#AudioTour “The Burning Son” by TH Leatherman

Author: TH Leatherman

Narrator: Russell Archey

Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

Series: The Burning Son, Book 1

Publisher: Fivefold Publishing LLC

Released: Aug. 12, 2020

Genre: Science Fiction; Space Opera

Pilot Mark Martin must flee his homeworld of Yale when the Erethizon theocracy overwhelms the defenses. His father, an influential senator, is captured. Now Mark must find a way to save his dad before the resistance is crushed, and with it, all hope of ending the occupation. A chance encounter with a smuggler captain may be his only hope. Will they help, or will the crew sell him to the alien invaders?

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TH Leatherman is a writer from Firestone, Colorado. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, winemaking, and the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. When not busy writing his next book, he can be found hiking with his wife and two sons or walking his rescued dogs. He worked as a stockbroker for twenty years before he started writing full time. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Regis University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Psychology. He has released four books, The Burning Son, Marque of the Son, Son Rise, Twin Sons and The Son Set, an omnibus edition of the first three books.

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Russell Archey loves the spoken word. Whether you need a story told, a product marketed, or a character brought to life, he takes both great pleasure and pride in voicing your project. Let him bring his passion and skill for the art to your creative venture. ​Clean, warm sound. Full and rich narration. Villainous vs. Heroic. Energetic and Upbeat! Smooth or Gravelly. Serious and heavy…or Light and Humorous! Lurch with a heart of gold or sinister evil lurking in the shadows. ​Russell is what you need him to be!

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Q&A with Protagonist Mark Martin
  • What’s your name, age, and race?
    • Mark Martin, 26, Terran
  • What do you do?
    • That’s a bit tougher. I’m a navigator, but with the war going on, I haven’t really had a ship to navigate. The need fighter pilots, so that’s what I am now.
  • What is your goal?
    • Protect my family, protect my homeworld, and drive the Erethizon from the galaxy.
  • What was life like for you growing up?
    • My Dad’s a senator, so my childhood was kinda nice. I went to private schools and played sports. I grew up on Yale, so an arts education is required. I learned to play the guitar, and I can sing pretty well.
  • What do you do for fun?
    • Um, flying, playing pod ball, and singing folk songs. Although lately it seems all I do is fly missions.
  • What is your biggest fear?
    • Oh, man. I really hope that we don’t lose to the Porcu-bears, the Erethizon I mean. If the Theocracy takes over the galaxy, their priest will turn it into a police state with mandatory worship five times a day, every day.
  • What do you feel are your strengths?
    • Wow, um. I guess I’ve got guts. When things go sideways, I’m the first guy to jump in and fix stuff. My sister is a doctor and super smart, so I’ve never really thought of myself as in her league. Um, oh! I’m pretty good a poker. My Grandpa taught me a lot about reading people’s body language and I’m pretty good at reading people.
  • Where could you improve?
    • Ugh. Politics. Reading people is not the same thing as being able to get them to do what you want. I just don’t have the patience for those kinds of games.
  • What is your relationship status?
    • Single. I mean, I’ve had girlfriends, but my last girlfriend cheated on me and I only found out because my friends told me. I’ll probably find another girlfriend someday, but with the war and everything, it hasn’t been a priority.
  • What is your relationship with your parents like?
    • My Dad is pretty cool. I mean, he wants me to follow his footsteps and go into politics, but that’s not really my thing. My Mom died when I was pretty young. I don’t remember much about her. My sister and Dad don’t talk about her that much, so I often wonder what she was like.
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#Featured “Her Instruments Box Set, Books 1-4” by M.C.A. Hogarth

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“The thrills are nonstop, the alien cultures and races are well developed and fascinating, and there’s just the right amount of humor to keep the whole thing fizzing.” — Analog Science Fiction and Fact

Merchant Trader Reese Eddings just wants to be left alone to run her (failing) operation in peace… so naturally she spends four books wrapped up in spies, pirates, and a space elf civil war! The “Her Instruments” box set contains all four novels:

