Friday, June 29, 2007

How will your Fate be decided?

News from the EDGE

Good morning Friends of EDGE,There has been a lot of "buzz" around the office lately. All of it surrounding the discussion of fate, and how we are all affected by our past, present and future. One of the big questions being asked here is, "What if your fate was determined even before you were brought into this world?" Thankfully two of our authors have expressed their notions of Fate in their novels; one set in an ancient Greek civilization, and the other in a futuristic Cyborg/Robotic society. These books are indeed food for thought and are available from book sellers now. See details below. In other news, and in keeping with the "fate" theme of this newsletter, our fate has been changed this week - Mr. K. A. Bedford has signed a publishing contract with EDGE for his next novel. Yay! We've slated it for release in the fall of 2008. And from what we've read, his new book just might change your perception of fate. More to come.

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

AS FATE DECREES (Available August 15th 2007)

The gods of ancient Greece must find a mortal champion to defend their fate.

"Go and seek the one I have told you about, she is frailand in need of help. Look not of upper blood, for I haveseen her down in the dirt. She is held against her will.Find her and you shall find your savior." - The Oracle of Delphi

In ancient Greece the young maiden, Amarantha, is captured and sold in the slave market of Athens."What fates await?" she wonders. "And what divine design will the Olympian gods have for me?"As unexpectedly as she had found herself placed in chains, Amarantha finds herself purchased by a mysterious master who refuses to reveal his true identity.But he is no ordinary man, nor she an ordinary slave. Under her master's tutelage, Amarantha is trained as a fighter and challenged to prove herself in battle after battle until her skills are perfected and she is granted the right to know his true identity. He is Ares, god of war and the son of Zeus. And she is to become Champion to the gods of Olympus; bound forever to serve and vanquish all foes until the gods themselves grant her peace.

But even gods are not immune to the fickle twists of fate, and Amarantha is soon ripped from her quiet resting place and cast through time itself to do battle with a modern day reincarnation of an old foe - a madman bent on rewriting history to suit his own twisted desire. She must act quickly to win this battle, for the fate of all Olympian gods hangs in a delicate balance between immortality and the realization that even the gods themselves may be returned to the dust from which they arose.

Trade Paperback
ISBN-10: 1-894063-41-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-894063-41-8
5.5" X 8.5" -- $15.95 US/16.95 CDN
272 pages


When retired top homicide inspector Zette McGee, late of Winter City, Ganymede, gets called out of her mysterious retirement to help Kell Fallow, a desperate former android accused unjustly of murdering his wife and children, she knows she has to help him, for Zette has a secret she is desperate to keep, and Fallow knows all about it. With the help of her best friend, the elderly but very suave former secret agent Gideon Smith, and his ridiculously impressive personal starship, the Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, Zette sets out (a) to help the accused man, but also (b) to keep Gideon from finding out her own awful secret, even as everything they learn in the investigation keeps pointing to it. But when Kell Fallow is killed by a bomb he didn't know was buried in his guts, and when a homebrew android identical to Zette destroys her home on the luxurious Serendipity habitat, Gideon and Zette go on the run, only to run afoul of sabotage, spies, nasty infections, and bad guys galore and ordinary machines come to relentless, murderous life. The case will take Zette and Gideon on a terrifying journey into the darkest reaches of human space, in pursuit of an ancient truth -- and will bring her into deadly contact with that truth's keeper, the awesomely powerful firemind, Hydrogen Steel, an artificial consciousness evolved far beyond its original design, and which is utterly determined to keep that same truth from getting out, at any cost.

Trade Paperback
ISBN-10: 1-894063-20-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-894063-20-3
5.5" X 8.5" -- $19.95 US/19.95 CDN
384 pages

These books will leave you wanting more.

Check out our website for news as it happens over the coming weeks.

Your friendly Neighbourhood Oracle,
Brian Hades, Publisher (
Box 1714,
Calgary, AB, T2P 2L7,
403-254-0160 (voice) / 403-254-0456 (fax)

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing now includes Tesseract Books

2007 Releases (USA):

Hydrogen Steel by K. A. Bedford (March 2007)
i-Robot Poetry by Jason Christie (April 2007)
Tesseracts Ten edited by Edo van Belkom and Robert Charles Wilson (May 2007)
Righteous Anger by Lynda Williams (May 2007)
As Fate Decrees by Denysé Bridger (August 2007)
Keeper's Child by Leslie Davis (September 2007)
Darkness of the God by Amber Hayward (October 2007)
Tesseracts Eleven edited by Cory Doctorow & Holly Phillips (November 2007) and more...

Monday, June 11, 2007

Author musings....

I think we’ll chat about something serious for a few minutes. You know me, once in awhile I like to contemplate the written word, what it means, and how it affects people. The past few months have been a real education for me in some ways, as I’ve discovered there’s always a dark side to the way people perceive motives that often begin purely and are genuinely born of love and inspiration and admiration. As artists we draw on everything that touches us, be it music, images, emotions, words overheard entirely by accident from strangers; these are all things that stir the imagination and begin building a story. Life itself is filled with the tools writers use to craft their tales. Every song, every look, every scent. It’s all part of what brings words to life when they’re put in the correct order for a reader to absorb and live.

