Saturday, April 26, 2014

Will You Wear Technology?

Science fiction has always been at the forefront of predicting future technology and related issues. Although not exactly science fiction, Dick Tracy comics by Chester Gould sported the wristwatch communicator, and over 80 years later, we're still waiting for it to become a commercial reality. (Although tantalizing TV advertisements have recently suggested it is a reality...)

Walter Knight, author of the popular AMERICA'S GALACTIC FOREIGN LEGION scifi series, has this to say about wearable technology...

I see wearable technology as the next big thing. What used to be science fiction is becoming reality.

The most obvious wearable technology I've explored in my "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" science fiction series is the helmet camera, a reality now. Soldiers, police officers, security guards, etc., wear cameras at work. Soon, everyone will be wearing these cameras on errands and vacations. We've already seen many news reports showing biker helmet cameras and dash camera images.

... in Afghanistan was captured on special forces' helmet-mounted camerasPrivacy concerns are now focused on those cameras' encounters, and on government intrusion. I'm more concerned with the privacy of the wearer of the camera. What if an employer insists all employees wear the cameras? Will your union go along with that? What about bathroom breaks? Cheating at work? Picking your nose and flatulence? Political correctness? It all gets recorded and archived. Then there are hackers stealing images and posting them on the internet.

Fortunately, there is a low-tech solution if this scenario becomes reality. Duct tape over the camera lens. Ha! Another use for duct tape!

What wearable technology do you think will be the next big thing?

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review for ... ZOMBIE MISSOURI by Walter Knight was kind enough to post a review for Walter Knight's ZOMBIE MISSOURI...

Here's a short summary of the book followed by the review:

Walter Knight
SciFi Humor

Teenage loser Lenny Dreckle of Johnson City, Missouri, is finally a winner – in the zombie lotto. About to be shot by robbers at the Taco Bell after hours, Lenny’s saved by a bright light that scares the robbers away. Unfortunately, the world as Lenny knows it is fast coming to an end. An unknown disaster kills ninety percent of the human population, turning them into flesh-eating zombies.
Teaming up with other survivors and armed with cans of cat food to distract the zombies, Lenny embarks on a bizarre odyssey to find the cause of the zombie apocalypse and to take back the world one town at a time, starting with Johnson City. The question is, can Lenny keep his hands off the lovely zombie Andrea and avoid being devoured or infected by her? Loser that Lenny is, his fate hangs in the balance.


I’m not quite sure where to start with Zombie, Missouri. To be honest, I read the first few chapters of this book and put it down, relatively sure I wasn’t going to finish it. I’d make my apologies to the author who requested the review and be done with it. However, the guy spent his time asking for the review and, as your ever faithful Head Zombie, I always strive to do what I say I’m going to do… so I soldiered on.

I love hilarious zombie tales. Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland are in my top five favorite ZA movies of all time. I also love books that go against the grain and blow up zombie lore as we know it – writers get points from me for not following the rules which is exactly why I’m not going to trash Zombie, Missouri. It takes balls to pull off something like this. Make no mistake, however – those of you who are zombie purists will not enjoy this book AT ALL.

The main character is a stoner teenager named Lenny Dreckle whose primary objective, even in the ZA, is to lose his virginity. He teams up with a woman named Kansas (who has no intention of giving him any play at all) and together they must somehow fend off the zombies (and the aliens and maybe even the Chinese – those bastards) with or without the help of a weird, pill popping mad scientist sort named Oz. Dreckle may have a chance of getting some from his girlfriend Andrea, if he can keep the zombie hoochie from eating his brains.

The problem, in my opinion, with Zombie, Missouri is that it’s like getting on the tilt-a-whirl at the carnival right after you’ve finished with your cherry milkshake, your cherry corndog and your chicken cherry-yaki but before you’ve taken a good, stiff swig of your cherry Pepto Bismol. It’s everywhere at once and you just don’t know where to look as you’re getting tossed around and praying you don’t have to revisit your carnie cherry goodness.

Not to completely mislead you – this book is totally, freaking gut-bustingly funny in parts. At times I think I may have laughed so hard I peed a little. The characters do make you want to care for them and you do hope they make it so at least you’ll get to see what wacky and unpredictable thing they’ll do next. This book is like the ZA hopped up on meth or at least five or six shots of Five Hour Energy.
Walter Knight gets an A for originality and cojones, but Zombie, Missouri gets THREE out of FIVE ZOMBIE HEADS.


Break Time's Over, Back to WORK!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, so maybe some of you out there have noticed a sort of ... lull ... in the posting schedule for Penumbra Publishing's blog. (Or maybe you didn't notice.) There's a plethora of excuses...

1. Computer broke
2. Took some sick days
3. Took some snow days
4. Dog ate homework

But who cares anyway, now that


Hang in there while we get our mojo going full-swing.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Tour Schedule for COMMON DESCENT

Here's the virtual book tour schedule for COMMON DESCENT, Natasha Larry's third book in the YA paranormal series DARWIN CHILDREN...

