Journey to the Hopewell Star (Bargain Read)

★★★★★ GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 2021 READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (Young Adult – Sci-Fi)
A mysterious star could bring stability to her world…or lead her to a blistering end.

Quiet and introverted twelve-year-old Sam Sanderson is comfortable living a simple life on her family’s peaceful farm. That is, until a mysterious visitor arrives one night, thrusting her on a formidable and dangerous journey across galaxies.

With little direction and no training manual, her mission is to find the elusive Hopewell Star to save a dying planet. But with time running out, a destructive business mogul tracking her every move, and deadly disasters threatening her community, she’ll have to rely on her wits, courage, and friends to make things right and restore peace to both worlds…all while surviving seventh grade.

From discovering the secret of the Hopewell Star to locating a lost civilization, this book has it all: exhilarating adventures, mystery and intrigue, and fascinating characters—you won’t be able to put it down!

Praise for Journey to the Hopewell Star:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 2021 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards
WINNER of the Literary Titan Gold Award (December 2020)
GOLD AWARD RECIPIENT, MOM’S CHOICE AWARDS®
“A RED RIBBON WINNER and highly recommended” – The Wishing Shelf
Book Awards 2020 (UK)
A Must-Have New Brunswick Book of 2020 – Atlantic Books Today
LONGLISTED for The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards 2021

“[A] spellbinding story that is impossible to put down.” – Readers’ Favorite

“A well thought out, entertaining fantasy adventure that works on several levels.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Young adult author Hannah D. State effortlessly blends science fiction and fantasy in Journey to the Hopewell Star, an engaging story featuring an alien culture and a destructive megacorporation that is as enjoyable as it is timely.” – IndieReader (starred review)

“Wonderfully imaginative!” – Cary Caffrey, bestselling author of The Girls From Alcyone

“Five stars for a fine debut novel!” – The Miramichi Reader

“A wonderfully engaging fantasy adventure for YA. Cleverly plotted and totally unique, I’d highly recommend it.” – A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review

“Refreshing…well-written and thoughtful.” – Literary Titan

“A page-turner full of surprises.” – The Prairies Book Review

Meet Hannah D. State

Hannah D. State is an award-winning Canadian author. She graduated from McGill University with a BA and earned her MPL from Queen’s University. Hannah is bothered by inequality, violence, greed, complacency, snakes, entering a dark room, and not getting enough sleep. She enjoys writing about strong-willed characters who don’t fit the norm and who overcome great obstacles with perseverance, self-discovery, and help from others. Sometimes Hannah can’t keep up with her characters’ ideas and plans, so she takes breaks, drinks coffee, does yoga and tai chi, and takes nature walks to calm her mind and really listen.

The Zoo – Alien Invasion Starter Pack: Six Book Ones For Six Series

Fountain of Youth, or Valley of Death?

The future of mankind is growing in the Sahara Desert. The government needs the best of the best military and scientific minds working out how to pull the secrets from the ZOO while keeping the deadly fauna and flora in check.

Join intrepid adventurers in book 1s of six series as they take on the ZOO!

Fight For Life and Death

Fighting hard, multiple countries band together to successfully pause the apocalypse.

So what did the military want with Dr. Christopher Lin?

By the time his helicopter ride was on the ground, he wasn’t a ZOO virgin any longer.

Join Dr. Christopher Lin as he learns about the ZOO, how to stay alive and the opportunities that being a part of the ZOO has brought humanity.

Kill Or Be Killed

Jeremiah Johnson needs a job and Retired Marine Colonel Anderson needs a man with Johnson’s particular skills.

It’s either a match made in Heaven or Hell, depending on which side of the gun you are standing on. Inside the ZOO isn’t the only place people are acting greedy. Doctor Courtney Monroe has taken control of her Dad’s legacy. Are Anderson and Savage the men she need to make it happen?

Reprobates

With nothing in their future, Former US Marine Charles, ex-SAS Booker, and ex-Australian Army Roo decide to give the Zoo a shot. Without the contacts, without backing, without knowing what they are getting into, they scramble to get their foot in the door to even make rent in one of the most dangerous areas in the world. With high rewards comes high risk. Can they learn on the job?

