Thursday, 4 April 2019

Listen To The Birds by K E Lanning + #Giveaway + Excerpt

Listen To The Birds by K E Lanning
Published in America today, the 4th April 2019.

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After catastrophic global warming melts the ice caps, humans desperate for land colonize a de-iced Antarctica. Once-homesteader John Barrous, thrust into the presidency of this fledgling nation, must navigate his way through political landmines to create an environmentally balanced society. When a university expedition, including John’s daughter and his former lover, Lowry Walker, is abducted by a charismatic cult leader, John races to save them—but intrigue reigns as the ensuing turmoil of the rescue exposes a traitor in his inner circle. 


She stared into the white emptiness before her. The reflecting sun on the vast ashen field of nothingness pounded fear into her head. What if Antarctica had taken another life or two? There was no guarantee that the tracks seen by the drone were from John and Noelle. 
Lowry clenched her fist. Over the years since the Land Rush, so many had died of exposure, suicide, murder, or just left, not able to take the fatigue of chaos and death. … She blinked away the tears. Had John joined the ranks of the dead?
Antarctica was a cruel mistress—both physically and mentally—her harsh winters and long months of darkness barely dented by the reflected sunlight from the grid of satellites. But living on a knife’s edge invigorated the soul. In Antarctica, life was precious in its tragic drama.

Selected reviews:

“Lanning’s prose perfectly summons her winter utopia—Currier & Ives filtered through Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke . . . The plot unfurls slowly but deliberatively, and though it at times feels more like a Western than a sci-fi novel, readers will always be along for the ride. Like the best eco-fiction, Lanning’s tale will get the audience thinking seriously about the effect every human endeavor has on the ecosystem without sacrificing characters and story. An imaginative, environmentally minded work of sci-fi.”  – Kirkus Reviews

“With the same adept approach she displayed with her two previous novels, KE Lanning gives us an enjoyable science fiction story in Listen to the Birds. . . . There is action, intensity, and enough character-driven development to lend this book series to cinematic directions.” JD DeHart, Literacy Work and Play

“Listen to the Birds has politics, crime/intrigue, romance, and interesting descriptions of how people can adapt to a somewhat warmer (but still cold) Antarctica with technology that enables roadless transportation, growing crops and raising animals . . . a feature-laden and well-written book.” John Maberry, Views from Eagle Peak Press

Meet the Author 

K.E. Lanning is a scientist and writer. Born in Texas in 1957, she grew up near Houston in the small town of Friendswood, laced with white oyster shell roads and open fields dotted with huge live oaks—riding horses rather than bikes. But nearby, NASA’s space program shepherded thoughts of astrophysics into her head. Lanning received a bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1979 from Stephen F. Austin St. University in Nacogdoches, TX and a MBA in 1986 from the University of Houston.

A life-long fan of science fiction, Lanning has always been intrigued by the multi-dimensions of the genre, allowing the author to explore society, humanity, and our future, bringing the reader along for the ride. To reveal the inner workings of some of the best sci-fi authors in the business, she’s published a series of sci-fi author interviews in FUTURISM magazine, In the Author’s Universe: Sci-Fi Authors from a Writer’s Point of View, including authors Hugh Howey, Margaret Atwood, Andy Weir, and Cixin Liu.

THE MELT TRILOGY are novels of speculative science fiction with an eco-fiction emphasis, delving into the relationship of humans to the Earth. K.E. Lanning writes in a wry, allegorical style, challenging readers to explore, from the safety of their reading chair, what might occur if “The Melt” really happened on Earth . . .
A Spider Sat Beside Her, The Sting of the Bee, and Listen to the Birds [2019], will complete the trilogy.

Author links:
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And now it's time for the Giveaway!

The prize is one set of signed copies of all three The Melt Trilogy novels: A Spider Sat Beside Her, The Sting Of The Bee, and Listen To The Birds.
Open Internationally until the 18th April.

(Entry is by way of the Gleam widget below. You will be asked for your email address which I will need in order to contact the winner. I will then need to know the winner's postal address and to pass this on to K E Lanning so she can send out the prize!)

The Melt Trilogy by K E Lanning signed books giveaway

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  1. This sounds amazing, thank you <3

  2. Sounds a great read, thank you for the opportunity.

  3. Congratulations to Rebecca W who has won the Melt Trilogy by K E Lanning giveaway!
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