November 10 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Kick Off
November 11 - Texas Book Nook 
November 12 - A Life Through Books
November 13 - Desert Rose Reviews 
November 14 - My Reading Addiction
November 15 - Dalene's Book Reviews
November 16 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

COMMON DESCENT, Book 3, Darwin's Children

Natasha Larry

Eighteen-year old Jaycie Lerner’s telekinesis is finally in check – too bad levitating a picnic table is now a workout. Not to mention her previously dormant telepathy is back and raging out of control. As she struggles to manage her frightening power, the Dey-Vah announce they will soon reveal the supernatural world to the human race. To make matters worse, people start dropping dead all over northern Alabama. Then, a mysterious new enemy emerges.

Jaycie must elicit the help of the world’s only master vampire slayer and an assassin who converses with the voices in her head. Strengthening the Core is the only way to protect mankind from the coming vampire army, and that’s not even their most dangerous threat.

Jaycie and her family face their darkest hour when an innocent young girl serves as a pawn to form a deadly Alliance. The perfect vampire, Lilith Bradshaw, becomes an eye-opening example of how far the Alliance will go to serve their own destructive ends. The world around Jaycie plummets into darkness, and betrayals from the past threaten to undo them all.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Other books - THE QUEEN'S BLADE

We're pleased to add THE QUEEN'S BLADE to our list of books by other authors. Check out this unique fantasy series by author T. C. Southwell...

The Queen's Blade
by T. C. Southwell
Published by the author
Historical-Otherworld / Fantasy
Available in ebook
Rating: Some sexual references and violence

A doomed kingdom, a young queen’s sacrifice, and a killer who will bring an empire to its knees... In a world where men share kindred with beasts, an ageless seer predicts a child who will end the Endless War. One man is the instrument who will change fate. He will usher in a time of strife and pain that will live in legend, and forever bear his name ... the time of the Queen’s Blade.

This first book in the series is free...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Interview with Insane Assassin

All writers know quirky off-the-wall characters are fun to write and add comic relief to novels. Nobody knows this better than Natasha Larry, author of the DARWIN'S CHILDREN yound-adult paranormal series. (And lest you think 'young-adult' means it's just for teen readers - adult readers and reviewers have praised the series and recommended it!)

So hop on over to Rainy of the Dark's blog and read the interview with one crazy-@ss assassin. There's a book giveaway involved, so don't miss your chance to win.

And if you haven't read the current three books in the series, what are you waiting for? They're not only sweet on relationships - both family and romantic - they're suspenseful and full of surprises. Super-powered everyday folks pitted against supernatural villains - a surefire recipe for can't-put-it-down reading!

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New book release - MISSION TO INDOCHINA

Robert L. Tecklenburg has penned another convoluted, engrossing historical mystery, this time against the background of post-World War II Indochina/Vietnam. Rich in historical detail and personal drama, Mr. Tecklenburg's got another winner!

Robert L. Tecklenburg
Fiction: Historical, Military/War, Spy/Espionage

In September of 1945, the Allies accept the surrender of Emperor Hirohito, ending World War II. However, the mainland region of Indochina remains in turmoil, with the British temporarily charged with maintaining order in the south, while Chinese nationalists occupy the north. The Japanese army is not disarmed and still controls much of the region. The French maintain their presence, hoping to take back their ‘Annamese’ colony after two years of direct Japanese rule, but Vietnamese nationalists are fighting for independence.
Major Charles Stanek has spent most of the last two years running clandestine operations in Eastern Europe to rescue downed American and British pilots from the Germans. He’s ready for his freedom from the military. However, General William Donovan, head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), sends him to Indochina to investigate the mysterious death of an American lieutenant colonel gunned down in Saigon by Vietnamese nationalists who had agreed to respect American neutrality. Additionally, Charlie must discover why thousands of dollars in uncut diamonds were found on the man, and if the gems played a role in his death.
Charlie’s investigation takes him down Saigon’s backstreets and north to the Central Highlands and beyond. An officer in the Japanese police force heading the murder investigation soon proves to be an indispensable ally. Beautiful and mysterious Madame Thieu guides him through Vietnam’s complex politics, but he’s not sure he can trust her.
When Charlie is kidnapped by Russian agents and whisked away to a Hanoi prison, he is tortured for information about an agent code-named Rasputin, embedded in the Soviet army and spying for America. The Russians believe Charlie is his handler, sent to Indochina to extract the deep-cover spy. With assistance from a defecting KGB agent Charlie knew in Eastern Europe, the two battle their way out of Hanoi.
The danger mounts as Charlie continues his investigation, and soon he suspects intrigue and secret truths at the highest level threaten his safe return to the States. All he wants is to assume the quiet life of a civilian, but others seem to have a different plan for him...

Available now in ebook at popular online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Coming very soon in print!

Buy now at Smashwords...