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Battleframe to Feature on ScienceFiction.com!

Battleframe to Feature on ScienceFiction.com!

I’m really excited to announce that the first seven chapters of Battleframe will be published on ScienceFiction.com over the coming weeks. A lot of work has been done behind the scenes to make this possible and I can’t wait to see it up on the website.

If you’ve never been to ScienceFiction.com then you’re really missing out. It’s full of briliant news that relates to anything and everything in the world of SFF, everything from; movies, collectables, comics and of course, books is discussed in depth. It’s going to be fantastic working with their great team as the chapters of Battleframe are released.

Editor of ScienceFiction.com, Janice Kay said, “We’re so excited to be publishing the first part of Battleframe. It’s new ground for us to release episodes of a book and we think that our readers are going to love it!”

Battleframe is a fast paced novel that keeps the reader’s attention from the first page. The technology is amazing and the plot races forward as the characters are thrust into the midst of an alien invasion.

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Episode 2 - The Plan

Episode 2 - The Plan

“You’ve got to be kidding me!” an astonished Bosk exclaimed. “You said what to whom?” Bosk’s short greying hair stood on end and seem to take on a life of its own as he heard his best friends plan.

Whizzbang took in his friend’s reaction as he calmly chomped into a piece of fruit that looked vaguely like an apple but tasted like a banana. After years of growing up together he knew better than to interrupt Bosk as he absorbed the ramifications of the plan. Whizzbang was wearing his Raven recon battleframe and availed himself of a plasteel seat that was designed to take the weight of both pilot and frame.

“That is the dumbest, stupidest plan I’ve ever heard! Whizz, have you finally lost it? Have the nano-meds finally screwed with your brain?” Bosk was really getting worked up now.

Whizzbang glanced out the window of Bosk’s personal quarters overlooking Concord Central Command. Since the destruction of the Scourge base on the far side of Alpha Three the Earthmen had been given quarters within the superstructure of the half-built starship that now formed the core of Central. Taking another bite out of the banapple, as he now called it, Whizzbang reflected on what had transpired over the last couple of weeks while Bosk remonstrated opposite.

They’d all come a long way. Since being transported via an interstellar transwarp, the six Earthmen had managed to free the planet by destroying the Scourge main base on the other side of the planet. In the process, they’d discovered that the blending of their genetic code and the miniature nano-med micro-machines had provided them with some astounding new psionic and physical capabilities. Telepathy, mental scanning and a way to invade and take over another entity's mind were only what they’d discovered so far. Whizzbang let out a deep sigh as he remembered his friend DG’s death at the hands of General Grendig. It was a loss he would bear the rest of his life.

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Battleframe Video

Battleframe Video

I had a lot of fun with the family across Easter putting together the Battleframe video below. I hope that you enjoy it and are a surprised as I was by what happened about of a third of the way in.

I would like to thank my wife Roselyn and daughter Sarah that provided some of the character voices. They did a great job....with some very bad acting from yours truly. I used freesound.org for some of the sound effects and music....it's a great site.

For those of you that are wondering, I edited the video in both Microsoft Movie Maker (darkening effect) and the majority of it in Camtasia.


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Kheldar
Fantastic effort on the video, great teaser!
Monday, 06 April 2015 14:35
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Battleframe Gets Reviewed!

Battleframe Gets Reviewed!

Since releasing Battleframe just over a week ago my schedule has been chaotic. I’ve been getting to bed at around 3am most nights as there is just so much to do….and it’s all good.

For a start, I’ve received two reviews on Amazon so far which is awesome considering that it probably takes at least a week to read the book. Sales continue to increase and really positive feedback from readers is coming in from other quarters.

Here’s a quotation from each of the reviewers:

“This is good science fiction for those who like the technical end of the fiction without too much emphasis on the Simon Pure part of that. With a little more attention to balance in the writing, there is potential for greatness.”

“I implore anyone wanting to hop on to give this one out a shot you won’t be disappointed.”

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Video of Seeing Battleframe for the First Time

Video of Seeing Battleframe for the First Time

My wife Roselyn, videoed me opening my box of books and seeing Battleframe for the very first time. If you every want to see raw emotional joy then check out the video. I hope that it puts a smile on your face....you'll see that it did for me.

If you want to pick up your copy in either ebook or paperback formats then go to my authors page at amazon.com/author/michaelgilmour.com


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My SciFi Book Battleframe Arrives!

My SciFi Book Battleframe Arrives!

For the past few days I’ve been watching my UPS package traverse the world with the first copies of my book, Battleframe. As I tracked the package I’d say to my wife Roselyn, “It’s in Honolulu!” this was then followed up by, “It’s now in Australia!” and then finally, there was a knock at the door…..

With our son Timothy taking photos and Roselyn on a video camera I slowly opened the box with the order of five books. Seriously, my heart was racing and I felt like I could barely hold the knife to cut the tape!

Seeing the first copy through the packaging on top was nothing short of one of the best moments in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love ebooks but seeing a physical copy of something that you’ve worked on for so long was awesome! I think that the above photo captured the moment for me when I held Battleframe in my hands for the very first time. I was deliriously happy!

After enjoying the moment with my family I called my Mum and Dad who have both been such a great support in the writing of the book. They were around in about 10 minutes! I kept book number one but I presented my father with his own copy of Battleframe. The first thing that he asked was how far I was through book number two……Dads! LOL!