He Was Not Prepared

While eating his supper of microwave popcorn, PhD student-genius Salinger Jacobs is grabbed from his apartment in California, stuck on a C-130 military plane and sent to the Sahara Desert to witness the reality of the ZOO for himself. If he can stay alive long enough, he might be able to afford something besides packaged microwave popcorn to eat.

First order of business?

How do you shoot a gun, and just HOW MUCH is that plant worth?

Hired Killer

His name is Taylor McFadden, survivor of 83 trips into the ZOO. Now, he’s retired, and yet his country needs his skills to save people in the country he calls home. Can he build a company, put down roots and still bring the pain when the FBI calls? When they tag him as The Cryptid Assassin, they weren’t wrong. For monsters that go bump in the night, he is death incarnate.

An Assassin’s Accord

The world is different. An alien ‘infection’ of flora and fauna is contained by massive walls and substantial firepower over in the middle of Africa. It holds the promise of immortality, and infinite wealth. Now, when a country needs help finding and taking down the worst they have a new company to call. McFadden and Banks. This is their story.

Go up and click on the ‘Read Now’ button and enter the ZOO.

Sci-Fi Shorts II

Ten humorous science fiction stories telling of a train journey into a parallel world, a hen party in space, a galactic bailiff tasked with evicting everyone from Earth, a trial in the afterlife, a retired scientist who invents an antidote to Murphy’s Law, and more.

Meet Mark Roman

Mark Roman is a retired research scientist who fritters away his time writing humorous science fiction. He lives in London, is married, and has two adult children. His two most recent books have been collections of SF stories – Sci-Fi Shorts and Sci-Fi Shorts II – both of which are also available as audio books narrated by the splendid Duncan Galloway of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra.

The Kurtherian Gambit Starter Pack: Six Book Ones For Six Series

Unleash the power of choice and change humanity’s destiny. Discover the best-selling Kurtherian Gambit Universe with the first book in six series in this urban fantasy meets science fiction universe.

Death Becomes Her

Bethany Anne Reynolds isn’t your typical government cold case investigator. Known for her fiery temper and creative cursing that would make even the battle-hardened blush, her pursuit of justice is borderline obsessive.

With her own life ticking away due to a rare blood disorder, her fight for the defenseless becomes even more urgent.

Her last hope? A world-weary vampire. Michael, bound by his legendary inflexible honor, has ruled the UnknownWorld with an iron fist for over a millennium. Exhausted and on the brink, he finds in Bethany Anne a fire that could reignite the supernatural world—or destroy it.

As Michael prepares to pass his mantle, he wonders is he saving his world or thrusting it into deeper chaos?

Will the UnknownWorld splinter under her reign or unite in unforeseen harmony?

Alpha Class

Travel with Alpha Class, one of the Etheric Academy teams, as they merge humans and weres in a group of young adults to learn to become a cohesive team on their first assignment. Nothing could go wrong, right?

Evacuation

Boris has always been a conundrum for world governments. His visage never changes, his capabilities never understood. The Russian government gets word he has been killed on a mission, allowing agents to come in and attack the villages Boris has been protecting. Using a fanatical mercenary corp, the atrocities start. The only problem? Boris isn’t dead, and now he has help. Russia doesn’t have a clue what they have started when this Bear comes back from the Dead.

Justice is Calling

The world’s history isn’t what Valerie was taught. The daughter of a vampire & sister of a devil walking, Valerie finds out she has something neither her brother nor her father possess: Honor. Setting off on a journey to America, she steps up to be the Justice Enforcer the land needs. She will fight for the oppressed and destroy evil.

Reprisal

Akio accepted his Queen’s charge to stay behind and protect humanity from the Forsaken scourge. An isolated report about an island overtaken by feral, red-eyed creatures savaging humans spurs Akio to investigate. Can he stop this evil before it enslaves humanity? Or will the Forsaken succeed in taking over the world?

Diplomatic Recruit

Seraphina craves the opportunity to protect Bethany Anne’s growing Etheric Empire and she’s given a chance to prove herself. Pulled into alien politics, and a life beyond her imagination, Phina might just have a chance to have the one thing she’s always wanted.