Earthrise
Reese Eddings has enough to do keeping her rattletrap merchant vessel, the TMS Earthrise, profitable enough to feed herself and her crew. So when a mysterious benefactor from her past shows up demanding she rescue a man from slavers, her first reaction is to run for the hills. Unfortunately, she did promise to repay the loan. But she didn’t think it would involve tangling with pirates over a space elf prince…

Rose Point
Reese is only just getting used to running the Earthrise in the black—and with an Eldritch in her crew—when Hirianthial starts showing powers that even the Eldritch have only in legend. He badly needs training, support and advice, and the only place he can find them is… at home. To see the world of the Eldritch is a once in a lifetime opportunity. And to finally meet the Eldritch Queen! You’d have to twist her arm to get her to admit it, but Reese can’t wait to go. But a court out of fantasy and a breathtaking land aren’t enough compensation when they come packaged with a rabidly xenophobic species whose world is falling apart….

Laisrathera
The Queen of the Eldritch has offered Reese Eddings a life out of a fairy tale. Now the only thing between Reese and a castle of her very own is a maniacal alien despot, his native quisling and all the Eldritch dead-set on preventing the incursion of aliens at any cost, including the ousting of their current usurper, who happens to be an alien himself. The stakes have never been higher, and this last time will count for all…

A Rose Point Holiday
With the Eldritch civil war over, a castle to renovate, and a wedding to prepare for, the last thing Reese is thinking about is taking a break. But the new year is coming and the Eldritch take their holidays very seriously, so Reese decides it can’t hurt to observe the local proprieties. Who knows? Maybe it’ll make good practice for what Felith is calling the wedding of the century. Of course, that was before Reese realized it was going to involve gifts. And decorating. And a town full of recalcitrant Eldritch tenants who have no reason to trust her…

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#BookBlitz “The Game Warden’s Mate” by A.M. Griffin

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THE GAME WARDEN’S MATE

BY A.M. GRIFFIN

The Hunter. As the new Game Warden, Xrez Ym’ihla brings patrons from across the galaxy to track prey in a game built to enslave the weak and mate the strong. The business is a long running family legacy and Xrez is determined to succeed as his father had before him. He hadn’t meant to let one human occupy his thoughts, mind, and body.

His lies may come back to haunt him, but if he reveals the truth, he’ll ruin his chance to capture the heart of the one he wants.

The Prey. Esme Valdez had her entire life planned from an early age. As a chemist, her life was average and mundane, just the way she liked it. Until the impossible happened. Never did she imagine being abducted by aliens and forced to participate in a survival of the fittest game called The Hunt. If she survives and makes it to the end, she’ll be freed. If not, she’ll be forced to mate the one who captures her.

Esme is determined to win at all costs, even if it means putting her trust in a sexy alien who taunts her in the most delectable way.

Their love was built on betrayal. Can she trust him with her heart and life?

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“You’re in The Hunt. There are three ways to leave the arena. You can get yourself killed, captured by a hunter or win.” He briefly glanced their way. “From what I’ve observed so far you’ll be captured and processed before the day is over.”

“Hunt?” the male asked. His eyes were opened wide. Panic and fear splashed across his face.

The female gasped and clutched the male tighter, pressing her body against his back.. “Arena?”

Xrez stared at them, pitying them for the circumstances that they’d found themselves in. It wasn’t their fault that they were useless. They were a product of their species. And it wasn’t their fault they were on Turolois. His father was to blame for that.

“My advice? Summon an escape pod. Two hunters followed me and should be closing in on our position. If you leave now, you’ll have a chance to put distance between you and them. They are pack hunters and skilled at what they do. Leaving here on foot is no longer an option as they’ll pick up your scent and corral you into a trap.”

The male scrunched his face, and his lips thinned. “You sound bonkers, man. If you aren’t going to help, get out of here.” Spittle dropped from his lips. “What’s with the bad costume anyway? Are you some messed up cosplayer?”

Xrez didn’t have the energy to indulge these two any longer. No matter what he said, it wouldn’t register in their tiny brains. He’d given them sound advice, and they hadn’t made a move to save themselves.