I couldn’t resist screen capturing the UPS delivery docket (see below).

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Battleframe Released on Amazon

Battleframe Released on Amazon

 

After nearly 2 years of writing, rewriting and correcting I’ve finally published my debut science fiction book, Battleframe. It was an incredible experience clicking a button and then a few minutes later seeing it appear on Amazon! It was almost like Sheldon and Leonard in the sitcom “Big Bang Theory” when they published a paper together!

For all of you that have been wondering what the book is about here is the synopsis.

Battleframe

20150316 battleframe 240x400 kindlepaperResource rich planet Alpha Three becomes the focus of a galactic wide conflict. In the midst of a remorseless Scourge invasion a lone human battleframe pilot, call-sign Whizzbang, strives to find and rescue his closest friend from the invaders.

With the extermination of the human colony seemingly inevitable, Whizzbang's squad of veteran pilots struggle to turn the tide of the war. Just when he thinks they may have a chance, members of the squad begin vanishing before his eyes and the odds of winning the battle become slim to none.

The mysterious nano-robots, unknowingly developed by an alien intelligence, appear to be all that will enable humanity to survive the onslaught. But all is not what it seems as the micro-machines begin to dramatically transform Whizzbang's friends in astounding ways.

Safe within his command dome, the enemy General plots on how he can cover the world in the enigmatic Barrier, a force that kills humans in seconds. It is then that Whizzbang discovers that the Earth may be the next Scourge target.

Book one in the “Mindwars” opens with our galaxy in turmoil and humanity on the brink of extinction.

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Video of Author Discussing His Book Battleframe

Author, Michael Gilmour, discusses his debut scifi novel Battleframe. The process of writing it and how the plot develops throughout the story (no spoilers).


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It Is Finished!

It Is Finished!

I’ve finally completed the final rewrite of my debut science fiction book in the Mindwars series. Later this week I’ve paid an editor to read the manuscript and mark any obvious errors. So hopefully by the end of the week I will have my finished manuscript ready for publishing. Hooray!!!

My wife, Roselyn, happening to be sitting next to me at the time and I turned to her and said, “It’s finally done.” I don’t know who was more relieved, her or me!

It’s been a twenty month journey getting to this stage and it seems that the last 10% of the big has been the hardest and most time consuming to complete.

So what has to happen now? After the editor comes back with any fixes (hopefully not too many) I’ll use a standard paperback template provided by Create Space (an Amazon company). I’ve already purchased my ISBN numbers so I’ll add them to the document for the electronic and the paperback version of the book.

I just have to clean up my biography, rework the blurb on the back and ensure that the artwork is good to go for the cover. I think that there will only be a few tweaks here and there for these items.

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It was a BIG weekend

It was a BIG weekend

So last weekend I began the final push to get “Battleframe” completed. I worked until late Friday night and then all of Saturday on the final read. I’m now down to the last one hundred pages.

So what did I find in this final read through? The most annoying error I found was when I fell into the use of passive voice rather than active. This tended to make exciting scenes boring and as soon as I fixed this problem the text seemed to just “pop” off the page.

I also found that there were sections where no edits were required and the story just seemed to flow beautifully. I found myself caught up in the characters, their decisions and what has happening to them. I loved reading these chapters and it made me realise that the story is actually quite engaging.

So what’s next? I’m going to be doing another big push this weekend and it should mean that the manuscript is completed. All I have to do then is lay it out (which is largely done), edit the blurb and tweak the cover a little. At which point I’ll be uploading it all into Create Space and publishing!

I’ll order a rush copy of the book so that I can check it out for myself and then assuming it's all good then I'll push the button to release it to the general public. Wish me luck as it’s been one heck of a journey!

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The Holidays Mean Time for Writing!

The Holidays Mean Time for Writing!

In a couple of days time I'm heading off to Queenstown, New Zealand for just over a weeks holiday! The home front is being looked after by our two older children which means Pepper, our cat, will hopefully be fed.

What I'm really excited about is that my wife will be finished the final edits of Battleframe and I'm going to do the last read through. It's been a while since I've started at the beginning and worked my way through to the end and I'm really looking forward to it.

As soon as I arrive back home I have to jump on a plane to head to a conference that I'm speaking at in Las Vegas. I'll be gone about six days but after all of this travel "Battleframe" will be completed and ready to publish!

Given the long-haul flights from Melbourne to the USA I also plan on having a fair chunk of the second Mindwars writing finished. There's nothing like some plane time to get the writing juices going!

So a lot is going to be happening in the next few weeks. I'll keep you posted with each update. :-)

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The Cover Design

The Cover Design

The cover design has been progressing really well and it’s just about there! I’ve been working with the artist, Sebastien Hue, over the past couple of weeks to represent a scene from the book on the cover. I must say, that I’m so excited seeing it come alive in front of my eyes.

Even though Sebastien is in Paris, working with him has been incredibly easy. When he sends a draft through I immediately reply with comments and then he shares his screen so that we can talk through the changes.

So how has the cover materialised? Below are the progress of the sketches to the near final version.

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Rough placement of major character and fortress feature.

The title hasn't been finalised and the characters don't bear any resemblance to the actual characters in the book.

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