Interspecies, Volume 1, The Inlari Sagas Available Now!

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These are generally hard-hitting stories about a grim future world. . . . I found the exploration mind-stretching . . .

~Piers Anthony, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Xanth Series

Interspecies is a solid science fiction anthology that provides entertaining reading for a thinking person and sets a high bar. . . . These are writers to watch.”

~Keith West, Adventure Fantastic and Futures Past and Present

 

Aliens and Humans Struggle for Supremacy in Post-Apocalyptic New Zealand and Australia

I’m proud to introduce Kōsa Press’ new book, Interspecies, a shared-universe anthology about the struggle between aliens and humans on post-apocalyptic Earth.

It includes a Foreword by Samuel Peralta, Ph.D., creator of the esteemed Future Chronicles.

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Fifty years after first contact with the inlari, war ravaged the Earth, leaving New Zealand and Australia the victors and survivors, but at a devastating cost. As human and inlari factions compete against each other in the struggle for power and resources, some seek zealotry and dominance. Others strive for peace and unity—and with them, hope still lives.

Interspecies is a shared-universe anthology with four stories of transformation, survival, and the eternal search for meaning and purpose in a turbulent world. Can inlari and humans alike bridge the gap created by their prejudices? Or will one species forever rule the other?

As a special “New Release” deal, we priced Interspecies at only .99 cents until June 7 (US$4.99 thereafter)!

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That is not all. To celebrate the release we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card and you can enter the competition HERE(Just think of all the books you can buy, even a kindle.)

Anyway, as you can imagine, we’re thrilled to put this anthology out (to say the least). It’s been a long, bumpy road, but we kept going. Interspecies is filled with good, strong stories that take place in a broken world, brimming with violence and nihilism. But there are also hope and love, and these opposing forces continuously clash.

When you decide to pick up a copy, which would be so awesome of you, I sincerely hope you enjoy it. And whether you enjoyed it or not, please let me know, either as a review or by contacting me through the blog.

Have fun!

Woelf

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Floating On Pixie Dust

Photo by Roksolana Zasiadko
Photo by Roksolana Zasiadko

Please forgive me when I share these review excerpts.

Interspecies is coming out in a couple of days and to read the first reaction to words you’ve written is euphoric and humbling and you have this intense sense of wanting to share the good news.

This morning I woke to a review on Goodreads and the reviewer had this to say about my story, Babylon’s Song:

Babylon’s Song” by Woelf Dietrich contains beautiful language and minute details; contrasts an idyllic setting with carnage; builds tension; holds tenderness; and takes us on a unique ride. So many ups and downs could traumatize the reader, were it not for his storytelling mastery. Just one favorite phrase from it: a mirage of hope.”

Yesterday, a review by Keith West on Adventures Fantastic lauded the anthology, concluding the review with these words:

“Interspecies is a solid science fiction anthology that provides entertaining reading for a thinking person and sets a high bar for further stories set in this universe.  It’s well worth your time.  These are writers to watch.”

I have a song in my soul today and it feels like I’m floating on a cloud of pixie dust. I’ll come down to earth later this afternoon, hopefully not too hard, but for now I’m enjoying this feeling. I sometimes wonder whether I write because I like writing or because I love how my words affect people.

Woelf

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#Art of Fantasy 72: Alexey Egorov

1341425_largeI’m mixing my fantasy and science fiction genres slightly today. For good reason, though. Today’s artist paints in both genres and because my own approach in some of my stories borders on science fantasy and supernatural fantasy, I could not help but feel enamored by his art.  Alexy Egorov is a digital artist and lives in Yakutsk, Russia, and you will love him.

Below is a small collection of his awesome paintings. Each image links back to the site of origin. Enjoy!

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I’m glad I discovered Alexey’s work. He is yet another of those artists whose paintings crosses over from being simply entertaining to being totally evocative, both emotionally and spiritually. There is a dark ambiance to his paintings that draws me, not because I have a particularly dark personality–quite the opposite–but because it speaks to enigmatic things I reflect on at times. The way I see it, art is a mix of life and whatever is printed deep inside our souls.

