some aspects not covered before in other reviews. I’m especially thrilled by this review, not just because Andrew is a writer I admire, but because he is a big science fiction fan and has a deep knowledge of the genre, so praise from him is praise indeed 🙂

Andrew Knighton writes

In the age of the YA dystopia, it’s easy to find fiction that looks at what disaster might come our way and how we might survive. What I haven’t seen much of, and one of the things I really enjoyed about Dylan S Hearn‘s Second Chance, is that this book goes beyond that immediate speculation into a world where humanity has survived its own recklessness. Then it takes a step back and asks, what was the cost of that survival?

Mystery and Suspense

Second Chance is a tight, well-placed near future thriller. A young woman has gone missing, vanished despite the near-ubiquity of electronic surveillance. Many people are interested in uncovering, concealing or using the truth about her disappearance. A politician who will automatically lose her seat when her popularity falls. A detective from a private police company. A data cleanser, a type of researcher tasked with identifying and containing information that…

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Long, slow, deep breaths…

I’ve been following Julie’s path to publications with interest and now, finally, her book Singled Out is available to buy as an ebook or paperback. I was lucky enough to beta read for Julie a while back and I can’t wait to see what changed she’s made. If you like psychological thrillers with a bit of mystery and a distinctive female lead, you’ll love Singled Out.

Julie Lawford

Singled Out is today officially launched and available to buy (on Kindle and in paperback) from Amazon

singledout_kindle_656x1000pxIt seems as if I’ve been doing this for ever… writing, editing, writing some more, editing some more, fiddling about on KDP, messing around on CreateSpace, checking and re-checking proofs… and all the while, taking deep, calming breaths.

But it’s finally done. As of this morning, 1st February, Singled Out is online, live, and available to purchase from Amazon – for your Kindles or for your bookshelves.

If you’ve become interested in the story of Singled Out over the last few months – the writing of it, or the few teasing nuggets which have found their way into this blog – you might feel like checking it out:



If over of the coming days, weeks or months you should happen to purchase Singled Out; and if you should…

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New Science Fiction Quarterly: Nonlocal Science Fiction


This is an interesting one for writers and science fiction fans. I was contacted recently by Daniel J. Dombrowski, Owner and Managing Editor of 33rd Street Digital Press. He’s launching a new digital quarterly magazine, Nonlocal Science Fiction, and is looking to raise funds to cover the costs of setting the magazine up via Kickstarter.

If you’re a fan of science fiction short stories, this could well be worth you while supporting.He’s already pulled together an interesting roster of stories for the first edition, listed below. And if you get involved early on with the Kickstarter campaign, you not only get the first copy free, depending on how much you invest there are additional benefits like limited edition merchandise or even a lifetime subscription.

For authors, this could be a great promotional opportunity, allowing you to showcase your writing to a potentially large audience. My only caveat is that you’d be paid a share of profits from the sale, rather than a per word or per story rate. This does place some of the risk back on you, the author, as you don’t know how much money, if any, you will receive for your story, so you’ll need to make a decision on the promotional opportunity compared to the risk of receiving a fee.

If you would like to know more about the Kickstarter campaign, or are interested in submitting stories for future edition, please find the relevant contact details below:

33rd Street Digital Press website:

Nonlocal Science Fiction website:





Stories that will appear in the first edition:

Us and Everybody Else by Valery Amborski

In the future, we’ll be able to escape, very literally, into our memories. But is it a good idea to live for the past?

Delivery to Venus by Robert Paul Blumenstein

The Earth has become a ball of ice as the sun slowly burns out. A team of scientists must face the ultimate questions of existence while they sow seeds on Venus.

A Thin Atmosphere, Chapter 1 by Dan Colton

Mars City comes under attack by tunnel-dwelling Rebels in the first chapter of this old-school space adventure serial.

Mazep-fal by Daniel J. Dombrowski

A man who is both the youngest and oldest member of his tribe makes a terrible discovery on a pilgrimage to meet his gods.

Marigold’s Memory by Reva Russell English

In a future where human memory is stored on microchip implants and bad memories can be erased, a young woman faces a terrible fate.

Catalyst by Aaron Hamilton

A daring escape in a stolen spacecraft and a mysterious and alluring rescuer leave a smuggler wondering what will happen next.

Deal Gone Bad, Chapter 1 by Thad Kanupp

Jack survives in a post-apocalyptic wasteland by scavenging guns and ammunition. His life is about to get a lot more interesting.

Shoot the Devil by Nicholas Rossis

What would you do if you could travel back in time? If you had the devil in your sites, would you pull the trigger?

The Assistant Assistant Port Keeper by Jim Rudnick

Life as an Assistant Assistant Port Keeper in a space port on the Rim has its highs and its lows. A visit from a particularly difficult species of traders presents an opportunity for both.

In The Days Of Still Pictures by H.C. Turk

In an alternate wild west where cowboys ride zebras and elephants pull wagons, a pair of traveling salesmen appear and stir up trouble with their magical wares.