Regina Shen Review

Tori Shultz, a LitPick Student Reviewer, has reviewed the first book in the series—Regina Shen: Resilience as follows:

Regina Shen Resilience

Most people say not to judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately, I can’t help myself from doing so. If the cover doesn’t grab me from the start, I won’t bother looking at it. With Regina Shen: Resilience, this was not a problem. The cover art was very dark, but beautifully executed. Regina Shen holding the crossbow on the front cover was stunning; I was immediately intrigued by the book.

Some authors have trouble putting new worlds into words, but that was not the case for Lance Erlick. The author’s descriptions were well-written, resulting in me fully understanding the world.

The main character, Regina, was likable from the start. She loved to learn and was an amazing survivor. I felt that I could relate well to her, even though we both live in completely different worlds. My only wish was that the story was longer. At just over 200 pages, it was a quick read for me.

Overall, the author did an amazing job, and if you like post-apocalyptic novels about survival, this is definitely the book for you.

Regina Shen: Resilience is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Author Fair

Attended Barrington’s first Author Fair yesterday. Never know what to expect but met some interesting authors from the area and some curious readers. I want to thank Ashley Johnson and her crew for putting this together and hope she will continue the program next year.

We were able to showcase the first two books in the Regina Shen series:

Regina Shen Resilience Regina Shen Vigilance

Resilience: Outcast Regina Shen faces a hurricane that threatens to destroy her swamp home and her family. Global fertility has collapsed. Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco of the notorious Department of Antiquities believes Regina holds the key to avoid extinction. Regina fights to stay alive and avoid capture while hunting for family.

Vigilance: Regina Shen is pursued by the notorious Department of Antiquities for DNA they believe can stop extinction. She jumps the Barrier Wall into the Federation to find her kidnapped sister. Stuck on a heavily-guarded closed university campus, she must use her wits to escape and rescue her sister without letting either of two rival Antiquities inspectors capture her.

Lance

Just Released Novelette

We are excited to announce that the novelette Regina Shen: Into the Storm has been released on Amazon.

Regina Shen: Storm

Outcast Regina Shen is condemned by the World Federation to live on the seaward side of great barrier walls built to hold back rising seas from abrupt climate change. A hurricane threatens to destroy what’s left of her world. Regina goes into the storm with a home, mom, sister, and beloved teacher, but that’s all about to change.

This is the novelette that began the Regina Shen series and is incorporated into Regina Shen: Resilience.

Lance Erlick

Goodreads Book Giveaway (Regina Shen: Resilience)

Come check out the Goodreads book giveaway to celebrate the upcoming release of Regina Shen: Resilience.

Regina Shen Resilience

Description: Forced to live on the seaward side of barrier walls, outcast Regina Shen faces a hurricane in the swamps while pursued by the notorious Department of Antiquities that believes her DNA can save the World Federation from extinction.

To sign up, go to Goodreads.

Lance Erlick

New Series Covers & Tour

After a long pause from social media, we are excited to announce that we have a new series (Regina Shen) getting ready to release this spring.

Covers for Regina Shen: Resilience and Regina Shen: Vigilance and now complete:

Regina Shen Resilience Regina Shen Vigilance

Regina Shen: Resilience: Outcast girl whose DNA could prevent extinction fights to survive hurricane and avoid capture.

Regina Shen: Vigilance: Outcast girl sneaks into Federation to rescue sister while being hunted for her unique DNA.

In addition, we are happy to announce a blog tour in conjunction with LolasBlogTours.net. Stay tuned as we approach the anticipated release date of May 15, 2015, the blog tour May 18-31, and other new release events.

Lance Erlick

Masquerade Tour – Rebel Series

Check out Masquerade Tour for the Rebel series this week with interviews and reviews. There will be a raffle for a Kindle Paperwhite. In addition, Kindle prices for the Rebel series novels will be discounted until December 8, 2014 as follows: The Rebel Within ($0.99), The Rebel Trap ($2.99), Rebels Divided ($2.99).

Writers Block

I’ve been asked how I deal with writers block.

Writer’s block plagues most writers at least some time during their writing careers. They stare at a blank page and nothing comes forth.

I’ve been fortunate so far to have avoided such writer’s block. I attribute this to my approach.

The human mind has two ways of experiencing the writing process: creative and editorial critique. It’s a natural response to parental, teacher, and peer criticism over the years to have an editor sit on our shoulder. That critic says things like, “That won’t work.” “That’s not the right word.” “That’s trash.”

This editor will stifle our creative process if we don’t turn it off. There will be time later to rework and polish our story. Creative writing is like modeling clay. We can’t mold the clay until we get it on the spinning wheel.