He took one last glance at the pair of weaklings. If a hunter didn’t capture them soon, their stupidity would get them killed. Yes, it was best that they were taken right away so he could focus on helping the other humans to Level Two.

“I’m so scared of that thing, Spencer,” the woman cried. “It’s so ugly. It looks like a monster.”

“Don’t worry, Mary Ann. This is just a crazy scheme to frighten us. I hate weirdos like him,” the male said in hushed tones. “Ignore him. Maybe if we do, he’ll go away and leave us alone.”

Monster? Ugly?

Is that how humans viewed him? The females of his species found him attractive, virile and strong.

Xrez shrugged. The female didn’t know what a good mate was considering what she’d been used to on Earth. Xrez left the opposite way he’d come, following the scent of one female in particular. He hadn’t gotten two clicks away before he’d heard the screams. It seemed the Cyrox’s efforts had paid off. They’d just acquired a male and female without having to do very much work at all.

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ABOUT A.M. GRIFFIN

A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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“Earthrise (Her Instruments Book 1)” by M.C.A. Hogarth

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Earthrise (Her Instruments Book 1)

by M.C.A. Hogarth

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Space Opera

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“The thrills are nonstop, the alien cultures and races are well developed and fascinating, and there’s just the right amount of humor to keep the whole thing fizzing.” — Analog Science Fiction and Fact

Reese Eddings has enough to do keeping her rattletrap merchant vessel, the TMS Earthrise, profitable enough to feed herself and her crew. So when a mysterious benefactor from her past shows up demanding she rescue a man from slavers, her first reaction is to run for the hills. Unfortunately, she did promise to repay the loan. But she didn’t think it would involve tangling with pirates over a space elf prince…

Book 1 of the Her Instruments Trilogy is a rollicking adventure set in the expansive Pelted universe, and kicks off an epic space opera series where the fate of worlds hangs in the balance. Fans who enjoyed Firefly or Andromeda will like this series.

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“Legionnaire (Galaxy’s Edge Book 1)” by Jason Anspach, Nick Cole

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Legionnaire (Galaxy’s Edge Book 1)

by Jason Anspach, Nick Cole

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Space Opera/Galactic Empire/Alien Invasion

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The Galaxy is a Dumpster Fire

A hot, stinking, dumpster fire. And most days I don’t know if the legionnaires are putting out the flames, or fanning them into an inferno.

A hostile force ambushes Victory Company during a reconnaissance-in-force deep inside enemy territory.

Stranded behind enemy lines, a sergeant must lead a band of survivors against merciless insurgents on a deadly alien world somewhere along the galaxy’s edge.

With no room for error, the Republic’s elite fighting force must struggle to survive under siege while waiting on a rescue that might never come.

When you think you’ve surrounded the Legion… you’ve just made your last mistake.

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“Space Rogues” by John Wilker

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Space Rogues – A Science Fiction Adventure: The Epic Adventures of Wil Calder, Space Smuggler 

by John Wilker

Genre: Science Fiction/Action Adventure/Space Opera

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What happens when your experimental spacecraft breaks down near Neptune? Dying alone in space is the likely answer, right?

 

That’s not how Wil Calder’s story ends though; it’s how it begins. Alien space outlaws rescue him and sell his pod for scrap.

 

He’s given a choice: join the crew or step out the airlock without his spacesuit. Not great choices, right?

 

Now, years later, Wil is a lonely intergalactic outlaw and smuggler, looking for a crew.

 

Because space is lonely and boring, Wil could use some friends or at least people to work with, maybe boss around a little.

 

Before Wil can even enjoy having a crew to call his own, they find themselves in the center of a plot to start an intergalactic war.

 

A plot they aren’t remotely qualified to stop, but who looks at qualifications these days?

 

Between epic space battles, a quest for redemption and a daring heist, the crew uncovers a dangerous secret.

 

A secret that they can’t let stay hidden; too many worlds hang in the balance.