Click BUY NOW or READ FOR FREE to read Book 1 in each of these series.

Mission: Flight To Mars

Bob Astor is a Quality Assurance agent working at Vartan Inc. Lately his days have been stressful, to say the least. Butting heads with upper management has put his career on life support. A surprising change in circumstance has Bob going on a business trip to the moon city, Langrenus. On the way, he meets one of the delegates on board the Starbird, a desperate man with a dark past and a very dangerous secret. Through a mysterious series of events Bob finds himself in the middle of an interplanetary crisis that no one knows about. These secrets could change – or destroy – all human life on Earth. The key to the answer of the crises is on the Red Planet, Mars. It’s up to Bob, the burnt-out Q. A. agent to rise to the occasion and stem the dangerous tide coming from beyond the solar system.
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From The Author
Are you looking for science fiction that echoes back to the positive outlook of Golden Age science fiction? Need a break from “mundane” science fiction or nihilistic science fiction and just want a fun yarn to read? Did you enjoy Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon? Do you like A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice- Burroughs? Do you love classic Star Wars or Star Trek: The Original Series? If you’ve said yes to any of these, check out The Mission space opera series. It’s a fun romp through space. Get ready for a bold adventure!

Q: There’s a lot of good science fiction out there. Why should I read this series?
What makes the Mission space opera novels contrast with other modern science fiction series out there?
The Mission series is a mix of new and old science fiction influences. Most of all it has the old aesthetic, an optimistic view on humanity’s future. Science fiction has lost much of that which made it so much fun to read, in my opinion. When I set about writing this series I’d just finished the Red World trilogy, a long, complex, Dune/ Old Testament-like sword-and-sandals fantasy series with a huge glossary and extensive appendixes and author notes.

With this series I wanted the stories to be fast-paced, full of adventure and fun and most of all, hopeful about the future. There are serious challenges and uncertainties that the hero faces, certainly, but this series has a positive outlook on humanity’s eventual future. I was mainly inspired by Edgar Rice-Burroughs’s Barsoom series and George Lucas’s original Star Wars films, as well as other science fiction influences from the past. Bob Astor, the hero in the books, is a regular guy working in a big corporation who has a keen curiosity, a good heart and a willingness to help others in trouble – and he gets himself into hot water along the way to saving the day.

Q:In what order should I read these books?
You can read them in any order you want and still enjoy them but there is a specific story arc in the books that progresses as the story moves forward. Below is the series order:
Flight to Mars
Lights of Langrenus
Attack on Europa
Harbeasts of Mars
Blackguard Conspiracy
A Venus Affair
Phoenix Rising (TBA)
Future Fantastic (TBA)


Meet V. A. Jeffrey

I’m Victoria and Epistle Publishing is an imprimatur that specializes in speculative fiction and poetry. Stories of wonder and adventure. Feel free to browse my books, read my thoughts or subscribe to the mailing list.

The Last Lumenian

Grand Prize Winner for the CIBA 2022 CYGNUS Award for Science Fiction

MOST PRINCESSES NEED SAVING. THIS ONE WILL SAVE YOU.
She is a rebel. Lilla is fighting for the refugees’s freedom from oppression. The king, her father, lost touch with reality ever since Lilla’s mother died. Now everyone else is paying the price.

The arrival of Callum, a powerful Teryn general, complicates Lilla’s life. His presence leads to conflicted feelings and friction with Arrov, a handsome pilot and fellow rebel.

Her life is not what she imagined it to be. Not by far. Meddling gods, love interests and sudden magical abilities have no room in Lilla’s world, but that has become her new reality. No matter how hard she pushes them away, it’s too late. They all seek to control her anyway.

Now the Era War between two ruling archgods forces Lilla to act: accept who she really is magic and all; find true love; fulfill her destiny by defeating the Archgod of Chaos and Destruction before He finds her. The Last Lumenian.

