About Those Flatular Canaries…


Flatular Canaries are another odd species of bird on Deanna. These little feathered oddities are small, about the size of a tennis ball, and covered in light gray feathers. The head is topped with longer, looser, much darker feathers that give the creatures a frazzled, ‘blown-up’ sort of appearance. Their beaks are short and sharp, and they tend to favor Ribold Berries and Rabid Beans in their diet – which goes a long way to explain their name. Flatular canaries have no vocal chords, so the origin of their name should not be too hard to guess! During mating season, flatular canaries are known to swell to twice their normal size and their unique mating calls have been recorded by amateur birders from all over the Terran Empire.

Concerning Obsidian Crows


What is an Obsidian Crow? Readers of the Quantum Series may well wonder.

Obsidian Crows are a known road hazard on Deanna. Please ensure you have a spare tire when traveling.

 

Perhaps first and foremost, Obsidian Crows are a known road hazard on Deanna – the planet central to most of the adventures in the Quantum Series. While they rarely get more than a mention in any single book in the series, they are one of the elements which help distinguish the setting. If you ever do visit Deanna, please ensure you have a spare tire when traveling. (You might want to read “Dead Man’s Hammer” to understand why.) More

New Release: Quantum – Keep Off The Crabbygrass


The Quantum Series – Keep Off The Crabbygrass” is an omnibus of The Quantum Series titles 1, 2, 3 and 4, containing “Black Sunrise”, “The Time Saving Agency“, “Dead Man’s Hammer” and “Loderunner”.

Due to the variation in international markets and differing distribution marketing requirements, it has been necessary to reissue some titles in various series in different print formats. As a firm believer that the 4.25 wide x 6.88 tall “pocketbook” size is the appropriate size for “real” novels, I find it disappointing that some international distributors do not accept this size, favoring the 6″x 9″ format instead. It is larger for one thing, and as a result decreases page count, making books that were traditionally “long enough” to pack a decent-sized novel in the proper size, seem much smaller and less appealing in the 6 x 9 format.

At 452 pages of value in the new format, the print paperback copy containing the first four stories in the Quantum Series still works out cheaper (by HALF) than buying all four titles separately! Hopefully the new size will allow bookstores in South Africa to start stocking this title on their shelves soon! “The Quantum Series – Keep Off The Crabbygrass” is available only in paperback and the original separate titles in pocketbook size – as well as the separate ebook versions will continue to be available.

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Just Released! “High Steaks”, book 6 in the Quantum Series by Christina Engela


Newly released on this morning, 1 June 2017, is my 12th completed, published novel, “High Steaks” – which is book 6 in the Quantum Series! After a gap of many years between book 4 “Loderunner” (2007) and book 5 “Prodigal Sun” released in February 2017, it’s been a privilege (and a heck of a lot of fun) to continue the adventures of characters I created and grew very fond of back in 2003!

“High Steaks” continues a new adventure begun in the previous book “Prodigal Sun”, and introduces fascinating new characters as well as expanding on many different detail aspects of the quaint Terran colony of Deanna!

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What Readers Can Expect In “Prodigal Sun”, “High Steaks”, “Fortitude” & “The Last Hurrah”


[NOTE: This article has been updated since it was originally published to reflect the addition of a fourth title to this next span of Quantum Series stories! Also, since this article is about a span of books within a series, some of which have yet to be published, be prepared to see it being referred to a lot in the future as it comes to subsequent release dates of the next three titles!]

As most of my readers will be aware, since 2016 I’ve been promoting the next span of upcoming titles in the Quantum Series! Through various updates and newsletters, I’ve kept you all informed about my progress in writing these four books – more or less simultaneously! As you can imagine, it has been a gargantuan task! I’m happy to tell you that the first one, “Prodigal Sun” (published February 23, 2017) is already available, and the second “High Steaks“, is ready to go to print (beginning of June 2017)!  The third title in this span, “Fortitude“, should be ready in another six months.

In the meantime, I thought I would go into a little more detail about the story being told across these four books – “Prodigal Sun“, “High Steaks“, “Fortitude” and “The Last Hurrah” – books 5,6,7 and 8 in the Quantum Series! More

How About Those Strato-Penguins, Eh?


Just in case anyone has been wondering about those strato-penguins I keep mentioning in the Quantum Series (Black SunriseThe Time Saving AgencyDead Man’s HammerLoderunnerProdigal SunHigh SteaksThe Last Hurrah) here is a brief description about these strange (understatement) animals native to Deanna:

Strato-penguins  are the only high-flying native Deannan bird species. These unusual creatures fly using  a remarkable natural rocket propulsion (that the author hasn’t quite figured out yet – but it’s likely caused by a diet of Rabid Beans or high-octane beetles or something).  They are known to explode if they stray too high up in the outer atmosphere. Strato-penguins were named for their uncanny resemblance to Earth penguins, but with two main differences: Strato-Penguins are a good deal faster, and penguins don’t explode like that at high altitude.

There are many flocks of strato-penguins on Deanna, which for many generations have been on a perpetual high-altitude journey around the globe. These flocks fly westwards as a rule, and are seldom if ever known to land. In fact, the birds are permanently airborne. They absorb water from the air, catch food in the air, and even mate while airborne – in fact, their young are carried internally and ejected from the father’s brooding cavity as soon as the egg shell begins to crack. The chick is essentially  – er, air born  – that is, dropped into the world like a very small feathery bomb shedding shell fragments.

The chick immediately turns to face the correct direction, more by aerodynamic design than intention, and then instinctively opens its beak (most likely to scream in terror as it sees the vast new world from a few thousand feet up). The opened beak allows the air-stream to enter its complicated network of organic plumbing and start up the creature’s natural pulse-jet engine. If the process fails to start, then the chick would plummet to its death, essentially eliminating weak genes from the species. Sometimes, on rare occasions, something might go horribly wrong with a strato-penguin chick’s plumbing – and on its first go, it would mark its passing with a bright fireball above the clouds, followed by a small thunderclap. If it does fire, and after a few minutes of figuring out how its beak, stubby wings, those flappy things at the end of its legs, and tail control surfaces worked, the new-born strato-penguin soars back up to rejoin its flock – more often referred to as a ‘squadron’.

There are as yet no known illustrations of a strato-penguin, so if you would like to send me your sketches of what you think a strato-penguin looks like – and have them featured on my website, please feel free to get creative! You can send them to christinaengela@gmail.com ! Happy drawing! 🙂

Visit The Planet Deanna – Here Is The Address!


Buckle up! This is where we’re going:
 
Destination address: 6327B2B.04.00 (System: 6327B2B, Star: Ramalama, Planet: 04 (Deanna), Colony Class 3).
 
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Deanna, is a third rate colony world on the borders of civilization, (System 6327B2B) on the Imperial Star Charts) where strange things can happen and often do. This planet has been described (perhaps most famously in the Galactic Tourist Guide) as ‘the center of the universe as far as weirdness is concerned‘. One of the contributing factors toward this unenviable reputation might have something to do with the fact that it has a small moon (called Ding) that falls down occasionally. The other moon, Dong, is much bigger, just sits there and doesn’t do much… Read all about the main setting of the Quantum Series – Deanna

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