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11 Best Science Fiction Space Covers


There are few things more appealing that a glorious image of the firmament. Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA is always a wondrous delight. A book cover with a space image is, to me, wildly enticing. Here are some of the best. 1. Master of speculative fiction, Ian M. Banks sends his protagonist in search of a star which mysteriously disappeared thousands of years ago. Blue is basically the signature colour of science fiction. 2. I love Amanda Bridgeman’s cover, …


Your World, Writ Large


A couple of weeks ago I watched ‘Jupiter Ascending’. It was an …. interesting experience. I think half the movie went over my head, and my reaction to some scenes was ‘Wait, what?’ but overall, I thought it was entertaining and it rammed into me, better than even ‘Interstellar’ had, that space really is a limitless, ever expanding, near-magical thing. As a fantasy writer, you’re used to building worlds and realities very different from the one you live in. The …


2014 Aurealis Award Finalists


The finalists for the 2014 Aurealis awards have been announced – and we are super excitedto count FOUR Momentum authors amongst them! So before the winners are revealed – we thought we’d tell you a little more about the great reads that are in the running. BEST HORROR NOVEL: Greig Beck – Book of the Dead When a massive sinkhole opens up and swallows a retired couple from Iowa it seems like a freak occurrence. But it’s not the only one. …


The Official Aurora: Centralis Blog tour!


We’re so excited about the launch of AURORA: CENTRALIS, the fourth instalment in Amanda Bridgeman’s bestselling AURORA series, that we’ve declared March as an entire month of Official Centralis Blog Tour madness! We’ve got so much amazing stuff lined up – articles, interviews, reviews, discounted prices, giveaways – keep an eye out. OFFICIAL CENTRALIS BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE: Monday 2nd March – Just A Guy That Likes 2 Read Tuesday 3rd March – Momentum blog ‘Your World, Writ Large’ by Achala …


Gaelland – The World of The Last Quarrel, by Duncan Lay


The Irish being raided by pirates from the Ottoman Empire? It certainly sounds like fantasy but, while the lands of The Last Quarrel are indeed inspired by Ireland (Gaelland) and the Ottoman Empire (Kotterman Empire), there is also more truth in this relationship than you might think. One of the inspirations for the story was the real-life Sack Of Baltimore, where a small Irish fishing village was completely taken into slavery by raiders from North Africa. And yes, the Ottoman …


Cover Reveal – The Janna Chronicles by Felicity Pulman

February 24, 2015 by

Love, revenge, secrets–and murder–in a medieval kingdom at war. Forced to flee once more, Janna takes shelter at Wiltune Abbey. She hopes to learn how to read so that she may gain clues to her father’s identity from a letter kept secret by her mother. But even in the house of God there are mysteries to solve. Who is the stranger asking questions about her?  Who stabbed the lord Hugh at St Edith’s fair–and was the knife meant for Janna? …


Life on Mars: As Imagined by Asimov, C. S. Lewis and More


When I read that people had been chosen to populate Mars, and that the whole thing would be chronicled on reality TV, I thought it sounded like sci-fi. But no, we’re living in the future. People have long been fascinated with the red planet and imagining what it would be like to live on Mars. C. S. Lewis wrote Out of the Silent Planet as part of his theological sci-fi Space Trilogy. Apparently, Lewis wrote it after a conversation with …


The world of ‘Graced’ – guest post from Amanda Pillar

February 17, 2015 by

Welcome to the Graced universe, and to the city of Pinton. Pinton is ruled by King Johan and his cadre of – mostly – vampire aristos. The upper echelons of society live for thousands of years, while the humans around them struggle to make ends meet. It isn’t fair, but then, when is life ever fair? Elle Brown knows this better than most. Working as a city guard, she sees the very worst that humanity – and the vampire aristocracy – has …


Love is in the Air – the best love stories in literature


Valentine’s Day approacheth, and with it the looming spectre of that movie’s release. You know the one I’m talking about—the one that started out as a piece of heavily reviewed Twilight fan fiction and then snowballed into a three book deal. The one with the protagonists creatively named Steele and Grey. Yup, that’s the one. I haven’t read the Fifty Shades series, so I can’t really comment on it, but the fact that it’s releasing on a day hailed as …


Cover reveal: The Last Quarrel Complete Edition by Duncan Lay

February 11, 2015 by

Gaelland is a nation gripped by fear. In the country, fishing boats return with their crews mysteriously vanished, while farms are left empty, their owners gone into the night, meals still on the table. In the cities, children disappear from the streets or even out of their own beds. The King tells his people that it is the work of selkies – mythical creatures who can turn from seals into men and back again – and witches. But no matter …


Cover reveal – Stolen Child by Felicity Pulman

February 10, 2015 by

Love, revenge, secrets – and murder – in a medieval kingdom at war. Forced to flee for her life, Janna sets out in search of her unknown father, hoping to avenge the death of her mother and bring the murderer to justice. Disguised as a youth, Janna takes shelter on a manor farm managed by the handsome nobleman, Hugh. There she encounters mysterious acts of sabotage marked by posies of rue, culminating in the disappearance of Hugh’s young nephew, Hamo. …


Cover Reveal: Cold Deception by D.B. Tait


Secrets, lies, deception. That’s what it takes to stay alive. At 20, Julia Taylor went to prison for murdering a man who deserved it. Ten years later, she’s ready to put the past behind her and get on with her life. But someone won’t let her. Someone will do anything to drive Julia away, including murder. As the body count rises, Julia is forced to accept the help of Dylan Andrews, a cop with dark secrets of his own. Unfortunately …



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