Why Mr Cumberbatch is Smaug

Cumberbatch smaug

With the first Hobbit film released today I feel I should draw attention to a brilliant piece of casting. Benedict Cumberbatch is to play Smaug, and it is a trailer from another franchise that gives you an idea of the voice we can expect to hear.

Check out the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer below and you’ll see what I mean –

Why Sci-Fi for me?

I have been part of a promo with a great group of indie authors: The Sci-Fi Spotlight week, where you can grab 15 books for free and another 15 books for a mere 99 cents.

One of the authors, Nicole Ciacchella, has run a week long special feature on her web site: Why Sci-Fi? I have been kindly featured on today’s post.

Check it out!

Three Free Books Today and Tomorrow – 23rd and 24th November 2012, The Ark Project Trilogy

All three books of The Ark Project Trilogy are FREE today and tomorrow – 23rd and 24th November.

Click on each image to take you to Amazon –

For Amazon UK –

Sci-Fi Spotlight Giveaway

If you’d like some extra holiday cash to make your holidays extra special, stop on by and enter the Sci-Fi Spotlight Giveaway for a chance to win the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $100 Amazon gift card
  • First Prize: $50 Amazon gift card
  • Second Prize: $25 Amazon gift card
  • Third Prizes: Paperback copies of the following books: 
    • No Shelter Trilogy by T.S. Welti
    • Autographed Clutch Trilogy by J.A. Huss + swag
    • Blood Will Tell and Breath of Life by Christine Pope
    • Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms (First Edition) by Mark Whiteway
    • Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer
    • Gameland: Episode One by Saul Tanpepper (three available) and one copy of Insomnia by Saul Tanpepper

How it works:  every action you complete counts as 1 (or more) raffle entries.  Actions are listed on the promo page and most are as simple as following an author on Twitter or liking them on Facebook.

The Complete Ark Project Trilogy


The complete trilogy in one book –

“It is the future and humanity is exploring the stars. The long awaited first contact with an alien species sets off a chain of events that will lead to the enslavement of our entire civilisation.
Can a select group of humans free everyone else and deal with an enemy that threatens the entire galaxy?

A science fiction trilogy of 44,000 words that spans hundreds of years.

The complete Ark Project Trilogy.

This trilogy is written in British English.”

Available at Amazon –

The Ark Project: The Final Action

The final book in the trilogy –

“An emergency landing.
A deserted planet.
A disturbed ecosystem.

Melinda finds herself on a planet that should be populated and thriving. As she explores, she realises she might not be the only one stranded there.

A novelette of 11,800 words, this is a future science fiction story.

The final book in the Ark Project Trilogy.

This book is written in British English.”

Available at Amazon –

The Ark Project: The Second Enlightenment

The Second in the Trilogy –

“Almost a thousand years into the future and humanity is enslaved. There appears to be no hope for freedom, merely survival. Can a plan set in motion hundreds of years ago save, not only humanity, but the rest of the galaxy?
A man invested with strange and exotic powers must work out their true purpose, where others have been unable to before.

A Novella of 18,000 words, this is a future science fiction story.

The second book in The Ark Project Trilogy.

This book is written in British English.”

Available at Amazon –