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“A Space Girl from Earth (The Kyroibi Trilogy Book 1)” by Christina McMullen

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“A Space Girl from Earth (The Kyroibi Trilogy Book 1)

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/YA/Space Opera

Release Date: May 15, 2017

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Ellie Whitmore is no ordinary girl. Even if her parents weren’t internationally famous celebrities, her six-foot four-inch height and oddly spotted complexion would make her stand out in any crowd. But never would she have guessed she was an alien from far across the galaxy. Or that hidden within her genetic make up lies the Kyroibi: an ancient and powerful relic housing the forbidden knowledge of her people.

Knowledge some would sacrifice everything to possess.

Worse, it isn’t just the malevolent Emperor who wants the Kyroibi. Her own mother can’t resist the draw of ultimate power and the one person Ellie might be able to trust is an unrepentant assassin who may be responsible for her life’s upheaval. Now, she must travel to a distant planet and unlock the secrets to restoring peace and ending tyranny. But how can anyone expect her to save the galaxy when she can’t even pass organic chemistry?


Christina McMullen is a science fiction and fantasy author who dreams of flying cars and electric sheep. She currently resides in Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband and their dogs. When she isn’t writing, Christina enjoys travel, vegan cooking, modern and classical art, and of course, reading.

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“The Middle Road (Spineward Sectors: Middleton’s Pride Book 7)” by Caleb Wachter

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“The Middle Road (Spineward Sectors: Middleton’s Pride Book 7)

Genre: Science Fiction/Space Opera

Release Date: January 15, 2017

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With a patchwork fleet under his command, Supreme Commander Middleton now faces the daunting task of dealing with an Imperial Fleet’s seemingly unstoppable advance into the Gorgon Sectors.

But the first order of business for any military commander in Middleton’s position is to gather intelligence. So before they rush off to engage the enemy in a battle for the fate of the Gorgon Sectors, Middleton and his people must learn more about the mysterious nature of the Gorgon Conflict–and as each piece of the puzzle falls into place, a cloud of darkness appears at the edge of the galaxy which threatens to swallow the Gorgon Sectors whole.

A mysterious figure known only as ‘The Crafter’ seems to only add to the increasingly murky picture in which Middleton and his people find themselves, but it may be this same enigmatic character who proves instrumental in the Alliance Gorgonus’ ultimate victory in the escalating war with the Empire of Man.

But for the first time in Middleton’s career, he has the resources, the crew, and perhaps the most crucial element of all–surprise–on his side necessary to bring a fair fight to the Imperial Fleet. And that’s exactly what he intends to do.

Meanwhile, on the far Rim, a secretive Imperial mission is under way to pierce the veil of darkness beyond the Gorgon Sectors–a veil behind which a threat of unimaginable danger might lurk. While fleets of warships vie for control of the Gorgon Sectors, the Imperial operatives will try to discover who their real enemy is–and their discovery may shake the galaxy itself.

Will Middleton be able to keep the ramshackle Alliance Gorgonus from flying apart at the seams before they close to grips with the enemy? Will Kongming’s personal transformation continue to strip away his remaining humanity? And will the Empire manage to regain the initiative, or will Middleton deal them a crippling blow before they even know he is hunting them?

Battle lines will be drawn, players revealed, and fur will fly in this entry to the Spineward Sectors: Middleton’s Pride series!

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~ About the Author ~

A child of the 80’s and devoted attendant of Saturday Morning Cartoons back before cable TV reduced their appeal, my life has been full of adventures great and small, real and imagined, and since a young age, I’ve shared those adventures with anyone who would listen.

I love science fiction, science fact, and fantasy because they each engage the imagination in different but equally powerful ways. I’m just as comfortable discussing the outcomes which hinge on a roll of dice as I am talking about the latest discoveries in astrophysics–and my exceptionally patient wife would gladly confirm that I tend to ramble when I find a subject I can engage with.

I tend to write stories with heavy emphasis on character development, action, and dialogue. I also tend to gravitate toward sagas and longer stories; I don’t dislike short stories or one-off novels, but my imagination works best when given a long leash. So if I write something you like, you can expect plenty more where it came from!