A few friends and fellow authors are running a book giveaway bundle. Check it out – five books, signed, and you could win them.
I’ve read two of these (through no planning, the ones on each end) and know the names of the other authors, mostly. Some good stuff here, even if you don’t win, and you should check them out. Besides, there’s something about the sheer improbability of giant mecha that makes them appealing, no?
If you haven’t read these books, and want to know more, then here you go:
by James Young
There are lots of ways to make history. Sometimes one’s purpose in life is to serve as an example of utter folly. The Confederation of Man has overseen the prosperous expansion of humanity for almost eight centuries, with the Confederation Fleet its shield against all enemies both internal and external. Despite its numerous successes, the Fleet is a shield that is becoming warped by the schism between its Carrier and Line factions. In the year 3050, Fleet Admiral Malinverni has overseen the design and commissioning of a vessel intended to merge the best of both factions: the battlecruiser Constitution. Intended as a harbinger of a better future, the Constitution is considered a flawed concept by all except her crew. If either Fleet faction has its way, neither the Constitution nor her captain, Mackenzie Bolan, will ever get a chance to prove their naysayers incorrect.
by Jacob Holo
Fueled by the Soul. Commanded by the Dead.
In an empire ruled by the honored dead, seraphs are the ultimate weapons. Fueled by the pilot’s very soul, these colossal humanoid mecha are unstoppable in battle. Jack Donolon is the most powerful pilot in existence, a hero of Earth with a mind fractured by his seraph. On the far side of the galaxy, he uncovers a terrible truth about the seraphs and their pilots. Now he must return on a mission no one will understand, to face and kill the people who once called him friend and comrade. But the death he will bring is insignificant next to the destruction that will follow, should he fail…
By JN Cheney and Terry Maggert
Dash never asked to be a mech pilot, but fate has other plans. On the run and out of chances, he guides his ship and crew into the heart of a relic older than the galaxy itself—and find himself on the edge of an eternal war he never knew existed. The relic is a mech, lost to history and forgotten by all who remain. Built by an ancient race to be the ultimate weapon, the machine is capable of unspeakable destruction, and its discovery could unhinge the balance of power throughout known space. Worse still, the A.I. inside the machine speaks of an ancient evil that will soon arrive–a race whose power far exceeds anything humanity has ever witnessed. Only the Messenger can stand against them, the A.I. tells its new pilot. Only you can do what must be done.
By RH Tang
Who wouldn’t want to pilot giant robots for a living? The Overdrive Corporation has announced another Selection, the exclusive tryout process for aspiring Fortress Masters. Designing maps for the Mech battling virtual reality RPG is Julian’s dream come true, but a brutal defeat against superstar sniper called Dynamic has destroyed his confidence. Hoping to find a stronger machine, Julian enters an immensely challenging map that promises ultra-rare Mech frames. During the ill-fated mission, he finally learns what it takes to get better. It’s not the strength of the machine that matters most, it’s the skill of the pilot. Julian rebuilds his gameplay from the ground up, seeking out the strongest opponents and the most challenging dungeons. He explores the countless aspects of Overdrive that he’s inadvertently ignored. Waiting for him is a rematch with the sniper he’s never beaten, with a spot in the Selection on the line.
by William Joseph Roberts
What if tomorrow, you tasted freedom for the first time, but that freedom came with a cost… After a government-sanctioned privateering mission goes sideways, the crew of the Betty finds themselves fighting for their lives, light-years from home. Prepare yourself for an adventure with a lovable crew of degenerates and misfits as they dive into the dark unknown….