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Michael E. Gonzales (Featured Writer 12018/11/8)

Michael E. Gonzales describes himself as a fictionist. He served in the US army for twenty years and now works as a museum curator. He writes a scifi that blends fantastical scenarios into the genre. This results in beautiful writing full of what if‘s and wow I can’t believe he did that‘s.

His science fiction brought him to the finals in the 2017 Epic Fiction contest; and his major series The Unborn Galaxy definitely matches the skill of that title. His characters are believable and feel unique from the start, as if each one is very much real to him. You can feel their personalities and when it comes to the action of the story, you relate to them as if they are an extension of yourself. I hope that as you read you consider how much an undertaking it is to write about moon colonizing. It is an undertaking in itself.

But then Gonzales takes a different approach. First he brings you to JILL, a moonbase, and from there you embark on an adventure that blends fantasy and scifi into one pure genre. This, my friends, is the kind of fiction that we writers do not make enough of, and I encourage you to join Gonzales on this adventure to the moon and back. You will not regret it.

Originally I had planned on giving my own excerpts from the series, but the lines I love the most in what I’ve read so far would be spoilers, and I promised Michael that I would keep out the spoilers! So I’ll stick with his excerpts. Please give his books a looksee, I’ll put excerpts from the first two here with a link to his other work at the bottom. The titles will be links to his Amazon page for that book, and they are an absolute bargain at $3.00 on kindle. So give him a try!

*I do not own any rights to this story or to any creative license to this work by Michael E. Gonzales. This is a featured post that I do not claim to own nor have I altered the text contained in any way except to format it to my website. All images you see are from Michael E. Gonzales’s own website with my understanding as to his permission to use them. Consider this statement a void of the Creative Commons to this page on this website.*

 

 

From Ch. 1 of DARK MOON RISING:

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From above, JILL’s entire collection of domed structures was visible. They were of various sizes, each dedicated to a different task. Tubes that allowed both foot and motorized traffic to flow between them interconnected all the domes.

Just a few meters east of the fifty–one original domes stood the latest addition to JILL known as the Barbicane Science Center. This facility was huge, nearly thirty kilometers north to south and forty three kilometers east to west with a number of secondary structures in proximity. The descendants of the great lunar pioneer Impey Barbicane had been far more than generous in their support of the Joint International Lunar Laboratory.

A bit about the book from the author:

“The roots of this story began back in 2008. After eighteen months I had completed my very first manuscript. I learned why when some sit down to write ‘the great American novel’ they quit. There is absolutely nothing easy about it.
“Writing does come with its own rewards, however. Some of us enjoy it, despite the long hours, late nights and endless days researching, scripting, steering the plot … in the end I discovered that I enjoyed the entire process.
“To date I have completed sixteen full length novels most in excess of one hundred thousand words.”

 

From, BATTLE OF BROKEN MOON:

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Dolph stepped close to the monitor nearest us. Looking at the women in the red echo–suit and said, “Sie sehen aus wie Walküren.”

“What?” Walker asked.

“Yeah they do sort of look like Valkyries,” I said. “Except they’re too skinny and don’t have horns on their helmets.”

“Only in Amerika do you see them this way,” his voice became low and his eyes did not leave the monitor. “The Walküren were originally harbingers of death. Dark sprites who soared over battlefields and collected the souls of the heroic dead and carried them to Vallholl, Wotan’s feast hall, then he would include them into his army of ghost heroes. In Vallholl the Walküren served the slain warriors tankards of mead that never ran dry and plates of endless meat.

“The Walküren were Wotan’s shield–maidens, virgins of unsurpassed beauty. Their hair was as fine golden thread, their eyes as blue as the Rhine, their skin like snow.

“They were beautiful, Ja, but terrible maidens, skilled in both battle and magic. In their hands lay the fate of warriors, heroes, cowards, and nations. They answered only to the will of Wotan.”

“Wow, Dolph, you’re really into that shit ain’t ya?” Walker asked.

A bit about the book from the author:

“The Battle of Broken Moon is the story of the human condition, an examination of prejudice, and bias. A story of our desire to survive in the face of certain death. It is a story of treachery, and deceit,of irrational belief, and an irrepressible desire for power.

“It is the story of the human need for something that will complete us, and bring meaning to our lives.

“It is the ancient story of the struggle between good and evil. It is a mirror on our past, a vista of the present, and a window to our future…”

*I do not own any rights to this story or to any creative license to this work by Michael E. Gonzales. This is a featured post that I do not claim to own nor have I altered the text contained in any way except to format it to my website. All images you see are from Michael E. Gonzales’s own website with my understanding as to his permission to use them. Consider this statement a void of the Creative Commons to this page on this website.*

I will put it out there once again that Michael E. Gonzales knows what he is doing, and intentionally writes these adventures with a pen strong enough to keep you reading. His work is ambitious- the way an adventure ought to be, and I can’t wait to finish the series and fill his amazon pages with reviews! Thank you Michael for sharing your stories with us, and thank you dear reader for giving his work a look. I promise you will not be disappointed!

For more of Michael E. Gonzales’s work click here. To buy his books click here. Feel free to follow him on Facebook, and Twitter. I also found some reviews of his work here, and on goodreads. He is featured in a blog on blogger that is worth its weight in words. You can find that here. You will find a shout out to Michael Gonzales in my upcoming video later this week!

Again, thank you so much for reading and supporting your writers in this increasingly competitive world. Keep reading and keep writing, my friends!

 

-ABK

12018/11/8

 

 

 

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