In romance writing, you take your readers on a journey that is very clearly defined from the first page. This is a story of two people who will go through the same journey every heart that loves goes through. What will make it a unique and pleasurable trip for the people reading their story is how we present it, and how well we present it as writers. Boy meets girl – girl meets boy, however you want to look at it, that must be where it all begins. These people HAVE to be real, first to the writer, then to the reader, of course.

Personally, I often find it easy to cast a creation in my mind before I begin to write, and let than image show me where to start. For the most part who I begin with in my head is seldom who I end up with on the page. No matter how strong the face is, the person, and their unique heart, becomes an entirely different entity as the story unfolds. My current projects have strong, solid images as inspiration, but already both these heroes are emerging as very different men than the ones who gave them their faces in my mind. So, when that happens, is the new person on the page at all connected to the image that brought him into existence? What do you think? In my heart, I always see the original face, but the person who has come into being is also very special and totally apart from his/her image.

It probably won’t surprise anyone who’s read a romance to discover that very often, the author falls in love with the hero/heroine along the way, too. I often love my hero, and wish I was more like my heroine. There is always one trait of mine in every heroine, though I try consciously not to make her me. I think we need to have an anchor that ties us to our characters so we can understand them and bring them to you, the reader, as whole people. A minor trait, be it hair colour, or a personality quirk, that’s the thing that gives a writer the starting point to build a well-rounded and empathetic character. If you can’t relate to the people, how can you care about them and their happiness.

So what makes an unpleasant, unappealing hero or heroine, do you think? I’d love to hear some thoughts on that subject, so please let me know? At the same time, feel free to tell me what traits you like best in your favourite heroes and heroines, too, of course.

Also, as a final thought to consider, I’d like to offer a challenge to you. I am writing a very special novel at the moment, and if you’d like to be part of it, this is how it will work. I’m looking for a sensual, romantic scene to be used in the book. If you have a romantic “scenario” in your mind that you would like to read in a published novel, tell me about it. If I use your scene in my final draft, with your permission, it will be included in the manuscript that I submit. You will receive credit for your contribution, as well as a signed ACR (Advance Reader Copy) once the book is prepared for press. Sound like something you might like to get in on? Leave comment here, or email me, and I promise I will get back to you ASAP, okay?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

*NEW* Rebel Knight posted

AMC1902, the American Motorcycle Company, welcomes you to the world of Nick Red Cloud, REBEL KNIGHT.

Set in 2010, Rebel Knight is an on-going adventure story. Join us every two-three months for a new installment in this series. Nick Red Cloud is a private investigator with a haunted past, hunting down the people/person responsible for the loss of several hundred lives, including his wife. Red Cloud Investigations is a division of the Sky-Hawke Group, a conglomerate owned by Nick’s cousin, Robert Sky-Hawke. It was in one of the corporate buildings, targeted by industrial espionage, that Nick lost his wife, and ended up hospitalized for many weeks. Nick’s office is in San Francisco, but the base of his real operations since his wife’s death is a high-tech fortress near Death Valley. He is able to move around the country at will, usually with the aid of the Sky-Hawke corporate jet, and his preferred mode of transportation: a motorcycle.

To learn more about the bikes that will be featured in these stories, visit us at

The story begins here…

Chapter Four: HUNTED has just been posted!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

New Release Today!

by Denyse Bridger
Available now: Buy Here
ISBN: 1-59998-500-4
Length: Short Story
Price: $2.50 (US)
Publication Date: June 5, 2007
Cover art by Scott Carpenter

Passion flares between a federal marshal and his enemy’s wife.

Outlaws descend on a stagecoach winding down its long journey between Missouri and Wind River, Wyoming. Federal Marshal Chris McQuade is one of the two occupants of the stage, and the ensuing battle leaves three dead men on the trail.

McQuade’s unlikely partner in the deed is a woman he’s been attracted to from the start of the trip. It isn’t until they’re forced to go on alone together that he realizes he’s falling for the wife of the man he’s been sent to bring to justice. Despite the ring on her finger and the role he plans to play in making her a widow, passion ignites and McQuade is surprised to discover that Elizabeth Davis is as helpless as he is to deny their need for each other.

But Elizabeth’s husband has witnessed a much-too-intimate encounter between his enemy and his wife…and now he is out for revenge.

Warning: This title contains explicit sex, mild language.

Friday, June 01, 2007

June Newsletter

The newsletter is finally back, and the June issue has just been posted. Aside from lots of news about my upcoming releases, there is a new feature where you get to meet very talented authors whose books are highly recommended! The newsletter is a single mailing that is issued once a month, or every 4-6 weeks. So, if you're not already subscribed, drop by and sign up!