MULTI-AWARD WINNING BOOK:

2020 New York Book Festival Winner: Romance Honorable Mention: Science Fiction
2020 San Francisco Book Festival Winner: Science Fiction
2020 Annual Best Book Awards Winner: Best Cover for Fiction
2020 New England Book Festival Winner: Science Fiction
2021 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite: Fantasy


Meet S.G. Blaise

S.G. was born in a faraway land of castles, monarchies and fallen dictatorships aka Hungary. Hollywood movies were largely forbidden under Soviet oppression during her childhood, but her dad smuggled them anyway, risking his life so that his children could experience the magic and hope inherent in those stories. These stories were the reason she fell in love with Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. She watched rebellions unfold in real time. Journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean for love. She ended up in sunny California, where she is living her dream—writing stories and annoying family members.

Children of Apis Book 1: Rebel Blood

Sometimes rebellion flows in our blood, ready to be awakened. On July 28, 2057 a cataclysmic event occurred in the United States. Careful planning enabled a tiny percentage of the population to seek refuge underground. Twenty-seven years later the survivors continue the rebuilding process, back on the earth’s surface, in a small community located near Bellows Falls, Vermont. After all these years, many unanswered questions remain: What was the event? Was it planned and could it happen again? Are they the only survivors on earth? Follow Cowan, Kenji, and others as they search for answers in a society controlled by a man who rules with an iron fist. The fires of rebellion have burned in the past only to be quenched. Rebels have sought salvation beyond the Territory’s borders with only news of their demise returning. Is history about to be repeated? Blood Rebel is the first book in the Children of Apis series. The book’s goal is to create a unique blend of the post-apocalyptic and dystopian genres. Hopefully, readers of all ages will enjoy the fast-paced action and become attached to the small band of survivors on their journey through the Children of Apis series.

Meet John Raposa

John Raposa lives in Osprey, Florida with his wife Ruth. He has two children, Shannon and Shaelyn, and two step-children, Baylee and Ian. He recently completed the Children of Apis trilogy. When he isn’t keeping his wife awake with the clicking of the keyboard, he plays with Booker, his mini Golden Doodle, rows on the Intercoastal Waterway, and works on his golf game. He is currently working on a stand-alone thriller entitled “All in the Cards.”

Birth of Heavy Metal Complete Series Omnibus

You thought you understood the Zoo? I’m here to tell you it’s so much more than anyone ever thought!

The life expectancy of visitors to The Zoo isn’t very high. If you survive, you might just be set for life.

Dive into the ZOO today with the complete 10-book boxed set!

HE WAS NOT PREPARED.

Born from the fertile imagination of bestselling author Michael Anderle

Fountain of Youth, or Valley of Death?

While eating his supper of microwave popcorn, PhD student-genius Salinger Jacobs is grabbed from his apartment in California, stuck on a C-130 military plane and sent to the Sahara Desert to witness the reality of the ZOO for himself.

With the life expectancy of untrained scientists working inside the ZOO measured in hours, he has a lot to learn.

Fast.

First order of business?

How do you shoot a gun, and just HOW MUCH is that plant worth?

The government needs the best of the best military and scientific minds working out how to pull the secrets from the ZOO, while keeping the deadly fauna and flora in check.

There is one major problem, Salinger doesn’t even have a PhD.

If he can stay alive long enough, he might be able to afford something besides packaged microwave popcorn to eat.

THAT IS A BIG IF.

This Boxed Set includes all ten books in the BIRTH OF HEAVY METAL Series

  1. He Was Not Prepared
  2. She is His Witness
  3. Backstabbing Little Assets
  4. Blood of My Enemies
  5. Get Out of Our Way
  6. It All Falls Down
  7. Justice Come Due
  8. All’s Fair in War
  9. More Time to Kill
  10. Contain or Die

Go up and Click Read For Free or Buy Now and start reading today!


NOTE: There may or may not be gratuitous sex in this book. Or it might actually play into a later book with funny talk about men vs. women’s abilities and capabilities. There is ABSOLUTELY cursing in this book. LOTS of upset cursing, cursing out of anger, fear, and other emotional issues related to carnivorous alien flora or fauna-eating humans who don’t say ‘darn.’ LOTS of gratuitous cursing just because the author finds it funny, too. There is death and sadness…and more death. In fact, it’s a blender of blood out in the ZOO. Man vs. alien nature seems to justify ugly results. Plus, people have emotional hang-ups. Expect to smile, laugh, cry, and perhaps have a spate of jealousy or two. Further, there might be explicit sex, thank-you sex, and you’re welcome sex. Finally, there is no Coke in the ZOO. That is probably the worst and most offensive trait in these stories. This is Michael Todd, and I approve of the shenanigans pulled in ZOO stories.