Assuming we silence the critic on our shoulder, the other problem I’ve seen is trying to write a story before we’re ready. We get our protagonist into a fix and have no idea how to get him or her out. At times like this, it helps to step back and let the subconscious mind mull the problem. When I return later, the answer often presents itself. Forcing the answer rarely does.

While writing Rebels Divided, I had a problem. I needed Annabelle and Geo to meet in such a way that would throw them together despite mutual distrust. Rather than pushing through this dilemma, I moved around it by writing other parts of the story. When I returned, the answer presented itself in what I hope readers will find as creative and satisfying ways.

Lance Erlick

New Release Promotional Pricing

To celebrate the release of The Rebel Trap, now the second book in the three book series, we are offering promotional ebook prices on the entire Rebel series from October 6-17, 2014 on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA.

Kirkus Reviews called The Rebel Trap “inventive dystopian sci-fi drama” and a “well-thought-out science fiction world”

Voices in sixteen-year-old Annabelle Scott’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet. Despite being a military recruit, she rebels against her female-dominated régime by not only refusing to kill Morgan, a handsome boy she’s attracted to, but also helping him escape. Auditory implants and contact cameras allow her commander to watch her 24-7. Morgan hacks the implants to ask for help. Annabelle wants to help him yet needs to find the link between an attempted assassination of her adoptive mom, a corrupt police captain, and the geek institute that holds Morgan’s brother without destroying her family or getting killed.

Go to Amazon for promotional ebook pricing October 6-17 at http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA.

The Rebel Within, regularly $2.99 will be only 99 cents during this promotion. The new second book in the series, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, both regularly $3.99, will be reduced to $2.99.

Thanks and hope you enjoy.

Lance Erlick

Celebrating New Release with Promotional Pricing

To celebrate today’s release of The Rebel Trap, and to encourage reviews, we are offering to give away 2 signed copies of The Rebel Trap through Goodreads. This giveaway ends October 5th.

In addition, we are offering promotional ebook prices from October 6-17, 2014 for the entire Rebel series on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA.

Kirkus Reviews called The Rebel Trap “inventive dystopian sci-fi drama” and a “well-thought-out science fiction world” Voices in sixteen-year-old Annabelle Scott’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet. Despite being a military recruit, she rebels against her female-dominated régime by not only refusing to kill Morgan, a handsome boy she’s attracted to, but also helping him escape. Auditory implants and contact cameras allow her commander to watch her 24-7. Morgan hacks the implants to ask for help. Annabelle wants to help him yet needs to find the link between an attempted assassination of her adoptive mom, a corrupt police captain, and the geek institute that holds Morgan’s brother without destroying her family or getting killed.

Until October 5, 2014, enter the book giveaway for The Rebel Trap on Goodreads at

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/108485-the-rebel-trap, and then add to your shelves at

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22873354-the-rebel-trap

October 6-17, go to Amazon for promotional ebook pricing at

http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA

Thanks and hope you enjoy,

Lance Erlick

Just Released: Maiden Voyage

Maiden Voyage

Maiden Voyage, a short story about gender and the future of the human race, but also a science fiction thriller, was released July 17. An early reviewer called it “Intriguing, with an interesting plot.”

The all-female Maiden’s Ark left Earth five years ago. A distress signal says Earth is lost, stranding lunar and asteroid colonists. Then someone sabotages the Ark’s vital fertility lab. Security Chief Nina Rekovic must tread carefully between Returners she sympathizes with, the dictatorial captain who strips her of her duties, and an estranged lover who betrays her.

Available now at Amazon.

 

Why Write

I’ve been asked by readers why I write what I do. Many authors get the bug when they read a story and say, “I could do that.” Then they sit down to write and discover it’s not as easy as it looks, at least not to write well.

Like other aspiring writers, I went through the phase of trying to copy the style and ideas of authors I enjoyed. That helped to improve my writing skills, but it didn’t make me a good writer. There’s a spark in good writing that comes from the heart, not from technique. No amount of copying another writer will bring that out.

My first stories were inspired by other stories and events in the world around me, and ranged from thrillers to science fiction, none published. In time I gravitated toward science fiction and “what if” of ideas floating through my head.

The Rebel series grew out of two things. First was my-way-or-highway politics in which there was no middle ground. I wondered what would happen if extremists on both sides got their way. Second was revolutionary fertility research on the verge of allowing anyone to contribute skin cells, have them coaxed into stem cells, and implanted into an egg for fertilization. It’s intended to help infertile couples, but in the hands of extremists, could lead to an all-female society.

These ideas created a new world. Into that world, I considered a male protagonist, but felt a young girl coming to terms with her society would make a more interesting main character. Annabelle was born.

Other stories rattle around inside my head, but I’ll always look at Annabelle as a big inspiration.

Lance Erlick