What do you think? Do you believe our minds hold secrets to life or even beyond life?

Let me know in the comments below. And before I forget, remember to visit my Art of Science Fiction post this week over on Kōsa Press. While you’re there, if you look over to the right bar, you’ll find a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Check it out.

Cheers!

Woelf

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Some Awesome News And A Chance To Win Something

BlogWe’re sending out press releases this week to news agencies announcing the release of Interspecies. I’m reproducing some of the words here and for good reason. You’ll find that we enjoyed the good fortune of having Piers Anthony review our anthology:

These are generally hard-hitting stories about a grim future world…. I found the exploration mind-stretching…

~Piers Anthony, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Xanth book series

From Kōsa Press comes a science fiction shared-universe anthology, Interspecies: Volume 1, The Inlari Sagas, and a premise that some readers have compared to District 9. Piers Anthony, one of the world’s most popular fantasy authors and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over, says, “It is thoughtful reading.”

As you can see, things are moving fast now. And here comes the “win something” bit. If you want a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card from us, click HERE. It will take you to Kōsa Press’ site where you’ll find instructions on how to enter the competition.

This is exciting, folks. I can’t believe we’re only seven days away from letting go of our baby.

Woelf

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#Art of Fantasy 71: Edward Delandre

edward-delandre-old-herbet-artstationEdward Delandre is a 2D character artist living in Lyon, France. His work is weird and dark and that is awesome.

Below is a small sampling of his work. Each image links back to the site of origin. Enjoy!

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It’s funny how my two art posts sometimes overlap. Today’s post on Kosa Press feature’s a similarly styled artist when it comes to the use of exaggeration, but where that artist uses a smooth pastel-like palette, Edward’s is dark and gritty.

Let me know your thoughts.

Cheers!

Woelf

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Saturday Sampler Venture Galleries: Interspecies

Interspecies HeaderA sampler from my story, Babylon’s Song, is over on Venture Galleries today. Here is a plot description of the anthology:

Fifty years after first contact with the inlari, war ravaged the Earth, leaving New Zealand and Australia the victors and survivors, but at a devastating cost. As human and inlari factions compete against each other in the struggle for power and resources, some seek zealotry and others strive for peace and unity—and with them, hope still lives.

Four stories of transformation, survival, and the eternal search for meaning and purpose in a chaotic and turbulent world. Can inlari and humans alike bridge the gap created by their prejudices? Or will one species forever rule the other?

Please go check out the sample at the link above. And, if it makes you excited as it does us, by all means, share as far and as wide as you can. It’ll make me smile from earlobe to earlobe.

Interspecies releases the end of this month, so this should serve as a nice way to wet your appetites. #‎sciencefiction

Enjoy!

Woelf

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Interspecies: The Great and Awesome Cover Reveal

The minute we saw the cover we wanted to show the world. But we could not. It would’ve been too early. Interspecies was not ready yet.

That was then. This month will see the birth of our kosalogy, what we call our shared-universe anthologies. We’ve nurtured our baby through setbacks and carried her over stumbling blocks. We kept her safe and fed her.  Stayed up with her at nights when nightmares pummelled her mercilessly. We shaped and polished her, sourced a professional word nurturer to ensure our child would survive once she leaves our hands, and even then, we felt hesitant. Scared. Was she ready?

And now the time has come to release our child, to let her loose into the wild yonder where we can no longer offer protection. We’ve given her a fine cover to hide her nakedness and shield her from the elements…

Finally, we can show you the stunning cover Piofoks painted for us. Take your time and allow the image below to filter through your eyeballs straight to your occipital lobe. Now let it lodge itself there permanently.

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Check out my post over on Kosa Press for the plot description and release date and for news about the bestselling author, Samuel Peralta, who wrote our foreword.

Oh, and if you feel the need to share this to the world, by all means, I would not object. At all.

Cheers!

Woelf