The Friar’s Lantern

You choose the story in this choose your own path novel. You may win one million (fictional) dollars. You will judge a man of murder. You are an enterprising research volunteer hoping to strike it rich in a mind-bending mind reading experiment. You’re also a reluctant juror asked to decide if a respected mathematics professor is guilty of cold-blooded murder. And since you’re in charge of this choice-filled escapade, the consequences rest solely in your hands. Based on your decisions, you’ll take a Turing test with a twist, discover how your future choices might influence the past, try your luck at Three Card Monte… and possibly send an innocent man to prison. And while you weigh chance, superstition, destiny, intuition and logic in making your decisions, ask yourself: are you responsible for your actions at all? Choose wisely—if you can. The Friar’s Lantern is a thought-provoking choose your own path novel. If you liked choosing your own adventure as a child and enjoy intriguing puzzles and multiple endings, you’ll love Greg Hickey’s engrossing story. Buy The Friar’s Lantern and get lost in this maze of a book today.

Meet Greg Hickey

Greg Hickey started writing his first novel the summer after he finished seventh grade. He didn’t get very far because he quickly realized he preferred playing outside with his friends. Eight years later, he began to find a better balance between writing and life. He wrote the early drafts of his first screenplay Vita during his last two years of college. Vita went on to win an Honorable Mention award in the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards script competition and was named a finalist in the 2011 Sacramento International Film Festival. After college, he spent a year in Sundsvall, Sweden and Cape Town, South Africa, playing and coaching for local baseball teams and penning his first novel, Our Dried Voices. That novel was published in 2014 and was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Science Fiction Book of the Year Award. Today, he still loves sharing stories while staying busy with the other facets of his life. He is a forensic scientist by day and endurance athlete and author by nights, lunches, weekends and any other spare moments. After his post-college travels, he once again lives in his hometown of Chicago with his wife and daughter.

First Strike: Rebellion Begins – Military Sci Fi and Space Opera Thriller (Galactic Rebels Book 1)

He just wants to run space cargo. Alien warlords want him dead – with a billion credit price on his head. Now, everyone with a gun and a spaceship wants to cash in. But, humans are not easy to kill, especially a battle hardened Marine warrior from Earth. He is angry, frustrated and uncertain about where his life is going, but knows one thing – he absolutely hates the arrogance of the wealthy elite who paid the billion credit bounty. And, he’ll make them pay with their precious, jewelry studded lives if it is the last thing he does. They thought it should be easy. After all, he is just a human. They didn’t send enough ships… not nearly enough ships. An addictive, heart-stopping, time bending military science fiction and space opera thriller you just can’t put down, so, warn your family and friends you’ll be away in an alternate universe for the duration. . . Grab your copy right now, put on your battle armor and web into your ship-couch as you join Captain Derek Hamilton and his warrior crew on the ride of a lifetime, culminating in the exciting conclusion for Book 1 and the perfect next step for this exciting series – Galactic Rebels.

Meet J.T. Skye

If you like fast-action, space battles and troubled heroes, then click the ‘Follow’ link to receive new release emails from Amazon and sign up at JTSkye.com for free stories. I’ve written 17 novels and 3 shorts in 4 series. I created the Trigellian Universe as the central playground of all of my Sci Fi Space Opera, Science Fiction Action-Adventure and Military Sci-Fi series stories. I love to write stories of heroic quests, ancient prophecies and mythical journeys along roads less traveled. They include grand, military space battles, secret alliances, desperate treachery, vengeance and retribution against the arrogance, elitism and glory hunting found at the highest levels of society. From pirates, slavers, saboteurs and assassins… to elite Warriors, trader families, cargo haulers and the many desperate refugees just trying to escape conscription, buy air to breathe and just live. . . one more day. If you love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Action Adventure, join me on the journey of a life time.