We put a great deal of effort into promoting our new, recent and upcoming books but often our previous releases get sidelined.
In this latest series I am offering authors in the Cafe and Bookstore a chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book of 500 words. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate.
Today Ted Myers shares and excerpt from his first novel, Fluffy’s Revolution, an animal-centric sci-fi adventure starring a cat. The book is not exclusively for kids (as the title may suggest), but appeals animal lovers of all ages. In this scene, the GABs’ (Genetially Altered Brain animals) hideout, an old warehouse, has been discovered by the cops, who are bent on destroying these unique animals…
About the book
“Brisk sci-fi futurism with a feline star and a positive outlook.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS
The fate of the world rests on the haunches of one small cat.
It’s 2135. Fluffy is a super-intelligent GAB (Genetically Altered Brain) cat. Like many dogs, cats, mice, and the occasional pig, her brain is the product of genetic tinkering by humans that started more than a century ago. With their powers of telekinesis, the animals can manipulate physical objects without being able to grasp them. They can speak to each other telepathically without audible voices. Now, people have begun to fear them and to systematically capture and exterminate them. Fluffy leaves the safety of her home to look for her lost brother and joins a band of animal revolutionaries. After a series of brushes with death, Fluffy and her friends find a secret university for GAB animals. There, they work with enlightened humans to save Earth from certain destruction.
An excerpt from the book
Outside the windows, on the street side of the building, there is a strip of roof rimmed with a low brick wall. As the animals flee out the window, a huge unmanned gunship rises up over the street like a monstrous specter. It opens fire on the animals, mowing down dozens of them.
Fluffy, Tigger, and Fang, seeing no alternative, follow the others out the windows and run to the right, staying close to the brick retaining wall. Hundreds of bullets whizz over their heads. The cats stay low, but a bullet hits Fang in her side and she falls. Fluffy stops and Tigger keeps going.
“Fang!” cries Fluffy. “Can you get up?”
Fang lays on her side, her breathing labored. “Keep going, sweetie,” she whispers. She’s bleeding badly. “Get to the mountains, find that school…” And then she is gone.
When cats cry, there are no tears. But inside, Fluffy’s tears fall like rain. She looks up at the battle drone. “You killed my friend, now GO DOWN!” If looks could kill, that battle drone would be dead, and in this case they could. The huge ship spins out of control and crashes into the street below in a ball of flames.
Another gunship appears almost immediately and starts firing on Fluffy. She runs faster than she knew she could. The bullets follow her, try to cut her down but miraculously none of them hits her. At the end of the row of contiguous buildings, there’s an alley about fifteen feet wide. On the other side is another industrial building the same height. It has an air vent that looks like a curved smokestack on the roof. Without thinking, and not really caring if she falls to her death, Fluffy leaps without slowing down, without looking down. She sails over the alley and her front paws are just able to grab the edge of the other roof.
One of the reviews for Fluffy’s Revolution
This was top-tier dystopian science fiction. The stakes are high in this wryly humorous anthropomorphic adventure. In its future world like Poul Anderson’s Brainwave, with a touch of Orwell’s Animal Farm mixed in, I was intrigued and won over by the charming and witty characters, the over-the-top plot, and the eccentric world building. There were multiple surprises in every chapter, and the book rarely slows down to let you think too hard about plausibility. The writing is slick and moves at a breakneck pace, through an engaging pseudo-technical cinematic crescendo, and left me eager for more. I’m onboard for the sequel Mr. Myers.
I had no problems with this book and would read it again. Recommended for all ages. A few classic movie references thrown in were a bonus.
Also by Ted Myers
About Ted Myers
After twenty years trembling on the brink of rock stardom and fifteen years working at record companies, Ted Myers left the music business–or perhaps it was the other way around–and took a job as a copywriter at an advertising agency. This cemented his determination to make his mark as an author. His nonfiction has appeared in Working Musicians (Harper Collins), By the Time We Got to Woodstock: The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution of 1969 (Backbeat Books), and Popular Music and Society.
His short stories have appeared online at Literally Stories and in print in the To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology 2016. His epic and amusing memoir, Making It: Music, Sex & Drugs in the Golden Age of Rock was published by Calumet Editions in 2017 and more short stories appeared in Iconoclast magazine, The Mystic Blue Review, Centum Press’ 100 Voices Anthology, and Culture Cult Magazine.
In 2018, his work appeared in The Ink Stains Anthology, and Bewildering Stories. His first novel, Fluffy’s Revolution, was published by Black Rose Writing in 2019. His second novel, Paris Escapade, was published by Black Rose Writing in December 2020.
Thanks very much for dropping in and I hope you will head over to check Ted’s books out.. thanks Sally.
I hope you will participate in this series.. there are currently 130 authors on the shelves with reviews within the last six months and you can check your entry at this link – Cafe and Bookstore
How to participate in this series
In this latest series I am offering authors in the Cafe and Bookstore a chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book. Please check the link if it has been some time since you were promoted in the Cafe.
The aim of the series
- To showcase a previous book and sell some copies.
- Gain more recent reviews for the book.
- Promote a selection of other books that are available.
- Share an excerpt from the first book in a series to encourage readers to buy following books.
I will top and tail in the usual way with your other books and links, bio, photo and social media. I will also select a review that I feel has the best selling pitch for the book.
- This series is open to authors in the Cafe and Bookstore who have more than one book (as this already gets promoted on a regular basis) and have reviews for that book I can select from. Cafe and Bookstore
- I suggest an extract of 500 words or a poem that you feel best reflects the theme of your collection. This is a PG rated blog and there are younger readers so it would be great if you could bear that in mind.
- If you have an illustration or images you can attach to the email for me to include. No need to send the cover as I will have that or will access from Amazon.
- I will check reviews on Amazon sites as well as Goodreads and select one I feel is a great advertisement for the book.
- As an author in the Cafe and Bookstore I will already have all your details, links and covers of other books so need to send anything further.
- Please send your excerpt and any accompanying images to email@example.com
N.B..If you participated last year in the two series and would like to check which book you shared, please email and I will let you know.
Look forward to hearing from you